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The San Pedro Sun

Copa San Pedro 2017 hosts second week of games
On Thursday, September 14th, Copa San Pedro 2017 resumed at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town. Six games took place during the second week of the tournament, with the first two games played on Thursday, September 14th. At 7pm, Jokers F.C defeated Terror Squad 3-0 in an intense game. At 9pm Legends F.C went against San Mateo F.C, with a massive 8-1 blowout, Legends F.C won the game. Copa San Pedro continues this weekend with four more games. The first two games are scheduled to be on Friday, September 22nd with G. Strikers facing Boca Bombers at 7pm. At 9pm, Sandy Point goes against One Shot One Kill. The last two games of the third week of Copa San Pedro are scheduled for Sunday, September 24th, starting at 5pm with Martha’ s Ice VS Terror Squad, while the second match begins at 7pm with United F.C VS Legends F.C. All islanders are invited to come out and support their favorite team this weekend.

Ambergris Caye honours Central America and Mexico’s independence at Noche Centro Americana
The independence celebrations of the Central American communities of Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico were honoured on Saturday, September 16th at Noche Centroamericana at the Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex. The event, organized by The San Pedro Town Council in collaboration with Reef Radio, is the only one of its kind in Belize and showcases each country’s culture, food, and music. This year’s celebration marked the 196th anniversary of the Central American independence from Spain. As part of the event, children were treated with pińatas courtesy of the Embassy of Honduras, before the formalities of the evening’s program began. The official ceremony started promptly at 8PM with the raising of the flags from each of the participating countries, including Belize.

Another home win: San Pedro Pirates defeat Police United
The game started at 3pm, and Police United F.C came determined to win, however the island team was not an easy rival, and within the first 11 minutes of the match, Pirate’s Luis Valdez scored the first goal. Police United retaliated, with Camilo Sanchez finding his target at the 15th minute. The early scoring only added to the intensity, and both teams fought for another goal. At minute 20, a penalty shot in favor of the San Pedro Pirates, saw another goal find its mark, courtesy of Jesse Smith. Fans loudly cheered on their teams demanding more goals. The Pirate’s Hector Martinez delivered a third goal at minute 29. As the first half came to an end, the San Pedro Pirate’s took their break leading 3-1. Just a couple minutes into the second half, Police United’s Danny Jimenez scored a second goal for his team. The match continued with cross and pass on the field, both teams striving to net another goal. Down by one goal, Police United had several attempts, but none found the goal. At the final whistle, the home team San Pedro Pirates had the victory 3-2.

Ambergris Today

Belizean Teen Selected To Travel To NASA Space Center
Nineteen-year-old Burrell Boom resident, Belizean national Emil Gillett, studying at Lone Star College (University Park Campus) in Spring has been selected to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center this fall to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars project (NCAS). Gillett has been selected as one of 304 community college students from across the U.S. to be part of NCAS. The five-week scholars program culminates with a four-day on-site event at Johnson Space Center and offers students the opportunity to interact with NASA engineers and others as they learn more about careers in science and engineering. While at NASA, students form teams and establish fictional companies interested in Mars exploration. Each team is responsible for developing and testing a prototype rover, forming a company infrastructure, managing a budget, and developing communications and outreach.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Belize Benefits from the Republic of Korea’s Development Assistance Programme
On Monday, September 18th, the Government of Belize received a donation of office equipment and two vehicles from the Government of the Republic of Korea through an official Development Assistance Programme for the fiscal year 2017. Presenting the donation on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Korea was His Excellency Lee In-ho, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in El Salvador, and receiving the equipment and vehicles on behalf of the Government of Belize was His Excellency Patrick Andrews, Chief Executive Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belize.

San Pedro: Color After Party following the parade!
And the paint powder has arrived! Don’t miss the Color After Party at the Central Park after the parade!

Banquitas House of Culture 15th Anniversary
Help us congratulate the Banquitas House of Culture (NICH) for its milestone today, in marking its 15th Anniversary of providing services of cultural promotion and preservation in the Orange Walk community for over the years and many more to come!

Patriotic Day" - so-named to honor the Rt. Honorable George Cadle Price - September 19, 2017
The Right Honorable Geroge Cadle Price. He wasn't able to become a priest because he was to dedicate his life to the people and country of Belize. We honor him for his life's work. He spent his latter years interceeding to the Lord for the Belizeans. He is not resting in peace - he is running around in Heaven meeting people who have gone before him and most of all - he is praising the Most High God! What was amazing about him was the fact that he remembered everyone he met. He could even tell you who your parents were.

Caye Caulker Block Party
Getting the Central Park ready for the block party today. We going to party until 4a.m.

Full Moon Party on Caye Caulker
So the date is set, 6th October for KoKo Kings next Full Moon Party -Guest DJs @fyah_jaro @djrasfyahstatah and our DJ @julian_bluewave_belize. We are proud that this event is becoming iconic for its beautiful location and our first class entertainment - so don't miss out!!!

Government of Belize to Join Relief Efforts for Dominica
The Government of Belize expresses our distress and sympathy in learning of the damage inflicted upon Dominica and the other Leeward Islands by the deadly Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this devastating storm who may have lost loved ones and who have had their homes and properties destroyed. While the level of devastation is still yet unknown, the Government of Belize stands ready to join with other CARICOM nations to coordinate and support relief efforts in any way possible within our human and financial resources.

National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) Receives a Grant of BZ$100,000.00 from the Republic of China (Taiwan)
On Friday, September 15, the National Institute of Culture and History was the recipient of a BZ $100,000.00 donation from the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to assist in various programs and National September Celebrations. Receiving the cheque on behalf of the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), was the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Education, Youth, Sport and Culture and Chairman of the National Celebrations Committee, the Honorable Patrick Faber. Handing over the cheque on behalf of the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) was Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Belize, His Excellency Charles K. Y. Liu. Present at the event were Chief Executive Officer with responsibility for Youth, Sports and Culture, Mrs. Adele Catzim-Sanchez and Mr. Greg Vernon, Acting President of the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH).

San Pedro Town Council closed Sept 21 & 22
The San Pedro Town Council hereby advises the general public that its offices will be closing on Thursday, September 21 and Friday, September 22, 2017. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

BelizeINVEST, BELTRAIDE, facilitates Belize American Chamber of Commerce of Florida Trade Mission
In an effort geared towards stimulating FDI growth, BelizeINVEST, a unit of BELTRAIDE, in collaboration with the Belize American Chamber of Commerce of Florida, facilitated an inbound Trade Mission on Friday, September 15th, 2017 at the Biltmore Plaza in Belize City. The mission served as an ideal platform for participants to raise key questions regarding the investment process, and applicable incentives offered at BELTRAIDE in supporting business growth, and consequently economic growth in Belize. Meetings were also held at Atlantic International Bank, where the participants received tailored support and advice on opening the relevant bank accounts for their respective developments in country.

Travel Trade Schedule 2017-2018
The main focus of the Travel Trade team is to build and foster relationships with the international travel trade, i.e. tour operators, wholesalers and travel agents. This is in line with the National Sustainable Tourism Master Plan (NSTMP). The team organizes and attends a series of trade shows, consumer expos, road shows whilst conducting sales presentations and webinars throughout North America, Europe and South America. Familiarization tours are also a supplement to its marketing efforts. These approaches are based on the Return on Investment (ROI) for each market, based on leads. It is through these avenues that the allurement of Belize is shared with a wide audience of travel agents, travelers and investors.

NATIONAL SERVICE DAY
On September 19th we celebrate NATIONAL SERVICE DAY in honour of the life and legacy of our great Leader RT. HON. GEORGE PRICE. May his spirit of service and humility live on in each of us.

Sugar City Jouvert 2017!

BSI Breaks Ground for Significant Investment to Keep Belize Sugar Industry Sustainable
All over African, Caribbean and the Pacific, sugar producing countries are preparing for significant market changes. The elimination of quotas constraining beet sugar production in the EU market, In just five weeks time (Oct 2017), means the pricing preferences traditonally enjoyed in the EU market will be thing of the past.

Looking to start your own water or oil company?
This is a great initiative by Belize Coconut Water. We can help supply a regular quantity of dried or green coconuts. .50 a piece in quantities of 3k or more.

Infection Prevention Control Training
A two days training concludes today for health personnel on the basic practice on Infection Prevention Control in the use of PPEs (Personal Protective Equipment). We continue to welcome training in this area through the assistance at this time from CARPHA (Caribbean Public Health Agency) and the Inter Development Bank. The aim is to promote the proper selection of PPEs under various public health scenarios. For more information contact: Licensing and Accreditation Unit, Ministry of Health.

Banquitas House of Culture celebrating their 15 years
Our Northern Maya people were present at the event, Maya from Cristo Rey (CZ), Yo Creek(OW), San Jose Nuevo Palmer (OW), Corozal town and more. Thanks Banquitas for the support.

Returcing mural at the Corozal Town Hall
In commemoration of National Service Day, the House of Culture with local artist Ben Cal retouched Manuel Villamor's Historical Mural at the Corozal Town Hall. Water damage is an ongoing issue in preserving this national masterpiece, but a little paint and protective sealant goes a long way in the preservation of our tangible heritage! Maestro Villamor's final restoration was in 2012 at age 84, during his restoration, Manuel painted himself into the mural peeking out from behind the sapadilla tree on the far right side.

Belize Pelagic confirmed for October 9 and 10
Inbox to reserve your spots. First ever east of Half Moon Caye beyond the reef. BZ City - Half Moon Caye.

Channel 7

Opposition Leader: What Happens At Tower Hill, Stays At Tower Hill
Opposition Leader John Briceno has had 2 weeks to reflect on the confrontation with police at the Tower Hill Bridge in Orange Walk, and it appears that the Opposition Leader, John Briceno, will let the matter rest. Today, we met him at the annual Wreath Laying Ceremony for National Hero George Price, and we asked if he will sue the the police for realizing tear gas and clubs without first reading the riot act. That's after Briceno and his supporters segued from an anti-corruption protest and rally in Orange Walk town to block the Tower Hill Bridge. Well, today, the Opposition Leader said that he's willing to call it even because his party's point has been made. Here's how he explained it:

Opposition Leader Says He Would Not Sit With Those Who Tear-Gassed Him
And the Opposition Leader says that after he got tear gassed on that Wednesday, he couldn't couldn't bring himself to come out and be in the company of the UDP Government officials at the Sunday 10th Ceremonies four days later. He bristled when we ask him about his noticeable absence in Memorial Park for the official ceremonies: Daniel Ortiz, reporter: "Any specific reason why you were absent from the 10th Celebration?" Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the opposition: "You expected me to sit down beside these people and smile after they have already thrown tear gas on top of me? When they threw a tear gas, and then, the police actually kicked that can right between my legs, when I was giving an interview, when I already left from there where they told us to leave, because they were using tear gas and I didn't want to get hurt.

L.O.O. Says Gloves Are Off On Independence Day
But, Opposition Leader John Briceno says that he certainly isn't going to miss the Independence Day Celebrations in Belmopan on Thursday. That's because he will take the opportunity to blast the Barrow Administration for every embarrassing moment that has been exposed the evening news over the last few months. Now, the Independence Day speech is usually observed as an opportunity for unity, not political divisiveness. But, this morning, Briceno told us that on Thursday, the gloves come off: Orson Picart - KREM News: "Can you give us an insight as to the premise of your speech, coming up? I think Belizeans would like to know." Hon. John Briceno - Leader of the Opposition: "Well, I don't think it's going to be on a lighter note because it is a serious matter that we are facing right now, that this government has become the very same thing that they condemned, coming into 2008."

PUP Leader Says UDP To Blame For What Happened On Sarstoon
And one of the many topics he may choose to explore is the recent encounter that the Belize Territorial Volunteers had with the Guatemalan Armed Forces at Sarstoon River. We showed you how the volunteers held their second annual Sarstoon Island Eco-Challenge and got the attention of the Guatemalan Navy when they took a patriotic stance on Sarstoon Island where they sang the Belizean National Anthem. Belizeans were incensed by images of the Guatemalans attempting to restrict the movement the eco-challenge participants and the Tide vessel which had Coast Guard officers. Well, keeping to PUP Party line, the Opposition laid blame at the foot of the Barrow Administration:

L.O.O. Supports Bar Assoc. In Position on CJ
And while the Opposition Leader was hyper-critical of the Barrow Administration, he spoke more carefully when he commented on the Bar Association's strong stance against the Chief Justice. As we told you, the Bar, at their last Friday meeting, passed a resolution to call for the Chief Justice's removal if he fails to deliver judgements on a schedule he put out last week. Briceno told us that he supports that position: Hon. John Briceno - Leader of the Opposition: "I have a great respect for the Chief Justice, and I think that he is an honorable man, but the reality is that there are these judgments that have been outstanding for so long. I am one of the victims - or my company is one of the victims, Centaur, when Gaspar Vega also accused us - wrongly so that we aired the event that happened in Orange Walk Town, and we've been waiting for that judgment.

Police Minister says Corruption is Bigger Issue Than Violent Crime
Yesterday, Minister Of Home Affairs Wilfred Elrington addressed the University Of Belize at a security forum, named "Exploring Security Threats at Home and Abroad". Now, you can almost always count on Elrington for controversial remarks. And yesterday at the UB Jaguar Auditorium in Belmopan, he did not disappoint. Echoing his brother Hubert from, like, 20 years ago when he was in office, Wilfred Elrington said domestic crime is not really a big problem: Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Home Affairs: "The crime - criminality. Really and truly that's not my preoccupation at all. When I compare the situation in Belize with what exists in El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, places like Iraq and Syria and in other countries, Belize is a very safe country in terms of criminal activity. The numbers of criminals are few and people who are normally impacted by them are normally are their own colleagues and friends who they prey upon and kill in a senseless way. I don't see that as a big problem."

Elrington Says Conservation is For The Birds, Belize Need Food and Money!
And Elrington's views on conservation, generally, and a moratorium on offshore drilling are also out of line with the Government position. He said Belize can't afford to ignore the possibility of offshore oil reserves when it is so poor:... Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Home Affairs: "We can't pay for hospital. We can't pay for education. We can't pay for schools, but we are not supposed to touch the petroleum. We are not even to find out what is there, because the attitude is don't touch it. I don't know why it's being left there. The history has shown that you can exploit petroleum. But we are not into find out what we have. Because somehow or the other that's going to hurt us. That's going to destroy the reef. In this day and age we have got to think for ourselves. Because if you are starving, but it is content first to starve so as to ensure that the fishes are there - that the manatees are going to survive, why the human beings are dying. I can't rationalize it."

Dominica Mauled By Maria
"We have lost all what money can buy and replace..." Those were the words of Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit after a powerful Category 5 storm, Hurricane Maria tore through the small island state last night with winds of over 160 miles per hour. Tonight, no one knows the full extent of the damage to the place called "The Nature Isle" because communications are limited, and transport is hampered by damage to road infrastructure and fallen trees. In a Facebook post last night, Prime Minister Skerrit called the physical damage caused by the storm, mind boggling. He added, quote, "So, far the winds have swept away the roofs of almost every person I have spoken to or otherwise made contact with. The roof to my own official residence was among the first to go and this apparently triggered an avalanche of torn away roofs in the city and the countryside."

Noted Dominican QC Details Harrowing Night
Another perspective on the devastation comes from the regionally famous attorney, Queen's Council Anthony Astaphan. He represented Belize and other Caribbean states in major cases across the Caribbean. This is the video message he sent to friends last night when the storm winds let up:... And this morning, via telephone, Astaphan added to that with a phone call to ABS television in Antigua: Astaphan is currently representing GOB in the UHS appeal to be heard shortly by the CCJ.

Maria and The Howling Winds
And here's another account of the storm from Dominican Sam Christian:... And, so while the days to come will detail the damage report in Dominica, Hurricane Maria isn't done yet. Tonight the storm is a very dangerous Category 5 storm with winds of 175 miles per hour. It's about 60 miles south east of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands, and 160 miles south east of San Juan Puerto Rico. Both islands are under hurricane warning - and tonight, residents are bracing for life threatening storm surge and rainfall, along with devastating winds.

Powerful Quake Rocks Mexico City and Morelos
And while Hurricane Maria's death toll has yet to be tabulated, in Mexico City tonight, the death toll from a powerful earthquake is already at 120 and counting. This afternoon, the 7.1 magnitude quake toppled buildings, and trapped residents and workers, sending people flooding into the streets. There are scores reported dead in the state of Morelos, close to the epicenter of the quake, and dozens in Mexico City. That number is sure to climb as rescuers are still frantically digging out people trapped beneath heaps of rubble. The earthquake struck shortly after 1:00 about 100 miles from Mexico City. More than 40 buildings in Mexico City collapsed, including at least two schools. Today's earthquake struck on the 32nd anniversary of the 1985 quake that killed as many as 10,000 people.

IMF Concludes Article IV Consult, Not Impressed With GOB Finance
The IMF today released its report on the conclusion of its Article IV consultation with Belize, and the news, to no one's surprise, is not good. The IMF warns, quote, "The economy continues to face multiple challenges. The macroeconomic outlook remains weak. Public debt remains elevated, at around 100 percent of GDP..." They add also that, quote, "the medium term outlook is relatively weak with high debt, and large external imbalances." And what's the fix? Well, it's the IMF one size fits all solution of taxation and retrenchment. The report advises a broadening of the base of the General Sales Tax - meaning fewer deductions, and, quote "reform of the civil service to help stabilize employee headcount and to contain the wage bill." From that you can read "retrenchment". The Barrow Administration has generally ignored the IMF's prescriptions.

Opposition Leader says He's Not Surprised At IMF
Today, the opposition leader said he had not seen the IMF report, but said he could forecast their outlook because of the sagging economy:... Hon. John Briceno - Leader of the Opposition: "I'm not surprised, because nothing has gotten any better. I mean, the economy continues to stagger. It's not moving in the right direction. We are not addressing the fundamental issues of the economy, sitting down with the productive sector and seeing what we can do to get them out of that situation. I know Minister Finnegan likes to say that I am worried about the rich people. It has nothing to do with the rich people. It's the productive sector that creates employment and brings hard earned currency into this country. And if we just ignore them, then, what's going to happen?"

Fuel Price Up For Third Time In a Month
And while Briceno wants financing for the productive sector, a break on gas prices wouldn't be bad either. Those prices are going to climb again at midnight - the third increase in a month. This time, premium's price is remaining the same at 10.99 per gallon, but regular is going up by a whopping 92 cents, making it more expensive than premium at $11.13 per gallon. So - if you use regular - fill up tonight, or just buy premium tomorrow. Diesel is also going up by 37 cents per gallon. Government and recently warned that fuel prices would be going up because of Hurricane Harvey and the damages it did to oil refineries in Houston- which caused prices to go up.

LOO Says Petrocaribe Opportunity Was Squandered
And Belize is sourcing expensive fuel from Houston - because the supply from Petrocaribe had become unstable - due to domestic problems in Venezuela. That's why the government said it was forced to pull out of the program recently. The Leader of the opposition says he doesn't buy it - he said that the Government squandered its opportunity: Hon. John Briceno - Leader of the Opposition: "They could say whatever it is that they want. The fact of the matter is that the Venezuelan Government has not been happy with how this Government has been spending the Petrocaribe monies. I signed that agreement in 2006, in Kingston - no, in Jamaica, I think Montego Bay, along with the late president Chavez. And the whole concept behind Petrocaribe was that here Venezuela felt that they have all this larges, that they've blessed with this petroleum, and they wanted to assist the region, Belize being one of the countries in the region. And the sole purpose behind this was to fight poverty, to reduce poverty. And the Venezuelan Government, as I have been made to understand, they have not been pleased, because they have seen the reckless spending."

"MissEmma" Drops The Bomb On Z
In a story we promised to bring you last night - but didn't have time to - MisEmma - meaning Emma Bointon - who organized the Queen of the Bay Pageant for 15 years, before handing it over due to failing health, has weighed in on the recent dispute. In a statement that she recorded for distribution, MissEmma says that the mandate for her to organize the pageant came from the Loyal and Patriotic Order of the Baymen - and that it is not a beauty pageant. She explains why she feels Zenaida Moya - who chaired the Queen of the Bay Committee - as taking it in the wrong direction:...

Briceno Stands With the Queen In the North
And, of course, we had to get the leader of the opposition to weigh in on this one. He is from Orange Walk - and so is the jilted queen designate Esmeralda Cal. She got the bad part of the deal in a bizarre double crowning on the Tenth day, and Briceno wasn't even there to defend her. Today, he said he stands with his Reina Del Norte:... Daniel Ortiz, reporter" "How would you have addressed that situation? And seeing as how this is a fellow northena what's your position on this particular issue?" Hon. John Briceno - Leader of the Opposition: "Why are you doing this to me? Because you know I will be with my northena. As from what I understand - and I have not seen the evidence - as I understand, Ms. Cal actually won the pageant. She won almost all of the awards, and then, the big prize, she didn't win it?"

Preventing Infection Amongst The Health Experts
Today was the second day of a two-day health workshop at the Biltmore in Belize city.The workshop is about preventing the spread of communicable diseases amongst healthcare professionals. This morning found out why the training is important. Englebert Emmanuel, Director for Licensing and Accreditation Unit - Ministry of Health: "In terms of looking at precaution measures a health professional would take within health facilities as it relates to specific health event, how to protect ourself and how we would react to certain events in terms of the different protective gears that we would use." "It is a training that will equip us in terms of understanding the specific health events and the relevant precaution measures that we need to take within hospital setting or within our health facility as we give attention to those patients and also in terms of how we further dealing with our health professionals who probably get exposed and who require certain protection at the end of the day."

ASR Maes Major Investment Despite BSCFA Holding Out
With our without the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association, The ASR Group, which owns and operates the Belize Sugar Industries, is making a 22-million dollar investment in the local sugar industry. They want to increase the quantity of direct consumption sugar that it currently produces. This type of sugar sells for a higher price than the raw sugar that Belize currently exports to the European market. ASR/BSI held a ground breaking event at their Towerhill Facility today, and here's what the company's representative had to say about the investment and the fact that they must move ahead without the biggest growers group:

Opp. Leader Commends ASR
Today opposition leader Briceno said that he supports the investment - but didn't urge the BASFA to do the same:... Hon. John Briceno - Leader of the Opposition: "I think it is a good investment, and it's an investment that I support, and I am happy that it's being done. Because as you know, come November, we are going to lose the preferential markets that we had in Europe. So, the price of sugar is going to be sold at the world price - or most of our sugar is going to be sold at the world price. So, we need to find other markets, or do other stuff. By doing the direct consumption sugar, what we're doing is that we're adding value. We are not selling the raw sugar, but we're processing it further. So, that then, we can sell that sugar at a higher prices in CARICOM, and I'm being told yesterday that there is a lot of interest from Mexico, and Guatemala that would like to buy that direct consumption sugar, because we produce a really high quality sugar. So, it's a good thing for the industry. It's good for the farmers, good for BSI, and good for Belize."

CDB Gives Money For Childhood Obesity Program
Of course, all that sugar could give you diabetes - a leading cause of illness and death in Belize where like many other countries obesity is a major health problem. And the concern goes beyond adults, many Belizean children struggle with obesity. Well, the Caribbean Development Bank is trying to help. The CDB has approved a grant of $150,000 US dollars to the Healthy Caribbean Coalition. The coalition in turn will assist Belize along with the Bahamas, Barbados and Jamaica develop childhood obesity prevention programs. The grant was signed in Barbados on Monday September 18th. In a release sent out today it states "Childhood obesity is associated with a wide range of health complications and an increased risk of premature onset of illnesses, including diabetes and heart disease. Preventing childhood obesity is a key strategy for reducing the incidences of Non communicable diseases in the Caribbean." The programs are expected to be implemented in all 4 countries by 2019.

LOO Disappointed in Police On Amy Forte Case
Last night, we showed you what the Acting Police Commissioner, Noel Leal, had to say about the Amy Forte investigation. The acting top cop said that although she asserted to the Prime Minister that her signature was forged in a land sale to Andre Vega, but she has not come in to make a formal complaint to the police. So, with no complainant, police say that it makes no sense to investigate whether or not someone committed fraud in that land deal. Well, today, when we asked the Opposition Leader about that position from the police, he said that he was very disappointed with the Department.:

Remembering The Father of The Nation
We've shown you quite a bit of our interview with Opposition Leader John Briceno as he discussed a number of national issues. But, that encounter happened today after the annual Wreath Laying Ceremony for National Hero George Price. Every year on the anniversary of his death, the PUP go to his grave at the Lord Ridge Ceremony to pay their respects. We were there for the ceremony, and here's what the keynote speakers had to say: Darrell Bradley, Mayor - Belize City: "It is humbling for me to stand here today at the feet of the greatest Belizean, the Rt. Hon. George Price lived a life of singular devotion to Belize. As a civic activist, agitator and leader of the independence movement, chief drafter of the constitution, 2 time mayor of Belize City, 1st and only Premier and first prime minister George Price devoted more than 50 years of selfless service to the formation and advancement of this our beloved Belize."

Working Like Price
And apart from wrath laying, to live on in the spirit of Mr. Price, it's also the National Day of Service. PUP Standard Bearer Gilroy Usher invited us out to the Port Loyola division to get a glimpse at some of the service work that is being done in the Jane Usher area: Gilroy Usher, PUP Standard Bearer - Port Loyola Division: "We are cleaning the Jane Usher area. Well, we are cleaning specifically Curl Thompson Street in the Jane usher area and I am happy to see that over 25 residents of the area have come out to voluntary help clean up the place. Now, this cleanup was very necessary because right down cult Thompson Street there is a garbage dump that is in the heart of the community and it is very unsightly and it was a health hazard and in addition to that we are also cutting the overgrown grass along Curl Thompson Street."

St. Lucian Cruise Ship Worker Goes Home, Clear of Drug Charge
In June we told you about Twenty-four year old St. Lucian Jamal Celise, who worked on the Norwegian cruise ship, Escape but was charged with drug trafficking after two kilos or about four and a pounds of cocaine were found in the cabin he shared with two other seamen. Well, he was given his freedom today by Justice Courtenay Abel. The issue was whether Celise's detention was unlawful and to prove that it was unlawful his attorney, Anthony Sylvestre made an application for a writ of habeas corpus. The basis of it was that there was no evidence against Celise to support the charge. Celise had given a statement to the police but it was not given under caution, consequently, it was not evidence. Justice Abel ruled that the evidence was not sufficient to justify the detention of Celise and any further detention was unlawful.

The AG and The Alcaldes
In the Toledo District, village Alcalde's have judicial power - where they can convene trials for minor matters in their villages. But, there's a lot to be desired in terms of formal training and orientation, and that's why over the weekend, officials from the Attorney General's Ministry took a road trip to PG to offer training to the Toledo Alcaldes Association. Attorney General Michael Peyreffite explains what it was about. Seventy-eight Alcaldes and Second Alcaldes attended .

European Ambassadors to "AZ"
As we have reported, the European Union has bailed out the OAS Adjacency Office with a tranche of funding. And today, a delegation of European Union Ambassadors, visited what they call the Belize-Guatemala Adjacency Zone at the Benque Viejo border. OAS Secretary General's Special Representative for Belize-Guatemala Affairs, Magdalena Talamas briefed them on the work of the Adjacency Zone Office. The delegation included The Eu Ambassador, the British High Commissioner, and Belize's Ambassador of Belize to the European Union along with the Ambassadors of Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain.

Making Music With Machel
Today SJC's music students got a very special visit from Soca superstar Machel Montano. As we told you Montano has been in Belize since last week and Music Ambassador Shyne Barrow has been giving him a country tour. Well, this afternoon Montano and his entourage descended on the SJC compound and students huddled close to get a glimpse of him. Now we are used to seeing Montano take the stage but today he took the piano and the guitar to get his message to the music students. It was like a private pre-concert experience and 7News was there to capture it. And of course you can see a lot more of Machel at his concert tomorrow night at the Hour Bar. Before going to SJC, Machel visited St. Catherine's Academy.

Preparing For The Worst
In one week, on September 26th, BECOL will have a dam break Simulation Exercise. Now, we stress this is only a test - so don't be alarmed. But those in the area of the Dam and the Macal River will hear the blaring Early Warning System sirens for an extended period of time. Today, a briefing was held in advance of a simulation exercise to prepare for the eventuality of a dam-break in the Cayo District. The briefing was held inside the Training Room at the NEMO Headquarters in Belmopan.

EXTRO...
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Regular, Diesel Fuel Price Increases Arrive
As we go into the Independence Day holiday, fuel prices are going up at the pumps once again. On September fourth, the Government announced that there would be increases in [...]

Wilfred Elrington Says Corruption is More Worrying than Crime
Minister of Home and Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington was the featured speaker at the University of Belize’s lecture on Monday on security and threats to Belize on the eve of [...]

Current and Former Foreign Affairs Ministers Clash on Border Issue
But what really are Belize’s most important threats – as the Minister defined them, things that can cause injury, pain and harm, either from internal or external sources? Apart from [...]

Eamon: I Will Challenge Franz Parke if Appointed to Court of Appeal
Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay, himself a former president of the Belize Bar Association, has raised serious objections to the proposed appointment of Franz Parke as a justice on the Court [...]

More Questions than Answers in Tragic AAA Security Murder-Suicide
There are still more questions than answers in the murder-suicide of businessman Robert Godfrey of Triple A Security and his long time employee Delsie Smith over the weekend. The allegation [...]

Family Holds to Faith as Aaron King Remains in Recovery
Three persons remain hospitalized at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital following a weekend of gun violence in the Old Capital. One of the victims, Aaron King, we can confirm from [...]

Opposition Leader Didn’t Feel Like Celebrating Tenth
He wasn’t noticed in all the chaos over the simultaneous crowning of two Queens of the Bay, but Opposition Leader John Briceńo was officially absent from the Tenth of September [...]

P.U.P. Tells Government to Stop Appeasing ‘Brazen’ Guats
In diplomacy, ‘appeasement’ is a dirty word dating back to Neville Chamberlain and his accommodation of German dictator Adolf Hitler’s expansionist ideals, which led directly to the Second World War. [...]

When Will Government Respond to Military Clash with B.T.V.?
The incident at the Sarstoon River over the weekend, involving members of the Guatemalan armed forces, disrupted BTV’s Sarstoon Eco Challenge.  During that event, Guatemalan vessels entered into Belizean waters.  [...]

6 Years On, Honors Accorded to George Price by Family, Party
It has been six years since the death of the Right Honorable George Cadle Price, architect of Belizean independence. In recognition of his service to his nation, September nineteenth has [...]

Emma Boiton is Back to Fight for Queen of the Bay
The Queen of the Bay controversy dominated social media and local chatter for days. At the centre of it all was Zenaida Moya who performed an epic crowning of Orange [...]

Korea Helps Belize’s Foreign Affairs Ministry
This year, Belize and Korea are commemorating thirty years of diplomatic cooperation. To recognize this milestone, on Monday the Republic of Korea sent a delegation to Belize bearing a four [...]

I.M.F. Wraps Up Belize Consultation; Opposition Asks Who Will Help Productive Sector
The International Monetary Fund has issued its final report on its annual Article Four consultation with Belize which took place in June. Despite Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s insistence that Belize [...]

Training Begins on Infection Prevention
Day one of a two-day training of trainers’ workshop by the Caribbean Public Health Agency was held today at the Biltmore Plaza. Local medical practitioners from across the country are [...]

Mexico City Reels from 7.1 Earthquake
Following an eight point oh earthquake off Chiapas and Oaxaca, Mexico twelve days ago, a seven point one magnitude earthquake killed over a hundred people in Mexico City and surrounding [...]

Dominica Appeals for Help after Category Five Maria Hits
Hurricane Maria, a category five storm, made landfall on the island of Dominica on Monday night. Not much is known as yet about the extent of the damage, as initial [...]

Bodybuilders Prepare for Regional Championship in Mexico
It’s been over two decades since Belize last had representation in the Central American and Caribbean Fitness Championships organized by the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness. But the Belize [...]

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Pain at the Pump
Fuel Prices will increase effective tonight at midnight. Regular gasoline will increase by ninety two cents, from ten dollars and twenty one cents to eleven dollars and thirteen. Diesel will increase by thirty seven cents from nine dollars and twenty six cents to nine dollars and sixty three cents. Premium gasoline will remain at ten […]

John Briceno says “The economy continues to stagger”
The International Monetary Fund’s Executive Board has concluded its 2017 Article IV Consultation with Belize and the report states that the economy continues to face multiple challenges. In short, the IMF states that the country’s macroeconomic outlook remains weak and public debt remains elevated. Despite having achieved a restructuring of its debt with external bondholders, […]

Leader of the Opposition says appeasement is not the way to solve border dispute
On Saturday past, the Guatemalan Armed Forces tailed participants of the Belize Territorial Volunteers Eco Challenge on the Sarstoon River and traversed into Belizean waters. The participants, about thirty of them, were well into the challenge when they reached the mouth of the Sarstoon River and were met with five Guatemalan gunboats. Part of the […]

CEO of Defence fears that BTV continuous trips to Sarstoon may provoke Guatemala
Government officials have received reports of what transpired over the weekend between Guatemalan Armed Forces and Belizeans. As we have reported, the Belize Territorial Volunteers, BTV, held its second annual Sarstoon Eco Challenge. During the event, participants were intercepted by Guatemalan Armed Forces. We asked CEO, Felix Enriquez about it. Felix Enriquez, CEO, Ministry […]

Bar calls for the Chief Justice’s resignation
On Friday members of the Bar Association of Belize met to discuss the backlog of cases sitting on the desk of the Chief Justice, Kenneth Benjamin. The Bar is not satisfied with the CJ’s performance and they want him to rule on twenty eight outstanding cases by December of this year. If he does not, […]

Leader of the Opposition not surprise with the way Forte’s case is being handled
The Police department has said that they need Amy Forte to file a formal complaint to be able to proceed with the investigations into the allegation of forgery on land papers she has cited, in a letter through her lawyer, to the Prime Minister. What appears to be Forte’s signature, appears on land documents that […]

Where is an influx of Grenades into the country coming from?
Over the past few weeks we have been reporting on an alarming number of explosives found in Belize City, Corozal and the most recent which was detonated in San Pedro Town over the weekend. While there has been no report of any injuries, the cause for concern is mounting and the Belize Police Department’s intelligence […]

Safe so far from Hurricanes, but other Caribbean countries not so fortunate
The Government of Belize is joining efforts with Caribbean countries to assist Dominica after Category 5 Hurricane Maria ravaged the island nation. The category 5 hurricane ripped through Dominica and has left widespread devastation in its wake. GOB’s release state quote “our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this devastating storm who […]

Father of the Nation remembered
National Hero and Father of the Nation George Cadle Price was remembered today as the nation observed National Service Day. He died on September 19, 2011 and since then the People’s United Party, the party he led for decades, has observed the day with a Wreath Laying Ceremony at his graveside at the Lord’s Ridge […]

Belize has dig itself out of a recession, but can it be sustain?
According to the Central Bank of Belize, the economy is expected to grow by approximately two point four percent in real terms during 2017. This comes after Belize’s economy slumped into a recession during the second half of 2016, at this point we would have finally managed to dig ourselves out of that recession with […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Gas prices hike at midnight
BBN has learnt that as of midnight tonight, the cost of fuel will see another hike. Regular fuel will go up by 92 cents for a total of $11.13 per gallon. Diesel will also see an increase of 37 cents for a total of $9.63 per gallon.

EU delegation visits OAS/ adjacency zone office
Today, a delegation of European Union Ambassadors, led by Malgorzatta Wasilewska, visited the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States Office in the Belize-Guatemala Adjacency Zone (OAS/AZ).

Government of Belize to join relief efforts for Dominica
The Government of Belize (GOB) today said that it expresses distress and sympathy in learning of the damage inflicted upon Dominica and the other Leeward Islands by the deadly Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm.

GOB wishes all Belizeans a Happy National Service Day!
The Government of Belize wishes all Belizeans a happy National Service Day! Today, Belizeans across the jewel engaged in community service projects in their respective communities in honor of the Father of the Nation, George Cadle Price, who passed away on this day 6 years ago.

CCRIF reaches US$100 million milestone in payouts
CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) announced today that since its inception in 2007, it has made payouts of a little more than US$100 million to 12 of its 17 member countries – all within 14 days of the event.

Belcar donates to Belmopan feeding program
Today, the Belmopan Police entered into a one year agreement with BelCar Export/Import Company Ltd. The agreement is a commitment by Belcar to donate 50 pounds of beans monthly to the Belmopan Police Feeding Program.

Jamaican artist ‘Turbulence’ arrives in Belize
Jamaican reggae artist, Turbulence, known best for his single, “Notorious,” has just arrived at the Philip Goldson International Airport minutes ago. He was brought into the country by T and Tate in collaboration with Synergy Promotions for a Belizean concert.

Powerful 7.1 Mag Earthquake shakes Mexico
A powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake shook Mexico shortly after noon time today. The quake swayed buildings and hit the country on the anniversary of a major quake that hit them in 1985. The seismological agency in Mexico reported that the centre was east of the city in the state of Puebla. That municipality is about 40 miles southeast of the capital.

9 Belizean youths head to Russia
Nine Belizean youths have been selected to participate in the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students (WFYS) which will be held from October 14-22, 2017 in Sochi, Russia. The WFYS will unite 20,000 young leaders from more than 150 countries and aims to consolidate the international youth community, strengthen international ties, as well as promote international and intercultural cooperation.

Belize benefits from the Republic of Korea’s Development Assistance Programme
Yesterday, the Government of Belize (GOB) received a donation of office equipment and two vehicles from the Government of the Republic of Korea through an official Development Assistance Programme for the fiscal year 2017. According to a GOB press release, presenting the donation on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Korea was His Excellency Lee In-ho, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in El Salvador, and receiving the equipment and vehicles on behalf of the Government of Belize was His Excellency Patrick Andrews, Chief Executive Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belize.

First National Research Conference Call for Papers
The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), The University of Belize, Galen University, and the University of the West Indies have officially announced the hosting of the First National Research Conference to be held on March 21 and 22, 2018 at the University of Belize, Belmopan Central Campus in the Jaguar Auditorium.

Deputy ComPol tells Chester and Marco to, “hold it down”
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Chester Williams, has retained the legal services of Andrew Marshalleck who has written Senior Superintendent, Marco Vidal, asking that he apologize for comments made last week in which he hinted that Williams was in some sort of collusion with criminals.

Burrel Boom teen to travel to NASA space center
A Belizean national studying at Lone Star College (University Park Campus) in Spring Texas, has been selected from among 304 college students to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center this fall. He is Burrell Boom resident, Emil Gillett, 19.

Gunshot victim and his attacker both hospitalized
Aaron King was shot at a party on Sunday night in Belize City. According to police reports, at around 10 p.m. he was at a residence in Buttonwood Bay when two men on bicycles approached him.

New Chief Magistrate appointed
On September 1, 2017, Sharon Frazer was appointed Chief Magistrate of Belize. Her duties include the administration of the 10 Magistrate Courts countrywide. Frazer was promoted in July to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in St. Lucia. She joins Godfrey Smith who is also a judge on that court.

Blogs

Reviving the ancient ball game Pok-A-Tok
While some sports are more common than others, there are those that are literally ‘ancient’. One such game is the Pok-A-Tok, which record show may been played as a ritual some 1400 years BC by the Maya. When you think about a game played so long ago, you’d assume the practice is long extinct. Thanks to a group of young Belizean men, this ancient Maya ball game remains alive! The Yucatec Maya group Ek Balam, originated in the Yo Creek Village in Orange Walk District as a group of individuals fighting to preserve their cultural traditions. One such tradition is the Pok-A-Tok. Ek Balam’s Pok-A-Tok team is composed of individuals as young as 13, and they have even participated in an international exhibit tournament (which they won).

Meat Pies, Pizza and Coffee in Corozal
Are you a person who loves coffee living in Corozal and you are not sure where to go in Corozal? Then, don't worry, because I have a couple of scoops information to guide you where to get your best coffee, pizza and Meat Pies in town. Yes! And I know that nobody can't be without coffee. Especially, those coffee lovers in Corozal. So, here is my Saturday scoop with Meat Pies and Coffee around Corozal. Belizean's love Meat Pie's, especially those famous Darius meat pie's in Belize City. Meat Pies are famous in Belize because of that thick crust, (very mild spicy sauce) meaty sauce inside after you have that big first bit. But, nothing like some homemade meat pies right here in Corozal town. I found two places that sell Meat Pie's and you don't haft to travel to Belize City to get the Meat Pies. The first place is located at 4th Avenue and the other one is located at 5th South. Below are some photos to where you can visit in the mornings for some meat pies. They are open very early in the mornings and sells out quick. So, come out with your pajamas and buy yourself some meat pies.

International Sourcesizz

Belize Gives Up Trying to Buy Venezuelan Oil after Multiple Defaults, Terminating PetroCaribe Alliance
The government of Belize has decided to suspend its purchase of petroleum from Venezuela due to “inconveniences” caused by continuing defaults. Alba PetroCaribe Belize Energy Limited (Apbel) released a statement this week announcing the suspension of its long-standing agreement with Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA. Belize’s oil company said that the decision to stop the program came after a “consultation with the government of Belize.”

Tri-City Rotary club drops math delivery on Belize school
A long-distance connection is bringing 400 slightly used books to the hands of students in Belize. Seeds of the journey were planted during a conversation between Columbia Center Rotary past President Peter Kalunian and Kennewick School District administrators. Kalunian was part of a group from the club receiving a community leadership award in June. At the time, he asked what became of the textbooks when the district finished with them. The administrators told him the books are usually surplused and sold to individuals or other school districts. The district was in the middle of replacing its K-5 math books, and Kalunian asked if the district would be willing to donate them. The club has been working with a school in Belize for the past 10 years. “We’re glad we could partner with Columbia Center Rotary to bring the power of education to another community,” Kennewick officials said on its Facebook page.

Men's National Softball Team Splits Double Header
The men's national softball team split another double header yesterday, dropping to an even .500 mark with a 2-2 win-loss record at the WBSC 10th Pan Am Tournament in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. #The team, managed by Perry Seymour, lost 8-1 to Canada in their opener but bounced back to thrash Belize 8-0 in the other game. #In their game against Canada, Thomas Davis, who has recovered from the injury he sustained in a team practice here, got the starting nod, but after the team got off sluggishly in the first inning giving up four runs to fall into a hole, Martin Burrows came in and completed the game. #Against Belize as they avenged their earlier defeat, Desmond Russell from Grand Bahama cracked another home run and Sherman Ferguson belted two, including a three-run walk off homer. Lyle Sawyer from Abaco was the winning pitcher.

CARICOM Consular Corps mobilize hurricane relief
As Hurricane Maria bears down on the Caribbean for what is reported to be another damaging hurricane, some members of the CARICOM Consular Corps on Sunday, Sept. 17, mobilized the community to aid citizens devastated by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean region, by collecting canned goods, clothing, baby diapers and toiletries, that will be shipped immediately through the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, said Consul General of Guyana to New York Barbara Atherly. The corps which included Consul Generals of St. Lucia, Jeremiah Hyacinth; St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Howie Prince; Dominica Consulate representative, Sheldon Peter Anthony, and Deputy CG of Belize, Michelle Longsworth, welcomed donors, during an afternoon of music and refreshments at the Friends of Crown Heights Hall on Hegeman Street in East New York.

TSL 2018 International Schools Essay Competition and Debate
Global essay competition and debate invites schoolchildren (primary and high school) to explore practical ways to conserve and sustainably use our oceans, seas and marine resources. Submit entries for a once in a lifetime experience to show your love for our reef.

7.1-magnitude Mexico earthquake: Live updates
What happened: A 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit southeast of Mexico City -- the country's capital -- Tuesday afternoon local time. Mexican President Enrique Peńa Nieto said the country is facing a "national emergency," with hundreds of people killed across three states. Who is affected: At least 216 people died in Mexico City, including many children after an elementary school collapsed on top of them. Dozens of people are still missing. Thousands of soldiers, rescuers and civilians are taking part in rescue efforts across central Mexico.

Fodor's Adventurous Cayo Vacation
Fodor's Travel has a travel article all about Cayo, entitled 'I Thought I Would Die Many Times on This Adventure Through Belize,' and it's definitely worth a read. They saw quite a few different sites around Cayo, and they have great things to say about the San Ignacio Resort Hotel and Mountain Equestrian Trails. They also loved the Green Iguana Conservation Project and Cahal Pech, of course. "A trip to San Ignacio, Belize, isn’t just a vacation — it’s a heart-pounding escape. I don’t necessarily consider myself an adventurer. At a young age, movies served as my adrenaline fix: beefy heroes jumped from ledges, confronted threatening wildlife, and uncovered mysterious secrets. I never considered I might one day come close to experiencing anything as remotely exciting. But after having the opportunity to explore San Ignacio, Belize, go ahead and put me on the same page as the leading heroes of Hollywood. I didn’t quite fall into a pit of insects, face off against bandits, or escape the lair of a weird alien. But there were tarantulas! Dark, tight caves and ancient Mayan ruins!"

Videos

  • Cahal Pech Village Resort (Belize), 3min. Promotional video for Cahal Pech Village Resort in Belize

  • Everett & Maria Belize Wedding Film, 12min. Destination Wedding at Indigo Beach Resort in Ambergris Caye Island, Belize. by Jose Luis Zapata

  • Whale Shark Aggregation in Belize, 10min.

  • Belize 2014, 21min.

  • BANQUITAS HOUSE OF CULTURE CELEBRATES 15 YEARS OF SERVING THE NORTHERN COMMUNITY, 7min. The Banquitas House of Culture which is situated along the banks of the New River and near the San Estevan Bridge here in Orange Walk Town was established fifteen years ago in 2002 with the aim of promoting and preserving our jewel’s diversity of cultures and their histories…concentrating specifically within the northern region. To commemorate its fifteenth anniversary, today the organizers hosted a special ceremony with the objective of celebrating and highlighting a few of the House of Culture’s many achievements over the past years. Our news team was present at the event and filed the following story

  • THE LIFE OF BELIZE’S NATIONAL HERO GEORGE CADLE PRICE, 2.5min. The Father of the Nation George Price passed away six years ago. Having led the People’s United Party for four decades from the days of a colonial outpost, to self-suffrage, internal self-governance; and his greatest achievement…Independence in 1981, today as Belizeans honor him through National Service Day we take a look back at the Father of the Nations life and legacy.

  • Talk Ah Di Town September 14, 2017, 27min.

  • National Issues, 57min.

  • National Service Day Commemorated, 20min.

  • Scouts Association of Belize - Flag Protocols, 11min.

  • Making Music With Machel, 3.5min.

  • Belize 2017, 3min.

  • Drone Footage - Incredible Cahal Pech Village Resort Belize, 3min.

  • Backpacking Belize | SOLO FEMALE TRAVELER | Ep. 33 | San Ignacio, 3min. Where to go in backpacking Belize? San Ignacio! San Ignacio is located in Western Belize and is a backpacker pitstop on the way to Flores, Tikal, Guatemala. San Ignacio is a great location if you want to visit the world famous cave: the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave. The ATM caves is a must do experience adventure in Belize! The ATM caves were a sacred Mayan place where you will be able to find Maya skeletons. San Ignacio is not only close to the Guatemalan boarder but also a great jumping point to attractions such as the Maya ruins of Caracol, Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, and El Pilar as well as the Chaa Creek Nature Reserve, and the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve.

  • Belize Carnival 2017 Best Highlights, 13min. A compilation of the Belize Carnival 2017 best scenes. The original ambient sound is used to maintain the authentic carnival spirit.

  • Belize - San Ignacio - Iguana Rescue - October 2016, 12min.

  • Chicago Booth Couples Belize RW 2017, 4min. The BEST week of my life!!!!

  • Police Check Point Talk Show Sept. 19, min.


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