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Today's Belize News: February 21 2017 #521822
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The San Pedro Sun

SPHS female football team are NSSSA’s National Football Tournament Champions
For the first time in San Pedro history, the San Pedro High School’s (SPHS) female football team are the reigning champions of the National Secondary School Sporting Association (NSSSA) 2017 National Football Tournament. Organized by the NSSSA and hosted by SPHS, the two-day tournament took place at the new Ambergris Stadium on Friday, February 17th and Saturday, February 18th. There were four teams participating in the female division and four in the male division. The female teams were: SPHS-North; Saint Catherine Academy (SCA)-Central; Belmopan Comprehensive School (BCS)-West; and Julian Cho Technical High School (JCTHS)-South. The male teams were: Orange Walk Technical High School (OWTHS)-North; Gwen Lizarraga High School-GLHS-Central; BCS-West, and Stann Creek Ecumenical College (SCEC)-South. After scoring both goals on Saturday’s game, SPHS team player Galeano expressed her thoughts on the win. “I am really happy, especially for my senior teammates. This has never been achieved before at SPHS, and they will be able to graduate with this athletic honor. I am proud of myself and my team. All of us have put a lot of effort in practicing, and I give thanks to all of my coaches. All of us on the team played an important role in winning,” said Galeano.

Mari Magaña is the new Reina del Carnaval!
Flora Ancona’s Comparsa Group once again brought much laughter and culture onstage at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium with their fourth annual Miss Carnaval Pageant. Held on Saturday, February 18th, the pageant not only raises funds for the group’s carnaval activities, but it also opens the island’s annual festivities for ‘El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro.’ This year, five lovely ladies took to the stage, vying for the coveted title: Audrey Moya, Vicky Marin, Arabella Hernandez, Anna Young, and Mari Magaña. At the end of a fun night, Mari Magaña walked away with the crown, after charming the judges to take the title of Miss Carnaval 2017-2018. Shortly after 8:30PM, Master of Ceremonies Angel Nuñez welcomed an excited audience. The pageant started with an opening dance by the five participants, who were dressed in colourful costumes. Each one of them then introduced themselves to the audience who responded with much cheer and applause. Then it was time, and the audience cheered wildly as the five contestants sashayed on stage in their elegant evening gowns. They all smiled and posed, demonstrating beauty and poise as the judges submitted their final scores. As the scores were tabulated, the five lovely participants waited for the final verdict onstage. First runner-up was Vicky Marin, and to the sound of drum rolls, the winner was announced. Taking the crown and title of 2017-2018 Miss Carnaval was Mari Magaña. ‘I am so happy… I was confident that I was going to win. I prepared myself well for the pageant,” she told The San Pedro Sun.

Rotary Club installs donation box at Tropic Air
In their latest efforts, the Rotary Club of Ambergris Caye installed a “Change Fa Change” donation box collection at Tropic Air on Friday, February 17th. The funds collected from these boxes will financially help the Rotary Club in their upcoming projects. Tropic Air CEO, John Greif III gave a brief speech following the Club’s announcement. “When it comes to helping the Club with emergency care, and activities for youth, I am all for it. We are happy to participate, and hope it will be profitable as we think it will be,” said Greif. The Rotary Club encourages the community to assist with their projects by making a donation. All donation boxes can be found throughout Tropic Air’s departure lounges.

Ambergris Today

Golf Cart Burns Down Leaving Renters Stunned
Three visitors to the island were left stunned and without a ride after their rented golf cart burnt down to a crisp in front of Island City Supermarket tonight February 20, 2017 just before 7p.m. “We rushed rushed from inside the supermarket when we heard there was a fire outside,” commented one of the persons who rented the golf cart. They were shopping at Island City after having parked the cart outside the supermarket on Coconut Drive. The golf cart was completely destroyed after it ignited and power was cut off in the area for a few minutes while it was being extinguished by the San Pedro Fire Department. The renters of the cart are astonished as to how the vehicle caught fire while parked. It is not the first time that a golf cart has burst into flames but it is not a common occurrence. The San Pedro Fire Department has launched an investigation to determine the cause of the fire.

Placencia Community Says “NO” to Offshore Oil
The Placencia community during the Placencia Art Festival held over this past weekend, came together to take a stand against offshore oil exploration in Belize’s waters, adding 300 more voices to the thousands of voices from the residents of San Pedro and Caye Caulker and other areas of the country in demanding that the government adopt a policy of closing Belizean waters and the Barrier Reef from offshore oil exploration and drilling. Residents wrote and signed petitions addressed to the Belize Tourism Board, the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry responsible for Fisheries and Climate Change, expressing their desire to see Belize’s marine resources protected for current and future generations of Belizeans.

Belizean Musical and Cultural Icon “Leela” Vernon Passes Away
The Government of Belize and the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) have sent out a press release on the passing of Lila Genus Vernon which occurred at around 9:00 a.m. on, February 19, 2017. Lila Vernon was a founding member of the National Kriol Council, an institution which continues to promote Kriol Language, Music and Culture in Belize. In 2004, “Ms. Leela” was named as the Brukdown Artist of the Year and in 2011 she was the recipient of the Woman of the Year in Culture Award.

Misc Belizean Sources

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(BTB) Destination Visit in Caye Caulker
In an effort to promote and build on our relationship with our tourism stakeholders, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) wishes to invite you to our Destination Visit in Caye Caulker. Venue: Caye Caulker Plaza Conference Room. Date: Friday, February 24th, 2017. Time: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm. This event provides the opportunity to hear from the Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation – Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., the Director of Tourism – Mrs. Karen Bevans, and representatives of the BTB Board of Directors as we continue together to make tourism the pillar of our economy. We encourage you to participate at this relaxed and interactive gathering, aimed at getting your input, ideas and suggestions. RSVP to Miguel Martinez at miguel.martinez@belizetourismboard.org , or call 227-2420 should you have any questions or need further details.

The Real Old School Concert and Dance - La Ruta Maya Weekend
Sunday, March 5 at 5 PM - 12 AM, Castleton Entertainment Park, Burrell Boom Village. Join us on March 5th, 2017, La Ruta Maya Weekend. The Real Old School Concert and Dance. Performing Artists: Erick Donaldson and Flourgon. Contact us at 671-2946 // 610-3826 // 608-4044 to reserve your tickets and dinner tables. It will be an epic night and you MUST be there!

CARICOM Leaders Conclude Twenty-Eighth Inter-sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government
Heads of Government of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) held their Twenty-Eighth Inter-sessional meeting in Georgetown, Guyana where they received updates, and deliberated on regional and international issues of importance. The Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community were updated on the most recent developments between Belize and Guatemala. Heads expressed support for the critical role of the Organization of American States (OAS) in the process and underscored their hope that both countries can proceed with the required referendum as early as possible. Heads noted with regret that a protocol for cooperation on the Sarstoon remains outstanding. The Heads of Government emphasized their steadfast support for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of Belize.

San Pedro Carnaval 2017 Schedule
Check out the Carnaval line up for the upcoming week! Who's ready?

Portrait of Leela
Taken by Tony Rath


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This Day in History
On February 19th, 1816, the Honduras Free School established with 12 students of poor free parents in Belize Town. The site of the school was where the building in the picture is currently located on ACC property.

Golf cart burns in San Pedro
A golf cart was completely destroyed after it ignited into flames early this evening on Coconut Drive. The San Pedro Fire Department has launched an investigation to determine the cause of the fire. The San Pedro Sun will have more as information becomes available.

Message of Condolence from Governor General of Belize on Passing of Leela Vernon

Game Licenses
The Belize Forest Department hereby advises the general public that, under the Wildlife Protection Act (CAP 220), a license is required to hunt or sell any game species (or bush meat). In anticipation of this year’s La Ruta Maya River Challenge event, the Forest Department is issuing a temporary Dealer’s License at a fee of one hundred dollars ($100), BUT the license is valid only for open season game species. All hunters and vendors are encouraged to continue to apply and obtain the necessary licenses at their nearest Forest Department office prior to the La Ruta Maya River Challenge, as officers will continue to monitor and enforce the laws. For more information regarding the law or licenses, please contact the Forest Department office at 822-1524 or email us at info@forest.gov.bz.

BELTRAIDE CONGRATULATES QUALITY POULTRY PRODUCTS LTD FOR OBTAINING HACCP CERTIFICATION
EXPORTBelize, a unit of BELTRAIDE, takes this opportunity to congratulate Quality Poultry Products (QPP) on receiving their Hazzard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Certification from the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA). This is truly a milestone for QPP and is a testament of their commitment to quality and competitiveness. The company has invested significantly in their facilities, process improvement and their human resources and has demonstrated the value they place on producing high quality products to satisfy customer needs. This achievement will open many doors for Quality Poultry Products including access to new markets throughout the world and EXPORTBelize stands ready to support them in their market expansion efforts.

BEL Job Opening in San Pedro
A vacancy exists at Belize Electricity Limited for the post of Customer Care Representative II at the San Pedro Branch.

FCD’s Landscape Manager spent a week visiting farms in the Vaca Forest Reserve
Assessing the farming conditions in the reserve. This program is supported by the GEF Small Grants Programme.

This Day in History
On February 2oth, 1768, Robert Hodgson. Esq. was appointed Superintendent of the Mosquito Shore, by letter from the Earl of Hillsborough Source: Honduras Almanack 1829 The posted picture is a drawing of Black River Honduras. This is where the Superintendents lived at that time. Robert Hodgson Sr was the first Superintendent. His Son. Junior, would also become a Superindent as well. They were the only father son Superintendents in our history.

Channel 7

GOB Does Not Make 26 Million Dollar Superbond Payment; PM Explains
The Government should have made a 26 million dollar Superbond payment today - but they didn't. So tonight, technically, the country is in default, and yesterday the Prime Minister confirmed that the country won't pay, at least not yet. We caught up to him at the airport yesterday, when he returned from New York. He and his finance team had been in negotiations with creditors on why they should accept a third restructuring of the Superbond. The Government hasn't budged from its initial offer, and bondholders said that they aren't prepared to accept this new deal because it would reduce the value of the current bonds by 40%. So, where do things stand now? Will the non payment force a breakthrough in negotiations? Yesterday, the Prime Minister said that he has reason to be cautiously optimistic.

PM Not So Sure About New Taxes
So, how do the Superbond renegotiations factor into the planning of the budget for the next fiscal period? The Prime Minister will make a new budget presentation on March 13, and his government has to cover a deepening deficit. Now, the budget presentation is only 3 weeks away, and 10 days ago, when we asked the Financial Secretary about a tax increase, he said, quote, "I think that...it is inevitable that there will be an increase in some taxes." End quote. So, we asked the Prime Minister to confirm, and he said that he couldn't because the Ministry of Finance Technicians still haven't completed their assessments to determine if that very last resort must be taken. Here's how he put it:

PM Says Bloc Sale Of Utility Shares Is Off
So, is the Government considering a sale of shares in the utility companies to meet budget shortfalls? Last week, we heard reports all the way in Barbados that the Barrow Administration was shopping around to foreign investors for the purchase of a package of shares from BTL, BEL and BWSL. We asked the Prime Minister about it, and he confirmed that indeed, it was an idea being looked at, but he said that his Government has scrapped that. Here's how he explained why: Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "We are looking at offering some shares, the sale of some shares, in BEL and BTL to SSB. We did go beyond that and we toyed with a larger offering to the public. I had said, maybe two independent speeches ago, that, certainly in BEL, I would like to see 10% offered to the small man. We did toy with that idea and efforts have been made to talk, not just to the small man, but to institutional investors..."

Did PM Know About Nationality Fraud?
And we also asked the Prime Minister about the Senate Inquiry into the Immigration Department. One of the big disclosures came from the Former Immigration Director, Ruth Meighan. Under cross examination she agreed that in the run up to the 2012 General Elections, there was a rush to get large numbers of persons naturalized, so that they could be added to the voters list. She said that this rush caused persons to be given nationality who did not qualify for it. The Opposition has seized on that to accuse the Barrow Government of stacking the deck for the 2012 General Elections in 2 divisions, Cayo Central and Cayo North East. So, will the Prime Minister commission an investigation into those new citizens from that time period? In the Nationality Audit, the Auditor General complains that she discovered 2,110 persons who got nationality in that rush, but she was not able to review their files. From Her Audit she says, quote, "…we were unable to request and examine all of those Nationality files to confirm whether those persons met all the requirements for Belizean Nationality under the Nationality Act Chapter 161. Further investigation is required." End quote.

Minister Spars With The Press About Immigration Irregularities
And while the Prime Minister is willing to put a commission to investigate electoral fraud, the Minister of Immigration says electoral fraud isn't his business. Today, Godwin Hulse sparred with the press over who's responsible for electoral fraud and immigration irregularities in an extended and prickly interview:... Hon. Godwin Hulse - Minister of Immigration: "Now if you wanted to ask me about people who got nationality who should not have gotten nationality, that is an immigration issue. And you do know that after the Penner debacle we undertook a massive push to try to look at a lot of these. We put in lots of systems to try to protect and catch it. What I heard Castellanos talked about some sort of internal ring of people doing things. It's unfortunate that people did that, but I must point out and I don't want this point to be missed that when I grabbed that portion of the thing,..."

PM: the Case Against Senator Courtenay
And the man who has been a huge contributor to these big Immigration reveals is PUP Senator Eamon Courtenay. He's often in a tag team with Business Senator Mark Lizarraga and Committee Chairman Aldo Salazar, while the witnesses squirm in the hot seat. But, if the ruling UDP Government would have their way, Courtenay would have been forced to step down because of a perceived conflict of interest. It's been just over a week since the Prime Minister and his party called for his removal from the Senate. They say that he can't serve the Ashcroft Alliance as an attorney on one hand, and then protect the public interest as a parliamentarian on the other. The Prime Minister made the case against Courtenay yesterday: Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "It would have the effect of, if not crumbling the reserves, certainly jeopardizing those reserves considerably, I have to think that that is not consistent with his position as a member of the government. Right now, forget the challenges to the laws that we pass..."

57 Year Old Nearly Decapitated In Ladyville
It was a bloody weekend in the Belize and Cayo Districts. There were 4 murders: 1 in Belize City, 1 in Ladyville, and 2 in the Cayo district. We start first with the murder of 57 year-old Walter Dawson, whose body was discovered yesterday morning. Residents of Marage Road area found him on the side of the road with a savage chop wound to the life side of the head, and another wound to the neck which almost severed his head. It's a particularly gruesome murder, with very little answers, and the police are begging for help to solve it. Today, we spoke with the Police Press Officer about it, as well as a family member who asked to speak off camera. Here's what they told us:

Man Stabbed And Shot In Cayo
Cayo police are investigating a double murder and the possible connection between both. The first happened last night before 12:00. 23 year old Alvaro Aldana was attacked as he walked in a park with his wife. He was stabbed and shot. Courtney Weatherburne has more details on Aldana's murder. Every night Alvaro Aldana would have a smoke on this cement platform, right in front his house. It was a habit he just couldn't break. But there will be no more draws of nicotine nor puffs of smoke in the air. That's because Aldana was executed last night in this overgrown park, behind PK restaurant. Around 11:30 last night, Aldana's wife wasn't feeling well and they both went out to get a cab to go to the hospital. But Aldana had to stop off at his mother's house. Aldana and his wife took the shortcut through the park to get to his mother's house. A man emerged from the darkness and opened fire.

Two Hours Later, Another Turns Up Dead, Was It His Killer?
And 7 hours later, another man was killed in Cayo in what is believed to be a related murder. But the identity of this second murder victim hasn't been confirmed at this time. The information is that police found the body of a black man early this morning at 6:00 on First Street behind the Sacred Heart College. He had been shot to the head. Now there are more than a few theories connecting the double murders, but Aldana's wife shared what she knows. Voice of: Shelee Lemus - Wife of Deceased: "Apparently from the information that we got from the police station, yes, it could be that it was the same person that did both murders." Courtney Weatherburne, 7News: "So you mean the same person that killed your husband and this guy, this guy who also supposedly killed your husband."

Police Confirm Connection
And today at a Belize City press brief police confirmed that connection between both Cayo murders. Police press officer Fitztroy Yearwood discussed more about these cases and also made a plea for the public's help in this investigation. Insp. Fitztroy Yearwood - Police Press Officer: "We are public assistance in coming forward to try to help us in investigation these crimes, especially this one in particular. We cannot say what's the motive, if its robbery at this time, but as soon as he investigators find out, we can share that with you." Daniel Ortiz, 7News: "Is there anything that suggest that this murder might be connected to the one which happened in San Ignacio as well, this morning? We have received reports or suggestions which say that this unidentified man may have been an assassin of some sort sent to deal with this particular situation the night before and that he has some other identifiers which may suggest that is from Taylor's Alley area."

Cousin Kills Cousin In City
The weekend's fourth murder happened in Belize City - and it is a case of parricide - or a killing between close relatives. Seventeen year old Eaton Lamb was hanging out out near his home on Pelican Street, when his cousin Tishawn Hamilton confronted him with a knife. Lamb attempted to flee, but Hamilton stabbed him to his chest and back. Lamb made it to Antelope Street Extension before police were able to intervene. He succumbed to his injuries shortly after being rushed to the KHMH. We spoke to the police and his family for more details... Insp. Fitztroy Yearwood - Police Press Officer: "On Saturday around 12:15am police visited the KHMH ward where they saw the lifeless body of 17 yrs. old Eaton Lamb. a few minutes earlier sometime around 11:40 or so police were on patrol on Antelope Street Extension where they saw Lamb running from 24 yrs. old Tishawn Hamilton. He was in direct pursuit with a knife in his hand. Police managed to disarm Hamilton, he was then detained and Lamb was transported to the KHMH for treatment. Unfortunately about 20 minutes later, he succumb to his injury. We know that Hamilton is detained and should be charged for his murder hopefully by the end of the day."

23 Years For Stabbing Wife 32 Times
The man who stabbed his wife 32 times and then slit her throat will serve 23 in jail. As we told you last week, Daniel Ku pled guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter. Well, today Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin sentenced him to 23 years today by. But Ku will only serve 13 years because he's already served 10 years for the 2006 killing. Actually Ku's sentence would have been 25 years but 2 years were deducted because of mitigation pleas by his attorney, Bryan Neal and his brother. In December of 2006 Ku killed his wife, Anna Maria Magdaleno Basto. He alleged that they had just had sex and Basto said that she has a lover who was 10 times better than him.

Thousands of Pound of Local Potatoes Rotting In The Fields
Belizean potato farmers are in crisis mode because their product is rotting in the fields. It's due to Mexican imported potatoes which are still on the market when the Belize crop came ready for harvest. Now, this is the balancing act that the Ministry of Agriculture has to do every year with key vegetable crops which are grown locally, but not in sufficient quantities for year round supply. So, that's when those white potatoes are imported, but when the local red potatoes hit the market, the Ministry of Agriculture has to make sure that there's no white potatoes there to compete with them. And that's because given the choice, most consumers would prefer the larger, cheaper imported white and brown potatoes. Many of those farmers are in the San Carlos area of Orange Walk South - and the area representative who is also an agronomist, says that the farmers are in distress and government has to do something to make sure they don't suffer a total loss of crop.

Hulse says It's The Contraband
Mai has written to the Prime Minister to ask him to put a one month prohibition on imported fries. But while Mai wants to put the potato peelers to work, Minister of Agriculture Godwin Hulse says what he needs to help with is putting the contraband smugglers out of commission. Hulse says they are the reason that the market is flooded with Mexican potatoes. In fact, Hulse says that the last permit to bring in Mexican potatoes was issued in mid-January and it was to bring in four thousand pounds over an 11 day period. That has long expired but the market remains flooded with Mexican potatoes which outsell their Belizean counterparts. Hulse says his Ministry is looking for solutions: Hon. Godwin Hulse, Minister of Agriculture: "Ministry is playing the role of a facilitator, because one of the problems as I understand it is about 2.5 million pounds of potato. But the country uses 100,000 a week. So that's 25 weeks supply. Somebody has to store it, somebody has to take care of it to filter it through the process. I can't speak for this year, because I just got this ministry, but I'm hoping that next year when we have this, we won't have this. It's either we have storage or we have phase productions, so everything doesn't come in one day. Because that the problem with most products in Belize - all the cashew, mango in one day, we can't store it and clearly people can't buy it one day."

Hon. Hulse Says Son Was Defending Himself
And while Hulse was businesslike when he spoke about the plight of potato farmers, he was far more animated when he discussed a criminal complaint involving his son. That young man is accused of pulling a gun on a man he'd had a business dispute with. The report has been with Belmopan police for a month but no arrest has been made. Today Hulse said his son bears no blame for the business dispute which got physical: Reporter "January 22, your son Kensly was accused of pistol whipping a man at a gas station in Belmopan. He has not been charged as yet. Can you comment or maybe share an update?" Hon. Godwin Hulse, Minister of Agriculture: "Absolutely not, he didn't pistol whip anybody. You could actually call the young man and go see you know. Let me give you a bit of the case so you know. Let me quick give you the chronology young man: A man came to the gas station as I understand it and my son was with me in the south that day to buy some butane. After his truck was filled, he decided not to pay, because he said "Oh your meter is wrong." "

Lila Vernon Passes, She Is Remembered As An Icon
Last week, Belize's Brukdown Queen and Kriol icon Lila Vernon was hospitalized due to chronic renal failure. After being airlifted to the KHMH where she was receiving treatment, the 66 year old Vernon succumbed to to her illness yesterday morning. Vernon tirelessly promoted the Kriol culture through her music and activism. We spoke to one of the fellow founders of the National Kriol Council and close friends, Myrna Manzanares, about Vernon's importance to the advocacy and acknowledgement of the Kriol culture...

Morgan Says Lila Warms His Heart
Rapper, Brokdong artist and DJ Kenny Morgan shared stages with Lila Vernon - android us today that he remembers her with great joy and respect:… Today no less than the head of state, the Governor General sent a letter noting Lila Vernon as a great performer and composer. He calls her a personal friend.

Lila, In Her Own Words
And the respect that so many had for Lila Vernon comes from her irresistible charm as a performer and her commitment as a culturalist. Here is one of her last known interviews, where she spoke to Joe Lopez about her music, her successors, and the connections Kriol culture has to the others in Belize... Lila Vernon was brukdong artist of the yea rio 2011.

CDB On Caribbean Business, Debt, Reserves
On Friday in Bridgetown, Barbados, the Caribbean Development Bank held its annual press conference. 7News was there and as we showed you on Friday's news, the President of the Bank and the Director of Economics commented on the sluggish performance of Belize's slumping economy. Dr. Justin Ram said that the economic slowdown is due in part to the difficulty of doing business in Belize. It's a problem all across the region in the 19 countries which are members of the bank - where the annual World Bank report showed, it's becoming harder to do business in the Caribbean. Belize went down two notches in that survey - which is the trend across the region:.. Dr. Justin Ram Director, Economics - Caribbean Development Bank: "The ability to do business has deteriorated in most BMCs. Doing business in the region continues to be plagued by our economies' lack of competitiveness and, with the exception of Guyana, which moved up 16 places to 124 in the World Bank 2017 Global Doing Business ranking, all other territories lost ground."

CARICOM Heads Talked Regional Issues
The 28th inter-sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM in Georgetown Guyana ended on Friday. Key issues were regional security, discussion of the carom single market and economy, correspondent banking, and tourism in the region. Today we spoke to Ambassador Daniel Gutierrez about how this pressing issues were handled:... Daniel Gutierrez - Belize Ambassador, CARICOM: "There were many things discussed as you might imagine. However, perhaps some of the things that were front and foremost were the CSME, and also the Belize Guatemala issue, corresponded banking, the heads of government listen carefully to the situation regarding the Belize/Guatemala border issues. They listened attentively like I said and towards the end as the documents coming from the conference will show, they strongly back Belize's position and unquestionably backed where we are and how we are going with this."


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Channel 5

Superbond Default? P.M. Wants More Time with Bondholders
Deadline for the payment of approximately twenty-six million dollars towards Belize’s consolidated billion dollar debt, collectively known as the Super Bond, has elapsed.  That closing date is today and government, [...]

“Nothing is Off the Table,” Prime Minister Concludes On New Taxes
While the Super Bond is very much a pressing issue, the Barrow Administration is also preparing for its annual budget presentation, ahead of the 2017 fiscal year.  Described by Prime [...]

P.M.: Eamon Courtenay’s Positions Inconsistent
P.U.P. Senator Eamon Courtenay has come under fire from the ruling United Democratic Party and the Government of Belize, both of whom are demanding his immediate resignation from upper parliament.  [...]

P.M.’s Law Firm Has No Conflicts of Interest; He Dismisses “Blue Herring”
So, what about the perceived conflict of interest purportedly arising out of business being conducted by the prime minister’s law firm with Ashcroft-related companies?  The PM flatly describes that perception [...]

Selling Utilities’ Shares Was Intended to Open Companies to Public
Last Tuesday, during a press conference held by the People’s United Party, it was revealed that government is considering selling minority shares in the various utilities.  The move, it is [...]

P.M. Confirms No Sales to Institutions
What about word of a proposed offering to a Barbados-based outfit?  PM Barrow says there has been no such proposition.   Prime Minister Dean Barrow “There’s been no such approach.  [...]

Nationality Rush in 2012 Made No Difference in Election Result, Claims P.M.
The People’s United Party, following a bolt from the blue, during a testimony given by former Immigration Director Ruth Meighan, claims that the 2012 general elections were stolen by the [...]

Immigration Minister Godwin Hulse Takes Responsibility But Says He Was Not Alone
It has been a while since we’ve spoken about matters coming out of the Special Senate Select Committee inquiry with Minister of Immigration Godwin Hulse. First there was Ruth Meighan’s [...]

Cayo Farmers Tell Story of Rotting Potatoes
Thousands of potatoes are rotting in La Gracia Village in the Cayo District and farmers say they are set to lose thousands of dollars for this year’s potato crop. Some [...]

Ministry Sympathizes; Working to Resolve
So, what is the Ministry doing about the potato crisis? Well, we caught up with Minister of Agriculture Godwin Hulse today and he told us that the ministry met with [...]

What Patrick Tillett Told Public Service Commission About Visa Foils
Patrick Tillett, Financial Controller for the Belize City Council, and Eric Chang, former councillor and Deputy Mayor of Belize City, may be summoned by the Senate Special Select Committee.  The [...]

4 Homicides Over Weekend; in City, Eaton Lamb, 17, Stabbed to Death in Pursuit
Within a period of thirty hours, there were four homicides recorded: one in the city that claimed the life of a seventeen-year-old, as well as a murder in Ladyville where [...]

Who Killed Walter Dawson in Ladyville?
Several hours later, Rural Eastern Division police officers were called out to a remote area on Marage Road, near the Caribbean Shrimp Farm in Ladyville. There, they found the mutilated [...]

Two Murders in Cayo Bear Stamp of Drugs and Gangs
Two men were killed in less than twelve hours in San Ignacio – but are they connected? One man was killed as he and his common-law walked in a park [...]

Danny Ku Given 23 Years for Manslaughter of Wife; Could Be Out In 18 Months
Freedom is closer than ever for thirty-seven-year old Danny Ku, despite a twenty-three-year prison sentence handed down by Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin this afternoon. That’s because he has been in [...]

Leela Vernon, Ambassador for Kriol Culture, Dies
Even as news filtered through on Friday of the death of Doctor Cecil “Chubby” Reneau, there were fears for the life of another famous Belizean in the hospital, the “Queen [...]

An Official Funeral for Catholic Bishop O.P. Martin
Bishop Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Church in Belize, the late Most Reverend Osmond Peter Martin, will be laid to rest next Monday, February twenty-seventh, following an official funeral service [...]

Sports Monday with James Adderley
Good evening, I am James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlight of weekend sporting activities….]

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Belize Fails To Meet 26 Million Dollars Super-Bond Payment
Tonight the jitters over the nation’s economic state is much, much intense because of two main reasons. Firstly, today, February 20th, marked the date when a $26m Superbond payment was due but it was not paid by the Government – signalling the closest we have been to a debt default since 2012. Second, Prime Minister Dean Barrow returned to Belize empty handed on Sunday after travelling to New York last week to join the Superbond renegotiation efforts. There is still no deal with the bondholders. The implications of both issues are far-reaching but still unknown because while they are both factual, there are certain circumstances – very slim silver linings - that can assist Belize in not falling off the precipice from where it stands currently. Prime Minister Barrow was met by the media following his arrival on Sunday and he tried discussed further.

GOB Contemplated To Sale Shares Of Utilities Companies
Last week, Opposition Leader Hon. John Briceno exposed the Barrow Administration’s intentions of selling off the utility companies to raise much-needed revenue in the upcoming fiscal year. The allegation saw no response by way of UDP press release, and yesterday confirmation came of such intentions straight from the horse’s mouth, as they would say. According to Prime Minister Dean Barrow, while his economic advisor Mark Espat was set out on a path to “talk” to possible investors, the contemplation of such a move has been scrapped. Rt. Honourable Dean Barrow Prime Minister of Belize: “Efforts have been made to talk not just to the small man but to institutional investors; the banks, the insurance companies, but while it is something that is been contemplated it is not going to be proceeded with I think we are going to limit ourselves merely to the sale of the additional shareholding to SSB nobody can have any quarrel with that but if we went beyond that and it turned out that we could not limit further sales to the small man when you sell to SSB in effect you selling to the small man...”

Bishop O. P. Martin To Be Laid To Rest In Belmopan
Since the passing of Bishop Emeritus OP Martin on Thursday February 16th, Belizeans home and abroad have been sharing their prayers with his family and Catholic counterparts. On Friday the government of Belize issued a press release also giving their condolences and support to his family. Today GOB announced that the official funeral and mass of thanksgiving will be held on Monday 27th, February 2017 at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral in Belmopan at 3:00p.m. The body will be received for viewing at 2:00p.m. Interment will follow immediately on the Co-Cathedral’s grounds. It is expected that a memorial mass will also be held in his home town of Dangriga as well as in Belize City.

Spartan Fitness Gym Represented In Muscle Mania Bodybuilding Event
If you were watching the Despierta Belice show last Friday, you would have been put on notice by Mr. Belize Rigo Vellos that a Muscle Mania bodybuilding event would be held by the Bodybuilding Federation in the Belize City over the weekend. Vellos didn’t participate in the competition but his gym, Spartan Fitness, was represented by two up-and-coming athletes. Rigo Menjivar participated in the Open Bodybuilding and placed 4th, behind senior bodybuilders David Requena, 2nd place M’Wafrice Hynds and 1st place Clayton Greenidge. Wendy Lizarraga placed third in the Open Bikini Fitness behind Fiona Malic who placed 2nd and Annlyn Apolonio who took 1st place.

PM Barrow Discusses Possible Tax Increase
And while Superbond jitters are real, another matter making Belizeans nervous is the upcoming budget. In a recent meeting with the trade unions, the Financial Secretary indicated that the fiscal adjustment needed to produce $105 million in the upcoming fiscal year. What this means is that out of our taxes, the Government intends to raise that much money which can only means one thing – tax increases. PM Barrow also discussed this matter. Rt. Honourable Dean Barrow Prime Minister of Belize: “How do we achieve that adjustment clearly by increasing revenue and by slashing spending. How do you increase revenue? In our case we’ve said that we have to rely a great deal on enhance more effective revenue collection methods, no doubt that alone won’t necessarily cut the mustard but until we have worked out properly and all the public officers are currently completely focused on that, until we have worked out thoroughly exactly what the mix must be to get us over the top I don’t think I should say anything more clearly all options are on the table.”

No Major Fraud In 2012 Elections Says PM
On January 25th the former Director of Immigration Ruth Meighan dropped a bombshell when she announced during her testimony to the Senate Select Committee’s immigration inquiry that over 2,000 nationalities were fast-tracked before the 2012 elections by the Immigration Department and that many of them were illegally issued. The testament caused major political headache for the Barrow administration who, having won 2 early elections since, has had their legitimacy as a duly-elected Government questioned by the Opposition. Prime Minister Dean Barrow responded to the allegations on Sunday, as the media met him at the airport. The PM claimed to a totally different version of what Meighan said before the Senate, than the version we heard. While not denying the possibility of Immigration fraud during the period, he said there might be only a few.

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Leela Vernon Remembered for Culture, Music and Kriol
Leela Vernon is affectionately referred to as the Queen of Brukdown in Belize. The 66-year-old passed away Sunday morning at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City. Vernon is well known for the work she has done over the years to keep the Kriol culture alive. We hear more in this report from correspondent Paul Mahung.

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Governor General of Belize expresses condolences on passing of Leela Vernon
The Governor General of Belize, Sir Colville Young issued a statement this evening expressing condolences on behalf of himself and his family on the recent passing of Bruk Down Queen, Leela Vernon. “She was and rightly so named the Queen of Brukdown,” he stated in the press release. “Leela like the late great Wilfred Peters kept alive the Creole art of Brukdown.” The Governor General said in the statement that he was proud to count Vernon as a personal friend and had mutual respect for their shared musical talent.

GOB announces funeral services for late Bishop O.P. Martin
The Government of Belize today announced the passing of the most reverend Bishop Osmond Peter Martin, who passed away last Thursday. An official funeral and mass of thanksgiving will be held on Monday February 27 at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral in Belmopan at 3:00 p.m. The body will be received for viewing at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow immediately on the Co-Cathedral’s grounds.

“Utility company shares to be sold to SSB” says Prime Minister Dean Barrow
Prime Minister Dean Barrow explained this week that, contrary to statements made by opposition leader John Briceño, government will not be selling shares in utility companies to foreign buyers. Barrow said that, as a means of raising money for debt servicing, government will sell shares in Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL), and Belize Electricity Limited (BEL), to the Social Security Board (SSB). According to Barrow, the sale of those shares was already proposed, but the government later halted the transaction. The transaction, he added would be consistent with the laws of Belize because government and the SSB would own at least 51 percent of the shares in all utilities, including Belize Water Services Limited (BWSL).

CARICOM leaders conclude 28th Inter-sessional meeting of the conference of Heads of Government
The Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) held their 28th Inter-sessional meeting in Georgetown, Guyana last week where they received updates, and deliberated on regional and international issues of importance. They were updated on the most recent developments between Belize and Guatemala and expressed support for the critical role of the Organization of American States (OAS) in the process and underscored their hope that both countries can proceed with the required referendum as early as possible. They noted with regret that a protocol for cooperation on the Sarstoon remains outstanding. The CARICOM leaders also emphasized their steadfast support for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of Belize.

Western Caribbean put on drought alert
The Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN) is warning countries to be on the lookout for an extended drought. The CDPMN warned that the dry conditions that countries experienced in January and the majority of February, may be the signal of an incipient drought. The organization said that the drought concerns were not for countries in the Eastern Caribbean states, but for Western states such as Trinidad and Tobago, the Cayman Islands and Cuba. “Other countries like Jamaica, Belize, The Bahamas, Puerto Rico and French Guiana should monitor conditions closely as the region goes through its dry season,” the CDPMN said.

Over $1,600 stolen from Centaurs Communication LTD in Burrell Boom
Yesterday morning around 8:05, police responded to a robbery at Centaurs Communication Corp. Ltd. office in Burrell Boom Village, Belize District where they met the 37-year-old cashier who reported that sometime about 7:30 p.m., while she was at work, a slim built, male person of […]

Road traffic accident in southern Belize claims one life
On Saturday, February 18th 2017 at about 12:03 a.m., based upon information received of a road traffic accident (RTA), Placencia Police along with Placencia Medical Personnel visited an area between miles 11 and 12 on the Placencia Road, Stann Creek District. Upon arrival, they saw […]

18-year-old charged for keeping firearm and ammo without gun license
Police have charged an 18-year-old-youth from Belize City for keeping a firearm and ammunition without a gun license. According to police reports, yesterday evening around 6:15, they were conducting a mobile patrol on Euphrates Avenue in Belize City when they stopped and searched a […]

Armed robbery at Route 88 Sports Bar in Belize City; Robbers take over US$1200
On Saturday, around 12 p.m., police responded to a robbery at Route 88 Sports Bar in Belize City where they met and spoke with the manager 35-year-old Jian Bing Chen who reported that at around 11:55 a.m., while behind the counter, two dark complexion […]

Teen dies after being stabbed in Belize City
Yesterday around 12:15 a.m., police visited the K.H.M.H where they saw 17-year-old Eaton Lamb of #7020 Pelican Street, Belize City suffering from stab wounds to the chest and back. Investigations revealed that at around 11:40 p.m., while police were in the area of Antelope Street […]

Police issues official report on second murder in San Ignacio Town; victim still unidentified
According to police reports, on Monday, February 20, 2017 about 6:00 a.m., police visited 1st Street in San Ignacio Town where they saw a male person of dark complexion lying on his back in the middle of the street with an apparent gunshot to the […]

Alvaro Aldana, 23, gunned down in San Ignacio Town last night
According to police reports, on Sunday, February 19, 2017 about 11:58 p.m. acting on information received of shots fired behind the PK Store in San Ignacio Town, they visited the area where they saw 23-year-old Alvaro Aldana of the Kontiki Area, San Ignacio on the […]

GOB issues condolences on Leela Vernon’s passing
The Government of Belize and the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) issued a release yesterday informing of the passing of Lila Genus Vernon which occurred at around 9:00 a.m. today, February 19th, 2017. Vernon was a founding member of the National Kriol […]

Man murdered in San Ignacio Town; reportedly shot three times
Reports reaching our newsroom are that a man was killed shortly after midnight this morning in San Ignacio Town. The murder occurred behind PK Store on the Benque Viejo road. A source told BBN that the victim was shot three times to the upper body. […]

Blogs

Newly Certified Diver takes AWESOME Pictures at Ambergris Caye’s Barrier Reef
I am going to let you in on one of my deepest, darkest Belize secrets. The deepest blue hole of secrets. 9 years ago, I got certified as a PADI Scuba Diver. The training was interesting and a bit challenging, I love getting in the water, the dive shop was super fun and easy to work with and… …SCUBA diving left me a bit underwhelmed. I went a few more times and let my new hobby just fade into the sunset. Clearly I am one out of many. Millions around the world LOVE to dive. Travel near and far just to do it. I found some INCREDIBLE photos on a friend’s facebook page. Carol is a first time diver, newly certified and diving with Premier Divers, the brand new boutique dive shop on Ambergris Caye, and LOOK AT WHAT SHE IS SEEING! She credits it all to her dive shop and her camera. This cute little Olympus – I’ll put the affiliate link below. Maybe I can save up some Amazon cred so I can get one myself…and maybe a drone too. Dream big, right? Here are the gorgeous pictures that are inspiring me to get back under the water.

A lobster lover’s dream: the 2017 Placencia Lobsterfest
Traditionally, the summer months had been a slow season for businesses in Placencia, due to the annual lull in tourist arrivals. That is, until a small chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) decided to team up with Green Parrot Resort to host an event that marked the opening of lobster season. The result was the first Placencia Lobster fest, held in June 1998. While its first incarnation was a humble gathering near the main dock of the Placencia harbor, it quickly grew into one of the most spectacular events on the Belizean Calendar. Coinciding with the observance of Fisherman’s Day, celebrated by the local fishing cooperative, Lobster Fest has grown so much that the BTIA teamed up with the Placencia Village Council to relocate the festival to the beach in front of Placencia Village, to accommodate the increased influx of visitors. People come for the food, but stick around for the entertainment, which includes live music, and a well stacked bar, operated by the village council. Ilsa Villanueva, organizer for the Placencia Lobsterfest said that the official date for this year’s event will start June 23 and end on June 25, though much of the ground work is still in progress, to make the event the best it can be.

Belize Diving: Your Guide To Scuba
There are a variety of different diver certification levels globally. Usually to scuba in Belize for recreation, the beginners level is all you’ll need. To get certified as a beginner it takes about 4 to 5 days of learning safety procedures and building up hours under water. Higher certifications are available of course if you are enthused then you could definitely go higher in the tree of certifications until you become a Master diver. Amigos del Mar – Amigos del Mar dive shop is located in “downtown” San Pedro and offers a wide array of diving options. Their dive instructors are SSI and SDI certified and offer certification courses up to the Dive Master level if you wish to become a professional. Splash Dive Center – Splash is in Placencia, the gateway to the southern atolls. They are a PADI certified dive shop and can take you from your beginner level course to Dive Master level and beyond all on the beautiful southern reefs of Belize.

10 Experiences You Can Only Have in Belize
Belize is a fascinating country with a wide variety of interesting destinations for every kind of traveler. Located just a few short hours’ flying time from the United States, Belize is a truly exotic wonderland. Here are 10 experiences you can only have in Belize:

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Disappearing Seagrass Protects Against Pathogens, Even Climate Change, Scientists Find
Every continent save Antarctica is ringed by vast stretches of seagrass, underwater prairies that together cover an area roughly equal to California. Seagrass meadows, among the most endangered ecosystems on Earth, play an outsize role in the health of the oceans. They shelter important fish species, filter pollutants from seawater, and lock up huge amounts of atmosphere-warming carbon. The plants also fight disease, it turns out. A team of scientists reported on Thursday that seagrasses can purge pathogens from the ocean that threaten humans and coral reefs alike. (The first hint came when the scientists were struck with dysentery after diving to coral reefs without neighboring seagrass.) But the meadows are vanishing at a rate of a football field every 30 minutes. Joleah B. Lamb, a postdoctoral researcher at Cornell University and the lead author of the new study, said she hoped it would help draw attention to their plight. “We call seagrass the ugly stepchild of marine organisms,” said Dr. Lamb. “They don’t get a lot of respect, compared to corals and mangroves.” Seagrass first evolved tens of millions years ago, when some flowering plants moved from land into the ocean. They still grow flowers, pollen and seeds, but they now do so underwater, with a powerful form of photosynthesis that allows them to thrive in dim light at depths of up to 190 feet. The sediment in which they grow is loaded with deadly hydrogen sulfide. They detoxify by pumping some of the oxygen they release during photosynthesis into their roots.

Costa Maya has become ‘sanctuary’ for undocumented immigrants
The Port of Xcalak has become a ‘sanctuary’ for people of Central American origin, such as Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador, who illegally arrive to Quintana Roo’s Costa Maya in search of work and new opportunities. And while most of these undocumented immigrants seek an honest way to earn a living, there are also some who engage in criminal practices that, according to local people, affect the tourist image that seeks to boost southern Quintana Roo. In the opinion of the mayor of Xcalak, Jorge Castro, the sea route composed of the island of San Pedro (Belize) and Xcalak, is the one used by Central Americans to enter Mexico. Although he said he has no statistics on the number of people who make up that exodus, in Xcalak, but especially in the Mahahual area, one can note the presence of those who come from Central America. “Many do look for work, while others pretend to be tourists, although some foreigners who live in the Costa Maya consider that they are responsible for the increase in thefts that occur in houses, shops, fishing gear and boats,” he said.

Videos

  • Remembering Dr. Cecil “Chubby’” Reneau, Dead at 66, 4.5min.

  • San Pedro High School Celebrates Victory Win of the National Secondary Sporting Association National Football Tournament, 2min. Held on February 17 and 18 at the Ambergris Stadium. Congrats SPHS!

  • Glover’s Reef marks the completion of 216 reefs, 3min. From the remote reaches of Australia to our backyard in Florida, Global FinPrint has been looking to find bright spots, refuges, and hot spots of coral reef sharks and rays, in order to better protect these animals. The completion of Glover's Reef in January 2017 helped us reach the goal set by our team with Vulcan, Inc. to sample 216 reefs by the end of 2018. But we’re not stopping here – we’re hoping to reach 400 reefs by 2018.

  • Belize 2017 // Caye Caulker & Ambergris Caye, 3.5min. One week in Caye Caulker & Ambergris Caye!

  • Belize 2015, 28min.

  • The Hammadilly Whip, 1min. The race finish yesterday was awesome. It was a race within a race. Sponsors and managers were present. Paddlers were testing each other's strengths and weaknesses. Now, we are all going back to the planning table to get ready for the big race. The race will be fun and full of excitement.

  • LOCAL POTATO PRODUCERS CONTINUE TO LOSE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS, 9min.

  • FIVE STUDENST FROM SANTA MARTHA VILLAGE RECEIVE SCHOLORSHIP GRANT FROM A ROTARY CLUB FROM USA, 7min.

  • Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries, Environment & Sustainable Development, 32min.

  • An Interview with the Speaker of the House - Madam Speaker, 28min.

  • Kidney Association of Belize (KAB) appoints new Board of Directors for two year term, 21min.

  • Golf Cart burns down to a crisp in front of Island City Supermarket, 1/2min.

  • LAMANAI Mayan Ruins, 4.5min. Come join me on a tour of a very impressive Mayan city called Lamanai, in Belize, Central America. Lamanai means "submerged crocodile" and it is one of the largest Mayan cities in Meso-America. It was inhabited for over 3,000 years, beginning about 1,500 BCE. Situated on the edge of a natural fresh-water lagoon and the navigable New River, it was an ideal place for the Mayans to live and work. Lamanai can be reached by rough roads, but the ideal way to see it is from Orange Walk Town in Northern Belize. A speedboat takes us 32 miles downriver to the site with an impressive array of wildlife visible along the river banks as we go Like most Mayan city sites, Lamanai is only partially excavated. There are three main temples and other living quarters and ceremonial structures. The temple pyramids are: Jaguar Temple (named for the rough jaguar mask on the front bottom of the structure); the High Temple, which towers over 100 feet and affords a view of the jungle and river; and the amazing Mask Temple, with its two large carved masks. The faces on the masks show a strong Olmec influence along with formal Mayan royalty.

  • Hike and Cave Tubing Belize, 9.5min.

  • Belize 2016 Jungle and Island Adventure, 4min. Nick and Marcella along with their friend Janet explore the country of Belize.

  • Nurse Shark eating Lionfish, Belize, 1.5min. Lionfish is a big ecological problem in the Caribbean but how good is to feed nurse sharks with them? Is a solution or is a nother problem???

  • Loving Belize Episode 3 - Tourist Advice, Belize City, Hip-Hop artists of Belize, 32min. Welcome to episode 3 of Loving Belize. Featuring BCMG records and Party Belize, Belizean Backyard and the Belizean Movie Cant Tak it no more. With interviews from amazing musical talents coming out of Belize City like Kevin Raeburn Thõmas, D Whisper, Mr Program and Tanya Carter and the brilliant people in the music industry helping to get this talents over seas, Lauren Young, Dale Davis, Driva Dont stop at all, Yankee from Wave radio and Dale Scott Soberanis Party Belize Owner and so much more. With Music by A-fifteen aka Lex Donez and Rain, Tmike aka Michaël Barthélémy, San Lluis, Kevin RaeBurn, D Whisper, The ENG ALL STARS, Prasies, Dwight Swaggerman Brown and Melo Da Mc.

  • Loving Belize episode 10 Tourist Advice, Education, Punta Gorda, Belize City, San Pedro Columbia, 29min. This is a special episode dedicated to showing you just what Belize has to offer its children. As Joseph Stamp Romero says in the beginning credits You see a lot of negative things some times high-lighted about our young people, we also take a lot of time to focus on their positive side. In this episode you are introduced to some of the things Belize has to offer its children - Belizes education system, talent competitions, a couple passionate about educating the youths in their town who are straggling to open a high school in San Pedro Columbia, and even Belizes first Flash Mob at the Cacao festival organized by a fabulous young dancer Prem Pop.

  • Loving Belize episode 9 - Tourist Advice, Barranco and the history of the Garifona., 31min. In this heart warming episode you will be introduced to the children in the Saint Peters Claver school in Punta Gorda town where I give them and workshop in stop animation and mural art. Also in Punta Gorda I interview two US Marines, who explain about US aid in Belize and around the world. Then I take you to the beautiful town of Barranco and I am guided around the village by a charming local Fish who takes me to see the village historian Carlson Tuttle, who gives us a lesson on Garifona history and culture. From Barronco back to PG where you are introduced to courageous drum maker Emmeth Young who has open a drum school The Maroon Creole drum school to help get the kids off the streets of Belize and learn to build drums and earn an income. From drums made from hard wood from the jungle of Belize to dried tropical fruit, met Jack Nightingale who has an amazing life story and now has settled in Belize to start a dried fruit company called Fruit Full - Nothing added but the sun. Finally you are taken to a very special place, which is very close to my heart, with people I have come love deeply. Mr and Mrs Coleman. To lovely people in their 70s, hard working and honest, pure and gentle souls. Their song will fill you with love.

  • Belize City Airport Landing Belize Beautiful View, 8min.

  • 10 Days in Belize | A Reflection, 7min.

  • Belize Diving, 9min.

  • Belize #kyadventures, 4min. Our Engagement Storyl.

  • Snorkeling Belize 2017, 5min. Caye Caulker off Belize, sharks, Rays, and even a Barracuda!

  • Belize - A Honeymoon Adventure, 4min.

  • University of La Verne Belize Trip 2017, 23min. The University took a trip to Belize in January 2017. This is a slide show of that trip.


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