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Today's Belize News: January 31, 2018 #528650
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The San Pedro Sun

Quality Reef maintains lead at the San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament
The regular season of the San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament is drawing to an end. During the fifth week of the San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament, two matches were played on Sunday, January 28th at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex in San Pedro Town. The current standings have Quality Reef at the top of the chart with four wins and no losses as yet, followed by RCGO with two wins and two losses. Extreme has one win and one loss, and at the bottom of the chart is SPHS with one win and three losses. Games continue this weekend on Sunday, February 4th, starting at 9AM with Extreme going against SPHS followed by RCGO versus Quality Reef at 11:30AM. All islanders are invited to come out and enjoy a softball day.

New IDB Manager for Central America, Haiti, Mexico, Panama, and the Dominican Republic meets with Prime Minister of Belize
General Manager of the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) department for Central America, Mexico, Panama, Haiti and the Dominican Republic met with the Prime Minister of Belize, Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow on January 29 to discuss Belize’s relationship with the bank and programming for 2018.

Belikin Beer hosts 2019 Calendar auditions on Ambergris Caye
Belikin Beer held its 2019 calendar audition on Saturday, January 27th at the Caribbean Villas Beach Resort south of San Pedro Town. The auditions were conducted from 10AM to 2PM by Belikin Beer Photographer Ernie Alpuche and Belikin Beer Brand Coordinator Jayson Solis. Due to the weather, the outcome was not as it was expected with only five models presenting themselves for auditions. “We didn’t have a huge outcome as we hoped, but at least we had a few girls that came out despite the weather,” said Alpuche. “We took their pictures and information of the aspiring candidates. After we finish conducting all auditions at various locations across of the country, the entire team will then sit down and decide which models have the best attributes to be in the calendar.” Alpuche also mentioned that it doesn’t matter which area the auditions are taking place anyone can audition.

San Pedro Hammerhead Sharks win friendly Rugby tournament
The San Pedro Hammerhead Sharks won a friendly Rugby tournament held on Saturday, January 27th at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town. The three participating teams in the competition included the Belize City Kings Park Scorpions, San Pedro Turtles and San Pedro Hammerhead Sharks. The tournament was held to better prepare the teams for the upcoming Belize National Beach Rugby Tournament. To further prepare the teams an Inter-District Rugby tournament will be held on Sunday, February 18th at the People’s Stadium in Orange Walk Town. If anyone is interested in joining the island teams, practices are held every week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex from 6PM to 8PM. For further information, you can contact Ryan on WhatsApp at +1-603-953-4732 or email adrainIryan51@gmail.com.

Ambergris Today

Ministry Of Home Affairs, Belize Police Department & San Pedro Town Council Meet To Discuss Crime In San Pedro
On Saturday, January 27th, 2018, representatives from the Belize Police Department, Ministry of Home Affairs, and elected officials from San Pedro Town met in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye to discuss the recent shootings and to re-strategize their plan of action for the island. All attendees expressed their concerns in regards to the recent shootings and the general perception as it relates to safety and impact on the tourism industry. Following discussions, a plan of action was formed and its implementation is expected in the coming weeks. Those actions include but are not limited to:

San Pedro Resident Murdered In Dangriga Town
Belize Police are investigating the murder of 48 year old, Miguel Angel “Cabrilla” Guerrero, Belizean wood carver/artist of San Pedro Town, which took place in Dangriga Town. According to police on Monday, January 29, 2018, at around 3:02 a.m.they visited Havana Game Shop, located in the Havana Area, Dangriga Town. Upon arrival police observed a male person of clear complexion, dressed in a camouflage jacket with a camouflage short pants and a black tennis lying face down in a pool of blood, apparently dead. The body was observed with what appeared to be a large cut wound on the left side of his neck.

San Pedro Resident Murdered In Dangriga Town

Belize Ministry Of Health Issues Advise On Measles
The public is hereby advised to IMMEDIATELY report to your nearest health facility if you show signs or observe someone with the following symptoms: - Any person with history of fever of 4 days, rash that started on the neck and face and scattered on the body thereafter and any one of the 3 C’s (Cough, Coryza or a runny nose, or Conjunctivitis) OR - Any person with fever and any one of the 3 C’s (Cough, Coryza or a runny nose, or Conjunctivitis), even before the onset of rash, with history of travel to and from the UK in the previous 30 days. Suspicious cases need to be isolated and investigated to avoid spread to susceptible individuals.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Ministry of Home Affairs, Belize Police Department & San Pedro Town Council Meet to Discuss Crime in San Pedro
On Saturday, January 27th, 2018, representatives from the Belize Police Department, Ministry of Home Affairs, and elected officials from San Pedro Town met in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye to discuss the recent shootings and to re-strategize their plan of action for the island. Specific tasks have been assigned to the various entities represented at the meeting. While a few of the steps taken will be immediate, some actions will require additional time for implementation; therefore, the public’s support is vital to ensure maximum success.

New IDB Manager for Central America, Haiti, Mexico, Panama, and the Dominican Republic meets with Prime Minister of Belize
Verónica Zavala, General Manager of the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) department for Central America, Mexico, Panama, Haiti and the Dominican Republic met with the Prime Minister of Belize, Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow on January 29 to discuss Belize’s relationship with the bank and programming for 2018. During the meeting in Belmopan, Ms. Zavala and Prime Minister Barrow reaffirmed the strong partnership that exists between the IDB and Belize for the past 25 years and discussed the current IDB portfolio as well as the program for 2018, examining potential areas of partnership to support for Belize’s sustainable development.

Discovering Rastafari Exhibition at the San Pedro House of Culture
The San Pedro House of Culture hosts the Discovering Rastafari Exhibition on Feb 1st and to Central Park on Feb 6th for a wonderful night of reggae.

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Punta Gorda Public Library Lecture Series: The History of the Struggle for Belizean Independence
With Nigel Bolland and Assad Shoman. Tuesday, February 18th, 2018 at 5:30pm at Coral House, Main Street Punta Gorda. We encourage you to join us after work or classes!

THE LOS ANGELES BASED BELIZEAN BAND "FANTASIA"!
The Los Angeles based Belizean band, "Fantasia", has kicked up a storm during their 1980s and 1990s performances in the "Los Angeles Belizean Community". They brought some classic and nostalgic Belizean music to Belizean music lovers in Los Angeles, California in the day, and will be remembered to include the legendary "Harmonettes" band of Belize lead singer as their lead act.

BHA General Meeting
We are meeting at the Museum Building in Belmopan on Feb. 17 2018. Who: Anyone interested in promoting Belizean History What: BHA General Meeting Where: Museum Building, NICH, Belmopan, Cayo When: 9am Saturday 17 February 2018 Why: To review programs and elect Executive Members

Heavy rain in the Mountain Pine Ridge
Five Sisters...the river look ugly. It’s part of what I love about tropical living the rains. I hope there is no damage to anyone

Law books donated
The Belmopan Police Department is the newest beneficiary of law books donated by the Attorney General Hon. Michael Peyrefitte. Earlier this afternoon, the books were officially handed over to Officer commanding Belmopan, Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett.

Big money whine for the Guatemalan Oligarchs!
Fresh source of funding for the ridiculous unfounded Guatemalan claim to Belize being announced today at the OAS HQ in DC.

The various components of Carnaval
As we near Carnaval season, we would like to re-introduce the various components of the pre lenten celebration. During the last few days leading up to Ash Wednesday comparsas would begin to be performed. Dance troupes, accompanied with musicians, would travel through the streets of the community performing comparsas at individual homes or businesses where they would be offered refreshments and, depending on what dance and how many were performed, a small fee would be given. Carnaval Comparsas may be classified in two parts: 1. Traditional- dances with children and adults. Some examples are “the always present” and very traditional El Torito, La Cinta, El Negrito, El Alacran, Sandunga, El Papalote, Caracolito etc. 2. Adult comparsas “las criticas” criticism – was to ridicule immoral behavior, especially by the elite, it was an opportunity to slam the untouchables with their hidden lives; examples are Bailen Chachacha, Silva Sylveria, La Rhumbera, Cabeza de leon etc. In good natured fun, men would clothe themselves in dresses with over-exaggerated female forms and painted faces singing the stories of what had transpired over the past year. All the while, performers were careful not to call out anyone’s name.

Change in San Pedro
It amazes me how we people are so political that we tend to forget that we have come along as a town. I am not originally from San Pedro Town but when I see progress, it makes me feel good. I came to live on the island almost 11 years ago and while it may seems like a short time, one decade is enough for me to observe how rapidly we have evolved and more importantly, to see that as a community are able to handle, while not perfectly, with a sense of stability. In San Mateo– There were no streets, period! London bridges were the only way to access that area. In fact up until 6 years ago, there were no streets. In addition, electricity and water were something farfetched given the fact that there were no road system in place. It was not until under the leadership of Mayor Daniel Guerrero, that the London bridges were replaced by streets. Step by step, the one road at-a-time approach was used, and look at the subdivision now, most of the London bridges have been replaced.

Valentine's Dance by Corozal Events Organizers
A Red Carpet Affair. Live Music. February 10th. Purchase your tickets in advance.

A power outage is scheduled for a portion of the Orange Walk District on Sunday, February 4 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Entire Orange Walk Town, Laskot Subdivision, Guinea Grass, Carmelita, Chan Pine Ridge, Tower Hill, Palmar, Santa Martha, Trial Farm 1 and 2, San Lorenzo, San Estevan and Indian Hill. BEL to replace lightning arresters on the transmission system at the Orange Walk Substation.

Voice of the West Elocution Contest 2018
Rotary's 2018 Elocution Contest will be next Thursday, February 8th, at Hode's. Everyone is invited to show their support. "This is our 16th annual Voice of the West contest for high school students in the Cayo distict. It is an elocution competition for students to speak to their classmates and the public."

Efforts to curb illegal fishing in Toledo: Two Guatemalan fishermen caught fishing illegally in southern Belize
Enforcing fisheries laws is an important factor to ensure sustainability of the sea as a source of food and livelihoods. Unless properly addressed, illegal fishing and destructive fishing gear will continue to undermine Belize's management efforts. Kudos to the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) team and the Belize National Coast Guard for their continued efforts to curb illegal fishing. Park rangers of the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment along with personnel of the Belize Coast Guard arrested two Guatemalans who were fishing illegally near the Rio Grande in southern Belize. The fishermen tried to escape, but the patrol team was equipped and motivated to apprehend them. The two fishers had no documents for fishing in Belize and fished with illegal fishing gear within the marine reserve (over 2 miles of long lines with 400 hooks in water and additional long lines with 413 hooks in their possession.) Today, the men were arraigned in the Punta Gorda Town Magistrate’s court and were read the following charges and fines:

Institute of Archaeology Reserves
WEDNESDAY 31 JANUARY 2018. THE ATM, BARTON CREEK AND NOHOCH CHEEN ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVES ALL REMAINS CLOSED DUE TO FLOODED RIVER CONDITION. THE XUNANTUNICH ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVE REMAINS OPEN WITH PEDESTRIAN CROSSING ONLY AT THE FERRY. THIS SITUATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. ALL OTHER ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVES REMAINS OPEN. PLEASE EXERCISE CAUTION AND BE VIGILANT TO LOOSE EARTH, ROCKS AND WET SURFACES.

Channel 7

Report Of Missing Rangers Near Caracol
Tonight, reports are that Yesterday two park rangers went missing while doing a routine check on the Caracol Archaeological site near the Guatemalan border. The Chacon and Hebert families are extremely concerned especially because of the tension between Belize and Guatemala at the border. We spoke to the uncle of Ranger Elroy Alvarado who is fearing the worst for his relative especially because he is an experienced bushman. Andrew Chacon - Uncle of Elroy Alvarado: "After I talked to the person from NICH this evening, he told me that they realized about 4 o clock yesterday in the evening that was when they actually realized that he and another park ranger went missing and they said that they sent out a search team, that is the BDF that is on site and they have not gotten any nothing came out fruitful from the search team that they sent out from since yesterday until now."

77 Year Old Man Ran Into Bulldozer
It was our headline last night and tonight more is known about a 77 year old man was killed in an accident yesterday evening. George Young was heading back to his Burrell Boom home when he slammed into a bulldozer about a mile and a half pass the dumpsite on the Boom-Hattieille road. Courtney Weatherburne has more.

Truck Does A Wild Flip At Rush Hour
Fortunately, no one was hurt when a most inexplicable accident happened in the city this evening coming unto the 5:00 pm rush hour. A Toyota Tacoma was westbound on Coney Drive when the driver somehow lost control and spun off the road, catapulted over a drain, and flipped on the shoulder of the road. No one in the area knows for sure how it happened but the tire marks on the road showed that the pickup did a wild skid off the road. Passers-by rushed the driver to the hospital - but he had no injury apart from generalized pain in the neck area.

No Charges Yet For Aunt Who Ran Over Niece
Yesterday we told you about two year old Sofi Reyes, who was killed when her aunt Elvita Cruz ran her over. Police have not yet decided what if any charges will be brought against Cruz. The child was following behind her father and no one saw her as she walked in front of her aunt's vehicle. In an update on another fatal accident, that killed 52 year old cane cutter Hermenejildo Patt last week Thursday night, police have charged the driver that knocked him down.

The Case Of CLICO In Belize
There was a teleconference hearing of the Caribbean Court of Justice today in which 54 Belizeans are appealing the decision of the Court of Appeal. They say that the Government of Belize did not adequately regulate the life insurance company which they bought insurance policies from. So, when that company closed down in Belize, they lost 4 million dollars collectively in insurance coverage. They want the court to order the Government to cover that amount. At its heart, this is a case about consumer protection, and a group of policy holders who say that the Government should have stopped this insurance company from carrying on business in an irresponsible manner. That type of business practice, they say, has caused them to suffer losses they weren't supposed to.

Green Gets Off, Again
24 year-old Kendale Green, a resident of the Antelope Street Extension in Belize City, has been freed of criminal charges connected a shooting which happened last year. The victim, Margaret Ramirez, was shot in August. A few days later, police were quick to detain him and charged him with wounding and use of deadly means of harm. Well today, 5 months later, Green went back before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. The prosecutor informed the court that he was was instructed by a directive from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to withdraw the charges. With that he was free to go.

New Fortune thief Claims Cops Beat Him
On Sunday New Fortune Restaurant in Belize City was robbed. Businessman Xin Hui Zhang reported to police that he was at a restaurant when a man entered and held him up at gunpoint. Three phones and $800 dollars in cash was stolen. Police reviewed surveillance footage and identified the culprit as Joshua Smith. When they apprehended him he was wearing the same clothes seen in the footage. Smith insists that he is not the right person. He also claims he was beaten by police.

Mediator Tries To Get Behind What’s Causing Violence
Last night we told you about the three - murder weekend - leaving January with 15 murders so far - 66% more than January of last year. It's a deadly start to 2018 - right after 2017 finished with a near-record number of murders. But what's driving the homicidal rage? We asked Dianne Finnegan - she's a seasoned mediator and counsellor for at risk youths. She says that a community without care is at the root of the problem:... Jules Vasquez, reporter: "Explain if you can the pathology of the rage that is driving this campaign of violence to civil war." Dianne Finnegan: "What we are seeing right now is a carless confused society who's acting on their own in several different ways."

Man Wants Peace with Police Who Beat Him
Tonight, the brothers, 28 year-old Kenrick Gamboa and 24 year-old Akeem Gamboa, who are both police officers, are free after grievous harm charges were dismissed against them. The victim, 20 year-old Michael Crawford, reported to police that on January 28, 2017, exactly a year ago, he was hanging out at a house on the outskirts of Belize City when the Gamboa brothers and another man rushed him. He told police that one of his assailants then pulled out a weapon and fired it at him. Crawford fled, but he was chased into Belize City, and he claims that the men caught him and put a beatdown on him. His mother made a report and he positively identified both brothers as his alleged assailants.

McKenzie Charged
20 year old Keifer Mckenzie - the only living son of George Mckenzie also known as "Junie Balls" was in court today. He is accused of aggravated burglary and unlawful imprisonment. Mckenzie allegedly broke into Marisela Salvador's Burell Boom home, held her up at knifepoint and stole $45 worth of kitchen utensils. McKenzie also faces two counts of unlawful imprisonment upon Leeroy Young and his minor cousin.

Capital Cops Catch Cannabis In Cotton Tree
Belmopan police have been active in cracking down on the marijuana trade. Yesterday, police searched a bushy area in Cotton Tree Village where they found a stash of 18 pounds of weed in bags and buckets. No one was in the area so the weed was deposited as found property.

IDB’s New Boss For Belize
The IDB currently has five loans disbursed to Belize totaling $72 million US dollars, with another $17 million US in technical assistance and investment grants presently in circulation. And that's why Verónica Zavala, the new Regional Manager of the Inter-American Development Bank's (IDB) department for Central America, Mexico, Panama, Haiti and the Dominican Republic met with Prime Minister Dean Barrow yesterday at his Belmopan office. According to a release, they discussed Belize's relationship with the bank and programming for 2018. The release adds that "Zavala and Prime Minister Barrow reaffirmed the strong partnership that exists between the IDB and Belize for the past 25 years." They also explored "potential areas of partnership to support for Belize's sustainable development."

Security For San Pedro
The Ministry of Home Affairs, which is responsible for the police department, held a meeting with the San Pedro Town Council to try to contain the spike in violent crime on the island. A press release from the Government says that on Saturday, representatives from police, the Home Affairs Ministry, and the council met to discuss the recent shootings on the island. Leading the meeting were Belize Rural South Area Rep. Manuel Heredia Jr.; Mayor Daniel Guerrero,; Police Commissioner Allen Whylie, Assistant Police Commissioner, Edward Broaster, and the Officer Commanding the Coastal Executive Unit Superintendent of Police Mr. Henry Jemmott.

Rivelo Roughed Up Mom
23 year-old Oscar Rivelo, a construction worker from Ladyville, is out on bail tonight after being accused of assaulting his own mother. The incident happened yesterday, and according to police, Rosa Rivelo, reported that her son attacked her with a scrub board. Police quickly arrested him and charged him with aggravated assault, and he was arraigned today before Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer. During his arraignment, he said that he was washing some clothes at the time, and that his mother started to annoy him by bringing up his common-law wife.

He Did The Right Thing
On Monday's, the police dominate the news for their tales of murder and mayhem, crime and punishment. It's usually very depressing stuff, but tonight is different. It's about the police program called "Do the Raitt thing". The programs aim is to get school aged youths on the right path by recognizing them for their work. Today a 4th former of Excelsior was honoured for his positive change in the right direction. Sahar Vasquez has more: Jaheel Lamb used to be a difficult student that was well known in his school for causing an uproar of trouble inside and outside of the classroom. He was on a doomed path until he changed his life around. He said goodbye to the temptations that once lured him in the wrong direction and willed himself to become not just a better student but a better person to those around him. According to his principal and Corporal Petillo, it was a team effort on all parts to get Jaheel to where he is now.

A Learning Experience At The School of Hard Knocks
In other positive policing news....Today 20 kids from Belmopan went on a special outing. It wasn't your average field trip though. These kids didn't go to the Belize Zoo or the Museum. They went to visit the Belize Central Prison. As we first showed you a few months ago, the idea is to show these youngsters the hard life of deprivation and depredation that befalls those who break the law and get caught. Supt. Howell Gillett explained: Voice of: Supt. Howell Gillett, O. C, Belmopan Police Station: "We want them to gain first-hand experience of what life is inside a prison. We know for a fact that young people don't go to the prison on visitation unless there is a family member inside. The next time they will be there and it is very sad if they become an inmate. So we have taken them and we are very hopeful that the interaction and speeches delivered will help to ward these young people from going to prison."

Measles In CA, Not Been in Bze Since ‘91
Measles has appeared in our region - and the ministry of Health is warning Belizeans to be on guard. They say that they were recently alerted of a positive case of measles in Guatemala, which is suspected to have been imported from Germany. The Ministry notes that measles has not reported in Belize since 1991. They add, however, that in the region of the Americas, the number of cases have increased from 92 to 271 in 2016 and 2017. The Caribbean is also reporting "highly suspicious cases" imported from the United Kingdom.

Channel 5

Family Fearful after NICH Rangers Reported Missing in Chiquibul
There is word tonight that two park rangers are missing in the Chiquibul. The rangers, Elroy Alvarado Villanueva and another who has been identified as Luis Ramirez, set out from [...]

Retired Senior Citizen Killed in Fatal Collision on Boom Road
A BelAm retiree residing in Burrell Boom, Belize District, perished in a fatal traffic accident on Monday afternoon. Seventy-seven-year-old George Young was heading to Burrell Boom when he collided into [...]

Complainant No-Shows, Freeing Jafari Castro and Others of Harm Charge
For a few days last August, the beating of university student Kevin Brown on Ambergris Caye on the night of August sixth was all anyone would talk about. Brown was [...]

Ahmad Family to Address Phone Records in Murder Case
Now to another sensational case, the December twenty-eighth murder of Fareed Ahmad in Hattieville. News Five confirmed last week that police had met with Ahmad’s family to go over recently [...]

Minister Acknowledges Mistreatment in 2016 Raid
At the time of the January eleventh meeting between members of the Ahmad family and Police personnel in Belize City, they expressed their remaining displeasure over the rounding up of [...]

Still No Answers in Murder of Jermaine Hyde
The shooting death of thirty-six-year-old Jermaine Curtis Hyde remains an open case for the Belize Police Department whose investigators have made little progress in delving into his murder.  Onion, as [...]

California Belizean “Dreamer” Gets Invite to Trump’s State of the Union Address
U.S. President Donald Trump will give his first State of the Union address tonight in Washington. Marking the first year of his presidency, he will deliver the speech at the [...]

Sedi in Washington Too – Will Meet with O.A.S., Guats on Wednesday
While Denea Joseph will sit tonight at the State of the Union, Foreign Minister Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington is also in Washington, D.C., but for a meeting of the Permanent Council [...]

7 Years Later, Former CLICO Policyholders Take Case to C.C.J.
In August of 2009, the local portfolio of the former Colonial Life Insurance Company (CLICO) was handed over to RF&G Insurance, completing the demise of the company which had sustained [...]

G.O.B. Blamed, but Legislation Provides Immunity
The total liability at the time of the CLICO shutdown was about four million dollars, but the Government is not inclined to pay as the claimants are asking them to. [...]

Armed Ladyville Man Strong-Arms Club Owner Over Paid Sex and Gets Off
A bizarre case of robbery appeared briefly at the Magistrate’s Court this morning. A Ladyville man is said to have paid for sexual service at a nightclub and was dissatisfied, [...]

Man Charged for Chinese Grocery Shop Robbery
Also in the Magistrate’s Court, twenty-two-year-old Joshua Smith of East Collet Canal was read charges of robbery with a firearm for an attack on a Chinese grocery on the opposite [...]

Guat Fishers Held for Plundering Port Honduras Reserve
Two Guatemalan fishermen remain in detention tonight after they were fined in the Punta Gorda Magistrate’s Court over seven thousand dollars for illegally fishing in the Port Honduras Marine Reserve. [...]

Jahleel Lamb is Doing the Right Thing
Another high-schooler was recognized with the ‘Du Di Rait Ting’ award today in Belize City. Eighteen-year-old Jaheel Lamb was a student who misbehaved growing up.  But when he decided to [...]

Belmopan Cops Prison Visit Scares Kids Straight
Today Belmopan police took twenty youth from the capital to the Kolbe Foundation-managed Central Prison at Hattieville, though it was to prevent future crime, not punish offenders. The Officer Commanding [...]

Municipal Campaign Trail: Squaring Off in Benque
At the age of twenty-two, he is thrusting himself into electoral politics to serve his people. This ambitious young man, Cristian Castellanos is attempting to topple a seasoned and trusted [...]

Can the Blues Upset Incumbent in Dangriga?
On Monday, we gave you a brief look at the two mayoral candidates for Dangriga. U.D.P.’s Francis Humphreys is the incumbent, a well-known figure in the town having served as [...]


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Police Charge Driver In San Narciso Fatal Traffic Collision
Thirty five year old Gerardo Silvestre Chable, a teacher from Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico, appeared before the Magistrate’s Court yesterday and was arraigned on charges of Manslaughter by Negligence, Causing Death by Careless Conduct, Driving a motor vehicle due care and Driving a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license. Chable was behind the steering wheel of this white Isuzu Rodeo when he knocked 52 year old Hermenejildo Patt, a cane cutter, husband and father of six children last Thursday evening in San Narciso Village.

IDB General Manager Meets With PM Barrow
A special meeting was held yesterday in the country’s capital where Veronica Zavala, the new General Manager of the Inter-American Development Bank’s department for Central America, Haiti, Mexico, Panama and the Dominican Republic, met with Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow to discuss Belize’s current relationship with the IDB and programming for this year.

Undocumented Belizean Living In The US Attends President Trump's First State Of The Nations Address
Denea Joseph, an undocumented Belizean living in the United States of America has been invited by US Senator, Kamala Harris, to attend US President Donald Trump’s first state of the Union address tonight. Joseph who is a Belizean by birth, grew up in Los Angeles and is said to be one of 700,000 undocumented immigrants who are protected from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA)… The same program that President Trump announced he was calling quits in September of last year.

PlusTV

Gavin Palmerston stabbed and killed
A man was stabbed and killed in Vista Del Mar on Friday night. 41 year old Ladyville resident Gavin Palmerston was at an apartment building in Vista Del Mar sometime around 9 p.m. According to the police report, Palmerston was visiting a female friend when a person by the name of Robert Brown wa...

Jermaine Hyde shot to the head
Another person was shot and killed in Belize City. The victim was identified as 38 year old Jermaine Curtis Hyde. Police say they were called sometime around 4:30 Saturday morning to Thurton Lane in Belize City. That is where Hyde’s body was found with a gunshot wound to the back of the head. ASP ...

Man’s throat slit in Dangriga
There was a homicide in Dangriga early this morning. Sometime around three o’clock this morning, a man’s throat was slit at Havana Game Shop, located in the Havana Area of Dangriga Town. According to police, when they arrived on the scene, the then unidentified man was laying face down in a pool of ...

Vehicle reversed on 2 year old; child dies
A 2 year old is dead after she was run over by a vehicle. On Saturday 27th January at about 4 p.m., 30 year old Finance Officer Elba Cruz was reversing her grey Ford Escape in a yard in Teakettle Village, Cayo District. While reversing, she accidentally ran over 2 year Sophy Reyes. We spoke to t...

Man shot to the face in Belize City
A man is in critical condition after he was shot to the face in Belize City on Sunday night. The victim is 33 year old Edgar Flores. Police told us more. ASP Alejandro Cowo, NCIB Acting upon information received CIB, Precinct 2, proceeded to the KHNH where they observed a male person by the name of ...

Parents complain about reckless school bus driver
On Friday, we told you the story of the accident that happened on the La Gracia Road with students who commute daily to Eden High School in San Ignacio. [LA GRACIA FOOTAGE] The school bus that the students were in, crashed into a BATSUB vehicle because the bus was overtaking a parked vehicle on a v...

Fatal accident on Boom Road
Just before our news time, we received reports of a fatal traffic accident on the Boom road. We don’t have much information at this time but we understand that the accident involved a black Toyota Rav 4. Based on the images we have received, it appears that the entire driver side of the vehicle was ...

Minister Castro’s son gets off harm charge
Jafari Castro is no longer facing a charge of harm against Kevin Brown. That was the magistrate’s conclusion today when Brown did not show up for the trial which was to start today. You may remember that back in August of last year, Minister Edmond Castro’s 21 year-old son, Jafari, was jointly char...

Three charged for Paul Jex’s murder
A pair of brothers identified as 19 year old Nelson Samir Paguada and his 15 year old brother, along with 45 year old Timothy Carcamo, were all charged for the murder of Paul Jex Jr. The accused are all fisherman from San Pedro and were arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court this morning be...

Charges withdrawn against accused cops
Tonight two police brothers who had been placed on interdiction are very well likely to be reinstated after serious gun charges were withdrawn from them today in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court. They are brothers, 28-year-old Kenrick Steven Gamboa and 24-year-old Akeem Rashaad Gamboa . The broth...

Texting Bus driver puts passenger at risk
And there are more complaints against reckless driving. Complaints against another bus driver has surfaced after the driver was caught on camera; the video posted to social media. The video shows a bus driver texting as he is driving a public bus. It is said to be on the Phillip Goldson Highway fr...

Devon Brooks wanted by police
Belmopan police have issued a wanted poster for Devon Xavier Brooks. The poster indicates that Brooks is wanted for theft. Brooks also goes by the name “Pinker” . The 19 year old is said to be a resident of Cotton Tree Village. Anyone having any information on Brooks is asked to call the nearest po...

Car flips on Phillip Goldson Highway
There was a traffic accident on the Phillip Goldson Highway this weekend. On Saturday morning at approximately 2 o’clock, a vehicle headed from the northern border en route to Belize City somehow flipped and landed on its roof off the highway near to an old abandoned wooden house. Whilst the vehicle was badly damaged, we understand that no one was seriously injured in that accident.

Belize on the lookout for Measles after case reported in Guatemala
The Ministry of Health says it was recently alerted to a positive case of Measles in Guatemala, imported from Germany. Measles is a highly infectious viral disease but is also a vaccine-preventable disease. This disease has not been reported in Belize since 1991 but the number of cases of Measles in the region of the Americas has increased from 92 to 271 in 2016 and 2017, respectively, and the Caribbean is reporting highly suspicious cases imported from the United Kingdom (UK). The Ministry of Health issued an advisory this evening, to IMMEDIATELY report to your nearest health facility if you show signs or observe someone with the following symptoms:

Sergio Aguirre wanted by Police
Belmopan police say they are also looking for 26 year old Sergio Aguirre. Aguirre is wanted for sexual related offences. He is a resident of the Maya Mopan Area of Belmopan. Anyone having information on the whereabouts of Aguirre is asked to call the nearest police station.

Party Ice truck and SUV collide
There was also an accident near Mile 13 on the George Price Highway sometime around 10 o’clock Saturday morning. The accident was between a white Isuzu truck belonging to “Party Ice” and a white four door SUV. It appeared that the truck was turning off the George Price Highway on to a feeder road ...

BEL tells political parties to desist from using poles for banners
It’s political season with the Municipal elections scheduled for March 7. Campaigning is on and one of the common campaign strategies employed by political parties is the placement of banners and flyers in places where people can easily see them. That usually means on or near lamp posts. Belize Elec...

Protest over Killing of Mario Vernon
About 50 persons participated in a protest in Punta Gorda Town on Saturday. It was held due to the killing of Mario Vernon earlier this month. Vernon was shot in the head on January 13th by a police officer. There have been different versions told of what transpired but the officer’s account is tha...

Amandala

Exploding oven kills Sandhill baker
A father of three is dead after there was an explosion inside the kitchen at his family bakery in the village of Sandhill. Amandala has learned that Alfonso Moralez, Jr., 59, and his brother, Alberto Moralez, Sr. (no age provided), were inside the In-n-Out Bakery at around 8 a.m. on Friday when there was a loud bang. Maria White, a sister of the Moralez brothers, told the press that earlier that morning she had told her brother, Alberto, to check the oven because it hadn’t been working properly last week.

Jealousy leads to murder
On Friday night, social media was abuzz with news of a stabbing murder in the Vista Del Mar area of Ladyville, but as the reports of what had transpired became clearer, it became apparent that the murder may have been a crime of passion. The family of the man accused of murder, Robert Brown, was at the Magistrate’s Court all morning waiting for police to bring him to the court. Police brought Brown late in the morning, but took him back until the afternoon session of the court when he appeared before Magistrate Michelle Trapp, along with his attorney, Kareem Musa.

Tragedy in Teakettle: vehicle knocks down 2-year-old girl, killing her
Clifford Reyes and his family of Teakettle are devastated after an initial investigation revealed that an SUV driven by a relative knocked down his 2-year-old daughter, Sophie, at about 4:00 yesterday evening. Elba Cruz, 30, Reyes’ sister-in-law, had just driven into Reyes’ yard to bring motor oil for him from the store for a vehicle he was repairing. As Cruz was reversing out of the yard after delivering the oil, she knocked down the child. The baby was rushed to the Western Regional Hospital, but nothing could have been done to save her, and she was declared dead about 10 minutes after arriving at the facility.

Hattieville resident Jermaine Curtis Hyde murdered in the city
The senseless gun violence that seems to have the city in its grip has claimed yet another life. Jermaine Curtis Hyde, 38, a resident of Hattieville who worked at the bus terminal on West Collet Canal in Belize City, was found lying on Thurton Lane with a gunshot wound in the back of the head at about 5:00 Saturday morning. People in the area saw a man on the ground and called police, but he was already dead and his body was taken to the morgue. During a police press brief held this morning at the Racoon Street Police Station, ASP Alejandro Cowo, Commander of Crimes Investigation, said that Hyde was last seen at the tacos stand at the foot of the main bridge (Swing Bridge) at the corner of Regent and Albert Streets, and was walking home to Thurton Lane, when an unknown gunman approached from behind and fired a shot at him.

Jessie Mejia, 24, and Darwin Estuardo Prado, 20, arraigned for the murders of Marlon Spain, 25, and Casey Lozano, 24
Police have formally arrested and charged Ladyville residents Jessie Mejia, 24, and Darwin Estuardo Prado, 20, for the murders of Marlon Spain, 25, and Casey Lozano, 24. The accused men were also charged for gunshot injuries suffered by Sidney Humes, 47, and Johan Gray, 22. On Friday, they appeared before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser, who booked them on charges of two counts of murder, two counts of use of deadly means of harm, one count of wounding and one count of grievous harm. No plea was taken from them, and they were remanded to the Belize Central Prison until April 26, 2018.

Despite increase in murders, police crime statistics reveal a drop in major crimes
With the exception of murders, the crime statistics released by the Belize Police Department yesterday, Thursday, point to an overall decrease in major crimes. During the first three weeks of this month, there have been 12 murders in Belize, which represents an increase over the murder tally for January 2017, which closed out with 9 murders. Even though the murder rate spiked last year, in 2017, the number of arrests that police made declined from 61 to 54. The police department’s murder statistics indicate that 142 murders were committed in 2017 – 4 murders more than the 138 killings that occurred the year before.

Despite the rain, all PLB Week 3 games completed
Both basketball and football games were rained out in Belize City over the weekend, where the MCC was deemed unplayable on Sunday for the CYDP Peace Cup finals; and the Belize Elementary Gym was also affected enough on Saturday night to cause the cancellation of the basketball clash between the NEBL’s Smart Belize Hurricanes and Belize City Defenders, both based in the old capital. But basketball and football games in the rest of the country were played as scheduled. Week 3 in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2017-2018 Closing Season saw Punta Gorda’s Freedom Fighters sending a strong message to the rest of the league with their big win over Wagiya, which pushed them to third in the standings. (See standings below.)

40-mile Clásica de Candelaria in Valladolid, Mexico – January 28
40-mile Clásica de Candelaria in Valladolid Mexico, featuring some 30 riders in the 50 to 59 year-old “B” Category Race. Congratulations to Julio Dzul, one of the main organizers, as over 200 riders in all the different categories from all over Mexico showed up for this race. From Belize, it was me and my two teammates, Beto Acosta and Omar Gomez, Belizean, Mexican, as well as Juan Jose Cuellar, all who did a stellar job making sure a Santino’s rider was always in the break. Before I go on with this short story, let me say that this week the cycling community suffered a terrible loss in the death of Alfonso Morales, who died as a result of a freak accident in his bakery in Sandhill.

Cricket Marathon this weekend in Isabella Bank, weather permitting
The Belize National Cricket Association (BNCA) had to postpone its season opening of the Sir Barry Bowen, Harrison Parks 2018 Cricket Marathon this past weekend due to inclement weather. The schedule of matches has been pushed forward to this coming weekend at the same venue, Isabella Bank, on February 3 and 4, starting at 9:00 a.m. daily. Two more teams have stepped forward to participate in the Marathon, Wicked 11 and Bright Star, who will face each other in game 5 on Saturday.

Individual Awards at CYDP Peace Cup finals this Sunday at the MCC
The following players are being recognized by the CYDP Peace Cup administrators for their outstanding performance in the regular season of the 2017/2018 CYDP Peace Cup. All players are invited to be present at the MCC on Sunday, February 4, to collect their awards. Kindly note that Sunday’s action kicks off at midday, where Tut Bay FC will be facing Stars Academy for third place, followed immediately after by the championship game, where newcomer FC Elite will be facing Kelly Street FC, which is -1 on aggregate going into the final game.

Editorial: The big picture
When we dared to begin publishing this newspaper in August of 1969 (as a four-page stenciled thing without advertisements), we never imagined that 49 years later, African and Mayan history would still be an issue, in the sense of being absent from Belize’s schools. In fact, next month, February, is Black History Month in the United States and amongst conscious regional populations of African descent. After December of 1977, when this newspaper explicitly changed its guiding philosophy from Black Nationalism to Belizean nationalism, we did not believe that 42 years later, we would be surrounded by this Southside wasteland to such an extent that we have no choice but to feel a sense of continuing worry and renewed responsibility.

Suggests compassion for Guat youth
Dear Editor, I hope somebody in authority sees the grave injustice being done to the three Guatemalan youths being fined $1,000.00 Bzd or 6 months imprisonment. If these kids each had $1,000.00 Bzd they would not be looking for jobs as they say. Six months in prison can mean nothing to some and traumatize others for life. My advice would be to hand the kids back to the Guatemalan authorities with a warning that if they return they will spend the time. Let us please stop shooting ourselves in the foot by filling our prison with illegal immigrants.

Romel’s traffic suggestions
Dear Editor, I view with concern how our national traffic controllers and highway planners love to have us driving longer distances than necessary to reach our destinations. This costs the country more time and fuel, very expensive things. On the Philip Goldson Highway entrance to Belize City I read that a median will be installed. Man, in the newer cities of the modern world, on wide roads, a middle lane is used specifically for people who need to turn left or turn back. That stretch on the PGH is wide enough for two lanes going, two lanes coming, shoulders for cyclists, and middle lane for turning left or returning. The drain coverings serve as sidewalks.

Good laws have the support of the people
In my youth I entertained children, and I had my friends, but I searched for wisdom among my elders. If you’re open to learn, it’s at their feet you should sit. For me there was rarely a dull moment. They have so much to share. Give them respect, share the love, and you will learn and also be entertained. The voice of the people is the voice of God, they say. That’s mostly true. An experienced demagogue can turn good people into a mob. Yes, sometimes the people can be very wrong. However, when the knowledge of a nation is shared without fear or favor, without “agenda”, the people are never wrong. If we look at the laws introduced in the days of Leviticus, we realize that the Jews were deep into wikidnis.

ABUSES EVEN AT THE COURTS
However, the abuse did not end there since in that case not only did my former firm representing me show up on the other side. Attorney Lois Young Barrow made an unprecedented move and applied for my Family Court matter to be removed from the Family Court, where there can be no breach of confidentiality, and asked that my case instead be heard in the regular Magistrate’s Court. It was not being heard like any other public trial and the justification was that it was a contempt charge and the Family Court did not have the power to hand down the punishment they were seeking. Sadly, I really did not know better then, and while I felt it wrong and so unjust and outright unlawful, I again did not have the legal learning to express or prove the violation against me! But today I know better.

Potato farmers may come out on top this year
Local potato farmers (of Irish potatoes) in the north and west suffered massive financial losses last year because the sale of their harvest was undermined by the importation of potatoes from Mexico. Farmers had told the Amandala that the crisis was caused mainly because importation licenses were issued to highly connected UDP cronies. With this year’s harvest scheduled for next week, farmers made a proactive move by meeting with the Ministry of Agriculture in Belmopan on Tuesday. The purpose of the meeting was to establish an estimate of production figures so that the Ministry would better be able to protect the local market.

Cyber-attack compromises Heritage Bank credit card system
Belize is not immune from cyber-attack in today’s brave new electronic world, but legislation and preventative action on the part of system managers to combat this reality have still not been sufficiently developed to meet the challenge. Credible information to Amandala this week is that there was a massive cyber-attack on the Heritage Bank credit card system, resulting in a temporary halt in service to thousands of customers who use the bank’s credit card.

PACT vs PSU
At the middle of the month, the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT), whose board is chaired by Dr. Percival Cho, closed its offices and told its employees to return to work in a week. The announcement caused much uncertainty and fears that the company would be downsizing. In a statement released following the announcement, it was revealed that PACT was retrenching its employees. The statement said that they conducted an organization review and concluded that PACT needed to restructure itself to reduce and contain administrative costs.

William Godoy, 33, arraigned for golf-cart execution of Alfredo Cowo in San Pedro
On Tuesday, San Pedro resident, William Godoy, 33, appeared in the San Pedro Magistrate Court to answer to charges for the murder of Alfredo Cowo, 26. No plea was taken and Godoy, who was represented by attorney-at-law Richard “Dickie” Bradley, was remanded to the Belize Central Prison. He is to return to court on April 13. Police believe that Godoy was the man who walked up to Cowo and opened fire just before sunrise on Tuesday, January 16. Cowo was in a golf cart with his girlfriend in front of the Jaguar night club on Barrier Reef Drive in San Pedro Town when he was executed.

Despite increase in murders, police crime statistics reveal a drop in major crimes
With the exception of murders, the crime statistics released by the Belize Police Department yesterday, Thursday, point to an overall decrease in major crimes. During the first three weeks of this month, there have been 12 murders in Belize, which represents an increase over the murder tally for January 2017, which closed out with 9 murders. Even though the murder rate spiked last year, in 2017, the number of arrests that police made declined from 61 to 54. The police department’s murder statistics indicate that 142 murders were committed in 2017 – 4 murders more than the 138 killings that occurred the year before.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

January records 16 murders
With one day remaining, January has been a bloody month. Data collected by our newsroom […]

Attorney General donates law books to Belmopan Police
Today, Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte donated 15 volumes of the Laws of Belize to the […]

Family of missing ranger seek assistance
The family of missing ranger Elroy Alvarado is seeking public and police assistance in locating him […]

More rain headed our way
Cool and moist conditions to continue throughout Belize. The National Meteorological Service is reporting that […]

Two Belizean Rangers missing
BBN has received reports that two Belizean rangers are missing since yesterday. The two rangers […]

Belizean to attend US President’s State of the Union address
An undocumented Belizean living in the United States will be the special guest of a […]

Belmopan Youths visit prison
Today, the Belmopan police formation took 20 young persons from that jurisdiction to gain first-hand […]

Home Affairs Ministry, Police & San Pedro Town Council meet to discuss Crime situation in San Pedro
On Saturday, January 27, 2018, representatives from the Belize Police Department, Ministry of Home […]

Retiree dies in Boom road accident
Yesterday afternoon around 2:45, police responded to a report of a road traffic accident on the […]

Political ad draws criticism, gets fact checked
With the upcoming municipal elections, an endless bevy of unimaginative political ads from all sides […]

Belize and Guatemala foreign ministers to meet tomorrow in Washington
The Organization of the American States (OAS) is hosting a special meeting for permanent council […]

Case against Castro’s son dismissed
In August 2017, Jafari Castro was charged along with James Young Jr., 21, and Gilbert […]

Fake Belizean diplomat busted in London
A man pretending to be a Belizean diplomat was busted last Friday in London. According […]

Three jailed for Paul Jex murder
Police charged three persons yesterday with last Tuesday’s murder of Paul Jex, 32. Jex was […]

Blogs

Juicey Juice Dive, Yummy Healthy Eats
A lot of people are excited about this new joint in San Pedro, Belize, but we have never seen Madi this energized about eating out. She even broke out with a happy dance at the Juice Dive; it’s the new cold press juicery and restaurant on Ambergris Caye. The buzz around town has not stopped since they opened at the end of December last year. Why was Madi so excited? Juice Dive is the first cold pressed juicery in Belize, serving fresh pure fruit juice – no added water, sugar or anything else. The health benefits of cold pressed juices are well documented and they are delicious. I am eagerly looking forward to their Acai Bowls for breakfast on a regular basis. They are delicious and something new to Belize; I have not seen anyone else carry it in their menu. They are packed with vitamins, antioxidants, minerals…a perfect nutritious breakfast.

Belize Food
Belize’s abundant cultural interaction makes for an incredible diversity of foods. As tourism has increased, so has the availability of international cuisine countrywide and whilst the mainstay of Belizean fare is undoubtedly stewed chicken, rice and beans served with plantain, potato salad or coleslaw, every region has at least one or two specialties based on its cultural heritage. Corozal maintains a strong Mexican influence. Corn is a staple here and used in the making of tamale, a corn based dough called masa surrounding chicken, wrapped in a banana or plantain leaf served with a juicy tomato based sauce. Traditionally the tamale was prepared by the ancient Maya for feasts. Today they are eaten by everyone. Dukunu another delicacy is made from the ground and roasted corn kernels steamed in corn husks. Most street corners in Belize towns, have their own taco stands and local favorites but Orange Walk arguably has the best. Tacos, a rolled corn tortilla with meat filling can be spicy or not, and make for a delicious breakfast. Orange Walk tacos are shipped countrywide by Tropic Air via our cargo department, so wherever it is likely that will be able to enjoy them or you can get them flown in specially.

Tour ATM with Tropic Air
Belize is fortunate to possess some spectacular and diverse wonders of nature. From the world famous Blue Hole, to hundreds of coral rimmed Cayes, to Maya sites scattered across large swaths of rainforest. Amongst all this beauty is ATM (Actun Tunichil Muknal) Cave, a must see on your Belize bucket list. Actun Tunichil Muknal, which means Cave of the Stone Sepulcre, was discovered in the late 80s and first opened to the public in the late 90s. Located deep within the Cayo rainforest, it’s a 7 mile journey down a dirt track from the main highway near Teakettle village. Then, it’s a 45 minute hike through the rainforest, crossing the Roaring River several times, before arriving at the hourglass shaped entrance to the cave. The cave is reached with a brief swim. Ancient Maya belief held that entering a cave was to enter Xibalba, the Maya Under-world. As you wade, walk and swim through the dark underground river using only the light from your headlamp, one can begin to imagine why the Maya used caves as sacred places. As you reach “The Cathedral”, named because of its scale, magnificence and sacredness, you can see giant stalactites hanging from the ceiling, and ancient Maya artifacts including pottery and human bones littering the cave floor.

Birds In Paradise: A Birder’s Guide to Belize
It’s no secret: Belize is one of the world’s premier destinations for wildlife viewing. Here at Ka’ana, in the country’s western jungles, guests have prime access to some of Belize’s nearly 600 species of birds. For birders, that’s sheer paradise. And the winged creatures are so beautiful, that even visitors who haven’t thought much about birds often leave Belize with a newfound passion (especially if they’ve joined us for our birding adventure). One of our most beloved birds is the toucan. It’s everywhere in Belize, and not just eating the plentiful fruits of the rainforest. As the national bird, it’s on the logo for Belize Tourism Board. It’s even on the dollar bills! We prefer to see it in the wild, though, and revel in each sighting as it flits from tree to tree. The scarlet macaw is also a must-see for birders. The archetypal red parrot, it has a ruby-red body and bright flashes of yellow and blue on its wings. It’s also the largest parrot in the world. The scarlet macaw’s numbers have diminished in Central America, although the species is still plentiful in South America.

Take Your 2018 Family Vacation in Belize
Family vacations are a great time to bond and get away from the stresses and distractions of modern life, and one of the best places to unplug, unwind, and enjoy some fantastic adventures is the country of Belize. Just 2-3 hours' flying time from cities across the United States, Belize is a natural wonderland where monkeys and iguanas far outnumber people. With no malls, Starbucks, or fast-food joints, Belize is a land with unspoiled landscapes that are teeming with plant and animal life. Indeed, Belize is the perfect place to get away from video games, cell phones, and tablets. Other fun activities for the family to enjoy in Belize include canoeing down a pristine river, exploring the depths of a sacred cave once used for human sacrifices, and sailing through the canopy on a zip wire. Other popular activities include cave tubing or using an inner tube to float down an underground river, a natural "ride" far superior to anything you'll find in an amusement park.

Belize On The Rise As A Spring Break Destination
Although Belize certainly looks and feels like an exotic vacation destination for spring break, it's actually just a few short hours' flying time from the United States thanks to a bevy of affordable non-stop options from leading airlines like American, Southwest, United, and Delta. Whether your idea of the perfect spring break is enjoying the nightlife on a gorgeous tropical island or getting lots of fresh air and sunshine as you explore a pristine jungle, there is truly something for everyone in Belize. Here are a few adventures that you can enjoy on your spring break in Belize:

Inspire EdVentures and Caves Branch Jungle Lodge
Caves Branch Jungle Lodge has for years supported and encouraged educational groups of all ages to visit and experience the cultural, historical and scientific aspects of Belize. Groups have included High School and College groups as well as archaeology & scientific research groups, photography workshops and even groups who focus on community service. Inspire EdVentures is a multifaceted educational company that was founded on the principle of providing outstanding educational experiences for a wide diversity of audiences. Inspire EdVentures has been leading educational based groups to Belize for over 12 years. Group demographics have included traditional study abroad courses as well as educational based adult learners. Inspire EdVentures supports the learning process of their groups by hosting an online portal that features science based educational materials that provide the foundation for a more meaningful travel experience. Recent trips to Belize have focused on studying the jaguar population in central Belize, water quality of the Sibun River and how the invasive lionfish is impacting the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.

Mayan Roots Grow Deep in Belize
Appearing more than 3,500 years ago in the Yucatan Peninsula of what is now Mexico, the ancient Maya civilization soon spread throughout all of Central America. For more than 2,000 years, the Maya were the dominant civilization, constructing a vast network of trade routes, religious sites, and enormous stone pyramids, palaces, and temples. The Maya also developed advanced forms of mathematics and used astronomical observatories to create the world's most accurate calendar. The Maya were also master craftsmen, designing and creating elegant jade items, engraved stones, and innovative agricultural implements that allowed them to feed their vast population. It is estimated that more than 1 million Maya lived in what is now Belize. Today, Belize has a population of only a quarter of that figure.

No Bar Code: Sean Kuylen shares his passion for Belize Cuisine at TEDx Belmopan
Don’t let Belize Cuisine be defined by Rice and Beans, stewed chicken, potato salad, fried plantains and a side of lime juice. Belize cuisine is much more varied…and top Belizean chef Sean Kuylen speaks of the culinary delights that abound our country. With the tagline “Inspired Belizean Cuisine”, Kuylen’s cooking reaches new heights and flavors, especially as he embodies the true meaning of “farm to table’…’organic’…’free range’…and more! He shares his experiences about cooking up a storm throughout Belize with the audience at TEDx Belmopan, in a talk titled “No Bar Code”. An unabashedly raw, straight-to-the-point and hilarious talk, his insight into Belize Cuisine is a must listen. Enjoy!

Videos

  • Criminal Justice System in Belize, 28min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Violations to the Finance and Audit Reform Act., 40min. on Open Your Eyes

  • New bridge for San Ignacio/Santa Elena, 1min. Santa Elena and San Ignacio now boast the longest and highest bridge in Belize. A new bridge and newly paved roads from 2012 to 2017 and the works continue in 2018!

  • Driving to the secret beach Belize, 2min. Long long road to the lagoon with a beautiful beach and waters.

  • REVOLUTIONARY BELIZEAN NATIONALIST WIL MEHIA STANDS READY FOR THE REVOLUTION!, 21min. At a short moment's notice, Wil Mehia, the revolutionary Southern Belizean Activist against the Guatemalan military oligarchy aggression on the Belize Sarstoon River and Island in the Toledo District, comes to "Belizean Legends" finally in this powerful and informative exclusive interview with yours truly about the state of affairs of Guatemala's recent aggressive tactics against Belize, and to share his perspective on the scheme to force Belize to go to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

  • BELIZE SOFTBALL LEGENDS REUNION "WHEN WE WERE QUEENS: CELEBRATION! 3 min. This specular reunion of the legendary Belizean women of softball "Hall of Fame" comes to you the "Belizean Legends" audience as a special tribute to the these outstanding Belizean athletes of Belize. Let's honor them through this celebration of being the best ever of their time and throughout the years, and remember this as a monument of greatness achieved for Belizean generations of athletes of the past, present and the future. Through the gracious courtesy of the legendary softball giant and philanthropist, Doreth Martinez, and her team of "Golden Girls" of softball like Beulah Gillett, Margaret Usher and many others who worked tirelessly to make the first ever reunion of champions of Belize since that period of world class athleticism was accomplished some thirty-eight years ago. It serves as a beacon light for other Belizean sporting legends in Belizean football, cycling, boxing and basketball to follow such effort of reuniting the greats in one place and moment in classic sport commemoration.

  • CHARLES GOFF: BELIZE'S MOST DOMINANT BASKETBALL CENTER!, 34min. Belizean 1960s, 70s and 80s basketball has seen many a big man come through the middle on a Belizean basketball court; but through the lens of many a Belizean sports enthusiasts, Belizean basketball center of the 1970s basketball great team "Wheels", Charles Goff, had made a serious impact on Belize's basketball landscape. Depending on which way you want to look at it, Goff dominated the center as one of Belize's most domineering big men, under considerable pressure and opposition from others like J.J. Lynch and Emile Grinage of the legendary Belize basketball team, "Happy Home Builders". In our Belizean Legends interview with Goff last year, he remembered how it was when he was a novice under the shadows of the towering Wilton "Cama" Cumberbatch, who at that time stood more than six feet tall and taught him many basics in terms of how to dominate in the center. Goff reflected that he had to wait his turn as a junior member of Cama's team. "I really was getting tired of just sitting on the bench", said Goff. "But as soon as I got my chance to play, I worked hard on becoming better at the game every chance I got."

  • BELIZE'S SOFTBALL ACE PITCHER MARGARET USHER TALKS ABOUT BELIZE'S SOFTBALL GREATNESS!, 17min. Belizean Legends featured two years ago the legendary Belizean ace pitcher, Margaret Usher, from the 1979 Bronze Medal Team, that struck out the American batters in a historic game that gave team Belize an advantage to beat the softball world champions the United States, "Orlando Rebels", 2-1 in the 1979 Pan American Games. Margaret Usher stole the hearts of many Belizean sports enthusiasts who still feels that she has become Belize's best pitcher of all times because of her strikeout averages, and having taken Belize to international acclaim standards in the historic game against the world best softball team at the 1979 Pan American Games. She also led Belize's national team to win the gold medal in the 1980 Central America softball tournament in Mexico City just after the national team came back from the Pan American games in 1979.

  • BELIZE'S FOOTBALL GREATNESS: RUPERT "CANALAYTE" ANDERSON! (PART ONE), 41min. Meeting the legendary Belizean football goalkeeper, Rupert Anderson, for the first time in person after seeing him play so many games as the "hard to score on" iron clad defense for first team Landivar in the 1960s and early 70s, then Spurs, and later on White Label in the late1970s and early 80s, Belizean Legends embarked on one of the most prestigious production to date two weeks ago to document the incredible story of one of Belize's most celebrated athletes of all times. The keen vision of Belizean sports enthusiast and athlete, Everett "Koby" Coburn, who invited yours truly to Florida to chronicle the life and times of the man they called "Canalayte", Rupert Anderson, has got to be appreciated here. Being a visionary in many ways, Coby saw the story and pressed me urgently since the long time Belizean goalkeeper has been ailing, and found it very important that Anderson's classic work as probably Belize's best goalkeeper of all times be respected and not be forgotten by all means necessary.

  • WHEN RAYMOND GONGORA REVOLUTIONIZED BELIZEAN THEATER! (PART ONE), 31min. 1970s Belizean theater can be dubbed as "The Belizean Artistic Renaissance" since its period of high quality accomplished Belizean drama taken from the streets of Belize City and the underlining Creole villages of Belize District carried the narratives of Belizean ancestors of African Creole folklore. But these stories would not have been preserved if it was not for the work of a drama group from Belize City called, "The Square Peg Players", that was the brilliant brainchild of the legendary Belizean actor, playwright, and visionary, Raymond Gongora. Gongora's range as an artistic interpreter was seen in his ability to take the language of the common day Belizean folk of the 1970s Belize, and captured it in prose and drama. He was the architect of Belizean comedy theater pulling from the incredible works of legendary Belizean artists and playwrights like Evan X Hyde, George Gabb and Sandra Coye. He turned these works into masterpieces of Belizean artistic freedom that served as a main source of entertainment at that time when radio was the only medium of communication and the coming of television was never even realized.

  • Department of Youth Services - FREE Assistance with Song Creation, 1min. Start writing and creating your winning entry for the National Song Competition 2018! After putting pen to paper, get your instrumental created and your recording done professionally. Visit the Department of Youth Services for FREE assistance with producing your winner!!! What do 3 winners in National Song Competition 2017 have in common? Where should you go to create your winner?

  • Hungry Woodpecker, 1/2min. Successful video shoot behind him, he gets his juicy worm treat. While I volunteered here last year, I got to help him grow up. Oscar Valle and I found a termite nest and place it close to his sleeping aviary. And at night I carried him to the board in which he slept.

  • Woodpecker feet, 1/4min. Woodpecker feet are designed for clinging to the side of trees to forage. They can’t walk - rather they hop. This video’s a slow motion of Pomona (aka Dum-dum) hopping to get a big juicy worm.

  • TODAY CTV3 NEWS MEDIA VISTED THE WINNERS OF THE MUFFLES HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE AND BUSINESS FAIR, 8min. On Friday Muffles College High School hosted its highly anticipated Science and Business Fair at the school’s auditorium. The event is one that takes place every two years and provides students from all four levels with an opportunity to showcase several unique and interesting experiments as well as business products.

  • DOCTOR.ELSIE CONSTANZA SHARES SOME MEASURES ON HOW TO PREVENT THE DREADFUL MEASELS, 7min. Belize has not seen a case of measles since 1991. But yesterday the Ministry of Health issued a general alert after the highly infectious viral disease recently showed up in neighboring Guatemala, on the heels of an increase of cases in the region back in 2017. The suspected cases are said to have been imported from Germany and the United Kingdom.

  • Live Art Session - Sketching & Sculpting, 50min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), 35min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Medical malpractice laws in Belize, 35min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Richard & Carol's Margay Savannah Guest House, 1min.

  • Leaf cutter ants, my favourite, 1min.

  • Playing games with Chiqui (Jaguar) at the zoo, 1.5min. Fond memories I'll always cherish. The Belize Zoo is doing some fine work!

  • Butterflies in Toledo, 1min.

  • Problem Jaguar Preservation, 3min. Expert interviews: -Frederito Villanueva, Assistant Site Manager at the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary -Even Montejo, Tropical Science Educator at the Tropical Education Center of the Belize Zoo The increased diminishing of natural habitats forces many jaguars to hunt for food elsewhere. Often, that elsewhere becomes farms, where desperate jaguars drag off livestock from farmers as a source of food. These “problem jaguars,” or jaguars that have repeatedly hunted on livestock and domestic animals, often get killed by farmers just trying to protect their livelihoods. This project tells the story of Belize’s problem jaguars, and how methods of dealing with the jaguars evolved overtime. According to Even Montejo, Tropical Science Educator at the Tropical Education Center of the Belize Zoo, the Belize Zoo takes in about 13 to 15 of these problem jaguars each year and attempts to rehabilitate the jaguars. Those problem jaguars who “graduate” after being trained to peacefully interact with humans go on to larger sites off site at the Belize Zoo.

  • The Miles Family in Belize 2018, 7.5min. Miles Family Travels - Placencia, Belize in 2018. Stayed at the Nautical Inn. Thanks Roger & Gail & Mr. Cereal!

  • Belize san pedro 2018 night life mesoamerica reef, 4min. Lot of night life in caribbean sea here in san pedro.

  • COCO BEACH | BELIZE | RESORT, 3.5min.

  • Belize Coral Reef And Rainforest Conservation May 2017, 3.5min. University of Alabama coral reef and rainforest conservation corse, May 2016. Lime Caye, Southwater Caye, Punta Gorda.

  • Belize Moray January 2018, 1min. Dive master found a local Moray just hanging out.

  • Belize Reef Shark January 2018, 1.5min.

  • Police Check Point Talk Show January 30, 60min.


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