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Today's Belize News: August 17, 2016 #516904
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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

Ambergris Today

Denise Alfaro Celebrates Quinceaños with Grand Party
Special Birthday Greetings are on hand for Denise Alfaro who celebrated her 15 Birthday (Quinceaños) on Saturday, August 13, 2016 with a grand 'Candyland' themed celebration. After her celebratory mass held at the San Pedro Roman Catholic Church, Denise hosted a one-of-a-kind party that featured special acrobatic performances, stilt dancers and plenty of candy, party favors and entertainment for her guests. Happy Birthday Denise from Ambergris Today!

Belizean Olympic Athletes Instill Pride After Competing in Rio
“Nervous doesn't even begin to describe how I'm feeling right now!! These girls are super fast! I'm going to give my absolute all. If I run a personal best time it will be my greatest achievement! So I'm going to go out there and get it!!” - Katy Sealy With this post on her Facebook profile the day before her Olympic run, Katy Sealy took on the 100M Hurdles this morning at 8:05a.m. at the Rio Olympic Games. Sealy did an amazing job at representing Belize, although not being able to qualify to the semifinal round; she knew she was up against some fast competitors. Similarly, Brandon Jones competed in the Men’s 200M this morning and Renick James represented in the Judo - 90kg category on August 10th; the support from Belizeans from around the world was unconditional.

Submarine Fiber Optic To San Pedro, BTL to Improve Services
Submarine network provider Huawei Marine Networks has announced a partnership with Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) to build an undersea cable system connecting Belize’s mainland with the island of San Pedro, Belize’s largest and fastest growing tourist area. The undersea cable, named Strategic Evolution Underwater Link (SEUL), is a key piece to BTL's promise to modernize its mobile and landline network to significantly improve broadband connectivity and quality across the country. The modernization project includes deploying LTE (4G) mobile service and fiber to residential and business buildings (FTTX) in San Pedro.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Groundbreaking ceremonies for new polyclinic in San Narciso and Chunox
Groundbreaking ceremonies to officially commence the construction of a new polyclinic in San Narciso and Chunox were held on Wednesday, August 10, 2016. The Government of Belize steadfast in its continued commitment to address the basic needs of Belizeans, in the areas of water, sanitation, education and primary health care services is funding polyclinic project at an estimated cost of $900,000.00 through a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank. Completion of the new polyclinics is scheduled for March 2017.

San Ignacio & Santa Elen Creole Drumming Group
Photos of he newly formed San Ignacio & Santa Elena House of Culture (NICH) Creole Drumming Group in action! It was indeed a delight seeing and hearing these 13 youths playing the Creole drums, at the Cayo Welcome Center on Saturday night for the launch of the September celebrations.

MSBC Congress in Belize next week!
Quite a complicated and very well-crafted work of pyrography in wood of Laurel, with almost all of the components species of biology and the main logo of the mesoamerican society for the biology and conservation, wood 15 pulgs wide x 21 Pulgs long and locks as components in total plus of flora, 15 species, 3 Birds, 5 mammals, 1 Butterfly, 2 bugs, 2 Orchids, 1 Frog, the names Of every member state, in end took 16 hours interrupted,

Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation (Belize Chapter)
Our congress program is jam packed with interesting talks and networking events. Now you can join us on Tuesday, 23rd August 2016 for a screening of the self produced and distributed film, Americas In Between-An Adventure In Nature. Synopsis of the film: “Isthmus that connects the North to the South, Central America is one of the richest and most threatened reservoirs of biodiversity of the planet. From Southern Mexico to Panama, Barbara and Julien led a 200-day expedition alongside those who act to protect nature in this region. Through encounters, discoveries and testimonies, the two biologists share with us their adventure, both scientific and human. This inspiring documentary, on a road movie tone, warns us to take urgent action, invites us to reconsider our relationship with nature and questions our answers in addressing the biodiversity crisis”.

Girls Going Global in Belize
Recently Ambassador Moreno and Embassy staff had the opportunity to host the AMAZING young women traveling with Girls Going Global, a nonprofit organization that exposes undeserved girls to travel and service, at the U.S. Embassy in Belmopan. During their visit Embassy, staff briefed the young women on the operations and goals of an Embassy and provided an interactive tour. We hope to see some of these young ladies back at the Embassy in the future, maybe as future leaders and employees!

The Belize Hotel Association recently attended Expovaciones in Salvador in July, where we received extensive media coverage from the local television and radio stations. As a result, a Salvador Film Crew, of five persons, headed by producer, Licenciado Jorge Alberto Cortez, was sent to Belize, from August 3-7, by one of the most viewed TV stations in Salvador. The crew was brought to Belize by Andreas Tours, a travel agency from El Salvador, who also brought a large tour group to the country for these three days. They arrived in Belize, on Wednesday morning and experienced Hurricane Earl here in Belize City. The crew lost one day of production, because of the storm and their itinerary had to be rearranged at the last minute. Extensive filming was done in Belize City on Friday August 5. On Saturday August 9, the crew traveled to Caye Caulker and shot some great footage on the beach. They also were very pleased to be granted an impromptu interview with the Minister of Tourism, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr, and the Mayoress of the island, Mrs. Enelda Rosado.

BHA in ASTA Network Magazine's Summer 2016 Edition
The Summer 2016 edition of ASTA Network Magazine is out and the Belize Hotel Association is prominently displayed in a full page Ad, alongside a diving article where Belize is named as one of the Four Diving Hotspots of the world! This edition, will be distributed in print to a readership of over 55,000 US travel trade professionals. An E-blast version of the e-zine and this Summer 2016 edition will appear on the official ASTA website for one full year. ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents) is the world's largest association of travel professionals. It's agents represent 83% of all travel sold through the travel agency distribution channel which totaled $122 billion last year. The mission of ASTA and its affiliated organizations is to facilitate the business of selling travel through effective representation, shared knowledge and the enhancement of professionalism.

New School Year at Ocean Academy
Monday August 29th, Ocean Academy reopens for the 2016-2017 school year. We look forward to welcoming our new and returning students on campus! Note the revised dates for our first week due to storm recovery efforts, per Ministry of Education instructions. Clinton Canul Luna
t is sad to see how our Corozal culture has been set aside to introduce one invented by those who are in charge of the preservation of our identity. There are so many things that can be mentioned which with time it had gradually been on constant changes and prohibition of our eating habits. For many years, from the time I know myself, we were already eating a fish we know here in the North as Macabi, commonly known as “bony fish.” Macabi has a special taste, unlike any other fish, because of the way it is roasted. We have been enjoying the delicacy of such sea food from time which I think there is no information of its beginning. Native and autochthonous Belizeans have been savoring the taste of this delicious fish in “panades” (empanadas) and fish balls. Nonetheless, for some unknown intelligent minds, it has been prohibited for Belizeans to taste their own food. Now, our dear readers, Belize has 174 miles of waterfront, straight into the Caribbean Sea, as far as your eyes can see. It is impossible for a little handful of people to put in danger the extermination of such sea food. But, it seems as if it is of more value for the tourists to use it as bait for their fishing sport. It won’t take too long when we will be STOPPED from cooking rice and beans, since it will be served to us from some unknown transnational corporations which will process and tin it for the Belizean population’s consumption. Of course, for it to be nice and juicy, you’ll have to get yourself a microwave for your rice and beans to be heated.

Channel 7

Tornado Tore Up Spanish Lookout
Just like the rest of the country, the Spanish Lookout Community, in the Cayo District, continues to recover from the damage that Hurricane Earl did. But, on Sunday afternoon, another storm hit them; and this one was like a tornado. Now the experts say that tornados don't happen in Belize. Well, we went to the Cayo District to speak to those affected, and they say that what hit them can't be described as anything else. Daniel Ortiz reporting: The roof of this building on the compound at Plett's Home Building was not torn off during Hurricane Earl. It was torn on Sunday afternoon when a when a twister-like storm hit the Spanish Lookout Community. The residents swear that it was a tornado.

Reports: GOB Won't Appeal CJ Decision
Will the Government of Belize appeal the Chief Justice's landmark decision on section 53 of the criminal code? Six days ago the CJ ruled that it was unconstitutional to discriminate against homosexuals and re-worded the section to say it "shall not apply to consensual sexual acts between adults in private." Yesterday, you heard Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber suggest that the matter should be put to a referendum, while former Attorney General Wilfred Elrington told PLUS TV that he thinks the government should appeal it:... Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Former Attorney General: "Some sections of the public are not happy with the decision and I think that we should do all in powers to ventilate the matter as widely as possible, so that nobody can say or have any criticisms of the government." Well, tomorrow Prime Minister Dean Barrow will announce government's official position on the judgment. He will do so at a press conference at the Biltmore Plaza at 2:30 pm. Our sources say that the Government will NOT appeal the judgment - which will surely be to the dismay of many Christian critics of the Chief Justice's decision.

A Sickening Case Of Abuse
Last night we told you about the sickening Santa Elena Sodomy case involving a 16 year old boy and his 11 year old brother. The incident reportedly happened on Friday night at their home while the child was asleep. Police say another brother made the report after he noticed his 11 year old brother acting strangely. Investigators told us today that the medical examination confirmed that the boy's anus was torn. San Ignacio police along with social services are working on this case. More statements need to be recorded and once the file is complete it will be sent to the DPP. Police say the 16 year old is not known to be violent or abusive.

A Case Of Cruel Cop Abuse Alleged In PG
We usually hear about allegations of police brutality from city residents but this time, the allegation is coming from Punta Gorda. San Marcos resident Mario Makin is clinging to life at the Western Regional Hospital after he alleges he was attacked by police. The incident happened on Saturday night after 9:00 while Makin was at his friend's store. The report is that police rode up to the store and started to beat another man. Makin then came out to see what was going on and police grabbed him and allegedly beat up him too. The other person got away but it seems Makin got the worst of it. When we spoke to Makin's friend today, she told us that after the beat down police threw Makin at the junction of San Marcos and it's only until Sunday morning that some villagers saw him splayed on the road. Makin was then rushed to the Punta Gorda Hospital where he had to undergo surgery because his bowels were ruptured and he could not breathe properly.

They Chanced Chef Ainsley
Tonight 18 year-old Lemar Lamb, and 21 year-old Kareem Betancourt at the Belize Central Prison. That's after they were taken to court for an armed robbery of a well-known Belize City Chef. The victim is 38 year-old Ainsely Castro, who has his kitchen on Lacroix Boulevard. He told police that on Friday afternoon, at around 1:30 p.m., 3 men barged into his business place, one of them armed with handgun. Castro said that the men held him up and then proceeded to steal $3,800 dollars in cash, his thousand dollar gold chain, his cell phone and his wallet. Two days later, acting on intelligence, police went to house on Pelican Street, where they found Castro's stolen phone. As a result, Lamb was arrested and charged with Robbery, while Betancourt and 20 year-old Jermaine Wagner were charged with handling stolen goods.

Men Charged For Spanish Lookout Slaying
Last night we told you that 2 men have already been charged in connection to the Spanish Lookout murder of Ever Miranda. Those men are Gladimir Bartolo Shish and Carlos Antonio Rodriguez Mendendez. Both were charged with murder. They were arraigned this morning and remanded until October 17th. The incident happened early Sunday morning at La Pasadita Bar. Miranda was defending his cousin after Shish and Mendendez had a crass remark and that is what led to the confrontation. One of the men shot Miranda in the shoulder and the other chopped him in the face.

Northside Cops Take On Mentoring Of Youths
We've heard of community policing - but today northside police took it to another level when they sort of adopted a group of deserving kids. It's part of a larger mentoring program and today 10 police officers kicked it off with lunch and back to school shopping. We spoke to officer commanding northside, ASCP Dezeree Phillips:... ASP Desiree Phillips, OC - Eastern North Division: "What we have done here, we have identified 12 young persons who we believe are underprivileged, who are desirous of some assistance to get them prepared for back to school and so we would called it "Back to school shop with a Cop"." Courtney Weatherburne: "How are these kids selected?" ASP Desiree Phillips, OC - Eastern North Division: "They were selected in collaboration with the school's principals, teachers, counselor in support with our community policing officers who visit them every day. This is something that we have been planning from early May and so even before school closed, we already did a survey and we had our names."

BTL Wants To Take Fiber To Homes
Last night we told you about BTL's plan to run a 13 million dollar submarine fiber optic cable to San Pedro Town. That won't land on the island until July of 2017, and during that 11-month window BTL has to try and lay out fiber optic infrastructure on the island - otherwise, it'll be like having a racecar, without a racetrack. Chairman of the Executive Committee Anwar Barrow said that fiber is the future of internet to your home and business, and the company is starting a new programme of residential fiber connection:... Anwar Barrow, Chair, Executive Committee - BTL "We have a series of fiber to the home projects that we are going to be inaugurating at the end of this month starting off and we also have one in San Pedro which goes hand in hand with this link and what that is that we are building out fiber throughout the island and throughout the country to connect people's home directly by fiber connection. Right now most of the homes are connected by copper wires which are old, which have been degraded and we are replacing that.

142 New Belizeans
142 new Belizean citizens were sworn in on Friday in Belmopan at the George Price Center. The highlight of ceremony was an oath and the handing out of nationality certificates. Minister of State in the Ministry of Immigration Beverly Castillo presided over the event, along with new Director Of Immigration Diana Locke.

150 Guatemalan Workers Without Work Permits Turned Back
In other Immigration news, the Department put down the hard line yesterday and turned back 150 Guatemalan workers. These persons cross daily from Melchor into Belize without hindrance, but for a month they have been warned that they have to get, or show a work permit. Yesterday was the deadline, and those who did not have a permit to show were turned back. We're told that they returned back to Melchor very upset that they were not being allowed into Belize, and an impromptu protest was to have taken place. It didn't but local reports suggest that they have approached the Melchor Mayor to have him intercede on their behalf. Since then, a number of them have realized the Belizean law is not on their side, and they have moved to get work permits. The other side of this story is that many of them have work permits but they don't want to use it because that would mean getting their passports stamped, which would disqualify them from earning permanent residence status which requires un-interrupted residence in Belize.

Belize Track And Fielders Brought Up The Rear In Rio
Belize sent a contingent of three athletes to the Rio Olympics and today, two of them, Katy Sealy and Brandon Jones competed in their track and field events. Katy Sealey was slated for the 100m Hurdles and Brandon Jones ran in the 200m. They both came dead last - with no chance of advancing. Not a stellar day for sports, not at all, but since the races happened at 8:05 am, and 9:50 am when most were at work, just for the record, here are their performances:...

Reuters Turns To Johnny Zabaneh
We've told you all about the residential damage caused by hurricane Earl, but the substantial damage to Belize's crops has gotten far less attention. For bananas, many farms were completely wiped out, except - by some strange act of providence - for Meridian Farms - the one linked to Johnny Zabaneh. It's a fact, while farms right next to Meridian suffered 100% crop losses, Meridian had only about 1% loss due to Earl. Bad news is, because of the Zabaneh's Kingpin designation, Meridian has no one to sell to - so the bananas are just there rotting or waiting for someone to come along and cut them down. It's put a hurting on Belize's economy, and today the international news agency Reuters did an extensive story to show just how much it's hurt the economy. The article points to the steep 42% drop in banana shipments since Fyffes stopped buying from Meridian farms - and that drove "a two percent drop in economic output in the first quarter."

The Best Songs Of The Celebration Season
The 2016 Song Competition was held on Saturday at Mrmorial PArk. That's the event which opens NICH's September Celebrations Calendar every year. That competition happened on Saturday night, and at the end of over 3 hours of performances, the judges chose the winners, Cecil "Cocono Bwai" Jenkins Jr., Wilson Grinage, Jeanie Brooks, and Leslie "Bastic" Jenkins. Here's a short excerpt of their winning performances: You can hear all the songs from finalists at

A New Senator/Minister
And finally tonight, we note the swearing of Attorney General Vanessa Retreage as a Senator and a Minister. She was sworn in as senator yesterday, and then shuttled over to the Governor General's residence for her ministerial Oath of Allegiance, as the new Minister of Natural Resources. Retreage becomes the first female Minister of Natural Resources in memory, and the first attorney.

Channel 5

An eleven year old is allegedly sodomized by sibling
There is a despicable report coming out of the Cayo District involving the sexual assault of an eleven-year-old boy in Santa Elena. Even more disturbing is that the minor was [...]

2 Cayo men charged for murder at a bar
Two persons have been charged in connection with the murder of Duck Run Two resident, forty-one-year-old Hever Miranda. Late Monday evening, after twenty-four hours of investigation, San Ignacio police charged [...]

Will William Mason surveillance tapes catch Ministers doing wrong?
On Monday, Senior Counsel Richard “Dickie” Bradley, attorney for Melissa Ferguson, accused of conspiring to kidnap Pastor Llewellyn Lucas and David Dodd, all but assured the press after her bail [...]

New Police Minister meets top brass in Department
On Monday afternoon, a meeting was held at the Police Training Academy in Belmopan between the top brass of the Belize Police Department and the new Minister of Police Godwin [...]

“Amateur” investigator in William Mason case to get guidance from superiors
But on the investigation of William “Danny” Mason, as we’ve reported in the past, several high ranking officers are of the opinion that the lead investigator for the crime involving [...]

Deputy P.M. sober in analysing Saldivar’s fall from grace
John Saldivar’s fall from grace as Minister of National Security, a consolidated portfolio which at the time included the Belize Police Department, the National Coast Guard and the Belize Defense [...]

Trio arraigned for robbing Chef Ainsley at home
A trio of men was charged with robbery and handling stolen goods and they were arraigned this morning before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser.  Thirty-one-year-old Kareem Betancourt, a tour guide with [...]

Judoka Renick James speaks about Olympics experience
Belize is being proudly represented at the Olympics by Belizeans Katy Sealy, Brandon Jones and Renick James.  James, who competed in judo, lost his ninety-kilogram or hundred and ninety-eight pound [...]

James says Belize can win medals in Judo
James, an instructor with the Belize Judo and Jiujitsu Academy, is proud of completing the match and representing his country. He says that Belize can look forward to medals in [...]

Belizeans cheer on Simone Biles as she wins gold again
Eleven Miss Belize pageant contestants and their director; the Special Envoy for Women and Children; the Vice-President of OCEANA in Belize; the Music Ambassador and son of the Prime Minister, [...]

Is cheering for non-Belizean athletes hurting our own?
Biles, who has Belizean parentage, has accepted an offer of a visit for her and her teammates to the Jewel by the Belize Tourism Board, although details are to be [...]

Minister of Immigration addresses border issues…
On Monday, tensions ran high at the western border with Guatemala in Benque Viejo del Carmen. Police and immigration were stationed at the border stopping Guatemalan laborers who travel to [...]

Hulse Says work permits a privilege, not a right
According to Hulse, they were unaware of the illegal practice and it must be corrected. But Hulse says that work permits are a privilege not a right.   Godwin Hulse, [...]

For Back-To-School, Shop With A Cop!
Back-to-School preparations continue for most families with children of school age.  For those who are in dire need of financial assistance, particularly in light of the recent hurricane, members of [...]

High Schooler In Program No Longer Afraid of Police Officers
Fourteen-year-old Aaliyah Tzul is among the twelve participants.  As a second form student at E.P. York High School, she has been paired with Inspector Martha Rhys of the Domestic Violence [...]

Anti-Drug and Life Skills Summer Program Closes in Belize City
Today, the Eastern Division South Police Department hosted a closing ceremony for a second summer program hosted by its community policing unit at the Gateway Youth Center on south side [...]

Red Cross Receives Hurricane Earl Donation from BECOL/FORTIS
The Belize Red Cross continues to receive donations to assist with hurricane relief in the aftermath of Earl.  The Category One storm wreaked havoc primarily in the northern section of [...]

More Than 300 Families will receive cash transfer
While the donations will be paid out using a cash transfer system, the focus at the moment continues to be areas hardest hit by Hurricane Earl, including the Vista Del [...]

Belize International Jazz Festival continues with concerts
A classical concert is underway at the Bliss Center for Performing Arts as part of the Belize International Jazz Festival.  That event will be followed at ten o’clock by a [...]

11 Belizean beauties to vie for Miss Belize
The journey begins for eleven Belizean beauty ambassadors from across the country as they vie for the title of Miss Belize and an opportunity to represent the Jewel in the [...]


Postmortem Revealed That San Narciso Resident Died Of Natural Causes
Last night we reported about the lifeless body of thirty two year old Basilio Patt, a resident from the village of San Narciso that was discovered at about 6:00 a.m. yesterday at the location where the annual San Joaquin Fiesta had been held. While we had told you that authorities did not find any visible signs of violence on the thirty two year old to suspect foul play….the family of the deceased believe that their loved one might have come under attack. Angelina Patt – Voice of Mother: “Mi hijo venia de trabajar y un amigo salió y dijo que lo pegaron y mi nuera estaba trabajando adonde ellos trabajan y que una amiga lo llamo que Chilo lo pegaron y ella no lo creo y llamo a mi hijo que es su marido y le dice que mataron a Chilo pero no le digas a tu mama porque ella se va altera, pero si mi mama ya lo escucho; pues no, no me espanto porque para mí yo no pensé que él está muerto porque él no anda peleando y mi esposo estaba yendo a su trabajo cuando una vecina salió y le dice, señor usted sabe que Chilo lo mataron dice el así no lo sé, pues si están diciendo que ya lo mataron y hasta cuando vino su papa de la doctora confirmo que si lo mataron entonces yo vine a creer que si lo mataron y hasta ahorita nadie me han avisado solo por los amigos yo supe que él está muerto y mi hijo el que anda en las vueltas fue a verlo es cuando a mí me vinieron avisar y después él dijo que si lo están llevando en Orange Walk porque acá no hay morgue lo tuvieron que llevar haya no se de policía nada, nada, nada.”

Sodomy Law Caused Controversy
It’s been almost one week since the Supreme Court of Belize passed a historic ruling, legalizing gay sex between consenting adults. The ruling made by Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin was met with mixed response by the Belizean population. And while the Government of Belize is yet to state their position on the ruling, yesterday during a press conference called by the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Patrick Faber, he was asked for his opinion on the ruling. Honorable Patrick Faber – Deputy Prime Minister of Belize: “In that instance then I would act as an agent for the people who I served as opposed to giving my own personal view, how is it that I determine what the view of those who I represent are is something that is given great consideration to over the last few days whether that means I don’t think that Facebook is a good or Social Media is a good indicator although that seems to be the court of public opinion in these days but maybe some kind of survey or check moving around the constituency to see what the views of our constituents are or maybe to the extent of us as a nation have a referendum to let the Belizean people to decide how is it that they wat to see us move, I think it is such a big decision that the Belizean people should have a say and that we should not have necessarily individual leaders and lawmakers impressing on the Belizean people their own personal and individual ways.”

Immigration Office Look Into Worker's Permit From Guatemalans
Yesterday many residents from the neighboring country of Guatemala, who regularly cross into Belize to work on the strength of their passports alone were halted by Belizean immigration at the Western Border. Information is that Belizean authorities were requesting work permits which the visitors could not produce, as a result reports are that the large group of Guatemalans, who are in disagreement with the new requirements at the western border, have sought political assistance in their country to address the current situation. Since the requirements were implemented at the border in Benque Viejo, police presence was amped up and yesterday, Senator Godwin Hulse who is the Minister of Immigration explained the new implementations. “Yes the police and Immigration undertook an exercise this morning because there has been lots of people streaming across the border we understand that come to work and you cannot work in this country as a foreigner without a work permit as simple as that.”


Belize received US $200,000 from Inter-American Development Bank for Hurricane Relief
Belize will be receiving 200 thousand US dollars in grant funding from the Inter- American Development Bank to assist the Government of Belize’s efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to communities affected by Hurricane Earl. The objective of the grant is to support the National Emergency Mana...

New Attorney General Sworn In as Senator and Minister
This morning, the Attorney General Hon. Vanessa Retreage was officially sworn-in as a Senator and a Minister. Ms. Retreage was first sworn-in as a Senator before the President and other members of the Senate at the National Assembly Building during today’s Senate Meeting. Thereafter, the new Senator...

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Belize’s century-old sodomy law overturned
The law criminalizing “unnatural” sex acts—deemed to principally be a bar against anal sex between homosexuals but which has largely been unenforced for decades—was today struck down in the Belize Supreme Court when Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin used his “blue pencil” to change it, saying that private sex acts between consenting adults would be excluded from the range of acts prohibited by the law. Whereas the LGBT community was jubilant over Benjamin’s decision to effectively decriminalize homosexuality, the churches, which joined the case as interested parties, expressed their outrage. “This is huge for me!” said Caleb Orozco, former executive president of the United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM), who was the sole claimant in the case after UNIBAM was removed by the court for lack of standing to bring the constitutional challenge. “I’m the facey b—— that bothered to challenge the status quo in our society and managed to get a response that was meaningful,” Orozco told the media at a press conference after the ruling.

Brother sodomizes brother
Two days after the Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin delivered a historic ruling making it clear that sexual intercourse between two consenting adults should not be criminalised, an 11-year-old boy was reportedly sodomized by one of his older brothers. According to Santa Elena police, sometime after 3 a.m. on Friday, the 11-year-old woke up in his bedroom and found that his 16-year-old brother was anally penetrating him. This horrific incident became public after controversial media personality, Pastor Louis Wade, spoke of it on his popular Rise and Shine morning show on Plus TV this morning. Wade posted on Facebook that after the accused brother had completed his act of sodomy, he allegedly told his brother, “nothing will happen to me because this is now legal.”

Tornado hits Spanish Lookout
The Spanish Lookout community in the Cayo District, was hit by a tornado at about 11:00 yesterday morning. Roofs were destroyed, trees were uprooted and buildings were damaged. Amandala travelled to Spanish Lookout and saw the destruction wrought by what we had initially concluded was the first recorded tornado in the country. Reports are that it was raining when the spiral was seen. Abram Dyck of Pletts Home Construction told us that at about 11:00 yesterday morning they saw a spiral coming down, with a force and ferocity that exceeded the intensity of Hurricane Earl. He said that the tornado lifted off an entire roof and hurled it into the distance. Abram said that many roofs were damaged and that it was the first time that they have seen a tornado. He emphasized that it was very powerful, less than a mile wide and moved quickly, then disappeared.

Bloody weekend in the West
Two brutal deaths, as a result of separate incidents, occurred in the Cayo District over the weekend. In one incident, Hever Miranda, 32, of Duck Run 2 in the Cayo Distict, was chopped in the head and shot in the chest by one of four men who attacked him after they became involved in an altercation, and in the other incident, Clerito Perez, 32, of San Martin, Belmopan was chopped several times while he tried to defend his younger brother, Walter Alvarado, who was chopped in the head by one of two men who attacked him. In the case of the death of Perez, the police are looking for two men in San Martin, Belmopan, and in the case of Miranda’s death, police have four men in custody and they are confident that the accused killer is one of them. The first incident occurred at about 5:00 yesterday morning. Police report that Hever Miranda and a woman were socializing at the Pasadita Bar on the Spanish Lookout road when four men with whom he had an altercation came into the bar, and once again an altercation between the men flared up, and that was when one of the men chopped him in the head.

Chef Ainsley held up in his establishment
Robbers netted an estimated six thousand dollars in cash, jewelry and mobile devices after they held up a local chef and his staff at gunpoint just a few feet away from a police checkpoint. Ainsley Castro, 38, known to many as Chef Ainsley, has become well-known in the healthy living community as a result of the wholesome cuisine he sells from his kitchen on Balan Street off the Lacroix Boulevard in the St. Martin De Porres area of Lake Independence. The chef turned entrepreneur has been making a living by selling healthy entrées since moving on from his post as chef at the Radisson Hotel almost fifteen months ago. Castro reported to police that sometime around 1:30 p.m. on Friday, as he was cleaning up after a day’s sale, two dark-skinned, medium-built men entered his establishment and ordered everyone on the ground.

BTB creating a buzz over offer to Simone Biles and “Final Five”
Simone Biles, the stellar US gymnast who also has Belizean citizenship, has been getting a lot of attention in the international press, and her mentions of Belize, home to her mom, Nellie Biles, as a place where she loves to relax and fish, has also meant good press for Belize’s tourism industry—the services sector that has been vital in offsetting sustained declines in Belize’s export earnings. On Thursday night, August 11, at around 8:30 p.m., the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) made a public offer via Twitter to Biles and the US gymnastics team, known as the Final Five: “Congrats @simone_biles! Belize is so proud of you. We’d love to host you and the entire #FinalFive on a vacation once you’re ready to relax.” Some months ago, after Steve Harvey’s gaffe at the Miss Universe, the BTB invited Harvey via Twitter to come host the Costa Maya in Belize. Harvey “liked” the tweet but did not take up the offer to host the pageant, which had to be canceled last week due to Hurricane Earl.

Wayde van Niekerk’s race reminded me of Migale
While many experts have opined that the outside lane is the hardest position from which to race and possibly break a record, because you can’t see where your opponents are until the final stretch, there is some Belizean race history that I recall, that helps to explain the other side of the coin. Aside from dealing with a less severe curve in the outside lane, versus the inside lane with the tight curve that takes a greater toll on the legs, running from in front can also have the effect of spurring the front runner from the imagined chase, while running from behind could possibly lead to some complacency if the outside lane runners are caught quickly. In the 1969 Belize City inter-secondary schools track meet at the MCC Grounds, the 400-meter heat was run, I think, on a Thursday evening. One of my older brothers, Michael, had won 8 blue ribbons (1st place) at the SJC track meet about a week earlier – 100m, 200m, 400m, 4x100m relay, long jump, triple jump and high jump, and one other (not sure if it was the 800m or the baseball throw).

Police United makes Champions League debut
A release yesterday from the Police United Football Club said the team left Belize on Saturday for Puerto Cortez, Honduras, from where they would be travelling on to the capital, Tegucigalpa, for their scheduled Scotia Bank CONCACAF Champions League debut against Honduran champions, Olimpia on Tuesday night, August 16. Kick off time is 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday. In their release, Police United FC listed their starting line-up as follows: #1 goalkeeper – Jose Santos; #8 striker – Carlton Thomas; #10 center midfield – Harrison Roches; #12 center back – Trevor Lennon; #13 center back – Amin August; #14 center midfield – Andres Makin; #16 striker – Daniel Jimenez; #17 right midfield – Devon Makin; #19 right back – Byron Usher; #23 center midfield – Amilton Filho; and #25 left back – Mailson Moura.

BDBA Firms Tournament regular season ends; quarterfinals this Friday and Saturday
The BDBA Firms Tournament 2016 regular season finished with two games on Saturday night at the BES Gym. In the opener, Belize Bank Bulldogs clipped Central Health, 100-87; and in the nightcap, a back match from a July 7 rain-out game, it was Heritage Bank, 77-67, over Infotel. Quarterfinal playoffs take place on Friday and Saturday at the BES Gym according to the following schedule: NOTE: Quarterfinals are “knockout” games. Winners of Games A and D will meet in one semi-final, and winners of Games B and C will meet in the other semi-final.

Freedom Fighters 1:1 FC Belize in pre-season friendly
In a pre-season semi-pro friendly match at the Michael Ashcroft Stadium in Independence today, Freedom Fighters FC and FC Belize played to a 1-1 draw. Mexican import Hector Martinez put FC Belize up 1-nil in the first half with a slicing header off a spot kick that beat veteran goalkeeper Steven “Cranka” Polonio. The Fighters rebounded in the second half with a brilliant effort from the young, speedy and talented rookie, Richard Arnold, who beat goalkeeper Burgess with a well-placed shot from inside the penalty area. Both teams looked prepared and ready for the start of the PLB 2016-2017 Opening Tournament, but also recognized weaknesses that require urgent fixes, with the Freedom Fighters promoting several promising young players, while FC Belize was coming strong with several Mexican imports as well as a Brazilian coach, David Lima.

Editorial: Too big, too powerful
At a certain point, the Sir Barry Bowen businesses appeared to have become too big to fail, too powerful to resist, because the businesses, which feature the production and distribution of Coca Cola soft drinks, Belikin beer and stout, and Guinness stout, and include a tourist nature resort and a shrimp factory, employed too many Belizeans. Both United Democratic Party (UDP) and People’s United Party (PUP) governments, such as the first UDP government under Dr. Manuel Esquivel and the first PUP government of Rt. Hon. Said Musa, went out of their way to bail out Sir Barry, when he was in trouble with a Panamanian bank in the case of the 1984-1989 Esquivel administration, and awarding him extraordinary tax concessions, such as was the case during the 1998-2003 Said Musa government. In the case of the present Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dean O. Barrow, political insiders know that in his first venture into national politics in the December 1984 general elections, his chief financier in the Queen’s Square constituency was Sir Barry. It so happened that Mr. Barrow’s opponent in 1984 was the one Ralph Fonseca, whom Sir Barry had fired from his Belize Brewing Company earlier that year. It was very important to Sir Barry for Ralph to be humbled in that very first Queen’s Square race, and so Mr. Barrow benefited greatly from Bowen largesse.

From the Publisher
Belize is a failed state where our sports programs are concerned. It is undeniable that our sports programs here under British colonialism were superior to those programs after we achieved political independence in 1981. It is not the Belizean people who are to blame for what has happened to our sports: it is our elected politicians and our shadowy power structure. During colonial days, as a contrasting, comparative illustration, there was no volleyball in Belize. Somewhere in our shadowy power structure after independence, there was a decision made to promote volleyball. Ten years ago, as a non-sports note, there were no marching bands in Belize. The power structure here made a decision to promote marching bands, and now marching bands are organized and prominent in Belize. (Topically and tangentially, some people apart from the Belizean people decided to promote homosexuality in Belize.) The people are not the power.

Letter to the Editor: Elaine J. Pinkerton discusses homosexuality
Dear Editor, What are human rights? The right to do anything one wants? The right to kill someone just because that person disagrees with you? The right to steal because you want that object? The right to lie because you don’t want to tell the truth? What determines human rights? What is our guide to living so things go right in our lives? The constitution of Belize states: Whereas the People of Belize affirm that the Nation of Belize shall be founded upon principles which acknowledge the supremacy of God, faith in human rights and fundamental freedoms, …….. So which God is being spoken about here? There are many “gods” in this world. Satan is the god of this world according to II Corinthians 4:4. And he is the one that blinds them that believe not in the one and only true God— Almighty YAH — and His Son Jesus Christ who suffered and died for our sins so that we could repent and be forgiven. Satan would have mankind believe that one can set up his/her own standards and do what is “right” in his/her sight. If we become born again and become the children of Almighty YAH we hunger and thirst for the WORD of YAH and want to do what is correct in HIS sight.

19.9 million Americans live in extreme poverty
Arise! Ye children of Belize. Arise, Belizeans, with our foreheads held high. Proud of belonging to this blessed soil in which God had permitted us to be born. Awake, Belizeans, from the lethargic sleep. And grasp the baton of liberty for the homeland that has sheltered us under the blue sky. Let’s continue the struggle of our ancestors for freedom against the oppressors, to fight unceasingly for our independence and let’s continue their work until we achieve equality amongst all our people. Stand FIRM Belizeans, on the line of duty under the banner of democracy, liberty and social justice until victory or death. Arise! Belizeans! To the sounds of the beating drum and the blow of the conch shell. There is an adage that says: “Once a man, twice a child.” In England during the Industrial Revolution the laws were brutal, we can say inhumane. Children from six years old, if not earlier, worked in the factories and mines, the same as women and men from six in the morning until six in the evening. For the employer they represented cheap labour. They were often beaten by overseers to keep them in order, or simply to keep them awake, for a sleepy child, the tip of their nail (s) and finger (s) were in constant danger of being pinched off once in every second, while they had their heads between the whirling wheels a few inches distance from their ear. Starving children were hung for stealing a loaf of bread.

“Sex” redefined 20 years ago, and Belizeans didn’t know it!
The churches argue that there are only two sexes: male and female; however, Simone Hill, president of the Universal Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM), refers to LGBTIQ – the short acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning. The Supreme Court of Belize is now acknowledging, in its ruling handed down today in favor of homosexual Caleb Orozco, that the term “sex” in Belize’s Constitution was deemed to have a different meaning as far back as 20 years ago. However, most Belizeans had no clue that the reading of the Constitution, particularly where it forbids discrimination on the basis of sex, now includes one’s sexual orientation. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), an organ of the OAS, defines sexual orientation as “each person’s capacity for profound emotional, affectional and sexual attraction to, and intimate and sexual relations with, individuals of a different gender or the same gender or more than one gender…” When Nigel Hawke, deputy Solicitor General, argued the Government’s case in the suit brought by Orozco, he contended that “sexual orientation” is not expressed in the Constitution of Belize.

Commentary on When Things Fall Apart
Response to article published in Features, Amandala Belize, August 7, 2016, by Therese Belisle Nweke Boston, MA, August 11, 2016–I read the WHOLE article … “Who hath ears to hear, let him hear”. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD AND COUNTRY: What will change Belize, and its future, goes far beyond our politics. The diagnoses of much of our nation’s ills are known to most of us. What does it take to go from where we are, to where our nation ought to be … and move from just the diagnosis, and embark on the treatment? For starters, as Tolstoy wrote, and echoed by Mahatma Gandhi, we must first resolve to “be the change we seek”. Change, even though it can be channeled through political leadership—or better yet, statesmanship—must first start with you, with me. Change is not a talk show. Change is not simply pointing out what’s wrong. Real change requires a willingness to get down in the trenches and commit personal time and resources. Real change requires sacrifice (which no one except a masochist enjoys). Real change requires that we look not only after our own interests, but also the interests of others, and of the nation. It requires “real love” that replaces pride, envy, jealousy, spite, backbiting, “bad mind”, and our many –isms and schisms.

Hon. Patrick Faber’s SUV plunges into the Caribbean Sea
A vehicle assigned to the Deputy Prime Minister, Patrick Faber, careened off the Marine Parade Boulevard after being driven contrary to the flow of traffic, and plunged into the Caribbean Sea at around 8 p.m. on Sunday, creating a commotion as passersby flocked to the scene. However, when police arrived on the scene to haul the white SUV from the sea, Faber was neither inside, nor was he in the area. According to the Deputy Prime Minister, sometime close to 6 p.m. he had parked his vehicle inside the tightly secured home of a friend situated at about Mile 3 ½ on the George Price Highway, and thereafter, went with some colleagues in another vehicle to the Old Belize dockyard. He said that no one was authorized to move or to drive his vehicle. His friend, an unnamed female with whom he had left his keys, had gone into his vehicle to retrieve a parcel and apparently forgot the keys inside, and did not hear when the alleged thief made off with the SUV. It was ACP Edward Broaster, among others, who told Faber that his vehicle was “parked in the sea.”

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Chef Ainsley robbers charged
Three men are charged with robbery and handling stolen goods in relation to robbery of chef Ainsley Castro of the Radisson Hotel on Friday. 31 year old Kareem Betancourt, a Tour guide with Chukka Tours; 20 year old Jermaine Wagner a Fisherman of Neal’s […]

Mother and daughter charged in Memorial Park assault
It was not reported but Saturday’s National Song Competition event at the Memorial Park saw violence which led to a mother and daughter appearing in court today. The 40 year old domestic whose name we will not call in order to not identify her […]

Olympian Renick James returns from Rio
Belize is being proudly represented at the Olympics by Belizeans Katy Sealy, Brandon Jones and Renick James. James, competing in judo, lost his 90-kilogram (198-pound) category, round-of-32 match on Wednesday to Nauru’s Ovini Uera. He is back in Belize and says a bout of […]

Belizeans continue to cheer Simone Biles
11 Miss Belize pageant contestants and their director; the Special Envoy for Women and Children; the Vice-President of OCEANA in Belize; the Music Ambassador and son of the Prime Minister, among others, this afternoon found themselves together at the Baymen’s Tavern of the Radisson […]

Annual San Joaquin Fiesta in Corozal ends in death
A man’s body was discovered on Monday morning at the venue of the San Joaquin Fiesta in San Joaquin Village in the Corozal district. Villagers found the corpse around 6:00 in the morning. The body was identified as Basilio Patt, 32, a resident of San […]

Robbers target BWEL in Orange Walk
Three men dressed in dark clothing and wearing long sleeved shirts barged into the Belize Western Energy Limited (BEWL) located along the Philip Goldson Highway on the outskirts of Trial Farm Village at 10:00 Monday morning. Police say the men wielded machetes and knives […]

Immigration wants to tighten surveillance at western border; Guatemalans reject efforts
Officials at the Immigration Department told BBN that they have been trying to sensitize Guatemalans who cross the border daily to work in Belize about the need to obtain their work permits. Those efforts have been ongoing for over a year we’re told. It […]

Man grazed in shooting incident
A man identified as Eric Martinez, 24, was injured in a shooting incident in Orange Walk but is not collaborating with police. Orange Walk Police are still investigating the incident however. The individual was apparently grazed by a bullet to his left arm after shots […]

El Chapo’s son reportedly kidnapped
The son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was reportedly kidnapped along with five other men at a restaurant in the Mexican beach resort or Puerto Vallarta. According to Mexican authorities, the six men were abducted by a squad of seven armed assailants. […]


Surviving in Belize’s International Banking Industr
The term International Banking or Offshore Banking is often times associated with tax evasion, money laundering, terrorism funding and now for this region of the world, derisking. The adjectives mentioned do not paint a pretty picture and while there may be some truth, it is unfair to paint the entire industry with such a broad brush. Like most things, there is good and bad with the bad often times overshadowing the good. This is the atmosphere Atlantic International Bank Limited (AIBL) and other international banks find themselves in today. AIBL obtained its Unrestricted “A” Class International Banking License from the Central Bank of Belize in November 2000, which legally permits the bank to offer international banking services to both personal and corporate clients who are non-residents of Belize.

Belizean violinist, Courtney Gillett tours Europe
There may not be many fancy art programs in Belize, but that doesn’t mean we’re lacking in talent. From musicians to painters, Belize is home to some very skilled persons who have gone to make their marks internationally. Courtney Gillett is one such person. Gillett is a Belizean violinist who was part of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas (YOA) 2016 Noric-Baltic tour. The tour took place from Friday, July 1st to Wednesday, August 3rd in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. Courtney was a violinist with the 80-member orchestra, which included musicians from 25 countries in the Americas. “YOA is the best; it tells you that you can make a change, and you can do it through music,” said Courtney in a YouTube video recorded before the start of the tour.

The recent find at the Xunantunich Mayan city; the largest Royal tomb to be discovered, serves to add to the rich history of the Mayas and the lives they lived here in Belize. The unearthed tomb provides stunning evidence of a “snake dynasty” which conquered many of its neighbors over 1300 years ago. The chamber was buried under about 20ft of centuries old debris. The find was made as researchers were excavating a large central stairway in one of the larger structures at the site. Inside the tomb, they found the remains of a male adult, who is believed to have been between 20 – 30 years old. The person was lying flat on the back with his head towards the south. Along with his remains, Archaeologists also found jaguar and deer bones, 6 jade beads, 13 obsidian blades and 36 ceramic vessels. What does this all mean? At the base of the stairway, they found 9 obsidian and 28 chart flints and eccentrics or chipped artifacts that were all carved into the shapes of animals, leaves and other symbols.

Celebrate Independence Day in Belize
After several centuries as a British colony, Belize gained its independence from Great Britain on September 21, 1981. Today, the national holiday is the occasion for two weeks of partying, parades, and street exhibitions leading up to September 21 when every town comes alive with people waving the red, white and blue (the colors of the Belizean flag). Independence Day 2016 will be a special time in Belize as the country celebrates its 35th anniversary of gaining full sovereignty. The occasion will be marked with a number of amazing celebrations, parties, and activities. This year’s official theme is “Sovereign and Strong Together as One.” The Battle of St. George’s Caye Day: The issue of whether Spain or Britain would end up controlling Belize was decided in a colossal, week-long naval battle in 1798 off the coast of St. George’s Caye. The British emerged triumphant on September 10, now a national holiday in Belize celebrated by the playing of patriotic music and people dressed in the national colors. Marches and Parades: In 2016, the September holidays begin on August 28 and will continue right on up to Independence Day on September 21. Every town and village across the country will hold parades featuring marchers, bands, and floats. Be on the lookout for a sea of red, white and blue as Belizeans of all age celebrate the season with patriotic pride.

International Sourcesizz

Smallpox could return as Siberia's melting permafrost exposes ancient graves
Last known case of the deadly disease was in Somalia in 1977, but Russian scientists investigating an anthrax outbreak have found the virus's DNA in corpses once entombed in the frozen ground. Smallpox – a deadly disease eradicated from the world in 1977 – could return as the frozen tundra of Siberia melts and releases the virus from the corpses of people who died in a major epidemic about 120 years ago, experts have warned. The disease was once one of the most feared in the world. Up to 30 per cent of people who caught it would die, according to the World Health Organisation, after experiencing symptoms including a high fever and the characteristic pus-filled spots. Spores of potentially fatal anthrax from dead people and reindeer that had been entombed in the permafrost are already thought to have infected 24 patients currently in hospital in Salekhard near Russia’s north coast. But health experts told the Siberian Times this was a warning sign that there could be worse to come. Boris Kershengolts, of the Siberian branch of the Academy of Sciences, said: “Back in the 1890s, there occurred a major epidemic of smallpox. There was a town where up to 40 per cent of the population died. “Naturally, the bodies were buried under the upper layer of permafrost soil, on the bank of the Kolyma River. “Now, a little more than 100 years later, Kolyma's floodwaters have started eroding the banks.” The melting of the permafrost has speeded up this erosion process.

Simone Biles has support in another country: Belize
Simone Biles has won the hearts of Americans with her routines jam-packed with difficulty, winning gold medals in the team final, all-around, vault and floor exercise, while also earning bronze on balance beam despite a fall. But she's not just beloved in the United States. She's also got a fan base in Belize. That's right. Belize, a country with roughly 350,000 people that didn't gain its independence until 1981. It initially sounds like a head-scratcher, as there aren't any outward signs showing any celebration of Biles in Belize City. But on Tuesday afternoon, relatives -- as well as Kim Simplis Barrow, the first lady of Belize -- gathered at the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina in Belize City to watch Biles win gold in her final event, floor. It's the second time the group met at the hotel to watch arguably the best female gymnast of all time.

Local teen plans, holds fundraiser to support students in Belize
On a sunny Sunday afternoon when most other 14-year-old boys would be mowing the grass to make a little extra spending money, Holden Wilder was running the inaugural Wilder Wiffle Ball Classic. The Classic, a fundraiser for the Holy Cross Anglican School in San Mateo, Belize, was held Sunday, Aug. 7 at Forsyth County’s Joint Venture Park at Daves Creek. The event was planned and put on by Wilder, a Forsyth County resident and incoming freshman at the Wesleyan School. Wilder’s story begins nearly six months ago with a missed opportunity to participate in Wesleyan’s eighth-grade mission trip. The school’s annual trip was planned for the first week in April, but, an avid baseball player, Wilder’s travel team was also scheduled to play the first few weekends of the month. Although his team didn’t have any mid-week games, Wesleyan’s trip would stretch over both weekends, preventing Wilder from playing, unless he chose to stay home.

Caleb Orozco sets a valuable Caribbean precedent
Caleb Orozco struck me as nervous but determined when we first met in 2007. We were among only a handful of Caribbean civil society delegates at an Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly in Panama. In the very Latin space that is the OAS, I affectionately referred to our grouping as the “English ghetto” because not only was our language need secondary, but we also lagged far behind the other countries in the hemisphere with regard to human rights for LGBTI people. While our Central and South American colleagues were advocating for greater transgender rights, we from the Anglophone Caribbean were still waiting for decriminalization of sodomy. And our cause often seemed hopeless. The small micro-states from which we hailed were/are collectively in the grip of powerful right-wing fundamentalists who controlled all levers of power. Distance and strategic differences often made it difficult for us to collaborate and present the unified front that our LGBTI siblings in other parts of the Americas had managed to accomplish.

Katy Sealy realises Olympic dream after taking to the track in 100m hurdles in Rio
It is a long way to go for just 100metres but Katy Sealy can now call herself an Olympic athlete. Friends and family of the Ipswich Harriers heptathlete were glued to their TV screens at 3pm today as the 25-year-old made her first ever appearance in the greatest sporting show on Earth. Running in the women’s 100m hurdles Sealy, a former Farlingaye High School student who lives in Bawdsey, was competing for the tiny Central American nation of Belize. Sealy’s grandparents lived in the country in the 1960s and her father was born there, meaning she was eligible to be selected for the Games. Normally a heptathlete, Sealy took part in the hurdles as a wildcard entry; countries with no qualifiers can choose one male and one female wildcard to compete for them.


  • Brandon Jones in the Men's 200m, 3min.

  • Katy Sealy Competes in the Womens 100m Hurdles, 2min.

  • Strong Villages & Kids Helping Kids - Belize 2015, 3min. After their 2015 "Marathon of Hope," 13 members of Kids Helping Kids (now "Kids in Action Network") traveled to Belize with Strong Villages to deliver the packages they assembled at Marathon.

  • Mexico and Belize swimming with whale sharks, reef sharks, turtles and stingrays., 8min. This video is from my trip to Mexico and Belize.

  • Jumping into the Pools at a Waterfall in Belize, 1/2min. Arran and David take a nice jump into the lower pools and Sierra gives commentary and Lacy being goofy at the end.

  • Cliff Jumping in Belize, 1/4min. This is a clip of David (in white trunks), jumping at Twin Falls, Vaca Reservoir Belize. The family pontoon boat leads us to some of the best little gems in Belize! This is our swimming pool.

  • One Minute of Garifuna Culture in Dangriga, Belize., 1min. During the month of November - leading up to Garifuna Settlement Day (November 19th), it is highly likely that you could encounter live drumming on a bus ride to/from Dangriga, or surrounding areas.

  • Simone Biles‬ does us proud!, 12min. We're in Belize as Simon Biles’ family and fans root the American gymnast on in her quest for another Olympic medal

  • Skydiving Into The Blue Hole - Belize, 1.5min.

  • You Better Belize It! - Belize 2016, 9min. Sister Holiday July/August 2016 Chicago, Belize, Kajaking, Snorkeling with Sharks and Rays, Cocktails, Golf Carts, Sushi @Blue Water Grill... Special thanks to Logan Paul, United Airlines, Maya Island Air and Las Terrazas Resort & Residences! We had an amazing time and are thankful to everyone who made our stay so wonderful (even during Huricane Earl)!

  • Belize: Caye Caulker - Where we go, 3min. Caye Caulker, het caribische eiland in Belize waar wij een weekje hebben uitgehangen. Iedereen wordt hier betoverd door het leuke rastasfeertje van dit kleine eiland. Er wordt Engels gesproken, reggae muziek gedraaid en aan seafood is er geen tekort.

  • Un-Belize-able, 3min.

  • Belize 2016, 36min. This video is about Dan and Mary Martha Reynolds' vacation to in March, 2016 to Belize and Guatemala.

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