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Today's Belize News: July 29, 2017 #524806
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The San Pedro Sun

Children encouraged to sign up for SPTL’s summer math camp
The San Pedro Town Library (SPTL), in collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), USA, and Projects Abroad Belize will be introducing two math programs from Tuesday, August 1st to Thursday, August 3rd. With plenty of space available, volunteers are asking parents to sign their children up for a fun, interactive math camp. This camp is geared for students struggling in the subject, and aims to give them an academic boost. From 1PM to 3PM, student’s aged 8 to 12 are welcome to come and get assistance from UNCW volunteers. For children aged five to seven, Projects Abroad will be offering help from 3PM to 4PM. Pam Young, a UNCW volunteer, states that math is an important aspect of life. “Math is just more than numbers—it’s everywhere! You cannot take a step forward without using the concept of math. We want campers to implement math strategies, while helping them to enhance their math skills,” said Young. SPTL reminds all parents to register their children at the library.

WestJet announces new direct flight to Belize
On Monday, July 24th, WestJet announced its new non-stop weekly service between Calgary, Canada and Belize. Effective November 3, 2017, weekly direct flights will be departing Calgary on Fridays at 9:15AM and departing Belize at 3:45PM. This service is part of the airline’s 2017-2018 winter schedule, which includes more flights from Calgary to Vancouver, Toronto, Fort McMurray, Kelowna, Brandon, Grande Prairie, Kitchener, Los Angeles, Houston, Phoenix, Palm Springs, Cancun and Cabo San Lucas. WestJet will now operate an average of 700 daily flights to 93 destinations: 37 in Canada, 22 in the United States, 33 within Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, and one in Europe.

Miss Honduras Andrea Nicolle Salinas Godoy arrives
The final contestant for La Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant is here! Miss Honduras Andrea Nicolle Salinas Godoy arrived today along with reign Miss Costa Maya 2015 Gabriela Vanessa Salazar Valle.

Reina de la Costa Maya delegates officially sashed
Seven of the eight beautiful Reina de la Costa Maya contestants were officially introduced at Fido’s Courtyard during an official sashing ceremony held on Thursday, July 277th. Miss Belize Michelle Nuñez, Miss Costa Rica Glennys Medina Segura, Miss El Salvador Iris Yazmin Guerra, Miss Guatemala Lesly Fernanda Flores Sagastume, Miss Mexico Ximena Cardoso Gutierrez, Miss Nicaragua Danielle Nicole Hodgson Joseph and Miss Panama Maria Fernanda Jaspe were hosted to a delicious dinner courtesy of Fido’s, after which they introduced themselves and received their official sash from Manager Brian Cook.

Police Report
Sexual Assault: A 13 year-old female student of San Pedro Town visited the San Pedro Police Station along with her mother and reported that sometime in December 2016, at about 5PM, her grand uncle went into her room and fondled her indecently. Police has since detained one person pending charges.
Rape: On Saturday, July 22nd, a 24 year-old female tourist visited the Caye Caulker Police Station and made a report. She indicated that the incident happened around 4AM on the same day. According to her statement, she was awakened by a male person who was on top on of her holding a knife to her face

CEO Ruth Meighan Deputizes for Hon Edmond Castro, Delivers Address at Opening of 39th Central American Port Forum
The Central American Commission for Maritime Transport (COCATRAM), in collaboration with the Belize Port Authority (BPA), Port of Belize and Port of Big Creek, is currently holding the 39th Central American Port Forum at the Best Western Biltmore Plaza in Belize City. The purpose of the Central American Isthmus Port Meeting (REPICA) is to promote the exchange of ideas and experiences through the discussion of port issues. It runs from Tuesday, July 25 until Friday July 28, 2017 and is attended by over 80 participants from the region. The Main address declaring the conference open was delivered by CEO in the Ministry of Transport and National Emergency Management (with responsibility for Ports) Ruth Meighan, who spoke on behalf of the Minister, Hon Edmond Castro.

Sugar Cane Farmers seek to re-negotiate commercial agreement with ASR/BSI
The sugar industry in northern Belize has closed a record-breaking and successful sugar cane milling season this year. The results were beyond the industry’s projection, with more than 140 thousand tons of sugar milled despite the low volumes of sugar cane available during the season. As a result, American Sugar Refinery (ASR)/ Belize Sugar Industries (BSI) is planning an investment of $22 million US dollars for the enhancement of the sugar factory in Orange Walk. However, before anything is done, there are a couple of hurdles ahead for the industry, the first being the loss of quota in the European market for cane sugars. Then there is the issue of Belizean cane farmers requesting wider re-negotiation of the industry’s commercial agreement. The commercial agreement signed in 2015, contains a clause related to a strategic development plan, which allows the associations or BSI to cancel the agreement beginning January 19, 2018. The agreement also states that if there is no contract for the purchasing and sale of sugar cane, by law, BSI will not accept cane from any farmer without a signed contract.

Ambergris Today

2017 Costa Maya Delegates Officially Sashed
Costa Maya delegates were officially sashed on Thursday July 27th, 2017 at Fido's Courtyard and Pier. They enjoyed a fabulous dinner and got to mingle and interact with locals and visitors of the island. Enjoying the music of the band while taking pictures and dancing was how the night ended. Costa Maya is scheduled to take place on Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 at the Hon. Louis Sylvester Sports Complex. Congrats and good luck to all the contestants vying for the title of Miss Costa Maya 2017.

Ministry Investigates Illegal Mining And Dredging On Ambergris Caye
The Ministry of Natural Resources has received complaints of elevated illicit mining and dredging activities within the marine environment surrounding San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The Mining Unit, along with the Hol Chan Marine Reserve Staff, is investigating these activities to confirm the extent and those involved. Based on the outcome of the investigation the Ministry will take the necessary steps to address any infringement of regulations. The Ministry of Natural Resources reminds the Public, specifically persons engaged in mining and dredging activities, that it is an offense to mine, prospect and/ or remove minerals without first obtaining a permit or license from the Mining Unit of the Ministry of Natural Resources. Any person who is found carrying out these activities without the requisite permit or license commits an offense and will be held liable on conviction to fines and/or imprisonment under the Mines and Minerals Act Chapter 226, Substantive Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2000-2003.

Misc Belizean Sources


Taste of Belize Cuisine Festival Kicks Off in Taiwan
Belize cuisine is gracing the tables at The Cafe Restaurant of Shangri La Far Eastern Plaza Hotel in Taipei from 27th July through 13th August 2017. The Event, the Taste of Belize Cuisine Festival, is presented by the Embassy of Belize in Taiwan in partnership with the Central American Trade Office (CATO) and the Hotel. The Taste of Belize opened at lunch time on July 27th to a packed restaurant of specially invited guests from the Diplomatic Corp, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Taiwan, public and private sector entities, and regular customers. Vice Foreign Minister H. E. Jose Maria Liu, Shangri La's Resident Manager Alexander Paul, and Embassy of Belize's Ambassador H.E. Diane Haylock spoke at the ceremony and broke ice along with CATO's Director H.E. Ingrid Hsing, and Belize's own celebrated Chef Jennie Staines of Elvi's Kitchen on San Pedro Ambergris Caye.

Through its technical units of BelizeINVEST and the Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), BELTRAIDE is pleased to announce its first ever Talent Fair 2017 to be held at the BTEC Enterprise Room on the ITVET Compound on Freetown Road in Belize City on August 17, 18 and 19, 2017 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The aim of the Talent Fair is to enable potential employees to join BELTRAIDE’s employment database through a brief registration and interview in an effort to better match talent capacity with potential existing and future investments in Belize.

Cocono Bwai, Denise Castillo, the Belize Dance Company and Project Inebesei represent Belize at Expo Astana in Kazakhstan
Expo Astana is an International Exposition which began on June 10 and ends on September 10, 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan. 100 countries and over 10 international organizations will partake in discussions on this year’s theme, “Energy of the Future” to share in the development of a plan to control energy consumption around the world and to minimize damage to the environment. Hosting 100 countries in one location and with an expected 5 million visitors, the expo embraces the ability to showcase more than intellect and grants the attending countries the opportunity to showcase themselves in areas of Destination/Tourism, Trade in Goods & Services and Culture. EXPORTBelize, BELTRAIDE is proud to be working with the selected Artists and Musicians to develop their craft and showcase their talent as a business in an international arena.

Corozal NICH workshop painting the Jade
Here's an youth mural painting workshop done by the Corozal NICH.

Queen of the West 2017 Presentation
The Queen of the West presentation is tomorrow night at CK's Sports Bar. The 5 contestants will be there for pictures and autographs from 8:00pm until 10:00pm. "Queen of the West Presentation at CK Sports Bar & Restaurant Saturday July 29th 2017 at 8:00 PM! Come on out, meet and greet the contestants! "

Last night was Reef ecology presentation
Thanks to Hol Chan Marine Reserve

We here at Belizean Legends celebrate the formation of the Consortium for Belizean Development thirty-two years ago in Los Angeles, California. We honor those legendary Belizeans who stood the test of time and organized for Belize's development at home while resisting the backlash of vicious immigration laws since then that was imposed by one United States president after the next. Now as the new president of the U.S., Donald Trump, has imposed more aggressive and draconian immigration laws, it is unclear what the Belizean diaspora agenda have become almost two decades after the demise of the Belizean consortium.

The legendary black Belizean woman, Myrna Manzanares has transcended Belizean social work, poetry and struggle from the Los Angeles Belizean diaspora community to her repatriation to Belize in the mid 80's to continue her never ending work of giving to people and country with all her being and sincerity. Her dynamic work in the Belizean community in Los Angeles has compiled volumes in terms of her contribution to Belizean organizing in the diaspora, and her relentless 'open packie' and outspoken way of telling it like it is. Myrna was a force to be reckon with as an organizer in the Belizean diaspora, and transfer her knowledge as an expatriate Belizean to Belize to further her quest for black identity, and to become an instrumental figure in the Belize Creole Council in Belize.

Tribute To The Legends: Samuel Haynes!. Apart from the poem that became Belize's national anthem today, "Lands of the Gods", one of Belize's most astute renaissance man and international ambassador, Samuel Haynes also wrote other poems like the ones seen here in this expose we here at Belizean Legends call, "Tribute to the Legends: Samuel Haynes!" Check it out!

Activities to Commemorate Emancipation Day in Belize
ISCR and the Museum of Belize are collaborating with the UBAD Educational Foundation in their hosting of Activities to Commemorate Emancipation Day in Belize. Yes Slavery was also a part of the Belizean Story. We must not forget. We are here because they were here. Please feel free to join in on any of the activities beginning on July 31st,2017. The highlight will be a lecture by Dr. Patricia Rodney!

Women's Empowerment Seminar
July 29, 9am-12pm, UWI Auditorium, Belize City

For the third year in a row the Belize Film Commission - NICH has hosted an event in Southern California that focuses on wooing Hollywood producers and investors to Belize and connecting with members of our Belizean Diaspora willing to support Belize’s film industry. During the successful luncheon held on July 22nd at the Pacific Palisades home of Belizean-Americans, Dr. Yvonne Goff and Mr. David Fairweather, guests were treated to a virtual reality experience by CEO Ryan Moore of Experience 360° using VR headsets, the screening of Yochi, the winning short film at the 2016 Belize International Film Festival directed by Ilana Lapid and shot entirely on location in Belize; and, a surprise unveiling of a painting of the Deputy Prime Minister of Belize by artist, John Barge III.

Costa Maya Delegates enjoy a night of dancing, laughter, pictures and a delicious Mayan Buffet by Elvis Kitchen!

World Breastfeeding Week Photo Contest
Interested persons can email their pictures to breastfeeding[email protected] World Breastfeeding Week is August 1st - 7th, 2017. In commemoration of World Breastfeeding Week, the Ministry of Health in partnership with PAHO/WHO Belize and INCAP will be offering prizes for photo submissions depicting the beauty and support in breastfeeding.

A day spent on the new market in Finkasolana Corozal
This products are sold cheaper than the usual price at the Corozal Market. I saw menonites selling, a tent that sets up from 2am, new building. I saw coconuts, watermelon, mangoes, papaya, cucumber sold for 1$ a pound, 2$ a pound for plantin, @ lots more. This tents are set up every friday and monday.

Today is the big opening of the New Odettes Home Center here in Corozal!
Music, giveaways and discounts in store. We are now located at Corner 5th Avenue and 2nd Street South formerly known as Sky Top! See you there. Come out and check what odettes has in store.

Raptor Certification Program
Our Raptor Certification Program application deadline (August 1) is approaching. We have received a number of applications, but would like to have more. Please submit your applications ASAP! Please spread the word to all Belizeans. Don't miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity. There is no certification program like it in Central America. Also, we cover your costs. Submit your application to [email protected]

Cacao demonstration plot
Ya'axche's Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator Eugenio Ah visited farmer Vicente Makin to begin establishing a 1-acre cacao demonstration plot on a slope that was once used to grow corn. Vicente along with his sons Paul, Sebastian and dog Delia are identifying the contour of the slope using an A-frame. Vicente's ingenuity and vision of adopting and modifying smart farming techniques are inspiring!

Channel 7

10 Years For Bert Vasquez
Bert Vasquez, the accused girl killer who was convicted of forceable abduction and indecent assault, will spend 10 years in jail for those crimes. That's the sentence that Justice Adolph Lucas handed him this afternoon at the conclusion of the mitigation hearing. You'll remember that about 2 weeks ago, a jury of 9 found him guilty of kidnapping a girl - who was 16 years-old at the time - at gunpoint. She testified that he forced her to enter his vehicle near the Pound Yard bus stop in Belize City. He then drove her to Ladyville, where he assaulted her, humiliated her, and forced her to perform sexual acts on him at gunpoint.

Justice For Sylvan's Senseless Murder
In December 2011, Sylvan Roberts Jr. was murdered in front of his wife and kids at their Santa Elena home - all for just $50. The 2 accused murderers were found guilty today when they appeared before Justice Antionette Moore in Belmopan. They are Hillview area residents 26 year old Donovan Casildo in the long sleeve brown shirt and 21 year old Bryan Clark in white. They were remanded into prison until September 29th for mitigation. Both men allegedly broke into the Roberts' residence while they were asleep that night in December. They gained entry by breaking the living room window. Roberts was awakened by that sound and when he went out to check, he was shot to the armpit. Robert's wife came out afterwards but raced back to the room where her daughters were when she saw the masked men.

Doehm's Domicile Under Scrutiny In Port Loyola
American couple David and Anke Doehm may have moved out of San Pedro - but they continue to face harassment. Today's Amandala reports that they are staying at this non-descript home in the Port Loyola area and residents of the area want them out. We spoke to one resident who says the community wants to organize a protest - but police have asked him to hold it down for the time being. Police have instituted hourly patrols in the area. The resident told us that there are "about 50" children living in the area and their parents are concerned for their safety.

Taiwan's Foreign Minister Got What He Came For
Taiwan's Foreign Minister, Dr. David Lee wrapped up his 48 hour visit to Belize this morning. It's the longest stay of any Taiwanese Official since Vice President Wu Den-Yih visited in 2012. And Lee came at the right time: 6 weeks after Panama dumped Taiwan and switched its alliance to mainland China. So Lee came to Belize to sign a big money agreement, and to make sure that this country was still confidently in Taiwan's camp. At the end of the trip, he told us he is satisfied.

Comparing Belize/Guatemala and Taiwan/China
And while Lee was here shoring up alliances, he has plenty of worries back home in Taiwan. That's because his government - which is seeking independence - has enraged China - which still claims the island nation. So, in a sense, just like Belize and Guatemala, Taiwan has a territorial problem with its neighbor. Now, China is one of the world's great powers, Guatemala is not anywhere near - but we asked Lee where Taiwan comes down on the Belize-Guatemala issue - not surprisingly, he was right in the middle:

What Cutbacks? Foreign Minister Says ICDF Program May Be Extended In Belize
And we also got to ask the foreign minister about the Taiwan ICDF program. Every year about two dozen Belizean students receive scholarships to Taiwanese Universities which includes a round trip economy class ticket, accommodations, tuition fees, credit fees, insurance, textbook costs, and a monthly allowance. It's the best scholarship program on offer but recently we've heard Belizean students in Taiwan express concern that they are scaling back some of the benefits of the program, like that round trip ticket home. We asked the Foreign Minister today of there are plans tow downscale the programme:

Man Fatally Shot In Santa Elena, Was It Self-Defence?
A man used his licensed weapon to shoot and kill another man who was chopping him. It happened last night at 9:00 in Santa Elena, Cayo. 31 year old Nevis Bethancourt got into a fight with 37 year old Jose Nunez Castellanos at a restaurant at the corner of Eden Road and the George Price Highway - which is a few hundred feet up from the Santa Elena Roundabout. Police report that Nunez-Castellanos chopped the Bethancourt's right hand, and raised his machete to chop him again - and that's when Bethancourt pulled this licensed 9 millimeter pistol and shot him multiple times.

Special Constable Tried To Intervene Got Stabbed
And keeping it in Cayo, a police special constable was stabbed yesterday morning when he tried to break up a fight. Yesterday morning at 6:30, 45 year old Eusterio Verano COC was on his way to the bus stop in San Antonio Village when he saw Amir Tzib assaulting another man with a machete. Coc went to take away the machete from Tzib and was asking away with it when Tzib stabbed him with a knife. Coc swung around with the machete he had just taken away and cut Tzib. Special Constable Coc then ran away to get medical attention while Tzib was arrested pending charges.

The Twist In The Jaguar's Tale
Yesterday we told you about a problem jaguar that was caught in the Northern Lagoon area in the Belize District. The farm owners held the cat long enough for the Forest Department to extract the jaguar, and deliver it to the Belize Zoo for rehabilitation. However, once there, things did not go quite as expected. Alex Courtenay reports on the terrible twist in this jaguar's tale. Over the last few months, this farm in the Northern Lagoon area has served as a hunting grounds for a mature, male jaguar. According to the farm's owner, dozens of sheep, cows and geese have gone missing since the predator set up shop. In an attempt to stop the jaguar from feasting on the livestock, a trap was set up on the outskirts of the farm, and after three days, the jaguar was caught. The Forest Department and Belize Zoo were then called to the scene to extract the problem animal.

More Vega-Vice?
Taken in isolation, each of land cases all appear above board, but as a collective, the suggest that land ownership was being funneled to members of the Vega family. So, here's how it works. There are a number of recurring names of private citizens who keep showing up in the documents. It appears that between 2014 and 2015, when Gaspar Vega was the Minister in charge, these persons went in to the Lands Department and applied to purchase parcels of land in the Spanish Creek area of along the Belize River. They were then granted the option to buy the land, which they did, for a few thousand dollars. The land documents say that within a few months, these new land owners then sell their title to 2 members of the Vega family. Other documents say the same thing was done with Ramsey Caye, which is in the Belize District, but a few miles south of Belize City. Again, people went in applied to buy different parcels of land on Ramsey Caye. They were granted permission and paid several thousand dollars. A few months later, the land was transferred over to these same members of the Vega family.

Cocono Bwai Da Kazakhstan!
Performers Denise Castillo and Cecil "Cocono Bwai" Jenkins Jr are a long way from home - in Astana, Kazakhstan which is in Eastern Europe. They are part of the EXPORTBelize, BELTRAIDE contingent at Expo Astana, where Belize is one of a hundred countries welcoming an expected 5 million visitors. They left Belize on Sunday July 23rd, and will return on Wednesday August 2nd after performing cultural music in 30 minute performances, 3 times a day, for 3 days.

A Sports Camp For Hundreds In Their Own Hoods
The National sports council hosted over 200 children at sports camps featuring volleyball, basketball, football and softball over the past two weeks. But this year, they did things differently; they took the camps to the kids. The acting national sports coordinator and the sports director explained:

Getting Ready For CODICADER
We also got to ask Jones about the upcoming CODICADER games in Honduras. As we reported 10 days ago - Belize managed to avoid a two year ban and has been invited to participate. So, the sports council is getting ready to take a full contingent of student athletes to Tegucigalpa Honduras on August 20th. This was finalized at a technical meeting in Honduras earlier this week. Jones told us how many:... Ian Jones - Director of Sports: "We have been doing all the paper works in terms of getting the athletes information together, the school information, send it back to CODICADER. So far we have commitment from all the major disciplines and now it's a matter of putting everything together, putting the resources behind it..."

Taiwan and Belize Meet In The Middle
As we've been reporting, the Taiwanese Foreign Minister, Dr. David Lee left Belize today after a 48 Horus visit. He got what eh came for - which is an assurance that Belize will stick with Taiwan, and Belize got a 60 million US dollar package of loans and grants. But, for the Taiwanese - it really is about more than just money. They have invested plentifully in giving Belize technical assistance in areas such as agriculture, aquaculture and information technology. But, to be honest, many times their programs don't catch on, because Taiwan is too advanced for Belize where the pace of adaptation and change can be slow.

Dara Does It Again for Hunger
On Sunday, Joel "Dara" Robinson is organizing his 6th Annual Ride for hunger. Now, you've seen Dara on our newscast for years as he struggles to raise the funds for his feeding program. He and his team work to keep underprivileged children fed so that they can go to school and actually learn, instead of worrying about where their next meal will come from. He's hoping that those supporters of his Ride for Hunger will come out and contribute so that he can keep the program alive. And today, his co-organizer, Kwame Scott, stopped by to ask that the public come out. Here's what he had to say:

Channel 5

10 Years for Bert Vasquez on Abduction, Sex Charges
Last Friday, Bert Vasquez, convicted by a jury on July tenth of forcible abduction, sexual assault, and harm against a sixteen-year-old minor, which occurred back in May of 2011, continued [...]

Fatal Altercation in Santa Elena: Man Shot to Death, Victim in Hospital with Chop Wounds
There was a fatal shooting overnight in Santa Elena Town that claimed the life of a Honduran construction worker. Thirty-seven-year-old Jose Leonardo Nunez Castellanos was found lying face down under [...]

Dangriga’s Nisani Garcia Acquitted of 2014 Murder Charges
Also from the Supreme Court, on Wednesday Dangriga resident Nisani Garcia was acquitted of a murder charge following trial before Justice Denis Hanomansingh. He was accused of the shooting death [...]

Recreational Marijuana User Takes Additional Jail Time
He says he uses marijuana to relax his mind. But Aaron Flowers was sentenced to further jail time on a charge of possession of controlled substances after changing his plea [...]

Northern Fishermen Co-Op Workers Up in Arms Over Minimum Wage
Last week you heard Opposition member and Lake I Representative Cordel Hyde say that living on the minimum wage is killing the poor people in Belize. He spoke of the [...]

Taiwanese Foreign Minister in Belize; Decries Relations with People’s Republic
Taiwanese Foreign Minister David Lee concluded a three-day working visit to Belize this morning, his final stop being a tour of the Samuel Haynes Institute of Excellence on Mahogany Street.  [...]

Taiwan Hopes for Peace between Belize and Guatemala
Foreign Minister Lee also shared his thoughts on the Belize/Guatemala territorial dispute, stating only that it is Taiwan’s wish that both countries eventually arrive at a peaceful solution to the [...]

Taiwanese Hail Agricultural Partnership
On Thursday, Doctor Lee headed west to Central Farm where he toured the agriculture and tilapia hatchery facilities headed by the Taiwanese Mission.  He shared his reaction to what he [...]

TIDE, MARFUND Wrap Up Million-Dollar Project in South
The Meso American Reef, like many other coral reef systems, is vulnerable to a number of threats, including coastal development, habitat loss, overfishing and unsustainable fishing. Similarly, climate change increases [...]

Pathlight Prepares Teachers and Administrators for the New School Year
For the first time in ten years, an annual teacher training conference, previously organized and held in the west, was hosted at the Radisson in Belize City. Pathlight has been [...]

Belize’s Artistic Future on Display at ICA Summer Camp
The annual Creative Arts Camp organized by the Institute of Creative Arts culminated today with a routine showcase of what the young performers have learned at the camp. Over the [...]

Belizean Artists to Astana International Expo
Cocono Bwai, Denise Castillo, the Belize Dance Company and Project Inebesei are tonight in Kazakhstan representing Belize at Expo Astana. The international trade show began on June tenth and ends on September tenth, 2017, with [...]

“Dara” Robinson Sets Off on Ride for Hunger
Popular Belizean philanthropist Dara Robinson is preparing once again for the school year ahead by hosting the sixth annual Ride for Hunger.  The event takes place this Sunday where the [...]

Preview of Lucky Dube Tribute Concert Next Weekend
Isle where Dara and friends have organized the tenth annual Lucky Dube Tribute.  As usual, fans of reggae music and those wanting to contribute to the feeding program are being [...]


Belize’s Bright Future in Agriculture
In a recent report presented by the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB), it had reported positively on the agriculture sector for Belize. Agriculture Minister, Godwin Hulse told Love News that SIB was accurate as he gave us an update on the progress of the agricultural sectors. GODWIN HULSE “That is absolutely good news because that […]

SSB Lending Rates: A Little High For Citrus Farmers
On July 3 we told you of the ten million dollar facility that the Social Security Board had established for citrus growers. According to SSB, they are keeping with its strategy to participate in responsible, productive domestic investment aimed at growing and sustaining the fund and to contribute to the long term sustainability of the […]

SSB’s Consultations on Increased Contributions Conclude
Earlier this year, the Social Security Board embarked on a nationwide consultation with stakeholders. The purpose was to get feedback in regards to a possible increase of social security contributions for employees who are earning between 300 and 500 dollars per week. The consultancy concluded and today the SSB presented the findings to its stakeholders […]

CWU’s Agreement Almost Finalized with SSB
In May we told you about the walk out staged by employees of Social Security Board who are also members of the Christian Workers Union. Those employees protested over the impasse on their collect bargaining agreement. Fast-forward two months to tonight and it seems that both parties are on the same page. CEO Dr. Colin […]

TIDE Reaps Fruits Via The Mar Fund
On Thursday the German Embassy showcased some of the accomplishments of the MAR Fund German Cooperation project which is implemented by the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE). Executive Director of MAR Fund, Maria Jose Gonzalez gave an overview of the regional MAR Fund German Cooperation Project in the region. MARIA JOSE GONZALEZ “We […]

The Struggles of a Small University Like UB
Yesterday Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat was officially installed as the President of the University of Belize. During his almost hour long speech, Professor Sankat spoke about what he has experienced at the University and what he plans to accomplish as the head of the country’s national university. Professor Sankat also spoke about the challenges facing […]

New Programs … New Fees At UB
The University of Belize is offering new programs in the upcoming academic year but it will come with an increased cost. According to the President, Clement Sankat, the new programs include Business Management, Medical Laboratory, Early Childhood Education, Pharmacy and Agriculture. Sankat explained that the fees are necessary to keep the university operational. CLEMENT SANKAT […]

13 Years for Bert Vasquez in Abduction Case
Thirty three year old Bert Vasquez was sentenced today by Justice Adolph Lucas. Vasquez was sentenced to ten years for forcible abduction which carries a maximum prison sentence of thirteen years. He was also given the maximum sentence of three years for the crime of aggravated assault of an indecent nature. The sentences are to […]

Guilty Trio Sentenced on 8th Anniversary of James Young’s Homicide
Three men were sentenced to prison today for the 2009 murder of taxi man, James Young. Pauline Soberanis Tillett has the details. PAULINE SOBERANIS TILLETT “Three men 34 year old Sherlock Myvette of Esperanza Village, 32 year old Matthew Gentle and 26 year old Ricardo Tzul both of Roaring Creek Village appeared before Magistrate Antoinette […]

Julius Advises PUP To ‘Go For The Kill’
Municipal elections are about six and a half months away and the machinery for both main political parties are beginning to rev up as they enter campaign mode. For the People’s United Party, we spoke with Cayo South Representative, Julius Espat who told Love News that he is not assisting any of the western municipalities […]

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Froylan Gilharry’s “Pyrrhic victory” at the CCJ
In a decision handed down yesterday, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has ordered the Government of Belize to immediately make advance payment of $40,000 to former bus operator, Froylan Gilharry, Sr., of Corozal Town, towards the cost of pursuing litigation following a dispute with transport authorities over cut-backs in his runs dating back to 2011. Amandala could not reach Gilharry for comment on the latest development, but his attorney, Fred Lumor, SC, told us that the ruling is a “Pyrrhic victory” – won at too great a cost to the victor. Lumor noted, though, that the CCJ awarded to Gilharry costs on an indemnity basis, which means that all his legal expenses have to be paid, which, he said, is hardly ever done.

Heart disease is top killer in Belize District for Jan-June 2017
The leading cause of death in the Belize District, the country’s most populous district, where roughly 30% of the national population resides, is heart disease, according to a bulletin just released by the Ministry of Health for the Central Health Region. Heart disease is also the 4th most common non-communicable disease (NCD), after hypertension, diabetes and asthma, but right next in line is chronic renal failure, which may also be associated with diabetes. For the most common NCD (hypertension), 55 new cases have been reported for the district for the first half of this year, while new diabetes cases amounted to 43.

Arguably the most hated persons in San Pedro, Anke and David Doehm, have relocated to Belize City because San Pedranos have told them in no uncertain terms that they are not welcome to remain on the island after the brutal death of a 13-year-old girl who was in their care. Tonight, however, residents of Reggae Street on Belize City’s southside contacted Amandala to express their discomfort and displeasure with their new neighbors. The Doehms moved in at around 10 o’clock this morning, but neighbors want them to move out immediately, because they fear that their presence might disrupt the peace in their community.

The end is near, says Chairman Aldo Salazar
The UDP-led Senate Select Committee cancelled its session today and announced that it would suspend further sittings until September, the most festive month on the Belizean calendar, when hardly anyone would be paying attention to the hearings because they are held on Wednesdays, which in one case would be the eve of the September 21 Independence celebrations. We asked the UDP-appointed Senator and Chairman of the Senate Select Committee, Aldo Salazar, why today’s sitting was cancelled, although four members from the audit team who assisted in the audit of the Immigration Department were present.

G-G signs proclamation to defer re-registration to July 2018
A national re-registration exercise was to have been initiated this month, July 2017, but a statutory instrument has been passed to push back the exercise to next July, 2018. Governor General Sir Colville Young has signed a statutory instrument and proclamation, dated and published in the Government Gazette on June 30, 2017, to extend the timeline within which the re-registration of electors exercise is to be carried out. He cites section 3 of the Representation of the People Act, Chapter 9 of the Laws of Belize, which, he said, “provides that the Governor General may at any time by proclamation published in the Gazette, either generally or in respect of any division, alter, vary or extend all or any of the dates on which or the periods within which” an action is to be taken under the specified law.

From SJC Valedictorian to physicist: The odyssey of Sydney Taegar (Part 3)
late morning sun was beating down, making Kremandala chairman Evan X Hyde’s office uncomfortably hot, but when he offered to turn on the air conditioning, Dr. Taegar told him, “I prefer the window open. I don’t care too much for AC.” Hyde left shortly after to bring someone he told Dr. Taegar he had to meet. When he returned, he introduced Dr. Taegar to Ya Ya Marin Coleman, the chairperson of the United Black Association for Development, Education Foundation (UEF). The UEF building houses the Library of African and Indian Studies and is also the home of the Dr. Leroy Taegar Institute of Learning, and the high-energy Ya Ya Marin Coleman is in charge of that part of the Kremandala operation.

Mayor’s Cup finals
Here are the results from the Dangriga Mayor’s Cup 2017 championship finals last Sunday at the Carl Ramos Stadium, where thousands of football fans from all over the country of Belize and elsewhere turned out in numbers… sold out bleachers, hundreds of standees, sold out Carl Ramos Stadium in drinks and food! Coming to the games, in the third-place match-up, DYFA won over Department of Youth Services, 4 goals to 1. In game two, which was the big championship showdown, it was a wonderful, beautiful game between both teams; but at the end of regular time, the Belize Coast Guards proved to everyone they are the better team throughout the Mayor’s Cup Tournament by winning the Mayor’s Cup championship final over Harrison “Cafu” Roches’ team, the Pomona Warriors, by a score of 3 goals to 1.

“In the Paint” – Interoffice Basketball update

Belikin 8-Ball Billiards report from across the country
Belmopan teams finished their semifinal round yesterday. BRC Shooters beat Rising Stars with a total score of 6-0, while The first round of the finals is set to commence this Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. at Chino’s Sports Bar. Special Effects and Rising Stars will fight for 3rd place at Mike’s on Sunday, July 30, at 12:30 p.m., followed by the championship game, BRC Shooters versus Salvapan Shattaz, which is also to be played at Mike’s Cue Club on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Ahmadiyya U-19 basketball team are Copa Cancun Champions 2017
The Ahmadiyya Basketball League sent two teams to the Copa Cancun 2017 tournament, which was held in Cancun, Mexico from the 20th – 23rd July. The teams where U-17 and U-19 males, and they had to compete with teams from all over Mexico, as well as teams from Guatemala. Our U-17 team played 6 games, won 5 of them, and lost in the semifinal round. Our U-19 team also played 6 games, and won them all, including the explosive championship game against the more favored team from Cancun. Our home-boys brought home the championship hardware and represented us well; and for that, let us congratulate the team coaches, Mr. Dion Ramclam and Mr. Jamel Wagner, Mr. Brads Neal and all our sponsors.

Editorial: Class prejudice, ethnic bigotry
In our lifetime we have seen two peoples from widely separated parts of planet earth, the Vietnamese and the Cubans, make some unbelievable and bloody sacrifices in order to achieve and maintain independence, sovereignty, and national dignity. The lesson we learned is that such a desire for the said independence, sovereignty, and national dignity can be an awesomely powerful emotion and energy in a people. In the case of Belize, there was a point in April of 1968 when the United States of America denied an acceptable standard of independence, sovereignty, and national dignity to our nation, Belize, and offered us a satellite status to Guatemala in the Seventeen Proposals of Bethuel Webster. The generation of black Belizean youth growing up in the 1960s had considered Hon. George Price to be less macho than we preferred in our Maximum Leader, but Mr. Price’s response to the Seventeen Proposals eventually proved to be extraordinary, courageous, even adventurist. Once Mr. Price realized in 1968 how opposed the Belizean people were to the Webster Proposals, he rolled the dice.

The battle against offshore oil drilling not over, says San Pedro resident
Dear Editor, As an active member of San Pedro, I would like to personally commend you on behalf of the entire community for keeping the issue of oil at the forefront. Communicating urgency is often very difficult when the surveying ships are not actually in Belizean waters. Your editorial “The Reef, The Oil, and the Politics” helps us to express how urgently this matter needs to be addressed. We are tired of reiterating our standpoint and having it fall on deaf ears. We understand the economic constraints the country faces at the moment, and that is exactly why our standpoint is so strong. As you’ve outlined, the Resource Curse is a very real thing. Let’s not play the fool and think we will be shielded by the negative effects of this natural “resource”. We can develop sustainably, as outlined by the government’s own Growth Strategy document!

An open letter to Evan X
Dear Evan X, I could recall as a child, when I was around 7 or 8 years old down there in Dangriga, I was always playing hop scotch, marbles or skipping when a man would pass with some papers in his hands shouting, “AMANDALA!! AMANDALA!!” I could also recall running to the gentleman out of a skipping contest and saying, “Sir, what is that you are selling?” “AMANDALA,” he replied. “Yes,” I said, “I hear you, but what is that, that thing called AMANDALA?” “It is a paper that some people in Belize City are writing and I am selling it for them,” he said.

Anything goes in the Tower of Babel …
Sometimes I feel like I’m living in an alternative universe, one where there is no such thing as objective truth, and all facts are merely viewed as matters of opinion. An OPINION—which we all have about things in general—and which is formed by our knowledge of and experience in the world, is different than a FACT, which is commonly thought of as a thing that is indisputably the case: reality—what goes up, must come down. We’re entitled to our own opinions, but we are not entitled to our own FACTS. A man might think that ambitious men and women view a career in the legal profession as a good way to climb the ladder of financial success and heightened social status—I suppose that’s why there’s so many of them.

The sad case of the missing culverts at San Jose, Toledo
Dear Editor, I write today for two things: one to congratulate the people of the Maypen community for their spanking new bridge and two, to talk about the discrimination against the Maya people here in Toledo. You see, while I applaud the opening of the new Maypen Bridge, which costs well over $100K, I also want Belizeans to be aware of the discrimination that is taking place against the Maya people of Southern Belize. If this is not discrimination, then I don’t know what to call it. For more than ten years now under the PUDP administrations, two culverts which are valued at less than $20K have been washed out because of the inferior work that was done to put them in just before elections. Because of this neglect the Maya people of San Jose now have to travel an extra fourteen miles daily on some of the worst roads in this country!

Right to the Point
It takes a lot to kill a child. The issue of domestic violence has many tentacles because, as I wrote before, there are various forms of domestic violence as defined by our laws. These forms being physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, psychological abuse and financial abuse are likewise comprised of their own variations and how each is practiced. It needs to be clear that there can be a combination of these abuses and more often than not the one form of abuse that accompanies each is the psychological abuse, because abuse no matter the form has an impact on the psychology of the person. The psychology having to do with the mind.

Janus II
It is interesting that a joke, crude and very local, should nudge my spirit to start writing this column. When two daughters of Simon Lamb visited the market, the one from the great land of the diaspora (note: accent, emphasis on the ‘i’, not the ‘o’,) should point to the great fruit mami, (accent on ‘a’ and ‘i’) if she wants to be an authentic Belizean. The diasporan’s correction “oh, you mean ‘mother’”suggested to me that the fruit really reminds you of mother’s breast, so much so that we call it mami. Remember accent on both the ‘a’ and the ‘i’. The incident merits mention because it elicited from me the connection I have with the original diaspora and how I came to be who I am. My maternal grandfather came to Belize at a very early age; family legend places that arrival at about fifteen. This is about the time in Europe when the first Great War had been fought and an unknown corporal of the German army started to make Nazi noises. Aldous Hurley had visited British Hond

Two would-be church burglars denied bail
Two residents of Wagner’s Lane were remanded to the Belize Central Prison this morning after they were arraigned on a charge of attempted burglary. Shaquille Martinez, 23, a self-employed yard cleaner, and Terel Moreira, 21, a construction worker, appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser, who read the charge to them. Both men pleaded not guilty, but the court prosecutor, Corporal Christopher Smith, objected to the court granting them bail on the ground that the prosecution has a strong case against them.

Mario Galvez tries to protect ex-girlfriend, but DPP says case will proceed to trial
Three adults and a minor (who is still remanded), who are facing charges in connection with an alleged aggravated burglary that occurred at the home of businessman Mario Galvez on Wednesday, May 24, appeared this morning in the Magistrate’s Court before Senior Magistrate, Sharon Fraser. The virtual complainant, Galvez, also appeared. Galvez’s purpose for appearing at court today was to inform the presiding magistrate that he “came to drop the case.” Esther Garcia, 28, an ex-girlfriend of Galvez, is facing a charge of conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary. No one else has been charged for the conspiracy along with Garcia.

UEF celebration of Emancipation Day August 1
The UBAD Educational Foundation has put together a series of activities to commemorate the 179th anniversary of Emancipation Day on August 1. Amandala spoke to UEF Chairperson YaYa Marin Coleman and member Pambana Bassett on the significance of Belizeans observing Emancipation Day, the abolition of legal enslavement. Bassett said that they are excited because this is the fourth year that UEF has planned activities for Emancipation Day. “It is 179 years since the legal proclamation that ended the legal enslavement of our African Ancestors in Belize by the British imperialists, formerly British Honduras, which was colonized brutally by the British. For this year we have a number of activities.

Relocation of Belize buses to ADO Terminal is putting a hurt on the vendors at Lazaro Cardinez Market
After agreeing to abide by new regulations and traffic laws in Chetumal, Belizean bus operators have now been informed that they must relocate their buses while in Chetumal to the ADO Bus Terminal and they are no longer permitted to park at the Lazaro Cardinez Market bus stop. This relocation is having a negative impact on the revenue of the market vendors and business owners at the Lazaro Cardinez Market (New Market) in Chetumal, which was the popular bus park for Belize buses for years. The business owners are unhappy because there is a decline in their sales. According to a report, the business owners at Lazaro Cardinez Market have seen a decline of about 70% in their revenue and they are lobbying Chetumal City officials to address the situation, because the Belize buses were relocated without consultation with them. They are seeking for the move to be reversed.

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Transport Board suspends J&J Bus Line over reckless driving
The Department of Transport has suspended the road service permit for J&J Bus Line after an amateur video, posted on social media captured the driver driving recklessly on the George Price Highway. Chief Transport Officer, Tirso Galvez explained that J&J will be suspended for a month following the incident, which happened earlier this week. He assured commuters that during the month that J&J’s permit is suspended, the Department will make alternate arrangements to ensure that there is no disruption of service. Galvez also said that the Department is looking into having the driver charged with reckless driving, which carries “a serious penalty under the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act.”

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Bert Vasquez gets ten years in prison
The man accused of killing Jasmine Lowe, has been found guilty in another incident and sentenced to ten years. He is Bert Vasquez, 35. Six years ago a minor told police that Vasquez abducted her from pound yard in Belize City and drove her […]

Man who burned Deputy Prime Minister’s vehicle out on bail
The man accused of burning Patrick Faber’s vehicle last October will stand trial next October. He is Allen Martinez who was caught on camera in the early morning blaze. Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith during a preliminary inquiry on Thursday morning ruled that the evidence against […]

Machete fight in San Antonio Village leaves two persons injured
According to police reports, yesterday morning around 6:25, San Ignacio Police visited an area in San Antonio Village, Cayo District where they saw Eusterio Verano Coc, 45, Belizean Special Constable suffering from apparent stab wounds. Coc was transported to the San Ignacio Community Hospital for […]

Man shot and killed in Santa Elena, Cayo
Last night around 9:04, San Ignacio Police visited the corner of Eden Drive and George Price Highway in Santa Elena Town where Jose Leonardo Nunez Castellanos, 37, Honduran Construction worker of Santa Cruz Area was seen lying face down under a business establishment . Castellanos […]

Will PM Barrow testify before the Senate Select Committee?
Ady Pacheco had previously told the Senate Select Committee that Cabinet had made a decision to stop background checks on persons applying for visas and passports.When asked, Prime Minister Dean Barrow could not recall and had to double check before confirming. Will he be […]

Vega and Pitts haven’t returned tax payers’ money
Andre Vega and Sharon Pitts have not yet returned the $400,000 that they had each received from former minister of Natural Resources, Gaspar Vega following a shady land transaction.The Government of Belize filed a claim against them since last December but the matter is […]

Anke and David Doehm move to Reggae Street
Anke and David Doehm have relocated from San Pedro following the death of their adopted daughter, Faye Lin.The American couple yesterday moved into a bungalow house on Reggae Street in Belize City. A source told BBN that neighbours want them out of the community […]

IDB, Government, and private sector discuss ways to ensure Belize’s sustainable development
Top executives from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) visited Belize this week to discuss with top government officials and representatives of the private sector ways of deepening their partnership and cooperation to ensure the country’s sustainable development. IDB Executive Vice President Julie T. Katzman, […]

Taiwanese delegation visit Tilapia Hatchery Center
The Agriculture Department yesterday hosted a visit at the Tilapia Hatchery Centre in Central Farm by the Minister of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Taiwan, H.E. Dr. David Lee and the Secretary General of the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF), Tien-Yi Hsiang. The […]

Cost of living inches up slightly for June
Belizean households paid an average of 60 cents more for goods and services for the month of June, according to the lasts Consumer Price Index released by the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB). “The ‘Transport’ index was the single greatest contributor to the overall […]

Sugar drives export increase for first half of 2017
The sugar industry was Belize’s single largest revenue earning export for the first half of 2017, contributing largely to a 19.2 percent increase in revenue earned over last year, according to the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB). The SIB’s latest trade statistics showed figures […]


Caye Caulker: the right day-trip destination
Smaller in size to Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker is naturally more laid back. Considered a back-packer’s haven in Belize, everything is within walking distance and there is hardly any traffic. Island life is centralized to either along the beach or on the main road. Wherever you land, you’re sure to experience the best of Caye Caulker in no time! My suggestions? Well, as the office party connoisseur, I highly recommend tasting the deliciously refreshing, famously strong Lizard Juice at Sip N Dip! Once your tongue has turned the classic vibrant green, head over to the crystal clear waters of the legendary Split – one of the most sought-after locations by both locals and visitors. Lounge in the sunshine or swim in the ‘split’ where the island has been cut in two.

Thinking About Your Next Vacation? Here’s Why It should be San Pedro Belize
Popular food and travel bloggers Megsy and Tommo from Food, Fun, & Travel recently stayed with The Phoenix and had a great time exploring, eating, photographing their way through Belize. It's a great introduction to anyone considering a trip to Belize or for those wanting to live vicariously through two seasoned travelers who know how to have a great time while on the move.
Needing a break from reality? Dreaming of eating fresh seafood on a white sand beach? Seeking a little bit of luxury – you deserve it after all. But also after a place that’s easy travel, no drama, no worries….. Well, Stop Dreaming – we’ve got the perfect place for you! We recently took a vacation to San Pedro in the Ambergris Cayes of Belize, admittedly we chose San Pedro as we had to do a visa run from Mexico and it was easy to get to. What we didn’t realise, is that we would step into a world that was honestly quite difficult to leave. The people, the beaches, the food, the chilled out way of life, the fascinating Ambergris Caye excursions and experiences like no other. This place swept us up – and left us wanting more.

Belize Visa And Residence Information
As with many other countries, Belize requires visitors to have sufficient funds to support themselves, a return ticket, and a passport valid for at least three months beyond the date of arrival. As a citizen of the U.S. or Canada you can stay in Belize for up to one month without a visa. If you want to stay longer you’ll need to go to the Immigration Department office in Belize City, Belmopan, or one of the outlying districts, for a visa extension. You can easily renew your visa monthly for up to six months, for a renewal fee of $25. At the end of a six-month stay you must leave the country, but after two weeks outside of Belize you can return and re-start the process. Until recently, a small number of expats extended their visas every month for years. Immigration officers have recently become stricter, but the law has not changed. There’s been inconsistency between regions in terms of whether they will extend visas beyond six months. It’s safest to assume that you may be asked to leave the country after a six-month visit.

Live In Caribbean Belize For $60 A Day Or Less
From sun-kissed islands surrounded by the crystal clear Caribbean Sea…to charming villages nestled in the foothills of the Maya mountains, surrounded by pristine rainforest jungle…Belize is a diverse country of natural wonders. Travel through it and all over you’ll meet content expats who are living their dream lifestyle. Some have opted to live by the beach…others prefer a hillside setting in the rainforest or jungle, with birds and beasts for neighbors… The real beauty of Belize is that a variety of lifestyles are available, with varied sticker prices. If you pick one of the less touristy regions where expats settle—such as the Cayo, Corozal, and Toledo Districts—you can readily spend less than $52 a day. In contrast, during the last few years the cost of living has crept up in the most popular coastal tourism hot spots—Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, and Placencia. But even in these regions there are expats living comfortably on $60 a day.

The BEST cheap eats in Placencia Village!! (with guest writer Dave)
Much of travel surrounds eating. Meals out, new experiences, delicious exotic dishes - travel and food go together like rice and beans. And while Placencia has a number of restaurants that I think can go toe to toe with any international travel destination’s finest dining options (Ricks, Rumfish, Maya Beach Bistro) wherever I am, I gravitate to the cheap eats. No doubt, my favorite part of travel. Below is a quick sampling of my favorite cheap eats, and how to do it like a local!

Ancient Origins Highlights the Wonders of ATM Cave
On July 23, 2017, the popular history website Ancient Origins published an article about the mysterious Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave in Belize. Located deep in the jungle of Belize's western Cayo District, ATM Cave is a vast underground labyrinth that was once used for sacred Maya religious ceremonies including human sacrifices. Abandoned and forgotten for more than 1,000 years, ATM Cave was only rediscovered in the 1980s. Once inside, archaeologists were amazed to discover a treasure trove of undisturbed artifacts including obsidian weapons, ceramic pots still containing food offerings, and a large altar carved from the native rock. But it was the discovery of the Crystal Maiden, the complete skeleton of a young woman whose bones have fused with the minerals in the cave, that make the cave so interesting. According to Ancient Origins, the ancient Maya believed that ATM Cave was a portal to Xibalba, a frightening underworld of monsters, demons, and evil spirits. Only priests were allowed to enter the sacred space in order to perform spells and rites in an effort to appease the gods.

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Would You Dare to Visit an Ancient Maya Cave of Human Sacrifice? If So, Head to Belize
Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Natural Monument, or the “Cave of the Crystal Sepulchre,” in Belize is where archaeologists have uncovered evidence of human sacrifice rituals dating back to 3rd century AD. According to the Belize Audubon Society, the ancient Maya people believed that caves were home to gods who controlled agriculture and rain. The Maya saw caves as portals to the underworld, referred to as “Xibalba,” which translates to “the place of fear or fright.” They often believed that evil spirits, demons, and monsters were guarding the underworld, and therefore only elites and priests would be permitted access to the cave; no commoners were allowed. And yet in modern times the cave is open to any tourist willing to plunge into the underworld. In the past two decades, archaeologists have unearthed more than 1,400 fragments dating from 250 to 909 AD at the ATM cave. It was first discovered in 1989 and has remained mostly unchanged. In the main room, called the “Cathedral,” seven adults and seven children can still be seen, their bones cemented to the floor over the centuries. The skeletons range in age from one-year-old to 45-years-old.

Sankat installed as University of Belize president
Professor Clement Sankat, former pro vice chancellor and campus principal of the University of the West Indies St Augustine campus, has been installed as the seventh President of the University of Belize (UB) Belize. Sankat, a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, who took up the position in February, was officially installed in a ceremony on July 27 at the St John’s Anglican Cathedral of Belize, Belize, that included an academic procession and musical interludes that included an ensemble by UWI academic and conductor Jessel Murray.

Agricultural Policy Forum analyses strategies in the Caribbean
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says the ministers of agriculture of Suriname, Guyana, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic, as well as representatives of the ministries of Agriculture of Jamaica, Belize, Barbados, and t he Bahamas have been analysing agricultural policies in the region. In a statement on Thursday, the IDB said delegates participated in the IDB-sponsored Caribbean Agricultural Policy Forum here earlier this week, which looked at the impact on the performance of the sector. Additionally, delegates also analysed the challenges they face, including the vulnerability of small producers to price volatility in the global market, and the impacts of climate change.

Mesoamerican Reef gets global attention
In a first, Central America’s Mesoamerican Reef, home to more than 500 species of fish and marine species, including large populations of whale sharks, has got global attention with over 65 national and international agencies joining hands to conserve it through a multi-institutional effort. The Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative to conserve the Mesoamerican Reef was launched on the concluding day of the five-day 28th International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB 2017) on Thursday. More than 2,000 conservation professionals and students were gathered here for initiating steps in conservation of biodiversity.

Forecastle Foundation successfully ran their three day Festival in Kentucky, U.S. featuring the Chiquibul Forest through a 65 ft. art wall
Over 65,000 young people joined as part of the event. We are thankful to Forecastle for supporting Chiquibul as one of 5 global hotspots.


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  • Belize Cacao Consortium Group Tour May 2017, 2min. Check out our first group tour where we took our attendees around our farms and all the way through the chocolate making process. From "seed to bean to finished chocolate product". Or as we like to call it "from dirt to dollars"

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