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2016-2017 Miss Carnaval
Melina Pereida was crowned the 2016-2017 Miss Carnaval. Title of first runner up was awarded to Angie Puerto. Congratulations to all participants on an excellent show.

Guest Editorial: Leonardo DiCaprio is playing the role of a lifetime
By Alyssa Arceo. It’s a crime that Leonardo DiCaprio doesn’t have an Oscar yet, because he has done a great job acting like an environmentalist. His acting is so insanely good that you might not know he travels by private jet (in each trip racking up the carbon footprint left by the average American in one year), or spends his vacations on gas-guzzling yachts. You might have listened to his most recent Golden Globes acceptance speech – one where he dedicates his award to indigenous peoples and declares the importance of protecting indigenous lands – and mistakenly thought that’s what he actually believes. I thought so too. Until more detailed plans for his development of Blackadore Caye in Belize were revealed. See, his line in the speech that we have to protect native lands for native people seems kind of incongruous with his plan to turn Blackadore Caye into a resort island lined with $15 million villas. Can’t afford the villas? Don’t worry, maybe you can afford the $3,000+ a night stay in one of the overwater buildings. You can’t? Me neither. I wonder how many of the local people DiCaprio wants to save the island for actually can afford a stay in those overwater structures. The same overwater structures that are placed in the newly expanded Conservation Zone V. What kind of environmentalist advocates for more protection, and then disregards that protection because to respect it would make his venture less profitable? Not a real one, that’s for sure.

Island players drafted for Belize National Futsal Selection
The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) has drafted a selection of football players for the Belize National Futsal (five-a-side) Selection to represent the country in the upcoming Central American Football Union (UNCAF) Futsal Elimination Tournament. Among those called to training are seven players from San Pedro Town: Rugerri Trejo, Darrell Novelo, Thomas Baptist, Ethnie Figueroa, Mario Chimal, Luis Valdez and Nestor Cerpa. Those players who take part in the training will be traveling to Guatemala City from Wednesday, January 27th to Sunday, January 31st to take part in UNCAF Futsal Elimination Tournament. The players called for the selection include: Rugerri Trejo, Darrell Novelo, Thomas Baptist, Ethnie Figueroa, Mario Chimal, Luis Valdez, Nestor Cerpa, Jorge Garcia, Juan Carlos Saravia, David Micheal Madrid, Luis Avalos, Jairo Lopez, Cristian Orellana, Kevin Botes, Jorge Hidalgo, Jony Gonzalez, Luis Perez, Cesar Gonzalez, Henry Avilar and Edmond Floyd Pandy. The team has been practicing since Friday, Janaury 15th under the administration of FFB Technical Director, Renan Couoh.

Educating Ambergris Caye one smile at a time
For the past 12 years, the Smile Dental Clinic located at Holy Cross Anglican School has been providing free services to island children and other members of the community. But this service does not only come in the form of dental work, as it also provides educational awareness. Volunteers have indicated that throughout the years, they have noticed a dramatic improvement in the dental health of the children at Holy Cross Anglican School. Children have become more aware of the importance of good dental health and in turn, these qualities are being passed on to the wider community. This year, the Smile Dental Clinic saw the presence of both returning volunteers as well as a first timers. Dr. Ken Beadling, of Kalamazoo Michigan, USA has ten years of experience in dentistry and has been providing free services at the Smile Dental Clinic for the past three years. “I’m pretty impressed with the dental health of the patients I have observed. It is quite evident that the work done by this clinic has impacted the dental health of the students significantly,” said Dr. Beadling.

Ball Gowns and BBQ Charity Gala benefits ACES School
On Wednesday, January 20th, Ambergris Caye Elementary School (ACES) held its first annual Ball Gowns and Barbeque charity gala at Estel’s Dine by the Sea Restaurant. From 6:30PM onward, the event included a delicious dinner, raffles plus silent and live auctions, all organized by ACES’ board of directors. For a donation of $75 per person, supporters enjoyed Estel’s famous mixed grilled BBQ and unlimited rum punch. Conrad and The Tried and Tue Band serenaded the evening with a big ‘ol heap of Texas spirit. All proceeds of the event went directly to ACES, benefiting the many programs they carry out each year. ACES is the only school on the island that has a dedicated special needs classroom. According to Principal Denice Ryan, ACES started offering this service in honor of a very special child, Cody, who has autism. Cody’s mother was in attendance at the event and shared a few heartfelt words of gratitude with everyone present. She commended Teacher Sarah Freudenberg in particular, for her dedication in helping children with special needs, highlighting how much progress her son has made, including learning his own name and interacting socially when he was unable to do so before.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

ESTM Celebrates its 33rd anniversary
January 22nd, 2016, ESTM Celebrated its 33rd anniversary. 33 years ago in 1983, through the assistance of the Government of Mexico, the Escuela Tecnica Secundaria Mexico - (ESTM) High School was opened in the village of San Roman. The school’s motto has always been “Providing Skills, Knowledge & Positive Attitudes.” Escuela Tecnica Secundaria de Mexico opened its doors n January 1993 with an enrollment of 50 students. Today, that enrollment has staggered and the future looks bright for ESTM. Congratulations to the faculty, staff and students of ESTM. Keep shinning!

Heartz Football Club Tryouts
Heartz Football Club is having practice and tryouts starting Monday the 25th of January. "Heartz Bulletin: Note to ALL Players & Prospect Players on upcoming practice/tryouts & tournament dates Heartz FC-First Division Practice Schedule: Where: Victor Galvez Stadium Week 1: Jan 25,27 & 29(Mon,Wed& Friday) at 5:30 p.m-8 p.m. Sun-Jan 30, 2016 at 5:30 am -8 am Week 2:Feb 1,3 & 5(Mon,Wed& Friday) at 5:30 p.m-8 p.m. Sun-Feb 7, 2016 at 5:30 am-8 am Team Registration on Feb 4, 2016 Tournaments is expected to begin on February 12, 2016"

SHJC Dean's List Awards
Sacred Heart Junior College had their Dean's List Awards, and Dean Fermin Magana handed out the awards to all the future leaders of Belize. Congratulations, and keep up the great work!


Belizean family guilty of US$300,000 scam!
Yesterday, a federal jury in Las Vegas, Nevada, found several members of a Belizean family guilty on multiple felony counts, ranging from using false identities to steal almost $300,000 in unemployment funds, to mail fraud, aggravated identity theft, making a false statement in application for a passport, making a false citizenship claim, misusing a US passport and misusing a Social Security number. The report, coming out of Las Vegas, did not say what kind of prison time the alleged mastermind of the scheme, Frederick Vernon Williams, 35, of Belize, would face when his sentencing hearing is held. No date was reported for the sentencing hearing. Williams, however, still has a catalogue of other cases pending in state and federal courts. Apart from Williams, his sister, Jacqueline Louisa Gentle, was convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, aggravated identity theft, theft of government money, making a false statement in an application for a passport, and misusing a social security number.

FBI in Belize!
The Belize Police Crimes Investigation Branch, in collaboration with Benque Viejo police, are conducting an intense investigation to solve the murder of American television executive, of ABC 7 Chicago News, Anne Elizabeth McComb Swaney, 39, of Chicago, USA, who was killed on the banks of the Mopan River, near the Nabitunich Stone Cottage Resort in Succotz, a village in the Cayo District. Her body was found in the Mopan river at about 8:00 Friday morning, January 15, after she was reported missing at about 5:00 Thursday evening, January 14. Swaney was on a 7-day vacation at the Nabitunich Resort. The manager of the resort told police that at about 8:00 on the morning of Thursday, January 14, she went to the nearby Mopan river to practice yoga and meditate, but failed to return. Benque police who began the investigation into the murder by interviewing the staff and guests of the resort, reported that a Guatemalan man who was found in the area where Swaney’s body was found, was detained, and it was found that he was in the country illegally.

Pirates attack American tourists on yacht
A group of American tourists, according to a report made to police, were in a yacht, Yachtman’s Dream, anchored in the sea near Middle Long Caye on the night of Wednesday, January 13, when four armed pirates boarded their yacht and robbed them. The pirates, after harassing and terrorizing the tourists, stole electronic items and an outboard motor, as well as other personal items belonging to the tourists, after which they escaped in the boat they came in. Police and the Coast Guard, along with the Port authorities, were notified and they went to the area, but the robbers had already escaped. Police say, however, that their investigation led to a man in Belize City, who was found with some of the items stolen from the boat. Bradwick Lino, 22, was arrested and charged with handling stolen goods and taken to court yesterday, where he pleaded guilty and was given a 3-month sentence. He was also to face an additional charge for aggravated burglary.

Police issue wanted poster for murder suspect
Police have issued a wanted poster for Juan Carlos Lopez Gutierrez, aka “Chile,” 58, a Salvadoran who is a farmer of Indian Church, Orange Walk District, who, they say, murdered Francisco Arravelo, 51, a Salvadoran, also of Indian Church. Arravelo’s nude body was found in a semi-complete concrete house in the village at about 10:30 Sunday morning, January 17. His killer had chopped him in the back of the head and his left hand was partially severed. ASP Selwyn Tillett, Commander of Orange Walk police, said that at about 9:00 Saturday night, Arravelo was lured out of his house by a woman who called him on his cell phone and told him to meet her, and when he went to meet her, he was killed. Police believe that the motive for the murder was jealousy over the woman, with whom Arravelo reportedly had an intimate relationship. Police acted quickly and found Arravelo’s cellphone on him, from where they got the number of the woman who they believe lured him to his death. Through their investigation, they were able to determine that the woman and Carlos Lopez Gutierrez were also lovers.

Impasse broken over pay raise for FirstCaribbean workers?
The new collective bargaining agreement which our sources say had been reached almost two weeks ago between the management of CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank, on the one hand, and the unionized workers of the bank, on the other hand, has still not been signed. However, information reaching our newspaper today is that the bank has proceeded to pay workers a 2% pay raise for 2014 and another 2% for 2015—still short of workers’ expectations—and a settlement has also been reached to address concerns of workers over their debts to the bank. None of the persons with whom we spoke about the agreement would disclose the exact terms of the exit package to us, and the union source with whom we spoke asked to remain anonymous. In December 2015, when the bank announced that it had decided to formally close its Belize offices at the end of January, president of the Christian Workers Union, Audrey Matura-Shepherd, had said that the bank originally offered workers a salary increase of 1% while the unions started with a bid for a salary raise of around 8%, in line with what the public officers and teachers have been receiving.

Central American countries will try to crack down on international crime
Efforts are being made by various Central American countries to coordinate their efforts and harmonize their laws in order to crack down on crime (particularly money laundering and weapons trafficking) as a unified body. Today, at the Belize Biltmore Plaza officials from the Forum of Presiding Officers of Parliaments of Central America and the Caribbean Basin (FORPREL) presented proposed legislation to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Senators of the National Assembly of Belize. Michael Peyrefitte, the Speaker of the National Assembly, told the media that the aim of the seminar was to find ways to improve our laws regarding firearms and money laundering. “Today we are hearing presentations from consultants in Central America concerning money laundering and trafficking of firearms in the hopes of making improvements to the firearms and the money laundering laws,” Peyrefitte said.

Poor & Famous football exchange
On Sunday, January 17, Poor and Famous Culture Club from Belize City visited Caye Caulker with a U-16 football team made up of 12 youths from the Sand Field (Hostel) area in Collet to play a friendly interaction game against 15 youths of Caye Caulker U-16 team. It was the first of a two-game schedule for a different area of the city every month. There will be trips to Caye Caulker every other Sunday for four months with youth teams from different areas in Belize City. The idea is to benefit the City youths with more opportunities and also to benefit the island village youths with more exposure, and especially to get a chance to interact and partake in a positive initiative for young men. On January 31, Back-a-town gets to go; and on February 14, Cumberbatch Field Boys go to the island.

Do-or-die football semifinals on Sunday
Secondary schools football Dangriga Zone secondary schools football continued on Monday at Ecumenical football field with game 3 in the female 5-game-series between Ecumenical and Delille Academy. Going into Monday’s game, the series was tied at 1 game apiece. Delille won game 1 by a 2-nil score, and Ecumenical won game 2 by a 3-1 margin. Monday’s game ended in a 2-2 tie. Leslyann Lucas got both goals for Delille Academy, while Genesse Ramirez scored both for Ecumenical. Game 4 comes up today, Wednesday. This will be a big match-up. Also on Monday, in the male match-up, Ecumenical won over ANRI, 6 goals to 3. Myrick Davis Marshall got 2, and Iron Gill, Jonard Castillo, Donnel Arzu and Mark Samuels got 1 apiece for Ecumenical; while ANRI got 2 goals from Jahrone Lopez and the other from Seydeek Zuniga. Delille Academy and Ecumenical males ended up tied with points at 4 apiece; but Delille Academy was leading with goals, since they defeated ANRI by 5 to 1 last week.

“… to old Sarstoon …”
Brigadier-General David Jones, the Commandant of the Belize Defence Force (BDF), made some very disturbing comments on a LOVE FM morning talk show this week. He said that some kind of “political decision” has to be made in Belize, because the Guatemalan military have been instructed by their political leaders that the entirety of the Sarstoon River belongs to Guatemala. So that, General Jones is saying, on national radio and television, it is only because of the BDF’s “very good relationship” with their “Guatemalan counterparts” that the Guatemalan military are allowing the Belize military to enter the Sarstoon. This newspaper has not participated in the line of the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) and other critics who have been saying, for months, that Belize has lost the Sarstoon while under the leadership of Prime Minister Dean Barrow and his ruling United Democratic Party (UDP). The evidence for such a charge had been fairly strong, but it had not reached the point of being definitive. After listening to General Jones’ comments, however, we would like to warn Prime Minister Barrow that he is in danger of going down in history as the Belizean leader who lost the Sarstoon. We believe we understand the thinking behind the game that is being played at the Sarstoon, but it is a very dangerous game for Belize. The game, and it is a game which one must assume is being orchestrated by the American superpower, is designed to frighten Belizeans into accepting an International Court of Justice (ICJ) resolution to the Guatemalan claim to Belize.

From the Publisher
Morality, ethics, a dignified value system, all these things assume, or presume, a certain standard of living. What I mean is, and what I argue is, if a human being is starving to death, should we judge him by the same rules if he stole a piece of bread, as we would judge a multimillionaire Wall Street banker who was stealing more millions? Shouldn’t leniency be extended to the starving thief? The fact of the matter is that in the neoliberal capitalist system of the world, the starving man who stole a piece of bread would likely be treated more harshly, for several reasons, than the crooked Wall Street banker. The most important of these reasons would be because the Wall Street rich man would be able to hire high-powered attorneys, whereas the piece of bread thief, defenseless, would have the judicial book thrown at him. It’s a crime to be poor, even though it is otherwise proclaimed in the Holy Bible, which categorically declares that the poor are blessed. Bring it home to Belize, and bring it quickly. The white collar criminals do not go to prison here, all of us in Belize know that. The blue collar sinners pack the jailhouse. And what “white collar” means is rich and privileged. What “blue collar” means is working class, unemployed, or just plain poor. In Belize, by the time of the nationalist resistance scholars consider as having taken shape in 1950, there were some native families which had become comfortable and secure enough financially where they could essentially share and believe in the moral code of the ruling British colonialists, while condemning those of their native brethren and sistren whose moral code was lax, for the reason (or excuse) that they were financially marginalized.

Letter to the Editor: Legal costs crushing in Belize
Dear Editor, The recent telethon helping to fund the outstanding legal costs of Lucilo Teck is a worthwhile effort, and has made a fair amount of exposure in the media. However, the larger, more important question has not been raised by anyone. And that question is: are the legal costs in Belize preventing justice being served, not just in the civil court, which seems to be extremely busy in recent years with dispute after dispute going to court, the majority of cases involving GOB to some degree, but also in the criminal courts? I know of one student in the last year of high school who cannot even apply for bail because her family cannot afford the legal costs of even the cheapest lawyer (that sentence doesn’t read right – “cheap” and “lawyer” aren’t naturally associated with each other!). To underline the huge chasm between “real life” and the legal profession, the high profile quote from Denys Barrow regarding his rate, and that of other senior lawyers, charging $1,000 an hour equates to over 300 hours at the minimum wage. That’s more than 37 days (8-hour-day) and more than 7.5 weeks! (5-day week). This is at the extreme end of one of the most important issues facing Belizeans – inequality, but that’s a topic for another day.

Historic elections in Taiwan
Almost 10 million voters from the island of Taiwan went to the polls last week in what has proven to be historic elections in that country, with the election of the first woman to the presidency, the country’s highest office, as well as the first ouster of Kuomintang – KMT from the country’s legislature. “Taiwanese people have used their ballots to make history,” said Tsai Ing-wen, 59, chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), who garnered 6.89 million votes (or 56.12%), beating KMT’s Eric Chu by a wide margin of about 80%. Chu won 3.81 million (or 31.04 percent), according to information published in Taiwan Today, the news agency of Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He stepped down as party chairman after conceding defeat. Meanwhile, the DPP won 68 of 113 seats in the Legislature, winning a majority for the first time. KMT won 35 seats. Tsai is to succeed the KMT’s Ma Ying-jeou, who was said to promote the “one China” policy.

Belize received 1.3 million tourists in 2015
The callous murder of American digital media producer Anne Swaney last week while she was vacationing in Belize for the second time, has sent shockwaves through what has been a very vibrant industry in Belize—one which saw record numbers particularly in the overnight sector in 2015—and stakeholders are hoping that the senseless killing of a woman who made Belize her preferred destination—like so many other US nationals—does not cause other tourists to shy away from coming to The Jewel. The US Embassy in Belize has refuted reports that the US State Department had issued a travel advisory for visitors to Belize after Swaney’s murder. In pledging to work with law enforcement agencies to improve visitor safety, the BTB said, “As always, the safety of guests visiting your businesses, our cities and our country remains our top priority.” In its 2015 tourism recap released today, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) noted the US market holds the biggest share in the industry at 63.1%, with the European market being second at 12% and the Canadian market third, at 7% in what ended as a robust year for Belize’s tourism market.

Mental patient “disappeared” over a year ago from mental institution
A mentally challenged patient, 34, went missing from Palm View Centre Hospital (formerly “Rockview”), Maya Mopan, Belmopan, over a year ago, but the incident went under the radar. It resurfaced, however, when her daughter, Siera Hodgson, 20, came to Belize to visit her birth mother for the Christmas holidays, only to be told that she has been missing for over a year. As a result, Hodgson contacted the media to try to help her in finding her mother, since she felt that the authorities have failed her and her mother. Hodgson, who has lived in Scotland for six years with her adopted mother, Susan Hodgson, told Amandala that on December 26, 2015, she went to the Palm View Centre Hospital, only to be told that her mother was missing. Hodgson said “I went to see my mom with gifts and food, and I was looking forward to it, because that was the main reason I came to Belize. We were stopped at the front desk and asked to wait for her. I was with my adopted mom and friends, and they came back to us ten minutes later to say, ‘Oh, I have bad news – your mother is missing. She ran away. I thought you knew because I kept asking my supervisor if they contacted the child.”

Calvin Cumberbatch, Sr., facing manslaughter and other charges for deadly weekend accident
There was a serious road traffic accident on the Philip Goldson Highway over the New Year’s weekend that left two persons dead and one man injured. The injured man, Calvin Cumberbatch, Sr., who is an employee of the Belize City Council Traffic Department, was booked on six charges and arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court this afternoon. Cumberbatch appeared before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza with his attorney, Audrey Matura-Shepherd. Mendoza arraigned him on six indictable charges in connection with the January 3 fatal accident in which Cumberbatch lost his wife, Pamela Garnett-Cumberbatch, the popular money lender from Caesar Ridge Road, in the Yarborough area. Ladyville police charged Cumberbatch with two counts of manslaughter by negligence for allegedly causing the death of his wife, Pamela, and for the death of Burrell Boom resident Alfredo Navarette.

Two Wesley College sixth form students remanded on illegal firearm possession
Two nineteen-year-old students from Wesley College Junior College were arraigned on a charge of possession of an unlicensed firearm this morning. Stradni Cassasola and Demrey Lewis, both residents of Faber’s Road Extension, pleaded not guilty to one count of possession of an unlicensed firearm after Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser read the charge and asked them first if they understood what she had just read and to enter a plea. Police charged the two with keeping a firearm without a gun license following a high-speed chase across the Chetumal Street Bridge that ended on Gibson Street. Cassasola told the court that the arrest and consequent charge are a mistake, because he is employed in the Ministry of National Security.

GOB” talking loud and saying nothing”
On December 9, 2015, a groundbreaking ceremony was held to build a Forward Operating Base (FOB) for the Belize Coast Guard two and half months after the Prime Minister announced that his government would build such a base at the mouth of the north bank of the Sarstoon River, in the middle of the Sarstoon River near Punta Gorda, Belize’s southernmost border with Guatemala, which, in 2015, became a lightning rod in Belize’s territorial dispute with Guatemala. The area also is a hotbed of a lot of illicit activities, mostly by Guatemalans illegally in the country. The Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) and Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA), fully aware of the frequent trespassing in the area on the part of the Guatemalan navy, and the acts of harassment carried out by that very navy against Belizeans, had campaigned for the base to be built on the island under their slogan, “Build the Base Now.” Two such incidents of confrontation and aggression against Belizeans by the navy of Guatemala took place in May of last year, when Coast Guard officers were harassed by the Guatemalan navy, and in August of that same year when Belize Territorial Volunteers and Northern Territorial Volunteers went on an expedition to Sarstoon Island and similarly were confronted by Guatemalan forces.

Worthless, chancy stepfather accused of raping stepdaughter, 12
A man who is the stepfather of a girl, 13, is in police custody on charges of rape, aggravated assault and threatening words. The child told police that her stepfather raped her on two occasions, when her mother was not at home. The child told her uncle what was happening, and they both went to Dangriga police at about 2:15 p.m. yesterday. She told police that at about 3:30 on Thursday afternoon, after she came from school, her stepfather pulled her in a bungalow house, tied both her hands behind her, covered her mouth and eyes with a rag and then put a knife on the side of her neck. He then raped her. The child told police that on Friday, when she came home after school, her stepfather again tied her up, blindfolded her eyes and covered her mouth, threatened her, and raped her.

The Reporter

Opposition leader objects to contract renewal for Ombudsmen
The government, during Friday’s House sitting, approved thr renewal of thr contract for Lionel Arzu as Ombudsman. But while Arzu got the nod from the Barrow adminstration, the opposition didn’t support the decision. Leader of the Opposition, Francis Fonseca, said Arzu’s record does not impress his colleagues on the other side of the isle. “This is not a motion that we can support on this side of the house. We wish to place on record that over the past few years that Mr. Arzu has served as the Ombudsman, we have received – and many of my colleagues have reported to me these complaints and concerns – about the level of inactivity and ineffectiveness of the Office of the Ombudsman over the past few years,” Fonseca told the Members of the House. Fonseca compared Arzu’s performance to those of previous Ombudsmen.

Belizean law student critically wounded in shooting in Guyana; family appeals for help
Glenfield Dennison, 31, a Belizean law student in Guyana, lies in an induced coma and a critical condition after he was shot at around 9:00 on Thursday night; and his family is asking for financial help for his mother to reach him. Dennison, described as an ambitious student activist enrolled at the University of Guyana, had just walked his girlfriend, also a law student, to her place of stay. He was about to ride off when a gunman approached and unleashed three shots at him. Two of the bullets struck him in his chest, puncturing his lungs and grazing his liver, and the other hit him on the left arm. Dennison is at the Georgetown Hospital in Guyana in an induced coma and on a ventilator. His mother needs financial support in other to travel to Guyana to be with her son. She is also hopeful that Guyanese police will be able to sol solve the crime, the second such incident involving a Belizean attacked in Guyana in two years. Investigators have concluded that the motive of the incident is not robbery because nothing was stolen from Dennison.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Impasse broken over pay raise for First Caribbean workers?
The weekend edition of the Amandala newspaper reports that a new collective bargaining agreement between the management of CIBC First Caribbean International Bank and its workers who are affiliated with the Christian Workers’ Union (CWU) is on the verge of being signed, and – […]

Caribbean Court of Justice gets report from Maya, Government
While it was not held in open court, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has received its promised reports from the Maya Leaders Alliance and Toledo Alcaldes Association (TAA) and the Government of Belize on the progress of implementing the consent order agreed to […]

Belize Electricity Limited still wants rate increase
Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) was unsuccessful with a submission to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) which it made in December for an eleven per cent increase in rates, representing nearly four cents per kilowatt-hour from the all-time low of 35 cents to just under […]

Government gives Norwegian Cruise Line 25-year exclusivity
The government of Belize, during yesterday’s House Sitting, passed a bill which legislates tax and duty exemptions for Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), a billion dollar multi-national company that has been given a 25-year exclusive contract to control cruise operations in southern Belize. The Belize […]

Cayo police find weed in abandoned lot
Yesterday morning around 8:22, an anti-drug operation was conducted in San Ignacio town, Cayo District, where a search of an abandoned lot resulted in the discovery of 139 grams of cannabis, which was in a black plastic bag among garbage. No one was found […]

Belmopan police find shotgun
Belmopan Police’s Quick Response Team made the discovery of a shotgun with five cartridges yesterday while conducting a search in Roaring Creek Village, Cayo District. Hidden under some bushes on Christian Refuge Road in the village, officers found the 12 gauge pump action shotgun, […]


I’m Going To India (INDIA!!!!) With the Kerala Blog Express – The Details
On January 8th, just a few days after the voting contest ended, I received an email with the subject “WELCOME ABOARD THE KERALA BLOG EXPRESS”. I had been “short listed” and was told to send in a copy of my valid passport photo page. Thank you ALL for voting! I was giddy and surprised and giddy. AND, I hope you guys don’t mind a brief interruption from my all Belize website. Because WE ARE GOING TO INDIA! I sent in my passport info and then made an immediate appointment at the US Embassy in Belmopan to renew my passort. As of January 1st, 2016, they would be NOT giving extra pages in valid passports, I would have to get a new one. You see my passport was full – and the Indian visa would need two empty pages.

International Sourcesizz

AH WAYK OP LIKE DIS, radio show on RadioBelizeMix live every other Saturday morning and afternoon from Little Belize Restaurant is the buzz of the Belizean community today. Hosted by the legendary Belizean artists and entertainers, Lorna 'Queenlorna' Smith, and Wil Johnson, the show has made its second debut to Belizean and international audiences in the United States and around the world who listened to the ground breaking internet broadcasting network, RadioBelizemix since its inception five years ago. Internet radio and broadcasting has become the tool today for ethnic communities in the U.S. and United Kingdom like the Los Angeles Belizean Community to disseminate information and to serve their listening audiences with music, views and reviews. RadioBelizeMix and its first ever public affairs radio magazines like, AH WAYK OP LIKE DIS , that is produced by Smith and Johnson has filled the gap since Belize Caribbean Pulse radio show on KPFK Los Angeles once informed and entertained the Belizean diaspora in L.A. in the 1980's and 90's. Being its second broadcast to Belizeans across the U.S. particularly in L.A., the show producers say that they are in it for the long haul.

Independence of the Seas Cruise Review
We did two excursions and although they were much longer than the time in the book they were not bad. The tours were informative but the workers all seemed to have an agenda. Either pushing certain products and stores or rushing you through exhibits so they could push their next agenda. Our first one was in Belize going to Old Belize and Cucumber Beach. Ok not really old Belize did not even go through the town instead you go to a private beach resort next to a marina where they had a "fake" musuem of what things might have looked like on the island. The guide for that Mark was informative because he would tell about his grandparents and about how his childhood was. The beach was really a manmade cove but it was really nice and had lots of things to do and sea rides to use. I wish the brochure had told us about it though then we would have been better dressed and prepared. It also lasted 6 hours. I thought we would never make it to the boat in time. We were the first off and did not get back till almost 30 minutes before the last ferry!

The woman who chases fly-fishing records
Idea person: Meredith McCord. Idea: Earn 100 International Game Fish world records in fly fishing by the end of 2016. How it began: McCord began fishing as soon as she could stand and hold a rod. She comes from a long line of recreational fishermen: Her father, Rick McCord, and both her maternal and paternal grandparents, taught her the skills. "I love stalking fish," she says, "searching for them around every bend and in every cover and once found, sight casting to the fish and watching their reaction to my fly.... Nothing is more joyous than when a fish eats your fly and you visually and clearly see the entire bite happen." How it grew: Two years ago, McCord began hosting and leading trips for Tailwaters Travel, a fly-fishing outfitter located in Texas. She has taken trips to Alaska, Argentina, Mexico, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, The Seychelles and more. That travel, and exposure to a variety of new species, piqued her interest in pursuing world records. Bottom line: "Overall, I love fly fishing in general, no matter the species, and never fail to get excited anytime my line goes tight."

2016 Trip Advisor Traveler's Choice Awards
The 2016 Trip Advisor Traveler's Choice Awards are out. 5 of the top 10 B&B's in Belize are in Cayo. Congratulations, Twin Palms(1st), Vanilla HIlls(3rd - Bullet Tree Falls), and the Jungle Dome(15th) for making the list of best B&B's in Central America! The best lodges in Cayo, and their ranking out of 10: 1 The Inns at Twin Palms, Belmopan, Cayo 2 Vanilla Hills Lodge, San Ignacio, Cayo 3 Belize Jungle Dome, Belmopan, Cayo 4 Marz Farm Treehouses and Cabanas Ltd. Cayo 9 Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge, San Ignacio, Cayo

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  • Terryl Godoy ( Man at Work) BEST IN BELIZE, 2.5min. San Pedro, Belize to Houston, TX

  • 2016 KREM Radio's 26th New Years's Day race Corozal to Belize City, 55min.

  • Belize, 6.5min.

  • Exploring The Tropical San Pedro, Belize, 1.5min. This is my video of the fist day in the tropical San Pedro. Me and my family just walked around the city to take a closer look and explore our future hometown. It is very warm here and a lot people take vacations here. San Pedro is in Belize, which is a Caribbean country in Central America.

  • Paddleboard Belize, min.

  • Moray eel sighting in Belize, .5min. Diving with SeaStar Belize in San Pedro. Such great diving. Nice Moray Eel clip.

  • Fishing in Belize Video 1 16 2016, 21min.

  • Belize 2016, 5min.

  • Diving in Belize, 4min. Southern Barrier Reef dive with a visit from some dolphins.

  • Trip to Belize 2015/2016, 5min. From oceans to rivers and mountains to caves, our family explored Belize!