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WESTJET begins direct flight to Belize from Calgary, Canada
A brief inaugural ceremony was held at the Departure Lounge of the Philip Goldson International Airport on Friday, November 3rd to commemorate WestJet's new non-stop weekly service between Calgary, Canada and Belize. According to WestJet the service is part of the airline's seasonal schedule for the winter of 201718. The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Belize Hotel Association, senior staff of the Belize Airport Concession Company (BACC), the Canadian Consulate to Belize and the Belize Tourism Board among others. Short addresses were delivered by Mr. Lynn Young, Honorary Consul of Canada to Belize and the Hon. Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation.

San Pedro Lions Club Receives Donation from U.S. Lions Club
On Thursday, October 2nd, Dr. Allan Shencks donated $250US to the San Pedro Lions Club (SPLC). The donation was received by Melanie Paz, Vice-President of the SPLC. Shencks gave the donation to SPLC for future projects on Ambergris Caye on behalf of his group, the Glocester Rhode Island Lions Club in the U.S. Shencks came along with the Belize Dental Mission to the island and has been here since Monday, October 23rd. The SPLC would like to thank Dr. Allan Shencks for his kind donations. To learn more about SPLC work, you can visit

Ambergris Today

The early bird gets the best produce
You have to wake up at about 4:30a.m. To beat the rush at the pop up markets on Tuesdays in San Pedro. Farmers sail from the mainland to the island every week, while islanders looking for fresher and cheaper produce wake up before daybreak.

Guatemala to produce maps including Belizean territory ahead of referendum
According to reports from Channel 5 and Love FM, Guatemalan authorities are preparing to make maps [�]

WESTJET Begins Direct Flight To Belize From Calgary, Canada
A brief inaugural ceremony was held at the Departure Lounge of the Philip Goldson International Airport on Friday, November 3, 2017, to commemorate WestJet's new non-stop weekly service between Calgary, Canada and Belize. According to WestJet the service is part of the airline's seasonal schedule for the winter of 2017- 18. The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Belize Hotel Association, senior staff of the Belize Airport Concession Company (BACC), the Canadian Consulate to Belize and the Belize Tourism Board among others. Short addresses were delivered by Mr. Lynn Young, Honorary Consul of Canada to Belize and the Hon. Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation.

A Haven Of Hope To Shine At New Children's Home In San Pedro
On Saturday, November 4, 2017, the doors to Hope Haven children's home and battered women and Shine Center were officially opened during a very emotional and heart-warming ribbon cutting ceremony. A group of persistent and motivated island residents worked incessantly to transform a 'gentleman's bar' into a home and center that will assist to empower young women and become a shelter for children in need of a home, guidance and rehabilitation. The building transformation is impressive - The first floor is warm and inviting; it's home to Shine Center, complete with a hang-out area, play room, counseling room, meeting space and a beautiful kitchen that is now home to the San Pedro Food Bank.

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Join us this week at Crazy Canucks on Thursday from 2pm-4pm to paint "Follow The Leader"!

The Battle of the Drums Presents the 9th Annual Food and Fete
Friday, Nov. 10th, 8pm-3am, PG Sports Complex

NEBL prepares for 2018 season! Tune in to TNC10!
The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) will be tipping off its fifth consecutive season on Thursday, January 18 as the defending champions, Belmopan Bandits, will host the sub- champions San Pedro Tiger Sharks. The game will be played at the UB gymnasium in Belmopan, with tip-off time being 8:30 p.m. The upcoming season will have 8 teams. 6 of the teams from last season will return to participate in the upcoming season. These teams are Orange Walk Running Rebels, Belize Hurricanes, San Pedro Tiger Sharks, Belmopan Bandits, Cayo Western Ballaz and Dangriga Dream Ballers. Belize City No Limit has changed management and their new team name is Belize City Defenders. The eight team participating will be Agharta, which is a team from Chetumal.

The Belize Sister Reef Project
The Belize Barrier Reef and Great Barrier Reef are mysterious places and are home to thousands of species of wild life, with thousands more waiting to be revealed. But they need protecting. The more we protect, the more we'll discover. Sign Up Here:

Belize represented at the Travel Club Workshop in the Netherlands

Ms. Elsia Pop receives the My Diana Legacy Award
Embassy Belmopan issues thousands of non-immigrant visas to Belizeans who want to travel to the United States for tourism, education, temporary work, or onward travel to other destinations. Occasionally we encounter applicants who are using their visas to do extraordinary things. Earlier this year we met Ms. Elsia Pop, recipient of the My Diana Legacy Award. Ms. Pop travelled all the way to Saint James Palace in London to receive the award from Prince Harry and Prince William. She won the Diana Legacy Award for preserving her Mayan culture by documenting stories of Mayan traditions and for teaching handicraft making to other youth. Ms. Pop shared these photos with us and writes that she is" truly grateful for this gift and I continue to pass it on."

Congratulations to the High School Battle of the Drums Champion IHS
Independence High School are the Champions of this year's High School Battle of the Drums Competition held last week Friday at the Big Bird's Isle, Kudos are in order!

Vacancy at the Government of Belize Press Office
We're having a casting call for a News Anchor! Are you the person for the job? Then, send your resume and headshot to [email protected].

2nd Avenue is getting a well deserved face lift in Corozal
This is the street running along YNOT Bakery and Copper Horse Inn.

Belmopan Screen on the Green
Mark your calendars this Thursday, November 9, Screen on the Green at the Governor General Field! Come and enjoy the movie Silver Linings!

BTIA Membership Campaign and Mixer in San Pedro
There's much work to be done when it comes to improving our tourism product in San Pedro. We invite you to come to our Membership Mixer and learn how as a group, we can make positive changes in our community. No matter what your business may be on Ambergris Caye, one way or another it depends on tourism.

Joyjah Estrada
NYC adventures with Kate Spade... what a dream

2017 World Youth Conference in Belize
Belize is the official host of the 2017 World Youth Conference (WYC). The conference was officially declared opened by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youths, Sports & Culture Hon. Patrick Faber at an opening ceremony at the Ramada Princess Hotel in Belize City on Monday night. The evening closed with a live performance of the theme song, "Heretimativa Juntos (Stronger Together)" performed by Belizean artists, C-Wills, Bernadette Gilharry, Supa G, Tanya Carter and T.R. Shine. The 2017 WYC is being hosted under the theme, "Globally running to 2030, Becoming Sustainably Strong" and is a gathering of national, regional and international youth leaders with an objective to bring the voice of youth into a transnational deliberation on how to make the post-2015 development agenda a reality.

SBDCBelize conducts its first National Entrepreneurship Roadshow
In commemoration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, that is being celebrated throughout the region; The Small Business Development Centre Belize (SBDCBelize), a unit of BELTRAIDE has launched a month of entrepreneurial activities throughout the month of November. The National Entrepreneurship Month is in line with BELTRAIDE's mandate for enterprise and entrepreneurship. The SBDCBelize team is currently traversing the country for the first of its kind, National Entrepreneurship Roadshow. The Roadshow is geared for schools within the three major regions of the country and addresses two of the centre's pillars within the National Entrepreneurship Strategy: Mindset / Culture and, Education. The Entrepreneurship Labs are being conducted in Corozal Jr. College, Independence High School and Belize Rural High School where over 300 students will engage in an activity-based sensitization on the concept of entrepreneurship.

Stakeholder Consultations CARICOM Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (REEBC)
The Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) in the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities (MPSEPU) hereby informs the general public that stakeholder consultation on the CARICOM Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (REEBC) will be held at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza in Belize City on November 8, 2017. The document was developed by the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) in collaboration with the CARICOM Secretariat and the German Agency for International Co-operation (GIZ) as an important step in addressing the high costs associated with electricity generation and consumption and ultimately sustainable access to energy in the region. In addition, the Code will help to alleviate the environmental concerns related to greenhouse gas emissions that increase global warming and contribute to climate change.

Horseshoe Competition 2017 in San Pedro
This sounds like fun! Come join the fun at the Central Park.

Belize hosts climate risk management workshop
The government of Belize, with the support of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), is stepping up its climate change adaptation efforts. Belize's Social Investment Fund (SIF), an implementing agency of the government addressing the basic needs of the country's most vulnerable, has set in motion plans to incorporate climate risk management in its national project development process. On October 26 and 27, the Bank funded a CRM training workshop for SIF's stakeholders. Recognising Belize's high vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, including natural disasters such as hurricanes, storms, flooding, earthquakes and erosion, the sessions focused on minimising their negative effects, which can both reverse and retard national development.

Belize Red Cross launches a U.S. Embassy-funded Project!
The Belize Red Cross launched the "Strengthening Partnerships through Accountability and Transparency" initiative on October 25. The Embassy is proud to fund this critical work with a Central America Regional Security Initiative Economic Support Funds grant! The project aims to improve emergency and disaster response and resilience in 16 rural communities. U.S. Embassy Charge d' Affairs, a.i. Ms. Adrienne Galanek spoke on the importance of working relationships between the communities, the Belize Red Cross, and government agencies to the success of this project. Village Council representatives from those communities and representatives from CEMO, University of Belize, the Ministry of Labor, and NEMO attended the kick-off stakeholder meeting.

Corozal ART in THE PARK
Saturday, November 11th, 2017. Come out and enjoy.

Program of preservation of the Maya Language in the Corozal District
Powerful encounters and partnerships formed today as Toone Masehualoon met with Professors at La Universidad de Chetumal Quintana Roo (UQROO) to develope a program of preservation of the Maya Language in the Corozal District, Belize. Thank you Professor Cruzita Ken, Professor Ever Canul, and Professor Wilber Canto. Target date for Maya Language school is February 2018. We also created partnership with Mr. Cesar Yam Ake for support with obtaining our pre-hispanic authentic Maya Instruments along with tutoring for its effective usage. Ok, here we go! Keep an eye out for original Maya music at Art in the Park in Corozal in the near future. We were privileged to be present for the recognition ceremony for the best Hanal Pixan altar at the University. First prize going to hermanito (brother) Cesar Yam Ake for his effort of forwarding the Maya culture and spirituality with this beautiful Memorial to those who served at the UQROO and have passed on.

COROZAL - DAVCO Cultural Expo 2017!!
Fun for the entire family, including cultural presentations, music, traditional food, and beverages. It's all happening Friday, 17th November 2017, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at Corozal Central Park. If you are a Maya Mestizo, Mestizo, Creole, Garifuna, East Indian, Chinese and feel proud of your culture, share this flyer. It is our responsibility to revive our cultures. If you are willing to participate at the DAVCO expo, feel free to contact Deima Sanchez at 602-6659 during working hours or at email [email protected] This event is being organized by various villages in Corozal. Proceeds from this event will be utilized to promote all the villages that are being represented.

Thomas Vincent Ramos Moonlight Concdrt
Monday, Nov. 13th, Stann Creek House of Culture

Omar Sierra at the Belize Museum
Omar Sierra brilliantly captures the essence of everyday life! come take a look at the Museum of Belize and be the next lucky person to take home one of his pieces.

Lola Delgado at the Belize Museum
There's still time to stop by the Museum of Belize and take a look at the lovely art work we have on display. Today we look at Lola Delgado's bright and lively style!

"Natural Heritage, Natural Wealth"
While a national economic assessment of Belize's coral reefs & mangroves found that they provide more than half a billion US$ per year (US$559 million) in goods and services through recreation, fisheries and coastal protection, we are yet to fully use economic analysis to inform resource protection and management. The Marine Protected Areas which make up the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, undoubtedly contribute a significant percentage of this half billion-dollar figure. Cooper et al. 2009 estimated that Belize's MPAs can provide extremely good "value for money", generating economic benefits well beyond the quantity invested in their protection. In the case of World Heritage Sites, UNESCO affirms that there are considerable economic benefits to gaining a World Heritage designation. An increase in tourism and global awareness that comes with designation allows local economies surrounding World Heritage Sites to benefit. Download your copy of "Natural Heritage, Natural Wealth", a report highlighting the economic benefits of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System World Heritage Site, from the links below. English: Espa�ol:

Channel 7

Chinese Man Busted With Bogus Immigration Document
It took him one single day to get a nationality certificate. Tonight, 7News is investigating the story of a Chinese man named Yuanran Zheng who came into the country for the first time on Sunday, and showed up at the Social Security Office in Belmopan to apply for a social security card on Monday. And to get it, he carried a bogus nationality document saying he was a Belizean national. Zheng - who only speaks Chinese and was accompanied by a translator - said he'd gotten the nationality certificate 10 years earlier. But something about it didn't look right, so the staff at Social Security asked Zheng and his translator to wait while they made a cross check with the Immigration Department.

CCJ Orders Hon. Elrington To Produce Document, Minister Says He Doesn't Have It
In August, we told you how Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington lost a civil appeal at the Caribbean Court of Justice. The court ordered him to hand over land title certificates and other documents for 16 parcels of land which were all purchased at a total value of just over $641,000 Belize dollars. It's a protracted legal battle that's been ongoing for about 7 years now where he and his former business partners from the company, Progresso Heights Limited, have been in and out of court. Progresso Heights Limited is a Belizean company in which the American father and son, Lawrence and Adam Schneider and Elrington are shareholders. The company acquired 2,000 acres of land in Progresso Village, Corozal. In 2010, the business relationship between Elrington and the Schneider's went sour after he sued them for allegedly acting improperly and illegally. A few months later, the Schneider's filed a lawsuit against him alleging that their company sent his law firm documents relating to 16 parcels of land. His law firm was to supposed to carry out transfers for these pieces of land, and so, the Schneiders also deposited money into Elrington's bank account to cover the costs of conducting these land transactions.

Current And Former Ministers Duke It Out On Maritime Areas
This morning at court also gave us an opportunity for both Elrington and Courtenay to put on their public office hats. As we told you last week, The PUP is making a push for the Maritime Areas Act to be amended. That should happen at the next meeting of the Senate where they will be allowed to introduce a motion for the Amendment to be debated. The Opposition is acting on the advice of Belize's legal team that the Maritime Areas Act needs an amendment so that Belize can claim the full 12 miles of territorial waters between the mouth of the Sarstoon and the Ranguana Cayes in the south. Currently, Belize is only claiming 3 miles of territorial waters. That was a concession to provide for a framework for negotiating an agreement with Guatemala. Since all attempts at a negotiated settlement failed and both Belize and Guatemala have agreed that this territorial dispute can only be resolved at the ICJ, legal minds like Ambassador Assad Shoman have been insisting that the Maritime Areas Act needs to be amended. They reason that it strengthens Belize's case if all 12 miles of seas between the Sarstoon the Ranguana Cayes are being claimed.

What to Do About Odious, Offensive Guatemalan Map?
And one other topic the media pressed both Courtenay and Elrington on are the reports out of Guatemala that their government will start printing those offensive maps with Belize being a part of Guatemala. Supposedly, it's part of their public education campaign on the ICJ referendum which is coming up in March, 2018. Press reports from Guatemala say that the education campaign will feature maps which will illustrate the territory of Belize as being part of Guatemala. There will be one dotted lines to note the borders between the countries and it should say "territory in dispute". So, how will Belize handle these controversial maps, and how should it be handled? That's what both diplomats were asked, and here's that back and forth:

Alfonso Reaches A Settlement
Back in December it made major news when UDP personality Alfonso Noble, was charged with manslaughter by negligence for the accident which killed Hattieville resident Gilbert Myers. Well, we've since learned that the victim's family has received a settlement for the death of their loved one. Information to 7News is that Andrea Corrin-Myers filed a civil suit in the Supreme Court claiming damages for his death. After months of back-and-forth where they tried to settle it out of court, both parties agreed on a final resolution for an equitable compensation. We do not know the final figure, but we're told that it's over a hundred thousand dollars.

Loose Gravel Causes Head On Collision
And while that accident may work out to a mutually agreeable resolution, there was another on the George Highway this morning, which has put 2 of the victims in the hospital. It happened at around 7:00 on the stretch of road between miles 5 and 6. 25 year-old Devon Bailey was driving a grey Lexus car towards Belize City with passenger, 25 year-old Rhondine Valerio. But, that part of the road is under construction, meaning it has loose gravel. He lost control and crashed head on into this oncoming Unicomer delivery truck. That truck was driven by 55 year-old Santiago Perez

OW Collision Between Old And Young Drivers
Turning now to the north on the Phillip Golden Highway, there was a serious collision a little after 9:00 last night in Orange Walk Town. 78-year-old Apolonio Pacheco was driving his Chevrolet Silverado on the Belize Road and when he was approaching the Project Hope building, 21-year-old Pedrito Ku of San Jose Village drove his Ford Escape into Pacheco's lane causing a head-on collision. Remarkably, none of the drivers were injured, but four men who were in the car with Ku received various injuries. 40-year-old Rigoberto Juchim, Amid Gomez, and 16-year-old Rowel Cruz are listed in stable condition at the KHMH while Gian Juchim was treated and released from the Northern Regional Hospital. Blood samples were taken from both drivers as police continue to investigate.

Global Youth Descend on Belize
A major international event, the 2017 Global Youth Conference is being held in Belize. Participants from over 40 countries are here to participate. The main goal of the conference is to discuss sustainable development goals that can make a positive change in our world, and who better to push those ideals than the youth 7News was there this morning and we got to hear from the excited participants. After much anticipation and preparation, participants from over 40 different countries have finally gathered in one room to discuss driving societal change towards the sustainable development goals from a youth perspective. These young men and women are serious about making a difference by not just by learning life-changing information but also by sharing best practices.

Cops Shoot Man In Domestic Dispute
Police shot a man in the foot in Ladyville today. The cops were responding to a domestic dispute in the Milpa Area where Tiffara Tillett said that 36 year old Leon Usher was preventing her from leaving the house. The police say he then approached police "in a boisterous and rowdy manner, making threats, saying that no one will remove him from his house and if police made any attempts he was ready to kill and be killed." Undeterred, the police went about their business and removed Tillett along with some personal effects. But in the process, Usher rushed the police and tried to take away Tillett's personal effects.

Can Newcomer Bernard Wagner Lead The PUP To First Municipal Victory In A Decade?
The PUP Slate for the Belize City Council - for months we've been pressing Opposition Leader John Briceno to come up with the names. And finally, the slate was launched on Saturday. That's more than two months after the UDP held its municipal convention, but it's more or less in line with the timeframe for when the PUP launched its last Belize City slate, which was in November of 2014. The only problem is that slate - led by Yolanda Shakron - lost by a wide margin. So what will be the fate for the new PUP team led by political newcomer Bernard Wagner? Today we spoke to the businessman and former banker at his micro-credit office in Belize City. He told us he had to step out of his comfort zone to jump into politics:..

UDP Dion Ready For Bernard
So, now UDP mayoral candidate Dion Leslie isn't shadowboxing anymore. The three term councillor knows whose name will be on that ballot next to his. Today, we found him and Deputy Mayor Dean Samuels in the Port Loyola area. He told us it's not about personalities, it's about work:.. Dion Leslie, UDP Candidate for Mayor: "Well Jules I'll be honest with you. I don't really look at what the PUP is doing or who they brought. I'm looking at the work that we've accomplished over the past 12 years in office - 9 years for myself, 12 with Deputy Samuels and what we plan to accomplish come for the nest 3 years. Yes, at the same time you can't completely ignore your opponent, but we are not catching up to them or playing behind their game. They have to come to us. We are the incumbent, we know what it takes. We've been there. We are experience."

Beez In The Channel 7 Trap
Today at our 7news office we literally had "beez in the trap." But it wasn't a Nicki Minaj block party, it was a real swarm of killer bees which had formed a massive hive at the back of our office. That's the same thing that happened in September of 2014, and once again, the Agriculture Department swooped in to save us from a killer bee calamity. A big deal for us, but for these guys, just another day of bee butchery. We tease, but for all those with killer hives in their homes or offices, the Department warns about the importance of calling for help: Francisco Xui, Extension Officer for Belize District: "What we are doing today is eliminating a swarm at the house at the back why we are doing it because it is a nuisance to the public and could really harm somebody when they are being disturbed we don't like to do it because they are one of the top pollinators we have in the ambient however because it is a threat to the community we have to do the destruction."

PAHO Says Belize Can Eliminate Malaria
The latest reports from the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) say that malaria in Belize has decreased dramatically between the years 2000 and 2015. And, if the strategies of the Health officials continue to work, Malaria could become a thing of the past here in Belize. In those 15 years, the number of cases of new infections has decreased 99.12%. At its highest, there were 1,486 cases, and at the end of 2015, that number fell to only 13 cases. The last malaria death in Belize was reported in 2006. The total at-risk population has also declined by 91%, and so has the annual parasitic index, which fell from 4.9 cases, to 0.04 cases per one thousand inhabitants. According to the PAHO/WHO analysis, Belize is one of the 6 countries from the Americas that has the potential to eliminate malaria by 2020.

Koreans Make Magic On Stage
Tonight, a group of talented artists from a Korean Performing Arts Troupe called Gwangdae are on stage at the Bliss mesmerizing audiences with their artistry. The show is called "Spin, Jump, Fly" and these artists live up to their billing with startling precision. This evening 7 news got a sneak peek at the show and we learnt more about the troupe and their art. Hwang Joong Jin, Korean Ambassador Culture Advisor: "Korean embassy brought a traditional Korean group to have this performance because of the thirty-year anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Korea and Belize." "This group the Gwang de has been around 20 countries to perform and to exchange culture about Korean tradition and performing arts."

The Passing Of Pech, Noted Politician, And An Honorable Gentleman
Tonight we note the passing of former PUP Minister and 6 term Orange Walk South representative Guadalupe Pech. The 83 year old Pech died a few days ago and was buried today in Orange Walk with honours. Pech represented Orange Walk South for the PUP from 1961 to 1993 - losing for the first time in the swing of 1984. He lost again in 1993 and retired after that. But, he mostly won, in fact, in the early days of his political career, he often won his seat by astounding margins with as much as 87% and 83% of the vote.

Channel 5

3 Barely Survive George Price Highway Accident
A small car, reportedly travelling at high speed collided into a cargo truck and the passengers are lucky to be alive.� The near fatal traffic accident happened this morning on [...]

Insurance Company Settles with Family of Victim of Alfonso Noble
Media personality Alfonso Noble is due back in court on January twenty-fourth, 2018, for a preliminary inquiry into the indictable charges of manslaughter by negligence, among others stemming from a [...]

Fake Chinese-Belizean and Translator Held for Using Forged Nationality for Social Security
The Immigration Department made a significant arrest today. Two Asian nationals are tonight in custody at the Belmopan police station where they are being investigated for immigration offenses. Chinese national [...]

Registrar Asked to Replace Lost Progresso Heights Certificates
Two foreign ministers, the current and the former, were going at it in court today going back to a case when Wilfred Elrington was also the Attorney General. In July, [...]

Attorney for Clients Says Faith is Shaken
And while Elrington continues to plead innocence or ignorance on what happened to the documents, rival Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay laid into him for what he believes is unnecessarily dragging [...]

Sentencing Further Delayed for Remorseful "Bucket"
In the high court, forty-six-year-old Glenford Gilbert Bermudez, the man who shot and killed his wife, was in court today for mitigation. �Bermudez said he is sorry for his actions [...]

Probing Murder of Benque Teenager
On Monday night, we reported on the murder of eighteen-year-old Oscar Obando. The teen was shot to the chest and left for dead on a farm between Belize and Guatemala. [...]

Corozal Shooting Victim Critical in Hospital
A young woman remains in a critical condition inside the Intensive Care Unit of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital following a near fatal shooting in the Corozal District almost a [...]

Will Cabinet Pre-Empt Senate on Maritime Areas Amendment?
The Opposition People's United Party announced a week ago tonight that it had filed a motion in the Senate to allow for debate on amending the Maritime Areas Act of [...]

Parties Trade Fault, But P.U.P. Will Go Ahead with Senate Motion
It was a rare moment at the Supreme Court this morning: Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington giving the press an interview on issues related to Guatemala, with former Foreign [...]

No Opposition for Opposition's Sake
Senator Eamon Courtenay told News Five that the P.U.P.'s three Senators hope to join with the social partner Senators to get the matter debated in the Senate, preferably with but [...]

Ministers 'Will Vote Conscience'
As stated earlier by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the issue has come up in cabinet. On Thursday last, deputy Prime Minster Patrick Faber was quizzed about it. He said [...]

All or Nothing for Guats; Belizeans Must Unite says F.M.
On Monday, we told you that the Guatemalan public awareness campaign as to the March eighteenth, 2018 referendum on settlement of the unfounded claim on Belize at the International Court [...]

Opposition Senator Chastises Minimal Response
Similar to Elrington, we posed the question of what can be done to counter the offensive Guatemalan map which affixes Belize as part of its territory to Senator Eamon Courtenay. [...]

Churches Share Concerns over Marijuana Use
The religious community continues to sound off on the issue of marijuana use and decriminalization.� Despite having lost ground with the government in respect of its protest to the recent [...]

A.G. Scolded for Attack on Churches
On Friday, Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte called into question the moral authority of the church on the issue of marijuana since it has been accused, and in some instances found [...]

Immigration Department Resolving LGBT Controversy
The Immigration Department has quickly responded to allegations raised on this newscast on Friday by members of the LGBT community. Director Diana Locke has told executive director of the United [...]

Youths of the World Gather in Belize
The World Youth Conference 2017 is being held under the theme, "Globally Running to 2030, Becoming Sustainably Strong." The three-day meeting of youth leaders from across the world commenced today [...]

O.W. Town Council Throws Hat in Crime Ring
On Friday night, businessman Amit Moryani was brutally killed in Orange Walk Town, while attempting to defend his mother who was under attack by armed robbers.� A month ago, Daniel [...]

Belize Ahead of the Curve in Trade Facilitation
Belize's Customs and Excise Department is meeting with its partners on the National Committee for Trade Facilitation all this week in Belize City to discuss efforts to increase volume of [...]

South Korean Folk Group Performs at Bliss
The Bliss Center for the Performing Arts is the venue for the Gwangdae's Korean folk performance, "Spin Jump Fly."� Just before news time tonight, the Korean Embassy in El Salvador [...]


Post Mortem Confirms San Narciso Village Resident Drowned
Funeral services were held last night in San Narciso Village for 38 year old Israel Novelo, whose lifeless body was found floating along the banks of the Rio Hondo yesterday afternoon. Novelo and another male person, 45 year old Teodoro Pena of Louisville Village, had gone to the Sapote Area of the Rio Hondo River, reportedly to fish, when the canoe they were on capsized. Pena reported to the Police that he was able to swim to the bank but Novelo did not resurface.

No Arrests For Mondays Brazen Daylight Robbery In Corozal Town
Corozal Police continue to investigate the brazen Monday morning robbery of a Western Union employee which occurred on 2nd Street South in Corozal Town. The main suspect is an unidentified man wearing a peak cap, t-shit and long jeans pants, who approaches 28 year old Doris Montejo and takes her purse containing over $10,000 in cash, which were funds belonging to the business. Video footage obtained by CTV-3 News shows the incident second per second, as the robber approaches the vehicle which dropped off Montejo and shows her a weapon around his pants waist. Montejo told the Police that the robber uttered, "don't shout and hand over the money".

Sedi's Legal Woes Continues
The legal woes of former Attorney General Hon. Wilfred "Sedi" Elrington before the court over a private land investment matter gone sour between him and former clients Progresso Heights Limited, continued today in Court. The last we had heard about this matter was back in July when the Caribbean Court of Justice pronounced that Elrington should return land documents to the company which were believed to be in his possession. But in interviews that followed the ruling, Elrington held that he could not return documents which he didn't have. Today, Elrington returned to the Court, after having signed an affidavit that he was not in its possession and requesting the documents be procured and delivered, entered a challenge. Attorney for the private company, Eamon Courtenay, explained to the media why Elrington's move was unsuccessful.

Sedi Scoffs at PUP Proposed Revision To Maritime Areas Act
The People's United Party has submitted a motion for an amendment to the Maritime Areas Act to be entered on the agenda of the next Senate meeting for consideration and debate. The amendment will propose that Belize includes in the Maritime Areas Act the full length of its recognised maritime territory, extending the 3 miles outward of Sarstoon area and Ranguana Cayes to the 12-mile limit as permitted under international law. The fact that the PUP is moving the bill for debate in the Senate seems to have bugged Foreign Minister Sedi Elrington however. Today he accused the Opposition of grandstanding on the issue.

Amending Maritime Act Will Ruffle Guatemala's Feathers Says Foreign Minister
And during that interview Elrington was also questioned whether he felt that in amending the Maritime Areas Act, the Government of Belize should consider whether it will ruffle the feathers of Guatemalan officials. He said that it is likely since most recently Guatemala issued a protest note over a documentary which featured our BDF soldiers patrolling the border. Wilfred "Sedi" Elrington, Foreign Minister:

Six Persons Escape Near Fatal Road Traffic Accident
Six persons are luck to be alive tonight after they were involved in what could have been a deadly traffic accident on the Belize Corozal Road here in Orange Walk. Police responded to the scene of the accident at around 9.06 p.m and upon arrival observed a Grey in color Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with L/P OW-C-18824, and a Gold in color Ford Escape with L/P OWC-19571 with extensive damages to the front portion. Footage captured by residents of the area show some of the victims on the pavement after being assisted out of the Ford Escape. They were suffering from various degrees of injuries.


Civil matter against UDP Loyalist Alfonso Noble is Discontinued
More than one hundred thousand dollars, that's the payout that Andrea Corrin-Myers received as compensation for the death of her husband, Gilbert Myers. The quantity was confirmed by Myers' attorney, Senior Counsel Said Musa. The payout was issued by RF and G Insurance whose customer is UDP loyalist Alfonso Noble. The widow had launched a [�]

CCJ rules in Favor of Progresso Heights Ltd
The case of Progresso Heights Limited versus Pitts and Elrington Law Firm was heard at the Caribbean Court of Justice this morning where the ruling was in favor of the appellants Progresso Heights Limited. The case which began seven years ago surrounds a disagreement between Elrington and Progresso Heights Limited involving a real estate company. [�]

Courtenay: "We Need a Foreign Minister who will Advance our Interest"
On Monday we reported that as part of its educational campaign on the territorial dispute, the Guatemalan Government decided to produce textbooks with Belize included in the Guatemalan Map. Today, reporters asked Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington about the decision and what he intends to do in response. Here's what he said. Wilfred Elrington [�]

Elrington: "GOB will not support PUP's Motion"
Today Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington told the media that government will not support the Opposition People's United Party's motion to debate an amendment to the Maritime Areas Act in the Senate. The PUP is proposing to remove those sections of the Maritime Areas Act that would have enabled a negotiated settlement of the claim [�]

Brigadier General Jones to take up New Post in Washington
Love News has received credible information that Brigadier General David Jones will be appointed as Belize's Military Attach� in Washington D.C. Jones who is currently on pre-retirement leave told Love News that it is a possibility but the Government has not finalized the decision. We asked Defence Minister John Saldivar to confirm our information and [�]

Traffic Accident sends two to the Hospital
This morning, there was a terrible incident at mile four on the George Price Highway. According to police reports, about 7:00 a.m., 55 -year-old Santiago Perez of Orange Walk Town, was driving a Hilo cargo truck, belonging to Unicomer Belize, heading in the direction of Belmopan. Upon reaching between miles 5 and 6, 25-year-old Devon [�]

Head-on Collision Injured Several Persons
Several persons were injured in a road traffic accident last night in Orange Walk. Police report that about nine o'clock in the night, 78-year-old Apolonio Pacheco of Guinea Grass Village was driving his grey Chevrolet Silverado Pickup on the Belize Corozal Road in Orange Walk Town while 21-year-old Pedrito Ku of San Jose Village was [�]

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Store owner lost his life for $300
Amit Moryani, 37, an Indian store owner who resided on Cemetery Street, Orange Walk Town, died after he was shot in the left side of the chest by one of two armed thieves. Police said that Moryani and his mother were in their store at about 9:00 on Friday night, when the two masked thieves entered. One was armed with a pistol and the other was unarmed. The unarmed thief went to Moryani's mother and grabbed her bag, which she had on her shoulder. She resisted, and Moryani came from behind the counter to help her. Police said the armed bandit then pointed his gun at them and fired twice. One of the bullets hit Moryani in the chest, and one of the bullets grazed his mother's head. The thieves then ran out of the store with the bag, which contained $300.

Dedron McKay, 20, gunned down on Haynes Street
The latest blood to be spilled on the southside of Belize City is that of southside resident, Dedron Dennis McKay, 20, a special needs young man. He was gunned down on Haynes Street in the vicinity of Kraal Road, a known hot spot, sometime around 8 p.m. on Friday. During a press conference held today, Senior Superintendent of Police, Marco Vidal, suggested that McKay's murder was connected to the Sunday, October 29, shooting of Cameron Moreira, 18; Godwin Flowers, 28; Darren "Nose" Dawson, 32; and Gerald Tillett, 67, on Neal Pen Road in Belize City.

PUP launches City Council slate: "PUP Team-11 The Rebirth"
This evening, the Opposition People's United Party (PUP) launched its Belize City Council slate, consisting of its mayoral candidate and 10 city councilor candidates who will attempt to wrest power from the incumbent United Democratic Party (UDP) in next year's Municipal Elections in March. The PUP's launch, which it calls "The Rebirth", took place at an old-school rally at the Pound Yard Bridge, where a sizable crowd of city residents and party supporters turned up for an evening which featured musical entertainment and speeches from some of the PUP's heavy-hitting parliamentarians. The evening ended with an address by the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. John Brice�o.

4 murders since Friday, November 3
Four murders have been recorded across the country since Friday. One occurred in Belize City and another in Orange Walk Town, and they are covered elsewhere in this newspaper. The most recent of the four murders occurred this morning in San Pedro, and Benque Viejo Del Carmen. At a press conference held this morning, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Alejandro Cowo, told the press that at around 7 a.m. today, San Pedro police visited the first floor of an incomplete two-storey concrete building on Coco Plum Street, where they saw the body of a man, who was later identified as German national Adam Adalbert Cobbler, 53, who has been in Belize for the last five years.

Put up or shut up, AG Peyrefitte tells 200 pastors
Two days before the government's amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act which decriminalized 10 grams of marijuana, the National Evangelical Association of Belize (NEAB) held a press conference on Tuesday, October 31, at which they condemned the new law. The new measure was signed into law by the Governor General yesterday, Thursday, after Attorney General, Hon. Michael Peyrefitte gave the green light that all was in order with the new law. Notwithstanding the bi-partisan support that the decriminalization measure enjoyed, the NEAB, at their press conference and in a media release, threatened to march on Belmopan.

Supreme Court admits William Alden Lindo to practice law
In an early morning session, the Supreme Court of Justice Courtenay Abel was called into session to hear Claim No. 643 of 2017, "In the matter of an application by William Alden Lindo to be admitted to practice law in Belize and be enrolled on the Roll (Supreme Court) as an attorney-at-law." Lindo's application was sponsored by attorney Glen Godfrey, S.C., at whose law firm, Glenn D. Godfrey & Co LLP, he has been employed as trainee associate. The application was seconded by attorney Lisa Shoman, S.C., who, along with former Prime Minister, Said Musa, S.C., and attorney Andrew Bennett, submitted affidavits attesting to Lindo's good character.

Down to the wire; 3 PLB clubs to battle for 2 playoff spots in last reg. season weekend
Well, this one is indeed going "down to the wire," folks. After Week 13 results this past weekend in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2017-2018 Opening Season, the playoff field has been narrowed down to 5 teams for only 4 spots. Two teams, defending champions Belmopan Bandits SC and Verdes FC, have already secured their playoff berths; and the other 2 spots are now up for grabs among 3 teams - San Pedro Pirates FC, Police United FC and Belize Defence Force FC. (See standings below.) On Saturday night on their home turf at the M.A. Stadium in Independence, Placencia Assassins FC saw their slim playoff hopes completely dashed, as they fell, 5-1, to visiting Verdes FC. After Luis "Baaka" Torres (31') gave Assassins the early lead, Verdes equalized before halftime through Gilroy "Bredda" Thurton (39'), and then continued with second half goals from Desmond Wade (54'), Brazilian Alcides "Paco" Thomas (66' & 81') and Ricardo "Cheety" Jimenez (68').

Guadalupe Maga�a Dyck Gold Cup Finals
The Finals of the Guadalupe Maga�a Dyck Gold Cup Tournament 2017 were held today at the Yo Creek Football Field. In the third place female game, August Pine Ridge Fusion Girls won, 4-1, over Guinea Grass Sugar Girls. Gisel Baeza (1), Delmi Cornelio (2) and Wendy Lamb (1) shook the net for August Pine Ridge, while Noriely Terry scored for Guinea Grass. The third place male game saw Guinea Grass Desert Storm with the 3-1 win over San Carlos FC with 2 goals from Brian Westby and 1 from Jorge Garcia, while Gilbert Perez scored for San Carlos FC.

Dangriga sports stats - cycling
Tex-Bel Farm and the Dangriga Town Council, along with the Dangriga Amateur Cycling Association, will be hosting the first Annual Coconut Fest Cycling Race this Saturday, November 11, starting at 1:00 p.m. This race was postponed from October 28 because of rain. The race will start (and finish) from in front of Eldrid Martinez Park on George Price Drive, right across from Dangriga Bowen and Bowen Distributors, and head on the Southern Highway to Maya Centre and back, a total of 40 miles. This race on Saturday is only for Juniors and Masters categories. Prizes for both Juniors and Masters remain the same, along with station prize. Registration per rider is $10.00.

Elridge "Postman" Latchman returns
On his last visit to our sports desk back in May of 2008, we did a story on Elridge Latchman titled, "The original 'Postman' visits". An outstanding all-round athlete in his youth in Belize, Latchi stopped by our sports desk again on Monday, October 30, and reminisced on his sports/life journey from childhood days until his departure from Belize at 23 years of age, still at the top of his game in football, in 1970. Now retired at 70, and with a wealth of experience and training under his belt, Latchi, who has made regular visits back home to the Jewel over the years, is focused on doing what he can to help improve the sporting infrastructure (his specialty is in construction of sports facilities) and programs for youths in Belize.

The race around the corner
National municipal elections in Belize are four months away, but it is as if the race is really right around the corner. In Belize, the Christmas and New Year's holidays dominate the November and December months after Garifuna Settlement Day, and what basically happens in January and February is that roots people have to fight to recover from the financial excesses of the holidays. March 2018, in a sense, is right around the corner. The ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) presently controls 62 of the 67 municipal seats nationwide, and they should be flush with all kinds of campaign cash for the March 2018 elections. But, several serious developments have taken place in Belize since the last national municipal elections in March of 2015, the most serious of those developments being, we think, the country's sinking deeper and deeper into debt, with unemployment, already unacceptably high, increasing exponentially as more and more businesses have shut down. The implications for crime and violence have been obvious.

Sal Awe remembers Cobo
Good morning Sir/ Madam: I read your papers today with great interest about Cobo. I was very fortunate to know him. Way back, when I was living home, he used to visit us very often. It was assumed that Cobo was a spy for the English Government. Anyhow, my Mom and Dad used to feed him every time he came around our home. He was a very pleasant man.

RIGHT TO THE POINT: Will hotels consent to the use of marijuana on their premises?
Then there is the amendment to Section 18, which deals with the penalties imposed. The essence of that section is that it states that the penalties referred to in sub-section (1) regarding possession for cannabis and cannabis resin are not applicable, provided the amount of marijuana is ten grammes or less, and the possession and use is not on the premises of an educational institution. However, what it does not state or clarify, is whether it is an offence once the proprietor of the premises does not consent to the activity on his premises, notwithstanding that the amount is only ten grammes or less. Likewise, it leaves me to assume that if the ten grammes is in possession or use of a person other than on some premises, then it is an offence. But the law is drafted so poorly, I really would need clarification of that. Also, what happens if I have possession or use in my own vehicle or boat?

Hogan's football story - Part 9
Amandala (A): Alright� alright, Hogan�Yo prove yoself (You proved yourself)! Hogan (H): So� after that I went and formed the Warriors. Part 9 A: Okay� about what year was that when you formed the Warriors? H: Okay� that was around 79-80� that's when the Warriors started travelling. A: So, you put together some of the same Belize guys� under your management� your own coaching/ management system.. H: Yes� because, one of the main factors that I wanted was to put a set of guys together who want to travel� who want to go wherever, whenever, whichever� and from there it became history� 35 years of Warriors� A: I've heard that name a lot� and always I've heard that Hogan has a team� and Hogan is going here or there� and you came to Belize� you brought a team to Belize too, right?

It is said by many progressive leaders of the Caribbean, like the late Michael Manley of Jamaica, Maurice Bishop of Grenada and Fidel Castro of Cuba, that independence on paper given to nations like Belize, the former British Honduras, by their British colonial slavemasters, was not really true independence at all. They say that such fabricated and false sense of independence was not really won unless through the overthrow of the oppressive colonial masters, as it was in Haiti that became the first independent nation in the Western Hemisphere even before the great United States. And that Haiti overthrew its brutal and oppressive slave and colonial masters in one of the most still talked about revolutions called, "The Haitian Revolution".

Julio Choc, 35, alleged hit-and-run driver, remanded
On Thursday, police arrested and charged Julio Choc, 35, a truck driver of Belmopan, for a hit-and-run accident on the Southern Highway that claimed the life of Sittee River resident, Dorothy Andrews, 32, and injured her husband, Allen Andrews, 35, also of Sittee River. Choc was charged with causing death by careless conduct, driving without due care and attention, manslaughter by negligence, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, and failure to render aid. Choc was taken to the Dangriga Magistrate's Court Friday morning, where no plea was taken from him and he was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until December 12.

"Alkaline" committed to Supreme Court to stand trial for murder
Henry Harris, 23, aka "Akaline," who was charged with murder and attempted murder, was today committed by Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford to stand trial in the January session of the Supreme Court. Harris is charged with the murder of Clinton "Hog" Fraser, 44, and the attempted murder of Fraser's younger brother, Michael Fraser. Harris is also charged with grievous harm and use of deadly means of harm. The charges are for an incident that occurred on the night of January 22, 2017 on West Collet Canal Street near Conch Shell Bay Fish Market. The brothers were hanging out there when two persons fired several shots in their direction.

Irish businessman charged for near-fatal collision
Con Murphy, 36, an Irish national who was involved in a traffic collision that occurred early Friday morning, November 3, was charged with 2 minor traffic offences when he was brought to court today before Magistrate Stephanie Gillett. The charges she read to him were for driving a motor vehicle without due care and attention and driving a motor vehicle while not being the holder of a valid driver's license. Murphy pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was told by the prosecutor that a charge of failure to provide specimen was withdrawn by the police. The prosecutor objected to bail on the ground that Murphy is not a Belizean and consequently, he is a flight risk. The prosecutor also said that two persons were injured in the accident and further charges are imminent.

Cashief Myvett, 25, charged for $35-robbery
-Cashief Myvett, 25, who allegedly stole a wallet containing $35 by the use of force, was charged with robbery when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. Myvett pleaded not guilty to the charge. The prosecutor objected to bail on the ground that the offence has become prevalent. When Senior Magistrate Ford asked Myvett to give a reason why he should be granted bail, he remained silent. Senior Magistrate Ford upheld the objection and she remanded Myvett into custody until January 31. The incident for which Myvett was charged, occurred on Saturday, November 4.

Supreme Court admits William Alden Lindo to practice law
n an early morning session, the Supreme Court of Justice Courtenay Abel was called into session to hear Claim No. 643 of 2017, "In the matter of an application by William Alden Lindo to be admitted to practice law in Belize and be enrolled on the Roll (Supreme Court) as an attorney-at-law." Lindo's application was sponsored by attorney Glen Godfrey, S.C., at whose law firm, Glenn D. Godfrey & Co LLP, he has been employed as trainee associate. The application was seconded by attorney Lisa Shoman, S.C., who, along with former Prime Minister, Said Musa, S.C., and attorney Andrew Bennett, submitted affidavits attesting to Lindo's good character.

Put up or shut up, AG Peyrefitte tells 200 pastors
Two days before the government's amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act which decriminalized 10 grams of marijuana, the National Evangelical Association of Belize (NEAB) held a press conference on Tuesday, October 31, at which they condemned the new law. The new measure was signed into law by the Governor General yesterday, Thursday, after Attorney General, Hon. Michael Peyrefitte gave the green light that all was in order with the new law. Notwithstanding the bi-partisan support that the decriminalization measure enjoyed, the NEAB, at their press conference and in a media release, threatened to march on Belmopan. Today, in answers to reporters' questions about the harsh criticism by the NEAB of the decriminalization law, Attorney General Peyrefitte reacted, saying, "Let me be very calm. I'll try to be very calm about the church the way I try very hard to be calm about the CCJ.

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Police investigating road traffic accident in Orange Walk
On Monday night around 9, Orange Walk police responded to a road traffic accident on the [�]

SBDC Belize conducts its first National Entrepreneurship Roadshow
By Zoila Palma: In commemoration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, that is being celebrated throughout the region; the Small [�]

New traffic laws coming for distracted drivers
The Ministry of Transport, in response to the continued loss of life and damage to [�]

Police department still not fully on board with decriminalization
Despite the decriminalization of marijuana becoming official last week, many members of the Belize Police [�]

Police issue statement on accident this morning
According to police, around 7:00 a.m. today a white Hilo cargo truck belonging to Unicomer [�]

Chinese business robbed in San Ignacio
Xing Juan Zhu, a 29-year-old Chinese business woman of Hudson Street, San Ignacio Town reported [�]

Four killed since November 1st
Belize has recorded four murders since the start of November. The first occurred on Friday [�]

New Brazilian ambassador welcomed to Belize
The Ambassador of Brazil to Belize, H.E. Luciano Helmold Macieira, presented his Letters of Credence to [�]

PAHO highlights Belize's achievements on Malaria Day
Yesterday, November 6 was celebrated as Malaria Day in the Americas. In commemoration of the [�]

Young man found dead in Benque
According to reports, yesterday morning, the body of an 18-year-old man was found in Benque [�]

Belmopan man acquitted of murder
Belmopan resident, George Hyde, 36, has been acquitted of the December 2013 murder of Canadian [�]

WestJet begins direct flight to Belize from Calgary, Canada
A brief inaugural ceremony was held at the Departure Lounge of the Philip Goldson International [�]

Reese Fitzgibbon jailed for Friday morning shooting
Reese Fitzgibbon, 24, was remanded to the Hattieville prison on Monday. Police say that on [�]

Accident near mile 5 on George Price highway
One person was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) after an accident around [�]


Yurumein: the Garifuna culture arrives to Belize
Since 1997, November 19th has been observed as Garifuna Settlement Day, a National Holiday. Honoring the arrival of the largest Garinagu group to Belizean shores in 1823, Garifuna Settlement Day is a celebration of a people's cultural identity through music, dance, and food. One of the most anticipated events is the re-enactment of the Garinagu trails as they journeyed from St. Vincent to Roatan, Honduras then to Belize. This glimpse into the culture's history is called Yurumein, which means 'homeland', and is a lively procession with drumming and singing. Yurumein will take place in San Pedro on Sunday, November 19th at 8AM at the shores of Central Park. The beating of drums will signal the arrival of the procession as they make their way to the San Pedro Catholic Church via boat for a mass of thanksgiving, followed by a full day of fun at the Central Park. There will be lots of traditional food such as such as hudut and bundiga for sale.

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Diving deeper into nautical archaeology
According to the United Nations Underwater Cultural Heritage, the number of shipwrecks around the world is estimated to have reached three million. Some of these sunken ships are older than the current society, and they can contain a lot of information concerning the past lives of humans belonging to a particular point of time. With the help of nautical archaeology, man has a way to decipher and comprehend the stories that have sunk and been claimed by ocean waters. He also has a way to preserve these objects thanks to this certain field. Science Clarified defines it as the discipline of searching, recovering and maintaining objects that have existed in the past and apprehending the information that can be obtained from these objects through in-depth studies.

Partnering to enhance Climate Risk Management and improve resilience in Belize
The Government of Belize, with the support of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), is stepping up its climate change adaptation efforts. Belize's Social Investment Fund (SIF), an implementing agency of the Government addressing the basic needs of the country's most vulnerable, has set in motion plans to incorporate Climate Risk Management in its National Project Development Process. On October 26 and 27, the Bank funded a CRM training workshop for SIF's stakeholders. Recognising Belize's high vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, including natural disasters such as hurricanes, storms, flooding, earthquakes and erosion, the sessions focused on minimising their negative effects, which can both reverse and retard national development.

Talk Travel: The reasons why someone might have multiple passports
The Washington Post's Travel section writers and editors recently discussed stories, questions, gripes and more. Here are edited excerpts: Q: I read recent news about the businessman with three U.S. passports, including one in a different name. In view of the documentation (including birth certificate) anyone must submit in order to apply for a passport, how is it even possible to get one in another name? And why would someone need more than one (whether in the same or a different name)? A: Some countries (Lebanon, Libya) will not let you in if they see that you have visited a country (such as Israel) that they don't acknowledge or support. So, travelers will carry the passport without the controversial stamp. Sometimes people need a second passport if their first one is stuck in the visa process at a foreign consulate. I, like many dual citizens, have two passports for my two nationalities. However, I am guessing that the businessman and his ilk have multiple passports for nefarious reasons: So U.S. Customs and Immigration can't track his travels.

Why Chocolate Lovers Need To Go To Belize
Wait� Is Belize a chocolate Mecca? Seriously? People travel the world JUST to sample chocolate from the best chocolatiers on the planet. We all know about Swiss chocolate, Belgium, French, and more, but word is chocolate was a Mayan invention. So Belize has bragging rights among the best. Some people even call Belize the "cradle of chocolate," since this exquisite confection is known to have originated in the area. A brief history of chocolate in Belize: If Christ came to Belize when he was on the earth, he could have enjoyed a tasty chocolate beverage. In the 1980s, archaeologists found 14 Maya chocolate pots, deemed to be over 2,600 years old. Some still had traces of chocolate! They say the Mayans liked to drink their delicious, dark chocolate beverage at every meal-I mean, duh! I like coffee, but chocolate with every meal? Sign me up! The Hershey company housed their cacao plantation in Belize from 1984 to 1987. This was great for the Belizean economy until chocolate prices plummeted. Hershey moved out of Belize and many farmers, who were growing cacao to service the company, were out of business.


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