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Today's Belize News: November 19, 2016 #519118
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Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, West Vision (Cayo) and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Rise and Shine Morning Show, and the Dickie Bradley Specials

The San Pedro Sun

People walk out on preliminary consultation for Laguna de Cayo Frances development
A preliminary public consultation for the proposed development at Laguna De Cayo Frances came to an abrupt halt when attendees walked out of the consultation. Approximately 25 stakeholders showed up eager to learn more about the proposed tourism project to be constructed about 13 miles north of San Pedro Town. Fabro admitted that while their presentation was based on a 7-year-old EIA, they were gathering new information to re-do it. “This is the reason why we came here, to listen to everyone’s concerns and suggestions so we can apply for the new EIA we are working on,” said Fabro. “This was a very important moment for them to have given us their guidance, so when we present the EIA, it would include all of their input. Sadly that did not happen.” Fabro said that they will continue moving forward with the EIA for Laguna de Cayo Frances. He reiterated that they will now have to work with the little information they were able to obtain and prepare the new EIA.

San Pedro House of Culture celebrates El Dia de Los Finados
As a large crowd gathered to start the celebration, Director of the SPHC Mito Paz welcomed everyone and explained the importance of the occasion. “El Dia de los Finados is a tradition of our people. In Pre-Hispanic times, the dead were buried close to family homes and there was great emphasis on maintaining ties with deceased ancestors, who were believed to continue to exist in a different place. Prior to the arrival of the Spanish, the indigenous peoples of Mexico and Central America honored the dead and made peace with the celebration,” said Paz. Paz further explained that the altar represents a recognition of the cycle of life and death, which is a part of human existence. “People die three deaths. The first death is when our bodies cease to function. The second death comes when the body is lowered into the ground, returning to Mother Earth. The third death, the most definitive death, is when there is no one left alive to remember us,” said Paz.

Ambergris Caye sailors shine at international regatta
Two young Belizean sailors from Ambergris Caye competed in the 2016 National Optimist Sailing Dinghy Championship Regatta competition held in Bermuda. 12 year old Caroline Sersland and 15 year old Kevin Velasquez once again excelled in the international competition which took place from November 10th to the 13th at the Royal Naval Dockyard in the said island. The competition saw 75 sailors from different countries, including Barbados, Canada, Belize, The Cayman Islands, Italy, Poland, and the UStA. This was Velasquez’ last participation in the Optimist division, since 15 is the age limit for such category. The 2015 Optimist Sailing Dinghy National Champion managed to finish in 10th, 12th, and 13th place in three of the 11 races he competed. Overall he placed 25th.

GOB attempts to restructure Superbond to avoid economic hardship
In an effort to avoid a chaotic default early in 2017, the Government of Belize (GOB) is urgently trying to restructure its billion-dollar debt arrangement, a Superbond that expires on 2038. A three-man team comprised of Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Right Honorable Dean Barrow, Financial Secretary Joseph Waight, and Economic Ambassador Mark Espat travelled to New York City, USA where they met with GOB’s legal and financial advisors. From Monday November, 7th to the 12th, the group met with key personnel from Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton LLP, in order to work on a new round of negotiations to ease payments on the debt. The Belizean Government urged bondholders to form a creditor committee before the end of November to agree to a restructuring of the debt. This amendment on the Bond, sought the reduction of Belize’s public debt expense through lower interest rates. Another suggestion tabled to the advisors was the possibility of extending the life of the Superbond beyond the expiration date of 2038.

Ambergris Today

A Look at Garifuna Settlement Day Preparations and its History
Garifuna Settlement Day celebrations have already commenced in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, as the big day and national holiday is observed on November 19. The celebrations highlight the arrival of the Garinagu people to Belize, but there is one business on Ambergris Caye that celebrates the Garinagu culture all year round. Black and White Restaurant and Cultural Center provides Garifuna food, dance and experience to visitors from around the world who visit Ambergris Caye. Here is a look at Black and White Restaurant as they prepare for the Garifuna celebrations of this year. Ms. Julia Martinez, proprietor, has set up a room full of information and artifacts that depicts the history of the ethnic group. She is a proud Garifuna who says she will continue to preserve her culture for as long as she can. Black and White also honors past Garinagu legends who played vital roles to their heritage and to Belize. We cant forget that they also offer us with the best Garinagu desserts such as the coconut tableta and fudge; every Garinagu dress is sewed personally by her.

Harvest Caye Cruise Shipping Port NOW OPEN for Business in Belize
Harvest Caye Cruise Shipping Port, Belize, November 17, 2016, welcomed the first guests from the Norwegian Cruise Line to experience the beautiful southern Belize. An estimated 2000 guests inaugurated an abundant set of activities on the island and adventurous tours in Belize. An official ribbon cutting ceremony was held to commemorate the result of a four year undertaking between the Government of Belize and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. in working together to develop a unique cruise destination. Colin Murphy, senior vice-president of destination and strategic development for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation for Belize, Hon. Edmund Castro, Minister of Transport and NEMO, along with Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, wife of Belize’s Prime Minister Dean Barrow took the honor to cut the ribbon and officially open the Port for operations.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Employment Opportunity, Rain Restaurant in San Pedro
Taking applications

Cultural day at La Isla Carinosa Academy

LICA's Sports Day Nov 18th, 2016!

CG Esthetic Raises $2,500.00 for Charity
CG Esthetic/Carole Goudreau Glamour Photo Shoot Fundraiser was a success, managing to raise $2,5000 for the San Pedro Food Bank and Belize Red Cross. Carole extends gratitude to everyone who supported the cause: Save-on Grocery Store , LC Liquor Store , Sandie Bezt- Eisenberg for her big help. From Red Cross: Aimee Fearneyhough & Laurie Norton; From Food Bank: Kaitlin Mc Whorter; For Donations: Mary & Suzie Troup, Karen Larko, Ann Richards, Judy Allen, Rose La rose, Tracy Ginger Couture, Greg Lamb; From the shop: hair, nails and make up: Eliz Miranda, Kathy Vellos, Teresa Nicholson and Photographer Micheal Davis.

Entrepreneurship Convention 2016 (EntreCon)- Unlocking ICT Innovation In Belize
International speakers and experts in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), along with members of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and entrepreneurs will meet at the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City on Friday, 18th November to participate in the second annual National Entrepreneurship Convention, (ENTRECON). On November 20th, 2015 the Small Business Development Centre, Belize (SBDCBelize), a unit of the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), launched its National Entrepreneurship Strategy at its First National Entrepreneurship Convention, branded as ENTRECON. ENTRECON is now an annual event that is designed to create a platform for bringing together key players in the entrepreneurial ecosystem with the purpose of sharing ideas, creating awareness of existing and new business and investment opportunities, promoting innovation and building an entrepreneurship culture.

The Belize High Commission in London is pleased to announce the signing of an agreement between SELVANA Ltd, a UK-based company and Friends for Conservation and Development, a Belizean NGO, setting out the delivery of activity on the Maya 2020 project. The Maya 2020 Project is a collaboration between FCD and Selvana Ltd with the aim of supporting the sustainable forest conservation objectives of FCD as the only non–governmental organization with an assertive management presence in the park. Chris Minty MBE, Managing Director of Selvana said: “This rainforest is particularly important as it provides critical habitat for countless rare and endangered species, including tapir, scarlet macaw, howler monkey and the elusive jaguar. It also regulates local and regional climates and soaks up carbon gases from the atmosphere, an essential process to help combat global warming.” According to The Nature Conservancy, a leading US conservation charity, the forest also harbours up to 400 species of resident birds, with several million individuals resting whilst migrating through the area during the North American winter periods. However, like so many areas around the world, the forest is coming under increasing pressure from illegal deforestation, particularly and along its western border with Guatemala.

San Pedro Traffic restrictions
Barrier Reef Drive is closed to vehicular traffic at central park, please use Angel Coral street instead.

FCD meets the Lady on the Money
According to a statement from FCD's Rafael Manzanero "The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy launched at Buckingham Palace is a rare opportunity to unite the whole Commonwealth family and save one of the world’s most important natural habitats – forests. For Belize, Friends for Conservation and Development is proud to inform that the Chiquibul Forest has been accepted to be an integral part of this endeavour. We are grateful to the Government of Belize for this endorsement."

Another great day at the Valley of Peace School
Mr Rolando and his students decided this year to start their own nursery. As always, all the students are excited and eager to participate. We work with this school for number of years now, and it is a pleasure to share with them our knowledge and skills. And as always, we bring books with us- thanks to the donation from the Zoo.

2016 Feria Internacional - San Salvador
Belize Tourism Board Exhibition

Gulisi Garifuna Museum
Yesterday, Ambassador Moreno launched an Ocean Photography Exhibit, first of its kind in Belize, featuring photographs by 40 Dangriga kids at the Gulisi Garifuna Museum. As part of the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) program, the students participated in two photography workshops taught by Belize's renowned photographer, Tony Rath, and coordinated by the Dangriga Community Policing Unit and Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. The student learned not only the basics of photography, but much about the environment, the ocean, their own community and are now better prepared to make a difference in Dangriga or wherever they may go. Huge thanks to the National Garifuna Council Of Belize for supporting this project!

The entire staff of the Museum of Belize (NICH) would like to wish everyone a Happy Garifuna Settlement Day!
This year's theme is: Garifuna: Risiti, pantati, gabafuti lunrahowa meme la Which Translates to- Garifuna: Rich, proud, and powerful. Let us continue to preserve it!

Belize joined the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) on November 2, 2006 under the status of beneficiary country. Since then, Belize has benefited from financing from CABEI for four projects: Belize Rural Finance Programme, Improvement and Rehabilitation of the Southern Highway – Dump to Jalacte section, Improvement and Rehabilitation of the Santa Elena Border in Corozal, and the Belize Integral Security Programme. Belize is now incorporated as a full member of the Bank as a Non-Founding Regional country with effect from November 9, 2016. The amendments to the CABEI Constitutive Agreement are aimed at consolidating the Bank’s preferential creditor status, supporting its member countries, strengthening its capital base and promoting a greater diversification of its loan portfolio. Belize new status as a non-founding regional member will allow it to expand its financing for new approvals aimed at economic and social infrastructure projects that are in line with the CABEI 2015-2019 Institutional Strategy “Integrating Sustainable Development and Competitiveness.”

Vigil for 7 year old Tyler Savery
RIP Baby..

Two youths from Corozal participate with the Belize under 17 national football team in Costa Rica
Two youth from Corozal to participate with the Belize under 17 national football team in Costa Rica and will be returning home on November 26th, 2016. The two football stars from Corozal are 16 year old Rayjan Jones from Hall's Layout who plays forward position and 16 year old Abner Howard from Libertad Village. These two players were selected from several youth nation wide. We wish the team the best of luck, and if Belize wins in Costa Rica, then they will advance on to play for the under 17 world cup to be held in Greece in 2017.

Sancas Realty announces the opening of its new office across from Tropic Air on San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
The building will host Belize Fitness, Belize Caye Investments Ltd, Work Space Belize, Caye Coffee, Mahogany Bay Village, Sancas Realty, etc. Congratulations and we wish you all the best of luck.

Car Club Shoot Out
Sunday November 27th - Calcutta, Xaibe Road - Driver's or participants $50 Admission - Parking Available - Food and Drinks on Sale. Categories:- 1) 1.6 2) Turbo 3) V8 Admission is FREE for on-lookers.Don't Miss Out. Bring out the entire family!

Santa Elena Sports Complex Inauguration
The newly refurbished Santa Elena Sports Complex is having its inauguration on Sunday, November 27th. The Verdes will be playing the Bandits a 3:30pm. The festivities are free. Miss Deb's will be there too.

"The true heroes behind our music are really those first Garifuna fighters who in the 18th. Century on the island of Yurume, St. Vincent, stood up against slavery, colonization, and cultural domination." (Andy Palacio) Those were the passionate words that a spiritually uplifted Andy Palacio uttered at the World Music Expo, WOMEX, in reception of the internationally acclaimed music prize in Spain in October 2007. He had finally culminated his cultural and musical crusade for the Garifuna people, and laid the seal to the mission to which he was called. The work of this incredible personality in Belizean history was a life that was lived and not preached. His was the life of a splendid character, whom if you had got to know him and the beliefs that embodied and drove his way of life, was the epitome of a humble cultural revolutionary. He was a man from the inception of his career who had a vision to change the present status quo of what today we call Belizean culture and music. He was the quiet warrior, sometimes quite unpredictable, who sacrificed most of his life for a cause that he truly believed in, the liberation of the Garinagu.

Channel 7

Strike Teachers Case Argued Before Chief Justice - Will He Stop GOB?
Two days ago, we told you about the lawsuit which Eamon Courtenay filed on behalf of the Belize National Teachers Union. They're suing the Ministry of Education to stop the Government from docking the pay of the strike teachers. Well, that case went before the Chief Justice, Kenneth Benjamin, today, and we'll tell you all about how it went, but first to the big news. BNTU's investigations say that almost 1,500 teachers went on strike, and are at risk of having their November paycheck docked. The problem is that the Ministry has already put in the paysheets with the pay-cuts, and as of today, the calculations have already been made, and the deductions are finalized. So, that means when those strike teachers go to the bank next Friday, they may very well find their pay - their last salary before Christmas - docked for the number of days they were on strike.

Land Dispute Leads To Mass Fire In Trio Village
Tonight, 6 families in the village of Trio, in the Toledo District are homeless after 5 of their homes were intentionally burnt down by a group of arsonists, who then hauled down a 6th home. It's believed to be the result of a property dispute, which we told you about back in February. That's when a large number of villagers who were at risk of losing their homes and their farms because they had settled on large tracts of land which formerly belonged to the Thurton Estate, but which had been acquired by a Chinese business man. They claimed that they lived there for decades, cultivating the land and building their homes on it. They say that successive governments had promised to regularize the situation by acquiring it from the private landowners, and giving them the opportunity to own it legally, but that never happened. The Chinese businessman showed up, reportedly demanding 20 thousand dollars as payment in compensation, or they would have to move.

Harvest Caye Coming In From The Cold
In last night's headline, we showed you how Norwegian Cruise Line's Harvest Caye island getaway welcomed its first cruise visitors. It's a multi-million dollar investment in Southern Belize, and it comes with the only berthing facility for cruise ships in the country. As we told you, we were refused an invitation to cover the opening ceremony, and the Government Press Office was the only local media entity there. So, while we were only able to show you how the island looked from the distance on the sea, with the Press Office video from the island, we get to see all the pageantry that Norwegian refused to let us capture for Belizean viewing audiences. And if Colin Murphy, NCL's Senior Vice President of Destinations and Strategic Planning, looked to be fighting back tears at during his speech - it's not because he was missing us!:

Bart, the "Babylon" Barrister
We all know about the police-attorney Chester Williams - but he's not the only one in the Department. The unassuming Bart Jones who takes a much lower profile than the ubiquitous Chester finished his law degree at the same time as the southside commander - but just got called to the bar today. The media was at the Supreme Court for the event:... Sr. Supt. Bart Jones, Police Legal Officer: "Certainly it took a lot of sacrifice and all of us who embarked on this study. You leave your home behind to pursue in other countries so it was financial and personal sacrifices." Jules Vasquez, 7News: "Was there any point at which you said 'man I can just abandon this and return to Belize and I will still be a senior police officer and get my pension and life will be good'?" Sr. Supt. Bart Jones, Police Legal Officer: "There were many times when that was in fact the case, but I was blessed with the encouragement of my contemporaries at the law school and as well police officers back home in Belize who continued to encourage with words of encouragement. That was the reason why, but there were many occasions when I questioned 'why am I doing this?'."

FCD Signs An Agreement For The Ages
Viewers know very well how hard Rafael Manzanero and his team from the Friends for Conservation and Development work to try and protect the Chiqiubul National Park from deforestation and illegal encroachments. FCD is always looking to form useful partnerships, and on Tuesday, the conservation NGO officially teamed up with the UK-based company, Selvana Limited, for what is being called the Maya 2020 Project. A press release from the Government says that Maya 2020 is a project in which FCD and Selvana will collaborate to meet the sustainable forest conservation objectives of FCD. On Tuesday in London, FCD's Rafael Manzanero and Selvana's Chris Minty, signed an agreement making the partnership official, and Belize's High Commissioner to the UK, Perla Perdomo London, witnessed the event.

Armstrong Strong-armed By Strike Team
Last night we told you about the police CHARM week planned for next week. But, Eastern Division cops will have to do a lot of charming to win over Brian Armstrong. The 29-year-old Rocky Road resident says the Southside Strike Team chanced and charged him for doing nothing more than hanging out at his house. Here's how he put it today:... Brian Armstrong, Accused of Assault & Loitering: "I was in the building of my apartment downstairs when this guy just came, punched me in my mouth for no reason." Jules Vasquez, 7News: "Unprovoked? No reason?" Brian Armstrong: "No reason." Jules Vasquez, 7News: "The guy is a police officer?" Brian Armstrong: "He's on Strike Team. I asked him 'What's your deal, that's how you start your morning?', then he punched me two more times. He damaged me and did a lot of things to me. So I grabbed his two hands and he said that's assault." Jules Vasquez, 7News: "Then he's also accusing you of loitering." Brian Armstrong: "Yes in my own apartment."

Capital Cops Catch More Cannabis
Last night we told you how Belmopan police made a 25 pound weed bust . Well the drug seizures continue in that area and police found 2 pounds of weed in the HATTIEVILLE area of Roaring Creek today. No one was around, so the drugs were deposited as found property. Police also confiscated contraband goods and cigarettes in the Maya Mopan area.

BNTU, A Case Correction
And, before we go to break, a correction. We reported that the Chief Justice heard the substantive case from the teachers about why their salaries should not be docked. Well, we got that from persons who were allowed inside the closed hearing, and it was inaccurate. What he actually heard from the attorneys for the Union and the Ministry of Education is the urgent application for injunction. As we told you, we couldn't witness the hearing ourselves because the session was private. That means that only the attorneys and the parties to the case were allowed inside.

Defence Minister Goes To Belize-Guat Border Hotspots
Defence Minister of John Saldivar's tour of the BDF's Western military installations ended yesterday along the Belize - Guatemala border. Saldivar was flown out from Camp Belizario via BDF helicopter to assess the preparedness of the installations closer to border. He visited CARACOL which is where lawman Danny Conorquie was killed by Guatemalan bandits. He then flew unto military outposts in Ceibo Chico and Rio Blanco, which is less than a mile from the border. In two weeks, Saldivar will begin a tour of BDF's Southern camps. According to a release, "the purpose of the Minister's tour is to evaluate the BDF's ability to execute various functions, and determine whether the instillations need to be better equipped to carry out those functions."

Anwar Is Still Around
Last night, we told you about BTL advertising a vacancy for the post of Chief Executive Officer. That's because Anwar Barrow is leaving the post. But, not quite yet. A release from Telemedia today stresses that Barrow will stay on going into next year, when a new CEO has been identified. After that, there will be what a company release calls "an orderly transition" to the new CEO. Barrow will remain on the BTL Board of Directors.

Entrecon Is For Everyone
ENTRECON, is an annual event that brings key stakeholders in the entrepreneurial community to share ideas about how to develop and innovate Belize's business culture. Today, everyone from business owners to academics and even government agencies gathered in Belize City to listen to experts and discuss how information and communication technologies can be used to take business in Belize to the next level. We spoke to Lejia Gideon, the General Manager of Enterprise and Innovation at BELTRAIDE, and David Ahuja, Senior Director of Enterprise Information Management at Walmart, who told us why Belizean entrepreneurs need to put a greater emphasis on technology when growing their businesses. Lejia Melanie Gideon - General Manager, Enterprise & Innovation, BELTRAIDE: "The goal of today's event is how to use ICT to make business better. How you use ICT to bring that innovative thought to commercialization. That is the theme for today, but overall, BELTRADE along with its other partners, in the last 5 year have systematically been trying to expose, celebrate, expand the consciousness of what is entrepreneurship, why is it important, why do we need more and more players and participants in the field of entrepreneurship. It takes the business idea to a new level."

Come Een, Cabei!
When you hear the name "CABEI", it may not have a familiar ring, but the Central American Bank For Economic Integration has funded the paving of portions of the Southern Highway, upgrading the Santa Elena border and right now has loaned Belize 30 million dollars for upgrading security infrastructure. And that's why it is worth mentioning that - ten years after joining CABEI - Belize has now been incorporated as a full member of the Bank as a Non-Founding Regional country. This new status will allow Belize to expand its financing for new loan approvals. Belize joins Panama and the Dominican Republic as the three newest full members of the bank.

Settlement Day In South
Tomorrow is Garifuna Settlement Day - and in Southern, Central and Western Belize, Belizeans will celebrate the roots and the rhythms of this vibrant culture. In 2014 I travelled to Dangriga to witness the Yurumein Ceremony - which is the re-enactment of the arrival. Now, re-enactments of the arrival are staged all over the country, but the ones in PG and Dangriga are the most celebrated. Two years ago, I found out why:... Courtney Weatherburne reporting The history of the Garifuna tells us that they arrived in Belize on November 19th, 1823. 91 years later the re-enactment of the arrival of the ancestors still continues. With the Garifuna flag hoisted proudly, swaying in the early morning wind, the participants of the YURUMEIN paddled in. Their chants and songs reverberating like the infectious beat of the drums. Alice Sabal, Onlooker "We are celebrating our heritage. We are celebrating our music. We are celebrating our language. We are celebrating the way we dress - that's what we are celebrating today and that is what we should be depicting as Garifuna youths today."

Channel 5

Supreme Court Decision Monday on Injunction to Stop Salaries Deducted for Teachers
The monthly salaries of almost two thousand primary and secondary school teachers hang in the balance tonight, as they anxiously await a decision to be handed down by the Supreme [...]

B.N.T.U.: By Slashing Salaries of 1,500, G.O.B. Wants to “Rule”, Not “Govern”
According to Palacio, government insists on punishing teachers who took part in industrial action last month.  While there is currently no figure to determine the overall deduction, government has began [...]

Senior Officer Bart Jones Called to the Bar; He is Legal Advisor to Police Department
The Belize Police Department welcomes another attorney into its ranks.  This morning, well-known officer Bart Jones was officially called to the bar.  Jones, who has diligently worked his way up [...]

Minister Says Police Must Put Educated Officers to Better Use
On hand for the induction of attorney Bart Jones was Minister of Police Elodio Aragon Junior.  He spoke about the role of the police department and the relationship it shares [...]

B.T.L. Begins Search for Successor to Anwar Barrow as C.E.O.
Chief Executive Officer of the state-owned Belize Telemedia Limited, Anwar Barrow, is on his way out of that post. But he has not yet formally stepped down, according to a [...]

Bondholders’ Committee Formed, Will They Drive a Hard Bargain?
As requested by the Government of Belize, representatives of key holders of the U.S. Dollar 2038 Bonds, the Superbond, have agreed to form a committee to discuss the restructuring of [...]

Community Holds Vigil for Murder Victim Tyler Savery
Hundreds of residents—youths and adults—including the grieving mothers from the Hamilton family and other concerned Belize City residents, gathered at the B.T.L. Park for a candle light vigil organized by [...]

W.H.O. Declares Zika “Global Emergency” Over
In health news, international reports say that the World Health Organization earlier today declared an end to its global health emergency over the spread of the Zika virus, prompting dismay [...]

Dangriga Fisherman Still Missing at Sea After 2 Days
Day-two of a search for a fisherman lost in a capsized vessel has turned up no sign of him. As we reported Thursday, a private skiff carrying five adults and [...]

Colin Murphy Makes Official Welcome to Harvest Caye
The exclusive, privately-owned tourist destination on Harvest Caye welcomed its first cruise arrival on Thursday with a grand inauguration of its multimillion dollar investment.  The Norwegian Dawn called to port [...]

Tourism Minister Speaks About Harvest Caye Investment
Minister of Tourism Manuel Heredia was on hand for the ribbon cutting and represented the Government of Belize.  According to Heredia, the project falls within the sustainable tourism master plan. [...]

Taiwanese-Belizean and Mexican Artists in Latest Exhibit
In the next few minutes, a painting and digital art exhibition will open at the Institute of Mexico on Newtown Barracks in Belize City. Punto de Encuentro, La Humanidad – [...]

EntreCon 2016: Unlocking ICT Innovation in Belize
Competitiveness in this digital age is to understand the virtue of ICT – information and communications technology…That’s what the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) is providing entrepreneurs and [...]

Culture Capital Hosts B.T.I.A.’s Tourism Expo
Garifuna Settlement Day is being celebrated across the country, primarily in Dangriga. Apart from the annual parade and street parties, there will be a tourism expo. The event, hosted by [...]

Zone Winners Chosen in Primary School Social Studies Quiz
Earlier this year, we told you about the downtown rejuvenation project that is being undertaken by the Belize City Council and the National Institute of Culture and History with support [...]

F.C.D. Gets “Big Up” in London
It has been a while since we’ve heard from the Friends of Conservation and Development, but just this week, Executive Director Raphael Manzanero was in London on official FCD business. [...]

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KREM Radio celebrates its 27th birthday
On November 17, 1989, KREM Radio emerged as the provider of musical programming and commentary that were an alternative to what was being aired on the government-owned, heavily-censored, now-defunct Broadcasting Corporation of Belize/Radio Belize and British Armed Forces Network, then based in Ladyville. The two former stations no longer exist, but KREM has continued to offer a culturally authentic, grassroots voice as an alternative for the nation of Belize. Today, Thursday, on its 27th birthday, the radio station continues to lead the way by broadcasting the Morning Stew, which airs five days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and features a mix of music and breaking news updates from the station’s news center as well as live broadcasts of major happenings.

Accused murderer of Chinese grocer walks
The dismal record of failed prosecutions in murder trials continues unabated in the present session of the Supreme Court, as the Crown was forced to abandon its indictment against yet another person accused of murder this morning. Jordan Cayetano, 23, was accused of the Saturday, April 2, 2011 murder of Chinese grocer Yan Ying Chen, 32, who was gunned down around 1:00 her shop, Rose Grocery, located at 78 King Street. On November 1, Cayetano’s trial began in the Supreme Court of Justice John “Troadio” Gonzalez, who was sitting without a jury. The trial went into a voir dire which lasted for several days, during which defense attorneys Dickie Bradley and Anthony Sylvestre battled with Crown Counsel Rene Montero, Jr., over the admissibility of an oral statement that police had extracted from their client.

Many shed tears for slain 7-year-old, Tyler Savery
The heartbreaking murder of Tyler Savery, 7, who is the fourth of five Belizean children to be killed in the last 6 weeks, has forced the Belizean community to take a closer look at the ever-intensifying gun violence amongst us, which has gotten to the point where not even children are safe anymore. It has also given Savery’s mother, Shakera Young, a platform on which to speak, as an agent of change. Today, Wednesday, the life of young Savery was celebrated at his favorite place, the BTL Park. His family, friends and classmates, as well as distinguished public figures, all attended a short church service held at the park and later marched through the streets of Belize City – stopping along the way at the specific location where a gunman shot Tyler once in the chest while he was on his way to buying a milkshake.

Goodbye, Empress!
There is now another lifeless Belizean child whose body awaits transportation to Belize from the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Galveston, Texas. On October 4, a crazed arsonist stormed the Hamilton’s family home on Aloe Vera Street, doused it with gasoline, and set it afire. Aaron Gabourel, 11, was burnt alive in that fire. His cousins, Ian Sambula, 4, and Empress Hamilton, 9, were also burnt in that fire. They both suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns, which covered 95 percent of their bodies. Days later they were both transported by an air ambulance to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Galveston, Texas, for treatment.

Corozal resident shot dead in Libertad
Sherman MacFarlane, 22, of Corozal Town, who was unemployed, died after a gunman ambushed and shot him in the head at about 9:30 last night on Cemetery Road in Libertad. MacFarlane was found near his vehicle bleeding from gunshot wounds in the head. Police said that MacFarlane was hanging out with five friends in Libertad yesterday, and afterwards, he was crossing the road to get into his vehicle when four men came out of the bushes. They were all wearing masks on their faces and one of them walked up to MacFarlane and shot him in the head. Police say that when the killer went up to MacFarlane, the other three men stood back. After shooting MacFarlane, the gunman and his accomplices then escaped.

BNTU takes Ministry of Education to court
Friday, November 25, is the last pay day for teachers before the Christmas holidays. Nevertheless, the Ministry of Education has indicated that it will withhold salary contributions to teachers who spent eleven days away from their schools in protest against the government. In an effort to prevent this from taking place, the Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) has retained the legal services of attorney Eamon Courtenay. Courtenay wrote the Ministry on Friday demanding that it desists from withholding the salary contributions it ought to give to school managers. Monday had been the deadline that had been set for the Ministry to respond to the letter, but it never did. On Wednesday, Courtenay formally filed a lawsuit against the Ministry of Education and by extension, the Government of Belize.

BzSA holds Optimist Championship Battle Regatta
The Belize Sailing Association (BzSA) held their 7th National Optimist Championship Regatta in Corozal Bay (Jam Rock) on the 12th and 13th November. The event, which was sponsored by NICH, was originally scheduled to take place at St. George’s Caye as part of the National September Celebrations, but was unfortunately cancelled due to Hurricane Earl. After several unsuccessful attempts to reschedule for St. George’s Caye, the Corozal Bay Sailing Club graciously stepped in and offered to host, providing their wonderful hospitality and seaside Bay. The winds were light, as is often the case at this time of year, causing a slight delay for the start on Saturday, and stepping in with a steady, light breeze on Sunday. Notwithstanding the wind, the regatta was completed, with the full repertoire of races being six (6) Optimist races and six (6) Laser races.

2016 National Primary Schools Track & Field Championship results
The National Primary Schools Track & Field Championship was held on Thursday, November 10, at the Marion Jones Sports Complex in Belize City. Primary schools from all six districts were represented in different age/sex categories: Infant “B” Female (9-11 years), Infant “B” Male (9-11 years), Junior “C” Female (12-14 years), and Junior “C” Male (12-14 years). For the Infant “B” Female and Infant “B” Male, events included: 60m, 100m, 800m, Shot Put (3kg), and Long Jump; the Relay 4 x 50m Mix – combined male and female runners in each team. Both the Junior “C” Female and Junior “C” Male participated in the 100m, 400m, 1200m, Shot Put (3kg), Long Jump, Baseball Throw, as well as the Relay 4 x 100m. The organizers also selected MVP athletes for each category as follows: MVP Infant “B” Female (9-11 years) – Terrylee Arana of Stann Creek. MVP Infant “B” Male (9-11 years) – Jace Garcia of Belize District. MVP Junior “C” Female (12-14 years) – Eden Nunez of Stann Creek. MVP Junior “C” Male (12-14 years) – Ornell Reyes of Stann Creek.

Celebrating the Garinagu
The ancestors of the people we now know as the Garifuna people, the people referred to before the 1970’s as “Black Caribs,” survived three near-death experiences within a matter of a few years more than two centuries ago. First, they were exiled from their native St. Vincent to a barren island called Balliceaux, where many perished; then they were deported to Roatan, an island off the republic of Honduras, and many perished on the British sailing ship taking them from Balliceaux to Roatan. In Roatan itself, many began to die, hence the decision to strike out for the Central American mainland. These three near-death experiences must be considered within the context of the thousands of actual deaths. In other words, those who came near to dying themselves were constantly involved in the process of burying those of their brothers and sisters who were perishing – on Balliceaux, on the ship from Balliceaux to Roatan, and on Roatan itself. It is our understanding that near-death experiences enhance the spirituality of an individual or a people. The ancestors of the people of African descent we now refer to as the “Creole” people of Belize, themselves survived near-death experiences after being enslaved and while being shipped as slaves from West Africa to North, Central, and South America, and the Caribbean.

From the Publisher
My understanding of the terrible gun violence on Daly Street last Friday evening, so terrible because the gunman almost deliberately claimed the life of an innocent 7- year-old boy, is that it was a case of civil war inside of the larger Belize City civil war. In other words, a neighborhood which would ordinarily be in conflict with other neighborhoods, began to “beef” inside its own organization. We saw this happen on Mayflower Street, which is just a few small blocks east of Partridge Street, a year or two ago, and it was very bad. The police had to establish a presence on Mayflower which has become practically permanent. Young blood relatives had become enraged with each other to the point where they were willing to kill each other. When you see this type of internal neighborhood violence taking place, it is because the struggle for human survival has become so desperate that food, and issues ultimately related to food, are taking absolute precedence over peace and love and other cherished human values. It’s sad. We’ll never get to know how gifted some of these young Belizeans may be, because they are killed or crippled “before their time,” as the Creole saying goes.

Life after Trump’s election and what it might mean for Belize!
Dear Editor, There are many more questions raised than answered after the US Presidential election and what they will mean for Belize, the Belizean Diaspora and our neighbors in Central-America. Most of us in Belize have family over there. Many are there as “illegal aliens” and many legal immigrants are considering to move back home because of the racism. At least one of my sons is talking about that. One of his best friends born in the US of “illegal immigrant” parents is going through the nightmare of having to see his parents being shipped off back to Mexico who have-not been back there for 25 years. They were even trying to find out if they could legally adopt his father and mother to be able to stay together as a family. That sad reality is probably very real too for a lot of our Belizean family all over the USA.

“Tithing” for our children, for our teachers
Christmas is coming. A season of love and giving and sharing. It is no time for fighting. Our beloved teachers have done their part already; standing up for all of us, to bring back good governance to our precious Jewel, and thus to improve the lives and safety of all our children. We are all proud of their brave and gallant stand, and appreciate the tremendous sacrifice and risk they have taken on all our behalf. Now back in the classroom, our teachers are committed to help our children catch up with the lost days from their time of striking for the good of the nation. They need our love and support now, more than ever. Now is certainly not the time for our teachers to be distracted and disheartened in their task of teaching our children, for them to be worrying about making ends meet, and trying to see their Christmas. We citizens who pledged our support, we now have to put our money where our mouths were.

SCA girls and San Pedro HS boys win NSSSA Volleyball Champions
The National Secondary Schools Sports Association (NSSSA) held its 2016 national volleyball championships over the weekend at the Sacred Heart College auditorium in San Ignacio, where the four high school zone champions for females and males competed for the respective national titles. The tournament followed a simple knockout format, with St. Catherine Academy girls emerging as champions in the female category, and San Pedro High School boys in the male category. At the end of the tournament, in addition to individual awards for best individual performances, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners received team trophies and individual medals from tournament sponsors, SOL Belize.

BNTU takes Ministry of Education to court
Friday, November 25, is the last pay day for teachers before the Christmas holidays. Nevertheless, the Ministry of Education has indicated that it will withhold salary contributions to teachers who spent eleven days away from their schools in protest against the government. In an effort to prevent this from taking place, the Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) has retained the legal services of attorney Eamon Courtenay. Courtenay wrote the Ministry on Friday demanding that it desists from withholding the salary contributions it ought to give to school managers. Monday had been the deadline that had been set for the Ministry to respond to the letter, but it never did. On Wednesday, Courtenay formally filed a lawsuit against the Ministry of Education and by extension, the Government of Belize.

The Reporter

Belize City resident alleges police brutality
One day after a police officer was charged with brutality, a Belize City resident is alleging that police beat him up “for nothing.” Brian Armstrong, resident of Rocky Road, said that he was on the veranda of his apartment building on Thursday when an officer, […]

Senior police officer called to the bar
Senior Superintendent of Police, Bart Jones can officially practice law in Belize after being called to the bar, today. Jones got called to the bar this morning at Supreme Court room number one, the Chief Justice’s court, after completing five years of study in the […]

BNTU files for injunction
The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) has filed for a Supreme Court order to prevent the Ministry of Education from withholding salary payment for teachers who participated in the 11-day strike in October. The BNTU’s attorney, Eamon Courtneay, filed the necessary documents on Wednesday, after […]

Sherman McFarlane shot & killed in Libertad
Twenty-two-year-old Sherman McFarlane, a resident of Corozal Town, was shot dead on Tuesday night in Libertad village, Corozal. McFarlane was reportedly ambushed by four gunmen. According to reports, McFarlane went to visit some friends in the village and at around 9:45, he stopped on Cemetery […]

Counterfeit $20 bills circulating around Belmopan City
There are reports of $20 counterfeit bills circulating around Belmopan City. Residents in the area are being advised to be vigilant of their money. According to Officer Commanding Belmopan Police Station Supt. Howell Gillette, on Monday a resident within the area went to make a bank […]

Briceno says Trump had the right message
People’s United Party (PUP) Leader, John Briceno says US President-elect, Donald Trump had the right message and was voted in because Americans felt abandoned and hopeless. Briceno told reporters on Tuesday afternoon at PUP headquarters on Queen Street that the PUP is using the US […]

Health and Local Government ministries sign MOU
The Ministries of Health and Local government, signed a memorandum of understanding this week, geared towards greater regulation for businesses which offer medical services. Minister of Health Pablo Marin, along with Minister of Local Government Hugo Patt, signed the MOU on Tuesday in Belmopan. The Mayor’s Association […]

Briceno blames Belize’s dismal credit rating on UDP mismanagement
Belize received a less than impressive sovereign credit rating from Standard and Poor’s international rating agency this week, and Leader of the Opposition John Briceno says the blame lies squarely at the foot of the current government. The rating fell from a B-minus to CCC+ […]

Briceño says GOB should not dock teachers’ salaries
People’s United Party Leader John Briceño called on the Government of Belize this week, to reverse its decision to dock the pay of teachers who went on strike. On Tuesday Briceño condemned Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Patrick Faber, for preparing to dock the teachers salaries, for taking […]

Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) presents credentials to Belize
The Ambassador of the republic of China and Taiwan presented his letters of credence to the Governor General Of Belize at the Belize House in Belmopan City on Wednesday. According to a press release, H.E. Mr Charles Keh-yue Liu, expressed his pleasure in representing his country […]

BPP criticizes GOB’s efforts at solving Guatemalan dispute
The Belize Progressive Party (BPP), this week, condemned the Government of Belize for making strides toward amending the Referendum Act to lower the required 60 percent threshold. BPP spokesman, Paco Smith, said the party finds it unacceptable that GOB would amend Belizean laws at the behest of […]

Youths kill elderly aunt for money
Police say robbery was the motive of the murder of 63 year-old Victoria Castillo, who was first reported missing, before her grave was discovered in her back yard sometime over the weekend in Dangriga. Castillo’s sister, Gloria, found the grave in which the dismembered parts […]

Prison escapee, caught by GSU in Cotton Tree
After being on the run for over a month, an escapee of the Belize Central Prison has been caught by the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) after he was found hiding out at a farm in Cotton Tree Village. Around midday on Tuesday November 15, acting upon […]

Cousins gunned down while heading to ice cream parlour
By Marion Ali, Assistant The families of seven-year-old Tyler Savery and his older cousin, 21year-old Porshan Pipersburg are trying to cope with their loss after the two were shot dead while on their way to buying ice cream last Friday. Savery, a standard one student of Saint Joseph’s primary, lived […]

There has been push back against a proposal by the Ministry of Health in Belmopan to vaccinate some 4,400 pre-teen and teenage schoolgirls across Belize with a drug called Gardasil to protect them from the papiloma virus which causes cervical cancer. Health officials say the vaccination programme is necessary because […]

Harvest Caye quietly opens
The controversial Harvest Caye cruise port officially opened on Thursday and accepted its first cruise ship call. The $50 million port, which has raised the ire of the conservation community and tourism industry stakeholders for several years, received more than 2,000 passengers from Norwegian Cruise […]

Cops recover 25 lbs of weed in high speed chase
Belmopan police seized 25 pounds of marijuana on Wednesday night after a high speed chase which started in Roaring Creek and ended in St. Margaret’s village. Police officers were conducting patrols on the George Price Highway when they became suspicious of a taxi vehicle lurking […]

Third fire victim dies of burn injuries abroad
Baby Empress Hamilton, 8, who sustained burn injuries in a disturbing case of arson on Aloe Vera Street has died of complications while receiving treatment in Galveston, Texas. Empress died on Wednesday, he third child to die in the fire. LittleEmpress received burns to 90 […]

Garifuna community pushes for land rights
The issue of indigenous land rights has been exhaustively discussed within the public sphere and within the Supreme Court of Belize by the Maya people. However, the issue of indigenous land rights may extend beyond the Maya community and includes the Garifuna people as well. […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Candle Light Vigil held in rememberance of slain children
Tonight a candle light vigil was held in memory of Tyler Slavery, 7, and all other children who lost their lives to violence. The theme, “Young lives matter,” has brought out not only the mother of Savery, Shakera Young; but also Melissa Hamilton. Hamilton […]

New bus fares cripple commuters
Beginning on Monday of this week, new bus fares are being implemented by many operators on the western and northern routes and commuters are complaining bitterly that the new fares are crippling them and will send them further into poverty. In an interview with […]

Defense Minister wraps up Tour of BDF Installations in the West
Minister of Defense John Saldivar has just completed a tour of BDF installations in the West, which is part of a countrywide tour. Yesterday, Saldivar was joined by CEO in the Ministry of Defence and former Commander of the BDF Volunteer Battalion Lieutenant Colonel […]

Police find weed in Roaring Creek
Belmopan police discovered a black plastic bag with what appeared to be cannabis in the Hattieville area of Roaring Creek today. No one was in the area at the time of the discovery. The drug was weighed at 1lb and was labeled as found […]

BTL clarifies CEO status
Belize Telemedia Ltd (BTL) offered clarity on a report that Chairman of the Executive Committee, Anwar Barrow, who functions as CEO at BTL, had resigned. “He remains in this role today and will continue to remain as such per his commitment to the company […]

FCD and SELVANA sign Maya 2020 project agreement
The Belize High Commission in London issued a press release to announce the signing of an agreement between SELVANA Ltd, a UK-based company and Friends for Conservation and Development, a Belizean NGO, setting out the delivery of activity on the Maya 2020 project. The […]

Empress Hamilton dead at 9
Three children burnt in the Aloe Vera Street fire several weeks ago have all died. The last to die was Empress Hamilton, 9. According to her mother, she died at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston Texas sometime near midnight on Tuesday. Her […]

Man lost at sea apparently dead
A man is currently missing at sea after a boat he was in capsized off the coast of Dangriga. According to preliminary reports, two police officers, three adults and an infant were on a vessel heading to Tobacco Caye. The officers were reportedly heading […]

Police officer accused of brutality gets bail
A drunken Orange Walk police officer who badly beat a Guinea Grass resident with his police issued firearm went to court on Wednesday. Police Constable Jamie Gongora appeared in the Orange Walk magistrates court for “wounding” Hugo Noh, 21. On November 6, Noh was […]

Bondholders bring in heavy hitter
Holders of the 2038 Bond, based on a request from the Government of Belize, have agreed to form a committee to discuss a restructuring of the bond as Belize’s economic and financial conditions have deteriorated putting the country at risk of a default. Prime Minister […]

Man charged for OW murder
Elroy Arnold, 23, has been arrested and charged for murder in connection with the death of Manuel Toloza, 28. Toloza, a resident of Trial Farm was allegedly beaten and stabbed to death almost three weeks ago by five men. When Arnold appeared in court […]

Accused murderer walks free
Another accused murderer is back on the streets of Belize City after his trial fell apart based on technicalities. Jordan Cayetano, 23, was charged in connection with the April 2, 2011 murder of Chinese grocer Yan Ying Chen, 32. Chen was gunned down in […]

BNTU injunction case against GOB goes to court today
Last Friday, attorney Eamon Courtenay sent a letter to education minister Patrick Faber, on behalf of the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU). The union is demanding that Faber repeal the decision to dock teacher’s pay end of this month. The union gave him until […]

DiCaprio’s Blackadore Caye good to go
Academy Award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s Blackadore Caye eco-resort project is all set to begin construction. The resort is expected to be completed by 2018. An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the project was recently approved by the Department of the Environment (DOE). DiCaprio bought the 104-acre […]

Anwar Barrow resigns as BTL CEO
Anwar Barrow, son of Prime Minister Dean Barrow, has resigned from his post of Chief Executive Officer of Belize Telemedia Limited. In Barrow’s two and a half year tenure as Chairman of BTL’s Executive committee, and working as the CEO of the state owned […]


The blonde hair, blue eyes of Belize
Belize is known for her vast diversity of landscapes. From misty mountains, to pine forests, savannahs and rainforests, to gorgeous beaches, isolated cayes and of course the Meso-American Barrier Reef. Equally diverse are her people, ranging from the Mestizo, Maya, Kriol, Garifuna, East Indian, Chinese and yes, Mennonites. You may think that’s an unlikely add to our mix, and indeed their history here is an interesting one. Initially, some 3,500 Canadian Mennonites arrived in Belize, and today form communities on the upper reaches of the Belize River: Blue Creek on the Mexican border; Shipyard, Indian Creek, Richmond Hill in the Orange Walk District; Spanish Lookout and Barton Creek in the Cayo District and Little Belize in the Corozal District. In 2014 their population was estimated to be around 12,000, with 10,000 of those being ethnic “Russian” Mennonites. Not only do they speak English, but also their first language of Plautdietsch, a Low German dialect. In addition to this, there are an estimated 2,000 mostly Kriol and Mestizo Belizeans who have converted to Mennonitism.

Whole Lotta Love
As I started writing this special post in advance, I could not help but think about the happiness in the sadness of the event that was about to happen. A large group about 25 of us from near and far making the pilgrimage to honor the loss of a smart, funny, inspired, man – Colin Gage. That number is small compared to the amount of people who would be here to raise their glass if they could. Our celebration of life; the well loved destination YOLO – party boat. There was definitely a ‘Whole Lotta Love’ on the boat that night. Everyone shared such amazing memories of a great man and how he had touched them in one way or another. We were all sad he is gone but happy to have known him – few tears and a whole lotta smiling. You know you have lived a good life when 98% of the people on the sunset cruise have more than one great story to tell about you. Many had double digits.

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Harvest Caye Open for Cruise Ship Calls in Belize
Harvest Caye, the new destination built by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings in Southern Belize, has welcomed its first guests. It is the only port in Belize with a cruise ship pier, according to Norwegian. "Located just one mile offshore, Harvest Caye offers Caribbean travelers an authentic Belizean experience that highlights the country’s beauty and nature, along with resort-style amenities including a sprawling pool and private luxury beach villas; a variety of eco-activities and interactive wildlife programs; and an exhilarating cross-island zip line. With its close proximity to the mainland, Harvest Caye also offers guests easy access to a wide variety of adventure excursions," said a statement from Norwegian. “Harvest Caye is truly the ultimate Belizean experience and we are delighted to welcome our first guests today,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “We have worked closely with the government of Belize to ensure that that this spectacular destination was authentic for our guests, provided economic opportunities for the local community and preserved and protected Belize’s incredible natural beauty. We’re overjoyed with the results of this four year development project, and we look forward to seeing Harvest Caye and Southern Belize grow as we delight the many guests that will call on the destination.”

Into the Great Blue
I’m floating 70 kilometres offshore in the Great Blue Hole, a 125-metre deep sinkhole in Lighthouse Reef. And although aerial photos show a circular sapphire set in turquoise, it’s high tide, so it feels like we’re swimming in an oversized infinity pool. It’s a surreal shade of blue that beckons with untold treasure. Measuring 300 metres across, this natural phenomenon became synonymous with Jacques-Yves Cousteau who popularized this Belize dive site in the early 1970s. At our basecamp on Half Moon Caye park ranger Bill from the Belize Audubon Society tells us that Cousteau “blew a piece of the crater out of the Blue Hole using dynamite” to gain better access to the heart of this adventure playground. All of Belize seems primed for amusement or escape. Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker are still sun-drenched hotspots, and new properties promising exclusivity are also under development. Like the Itz’ana Belize Resort & Residences (opening in March 2017) with its luxury lagoon villas, solar cottages and private island (not to mention a library inspired by Ernest Hemingway). Meanwhile, Leonardo DiCaprio’s passion project, Blackadore Caye, is taking sustainability to a utopian level, perhaps an homage to his movie, The Beach. The actor-activist’s offshore idyll will welcome residents and guests in 2018.

Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee review – proto-Trump figure chills the blood
This documentary about the software whizz who fled to Central America before running for president is a timely tale of ego, malevolence and fanatacism. ight now it is tempting to find parables and parallels everywhere for the current US situation. With this documentary from Nanette Burstein, the zeitgeist-paranoia is justified. Her film is about a man who, in political terms, was John the Baptist to the non-Jesus that is the president-elect. One of the candidates running for the US presidency in the early stages this year was a very rich, entitled and arrogant businessman with a huge social media presence, what this film suggests is a troubling attitude to women, a strong “eccentricity” (rather than the simple madness of lesser, poorer people) and a tendency to get riled by the media. This was John McAfee, the 1980s antivirus software tycoon who had retired in the noughties to run a yoga retreat on his vast Colorado estate. After apparently losing a bundle in the crash of 2008, he emigrated to Belize where he jokingly told reporters he was going to be like Kurtz in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. According to this documentary, he proceeded to pay off the cops, put dozens of local gangsters on the payroll as armed bodyguards, nurse crazy schemes to develop new-age medicines from indigenous plant life and cultivated psychopathic levels of paranoia about being kidnapped – he appeared to become a would-be king of the Central American jungle.

After making his first NFL start, Chiefs’ Rakeem Nunez-Roches is ready for more
As they sat down for dinner last Saturday, Rakeem Nunez-Roches felt the need to preface the message he was about to deliver to his mother. “I’m going to tell you something, but I don’t want you to go crazy,” Nunez-Roches told Nancy. “Then I told her. “She went crazy, and started crying.” They were tears of joy. Nunez-Roches, the Chiefs’ second-year defensive lineman, had just told her he was about to make his first NFL start. Nunez-Roches made the most of the opportunity, recording four tackles, one solo, in the Chiefs’ 20-17 victory at Carolina. He played 32 of 73 snaps and was typically energetic on all of them. His best moment came when he nearly recorded a sack of Cam Newton, who got off the throw about the time Nunez-Roches arrived. The effort reflected what the Chiefs have seen in practices. Nunez-Roches, a native of Belize, moved to the United States with his mom when he was 8. The Chiefs made him their sixth-round pick out of Southern Mississippi in 2015. He appeared in seven games with four tackles last season. “When he was a rookie, we said you just can’t cut him,” Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson said. “He has more energy than anybody on the field, even (defensive backs). Teams throw it downfield and he’s chasing guys.

Drilling Into the Chicxulub Crater, Ground Zero of the Dinosaur Extinction
Some 66 million years ago an asteroid crashed into the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, triggering the extinction event that obliterated the dinosaurs and nearly extinguished all life on Earth. It struck with the same energy as 100 million atomic bombs, and left behind a 100-mile-wide scar known today as the Chicxulub crater. Now, a team of geophysicists has drilled into the gigantic cavity under the Gulf of Mexico, targeting a circular series of hills called a peak ring located at its center. What they discovered illustrates that powerful impacts can catapult materials buried deep in a planet’s crust much closer to its surface. “Chicxulub is the only crater on Earth with an intact peak ring that we can go sample, the next intact peak ring would be on the moon,” said Sean P. S. Gulick, a marine geophysicist from the University of Texas at Austin. “It’s ground zero of the Cretaceous extinction event.”


  • Harvest Caye Norwegian Cruise Line, 3min. Brand new Norwegian cruise line terminal in Belize C America Honored to be there for the inauguration..ENJOY

  • Our Father sang in Garifuna at the opening ceremony for Garifuna Week in San Ignacio, 1min. Have a blessed day everyone!

  • LICA's Sports Day Nov 18th, 2016!

  • Garifuna Settlement Celebrations in San Pedro, 15min.

  • Royal Belize, 1min.

  • Jay Thurrott and the Belize giant airplants, 6min. Jay Thurrott is growing Belize giant airplants from seed. These plants will be used to help save Florida's bromeliads, which are threatened by an invasive bromeliad-eating weevil, the Mexican bromeliad weevil.

  • Belize as the Crows Fly, 5min.

  • Belize Toronto, 1min. Belize Drumboard exhibition by BTB

  • Caye Caulker Ocean Academy (Belize) Students and their Marine Debris Project, 10min. Students from the Ocean Academy on Caye Caulker, in Belize, talking about their project to understand, map, and address issues of marine debris. Recorded at the 5th Annual GIS Expo that took place on Wednesday November 16, 2016, at the Ramada Princess Hotel in Belize City, Belize.

  • Happy Garifuna Settlement Day Belize, 1min. Rísiti, Pántati, Gabafuti, Iúnrahowa meme la. Rich, Proud, and Powerful let us continue to preserve it. Belize's most precious asset is its people. Every November 19th, the entire nation celebrates the Garifuna culture with its rich diversity of language, food and tradition. Oceana Belize is proud to illustrate the strong connections of the Garinagu to the Caribbean Sea, which represents freedom as our ancestors fled tyranny centuries ago, and which today continues to support traditional livelihoods and iconic cuisine. Happy Garifuna Settlement Day Belize! Buidula Hafeduhani Haweyuri Garinagu, Belize!

  • Garifuna Day Parade of children, 7min.

  • BELIZE CELEBRATES CHILDRENS DAY, 6min. Primary Institutions across the country of Belize took the time out today to acknowledge and celebrate Children’s Day which is observed yearly on the 20th of November to raise awareness and promote international togetherness among children of all ages. Though it is celebrated differently in various countries and communities, here in Orange Walk Town we visited two of the seven primary schools including the New Life Presbyterian School and the San Francisco Roman Catholic School where we observed much enthusiasm and energy.




  • Happy Garifuna Settlement Day from #pepppapig, 2min. Here is another Peppa Pig Punta Sessions

  • Seascape at Coco's Point Dive Site, Belize, 1min. Turneffe Atoll, Belize. Recorded Thursday Nov 10, 2016.

  • The Playground dive site, Lighthouse Reef, Belize, 1min. Diving on Tuesday Nov 4, 2016. The Aquarium dive site off of Lighthouse Reef.

  • Belize: The Exile's Song, 9min. Happy Garifuna Settlement Day

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