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Hyperbaric Chamber to provide tour guides with free EFR/CPR training
While tour guides have until July 31, 2017 to renew their license, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) requires them to have a valid copy of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First-aid certificate/card. Offering assistance in meeting that requirement is the Belize Hyberbaric Chamber, through free training opportunities in CPR and Emergency First Response (EFR). For the past 30 years, the Chamber has been the referral unit for all of Belize, and is part of the most successful outcome treatment record network worldwide. With certified trainers that can give CPR and EFR, the Chamber is more than willing to train tour guides two or three days out of the week. As the training is free, the tour guides only have to pay for their registration book.
According to Moreno, it is imperative that all tour guides get trained. “We are concerned with our marine tour guides. These guides, by the nature of their occupation, can encounter accidents in a remote location, which can be far away from surrounding infrastructure. It is vital for this destination, especially since we’re the number one island, to be trained in EFR and CPR. If they’re trained, we can have a safely cured patient instead of a fatality [which can] classify Belize as an unsafe country [to dive in],” said Moreno.
Albert Lawrence receives Officer of the Month award for May
On Wednesday, May 31st, Special Constable Albert Alexander Lawrence of the San Pedro Police Department (SPPD) received the Belize Police Department’s ‘Officer of the Month’ award for May. Lawrence accepted the award with gratitude, and expressed that this recognition has encouraged him to strive for more excellence with the SPPD. Officer in Charge of the Coastal Executive Unit, Superintendent Henry Jemmott, also stated that Lawrence is consistent and maintains a high level of respect, discipline, and is dedicated to his job.
"The Great Gatsby" Prom 2017
The community gathered at the San Pedro High School to watch 2017 graduates strut down the Red Carpet in their gorgeous dresses and fitted tux.
Congrats to Prom King Manuel Flores and Prom Queen Rosalinda Fuentes. Also congratulations to all winners:
Miss Daisy: Shannon Nunez,
Mr. Gatsby: Luis Mencia,
Best Couple: Josue Marin and Kathya Cuellar,
Best dress Couple: Lisandra Novelo and Michael Franco,
Best Dress: Aliny Ventura,
A night of Glitz, Glamour and tonz of fun! Congrats SPHS graduates!
Misc Belizean Sources
The Belmopan Bandits are the 2017 champions of the National Elite Basketball League, after defeating the San Pedro Tiger Sharks 75-67.
San Pedro Prom 2017
The 2017 San Pedro High School Graduates enjoyed a night to remember under the theme "The Great Gatsby". In the end the title of Prom King went to Manuel Flores, while Rosalinda Fuentez was crowned Prom Queen. Congrats SPHS graduates and best of luck in your new chapter of life!
Travellers Bartending Competition
Calling all Caye Caulker Bartenders! Do you have what it takes to be this year's Bartending Champion?! Interested persons can sign up with Shary.
Caye Caulker Miss Lobster Fest 2017
Introducing this year's Miss Lobster Fest Contestants.. Left to right, Aaliyah Elijio, Aleizy Durantes, Annabella Requena, Katleen Cutkelvin
Hair and Make Up - Purple Passion Beauty Studio Photography by Ernie Alpuche Special Thanks to Elena Carillo
Looking for female dancers for Ultimate Sapphire's Dance Company Carnival Band
Ultimate Sapphire Dance Company is pleased to announce that we are now recruiting male or female dancers for Ultimate Sapphire's Dance Company Carnival Band. We are looking for dancers of ages ranging from 16 years -24 years. A registration fee of $15 is required If interested feel free to message Priscilla Natasha Tillett
Zeidy Orozco's car believed found
Our Saturday was converted to search and rescue, as we joined the families of the two missing persons today. The charred remains of what is believed to be the car of Zeidy Orozco was found deep inside a recently plowed farm located off the main road between Patchakan and Yo Chen Villages in Corozal.
A search and rescue effort organized by members and friends of both families were conducted today without any results of the whereabouts or any information of the two missing persons.
The search party will reconvene its efforts of search and recovery in-front of the Patchakan Presbyterian Clinic tomorrow Sunday, June 4th at 7:30 a.m. The clinic is located on the main road to Patchakan (see picture of clinic)
Illegal gold panning
Is fast degrading the ecosystem in southern Chiquibul. Unless new aggressive, persistent interventions are made, our fear Is that the human illegal activity will cease until practically all the gold deposit is extracted out from the mountains.
Hopkins Mango Festival 2017
Travel to Hopkins Village for this two-day festival happening on June 3rd and 4th
Hopkins Mango Festival 2017
U.S. Embassy staff enjoyed the 4th Annual Hopkins Mango Fest! Congratulations to the Hopkins Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) and the Hopkins Village Council for hosting a great event!
Behind the Scenes in Belize: Summer 2017
Athleta - the huge sporting good company did a shoot in Belize - they were spotted at Tranquility Bay Resort and Ak'bol Yoga Retreat and Eco Resort. Here are some behind the scenes shots from their website- Belize may be a tiny country in Central America, but it’s home to the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. Located between Mexico and Guatemala, Belize is a world-class scuba diving destination, making it the perfect setting for our Summer 2017 photoshoot. Our team touchdown to white sandy beaches and got straight to work! We shot at some beautiful locations, including Ak’bol Yoga Studio, where you’re surrounded by crystal clear waters and can practice yoga right on the beach. A few of our incredible models shared what their experience was like in paradise.
THE "BELIZEAN FOCUS" NEWSPAPER!
Belizeans in Los Angeles, California will remember one of the first efforts of diaspora news in 1983 for the Los Angeles Belizean Community, the outstanding newspaper by the Los Angeles Muslims of Belize (LAMBS) called, "Belizean Focus".
The newspaper which was published by L.A.M.B.S. documented one of the most interesting phenomena that today has created what is called here at this documentary series, "The Belize Gang Crisis." As seen on this headline in a 1984 edition of the Belizean Focus the headline titled, "Belize / Third Greatest Drug Trafficking Country to the U.S." has become a wake up call for most Belizeans today in terms of the destabilization of a once peaceful Belizean society.
The legendary newspaper that ended publication in 1985 during the creation of the organization BREDAA that later brought Belizeans again in L.A. the popular radio show on KPFK Los Angeles called, "Belize-Caribbean Pulse", was the first in the Belizean diaspora to call the crisis for what it has become today in Belize.
Rochelle Chan doesn’t have much to say about Burgess’ allegations
The name of Assistant Superintendent Rochelle Chan, Officer Commanding the Hattieville Police Station , was called by Alvorine Burgess when she sat before the Senate Select Inquiry this past Wednesday. Burgess, who admits to having run a visa application business for money, identified Hon. Edmond Ca...
Rochelle Chan was connected to Danny Mason news in 2016
Now, if the name Rochelle Chan rings any bells outside of the Senate Hearings, it’s because he has been the subject of a news item before; one connected to William Danny Mason. Mason, the man found with the head of Pastor Llewelyn Lucas in his truck, had told the media back in August of last year, ...
Motorcyclist slams into parked cane trailer and dies
A motorcyclist slammed into a parked cane trailer and died. The fatal accident happened yesterday and the victim has been identified as 33-year-old Rigoberto Coba. According to police reports, Coba, a resident of Guinea Grass Village, was travelling on a motorcycle on the Corozal Cane Traffic Road ...
BPP calls for full investigation into Castro’s visa revocation
Yesterday we showed you how Prime Minister Barrow made light of Hon. Edmond Castro’s diplomatic visa revocation and said he believed his Minister that the reason he has not gone into the US Embassy is because he just has no interest to go to the states. PM Barrow also said he did not believe Senate...
Kendis Flowers charged with attempted murder of 2 cops
Kendis Flowers was charged with the attempted murder of two police officers. PC Rafael Flowers and PC Wayne Dawson were conducting a vehicle checkpoint on Sunday, May 28, around 4:30 that morning at the corner of Mayflower and Vernon Streets in Belize City. They reported that they saw an alterc...
Police Ballistic Examiner found guilty of abetment to pervert the course of justice
The Belize Police Department’s Ballistic Examiner, Orlando Vera, was found guilty of the offense of abetment to pervert the course of justice. Last Thursday, May 25, Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith heard the case of Vera and reserved her ruling for today. This morning, in a 7 page ruling, the mag...
Parents throw newborn into river
Police investigations continue in the south following an act of infanticide. A new born baby was found floating in the river in San Vicente located in the Toledo District. The shocking discovery was made on Sunday by a villager who just happened to be in the river after noon. The villager alerted th...
Another Corozal couple missing!
A frantic search is underway for a missing Corozal couple, after their vehicle was found burnt and abandoned in a cane field in Patchakan village on Thursday.
According to sources, Zeida Orosco, 32, of San Andres village, Corozal left her house at around 8:10 p.m, en-route to Matchies Pool Spot on 2nd Street North in Corozal Town, to drop off food for her boyfriend, Baltazar Lopez, 41.
Sources close to Orosco’s family have confirmed that they have not heard from or seen her since she left home that night.
Lopez’ family members say they have also not seen or heard from him since that night and all calls to his cellphone go unanswered.
Police special constable dies in RTA
A Police Special Constable of Guinea Grass is dead after he reportedly slammed into the back of a parked trailer in Orange Walk on Thursday night.
The incident happened sometime after 10:00 p.m., and claimed the life of Rigoberto Coba, 33.
The police account of the event is that Coba was driving his motorcycle from Orange Walk to Belize City when he slammed into a trailer, which was parked at the side the road near the Belcogen compound.
Coba reportedly died on the scene.
Breaking Belize News
Belizean graduates from St. Mary’s University
With great pride, we congratulate Mr. Nahim Emil Rancharan in achieving a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio Texas. While this was no easy task, Nahim has managed to attain this milestone at the age of 18. His formative years of […]
Mysterious disappearance of couple in Corozal
Troy Ferguson, 34, reported that at 8:10 p.m. on Thursday, his sister-in-law Zeida Orosco, 32, of San Andres Village, Corozal District left home in her green Chevy Prism car en route to Matchies Pool Spot located on 2nd Street North, Corozal Town. Orosco was to […]
Corozal couple missing; vehicle found burnt
Reports to BBN is that a couple from Corozal town is missing. The Corozal Daily is reporting that Neidy Orozco and her companion Baltzar Lopez have been missing since Thursday night around 8:00. The family is requesting assistance from the public to call the Corozal […]
DOE introduces new bill payment ID system
Developers and investors are advised that it is their legal obligation to contact the Department of the Environment (DOE) prior to commencement of any project/undertaking to initiate the environmental screening process in order to address possible environmental issues associated with their project. The DOE […]
Fatal traffic accident in Orange Walk
On Thursday night around 10:17, police visited the Corozal Cane Traffic Road beside Belcogen where cops saw an accident involving a motorcycle and a parked trailer in the area of BSI. Police investigations revealed that Rigoberto Coba, 33, of Guinea Grass village, Orange Walk, […]
Drunk driver slams into parked police truck
According to police reports, yesterday morning about 12:02 , a police officer attached to the San Ignacio Police Station parked a blue Ford F-150 pickup truck on King Street, San Ignacio in front of the San Ignacio Police Station. A brown Chevy Silverado pickup […]
Mayan Treasure Hunt in the 80’s
Today’s guest post by Kai Martin tells a great story of it was like to go look for Mayan treasure at the ruins near the southern tip of the island close to 31 years before it was designated as a world Heritage site. There were no plank walkways to help navigate the 1/4 mile swampy path into dryer grounds of Marco Gonzalez.
We lived in San Pedro during the time of “bigger circus than this done come to town and gone broke”. The 80’s. It seemed everybody you met under the big tree at Paradise was looking at Ambergris Caye with dollar signs in their eyes. A place to get rich quick, whether from drugs, land speculation, business opportunities, etc.
5th Annual Men at Work Exhibit held in Corozal
The National Institute of Culture of Corozal invited all the public to attend The 5th annual Men at Work exhibit that was held on Friday June 2, 2017 inside the Corozal House of Culture. The event commenced shortly after 7pm at the Corozal House of Culture. Locals and visitors from the USA came to witness, some for the first time to witness Corozal's Men at work Art exhibition. The "Men At Work" exhibit opened at the Corozal House of Culture on June 7, 2014. It featured several prominent male artisans of the Corozal District. Below are some examples about those men and soe displays of their work that were on display.
Diving in Belize: Stunning Spots Not To Skip
Belize might be one of the smallest countries in Central America, but it is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world. Even though there’s a lot to do on land, like dozens of Mayan Ruins, cave exploration, cultural exchange, and more; you must not miss exploring the underwater world just beyond Belize’s shores.
To help you explore the countless miles of reefs and their beautiful, colorful formations, here I’ll share with you five of the best diving spots along the Belize Barrier Reef.
7 Belize Barrier Reef Facts Every Scuba Diver Should Know About
With hundreds of islands and thousands of dive sites, it's no wonder that the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Belize Barrier Reef is a world-class scuba diving destination.
If you are coming to Belize for a fabulous scuba diving vacation, here are seven important facts you should know:
It's Really Big:
The Belize Barrier Reef is part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second-biggest barrier reef in the world after the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.
The Belize Barrier Reef forms approximately 35% of the total north-south length of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System but 80% of its total area.
Hospital Addition is a Win-win for U.S. Military and Belize
Two new structures have recently appeared at the Western Regional Hospital in the capital city of Belize, one of five locations to undergo a series of renovations and expansions as part of Beyond the Horizon 2017, a U.S. Army South training exercise in partnership with the Government of Belize.
The largest addition to the hospital, painted the same two-tone pink-and-coral, is an extension to the emergency room. The other structure, located at the back of the property, will house two new medical waste incinerators. Since the projects were ahead of schedule, the hospital’s administration approached the U.S. military about the possibility of an extra training opportunity, not part of the original plan.
First Ladies of Belize and Trinidad and Tobago support the Global Strategy for the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents
The wife of Belize’s Prime Minister Kim Simplis Barrow and the First Lady of Trinidad and Tobago, Reema Carmona, expressed support for the regionalization of the United Nations’ Secretary General Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health 2016-2030. The Global Strategy seeks to end the preventable deaths and achieve health and well-being of women, children and adolescents; and expand enabling environments for this population to thrive.
“This meeting is timely and necessary,” said Carmona during her participation in the consultation organized by the Regional Coordinating Mechanism for the adaptation of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health to the Latin American and Caribbean context. The Mechanism is composed of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), World Bank, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization (PAHO / WHO) and United Nations Secretariat for HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
Water Dogs: Heroes Unseen
Army Sgt. Abdiel Colon cocked his head to the distant sound of an approaching truck. “They’re here,” he said, alerting his team of soldiers.
As the truck came near, the back-up alarm blared through the dense jungle foliage in a remote corner of Price Barracks, Belize. All at once, the flatbed appeared on the dirt road into the clearing, carrying three large, empty bags, like deflated balloons.
Colon’s team flew into action, either running to greet the truck with a long blue fire hose, or checking the rattling generators that power a network of pumps. In a few short minutes, the three bags on the back of the truck swelled with 1,500 gallons of purified water—liquid gold, in the tropical heat of Belize.
Should We Be Eating Invasive Species?
As the effects of climate change become more apparent so too do the causes, the biggest of which being our eating habits. Industrialised agriculture and the production of meat produce more greenhouse gasses and carbon emissions than any other industry. So, with that in mind, is it time for us to change our diets? There are already two strategies for sustainable eating; vegetarianism and the more sustainable veganism, but there may be another option. Invasivorism.
Invasive Species are defined as non-native species, that when introduced are either; devastating to an ecosystem (by predating on, poisoning or competing with native organisms); are cause for economic harm; or are a detriment to human health.
Secret Mexican diary sheds light on Spanish Inquisition
A story of torture, betrayal and persecution is captivating Mexicans almost 500 years after it happened.
The dramatic life and death of the Carvajal family in 16th-Century Mexico is in the spotlight after a decades-long search for a national treasure came to an unexpected happy ending.
Luis de Carvajal "The Young" came to Mexico - then known as New Spain - with his large, well-to-do family during the early colonisation of the Americas.
His family governed part of northern Mexico and soon made enemies, including a power-hungry viceroy keen to topple him from power.
The ambitious viceroy discovered that Luis de Carvajal was a practising Jew, a crime punishable by death in the times of the Spanish Inquisition
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Belize YWAM, 3.5min.
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You Better Belize It, 5min. You better Belize it! 6 days in Belize full of Caves, Mayan Ruins, Snorkeling with Sharks and Stingrays, Kayaking, Drinking and Relaxing, and the bluest water in the world!
Mango Festival in Hopkins 2017, 13min.