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#524639 - 07/20/17 06:14 AM Today's Belize News: July 20, 2017  
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The San Pedro Sun

Police Report
Kept Prohibited Firearm: On Tuesday, July 18th, San Pedro police conducted a search at a house located in the San Mateo area. The search led to the discovery of a .45 caliber pistol, Colt brand, seven .45 live rounds and magazine under a mattress in the bedroom. Present at the time of the search was 42-year-old Maria Elena Paguada, 18-year-old Tony Montana McDonald, and two minors of San Mateo.
Drug Trafficking: On Monday, July 17th, Belize City Police conducted a search on 29-year-old Corazon Artulio Cortez, construction worker of San Pedro Town. The search resulted in the discovery of 339.2 grams of cannabis. Police have since arrested and charged Cortez for the offence of “Drug Trafficking”.

Belizean Children will Participate in CODICADER Under 15 Games
The National Sports Council would like to inform the public that Belize will be participating in the upcoming CODICADER Under 15 Games scheduled to be held in Honduras from August 20-26, 2017. The President of CODICADER Licenciado Gerardo A. Fajardo Fernandez today sent an official invitation to Belize to participate in these upcoming games. Belize had contacted the CODICADER President to request consideration for Belizean children to continue to participate in the CODICADER Games, even though Belize is unable to host the Disability Games (ages 16 to 19) previously slated for October 2017.

Lighthouse Christian Radio celebrates its 13th Anniversary
With the slogan, “Shining the Light on Darkness”, Lighthouse Christian Radio 101.3FM has been providing a variety of Christian-based programming and music for 24 hours, seven days a week. On Sunday, July 16th, the radio station celebrated its 13th Anniversary. Pastor Clive Welsh spearheads the station, and is optimistic that his ministry will continue to positively influence the community of San Pedro, Caye Caulker, and across parts of Belize. Lighthouse Christian Radio is a non-commercial station that currently hosts half-hour teaching programs, and a variety of Christian music, including contemporary, praise and worship, Reggae, Spanish and Caribbean. They also provide daily local, national, international, and Central American news broadcasts, while occasionally airing two segments, ‘Daily Devotional Thought’ and ‘Who’s Who?’. In an effort to accommodate the majority of Lighthouse Christian Radio listeners, a Spanish broadcast of teaching programs and music is played daily in the evenings and early mornings.

Island Pool Supply donates buckets to DFC Eco Rangers
Months after the ‘Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Eco Rangers’ youth group was formed, sponsorship has allowed them to continue their mission to keep La Isla Bonita clean by beautifying, gardening, and cleaning their residential area in DFC. On Thursday, July 14th, Island Pool Supply handed over 40 buckets to the group to use as trash bins. DFC Eco Rangers remains active in advocating to keep the island garbage-free, and currently participates in several clean-up activities, such as picking up trash, placing trash bins for public use, planting trees/flowers, and educating people on which plants are good to plant in their yard. They also sell plants in an effort to beautify the island and raise money to support their efforts.

Ambergris Today

Happy Kids At Camp Starfish For Children With Disabilities
The fun has commenced as Ambergris Caye Camp Starfish is back for another exciting annual summer program. Activities started since Monday, July 17, 2017 at the San Pedro Lions Den. This program was created for children with disabilities to interact with one another, learn the alphabet, to read, play games and have fun. This year a special education teacher, physical therapist, speech and language therapist and Projects Abroad Volunteers join the original SPHS buddies who annually help with these children!

Travel Advisory For Air Travelers To The USA
Air Travelers departing the Phillip S.W. International Airport en route to destinations in the United States of America are advised that effective Wednesday, July 19, 2017, in compliance with US security requirements, additional security measures will be implemented on outbound passengers flying from Belize to the U.S.

Belize Diabetes Association Of New York Made Annual Foot Care Mission To Belize
The Belize Diabetes Association of New York (BDANY) made its annual Foot Care Mission to Belize from July 3rd to 9th, 2017. This year’s mission brought 14 volunteers of which seven were members of the BDANY and seven were medical personnel comprising of a surgeon and registered nurses, with emphasis in foot care, and a diabetic educator. The mission provided screening and treatment to over 300 people in Belize City and Dangriga and educated over 50 nurses and doctors. Dr. Steven Wells, Chief Executive Officer of the Diabetic Foot Center Group, was even able to save a young man from losing a limb.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Sagebrush Church Summer Event
A fun evening of bible stories, worship, games, challenges, snacks and good company. Friday, July 21, 5:30 - 8:30pm, Paradise Theater.

Rendering Design and Bill of Quantities Quote for the Caye Caulker Craft Market
The Belize Tourism Board, in an effort to enhance the Belize experience in the Palapa Garden, is seeking to place a bid for the submission of design and Bill of Quantities of a Craft Market in Palapa Garden in Caye Caulker Village. Below are detailed minimum requirements to be considered for the development of the design. Craft Market minimum requirements: Developer most conduct a walk-through of the Palapa Garden area and take necessary measurements and note available space Design should accommodate a minimum of 20 artisans Design should take into consideration limited space available o Suggestions: Five booths each divided into four stalls - Submit by July 20°, 2017 to: BTBbidsPbelizetourismboard.org.

Projects Abroad Belize is Hiring!
Projects Abroad Belize is on the search for a motivated Public Health Coordinator. If you want to work within communities to improve their health status, apply today. Feel free to message me with any questions and please share!!!!!

Government of Belize Providing Safe Water To over 1,000 villagers of Pueblo Viejo & Conejo Creek, Toledo District
The Government of Belize, in its continued commitment to address the basic needs of Belizeans in the areas of water, sanitation and health, is ensuring that the men, women and children of Pueblo Viejo and Conejo Creek have access to the supply of safe water to meet their daily needs such as cooking, drinking, bathing and washing. The new solar energy water systems will be officially inaugurated by Minister of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce, Hon Erwin Contreras; and Minister of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development, Hon Hugo Patt at 10:00 am at the pump-house in Pueblo Viejo and 2:00 pm at the pump-house in Conejo Creek on Thursday July 20, 2017. Equally important, the solar energy water systems will also contribute significantly in the reduction in the vulnerability of men, women and children to incidences of water-borne, food borne, vector borne and communicable diseases, improving the quality of life of villagers in over 150 households.

Missing Person
Please be on the lookout for 15 year old Delcy Chi who was reported missing on the 12.7.17 Delcy is about 4 feet tall. If seen, kindly call 911 or the Orange Walk Police Station at 322-2022.

Belizean Athletes Going for Gold at the Commonwealth Youth Games 2017
The Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) is an international multi-sport event organized by the Commonwealth Games Federation. The games are held every four years with the current Commonwealth Games format. The first version was held in Edinburgh, Scotland from August 10th to 14th, 2000. Representing Belize is Joshire Stanley in track and field, Hilary Gladden and Adrian Marshalleck in tennis, and Nashen Ysaguirre and Gian Lino in cycling. This year's games are being held in Nassau Bahamas. We join the nation in wishing them the best of luck.

What's It Worth?
Coming to Orange Walk this Saturday, July 22nd......bring your old photos, treasured antiques, and stories to the Banquitas House of Culture. The images and stories you contribute will be told in the upcoming book titled "A Walk Through Orange Walk". This is an initiative of the Institute for Social and Cultural Research (NICH), in partnership with Museum of Belize, Banquitas House of Culture, and The National Heritage Library.

Reproduction Art class
Level 1 of our 'Reproduction Art class' is complete, here are a few photos from our wrap up session highlighting artwork from some promising 'Mini-Belizean artists'!

Seedlings for sale at Ya'axché Conservation Trust
Seedlings are available for sale at our nursery. Through July, fruit and timber seedlings are going for BZ$2.00 per plant except for Criollo Cacao which is at BZ$20!

LARION LEWIS AKA "LARRY SHAFT"---SINGER & PLAYER OF INSTRUMENTS!
Larry Lewis aka Larry Sfaft was so talented as a young boy that the old man, Mr. McGregor, who was the heart and soul of the Harmonnets Band and music operation began to groom Larry to sing with the Harmonnetts. As a young teenager, Larry later sang for the Colville Young, "Messengers", who sold his band to Santino Castillo. As a singer for "Santinos Messengers" Larry Shaft sang for the biggest crowds at that time in the variety shows at the, "Palace Theater", until it was closed down. Larry also performed with "Bamiki Bandula", "Dub Masters", the "Mystic Rhythm Section". Like Glenn Tillett and many others who knew Larry and that he really came to public attention and acclaim when KREM began to give him some props after he performed at "KREMEXCEL", a concert organized and produced for KREM Radio in February 1992 by Glenn Tillett.

BELIZEAN ATHLETIC QUEENS & KINGS TRIUMPHED AT CENTRAL AMERICAN ATHLETIC MEET IN HONDURAS!
It appears that Belizean athletics has done better abroad historically today that it has done at home since the 1970s explosion of Belizean athletics at MCC Grounds in Belize of the 60s and 70s Track & Field explosion. Though Belize had produced so many outstanding home bred track athletes since the 1950s like Colin Thurton, Sonny Meighan, Sir Henry (The Fly), Harrison Pilgrim, Dorla Flowers, Philip Andrewin, the late Michael Hyde, Ernest Morris, Jude Lizama, Maurice Jones, Ernest Clare, and others too many to mention, Belizean track and field records has not shown any glorious pass where Belizean athletics had excelled both in Central America and the Caribbean. If there are any then this should be an important exercise for those of us here at Belizean Legends who has chronicled these legendary Belizean athletes.

In Joyful Two: UWI Arts Ensemble in Belize
First show.... This Thursday, July 20th - 7PM. Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts. Price: $20.00. Present Student ID- $10.00.

Rescued parrot
Hi there, I am Edward. I came to BBR at the beginning of May. The tree with my nest was chopped down. Somehow I ended up with a stone-like hard poop at the end of my left wing and it took 20 minutes to soak it off. That's how I got my excellent full name of Edward Scissorhands! I was also bitten by some other bird above my left eye and below my right jaw and into my beak Life was tough for me out there, but looking at me now, you can not really tell. I am in outside enclosure now. I have a few stress marks on my feathers, but I am happily flying with my mates and will be flying free in no time at all!

BHA participates in Belize Virtual Expo and the Digital Marketing Seminar
The Belize Hotel Association participated in two of the Belize Tourism Board's most recent marketing initiatives. The BTB Virtual Trade Show Expo was held on June 28 and 29, 2017 at the Best Western Plus Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City. Of note is that the Belize Tourism Board received in London, the Latin American Travel Association award for innovation and creativity for this first ever Belize Virtual Expo. The Virtual Expo, brought together over 25 tourism industry partners that included hoteliers, tour operators, event planners, transfer companies and associations including the BHA and the BTIA. All participants had 20 minute prescheduled appointments within a period of two 8 hour days, where they met on a virtual platform with over 100 international buyers from the USA, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Great Britain, Argentina and other countries throughout the world.

BelizeINVEST, BELTRAIDE, meets with the Houston Black Chamber of Commerce
BelizeINVEST, BELTRAIDE, hosted the Houston Black Chamber of Commerce in Belize on July 19th 2017 in sharing information on investment opportunities in the various priority sectors for investment in Belize. The delegation included a wide array of companies and interests seeking additional information on the following sectors. These include: Tourism & Leisure, Agri-Business & Agro-Processing, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Offshore Outsourcing, Sustainable Energy, and Light Manufacturing and Logistics.

U20 Central American Female Volleyball Tournament Schedule
If you're in Town, Come out and Make Some Noise!! If you Can't make it Tune in on TNC Channel 10 and Scream at your TVs!!!

National Corn Coconut and BBQ Festival
CONGRATULATIONS TO TOONE MASEHUALOON for winning best FOOD BOOTH: they incorporated the two major aspects of this festival exceedingly well and educated the public at the same time and to C&A Crispy Tortilla Chips for placing second. They both get a free both at Next years festival.

National Corn Coconut and BBQ Festival
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE TOP 2 NON-PERISHABLE CATEGORY BOOTHS: Bowdaceous by Ursula & Janna's Fashions. Congratulations to Janna's Fashion's for winning the best in non perishable category. You will receive your booth for the next festival free of cost and to Bowdaceous your booth next year will be 1/2 price.

Renovation of Banquitas House of Culture Museum
Meet ISCR and Museum of Belize and Houses of Culture staff as we come together to work on the renovation of Banquitas House of Culture Museum area and to work on the publication A Walk through Orange Walk. Both institutions are working together for the successful launching and publication on our beautiful Orange Walk. Join us Saturday, July 22 at Banquitas and bring your documents, photographs, and collectibles to develop the story line of Sugar City.

Channel 7

Cops' Day On The Stand At Senate Select
The Senate Hearings on Immigration continued today and things got hot when 2 police officers testified. The first was the Retired Superintendent Julio Valdez, the now retired former Deputy commander of the National Criminal Investigations Branch. And in the afternoon session, Police Commissioner Allen Whylie was called. We start with this afternoon's testimony of Commissioner Whylie. Though he's not mentioned once in the Auditor General's reports for any type of questionable behavior, the Commissioner had to sit through 2 hours in the hot seat, while he was grilled by the Senators. It's been almost an entire year now that the Audit Reports have been out, and as you've been seeing in these hearings, there are layers and layers of irregularities and illegalities which happened at Immigration between 2011 and 2013. Persons got documents that they were not entitled to, and the systems of checks and balances were breached along the way.

Cop Says Of Immigration Mess: Went Looking For a Burglar, Found a Murder
But, if you believe today's other witness, Commissioner Whylie knew of irregularities at that department since late 2013, and early 2014. That's because the retired Superintendent Julio Valdez, stumbled upon some documents which were improperly removed from the Department. Those, you will remember, were from Arthur Saldivar, who said that someone took them out and handed them over to him. He eventually gave them to police, and Valdez was tasked to find out how they were removed without knowledge of the Department heads. He never did manage to find that out, but instead, he came upon what looked like a hustle. Today, he explained it to the Senate in an analogy. He said that he was tasked to investigate a burglary, and what he found when he went looking, was more like a murder. Here's how he explained what those documents from Saldivar revealed:

Who Gave The Order To Stop Investigation?
But, somewhere in the midst of Valdez's investigation, he suddenly stopped looking at the questionable nationalities that were granted in the Arthur Saldivar files. The Senate tried to find out why and failed, no matter how hard they pushed him. He refused to reveal what happened why he suddenly became more interested in finding out how the files left the Immigration Department, and ended up in Saldivar's hands. Here's the back and forth on that one: Hon. Eamon Courtenay - PUP Senator: "You were actually stopped?" Julio Valdez - Retired Police Superintendent: "No."

Whylie Says He Never Gave Order, And Don't Say He Did
So, if you follow Julio Valdez's testimony, he kept on suggesting that his superiors told him to refocus on the breech at the immigration Department, where the files were removed. It is unclear who he is pointing fingers to as the person who basically told him to abandon his investigation into these questionable nationalities for persons who did not qualify. His testimony happened in the morning, and so the Senate had ample time to ready themselves to question Whylie on it. Today, the Commissioner insisted that it's not him who gave the order, and if anyone suggests that he did, he will sue them. Here's that part of the inquiry:

Murder Suspect Turned Himself In
Lats night we told you about murder victim Phillip Samuels who was stabbed to death, allegedly by a friend. That friend is Cecil Gill - and police say he turned himself in early this morning: Sr. Supt. Mark Vidal, OC, Southside Commander: "We have the prime suspect in detention, he handed in himself at 12:30 this morning voluntarily so at present investigation continues, we are putting together the relevant interviews, statements and so we expect that by tomorrow following the directives of the DPP we have to submit the file for the DPP's consideration and once the directives are given we expect that by tomorrow we should have charged laid. The witnesses are people that are immediate and are very familiar with both the victim and the suspect so we believe that we pretty much have a good case here."

Vidal Says No Beatdowns
Senior Superintendent Vidal is about to complete three weeks as the Southside Commander and, the city has been generally calm. Now, three weeks is hardly a trend, but he stresses that the oppressive policing tactics which some predicted would come into force with his arrival, have not been in play at all:.. Sr. Supt. Mark Vidal, OC, Southside Commander: "While you may not be seeing murders they are other crimes being committed and as I've said we will go after those crimes or those persons committing those crimes that will not change. So we have been doing that so far, we have been carrying out our functions. There has not been any abuse of anybody's rights and we intend to continue that way by carrying out our function without abusing anyone and respecting people's right."

Sr. Supt. Vidal To Finnegan, Mohammed, Chester, Get With CYDP or Roll Out
And while he says his officers are "respecting people's rights", those who've experienced crime trends in the city know that an outbreak of violence can sometimes be only a heartbeat away. And that's where ongoing mediation comes in, to pre-empt retaliation before it erupts. Vidal's predecessor Chester Williams made his name keeping that effort going - but Vidal has unapologetically taken a different tack. He says he will do the policing and let the CYDP do the mediating; and he strongly urges all the independent mediators to "fall in" with the CYDP's efforts:

San Pedro Police Got Big Gun Before Crime Committed
And while that sounds distinctly like an invitation to fall in or step out, Vidal can speak plainly because gang violence is not currently spiking in the city. But the City's gang rivalries may be playing out in San Pedro. 12 days ago we saw the murder of 16 year old Julian Tun on San Pedro. He is believed to have been targeted for the attempt to carry out a hit on a prominent gang figure one year ago. Now, following up on that, yesterday afternoon, island police arrested a Belize City southsider who they believe may have gone out to San Pedro on a mission of retaliation.

Cops for Extortion At Court
Today two police officers appeared in the Magistrate's Court where they were charged for extortion. Corporal Marvin Salam and Constable Anthony Blair are accused of trying to blackmail Herman and Jessica Bhojwani after pulling them over last Saturday. According to reports, the cops stopped the Bhojwani's on Mahogany Street and demanded $5000 in exchange for not charging them.

GSU Got A Pound of Cocaine In A Boat
We always report on marijuana busts, but tonight, there's a story of one pound and six ounces of cocaine that police found in the city. This evening at 4:00, the GSU searched a boat on Site Street where they found this plastic bag with 642 grams of cocaine. That's one pound, six ounces. They also found 21 grams, or about half an ounce of marijuana. No one was on the boat and the drugs were labelled as found property.

Weed Bust On a Bus
And while that's what the GSU caught in the city, the MIT was on the northern highway where officers found a stash of weed on a Morales bus. They stopped the bus that goes from Corozal to Benque Viejo at a Crooked Tree checkpoint. Police searched it and found two kilos of weed. The cops also came up on five sacks of contraband white onions which were turned over to customs. Nobody claimed the weed cargo, so it was retrieved and labelled as found property.

Kids After The Storm
After a hurricane hits, the main focus is to gather all the belongings you can salvage and try to re-build your home pretty much your life, all over again. While it is very important that you secure food, clothing and shelter, the team at UNICEF says there is another very important element in disaster recovery that is overlooked. That is the safety and overall well-being of children. UNICEF hosted a week long training for social workers, and CEMO representatives among others to show them how to help and support children after a catastrophe, and also after personal trauma. It's called "Return to Happiness" and we stopped by for today's session at the Biltmore. Two of the facilitators discussed the importance of this training.

Maypen Gets New Bridge After Long Wait
For almost 35 years, the residents of Maypen in the rural Belize District have been relying on an old, wooden bridge to cross over Black Creek and get to and from their village. Over the years, the bridge became dilapidated, making it even more difficult for villagers with produce to cross it. Now, that problem has been solved. Today the Ministries of Transport and Works officially opened a new metal bridge connecting Maypen to the rest of the country. We went to the opening ceremony and spoke to Belize Rural North Area Rep. Edmund Castro as well as one of the Village Councillors about the advantages the new bridge provides...

Police Charge Cowpen Driver
Cowpen taximan, Ernesto Cadle has been charged for knocking down and killing motorcyclist Benedicto Mendez. Cadle was charged with Causing Death by Careless Conduct, Manslaughter by Negligence, Drove Unlicensed Motor Vehicle, Drove Motor Vehicle with alcohol concentration above prescribe Limit and Drove without due care and attention. The accident happened on Monday night around 7:00. Cadle was driving his Isuzu Rodeo from Cowpen junction to Independence when he knocked Mendez off his motorcycle between miles 36 and 37. Mendez died on the spot.

Fight Talk In Sugar Industry
The Sugar Industry is coming off a season of record sugar production, but as we told you last week, the management of ASR/BSI and the largest cane farmers group, which is the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association, aren't exactly seeing eye to eye on one key issue. That's the 2015 cane purchase agreement. BSI wants to remove the three-year opt-out clause and allow the contract to run for its full term until 2022. But the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association don't want to get locked in like that, and, in fact, they want to re-open the discussion on how much they get paid for bagasse. And, tonight, that has ASR/BSI pressing the panic button. The company sent out an ominous press release today. It stresses, quote, "With the exception of BSCFA, all industry stakeholders have supported this initiative, including the Corozal Sugar Cane Producers Association, the Progressive Sugar Cane Producers Association and the Government of Belize."

Regional Volleyball Tournament Starts, Help the Homegirls
The U20 Central American Female Volleyball Championship kicked off this afternoon at the SCA Multipurpose Center. For the rest of the week, Belize will be hosting 6 other teams from across Central America in a head to head tournament to qualify for the Continental Championships. We stopped by the tournament earlier and spoke to the President of the Belize Volleyball Association, Alan Sharp, about why it's important for everyone to come out and support our girls...

Weed On The Riverside
Police found 9 pounds of weed during an early morning drug operation in Santa Elena, Cayo today. They found the drugs in a large black parcel by the Riverside area on George Price Avenue. The police later found a 4.5 foot tall weed tree in an empty lot on Saint Lucia Street. The weed was deposited as found property.

Judge Didn't Believe Cops
Two women were acquitted of charges of assaulting a police officer in the Magistrate's Court today. According to reports made by PC Cynthia Turner, in November 2016, Shanique Meighan and Deva Gaynair were parked in front of the Holy Redeemer Credit Union when she approached them. Turner alleges that as she got closer, the pair assaulted, obstructed and used indecent language against her, despite her being armed with a pistol.

Courts Scholarship Winners
Today 8 kids from all over the country were awarded the Courts "Dare to Dream" 4 year high school scholarship. There were about 65 applicants and 25 were interviewed and 8 of them were chosen. A small awards ceremony was held this morning at the Chamber of Commerce building and PR officer Grisel Carballo along with two recipient's discussed the impact this scholarship will have on their academic life. Grisel Carballo - Public Relations Officer, UNICOMER "What they will be getting today is that they are going to give our scholarship program will consist of 80 percent, books, tuition and fees what this consist of is it consist that what we do we want; our commitment would be the 80 percent the 20 percent commitment will be of the parent and the commitment of the child will of course be to maintain a grade point average of 3.0 and above every semester."

Petition Against Norwegian
As we reported weeks ago, Norwegian Cruise Line and its Harvest Caye Port facility have run afoul of the conservation community by taking charge of a scarlet macaw named Big Red. The bird was taken from the Belize Bird Rescue to Harvest Caye as part of their nature exhibit. Critics say a Macaw's environment is in the rainforest, not on an island. And now, they have launched an online petition to call out Harvest Caye for wildlife exploitation. Those opponents of Harvest Caye hope to secure the release of Big Red and his companions. They are asking for a thousand signatures and have gotten 347 thus far.

Police In Yabra
Earlier in the news, you saw police Southside commander Marco Vidal. He was in the Yabra area on Caesar Ridge road for the weekly meet and greet session. He said that area - known to be populated by gangs - has been calm: Northside police did their meet and greet in the upscale Driftwood Bay area.

Channel 5

Ex-Investigator Julio Valdez Will Not Say Who Redirected His Investigation into Arthur Saldivar Files
In 2014, Retired Superintendent of Police Julio Valdez, then-deputy of National Crimes Investigation Branch, wrote the Director of Public Prosecutions, Cheryl-Lynn Vidal, concerning his investigation into a trove of files [...]

Dueling Audits Stymied Further Investigation of Nationality Records
The former senior cop stated that this branch of the investigation came about after his colleagues in Belize City spoke with Saldivar and retrieved the files. But when he attempted [...]

ComPol Whylie to Valdez and Senate: ‘It Wasn’t Me’
The only man above Valdez, indeed above all officers in the Police Department, is Commissioner Allen Whylie. Appointed in 2013, he was previously C.E.O. in the Ministry of National Security, [...]

Commissioner Had No Reason to Halt Investigation
The Commissioner blames ‘media spin’ for the misunderstanding and what he says is his subsequent decision to withdraw from any administrative handling of either the ‘missing files’ case or the [...]

Files Revealed Incomplete Addresses for Would-Be Belizeans
But what was among that list of files handed over? Valdez read a fairly long list of nationality files and accompanying documents for some familiar names such as Yiu-Pang Chen [...]

Background Checks: the Law or a Decoration?
Speaking of background checks, were the Police Department or Ministry of Immigration consulted about the Cabinet’s decision to stop Special Branch police from carrying out the standard background checks on [...]

Cecil Gill to Face Charges in Philip Samuels’ Murder
We’ll come back to the senate hearings later, but a Belize City resident wanted for the stabbing death of Phillip Samuels has surrendered himself to police and is being held [...]

What’s in Police’s Won Hong Kim File? ComPol Doesn’t Know
The Senate hearing continued into this afternoon where the Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie gave testimony. The other major investigation to be carried out by the Police Department was in [...]

ComPol: We Will Investigate Immigration Charges When Senate is Done
Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie has been seen to be dragging his feet on investigating the allegations within the Auditor General’s Report. He recently stated that he would wait on [...]

Manslaughter Charges for Alleged Drunken Driver in Cowpen Accident
On Tuesday, police formally arrested and charged forty-eight-year-old Ernesto Cadle for manslaughter by negligence and causing the death by careless conduct of sixty-two-year-old Benedicto Mendez. The Belizean taxi driver of [...]

Alleged Crooked Cops Busted for Shaking Down Students
This afternoon, CIB personnel escorted two of their own to court to be arraigned for extortion. Corporal Marvin Salam, a police officer of Corozal, along with Corporal Anthony Blair of [...]

G.S.U. Find Powered Cocaine and Marijuana in Boat
GSU police have seized almost a pound and a half of powder cocaine from the streets of the Old Capital during an operation conducted this evening.  At around four o’clock, [...]

Duo Unable to Ditch Weed on Southside
A Corozal along with a Belize City man is tonight out on bail after they were arraigned for drug trafficking. Both were busted on Tuesday with almost four and a [...]

Courts Dares Youths to Dream
Courts Dare to Dream Scholarship program kicked into gear today for eight students from across the country. They received four-year scholarships to high schools which the company says is part [...]

Making Mesoamerican Reef Work for Central American Economies
The Meso-American Reef Leadership Program is an initiative that promotes leadership towards the conservation of the reef which is shared by Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. Annually, the program brings [...]

Police on the Beat on Caesar Ridge
This afternoon, Belize City police took to the streets to acquaint themselves with residents of the Port Loyola, Driftwood Bay and Palm Grove communities.  The weekly meet and greet took [...]

After 3 Decades, May Pen Builds Bridge to River Valley
Life will become easier for the residents of May Pen, Belize District. After a decade of waiting, they finally got their wish. The community will now be able to travel [...]


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Customs Officer Becomes First Belizean To Graduate From WCO Career Development Programme
The World Customs Organization Career Development Program was established back in 2009 in collaboration with Japan Customs and provides selected candidates with an opportunity to undertake work at the WCO Secretariat. The program runs for a period of ten months and entails a number of goals which seek to enable its participants to one, acquire knowledge, skills and international work experience; two, to develop and enhance networks among WCO Members and the Secretariat. Three, to enhance the research activities of the WCO to support and assist the Secretariat in its mission and tasks; and finally to develop a pool of highly capable officials with proficiency in WCO Member administrations.

Compol Says He Knew Nothing About File
But while ComPol Whylie was adamant that he was supportive of Valdez’ investigation and played no role in its premature ending, he certainly wasn’t interested enough to do the necessary follow up to ensure that it was completed. Allen Whylie - Commissioner of Police: “As I said I thought Mr. Valdez had concluded that investigation and had send the file to the DPP.” Senator Eamon Courtney – Member Special Senate Select Committee: “But he hasn’t, you are the Compol?” Allen Whylie - Commissioner of Police: “But I never knew that, he didn’t tell me that.”

BSI/ASR And BSCFA At Odds Over Proposed Amendments On Commercial Agreement
Tonight there is tension in the sugar industry between the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association and BSI/ASR. This comes at the heels of a proposal made by ASR to upgrade the factory in preparation of the coming changes in the EU market regime in October 2017. In that proposal ASR proposes to invest twenty two million dollars to increase production of value-added, direct consumption sugars. For this investment to happen however, BSI/ASR is proposing to amend the 2015 cane purchase agreement to cement the current revenue share agreement as well as the payment formula for bagasse until 2022.

Mexican Embassy Issues Warning To Mexican Taxi Drivers
Since the beginning of this week, we have been reporting about the discovery of 1,578 grams of cannabis which was found by police inside a Chetumal taxi cab that was stopped and searched at the Santa Elena border area over the weekend, in which the driver 55 year old Jorge Anzures Alfaro of Mexican nationality and 22 year old Belizean Jermaine Sanker were arrested and charged for the crime of drug trafficking.

Former President Top Cop Testifies Before Senate Select Committee
Two senior men in the Police Department, Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie and Superintendent Julio Valdez, who is now retired, appeared before the Senate Select Committee today to provide answers to questions for a number of matters involving the Immigration Department and the findings of the Auditor General’s office which carried out an intense audit after visas had been stolen in December 2012.

Commisioner Whylie Denies Interrupting Investigation Into Immigration Department
Police Commissioner Allen Whylie was also in the hot seat for his Department’s refusal to investigate the criminal aspects of the Elvin Penner/Won Hong Kim scandal. Penner facilitated, with the aid of immigration officials, fraudulent Belizean nationality and passport for Won Hong Kim, a South Korean national in jail in Taiwan. Because the Police Department was seemingly uninterested in a criminal investigation, in February 2014 the Opposition successfully applied to the Supreme Court for an order to compel Commissioner Whylie to investigate. But the order didn’t seem to have the effect of aggressive Police work into the wrongdoing, and today the Senate tried to find out why.

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Tourism Ministry announces increased security at PGIA
The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation issued a travel advisory late this evening informing the public that additional security measures will be implemented on outbound passengers traveling from Belize to the US. The changes become effective on Wednesday July 19. According to the Ministry’s release, the measures are being implemented in compliance with US […]

Therese Martinez is first customs officer to graduate from Japan Career Development Programme
Therese Martinez became the first Customs Officer from Belize to graduate from the Japan Career Development Programme, a 10-month program based in Brussels. Martinez dedicated her time at the World Customs Organization specializing in Facilitation as a Professional Associate under the Compliance and Facilitation Directorate. She participated in four WCO missions abroad which included trips […]

Man flees after killing his friend
Belize City police are looking for Cecil Gill. He is wanted for questioning in respect to the fatal stabbing of 31 year old Phillip Samuels. Samuels was stabbed to the chest last night while he was socializing with some friends. Hipolito Novelo reporting… Thirty one year old Phillip Michael Samuels was with some friends at […]

Search still ongoing for Mark Pollard
Forty nine year old Mark Pollard remains missing tonight. It has been sixteen days since someone saw Pollard. There is security footage that captured him on July 3 on the Phillip Goldson Highway. While the hopes of the family of finding him alive, Senior Superintendent of Police, Marco Vidal, says the search continues. Sr. Supt. […]

Police say they have suspect in Hammon Lemoth’s murder
Twenty three year old, Hammon Lemoth was in an induced coma after being shot to the head on the night of May 23. More than a month later, he succumbed to the gunshot wound and now south side police are investigating a murder. This afternoon, Commander Senior Supertintendent of Police, Marco Vidal gave an update. […]

Bus owner speaks of new parking area in Chetumal
Today most Belizean buses crossed into Chetumal City, Mexico. Love News understands that most bus operators have resumed their full runs to Chetumal after Mexican authorities reportedly retracted most of their demands. Bus drivers were moved from the Lazaro Cardenas Market in the City and are now parking at the old ADO bus terminal located […]

COLA challenges authenticity of medical school
Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action, COLA, and Poor People Organization for A Healthy And Righteous Society today issued a joint release expressing concern over what it calls fake “diploma mills”. President for COLA, Giovanni Brackett says they remain concern over the legitimacy of some medical schools in Belize, particularly the school that was formerly […]

Texas State University students are conducting research on St. George’s Caye
Hipolito Novelo reporting… Students studying archaeology at Texas State University are in Belize with Anthropology Professor, Jim Garber. They are at Saint George’s Caye learning excavating, mapping and artifacts analysis technics as part of their archeological investigation program. Currently twelve students are digging up 13 skeletal remains buried at an Anglican cemetery on the caye. […]

Creative team from UWI Saint Augustine Campus in Belize
The University of Belize and the Anglican Diocese are hosting 48 persons from the Saint Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies. The group is from the department of Creative and Festival Arts. They arrived in Belize today, and will be in the country for ten days to perform in three concerts and […]

Belize Bank hands out sixteen scholarships
Hipolito Novelo reporting… The Belize Bank limited handed out sixteen scholarships. One of the recipients was Daineira Flores. Daineira lives in a household of six. Her father is the sole income earner making the expenses strenuous on him. Daineira Flores, Scholarship Recipient “This scholarship is a blessing and it’s an opportunity for me to further […]

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VEGA AGAIN – Barrow – Can’t Touch This
As we go to press, the People’s United Party is announcing that it will hold a press conference early next week to reveal yet another shocking scandal out of the Ministry of Natural Resources involving former Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega and members of his immediate family. But even as that land scandal exposing the corruption and greed of the Vega family and the former Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega threatens to explode, Prime Minister Dean Barrow has said nothing and it is a certainty based on precedence that he will say nothing. As it has done in every instance, the evidence speaks for itself – but while the evidence speaks, the Prime Minister has refused to listen. The Belize Times has obtained files from the Ministry of Natural Resources leaked to us by high-level sources.

Suspected Child Killers Remanded – Bail Denied!
At 3:00 this afternoon, after a full week in Police custody Anke Doehm and her fourth husband David were finally charged in relation to the sexual abuse and brutal murder of Faye Lin Cannon, 13. Both appeared today before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith and were arraigned on one count of the rarely used Cruelty to a Child, an indictable offence which carries a maximum sentence of ten years. They were refused bail and remanded to the Belize Central Prison until their next Court appearance scheduled for August 24th.

The Heredia/Harmouche Connection Revealed
After months of insisting that he was ready to face the Senate Select Committee, UDP’s Manuel Heredia Jr. finally had to answer questions about his rather “chummy” relationship with the Harmouche clan from San Pedro. In the Audit Report on Immigration irregularities, Heredia is called out for his role in nationality applications which were approved for Lebanese nationals from Ambergris Caye. All of them had the surname, “Harmouche” or “Harmouch”. In the section on Nationality, the Auditor General spends about 40 or so pages on the Lebanese nationals with that surname, and she determined that 11 of them got Belizean nationality just before the March 2012 General Elections. 38 of them got their first issue Belizean passports, or their first renewals between 2011 and 2013. A number of them got their nationalities, in a process helped along by Heredia’s intervention on their behalf.

Montero Says – “It Wasn’t Me”
UDP Minister Rene Montero went before the Senate Select Committee on Wednesday to tell them that he wasn’t trying to order the Immigration Officers to do anything unethical or illegal. His letters of recommendation are very different from those of his colleagues who insist that they are only making “good suggestions”. His letter of recommendation for nationality resembles an order from a Minister of Government to a subordinate in the public service, but when that was put to him he completely disagreed with the Senators, not surprisingly.

Only a Matter of Time
A good friend of mine, incidentally firmly entrenched in the UDP camp, sent me a clipping of a story – a Trinidadian man arrested and charged for a Facebook post in which he stated that somebody should rape the wife and daughter of the Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley. I suspect this friend may have sent me this clipping in particular because of my political Facebook posts. I cannot understand why because when posting about my Prime Minister and his administration I am invariably saccharine sweet and complimentary. Maybe he doesn’t understand that when I refer to Ministers as corrupt, incompetent jackasses I mean it in the nicest possible way.

Critical Systems Failure
A 13-year-old is dead. She didn’t die in an accident. She wasn’t suffering from a terminal illness. She wasn’t a casualty of any natural disaster. It wasn’t her time. Faye Lin Cannon, a beautiful, intelligent child, died a terrible death at the hands of monsters. A post mortem examination has shown that she was beaten to death. Multiple ribs were broken and she had bruises on her body and a cut wound on her head. Somebody pressed so hard on her chest that the bone penetrated her heart. Faye Lin is dead because of the evil inside some of us.

Belize CitCo Unravels – City Suffers
As we go to press, Mayor Darrell Bradley continues to come under fire for his inability to publicly declare his intentions where the Mayoral seat is concerned. As the Belize Times told you two weeks ago, Bradley has informed insiders that he will not run for Mayor again, but has stopped short of making that decision official. We are told that Bradley has confided in friends that he is afraid to give up the bone for the shadow – meaning that if he gives up the Mayoral seat to go into Caribbean Shores where he will definitely be beaten by the PUP’s Kareem Musa, he would be a two-time loser with no Council to run back to and his political career would be for all intents and purposes over.

Question to Ministers
Would the Member for Queen Square and Prime Minister please confirm or deny credible reports that because GOB’s coffers are empty Cabinet has decided that pensions will now be taxable? Would the Member for Queen Square and Prime Minister please say why he has refused to allow an investigation into the corruption at the Ministry of Natural Resources under former Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega? Would the Member for Orange Walk North and former Minister of Natural Resources please say exactly how many parcels of land across the country he now owns? Could he say also how many parcels of land are now owned by his wife, children, brothers and their families, cousins, nieces, nephews and other cronies?

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COMPOL says he did not do anything wrong
Compol Whylie was asked by Senator Ashley Rocke if it would have been hard to investigate a department where he was once the CEO. “I am a no nonsense person, I stand for discipline, fair play and I have no fear to investigate anybody […]

Two adults and 2 minors busted with gun and ammo in San Pedro
Yesterday around 3:30 p.m., police conducted a search in a wooden bungalow house located in the San Mateo area of San Pedro Town which led to the discovery of a .45 caliber pistol and seven .45 live rounds under a mattress in the bedroom. At the […]

Two men arrested in Belize City for drug trafficking 2033 kg of weed
According to police reports, yesterday around 11:50 am, while police were conducting patrol on Louise Bevans Street, Belize City, they saw a green Geo Prizm car which was occupied by 20-year-old Jesus Emmanuel Valera, construction worker of Corozal Town, and 28-year-old, Calvin Jerome Cathouse, also a […]

Pueblo Viejo & Conejo Creek get new water system
The Government of Belize is ensuring that the men, women and children of Pueblo Viejo and Conejo Creek in southern Belize have access to the supply of safe water to meet their daily needs such as cooking, drinking, bathing and washing. The new solar […]

$10,000 reward to capture Felix Ayuso’s killer
The person accused of murdering San Pedro resident Felix Ayuso, 28-year-old Vildo Westby is at large and police are hoping a reward will be enough to aid in leading to his arrest. There is a $10,000 reward being offered for the capture of Westby. Ayuso […]

Man fined over $10,000 for little more than a pound of weed
A man busted with more than a half kilo of weed has been given until next March to pay a fine of $10,200 or spend two years in jail. Yesterday Dwayne Hulse, 28, appeared before Senior Magistrate, Ann Marie Smith, and pleaded guilty. […]

Esperanza man missing
Yesterday, 46-year-old Elberta Velasquez of Esperanza village reported that on Sunday, July 9 at about 8:15 p.m. was the last time she saw her her 22-year-old son Anthony Moore when he went to bed. The next day on July 10, at about 6:00 a.m. […]

ComPol to testify before Senate
Today the Senate Select Committee continues its investigations into allegations of corruption at the Immigration Department. Superintendent of Police, Julio Valdez, and his boss Police Commissioner, Allen Whylie, are both scheduled to testify today. Valdez had discontinued an investigation into the department in 2014 […]

Still no signs of Mark Pollard
Mark Pollard has been missing for 17 days and there is still no sign of him. The Belize Police Department, Coast Guard and his family and friends continue to search for him. Yesterday, Southside Commander Sr. Supt. Marco Vidal in a press brief with […]

Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program being hosted in Belize
The 2016 cohort of the Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program is currently meeting in Belize City for their 4th workshop from the 15-23rd of July. The program has participation of 12 Fellows from Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico who are learning about project design, how […]

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Belize’s Cultural Celebrations: Los Finados
Los Finados (also called Dia de los Muertos or Hanal Pixan) is the religious commemoration of the visit of the souls of the faithful departed to their homes. 1st November honors infants and young children and is referred to as Dia de los Angelitos. 2nd November is Dia de los Muertos and honors adults who have died. Each night, altars or tables are arranged with the deceased’s favorite foods, treats and beverages as the rising steam from the foods is believed to invoke their spirits.Families visit the graves of their deceases ones to say prayers and place flowers, wreathes, food and drinks. It concludes with the Catholic Church celebrating a special Mass and procession to the cemetery.

Following friends through rehab - Mitch returns for Innie's release
I’ll always remember the day I first met Innie, then a young Yucatan black howler monkeys at Wildtracks, and the moment he leapt onto my neck and purred in my ear. Looking back it was a pretty life-changing moment. It led to me returning to Wildtracks again and again and again. I’ve met so many truly incredible people, monkeys, and manatees during my summers here, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that Innie is a little extra special to me. When I first met him he was a tiny baby with a broken arm, the only monkey of his age group at Wildtracks. Affectionate, seemingly confident (as long as his carers were nearby to back him up), and prone to mood swings, he was a handful, but everyone adored him. Then along came Vicky, a pudgy gorilla-like baby with an attitude and confidence that put Innie’s to shame. Thus, a new troop was formed. Now “Innie and co.” consists of Innie, Vicky, Maggie, and Finn...and they are one of the troops moving to freedom in Fireburn this year.

What low season? Belize breaks records, Lobsterfest, & the newest pics around Placencia Village!
No surprise to read THIS article - Belize has broken its overnight tourism records - smashed them in fact! In April the overnight percentage went up 24% compared to last year!!!!! You can tell in the village, the energy and buzz is much higher than in past years during low season - mid July feels more like late November as far as the people. It is still NOT crowded - you can go into any restaurant and not have a wait, and you can have the beach to yourself most days, which is one of the draws of this village (paradise without overcrowding!). But, the amount of tourists in the village can be seen in far more filled up seats at the bars and restaurants. The village recently enjoyed Lobsterfest, so lobster is back on the menus, yay! Here is a montage of village images from the last couple weeks - even if you are enjoying your own summer across North America, the exotic and rustic look of this place can make you want to come back...

The 2017 San Pedro Lobsterfest Block Party
The island of San Pedro-Ambergris Caye celebrated its 11th Lobsterfest Block Party on June 24th, which saw restaurants from across the island gathered at the Central Park in uniquely decorated booths, to showcase and win the title of Best Lobster Dish and Drink. From early evening on to night time, the crowd of locals and international travelers grew ever larger as they made their way out to try the various lobster specials being offered. From whole grilled lobster to lobster dip and tacos and even lobster pizza, there were plenty of lobster dishes to try. The crowd was also treated to music by local DJ’s, local cultural presentations and even steel pan music by the Pannerfix Steel Band…keeping everyone shimmying and dancing all night long. At the end of the night when all the scores of the judge’s had been tallied, Finn & Martini along with El Jefe were awarded Best Lobster dish and Best Drink of the evening. Little did we know but there was also a Best Booth Category, which was won by Pineapples honors for their tropical setting.

The 9 Most Popular Foods in Belize
Many visitors arrive in Belize unsure about what to expect when it comes to food. But the delicious mix of different cultural influences means that Belize is home to a sumptuous medley of seafood, fresh fruit, Caribbean classics, and savory treats that are sure to please even the pickiest eater. When you are in Belize, here are the 9 foods you definitely need to try:

7 Powerful Reasons Why People Love to Travel To Belize
Just a short distance from the United States, Belize is rapidly becoming one of the hottest travel destinations in the region. Here are 7 powerful reasons why people love traveling to Belize: Although the country is small, vast swathes of the jungle are protected in national parks and animal sanctuary. Wildlife abounds in the jungles of Belize, including 500 species of birds, two species of monkeys, and large cat species like jaguars.

Belize Eco-Kids 2017 Summer Camp Takes Off!
Chaa Creek’s 2017 Belize Eco-Kids Summer Camp started with a storm, which, anywhere else, would have probably been a bad omen. But here, in the middle of the jungle surrounded by dark woods, flooded rivers and trees full of howler monkeys, we just took it in our stride, and as they came down the jungle trail, there were smiles all around that cut straight through the gloomy clouds. Literally. As they sat down around our famed camp fire, the clouds gave up and moved away, and we started with – of course – the ice-breaker, our nickname game, where we have the chance to give ourselves our own camp names before other, less charming ones are bestowed on us. There’s a catch – your nickname has to be a food, and it has to start with the first letter of your name.

BELIZE: 10 ASTOUNDING NATURAL ATTRACTIONS
Humans, as a race has always had a knack for building impressive edifices to house their most precious people, trinkets or beliefs in. It’s as though we have an obsession with constructing ever more impressive tributes to our intelligence, because, how else would it happen if not for our awesome brains? Still – nature always has a way of bringing all things full circle, as all things we know about making big buildings, came from observing the awe-inspiring structures that nature makes on its own. Belize has her share of those wonders so much so that even the ancient Maya revered some of them. Check out these 10 astounding natural attractions in Belize:

Belize: Central American High Mountain Coffee Culture Arrives!
The young country of Belize has slowly been coming into its own as we mature as a society and Micro-enterprises have been popping up in some of the far-flung, less trafficked areas of The Jewel. Slowly building a name around Chocolate, Belizean entrepreneurs have recently begun producing commercial grade organic coffee. Despite having retail variety ground coffee for quite a while, it’s just something that as a culture we haven’t embraced. Luckily for us, our neighbors in Guatemala have been in the business for quite a long time and a cool little company known as 12 Onzas recently came to our very own Guava Limb Cafe to impart some caffeinated wisdom and train our very own upcoming Belizean baristas.

Experience The Best of Hopkins Village
In recent years, as more travelers are venturing to Southern Belize, the small seaside Village of Hopkins has blossomed into an incredible destination. Hopkins is principally known for its vibrant Garifuna culture and heritage, however, it’s beautiful beaches and the numerous things to do such as fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and jungle tours provide something for travelers of all walks of life. Additionally, Hopkins’ location provides easy access to some of the best mainland expeditions in Belize, which I’m sure has played a crucial role in increasing its popularity. So if you plan to visit, I suggest you try the activities below to make your experience even better.

Corn, Coconut, Barbeque Fest in Corozal Town
We did not see a lot of corn, coconut or BBQ, but what we did see was a community getting together to organize a festival that will help enhance the Corozal Town Area. What we did was jump right in and participate in a couple of the fun events at the first ever Corn, Coconut and Barbecue Festival in the Corozal Town over the weekend. Although we would have wanted to see more corn/coconut produce, products and activities, we give the Corozal Town community and organizers a thumbs up for putting together such an event. Festivals are always fun and we find it necessary to give our support to all of them, regardless of its popularity or size. They had food, drinks, live entertainment, fun competitions, business displaying their products and services at Rainbow Park by the sea. There were a lot of competitions on their activities list that included Bachata Dance Competition, Limbo, Chicken Drop, Corn Eating Competition, Bartending Mix Drink Competition, Beer Drinking Competition, Barbecue Competition, Best Tamales, Coconut Husking Competition, Swimsuit Competition and a Gummy Bear Eating Competition for the children. That’s a lot of competitions. Jeje!!!

CC+L Explores MPR
The Caribbean Culture and Lifestyle team took a trip to Mountain Pine Ridge. They loved Big Rock Falls and Rio On Pools, and stayed at Hidden Valley Inn, where they captured a magical scene at Butterfly Falls. They made a short video of the 1000 Foot Falls with some of their drone footage.. "Of the 8,867 square miles that make up Belize, 28% of the country is environmentally protected. The Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, located in the Cayo district, is the oldest and largest protected reserve in the country. Lush green pine and broadleaf forest, beautiful rivers and hidden waterfalls that speckle the area make for a nature lovers paradise. Abundant in wildlife, the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve is home to wild cats and magnificent birds such as the Blue-Crowned Motmot, Keel- Billed Toucan, Common Crossbill, King Vulture and the Warbler. Whether it be trekking through the forest, bird watching, or having a romantic day at the waterfalls, the Mountain Pine Ridge offers an unparalleled experience."

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Ginger reflect on the ABCs of Belize
Last year we had the privilege of living in Belize for two months. Most Belizean grocery stores are owned by Chinese families or German Mennonites, so finding familiar ingredients can be a bit of a challenge. I can give you the names of three stores that sell pig snouts, and two that sell chicken feet by the pound, but only one that sells vanilla extract. Every shopping trip was a scavenger hunt, and since the milk and bread go bad so quickly, we shopped every day. My favorite store was owned by an elderly Chinese man whose name I couldn’t pronounce, so he told me to call him Jim. His store is the only one in town that has automatic doors. Not the kind we have here, with separate doors for entering and exiting, but two gigantic, solid glass, sliding doors that open and close like an elevator. In the U.S. if you shop in one hundred degree weather, upon entering any place of business you will feel a welcoming wave of coolness. Not so in Belize. The heat inside is sometimes worse, and definitely more stifling, than outside. Here at home you can locate items by simply glancing across the aisles and reading the signs. In Belize, everything is jumbled together in a way that never made sense to me. I would find myself sweating profusely, trudging up and down every dark aisle, over and over trying to find the simplest items. Speaking of sweat, I found it odd that deodorant is the only item consistently kept behind glass and the clerk must get it for you.

Garifuna Members Meet with Belize Delegates to Build Ties
The representatives met with leaders from the Fraternal Black Organization of Honduras, an organization representing 46 Garifuna communities. Six delegates from Belize returned home after a round of meetings earlier this month with the Garifuna communities in Honduras over land rights and the groups’ progress in land development. The representatives met with leaders from the Fraternal Black Organization of Honduras, an organization formed in 1978 that incorporates members from all 46 Garifuna communities along the Honduran Caribbean coastline.

Huawei, BTL complete new Belize undersea cable system
Submarine network provider Huawei Marine Networks said it and Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) have completed their project to build an undersea cable system connecting Belize's mainland with its largest island, Ambergris Caye. Huawei said the 23 km cable terminating at the town of San Pedro was delivered on time and on budget and will allow DTL to provide 100 Mbps broadband across the entire island beginning in August. The project, announced in August 2016, is part of BTL's four-year, USD 100 million mobile and fixed broadband capital investment plan in partnership with Huawei.

Belize’s Smart Goes Live with FTS’ Convergent Billing Solution
Belizean operator Smart has implemented FTS’ real-time billing and charging solution to support its expansion into 4G/LTE. Supporting Smart’s LTE, 3G and 2G networks on a single platform, FTS’ Leap Billing solution includes convergent charging, billing, invoicing, customer management and partner management. In addition, FTS has provided Smart with a mobile solution, including prepaid IN gateway, voicemail and IVR systems. Ernesto Torres, Smart’s CEO, said: “FTS’ billing solution enables us to provide new services while achieving an enhanced customer experience.”

Accused 'El Chapo' Associate Fights Treasury Sanctions in DC
In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in D.C. federal court, a Belizean banana farmer challenged the U.S. Treasury Department's decision to sanction him over his alleged ties to Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán. John Zabaneh claims the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control's decision to designate him as a narcotics trafficker in 2012 caused him, his family and businesses to "experience onerous obstacles in their day-to-day lives," including the "deterioration" of his farm. Zabaneh, represented by D.C. lawyer Erich Ferrari, said Treasury is unreasonably delaying his administrative appeal and provided limited information on why he received the designation. "Not only have the welfare of [Zabaneh] and his family been gravely prejudiced since his August 7, 2012 designation, but on a much broader scale, so has the welfare of the hundreds of persons in Belize who lost their jobs as a collateral consequence of the designation action, and who continue to be unemployed in a region where fruit farming is a major source of employment," the lawsuit said.

Conference on Security and Prosperity in Central America
“Gangs and organized crime have made the so-called Northern Triangle (El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala) one of the most dangerous regions in the world,” reads a quote from “¿Hogar dulce hogar? (Home Sweet Home?)”, a report published by Amnesty International in October 2016. The document addressed the role these countries have played in the current refugee crisis and stated that “soaring violence has caused rising numbers of people to run north to save their lives.” The problem, therefore, goes beyond borders and requires neighboring countries and other partner nations to mobilize in search of solutions. That is why government representatives from the United States and Mexico met with business and government leaders from Central America and other countries, mainly from the Western Hemisphere, at the “Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America,” held June 15th-16th in Doral, Florida.

IU researcher awarded two grants for work in abating mosquito-borne illnesses
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) recently awarded two multi-year grants to Molly Duman Scheel, associate professor of medical and molecular genetics at the Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend, to assist her work in abating mosquito-borne illnesses in order to keep military personnel safe from viruses such as Zika and dengue fever. For the project, researchers will introduce speciality traps, called ovitraps, at a training facility in Belize that provide an adequate environment for mosquitoes to lay eggs in. Scheel’s larvicide will then be applied to naturally-developing pockets of water that develop within the traps.

INTERNATIONAL COSTA MAYA FESTIVAL 2017
We are just two weeks away from one of the most anticipated festivals on the island - The International Costa Maya Festival, which will be kicking off on August 3rd and ends on August 6th, 2017. This year marks the 25th year for the International Costa Maya Festival. In celebration of its silver anniversary, the Costa Maya Festival committee has a lot of surprises up their sleeves with one of the most exciting being the introduction of its new logo. Bold, bright and full of life, it is a true representation of the festival at hand. Held annually, the festival promotes the culture of the Munda Maya with their traditional dances, music, and food, while promoting tourism in San Pedro. It is not only one of the busiest weeks on the island but one of the most vibrant and liveliest times. San Pedro comes alive, as locals and tourist flock to the island by boat and by plane to participate in the different festivities and special offers, proposed by restaurants, bars, nightclubs and hotels around the island.

Videos

  • The Hummingbird Highway is being Upgraded, 2.5min. Last episode we highlighted the works being done on the Philip Goldson Highway in the Belize District. We take a look at the Hummingbird Highway Rehabilitation Project, which is also underway. Here’s more on what your Government is doing in efforts to secure safer roads for all Belizeans ...

  • Belize, Central America, 3min.

  • EPIC Snorkeling in Belize, 24min. INSANE day of snorkel in the Belize Barrier Reef! We stayed at the Jaguar reef lodge on Almond Beach in Hopkins, Belize!

  • BELIZE CITY Garifuna Settlement Day, 21min.

  • Belize 2017 - Fishin' With Finn, 10min. Adventures from a trip we took this summer! Belize is a great place, with great food and great people! Had a great time, I just wish I seen what broke my line lol

  • World Youth Conference 2017, 1.5min. Coming soon!! World Youth Conference, Nov. 6th to 9th, 2017, at the Ramada Hotel, Belize City.

  • Police Check Point Talk Show July 11, 60min.

  • EXPLORING XUNANTUNICH MAYAN SITE, 2min.

  • LET'S GO CAVE TUBING, 1min.

  • JUNGLE ZIP LINE BELIZE, 1min.

  • Frigate Birds are the most amazing creatures, 2min. This is the story of our experience with this downed baby. Belize Bird Rescue.

  • The Warriors FC players returned from the Rush Fest Soccer Camp held in Colorado Springs., 22min.

  • Child Development Foundation (CDF), 37min.

  • The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA), 35min.

  • How trees talk to each other, 18min. Fantastic - Ted Talks . . . "A forest is much more than what you see," says ecologist Suzanne Simard. Her 30 years of research in Canadian forests have led to an astounding discovery -- trees talk, often and over vast distances. Learn more about the harmonious yet complicated social lives of trees and prepare to see the natural world with new eyes.

  • Senate Special Select Committee questions retired Superintendent of Police Julio Valdez, 75min. On his his investigation in the Immigration Department.

  • Drone footage of 1000 foot falls, 1/2min.

  • The Moorings - Belize!, 5min.

  • HEFY Belize 2016, 4min.

  • Belize Aggressor July 2017, 21min. Scuba Ventures dove with the Belize Aggressor III in July of 2017. A great trip filled with eagle rays, sharks, turtles, dolphins, manatees, eels and more. A great crew on the boat!

  • Belize vs Honduras (U20 Central American Female Volleyball Championship), 3hr. U20 Central American Female Volleyball Championship. SCA Multipurpose Center.

  • Kiteboarding in Belize, 1min.

  • Belize independence from september 21 2015, 7min.

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    Coastal Xpress offers a daily scheduled ferry run to most resorts, restaurants and private piers on the island of Anbergris Caye. We also offer  private and charter water taxi service.
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