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#520553 - 12/30/16 12:32 AM Today's Belize News: December 30, 2016  
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The San Pedro Sun

Carnival Vista’s first call to Belize
On December 27th, 2016, Belize welcomed the Carnival Vista in its first call to Belize. The Carnival Vista is the largest ship within the Lines’ fleet with approximately 3,936 passengers (double occupancy) and 1,450 crew members. The customary plaque exchange ceremony took place on-board the ship between the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and the Captain of the Carnival Vista. The ship was completed in March 2016 and delivered on April 28th 2016. The ship’s maiden voyage embarked on May 1, 2016 from Trieste, Italy on a 13-day Europe Cruise that ended in Barcelona, Spain. From May to October 2016 Vista operated an inaugural season in the Mediterranean before re-positioning to New York to offer a pair of cruises. In November 2016 she move to her new home port in Miami where she will sail year around. She offers 6 and 8 day Caribbean cruises with ports of call such as Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Aruba, Curaçao, and Bonaire.

Ambergris Today

Caye Caulker Cancels Lobster Fest 2017
Lobster Fest is an annual event that many look forward to every year. Wether you attend in San Pedro, Caye Caulker or Placencia it is bound to be a great time. Unfortunatley, the Caye Caulker Lobster Fest Committee has announced that they won't be hosting the festival for 2017. The committee officially announced it on December 21, 2016, via its Facebook Page that their Lobster Fest has been postponed until 2018:

Carnival Vista’s First Call to Belize
On December 27, 2016, Belize welcomed the Carnival Vista in its first call to Belize. The Carnival Vista is the largest ship within the Lines’ fleet with approximately 3,936 passengers (double occupancy) and 1,450 crew members. The customary plaque exchange ceremony took place on-board the ship between the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and the Captain of the Carnival Vista. The ship was completed in March 2016 and delivered on April 28,2016. The ship's maiden voyage embarked on May 1, 2016 from Trieste, Italy on a 13-day Europe Cruise that ended in Barcelona, Spain.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Job openings in San Ignacio
for Front Office clerk, sous chef.

Bartender training resumes in January starting in Belize City on January 24th 2017
Belize City: Location: BTEC Building at ITVET compound Introduction to bartending. Date: January 24th to 26th. Cost: $250 p/p Advanced Bartending: Date: January 27th to 31st. Cost: $400 p/p Master Class in Flair: March 11th to 13th. Cost: $650 p/p. We are offering great discounts for a limited time. See other dates below. Inbox or text 626-7518 to secure your space. We also help in finding jobs.

The biggest New Year's Eve Countdown Celebration on Ambergris Caye. Looks like FUN!!
Join us to bring in the New Year 2017! The San Pedro Town Council presents the New Year's Eve Countdown at Central Park on Saturday, December 31st - starting at 10 PM! All the way from St. Maarten in the Caribbean, we bring to you DJ OUTKAST! And joining him after is the Caribbean Roots Band from Corozal! There will be party favors and a SPECTACULAR FIREWORKS DISPLAY! Don't miss out!

PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE MARINE MULTIBEAM AND SEA SEEP SURVEY
The Ministry of Economic Development and Petroleum hereby invites the general public to a public consultation on the Marine Multibeam and Sea Seep Survey that the Government of Belize intends to complete in the deep offshore territorial waters of Belize, through the Ministry of Economic Development and Petroleum and the Geology and Petroleum Department. The consultation will be held on January 18, 2017 and will be repeated on January 25, 2017. Both sessions will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City. Information will be presented on the survey methods, techniques, equipment used, environmental concerns and mitigation measures, the products of the survey and the benefits to the country. The public will have an opportunity to clarify any concerns and to share their views on the survey.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister Rt. Hon Dean Barrow, visited his new ministry, the Ministry of Natural Resources
The Rt. Hon Dean Barrow, visit to the Ministry of Natural Resources along with Hon. Dr. Carla Barnett, Hon. Vanessa Retreage and CEO Sharon Ramclam-Young.

Simone BIles speaks to Belizean Youth
"Follow your dreams and have fun!" Simone Biles, an American Olympic gold medalist gymnast with Belizean roots inspired and motivated Belizean youth at the Bliss Center this morning.

"Oops"
Not so under cover cop vehicle crashes into store on Central American Boulevard on Wednesday, December 28th in Belize City.

Embassy donates 12 bullet proof vests to the MIT
The Embassy is proud to partner with the Belize Police Mobile Interdiction Team (MIT) to further enhance safety and stability in Belize! Recently, the Embassy provided the MIT with 12 bullet proof vests, the total value of which is USD $6,000, and which the MIT will use during their law enforcement operations across Belize.

New exhibit coming at Museum of Belize
Look out for the launch of a new exhibit at the Museum of Belize (NICH) in conjunction with our 15th Anniversary, coming this February 3rd, 2017! #ElCimarrón

New Years Party at Secret Paradise Beach Bar
Sunday, January 1, 2017 at 11 AM - 5 PM

Onsite Masters Degree Scholarships
The Organization of American States (OAS) in collaboration with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) herein offer Onsite Masters Degree Scholarships in English to applicants who merit top scores. Selected candidates will be required to apply online to VUB; having accepted the OAS offer. The application deadline has been established at January 31, 2017. Further, the OAS, VUB and the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT in the USA) are also collaborating to offer opportunities and the offer is herein attached under separate cover. The language of instruction will be English, the different deadlines indicated in the attached as well as the application protocol.

Poets Corner: Economy!
By Abdulmajeed K Nunez. We are missing opportunities Where are Belize’s uranium, marble and agriculture industries? Belize already has nuclear energy With all the uranium in this country Dah nuclear Science wi pickney fi di study Where are our nuclear scientists of this country? Why are we not exploiting this facility? Belize has the second largest Barrier Reef We don’t know the medicine in the reef These two things, also will give us debt relief Australia has the largest which not as vibrant as ours Yet they make almost a billion off visitors Meanwhile Belize is seismic testing to sell oil rights Belizeans have to stand up and fight Food security is a necessity The Belize dollar di bottom out already Hector Silva has told us this subtly It was devalued in 1950 Signaling he is a part of PUDP Tell us the dollar is getting ready to devalue And it won’t be the first time he knew He said this softly Saying emphatically he knew since 1950 Even though many denied its reality

Simone Biles' Motivational Ceremony
A motivating, one-on-one, session for young Belizean athletics and students at the Bliss Institute for the Performing Arts.

Education USA Belize welcomes Belizean and American high school students
Today, Education USA Belize welcomed Belizean and American high school students who shared tips on selecting and applying to colleges and universities in the United States. The students discussed the application process, placement tests, financial aid, and many more topics. We hope everyone involved found the session helpful and wish them good luck!

Channel 7

Ministry Says School Starts Next Tuesday
Tonight, if you're a parent of a child in pre, primary or high school, you probably aren't sure what to do with them next week: should you keep them home, or send them to school? And that's because there have been very conflicting messages coming out of The Ministry of Education and the School Managements on one hand, and the Teachers Union on the other. Up to yesterday the BNTU sent a release telling teachers and students to enjoy the full three weeks of their Christmas vacation - and return to school as originally scheduled on January ninth. Well, today the Ministry of Education sent a public service announcement clearly re-stating the official position. It says, quote: Teachers and students at pre-primary, primary and secondary levels are to report to school on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 The announcement adds that School Bus Runs will be operating starting on the third.

Newlywed Killed In Traffic Fatality, On His Wife's Birthday
Last night's news was all about the high profile traffic accident where the UDP's Alfonso Noble knocked down and killed Gilbert Meyers on Christmas Day. Well tonight, the news is of another fatal traffic accident. In this case, the tragic loss is compounded because the victim, 38 year-old Josue Alfaro just married his new wife on Christmas Eve. He was home to spend the holidays, which should have been their honeymoon. But instead, he died yesterday - which also happened to be his new wife's birthday. We had a few late breaking details last night, and tonight we have a more complete story for you. Daniel Ortiz reports:

Alfonso Not A Jehovah's Witness
And turning to the Christmas Eve accident, where Alfonso Noble knocked down and killed Gilbert Meyers, there is a new wrinkle tonight. Noble's attorney, Herbert Panton yesterday claimed that his client refused to give police a blood sample because he is a Jehovah's Witness. Well, the social media blowback from that has been fierce and furious. And pictures such as this one from 2011, which shows him giving blood for HIV/AIDS testing have been widely circulated. We also found a story from our archives, when Noble was a part of this newsroom. It's from 2006, when he was covering the story on why members of the public should not be afraid to know their HIV status. Here's a snippet of that story:

Three Men Shot In City
There was a shooting on the southside of Belize City a short while ago. It happened at around 6:00 this evening at a mechanic shop on Jane Usher Boulevard. According to reports, two men were working on a car at a mechanic shop when a gunman pulled up. Reports say he shot them both, plus one other person who was nearby. All three were rushed to the hospital and are reported to be alive at this time with varying injuries. Latest information says that one man, a 50 year old was shot to the hip, while another man was shot to the leg and arm, and a younger male, in his teens, was grazed to the back.

Senior Citizen Fought Off Armed Attackers
Henry Bulwer has been selling fruits at the corner of West Collet Canal and Raccoon Streets for the last six years. But last night the 73 year old had to fend off two armed attackers. They demanded that he turn over his money, but instead of handing over his day's earnings, Bulwer decided to fight back. He told us how. Henry Bulwer, Fruit Vendor: "I was about to close in just as a lady came to buy something from me, meanwhile I went inside to carry on putting up my stuff. Two man approached me directly with guns and said 'give me the money'. I wasn't consistent with that when he said 'give me the money' I decided that they won't get any money. So we started talking to him meanwhile but he looked like he was about to shoot so I aggressed him and they continued on tasseling with me. I told him 'I have no money' then I decided I was going to call for the police. There was a tassel between me and him and a young man who was out there too helping me, he moved off because he saw a gun. I got my elbow and shoulder hurt and that was part of what really happened there."

OW Grocer Shot In Armed Holdup
A Chinese businesswoman was shot last night in an armed robbery at her grocery store, Taisan Supermarket. Three of her customers were also hurt. At around 8:00 a masked man strode into the store and shot 42 year old Yan Zhen Yu to her left abdomen. He then raided cash register, taking an undisclosed amount of cash, and dashed off down a dark alley nearby. Five customers were inside the store at the time, and three of them suffered minor injuries while trying to escape. Police have reviewed surveillance video, but it isn't clear enough to identify the masked suspect.

Brazen Xaibe Holdup
Armed robbers also terrorized a business in the Corozal district. It happened yesterday afternoon at 4:30 when men who had shirts pulled over their faces, held up Aurora's Store, popularly known as Reyes Store, in Xaibe Village. They met three females - including a 15 year old minor - tending the family owned business - along with two female customers, one a senior citizen, the other a child. The young male robbers weren't fazed, and pulled weapons on the cashier, demanding cash. They helped themselves to a thousand dollars and a cell phone from one of the customers, and then fled on bicycle, heading towards the Phillip Goldson highway. But Police responded quickly and villagers helped them to find a young man hiding in one of the cane fields. He was found with the stolen cellular phone in his pocket. He also led the Police to a fake firearm which he claims to have used in the robbery.

Cayo's Alleged Granny Killer Well Known To Police
Cayo police have more background information on 24 year old murder suspect Trevor Jones. He is accused of killing 68 year old grandmother of 29, Paulina Urbelina Sanchez. He was arrested on Sunday, and charged with murder yesterday. Police say that he is well known to them and has had run-ins with the law from age 12. They say he has been in and out of jail since then and just recently he was released from prison for a firearm offense. But Jones's involvement is just one part of this murder case. Reports are that he was hired by a relative to execute Sanchez. The suggestion is that the relative wanted Sanchez out of the way to take her property. Police say they have not established that connection as yet.

Succotzeno Killed In Melchor
A watchman from San Jose Succotz was stoned to death and robbed in Melchor over the weekend. Marvin Tut went to spend the holidays with his brothers in Melchor and on Christmas day he went drinking with his friends. He had just gotten paid and reports are that earlier in the day he took out his money in front of everyone at the bar. Well later that night, a couple guys went looking for him and they went to the same bar he was drinking at earlier, and that is when the men stoned him in his face and killed him. They stole over $400 Belize dollars from Tut. His brothers found his body thrown in a football field early boxing day. When we called Cayo and Benque police, they both said they did not have any information on the murder. So, the family has to follow up with police in Melchor to get justice for their loved one.

Police Plod Along With Pakeman Case
Rural Eastern Division Police have still not completed their investigation into the March 2016 accident that killed mechanic Dean Dawson and implicated Government Press Officer Dorian Pakeman. You'll remember that ACP Edward Broaster told us in our pre-Christmas interview that the DPP has given them directives to complete the investigation file. Broaster said that his officers would have done what was requested by the end of last week. So, what's the hold-up? Well, he told us that they haven't finished due to delays at the National Forensics Laboratory: ACP Edward Broaster - OC, Rural Eastern Division: "We have not been successful as yet. One of the main problems that we have is with the - or one of the main challenges we're having is the fact that we need a report from the National Forensics Laboratory regarding some samples that we have sent, and to date, those are not forthcoming, and that's the only thing that is holding up the culmination of this investigation."

Police Detain Michelle Moreira's Husband, After Her Body Found In River
One case that the police are having more success with is their murder investigation into PG native Michelle Moreira. She was found washed up in the Belize River three weeks ago. Up until last week, police couldn't identify her. Since then, however they've gotten in touch with her family, and they've also been able to put together a general idea of her last days alive. Today, police told us that they have detained a man she was in a common-law relationship with, and he is being questioned for inconsistencies in his story: ACP Edward Broaster - OC, Rural Eastern Division: "We have properly identified Michelle Moreira, yes. We are in contact with one of her sons, and we have detained one individual who is believed to be in some sort of a common-law relationship with her. He was questioned." "We still have him in custody because he told us that the last time he saw Michelle Moreira was the Saturday prior to her death, and we have information that he was with her the day prior to her death."

Multibeam Makeover, this Time With Consultation
At the end of October, the MV Northern Explorer left Belizean waters under duress. The ship was supposed to have conducted seismic surveys in offshore Belize. But after massive push back from the citizens of San Pedro and the conservation community, the government was forced to shut down operations. But apparently that was not an end to the effort. It's being reloaded, except this time with consultations. Today, the Ministry of National Development and Petroleum announced that it will be holding two consultations regarding the Multibeam surveys and Sea Seep surveys. These are similar to the ones the Northern Explorer was conducting. The Ministry will go over the methods that will be used, as well was what they are looking for and the benefits of the information. The floor will also be open to the public to ask questions and express their concerns about the operations.

Simone's Session With Youths
Winning five medals in the gymnastics competition at the Summer Olympics. Before Simone Biles, no American woman had ever done it before. That's a singular distinction. And for her unmatched accomplishment, Biles was yesterday named the Associated Press female athlete of the year - beating out perennial favourites such as Serena Williams. What would you like to ask someone who'd done something so singular? Well today, Belize's young athletes got just that chance when Biles participated in a question and answer session with students, athletes and fans. Our cameras were there to capture the event...

Reduced Charged For Travaun
29 year-old Nigel Castillo is a Belize City resident who was shot in July after he reportedly had a misunderstanding with a group of young men, and a police constable. Well, 21 year-old Travaun Chee, one of the men who was charged for the shooting, has gotten off the initial charge. Today, when the case was called up before court, the prosecutor told the court that a directive has come from the DPP's Office to withdraw the charge of attempted murder. That was formally done, but Chee still faces charges of aggravated assault, wounding, and use of deadly means of harm. He's currently out on bail for those charges.

Jeep Swerves Out Of Control On Crowded Boulevard
Last night, a Jeep SUV barreled into a storefront on Central American Boulevard. A bystander who works in the hardware sotre told us off camera how he was almost run over:... Voice of Worker: "I was standing outside, about to cross the street when I saw the vehicle took the curve and it looked like he lost control and crashed into my boss' fence and knocked down his door, if I had stood a little longer on the street I would have gotten knock down too." Courtney Weatherburne, 7News: "So you said it was a Coast Guard type vehicle?" Voice of Worker: "No a coast guard was driving it. It was a 4 door tinted vehicle." Courtney Weatherburne, 7News: "And you are not familiar with the driver?" Voice of Worker: "No, no."

A Race For The Ages
On Sunday - the KREM New Year's Day Cycling Classic will have its twenty-fifth running. Cycling historian Kwame Scott told us what to look for in this year's race and why it is a race of consequence:...

Channel 5

Newlywed Josue Alfaro Crushed by Bus on Wife’s Birthday
The spate of traffic fatalities continues across the country, the most recent collision claiming the life of a newly-wed on Wednesday night.  The Sandhill Villager was driving his pickup truck [...]

Alfonso Noble, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and the Refused Blood Sample
Is Alfonso Noble a religious convert and if so when did he become a Jehovah’s Witness?  Late this evening, attorney Herbert Panton issued a statement concerning comments he made in [...]

Ladyville Police Still Waiting for Dorian Pakeman Samples
Last week, you heard ACP Edward Broaster say that they were waiting for lab results from the national forensic lab in the Pakeman-Dawson case. ACP Broaster was hopeful that they [...]

2 Accidents in Orange Walk; Youth Dead, 11 Injured
A total of sixteen persons were injured in five separate traffic accidents over the Christmas weekend. Of these, twelve were involved in two separate accidents in the Orange Walk District. [...]

David Andrews’ Grieving Family Speaks Out
He was the baby of their family, the apple of his mother’s eye. Ramona Carcamo, a vendor known as “Mama Chula,” joins the long list of grieving Belize City mothers [...]

Jane Doe No More: Suspect Being Questioned in Michelle Moreira Murder
Last week we told you that Police have since identified the homeless woman as – Michelle Moriera- whose body was retrieved from the Belize River two weeks ago. Moriera’s badly [...]

Secondary School Principals: It’s Back to School on January 3rd, Not 9th
Is the Belize National Teachers Union alone in its face-off with the Ministry of Education over the resumption of classes in January?  The Belize Association of Principals of Secondary Schools, [...]

Teachers Expected to be Back in Classes Next Tuesday
According to Longsworth, there are no indications from secondary school teachers that they will be absent from work on Tuesday.  In the interest of high school students who will be [...]

Police Progressing Slowly in Trio Arson Case
It has been six weeks since five families were wiped out by a fire in a hidden corner of Trio village, Toledo District. The incident appears to be linked to [...]

1 of 2 Defendants Freed in Attempted Murder Case
A rookie cop and his friend were accused of the attempted murder of Nigel Castillo in July of this year after a shooting incident at a basketball court behind the [...]

Accused Robber Picked Up for Another Charge
Twenty-five-year-old Stanley Moore is back on remand at the Belize Central Prison tonight after being read two charges in connection with the attempted robbery of an elderly businessman on Wednesday [...]

Consultation on Multibeam and Seep Sea Survey Coming in January
Government is holding a public consultation on marine multi-beam and Sea Seep Survey. In a release issued today, the Ministry of Economic Development and Petroleum says that they, along with [...]

Simone Biles Concludes Belize Vacation with Motivational Talk to Athletes
It was Simone Biles’ last day in Belize and after a week of enjoying all that the country has to offer, her last activity was to have an open talk [...]

Sports Council Director Calls on Sporting Associations to Step Up
The event today saw the participation of many sporting associations and their respective athletes. But for years now, the criticism is that enough funding has not been made available for [...]

What’s Your Healthy New Year’s Resolution?
Committing to acts of self improvement or making resolutions is a common tradition that many undertake to start a new year. It’s commonly cited that only eight percent of people [...]

CTV3

Chinese Business Woman Shot During Arm Robbery
Forty two year old Belizean Chinese businesswoman, Yan Zhen Yu is lucky to be alive tonight after she was shot last night while at her business establishment, Taisan Supermarket located in the Louisiana Area here in Orange Walk Town. Reports indicate that sometime around 8:00 in the evening one male individual, wearing a mask over his face entered the store and fired a single shot which caught Yu on the left side of her abdomen. The robber then proceeded to open the cash register taking an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the area through a dark alley nearby. There were approximately five customers inside the store at the time the crime was being committed, three of whom suffered minor injuries while trying to escape.

BNTU Sticks To Its Guns, Classes Reopens January 9th
Tonight the burning question on everyone’s mind continues to be, will classes resume early in the new year- on January third? That continuous to be the date implemented by the Ministry of Education and the School Managements but the BNTU tonight remains on the position that classes will resume as regularly scheduled……on January the ninth. Luke Palacio – President of Belize national Teachers’ Union: “For the Union we say that classes resume on the 9th of January.” Reporter: “Do you regret the confusion that all this standoff really caused?” Luke Palacio – President of Belize national Teachers’ Union: “Well to say that we regret might be so but we are more concerned that after all our efforts, all our attempts trying to get the management and ministry to the table with us try and ensure that there this smooth transition after the court ruling at least up to this point giving us granting the injunction that things could have work out for the intention of all of our citizens but the bottom line remains that our teachers and our students deserve their three weeks holiday...”

Tug And War Between MOE And BNTU
Students, parents and even teachers are caught in what has become a thug of war between the Ministry of Education and the Belize National Teacher’s Union over which date classes should resume, following the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. As you already know, it is customary that the holiday lasts three weeks, which would see classes start on Monday January 9th, but due to the Union’s 11-day protests in October, the Ministry of Education advised Managing Authorities to find ways of making up time and the new date proposed by Managing Authorities is January 3rd. The BNTU issued a release yesterday indicating to their members – the teachers – that classes shouldn’t open until the 9th. In response, the Ministry of Education issued a statement reminding teachers and parents that school reopens on Tuesday, January 3rd. According to the Ministry, the Government will even provide a bonus to teachers who end up going to school from January 3rd.

San Andres Chairman Demands That Roads Be Fix
Christmas has come and gone and the Chairman of San Andres Glenford “Choco” Melvin did not get one of his Christmas wishes. This wish was to see the roads in his community free of pot holes. The main San Andres Road, particularly a section about 900 feet in length, leading to the cut-off to the Corozal Community College and Corozal Junior College, is in a seriously dilapidated state. Today, Choco called us out to the road section to show us how bad it is and to call out the elected area representative Hugo Patt for neglecting one of his duties. Glenford “Choco” Melvin, Chairman, San Andres Village: “We have a lot of pothole for many years and whenever the ministry of works come and fix and as you turn behind you there they have a pile of white marl and they throw it in the hole but the next day when it rains it just washes out and so you can see a vehicle gong and see the condition and see how it bouncing and bouncing through the hole and the first thing concern of the owner of the vehicle especially the taxi man that would pass in front of me and say Mr. chairman please fix the road we are paying more tax in our taxi which in we don’t receive those taxes is the government so the question is what are they doing with these moneys...”

More Delays On Dorian Pakeman Case
Approximately nine months have gone by since the death of Gardenia resident 45 year old Dean Dawson and still no charges have been levied against Director of the Government Press Office Dorian Pakeman, the man believed to be responsible for causing the accident. While authorities keep on reiterating that they are awaiting instructions from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions on how to proceed with the long overdue case, there is one major setback which was identified by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Edward Broaster during an interview with the media in Belize City earlier today. Edward Broaster – Assistant Commissioner of Police: “One of the main problems that we are having is with the or one of the main challenges we are having is the fact that we need a report from the National Forensic lab regarding some samples that we’ve sent and to date those are not fore coming and that is the only thing that is holding up, the culmination of this investigation.”

BNTU And MOE Try To Solve Their Issues Out Of Court
On December 16th, officials of the Ministry of Education and executives of the Belize National Teacher’s Union met at the Supreme Court where their respective attorneys informed the Chief Justice that they were accepting his advice to seek mediation to resolve their differences. As we had previously reported they were given 45 days to arrive at an agreement and today Vice President of the BNTU, Adelaida Guerra, spoke of the advancements of the case. Adelaida Guerra- Vice President of the BNTU: “We have not had any meetings as yet but what was mandated in the court we have 45 days to work the mediation process.” Reporter: “Would you have expected that at least one meeting would have taken place yet despite this break?” Adelaida Guerra- Vice President of the BNTU: “I would have hope we would have had one meeting that is true but looking at it being holiday time I guess the mediator might have had some other commitments or something like that so I don’t know why we were not called to any meeting yet.”

BAPSS Sides With Ministry Of Education With Reopening of Classes
While the BNTU has made clear their position of returning to the classroom until Monday January 9th, the Belize Association of Principals of Secondary Schools, (BAPSS) and the Belize Association of General Managers of Pre and Primary schools reiterated today that they are on the side of the Ministry and are urging all students, parents and teachers to show up for formal classes on Tuesday January 3rd, 2017. In a release, BAPSS Chair, Omar Longsworth wrote quote “This position was taken as we are convinced that these four days will provide students with meaningful instructional time that was lost during the eleven days of strike action taken in October 2016. It is our hope that all stakeholders in education will be supportive of this decision as we continue to provide for the best interest of our students.” End quote


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Government Wants Public’s Input on Deep Sea Survey
The Government of Belize through its Ministry of Economic Development and Petroleum is planning on conducting a marine multi-beam and sea seep survey in the deep offshore waters of Belize. It is an activity that will produce maps with Belize’s navigation and scientific information as well as seafloor maps. Prior to this undertaking, however, the […]

DPP Frees Chee of Attempted Murder Charge
Today on a directive from the DPP, 21 year old Travaun Chee was freed of a charge of attempted murder in connection with an incident which occurred in July in which 29 year old Nigel Castillo was shot in his lower abdomen. Chee was freed of the charge when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate […]

The Belize Times

Barrow’s BLACK Christmas… – Belizeans Brace for Stormy Weather in 2017!
As the dust begins to settle on 2016, there is still nothing but darkness on Belize's horizon. Little more than a year has passed since Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced that the best was yet to come; a shell of a promise. Not only has that not been true, but Belize is on the brink of total economic meltdown. And while the political elite dine fine and squander away Belize's limited wealth, the Belizean public will face tougher times in the coming year. Barrow, in an interview last week, skirted and danced around questions about whether or not Belizeans will face higher taxes. He cannot bring himself to say it publicly but there is no doubt about who will pay the price for his administration's mismanagement, failures and corruption. Barrow's government finds itself renegotiating the 2038 Superbond once more after making an agreement more favorable to bondholders in 2012 and patting himself on the back for it. And now, just a few short years since that restructuring effort, for which he sang his own praises, Barrow is at the mercy of bondholders, begging to restructure again. This time, however, the bondholders need assurances on their investment and are demanding that Belize proceed with the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) advice.

Public Officers Suspended (WITH PAY) for Mason Birth Certificate
Four employees from the Vital Statistics Unit which falls under the Attorney General’s Ministry have finally been placed on a two-month suspension WITH pay over the issuance of the William Mason birth certificate. The holder of that birth certificate is Guyanese born Rajesh Ouellet/Teddy Oellette, or whatever other name he had gone by before ending up on remand at the Belize Central Prison for the July 15, 2016 murder of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas. Mason, who was found in possession of the decapitated head of the Pastor inside his Ford F-150 pickup truck without license plates at a bar in Belmopan was later learned to have been very well connected to top Government officials and in particular, to then Police Minister Hon. John Saldivar. The Minister has since been stripped of that portfolio over his questionable relationship with Mason.

Massive Collision Claims Three in OW
Three young men died in a terrible traffic accident on the Yo Creek Road. Instead of preparing for the Christmas Holidays, the families of 26 year-old Jason Gongora; his cousin, 22 year-old Giovanni Gongora; and their 22 year-old neighbour Minor Hernandez are making funeral arrangements. The accident happened sometime around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 17 on the Yo Creek Road, about 3 and a half miles away from Orange Walk Town. These 3 were good friends and neighbours from Yo Creek Village and they were traveling in a green Ford F-150 pickup truck. They were on their way to Orange Walk Town, reportedly to continue socializing when they had a head-on collision with a Tillett’s Bus. The massive impact flung all 3 men from the truck and so the investigators don’t exactly know which of them was driving at the time of the accident. It is believed that they died at the moment of impact or shortly thereafter.

The Grinch that Stole 2016
The Prime Minister flew out with his family last week, to return this week. We take this opportunity to wish the leader of the nation and his family all the best this Christmas, particularly the Prime Minister whose enhanced bowel movements and intestinal disturbances have been made such unnecessary public knowledge. It must be a wonderful thing when you can jump on a jet plane at a moment’s notice and fly to Miami or New York or anywhere really, when money is no object and the world is your oyster. It must be a wonderful thing when your last minute Christmas shopping need not be done in the crowded confines of the downtown plaza, or sidestepping the homeless on a smelly Albert Street, but across the seas in exclusive designer stores, with vehicles waiting outside to whisk your packages away to your swank hotel. A vast majority of Belizeans did not have access to those opportunities before 2016. That is the truth. But as we near 2017, many more of our Belizeans have lost what spending power they had. Just look in the newspapers, even in this so-called joyous time of the year. In some cases the lifeblood of these publications has literally become the pages upon pages of auction listings – Belizeans losing their homes and land and businesses and properties. Incredibly, sometimes there are more than ten full pages of such listings. That has been one of the many tragic tales of 2016.

New Year & Possible New Industrial Action by BNTU
The Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) and the Ministry of Education have accepted mediation to work out whether teachers who went on an 11-day strike in October ought to be paid for the time they were absent from school. That apart, according to the Union’s attorney, Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay, the matter of the make-up time is headed for another industrial dispute if the Ministry insists on interfering in the teachers’ conditions of work. As you may be aware, the Ministry in collaboration with the Managing Authorities of schools agreed to add 6 days to the school calendar without consulting the BNTU. Four of the make-up days would be extracted from the Christmas break so that the return to classes in January 2017 would be Tuesday the 3rd as opposed to Monday the 9th. The teachers are not agreeable to this and SC Courtenay has referred to the Education Rules to categorically affirm that “the Government of Belize cannot dictate to teachers when they are going to work and when they are going to get their holidays.” He counseled, “I would like to encourage the Managing Authorities to dialogue with the Union as representative of the teachers and have this matter resolved quickly. We are headed to another industrial dispute. It should be avoided.”

If Dah Noh Soh
Somebody at the Belize Press Office needs some damned sensitivity training. Trust me we do not need to know about the old baldhead’s bowel movements – frequent or interrupted – and we sure as hell do not need to know about what’s going on inside his colon. I don’t care if it’s a lesion or legion or a legion of lesions. That’s between Dean Oliver, his God and his toilet. The entire nation would have been okay with a release explaining that that DOB is indisposed. If you don’t favour indisposed, use unwell…or you can say the unwell, indisposed fellow has a medical condition. No talk about colons or lesions or bowels – ever. Don’t. Sheesh! Bad bowels and jokes aside…the country is in some deep s*#t. Like deep! A little bird in Dean Oliver’s office has confirmed that GOB is as screwed up as DOB…as in struggling to even pay public officers every two weeks. According to that stool pigeon on the grapevine, the day was saved recently when Taiwan came through with a multi-million dollar loan. That loan has apparently been keeping the government afloat for the moment. But what happens when that dries up? Well that same source says that with new taxes in fuel implemented in January, pump prices will shoot past $10 a gallon, creating the short term cash flow government so desperately needs since the apparently not so bright baldhead screwed up the country.

Questions to Ministers
Would the Member for Queen Square and Minister of Finance please confirm reports that the Ministry of Finance has had to be borrowing money for the past months just to ensure that government can meet its wage bill? Would the Member for Queen Square and Prime Minister please confirm or deny reports that his recent “illness” in New York was just a way of setting the stage so he can call early elections in 2017? Would the Member for Queen Square and Minister of Finance please say how likely it is that our Belizean dollar will be devalued in early 2017? Would he further confirm reports that public officers working for less than five years are being looked at as the first to go when the government commences its Retrenchment exercise in 2017? Would the Member for Belize Rural North and Minister of NEMO, Canefields, Visas, Company Checks, Land Hustles and Transport please provide an accounting of the monies spent on homes for those affected by Hurricane Earl?

MAN UP, MR.BARROW!
By: Norris Hall. Dear Mr. Prime Minister: We the people are reluctant to address you as protocol dictates. You see Sir, we believe that respect is earned, not bestowed or dictated. Nevertheless, we write as “normal” Belizeans. There is no arrogance, nor superiority, nor dishonesty in our DNA. We are just simple folks but we understand more than you think we do. This is the time of the year when we tend to resort to what has become meaningless clichés about goodwill towards men, peace on earth, wishes for a merry Christmas and so on. You get the drift? We do not want to steal the thunder but we are also certain that we have an idea about your annual Christmas message. Actually, in its entirety, it has become the annual cliché of the year. We are sure that with all the spotlights for the television camera, you are far removed from the reality of what we really want for Christmas. It would add meaning to your Christmas message. What we really want Mr. Prime Minister, is good governance and a responsible government.

The True Meaning of Christmas
By: Eduardo Santos Mark Forsyth is the author of A Christmas Cornucopia: The hidden stories behind our yuletide traditions published by Viking Penguin. He penned this article in ‘The Telegraph’ newspaper which to some extent, amply describes our present Christmas festivities in Belize. Gone are the days where religion and cultural affairs played a key role in our festivities. Now it’s one long festival of gluttony and debauchery. I leave you with Mr. Forsyth’s article in toto. Think you know the true meaning of Christmas? You’re wrong and you always have been. Everybody has forgotten the true, religious meaning of Christmas; these days it’s all “feasting to excess, dancing, and crowning the doors” – or at least that’s what Gregory of Nazianzus said in 386AD. Christmas on December 25 was first recorded in the year 354, it’s fair to say that the complaint is very nearly as old as the festival itself.

Thinking Out Loud
As I told you last week when our tree in Orange Walk was destroyed by malicious vandals, I had no doubt that the collaboration between our Council and the community would mean a new tree in short order, and so it has come to pass. I have learned by experience that there is nothing that cannot be achieved when this community pulls together, and as always I give thanks. At the risk of repeating myself, I also give thanks to the community for its unwavering support where the infrastructure in our town is concerned. I am very proud of all of us. Not only is Orange Walk very likely the municipality where the most real infrastructure work has taken place through an intensive works program, but it is the municipality which has received absolutely no assistance from Central Government other than a tiny allocation every month. So what you see happening in our town is a result of good financial management, commitment and community – no grants or bonds or political gifts.

Still No Charges in Pakeman RTA
After almost nine months, the family of popular mechanic Dean Dawson, 45, of Gardenia village in the Belize District has not had closure as it relates to the police investigation into the traffic accident that led to his death. Dawson was struck off his bicycle on the night of March 30, 2016 and did not survive the severe injuries. The driver behind the wheel of the Government issued Isuzu D-Max pick-up that hit Dawson was none other than the Director of the Government’s Press Office, Dorian Pakeman, 34. Pakeman would claim that it was Dawson who swerved into his lane but the evidence on the Philip Goldson Highway showed differently as tire tracks pointed to Pakeman hitting the brakes moments before, during or just after impact and NOT in his lane.

The UDP’s 3R’s – Reuse…Recycle & Regurgitate
It was announced via SSB release today that Dr. Colin Young will be the new Chief Executive Officer, replacing vanquished CEO John Flowers whose unpopularity with other heads of Department spelled his demise. Young also serves as CEO in the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Sustainable Development and Climate Change, and as the Chair of the Protected Areas Conservation Trust. He is a member of the Board of Directors of BTL, serves on a climate change board and is one of the UDP’s campaign managers. He got the top spot at the SSB without submitting an application. This is how the UDP does it, typical MO for an organization that has found itself suffering from a terminal talent deficiency. So one set of persons are reused, recycled and regurgitated…from one posting to the next, from one Board to the next, from one role to the next. Young won’t be lonely at the SSB. The UDP’s most recycled and regurgitated person is the Chair of the Social Security Investment Committee.

Harvest Caye Sparkles…But At What Cost?
After snubbing the local press for weeks, Norwegian Cruise Line finally relented and invited the press to tour their Harvest Caye Cruise Port. Tourism Minister Manuel Heredia Jr., Tourism Director, Karen Bevans, and photographers from the Belize Tourism Board accompanied the media houses. Were they there to participate, or babysit the press which the Government often treats as unruly? This is a one-of-a-kind facility in Belize and with a price tag of over a hundred million dollars…it comes with world-class amenities comparable to the best resorts and hotels in the region. The island is designed to keep as much of the business from NCL’s cruise ship calls to Belize right in that one location, to meet a vacationer’s every want and need, so that they don’t have to leave until the day is ended. There is only one token tour operation that is allowed to take Harvest Caye visitors on mainland tours in Southern Belize. Only H2O Tierra has a contract with NCL to do that kind of business. About 75 calls that NCL used to make in Belize City are now lost to the local tour operators from FECTAB who will suffer business losses for it. Tourism insiders say that NCL cruise tourists are generally the ones who spend the most when they visit Belize, and the two replacement cruise lines from Europe, TUI and MSC, won’t meet the shortfall that NCL’s absence will cause.

Land Dispute Results in Bloody Murder
Police continue to look for the gunman who shot and killed 68 year-old Santa Elena Resident Paulina Urbelina Sanchez. This grandmother of 29 died in front of 2 of her granddaughters, aged 7 and 8. The murder happened at around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 18, at Sanchez’s home at #6 Orange Street, Santa Elena Town. Police investigations reveal that Sanchez had just returned home and was standing in the doorway of her house when a gunman ambushed her. Her daughter, Paulina Suarez, who was on the way to bring her food, arrived just in time to hear her plead with this gunman for her life. The victim reportedly begged for mercy, saying, “Please don’t kill me! Please don’t kill me!”

Argument over God Leads to Murder
Police are looking for help from the public to apprehend 27 year-old Honduran Howard Martinez. He is wanted in connection with the brutal stabbing murder of 27 year-old Freddy Cerritos. The killing happened on Friday, December 16, at Cerritos’ home in the San Martin Area of Belmopan. Both men were reportedly good friends, and at around 5:30 p.m., they were socializing. Police are certain that alcohol was not a factor in this dispute. It appears that the two men were having a discussion about religion and God. Somehow that conversation turned into a disagreement, and investigators and the family are puzzled as to what made Martinez so angry that he attacked Cerritos. He pulled out a knife and stabbed Cerritos 8 times, and he then ran off. Persons nearby rushed Cerritos to the Western Regional Hospital, but he died within 10 minutes of being attacked.

Business Bureau Warns of Dark Days Ahead
While the Chamber of Commerce has been eerily silent on the current crisis facing the business sector in Belize, and the crisis predicted in 2017, the Belize Business Bureau has jumped into the fray. In a release issued this week, the BBB warns GOB that the Foreign Exchange Peg is threatened by the public sector funding gap. The release details Belize’s dire economic situation and offers a list of suggestions which it believes will help to improve the country’s financial outlook. According to the Bureau, Belize is facing seven major issues including a revaluation of Belize’s currency, GDP moving towards 101.7 percent of GDP, diminishing USD reserves, negative GDP growth, per capita less than half of the region’s average, no strategy for de-risking and a widening gap due to the external and domestic gap destabilizing the foreign exchange rate peg. The BBB also noted that in March 2015 an IMF report warned if external debt surged to 100 percent of GDP, it would reflect a 30 percent depreciation of Belizean currency. Pulling no punches, the BBB asserts that the government needs monetary discipline so there can be minimal uncertainty and a controlled trade balance in the country.

2016 May Be Record Year for Murders
As we go to press, in our last edition for 2016, all attempts to obtain official murder statistics from the Police Department have been futile. But by our unofficial count, there have been 140 murders already this year, with 10 days left to 2017. It gives us no pleasure to report that once again Belize is being touted as one of the deadliest countries in the world. Another year is gone without the Police Department having access to a specialized facility to conduct DNA testing and forensic analysis, despite this being a campaign promise by Dean Barrow since 2008. Murderers and rapists have been allowed to walk free because our law enforcement personnel have been neglected by the policy-makers and movers and shakers in government who have been intent on filling their own pockets. Very little attention has been paid to providing proper equipment to our officers. Instead we have become a beggar nation, content to wait for scraps thrown from the US or the UK.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Three men shot tonight in Belize City
Three men were reportedly shot in the Jane Usher Boulevard in Belize City moments ago. Reports to our newsroom are that the men have since been transported to KHMH where their condition remains uncertain. A source told BBN that one man known to the […]

Round 2 – BNTU hunkers down, Education Ministry digs in
Today, the Ministry of Education issued a public service announcement informing parents, teachers and students that classes will resume on January 3, 2017. In their release, the Ministry explained that the school calendar has been adjusted to accommodate a total of 6 days for […]

Rainy weekend ahead
Mostly moist weather is expected to prevail over the next 24 hours with cloudy skies and some showers and isolated thunderstorms over most areas. The wind will blow from the northeast at 5-15 knots. The sea state will be choppy to moderate. High temperatures […]

Dorian Pakeman still not charged
Director of Government Press Office, Dorian Pakeman, has still not been charged in connection with the road traffic accident that left Dean Dawson dead. According to ACP Broaster who spoke to the media today, police are awaiting the results of some samples sent to […]

Man kills common law wife?
Michelle Moreira was recently discovered dead by police with chop wounds across her body. According to ACP Edward Broaster, her common law husband has since been detained by Ladyville police. He is being treated as a primary suspect in Moreira’s death according to Broaster. […]

Police issue official report on fatal traffic accident
Last night around 6, police responded to a road traffic accident between miles 11 and 12 on the Phillip Goldson Highway where they saw a red ford pickup truck with license plates C-54107 on the side of the highway extensively damaged. Police encountered Jose […]

Blogs

My 9 Favorite Spots to Watch the Sunset On Ambergris Caye
Ambergris Caye is really the caye of sunrises. The reef is to the east and almost all hotels and resorts are oriented that way. But let’s be honest…you are on vacation! Waking up between 5:15 and 6:15am is great for some (smaller children and older men) but most of us like to sleep in. I’m here about 350 days a year and I can count my sunrises on one hand. 1. Cocotal Inn – I said no particular order but this spot on the lagoon side of the Cocotel Inn is staged perfectly for the sunset. A small dock made for two. White adirondack chairs. It’s perfect. 2. The Barrel Bar. A bit more adventurous. Located north of town on the lagoon side is Barrel Bar. It has gone through some name and management changes but it remains basically the same. A ramshackle building and dock over the lagoon with lots of character. It’s a local spot for sure but order a beer or a rum and coke (I’m quite sure they are not making strawberry daiquiris) and head to the back porch. The view over the mangroves is spectacular.

Belize to be one of 2017's biggest travel trends
Belize is expected to be one of the top trending travel destinations of 2017. Situated just a stone’s throw away from North America, with English as its official first language, a trove of activities and tourist attractions, and with increased airline routes and cheaper rates, it’s no doubt that Belize would shoot to the top of many travel bucket lists. It used to be that Belize’s tourism pitch was as “Mother nature’s best kept secret”. That has not been the case in recent years, however, as that secret is probably now as well guarded as Victoria’s. Tourism arrivals to the small country that enjoys the best of Central American and Caribbean landscapes have consistently trended up, and for good reason. It’s hard not to be entranced by Belize’s breathtaking ocean views, the historical significance of its ancient Mayan ruins, the exciting adventures awaiting in its lush forests and jungles, the captivating colors, the warm hospitality, the cultural diversity, the delectable cuisine and the year round tropical climate. MSN Lifestyle recently highlighted some of the best activities for tourists to indulge in while in Belize. It recommended visiting one of the most historical Mayan ruins in the country: Xunantunich. The archaeological site is situated on a hill just at Belize’s border with Guatemala. Villages from neighboring Guatemala can even be seen from atop the ruin. A visit to this site would no doubt make for a memorable experience and would certainly make for great photo opportunities.

Ten things to know before traveling to Belize
Belize is the vacation destination of a lifetime waiting to happen. It is incredibly beautiful and warmly welcoming. It comfortably close to home for Northern American visitors. It is surprisingly affordable and is sure to provide tons of fun for all members of the family but before booking your adventure vacation to the “Jewel” here’s what you need to know. 1.) It was home to ancient Mayan cities and civilizations and there are many ruins and archaeological sites scattered across the country. These mysterious historical monuments offer a glimpse into the past of the people who once inhabited the land. 2.) Belize was first occupied by Spain but later became a British colony. It was granted independence from Great Britain in 1981 and remains a member of the Commonwealth nations. 3.) It is locked in an age-old territorial dispute with Guatemala, which claims Belize as part of its territory. The countries are currently in the process of arranging measures to settle the dispute in the International Court of Justice. 4.) Early in the country’s development, its economy depended heavily on agriculture and later oil but now tourism is the number one foreign exchange earner hence its emphasis on providing an excellent tourist experience.

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World's wackiest cocktails and most unusual drinks
Jack Maxwell, host of Travel Channel’s Booze Traveler, shares a sampling of cocktails made with some surprising and intriguing ingredients. The hidden treasures include seaweed, pinecones and even "big-bottomed ants." Here are 7 of the world's wackiest cocktails and most unusual drinks from around the world. In Belize, cool and refreshing cocktails are in high demand. Seaweed, which is abundantly available in the country, is mixed with brandy and condensed milk for a smoothie that's quite sweet but extremely refreshing. Really want to make it? Here's what you'll need: 4 or 5 ounces brandy 1/8 ounce seaweed gel (2 heaping spoonfuls; you can buy Irish moss or dried Caribbean seaweed dried and boil it, butmake sure you remove any creatures, then puree it in a blender), 4 teaspoons sweetened condensed milk 4 ounces whole milk 3-4 tablespoons vanilla powdered milk Ice Cinnamon, to sprinkle on top

The most iconic Reuters photo from nearly every country in the world in 2016
Reuters and its award-winning photographers are on almost every country on the globe. 2016 was a year of political upheaval, and Reuters was there to capture it. But they also made sure not to forget the more quotidian aspects of life. These 142 photos — one for almost every country Reuters covered this year — don't capture the politicians who led their nations or the athletes who represented them on the world stage. They're about the everyday person just living their life. Here are 142 photos that best represent almost every country in the world in 2016. BELIZE: Palm trees buckle under the pressure from Hurricane Earl.

Expats highly rate health care in Mexico and Central America
One of the biggest concerns about moving to a Central American country or Mexico is the quality of health care. To determine if this objection and others is valid, in late April, Best Places In The World To Retire conducted a survey primarily of expats from the U.S. and Canada who were living in Panama, Belize and Nicaragua. The survey had a margin of error of +/- 5%. The study found these worries were not justified. More than two in five of the expats received good health care in these places. The expats said that the technical resources and quality of care were often comparable to those in the U.S. and that the cost was more reasonable. They also praised the accessibility of health care and physicians’ bedside manner. In Expats: Expectations & Reality, 31% of the respondents reported that they thought they could achieve “better access to less expensive, quality healthcare” by moving abroad. In a subsequent question, 42.6% reported that this was the reality. Separately, Best Places In The World To Retire, collected data from over 450 expats, who answered more than 6,000 questions.

Videos

  • Channel 5 Christmas Special 2016 Part 1, 54min.

  • Channel 5 Christmas Special 2016 Part 2, 48min.

  • Snerklin’ | Hol Chan Marine Preserve, Belize | December 27th, 2016, 6.5min. Snorkeling off Ambergris Caye Belize

  • It Wanted The Chips | Belize Day 3, 17min.

  • Keymission 360 test dive Belize 2016, 4min. We tested the underwater features of the Nikon KeyMission 360 4K, and we're very disappointed with the result. You can see for yourself. You will see some wipes, from one shot to the other.

  • Simone Biles visits Belize, 6.5min.

  • HON John Briceño 2017 New Years Message, 8min.

  • New Year's Marathon - Orange Walk Rotaract Club, 23min.

  • Ask A Wine for NYE - Karl H. Menzies, 40min.

  • New Year's Glam Glow Up (ChristmasFeature), 20min.

  • Kevin and Jordan Swindell - #JoGoesSwinning in Belize, 10min.

  • Belize, 11min.

  • Snorkeling with Sharks in Belize December 2016, 1.5min. Boat to the barrier reef off the coast of Belize near San Pedro. This area is known as Shark Ray Alley.

  • Stann Creek, Belize (Hike and Tube), 3min. Cockscomb Jaguar Reserve - We went with D-Tours of Placencia and learned a lot from a knowledgeable guide. He pointed out cutter ants, howler monkeys, a tarantula, toucans, and a great many fascinating plants.

  • nurse sharks of belize, 2.5min. Just a peaceful swim with the mysteriously beautiful nurse sharks of the Belize Barrier Reef.

  • Snakes of Belize, 12min. A short educational video on the snakes of Belize, debunking the mythologies of their danger and outlining basic behaviors and habits.

  • Welcome to Belize | Shark Ray Alley, Caye Caulker & The Split!, 13min. Come and watch me explore Belize, in this vlog I got to explore Shark Ray Alley, Caye Caulker & The Split! Our Tour Guide was AMAZING! That Rum Punch was NICE!

  • Tulum Mexico & Belize - Mike & Kate Honeymoon, 9min.

  • Belize December 2016, 35min.

  • Hispanic Elvis In Belize Nailed It!, 3min. Me & My wife Went To This Private Islanf In Belize , Central America Called Starfish Island On Our Honeymoon for lunch and to swim in the ocean. We Didn't Know We would run into Elvis!


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