March 31, 2015
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San Pedro House of Culture opens “The Golden Years ” Exhibit
The San Pedro House of Culture is featuring a new month-long exhibition called “The Golden Years ”. The exhibit opened on the night of Thursday, March 26th, and features the work of Canadian born international photographer Karen Brodie, who relocated to the island 18 months ago. For the past 16 months, Brodie has filmed over 90 senior residents as part of her first of a series of exhibits being planned.
In her opening remarks, Brodie shared with the attendees that when she moved to the island, she wanted to work on a personal project and decided that photographing elders on the island, 60 Years would make for a really interesting project. So far Brodie has photographed over 90 individuals and she believes there are still over 50 more to document. According to Brodie, she always tries to get a story behind each person photographed and has spent countless hours with the elders in the community. “I was looking for our elders to be featured. The reception was amazing and for the most part, people were opened to the idea. I wanted us to really acknowledge our elders. I think that as people begin to age, we tend to stop taking pictures of them and I think it’s really important to have a history of people of their age and have their experience and advice shared to the next generation.”
San Pedro Lion's Club Crowns New Queen 2015
The Angel Nuñez Auditorium was the place to be this weekend as the San Pedro Lion’s Club hosted its annual Miss San Pedro Lion’s Beauty Pageant where a happy crowd witnessed the crowing of Marisha Thompson as the Club’s newest beauty queen ambassador.
Saturday, March 28, 2015, four lovely contestants, Ezra Jacobs, Jessica Bradley, Ciara Duran and Marisha Thompson graced the stage at the R. Angel Nuñez Auditorium vying for the title of Miss San Pedro Lion’s 2015. It was a night full of dance presentations and cheers as the contestants shined with their presentations; Kudos to all the contestants for their amazing participation at the pageant.
Congratulations to Marisha Thompson for winning the title of Miss Marisha Thompson, Ezra Jacobs – 1st runner up and Jessica Randy – Miss Photogenic.
Celebrity Spotting – TV Couple Lisa Rinna & Harry Hamlin Vacation in San Pedro, Belize
Soap opera star and reality television personality Lisa Rinna (Days of Our Lives, Melrose Place, Soap Talk & The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), her husband Harry Hamlin American actor of stage, film and TV (Clash of the Titans 1981 & L.A. Law) and two daughters are vacationing in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye to celebrate the couple’s 18th wedding anniversary.
According to US Magazine, the family was enjoying some R&R at at Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita in the Riviera Maya, Mexico, but now Lisa’s Instagram account shows them extending their vacations in La Isla Bonita at the luxury resort El Secreto, located in North Ambergris Caye.
Lisa has posted pictures of their travels to Belize on Saturday, March 28, and of her stay/accommodations at El Secreto. Ambergris Today wishes the celebrity couple a Happy Anniversary celebration and a very pleasant stay in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
San Pedro, Belize Places Second on TripAdvisor's Top 10 Destinations in Central America
TripAdvisor named Ambergris Caye as the #1 Island in the World for two consecutive years (2013 & 2014) and Belizeans could not be more ecstatic to celebrate. The pressure to hold on to that title for another year was great and although it was probably time to say goodbye at the turn of the new year, Belizeans wanted to hold on to the glory a bit longer.
But come 2015, TripAdvisor has listed San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, in second place on their most recent listing for the Top 10 Destinations in Central America, bested by Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. We are happy to report that Belize made it twice on the list with San Ignacio in the Cayo District also placing on the #10 spot.
3. La Fortana de Can Carlos, Costa Rica
4. Granada, Nicaragua
5. Tamarindo, Costa Rica
6. Copan, Honduras
7. Panama City, Panama
8. West End, Honduras
9. Antigua, Guatemala
Misc Belizean Sources
Jaguars waiting to take flight from Cayman and returning to Belize.
congrats to Elroy Kuylen for scoring in the game on Sunday. The game tied at one but Belize moves onto play the Dominican Republic
Tapir Crossing Sign
Please find updated flyer on the tapir's by Manatee Lookout which includes pics of Belize's tapirs for those experts out there!
Update on the Gabriel Hoare Market expansion and rehabilitation
When vendor’s on 6th Avenue were temporarily relocated to the Social Security compound adjacent to the GH Market was to begin the second phase of the Municipal Development Project with the plan to build 15 new fully concreted stalls so as to provide better service to the residents of Corozal.
This expansion is seen necessary since the market is a daily hub of activity in Corozal. The market project is designed to upgrade a section of the existing area of approximately 220 square meters, particularly the 15 market stalls which were in a dilapidated condition that posed serious health and security hazards to both vendors and patrons. The objective is to provide a safer and more pleasant environment for vendors and shoppers resulting in significant improvement in the quality of life for residents in Corozal Town and surrounding communities.
The expansion of the Gabriel Hoare Market which also includes the rehabilitation of a Sport Complex has been awarded to Liborio Vega of LV and SONS Construction of San Estevan Village, Orange Walk District, Belize and William Lamb Jr. at a value of $721,789.40. This project is being spearheaded by the Social Investment Fund (SIF) and funded by the World Bank in conjunction with the Corozal Town Council and Government of Belize.
Women in Arts Fair 2015
This year's Women in Arts Fair was Saturday at the Cayo Welcome Center. Lots of cool art was on display. Thanks go out to NICH and the SISE House of Culture for making this happen.
DYS Female Basketball
The DYS is starting a female basketball league in Benque. They have a promo video for it. The games will be held at Deacon's Court. If you are interested in helping, call 633-5050 to find out more.
"The Department of Youth Services in Benque Viejo del Carmen presents its upcoming female basketball tournament scheduled to start on April 11, 2015 at 7PM at Deacon's Basketball Court...
Queen Bee'z will be playing Western Queens. Stayed tuned for the upcoming games schedule. If you wish to make this tournament bigger and better contact the organizer Jimmy Leslie at 633-5050."
Liquor Laws on Good Friday
MESSAGE FROM THE SAN PEDRO LIQUOR LICENSING BOARD.
JAWMAINE & BELIZE CROSS COUNTRY FEVER!
CAN'T KILL A SPIRIT, CAN'T KILL A DREAM!
A year has passed since Belizean cycling legend Ernest 'Jawmaine' Meighan was murdered. One of Belize's most outstanding protectors of the Garland, and one who came to fear no foreign competition. Let this year's Belize Annual Cross Country be ridden for the baddest pacer of them all, Jawmaine. Regardless of the pumped up pace the foreign riders brought to Belize's Country, Jawmaine held them down to bare minimum. Belize will miss this awesome champion of the race on Saturday, April 4, 2015, and his dependability in riding for the national pride. Belizean cyclists must win this one for Jawmaine. Let his spirit reign in this year's Cross Country.
Belize Advances to Second Round of World Cup Qualifiers
The Belize football jaguars have managed to advance to the second round of the World Cup Qualifiers - after a 1-1 draw last night in Grand Cayman at the Truman Bodden Stadium. Channel 7 streamed the game live from Cayman - and our cameraman Codie Norales was also there for the post-game press conference. The Belize team talked about being taken off guard by a Cayman Goal in the fifth minute of play:..
Woodrow West, Goalkeeper, Belize
"I think the team came out too aggressive and it cost us that goal, because we weren't focused on what we were doing. It catches us off-guard. It was a mistake by Danny Jimenez. We came out with a game plan and we didn't execute on the first 10 minutes of the game and cost us a goal due to an error on the back line."
Mek Mi Rich Court Challenge Continues
Viewers may remember that back in February, Belizean businessman Curtis Swasey accused the telecoms company, BTL of giving away his intellectual property to make someone else rich.
According to Swasey, he entered into a non-disclosure agreement with BTL and that's when he felt comfortable to pitch the idea of lottery texting. This new and easy form of gambling allows cellphone owners to use their phone credits to play by simply texting in.
He claims that he worked with BTL for 2 years, and quite abruptly, they ended all business arrangements. Weeks later, he heard about the Mek Mi Rich gameshow; he claims that he eventually realized that they were using his ideas for his game without his permission, and with any financial reimbursement.
So, he sued BTL and Mek Mi Rich's parent company, MMR Belize Productions. Late this evening, the case went back before Justice Courtney Abel for case management conference, and 7News was there to speak with the attorney from both sides about how far this matter has progressed. Here's what they told us about 2 hours ago:
Darrell Declares For Caribbean Shores
It seemed that for months Belize City UDP Mayor Darrell Bradley was going back and forth on whether he run for Caribbean Shores or stay on and seek a second term as mayor. Well it turns out he will do both! Less than a month after winning a major landslide as mayor, Bradley announced today that he's taking on Santino Castillo in Caribbean Shores. 7News was at the launch of his candidacy today:...
Darrell Bradley, Mayor - Belize City
"So it gives me great pleasure, great honor, great pride and great humility to stand before you this morning and to declare in one resounding voice that I intend to run for area representative in the Caribbean Shores division of Belize City."
Jules Vasquez reporting
And to make the announcement Darrell Bradley set up his launch tent on the freshly paved Blue Marlin Boulevard
Darrell Bradley, Mayor - Belize City
"This street that we are on, Blue Marlin Boulevard, I was told that this street was in the making for 5 years, It did not happen just by chance. It happened because you have men and women leaders who are caring with vision and commitment."
Santino Pleads to Cari Shores Voters
And so while Bradley is laser focused on June 7th - the current area representative Santiago Castillo Juniour says he will defend his ground - and it seems his cabinet colleagues - some of them at least - will stand with him. And in the Budget Debate on Friday, he used that national platform to make an unusual appeal to voters in his division:..
Hon. Santino Castillo, Caribbean Shores Area Rep.
"I humbly ask all Cari-Shores voters to please come out on June 7th which is the day of my convention against Mayor Darrell Bradley and give me your vote of confidence once again. You voted him as your mayor and I ask you today to keep him as mayor and I ask your continued support as your area rep. and member in this honorable house representing Caribbean Shores."
The convention is June 7th.
PM Answers PUP Deputy Espat
And while that was the budget debate - this year, the debate fireworks were saved up for the debate on the Petrocaribe Loans Bill. As we have reported, the legislation is to make special provisions for loan receipts from Petrocaribe. But the PUP says that the Bill seeks to circumvent the Finance and Audit Act and give superpowers to the Minister of Finance, in this case Prime Minister Dean Barrow. The man leading the charge has been PUP Deputy Leader Julius Espat. On Friday we broadcast a small portion of his address, but we couldn't get to the Prime Minister's rebuttal - since it happened at about 7:30. Tonight, we have those, where the Prime Minister says that the Opposition has deliberately misconstrued the intention of the Bill:..
"What the bill is saying, notwithstanding anything contain in the Finance and Audit Reform Act. It shall be lawful for the government to borrow from ALBA Petrocaribe, in any amounts without the prior authorization of the National Assembly. Those are the operative words "without the prior authorization of the National Assembly."
PUP's Camalote Kumbaya
But that probably wasn't on the agenda this weekend when the PUP went for a special retreat. Now, we know, when you hear the words "PUP" and "retreat" you probably think of lifestyle guru Tony Quinn and Caye Chapel back in 2006 - but this weekend's session wasn't anything as posh as that. The party met at a Leslie's Farm at mile fifty one and a half on the Western Highway.
According to a release 125 persons attended including members of the National Executive, Standard Bearers, parliamentarians, businesspersons, members of constituency executive committee and party supporters.
The release says the retreat was to kick off its campaign planning for the next general election with a full day working session.
The release quotes, Party Leader, Francis Fonseca, as saying that he wanted to hear, quote, "frank views (on) the challenges facing the party, (and) recommendations, arising after vigorous debate, as to the strategies required in taking the party to victory."
Attorney Ernest Staine Can't Pay
Another case which went to court today was the lawsuit against senior attorney Ernest Staine. He's being pressed by the court to return 230 thousand dollars which belongs to his former client Rita McField, which should have been done months ago.
He was to make final the sale of certain land transaction in 2014 that McField and Forward in Faith Ministries wanted to be dealt with, and then hold it in escrow for his clients. The problem is that he was supposed have handed the money over to his client McField, but he never did.
They then pressed the court to order him to do so, and disclosure of his finances shows that he does not have his clients' money; it appears that he spent what did not belong to him.
So, the court is compelling him to return the money by selling off his assets. The problem is that it's not so easily done, so the claimants are forced to wait. They attended a case management conference this evening to find out what exactly will Staine do to return this money. Here's what both sides told us when they came out of court:
Got Off the Murder Of Pungo P
Twenty-seven year old Herman Miranda Jr, charged with the murder of 36 year old Norman Gillett, aka "Pungo P", was acquitted of the charge today in the court of Justice John Gonzalez.
A statement that Miranda gave to the police in which he said he committed the crime, was not admitted into evidence after a trial within this trial was held. Justice Gonzalez ruled that Miranda was not cautioned nor was he read his constitutional rights before he gave the statement. Without the statement the case for the prosecution fell apart. As a result, Justice Gonzalez directed the jury to return a formal verdict of not guilty.
Coye Family Back In Court
The Coye Family… they've been in an out of court since 2009. First, they had to defend themselves against a criminal charge of money laundering for years. Melonie and Michael Coye were convicted in 2012 for the offence, and they had to spend several months in jail. Michael Coye died while serving that sentence due to complications from his diabetes and his declining health.
Then, the family had to appeal the money laundering conviction which they won at the Court of Appeal. The sentence was quashed, and the conviction was set aside, but that set the stage for yet another legal battle.
They had to challenge the Financial Intelligence Unit for months to get their money in different bank accounts unfrozen. And then, when they finally won that battle, Melonie and the longtime family attorney Arthur Saldivar had a legal dispute. She claimed that Saldivar made off with almost a million dollars of her family's money. That took a few more months to be settled out of court to avoid litigation.
Police Officers Accused Sexually Abusing Child
They're supposed to maintain law and order, but 2 police officers have been accused of a monstrous act of sexual abuse. On Thursday evening at about 5:30 p.m., a mother of Bella Vista Village reported to the police that her 13 year old daughter was at a bar with Police Constables Arsenio Chub and Arnaldo Ical, and one of them had sexual intercourse with her. A medical examination was conducted which certified that the child had been carnally known. Police have since arrested and charged both officers with one count each for Sexual and Common Assault and P.C Ical for Unlawful Sexual Intercourse.
City Shoplifters Do Skirt Lifting In San Pedro
Police say that a well-known pair of Belize City female city shoplifters were caught shoplifting in San Pedro. And to do the shoplifting, Nokia Smith and Sasha Bowen were also skirt-lifting - stuffing Dutch cheese and top shelf liquor under their skirts.
The shoplifting spree started on Thursday afternoon at San Pedro K-Mart where they were caught on camera taking a bottles from the liquor shelf and pushed it under their skirts. One of the females left with a bottle of Vodka.
Half hour later they went into "LIQUOR SHOP" on Laguna Drive where they stole one some more top shelf liquor and 1 carton of cigarettes.
And one hour later, they turned up at Love Belize Store on Barrier Reef Drive where they stole a pair of short pants, a various pairs of slippers.
Scarlet Macaw Scare In Red Bank
There are plans to set up the first river tubing tour in Red Bank - it would be part of the attraction for the Norwegian Cruise Line Port at Harvest Caye. It is called the Maya Red Bank Tourism Project and owner of H20 Tierra Ltd. Tom Wilson says it will uplift the village and provide employment. Wilson says the village council has approved the project and many of the villagers have welcomed it but others are wary of the project and the manner in which it is being handled in the village. Villager and Tour Guide Basilio Mes told us today that there are several factors that need to be discussed.
Basilio Mes, Tour Guide
"I did a Scarlet Macaw tour in the area and I encountered some survey line on the hill side where the Scarlet Macaw comes to feed and it goes all the way to the river. So, I started to inquire about it in the village and eventually I was told that there was some sort of a private company that was surveying or cutting survey lines in the area and that it was going to be use for mass cruise tourism in the area. Well, there are talks now that they are going to be doing river tubing in the area. The tour is going to be started somewhere around Roseville. The tour is going to start all the way upstream and it going to end up exactly where the Scarlet Macaw comes to feed. They come to feed from December to March. If this was to be approved, if this was supposed to go through and ATVs are allowed in the area, this would definitely in no doubt would chase away the Scarlet Macaws from the area."
Jawmaine's Son Wins Junior Classic on Anniversary of Father's Senior Win
The Holy Saturday Cross Country Classic is set for this coming Saturday April 4th. So, the juniors had the road for themselves on Sunday in the 16th Annual BEL Junior Cross Country Cycling Classic.
At the end of the 70 mile race, Ernest Bradley was the best of 33 riders. The young man is the son of slain cycling legend Ernest Jawmaine Meighan and today he spoke to us about his victory for the SMART Team:..
In a very neat and notable coincidence, Ernest Bradley won the junior cross country on the very same date, March 29th that his father Ernest won his first Cross country in 1997.
Jamie C Killed
And there is a murder to report tonight. It happened about half an hour ago on Berkley Street where Jamie Chavarria - who had been shot recently - was killed. More details on this tomorrow.
Belize Advances to Second Round of 2018 World Cup Qualifier
The hopes and dreams of our nation rested on the shoulder of the Belize Jaguars as they headed to Cayman over the weekend to play compete against that nation’s ‘A’ [...]
Mayor Bradley Throws Hat in Caribbean Shores
Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley, riding the wake of victory in municipal elections on March fourth, today announced he will be contesting the Caribbean Shores seat in a convention to [...]
Bradley Says Santi Will Spend, But He Will Win
According to Bradley, residents of Caribbean Shores have been asking for new representation, better service and better leadership, and he says that in those areas his record speaks for itself. [...]
Bradley Explains Push for Higher Office
Prime Minister Dean Barrow has stated openly that he will support his Cabinet colleague in any convention in Caribbean Shores. That doesn’t bode well for Bradley, as we’ve seen the [...]
Who Will Replace Bradley in City Hall?
Looking ahead, however…if the mayor is to step down, who will replace him as municipal leader for Belize City? Today, premature or not, the media asked Bradley about a possible [...]
City Infrastructure Push Continues
Notwithstanding the mayor seeking higher office, Bradley says that as a council, they have been aggressively looking at new plans for the city which will be rolled out in the [...]
P.U.P. Leader Demands Petrocaribe Accountability
There were two debates held in the House of Representatives last week – one on the 2015-2016 Budget and one on a proposed Petrocaribe Bill. The Bill is a controversial [...]
P.U.P. Turns Back on Petrocaribe Monies
With that, Fonseca emphasized that they cannot approve a Bill which seeks to bypass and do away with National Assembly authorization. And to show that he’s dead serious, Fonseca made [...]
Espat Says Roll Petrocaribe in Cayo South
That’s a grand gesture by the Leader of the Opposition, but almost immediately there was some confusion in the House. According to P.U.P. Deputy Leader Julius Espat, any Petrocaribe monies [...]
PM Barrow Scolds Julius Espat
And Prime Minister Dean Barrow wasn’t finished there. He has always reserved special attention for Cayo South Area Representative, Julius Espat, and Friday was certainly no exception. Prime Minister [...]
Senate Discusses Petrocaribe Loan Motion
And today, the Senate met in regular session to debate the Petrocaribe Bill which passed through the House on Friday. The government has the majority in the Senate, so the [...]
Business Senator Criticizes Barrow Budget
Business sector Senator Mark Lizarraga had a lot to say about the Prime Minister’s budget today, particularly where borrowing is concerned. The Opposition coined the phrase ‘Borrow and Spend Budget,’ [...]
Cayo Resident Clinging to Life Following RTA
A San Ignacio resident is tonight clinging to life at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after he was hit by a vehicle that did not stop. Fifty year old Bernard [...]
Elderly Man Brutally Stabbed in Home Invasion
An elderly Belize City resident is lucky to be alive tonight after he was brutally attacked in his home early Saturday morning. Eighty-eight year old Robert Acosta heard noises in [...]
Herman Miranda Walks on Murder Charge
This morning, the trial of Belize City resident Herman Miranda Junior ended in an acquittal after six years on remand. Miranda was accused of the September twenty-ninth, 2009 murder of [...]
Who Stole the Gracias a Dios Plaque?
In February thirty-seven Belizeans, members of an expedition led by the Northern Territorial Volunteers, were seized by Guatemalan military in Belizean waters and forced to go to Livingston, Guatemala. They [...]
Easter Regatta in Caye Caulker
Easter holiday is upon us and it means that many of us will be hitting the beach and some of the popular destinations locally and across the border. There’s one [...]
Weekend Sports With James Atherley
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. The nation collectively held its breath with eyes glued to their TVs as the national football team of Belize [...]
Shooting incident reported in Belize City
One person is confirmed dead in a shooting incident tonight in Belize City. Preliminary reports are that the shooting happened on Rocky Road. As soon as more information becomes available we will be updating this report.
Herman Miranda acquitted of murder charge
He admitted to killing 36 year old Norman “Pango P” Gillett in September of 2009 and even led police to the alleged weapons used. But 27 year old Herman Miranda Jr was acquitted of murder by a jury at the direction of Justice Troadio Gonzalez in court this afternoon. Gillett […]
Bodybuilding Federation elects new executive
At the end of 2014 the Belize Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation celebrated important triumphs in regional bodybuilding with medals at the regional games, while also dealing with internal fallout over the exclusion of body fitness champion Cricel Castillo over critical comments on financing she made via Facebook. Over […]
Darrell Bradley to run for Caribbean Shores
The contrast could not be more different: endorsed and feted, Dr. Carla Barnett and Tracey Taegar-Panton were cocooned in the support of the United Democratic Party (UDP) family at their respective announcements of candidacies in the Freetown and Albert divisions, respectively. Mayor of Belize City Darrell Bradley, despite […]
Illegal firearms recovered in Orange Walk
Over the weekend following operations and based on information received from the public, the Orange Walk police have successfully managed to take off from the streets, several guns and ammunition in 3 separate occasions. The first was recorded on Friday around 3 pm when police saw a suspicious gold Cadillac […]
Let’s Focus on Cause and Effect
The emotional complexity of human beings have always been the source of our cognitive dissonance, and the control of the masses via the Hegelian Dialectic. To localize this observation to Belize: Last week, our Government gave themselves permission to borrow as much money as they please, using every single Belizean […]
Fatal hit-and-run incident on the Southern Highway
Police are reporting the death of a man in what looks to be a hit-and-run accident on the Southern Highway.
The victim has been identified as 31 year old Sylvestre Bah, a resident of Santa Cruz village in the Stann Creek district.
Police say that around 9:25 pm on Saturday they went to an area between miles 23 and 24 o the Southern Highway where they found Bah’s body with severe head and body injuries.
Police say they found a beach cruiser bicycle near to his body.
Is Missionary Work Cultural Imperialism?
by Mardi Collins
As I read Mr Saquis’ article last week in this Blog, I became motivated to explore the question above. You see, I too have my culture – I am a Christian Canadian. I attended church for most of my life, collected money for the poor children overseas, and the missions that served them. I attended Mission week and listened enraptured by the tales of adventures in far off lands. I really thought we were doing a good thing!
Now I am a grandmother – no longer an idealist. I have been in Belize for several years, and I have changed my mind on the benefit of missions. Certainly in Belize. This is a country which opens the national radio station with morning prayers! Everyone I have met considers themselves to be a Christian (sorry, I mean a Catholic, a Baptist, an Adventist, a Nazarene or maybe a JW) My village of 300 people has 3 churches, which have divided our village into critical camps. And still the missionaries come to “share the word of God”.
So I decided to do some research and here is what I found: Early Missionaries were given the notion of cultural superiority due to their religion. Accordingly, early colonial efforts were delighted to destroy cultural heritage, exactly as ISIS is doing today.
Belizean Heavy Bun/Hot Cross Buns
Just in time for Good Friday, I show you how to make Belizean Heavy Buns. Stay to the end and you'll see them made into Hot Cross Buns.
Time to Breath
The world is seemingly nothing of what it was 8 months ago. I thought I had an appreciation for the change ahead in my life, I thought I knew what I was getting into...little did I know I was about enter a world so many long for and don't even realize it. A world where people are genuine, a world where someone's word is worth far more than a claim check, a world where you start asking about your friends if you haven't physically seen them in a few days, a world that can be so busy that you blink in November and open your eyes in March, a world I wouldn't trade for anything...
It's been a crazy busy few weeks - Brian is down for a visit, Eric got arrested, I made it on the board for the Tour Operator Association...plenty of other stuff happened. Mark, General Manager of The Phoenix (a multiple winner of the #1 Resort in the Caribbean) paid my staff an amazing compliment yesterday. He told me that he was so impressed at how they cared for everyone on the Sunset Sail and that even though they ran, jumped, cleaned, served, and hustled the entire time, because of the smiles and great attitude they exuded it didn't look like they had worked a minute. A team that truly loves their job will never work, but have fun living life and the things we do. So blessed that is my team.
Cayman draws with Belize but won’t advance in World Cup qualifying
Underdog Cayman Islands drew 1-1 with Belize Sunday (29 March), in the return leg of their FIFA World Cup qualifying series, but won’t advance due to tiebreak rules.
After a scoreless draw in the 25 March first leg, Mark Ebanks’ fourth-minute strike gave Cayman a brief 1-0 lead until Belize’s Elroy Kuylen equalised on a 20th-minute free kick.
With the teams even on aggregate following the match, the tiebreak rules give the advantage to the team with the most goals as the visiting team. Cayman did not score during its trip to Belize, giving the Jaguars the edge to advance to the next round.
“It’s really unfortunate that we played two games and didn’t lose any and we’re not advancing,” Cayman Islands Captain Abijah Rivers said.
Cayman’s lone goal came when Raheem Robinson sent a cross into the box. A Belize defender appeared to miss the ball while attempting to clear it and Ebanks was right there to send it in off the bounce and give Cayman the lead.
Belize: Economy continues to grow
Belize continues to set the pace for the region in economic development as the latest figure from the Statistical Institute of Belize shows that the economy grew by 3.6 % in the calendar year 2014. Growth slowed in the fourth quarter of the year to 1.6 % mainly due to shortfalls in the secondary sector. Despite this, still subject to later adjustment, the production value for 2014 is listed as $2.73 Billion.
From October to December 2014, in the primary sector the banana industry grew by more than 30 % when compared to the same period in 2013. That is an additional 7000 metric tonnes. Banana and grapefruit with an increase of an incredible 50.7 % were almost solely responsible for the strong performance of the agricultural sector in the fourth quarter. There was no sugarcane production during this time due to the delay in the start of the crop. There was also no harvesting of orange or lime since the fruit had not yet reached the desired maturity level. In the secondary sector, water distribution increased by 3.6 percent and softdrink production increased by 9 percent. Beer and liquor had minor increases as well. In the tertiary sector, the service sector which accounts for half of the country’s total economy grew by 3.6 %. This was driven by a growth of 15 % and 9 % in hotels and restaurant industry and wholesale and retail trade respectively. Overnight tourist arrivals grew by 3.6% (2,000 guests) and cruise tourist arrivals increased by 38.1 % (over 75,000 more).
Soldiers Learn Laws of the Jungle Training in Belize
The jungle is one of the toughest environments on the planet. It’s extremely difficult to navigate and finding food, water and shelter isn’t easy, so learning to survive under the canopy is an important skill for troops going out into the field.
When it comes to army training, the jungle of Belize is one of the toughest places to go on exercise. It’s hot and humid, with deadly snakes and mosquitos - and all sorts of tactical obstacles to overcome.
But for more than three weeks, members of the 2nd Battalion, the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment are taking on the challenge as part of Exercise Mayan Warrior.
Crawley soldier battles the creepy crawlies on jungle mission
A Crawley soldier has been been fighting off the creepy crawlies while training in the Central American jungles of Belize.
Lance Corporal Giancarlo Savaglia, 30, from Crawley, who serves in the 2nd Battalion, Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, is one of 150 soldiers from across the South East of England who have swapped their current base in Cyprus for the hot and steamy jungles of the tiny Central American country of Belize as they take part in exercise Mayan Warrior.
Deployed deep in the heart of Belize’s rainforest, Giancarlo is learning how to fight, navigate and survive in the jungle.
Giancarlo, who is second in command of a section of eight soldiers, said: “I have to admit I’m a bit anxious of the bugs and snakes, I saw a huge tarantula which looked pretty mean and I got a bite from a bullet ant right on my backside when I was changing my trousers. It felt like a bit of severe cramp for a while.”
Venezuela Cuts Oil Subsidies To Caribbean Nations
Low oil prices are forcing Venezuela to cut a generous subsidy program to Cuba and a dozen other Caribbean nations.
Venezuela is Latin America's largest oil producer, and its economy depends heavily on oil exports. It's been been hit hard by the tumbling oil prices.
"Venezuela is in desperate straits. The oil sector has been deteriorating, and now with the slumping oil prices, they needed cash desperately," says Michael Shifter, the president of the Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington, D.C.-based group that studies the region.
Shifter says it's no surprise that Venezuela is trimming back a program that provides oil at subsidized, deferred payment rates to many of its Caribbean neighbors that are dependent on energy imports. Petrocaribe an alliance of Venezuela and Caribbean nations was created a decade ago by the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. It provided subsidized oil to countries such as Belize, Haiti and Jamaica.
The subsidies helped Caribbean nations balance their budgets and finance schools, social programs and small businesses and farms.
"This was part of his broader strategy to extend his influence to consolidate support and also to curtail influence of the United States in the region," Shifter says. But he says when prices dropped, Venezuela "couldn't sustain this, it was impossible."
Caribbean Fisheries Forum to review regional spiny lobster declaration
Heads of national fisheries authorities from the seventeen (17) Member States of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), as well as observers and partner agencies, will attend the 13th Meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum in Grenada this week. The representatives will review the status of fisheries and aquaculture in the region and chart the roadmap for enhancing their contribution to national and regional development.
A Caribbean spiny lobster on the sea floor. This photo was shot during a 2010 NOAA expedition in the U.S. Virgin Islands to map
underwater habitats and the marine life they support. (Credit: NOAA)
CRFM Executive Director, Milton Haughton, said, “The fisheries and aquaculture sector is playing an increasing role in food and nutrition security, as well as the provision of income and livelihoods for the people of the Caribbean.”
FOUND! MISSING KU KLUX KLAN LEADER
ill Wilkinson was once the most hated man in America – a domestic terrorist who advocated racial violence as Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. The National ENQUIRER exposed his evil agenda, forcing the coward to flee the country 30 years ago.
You can run and hide – but The ENQUIRER will find you!
The 72-year-old fiery racist, who still boasts of his controversial past, is hiding in plain sight on a Caribbean island resort – where he’s one of the few white folks!
The ENQUIRER exposed Wilkinson in 1979 when he announced he was “going international” with a Klan Youth Corp trained “to do maximum damage!”
He claimed his Louisiana chapter of the KKK shot up a black activist’s car in 1978, “and we’re not ashamed of it.” A year later, Wilkinson and his followers were held partially responsible for opening fire on black marchers during a Southern Christian Leadership Conferencein Decatur, Ala.
The Southern Poverty Law Center filed multiple lawsuits against the Klansmen, but Wilkinson refused to name participating members.
Archaeologist Discovers Mysterious Ancient Maya Citadel
For three decades, archaeologist Anabel Ford has been exploring and studying the ancient Maya site of El Pilar, but until now she has never encountered anything like the ‘Citadel’.
“We discovered a completely new component of the greater site that does not meet with any traditional expectations,” said Ford. “It shares nothing in common with Classic Maya centers: no clear open plaza, no cardinal structure orientation, and curiously no evident relationship to the major Classic site of El Pilar, little more that 600 meters away."
What Ford was describing was an unseen building, or associated complex of buildings, that was recently only detected by remote sensing technology—more specifically, a laser application known as LiDAR, or Light Detection and Ranging—in this instance an airborne remote sensing technique utilizing a helicopter employing laser technology to penetrate the thick vegetation and forest canopy that overlies and enshrouds objects and structures. It is a way of ‘seeing through’ the forest to reveal things otherwise invisible to the naked eye.
LiDAR helped to produce a remarkable map of El Pilar, revealing unexposed Maya architectural and other human-made features that, although still hidden from the naked eye, fit an often-seen pattern. This new set of structures, however, was something new. Dubbed the “Citadel” because of its location perched atop a ridge with the appearance of fortifications, it contains concentric terracing and four ‘temples’, each about three to four meters high. Unlike the other structure complexes, it seems by placement to have been isolated from the rest of greater El Pilar.
Belize Bandfest 2015 Apology from Terry Gordon, 6min. Master of Ceremony made a mistake on the announcement of winner .
On the road to Placencia Belize, 2min. Old one lane bridge on the way to Placencia Belize with my Mom, Helena Redekop.
Dolphin jumping and following tender in Belize **less than great audio - excessive engine noise**, 1min. A wild dolphin showing off and playing as it chases our tender as we leave Belize City, Belize **audio not very good, windy, near the engine and probably not a great mic on camera. **
Airboat ride through marshes in Belize - ** excessive engine noise - LOUD**, 1min. Airboat ride through marshes while in Belize. We were looking for manatees and crocodiles, but didn't get any good photos of video. We did see many birds and fauna, but the ride was the most fun. Everyone has to put their hands in the air and shift their weight so the boat will turn more smoothly.
Belize Bandfest 2015 Rene Villanueva Sr., 10min. Chairman of Belize Bandfest Rene Villanueva Sr. Apologized on behalf of Terry Gordon.
Amerindian House Building -Belize CA Campus, 4.5min. The Luk Makoo house is a calibration of different ancient American building techniques integrated with modern amenities and conveniences ( plumbing, hot and cold shower, electricity, sewage,) into one structure. The house has an octagon shape, consisting of 8 ten foot long walls and 3-8 ft walls as an extension creating 900 square feet of usable space on the ground level and a sleeping loft in the roof.
The Luk Makoo house uses building materials that are 100% natural readily available renewable resources that are sustainable and relatively expensive to acquire. The resources used Do NOT leave an imprint on the Earth life cycle resources.
Mysterious Ancient Mayan Citadel FOUND in Belize, 4min. For three decades, archaeologist Anabel Ford has been exploring and studying the ancient Maya site of El Pilar, but until now she has never encountered anything like the ‘Citadel’.
I'll CU in Belize, 5min. Campbellsville University's School of Education goes to Belize for a Field Experience.
You Better Belize It!, 7min. Belize 2015 snorkeling.
[NEW] Belize Travel Video 2015, 18min. Trip to belize jan 31 to feb 20th
Manatee in San Pedro, Belize, 1min. Best reaction by Nicole!!! We were lucky to see a Manatee in the wild while snorkeling off the coast of San Pedro, Belize!
Rain in Belize, 1min. Wash it all away.
Belize Cave Tubing, 3min.
Exploring The Lamanai Ruins in Belize, 4min.
Cave Tubing at Nohoch Che'en Caves Belize, 7min.