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#527834 - 12/20/17 06:59 AM Today's Belize News: December 20, 2017  
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The San Pedro Sun

Caye Caulker airstrip renovations have yet to begin
The work to upgrade the airstrip on the island of Caye Caulker, a very popular tourism destination in Belize, remains in limbo. The island’s airstrip was one of the busiest in the country until the local airlines, Tropic and Maya Island Air, suspended flights on October 1st due to the dangerous condition of the runway. This prompted the Belize Airports Authority (BAA) to attempt to acquire funding through a multi-million dollar loan from the Social Security Board (SSB). However, after the loan was apparently turned down, the fate of the project now hinges on the outcome of a meeting between SSB’s Board of Directors scheduled on Thursday, December 21st. Meanwhile, the tourism sector on La Isla Cariñosa continues to suffer the consequences.

San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament Holds Second Week of Games
A single softball match was played at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex on Sunday, December 17th, during the second week of the San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament. The game saw San Pedro High School (SPHS) taking on RCGO. The tight match had both teams giving their best, but at the end, it was a clear victory for the SPHS with eight home points against RCGO with four home points. The current standings have SPHS and Quality Reef with one win. RCGO and Xtreme yet to make it on the charts. Due to the holidays, games will resume on Sunday, January 7th. In the first match, SPHS will take on Quality Reef, followed by RCGO going against Xtreme. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy a softball Sunday.

Air Canada begins direct flights to Belize
Air Canada, Canada’s flagship airline, has joined Westjet as the second Canadian carrier providing direct service from Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada to Belize. Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Hon. Manuel Heredia, Canada’s Honorary Consul to Belize Lynn Young, Belize Airports Concession Co. manager Jorge Espat and Air Canada’s regional manager Reina Nieto were on hand to welcome the inaugural flight from Toronto, which landed at the Philip Goldson International Airport around 1PM Friday afternoon, December 15th.

Caye Da Di Sea wins Annual San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade
For the second year in a row, Caye Da Di Sea, sponsored by Dooley Bear Adventures claimed the top prize at this year’s Holiday Lighted Boat Parade. Held on Saturday, December 16th, hundreds of spectators came out to the beach along the eastern coast of San Pedro Town to witness the traditional Christmas event. Eight colorful and creatively decorated vessels lit the parade route between Wayo’s Beach Bar and Crazy Canucks Beach Bar for a night of spectacular lights, food and $10,000 cash in giveaways. Shortly after sunset, the boats participating in this year’s parade lined up in front of Wayo’s Beach Bar. At 6PM, onlookers flocked to the beach and docks to get a good look as the lighted boats slowly sailing across the Caribbean Sea. The creativity this year surpassed all expectations, from a Santa octopus to a Christmas themed crocodile and an angel with lit wings in honor of the late Felix Ayuso, a well-known activist on the island and the face of the San Pedro AIDS Commission.

Ambergris Today

AirCanada Makes Inaugural Flight To Belize
Air Canada made its inaugural flight to Belize on Friday, December 15, 2017, just in time for the Holidays. Visitors can now enjoy another direct flight from Toronto, Canada directly to the Jewel twice a week. Canada is the third largest consumer of Belize’s tourism product, representing seven percent of all visitors; however, tourism stakeholders in both countries have been aiming increase that figure. The new flights to Belize, form a part of an increasing push of both countries to connect with each other.

Town Council Has Plan To Make Ambergris Caye The Number One Island In The World
During his speech at the opening of Mahogany Bay Village on December 6, 2017, San Pedro Mayor Daniel Guerrero made mention of a new local Economic Development Strategic Plan for Ambergris Caye. It’s the San Pedro Town Council’s plan with aims to transform Ambergris Caye into the number one island in the world. Our ultimate goal is for our island to eventually become the number one island in the world. Our strategic plan calls for very bold initiatives that require Central Government support in passing legislation, specifically as it relates to vulnerable communities like Ambergris Caye. But our strategic plan also makes provision for investors to do their share in executing their development plan.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Bonnie From Across the Ocean
My Grandmas book got published & is available now... about her life growing up in Belize... Bacalar Chico days... island living... & being sent to d UK to marry! ...she has a SUPER interesting life!!
Bonnie lives with her parents and brothers on a coconut plantation, situated on a remote tropical island with no schools, shops or electricity. Home-schooled until they move to the city, Bonnie settles in at a convent school only to be expelled after the first year of high school. She commences her working life at the age of 14 and eventually embarks on a journey to England to the man she is to marry. Welcomed at first but then left alone in a foreign country after an argument escalates, Bonnie luckily finds refuge with strangers. With their help, she begins to take control of her life. She studies to become a nurse, making friends with her colleagues, then falls in love and marries a sailor in the Royal Navy. Six children later, their marriage crumbles and Bonnie's struggles commence again. Will she be able to overcome all these trials and tribulations and emerge stronger than ever or will she fold?

Elections and Boundaries Department Announcement: Voting in the upcoming Municipal Elections
The Elections and Boundaries Department hereby notifies the public that all registration offices countrywide will be opened on Saturday, 6th January 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This is to facilitate persons who are eighteen (18) years of age and over who have not yet registered and wish to vote in the upcoming Municipal Elections. Please be reminded that 10th January 2018 is the cutoff date for the registration of persons who have not yet registered and wish to vote in the 2018 Municipal Elections. Those persons are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. Applicants must bring along the original of either: - Belizean Birth Certificate, or - Belizean Passport, or - Belize Nationality Certificate A Belizean Birth Certificate must be accompanied by a valid picture identification card. A Belize Nationality Certificate without the affixed or scanned photograph of the applicant must be accompanied by a valid picture identification card.

Grand Opening – Gladden Private Island Resort
As Belize continues to emerge as a prime tourist destination, developers seeking niche investment opportunities are able to capitalize on Belize’s low density high value proposition. On December 1st, 2017, “the world’s most private island”, Gladden Private Island Resort, opened its doors with an inaugural visit to the island. This authentic luxurious masterpiece emerged from a partnership between Chris Krolow, Host of HGTV’s Island Hunters, and Mr. David Keener, renowned Tourism Developer. The island located 20 miles northeast of Placencia, harbors a single villa ideally designed to accommodate a couple, with the all-inclusive service of a luxury resort. Additionally, it also includes a second master suite to accommodate friends or family.

METHODIST EYE DOCTORS IN COROZAL
METHODIST EYE DOCTORS WILL BE AT THE METHODIST EYE CLINIC, COROZAL TOWN SUNDAY, JANUARY 7th – THURSDAY, JANUARY 11th, 2018 THIS IS FOR PERSONS WHO ALREADY MADE THEIR APPOINTMENTS IN ADVANCE. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 422-2887

Christmas Public and Bank Holidays
Monday, December 25th, 2017 will be observed as Christmas Day and Tuesday, December 26th, 2017 will be Boxing Day! This will be quite the long weekend, extended with Monday, December 25th and Tuesday, December 26th as public and bank holidays. Here is wishing you and your family a Merry and Safe Christmas Holiday Season.

The Bluffs Club Opens
Cayo has a new club, and it opened yesterday. The Bluffs is located in the Cedar Bluffs layout, on the way to Cristo Rey. They'll be having live music on a regular basis. Ascenthium will be playing there on New Year's Eve.

Screen on the Green in Belmopan
Come out and enjoy the movie "The Polar Express" and FREE POPCORN on Thursday, December 21 at the Governor General Field in Belmopan. Movie starts at dark. Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis reunite for "The Polar Express," an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg.

"FARMING IS NOT A "BUSH BOY" THING BUT DOING THE RIGHT THING!" (A story celebrating the life of a farmer in Belize)
Amir Kalifa returned back from his hometown Belize to Los Angeles, California in the states very excited. L.A. is where he has been living for the last two decades, and his trip back to Belize after so many years was personal as well as reavealing. Kalifa who is a city boy from Belize City, and who has become a leader of a Belizean social group called, "Teach A Man To Fish", in L.A., broke the news to his social group that he met a very serious and dynamic young Belizean brother, farmer and activist name Pappy Palacio far away in a southern town called Punta Gorda in the Toledo District of Belize that will put many a Belizean youth in the city to shame.

"THE MORE TOMORROW VILLAGE LAND REFORM & FOOD SECURITY INITIATIVE IN BELIZE!"
The 1980s and 1990s Belize Rural Economic Development of Agriculture through Alliance (BREDAA) work in the More Tomorrow Village of Belize Cayo District was aimed to implement youth agricultural development programs as a means of establishing a food security program for Belize's marginalized and disenfranchised young people across the country particularly Belize City's black young men who were being displaced by a insidious so-called war on drugs and an expansive Central American refugee land grab that had made them second class citizens in their own country; that had no land and therefore no birthright to the country as natural born Belizean citizens. The BREDAA land program that was a brainchild of the legendary Belizean sociopolitical activist of the United Black Association for Development (UBAD) movement in Belize, Brother Ishmael Omar Shabazz, identified the pressing need that Belizeans, especially black Belizeans, needed to hold on to their land and developed food security programs that would have made them self-sufficient in food. He also propagated through BREDAA that Belize needed to undergo urgent land reform initiatives starting with amendments in the Belize constitution and the land laws that made so much land in Belize being owned by absentee landlords most of them living in Britain and the United States. That an urgent land reform program needed to be implemented by any government in Belize to relinquish these lands from foreigners that were just sitting idly while natural born Belizean starved because they had no access to land for farming in their own country.

Renowned Belizean Artist Visits San Pedro
- During the opening preview of Diamond Lodge Belize, Local Belizean Artist Pen Cayetano was invited to the island to feature some of his most recent work. With assistance from Lindsey Hackston of Belizean Arts San Pedro he was also joined by his wife Ingrid and both played live music for the event. Cayetano's art was on sale during the event and his work can also be seen at Belizean Art located at Fido's Courtyard.

Santa at the basketball court on Caye Caulker

Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Economic Development Clarify Statements on EU Funds Allocated to the Government of Belize for the Health Sector
The Ministry of Health (MOH) in partnership with the Ministry of Economic Development (MOED) would like to clarify statements on European Union (EU) funds allocated to the Government of Belize for the Health Sector. The public may recall that the Prime Minister of Belize Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow signed an agreement with the EU for a total value of 27 million euros for the Health and Energy sectors under the 11th European Development Fund (2014-2020) in October 2014. It should be pointed out that these funds are earmarked by the EU to Belize. These development funds are granted to Belize and other African, Caribbean and Pacific States to assist in the social and economic development of member states in particular with respect to poverty alleviation.

PACT LAUNCHES NEW CONSERVATION INVESTMENT STRATEGY
On Thursday, December 14, 2017, the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) introduced its Conservation Investment Strategy and the process utilized for its development to several Co-Management Organizations and Conservation stakeholders. This initiative was led by PACT through the support of a Working Group consisting of representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development, and Immigration (MAFFESDI), the National Protected Areas System Secretariat (NPASS), the Forest Department (FD), the Fisheries Department (FiD) and the Association of Protected Areas Management Organizations (APAMO).

Corozal Bus Terminal Holiday Schedule

Placencia Holiday Boat Parade
This Saturday at the Placencia Municipal Pier starting at 5pm! Christmas Eve Parade starting 6pm December 24th at the Water Tower ending at the point.

Share the Joy/ Crowning Miss MnM’s
Join us @ Our Event. Share the Joy on the day of Our Crowning of Miss MnM’s 23rd December, Saturday @ MnM’s Bowtique 9:00 am onwards to experience the real joy of this Season. Free food, drinks, raffles , games , prizes and giveaways. Welcome all the Businesses teaming up with MnM Shimmers this Christmas just to give and share the joy. This is our gesture of saying Thank you for choosing all of us. MnM Shimmers Corozal

I will take aim at Angel Nunez’s Ambergris Today
We all know Angel is doing everything he can to badmouth what the Mayor, the Council employees and council does. He has low graded himself, dabbing himself like a pig in the mud with his political morning show. But let me get to business. NOT ONCE did ANGEL, Dorian or the AMBERGRIS Today or the blogging staff attended any of 25 consultations the council held in 2016/2017 to draft out our local economic development plan. You wanted to know more, give your input, share ideas, be a part of history, then you or any of your staff should have attended those consultations. I documented that invitations (8 to be exact) were sent to you and Ambergris Today on countless occasions. Andre Perez and several members of the PUP executive attended those consultations, gave their input, share ideas and it was taken into account when the plan was drafted, reviewed in public consultation and ratified by independent consultants. Angel Nunez and his newspaper were conveniently asleep or HUGGING up free food for their “reviews.”

VI Festival del Pueblo
On December 17th, 2017 we travelled to the beautiful village of San Lazaro for the VI Festival del Pueblo held at the residence of Mr. & Mrs. Carrillo. This Festival del Pueblo is a cultural event showcasing and promoting both tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the Maya Mestizo culture. The event highlights included educational, traditional and folklore presentations; such as dances, music, and story telling. Here are a few pictures of that memorable day.

Christmas In Town Grand Finale
Dec. 22, 7pm, live at the Welcome Center in San Ignacio

Christmas Bird Count in Mountain Pine Ridge
And the next big CBC happens in the Mountain Pine Ridge this Saturday! We will be meeting at Hode's Place in San Ignacio this Friday at 7.00pm for the pre count meeting to discuss the CBC logistics for the following day. Stripe-tailed Hummingbird? Solitary Eagle? Orange-breasted Falcon, Stygian Owl? This is the CBC for you to join...

Jaime Awe giving his Discovery Award presentation
At the Shanghai Archaeology Forum last week. A well-deserved award! Lord Colin Renfrew is in the front row

Channel 7

Alleged Cocaine Cowboys Sent To Jail
Two men who were caught in the city with 5 kilos, or 11 pounds of cocaine went to court today. 37 year old Peter Schmidt from Caye Caulker and 33 year old Carlos Lopez from Lord's Bank, were charged with trafficking 5.07 kilos of cocaine when they appeared today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. The cocaine was in a knapsack on the back seat of the SUV they were driving in. And, under the backseat, police found a 9 millimeter pistol with 11 live rounds. So, they were also charged with kept firearm and ammunition without a gun license. With all that, they were remanded into custody until March 8. Schmidt was represented by attorney Ellis Arnold.

Arraignment For Robber Shot At Monica's
There was big excitement last week Thursday afternoon when four men attempted rob Monica's Pawn Shop in Belize City - and one of them got shot. Today he was taken to court still recovering from the injury to his left arm. Dean Nembhard was charged with robbery. He pled not guilty and was remanded into custody until January 31st. His three alleged accomplices are still at large, and police continue to look for them. The story of how he was shot is quite an unusual one. According to reports, Dorian Usher - who is part of the family ownership of the business - was in the store with employees when he saw four suspicious men enter.

Foreign Minister Talks About Bilateral Meeting
Last week, we told you how Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington and the Belize Delegation held their first bilateral meeting with the new Guatemalan Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel. She's the Guatemalan diplomat who has been appointed to replace Carlos Raul Morales, and last week, she and the Guatemalan delegation sat down to have lengthy conversations about the start of the process to restore cordial relations between the two countries. You'll remember that in April of last year, tensions rose after a Belizean joint law enforcement team shot and killed 13 year-old Guatemalan Julio Alvarado Ruano. Less than 5 months later, in August 2016, an OAS Independent Investigation Team presented their report which vindicated the Belizean law enforcement, but the Guatemalan Government rejected it completely.

Guatemalans Re-state Commitment to Referendum
One of the big topics of last week's bilateral talks was the ICJ referendums, and when they will take place in both countries. The date chosen for the Guatemalan ICJ referendum was March 18, 2018, but the Guatemalans have pushed it back a month to April 15. Elrington told us that Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel explained why that was necessary, and how the ICJ education campaign has been going in her country: Hon. Wilfred Elrington - Minister of Foreign Affairs: "She indicated to me, yes, that they want to have it April, I think it's the 15th of April. I think the earlier date they had set was too close to the Easter time, I think she said, but that they thought they would be able to do it the 15th of April."

The Map And The Dividing Line In Negotiations
We also asked Foreign Minister Elrington about the outcome of Belize's protest note to Guatemala about the maps that they intend to use in their ICJ education campaign. You'll remember it as the one where Belize is included as a part of Guatemala, with the two countries separated with only a dotted line to represent Belize's western border. Elrington told us that the new Guatemalan Foreign Minister is holding the line that they communicated in response. Here's how he explained Guatemala's justification for the map: Hon. Wilfred Elrington - Minister of Foreign Affairs: "There was issues raised because Guatemala was including in their education campaign, and on their maps, they had Belize separated only by jagged lines, and we had protested that. They, of course, had protested a program which he had had, whereby we showed the BDF patrolling our borders. They don't like the use of the word borders - adjacency line."

Belize Referendum May Be In 2019
So, while Belize wanted information on Guatemala's intention to hold their ICJ referendum, the Guatemalan delegation was expecting to be similarly updated about Belize's plans for an ICJ referendum here. Foreign Minister Elrington told us that he explained to the Guatemalan Foreign Minister and her delegation that Belize has Municipal Elections and a re-registration exercise that must be done before the ICJ referendum can take place. He said that Belize is looking at the end of 2018, or the beginning of 2019 as a possible time-frame: Hon. Wilfred Elrington - Minister of Foreign Affairs: "She inquired about the time table for our own referendum. I explained to her that we are constitutionally required to have re-registration, next year. And of course, we had given an undertaking to the Opposition that we would do that."

Elrington Rejoices In Senate Defeat For Courtenay
But the most memorable part of the interview happened when Elrington took off the tender gloves reserved for Guatemalan diplomacy and got into political hard talk against his PUP predecessor Eamon Courtenay. We asked Elrington about the senate motion that Courtenay brought before the Senate, in a push to amend the Maritime Areas Act. This law relaxes Belize's claim to it's full territorial waters between the Sarstoon River and the Ranguana Cayes. Under international Law, Belize is entitled to 12 miles of territorial waters, but when the law was passed, Belize only claimed 3 - to make room for a negotiated settlement. All hops of that were officially abandoned when Belize and Guatemala committed to take the dispute to the ICJ in 2008.

Wilfred Says Eamon Wants His Job
So, as you heard, Foreign Minister Elrington took a swing at former PUP Foreign Minister Eamon Courtenay , and he didn't stop there. Later on in the interview on the Maritime Areas Act, he went on to accuse Courtenay of gunning for his job, which is why he claims Courtenay, took up this cause. Here's how that went: Hon. Wilfred Elrington - Minister of Foreign Affairs: "The establishment of the Maritime Areas Act, the passage of that act was done in 1993, I think it was. And it broke up the UDP because there were those who thought that it should never have been done. But, nonetheless, the Peoples United Party, at the time, along with the Opposition - leaders in the Opposition Party, agreed that they would go along with the measure. In my view, any damage done to the Belize's claim, if any damage has been done to the Belize claim, in consequence of the Maritime Areas Act..."

Badman Bus' Shot On BBOC Bus
Last night BBOC commuters got a scare when an armed passenger fired a shot on the bus. They were on their usual run after 6:15 when they stopped for two men at a dark curve on the highway in Camalote. The two men hopped on and instead of finding a seat, one of them pulled out a gun, snatched the female conductor's purse with money and then fired a shot at the roof of the bus. They then scrambled off the bus. BBOC Chairman Albert Pinkard says they will have to take more precaution on the road. Albert Pinkard, Chairman, BBOC: "Well, unfortunately we had a robbery of the bus where a gunshot was fired, luckily no one got hurt and I think they went off with the fortune of the day."

Sharing A Slice Turned Into Stabbing
Two friends were at a pizza parlor to share a slice - but it almost ended in one of them slicing the other up! Yesterday at around 6:30 pm at Moe's Pizza Grill on the Phillip Goldson Highway, 43-year-old Sherman Sanker and and 22-year-old Genevevo Chiac were socializing at the pizza joint and they got into a misunderstanding. It ended with Chiac allegedly stabbed Sanker in the chest. Sanker was rushed to KHMH where he remains in stable condition. Chiac was today charged with wounding.

Hon. Wilfred Wanted To Play Santa, Residents Say He "Scrooged" Them
Oleander Street residents are furious because they say they were jilted out of a new home. Today we spoke to one of 4 families who have been living on that street for years, in an old, dilapidated structure. Well, they say, their Pickstock area representative, Wilfred Elrington had promised to build them a new house. So the new structure was built in the same compound. But, turns out that none of them will be enjoying the comfort of that new home this Christmas. Here is what one of the residents had to say. Natalie Carlene Adulphus, Resident: "When I came back in August, I came back in August he told me I had to move the 28th of August so within 3 days before that is what he tell me, within 3 days, and alright so we start to pack up, yes he said he will pay the rent for 1 month and he never did come back and follow up that movement thing."

No Arrest For Weekend Murders
Last night we reported on three murders: one in Belmopan, one in Belize City and the third in Independence. So far, no arrests have been made for any of them. In the first Belize City murder of 53 yea rold car dealer Mark Vasquez - the main suspect remains hospitalized. He is Osbaldo Nieto - and he was found running from the scene of Vasquez's murder with his own injuries. Vasquez was fatally stabbed, while Nieto received stab wounds. Police say that the two of them struggled, which led to Vasquez's death.

Man Electrocuted While Trimming Trees
In other news coming out of Independence - a man was electrocuted this evening. It happened at about 5:30. He was working to trim trees adjacent to the power lines - but his machete came in contact with a high voltage wire - and he was killed instantly.

Pair of Glocks Stolen From UB In PG
This Christmas PG police have to worry about guns on the street after thieves made off with a pair of pistols and plenty of ammunition. And, they stole it from the University. Administrator Roy Polonio reported to police that sometime between Thursday night and Monday morning, thieves broke into his UB Toledo campus office and stole his metal safe with 2 Glock 9 millimeter pistols and 200 rounds of ammunition. Police haven't recovered the stolen items.

That 90 Million Dollar Question
Mark those new 2018 calendars down for January fifth - because it's going to be the political equivalent of a pay per view event. That's the day when the 90 million dollar question is expected to go to the House of Representatives. Government yesterday announced a House Sitting for that date - meaning that the Prime Minister will most likely take the appropriations bill to the house seeking approval for 90.6 million dollars to pay the arbitration award plus interest owing to the Belize Bank. Nine UDP parliamentarians have gone on record to say they will vote against it, while one PUP has gone on record to say he will vote for it. The ruling UDP has said it will be a vote of conscience. The PUP has not taken a formal public position on the vote.

Airport Deal Under Sustained Scrutiny
We also wanted to ask him about that Memorandum of Understanding for the purported one hundred million dollar US dollar investment on an airport for northern Ambergris Caye. The project has been drawing negative comments after the frontman, Jorge Jaen's credibility, absence of a track record in airport development, and personal history of alleged wrongdoing were brought into question. A statement issued by International Airport Alliance says the company, quote, "was aware of this personal issue Mr. Jorge Jaen had in the past and still elected to allow him to join the Company. Our decision was based on factual documents the Company obtained showing that the allegations mentioned in the OIG's memorandum were unfounded and therefore, Mr. Jaen was never prosecuted." end quote.

Ministry of Health/Econ Dev. Push Back Against Bad Press
The EU funded health project is still a go - just not for new wing at the Western Regional Hospital - which was the original plan. At the House meeting 11 days ago, Health Minister Pablo Marin had said that there were problems getting the funds from the EU and that the project would not materialize. When it was suggested that those problems arose from foot dragging in officialdom, the the Ministries of Economic Development and Health bristled.

Secret Santa Had Hams
Christmas is less than a week away and if you're a head of household, you could surely use a Secret Santa. Between the food, the drinks, gifts for the kids, and all the other stuff, Christmas has a dear cost. And while many can say that, yes, it "brings its own money" - for those who are down and out, it doesn't bring much. That's why a "Secret Santa" was very welcomed today in the Lake Independence area - where police turned philanthropist and gave away hams. Sahar Vasquez was there:... Sahar Vasquez reporting This morning several homes received a visit from ACP Edward Broaster. Doors were opened with some trepidation, which then turned into curiosity and, finally, surprise, when he got to the last question: "Do you have a Christmas ham?" Before they could even answer they were handed a black bag with a big juicy ham. Emotions ran high as for those in need, they will this have a Christmas.

Turkeys Not In Short Supply
For the past few years, we've been reporting on turkey shortages caused by Avian influenza in Belize. That has meant successive years of importing turkeys - which delighted some but disenfranchised others who prefer the cost and quality of the local bird. This year, though, there's no need for imports. We visited Quality Poultry Products to find out more about the big demand for the Christmas Bird:... Jules Vasquez reporting: It's Christmas and right now, Turkey's the thing. Quality Poultry's stocks have fully rebounded from Avian Influenza and the company expects to sell as many as sixty thousand of these big birds this Christmas.

Brokdong In San Ignacio
We close tonight with MORE highlites of the Mr. Peetaz Brokdong Bram - but this time it's from the Falcon Field in San Ignacio on Friday night.

Channel 5

M.A.A. Wrangle Continues; Sedi Says Negotiations Failed with Passage of Act in 1993
Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington is back from the recent SICA summit in Panama where he met with his new Guatemalan counterpart, Sandra Erica Jovel Polanco, appointed in August [...]

Sedi Accuses Eamon: Disingenuous and Wants My Job
Foreign Minister Elrington made note that the Cabinet is reviewing the amendment to the M.A.A.  But he went on the offensive against Courtenay, accusing him of all sorts of things [...]

Still No Sarstool Protocol, But Guatemala Relaxes
It is closing in on two years since the government was forced to temporarily close access to the Sarstoon River after Guatemalan military personnel started enforcing its claim to the [...]

Agree to Disagree on Offensive Map
Belize and Guatemala traded protest notes earlier this year over two inter-linked issues: Guatemala employing offensive maps of the countries linked together except for a jagged line, and Belize using [...]

Referendum April 15th, International Partners Asked to Pay
Guatemala is planning its referendum on the International Court of Justice question for next April fifteenth.  If a simple majority is achieved the ball moves to Belize’s court to vote [...]

Pair in Cocaine Moved Charged and Jailed
A duo was arraigned today in the Magistrate Court for a cocaine bust made in the City over the weekend. The men are from Caye Caulker and Lords Bank, Belize [...]

Old Beef, Ideal Pouch Led to Vicious Chopping
Fifty-three-year-old Dennis Bodden, a sanitation worker with the Belize City Council, is yet to appear before the magistrate’s court where he will face charges in connection with a near-fatal assault [...]

Mark Vasquez’s Accused Killer Still Under Guard, Not Charged
Charges, if any, are yet to be preferred on a suspect who is presently in police custody after being released from the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital earlier today.  According to [...]

Thieves Hold Up, Shoot Inside BBOC Bus
A B.B.O.C. bus run out west was held up a by a pair of thieves on Monday night in the vicinity of Camalote Village.  According to forty-two-year-old Betty Torres, a [...]

UB in P.G. Hit for Guns, Ammo
Two pistols and a trove of ammunition were stolen from the University of Belize Punta Gorda Campus. Police say that burglars broke into an office sometime between seven on Monday [...]

1 Charged in Stabbing inside Moe’s Pizza Grill
A Belize City mason from the Gungulung area remains hospitalized at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for stab injuries to the chest and back. On Monday night, Sherman Sanker had [...]

Dean Nembhard Jr. Reeled in for Monica’s Robbery
Twenty-one-year-old Nutmeg Street resident, Dean Nembhard Junior is spending his first night behind bars at the Central Prison after he was arraigned today for the robbery at Monica’s Pawn Shop.  [...]

Holding Company for Developer Formed Just 1 Year Ago
The criminal past of Jorge Abraham Jaen, the Miami investor behind the multi-million dollar investment in the Basil Jones Airstrip to convert it into a full-scale international airport, continues to [...]

P.U.P. Says Its Shades of Puerto Azul
There’s more on the proposed international airport. The People’s United Party today reacted to the announcement of a proposed multimillion dollar international airport on San Pedro. Calling it ‘Déjà Vu [...]

Area Rep, Long Barracks Residents at War over a Home for the Holidays
A new home for the holidays is a wish for many at this time of the year. With space a scarce commodity in the Old Capital, any initiative to provide [...]

New Guatemalan Lady F.M. Makes Impression on Wilfred Elrington
Earlier we made mention of the first meeting between Foreign Minister Elrington and his Guatemalan counterpart, Sandra Jovel Polanco who succeeded Carlos Raul Morales in August. Polanco is the first [...]

Roaring Creek to Get 11-Million-Dollar Bridge
It’s arguably one of the most trafficked bridges in the country of Belize, but also one of the more poorly maintained. The Government of Belize and M and M Engineering [...]

Secret Santa Returns to North Side; Hams Given Away
Santa is in town! He is here to bring some cheer to needy families and so today he was out in full force giving away hams around the city. This [...]

LOVE FM

Residents Disappointed after not Receiving New Homes
Residents at a long barracks on Oleander Street in Belize City are up in arms. They claim they were promised new homes by Minister Wilfred Elrington; however, when the new houses which were built right in front of their dilapidated houses, they were given to other persons. One disgruntled resident spoke with Love News. Alexander …

Man sentenced to 25 years for Murder
In November 2011, 45-year-old taxi driver Domiciano Quixchan was murdered. Today, the man charged with the crime, Hernan Manzanero was sentenced to twenty-five years in prison. Quixchan’s body was found by police on a feeder road in San Antonio Village in the Cayo District. His body had stab wounds to the face and throat. Initially, …

Bus Held Up and Robbed
On Monday evening a bus conductress was robbed while on the George Price Highway. Correspondent Fem Cruz spoke to the driver of the bus who recounted how the incident unfolded. Fem Cruz, Love FM “Roaring Creek Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred on a BBOC bus late yesterday evening. Love News understands that …

Two Weapons Missing after UB was Burglarized
Two weapons are missing as a result of a burglary in Punta Gorda. Correspondent Paul Mahung reports. Paul Mahung, Love FM “The burglar reportedly was at the main building which accommodates UB Toledo’s administrative office as explained by Officer in Command of the Toledo Police Formation Assistant Superintendent of Police Clement Cacho.” ASP Clement Cacho, …

M & M Engineering to Construction new Roaring Creek Bridge
Work will begin on the construction of the new Roaring Creek Bridge. The construction contract was awarded to M & M Engineering Consultants Ltd. for just over eleven million dollars. Yesterday a signing ceremony took place where Minister of Works, Rene Montero explained the scope of work to be carried out. Rene Montero – …

WWF Honduras donates drone to UB to assist in Research
The Belize River watershed is one of the largest watersheds in Belize, measuring nine thousand, four hundred and thirty-two point two square kilometers. The Belize Water Services Limited accesses the Belize River watershed as well as other watersheds in order to provide that water you get to enjoy in your home. The University of Belize …

Secret Santa Strikes
The Secret Santa strikes in Belize City once again this year. This morning, Operations Commander ACP Edward Broaster and other members of the Belize Police Department went from one house to another handing out hams. It is all part of a program where an anonymous sponsor partners with the Police Department to spread a little …

UB conducts Research on Watershed
Water is one of our most precious resources, which is used to sustain all forms of life and to replenish the earth. There are twelve major watersheds in Belize and it is important for us to protect these watersheds in order that it can serve us well for years to come. The University of Belize …

CITCO surprises patients in neonatal unit
The Belize City Council was engaged in a number of activities as they held their annual 12 days of Charity to bring Christmas cheer to those in the community. It kicked off on December 1, with the Belize City Mayor, Darrell Bradley taking a group of senior citizens from the Sister Cecilia Home on a …


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Stampede on Albert Street disrupts Love FM Christmas Parade
The lively, colorful, well-lighted Love FM Christmas Parade, 2017, which was being viewed by hundreds of people on Albert Street, was disrupted Saturday evening when an altercation broke out between some participants in the parade and some bystanders. The parade — which commenced on Coney Drive, continued along Central American Boulevard and Cemetery Road, and was well on its way to its culmination point near Wesley College, in the Yarborough area — was thrown into disarray when people raced for cover on Albert Street, in front of Scotiabank. This reporter was standing at the corner of Bishop Street and Albert Street, near the bank, viewing the parade, when the stampede started. Some people claimed they heard gunshots, and some reported seeing a man with a gun, running in the direction of the Bliss Institute on the seaside in Southern Foreshore. About fifteen police officers set chase after the alleged gunman, but they found no one. A short while after this incident, a man came up and informed the crowd that the parade was being brought to a premature end.

Court order freezes Public Sector Workers Trust, mediation to commence next year
Millions of dollars that have been accumulating in the Public Workers Trust Fund was placed on hold by a Supreme Court order last month, when two of the workers sued the trust. The court ordered a freeze in the activities of the trust, with mediation to take place between the parties within 45 days of the court order. The monies that accumulated in the trust fund came about as a result of 450,000 shares in BTL that former Prime Minister Manuel Esquivel had granted to public sector workers, when government placed a wage and increment freeze on public officers and teachers from 1995 to 1997. The BTL shares have grown into a very tidy 7.8 million dollars.

Suspect investor in San Pedro?
Last Tuesday, the Government of Belize (GoB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with International Airport Alliance Belize Limited to construct the Efrain Guerrero International Airport on Northern San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The total cost of this project, according to a statement issued by the Government Press Office, is USD$100 million. The MOU was signed on behalf of GoB by Erwin Contreras, Minister of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce, while Jorge Abraham Jaen signed on behalf of International Airport Alliance Belize Limited. Amandala has not been able to trace the origins of International Airport Alliance Belize Limited, however we have been able to scoop up background information on Jorge Jaen from the Miami Dade County Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

“Elvis” Lopez killed in Belmopan
Police say they have a person of interest in their investigation into the death of Oswald “Elvis ” Lopez, 69, who was killed over the weekend. He was stabbed 19 times in the face and across the body. According to police reports, just before 3 o’clock on Sunday afternoon, cops visited an area opposite the Hector Silva Airstrip. There, officers saw a gold taxi with its engine still running, and beside it they saw a motionless Lopez, apparently dead with many stab wounds to his upper body. It is believed that he was lured to his death by a murderer posing as a fare. In an interview with the media today, Luke Ramos, the son-in-law of the deceased, revealed that the last time he saw Lopez was about midday, when he stopped by for lunch. Lopez had indicated that he was heading home to get some rest because business had been slow. The two joked and parted ways.

Mark Anthony Vasquez stabbed to death on Marine Parade
Police are investigating the death of Mark Anthony Vasquez, 53, a car dealer of Kings Park, Belize City, who was stabbed to death during a fight at about 11:00 Sunday night on Marine Parade. Police said that after stabbing Vasquez, his assailant then ran away, along the sea wall, towards Memorial Park. Vasquez was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival. During a police press brief held this morning at the Racoon Street Police Station, ASP Alejandro Cowo, Commander of Crimes Investigation, said that when police went to the area, along with Scene of Crimes officers, they found a man with multiple stab wounds.

RB, a centenarian
Roy Jeremy Belisle, “RB” to his numerous nephews and nieces, celebrated his 100th birthday today, December 18, 2017. His children, and his numerous relatives, will agree that he has lived a full life. The man has aged like fine wine. If you ask him his secret, he’ll tell you that he says his prayers every night. He’ll also tell you that he has a loving heart. RB is a man who loves taking a little whiskey with his friends. He loves the females, but he tells his nephews that he is accused of many crimes he did not commit. RB’s great love is the sea. He was a great sailor, and fisherman. Like all the really good ones, he can tell a story, with flavor.

Editorial: Self-preservation as motivation
To understand where we are at this newspaper in December of 2017, you have to go back to what happened in late July of 2004. The ruling People’s United Party (PUP), which this newspaper had basically supported in its 1998 and 2003 general election campaigns, was hit by a major Social Security Board (SSB) financial scandal, which caused a massive public outcry. The SSB scandal was quickly followed by a Development Finance Corporation (DFC) scandal. Separate inquiries into both the SSB and DFC essentially established that Belize’s public finances had run into unprecedented problems, to put it very, very mildly. Now one of the reasons why Kremandala has never sought to include itself in the administrations of ruling political parties which we had supported in their relevant campaigns, is precisely so that when serious problems arise in that administration, we do not have to endorse incompetence, irregularities, or outright corruption, because endorsing such would lead to our losing our precious credibility as a newspaper and media house. It is because of our credibility that we have survived and grown over our 48-year history. We treasure that credibility.

Happy Battle of San Pedro Yalbac Belize
The Guerra Social Maya, more commonly known as the Caste War, is one of the most important historical events in Belizean history. Even so, the Caste War is ignored in Belizean schools. How can this historical event so important, which lasted over 80 years of armed conflict (1847-1930’s), saw over 50,000 die, many villages burnt down and people displaced, be forgotten? Today in Corozal and Orange Walk you can still find people who can tell you stories from the Caste War which were told to them by their grandparents. During this war, borders were created, the Maya gained their freedom and the face of northern Belize was changed forever. The British and people of colonial mentality tried their best to bury this part of history or make us feel that the Caste War happened just in Mexico. It was not the first time the Maya of northern Belize had to fight and defend their homes. The war started since the Spanish came. Lord Nachan Can of Chactemal (today Corozal) and the Maya defended our people.

Grandmother loses social security benefits
Dear Editor Amandala, Again, thank you for your newspaper as it not only shows that you try to inform the citizens of this country of what is happening here and in the world, but most importantly you sincerely have a HEART. It seems that your paper is the only one that is truly concerned about those who are struggling to survive in this brutal world. I recently read in your paper about a one hundred and four year old grandmother from whom social security had robbed of her one hundred dollar stipend. I waited and waited, but nothing. Not one person did I hear address this monstrosity. Not one person even questioned it in the open about this sinister act.

Why citrus growers are wary
In Micah Goodin’s story about the citrus industry on page four of last Friday’s Amandala, former senator, Anthony Chanona, spoke of a lack of energy in the industry. In the same story, Stann Creek West area representative, Rodwell Ferguson, is quoted as saying that production is down 50%. This is consistent with industry trends throughout the world, and it is near all “citrus greening” related. The citrus industry is indeed going through a rough period right now. This citrus greening is tough. We are not the only nation facing this problem. According to www.freshplaza.com, Citrus greening disease is widespread in the key centers of orange cultivation and is one of the main factors contributing to a crisis in the global orange market. Average annual growth rates over the last 2 years have been at -7.0% (that’s minus 7%). A reduction of the global orange market volume is expected once again in 2016, with continuous adjustments corresponding to the nature of the product consumption.

From UBAD supporter to head of government department: Part Two of the Clinton Gardiner story
Back in 1975 when Clinton Gardiner returned from studies in Canada, he was one of the first Land Inspectors to return to the department. Inevitably, his studies paid off with a new appointment as Lands Officer. Apart from his acquiring seniority in the department, the department itself was being restructured and prepared to face the challenges of the emerging nation-state of Belize. Amandala asked Gardiner to explain the new realities that were being created in the Ministry of Natural Resources that would see a section created to deal with geology, under the leadership of the late James V. Hyde, who was still the Commissioner of Lands, before the Lands Department was merged with the Survey Department.

St. John’s e-Reader is dynamite
Are all our young people reading this story? Is this story an exclusive for St. John’s College students? Fortunately, if this e-Reader is only being used at St. John’s College, it being on the internet allows every person in this country the opportunity to read, to enjoy, to learn. (If your youth doesn’t have a computer, take them to the library.) Congratulations to the authors, Delmar Tzib and Yasser Musa, on this splendid production. I chanced upon the St. John’s College 2nd Form e-Reader (2015-2016) while researching a matter about Belize on the internet, and what a refreshing surprise. Okay, I’m way late, this book being a 2015-16 publication, two years ago. But, it is just possible that there are other people out there, adults and youth, who are not aware that so much knowledge is out there about our wonderful country, excitingly presented, at our fingertips.

Efrain Alfaro, 64, knocked down and killed on Philip Goldson Highway
An early morning road traffic accident has claimed the life of an elderly man who was residing in Ladyville. According to police reports, at about 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, they received information that an accident had occurred between Miles 12 and 13 on the Philip Goldson Highway. When officers arrived on the scene they observed the body of a Hispanic man with cut wounds to his head and lower back, on the right side of the road. He was later identified as Honduran national, Efrain Alfaro, 64. Initial police investigations revealed that Orange Walk resident, Sergio Paredez, 49, was driving his red 2007 Ford Explorer in the direction of Ladyville toward Orange Walk, when he knocked down Alfaro, who had been walking a bicycle on the highway. Paredez has since been served with a notice of intended prosecution (NIP).

Christmas heartache for Pelayo family in Orange Walk Town
This year’s Christmas season brought devastation and heartache for Jaime Pelayo, Sr., a retired warrant officer from the Belize Defence Force, and his family. Pelayo’s eldest son, Jaime “James” Pelayo, Jr., 35, of Orange Walk Town, was shot and killed at about 4:00 Friday morning, while standing in front of D GYM Cool Spot on the Belize-Corozal Road (Philip Goldson Highway) in the town, after attending a social gathering with his friends. James Pelayo, who received gunshot wounds in the chest, was rushed to the Northern Regional Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.

Father and Son Remanded For Shooting of Russell Hyde, Jr., Released On Bail
Two men, Rasheed Hyde, 24, and his father, Michael Mendoza, who were remanded into custody at the Belize Central Prison until April 14, 2018, were released on bail of $10,000 each that was offered to them today by Justice Adolph Lucas. Hyde was charged with the attempted murder of his cousin, Russell Hyde, Jr., who was shot at a meat shop in San Ignacio on December 4. Rasheed Hyde was also charged with dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm. Mendoza was charged with abetment to commit murder. They both appeared in the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court on December 11. Their bail was offered on the condition that they present themselves at the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court on April 14.

Belize Roadway Construction Company to face $5,000 fine
n the aftermath of an explosion that claimed the life of Canadian national, Ronald Sutherland, 71, the Belize Police Department and other governmental agencies continue to investigate what went wrong, and who is to be held accountable. On Friday, KREM News confirmed that a fine will be imposed for illegal mining, an offence under the Mines and Minerals Act Chapter 226 of the Substantive Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2000-2003. The fine will be imposed on the Belize Roadway Construction Company, which is owned by the Banman Brothers. They had contracted Tiger Aggregates Limited, owned by the deceased, which had dynamited the side of a white marl hill in the Santa Cruz area of Santa Elena on Tuesday evening.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Ministry of Health and Economic Development Clarify Statements on EU Funds Allocated to the Government of Belize for the Health Sector
The Ministry of Health (MOH) in partnership with the Ministry of Economic Development (MOED) issued a […]

Belize City man charged for drug trafficking
Yesterday evening around 5, police were conducting a mobile patrol in the Conch Shell Bay […]

Gungulun man stabbed last night
Last night around 7:11, police visited Moe’s Pizza Grill located on 3 1/2 miles Phillip Goldson Highway, Belize […]

Armed robbery on bus in Camalote Village
Last night around 7, Betty Torres, 42, a Belizean conductress of Unitedville Village, Cayo District […]

Ladyville teen missing
Around 8:20 last night, Alicia Skeen, 34, a Belizean School Warden of Ladyville Village reported to authorities […]

Caribbean boosts trade to US and China
A new report from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), released on Monday, indicates that exports […]

Belmopan police offer swimming lessons to 40 kids
This week, 40 boys and girls from Belmopan are being offered swimming lessons courtesy Belmopan […]

Two men busted for cocaine and guns
Two men were busted in the Buttonwood Bay area of Belize city by police yesterday […]

Voter registration cut off date announced
The Elections and Boundaries Department issued a notice to the public that all registration offices […]

FFB issues portfolios to executive members
The executive members of the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) have all been assigned individual […]

Sanitation workers fight on CitCo bus, one critical after being chopped
Yesterday around 12:00 p.m., Michael Tesucum, 40 , and Dennis Bowen, 53 , both sanitation […]

Blogs

Latest news out of Belize! New airport, arena, top 10 lists, and more!
Once in a while I like to round up all the happenings in this country, as I follow these like a hawk, and it might be helpful to have a summary of what's been going on that you may have missed! As always, this tiny country somehow always ends up in world wide news pretty frequently. Here is the latest stuff!! (and enjoy some totally unrelated-to-the-news-stories pics of Belize sprinkled throughout) ---In arguably the biggest news for Belize, the government just signed a deal to start building a $100 million international airport on Ambergris Caye!

Ka’ana in 2017: A Photographic Recap
It’s been an amazing year for us here at Ka’ana, and we’ve loved sharing it with you. From epic visits to the Xunantunich ruins to quiet afternoons spent poolside, the Ka’ana experience has found its way from the jungles of Belize to screens around the world. Here, we take a look back at just a few of the year’s highlights on Instagram. This August, lifestyle expert Essie paid a visit to Ka’ana, where she discovered the charms of jungle life: “The private villas at Ka'ana are a dream,” she posted. “Gorgeous decor, private pool, plus staff that feel like family...good vibes only.” In the underground caves of Actun Tunichil Muknal, near our resort, travelers can step back in time. The Maya site is home to skeletons, ceramics and stoneware, as well as beautiful cave pools. In his TripAdvisor review of his stay at Ka’ana, recent guest Eric described the excursion as a “life-changing morning journey into the depths of Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave...complete with a picnic lunch on return (we highly recommend you have the staff arrange a visit with Aaron from Mayawalk as your guide). Lush rainforests, hiking, and kayaking opportunities abound in the area.”

5 UnBelizeable Activities To Do in Belize in 2018!
Although Belize is a tiny country located just a short flight away from the United States and Canada, it is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, a natural wonderland of exotic animals, flowering plants, and spectacular landscapes. Here are 5 UnBelizeable Activities you can enjoy in Belize: You might think of caving as crawling around in a muddy hole, but that's not what caving is like in Belize. The landscape is riddled with vast underground complexes, many of which were used by the ancient Maya for their most solemn religious ceremonies. Some of these sacred caves still have ceramics, weapons, and even human remains still in place more than 1,000 years after the ancient Maya civilization collapsed.

Belize in December - What to do?
December is a great time to be in Belize: it’s the start of the high tourism season, the weather is perfect and the vibe is amazing. You’ll be able to enjoy cool breeze, sunshine and clear blue skies, and witness the festive mood around you as Belizeans prepare to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

How we put a 22 foot long octopus on a 20 foot long boat for the 2017 San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade
How do you design, build and install a 22-foot long octopus on a 20-foot long boat? Read on and all of your (ok, most of your) questions will be answered! The San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade is such a fun event. And of course, we had to put our best creative feet forward again when designing and constructing our float for the 2017 parade!

Culture comes alive in Belize City at Mr. Peetaz Brukdong Bram
Brukddong music is a classic Kriol Belizean sound, and legendary musician Mr. Wilfred Peters (of Mr. Peetaz and the Boom & Chime band) was an icon of the genre. In his honor, the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) puts together a proper ‘bram’ to honor the music and bring in the Christmas Spirit. On Saturday, December 16th, the Courthouse Wharf in Belize City was the venue for music, local food and much fun, starting just after noon and lasting into the night. Brukddong music is a classic Kriol Belizean sound, and legendary musician Mr. Wilfred Peters (of Mr. Peetaz and the Boom & Chime band) was an icon of the genre. In his honor, the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) puts together a proper ‘bram’ to honor the music and bring in the Christmas Spirit. On Saturday, December 16th, the Courthouse Wharf in Belize City was the venue for music, local food and much fun, starting just after noon and lasting into the night.

International Sourcesizz

5 reasons to stay at The Phoenix Resort in San Pedro, Belize
The lively town of San Pedro in Ambergris Caye is one of the most visited spots in all of Belize, luring travellers with its sparkling blue water, sun-soaked streets and palm-fringed stretches of white sand. Those looking to unwind have plenty of options to choose from when it comes to accommodation, and there’s one special spot in particular that truly ticks all the boxes: The Phoenix Resort, which is consistently rated as one of the island’s best. Here are five reasons you’ll want to book into this fantastic all-suite hotel during your next visit.

Top 5 Sites For Mangrove Diving
Mangroves are the unsung heroes of the ocean and a diver’s best friend. They are biodiversity hotspots and nurseries where up to three-quarters of all tropical fish species are born; ensuring plentiful life at dive sites around the world. They provide shelter for critically endangered animals, contribute to the health of commercial fisheries, and provide products for international trade. They also ensure coastal protection from wind and wave action, such as tsunamis. The list is almost endless and the combined value of mangroves’ goods and services is estimated to be worth US$186 million per year. The news isn’t all good though, with a report released on 1st December 2017, and tweeted by Mangrove Conservation, confirming mangroves may not be able to adapt to climate change. Hol Chan Marine Reserve is one of Belize’s most popular dive areas and contains coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangroves. This reserve has over 160 species of fish, 40 types of coral, dolphins and the West Indian manatee. Hol Chan Cut is great for night diving and Shark Ray Alley is renowned for snorkeling with nurse sharks and stingrays. Diving is possible year-round.

Videos

  • See and Taste Belize 2017, 4min.

  • The Birds of Belize, Version 13, Full DVD, 60min. The Birds of Belize, Version 13, is a DVD presenting video of 336 species found in Belize. It was filmed entirely in Belize over the course of thirteen years, from 2005 to 2017. Filming was accomplished at locations throughout Belize. The species are presented in the order of the illustration plates in the field guide “Birds of Belize” by F. Lee Jones, illustrated by Dana Gardner. I provide DVD copies at no cost to NGOs in Belize and to Belize lodges to sell or use for training. Any proceeds from sales must be for the benefit of Belize NGOs or education in Belize. Wayne Hall

  • Arise And Go Now World Tour: Belize, 7min.

  • Pioneer route in Belize 2003, 1.5min. Mexican pioneers in Belize

  • Benque House of Culture (NICH) traditional Posadas ceremony 2017!, 16min.

  • Gillnet video clips, 15min.

  • Morning Matters with Ronald Stuart, 60min.

  • Morning Matters at Jungle Splash Eco Tours, 60min.

  • Mirab showcase provided plenty of options for your last minute shopping needs, 32min.

  • Pointers to show you how to protect yourself from perpetrators Self Defense Lessons, 31min.

  • BakeD (Snowball Cookies), 14min.

  • Brokdong In San Ignacio, 7min.

  • Merry Christmas to Belizeans, home and abroad, from the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow and family!, 1min.

  • Belize Water Services Year in Review, 3.5min. Our staff has been very busy during this past year and we're sharing it with you! Enjoy!

  • Miller’s Landing Bed and Breakfast, Placencia Belize, 3min. Miller’s Landing is a Caribbean seaside ecological bed and breakfast. It is the only Placencia hotel built with no heavy equipment ensuring that all the natural vegetation remains intact. Beautiful sandy beach and lush jungle meet at Miller’s Landing. Swim safely right off the beach, awake to multitudes of amazing bird calls, and fall asleep to gentle waves and sea breezes.

  • Follow Me Around : Belize | Mayaruin, 3min. This tour was also great. we went to and saw the maya ruins. It was all worth it! Diese Tour war ebenso ganz toll gewesen! Wir haben die Mayastätte in besucht.

  • San Pedro, Belize - Summer 2017, 6min.

  • Belize - tarpon fly fishing, 2.5min.

  • Little Shark Ray Alley down south Belize, 3min. Nurse sharks, nurse sharks en nog eens.... Oh ja, en ook nog een karetschildpad!

  • Christmas in Town Live from San Ignacio, 2h4.

  • Police Check Point Talk Show Dec 19, 60min.


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