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The San Pedro Sun

Brandon Portillo gets six years in prison for burglary
18-year-old Brandon Portillo from San Pedro Town is behind bars at the Belize Central Prison after pleading guilty to burglarizing two homes on the island. Portillo, a fisherman from the San Juan Subdivision, appeared before Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer on Wednesday, December 27th at the Magistrate Court in Belize City, where after admitting to his offenses, was sentenced to six years in prison. Reports indicate that sometime on Thursday, December 21st Portillo entered the home of Joshua Carballo and stole several items valued at $1,407. On that same day, he also broke into the home of Josliano Guerrero on Barrier Reef Drive, from where he stole more than $2,000 worth of fishing gear. Portillo was also accused of a previous burglary that took place on December 7th at Terryl Godoy’s home, in which a laptop and other items were stolen. However, Portillo denied being the culprit in that burglary.

Another San Pedro Lions Christmas Children’s bazaar to remember
The annual Children’s Christmas party held by the San Pedro Lions Club brought joy and the season’s spirit to hundreds of children on Saturday, December 24th. To add more enthusiasm to the special occasion, Santa Claus was once again the guest of honor distributing presents, goodies and even taking pictures with all the children that attended the festivity held at the Lions Den. The anticipated celebration started shortly after 5PM, with the arrival of a jovial Santa, who had traveled thousands of miles from the North Pole. He strolled into the Den greeting everyone and handing out candies, and then took his place on stage in front of a mountain of presents for the children. The evening program began, with the jolly bearded man dressed in red with black boots distributing gifts to the children as one by one, their names were called.

Ambergris Today

Ministry Of Health Advises On Gastroenteritis
The Ministry of Health has noticed an increase in the number of gastroenteritis cases nationally. Individuals have been observed with symptoms ranging from diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and fever. The increase in cases is primarily observed in individuals who are older than five (5) years, however, a few numbers have begun to affect younger children in the age range of one to four.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Fisherman's Rest: A new Development on Caye Caulker
New development on Caye Caulker...!? Fisherman's Rest is a 4 floor modern building. Fully constructed from Covintec, a building material that offers industry leading hurricane protection and insulation. The communal dock will be available for residents/guest use, for easy pickup drop off by boat, if you are heading to the nearby reef for a dive or snorkel, or going on a fishing trip in the rich Caribbean waters.

When you are caught up in line in the border

The Caye Caulker Village Council office will be closing tomorrow at 11:30 p.m.
In order to allow Donald's co workers to attend Donald Cox Jr.'s funeral service in Sand Hill. Sorry for any inconveniences.

Belizean Attorney, Andrew Bennet wanted by United States of America for money laundering
Channel 7News Belize reported on Wednesday night, December 27th, 2017 that the extradition request was received as recently as last week and that Bennett was set up and caught in a sting operation. “Seems this attorney was involved in a scheme to launder millions of dollars disguised as the sale of a local advertising business. But the person who this attorney was setting up the sale with turned out to be an agent of the US government, pretending to be a businessman with millions to launder.” Why Bennett was targeted is unknown since there have been prominent cases involving another attorney, Emil Arquelles owner of Mathalon Building which housed dubious operations which was shut down by FBI agents?

11th NRM Research Symposium
The MSBC is planning the 11th annual NRM Symposium, and they are doing a call for abstracts.  The deadline is January 30th, and the symposium will take place on March 1st and 2nd.  They have a registration form online. "CALLING ALL SCIENTISTS AND NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGERS! Yes folks, we are proud to announce the 11th Natural Resource Management and Research Symposium - 2018. This is the foremost forum for the exchange of ideas and knowledge between scientists, managers and students who all play such a critical role in the protection and sustainable use of Belize's precious and world famous natural resources. We are now looking for abstracts for presentation, submit yours online at www.msbcbelize.wordpress.com You can find submission guidelines here: https://www.facebook.com/MSBCBelize/photos/rpp.106716272734256/1745318992207301/?type=3&theater

Congrats to the winners of the 8th Annual Habinahan Wanaragua Competition 2017!
And the results are in for the 8th Annual Habinahan Wanaragua Competition & Show, 2017... 1st Place goes to 3-peat CHAMPS, Ligemeri Wanaragua! 2nd Place: Irahunun Lidan Aba. 3rd Houn Gurigia (Myrick Caliz)

CWC NYE 2017
The SISE Town Council will have a New Year's Eve celebration at the Cayo Welcome Ceter, with music, presentations, and fireworks at midnight.

SISE House of Culture Inauguration
Pictures from the SISE HoC's inauguration. By far the best HoC in Belize. "The San Ignacio & Santa Elena House of Culture (NICH) was inaugurated yesterday. The NICH crew was there with their cool interactive cultural displays. They'll have activities today and tomorrow. The World Culture Band will be playing tomorrow night, along with many others. Andre Lopez' photo book, 'Belize, An Intimate Portrait,' was on display. The new House of Culture is perfect. There's lots of space for art displays, they have a music room, and a conference room. Well done!" Pictures on fb.

COROZAL - End of Year Water, Shore and Coastal Clean up 2017
COROZAL - End of Year Water, Shore and Coastal Clean up 2017 - Approximately 12 local community organizations, including this news shack will be joining the Rotaract Club of Corozal Town for a Coastal Clean up to help relieve and raise awareness of the littering issues along our shores. We know it is the holiday season, especially for the students but please make and effort to come out. We are inviting the general public to join in this effort. We will be meeting infront of the old Social Security Building at "Parque de Los Trabajadores" tomorrow Friday, December 29th at 7:00 a.m. We urgently need a pool net(s) for skimming off the trash in the pond at the park in-front of the old Social Security Building. If you have one with an extension, kindly bring it. Bring rakes, trash bags, etc.

End of Year Laugh Out Loud weekend
Everyone is cordially invited for the live comedy show of "DARI DARI" at PRINCESS CASINO FREEZONE this Friday, December 29th and Saturday December 30th beginning at 10:00 p.m. Come out, laugh, enjoy and get a chance to win.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
It, Bright, The Foreigner, The Snowman. Please note that we will be closed Sunday for NYE

Channel 7

US Wants to Extradite Attorney Andrew Bennett For Money Laundering
Last night we told you that the US government was requesting the extradition of a Belizean attorney. Tonight we can confirm that the request is for 46 year old Andrew Bennett, known as a partner in the law firm of Glenn D. Godfrey and Company. We have to say, known as, because today we saw that his name had been taken down from the Godfrey website - but we know it was there up until very recently. And here's why it probably came down: there's an arrest warrant for Bennett from the District of Puerto Rico dated July 2015, and an indictment for 7 counts of money laundering from a Puerto Rico Grand Jury.

AG Says He Expects CJ to be Here In 2018
Last night we told you about a newspaper report from Guyana saying that Belize's Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin could be on the move. The Guyana Times reports, quote, "Benjamin has been tipped to be Guyana's Chancellor of the Judiciary according to highly-placed sources and luminaries in the legal profession." Well today Belize's Attorney General Mike Peyreffite told 7News that the Chief Justice has said nothing about that to him. He has heard that the Guyanese President is interested in Benjamin taking up the post, but stresses that he expects Benjamin to continue being the Chief Justice of Belize in 2018.

Barber Killed, Armed Woman Cop Was In His Car
Well known Belize City barber Fareed Ahmad is dead. The 38 year old was killed early this morning in circumstances which can only be considered highly unusual. That's because he was found dead in his crashed vehicle - but he didn't die from the impact - he died from a bullet to the head - and his only passenger was a woman police officer. Daniel Ortiz has bene looking for answers from this morning. Sometime after midnight last, Hattieville residents gathered on the side of the George Price Highway, where they found Fareed Ahmad's BMW X5 crashed here, about a mile from his Hattieville home. The first responders tell us that he was and he was slumped over the steering wheel and bleeding from the face. His passenger, Woman Police Constable Michelle Brown was injured form the impact of the accident since most of the damage to the vehicle was on the passenger's side.

Southern Teacher Killed in Questionable Circumstances In Belize City
And while Ahmad's death is not currently being called a homicide, police cannot say the same for a killing this morning in Maureen Leslie Street. A teacher from Independence Village named Desmond Lewis was in strange circumstances when he was killed. The circumstances are still being questioned, but we found out that Lewis was a loved man: Sahar Vasquez reporting: On January 14th, 2014 Desmond Lewis was all smiles because he was the lucky winner of a brand new Wingle at a Court's raffle. It was the first time he had ever won something and his excitement could not be hidden. Now the once happy and excited Lewis lies in the morgue at the KHMH.

Court Clerk Arraigned For Theft From Court
He's the clerk of court, but today 29-year-old Shawn Lord was taken before that court and charged for theft from the San Ignacio Magistrate's Court. Lord is a First Class Clerk at the Belize City Magistrate's Court, but when he arrived at work today - he was taken to another court, the one in San Ignacio. That's where Magistrate Hurl Hamilton read him a single charge of theft. The allegation is that earlier this year, he dishonestly appropriated the sum of $2,010 from the Cayo Magistrate's Court. He was granted bail of $1,000 dollars and is due back in Court on February 28, 2018.

Weekend Killings Unresolved
Last night we reported on two murders and one death investigation. Well, tonight, no arrests have been made in the killings of Carlos Jackson in Placencia - whose throat was slit, or Errol Smith in Roaring Creek who died from a gunshot to the head. In the case of American Kimberley Stephens - who died from manual strangulation - police had said they could not determine if she was killed or had committed suicide. But with the apparent implausibility of someone strangling themselves with a phone charger cable - we are now told police are seeking a suspect. We'll have more on these cases tomorrow.

BEL Says Don't Put Trees Close To Powerlines
One week after Hugo Polanco was electrocuted in Independence Village, BEL has issued a warning about working dangerously close to power lines. Polanco was killed while trimming a tree near to a power line, and BEL quote, "is pleading to the public to desist from constructing structures and planting trees near power lines." It also wants, quote, "When planning to construct or work within 15 feet of a power line, always contact BEL for guidance before commencing. Do not plant trees in the path of overhead power lines. Do not trim trees that are growing over or into overhead power lines; instead, contact BEL for assistance."

A Tale of Two Christmases, Commercially
Most of you have shaken off all the Christmas holiday excitement by now, finishing up or getting rid of the last of the turkey and black cake and maybe even pulling down a few of Christmas decorations. Everyone is gearing up for the New Year's celebration now. But for most business owners, Christmas isn't really over until they get to see those sale figures. We went to find out just how good or bad business was this Christmas. We start with Golden Bay on Marine Parade. They officially opened their new store in November and they say, business was pretty good this year. Cynthia Cowo, Sales Agent: "The stuff we sell up here is basically household items like bathroom stuff, mirrors, basins and shower stalls."

A New Year, A New Race
And another sign that the New Year is surely here, is the day's trademark race: the KREM New Year's Day Cycling Classic. Today Kwame Scott stopped by and gave us a preview of the race: Kwame Scott, New Year's Day Cycling Classic Race Promoter: "What we are expecting this year. There are three races, almost all in one. The elite races feature three categories. It is the elite, masters, and masters 45. They ride from the border to the boulevard. The females will be racing from Orange Walk to Belize City and the juniors and youths will also race from Orange Walk to Belize City."

Jose Says Nutton Noh Got Soh
On last night's news you saw the robbery at Joe's Super Market on 16th Street in the King's Park area of Belize City. At the end of our story, we noted that residents in the area had complained that Joe Wong had continued to fire shots on the street even though the robbers were gone. Today Wong refuted that. He says that he did no such thing. He says he only fired the shots in his store at the robbers.

BBC Says Ashcroft Jet went On a Bender
The Government of Belize has 90.6 million dollars for Michael Ashcroft, and now he may need a few mil to repair his private jet. The BBC quotes media in Malta as saying that his plane crashed into the side of a building after it was blown from its parking space by strong winds in Malta. The nose of the privately owned aircraft hit an adjacent building at Malta International Airport. There was nobody on board the plane at the time of the crash. Maltese media say the plane belongs to Michael Ashcroft. A spokesperson for Lord Ashcroft declined to confirm this to the BBC.

Channel 5

Dangriga Teacher’s Throat Slashed at Home in Belize City
Overnight, there has been a pair of unrelated homicides to add to the mounting body count going into the final days of 2017.  A well-known and respected high school teacher [...]

Murder in Hattieville: Ahmad Family Says Fareed was Assassinated
Early this morning, news spread like wildfire that well-known barber Fareed Ahmad was dead; initially due to a traffic accident that occurred a block from the Hattieville Police Station. But [...]

Fareed Ahmad – Well-known Barber and Football Referee
This afternoon, the Football Federation of Belize issued a release expressing sympathy with the Ahmads on the untimely passing of Fareed.  The release says that the thirty-eight-year-old father of four [...]

The Chilling Death of Kimberley Stephens in Placencia
The chilling death of Kimberley Stephens in Placencia Village has left the peninsula in shock. The American national owned a home in Maya Beach and visited Belize regularly. She resided [...]

Rumfish Owner Refutes Family’s Alleged Motive for Carlos Jackson’s Murder
On Wednesday we reported on the killing of twenty-year-old Carlos Jackson. The prep cook who was out socializing on Christmas Eve when he was cut to the throat in front [...]

SIB Report: Imports Down in November
The Statistical Institute of Belize has released the latest figures in three categories, including the External Trade Bulletin, the Consumer Price Index, as well as the Labor Force.  This information [...]

Police Reassess Operational Strategies Following Deadly Weekend
On the heels of an exceptionally bloody Christmas weekend, considering the number of fatal traffic accidents recorded, the Belize Police Department has reassessed its various crime fighting and operational strategies [...]

Errol Gabourel Jr. was Executed and Toss in the River in Roaring Creek
The lifeless body of twenty-six-year-old Errol Gabourel Junior was found floating face-up along the river in Roaring Creek Village on Wednesday morning.  He had been executed with a single gunshot [...]

Clerk of Court Charged for Theft of Money from San Ignacio Magistrate Court
A first class clerk employed with the Belize City Magistrate’s Court is out on bail tonight after being arraigned before Magistrate Hurl Hamilton on a single charge of theft.  Twenty-nine-year-old [...]

David Cannon Wins Custody of Faye Lin’s Sisters
The three surviving sisters of thirteen-year-old Faye Lin Cannon went home to the U.S. for Christmas last week, now in the custody of their adoptive father, David Cannon. On December [...]

Strengthening Employment Opportunities for Young Women and Men in the Caribbean
The Food and Agricultural Authority undertook a project with the Government of Belize to promote entrepreneurship in agriculture among rural youth. The project called ‘Learning Route’ took a group of [...]

LOVE FM

Who killed Fareed Ahmad?
Well-known barber, Fareed Ahmad is dead tonight after he was shot last night in Hattieville, Belize District. Ahmad’s SUV was found crashed into a parked truck on the side of the road at mile 17 on the George Price Highway. Ahmad received a single shot to the face and died while receiving treatment at the …

Who killed well-known teacher?
A well-known teacher was murdered in the Old Capital. Police say about 2:40 this morning they responded to a report on Maureen Leslie Street in the Antelope Street Extension area in Belize City. Officers found Desmond Lewis in a room motionless. His throat had been slit and he had also been stabbed in his chest. …

Villagers in shock over death of teacher
As we reported earlier, Lewis is from the Stann Creek District and he worked as a teacher at Independence High School. The news of his death has shocked those who knew him. One of Lewis’ colleagues is Ifasina Efunyemi. Ifasina Efunyemi, Friend of Deceased “Such a vibrant personality and its really shaking up the Dangriga …

Solicitor General: US government request extradition of Belizean attorney
The US government has reportedly requested the extradition of a Belizean attorney for money laundering offenses. Today Solicitor General Nigel Hawke confirmed to Love News that his office has in fact received such a request. He would, however, not confirm the name of the attorney in question or the circumstances surrounding the request. Love News …

Imports down by 7.7 %, Exports down by 11.4%
As it relates to Belize’s imports, for the month of November, imports was valued at one hundred and fifty-four point five million dollars, down by seven point seven percent or twelve point eight million dollars from imports for November 2016. The ‘Machinery and Transport Equipment’ category saw the largest decrease for the month, falling by …

Unemployment down by 9.7 %
The latest report from the Statistical Institute of Belize recorded that in September 2017, Belize’s labour force stood at one hundred and sixty-six thousand, forty-nine persons. This was an increase of three thousand, seven hundred and ninety-five persons from September 2016. According to the SIB, one hundred and forty-nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety-four persons …

CWU and SSB at odds over salary increase
Members of the Christian Workers Union are upset following a letter sent by the Social Security Board. The letter is dated December 22, 2017, and it is in reference to ‘calculation of the salary increase’ as contained in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between Social Security Board and the Christian Workers Union. In the letter, the …

Who knocked down and killed Richard Canti?
The driver of the vehicle that knocked down and killed thirty-four-year-old Richard Canti in Orange Walk Town remains at large. Today his family is seeking answers and is asking the public for their assistance in locating the vehicle and the driver. His sister, Elva Canti told Love News that the family is prepared to offer …

Kidney Association continues the fight against kidney failure
At this hour a symposium entitled “Empowering the kidneys through healthy lifestyle” is underway. The event is organized by the Kidney Association of Belize and will feature a number of presentations. Over the last two days, a number of clinics were held at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for patients with kidney failure. Today we …

Three hundred more households now have access to electricity
Belize Electricity Limited says an additional three hundred households will now have access to electricity. These households are located in the villages of Selena, Santa Teresita, Los Tambos and San Marcos in the Cayo District. Today, BEL provided energized power lines to make this possible. However, the energized power lines do not grant them automatic …

PlusTV

Detonation Expert on Rise and Shine speaks of Santa Cruz explosion
Staying on the topic of the explosion, this morning on Rise and Shine’s Talk show, Harrison Pascasio was the guest. Pascasio has been using explosives for clearing quarries since 1981, and has worked with numerous companies such as CISCO Construction and the Ministry of Works, among others. He appea...

Police verify burnt remains as Pamela Lino
The story has just about fallen off the radar but the disappearance of Ms Pamela Lino, a teacher at Belmopan Baptist High School, has remained an unsolved mystery. ON Tuesday May 2nd of this year a burnt vehicle was discovered near Gracie Rock junction at mile 21 on the George Price Highway at app...

James Pelayo Murdered in Belize City
There was a murder earlier today in Orange walk Town where 35 year old James Pelayo, also known as Jamie, was the victim. The incident happened sometime around 4:00 am this morning in front of D’Gym Sports Bar and Grill in Orange Walk Town. Reports are that Pelayo was outside the bar socializing w...

Israel Chuc case now being treated as murder
Earlier this week, we reported on the mysterious death of 34 year old Israel Chuc. Chuc’s body was found by the San Ignacio police on Branch Mouth Road with blood on his nose. His neck was also bloated. The case was being looked at as a sudden death case, but upon receiving the postmortem results, t...

Public Service Union fully supports members of Audit Department
The Public Service Union says it fully supports the members of the Audit Department that are agitating for a change of Auditor General; In a press release late yesterday the PSU came out strongly against Auditor General Dorothy Bradley for what they call “dastardly administrative practices. The pr...

Amandala

From the Publisher en Español
No sé cuántos de sus amigos sepan que Chibby Rosado murió a principios de este año y fue enterrado (posiblemente, cremado) sin ningún tipo de fanfarria. Me enteré de la muerte de Chibby hace unos tres meses, cuando mi esposa lo mencionó en una conversación. Chibby había estado muerto durante meses en ese momento. Uno de los amigos de mi esposa había sacado el tema a la ligera. Estaba aturdido. ¿Cómo podía un hombre tan genial, popular y exitoso dejar La Joya, y de hecho el planeta, sin que nadie haya escuchado de ello? Sylvino “Chibby” Rosado había vivido en Caye Caulker durante muchos años, pero él y su esposa, la hija mayor del extinto Cito Gough y su extinta esposa, Rita, también tenían un hogar en la Ciudad de Belize.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Teenage girl missing in Dangriga
Fifteen year old Destiny Castillo from Dangiga, Stann Creek, is reported missing by her aunt. […]

First US extradition request for a Belizean Attorney
The United States is seeking to extradite a prominent Belizean Attorney for his alleged involvement […]

Police confirm details of Independence High School Teacher’s murder
This morning around 2:40, police responded to the report of a possible homicide at a […]

Teacher found dead this morning
According to reports, Desmond Lewis, a teacher was found dead this morning on Antelope street […]

Two women survive Christmas eve accident
On Sunday, December 24, around 4:40 p.m., police responded to a traffic accident between miles […]

Accident in Orange Walk
On Saturday, December 23, around 10:40 p.m., Orange Walk police responded to reports of a […]

Sacred Heart Primary cafeteria broken into
According to reports, the cafeteria of the Infant division at Sacred Heart primary school in […]

Orange Walk man dies in hit and run
Yesterday morning, Orange Walk police responded to reports of a hit and run accident on […]

Man shot dead in Hattieville
This morning, police responded to reports of an apparent road traffic accident in Hattieville village, […]

Blogs

New Years Eve Party Crawl 2017 – Best Parties and Pre Party Dinners
Rather than start with dinners and end with parties, this post is split up by North, South, and Town. Of course being in or near town at midnight is a favored choice if you want to see the fireworks display up close. San Pedro Town Council always goes all out on their fireworks displays. Last year they even had a beach component as well as the regular barge that was action packed with a stunning show. You will be able to see them from afar too depending on where you chose to be at midnight. I have also listed one Pre NYE party at the bottom as it is a good one to help you gear up for 2018 looking fabulous and fresh. If you want to be a bit adventurous and have wheels, the following list will help you plan your personal party crawl, a super fun way to say farewell 2017 and celebrate the arrival of 2018 on Ambergris Caye.

International Sourcesizz

Once a Cash Cow, Venezuela’s Oil Company Now Verges on Collapse
A general with no energy experience has been installed as the head of the state oil company. Arrests, firings and desperate emigration have gutted top talent. Oil facilities are crumbling, while production is plummeting. As the rest of the oil-producing world recovers on the back of stronger energy prices, Venezuela is getting worse, the result of dysfunctional management, rampant corruption and the country’s crippling economic crisis. The deepening troubles at the state oil company, the country’s economic mainstay, threaten to further destabilize a nation and government facing a dire recession, soaring inflation and unbridled crime, as well as food and medicine shortages.

Rough Guides: 10 Reasons to Visit Belize (Extended)
We can come up with 100 reasons easily but let’s dig into the top 10 reasons why this paradise deserves your visit. Based on Rough Guides’ video on the 10 Reasons to Visit Belize, we took the opportunity to delve deeper into each of the categories they carefully selected. Read on! 1. For a wealth of culture and some of the liveliest festivals that you’re likely to experience Lobsterfest, Costa Maya Festival, La Ruta Maya, Garifuna Settlement Day -- Belize knows culture and celebration all too well. Socialize, dance, eat and sing with the locals, you are guaranteed a festivity that will last a lifetime. But not only does Belize offer a wonderful array of yearly festivals, it is also a great destination for a cultural immersion to a variety of ethnic groups and local traditions.

Warm-weather escapes: The Caribbean is open for business
The Caribbean was hard-hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, but that doesn't mean you should skip it this vacation season. Much of the region was out of the storms' paths and spared any damage. But the islands that did get hit need are rapidly recovering and, with economies that are reliant on tourism, are eager for visitors to return.

Sponges and Algae Are Choking the Caribbean's Coral Reefs
According to at least one leading expert. Some scientists aren’t convinced the sponge apocalypse is at hand. Descending into the clear blue water of the Colombia Reef, off Cozumel in Mexico, there are two ways to look at what greets you. One is as a fantastic, calming world of peace and harmony, so different from our hectic lives on shore. The soft corals sway in the current, colorful fish swim lazily by, and turtles float happily above. But this is a mirage. The reality is more like a war zone. It’s every critter for itself: The angelfish eat the corals, some of which strike back with tiny harpoons; the barracudas eat the angelfish, which hide behind sponges. And the sponges, says Joseph Pawlik, are secretly plotting to take over the whole reef. Pawlik, an ecologist and leading sponge expert at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, has surveyed Caribbean reefs for decades. The recent evidence, he says, suggests the battle of the reefs has become somewhat lopsided. The sponges have banded together with another major player, the algae, to push out the corals and achieve reef domination—thereby adding another grave threat to one of the world’s most important ecosystems.

The Caribbean is stressed out
But there is hope, according to data from 25-year monitoring program. Forty percent of the world's 2.5 billion people live in coastal cities and towns. A team including Smithsonian marine biologists just released 25 years of data about the health of Caribbean coasts from the Caribbean Coastal Marine Productivity Program (CARICOMP). The study provides new insights into the influence of both local and global stressors in the basin, and some hope that the observed changes can be reversed by local environmental management. The largest, longest program to monitor the health of the Caribbean coastal ecosystems, CARICOMP revealed that water quality decreased at 42 percent of the monitoring stations across the basin. However, significant increases in water temperature, expected in the case of global warming, were not detected across sites.

Videos

  • TAYLOR BELIZE 2017, 16min. Our first trip to Belize! Super fun and really really beautiful....

  • Guerra Social Maya(Caste War) in Belize, 2min. This video was done by Saint John's collage to document the Guerra Social Maya(Caste War) in Belize for a exhibit . The testimonies are from the Maya of Orange Walk . The Maya of Orange walk and Corozal belong to the Yucatec Maya group The Northern Maya of Belize belong to the Yucatec Maya group which are found in Corozal, Orange Walk and Cayo. Their native language is known simply as Maya or Màaya t’àan but it is also known as Maya Yucateco. Today mostly elders are the Maya...

  • Quetzalcoatl(Kukulkan) the Man the prophet, 2min. A Revered King Shaman which taught love and abolished human sacrifice. Some people of the Mormon religion believe the man Quetzalcoatl was actually Jesus returning this time to the American natives. The historical Quetzalcoatl – was probably born around AD 947. His father, Mixcoatl, was ruler of the Toltecs. He was originally named Ce Acatl Topitzin, meaning “Our Prince Born on Ce Acatl,” the latter being an important Toltec holiday. His birth was immediately preceded by a horrendous family tragedy, the father having been deposed and murdered by a jealous brother named Ihuitmal. The unborn child’s pregnant mother, Chimalma, fled to Tepoztlan. Before dying in childbirth, Chimalma declared that her infant son was divinely conceived because she had swallowed a piece of blue-green jade.

  • BSI ASR WEEKLY CROP REVIEW 2017 - WEEK 2, 3.5min.

  • FAMILY OF HIT AND RUN VICTIM PLEADS FOR JUSTICE, 3.5min. Last night we reported on the tragic death of thirty four year old Richard Canti who was knocked down by an unknown vehicle yesterday morning just before 6:00. As previously reported, Canti had left his home in the village of Chan Pine Ridge and was headed towards his workplace, when he was reportedly hit from behind whilst riding his bicycle on the Belize Corozal Road.

  • Morning Matters at Mek Scents, 60min.

  • La Fashions Boutique - Models Showcase Some New Year's Attire, 38min.

  • Hair Style to Complement Your Attire, 32min.

  • Demo of how to add the Extra Glam for New Year's Events, 23min.

  • Belize 2017, 3min. Our Trip to Belize 2017

  • Belize ISL Medical Mission Trip 2016-17, 20min. 9 day medical mission trip through International Service Learning spent doing community service, home health visits, clinic days, and excursion to Caye Caulker. Loved this beautiful country and its amazing people!!

  • Belize 2017, 3.5min. My 2017 10 week trip to belize in a nut shell

  • IX CHEL farms Belize traditional an rainforest remedies, min. As an Indian traditional rainforest healing remedies Dr. Rosita Arvigo founded Ix Chel as a non-profit foundation in the 1980s to preserve the knowledge of traditional healers and promote. I never say I own this land,” says Eladio Pop, a local farmer who lives and farms near the ruins of the ancient an city of Lubaantun in southern Belize. “I can only be a caretaker.”