Woman’s throat cut after domestic quarrel
At press time tonight, police are still seeking Ulysses Manuel Mayorga, 25, a Honduran whom, they told the media at a press conference held yesterday, Wednesday, in Belize City, they need to question with regards to the bloody murder of a 21-year-old woman with whom he had previously been living, and whom he was visiting at the time of her death.
The murdered woman, Merlin Elizabeth Herrera Mejia, 21, a Salvadoran, lost her life as a result of what is suspected to be domestic violence, almost three weeks after Customs officer Keisha Buller, 25, of Benque Viejo Del Carmen, was brutally murdered, allegedly by her abusive ex-common-law husband, who stabbed her about 10 times in front of her grandmother and her 4-year-old child from a previous relationship, police reports said.
Celebrated 35th birthday, then drowned in New River
Leonel Guerra, 35, well-known manager of Guerra’s Construction, of Santa Martha Street, Orange Walk Town, died this morning at about 3:30 when his vehicle ran off the Orange Walk Toll Bridge and took the long plunge into the New River, which runs below.
Reports are that Guerra was celebrating his birthday in Belize City yesterday and was travelling back to Orange Walk Town this morning when on his arrival at the Orange Walk Toll Bridge, he lost control of the pickup in which he was travelling.
The vehicle hit the protective rail of the bridge, breaking the rail, and the truck fell off the left side of the bridge. It landed in the river with its four wheels up, a part of it submerged.
People in the area who were alarmed by the loud bang when the pickup hit the guard rail came out to see what had happened, and when they saw the vehicle in the water, they called police, who found Guerra trapped in the vehicle, already dead.
Scurvy Charles Bucknor!
For over two years, Charles Bucknor has maintained his innocence in regards to the allegation that he committed an aggravated assault of an indecent nature upon a minor who was 13 years old at the time, but today, he was found guilty of the offense and was given the maximum sentence of 3 years in prison.
Perspiration began to form on the face of the 50-year-old laborer as he tried to interrupt Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith as she was summarizing the evidence presented in his trial this morning.
At the last adjournment of the case, Bucknor had indicated to the court that he would call his assistant as a witness in his defense. This morning, however, his assistant was a no-show in court.
Before she handed down the three-year sentence, the Chief Magistrate told Bucknor, “You, Mr. Bucknor, are nothing but a pervert, and a sick pervert at that, and you are a liar. You, Mr. Bucknor are going to prison.”
PUP (minus ten) says party leader Fonseca’s position “safe”
The Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Francis Fonseca, called a special PUP national executive and standard-bearers meeting yesterday afternoon at Independence Hall to hammer out the details of demands made on Monday by a dozen standard-bearers who wrote to him and the party chairman, Henry Charles Usher.
Among the changes the group of 12 were requesting was for the party to conform to its constitution to have a national convention, since it has been almost 5 years since the party’s last national convention. The Party’s constitution prescribes that a national convention must be held every two years on a day in November.
Additionally, the standard-bearers were calling for immediate national consultations to commence to inform the party’s policy positions, and for the party’s national executive to be restructured, arguing that the party’s leadership structure was not inspiring confidence, as evidenced by the poor showing in three elections in the last six months.
Two more banks in Belize face cut-off by Bank of America: Central Bank
Two banks in Belize—one domestic bank and another which holds a license under the International Banking Act—are scurrying to put alternative measures in place for correspondent banking relations, which enable them to conduct foreign money transfers and clear overseas payments, after receiving warning that their correspondent banking relationship with Bank of America, the second largest bank in the US, could soon be cut off.
We saw a notice from the international bank based in Belize City which says that the correspondent banking relationship with Bank of America will be severed as of this Friday, July 31, 2015. The notice said that, “…a few of our banking services such as wire transfers, USD bank drafts and foreign currency will be affected.”
While the bank said that it is working on several alternate arrangements for correspondent banking, it notifies customers that, “…we will not be able to facilitate any foreign currency wire transfers or USD bank drafts until further notice.”
In April, Bank of America severed its correspondent banking relations with Belize’s largest domestic bank – the Belize Bank, both its domestic and international institutions, on the claim that there was a business model mismatch.
Guatemala’s exact claim over Belize still undefined
Belize and Guatemala have been in territorial talks under the auspices of the Organization of American States (OAS) since 2000, and while OAS officials said in the Tuesday night forum, dubbed “Culture of Peace Forum”, that we are very close to solving the age-old dispute, the extent of Guatemala’s claim—deemed by all Belizeans to be unfounded and unjust—has still not been clearly defined.
We understand from Foreign Affairs officials that Guatemala’s last written communication staking claim to half of Belize, from the Sarstoon to the Belize River, said in another breath that Guatemala is reserving the right to resurrect its claim to “all of Belize.” In fact, this is reflected in the country’s new passport, which has a dotted line along the full length of the country’s western border with Belize.
When we probed our sources within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the matter, we were told that they do not know exactly what claim Guatemala will bring, if the matter is voted for adjudication at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
2015 Brodies Strong & Weak Doubles Table Tennis Tournament
The 2015 Brodies Annual Strong & Weak Doubles Tournament took place this past Sunday, July 26, at the BES Auditorium, the home of table tennis.
Following a Double Elimination format, 16 Strong & Weak Doubles teams began competing for this year’s title. Last year’s winners Billy Musa, Jr. & Samron Pott came into this event as the top seed. Petie Matus & Marion Usher, last year’s other finalist, did not play this year, leaving the second seed position open to Carlos Cui & Terry Su.
In the Upper portion of the draw, Mishek Musa & Fabio Carballo made it to the semifinals by beating out Alain Gonzalez & Kareem Stewart, Taye Parkinson & Jayden Sutherland, and Billy Musa & Samron Pott, before losing to Carlos Cui & Terry Su.
Belize basketball heroes display Copa Cancun trophy
Yesterday morning, at the Quan Volleyball Gym on Princess Margaret Drive, manager/owner of Hoop Dreams Belize, Brads Neal presented to the assembled media his triumphant U-19 basketball team along with the beautiful silver trophy they recently won as champions of the Copa Cancun tournament in Cancun, Mexico.
The team, consisting of some of the best young players in Belize who have been with the Hoop Dreams program for the past five years, travelled to Cancun last week for four consecutive days of basketball competition, from Thursday to Sunday, in which they won 6 games on their way to the Copa Cancun championship. Despite blowing out most of their opponents, they did have one very big test against the recently crowned Mexican U-19 champions, Veracruz Marlins.
According to Brads Neal, “They were the champs of the country … and they were geared to play against us. The media, everybody was hyped about it, thought it was going to be a great game, and they thought that the Marlins was going to beat us. But it was a hard fought game, and in the last minute of the fourth quarter, we took that step to victory.”
SOL Belize hosts U-13 and U-15 Football Marathon
SOL Belize sponsored football Marathons in two categories – U-13 and U-15 on Saturday, July 25, at the MCC Grounds. Six (6) U-13 teams and four (4) U-15 teams participated in the Marathon, which followed a simple knockout format. Most of the participating teams involved players and coaches from the recently completed Smart 13 & Under football tournament, and past players of these teams who were now over the 13-year age limit. The tournaments were also coordinated by the same staff of the Smart 13 & Under, led by Stanley “Jordan” Reneau and Tyrone “T-Bone” Muschamp.
Brown Bombers was victorious in both the U-13 and U-15 categories. Second place in the U-13 was taken by Charlston FC, while Collet Strikers claimed the second place trophy in the U-15.
Editorial: Capitalism’s adjustments
The original theorists of communism and scientific socialism, Marx and Engels, thought that revolutionary change, where workers would take over the means of production, would first occur in the industrialized countries of Europe, where laissez-faire capitalism was at its most cruel, rapacious and contradictory in the latter part of the nineteenth century.
Instead, the first communist revolution took place in 1917 in Russia, which was an agrarian, almost feudal society which was a combination of Eastern European and Asian in geography. A revolution had begun in 1910 in Mexico, but it was not a communist revolution. After the ideas of the Russian Revolution spread to the Western Hemisphere, the Mexican Revolution clearly took on socialist and communist aspects in the 1920s.
The world war which began in 1939 featured industrialized capitalist economies on both sides. On the so-called Allied side were Great Britain, France, and later the United States of America. On the so-called Axis side were Germany, Italy, and Japan.
From the Publisher
Belize will be marking Emancipation Day this week in a really significant way for the first time in my memory. Emancipation Day has been a big event all over the British Caribbean for a long time. At least, this is what I have been told.
Emancipation Day is a time when mulatto Belizeans should look themselves in the eye. “Mulatto” is not a term used much in Belize. All people who have any kind of African ancestry here have been called, or called themselves, “Creoles.” There have been Belizeans with dark skin and tight hair lumped under this general heading along with light-skinned Belizeans with European features.
My late paternal grandmother, Eunice Locke Hyde, used to refer to darker-skinned Creoles as “able Creoles.” Then there was a general reference made in Belizean society to lighter-skinned Creoles as “royal Creoles.” There was still some ambiguity in the “royal” designation, however, because there were some dark-skinned families who had been very British for generations, and I think they fell under the “royal” heading. It is all quite confusing sometimes.
Ahead of vote, Belize, Guatemala officials insist on ICJ
Belize Foreign Minister Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington told the media at a press briefing held at the Radisson Fort George Hotel this morning that it was the distrust that Belizeans had decades ago for politicians involved in the Belize-Guatemala process which triggered a demand—now a legal requirement—for a referendum to be held before any move is made to reach a settlement with Guatemala with respect to their unfounded territorial claim over at least half, but as much as all, of what constitutes modern-day Belize.
Evidently, that suspicion of Government officials has gone nowhere; and neither has the requirement for a national referendum—despite the fact that diplomatic officials from both Belize and Guatemala tout the same mantra: that the matter will be resolved at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
Both Foreign Ministers, in one breath, chanted their official line—that the Belize-Guatemala differendum WILL be settled at the ICJ; but in another breath, they spoke of plans to hold national referenda in the respective countries to allow their electorates to say whether they want the ICJ to adjudicate on the matter.
Mid-year economic stats reveal billion-dollar import bill and falling exports
The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) today released the latest economic data reporting on mid-year trade and consumer prices.
According to the SIB, merchandise imports for the first half of 2015 grew by 5% or $46 million, for a total of almost $1 billion, while the country’s exports for the same period fell by roughly 11% or $37 million, down from $341 million exported during the first half of 2014 to $304 million exported for the first half of this year.
“Crude petroleum contributed greatly to that decline, with earnings dropping sharply by almost $33 million from $51 million to $18 million during the period,” the SIB said.
For the month of June 2015 alone, Belize imported goods valued at $189.2 million, up by $31.7 million or 20.1%, from the $157.5 million imported in June of 2014.
According to the SIB, the largest increase was in the category of ‘machinery and transport equipment,’ up by almost $16 million, from $31 million to $47 million, due to purchases of sailboats and airplanes during the month.
Officials press ICJ agenda at Belize-Guatemala peace forum
At a rare public forum held by officials of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Belize Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday night, July 28, 2015 at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts, the presenters kept campaigning for the territorial differendum to be taken to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the claim that it is the only way to arrive at a speedy resolution to the age-old problem.
“We need to go to the ICJ because that’s a precondition for us to be able to demarcate our land boundary, as well as our sea boundaries. At present, we are a nation without defined and demarcated boundaries, and the only issue remaining is for us to get a pronouncement on the boundaries…” argued Belize Foreign Minister, Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington in a statement which some protestors at the event deem to be a contradiction of Elrington’s earlier statement that the country’s borders are already defined in the 1859 Boundary Treaty between the UK and Guatemala.
Women, children make bold statement as Santa Cruz 13 return to court
The Santa Cruz 13—a group of villagers who had been arraigned and charged after Rupert Myles, who was handcuffed and tied up with a rope when he was detained by local authorities in Santa Cruz Village last month—reappeared in the Punta Gorda Magistrate’s Court today, and at that point those who had not been charged for common assault on Myles were additionally read that charge on top of the charge of illegal imprisonment.
The group, represented by Maya attorney, Monica Magnusson, is due to reappear in court on September 29, 2015, and they remain on bail.
Maya leaders from the village had claimed that Myles had to be restrained because he had been threatening violence against villagers who had objected to him setting up his domicile at a sacred Maya site – Uxbenka, where he had taken up residence without permission from village leaders.
For his part, Myles, a Creole Belizean who is also the common-law husband of a Maya woman of the village, had claimed that he was a victim of discrimination, and claimed he was told that he was not wanted in the village because of his race—a charge which the Maya have denied.
Police meet-and-greet on gang turfs
The new Commanding Officer of Eastern Division South Side, Belize City, Senior Superintendent Chester Williams, went to neighborhoods on Kraal Road, Gill Street and other high-crime areas in the Southside of Belize City yesterday to meet and talk with residents
Williams said that he aims to establish peace in the area through the use of a new style of policing. Police will go into the communities to talk to the residents to hear their concerns, and to get advice from them on how police can be more effective in the area.
Williams said that these tips, bits of advice and expressions of concern will be compiled and reviewed.
The area was divided into four sections, and each section will be overseen by a senior police officer who will visit the homes of people in the area, while Williams himself will visit the notorious Gill Street, Kraal Road and Nurse Findley Crescent areas.
Woman slapped her man in front of police … twice!
A Belize City woman broke down in tears as she was led by court police to the holding cell area of the Magistrate’s Court this morning, after she was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until Monday, when Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith will sentence her.
Tifara Tillett, 21, an unemployed resident of Berry Street, was arraigned on one count of common assault against her common-law husband, Belize Defence Force private, Kenrick Archer, 24.
When the Chief Magistrate asked her to enter a plea, Tillett pleaded, “Guilty with an explanation.”
Smith asked the court prosecutor, Inspector Carol Tucker, to give the court the brief facts of the charge.
No ban on military bases in border area!
Four ex-Foreign Ministers who served at varying points between 1998 and 2008, the decade when the Opposition People’s United Party was in office, have issued a joint statement refuting claims made on Monday by Guatemala’s Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales that Belize and Guatemala had agreed “to not build another military base” in the border area after their 2000 agreement.
Of note is that while Guatemala has not exactly built any military bases on the border with Belize, it has within the recent years been bolstering several military bases, apart from constructing new ones inland, with several millions of dollars in US aid, which are said to be a part of the anti-narcotics strategy for the region.
For example, in August 2009, it reportedly received US aid to the tune of over US$1 million for a Special Forces (kaibiles) base in Poptún, Petén, just west of Belize.
BTV to erect flag monument on Sarstoon Island
Scores of Belizeans are being offered the opportunity to be a part of a historic expedition to Sarstoon Island, near Belize’s natural southern boundary with Guatemala, on Sunday, August 16, 2015, when the Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) will lead a boat trip of Belizeans from various parts of the country to witness the unveiling of a flag monument on the island.
In May, Belize Coast Guard officials were recalled from a reconnaissance mission to the island after Guatemala Navy officers—who claimed it as a part of their country but who could not produce a supporting map—challenged their presence there. The Belize Coast Guard—which initially stood its ground and camped on the island until a directive came from Prime Minister Barrow for them to cut their mission short—was able to produce a map showing the Guatemalans that they were squarely located inside the internationally recognized territory of Belize.
First Caribbean Bank, San Cas Plaza, robbed
First Caribbean Bank at the San Cas Plaza near the northern entrance of Belize City was held up at gunpoint on Friday morning, and one of its employees had to be treated for injuries sustained during the incident. The incident occurred shortly after the bank […]
Orange Walk contractor dies in RTA after birthday celebration
Lionel Guerra, 35, a popular contractor of Orange Walk Town lost his life just three hours after he brought in his birthday, and just outside of his hometown in a tragic road traffic mishap at the Toll Bridge at Tower Hill. Guerra had reportedly left […]
San Narsico health center gets makeover; Trial Farm Village gets cancha bleachers
The Belize Natural Energy Charitable Trust has partnered with the Ministry of Health to fund the renovation of the San Narciso Health Care Center in the Corozal District. The Trust also partnered with the Trial Farm Village Council to renovate bleachers for sporting events. Minister […]
CitCo hosts breakfast for Guatemalan and Belizean children
The Belize City Council hosted a breakfast and entertainment session for Belizean and Guatemalan children at the BTL park on Wednesday morning. It is a part of continued efforts to further strengthen diplomatic relations between both countries, in the face of the long standing […]
Primary school students see a bright future with Scotiabank
This week Scotiabank continued to invest in Belize’s development by offering high school scholarships to primary school students. The Bank’s Albert Street branch presented 25 of those scholarships to students on Tuesday, along with schoolbags containing supplies for the upcoming school year. The scholarships form […]
CTO says tourism slowing in Belize
Belize is seeing a decline in tourism arrival numbers this year, after years of strong growth, according to the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). This is contrary to what the Belize Tourism Board reported earlier this year. Belize received 129,316 tourist arrivals in the first […]
Belize continues Ebola preparedness with help from Taiwan and PADF
The Ministry of Health has received clinical care kits for Ebola patients through donations from the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) and the Republic of China/Taiwan. The donation is part of a larger regional effort to prepare for and control a potential Ebola outbreak. […]
12 PUP heavyweights call for National Convention; leadership tested
Twelve standard bearers of the People’s United Party (PUP), some of whom are considered senior members, have written to PUP Leader Francis Fonseca and Chairman Henry Usher, calling for an urgent national party convention, exposing their discontent and lack of confidence in the leadership of […]
Police crack down on loitering and public drinking
The Belize Police Department’s Eastern Division (South) announced that starting this week, despite a recent shift in policy from cracking down on quality-of-life offenses, such as riding a bicycle without bells and lights, police will crack down on loitering and public drinking. According to […]
Bacab watchman shot dead at home! Police suspect robbery
Police suspect robbery was the motive of the shooting murder of Prudencio Gonzalez, 48, the watchman of Bacab Eco-Park, who was killed inside his home at Ridge Lagoon, off the Burrell Boom Road on Sunday night. Gonzalez, who lived a short distance away from his […]
Productivity Matters Part IV: Tourism
Over the past few installments of this conversation on the role that productivity and efficiency (measured by Total Factor Productivity, TFP) have in the economic growth debate, we’ve done two things. Firstly, by using the work of Abdychev et. al (2015)—entitled “Increasing Productivity Growth In Middle Income Countries”—we’ve established the […]
The Role of the Opposition
In a real democracy, the will of the people prevails. Ideally, political parties chart a mandate which is pretty much a plan of what they want to do for the nation. The plan generally encompasses broad areas such an economic, social, security, environmental and educational portion. This is then presented […]
Police department gets $50 thousand worth of new equipment
The Ministry of National Security, in a ceremony at the Ministry’s conference room in Belmopan on Thursday morning, handed over $50,000 worth of hand held radios to senior officials from the police department to assist in the improvement of policing effectiveness across the country. […]
On Monday of this week an extraordinary press conference was held at the Radison Fort George Hotel here in Belize City. The two protagonists were the Foreign Minister of Belize, the Hon. Wilfred Elrington and the Foreign Minister of Guatemala, Lic. Carlos Raúl Morales. . They called the press conference […]
Domestic violence claims 4th life in one month
A 21-year-old mother has become the fourth and latest victim of domestic violence in a span of 27-days. Merlin Elizabeth Mejia was found with her throat slashed at her home on Morning Glory Street early Wednesday morning and police cannot locate her spouse, who […]
PUP vs PUP Convention will not contest leadership
The People’s United Party (PUP) called another national executive meeting this week to discuss a request for a convention that would have seen the PUP’s leadership contested. In what could only be described as a sustained boycott, 10 of the 12 missing representatives from the […]
Cop breaks and enters into Magistrates’ Court!
A police officer is being investigated pending possible charges of burglary and damage to property, for allegedly entering the Belize City Magistrates’ Court without permission and for causing damages to the door. The scene at court on Thursday morning was an interesting one, as […]
Joint unions call for raise for KHMH workers
The three unions, which include teachers and public officers, who have been in negotiations with the government for a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), have called on the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) Board of Governors to raise the employees’ salaries. The joint unions, the […]
Belizean banks targeted Is the Central Bank next?
Atlantic International Bank Limited (AIBL), an offshore institution not affiliated with Atlantic Bank Limited, has confirmed reports that more financial institutions in Belize had corresponding banking ties with Bank of America (BOA) cut off. This week the AIBL put out a notice to its […]
Breaking Belize News
Boy, 9, missing in Hokeb Ha Cave; search and rescue mission to begin
Tonight a father is desperately searching for his 9 year old son in the Toledo District. Information reaching our newsroom is that members of Palm Harbor United Methodist Church Mission Outreach, were out on a field trip at the Hokeb Ha Cave in Blue Creek village, Toledo. The boy’s father and […]
Audrey returns for BGYEA confidentiality case
Supreme Court Justice Courtney Abel reportedly entertained the parties in the case between the Belize Grassroots Youth Empowerment Association (BGYEA) and the Government of Belize this morning. A decision is pending on the claim made by Government attorney Rodwell Williams that his opponent, Audrey Matura-Shepherd, violated the terms […]
First Caribbean Bank in Belize City robbed
On this last day of July, a Friday, thousands of Belizeans line up at the banks to collect their pay and pay their bills. Taking advantage of the hectic situation, a group of individuals in Belize City decided to try to make some money the easy way, by […]
Man tries to make off with police vehicle
For no apparent reason, 42 year old former taxi driver Lincoln Moguel had the urge to take a police pickup from their headquarters and attempt to drive it away. He didn’t get very far, and today he was lucky to avoid jail time because he reportedly suffers from […]
Belize Tourism Board to host annual tourism industry conference in San Pedro
Fido’s Courtyard in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye will be the venue for BTB’s Tourism Industry Conference which is slated for Saturday, August 1st.
The much anticipated event is geared at updating industry partners about the tourism accomplishments over the past year in the “Year in Review”, and inform on strategies implemented for the ‘Year Forward’.
Organizers say this year’s event will have a twist as there will be two informative sessions administered by local and international panelists.
Orange Walk Town gears up for Fiestarama
Orange Walk Town’s biggest annual event, Fiestarama is scheduled to commence tonight with opening ceremonies at the Orange Walk People’s Stadium. The stage has been set and according to the Mayor of Orange Walk Town, Kevin Bernard the 3 day weekend of festivities will include wholesome fun […]
Traffic Accident on the Hummingbird Highway
Belize Media Group has received a report about a traffic accident that happened on the Hummingbird Highway just now. The incident happened about 1.5 miles away from Belmopan. According to our sources, an elderly person was injured and has been taken to the Western Regional Hospital. Police and paramedics are […]
Former PUP Foreign Ministers Take Guatemalan Foreign Minister To Task
A recent PUP statement is making its rounds in the mainstream media today. This time though not for any internal turmoil but rather for contradicting what Guatemalan Foreign Minister had said earlier this week concerning the military bases in both countries. In a conference on Monday, Foreign Minister of Guatemala, […]
Canadian mom may be hiding child in Spanish Lookout
Police from the city of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, believe they have narrowed their search for the missing 31 year old Robin Trockstad nee Greenway and her 2 1/2 year old son Treyson to Spanish Lookout, Cayo District in western Belize. Robin Trockstad faces an Interpol arrest warrant for abduction of […]
Police reorganization helping crime fight in islands: Heredia
Belize Rural South area representative Manuel Heredia Jr. says a re-organization of the Police Department in San Pedro Town and Caye Caulker village is contributing to a reduction of crime. Speaking with News 5, Heredia stated that additional personnel and vehicles have been dispatched to participate in patrols. On Caye […]
Mainly fair weather will prevail through tomorrow
The National Meteorological Service of Belize is predicting mostly sunny skies during the course of the day and partly cloudy skies tonight with only isolated showers along with the chance of a thunderstorm developing inland this afternoon or in the deep South tonight. Winds will be blowing to the East […]
Armed Robbery at First Caribbean International Bank in Belize City
Reports reaching our newsroom are that a group of men in Belize City robbed the First Caribbean International Bank around 9 am this morning. Police are currently at the scene. We will be updating this story as more information becomes available.
Belize’s First Tourism Hotel Celebrates 50 Years & The Amazing Visionary, Miss Celi McCorkle
The day before the presentation of the 2015 BTB Awards at the Holiday Hotel in San Pedro, Belize, it seems fitting to write about Miss Celi McCorkle. The woman who opened and ran the very first tourist hotel in all of Belize. Who brought tourism to Belize – 50 years ago.
Earlier this year, we sat down together for lunch, with her daughter Lisa, and I got what she called “her very first interview”.
Picture this if you can. The bustling tourist town of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize about 60 years ago. The island that now is estimated at 20,000 residents +, was inhabited by less than 500. And there wasn’t a motorized vehicle in sight – no motor boats and definitely no cars or golf carts.
A young San Pedrana girl sat in her skirt (NO SHORTS in those days) on a coconut log on the beach in front of what is today’s Holiday Hotel.
TWO MARGARITA MIXES FOR YOU FROM THE TIPSY BARTENDER RECIPE IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH...RECETA EN ESPANOL Y INGLES
PINK FLAMINGO MARGARITA
2 oz. (60ml) Tequila
1 oz. (30ml) Lime Juice
1 oz. (30ml) Cranberry Juice
1 oz. (30ml) Pineapple Juice
1 oz. (30ml) Peach Schnapps
2 oz. (60ml) Watermelon Pucker
Splash of Simple Syrup
MARGARITA FLAMENCO ROSADO
2 oz (60 ml) Tequila
1 oz (30 ml) de Jugo de Limon
1 oz (30 ml) Jugo de Arándano
1 oz (30 ml) Jugo de Piña
1 oz (30 ml) Licor de Durazno
2 oz (60 ml) Pucker de Sandía
Un Chorrito de Jarabe Simple
HARD TO BELIZE: THERE’S SO MUCH TO DO IN CAYE CAULKER
es, Caye Caulker is an appealing place in which to do nothing, or to do not much. Stroll the dirt-road Front Street. Dangle your feet in the water at The Split, Caye Caulker’s answer to its non-existent beaches. Rent a bike and meander around the side roads. It’s all a dream. But assuming you’re craving a little more adventure, that too can be found on Belize’s favorite backpacker island! And it won’t put you in the poorhouse either. While boat tours are pricey compared to other Central American activities, there’s plenty of free and reasonably priced things to do as well. Read on for seven of them. The flat, shallow waters surrounding Caye Caulker were made for Stand Up Paddleboarding — though the current will give you a proper workout in some directions! We found just one place renting SUP boards, along with windsurfing gear and standard surf boards (you’d need to boat out to an area with waves for the latter).
20 Must See Places in Belize
1. Ambergris Caye: It’s the largest, boldest, most “happening” island in Belize. Find water sports, Mayan ruins, charming shops and a party vibe pervading the island 24/7.
2. Placencia: This finger of land boasts 16 miles of beaches. The village is awash in pubs, shops, restaurants and luxe accommodations within this Garifuna village.
3. Caye Caulker: Golf carts replace cars on this four-mile-long caye near diving, jungles and natural wonders. The vibe is so laid-back, visitors abandon their shoes.
4. San Ignacio: This sprawling epicenter, known as Cayo, draws curious souls eager to see Mayan heritage sites, caves, rivers, pools and waterfalls. Come for the ice cream and the iguanas!
5. Caracol: Situated in the foothills of the Maya Mountains, Caracol is an impressive archaeological ruin featuring stele, altars, ball courts and Sky Palace, one of Belize’s largest man-made buildings.
Easy recipe with local ingredients....Inspired by GREAT Indian food in Belmopan!
It is frustrating to cook here sometimes, as you will go to the store with a list and find that some basic things just aren't in stock this week. You can find yourself changing up your menu on a whim. Sometimes you will find that you accidentally create a masterpiece! I got the idea for this recipe when, earlier this month, Dave and I had to go to Belmopan for some errands, as most people find they have to do if you live here. Dave saw a review for an Indian restaurant in Belmopan's outdoor "restaurant row" (I do not know if this is what it is called, that is what I am calling it :)...picture a couple rows of outdoor wooden booths filled with delicious street food, but with tables and wifi!)
Anyway, this place is now the place we will go every time we have to go to Belmopan. YUM! There is a great Indian/Caribbean place called Tiger on the peninsula that is slow food--this was the best fast Indian food ever!
Camp Basil Jones works with at-risk Belize kids to create safer neighborhoods
From July 6th to the 24th the second annual Summer Youth Camp at Camp Basil Jones was held on North Ambergris Caye under the able direction/coordination of Guillermo “Mito” Paz of the San Pedro House of Culture. This one-of-a-kind camp has awakened the attention of local news media, organizations and individuals as its main purpose was to help reduce the chances of at-risk Belizean youths to go astray. One hundred Belizean children mostly from Belize City and other parts of the country were able to participate in this camp.
It is imperative that we point out to this community the major role that this camp plays in the life of these young people. According to Mr. Paz some of these children have never been snorkeling or have never worn a mask. Some youth come from single parent homes with extremely limited resources. In other words this camp is a “Safe Haven” for these at-risk youth where they can be exactly what they are – children; and forget for a week the harsh living conditions that society and the world has thrown their way.
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary: A Home for Jaguars
The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the places that you need to visit inBelize. Learn more about the many sights and activities you can enjoy while staying in CockscombBasin Wildlife Sanctuary Lodging.
Located in Southern Belize, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary sits below the peaks of Cockscomb basin wildlife sanctuary. The name ‘cockscomb’ is derived from the jagged look of the range when seen from the north or south. This place was declared a forest reserve in 1984, and a part of it was set aside to be transformed into a wildlife sanctuary. In 1993, the whole basin was declared a wildlife sanctuary and new movements were taken to the Trio Valley. Today, over a hundred thousand acres are protected following a big international effort to save the juguar population of the basin. The ancient Mayas were believed to be the first inhabitants of the basin, as evidenced by the ruins of Chucil Baalum, a small ceremonial site from the Classic Period of the Mayan Civilization. The Golds worthy expedition in 1888 was the first known attempt to head to the peak of the Cockscomb Range. Up there, they found loggers already go here, acquiring mahogany cedar. The logs floated down South Stann CReek to the coast and are then brought to Belize City. Many of the names on the basin’s map retained the interesting names of timber caps like ‘Go to Hell Camp’ and ‘Sale Si Puede.’ All these camps were reclaimed by the jungle long ago.
Gender, Education and the Drive for Well-Being in Belize
I was flooded with memories last January as I stepped into the rural high school on Ambergris Caye, Belize. Nearly two decades earlier, I had begun dissertation research here regarding the health and well-being of the first mass high school-educated cohort of young women in the tourism-centric region. On my first day of fieldwork, the principal announced that I hoped to speak to interested students during their study halls. As soon as the next bell rang, a line of young women formed, all eager to share their stories with an insider-outsider—someone deemed trustworthy and also not fully embedded in the history and lineage of the community. Now I had returned, this time to learn more about how those young women’s adolescent experiences had influenced their own development as adults—and also driven changes in their community.
My initial work (1996-2001) had taught me that these young women were not blank slates upon which global narratives were written. Rather, they brought their own ways of seeing the world to bear upon transnational media, images, messages, people, and opportunities. More, their life stage as teenagers—attuned carefully to new technologies and media—mattered enormously in how they marshaled community changes to further their educations and improve their well-being.
Local students learn global lessons in trip to Guatemala and Belize
Eleven students and two chaperones from The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison embraced a new culture, language and way of life during a two-week service learning trip to Guatemala and Belize in July.
"These trips very much reflect our mission of global learning," said Head of School Andrew Webster, who accompanied 16 students on the school's first service learning trip to Peru in 2012. Wardlaw-Hartridge has worked in tandem with the World Leadership School on all of its service learning trips.
Students on the trip to Guatemala and Belize ranged from rising freshmen to recently graduated seniors. Chaperones Tanda Tucker of Bernardsville and Ryan Oliveira of Middletown were impressed with the teamwork and maturity of the students.
Maya monuments unearthed: 1,700-year-old relics reveal king, rites of rulership
Ancient Maya artifacts depicting a Mayan ruler and the rites of royal accession have been unearthed in Guatemala that date back to the fourth century, CE, according to archaeologists. The discoveries include a stela (monuments made of a slab of stone or wood, usually ceremonial but sometimes used as a territorial marker) and extremely well-preserved panels that shed light on a period of Mayan history of which very little is known.
New Historian reported July 29 that archaeologists from the Middle American Institute and Tulane University announced at a press conference the findings of ancient Mayan artifacts that will undoubtedly aid in the understanding of the civilization that flourished in Central America for roughly three thousand years prior to the coming of the Spanish conquistadores. Among the findings at the El Achiotal archaeology site, part of the La Corona Regional Project in Guatemala, were pieces of a stele, all of which depict a Mayan ruler from a period in which relatively little is known. Also found at the excavation site were a pair of hieroglyphic panels that reveal the rituals of accession to the Mayan throne.
Fly Fishing Belize - El Pescador July 2015, 8.5min.
Belize Missions 2015, 5min. from Kettering College
Belizean Sharks April 2015, 5min. SCUBA Diving with nurse sharks in Belize.
Wildtracks, Belize - Round 2, 7min. A look at my second time at Wildtracks - Summer of 2015.
Tower Hill Airport Belize, 1min. Airport south of Orange Walk.
Cahal Pech (San Ignacio - Belize), 5min.
Belize Ambergris Diving - Blue Hole - Sharks - Rays - Turtles, 6min. July 2015 dive trip to Ambergris Caye in Belize. Main reason for the trip was a birthday celebration but we were able to sneak in some amazing diving. Two of the dives ended up requiring a DECO stop. A must stop if you dive, enjoy great people, and can appreciate a beautiful tropical paradise.
GoPro Belize, 3min.
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