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Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, West Vision (Cayo) and CTV 3
Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Rise and Shine Morning Show, and the Dickie Bradley Specials

The San Pedro Sun

Searious Thing: Beauty Queens Enjoy La Isla Bonita!
The beauties of Costa Maya Festival 2015 have been busy getting to know all about Ambergris Caye since they arrived on the island on Wednesday, July 29th. From dinners to photo calls and even attending awards shows, they have been quite busy. But on Sunday, August 2nd, it was time to get SEArious! Costa Maya Pageant Catamaran Searious Adventures-23Okay, not really! But they were ready for some real fun and relaxation at sea. And providing the perfect getaway was SEArious Adventures! All eight beauties from Central America and Mexico jumped on board the Searious Escape Catamaran for a wonderful day tour to Caye Caulker. The sun was blazing gloriously early on Sunday morning, and after slathering on the sunscreen, it was off to one of the most recommended spots in Belize: Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

Camp Basil Jones works with inner city at-risk youths to create safer streets
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 it has as its main purpose to 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 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.

San Pedro Town hosts the 13th National Tourism Awards
It is known as the grandest event of the year for The Belize Tourism Board, and on Saturday August 1st, the San Pedro Holiday Hotel hosted the 13th National Tourism Awards. Tourism stakeholders from all across the country were seated beachside on La Isla Bonita as they awaited the announcement of the winners of the evening. Joining the celebrations was Prime Minister of Belize, Honorable Dean Barrow and his wife, Special Envoy for Belize Mrs. Kim Simplis-Barrow. Eiden Salazar Jr. and Indira Craig were the amiable MCs for the evening, getting the show underway after the singing of the National Anthem and a short prayer. With categories ranging from Guesthouse of the Year, to Hotel of the Year, Minister’s Award, Festival of the Year and more, there were many prizes to be handed out. San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye was nominated in several categories, but standout winner of the night was the San Pedro Lobster Festival. Organizer Rebecca Arceo graciously thanked the San Pedro Business Association and volunteers who work diligently year after year to ensure that the festival takes place. San Pedro’s festival is unique in that it is about the food – challenging restaurants and chefs to come up with creative ways to present the lobster for a panel of judges. In the meantime, revelers at the Block Party have ample opportunities to taste and decide for themselves. The festival has garnered quite the following, with repeat visitors making plans a year in advance to make it to the festival again and again. Congratulations to the San Pedro Lobster Festival!

B A- 1 Project kicks off in Caye Caulker
On Monday, July 27th the Belize Training Employment Centre (BTEC) kicked off the B A-1 training seminar for women in Caye Caulker. A collaboration of the Women’s Department of Belize, the Ministry of Human Development and funded by the Central American Integration System (SICA), the program was successfully launched in San Pedro in June. Held at the Caye Caulker Roman Catholic Primary School, the program is being coordinated by program Coordinator for San Pedro and Caye Caulker Jorge Aldana. The training seminar targets victims of human trafficking and domestic violence by assisting them with personal development. Currently 20 women have enrolled in the training program, which is expected to last three weeks. In the first phase, participants will learn the necessary skills in life planning and personal development. Followed by the second phase which will train the women how to develop a business plan and become successful entrepreneurs. “We are having the second training of the clusters happening in Caye Caulker at the moment, the first training already took place in San Pedro. What we expect from this initiative is that when the B A- 1 project is fully implemented, we hope to have developed a local plan of action to address violence against women,” said Aldana.

San Pedro Lions to host BCVI clinic in August
The Lions Clubs of Belize will be conducting a free eye screening program for children in day care centers, kindergarten schools, primary schools and even in the different summer camps on Friday, August 14th. This service is possible through a grant provided by Lions Clubs International Foundation and local Lions Clubs Funding. The Lions Clubs of Belize comprises of Belize City Lions Club, Belmopan Lions Club, San Estevan Lions Club and the San Pedro Lions Club. A special portable Plus Optix Eye Screener will be used in the program. The device is designed to look for many common eye problems. During the screening there will be no physical contact with the child’s eye. The screening will determine if the child needs treatment, in which case parents will be informed. An eye doctor will be assigned and costs of the treatment will be taken care of after verifying that the parents qualify.

Ambergris Today

13th National Tourism Awards Recognizes Belize’s Best
The Belize Tourism Board held its 13th National Tourism Awards on Saturday, August 1st in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The event had a grand turn out with guest converging from all corners of the country for this gala event. Distinguished guests included the Prime Minister, Honorable Dean Barrow, Ambassador of Taiwan, H.E. Benjamin Ho, and Minister of Tourism, Culture, & Civil Aviation Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr. among others. The event began with a cocktail reception, following seating of guests to commence the festivities. Nominees were all well represented and showed up in full force anticipating the results of the judging process. This year, the list of categories had increased to 11 with a total of 57 nominations.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

The Belize delegation is back from the Special Olympics games
Congratulations to the team!

$1,200 a Month to Live Well in The Heart of Belize
Every hillside, every valley, was brushed with the vivid, appealing colors of nature…crimson and orange flamed hues of flamboyant trees in full bloom contrasted with the soft blue and mauve blossoms of what appeared to be jacaranda trees… The entire countryside of Belize’s Cayo District was bursting with color. A recent trip to this area reminded me how much it has to offer. I relish living on the country’s Caribbean coast but every now and then I love to escape and indulge in the Cayo’s raw, bold beauty. Driving up to their home, the first thing I noticed were the series of solar panels lining the roof. The abundant Cayo sunshine recharges the solar batteries that power their indoor, and outdoor kitchens, lights, air conditioning, and swimming pool pumps. They have no utility bills and they seldom use their air conditioning, since their home has been designed to take advantage of the breezes blowing from the hills towards the river.

Communications and Marketing Officer
The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) is seeking a suitable applicant to fill the post of Communications and Marketing Officer. To find out more information see vacancy posting or call Stephanie at 822-3302.

Paint N Splash "Dolphin Tales"
Tomorrowat 2:00pm. Come join us at Crazy Canucks. Step by step instructions. This one is going to be a good one.

BOLEDO DRAWING for Tuesday, August 4, 2015: 68. PICK 3: 4 1 0. FANTASY 5: 35 20 12 37 15 U

Power Interruption 6:00am to 2:00pm, Sunday, August 9
Entire City of Belmopan, and all that area from Mile 30 to Mile 59 on the George Price Highway, including La Democracia, Mahogany Heights, Franks Eddy, Saint Matthews, Cotton Tree, Valley of Peace, Roaring Creek, Camalote, Teakettle, Ontario, Blackman Eddy, Buena Vista and all that area from Belmopan to Armenia Village on the Hummingbird Highway. BEL to relocate high tension structure on the transmission system in the area.

UB Awards 85 Scholarships
Great news on the education front! The University of Belize had their annual Scholarship Award Ceremony for the 85 recipients of this year's scholarships. Congratulations to all. Study hard! "The University of Belize (UB) held its annual Scholarship Ceremony on August 3rd at the Jaguar Auditorium. At this year's ceremony eighty-five students were awarded scholarships for the upcoming academic year. Recipients were awarded from three of UB's scholarships funds: Barton Scholarship Fund, Diane Sylvestre Endowment Fund, and the Student-Athlete Scholarship Program."

Raptors are magnificent, wild creatures. Not pets!
Twiggy's story is a prime example of why wild animals need to remain in the wild and not in someone's home or backyard. Twiggy was a baby black hawk who had apparently fallen from a nest and was being kept illegally as a pet. When the person keeping her found out about BBR, he surrendered her immediately, but by then the damage was done. She had a severe respiratory infection, dehydration and was horribly malnourished by her 4-week diet of tiny amounts of bread and milk given once a day. She had metabolic bone disease: her bone growth was stunted and her limbs soft and deformed. After treatment for the infection and a proper diet, Twiggy began to put on weight and appeared to be in better health and spirits, but her wings were so badly deformed that it was unlikely she would ever be releasable. One evening, Twigs simply laid down and died. The specific cause is likely to remain unknown, but the underlying issues of poor skeletal and organ development were a direct result of the poor diet during her formative weeks being kept as a pet.

Channel 7

First Caribbean Regional Executives Comment
Last night, we told you about how Heritage Bank is buying First Caribbean Bank's assets, in what is called in a "first-of-its-kind consolidation." But the downside is for the employees of First Caribbean, 60 of them who will be let got - and have no guarantee of getting a job with Heritage. But we're not there yet - all employees will remain fully employed until the sale is final, which could take until November. Today, the Regional representatives from First Caribbean, who had flown in to handle the negotiations and dialog with the employees, returned to headquarters in Barbados. Daniel Ortiz tried to speak with First Caribbean's CEO of Regional Operations, Rik Parkhill, , when he exited the bank on the way to the airport. As you can see here, Parkhill turned us down, and he made a bee line for the waiting transport. But his manager of Corporate Communications was more forthcoming and took our questions:

Heritage Bank Steps Up With Takeover, But How Many FCIB Employees Will They Take Over?
The Managing Director of Heritage Bank is also watching these employees. Stephen Duncan took over the Heritage Bank in 2009 when it was teetering and has brought it around to a level of modest profitability. Now the local bank - which only exists in Belize - is making a big, bullish move, sort of going up in weight class from light weight to middle-weight. Today Steve Duncan - who used to run First Caribbean in Belize - told Jules Vasquez why they are excited about the upgrade - and what it means for the employees of a bank he used to run: Stephen Duncan, Managing Director - Heritage Bank "I think the best way to describe is to say that we are excited about what is happening. This is for us, such a big deal. I mean, for one of the bigger banks, it might not be as big a deal. But for us is a big deal. It is going to double our balance sheet size immediately and you can't scuff at something like that [smiling]." "This would represent a growth for us that would have taken us a couple years or a few years to accumulate. So effectively you get a level of growth within let's say for argument sake one year - that under normal circumstances could have taken four years to accomplish. We intend now to go through a period of consolidation as we integrate this. Which will require us to focus both on our existing customers as well as the new ones that will be coming on board. And I would want to say to the customers of First Caribbean that we will at Heritage to do our best if given the opportunity and if the deal is approved by the regulators and it goes through, we will certainly do our best to provide them with the service that they desire and that they deserved."

Outgoing Country Manager For First Caribbean Comments
The current country manager for First Caribbean Bank Glen smith will have to handle a large part of that transition - which includes negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement with the Christian Workers Union. Today he told Monica Bodden that it is a bittersweet departure for First Caribbean:... Glen Smith - Country Manager, FCIB "It is one of mix feelings. We had been in Belize since 1949 and so approximately 66 years of working in the country, it gives us mix feelings to do that. However, based on the global and regional position of the bank, it wasn't an easy decision to arrive at, but the principals having done a complete strategic review of the bank within the region arrived at this decision." Monica Bodden "We have all heard about the 60 employees that will be let go. What will happen to them?" Glen Smith "We have treated with our employees and also with the union representative and suffice to say that the bank has always consider its employees as our most valuable asset and so we will be fair to them and I can assure that we will be in our severance package, that it will be better than minimum required under the law and so we will continue to treat with the union representative and our staff in this regard."

Police Confirm Body Found 10 Days Ago is Usher
2 weeks ago, we told you about the burnt body which was found on the main road heading to Scotland Half-moon Village in Belize Rural. As we reported, the family of 28 year-old Kelvin Usher, a resident of Ladyville, believed that the burnt body was his. He had gone missing 2 days before. Well, Ladyville police finally confirmed today that they are 100% sure that it is him. Senior Superintendent Edward Broaster, the officer commanding Easter Division Rural, told the press in Ladyville today that after their investigation and the post-mortem conducted by Dr. Mario Estradabran, they are sure that the burnt victim is Usher: Reporter "The body that was found in Bermuda Landing some weeks ago, has there been identification of that body?" Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster, Commander, Eastern Division Rural "Yes, it's the body of Usher I believe." Reporter "So that has been confimed through forensics?" Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster "That was confirmed by the mother and investigation on the body that was conducted by the doctor."

Vigilantes Kill "Flasher" In Dangriga
A man was beaten to death by residents in Dangriga yesterday in a case of vigilante justice. 34 year old Anwar Douglas Garbutt exposed himself to a young girl in the Back-a-Town area yesterday morning. The community decided to take matters into their own hands - that's when 4 men tied Garbutt's elbows together with a leather belt, dragged him from a yard onto the street side where they beat him to death. 2 pieces of 2X4 lumber measuring about 6 feet in length have been retrieved from the scene. Police have detained 4 men from the village in connection with this brazen murder. Police say that this is not the first time that Garbutt has done this - he has been charged twice before with indecent exposure but police also say that the resident may have taken it a too far because there are no reports that Garbutt touched the young girl.

News Sweetens For Sugar Industry After A Season That Started With Bitterness
Despite a late start to the cane season - which left some farmers with cane in the fields - it was still a very good year. There was a record crop of 141,998 tonnes and now there is a record high second payment, which farmers will get next week. This is based on the revised cane price of 70 dollars and 45 cents - the highest on record -and actually higher than the final payment for last crop. So that means farmers will get on average 21.27 cents average payment per tonne on this second payment - which is way up from last year. Financial Controller Belizario Carballo told CTV-3 more. Belizario Carballo, Financial Controller, B.S.I. "So the revised cane prices is now $70.45, which is a new record in terms of 2nd payment cane price estimate. This is the highest on record for a 2nd payment cane price estimate. Last year for example, the 2nd payment cane price estimate was actually the final cane price estimate for the crop was $67.52. The 2nd cane price estimate was, we know that. So, this 2nd payment cane price estimate is above the final payment for payment for last crop was."

Police Say Sandhill Teen Stabbing Victim May Also Be Perpetrator of A Sex Crime
Last night we told you about the man who stabbed a 16 year old boy after catching him in bed with his 13 year old daughter. It is a very delicate situation - we can't disclose the identity of the father nor any family member or neighbors because it would reveal the identity of the minors. Today we spoke to Senior Supt. Edward Broaster and he told us the little information he could provide on this case. Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster, Commander, Eastern Division Rural "Yesterday we received a report of a stabbing incident where we visited the scene. A 16 year old was stabbed at Sandhill Village and he was taken to the KHMH where the doctor certified wounding. He got stabbed to his navel area. The individual that stabbed him is in custody and will be charged accordingly for the injuries that he inflicted on the minor." Reporter "The circumstance surrounding that incident, what led to that stabbing?" Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster, Commander, Eastern Division Rural "Well, the circumstance leading to that stabbing was the fact that he found him in his house doing something that he should not have been doing."

Special Olympians Return With Silver
The Belize Special Olympics Team brought back silver medals from the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, California. The team only participated in Bocce matches but played against big teams such as Italy and Austria. At the end, the 9 months of training paid off for the team and they earned silver medals in both the single and team category. Today we were part of the greeting party for the team at the PGIA and they told us how rewarding this experience was for them. Courtney Weatherbune reporting A marching band, large picture banners, homemade posters and bouquets of welcome home balloons were all brought out at the Philip Godson International Airport this morning. The spectacle was set up for these kids - the Belize Special Olympics team. They emerged only to be greeted with loud cheers and with the warm and eager embrace of family members.

Disabled Man Got Viciously Beat Down
And while that I the good news for those special needs persons - there is also some ugly news tonight. A disabled man is hospitalized with a fractured skull and a broken jaw. It happened two weeks ago when 30 year old Brandon Nicolas was badly beaten inside his home. He was found lying in a corner by his older sister. Nicolas is crippled in both hands and feet and is a deaf mute so he has been unable to help police in their investigation- but according to his sister, she doesn't believe the cops are doing all they can to catch the culprit. Today 7news visited the home where the merciless beatdown took place. If you would like to assist Nicholas you can contact his sister at telephone numbers 6-6-8-8-2-9-4 or 6-0-0-6-7-3-3.

Solid Waste Management Transformation
A month ago, the Solid Waste Management Authority officially opened the San Pedro Transfer Station, which the island's version of the streamlined and upgraded dumpsites in Belize City, Cayo, Belmopan. It's all part of the Solid Waste Management Project to transform the way the country manages its garbage. The San Pedro Transfer Station was officially inaugurated on July 3, and it now forms a part of the garbage transfer process. When the sanitation workers on the island go and pick up garbage from residents, they will deposit it at the transfer station. From there, it will be brought in to the mainland by barges, and then that garbage will be transferred to the mile 24 Regional Sanitary Landfill. From August 2013, when it was first opened, to May 2015, the facility has been used to dispose of 50 thousand metric tonnes of solid waste transferred from Belize City and the San Ignacio/Santa Elena/Benque Transfer Station. On a daily basis they receive around 74 tonnes of garbage.

Belize's Heptathlete
Professional Track & Field athlete Katy Sealy has been representing Belize for the past 5 years, but she started making the news last year June when it was first announced that she would be the Belizean Flag bearer for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, which were held in Glasgow Scotland. Since then, this British-born Belizean athlete has continued to represent Belize at international athletics competitions, but she's never granted the local press any interviews before today. She did so this morning at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel, and one of the first things she was eager to discuss with the media was her connection to Belize. Here's what she had to say:

Assad Shoman Says No to Guat Foreign Minister
Last week Thursday, we told you about how 4 former Foreign Affairs Ministers from the PUP challenged the Guatemalan Foreign Minister and said that he was misleading the nation. That's because on last week Monday, 7 days ago, CARLOS RAUL MORALES said in a press conference that the reason that the Guatemalan Government objected to the construction of the Coast Guard's Forward Operating Base was because an agreement was signed in the Confidence Building Measures that neither country would construct military bases at the border. In our coverage of that story, we told you that Assad Shoman was the only Foreign Minister from the PUP who had not thrown his voice in with the other 4. His absence was notable because he was the lead negotiator on the Guatemalan issue for a long time, and he was a co-framer of the Confidence Building Measures. Well we contacted us today to explain that the reason he did not join the signing of the press release from the other PUP Foreign Ministers was that he did not see the invitation to join the signing via email until it was too late.

Still No Sign Of Drowned 10 Year Old
There is still no sign of 10 year old Jason Pau. He went missing on Friday on a summer camp trip at the Blue Creek Cave in Punta Gorda. At the end of the cave tour, the group realized that he was missing; police search teams have been looking for him since. Yesterday during the search police and divers picked up a foul smell coming from inside the cave but that led them no closer to finding Pau. When we spoke to police today they told us that the search will continue tomorrow.

Noted Principal Passes
Tonight we note the passing of career educator and principal Samuel Sukhnandan. THE 52 YEAR OLD died LAST WEEK Friday of a heart attack in Guatemala City. His son told us that he had kidney failure and the heart attacks were the result of complications resulting from a kidney transplant. His funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 10:00 am at Nazarene Church - on the compound of the same school he had been principal of for many years.

Channel 5

Business As Usual at FirstCaribbean Despite Looming Sale to Heritage Bank
A formal announcement confirmed on Monday that CIBC FirstCaribbean’s local assets were being acquired by Heritage Bank Limited, a move that will change the banking landscape locally. But the acquisition [...]

Central Bank Governor Says Transition Should be Seamless
But will the transfer of FirstCaribbean’s assets affect its existing clients and what does the sale mean for the banking sector?  That’s what we asked Central Bank Governor, Glen Ysaguirre, [...]

Acquisition of FCIB Means Growth for Heritage But What About Employees?
The purchase of FirstCaribbean’s resources sets the stage for Heritage Bank to expand its operations across the country and with that growth comes a need for additional human resources.  According [...]

Atlantic International Remains Without Correspondent Bank
There is other news in the financial sector which is also affecting banking transactions overseas in the offshore industry. Atlantic International Bank, which formally severed ties with Bank of America [...]

Should Heritage Bank Hire First Caribbean Personnel That Are Losing Their Jobs?
And tonight’s question is: Do you think that Heritage Bank should hire First Caribbean personnel that are losing their jobs in the sale of the bank to Heritage? Send your [...]

4 Persons Detained for Murder of Anwar Garbutt in Dangriga
Four of five persons, including a minor, are in the custody of the Dangriga Police tonight and are likely to be charged for murder in the wake of the vigilante [...]

Body of Missing Child Still Not Recovered from Blue Creek Cave
The recovery effort to retrieve the lifeless body of ten-year-old Jason Pau from the Ho’Keb’ Ha Cave in Blue Creek Village resumed earlier today with a dive team descending into [...]

Father Stabs Teen After Catching Him in Bed with 13-year-old Daughter
A thirty-seven year old and a sixteen year old resident of Sand Hill are facing criminal charges in connection with a stabbing incident in the village on Monday afternoon. Sometime [...]

Firearm Charges Against Joseph Nunez Struck Out in Court
In June 2014, a prosecutor with the Municipal Court was arrested and charged for two firearm offenses after he claimed he stopped a friend from committing a serious crime by [...]

Hattieville Resident Arraigned for Burglary; Did He Attempt to Rape Neighbor?
A Hattieville resident is out on bail after he was charged with the offense of Burglary with the intent to rape his thirty-five year old neighbour, whom he knew for [...]

Motorcycle Accident Leaves Cayo Resident Clinging to Life at K.H.M.H.
A seventeen year old is tonight fighting for his life at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after he was knocked off his motorcycle on the Bullet Tree Road on Monday.  [...]

Said Musa Supports Francis Fonseca in Wake of Boycott
The G-twelve in the P.U.P. has not been heard from since their boycott of national executive and standard bearers meetings in the past two weeks. That is except for Dan [...]

Chamber of Commerce and DFC Sign MOU…
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Development Finance Corporation signed a Memorandum of Understanding earlier today.  The mutual partnership will see both organizations strengthening their respective services [...]

…Business Agreement Forges Meaningful Partnership
The partnership, Aikman says, will allow the Chamber to expand its reach across the country.   Kim Aikman, C.E.O., Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry “They will also assist the [...]

Special Olympic Athletes Return to the Jewel
Four very special athletes returned home to a warm welcome today. And they did not come empty-handed; the athletes returned to the jewel with medals around their necks after taking [...]

Holiday Hotel Celebrates Fifty Years of Service on La Isla Bonita
Over the weekend, the Belize Tourism Board held its annual tourism awards in San Pedro. The event honored hotels and resorts, as well as individuals who have excelled within the [...]

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Belizean Athletes Earn Silver Medals at Special Olympics 2015
A team from Belize returned home boasting silver medals that they won at the Special Olympics recently held in Los Angeles, California, USA. Love News was among several groups that were at the Philip Goldson International Airport to welcome them home. We spoke with Elodia Bautista, head of the Belize delegation. ELODIA BAUTISTA “It was […]

Regional Managers in Belize To Wrap Up Sale of Assets For CIBC First Caribbean Bank
On Monday CIBC First Caribbean International Bank made the announcement that its operations in Belize will be taken over by Heritage Bank. For its part Heritage Bank says the acquisition of CIBC First Caribbean’s Belize assets is an excellent opportunity for the Bank as it will provide the ability to further cement itself in the […]

Young Boy Stabbed for Unlawful Sexual Intercourse
A father is facing a charge of wounding after he stabbed a 16-year-old in the abdomen yesterday in Sandhill Village, Belize District. Love News spoke with the Rural Executive Officer, Senior Superintendent Edward Broaster on the incident. EDWARD BROASTER “Yesterday we received a report of a stabbing incident. When we visited the scene, a 16-year-old […]

Regional Sanitary Landfill Progressing With International Standards
In 2013, Phase One of the Solid Waste Management Project started to take shape with the building of a five acre regional landfill located off Mile 24 on the George Price Highway. And recently, the San Pedro transfer station began operations in July. The regional sanitary landfill is built to international standards and has been […]

Special Envoy Speaks on Domestic Violence
The news of domestic violence continues in many communities around the country with some intervention from several agencies including the Ministry of Human Development. Another such agency who intervenes in such situations is the Office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children. Belize’s Special Envoy, Kim Simplis-Barrow explained to Love News, their role as […]

Broaster Explains Strategy and Progress in Rural Belize
Some weeks ago we told you of the changes that occurred within the Belize District with the return of Senior Superintendent Chester Williams. With those changes came a new Rural Executive Officer, Senior Superintendent Edward Broaster. Today, while we were at the Ladyville Police station, we asked Broaster on his strategies of combatting crime in […]

Belizean/British Athlete Represents Belize Abroad
British/Belizean Athlete, Katy Sealy, is in Belize but not for long because she will leave the country shortly on her way to Costa Rica for the North American, Central American and Caribbean Championships. Sealy will represent Belize in two sports, 100 meter hurdles and the long jump. Sealy says she hopes to represent Belize well. […]


Tourism partners hail successful year at annual conference
The Belize Tourism Board’s (BTB) Annual Tourism Industry Presentation, held Saturday at Fido’s Courtyard on La Isla Bonita has been expanded to a full-day conference offering continuing education in tourism topics – this year, service excellence and tourism digital marketing. But its primary purpose is to provide a report on the past year’s activities by the Board and look ahead to the coming year. It was recently reported that overnight tourist arrivals from January to April of this year, particularly from the United States and Canada, had slowed down by over 100,000 compared to the first four months of 2014 – that is a reduction of 1.2%. However, the industry now second in Belize only to agriculture for revenue and job creation is not in panic mode. Director of Tourism, Karen Bevans, told reporters that the temporary blip can be easily corrected.

Child goes missing in cave; Father Pleads for Answers!
The search continues for 10 year old Jason Pau of Xulin Ha Village, Toledo who was reported missing on Friday July 31st at the Blue Creek Cave in Blue Creek Village. The distress call was made to police around 6:03 pm on Friday and authorities immediately launched an extensive investigation into the...

Man Beaten To Death…For Exposing Himself?
A personal dispute in Dangriga has left one man dead after he was brutally beaten and then left there to die. The incident occurred sometime between last night and this morning in the vicinity of Ecumenical Drive, Dangriga Town....

Respectable numbers at PUP Rally, But where is G10?
It has not been a good year for the People’s United Party, undeniably so. They lost two consecutive by- elections by huge margins, suffered a blow out defeat at the municipal elections and have been faced with discontent within members of the party. With elections in the near future, the part...

4 persons arrested for Bank robbery
As we reported on Friday July 31st, for the second time in the last three years, the First Caribbean Bank of Belize, Belize City Branch was held up at gun point. It occurred about 8 or 9 am in broad daylight and the culprits, witnesses said, didn’t even bother to mask their identity which migh...

Violent boyfriend shot by police
Punta Gorda police shot a man during a domestic violence situation. According to police, on Saturday August 1at 7:00 p.m., police were called to a home on Wilson Ro ad, Forest Home Village, Toledo District to break up a domestic dispute turned violent. Police say they approached the residence of 47...

Ex-Orange Walk mayor guilty in traffic accident
Seven years after he knocked down and killed a 2 year old girl and one of her relatives, a jury of nine found former Mayor of Orange Walk Town Ravell Gonzalez guilty of two counts of causing death by careless conduct. The jury of five men and four women deliberated for three hours before reaching a ...

23 year old charged with unlawful carnal knowledge
A 23 year old Santa Elena Resident has been arrested and charged for unlawful carnal knowledge of a 15 year old minor. The 15 year old female student of San Ignacio, in the company of her mother, reported of her sexual involvement with the man since May of this year. Though medical findings were ...


Gunmen jack FirstCaribbean of $52,753.25
–Five men who police say were involved in the armed robbery of FirstCaribbean International Bank on Friday morning were arraigned in the #3 Magistrate’s Court this afternoon on robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery charges before newly appointed Magistrate Deborah Rogers. Four of the five men – Patrick Jones, 22, a laborer of Gabourel Lane; Jarrett Crawford, 30, a laborer of Gabourel Lane; Jermaine Belgrave, 33, a laborer of Courtenay Crescent; and Emerson Skyers, 24, an unemployed of Cemetery Road – were charged with one count of robbery. The court prosecutor, Corporal Kennard Clarke, indicated to Magistrate Rogers that no plea should be taken, because the amount of money that the men are accused of stealing, $52,753.25, dictates that the matter be heard on indictment at the Supreme Court.

Father stabbed youth, 16, caught having sex with his daughter, 13
A 16-year-old young man of Sandhill was stabbed twice in the chest by the angry father of a13-year-old girl after the father caught him having sex with the girl at his home in Sandhill, at about 10:00 this morning, Monday. The young man was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where he was admitted to ward in a serious condition. Police have detained the father pending charges of aggravated assault. Police told Amandala that the girl’s family was aware that the boy and the girl were “friendly,” but had told the boy several times to keep away from the girl because she was too young. The girl’s parents even took away her phone to discourage her from communicating with him.

FirstCaribbean exits Belize
Exactly two weeks ago, we reported to you about concerns raised by close to 50 staff members of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, represented by the Christian Workers Union (CWU), amidst talks of a buyout of FirstCaribbean’s assets by Heritage Bank—and the flat-out denial by the bank (CIBC FirstCaribbean) that a sale was actually afoot. Well, today, CIBC FirstCaribbean confirmed that they have entered into an agreement with Heritage Bank for the sale of its assets here in Belize. This will mean that scores of Belizean workers from FirstCaribbean branches in Belize City, Belmopan, Dangriga and Orange Walk, will soon be out of a job, since the sale does not include an agreement to take on FirstCaribbean’s staff, who we understand total roughly 75, including 44 represented by the CWU and 16 other non-management workers. As some of these workers—appearing a bit camera shy and nervous to see the press at their doorsteps—exited their office this evening on Albert Street, where CIBC FirstCaribbean’s main Belize office is located, onlookers wondered whether the decision by FirstCaribbean to exit Belize had anything to do with last Friday’s BZ$50,000 bank heist at its San Cas Plaza branch, the second time the bank has been held up.

Audrey Matura-Shepherd ordered to pay $3,000
Supreme Court Justice Courtenay Abel issued his ruling on the contempt of court case filed against attorney Audrey Matura-Shepherd this morning and ruled to sanction the outspoken attorney and trade union leader with a $3,000 fine for violating the non-disclosure rules of the court’s mediation proceedings. Following the court-connected mediation settlement of the Belize Grassroots Youth Empowerment Association (BGYEA) in late February, Matura-Shepherd gave a television interview, announcing that a settlement had been reached between her client, Nigel Petillo, the BGYEA leader, and the government’s Lands Department, which had obtained an injunction from the Supreme Court to prevent BGYEA from using a so-called buffer zone at their Harmonyville settlement. Matura-Shepherd not only gave a television interview about the settlement, she also wrote about it in her Amandala column. Her public pronouncements about the mediation settlement prompted attorney Julie-Ann Bradley, one of the attorneys from the government side, to file an application for contempt of court proceedings against her.

9-year-old disappears in cave during church group outing
Police say that Jason Pou, 9, of Blue Creek, went to the Hokeb Ha Cave of Blue Creek along with a church group on Friday, as a part of a church outreach summer program field trip, when he somehow became separated from the group and became missing. Church members, along with villagers, family members, police from Punta Gorda and soldiers of the Belize Defense Force located in Toledo, have all joined in a search to find him. Reports are that Pou was along with 34 others, including teachers and students, who went on the field trip to the cave, along with a tour guide. It is feared that he may have fallen into a sinkhole, which has a depth of 50 feet, with whirlwind currents, and may have drowned.

Belize City man, Anwar Garbutt, 27, beaten to death in Dangriga
Police are investigating the death of Anwar Garbutt, 27, of Belize City, who allegedly was beaten to death in the Sabal Community at about 7:00 this morning. He was found face-down on the ground after allegedly being beaten by a group of men. Reports to Amandala are that Garbutt had gone to the area and exposed his private parts to a little girl who screamed and cried, which caused some men to go to see what was happening. The men reportedly chased Garbutt and caught him. They then subjected him to a mob beating, after which they left the area, leaving him on the ground. Police were called to the scene after the incident and they took Garbutt to the Southern Regional Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.

Verdes cruises to 8-1 win in training match vs Calcutta eleven
In a training match this evening in preparation for their Tuesday, August 18, Champions League encounter with Queretaro FC of Mexico, Verdes FC shared the playing time among their full roster of players, on their way to an 8-1 drilling of a feisty Calcutta eleven who featured the formidable Michael Whittaker up front. Deon McCaulay was warming up to enter the game when I arrived at half-time, and he quickly got on the scorecard, while sharing the ball and assisting on a couple goals for his teammates. The Calcutta team is no pushover. They just defeated a fresh young FC Belize squad, 4-3, a week ago on Saturday; but Verdes was obviously at another level. Are they ready for Champions League? We’ll find out in a couple weeks’ time.

Belize National Junior Female Softball Team defeats Nicaragua
The Belize National Junior Female Softball Team played its first game at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, July 31, against Nicaragua in the XI Central American Junior Female Softball Championship, being held in San Salvador, El Salvador. The game went 8 innings, with Belize defeating Nicaragua, 8–7. The winning pitcher was Renisha Richards. Belize’s offense was cued by designated player Elma Wade, who had a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning. Belize also goes up against El Salvador today. - press release - (Ed. Note: Congrats to our junior softball girls in El Salvador! Up to today, Monday, at 6:00 p.m., we have received no further reports from the Belize Softball Federation.)

Youth teams to compete at first-ever U-13 Champions League
The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) and Scotiabank today confirmed the format for the first-ever Scotiabank CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League invitational tournament, set to take place in Mexico City, August 4-8. Eight teams from across the three CONCACAF sub-regions will compete in the invitational, taking place at the Cruz Azul Acoxpa Stadium – a Cruz Azul futbol training facility. The field for the inaugural tournament was selected based on the performance of senior teams from represented countries in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League. The eight clubs participating in the inaugural Under-13 Champions League Invitational, in alphabetical order by country, include: Montreal Impact (Canada), CS Herediano (Costa Rica), CD Chalatenango (El Salvador), Harbour View FC (Jamaica), Aguilas UAS (Mexico), Toluca FC (Mexico), Chepo FC (Panama), and DC United (USA).

Editorial: Through the wreckage and the rumble …
On the morning of Wednesday, July 8, in Dangriga, the People’s United Party showed life and the United Democratic Party appeared a little off their game, a little taken aback at the PUP, who had appeared to be flat-lining in January in the Cayo bye-election and again in the municipal elections in March. But that was the morning. By day’s end, the script had returned to the one we have grown to know well: The PUP seemed lifeless and leaderless and the UDP swarmed to a 637-vote victory – that’s despite the PUP having an excellent candidate in former educator/administrator Anthony Sabal. There is enough blame to assign to PUP leader Francis Fonseca and his support team. They mishandled the Ivan Ramos departure badly. They considered not contesting the bye-election for a full week. They scarcely spent any resources in the remaining three weeks of the campaign, at least not anything near what they have been spending on TV ads and mobilization in the last 7 days. And our reports say it wasn’t until the last few days of Sabal’s campaign that Queen Street sent in a coordinating team to help organize the first-time candidate.

From the Publisher
Bilal Morris, a Belizean who currently resides in Los Angeles, recently e-mailed me several different video documentaries that he’s done. Bilal is doing important work. He’s chronicling the lives of Belizean superstars who have been living in the United States for three, four decades, such as softball’s Linda Lewis, cycling’s Johnito Miguel, and football’s Peru Olivera. The title on one of the videos referred to one Alexander Marin telling the story of Lynam Agricultural College. To be truthful, I was not that interested. I practically forced myself to watch this video, but when I did, I enjoyed it immensely. In fact, the documentary fascinated and moved me, and it humbled me. When I began high school at St. John’s College in 1959, there was where I first heard of Lynam, the reason being that a couple of my friends from Holy Redeemer Boys and S.J.C. itself who were having problems at Landivar, were either sent or made their way to Lynam. The school sounded like an exile from the city, where all the action was.

Central Farm in 1972: Romel Cuello
Dear Editor, A while back in Colin bh’s Corner he stated that Central Farm School of Agriculture was established in 1977. Actually, GOB had made a try at this school in February of 1972. Recently graduated from Muffles College (High School), yours truly was invited by Mr. Landy Orio, Chief Agricultural Officer in Orange Walk at the time, by way of my late father, Pete Cuello, to a new 2-year agriculture course to take place in Central Farm. There were approximately 15 of us, 13 young Farm Demonstrators in the employ of government, and 2 invited guests, yours truly and Mr. Eladio Carrillo, a teacher from San Lazaro, Orange Walk District. We went there all enthusiastic for a chance to further our studies, but upon entering we were greeted by the dean, Mr. Nolbert Arzu, with the bad news that the course would only last 3 months. Disappointed, but with the idea that anything learned is profitable, we decided to stay on. Let me see if I can remember all the guys: Russell “Chiste” Garcia (R.I.P.), Rene Montero (Hon.), William “Bill” Flores, Kent “Jack of Spades” Parham, Hugh “Packa” Marin, Gustavo “Gush” Torres, Acadio “Management” Marin, 2 Tzul brothers, Edgar Frutos, “My Man” Parham, Pat “Professor” Mena, Lawrence “ Zet” Zetina. We were joined later on by a Mr. Gordon and then ”Mr. Ching” (can’t remember his real name).

Field assessment to determine extent of un-harvested cane begins
Jose Novelo, chairman of the Sugar Cane Production Committee (SCPC), told Amandala today that the field verification exercise to determine the extent of un-harvested cane, the new acreage planted, as well as the “ratoon,” a word used in the industry for regrowth of harvested cane, is due to commence today and continue for the next two months or so, as they go field by field. Over the past few weeks, the SCPC has been receiving reports from cañeros which will enable them to determine the exact acreage of stand-over cane. This figure, said Novelo, should be available to us on Wednesday, while a better estimate of the tonnage should be available after the field verification exercise. Industry stakeholders had expressed concerns that although sugar production has hit a record high this year, roughly 80% of cañeros still have hundreds of tons of un-harvested cane, valued at tens of thousands of dollars, in their fields.

Reparations due. Let’s preserve our friendship
If the Belizean people and the Guatemalan people are genuinely friendly and committed to peace, as espoused by the Guatemalan Foreign Minister, and agreed on fully by the Belize Foreign Minister last night, then we should do all in our power to preserve this friendship. But there is a big problem that could affect the growth and strengthening of that friendship. The stumbling block has been, and still is, the “unfounded Guatemalan claim of Belizean territory.” If Guatemala sincerely feels so aggrieved about the wrong it perceives was done to them by the British in not fulfilling one of the articles in the 1859 border treaty, then she will certainly be even more bitter and aggrieved if we should both go to the ICJ, and the ICJ should rule fully in favor of Belize, keeping our full sovereignty and territorial integrity, with not one square centimeter being lost to Guatemala, except, as in the Maritime Areas Act, that she is allowed free passage through our southern waters to access the high seas.

Fairtrade cites progress with child labor in cane fields, as BSCFA takes corrective measures
The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) has recently received the official 2015 report on the annual audit conducted by the UK-based Fairtrade program—a report which cites progress by the BSCFA on the child labor front, as teenagers who had been toiling as cane cutters rather than attending school have largely been removed from the fields, after an extensive public education campaign by the association. BSCFA chairman, Ezequiel Cansino, told Amandala that the BSCFA failed last year on non-compliance with child labor, but they have since managed to mitigate that problem, after the launch of a pilot project to address the issue. He said that paid work by teens, usually ages 13 and 14, especially work which involved intensive labor in the hot sun, was frowned upon by Fairtrade, and parents were advised that at most, these young teens could be allowed to work an hour or two on the weekends and only under the supervision of their parents.

Ravel Gonzalez, 37, guilty of causing 2 deaths by careless conduct
Today, a jury of 5 men and 4 women deliberated for less than three hours before returning into the courtroom of Supreme Court Justice John “Troadio “ Gonzalez to announce their unanimous guilty verdict against Ravel Gonzalez, 37, a Crown counsel in the Ministry of the Attorney General and a former United Democratic Party (UDP) mayor of Orange Walk Town, who was indicted on two counts of causing death by careless conduct. On June 15, 2008, Gonzalez, who was the mayor of Orange Walk Town at the time of the accident, was driving his burgundy Dodge Caravan when he fatally injured Martina Lopez, a two-year-old, and Manuel Coto. The incident occurred between Miles 35 and 36 on the Philip Goldson Highway. Ravel was heading from Belize City to his home on the San Antonio Road, in the Orange Walk District, when he accidentally knocked down Coto and Lopez. Coto was walking a bicycle with Lopez on it, when they were knocked down while in the company of three other family members on the highway.

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Police make progress in Kelvin Usher case
In other news from the Rural Police Division, the body of Kelvin Usher, found badly burned on the roadside in the village of Bermudian Landing two weeks ago, has been positively identified as his. Police believe they know what led to his death but continue their investigations so […]

Minor wounded in altercation with father
There was an incident reported in Sandhill on Monday where a 16-year-old minor was stabbed. The incident is sensitive but we understand that it happened when he was caught in a compromising position with a young woman, allegedly by that young woman’s father, who inflicted the stab wounds. […]

Kids skipping CXC’s despite subsidy?
The Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate Examination (CSEC) is the standard end-of-term examination for fourth form students leaving high school. Since last year based on the Ministry of Human Development and Education’s means survey among Standard five students preparing for the Primary School Examination (PSE) and Third Form students […]

Special Envoy addresses crime against women
The recent spate of domestic incidents involving and against women has become serious enough to attract the attention of the Police Department which is fashioning a special strategy to address it. Also keeping an eye is the office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children, and today […]

Special Olympics athletes return with silver
The four young women representing Belize at the 14th biennial Summer Special Olympics World Games concluded over the weekend in Los Angeles, California, returned home today with very special medals. Ana Emmanuel, Jasmine Flores, Jayna Locke and Ilda Romero placed second in the unified team category in the […]

Value System Disorder
Post Independent Belize: The Belize political system, which has been ruled via bipartisanship of the People’s United Party (PUP – current opposition) and the United Democratic party (UDP – current party in power), have been successful in obscuring the vast wealth of Belize and also successfully conditioning you, the Belizean people, […]

Construction workers safe after vessel capsizes near Punta Negra
Placencia Police confirm that the four construction workers traveling on a small vessel with materials from Placencia to Punta Negra which capsized this morning are safe. Their safety was in doubt after it was reported that the group did not know how to swim in deep waters but […]

UDP offers advice to PUP, but no election date
The People’s United Party (PUP) continues to fight its way out of the political wilderness. For their chief opponents, the United Democratic Party (UDP), the public rivalry is both a source of humor and caution. Education Minister Patrick Faber, the area representative in the Collet Division told 7 […]

Teenager injured in road traffic accident
A traffic accident at the entrance of Bullet Tree Village around 6:00 p.m yesterday, August 3rd, resulted in a teenager being transported to the K.H.M.H after the motorcycle he was driving, crashed into the back of a Toyota pickup truck. The pickup truck, driven by Arnulfo Manzanero, was coming from […]

Ex-LICU GM thanks members for support; vows to clear name
Two weeks after being officially terminated as General Manager for the La Inmaculada Credit Union Ltd, yesterday Yolanda Gomez spoke for the first time since the controversy surfaced. Gomez has gone on record to state that while the matter is in her attorney’s hands, she cannot divulge details […]


Judging the 2015 Belize Tourism Board awards and the big party
This year I was selected by the Quality Assurance team to be a judge for the 13th annual Belize Tourism Board Awards. It was an enjoyable and challenging job, but a great learning experience. There were 5 of us who traveled the country going to resorts, restaurants and tour companies scoring them on a set of questions they had answered and for the most part had already turned in. I was asked to judge one resort and two dive shops on Ambergris Caye and then fly over to Caye Caulker to score two tour companies there. A member of the Quality Assurance team was sent with each judge to monitor the interviews. The team member with me was Vanessa Jacobs. I met her at Tropic Air and off we went. As we interviewed the different businesses, I learned something new and interesting about each one and how they operate.

San Pedro, Belize Walk-About: A Groyne, A Foaming Jaguar And Dress Shopping
It’s nice to be settled in back on the island – back at home. After a whirlwind July, 2 trips to Cayo, 2 kids summer camps – from ATM Cave to snorkeling the Blue Hole…I’m back for just about two weeks and then I’m off to another island. Beaver Island, Michigan. I’ve never been but I’m guessing some very different scenery. And cherries and cheeses and chilly nights…oh my. Yesterday, I walked up to town along the beach and…the sargasso is a serious situation. Here’s a view of it in front of Exotic Caye Resort. They have built a bit of a sea wall at the south end of their property. Sea wall…or is it a groyne? A sand and sargasso catcher… A much larger sea wall has been installed at the north end of the property going up to the property next door. I’m assuming Exotic Caye bought this house and its large lot?

7 Thrilling Belize Adventure Tours to add to your Bucket-list!
Belize offers an exciting mix of adventures to get your adrenaline pumping. If you are into adventure & exploring then we suggest you jump on the next flight that’s headed straight for Belize & scratch these off your bucket-list! Air Belize Skydiving allows you to fly above the Caribbean Sea where you will witness the beauty of Belize and the Placencia Peninsula from the sky. Never skydived before? no problem – Air Belize will get you up and off in no time with their newbie training program. There is no better way to travel within Belize, than by taking a thrilling helicopter ride with our friends over at Astrum. You will find yourself soaring over beautiful lagoons, rivers, caves, mountains and awe-inspiring waterfalls. You do know what a bird’s eye view is like, right? BETTER. Belize offers a unique opportunity to swim with one of the world’s largest mammals, the Whale Shark. Swimming amongst these gentle giants is a one of a kind and an accelerating adventure experience.

How to Have a Perfect Family Vacation in Belize
Picture this: Your kids all grown up, sharing their favorite vacation memories with their children. They’ll speak of the unforgettable adventures they went on with you in the heart of the Belizean rainforest, and how much fun you all had getting sweaty under the Central American sun. What could be better? Got a couple of hard-to-impress teens? Kids with wandering minds? Picky adults who crave both unforgettable adventures and quiet moments? We’ve got you covered. From the moment you walk through the doors of your private 2-bedroom villa, this vacation will already be one for the scrapbooks. As the kids bounce on the beds, take a moment to decompress from your journey in your own private garden – or take a dip in the plunge pool!

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CIBC FirstCaribbean sells out to Heritage Bank in Belize
Heritage Bank Limited (HBL) has bought the Belizean operations of CIBC FirstCaribbean. The transaction is pending approval of the central banks of Belize and Barbados. "We have a strong team in Belize and these decisions are never easy, however, it was necessary to sharpen our focus on the growth opportunities we have in other markets where we operate," said Rik Parkill, the chief executive officer of CIBC FirstCaribbean Inter-national Bank, which is based in Barbados. "We conducted a strategic review of our business across the region and, given the growth path we have identified, we have made the difficult decision to sell our Belize operations," he said.

Honduran Guitarist Aurelio Martinez Brings Afro-Caribbean Sound to SFJAZZ
Singer and guitarist Aurelio Martinez from Honduras brings his highly global musical style to SFJazz Center at Miner Auditorium on Thursday, August 6th. The Central American musician obtained international recognition beginning at age 14 thanks to his creative world music, which channels Afro-Caribbean sounds along with roots from his native Garifuna heritage. Aurelio was born in the coastal town of Plaplaya in Honduras, and he absorbed the guitar-based ‘paranda’ music of his Garifuna community, descendants of shipwrecked African slaves on the island of St. Vincent who were deported to the Central American coast in the late eighteenth century. When performing, Aurelio grooves with a big band, which includes Tony Peñalva on guitar, vocalist Alex Ciego also on bass, Dony Medina playing tambor primera, vocalist Andy Ordoñez on shaker, as well as vocalist and percussionist Carlos Moralez.

Seven Central American Attorneys General to Meet With Assistant Secretary of State Brownfield
Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) William R. Brownfield will meet tomorrow, August 5, at the State Department with Attorneys General from Central America to discuss justice and law enforcement issues, as well as ongoing reform efforts, in the region. The Attorneys General of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama are taking part in the discussion as part of a visit to the United States organized by the U.S. Department of Justice. Central America is a priority region for the State Department, which provides support to these nations under the U.S. Strategy for Engagement in Central America. The INL Bureau, as part of the U.S. government’s Central America Regional Security Initiative, or CARSI, supports regional governments’ efforts to fight corruption, increase law enforcement effectiveness, combat gangs, reform justice sectors, and strengthen civilian security.


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  • Spiderman in the Jungle of Belize, 4min. Jorge Ramirez alias Spiderman is showing his passion. He knows the hidden secrets of the jungle and loves the challenge of every adventure with these creatures. But it stays also for him always a great experience and the heart is still pumping, everytime when he is playing with his best friends, the big spiders of Belize: the Tarantulas

  • Beauty of Belize, 4min. A collection of aerial footage I shot in a week while in the country of Belize. The country is amazing and I enjoyed my entire time there!

  • Powder Bun - Cooking with Flavors of Belize, 5.5min. The ultimate Belizean comfort food is actually way easier to make than you think. Powder Bun (powdah bun) is sold in almost every bakery across the country and is frequently eaten as a sugary treat for those with a sweet tooth or at tea time as a light snack.

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  • The sargassum seaweed is affecting several Caribbean islands and has been reaching Belize as well., 2min. A natural phenomenon is affecting several Caribbean islands and has been reaching Belize as well. We are talking about the sargassum seaweed which is sweeping up along the beaches of San Pedro Island. Only yesterday, The Tobago House of Assembly, THA has deemed the sargassum seaweed invasion across Tobago a natural disaster. The problem is so big that at least three million dollars has been allotted to treat the problem which has begun affecting guest houses along Tobago’s east and west coasts as guests have cancelled reservations as a result of the seaweed. During the Belize Tourism Boards 2015 Tourism Conference on San Pedro over the weekend, officials addressed the matter as it pertains to Belize.

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