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Misc Belizean Sources
Dion Leslie is the UDP Mayoral Candidate
Unofficial numbers so far are as follows:
Dion Leslie: 2,731.
Phillip Willoughby: 1,976.
Reports are that Leslie won in all constituencies except Mesoptamia & Collet.
Ballots are still being counted to determine the councilor candidates.
Ms. Ladyville 2017
Results of the 2017 Belize National Song Competition
*Winner: Cynthia Najarro
*Runner up: Garif Jr & Jamir Valentine
Belize Song Category 2017:
*Winner: Denise Castillo & Alexander Evans
*Runner Up: Jean Brooks & Gafaar Rodriguez
*Break Out Artist: Shanya Garnett
*People's Choice: Brandon Flores
Minor detained for attempted robbery of restaurant with pellet gun
A 16-year-old minor is detained at the Ladyville police station pending charges after he allegedly attempted to rob a resturant with a pellet gun.
Police say that at around 10:50 p.m., on Friday, police responded to a report of an armed robbery in progress at New Hope Restaurant in Ladyville.
Police responded promptly, but were not able to detain the culprit in action; however, a quick review of the business surveillance footage was able to provide police with a clear description of the suspect.
Fatal traffic accident claims life
The lifeless body of a Trial Farm resident was pulled from out of the wrecked remains of a red Toyota Rav4 in Orange Walk Town early on Sunday morning.
The man identified as Reymond Hendricks, 52, was a passenger in the vehicle. He sustained head injuries and was transported to the Northern Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
UDP supporters elect city’s mayoral candidate today
United Democratic Party (UDP) supporters in Belize City are today selecting their mayoral candidate of choice for next year’s municipal elections.
The candidates who have offered themselves for the post of Mayor are businessman and current City Councillor, Dion Leslie and fellow Councillor in charge of the Council’s City Emergency Management Organization, Philip Willoughby.
Fire destroys house in Orange Walk
A young mother and her two children are homeless after a fire destroyed their house early Saturday.
Police say that at around 4:20 a.m., they responded to a report of a house fire on Crab Fish Street, Trial village and observed a wooden house engulfed in flames.
Belizean journalists on familizarition tour
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB), is currently hosting Belizean journalists on a three-day adventure and familizaration tour of local tourist attractions in the south of the country.
The event is an opportunity for members of the media to be able to portray to Belizeans the beauty and value of travelling locally and being a tourist in their own country.
The three days of gruelling activities kicked off on Friday with one of the most exciting backyard adventures at the Bocawina National Park, located about 4 1/2 miles off the Southern Highway.
Breaking Belize News
Shoman sounds concern on developing crisis in Guatemala
My fellow Jewelizeans – Please pay more attention to what is going on in Guatemala NOW.
A presidential crisis is unfolding rapidly. One close and respected observer has told me that he expects serious and sudden upheaval – and essentially any number can play. The situation is very fluid.
Monday will be critical. Morales, President Morales could be stripped of presidential immunity and arrested.
Vehicle crashes into lamp post leaving one man dead
Sometime around 7 a.m. today police visited the corner of Cemetery Street and Belize Corozal Road in Orange Walk town where they saw a red Toyota Rav 4 with extensive damages to its front portion.
On the road beside the RAV 4 police saw the body of 52 year old Raymond Hendricks, a resident of Trial Farm Village.
Man chopped up in Patchakan
Just before midday on Saturday, police responded to a chopping incident at Patchakan Village in the Corozal District.
When officers arrived on the scene, they saw 23-year-old Diego Ek suffering from chop wounds to his feet and hands.
7 charged for keeping unlicensed firearm and ammunition
San Pedro police have charged seven persons for the offence of ‘Kept Unlicensed Firearm and Ammunition’.
According to police reports, on Saturday afternoon police conducted searches at a wooden house in the Escalante Sub Division, DFC area, of San Pedro Town.
Guatemalan President calls for removal of UN anti-corruption chief
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales announced today that he is expelling the head of the United Nations Anti Corruption Commission, Ivan Velasquez. Comisión Internacional contra la Impunidad en Guatemala, (CICIG) is an international body responsible with investigating and prosecuting serious crimes involving high ranking government officials in Guatemala.
According to a report from ABC News, the order was blocked by Guatemalan court. In the capital of the country, protests erupted to decry the order and Morales is being criticized heavily for the decision.
Caye Caulker couple busted with cannabis
At around 9:30 on Saturday night, Caye Caulker Police conducted a search inside an apartment on Avenida Langosta Street which was occupied at the time by 30 year old Wilmer Sanchez, and 28 year old Joyce Eck.
UDP to select new Belize City Mayoral candidate and slate in the next three hours
Two time Belize City Mayor, Darrel Bradley, will not be seeking a third term. And so two of his incumbent councilors, Philip Willoughby and Deon Leslie, have both offered themselves as his replacement.
Today, there is an open convention at the ITVET compound to select the UDP’s Mayoral candidate and slate in Belize City. Polls opened at ten a.m. and are scheduled to close at 5 p.m.
Village fight leads to shooting
A fight between two Orange Walk men took a turn for the worst when one retrieved a firearm and opened fire on the other.
Police visited the Northern Regional Hospital shortly after 7 p.m. last night where they saw San Estevan Resident, 26 year old Moises Ismael Duque, suffering from gunshot wounds in his abdomen.
Happiest Zoo in the World!
The Belize Zoo is the best, and happiest, little zoo in the world. The way the animals are kept in their natural habitat is perfect, and all the animals are Belizean, and only there due to being rescued or rehabilitated. The article from the San Ignacio Resort Hotel is short and sweet, and has a lot of great pictures.
"You can get up close and personal with them in their natural habitat and learn about the importance of protecting them and conserving the homes that sustain them. As you walk through the beautiful natural walkways, be ready to meet the gorgeous Jaguars, friendly Tapirs, noisy Coatimundis, or the clever Spider Monkey. Have you ever met a Jabiru Stork? You can! Along with many other vibrant birds like the Scarlet Macaw or the Keel-Billed Toucan. The Morelet Crocodiles patiently float around while the Boas play hide and seek."
Latina’s Guide to San Ignacio, Belize: Where to Eat, Drink, Sleep, and Play
Whether you’re looking for adventure activities in the rainforest, local punta music and authentic comida in town, or simply some WiFi-free time in a hammock with a book, you can do it all in San Ignacio, Belize.
This is Belize: There’s just no bad day aboard the No Rush
We spent all day Saturday playing “tourist” on a boat, a local favorite called the “No Rush.”
It is an older catamaran that holds about 24 people, plus crew. It is the crew that makes it a favorite, they are long-time friends to many aboard. That, and the fact that the No Rush lives up to its name. This catamaran raises sails when ever it can. Most of the newer and larger touring cats tend to motor out to the reef and back. When you sign on to No Rush you have to plan on letting the rest of life rush past you and put your faith in the winds.
A very therapeutic and congenial experience.
This occasion was a birthday celebration for Denise, a neighbor and friend who runs her own artisan bread baking business. In fact, we toasted some of her cranberry-walnut bread for breakfast that morning. Fresh-baked bread is only one of the ways that our island life is improving gastronomically — but that is a story for another time.
Crisis flares in Guatemala over corruption and organised crime
Constitutional court blocks attempt by president, Jimmy Morales, to expel head of unit investigating campaign financing. Guatemala has fallen into deep political crisis after the president declared the United Nations-backed anti-corruption chief investigating him and his party persona non grata, only to have the expulsion order blocked hours later by the country’s constitutional court.
Jimmy Morales, a former comedian who was elected president two years ago after the previous government was toppled by corruption charges, was left fighting for his political survival – and freedom – on Sunday after the failed attempt to oust head of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), Iván Velásquez.
Guatemala Has Been Plunged Into Constitutional Crisis Over a U.N. Anti-Graft Probe
Two days after prosecutors announced they would seek to lift Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales' immunity, he ordered the expulsion of the head of a highly praised U.N. anti-corruption commission and plunged into a faceoff with the nation's top court and the international community.
It was a stunning reversal for a president whose predecessor had been forced to resign by the same body's investigation two years earlier and who campaigned as the panel's biggest advocate. "Neither corrupt nor a crook" was Morales' campaign slogan.
USF professor and student design septic system to save the Belize Barrier Reef
A University of South Florida professor and one of her doctoral candidates have helped a national park in Belize stop flushing away its coral reefs.
"We were the right people at the right time," said graduate student Christine Prouty, who worked on a wastewater project there with Dr. Maya Trotz, an associate professor in USF's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. "We were experts on wastewater who knew how to put people together to make a difference."
The two discussed their work and its impact on Sunday at Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center, which is currently hosting an exhibit on the Caribbean's coral reefs and sharks.
Their work centered on Laughing Bird Caye National Park, a 1.8-acre island off the coast of Placencia, Belize.
Ancestral Mayan Ballgame Comes Back to Life After Centuries at Festival in El Salvador
An ancient Mayan ballgame has been brought back to life at the First Festival of Pelota Maya in El Salvador. It's believed the game dates back to some two thousand years before the Spanish conquest, but it has rarely been played since.
The festival was organized in the northern community of Guazapa, with the aim of "recovering this activity, which is thousands of years old, but which has been forgotten for so long," one of the players, Danilo Dominguez, told reporters.
Archaelogical remains of ball courts show that the pelota Maya was played across a wide area of Mesoamerica by peoples of the Maya tradition, in what is now Mexico and most of Central America.
Taxista se mete en problemas
Intoxicated Chetumal taximan crashes into a truck with Belizean license plate in Chetumal City, México.
Polly! Amazona oratrix (subsp. belizensis), 1.5min.
REVOLUTIONARY BELIZEAN NATIONALIST WIL MEHIA STANDS
READY FOR THE REVOLUTION!, 21min. At a short moment's notice, Wil Mehia, the revolutionary Southern Belizean Activist against the Guatemalan military oligarchy aggression on the Belize Sarstoon River and Island in the Toledo District, comes to "Belizean Legends" finally in this powerful and informative exclusive interview with yours truly about the state of affairs of Guatemala's recent aggressive tactics against Belize, and to share his perspective on the scheme to force Belize to go to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
Jacinto Creek Belize, 3min. This is a promotional video for Jacinto Creek Belize, a jungle camp and lodge, in the heart of the jungle.
Snorkeling at Mexico Rocks, Belize, 3.5min. Here's a snorkeling video from Belize (8-19-17), this one is at a place on the reef called Mexico Rocks. At 16 seconds in you'll see a barracuda. And the guide took my camera to dive down to get the shots of the lionfish, lobster and stingray.
How Belize's Port Works., 1min. Loading boats groceries and constuction materials towards San Pedro Island .
The Great Blue Hole Belize" Virtual Dive with Michael Davis", 4min. The Great Blue Hole Belize The 8th Wonder of The World. November 1, 2013 – The Belize Tourism Board is pleased to announce that The Great Blue Hole has placed in top ten of the ‘8th Wonder of the World’ competition. Competing against three hundred man-made and natural sites from across the world, Belize finished 8th in the Virtual Tourist competition.