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Today's Belize News: January 20, 2018 #528422
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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

Meet the 2018 San Pedro Pirates Football Club Players!
As the new season of the Premiere League of Belize (PLB) has commenced, The San Pedro Sun is pleased to introduce to their fans the players that form the San Pedro Pirates Football Club.

San Pedro Tiger Sharks win opening 2018 NEBL game against Belmopan Bandits
The new season of the National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) tipped off on Thursday, January 18th, with sub-champions, the San Pedro Tiger Sharks, taking their first victory against the defending 2017 champions, the Belmopan Bandits. Inside the University of Belize gymnasium in the capital city of Belmopan, the island team dominated the match during all four quarters, nailing a 103-74 victory. During the last minutes of the game, the Bandits made a series of scores in an attempt to level with their opponent, but the visiting squad simply returned with buckets of their own. With a long three-pointer shot by Afri Black, the Tiger Sharks sealed the game with a final score of 103-74. The Tiger Sharks’ next game will be on Friday, January 26th against Verdes at the Sacred Heart College in San Ignacio, Cayo District.

One Suspect Detained For The Murder Of Alfredo Cowo
San Pedro Police are investigating the murder of Alfredo Cowo who was shot in the early hours of Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at the San Pedro Central Park. Police have one person in custody in relations to the murder of Cowo. Belize City Police came to the island to assist in investigations that led to the detainment of on suspect, of which police are not releasing much information about.

U.S State Department issues Travel Advisory for Belize; island businesses not affected
The United States State Department issued a travel advisory for Belize on Wednesday, January 10th, warning American citizens to exercise caution when in the country. The advisory states that violent crime, such as sexual assault, armed robbery, and murder are common in Belize and local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents. Despite this warning, hoteliers and other members of the tourism sector on Ambergris Caye continue to report good business. They regret the advisory, which puts a black eye on the country but they encourage visitors to continue visiting Belize and the island for a memorable getaway.

Meet your 2018 Municipal Elections Mayoral Candidates
With the municipal elections right around the corner, The San Pedro Sun takes the opportunity to present the Mayoral Candidates to the San Pedro Town public. As such, questions have been issued to all candidates in an effort to learn more about them. Editor’s Note: The San Pedro Sun invited both the UDP and PUP candidates to respond to the following questions. The United Democratic Party (UDP) candidate, Daniel Guerrero, declined to participate. Candidate Name: Andre Perez Representing Party: People’s United Party Why are you running, and what makes you a good Mayoral Candidate? I, Andre Perez, am offering myself for Mayor of San Pedro Town for the reason that this town is my home. It’s a beautiful place to behold and, therefore, we must preserve its resources at all costs.

Ambergris Today

One Suspect Detained For The Murder Of Alfredo Cowo
San Pedro Police are investigating the murder of Alfredo Cowo who was shot in the early hours of Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at the San Pedro Central Park. Police have one person in custody in relations to the murder of Cowo. Belize City Police came to the island to assist in investigations that led to the detainment of on suspect, of which police are not releasing much information about.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Koko King Movie Night
The sun is out at the end of a miserable week - come and enjoy Dinner and a Movie - Tadeo Jones 2 first and then The Princess Bride to follow. Kids meals, popcorn and marshmallows are available.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Thank You For Your Service, BOO2!, Three Billboards, Jigsaw. 2 Mexican Comedians will be performing life on Saturday Night in the big, brought to you by Reef Radio.. $25 pre order $30 door .. There will still be movies playing in the small room simultaneously.

Ten Years since the Passing of Andy Vivian Palacio
Today Friday 19th, 2018 marks 10 years since the untimely passing of one of Belize’s Greatest Musical Ambassadors and Cultural icons, the legendary Andy Vivian Palacio. He will forever live on in our hearts and memories.

SUPPLY OF LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS
The Government of Belize (GOB) through the Supplies Control Unit (SCU), would like to advise the general public that it has arrived at a successful agreement with the importers of LPG and wishes to inform that the supply of LPG to Belize will remain uninterrupted. The GOB further advises that there will be no immediate adjustment to the controlled price of LPG following the last adjustment issued on January 13th, 2018. LPG prices are subject to seasonal adjustments, volatility of which is pegged to external market dynamics, specifically, the price of oil and climatic conditions. Despite this, the GOB has not adjusted the controlled prices for LPG since January of 2017. The Government of Belize will continue to ensure stability in the controlled price of LPG to consumers and at the same time secure its continuous supply for all end users.

Government of Belize Issues Statement on Incident at the Western Border
The Ministry of Defence wishes to make clear that the Belize Defence Force (BDF) was not involved in a recent incident at the Benque Viejo del Carmen Border involving a Guatemalan media personnel. The Belize Defence Force does not currently have a permanent presence at the Western Border or any other formal border entry facility. The BDF at all times would only attend to matters at these facilities on a needs basis. The BDF, therefore, was not at the Western Border Facility at the time of the incident. Security at these Border Facilities is the responsibility of the Border Management Authority assisted by permanent police outposts.

Belize Hotel Association will be at the Washington Travel and Adventure Show this weekend
January 20 & 21 at the Washington Convention Center. Stop in at our booth # 521 and let us help you plan your next exciting Belize Vacation!!

Looking for Literacy Intervention Specialists
Are you a US citizen with expertise in early childhood literacy, literacy intervention strategies, designing educational materials, and delivering effective teacher training for literacy? Are you interested in helping the Ministry of Education in Belize expand its national literacy initiative? Peace Corps Response seeks 7 Literacy Intervention Specialists to volunteer in Belize for 11 months to further this initiative. Consider sharing your skills, expertise and enthusiasm with us and APPLY TODAY to be here in June!

Ya’axché is seeking a consultant to provide financial management training
Between February 10th and March 31st 2018. Ya’axché now invites eligible consultants to indicate their interest in providing the services. Expression of interest should include a résumé/CV and proposed budget and must be emailed to christina.garcia(a)yaaxche.org by 8 am on Friday, January 26th.

Channel 7

Cowo Killer Charged
San Pedro Police have arrested a man for the execution style murder of Alfredo Cowo. It happened early on Tuesday morning in the center of the town - when a lone gunman walked up and shot Cowo in the chest. Well, based on an ID parade, and, reportedly, corroboration from his accomplice, police have arrested and charged 33 year old San Pedrano William Godoy for Murder. He was charged this evening, and is expected to be arraigned on Monday. Police believe the murder is the result of underworld dealings related to drugs. As we reported, the 26 year old Cowo had a 7 and half page rap sheet including 43 charges and 9 convictions.

Foreign Minister Speaks on Kaibiles Coming Over To Belize Side
Last night, we showed you that leaked video surveillance footage from the Benque Viejo Border where 3 Guatemalan soldiers waltzed into the Belize Immigration Hall. As we told you, those with experience in border relations see it a major disrespect, but these soldiers came over to the Belizean side on Tuesday night at around 8:30. They were there to inquire about an incident that had occurred earlier in the day. One of the soldiers, a Kaibil, spoke to the on-duty immigration officer, but he was directed to take his inquiries to the OAS Office. Government sources tell us that they were on Belizean territory for about 10 minutes or so after started going around.

Opposition Leader Says UDP Gov't Needs Help On Foreign Affairs
And Opposition Leader John Briceno had his own take on it today. He says the government negotiators need help from the PUP. CTV-3 caught up with Briceno on the campaign trail in Corozal. Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the Opposition: "The Guatemalan military brazenly walked into our territory with complete disregard to our borders. We are calling out the government that we need to be able to act and address these things expeditiously. We can't wait. We need to act on it very quickly. We in the PUP we stand ready to work with the government on this matter. We cannot sit back idly and allow the Guatemalans to just move in as easily as they wish into our territory. We need to call them out. We need to write the OAS. We need to write the Security Council. We need to write the UN. We need to be able to visit the Friends of Belize all over the world; in Central America, the Caribbean, United States, Canada and meet with their foreign minister to tell them to look at what is happening and we need your support."

What Really Happened With the Guatemalan Journalist
Those Guatemalan soldiers were trying to get a clear understanding of what happened when a Guatemalan journalist came in contact with a Belize police officer in in the Adjacency Zone area. That journalist, Rigoberto Escobar, reported that he was attacked by Belizean law enforcement in the Adjacency Zone - also known as the Belize border - because he was trying to get footage of the area. According to the report from the Prensa Libre newspaper he works for, a policeman and 2 civilians approached him and told him to leave. That's allegedly when the officer assaulted him. After the incident, he reported it to the Guatemalan customs. This cell phone video of the incident, courtesy Jose Sanchez, shows Escobar in a confrontation with a Belizean police officer. In the footage, it appears that the officer is calmly trying to tell him that he is not allowed to use his camera in that location. Escobar appears to be confronting the officer insisting that he should be allowed to carrying his business. The video does not show what, if anything, happened after that.

Hon. Elrington Says US Work Visa Eligibility Revocation for Belizeans Isolated
We also took the opportunity to ask Elrington about the ban that the US Department of Homeland Security placed on Belizeans who are no longer eligible to get H2 or work visas. The US Department of Homeland Security published a decision that Belize, Haiti and Samoa are to be put on a list of countries whose citizens can't get this class of visas. The ban will last for 1 year, at least and the US Government's reason for it is that the authorities here are not doing enough to combat human trafficking. The Federal Register says, quote, "Belize is listed on the U.S. Department of State's 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report as a Tier 3'' country. Tier 3'' means the country does not fully meet the Trafficking Victims Protection Act's minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so."

Opposition Leader Says Visa Ban Due To UDP Corruption
And we also have reaction from opposition leader John Briceno. He says the ban on workers visas is all about the actions, and inaction of the UDP: Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the Opposition: "The reality is that the United States government has been calling out the government on the serious issues of human trafficking. The United States have been calling out the government on issues of drug trafficking in this country and they believe that they are high officials that are involved both in human trafficking and drug trafficking and that we are turning a blind eye and until we take decisive steps, until we take decisive actions, they are going to continue to punish."

Butane Companies Come Around To GOB's Price Solution, But For How Long?
All this week - the Central American companies that import butane or LPG into Belize have been shorting their supply. They've also threatened to cut off that supply - trying to force government into the second increase in a week. As we reported, last week Friday's increase pushed the price per hundred pound cylinder up by seven dollars. But the suppliers say world prices have cut deep into their margins, and they need the increase. But, after a few tough days of negotiation with the Bureau of Standards and the Ministry of Economic Development, all sides have agreed that the price will remain as is - for now. A release issued this afternoon says quote, "The Government of Belizehas arrived at a successful agreement with the importers of LPGthe supply of LPG to Belize will remain uninterrupted."

UB Says More Students Than Ever Can't Pay
The University of Belize says it has seen, quote, "an unprecedented rise in students' inability to meet their financial obligations in a timely manner, end quote. In response, President Clement Sankat has written a letter to students saying, quote, "if you haven't met your 40% payment that was due yesterday, let me set your heart at ease and tell you unequivocally, that we are not going to remove your registration at this time." But, the university warns, it can only help so much. The President urges students to visit the accounts receivable office to set up a payment plan - because, quote, "the extent of what the University can offer is limited - UB can only be as flexible as our financial circumstances will permit. The students have until a March 30th deadline to meet their obligations.

Belize Deportations From US Much Lower Than Neighbors
By now, we all know that - for the next year at least - Belizeans will not be eligible for US "H2" workers visas. And while much has been made of US President Donald Trump's closed immigration policies, since he was elected fewer Belizeans have been deported. Statistics from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement show, first, that our Central American neighbors lead the list for number of deportations. Positions one through four for the most deportees are held by our neighbors, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Our other Central American neighbor, Nicaragua is at number 11. And while those Central American Nations have hundreds of thousands of deportees - Belize is way down the list at #47 wth just 82 deportees in 2017 - which is down 30% from the previous year's total of 120.

A Conference On Counselling
Today marked the second day of a two day workshop that was organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and The New York Mount Sinai University. The workshop was focused on Mental Health. We spoke Eleanor Bennett from the Ministry of Health who gave us more insight to the different mental Health topics that were discussed. Eleanor Bennett, Ministry of Health - Mental Health Unit: "It's really a workshop that is being done in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Mount Saini University in New York. We have 2 facilitators from that university who have come here to talk about various issues of mental health and the objective of their visit is to increase the knowledge and skills of the practicing professionals in the mental health field."

Fire Victims Still Out In The Cold, But Rebounding
On Wednesday we told you about the fire on Glenn Street that destroyed three homes leaving 8 families homeless. The City Council and the Sports Council temporarily housed them in dorms at the MCC football facility. This morning we stopped by and caught up with one of the victims Rutillo Villanueava. He and his family of 12 lost everything but they are grateful for the assistance they are receiving. Rutillo Villanueva, Fire Victim: "I need a house I can't stay here for long they just gave us three days." Sahar Vasquez, reporter: "So you have a time limit?" Rutillo Villanueva: "Well they told me until Saturday but if I can't get by Saturday I think they have to try and extend it. I am around looking but it is hard. Apart from everything the people are looking after us. We have a good place. We have clean bathrooms and everything. Yes ma'am I can't complain. I am glad for the help and I appreciate it."

Caught With Contraband/Weed
This morning Orange Walk police raided the home of 29 year old Guadalupe Reymundo Flores. They were looking for drugs, but found a whole lot more. The search turned up over three pounds of weed in a knapsack along with 60 cases of assorted Mexican beers, various sodas, over 20 sacks of flour, as well as 1 sack of onions and a box of tomatoes. All the contraband was handed over to customs while Flores was charged for "Drug Trafficking."

Foreign Minister Defends Fugitive Brother
At the top of the news, we showed you our interview with Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington on several newsmaking topics. We also asked about - something that's kind of been on the back burner - and that's his brother Dr. Errol Elrington. He made headlines back in July of 2014. That's when the website of the Office of the US Inspector General in the Department of Health and Human Services listed him on its "fugitive profiles" page. In October of 2013, an arrest warrant was issued for Elrington for racketeering, Medicaid fraud and health care fraud. Investigators believe that Elrington falsely billed Medicare and Medicaid more than $400,000 US for services that he never performed, and that he employed an unlicensed physician who allegedly engaged in criminal sexual misconduct.

Robber Made Off With Iphone X
A man was robbed of his latest Apple phone and watch at a local fast food joint. Yesterday at 6:50 28 year old Bunty Ponwani says he was at a fast food spot on the southside when a man walked into the restaurant and held him up with what looked like a gun. He handed over a black iPhone X cell phone, valued at $2,200 dollars, and an Apple watch valued at $1,000 dollars. The man ran off with the high valued items and his wallet. Police have made no arrests.

Ras Indio Promises U.N.I.T.Y
Unity. That is the name of Queen Latifah's hit song released in 1993 and now Belizean artist Ras Indio along with Boss Lady have done what could be called a 25th anniversary remix. For them, the message of the song is what they want people to hear. Today they stopped by our studios to share more on the song - whose relevance may be greater than ever: The video for the song is available on youtube or at Das Indio's Facebook page.

The Wonders of Cedar Bark Celebrated
Cocono Bwai is another artist premiering a new video. Cecil Jenkins is committed to keeping the "Brokdong" Tradition alive. He told us how his new song, Cedar Bark builds on the tradition - by extolling the virtues of a roots remedy for all that ails you: And he's not only pushing the genre forward with new songs - Cocono bwai is also introducing a "Brokdong Band". He says he saw how essential this was when he recently went on a trade show tour to Russia:.. You can find Coconobwai's new song on his Facebook page.

Everyone For Ecumenical
Stann Creek Ecumenical High School is hosting two fundraiser events to support their school initiatives. The first is a pageant where 5 girls will give all they have to get the Ms. Ecumenical title. The participants along with the Pageant coordinator told us more about the event and what the proceeds will be used for. Christie Garbutt, Pageant Coordinator, Ecumenical High School "We are promoting our Ms. Ecumenical pageant 2018-2019. It is going to be held under the theme Southern beauty. We have 5 delegates and each of them is going to be representing a Southern product." Courtney Weatherburne, reporter: "What product are you representing?" Chloe Ann Gongora, Pageant Participant: "I am the representing the Cocoa. All of us bring something unique to the table so everybody has a different talent so we all bring diversity and uniqueness."

ESTM Expanding Rapidly
Escuela Secundaria Technica Mexico in San Roman village is a fast growing school in the Corozal District. The total enrollment has increased by 51% in the past 10 years. And to accommodate their 200 third form students they've been using temporary structures for certain subject areas. Now, they've gotten a brand new building from the Social Investment Fund - which was handed over today. The Principal told us more: Principal: "Well we just inaugurated a building with 6 classrooms which we will be able to accommodate our entire 3rd form. That means we have freed up some space where we can double the space for the home economics, have an art gallery, a gymnasium, and a room for the student government to meet."

Channel 5

Butane Prices to Go Up, But Not Till March
Brace yourself for another increase in butane prices. That’s the official word from the government following eight days of negotiations with Liquid Petroleum Gas Importers: BWEL, Gas Tomza and Zeta [...]

Guatemala Gets Its Way: O.A.S.’ Magdalena Talamas Exits
There have been developments in respect of relations with Guatemala. Special Representative of the O.A.S. Secretary General for Belize-Guatemala Affairs, Magdalena Talamas, has been reassigned from her post at the [...]

Showdown at the Border in Guat Journalist’s Own Words
Still on Guatemala…a journalist Rigoberto Escobar Lopez who claims he was assaulted on Tuesday at the adjacency zone at the western border is taking his case to the Guatemalan Human [...]

Benefit Concert for Fire Victims this Weekend
As many as thirty-eight persons, adults and children, have been left homeless due to raging fires in Belize City. This weekend, twenty-five artists and fifteen DJ’s are coming together in [...]

10 Years On, F.C.D. Recounts Shifts in Illegal Activity in Chiquibul
Over the years, we’ve reported on the work of the Friends for Conservation and Development and the illegal activities of Guatemalans inside the Chiquibul. We’ve documented the incursions and the [...]

Arrest Made in Death of Alfredo Cowo
Thirty-three-year-old San Pedrano William Godoy has been formally arrested and charged for the murder of Alfredo Cowo. Cowo was killed on Tuesday morning as he sat in a golf cart [...]

Blaming Police for Shootings ‘Irresponsible’, Chides Foreign Minister
A string of unrelated, fatal shootings across the country, involving police officers and allegations of their participation in these incidents, has given the department another black-eye.  The most recent cases [...]

Guinea Grass Man Charged for Drugs, Contraband
Guadalupe Reymundo Flores, a labourer of Guinea Grass village, Orange Walk was charged for drug trafficking and also faces a Customs case after a major bust was made this morning [...]

Sports Council Seeks Compromise with Footballers on M.C.C. Use
For the past several weeks, there has been controversy brewing over the use of the football pitch at the MCC Grounds.  The sporting facility is utilized for a number of [...]

U.B. Responds to Graduation Crisis
Earlier this year, we reported on the concerns of some students from the University of Belize, who had completed their programs at the institution in July and December 2017, but [...]

Winston Gordon Charged in Camalote RTA
Belmopan police have charged the driver involved in the collision death of Leonte Ampie of Unitedville, Cayo District last December. There was a collision at Mile fifty on the George [...]

U.S. Warns Against Increased Crime for American Tourists
Despite the hopes of Belizean officials that Belize’s vote against the U.S. over Jerusalem at the United Nations would not have repercussions; there are two instances in which the giant [...]

Court’s Ex Parte Order Separates Mom, Daughter
A six-year-old girl and her mother were separated by police on Thursday afternoon after the Belize Family Court granted an interim order of custody to the child’s father. The case [...]

Family Court Complaints Increase
Vasquez contends that neither the attorney nor her daughter were called prior to the impromptu afternoon court session, and thus lost their chance to tell their side of the story. [...]

Who Will Be Miss Ecumenical?
Simultaneous fundraising activities are underway at the Ecumenical High School in Dangriga. Today, a team traveled from the south to Belize City to spread the word on its mission to [...]

S.C. Ecumenical Offers Wingle in Raffle
Meanwhile, the teachers over at the college are also giving you an opportunity of a lifetime – ten dollars to win a 2017 Great Wall Wingle pickup, valued at thirty-five [...]

10 Years On: Memories of the Great Andy Palacio
A decade ago, one of Belize’s finest artists died: Andy Palacio, who placed Belize on the international music charts transitioned at the peak of his musical

LOVE FM

Extradition process against Attorney Andrew Bennett commences
Belizean Attorney Andrew Bennett is out on bail tonight. He appeared before Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer for arraignment on an extradition request. Bennett is wanted in the US territory of Puerto Rico for money laundering charges. He denies the allegations and today the Chief Magistrate, after considering all factors, granted Bennett bail at a cost …

OAS explores the possibility of a witness protection program in Belize
A workshop hosted by the Organization of American States (OAS) in collaboration with the Government of Belize through the office of the Attorney General Ministry ended today. The purpose of the workshop was to strengthen the human and institutional capacities in the application of sub-regional instruments in order to protect victims, witnesses and other persons …

Belizeans banned from applying for H-2A and H-2B US visas
Belizeans will no longer be able to apply for H-2A and H-2B US visas. This is because the United States Government has banned Belizeans along with Haitians and Samoans from applying for the temporary work visas. The decision was announced by the Department of Homeland Security and the official notice was issued to the Belizean …

Guatemalan soldiers casually walk into Belize’s Western Border office
An alarming video of Guatemalan Armed Forces on Belizean soil has surfaced. The video was captured by a security camera at Belize’s Western Border office. The video shows three men, one of which appears to be a Kaibil, known for their specialized training in Guatemala’s armed forces. The men casually walk into the Customs area …

PlusTV

Latest Belize City murder victim is Quincy Gentle
Another man was shot and killed in Belize City. 28 year old Quency Jaime Michael Gentle was shot to the right side of his abdomen and to the center of the chest sometime around 10:55 p.m. as he was walking on Kelly Street. Police told us about this latest murder. ASP Alejandro Cojo- O.C of N.C.I.B...

Suspect detained in Alfredo Cowo murder
There has been much speculation regarding the motive for the murder of Alfredo Cowo who was shot dead early Tuesday morning. Cowo was socializing on a golf cart along with his pregnant girlfriend in front of Jaguars Night club on Barrier Reef Drive, San Pedro Town, around 12:30 on the morning of Tu...

Police still investigating Mario Vernon killing; despite charge laid
Another case where a police officer has been charged with a crime is in the shooting death of Mario Vernon which took place on Saturday January 13th in Punta Gorda. As we told you, family members of Vernon are not happy with the charge of “Manslaughter” which has been levied against PC Tevin Aranda...

Attorney Andrew Bennett arraigned on extradition request
Belizean attorney Andrew Bennett appeared in court this morning for arraignment on a US extradition request and was granted bail in the sum of one hundred thousand dollars. As we have reported, Bennett is facing multiple indictments in the US for money laundering. He appeared before Chief Magistrate...

Police investigating taped conversation with Mark Pollard’s family members
Jose Espat has been investigating the disappearance of Mark Pollard. [MARK POLLARD PIC] Pollard went missing back in July of last year when he went on his morning jog. Police have been investigating the matter as well, but according to Espat, he has given the police a piece of evidence that they sho...

Still no sign of Andy Rhaburn
Andy Rhaburn has still not been found as yet. Today, police say they got some tips as to his whereabouts but none of them has yielded any results. 26 year old Rhaburn allegedly hit his mother in the head with a crowbar and then hit another woman. [BRAULIA PECH PIC] His mother, 56 year old Braulia ...

Police updates on shooting of Belize City couple
Today, police gave updates on other shooting incidents that have happened since the beginning of this week. We have reported on the shooting of a couple who were seated in a parked car. Both survived the incident.[ POLICE COUPLE SHOT INSERT] Cattousse is still admitted at the KHMH in a stable condit...

Police investigating Justin Stevens shooting
Another shooting incident the police are investigating is that of 23 year old Justin Stevens. Stevens was shot to the ankle. [POLICE JUSTIN STEVENS INSERT] Police say that Stevens was shot before some years ago....

Peace march in Independence: remembering Victor Pau
The Student Government of Independence Junior College organized a peace march in their community on Wednesday, January 17. The idea for the march stems from the still unsolved murder of one of their colleagues in that community. You may recall that in December of last year, twenty one year old Vict...

Climate change Training Workshop comes to an end
A Climate Change Impacts Tools and Models Training Workshop came to an end today in Belmopan. The training was held over a 9 day period through the collaborative effort of the Climate Change Center, The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, and Environment and the United Nations Development ...

Belizeans no longer eligible for seasonal work visas in US
Belizeans are no longer eligible to apply for seasonal work visas to the United States of America. The Trump administration made its determination on Wednesday, 17th January, 2018, through its Department of Homeland Security. Belize has been named alongside Haiti and Samoa as the three countries whi...

Post mortem inconclusive in death of Joycelyn Dominquez
Last Friday, the body of Joycelyn Dominguez was found on a bed in an apartment in Bella Vista Village in the South. Police were waiting for the results of the post mortem examination but that came back as inconclusive and so the cause of death is now pending a toxicology study. Police say there were...

Butane companies plan shortage for increased prices?
We have been informing Belizeans of another possible increase in butane prices, although Government just approved a $7 increase in butane prices across the country last Friday. Plusnews understands that although the Government is fighting hard to keep butane prices at a reasonable place, its back ma...


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Quincy Gentle, 28, executed on Kelly Street
Wednesday night’s murder on Belize City’s north side has all the hallmarks of a gang execution. The victim, Quincy Gentle, 28, considered an associate of the Majestic Alley/Kelly Street/Ghost Town gangs, was gunned down just a stone’s throw away from his home on Wilson Street in Belize City. Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Alejandro Cowo, today told the press that when Gentle reached the junction of Kelly Street and Wilson Street, a gunman emerged and opened fire on him. He was hit multiple times in the midsection by the assailant, who then fled the scene.

Belize officials’ response to Guat cattle ranching in Chiquibul “very weak”
The lands in the sprawling Chiquibul forest reserves continue to attract Guatemalans who continue to plunder the resources of this sensitive area of Belize by harvesting xaté leaves, panning for gold, hunting protected game, and logging, but now, wealthy Guatemalans have been systematically introducing cattle ranching in the area. According to the Executive Director of Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) Raphael Manzanero, cattle ranching has been going on in the southern Chiquibul for almost two years now. Amandala spoke to Idelso Leslie, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, about how the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would go about dealing with this problem.

Andrew Bennett released on $100,000 bail
For the first time since Belize signed an extradition treaty with the United States in 2000, someone for whom the US has issued an extradition request was released on bail at the Magistrate’s Court level. That is what happened this morning when the attorney, Andrew Bennett, 46, appeared before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser to begin his extradition case. After an almost hour-long submission by Bennett’s lead attorney, Anthony Sylvestre, during which he highlighted for the court some of the important judicial precedents that have been established in the rather complicated extradition process, Chief Magistrate Fraser agreed to grant bail to Bennett.

US says no more work visas for Belize, Haiti and Samoa
Exactly one week ago, US President Donald Trump made his “shithole countries” remark, a reference to people from certain poor countries entering the United States, during a meeting at the Oval Office where immigration matters were discussed. The US president’s remark caused a controversy, alienating many countries on the African continent and elsewhere, where the remark has been widely interpreted as racist. On the heels of the president’s remarks, the US Homeland Security, with the approval of the Secretary of State, announced this week that citizens from Belize, Haiti, and Samoa, will no longer be eligible for temporary US work visas. The announcement was made yesterday, Wednesday, and published in the Federal Register today, Thursday.

Mark Pollard was killed because of a family land dispute, says voice message
Belize City resident Mark Pollard, 49, has been reported missing since last July. However, recent revelations suggest that he was killed as a result of an ongoing family dispute over a property. Amandala is in possession of a voice message in which a relative of Pollard who lives abroad was purportedly telling another family member of his to hand over the keys to her father’s house. She said, “I’m coming with my attorney, to get all paperwork taken care of because I found out from Lands Department that my father was not paying for that property for over eight years – none of those properties was paid for. So whatever your intention is, I want you to get a clear mind, this is no joke.”

Fire leaves 28 people on Glynn Street homeless
A massive fire that occurred at about 12:30 this morning on Glynn Street in Belize City, behind the Salvation Army Building, completely destroyed 3 buildings and left 28 people homeless. Luckily no one was injured in the inferno. Two of the destroyed houses were occupied by families, and one was an unoccupied, abandoned structure. The fire reportedly began in the abandoned building. Residents say it is a hangout for crack addicts and some homeless persons, and they believe they are the ones who started the fire. The National Fire Service has begun an investigation into the blaze, but the cause of the fire has not yet been ascertained.

P.G.’s Freedom Fighters shock BDF in PLB season opener
It was probably the last thing that BDF coach Eric Gongora expected yesterday afternoon when first half got under way for his BDF squad against the Freedom Fighters team from Punta Gorda at the MCC Grounds. It was Week 1 of the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2017-2018 Closing Season, and coach Charles “Chuck” Gutierrez of Freedom Fighters had just been joined the previous week by former PLB Best Coach, Robert Muschamp to add another tactical dimension to the P.G. attack. Gongora and his assistant, Jerome “JeJe” Serano no doubt had a game plan for the Freedom Fighters team they had blasted 7-0 in the last game of the previous Opening Season; but things looked amazingly different as first half got under way yesterday, following the pre-game minute of silence in memory of referee Fareed Ahmad.

Dangriga sports stats
Secondary school football will commence on Monday, January 22. Monday will be Delille Academy vs Ecumenical High males and females. The female game starts at 2:00 p.m., followed by the males. On Wednesday, January 24, at 2:00 p.m., it will be the females match-up – Ecumenical vs Delille. Since ANRI don’t have a female team, both Ecumenical and Delille females will play a 5-game series; the second game on Wednesday features the males of ANRI vs Ecumenical. On Friday, January 26, the first game at 2:00 p.m. will be game 3 from the female 5-game series between, Ecumenical and Delille; the second game will be the males match-up – Delille Academy vs ANRI.

Belize team wins volleyball tournament in Merida
Over the weekend of January 12th, 13th & 14th, two female volleyball teams left Belize and travelled to the City of Merida, Yucatan to participate in the 2018 “Copa Gracelobos Yucatan.” The teams that represented the Jewel were Simon Quan Stars (junior team) and Moen Stars (senior team). Some other Mexican teams/localities represented at the tournament included Tamaulipas, Mexico City, Veracruz, Quintana Roo, Chiapas, Tabasco, Cozumel ,Campeche and 5 teams from the Merida area, just to name a few. The teams were then separated into 2 groups, which were then separated into sub-groups due to the amount of teams. On Friday the 12th, the junior team (Simon Quan Stars) played Yucatan, winning, 25-17/25-11, and the senior team (Moen Stars) beat Maristas (Merida), 25-17/27-25.

“Evening Ballers” restricted from practicing on the MCC What’s the real reason?
As I sit here watching my usual Sunday morning English Premier League games, I am saddened by the current situation, so many of my colleagues and I have found ourselves in. For the past two weeks, something that we love so much has been taken away from us so suddenly without just cause or reason, making it difficult to comprehend. We are a group of footballers who refer to ourselves as “Evening Ballers,” who once were “Morning Ballers.” The names are not important; they’re based on the time we would all meet up to play our favorite game, football. I’ve been living here in Belize City for the past nine years, since I have relocated from Dangriga. Being from Dangriga, I came with the belief that things were similar here in Belize City when it came to playing football and any sport at all. I quickly realized that was an illusion.

Editorial: A referendum on Mr. Barrow
To a substantial extent, March 7’s national municipal elections in Belize will be a referendum on the leadership of the Prime Minister of Belize, the Right Hon. Dean O. Barrow. Mr. Barrow’s United Democratic Party (UDP) has been on a winning streak since 2003, and he has led the UDP to three consecutive general election victories, unprecedented in Belize’s post-independence era. The UDP’s most successful leader ever, Mr. Barrow enjoys iconic status in his party, and rightfully so. He has delivered their bacon. The UDP is very confident entering the March 7 elections. They have not lost in 15 years, and their election campaign and election day machineries are well-oiled, experienced, and formidable. For many years the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) refused to believe that the Said Musa/Ralph Fonseca template had to be revised. And in fact, even without a basic revision, the PUP came very close to returning to power in the 2012 general election, the UDP winning by only a 17-14 margin in seats and by just 70 popular votes overall.

From The Publisher
For most of the 1970s, except for the school year 1971/72, when I taught at Wesley College, I ran the streets of Belize City. People in the old capital used to explain what was happening with me as a case of “throwing away his education.” Within less than two years after graduating magna cum laude with an Ivy League first degree, I was being tried twice in Her Majesty’s Supreme Court on separate charges, one political and the other criminal. What was happening, I submit, was probably a case of political activism becoming intertwined with writer’s research. No Belizean had ever attempted it at the time, but I wanted to be a professional writer and do serious stuff. (I don’t think you know, but one of my maternal uncles, Bee-Lisle, had become Belize’s first professional painter in the 1950s.) I had lived a fairly sheltered life in Belize, but I had an idea what real roots life was about, because it had been happening right across the canal and Bolton Bridge from my family home.

Kirby Salisbury responds to Neri B’s column
Dear Editor: I don’t know if any of Neri Briceño’s barbs (see his thought-provoking letter, “The Slow Gentrification of PG,” Amandala, January 6) were aimed at me but it is not the intent of this letter to defend myself or others of my race. I, too, remember Punta Gorda in the 1970’s and my wife and I have described those days in our memoirs, Treehouse Perspectives and Chance Along. I agree that great changes have taken place in the town during the last four decades. Mr. Briceño’s letter highlights business and infrastructural alterations (gentrification), while it is the change in the people that I would like to comment on, specifically their values.

1984 memo to CIA Director Casey
Mr. William J. Casey: Director of Central Intelligence, Washington, D. C. 20305. Dear Mr. Casey, 1. There is increasing evidence that insurgents of the Rebel Armed Forces (FAR) support their operations in Guatemala (GT) by operating logistic cells in the central and northern districts of Belize. The network of cells funnels money, food, medicine and arms to the guerrillas in GT, with some supplies going direct and others following a more circuitous route through Mexico. High Belize Government officials are said to be aware of the FAR network, and a few have been implicated in aiding or abetting the guerrilla support operations or, at a minimum, acquiescing to it. Knowledge of FAR’s cross-border activities might prompt Guatemala to take a harder negotiating attitude vis-à-vis Belize or, in the extreme, to mount armed incursions against its neighbor. Although the Government of Belize is not threatened at this time, the potential for trouble is considerable.

Belize a no-show in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index
Belize does not appear in the Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index 2016. The last time Belize was rated by this organization was in 2008. At least as far back as 2011, Belize’s Vision Inspired by the People (VIP) has been calling on the Belize government to release information so that Transparency International can include us in their report again. On December 14, 2011, then VIP Chairman, Bobby Lopez, told News 5, “VIP therefore calls on this administration to clean up corruption and to immediately sign the United Nations’ Anti-Corruption Convention. You’ve had four years to do it. We also call on this administration to disclose all the information necessary for Transparency International to rank Belize for us; regardless of where they put us, we need to be ranked so we can begin the journey up to number one like our fellows across the Caribbean, Barbados.”

PM Barrow unmasks himself in the House
It is near beyond uncanny (and very disappointing), how Barrow’s UDP led us to the same place Musa’s PUP did. These two men, who scolded each other from across the aisle, both ran the ship aground. From the outside the two men are different cats. From the layman’s view, one seemed to consider himself a man’s man, while the other seemed to fashion himself, a ladies man. For the clinical view we’ll have to talk with Ms. Claudia, or a Mason-Browne. Of course, that’s trivia. That doesn’t change a thing on the ground for Belizeans. But we like to indulge in, what ifs. The person who wears the crown gets the fame, or the blame. But they never act alone. There is always an advisor, or advisors. In both cases, two of the players are the same. There is a Belize PM, and there is Ashcroft. In the case of Musa, the question is what if there was no Fonseca. In the case of Barrow….

CHILD BORN TO A SINGLE WOMAN
I am writing on this topic because as women sadly, we give birth to our children and yet do not even bother to learn the legal rights and obligations touching and concerning our children. It is really incredible when one stops and thinks that there are specific laws relating to the status of ourselves as women and children, determined by the mere fact of wedlock or not. And said laws are not trivial, as they go to the core of a basic right as to custody, care and control over the very children that are the fruits of our womb …. Yet most women do not even know these laws. If I had to venture a “guesstimate”, I would say that 90% of women do not know their rights on this topic. I base my guess on the number of cases and clients I have had to deal with on the issue of child rights and custody.

Amandala’s year in review: Part 1
Amandala opened New Year 2017 with its lead story, “UDP’s Fonso charged for death of Gilbert ‘Thready’ Myers”. The story opens by stating that Alfonso Noble, the editor of the Guardian newspaper and the host of the ruling UDP’s morning show on WAVE Radio, after spending Christmas and Boxing Day in police custody, was charged in court on Thursday, December 29, for a traffic accident on December 24 that claimed the life of Gilbert Meyers, a Hattieville resident who was on his way home when Noble knocked him down between Miles 3 and 4 on the George Price Highway. Apart from the road traffic accident that claimed Myers’ life on Christmas Eve, there was a spike in road traffic accidents that claimed the lives of 7 other persons in various parts of the country within a period of 12 days. Many of the accidents were reportedly alcohol-related.

Eyewitness to police beating executed in golf cart
The circumstances surrounding the deaths of Fareed Ahmad, 39, and Mario Vernon Jr., 24, have led, not only to charges against two police officers, but also to a further distrust of the Belize Police Department by the general public. The murder of a San Pedro resident shortly after midnight on Monday has caused yet another outcry from a community suspicious of the nation’s law enforcement officers. Alfredo Mansea Cowo, 26, was sitting with his pregnant girlfriend in a golf cart in front of the Jaguar’s night club on Barrier Reef Drive when he lost his life. An armed assailant, in a hoodie, walked up to him and opened fire, hitting him multiple times in the chest.

Linsbert Bahadur’s life sentence quashed by Belize Court of Appeal
In a judgment given by the Belize Court of Appeal, the appellant, Linsbert Bahadur, Jr., 33, convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment, had his sentence remitted to the Supreme Court. Bahadur’s appeal against his conviction was dismissed, however, and his conviction was affirmed. Bahadur was convicted of the murder of Albert Wade, 32, a resident of Santa Elena Town in the Cayo District who was shot-gunned to death on April 14, 2006. Wade’s body, with gunshot wounds in his forehead and left cheek, was found in his Toyota Camry car on Negroman Road in Santa Elena Town. Two other men, Benjamin Peters and Samuel Neal, were charged jointly with Bahadur.

Policeman arraigned on manslaughter charge for killing Mario “Jun Jun” Vernon
The policeman who reportedly shot and killed Mario “Jun Jun” Vernon, 24, the grandson of Brukdown queen and national hero Leela Vernon, was charged with manslaughter and arraigned In the Dangriga Magistrate’s Court. He was released on a $10,000 bail. Constable Tevin Jay Aranda, 23, had to be transported from Punta Gorda Town to Dangriga Town, because there was no magistrate in Punta Gorda to read the charge to him. Apart from arraigning Aranda and offering him bail, the court also ordered Aranda to surrender his travel documents and not to interfere with prosecution witnesses.

Forensic exam confirms that burnt remains were that of Belmopan teacher
Police have today confirmed the worst in the case of Belmopan resident Pamela Lino, 42, who was reported missing on May 1, 2017, about 8 months ago. According to Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Alejandro Cowo, a forensic examination has confirmed that it was her charred remains which were found on May 2, 2017. Her remains were only discovered by Hattieville police when her white Kia Sportage heading in the direction of Belize City from Belmopan approached a checkpoint and the driver turned the vehicle around and sped off. Police pursued the vehicle, but it evaded them. Minutes later, they found the vehicle on fire in front of the Princess Royal Youth Hostel compound at the Rockville junction.

The Reporter

Police charge suspect for Alfredo Cowo’s murder
Late on Friday police confirmed that a San Pedro resident has been charged for the Tuesday night murder of Alfredo Cowo on the island. Police have charged William Godoy, 33, for Cowo’s murder but could not determine a motive. At a press conference held on Thursday, police […]

All of Belize’s land and sea?
Even as Guatemalans are preparing to go to the polls in three months to vote on the Belize question, they have yet to formally define exactly what they would be asking the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in respect of what Belizeans deem to be […]

Mentally challenged man beats mother to death
A mentally challenged man from Carmelita Village in the Orange Walk District is on the run from police after he gruesomely bludgeoned his own mother to death with a crowbar before attacking another woman early on Tuesday morning. According to police, around 8:15 a.m., on […]

Lifting Potential Growth in Latin America and Caribbean Regions
“Regional growth is projected to gather momentum, rising to 2.0 percent in 2018 and 2.6 percent in 2019. …With the external drivers of growth for the region expected to be decreasingly supportive—the large gains in some commodity prices in 2016 are not envisaged to continue, while growth in the united […]

Editorial
People and nations all over the world who have seen and experienced oppression of one kind or another take their inspiration from the American Declaration of Independence, a brave postulation on human rights which states that men and women have the duty to resist oppression which denies them life, liberty […]

Butane industry in turmoil
Belizeans are facing an imminent rise in the price of butane and possibly a shortage, depending on the outcome of pending negotiations between the government of Belize and the major importers of butane, Belize Western Energy Limited, Gas Tomza and Z Gas. Representatives from the […]

US issues visa ban on Belize over human trafficking report
Belizeans will be unable to obtain H-2 visas, which allows them to gain temporary employment in the United States for various jobs, for the rest of this year, after the US banned Belize from obtaining the visas due to poor human trafficking standards. The US […]

Twenty-eight left homeless after Glyn Street inferno
A fire which ripped through Glyn Street in Belize City early on Tuesday morning has left complete destruction in its path, flattening three two-story wooden structures to rubble and leaving 28 people homeless. The eight affected families are now in dire need of assistance after […]

One suspect detained for Cowo murder
San Pedro police are currently gathering enough evidence against a suspect in police custody, suspected of killing 26-year-old Alfredo Cowo, which occurred on the island on Tuesday morning. On Thursday Officer Commanding Belize City Crime Investigation Branch (CIB), ASP Alejandro Cowo, confirmed that the suspected gunman was […]

Ahmad family to hire PI
The family of slain barber, Fareed Ahmad came out this week, again expressing their utter discontent, disappointment and lack of confidence in the police investigation into his shooting death. This week, Abdul Ahmad told the Reporter newspaper that, contrary to Minister of Home Affairs, Wilfred […]

Woman wins $250,000 judgment for malpractice
A young woman police constable who underwent a wrongly recommended surgery that makes her barren has won a court judgment, requiring the Government of Belize to cough up $250,000 in damages for the doctor’s malpractice. Jenny Bonilla, 22, who resides in Dangriga and is currently […]

Andrew Bennett out on $100,000 bail
Attorney Andrew Bennett, whose entrapment by a Drug Enforcement Agency (D.E.A.) sting operation in 2015 has led to the United States’ State Department requesting his extradition to the U.S. to face money laundering charges, will get to sleep in his own bed tonight and spend […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Government reaches agreement with butane importers, price hike and shortage avoided
Following news that butane importers were demanding a price increase and worries over a likely […]

Foreign Minister defends position on fugitive brother
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington, said this week that he maintains his position on […]

Remembering a Legend: Andy Palacio
Ten years ago today, Belize and the world lost a great musician, teacher, mentor, humanitarian […]

Andy Rhaburn still at large
The man accused of killing his mother with a crowbar, Andy Rhaburn, is still on […]

GOB facing more compensation payouts?
With 2018 already starting out with a quarter million dollar compensation payment, the Government of […]

Attorney General calls US ‘cowardly’ and ‘hypocritical’ for worker-Visa ban
Belize Attorney General, Michael Peyrefitte, told the media yesterday that he views the US decision […]

Mark Pollard killed over property?
Belize City resident Mark Pollard went missing last July. Since then, there have been several […]

Remains in burnt vehicle confirmed to be of Pamela Lino
Yesterday police confirmed that the DNA results of the burnt remains discovered last May confirm […]

Trump is racist, says Foreign Minister
In a televised interview with Channel 5 news, Foreign Minister, Wilfred Elrington responded United States […]

Bennett out on bail
Andrew Bennett, the first attorney in Belizean history to be wanted for extradition to the […]

Blogs

Cool Weather Activities and Cold Front on Ambergris Caye
After I posted the winter weather report events below, I received a poster from Jodie at Palapa Bar with upcoming events there as well. Some have already passed but from January 19 – 28 there are some great talent here on the island. She also mentioned the first baubles, bangles and beads jewelry making party was great. About 15 Girls showed up to make jewelry (anklets and bracelets) – this will be an ongoing event the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Watch Palapa Bar Facebook Page to see what they will be making at the next one. If you are a first timer and looking for places to go, travelers weighed in and one review says Palapa Bar is a “Great Place for a Cold Beer and Beautiful View!!!” Although I don’t drink beer anymore, I totally agree about the view. Entertaining water action with boats, occasional kite surfers and frequent marine life spottings. You can also go deluxe and have buckets of beer or whatever you are drinking delivered to you as you float in the tubes with your friends. Afterwards, dry off on the huge deck with your stylin printed microfiber beach towel.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE a Day and A Few Degrees Make: January in Belize
The second COLD front of the new year is moving out…and MAN…this warm blooded Belize resident couldn’t be happier. Yesterday was just downright cold. Grey drizzle turned into all out rain. With temperatures barely out of the 60s and a north wind HOWLING, yesterday’s cold was all I could take about today. It really felt like it was sleeting. After being bundled in thick socks, sweatpants and sweatshirt yesterday – today’s sunshine feels like a dream. The temperature increase isn’t much when you look at the numbers…but 70 yesterday (grey rain) and 75 today (bright sun) is night and day. Like we are on another planet. Mercury vs Pluto. You get the picture.

Carnaval is color, tradition and celebration!
A pre-Lenten festivity that was once widely practiced in northern Belize, the Carnaval tradition has managed to survive in a few places in the country, namely Caledonia Village, Corozal District, and Ambergris Caye, Belize District. Commencing with the enmascarados – masked dancers – groups go throughout the village signaling the start of Carnaval. This all takes place three days before Lent and is similar to the Mardi Gras festivities in the US. During the three days of revelry, dancers go from home to home to perform ‘Comparsas’, which traditionally include “El Torito”, “El Papalotito”, “La Culebra” and “La Cinta”. In recent years, the traditional Hog Head dance has been incorporated into the festivities.

International Sourcesizz

No pausing for paws -- Athens grad visits Belize in pursuit of veterinary career
While there have been paws in her life since she graduated, the Valedictorian of the Athens Area High School Class of 2011 has showed no signs of slowing down in pursuing her dream of becoming a veterinarian. Abby Davenport returned last week after seven days in the Central American country of Belize, where she participated in the FARVets program, a non-profit organization that provides spay and neutering operations -- as well as other medical services -- to other countries. "My professor at Cornell (College for Veterinary Medicine) is head of FARVets," Davenport said. "We went down and we provided free services and helped pets with medical issues."

Commentary: The View from Europe: Oil, the environment and the Caribbean
Earlier this month Exxon announced that that it had made a major new oil find off Guyana. It was, it said, the largest since it began exploration there in 2015. The company’s statement followed one last June advising of a ‘world-class discovery’ on another well and, before that, announcements about four other commercially exploitable finds. What this and Exxon’s recent request to the Guyanese government for permission to drill up to 40 new wells after 2022 suggests, is that the country is about to become a major oil producer in the Western Hemisphere.

Videos

  • G Tribe In Belize, 3min.

  • UNIA 2006 Third Belize Tour By Parent Body, 9hr. UNIA-ACL Parent Body members under the leadership of PG Redman Battle and Counsel General Faruq Muhammad visit Belize Central American for the 3rd time. Video done by Minister of Information Zama Cook

  • Today marks ten years that Belize lost one of its musical icons, Andy Palacio, 4.5min. Today marks ten years that Belize lost one of its musical icons. Andy Palacio died on January 19th 2008 of a massive and extensive stroke to the brain, a heart attack and respiratory failure. Despite his untimely death Palacio’s legacy lives on through his music. Palacio was born and raised in the coastal village of Barranco and worked briefly as a teacher before turning to music.

  • Belize International Working Dog Centers [IWDC], on Open Your Eyes, 45min.

  • Ras Indio and Bo$$ Lady - Unity, on Open Your Eyes, 25min.

  • Throw back video of 'Gimme Punta Rock.' What's your favorite Andy Palacio song? On Open Your Eyes, 11min.

  • A lot has been going in the twin towns. Check out this short video about it!!, 1min.

  • Feast of the Giant Sharks, 26min. Whale Sharks in Belize at Gladen Spit, by Carol Farneti Foster

  • Spearfishing Belize 2018, 4min.

  • Honeymoon Belize, 18min.

  • Tour of "Off the Wall" dive resort (Glover's Reef, Belize), 10min. Lindsey shows us around Long Cay, a tiny island 40 miles out in the Caribbean Sea. "Off the Wall" is the awesome dive resort where we stayed for the week.

  • Belize Hurricanes vs Verdes, NEBL, 3hrmin.


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