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Today's Belize News: December 1, 2016 #519422
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The San Pedro Sun

Lily’s Treasure Chest celebrates 10th anniversary!
One of the island’s most popular beach restaurants, Lily’s Treasure Chest, celebrated their 10th anniversary on Sunday, November 27th. To commemorate such an occasion, an all day celebration was held on the beach in front of the restaurant, replete with music by DJ Smallz, special deals on food and drinks, and the best live performance of the island’s number one band, Rompe Raja! Owner Nellie Brown told The San Pedro Sun that she is grateful for all the support her patrons have given her for the past ten years. Brown also took the opportunity to extend her deepest gratitude to all of her staff for their hard work. “Each and every one of you are magnificent, never complaining and always smiling,” stated Brown. “I am truly indebted to you all.”

SPTC holds consultation on revitalization of downtown area and Boca del Rio
In an effort to make La Isla Bonita a safer and more attractive island, the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) hosted a consultation on Tuesday, November 29th to discuss the revitalization of the downtown and Boca del Rio Areas. Members of the San Pedro Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA), among several other business and tourism stakeholders gathered at the SPTC’s Conference Room to give the SPTC feedback and strategic recommendations to consider when finalizing their completed plan. Thanks to the Ministry of Local Government, Caribbean Local Economic Development Project (CARILED), and the Mayor’s Association, SPTC has secured their revitalization expert, Jason Fox, who is a native of Nova Scotia, Canada. Fox split the gathering into groups and issued geographical maps of Ambergris Caye to each table. The purpose of the activity was for each group to discuss the key challenges San Pedro Town faces, while brainstorming methods and recommendations that will help alleviate traffic congestion, as well as ideas that will revamp the aesthetics of the island.

Fire destroys Belize City’s Iconic Chateau Caribbean Hotel
A big fire on Sunday morning, November 27th destroyed one of the oldest buildings in Belize City, the Chateau Caribbean Hotel. The hotel was located in the Fort George District by the Marine Parade and from a distance thick smoke billowed into the sky as the blaze swept through the historic building, consuming everything in its path. Despite quick response by the fire department, after hours of battling the flames most of the hotel building was gutted by the fire. The restaurant portion was reduced to rubble. The building was of great significance to the city. Built from Canadian cedar wood in the early 20th century, the building served the community as the Holden Memorial Hospital. In 1977, the hospital was closed, and thereafter it was turned in to a restaurant and hotel. The hotel, considered an iconic landmark, thrived for decades, recognized for their warm hospitality.

Candlelight vigil held to honor Tyler Savery
The Belize Youth Movement (BYM) and Footprints For Peace organized a candle light vigil on Saturday, November 26th to honor the life of Tyler Savery. 7-year-old Savery lost his life to gun violence on November 11, 2016 in Belize City. Several San Pedro Lion and Leo members, along with community members, gathered at the Central Park at 6PM for a peaceful demonstration. Lion Pamela Zetina was the Mistress of Ceremonies, while Pastor Clive Welsh delivered the invocation. He prayed for the protection of Belize’s youth and for strength for Savery’s mother, Shakera Young. candle-light-vigil-for-tyler-savery-2Miss Chiquitita 2016-2017, Lindsey Williams, then read a poem that reflected the negative impacts of gun violence to the society. [excerpt] “Another young body lying there silent. Do people really think they are cool because they are violent? How many more lives are going to be lost with one gun? A mother now loses her once beloved son.”

SP Red Cross holds successful blood drive; First Responder training underway
The Belize Red Cross San Pedro Branch (SPBRC) held their final blood drive of the year on Saturday, November 26th at Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II. From 9AM to 3PM, donors went to the polyclinic to contribute the vital red fluid. In total, 16 pints of blood were collected, which is enough to save 48 lives. A simultaneous dollar drive brought in $205 in collections as well. The next blood drive is scheduled for Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the polyclinic. Laurie Norton of SPBRC reminds potential donors that giving blood is a simple process. “Please note that if you are thinking of giving blood, the experience is a very painless one. There is rarely a line and there are always yummy refreshments waiting for you after you donate. Please think “RED” before you donate. You should get plenty of Rest, Eat a healthy meal, and Drink plenty of fluids,” said Norton.

Ambergris Today

San Pedro Person of the Year 2016
It's that time of the year when Ambergris Today starts looking for potential nominees for San Pedro's Person of the Year award. Who do you think deserves to be recognized as Person of the Year for San Pedro, Ambergris Caye? Do you know an exceptional person who is doing great and positive things for the island community? Someone who is helping others, giving of his/her free time, making a positive change for the betterment of others or promoting a good cause? Let us know; we would love to find out more about that special person and place him/her on our list of potential nominees.

Talks Commence on Revitalization of Downtown Area and Boca del Rio
Business owners gathered at the San Pedro Town Council’s conference room on Tuesday November 29, 2016, as the municipality held consultation for a beautification project for the island designated from downtown San Pedro to Boca del Rio. Jason Fox from Canada has dedicated time into coming to Belize along with five climate change experts who have a desire in making San Pedro a better place. They presented various options that the Town Council can take into beautifying key areas of town. Business owners were given a couple minutes to come up with ideas of their own on how they could go about doing this. They were then given the time to explain their ideas to everyone. However, the San Pedro Town Council also seeks the voice and opinions of the general public. Therefore, a community consultation will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2016, where everybody is invited to listen and make suggestions on how to beautify our Isla Bonita and make it a better and more pleasant place to live. Everyone’s opinion counts and can hopefully make a difference. However, the San Pedro Town Council also seeks the voice and opinions of the general public. Therefore, a community consultation will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2016, where everybody is invited to listen and make suggestions on how to beautify our Isla Bonita and make it a better and more pleasant place to live. Everyone’s opinion counts and can hopefully make a difference.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

26 new vehicles to the Belize Police Department’s (BPD) fleet
The Minister of State, Hon. Elodio Aragon, and the Ministry of Home Affairs are pleased to announce the addition of 26 new vehicles to the Belize Police Department’s (BPD) fleet. The vehicles which are Isuzu D-Max 2017 models are outfitted with police logos, lights, sirens, digital video recording and tracking systems. This donation is made possible by the Government of the United States of America, through the Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI). The Government and people of Belize are grateful for this donation valued at over BZ$1.6 million as it will enhance the department’s crime fighting efforts and will go a long way in making Belize a safer place. These vehicles become a most welcome addition to the BPD’s fleet and will be utilized for law enforcement purposes in compliance with the Bilateral Implementing Agreements for the vehicles between both governments. The vehicles will be officially handed over at a brief ceremony at the ITVET compound on Freetown Road, Belize City at 10:00am on Thursday, December 1.

Belize Council for the Visually Impaired Opening
BCVI is looking for a responsible, driven, friendly person, with minimum 6th Form degree, to work in our Belmopan Clinic. Email your resume and cover letters to [email protected]

Accident on 4th Avenue in-front of Scotia Bank in Corozal
Involving a Volkswagen pickup and a motorcycle. Fortunately no one was hurt in the accident but the motorcycle's front was damaged.

Power interruption 6:00am to 8:00am, Sunday, December 4, San Pedro
Southern portion of town from Sunbreeze Hotel onward to Island Cottage Resort. BEL to repair hotspots and fuse cut-outs on distribution system.

Power interruption 9:00am to 1:00pm, Friday, December 2, Belize City
Lacroix Blvd, Holy Emmanuel St, Rootsville & entire Gungulung area. BEL to remove power transformers & replace switch on distribution system.

Can you guess which years the two Google Earth images of Belize City represent?
You can actually see history in motion when you go to the Google Earth Timelapse feature: Pick a location and watch changes from 1984 to 2016!

VACANCY: Tourist Information Officer
The Tourist Information Officer will perform service under the supervision of the Cruise Manager. The post is designed to collect data of our cruise visitor disembarking from Norwegian Cruise Lines vessels. The individual is also responsible for monitoring operators, collecting data, welcoming guests, answering questions and facilitating the travelers’ visit as they enter the country.

Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project Winner
We finally got a picture of our first place winner in the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project's Belize City Primary School History and Social Studies Competition, Hazey Perez of St. Mary's Anglican Primary School. We wish her and her school lots of success.

Belize Fishing Report, November 20th – November 26h, 2016
Thanksgiving was the theme of the week here at the lodge with 75 of us at Thanksgiving dinner. It was more family time than fishing time, with just a few boats heading out during the week. The weather was poor for several days making the fishing tougher than normal. The Tarpon fishermen/women faired a little better with Chris Z and his family getting into the tarpon action, Mark landed a Silver King, and Cody followed suit with a fun fight with a tarpon. There were many other encounters with these great fish but no others resulted in landed fish.

October 2016 Trade, GDP & CPI, Labour, Business Survey
During the month of October 2016, the prices of goods and services purchased by Belizean households were, on average, 0.7 percent higher than they were in October 2015. The All- Items consumer price index stood at 103.6, an increase from 102.9 in last October. For the first ten months of 2016, an inflation rate of 0.6 percent was recorded. Imports were down across almost all major categories, with goods destined for the ‘Export Processing Zones’ recording the steepest drop, from $13.8 million in October 2015 to $2.6 million in October of this year. Decreased purchases of turbines, gaming equipment, telecommunications equipment, and structures made of iron or steel were among the items that saw the greatest decline. The ‘Commercial Free Zones’ category fell by over $4.3 million for the month, owing to minimized importation of textile material, tennis shoes, cigarettes and clothing. While less imports of lard (shortening) and milk and cream resulted in a $3.7 million decrease in the ‘Food and Live Animals’ category, reduced beer, cigarettes, brandy and whiskey purchases were the leading cause of a $3.4 million wane in the ‘Beverages and Tobacco’ category.

It is not 'where do we go from here' but 'what do we do from here'
By Wellington C. Ramos. Our Garifuna people were forcefully removed from their homeland in 1796 to Roatan in the Bay Islands, now a part of Honduras, where they arrived on April 12, 1797. The living conditions on this island were not satisfactory to them, which led to the voluntary migration of our people to Belize in 1801. Others opted to move to other areas of Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala, where they established villages. Why? Because of our desire as one people to live in these countries just like how we once lived in our original homeland "Yurumein", now known as St Vincent and the Grenadines. In Honduras, where most of our people live, some of them were slaughtered in the village of San Juan, which led to another large migration of our people to Belize in 1823. Again, some migrated to Nicaragua and Guatemala to join their relatives. Garifuna people in Nicaragua maintained an ongoing relationship with their relatives who live in the countries of Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize and the United States. If they are not satisfied with their living conditions in Honduras, their relatives would send for them to reunite with them in their new countries.

Ocean Academy Jingle Mingle Gala Fundraiser
Save the date: Saturday, December 10th 2016!! Caribbean Kings Band will be debuting with their first ever performance! Please come out and support a worthy cause!

Celebrating the 4G LTE PreLaunch in San Pedro
DigiCell is readying to launch its 4G LTE Next month. Here they are celebrating the PreLaunch in San Pedro. They have been very busy with customers all day long. Low prices on phones and plenty of giveaways!

Belize Special Olympic Torch March
Belize Special Olympics is an organization that dedicates itself toward children with disabilities. Every year around this time a fundraiser is held with proceeds going to different children in need. The Special Olympics Torch arrived in San Pedro last night and was placed on display at base of the Town Clock and donations were accepted. Today the torch was paraded through downtown San Pedro to raise more awareness for the cause. Funds collected go towards a special retreat for disabled children which will be held in Corozal Town on Friday, December 2, 2016. All children with debilities and their parents are invited.

EXPORTBelize and Directorate General for Foreign Trade Host Export Opportunities Session in Spanish Lookout
EXPORTBelize along with the Directorate General for Foreign Trade (DGFT) hosted an Export Opportunities Session with various companies within the Spanish Lookout and other surrounding communities. EXPORTBelize along with the Directorate General for Foreign Trade have been closely monitoring the trends of products recurring on the Common External Tariff (CET) Suspension List. With that, they presented their findings for three products of interest – soy bean oil, sunflower oil & palm oil along with potential target market and investment opportunities for each of those products. EXPORTBelize will be having another Export Opportunities Session with companies in the northern part of the country sometime in January.

Belize Bird Rescue thank you to Ian Sophie
While I am on a roll with the thanks, I have to say a HUGE thank you to this lovely lady - Ian Sophie. She was a BBR intern this summer (see her post of 9th November) and in addition to being an enormous help with the busy baby season, she took on a lot of admin tasks too. One of those tasks was to get the Global Giving programme moving for BBR. And it's entirely thanks to Ian that we had our first ever Giving Tuesday campaign - and what a success it was!! She has continued to help from her perch at U.C.Davis and has kept up the nagging and post creation beautifully. What a star! Here is a gallery of her in action at BBR. Thank you Ian - absolutely would not have been able to do it without you!

Workshop to introduce youths to the Birding career in Belize
Do you live in the area between Belmopan and St. Margaret's Village in the Cayo District? Or, know someone in that area who might be interested in taking Birding as a career? If so, this is your free opportunity to take this 2-day workshop. On December 12 and 13, the Belize Audubon Society will be hosting a workshop to introduce youths to the Birding career in Belize. We will discuss birding gear and equipment, basic bird biology, birding market statistics in Belize, eBird, various activities focusing on bird migration, habitat and threats. We are looking specifically at young females who might be interested, but young men are also invited to participate. We will also be birding the beautiful grounds of our host lodge; Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Jungle Lodge. Feel free to contact me or Belize Audubon Society to confirm participation

Michelle Perdomo Art Gallery opens
This unique painting is named Still Life and was created by the late Michelle Perdomo. This past Saturday, St. John’s College opened the Michelle Perdomo Art Gallery, in commemoration of her talent and dedication to SJC’s Art Department over the course of four decades. She taught or influenced much of the artists that have produced memorable work in Belize. She was always energetic and her enthusiasm was contagious. She was the wife of Carlos Perdomo, former Minister of National Security and later Cabinet Secretary. Michelle Perdomo passed away on July 24th, 2013. We join the SJC community in remembering and honoring Michelle.

Channel 7

UN Convention on Corruption Sparks Debate In House
Today, the Senate met in Belmopan to consider a number of significant motions, and tonight we'll report on 3 of them. Those include the upper house giving authority for Belize to approve the United Nations Convention against Corruption, the ratification of the special agreement to submit Guatemala's territorial claim over Belize to the International Court of Justice, and The appointment the Integrity Commission. We start first with the robust debate on the UNCAC, and its ability to help in the fight against corruption in public life. Here's what the Senators had to say about the Government's handling of the process to get the treaty enforced on Belizean soil: Hon. Godwin Hulse- Leader of Gov't Business - Senate: "Now therefore be resolved that this Senate authorises the government of Belize to accede to the United Nations convention against corruption a full text of which is here to annex." Hon. Mark Lizarraga - Business Senator: "Mr. President as you know the business community for many, many years now beginning way back when the leader of government business shared the very seat that I share today; we have been championing for these very things."

PUP Senators Call Out Politicization Of Integrity Commission
As viewers are aware, the Prime Minister agreed to sign on to the UNCAC when he was negotiating with the Teachers to end the 11-day strike. They were on a campaign for good governance, and integrity in public life, and as part of their 9 demands, they also wanted the Prime Minister to reactivate the long dormant Integrity Commission. With today's motion, the Commission will once again be doing its work, but the Opposition harshly criticized the Government not really intending to make the this body a robust watchdog group. That's because all of the Prime Minister's appointees are either very UDP friendly, or are outright UDP allies. He has also appointed Nestor Vasquez as the Charted Accountant for the Integrity Commission. Now, the Government's explanation for the years of dormancy of this oversight body, was that no Chartered accountant was prepared to serve. The Business Community asked the Institute of Chartered Accountants to nominate someone who would, and they decided on Warren Coye – who happens to be the son of a former PUP minister. The Prime Minister chose Vasquez instead, and he became a flashpoint in today's debate.

Senate Stalls On Bze-Guat Special Agreement
The Senate was also asked to ratify the Special Agreement Between Belize and Guatemala to submit their territorial claim to the ICJ. That was signed in 2008, and it has been long delayed for Parliament to put it into force. The Government sought to do this today, along with seeking Senate Approval for the Amendment to the Special Protocol, signed last year. When the motion was tabled today, most of the Senators who are not Government Appointed publicly asked the Barrow Administration to explain, "why now?" First out of the gate was PUP Senator, and Former Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Courtenay. He made it clear that the PUP is still committed to the ICJ process, but he stressed that the PUP does not feel that now is the right time for a referendum on the matter. Why? Well, he says that the Guatemalan Aggression this year is to blame:

Killer Brought To Court Four Months Later
Back in July, stabbing victim Alfonso Castillo died the day he was supposed to have been released from the hospital. Today, the man who stabbed him was back in court to have his charge upgraded to murder. 24 year old Raheem Marsden allegedly stabbed Castillo three times in an alley not far from his Victoria Street home in Belize City. He was initially charged with attempted murder, and today, four months after Castillo died, he was charged for murder before Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. Marsden was remanded into custody until February 6.

Alleged Gardenia Killers To Court
And two more were charged for murder today. After an error in the court books yesterday, the accused killers of 27 year old Gardenia Village resident, Nelson Zelaya were arraigned today. 19-year-old Lenford Harris Jr., and a 16 year-old minor were both charged with murder. They were both remanded into custody until January 30th, 2017.

Recession Deepens: GDP Negative Growth For Third Successive Quarter
Belize's economy is in a deepening recession. That's based on the most recent figures from the Statistical Institute of Belize, which were released today. They show that for the third successive quarter, the GDP showed negative growth. The first quarter was a contraction of 0.2%, the second quarter there was contraction of 1%, and now the third quarter figures show contraction of 0.8% Now, a recession is defined by two successive quarters of decline, and this is the third quarter of decline, which suggests that the recession is only getting worse. Now, because of citrus deliveries, the third quarters usually shows growth, and the figures show this is the first time in six years that the third quarter showed negative growth. It's also the first time since 2007/2008 that there has been three successive quarters of contraction in the GDP.

Unemployment Rose In September
And while the GDP is down, unemployment is up – an expected mix for a faltering economy. That's the figure coming out of the labour force survey, conducted in September of this year. It's the counterpart to the April 2016 survey which showed unemployment at a 10 year low of 8%. Well, September doesn't bear such good news. Unemployment is up to 11.1% - which is just about one percentage point more than where it stood in September 2015. Statistician Curwen Arthurs explained: Curwin Arthurs - Statistician I, SIB: "So looking at the unemployment rate so we see that we had increases in the size of the labour force many due to women entering in but we also saw increases in terms of the labour force in terms of employed persons but also in terms of unemployed persons. So what that lead to is the national rate going up from 10.2% to 11.1% so it was a combination of the labour force going and more persons entering into the labour force mainly females at a rate higher than jobs were being created."

Imports Decline In October
And the economic picture looks even more depressing when we look at the trade statistics for October – and the ever widening trade imbalance. Imports were down, but exports were waaay down. How much? Try 43%. And much of the decline in imports had to do with the downturn in exports. That's because with lesser activity at the shrimp farms, there was less shrimp feed imported. Statistician Tiffany Vasquez explained: Tiffany Vasquez - Statistician II, SIB: "Imports to the export processing zones experienced the largest drop in imports at 60% falling from 61 million to 40 million with reduced shrimp feed imports accounting for 12 million of that declined. Imports destined for the commercial free zones fell by 6% or 14 million dollars to 246 million due in large part to reduced import of cigarettes, textile material and clothing."

Deep Dip For Exports In October
And that's where the exports come in. As we told you earlier, exports for October 2106 were down a whopping 43% from October of the previous year. Well most of it has to do with aquaculture and farmed shrimp. That industry got wiped out by disease over the past two years. Production is at a six year low, but the SIB says there are encouraging signs of a rebound:… Tiffany Vasquez - Statistician II, SIB: "From the period January to October 2016 export earnings contracted for all major commodities with the exception of citrus which grew minimally owing to the fall of shrimp which plummeted by 88%. Marine exports dropped from 49 million to 30 million; however on a very positive note one shrimp farm has seen vast improvements in both production and exports hence recovery is afoot. To me the big positive here is that shrimp is about to rebound because I think it's Belize Aquaculture Limited the farm they have had very good results and they project a 4.95 million pounds for next year but that is only a projected estimate."

Citrus: Good Prices For Grapefruit
The only encouragement in export crops came from citrus. Production was down, but world prices were up. Orange concentrate sales dropped by over one million dollars, but grapefruit concentrate almost double din October. Tiffany Vasquez - Statistician II, SIB "Our citrus products right now on the market it's in demand because prices are good for citrus products on the outside market but however orange concentrate exports decreased but we still got increased earnings." Exports for the first ten months of 2016 is down 23% from the same period last year.

SIB: Belikin Always Bountiful
And while the export picture, and productivity overall looks bleak, there's almost always one bright spot – and that's in beer production. Routinely, the SIB reports double digit growth in local beer production – even as more than 10 million dollar sin foreign beer was imported last year. But, according to the statisticians, Belikin continues prolific production. Here's how they explained it:… Angelita Campbell - Statistician II, SIB: "Beverage on the other hand went up by roughly 11.3% and that is because of an increase in beer production. Flour on the other hand went down by roughly 5.7%. Beer production actually went up by roughly 24.7% or roughly 143,000 gallons. Given that this quarter has the holiday of September celebration I would have expected some amount of increase in beer production." Reporter: "You're comparing year on year." Angelita Campbell - Statistician II, SIB: "Well yes for the quarter but we also had an increase in tourism as well so that could be of a result of an increase in beer. Everybody comes to Belize will want to try a Belizean beer so with the increase in tourism and celebration. Hotel and restaurants went up by roughly 10.1% within that industry we saw cruise passengers going down by roughly 3% as a result of cancellation due to Hurricane Earl; however overnight visitors went up by roughly 16%."

Inflation Trickles Up Due To Fuel
And while the price of beer is stable, inflation is not. In October of 2016, the consumer price index jogged up 0.7%. The increase is driven mostly by fuel which was up more than a dollar when compared to October of 2015. Here's how the inflation figures looked in different municipalities across the country. Jacqueline Sabal - Statistician II, SIB: "For October of 2016 all municipalities recorded higher consumer prices for the month with the exception of Dangriga and Punta Gorda. These were the only 2 municipalities reporting over all decreases in the transport index. Corozal town once again had the highest increase in home rental prices at 9% and as a result the highest inflation rate of 2% for the month of October. Guatemala reported the highest rate at 4.8% while prices are actually falling by 0.9% in El Salvador. Belize falls somewhere in the middle at 0.7% alongside Honduras at 2.8, Nicaragua at 3.4%, Costa Rica at 0.6%, Panama at 1.4 and Jamaica at 1.8%."

Figuring Out Zika
Today was the first in a three-day training workshop designed to educate healthcare providers about new methods for diagnosing mosquito borne viruses like Zika, Dengue and Chik-V. It's the product of a new partnership with the Mexican Ministry of Health and PAHO. Belize's Ministry of Health's Epidemiologist Russel Manzanero, told us how we benefited from this new relationship, especially with the prevalence of Zika… Dr. Russel Manzanero - Epidemiologist, Min of Health: "What we're currently engaging in right now is a training that's being carried out for health personnel, vector control, public health, infection control nurses from the Ministry of Health and as well we invited a few of the private and other institutions to familiarise and get on board on what is viral surveillance training. We have been trying to diagnose it's not only Zika; Zika, Dengue, Chikungunya, Malaria so we know that we had certain limitations without referral lab in CARFA so as a Ministry of Health we reached out to PAHO to let us see where we can get additional testing."

A Convoy Of Crisp, New Cop Trucks
Today a convoy of 26 brand new 2017 Isuzu D-Max pickup trucks made its way into Belize City on the George Price Highway. It made for an impressive sight with all the lights and flashy chrome grilles – a moment certainly worth recording for posterity, because with all the roughing up of police usage, it's downhill from here. Each truck is outfitted with police logos, sirens, lights, and digital recording and tracking systems. The $1.6 million fleet was donated to the Belize Police Department by the United States Government under the CARSI program. The vehicles will be handed over to tomorrow to and deployed to formations all over the country.

Keeping The Torch Going For The Kids
Today was the 5th Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run. Police from the Eastern Division North, along with students and other members of the public ran through the Northside's principal streets. Participants collected donations along the way, which will all be used to aid children with disabilities. The Northside Formation's public relations officer Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood, spoke to us about the run, and their hopes for next year… Insp. Fitzroy Yearwood - Public Relation Officer: "This is the 5th annual law enforcement torch run and it's in support of children born with disabilities. We have police officers, police personnel, our civilian staff as well has joined with some students and we have ran through the principal streets in Eastern Division North. Up ahead we have the torch which will be passed on to OCD North Commissioner Phillips and then she will do the final leg up to the Benny's round about."

More Guate Gold Diggers In Chiquibul
Two more Guatemalans were cuaght panning for gold in Belize. It happened last Friday, in Ceibo Grande Creek, located in southern Chiquibul National Park, five miles from the border. A joint unit patrol of Police, BDF and FCD park rangers detained Anibal Quiix Cucul of Monte Los Olivos, Peten and Jose Amilcar Garcia Morales of Huite, Zacapa, Guatemala. The Guatemalans were found deep in the jungle, and the patrol team took hours of hiking, riding by tractor and pikcup to get them to the San Ignacio Police Station. They were both charged for illegally operating inside a protected area without any permit and for illegal entry into Belize. It is unclear at this point if the Mining Unit will charge them for extracting minerals without a permit. Quiix carried a vial with what appeared to be gold nuggets and he told the patrol that he had come into the Chiquibul 7 times to pan for gold. Most recently he had collected 2.5 grams of the precious metal which he sold for 500 quetzales, or about 135 Belize dollars.

Teenager Got Off Easy For Home-made Weapon
Nineteen year old student Brandon Smith who pleaded guilty to keeping a prohibited firearm and ammunition without a gun license two weeks ago spent 15 days in jail. But he got lucky at his sentencing today when Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith gave him a suspended sentence of 6 months for both offences. She decided on the sentence after she heard a plea for mitigation from attorney Ellis Arnold and Diane Finnegan that she will enrol him in an apprenticeship program. Police arrested and charged Smith after they searched him and found him with a home made firearm with one bullet.

Sobering 2016 Hurricane Season Ends
Well tonight, if you were traumatized and taxed by Hurricane Earl, you can breathe a slight sight of relief tonight, because the 2016 hurricane season is over. It was an above average year with a total of fifteen named storms, seven of those became hurricanes, and three of them reached major hurricane status, meaning category three or higher. Hurricane Earl was a Category one storm which made landfall in Belize on the night and early morning August 3rd and fourth. The storm didn’t cause any deaths in Belize, but it caused major flooding and residential damage in the Belize district, while destroying crops in the north and south. The estimate of total damages was close to 200 million dollars.

A Real Inspiration
On Monday we told you about the 2017 Belikin Calendar launch. Well, today the Inspiration Center launched its calendar and agenda, so you have a choice: you can pick up the copy with lovely ladies modeling, or you can grab the calender featuring the drawings of 12 kids with diverse abilities, or better yet, just pick up a copy of both! The Inspiration Center's Calendar launch was held today at their office on the Western Highway. Special Envoy for Women and Children Kim Simplis Barrow told us how important this initiative is to these kids and to the center. Kim Simplis Barrow - Special Envoy for Women and Children: "Every year we bring out this inspiration calendar and it is really a way to showcase the talent of our children with disabilities especially those who are receiving services at the inspiration center so over the summer as part of their summer activities they get to draw and paint and then we put it all together with McNab design, we put together this amazing, beautiful calendar and it is so great for them because it's a motivation for them to want to do more and participate in all the activities we try to do here at the Inspiration Center."

An ID For Kids With Diverse Abilities
Today Belize celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, an initiative created by the UN in 1992. This year, the celebrations were held under the theme of “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want”, which refers to the sustainable development goals designed to build a more inclusive world for people with disabilities. Today, BAPDA held a rally, parade and open day to inform the public about their new Disability ID initiative. BAPDA President Roxanne Marin told us more… BAPDA’s Disability IDs are available for members of the organization.

Crooked Tree Got New Shelter From Southcom
Crooked Tree has a new Emergency Operations Center - slash - Emergency Shelter, or just a community center. The US Embassy invested 680 thousand dollars into the new building which was handed over today. The area representative said that it is a huge relief: The Shelter was funded by the U.S. Southern Command’s Humanitarian Assistance Program.

Making Greenbacks From A Green Initiative
Conservation Organizations are always looking for new sustainable revenue sources, and the Ya’axché Conservation Trust thinks it may have found one with a new ecotourism initiative. It’s called EcoTourism Belize, a new ecotour and rustic accommodation provider in southern Belize. The idea is to use the vast area of green which Ya'axché manages to provide visitors with a unique ecotourism experience such as accompanying a local ranger on an official ranger patrol, taking part in Maya culture and traditions, and exploring and taste food from local organic farms. The new venture was launched today at the Ya’axché Field Station in Golden Stream, Toledo, Belize – and they provided us with some video: 100% of the profits will be reinvested directly into Ya’axché’s work.

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No Agreement on Special Agreement as Opposition Asks: What’s The Rush?
The Senate met for its latest session today at the National Assembly in Belmopan with a full agenda. Thirteen motions were tabled for debate and consideration, of which ten were [...]

Courtenay Blasts “Salami Sausage Diplomacy”; Confident A.G. States the Facts
Senator Courtenay went on to attack what he called “salami sausage diplomacy” – the piecemeal offerings by the Government on the Guatemala issue, starting with the ratification of the Special [...]

Integrity Commission Named; Can Partisan Appointees Be Neutral?
The Integrity Commission was finally named today. The names of Marilyn Williams for Chairman; Armead Gabourel; Lisbeth Delgado; Wilmot Simmons; Nestor Vasquez; Melissa Balderamos Mahler and Claudet Grinage have been [...]

Why Always Net? P.U.P. Knocks G.O.B. for Rejecting Institute of Chartered Accountants’ Nominee
New chair Marilyn Williams is being appointed in her capacity as an attorney, as provided for by law, while Nestor Vasquez is being appointed in his capacity as an accountant [...]

UNCAC Finally on the Way!
Also debated before the Senate today is the resolution authorizing the accession by Belize to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC). Belize is nine days away from the formal [...]

Warning: Don’t Expect Miracles After Ratification of Convention
A working group has been established to smooth the path to ratification. That group has planned a number of events leading up to the actual signing of the Convention on [...]

Recession Deepens: Exports Are Down, Prices Are Up and Thousands More Jobless
Figures were released today by the Statistical Institute of Belize that confirm a gloomy economy picture in this fashion: exports are down, prices are up and thousands have joined the [...]

Andre and Sharon: Where’s My Money, G.O.B. Asks?
The Government of Belize wrote letters on thirty-first October, 2016 demanding from the son of former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Lands Gaspar Vega and attorney Sharon Pitts, the [...]

Catherine Cumberbatch and Derrick Rudon Lead Met Service
There is a new chief at the Belize Met Service. You’ve heard and seen her on the news before. Catherine Cumberbatch who has had thirty years at the Met Service [...]

Kashief Gallego Shot on Weekend
The south side of Belize City has been rather quiet and little to no crime is always good news to report. But over the weekend, on Sunday night, there was [...]

Unlucky Burglars Caught in Freezer
A pair of burglars was caught in the act just after twelve o’clock this morning by officers attached to the Eastern Division South. The duo had broken into Lucky Supermarket [...]

Mother Says Sons Did Not Kill Nelson Zelaya
Tonight, nineteen year old Lenford Harris Junior of Gardenia, Belize District and his sixteen year old brother from Biscayne are behind bars, charged with the murder of twenty-seven year old [...]

National Assembly Plans Busy December: 4 Meetings in 15 Days
A busy December in the Legislature is being planned, with a House and Senate meeting scheduled around two meetings of the Special Senate Select Committee on Immigration, all in the [...]

Crooked Tree Gets Its Own Hurricane Shelter
On the day that marks the end of the Hurricane Season, Crooked Tree Village was gifted with a million dollar disaster shelter. It is a fittingly appropriate gift to the [...]

What Caused Above-Average 2016 Hurricane Season?
It’s the thirtieth of November and it is a day when a lot of people let out a sigh of relief- particularly those who live in low lying areas and [...]

Police Contribute to Persons with Disabilities
A team of officers and civilian employees attached to Eastern Division North ran across Belize City this morning to raise funds for children with diverse abilities.  The relay kicked off [...]

Meeting and Greeting in Southside Belize City
Southside police were on their weekly meet and greet. Today they were in the Vernon Street area and we met up with them to see what they were doing. Some [...]

Police Find Lots to Clean Up on Southside
Last week, the command of the Eastern Division South commenced a cleanup campaign across south side Belize City, going into the Raccoon Street Extension area and cleaning up overgrown lots [...]

Persons with Diverse Abilities Rally in Old Capital
Throughout this week, consciousness raising activities are being held around the globe to bring attention to the rights of those living with disabilities. The challenge is to create an environment [...]


Senate Puts On Hold Ratification Of Special Agreement
The Senate met today at the National Assembly and there were two important matters on its agenda. The first is the ratification of a special agreement which would see the Government amending the Referendum Act to lower the threshold that speaks to making a referendum binding for GOB, from 60% to 51%. The move by the Government has become very controversial because it is seen as appeasing Guatemala, who has complained before international forums that it will not proceed with holding a referendum on whether to take the age-old dispute between both nations to the International Court of Justice. Today as the Senate reviewed the issue, Attorney General and Senator Vanessa Retreage shared the Government’s views as to why it was taking this decision. Vanessa Retreage on Special Agreement: “The history of reneging on agreement in relation to this issue sends far back and it is for that reason that I support the approval of the Special Agreement and its Protocol. How long will we allow Guatemala behaviour to determine how we act, how long will we accept that as a reason for us not to put this issue to the citizens of this country for them to decide how they want to resolve this issue, the claim of Guatemala is not solely a PUP issue, it is not solely a UDP issue, not solely a Chamber issue, not solely a Union issue...”

UNCAC Passed In The Senate
The other major aspect of today’s Senate meeting was the introduction of the Government’s proposal to accept the United Nation’s Convention on Anti-Corruption as a measure of check and balance. This is a commitment which the Government made to the Belize National Teacher’s Union during the 11 days of strike in October. As the discussion commenced at today’s Senate meeting, the Social Partner senators and opposition senator discussed what their expectations are. Senator Elena Smith – Representing the Union: “We know that the NTUCB has been working with the Chamber of Commerce and the Committee but as well has been clamoring for this anti-corruption act to be signed on to. We also now that the teachers of this country took a stand and we took eleven days out to ensure that this was sign or this would be signed, having said that then, we must commend the Prime Minister and his government on this first step towards minimizing corruption, we must though understand that it is only a first step, while we are happy with this initial step we must be vigilant in our monitoring of its full implementation.”

World leaders Honor Fidel Castro, El Commandante
Last night, world leaders from all corners of the planet gathered at the Plaza de La Revolucion in La Habana, Cuba, to pay homage to the revolutionary Cuban leader, Fidel Castro Ruz. The entire Plaza and nearby streets were flooded with hundreds of thousands of Cubans and supporters who listened to the speeches from a dignitaries-filled list of leaders that included the Heads of state from Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Mexico and South Africa, along with leaders from Central American nations. Castro’s younger brother and successor, President Raul Castro, gave a speech to thank world leaders for their words of praise for his late brother, who passed away at the age of 90 on November 25. President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela, Evo Morales of Bolivia and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua were among the foreign dignitaries who paid their respects to Castro and who spoke vividly of their many conversations with Castro.

Guatemalan Gold Panners Detained In Chiquibul Area
Two Guatemalan nationals have been arrested and charged for illegal entry into Belize and also for illegally operating inside a protected area without the use of a permit after they were discovered gold panning in Ceibo Grande Creek located south of the Chiquibul National Park and approximately nine kilometers away from the western border. The discovery was made by a joint unit patrol which was conducted on Friday by police officers, members of the Belize Defense Force and also with assistance from Friends for Conservation and Development rangers. Both individuals, identified as Anibal Quiix Cucul of Monte Los Olivos, Peten and Jose Amilcar Garcia Morales of Huite, Zacapa, Guatemala were escorted to the San Ignacio Police Station where the charges were levied against each of them. During interrogation, Anibal confessed that prior to being caught he had illegally entered into the Chiquibul area approximately seven times to pan for gold. This time he was caught with one container which contained gold nuggets. Anibal also told police that upon his last visit to the area, he had collected close to 2.5 grams of gold of which he made a profit of 500 quetzales equivalent to about one hundred fifty Belize Dollars.

Confiscation Of Drugs Continue In Orange Walk
The never ending war to remove drugs from the streets of our town continues for the Orange Walk Police department, and yesterday evening cops won one more battle as they managed to confiscate a sizeable amount of marijuana from the streets. Sometime between 5:00 and 6:00, officers from the Quick Response Team conducted a search in an abandoned lot situated on Keyhole alley in the Louisiana Area. There officers found two transparent plastic bags containing twenty seven individually wrapped parcels of suspected marijuana. Residents of the area reported to have seen several male individuals in the vicinity, who ran off at the sight of the police officers. The drugs were transported to the Orange Walk Police station where it was weighed and amounted to 45.5 grams. The package was labeled as found property.

GST Commissioner Investigates Possible Scam
Last night we told you about the male individual who visited the New Diamond Supermarket located in the village of Trial Farm over the weekend claiming to be a GST officer and also claiming that he was conducting private investigations on several business establishments to find out if they are abiding by the law in terms of issuing receipts to customers upon an immediate purchase of items from the stores. Tonight we can tell you that we managed to speak to the Commissioner of the General Sales Tax Department regarding the issue and we’ll tell you about that in a few. But first to what we found out today as we hit the streets with the intention of carrying out our own investigations. We came to the conclusion that the same male person of creole descent visited not only one but several other businesses on the same day. It seems though as if his main targets were Chinese owned businesses in the Trial Farm area.

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Missing golf cart recovered
A missing golf cart has been recovered today from the person who allegedly stole it. Robert Novak’s golf cart was stolen at around 10:30 p.m. on Friday while it was parked near Lions Club and MOilo’s in San Pedro town. A $1,000 reward was […]

Cayo Special Constable launch Motorcycle Patrol
Today, the Cayo Special Constables Committee launched a motorcycle patrol in San Ignacio and Santa Elena. The group purchased two new motorcycles to better assist the police with patrolling the communities. The officer commanding San Ignacio Supt. Richard Rosado, national coordinator for the Citizens […]

Belize one of 30 cheapest 2017 destinations
A new publication from Forbes lists Belize as one among the 30 best and cheapest destinations for travelers anxious to find their next perfect vacation. According to Forbes, the American dollar which has strengthened has allowed US residents to stretch their dollar around the globe. Forbes also reports […]

Belize now needs proposal it passed up
The government of Belize, currently in a frenzy to restructure the 2038 Bond, may end up turning to a debt-for-nature swap after passing up one such historic proposal just a few years ago. Recently, documents were made available to the media which detailed a […]

Suspicious plane lands off Coastal road
Belizean authorities yesterday confirmed that a suspicious plane landed in Belize on Monday night but could not definitively say it was a drug plane. Hattieville police received reports of a low flying airplane near the Coastal Road in the vicinity of the La Democracia […]

New vehicles for Belize Police Department
The Minister of State, Elodio Aragon, and the Ministry of Home Affairs in a press release today, announced the addition of 26 new vehicles to the Belize Police Department’s (BPD) fleet. The vehicles which are Isuzu D-Max 2017 models are outfitted with police logos, […]

Flowers bank access road upgraded
A project is currently underway for the upgrading of the Flowers Bank Access Road to all-weather standard. The project is the result of efforts by Minister of National Emergency Management Edmond Castro, and it is part of a flood mitigation program which he says […]

No answers on cause of Chateau Caribbean fire
The Fire Department is struggling to identify the cause of the fire that consumed the Chateau Caribbean over the weekend. According to Fire Chief Ted Smith, the cause is unknown but investigation at the scene is ongoing . The fire reportedly began at around […]

PAHO urges stepping up measures to end AIDS by 2030
The Pan American Health Organization’s campaign slogan for World Aids day December 1 is “Take the challenge. End AIDS” . This urges governments and society to intensify nine measures to end the epidemic of AIDS by 2030. Providing and promoting the use of condoms […]

OW business owners report suspicious GST officer
Reports reaching our newsroom is that on Saturday around 3:00 p.m., a man described as brown skinned, weighing about 200 pounds and of creole descent entered the New Diamond Supermarket located on #47 Philip Goldson Highway in the village of Trial Farm, Orange Walk. […]


The New SanCas Plaza in Downtown San Pedro – All Sorts of Businesses to Open Soon
I will be the first to admit. When I saw the sign for new construction by the airstrip in San Pedro, I was…perplexed. Office complex? In the little fishing village of San Pedro? But the secret is out. Way out. San Pedro is not a sleepy fishing village anymore. It’s the main tourist hub of Belize with all sorts of businesses – from architects to chiropractors to accountants to social media influencers. The idea of an office plaza took a while to steep in my mind. And now that I see the almost finished product everything in the new SanCas Plaza makes a ton of sense in this very central location. Ambergris Caye can not remain the place of my first visit over 10 years ago…sadly. We are growing FAST…and welcoming more and more visitors and residents to the island all the time. I stopped by late last week to speak with Gil Castillo, President of SanCas Realty and Christie’s Realty in Belize. He gave me a tour of the new building and showed me the plans. Located just across from the Tropic Air terminal, this property has been in the Santiago Castillo family for years. There is a list of some of the new businesses that are either moving in or starting in SanCas Plaza. Belize Fitness, Belize Caye Investments, Workspace Belize, Caye Coffee, a French bakery and Mahogany Bay as well as the namesake realty company.

Pontoon Tour of Vaca Lake
Located in the upper part of the Macal River Valley in Belize’s western Cayo District, Vaca Lake is a large body of pristine water surrounded by verdant jungle and some of the most stunning waterfalls in the country. Although Vaca Lake is the six-mile long man-made creation of the Vaca Dam, this large body of water is an ideal setting to experience the lush wildlife of Belize. A pontoon boat is large, floating vessel that moves slowly and is designed for maximum stability. Participants have plenty of open seating on the pontoon boat, perfect for spotting colorful birds, crocodiles, monkeys, ocelots, and other assorted wildlife that inhabit the shores of Vaca Lake. The pontoon tour of Vaca Lake includes a stop at the waterfall where the crystal pool underneath is perfect for enjoying a refreshing swim on a hot day. The boat tour continues to a second waterfall, a gorgeous backdrop for enjoying lunch. The tour continues on to the “Crystallized” Waterfall where a small grotto contains a wealth of sparkling stones and minerals. Vaca Lake is located in the middle of the jungle a few miles outside of Benque Viejo Del Carmen. The closest town is San Ignacio, and most tours depart and return from San Ignacio.

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Alex To Otto: 2016 Was The 'Year Long' Hurricane Season
Today November 30 marks the official end of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season. This article is a great reminder that out-of-season storms have become more common; in fact, 2016's first storm was in January! So no matter what time of the year, stay prepared. My colleague Bob Henson of WeatherUnderground pointed out in social media that 2016 has been slightly above average. He wrote on Facebook, “Total thus far for the Atlantic is 15 named storms, 7 hurricanes, and three 3 major hurricanes. Definitely above average, but well below the records set in 2005!” In my own research I concur with Bob. The 2016 Atlantic Basin hurricane season numbers are slightly above the 1981-2010 averages, according to NOAA: named storms (12.1), hurricanes (6.4), and major hurricanes (2.7). The 2016 numbers are pretty much on par with NOAA’s seasonal projections as well as those of other groups that do seasonal projections. Most tropical meteorologists expected a normal to above-normal season because of the dissipation of El Nino (and possible onset of La Nina). El Nino’s teleconnection patterns tend to suppress Atlantic basin hurricane activity due to alterations in the jet stream and the presence of greater wind shear.

Climate Prediction Center’s Central America Hazards Outlook December 1 – 7, 2016
Hurricane Otto led to flooding and many affected people over portions of Nicaragua and Costa Rica. From November 22-28, the passage of Hurricane Otto brought heavy downpours, with rainfall amounts in excess of 100 mm in southern Nicaragua and northern Costa Rica. This caused flooding, infrastructure damages, and many affected people over many areas of southern Nicaragua and Costa Rica, according to media reports. Moderate to heavy rain was also observed in eastern Honduras and the Southern Caribbean, while suppressed rain was recorded throughout Guatemala, El Salvador, the western two-thirds of Honduras, and northwestern Nicaragua.

Belize regulator IFSC warns on Floral Investment Ltd firm
The International Financial Services Commission of Belize (IFSC) has notified that an entity calling itself ‘Floral Investment Ltd.’ is falsely and fraudulently claiming to be an International Business Company (IBC) incorporated in Belize and to be licensed by the IFSC, stating to be registered at #7 New Road, Belize City, Belize, C.A. The Certificate of Incorporation No. 134, 564 carrying its name and purporting to be signed by Mr. Santiago Gonzalez, Deputy Registrar of the IBC Registry and the Licence Number IFSC/60/138/BCA/10, which bears the signature of Mrs. Neri Matus, Director General of the IFSC, posted on its website, are complete forgery.

Cultural, religious diversity at heart of performance
The Neak Porn Ensemble is an instrumental group whose work extends beyond Cambodian temples to weddings and parties in the community. And Walagante represents just one Garifuna community. The history of the Garifuna - whose people can be found in Honduras, Belize, Guatemala and Nicaragua - is somewhat elusive, though many believe it came about when a slave ship sunk in the Caribbean and survivors made their way to what is now Central America, where they integrated with indigenous people there, establishing a unique language and culture that spans centuries. "We want these guys to be heard outside their communities," Jasper says. "And at least in the case of Walagante, they want to be heard outside their community. This show is just another effort to help introduce Houstonians to their neighbors."

The 30 Cheapest Places To Travel In 2017
Belize listed as one of the 30 cheapest places to travel in 2017. Time to start packing your bags: 2017 is shaping up to be a banner year for budget travel. The dollar is enjoying historic highs — meaning your money goes much further in many destinations around the globe — and according to an American Express Global Business Travel report, airfares are expected to fall in 2017. So where should you go on your next trip? I interviewed 14 travel experts who make it their business to keep track of the best bargains around. Here are their favorite picks for the most affordable destinations to visit next year. Where: Belize. Why: Modern conveniences and history collide in Belize. It’s a perfect place to take a budget romantic vacation. Many of the four-star hotels offer extras, like bicycle rentals, included in their low rates, as well as Belize’s excellent local wines. Some affordable resorts to check out are George Hardie’s Las Vegas Hotel in Corozal (Northern Belize) and the oceanside Royal Caribbean Resort in San Pedro along Ambergris Caye. Both can be booked for under $100 per night. Meals are also crazy cheap, but delicious. Two can eat at an upscale restaurant for less than $30, and much less at an everyday venue.

UB engineering students win Structures Competition in Mexico

Benque Annual Community Posada
'Tis (almost) the season! An invitation from Benque House of Culture. Thursday Dec. 15th, 8:15pm


  • Pod of Dolphins!!! Belize, November 2016, 1min.

  • Hot Mamas Belize Tours, 1/2min. This video is a snippet from a guest experience at the Hot Mamas Belize Factory (Pepperland).

  • Casa Tortuga Belize - Vacation Rental - My Belize Resorts,1 min. The villa is located 1 3/4 miles south of San Pedro, which takes six minutes by taxi van. Guides can pick you up at our dock for scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing and sightseeing. There are bicycles, golf carts, and taxis available for transportation. The taxi fare from the villa to town is $10.00 US dollars per van, which seats up to ten people.

  • Reflections from the Death of Fidel Castro, 26min.

  • Special Olympics, 23min.

  • Cuban Ambassador - Reflections from Cuban Embassy (Death of Fidel Castro), 18min.

  • Community Initiative for Burn Victims, 14min.

  • Belize 2016, 5min. VBC High School Ministry

  • Snorkling by the fisherboat at Silk Caye, Placencia, Belize, 2min. Video from our snorkling tour by the fisherman boat nearby Silk Caye, Placencia, Belize. We saw nurse sharks, sea turtles and a spotted eagle ray.

  • Hands up for HIV Prevention Belize, 2min. In the lead-up to World AIDS Day 2016, the hands up for HIV prevention campaign will explore different aspects of HIV prevention and how they relate to specific groups of people, such as adolescent girls and young women, key populations and people living with HIV. A photograph of a word or short phrase written on the palm of their hand summarizing what we need to strengthen HIV prevention efforts. These are some of Belizeans concerns and suggestions to Improve HIV prevention and and Continuum of Care.

  • Hands up for #HIV Prevention Belize, 3.5min.

  • PADF Belize: Community preparedness & resilience to environmental challenges, 8min. The Pan American Development Foundation is a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. They target issues within communities in Latin America and the Caribbean and organize teams to assist with those challenges on the ground. The Belize project was called Community Preparedness and Resilience headed by project director Minerva Pinelo. The focus was the environmental challenges of communities within Southern Belize.

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