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Belize Highlights International Women's Month
Minister of Defence Hon. John Saldivar this morning addressed a gathering of women who work within his ministry and departments under his command. The event was organized as part of International Women’s Month activities under the theme, “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”. In his remarks, Hon Saldivar stated, “It is really nice to have a special time for women where they are glorified to the point of being honored, awarded and appreciated. I hope this builds awareness and acknowledgement of the woman’s contribution to life, society, family and work; we salute her strength, resilience and sacrifice. Women empowerment lies in honoring yourself and treating yourself with respect. Remember, “No one can put you down without your permission” – Eleanor Roosevelt. For all you have done and continue to do for the Ministry and the Security Forces, Thank You.”

$10K For Oceana Belize, 30 Laptops For San Pedro High, Ultrasound For Poly Clinic
Blue Water Grill trio of businesses does not stop giving back to the community. This month alone they presented donations to three organizations amounting over $57,000. The first is a donation of 30 new laptops for the computer lab at San Pedro High School. In January and February 2017, Blue Water Grill customers donated $5,004, which they matched. Guests of The Phoenix donated $2,685, which The Phoenix matched and customers of Wine de Vine donated $182, which Wine de Vine matched. With the entire amount of $15,741the laptops were donated to the high school. “Thanks to you and your continued support of our businesses, we're able to make a meaningful difference in our community. We're grateful for that.” - Blue Water Grill Group of Businesses

Belize Temporarily Bans Brazilian Corned Beef
After GraceKennedy announced it has suspended sales of corned beef originating from Brazil, Belize Agricultural Health Authority along with the Ministry of Health have come together and issued a press release stating their take of action towards this situation.

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Sand on the beach in downtown San Pedro
Over the weekend, the San Pedro Town Council had some sand spread over some popular beach areas for everyone to enjoy in the upcoming Easter holidays. These areas have lost a lot of sand lately since the Sargassum invasion is back and a lot of sand is lost in the removal of the sargassum.

Police Pursuit leads to canal
On Tuesday, March 28th an early morning pursuit on East Collet Canal by the police resulted in grey Mazda Tribute driving in the Canal. The occupants were detained.

Belize Fishing Report, Mar 20th - Mar 26th, 2017
Bones, bones and more bones, everyone had a great week fishing for those powerful bonefish. Seasoned anglers and beginners were finding lots of hungry bonefish because of the calmer winds and sunny skies. Even our fishing director Isa was able to get out on the water and enjoy a few tugs on the rod. Great week of beautiful weather and happy anglers!

Ottawa Travel and Vacation Show
In Canada, Board President Leisa Carr-Caceres and Treasurer Ted Tejada promoted our members and the country of Belize at the Ottawa Travel and Vacation Show on March 25, 26, 2017. Ottawa is Canada's capital city: home of the federal government, embassies, three universities and the center of Canada's high tech industry. With a population of over 1.2 million Ottawa has the 2nd highest per capita income of all major Canadian cities.

BHA promotes members and Belize at Beneath the Sea Dive Show
The BHA, represented by Board Directors Sandra Van Noord and Barbara Hall, was at Beneath the Sea Dive Show in New Jersey this weekend March 24, 25, 26, 2017. This consumer Dive Show attracts both divers AND non-divers from the lucrative North-East region which has the U.S.A's wealthiest and largest concentration of consumers who are all within easy travel distance of the show. It offers the opportunity to meet with new AND existing customers to promote and educate them about our country and to guide them in making their upcoming travel plans to our destination. In addition, Beneath The Sea, Inc. is a nonprofit, volunteer, membership organization, recognized nationally and Internationally as a source of education about the ocean environment.

REVOLUTIONARY BELIZEAN PHOTO JOURNALIST FRANZWAH ESTRADA (PT.1)
In this fourth feature on the "Belize Art Shop" featuring the hard hitting Belizean Photo Journalist, Franzwah Estrada, who has been no stranger in the Los Angeles Belizean Community where he lives and work as an artist in photography and film, we here at Belizean Legends want to honor this brother for his many years of incredible work and contribution to the development of the Los Angeles Belizean Community. Estrada's work stems extensively across a wide spectrum of culture, politics, and entertainment, and can be seen more vividly through the awesome photo essay here where he captured the passionate moments of mostly Belizean women in protest against the insidious Guatemalan claim of Belize on May 5, 2016 at the Guatemalan Consulate on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.

Culinary Arts program at Ocean Academy
We are so excited to partner with instructor Sharon Tillett to offer the ITVET Level 1 Culinary Arts program at OA. Want to see the fruit carving techniques in person? Come Tuesday April 4th, 10-3, Caye Caulker Palapa Gardens (beach beside Rainbow).

Issuance of Fishing License
The Belize Fisheries Department hereby reminds the public that it will cease the issuance/renewal of fisher folk and vessel licenses for the year 2017 by April 14th, 2017. Furthermore, fishers are advised that they must be in compliance with the following: • Each vessel captain must comply with the filling of the Catch Log Book on every trip and submit to a fisheries officer out at sea or in Belize City Office;

Cayo Rosario EIA Lodgment and Public Consultation
The Environmental Impact Assessment report for a tourism development on Cayo Rosario was submitted to the DOE by Cayo Rosario Development Limited. The EIA report is available for public viewing, and a public consultation for the EIA will be held on April 5, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Lion's Den in San Pedro.

Belmopan Open Mic Night
Open Mic Night is coming Belmopan this Thursday at the Wingz Stop. $1000 cash prize! Registration starts 6:30 p.m.

Works to Commence for Fifth Road Project - Section B
The Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Works, today signed a construction contract with Cisco Construction Ltd., in the amount of BZ$20,899,031.40, to carry out Section B of the Fifth Road Project. The Government of Belize secured a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) for the Fifth Road Project (Phillip S.W. Goldson Highway Upgrading). This project, located in Belize City and Ladyville is divided into several components, two of which directly address road infrastructure: Section A (Airport Road Junction to Haulover Bridge) and Section B (Haulover Bridge to Buttonwood Bay Boulevard Roundabout).

9 NURSES TO BE CERTIFIED AS “REGISTERED DIALYSIS NURSE” BY THE NURSES AND MIDWIVES COUNCIL THROUGH THE COOPERATION PROJECT BETWEEN BELIZE AND TAIWAN ON CHRONIC RENAL FAILURE
The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is pleased to announce that currently 5 nurses from Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital have been certified as “Registered Dialysis Nurse” by Nurses and Midwives Council, while another 4 nurses from La Loma Luz Adventist Hospital will be certified in the coming weeks. These nurses were selected for the dialysis training through the “Capacity Building Project for the Prevention and Control of Chronic Renal Failure in Belize” (also known as the “Renal Failure Prevention Project”).

Driver dumps PG trash on roadside!
Caught in the act! Punta Gorda Town Council illegal dumping in wetland area and on roadside Department of the Environment please take note. Are these guys above the law??? This is less than a mile from the Rio Grande River and in Wetland area.

The Second ANNUAL Ubuntu Event
clock Thursday, April 6 at 10 AM - 3 PM. On display their will have booths showcasing students entreprenuership, apprenticeships.

SHJC Marketing Expo 2017
Sacred Heart Junior College is having their annual Marketing Expo this Saturday, April 1st, at the Cayo Welcome Center. They'll have food and drinks, and some interesting creations.

Earth Hour Belize 2017
Pictures from the 2017 Earth Hour celebration in Belmopan. "Thank YOU Belize for coming out to celebrate EarthHour2017 and taking the time to shine a light on climate action. We'll make this planet we call home a better place yet!"

Western Ballaz Host Dream Ballers
The Western Ballaz defeated the Hurricanes last week, but just lost to the Tiger Sharks. They are hosting the Dream Ballers this Friday, March 31st. Go Ballaz! "...coming up in our NEXT HOME GAME are the young studs of the South, the Dream Ballers. Western Ballaz Nation! Save the date and let's do this together!!! Let's go Ballaz!!

Toyota Chiquibul Expedition
Toyota Chiquibul Expedition coming up on the 29th and 30th of April. To sign up for the Expedition contact: expedition@belizediesel.com or ryan@belizediesel.com

Lecture series focusing on the 'The Coat of Arms and the National Flag of Belize'
Today March 29th, 2017 the Museum of Belize in collaboration with the University of Belize cordially invites the general public to the first segment of our National Symbols lecture series focusing on the 'The Coat of Arms and the National Flag of Belize'. The first session of the lecture will be held at the Bliss Institute for the Performing Arts (Belize City) at 10:00am-11:30am. The second session of the lecture is scheduled at the University of Belize Jaguar Auditorium (Belmopan) at 2:00pm - 3:30pm. We encourage everyone to come and partake in this very educational discourse in enhancing our national consciousness.

Channel 7

Suspected Drug Plane Intercepted In Northern Belize, In Working Condition
Suspected drug planes can often traffic above and through Belize, and sometimes, they leave a plane behind. But in almost all cases, the drug cargo is removed, and those planes are burnt to get rid of evidence. But yesterday, Belize police, acting on a tip from Guatemalan Civil Aviation managed to intercept a CESSNA Piper Aztec single engine plane that was in good working order. Now, there was no drugs on board, but we know the plane was found in northern Belize on a cane road. It had made an illegal landing, and had no flight plan for Belize - clearly indicating an illicit mission. No drugs were found on board and there was no trace of the passengers. But, the plane was in good working order so the police got someone to fly it out of there to the Phillip Golden Airport where it is parked on the tarmac tonight.

Senate Rejects PACT Bill, Delays Implementation of Tax Measure, GOB Loses Revenue
Yesterday was the first time that the re-constituted Senate met with all 13 members. As we told you last night, the government side of 6 senators were in the minority for the first time in Belize's history. So, the Senate had the opportunity even to delay the budget, which is the centerpiece of governance. But they didn't do that because the Churches voted with the government Senator to pass the budget. But, the Church voted against one of the revenue measures that goes along with the budget. That's the PACT Amendment Bill, which will be amended to put an additional fee on visitors leaving the country. The Church Senator said it will affect the Christian missionaries who visit Belize, so he voted against it. And with that, for the first time, the Senate rejected a money bill. It's consequential for government which is hosting to raise 11 million dollars in the next fiscal year with this measure. But by rejecting it, the Senate only delays implementation by a month - meaning the Government will lose one month of revenue from this measure. Today, the man who was named the 13th Senator discussed the history and implications with CTV-3 in Orange Walk.

Marcial Toledo, Family Says He Killed Cop Because PC Locke Wanted His Wife
Tonight, more is known about Marcial Toledo, the man accused of stabbing a police officer to death at the Raccoon Street Police Station. First, the prison rejected him when he showed up for remand yesterday because he had no medico-legal form. So, he had to be held by police and brought back to court this morning and then escorted back to prison with his medico legal form. So he's under remand tonight, but his family says he's not himself. His daughter, Lilian Toledo, 21, and son, Dilfio Toledo, 24, told the media outside the court room that their father is behaving out of character, because of his head injury.

Sleeping Policeman Shot
And while the police department is still reeling from that tragedy that happened right before their eyes, on their own turf, last night the department got another shock when a police officer shot in his home, reportedly with his own Glock pistol. Tonight, police are calling it an accident. They say that 40-year-old Police Corporal Daniel Lawrence attached to Strike Team South, was asleep in his room with his license 9 millimeter pistol under his pillow when it accidentally discharged hitting him in the chest. Lawrence reportedly received a punctured lung, and is admitted to the KHMH in a stable condition.

Church Deplores Sin, Loves Sin Tax
The new fiscal year starts on April first. That's Saturday - and while it may be April Fool's day, don't be fooled when you see increased prices on beer and rum. That's the effect of the sin tax government is levying through which they hope to raise almost 30 million dollars in additional revenue. So, the tax is steep but yesterday in the Senate, the Senator for the church said, he wishes it would be higher:... Hon. Ashley Rocke- Senator for Churches: "It is noted with great enthusiasm the hiking of taxes for spiritual drinks. Honestly it would not have bothered me if the tax were increased more. Alcohol as we know can be blamed, in past and present time, for a great number of road traffic accidents and deaths, homicides in our homes, spousal and child abuse, problem among our youths who wantonly abuse the freedom of access to wildly use drugs wherever and whenever they can find it. We believe the family of our homes have been greatly disenfranchised because of this scourge. We are praying that this hike may serve as a deterrent."

Major Bust of Undersized Conch At Fisheries
Right now, the Fisheries Department is finishing up their paperwork to march 29 fishermen in front of the Magistrate's Court for breaking the fisheries laws. They are being accused of fishing over 3,300 undersized conch. They were caught in a raid last Friday that the Fisheries Department conducted in Southern waters with the help of the Belize Audubon Society and the Police Department. The joint patrol came upon the undersized conchs and 493 fish fillets without skin patches. The skin patch laws were put in place for the fisheries catch to be easily identified so that the officials can ensure that the fish species being targeted are not the important grazing kind which keeps the Barrier reef clean.

Feinstein Group Goes After Hon. Heredia
The Stake Bank Cruise Tourism Project - we haven't heard of it for a while, and indeed its gone on the back burner ever since Government gave developer Mike Feinstein the red light. But it came back up in the House Debates, with a few PUP members calling on government to re-activate the plan. When the Tourism Minister responded, he made it clear that Stake Bank and Mike Feinstein are not favorably viewed by the Barrow administration:... Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism: "The same PUP - you can recall the old customs area, that practically they gave it away to some cronies and friends over there to create what is today the Fort Street Village and they created the law that Fort Street will collect the head tax from those boats and today the same member that sold to the Royal Caribbean, he wants to be getting a portion of that same head tax.."

Discussing Alternative Energy
Today the Ministry of Public Services and Energy hosted a workshop with stakeholders to discuss the implementation of a new Energy Information Management system. The data gathered through the system will allow the Ministry and other partners to develop strategies to improve the country's energy consumption. We spoke to the CEO of the Ministry, Dr. Peter Allen, about the event... Dr. Peter Allen, CEO - Ministry of Energy: "We are co-hosting this with OLADE, is the acronym for the Latin American Energy Organization and as a member of OLADE we have collaboratively worked on a series of different standards for the region. One of those is information systems. So OLADE have developed a common regional energy information system and it designed so that we can compare prices, costs, quantities and sources of energy and how we use energy across the region, so that we can both compare always looking for best practices. The workshop this week invites most of our stakeholders in the energy system both users and producers of energy. To learn how to use this system we'll make it available free of cost. The department of energy will administer the system and make the information freely available to everybody including the media."

Hit And Run Victim Identified
Last night we told you about a road traffic accident between Miles 8 and 9 on the Stann Creek Valley Road. Today, police were able to identify the victim of an alleged hit and run. According to police, 61 year old Rogelio Perez, a resident of Hope Creek Village, was riding on the side of the road at around midnight when he was hit by an unknown vehicle. Perez succumbed to his injuries a few hours later. Police are currently trying to find the driver of that vehicle.

Santa Cruz Story Straightened Out
Last night, we showed you the press briefing hosted by the Commissioner of Police, in which he and other senior officers discussed the violent weekend and the 8 murders which happened countrywide. Well, the Police Press Office finally released the official details on one of the two murders from Santa Cruz, Stann Creek. That's one where 23 year-old Ostin Zavala was stabbed to death at the Los Amigos Bar on Sunday night, at around 10 o'clock. Police investigation say that the Bella Vista village resident arrived and saw a man attacking the owner of the bar. He intervened, trying to stop the fight, and he was stabbed in the heat of the moment. That injury was to the chest, and he bled out and died right there at the Los Amigos Bar. Police have not reported any detentions in this case.

Courts Cares For Fire Victims
Since Friday, victims of the Pink's Alley fire have received support from the government and other NGO's. And now the business community is doing what it can to give back too. Today Courts, donated sixteen double mattresses and thirty two new pillows to the affected families. We spoke to Unicomer's Marketing Officer, Grisel Carballo, and Melissa Major, one of the victims of the fire, about the donation...

Councillor Phil Welcomes Charity, Urges Caution
And as the list of businesses and organizations that want to offer their help to the victims of the Pink's Alley fire continues to grow, the Belize City Council has some concerns. The councilors are worried that some people may take advantage of the generous donations and receive items when they were not affected by the fire at all. Councilor Phillip Willoughby outlined some of his concerns today and gave us an update of the support for the victims...

Paying Artists Their Due
When you are jumping up to Ernestine Carballo's soca selections during Carnival or singing along to Ras Indios reggae tracks on the radio , no one stops to think about copyright laws and the fact that these Belizean artists aren't getting paid the royalties they are due . Well music ambassador Shyne Barrow wants to change that. As we have reported Shyne is calling on artists to protest against businesses that are not adhering to the copyright laws. So, today, Barrow and his team at the Belizean society of composers , authors and publishers held a press briefing with a visiting expert to reinforce the importance of paying copyright fees.

Upheaval Reported At UDP Meeting In Dangriga
All is not well inside the UDP Camp in Dangriga. 7 News has received multiple credible reports which say that a divisional meeting held last night ended up in ruction, with blows being thrown. The meeting was held with all the elected UDP officials in Dangriga, meaning the town council and the area rep, along with the divisional committee. Now, it seems the Committee Chairman and the area Representative aren't on good terms, and words started to be thrown between supporters of the two. Things escalated, and reports say that one of Mena's sidemen threw a chair at a supporter of the other UDP faction. With that, the meeting had to be called to an abrupt close. The person who was assaulted made a report to Dangriga police.

Road Contract Inked
Drivers who use the Philip Goldson Highway are well aware of the road upgrading works that Cisco Construction has been conducting on the stretch of the road from Ladyville to the Haulover Bridge for the past few months. There's only a few more miles to go before that construction is complete, but the Government has already signed another contract with the company to start working on the section of the road which runs from Haulover Bridge to the Buttonwood Bay Boulevard Roundabout. A press release from the Government of Belize says that the contract is worth almost 20.9 million dollars, and it's called Section B of the Fifth Road Project.

Mayor Welcomes Community Cash For Streets
And while the CDB is financing that project, The Mayor of Belize City is inviting Belize City neighborhoods to come forward and join in a partnership with the city council to pave streets in their area. He says the formula is simple: all the residents can get together and prepay a few years of property taxes which they would put a down payment towards paving the streets in their area. He says this is working out with Bella Vista on the northern highway: Darrell Bradley- Mayor of Belize City : "Two weeks ago through the support and the leadership of several members of the community we had a meeting and about 40 to 50 members of that community attended."

Breaking News Reveals Unsettling Guatemalan Doc.
There's a news item emerging from Belize Breaking News this evening which says that the Government of Guatemala is in the process of officially including the Sarstoon area on its official map. The article quotes a document from Guatemala's Foreign Affairs Ministry. We have seen such a Spanish language document dated January 17, 2017. It says that the Guatemalan Government is working on a proposal that will include parts of Belize on the official map of Guatemala. While we are working on the translation, the document discusses on exploration of oil in the subsoil of Belize.

The Protectors Made Us Proud
The Belize Protectors are back. The team of law enforcement officers left Belize last Thursday to participate in the Baker to Vegas Competition. The Belize Protectors competed with 300 teams in a 120 mile, 20 leg relay race. Last year, the Belize team placed 6th overall in the competition, and this time they did even better. The Protectors made good on their intensive training and managed to bring home the bronze, placing 3rd overall.

Channel 5

Who Shot Strike Team Cop at Church Street Home?
Another cop goes down in the city and is tonight fighting for his life at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City. But there are more questions than answers [...]

Accused Cop-Killer Marcial Toledo Arraigned; Family Claims They were Threatened
Forty-seven-year-old Marcial Toledo, an accused cop killer, is tonight on remand at the Belize Central Prison after being arraigned on Monday for the brutal murder of a law enforcement officer.  [...]

Cops Mull Safety Measures at Police Stations
The daring mid-afternoon murder of Police Constable Marvin Locke, while on duty at the Raccoon Street Precinct on Sunday, has left the department badly shaken up and reeling from the [...]

Was Kenzle Hulse Properly Charged?
Twenty-seven-year-old Kenzle Hulse was quietly arraigned in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court last Wednesday, after being arrested and charged for the lesser crime of harm.  The young businessman’s indictment comes several [...]

No New Police Recruit Squad, But ComPol Won’t Complain
A new fiscal year will be ushered in on Saturday, minus the celebration that usually accompanies the ringing in of a new calendar year.  In fact, the 2017 financial calendar [...]

Fisheries Department and Others Raid Lighthouse Reef for Violators
The Fisheries Department is tightening up on persons who violate fisheries regulations. A group of fishermen from Ranchito, Copper Bank and San Joaquin villages up north were taken to court [...]

Guatemala Seeking to Formally Annex Sarstoon?
Is the Guatemalan Government stepping up its aggressive campaign against Belize, even before a referendum to take the unfounded territorial claim to the I.C.J. is held? Reports surfaced today that [...]

PACT Bill Voted Down in Senate, Making Legislative History
For one of the rare instances in Belizean legislative history, the ‘noes’ had it in the Senate with regard to the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (Amendment) Bill on its second [...]

What Did Ambassador Joel Nagel Do in Austria?
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington, confirmed last Thursday at the House debate that the Ambassador of Belize to Austria, Joel Nagel, was told to leave his post by [...]

Courtenay Slams Elrington for “Squatters” Comment
The comment by Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington on the topic of Belize’s borders and how they have not been fully drawn and accepted, in which he compared Belize’s [...]

More Passports, Less Money for Immigration?
Senator Courtenay also reacted to the rise of the number of passports being issued and the amount Government is collecting for them. He points out that with nearly four times [...]

Hulse Hails Agriculture Rebound, Promises Tight Reins on Spending
Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Godwin Hulse, wrapped up debate on the General Revenue and Appropriation Bill around news time on Monday evening after a full day of [...]

Stake Bank’s Feinstein Refutes Tourism Minister
Developer Michael Feinstein has come out swinging against Minister of Tourism Manuel Heredia Junior, following recent statements made during the budget debate on Friday.  Those comments were purportedly in reference [...]

Courts Gives Beds, Write-Offs to Majestic Alley Fire Victims
Eighteen families and just over fifty persons have been displaced by last Friday’s inferno that swept through an apartment complex and two houses in the heart of Fort George area, [...]

U.S. Army Takes Belize “Beyond the Horizon”
The U.S. Army South, in partnership with the B.D.F., will be kicking off Beyond the Horizon 2017. For about ten years now, the training exercise has been taking place in [...]

PACT Makes Grants to Protected Areas Managers
Five organizations that manage the network of protected areas across the country are beneficiaries of a combined one million dollars plus in grants. The awards were disbursed on Monday by [...]

Energy Workers Harness Information
Stakeholders from across the energy sector are participating in a four-day seminar that is being facilitated by the Latin American Energy Organization, OLADE.  The workshop focuses on the establishment of [...]

BSCAP, Artists Say Pay to Play our Music!
The Belizean Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, BSCAP, is stepping up the ante and bringing down the hammer on broadcasters, radio stations and businesses who, according to the organization, [...]

Caribbean Partners in Belize to Study Justice System
A group from across the Caribbean is in Belize to learn more about our Criminal Justice System. The team is here under a project called CARISECURE. The project aims to [...]


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Senator Salas Disagrees With PM on NGO's Not Being Accountable
When the controversial PACT amendment bill was introduced by the Prime Minister on March 13, the rationale given by the PM was that the finances of the NGO community needed to be better Policed by the Government of Belize. The implied translation of this was clearly that the NGOs were not being fully accountable. That’s a serious accusation and as you would expect, the NGO Senator Osmany Salas could not agree.

Fishermen Charges Hefty fine for Being In Possession Of Undersized Conchs
Nine fishermen from the Chunox, Copper Bank and Ranchito Villages located in the Corozal District were formally arrested and charged this morning after they were found in possession of one thousand one hundred sixty two undersized conchs. They are 21 year old Naigel Baptist, 24 year olds Eder Patt and Melvin Marquez, 40 year old Fidel Roberto Chulin, 62 year old Hipolito Gorosica, 35 year old Roberto De la Cruz, Alvaro De la Cruz, Hilario Teck and Jose Monzon.

More On The Budget Presentation
Since Thursday of last week when the Budget debate before the House of Representatives began, we’ve been covering the presentations by the area representatives as both side laid out their reasons for supporting or opposing the budget. We’ve ended up with hours and hours of speeches, and while we can’t show it all, tonight we do have more excerpts of the presentations.

LOVE FM

The Story of Ambassador Joel Nagel Still Untold by Government
Lead Opposition Senator Eamon Courtenay also spoke of matters relating to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, calling out Minister Wilfred Elrington and Belize’s Ambassador to Austria, Joel Nagel. Reports surfaced last week that Ambassador Negal was no longer welcomed in Austria. While the government has yet to issue an official release on the matter, former Prime […]

CEO Says Charter Should Help in Holding Public Officers Accountable
Since the start of the Senate inquiry into the Auditor General’s Report in the Immigration and Nationality Department, revelations coming out of their weekly hearings have alluded to corruption not only among senior officials but also among public officers. In speaking with the Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Public Service, Dr Peter Allen, […]

Sugar Farmers’ Livelihood in Danger
The Sugar Industry Research and Development Institute, SIRDI, a key stakeholder in the sugar industry conducted a study on the nutrients found in the soil across the sugar belt and presented the alarming findings to sugar cane farmers today in an all day “sugar cane nutrients symposium” at the headquarters located along the Philip Goldson […]

20 Women Slated to Be Awarded in 2017 Event
The Women’s Department is hosting its annual Women’s Award ceremony tomorrow night at the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City. This is the twelfth such event and is being hosted by the Women’s Department to highlight the efforts made by women across the country. Acting Director at the Department, Anna Williams spoke to us […]

Seeking Savings via Renewable Energy Sources and OLADE
There is currently an undertaking by the Government of Belize through the Ministry of Public Service to develop a national information system that would aid in gathering data on energy usage in the country. There is the aim by the government to formulate a strategy that would reduce the country’s dependence on imported refined fossil […]

Shyne Pushes Copyright for Local Artists
Today at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts, the Belizean Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (BSCAP) held a press conference where they discussed the rampant use of music by businesses without the expressed permission from the music owners/creators without any consent. JACKIE CASTILLO ” In-house attorney, Marissa Longsworth stressed the legal importance of […]

Compol Condemns San Ignacio Officers’ Response in Case of Missing Teen
Since last week we have been telling you of the missing 17-year-old from San Ignacio who has been missing since March 11, 2017. The family of Daniel Bennett has been appealing to the media for some days now as they had not been getting any cooperation from the police in that municipality. Love News mentioned […]

Investigation Says Female’s Body Was Skinned and Limbs Severed
Police have been unable to come up with an identity of the female whose body was found in the Iguana Creek Bridge area in Blackman Eddy Village in the Cayo District. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvette provided an update on the case. JOSEPH MYVETTE “

Cristo Rey Chairman Speaks on Fatal Stabbing of Minor
Of the eight murders we reported yesterday, seven of them were men and one was that of a minor. The killing of the minor took place in Cristo Rey Village in the Cayo District identified as 16-year-old, Rosendo Pop. The village Chairman, Elmer Juarez spoke to the media on the incident. ELMER JUAREZ “

Fire Guts Home in Rural Belize
A house in Lords Bank Village was gutted by fire on Tuesday afternoon. Reports are that the fire started some time after one o’clock at a house belonging to Sherima Graham. While Graham, we understand, does not live there, someone was staying at the house. That individual was not at the house when the fire […]

Amandala

Marcial Toledo, 47, arraigned for PC Marvin Locke’s murder
Late this evening, Crimes Investigation Branch officers transported Marcial Toledo, 47, a Honduran national to the Magistrate’s Court. Toledo has been accused of the vicious stabbing murder of Police Constable Marvin Locke, 49, which occurred just outside the Racoon Street Police Station yesterday, Sunday. Toledo, a laborer and resident of 2 Hondo Street, had to be physically taken out of the police vehicle that had transported him to the court. He appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith. Because he speaks very little English, the arraignment had to be done through a Spanish interpreter. Throughout the proceeding, Toledo remained unresponsive.

Majestic Alley fire leaves 51 persons homeless
Residents of well-known Majestic Alley frantically emptied their homes on Friday evening as a raging fire began to consume a number of buildings in close proximity. The fire belched out a thick black smoke overhead which warned citizens, even from a distance, that all was not well on Belize City’s north side. At around 4 p.m., the fire began at the Youngs’ residence near the alley’s basketball court, but within an hour, it consumed an entire long barracks, as well as several adjoining structures.

Belize ranked 12th among the top 25 countries in which Americans have been murdered
Belize has been featured in an article by Business Insider titled, “The most dangerous countries for American tourists, ranked,” which was published on Saturday. According to the article, Belize was ranked 12th among the top 25 countries in which American nationals have been murdered. For the period 2009 to 2016, Belize recorded the death of 16 Americans. Included in that list is the 2016 murder of Anne Swaney, 39, who had served as executive producer of digital operations at ABC-Channel 7 in Chicago, Illinois. Of all Caribbean countries, Haiti took the top spot at 4th place with the murder of 65 Americans.

Cop stabbed to death outside Southside police station
On Sunday afternoon the unthinkable happened at the Racoon Street Police Station in Belize City. A police constable was stabbed to death by a civilian in what Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Chester Williams dubbed, “a crime of passion.” Williams, however, did not go into specifics. At around 3 p.m. Honduran national Marcial Toledo, 47, visited the station in search of PC Marvin Locke, 49. Locke had reportedly been out on patrol, but when he returned to the station, Toledo was waiting for him. He and Toledo reportedly engaged in a conversation while inside the station, but as they walked outside the station building, Toledo took out a knife, hugged Locke like a friend, and stabbed him multiple times in the chest and abdomen.

Hon. Rodwell Ferguson calls attention of the National Assembly to the plight of Kaina Martinez
The plight of Kaina Martinez, the young Garifuna woman who hails from the picturesque seaside fishing village of Seine Bight, was highlighted in Amandala three weeks ago, as she reminded this nation that natural talent is not enough to raise the profile of Belizean athletes without the requisite investment and support from those who can help to build sports in Belize. On the occasion of the national budget debate today, Martinez’s area representative, Hon. Rodwell Ferguson, who has known her since childhood, called the attention of Parliament to Kaina’s plight. “She is very ‘hurted’ to this day that she was refused to go to the Olympics to represent the country of Belize… nobody came to her rescue. She was there alone and nobody knew for sure why she was rejected. She was rejected for a person who has never been a Belizean by birth.

Randy Green, 30, murdered after being acquitted of murder 3 months ago
After spending five years on remand at Kolbe, Randy Green, 30, was one of two men acquitted of the callous 2011 Independence Day murder of 9-year-old Joshua Abraham. Abraham, a standard two student, was gunned down in broad daylight in front of his home on Victoria Street. Last December Green was cleared of the murder charge and released, but after less than three months of freedom, he has been killed. According to police reports, sometime before 4 p.m. on Saturday, Green was in a carpentry shop on Freetown Road when a gunman walked into the compound and fired several shots, fatally hitting him. Green reportedly died on the scene.

Pedal by pedal – champion female cyclist Kaya Cattouse contributes to Cross Country season
Our sports desk was delighted to receive an email today from renowned female champion cyclist Kaya Cattouse, along with an article which we publish below. Kaya said that, with the Cross Country season approaching – Juniors on April 2nd, Females on April 9th, and the Elite on April 15th, “I can do a series of cycling stories leading up to Holy Saturday.” Starting with the Mount Hope Classic, she plans to follow with a story on the Junior Cross Country, the Female Cross Country, and then the Holy Saturday story. “And sometime in between, my top picks for Holy Saturday.” As we approach Cross Country season, the Mount Hope Classic is always a testing meter to determine the level of our local athletes for the Big Dance. This race is only 28 miles shorter than the Annual Holy Saturday Cross Country Classic.

NEBL “In the Paint”
Belize City Hurricanes fans must be fuming, following their 80-71 home loss to the Tiger Sharks on Friday night, and the disappointing showing of this year’s team, in their quest to defend their 2016 championship title. Some of this frustration, obviously, is now being pointed squarely at team management and ownership; and rightfully so, considering the fact that, as far as we can recall, going as far back to the glory days of semi-pro, no championship team has ever fallen so rapidly from a championship run one year, to mediocrity the following year. This, clearly, is a modern-day phenomenon. But, again, as far back as we can recall, no ownership/management of a reigning champion has ever opted not to re-sign arguably three of their best players; in the Hurricanes’ case – Darwin “Puppy” Leslie, Farron Louriano and Jacob Leslie.

Still undefeated at PLB Week 10
Ten weeks of games have gone by in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2016-2017 Closing Season, and defending champions Belmopan Bandits SC are still undefeated, following their 4-nil drubbing of Belize Defence Force FC (BDF) yesterday afternoon at the MCC Grounds in Belize City. The Bandits got 2 goals in each half, from Elroy “Bibbs” Kuylen (13’), Nelson Aguero (26’), Jairo Rochez (82’) and Jerome “Jarro” James (87’). With the loss, BDF drops to 4th place in the standings, because of the results in other Week 10 games yesterday. Meanwhile, according to early reports, at the Norman Broaster Stadium, home standing Police United prevailed, 2-0, over Placencia Assassins; at the Carl Ramos Stadium, Verdes grabbed the 1-nil win over home squad Wagiya, on a goal by Marlon Molina (26’); and at the Victor Sanchez Union Field in Punta Gorda, both Wilmer Garcia of P.G.’s Freedom Fighters and Ashton Lewis of visiting FC Belize scored in the 56th minute of their game, which ended in a 1-1 stalemate.

National Amateur Women’s League Week 2 results
Week 2 games were played over the weekend in the National Amateur Women’s League. In the first of 3 Saturday games, at the Carl Ramos Stadium in Dangriga, Nykemah Kuylen had a hat trick (19’, 54’ & 93’), to lead Griga Pumas to a 3-2 win over visiting Toledo Strikers, who got a goal each from Silvia Pan (41’) and Zulma Ortega (55’). Meanwhile, at the Santa Elena Sporting Complex, it was Gentle Touch and visiting Gladiators FC playing to a 1-1 draw. Julie Ponce (3’) struck first for Gentle Touch, but Karen Garcia (35’) equalized for the Gladiators. And at the MCC Grounds on Saturday night, it was Belize City FC, 1-0, over visiting Calcutta Strikers, on a goal by Janelle Gentle (32’). The only Sunday game was at the FFB Stadium, where home standing Jewel Fury dropped Sagitun Strikers from Independence, 2-1, with goals from Iris Centeno (17’) and Jenniha Scott (55’). Sagitun’s sole tally was by Erica Vallecillo (5’)

The tourism basket
Belize is putting too many of our economic eggs into the tourism basket. For sure tourism has been fast money, and tourism has appeared to be smart money for more than two decades now, but there are two fundamental problems with tourism. The first problem is that everybody else in the Caribbean is doing it, and some of the islands don’t have much of a choice, because they don’t have the bounty of natural resources which Belize possesses. Our Caribbean friends are completely committed to tourism, have been so for decades, and they are not only desperate to protect their product, they are more sophisticated than we are. The second problem is that tourism is an extremely fragile, delicate product: tourists can suddenly turn away from your destination because of unforeseen phenomena such as the recent ebola and zika scares.

From the Publisher
When I returned to Belize from college in June of 1968, no Belizean had ever attempted what I was setting out to do: write creatively as a profession. Zee Edgell, who became Belize’s first novelist with Beka Lamb, had been trained in London as a journalist and was editing The Reporter in 1968. It was a few years afterwards, in the 1970s, that she married, moved away from Belize, and decided to write creatively. My point is that, in 1968 I was going to be a pioneer of sorts. Family responsibilities soon forced me to take a job teaching English at Belize Technical College, but after the 1968/69 academic year, Technical and I parted ways. I was in the streets for two years before I taught at Wesley College during the 1971/72 academic year, and then I returned to the streets again, hard core.

Give lying a chance …
Dear Editor, It occurs to me that with Donald Trump in the White House and business as usual with GOB, new life has been breathed into the old adage, “Before telling the truth, give lying a chance!”

Under the shadows of Beverly Smith-Lopez!
The outstanding Belizean artist, dramatist and playwright of Belizean artistic renaissance of the 1970s, the late Beverly Smith-Lopez, is remembered here at Belizean Legends as a true social activist of Belize’s political past. When Belizean politics raged throughout a period of a monopoly-controlled radio station called “Radio Belize”, and a political climate that created a mood of distrust and fear among the masses of the Belizean people, Smith-Lopez’s monologues in poems like Sandra Coye’s “Genesis of Destruction” and in her voice in Evan X Hyde’s plays like, “Haad Time,” connected the dots for the masses of the Belizean people. The incomparable Smith-Lopez even in her immortality has reminded many of us Belizeans that it was the legendary Belizean drama group, “Square Peg Players”, with whom she appeared as a revolutionary player, was one of the only sources of education besides Amandala that Belizeans got outside of the classroom. They connected Belizean grassroots society to the dynamics of Belizean politics in their explosion on The Bliss Institute stage.

THE JOY OF FOOD: HOW MANY MEALS SHOULD WE EAT PER DAY?
Hello everyone. We’ve been discussing the topic of obesity and weight management for a few weeks. Today, we thought we’d divert a bit to look at meals and some foods that may be an encouragement in our weight-loss program. As I stated last week, food should be celebrated and enjoyed; not looked upon as the “boogeyman” of weight control, degenerative diseases and illnesses. After all, without the nourishment that food brings us for sustenance—not to mention the deliciousness of taste when food is consumed, and the aroma of smell when food is being cooked, what joy would there be in eating meals? To say the least, eating would be a pretty boring affair. No one would want to eat—then we’d have a different problem: malnutrition. However, it is because food tastes and smells so great that some of us may tend to overeat. Some people may, as I’ve stated, need guidance from their doctors, to find out if they have hormonal, chemical, or physiological imbalances that would need to be addressed and corrected, medically. However, for those who don’t, let’s put that good home-cooked food into perspective.

BROTHER SHABAZZ, THE LEGEND!
My brother, Nuri Akbar Estrada, pulled this classic from the BREDAA archives and shared with me today in one of the most touching moments about one of the most legendary Belizeans of all time, my brother in faith, struggle and friendship, the late Ismael Omar Shabazz. As yours truly looked deeply at the historic photo, my mind could not recall where and when it was taken, if it was not for the attached notes by Nuri who reminded me that it was taken in 1984 at the Felix Bilal Islamic Center on the historic Central Boulevard in South Central Los Angeles. The moment was not only historic in terms of this period in my life just two years after my embracing Islam and doing some dynamic work as a Belizean Muslim in the Los Angeles Muslims of Belize (LAMBS), but Central Boulevard in L.A. was an historic entertainment spot where “Angelenos” could hear the best in jazz and see some of the legendary African-American jazz musicians of the 1960s and 70s.

Social partners reject Barrow’s budget – Rocke saves the day!
The Barrow administration may need to do some rethinking of the 2017-2018 national budget despite receiving majority support in Parliament on Friday and in the Senate today, when Church senator, Pastor Ashley Rocke, tipped the vote in favor of the new budget, saving the day for the ruling United Democratic Party, which now holds a minority of 6 out of 13 seats in the Senate with the installation of the 13th Senator, who gave the budget “a thumbs down” during today’s budget debate. At around 7:30 tonight, the trade unions, private sector and NGO community voted against the budget, and so did the Opposition People’s United Party, for 6 votes against the budget. It was Rocke’s “yes” vote—the seventh in favor—which secured the passage of the budget.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Work set to begin on Philip Goldson highway
The Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Works, today signed a construction contract with Cisco Construction Ltd. The contract is valued at BZ $20,899,031.40, to carry out Section B of the Fifth Road Project.

BSCAP hosts copyright workshop
The Belize Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (BSCAP) held a conference today to emphasize its push to promote the enforcement of copyright laws in Belize. BSCAP’s Board of Directors, including its CEO, Shyne Barrow, gathered at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts, speaking on the need for legislative amendments to foster a culture of copyright compliance in Belize.

Pickup stolen from SJC campus
The Director of Operation at St. John’s College, Belize City reported that between the hours of 4:45 p.m. on Sunday the 26th of March, and 7:00 a.m. of Monday the 27th, someone stole a red two door cab-and-a-half Ford Ranger pickup truck.

Sleeping cop accidentally shot with own gun
Last night around 9:00, police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) where officers saw Police Corporal Daniel Paul Lawrence, 40, attached to Strike Team South, suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Hope Creek man dies in hit and run
On Sunday March, 26 2017 at about 2:10 a.m., police responded to a fatal accident which occurred between miles 8 and 9 on the Stann Creek Valley Road. Cops visited the Southern Regional Hospital where they saw Rogelio Perez, 61, a Guatemalan of Hope Creek Village, Stann Creek District who had died as a result of the accident.

Motorcycle driver and passenger charged for illegal gun
Last night at 9:15, police were on mobile patrol on Orchid Street, Santa Elena Town, when cops pursued a black Meilun motorcycle being driven at the time by Joel Sierra, 27, of Santa Elena Town and passenger, Kristy Westby, 24, of the same address. Upon reaching the intersection of Orchid Street and Mariana Gonzalez street, Sierra lost control of the motor cycle hitting the edge of a culvert.

Good Samaritan fatally stabbed while trying to help
On Sunday at 10:30 p.m., police visited Santa Cruz village where on arrival at Los Amigos bar, cops saw Ostin Zavala, 23, a Belizean construction worker of Bella Vista Village, Stann Creek District on the ground in front of the establishment suffering from a cut wound to his chest.

Sexual Health and Aging workshop to be held tomorrow
In celebration of Women’s month, the National Council on Ageing (NCA) with the support of the Western Health Region will be holding a one day Sexual Health and Ageing Workshop. The workshop is aimed at women 50 years and older. The event will be held tomorrow at the George Price Center in Belmopan starting at 8:30 a.m.

Guatemalan protest Belize and OAS
A video surfaced on social media a couple days ago showing some residents of Melchor de Mencos, Guatemala gathered at a protest near the Western border. In the video, the residents are shouting insults at Belizeans and at the Organization of American States (OAS) office in the area.

Leaked document illustrates that Guatemala will add Sarstoon to its official map
A leaked document to BBN shows that the Government of Guatemala is in the process of officially including the Sarstoon area on its official map. BBN secured the official document from Guatemala’s Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Budget passes despite 13th Senator
Despite being rejected by the Opposition and most of the Social Partner Senators, the Senate approved the 2017/2018 budget this week because the Church Senator, Ashley Rocke sided with the Government of Belize (GOB).

National Sports Council enhances field in Collet
The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture through the National Sports Council (NSC), the Eastern Police Division (South) and the Collet Community teamed up to enhance the safety of youths in the Faber’s road extension. A cleanup and lighting project was held. Lighting was installed at the basketball court and football field on Faber’s Road Extension.

AG participates in ACP-EU Joint parliamentary assembly in Belgium
Attorney General of Belize, Michael Peyrefitte, represented Belize at the 45th Session of the African, Caribbean, Pacific (ACP) Parliamentary Assembly and the Inter-sessional meetings of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) held from the 21st to 24th March 2017 in Brussels, Belgium at the European Parliament. Peyrefitte also represented Belize at the Caucus of CARIFORUM ...

PM Barrow to attend Summit of Heads of State and Government in Costa Rica
PM Barrow will be attending the 16th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Tuxtla Mechanism for Dialogue and Coordination in Costa Rica. The Tuxtla Mechanism is the main forum for political dialogue at the Meso-American level with objectives such as promoting high-level political dialogue...

Minor shoots dad who is a Police Corporal by accident
A police corporal was shot by his son by accident last night in Belize City. The victim has been identified as Police Corporal Daniel Lawrence. According to reports, Lawrence was sleeping when he son shot him on the chest.

Blogs

Visiting San Pedro Ambergris Caye While on vacation
San Pedro Ambergris Caye, Belize's is one of the largest island, well known for its water sports, scuba diving and Caribbean beaches. Off the eastern shore, the Belize Barrier Reef features famed snorkeling and dive sites such as the Hole Chan Marine Reserve, with an abundance of sea life, and the 124m-deep Great Blue Hole. The town of San Pedro is the island's gateway and center for sailing and reef exploration. The island has quite a sandy streets which are lined with wooden houses, seafood restaurants and beach bars. Hole Chan Marine Reserve is a channel in an offshore reef. It features dive sites with parrot-fish and moray eels, plus nurse sharks and stingrays at Shark Ray Alley. To the north, Bacalar Chico National Park protects wildlife and the Chac Balam Mayan ruins. Walking the Beach Path & Going for a Swim on a resort, or just swim on near a clean beach side.

Belizean Folklore: The Legends of Belize<
One of the best ways to get to know a local culture is through their folk tales, legends, and myths. Belize, with its unique blend of different cultures, has a truly colorful folklore history replete with many tall tales. Below are three different stories culled from Belize’s rich folklore:

6 Best Bespoke Tour Operators in Belize
Even though Belize is relatively a small country, it’s packed with many adventures and scuba diving tours. Belize is famous for its rainforests, Mayan ruins, Barrier Reef, and the awesome jaw dropping Blue Hole. Tourists come from all over the world for the diversification and friendliness offered by some fabulous tour companies. Here are 6 of the best bespoke tour operators in Belize:

10 of the Best Restaurants in Placencia Belize
Placencia isn’t known just for its gorgeous beaches, but it has some of the best restaurants in Belize. Placencia Village is a small village on Placencia peninsula and has become a popular vacation spot, not only because of its 12 miles of golden beaches but its exciting festivals and nightlife. Tourists flock to Placencia because of spectacular snorkeling, diving opportunities, and touring the Maya ruins, caves, and rainforests. You’ll find a wide variety of excellent restaurants from upscale eateries to shacks right on the beach.

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5 Major Changes In 2017 Coming to Hurricane Season Forecasts
As the 2017 Hurricane Season approaches the NHC has announced 5 major changes coming in 2017, with some of the improvements having been in the works for decades! 1.) The Issuing Of Watches, Warnings and Advisories Before Storms Even Form. The NHC will issue advisories for systems that have yet to develop but pose a threat of bringing tropical-storm-force or hurricane-force winds to land areas within 48 hours. These systems will be dubbed “potential tropical cyclones” by the NHC. Under previous longstanding NWS policy, it has not been permitted to issue a hurricane or tropical storm watch or warning until after a tropical cyclone had formed. Advances in forecasting over the past decade or so, however, now allow the confident prediction of tropical cyclone impacts while these systems are still in the developmental stage. For these land-threatening “potential tropical cyclones”, NHC will now issue the full suite of text, graphical, and watch/warning products that previously has only been issued for

Food and Travel Mexico Magazine lists Belize Lionfish Hunting as one of the Best Marine Experiences in the World
Belize is in the spotlight in the current edition of the prestigious Food and Travel Mexico Magazine . The article reads" Dive into the waters of the Belize Barrier Reef to capture a lionfish with a spear; Then bring it ashore and cook it on an outdoor campfire ...You do not need any scientific knowledge to join the lion fish disposal project; Just a PADI diving certificate and the desire to leave a positive mark on the destination"

MCC ON SONG IN BELIZE
We're well over halfway through the MCC tour to Mexico and Belize. It's safe to say that the MCC team were oozing confidence after a productive six days on and off the field in Mexico. A historical day trip to the Teotihuacan pyramids and a round of golf provided a welcome break from playing in the heat and altitude. With little time to rest (3:30am start the following day!) the team set off to compete in the annual Central American T20 championships in Belize.

John McAfee the movie: Johnny Depp to play controversial cybersecurity icon in blockbuster biopic
Hollywood star Johnny Depp is apparently top pick to star as controversial cybersecurity software pioneer John McAfee in a new film about the dramatic events that occurred in Belize from 2010 to 2012. According to entertainment news site Deadline, the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) is taking on a movie script with the working title King of the Jungle. Depp is attached to the project and will be playing the lead role of "computer virus magnate-turned-accused murderer John McAfee".

Mermaid costume-wearing swimmers in Texas make a splash
Angela Lorio paid for her first tail with a summer beekeeping job. Gold and shimmery, the new appendage was a bargain deal, a magical entree into the watery world of professional mermaiding for the Houston-area woman. Every year for about a week, a handful of dedicated merfolk fly down to Belize for a trip Russo likens to "mermaid summer camp." The island visit, which benefits a nonprofit high school in Belize, includes mermaid-themed movies, mermaid yoga and mermaid boot camp, along with hours of swimming in tail. "It's like a mermaid vacation on a paradise island," Russo said.

Art-inspired chefs' tasting and more: Notes from around town
Michael Touby held a tasting last week at Krankies Coffee for a line of Belizean hot sauces that he hopes to distribute in this country. Touby is working with Marie Sharp, who has been making hot sauce in Belize for more than 30 years. Touby has created a brand called Maya Mike that essentially would repackage Sharp’s recipes under the Maya Mike label for U.S. retail distribution. Sharp does have limited U.S. distribution under her own label now. But Touby said he wants to use his marketing expertise to widen distribution of these sauces. He also said he plans to use part of the profits to support farmer sustainability and children’s education in Belize.

Videos

  • Educational Segment - FAQS on the Labour Laws, 36min.

  • Women's Month Feature - The role of Men in the Women's Empowerment, 33min.

  • Counting the Cost of “Worst” Majestic Alley Fire, 7min. On Friday evening, a fire destroyed four buildings in the congested Majestic Alley including the signature “long barracks,” which has eight units and houses as many as thirty people. When all the numbers were tallied, eighteen families were left homeless and majority lost everything they owned. While a number of issues contributed to the fast spread of the fire, there was also criticism of the Fire Service by residents claiming a delay in putting out the fire as a result of malfunctioning equipment. Today, a total of fifty persons remain in shelters and have been provided with meals, clothing and other basic necessities until through the end of this week. News Five’s Andrea Polanco has the story.

  • Hol Chan Marine Reserve Belize, 8min.

  • Scuba Belize 2017, 5min. Chimney, San Pedro, BZ.

  • Belize Day 1 Snorkeling, 2.5min. Snorkeling off Ambergris Caye via sea kayak from Grand Caribe Resort - March 2017.

  • Esmeralda Canyons - Belize, 4.5min. Esmeralda Canyons, San Pedro, BZ.

  • Belize on the fly, 4min.

  • Sundancer II Belize, 21min.

  • Tackle Box Canyons San Pedro Belize, 3min.

  • Friends of Conservation & Development - Issues in the Chiquibul National Park, 45min.

  • "Dear Teenage Girls" - Social Media To Empower Girls, 22min.

  • ROC Om Shanti's Women's Health Services, 31min.

  • UB's Social Work Conference 2017 - Promoting Community & Environment, 25min.

  • These are moments we need to share, 2min. Setting the tone for a very ground breaking meeting of the Mayas of Northern Belize with the song "Coincidir" performed by Maya Pax group of Corozal.Roy Rodriguez Sr. Faustino Yam Adela Pederson and Mr Adan Palomo.

  • Belize - Journey to the Mayan underworld - Travel With Kids, 28min. Mayan underworlds to remote former slave ship villages. Discover Mayan pyramids deep in the jungle, try local foods, relax on small islands with go-carts for transport. Learn local language, snorkel with rays and sharks. Meet the diverse nature and people of this tiny Central American country, then hop a sail boat for Honduras. Travel with Kids Belize!

  • Don't stop BELIZE 'n - Belize anniversary trip - Part 3, 6.5min. This is the adventure vlog from Belize. Zip lining, tubing through caves, rappelling into caves and mayan ruins.

  • Belize with Laura and Maya, 26min. Glover's Atoll 2017.

  • Sunrise on the beach at Hopkins Village, Stann Creek, Belize, 2min.

  • 2017 Belize Family Trip, 7min. ey guys!! I'm back from my vacation! Here's a short video showing San Pedro, Belize City, and my family.

  • 2014 Belize, 36min. Dallas Powell & Roger Malouf traveling all of Belize. From top to bottom, by car.

  • U Pool K'ek'een by Yucatec Mayas for the Belize Maya expo 2016, 3min. Disfrute parte de la presentacion en la Expo-Maya 2016 Baile Cabeza de Cochino (Kich Pan Xan, Sugah City, Yo Creek Yo-Sayab)

  • Belizean Maya Pax by the band of San Jose(Orange Walk), 1/2min. Maya Pax "Musica Maya" is the kind of Music traditionally played in the Maya(YUcatec Maya) villages in northern Belize for the U Pool K'ek'een(HOg head dance) or any other Maya Mestizo dances.

  • Belize 2017, 4min. We spent 8 days in Belize through an Adventure Life trip. We started in Pook's Hill Jungle Lodge where we went spelunking through the ATM Cave, went ziplining and cave tubing, and hiked up to the Black Hole Drop through a collapsed cave in the canopy of the rainforest. Then we headed to a small island on Glover's Reef Atoll for some awesome snorkeling, kayaking, and sailing. Our host even showed us how to open a coconut with a machete! We ended with a night at Pelican Beach before our 12-person flight back to Belize City. This was the adventure of a lifetime!


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