David Jenkins, former Amandala photographer, passes at 83
Amandala was saddened to receive news this week of the passing of David Emmanuel Alexander Jenkins, Sr., 83, who worked for several years as the newspaper’s photographer.
Jenkins, Sr., passed away at home on Sunday, April 16, 2017, surrounded by his loved ones.
He died from kidney failure. His daughter, Vanessa, said that her dad opted not to go on dialysis, saying, “I lived like a man; I will die like a man.”
“Even in death, he taught us a lesson in bravery, character and staying true to himself,” she told us.
Jenkins is also remembered by friends as the electrical engineer who for a one-time fee unscrambled television signals for poor Belizeans when access was limited to “pay per view” basis. According to Manolo Romero and Hector Silva, Jenkins opened access to television when it was limited to the wealthy.
Dangriga sports stats
The place to be this Saturday night to witness the biggest game in the NEBL will be Dangriga Ecumenical Basketball Auditorium. After our home team won on the road in the last game played in San Pedro against the Tiger Sharks, Griga Dream Ballers will prove it to their home fans that they always save the best for last, like a game this Saturday night against the Orange Walk Running Rebels. One victory against the O.W. Running Rebels in Griga this Saturday night, and our home team, Griga Dream Ballers clinch the playoff. All Dangriga fans and surrounding villages are invited to this big match-up this Saturday night – Griga Dream Ballers vs Orange Walk Running Rebels.
NEBL “In the Paint”
There is a bundle of games scheduled to be played in Week 15 of the 2017 NEBL Championship, which, for all intents and purposes, will determine who goes fishing, or who will be invited to the big dance.
The (8-3) San Pedro Tiger Sharks and the (7-3) Belmopan Bandits have already clinched spots to the big dance, while tonight’s match-up between the (3-6)’s Orange Walk Running Rebels and defending champs Smart Hurricanes at the Orange Walk Multi-Purpose Center will more than likely take one of these teams off life-support system and gently put it to sleep. Whatever the outcome of tonight’s game, any one of these teams could be nominated for league’s biggest disappointment. You asked, why do we say this? Both rosters are blessed with some of Belize’s brightest talent; but for some unknown reason, none could muster any sort of consistency on a night-in night-out basis, both from an offensive and defensive perspective. The Running Rebels won the first meeting by the score of 86-84 on the road; however, the Hurricanes have shown a little life of late; but again, it may be just a case of … too little too late.
Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic 2017 finishers
According to an official release on Monday, April 17, 78 cyclists started in this year’s Holy Saturday Cross Country, and 41 completed the 140 mile journey, of which 38 finished within the official time limit, which is not more than 30 minutes after the first place finisher.
Here is the list of those 38 within the time limit: 1st place (GUA) Alejandro Padilla Miranda (Guatemalan National Team, 5:35:05); 2nd (USA) Patrick Raines (Ken’s Bike Shop, 5:53:26); 3rd (GUA) Alder Torres (Guatemalan National Team, 5:53:28); 4th Ron Vasquez (Smart/C-Ray Western Spirit, 5:55:08); 5th Brandon Cattouse (Smart/C-Ray Western Spirit, 5:58:42); 6th (USA) Bill Elliston (Elliston Coaching, 5:58:44); 7th Oscar Quiros, Jr. (Smart/C-Ray Western Spirit, 6:00:03);
The significance of the BNTU election
After the December 1984 general election defeat of the People’s United Party (PUP), Assad Shoman, the socialist Health Minister of the PUP during its 1979 to 1984 term of office, broke with the PUP and exited electoral politics. Said Musa, the PUP’s Education Minister during the aforementioned 1979 to 1984 PUP term, who had been Shoman’s loyal ally, began to move into a relationship with two neoliberal second-generation PUP leaders – Ralph Fonseca and Glenn Godfrey. But for more than a decade, Mr. Musa’s change in philosophy took place beneath the radar. When he became PUP Leader in 1996 and then Prime Minister in 1998, Mr. Musa was still enjoying credibility amongst social justice Belizeans. He finally began to lose such credibility in August of 2004.
From the Publisher
Until I was 7 years old, which I became in 1954, I grew up on the southern side of Church Street in Southside Belize City, three or four houses down from what used to be the center of cycling in those days – a bicycle shop one or two houses down from Albert Street, across from the Government Printers.
My late uncle was a total cycling aficionado. I grew up with him as my hero. Cycling combined elements of life which he loved – the outdoors, athletic competition, and gambling. A close friend of the four-time Crosscountry champion, Aston Gill, who is still alive in New York City, my uncle had ridden a couple Crosscountries himself in the late 1940s, his highest finish being fourth or fifth.
Sometime in 1954, I moved to West Canal Street, near Bolton Bridge and the junction with Regent Street West. Around 1955, my uncle went to study electrical technology in Puerto Rico, but I know that in the late 1950s and early 1960s, his cycling “road dog” was Duncan Vernon, who won two or three Crosscountries.
A lot of Caribbean people seem to be concerned about President Donald Trump being president of the most powerful country in the world, the United States of America (US). He is perceived as a racist and an anti-immigrant president. Millions of Caribbean nationals reside in the United States and the concerns are reasonable. I am not concerned about that because that was a decision that could only have been made by US citizens. I see a more serious threat; that is, an unstable US economy.
After the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference, the US dollar became the global reserve currency and it was reinforced in 1975, when OPEC decided that oil must be purchased in US dollars. Every Central Bank in the region has US dollars as their reserve currency. The US is the Caribbean’s number one trading partner and usually the biggest contributor to our tourism industry, so their economy directly affects us.
Dear Mr. Hector Zapata and my Garifuna people
The idea of forming a Garifuna nation existed centuries ago before our people were removed by the British from our original homeland, Yurumein, now known as Saint Vincent & The Grenadines in 1797.
It is not proper for a Garifuna individual or group to say that they founded the Garifuna nation. As an organization to mobilize our people into action, this new organization is being formed to facilitate this process and it will take time for our people to buy into this new concept.
In my opinion, there is no other way but this way and eventually it will prevail. Why? Because (1) We have not gotten over our unlawful removal from our homeland, “Yurumein”; (2) The atrocities and genocide committed against our people by the French, British and now in some of the countries where we currently live, warrant action to be brought against all of them; and (3) Many of us are now willing to seek justice on behalf of our people, because moving from one country to another has not made our lives any better. Nothing like your home!
Cross Country Classic
In the normal course statecraft is extremely complex as there are significant forces at play, seen and unseen, attempting to shape a country’s domestic as well as foreign policy. Belize’s diplomatic space is made even more complex because of the unfounded Guatemalan claim. There is no other country in the world that is being claimed in its entirety by a neighbouring state. Confronted with such a scenario we would be doing our country a great service by dissecting anything done by Guatemala or by Guatemalan nationals. Guatemala’s stated intent is to “recover” Belize and therefore we should strive to understand how each of their actions relates to such a stated intent. In the practice of statecraft things are seldom what they seem.
On toxic agricultural products
We are so very concerned about our children’s health, yet we readily feed them foods that we know are laden with poisonous pesticides. The big agro-chemical companies make toxic chemicals derived from petroleum and coal to kill weeds and bugs.
Petroleum and coal come from what has been dead for millions of years. We dig it up and burn it and what do we get? Death! And we make toxic agricultural products from them and what do we get? Death to wildlife, water, air, soil, food… increased cancers, birth defects, autoimmune diseases, etc.
We need to be proactive and tell the politicians and the corporations to either move over, or make the positive shift toward sanity when it comes to agriculture.
This is a moment in time in Belize when Labor is where the power is. I don’t mean merely that the unions (at least one) can be depended upon to successfully take on government on workers’ rights, economic issues, corruption or issues of good governance. I mean that this moment is bursting with potential for radical political change in Belize, an opportunity that was allowed to slip by in 2005 when the Belize National Teachers Union went on strike, joining other organizations in a campaign against the then PUP government. If there ever were a moment for clear, rational thinking, for not being satisfied with taking to the streets every time a wayward government needs to be put in check, for bringing an end to the UDP-PUP merry-go-round, this is it.
Holy Saturday Cross Country 2017
Why are we disappointed? As the 89th running of the Annual Holy Saturday Cross Country Classic got underway at 6:00 o’clock on Saturday morning, April 15, a total of 78 cyclists took to the start line. The numbers have decreased significantly from the year 2007, when we saw the largest field ever of 135 participants at the start line. Of the 78 cyclists, 63 were Belizeans and 15 foreigners – 7 Americans, 5 Mexicans and 3 Guatemalans (including the defending champion from Guatemala). These guys would attempt to make their way from Belize City to San Ignacio and back to Belize City via the George Price Highway, and the first person to cross the finish line would be crowned the new champion. For years, as far back as I’ve been involved in cycling, and even before my days, the Belizean public have been major cycling fans … or at least around Cross Country time. People get all excited coming onto the Easter holidays, and plan their vacation to begin after the Cross Country race. Even Belizeans living abroad are sure to tune in and keep up with the action on Holy Saturday. We hear all the cycling chatter, and get all the remarks of the disappointment if a Belizean shouldn’t win. Well, this is one of those years; the Belizean cycling fans are again devastated. They are heartbroken, in fact; not only that a foreigner won, but a Guatemalan.
POVERTY IS HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH
Hello everyone. Did you know that how much money you make determines the quality of health care you receive (if any), and how long you may live? Wealth inequality and the perception of wealth inequality are two different things. Thus, if you’re poor or low-to middle-income, poverty is hazardous to your health. Here are some hard stats: The top 1% wealthy in America makes 380 times in one hour more than what the average worker in a CEO’s company makes in a whole month (I’m not talking about the janitor, but the average worker in his company). That same 1% owns half (50%) of all of the country’s stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, and owns 40% of ALL of America’s wealth. On that same chart, the poor and the middle-income people have only 7% of the nation’s wealth between them, even though they make up 80% of the country’s population. The rest of the 20% of the population comprises the rich, the very rich, and that 1% wealthy we spoke about. Together, they control most of the country’s wealth (minus the paltry 7% distributed to the poor and middle income). Now, I’m using the U.S. as an example; however, global economists will tell you that the poverty lines and the distribution of wealth may be worse, not just in second and third world poverty-stricken countries, but even throughout many parts of Europe.
Cross Country 2017 commentary & analysis
There is, and can only be, one Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic. I say this because I hear many people saying, “Let’s have one with the foreigners and one without.” If you asked all the cyclists in Belize, I bet that almost 100% would vote for foreign participation. Any Belizean who won a Cross Country without the foreigners would be ridiculed, and would himself feel empty. Local riders want to compete and beat the foreigners. That Pandora’s Box has been opened and can’t be closed.
Now, let me give you some insight from someone who has been in this sport from 1980, and who is on the road training daily with the Belizeans. First of all, the foreign competition invited this year was sub-par to the riders we have invited in the past. Remember, only the Cycling Federation can invite FOREIGNERS, and they do a good job ensuring that the playing field is level by no longer inviting the TOP QUALITY RIDERS. These riders they invite SHOULD be beaten.
First depression for 2017 forms in Central Atlantic, ahead of season which calls for 11 to 12 named storms and 4 to 6 hurricanes
Meteorologists are today confirming that the very first Atlantic system for 2017 has formed as a subtropical system in the Central Atlantic, the first April system since 2003 – a span of 14 years.
Yesterday, researchers at the Colorado State University issued their April forecast, which calls for 11 named storms this year, 4 hurricanes and two major hurricanes—a slightly below average year, while the Weather Channel’s forecast is for a seasonal average of 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 2 major hurricanes. “We anticipate a below-average probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the United States coastline and in the Caribbean. As is the case with all hurricane seasons, coastal residents are reminded that it only takes one hurricane making landfall to make it an active season for them,” the CSU’s Philip J. Klotzbach and Michael M. Bell said in releasing their forecast.
Man stabbed to death
On Thursday evening the body of 42 year-old Carlos Pop Xol was found lying beside the Southern highway, about half a mile from the Jalacte village junction. It had several stab and cut wounds. The discovery was made by police at 5:30 p.m., on April […]
Guatemalan prisoner escapes
Benque Viejo police are reporting the escape of a prisoner from at around 2:40 p.m., on Wednesday April 19. The public is advised to be vigilant and on the lookout for 23 year-old, Guatemalan National, Henry Abel Calderon Garcia. Garcia is said to have absconded […]
Police woman charged for theft, caught on camera
A woman police constable attached to the San Ignacio police division has been placed on interdiction and charged with ‘theft’ after she was allegedly caught on camera stealing money from a Chinese business establishment. Ann Marie Anthony was charged with stealing four $50 notes from […]
San Pedro man charged for rape
A 36-year-old San Pedro man, Eldon Williams, has been charged with rape after he allegedly assaulted a sleeping 17 year-old girl early Sunday morning. The girl, accompanied by her mother, visited the San Pedro police station later that same morning. She told police that while […]
Highway bandit caught by cops
Belize City police have charged a San Ignacio man after he allegedly held up a Belize City taximan at knife point and carjacked him on Tuesday night. Police have confirmed that Shawn Rodriguez, 22, was charged for ‘robbery’ and ‘use of deadly means of harm’ […]
Guatemalan congress rejects proposal to include Belize on official map
Guatemala’s congress has voted against incorporating Belize to reflect as being a part of their territory on their official map, the Prensa Libre newspaper of Guatemala has reported. The newspaper article, posted online on Tuesday reports that the congress “rejected a resolution to […]
Ministry of Works upgrades/repairs major highways
Motorists using the various highways might encounter “go-slow” signage as they approach certain sections, cautioning them about repairs or loose gravel on the road. The caution signs are visible on highways across the country, as the Ministry of Works conducts major repairs and upgrades […]
Belize’s Ombudsman chairs Human Rights session in Panama
The Ombudsman of Belize, Lionel Arzu, recently chaired a successful session of the Central America Council of Human Rights Defenders and Ombudsmen in Panama City. The extraordinary session was hosted on April 6 and 7 2017, in order to formulate national and regional strategies to […]
GOB not taking budgeting seriously says NGOs
The Belize Network of Non-Governmental Organizations (BNN) is accusing the Government of Belize of making mockery of the national budget exercise through its $1 million honorarium to teachers that didn’t strike. The BNN joined the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) and the […]
Gold-panning: Big problem in Chiquibul
Gold-panning has become an incessant problem and the most impactful threat to the Chiquibul Forest Reserve, says the Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD). The organization’s conclusion comes after a series of arrests in the nature reserve, at riverbanks where the activity can […]
CitCo collecting tires to fight Monkey River beach erosion
The Belize City Council is collecting tires to assist residents in Monkey River Village with mitigating the ongoing beach erosion plaguing the community. City Councilor Phillip Willoughby, explained that the council is reaching out to tire shops, garages, bus owners, and the pubic at large […]
Interpol seeks six most wanted Belizeans
Six Belizeans were recently named among 257 Caribbean nationals on Interpol’s most wanted list. The majority of accused criminals on the list were from the Dominican Republic with 160, followed by Jamaica with 54, and the Bahamas, Suriname and Guyana with eight each. Haiti had […]
For the two years since his transfer to Belize City as the Officer in Charge of Eastern Division, Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams has worked tirelessly with the gangs and their leaders, to reduce street violence. It has been frustrating work. The last three months have been the bloodiest […]
Elena Smith is new BNTU President
Elena Smith is the new President of the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) following elections on Thursday afternoon, despite allegations that government tried to influence union voting against Smith. Smith won the election by a landslide on Thursday, April 20, beating out BNTU Corozal President, […]
Fake cops nabbed!
Two fake cops are in hot water after actual police officers noticed something unusual about the pair of impersonators, whose uniforms were oversized and untidy. One officer sported an unusual red belt. Precinct IV police noticed the pair looking suspicious near Public’s Supermarket on the […]
GOB denies reports of GST double standard
The Government of Belize (GOB) has denied a claim made by one of its General Sales Tax (GST) auditors that it is using different methods to manipulate the calculations for taxes on businesses. The release is in response to a leaked letter which bears the […]
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Rhymes with Bagel
ECI Development/Joel Nagel organized a spiel/promotion for an “Annual Global Access Asset Protection & Investment Conference” on September 18 ~ 24, 2016 in Vienna, Austria. Information on this conference was put out by Joel Nagel, who at the time was the Ambassador of Belize to Austria and is publicly available at http://info.ecidevelopment.com/eci-vienna-promo-april-2016-lp-2. According to ECI’s website, ECI is a real estate developer committed to building people-centered, vibrant communities in Latin America with North American quality infrastructure and services.
NGO calls on GOB to protect the reef
The Belize Coalition to Save our natural heritage issued a release today stating that on the seventh anniversary of one of the worse environmental disasters in history—British Petroleum’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico—the Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage restates its position that the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System must be meaningfully protected and safeguarded from the inherent dangers of offshore oil.
According to the Coalition, in December 2015, the Government of Belize announced its intention to ban offshore oil activity along the reef and within World Heritage Sites and within a one kilometre “buffer” area.
Youth Resilience and Inclusive Social Empowerment project to be launched
The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation will launch the Youth Resilience and Inclusive Social Empowerment (Youth RISE) Project on Wednesday, April 26, at Dellille Academy School in Dangriga Town at 9 a.m.
The Government of Belize has secured financing from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to expand the Youth and Community Transformation (YCT) Project to at-risk communities in Dangriga and San Ignacio/Santa Elena Towns.
Feel the Change campaign to be launched
The National Climate Change Office (NCCO), in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) will launch a climate change awareness campaign on Wednesday, April 26, at the Ramada Princess Hotel in Belize City at 9 a.m.
The campaign was developed based on the results of a Climate Change Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices survey conducted in several communities across Belize last year.
Readers are Leaders – Book Week 2017
Every year, in commemoration of World Book and Copyright Day on April 23rd, the Belize Book Industry Association (BBIA) organizes Book Week.
This year, the programme will commence at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, April 28 at the Punta Gorda Central Park and will continue at the Cayo Welcome Center in San Ignacio on April 29th from 9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.
The theme for this year is “READERS ARE LEADERS!”
“Return the painting,” artist tells Ms. Belize
Veteran painter Alex Sanker is calling on Ms. Belize, Rebecca Rath, to return the painting he did for her to give as the national gift at the 2017 Ms. Universe pageant.
Sanker explained that he was informed that Rath never gave the painting as she was supposed to, but rather gave a piece painted by Penn Cayetano. Sanker maintains that the piece has significance both to Belize and himself and should be returned since it was not used for its intended purpose.
Belizean cyclist seeks sponsorship for race in Europe
Belmopan cyclist, 27-year-old Tariq Aguilar-Cano was born and raised in the capital city and fell love with the sport of cycling at the age of 11.
Cano’s passion for the sport earned him the distinction of being one of the best junior All Around Cyclist of his time, winning his first race, King of the Hills Classic, at the age of 15 in a solo match. He then went on to win numerous races which gave him the opportunity to represent Belize in Guatemala, Cuba and the United States in an honorable fashion.
Cano was also featured on the 2013 Belize Apprentice TV show, which showcased his capability to work hard on various levels. Following his success, he was later employed at the Belize Bank as a marketing officer for credit card and sale.
2017 Hurricane Season off to early start
The Hurricane season normally kicks off on June 1 and ends in November. However, the 2017 Hurricane season is off to an early start.
Forty days before the official season begins, a tropical storm has formed in the North Central Atlantic Ocean. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite provided forecasters with a look at the storm, swirling far from land areas.
Tropical storm Arlene formed yesterday as Tropical Depression one and was strengthened into a tropical storm.
Mount Carmel Credit Union being liquidated, members in limbo
The Central Bank of Belize has not given any indication on what it will do about hundreds of customers affected by the liquidation of Mount Carmel Credit Union.
The CBB announced, at the start of April, that Mount Carmel, based in Bemque Viejo del Carmen, would be one of four credit unions liquidated under Section 69 of the Credit Unions Act, Chapter 314 of the Laws of Belize.
Trial Farm, San Pedro and San Jose get new pre-school buildings
The Government of Belize in collaboration with the European Union (EU) will inaugurate three pre-schools in the Orange Walk and Corozal Districts on Tuesday, 25th April, at 1:30 p.m on the compound of the Trial Farm Government Primary School, Trial Farm Village, Orange Walk District.
The three pre-schools were constructed with financing from the EU 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.
Guatemalan man stabbed to death in Jalacte
According to police reports, yesterday around 5:30 p.m., police responded to information of a person lying on the side of the road about half mile from the junction of Jalacte Village, Toledo.
Police went to the area and observed Carlos Pop Xol, 42, a Guatemalan businessman of San Fernando Cha’al Alta Verapaz, Guatemala lying motionless and apparently dead.
Take home that Belizean experience with a memorable souvenir!
You came to Belize for the vacation of a lifetime, looking forward to all the incredible fun to be had. You fall in love with its landscape, people, culture, food and then, before you know it, it’s over. How can you possibly extend your Belize experience back home? How can your vacation last a little longer? Well, by picking up some authentic Belizean made goods!
So what can you take? This question all depends on what you like. One of the most common “take-back-home” products made in Belize has to be a bottle of Marie Sharp’s pepper sauce – we Belizeans love our spice, and Marie Sharp has just the right kick. Chances are you saw (and sampled) it at pretty much every restaurant you ate at, and hopefully the spice-meter didn’t keep you from trying it! Grab a few bottles and share that taste of Belize with friends back home, and be sure to keep some for yourself! If you close your eyes, you could almost pretend you’re at your favourite restaurant in Belize again.
Trash on North Ambergris Caye – When Do We Say Enough Is Enough?
Until 2014/2015, almost everyone who traveled north – especially farther than a mile or two – went by boat. The road was in AWFUL…little more than a mud pit in parts…and most tourists and guests saw their resorts and rental homes for the first time when they arrived at the dock.
But now (and for the last 2 years), the point of entry – the front entrance to northern Ambergris Caye resorts is the road. What used to be out back…the “back yard”…”the bush” is now where new guests form their first impressions. Whether they are arriving in the resort van or in a golf cart rental of their own – the very first impressions of our gorgeous island are gained while driving on the road.
AND, I don’t know the nice way to say this so I will just say it: The road north looks like a giant garbage dump.
The garbage and litter up north is GETTING WORSE.
Here is a wildlife experience I had yesterday while in my golfcart. On the road. Just next to a gorgeous resort’s entrance. What a pretty ibis ;<
Kayak, Windsurf, and Participate in Water Sports in Belize
Islands and coves with sheltered bays and lagoons filled with crystal clear water are ideal for gentle water sports like sea kayaking and stand up paddling (a sport where participants stand upright on a device similar to a surfboard). The proximity of many islands to one another on the Belize Barrier Reef make sea kayaking a popular activity as participants can easily and safely “island hop” from one to the other or explore the shoreline of bigger destinations like Ambergris Caye.
Steady breezes on the Caribbean are ideal for more adventurous water sports including windsurfing and kite surfing, especially in and around Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, and off the coast of Punta Gorda in southern Belize. In other offshore locations, water skiing and riding jet skis are popular choices while canoeing and white water rafting can be enjoyed on inland waterways like the Mopan and Macal Rivers.
Wear lots of sunscreen, and be prepared to have the time of your life as you enjoy a bevy of fun and exciting water sports on the lagoons, bays, coves, rivers, and offshore islands of Belize.
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
Imagine Noah’s Ark after the flood, only thousands of creatures exit the ark rather than just two of each species. This 250,000 acre wonderland is also richly endowed with breathtaking waterfalls, mountains, nature trails and rivers, creating the perfect environment for species to thrive in harmony. As the only jaguar reserve on the planet, these cats keep company with hundreds of neo-tropical birds, other wildcats, deer, tapir, reptiles, insects, amphibians and all manner of other sanctuary inhabitants. You might not see all of them but you could spot their tracks on trails and river banks.
The dirt road from the Southern Highway extends for six miles isn’t paved, so if you drive, you’ll need a car capable of tackling rugged terrain. Use public transport if you can. Buses from Belize City and Dangriga Town get you to Punta Gorda Town and the Maya Village Center, then hike into the park. If you’re coming from a distance, grab a Maya Island Air or Tropic Air flight for the 20-minute trip to Dangriga. Taxis and tour companies are also viable options.
National Aquaculture Sector Overview
Aquaculture in Belize formally began in 1982 with the development of ten acres (4 ha) of experimental ponds by a private company, in the southern part of the Country. Since that time, the industry has developed rapidly and has become firmly established as a significant contributor to the Belizean economy in terms of foreign exchange earnings, income generation, employment, nutrition, and food security.
In Belize, the aquaculture industry is primarily based on the production of the whiteleg shrimp (Penaeus vannamei). Aquaculture in Belize has been expanding in volume and value more rapidly than capture fishery production, terrestrial livestock production and other agro-production activities. The growth performance of this aspect of the sector is reflected in the 160 percent annual increase in the production volume of farmed shrimp over the last decade. The export production and revenues have increased from 1.2 million pounds (545.4 tons) and Bz$ 10.4 million (US$ 5.2 million) respectively in 1995 to 16.86 million pounds (7 664 tons) and Bz$ 84.28 million (US$ 42.14 million) respectively in 2004.
The contribution of Fisheries, including aquaculture to GDP was five percent for 2003. Export earnings for aquatic products were Bz$ 107 million (US$ 53.5 million) in 2004. This was second only to Sugar Cane which earned Bz$ 114 million.
Human Rights in Belize – Rights of the Child
Recalling all its previous resolutions on the rights of the child, in particular its resolution 54/149 of 17 December 1999, in which it strongly supported the work of the open-ended inter-sessional working groups and urged them to finalize their work before the tenth anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on the Rights of the Child,(1)
Expressing its appreciation to the Commission on Human Rights for having finalized the texts of the two optional protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict and on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography,
Conscious of the tenth anniversaries, in the year 2000, of the World Summit for Children and the entry into force of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and of the symbolic and practical importance of the adoption of the two optional protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child before the special session of the General Assembly for the follow-up to the World Summit for Children, to be convened in 2001,
Gorgeous tropical islands, exotic nature, and ancient Maya cities await in this Central American paradise.
Blessed with beautiful biodiversity, Belize is a mecca for travelers who love to explore the great outdoors. Whether you prefer to marvel at the kaleidoscope of marine flora and fauna of the Belize Barrier Reef or explore the jungles and parks of the mainland in search of birds and wildlife, Belize has something for everyone. Add in a healthy dose of cultural diversity and a rich Maya heritage, and it's easy to see why Belize is rapidly becoming a top travel destination.
Perhaps the most iconic landscape in Belize is its vast Caribbean coastline. Home to beautiful sugar sand beaches, coral reefs, and picture postcard perfect islands, there's no doubt that Belize has much to offer. Top spots include snorkeling off the island of Ambergris Caye, spotting nurse sharks and stingrays at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, windsurfing at Caye Caulker, and diving more than 400 feet into the subterranean caverns of the Belize Blue Hole.
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.
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.
Georgia mother sues school district after son dies on a class trip in Belize: 'He was everything to me'
One mother from Georgia is taking legal action after her 14-year-old son died while on a class trip to Belize last year, and is warning other parents to "trust no one" when it comes to sending your children on international school trips.
Tomari Jackson, 14, was on a trip with his North Cobb High School Biology class last February in Belize when he died after drowning in a river during a chaperoned excursion.
More than a year after her son's death, Forbes received package in the mail that contained a video from a small camera her son had strapped to his head at the time that he died. The U.S. State Department had sent the package of Tomari's belongings to her after receiving it from Monkey Bay Sanctuary, where he was staying at in Belize.
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.
Video of Cobb teen drowning in Belize released on ‘GMA’
A video of a 14-year-old boy drowning within feet of fellow North Cobb High School students on a school trip in Belize was shown during a “Good “Morning America” segment Friday.
Tomari Jackson’s mother Adell Forbes — who is suing the school district along with the chaperones and the trip organizer — spoke about watching the February 2016 video.
“Now I’m able to fill in the gaps and see for myself what happened,” she told GMA, which did not show viewers the actual drowning.
Forbes’ attorneys showed a room of reporters the video a week ago but chose not to release it then, one of the reasons being that the mother wasn’t ready to see the footage on air.
After the program aired Friday, Forbes’ attorneys released to media a copy of the drowning video, which is shot from a camera strapped to her son’s head.
U.S. Troops Visit Children’s Home in Belize
Not even inclement weather was able to put a damper on the spirits of the children living at the Liberty Children’s Home here, as U.S. service members visited, to lend a helping hand, April 18. The soldiers’ visit is was part of the Beyond the Horizon 2017 task force.
Service members 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 Army 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.”
In Belize, local stewardship key to marine conservation
The reef was in plain sight, a majestic view with sandy white beaches surrounding cayes with magnificent frigate birds and booby birds flying overhead at Halfmoon Caye Natural Monument. I was eager to put on my diving gear and see the wonders of the 186-mile-long Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Colorful coral reefs, whale sharks, turtles, and hundreds of cubera snappers aggregating three days before full moon at the Gladden Spit Spawning Aggregation Site in Belize. It was May 2002, and I was participating along with a research team to collect data on Nassau Grouper abundance and distribution which would inform the declaration of eleven Nassau Grouper Spawning Aggregation Sites.
Our ocean is rich in biodiversity and is a crucial carbon sink. Coastal wetlands, mangroves and coral reefs support a diverse array of marine life. According to a recent economic study of the Belize Barrier Reef, the estimated services derived for tourism and livelihoods is US$559 million per year with a population of 380,010 people. A healthy reef ensures healthy people and a resilient country.
Two decades ago, fisherfolk were adamantly opposed to the designation of marine protected areas. However, the tide is shifting to a more inclusive and participatory co-management approach where communities are empowered to protect, conserve and utilize the seascape resources in a sustainable manner in partnership with regulatory government agencies (Forest and Fisheries Departments).
8 endangered sites to see now
(CNN)Florida manatees swim and sleep in the sunshine and golden-brown panthers prowl the shady forests at Everglades National Park.
A swampy wilderness of gnarled cypress stands and waving sawgrass just beyond Miami's suburbs, this 1.5 million-acre UNESCO World Heritage Site can seem timeless.
But rising sea levels have spiked the fresh groundwater beneath the Everglades with salt, and plants and wildlife must quickly adapt to new conditions to survive.
That's why the Everglades are among the eight World Heritage Sites in the Americas included in UNESCO's list of "World Heritage in Danger," an exclusive club of 55 destinations, dominated by war-torn countries and terrorist hotspots. Stretching nearly the entire length of Belize's Caribbean coast, this massive reef system is the largest in the Northern Hemisphere, a chain of coral and sand that's visible from the International Space Station.
From water level, a detailed world comes into focus. Hundreds of cayes lie just above the surface, a constellation of mangrove and sand islands with a coral foundation, and the undersea landscape is remarkably varied.
Belize It Honeymoon, 5.5min. Welcome to our 9 day honeymoon to Belize in 5 minutes. Enjoy. We sure did. :)
BELIZE 2017 Fun Diving, 12min. Nice scuba diving video.
Tamarind Juice day, 1min. We stop on the side to pick some tamarind and made tamarind juice! :) This was perfect for an extremely hot and humid day.
Belize 2017, 7.5min. Wilcoxon Honeymoon. April 9-15, 2017. Coco Plum Island Resort.
Labour Union Senator Elena Smith was elected by an overwhelming majority as the next National Presid, 10min.
NEBL: Running Rebels vs Hurricanes, 1hr25min.
Belize, 4min. Unbelizeable trip !!!!! 2017
Fraser Valley Adventist Academy Mission Trip 2017, 6min. Listen to the life-changing stories of the students of Fraser Valley Adventist Academy as they recall their Mission Trip to Belize.
BELIZE 2017, 2.5min. Well here's a glimpse into my spring break(: hope y'all like it!
Beach Profiling | University of Belize, 10min.