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#526345 - 10/13/17 05:54 AM Today's Belize News: October 13, 2017  
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The San Pedro Sun

Volleyball tournament officially starts
Organized by The San Pedro Volleyball Association, along with The San Pedro Town Council, a volleyball tournament began on Saturday, October 7th. The tournament opener spanned into Sunday, October 8th, and was held at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium. Teams from primary schools, high school and male and female senior teams will battle through the end of November for the championship within their division. The first games kicked off at 1PM on Saturday with the primary school teams taking the pitch first. The male team from San Pedro Roman Catholic Primary School (SPRCS) took on the boys from Holy Cross Anglican School. Both teams battled hard, but after two sets, the team from SPRCS emerged victorious, winning 2-0. The player of the match was Salvador Caliz, with a total of eight points.

Protected Nurse Shark intentionally killed in San Pedro
On Sunday, October 8th, Hol Chan Marine Reserve posted pictures of a Nurse Shark found dead on a beach on Ambergris Caye. The sight caused much outrage in the environmental community, as the animal appeared to have been hacked in half. Nurse Sharks are one of two species of sharks that are protected in Belize, and as such any poaching of this animal is illegal. “The public is reminded that nurse sharks are fully protected under Fisheries Law. It is an offense, it is illegal to kill a Nurse Shark in Belize. Nurse Sharks are one of the main attractions for tourists coming to San Pedro. The animal in these picture was found dead on the beach, and it was clear that someone had cut the tail off. It was intentionally killed,” said a Hol Chan representative.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Southern point of Ambergris Caye to be developed
Condos like this is being planned to be constructed.

Corozal Water Cleanup
Saturday, October 14 at 8 AM - 12 PM, Rainbow Beach. CJC EAGLEs Environmental Club is keeping busy...we will be joining efforts with our community in helping Mr. Lincoln Eiley in a water cleanup this Saturday, October 14. We appreciate and applaud his initiative in this undertaking to make the sea safer and cleaner for our community.

Los Finados
Los Finados es una tradicion que realizamos para recordar de una manera especial a nuestros familiares y amigos que ya se han adelantado en el camino. Defiende tu Tradicion! Los Finados es una tradicion y es nuestra!

Help Dianny Enriquez
Plesas come out an support us!!!! For my last fundraiser then I get to come back home after my last big doctor chek up!!! 0N Saturday October 14 at the basket ball court BBQ ribs-$12 an BBQ chicken-$10 flour tortilla bake beans coleslaw or rice&beans from 11am on till all sold out!!!! We are also taking down orders so u dont need to wait!! Big thanks to you all for ur support!!:)

Splashers!
Rain can't hold us down!! Great Job everyone!! Join us next week at Crazy Canucks Beach Bar! Sign up Belizean Melody Art Gallery!

Faye Lin Cannon Memorial Service this weekend
Faye's Father, David Cannon, invites the Community to attend. "I would like to invite all of the citizens of San Pedro to a Memorial Service for my daughter, Faye Lin Cannon. It will be held on Saturday, October 14th at the Lions Den in San Pedro. Please feel free to drop by between 11a and 2pm. There will be food and soft drinks. There will also be an art project for children and adults who would like to send messages of Love and Hope to my daughters Zoe, Mia and Siri! Everyone is welcome, I hope to see you there!" Dave Cannon

Urban Bird Watch in Corozal Town and Sarteneja Village
October 21st

Belize's representation at this year's Central America Travel Market 2017 in El Salvador

Annual Coastal and Riverway Cleanup!
Oceana Belize would like to express a huge “THANK YOU” to our Wavemakers and all the sensational Belizeans from across the country who came out on September 30th, 2017 to participate in the Annual Coastal and River Cleanup as a part of the global initiative: International Coastal Cleanup. Cleanups were carried out throughout various locations in Corozal, Sarteneja, Caye Caulker, Orange Walk, Belize City, Belmopan, Cayo, Placencia, Hopkins, Georgetown, Independence, Golden Stream, Big Falls, and Punta Gorda. Those postponed due to bad weather will be happening in the coming weeks.

Annual Coastal and Riverway Cleanup!
Kudos to the Hopkins community on a job well done for the Annual Coastal and Riverway Cleanup! Participants included: Staff and students of Holy Family RC, Hopkins Police Officers, Police Cadets (Hopkins, and Silk Grass), Staff of Hamanasi Resort, and other volunteer Hopkins residents. Thanks to Hopkins UnCut for these great shots!

Channel 7

Date Set For PUP Nomination Deadline
The PUP's internal politics got a whole lot more interesting yesterday when PUP Deputy Leader Kareem Musa called the press to his office to say that he's considering challenging John Briceno for party leadership at a National Convention on November 26th. But Musa didn't make a commitment - and didn't even discuss a timeframe for a final decision - because he said he didn't know when the party would set the deadline for nominations. Well, he knows now - because that deadline was set today at a National Executive meeting. Party Chairman Henry Usher discussed the dates:

Musa Says There May Be More Than One Challenger
So the deadline for nominations and the delegate lists is 4:00 pm on October 27th., which gives Kareem Musa or any other challenger 15 days to decide. Yesterday, Musa told us that he might not be the only one interested in a challenge:.. Hon. Kareem Musa, PUP Deputy Leader (East): "But there's no challenger in the ring but yet we're getting these letters signed and a lot of the area reps and standard bearers are calling me and saying you're being pressured to sign unto these letters of endorsement and my suggestion to them is: I understand what you're saying but I'm not in a position this is a huge decision for me and for all my supporters, so I can't just make a rash decision even though it's a very small window that we have to make the decision. I can't make the decision right now so my advice to them was he is over Party leader there is no problem signing onto an endorsement letter at this stage on October 26th or whenever the Rules of Engagement are put in place the ball game changers."

Party Chairman Says Briceno Support Is Unanimous
And while the young Musa refers liberally to a lack of party unity and fractured support for the Party leader, the Chairman says that Briceno has met unanimous support in his travels across the country:... Henry Usher, Chairman - People's United Party: "From all of his traveling across the country, the party leader has really reached out countrywide. In fact I've have gone on tours with him to almost every village in the south. We've been to every municipality. We've been to every constituency. We've been meeting with the caucuses and at all of these levels he has had unanimous support wherever he goes." Reporter: "Yesterday, I think Mr. Musa also mentioned that there was some division within the party. Could you speak to that?"

Musa: Endorsements Are Not What They Seem
And to hear the Briceno camp tell it, that unanimous support is evident in the voluntary offering of endorsements from the party's regional caucuses. But, yesterday Musa told us those endorsements are the product of not so subtle coercion:... Hon. Kareem Musa, PUP Deputy Leader (East): "And, so, I'm not saying it's going to be me, I'm not going to say any names who have been contacting me in terms of they want to be leaders, but I can tell you it's a high possibility we might get a challenge on October 26th or whenever that deadline is set." "And more important than any and all of this, Jules, is the fact that I am the one getting the concerns, I am the one hearing the calls and saying this is wrong we need to fix this we don't like this steering committee, we don't like the fact that there no standard bearers in place, there a lot of issues."

Kareem's Cash or Briceno's Betty's?
But, if that ball game changes, so will the cost of doing business. You don't need a Ph.D in political science to know that politics is a money game - and right now Briceno - whose family owns SMART and Centaur Cable - has the cash flow to back up his political ambitions. We asked Musa about it:... Jules Vasquez, reporter: "Mr. Briceno is a wealthy man, you ain't poor, but, in terms of cash flow..." Hon. Kareem Musa, PUP Deputy Leader (East): "I will be straight up with you, and say I could never match the amount of resources that our current party leader has. Never, But at the same time, as another colleague, you could say, Mr. Faber taught us, I think he said, it's all about the base. It's not all about the money."

Orlando Vera Fights For Freedom
Three months ago, we told you about the very bad luck that Orlando Vera was having in the Supreme Court. He's the ballistics expert who had a mighty fall from grace. He went from the Deputy Director of the National Forensic Science Service to incarcerated convict, after he was found guilty of abetment to pervert the course of justice. He went to the Supreme Court for bail pending an appeal, and was denied 3 times. He is convinced that the former Chief Magistrate, Ann Marie Smith, wrongfully convicted him of offering to accept a bribe for businessman Michael Modiri so that he, could disappear evidence that police may have used against Modiri in a firearms case. Vera even tried to get Justice Herbert Lord to recuse himself from as the judge who would hear his appeal. That's after those 3 failed bail applications, and that was also denied.

Truck Driver Charged In Fatal Accident
Yesterday we told you about the fatal accident between miles 32 and 33 on the Southern Highway - on the same stretch of road that had witnessed another fatality less than two days earlier. 32-year-old Sebastian Cucul, from San Isidoro Village was heading to Georgetown Village when he crashed head on into the left side of an 18 wheeler. 33-year-old Hector Amilcar Melara from Hopkins was driving that trailer truck and was heading in the opposite direction towards Belize City.

Eight Million for One Mile
Fabers Road in Belize City is an important thoroughfare - it's an alternate route to the Western Highway, especially for those trucks hauling containers to the Port of Belize on Caesar Ridge Road. It was last paved 19 years ago - and today, it's all broken up, to the point that, in some parts, is almost unfit for driving, especially after intense rains. Well, now, Faber's Road - or at least a part of it - is going to get a multimillion dollar makeover. The Ministry of Works today signed a contract with popular UDP contractor the Imer Hernandez Development Company for the "reconstruction" of a one mile portion of Faber's road. And while it may only be a hair more than a mile being reconstructed, the contract is for almost 8 million dollars. A press release from the Government says that 7.995 million will be used for roadway clearance, including the removal of any remnant structures, obstructions, fencing and the like within the road reserve...

BDF Soldiers To Dominica
For the past three weeks, we have been reporting on the Caribbean island nation of Dominica which was devastated by the Hurricane, Maria's 185 mile an hour winds, which flattened the island's infrastructure, and caused 27 deaths. They're on a very long road to recovery, and any assistance they can get is needed. So, that's why the Belize Defense Force is sending a company of Belize soldiers to help in the rebuilding efforts. Defense Ministry CEO Felix Enriquez told the Government Press Office outlined the intended deployment: Rt. Lt. Felix Enriquez, CEO - Ministry of Defense: "One of the various partnerships that we are heavily involved with in the region is disaster relief and in that effort the Belize Defence Force and through the Ministry of Defense is sending a platoon of light engineers to Dominica to assist with the reconstruction."

Security Conference In Belize
That opportunity to speak with CEO Enriquez presented itself last week Friday when high ranking military officials from Mexico, Canada, the UK, and the US came in Belize for the 3rd Annual Multi-National Security Conference. It's a roundtable session where all of Belize's military partners sit down to discuss share security concerns, and how best their military units could assist the Belize armed forces improve their capacities. Last week's conference emphasized security cooperation and military capacity building for the Belize Defence Force, Belize Coast Guard, and the Joint Intelligence Operations Centre. The representatives from different military units who attended spoke on the importance of their participation in the discussions:

CARICOM Open to Belize Chicken
In February, Quality Poultry Products in Spanish Lookout was HACCP certified. and then in May, it was Caribbean Chicken in Blue Creek. HACCP stands for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point. It is basically a food safety system put in place by businesses to ensure that consumers get clean, quality goods which meet an international sanitary standard. Now, beyond local customer satisfaction, Quality Poultry and Caribbean should be able to export chicken within CARICOM because of this certification.

PG Bar Owner Explains Extortion
Last night we told you about the two PG cops who allegedly extorted bar owner Joe Bejerano of $3,000. They had initially charged Bejerano for Human Trafficking but offered him to pay them off so he would not have to face the charges. Bejerano is not happy with the unprofessional actions of the police. He told PG TV he wants his money back. Joe Bejerano, Bar Owner: "They offered a deal that if I could come up with 1000 dollars for each end she could make this go away." Reporter: "$1,000 dollars for each of the ladies arrested." Joe Bejerano, Bar Owner: "Yes. I told her I did not have that kind of money she told me that she is the only one that could help me. I could go to prison for 15 years or I could try and go to trial but I will be charged."

FFB, the Possibility Of An Alternate Future
On December second, the FFB will have its 11th Ordinary Congress to elect a President and a Vice President. Sounds simple enough, but the last two attempts to do this failed miserably. It's one more ugly blemish on a Football Federation that's publicly perceived as chaotic. And into this mess steps two relative newcomers - who want to clean up the FFB, and restore some beauty to the beautiful game. They publicly launched their campaign today and 7News was there: Daniel Fabro and Frank Sharp are businessmen, but also football lifers - and now they want to save football in Belize by offering themselves as president and vice president of the FFB:

City Council Gets Fancy Equipment
For months we've been showing you all that fancy heavy equipment which the city council got through the IDB funded Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Program. But, all that fancy equipment was like a good "Sunday best" outfit, we only saw it in action once or twice. Apparently, that's because the 2017 jet-vacuum truck, the 2016 street sweeper, the 2016 asphalt distributor truck, the 2016 backhoe loader, and the 2015 vibrator compactor were being kept scarce like "good cheese" by the Ministry of Works.

Keeping Cancer Message In The Forefront
Its breast cancer awareness month, and to commemorate it, for 4 years the Special Envoy for Women and Children Kim Simplis Barrow along with her team have been releasing Cancer awareness posters. The women featured in the posters including Barrow are battling cancer. Now these posters aren't just pictures - they represent each survivor's journey, but more importantly the posters celebrate hope and strength in the face of cancer. The Special envoy's office usually just emails the posters but this year they invited the media to an official unveiling. It was held this morning at the Belize Cancer Society Office. The theme for this year is "A mile in my shoe."

Girls Rule
Yesterday was International Day of the Girl Child. It is part of the women's empowerment movement but in this case the focus is on young girls and how to overcome the many challenges they face on a daily basis. It is recognized all over the world but Belize has now caught on and observed the day. Member of the UN Gender Theme Group Ann-Marie Williams discussed the significance: Ann-Marie Williams, UN Gender Theme Group Rep.: "The first celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child actually rolled around on December 19th 2011. The international day is not a new day but for us here in Belize it seems new. What happened the girl child has been a feature ever since 1995 when the Beijing conference was held. Belize prioritized five major areas and the girl child was not one of them..."

Green Turtle Found Dead
Yesterday a female Green Turtle was found dead off the coast of Punta Gorda. Nicanor Requena and his colleagues came across the lifeless turtle while on a recreational boating excursion. Requena and his colleagues immediately tried to assist the turtle but it was too late. He took to social media to share pictures of the sad sight. Today via phone he told us how it was trapped. Nicanor Requena, Found Turtle: "We were on a recreational and basically what we observed was the Tuttle entangled a rope attached to 2 fish traps and what I proceeded to do along with my other colleague was to document it. We took pictures of it and we subsequently reported it to TIDE and to the Fisheries Department who in my opinion are the entities to follow up on it. Based on what I observed it could be that maybe it was a fish trap that was abandoned, but I have no evidence to say for surety that it was what happened."

A Hawksbill's Tale
Indeed,6 of the 7 turtle special that inhabit the waters of Latin American and the Caribbean are threatened with extinction. In 2011, Jules Vasquez found out how researchers at Gales Point Manatee were using satellites to track and preserve Hawksbill Turtles:... Jules Vasquez Reporting: Putting a sanding machine to a turtle's shell? That may seem cruel and unusual, but really, they're not torturing this mature female hawksbill - they're trying to help. What they're trying to do is sand off these tough barnacles that have molted unto her - and while the old girl looked distressed, maybe even despairing - the grinding continued.

Late Evening Murder
And before we close tonight - there is more bad news to report in Belize City. There has been another murder. It happened on Hicatee Street beside Roger's Stadium. We know that a man is dead inside a taxi, which is alongside a ditch. It happened just 10 to 15 minutes ago. Our news team is on the scene and we'll have more on this story tomorrow.

Channel 5

P.U.P. Leader Says ‘Any Number Can Play’
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Rest of National Executive Posts Also Up for Grabs
According to Party Chairman Henry Charles Usher, every other position within the national executive is up for challenge.  He goes through the necessary procedures of nomination.   Henry Charles Usher, [...]

Thanks for Support, But Briceño Says He Didn’t Ask for It
On Wednesday, Deputy Party Leader Kareem Musa, in an interview with the media, said that endorsements for Briceño’s leadership were being gathered from caucuses across the country.  That effort came [...]

Chairman Says ‘Nobody Knows’ Who Will Run for Leader
At present Briceño’s office remains unchallenged, but that’s subject to change in the weeks ahead.  The party chairman confirmed this fact when the question was put to him bluntly.   [...]

P.U.P. is (Mostly) One; National Convention Intended to Strengthen Unity
In some corners there has been talk of discord within the People’s United Party, a perceived lack of unity that continues to affect the P.U.P. at the polls.  In our [...]

P.U.P. Chair Says it’s Time to Unite
While the party chairman agrees that there is no friction within the P.U.P., he says that members of the party should rally around the slate of candidates leading up to [...]

The Youth are Inheriting the P.U.P.
The infusion of new blood into the political organization is a concern that has been shared among members of the party. On Wednesday, Kareem Musa spoke unequivocally on what he [...]

C.C.J. Turns Down Sunshine Intervention in B.T.L. Case
In advance of hearings next week, the Caribbean Court of Justice today rejected an application by Sunshine Holdings Limited to intervene in the final appeal between the Government of Belize, [...]

The Case Against Franz Parke for Court of Appeal
As we reported on Wednesday, a fixed date claim form filed at the Supreme Court pits Leader of the Opposition John Briceño against the Attorney General and Prime Minister Dean [...]

Search Resumes for Erwin Rodriguez as Mom Makes Frantic Appeal
Last week, we showed you the search for Erwin Rodriguez that led to the discovery of his bike in an area called “Dike,” located off Faber’s Road. The seventeen-year-old has [...]

Friends Keep Looking for Chrisstofer Roggema in the West
Chrisstofer Jan Roggema is missing and his friends need help to find him. Roggema is a Norwegian-Belizean businessman who has been living in Belize for more than twenty-five years. He [...]

Fabers’ Road to be Redone for $7 Million
Faber’s Road is getting a major upgrade which is expected to commence immediately.   The contract, to the tune of seven point nine million Belize dollars, was signed today for the [...]

Daniel Fabro, Frank Sharp Join F.F.B. Presidential Race
The Football Federation of Belize remains in administrative turmoil, despite several unsuccessful meetings of its executive to try and bring order to the organization.  Notwithstanding the chaotic state of affairs, [...]

M.O.H. Says Pink Eye Cases Have Not Peaked – 9,000 in a Month
This evening, following meetings with the Pan American Health Organization and gathering of formal reports, Director of Health Services Dr. Marvin Manzanero updated News Five with the very latest statistics [...]

Survivors Gather to Launch Anti-Cancer Flyer
Every year in May, Belizeans are reminded of one of the most deadly diseases affecting citizens – cancer. The threats and risks are numerous and there are several types of [...]

ComPol Vs C.E.O. over Immigration Investigation
The position of the Belize Police Department almost from the break in the Elvin Penner/Won Hong Kim scandal has been to take a back seat. It waited for internal investigations [...]

Why Nationality Review is More Complicated than One May Think
As testified to by former director of Immigration Ruth Meighan and confirmed by others, as many as two thousand persons received nationality directly connected to the 2012 elections which did [...]

Time to Review Guat Nationality Applications
The Nationality Vetting Committee, according to C.E.O. and member Edmund Zuniga, continues to try to seek out legal information on how the Republic of Guatemala handles renunciation for those wishing [...]

Healthy Living Reviews Pink Eye Plan
We know you may be tired of hearing about the eye infection sweeping across the country. But it is not a time to let your guard down. The public health [...]

CTV3

Shaenna Gilharry Vies In East Indian Pageant In T&T
Miss East Indian Belize 2016-2017, Miss Shaenna Gilharry, left for Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday to participate in the International Divali Queen Pageant which will be held on Monday, October 16th. Shaenna has been an active member of the Corozal Organization of East Indian Cultural Heritage organization and has participated in leading roles in traditional Indian dances during cultural festivals, pageants and performances at schools. Shaenna was crowned Miss East Indian Belize 2016 - 2017 by outgoing Miss East Indian queen, Miss Asia Gilharry.

Prime Minister Meets With Representatives of IDB
As we reported on Tuesday Prime Minister Dean Barrow is currently in Washington D.C attending official meetings. Today the Prime Minister met with the executive Director of the Central American Constituency, Mauricio Silva at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) as well as with the Junior Counsellor for Belize Elvira Mendez, in order to receive an update on the Corporate IDB matters. Prime Minister Barrow today also attended a courtesy meeting with Deputy Secretary General of the Organization of American States, His Excellency Nestor Mendez and Belize’s ambassador to the United States His Excellency Daniel Gutierrez.

Crimes In Corozal, Circumstances Investigators Cannot Ignore
On Tuesday we told you about the arrest of 52 year old Apolonio Kiow in Corozal Town, for the cold-bloodied murder of 38 year old Canadian national Gabriel Bochnia. Kiow is the one accused of pulling the trigger on Bochnia, fatally shooting the construction contractor, as he opened the gates to his yard outside his home in the Chula Vista area around 10:30pm on Wednesday, October 4th. The attack was calculated and callous, as Bochnia’s wife and three children witnessed the attack inside a waiting vehicle. His wife, 27 year old Jeshana Zetina, went to help her husband and the gunman then fired at her, but the gun reportedly misfired.

LOVE FM

Three Police Officers facing disciplinary charges for theft
Last month we reported on the three officers attached to the Special Patrol Unit who were being investigated for allegedly stealing 27 parcels of cocaine. The accused are Corporal Clinton Thomas, PC Kishane Peck and PC Albert Augustine. An internal investigation by the Professional Standards Branch revealed that the information is credible. The three officers […]

Chairman comments on Hopkins’ water problem
This newsroom has received numerous reports of water interruptions in Hopkins Village that has been affecting villagers and businesses alike. We spoke to the chairman, Ted McKoy for clarification. Ted McKoy – Chairman of Hopkins Village “The water situation in Hopkins is one that cannot be seen as a problem so to speak because I’m […]

Ministry of Works donates maintenance equipment to Belize City Council
The Government of Belize through the Ministry of Works handed over to the Belize City Council, road and canal maintenance equipment procured by the Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Program, with financing from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The equipment handed over includes a 2017 jet-vacuum truck, 2016 street sweeper, 2016 asphalt distributor truck, 2016 backhoe loader, […]

Pink Eye causing problems for BERT
Belize Emergency Response Team, BERT, has announced that conjunctivitis or pink eye is affecting its capabilities. A statement from BERT states quote, “the organization is currently being impacted by the ongoing conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) infection, therefore, Non-Emergency Land Ambulance Services are being affected.” End of quote. The public is asked to minimize Non-Emergency Calls to […]

The Guardian

God help us! - Another Musa as PUP leader
Any observer, seeing the dismal performance that Johnny Briceño has been having as the leader of the PUP, saw a challenge coming to his leadership from a mile away. But in an attempt to put any potential challenger at a disadvantage, Briceño called a snap national convention in which he expected to be endorsed as leader of the PUP on November 26. But not so fast, says Kareem Musa; he is now openly defying Briceño and in a cagey and underhanded manner, called the press to his office to say that he is being asked to run as the leader of the People’s United Party. The mere fact that he had the audacity to call the media to his office to put his tail between his legs and say that he is merely considering it, shows this man’s slick.

Diplomatic immunity saves American from charges in triple death
An accident on the George Price Highway claimed the life of 2 young women, and a 1-year-old child, all from the same family living in Bella Vista, Belize City. The driver, who may be at fault for the accident, is a US Diplomat, and he is protected from prosecution by his diplomatic immunity. Police say that it happened sometime around 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 7, 2017, between miles 2 and 3 on the George Price Highway. 30 year-old Samantha Castillo; her 1 year-old baby, Deanna Castillo; 23 year-old Martha Mayeli Vasquez, Samantha Castillo’s sister-in-law; and an unidentified 6-year-old girl were all traveling in a blue and grey Honda Element SUV.


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Faber’s Road upgraded
For years Faber’s Road, which is a main artery into Belize City has been plagued by potholes in the rainy season and dust in the dry season. Those problems will soon be a thing of the past as the Government of Belize, through the Southside Poverty Alleviation Project, will be cementing the entire stretch of road. The first phase will including the cementing from Central American Boulevard to the police station. Thereafter, the project will see the cementing all the way to the George Price Highway. Along with the cementing of the road, the scope of works will include the upgrading of the drains and construction of sidewalks along with signage and placement of access ways for residents in the area. Work is expected to last somewhere between 10 to 12 months, with it being a labor-intensive program having young men in the are hired to conduct the works.

Kelvin is back home, now what?
It seems like no sooner had last week's edition of the Guardian Newspaper hit the streets, did we start to hear some chatter that young Kelvin Usher had either been found or he had made contact with one of his parents. Not only had we carried the story of his disappearance as our headline but we also felt close to the story because Kelvin and his family are well known to some of us and our families here at this newspaper. In our story we highlighted the story about the disappearance of seventeen year old Kelvin Usher, who had gone missing some four days earlier.

1 dollar drive by BTB to assist Caribbean islands affected by hurricanes
In an effort to assist our fellow Caribbean countries that were devastated in September by hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Belize Tourism Board in collaboration with tourism industry stakeholders will launch a “Dollar for the Caribbean Relief Fund” campaign during the entire month of October. According to Noriko Gamero, Director, Cruise Tourism and Destination Planning, BTB, this is in unison to the thought “One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean” which the Caribbean Tourism Organization follows. For every tourist arrival for the month of October, the BTB will donate $1 toward the cause while stakeholders have agreed to donate $1 for every guest. Other stakeholders in the Caribbean have also gotten on board and some have pledged to donate as much as $50 for each booking.

Fuel prices begin to fall
As of Friday October 6th, the price of regular fuel took a sharp decline from $11.13 to $10.29 per gallon. It is expected that within the next few days the same will take place with premium and diesel fuels. Fuel prices are taking a downward move following the normalization of supplies from Venezuela. In September, the price of fuel began an upward movement after government discontinued the purchase of fuel from Venezuela under the Petro-Caribe program. Fuel supplies had to be discontinued after deliveries to Belize had become unreliable forcing for fuel to be purchased from neighboring El Salvador at a higher price driving up the price at the pump.

Allen Whylie plans new course for Belize Police Department
Just back from leave, Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie, has taken time out to explain the new course that he will now take for an effective Belize Police Department. Commissioner Whylie took the opportunity to describe his official positions during an award last week to seven police officers whilst at the popular Scotchie Restaurant in Belmopan. The Belize Police Department operations will be re-strategized and there will be a “step up in terms of intelligence gathering.” While the over two thousand police officers in the Belize Police Department discharge their duties, Commissioner Whylie is appealing to the citizens of Belize, “…the law abiding citizens of Belize to work with their police officers across the length and breadth of this country.”

PM in Washington to secure new Haulover bridge financing
The Office of the Prime Minister informs that Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow left the country today to attend official meetings in Washington, D.C., one of which is with the OPEC Fund for International Development, for the new Haulover Bridge Project. During the Prime Minister’s absence, the Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Patrick Faber will act as Prime Minister. Prime Minister Barrow will return to Belize on October 15th, 2017.

Good marine management ensures healthy populations
A new study from Belize’s Glovers Atoll confirms that replenishment zones are an important tool in rebuilding fish populations depleted from overfishing and boosting catch rates for small scale fisheries, according to WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and partners. When combined with other conservation measures such as size limits and seasonal closures for fishing grounds, replenishment zones can help make fisheries more sustainable for coastal communities that rely on the sea for sustenance and livelihoods. The study, titled “Benefits of a replenishment zone revealed through trends in focal species at Glovers Atoll, Belize”, appears in the latest edition of the journal, Marine Ecology Progress Series. The authors are: Alexander Tewfik, Janet Gibson, Virginia R. Burns Perez and Samantha Strindberg of WCS; and Elizabeth A. Babcock, of the University of Miami.

G.R.E.A.T. Programme graduates 20 Belizeans and 14 Salvadorans
As part of gang resistance in Belize and in the wider Central American region, various police departments have been working with the US Embassy to implement the “Gang Resistance Education and Training” (GREAT) program since 2008. Since the inception of the program in Belize, a total of 210 officers have been inducted as GREAT officers. Gang violence has a negative effect on the victim as well as the criminal. The consequences of burden are significant and, according to ACP Robert Mariano, Commander of Management Service, preventative measures are best to be taken to avoid decisions that may become irreversible.

Johnny should take a fuel profit loss for the sake of Belizeans
On Thursday of last week, the career student and professional demonstrator decided that he would take to the streets of Belize City once again to demonstrate. The cause this time around was the cost of fuel. While we are certain that Moses Sulph really had no cause to take on this latest demonstration, we were intrigued by his actions. No sooner had he taken off than it had become clear as to the motive. He was masquerading the demonstration as something non-political but just looking at those involved, it was evident that he was actually leading a PUP demonstration.

ABC’s World News Now Co-Anchor hosts journalism workshop
Through the facilitation of the US Embassy, Kendis Gibson visited Belize last week. Gibson, a Belizean native and co-anchor on ABC’s World News Now, facilitated a journalism workshop as well as school tour in the country. On Saturday, October 7, 2017, Gibson met with several media personnel at the House of Culture for a two-hour discussion on media in Belize. The meeting was a well-attended and very interactive conversation in which Gibson learnt some of what the media in Belize does. While he did agree with some of the norms of Belizean media, Gibson offered his advice as to how to approach some situations, especially as it relates to reporting violence and other heinous crimes.

Winners of the Ozone Photo Competition 2017
The National Ozone Unit (NOU) of Belize, within the Department of the Environment (DOE), has announced the winners of the Ozone Photo Competition 2017, which was held in celebration of International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer under the theme “Caring for all life under the sun”. The NOU received at total of 18 entries from various age groups throughout the country and is pleased to name the following winners: 1st Place Winner - Aerd D’Belle, 2nd Place Winner - John Banner, 3rd Place Winner - Nadir Price.

Taiwan Embassy supports Belmopan Small Scale Farming in Schools
The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) donates Five Thousand Belize Dollars ($5,000.00) to support Belmopan Police’s initiative “Small Scale Farming in Schools” in the Belmopan Police jurisdiction. This project is developed with focus on community youth empowerment through sustainable agriculture practices to lead young generation to a positive way of life. The initiative not only proposes an alternative for students to become involved as a team and help themselves in a constructive and productive manner and form a safer and more productive community, but also provides a sustainable method of producing food for their own food security and contributes to poverty alleviation.

Shootings spike in the City, Jason Almendarez latest victim
Jason Almendarez, a 27 year-old Belize City resident from the Lake Independence area, was killed in what appears to be a street-style execution carried out in broad daylight. It happened at around 2:08 p.m. on Tuesday, October 10 on Jasmine Street. Almendarez went to buy food at the Fish Joint Food Shop, which is a short distance from his home, and near to the Mahogany Street Police Substation. He reportedly arrived by vehicle, went into the yard, and placed his order. He was waiting to get his food, and that’s when a gunman walked off the street, took aim and shot him in the head.

Accident claims another life on Southern Highway
On Monday October 9, Independence police were called out to Mile 32 on the Southern Highway near Red Bank Junction where the body of Pablo Salam, a 28-year-old resident of Santa Teresa, Toledo, was seen. Paulino Pop, a 34-year-old resident of San Roman, Stann Creek, reported that he was driving his Nissan pickup along with 5 others in the vehicle when they collided into a Hyundai Element which was being driven by 53-year-old Wilton Morgan of Elridgeville, Toledo.

Police find ammunition and components to making firearm
Last Friday, Belmopan Police held an operation targeting the reported production of home made firearms. Their operation netted both ammunition and components used in the production of firearms. Criminals have found innovative ways to manufacture firearms using nails and bicycle parts. No one was in the area at the time and so the confiscated items were deposited as found property. Later on during the week, Belmopan Police also found a firearm capable of firing 20 gauge cartridges behind a church in the San Martin Area. This firearm was also deposited as found property.

Police arrest one for Canadian’s murder
Police in Corozal have arrested and charged 52-year- old Apolonio Kiow, a resident of Santa Elena Road in Corozal with murder. Kiow was charged following the shooting death of 38-year-old who was killed at his home in the Chula Vista area of Corozal. Sometime around 10:20p.m. on Wednesday October 4th, Bochnia along with his wife, Jeshana and their three children had returned home from a trip to Chetumal when he was ambushed by a gunman.

Daniel Carillo shot and killed in Orange Walk
Daniel Carrillo, a 42 year-old resident of Temash Street in Orange Walk Town, was shot to death by a gunman, who reportedly ambushed him from behind. Police say that the incident happened at around 1 o’clock on Sunday morning, October 8, 2017, on Mopan Street, which is a short distance away from the home of his parents. Police say that he was walking when someone came up behind him and shot him several times. It is believed that he may have gotten a phone call before he left his workplace, where he was socializing with friends and family.

Police remain puzzled at the death of Cotton Tree resident
A resident from Cotton Tree and father of four children was discovered floating at the center of the flooded Belize River last Thursday. Isau Perez, 33, was found with stab wounds to the chest and throat area. A post-mortem examination has confirmed that he succumbed to these injuries. Police believe that he was thrown into the river after he was killed. John Carr, the owner of the Banana Bank Resort, had loaned officers a boat and they had found the body about a mile downriver. Officers were lucky to find the body as the water current was taking it swiftly.

One year for escaping from police custody
Convicted prisoner, 39-year-old Eugene Bailey, pled guilty to escaping from police custody while at the Precinct 3 Police Station. He appeared before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. He told the magistrate that on the day, he was sentenced to 5 years for a firearm offense. He got the impression that he could leave the station and left to visit his newborn baby girl.

Mechanic is fined $10,000 for drug trafficking
Lloyd Jones, a Ladyville resident who is a mechanic and yard cleaner, was levied a mandatory fine of $10,000 after he pled guilty to drug trafficking in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court. Jones appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Michelle Trapp to answer to a single charge of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply. The allegations against Jones are that on October 6, 2017, he was found in possession of 383 grams of cannabis. The bust was made by PC Ramirez, Cpl Baizer, WPC Kerr, and PC Pow. The officers said that while conducting a mobile patrol in the Ladyville area, they saw Jones riding on his bicycle.

Office assistant is remanded for homemade firearm
Leon Walford, a 32-year-old office assistant and resident of Amara Avenue, is behind bars after he was arraigned on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 on two criminal offenses for a kept prohibited firearm and kept ammunitions without being granted a gun license. The allegations against Walford are that on Friday, October 6, 2017, police visited a home on Baracat Street and conducted a search inside the home. A homemade firearm with one live round of ammunition was found and Walford was charged as a result.

Stabbing incident in Toledo
On Monday, October 9, 2017, police responded to information of a stabbing incident and visited New Road, Toledo where they saw 22-year-old Javier Martinez, a driver of Bella Vista Village, suffering from multiple stab wounds to his head and body. Investigation revealed that Martinez and 25-year-old Daniel Mejia, a welder of Water Supply area, were involved in an altercation and as a result, Mejia inflicted the injuries. Martinez was transported to the Southern Regional Hospital where he remains in a stable condition. Daniel Mejia also sustained a cut wound to his hand and has since been detained pending investigation.

Young artist gunned down
Justin Hyde, a 22-year-old man living in the Jane Usher Boulevard area, who had a troubled past, was shot and killed over the long weekend. It happened at around 9:16 p.m. on Monday, October 9, 2017, at the corner of Curl Thompson and Levi Slusher Streets. Police say that he and 2 other men were riding on separate bicycles. They were only a few blocks away from his house, and it was close enough that his family heard the sound of gunshots in the distance. They were concerned about the incident, but they later got the very bad news that the victim in that shooting was Hyde. He was the only person injured in the shooting, and one of the bullets injured him to the back.

Belmopan Bandits clips the Placencia Assassins in Premier League competition
The Premier League of Belize Opening Season Competition continued over the weekend with four games on the schedule. On Saturday 7th October, at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan, the defending champions and current leaders in this year’s Opening Season Competition, the Belmopan Bandits, defeated the visiting Placencia Assassins FC by the score of 3-1. The first half of the game ended in a 0-0 draw and it was not until the 56th minute of play, that the Belmopan Bandits was able to penetrate the defence of the Placencia Assassins that allowed George Welcome to score the 1st goal to give his team a 1-0 lead.

St. Joseph Primary School girls and boys win again in basketball competition
The Belize City Primary Schools Basketball competition continued on Tuesday 10th October at the Gateway Youth Centre in Belize City. In the only game played in the girls’ competition, St. Joseph Primary School defeated Central Christian School by the score of 26-4. The top scorer for St. Joseph Primary School was Briah Clarke with 26 points while the top scorer for Central Christian School was Yasmin Weir with 1 point.

Belize Athletics Association to hold Annual General Assembly
The Belize Athletics Association will hold its 2017 Annual General Assembly at the Edward P. Yorke High School, Princess Margaret Drive, on 21st October, 2017 at 2:00 pm. All members are required to pay their 2017 annual dues by the 16th October, 2017. All members are asked to please bring along their identification cards. The highlight of the General Assembly will be the elections of officers for the executive.

Football Federation of Belize to hold 11th Ordinary Congress
The Football Federation of Belize is pleased to inform the general public and the football world that it will be holding its 11th Ordinary Congress on Saturday 2nd December, 2017, at 10:00 am at the Ramada Belize City Princess on Newtown Barracks in Belize City. The high point of the 11th Ordinary Congress will be the elections of the President and Vice President of the Football Federation of Belize.

Sand Hill Blue Hawks top seed into Leal’s Football Cup Playoffs
The Leal’s Football Cup for 2017 regular season came to an end on Monday 9th October with four games on the schedule. In the first game played, Lucky Strike defeated Burrell Boom by the score of 1-0. The only goal of the game was scored by Augustine Smith. In game two, Sand Hill Blue Hawks defeated Sand Hill New Site Warriors by the score of 4-1. The goals for the Sand Hill Blue Hawks were scored by Marques Stamp, Travon Martinez, Kevin Najerra and Darren Leal, while the only goal of the game for the Sand Hill New Site Warriors was scored by Jose Garcia.

Fires gut homes in Burrell Boom and Belize City
On Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 12:55 a.m., police responded to a report of a house fire in Burrell Boom. Upon arrival, police saw a two-storey house with the wooden section engulfed in flames. Nathalie Hyde, the 54-year-old owner of structure, reported that earlier that morning, she and her son, Jairo Perdirio Jr., were sleeping upstairs when she was awoken by the strong smell of smoke. She also observed that her washing machine was on fire. Hyde’s neighbors assisted her in extinguishing the fire. The cost of the damages has not yet been ascertained. Police investigation continues

Elder at Adventist Church in Cayo assists the needy
An elder from the community in Santa Elena, Cayo is creating waves by giving to 20 needy persons for a planned entire year. Francis Toyloy from the Central Seventh Day Adventist has partnered with his friend Michael Wade to distribute basic goods on the first Wednesday of each month. Distribution of the goods started last week and will be continued with the assistance of other church members. (Needy) Persons will be assisted on a weekly basis by Francis Toyloy.

Young Belizean on his way to Russia
A young Belizean and community developer is on his way to Russia. According to Galen University, “19 year old Erwin Wills, a former Central American Youth Ambassador, is one of our new Eagles here at Galen University.” He is admirably active in the community as he co-runs multiple chess clubs in Belmopan and has had numerous experiences representing Belize in the United States and Guatemala City since the age of 15.” Erwin continues on this trend as he leaves for the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students (WFYS) that will unite 20,000 young leaders from 183 countries in Sochi, Russia.

AMANDALA: “…THE TEACHERS (OR UNIONS) WOULD HAVE THEIR OWN POLITICAL PARTY…”
I am a parent and a teacher and I absolutely do NOT support the BNTU leadership. I strongly believe that the majority of parents similarly do NOT support the union leadership’s plunge into partisan politics! Should public sector unions even be allowed to exist if they involve themselves in partisan politics? Political partisanship violates a public sector union’s own principles and articles of association! Individual union members have the right to vote, and they should do so, like every other registered voter! Yet, the union’s role is completely different from that of a political party. Leadership should improve the abysmal PSE scores. They need to help produce good citizens – the almost total indiscipline in the community has got to be traceable directly to parents and teachers.

Hurricane Facts & Tips - Atlantic Hurricane Season - 21 September – 14 October
The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season has been an above normal season. Professor Gabriel Vecchi, stated “… it’s unambiguous that over the last 30 years, hurricane activity in the Atlantic has increased. I don’t think there’s reason to doubt that…”. To date we have matched the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season forecast is for 16 named storms and we have exceeded the forecast for 6 hurricanes and 3 major storms. So far there were 9 hurricanes and 5 major storms. There were two CAT 5 storms this year; only 1932, 1933, 1961, 2005 and 2007 have had multiple CAT 5 storms. The 2017 season is ranked the 8th season with the highest ACE, higher that 1961, which ranked 9th (the year of Hattie) and 1998 (the year of Mitch) ranked 10th. The season is not over; we still have the remainder of October and November.

It hard but you can overcome
The school year is young and flying quickly by; that is, unless you are a student. If you are a student, then you are almost certainly counting down impatiently to Christmas break, hoping for some relief from the mountain of assignments, and the challenging class work. But regardless how challenging it gets, stay the course; choose to stay in school. Many students do not. Students choose to leave school for a variety of reasons, but the decision to do so has serious long-term consequences. Those without diplomas face limited job opportunities and a lowered earning potential. While the reasons for dropping out of school are varied, solutions exist to help young people stay focused on their education. While each student who has made the decision to leave school has an individual story and reasons, there are several common risk factors.

Words of Life with Pastor Barry Fraser
In the book of the prophet Micah, chapter 7, verse 8, we read: “Do not gloat over me, my enemy. Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord God Yahweh will be my light”. If you find yourself in the middle of a fire that is consuming you and everything you have, which comes and goes repeatedly, which of these two people will you prefer to be with you?

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Taxi man gunned down in Belize City
Shortly after 7:30 tonight, a well known taxi man was shot and killed on Hicatee Street in Belize City.

Personnel from BERT ambulance service affected by pink eye
The Belize Emergency Response Team (BERT) today issued a press release advising the public to minimize non emergency response calls since personnel from the organization are currently being affected by pink eye.

Ministry of Works and IDB provide road and canal maintenance equipment to Belize City Council
The Government of Belize through the Ministry of Works today handed over to the Belize City Council, road and canal maintenance equipment procured by the Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Program, with financing from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

PUP to hold national conventions on November 26
The People’s United Party (PUP) had announced at their party council meeting that the party will be having a national convention in November.

BCCI and IDB sign agreement to increase private sector climate change resilience
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), today signed the Technical Cooperation Agreement for the project entitled “Proadapt Belize – Increasing Climate Change Resilience and Related Business Opportunities” with the objective of increasing private sector climate resilience in Belize.

Belize hosts third multi-national security conference
The Ministry of Defence hosted the 3rd Annual Multi National Security Conference on Friday, October 6th 2017 at the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City. The main objective of the conference was to share Belize’s vision, work and requirements with regards to military assistance with our allies and partners.

Fabers Road reconstruction project valued at almost $8 million signed today
The construction contract for the Reconstruction of Faber’s Road (between George Price Highway and Central American Boulevard) was signed today, October 12, between the Government of Belize (GOB) and Imer Hernandez Development Co. Ltd. at the office of the Ministry of Works in Belmopan.

Black Orchid’s Pan Di Riva Restaurant to Hold Grand Opening on October 20
The Pan Di Riva Restaurant and Bar will hold its grand opening on October 20, 2017, at 6:30 PM at #2 Dawson Lane in Burrell Boom Village in Belize. Chef Belinda Bishop, the author of “Flavour of Grenada” will be on hand to serve guests with traditional Creole dishes, locally sourced tropical fruits, and special drinks. Owner Douglas Thompson will host the grand opening in memory of his wife, Karen.

The Belize Social Security Board Needs Forensic Audit
The Belize Social Security Board (BSSB) has advised employers and employees of Belize that they plan to raise “contributions” in early 2018. Their primary reason given is that they have not increased contributions for a long time, since around 2003.

Over 12,000 Belizeans visited Chetumal/Mexico this past weekend
According to a report from CTV3 News in Orange Walk, over the long weekend, the Northern Border saw a total of 13,232 departures from Belize into Mexico. The report states that out of the total departures, 12,607 were Belizeans that went to visit tourist destinations in the neighboring country.

Search for missing Norwegian- Belizean man continues
Today marks the fourth day that Norwegian- Belizean businessman Chrisstofer Jan Roggema has been missing. Roggema owned the Cocoplum Garden Spa in Caye Caulker and has been living in Belize since the late 1980’s.

Belize Media boycotts Police Department again
Most media houses countrywide have decided to once again go on a boycott of the Police Department. Journalists and media personnel have engaged in boycotting all police related activities since they have brought forth their concern to the Commissioner of Police (COMPOL) that the Police Department has denied to give a press briefing on the major crimes that have happened in the country over the last couple of weeks.

Truck driver served with notice of intended prosecution
Yesterday around 2:30, police responded to a fatal traffic accident between miles 32 and 33 on the Southern Highway. They saw Sebastian Cucul, 32, a laborer of San Isidoro Village lying on the side of the highway with head and body injuries and apparently dead.

Blogs

A Guide to Packing for Belize in the Rainy Season
For someone who likes to pack the morning of a trip (even if I am leaving at 6am), this is quite a feat for me. A packing list. Let’s give it a go. A light rain jacket and a small umbrella: Since “the weather” can come and go quickly, it’s always nice to have a light jacket with a hood with you as well as an umbrella. Waterproof and breathable…water-resistant doesn’t do much. Can you buy it in Belize? Good ones? No. Plastic disposable ponchos? If you are in San Pedro or San Igancio, yes. At the local gift shops. A few Ziplock bags: No matter when you are traveling (or where), these are always a good idea. Great to take on a snorkeling trip for your camera or, just in case…when it starts to rain, zip up your phone and your wallet.

Washing Your Hands and Other Great Tricks
The show must go on and it did, in spite of the fact that a high portion of the islanders are suffering from pink eye and largely banished from the public. Countrywide the Ministry of Health recently reported 5434 known cases over the last four weeks. Numbers are actually higher as many people went and got treatment without seeing a doctor. On Ambergris Caye there were over 379 cases of this unpleasant ailment. The Ambergris Caye Rotary Club members were out in full force keeping us healthy and germ-free. Member Kate Corrigan carried a huge jug of hand sanitizer and every person who walked through the door had to “wash up”. Sadly the pink epidemic still affected crowd numbers. I knew this would be the case as my friend Cindy who saw the show the night before mentioned it in her review when I asked how she liked it. She also has hand sanitizer taped to her golf cart and still managed to catch the pink plague somewhere in her travels post show.

International Sourcesizz

Belize Police Officers admitted to the Bar in Fiji
On Thursday October 12, 2017 (Fiji time) Police Constable 214 Holman Katanegie (left) and Corporal 1100 Mannon Dennison (right) were admitted to the bar as Barristers and Solicitors, Attorneys at Law at the High Court in Suva, Fiji by Honourable Chief Justice A. Gates. Both Officers are now competent to practice law in the Courts of Fiji.

The Real Coconut helps create a sustainable economy in Belize with the launch of US snack line
After building a successful restaurant in Mexico based in part on the popularity and health benefits of coconut, entrepreneur Daniella Hunter is expanding her mission of promoting digestive well-being and sustainability to the US and Belize with a new line of baked goods and snacks.

Commentary: Where are the ‘Black Caribs’
By Wellington C. Ramos. When I was a little boy growing up in my town of Dangriga, British Honduras, now known as Belize, everybody in our country and in the world knew us as “Black Caribs”. This term was used by some while other individuals, groups and ethnic groups used Kerobee, Salt Head Kerobee, 36 and many other demeaning racial labels. Nobody was educating our people about the history of the label “Black Caribs” that led to all the other labels. This label first started with Christopher Columbus working on behalf of the Spanish crown who called us “Caribe”. Then, the French and British colonizers who came afterwards continued to use it to describe us as a people. In the schools of Belize and the other countries where we live, such as St Vincent and the Grenadines, Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala, the same labels were being used as well.

Videos

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  • Ocean Heros Awardees - Oceana Belize, 41min.

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  • Updates October 2017 from Tropical Belize, 2.5min. Building an intentional vegan community and retreat on 13 acres on land in Central Belize.


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