Briceno Opposes Loan from SSB to fix Caye Caulker’s Airstrip
The Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno, vehemently opposed a loan application made by the Belize Airport Authority to the Social Security Board. The loan application is for seven million dollars and is to repair the Caye Caulker municipal airstrip. Briceno shared the reasons why his party is opposed to the idea. John Briceno […]
Briceno: “The Root Cause of Crime is Poverty”
The Belize Police Department will present its new strategy to address the crime situation in Southside Belize City tomorrow morning. Love News understands that the senior command of the Department met today to design this new anti-crime strategy after being directed to by their bosses. For the past few months, we have been reporting about […]
Man on Life Support after being Shot
At approximately 4:00 p.m. yesterday, 28-year-old Cardinal Andrews was shot in the head. Andrews was sitting on a blue Toyota Tercel parked in front of his friend’s home on Partridge Street. While waiting for his friend, a lone gunman rode up on a bicycle and fired a single shot in his direction. The bullet penetrated […]
Bernard Wagner is PUP’s Mayoral Candidate for Belize City
Bernard Wagner will lead the PUP’s Belize City Municipal slate in the upcoming elections in March 2018. The announcement was made this evening by the party’s leader, John Briceno. John Briceno, Opposition Leader “I am pleased to also announce the Bernard Wagner is going to be our Mayoral candidate. A dynamic young man, a man […]
Briceno has High Hopes for Municipal Elections
It seems that John Briceno will not be contested for the upcoming PUP National Convention next month. The PUP’s Deputy Party Leader for the East, Kareem Musa, had considered challenging Briceno but he changed his mind, saying that it is a time for the PUP to be united and win big in the municipal elections. […]
Vellos requests Imer Hernandez contract be publicize
PUP Mayoral Candidate Rigo Vellos has written to the Corozal Mayor Hilberto Campos requesting that the Town Council make public the tendering process and contract granted to Imer Hernandez for street work in that municipality. The letter was sent to the Mayor on Wednesday in which Vellos states that previous works done by Hernandez in […]
Members of PAC failed to show up for Meeting
The Public Accounts Committee was scheduled to meet today in Belmopan but that did not happen. Area Representative for Cayo South, Julius Espat, who is the Chairman of the PAC, presented himself but was told that the other members could not make it for today’s meeting. Espat spoke to Love News. Julius Espat “The honorable […]
Chairman of CARICOM briefed Media on Meeting
Yesterday, Belize hosted the fourth CARICOM-Mexico Summit where leaders of Caribbean countries discussed regional issues with President of the United Mexican States, Enrique Pena Nieto. The meeting lasted a little over two hours and late yesterday evening, Chairman of the Caribbean Communities, Grenada’s Prime Minister, Keith Mitchell briefed the media on what was discussed and […]
No Bail for Nitro who made Death Threats against the Police
Twenty-four-year-old Shikell Nunez, aka “Nitro”, a musical artist, who allegedly made a video clip in which he threatened members of the GSU and their families with death, was charged with threat of death when he appeared today before Magistrate Stephanie Gillett. Nunez pled not guilty to the charge. The prosecutor objected to bail on the […]
Man charged with Grievous Harm for stabbing Woman
Police have charged a resident of San Pedro Ambergris Caye for having attacked and stabbed 45-year-old Alexia Del Carmen Melendez. According to police, 28-year-old Gilbert Anthony Palacio of the San Mateo Area attacked Melendez as she walked home on an unnamed street in that same area shortly before four o’clock on Wednesday afternoon. Palacio was […]
Seven-year-old Girl – Victim of Gun violence
A seven year old female child became a victim of gun violence in Belize City last night. Johnelle McKenzie files the report. A little girl is in a critical condition after being shot last night in Belize City. A family had just sat down to watch the news when all of a sudden a barrage […]
Faber: Family is Key to solve Crime
The gun violence that is plaguing our country is being carried out by the youths. The young people not only execute these senseless acts, but are also the victims. In last night’s shooting incident, one of the victims was only seven years old. The Department of Youth Services is doing a lot for the young […]
Bill passed to ‘pass the weed’ - 10 grams or less of Marijuana decriminalized
Commissioner of Police told the media on Tuesday October 24 that his department through Superintendent of police Bart Jones is conducting countrywide educational sessions with police officers to inform them of the Amendment of the Misuse of Drugs Act. This was one day before the senate met and ratified the bill on Wednesday October 25. The Bill will now be forwarded to the Governor General for ascension.
Under the amendment it reads: “Where the controlled drug in a person’s possession is cannabis or cannabis resin in an amount of not more than ten grammes and –
(a)… the possession is not unlawful and an offence is not committed thereby; -
Mexican President commits new school in Toledo during visit to Belize
A delegation of CARICOM Heads of State along with the President of the United Mexican States, H.E. Enrique Peña Nieto, was hosted at the Best Western Hotel on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 for the 4th Mexico-CARICOM summit.
The relationship between Mexico and CARICOM dates back to July 30, 2017 after the CARICOM-Mexico Cooperation Agreement was signed. Since then, Mexico has been an important partner to CARICOM especially as it pertains to the areas of climate change, disaster management, health, food and security, national security, human resource development, and marine management. Disaster management is of particular relevance as CARICOM countries and Mexico just recently came to terms with one of the most catastrophic periods of natural disasters.
Earl Trapp delivers new town hall to San Ignacio and Santa Elena
In February of this year construction commenced on the new town hall for the twin towns of Santa Elena and San Ignacio. Under the stewardship of Mayor Earl Trapp the municipality’s offices had to be relocated from an old dilapidated structure to one where they are renting space for 7 thousand dollars per month. While the move was one that was necessary, the intention was always for the town board to have its own home and Mayor Trapp says that new home is nearing completion.
The financial toll of Pink Eye
Even as the numbers of the eye infection is taking a downward trend, the financial toll is taking an upward one. When persons are infected with Pink Eye, they are advised to stay out of school and out of the work place, that translates into loss of productivity as well as loss of wages. The organization that takes up the slack with wages is the Social Security Board. The Guardian spoke to Chief Executive Officer at the board who reports that as of October 18, SSB has processed 5,174 claims for pink eye for the month of September and a portion of October. These claims resulted in a total of 24,302 sick days, which resulted in Social Security Board paying out over $704,000 in sickness benefits. This figure is however not a full picture as the epidemic is still ongoing and claims keep coming into the board on a daily basis. It is estimated that by the end of it the board would have paid out at least a million dollars in benefits.
New Haulover Bridge on the way
On a daily basis there are between 6,500 and 7 thousand vehicles that travel on the Haulover bridge from the Airport into Belize city and between 11,000 and 11,800 that travel on the bridge in the opposite direction. Engineers say the loading capacity of the bridge has long been exhausted and the reality is that the bridge is surviving basically on borrowed time. Time and again there have been repairs done on the bridge but when inspections are done on the underside it is quite evident that the bridge has very little time left.
BTB holds 15th National Tourism Award Gala Event
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) held its highly anticipated 15th National Tourism Awards Gala Event on Saturday, October 21st at the Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel. The event was well attended with guests coming from all regions of Belize. Distinguished guests included, Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation, and Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, Special Envoy for Women and Children, among others. The 15th National Tourism Awards was an elegant celebration of the accomplishments made throughout the year by tourism partners and friends.
Hon. Elodion Aragon Jr., addresses flooding in Carmelita
On Monday morning residents of Carmelita woke of to the frustrating reality of having to deal with flooding. The continuous rainfall over the weekend caused some localized flooding in the village. Several residents came out to see how they could address the situation but there was not much that they could do without heavy equipment. Area representative Hon. Elodio Aragon, who is always abreast of what happens in his area, responded immediately and with the assistance of the Public Works Department personnel from Orange Walk tackled the problem.
Minister Aragon holds strategy meeting with police
The recent spate of crimes in Belize City has given rise to concerns and rightly so. The cause has been attributed to the drug trade. For the most part the killings have been confined to the members of the underground community. There have been instances however where innocent bystanders have been caught in the crossfire. This situation has reached unacceptable proportions and a move is being made by the police to address it immediately.
BDF Captain secures Master of Arts in Strategic Security Studies
Belize Defence Force Captain, Eric Neal has completed a year of studies at the National Defence University in the U.S. Neal told the Guardian that he enrolled for the course on the 8th of July 2016 and graduated on the 8th June 2017. In a release from the BDF it states that, “He also obtained honours for his thesis entitled “Managing Indigenous People in Belize: Guaranteeing Security and Rights for All”. Furthermore, Captain Neal’s high level of academic performance was reflected in his cumulative G.P.A of 3.89.”
B.D.F. Price Barracks hospital renovated
The U.S. Marines have been working along with the Belize Defense Force over a 4-month period in an effort to renovate the hospital at the Price Barracks. This task, valued at over half million Belize dollars, was funded by the U.S. Southern Command’s Humanitarian Civic Action. This project was the brain child of Commander, Brigadier General David Jones and the 2015 US Ambassador Carlos Moreno. These men made the way for the 33 Marines and the team of Light Engineering personnel from the BDF to accomplish this feat.
Belmopan roundabout features Olmec head
Residents and visitors in Belmopan were taken aback this week as workers labored arduously to install a new feature to the roundabout that is near the Belmopan Hospital. Having been completed a few months ago, the roundabout was adopted by Print Belize who has pledged to maintain it.
This week in collaboration with the Mexican Embassy, who donated a sculpture of an Olmec head in honor of the visit of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, the sculpture was installed. The donation is a gesture of continued friendship between Mexico and Belize and the Belmopan City Council which has responsibility for the roundabout.
Flooding in Cayo: once bitten twice shy says Mayor Earl Trapp Junior
The local authorities in San Ignacio continue to keep a watchful eye on the Macal River on Wednesday after it had receded about two feet at last report on Tuesday. Almost incessant rains over the last few days has caused both the Macal and the Mopan Rivers to rise. The hammock bridge in Arenal village was overturned by the raging Mopan earlier this week.
On Wednesday morning Mayor Earl Trapp Junior informed market vendors to go back to their working places after having feedback from both the National Emergency Management Organization NEMO and the Weather Bureau. On Tuesday, Mayor Earl Trapp had been making the rounds at the market informing vendors to evacuate after warnings from NEMO and “knowing three dams were spilling over.”
G.R.E.A.T. CUP 2017 Opening Ceremony
The opening ceremony for the Gang Resistance Education and Training Program - G.R.E.A.T. CUP 2017 was held at the BTL Park in Belize City on Saturday, October 21, 2017. The sporting competition is supported by the U.S. Embassy through the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) section, which provides equipment, uniforms and trophies for the participants. Cadets and G.R.E.A.T. students from the Eastern Division Community Policing program were represented and they came from Precinct One, Precinct Two, Precinct Three, Precinct Four, Ladyville, Hattieville and Coastal (Caye Caulker and San Pedro).
HIV Statistics show decrease in infection rate
The HIV trend throughout the country has seen a decline over the past few years. While there is an estimated total of 3,665 persons living with the disease, of over 32,000 tests done in 2016, there was only a 0.7% positivity rate. Of those 3,665 persons living with the disease, 1,353 were receiving anti-retroviral drugs as of December 2016. Director of Health Services Dr. Marvin Manzanero told the Guardian that treatment is available for all who need it. He noted that it is only provided however to those with a CD4 count of 500 and less.
Media Boycott ends
The Police and the Media relations which had been strained for quite some time now and which has seen the media boycotting the police twice has been addressed. On Tuesday October 24 the Commissioner of Police called a meeting with key players of the mainstream media. The meeting was held at the Raccoon Street Police Station and both media and Police representatives put forth their concerns and at the end of it all they agreed to the following: “We’ve agreed that the police and the media do need to be working together in a more cooperative and collaborative fashion and so we have agreed that twice per week senior officers will be made available that will be doing press briefings to the media here at the Raccoon Street Conference Room.
PUP Devils talking about Sin
Undoubtedly Belizeans have become accustomed to hearing the members of that CRIMINAL GANG a.k.a. the People's United Party accusing the MEMBERS of the United Democratic Party of all sorts of fraud and outlandish things. However Belizeans know better than to believe the PUP’s claims. They know that it is the PUP who are the ones that have always been guilty of everything that they have been accusing the UDP of. Last Friday at the House of Representatives was no different, as the members on the PUP side of the house went on an all-out offensive in an effort to try and accuse the members of the UDP administration of PUP-type of hustling.
Senators and bridges
With Senators generally not being politicians, one would have expected the quality of the debates at the Senate, to be at much more higher level. Also it would have been expected that the senators affiliated with the opposition, would not be opposing just for opposing or because they had been instructed to oppose, rather than debating on the merits and demerits of the specific bill being debated. For example on Wednesday of this week there was a debate on a loan motion that was requesting the Senate’s Approval for a concessionary loan of US TWELVE MILLION DOLLARS, from the Opec Fund for International Development (OFID).
U.S. Embassy hosts Hector Verdugo, ex-gang member, for motivational speech
Given the surge of crime and youth gang activity going on in our country, the United States Embassy along with the Bureau of International Information Programs have embarked on a task to implement a program that focuses on those problem areas. On Monday, October 23, 2017 at the Bliss Center for Performing Arts, Hector Verdugo spoke to several Belizean high school students as a part of the program.
Statue of Sir Barry unveiled
Presentation by Dixie Bowen, Barry Bowen’s wife:
Good Morning~ Protocol having been established, welcome Ladies and Gentlemen, invited guests, friends and family. Thank you for joining us today.
It is my privilege to have been requested by the BAA to be asked to commission a statute of Sir Barry for The Sir Barry Bowen Airport, renamed in his honor last November.
The truth be known, Sir Barry was always taken by statues. When traveling he would always take time to stop and really study this form of art and I know today he would be so very proud of his lasting remembrance of himself, at the airport he so painstakingly designed and was determined to make a reality.
I would like to take this time to share the story behind the sculptor and this statue coming to fruition…. I had been approached or had suggestions from several parties about who might be the artist to take on this project. Then Michael told me Hilly knew of various artists in Cuba, had a particular artist in mind and that it would be a good idea to travel there to procure the proper sculptor.
Feeding Programs in Belmopan Area being boosted
Last Thursday, Belmopan Police commenced a much needed feeding program at the San Martin Government Primary school in the Nation’s Capital. This will see some 25 children being fed a nutritious breakfast daily. A release from the Belmopan Police has thanked the staff, parents and the Mira family for supporting this initiative.
In a statement from the St. Martin’s Government School it states that:
Good things are happening at St. Martin’s Government School this school year. Our first day of our feeding program made possible with the collaboration of the Belmopan Police Department and Mr. Howell Gillett.
BWS employees clings to life after being shot in the head
At press time tonight, 28 year-old Cardinal Andrews, a resident of Burrell Boom Village, is clinging to life after he was shot in the head in the Saint Martins area of Belize City.
At around 4 p.m., on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, Andrews was socializing in front of a friend’s house on Partridge Street when a gunman shot him in the back of the head. The bullet is said to have exited through his forehead.
It is not known at this time why he was targeted, but persons who were around at that time rushed to his aid, and he was swiftly transported to the KHMH via a police mobile. Police continue to insist that he survived the attack, and is at the hospital, where doctors are trying to save his life.
Two brothers killed in 12 days
The Almendarez family from the Lake Independence area of Belize City lost another son to gun violence. 25 year-old Shaquawn Almendarez was shot and killed by a gunman who came looking for him at his home. His older brother, Jason Almendarez, was murdered in another shooting only 12 days before that.
The incident happened at around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 22, at the Almendarez family home on Electric Avenue. Shaquawn Almendarez was just about to enter his front gate when a dark-skinned shooter approached him and shot him in the right side of the chest and the right wrist. His family was at home, and his mother, Karen Almendarez, told the press that the execution of her son caused an uproar in her house, with one of her other sons, shouting angrily at the retreating gunman.
Former BDF Volunteer walks away from murder charge
The trial against Jermaine Rhaburn, a 24-year-old former BDF volunteer, ended on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. Rhaburn was accused of shooting and killing another colleague, 21-year-old Private Clifford Cruz, with an M16 rifle during an incident at the Militia Hall compound.
Allegations against Rhaburn are that he and Cruz became engaged in a struggle. Cruz took Rhaburn in a chokehold which caused Rhaburn to not be able to breathe. Rhaburn informed Cruz of this but Cruz continued to hold him which forced Rhaburn to crank his M16 rifle and shoot Cruz in the abdomen.
Grandmother and grand-daughter shot on New Road
On Tuesday, October 24, police received information of a shooting incident and visited #96 New Road where they saw Judith Rocke, 60-years-old, suffering from a gunshot wound to the right forearm. Her 7-year-old granddaughter, Malli Herrera, was also seen with gunshot injuries to the lower back and abdomen.
They were both rushed to the KHMH. While Rocke has since been discharged, Herrera remains hospitalized and is listed in a critical but stable condition at the Pediatric Ward.
Senior citizen left to die in drain
On Monday, October 16, 2017 at 10:45 p.m., Belize City Police visited the KHMH where they saw 82-year-old Ricardo Benito Vasquez of Bagdad Street with an abrasion to his right cheek and right hand and a cut wound to the back of his head.
Investigations revealed that earlier that night, Vasquez was walking on Water Lane heading towards Bagdad Street when he was approached by a male person who inflicted the injuries and made good his escape. The reports are that Vasquez was at a game shop and after he left to head home, he was assaulted and left to die in a nearby drain.
Sydney Lamb killed and robbed
The life of 42 year-old Sydney Lamb, a resident of Oleander Street in Belize City, was cut short by gun violence. The victim was shot and killed while on his way home, and his family suspects that he was robbed by either the gunman, or someone else after he was fatally injured.
Sydney Lamb, or “Belly”, as he was also known, went to a shop on Casuarina Street at around 7:20 p.m. on Saturday, October 21. He had only just purchased a few items, and while he was heading home, a gunman rode by on bicycle and shot him. Reports are that his assailant got off his bicycle, and shot Lamb several more times before leaving.
Underwood brothers on remand for ammunition
Two well-known criminal figures who have managed to previously beat a murder charge are presently behind bars after allegations against them came up regarding firearm ammunition. They are brothers Alexander Underwood, 28, and Austin Underwood, 24. They were found on October 23, 2017 with a 5.56 bullet.
The brothers appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Michelle Trapp at the Belize City Magistrates Court on October 24, 2017 where they were read a single charge of kept prohibited ammunition. Both plead not guilty to the charge but due to the nature of the offenses, they could not be granted bail.
Belizean recording artist Unlimited faces criminal charges
On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, local recording artist, 21-year-old Bernard Cayetano a.k.a “Unlimited”, was taken to court to be arraigned on three criminal charges. He was brought before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser to be read the charges of obstruction, resisting arrest, and assaulting a police officer.
The police allege that on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, Cayetano resisted the arrest of Officer Valdez and proceeded to assault him in an attempt to obstruct him from executing a search at a house on Croton Lane in Belize City.
In court, Cayetano pleaded not guilty to all charges and was released on bail of $1,000 with an adjournment for January 13, 2018. According to Cayetano, the charges laid against him were made in an attempt to justify police brutality against him at the home of Kenneth “Big Tom” Flowers, his boss.
Verdes FC blank the Belize Defence Force FC in Premier League Football competition
The Premier League of Belize 2017 Opening Season competition continued over the last week end with three games played.
On Saturday 21st October, at the Football Federation of Belize Stadium in Belmopan, Verdes FC blanked the host team Belize Defence Force FC by the score of 2-0.
The 1st goal of the game was scored by Jarret Davis in the 22nd minute of play to give his team an early lead. The first half of the game ended 1-0 in favour of the visiting Verdes FC.
The 2nd and final goal of the game was scored by Elroy Kuylen in the 90th minute of play to give his team the 2-0 victory.
Stars Academy wins in CYPD Peace Cup Competition
The Conscious Youth Development programme 2017 Peace Cup Football competition continued over the last week of play with three games on the schedule.
On Saturday 21st October, in the first of three games played, Stars Academy defeated R &G City Boys by the score of 4-2.
The goals for Stars Academy were scored by Jahron Myvette, Harold Thompson (2) and Shemar Thompson. Meanwhile, the goals for R & G City Boys were scored by Keron Patnett and Michael Augustine.
Belize Rural Primary School wins rural girls’ and boys’ basketball competition
The Belize District Rural Primary Schools Basketball elimination for zones 1, 2, 3 and 4 took place on Tuesday 17th October, 2017, at the Ladyville Basketball Court. Four girls’ team namely Burrell Boom Methodist School, St. Therese RC School (Burrell Boom), Belize Rural Primary School and Lucky Strike Government School participated in the competition while the schools that participated in the boys’ competition are Burrell Boom Methodist School, St. Therese RC School (Burrell Boom), Belize Rural Primary School, Lucky Strike Government School and Our Lady of the Way RC School (Ladyville).
National Track and Field Championship rescheduled for November
The Belize Athletics Association invites all athletes and track enthusiasts once again to be a part of a National Track and Field Championship event. The event will take place at the Marion Jones Sports Complex on November 4-5, 2017.
All athletes 16 years and older can participate in the events.
Registration forms can be obtained from and returned back to the Belize Athletics Association via email [email protected] or from their Facebook page (Belize Athletics Association) or at the Marion Jones Sports Complex.
The registration fee to participate in the National Track and Field championship is $10.00.
“…the obligation of you and your fellows to treat the Government badly.”
Prime Minister Dean Barrow on NEWS 5; Oct 18, 2017: “We are concerned and I have said that it is the duty of the Government to treat you well, despite the fact that it seems to be the obligation of you and your fellows to treat the Government badly. (Applause) But that is the way it is…” Mose was totally wrong about the meaning of a very simple word, yet the complete Belize Media participated in his ‘Chicken Little Parade!” Wil, Lisa, Eamon, Keisha, Luke, Giovanni, Sulph, etc., couldn’t do it for Mose; so he turned to Indira and Emaun. The new dead dog that he is beating is titled: “Media Friends Duped To Assist Mose Pay Zinc Fence’s Bills And To Help Dodo Bird Cordel Deliver Victory For PUP Johnny!”
Story No done Yet
After I wrote my article last Wednesday I noted in the news that same night that the Honorable Kareem had decided not to offer a challenge to Mr. Briceño for the post of PUP Party Leader which made me think that maybe I had fired off prematurely with my prediction of an ugly fight, but a friend later consoled me that the “pin in that story no ben yet”, in other words, the story still has several additional chapters of intrigue and suspense yet to unravel. He suggested to me that the wily young Musa is bidding his time and patience and will wait for an opportune date between March 7, 2018 and November 5, 2020 to make his move. We will all wait and see how that drama evolves over the next two years, God spare life.
Gossip can seem like harmless fun until you are its target. There’s something entertaining about talking about other people among your friends, but when you are the one being talked about, it’s not easy.
It happens to everyone at one time or another. You walk into a room or up to a table at lunch where everyone had been talking and laughing, and suddenly there’s silence. Or maybe people who are normally nice to you suddenly start giving you funny looks and don’t want to talk to you.
Odds are when this happens you’ve become the target of gossip. Someone started a rumor about you that’s being passed around. It’s probably something silly, unbelievable and untrue, but that doesn’t mean it won’t change people’s opinions of you. Sometimes it is true, and that can hurt even more because you probably shared a secret with a friend and suddenly it was all over school.
Breaking Belize News
GOB sign contract for consultancy services valued at US $995,000
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Police issues report on shooting on Patridge Street, Belize City
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Woman stabbed on the neck in San Pedro Town
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‘Not a free for all’, says Attorney General
Yesterday, a bill to amend the Misuse of Drugs Act was presented in the Senate. […]
Unlimited charged for assaulting police officer
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Taiwan donates $25,000 to Youth conference
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Cool weather to continue
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Laker legend traces roots through Belize
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Belize Tourism Board’s Tourism Industry Conference 2017
On Friday October 20, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) held its annual Tourism Industry Conference for local hoteliers and tour companies at The Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel. The event was an opportunity for stakeholders to learn about tourism related developments and trends affecting the country as well as providing an overview of BTB’s Marketing & Public Relations plan.
This year’s theme was based on “Sustainable Tourism and its Impact on the Belize Market” and counted on the presence of numerous international speakers. The morning session of the summit focused on Responsible Tourism and Best Practices: Its Value and Importance and discussed areas such as Safety & Security Requirements in the Tourism Industry (Dr. Peter Tarlow), Building a Better World Through Responsible Tourism (Trudi Pearce from Brighter Group), and Framework for Capacity Building (Amanda Charles from Caribbean Tourism Organization). The second half of the event demonstrated on Food Tourism & a Sense of Place in Belize (Erik Wolf), How Belize Can Adapt as an Emerging Culinary Destination (Alfredo Echevverría) and Creating a Sustainable Culinary Plan (Joxan Obando).
Meet our local tour guides! Guest blog from Mark Leslie, CayeQuest private tours...
Mark Leslie is a longtime local tour guide from one of Placencia's original families, the Leslie's. Mark is guest writing a blog today, to feature a great excursion he offers to guests!! Mark Leslie, enthusiast and passionate of his ancestry of seafarers, who inhabited the surrounding islands of Southern Belize, long before settling on mainland Placencia, surviving and living off the environment. Mark with this legacy, will guide you through unexplored sunken patch reefs, known only to a few local generations of fisher folks.
Witness and experience the coral reef exploding with life in their natural habitat, in the clear turquoise waters Belize’s barrier reef. Watch as your lunch is hunted and speared, the traditional way. Castaway on a remote private island as your fresh catch is prepared and cooked on an open fire. Discover the true essence of Placencia lifestyles of eon gone as you leave your comfort zone and venture into an idyllic and unimaginable existence.
The Belize Tourism Awards 2017
On Saturday, October 21st, the annual Belize Tourism Awards was held in Belize City at The Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel. This year marked the 15th anniversary of this event and the celebrations and awards did not disappoint.
Every year I look forward to this post since it’s a great way to keep up-to-date with the best resorts, hotels, tour operators, tour guides, and frontline personnel of Belize. Kudos to the 2017 award winners, and a bigger shout out to all the tourism stakeholders that support the industry and make Belize a top travel destination.
Here are the Belize Tourism Awards 2017 winners along with short videos created for them by the Belize Tourism Board:
Queen Conch in Belize
As we discovered in a previous blog, everything is not always as it seems. Cashew nut is in fact a fruit and chocolate comes from a seed. This month we talk a little about one of Belize’s favorite foods, Conch; where it lives, how its caught, how its cooked and how… it’s a snail!
If you are eating conch in Belize, you are most likely eating Queen Conch. Horse Conch or mai mula as it is locally known is also eaten especially in ceviche but sadly it is now rare and considered a delicacy. Queen Conch is a large sea snail that can be found close to the reef in shallow water in the sand or seagrass. Conch don’t like to stay in one place and tend to travel miles looking for food. They move about in groups or schools using their “foot” to drag them across the sandy sea bottom.
Local fishermen are skilled at knowing where to find them and only those with a commercial fishing license are allowed to catch them. They are relatively easy to catch but extracting what’s inside requires skill and precision. The fisherman makes a small hole in the spiral part of the shell preferably using another conch shell (a knife is liable to break). This hole breaks the vacuum inside the shell making the meat easy to extract.
Xunantunich: Belize’s Maya Archaeological Gem
The Cayo District in western Belize, is known for its winding rivers, honeycomb caves, dense rainforest jungle, colorful birds, elusive jaguars, and rich Mennonite farmland. It is also the Mundo Maya, the center of the Maya World. For anyone interested in Maya archaeology and culture…the Cayo is a must see.
Whenever my husband Mike, and I visit, we make a point to visit the Maya archaeological sites. Most recently, we visited Xunantunich, one of the most popular Maya sites in Belize. From San Ignacio, the regional main town, it takes 20 to 30 minutes to drive to Xunantunich. A pleasant drive, we passed green, rolling hills, grazing cattle, horses, and bucolic villages nestled between rolling foothills.
Arriving at the site, we drove our rental car directly onto the barge that takes visitors across the Mopan River. After disembarking, it was a short drive up the hill to the parking lot and visitor’s center. You can take a group tour, walk the site, or hire a guide. We chose to hire one of the guides, for $30.
Americans Slash Their Taxes…as Expats Overseas
“Property taxes in Belize are ridiculously low when compared to those in the United States,” says Ann Kuffner, IL Belize Correspondent. “I’ve interviewed a number of expats who own three bedroom houses, on half-acre properties, with a view of the bay in Corozal, and with river views in the Cayo District. None of the expats I’ve interviewed pay more than $50 per year for property taxes in Belize. And those I’ve interviewed who own two-bedroom, two-bath beach front condos on the Cayes, with a Caribbean Sea view, pay less than $300 a year for property taxes.”
Tax on property is very low in Belize. Depending on which part of the country your property is in, the rate will be about 1.5% of the assessed valuation. What makes the tax low is that the assessed valuation is usually very little; a consequence of government policy to encourage development. As a result, you can expect to pay less than $500 a year on most houses and condominiums, and in many cases, the annual tax will be under $100. Property taxes are assessed by the Belize government and are due on April 1 of each year.
“Whatcha Gonna Do About It” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Before we set off for a short trip to Nicaragua (some editions about this will follow in the very near future) I sat out on the veranda, the western, lagoon facing, one for a good few mornings with a mug of black coffee – instant and unsweetened – contemplating what I could arrange for Rose’s upcoming birthday.
Now I could have taken the very easy and lazy route (something that I’m normally quite adroit at) and said that the Nicaraguan holiday was an early birthday present. But no, I was not going to do that.
I contemplated some more. I could have pondered (I’m good at that too) but this matter needed serious thought and attention.
Morning after morning I supped my coffee and contemplated. I found myself talking to myself. “Whatcha gonna do about it?” I asked myself (just lately I’ve found that I talk to myself quite a lot). “I really don’t know”, I replied. And then, from nowhere, the inspiration came. A sunset cruise on Seduced By Belize‘s “SEA’S d Day, a 58 feet houseboat equipped with everything one could want for a meander around the lagoon side of Ambergris Caye.
Explore Nearby San Ignacio
Take a short drive across the only drivable suspension bridge in Belize, Hacksaw Bridge, over the Macal River, where a fun town filled with restaurants, bars, shops and a true Belize cultural experience waiting for you. Welcome to San Ignacio!
San Ignacio is the beating heart of western Belize. It was founded in 1904 and since then it has become a cultural hub, melting the history of the surrounding local Maya ruins with new influences. It’s definitely one of the most popular tourism destinations in Belize – not just because of its strategic location near Maya sites like Xunantunich and Cahal Pech, caves like Barton Creek and Actun Tunichil Muknal, and the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve which is home to the spectacular waterfalls like 1,000 Foot Fall and Big Rock Waterfalls. San Ignacio is also the hub of western Belize’s food scene – with great local restaurants, new farm-to-table fares, and of course, how can you miss the Saturday market!
The first first stop of your day trip should be the San Ignacio Market where you will find a unique opportunity to experience true culture and life of Belize. There are farmers, traders and vendors all selling their goods. You’ll also hear a blend of German, English, Spanish, Creole and Maya languages. Don’t forget to pick up some delicious local fruits, veggies, and maybe even local medicinal herbs for muscles sore from too many hiking adventures. Every Saturday, the San Ignacio Market comes alive with tourists and expats browsing the local vendors.
Top 5 Reasons to Visit Belize in 2018
As the cold begins to dig in for the long winter season, it's only natural that people start to consider where they can go to escape and get some warm sunshine.
At Caves Branch Jungle Lodge, now is the perfect time to plan and book a wonderful 2018 holiday in the tropical warmth of beautiful Belize. A small country on the shores of the Caribbean, Belize has a wide range of exciting activities and things to see and do.
To get you inspired, we've put together five of our favorite reasons why you should come visit Mother Nature's Best-kept Secret (Belize!):
Belize Traditional Healing: Natural Remedies From The Wild
Medicine, as we know it today, is a pretty recent feat of modern chemical engineering. There are pills to make you lose weight, kill sickness inducing bacteria, stop your watery eyes and sneezing from allergies and all manner of imaginative effects. It’s hard for people born in this generation to even imagine what it must have been like, kids probably think cough syrup and pills have existed from the dawn of time.
The truth is, people have been curing their ailments for quite a long time. Sometimes to disastrous side-effects (think Victorians and lead-based makeup), but some, like the Maya of Central America, effectively used what we now term today as “Traditional Healing” to cure themselves of many health problems. The kicker? They did it with jungle plants. A thing that’s still part of Belize Culture to date.
New security screening for all U.S. bound flights announced
All incoming flights to the United States will be subject to new security screening procedures before takeoff, including both American citizens and foreigners possibly facing security interviews from airline employees, the U.S. government said Wednesday.
“The security measures affect all individuals, international passengers and U.S. citizens, traveling to the United States from a last point of departure international location,” said Lisa Farbstein, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration. “These new measures will impact all flights from airports that serve as last points of departure locations to the United States.”
The new rules include “heightened screening of personal electronic devices” and stricter security procedures around planes and in airport terminals, Farbstein said. She did not elaborate.
Belize-set drama 'Inheritance' is long on family dysfunction, short on substance
There’s not enough “there” there in the melodrama “Inheritance,” a brief, elliptical journey into catharsis and reconciliation. Laura E. Davis and Jessica Kaye, who co-wrote and directed, compress a lifetime’s worth of familial puzzle pieces into a few choppy days of angst and dubious behavior that never quite gels, despite being occasionally intriguing.
Upon returning to her childhood home of Belize, the unstable Mara (Kaye) discovers that her estranged father, a respected doctor, has died suddenly. Her dad’s longtime housekeeper, Grace (Myrna Manzanares), and Grace’s daughter, Linda (Shamira Gill-Card), try to support Mara but she’s too overwhelmed, even with the helpful presence of recovering-addict boyfriend Aaron (Daniel Ahearn).
Enter Mara’s edgy brother, Ben (Mark Webber), who apparently remained in Belize, as did their father, after Mara returned to the U.S. as an adult. Ben’s snarky anger toward Mara gives way to a strange, semi-nude, swimming hole incident that raises the red flag of sibling dysfunction.
Turismo em Belize 1, 5min.
Turismo em Belize 2, 5min.
Turismo em Belize 3, 5min.
Belize - Dive Trip 2017, 2.5min. Trip to San Pedro, Belize. Dove the Lighthouse Atoll including the Blue Hole, Aquarium and the Half Moon Key.
Belize Travel Vlog in 360 | Laura Lee,3 min.
Main Plaza at Altun Ha, Belize (2009), 1min.
Hector Verdugo of Homeboy Industries is at Stann Creek Ecumenical High School in Dangriga, cultural capital of Belize!, 41min.
DECRIMINALIZATION OF MARIJUANA DRAWS HEATED DEBATE AT SENATE MEETING, 10min. The proposed decriminalisation of marijuana legislation went before the Senate yesterday, attracting heavy discussion and debate. Lines were drawn by Senators based on scientific, religious and moral positions and it all made for interesting news. Here are some of the highlights and surprise declarations by some of the Senators
The bill did pass at the end of the debate and will now be sent to the Governor General for assent, marking the start of a new policy on the limited use of marijuana by the Government.
Talk Ah Di Town October 26, 2017, 25min.
Saw this huge Caterpillar crossing the street, so I just make sure it made it cross., 1min.
Osprey feeding, 2min. Whatever it takes to survive in the wild
Belize 2017, 5min.
X' Tan Ha Resort on Ambergris Caye, Belize, 4min. This beach front resort has pristine beaches and a go slow attitude that is great for those looking to get away from it all and truly relax.
LSCS Senior Class 2017 Missions Skit in Belize, 4min. The team performing their drama during service at LifeNet. Not even technical difficulties can slow them down.
Caye Caulker - Belize, 2min. Um dia em Caye Caulker - Brasileiros em Belize.
Flooding in Belize City leads to school closures, 1.5min.
Belize Tech Expo 2017, 14min. The Belize Tech Expo was held on September 27th and 28th at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza where local and international vendors exhibited their latest products, services and solutions.