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

The San Pedro Sun

A Secret Santa surprise for Michelle Nuñez
Some people just make an impression. Michelle Nuñez was Miss San Pedro 2014-15, and during her year, managed to catapult that title to the highest of heights. She created S.H.I.N.E. – a program for girls 13 – 16 years old, with the goal to empower and motivate girls to grow into, and live out their full potential. Her passion for community made her a role model to many, both the young and young at heart. Her efforts and kindness caught the eye of a particular community member, who was so amazed by her selfless acts and giving nature, that a Secret Santa idea was born. On December 1st, Michelle posted her Christmas wish list on Facebook, and the Secret Santa was impressed that her requests were so simple and in essence, so Michelle: a blender, a tea seat (!!!), cupcake pans, an apron, wine (of course, a girl after our hearts) and candy. Secret Santa proceeded to ensure that the lovely Michelle would indeed get her wish and bought the presents, and The San Pedro Sun was happily enlisted into playing the role of Elves. Prancer, Dancer and Dasher (aka, Tamara, Mary and Monique) each carried a wrapped present and took them to Michelle’s place of work.

BTL to launch Region’s fastest LTE Network in 2016
On Friday, November 27th Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) announced that the company is in the final stages of selecting its mobile network vendor to build out and launch its Mobile LTE network in 2016. This new network is expected to be among the fastest and most robust in the western hemisphere, and BTL plans to take full advantage of the services in the LTE technology and equipment. According to Anwar Barrow, Chairman of the BTL Executive Committee, this initiative is a response to the demands of their customers for better quality of service. “Our customers (business and residential) are using their mobile devices more and more to access the internet while on the go. They demand and expect to be able to stream YouTube and Netflix, play games, hold video conference calls and conduct business in a seamless way whether they are at work, home or out on the road,” said Barrow. He added that BTL meets and exceeds their customers’ demands for mobile data bandwidth and speeds. “Our planned investment in mobile LTE will give them speed 10 to 20 times faster than what they get today,” ended Barrow who also indicated that this will give customers the advantage to do anything they want. According to Barrow, the performance and coverage of the LTE network will be among the best in the entire region.

Domestic Violence Workshop educates island women
The Women’s Department of Belize under its BA1 Project along with the Child Development Foundation (CDF) hosted an awareness workshop on Domestic Violence at the SunBreeze Hotel in San Pedro Town. The informational event took place on Tuesday, December 1st and Wednesday, December 2nd, which entailed lectures about the basic concept and understanding of the impacts of domestic violence. The training also focused on strengthening the capacity of the civil society and community based organizations that work hand in hand to address violence against women, human trafficking and femicide. The seminar was also held at the San Pedro High School where students were educated on the topic

Moratorium and Permanent ban protects Belizean marine resources
Oceana Belize applauds the announcement of the Government of Belize (GoB) today to permanently ban offshore oil exploration along the Belize Barrier Reef System and within the country’s seven World Heritage Sites. With a moratorium on all offshore oil activity in Belizean waters already in place, this move represents a tremendous step forward for Belize and her people as, for the foreseeable future, Belize’s entire marine area is protected from the inherent hazards of offshore oil.

Ambergris Today

Unethical Dentist Stopped from Opening Practice in Belize
Quick action from the San Pedro Police Department has prevented a possible fraudulent businessman from opening his doors to the public and offering his dentistry services to the island community of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. The office of Oceanside Dental located at the Four Sisters Plaza on Pescador Drive was shut down before it could open on its inaugural day of business after the San Pedro Police Department was tipped off about the dentist’s past criminal business practices in the United States of America. On Monday, December 7, 2015, the businessman was detained by the police pending investigation into his case.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

You Can Help to Make Sure All San Pedro’s Children Have a ‘Beary’ Merry Christmas
Christmas is a time of joy, happiness, celebration and gifts for so many people here in San Pedro. But, for some families it’s a struggle and for some children, it seems that Santa just passes them by. None of us likes to think of children going without on Christmas day and so, inspired to spread the true spirit of sharing, a local business in cooperation with an international charity, have come up with a great way for anyone who wants to put a smile on the face of a child this Christmas morning by adopting a bear. Adopt a Bear is the brainchild of business women Britney O’ Daniel, owner of Sandbar Hostel & Restaurant and Kaitlin McWhorter, from Projects Abroad and the concept is simple but genius. All you have to do is pop into Sandbar or Crazy Canucks Beach Bar, who are also supporting this ‘beary’ good idea, and choose a bear from many hanging from their Christmas trees. Each bear has the name and age of a child in need on the back along with their Christmas wish...

Live Music with Valentino
Live Music with Valentino at the Barrier Reef Sports Bar & Grill from 6pm-9pm!Location : Barrier Reef Sports Bar, Front StreetStart Date: December 8, 2015End Date: December 8, 2015Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Beltraide participates in Christmas Expo 2015
The Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) and Export Belize, two units of Beltraide, joined several of their business clients to showcase their products at the annual Christmas Expo which was held on Dec 5 & 6th at the Down Town Plaza Parking Lot in Belize City. Visitors to the Beltraide booth had the opportunity to purchase their spices from King Spices, sample the sauces from Marvilleous , get their supplies from Belize Rum Cakes Ltd and phone covers from A & S Covers, winner of BTL’s Entrepreneurship Competition among others. The event was organized by the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry with the aim to give Belizeans an opportunity to take advantage of the Christmas promotions offered by over 30 exhibiting companies from all over the country. The Expo was also an excellent opportunity for the Beltraide’s Marketing Team to inform Belizeans about the wide range of services offered by the organization.

San Pedro Sports Council Marathon
CONGRATULATIONS!!! LOS CATRACHOS for winning the Marathon held yesterday at the Hon. Louis Sylvester Sportinng Complex...... This Marathon was to kickoff the Tournament on December 18th 2015. The San Pedro Sports Council held its marathon on Sunday to kick off its Football 11-A-Side Tournament which will commence on December 18, 2015. Deadline to Register teams is December 11th, 2015.... You can check with Mr. Wilbert Magaña at the offices of The San Pedro Town Council for more information or to sign up!

A conversation with Alexandra Cousteau
If anyone will be in Caye Caulker today, you can make your way out to the basketball court as Ms. Alexandra Cousteau will be giving an Ocean Message to the community at 9:30 am. Thanks!

"The New Destination Belize"
At BTIA's 30th Annual General Meeting, McNab Publishing gave its first official presentation on "The New Destination Belize", giving the audience a first-hand look at what the industry can look forward to as they restructure the entire brand surrounding our country's most renowned marketing tool. Visit them online at to find out more.

Travel Leisure names Placencia as Top 2016 Destination
Placencia Village in Stann Creek District has been named as one of Travel and Leisure’s top destinations for tourists to visit in 2016 for its amazing ocean views, luxury resorts and fine local cuisine. According to Travel and Leisure, Belize is great for backpackers—much like Costa Rica in the 1980s—but certain areas have also become bona fide retreats for the well-heeled. Francis Ford Coppola’s Turtle Inn, according to the popular travel publication, has been drawing glamorous types to its cottages in the beach town of Placencia. The secret is on the verge of getting out, it added, especially with the late 2016 opening of Itz’ana, an ambitious farm-restaurant-retreat hybrid with 39 upscale villas—all within mere feet of the world’s second-largest coral reef system. The project, which is just down the road from Turtle Inn, is not just ambitious for its five-star creature comforts (rooms will have terraces with daybeds, waterfront views, and soaring ceilings). It’s also a stage for chef Mara Jernigan, of the immensely popular Limilita pop-up restaurant in Placencia, who will be using indigenous ingredients to spotlight Belizean agriculture and fine dining, Travel and Leisure said, adding that she even has a personal fleet of fishermen. The publication also highlighted that the property includes: a Mayan-inspired spa using locally harvested rainforest botanicals, a room (and sommelier) dedicated to rum, and chartered yachts for sundown cruises.

This Thursday at Crazy Canucks 2p.m

Belize Youth Awards 2015
The Department of Youth Services held its 2015 Belize Youth Awards on Friday December 4, 2015 at the Belize Biltmore Plaza. The event which marked the culmination of National Youth Week, celebrated under the theme “Youth, Let’s Make the Dream Work with Team Work”, is held annually to recognize and reward young people from all over Belize for their contribution to Belize’s development. The special guest speaker for the occasion was Mr. Mike Duggan, Executive Director of Domus Kids, a U.S. based NGO which provides a home and after-school programs for with at-risk boys. Mr. Duggan is also involved in the “No Youth Left Behind Initiative” which provides guidance and mentorship for young people. In addressing the awardees and guests at Friday’s event, Mr. Duggan said, “See young people as resources and not as recipients of services that you give. Actively get their input, have the trust and confidence in them that they know what they are talking about, that they know what they need, and they know what their communities need and they have the solutions.”

Presentation of Credentials to the Governor General of Belize
Five ambassadors presented their credentials to the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young today, December 7, 2015 at the Belize House in the City of Belmopan. H.E. Rabah Hadid, Ambassador of Algeria; H.E. Petros Panayotopolous, Ambassador of Greece; H.E. Alfonso Manuel Portables Vazquez, Ambassador of Spain; H.E. Vehbi Esgel Etensel, Ambassador of Turkey; and H.E. Valdrack Jaentschke, Ambassador of Nicaragua all expressed their pleasure in being a representative of their countries in Belize and extended warm greetings to Belize from their governments. Each ambassador conveyed to the Governor General that their country’s purpose is to continue to develop and maintain strong relations between their countries and Belize. The Governor General graciously received the credentials and welcomed the ambassadors to Belize.

Water interruption this morning in San Pedro
According to a text circulating from Belize Water Services Limited (BWSL), there will be a water interruption for entire San Pedro Town from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., today, December 8, 2015.

The San Juan Roundabout and the Sea Grape Drive Roundabout also got a touch of Christmas this year!

On Saturday, December 5, 2015, the San Pedro Town Council invited everyone to the lighting of the christmas tree at Central Park. Everyone gathered around the christmas tree awaiting the shining lights. Mayor Daniel Guerrero offered a few words where he gave a warming thank you to the Bowen family for donating the christmas tree a few years back and for ensuring that it goes up every year. After his speech, he gave the word, and ta-da! the Christmas tree was finally lit for everyone to enjoy! Following the Mayor's address, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. gave a few warm remarks in rememberance that Christmas is a time to share and be with family. Also, giving a few remarks was Lady Dixie Bowen who gave special mention to Mr. Guillermo Rodriguez for having the fun and complicated task of setting up the tree every year. After the tree was lit, the Isla Bonita Elementary School entertained everyone with their high energy dances. And to keep the christmas spirit high, local piano artist, Lascelle Martinez graced us with some Christmas

Passing of Ms. Eustolia Tzib
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to extend its deepest condolences to the Tzib/Alamilla family & friends on the passing of Ms. Eustolia Tzib. May her soul rest in peace. Sunrise: November 8,1954 Sunset: December 7, 2015. A wake will be held in her honor at her residence on Pescador Drive (the Reef Restaurant), today, Monday, December 7, in the evening. Funeral services will be at the Reef Restaurant at 2:00 p.m., today, Tuesday, December 8, 2015. Ms. Eustolia was Councilor Hector "Tito" Alamilla's mother-in-law.

Los Posadas
The Banquitas House of Culture (NICH) in collaboration with the San Jose Nuevo Palmar Church invites everyone to celebrate the birth of Christ with the traditional Los Posadas. Scheduled for Dec.24th, 2015 at San Jose Nuevo Palmar, Orange Walk.

Channel 7

9 Charged For Home Invasion, Burglary, Rape At Diplomat's Home
On Friday night's news, we told you about the brutal home invasion at Lebanese Diplomat Sarkis Abou Nehra's estate just outside of Burrell Boom Village. Well tonight, police have arrested and charged 9 persons - including 3 females - all from Belize City. Tonight, they are spending their first night on remand at the Belize Central Prison. We'll show you these accused persons, but first we'll take back Abou Nehra's home where police started their investigation and made a crucial break in the case this weekend. Daniel Ortiz has that story: Since the home invasion of Lebanese Diplomat Sarkis Abou-Nehra, Ladyville police have made great progress in the investigation. That has resulted in the arrest of several Belize City men. Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster - OC, Eastern Division Rural: "We went into overdrive with respect to the investigation into this aggravated burglary. We have arrested and charged John Grinage, Jerson Grinage, Brandon Baptist, Sheldon Grinage and Randalph Coleman, along with Tyrone Meighan jointly for the crime of aggravated burglary, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary, conspiracy to commit rape, handling stolen goods and theft. Separately, Tryone Meighan was charged for rape. Kemira Cacho, Crystal Augustine, Ashanti Roches and all others mentioned before were likewise charged for handling stolen goods. All of them are from Police Street, Belize City south side."

Mother Says Her Sons Are Being Persecuted
So, once again, the Meighan brothers, Tyrone and Ellis Jr., are in the crosshairs of law enforcement. Tyrone is accused of being one of the 8 armed thieves who stormed into the Lebanese Diplomat's Burrell Boom Home. He's also accused of raping a female victim who was tied up. Later on, we'll tell you how exactly Ellis Meighan Jr. is being tied to this crime, but first, his mother, Shelly, says that police have it all wrong with Tyrone. He and Brandon Baptist have only been out of prison for about 1 and a half months after spending 3 years on remand for a murder charge that they beat at the end of October. His mother is anxious to see him free from prison, and she's convinced that the police are tying him up in this crime out of malice. She also says that she has witnesses and police officers - who watch her home daily - who could vouch that Tyrone was at home until very late on Thursday night when this home invasion happened. Today, she made an impassioned plea for help from the powers that be to reverse the criminal charges against her son:

Six Guns Stolen From Diplomat Are Still On The Streets
But, while police and the Meighan family dispute Tyrone's role - or non-role in this brazen crime, 6 guns - all belonging to Sarkis Abou Nehra - are still in the hands of criminals right now. Those are a Sig Sauer 9mm pistol, a Mossberg Pump action 12 gauge shotgun, a Browning 9mm pistol, a Ruger 9mm pistol, a Pietrro Berreta single action shotgun, and a Remington .22 rifle. Police say that they need your help in recovering them, and a reward is being offered: Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster - OC, Eastern Division Rural "We will be sharing with you all pictures of the 6 firearms that were stolen from the residence which includes 3 - 9mm pistols, 2 shotguns and 1 - 22 rifle and we are going to encourage the community to call 922 TIPS and report any of the guns - If they recognize them to 922 TIPS and hopefully they will get a handsome reward."

How To Send Police A Distress Message
Also, as you heard, police did everything they could to try to prevent this crime. At the very end while it was in progress, the caretaker's wife was held at gunpoint and forced to tell the police responders over the phone that everything was okay. The cops from Eastern Divison Rural are taking that aspect of the crime very seriously, and they say that they've come up with a way for any hostage to communicate their distress to them. Senior Superintendent Broaster explained it to us: Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster - OC, Eastern Division Rural "We will be implementing the 3 P's - Personal Protection Program, where through your cell phone you will be able to send a distress alert to the rural eastern division where we would be in turn in a position to call you and dependent on what you say to us we will know whether or not you are in distress and then we will have adequate resources deployed in dealing with the threat or the situation at hand."

Nine Year Old Accident Victim Dies After Being Knocked Down
A family in Orange Walk is in stunned and grieving disbelief after their 9 year old son died as the result of a traffic accident. On Thursday at midday, Standard three student Geraldo Lopez was walking across the northern highway - when he was knocked down by a southbound motorbike. Today his mother told the media that they pulled over in front of Rony's Tortilla Factory - and she sent her son to buy. But he had to cross the road first. It's simple enough since the highway doubles as the main street in Orange Walk Town. But just feet from the tortilla factory, Geraldo was knocked down. He showed no outward signs of bleeding, and neither did he have any broken limbs, but by Saturday, the child very suddenly died. Asking to appear off camera, his mother told the media the story of the accident, and his very unexpected demise: VOICE OF: Normita Lopez, Mother of deceased "I saw him crossing but there was no vehicle coming. He was going and then all of a sudden a motorcycle came fast and knock down my little boy. When he knock down my son, he stopped. But at no time did he came over to where he (my son) was or asked what happened or if I needed help - nothing. At that time all I had in mind was to take care of my son and then another person just came to assist me and he took the boy to the hospital and when we found out the cyclist was not there."

Let The "Zafra" Begin
The cane crop opened today - right on time - and 7 weeks earlier than last year's disastrous late start. Things went off without a hitch this morning at the Tower Hill Factory in Orange Walk - where the Progressive Cane Farmers association members from San Estevan were the first to bring in their load. 7News was at the Tower Hill Factory in Orange Walk and here's the story of smoke signals and mixed signals, from an industry at the crossroads of a present that's tense and a future that's uncertain:... Jules Vasquez reporting Like a smoke signal from the factory to the fields, this plume of steam means the Tower Hill factory is operational - and it's the first day of the cane season. Jose Novelo - Chairman, Sugar Cane Production Committee "As an industry we had no choice but to try to start as early as possible because of all the stand over plant cane that was left in the field. All the stand over ratoon - all the new cane fields that are starting to come. We have to bring this industry back to its normal cycle where we start milling either in late November or early December."

Stevedores' Spontaneous Strike, Christmas Cargo Ship Sails
The last time we reported on the stevedores at the Port of Belize - they were still trying to get their Collective Bargaining Agreement finalized. That was in October and at the end of it all both sides agreed that they would continue to negotiate. It perhaps seemed like another tedious turn in a negotiation that's been going on for years, but there seemed to be renewed resolve and it seemed like maybe the Christian Workers Union and the Port of Belize would actually work it out. Well, not quite - today the stevedores staged a spontaneous strike shutting down all operations at the port - putting all Christmas cargo on instant pause. Guy Neal, a member of the CWU negotiating team told us why they had to take action this time. Guy Neal, Negotiating Team, CWU "The issue is that we had a thing signed with the CEO of Port Mr. Arturo Vasquez and we got everything signed up and all of a sudden when we had the meeting on the 3rd, he backtracked and its the retirement for me and for all the stevedores who went and who is presently working. And if we let that go like that, there will be nothing in our pockets at the end of the day. So we are working for nothing basically. We are doing this dangerous work and it's a work that we have to do in any kind of weather basically; rain, wind or whatever." Courtney Weatherburne "It seemed like it was a level playing field and everyone was on board. So what the issue now? Why did he retract? What is he saying to you all?"

Ok, So the VIP Won't Overturn Election Result
On October 15, the political party, the Vision Inspired by the People, or VIP as it is better known, announced along with it's allied political activists that they were going press the Supreme Court to nullify the results of the November 2015 General Elections. That was at beast, a political hail-Mary, a long shot…but it seems right now, that it wasn't even that: it was just political big talk without any actions to back it up. Today, we turned up at court, expecting to attend the first hearing of the lawsuit, but we only found their attorney, Hubert Elrington. When we asked where this first hearing was supposed to happen, Elrington told us that the case was not happening today. When we asked why, Elrington told us that they had come across some difficulties, and so the claim as originally filed will not go forward. He did tell us that the main aspects of the case will happen, but when we asked for details about what those will be, or when it should happen, we was very vague. Chairman of the VIP, Hubert Enriquez, told our colleagues from Krem that their attorney informed them that re-filing the claim is the best option available to them. Again, Enriquez did not share any specifics of this new claim form, and right now, nobody knows if and when the Supreme Court will entertain this supposed new case.

Remembering Those Who Flew Away
Today is Civil Aviation Day and a wreath laying ceremony was held at the Belize Municipal Airport to honor those fallen pilots. The airport team and families of these pilots attended. We spoke with the families of 2 fallen pilots - Nigel Flowers and Sir Barry Bowen. They told us why it's important to remember their passion for flying and how they contributed to society. Garbutt told us that the purpose of this event it to remember these pilots but also to acknowledge the sacrifice it takes to be a pilot.

Opposition Wins Compressional Election In Venezuela; The End of Petrocaribe?
The so called Chavissimo - which loaned Belize and other Caribbean and central American countries hundreds of millions of dollars under the Petrocaribe programme - has an uncertain future - after the Venezuelan opposition won a majority of the seats in congress in elections on Sunday. International news reports say the opposition coalition won at least 99 seats in the 167-seat legislature. Chavez's ruling United Socialist Party won 46 seats. They had been in power for 17 years - during which time they pushed what is called the Bolivarian Alliance, known as ALBA - the vision for the social, political and economic integration of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean - which gave rise to Petrocaribe and other initiatives such as Mission Milagro. President Nicolas Madura has accepted defeat for his party, calling the results a right wing counter revolution. Now, bear in mind that these were not presidential elections, and Maduro remains in that post until 2019. It will be left to be seen if he can outmuscle an opposition controlled congress. But, if the opposition coalition wins 13 of the 22 undecided seats, it would have a supermajority which it can use to initiate a referendum to revoke Maduro's mandate.

Youths Who Said Yes To Excellence
On the evening news, you often hear of youths being charged for crimes. Very regularly that makes the headlines. But, what happens to the majority of Belizean youths who are law-abiding, and who continue strive for excellence? Well, last week was Youth Week 2015, and the Department of Youth Services organized a group of activities designed to honor outstanding youths. Elodio Aragon Jr., the Minister of State with responsibility for Youth, Sports and Culture, was the keynote speaker at the Youth Awards, on Friday night. He told the gathering that these awardees give him hope for the up-and-coming leadership of the nation: The awards consisted of sixteen categories. They are as follows with their respective winners: The Environmental Award went to Adaly Cartagena of Ocean Academy. Crystal Samos was given Innovation Award, while the Youth in Media award went David Smith. The Enterprise Award went to Kenrick Gonzalez, while the Arts and Culture Award was given to Raheem Mariano. The Differently Abled Award went to Janae Matute, while the Youth in Agriculture Award was given to Kadeem Bennett.

Muscle On The Move
Right now, 3 of Belize's elite male bodybuilding athletes are preparing to represent Belize for the first time the World Bodybuilding Championships held by the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness. The IFBB is the umbrella organization for over 170 national federations coming from 191 countries worldwide, and so these 3 Belizean bodybuilders are up against stiff competition. This weekend, we caught up with them during one of their final workouts before they leave for the competition in El Salvador. Here's what they had to say about the opportunity: The first day of competition takes place on this Friday, December 11.

Stella "Partois"?
Christmas parties! - you will be going to and hearing all about those for the rest of this month. One was held today at the Radisson for kids from Stella Maris School. There were a number of fun activities for the kids and even Santa dropped by to hand out gifts - 7News wasn't far behind. Belize Bank sponsored the party. 110 kids attended.

Channel 5

The Brothers Meighan and Grinage Siblings Arraigned for Home Invasion
Police believe they have cracked an armed home invasion at a residence in Burrell Boom last Thursday night. Six of eight suspects have been arrested, charged and arraigned in court [...]

Shelly Meighan Says Murder Maybe, But Her Son Certainly Did Not Commit Rape
The group was expected in court this morning so family and friends were awaiting their arrival. They did not appear until the afternoon and it was under heavy police guard. [...]

Nine-year-old Gerardo Lopez Killed in Road Traffic Accident
One man has been arrested and charged after he knocked down a young student last Thursday on the Belize Corozal Road in Orange Walk Town. The student was crossing the [...]

Parent Teachers Association Clamor for Speed Bump on Busy Highway
Today as the school mourned, parents gathered to express their anger and frustration at the death of a student – a death they feel could have been avoided by the [...]

Stevedores Set Off Impromptu Strike Action at Port of Belize
The stevedores are once again on strike. This morning around eleven o’clock, Gang Seven staged a protest at the Port of Belize which disrupted operations and threatens the unloading of [...]

Freightliner Sets Sail Without Discharging Cargo
At this time, the Port of Belize is in discussions with the labor commissioner and reps from the CWU over the situation at the port. Earlier today, the shipping company [...]

2015/2016 Sugar Crop Kicks Off in the North
After two successive crop season delays underscored by tension and strife in the industry, the 2015/2016 crop season started right on schedule. But even with that start there is concern [...]

Cane Delivery Off to a Slow Start
Traditionally, on the first day of crop cane trucks and tractors-trailers are lined up to weigh in and deliver. Today was different, with trucks trickling in to the point where [...]

What’s the Formula for Reaching Sugar Quota?
Because the last survey estimated one point seven million tons of cane in the field, and the factory can only mill one point three, the Sugar Cane Production Committee had [...]

Maya Leaders Alliance Receive Equator Prize 2015
The Maya Leaders Alliance received the prestigious Equator Prize 2015 Award earlier today at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.  The organization is being acknowledged on the world stage [...]

Conservation Group Questions G.O.B.’s Turneffe and PHMR Omissions
Cabinet’s recent approval of a policy to permanently prohibit offshore oil exploration in areas along the Belize Barrier Reef System and within seven World Heritage Sites in Belize, does not [...]

Civil Aviation Day Commemorated in Belize
December seventh, by resolution of the United Nations General Assembly, is recognized globally as International Civil Aviation Day. The purpose of the celebration is to generate worldwide awareness of the [...]

Belize Bank and Stella Maris’ Annual Christmas Party
The joy of the holiday season was felt this morning by the children of Stella Maris School. Hosted by the Belize Bank, the children had an unforgettable party at the [...]

Pickstock Social Interaction Program Links Up with Police Department
Of late the Police Department has been big on community policing, and the statistics have indicated very positive results. But it isn’t all about the ‘meet and greet’ initiatives in [...]

Basketball Championships & PLB Playoffs in Sports
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   The PLB playoffs got off with a band this weekend with all 4 teams seeing action. We caught up [...]

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SDA School Advocating For Pedestrian Ramp For Safety Of Students
The untimely passing of nine year old Geraldo Lopez has affected the students, parents and administration of Salomon Seven Day Adventist School. And it has also raised concern. Lopez’s death has prompted the PTA of SDA to continue advocating for a pedestrian ramp in the area. It is a request long overdue, says president of the PTA, Maxwell Torres. “For quite some time we have been asking for a pedestrian ramp or somebody that could be out there with the students when they come across the road, you know in the morning we have over a hundred students on that road, me myself as a parent have three kids and have to pass that street in the morning and in the evening and actually me myself have to wait along with my kids and the transportation don’t even wait nor hesitate they come straight across, we have to be out there like five, ten fifteen minutes sometimes there are some drivers who are very conscious and they stop but not all of them and I personally have already asked the representative and I told him about it and brought it to his attention and he said he will be working on that.”

Four Men Remanded To Prism For Fire Arm Offences
Four men from the Orange Walk District are tonight behind bars after they were arrested and charged for firearm offences. On Saturday about 8:30 in the night Orange Walk Quick Response Team and Special Branch Personnel conducted an operation in the Indian Creek Mennonite Community when they pulled over a red Toyota pick-up truck with Orange Walk license plate. Driving the vehicle at the time was Danilo Castillo a Belizean Operator of Belcogen and resident of San Estevan Village. Accompanying Castillo were Gaspar Gongora, Belizean employee of BSI/ASR and resident of Palmar Village, Nolberto Junior Santos, Belizean farmer of San Carlos Village and Carlos Barrientos, Belizean Farmer also of San Carlos Village.

2015/2016 Crop Gets Underway Weather And Sugar Road Conditions Slow Delivery
The 2015/2016 crop season got under way this morning but unlike other years, it saw a slow delivery. This year there was not a long queue. The first to make deliveries were cane farmers of the San Estevan Branch who fall under the Progressive Sugar Cane Farmers Association. The slow delivery, from all indications, was due to weather and sugar road conditions. Jose Novelo- Chairman SCPC: “It is a function of the wet period even the cane fields are soaked with water so all those contribute to having a slow start so to speak in terms of delivery but we expect that this will improve, generally speaking with the weather patterns that has changed over the last three years; December, January has been the pretty well but as an industry we had no choice but to start as early as possible because of all the stand over plan cane that was left in the field, all the stand over Raton , all the new cane fields that are starting to come we have to bring this industry back to its normal cycle where we start milling either in late November or early December depending on the weather conditions but it is important that we start early so that we can finish under good weather conditions because June and July will obviously be even wetter than what we are experiencing right now.”

Consumers Already Seeing Increase On Price Per Pound Of Sugar Before Effective Date Of January 1st 2016
Although the official date set for the increase in the price of Sugar from 50 cents a pound to 75 cents a pound is set for January 1, 2016, there are vendors here in the North who are already implementing the price increase, or at least that is what consumers are saying. This morning, during the Despierta Belice show, numerous calls came complaining about local vendors selling the pound of sugar at 75 cents. That should not happen until January first and if it is business owners are breaking the law. According to a press release issued by the Belize Bureau of Standards on December 4th, 2015, vendors should refrain from implementing the price increase until the official date set by the Bureau, January 1, 2016. Failure to meet the terms of the Supplies Control Regulations can result in imprisonment of up to six months, a fine of 1,000 dollars or both imprisonment and fine charged.

Five ambassadors Presents Credentials To Governor General Of Belize
Today five Ambassadors presented their credentials to the Governor General of Belize His Excellency Sir Colville Young. His Excellency, Rabah Hadid, Ambassador of Algeria, His Excellency Petros Panayotopolous, Ambassador of Greece: His Excellency Alfonso Manuel Portables Vasquez, Ambassador of Spain; His Excellency Vehbi Esgel Etensel, Ambassador of Turkey and His Excellency Valdrack Jaentschke, Ambassador of Nicaragua, all expressed their pleasure of being a representative of their country to Belize. Each ambassador conveyed to the Governor General that their country’s plan is to develop and maintain strong relationships between their country and Belize.

BSI/ASR Introduces New 40 Ton Truck Dumper To Smooth en Delivery Process
To start off the 2015/2016 crop season BSI/ASR received 4,600 tons of cane today and the same amount is expected to be received tomorrow. That amount will increase gradually as the crop progresses until it reaches 7,000 tons cane per day. For that to happen there must be a must be a smooth and quick delivery. And that is where this newly installed 40 ton truck dumper comes in. The new equipment, along with a new cabin, comes at a cost over one million dollars and is expected to make the delivery more efficient and safer. “The original one which handles approximately 60% of the cane it was seen that more trucks, it showed the old method of hooking trucks and trailers using the cranes to unload is quite inefficient it takes a long time to turn around but with trucks dumpers we will see an improvement in the turnaround time or the cane to be off loaded here, so this investment here combined with the new modern cane yard cabin is over a million Belize dollars but we expect to see a lot of benefits from it both from an efficiency stand point, safety as well as you can see from some of the footage the operators and drivers of those vehicles when they are loading the cane using the cranes they have to get on top of their trucks they have to hook them off and climb them off and it possess off a safety risk as well but with the truck dumper you go on to the ramp and you hook your truck, you signal that it is ready and the operator in the cane yard cabin offloads it and it takes less than a minute and the truck goes away and the other method we just observed one truck with three trailers take almost half an hour to unload their cargo I mean it is a big difference when you are unloading through this truck dumpers versus the method of loading against the cranes which is on the east and the west side.”


Sugar Crop Season Opens Amidst Concerns
The 2015/2016 Sugar Cane Crop Season officially opened today. The sugar factory at Tower Hill began milling the first few tons of cane this morning after ten o’clock. However, not everything is sweet in the sugar industry at the moment. All three cane farmers association had to convince the Government of Belize of increase the […]

Ladyville Police Cracks Case of Aggravated Burglary; 9 Persons Charged
For the second time in ten years the home of the Honorary Consul General for Lebanon to Belize, 77-year-old, Sarkis Abou- Nehra, was invaded. In the first instance dated December 6, 2005, it had turned out to be a failed attempted robbery with Abou-Nehra receiving an injury to his right hand. But a few hours […]

Minor Dies in Accident; Motorcylist Charged
Last week a young student of Solomon Seventh Day Adventist School was knocked down by a motorcycle, he died this past weekend. Reporter Hipolito Novelo has the story. HIPOLITO NOVELO REPORTING “Nine year old, Gerardo Geovanni Lopez died on Saturday morning at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. He was hit by a motorcycle on […]

Belize Coalition Wants Moratorium on Oil Exploration Ban Formalized
About one week ago, a release from the Government’s Press Office had announced the banning of oil exploration in certain areas. The Barrow administration, as a result has received much applause, due to the move, from various entities both locally and internationally. Coupled with those applause, came the request that the two other reserves be […]

Stevedores Take Industrial Action; Cargo Ship Left Belize Unloaded
There is upset at the Port of Belize once again as the stevedores are saying that the head of the Port of Belize, Arturo Vasquez is reneging on an agreement they had as it relates to retirement funds. Guy Neal spoke to Love News on the protest this morning and their rationale. GUY NEAL “I […]

Fallen Pilots Remembered on Int’l Civil Aviation Day
International Civil Aviation Day is being recognized in Belize as the Department of Civil Aviation held a brief memorial ceremony for pilots who have passed away. The event took place at the Belize City Municipal Airstrip. Ordinarily, the Department of Civil Aviation would hold an award ceremony but this year, they chose to honor their […]

Youth Awarded at Gala 2015
Youth Week was celebrated from November 29 to December 5. The Department of Youth Services along with the Love Foundation ended the week with the National Youth Awards Gala at the Belize Biltmore Plaza. The purpose of the award night was to recognize outstanding youths in society for the good work and involvement in their […]


Garfuna Community Celebrates Andy Palacio’s birthday
It has been almost 8 years now since the passing of Belizean Musical icon, Andy Palacio. Yesterday, December 2nd, a memorial mass was held in different parts of the country for Andy Palacio including Belize City, Dangriga, Belmopan, Punta Gorda, Seine Bight, Hopkins and Barranco Village, Andy Palacio’s hometown. Palacio, Belize’s foremost Musical ambassador, received the Best New Artist Award at the Caribbean Music Awards in 1991, the prestigious WOMEX Award in the 2007 and the BBC3 Awards for World Music award in the Americas Category in 2008. In addition to a long career of teaching and serving as Deputy Administrator of the National Institute of Culture and History, NICH, Palacio was also named as the UNESCO Artist for Peace. In keeping the culture Palacio left behind, the Wagiya Foundation has partnered with the Andy Palacio Foundation to host the first ever music festival fundraiser in Barranco Village. This festival will be held this Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 2pm to 10 pm. The main event will feature a number of live performances from well known Garifuna musicians.

Woman stabbed on dock in San Pedro
A 35-year-old Belizean clothes vendor of Boca del Rio area was stabbed on Monday night while she sat on a dock in San Pedro. Reports are that a Hispanic male person went and sat beside her and proceeded to fondle her and requested sex. When she refused, he allegedly grabbed her by the hair; held her down, broke a bottle and stabbed her to the right side of the face, neck and chest area. She then made her way to the San Pedro Poly clinic to seek medical attention. Police say they have detained a 24-year-old man from San Mateo area pending investigation.

Belmopan Woman shot in leg for bike and phone
A woman was shot in the leg and then robbed of her phone and bicycle. It happened last night, Wednesday, December 2nd, after 8 p.m. on a Belmopan walkway. 22 year-old Rosa Chocoj of Maya Mopan area, was riding her bicycle on the Central walkway along with her brother and sister. When they reached between the Civic Centre and Social Security Board, a male person came running towards her. He then slapped her on the right side of her face and shot her in her right leg with a handgun. The male person then took away her bicycle and demanded her phone. He then rode off on her bike. Last night, the victim’s sister spoke to PlusNews at the Western Regional Hospital.

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Chris Roggema: Peace be to All!
What is a more better greeting than As-Salaam-Alaikum, with the person you address responding Wa-Aleikum-Salaam = And unto you Peace! In these days coming closer to the days of celebration of the birth of Jezus, of Peace and Love we are pushed to make believe that we are not all One. We are all One . We all are One in the eyes of the Lord. Whatever you call your Lord. Jezus, Allah, Buddha, Yahweh. You can only call another brother an unbeliever when he does not believe we are One. It is the warmongers who want to make you believe we are not One. That you are not my brother or sister because you pray towards Mecca or you pray to the Light from Bethlehem or to Jerusalem or light up a spliff and say Thanks To Jah or turn towards The God inside your heart and are grateful for another blessed day.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Elderly man killed in Road traffic accident
37-year-old David Anthony Bermudez was detained by police following a traffic accident at the Santa Cruz junction with Placencia Road, in which his Dodge Ram pickup truck collided into a man riding a bicycle, resulting in fatal injuries. Police responded to the scene around […]

14-year-old boy missing
Police are trying to locate missing 14-year-old student of Skill Trade Center, Josiah Bowden, who was reported missing by his mother, 37-year-old Eva Olga of Old Well Road in Lords Bank Village. Olga told police that her son left home around 7:00 a.m. on […]

Police bust almost two pounds of weed
A large amount of cannabis was found yesterday morning in the area of Neal’s Pen Road, Belize City, during a search in an abandoned lot. Around 1:30 p.m., officers made the discovery of a white bucket containing six parcels of the green leafy substance, […]

Governor General welcomes five ambassadors
Today five ambassadors presented their credentials to the Governor General of Belize, H.E. Sir Colville Young. At the Belize House in Belmopan City H.E. Rabah Hadid, Ambassador of Algeria; H.E. Petros Panayotopolous, Ambassador of Greece; H.E. Alfonso Manuel Portables Vazquez, Ambassador of Spain; H.E. Vehbi […]

Orange Walk man in critical condition after hit and run
One man is in critical condition after he was knocked down this morning in Orange Walk Town. BMG has been informed that at around 11:30 this morning, Belito Moreno Sr. was riding his bicycle on Cinderella Street in Orange Walk Town when he was hit by an […]

2016 sugar crop underway
The 2015/2016 sugar crop commenced today and the BSI factory began receiving deliveries at 10:00 in the morning. All the scheduling for deliveries has been set in place but this morning the process was slow due to bad weather, however, the pace picked up after midday. The […]

Police make arrests in Burrell Boom home invasion
Late last week we reported on an investigation into the home invasion in Burrell Boom, which involved Belize’s honorary consul to Lebanon, 77 year old Sarkis Abou Nehra. The caretaker of the residence of told police that between 8:00 Thursday night and 3:00 a.m.Friday morning he and his spouse were held […]

2016 sugar crop officially open
The 2016 sugar crop began today. BMG understands that the Belize Progressive Sugar Cane Farmers Association will be making the first deliveries. The Belize Sugar Industry also gave stake holders and the media a tour of improvements that have been made within the factory. We will […]

Stevedores walk off job at Port of Belize
Disgruntled stevedores working at the Port of Belize have walked off the job early this afternoon, accusing the management of going back on their Word. Guy Neal, a member of the Christian Workers Union negotiating team, told us that Port CEO Arturo Vasquez has backtracked on […]

BTIA tackles tourism industry problems at AGM
Last Thursday, December 3rd, on the 30th anniversary of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA), the association held its annual general meeting in which many problems facing our country’s tourism industry were highlighted and BTIA President Osmany Salas pledged that they are ready to work along […]

Venezuelan opposition wins: What it means for Belize
Venezuela’s opposition Democratic Alliance has won an overwhelming mid-term congressional victory in that country’s December 6th elections, claiming just about two-thirds control in the National Assembly. Ballots for several seats in Venezuela are still being tallied but winning at least 101 of the 167 seats in the National […]

How the Internet and Modern Technology is Killing Belize Telemedia Limited
Reporting: We live in a world where telecommunication is now an innate part of our lives. We keep in touch with family and friends via social media sites, we get our news streamed to our phones, we watch movies and TV shows on our computers and […]

The Vision Inspired by the People’s (VIP) withdraws challenge against election validity
The Vision Inspired The Vision Inspired by the People’s (VIP) case challenging the validity of the 2015 General Elections has been withdrawn, according to Senior Counsel Hubert Erlington. The group had suggested voters were disenfranchised because constituencies did not have a nearly-as-equal-as-possible amount of voters in each division […]

First Andy Palacio Music Fest a huge success
For months, volunteers, musicians, artists, family and friends have been spreading the word about the first annual Andy Palacio Music Festival to be held in Barranco Village – the home and final resting place of the legendary musician – and, on Saturday, their work paid off. […]

Opposition party wins in Venezuela
Venezuela’s opposition party won the majority of seats in the National Assembly in the elections that was held Sunday, overturning nearly two decades of dominance by the Socialists of President Nicolas Maduro. “Venezuela, we won!” said opposition leader Henrique Capriles.”I always told you all, this was […]


Tasty, Filling, and Healthy: Nine Foods to Try in Belize
When vacation is not about sightseeing, it’s about eating local cuisine. Belize is especially famous for its unique Caribbean food that brings together an eclectic mixture of Mayan, Spanish and African influences to produce dishes unlike anywhere else in the world. Here are 9 exotic Belizean foods we recommend you try on your Belize vacation. 1. Rice and Beans 2. Stew Chicken 3. Belizean Tamales 4. Ceviche 5. Salbutes 6. Garnaches 7. Conchita Pibil 8. Fry Jacks 9. Chimole (Black Dinner)

Mexican Rice
Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook until the onion is soft, about 2 minutes. Add the rice, achiote powder, and bay leaf and frozen peas and carrots. Cook and stir until the rice is opaque, about 2 minutes, Add the tomatoes and broth, stirring to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook until the liquid evaporates to just below the level of the rice, about 10 minutes.

Last Week in Belize: From Gorgeous Sunshine to a Belizean “Cold” Front
Last week started absolutely gorgeously…and really didn’t shift until Friday and Saturday…and then, we who live here, rejoiced. Christmas weather! Day time temperatures in the low 80s…a chill at night! Here’s a look at my week which started off with a 300 foot drop into a sinkhole and ended with some good old fashion nesting weather. Grey and cool. I’ve sprinkled in some gorgeous photos from Instagram from here and around the country… And the gorgeous weather continued… Christmas is here! And the announcement of the re-activation of the Lighted Boat Parade MAY have been the best part.

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Greg Norman to design Caye Chapel, Belize golf course
Greg Norman, the famous golf champion and designer of some of the best golf courses in the world, visited Caye Chapel Island in Belize to announce he will be designing the 18-hole golf course of this spectacular resort, located in the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean. Norman spoke in the presence of the First Lady of Belize, Kim Simplis Barrow; Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism; Tracey Taegar-Pantom, Minister of Investments; other representatives of the federal and local government, and special invited guests. Caye Chapel will be the most exclusive and spectacular tourist destination in Latin America. This 280-acre island, located only 11 kilometers from Belize City, will offer breathtaking lots and beachfront houses. It will also offer a luxury hotel with over-water bungalows, a private landing strip that allows for arrivals within minutes to the island from the international airports of Belize and San Pedro, and an outstanding marina that holds yachts up to 140 feet. Surrounding the marina is a select mix of stores, restaurants and bars that will create a unique business center in the area, and an incomparable golf course that only an island like Caye Chapel can offer. Caye Chapel Island is just one kilometer away from the second largest coral reef in the world and just a few kilometers from the Blue Hole, the most coveted destination for diving lovers. The topography of the island allows for breathtaking views of both coasts of the island, surrounded by turquoise waters.

Belize deaf church began after hearing God’s voice
More than 40 adults and children participated in the 10th anniversary celebration of Jesus’ Deaf Church Oct. 11. Nancy Marshall, a worker with Virginia Mennonite Missions and Eastern Mennonite Missions, started the church and continues to pastor the group. Marshall had been living and working in Lancaster, Pa., in 2004 when a friend invited her to teach sign language to deaf children in Belize for the summer. During her last three days in Belize, she heard God’s voice in her head: “I want you to come back to Belize to start a deaf church.” Marshall had never heard God’s voice so directly. She replied: “How can I pastor a church? I’m a woman. It won’t work here. There are pretty conservative gender roles in Belize.” Then Marshall visited San Felipe Mennonite Church, about an hour from Orange Walk. On a wall she saw a picture of a white woman with a head covering. When she asked who the woman was, a friend told her it was Dora Taylor, an EMM missionary nurse who had started the church in the mid-1960s.

Watching the Fruit Fall
Mayan King, the largest banana producer in Belize, abruptly ceased operations in October when the Irish fruit company Fyffes stopped importing Mayan King bananas due to fear of economic sanctions from the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). In 2012, OFAC designated Mayan King owner John Zabaneh a Drug Kingpin under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for his alleged connections to Mexican fugitive drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and associated Colombian drug cartels. Here are the impacts on Mayan King's former employees: A new battlefield in the U.S. War on Drugs, the recent closure of Mayan King Banana Farm in Belize creates hundreds of Central American farm worker economic casualties. Guatemalan women and their children protest the loss of jobs at Mayan King and the impacts on their families. As collateral damage of the U.S. War on Drugs, close to 1200 migrant farm workers and their children from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua suddenly lost their economic lifeline.

Three Caribbean getaways make Travel and Leisure’s top 50 destinations for 2016
To compile its annual list of the best places to travel in the upcoming year, Travel and Leisure editors consider a variety of factors: “Which under-the-radar gems are most exciting to our network of contributing writers and global correspondents? Which destinations are our A-List travel specialists fielding requests for? Which classic vacation spots are starting to emerge—but for entirely new and compelling reasons? Which global events and changes in travel restrictions have made certain destinations easier to get to?” Representing the Caribbean on the 2016 list are Canouan in the Grenadines, Placencia in Belize, and Havana in Cuba, each of which meet Travel and Leisure’s criteria in their own unique ways. Here’s what the magazine had to say about the featured Caribbean destinations: Belize is great for backpackers—much like Costa Rica in the 1980s—but certain areas have also become bona fide retreats for the well-heeled. Francis Ford Coppola’s Turtle Inn has been drawing glamorous types to its cottages in the beach town of Placencia in Stann Creek District. The secret is on the verge of getting out, especially with the late 2016 opening of Itz’ana, an ambitious farm-restaurant-retreat hybrid with 39 upscale villas—all within feet of the world’s second-largest coral reef system. The project, which is just down the road from Turtle Inn, is not just ambitious for its five-star creature comforts (rooms will have terraces with daybeds, waterfront views, and soaring ceilings). It’s also a stage for chef Mara Jernigan, of the immensely popular Limilita pop-up restaurant in Placencia, who will be using indigenous ingredients to spotlight Belizean agriculture and fine dining.

50 years ago: Famous aviatrix visits
In the Dec. 8, 1965 edition of The Caymanian Weekly, a precursor to the Cayman Compass, a front page story highlighted a notable arrival at the airport. “A single engine Cesena called in at Owen Roberts Airfield on the Dec. 6. It had four people on board, including Mrs. Jerrie Mock of Columbus, Ohio, who is a world famous aviatrix. “Mrs. Mock is one of the very few women who have flown round the world, solo, in a single-engined plane. This feat was performed last year when she took off from Columbus, Ohio, on March 19, went east, and arrived back there on April 17. Mrs. Mock, who died in September 2014, was in fact the first woman to fly solo around the world in any type of plane. The Cesena plane she used, The Spirit of Columbus, is now on display at the Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum in Virginia. The 1965 article went on to state that on this trip – which began in Columbus and included stops in Texas, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Bahamas and Florida before returning to Columbus – Mrs. Mock was accompanied by her husband Russell, her sister Barbara Saar and a friend, Alfred Baumeister.

Caribbean health agency gets US$800,000 to address health in tourism
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved US$800,000 in funding for Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) to address health, safety and environmental (HSE) threats that challenge the sustainability of tourism in the Caribbean. CARPHA, which has direct responsibility for the execution of the project will work along with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the Caribbean Hotel Association (CTA) to execute the project. CARPHA Executive Director Dr C. James Hospedales pointed out that the Caribbean is the most tourism-dependent region in the world, and the health of Caribbean economies is therefore closely related to the health of its tourism industry. “Monies from the IDB will allow CARPHA to develop a regional tourism health information, monitoring and response system; Caribbean-wide HSE tourism standards; and a training and certification programme to build capacity in food and environmental safety,” he said. Hospedales further explained that health surveillance systems for travel and tourism implemented by the US Centres for Disease Control and other agencies have proven to be a key factor in reducing outbreaks.


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  • Exploring Xunantunich, Belize, 8min. An out of breath me and my daughters explore the ancient Mayan pyramid of El Castillo in Xunantunich - "Place of the Stone Woman" - near the Guatemalan border in Bel

  • Cave Tubing on an Underground River in Belize (day 3), 2.5min.

  • Junior the Jaguar at the Belize Zoo, 1min. The absolute BEST zoo I've ever seen - all the animals are either rehabilitated or unable to live on their own in the wild - or were due to be shot for killing livestock.

  • Belize 2015, 4.5min. Our trip to Belize was amazing. Full of fun and adventure, I have grown to love these people. Thanks be to God for this trip.

  • Travel Sailing In Belize., 4min. Belize is a nation on the eastern coast of Central America, with Caribbean Sea shorelines to the east and dense jungle to the west. It's known for its beaches, eco-lodges, scuba diving and sportfishing. Offshore, the massive Belize Barrier Reef, dotted with hundreds of cayes, hosts rich marine life. Belize’s jungle areas are rich with Mayan ruins.

  • Jungle Walk Mayflower Bocawina National Park Belize, 3min. A short walk through the jungle to one of the waterfalls at Mayflower Bocawina National Park in the Stann Creek District of Belize.

  • Scuba Dive Belize, 2015, Gopro Hero 4, 4min. Scuba footage from Ambergris Caye, Belize, December 2015.

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