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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro’s PUP 7 hosts Love Fest
The Belize Rural South People’s United Party (PUP) slate hosted a Love Fest at Boca Del Rio Park on Sunday, February 4th. The event saw a large crowd of supporters enjoying a day full of activities. Present at the event was the PUP town council aspiring candidates, Andre Perez, Ruben Navidad, Ian Pou, Marina Kay, Danieli Aranda, Johnnia Duarte, and Undina Dina Duarte. The ceremony started at 2PM with the singing of the national anthem, followed by a short invocation. Thereafter, Master of Ceremony Alex Nunez welcomed everyone and invited the six councilor candidates one by one to the podium to share some words. The first candidate of the afternoon was Ruben Navidad, who shared a little bit on all the issues that Ambergris Caye is presently facing. “I would like to highlight the issues that our community is going through, as we all know them. Issues such as poor street conditions, the amount of garbage, bad infrastructure and much more. I just want to tell everyone that if they are ready for a change and a new San Pedro Town to vote PUP 7 on March 7th.” said Navidad.

San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament finals draw near
With only one more week left before the regular season of the San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament comes to an end, two matches were held this past weekend on Sunday, February 4th at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex in San Pedro Town. The current standings have Quality Reef at the top with four wins and one loss, followed by RCGO with three wins and two losses. Extreme has two wins and three losses, and at the bottom of the chart is SPHS with one win and four losses. Games continue this weekend on Sunday, February 11th, starting at 9AM with Extreme going against Quality Reef, followed by SPHS taking on RCGO at 11:30AM. Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy the last game of the regular season of the tournament.

San Pedro Red Cross hosts first blood drive of the year
A total of 12 pints of blood were collected on Saturday, February 3rd, during the first blood drive of the year held at the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II. Organized by the San Pedro Belize Red Cross (SPBRC), the event had a good turnout, with the majority of the participants donating the precious liquid. It is known that just a single pint of blood can save up to three lives, thus, the SPBRC strives to build the island’s blood supply at the Belize Blood Bank. Volunteers assisting the drive also held a dollar drive on the streets of downtown San Pedro, collecting $1,949.14.

San Pedro Pirates F.C. celebrate first victory of the PLB closing season
After three straight losses, the San Pedro Pirates F.C. finally managed to earn a victory on Sunday, February 4th. The Pirates defeated the Belize Defense Force (BDF) with a 2-1 point score at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town in the fourth match of the Premiere League of Belize (PBL) closing tournament. The current standing of the PLB have Verdes F.C at the top with 12 points, followed by the Belmopan Bandits and Police United F.C with seven points each. Freedom Fighters F.C have six points and Placencia Assassins have five points, while Belize Defense Force and San Pedro Pirates F.C have three points each and Dangriga Wagiya F.C is yet to make it on the chart. For the fifth week of the PLB, the San Pedro Pirates F.C will face the Verdes F.C at the Norman Broaster Stadium in the Cayo District on Sunday, February 11th.The game is scheduled to start at 4PM. For more information on how to accompany the Pirates as a fan, you can contact 629-6770.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Super presentacion de Juan De Dios El Cassanova
Este 11 de Febrero Radio Arrecife te invita a celebrar el dia del Amor con la super presentacion de Juan De Dios El Cassanova apartir de las 8 de la noche en Paradise Theater. Boletos en preventa a solo 25.00. Alli nos vemos!!!

The History of the Struggle for Belizean Independence
Assad Shoman and Nigel Bolland to present in Punta Gorda on Feb. 13 2018. 5:30pm at the Coral House on Main Street

SAN PEDRO TOWN COUNCIL ELECTION 2018
In accordance with the Town Councils (Registration of Electors and Elections) Regulations Chapter 87 of the Subsidiary Laws of Belize, it is hereby notified that the nominations of candidates for election of members of the SAN PEDRO TOWN COUNCIL will be received at the San Pedro Town Hall, San Pedro Town between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 21st February, 2018.

BHA at the Caribbean Travel Marketplace
On January 31 and February 1, 2018, the Caribbean's largest and most important marketing event Caribbean Travel Marketplace, was held in San Juan Puerto Rico. Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2018 was produced by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association ( CHTA) in collaboration with the Puerto Rico Convention Center District Authority, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Meet Puerto Rico, and the Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association. During two intense days of business meetings, more than 500 regional tourism suppliers met with over 200 wholesalers and service providers from around the world that sell Caribbean vacation travel or plan to sell the region. The Belize Hotel Association, represented by President Ted Tejada and Marketing Director, Tessie Duran Tonaco, networked and liaised with international travel agents, service providers and media personnel, who were highly interested in promoting Belize as a vacation destination to their clients or providing other marketing and tourism related services.

SBDC Workshop: Costing & Pricing Workshop
Presented by: Ms. Sarita Bejerano, Business Adviser, SBDCBelize, Beltraide. Location: BTEC Training Room, ITVET Campus, Freetown Road, Belize City. Workshop Date: February 15th, 2018. Time: 9am to 12noon. The overall objective of this training is to equip our clients with knowledge, skills and capabilities to determine all costs related to the production of their goods or services and to consequently apply an adequate price that encompasses all the costs and allows them to make a profit while still being feasible for customers. Cost: $30.00, Include refreshments.

Calendar of events for San Pedro Carnaval 2018!
Are you ready for some fun?

Emergency Response First Aid refresher course held in Placencia
On Tuesday 6th February 2018, between the hours of 8:30 a.m., and 3:45 p.m., members from Placencia Police Formation received basic Emergency Response First Aid refresher course. The training was facilitated by Ms. Patricia Ramirez from, Splash Dive Shop in, Placencia Village.

Red Carpet Love Affair
Corozal Events Organizers presents a Senager - Grown & Sophisticated Elegance Event catered by Mar's Restaurant this Saturday, February 10th at DREAMS. 3 course Dining - Live Music - Old School Dance. Buy your tickets now. This will be a wonderful event.

Art In The Park
Saturday February 10th at our Corozal Central Park.

Corozal Valentine's Day Sale and raffle
Belize Diabetes Association Corozal Branch will be having a Valentine's Day Sale and raffle on February 14th starting at 9:00 a.m. at the Corozal Central Park. Pre-orders are welcome before February 12th at our branch office on #4 4th Avenue infront of A & R Store. Support a great cause. On Sale: Cupcakes: $ 1.50, Cakes: $35.00, Floral arrangement: $10.00. Raffle tickets on sale for $2.00 a ticket. All proceeds for funding acitivies of the Belize Diabetes Association Corozal Branch. Thanks for your support.

Movie night, Thursday, February 8 at the Governor General Field
In honor of Black History Month we are showing "RACE." Movie starts at dark. Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their important role in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.

Kindy take note of Archeological site update
THURSDAY 8 FEBRUARY 2018: THE ATM AND NOHOCH CHEEN ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVES ARE CLOSED DUE TO FLOODED RIVER CONDITION. THE XUNANTUNICH ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVE IS OPEN WITH PEDESTRIAN CROSSING ONLY AT THE FERRY. THE BARTON CREEK ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVE IS OPEN. ALL OTHER ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVES REMAIN OPEN. PLEASE EXERCISE CAUTION.

MISS CHIQUITITA MUNDO MAYA
n the Maya village of Cristo Rey in Corozal the event wil take place on friday d 9 feb starting at 7 pm @ the park. Five young talented girls from the village will participate in this event . Also special presentation of the Yucatec Maya dance group Sak Pakal from Cristo Rey . wayano'one kux'ano'on to'one Masewaalo'on (We are here,we are alive , we are Maya )

Channel 7

Capital Cops Closing In On Perez Killer
Belmopan police are making headway in Israel Perez's murder case. As we told you last night, police had detained a man because they found Perez's vehicle as well as a few of his belongings at the man's St. Matthews Village home. Well today, Cruz Castillo was charged with handling stolen goods - specifically, property of Israel Perez. He was remanded until Friday. Now while it is not the murder charge his family and friends were expecting - police say this first charge can give them more time to investigate and confirm if Castillo will also be charged for Perez's murdered. The two may have known each other. We will keep following the case.

Mayor Bradley “Topped Up” City Manager Before Leaving Office
Right now, the Municipal Election cycle is in full swing, and with only 1 month to go, the electioneering is in high gear. And with the campaigning comes the political mudslinging and finger pointing. Tonight the finger is on Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley. He isn't running for a third term, but many in his council are, and so, the Opposition is criticizing him for recently renewing the contract of the City Administrator, who only had a few months left. It's widely held that an outgoing elected official should not be allowed to sign a contract which extends the employment of senior staff beyond the life of his term. We caught up with the Mayor at another event and asked him about it. In typical style, he said that he makes no apologies for it:

Mayor Won’t Go There With Waste Control
So, while the Mayor was willing to give security of tenure to those senior staffers at City Hall, he's not willing to touch the Council's commercial arrangement with the sanitation company, Belize Waste Control. Their 10 year-contract with the Council, to collect the city's garbage has expired, and they are seeking to renew it. When the press asked the Mayor about that, he said that he doesn't think that his administration has enough time to properly review and consider all the implications of such a contract. So, the Mayor is leaving that one to his successor. Here's how he explained it: Alindy Marisol Amaya - KREM News: "I think it's the Waste Control contract that was expired will be renegotiated until..." Darrell Bradley - Mayor, Belize City Council: "It actually is being renegotiated because their lawyer has written me."

Jason Canto’s Alleged Killer On Trial
Jason Canto was killed in a barbershop on the canal side in May of 2012. On Monday, Norman Slusher went on trial without jury for his murder. But, the interesting wrinkle in the case is that Slusher was also shot in the melee. In court today, the police witness stated his belief that the man who shot him - was another armed patron at the barber shop, businessman Jose Shoman. The motive for the murder is not certain but Canto was shot as many as eight times to the body. A trail of blood led police to an abandoned house where the injured gunman sought refuge after being shot. Police Inspector Ishmael Westby said that one gun was found at the scene, and said he later met businessman Jose Shoman at the police station, where he had handed over his licensed 9 millimeter pistol.

Cycling Federation Foes Appear
There's an ongoing battle in the Belize Cycling Federation - and lawyer's letters are flying back and forth. Tariq Cano's attorney Hector Guerra has written to President Dion Leslie saying that the Federation is being run without proper organization or transparency. He claims that the Federation has failed to produce financial records, failed to hold elections as prescribed, failed to regularize its constitution, has put no program in place for selecting cyclists for the national team, and failed to send cyclists to the Caribbean Championships for over two years. Cano and his attorney held a press conference at the Marine Parade Law Chambers today. They say that accountability is the central issue:

Cops Catch Cannabis
Last night at 8:40, police found a stash of weed and guns on their Belama area search. They started out on Maurice Bishop Street where they found a plastic bag with 4 ounces of weed at a bushy lot. Later on, on Apollo Street in Belama Phase 4 police found a plastic bag with 1 chrome 9mm pistol with one 9mm Magazine. They also found another bag with (1) .38 revolver with a wooden handle containing (6) .38 special rounds of ammunition along with one 7.62 round of ammunition.

CDB Says Belize’s Economic Growth Below Regional Avg.
The Caribbean Development Bank today held its annual press conference at tis headquarters in Barbados. It's an annual event where the bank reviews the performance of its 19 members countries. This year, the Bank's President and Chief Economist said that the region's performance - as a whole - was far from stellar - and Belize's economy - with .5% growth was bringing up the rear - which is just about the regional average: Dr. W. Warren Smith, President - CDB: "They expanded - that is our regional economies - on average, by 0.6%, with all but five BMCs reporting output growth in 2017. For the majority of our BMCs, this growth was driven by tourism and increases in commodity prices. The prognosis is even better for 2018, with all of these countries expected to grow by around 2%. In a sense, and certainly in terms of economic growth, the Region is in the strongest position since the start of the 2008 global recession."

Cotton Tree Family Wants Answers
Husband and wife Oscar Alvarado and Linda Hernandez were knocked off their motorcycle and killed on Christmas Eve night in Cotton Tree. They were heading to their San Martin home in Belmopan when a vehicle rear ended them. As we have reported, 25 year-old Cotton Tree resident Hector Armando Monterroso has been charged in this case. But the family says there's another element that the police hasn't addressed. Alvarado's father told us that based on the information he has gotten, he believes police accidentally drove over Hernandez with the police truck as they arrived on the scene after the accident.

Beauty Queen In Ugly Mix-Up
She was a beauty queen in 2015, but Shamira Neal was involved in an ugly altercation with a police officer a few days ago. The 24 year old law student who represented Belize at the 2015 Miss United Continents Pageant, was charged with harm and assaulting a police officer when she appeared today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. Neal pled not guilty to the charges. She was released on a bail of $1,000 and her case was adjourned until April 4. Police constable Criston Moore alleged that on February third, he was escorting a minor to the police station, when Neal - who is the minor's sister - slapped him in the face and assaulted him. Moore's injury was classified as harm.

Banking On Boots in Port Loyola
It's a month to the municipal elections, and - depending on where you live - it's quite likely that political campaigners have come to your door - begging for that vote, and promising to fix your drain, or maybe even pave your street. This evening, in Port Loyola, though, it wasn't about the small promises; it was about the big show that four time Representative Boots Martinez put on to send a message that - despite a close call in the last general election - he still runs things in the Port. We challenged him on that. Jules Vasquez has the story:... Rolling down the Jane Usher Boulevard, Boots Martinez and the UDP Slate were shored up by a throng of campaigners. It's a show of mass party muscle pure and simple, a function of money and machinery - key ingredients in any election:

CEMO, Calling on Colleagues For Advice
And while the City Councillors are out working the streets, business as usual continued at City Hall today. The City Emergency Management Organization held its 6th annual Symposium on Disaster Preparedness. CEMO invited its sister agencies to discuss how they can better serve the residents of Belize City in the event of a natural disaster, as the country's largest populations center. We stopped by the opening ceremony and asked the Mayor and the main speakers about always planning around the unpredictable forces of nature:

Ahmad’s Insist on Execution Angle
Yesterday, the Ahmad family called a press conference to publicly press the police to push harder to find what they insist is a true, hidden motive behind the murder of Fareed Ahmad. His wife Irma Dyer spoke publicly for the first time - and she said that her husband was very angry after he had been searched and humiliated by the Special assignment Team - and that he had a foreboding of his death by police:... Irma Dyer - Fareed's Wife: "He was very angry, we talked about it. He spent hours telling me what they did to him and of course I felt so bad and it got to the point where he was asking me. He said, Irma "I can't figure out why are they harassing me."

Police Push For Reforms
Last night, we also had an in-depth look at the Police Department's 2018 - 2020 National Crime Fighting Strategy. It's a new focus for the department as it tries to combat major crimes, and the technocrats in the Department and the Ministry took 2 years to put it together. It's such a densely packed list of changes that we were not able to get to all of them in our coverage from yesterday. So, we have a bit more of it for you tonight. Here's how Police Commissioner Allen Whylie explained how his department intends to deal with gun control, and the prosecution of gun related offenses: Allen Whylie - Commissioner of Police: "The Belize police department will aggressively seek to eliminate the proliferation of illegal guns and ammunition country-wide through the collection and analysis of intelligence. The Belize Police Department will ensure that all guns upon being presented for renewal of licenses are test fired and the results entered into he integrated ballistic identification system...."

Channel 5

Did a Brother Murder a Brother? Cruz Castillo Charged for Handling Stolen Goods of Israel Perez
A thirty-three-year-old resident of Saint Matthew’s Village, Cayo District, is in custody tonight as investigations continue into the murder of Israel Perez. Earlier today, Cruz Castillo was arraigned for handling [...]

Why Tariq Cano’s Cycling Dreams Could Die at Hands of Dion Leslie
Tariq Cano is a youth dreaming of a better future in the sport of cycling. Long glamorized by the Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic and later by other races, [...]

MLA Charges G.O.B. Getting Personal Information During House-to-House Referendum Campaign in South
Is the matter of the age-old territorial dispute with Guatemala and a pending referendum to determine whether the unfounded claim should be taken before the International Court of Justice, being [...]

MLA Urges to Keep Politics Out of Guatemala Dispute
Alcaldes, as well as traditional leaders, are being urged to rebuff any effort to politicize the territorial issue.  Despite acknowledging the importance of the campaign, Pablo Mis notes that it [...]

Maya Wanted Representation on Referendum; G.O.B. Says No Thanks
The concerns of the Maya community were presented to Prime Minister Barrow in writing in October of last year.  His response, according to MLA Program Coordinator, Pablo Mis, failed to [...]

Cycling Federation Threatens Lawsuit as Rival Attacks Tariq Cano’s Standing
Earlier we heard Tariq Cano questioning the delay in elections at the Cycling Federation. President Dion Leslie did not wait long to respond. News Five received a communication from attorney [...]

Ahmads Entitled to Opinions, Says ComPol, But Video is the Facts
The Police Department appears not to be taking the bait of the Ahmad family in relation to some of the key pieces of evidence being used to support a murder [...]

No More ‘Special Duties’ for Police
One of the many red flags in last July’s Trafficking in Persons report issued by the U.S. State Department, which rated Belize at tier three, is the practice of police [...]

Mayor Says New Contract for City Admin Brings Continuity
While several current Belize City councilors will be sweating it out on the night of March seventh to see whether they will still have jobs at City Hall, City Administrator [...]

City Hall Says It’s Not Easy Luring Qualified Staff
Mayor Bradley admitted that he had given contracts to city directors who are not covered for tenure by the Municipal Services Regulations. He says that standardizing and streamlining the administrative [...]

The Enduring Problem of Garbage in P.G.
If you travel through the southernmost town of Punta Gorda, you are likely to be hit by the unsightly accumulation of garbage.  Solid waste management is an issue that plagues [...]

City Grapples with New Contract for Belize Waste Control
Relations between the Belize City Council and Belize Maintenance Limited as well as Belize Waste Control went from peak to ebb during Mayor Darrell Bradley’s two terms in office. Who [...]

Belizeans Safe as Taiwan Reels from Strong Late-Night Earthquake
A six-point-four magnitude earthquake struck on the coast of Taiwan very late on Tuesday night, about ten minutes before midnight local time. Centered on the eastern city of Hualien, about [...]

Why We Should Worry about Childhood Obesity
In recent years, there has been a big push to curb childhood obesity. The Ministry of Health and other local stakeholders have been working on a comprehensive plan to take [...]

Never Too Early: Emergency Managers Meet in Old Capital
Over the years, the Belize City Council and its City Emergency Management Organization has become the leading face of emergency management. The annual symposium hosted by CEMO for the last [...]

CTV3

OW Police Substation Soon To Be Inaugurated
Earlier this month we reported that after several years, individuals who reside on Cemetery Street here in Orange Walk Town will benefit from a fully functional police substation. The initiative is one that was proposed by the Orange Walk Town Council after numerous concerns were raised by residents in the area as it relates to the issue of criminal activity. The proposal was warmly welcomed by the Orange Walk Police Department which joined forces along with the council and the business community to ensure that the work is carried out. As you can see from the footage… today, the project has come a long way as the old building which previously served as a substation a few years ago, has now been rehabilitated and is expected to be officially inaugurated on Monday February 12th, 2018. The aim of the initiative is geared towards allowing officers to promptly respond to reports and incidents in the immediate and surrounding areas, while building a safer community.

Fire Victims Appeal For Assistance
In the wee hours of Friday February 2nd, a family of 12 in San Antonio Village in the Corozal District woke up to the nightmare of their home being engulfed in flames. The family made up of six adults and six children barely made it out alive, and in fact a six year old boy had to be rescued by his mother who had just delivered a baby a week ago and who underwent C-section. She recalls having to go from being bed-ridden with pain, to jumping out a window to save herself and then returning into the fire to rescue her son.

Businesses In The Free Zone Are Closing Down Says Mexican Press
The economic situation in Belize will become the central focus in a few weeks when the 2018/2019 budget is read at the end of the fiscal year. With the debt to GDP ratio having ballooned to 100% and our productive sector still facing challenges, it will undoubtedly be another budget with little economic impetus and perhaps the need to hike tax revenue generation even more than last year. One local sector in the north that continues to feel the effects of the economic downturn is the Commercial Free Zone in the Corozal District. A report in the Por Esto newspaper in Quintana Roo this week, noted that various Mexican-owned businesses have shut their doors and exited the Zone. The report notes that dozens of businesses can be seen decorated with For Rent or For Sale signs for many months now.

Apolonio Kiow Back In Court
The prosecution case for the murder of Canadian national 38 year old Gabriel Buchnia, which occurred on October 4th last year, continues in its preliminary stages. On Monday, the suspect, 52 year old Apolonio Kiow returned to court as the prosecution prepares to present its case for the murder trial to proceed. Kiow has been on remand at the Hattieville Correctional Facility since October 10th last year when he was arraigned before Magistrate Patricia Arana, following the laying of charges by the prosecution.

LOVE FM

Independent investigator still an option, Ahmad family says
The family’s concern is that the Police will not carry out a proper investigation. At a meeting with the Ahmad Family and senior officers of the Belize Police Department along with Home Affairs Minister, Wilfred Elrington, it was suggested that the family hire a private investigation. The family’s Attorney Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley says that option …

Belizean charged with murder in the US
Police in the US State of Arizona believe that 21 year old Hezron Parks fatally shot 34-year-old Iraq veteran Kyle Brayer on February 3. US media say that Parks is from Belize specifically from Independence Village in the Stann Creek District. According to reports, Brayer was shot to the head. Media reports state that Brayer …

Fareed Ahmad’s wife breaks silence
In December 2017, well known barber and football referee, 38 year old Fareed Ahmad was fatally shot while inside his vehicle in Hattieville. 24 year old Michelle Brown, a woman police constable attached to the Special Assignment Team has been charged for his murder. A motive for Ahmad’s murder has not been established. Today the …

BPP: 18 strong, so far
The Belize Progressive Party will be fielding candidates to contest the March 7 elections in five municipalities. The municipalities are Punta Gorda, Belize City, Belmopan, San Ignacio/ Santa Elena and Benque Viejo del Carmen. The third party has identified 18 candidates to represent the party in the upcoming elections. Hipolito Novelo has the story. HIPOLITO …

BPP will fight crime
One of the main issues that the Belize Progressive Party would be tackling is crime. Leader of the BPP Patrick Rogers says that if they are elected they will address crime at the municipal level. PATRICK ROGERS, LEADER, B.P.P “We intend to address crime ourselves at the municipal level by looking at constables that report …

BPP will contest Municipal Elections under protest
BPP Leader Patrick Rogers says he did not want the party to contest the upcoming municipal elections. Rogers explained that he took that stance because the voter’s list was not clean up. The BPP has been calling for a re-registration. According to Rogers, the BPP is participating in the elections under protest. PATRICK ROGERS, LEADER, …

Love FM has been keeping the nation informed for 25 years
It has been twenty-five years that Love FM has been serving the nation of Belize. It is a media house that Belizeans at home and abroad have come to rely on. Senior Manager and Social Media Manager, Julia Carillo, said that Love FM established such a trustworthy reputation with the public because it has consistently …

Business community encourage to join the fight against crime
Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie said that crime is a societal problem; therefore, he is encouraging members of the business community to join the programme to help them combat crime. Allen Whylie – Commissioner of Police “We will standardize the type of quality of cameras to be purchased and install as part of our CCT …

Michael Blease sues FFB
Michael Blease, former Secretary General of the Football Federation of Belize believes that he was wrongfully terminated. Blease filed a civil suit against the FFB and Blease was scheduled to be in court this morning. However, we have been informed that the matter was ordered to mediation and was settled out of court. Blease was …

Police unveils National Crime Fighting Strategy
Today the Belize Police Department unveiled its National Crime Fighting Strategy in order to combat the escalating crime situation in Belize. Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie spoke about the plan. Allen Whylie – Commissioner of Police “There are four salient goals. Our priorities are the reduction of murders and gang violence in Belize City and …

Blogs

Belize’s ATM cave tour: Where adventure meets Mayan sacrifices
I don’t usually start my day by jumping into a fast-flowing river with all my clothes on, but then again I don’t typically swim through a pitch-black cave to see the skeletal remains of human sacrifices either. Our group of eight plus our incredibly knowledgeable and friendly guide Hugh from MayaWalk Tours pulled into the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve, where the entrance to Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) is found. The cave is one of Belize’s top attractions for good reason: where else can you spend a day walking through the rainforest, swim through streams and an ink-black cave, and come within an arm’s reach of ancient artifacts?

Chaa Creek Staff Start The Year Off By Bringing School Supplies (And Smiles) To Belizean Students
After a busy holiday season entertaining guests and friends from around the world, Chaa Creek staff returned to the business of thinking globally and acting locally by distributing the fruits of our Pack-a-Pound program to deserving, and very grateful, young Belizean students. As our visitors and regular readers know, Pack-a-Pound is a long running program that involves Chaa Creek’s guests packing a pound or more of school supplies – or posting them when they return home – to be distributed to needy Belizean schoolchildren.

Going Local: Explore Cultural Tourism in Belize
The Lonely Planet, one of the world's most popular publishers of travel guides, recently released a report extolling the incredible cultural diversity found in Belize. Despite the fact that the country has fewer than 400,000 residents, Belize is home to an astonishingly diverse number of cultures, faiths, languages, and histories. Ranging from the living descendants of the ancient Maya who built the pyramids and palaces that dot the landscape to devout Mennonite farmers who speak an archaic dialect of German, Belize truly has it all.

6 Great Reasons to Treat Your Family to a Belize Vacation
What’s more gut-wrenching than bundling your kids into boots, coats, mittens and hats to send them off to school in winter than hearing your child plead: “Mom, how come we can’t go on vacation like Bobby’s family? He got to pack a bathing suit and sunscreen and it’s freezing outside!” Of course, you could beat Bobby’s family to the Caribbean by planning your own warm and sunny adventure—-a holiday that's probably badly needed by every family member. Where to go? To the family vacation capital of the western hemisphere, Belize. Need reasons? These six are just the tip of the iceberg—-make that the top of the palm tree!

Pack for a Purpose, Change a Child’s Life
We at Ka’ana are firm believers that our children are our future. That’s why we’ve partnered with Pack for a Purpose, an international non-profit that helps the travel industry support local schools. Our relationship with the organization began in 2011, when our staff decided to do something for the children at Holy Cross Elementary School, a mere ten minutes down the road in Calla Creek Village. Of the school’s 70-plus students, all between the ages of 4 and 13, only a handful could afford tuition. The school doesn’t turn children away, though, so it suffered from a severe lack of resources. After visiting, and witnessing the poor shape of its preschool restrooms, Ka’ana resolved to repair them as our first project. Since then, the school has become dear to us, and guests have picked up on the close connection. When they learned that the school needed supplies, travelers sent them to us, or brought them in their suitcases on their next visit.

2018 Easter Weekend Holiday; Carnaval Events happening
As Easter weekend is quickly approaching, Belizeans all over the country are gearing up in preparation for the Holy holiday. Easter is the single, longest public holiday in Belize lasting four days from Good Friday to Easter Monday. With the majority of the population proclaiming Christianity, Easter is both a time of peaceful reflection and celebration spent with family and friends. Many Belizeans travel to the Cayes seeking clear skies, white beaches, and cool waters. While San Pedro, Placencia and Caye Caulker are popular destinations, many Belizeans travel to less populated Cayes that may hold a unique family history. The dates for the Easter holidays change every year, so it is important to keep track - especially as a bit of careful diary planning can secure you extra time away from work. While the dates for Christmas and Valentine’s Day are fixed and easy to remember, Easter and the associated Bank holidays can fall anytime between March 22 and April 25. Here's all you need to know about the 2018 dates...

Videos

  • Actun Tunichil Muknal, 2min. The Mayans believed this cave in Belize was a portal to the underworld. Explorers still don’t know how deep it may go.

  • Rediscovering the life and contributions of Belizean Labor Leader and Unionist Antonio Soberanis Gomez 1897-1975, 5min. Buried in Santana Village, Belize District.

  • NILE JONES: A BELIZEAN-AMERICAN RAISIN IN THE SUN! (PART ONE), 23min. This Belizean Legends "Black History Month Special" for the column, "Scholars Corner", on the young and outstanding Belizean-American brilliance, Nile Jones, comes at the right time since we did this interview with him last year, and saved it for a most momentous time like this. Of course we would have liked to introduce Nile to you the audience just after we rolled out the first in this feature, Aaron Francis, but we thought that Nile's time would be most celebrated on this month when it appears that the struggle for young black male role models in the Belizean-American community in the Belizean diaspora and in Belize has reached an all time high. So then, here is Brother Nile.

  • Mayor Dangriga, 35min. on Open Your Eyes

  • The National Council on Ageing (NCA) - 15th Anniversary, 32min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Annual Bob Marley Tribute Concert and Food Drive - (16years), 20min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Blood Drive on Saturday 10th February on grounds of the Anglican Cathedral College (ACC), 15min. on Open Your Eye

  • New Belikin Limited Edition Bottles, 24min. on Open Your Eye

  • Bob Marley's Life & Legacy, 36min. on Open Your Eye

  • BSI ASR WEEKLY CROP REVIEW 2018 - WEEK 8, 3min.

  • Isla Bonita Yacht Club, 3min.

  • MIDAS RESORT - BELIZE!, 3min. At Midas you are getting a genuine friendly experience and our number one goal is making sure that your holiday in San Ignacio is one to remember; a place to revisit and most importantly one to share with your friends and family.

  • Snorkling in Belize 01.2018, 10min.

  • Plongées à San Pedro au Belize, 6min. Montage de quelques plongée à San Pedro au Belize.