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The San Pedro Sun

Lions presents new Board of Directors
The San Pedro Lions Club elected a new Board of Directors on Tuesday, May 2nd at the Lions Den. Re-elected to serve a second term is Lions President Nigel Belisle. The new Board of Directors include: Vice President - Melanie Paz, 2nd Vice President -Mel Spain, 3rd Vice President-Rigoberto Kumul, Secretary-Pamela Zetina, Treasurer-Abel Guerrero, Membership-Fatima Graniel, Lion Tamer-Mariella Reyes, and Tail Twister- Everette Anderson. 1st Director-Pedro Salazar, 2nd Director-Manuelita Marin, 3rd Director-Baldemar Graniel, and 4th Director-Francisco Verde. In addition, Angel Nu�ez, Marina Kay, and Pamela Zetina have remained the coordinators for the San Pedro Leos Club.

Senate Special Select Committee resumes its probe on immigration scandal
After a brief break, the Senate Special Select Committee resumed its investigation into the Auditor General's Special Audit report on Wednesday, April 26th. The Committee continued its inquiry into allegations of corruption at the Passport, Visa, and Nationality Departments between 2011 and 2013. During the interrogation last week, three persons sat in front of the committee to give their testimonials. The report from the Auditor General documented that in late 2012, eight visa stickers were removed from the Immigration Department at the Belize Western Border. The report states that the stickers were handed over to a supposed visa agent only known at the time as 'Mr. Middleton.' Later it was revealed that his full name is Barton Middleton.

Belize currency protected against counterfeiters
One way to avoid receiving fake currency not worth the paper it's printed on, is to "know your money". The Central Bank of Belize has incorporated new security features into the Belize's paper currency to protect Belizeans against counterfeits. To familiarize the Belizean public with the new features, Mr. Barnaby Dicks of De La Rue International Ltd, the British firm which prints the Belize currency, hosted several "Know Your Money" public presentations at the Central Bank in Belize City on Wednesday and Thursday, May 3-4. Dicks explained how the new features make it harder to counterfeit the Belizean monetary bills. Counterfeiters tend to target the higher denominations, because they represent a greater profit, each time a fake note is accepted as real. To make the Belize $100 bill even harder to fake, the toucan hologram on the bill now has an added feature, an intaglio overprint of a periwinkle flower. In the case of the $50 bill, the foil in the shape of an angel fish now has an intaglio overprint of the Kinich Ahua jade head.

SPHS students to attend international exchange program
Three students from San Pedro High School (SPHS) will be participating in an international exchange program from May 30th to June 6th in Los Angeles, California USA. Alexie Nu�ez, Camilla Vasquez, and Rashawn Gonzalez have been selected to travel to California where they will be performing a play at the Los Angeles Harbor College in the presence of other exchange students from other countries. The program is being facilitated by Our World Project which is being spearheaded by long-time visitors to the island, Larry and Debbie Heimgartner. They both visited the three students on Wednesday, May 3rd as they continue with their preparations for the trip. They are rehearsing weekly to master the skit they will be performing during their visit to Los Angeles.

Ambergris Today

Belize Hosts 12th Tourism Expo BETEX 2017
The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) in partnership with the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and other key Belize Tourism stakeholders are hosting the most anticipated international trade exhibition, the Belize Tourism Expo (BETEX) 2017. Activities started on Wednesday, May 3 and run until today May 5 at the SCA Multipurpose Center in Belize City. BETEX commenced on May 3rd with the welcome ceremony and dinner for the participants. The tradeshow began with a press visit on May 4th followed by prescheduled meetings, industry workshops and presentations throughout May 5th for all the registered participants. The international participants will depart on the post tours today, May 5th following the close of the official business days.

Misc Belizean Sources


Top USA Sailor visits Belize for Vacation and Training
Hanne Weaver, a 21 year-old rising star in U.S.A. womens' Olympic Class Laser Radial sailing returned to Belize in mid-April for the 2nd year in a row. Ranked number 3 among U.S.A. women last year, she entered - and of course won - the Belize Sailing Center's annual Easter Sunday regatta, for the 2nd year in a row. Every Sunday, Laser, Optimist, and Hobie catamaran races take place in the waters behind the reef off the beach at Caribbean Villas Hotel in San Pedro. The Sailing Center keeps its fleets there and organizes training, as well as the races, which are open to all. There is a move afoot to call the Easter races the Hanne Weaver Friendly Open Invitational Regatta.

The Placencia Breeze MAY 2017
Pg 3 Chocolate Festival Pg 5 Tour Guide Training / New Board Members / Lobsterfest Logo Contest Pg 7 From the Fire Hearth - Cashew Pg 9 Seine Bight News Pg 10 Whale Sharks Pg 11 Croc Corner Pg 13 Local Placencia Artisan / Rotary News / Rainforest Remedies Pg 15 & 18 Placencia BTIA Members Pg 16 & 17 Placencia Peninsula Map Pg 19 May is for Mangoes Pg 20/21 Placencia Peninsula Guide Pg 22 PHS News Pg 23 Sea Horse Dive Shop Blessing Pg 24 Fitness Information Pg 26 Community Corner Pg 27 Licensed Tour Operators in Placencia / Licensed Tour Guides in Placencia Pg 28 Thank You from Maz Carr Pg 29 Placencia Easter 2017 Pg 30 Placencia Peninsula Happenings Pg 31 Calender of EventsSee Less

Caye Caulker Mother's Day Dinner and Dance!
The Caye Caulker Village Council is cordially inviting all Caye Caulker mothers to an event held in their honor. Please sign up with Councilors Ms Vanina, Seleny or Elizabeth to confirm attendance. Registration Date closes on May 7th, 2017. PLEASE REGISTER YOUR NAME WITH US!!!

EXPORTBelize , Beltraide, kick starts "EXPORTBelize Week"!
EXPORT Belize, a unit of Beltraide , kick starts " EXPORTBelize Week" at the National Agriculture and Trade Show which was held on the 29th and 30th of April, 2017. Two of its clients were given the opportunity to showcase their products in an effort to increase local sales and to also build visibility and educate visitors on the services provided by EXPORTBelize. This show saw hundreds of visitors from all over the country and hosted a variety of producers, businesses, and organizations who gathered to promote the services and products they offer. Games, live entertainment, raffle, give-aways, to name a few, were all activities in which these parties had in order to direct traffic to their booths.

Two 10 minute power interruptions are scheduled for the entire Orange Walk and Corozal Districts from 7:00 a.m. to 7:10 a.m. and 2:50 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 7
These power interruptions are necessary for B.E.L to replace burnt transmission poles, caused by bush fires in the area.

San Pedro: Police to enforce the speeding laws, new speed bumps
Due to several recent accidents and the fact that some people, insist on driving with no respect for the laws and regulations of Belize with regards to speeding and driving in a reckless manner. We at the SPTD along with the SPTC and Police are going to enforce the speeding laws, which are, 10mph in a built up area and 15mph on other roads. We also will be targeting reckless drivers. To help drivers obey the law, we will be installing speed bumps at several locations including the Northern road and erecting speed limit signs across the island. All drivers are reminded that it is an offence to ignore posted speed limits and to avoid a speed bump; violators will be ticketed without exceptions. We all must work together to make our roads safe for all who use them. Thank you.

Ya'axch� Farmers' Expo 2017
The highly anticipated Ya'axch� Farmers' Expo is here once again! Join us on May 28th at Medina Bank community in southern Belize to learn about innovative farming practices, take part in the beach cruiser bicycle race, play in the football marathon, watch the mascot competition, and enjoy scrumptious food and refreshing drinks at the event.

Celebrate the Reef "Reef Week Hol Chan 2017
Come out and swim to the reef with us on Monday May 8th 2017 at 5:30 am starting at Amigos Del Mar dock. Swim free style or with snorkel gears whichever you prefer see you there!!!

Turtle Nest Monitoring of the beaches in Ambergris Caye
Beach/dock lighting, beach armoring (seawalls), vehicle traffic are threatening the nesting of sea turtles along the northern beaches of Ambergris Caye. Makes me wonder how many years we have left of the turtles returning to nest soon what little beach we still have for nesting will no longer be available or suitable. But our team continues to work hard and are determined to continue on with the project. We are hoping for another successful season in 2017!!!

Miss Estereo Amor Belize Auditions
Miss Estereo Amor Belize is having auditions in Punta Gorda for the Toledo District this coming Saturday at Roots Rock Reggae and in Dangriga for the Stann Creek District this coming Sunday at Pelican Beach Resort - Dangriga, Belize. Do you know anyone that has what it takes to be crowned the next Miss Estereo Amor Belize? The winner will win $5000 in cash and other fabulous prizes.

Jennifer Burrowes in San Pedro
And she's here! Jennifer Burrowes is ready to make all the mom's laugh! Thank you to Maya Island Air and Rasta Golf Cart Rentals!

Belize cyber security symposium raises awareness of region-wide problem
Large, well-funded and highly organized crime syndicates are behind many of the cybercrimes taking place in the Caribbean. And regional governments and security agencies are challenged to respond. "Today's cybercriminal is no longer just a computer geek looking to see what mischief he can create. Modern cybercriminals are increasingly being employed, trained and resourced by transnational crime syndicates," said Sean Fouch�, information and communications technology manager at CARICOM IMPACS, an agency responsible for regional crime and security. "Recent reports have revealed that cybercrime is now even more profitable than the global drug trade. Based on intelligence from the Regional Intelligence Fusion Centre, we are also seeing that cybercrime is now being coupled with the illicit drug trade and human trafficking. This is feeding into a much larger issue of transnational crime."

The Belize Trade and Investment Development Services (BELTRAIDE) was among the many exhibitors at Belize Chamber of Commerce's Chamber Day which was held on Friday, April 28th at the San Pedro High School in San Pedro. The Chamber Day was an educational fair promoting the role and services of the Chamber and other key organizations and bodies such as BELTRAIDE that contribute to making business happen; from the start of opening a business to the regular operations and the continued existence of the business. In addition, businesses showcased their services and products to further encourage emerging small business entrepreneurs in San Pedro.

BTB in Taiwan
A regional collaboration for tourism in Centro America at one of the largest tourism expos of Taipei, Taiwan.

Beyond the Horizon Cayo Clinics
The Beyond the Horizon medical clinic will be at Macal River Park from Monday, May 8th, to Tuesday, May 16th. They'll be providing services for vision, dental, pediatrics, and gynecology. "Free medical service being provided by the U.S Army from May 8th - 16th 2017 at the Macal Park in San Ignacio. Date for Benque Viejo and San Jose Succotz is Saturday May 13th 2017. Take advantage and share the information."

Los Avispones Huastecos, 7th International Festival of Culture
The Embassy of Mexico to Belize in collaboration with CACHE & Benque House of Culture has the pleasure to invite you to the musical performance of: LOS AVISPONES HUASTECOS at the 7th International Festival of Culture. Saturday, May 6th / Sunday May 7th 2017 at the Centennial Park-Benque Viejo del Carmen , Cayo, belize.

Countrywide "Hands Across the Sand"
Join Oceana and our Wavemakers as we host the third annual countrywide "Hands Across the Sand" in Belize on May 20th at 12 noon! Find your community's designated location on the flyer and come join hands as we stand in solidarity against offshore oil development in Belize's economically important marine environment!

Channel 7

Canadian John Deshaies, Charged For Theft, Denies Involvement In Double Murder
John Deshaies, he's the Canadian man in police custody who we've been telling you about since Wednesday. We can report his name now, because he's been remanded to prison on a theft charge. He also remains a murder suspect in the investigation into the double murder of Francesca Matus and Drew Devoursey. Matus was his landlord - and today we asked him what he knows about the murder. Here's Courtney Weatherburne's report on that and his arraignment for theft in Independence Village:... The piercing grief following the chilling murders of Francesca Matus and her boyfriend Drew Thomas De Voursey is reflected in these Facebook posts. Matus' family and friends in Canada have been posting their favorite memories of her and sharing warm messages on her page.

19 Year Old Killed In City, Gang Truce In Jeopardy?
So, while the double murder in Corozal is keeping investigators busy, there was a another gun murder in the city last night - the first involving a Southside teenager since the all city gangs met with police for a temporary cease fire over three weeks ago. 19 year-old Michael Bonilla was killed as he rode his bicycle on Elston Kerr street around 8:45. And while the cops don't believe his murder to be gang related, it makes no difference for the family now grieving his loss. Our news team went looking for answers, and Daniel Ortiz has that story: 19 year-old Michael Bonilla was shot here on Elston Kerr Street last night. Police believe that he was gunned down by an unknown gunman, who ambushed him while he was in transit on his bicycle. He never made it to his destination and he died on this street which runs behind Gwen Lizarraga High School.

Report: DPP Tells Police Charge Magistrate
Since last week Monday, we've been closely following the story of Magistrate Norman Rodriguez, who is being accused of rape. Well, since then, police have investigated his accuser's complaint, and sometime next week, it is expected that he will be criminally charged. He will become the first sitting magistrate in memory to face such a serious offense. The complainant is a woman who has admitted to the Amandala newspaper that they had a live-in relationship 5 years ago. That was before he went away to study law, and according to the complainant, on Tuesday, April 11th, he invited her to his magistrate's quarters in Dangriga, and forcibly had intercourse with her, against her will. We had been in close communication with Magistrate Rodriguez about the allegation, but we chose not to report on it at that time. That's because police were still investigating, and he insisted that this was a malicious complaint designed to ruin his reputation.

Coast Guard & SEA Save Hondurans Lost At Sea for A Month
The Coast Guard and the Southern Environmental Association (SEA) teamed up yesterday evening to rescue 4 Hondurans who were stranded at sea for almost an entire month. Tonight, they are at the Independence Polyclinic receiving treatment for severe dehydration. The men say they were drifting in their boat for 24 days after it got damaged. At this time, it is not known where exactly they drifted from, but they were found near Spider Caye, which is about a two hours by boat from the Placencia peninsula. The authorities might never have gotten to them in time if one of the men hadn't made the bold decision to swim across an entire channel before landing at Button Bay Caye. That's where they were able to contact the Coast Guard to rescue his mates still adrift at sea.

Carjacked And Abducted In Corozal, Man Frees Himself With Razor Blade
Our next story reads more like a movie script than a news story: 3 guys go and buy a car; the car salesman and friends then hold them at gunpoint, tie them up, stuff them into their own car, and tell them that they are going to be killed. One of the would be victims, then slips a razor blade out of his wallet, cuts his hands free, pulls off his mask, snatches his abductor's gun - and then pulls the trigger�.while his buddies open the trunk from inside and jump out at a speedbump. But it's not a movie; all this happened in real life according to Eder Hall and two of his friends who were held up, car jacked and abducted. Hall - who is from Corozal - explains that it all started when he and his two friends, Emil Rosado and Elizar Hall went to buy a vehicle in Ranchito on Wednesday afternoon. He took thirteen thousand dollars in cash to buy the vehicle, but before they could even start talking business, the salesman's two friends turned up with guns. Here's his narration:...

SJC Is Reclaiming The Caste War For Students
Ask any Belizean student what is the most important armed conflict in Belizean history, and they'll probably say The Battle of St. George's Caye. And while that was hardly a battle, SJC High School's History Department hopes to change that narrative with an entire curriculum it has designed to teach about the Caste War. The decades long war is the greatest story that's never been told in Belizean schools - and when the Caste War curriculum was launched today, head of the History Department Yasser Musa told us why it's so important:... Yasser Musa, History Dept. - SJC: "It is important for many reasons: 1) the entire north of our country was shaped by that war. Not just in terms of the people, which is very important. The Maya people. But important from boundary standpoint. That's when the boundary between Mexico and Belize had to be negotiated, because both the imperialist powers, the British on one side and the New Mexican state were in a panic - these Mayans are going in and out, let hurry sealed up the boundaries."

Detecting Dangerous Diseases Before They Become Deadly
For the past several months, officials from the Ministry of Health and related organizations have been taking part in both basic and intermediate level epidemiology training. The participants were taught how to detect, analyze and control the spread of diseases that may pose a threat to the public. We spoke to Elena Perez, a Surveillance Officer at the Ministry of Health about the training and the importance of being able to detect dangerous diseases before they become threats... Elena Perez - Surveillance Officer, Ministry of Health: "This is the completion of a, we have two cohorts graduating today. We have a cohort of the basic level and we have the intermediate level. For the basic cohort we're graduating 13 persons and for the intermediate we're graduating 5 persons. The basic level is a four month program, consisting of 80% in the fieldwork and 20% in the class. The focus of this program is out in the field, and the skills that are being thought in the classroom they have to apply in the field. The intermediate level is a 9 month program. Well it's 8 months of class and then they take 1 month to do the, what we call a plan survey which is what is presented today for example with the Zika prevalence."

Ministry Making Sure There's Not Another "Estrella" Event
Last week we told you about the case of 5 month old Ricardo Quintero, who died in early March of acute respiratory failure before he arrived at the Independence Polyclinic for treatment. After investigating the incident, Ministry of Health officials found that the child's death could have been caused by a bad prescription he was given at a private clinic in Independence Village. According to reports, the Quintero family took him to Estrella Clinic in Independence, but he was treated by an unlicensed nurse. The dosages on the two bottles of medicine the nurse allegedly prescribed to the family was mixed up, and the Ministry of Health has concluded that the side effects could have contributed to Quintero's death. Today, the Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero gave us an update on the case, and told us about what the Ministry is doing to ensure something like this never happens again...

Man Gets Off Murder Charge
21 year old Belmopan resident Norval Belisle was killed in September of 2012 when he was trying to break up a fight. Today, the man accused of his murder went home a free man. The judge, Justice Antoinette Moore found that because police were unable to conduct an ID Parade with Wilhelm Gillett. He refused to participate in an ID parade after he had been held for more than 48 hours. This is after eyewitnesses testified that they saw him stab Belisle with a broken pint in the neck.

Tucker To Jail For Street Fondling
Luis Tucker, an unemployed man charged with sexual assault, was sent to jail for 5 years today by the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith after he was found guilty of the charge. A 25 year old woman testified that she was walking on Mahogany Street when she saw Tucker coming from the opposite direction. He was heading straight for her, and she says she tried to avoid bumping into him. She says she even went to the side of a fence but nevertheless, Tucker brushed past and grabbed her private parts. She said she screamed and cursed Tucker, then she went to the police and reported it. Tucker testified and claimed that it was an accident. He said he accidentally brushed her leg. Chief Magistrate Smith did not believe his testimony and she found him guilty.

Making Leaders Into Winners
Leadercast is one of the world's largest leadership seminars, and, today, over two hundred Belizeans participated in it, sort of. The actual convention took place in Atlanta, but for the second year in a row, Chamberlain Consulting live streamed the seminar for Belizeans who are part of the movement. We spoke to Teresita Perez-Martinez from Chamberlain Consulting, about Leadercast and this year's famous cast of presenters... This year's event saw attendance by everyone from corporate heads to a thirteen year old student. The event also featured a fundraiser for Dara with Galen starting a donation drive and Scotia matching the amount followed by Atlantic bank to a total of almost $5,000.00.

Ya'axch� Uses Indigenous Materials For Fire Relief
Too often in the news, we report on families burnt out of their home - who often need assistance to rebuild their lives. That usually means plywood or lumber. But in rural Toledo, it can mean cohune leaves, sticks and other building materials from nature. That's what the Ya'axch�© Conservation Trust did for the Tzalam family in Golden Stream Village. The family of five got burnt out on Monday May 1st when their cohune-thatched kitchen caught on fire, and burnt down the entire home, plus an adjoining bungalow. Ya'axch� came to their rescue with indigenous materials from the Golden Stream Corridor Preserve. Here's more: The fifteen thousand acre Golden Stream Corridor Preserve was bought by Ya'axch� in 1998.

Stig, On The Hummingbird In HD
Back in the 90's - and even into the early two thousands, a music video used to be a really big thing. Very few artists could afford to get one made, and there were very few video production houses who had the equipment to make one. But now computers and DSLR cameras have changed all that, and music videos are as common as pack bread. Search youtube for Belizean music, and you'll see that pretty much every one who's ever made a song has a video, and many have a full catalogue. That's why Stig Da Artist is trying to take it to the next level, with his new videos which capture breath-taking scenery of Belize while also getting in all those familiar music video shots. He told us about the level he's trying to reach:..

Channel 5

Charged for Theft and a Person of Interest for Double Murder, John DeShaies Denies Both
News Five can confirm tonight that there's a team of F.B.I. agents in Belize investigating the double murders of one of their own, ex-U.S. marine thirty-six-year-old Drew Thomas DeVoursney and [...]

In Belize City, Dangriga Boy Killed on Elston Kerr Street
There was a murder in the Old Capital on Thursday night, leaving many to wonder whether the fragile ceasefire brokered among the various gangs has once again unraveled.� The victim [...]

Senior Citizen Convicted for Being Naughty with Young Girl
He said it was accidental, but the magistrate didn't believe him. As a result, fifty-five-year-old Louis Tucker will remain behind bars for five years. Tucker was convicted of sexual assault [...]

Stabbing Murder Accused Acquitted over ID Problems
Twenty-eight year old Wilhelm Gillette was today acquitted of the murder of twenty-one year old Norval Belisle, stabbed to death in the parking lot of La Cabana Club in the [...]

Police Make Arrests, But Kidnapping Victims in Corozal Still Wary
Corozal police have detained two of four men accused of robbery and kidnapping and are seeking two others. Twenty-three-year-old Jason Espinosa and forty-five-year-old Elio Lopez handed over a bag containing [...]

Ministry of Health Says Clinic that Treated Baby Ricardo Was 'Non-Functional'
The clinic which treated five-month-old Ricardo Quintero is shut down tonight, following an investigation by the Ministry of Health. Following the departure of the original owner a few months ago, [...]

What Killed Baby Ricardo? Health Officials Stumped
Doctor Manzanero told News Five that their investigation of Baby Ricardo's death overlapped with that of the investigation into the clinic, but to affix a particular cause of death and [...]

18 Graduates from 2-Level Training Course to Fight Epidemic Outbreaks
The study of epidemiology involves analysing statistical data to identify the causes of outbreaks, or epidemics, of diseases from AIDS to Zika, and using that analysis to isolate potential causes [...]

Teaching the Caste War at S.J.C.
Saint John's College launched an educational history program today that focuses on the Caste War. �The mix media project uses technology, creativity and the community to tell stories about a [...]

Belize Referee Makes CONCACAF History at Panama Tournament
Today, one of Belize's referee is getting the opportunity to officiate a CONCACAF match in Panama. Ricardo Daniel Ake, Belize's assistant referee, has been assigned to referee a match today [...]

The Sights and Sounds of Agric 2017
The National Agricultural and Trade Show, better known as Agric, got off over the weekend. The annual event provides a space for the productive sector to meet with its customers [...]


Belize Coast Guard Rescues Honduran Men Adrift for 24 Days
Personnel from the Belize Coast Guard who were stationed at Twin Caye and Glovers Reef were called out on a search and rescue mission yesterday morning in the southern waters of Belize. The Belize Coast Guard were alerted of three men who were adrift at sea after Dangriga Police had gotten information that someone had [�]

Garifuna Council Seeks to Educate Its People on Land Rights
The Father Ring Parish Hall in Punta Gorda will be the venue for a lecture on the CCJ's judgement in the Maya Leaders Alliance case that was brought against the Attorney General of Belize. The initiative is a collaboration between the National Garifuna Council and the Impact Justice Project. Sandra Miranda is the President of [�]

Burrell Boom Residents Say No to Boatyard
For months now the villagers of Burrell Boom in the Belize District have been up in arms after learning that a boat yard will be set up in their area. A letter was written to the Department of the Environment stating the displeasure of the residents. In that letter, the residents cited portions of a [�]

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Canadian-American lovers strangled to death
The gruesome double murder of a United States Marine Corps (USMC) veteran and his lover, a Canadian estate investor, which occurred on Belizean soil, has sent shock waves through the international community. American Drew DeVoursey, 36, and Canadian Francesca Matus, 52, were last seen alive on the night of April 25 at Scotty's Bar and Grill in Corozal Town. Colin McGowan, the owner of that establishment, confirmed to Amandala that the couple had visited his bar so that Matus could say goodbye to her friends. She was scheduled to return to her two children in Ontario on Wednesday, April 26. DeVoursey, her boyfriend of six months, was scheduled to return to Georgia on May 5.

Female corpse found inside burnt vehicle
At about 2:30 Tuesday morning, police made a horrendous discovery after putting out a fire that totally destroyed a KIA Sportage belonging to Pamela Lino, a teacher of the Belmopan Baptist School. Police found the charred corpse of a female person on the back seat. It is suspected that the remains belong to the well-liked Information Technology teacher of Belmopan Baptist High School, who, reports indicate, had been missing since Sunday, but no missing person report to police had been made for her before the remains were found on Tuesday. To date, 4 days later, her whereabouts remain unknown. The principal of Belmopan Baptist High School, Jerry Roberts, said that it was out of character for Pamela Lino to not be present for classes, because she was a committed teacher. She had not attended school on Tuesday and Wednesday despite the fact that police, and her friends and relatives, were trying to contact her.

Belizean stabbed to death in Chetumal
Saul Pech, a Belizean national from Yo Creek and popular drummer in his early twenties, who was enrolled at the Instituto Tecnol�gico de Chetumal (ITCH), was stabbed multiple times last night on the verandah outside his apartment in Chetumal. According to our sources, he was drinking with his cousin, Romario Pech, an anthropology student at Galen University, and another man when a heated argument ensued, and Pech was stabbed with a kitchen knife. Pech was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was certified dead. Our sources in Chetumal revealed that following the incident, his cousin was detained by Mexican authorities pending investigations.

Charge Magistrate Rodriguez with rape, says DPP to police
Yesterday, Amandala asked Senior Superintendent of Police Ralph Moody, the Southern Formation Regional Commander, for an update into the police's investigation of a report made by a 27-year-old woman that she was raped by Magistrate Norman Rodriguez when she visited him at his home on the morning of April 11. Superintendent Moody told Amandala that "something will happen this week." Today, Thursday, Superintendent Moody confirmed that the directive to arrest and charge Magistrate Rodriguez with rape was given by the Director of Public Prosecutions. We asked Moody if an All Points Bulletin (APB) will be issued for the magistrate, who is presently out of the country.

Banker charged with manslaughter by negligence and other traffic-related offences
The court "slammed the brakes" on the efforts of a young bank employee to learn to drive his late-model Mitsubishi Endeavor 2007 SUV, because he was involved in a road traffic accident that resulted in one fatality and injuries to several persons last Monday, May 1. Darrel Jackson, 23, and his attorney, Dickie Bradley, appeared in the # 8 Magistrate's Court, located on North Front Street, before Magistrate Stephanie Gillett, who read to Jackson, charges of manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct for the death of 7-month-old Esmay Ferguson, driving a motor vehicle without due care and attention and driving a motor vehicle in contravention of the Learner's Permit.

Next batter up - former Immigration Minister, Elvin Penner!
The Senate Select Committee continued its hearing into the Auditor General's Special Audit with a focus on Won Hong Kim, the South Korean criminal who received a Belizean nationality certificate and passport while in a Taiwanese prison. Several witnesses have told the committee that they saw a man, in a suit, at the Immigration Department, presumed to be Kim, present at the time of the application for his passport. However, the committee has not been inclined to believe that account because the records show that Kim never set foot in Belize. Instead, the committee has supported the Auditor General's view that a photo of Kim's photo was taken during the application.

NEBL "In the Paint"
George Williams, the NEBL's 2017 Most Valuable Player, had 20 points and 5 assists, on 4-of-8 shooting from the field, and the San Pedro Tiger Sharks made 11 3-pointers to beat the Cayo Western Ballaz, 82-78, last Saturday at home, to take a 1-0 lead in their semifinal matchup. Raul Roches added 19 pts 7 rebs 2 assts, while Doug Valley finished with 15 pts, hitting on 3-of-6 from downtown. The Tiger Sharks were more energetic at the outset, jumping out to a 26-17 lead, and at one point led by as many as 20 points in third-quarter play, 69-49. But the visitors rallied in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Sharks, 27-13, and pulling within one point to tie, 79-78, with 23 seconds remaining in regulation. But clutch free-throws, two by Ashton Edwards and one by George Williams late in the game, sealed the victory for the home-town Tiger Sharks, as they take game one of the three-game series.

Cricket Corner - Games getting hotter!
Hello to all cricket players, fans and supporters! Before getting into specifics of the games, I take this opportunity to congratulate our son, Emory Xamicha Young, on winning first place in the first Border Treaty Song Competition, held in P.G. over the weekend. He travelled all the way from Ontario (Cayo) to Punta Gorda to compete. My wife and the entire family are proud of his success. We say, "Well done, son!" Apart from a trophy, he was also given a cash award. The title of the song is, "Wi Border Define." Now, into cricket. Under the auspices of the Belize National Cricket Association thanks to the kind sponsorship of Bowen and Bowen, the Harrison Parks 2017 National Cricket Competition continued with a few games played that were very exciting.

Playoffs near in National Amateur Women's League
Only a couple weeks remain before playoffs, as Week 6 games were played over the weekend in the National Amateur Women's League 2017 football tournament. Two games were played on Saturday, April 29, and 1 on Sunday, April 30. On Saturday at the FFB Stadium, the capital city's Jewel Fury crushed Griga Smart Pumas, 10-1, behind goals from Iris Centeno (12', 36', 45' & 60'), Jayda Brown (49', 75' & 89'), Beatriz Alfaro (77'), Delmi Cornelio (85') and Ashley Rodriguez (90+'); while Pumas' lone goal was from a penalty by Ethel Martinez (889' PK). Meanwhile, at the Santa Elena Sporting Complex, the visiting Belize City FC came from behind to clip home standing Gentle Touch, 2-1, with a goal each from Cynthia Salazar (53') and Shanell Gentle (73'), after Vicky Ponce (35') had given Gentle Touch the first half lead.

Tepich and Tihosuco 1847
The alliance between the United Black Association for Development (UBAD) and the People's Action Committee (PAC) which was forged in October of 1969, was a failure. (The two organizations separated in January of 1970.) UBAD had begun publishing Amandala in August of 1969, while PAC was publishing Fire, so when the two organizations united to form the Revolitical Action Movement (RAM), they called their joint newspaper, Amandala with Fire. On December 8 of 1969, there was a general election held in Belize in which the ruling People's United Party (PUP) won 17 seats, while the Opposition National Independence Party(NIP)/People's Development Movement (PDM) won just one - the Albert seat was defended by NIP Leader, Hon. Philip Goldson. Dean Lindo had broken away from the NIP to establish the PDM in October of 1969, so that when Premier George Price announced a general election in early November, several months before that election was due, the NIP and the PDM formed a hasty coalition. The two Opposition parties, immediately after the general election, separated.

From The Publisher
At a certain point, most of us from the oppressed peoples in Third World countries realize that we have to make certain individual compromise decisions in order to do the best we can for our families. Some of us make such compromise decisions very early in life. We become focused on achieving for self; we ignore kind, we even disparage kind. Other of us fight the power, as it is said, for a while, because we seriously love our own people. We have the hope that we can make it individually without exploiting or harming our own people. But, as I said in the first sentence of this essay, most of us in oppressed societies end up realizing that we can't save others: we need to try to save self. In my personal mind, this is how I define oppression. It is a condition in which one has to sacrifice others, if only symbolically, in order to achieve for self. Let's look at an example of a brother or sister who reaches the boardrooms, where the big decisions are made by public and private companies. Such a brother or sister cannot develop a reputation for being too concerned about the consumers, or the people as such, because his or her financial and career welfare depend on professed, total loyalty to the company, and the maximum profits thereof.

In favor of vaccines
Dear Sir, George and Candy Gonzalez make all sorts of misleading statements in their letter last week (Fri 28th). It would take a very long time to address each point, but let me reply to a few. First, whilst acknowledging the fact that any medical intervention has risks, the science is clear: vaccines are safe and effective, and adverse side effects are rare. In fact, and more importantly, NOT vaccinating your child has more risk! Secondly, though there are more vaccinations than ever before, today's vaccines are far more efficient. Small children are actually exposed to fewer immunologic components overall than children in past decades. Thirdly, the type of mercury found in thimerosal, ethylmercury, differs from methylmercury, the type commonly found in fish and known to be harmful in large amounts. Ethylmercury, is broken down and excreted from the body much more quickly than methylmercury, and no scientific study has found a link between ethylmercury and autism or any other harmful effects. With respect to formaldehyde, research shows there is 50 to 70 times more formaldehyde present in an average newborn's body than in a single dose of vaccine. In brief, current science shows formaldehyde in vaccines to be harmless.

Hector Zapata replies to Wellington C. Ramos
Dear Editor, I would like to have an opportunity to have a published reply to this letter that bears my name - "Dear Mr. Hector Zapata and my Garifuna people," by Wellington C. Ramos. Professor Ramos, Yurumein was a nation of Garifuna people. There was no need to think of one when one already existed. That was conceptualized prior to the birth of Right Honorable Chief Chatoyer and his contemporaries like Duvalle, Walumugu, Toussaint, Nanton, and Jean Baptiste. The goal, then, was the maintenance of the existing autonomy and sovereignty. As a political scientist, I am shocked that you do not see this distinction between an idea and manifest reality. This struggle to maintain our homeland occurred as a response to European expansionism. Initially, the Spaniards, subsequently the French and the British. In particular, the 1763 Treaty of Paris gave the Europeans the "legal" authority to seek the imposition of their will.

Phenomenal woman - Althea Sealy
On a warm and humid September evening in 1976 as Belizeans lined Albert Street in downtown Belize City to watch the citizens' parade, the crowd excitement visibly grew and people surged forward to get a glimpse of the approaching marching band - the legendary Minorettes. But the main attraction was one of the band's lead dancers who evoked the image of an enchanting and beautiful Nubian goddess. Like a statuette made of gold and bronze she took command of her elements and danced with a poise and grace that was punctuated with bursts of creative synergy and improvisation that captivated her audience. Unbeknown to them, Belizeans were witnessing the rise of one of their own daughters, the phenomenal ballerina Althea Sealy. Althea Sealy's astonishing rise to becoming arguably Belize's greatest ballerina of the modern era is a journey permeated by a culture that was once organic, vibrant, innocent and bobbling with great possibilities. She, like her male contemporaries, grew up at a time when children had options to join a different kind of "gang". They had access to flourishing community based institutions that would build and shape character, self-confidence, discipline and enriched their collective imagination. Institutions such as the Girl Guides, Brownies, musical marching bands, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venture Scouts, Brigade Band, Sea Scouts, creative dance clubs, cadets and drama clubs. Even the Mechanic and Masonic Lodges in Belize had vibrant children and youth leagues. In addition, the Belizean sporting world was experiencing its renaissance.

Security guard remanded for Lords Bank murder of student
Timothy Thurton, a security guard and Ladyville resident, appeared in the Magistrate's Court this morning, but it was not until the afternoon session of the court that the man accused of Ladyville's third murder for the year was taken before a magistrate. Thurton, 28, appeared before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza, who read a single charge of murder to him, "for causing the unlawful death of Brandon Bradley, 17, on April 26, in Lords Bank, Ladyville, in the Belize Judicial District." The court cannot offer bail to persons charged with murder, and therefore, Thurton was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until his next court date on August 2.

US aircraft lost wheel on takeoff in Belize, makes "dramatic" landing in Florida
Two pilots and two passengers who departed Belize at about 1:05 p.m. local time on Friday, April 28, landed safely in Sarasota, Florida, after the plane lost its left main gear wheel on take-off in Belize. Nigel Carter, Chief Operations Officer at the Belize Civil Aviation Department, told Amandala that there were 4 US nationals, 3 males and 1 female, on the non-commercial flight, which could have been for leisure or business. Belizean authorities contacted relevant authorities in the US to inform them that the plane, which was out of Belize's airspace within 15 to 20 minutes, had lost a wheel. Carter said that the missing wheel was later found on the airport premises, off one of the sides of the runway. He told us that they will be working with the US in the event they wish to be provided with all the relevant information.

Senator Aldo Salazar "off track" in criticizing the media instead of fellow senator, Pastor Ashley Rocke
It is indeed a case of irony that on the same day that the world officially celebrated "World Press Freedom Day," the Belizean media would be the recipient of a tongue-lashing from the chairman of the Senate Select Committee, Senator Aldo Salazar. Today, Salazar turned his attention to the media even before the Senate inquiry into the scandals at the Immigration Department commenced. The source of his indignation was a photo gone viral off the laptop of Senator Pastor Ashley Rocke, which had an open screen of Facebook instead of a soft copy of the Auditor General's Special Audit, as was seen on the laptops of his colleagues.

3-year-old dies tragically in vehicle accident
Eulalio Babb, 33, has served as a traffic officer attached to the Orange Walk Town Council for the last three years. However, nothing could have prepared him for a fatal road traffic accident that occurred this morning in his jurisdiction while he was off duty. According to police reports, sometime around 8 a.m., Babb was driving his motorcycle on Liberty Avenue when a red Bowen and Bowen truck, driven by Irvin Leal, 24, made a left turn and collided with his motorcycle in front of 123 Supermarket. The collision flung Babb and his 3-year-old daughter, Lindsey Babb, from the motorcycle and onto the hot pavement.

The Reporter

Police investigate latest murder
Police have one person detained and are seeking another for questioning in connection with the shooting death of 19-year-old Michael Bonilla on Elston Kerr Street last night. Assistant Superintendent of Police, Alejandro Cowo, explained that police have not established a motive, but have ruled out [�]

Health officers certified in field epidemiology
The Ministry of Health (MOH) held a graduation ceremony today, for 19 of its staff that completed various levels of a special training course on field epidemiology. The Council of Ministers of Health of Central America (COMISCA) sponsored the training, which was geared towards equipping [�]

New members for California JP Association
Several persons were sworn in as Justices of the Peace for the California Chapter of the Belize Association of Justices of the Peace this past weekend. The association held the official ceremony, which began with a complementary breakfast,� on Saturday, April 29. Apart from getting […]

Penner – the next witness at Senate Inquiry
Former Minister of State for Immigration, Elvin Penner, is scheduled to be the next witness to testify before the Senate Special Select Committee. The Committee's public hearings into the Auditor General's Special Audit Report of the Immigration and Nationality Department continue on Wednesday May 10, […]

Free medical care for San Ignacio
The Beyond the Horizon 2017 project, a collaborative effort between the government of Belize and the United States Army, is hosting free medical clinics for two weeks in San Ignacio. The clinics will be held at the Macal River Park from May 8-16, where United […]

Rape charge for Magistrate
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Cheryl-Lynn Vidal, has directed the police to levy a charge of rape against a magistrate assigned to the south. The investigation against him started when the alleged victim made the report around mid-April.� The file was forwarded to the […]

Prime suspect in double murder to be charged with theft
The prime suspect in the double murder of Canadian real estate agent, Francesca Matus, 52, and her American boyfriend, Drew DeVoursney, 36, both residents of Corozal, will be charged on Friday but for another crime in the southern jurisdiction. The suspect, whose name will be […]

Infant girl crushed by Bowen & Bowen delivery truck
A 3-year-old baby girl died after being crushed by a Bowen and Bowen delivery truck early Tuesday morning in Orange Walk Town.   The accident occurred on Liberty Avenue, at 8:15 a.m. on May 2 and claimed the life of Lindsey Babb, who was on her […]

Two minors drown over weekend
Two young persons drowned over the Labour day weekend, within close proximity of the Agriculture Show Grounds where tens of thousands of people attended, including the two victims.   The drownings occurred on Sunday afternoon – the first of which claimed the life […]

Belize gets new equipment to detect weapons of mass destruction
The United States Embassy, in an effort to detect and identify radiological sources and combat the trans-shipment of weapons of mass destruction between countries, handed over a variety of equipment to the Customs and Police departments.   The handing over ceremony took place at the Customs […]

CEO Blanco lawyered up following 1 month suspension
The newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Corozal Free Zone has hired an attorney and fired back at Gregory Gibson, Chairman of the Corozal Free Zone, for placing him on a one month suspension.   Valentino Blanco, who was recently appointed to his CEO post […]

BTL getting upgrades, says new CEO
Belize Telemedia Limited's (BTL) new Chief Executive Officer, Rochus Schreiber, said this week that the company, under his leadership, will be making strides towards upgrading its infrastructure and improving customer access to the internet. Schreiber held a press conference on Wednesday, at the company's St. Thomas street […]

Caribbean’s Kick ‘Em Jenny volcano kicking up
The Caribbean’s underwater volcano named “Kick ‘Em Jenny” has had several eruptions since Saturday, prompting the University of the West Indies (UWI) Seismic Research Centre (SRC) to closely monitor it for any potential threat of a tsunami.   The Centre reported that the […]

The murder of a Canadian woman and an American man in Corozal� last week has the potential to severely damage Belize's tourism image. We are sure that the Police are doing their best to catch the killer, but they should not hesitate to ask for help if they need […]

Calm in Belize City streets shattered
The sense of calm that has eased upon Belize City for the past few weeks has been shattered following the latest murder on� the south side Thursday night. Shortly after 9:00 p.m on Thursday, a young man, identified as Michael Bonilla, was riding a bicycle […]

PM hinting early retirement?
Prime Minister Dean Barrow's address at the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry's Annual General Meeting has many speculating that he may be going into early retirement. "Since this will be my last opportunity to address your annual gathering, I close by saying how thankful […]

Missing Belmopan teacher feared dead
Concern is mounting for Pamela Lino as friends and family seek answers after her Kia Sportage was involved in a highspeed chase on the George Price Highway early Tuesday morning. The car� was later found burnt with a charred human body in the back seat, […]

Belizean kills cousin in Chetumal
A 19-year-old Yo Creek resident, Saul Pech, was stabbed to death, allegedly by his own cousin in Chetumal, Mexico during the early hours of Thursday morning, after the two reportedly got involved in a drunken brawl. Pech was reportedly socializing with a group of friends […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

PM Barrow hints early retirement
At the 97th Annual General Meeting of the Belize Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, April 27, Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow gave a speech much like his farewell speech. At the end of his address to the business community, Barrow stated that it is his last opportunity to address the AGM.

Car sale turned armed robbery
On Wednesday, May 3 a trio from Corozal reported to police that around 4:00 p.m., they were in Ranchito village doing a vehicle transaction when they were held up. Emil Javier Rosado, 23, of Ranchito Village; Eder Stevenson Hall, 26, of Ramirez Layout; and Eliazar Hall, 31, of Chan Chen told police that they were carrying out a business transaction with Jeffery Gongora of Ranchito when three armed men stole $13,000, jewelry valued at $3,100, a Galaxy S6 Edge phone and a Gucci wallet valued at $600.

MOH staff complete epidemiology training
Thirteen members of the Ministry of Health gathered at the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina today for a graduation ceremony from a field epidemiology training course sponsored by the the Council of Ministers of Health of Central America (COMISCA). The training was geared towards enhancing the capacity of the officers, to be able to manage public health crises, such as the outbreak of an existing disease.

Belize's BETEX Trade Show Continues
Hundreds of tourism industry professionals gathered at the St. Catherine Academy Auditorium today for day two of the Belize Tourism Expo (BETEX), the largest tourism gathering on the country's calendar. The bi-annual event serves as a platform for local tourism professionals such as hotel owners, and makers of cultural products, to meet with international buyers from various parts of the world including Europe, South America and the United States.


Awaken the Sleeping Giant
Resting on the ridges of the Maya Mountains in the Cayo District sleeps a giant. His facial profile and barrel chest are a portrait of his slumber, as he reigns over the vibrant green valleys below. As if cast under the spell of snoozing servitude, his domain and minions personify the tranquility of a dream, living in concert with the magical terrain.Within this Camelot rests the Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge. Nestled in an expanse of lush rainforest, the lodge appeals to travelers who want to be immersed in jungle surroundings while still enjoying the comforts of home. After hearing so much about this exceptional destination, we couldn't wait to experience this dreamy resort for ourselves. The lovely Amalia welcomes us to the open-air reception lounge, and after formalities, she leads us to their treetop restaurant where we are offered our choice of refreshing lemongrass iced tea or a cold Belikin beer.

My Summer Aspiration List: Slow Season Do's in Belize, Part One
Summer in Belize. The weather gets warmer, we start to have rain showers now and again (though mostly at night), tourism slows AND travel prices drop. It's also the time when people that live here generally have some time off to enjoy our island a bit more. Though that tends to come hand in hand with less disposable cash, I am starting to compile a list of things that I REALLY want to do this summer. Let's call it my Belize Summer Aspiration List. (The term "bucket list" is getting a bit played out - so 2011.) And so far, it goes a little something like this:

San Estevan Mayan Site, Belize
San Estevan was settled in the Preclassic Period and reached its greatest occupation levels in the Late Classic Period. Between the 1960s and the mid-1990s, much of San Estevan was mapped by archaeologists exploring the last incarnation of San Estevan as a Late Classic Period site. However, the focus of archaeological research on San Estavan abruptly changed in the late 1990s when bulldozers mining for limestone destroyed most of the Late Classic Period structures at San Estevan.The San Estevan archaeological site is located in northern Belize 1 km from the modern community of San Estevan, Belize. The site is a Maya civilization site occupied during the Formative (800 BC - AD 300) and Classic (AD 300 - 900) eras of Mesoamerican chronology. San Estevan is located on the New River half way between the sites of Cerros and Lamanai. Beginning in the Late Formative period (300 BC - AD 300), San Estevan was a regional political center.

How to get to San Pedro Ambergris Caye, Belize: Why San Pedro Ambergris Caye is famous to visit
With a population of 12 400 people, "La Isla Bonita" is a destination whose main economic activities are tourism and fishing. The official language of Belize is English but, being mostly inhabited by mestizos, Spanish is also spoken. The tourist activity is concentrated in 1.5 km of beach and in parallel has 4 streets of sand and unpaved. The houses are wood and zinc very Caribbean style and the main means of transport are golf carts, bicycles and scooters. If you are planning to visit the island we recommend you to bring comfortable and fresh clothes (such as sandals, bathing suit, shorts and cotton t-shirts). San Pedro Island offers a wide variety of restaurants, souvenir shops, low-rise hotels and tours of the famous Blue Hole. How to get By sea: The only way to get to the island of San Pedro, Belize is by sea. In Chetumal, they can go to the esplanade of the flag and a few meters of distance pasted to the edge of the bay is the fiscal wharf, from which they can contract transport service to that island. Every day there is an exit at 3 pm with return the next day at 8 am. The price per person is $ 1540.00 MXN (round trip) and only valid passport is required to pass to the neighboring country.

5 Awesome Photos of Altun Ha
Have you ever been to the Mayan Temples of Altun Ha? Located just 31 miles north of Belize City, this site was once a wealthy ceremonial center and includes at least 500 visible structures or mounds. At its peak, the population of Altun Ha and surrounding areas ranged between 8,000 - 10,000 inhabitants, with around 3,000 living in the central core of the city. The most imposing building at Altun Ha is Structure A-4 - the Temple of the Masonry Altars, rising some 54 feet about the plaza floor. The exploration of the interior of this structure, yielded one of the most remarkable finds at any Maya Site in the country - a 6 inch high, ten pound, solid jade carving of the head of the Maya Sun God "Kinich Ahau." Here are 5 awesome photos of Altun Ha snapped over the weekend and as you can tell, it was a great time to capture this amazing site:

Top 5 Places for the Perfect Belize Honeymoon
After all the hard work and planning for your wedding, you deserve a luxurious honeymoon in paradise. Belize is a wonderland country of gorgeous tropical islands, pristine rain forests, exotic wildlife, and an abundance of adventure opportunities ideal for a truly unforgettable honeymoon. Below are the top 5 places for the perfect Belize honeymoon:

The Belize Zoo
In accordance to its beliefs about protecting the animals and the environment, Belize has one of the most unique zoos on the planet. This beautiful zoo is located on 29 acres of pristine tropical savannah that has been left in its natural condition to enhance animal life. The Belize Zoo contains 150 different animals. What is so unique about these animals is that they are all from Belize or Central America. All of the animals in the zoo lived in this area, were born or hatched in the zoo, or were injured in the wild and brought to the zoo for rehabilitation. There are not any animals in the zoo that are not native to this area, something that no other zoo can claim. Animals that are injured and brought to the zoo are rehabilitated and released into the wild as soon as possible. Those whose injuries are too severe for them to be self-sufficient in the wild are given a home at the zoo permanently. What is also so significant about this zoo is that the animals are not in cages or displays. These animals are left to live and interact with the other native animals in the zoo as if they were living in the wild. This creates a true "animal experience" for visitors and keeps the animals much happier and healthier.

International Sourcesizz

Venezuela to 'Vexit' the OAS, but where does CARICOM stand?
By Earl Bousquet. The wider Caribbean finds itself slap dash in the middle of an unfolding situation that's already tearing apart the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and possibly the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), even as it unfolds. The English-speaking part of the region is being separated over Venezuela and CARICOM states are more deeply divided than ever over ties with Caracas, which has over the last 19 years built stronger ties with the entire Caribbean, but is now a prime target for externally-backed regime change. Almost all CARICOM member states also belong to the PetroCaribe and the ALBA groupings and all have benefited in various ways from their membership. All six OECS member-states belong to both entities and recently reaffirmed their support for the regional integration objectives carved out in their aims and objective.

Suspect accused of killing Canadian woman and her American boyfriend in Belize was victim's 'best friend,' pal says
The fellow Canadian man in custody for the double murder of Francesca Matus and her American boyfriend was her "best friend," a pal of the suspected killer claims. Authorities in Belize have named 54-year-old John Deshaies as the prime suspect after Matus and boyfriend Drew DeVoursney, a former Marine from Georgia, were found dead Monday in the Central American country. However, a friend of Deshaies said police have the wrong man in custody and the Canadian construction company owner would never harm Matus.


  • Desde mi querido Belize para los Estados Unidos, 8min. From my beloved Belize to the United States

  • The Zenaida Moya Show, Episode 16, April 26th 2017 Featuring BTIA President & Executive Director, 60min.


  • Guacamole Recipe, 8.5min.

  • Grace & You - St Vincent & the Grenadines, 16min.

  • The Mexican Embassy - Cinco De Mayo History, 19min.

  • Los Avispones Hustecos, 20min.

  • Belize NOW Episode 17, 32min. Belizean Journalist and Poet Talks Working in the Caribbean, Directorate of Foreign Trade Encourages Belizeans to Apply for CARICOM Skills Certificate and CARICOM Institutions Talk About Their Work in the Region. These stories and more on this week's edition of Belize Now. Thanks for joining us on this Friday, May 5th, 2017

  • Belize 2017, 7min. The result of spinning a globe and drunk decisions on valentines.

  • Kayaking off the coast of Ambergris Island near northern Belize, 4min. Bobby Liang kayaking. Raz phou filming with DJI Mavic drone. accompanied song is Christopher Cross' "sailing". just substitute the word "kayaking" for "sailing"! Strong winds inland made it difficult to get far off the coast.

  • Belize 2016, 7min.

  • Climbing a Pyramid In Belize, 5min. This was a great experience to climb up to the top of this pyramid. The views were simply fantastic at the top.

  • Using a Handcranked Ferry in Belize, 2.5min. You know the road is an interesting one when you have to use a handcranked ferry.

  • First-ever performance of Disney's High School Musical Jr. at The George Price Centre, 1/2min. Yesterday, students from the Belmopan Comprehensive High School Drama Club under the guidance of teachers and representatives from PathLight International organized and carried out the first-ever performance of Disney's High School Musical Jr. at The George Price Centre for Peace and Development in Belmopan! PathLight International has been organizing this activity as part of a project funded by a U.S. Embassy CARSI Economic Support Fund grant. The project focuses on innovative training for secondary school teachers and providing after school and alternative activities to keep youth engaged. If you didn't catch the first performance, you're still in luck, as the second (and final) performance is scheduled for Tuesday, May 9th at 6:30 p.m. - once again at the George Price Center. Check out the video for a sneak preview. You really shouldn't miss it!

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