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Today's Belize News: October 21, 2015 #508450
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Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Rise and Shine Morning Show, and the Dickie Bradley Specials

The San Pedro Sun

Digital Marketing Summit
Belize Tourism Industry partners are benefiting from the first ever Digital Marketing Summit hosted by the Belize Tourism Board. Participants have enjoyed presentations from travel writers, professional photographers, marketing agents and digital brand strategists. BTB hopes that this forum will help businesses strengthen their digital marketing strategies.

Help Vote to Win More Travel Awards for Belize
Voting for the World categories is now open and we ask everyone to go and cast their votes to support our country. The same procedures as before apply for these categories. Voting closes on November 8th, 2015. The Grand Final Gala Ceremony will take place on December 12th, 2015, in Morocco. To vote for Belize, please visit , go to Nominees, then to the World Nominees 2015. 2) Second, Ambergris Caye, Belize, has been nominated by USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest for Best Caribbean Destination for Adventure. Winners are chosen by readers of USA Today and 10Best, which “provides users with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content of top attractions, things to do, and restaurants for top destinations in the U.S. and around the World. No Business pays to be listed.”

Taxi driver Alfonso Wiltshire charged for rape of 13-year-old minor
In an official report, police indicated that the minor, accompanied by her mother, visited the San Pedro Police Station and reported that Wiltshire had sexual intercourse with her against her will multiple times. The minor reported that the first incident occurred on Sunday, May 3rd when Wiltshire entered her residence and approached her carrying a black handgun. Wiltshire threatened the minor not to tell anyone, or he would kill her. He then begun touching her indecently, and proceeded to have sexual intercourse with her. Fearing for her life, the female told no one. Another incident occurred on Friday, October 2nd at around 1PM, while the minor was at home along with her younger sister. Again Wiltshire threatened her and forcefully had sexual intercourse with her. Following the report, police carried out an extensive investigation. A medical examination was also performed on the minor, which indicated that she was carnally known. The medical practitioner who carried out the exam listed the minor’s injuries as grievous harm. With the substantial evidence, police carried out a special operation leading to Wiltshire’s arrest. He was charged and remanded to the Belize Central Prison until his first court hearing.

New Dialysis Center brings convenience, lower cost to Kidney patients in Belize
“DIALISIS de BELICE” announces the opening of their new dialysis facility on the Belize-Corozal Road in Orange Walk Town on Wednesday, October 21 st , at 10:00 a.m. Their new, state-of-the-art dialysis unit provides convenient and affordable in-center hemodialysis options closer to home for patients nationwide. The Facility is now accepting new patients and can accommodate 75 in total for in-center hemodialysis.

Heavy rainfall causes flooding across the country
Several areas in Belize remain under water, as a Tropical Depression has brought much rain to the southern Mexico and western Central American region. The inclement weather has been battering the northern region of Belize as of late Friday, October 16th, leaving severe flooding in its wake. The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has since been mobilized and is assisting those most affected. As Tropical Depression 2 moves out of the region, meteorologists expect that its low pressure will gradually become better organized and will evolve into the next named tropical storm by Thursday, October 22nd. Here in San Pedro, the weather primarily affected the San Mateo, Boca del Rio, San Juan, San Pedrito, San Pablo and DFC area. According to the San Pedro Emergency Operations Committee (EOC) a family of three were evacuated from the San Mateo Area and sheltered at the San Pedro High School (SPHS) until the water receded from their home.The SPHS was opened as the designated flood shelter for all individuals seeking refuge. In an effort to scope out the situation on the island, NEMO personnel along with the San Pedro Town Council and volunteers conducted several tours across the island to identify possible residents in need of help. The EOC also observed severe beach erosion along the eastern beach coastline of the island.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

“DIALISIS de BELICE” announces the opening of their new dialysis facility on the Belize-Corozal Road in Orange Walk Town on Wednesday, October 21st, at 10:00 a.m. Their new, state-of-the-art dialysis unit provides convenient and affordable in-center hemodialysis options closer to home for patients nationwide. The Facility is now accepting new patients and can accommodate 75 in total for in-center hemodialysis. Carlos Perrera, Managing Partner, commented, "We are excited to be able to offer the very best in dialysis care to our patients. We want to provide an affordable service to fellow Belizeans and increase life expectancy. The Facility exemplifies our goal to be the best of the best for people with kidney disease, helping them to live healthier lives, where quality of life is at the highest possible level. We want to help those in need of the service as there is a great demand, and our ability to combine such care with preventative services and education is taking dialysis services to greater heights.”

Ambergris Caye: A lot of beach washed out to se
The local weather station shows 9" of rain since the 15th.

A Little Flooding on Ambergris Caye
... Belize City has taken the brunt of the storm. It's not over yet as rain is forecast for the next three days. After a six hour reprieve from the rain, the thunder and lightning suggests we could be in for quite a bit more rain. The cisterns and wells should now be brimming, after months of a very dry wet season.

Cancer Group Arms of Love Walk
The Caye Caulker Cancer Group Arms of Love will be having our walk on the 24th October, which is this coming Saturday. Starting from the airstrip at 5 oclock am. All is in invited....Please make every effort to come out and show support to those who have lost their lives, to those battling this diseases and for those who have won the battle!!! Remember we will be having a raffle as well. We are still selling chances only $1.

Caye Caulker 2nd Annual Kayak Island Challenge

Cayo Cancer Walk
The Cayo branch of the Belize Cancer Society is having their annual Cancer Walk this Saturday, starting at 5:00am, and it runs from Running W to the Macal River Park. "Registration for Cancer Walk can be done at BFLA office infront of Sacred Heart Church Mondays, Wednesday or Fridays or at JK Biomedical behind Courts building during normal working hours. Registration can also be done the morning of the walk. Registration fee is $5.00."

Archaeology in the Community is in Belize!!!!
With over 900 archeological sites in Belize cultural heritage preservation is paramount. The U.S. Embassy, in partnership with the Institute of Archaeology (NICH) Belize, has brought Dr. Alexandra Jones, founder of the NGO Archeology in the Community, from Washington DC to do a series of interactive workshops with students across Belize. Today Dr. Jones is in Belmopan working with students at Our Lady of Guadalupe High School.

As the rains continue flooding are expected across the country, in the upcoming days. RIVER CONDITIONS: - The Rio Hondo River is at flood stage and rising. 4 boats and a BDF truck is on standby to assist Douglas and San Antonio residents with evacuation and movement to and from town. Residents are advised to move voluntarily for those who can. - The Belize River is rising and residents of Grace Bank; St. Paul’s Bank; Willows Bank; Double Head Cabbage; Bermudian Landing; Isabella Bank; Flowers Bank; May Pen; Burrell Boom, Lord’s Bank and Ladyville need to make the necessary preparations to protect life and property. - The Sibun River is receding in Gracie Rock; however water remains across the road, which is only accessible to high vehicle. In Freetown Sibun the water has receded and the road now passable to vehicular traffic.

How much rain?
The rains seem to have gone for now. The clearing began this morning. Breezes are gentle and everything is very soggy. There is standing water in some areas on Ambergris Caye as photos below illustrate. Reports on rainfall vary by area, but we seem to have had over a foot in this neighborhood. The water taxis from the mainland ceased operations for a day, airlines were having a challenging time. Belize City flooded worst of all. Some areas chest high in water, others not flooded at all. Waters are draining off fairly quickly now. Lots of property loss, but no loss of life. Schools were closed yesterday. Most re-opened today. I understand that a transformer was blown in the Tres Cocos area during the Sunday night electrical storm. Some trees and larger ornamental plants tipped over due to hyper saturated ground. Buildings that "never leak", leaked.

Paradise Theater in San Pedro
Playing this weekend! We've got a bunch of horror movies coming up in the future for the halloween season ..

One of Belize's most legendary footballers, Mr. Anthony "Garrincha" Adderly
Today I had the pleasure of meeting one of Belize's most legendary footballers, Mr. Anthony "Garrincha" Adderly. Mr. Adderly said his roots are proudly from Caye Caulker. His grandfather, Mr. Simeon (I think) Norales, was the first person to be buried in Caye Caulker's oldest cemetery. According to Mr. Adderly, his family used to live "to the right of the main pier." That's where I now live, so I invited him "home" for a visit. During the time his family lived here there were only eight or so families living on the island.

Ocean Academy being recognised beyond our borders
Happening tonight in London, England: Beyond Sport Awards Ceremony. Ocean Academy is shortlisted for the Barclays Sport for Employability Award alongside three other amazing projects. Winners will be announced later this evening so stay tuned.

I painted this the other day but sold it and forgot to take a picture but this is the inspiration for Thursdays paint party.

Noche de Cuenta Cuentos 2015
Want to hear some thrilling stories? The Benque HoC will be doing their annual Noche de Cuenta Cuentos on October 30th, starting at 7:00pm. "The Annual Noche de Cuenta Cuentos, thrilling supernatural stories of Benque featuring our communities tales & apparitions, by our very own story tellers, make it date! October 30th, 2015 starting at 7:00 p.m."

Oscar Burke at Soul Project
Oscar Burke played at the Soul Project. Great music, with a lot of Reggae. Amazing burgers too, courtesy of Bauce Burgers. "Not only was Oscar Burke at the Soul Project, but they had some amazing hamburgers there too."

Benque Marimba Youths at Benque's 111th
The Benque Marimba Youths played at Benque's 111th celebration. Always great to see, and hear. "Benque Marimba Youths, Benque at #111 Municipal Anniversary, Centennial Memorial Park"

Belize Raptor Center Inspires
The Belize Raptor Center has been busy educating and inspiring the youth around Cayo and Belize. They've educated 1240 students in the last 2 weeks! They have a crowdfunding campaign, if you'd like to contribute to their worthy cause. Thanks, BRC! "We have had a very busy week!! Talking to over 700 students in Belmopan and Orange Walk in 3 days at 5 different schools. The feedback we have received from teachers, students and parents has been incredible. It reminds us that what we are doing works and is helping change the attitude these children have for all birds. Educate. Inspire. Protect."

Channel 7

"Bag Of Passports" - Could It Be Backdoor Immigration Business?
This afternoon, it caused quite a commotion on social media when news went out that San Ignacio Police had "confiscated a bag of passports". It even led to a spontaneous political protest from PUP supporters who suspected that a crime of some sort had happened. We can confirm tonight that police were handed a bag, which contained 8 passports, and right now, they're investigating their origin. What we know for sure is that at around 1 p.m., the owner of Studio 7 Printing Press in San Ignacio called police when he found a suspicious bag in their business place. The officers responded, retrieved it, and that's when they found the passports: 1 Honduran, 1 Guatemalan, 1 American, 1 Belizean, and 4 Salvadoran. All the passports were in different names, and so at this time, police are looking into them to make sure that nothing illegal was involved in their procurement, or nothing illegal was intended for them going forward.

The FSTV Monopoly Is OVER. What Next?
The legal battle between the Feinstein Group, the Government, and the Fort Point Tourism Village is over, and, now, the landscape of cruise tourism in the Belize District is set to change - in a big way. Justice Courtney Abel today finally made a decision in case, which has been ongoing for months now. He struck down the FSTV's monopoly in the Belize District, thus paving the way for Stake Bank. You might remember how it all started: Developer Mike Feinstein sought to challenge the monopoly that the FSTV has over cruise tourism in Belize City by claiming that the head tax collected from each passenger, and the way it is shared up, is unlawful. While this case was taking place, however, the Barrow Administration amended the Cruise Ship Passenger Tax Act, and it blocked 3 of Feinstein's grounds for challenging the legality.

No Bail For Keyren Tzib
After an entire month and 2 days of waiting, Keyren Tzib, the Coast Guard officer accused of fatally stabbing her common-law husband, finally heard the decision of the Supreme Court. Her application for bail has been denied, and she will have to remain in prison while she awaits trial. As we told you, Psychiatrist Dr. Richard Alovera took the stand and gave the court the report of his assessment of her mental health. He diagnosed her with bipolar affective disorder. After consideration of the submissions of both the prosecution, the defense, and the doctor's testimony, Justice Troadio Gonzalez ruled that he will deny bail. He concluded that he found the doctor's testimony to be contradictory and confusing. One of the strongest factors to bail being denied, however, was the Judge's concern that Tzib may be a threat to herself or to society. He noted that he was not convinced that she wasn't, and that's why he decided to deny bail.

56 Year Old Was Collateral Damage In Petty Inter-gang Feud
Last night we told you about the murder of 56 year old Edward Robinson. He was killed on Saturday morning when a pair of gunmen went after Jamil Betancourt in the area of North Creek. Betancourt was only injured but Robinson was killed - collateral damage in a gang war. Well, police were quick to wrap up the investigation and announced this morning that two men had been charged. The interesting thing is that they are both form Supal Street - and so was their intended target, Jamil Betancourt. The lead investigator told us more this morning: Insp. Alejandro Cowo, CIB Precinct 1 & 2 "So far police are conducting an investigation into the matter where several persons were interviewed and statements were recorded and as a result, 2 persons were detained yesterday. They are Ryan Alvarez and Devon Sankey, both of the Supal Street area. At present they are being charged and they will be taken to magistrate court sometime this afternoon. They will be charged for murder, conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder on Jamil Betancourt."

Police Called In Rival Gangs
And while southside police have stepped up patrols in gang areas with the help of the GSU - half the work is not on the ground but in the conference room. That's where mediation sessions occur - and that's what police had to do in the case of the murder of Karl Heusner. First an update on the search for the killer:.. Supt. Hilberto Romero, OC - CIB, Belize City "In regards to the murder of Heusner, we are doing follow up work at this time. We are reviewing video footage from the area, we are interviewing persons and that investigation continues."

Picking Up The Pieces After The Flood
Is the situation any better for flood victims? Can they return home? That's what we went to find out today. As we showed you yesterday about 10 inches of rain fell on the city during the weekend. The city was inundated - and residents had to walk and even float through the flood waters to get around. Many had to be evacuated and taken to shelters because their houses were completely flooded and belongings destroyed. While the water has receded on some streets, others are still flooded and the forecast for more showers pose the threat that water levels could rise again. That is the main concern for Antelope Street Extension resident Oscar Palacios. We spoke to him yesterday at the ITVET shelter but he and his family went back home this morning. We met him and his children cleaning up the house and trying to salvage the little they had left after the flood.

Mother Cries Out
These floods have also forced the public to confront the ugly truth that there are many city residents who live in very impoverished conditions with very inadequate housing. We met one such resident today, when 28 year-old single mother Kayla Stevens called the media out to the building that used to be her home. It was not much, but it was all she could afford for her 3 children...and this weekend it all came tumbling down in the heavy rains and flooding. Daniel Ortiz visited her today and he has that story: Daniel Ortiz reporting 28 year-old Kayla Stevens and 3 young daughters, ages 10, 6 and 4, used to live here, at this house on Neal Penn Road. But like other southside residents, her home was among those hardest hit. The floods caused it to fall. Walking around her humble living space, the water damage was evident. It was clear that it barely protected her and her girls from the elements.

Court Orders 65K For A Cop's Life
In September 2013 Police Constable Glenwayne Grant shot and killed a fellow officer, Constable Dean Yearwood when he was allegedly responding to a robbery in progress. YEARWOOD'S family sued the government to pay financial compensation for his death. Well, today Supreme Court judge, Sonya Young said the Government must pay the Yearwood family $65,000 dollars in compensation. On the stand during the trial, PC Grant maintained that on the night of the fatal shooting when he shot and killed his colleague, he came upon a shooting and identified himself as a police officer and fired after the alleged culprit. Phillip Palacio represented the Yearwood Family while the Government was represented by the Solicitor General's Office Triennia Young and Agassi Finnegan. As to whether they will appeal the court ruling, Young said she cannot say at this time until she reads the ruling in depth.

Toledo Weed Burned
On Monday morning, Toledo Police found a marijuana plantation about five miles East of San Miguel Village. The one acre marijuana field had already been harvested. There were about 20 plants about 3 feet tall and all of them were uprooted and burned. Checks were made in the surrounding areas where police found two bundles of 119 marijuana plants which were also burned.

Expanding The Digital Footprint
In the old days, a Belize ad in a glossy magazine or a 30 second spot on some obscure channel would be considered the gold standard in advertising. But, the truth is unless that ad appeared in a top magazine like Vogue, or a highly rated television programme like Monday Night Football - the way ads for Mexico and Jamaica do - it probably wasn't reaching an optimal audience. But, digital marketing has kind of leveled the playing field, providing high-end opportunities for low budged marketing efforts. And that's what Belize's first Digital Summit is about: optimizing marketing opportunities on the internet. The event is organized by the Belize Tourism Board who has brought in some top names to talk about subjects like Social Media marketing, and Search engine optimization. For Belize, whose digital imprint is still small and growing, it's an important step and BTB's Digital Marketing Manager Maynor Larrieu told us more:..

Beached Manatee
Yesterday, residents and conservationists found an injured Manatee on the Hopkins Village beach in the South. Information of the animal is limited at this time, our information is that it was discovered yesterday afternoon on the Beach. We are told that it was suffering injuries on its back, which are suspected to have been inflicted by boat propeller blades. The manatee was rescued and handed over to the conservationists for rehabilitation.

The Return Of Raincoats
If you were out in the rain as much as we were this weekend - you might have noticed that Police officers don't have any rain gear: no rain hats, no rain coats, no boots. And those polyester uniforms don't hold up too well in the rain…so what happened to the raincoats you might have seen the cops wearing if you grew up in the 80's or 90's? The commander Southside told us that those have been on a 15 year rain check:.. Sr. Supt Chester Williams - Commander, Eastern Division Southside "Police officers do not have the right equipment to be able to deal with the type of weather conditions. In the past we were issued with raincoats, but of recent, going back to at least about 10-15 years we have not been issue with raincoats anymore and I think that is something that we need to look at and try to see how best we could procure some raincoats for our officers." The CEO in the Ministry of National Security has authorized Williams to source raincoats for Eastern Division officers.

Remembering the Rain
Like we said, we were out in the rain this weekend - for hours on Sunday our news team trolled the city cataloguing the epic flood. We put most of those images on the news last night - but tonight, as we close, and the rains are holding up, we put them all together for a complete look at the city under siege - a scene both sad and entertaining, as many found fun in the floods. We leave you with that tonight. A lot to reflect on… join me back here tomorrow….

Channel 5

Who Dropped the Bag With Passports and Birth Certificates?
Tonight, there is a huge scandal brewing in the west after a knapsack containing passports from various countries, birth certificates, police reports and other documents was found inside a business [...]

P.U.P. Supporters Suspect Immigration Irregularity…Demand Answers
Multiple sources have told News Five that the owner of the bag has been confirmed as a former U.D.P. councillor candidate whose passport was allegedly also found inside the bag. [...]

Supreme Court Finds In Favour of Stake Bank Developer
Major decisions were handed down today by the Supreme Court. Justice Courtney Abel issued a judgment largely in favor of developer of the Stake Bank cruise port Michael Feinstein today. [...]

Attorney Says Feinstein Prepared to Work with All Parties
Senior Counsel Andrew Marshalleck, the attorney for Feinstein, outlined the two reliefs won by his client out of the five he sued for. Most important, he says, is that there [...]

Keyren Tzib Refused Bail
Seven weeks since the start of Keyren Tzib’s bail application and after many adjournments, Judge Troadio Gonzalez finally made a determination earlier today and it was not good news for [...]

Yearwood Family Granted Compensation
But there was good news for the Yearwood family. A ruling was handed down in the case of slain police officer, Dean Yearwood who was shot and killed in September [...]

San Pedro Businessman Arraigned For Rape of Minor
Tonight a well-known San Pedro resident is behind bars after he was arraigned last week Friday for the rape of a minor. Even though we report on many incidents of [...]

Jerusalem Under Siege From Poverty
One of the most poverty-stricken communities is Jerusalem; it is located in the outskirts of the Krooman Lagoon in the Antelope Street Extension of the city. The flooding of the [...]

2 Belize City Men Arraigned for Robinson Murder
A pair of Belize City men, both affiliates of the Supal Street gang, has been arraigned for the weekend murder of fifty-six-year-old Edward Robinson.  The duo, twenty-two-year-old Devon Sankey and [...]

Police Stage Intervention With Supal Street Gang
In the wake of the weekend murder, Belize City police have staged an intervention with the Supal Street gang in an attempt to quell any ensuing fallout.  According to Senior [...]

No Arrest in Murder of Karl Heusner Jr.
The murder of Karl Heusner Junior remains an open case despite an ongoing police investigation.  On the heels of the weekend shooting, all efforts are also being made to bring [...]

Police Step Up Patrols in the City
Belize City police have stepped up both foot and mobile patrols in the respective areas.   Supt. Hilberto Romero, OC, CIB, Eastern Division “The preventative measures have been taken: the [...]

Flood Leaves Family of Four Homeless
A family of four was among the many left homeless as a result of the flooding over the weekend. The head of the family is a single mother of three [...]

Mayflower Street Residents to Get Assistance
On Monday, we showed you the deplorable conditions in which residents of Mayflower Street are living.  While the situation had been that way well before the weekend flooding, Area Representative [...]

First Ever Digital Marketing Summit Held in Belize City
A digital marketing summit, the first of its kind to be held in Belize, was hosted by the Belize Tourism Board today at the Ramada Belize City Princess.  The objective [...]

Classes to Resume
Classes were called off for Monday due to water levels and the use of classrooms as shelters for affected families of the epic floods. A while ago, the Ministry of [...]

Ashley Needs Your Prayers and Support
Imagine that moment when you’re told that your child, your pride and joy…your beautiful baby has cancer. There’s absolutely no treatment available in Belize, and treatment overseas is prohibitively expensive. [...]

Alfonso Wiltshire arrested for rape
San Pedro Police have arrested and charged well-known taxi-man and landlord Alfonso Wiltshire for the alleged rape of a 13 year old minor. The minor claims that on at least five occasions she was sexually violated by Wiltshire, who reportedly held a gun to her head. Following an investigation and a medical examination Wiltshire was arrested and charged last Friday in San Pedro. He has been remanded. Because of evidence unearthed during the ongoing investigation, Police are also seeking additional victims between the ages of 10 and 14. We'll have more details in tonight's newscast.


Orange Walkeno Elected As Vice President Of CANQATE
Another Belizean has been elected to an esteemed position on the international platform. Adrian Leiva, current Dean of Muffles Junior College, has been elected Vice President of the Board of Management of the Caribbean Area Network for Quality Assurance in Tertiary Education. Leiva was elected in the twelfth annual CAN-QATE Conference held in St. Kitts and Nevis from October seventh to the ninth. CAN-QATE was established as a sub network of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education, in 2004. The network’s focus is to enable members to share information about the maintenance, evaluation, accreditation and improvement of higher education and to spread good practices in the field of quality assurance. Leiva is no stranger to the network as he has served as a member since its inception in 2004. Leiva says with the new position, Belize can have an even more direct involvement in changes and improvement in education in the region.

San Pedrano Charged For Rape Of Thirteen Year Old Minor
Again, Wiltshire threatened to kill her if she told anyone and forcefully had sexual intercourse with her. Following the report, police carried out an extensive investigation and according to San Pedro Police, 50 year old Alfonso Wiltshire has been charged with two counts of Aggravated Burglary and two counts of Unlawful Sexual Intercourse. A medical examination was also performed on the minor which indicated that she was carnally known. The medical practitioner who carried out the exam listed the minor’s injuries as grievous harm. With the substantial evidence, police carried out a special operation leading to Wiltshire’s arrest. He was charged and remanded to the Belize Central Prison until his first court hearing. Police are still investigating the incident and believe there may be other victims.

Fifteen Year Old Female Injured In Traffic Accident
A fifteen year old female was rushed to the Northern Regional Hospital late this evening following a road traffic accident on the Phillip Goldson Highway. The teen was traveling with her grandparents Manuel Lorenzo and his wife Nora Lorenzo who are residents of Trial Farm Village in the Orange Walk District. They were headed in the direction of Orange Walk in a red four door pickup truck when around 5:15 pm, just past the Mameyal Curve, they collided into a trailer carrying lumber. According to a man who was traveling in the vehicle that was pulling the trailer, he and his son in law Esner Campus were heading to San Narciso Village after buying lumber from Shipyard.

Belize Celebrates International Day Of Air Traffic Controller
Today the Belize Department of Civil Aviation celebrated International Day of Air Traffic Controller. The day is observed annually on October 20th and Belize’s Civil Aviation took the time out to pay tribute to dedicated work done by Belize’s Air Traffic Control Officers. In a release, the Civil Aviation said it salutes quote, “their stalwart service to the country and people of Belize. Air travel continues to be a pillar of the Belizean economy, bringing obvious benefits to Belize's tourism product, trade, society and the business world. Every day, hundreds of flights, both national and international, traverse Belizean airspace delivering thousands of passengers and tons of cargo to their destination. On any given day, these hundreds of flights are safely guided through our skies, by our very own and highly capable Air Traffic Control Unit at the Philip Goldson International Airport,” unquote.

Bag With Passports Found In San Ignacio, Police Investigates
We are pretty sure that here in Belize most of the population is aware about the Penner Passport scandal. That is why when news broke out today that a bag containing passports was found in San Ignacio, social media went crazy. Around 2:00 this afternoon, San Ignacio Police were called about a suspicious knapsack found abandoned at a printing shop in that municipality. Upon further checks, it was revealed that the black knapsack contained several documents including a Honduran passport, a Guatemalan passport, an American passport, 4 Salvadoran passports and a Belizean passport. Following the discovery, news spread like wildfire and questions began popping up across the country. And tonight still more questions than answers remain as the police are now tasked to decipher who owns the knapsack. San Ignacio police have labelled the find as found property and their investigations continue. And while many questions arise following the sensational passport scandal involving disgraced former Minister Elvin Penner, this evening, the PUP Standard Bearer Cayo Central Dan Silva weighed in on the issue.

Primary Health Care Becomes Priority In the Corozal District
As is the obvious the torrential rains experienced over the last few days left Corozal with an unwanted amount of water. And the flooding is expected to get worse since the downpour continues thus bring along the possibility of disease outbreaks. Primary Health Care Coordinator, Doctor Miguel Rivero, told us today the concentration now lies in the areas of preventative measures. “Well finally the rains have settled in and now we are beginning to see the effects of it first of all we must ensure that everyone remains alive that means stay out of the risk of being under water, being on the risk of flooding and once you decide to go to a shelter make sure you remain clean and follow proper hygiene and we need to do any check on any disease that would come out from the water supply or food contaminated supply so we need to focus on a lot of hygiene at this point.”

Four Old Month Baby Sent To Emergency Room After Vector Control Carries Out Thermal Fogging At Hurricane Shelter
The family of a four month old baby is tonight claiming that the life of their new born was put in danger when members of the Vector Control Unit conducted thermal fogging at the shelter they were staying in namely the Guadalupe Government Primary School in the Corozal District. “We were at the shelter of Guadalupe school because we got flood here at Chula Vista so we moved and we went at the school we were there from two days and after that the Health Inspector reached all of a sudden and they say that they will spray and told everybody to put their things in plastic bags to take it outside so while we were doing that me and Mrs. Bernadine a teacher from Guadalupe school took the things outside when we were coming back they were sharing clothes then at the time we were there I saw smoke coming out from the classroom where we are so now I left the bag and I ran but at the time the men were at the door so I start to tell them my baby is in there man I started to tell them and you need to take her out and then they say no we cannot go inside and then the principal, the teacher of Guadalupe school and the next people who were sheltering there so I tell them help me and go in and no body didn’t want to go in so now I don’t know how I got strength I just shubbed the men that were at the door and I all I can remember is that I went inside and you lost like in space and then I just grabbed him with the bouncer and I run outside and by the time I ran outside I grab my baby and then the principal of the school saw me while running outside by the gate of the school so that the baby can breathe in and I can give her breathe through her mouth so that she can comeback.”


Supreme Court Gives Green Light to Stake Bank Project
In 2004, the Government of Belize had signed onto an agreement with the Fort Street Tourism Village, giving the port exclusivity in the Belize District. Some years later when Michael Feinstein sought to develop the Stake Bank Project which would be another port in Belize City, there were obstacles due to this agreement. The matter […]

US Kingpin Rule Affects 1000+ Banana Workers in Southern Belize
Yesterday we told you of the Mayan King Farms and the financial dire straits that the company was in until the international banana distributor, Fyffes, kicked in and began lending financial support to the company as they were going through hardships due to the recent drought and the subsequent challenges in having the growth of […]

Fabers Road Home Collapses with Child Inside
The home of 28 year old Stephanie Vasquez collapsed this afternoon. Inside the house, which is located in the Faber’s Road extension in an area known as “Bootsville”, was her nine year old son. He was the one who called her while she was at work. STEPHANIE VASQUEZ “I got a call about an hour […]

NEMO Gives Update on Relief Efforts Following Intense Rains
The recent flooding situation around the country is as a result of incessant rains in the last few days and now that the rain is slowing down, it will take more than a few days to get things back to normal particularly for those families who have been displaced or affected in some way. The […]

Government and Residents to Remain Vigilant in Coming Days
Meanwhile, as it pertains to the weather in the coming days, Minister Godwin Hulse told Love News that they are monitoring the rivers and that the residents, particularly, in low lying areas still need to be vigilant. GODWIN HULSE “We keep sending out notices and advisories; we are still reminding people who live along river […]

Minister Speaks on Process for Flood Victims to Get Aid
While the immediate needs of food and clothing and adequate shelter are being addressed by the various agencies around the country, there are the long term needs that would be required to get people’s lives and homes back to how it was. Prime Minister Dean Barrow did commit to reaching out to all those affected […]

Country’s Executive Remains While Legislature, Dissolved
In recent days since the flooding and the activation of NEMO, there have been questions from the public as to the status of Government Ministers and the Prime Minister since the House of Representatives was dissolved the day after the Prime Minister had announced elections for November 4. It is a point we have addressed […]

House Collapses on Jane Usher Boulevard
Due to the current weather, floods have been destroying homes and house appliances in vast amounts. The home of Kendra Smith located in Jane Usher has suffered a lot due to the floods. Her home has not completely fallen down, but her front veranda collapsed with her and her little brother while she was doing […]

Court Finds Government Liable in Murder of Policeman
In September 2013, Police Constable Dean Yearwood was shot and killed by fellow officer Glenwayne Grant. In July, Yearwood’s family took the government to court and today Judge Sonya Young ruled that Government was liable and must pay the family over sixty five thousand dollars. Her ruling is yet to be given in writing as […]

Coast Guard Seaman Denied Bail in Supreme Court
Today Keyren Tzib, the Coast Guard Seaman who is on remand for the death of her boyfriend earlier this year, was denied bail by Justice Troadio John Gonzalez. The bail application has been ongoing for a number of weeks as they awaited a doctor’s evaluation since Tzib’s attorney argued she should be granted bail due […]

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More Rains expected
Clean up efforts have been ongoing today in parts of Belize City after the flood waters began to recede. However, there is the need to keep an eye on the weather as more rain is expected. We hear from Chief Meteorologist Dennis Gonguez for the weather forecast. Dennis Rodriguez, Chief Meteorologist...

Police arrest two for weekend murder; still searching for Karl Heusner’s killers
As previously reported, two men were in police custody in connection with the murder of 56 year old Edward Robinson and the shooting of 33 year old Jamil Betancourt. Today Police say that the two men, identified as Devon Sankey and Ryan Alvarez- both of Supal Street will be charged for Murder, attem...

Michael Aschroft gravely ill
News of Michael Ashcroft’s severe illness broke yesterday on national and international media. Ashcroft, a British businessman and politician, garnered popularity in Belize when the Government sold many of its assets to the British billionaire under the last administration. Yesterday, 69 year old As...

Why Are Numbers Important? SIB Hosts Open Exhibit
As a part of the Observance of Caribbean Statistics Day and World Statistics Day the Statistical Institute of Belize, the national statistical agency of the country, held an open exhibit at the George Price Center in Belmopan along with its partners including the Social Security Board and Ministries...

Classes continue in most schools after flooding
Classes will continue in most schools tomorrow as flood waters continue to recede. There are a few exceptions however. According to the Ministry of Education, in the Corozal District, classes continue in all schools with the exception of Fireburn RC and Chunox St. Viator Vocational High School. The...


Violent Saturday on the Southside: 3 shot — 2 dead, 1 critical
Three people were shot on Saturday in the seemingly never-ending violence in the city, and as a result, two men are dead and one man is in critical condition in the intensive care unit at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH). Dead are Edward Robinson, 56, and Karl Heusner, 32, while Jamil Betancourt, 33, of North Creek Road, is in a critical condition. The city’s bloody Saturday began with the shooting of Edward Robinson, who was shot in the left side of the chest and left hand at about 8:30 Saturday morning on North Creek Road. He was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, but was declared dead on arrival. Jamil Betancourt was shot on the same Saturday morning. He was shot in the chest and body, also on North Creek Road, and was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where he was admitted in a critical condition and is now fighting for his life.

House collapses on boy, 9; Miracluously, he survives
During heavy torrential rains, at about 10:00 Saturday night, a one-flat lumber house located on Jasmine Street, which is the residence of the Gentle family, collapsed. At the time when the house fell, a member of the family, Earl Gentle, Jr., 9 years old, was sitting under it. He miraculously escaped unhurt. He was rescued from under the collapsed house by eight men who pulled away plywood; a section of the floor was then opened and the boy was rescued through a narrow opening from under the house. Gentle was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where he was examined by a doctor, who found nothing wrong with him.

US, Asian and South American tourists drive rebound in 3rd quarter
To date, Belize has received over a million visitors via land, air and sea, and while the first 9 months of the year showed a very negligible overall decline of just 678 visitors, September, the country’s most festive month marked by national celebrations, saw the highest growth in tourism activity, with overnight arrivals during that month increasing by a phenomenal 19.3% over last September with an additional 2,299 visitors coming to Belize, mostly by plane. Statistics released today by the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) said that for the 3rd quarter (July-September) of 2015, overnight arrivals increased significantly by 6.9%, when compared to the same period in 2014. Arrivals peaked in March, when almost 40,000 overnight visitors came, 30,000 of them by air. While overnight tourist arrivals have been down for most of the first half of the year, the past four months have seen consecutive increases, year-on-year when compared to 2014.

Worst flood in Belize City’s recent memory!
As we go to press, the roar of the thunder confirms the latest advisory issued tonight by the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO)—that a new tropical disturbance right on our doorsteps will bring more rain and thunderstorms, even as northern Belize, and particular the Old Capital, Belize City, is reeling from what many perceive to be the most devastating flood in recent memory. The catastrophic flood caused by a tropical depression associated with a broad area of disturbance spanning Mexico and parts of Central America, has been described as the largest weather event to affect Belize City since Hurricane Hattie, which hit Belize in this same month in 1961. The Prime Minister of Belize, Hon. Dean Barrow, and NEMO held a press conference on Sunday October 18, to address this high-impact weather event that has affected Belize City and other parts of the country, including the districts of Orange Walk and Corozal. Widespread flooding forced the closure of schools on these three districts in central and northern Belize, including the islands of Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye. There were also reports of localized but substantial flooding in Hope Creek, Stann Creek.

Lord Michael Ashcroft recuperating from life-threatening illness
Yesterday evening, Lord Michael Ashcroft was supposed to attend the launch of Call Me Dave, an unauthorized biography of the British Prime Minister David Cameron that he co-authored with the award-winning political journalist Isabel Oakeshott, but when he failed to show up at Millbank Tower, in Westminster, London, the news of his ill-health began to surface. Reports are that the 69-year-old Ashcroft had been in intensive care for 18 days, in an undisclosed hospital in the United States, after he had suffered septic shock, as well as liver and renal failure, but is now said to be out of danger. Lord Ashcroft was hospitalized on September 22, one day after “Call Me Dave” began to be serialized by British newspaper The Daily Mail. The day Lord Ashcroft fell ill, he had just flown from Croatia to Turkey, where he had spent time visiting war graves and battlefields to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign that occurred during World War 1.

88 candidates will contest 31 seats!
Today is Nomination Day across the country and all political aspirants in the race to capture seats of government in Belmopan have revved up their machines, as more than 80 candidates for the November 4 general elections paid the requisite deposit and were each nominated to contest the elections by six voters from each of the country’s 31 electoral constituencies. The Nomination Day time-honored tradition is that the candidates of the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) are nominated in the morning, while the UDP candidates, third parties and independents are nominated in the afternoon. Periodic rains this morning could not dampen the spirits of hundreds of PUP supporters who lined up behind the party’s ten Belize City candidates, as they marched, singing and dancing their way to the nomination center at the Charles Bartlett Hyde Building on Mahogany Street. While the candidates went past the police barriers to be nominated, supporters outside kept spirits high, as music boomed out from trucks and they sang and danced, most dripping wet in the party’s blue and white T-shirts, while others sheltered under blue and white umbrellas, with the slogan: “PUP Delivers.”

SCCL Scene: History, streaks & records
The 2015/16 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League’s group stage concludes with three consecutive, days of games starting Tuesday. Since the competition has been on extended break since September 24, gives a tip of the hat to the Week Five’s most noteworthy happenings. Week Five will be one to remember in the history of Belizean football as host Verdes FC recorded its first-ever SCCL victory (after five all-time games), defeating Panama’s San Francisco, 2-1. It was appropriate that Belize international forward Deon McCaulay — the joint-top scorer in 2014 World Cup Qualifying with 11 goals – was the night’s star. The 28-year-old netted both goals (19’, 88’) to complete the comeback win. With another win (or even a draw) at San Francisco on Thursday, Verdes will clinch second place in Group C and could equal table-topping Queretaro with seven points. The Mexican side, though, has already secured advancement to the quarterfinals thanks to having the advantage in the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Inclement weather postpones majority of BECOL games
Due to inclement weather, the games that were scheduled for Friday and Saturday night will be played this coming weekend. On Sunday afternoon, game 1 tipped off with SHC and Alpha Warriors in the Under 19 division. SHC narrowly defeated Alpha Warriors, 78-77, in overtime. SHC’s top scorers were Raheem Crawford with 25 points, Orel Neal with 20 pts, and Jovanne Zetina with 12 pts. Joel Montejo was the high scorer for Alpha Warriors with the game high 26 pts, while Gian Bethran had 19 pts, Robert Jeffries sank 17 pts, and Shevan Harris scored 8 pts. In the second game of the weekend, Invaders recorded their first win of the season, as they blew out Eagles, 61-34, in the Over 35 division. Invaders’ top scorer was Kent Requena, who had the game high 18 pts, while Dylon Ayuso sank 17 pts, and Evan Reynolds tallied 10 pts. In a losing effort, Eagles was led by Elvis “Tigre” Usher with 12 pts, and Karim Juan with 8 pts.

Jex Trophies donates championship belt to boxing in Cayo
Boxing in Belize has been making a few steps forward in the last couple years, after decades of seeming dormancy. At his boxing promotion in Santa Elena a few weeks ago, Cayo Lions Den Gym manager, Frank Asad Martinez, a founding member of the newly formed Belize Boxing Development Council, was pleased to accept the donation of a beautiful boxing championship belt from Reginald Jex of Jex Trophies; and we recently secured the above picture. We contacted Martinez by phone, and he confirmed receiving the belt at the time of an international boxing promotion on Friday, September 29, in Santa Elena, Cayo. “We plan to have replicas of the belt made for different weight classes,” remarked Martinez, who says the belts should add more interest and excitement to future promotions, especially to the young boxers, as they strive to return local boxing to “prime time” in Belize.

Elite basketball tip-off sceduled for January 15
The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) will commence its third, annual basketball tournament on Friday, January 15, 2016. Six of the seven teams who participated last season have already committed to be a part of the 2016 season. These teams are: Belize City No Limit, Belize Hurricanes, San Pedro Tiger Sharks, Belmopan Red Taigaz, Cayo Western Ballaz and Dangriga Warriors. Of the seven teams, only Orange Walk Running Rebels has not confirmed its participation in next year’s tournament. The NEBL is pleased to announce that Independence Thunderbolt will be a new franchise in the league. Congratulations to Independence for winning the bid to become the new team in the league.

Editorial: An Amandala quandary
It may well be that this newspaper should be campaigning for a change of government. In fact, there are those in the leadership of the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) who appear to believe that we are so doing. We are not so doing. The reason we should be campaigning for a change of government is because, should the UDP be elected to a third consecutive term of office, we expect them to launch major attacks on Kremandala. The reason this newspaper is not actively campaigning for a change of government is because history teaches us that we would have no control over, and very little influence on, whichever government we helped to elect. So that, we would have served our own purposes but we would have, to a certain extent, misled the Belizean people.

From the Publisher
I was struck by an opinion piece I read in the editorial pages of The New York Times’ issue of Saturday, October 10, 2015. The New York Times is the most prestigious newspaper in the United States of America, planet earth’s superpower. The opinion piece was written by Naomi Oreskes, a professor of the history of science at Harvard, the most prestigious university in the United States. Her opinion piece indicts Exxon Mobil, an oil company, for its perfidy where the matter of climate change is concerned. Exxon Mobil may be the largest, wealthiest, and most powerful business corporation in the United States. If it is not, it is close to being that. I will use my column this week to reproduce Professor Oreskes’ opinion piece, because the lesson is classic: corporations are so driven by their greed for profits that they are willing to sacrifice the good of humanity and the welfare of the planet itself. We saw this in the case of the tobacco industry, which spent decades and billions seeking to deny that cigarette smoking caused lung cancer and other illnesses. When they began losing that fight in America, the tobacco companies started spending more of their advertising budgets in Third World countries to convince our innocent youth that cigarette smoking was stylish, sexy, and cool.

Why weren’t locals contracted to produce SSB uniforms, which cost over $ ¼ mil abroad?
It was on Monday, October 5, that the workers of the Social Security Board (SSB) countrywide staged a half-hour protest during their lunch break over the alleged withholding of their uniform allowance by the Social Security Board. The response of the SSB chairman, Doug Singh, suggested that the workers were being unreasonable. On Thursday, October 8, the staff held a press conference at the office of the Christian Workers Union, where it was revealed that it had been previously established under the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) into which the union and the management of SSB had entered, that every 18 months the uniforms should be ready, and if those uniforms weren’t delivered on time, the staff would be paid a clothing allowance to compensate them for the period during which they had to find their own clothing.

D-Max pickup stolen from owner at gunpoint
The owner of an Isuzu D Max pickup was held up at gunpoint in San Ignacio by three gunmen, who stole his pickup and escaped by speeding down Joseph Andrews Drive. The incident occurred at about 7:30 Saturday evening. Nigel Espat, 34, a businessman of San Ignacio Town, told police that he and his friends came out of Sunset Bar, situated on Savannah Avenue, San Ignacio Town, and he walked to his blue 2007 D-Max pickup valued at $40,000, which was parked on the opposite side of the road. Espat went to the driver’s door and upon doing so, was approached by a slimly-built Hispanic man who was dressed in long jeans pants and a buttoned shirt who, came from the opposite side of the road. The man pointed a black pistol at him and ordered him, “Give me the key; otherwise I will shoot you.”

UB prez says no to 14% increase, UBFSA prez resigns
Amandala readers will recall that October 6 was the date that had been set for a meeting between the president of the University of Belize, Alan Slusher, and the University of Belize Faculty and Staff Association (UBFSA) core team led by Fermin Olivera, who was elected president of UBFSA on September 30. The meeting took place as scheduled and Slusher promised to respond to their request for a 14% salary increase by October 14. What has changed is that Olivera has since resigned effective October 9. Olivera did not go into details; however, he said that his resignation was due to “proper procedure” not being followed by the union.

More rains as flood waters head west
City floods have forced the closure of the Cleopatra White Health Center on the north side of town. A notice just issued by the Government of Belize says, “Persons needing urgent attention are asked to visit the Matron Roberts Polyclinic or the Port Loyola Health Center where health personnel from the Cleopatra White Polyclinic have been deployed.” The Ministry of Health expects to have the Cleopatra White Polyclinic back in operations by tomorrow if weather permits. Meanwhile, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO)’s Monday morning advisory informs that “even though the weather is improving in some parts of the country, the main concern is the water that’s heading down river which is likely to cause the Mopan and Belize Rivers to flood.”

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Well-known San Pedro resident charged for raping minor
Alfonso Wiltshire, a 50-year-old resident of San Pedro and President of the island’s Taxi Association, has been accused of rape. Wiltshire was arrested and charged on Friday, October 15th for the rape of a 13-year-old female, and his official charges were two counts of ‘aggravated burglary’ along with two counts […]

Four month baby alive after being thermal fogged
There are disturbing reports coming out of Corozal Town, where a four-month-old baby is lucky to be alive after being thermal fogged and mistreated at the Corozal Community Hospital. BMG was informed that sometime this afternoon, members of the Vector Control Unit (VCU) visited Guadalupe Government School where flood-victim families […]

Traffic accident on the Philip Goldson Highway
Belize Media Group, has been reliably informed of a traffic accident on the Philip Goldson Highway near the Chan Chen junction in the Corozal District. More information will be posted shortly

How will social media impact the upcoming general election on November 4th?
Social-media has, and continues to grow in popularity and usage. Social-networking-sites (SNS) such as Facebook and Twitter have becoming the standard platforms for digital-marketing and for disseminating information. More recently, several institutes have started exploring how digital social-media figures into real-world […]

Young boy survives frightening house collapse
Over the weekend, flooding in the old capital caused damages to many neighborhoods and cause many homes to collapse, fortunately though, no lives were lost. Some residents though, escaped death under seemingly miraculous circumstances, especially 9-year-old Earl Gentle Jr. who was trapped beneath rubble after the house he was in, […]

Police confiscate bag of Belizean passports in San Ignacio
BMG has received reliable reports that San Ignacio Police just confiscated a bag of Belizean passports in San Ignacio Town. A reporter from Belize Media Group contacted the San Ignacio Police Station and Police told us that they cannot release any information about the passports right now until they receive […]

Maya King Workers to stage protest
More than a thousand people are being affected by Fyffes International, one of Europe’s largest fruit importers, cutting off ties with Maya King, one of the biggest banana farm in Belize. Fyffes has severed all business ties with Maya King Farm after learning that the company has affiliations with John […]

Huge croc found in KHMH yard
A huge crocodile measuring nine feet in length was handed over to the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) on Sunday after it was spotted in the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) compound. The animal is believed to have come out of a nearby drain with the help of the rising waters. The […]

BEL warns about the dangers of illegal connections
A press release from Belize Electricity Limited (BEL), issued this morning, serves to inform the public about the hazards of illegal electrical connections and share many of the dangers that were apparent in Belize City during the flooding. BEL requested the assistance of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) to […]

Three to face murder related charges
25-year-old Ryan Alvarez Jr. and 22-year-old Devon Sankey, both from addresses in Belize City, are facing charges for murder and conspiracy to commit murder. As to Edward Robinson he faces charges for attempted murder, dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm against Jamil Betancourt.

Schools reopen after rains
The Ministry of Education reports that classes are resuming today, Tuesday, for schools affected by flooding in the Belize, Orange Walk and Corozal District. In the Belize District, All pre, primary, secondary schools resume classes with exception of Pallotti High School, Queen Square Anglican Upper, St. Lukes Methodist, […]

Conditions remain moist but improvement expected later in the week
The National Meteorological Service of Belize is predicting cloudy to overcast skies today with some showers, a few thunderstorms or periods of light rain mainly in the north. Skies will be cloudy tonight with a few showers or thunderstorms mainly along coastal areas. Winds will be blowing from the East-Southeast […]

Over 1000 Mayan King Employees to stage protest tomorrow
Belize Media Group has received reports that over 1000 workers from Mayan King Limited will stage a protest tomorrow between 1pm to 4pm because Fyffes has decided to stop doing business with their company and they are at risk of losing their jobs. It is interesting to note that Maya […]

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Nixon Predicted Trudeau Win 43 Years Ago
While Justin Trudeau stunned many with his victory as new Canadian prime minister, one long-deceased public figure knew all along that he would one day win: Richard Nixon. According to The Guardian, Nixon toasted a four-month-old Trudeau—son of then-PM Pierre Trudeau—as “the future prime minister of Canada” during a 1972 state visit to Ottawa. He turned out to be correct, 43 years later.

Rotary seeks donations for Belize school
For a Rotarian, a vacation is often not just a vacation. A trip abroad yields the opportunity to meet with Rotary Club members in their country, and at times, the seed of an idea for a service project. So it was with Jeff Mason, president of the Fort Atkinson Rotary Club, when he visited Belize last February and March. His interactions with the local Rotary Club in the part of Belize he and his wife, Joan, were visiting led him to a charity school that needs a major kitchen update so it can meet the needs of the impoverished students it serves. “My wife, Joan, and I were in Belize for a month,” Mason said, noting that they stayed in a small village in a rented home, which allowed them to get to know the local residents. “It was one of the best months we’ve had.” He said the locals they met were very friendly and welcoming, with a quick smile and a ready sense of humor. “I found the people to be the best thing about Belize, even better than the great climate and the terrific scenery,” Mason said.

Fyffes ends imports from Belize producer over drugs link
Fruit importer Fyffes has stopped buying bananas from the biggest producer in Belize because of its links to a local businessman named by US authorities as a drugs kingpin. Fyffes confirmed yesterday that it ceased buying bananas from Mayan King in Dangriga, Belize, because Mr Zabaneh has been acting as a spokesman for its owner, Meridian Farms, which is in crisis following a drought. “Given recent developments where John Zabaneh appeared to speak on behalf of Meridian Farms, Fyffes immediately ceased purchase of bananas from the farms in question,” it said in a statement yesterday. It added that the Banana Growers’ Association, the local body through which it buys fruit from the Central American country, had confirmed this to the Meridian group of farms.

Pastor’s work in Belize helps him serve students living in St. Louis dealing with poverty
Father Matt Ruhl has been exposed to poverty and violence all over the world. One of his first assignment as a Jesuit was to lead a classroom at St. John’s College in Belize. Following that experience, he came to the St. Louis are to serve in urban parishes in East St. Louis and North St. Louis. In 2011, he returned to Belize, serving as the pastor of St. Martin de Porres Parish in Belize City. There, he has presided over the funerals of murder victims frequently—Belize is the sixth most dangerous country in the world, seeing an average of 39 homicides per 100,000 residents. While Ruhl’s work in Belize initially began as a mission to help provide students there better education through SLU’s Belize Project, it has now become an exchange of information to aid students in St. Louis who are struggling with poverty and violence in their neighborhoods.

Standing with the Gods at Altun Ha
What had once been the thriving urban centre of an ancient trade capital was eerily quiet now, except for the occasional squawk of birds hidden high in the treetops. The view from the top of the main pyramid was impressive. Below me stretched an entire ancient city that had been sleeping here for centuries, undisturbed beneath the sheltering green canopy of jungle that covers all of central Belize. The steep stone steps of the pyramid’s central stairway made getting to the top a tiring, sweaty challenge, but I did it. And now, despite the rising tropical heat and the lack of any breeze at all, I was determined to enjoy the stunning view for as long as possible. I’d made it to the peak of one of the most important Mayan sites in Belize: the place where gods and rulers had once stood above the lost city of Altun Ha. Below, the central plaza was bordered on all sides by stone temples and smaller pyramids. In the distance I could also see a number of still-un-excavated burial mounds. What had once been the thriving urban centre of an ancient trade capital was eerily quiet now, except for the occasional squawk of birds hidden high in the treetops.

In These 7 Top Retirement Havens, Your Neighbors Could Include The A-List
2. Belize Cayes: Neighbor: Leonardo DiCaprio DiCaprio bought 104-acre Blackadore Caye off the coast of Belize in 2005 for just under $2 million. He plans to build an eco-friendly resort on the private island. Budget pick: While you can't buy on Blackadore Caye itself, you can get as close as possible with a foothold on neighboring Ambergris Caye. This three-bedroom waterfront villa has a flat roof that gives you an additional 102 square meters of entertaining space with great views. Good income potential as a short- or long-term rental. Price: $299,000.

Fundraiser for Medical Mission trip to be held
A chicken-and-rice dinner Medical Mission Fundraiser will be held on Friday, Oct. 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Courthouse Annex in order to raise funds for the Medical Mission trip in November. In coordination with the Caribbean American Medical Educational Organization, doctors, nurses and volunteers will be providing medical care during a week-long trip to several different clinic locations in Belize. During the trip, these volunteers and medical staff will be seeing patients, administering medication, doing diabetes screenings and providing other treatments needed. Donations disclosed, such as wheelchairs and breathing machines, will be shipped off to Belize before the trip and given to the nursing homes. Come out and enjoy good food while supporting a good cause.

The Most Terrifying Places To Visit In The World
Our world is so large and huge that maybe a lifetime would not be sufficient to cover it. Of course, it all matters as to where your interest lies. For some, it is nature and for some it is adventurous terrain and for few others, it is wildlife. But there are those places on this globe which are stunningly beautiful but at the same time they are also very terrifying. Here is a look at some of the most terrifying places you should be aware of. If you are a diver then this is one place you would love to visit. Located just about 60 miles outside Belize city, the great blue hole is part of the Lighthouse Reef System. It is considered a paradise for divers and it is the only blue hole which can be seen from outer space. It is in the shape of a perfect circle with a width of 1000 feet and a depth of 480 feet. This is actually a cave which was formed above sea level.

Top 10 Dive Sites Around The World
The world is full of incredible scuba diving gems. In fact, there are so many that we just wouldn’t be able to write them all down. So, we have devised a list of the Top 10 Dive Sites Around The World which not only provide excitement and adventure, but also contain all the natural beauty that the underwater world has to offer, with something for every type of diver out there. The Great Blue Hole in Belize is the largest sink hole in the world and offers an adrenaline pumping dive for anyone willing to go down it. With its amazing visibility and vast array of corals sprawling the sides of this gigantic hole, this would be a dream dive for many. The Great Blue Hole is home to many Mako and Sharks. The depth of the hole is 124m and the best time of year to visit is between April and June.

Those at the launch were also told Lord Ashcroft and Oakeshott “left out a lot of material relating to David Cameron’s private life” from the book. Lord Ashcroft’s Twitter account remained active throughout October he was reported to be in hospital, with the peer announcing on Sunday that he is now supporting New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup. Lord Ashcroft suffered septic shock leading to renal and liver failure and heart damage, a report from Channel 5 TV in Belize reported. Ashcroft, whose condition was compounded by diabetes, is now understood to be in a stable condition.


  • Noticias de San Pedro #1, 1min.

  • Patients at ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, 3min. In an effort to create more awareness about our patients stories and the sometimes simple ways to avoid getting them, or yourself into this trouble. Thanks to Daniel Velasquez for another great educational video. Thanks to Tammy for fabulous narration! Fingers crossed for Sarge the Morelet crocodile's continued recovery.

  • Belize City Flood, October 18th 2015, 5min. Severe flooding in Belize City on October 18th, 2015. Severe damage to the city, some lives were lost or altered.

  • Belize In America Miami Carnival 2015, 6min. Belize In America covered Miami Carnival for the very first time. In this video, you will see clips from events (Miami Carnival weekend) before the official carnival that usually takes place on a Sunday. These events were hosted and organized by the Belize Association of South Florida.

  • Wildtracks, a Belizean Adventure, 16min. This is a mini-documentary I made about my time in Belize working at Wildtracks in early 2015. They rehabilitate injured wildlife, mostly primates and manatees.

  • Belize Trip 2016, 7.5min.

  • Ressa, A journey to Belize, 6min. This video is a short film of a trip to Belize and the Mayan temples in 2012. The Mayan calendar was to end on December 21, 2012. The video was shot on December 20, 2012. This trip was shared with our Daughter and the video was made for her 4th grade class whom was studying ancient civilizations. What better way to teach kids history than to let them see and touch it.

  • Flood Montage, 3min.

  • REPIC Solar Off-grid Project in Belize, 2min. A Proof of Concept by ZENNA AG, Switzerland,

  • Belize, August 2015, 5min.

  • cavetubing Belize, 6min. n one of our last days in Belize we went cave tubing with Butts Up with Jimmy as our guide.

  • Dj Loona, Club Elite, Belize city, 2.5min.

  • A Week in Belize, 3.5min. Threw together some of the GoPro footage I took during my trip to Caye Caulker, Belize.

  • Dive Into Belize, 3min.

  • Starfish Villa, Placencia Belize (Sunset Pointe), 6min. Our digs between 10-3-15 and 10-10-15. A nice 2 bedroom, 2 bath seaside villa located on Sunset Point in Southern Placencia Belize. Owner's are Paul and Gail.

  • Belize and Cave Tubing, 14min. Cave Tubing. getting on intertubes and floating through a cave. Great adventure and exciting time.

  • Dangriga Pride In Belize City, 15min.

  • Cahal Pech Ruin Belize, 2.5min. Short Vid from the Mayan Ruin of Cahal Pech (Place of Ticks) in the town of San Ignacio in Belize.

  • Open Your Eyes Belize - Care for Child Development Dr. Jane Lucas, 50min.

  • Placencia Belize Village, 6min. A ride through Placencia Village in Belize, C.A..

  • Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 First Landing in Belize!, 9min. First landing in Belize for Southwest Airlines on October 15, 2015! With a water cannon salute too!

  • (VLOG 1) Belize: Day One - There's A Gecko In My Room!, 10min. Getting to Belize was interesting. I co-piloted a plane. Well, not really, but I was close enough to co-pilot. Then, there was a Gecko terrifying me in my room! All of this and more on Belize: Day One.

  • A rainy view in Chetumal and Corozal, Belize, 3min. Belize got more tuesday October 20, 2015. I got a highlighted video clip about how the next Low pressure came in.

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