Shortly after 6 o’clock Wednesday morning, a villager of Cotton Tree, on his way to work, came across a plastic bag near a makeshift bus stop in the village. Something about the bag must have made the man suspicious, and made him decide to open it and see what was inside.
Inside the bag, the villager found himself staring at the head of a man, a fellow Cotton Tree resident, 56-year-old Hilton Wayne Wade.
The police were alerted and they quickly arrived on the scene. After recovering the head of Wade, who police believe was killed that same morning, the officers visited an unfinished and unpainted cement bungalow house where the deceased had resided, about a quarter mile from the bus stop.
$90 million debt “morally reprehensible”
Prime Minister Dean O. Barrow held a press conference this morning at the Best Western Biltmore Hotel, where the main topic on the agenda was the 90-million-dollar judgment handed down against the Government by Belize’s highest court, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).
The judgment, which favored the Belize Bank over the government, is based on a sovereign guarantee for a loan from the Belize Bank to finance the Universal Health Services (UHS) that was secretly signed by then Prime Minister Said Musa in 2004.
The CCJ’s ruling placed the government on the hook for 90 million dollars, but the court stopped short of making an enforcement order, leaving it up to Belize’s legislators to vote in Parliament on whether or not to make the payment.
Judge declares mistrial of Belizean in Florida triple murder case
Reports reaching Belize are that the trial of Belizean Brian Hyde, 21, accused of a gruesome triple murder in Lehigh Acres, Florida, was halted less than two hours after it began because a witness referred to the immigrant status of the accused, thereby prejudicing the jury against the accused, forcing a Lee Country judge to declare a mistrial.
Hyde was charged with three counts of second degree murder for stabbing his aunt, her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend in August of 2015.
Dorrien Pitts, the husband of Dorla Pitts, 37, whom Hyde has been accused of killing, along with Starlette Pitts, 17, and Michael Kelly, 19, was testifying at the opening of the trial on Wednesday. Pitts reportedly was only on the witness stand for about three minutes when he made the remark about Hyde’s immigrant status.
Yu gaan rock di hustling boat, Maria!
Former Director of the Department of Immigration and Nationality Services (DNS), Maria Marin, made her second appearance before the Senate Special Select Committee, whose job it is to investigate the findings of an audit into the practices at that controversial department.
At the start of today’s hearing, Marin read a four-page document providing an overview of her time in office.
In her address, she said that she had wanted to improve the department but was first met by resistance, then intimidation, and finally victimization when she was booted from the department without explanation.
Maria Marin says the Immigration Ministry instructed officers to abandon full vetting and expedite visa applications recommended by ministers and caretakers
During her appearance before the Senate Special Select Committee today, former Director of the Immigration and Nationality Department, Maria Marin, revealed that the first thing she did when she was handed the reins of the department was to implement a new visa application process.
She said that the process prior to her taking charge was, “a very haphazard one,” in which applicants recommended by UDP Ministers and caretakers bypassed certain required procedures.
Marin was quizzed by the committee for more details. Here is the exchange that took place:
Briceño says Barrow must step down if he can’t convince his Cabinet to vote “yes” on the CCJ order
Following a parliamentary caucus meeting yesterday evening, Leader of the Opposition (People’s United Party), Hon. John Briceño, said that if Prime Minister Dean Barrow cannot convince his Cabinet members to vote in favor of the motion for compliance with the 90-million-dollar CCJ (Caribbean Court of Justice) judgment in favor of the Belize Bank, then he should step down.
The PUP, however, have not as yet formulated a united position on the CCJ judgment.
Briceño explained to reporters, “What we did today as a caucus, we met to discuss the issue in front of us, the matter of the 90-million-dollar judgment from the Caribbean Court of Justice, and we’re not at the point of making a decision as to whether it is going to be a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ or whatever. We want to be able to get the facts, for us to get a proper understanding as to what has been taking place under the Barrow administration.
Semifinals completed; the stage is set for PLB Finals game 1
The Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2017-2018 Opening Season is now down to two teams, Belmopan Bandits SC and Verdes FC, after completing the second leg of the semifinals series this past weekend. With 6-goal margins from their first games of the semifinals, both the Bandits and Verdes coasted through their semifinals home game, to set the stage for what has become perhaps the most anticipated finals showdown in years.
On Saturday night at their Isidoro Beaton Stadium, home standing Belmopan Bandits SC jumped to a 2-nil first half lead, and cruised to a 3-1 victory over a game San Pedro Pirates FC.
Smart Mundialito reg. seasons ends; quarterfinals and semifinals this weekend
With playoff hopes on the line, a full schedule of 6 games were played on Saturday, November 25, at the Marion Jones Sports Complex field, to complete the regular season in the Smart 13 & Under Mundialito Closing Season 2017.
In game 1, Trimmet Lopez scored both goals to give Mahogany Heights the 2-0 win over Collet FC. Game 2 saw BDF/Ladyville Rising Stars shutting out Sampson Academy, 3-0, with a goal each from Caesar Garcia, Jerdie Divas and Steven Rivera. In game 3, it was Warriors FC, 1-nil, over Ladyville Jaguars, courtesy of a goal by Mushay Grant. Kayia Requena shook the net for RG City Boys, and Max Jones tallied for Carlston FC, for the 1-1 draw in game 4. In game 5, Brown Bombers won, 2-0, over Reality Youth, with a goal apiece from Keyden Shay and Brandon Smith. And in game 6, it was Hattieville Riverside Boys, 5-0, over Corinthians, with 2 goals each from Enoch Rhaburn and Jose Almendarez, and the other from Brandon Rogers.
CYDP Peace Cup weekend results
The CYDP Peace Cup continued over the weekend, but only 1 of the 4 scheduled games were played on Saturday, November 25, at the MCC Grounds.
In the only game played on Saturday, Kelly Street FC bombed Kings Park Strikers, 7-2, with 2 goals apiece from Steven “Breds” Baizar and Delroy “Tin Man” Andrews, and 1 each from Francis “Franco” Andrews, Leon “Lem” Jones and Tyreek Muschamp; while Kings Park Strikers got a goal each from Jose Martinez and Travis Eiley.
In the other scheduled games, Tut Bay FC won by default (3-0) over Face of Belize; Ebony Lake FC won by default (3-0) over Third World FC; and Police Street FC won by default (3-0) over Survivors FC.
Judge to decide whether Inmas Espinal is guilty of attempted murder
On Thursday, December 7, Justice Adolph Lucas is expected to give his verdict regarding a charge against Inmas Espinal, 20, for the attempted murder of Jose Antonio Saravia, a naturalized Belizean, originally from El Salvador.
The trial, which was without a jury, began on November 3. The incident for which Espinal was charged, occurred between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on March 15, 2012. Saravia testified that he was walking on Rose Cousin Street and when he reached in front of Espinal’s house, Espinal came out of his house and stabbed him once in his abdomen with a knife.
The stadium was named after Dada’s stepfather
As we’re going to press tonight, our “Football Flashback” story on page 50 of this issue has unearthed an interesting piece of information, for me, at least. I had pointed out “Dada” (Edison Cooper) in the front row of Clinton Gardiner’s “West Block” team picture, because the caption wasn’t clear as to which three players actually constituted the front row in the picture. By identifying Dada, who I knew well (we sometimes called him “Big Dada”), having played on a team with him, it would follow that the next two players on our right would make up the front row.
But highlighting Dada led to an interesting aside, as it caught the attention of our editor, Russell Vellos, who played for some years in the 70s with the Belmopan Selection. Russell made an observation about Dada’s stepfather that is noteworthy; but he wasn’t 100% sure.
From The Publisher
A group of us were reminiscing this Tuesday morning about our experiences with Hurricane Mitch in 1998 (probably late October). One of the group said that Carlos Fuller, Belize’s chief meteorologist at the time, had not been exaggerating about Mitch, because Mitch did some absolutely devastating damage to Honduras, and I believe parts of Guatemala and Nicaragua got their share, so to speak.
Belize escaped with not a scratch physically, but there had been days of fear which reached near panic, if not outright panic, in many cases that Tuesday morning when Mitch’s ominous eye, with Category 5 velocity and storm surge, stared straight at Belize.
The thing about Mitch was that this was the first monster hurricane when everybody here had cable television and when we Belizeans could see what was in store for us, with the same Mitch feature stories being repeated every 20 or 25 minutes on the Weather Channel. (What we mean by the last part of the previous sentence is that a storm doesn’t move or change that much in a half hour’s time, so we were watching almost the same alarming thing over and over.) We Belizeans sat in front of the “boob tube” as if we were mesmerized.
Bluff poker, and the pot is $90 mil …
If we are going to reason with each other in this essay, the first thing you have to understand, and we are sure you do, is that 90 million dollars is a lot of money. In the streets, people kill each other for a burger. For $90 mil, people begin to think outside the box, people begin to think drastic, even if they are billionaires, like the British peer Lord Michael Ashcroft, or multimillionaires, like the Prime Minister of Belize, the Right Honorable Dean Oliver Barrow.
Belize’s final court of arbitration, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), ruled last Wednesday that the nation-state of Belize, run by the aforementioned Barrow, owes the Belize Bank, owned by the aforementioned Ashcroft, 90 million dollars, with 17 percent interest (compounded) continuing to accrue until the money is paid. As we understand it, high courts in the United Kingdom and in the United States had also previously ruled in substantially like manner as the CCJ did last Wednesday. In between those pro-Ashcroft rulings, the Supreme Court of Belize and the Belize Court of Appeal, separately, had ruled in favor of the Government of Belize.
Major Lloyd Jones opines
“Fishes don’t swim on land! Look around where you are, do you see any fishes swimming around? Bet not. You know why fishes don’t swim on land? Because the environment on land is not supportive of marine life.
“Every day we complain about our corrupt politicians but the fact of the matter is that WE have created the environment that attracts the kind of politicians we have. Politicians come and politicians go but the PEOPLE remain.” — Major Lloyd Jones, Facebook post November 16, 2017.
“Where a person crosses the floor under the circumstances referred to in section 59(2)(e), the leader in the House of Representatives of the political party as a candidate of which that person was elected shall, within seven days of such crossing of the floor, so notify the Speaker in writing of such member having crossed the floor.” — Section 59 A (2), the Belize Constitution, Chapter 4 of the Laws of Belize (as amended).
To pay or not to pay … that is the question
In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, five titans of industry emerged in the United States. These men would set the tone and model for modern capitalist businessmen and corporations alike for the rest of the 21st and the way it seems, for the foreseeable future:
Cornelius Vanderbilt, who made his fortune from shipping and railway, was shrewd enough to see when competition in the shipping industry was getting too intense, but was able also to see the potential of rail and capitalized on it.
John D. Rockefeller, on the other hand, understood the need for energy in a growing and more industrialized world and the role that crude oil would play in that. He saw crude as the way of the future, first not only as kerosene for lighting, but gasolines also for the powering of engines.
Belizean Stanislaus December 3, 2017
No, Colin. PR (Proportional Representation) will not work. Many countries in Europe have used it and abandoned its use. So have many cities in the United States. It will really not advance democracy in Belize.
What is our population? 400 thousand. Too few, too small to be further splintered by a proliferation of political parties. Our economic and financial resources are too sparse to be spooned out to a hundred wanabe prime ministers.
Belize is at the moment of a great awakening. We now realize what it took the great American people one hundred and thirty one years to learn. From 1776 to 1907 it was ruled by a legislature, half of which was appointed, for it was the legislature of each state that appointed two Senators. By an amendment the course of American history was changed when they decided to create an oversight agency that no politician could ignore. The amendment provided that every State would elect two Senators who would have together with his colleagues the power to impeach and remove even the President of the US.
Retired Lands Commissioner Clinton Gardiner provided us with this piece of memorabilia from the early days of the new capital, Belmopan, which was officially opened in 1970.
Though the picture is somewhat faded, Clinton also included some helpful notes, which we reproduce in toto below:
Back Row (left to right) – Jacinto “Tash” Gutierrez, Lawrence “Changs” Nicholas, Clinton “Mover” Gardiner, Raymond “Ray” Davis, Windell “Willy” Middleton, Marion “Sir P” Paulino
Middle Row (left to right) – Octavio “Rocks” Flores, Karl “Dutsie” Enriquez, Allanston “Jimbo” Myers
Front Row (left to right) – Edison “Dada” Cooper, Leonard Guy, George Stevens
GoB didn’t explain
Godwin said (at GoB press conference Wednesday morning) that there is no loan. What we understood was that we were the GUARANTOR of a loan. Our GoB didn’t BORROW; our GoB GUARANTEED. We know that many, many, many GUARANTORS have been left holding the bag.
Picking sense out of nonsense, a group favoured by the then government, the PUP, failed in the hospital business, and the government, which had been wanton with DFC and SSB funds, so couldn’t go there, went out on a madabig limb and guaranteed a loan for them at the Belize Bank.
Fast forward to political trouble, and the people who failed with the hospital, sold or gifted the paper ownership to a new group, headed by a man from foreign. Enter a new government, handed the stewardship of the country so they could make things right. This new government stood by and for a decade or so allowed the new entity to run the hospital, collect profits if any, and most likely not make payments towards the loan our GoB guaranteed.
Clinton Arthur Davis’s tragic murder remains unsolved
Last Tuesday, Clinton Arthur Davis, 53, did not return to his family and home at Mile 5 on the George Price Highway. On Friday, his badly decomposed body was discovered about 150 feet from the entrance of his property. A piece of stick was stuck down his throat. An autopsy was performed on his body in Burrell Boom, and the body was then transported to Mile 13 on the George Price Highway, where it was buried.
His family is planning to hold a memorial service to bring closure to his tragic end.
In the meantime, police are continuing their investigation of the murder of the real estate agent, who, his family has confirmed, was involved in a dispute with a family member over the property on which he has been residing for over three decades.
Family of 4 charged with ammunition and cannabis offences
Late this evening, four persons were arraigned before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford for possession of 8 rounds of ammunition and 40 grams of cannabis. They are Sonia Shepherd, 61; her son, Kenrick Danderson, 40; her daughter, Aretha Danderson; and her grandson, Ahkeem O’Brien, 18.
They pleaded not guilty to the charges. One of the charges, keeping ammunition without a gun license (for which bail is not offered by the Magistrate’s Court), prevented the Magistrate’s Court from offering them bail, but their attorney, Dickie Bradley, had already filed bail applications for them at the Supreme Court.
Laborer charged with unlawful sexual intercourse released on bail
Justin Foreman, 22, a laborer of Independence who was remanded into custody on a charge of unlawful sexual intercourse, was released on a bail of $7,500 that was granted to him today by Justice Adolph Lucas.
Foreman was arraigned in Independence Magistrate’s Court on November 22. The incident for which he has been charged, occurred on October 2. The complainant, a primary school student who was 12 years and 11 months old at the time, reported to the police that Foreman took her to a house in Bella Vista and had sex with her.
Foreman was represented at the bail hearing by attorney Anthony Sylvestre. The Crown was represented by Crown Counsel Janelle Tillett.
Belize Progressive Party says GOB should pay up
The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) is demanding that the Government of Belize pay its outstanding debt to the Belize Bank to keep the country from going into further disrepute in the eyes of the international community. The BPP issued a statement today challenging the Prime Minister’s statement […]
Addicted to Your Phone? It Could Throw Off Your Brain Chemistry
It’s hard to escape screens; there is a roughly 100 percent chance you are looking at one right now. And though the long-term effects of screen time are still being studied, the effects of excessive internet and smartphone use are well-documented. “Pathological” internet use has been linked to depression in […]
American tourist accidentally falls off Mayan pyramid
An American nurse who was visiting the Xunantunich Maya ruin in Western Belize is lucky to have escape with superficial injuries after she accidentally fell from off the highest Mayan pyramid at the site. Police report says that the woman identified as 37-year-old Courtney Howard was in […]
World AIDS Day 2017
The National AIDS Commission held the official ceremonies for World AIDS Day 2017 at the Battlefield Park this morning. The event gathered various health sector partners such as the Ministry of Health, and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to disseminate pertinent HIV/AIDS and other sexual reproductive health information to the […]
Hacker crashes Sunday lottery countrywide
On Sunday, lottery buyers throughout the country, except for only two locations in Belize City, were unable to contract their favourite numbers for that morning’s draw because someone hacked into the computer system which controls the printing of lottery tickets, shutting down the entire system. […]
Drug plane found burnt in corn field
The police and the Belize Defense Force (BDF) are working together to determine the circumstances of a small aircraft that landed in a cornfield in rural Orange Walk on Sunday and then was mysteriously destroyed by fire before investigators could reach the scene. The plane […]
Police detain several persons for murder of real estate agent
Police say that Clinton Arthur Davis, 53, who was found dead not far from his house off the George Price Highway near mile 5 1/2, was murdered and that they have detained three persons pending investigations, the most recent of whom was in custody on […]
Police say Indian medical student not missing but running
Police say that an Indian medical student who was initially reported missing is not really missing but running and they are trying to confirm the reason behind it. Maninder Singh, 21, who resides at #80 Los Lagos, and who attends the Belize Medical College on […]
Japanese Government donates over US$87,000.00 to Belmopan City Council
The Belmopan City Council, on Monday, received grant funding worth US $87,539 from the government of Japan to assist in their purchase of a new garbage compactor truck. The Council says that in recognizing their role in the collection of garbage within the city and surrounding communities […]
BTB app puts Cruise Tourism info in your palm
Cruise tourism industry professionals can access real-time notifications about ship arrivals, passenger numbers, and all other statistics access about their industry: – past, present and future, in the palm of their hands the new, free BTB Cruise App, which the Belize Tourism Board launch date […]
Marijuana under review at CARICOM forum
Marijuana, its de-criminalization or possible legalization, and the possible health issues and legal fallout were the hot topics of discussion when the CARICOM’s Regional Commission on Marijuana hosted a series of national consultations in collaboration with the Attorney General’s Ministry of Belize Best Western Biltmore […]
The good, the bad and the future of Belize’s coral kingdom
Alexander Tewfik – Nov 15, 2017 The Belize barrier reef complex is a globally exceptional collection of precious coral, seagrass and mangrove habitats bejeweled by hundreds of sandy and forested cayeswithin a massive emerald lagoon, crowned by three magnificent atolls – Turneffe, Lighthouse, Glover’s – that nurture and protect the […]
Rowan Garel competes for title of 2017 Caribbean Adventure Ambassador
Belize’s very own, Rowan Garel, 19, the fearless and inspiring visually impaired boy who climbed Victoria’s Peak is competing against four Caribbean nominees for the title of 2017 Caribbean Adventure Ambassador. Rowan recently emerged among the top five contestants in the first round of voting, leading the […]
Lung cancer: Causes and symptoms
The majority of cancer deaths in men and women nowadays are caused by lung cancer. What’s worse is that the vast majority of lung cancer deaths are also caused by something we have control over and that is most often times self-inflicted – voluntary smoking. […]
Pink Eye cases almost back to normal
Pink eye cases are on the decline countrywide, with the Belize, Cayo, Orange Walk and Corozal districts showing significantly lower numbers of infections as opposed to a few weeks ago when pink eye infections peaked at over 18,000. The Ministry’s Epidemiologist, Dr. Ethan Gough shared […]
Street games are back
The Belize City Council, Gateway Youth Center, Police Department and Youth Apprenticeship Programme, teamed up this past weekend to revive the Street Games, community sports initiative. A total of 12 basket ball teams and five foot ball teams faced off in front of Atlantic Bank on Albert […]
Pay it back
In the heyday of the PUP under Prime Minister Said Musa, and his Finance Minister Mr. Ralph Fonseca, Dr. Victor Lizarraga was an inside player. He received several contracts to build government houses, and when he expressed his desire to build a private hospital, Prime Minister Musa arranged for the […]
Finger Pointing Belizeans pay for costly blame game
In the wake of the Caribbean Court of Justice’s (CCJ) recent ruling, which straddles Belizean taxpayers with a mammoth $90 million bill for the secret UHS loan guarantee, Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Opposition Leader John Briceño have done little more than point fingers back […]
Ex-convict detained for Cotton Tree beheading
A Cotton Tree man was brutally murdered this week in gruesome fashion, stabbed as many as 28 times and decapitated. His severed head was left under a bus shed in Harmonyville and discovered on Wednesday morning. Police now reportedly have one person detained for the […]
PM Barrow and Chamber lock horns
Prime Minister Dean Barrow and the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) engaged in a heated exchange of press releases this week over the pending $90 million payment in the settlement of the Universal Health Services (UHS) arbitration award. The Chamber fired the first […]
“Nothing but the truth,” Marin takes the stand again
Former Acting Director of Immigration Maria Marin, made bold declarations that government ministers were violating the application processes at the department, when she appeared for her second testimony before the Senate Special Select Committee this week. Marin, who prefaced her testimony with a prepared speech, […]
FCD alarmed by large clearings in Chiquibul
The intrusion into the Chiquibul National Forest by Guatemalan farmers has gotten increasingly worse over the years, with illegal clearing and farming now happening on such large scales that the lush flora and fauna is being destroyed by acres, compared to plots about a decade […]
Orange Walk town holds annual tacos fest
Since 7:00 this morning – and running until the last taco is served – the Banquitas House of Culture in Orange Walk town is holding that 7th annual Tacos Festival. The event has grown over the years to include tacos of every type made in […]
Ministers say they will vote against motion for GOB to pay Belize Bank $90 Million
Several ministers of government have gone on record to say they will vote against a motion, whenever it is brought up in the House by Prime Minister Dean Barrow, to have the government pay the Belize Bank some $90 Million, as ordered by the Caribbean […]
Breaking Belize News
Boy (11) in hospital after being knocked down by vehicle on Philip Goldson Highway
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British news paper encourages travelers to visit Belize during Christmas season
Rounding out another good year for international mentions for Belize, Independent.UK, a British online news […]
Police charge two for gruesome beheading of Cotton Tree man
Police have charged two men for the gruesome murder of Cotton Tree villager, Hilton Wade. […]
GOB to host stakeholder consultation for European Development Fund National Indicative Programme
The Ministry of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities will be hosting a stakeholder consultation for the European […]
Hit and run accident in Corozal
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Leaked memo confirms funds missing at San Ignacio’s Magistrate Court
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Rowan Garel leading race for Caribbean Adventure Ambassador
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Atlantic Bank San Ignacio Branch invites you to Christmas loan fair tomorrow
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VIP says Belize Bank and law firm close to PM Barrow must be investigated
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BDF soldiers making a difference in Dominica
The Ministry of Defence informs the public that since the deployment of the thirty-five soldiers […]
Court pulls the plug on Public Sector Workers Trust
On Monday, 600 public servants filed an injunction against the Public Sector Workers Trust and […]
US Embassy donates fingerprint ID system to Belize Police Department
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Belize Bank says ‘time will tell’
The Belize Bank, in response to Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s press conference regarding the $90 […]
Hispanic man detained for gruesome beheading of Cotton Tree Man
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Moist weather to continue
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US Embassy donates 6 MIDAS mobile readers to Belize Immigration Department
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Finnegan and Saldivar hold opposing views on upcoming FFB election
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Police issues report on American tourist that fell from Maya site
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Clouds Move In as We Head Into December and A Weekend Preview
Yesterday was a busy afternoon.
I was scheduled to take the water taxi from my home (next to Xtan Ha Resort, 7 miles north) to San Pedro town. Pick up guests for “the camp” – Cayo Frances Farm & Fly. Meet a boat and take them up to the camp.
I walked out to meet the Coastal Xpress water taxi at Xtan Ha Resort.
Xtan Ha is constructing a new over the water restaurant and bar. On the left is the old building – this photo taken in 2013.
Low clouds hanging over the island – the edge over Central Park.
Corozal Farmer's Market was inaugurated this morning
Wholesale Farmers Market is now open for farmers to come and sell their own products in Corozal. Everyone gathered at the new Farmers Market in Corozal. This morning a Ceremony was made to inagurate the new market so the farmers can sell their products to locals. It commenced at 9:30am. This new Market will help hard working farmers to sell there fruits, vegetables and other products cheaper. And, it will benfit from the locals, instead of crossing to chetumal to buy products it will be even cheaper buying it from this market in Corozal. During the ceremony presentations was made by different schools. During every speech made by the different Ministers, they all expressed on how to keep this Market going, clean and Safe. They all mentioned this market is for everyone who are willing to sell their local products in the market. Awards where given and Cutting of the ribbon. New bathroom was installed at this location for users, looks excellent inside. New shade area, new parking space. If you haven't been here at this market come visit this market only in Corozal. Free food, free bags and soft drinks where given at the event.
Hoo! Hoo! Hoo! Sale is happening right now at Corozal
Its that time of the year when Christmas feeling is here and everyone are preparing for Chtistmas. Today, it is all about sale right next to Belize Bank in Corozal. Since 8am this morning, the event commenced with live music. with various different businesses, they are giving huge discounts on their products. Smart is giving double up, Zara's, Belizebank, win a car, Santa Clause is here, Happy Cow Cheese, Belizean coffee, furnitures, and lots more are on discounts right now until the last products is sold out. Come out right now before everything is sold out. Music is provided by dj and come take photos with Mr. Santa Clause.
South Island Pool time and Gorgeous Weather
Every day I can easily find a good reminder of why I am still happy I moved to Belize. Lately, it is the absence of cold that has my spirits high. Even though it is in my nature to hibernate like a bear in winter, and could easily do so way too much, I made myself get out and do something fun.
My friend Rick was doing a first time trip to the island for the day and asked if I wanted to hang out. My editor/friend Shirlee had invited me for some pool time and said yes to my request to bring a plus one. We headed south to Royal Palm Villas and spent a peaceful few hours chatting by the pool and watching the activity beyond it in the Caribbean Sea. The San Pedro Sailing Club was out on the water, there were boats doing drop-offs nearby and people enjoying dock time.
Saving the Orange-breasted Falcon from Extinction
There was a commotion at the Customs and Immigration area at Philip S.W. Goldson’s International Airport in Ladyville, Belize. Huddled around a large pet carrier, uniformed officials, along with a few baggage handlers and I peered into the crate…and blinking back were four, wide-eyed white fuzzballs with large beaks.
No, this wasn’t an alien invasion; the adorably kooky looking chicks were the VIP’s of the esteemed Orange-breasted Falcon (OBF) team of biologists and researchers who have been surveying and color-banding OBF’s in Belize since 1992. In an unprecedented effort to save this endangered species, the program has been introducing captive-bred OBF’s into their wild habitat in the Maya Mountains of western Belize for the last ten years.
The pieces came together when I meet skilled local birder Jonathan Urbina in 2014 while birding with the Belize Audubon Society, and learned that at the time he was working with the OBF program. I begged to connect with his boss and founder of the Orange-breasted Falcon Project and captive breeding program Mr. Berry.
Caribbean Spice hot sauce made in Cayo, Belize
In the deep Jungles of Belize in the High Mountains were the owner's of "Caribbean Spice" are located in the Pine Ridge a tropical rainforest with lush flora that provides an infinite variety of Caribbean Spice flavors where their local Habaneros are grown in a black soil ground.
Habaneros are grown straight from their back yard, Caribbean Spice Has many flavors to offer which includes 6 species basil one wild and native to this area which was often used by the Mayans, sage, 10 types of chili peppers, lemon balm, Mayan wild rosemary,
Travel Advisory Mexico
A. IMMIGRATION & CUSTOMS
1. Only Passports and “Border Cards” (Tarjeta de Visitante Regional - TVR) are valid for entry to Mexico.
2. TVRs issued by Mexican Immigration authorities are valid for travel to #QuintanaRoo, Campeche, Tabasco, and Chiapas only and only for 3 days – including the day of arrival.
For information on applying for a TVR, please see: https://www.gob.mx/…/eres-guatemalteco-o-beliceno-y-deseas-…
Even when using a TVR, travellers should ensure that they are in possession of a valid passport. Just in case.
3. Permits issued by Belize Immigration authorities are valid to EXIT Belize but NOT to ENTER Mexico, that includes Chetumal and even if only for a day.
The practice of paying for a "Pass" from Mexican immigration authorities is irregular and could result in legal difficulties.
Victim's Mom Says There's a Person of Interest in Mysterious Slaying of Couple in Belize
The investigation into the unsolved double slayings of an American man and his Canadian girlfriend in Belize earlier this year now includes a person of interest somewhere in the United States, as the FBI continues to probe the mysterious killings, the slain man’s mother tells PEOPLE.
Char DeVoursney, whose son Drew DeVoursney was found strangled in early May in northern Belize, says a federal agent continues to investigate what happened, traveling regularly between America and the Central American country.
“A lot of them [FBI agents] were over there in the very beginning and then the one FBI agent we heard got assigned to the case. … He comes and goes back and forth to Belize to check what’s going on and he had been over there recently, and I think this is how this news came about now,” Char says.
Political Unrest Grips Honduras After Disputed Election
Honduras was on the edge of political turmoil on Thursday, with the opposition candidate accusing vote counters of trying to “steal our victory” in an election whose results are sharply contested.
The candidate, Salvador Nasralla, said Wednesday that he would not accept the count of the country’s electoral commission, whose computer tally showed that President Juan Orlando Hernández had closed a gap that initially put Mr. Nasralla ahead in the voting that ended Sunday.
Mr. Nasralla’s statement that he would not accept the count represented an about-face from a letter he had signed a few hours earlier along with Mr. Hernández. Brokered by the Organization of American States, the agreement committed both men to respecting the commission’s results.
With ballots counted at about 80 percent of polling places, the candidates’ vote totals were almost even when Mr. Nasralla backtracked on the agreement. A final result is expected on Thursday.
Six Caribbean territories and states eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis
The World Health Organization has validated Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, and Saint Kitts and Nevis as achieving dual elimination
Saint Kitts and Nevis/ Geneva, December 1, 2017 - Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat and Saint Kitts and Nevis were today certified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as having eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis.
“This elimination is the result of our strong political commitment to public health and of making the health of mothers, children and families a regional priority,” said Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis. Over the last six years the Caribbean has succeeded in reducing new HIV infections in children by more than half. “This is an amazing achievement given the high rates of HIV in the past, and we intend to improve on this success story even more in the future.”
Inter - American Development Bank / Min. of Education - Education Quality, 36min.
11 3rd Annual Miss Belize River Valley Pageant Candidates The Zenaida Moya Show September 13th,2017, 66min.
CUTEST BEACH TOWN FOR JUNGLE AND MAYAN ADVENTURES - PLACENCIA, BELIZE!!!, 24min. This week we travel to beautiful Placencia, Belize and this place is AMAZING! Here our family explores Mayan ruins, learns traditional Mayan culture, and navigates the jungle with jaguar tracks at our feet and howler monkeys above our heads!!! All to come back to the cutest little beach town with the most perfect beach outside our back door….sigh, when can we go back!!??
World AIDS Day 2017 in Orange Walk, 5min. Orange Walk HIV/AIDS Committee held its annual awareness fair at the Central Park to conduct free HIV testing and provide counselling on the disease.
Effective Combinations for Maximum Burn, 30min.
Grace & You Black Fruit Cake with Browning Sauce, min.
Belize Now | Friday, December 1, 2017, 26min. 1. Prime Minister explains government’s next step in UHS saga after CCJ decision
2. Government of Belize responds to Guatemala’s public education campaign
3. Belize joins the world in observing World AIDS Day
4. National Emergency Management holds press briefing on closing of 2017 Hurricane Season
1. San Narciso Polyclinic Inaugurated
2. Roadway upgrade in Belize Rural North
World Aids Day message from Special Envoy for Women and Children, Spouse of the Prime Minister of Belize, and Chair of Spouses of CARICOM Leaders Action Network, Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow. , 6min.
How our Forestry & Patrol Team at The Corozal Sustainable Future Initiative (CSFI) helps EVERYONE.., 1.5min.
Parasailing fun in Belize, 1.5min. Parasailing fun in Belize with my Little sister. What an awesome thing to have done.
Just a Taste of Belize Cuisine 2017, 7min.
One Year Abroad Part 2: Yucatan & Belize, m5.5in. Chichen Itzà, Cenote Pueblo Fantasma, Tulum, Caye Caulker and Holchan Marine Reserve.
Belize Trip 2017, 11min.