PM’s Budget Touts “Bold, Belizean Recovery”
The much anticipated 2017-2018 Budget was considered a crossroads for the Government and people of Belize. The country faces heavy external debts including the Belize Telemedia Limited settlement and arbitration [...]
Opposition Leader Accuses G.O.B. of “Cooking the Books”
His formal remarks will be made in the coming Budget Debate, but today Leader of the Opposition John Briceño offered his first review of the Prime Minister’s Budget, and to [...]
Why You May Pay G.S.T. for Electricity and More for Beer and Cigarettes
Those who enjoy the vices of beer and cigarettes will have a bone to pick with the Prime Minister. But what could cause a potentially larger problem is the reduction [...]
Superbond is Done Deal, But is it a Good Deal?
It’s now official: Superbond 3.0 is a go. Though the Consent Solicitation Offer has been extended to Wednesday of this week, Prime Minister Dean Barrow confirmed that a three-quarter majority [...]
Back to C.C.J. on B.T.L?
As part of his Budget address, Prime Minister Dean Barrow gave an update on the continued wrangles with the former owners of Belize Telemedia Limited and the owners of the [...]
Arguments Begin to Discharge Belize Bank Injunction on Arbitral Award
Attorneys for the Belize Bank, as well as the Government of Belize, filed into the courtroom of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin shortly before eleven o’clock this morning. The litigants were [...]
Woman’s Life Gruesomely Ended in Belmopan
A woman was gruesomely murdered over the weekend and police need the public’s assistance to determine the identity of who at this point is Jane Doe. Here is the little [...]
Sad End for Taxi Man Elbert Gillett, Found Dead near Belizean Beach
A well-known and elderly taxi man from the City was reported missing on Friday soon after his burnt vehicle was found on Benbow Street in the Old Capital. Two days [...]
“G-Mike” Usher Cut Down by Bullets in Hattieville
Michael Usher was shot and killed in his yard on Saturday night sometime around nine. According to the family, just over a month ago, Usher moved to Hattieville to live [...]
Charge for Accused Killer in Domestic Dispute
A twenty-five-year-old man has been charged for the stabbing death of fifty-four-year-old Marcelino Chan. Last month we told you how Chan a cane cutter of San Roman Village in Orange [...]
What Was “Tutsi” Doing with Weed in the Dike?
Police Corporal Darrel ‘Tutsi’ Usher remains in police custody tonight after being busted with a little over twenty pounds of marijuana over the weekend. According to his colleagues at Eastern [...]
Supreme Court to Hear Officer’s Appeal in Stolen Radio Case
While Usher is in trouble with his department; a police officer found guilty for the theft of a handheld radio stolen from the Belize Police Department was granted an appeal [...]
Is Prime Minister Contemplating Early Retirement?
Could today’s Budget presentation be the last for Prime Minister Dean Barrow? He has committed to stepping down as leader of the United Democratic Party at their next convention prior [...]
Horse Racing and Insult Trading in House
The debate on the adjournment is a free-for-all of topics considered by representatives to be of national importance or concern. The Police intervening to stop a horse race meet in [...]
Marathon through the Chiquibul for Macaw Awareness
Over the weekend, a first of its kind Chiquibul Challenge was put off by the Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic, which rescues wildlife in the Chiquibul. Friends for Conservation and [...]
Hundreds March to Fight Kidney Disease and Renal Failure
The Kidney Association of Belize held its third annual Kidney Walk on Saturday morning under the theme “Save Us Today So We Can Save Others Tomorrow.” This year, World Kidney [...]
The Best in Belizean Sports with James Adderley
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. [Highlights from the weekend sporting activities….]
2017/2018 National Budget Presented
Higher taxes – that’s what Prime Minister Dean Barrow proposed this morning in his presentation of the 2017/2018 Budget of $1.18 billion at the sitting of the House of Representatives.
The Prime Minister wants to raise over $80 million dollars in revenue from increased taxes to plug the budget’s widening deficit. According to the Prime Minister, while economic experts proposed heavier austerity measures, the tax increases sought by his Government in the next fiscal year are the least painful to Belizeans.
Opposition Leader Lashes Out At GOB For State Of Economy
Briceno also lashed out at the Government for the economic state the country is in. The Opposition Leader pointed out that the Barrow Administration had every opportunity to get things right when it accessed over $300m in Petrocaribe loan funds. The Prime Minister disagreed however, saying he doesn’t regret his Government’s decisions one bit. Honourable John Briceno - Leader of the Opposition People’s United Party:
“What has happened is that the Prime Minister has squandered the money, he has behaved like a drunken sailor you know when he just get off the ship, being six months in the ship and come on shore and just gone into a wild spending spree and that is what has happened; Four hundred million dollars and there is not much to account for, 400 million dollars and our economy is contracting, 400 million dollars and we have more unemployment, 400 million dollars and crime is up, 400 million dollars and we have more poverty, that is the legacy of Dean Barrow and the United Democratic Government.”
Which Sectors Will Benefit From Budget 2017//2018?
So how is the Government proposing to spend $1.18 million in the new fiscal year? While the PM gave the breakdown, we can tell you that wages will continue to take up the majority of the expense. Rt. Honourable Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize:
“Of this proposed amount, some 422.4 million dollars is for Personal Emoluments; 79 million for Pensions; 235.6 million for goods and services; 184.3 million for subsidies and current transfers and 109.1 million for interest payments on the debt. The rise in current expenditure is driven largely by increases in personal emoluments and in wage related transfers as provisions have been made for the implementation of the third stage of the three years’ salary adjustment package. Madam Speaker, my government is proposing to allocate some 149.7 million dollars to its Capital Program in the upcoming fiscal year, made up of some 66.3 million dollars in locally funded Capital 2 Expenditure and some 81.3 million dollars in the externally funded Capital 3 Expenditure.
Orange Walk Prisoner Dies At Kolbe Correctional Facility
A man detained at the Kolbe Correctional Facility is tonight dead. But police are not looking at another case of murder. Information reaching our newsroom just before news time indicates that sixty two year old Matilde Ku of August Pine Ridge Village here in the Orange Walk District passed away sometime after 3:30 this evening while being incarcerated at the Kolbe Foundation. According to authorities, the cause of death was determined as Cardio Respiratory Arrest. Ku had been convicted approximately three years ago after a search was conducted at his residence by Orange Walk Police on the morning of June 23rd, 2014. The search led to the discovery of a 16 gauge shotgun, six 16 gauge cartridges, one 20 gauge cartridge, and 386.3 grams of cannabis. Police also managed to discover a clearing in Ku’s yard which contained one hundred seedlings of marijuana along with two separate bags containing four and nine pounds of marijuana respectively.
O/W Police Operation Leads To Confiscation Of Drugs
Orange Walk Police continue in their efforts to remove drugs from the streets of our town. Their latest operation conducted on major hot stops throughout town led to the discovery of two separate busts amounting to almost two thousand grams of cannabis.
The first was discovered sometime around 8:30 on Friday night as the Quick Response Team conducted a search of an unfinished concrete structure on Rio Grande Street. A quick search of the building led police to the discovery of a total of 515 grams of the drug.
Belize Represented In Cuba
Belize’s Ambassador to Cuba, Her Excellency Annie Lou Burns and Belize’s Ambassador to CARICOM, His Excellency Daniel Gutierrez, travelled to Havana Cuba last week to attend the 22nd Session of the Ordinary Meeting of the Ministerial Council. The meeting was organized by the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) which is comprised of 25 nations including the 15 member states of CARICOM along with the Latin American Member States such as Cuba, Mexico and Central and South American countries.
The objective behind the meeting was to underline the work that the Secretariat has embarked on to re-energize, re-organize and re-brand the association. And while the effort of Secretary General to strengthen the ACS, introduce tactical planning and to attract donors was commended, representatives from the different Caribbean regions took the opportunity to express their disagreement regarding the blacklisting/isolating of Member States by non-regional partners as well as their grave concern about the unending assault that the loss of correspondent banking symbolizes for the Caribbean economy.
Man Wanted For Murder Arrested By O/W Police
Mario Aguirre, wanted by police for the stabbing murder of fifty three year old San Roman Resident Marcelino Chan, was escorted to the Orange Walk police station by his lawyer over the weekend. He was being sought in connection with the murder of Chan which played out on Saturday February 25th in the village of San Roman in the Orange Walk District. Chan was stabbed multiple times to the body after he tried to intervene in a dispute between Aguirre and a female companion. Aguirre promptly escaped the scene of the incident after fatally injuring Chan and wounding another villager who tried to assist.
Newly Formed Group Gives Back To The Community
On Friday’s newscast we told you about the newly formed Charity group in the Carmelita Village under the name ‘The Carmelita Sporting Club: Willingness is our priority’ and their mission to provide a helping hand to the residents of their community. Over the weekend the group held their first activity to provide assistance to the less fortunate by distributing a total of twenty care packages to different families and individuals. Wilson Perez- President:
“Delivering the help to the elder less and single moms and the needed people for instance the sick on behalf of the Carmelita Sporting Club willingness is our priority and are groceries and items that we collected within the community and we must thank all those people that contributed tremendously and we accomplished what we were looking for and we thanked them for trust and for trusting the committee as well. It is all donated by the business and individuals and parents and we have to thank them for that too.”
What Does PM Thinks About Revelations During Senate Hearings?
And while the topic of the Senate inquiry came up, so did the names of well-known UDP agents Eric Chang and Patrick Tillett who testified last week about their roles in immigration scandals including the Kim Won Hong fiasco and the visas stolen from the Western Border in December 2012. Chang admitted that he tried to visit Kim who was held at a detention center in Taiwan, while Tillett admitted he was selling visas for $6,000. Today, the PM scoffed at both gentlemen, and while Chang’s reputation had already been sullied in his view, Patrick Tillett’s confessions have surprised him most.
PM Speaks On Re-registration
After insisting for After insisting for weeks that it will hold an electoral border redistricting exercise prior to carrying out a scheduled re-registration exercise against the wishes of the Opposition and social partners, the Government announced last week that it had changed plans. GOB now says it will hold a re-registration first, but not until after the Senate inquiry into immigration irregularities is completed. Today the Prime Minister explained that the decision has more to do with the financial state of the country that giving in to any kind of pressure.
Pigs of Belize …
On this Monday morning, March 13, 2017, we are minded of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. In that allegorical classic, the animals overthrew the oppressive Farmer Jones, and began to run the farm themselves. Things didn’t work out that well, however, because the pigs who emerged as leaders of the animals began to behave a lot like the drunken and much despised Farmer Jones.
As we await the reading of the Government of Belize’s 2017/2018 budget later today, we remember the optimism which prevailed in Belize in January of 1964 when the colony of British Honduras became self-governing. Orwell’s story was intended by the writer to cast the fictional animals as the real workers who had taken over the running of communist Russia after 1917, and the pigs as the Stalinist politburo who had emerged, post-Trotsky, as the political bosses of the Russian Revolution. In our situation in Belize in 1964, the British colonialists would have been Farmer Jones, and the honest native farmers, fishermen, and other workers would have been the ones taking over in Belize. There was already a Belizean politburo in place, however, in the form of the People’s United Party (PUP), which by January of 1964 had pushed aside the foundation of the General Workers Union (GWU) on which the PUP had been built.
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BARROWBOND 3.0 – Hocus-Pocus Economics 101
It was like déjà vu all over again as Prime Minister Dean Barrow, the porcine Michael Peyrefitte and a taciturn Mark Espat played national heroes to be adored because they restructured BARROWBOND 2.0 to create BARROWBOND 3.0. Not surprisingly, they were cheered by the usual host of UDP jesters assembled for the joyous event. What Mr. Barrow has in fact done is what he does so well – malign the PUP while casting the bondholders as villains. He has done the same thing with Lord Ashcroft, his friend of so many years. Barrow continues to blame the PUP for the bond, even though the UDP has been in office for nine years now and has in fact also restructured the bond, besides adding over $1B in debt on the backs of the Belizean people. Hocus-pocus economics aside, the truth is that all the UDP has done is push back payment – nothing else. The principal debt is still the same as it was before the restructuring. The insignificant savings in interest, $14M over the life of the bond, will evaporate after GOB makes payment of the consent fee, the bondholders representatives and our country’s foreign and local advisors. Mr. Barrow boasts of savings of $600M. does this mean that Belizeans will not have to pay $600M? Absolutely not.
Dean Bows to PUP Pressure
The Barrow Administration has confirmed that it intends to conduct a re-registration exercise followed by re-divisioning but only AFTER the municipal elections due March 2018. While Dean Barrow and the UDP will never admit it, they were forced to backtrack from their intent to steal another election through refusing to clean up the voters list. It was only after the PUP met with and rallied other organizations including the Belize Chamber of Commerce and the Belize Council f Churches that Barrow acknowledged that his shady intent would not fly.
The PUP has maintained from the very start that the voters list is corrupted, outdated and full of ghost voters. The recent acknowledgement, at the Senate Special Select Committee hearings, by the disgraced visa-less former Director of Immigration that the wide-spread granting of nationality before the 2012 general election led to voter registration fraud, has created great unease in the PUP and among right thinking members of civil society. During the Penner and Castro and August nationality orgy in 2012, countless Guatemalans were granted Belizean nationality. So desperate were the UDP to win, they completely ignored our national security concerns and proceeded to grant nationality to Guatemalans in clear contravention of the Belize Constitution.
After almost 3 and a half years of unconcerned silence, Eric Chang, former UDP Deputy Mayor, current UDP insider and the man suspected to be major part of the Won Hong Kim passport scandal, finally presented himself to testify in the Senate Hearings on Immigration. Chang has enjoyed the protection of his political bosses where prosecution is concerned, though he has been directly implicated in multiple criminal offences. So did he tell all, come clean? Actually, Chang chose to suffer from a rare form of selective amnesia which we will call Changnesia, in his honour. He couldn’t remember a number of important details. His name was called in 2 huge immigration scandals which he says he is completely innocent of and to hear him tell it from his perspective, he was simply too trusting, which landed him in bad situations. So, how does he explain his close proximity to the South Korean Fugitive Won Hong Kim, and what appears to be his attempts to get this man out of a Taiwanese detention center? First of all, he could not deny that he tried to visit Citizen Kim back in September 2013. Cherie Nisbet, Belize’s Ambassador to Taiwan sent an official email to the Government of Belize confirming that, and it was included in the Auditor-General’s report.
The Truth Shall Set You Free
If the PUP is not united and determined and hungry going into the next general elections, the United Democratic Party will likely be returned to a fourth term in office. It’s as simple as that. If the PUP cannot get its act together, with major players restraining themselves from behaving like kindergarten children, the UDP will make history, AGAIN. That will likely signal the destruction of the PUP, and certainly signal another term of unchecked corruption, greed, victimization, poverty, rising costs and economic disaster. What must be understood, quite clearly, is that this would be a disservice to the tens of thousands of supporters who believe in the PUP. It is not about those who would be Ministers. This is about the Belizeans who are currently going through a terrible time in this country under the inexplicably inept management of Dean Oliver Barrow and his goons. When the PUP loses an election, it is really our supporters who suffer. That is the truth. Actually, under this administration, all normal Belizeans are in the same boat, even the normal Belizeans who support the UDP. It is only the very privileged cronies who have enjoyed and continue to enjoy the spoils of electoral war – persons like Juliet Thimbriel who just a few years ago had nothing, and is now a millionaire in her own right with properties and assets all over the country.
No Limits, Running Rebels & Dream Ballers Win in NEBL Basketball
The Baron Bliss holiday weekend brought a series of upsets to the National Elite Basketball League competition at the UB gym on Thursday, at the Belize Elementary auditorium in Belize City on Friday night, and at the SCA auditorium on Sunday.
No Limits clawed their way out of the NEBL cellar as Kenny Brown scored 16pts, 7 rebounds to lead them to a 79-72 win against the Cayo Western Ballaz who fell to 3rd place with 3w – 3l. John Rudon, Mateo Gutierrez and Kyle Young scored 8pts apiece, while Bernard Felix added 7pts and Lincey Lopez, Marcus Lewis and Kevin Domingo posted 6pts apiece.
Cayo’s Daniel “Buddy” Nolberto also scored 16pts; Richard Troyer and Brandon Flowers added 12pts, and Darwin “Puppy” Leslie posted 11pts, while Brandon Rogers tossed in 10pts.
Optimist Junior Sailors Preserve Belize Harbour Regatta Tradition
The Optimist Under-15 junior sailors are keeping Belize’s annual Baron Bliss Regatta tradition alive, with 8 races held in the 89th Regatta organized by the Belize Harbour Regatta Committee under the patronage of the Governor General H.E. Sir Colville Young, over the Baron Bliss weekend.
The 13 Optimist young sailors from sailing clubs of Corozal Bay, Placencia, Gales Point and the Belize Sea Scouts faced a brisk south east wind, blue skies and “popcorn clouds” and completed 4 races on Saturday, and 4 more on Sunday, on an inshore course in front of the BTL Park.
Two Sea Scouts’ “Bosun” class sloops also completed the course and a “Dart 16” won the multihull unchallenged.
N.I.C.H. Canoe Wins 2017 Belikin Ruta Maya River Challenge
Team N.I.C.H.: Efrain, Henner and Felix Cruz won the 2017 Belikin Ruta Maya River Challenge from under the Hawkesworth bridge in San Ignacio to Belize City over the Baron Bliss weekend. They clocked 17:50:40 in their 4-day paddle over 180 miles of river to win the Kinich Ahau trophy and the cash prize for 1st place in the Male Division.
1st Team NICH – 17:50:40.
2nd D&A SMART Warriors: Kenrick & Wilberto Daniels, Amado Cruz – 17:50:54. They won $250 prize for 1st place Male for the 4th stage, also winning the $3,000 station prize at the Burrell Boom bridge!
3rd Team Koop Sheet Metal – Jerry Rhaburn, Jerry Cante, Daniel Cruz – 17:53:29.
4th Belize Bank Bulldogs – Armin Lopez, Roy & Eric Cano – 18:00:55.
5th Coast Guard ACE – 18:22:47.
Breaking Belize News
Youngest American to travel the world is in Belize on historic tour
Sal Lavallo, the man venturing to be the youngest American to travel the world is in Belize on his historic tour.
Lavallo landed at the Phillip Goldson International Airport on Saturday, making Belize his 169 stop. He has until April 2018 to break the record but hopes he can do it by September 2017, before his 27th birthday. Lavallo started traveling in 2007 for school and work but over the last 15 months, has been traveling full time without any endorsements or sponsorships.
Sixteen-year-old girl reported missing
According to police reports, last night around 10:03, a 55-year-old grandmother of George Price Street reported that her granddaughter Mekaya Suazo, 16, left home from the same address on Saturday en route to Belize City, where she was to stay at a particular residence.
However, when she inquired about her granddaughter at that residence, she was told that she did not arrive at that location.
Fifteen-year-old Dangriga girl missing
According to police reports, Francelia Laurie, a businesswoman of theb Rivas Estate area in Dangriga, reported that on February 11 around 7:00 p.m., her 15-year-old daughter, Marcelia Flores, left home to stay at her elder sister’s residence at Ghans Avenue.
Laurie told police that on March 8 around 7:00 p.m., she called her daughter to check on her but she was informed that Marcelina had left the house at about 1:30 p.m. on the same date to an unknown destination.
Police officer Darrel “Tutsi” Usher busted with 20 pounds of weed
Darrel “Tutsi” Usher is a police corporal and the son of businessman and politician, Gilroy Usher Sr., who represented the PUP in the Port Loyola division in the last General Election. On Friday, Usher was busted with drugs by his own colleagues. According to […]
Toledo man shot in chest at a bus stop
A man was shot in the village of San Antonio in Toledo District sometime around 5 p.m. on Saturday. He has been identified as 23-year-old Crispino Bolon, a farmer of San Antonio Village. According to police reports, he was spotted lying near a bus […]
Two men injured in Toledo shooting
Two men are injured after a single shot was fired in a bar at around 10:55 p.m. on Saturday night in San Pedro Columbia in the Toledo District. According to police information, 21-year-old Melvin Hernandez, and 24-year-old Benjamin Trapp, were both seen suffering from […]
Toledo cops looking for motorcycle thief
Thieves in Toledo have made off with a Meilun brand 2012 (150) motor cycle bearing license plate number SC M-0629 valued at $1,500.00 The motorcycle belonged to 24-year-old Javier Francisco Franco. Franco told police that sometime between the hours of 9:15 p.m. on Thursday […]
Teenager crashes into parked car and dies
A teenager is dead after his motorcycle collided into a parked grey Isuzu pickup truck on the Franks Eddy Road. According to police reports, 17-year-old Eric Ibanez, a laborer of Saint Mathews Village in the Cayo District was riding his motorcycle on Franks Eddy […]
Cayo Man shot on penis
A man was shot to his penis on Friday before just before midnight in the Cayo District. According to police reports, 39-year-old Rudolph Gentle was at a residence in the Hot Point Area in Santa Elena Town, when a dark complexion male person wearing […]
San Pedro boy busted with weed in front of mother
On Friday night around 7:15, while on duty at the ocean ferry dock, San Pedro Police conducted a search on a 16-year-old male construction worker of San Mateo area, San Pedro Town who was seen carrying a black school bag. A search of his […]
Hattieville man killed while relaxing on verandah
On Saturday night shortly before 9:00, police responded to reports of a shooting incident in Hattieville village, Belize. Police visited Foster Drive where officers saw the body Michael Usher, 35, lying with gunshot wounds to the head and to the left side. Initial investigations revealed […]
Missing taxi man found dead, killed execution style
According to police reports, on Sunday at 3:50 p.m., police visited mile 5 on the George Price Highway, Belize City where officers found the body of Elbert Gillett, 66. Gillet was a Belizean taxi driver of Signa Yorke Street in Belize City, who was reported […]
PM Barrow presents budget
The Budget presentation is happening now at the National Assembly in Belmopan City. Prime Minister Dean Barrow began his presentation this morning by saying that government’s revenue has seen a rise of 6 percent over the last fiscal year. Barrow stated that a report […]
Mexican politician jailed for orchestrating fugitive’s escape to Belize
A Mexican politician is currently in jail after it was reported that he allegedly helped another wanted politician escape into Belize last October. Former interim governor of the Mexican state of Veracruz, Flavino Rios, was arrested on Sunday for helping his predecessor, Javier Duarte, […]
Taking advantage of March Winds
Shortly after Valentine’s Day, there is a change in our weather on Ambergris Caye. Winds begin to pick up, blowing ever stronger across the island. While there are a few days when you wonder if you’ll ever stop shaking sand out of your hair, most times it’s all about letting the winds caress you and take away your cares…well, at least for a moment. So, with the March winds now in effect, what are the best ways to take advantage of the longer days and lush waters of our beautiful Caribbean Sea? Here are some fun options! This one is a bit of a challenge, but I know you don’t back down from one! If you are up to it, PassionKite Belize offers kite surfing lessons on the leeward side of the island straight from Martin John Leslie’s hand-built bamboo floating raft. MJ is a local islander who grew up playing in the water. He is passionate about his surroundings, even spearheading a group of like-minded people in a project called Reef Angels, whose task is to clear the ocean of debris. Using kayaks and their hands, they swim and free dive our waters to clean up discarded bottles, plastic and other garbage that unfortunately would go unchecked otherwise.
Belize Spring Break 2017 Guide
March is rapidly coming upon us and the university grind has us just about mad. Fret not. however, as March means more than just another 6 to 8 weeks of lectures, it means – Spring Break! (In Belize?) trust us, we’re just as excited as you are! But, what is all this excitement if there’s no direction to point it at? What is there to do? Where to go? Why not pack your bags and make your way down to Mother Nature’s best-kept secret?
Here’s your 2017 guide to spring break in Belize!
Spring – the season that takes over the winter gloom and springs the entire world to life… (get it?). The water is finally a palpable temperature and you want nothing more than to go to the beach! If that statement at all resonated with you just now, then you’re in luck as Belize has just your fix – fixes actually!
Fly In 2017 was held in Spanish Lookout, Cayo, Belize #Flyin2017#
The Flight Enthusiasts thanked everyone one who came out on Sunday March 12, 2017 to watch the show about the plane stunts, plane on display, Harley Davidson's motorcycle and more. Surprisingly, close to 2000 people came out on Sunday March 12th, 2017. A massive thanks to all the ground crew and vendors and parking attendants that kept everyone safe and fed and who contributed so much to make this a wonderful day at the #flyin2017. Thank you to Brian Dueck and those that helped with organizing the event and making this a reality! You guys rock!
Also a big thanks to Skydive San Pedro the who kept the people jumping of people from a plane. Please visit them at their facebook page today. Airplanes arrived at 10 A.M. although the entertainment and planned events didn't start until after 12:30 P.M. People still came out early to watch the Skydivers coming down from the Sky. RIDES! Astrum Helicopters was to show up at the event. But, Sadly at the last minute they cancelled out. They where offer rides for sale on location, for you and your loved one could have gone for a flight over the country side.
Humans Made the Banana Perfect—But Soon, It’ll Be Gone
ON A PLATE, a single banana seems whimsical—yellow and sweet, contained in its own easy-to-open peel. It is a charming breakfast luxury as silly as it is delicious and ever-present. Yet when you eat a banana the flavor on your tongue has complex roots, equal parts sweetness and tragedy.
In 1950, most bananas were exported from Central America. Guatemala in particular was a key piece of a vast empire of banana plantations run by the American-owned United Fruit Company. United Fruit Company paid Guatemala’s government modest sums in exchange for land. With the land, United Fruit planted bananas and then did as it pleased. It exercised absolute control not only over what workers did but also over how and where they lived. In addition, it controlled transportation, constructing, for example, the first railway in the country, one that was designed to be as useless as possible for the people of Guatemala and as useful as possible for transporting bananas. The company’s profits were immense. In 1950, its revenues were twice the gross domestic product of the entire country of Guatemala. Yet while the United Fruit Company invested greatly in its ability to move bananas, little was invested in understanding the biology of bananas themselves.
Then the inevitable happened. A malady arrived—Panama disease (now more often called fusarium wilt), caused by the pathogen Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense. Panama disease started to wipe out banana plantations in 1890. Nothing precluded its spread or even promised to slow it. Seen from above, the plantations across Latin America started to look like the lights had been turned off. Patches of bright green went black. Whole landscapes went black. In the Ulua valley of Honduras alone, thirty thousand acres were infected and abandoned within the first year in which Panama disease arrived. Nearly all the banana plantations in Guatemala were devastated and, once devastated, abandoned, because it was quickly figured out that the pathogen, having arrived, could lurk in the soil for years (or even, as we now know, decades).
10 Must-Dive Destinations For 2017
The ocean. It’s terrifying to some and the most relaxing place in the world to others. Me? I lean somewhere in the middle–I’m always anxious about getting in, but I’m completely curious to discover this world that’s totally different from my own. And I’m a sucker for any experience where I get to see animals in their natural habitat. Hello sea turtles!
And thinking about the fact that 71% of the earth’s surface is covered by water, it makes me even more curious about what’s going on below the surface–there’s a whole world under there that most of us will never even have the chance to explore. But some of us are exploring it, thanks to organizations like PADI (the Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and their more than 6,400 PADI Dive Centers and Resorts in 186 countries around the world. Thanks to them, exploring the ocean is becoming easier and more accessible than ever.
Ambergris Caye, Belize:
One of the most famous dive sites for divers and non-divers, this underwater sinkhole isn’t a dive that you do for the marine life, this is a dive that you do for the natural beauty of the site itself. Caves, stalagmites and stalactites start to appear at a depth of about 120 feet. A three hour boat ride from Ambergris Caye through rough open water can make this trip seem like a hassle, but sometimes the best things take a little work, right?
Unveiling of Ocean Mural in San Pedro Town by Oceana Belize during Reef Week in Belize, 15min.
Broadcast of the 2017/2018 Budget Presentation, 1hr42min. Budget Hearing: Meeting of The House of Representatives.
Spanish Lookout Fly In, 1min. Yesterday, the community of Spanish Lookout held its annual Fly In 2017. We where super excited about this year's Fly In!!! It was a lot of fun! And there was delicious food for sale. People Brought their own lawn chairs and umbrellas to stay cool wile you watch all the exiting aviation activities. Free ride at the plane for those who wish to donate. Kids enjoyed getting sweets from the stunt plane that throw it above the air.
HANDS Trek 2017 | Punta Gorda, Belize, 9min. In March of 2017, 97 men from various backgrounds embarked on a journey to the Machaca Outreach Center in Punta Gorda, a small town in southern Belize.
Their goal was to serve Jon and Lisa Gotz, who run camps every summer at the center for fatherless children.
San Pedro, BELIZE Seaweed BEACH Clean Up - Ambergris Caye - 2017, 1.5min. Sped up version of Sargasso Seaweed Clean up recorded from the Melt Cafe & Beach Bar at the end of Beach Road in San Pedro, Belize - March 2017.
SAN PEDRO BELIZE - projects abroad, 4min. I was given the opportunity to travel to San Pedro Belize by myself to volunteer at the ABC PreSchool through Projects Abroad. Along the way, I met some pretty amazing people and did some pretty amazing things. Most definitely an experience that changed my life.
2017.2 Belize - Caracol, 4min.
OCEANA new mural in Sap Pedro, 3.5min. Good morning from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye where the Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage and Oceana are launching our mural on Laguna Drive. Artist Valentino Caliz and his team did a great job! The purpose of our national mural project is to spread awareness and stop offshore oil from destroying these types of scenes in our marine environment.
Jacintoville ( The Beginning), 2min. Jacíntovílle Cacao sources the highest quality organic cacao. We are a seed to bean farm located in Punta Gorda, Belize. Our goal is to change lives using cacao as a tool to give back. Help us be apart of our journey! Click the link in the bio to learn more.
Discover Hamanasi Adventure Dive Resort in Belize, 5min.
Monmouth Regional_ Lilliani Patt Belize 2016 Altun Ha Maya Ruins, 2min.
Welcome to Hamanasi Resort in Belize!, 2min.
2017 Ruta day 1 highlights, 21min. The first days highlights of the 2017 La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge, from San Ignacio to Banana Bank. Meet many of these paddlers, see and hear their journey down the Belize River.
Trip To Belize Part #2 (day 2 and 3), 10min.
Snorkeling in Belize, 9min.