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Today's Belize News: February 19, 2015 #501261
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The San Pedro Sun

Two bodies found in shallow grave in Northern Ambergris Caye
Authorities on Ambergris Caye are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of two bodies found in a shallow grave. They were found sometime around 11:40AM about 11 miles north of San Pedro Town on Wednesday, February 18th. Police have confirmed their identity as Benjamin Molina and Selvino Chi, both originally from the Corozal District. According to police the two were reported missing earlier today and police visited the area where they were last seen.

Former police officer Alpheus Parham found guilty in fatal shooting of Caye Caulker detainee
Almost five years after ex-Police Constable Alpheus Parham was charged for murder, he was found guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter. Parham’s guilty verdict originates from the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Alex Goff, who was a detainee at the Caye Caulker Police Station in May of 2010. Parham was found guilty on Friday February 13th before the court of Justice Troadio Gonzalez in the Belize City Supreme Court. On May 9, 2010, Goff was detained by Caye Caulker Police and was placed inside the eastern police cell inside the station. According to two officers who testified in court, Goff was alone in the cell when Police Constable Parham went towards the cell and shortly afterwards, a gunshot blast was heard. A second police officer in his statement to the court said that he saw Parham heading to the back of the cell and he heard an explosion. The officer added that Parham walked out of the station without saying anything to anyone. When the two officers went to check the cell seconds later, they saw Goff with a single gunshot to the forehead and in a sitting position.

San Pedrito Residents concerned over increase Gun Violence
San Pedro Police are investigating two separate shooting incidents that occurred in the San Pedrito Area leaving two residents injured. The first shooting occurred on Monday, February 9th and left 32-year-old Kareem Eagan suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg. The second shooting took place on Wednesday, February 11th leaving a 13-year-old minor, Meredith Escalante suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. Police cannot confirm if the shootings were related, but believe that they most likely are based on their location. But some residents claim that the second shooting could have been prevented if police would just do their job. According owner of Espat’s Apartments, Rolando Espat, a neighbor had reported to the San Pedro Police that she had been threatened by an unknown gunman the day before the shooting on Tuesday, February 10th. “We expected something to happen because the night before, we reported to the police that three gunmen came to the building and were looking for someone. They went to a lady’s apartment and pointed a gun at her. This happened around midnight, and we called the police. They said that they were going to come but never reached. The last call I made to the police was at 3AM on Wednesday, the police never came,” said Espat. He stated that the police refused to take reports from residents in the area. “We have no cooperation from the police over here. We have information to give the police that can help them catch the persons responsible, but they don’t listen to us. All the police do is blame us for the shooting when we are not the ones involved in it,” said Espat.

Belize Fisheries Department reports on 2014/2015 Lobster Season
According to Fisheries Officer, Mauro Gongora, there was very little change in comparison of this season to the last. Fisheries recorded a total of 484,891 pounds of lobster being caught out of Belizean waters during this season. “The 2014/2015 lobster fishing season is considered a good one and the fishery has remained relatively stable over the past 28 years within the production range of 400,000 – 600,000 pounds. In 2014, lobster catch landings amounted to 484,891 pounds, which represents a decline of merely 0.45% when compared to the 2013/2014 season when 487,066 pounds was produced,” said Gongora. He also stated that there were less violations to the law on lobster fishing this year as compared to other years. “In 2014, violations of the lobster fishery regulations were low and only a few cases are still being dealt with in court. The Belize Fisheries Department remains adamant that all regulations be followed to ensure the continued prosperity of the industry,” said Gongora.

Ambergris Today

Pic of the Week - Celebrity Child Star Tamera Mowry-Housley Selfie's with Belizean Fans
The last day of Carnaval was in full swing on the island of San Pedro, Belize and many were enjoying the entertaining comparsas and paint party. Celebrity child star Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband Adam Housley were spotted walking around town enjoying our traditional Carnaval. Ambergris Today's Gerry Badillo got the opportunity to talk to Tamera and ask her about her vaction in our beautiful Belize and she stated: "I love Belize so much that I will have to convince my sister Tia Mowry and my girls from The Real Show to come on the next trip." Below are Selfie's of fans who got the opportunity to meet Tamera Mowry-Housley.

San Pedro AIDS Commission Boasts 6-Time Carnival Win
At the end of the three-day Carnaval celebrations in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, the San Pedro AIDS Commission was honored with the Best Comparsa (street dancing) group for Carnaval 2015. The winners were announced on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at Central Park where the grand finale party was held to close of the painting and street dancing of the celebrations. This makes it the sixth straight win for the AIDS Commission for Best Comparsa whose members truly go all out in making their costumes, writing the perfect song and even choreographing fun dances. This year was no exception for the group as they had more elaborate costumes compared to previous years. Coming in second place was Doña Flora’s Group that boasted having the contestants of the 2015 Reina del Carnaval (Mrs. Carnaval) dancing all three days with the group. The Barbies (Men’s Group) had the largest group with close to 40 male dancers dressed in drag; they came in third place.

Tennessee Residents Make Heartfelt Donation to San Pedro High
San Pedro High School received a generous donation via visitors from Clarksville, Tennessee, United States on February 13, 2015. The donation consisted of school supplies from typing sheets, pencils, among other items. Jayson Walden’s huge donation is not like any other donation, but a special one close to his heart.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Keep updated on the Alternative Movement
Vision Inspired by the People and People's National Party. Find out what they have plan for the San Pedro, Belmopan and Punta Gorda Town Councils.

Guatemalan military in Belize Waters
According to Wil Maheia, an environmentalist, owner of PGTV and Peoples National Party representative, this recently taken photo was taken of Guatemalan military personnel who were Belize's territorial waters off the coast of Punta Gorda.

Hol Chan Marine Reserve Extension Approved!
The Extension of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve has been approved and signed. Great news! Inauguration on the 25th of February 2015. S.P.T.G.A

Temperatures and Rainfall - 2014 - Belmopan
Last years Temperatures and Rainfall in picture form : Temperatures - There are 3 Red lines, the dotted line is the long term average day maximum temperatures. The Heavy Red line is the 31 day smoothed running average maximum for 2014. The wavy thin Red line are the actual daily maximum temperatures. Similarly there are 3 Blue lines for the night time minimum temperatures, for Belmopan 2014. The Green line is just the Median between max and min lines, and technically has no significance, but probably that used in many published records. We had a cooler May than usual, due to the early rains in May.

Medical and Dental Outreach Clinic in San Pedro
The Belize Medical and Dental Association will be conducting FREE Specialized clinic on Saturday 7 March, 9am at the Dr. Otto Rodriguez Clinic, services that will be available includes: Paediatrician, Obstetrician/ Gynaecologist, Neurologist, Urologist, ENT Specialist, Paediatric Surgery, Internist, Cardiologist, Nephrologist, Dermatologist and Orthopaedic Surgery For more information feel free to call TEL: 226-2536

Prime Minister Accompanies Wife on Medical Visit
The Office of the Prime Minister informs that Prime Minister Hon. Dean Barrow leaves the country today, Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 to accompany his wife, Mrs. Kim Simplis-Barrow, for a scheduled medical check-up.

The Belize Defence Force will conduct an Officer Selection Board Examination on 13 and 14 March 2015. The examination will start at 7:00 a.m. at Price Barracks, Ladyville. Selected potential male officers will attend training in any of the following countries: United Kingdom, United States, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Mexico, Taiwan. Successful applicants will be required to join the Belize Defence Force Regular Element. Applicant must be a Belizean citizen, physically and mentally fit, be of ages 18 to 23 years, and hold an Associate’s Degree or higher. Any additional qualifications will be an asset. Candidates who are interested in attending training at the United States Military Academy at West Point must sit the American College Test (ACT) prior to attending training.

Lionel “Yogi” Martin (a local Tour Guide) found a dead green turtle floating by Uno Gas station in Punta Gorda
The TIDE Science team quickly recovered the female turtle and transported her to the TIDE compound for a necropsy. Preliminary results indicate that this turtle may have been suffering from Fibropapillomatosis (FP). According to literature reviewed this is a disease plaguing sea turtles worldwide that causes tumors on the skin. These tumors can affect a turtle’s ability to eat, swim or see. TIDE is communicating with ECOMAR staff and other scientists concerning the results of the necropsy. We will keep you up-to-date as we learn more. Elmar Requena (TIDE Terrestrial Biologist) carried out a necropsy with assistance from Norman Budna (TIDE Education and Outreach Co-coordinator), Tanya Barona (TIDE Marine Biologist) and Curtis Hines (TIDE Community Researcher).

John Paul II JC Progresses
The Chapel Hill campus of the John Paul II Junior College is quickly taking formation. Looking good. More interesting pictures from the project are here and here. They are currently accepting applications.

Tony Garel Receives James Waight Conservation Award
The Belize Audubon Society awarded Tony Garel, who has worked with the Belize Zoo for almost 3 decades, the James Waight Conservation Award. The award recognizes one's outstanding contribution to the field of conservation in Belize. Congratulations, Tony! In a ceremony held last evening at the historic Chateau Caribbean Hotel, Mr. Tony Garel was honored with the prestigious James A. Waight Conservation award. Mr. Garel was recognized for his outstanding contribution to the field of conservation in Belize, namely in the area of reptilian conservation and education. Mr. Garel is the author of Field Guide to the Snakes of Belize and the curator of the snake educational display at the Belize Zoo. "According to Sharon Matola, Director of the Belize Zoo, 'one of Tony’s most outstanding accomplishments was the design and development of the wheelchair accessible walkway at the Belize Zoo which has enabled hundreds of wheelchair bounded Belizeans, especially children, to easily view native wildlife.' Mr. Garel has been working at the zoo for over 25 years, and has assisted with all of the conservation programs at the zoo."

"Akeelah and the Bee" at the Seine Bight Community Center
Last Monday, Belize Screen on the Green hit the road and featured the movie "Akeelah and the Bee" at the Seine Bight Community Center. The children loved learning about the spelling bee in the U.S. and we even held a "mini" spelling bee before the movie. This year we will be exanding our outdoor movie program to villages throughout Belize. Let us know if your village is interested in partnering with us to organize an educational screening. The first district we will focus on will be Cayo.

Bingo plus Rum!!!
Like BINGO on Friday nights at the San Pedro Lions Den wasn't already fun enough....let's add some RUM! ... Come join us on Friday Feb 20th at the Lions Club for BINGO night for a chance to win money and RUM with each BINGO!! Sponsored by Travellers Liquors & Tiburon Rum!! The fun starts at 7pm don't be late !!!

San Pedro Councilor and Mayoral Candidates Debate Rescheduled
The public is advised that the Town Council Candidate Debate scheduled for this evening, Wednesday February 18th has been canceled. However, all political parties have confirmed their participation in the Mayoral debate which is scheduled for Monday, February 23rd at 7PM at the San Pedro Lions Den.


BOLEDO DRAWING for Wednesday, February 18, 2015: 60

Corozal Maryhill Scout Group
The 3rd day of our Scout Week, Members of the 11th Corozal Maryhill Scout Group gathered tonight for their Campfire along with special invited guests. The night was a fun one since they showed off what Scouts do when gathered around a campfire.

Scouting Week 2015 in Corozal
To culminate the celebration of the Scouting Week 2015 in Corozal, the 6th Corozal Methodist Scout Group has organized a Mini Scouts District Olympiad. All Scout Units/Groups from Corozal are warmly invited. Trophies in forms of CUPS will be awarded to the top 3 most outstanding scout groups and consolation prizes to other participants. Let's all go aloud for this. This event will be held this Saturday February 21st to begin at Children's Park for the initial event which is a triathlon style 1 cub (runner), 1 Scout (rider) and 1 Venture (swimmer). Then the activities will follow at the Andres Campos Civic Center. The message is "Scouting is alive in COROZAL!"

Operation Skate: Cayo Edition
Operation Skate Belize is coming to Falcon Field this Saturday, starting at noon. Check out their video here. "Operation Skate is heading to Cayo! Saturday, February 21st from Noon - 5PM @ Falcon Field. All skaters from Belize City must sign up beforehand at DYS at 55 Regent St. For more information please contact DYS at 207-0773."

John Paul II JC Progresses
The Chapel Hill campus of the John Paul II Junior College is quickly taking formation. Looking good. More interesting pictures from the project are here and here. They are currently accepting applications.

Vanny Pat at Miss Culture International Maya
Vanny Pat, who won Queen of the West in 2013, is representing Belize at the Miss Culture International Maya pageant, previously called the Diosa Maya International pageant, in Merida. Belize has won the last 2 years: Grisel Rosseli Carballo in 2013 and Dalina Reyes in 2014. The pageant will be this Saturday. Go, Vanny! In related news, Jhoshi Valencia is representing Belize in the Mister Culture International pageant.

ATM Trail and Camping Area Upgrade
The trail to Actun Tunichil Muknal has gotten a much needed upgrade. It's a really nice trail now, albeit a little wide in some places. The new restrooms at the parking area are great too. Well done, NICH! "The photos show the end result of the ATM Upgrade Project which was designed to enhance the trail system from the parking lot to the entrance of the cave. In order to improve safety, trails were widened, stairs and bridges constructed where necessary and ropes erected to safely guide visitors across the river. Two resting shelters and a communal area were constructed at the camping area at the entrance of the cave."

Channel 7

Teenager Hangs Himself While In Detention
18 year old Otto Palma committed suicide in the Ladyville police station around 6:00 this evening. He was pending charges for rape. Police caught him after he allegedly raped a female behind Vista Del MAr. He was arrest don Sunday, released on Monday pending medical exams, and then re-arrested this morning. This evening at 6:00 he was found hanging by a t shirt in the jail cell. He had been charged and remanded for rape before. His body was still in the holding cell at the station at news time.

Unlicensed Driver Knocks Down Septuagenarian
A 70 year old woman was knocked down in Belize City today – and is hospitalized tonight. She was knocked down by a 19-year-old driver who has no license. It happened around 1:30 in Belize City on Water Lane at its junction with Baghdad Street. Police believe the driver – who was in an SUV borrowed from his boss – came too fast out of Water Lane when he hit a vehicle on the right hand side, then swerved left to compensate. And that’s when he burst two water mains, raked down a fence, and knocked down the senior citizen. She received extensive facial and other injuries. After that, he still hit another vehicle. Tonight, the 19 year old is in custody pending charges, and police have also detained his boss, a Chinese businessman who will also be charged for allowing someone to drive without a license.

How that Terrible Accident By Jaguar Paw Intersection Happened
Last night, we told you about the fatal traffic accident between mile 36 and 37 which claimed the life of an American National, and put another in the hospital. What police have been able to piece together so far is that at around 11:30 a.m., 30 year-old Leon Rodriguez, a tour guide who works for Big Johns Taxi and Tour Company was taking tourists 66 year-old Samuel Douglas Schulte, and 56 year-old Teresa Lyn Mauers to Jaguar Paw. When he was approaching the cutoff for Frank’s Eddy and was just about to turn left. Rodriguez says a Tow Head loaded with oranges hit him from behind. The Tow Head overturned on the highway and Rodriguez’s Blue Suzuki SUV was crushed. Schulte was suffering from various injuries to his head and body, while In the back seat, 56 year-old Teresa Lyn took the brunt of the impact and was crushed in there Meuers suffered massive head and bodily injuries, and she died while undergoing treatment at the Western Regional Hospital.

ComPol Willing To Disclose Penner File By Court Order
Last week Friday, we told you how COLA’s Geovannie Brackett and Nedal McLaren, the private prosecutors in the Elvin Penner case, have gone back to the Supreme Court to appeal his acquittal for the passport and immigration offences which they brought against him. They want Chief Justice Benjamin to overturn Magistrate Aretha Ford’s decision. She refused to call Allen Whylie, the Commissioner of Police, to disclose the police file into the investigation of the Citizen Kim Passport scandal. Today, when he met Whylie at a police event, we asked him if he is prepared disclose the police evidence in the case if the court orders him to: Daniel Ortiz "Are you prepared if that is the decision of the court to disclosure of information on the Penner investigation?" Allen Whylie - Commissioner of Police "That is a private matter as you said. The outcome will decide what ever takes place. I am a law officer, I will always obey the law and the court and that has nothing to do with me what is taking place. Whatever is decided will be complied."

American Tourist Says Police Chanced Him
An American is claiming that he was targeted and assaulted by San Pedro police because he is black! 33 year old New York resident Tracy Blount came to our studios today and told us that he traveled to Belize for his friend’s wedding last week. Buton Wednesday night, when he and his friends were celebrating at Daddy Rock’s Night Club on San Pedro, he claims that police escorted him outside and assaulted him. Here is his version.

Christian Ebanks Freed Of Firearm Charges
It made major news in May of last year when Christian Ebanks, was picked up by police on a firearm charge. But tonight, he’s out free of that charge here in Belize after he was acquitted in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday. 7News was there when officers of the Gang Suppression Unit searched his house on Teachers Street, Belize City, and they found a concealed weapon. That meant that that he was charged with keeping an unlicensed firearm, and since then, he’s been facing Magistrate’s Court on that offence. The officer who searched his house testified that they found the weapon in shoved inside an oven. In his defence, Ebanks told the court simply that he told the court that he didn’t know that a gun was there. He told the court that at that time he was having marital problems with his now estranged wife, Amber Edwards and that on the day the incident occurred, she was the only one who knew that he was going to that house after he told her that he was ending their relationship.

Inside CDB Meeting In Barbados
It made major news in May of last year when Christian Ebanks, was picked up by police on a firearm charge. But tonight, he’s out free of that charge here in Belize after he was acquitted in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday. 7News was there when officers of the Gang Suppression Unit searched his house on Teachers Street, Belize City, and they found a concealed weapon. That meant that that he was charged with keeping an unlicensed firearm, and since then, he’s been facing Magistrate’s Court on that offence. The Caribbean Development Bank held a press conference today in Barbados to review the economic performance of all 19 of its member countries for the year 2014. 7News was at the event in Barbados and Jules Vasquez found that Belize was at the top of the list:… Jules Vasquez Reporting…. This morning at the Hilton Barbados Resort in St. Michael, Barbados, president of the Caribbean Development Bank Dr. Warren Smith told media from throughout the region that the 19 member countries are rebounding:

How the Unrest in Venezuela Will Affect Belize
Presently, Venezuela is going through one of the most difficult periods in its history: a collapsing economy, soaring inflation, food shortages and a high murder rate are all converging in a sort of perfect political storm bearing down on President Nicolas Maduro. But, the Venezuelan government believes that the international media which have been covering the unrest, have been mischaracterizing it, working an agenda against their Bolivarian revolution. And, so the Venezuelan Ambassador in Belize went on a local offensive today to get his Government’s side of the unrest broadcasted. He says the sustained the unrest is a coup attempt by the Opposition to overthrow the Maduro Government. But, despite all that, the Ambassador told us today that Venezuela maintains it’s friendly relations with it’s allies, including Belize:

Improving Relations Between Police and Press
In the last few years, the working relationship between the media and police department has improved, but, as they say, it is a work in progress, building trust between these two social actors who always find themselves on opposite sides of the crime scene tape. With that in mind, the Police High command organized a 2-day workshop for all the commanders and deputy commanders of the police formations and precincts. Here’s what Police Commissioner Allen Whylie had to say to his high ranking officers about the importance of the session: Allen Whylie - Commissioner of Police "I'm pleased to see so many of you here this morning for what I believe is a very important 2 day workshop. It took sacrifice, and determination to say let's bring in all the district commanders and their deputy. I believe that this is a workshop that is very timely and very essential.

Deliver Your Weed By Airmail?
We’ve heard of getting high – but now it seems weed dealers are taking their drug packages higher than ever. On Monday afternoon, at around 2:00, police received information from Special branch that a parcel was flown in on a Tropic Air flight. Police searched the cargo area and officers found a brown box, which had been mailed from Corozal Town to San Pedro. Inside, they found police found 444.7 kilos – or just under a pound – of marijuana. Because police could not link it to anyone, the drugs were deposited as found property. Acting on Special Branch intelligence once again, police visited the Municipal Airstrip in Placencia, and they intercepted a domestic flight coming once again from Corozal Town.

Former BWS Employees Still Battling
After the attorneys for both sides deliver their written submissions to the Supreme Court, Justice Michelle Arana will consider whether or not the 6 former employees of Belize Water Services Limited were terminated without just cause. Viewers may remember that these 6 employees, Don Gillett, Colin Morrison, Charlette Barnett, Michael Novelo, Journett McKoy, and Mark Menzies were fired - officially - for redundancy, but they say it was really victimization, a purging of the ranks after emails and letters were circulated around about sex scandals happening within the company. Well, the case went back to court today for the last time, when BWS's attorney Julie-Ann Ellis Bradley successfully applied to recall one of the claimants, Charlette Barnett, to testify about a pair of meetings held in early October of 2012, the first between members of the company's in-house workers' union, and the other a committee meeting to discuss the union's proposals on salary scale adjustments after workers rejected the company's proposals.

Mek Mi Rich Says It Didn't Steal Intellectual Property
Last week, we told you how Dale Curtis Swasey sued BTL and the Mek Mi Rich Game show for intellectual property rights. He claims that as a Belizean entrepreneur, BTL broke a non-disclosure agreement and gave his idea of lottery texting to the owners of Mek Mi Rich. Well, On Tuesday, February 17, the company sent out a release. They said, quote, “MMR Belize Ltd. categorically denies all allegations of infringement upon intellectual property in a claim brought forth by Mr. Curtis Swasey. The allegations being made that MMR Belize Limited relied on the intellectual property or concepts of Mr. Swasey are completely false and baseless. On the 27th November, 2014 Curtis Swasey filed a claim against Belize Telemedia Limited, with MMR Belize Limited listed as a codefendant, for breach of confidence. MMR Belize Limited was alerted to the claim, however, was never served with a copy of the said claim

Breakfast For Lunch And Dinner?
Waffles for lunch anyone? Or how about freshly fried bacon and eggs? Well if you wouldn't mind those choices for your lunch break, the Memorial Park Dinner is the spot for you. It's a newly opened 24 hour dinner that serves breakfast all day. Today we caught up with one of the owners, restauranteur Ian Lizarraga and he told us what the idea behind it is. Courtney Weatherburne reports. Courtney Weatherburne Reporting… This white picket fence and these green bi-fold doors are not what you would normally see at an outdoor restaurant. But for this Belizean Dinner, that quaint look is exactly what sets it apart from others. And of course the service and unique food selections accomplish that as well.

CitCo's Land Giveaway To Employees
For the past 8 days, Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley has been under pressure from his opposition, PUP Mayoral Candidate Yolanda Schakron. He’s been accused of deflecting attempts to call him to task for his promises of transparency and accountability. And since it’s the election season, it was the perfect time for the press to find out that City Hall intends to give away land to its staff. So, before his opponent thinks to use it for political football the mayor discussed it with us today. So, how will this program work? Well, Central Government has given the City Council 50 acres of land at Mile 14 on the George Price Highway. A plot will be given each staff member who has worked for the council for 2 years. It’s a social program to reward the staff members, in a similar manner as the increment system which the staff got at the end of each year to for a salary increase. Bradley told us today, that neither he nor any of the councilors who are elected to office will be getting any:

Mayor Bradley Responds To Audit Questions From His Political Opponent
So, what about the audit issues which Mayoral Candidate Schakron keeps harping on? Well, as we told you, they are challenging all 3 audits which have been done of the council’s finances in the term that Darrell Bradley has served the city as mayor. In the 2011-2012 audit, the firm, Castillo, Sanchez and Burrell, gave City Hall’s finances an adverse opinion. The 2012-2013 Audit hasn’t been completed, and it is still in draft form. So, the PUP reason that since the first audit does not show confidence in the starting point of the Bradley term, then the 2013-2014 audit, the most recent one, cannot properly speak with accuracy of the end of Bradley’s term. He discussed the audits to us today, defending the council’s expenditure:

Channel 5

Missing Men Found in Shallow Grave on Ambergris Caye Hours After Report
There is a grisly double homicide making headlines tonight, following the discovery of a pair of bodies inside a shallow grave eleven miles north of San Pedro Town.  The bodies [...]

CitCo Audit Revisited, Mayor Bradley Responds to Media Grilling
Just two weeks before municipal elections, Mayor Darrell Bradley has come under some heat over the finances of the City Council. It’s all about the findings of an audit report [...]

Mayor Bradley on the Offensive When Asked About 2013 Audit
In the end, there was an agreement to disagree, respectfully. We’ve seen no 2013 audit, and neither has the Council, which in our books means there is no 2013 audit. [...]

Why Has CitCo’s Debt Ballooned to $47 Million?
We also asked about one line item in particular, listed in the 2014 audit. That’s the total debt of the City Council. In 2012, it’s listed as just over twelve [...]

COMPOL Whylie Quizzed on Penner Fiasco One Year Later
Today, News Five was at a media workshop involving senior police personnel, and Belize’s top cop was also in attendance. We took the opportunity to ask him about some pending [...]

Is There Still Bad Blood Between Police Department and DPP’s Office?
There has been a well-documented contention between the Police Department and the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. Things came to a head with a memo written by Assistant [...]

Will Truck Driver Be Served Notice Following Tuesday’s Fatal RTA?
On Tuesday, an accident claimed the life of a U.S. tourist and left another hospitalized. The accident, which involved a small SUV and a tow head truck, collided around eleven [...]

Harvest Caye Development on Track for 2015 Tourism High Season
The controversy may have died down, but Norwegian Cruise Line cruise ship port on Harvest Caye in southern Belize is well underway. According to Director of Cruise and Regional Operations, [...]

Venezuelan Economy in Dire Straits, Ambassador Explains Media Misrepresentation
So while in southern Belize, there might be a boom due to cruise tourism, in Venezuela, the international media is reporting economic turmoil.  According to Ambassador Yoel del Valle Perez [...]

Will Belize Be Affected By Petrocaribe Quagmire?
In spite of its existing economic woes, Venezuela is yet to pull the plug on the Petrocaribe initiative.  The last shipment of premium fuel to Belize arrived in country in [...]

Payments for Petrocaribe Become Due Later This Year
The first tranche of payment to Venezuela for the Petrocaribe loan is due later this year.  That disbursement will bring to an end a two-year grace period granted to Belize [...]

Investigation Continues Into Corozal Robbery
On Friday, twenty-nine-year-old Mahesh Balani, a businessman of Corozal Town, was robbed at gunpoint of two hundred and forty thousand pesos, the equivalent of forty thousand Belize dollars.  The incident [...]

Minor Reportedly Raped Near Beach in Ladyville
A thirteen year old student of Ladyville, Belize District was reportedly sexually abused last Sunday afternoon. According to the girl, she and her friends went swimming in the sea behind [...]

Trio Acquitted of Murder in Santa Elena Shooting/Robbery
Three men were free of murder charge today when they appeared in Belmopan Supreme Court. Twenty-two year old Anthony Dennison, twenty-four year olds Traevon Williams and Denfield Tasher were acquitted [...]

Belizean Tour Operators Tom and Ivette Wilson Honored by Carnival Cruise Lines
Belize has been gaining recognition worldwide as a top tourist destination. Well tonight, there is one more to add as the leading tour operator for the Caribbean hails from Belize. [...]

CitCo Workers to Receive Parcels of Land
Earlier, we showed you Mayor Darrell Bradley engaged in the very spirited defense of the Council’s finances. But there’s more than that going on at the Council. Bradley is also [...]

Corozal Police Says Stay Alert for Kidnapping Attempts
It made big news at the end of January when news of child predators on the prowl in the north spread like wildfire. Schools were on alert and so were [...]

Kiosk In Front of Assembly Building is Dismantled
Residents in the capital city of Belmopan were up in arms about a wooden structure that was erected on reserve land near the market. Somehow, a clerk at the Belmopan [...]

Police Department Holds Media Training Workshop
Today, senior police officers from formations across the country gathered at Raccoon Street Headquarters for day one of a two-day media workshop. It’s an initiative by Commissioner of Police Allen [...]

Is There Turmoil Brewing Within the Belize Boxing Federation?
The dust seems to have settled at the Belize Body Building and Fitness Federation, but over at the Belize Boxing Federation, a storm is in the making.  Former member of [...]

…President Moses Sulph Responds to Allegations
We contacted the President of the Belize Boxing Federation, Moses Sulph, to comment on the state of the executive. He says that it boils down to a few people not [...]

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PM Accompany His Wife For Medical Treatment
Prime Minister of Belize, Honourable Dean Barrow, departed the country today to accompany his wife, Kim Simpliss Barrow for her medical visit, announced a release from his office today. The release states that in his absence, Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega will take over the reins of the country’s affairs. Barrow is scheduled to return to the country on Saturday, February 21st.

BFD Releases Lobster Statistics For 2014/2015
Following the closure of the Lobster Season on Sunday, the Belize Fisheries Department issued statistics from the 2014-2015 Season. BFD figures reveal a 0.45% decline in the total production when compared to that of the 2013-2014 season. The Spiny Lobster remains as one of the top marine exports for Belize, with earnings for the 2014-2015 season amounting to an estimated $15.2 Million Belize dollars. Fisheries recorded a total of 484,891 pounds of lobster being caught out of Belizean waters during this season. The 2014/2015 lobster fishing season is considered a good one and the fishery has remained relatively stable over the past 28 years within the production range of 400,000 – 600,000 pounds. In 2014, lobster catch landings amounted to 484,891 pounds, which represents a decline of merely 0.45% when compared to the 2013/2014 season when 487,066 pounds was produced.

Belize Ranked Among Top Foreign Retirement Haven For 2015
In the international scene, Belize was ranked among the top twenty “Foreign Retirement Havens for 2015” by Forbes Magazine. According to the travel and business publication, the list is non-ranked and the places named were chosen by considering factors such taxes and the cost of living. Other countries on the list include Philippines, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Portugal, and Uruguay. Earlier this year, Frommer’s Travel Guide picked Belize as one of 15 Most Tantalizing Travel Destinations for 2015!

COMPOL Not Too Concern About Penner's Appeal Case
The case against Cayo Northeast area representative and former Minister of State for Immigration and Nationality Elvin Penner has been appealed in court. The rare inferior court appeal was heard on February thirteenth but was adjourned to later this month. The appeal is being brought by Geovannie Brackett, president of Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA) and advisor Nedal ‘Jihad’ McLaren, against Penner. According to Brackett and McLaren’s attorney Kareem Musa the appeal surrounds the analysis of section thirty of the Summary Jurisdiction (Procedure) Act under which they had applied to the Magistrate for the Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie to be summoned to court and deliver all evidence in his possession relating to the Penner and Kim scandal. Today the media asked the commissioner of police if he is prepared should the previous decision to not summon him to court is reversed. Here is a clip of what he responded, provided to us by our colleagues at KREM News.

Murders Gone Unsolved In Orange Walk
One year ago today, the decayed remains of Luis Moreno better known as “Patch” was found approximately half a mile in on a farm at Richman Hill, off the Guinea Grass Road. This was after he was reported missing fourteen days before he was found. As we’ve reported, Forensic Pathologist Dr. Mario Estradaband conducted the post mortem examination which concluded that the cause of death was chest trauma with a sharp instrument. Viewers may recall that at the scene where the human remains were found, Moreno’s sweater was riddled with slashes and from what the Estradaband could establish, Moreno was brutally beaten before he was fatally stabbed. Today, one year later that case has gone “cold” and no leads or arrests have been made since. Patch Moreno was the second homicide recorded in Orange Walk Town for 2014.

OWTC Officially Adopts Municipal Development Plan
The Orange Walk Town Council held an open council meeting last night during which they officially adopted the Municipal Development Plan for Orange Walk. The adoption of the plan is the last leg of the work that begun in 2013 through the Belize Municipal Development Project under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture. Keisha Rodriguez is the Urban Planning Officer and told us more about the project. Keisha Rodriguez – Urban Planning Officer, BMDP “We prepared the plan with the collaboration with the local planning working group here in Orange Walk as well as a consultant team, Institute for International Development, and us working at the ministry as well and really it was a of work and a lot of meetings and so forth so it is really Orange Walk’s plan and the people prepared the plan where the residence of Orange Walk town, we had stakeholders meetings and we meet with different sectors of the society here in Orange Walk and all of that contributed to what is in the development plan.”

Bodies Of Two Corozalenos Found Buried In Shallow Grave
The bodies of two Corozal residents were found shortly before midday today in a shallow grave 11 miles north of Ambergris Caye, according to the San Pedro Sun. The newspaper reports that police have identified the bodies. Benjamin Molina and Selvino Chi were found sometime around 11:40 this morning about 11 miles north of San Pedro Town. According to police the two were reported missing earlier today and police visited the area where they were last seen. Investigators were led to a blood trail and upon searching the area; came across a shallow grave. The grave was located about 150 feet away from the beach in a bushy area. While police have not released any further details, they believe it may be drug related. More in our subsequent newscast!


Mayor Seeks to Distribute Land to Belize City Council Staff
The Belize City Council has an Employee Land Program which it had initiated last year with the coordination of the Ministry of Natural Resources. Fifty acres of land along mile 14 on the George Price Highway has been earmarked for distribution to the council’s employees who have been here for more than two years. Mayor Darrell Bradley explained. DARRELL BRADLEY “We want to give people a suitable parcel of land. We were looking at 100×90 parcels. We are seeing how many parcels we could get out of the 50 acres but one of the things for example I will give you one of the specific challenges that has arisen, the surveyor who is working with us indicated to us that there is part of the area that you have to leave for road reserve, there is part of it that you have to leave for public access, there is part of it that you have to leave for parks and different things like that and then there is part of the land because we have already done a walkthrough of the parcel which is land not suitable for housing development so that that determines how many parcels you can get out of the amount and then that determines how many years you are working with.

BSCFA Chairman Requests Retraction of New Registration
Two weeks ago attention was brought to a registration certificate of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers’ Association changing its status from a free membership organization to a company limited by guarantees. Following the revelation, executives of the BSCFA as well as the Chairman of the Belize Sugar Industry Control Board and even the Prime Minister, spoke against this action taken by a group of five members of the BSCFA. At a meeting of the BSCFA committee of management last week it was revealed that based on their investigation, former Vice Chairman of the BSCFA, Alfredo FRED Ortega, is behind the registration. Ortega granted us an interview where he admitted to being a part of the group who registered the association as a company limited by guarantees but explained the purpose of it was not to usurp administration of the institution but to protect its assets from “ministers” who had been persuading members of the BSCFA to abandon the association and form new organization and in the process leading to the disintegration and selling out of the BSCFA’s property. Following last week’s meeting, chairman of the BSCFA COM, Ezequiel Cansino explained they had sent a letter to Ortega and attorney Audrey Matura Shepard, who had facilitated the registration process, requesting both to retract the registration of the new company. We spoke today with Cansino who said they have received a reply from Matura but will not comment much on the matter as the issue is being dealt with by BSCFA attorney Chris Coye.

Police Commissioner Says Penner Investigation Is Completed
Last year Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin ordered that Commissioner Whylie investigate Elvin Penner after the People’s United Party successfully filed for a Writ of Mandamus. Whylie told the media that the Penner investigation has been completed. ALLEN WHYLIE “Investigation had to commence; it has continued; the passport was retrieved. I think we are at the stage where the investigation has been completed in terms of all the directives the Director of Public Prosecution had given to the police. As is the norm, that file will be sent back to the DPP, if it has not been sent already. Basically we are doing what the law says. Basically the law says the police have the authority to investigate and to lay charges and there are only two areas where the DPP should be consulted. But you also have to remember what the role is of the DPP’s office. It does not preclude the police from doing investigation, issuing the charges after sending files to the DPP office and that is what we are doing. Whether or not the DPP’s office accepts is another matter. “

To Testify or Not: Compol Awaits Court’s Decision
Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action, COLA, has kept its eyes on Elvin Penner after the private prosecution filed against him was thrown out simply because COLA’s attorney, Kareem Musa, had no first hand evidence to provide to the courts. Musa asked Magistrate Aretha Ford to summon the Commissioner of Police to testify as a key witness. Ford refused and dismissed the case. Her decision has been appealed and was to be heard last week but it was adjourned until next week Friday. We caught up with Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie, at a police workshop and he briefly commented on the matter.

Police Seeks Rapist Following Minor’s Report in Rural Belize
A minor, in the company of her mother has filed a report of rape at the Ladyville Police Station in the Belize District. According to the 13-year-old girl, she had gone swimming on Sunday at around twelve thirty in the afternoon in the Vista del Mar area. She told investigators that she was in a secluded area and had already come out of the water when a man emerged from some bushes and had sexual intercourse with her against her will. A medical examination was conducted on the child and that has confirmed that the minor has been carnally known.

Missing Person Found in Shallow Grave on Ambergris Caye
A body was found in a shallow grave in an area about twelve miles north of San Pedro earlier today. Police are still on the scene as a doctor is being transported to the area then the body will be removed. Reports are that the body is that of a person that was reported missing today. We will have more on this story in our newscast on Thursday.

Elderly Woman Critical After Being Swooped Off Sidewalk by SUV
A 70-year old woman is in a critical condition tonight at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after she was swooped off a sidewalk on Bagdad Street in Belize City by an SUV, reportedly traveling above city speed limits. It was a traffic incident that brought out residents from their homes and drew the attention of passersby just before two o’clock this afternoon. According to reports a blue Toyota Highlander belonging to Chinese businessman, Xin Hua Zhu, owner of a store on Douglas Jones Street was being driven at the time by 19-year-old, Boyd Lopez, an employee. Lopez was traveling from Water Lane onto Bagdad Street heading toward Mosul Street … but some yards prior to reaching the intersection with Alexandria Street, he reportedly lost control of the vehicle.


Elderly woman knocked down in Belize City
On Wednesday afternoon around 1:32 p.m. according to Police, 19-year-old Boyd Lopez of a Belize City address was driving on Baghdad Street in a Toyota Highlander, when he lost control of his vehicle and knocked down a 70-year-old woman, who has been identified as retired educator Marie Knowles. Mrs. Knowles was walking on the sidewalk toward her Water Lane home when Mr Lopez’s vehicle, going in the opposite direction, struck her.

Elderly Man Knocked Down By Motorcycle on Hummingbird Highway
There was an accident Wednesday evening just outside of Belmopan on the Hummingbird Highway, just a couple Hundred yards below La Cabana. An elderly man, who lives near the creek close to La Choza, was crossing the highway when he was hit by an oncoming motorcycle. The man fell to the ground and was seriously injured, bleeding profusely, and with one of his legs almost amputated. The motorcyclist and his passenger, a female were also hurt in the collision, and all three were rushed to the Western Regional Hospital.

Complete Penner file going to DPP, says ComPol
On Wednesday, Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie confirmed to reporters in Belize City that the Police Department’s investigation into alleged wrong doings in the issuance of a Belize passport and Belizean nationality to Wong Hong Kim in 2013 has been completed. It comes at nearly one year since the Commissioner was ordered by Writ of Mandamus from Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin last March to continue and complete the investigation into the issuance of the passport and nationality to the South Korean national and accused fugitive, who was seeking Belizean status to avoid extradition from Taiwan, where he was being held in prison.

Bodies discovered in shallow grave on La Isla Bonita
Reports from La Isla Bonita are that the bodies of two men were discovered early on Wednesday, buried in a shallow grave about 12 miles north of San Pedro Town. Due to the state of decomposition authorities had to conduct an onsite post mortem. Police are withholding the names of the individuals until the family members can be properly informed. Information indicates that the two men were reported missing sometime before midday on Wednesday. Police continue investigations.

Controversial wooden structure will be removed from Belmopan green space
The construction of a small wooden structure on lot number 1127 or 1128 in the Belmopan Market Square raised some concerns as reports were that it was being built on a designated green space area, close to the National Assembly building. Construction began last two weeks and information was that someone who works at the City Council received permission to build a temporary structure in that area for private commerce. It caught the attention of PUP Senator and PUP Standard Bearer for Belmopan Patrick Andrews, who wrote to the Central Building Authority requesting that matter be looked into. The City Council says due process was taken; however because of the general concerns expressed by the Belmopan residents, the Belmopan City council met on Wednesday and decided to remove the structure from that area.

Male Teacher accused of sending nude photos to teenage boys
Police in Benque Viejo del Carmen are investigating reports that a male teacher allegedly sent nude pictures of himself to teenage male students. On Wednesday the teacher from Mopan Technical High School in Benque Viejo del Carmen was placed on administrative leave, while investigations continue into the allegations. Two police officers were present on Wednesday to witness the teacher leaving the compound, after he was served with the letter suspending him from duties. Pictures of the teacher in the nude began circulating on facebook on Wednesday, allegedly posted by the father of one of the teenage boys who showed his father the pictures.

13 year old girl raped in Ladyville
A 13-year-old girl reported being raped in Ladyville. According to police reports, the student of Ladyville Village visited the station in the company of her mother, and reported that on February 15 at about 12:30 p.m., she along with some friends went to bathe at sea just behind Vista Del Mar. She further stated that while out of the water and in a secluded area, a man came out of the bushes and had raped her. Medical examination was conducted on the minor, where the doctor certified that the minor has been carnally known.

BWS workers in court for final hearing
After final written submissions on March 6, Supreme Court Justice Michelle Arana is to consider the case of six former employees of Belize Water Services Limited (BWS), who say they were terminated by the utility company two years ago in February of 2013, in response to alleged improper behavior in facilitating the circulation of a series of salacious and unproven allegations made against various employees that sunk the company into a morass of bitter infighting, featuring threats against all levels of staff and Board members which were reported to Police. Concurrently, according to the testimony of top BWS executives, the company was deciding to implement redundancy as a cost-cutting measure after its rates were cut 7.2% by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), and department heads recommended the claimants for redundancy despite fair to good marks in their most recent performance appraisal in March of 2012.

Highway chase yields almost 2000 grams of cannabis
Four persons, including a 14 year old female minor were charged for Drug Trafficking. On February 14 at 7:00p.m., police intercepted a car on the George Price Highway heading to San Ignacio. However, while pursuing the car, an object was seen being thrown from inside the car. The vehicle was stopped and the occupants of the vehicle were identified as 31-year-old Jamaal Rupert Bennett and 31-year-old Astrid Alvarez both of Guadalupe Street, Belmopan, 21-year-old Keshawn Dennison, a Belizean Security guard of Gibnut Street, Belize City, and a 14-year-old female minor of Belize City.

Tortilla Vendor robbed in Belize City
A tortilla vendor was robbed in Belize City. On February 15, 40-year-old Francisco Mai Jr., a tortilla vendor and a resident of Albert Street, Belize City, reported that at about 11:20a.m, while he was on Lake View Street, Belize City he was approached from behind by four men of dark complexion. Two of the men were armed and both of them held a firearm to both sides of the vendor’s neck. They proceeded to rob him of $300.00bcy and a Motorola brand flip phone valued at $165.00bcy. The culprits then rode off in the direction of Vernon Street, and made good their escape.

87 year old man reported missing
An elderly man has been reported missing. 39-year-old Isai Mejia, Salvadoran National of Belize City reported that on February 13 at about 6:45a.m., he left home leaving his 87-year-old father, Jose Gregorio, a Salvadoran National of the same address, at home. Upon his arrival at 6:00 p.m., his father was nowhere to be found. Isai Mejia is 5 feet in height slim built, white straight hair, and was last seen wearing a green long pant and a T-shirt. Police investigation into the matter continues.

Court to consider no-case submission in Titan currency case
On Tuesday, Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer heard a submission of no case to answer from the attorney for Rohn Knowles and Kelvin Leach, the Bahamian executives of Titan International Securities, accused of failing to declare separate sums of U.S. currency in their possession totaling $12,300 on attempting to leave Belize in September of 2014, around the time that their firm and others were targeted as part of a U.S. federal indictment alleging billion-dollar securities fraud. In December when the case was heard before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer, a police officer who picked up both men from the Philip Goldson International Airport testified that the envelope he confiscated from Leach contained US$6,300 and 11 Belize dollars and was so labelled. A check of the envelope, however, failed to turn up the Belizean currency and Senior Magistrate Frazer declined to accept the envelope as evidence, because its integrity was compromised in her view.

Sexual Assault Allegations Against UB Professors
The University of Belize is currently dealing with allegations of sexual assault on students by three male employees of that institution. According to reports, on Tuesday morning flyers were being distributed on the Belmopan campus in which allegations against a male Dean and two male professors were made. The flyer lists three male employees of the schools as top sex offenders who prey on innocent students. We called the police department in Belmopan to find out if any police report was made about any such incidents connected to the named individuals on the flyer.

Senior attorney on hook for large land sale debt
On Monday, Ernest Staine, a senior member of Belize’s legal fraternity, came to the Supreme Court in an unfamiliar role. He is the defendant in a lawsuit filed on behalf of Forward in Faith Ministries and Rita McField, on whose behalf he had handled sale of a plot of land on Douglas Jones Street, Belize City, for the purposes of building a church. The total sale was for a quarter of a million dollars, the money held in an escrow account by Mr Staine. However, Mrs. McField as the seller received just $20,000 and the remaining $230,000 would be paid to her as seller on the completion of the land title in the middle of last year, but that came and went without payment.

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ComPol says Penner passport investigation has been completed
Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie today confirmed to reporters in Belize City that the investigation into alleged wrong doings in the issuance of a Belize passport and Belizean nationality to Wong Hong Kim has been completed. According to Whylie, the case file is now complete and will be presented to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), if it has not already been so presented. This is coming up on one year since the Commissioner was ordered by Writ of Mandamus from Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin to continue and complete the investigation into the issuance of a passport and Belizean nationality to South Korean national and accused fugitive Won Hong Him.

Police department holds senior officers’ training in Belize City
This morning the Police Department in Belize City hosted Formation Commanders and Deputy Formation Commanders for a two-day training concerning improving communications with the media. At this morning opening ceremony, Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie said that Formation Commanders and Deputy Commanders are free and invited to speak with reporters on critical issues related to crime in their respective district. Belize City’s Eastern Division already has its own community and public relations unit to address such matters.

Belmopan Baptist High School takes part in World English Experience
The Belmopan Baptist High School is embarking on a bold new initiative … and they need your help to make it happen. The school is sending a contingent of students to take part in a World English Experience, an initiative which brings together high school students from around the world to immerse themselves in the English Language.


Holy Cross Belize kicks into high gear
I will always be grateful for the education I received volunteering at Holy Cross school way back when we first turned up. It has paved the way for me to work work with our fantastic crew and help implement San Pedro Belize Red Cross volunteer vacations, a very exciting new chapter in our book (and a big part of my mind movie) :) The school was a great role model to me and I enjoyed many amazing times there. Even though I may not write about them as much these days, Holy Cross and San Mateo area beside it are still strong in my heart. I think about them a lot and quietly work towards hopefully helping being one of the grains of sand make a difference in that area one day. Thankfully for San Mateo residents and kids, Holy Cross School has always cultivated and enjoyed the benefits of attracting a wide range of groups that wanted to Volunteer in Belize and make a difference as you will see below.

Junior Buddy’s 8th Birthday Party at the Belize Zoo: My Chance to High Five a Jaguar AND Be A Jaguar
The Belize Zoo educates kids around the country but yesterday, they brought two schools to the zoo to meet the “ambassador jaguar” – Junior Buddy – and to celebrate his birthday. I snuck right over to see Junior Buddy, the birthday boy. 8 years old…I saw him as a cub when I first visited the zoo in November 2007 with my family. His mom, Springfield, was captured, pregnant, sick and killing sheep in Springfield village and brought to the zoo. She still lives in the enclosure right next to her son.

Wondering what to do in Belize?
Whether you are on vacation or live here, having fun and getting fit are 2 great options and there are no shortage of places to do either. A bit of fun first Although I did not attend any of the evening Carnival Celebrations I have been enjoying catching bits and pieces of the early festivities while running errands. Below is a fun picture I snapped the other day when I picked up my bread maker from Pelican Properties. I also got to see the Comparsa dancers that night see facebook page for picture. I missed the party last night due to work but you can catch some pics and some funny commentary on Reset and Restore Belize blog sometime soon.

Factory Farming – It’s coming to Belize
I watched Food Inc when it was released and it is important to watch. I have asked media houses in Belize to air this so people understand what is happening around them. I know you have heard the terms GMO or Organic Food; you may have even heard of Factory Farming. If you have not heard about these you may be asking what this is about. Intensive animal farming or industrial livestock production, also called factory farming, is a modern form of intensive farming that refers to the keeping of livestock, such as cattle, poultry (including in “Battery cages”) and fish at higher stocking densities than is usually the case with other forms of animal agriculture — a practice typical in industrial farming by agribusinesses. The main products of this industry are meat, milk and eggs for human consumption. There are issues regarding whether factory farming is sustainable and ethical. PETA has this article on Factory Farming. Watch the documentary now and please share with as many people as you know so they too may know. These things are coming to Belize, in fact you may have seen some already depending on where you live. Choose wisely as you shop.

The best places to go Scuba Diving in Belize
Approximately 3 years ago I was vacationing in Caye Caulker and I ran into my high school friend ILya Rosado. I hadn’t seen him in a while and to my surprise he had fallen in love with scuba diving and was now a dive master, working towards becoming a dive instructor. Due to his passion for the sport, I asked him to share on this blog, his experience of learning to dive, so that tourists could see what it was like. I was so impressed by his article that I quickly asked for more. I am regularly bombarded by readers requesting what are the top dive sites in Belize, and therefore my plan was to get enough articles to share this information. Three years later…here’s the article. Thanks for your patience. BTW: Ordinary lists like to include the Blue Hole as the number one place to go diving in Belize but ILya was clear to state that it is not! …Continue reading and you will find out why. 1. Half Moon Caye Wall 2. Long Caye Aquarium 3. Esmeralda Canyons 4. Great Blue Hole 5. Gladden Spit

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Car crash in Belize kills Twin Cities woman on Valentine's trip
A Twin Cities couple on a Valentine’s weekend cruise in the Caribbean met with tragedy during a port of call in Belize, where a traffic crash left the woman dead and the man hospitalized with injuries, a family member said Wednesday. Theresa L. Meuers, 55, of Minneapolis, died in the midday Tuesday collision while traveling to an inland community about 45 miles from the Yucatán Peninsula’s Caribbean coast, according to Emily Meuers, the woman’s niece. An extensive news report by a Belize television station from the scene said the couple’s taxi was about to turn and had pulled over to the right to first allow a semitrailer truck hauling oranges to pass. However, the truck hit the taxi, an SUV, from behind.

How Many People Visited Belize in 2014
Belize received 321,217 stopover tourist arrivals in 2014, according to year-end data released by the Caribbean Tourism Organization. The Central American country on the coast of the Caribbean Sea saw a strong 9.2 percent improvement compared to 2013. That made Belize among the fastest-growing destinations in the Caribbean region, surpassed only by the Cayman Islands, Aruba, Grenada, Haiti and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Belize’s totals were buoyed by a strong winter season that was 12.4 percent higher than the same period in 2013. On the cruise side, Belize saw a significant growth rate of 42.9 percent that was also among the highest in the region. In total, 677,350 cruise passengers stepped foot in Belize.

The White Sand Beach P*rn You Need Right Now
It's never wrong to daydream about white, sandy beaches and crisp, aqua waters. But when it's cold, slushy, and there's four feet of snow out your window, well, those thoughts take on an entirely new voyeuristic value. And if Fifty Shades of Grey taught anyone anything (it didn't, really), it's not to be embarrassed by your inner desires. Embrace them. If you're cruising the Internet for a steamy, full-frontal ocean shot to carry you through the dismal winter months, then take a look at these sexy BILFs (Beaches I'd Like to Frequent). Laughing Bird Caye Belize: This island national park is perfect for people who love to go down... diving. Laughing Bird Caye is the southernmost island in the Belize Barrier Reef and is full of colorful marine life and coral. There's no place to stay on the Caye itself -- you'll have to stay in nearby Placencia Village. But if you're looking for the perfect one-night stand of beaches, this is it. Best features: Diving; bird-watching Order now: Daily flights run between Belize City and Placencia. From there, hire a boat out to the caye.

Tamera Mowry Celebrates Her Pregnancy With a Babymoon!
Who’s pregnant and wearing a red polka-dot swimsuit? That would be Tamera Mowry-Housley! The mama-to-be is kicking back in Belize during a babymoon with husband Adam Housley as they celebrate their second pregnancy. The co-host of daytime talk show The Real is currently expecting a second baby — a girl! — so it’s only right that she have a chance to sit back, relax, and glow in a tropical getaway. “Belize, oh how I love thee!” Tamera captioned her selfie on February 16. The 36-year-old went on to share yet another snapshot of the pool and beach saying, “Thanks @adamhousley for an amazing #babymoon #Belize.” It sure looks like a great time!

Fortis Releases 2014 Annual Results
Fortis Inc. ("Fortis" or the "Corporation") (FTS) released its 2014 annual results today. Net earnings attributable to common equity shareholders for 2014 were $317 million, or $1.41 per common share, compared to $353 million, or $1.74 per common share, for 2013. Excluding the impact of non-recurring items in 2014 and 2013, described further below, net earnings attributable to common equity shareholders for 2014 were $407 million, or $1.81 per common share, an increase of $63 million, or $0.11 per common share, from $344 million, or $1.70 per common share, for 2013. In December 2014 Fortis increased its quarterly common share dividend to 34 cents from 32 cents, commencing with the first quarter dividend payable on March 1, 2015, which translates into an annualized dividend of $1.36. Fortis has raised its annualized dividend to common shareholders for 42 consecutive years, the record for a public corporation in Canada.


  • San Pedro Belize Dive - Divemaster Killing the Invasive Lionfish, 1min.
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  • , 3min. Ronnie and Caro's 'Ah Come Back Home' has won the Downtown Carnival Band of the Year title. Their Presentation was a tribute to Trinbagonians who come back home for Carnival. Sections included: Savannah Lime and Tobago Jazz, Soca Lavue and Peace, Distant Drums, Play Ah Mas, Sweet T&T and Maracas Beach and Emancipation and Arrival Day.
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  • Belize skycam, 3min. Experience true Caribbean beach front living and explore the ancient Mayan Ruins of Belize
  • Diving with a reef shark in Belize, 5min. Diving with a reef shark at Half Moon Caye Wall, Belize.
  • Mayan Ruins, 3min. The Maya ruins of Belize include a number of well-known and historically important pre-Columbian Maya archaeological sites. Belize is considered part of the southern Maya lowlands of the Mesoamerican culture area, and the sites found there were occupied from the Preclassic (2000 BCE–200 CE) until and after the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century. Many sites are in danger due to destruction by construction companies, which frequently source road fill from the ancient ruins. I visited Lamanai (from Lama'anayin, "submerged crocodile" in Yucatec Maya) and Xunantunich (pronounced /ʃunantunit͡ʃ/) in Belize.
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  • Belize City & Airboat, 12min. The airboat lady guide was very informative and nice. Don't expect to see many birds as you are roaring around in an airboat. The bus ride was in a nice air conditioned bus ride through the city.
  • Cave Tubing in Belize, 6min. Cave Tubing in Belize with the Ramsperger family. December, 2014.
  • Belize Cave Tubing Nohoch Che'en National Park, Caves Branch Outpost. 2-11-2015, 10min. Video shows that a bit a walking is needed for those that may be challenged. Three river crossings and about a mile hike into the rain forrest. The video does not do the experience justice nor show all of the interior rock formations. A preview to do yourself or for memories. Booked on our own before cruise. - Included Zip-line tour (see other video) Cave tubing, lunch, transportation and park entrance fees. This tour brings your tube about 3/4 of the way to drop off point for you. Other groups had to carry their tubes. We also were able to go up another quarter mile and take another "bonus" cave down the river. Lunch was traditional bean and rice and chicken. All you can eat. Also rum punch or bottles of soft drinks. Bring some $ for tips. The tour guides work hard and explain everything along the way.

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