November 5, 2015

Election Results will be posted as they come in....

Channel 5 is predicting UDP win. They are guessing the UDP will win about 21 seats (of 31), they are seeing whats in so far (UDP 11 PUP 9) and seeing the unofficial totals on the other races and making that guess. They currently have 19 seats. Which means Barrow wins also, a third consecutive term.

In San Pedro, Incumbent Area Representative, Manuel Heredia Jr. of the United Democratic Party has been reelected in Belize Rural South. He garnered 3,244 votes with the People’s United Party’s Jose “Elito” Arceo having 2,254 votes and the Belize Progressive Party’s Robert “Bobby” Lopez having 129 votes as of 10:21PM (currently only on box has not been tallied). This is Heredia’s third term in Central Government.


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The San Pedro Sun

Manuel Heredia Jr. wins election in BRS
Manuel Heredia Jr. has been elected as the Belize Rural South (BRS) Area Representative during the 2015 General Election, held on Wednesday, November 4th. Heredia has been elected by the people to serve Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker and St. George’s Caye from 2015 to 2020. The election process in BRS kicked off at 7AM with the winner being announced at 10:30PM. As early as 5AM, the parties’ supporters were on the ground preparing for the day. BRS was divided into two polling areas, with Ambergris Caye residents voting at San Pedro High School, Polling Area 37, and Caye Caulker and St. George’s Caye residents voting at Caye Caulker Roman Catholic Primary School, Polling Area 34 and 38. The mass of electorates visiting the polls was observed during the first and last hours of the allotted voting time. Contesting for BRS were Jose “Elito” Arceo for the PUP, Manuel Heredia Jr. UDP and Robert “Bobby” Lopez of the Belize Progressive Party (BPP). The election process for BRS was overseen by Returning Officer Martin Alegria and Election Clerk Leodan Torres. Both the San Pedro Police Department and Caye Caulker Police Department were on hand throughout the election process to ensure law and order was maintained.

2015 General Elections nears the end
Now in the last hour of the 2015 General Elections, candidates are making that last push to get voters to the polls. As of 5PM 60% of registered voters in Belize had already visited one of 393 polling stations across the country. Here in Belize Rural South (BRS) voter’s turnout is at 60% with 5,249 out of 8,749 registered electorates having cast their vote. According to Returning Officer, Martin Alegria, as of 5PM, 4,607 votes had been cast at Polling Area 37 while 642 votes had been cast at Polling Area 34 and 38. With a voter’s turnout of 59% in San Pedro, 3,237 registered voters have still not made it to the polls. As for Caye Calker, their voter’s turnout is at 71% with 263 registered voters still not having cast their votes.

Incumbent Area Representative, Manuel Heredia Jr. of the United Democratic Party has been reelected in Belize Rural South.
He garnered 3,244 votes with the People’s United Party’s Jose “Elito” Arceo having 2,254 votes and the Belize Progressive Party’s Robert “Bobby” Lopez having 129 votes as of 10:21PM (currently only on box has not been tallied). This is Heredia’s third term in Central Government.

Halfway through Belize’s 2015 General Elections
Over seven hours into the 2015 General Elections, electorates continue to make their way to the polls to cast their vote to decide the next government. While in some areas of the country, weather conditions have slowed down the election process, here in Belize Rural South (BRS) voting remains steady. Up to 1PM 2,906 out of 8,749 registered voters had made it to the polls, registering a 33.2% voter turnout. Overall 74,614 out of 196,587 registered voters in entire Belize have exercised their right to vote marking a 38% voter turnout for the country. As for the candidates, Jose “Elito” Arceo of the People’s United Party (PUP), Manuel Heredia Jr. of the United Democratic Party (UDP) and Robert “Bobby” Lopez of the Belize Progressive Party (BPP), they continue to ensure their supporters make it out to the polls. According to Arceo everything is going well.

2015 General Elections underway
According to Returning Officer Martin Alegria, the first hours of polling saw a total of 1,451 votes cast in Polling Area 37 at the San Pedro High School while 302 votes had been cast in Polling Area 34 and 38 at the Caye Caulker Roman Catholic School. The morning has seen a steady flow of voters and Alegria believes that the pace will pick up by midday. The BRS constituency is made up of Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker and St. George’s Caye with a total of 8,749 registered voters. A total of 7,844 votes are registered in Ambergris Caye, while 905 are registered for both Caye Caulker and St. George’s Caye. In an interview with The San Pedro Sun, incumbent Area Representative Heredia indicated that his machinery is working perfectly. “My people are coming out.

Ambergris Today

Three-Peat for UDP Government and Manuel Heredia Jr.
For the third consecutive time the incumbent Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. has once again secured his seat in government by taking Belize Rural South and winning for The United Democratic Party. Belize General Elections 2015 took place on Wednesday, November 4, with the UPD winning the majority of seats in the House of Representatives and making Belize red again. Belizean Prime Minister Dean Barrow also won a record third term in the snap general elections. In Belize Rural South, which includes ambergris Caye, Caye caulker and St. George’s Caye, a total of 6,074 votes were cast out of 8,749 registered voters; this accounts for 69% turnout. UDP Manuel Heredia - 3,490, PUP Elito Arceo - 2,388, BPP Robert Lopez - 134.

Last Minute Voters in San Pedro
Just minutes before the polls close last voters rush to the polling stations. The lines are longer than any other time throughout the day.

How to Get Rid of Your “Purple Finger” after Elections!
But the BIGGEST issue with Electoral Ink is: HOW TO TAKE IT OFF!! It’s a challenge, problem, issue and hassle every time elections come along. After people vote, they are looking at how quickly they can remove the unsightly purple mark on their finger. This is not necessarily because they want to vote again or commit identification theft. LOL! People just want to remove the ugly mark, although I have seen others intentionally leaving it for days just to show off that they have voted (first-time voter). Try Nail Polish (100% acetone), Rubbing alcohol, or White vinegar & Lime mix with baking soa

Belize Heads to the Polls on Early General Elections
The Prime Minister of Belize, Hon. Dean Barrow, called election nearly two years ahead of schedule, stating that he was confident of victory and not being impressed after seeing the campaign of his opposition the People’s United Party (PUP). Giving his opposition only two months to cram in their campaigning efforts, the outcome of the General Elections will be an interesting one. Belize's two main political parties concluded their campaign for Wednesday's general elections expressing confidence. The ruling United Democratic Party and the main opposition People's United Party have each nominated candidates for all 31 constituencies, while the newly formed People's Progressive Party is contesting 25 seats.

Local Belize Divers Encounter Pod of Sperm Whales in Migration
Local Belize dive master at Ramon’s Village Dive Shop, Rolando Caceres, shares with Ambergris Today a video about his encounter with a pod of about 15 sperm whales during a diving trip to the Great Blue Hole. Whale encounters in Belize are very rare, but not impossible, as divers have had great opportunities to get up close and personal with various species of whales that, for the most part, are just passing by during their long migratory travels. The most common encounters with large sea creatures are those with the massive Whale Sharks (although not whales/mammals) that stop to feed along the Belize Barrier Reef around the month of April each year.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Rotaract Halloween Festivities
The Rotaract Club of San Ignacio had a great house of horror once again at Hode's Place. They also had their annual Halloween Costume Contest. In related news they have pictures from their Charity Poker Tournament. Thanks, Rotaract, for all the great activities, and all the time put into making the community a better place!

FCD’s environmental educator based in Guatemala attended the IUCN – Rivers Without Borders training program in El Salvador
CD is grateful to IUCN staff, Rocio Cordoba and Nazareth Porras for all their support in adding the Chiquibul-Mopan Rivers as part of the BRIDGE Program.

The new Toledo Howler has just been published
In this issue Gerald and Deena Parham reminisce about growing up in an East Indian village in rural Toledo in the fifties and sixties; Arzu Mountain Spirit writes about guifiti ("gift of the plant spirits" in English) a kind of bitters made by the Garifuna healers. Dr Geoff Braswell of University of California, San Diego describes the remarkable finds at his dig at Nim Li Punit this spring including the second largest jade artefact yet found in Belize. Contact our BTIA accommodation members to make your room reservations for Garifuna Settlement Day and Battle of the Drums this month or Stephanie in the BTIA office on Front Street in Punta Gorda (details inside The Howler)

Voter turnout by District as of 5pm

Paradise Theater this WeekendWe Are Your Friends, NO ESCAPE, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation

I agree with the Guatemalan president elect
By Wellington C. Ramos. According to Guatemalan president elect Carlos Morales, Belize is entrenched as part of Guatemala in the constitution and so the country should not give up even a centimeter. I agree with the Guatemalan president elect because he cannot give up what does not belong to him or his country. Centuries before Belize and Guatemala were colonized as new colonies in Central America by the British and the Spanish, the indigenous Maya people had several nation states in the region. When Christopher Columbus landed in this part of the world in 1492 everything changed. The Catholic Pope Alexander in 1493 granted the Caribbean and the Americas to the Spanish, with the exception of Brazil to Portugal in the Treaty of Tordesillas. Guatemala was colonized by the Conquistador Alvarado who was sent there by Cortez from Mexico. At that time Mexico City was the capital of the Viceroyalty of New Spain, which was the first and largest claimed by the Spanish crown.

Cancer Walk 2015
Adma's Photots got a ton of great pictures from this year's Cancer Walk.


Interactive Polling Results

Caye Caulker Chronicles

Gone fishin’
November 3rd was a lovely sunny day and the sea had started to clear after the rains we have had recently. It was a good day! It was a good day to go out and do something. There was a nice little breeze to keep you cool under the midday sun and life, as it usually is on Caye Caulker, was perfect. I was walking the dog I am looking after to the split and Peter from Mojo Fishing Charters stopped by me and called me over. He invited me out for a day on the reels and who could say no to that? I rushed home to get ready and when I say rushed, please take that statement loosely because I do mean that I walked slightly faster than an amble, before making my way to where they moor their boat. Mojo Fishing Charters/Mojo Sport Fishing is located at The Split and where the Lazy Lizard bar is situated. Peter and his assistant, helper, colleague, friend, all of the above, Spencer, were there getting everything ready to weigh anchor and hit the seas. It wasn’t long before we were casting off and a day of fishing was underway. Before we set off to our destination my hosts decided that they should acquire some live bait along with the bait they already had. We pulled up alongside the dock in front of Peter’s house and Spencer jumped up on the dock. There were thousands of tiny sardines darting back and forth in the water and glistening in the sunlight as they rapidly altered course.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belize General Election Results 2015
TOLEDO DISTRICT 1-Toledo West Juan Coy-United Democratic Party (UDP):______ Oscar Requena-People’s United Party (PUP): Winner Estevan Assi Belize Progressive Party (BPP):_______ 2-Toledo East Eden Martinez-United Democratic Party (UDP): Mike Espat-People’s United Party (PUP): Winner Will Maheia-Belize Progressive Party (BPP):______ STANN CREEK DISTRICT 3-Stann Creek West ( RECOUNT TODAY AT 10AM) Walter Garbutt-United Democratic […]

UDP projected to win historic third term
The United Democratic Party is projected to win a majority of seats, winning a third term in Government. The UDP are leading in or have won the following constituencies: Queen’s Square, Mesopotamia, Pickstock, Albert, Port Loyola, Collet, Belize Rural North, Central and South; Corozal Bay, North and South […]

69% of votes cast; counting ready to begin
More than 130,000 votes were cast in today’s general election in all six districts. Voter turnout stood at 69% according to the official count by the Election and Boundaries Department. Counting officially begins at 8:00 but early indications say that Said Musa has retained his seat in Fort […]

Call Center workers not being allowed to vote
There is an allegation being made that workers from several call centers in San Ignacio are not being allowed the time to go vote, as is their right according to law. The allegations are being made by employees of the call centers. An employee of Preserva Limited says employees have been […]

Stabbing incident reported in Belize City
Police are said to have detained one person pending investigation of a stabbing incident reported in Belize City. 25 year old Brandon Allen was stabbed to the abdomen, shoulder and neck and is now in critical but stable condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.

Slow voter turnout in PG
A rush of United Democratic Party (UDP) supporters dressed in Eden Martinez shirts were the first to flood the polls this morning at St. Peter Claver R.C School in Punta Gorda (PG) Town. Since then, however, lines have been short and the same can be said for the […]

Voter turnout slow so far in Orange Walk
The first leg of today’s Election has completed its course. In the Orange Walk District, there are 29,368 registered voters. Up to midday today a total of 24 percent have casted their votes, a total of 7,175 voters. When broken down into the different constituencies this is how […]

Belize General Election: Photo blog of Orange Walk East
Here are a few photos of the Orange Walk East division on Election Day: 17% of voters have cast votes in today’s poll
The Election and Boundaries Department reports that as of 10 this morning, 16% of all eligible voters have cast votes countrywide for today’s general election. The closely contested constituencies of Albert, Caribbean Shores and Lake Independence are seeing the highest turnout thus far at 26% each and 22% […]

PUP getting early support in Cayo North East
At 7:30 a.m., Cayo North East Polling area 72 at Sacred Heart College looks very scanty. Voters are coming out slowly. Majority of supporters seem to be coming out to support the People’s United Party (PUP).

Voting begins in Cayo Central
At 7:00 am, the people of Cayo Central are starting to come out to cast their votes. Currently there is a large number of supporters for the United Democratic Party (UDP). Photos below shows former Minister Rene Montero as he made his grand entrance along with his UDP […]


How to Describe a Community for Belize Sustainable Development
Understanding a community is crucial to being able to work in it. Taking the time and effort to understand a targeted community well before embarking on a community-wide Sustainable Community Development (SCD) effort will pay off in the long-term. Failing to understand it will hinder credibility and make it difficult to connect with community members as well as to negotiate the twists and turns of starting and implementing a community initiative or intervention. Understanding a community’s description will help the practitioner in becoming a “thread in the fabric” of the community they intend to assist in development towards sustainability. A good way to accomplish this is to create a community description – a record of exploration and findings. It’s a good way to gain a comprehensive overview of the community – what it is now, what it’s been in the past, and what it could be in the future. A community description is simply a written account and analysis that defines a community. It usually includes information about the geography, demographics, and history, as well as the value of its people. It also usually includes an overview of important community issues, interviews with key people, and other information that can help guide community leaders, stakeholders, and others when starting work in a community.

Things I Didn’t Know About Elections in Belize: 6 Interesting Facts
Today is National Election Day – from the Prime Minister on down. And the only elections that I had ever witnesses were those in the US (we are in the midst of the long Presidential process right now) – so Belizean elections are exciting to me each time. And different in many ways what I was used to…more fanfare and rallying. More people on the streets… Here are some interesting things to me about elections in my beloved Belize. You vote by inking your finger and voting with your fingerprint. AMEND: I have been alerted that this is NOT THE CASE AT ALL. Thanks JC. The process is: – enter voting room. give your id card for your name to be called and found on their list that you are to vote in that area. – once verified,, then go to the next person who will ask you to dip your right index finger up to the first joint into the ink – once done, you then get your ballot paper – that paper has the signature of the one supervising the voting.. forgot the technical name of that person. – so you go, then put your “X” with the pencil next to the name. – fold the paper with the signature of the one that provided it showing. – show them that it is folded and the signature is visible, then put in ballot box.

Getting to Know the Interesting Garifuna Belize People
The Garifuna Belize are the recent arrivals to Belize, settling in the country’s southern coast during the early 19th century. The epic store of the Garifuna people started in the early 1600s on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent. In 1635, two Spanish ships with Nigerian slaves on board sank off the coast of St. Vincent. The surviving slaves swam ashore and found shelter in the existing Carib Indian settlements. Over the following years, two peoples intermarried, intermixed and eventually fused into one culture, the Garinagu or Black Caribs. By the year 1773, the Black Carib became the dominant population in St. Vincent. However, European politics started to exert its influence throughout the Caribbean. A series of wars between the British and French on St. Vincent and culminated in a final battle on June 1796, where the French and their Carib allies had to surrender and leave the place. This started a journey by the exiled Garifuna Caribs to find a home. The British sent the Caribs on Roatan.

Slice peppers and onions then place them on the bottom of the crock pot. Put Chicken on top of peppers and onions. Sprinkle taco seasoning on the top. Cook on low for 6-8 hrs (or high for 3-4). The chicken looks burnt but it's just crispy. Shred everything up and mix in the juice. Serve with tortillas and all the toppings - sour cream, guacamole, cheese, lettuce, etc.

International Sourcesizz

Belize PM Barrow wins record third consecutive term
Belizean Prime Minister Dean Barrow won a record third term in a snap general election in the tiny English-speaking Central American country on Wednesday, after his party gained a clear majority in parliament. Barrow, a 64-year-old lawyer, called the vote in late September more than a year ahead of schedule amid signs his political opponents were regrouping and fears generous Venezuelan aid crucial to his budget may be at risk. With official results announced from 29 of the country's 31 constituencies, Barrow's United Democratic Party (UDP) won 19 while the main opposition People's United Party (PUP) had taken 10, election official Jennevieve Gladden said. "It is a magnificent victory," Barrow said as he addressed party supporters in Belize City, who roared their approval. "The magnitude of this victory still hasn't properly set in." Many voters in the country of about 350,000 people, which faces a push by neighboring Guatemala to absorb a large area of its territory, voiced apathy, seeing little scope for change whichever of the two main parties wins.

Belize PM Dean Barrow Wins Record Third Consecutive Term
Belizean Prime Minister Dean Barrow won a record third term in a snap general election in the tiny English-speaking Central American country on Wednesday, after his party gained a clear majority in parliament. Barrow, a 64-year-old lawyer, called the vote in late September more than a year ahead of schedule amid signs his political opponents were regrouping and fears generous Venezuelan aid crucial to his budget may be at risk. With official results announced from 29 of the country's 31 constituencies, Barrow's United Democratic Party (UDP) won 19 while the main opposition People's United Party (PUP) had taken 10, election official Jennevieve Gladden said.

Belize leader Dean Barrow wins third term in snap election
Belize's Prime Minister Dean Barrow has won an unprecedented third consecutive term in office in snap elections in the small Central American nation. Mr Barrrow, 64, called the election in September, more than a year ahead of schedule. Belize is heavily dependent on aid from Venezuela, which also offers it oil at discounted prices. Critics of Mr Barrow said he brought the polls forward in case Venezuela cuts its funding. Venezuela is holding legislative elections on 6 December and some polls predict the governing socialist party will lose control of the National Assembly. Many of the recipients of Venezuelan aid fear that with continuing low oil prices Venezuela will soon significantly reduce its contributions to its allies. Mr Barrow has invested much of the $150m (£98m) Belize received from Venezuela in the past years in an ambitious infrastructure programme and road building. With results announced in all but two of the constituencies, Mr Barrow's party won in 19 and the opposition People's United Party in 10. Mr Barrow called it "a magnificent victory".

Stanford Ponzi scheme fugitive captured in Belize
One of the key players in the Ponzi scheme executed by financier Allen Stanford has been apprehended in Belize. Reports indicate that David Nanes Schnitzer, who oversaw Stanford’s operations in Mexico, Panama and other parts of the region, was caught in San Pedro yesterday evening, with the assistance of Interpol and US Marshals. Nanes Schnitzer is wanted by authorities in Mexico for allegedly helping defraud thousands of investors while serving as president of Stanford Group Mexico. Investors in Latin America, including in Mexico, Panama and Venezuela, suffered hundreds of millions of dollars in losses when Stanford’s financial empire collapsed.

Confederates Rescue the Queen’s West India Regiment from Indians
Jamaicans and Confederate veterans fighting off an Indian massacre — it really happened. In the mid-1800s, British woodcutters and other settlers had become well established in the southeastern Yucatán Peninsula, along the Belize and New Rivers and in the surrounding flat country of mangrove swamps and tropical forests. In 1862, the Bay Settlements became the Crown Colony of British Honduras. As they moved inland and their numbers increased, the British had encountered conflict with the resident Maya people. When the Caste War burst into devastating violence to their north, the problems became a crisis. Thousands of Maya and mestizo refugees fled south. Fighting between Maya groups, pressure from Mexican military forces, and conflicting claims to the area all acted to bring the war into the territory claimed by the British. Far from innocent, the British had been engaging in illegal arms trade with the Maya rebels for years, and they now found the guns turned against themselves.

Belize `Superbond' Sinks Most Since '13 as Election Proceeds
Belize’s bonds fell the most in more than two years as voters in the Central American nation decide Wednesday whether Prime Minister Dean Barrow deserves a third term in office. The yield on Belize’s “superbond” due in 2038 rose 56 basis points to 10 percent at 2:50 p.m. New York time. That’s the highest since the security was offered as part of a $544 million debt restructuring in 2013, following two defaults in six years. Belize’s debt has returned 11.7 percent so far this year, the most in Latin America after Venezuela and Argentina, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s EMBIG index. Barrow has served as prime minister since 2008 and faces opposition leader Francis Fonseca, who has pledged to create 25,000 jobs and cut living costs. About 197,000 people are eligible to vote in the country, which has a population of 341,000 and is known among international tourists for its Mayan ruins and barrier reef. Election results for all 31 seats in parliament are expected Thursday morning.

How Wi-Fi can identify and track people through walls
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have created a system that can identify people through walls using just wi-fi signals. The technology works by detecting "reflections" created by the signals when they touch other objects, such as human bodies. By analysing the different characteristics of the "reflections", such as height and build, it can distinguish between 15 different people with 90% accuracy. Researchers plan to use the device to monitor elderly people, with the intention of detecting and preventing falls and injury in the home.


  • Sperm Whale Encounter Belize, 2min. Local Belize dive master at Ramon’s Village Dive Shop, Rolando Caceres, shares with Ambergris Today a video about his encounter with a pod of about 15 sperm whales during a diving trip to the Great Blue Hole.

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  • Océana au Belize, 3min. Cette vidéo traite de Océana au Belize

  • Juvenile drum fish Belize 2013, 1/2min. Juvenile Drum (Spotted Drum?) on brain coral, 90' depth, Belize, 2013.

  • Oh The Places You'll Go... Belize, 1min. A perfect family moment at Bocawina Rainforest Resort & Adventures, Mayflower Bocawina National Park, Belize

  • Belize 2015 - Christie Bendele, 16min. Scuba diving video

  • Better BELIZE It, 7min. For our birthdays (October 20 & 25) Alex and I visited Belize in the hopes to get away from the hustle and bustle of Houston.

  • Miss Earth Belize 2015 Eco-Beauty Video, 4min. Miss Earth Belize 2015 Christine Syme

  • Belize #64 Flats Fishing Paradise, 4min.

  • Hatchet Caye Island Resort, Hatchet Caye, Belize, 4.5min.