Simon Velasquez, 23, shot dead in bike shop
There has been no let-up in violence in the country of Belize since the start of the New Year, but in one area, Belize City’s south side, there had been a welcomed calm. That calm, however, was shattered today, Thursday, when San Pedro resident Simon Velasquez, 23, was shot four times on Plues Street sometime after midday. His body was recovered by police from inside the Brown Bomber’s Bike Shop.
According to eyewitness information, Velasquez had been in an altercation with his attacker, who pulled out a firearm and shot him at close range. Police have not yet provided any additional information in connection with this latest murder.
A review of the Amandala archives reveals that Velasquez was no stranger to the law, and that there had been at least two previous attempts on his life.
13 — too many murders for January — which isn’t finished yet!
Data collected by Amandala revealed that there have been 13 murders across the country in the first 25 days of the New Year.
Three females and ten males have been murdered. The Belize district tops the list with 8 murders while there were three murders in Toledo, one murder in the Orange Walk District and one in the Cayo District.
The first murder of the year, which happened on Belize City’s northside, took place less than three hours into the first day of the year. Reputed Victoria Street gang boss, Leon Garcia, 29, was walking on Barrack Road when he was attacked by two men. He and another man were both stabbed multiple times. Garcia succumbed to his injuries. Police have made an arrest in this case.
GOB violated Finance and Audit Act
Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) senators Eamon Courtenay and Valerie Woods called a press briefing this morning to update the media on government’s very late Supplementary Appropriations Schedule for fiscal year 2016/2017 that the Senate was asked to approve yesterday.
The two senators are alleging that the United Democratic Party government of Prime Minister Dean O. Barrow is in breach of the Finance and Audit Reform Act and “somebody has to be held accountable.”
Senator Courtenay told the press that the purpose of calling the media’s attention to the issue was to highlight firstly the gross financial irresponsibility by the government and secondly, the fact that a number of the non-compliances by the government amount to criminal offences.
Three charged for Thomas Henry’s murder
Late news to Amandala this evening is that Belmopan police have arrested and charged three men for the murder of Thomas Henry and the attempted murder of Kimberly Smith and her brother, Orlando Smith.
The three accused are Tyler Herrera Cruz, 18; Joseph Cadle, 22; and Israel Cadle, 19.
Police said that Joseph Cadle and Tyler Cruz have been charged with Thomas Henry’s murder, while Joseph Cadle is charged with the attempted murder of Kimberly and Orlando Smith.
Ladyville man charged for double murder
On Thursday night police charged, Ladyville resident Jessie Mejia, with two counts of murder in connection with the Tuesday night shooting on Marage Road, located in an area of the village known as “Japan.” Mejia was also booked on two counts of use of deadly means of harm, one count of wounding and one count of grievous harm.
Police are alleging that Mejia, 24, was one of two armed men who climbed through some high bushes around a swamp to ambush a group of men who were socializing in front of the Spain’s Marage Road residence.
Marlon Spain, 25, and Casey Lozano, 24, were shot dead, while Sidney Humes, 47, and Johan Gray, 22, received gunshot injuries.
Ann-Marie Williams exits National Women’s Commission for CARICOM appointment
Ann-Marie Williams, the first Executive Director for the National Women’s Commission of Belize, last month resigned from the post she has held for nine years to take up a new appointment as the deputy program manager for gender and development at the CARICOM Secretariat.
In an interview with KREM TV, Williams said that there was never a really good time to go. As a Belizean who is very rooted in her community, I think I’ve earned my keep, I’ve paid my dues. There is never a good time to really go, but when the opportunity presents itself, you really have to go.
Williams said, “This is something I’ve always really wanted, to work regionally and internationally. I consider myself very honored and I am humbled.”
NADO reports clean Anti-Doping results for 2018 Krem New Year’s Classic
This morning, Krem Radio manager Michael Hyde, organizer of the 2018 Krem New Year’s Day Cycling Classic, was informed via email from the Cycling Federation of Belize (CFB) that results for the Anti-Doping tests at this year’s Krem Classic had all come back negative.
In an email letter today to CFB President Dion Leslie from Dr. Michael Pitts, Director of the National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO), an arm of the Belize Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association, Dr. Pitts stated:
“Please be informed that the results for the three samples sent for the male Krem Classic of 2018 were received. All the tests were negative.
Dangriga sports stats Secondary school football – Dangriga Zone
The Dangriga Zone secondary school football tournament got started on Monday, January 22, at the Carl Ramos Stadium. This tournament will be a double-elimination round.
In the female results on Monday, Delille Academy won over Ecumenical, 1 goal to nil, the goal coming at the 8th minute of first half from Lesly Ann Lucas, with an assist from Edith Engleton. Meanwhile, in the male, both Ecumenical High and Delille Academy ended up in a 2 to 2 tie. The goal scorers for Delille Academy were Tyler Peters and Yibemeh Lewis; while Ecumenical High goals were by Myreek Francis and Zion Ramos. Hillary Coleman was red carded for Ecumenical. Delille Academy was the host school on Monday.
Where to, Billy Boy?
Belize is a strange place indeed, and football shenanigans is as good an example as any.
Now, we are all familiar with the decades-plus long struggle to liberate our football from the dictatorial yoke of past president, Dr. Bertie Chimilio. Symptomatic of that struggle was the formation of a breakaway group called the Super League of Belize, which featured some teams comparable in ability to those of the FFB’s top level league, the then BPFL (Belize Professional Football League). There were a number of flaws in the management of the Super League, not least of which was its penchant for a gross lack of punctuality in the start of its games, which often started much later than advertised. But we all endured; it was part of the battle to remove the tyrant.
Chief’s Thursday Race of January 25, 2018
It rained around 5 o’clock this morning, but 24 riders still showed up; and by our start time of 6 a.m., there was not a drop falling from the sky; and so the race was off. Ernest “Peenie” Bradley has been riding extremely aggressively recently, and today was no exception, as he attacked from the GUN, getting away with Carlton “Bubble Head” Robinson. These 2 held out the peloton all the way to Hattieville; but the Heads of State in the peloton, such as Brandon Cattouse, Hijo, the Baddest, et al, put in a furious chase, keeping the speed up to 27 mph in the headwind, thus closing in on the 2 front runners mile by mile.
Editorial: Civic absurdity
It is interesting to note that there was major controversy involved with the opening of Belize City’s first Civic Center in 1981. In the first instance, then Premier George Price did not want the auditorium to be called the “Civic” Center, because there had been a militant group called CIVIC, an arm of the Opposition National Independence Party (NIP). CIVIC (the acronym for Citizens Integrated to Voice Interest in the Community, or some such), had sprung up in the middle 1960s and railed in anti-government public meetings usually held at the Courthouse Wharf or the old Harley’s Open Lot. (CIVIC lasted well into the 1970s.) Mr. Price wanted us to call the new structure, City Center, but this became a rare occasion when he did not have his way: the Civic it became, and the Civic it remained, bounded on the north by the historic Haulover Creek, on the west by the relatively new Central American Boulevard, and on the south by St. Jude Street.
From The Publisher
If it’s drugs that the Americans want to keep out with their wall along the Mexican border, and let’s say the wall was built and succeeded in reducing the inflow of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, PCP, Ecstasy, and so on, then what that will do is raise the price of those illegal narcotic products.
Always the constant in the situation is the powerful demand for these drugs amongst the American people. So there is this very rich, seemingly permanent market in the United States for products which their political leaders have declared illegal. If you build a wall and drive the prices higher, then you bring sea routes along the Atlantic and Pacific oceans into play, and perhaps even the air routes. There is simply too much money to be made bringing drugs into the United States. The money is so big, the impoverished rest of the hemisphere is willing to kill and to die to make some of the Franklins.
We stand with the Palestinians
There is no time limit to how long a struggle for justice takes, so one has to be ready to go the long haul. We have been fighting for an end to racism and classism most of our lives. Growing up and facing racism in a white society on one hand and joining the civil rights movement on the other, brought us together and has sustained us through 45 years of marriage.
It should be no surprise to anyone that we have supported the struggles of the Palestinian people since the mid-sixties and continue to do so. It should be no surprise to anyone that the struggle continues.
We have been asked, on a number of occasions, if we were still fighting for justice and our answer is, “We are still breathing, aren’t we?” As long as we have breath to give, we will be working for equity and justice around the world.
European Nature Trust group on Bike Belize: 6 Day Mountain Bike Adventure
Editor, Amandala Sports:
My name is Dylan, I’m a photo journalist and film maker.
I’m coming to Belize to document a group of people (12-14 people) from The European Nature Trust (https://theeuropeannaturetrust.com/) on a 6-day, 240km mountain bike adventure through the country.
The team will arrive in Belize City on the 4th of February, and the cycle takes place from the 5th until the 11th of February 2018.
The aim of the adventure is:
To support projects dedicated to the protection of our remaining wild places and the rich diversity of wildlife that lives there, in association with the Belize Nature Trust. We are able to offer participants not just the opportunity to join us on the most fabulous travel experience, but also the chance to help save these critically important ecosystems.
The Commercialization of Indigenous
There is a slow but steady move to commercialize everything indigenous. While on the one hand this may seem contrary to the recent promotion of global indigenous trends in clothing, food, music and culture in general, a closer in-depth analysis will prove to the contrary. I grew up in a time when neither Nike, MacDonald’s, Tommy or any of the other large, name-brand corporate companies that provide, goods, foods, commodities and services was popular. We were satisfied with living simple, basic and, by all accounts, much healthier lives. We grew our own food, made our own clothing, caught and raised our meat, and anyone who has re-used an old condensed milk can as a drinking cup or cut up used clothing to stuff into a pillow as cushion or floor mat, will realize that we were masters at recycling long before anyone from the north or Europe brought that idea to us. The global indigenous trends that have taken over the world over the past couple of years, while there is much positive to it, there are those who see it merely as another way to extract profits from Third World countries. Indigenous has the positive aspect of preserving cultures, languages and music, but it is also one of the greatest areas where huge profits can be gained.
Amandala’s year in review: Part 2
“Tied up, naked and dead,” Amandala’s lead story on July 4, was about a mysterious murder that shocked the Bangladeshi community, a small, close-knit business community operating in various parts of the country. Abdush Salam, 29, a Bangladeshi businessman who had lived and worked in Belize for a number of years, was found tied up naked and dead in his bed in an upstairs house at 4 Orange Street. Salam had operated a shop at the Novelo’s Bus Terminal. Later in that same month, police charged Juan Choc, 23, for the murder of Salam. Choc is a construction worker of Baymen Avenue.
ABUSES EVEN AT THE COURTS
I think one of the rudest, more cruel realities I had to face at law school was to realize that law was not about the ideals of truth and fairness, but rather about who could present the best evidence, had the most knowledge of the law and their rights, and who could influence the decision-maker, be it lawfully or unlawfully.
I had opted to go study law after myself being dragged before the courts umpteen times and in circumstances where to my entire being it felt unjust and unfair. Yet I was legally trained to find the provisions and appreciate the nuances as to why I was right about the injustices being exercised against me. My ordeals with the courts in Belize were at their worst between 1998 and 2000, when I was a Senator for the United Democratic Party, then in opposition after suffering a massive and crippling defeat when the People’s United Party won by an impressive landslide.
Screw your upstaatnis to the right place
I had my chances to try and join the ranks of the educated elite. In my youth, higher education in the US beckoned a few times. My boss at HHL (Hummingbird Hershey, Ltd.), NE Wade, saw me “squandering” and he called me aside one day and “warned” me to go.
I didn’t. I’ll leave off telling you why I didn’t go, but I’ll tell you why I never went, not even to touch ground in Miami.
I had to go on a trip one time, and the travel agent, a friend, asked me if I wanted her to arrange it so I could overnight in Miami. I’d prefer not; only if I have to, I told her. So, when I got to Miami I moved from one chute to another chute, to my connecting plane. I was damned happy I didn’t have to touch their soil.
The connection between the disappearance of Kelvin Usher and the murder of Fareed Ahmad
The recent murder of Fareed Ahmad and last year’s disappearance and subsequent discovery of Kelvin Usher at first blush bear no ostensible connections. A closer analysis into both incidents, however, reveals an underlying theme: the lack of public confidence and trust in the authorities entrusted to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the Belizean citizenry.
The Peelian principle developed by nineteenth century two-time conservative Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Sir Robert Peel, asserts that the legitimacy of any police force emerges from the transparency and accountability police demonstrate while undertaking their duties.
False advertising: UDP Belize City Council slate says they built new Civic Center
CITY, Wed. Jan. 24, 2018– The massive Civic Center building with its 4,500-seating capacity that was built at a cost of 33 million dollars was recently featured in an advertisement by the United Democratic Party (UDP) Belize City Council slate, in which one councilor candidate claimed that it was the City Council which built the structure.
That however, is a falsehood.
In advertising the accomplishments of the UDP City Council, the councilor candidate and incumbent, Jason Edwards, standing in front of the Belize City Center, declared: “We have rehabilitated community parks and playgrounds and built a brand new Civic Center for your recreation and pleasure.”
2 die in Marage Road ambush
With four homicides occurring there between March 2016 and February 2017, Marage Road has developed a reputation as the most dangerous place to be in Ladyville.
After years of violence there was a momentary lull in that community, but that was interrupted sometime around 8 o’clock on Tuesday night when two armed assailants crept from the back of the Spain family’s residence, through high bushes and swamp, to ambush a group of men socializing on the street in front of an unfenced yard.
Marlon Spain, 25, was shot in the head and left for dead on his doorstep, while Casey Lozano, 24, was found dead 200 yards away. He had been shot in the back and thigh.
Jaimell Paul Jex, 32, shot dead in San Pedro
On Tuesday evening, a high-ranking member of the George Street Gang, Jaimell Paul Jex, 32, secured bail in the San Pedro Magistrate’s court after he was busted with 15 grams of marijuana.
However, less than 15 minutes after securing his freedom, he was ruthlessly executed.
Police investigations revealed that Jex and his cousin, Deon Neal, 32, had both exited court and were walking on Crocodile Street in the San Pedrito area of San Pedro Town at about 5:30 on Tuesday evening when they were ambushed.
Two armed assailants emerged and set chase after the men, firing a barrage of gunshots, and injuring both targets.
Omar Cruz, 62, dies after killer bee attack
Omar Cruz, 62, a farmer and resident of Unitedville, was cutting the grass in his yard with a lawn mower and his son, Adrian, 31, was helping him clear the yard when suddenly, killer bees swarmed and attacked Cruz.
He tried to get away, but reportedly fell and that was when the bees began to sting him.
His son ran into the house and alerted the other family members, who ran to help him, but their efforts were in vain. They had to retreat, and the bees sustained their vicious attack on Cruz for about 45 minutes, after which the bees’ attack abated.
Cruz was rushed to the Western Regional Hospital in an unconscious state, but he was declared dead on arrival.
Joint police operation yields contraband cigarettes
Police have found a significant amount of contraband cigarettes during a joint operation conducted by members of its Special Branch and the Quick Response units this morning. The operation took place in San Jose Village, Orange Walk and led to the discovery of 10 boxes […]
Police make arrest for Ladyville double murder
Police have arrested and charged a man for the Tuesday night double murder of Casey Lozano and Marlon Spain and for wounding two other people. Darwin Prado, a construction worker also of Ladyville, has been arrested and charged with two counts of ‘murder’, two counts […]
Man killed in traffic accident
A man from San Narciso village, Corozal was knocked down and killed on Thursday evening while riding a bicycle. Police say that sometime around 6:30 p.m., Gerardo Silvevestre Chable, 35, was driving a white Isuzu Rodeo on the San Narciso main road from the direction […]
Surviving the flu season
Almost everyone has been plagued by the flu (influenza) at one point or another in life. It is one of the most common forms of illness, yet it can prove to be deadly if the particular strain is so debilitating that our immune system is […]
Ras Indio signals coming album with new single
Renowned Belizean reggae artist Ras Indio has announced that he will be releasing a new studio album in 2018, teasing the release with the launch of his new single entitled Unity. Indio launched the new single, which features fellow Belizean artists Boss Lady, on Friday, January 19. […]
Upgrades coming to George Price Highway
Drivers who use the George Price Highway between Belmopan and Santa Elena can expect better road conditions in the near future, following the government of Belize’s announcement of upgrades coming to that section of the highway. On Wednesday, GOB through the Ministry of works, signed a contract […]
16th Annual Bob Marley fundraising concert coming soon…
The 16th annual Bob Marley Tribute and Food Drive, is just two weekends away and organizer, Joel “Dara” Robinson appeals to Belizeans to support the initiative so he can have enough supplies to sustain his feeding program for at least a few months. Robinson told […]
Butane increase set for March
The government of Belize and the companies importing butane, Z Gas, Gas Tomza and Belize Western Energy Limited, have agreed to one more price increase for butane in 2018, due under new terms in March. Director of the Belize Bureau of Standards, Jose Trejo, explained […]
Sugar production up but concerns linger over changes in EU market regime
Sugar production at the Belize Sugar Industries (BSI) at Tower Hill in Orange Walk is up by roughly 10%, with cane quality also better than the same time last year. Information supplied upon request by BSI indicates that up to Sunday, January 21, a total of 287,883 tons of sugar […]
CARICOM committee submits report on marijuana
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Regional Marijuana Commission, which was established to investigate the issue of marijuana use in the region, submitted a status report in preparation for the presentation of findings later this year. The 10-member commission submitted its report this week, noting that the […]
Tsunamis would not hammer Belize like they did Indonesia, says oceanologist
Belize would not likely be hammered as devastatingly as Indonesia was if a tsunami were to hit us, says George Hansen, an Oceanologist who has worked in Belize for more than three decades. Many people who saw the footage from the December 26, 2004 tsunami […]
Farmer mysteriously dies, police hastily rule out foul play
A Salvadoran farmer was found dead by police on Wednesday in a drain along the Hummingbird highway; however, due to the advanced state of decomposition, police could not determine the cause of death but have already ruled out foul play. Jose Romulo Cornejo, 42, of […]
Five persons detained for brutal butchering of Toledo teens
Five people are in police custody pending investigations into the brutal butchering of two Toledo teenagers on Sunday night. Sisters, Crecencia and Josephina Oh, 18 and 17 respectively, were chopped to pieces on Sunday night. The gruesome images from the crime scene, which looked like […]
Africanized bees kill man and 2 dogs
A man has died of bee stings he suffered over the weekend in his yard in Unitedville, Cayo. Omar Cruz, 62, and his son were cleaning his yard on Saturday, January 13, when a swarm of Africanized bees that occupied an adjacent abandoned building attacked […]
GSU find 51 pounds of weed in Western Paradise
A Gang Supression Unit (GSU) raid in the Western Paradise community at mile 8 on the George Price highway over the weekend yielded 133 parcels of marijuana hidden inside two PVC pipes which were buried in the ground. Just after 5:00 p.m on January 21, […]
It’s not just our imagination! The gangs in Belize are getting bolder, targeting their victims at will, and operating with sullen impunity. Belizeans have been relying on the police to curb this rush of violence, but the Police Department has been overwhelmed by the number and variety of stealth crimes, […]
Government broke the law, claims PUP
Wednesday’s Sitting of the Senate departed from standard procedure when People’s United Party (PUP) senators requested the Financial Secretary, Joseph Waight, to attend the Committee Meeting, during which he acknowledged that the government had not complied with the Finance Reform and Audit Act with regard […]
Shooting proves fatal for San Pedro resident
Belize’s latest murder of the new year happened on Thursday afternoon in Belize City around 1:00 p.m., on Plues street. According to reports from the scene, three men chased 23-year-old Simon Velasquez onto Plues Street and fired three shots at him. Police and paramedics gathered […]
Queen Elizabeth II congratulates centenarian, Francesca Arnold
Congratulations were in order for career nurse-caregiver-teacher and lay-minister, Francesca Arnold, who celebrated her 100th birthday on Monday, January 22, and even the Queen Elizabeth II sent her a card congratulating her on this milestone. Francesca Saldivar was born in the village of San Roman, […]
4 dead, 4 injured in 5-hour bloodbath
This past week was perhaps the most violent since the start of the new year, with four murders and several more injured over a span of five hours on Tuesday night. The Tuesday night bloodbath started just after 5:20 p.m., on Crocodile Street in San […]
PACT open again for business, two employees fewer
After taking a one-week break for restructuring, the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT), opened this past Wednesday, but with two employees fewer. Their jobs had reportedly become redundant by the new organizational and operational framework now in place. The conservation trust issued a press release […]
Billion-dollar bud Who will reap the profits in Belize?
By William Conde Belize Hemp Co-operative The global discussion and perspective on the use of marijuana medically, recreationally and industrially has evolved over the decades. Belize recently passed legislation to decriminalize up to 10 grams of cannabis for personal use but Belize’s decriminalization effort was limited compared to other nations […]
Driver charged for causing Leonte Ampie’s death
Almost a month after Leonte Ampie, 39, was killed in an accident on the George Price highway in Camalote village on December 16, 2017, the driver of the pick-up truck which hit him was arraigned in the Belmopan Magistrate court. On Thursday, January 18th, Winston Gordon, 45, […]
Breaking Belize News
Notice: Immigration Headquarters relocated
The Immigration Headquarters in Belmopan has been relocated to Mountain View Blvd. Contact details are […]
Vernon family to protest in PG tomorrow
Tomorrow there will be a protest in Punta Gorda town in connection with the January […]
Ladyville businessman robbed
Last night, Freddy Hernandez, a resident of Ladyville village reported that around 8:30 p.m., while […]
St. Margaret teen reported missing
A teen girl from St. Margaret village has been reported missing by her father. Alejandro […]
Attorney General dismisses PUP claims
Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte has dismissed claims by the People’s United Party (PUP) that the […]
Man ambushed and killed on Plues Street
On Wednesday, January 24, around 1:15 p.m., Belize city police visited the first floor of […]
Two young men charged for murder of Thomas Henry
Belmopan police have arrested and charged two men in connection with the murder of Thomas […]
5 tourists attacked and robbed in San Ignacio Town
According to reports, five tourists were victims of an armed robbery last night in San […]
A Gorgeous West Side Beach Morning – TV Crew and SUP Yoga
Yesterday, I headed south of town for an early a.m. meet-up. A warm sunny January day – I turned through the imposing gates of Mahogany Bay Village and pulled up to Science and Soul Wellness – the GORGEOUS yoga studio, spa and meeting spot.
We were headed out to showcase the MBV Beach Club and the Stand Up Paddle board yoga class S&SW conducts in this ridiculously stunning spot.
Climb the stairs, they have the HUGE upstairs space.
The most recent class had just finished and ladies and men were lounging on the couches drinking lightly scented waters…all so very…namaste.
Belize Customs and Excise Department; Post Clearance Audit
The Belize CED believes that an effective and efficient PCA function is an essential component of a modern Customs Administration. The ultimate goal is a balanced compliance and enforcement strategy of allowing trade to move more quickly and easily across the border, supported by the ability of Customs to selectivelyand effectively intervene to ensure that all Customs requirements have been met as per the relevant laws regulations.
PCA helps to ensure that clients report their importations to Customs accurately and on time, and that the correct amount of revenue is paid. PCA auditors review past importations and where errors are found, revenue adjustments are made for collection. During the audit, further guidance and information is provided to assist importers in improving complaiance with all Customs Obligations and procedures.
The Most Beautiful Places in Belize that Aren’t Beaches
Belize is quickly getting a reputation for being one of the hottest spots in Central America. More than a million tourists visit annually for the beaches, Great Barrier Reef, countless islands and natural beauty. But not everyone wants to relax in a hammock and spend all their time in one of the luxurious overwater bungalows in Belize. With the variety of ancient ruins, natural wonders and national parks dotted around the island, it’s easy to indulge in a different type of tourism. Here are the top non-beach places to visit in Belize.
Belize's Garifuna Collective Showcases Central American Culture to a Wider Audience
During his childhood in Belize, bassist Al Ovando grew up surrounded by music. His father played guitar and he and his brothers had a family band. Even as a child, Ovando took the reins, setting up equipment and tending to instruments that needed repair. Now, as an adult, he's the bandleader of the pioneering Garifuna Collective, a renowned music group that has taken the music of the Belizean Garifuna people around the world.
Ovando says live music plays a significant role in people's lives, but the Garifuna Collective is among the first major acts to break out of the Central American nation. Perhaps its greatest contribution is providing a foundation upon which other Belizean musicians can share their music with an even wider audience. "All the band members understand the mission, what they want to share with the world... but the bigger mission for us is to keep doing what we are doing and set up a platform for other Belizeans coming behind." He says that involves mentoring musicians not only when it comes to the actual music, but on administrative aspects as well, from navigating the logistics of touring to doing interviews. "There is nobody in Belize who has ever done this on this level," he says. "We are pioneers when it comes to... bringing the awareness to this vast world."
Coral Reefs In Central America Are Finally Getting Healthier
Coral reefs have been struggling in recent years, with reports that huge swathes of it had succumbed to coral bleaching; the Great Barrier Reef had its most devastating die-off ever recorded in 2016, as CNN reported at the time. Bleaching happens when ocean temperatures get to hot.
As Stephanie Wear, The Nature Conservancy’s director of coral reef conservation, told Nature, the color from coral actually comes from tiny algae that live symbiotically with it.
“The first thing to understand is that corals get their brilliant colors from tiny algae that live in their tissues. These tiny organisms live in harmony with coral animals, and they basically share resources,” Wear explains. “For example, the most important thing that the algae do is provide food to the corals through carbohydrates they produce during photosynthesis."
Initiative announced to end malaria in Central America and the Dominican Republic
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carlos Slim Foundation have announced an initiative to support seven Central American countries and the Dominican Republic in taking the final steps necessary to eliminate malaria in their territories.
The Regional Malaria Elimination Initiative (RMEI) will bring $83.6 million in new funds, and is expected to leverage over $100 million in domestic financing and $39 million of existing donor resources across the region by 2022 to ensure malaria remains a top health and development priority despite dwindling numbers of cases. The funding will serve to close the technical and financing gaps to support and execute country elimination plans in Belize, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.
The Caves of the Chiquibul, 6min. By Carol Farneti Foster. Area being exploded heavily by Guatemalans and needs protection FCD is protecting the area but needs to gather more funding. and help from government for protection.
Raspacola and Macal River areas in Chiquibul Reserve in Belize, 4min. This specific area is now a dam site and the animals no longer are there. They had cut down the trees where the Scarlet Macaws nest and the tapirs and other animal roaming around for food. The web of life has been broken. Now(and for many years in past)the Guatemalans are coming over the border into the Chiquibul Reserve and using Belize's natural resources through mining, farming, killing animals for food and taking the scarlet macaw young to sell in Guatemala.
Rio on Pools, Belize | Aerial View, 2.5min. This is a remote location that can be found in Mountain Pine Ridge Area in Belize. It's a beautiful place to swim during the dry season but can only be reached by car or motorcycle if it's not too wet.
We reached this area after hitchhiking for 3 hours since the road is all dirt road. It's recommended you leave early and try to visit during the weekend which is when locals tend to visit the area.
Costa Deliziosa Scuba diving Belize City, 8min. Finally got to do some scuba diving at Belize City
Jaguar in MPR, 10sec. Just returned from a little field work in the Mountain Pine Ridge. Here is a nice video of a jaguar there! He slows down slightly to check out the Panthera camera on the other side of the trail.
FIFTY TWO YEAR OLD SAN NARCISO RESIDENT IS FATALLY KNOCKED DOWN, 5min. A teacher from Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico is facing the possibilities of serious criminal prosecution after the vehicle he was driving hit and ran over a 52 year old man who worked as a cane cutter in the village of San Narciso on Thursday evening. Today we visited the community to find out more.
MEET THE FUTURE SCIENTISTS AND ENTREPRENEURS OF MUFFLES HIGH SCHOOL, 12min. The biennial Science and Business Fair hosted by Muffles College High School here in Orange Walk Town kicked off this morning at the school’s auditorium where students from all four levels were provided with an opportunity to showcase a portion of what they have learnt throughout the first semester of the school year. Today as the fair was opened to the public, our news team visited the high school and filed the following report.
THE CHARITABLE ROOTS FOUNDATIONTRIBUTES TO BOBMARLEY CONCERT FOR RAISING FUNDS FOR CHILDREN, 5min. For the past seven years, the Charitable Roots Foundation, a non-profit organization, has been hosting their annual ‘Tribute to Bob Marley Concert’ here in the north, with the aim of raising funds to provide financial assistance to the families of children who suffer from several illnesses and who are also in dire need of immediate medical attention.
Belize Now | January 26, 2018, 28min. In tonight’s headlines: Twin town residents take advantage of infrastructure works, and what to do in the event of another tsunami warning. These stories and more on this week’s edition of Belize Now. Thanks for joining us on this Friday, January 26th, 2018.
What's Going on? Crazy Sting Ray And Shark Encounters - Belize Vlog, 12min. In this travel vlog I travel to the amazing country Belize. I jump between islands and go a cool snorkeling trip around Caye Calker to see alot of nurse sharks and southern sting rays.
al sur del mundo LA RESERVA MARINA DE HOL CHAN (BELIZE), 32min. LA RESERVA MARINA DE HOL-CHAN (BELIZE) Una fascinante exploración por el mundo submarino de los arrecifes de coral en las antiguas aguas costeras del caribe. Miles de turistas, llegados desde.
Buceo con tubo en la Reserva ina de Hol Chan en Belize.
Un dia de snorkel con Tiburones Nodriza, tortugas y rayas en la reserva marina Hol Chan, Belice.
Tiburones nodriza rodean nuestro velero en la reserva marina de Hol Chan, Belice.
[Doku HD] Reise durch Amerika - Belize, ein Schmelztiegel der Kulturen, 37min. Das kleine Land Belize nimmt hinsichtlich seiner Kultur und Geschichte eine Sonderstellung unter den Ländern Mittelamerikas ein. Die parlamentarische Monarchie war vor ihrer Unabhängigkeit.
Etwa eine Autostunde südlich von Panama-Stadt, einst als erste europäische Siedlung an der Pazifikküste gegründet und heute pulsierende Hauptstadt der Republik Panama, ragt die Halbinsel.
Belize 2018 Dive Summary, 7min. Mark and Rick diving Ambergris Caye with the gang at Chuck and Robbie's.
Montage Vidéo Kizoa: BELIZE EN MER 2018, 6min.
Eli versus the Belize cows, 2.5min. I found those beasts to be passive aggressive. They look mild and friendly, but don't be fooled. They are evil.
Belize 2017, 18min. Our trip to Gaia where we hiked to see the Mayan pyramids. We went scuba diving and snorkeling in Ambergris Caye.
Sighting of dolphins in Belize, 1min.
Verdes vs San Pedro Tiger Sharks, 3hr.