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Today's Belize News: January 6, 2018 #528133
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Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, West Vision (Cayo) and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, and other specials


The San Pedro Sun

Visitor claims negligence by water taxi resulted in injury
An American couple, 62-year-old Scott Morrison and his 70-year-old wife Marilyn Bird arrived on Ambergris Caye for their anticipated second visit on December 29, 2017, for a two-week vacation. The American couple had planned many fun activities while in Belize, including the completion of Bird’s scuba diving certification. But such plans were undone when Bird suffered a terrible accident on the morning of Tuesday, January 2nd when she was boarding a San Pedro Belize Express (SPBE) vessel. While boarding Bird fell inside the boat, rolling down the steps and into the cargo compartment whose lid was open. During the fall she suffered a large gash on her leg and was transported to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Policlinic II where she received 15 stitches. Following the incident, the couple expressed their disappointment with the poor response they allege they received by the water taxi company. According to them, they did not take adequate accountability for her accident which in large was due to their negligence of not having turned on the lights inside the vessel and having the cargo compartment open at the time of boarding. As a result of her injury, the couple was forced to return to the United States, on Friday, January 5th, a week earlier than their scheduled departure time.

Voter Registration ends January 6th; Municipal Elections draw near
As municipal elections draw near, the time period for voters to register will close on Wednesday, January 10th. As for the San Pedro Town municipal election, both People’s United Party (PUP) and the United Democratic Party (UDP) aspiring candidates have been announced. The UDP slate is being represented by the current Town Council members which consist of Daniel Guerrero, Gary Grief, Ruben “Rux” Gonzalez, Hector “Tito” Alamilla, Flora Ancona, Gabriel “Gaby” Nuñez and Severo “Severito” Guerrero Jr. While the members representing the PUP for the Municipal Election consist of Andre Perez, Ian Pou, Marina Kay, Ruben Navidad, Undina Graniel, Dianelie Aranda and Johnia Duarte. During the registration period, both parties had their campaign machinery running in full effect to register as many new voters to the island.

Despite immigration offenses, American national is released without charges
During the Christmas holidays, an American national residing on the island was reportedly arrested for immigration offenses. The male individual is well- known on the island but apparently had been in the country illegally for some time. Thus, island residents and even local authorities were stunned when the Director of Immigration released him without charges. According to reports, when police arrested him, he claimed he had lost his passport. However, he was later able to produce his passport, telling Immigration Officials that he had lied because he feared of what would of happen to him. He also stated that he was unfamiliar with the immigration procedures and had been trying to apply for Belizean residency through an agent. The Department clarified that for someone to be eligible to apply for Belizean residency, he or she must be living in Belize for 50 consecutive weeks by renewing their stay in the country every 30 days.

Ambergris Today

Belize Becomes A World Leader In Ocean Protection
Belize, home of the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere, has become a world leader in ocean sustainability, following the Belizean government’s adoption of a permanent moratorium on oil activities in its waters. The legislation, which was signed into law on 29 December 2017, marks the first time that a developing country has taken such a major step to protect its oceans from oil exploration and extraction, and places Belize in a tiny minority of countries with similar laws. This legislation follows the Belize government's commitment in August 2017 to establish a permanent moratorium on offshore oil activity in its waters, after national and global pressure to preserve the fragile Belize Barrier Reef and its World Heritage site. This huge step by the Belize Prime Minister, Dean Barrow, comes a year after an international outcry by WWF, Oceana and supporters led to the suspension of seismic oil exploration close to the UNESCO-recognised reef.

Misc Belizean Sources

mzz

COLD weather is drying up the by of Corozal
I went for a morning walk in the bay of corozal and saw many things. This is the time to come out and clean the bay of Corozal. I walked as far as I could reach. I saw broken glass, corona bottles, tires, trash, cans. When can we keep our shorelines clean?

Razing and burning of lots by the developer of Consejo Shores Limited
Home owners of the plush northern development known as Consejo Shores are furious with recent razing and burning of lots by the developer of Consejo Shores Limited. It was stated that the burning has been taking place for days with total disregard to the well being of the residents, neighbours and the environment. One home owner stated that the developer has failed to communicate any of her intentions to them, which may be contrary to the restricted conditions and covenants. Smoke has been permeating the air. Ashes has covered home owners houses and cars. There has been no apologies, stated one resident.

National Elite Basketball League Tip Off
The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) will be tipping off its fifth consecutive season on Thursday, January 18 as the defending champions, Belmopan Bandits, will host the sub- champions San Pedro Tiger Sharks. The game will be played at the UB gymnasium in Belmopan, with tip-off time being 8:30 p.m.

Friends for Conservation and Development Fundraising event
Fundraising event coming up on February 2018. To learn how to participate, click on the link!

Toilet Project in Concepcion
We are finally at the end of our Toilet Project in Concepcion with the last details taken care of yesterday. We have so many great hearts that work tirelessly for the community! Thanks to the Rotarians and Friends of Rotary who painted and moved 45 yards of dirt! And you are amazing Nancy Cabbon our visiting Rotarian! Now next week on Friday January 12th at 10am is the Ribbon Cutting! We are very proud of this accomplishment and so excited for Concepcion RC and Mrs Perez and staff and children!

UNDP Corruption Essay Winners
The UNDP has all the winning essays from the anti-corruption essay contest online. Some are must reads. Congratulations to all the students on their well written essays. Hopefully, change is not too far away. "Winning entries for essay contest for secondary schools, colleges and universities. The UNCAC Essay Contest for Secondary Schools, Colleges and Universities was designed to help Belizean students celebrate the first anniversary of UNCAC signature in Belize and commemorate International Anti-Corruption Day.

Karst habitat protection
The Taiwan (ROC) Embassy and the Council of Agriculture and Forestry Bureau in Taiwan support karst habitat protection in the Chiquibul.

Speed control zone close to "Truck Stop"
The traffic dept continues to try to get driver's and riders to drive responsible on the North Road. We have now created a speed control zone close to "Truck Stop ", This consist of several speed bumps in the area. Please obey the speed limit and drive safely.

THE OFFSHORE OIL MORATORIUM IS NOW LAW!
Note that right below the Coat of Arms shows the GG’s Assent and the date thereof. It also states the date of publication in the Gazette. Once published in the Gazette it is law. There is no need for a commencement order. Short story: the Petroleum Operations (Maritime Zone Moratorium) Act, 2017 is now law. This action is historic given Belize's economic dependence on its natural resources and will safeguard invaluable marine environments including the second longest barrier reef in the world, which runs along Belize's coast. Just as importantly, this law recognizes and respects the collective leadership and persistent involvement of tens of thousands of Belizeans for more than seven years on the issue of offshore oil.

Ritual of the Bacabs
Ritual of the Bacabs is the name given to a manuscript from the Yucatec Maya containing shamanistic incantations written in the Yucatec Maya language. The manuscript has been dated at the end of the 18th Century, though this is not certain. The style of writing in the manuscript suggests that much of the information included was copied from older works. The work references many figures in Maya mythology who are for the most part unknown from other works. Ritual of the Bacabs includes some forty-two main incantations, with fragmentary supplements throughout. Most of the manuscript is written in the same hand. In his translation, Roys referred to this main writer as the "Bacabs hand."

Channel 7

90.6 Million (Now 91.6 M) Appropriations Bill goes to The House, But No Vote Yet
Today, was the long awaited day in the House of Representatives - when the Prime Minister brought the 90.6 million dollar appropriations bill to the House of Representatives. That's the compensation award for the Belize Bank. But - as we told you last night - it would end in a sort of anti-climax - because no vote was taken. The bill was only tabled for a first reading - and the debate and vote will be taken at the next House meeting - which, the PM says, may be held in a month's time. So while the meter is running on the interest at 17% compounded monthly - the Prime Minister took half an hour to explain why they cannot rush Parliament to make a decision which rests squarely, and solely, on its shoulders.

PUP Says It Will Work On A Solution
And when it comes back for a vote - what will the PUP do? That's what we asked the Leader of the Opposition today - but he was more eager to talk about the Prime Minister's 32 minute legal presentation to the House:.. Jules Vasquez, reporter: "What is the position of the PUP? We now wait for the next house meeting when it will actually be debated. Have you all taken a unitary position? Or is it like the UDP when they say you can have a vote of conscience?" Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the Opposition: "Well I think that what's more important to point out today that the Prime Minister once again continues to do his legal dance. Every time he comes to the house and he makes this grand legal explanation that he got advise from legal luminaries, but whenever he goes to court he loses and now once again he is coming that he has gotten all these advises to point out that he may not have to pay."

PM Says That, Morally, Parliament Is Obligated Not To Pay
So would the Prime Minister be opened to hearing what the PUP can achieve in terms of negotiation? We asked him that and about the moral dimension of parliament refusing to pay what the court has ordered:... Jules Vasquez, reporter: "Sir, you made a case today for Parliamentary supremacy making it clear by your argument that it is indeed the parliament who has to make the final decision. However, how morally able is parliament to resist a lawful judgement from the highest court in the land?" Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "Well now you're getting into a completely different area, Moral. I was trying to set out the legal position and I was careful to enter the reservation that this is by lights and the opinions that I have received. I will not be restrained at all in terms of moral. If it is a moral thing, parliament would be obliged not to pay if you're talking about the moral aspect of things. So I believe if you want to be at all kind to the bank, let's stay away from the moral question."

PM Disputes 17% Monthly Compound Interest
And there's one more important news angle on today's tabling of the appropriations bill for 91.6 million dollars. That's the issue of interest. According to the Caribbean Court of Justice, it accrues at 17% compounded monthly - which is exorbitantly high. The Prime Minister says Government's opinion form legal experts is that the rate should be about one third of that: Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "We have been advised and I think this is important, that 17% interest that's compounded monthly until payment, is not the rate that should continue to run on the 91,596,013,022 as of the date of the CCJ judgement ordering leave to enforce their award as if it were a judgement of the Supreme Court. We are advised that the applicable interest rate, the sort of post judgment rate should be the 6% per annum which is set out in the supreme court of Judicature Act as the statutory rate of interest to be carried by all judgement debts..."

New Supreme Court Judge Sworn In
A month ago, we told you that attorney Marilyn Williams was appointed to become a Supreme Court judge. Well, this morning, the Former Chair of the Integrity Commission was officially sworn in to her new post as a high court justice. She was welcomed to the judiciary by Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin in his court room today, in the presence of sitting judges and her friends and family. Chief Justice Benjamin said that the number of well-wishers who came to witness her swearing in was the biggest crowd he's seen for any judge appointed under his tenure. It is expected that sometime after next week's official opening of the Supreme Court, she will begin presiding over cases.

Fuel Prices Go Up
At midnight the price of Premium, Diesel, and Kerosene will go up. On the slim upside, Regular will go down by 22 cents. Premium will go up by 17 cents, Diesel by 51 cents and Kerosene by 37 cents.This is the first increase of fuel for 2018.

OW: 21 Year Old Charged For Fracturing 11 Year Old's Skull
21 year old Mario Bull was charged with dangerous harm for breaking 11 year old Jahmar Ferguson's skull. As we told you yesterday, Ferguson and his relatives were going to visit a friend in Trial Farm Village on New Years Day. Another man who was walking ahead of them threw a stone at a nearby house. Bull and another man emerged from the house and attacked Ferguson - thinking it was him. Bull reportedly hit the boy in the head with an object. He later went unconscious because of the massive blow.

PM Not Convinced On Ahmad Family Threat Messages, Waits For Investigators Findings
Tonight there are still nagging questions about those threatening text messages allegedly targeting the family of murder victim, Fareed Ahmad. They were allegedly sent by a police officer - and discuss what is basically a state sponsored "hitlist" - where police officers are to systematically kill members of the Ahmad family. Tonight, no one can say for sure whether it is real or not. The Prime Minister today told the press that he is confident the investigator will get to the bottom of it:...

Text Message Mischief Apps Are Plentiful & Free
As the Prime Minister discussed, there are freely available mobile phone apps - which can make it seem that a text message saying anything you want it to say has dropped into your messages inbox. Since we ran the story last night showing those messages which supposedly originate from a member of a police special unit, a number of viewers have led us to these apps which make it very easy to perpetuate a fraud to discredit someone, by making it appear that they sent text messages which they never did. With these apps, an imaginary sender's phone number appears to send messages that he or she did not. From there, it is just a simple matter of taking screenshots of this bogus message thread, then spreading it about, and the mischief maker can then sit back and quietly watch the damage unfold.

Ahmad Brother Under Suspicion
And while the mystery - or the mischief - of those text messages are on the minds of the Ahmad family, they also have to deal with another issue. At this hour, one of Fareed's siblings is reportedly caught up in an incident where he claims that a man attempted to rob him, forcing him to protect himself. The man in question has a counter accusation: he says that the Ahmad brother of assaulted him for no reason, and that he went to police to make a false report. This afternoon, reports went out that Fareed's sibling was at his barber shop at the Pound Yard Plaza. The details are sketchy, but we understand that Fareed's brother's account is that 2 men attempted to rob him, and he defended himself.

PM Will Wait For Final PUC Audit
Going back now to government news - the Prime Minster was reluctant today to comment on the allegations of reckless spending at the Public Utilities Commission. As we have reported - the contents of an un-finalized audit has been circulated in the media. It shows suspect and lavish spending and misuse of the PUC's Credit card. Today the Prime Minister held to the line which the PUC has been using: the audit isn't finished yet: Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "It's a little murky and I would really want to wait to see the final audit and then try to get legal advice on the particular issues. There are two things involved, what was spent, how much was spent and on what the expenditures were. That's number one, and then number two, were the expenditures, all of the expenditures within the power of the PUC to make. I really have to suspend judgement until we can look at each in turn."

Weeks Later, Accused OW Murderer Found And Charged
Last year on December 15th Jaime Pelayo was murdered at a bar in Orange Walk. 39-year-old George Bull was detained, and right after being singled out in an ID parade, he managed to slip away from the police. After a long search, police confirmed that he was found today. He has been charged with the crime of murder and escape from lawful custody.

Corozal Alleged Robber Out On Bail
2 days ago, we told you how Corozal cops charged 22 year-old Demas Zelaya for the armed robbery at One Mall Gas Station in Ranchito Village. Well tonight, he is out on bail. His attorney, Ronell Gonzalez, made an application on his behalf before Justice Antoinette Moore, and after the judge heard his grounds and the response of Crown Counsel Jackie Willoughby, she decided to grant him bail of $10,000. It came with the conditions that he reports to the Mahogany Street Police Station every Friday, that he attends all hearings and adjournments of his case at the Corozal Magistrate's Court until the matter is concluded, and he must not interfere with the prosecution's witnesses and the virtual complainants.

10K Bail For Alleged Trafficker
Robert Gentle, the Ranchito resident who police charged for that runaway Lincoln Navigator SUV that was was carrying over 6 kilos of cocaine across the Belize Mexican Border, is also out on bail tonight. Police took 3 weeks to track Gentle down, and after only 2 nights in jail, his attorney, Leslie Hamilton applied for Supreme Court bail. Justice Antoinette Moore heard the grounds for the bail application, and after getting input from Crown Counsel Jackie Willoughby, she granted him bail of $10,000. He has to attend all hearings of the criminal case his facing at the Corozal Magistrate's Court, until the case is disposed of. He also has to report to the Corozal Police Station every Friday, and he is not to interfere with the prosecution's witness.

"Big Baby" Meets The Little Kids
On Wednesday we showed you our final installment in our interview with Belizean Jarrell Big Baby Miller - the #2 ranked contender for the world heavyweight title. He has certainly made a name for himself on the international boxing scene and today he shared his the story of his journey with Belmopan youth. I was there to meet him and here is that story. Courtney Weatherburne, reporting: Jarrell "Big Baby Miller"- he is quite comfortable in the boxing ring - pounding on his opponents and knocking them out, 18 of the 20 he's faced so far. But today, Miller transformed the Belmopan Civic Center stage into his ring; taking on a willing sparring partner. Now the Civic is no MGM Grand or Madison Square Garden but his audience, like the tens of thousands that pay to see him, were equally eager to meet him today on his countrywide tour.

Minister of Works Says No Mining License Was Needed In Cayo Explosion
At today's house meeting, Works Minister Renee Montero answered questions about the explosion in the Santa Cruz area of Santa Elena Town. The questions were put to him by the opposition about the fact that the mining unit says there was no license to blast in the area. He says none was needed. Hon. Rene Montero - Minister of Works: "If this case the mining licence was not necessary because it was just a blast to check and see if the material was adequate for the road construction that was under operation."

PM Bristles At Suggestion Of Montero Involvement
The Prime Minister bristled at the suggestion that there could have been a friendly arrangement between Belize Roadway Construction, and the Area Representatives who is also the Minister of works:... Reporter: "The minister says no mining license was required, but one was in fact required as we've confirmed with officials from the ministry of natural resources." Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "You are talking about what the minister said in the house?" Reporter: "That, and the fact that it's been alleged that he is very closely linked, although there hasn't been anything to prove much but in relation to BRC, there are a lot of procedures that were not followed at questionable matter." Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "Don't bring to me any argument that Montero is somehow involved in Tiger Aggregates."

Caye Caulker Airstrip, The Final Deal
And today, based on a question from the leader of the opposition, we also heard details of the stripped down plans for the refurbishing of the Caye Caulker airstrip - which started out at 7 million dollars, but is now down to 3.9 million:.. Hon. Manuel Heredia - Minister of Civil Aviation: "The current contract with the lower bidder for the sum of 3.918 6 hundred and 99 dollars not the 3.5 as mentioned before which include the cost, the core phase for the entire project only this phase exclude the following items, the external security lighting system, runway light system is included in the initial phase. Notably this will greatly enhance air transportation capability to the island, the hot mix asphalt surfacing is limited to a width of 40 feet with the additional 20 feet of shoulders that will not be surfaced. That will just be an additional 10 feet on this side. The security fencing is out and the expansion of the apron will be smaller than previously said. The lifting of the runway will also be limited. The construction of the new terminal building will no longer be there."

Fiery Debate Over BTL Guarantee
And finally from today's house meeting….the most heated debate was held on a Loan Guarantee Motion for BTL. The phone company is making a loan of 17.5 million US dollars from the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund. But, the PUP objected, saying that a public guarantee for a private company is the very same thing that the UDP complains about with Universal Health Services. Here's the heated back and forth:...

Channel 5

P.M. Lashes Out as U.H.S. Motion is Tabled
The House of Representatives met today in a chilly Belmopan for the first time in 2018.  The widely anticipated 2018 General Revenue Supplementary Appropriation Bill dealing with the UHS judgment [...]

Can Belize Avoid Paying Debt?
The Prime Minister repeated in greater detail his earlier sentiments from the November twenty-second press conference which seemed to present a legal basis by which Parliament could decide not to [...]

Settlement Offer Open, but P.U.P. Says It’s U.D.P.’s Fault
But Opposition Leader John Briceño appears unconvinced by any of it. Following the House meeting he told reporters that none of the Prime Minister’s arguments or those of the attorneys [...]

U.D.P. Turns the Tables on Former Administration
The Prime Minister indicated that there will be at least a month’s grace period to the next House meeting when the debate takes place. In that time, the interest continues [...]

What Will Commission of Inquiry Find?
As noted in our top story, Prime Minister Dean Barrow is going ahead with the Commission of Inquiry agreed on with the National Trade Union Congress of Belize. But before [...]

Clash over B.T.L. Loan; Does Government Have to Give Guarantee
The other major issue debated by the House today is a motion to approve a Taiwan ICDF loan to Belize Telemedia Limited for its Internet program. That loan is to [...]

B.T.L. and U.H.S. – 1 of These Things is Not Like the Other
In reply, with assistance from Mesopotamia representative Michael Finnegan, Prime Minister Dean Barrow attempted to show how circumstances have changed. As the P.M. said, B.T.L. is majority-owned by the government [...]

Premium, Diesel Prices Spike Tonight but Regular Down
Five days into the New Year, there’s news that consumers don’t want to hear.  Fuel prices are going up at midnight so hurry up to the gas station. Today, the [...]

Accused Murderer George Bull Caught
George Bull was arrested and charged for the murder of thirty-five-year-old Jaime Pelayo Junior.  The Carmelita Village resident was on the run since the second week of December, following Pelayo’s [...]

Unraveling the Mystery of Fareed Ahmad’s Death and Police Investigation
Fareed Ahmad was killed on December twenty-eighth and a woman police constable traveling in his vehicle on that tragic night has been charged for his murder. That case, however, continues [...]

Police Minister Re-Assures Public; Says Records Will Help Establish Origins of Texts
The Police Department is under severe pressure in the investigation of one of its own, Woman Police Constable Michelle Brown for the murder of Fareed Ahmad on December twenty-eighth. In [...]

When is a Murder, Murder?
Minister Wilfred Elrington has also weighed in on the Fareed Ahmad homicide investigation.  He reiterates what the lead investigator for the Professional Standards Branch indicated on Tuesday, that there is [...]

Minor Accuses Male Relative of Raping, Impregnating Her
There is a disturbing report by a fourteen-year-old female student against her stepfather, who could also be the father of her unborn child. On Tuesday, the minor along with her [...]

Andrew Bennett Gets Reprieve, but Not for Long
The ceremonial opening of the Supreme Court on Monday will possibly buy Senior Counsel Andrew Bennett additional time to lawyer up and prepare a defense ahead of extradition proceedings.  That [...]

The P.U.C. Audit – Autonomous Body Denies Allegations but P.M. Has Questions
The Public Utilities Commission today issued a paid statement opposing news reports this week on the ongoing audit of its finances. But Prime Minister Dean Barrow as Minister of Finance [...]

Undefeated Heavyweight Boxing Contender Comes Home
Heavyweight boxer Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller is on a rise to the top of boxing with his name used in the same sentence as some of the greats in the [...]

Having a Baby in 2018? Here’s What You Need to Know
Like many who have made resolutions to lose weight this year, some couples are planning to welcome a new baby in 2018. The health of the mother is important even [...]

PlusTV

Text Messages on Fareed leaked; but are they genuine?
There has been a recent development following the Fareed Ahmad murder.Earlier this week, the well known barber was shot in his vehicle, allegedly by WCP Michelle Brown, a female constable who has since been arrested and charged. A day before he was killed, Ahmad had made a report against the Specia...

Elderly man shot in jaw
Last night there was a shooting in the Pickstock area of Belize City, where 59 year old Charles Foreman was the victim. Reports are that Foreman was in his living room when he began hearing several shots fired. He then realized that he was shot. He received the injury to his right jaw, where the bul...

Update on Jermaine Vellos Murder
Earlier this week, 37 year old Jermaine Vellos was shot dead. The shooting happened sometime around 7:30 on the 2nd of January on Maurice Bishop Street, Belama Phase Two. Vellos was shot dead on the stairs of a two story dwelling house. According to the police report, Vellos and his wife, 29 year o...

Leaked Audit of PUC tells of much public waste
Maybe its corruption fatigue, but with the beginning of 2018 comes new charges of corruption within Government; this time a statutory body known as the PUC; Public Utilities Commission. The leaked document occurred sometime early this week and already Chairman of PUC John Avery has come out publicl...

Police security an issue in Belize City?
From the ending of last year, we saw an increase in checkpoints, raids, searches, and all precautions that would lead to a safer place to live; but has it been in vain? Assistant Superintendent of Police Alejandro Cowo was asked if there is any concern that no matter how hard they try, Police cannot...

Men Arrested for shooting of Jose Najera
Two men have been charged in connection with the shooting of 20 year old Jose Najera. They are 24 year old Ryan Hyde, and 23 year old Denzel Wagner. The incident happened late last year on the 21st of December. Najera was in his parked vehicle at the Governor General Field in Belmopan. While he ...

Arrest in Drug Car Chase
Police have also made an arrest in the drug car incident that happened last year. IF you may remember, there was a rather unusual situation that took place at the Northern Border on the 13th of December. An SUV Navigator, being driven by someone hailing from Ranchito Village in Corozal, was approach...


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WPC Michelle Brown, 24, remanded on charge of murder of Fareed Ahmad, 39
This morning, the Belize City Magistrate’s Court opened for the first business day of the New Year and a massive, heavily armed police presence could be seen: a metal barrier was placed at one strategic location, sealing off a portion of Treasury Lane from the direction of Southern Foreshore and at the Regent Street side of the court building. Almost a dozen police officers from the Special Patrol Unit (SPU) took up positions, sealing off the court perimeter. Inside the court building, the person for whom the elaborate security apparatus was rolled out was not placed in the cell with the other detainees who had been brought to court, but was sitting quietly outside the holding cell area on a chair. After that person was in the building for most of the morning, a woman police court orderly eventually went in the holding cell area and emerged with the accused, Woman Police Constable Michelle Brown, who leaned on her fellow police officer for support as she limped her way toward Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser’s courtroom.

Ahmad family member discloses threatening texts
In the wake of the shocking murder of the popular barber, Fareed Ahmad, late last month, members of his family have come forward to inform the media that they believe that they are still under police surveillance, and one particular family member has provided screenshots of threatening text messages he said he received. Yesterday, Abdul Ahmad told the media that he had an experience which confirmed he was being subject to police surveillance. Ahmad explained that sometime near 2:00 p.m., he left the barber shop to run some errands and to pay some bills.

CCJ’s $90m UHS judgment to House on Friday
The House of Representatives will hold its first meeting for the New Year tomorrow, Friday, and included in the business of the day will be a motion that Prime Minister Dean Barrow will table for the disbursement of the 90 million dollars that the Caribbean Court of Justice ordered the Belize Government to pay to the Belize Bank. Amandala has learned that the motion will only be tabled, and no member will be allowed to speak on the motion, except for PM Barrow, who will table it. As many as nine United Democratic Party (UDP) government ministers have indicated that they will not vote in support of the motion, and PM Barrow had indicated at one of his press conferences that he would allow his cabinet ministers to vote their conscience.

Vacationing Belizean murdered in Belama
On the second day of the New Year, a second, senseless murder shocked Belize City residents. Shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2, the sickening sound of gunfire disturbed the tranquility of suburban life in the Belama Phase 2 area. Two men, with their faces covered, waited for a couple to return to their Belama home, located on Maurice Bishop Street, and when they appeared, the men opened fire, fatally hitting the man and injuring his wife. Police reported that when they arrived on the scene around 7:40 p.m., they observed the motionless body of a man who was apparently dead on the stairs of a two-storey building. He had what appeared to be several gunshot wounds to the body, a police report said.

September 2017 unemployment down 1.4% over last year
Latest SIB (Statistics Institute of Belize) statistics reveal that the unemployment rate for Belize in September 2017 stands at 9.7%, an improvement over September 2016, when the unemployment rate was 11.1%. In September 2015 the unemployment rate was 10.2%, and in September 2014 it was 12.1%. The SIB explains that “the unemployment rate is the percent of the labour force that do not have jobs but who want to work and are available to work.” Using this criteria, SIB statistics show that the district with the lowest unemployment rate in September 2016 was Toledo, 3.9%. The Stann Creek District registered the highest unemployment rate in 2016, 13.1%, with the Belize District next, at 10.9%. The SIB results from its September 2017 Labour Survey follows:

UDP fat cats feed off PUC
An audit report of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) that was leaked to the media, has revealed that the finances of that statutory body have been handled in a grab-tub manner: millions of dollars disappeared, which suggests that the finances of the regulatory body were not scrupulously managed. The audit report was completed last summer by Cedric Flowers, a Certified Public Accountant, and a copy of its findings has been provided to Prime Minister Dean Barrow, and John Avery, the Chairman of the PUC. The audit covers the period up to the end of March 2017. In a letter dated August 17, 2017, addressed to PUC Chairman Avery, Flowers questioned the lack of cooperation in providing certain “audit evidence” for which several requests had been made.

Krem New Year’s Classic 2018 winners
A light, cool northerly wind, following a couple early morning showers, accompanied bright sunshine and blue skies by mid-morning yesterday, when the 28th running of the Krem New Year’s Day Cycling Classic lit up the Philip Goldson Highway, “from the (Santa Elena, Corozal) border to the Boulevard” in Belize City, culminating with a burst of adrenaline and fan excitement as men/women and machines hurtled down the C.A. Boulevard home stretch from Belcan Bridge towards the Krem banner in front of Santos Diaz & Sons, where each of the three race categories was decided in those final few seconds of dramatic sprints to the finish line. Despite all the negatives in the air from continuing social violence in the early hours before dawn on New Year’s Day, the Krem Classic, on Krem Radio and TV, captivated the nation from mid-morning till its culmination in the early afternoon, providing some joy and celebration and hope for everyone in 2018.

CYDP Peace Cup continues Saturday, 2nd leg of semifinals
fter a break for the holidays, the CYDP Peace Cup returns to the MCC on Saturday with the decisive game 2 of the semifinal series. Tut Bay FC and Kelly Street FC drew, 0-0, in their game 1 on Saturday, December 23, 2017; while FC Elite got the 1-nil win over formerly undefeated Stars Academy, courtesy of a second half goal by bright young talent, Orlando “Bredda” Velasquez. So far, entrance is FREE at the Peace Cup games.

Belmopan 1st Division football update
Whilst many were on their Christmas break, the Belmopan Football Association (BFA) continued with its First Division 2017/2018 Amateur Football Opening Tournament on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, December 28, 29 and 30, respectively, at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium. On Thursday night, fans were treated to two games. In game one, Valencia YWAM Boyz walked all over Duck Run 2 Warriors, to pick up their first win in the tournament by a score of 5-2. Playing big for Valencia YWAM Boyz was Jalen Myers, who scored four goals, specifically in the 5th, 11th, 17th and 62nd minutes. Christian Bush wrapped things up for YWAM by scoring in the 66th minute. The consolation goals for Duck Run 2 came from the feet of Edgar Gregorio in the 6th and 60th minutes.

Editorial: Dark Hour
Most of us grew up hearing a poetic, evocative, timeless saying: the darkest hour is just before the dawn. On this Thursday morning, January 4, 2018, we cannot say with any kind of certainty that this dark hour is just before the dawn, but we can declare definitely that this is a very dark hour in our community. From the beginning, the circumstances surrounding the shooting and vehicle crash death of Fareed Ahmad, 39, a shining Black Belizean male, last week Wednesday night going into Thursday morning, appeared extraordinary, even strange. There was a passenger in Fareed’s vehicle with him at the time of the shooting and crash just outside of Hattieville on the George Price Highway, a short distance from Fareed’s home at Mile 17 on the said highway. She was a woman police constable, one Michelle Brown, 24, attached to a so-called Special Assignment Team (SAT), an aggressive, shadowy section of the Belize Police Department.

From The Publisher
Hitherto, Belizeans who have decided, no doubt sensibly and rationally, though sometimes under duress, to become employees, affiliates, associates, or assets of the mighty United States of America’s federal government, have not been forced to confront the possibility that, in the course and pursuance of their relationship with the American federal government, they may have to support and/or execute policies which are not in the best interests of the Belizean people and nation-state. When the American attorney/mediator, Bethuel Webster, released the Seventeen Proposals in April of 1968 as his U.S.-sponsored set of proposals/solutions for the territorial dispute over Belize between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Guatemala, I would say that the vast majority of Belizeans, especially those Belizeans who were already in the United States, were inclined to blame Hon. George Price and his ruling People’s United Party (PUP) for the Seventeen Proposals. This was our colonial mentality at work.

The Slow Gentrification of PG
Dear Editor: Punta Gorda is the main urban center of the two forgotten districts: Toledo and Stann Creek. Until recently the town was connected to the rest of the country only by sea and as late as the 1990’s, by a dirt gravel road. It was the last town to be connected to the other districts and towns by a paved highway. Of the two neglected districts in the south, Toledo, and by extension Punta Gorda, was the worse. While there are those who argue that this was not intentional and merely a result of proximity and because its population was small hence less resources was allocated to it, most in the south believe that it was by design, since it would be the sacrificial lamb, should negotiations with Guatemala totally fail, and some sort of land cession had to be made.

Best political Christmas
hen the biggest political deal of the last decade has been the dispute between Dean Barrow, under the guise of the people of Belize, and Michael Ashcroft under the guise of the Ashcroft group, which has culminated in the best Christmas gift for the man turned Good Samaritan after being “villainized” by no other than PM Barrow. Belizeans love drama and a good gossip and a hype story, but get so distracted by the noise that they fail to see the true issues developing before their eyes. In this case the issues had to do with following the money… Yes, the money! No matter what name calling is done, what magnificent interview is given and what grandiose speech saying it’s all for the people, what really mattered at the end of the day is that the Ashcroft groups after almost a decade still ended up getting the money they demanded and they have gotten even more than what they would have been entitled to had the matter been resolved from the first court ruling against the government.

2017 ends with a bang … of bullets!
Man created the concept of time, clocks, calendars and measures time in seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, decades, centuries …. But time is really an abstract reality. However, we have been programmed to mark our lives by time and thus our honoured tradition of bidding farewell to the old year and celebrating the start of a new year. 2018 is now just a few days old, but that is already time gone and for most of us it will appear as if time has swiftly gone by. To live to see the end of 2017 and the dawn of 2018 is a great feat, and one many of us celebrated.

Trojan Horses threaten Belizeans’ lives and security
Yet another senseless murder of a Belizean in Belize has occurred in what appears to be a sinister and violent attack on a Belizean Muslim citizen, Brother Fareed Ahmad, whose family has been through hell in terms of a cloud of suspicion that has continued to engulf Belize in its cooperation in the United States government’s so-called, “War on Drugs,” and now its global “War on Terror”. Belize came under the watchful eye of the U.S. president Ronald Reagan after the dictator, Anastacio Somoza, as the Cold War intensified in Central America. Belize, once a peaceful country and the only English-speaking nation in the region, was pressured for it to be uses as a strategic geographical location in the balance of power between the U.S.-backed so-called freedom fighters, the “Contras”, and the communist-backed “Sandinistas” of Nicaragua.

Rak to lead substanceless UHS Enquiry
CJ: Hello, hello, just call me a, the concerned journalist (CJ), okay. I’m here with this High Level Red Operative (HLRO) who’s going to give us the scoop on the latest story about the UHS scandal, open paki, fish from riva batam, the whole deal. Let’s start this story when your party became head dog, HLRO. You brought a theft charge against Muster and Funster for diverting the money from Venezuela and Taiwan—tell us, what really was the deal with that? HLRO: First of all, we had nothing to do with such case. That’s all rumor. Poppycock. The legislature has no control over the judiciary. It was some overzealous someone in the prosecution branch that brought that charge. No, no, there never was any discussion in our camp about bringing such a ridiculous charge against that duo. Our legal luminaries would never have wasted our resources on anything so pointless.

First two babies born at the KHMH on New Year’s Day
While Belize’s cycling community had their minds fixed on the annual KREM New Year’s Day Cycling Classic, and over a hundred eager cyclists dreamt of being first across the finishing line, a goodly number of expectant Belizean mothers, and expectant fathers, were experiencing their own nervous moments. For a number of families, it was all smiles on New Year’s Day, after nine long months of wait and sometimes worry. At the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), the family of Arlene Burgess of Gardenia was the first to experience the joy, and relief, of a new birth. Her baby girl (yet unnamed), weighing eight pounds twelve ounces, came into the world at 12:52 a.m. A few hours later, at 4:39 a.m., the Castillo family of Belize City got their new bundle of joy at the KHMH, when Elizabeth Castillo delivered a seven-pound ten-ounce baby boy.

Tensions high as rival gangs clash in the old city
The ongoing feud between the Victoria Street and Majestic Alley gangs has resulted in the shooting deaths of the reputed Victoria Street boss, Leon Garcia, 30, and the brother-in-law of a Majestic Alley associate, Jermaine Vellos, 39. That feud has additionally led to the shooting of Charles Foreman, Sr., 59. Sometime around 9 o’clock on Wednesday night a man dressed in full black visited Foreman’s home on Pickstock Street. The man called out, “Charlie!” That was when Foreman opened his door to a barrage of gunshots. As many as six shots roared out, one of which struck him in his chin and exited his neck. He was transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), where he is listed in a critical condition.

Ranchito Village driver charged with drug trafficking for 6,328 grams of cocaine
A 41-year-old man who allegedly attempted to smuggle 6,328 grams of cocaine from Belize into Mexico, was charged with drug trafficking when he appeared today in the Corozal Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Patricia Arana. He is Robert Gentle, a driver of Ranchito Village in the Corozal District. Gentle pleaded not guilty to the charge. He was denied bail and he was remanded unto custody until February 20, 2018. At around 4 p.m. on December 13, a man driving a cream Lincoln Navigator car went to the northern section of the Custom Department’s cargo area at the Corozal-Mexico border. As he crossed the border into Mexico, the scanner detected that something was hidden in the dashboard of the car.

Fred Smith, last murder victim of 2017
With less than two hours remaining in 2017, there was a murder recorded on Belize City’s southside. This murder pushed the homicide count for last year to 145, which matches figures from 2012—the year that had been dubbed one of the bloodiest in Belizean history. Fredrick “Tall Order” Smith, 22, was shot dead sometime after 10 o’clock on Sunday, December 31. When officers arrived on the scene they saw him lying face-up in a drain on Antelope Street Extension. He had been shot once in the upper back.

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Stepfather accused of raping and impregnating 14-year-old girl
A 14-year-old girl from Guinea Grass village in the Orange Walk district reported to police that she was raped twice by her step-father last year and is now 6 months pregnant. The girl made the report in the presence of her sister on January 2nd. Doctors confirmed […]

UHS appropriation bill tabled for first reading at 2018’s first House sitting
While no vote was taken on the bill by members of the House of Representative, the Universal Health Services (UHS) appropriation bill was tabled for its first reading at this morning’s sitting of the House of Representatives, the first sitting of 2018. According to Prime Minister Dean […]

KHMH gives gifts to the firstborns of 2018
Keeping with a tradition spanning over 20 years, the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) handed out gift hampers this week to the mothers of the first born children in 2018. The KHMH and its private sector partners which sponsored the items in the hampers, held a brief […]

US places Belize-flagged cargo vessel on proposed UN blacklist China vetoes sanctions against 6 of 10 vessels
Belizeans take great pride in saluting their national flag – a symbol of identity and sovereignty – paraded at official functions at home and abroad and is especially owned during the season of our Independence. What many Belizeans do not know, is that just as […]

UHS payment motion headed to Parliament
Prime Minister Dean Barrow, during the upcoming meeting of the House of Representatives scheduled for Friday, January 5, will bring a motion to the house on whether or not to honor the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruling to pay the Belize Bank $90 million. After keeping […]

Taiwan gifts Guatemala towards strengthening of Adjacency Zone
Guatemalans who live and work within the Guatemalan side of the Adjacency Zone out west will benefit from a grant from the Republic of China (Taiwan) to their government. Though the figure gifted has not been disclosed, Taiwan’s granting of money to the Belize and […]

Is US striking back at UN?
The United States government has announced a $200 million reduction in its national budget, following a non-binding vote by 128 United Nations countries to nullify the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem. The US government announced last week that its congress has successfully negotiated a […]

Highlights of 2017
Belize, like countries all over the world, experienced its share of victories and challenges for the year 2017. While people were divided on some issues, 2017 also had its share of people uniting for a common cause. Some events were more memorable than others but these ten events particularly stood […]

Business-Climate Reforms Must Be Large Enough to Influence Growth
Now, the last Business Perspective article for 2017 had focused on the impact of high public debt could have on the economy. But the conversation was a bit more on the empirical side with a fairly recent research paper, published by the Central Bank of Belize (CBB) on its website, […]

Two hospitalized following stabbing in Corozal
Two men are hospitalized in separate hospitals following a stabbing incident in the Corozal district on New Year’s Day. Police say that the incident happened shortly after 2:00 a.m., on New Year’s morning in Louiseville village when a group of men attacked a man with […]

Fredrick Smith was 2017’s last murder victim
The year 2017 ended on a sad note with the shooting murder of Fredrick Smith, 22, less than two hours before the year came to an end. Smith’s body was discovered sometime around 10:40 Sunday night, lying face down in a drain on Antelope Street […]

Suspected arson destroys one home, damages another
Police are seeking one suspect in Stann Creek and have arrested another pending a charge of arson in Orange Walk following two fires they believe were deliberately set in these districts. In the south, police were summoned to a house at mile 25 on the […]

New Year’s gun and ammo bust lands Henry “Pulu” Gillett behind bars
There will be no bail for 36-year-old activist and Taxi-man, Henry “Pulu” Gillett who along with his wife, 38-year-old Sandra Gillett and their 16-year-old daughter, who were pulled in by police on a firearm and ammunition charge stemming from a raid at their Bride’s Alley address in […]

Editorial
The year just ended has been traumatic for most working class Belizeans because of the high level of violence we have endured! One hundred and forty-two murders a year is a lot of carnage for a small country like Belize, especially when you consider that 34 percent of the population […]

$5 Million paid to Barrow and Company in 2017
Two images shared with the Reporter by a credible source, purportedly screenshots of government’s Smart Stream system, through which all government payments are made, indicate that GOB paid more than $5.3 million in 2017 alone to Barrow and Company, the law-firm of Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s brother, Denys. The images […]

PUC audit shows outrageous spending of public funds
The Reporter has received copies of a letter of representation which suggests that there has been outrageous spending of public funds by the government’s utility monitoring agency, the Public Utilities Commission, some of which an auditor suggested did not appear to be PUC-related. The letter, […]

The Ahmad murder – the story behind the story
Shocking information surfaced this week over the Thursday, December 28th murder of barber, Fareed Ahmad, 38, when screenshots of text messages emerged, purportedly sent from one member of the Police Department’s Special Assignment Team (SAT) to another member, discussing what appears to have been a […]

Gang feud explodes, two dead one injured
Police say there is a possibility that the string of violence which has left two men dead and one injured may be the result of an ongoing feud between rival gangs in the Pink’s Alley and Victoria Street areas. Officer Commanding the Crimes Investigation Branch […]

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Yesterday, Wil Maheia of the Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) and a group of athletes […]

Investigation into cocaine bust at Northern border not yet completed
Police have formally arrested and charged Robert Gentle, a Ranchito resident who was driving […]

Cool weather to continue
A cool and dry northeasterly airflow prevails over the country. The 24-hour forecast is for cloudy and windy conditions to prevail with little or […]

Evangelical Association of Belize issues statement for 2018 and Jerusalem
The National Evangelical Association of Belize (NEAB) extends New Year blessings to all Belizeans, after […]

Ahmad family fear for their lives after receiving text threats
According to the family of Fareed Ahmad they are fearful for their lives after having […]

Minor knocks down woman in Guinea Grass village
Last night around 9, police responded to a report of a traffic accident at the […]

Couple shot in Belama, one dead
Last night around 7:40, police responded to a report of a shooting in Belama. Police […]

Michelle Brown remains silent
Yesterday, disgraced woman police constable, Michelle Brown, who was assigned to the Special Assignment Team, […]

Delmas Zelaya charged for One Mall robbery
According to police reports, on Friday, December 23, 2017, One Mall gas station in Corozal […]

Chen’s robbed on New Years Eve
At yesterday’s press brief, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvette informed that on New Year’s […]

Blogs

A glimpse at the passion behind the Fly Fishing industry of Belize
I’m having the BEST…DAY…EVER. It’s the middle of the work week, and I’m on a boat; the sun beats down mercilessly as we search for the coveted permit, tarpon, and bonefish. I am laughing uproariously with my guide and friend Alexander Gomez, and new best friend, Captain Michael Peralta. Despite being the saltiest guest ever (I mean, could the fish avoid me any harder?!) – I’m having a blast fishing – something I never thought I would ever do willingly. Yet by day’s end, I’m in love, grateful that I had a chance to watch the masters at work fly fishing. The moment I mentioned to Alex that I was interested in doing this story, his enthusiasm was off the charts. Never mind that the entire conversation lasted a minute and took place inside a bar after downing way too many Belikins. He did not forget, and as a matter of fact, neither did I. He was excited to introduce me to his mistress: the sea – and his enthusiasm was infectious. I couldn’t wait to see him in action, so we set a date.

The Cold Front Reaches Ambergris Caye Too
“Bomb Cyclone” ravages NorthEast! The headlines about snow-meggadon 2018- Winter Storm Grayson- make the situation sound more than downright miserable. Just the term “thunder snow” sends a shiver up and down my spine. I feel for you…I really do. So I won’t talk at length about the temperatures on Ambergris Caye – how it is DRY and windy, how we went down to the 60s last night and we didn’t even use our air conditioner. I won’t tell you about how this is as far out of our normal range as your temperatures are…

Why Skip the Coast and Head to Inland Belize this 2018
When you don’t follow the crowds, discoveries are made The coastal areas can be quite tempting but that’s not the only beauty you can find in Belize-- the tropical forests are as good as it can be these days! As much as we LOVE our gorgeous coastal destinations—we encourage you to skip those common places and try something new while travelling the warm and sunny Central America. inland belize Heading to where everyone is, can be an easy way to plan a vacation but what about heading inland and ticking off numerous adventures off your bucket list? San Ignacio, Belize is packed with exhilarating journeys, history, calmness, warm atmosphere and moments beyond expectations. Here is why you should skip the usual places and book inland Belize!

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BELIZE PASSES LAW TO PROTECT ITS REEFS
Most of you will have heard of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, but have you heard of the Belize Barrier Reef? This beautiful World Heritage site is the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere, and is home to almost 1,400 species, including the endangered hawksbill turtle, manatees and six threatened species of shark. It is also Belize's biggest tourist attraction, contributing between $182m and $237m a year to its economy. In recognition of the biological and cultural importance of this reef, Belize today announced the end to oil exploration in its waters, becoming a world leader in ocean protection. Since 2009, the Belize Barrier Reef has been on UNESCO's World Heritage Sites In Danger List, but it is hoped that this bold move from the Belizean Government will bring it closer to being removed from the list when the UNESCO World Heritage Committee make their recommendations in June this year.

Belize says “No!” to offshore oil
Belize has made history by unanimously passing the Petroleum Operations (Offshore Zone Moratorium) Bill, 2017, which will place an indefinite moratorium on offshore oil in Belize’s marine territory. This decision has been welcomed by Oceana, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and other members of the Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage as a landmark step forward to protect the Belize Barrier Reef and strengthen marine conservation worldwide. This action is historic given Belize’s economic dependence on its natural resources and will safeguard invaluable marine environments including the second longest barrier reef in the world, which runs along Belize’s coast. Just as importantly, this law recognizes and respects the collective leadership and persistent involvement of tens of thousands of Belizeans for more than seven years on the issue of offshore oil.

Videos

  • News 5 Top Stories 2017, 87min.

  • San Pedro TrafficCam, 1/2min. Coconut Drive on the corner of Island Academy and Island City. Happy Weekend

  • Belize South ITVET Consultation Video Final 2016 Sept, 12min.

  • BELIZE EXPRESS CAYE CAULKER GO SLOW, 1min.

  • Hyli Meets the Rays of Belize, 1/2min. Mermaid Hyli meets a Southern Ray in Belize.

  • Belize: Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Preserve with Hamanasi Resort, 1.5min. The world's first jaguar preserve - Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary in Belize! While it's rare to catch a glimpse of a jaguar (their nocturnal after all) you'll discover a lush rainforest teeming with over 290 species of tropical birds and other jungle life like howler monkeys. With dozens of trails over 120,000 acres of protected area, you'll find the perfect rainforest adventure. Our knowledgable guides will find the right hike for your group and teach you about the pristine rainforest environment as you explore it!

  • The Perfect Eyebro & Tint on Open Your Eyes, 21min.

  • Lush Spa and Beauty Lounge on Open Your Eyes, 28min.

  • Relaxation Techniques - YOGA Poses for Beginners on Open Your Eyes, 33min.

  • The Power of Yoga, 26min. A Great Belize Productions documentary produced and written by Andrea Polanco, highlighting some of the outreach work the non profit Rhythm of Change Belize( ROC) is offering to undeserved and at risk populations, using the healing powers of yoga and mindfulness throughout the country of Belize .

  • Belize 2017, 5min. Mayan Ruins and Scuba in Belize

  • Belize 2017 2018, 7min.

  • Honeymoon in Belize, 2.5min. The Miller-Riley’s Belize Honeymoon

  • Diving Belize, 2min.

  • Belize part 2 of making soap kit, 7min.

  • Our Belize Trip, 5min.

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  • Belize Jungle River Canoeing Trip on Sittee River, 1min. Glide peacefully down the Sittee River in Stann Creek Belize as it winds its way through the jungle to the Caribbean Sea. A totally relaxing way to see tropical birds and wildlife including toucans, pelicans, iguanas, manatees and even crocodiles!

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