He went to Sarstoon and came back a national hero
About 130 Belizeans who travelled to Sarstoon Island at around midday on Sunday saw the heroic actions of Orlando De La Fuente, leader of the Northern Territorial Volunteers, and they have hailed him as a national hero for standing firm and not backing down in the face of the aggressive and intimidating Guatemalan navy, whose soldiers ordered him to turn back and began blocking his boat, the lead vessel in the small flotilla whose mission was to visit Sarstoon Island, which is in Belizean territory, but is claimed by Guatemala.
De La Fuente demonstrated that he is made of steel, and his persistence was rewarded when he managed to breach the blockade by the Guatemalan navy boats and led his fellow Belizeans, in three other boats, around Sarstoon Island in a show of patriotism, to demonstrate that the island is a part of Belize, despite what Guatemala says.
Shortly before 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, Wil Maheia, the founder of the Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV), expressed his frustration with the Organization of American States Observers (OAS), who were out on the Sarstoon River, where Guatemalan navy boats were behaving aggressively against the BTV, which had led a small flotilla of four boats in an expedition to Sarstoon Island, which is in Belizean territory.
Speaking on KREM Radio, Maheia said, “We need to run the OAS out of Belize.”
Maheia and Northern Territorial Volunteers leader, Orlando De La Fuente, and supporters who had undertaken the journey, were under constant threat from the Guatemalan navy, whose boats were deliberately bumping their boats, while the largest of the small flotilla was blocked by Guatemalan navy boats from going any further to circle Sarstoon Island, which was the goal of the expedition.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Miguel Segura sued
One year and four days ago, on August 16, 2014, there was a fatal traffic accident on the George Price Highway that claimed the life of Yolanda Consuelo Valencia, 55, at about 5:15 a.m. near Mile 71 on the George Price Highway, when a government-owned Nissan Pathfinder, driven at the time by Deputy Commissioner of Police Miguel Segura, slammed into a taxi in which Valencia was a passenger.
Yolanda Valencia’s mother, Guadalupe Valencia, through her attorney, Kareem Musa, has filed a lawsuit at the Supreme Court seeking damages for negligence in the death of her daughter. DCP Miguel Segura is named as the 1st defendant.
The claim, which is #412 of 2015, also names the Commissioner of Police as the 2nd defendant, the Minister of National Security as the 3rd defendant, and the Attorney General of Belize as the 4th defendant.
PM Barrow sends “extremely strong protest note” to Guatemala
More than 72 hours after Guatemalan navy boats made incursions into Belizean territorial waters in the Sarstoon River, where they accosted over 130 heroic Belizeans inA an expedition led by the Belize Territorial Vaolunteers (BTV) to Sarstoon Island, located at the southern tip of Belize, Prime Minister Dean O. Barrow called a press conference today, Wednesday, the same day government received a report from OAS “observers,” who had failed to mention the incursion, and who were also intercepted by the Guatemalan navy in Belize territorial waters.
PM Barrow told the media that he had sent an “an extremely strong protest note” to the Guatemalan government about its navy’s incursion into Belizean waters and its interception of Belizean boats going to Sarstoon Island.
“Any unwitting Belizean entry into Guatemala by unarmed, civilian boats is of a different order completely from the deliberate violation committed against us by a presumably well-armed Guatemalan Navy. An extremely strong protest note has therefore been prepared by our Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and was approved just now by NSC [National Security Council] for immediate dispatch to the Guatemalan Foreign Ministry with a copy to the OAS,” Barrow said.
Easy Does It takes the first in the finals
Thanks to our generous and kind sponsors, SMART and BELIKIN, under the auspices of the Belize National Cricket Association, the Harrison Parks Cricket Competition finals continued over the weekend at Lemonal. Easy Does It, the home team, versus Wicked 11 of Flowers Bank.
It was an easy one for Easy Does It, as they defeated Wicked 11 with a score of 270 to 162. Aaron Muslar top scored for Easy Does It with 63, and Walter Flowers took 3 wickets for Wicked 11. Shelton Robinson top scored with 32 for Wicked 11, while Herbert Banner took 4 wickets for the Easy boys.
Aaron Muslar, after top scoring for the home team, went to his home and changed his uniform and came back to the playing area to socialize and breathe in the glory of helping his team to win the game.
Verdes draws with Queretaro for first SCCL point
Goalkeeper Benito Moreira made six saves to help Verdes FC earn an historic point in a 0-0 draw against visiting Queretaro in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL) on Tuesday at FFB Stadium.
Queretaro (1W-1D-0L, 4 points) held a 12-5 shot advantage and remained atop the Group C table although it couldn’t find the target in the first-ever SCCL match held on Belize soil. The host had lost both of its previous games in the competition, falling twice to Cruz Azul by the same 6-0 score in 2008/09 preliminary-round play.
Verdes (0W-1D-0L, 1 point) and Panama’s San Francisco (0W-0D-1L, 0 points) will meet on August 26 to complete the first half of the group schedule.
Edgar Benitez missed an early opportunity to put the Mexican side ahead, sending his first-time shot off a cross just wide of the left post in the 16th minute. In the 32nd minute, Mario Osuna got into a good position on the edge of the penalty area, but fired his effort straight at Moreira.
Editorial: Belizean crossroads
At this Wednesday afternoon’s press conference hosted by the Prime Minister of Belize, Hon. Dean O. Barrow, one of the aspects of the press conference which has remained with us afterwards was how much Brigadier-General David Jones, the commandant of the Belize Defence Force (BDF), was sounding like a politician. His line was, and he repeated it, that the initiatives of the Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) to “show their patriotism” were endangering his BDF soldiers.
At the head table on Wednesday, from left to right, sat Belize Coast Guard Admiral John Borland, Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington, Prime Minister Barrow, National Security Minister John Saldivar, and General Jones. Elrington and Saldivar never spoke. Shortly after the Prime Minister gave his extended opening statement and the questioning from the media began, the microphone was turned over to General Jones.
Some BDF history is relevant here. When the BDF was formed in 1978, more than a decade after the Opposition National Independence Party (NIP) Leader, Hon. Philip Goldson, had issued a call for same in the National Assembly, the army was commanded by a British officer. In 1978, Belize was still a self-governing British colony. After independence in 1981, protocol demanded that command be turned over to a Belizean.
From the Publisher
I know I have fans out there who look forward to a column with every issue of our newspaper, but sometimes it’s very difficult to do this work. I don’t want to do a column just for doing a column’s sake, but most times I have to deal with the reality that this is how I feed myself and my family. This is my job. Here goes.
This Tuesday evening, as I write, we Belizeans are an emotionally exhausted people. Sunday afternoon at the Sarstoon took a lot out of us. I know that is the main reason I have trouble cranking it up. I’m a tired senior Belizean.
The ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) have taken a party line on this matter which does not allow for dissent within their ranks. Or, perhaps the party is so unified that there really isn’t any, dissent that is. I did hear the one Kenrick Ysaguirre on the UDP radio station this morning take issue with a National Security Council (NSC) release, based on information from Organization of American States’ (OAS) observers, which pointedly neglected to mention that Guatemala naval vessels and their armed personnel had clearly entered Belize’s territorial waters during last Sunday afternoon’s incidents.
Tell us the truth, PUP
Kindly permit me space in your most read newspaper to direct the Belizean public to my critique of a statement made by the People’s United Party (PUP) and to inform Belizeans that going to the “International Court of Justice (ICJ) is a terrible mistake.
I read with interest an article published in the Amandala of the 2nd August, 2015 with heading “No Ban On Military Bases.” I draw the attention of the Belizean public to the following which I quote from page fifty five (5): “The July 4th resolution of the PUP’s national executive says that, ‘we have as a party, always rejected in its totality, the unjust and unfounded claim of Guatemala to the land, maritime areas and insular waters of Belize.’” This article also states that the PUP is withdrawing its support of going to the ICJ.
Even though I am a supporter of the Government and the UDP, I subscribe to the PUP position of not supporting us going to the ICJ. However, I draw to the PUP’s attention that it was under their administration with the help of the UDP and the “National Bi-Partisan Commission that drafted, explained and presented “The Maritime Areas Bill” to Parliament which became law as the “Maritime Areas Act” in 1991.
Back to School
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
In an effort to ensure that our children are well-prepared as they return to the classroom, this Wednesday, August 19, several organizations made donations to further the education and development of our children.
Belize Telecommunications Ltd. (BTL) hosted its 24th annual high school scholarship award ceremony at the Best Western Biltmore Plaza Hotel, where it gave out 20 new scholarships to students. Nineteen were at the high school level and 1 was at the tertiary level.
According to Lorena Martinez, BTL’s Public Relations Representative, BTL offers 75 scholarships each year; 20 recipients recently graduated, which made it possible to add 20 new recipients. These are full scholarships that cover tuition, books, fees, and tutoring lessons where needed.
“Just Us” making a difference in at-risk young people’s lives
Just Us Inc., in collaboration with the U.S. Department, has established Just Us Belize/American Belizean Technology and Education Center. This organization has been in Belize since January 2014. According to the director of the program, Gtoe S. Washington, Jr., “The program targets the at-risk youth population within Belize for the purpose of providing positive alternatives to gang, violent crime and drug trade.”
The students first have to take job readiness training, which teaches them how to understand other people, how to deal with conflicts, and how to set goals. After taking that course, they can then enroll in one of the following courses: Graphic Design, Web Development, Programming, Basic Computer, Customer Service, Sales & Hospitality and Sewing.
Washington went on to say that in the first year there were 109 graduates, and it is projected that 312 students will graduate by the end of the 2nd year, which ends on September 30, 2015.
Robbers, posing as cops, on the prowl
Three thieves pretending to be police officers went into the home of a couple on the Hattieville/Boom Road, in Hattieville, where they beat the wife and robbed the couple, getting away with about $600.
Senior Superintendent Edward Broaster, Commanding Officer of Belize Rural Police, reported that at about 10:00 last night, three men dressed in camouflage went to the home of Irma Ortiz, 58, and Augustine Ramos, 62, and knocked on their door.
Ramos opened their door because they saw that the men were wearing camouflage and thought that they were police officers. The three men then rushed into the house, held them up and stole about six hundred dollars.
Ramos managed to escape the house and went to his neighbor and called police.
The Rural Rapid Response Team arrived there and they were shown the direction in which the three robbers escaped. Police, along with some civilians and ex-BDF soldiers, chased the thieves, but to no avail – they had already escaped.
Traffic accident victim needs blood
Thirty-six-year-old Hilton Conorquie was the victim of a traffic accident at Mile 5 on the George Price Highway. His sister, Ingrid, said, “Conorquie had left work around 7 p.m. and is believed to have been knocked down about 8 p.m. He was left in an unconscious state. It was not until 2 a.m. that he was discovered by the police, who called for an ambulance that took him to Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.”
According to Ingrid, the injuries he sustained include a broken left arm (from the shoulder to the elbow), a broken left leg, a broken rib, and a cut on his right hand. Also, his right foot was displaced, and his back was injured.
Venezuelan Vice President visits Belize to discuss Venezuela/Guyana land conflict
Making a brief stop in Belize on Friday was Venezuelan Vice President, Jorge Arreaza.
The purpose of his visit was to meet with Prime Minister Dean Barrow to discuss the
territorial dispute between Belize and Guyana. It was the wish and plan of the late
Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro to have the Vice President and the Foreign
Minister of Venezuela to visit all CARICOM countries to discuss the issue.
Ahmadiyyah Muslims worldwide gather in London England for 49th annual conference
Between 30,000 and 40,000 members of the Ahmadiyyah Muslim community from over 200 countries across the world are attending their annual conference or ‘Jalsa Salana’ in London England, where their association is headquartered. The purpose of the three-day event is to reinforce the mission of […]
BTB releases latest tourism stats
After months of showing overnight tourist arrival decreases, the industry is finally beginning, according to the Belize Tourism board. The Belize Tourism Board released the latest tourism arrival statistics on Friday. The data underscored that tourist arrivals for January to July have begun to show […]
16 year-old boy shot in failed ambush attempt
A 16-year-old boy, who was reportedly part of an attempted ambush attack, is in a critical but stable condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) after the attempt failed. According to police, at around 8:45 p.m. on Thursday, the 16-year old and two older […]
Guatemala’s Boldness Caused by GOB’s Weakness, Says PUP!
The People’s United Party has roundly criticized the Government of Belize in the wake of Sunday’s incident in the Sarstoon between Belize Territorial Volunteers and Guatemalan military. They say that the foreign policy of the government is feeble, which has allowed the Guatemalans to gain ground and put our territorial […]
GOB teams up with El Salvador for better health care
The governments of Belize and El Salvador have begun a working relationship aimed at benefitting the health care sectors of both countries. GOB announced this week that Minister of Health, Pablo Marin, Made a three-day trip to El Salvador at the invitation of Minister of […]
Fire guts pizza house in Hopkins
A business in Hopkins Village, was destroyed by fire on Saturday night, and fire officials are investigating whether or not its cause was the work of an arsonist. The business, Little Richard’s Pizzaria, located on the lower flat of the two storey uilding on […]
Ministry gives laptops to high schools
The Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports, through its collaboration with Price Waterhouse Coopers and Peaceworks International, donated 10 laptops to high schools this week, to aid their delivery of financial literacy and entrepreneurship materials in schools. The ministry handed over 2 Lenovo brand laptops […]
National Economy Threatened by Banking Crisis, PUP says
Is the economy of Belize under dire threat from recent, unprecedented events in the banking sector? People’s United Party Leader Francis Fonseca replied with an unequivocal YES at a press conference held at Independence Hall on Tuesday. “The crisis in the banking sector, the crisis in our banking system has […]
A Wave of Attacks
By Neri Briceno The media in any democracy is a part of, and is as important as any of the fundamental elements which constitute that democracy such as the legislature, the executive, the judiciary, the opposition and most importantly, the people themselves. Democracy does not operate within a vacuum and […]
Infant dies in traffic mishap
Ariani Rodriguez, an infant less than a year old, was killed in a traffic accident on Sunday evening when her vehicle careened off the Hummingbird Highway between miles 50 and 51, throwing her ont o the road. The baby was traveling with her parents […]
Police looking for missing 15-year-old girl active on social media
The Belize Police Department is seeking public assistance in t finding 15-year-old Nethania Acosta who was reported missing by her mother on Sunday. But Nathania has been active on the social media since the day she was last seen. According to police, Karen Acosta, […]
Was Brian Hyde seeking asylum in the US?
Reliable reports reaching The Reporter say that Brian Hyde, the 19 year-old Belizean from Belmopan, who was charged last week by Florida police with the murder of three members of his family, was seeking asylum in the US. Hyde fled Belize after being accused […]
Gian Gandhi passes away
Career public officer Gian Chand Ghandi, Senior Counsel, passed away at the age of 82 in Belmopan on Monday morning after battling with an unknown illness. At the time of his death Gandhi was Director General of the International Financial Services Commission (IFSC). He […]
2015: hottest year on record!
Temperatures for the first seven months of 2015 have shown that 2015 has been the hottest year on record, and the month just past, July, was the hottest one yet since 1891! Weather experts explain that El Niño is currently going through a strengthening […]
A focus on export can help Belize grow faster
As I have mentioned in previous Ripples, this writer supports the Inclusive Growth framework, of which growth is a pivotal cornerstone. But whether one adheres to the relatively young (and evolving) inclusive growth philosophies or to that of Pro-Poor growth, the common thread is that the country needs to grow. […]
Belize supports Guyana over Venezuela
The Government of Belize made its position clear on the matter involving Venezuela’s claim over a portion of Guyana’s maritime territory, declaring its whole-hearted and unwavering support for Guyana over Venezuela. Prime Minister Dean Barrow made the declaration of Belize’s foreign policy on the […]
Because of the good offices of the Organization of American States, which was present as a silent observer, the visit of a group of more than a hundred and fifty Belizeans to Sarstoon Island last Sunday ended in the safe return of the protesters. The mission to visit Sarstoon Islands […]
Who trespassed? Guatemalan Navy Trespassed in Belize, Says PM
The Government of Belize has issued what it is calling “an extremely strong protest note” to the Government of Guatemala, following the attempted interception of Belizean vessels at the mouth of the Sarstoon River on Sunday. “It is my belief that what the O.A.S. calls the mouth of the Sarstoon […]
Sarstoon travellers rebutt PM’s statements on excursion
Several persons who travelled on the trip to the Sarstoon Island, hosted by the Belize Territorial Volunteers, held a press conference this week responding to statements made by Prime Minister Dean Barrow. Representatives from the BTV, the political third Party Vision Inspired by the People, […]
Verdes holds its own with 0-0 draw
The Gallos Blancos players’ long faces said it all as they left the locker room to board the bus for home. Ecstatic Verdes FC’ fans continued their celebration in the stands after the “Green Machine’s scoreless draw with the Gallos from the Mexican state of […]
Breaking Belize News
Police still clueless over Princess-MCC brawl
Saturday morning’s lawless all-out brawl along the Newtown Barracks between BTL Park and Princess Hotel and Casino and MCC Grounds left one man dead, four injured, and police with a major headache. According to ACP Dezerie Phillips, they still have yet to establish a motive, but they are […]
When mediation is not enough
The Police Department has been meeting with gang elements in Mayflower and Jane Usher Boulevard as well as PIV in Lake Independence and on the Northside as well. These efforts have so far mostly yielded positive results, with a reduction in the number of shootings and criminal complaints. […]
Police to unveil new Crime Analysis and Intelligence Unit
At the time of his rise to head one of the three sections of Eastern Division, the South Region, a month ago, Senior Superintendent of Police Chester Williams detailed his intention to make policing in Belize City more community and intelligence-led. With the support of his bosses in […]
BTB confirm rebound in overnight tourism
After a poor first quarter, overnight tourist arrivals show enough improvement to slow the reduction in figures to under one percent for the first seven months of 2015, according to the Belize Tourism Board. Meanwhile, cruise ship passenger arrivals have so far not made up the slack entirely, with a […]
Venezuela VP in Belize over territorial dispute with Guyana
It may not do much good, but the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela wants to tell its side of the territorial dispute between Venezuela and Guyana and is asking for its brothers in CARICOM to encourage Guyana to dialogue with them. Recently both the President of Guyana and the […]
UNHCR adds Belize to fight against statelessness
Statelessness, defined as having no nationality, affects 10 million people worldwide and a child is born without a state every 10 minutes. Being born without a nationality means that a person will be denied basic human rights such as the right to education and healthcare, so in an attempt to […]
Minor, 16, shot by accident in Belize City
There was a shooting incident in Belize City Thursday night, but the intended target was not harmed. In fact, it was one of the persons who lay in wait for him inside the compound of Queen Square Anglican Primary School who wound up hurt. Officer Commanding Eastern Division […]
Lifeless body of female discovered in San Ignacio Town
Reports coming out of San Ignacio Town is that the lifeless body of a female was discovered in her residence. According to Officer commanding the San Ignacio Police formation foul play is not suspected. He also added that no visible signs of injuries were seen on the body. This is […]
Gerald and Loida August on bail
Despite the objections of the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), former corporal in the Belize Defence Force Gerald August and his wife Loida August are out on bail of $5,000 each after a hearing before Supreme Court Justice Antoinette Moore. In February of this year […]
Hurricane Danny continues toward Leeward Islands
As of 3:00 p.m. local time, the National Meteorological Service of Belize reports that Hurricane Danny was centered near 14.5 degrees North latitude, 49.1 degrees West longitude or about 860 miles east of the Leeward Islands. Danny was moving West North West at 10 miles per hour with maximum sustained […]
16 year old recovers from gun shot at the KHMH
A 16 year old is listed in a critical but stable condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital following a shooting incident a little before 9 pm on Thursday. Information released by Police is that around 8:49 pm, they responded to a shooting incident in the vicinity of Fairweather Street […]
$8000 motorcycle stolen in the Cayo District
Twenty two year old Oscar Ramos reported to San Ignacio Police that sometime between August 19th and August 20th, someone stole his red and white 2006 Honda Motorcycle 65 R, bearing license plate PG M-00013 valued $8,000.00. Ramos claims that he had his motorcycle parked in front of his house […]
Woman’s house burgled in Orange Walk
Orange Walk Police are investigating a burglary, in which items valued at close to 12 thousand Belize dollars were stolen. 41 year old Shirleen Coote reported to police that between August 14 and 15 someone burglarized her home. An assortment of electronics, perfumes and bathroom supplies were missing. After making an assessment […]
Caribbean Shores businesses “targeted” by Mayor?
Mayor of Belize City Darrell Bradley wants to reduce trade license fees by 50% for all businesses in Belize City as a part of a plan to overhaul the entire tax system and make doing business here better. The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry has already called for a […]
Former General Manager of the LICU fires back and denies allegations of fraud
Following strong and damning allegations of Fraud by the Board of Directors at the LICU, former General Manager Yolanda Gomez has fired back. In her statement, Gomez quoted, “I have devoted most of my productive life to growing the credit union and ensuring that it becomes one […]
Warm and generally fair weather to prevail
The National Meteorological Service of Belize is predicting partly sunny skies this morning with generally isolated showers and thunderstorms. Skies will be mostly sunny this afternoon with little to no rainfall. Tonight, skies will be partly cloudy with the chance of an isolated thunderstorm in the South. Winds will blow […]
10 REASONS TO VISIT AMBERGRIS CAYE AT THANKSGIVING
How many reasons do you need to say thanks for the opportunity to jettison the work and the stress involved in hosting a Thanksgiving dinner at home in favor of celebrating in Ambergris Caye, Belize’s #1 destination? You might not need all 10 to justify your trip, but in case you feel conflicted about abandoning the shopping, preparation and clean-up associated with this time of year, it can’t hurt to have a few reasons in reserve just in case you start to waffle!
1. Snorkel on Thanksgiving Day. Send home photos to friends and relatives whose most exciting experience is likely to be watching that day’s football games. You can watch the games, too—after you return from snorkeling where an underworld paradise that defies description may rival the most exciting touchdown.
13 Things About Belize That Might Surprise You
Belize is the hidden jewel of the Caribbean. It is an independent country lying in the south-east corner of the Yucatan Peninsula, and has a population of just over 350,000. Its history is fascinating, its natural beauty is amazing and its lifestyle will make you want to stay forever.
Belize has many secrets. These thirteen might surprise you:-
1. Its barrier reef is the second biggest reef in the world. The reef was created on limestone fault blocks, not extinct volcanoes, as many assume. Its drop-offs descend thousands of feet into the clear Caribbean water
2. It has a plethora of national parks ranging from the country’s highest point, a mountain known as Doyle’s Delight, to beautiful coastal atolls
3. Wildlife is abundant. There are 500 types of tropical bird, 5 species of wildcat, 56 + species of snakes, 145 species of mammals and 139 species of reptiles and amphibians.
UNHCR welcomes Belize's support to global initiative to reduce statelessness
The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has welcomed Belize's landmark decision to join the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, the second accession by a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member state and a strong example for the region.
"UNHCR hopes to see the Americas as the first continent to end statelessness and Belize's accession is a step in the right direction," said Renata Dubini, Director of UNHCR's Americas Bureau.
The Convention will enter into force for Belize on 12 November 2015.
"This decision, along with reactivating its Refugee Eligibility Committee earlier this year, are excellent signs that Belize is emerging as a regional champion on international protection," said Shelly Pitterman, Regional Representative of UNHCR.
Southern Partnership Station-Joint High Speed Vessel 2015 (SPS-JHSV 15) completes mission in Beliz
U.S. Navy Diver and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician training teams completed their second stop of the SPS-JHSV 15 mission Aug. 21 in Big Creek, Belize as part of the Adaptive Force Package (AFP) onboard USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1), operated by the Military Sealift Command.
USNS Spearhead is deployed in support of SPS-JHSV 15, a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored deployment focusing on enhancing cooperative partnerships with regional maritime services and improving operational readiness for all participating services. In addition, SPS-JHSV 15 provides the opportunity for U.S and partner nation forces to operate in the multinational environment, refine coordination, improve interoperability and demonstrate flexibility.
While ashore in Belize, Navy Divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Company 3-1 from EODMU 3 and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians from Platoon 642, EODMU6 provided training and conducted subject matter expert exchanges (SMEEs) with their counterparts to increase partner nation’s capabilities to counter illicit trafficking and deal with explosive ordnance disposal.
MERR board member shares oceanic awareness in Central America
The Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute, in cooperation with the San Pedro House of Culture in Belize, shared information on the importance of oceanic awareness to several groups of at-risk Belizean youths who spent one week in the remote setting of North Ambergris Caye.
Camp Basil Jones invited 100 youth to spend one week on the coast, where they participated in snorkeling, arts and crafts, life skills, kayaking, yoga and several educational presentations by MERR, Oceana Belize, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the National Emergency Management Organization of Belize, among others.
MERR board member Rob Rector visited the camp weekly to provide information on the importance of sea turtle nesting areas and the overall importance of protecting the ocean and its inhabitance.
“My family and I were vacationing in San Pedro for the month, and after reading about the camp, I thought it would be a great opportunity to give back to the island that has provided so many memories for me and my family,” he said.
NASA building satellite mission to improve hurricane forecasting
Ten years after Hurricane Katrina formed in the Atlantic, construction of NASA’s next-generation hurricane-observing satellite mission now is underway in Texas.
NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) mission, a constellation of eight microsatellites, will improve hurricane forecasting by making measurements of ocean surface winds in and near the eye wall of tropical cyclones, typhoons and hurricanes throughout their life cycle.
CYGNSS will allow scientists to probe the inner core of hurricanes from space frequently for the first time, using both direct and reflected signals from existing GPS satellites to obtain estimates of surface wind speeds over the ocean. These measurements will advance forecasting methods by providing data that can lead to better predictions of hurricane tracks, intensities and storm surges.
As the CYGNSS and GPS satellites circle Earth, their interaction will provide a new image of wind speeds over the entire tropics every few hours, whereas a single satellite supplies a new image every few days. The ability to better monitor and predict the rapid changes in hurricane intensity, such as those observed with Hurricane Katrina, is critical to hurricane forecasters and U.S. coastal communities.
Open Your Eyes SummerFest (August 21, 2015), 180min.
BELIZE south islands spring break 2015, 3min.
2015.08.19 - Belize Manatees, 4min. Diving off Belize - Eshmel with the great free dive.
Belize caves waterfalls hike, 8min.
Belize Beach & Jungle Adventure, 28min.
Belize Fashion Week 2015, 7min. I had a great time being apart of Belize Fashion Week.These guys sure entertained me with their dance moves.
Our trip to Belize, April 2015, 32min. A video diary of our trip to San Ignacio and Placencia, Belize as well as a trip to Tikal, Guatamala.
House in San Ignacio
Hand crank ferry to Xunantunich at 5:50
Xunantunich at 9:00
Tikal, Guatamala at 14:40
Placencia at 20:35
Zipline at 22:50
Placencia at 29:30