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UNC Wilmington volunteers highlight Autism Awareness
Over ten volunteers from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, USA, have spent their five-week internship visiting island schools to help bring awareness to the Autism Spectrum Disorder. As April marks Autism Awareness month, the volunteer group hosted a morning assembly on Monday, April 3rd at Isla Bonita Elementary School (IBES). Prior to the assembly, the volunteer group, which is comprised of Special Education and General Education majors, visited IBES on Wednesday, March 29th to activate their "Spread the Word to End the Word" campaign. This initiative was created to halt the use of the word 'retarded'. The dictionary term defines retarded as a "person who is cognitively impaired." However, over the past decade, the word evolved into a derogatory term used as an insult to someone 'stupid', 'dumb', or 'slow'.

Rough seas cause boat accident
On Monday, April 3rd, The San Pedro Sun confirmed reports of a boat turning over just north of a resort located two miles south of San Pedro Town. While the tour boat was reportedly deep-sea fishing outside the reef, a strong wave flipped the vessel, taking six persons overboard: two boat operators and four tourists. According to San Pedro Police, the accident happened around 9:30AM, and the persons were rescued by another local tour company who brought the persons to safety. They were then taken to receive medical treatment, where their injuries were evaluated as minor injuries. In addition, the persons have not given a statement as of press time.

Tiger Sharks clinch spot in playoffs
Only two weeks remain before the Pepsi National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) heads into playoffs. The San Pedro Tiger Sharks managed to snag another win over the weekend, keeping them at first place in the league, with 18 accumulative points. While the Tiger Sharks and the Belmopan Bandits are the first two teams to clinch a playoff spot, five other teams are battling for the last two spots. On Friday, April 7th, Orange Walk Running Rebels will take on the Cayo Western Ballaz at Sacred Heart College Auditorium in San Ignacio Town, starting at 9PM. Belize City No Limit will also play Smart Belize Hurricanes at St. Catherine's Mercy Center in Belize City, starting at 9PM. On Saturday, April 8th, the Dangriga Dream Ballers will face the San Pedro Tiger Sharks at the San Pedro High School, starting at 9PM.

Comedy Show in the name of charity raises thousands of dollars
A comedy show held on April 1st raised over $11,000 for the construction of San Pedro's first children's home, Hope Haven. The event took place at the Sandbar Beachfront Hostel and Restaurant, and featured talented local comedians who kept a large crowd of supporters well entertained. In the name of charity, Ben and Joanna Popik, alongside Joe Chung, organized a fun night to benefit the non-governmental organization 'Raise Me Up,' as they work on the children's shelter. The night was full of laughter as comedians Michael Taylor, Rob Burrows, Nile Duppstadt and Brad Reeder delighted the audience with their funny jokes and stories.

Ambergris Today

Miss Teen Belize Sets Date For Pageant Night
Last year, Vivian Noralez represented Belize at the Miss Earth International Pageant that was held in Panama. She brought home the title of Miss Petite Earth International and will be traveling to Ecuador in August to pass on her title on pageant night that is scheduled for September 3rd, 2017. In her determination to promote Belize as a popular travel and eco-friendly destination and have a representative in this year's pageant, Vivian took it upon herself to organize and select candidates to run for the title of Miss Teen Belize. The winner will travel with her to Ecuador to represent Belize. Seventeen applications were sent in and casting calls are held in San Pedro and Belize City. The top six were chosen not only based on beauty but their knowledge about the environment.

Misc Belizean Sources


KoKo King opens on Caye Caulker
Congratulations on the opening of KoKo King on the north island of Key Caulker. Beautiful location, beach, restaurant, bar, hotel, pool with shuttle service hourly to and from. Looking forward to many fun times day and night. Did I mention the sunsets?

Annual Showcase of Ocean Academy's programs, partnerships and student succes
We invite the community to come see student-run booths of robotics, culinary arts, electrical, music, entrepreneurship, yoga, art programs and more. Ubuntu is a South African concept meaning community, or "I am because we are". Our Ubuntu event is also an opportunity for us to thank all the mentors for their dedication and time invested in educating Caye Caulker's youth.

Our sources are saying Officer Commanding Eastern Division, Asst Commissioner, Chester Williams who is also an attorney at law, will be moved to head the prosecution department. Williams, known for his trademark community policing and gang intervention with Diane Finnegan, will be replaced by former GSU commander Marco Vidal.

Track and Field Silver Relay
Alexia, Daniela, Adaly and Valerie brought home the Silver Medal 4x100 metres relay for juniors at the Regional High School Track and Field Competitions. Great team work! Congratulations!

Track and Field Regionals 2017
Daniela won the Gold Medal 400 meters at the Regional High School Track and Field Competition. Congratulations on a very impressive result!

Track and Field 2017 Silver
Ludwin won the Silver Medal in both the 100 and 200 metre races at the Regional High School Track and Field Competition. Well done and congratulations!

Town Council Announces Illegal Burning Of Yard Garbage
The San Pedro Town Council kindly advises the general public that any type of burning is an offence. If you wish to dispose of any garbage, you must notify and wait approval on behalf of the San Pedro Fire Department prior to burning your garbage. The Council strongly recommends that when burning any type of garbage, you do so in a controlled environment. Burning of any type of garbage is completely prohibited in residential areas since it is a health hazard and puts at risk any buildings in the surrounding area.

A short ceremony was held at the Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center on April 3, 2017, where the Federal Republic of Germany handed over grant of $21,604 USD to the residential institution. The presentation of the funds was conducted by His Excellency Mr. Harald Klein, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Guatemala and Belize, to Mrs. Dorothy Menzies, Chair of the Board of Governors for the Center. The funds were mobilized through the initiative of the Board of Governors and will be used to assist with the current upgrading of the Center, which is being implemented by the Government of Belize. Upgrades include the replacement of furniture, completion of the fence, re-wiring of the electrical system, installation of a surveillance system in an effort to ensure compliance with health and safety standards.

Belizean Elected as a Waukegan Township Trustee
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on behalf of the Government of Belize, extends congratulations to Mr. Sylvestre Castellanos for his remarkable achievement as the first elected Belizean American to serve on the Waukegan Township. Mr. Castellanos has been elected to serve for a four-year period on the Waukegan Township as a Waukegan Township Trustee. He will officially take up office on May 15, 2017. The Waukegan Township is a governmental agency, dedicated and committed to providing quality services to enhance the health, safety and general well-being of the citizens.

Ministry of Health Encourages Everyone to 'Talk about Your Feelings' on World Health Day
World Health Day, observed on April 7th every year, provides a unique opportunity to mobilize action around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. To mark the day, the Ministry of Health is organizing a health forum on the World Health Organization theme for 2017, "Depression - Let's Talk." The forum will be held on Friday, April 7th at the Ramada Princess Hotel in Belize City starting at 9:00 a.m. Topics at the forum will include, 'What Depression Feels like' and 'Real men get depressed too'. The media is especially invited to attend. Depression is the strongest risk factor for suicide. For 2016, the male to female ratio for deaths by suicide in Belize was four to one.

Only Three Days until the CEO Caucus Cancer Ride Kicks Off!
The second annual CEO Caucus Challenge - Cancer Ride 2017 is slated for Saturday, April 8, 2017, under the theme "We're with You". The fundraising target is $50,000 and the proceeds will go exclusively to the Belize Cancer Treatment Center in Dangriga Town, in an effort to augment the capabilities of their increasingly accessed services. The registration fee is $25.00. Each registered participant will receive a "We're with You" CEO Caucus Cancer Awareness Ride 2017 t-shirt on ride day.

Passing of Mr. Amelio Kumul Sr.
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to express it sincere condolences to the Kumul Family and Friends on the passing of Mr. Amelio Kumul Sr. San Pedro has lost another of its pioneers of the fishing industry when it was once a fishing village. A wake will take place tonight, April 5, 2017 at his home. Funeral services are yet to be announced. Image may contain: 1 person, outdoor and closeup

Special Envoy for Women & Children strongly condemned the alleged actions of the San Pedro Police officers charged for using excessive force while arresting a female suspect. Simplis-Barrow said in statement that she sympathizes with the victims and condemns acts of violence especially against women and children. Special Envoy Barrow called for the Professional Standards Bureau of the Police department to conduct a thorough investigation and take all measures to discipline the officers involved and prevent these types of incidents from ever happening again.

Residents of San Pedro are trying to keep up with mother nature's seaweed arrival
Locals are saying that "We got a big sargasso problem! I have never seen so much.." One is seeking help to clean the town's beach. She mentioned that " I think we all need to get together and do something about it, the town board cannot do this on their own. The tourist are taking pictures and are disgusted by our beach! Unfortunately, we cannot control Mother Nature but maybe we can do something together to help the situation." Notice all travellers going to San Pedro for easter weekend should take extra precaution on the seaweed. If you are going inside the water take as many bug spray as you can. Sandflies is a big thing when seaweed arrives on easter weather.

New modern town hall building in San Ignacio
Mayor Earl Trapp jr. & The San Ignacio & Santa Elena Town council is working arduously to continue the developments in our municipality. The construction of the new modern town hall building is undergoing. The location of new town hall is on Hospital Street, San Ignacio.

Belize Film Festival Call for Entries!
Extended Deadline: May 15th, 2017! Send entries to [email protected]

Calcutta FC from Corozal
The new kids on the block, Calcutta FC from Corozal has shown that it can perform with the best of the best but at the same time, they can implode when under pressure. With time, this young team is expected to be the future of Women's Football in this areall . Defeat is good. Getting up and rebounding back is always the challenge.

Western Ballaz vs Running Rebels
There are 2 more games in the normal NEBL season, and this weekend the Western Ballaz are taking on the Running Rebels. They are 5 and 5, and need this win to secure a play off spot. The game won't be televised, so the only way to see it is to head to the SHC auditorium. Go Ballaz!

Dry weather for FCD means forest fires along the western flank of the Chiquibul National Park as farmers from Guatemala seek to plant crops.

And so we end the Birdathon at Caves Branch, with a lifer!
But shhhh... Now on to Tacos and Ceviche land.

Channel 7

Contraband Cops Caught In The Act
Over the weekend, we saw the most lawless kind of behavior from police officers who went wild on San Pedro, indiscriminately firing their pistols and menacing residents with a shotgun. Well tonight there is another example of outlaw police behavior caught on cell phone camera. This time it's not quite so violent, but it is very lawless. 7News has obtained video of police using a patrol vehicle to smuggle contraband products from Botes, Mexico into THE ORANGE WALK DISTRICT. The video was captured on the Belize side of the river about 6 weeks ago in the village of Santa Cruz. We have a review of it tonight, along with comments from the Commissioner. Jules Vasquez has the story:�

Hon. Aragon Speaks Out Against Outlaw Cops
We got to speak with the commissioner today at a 35-minute press briefing set up for the Minister of State in Home Affairs, Elodio Aragon. Aragon wanted to address the media on the rogue behaviour displayed by police officers on San Pedro on Saturday morning. As we've shown you, Police Constables Norman Coye and Darnell Madrill have been caught on camera manhandling a woman. Coye is also seen recklessly firing live rounds from a handgun which he pointed at the ground. Those wild gunshots injured at least 4 people. Aragon told us that this type of behaviour is not being condoned. The media challenged him on that since the constables have only been charged for a minor offense - when a bullett is lodged behind one of the victim's eyes:

Minister Discusses Transfers in Crime-Heavy Eastern Division
And while Aragon was there to talk about the San Pedro shooting, the media used the chance to ask him about those transfers in the senior ranks of the department. As we've reported, the changes are focussed on the eastern division - which will go back to having a single commander for North side, Southside and Rural Belize. That will be Assistant Commissioner of Police Deziree Phillips - and she will be backed up by sub commander for north side, Senior Superintendent Ralph Moody, sub commander for Southside Senior Superintendent Marco Vidal, and sub commander for Rural, Sr. Supt. Alden Dawson.

Southside Commander Will Head Professional Standards Branch
And the one who seems to have gotten swept out in that housecleaning is ACP Chester Williams. He was initially slated for the prosecution branch, but now he's going to the Professional Standards Branch. That's a department widely perceived by the public to be a waste of time - and Williams has earned a reputation for being no nonsense and results oriented. So how is he going to fare in that dead end unit? The Minster says, he'll invigorate it: Hon. Elodio Aragon - Minister of State, Home Affairs: "People might say why we moving Chester to professional standard's branch. I could tell you Jules that is a critical, an important aspect of policing right now and we need somebody that go there and get the job done for us. It's about cleaning house, it's about dealing with corrupt police officers, it is about having a commander that will ensure that every complaint against police is looking in thoroughly and dealt with."

Mediator Says Southside Needs Chester
And while there are changes all around, those in the Southside will be the most closely watched. Commander Chester Williams had multiple programs going, from sports tournaments, to mentoring programs, to community days, and regular mediation between rival gangs. In fact, when we were at the police station today, one of those mediation sessions set up by ACP Williams had just ended. Counsellor Dianne Finnegan who participated in the mediation told us that in order to keep any semblance of peace - the Southside needs the input of Chester Williams.

Vidal Rejected Community Policing In 2011
And Williams will be replaced by Senior Superintendent Marco Vidal - who will bring another kind of leadership to the Southside. But, as we noted, he is on record saying he doesn't support community policing. Here is an interview from April 2011 when he was Commander of the GSU:� Sr. Supt Marco Vidal, 2011: "Well I think that the meet-and-greet aspect has been on for as long as the gangs have been formed and functional. That has not worked; rather we have seen over the years an increase in crime, particularly murder. There is not that community policing component has not given the desired results." Vidal is currently commander of the Special Branch. We are yet to hear who will replace him there.

CWU Gives Port of Belize Notice
Today the Christian Workers Union gave the Port of Belize 21 days notice of intended strike action. The letter says they met with the Port Management 9 days ago on Monday March 27th when they agreed to resume negotiations. The Port said it would give a proposed date within a week. Well, the CWU says that one week deadline has passed, and they aren't playing; they have given notice of strike action - with an immediate go slow. A letter from the CWU to the Minister of Labour insists that the first meeting will have to be held on or before April 12, 2017. The CWU notes both sides haven't met in 15 months, and they say that the proposed meeting in a week's time is reasonable considering the extensive delay in returning to the table. The CWU says it will not accept any meeting date in May, 2017 because it considers the Port's delays to be intentional, which, quote, "creates a lot of mistrust among the stevedores."

Men Charged For Mojica Murder
They allegedly stabbed a man to death, and this morning forty year old Saul Reyes and forty seven year old Juan Orellana were arraigned for the murder in the Orange Walk Magistrates Court. The pair is accused of fatally stabbing 21 year old Adiel Mojica. They were remanded to to prison until their next hearing on the 10th of May. Mojica's father told the media that they are safer in jail since he has a large family which may want to take revenge.

Another Shooting In Iguana Area
There was another Belize City shooting last night - but, again, the injuries are not considered serious. It happened at around 7:50 last night on Iguana Street. 55 year old Bernard Bent was standing outside his house when he was shot to the his leg. He was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he is stable. Reports suggest that Bent may not have been the target; and the shots may have been intended for a relative.

Top Cops Son For Drug Trafficking
Today the son of a very senior police officer appeared in court on a criminal charge. He is 31 year old Noel Leal Jr. and he was charged with drug trafficking. Last night, a mobile police unit was patrolling Faber's Road when they stopped Leal in a Toyota Camry. The officers searched his vehicle and found approximately 10 1/2 ounces of cannabis in the glove compartment. Leal appeared in the Magistrate's Court today, where he pled not guilty to the charge of drug trafficking. He was released on $1000 bail. Leal is the son of Assistant Commissioner of Police, Noel Leal, who is the Commander of Police Operations and presently third in command of the entire department.

Mexican Onions Busted At Border
The contraband cops managed to dodge the Orange Walk customs enforcement team, but Orange Walk customs department continue to catch illegal movements of Mexican vegetables and beverages. This morning in an operation at 12:00 midnight, customs seized 40 sacks of white onions, in a Toyota pick up. Customs was conducting surveillance of a specific area where they saw the pickup offloading sacks of onions. Acting on the intelligence that it was to be several shipments the officers stood by and watched the first offloading, when the second shipment arrived the customs team pounced, but the vehicle's occupants ran off and and escaped into the bushes near the Belize - Mexico border.

City and Cabbies Sign MOU
Last year October, we told you how the Belize City Council finally lifted the moratorium on new taxi licenses that they put in place back in 2012. That was to try to cut down on the number of taxis, which up until last year, had ballooned to over 2,000. Well, since then, City Hall had been working with the taxi operators, encouraging them to form or join taxi associations. That way, the Council can better address their concerns as a group, while assisting them to improve the level of their service delivery to the public. Today, 5 months after lifting the ban, the City Council unveiled its memorandum of understanding which they intend to sign with different taxi associations. It's a written commitment on both sides, with the hopes that you, the commuting public, will reap the benefits.

An App For The City
That MOU was one of 3 new services that the City Council introduced today. The second item on their agenda is a new Belize City mobile app. If you own an iPhone or an android phone, you'll be able to download a free app that gives you access to a catalogue of information for Belize City based businesses, including access to a phone number to directly call any of those very same taxi associations which sign up. It is also the brain child of City Councillor Bernard Pitts, who manages traffic, and today, he told us how the app works: Darrell Bradley - Belize City Mayor: "Some of the things you will hear this afternoon. One person that I am very excited about the launching of a Belize City app which is something that other municipalities have done but this is the first municipality in Belize which will have an app on your cell phone that will promote business and activity within Belize City."

CITCO Offers Customized Plates As Revenue Raising Measure
And the final new service that the City Council is now offering is custom license plates. If you're tired of those regular old plates, for a premium price of $1,000, you can get plates to match your personality. The City is hoping that you will buy in and help offset a million-dollar shortfall arising from the restructuring of property taxes and trade licenses. Here's how the Mayor and Councillor Pitts made the sales pitch this evening: Darrell Bradley - Mayor, Belize City: "We are trying to move ahead with trade license reform that will cost the City Council approximately 1 million dollars. As an initiative to recapitalize or recoup those funds the traffic department launched a very innovative program to sell personalized license plate, we'll talk about that in greater detail."

Can Police Secure Its Stations?
Police Constable Nervin Locke known as Marvin was buried yesterday. The 43 year old was killed at his workplace, the Raccoon Street Police Station on Sunday March 26th. It was a crime of passion, the alleged killer told his family that Locke was threatening to take away his wife. But, when he started stabbing Locke repeatedly there wasn't one armed officer nearby to stop him - eventually they had to bash the accused man, Marcial Toledo over the head with a cement block. It shows significant lapses in what should be a secure compound at the country's second biggest police station. We discussed these with the Commissioner and the Minister today: Hon. Elodio Aragon - Minister of State, Home Affairs: "Definitely we have been looking at different measures, I know we have had additional cameras installed from what I've been told and they are looking at measures to be - whatever we can do to implement to avoid one of these things but we have to be real too. An incident like this was, I don't think if we had the best security we would have avoided something like this because it was not expected, we did not know the situation at hand and it is an unfortunate incident."

CWU Joins Chorus, Slams Faber For Union Busting
Today the BNTU gained another ally against the Ministry of Education. In a press release, the Christian Worker's Union announced their support for the BNTU against what many are calling government union busting. This comes after Minister of Education Patrick Faber announced his plan to award $1 million dollars to the teachers who didn't participate in the BNTU's 11 day strike last October, as well as for the teachers who made up the lost days during the Christmas holiday. The CWU joins the PUP in its condemnation of the government's decision, stating that it sees no justification for the payments, especially in this challenging economic climate.

PIV Leader On Keeping The Peace
Last night we showed you how the principals of the PIV gang were feeding the homeless on Sunday. It was a most unexpected show of charity and goodwill from a gang that has been linked to violence and turf wars in the Lake Independence area. Those wars caused PIV leader Brandon Battery Smith's uncle to be killed early this year. So what happened next? Will there be more retaliation? That's what we asked him on Sunday: Jules Vasquez: "Now we know Lake-I has seen some of the most violence in the past year and that da because PIV di feud with other gangs - even your uncle was killed in that whole feuding. Where are we with that now?" Brandon "Battery" Smith - PIV Boss: "Well, eena life you have to accept loss. When you get eena this you have to learn to understand that certain things will happen. It's just who could take it. I done take it. My uncle dead. I noh seek back no revenge, I straight."

How To Keep safe During Easter
The Easter break is fast approaching, and as Belizeans prepare to leave home to celebrate the weekend, the Police Department and other public safety agencies will be doubling down on their efforts to keep us safe. Today the police, along with the Fire Department, Coast Guard and Port Authority held a press briefing to remind the public that safety comes first during the holidays. Here are some of the tips they shared... Easter tends to be an especially dangerous time for swimmers, so those going out to sea or the rivers are advised to be especially careful.

Mexicans Mad At Free Zone Fee
One of the new revenue raising budget measures is an increase in the social fee at the Commercial Free Zone in Corozal. And now, reports in the Mexican press say that the cost for Mexicans to enter the Commercial Free Zone has increased by 50%, from 10 Mexican pesos to 15 Mexican pesos - which is about one dollar and 50 cents. It may not seem like a whole lot, but the Mexicans aren't happy and are threatening to boycott the zone. A report published online on El Quintana notes that the Zone already depends totally on business from Mexicans, so the increase in the cost to access the Zone came as a surprise. As they put it, [quote] "Now we have to pay more to spend our money there".

Nigel, Made It!
Belize's film Commissioner, Nigel Miguel got seen by millions of eyeballs between Saturday and Tuesday night. That's because Miguel - who played college basketball at UCLA - starred in an advertisement for IBM that aired on the NCAA Final 4 Weekend and the National Championship game on Monday night. The national championship game alone had 17 million viewers. That's no small feat, and it may be one of the biggest stages any Belizean has ever been on. A press release says Miguel took the role when he got a call from commercial directing legend Joe Pytka - who directed the movie Space Jam.

Man Charged For Killing Pastor
And in a last bit of news tonight, police have charged a man for killing 79 year old pastor, Florencio Bardalez. Gabriel Cunil has been charged for murder. A post mortem showed that the Baptist pastor died of head trauma from a blunt instrument.

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Channel 5

Minister of Police: San Pedro Incident was 'Regrettable'
The Belize Police Department continues its media offensive tonight, in the wake of disturbing footage of officers shooting indiscriminately at residents in San Pedro on Saturday morning.� The department has [...]

More Charges Coming after Medical Report
PCs Coye and Madrill are on interdiction following their arraignment in the San Pedro Magistrate's Court.� The gun-toting officers, specifically Police Constable Norman Coye, wounded as many as five persons [...]

Minister Suggests Officers Should Have Thought Twice About Using Firearm
Amateur video captured by spectators during the disturbance shows an unnamed female patron being manhandled by the responding officers, despite being handcuffed and subdued on the ground. She was hit [...]

Marco Vidal Returns; Minister Says He Must Play by the Rules
Former head of the Gang Suppression Unit, Senior Superintendent of Police Marco Vidal, who has been operating under the radar for some time, returns to Belize City on July first, [...]

C.W.U. Says No Rewards for Loyal Teachers
The announcement on Monday that those teachers who did not strike last year will be getting a hefty honorarium is not going down well. The Belize National Teachers Union is [...]

Stevedores Want Strike; Port Says Nothing to Strike About
The last time stevedores at the Port of Belize Limited broke off from work was in December of 2015. They held the Port at their mercy for four days over [...]

Notice Sent for End of April; C.W.U. Wants Negotiations First
This afternoon, the CWU made good on the threat by stevedores, firing off a letter to the Minister of Labor through the Labor Commissioner Ivan Williams and copied to the [...]

Port Says C.B.A. Negotiations Stalled for 15 Months
The Christian Workers' Union has gone through three presidents and multiple executive members in the span of five years, as the old regime of Antonio Gonzalez and James McFoy gave [...]

C.W.U. Points Fingers at Port, Hints at Sale
The stevedores, however, believe that the Port is purposely delaying negotiations of the CBA; it's been sixteen months since the last round of negotiations. �CWU President Trujeque says that an [...]

Port C.E.O. Says No Deal Yet on Sale
It's hard to believe, but it has been five years since the Port of Belize Limited was put in receivership by Ports Investment Limited, seeking to recover loan indebtedness by [...]

Murder Count Climbs Near 40; March Explosion Fuelled It
News Five's count of murders since the start of 2017 shows an increase over the same period last year. Thirty-nine murders have been reported up to today, compared to thirty-four [...]

Jason Joseph Has Attempted Murder Charge Dismissed
A street figure, Jason Joseph, who has had his own share of run-ins with the law walked free today from a charge of the attempted murder of a Belize City [...]

CitCo Talks to Taxi Drivers
The City Council announced today that it is rolling out some new initiatives. First, the Council signed a MOU between the Council and most taxi associations to improve the overall [...]

More Cameras, No Guns, After Death of P.C. Marvin Locke at Racoon Street Police Station
Police Constable Marvin Locke was stabbed and killed by a civilian assailant just a few short steps away from where Minister of Police Elodio Aragon addressed a gaggle of reporters [...]

G.S.U. Trimmed; New Task Force Will Go after Criminals
The Gang Suppression Unit, the elite strike team within the department, feared for its unrestrained approach to policing, is downsizing.� As we reported last week, there won't be any recruits [...]

Environmentalists Work to Save Manatees and Others from Stranding
Every so often there are news reports about manatees getting caught up in boat propellers, or swallowing garbage that chokes them, or having other kinds of distress that causes them [...]


Police Vehicle Caught Red-Handed Engage In Contraband
This has been a terribly bad publicity week for the Belize Police Department. One which started with videos posted on social media of two Police officers brutalizing a female in San Pedro and then firing their weapons wildly to keep at bay residents who tried to intervene and rescue the woman. Then there was the unpopular news that the Police will do an internal shuffle, and will be moving community cop Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams from his post of Southside Commander to a desk job. But now, things will get even worst for the Police Department with a new video leaked to us, showing that a Police patrol vehicle, assigned to the Orange Walk Police Department, was being used to load contraband goods from Botes community in Mexico into Santa Cruz village, which is a well-known contraband point in the Orange Walk District.

Two Men Remanded For The Murder Of Mojica
This morning forty year old Saul Reyes and forty seven year old Juan Orellana appeared at the Orange Walk Magistrates Court where they were arraigned for the murder of twenty one year old Adiel Mojica. No pleas were taken from them today reason being that the offence is an indictable one and requires trial by a judge and jury, therefore, both men were remanded to the Hattieville prison. Reyes and Orellana are being accused of inflicting stab wounds on Adiel Mojica on the night of Saturday April 1st 2017 as a result of an altercation that ensued at a bar in the San Felipe Village. Mojica was then transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City where he succumbed to his injuries in the wee hours of Monday morning.

Belize Leads Sugar Production Figures In The Caribbean
Come October 2017 Countries who belong to the European Union's preferential market will be bracing for direct competition following the recent EU reform on world sugar prices and as a direct result the importation to the EU from countries like Belize, will be significantly reduced, spelling troubling times for Belizean farmers. At the start of the 2016-2017 Sugar cane crop season Vice President of International Relations for ASR, Mac McLachlan, spoke of the changes that needed to be done to ensure that Belize remains competitive in the new market which includes lowering the cost of production significantly which means that farmers need to start increasing productivity if they are to remain competitive in the industry.

CWU Condemns MOE Move To Reward Teachers Who Remained Strike Free
On Monday, Minister of Education Patrick Faber confirmed that a million dollars has been set aside by GOB as compensation for teachers who showed up to work during the BNTU industrial action last October. That announcement however, didn't sit well with the Belize National Teachers Union who are calling move 'Union Busting' in GOB's part. While the Opposition has already commented on the issue calling the Million Dollars move "A sign of a stubborn, immature and downright dangerous man who refuses to accept that he went up against the teachers and lost", today the Christian Workers Union issued a release pledging solidarity to the BNTU.

New CEO For The Corozal Free Zone
And while we're on the topic of the Free Zone, we can report today that a new Chief Executive Officer has taken up his duties. Best information is that the new CEO is Valentino Blanco who was previously employed at the Department of Environment. We don't know how well Blanco's professional qualifications fit the post as his selection took place without any public announcement. We do note however, that Blanco does have some political connections, as in this photo provided to us, Blanco is seen wearing a Dr. Angel Campos campaign shirt. Dr. Campos is the UDP area representative for the Corozal South West. But most importantly reports to us indicate that Blanco is Campos' brother-in-law.

Mr. Belize Gives talk To Track And Field Participants
Nearly 150 athletes representing eight high schools from the Corozal and Orange Walk Districts gathered at the Corozal Community College this morning for the 2017 Track and Field Regionals. The event is hosted by Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico. We found out from ESTM's officials how today's competitions will culminate with the nationals. Pedro Chan, ESTM: "The list of event that are happening are the 100m, 200m sprints, 400m, we had the 5k and 3k early in the morning, we also have high jump, long jump, triple jumps all these event will be happening one after the next during the day. After today's competition we award them with the medals accordingly and the high school with the most wins they take the regional championship, they will represent the region; Orange Walk and Corozal, the northern region at Belize City central Nationals that is happening in a few weeks."

CWU Condemns MOE Move To Reward Teachers Who Remained Strike Free
On Monday, Minister of Education Patrick Faber confirmed that a million dollars has been set aside by GOB as compensation for teachers who showed up to work during the BNTU industrial action last October. That announcement however, didn't sit well with the Belize National Teachers Union who are calling move 'Union Busting' in GOB's part. While the Opposition has already commented on the issue calling the Million Dollars move "A sign of a stubborn, immature and downright dangerous man who refuses to accept that he went up against the teachers and lost", today the Christian Workers Union issued a release pledging solidarity to the BNTU.


Foreign Minister Says The Austrians Are Yet to Explain the Nagel Saga
On Monday, March 13 when the House of Representatives met in Belmopan, the Fort George Area Representative, Said Musa brought to the surface, an issue involving Belize's Ambassador to Austria, Joel Nagel (NAY-GLE). He did not go into detail on the issue but he did allude to a scandal being attached to the Austrians' decision [�]

Pregnant Teen and Alleged Father Expelled from School
There is a situation that has been brewing up north for some weeks now where a 14-year-old student was impregnated by another 14-year-old student. Both of them were initially expelled from Bishop Martin High School in Orange Walk Town much to the dismay of their family members. The issue, however, was compounded when the mother [�]

GSU: Transfers - Sexual Allegations - New Commander
In a previous newscast we told you of the one hundred and nine police officers being transferred in the Belize Police Department effective July 1, 2017. What we observed interestingly, is the movement of twelve officers from the Gang Suppression Unit but no transfers to replace the dozen being moved. Today, we asked both the [�]

Former GSU Commander to Replace Chester Williams
More than one hundred officers of the Belize Police Department will be transferred to either another unit or another jurisdiction in the next few months. The transfer list we obtained does not indicate whether any of the top brass will be moved but reports coming out from Racoon Street Police station are that Assistant Commissioner [�]

Minister Aragon: "We Are an Unarmed Police Department"
Police Constable Mervin Locke was laid to rest yesterday. PC Locke was attacked by 47-year-old Marcial Toledo on Sunday, March 26. Toledo repeatedly stabbed PC Locke at the Raccoon Street Police Station before several officers who were unarmed. Today, Minister of State responsible for Home Affairs, Elodio Aragon Jr., spoke about the safety of officers [�]

Belizean Listed in Top 20 Professionals for Mid-Atlantic
Engineering News-Record (ENR) is a US publication that provides the latest news in the areas of engineering and construction as well as analysis, commentary and data for the construction industry. They also report on top design firms, architects and engineers and top construction companies. In its latest edition, there is the list of the top [�]

City Council and Taxi Operators Team Up
The Belize City Council is, for the first time, signing a memorandum of understanding with taxi operators in the city. The MOU along with three other initiatives of the council, were presented today in a press conference. Mayor Darrell Bradley says the initiatives presented today are all in an effort to improve the quality of [�]

A Mobile App to Boost Economic Activity in Old Capital
Mobile apps are gaining fast popularity as the use of smart phone grows globally. Belize is no different as Belizeans and businesses are making the most of technology seeking speed, efficiency, and advertising among many more reasons. Today, the Belize City Council announced that it is joining the fast-paced world and launched the first ever [�]

Fundraising with Plates at City Hall
The Belize City Council today introduced the new license plates for City residents and also announced the opening of applications for personalized license plates. The initiative, says Mayor Darrell Bradley is to raise funds for the city council. He explains that the council is trying to move ahead with the trade license reform that is [�]

CEOs Ride for Cancer - Part 2
Hundreds of Belizeans have been suffering from the effects of various types of cancer. Last year Chief Executive Officers teamed up to raise not only awareness, but funds to assist institutions which are at the forefront dealing with individuals affected by the disease, by holding the first CEO Caucus Ride. The first ride raised over [�]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Germany makes donation to Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center
According to a Government of Belize press release, Germany handed over grant of US $21,604 to the Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center on April 3, 2017. His Excellency Mr. Harald Klein, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Guatemala and Belize handed the donation to Mrs. Dorothy Menzies, Chair of the Board of Governors for the Center.

Man killed after tree falls on his head
Reports reaching our newsroom are that a tree fell on a man at the Lagoon Bank Area in Spanish Lookout this afternoon . According to reports, the man was cutting a tree in the area when the tree fell hitting him on his head.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs congratulates Sylvestre Castellanos
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on behalf of the Government of Belize, today extended congratulations to Sylvestre Castellanos for his achievement as the first elected Belizean American to serve on the Waukegan Township. Castellanos has been elected to serve for a four-year period on the Waukegan Township as a Waukegan Township Trustee. He will officially take up office on May 15, 2017.

Ministry of Human Development launches countrywide training on mandatory reporting of child abuse
The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation in collaboration with the National Committee for Families and Children, the Ministry of Education, and NOPCAN is conducting a nationwide training on Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse - Response Protocols.

'Talk about Your Feelings' on World Health Day says Ministry of Health
Observed on April 7th every year, World Health Day provides a unique opportunity to mobilize action around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. The Ministry of Health is commemorating the day by organizing a health forum on the World Health Organization theme for 2017 -"Depression - Let's Talk." The forum will be held on Friday, April 7th at the Ramada Princess Hotel in Belize City starting at 9:00 a.m.

"Things will get harder” (in Belize) says San Ignacio/Santa Elena Mayor
There have been five murders in the San Ignacio police jurisdiction within the last two months. In February, Alvaro Aldana was shot and stabbed to death while walking through a park in San Ignacio town. A few hours later, Chester Theus was found dead on 1st Street in San Ignacio.

RC Imports to maintain the price of Presidente and Kubuli beers while stocks last
In an exclusive announcement through the various BBN platforms, RC Imports informs consumers that they will maintain the price of Presidente, Kubuli and Kubuli Gold beer while stocks last. The price of Presidente remains at $48/case of 24 (plus $6 bottle deposit/case), Kubuli at $42/case and Kubuli Gold at $52/case

Belize participates in regional climate change workshop
Belize is participating in a regional workshop on climate change this week hosted in Jamaica by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC). The IMPACT Regional Inception Workshop is a three-day event held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica from April 3 - 5, 2017. The workshop which marks the launch of a four-year project is catered to Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

Three men shot on Southside, police makes no arrests
Police have not yet made any arrests in the Monday night shootings of three men in the Southside of Belize City. As we had reported, at around 9:30, Jeffery Martinez, 28, was shot multiple times in front of his yard on Jane Usher Boulevard.

Police investigation into Placencia fatal road traffic accident continues
The driver of the pick up truck, Sandra Martinez,24, is in the hospital recovering from her injuries. Police has served Martinez with a notice of intended prosecution. Martinez is expected to face charges for causing death by careless conduct and manslaughter by negligence for the deaths of Waresi Flores,14 and Deshawn Middleton,18.

CWU and Opposition stand in solidarity with BNTU
The Christian Workers Union (CWU) and the Opposition People's United Party (PUP) are standing in solidarity with the Belize National Teachers's Union (BNTU) against what they describe as a union busting attempt by the government of Belize.

Unabated abuse of public resources continue by top brass of Ministry of Works
Top brass in the Ministry of Works (MOW) continue the unchecked abuse of public resources despite the country's economic recession and the degrading state particularly of our rural access roads. This morning a photo showing two (2) MOW employees working directly in front of the well fenced, private home of Cecil Garbutt, Officer in Charge of the Ministry of Works, Cayo district was shared with BBN.

The importance of the Senate in Belize
"The Senate, besides discussing and debating Bills coming from the House of Representatives, has specific functions. These functions include approving any Bill to alter any provision of Part II of the Belize Constitution, in accordance with subsection (5A) of section 69 of the Constitution; authorizing the ratification (including adhesion or accession) of any treaty by the Government of Belize, including any treaty for the settlement of the territorial dispute between Belize and the Republic of Guatemala; approving the establishment in Belize of any military base of operations for any foreign military forces...

Luke Palacio’s term ends with BNTU
The Belize National Teachers' Union (BNTU) has come to the end of a critical era which was marked by affirmative action. Last October, teachers spent a historic and bold 11 days out of their classrooms in protest so that the Government of Belize would adopt anti-corruption measures.

PUP women condemns police brutality in San Pedro
The People's United Party (PUP) through its women's arm, the United Women's Group (UWG) has issued a press release strongly condemning the actions of the Police Department and its response to the behavior of those police officers who were involved in the incident which occurred on April 1st, 2017 in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.


Getting a taste of Flair Bartending!
Our island recently welcomed World champion flair bartender Alexander Shtifanov. If you don't know who he is, let me enlighten you. Originally from Ukraine, Alexander is among the world's top bartenders, having mastered the skill of not only pouring drinks but entertaining a crowd in the process. Be it juggling cups or mixing your drink in mid-air, this form of flair bartending is all for the spectators' enjoyment. Lucky for me, I got to the see him perform at Rain Rooftop Restaurant and Terrace, and it was quite the presentation. Between juggling bar tools and liquor bottles in dazzling ways, Alexander impressed the crowd. While manipulating the different bar items, he managed to mix a refreshing cocktail, which he then passed on to some of the spectators.

Exploring Caye Caulker by Golf Cart: Tarpon, Sea Horses, Giant Caverns and Changes at the Split
We took that 10am boat from San Pedro and arrived in Caye Caulker just before the half hour. C&N met us with the cart. We first drove south - down thru town and passing the airstrip. There are just a handful of homes. I'm always intrigued by the big property. There has been a ton of time spent on landscaping. We continued south - I'd never been past this point before. It's more of a sand path but very nicely maintained. There are no paved roads on CC. Through the mangroves you can see south to Caye Chapel - the former golf course that has been purchased by a development group. The last I heard, Greg Norman had signed on re-do the course�

Online Coaching Funds My Dream Life in This Caribbean Paradise
Ambergris Caye is a bustling island with no shortage of activities. When I feel like scuba diving, I simply walk to the dive shop next door. The world's second-largest barrier reef sits just yards offshore. I used to save all year for a week-long scuba diving vacation. Now I can go anytime the mood strikes and it's only $60 for a two-tank dive. I have taken hundreds of photos of eels, sharks, turtles, and graceful spotted eagle rays. There are miles of unspoiled beaches to explore and getting around is done by golf cart, which is not only fun but inexpensive. I pay $25 for a full tank of gas, which lasts me about two weeks. Just the other day, a friend and I packed a picnic, hopped in my cart and set out to discover all the quaint local bars hidden among the palms on the north end of the island. We sipped frozen rum punch, chatted with the locals, gathered seashells, and caught a spectacular sunset on our ride home. I was a little concerned about making new friends in a foreign country. Thankfully, I had no reason to worry. The expats here are so welcoming and we all have a lot in common. My new friends and I get together several times a week for wine tasting events, painting classes, aerial yoga, and snorkeling adventures. Next week a few of us are heading to a jungle lodge on the mainland to explore Maya ruins, climb waterfalls, and tube in rivers that wind their way through ancient caves.

Life in Belize is Simpler, Happier, and More Affordable
People often ask why I chose Placencia, Belize, to live and work, instead of all the other places in the Caribbean and Central America. When you first start to look at all the options, it can be overwhelming to find the right fit for you, or even to know how to start looking. For me, there were a few parameters that helped me narrow it down. Belize is the only English-speaking country in Central America, and because I wanted to own a business, and I only have limited Spanish, this was a huge plus. I didn't want to pay top dollar, or "tourist prices," which is common in popular, saturated areas. I also wanted to live someplace that felt tropical and exotic, with great weather, beaches, and that "always on vacation" feel. I showed up in Placencia three years ago, and was immediately hooked as I drove down the 14-mile peninsula, with the sparkling Caribbean on both sides. Palm trees and beaches were everywhere I looked, filled with tropical birds and plants. On top of all this, the village of Placencia feels warm, safe, and welcoming-I knew I was home.

Belize's National Agriculture and Trade Show 2017
Originating in 1970 as a traditional display of livestock and agricultural products, the National Agriculture and Trade Show (NATS) quickly became known as a popular place for partying and rocking out to music. In an effort to return the NATS to its roots, the government has quarantined alcohol consumption and commercial vendors to a small section of the event and now the focus is once again on celebrating the agricultural and farming heritage of Belize. The National Agriculture and Trade Show is held in Belmopan, the country's capital. The enormous event is held at the Agriculture Showgrounds, an area stretching more than 60 acres located on the edge of Roaring Creek right near the entrance to the city. In 2017, the National Agriculture and Trade Show is scheduled for the 28th, 29th, and 30th of April, 2017, under the theme "Let's Get Growing". Note: every year, the event is normally scheduled for either the last week of April or the first week of May. If you prefer the old-fashioned attractions of marveling at enormous ears of corn and prize-winning livestock, then Zone 1 is where you want to head first. If you prefer more of a carnival and fair atmosphere, then Zone 2 is where you'll want to go. Inside Zone 2 is a special Kids' Zone, with activities and rides suitable for young children. All of Zone 1 and the Kids' Zone of Zone 2 are alcohol-free areas. If you want to sip on rum and other adult brews, then head for Zone 2.

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Building Partnerships during Beyond the Horizon 2017
On a side road off the main highway, just a few miles north of Belize City sits the Ladyville Health Center. It sits just across the road from the bus stop that brings in patients from to and from town, and across from the fruit and water stand that will keep its patients fed and hydrated while waiting to be seen by the clinic's only doctor. "Some days, we are packed with patients, there is nowhere to put them," said Kevin Dawson, Ladyville Clinic Head Nurse. "We only have one doctor, and even if we see all the patients then there are no beds for them to stay." The Clinic is too small to serve the people of Ladyville, it is one of the largest villages in Belize, explains Dawson.

Did climate change kill the Mayans?
The Mayans incorrectly predicted the end of the world - as well as their own downfall. What destroyed the Mayan civilization continues to be a hotly debated topic, with researchers offering evidence of everything from disease to a deadly foreign invasion. Now a new study suggests that climate change caused their collapse. Researchers looked at 144 violence-depicting inscriptions on monuments from over 30 Mayan centers from a 500-year period. Then they cross-referenced those with temperature and rainfall records in areas of modern-day Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. "The change in conflict levels between 350 and 900 AD was considerable," the authors wrote in the report, published March 31 in Quaternary Science Reviews. This is around the period when temperatures began to increase and the Mayans sweltered through more 86° F days. Preceding eras saw temperatures hover between 82 and 84 degrees.

Why civilizations die
In her recent "The Watchman's Rattle", subtitled 'Thinking our way out of extinction', Rebecca Costa delivers a fascinating account of how civilisations die. Their problems become too complex. Societies reach what she calls a cognitive threshold. They simply can't chart a path from the present to the future. The example she gives is the Mayans. For a period of three and a half thousand years, between 2,600 BCE and 900 CE, they developed an extraordinary civilisation, spreading over what is today Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Belize with an estimated population of 15 million people. Not only were they master potters, weavers, architects and farmers. They developed an intricate cylindrical calendar system, with celestial charts to track the movements of the stars and predict weather patterns. They had their own unique form of writing as well as an advanced mathematical system. Most impressively they developed a water-supply infrastructure involving a complex network of reservoirs, canals, dams and levees.

Cruise Ship Cancels Tours in St Vincent After Slaughter of Killer Whales in Full View of Visitors
On the heels of horrified tourists witnessing the killing of two orcas in Vincentian waters, a cruise ship has taken strong action in protest of the age old tradition. TUI Discovery stopped short of pulling out of the destination, but has cancelled all its whale and dolphin watching tours, iWitness News has reported. In a grim account, crew member on one of the two Fantasea tours on a whale and dolphin excursion, Ken Issacs, told the online news site that the delight of the rare sighting of a pod of four orcas, also known as killer whales, turned into a bloody tragedy as whalers slaughtered two of the huge sea creatures just off the Leeward coast. He said the whaling boat, a pirogue with a modified shotgun with a harpoon mounted on the bow, carried three fishermen. As he realized that the men were taking aim at an orca, he shouted to them to leave it alone, but was immediately dismissed.


  • Ariel Rosado Foundation - Fund Raising Drive for 2017, 24min.

  • Fun Facts From Familiar Faces, 7min.

  • Embasy of Mexico to Belize - Amateur Photographer's Workshop (April 6th - 11th), 26min.

  • NAtional Council on Aging - Sexual Health Workshop, 23min.

  • Belize Protectors Association Bakers to Vegas Competition Results, 20min.

  • Pact Amendment Bill / Senate Updates, 30min.

  • Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association (TSAA), 30min.

  • Nelita Castillo's Testimony, Belize, World Health Day 2017 - Depression. Let's Talk, 3min. Depression is a common mental disorder that affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. The risk of becoming depressed is increased by poverty, unemployment, life events such as the death of a loved one or a relationship break-up, physical illness and problems caused by alcohol and drug use.

  • Better Belize It, min. Bones of Belize with resort stuff

  • Bones Of Belize, 3.5min. no resort stuff

  • Patty Outdoors - Belize Boys' Trip: Lionfish Hunting, 2.5min. On our annual Belize boys' trip we hunted for lionfish. We got enough to eat like kings and even to share some with the frigate birds.

  • Zipline Belize, 2.5min. Laura and I went zip lining in Belize 2017. It was awesome. We got to do 4 different lines. I decided to throw on the Go Pro for the last zip.

  • Mayan Chant, 4min.

  • Mackerel Belize Half Moon Caye, .5min. Video taken during Introduction to Marine Biology Course BIO 221 at Moraine Valley Community College in 2017 while in Belize at the University of Belize Field Station at Calabash Caye on the Turneffe Atoll. This was at Half Moon Caye.

  • 2 Gray Angelfish Belize Turneffe Atoll, 1.5min. Video taken during Introduction to Marine Biology Course BIO 221 at Moraine Valley Community College in 2018 while in Belize at the University of Belize Field Station at Calabash Caye on the Turneffe Atoll.

  • B E L I Z E | travel diary // BEST snorkeling ever / Swimming with SHARKS, 3.5min. 2017 is starting off right, with a trip to the beautiful islands of Belize. During our trip to Belize, we decided to focus on those beautiful, crystal clear turquoise blue waters, so naturally our whole vacation was planned around water activities. We stayed on Caye Caulker and San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.

  • Maya Cities & Sacred Caves of Belize, 1.5hr.

  • BSI ASR CROP REVIEW 2017 WEEK 17, 3min.


  • Stress Management and its Effects on Health (BMA), 26.5min.

  • The Belize Road Safety Traffic Initiative Curving behaviors for safer roads, 38min.

  • Cayo Rosario Development EIA Consultation Meeting, 2hr.

  • The Music Ambassador of Belize promoting music in schools..., 4min. Second quarter starts with my continued push to support music in schools. Today I handed over snare and bass drums to Trinity Methodist Primary School. I want more of my fellow Belizeans to play instruments. My aim is to promote Music as an alternative to a life of crime and violence. Thanks to the principal and vice principal for having me. I'll be back to this school before the end of the year.

  • Belize Tourism Expo (BETEX), 1min. There is still time to register for #BETEX2017! SIGN UP TODAY and #savoryourbelizeexperience!

  • Belize Video Project, 4min.

  • Spring Break Belize 2017, 8min.

  • SCUBE DIVING IN BELIZE 2015!, 9min.


  • Belize 2017, 6min. Belize Diving 2017.

  • Belize '17, 2.5min. Sailing, snorkeling, and diving in Belize. Swimming with nurse sharks and string rays.


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