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#523126 - 04/21/17 06:53 AM Today's Belize News: April 21, 2017  
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The San Pedro Sun

Linden Kelly to be tried for Elton Polonio’s murder
San Pedro resident Linden Kelly will officially go on trial for the September 2016 murder of Elton Polonio. Kelly appeared before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith for a preliminary inquiry on Wednesday, April 19th. At the end of the hearing, Kelly committed to stand trial in the Supreme Court for the murder of Polonio. Details of the incident once again revealed that Polonio was killed inside a warehouse on the island in an altercation with Kelly. During his appearance at the court, Kelly had no witnesses to call on his behalf, while Prosecutor Corporal Kennard Clark continues to rely on several witnesses’ statements and the official report from the police as well. According to the investigation, there is a recorded interview in which Kelly admitted to stabbing Polonio with a knife used to fillet fish.

Preseason weather system develops in Atlantic Ocean
The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1st and lasts through November 30th, but the National Hurricane Center has been tracking a circulation of thunderstorms in the mid-Atlantic over the past several days. On Wednesday, April 19th, the system was classified as Tropical Depression One. Located over the north central Atlantic and located about halfway between Bermuda, the storm has winds of approximately 35 miles per hour (mph), just 4 mph lower than the speed required to be classified as a tropical storm.

Plans to build morgue on Ambergris Caye commence
A morgue on Ambergris Caye may become a reality, after a meeting involving Mayor Daniel Guerrero, officials from the Ministry of Health, the police and the U.S Embassy took place on Wednesday, April 19th. Officials gathered at The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) conference room, where their discussion not only spoke on the importance of having a morgue on the island, but also addressed the current limitations of the police department and local authorities. According to Georgia Belezaire from the U.S Embassy, the first phase of the morgue will include a temporary unit where bodies can be kept before transporting them off the island. “We are looking at a three-body refrigerated room, which will benefit the preservation of evidence,” she said. Belezaire declared that the Embassy is in full support of the project.

Nobel Prize Laureate visits Belize
Nobel Peace Prize winner, James “Jim” Cobey, arrived in San Pedro from Washington, D.C. on April 7th for a well-earned vacation. As a surgeon with a Master’s degree in Public Health, Cobey has been an instrumental member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), which was founded in 1992. In 1996, history was made when Belize agreed to sign the ICBL’s landmine ban into law, and therefore, Belize became the first mine-free geopolitical region in not only Central America, but the entire world. One year later in 1997, the ICBL received the Nobel Peace Prize for its members’ crucial role in starting a process that – according to the text of Cobey’s award – “in the space of a few years changed a ban on antipersonnel mines from a vision to a feasible reality.”

Family of Zaeem Torres speaks about tragedy that took his life
Andre Perez, uncle of the deceased, spoke with The San Pedro and shed more light into what transpired. According to him, around 9PM the boy was at a restaurant along with his parents, and as usual he was running around and playing with friends in the vicinity. Suddenly he went missing, which prompted a search party. Despite the number of people looking for him, the child could not be located. “My sister went to look for him at her house, since it was safe for him to run home, while people were looking near the dock by the restaurant and others looked by boat,” says Perez. Perez also stated that near the restaurant there were four large Rotoplas reservoirs filled with water, and one of them was uncovered, with a stool located next to it. “Someone went to check the Rotoplas water tank, and the first time they checked they did not see anything. But I think they checked two more times and then spotted my nephew floating to the side of the water tank,” said Perez. He told The Sun that it was indeed a tragedy, but he would not classify it as negligence. “It was just a truly unfortunate accident.”

Northern Ambergris Caye Neighbourhood Watch meets to discuss future plans
Mayor Guerrero delivered a few remarks. He swiftly addressed the issue of the late-night bars by Secret Beach, stating that their liquor licenses were issued with the condition that they only open until 5PM. He pledged the full support of the Town Council to the NACNW, announcing that the Town Council is offering new police booths for the north side of the island. The booths will be located at strategic points in order to relay emergency information to the police, and are expected to be powered by solar energy. Each booth will have its own phone number for easy contact. Guerrero also touched on the rapid growth and development of the island, saying that “it must be sustainable for the future.” Guerrero even announced that the collection booth at the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge will be removed, and that a second bridge is going to be built. There were no more details available on that matter.

Ambergris Today

Airbnb Advances Talks With Caribbean Tourism Organization Countries, Including Belize
Hugh Riley, Secretary General and Chief Executive Officer at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the region’s tourism development agency, and eight member countries, along with representatives Chris Lehane, Bruno Lewicki and Shawn Sullivan from Airbnb, the leading community driven hospitality company, met last week to discuss Airbnb’s growing presence in the region and to address areas of mutual cooperation as outlined in an agreement signed in February 2017. The topics of discussion included democratizing the tourism industry, the importance of the Caribbean region’s cultural heritage and how Airbnb is expanding economic opportunities in the region.

San Pedro Celebrates The Resurrection Of Jesus Christ
Catholic faithfuls on Ambergris Caye, Belize, observed a full schedule of activities during the Easter weekend which included the "Encuentro" (Meeting) of Jesus Christ and Mary on Easter Sunday. It marked the beginning of the Easter Octave. Catholics rejoiced the commemoration of the resurrection of Christ. The Easter Octave ended with an outdoor Divine Mercy Service on Sunday, April 23 at Central Park.

Misc Belizean Sources

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UB Earth Day 2017
The University of Belize is having its 10th Earth Day celebration next Friday, April 28th. Always a fun time, where one can learn about the environment, and how to protect it. "UB is hosting its 10th Annual Earth Day Fair through the Natural Resource Management Program under the theme 'My Community, My Climate.' The primary goal for this year’s event is to highlight the meaning of climate change and climate literacy by engaging primary, secondary and tertiary level students in environmental education programs. On April, 28th come, enjoy and find out what UB’s Earth Day celebration is all about! We’ll have informational booths, the launch of a mural competition, interactive learning activities for children, prizes, music, fundraiser and more!

Soon to Come: The Yabra Green Rejuvenation Project......Planning in Motion
As part of the hardcomponents of the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project, the Yarborough Water Front Rejuvenation Project located at the old Yarborough football field is well on its way. So far we have met with stakeholders within the community to obtain their feedback. Based on the recommendations derived from our first meeting, our architect has developed a preliminary design. The next step is for us to hold another public consultation meeting to display the preliminary design and to further develop the design with contiued imput from the community.

Caye Caulker Health Expo
April 22.

Alfredo D Gonzalez "Gigi": outstanding achievement as a Crossfit athlete
The San Pedro Sports Council along with the San Pedro Town Council proudly congratulate San Pedrano teen, Alfredo D Gonzalez "Gigi," for his outstanding achievement as a Crossfit athlete. Gigi is an athlete at CFSP Beach Box and recently ranked in his category for the Crossfit Open among the top 200 athletes worldwide making him the first Belizean athlete in history to be invited to participate in the Crossfit Games Online Qualifier. The four-day qualifier will put the top athletes to the test after which the top 20 will be invited to go head to head at 2017 Reebok Crossfit Games. The Reebok Crossfit Games has grown and is now viewed by millions worldwide. The athletes that move on to the next round will have the privilege to represent their country at Madison, Wisconsin stadium this August among thousands of spectators and athletes from across the world as they compete for the coveted title of "Fittest on Earth." We wish Gigi best of luck on the Crossfit Games Online Qualifier and in his journey to the Crossfit Games. Go get it!

INAUGURATION CEREMONY: Trial Farm, San Pedro and San Jose Preschool Buildings
The Government of Belize in collaboration with the European Union will inaugurate three preschools in the Orange Walk and Corozal Districts on Tuesday, 25th April, 2017. The three pre-schools were constructed with financing from the European Union and the Government of Belize under the Accompanying Measures for Sugar (AMS) 2012 programme, at a cost of 600,000 Euros or BZD 1,140,000. This means more than 150 students will have access to an early childhood education which will set the foundation for the life long process of learning by equipping children with the basic literacy and social skills.

Corozal Scouts Prepare for Earth Day 2017
The Corozal Scouts were busy on Tuesday April 18 preparing the grounds for the activities planned in Corozal Town for Earth Day Saturday April 22, 2017. Cub Scouts, Scouts and Leaders all came out in unison ready to serve their community. The countless hours of work in connection with Earth Day 2017 is just one way the Scouts contribute in serving their communities. BP once said “By service I mean the submission of self to the willing rendering of helpfulness to others, without thought of return or reward”

Calla Creek elects Sanitation Committee
FCD congratulates the village of Calla Creek for electing their Sanitation Committee. This Committee is tasked with educating its villagers, collecting a standard garbage fee from each household in the attempt to purchase their own trailer to transport garbage and to continue engaging its youths and villagers in environmental activities. Thanks goes to Chairman Mr. J. Ramos for his continued dedication

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
The Great Wall, Personal Shopper, A Dog's Purpose, Rings

BSCAP LAUNCHES COPYRIGHT TOUR NATIONWIDE; CEO SHYNE BARROW LEADS THE CHARGE
The Copyright law has dominated the headlines over the past few weeks and BSCAP CEO, Shyne Barrow, plans to keep it that way as the Belizean Society of Composers Authors & Publishers launch a nationwide Copyright tour to mobilize BSCAP members, recruit new members and make the case to affected business owners as why they must pay copyright licensing fees. CEO Barrow says the town hall styled meetings will discuss artists rights under the nations copyright law and the Burne Convention, the value of Music, benefits of BSCAP membership and how paying artists royalties will contribute to the economy. Barrow will be joined by some of the BSCAP executive including former BSCAP Chairman Jason Guerrero and administrator Melissa Zuniga. Bredda David, Supa G, Junie Mar, Method, C Wills, Don Papa John and other artists are scheduled to attend.

Channel 7

The Senator Becomes President
Senator Elena Smith is the new President of country's most powerful union, the BNTU. That's the result that came out just a few minutes ago, and right now she is still doing her victory interview with the media, which we'll have for you a little later. But, first to the business of the 57th Annual BNTU Convention. The two day event was held in San Roman, Corozal, at the Escuela Secundaria Technica Mexico auditorium. The main business was the election of a new executive. It's a big deal because for the first time in 9 years, the strongest union in the country will have a new leader after 3-term president, Luke Palacio, steps aside. 3 candidates stepped up hoping to take his place; they are Mario Mesh, the President of the Corozal Rural Branch; Troy Coleman, the President of the Stann Creek Branch; and Elena Smith, the serving Labour and Civil Society Senator with a 20-year membership in the union.

Along Came Arlene...
Tonight storm watchers are looking in bewilderment at Arlene, the first Tropical Storm of the 2017 Hurricane Season. Now, if you're scratching your head and saying, "Burt doesn't the hurricane season start in June!?" - you're right, it does. But, along came Arlene, and she is the first tropical storm in April since Ana in 2003. Now, first off, Arlene poses no threat to Belize or any land mass. The storm is way out in the Atlantic ocean - 815 miles west of the Azores with maximum sustained winds estimated at 45 mph. But this is the third consecutive year a system has formed in the Atlantic before the official June first start of the hurricane season.

Experts Say 2017 Hurricane Season Will Be "Average"
And so, after Earl shook up Belize in August of 2016, this early appearance of a storm, has understandably triggered anxiety across the land. But, don't be too alarmed, because according to the experts at the Weather Channel the 2017 hurricane season won't be as active as 2016. Their projections say it's going to be an average year, with a total of 12 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes. Other leading forecasts call for 11 storms. Of course, these are just forecasts, and the experts admit, changing weather conditions such as El Nino could force them to increase the projected number of storms forecast.

Justice Is Swift For Carjacker Who Gets 7 Years
Last night we told you about the robbery that left a 57 year old taxi driver with knife wounds to the face and neck. According to reports, Ernesto Robinson picked up a passenger on East Collet Canal Street and took him to Western Avenue, however when they got to their destination, the passenger refused to get out and instead demanded that Robinson hand over the vehicle. The passenger began choking Robinson and stabbed and cut the side of his face and neck before Robinson managed to open his door and escape.

Fake Cops Charged
Last night we told you about the fake cops who were caught by the real police at Public's Supermarket on the Northern Highway. Tonight, we can show you both their pictures and share their names. They are Belize City residents 22-year-old Dorian Blair of a Gibnut Street address and 39-year-old Barrington Slusher of a Brown Street address. Yesterday afternoon, the real police from precinct four saw them standing near the door at Public's wearing khaki shirts with silver buttons, blue pants with the customary green streak on the sides and looking almost like real police. Police say the carried a black bag with 10 plastic straps. They have since been charged for making a "False Pretense of a Police Officer".

Help Chris Recover
Over a week ago, a 19 year old was viciously beaten by 11 men on St. Thomas Street and he needs your help to recover from the attack. On April 9th around midday Chris Welch was riding his bicycle on St. Thomas Street, heading home, when a gang of 11 men rode up from behind and surrounded him. There was a confrontation between Welch and one of the men and that led to the brutal beat down on the street. Today Welch's older sister gave us more details as to what happened and told us why her brother needs your help. Julia Welch, sister: "He goes every Sunday at St. Thomas Street to swim. So he went to YWCA, but it was closed. He went to "hanger" and when coming back down riding cruising. This happened around 12pm -1pm when he was riding down St. Thomas Street he heard sounds of bicycle near him. He continued riding when he one of them bump into him. He stop and then all of them just crowd him. He came off his bike and then one of the boys charged at him. He said he knocked out the person and when he was trying to run it was then he felt something in his head and he fell unconsciously. They attacked and after a while he jump up back. Some of his teeth fell out and he has a wound in his head. The right part of his jaw is broken."

Freedom From a Faucet
Yesterday 23 year old Benque Viejo Del Carmen resident, Henry Abel Calderon Garcia, was reported missing from police custody. Garcia was sent to clean a faucet behind his cell-block, but when officers went to check up on his progress, he had slipped away. Garcia was previously fined $800 for the possession of controlled drugs among other convictions. If anyone has any information about Garcia's whereabouts they are asked to contact their nearest police station or the Benque Viejo Police at 803-2022. Police could not provide a picture.

Single Parents, Multiple Needs
Since February, about 28 single moms and dads have been participating in a career training program at the Department of Youth Services. It is just one of many programs offered at the Department, but this one is special in that it also caters to the children of these single parents through their day care center. Now the participants can focus on their sessions and not worry about the safety of their kids - who will be right next door. The Managing Director of the LOVE foundation, who is also the social planner for the Department, told us more about this program. Deborah Sewell, Social Planner, Department Youth Services: "The day care has always been a part of the LEAP program, learning, earning and parenting we work with young people ages 14 to 29 who are single parents, dropped out of school, unemployed and we provide opportunities for them to either go back to school, we provide them with job training, career readiness and guidance in developing entrepreneurial activities so it's based on their passion areas, what they are passionate about and we work with them to be able to attain their goal. So we knew from the beginning, from the inception of the program that there would be a need if you are working with single parents for a child care facility."

Tourist Raped At a San Pedro Hotel By a Local Man Who The Family Trusted
Earlier this week we told you about the 17 year old who was raped on San Pedro. 39 year old Eldon Williams was charged, and has been remanded to prison. Police say that it happened early on Easter Sunday morning when he took advantage of the sleeping teenager. But what they didn't say was that the teenaged victim was a US tourist - and that the alleged rape happened at a downtown hotel. 7news has learned that Williams was a friend of the family and they spent the day with him, and then allowed him to sleep in one of the bedrooms. From there he slipped out to the living room where the 17 year old was sleeping outside on the couch and allegedly raped her. She told police that she woke up and to find Williams on top of her. A medical examination confirmed that she was raped. Williams was caught by a security guard as he allegedly tried to flee the hotel compound. The victim's family was forced to leave the country immediately and have returned to California. But, they have indicated that they will make sure they are here to testify when the case goes to trial.

Making Smart Health Decisions
Today the Ministry of Health and PAHO began the initial stages of the implementation of the SMART Healthcare Facilities Initiative. The initiative is designed to ensure that hospitals and healthcare providers implement energy saving strategies to make them more cost efficient. We spoke to Douglas Westby, the Technical Advisor the National Engineering and Maintenance Center, for more about the project... Douglas Westby: "We have a health sector strategic plan and part of it is to improve infrastructure and we have chosen to use the smart hospital initiative as our standard for hospitals." Alex Courtenay, 7News: "So by using these initiatives and standards, what is the benefit...?" Douglas Westby: "If our hospitals are smart which we intend them to be, the hospitals would be able to resists the effects of climate change and we would be able to improve healthcare services and save money on things like electricity and water."

The New BNTU President Speaks
And here now is that interview with the new president of the BNTU Elena Smith - this was done about 40 minutes ago when a winner was declared: Daniel Ortiz, 7News: "Share with us your first reaction to being elected as the new national president of the union you served for 20 years?" Elena Smith, President - BNTU: "I think the first word I must say is grateful. I'm grateful, I'm over joyed. Words can't express the feeling that I got. The support I got from my members it was so overwhelming that I don't know how to say thank you, but thank you to all the people who supported me." Daniel Ortiz, 7News: "Were you confident that you would get the victory today?" Elena Smith, President - BNTU: "I had some level of confidence, but I wasn't sure, because you never know - people might say to you 'I will support you' but when the days comes you don't know what they do or what they will do. So I wasn't over confident, but I was sure of my members from my branch."

The Grapes Of Wrath Make A Sour Wine In Beauty Pageant Industry
Last night we told you about the five piece article penned by Tony Rath - who is Miss Belize, Rebecca Rath's father. Rath who is a celebrated photographer had some sharp criticisms for the Pageant Director Opal Enriquez. He accused her of being manipulative, not living up to financial commitments, and undermining Rebecca Rath at the Miss Universe Pageant in the Philippines. But he had praise for Sherima Guity - herself a former Stann Creek Beauty Queen who got Rebecca to run for Ms. Belize, and provided her pageant training. Rath praised Guity for her hard, committed work with Rebecca. But today, in. a Facebook post, Guity had no praise for him. She says his article is quote, "degrading and very disappointing, and that she, quote, "refuses to be associated with the tarnishing of anyone's career."

A Plan for Pesticides
Today the Pesticide Control Board launched its first strategic plan. The four year plan will focus on increasing the responsible use and management of pesticides by updating legislation and governance. Acting Chairman of the PCB, Francisco Gutierrez told us more... Gutierrez also spoke to us about the PCB's stance when it comes to the herbicide Roundup, which was flagged by the World Health Organization earlier this year as a potential carcinogen. A carcinogen is a substance that can cause cancer, but Gutierrez told us that so far there's no need to be worried... Roundup is the most commonly used herbicide is the country, so Gutierrez told us that the PCB is still conducting research to ensure that its usage is not a threat.

Coalition Keeps The Fire Burning
It's the seventh anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. And today the Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage used that occasion to underscore that the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System must be, quote, "meaningfully protected and safeguarded from the inherent dangers of offshore oil." The Coalition notes that there's only a one kilometre "buffer" area around the reef which the coalition calls, "woefully inadequate." Those are the scarce red areas on this map. They say a realistic safety buffer would need to be between 88 kilometres, or 54 miles) to 220 kilometres which is 136 miles. For support, they note that UNESCO has also stated that the proposed one kilometre buffer needs "revision in order to secure the protection of the property's Outstanding and Universal Value."

Channel 5

Senator Elena Smith Emerges Victorious as BNTU’s New National President
As we told you Senator Elena Smith is the new President of the B.N.T.U. After approximately two and a half hours of voting, almost that much in counting and several [...]

A Look at the BNTU Convention and Stalled Election Process
But before the announcement of the winner, the B.N.T.U.’s Council of Management had to grapple with a problem unprecedented in its history – the prospect of alleged political interference tainting [...]

COLA and Raymond Rivers Lend Moral Support to BNTU
Today’s convention of the B.N.T.U. saw an appearance from two Belize City activists, Geovannie Brackett of COLA and Raymond Rivers. The Union has had a cordial, if arms’ length, relationship [...]

COLA’s Take on the Million Dollar Honorarium
Information to News Five is that some teachers in the Anglican and Government-managed school systems received as much as five hundred dollars each as their honorarium or reward for not [...]

General Sales Tax Audits Revisited
Earlier this month, we broke the news of an internal statement within the General Sales Tax Department where Officer in Charge of the Punta Gorda office, Elmer Reyes, alleged that [...]

Miss Belize Universe and Tony Rath’s Controversial Exposé
Miss Universe 2016, held in Manila, Philippines at the end of January, is now several months behind avid fans of pageantry. The stellar performance of Miss Belize Universe, Rebecca Rath, [...]

Therese Rath Stands By Her Husband’s Blog
According to the husband and wife couple, they were largely responsible for the organization of Rebecca’s trip to Miss Universe, minus Enriquez’s input as country director. Furthermore, the family claims [...]

Shawn Rodriguez Gets Seven Years for Brazen Carjacking
Fifty-seven-year-old cab driver Ernesto Robinson is recovering from injuries received during a brazen carjacking on Tuesday night in Belize City.  His attacker, twenty-two-year-old Shawn Rodriguez, a resident of San Ignacio, [...]

Move Over Aaron Wilson, Two More Fake Cops are Charged
Two Belize City men have been slapped with charges of “False Pretense of a Police Officer.” Sometime around four-thirty on Wednesday, police were informed that two men were dressed in [...]

Teachers Honor First Leg of Make Up Time
As part of the mediation agreement agreed to in February, the Belize National Teachers’ Union agreed to release its teachers to make up lost class time due to the October [...]

Raymond Rivers Comments on Port Workers CBA Negotiations
Two weeks ago stevedore Raymond Rivers visited this station with his fellow stevedores to “rail up” over the management of Port of Belize Limited’s seeming mistreatment of stevedores working the [...]

Central Bank announces Plan to Liquidate four Credit Unions
At the start of April, the Central Bank of Belize announced plans to liquidate four existing credit unions. These are the Police and Civil Service Credit Unions based in Belize [...]

Work Begins on Yabra Canal Drainage
Just before we went for the Easter break we told you how the Belize City Council was getting ready to start the process to remove the silt backed up in [...]

A Strategic Plan is Rolled Out for Pesticide Use
The Pesticides Control Board launched their 2017-2021 strategic plan developed in partnership with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, with support from the U.N.D.P. and the D.O.E. The plan [...]

Healthy Living Looks at Conflict Resolution.
It is a fact that conflicts will be inevitable in any relationship that you have – that includes your spouse, your children, your family, within your workplace and even your [...]


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The Guardian

Good Friday claims two brothers in a well
Brothers Isidro and Jeovani Coyoc died over the Easter weekend at their family’s Orange Walk Farm after suffocating in a water well that they were trying to clean. The double tragedy happened on Good Friday, April 14, 2017, sometime between 11:30 p.m. and 12 midday, at the family’s farm in the Goat Hill area of Orange Walk. That’s near to the BSI Tower Hill factory, where 41 year-old Isidro “John” Coyoc was overseeing his brother, 26 year-old Jeovani “Jovi”, who was at the bottom of the 40-foot well. They were attempting to clean it, but Isidro reportedly realized that Jeovani was in distress and having difficulty breathing.

Indira Thompson killed because she refused sex
There is much public outrage over the violent death of 35 year-old Indira “Princess” Thompson, a public fixture on Albert and Orange Streets, and a defenseless woman who was stabbed to death. At this time, the motive of her murder is believed to be her refusal of sex with her attacker. Readers who have walked past her on the street corner may have treated her as just another beggar or homeless person. She does, however, have a home and a family that would have wanted to keep her off the streets. Those close to her say that she had to look after herself from a very early age, since becoming a teenager. She has 2 brothers, one of whom tried to give her a place to stay, but she preferred her lifestyle better. Plus, there are reports that she was also suffering from mental illness, which led her to choose a vagrant way of life.

Woman police caught on camera stealing
Woman police constable 1241 Anne Marie Anthony has been charged with one count of theft and placed on interdiction. Police report that on Tuesday April 18, 2017 a 58-year-old Chinese businesswoman of #34 Bishop Martin Street in Santa Elena, Cayo, reported that on Good Friday April 14, 2017 about 9:27a.m. she was at her business place “Little Red Shop” when some police officers arrived to conduct a search for liquor. They conducted the search and seized several assorted liquors and left the premises.

Are teachers being bribed by BNTU president candidates?
By the time this issue of the Guardian hits the streets the General Membership of the BNTU, or if we go by the BNTU’s recent history, then we should say a hand full of those members, would be on their way to electing a new executive. The top and most sought after, high profile post on that executive is that of the PRESIDENCY. Vying for that top position are the following three persons: Mario Mesh of the Corozal Branch, Troy Coleman of the Stann Creek Branch and Senator Elena Smith of the Belize District Branch. All three persons are currently members of the BNTU Council of Management. In other word they are persons in the know. They all know what is going on in the union, because they are the persons who sit at the table and make the decisions for the GENERAL MEMBERSHIP of BNTU. The eventual winner of that contest should replace President Luke Palacio who is a glorified PUP lackey. Palacio demits office in August.

Yarborough canal to be cleared
On April 13, 2017, councillor Phillip Willoughby explained that there was a plan to clear the heavily silted Yarborough canal. Progress was made by that date with one area of the canal being dammed so that engineers could clear out the water. The mouth of the Caribbean sea that connects to the Collet Canal was dammed so as to have better access to clear the canal of the built up silt. Councillor Willoughby gave an update on the Yarbourough canal project in a later interview on April 19. According to Willoughby, the rains during the Easter were unforeseen and created another matter to be addressed. Despite the rains, the initial project is still ongoing and the removal of built-up silt in the canals will still be addressed.

BNTU’s Illuminati
The Illuminati, is the name given to several groups, both real and fictitious. Historically the name usually refers to the Bavarian Illuminati, an Enlightenment-era secret society founded on 1May 1776. The goals were to oppose super situation, obscurantism, religious influence over public life and abuses of state power. Don’t those words sound like what a union such as the BNTU should be all about ? However like the Illuminati has changed course over time so has the BNTU changed into now being a very secretive organization, working for special interest groups, like some sort of common mercenary. In the BNTU like the Illuminati, only the persons in a very small obscure group at the very top, know what is going on in the organization. Those are the very same persons who stand to benefit from the organization’s fortunes.

Central bank to liquidate 4 credit unions
The Central Bank of Belize which has responsibility for the supervision of credit unions has announced that it will be liquidating 4 of them. These credit unions are the Police Credit Union, the Mount Carmel Credit Union, the Civil Service Credit Union and the Citrus Growers and Workers Credit Union. In a notice which it sent out the Central Bank informs that the only credit union which was no longer in operation was the Citrus Growers and Workers Credit Union. While the regulator moves to liquidate, for at least two of those which action is being taken on, the Police and Civil Service Credit unions the move was almost a foregone conclusion. There was hope for the Mount Carmel Credit Union, at least up until July of last year when it was officially announced that the Credit Union was in financial problems largely as a result of dishonesty within its management.

Nobel Peace Prize Co-Laureate Visits Belize
On April 7, James C. “Jim” Cobey, MD, arrived in San Pedro from Washington DC for a well-earned vacation. A surgeon with a Masters degree in Public Health. Jim has been an instrumental member of the international Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL). ICBL was founded in 1992. A mere 5 years later, in 1997, the ICBL received the Nobel Peace Prize for its members’ crucial role in starting a process that - according to the text of Jim’s award - “in the space of a few years changed a ban on antipersonnel mines from a vision to a feasible reality.” One year earlier, in 1996, Belize and her neighbors had all agreed to sign the ICBL’s landmine ban into law, They did, and Central America therefore became the first mine-free geopolitical region in the world.

Work towards Gang Truce in Belize City
Police and all the different city gangs have been working toward a truce that could hopefully bring an extended period of calm, if not peace, that has been very difficult to achieve in the past. These talks have resulted, at the very least, in the entire 4-day Easter weekend to be completely calm and without gang related violence. It started as early as Monday, April 10, when gang figures from all 20 of the different Southside neighbourhoods came together at the conference room at the Raccoon Street Police Headquarters. They were there to talk out their many issues: the quarrels and the feuds that have been fuelling rivalries for months if not years.

Ministry of Finance clarifies false claims of GST tampering
It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Finance that concerns have been expressed by certain representatives of the business community over allegations of supposed manipulation of General Sales Tax (GST) audit results by the senior management of the Department of the GST. The Ministry of Finance rejects any suggestion of manipulation on the part of the GST Senior Management of any Audit carried out by mid-level to lower level GST Auditors and wishes to point out that under the provisions of the GST Act, the Commissioner of GST is responsible for the administration of the GST, and the assessment, collection and recovery of GST. Such responsibility includes the review and approval of audits after making any adjustments or choice of methodology that may be required in the course of such review. Thus, the Commissioner (and senior staff delegated by her) is expressly charged with finalizing to her satisfaction, including by way of making justified changes, audits conducted lower down the chain of command.

Payaso threatens teachers
So the Payaso is now on the news threatening those teachers who do not travel to the BNTU election venue on the buses provided for the different branches. He is telling them that they will not be allowed to vote at the BNTU election on Thursday the 20th April. Well apparently the teachers are telling Luke that April Fools’ Day does not extend to the whole month. Reports are that the majority of teachers have refused to get on the bus which will be provided for only the usual quorum of 400 and are refusing to take any more of the Payaso’s nonsense. In the past only a mere 5 percent of the membership used to decide the fate of the BNTU and the rest of the membership were just fed whatever the executive decided to give them. Well enough is enough and the general membership of the BNTU have now decided that their voices will be heard at the election.

Prime Minister Departs Country on Personal Leave
Belmopan. April 18th, 2017. The Office of the Prime Minister informs that the Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow departed the country on personal leave on Monday, April 17th, 2017; and will return to the country on Sunday, April 23rd, 2017. During the Prime Minister’s absence, the Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Culture and Sports will act as Prime Minister.

Training for officers in Gang Resistance
Members of the Belize Police Department along with members of the Salvadoran Police have gathered at the Radisson Fort George Hotel to take part in a two day training workshop. The workshop was organized by the BPD’s training unit and it is about the GREAT program. The gang resistance education and training program (GREAT) will enable officers of the two participating countries to share and further arm themselves with information on how to combat the scourge of gangs in these two countries. Salvador has had decades of experience dealing with some of the most violent gangs in the world. The GREAT program has had its challenges in Belize and this training also provides the know-how to deal with the gang problem involving the community which is affected by these gangs. In Belize the primary focus of the GREAT program is young persons who are at risk of joining gangs. This program targets them before they are incorporated into gangs.

We have two very small questions for the current BNTU leadership and their Attorney Mr. Eamon Courtenay
>We have two very small questions for the current BNTU leadership and their Attorney Mr. Eamon Courtenay Question#1: Why did the BNTU leadership go to court to get payment for persons who did not work 11days in November and now turn around trying to stop payment for those who not only worked back then but are being asked to work extra time? Question #2: Eamon Courtney, if you are so concerned about the people’s money, would you be kind enough to return those monies you have collected from holding brief for Mr. Ashcroft and the Ashcroft related companies, because those briefs were and continue, to be against the government and people of Belize. Obviously those monies came from the people’s money?

Belize City Council to assist Monkey River in erosion problem
On Wednesday, April 19, the Belize City council hosted a consultation to discuss the matter of erosion which is currently affecting the residents of Monkey River. Councillor Phillip Willoughby spearheaded the interview. Willoughby empathized with the residents of the village that are being affected by the regrettable effects of erosion and explained that the council is prepared to help. He explained that on May 1st, the council will be hosting its annual clean up campaign. In an effort to assist the village, the council is urging citizens, bus owners, mechanics, motorists, and tire repair and garage shops to give any derelict or used tires toward the initiative. The tires can be deposited at the transfer station or the council may be contacted to receive the tires. It is the hope of the council that a substantial amount of tires can be collected by the start of the May 1st campaign.

PANCAP hosts meeting of youth to discuss ending AIDS by 2030
The focus will be to discuss the role of youth in the national and regional response to HIV and AIDS. Participants will formulate a framework for regional youth advocacy. Sexual health issues affecting young people and the barriers to accessing sexual health services will be discussed in-depth. The meeting will provide an update on the strategic directions required for ending the epidemic. PANCAP Youth Advisor, Hon. Dr Astell Collins, explained that the meeting will be pivotal for creating a strategy for youth leaders to implement in responding to the range of challenges young people face with regard to sexual health and HIV/AIDS.

17 year old raped in San Pedro
On April 16th, a 17 year old student of San Pedro, accompanied by her mother, gave a police report that she was raped earlier that day by someone she recognized. That man was identified as Eldon Williams, a 39 year old resident of the San Pedrito area. According to the minor, she was sleeping on a couch in their living room when at around 12:30 a.m. she felt someone on her. She claims that Williams was having sexual intercourse with her against her will. A medical examination was conducted and certified that the minor had been raped. Williams has since been arrested and charged.

Vanzie Lamb sentenced to 3 months for weed
Vanzie Lamb, a construction worker, was brought before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser to answer to a single charge of possession of 3.4 grams of weed. The case would otherwise be dismissed by the magistrate but given Lamb’s recent charge, he was warned to stay out of trouble for at least one year. If he breaks that agreement and is charged with any offence within the year, he will be sentenced to 3 months’ prison time.

Wilfred Martinez free of possession of an unlicensed firearm
On Tuesday April 18, Wilfredo Martinez, a 28 year old Salvadoran national, was sent home free of his charge for possession of an unlicensed firearm after 5 months in prison. In court before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith, he pleaded guilty with an explanation that he was holding the firearm for his boss. Smith took the explanation in consideration and sentenced him to five months in prison. On Monday, November 17, 2016, Martinez was seen by PC Steven Flowers and other officers running with a 12 gauge shotgun. Flowers and the other officers responded to information received in St. Anne’s village. They visited the old Maskall road near Melissa Arnold’s home where they saw a Hispanic male running through some bushes with a firearm.

Jeremy Roches pleads guilty to theft and harm
On April 18, Jeremy Roches, a fisherman of Belize City, was brought before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith. Roches had to answer to three criminal offences, harm upon his relative Evan Gardiner, theft of a 26 inch male frame beach cruiser bicycle valued at $100, property of his relative Cheryl Murrillo, and handling stolen goods for the same bike. He pleaded guilty to the three charges. In court, the prosecution dismissed the charge of handling stolen goods. Roches allegedly stole the bike and caused harm to Gardiner on April 12, 2017. According to Roches, he did not want to steal the bike but he was out of a job and he needed money. In a police report, Gardiner said that he and Roches got into a verbal disagreement and that is when Roches used a fork to cause an abrasion in Gardiner’s back.

A San Pedro chef committed to stand trial for murder
On Thursday, September 8, 2016, a stabbing incident in a warehouse occurred which claimed the life of 28 year old Elton Polonio. Accused was a 32 year old chef and fisherman, Linden Lindsi Kelly, a resident of the San Pedrito area, San Pedro Town. Since the incident, Kelly has been imprisoned. On September 9, 2016, Dr. Estradabran conducted a post mortem on the body of Polonio and concluded that he died due to internal and external bleeding as a consequence of stab wounds to the chest. According to police reports, Polonio was seen with stab wounds to the left side of his neck, and cut wounds to the left side of his chest and one to the right hand. Kelly was brought before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith on April 19, 2017. Kelly, represented by Oscar Selgado, was told he will have to stand trial at the Supreme Court for the murder of Polonio in the June session.

Woman caught smuggling cannabis into prison
On Tuesday April 18, 20 year old Shantel Waight of Belize City was brought before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith for attempting to smuggle 14 grams of cannabis for two men in prison. She attempted to do so while on a visit to the Belize Central Prison on November 7, 2015. Waight was caught with the drugs in a tube of Colgate toothpaste during a routine search by prison officials. She was charged with drug trafficking. Before the magistrate, Waight, who was unrepresented, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Alejandro Padilla repeats as Holy Saturday Cross Country Champion
The 89th riding of the Annual Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic is now history. The annual event took place on Saturday 15th April, 2017, with 80 riders which included a field of 7 former champions and the defending champion, competing in the 140 miles event. The ride started out with the lead off from the BTL Park here in Belize City to Leslie’s Imports at Mile 2 on the George Price Highway where the official start took place. At mile 8 after the station prize Alejandro Padilla launches the first serious attack, he is followed by his team-mate Giovanni Macario, along with Brandon Cattouse and Oscar Quiroz of Team Smart and then by the main pack of riders. It was at mile 35, that some 7 riders tried to break away, these included American Phillip Trupelli, Ernest Bradley, Guatemalan Adler Torres, Oscar Quiroz, Brandon Cattouse and Keon Robateau.

Belmopan Bandits SC remains undefeated in Premier League Closing Season
The Premier League of Belize Closing Season competition came to an end of Sunday April 16th, 2017, with two games on the schedule. Of the two games that were scheduled to play, only one game did materalised and that game was played at the MCC Grounds between the Belize Defence Force FC and the Police United FC, which ended in a 2-2 draw. The visiting Police United was the first to make it onto the scoreboard when Anderson Cordoba scored the 1st goal of the game in the 13th minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. The Belize Defence Force FC was able to tie the score at 1-1 when Shane Flores scored the equalising goal for his team in the 27th minute of play. The first half of the game ended in a 1-1 tie.

NEBL regular season competition resumes this week
The National Elite Basketball League regular season will resume this Thursday April 20, after the Easter Break with five games on the schedule. On Thursday April 20 at 8:30 pm out at the UB Gymnasium in the City of Belmopan, the visiting Cayo Western Ballaz will go up against the Belmopan Bandits. Then on Friday April 21 at 9:00 pm at the Orange Walk Multi-Purpose Centre in Orange Walk Town, the defending champions, Smart Belize Hurricanes will see action against the Orange Walk Running Rebels. And also at 9:00 pm at the Belize Elementary School Auditorium it will be the league’s leading San Pedro Tiger Sharks going up against the Belize City No Limit Team.

Chateau Caribbean engulfed in flames again!
On Monday, April 17th, police responded to a fire on Marine Parade. There they saw the already damaged and burnt Chateau Caribbean hotel englufed in flames again. The previous fire that initially destroyed the landmark occurred on Sunday, November 27, 2016. The Belize National Fire Service managed to extinguish the fire after a park ranger reported that he saw smoke coming from the building and later started to see flames. He mentioned that he did not notice any suspicious activity or persons in the area. Despite help from the fire service and the ranger, the cause of the fire is still unknown.

Words of Life with Pastor Barry Fraser
In John chapter 15, verse 7, Jesus proclaimed:” If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, you can ask for anything you want, and you’ll receive it.” We live in a busy fast paced world where we are always trying to juggle several things at a time. Sometimes a few things get dropped along the way because we can’t cope with handling everything. Many times we forget to pray! Most of us have adapted to a multitasking way of life. This way of doing things works well when we divide our tasks into main and background tasks. For example whilst cooking we can also switch on the washing machine. It can also work with our study of the word of God. We can have it at the back of our minds all day as we go about our daily lives.

One child is recovering and another lost his life to drowning
A 6-year-old boy drowned over the Easter weekend, and another child, a 9-year-old girl, is clinging to life at the KHMH after she almost died while swimming. The drowning victim is 6 year-old Zaem Torres, a student of Water Lane Street in San Pedro. His uncle tells the press that on the night of Holy Thursday, April 13, 2017, his family went to a restaurant near their home. They had a rather busy day at the water company that they own right at their home, and so they took him with them. He was allowed to play with other children, since it is an area that is protected from traffic. His parents were keeping an eye on him because he would, as children do, run back and forth and ask for food or water.

Sedi:” I use the expression… because people understand…”
The nation of Belize owes KREM and Bro. Nuri Mohammad a big “Thank You!” Every Sunday night Sedi was on KREM radio and TV explaining vital national issues to the People. He used the correct legal, geographical and technical jargon; yet the perverse tried destroying him. All they got for their effort was dirt on their noses. They had deprived the Belizean People of the very information that they now hypocritically claim voters need so desperately! They do not give up, interminable! This time when he used an analogy that was crystal clear to “roots Belizeans;” they again got their undies all soiled. The perverse will always find fault; whatever! Nuri pulled out all the stops, but Sedi was as patient as Job and corrected him each and every time. Pressuring, badgering, leading questions and unreasonable suggestions were all soundly rejected! When the brain of KREM called, she was likewise easily corrected. Sedi even had the very book with charts and maps displaying the continuing decrease in size of Palestine (and complementary increase in size of Israel).

PUP Back-benchers
When political topics become scarce for me the temptation rouses deep within to fall back on old dependable: the ten bitter years of PUP governance under the Musa/ Fonseca administration. Now talk about radioactive names. I mean there are so many corrupt acts perpetuated under the so-called communist Said. It was all a conto sway the poor. Remember the battle phrase, “los pobres somos mas?” the brainchild of yet another communistic evangelist gone wild when he saw money and land. Trust me, Easy pickings for me to write about. But a friend of mine advised me that said strategy was no way to win an election. An incumbent political Party must be able to campaign on its own merits, not on the fallings of its predecessor.

Bar-B-Q causes fire in Belize City
On Sunday, April 16, police responded to a house fire on Elston Kerr Street in Belize City. There they saw fire personnel putting out a blaze located inside a room of the unpainted wooden bungalow house. The owner, 52 year-old Dawn Faber, is a domestic of a Raccoon street address. Initial police investigations revealed that on April 16, someone attempted to barbecue on a grill that was near a wall of the house. Shortly after, the house was in flames. A total value of $12,500 was lost in the fire, including a mattress and an undetermined amount of clothing. No one was injured in the fire. Police investigation continues.

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Elena Smith is new BNTU President
Senator Elena Smith is the new President of the Belize National Teacher’s Union (BNTU). Smith won by a landslide in today’s elections beating opponents Troy Coleman (Stann Creek member), and Mario Mesh (BNTU Corozal Branch President). Some 636 BNTU members cast their votes in the elections which began shortly after midday. Smith got 349 votes, while Coleman got 147, and Mesh received 140.

Marijuana – Time to legalize it!
By Lisa Shoman: Cannabis Sativa (known locally as marijuana, weed or pot) is like alcohol, sex and voting – not for minors. But for consenting adults? Why not? I have, in my life, smoked pot/eaten laced baked goods and indulged in food prepared with marijuana. I’ve used products enriched with its close relative, Indian hemp… sometimes illegally, but lately, legally. It is past time to stop pretending as though there is something shameful about cannabis consumption.

BNTU elections proceed
Members of the Belize National Teacher’s Union by a landslide vote, have decided to continue with today’s elections as planned. A total of 500 teachers voted “yes” to proceed with the elections while only 80 said “no”. The candidates are preparing to make their […]

Good citizen appears in court after helping cops
Today, Omar Velasquez appeared in front of the San Pedro Magistrate in connection with charges of keeping a firearm and ammunition without a gun license. In December 2015, he reportedly took officers to an area where a .38 revolver and ammunition had been hidden. […]

BNTU wants to cancel elections today due to political interference
Happening now: The Belize National Teacher’s Union (BNTU) is deliberating whether or not to differ the ongoing executive elections due to political interference. Outgoing BNTU President, Luke Palacio, put it to the district branches to vote on canceling today’s elections and resume at a […]

Guatemalan Congress rejects map to include Belize
The Congress of Guatemala has by a landslide vote rejected a proposal to print Guatemalan maps that would include Belize as a part of its territory. According to the Guatemalan media house Prensa Libre, the congress voted, 84/ 26 against using the map which […]

Two fake Police officers arrested in Belize City
According to police reports, yesterday around 4:30 p.m., police received information of two male persons dressed in what appeared to be police uniforms acting suspiciously in the vicinity of Publics Supermarket on the Phillip Goldson Highway. The two men were seen wearing khaki shirts […]

Guatemalan national escapes from custody in Benque
Yesterday afternoon around 2:40, detainee Henry Abel Calderon Garcia, 23, a Guatemalan laborer of Caracol Lane, Benque Viejo Town was reported missing from custody. According to reports from police, Garcia was asked to perform cleaning duties and was sent to the faucet behind the cell […]

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Where Is Belize? And Other Fun Facts You May Not Know…
These days most people have heard of Belize. They’ve seen the TV ads and online videos of its gorgeous offshore islands, lush inland jungles, and ancient Mayan archaeological ruins. But when someone starts to plan their first trip to they often ask, “Where is it?” It’s not unusual for people to be confused about Belize and its location. So let’s talk geography: Belize lies directly below the western Yucatán Peninsula. Corozal, the northernmost town in Belize, is directly south of the Mexican town of Chetumal. A flight from Miami or Houston to Belize takes just over two hours. Beyond the Yucatán, Belize lies to the east of , and north of . It sits on the Caribbean Sea and is part of CARICOM—the Caribbean Community. This unique country has one foot planted in Central America, and the other in the Caribbean. Many of its coastal towns have the look and laidback feel that the Caribbean is known for.

EASTER EGG HUNTING IN BELIZE 2017!
What spells family better than a relaxing vacation with your closest loved ones? Few things… What brings families together more than seeing their little ones having the time of their lives? Again, few things… In that spirit, the team at The Lodge at Chaa Creek loves embracing all things family oriented and what better way to do so on an easter weekend than a rainforest easter egg hunt? Youngsters and their parents woke up at the crack of our Belizean dawn to gather in search of the candy filled easter eggs carefully hidden by our team. They raced around looking but there was really enough for everyone!

Inside the Great Blue Hole of Belize
Known to locals for centuries as a uniquely special diving location, the Blue Hole of Belize came to the world’s attention in 1971 after famed French marine biologist Jacques Cousteau declared it to be one of his top 10 diving spots in the world. Later, the Discovery Channel named the Belize Blue Hole as one of the top 10 most amazing places on Earth. Every year, thousands of experienced divers from around the globe come to the Blue Hole of Belize to descend over 90 meters into the inky darkness. As an underwater diving attraction, there is little variation by season or time of year so just about any time is a good time to explore the watery depths of the Belize Blue Hole. Be aware that storms or heavy rainfall can somewhat reduce visibility as well as make transportation to the Belize Blue Hole more difficult.

10 Reasons to visit Belize in Summer
It’s no secret that Belize is a terrific and magical travel destination. A country rich in excitement, there are endless adventures to explore. From beaches to food to nature, this Central American nation has much to offer. Here’s why you should add Belize to your list of best summer vacation spots!

Top 17 Things to see and do in Belize
Make 2017 the year you give yourself the gift of Belize. It’s easy to do; competition between United, American, Copa, Taca and Delta airlines has lowered fares since Southwest Airlines joined the fray in October 2015. In addition, two prestigious travel awards were bestowed upon Ambergris Caye and Placencia, so these days, both destinations are international stars. For a small, easily navigable nation, undertaking all 17 of the nation’s top attractions would be difficult to manage in a larger country, but it’s so easy to get around Belize, you might wonder why it took you so long to get here and see for yourself why these attractions top the lists of travelers!

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Airbnb Advances Talks With Caribbean Tourism Organization Countries
Hugh Riley, Secretary General and Chief Executive Officer at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the region's tourism development agency, and eight member countries, along with representatives Chris Lehane, Bruno Lewicki and Shawn Sullivan from Airbnb, the leading community driven hospitality company, met last week to discuss Airbnb's growing presence in the region and to address areas of mutual cooperation as outlined in an agreement signed in February 2017. The topics of discussion included democratizing the tourism industry, the importance of the Caribbean region's cultural heritage and how Airbnb is expanding economic opportunities in the region. The Minister of Tourism of Belize, Manuel Heredia, explained that one of his concerns is the availability of official data on the impact of Airbnb on the accommodation sector, including the percentage of visitors who stay in Airbnb-listed properties. "If we work together and we have control over it, this will be something positive for the Caribbean and for Belize. My technical team will collaborate with Airbnb to make sure that we learn as much as possible in order to establish the proper regulations so this works in a beneficial way." added Mr. Heredia.

PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030
The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will host a meeting of youth leaders from 19 Caribbean countries on April 21 and 22, 2017 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The focus of the forum will be a discussion on the role of youth in the national and regional response to HIV and AIDS; participants will also be involved in formulating and agreeing on a framework for regional youth advocacy. Senator Robert Browne, minister of health, wellness and the environment, St Vincent and the Grenadines and chair of the executive board of PANCAP, will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony on Friday, April 21.

U.S. Servicemembers visit Liberty Children’s Home during Beyond the Horizon 2017
Not even the inclement weather was able to put a damper on the spirits of the children living at Liberty Children’s Home in Ladyville, Belize as Servicemembers visited April 18, 2017, to lend a helping hand during a community relations event as part of Beyond the Horizon 2017. The task force’s information operations cell coordinated the volunteer effort that included a wide range of helpful and needed services and activities. Servicemembers spent their day removing safety hazards from the property, playing a variety of games with the children and providing basic medical examinations. “There was a low hanging tree over one of the housing units and we decided to cut it down and get it out of the way,” said Spc. Rudy Sneed, a shower and laundry specialist with the 452nd Quartermaster Company, an Army Reserve unit based in Scottsdale, Arizona. “We were afraid the tree might fall and cause serious damage to the property.”

CDC Still Warning Travelers About Zika In The Caribbean
Reports of Zika cases in the Caribbean may have disappeared from the headlines and even PAHO’s latest epidemiological reports show few to no reported cases, but the US Centers For Disease Control is still warning those thinking of traveling to several Caribbean nations about the virus especially as the weather gets warmer, News Americas Now has found. Thirty-seven Caribbean countries, including the US territories of Puerto Rico and the USVI, remain on the CDC’s travel advisory list as a “Level 2” alert, which advises travelers to “Practice Enhanced Precautions.” The CDC on March 10, 2017 updated its travel advisory for the islands.

Two Caribbean destinations in latest top 20 list of places to honeymoon
To help newlyweds, and the engaged, better navigate the honeymoon destination market, Flight Network, the largest travel agency that is both owned and operated in Canada, has spent months researching and interviewing the best of the best to curate the ultimate list of top 20 luxury honeymoon destinations, which includes two Caribbean resorts. 5. San Pedro – Belize. San Pedro is a slice of paradise facing the Caribbean Sea. Home to the world’s second largest barrier reef, the Pedro Barrier Reef, is a world treasure you will get to enjoy every day you spend there. When not snorkeling or diving though, you’ll find yourself kicking back under a palm or exploring the old fishing village turned town that’s said to inspire the song, ‘La Isla Bonita’. San Pedro is also incredibly close to the world-famous Mayan ruins, a truly special place to explore.

The Top 10 Things to Do in Belize
When it comes to choosing a place for your Caribbean vacation, Belize might not be at the top of your list — there are more popular Central American and Caribbean destinations, after all. However, what makes Belize a truly amazing holiday spot is its diversity in both terrain and activities. The country’s eastern side provides the azure blue waters that make the Caribbean such an in-demand destination, as well as the second largest coral reef system in the world. On the west side, you’ll find lush rainforests, historic Mayan ruins and many different species of exotic wildlife. Tourism is continuously expanding in this small, but lovely, country, as Belize had the fastest growth of any tourism destination in the last year, with an overall growth of 13% in the last two decades. Aside from its growing popularity, here are the top 10 reasons why you should visit Belize this year.

Videos

  • HONEYMOON IN BELIZE | 2017 | GoPro HERO3, 6.5min. Footage of our honeymoon in Belize filmed entirely on GoPro HERO3. We stayed just north of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye in February 2017 at Captain Morgan's Retreat (captainmorgans.com). The Mayan site we visited in Xunantunich outside San Ignacio. We snorkeled at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley.

  • BSI ASR CROP REVIEW 2017 - WEEK 19, 4min.

  • CNN Special on the Hummingbird Highway in Belize, 4.5min.

  • Cayo Western Ballaz basketball game Thursday night vs. Belmopan Bandits, 1.5hr.

  • Belize, 8min.

  • SARSTUN REFUGE INTERNATIONAL, 3min. Located on the river between Belize and Guatemala, Sarstún is an isolated community greatly in need of basic health care and education systems. Their “road" is the river and the "highway" is the Gulf of Honduras. The nearest health care facility is a two-hour boat ride away in Puerto Barrios. The journey there costs about $100 round-trip and is too expensive for the local residents to afford.

  • Belize Tourism - “Southern”, 1min.

  • Ride Day 24: Chetumal to San Ignacio, Belize, 30min. After a few days rest I was on my way to San Ignacio and a new country in Belize. Unfortunately for me, the weather forecast was for rain for the next 3-4 days, and there was really only a few things I wanted to do with my time in Belize. One was to do some diving in Ambergris Caye on an island off Belize City. Which was now out of the question due to the weather and the other was to visit the Altun Ha ruins. Once I entered Belize and drive a few miles past the border crossing on my motorcycle it was just bucketing down with rain, and the radar and weather forecast indicated no respite in sight for at least a few days, so I decided that I would see plenty of ruins ion this trip and the best thing to do for me was to head West our of the weather. So, as with any adventure, you need to be able to adapt, so I decided to head to San Ignacio on the far west of Belize near the border with Guatemala and stay a night or two near San Ignacio as there were more ruins in this area.

  • HALF MOON WALL~Lighthouse Reef Belize, 5.5min. Marine Life we typically see on the wall also a visit to Half Moon Caye " World Heritage Site" home to the nesting Red Footed Booby Bird.

  • Belize Marching Band 2017 - Road March, 3min. Saturday, 8 April, 2017 Location: Orange Walk Town.


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