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The San Pedro Sun

New Shark species discovered in Belize has been identified
A new shark species discovered in Belizean waters about two years ago has been named the Atlantic Sixgill Shark. The identification was made by scientists of the Florida Institute of Technology, Mar-Alliance in Belize, Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory in Teresa, Florida and the National Marine Fisheries Service. Mar-Alliance had been working with local fishers to conduct research on sharks in Belize for more than 20 years and a couple of years ago they began to research the deep sea sharks as well. One of the very first deep-sea sharks they caught was right off the barrier reef at around 800 feet deep, which they thought was the “Bigeye Sixgill shark” (Hexanchus nakamurai).

San Pedro Cancer Society elects new board
The San Pedro Cancer Society (SPCS) elected a new board of directors at their Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday, February 14th. The members that will now take reins of the organization for 2018 are Delsie Graniel as President, Miguel Perez as Vice-President, Claudia Miranda as Treasurer and Lucy Muñoz as Secretary. Newly elected president Graniel shared with The San Pedro Sun that she is excited about this new challenge in her life and encourages the community to follow them on their Facebook page for constant updates on their activities. “We are planning to offer information on the different types of cancers every month, so feel free to like our social media page,” said Graniel. “Also we are gearing up for our biggest event of the year in October, which is also breast cancer awareness month. Throughout that month the community can take advantage of pap smears and breast exams at the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic.”

One loss, one win, Tiger Sharks still lead in the NEBL
The San Pedro Tiger Sharks maintained their lead in the 2018 National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) tournament despite experiencing their first loss on Friday, February 23rd against the Belize City Defenders. The grueling match ended with a final score of 76-70 in favor of the City’s squad. However, the following day, the island played a second game hosting the Orange Walk Running Rebels. At the end of four arduous quarters, the island boys emerged victorious with a final score of 92-86.

San Pedro Lions Club hosts Directors from Costa Rica and Panama
The San Pedro Lions Club had the privilege of hosting Lions Directors from Panama and Costa Rica on Monday, February 26th. Visiting Lion Luis Castillo from Panama and Gerald Mory from Costa Rica along with their companions enjoyed a familiarization trip on the island that included visits to The San Pedro Town Council, the San Pedro Lions Den, Hope Haven Children’s Home, and the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II. Castillo and Mory had been in Belize City over the weekend delivering a two-day training to members of the four Lion Clubs in Belize (San Esteban, Belmopan, Belize City and San Pedro). The training touched on teamwork, efficient meetings, and motivation, along with the processes of membership, services, and leadership which are the main focus of Lions International.

Ambergris Today

Belize Saddened And Shocked With Rape Of Baby Girl
Thursday, March 1, 2018, reports of a 17-month old baby girl being brutally raped in rural Belize spread like wildfire across social media. Very little is known as to what went on but what is certain is that a one year old is in critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for being brutally raped both vaginally and anally by someone known by her family. Belizeans are outraged by this heinous crime and have blatantly expressed their disgust and anger throughout social media outlets. The Belize Family Life Association and the Special Envoy for Women and Children have issued press releases on the matter. They are as follows:

Fisheries Department Reminds Public Of Illegal Poaching Of Sea Turtles
The Department hereby reminds the public that in accordance with Section 10 of Statutory Instrument No. 66 of 2002, under the Fisheries Act Chapter 210 of the Laws of Belize Revised Edition 2000-2003: • No person should interfere with any marine turtle nest • No person should have in possession any marine turtle of the following species: a) Eretmochelys imbricate (Hawksbill Turtle) b) Carretta carreta (Loggerhead Turtle) c) Chelonia mydas (Green Turtle) d) Dermochelys coriacea (Leatherback Turtles) e) Lepidochelys Kemp (Kemp Ridley) f) Lepidochelys Kemp (Olive Ridley)

Child Stimulation Month 2018 Opens With Parade
Child Stimulation Month 2018 kicked off countrywide under the theme "Birth to Eight - Children must Play". Pre-Schools on the island celebrated the opening of Child Stimulation Month with a parade throught the main streets of San Pedro. Children were in colorful costumes displaying, social workers, National Symbols of Belize, Colors, Shapes, Numbers, the Weather, Farm Animals, Domestic Animals and so much more. Here are a few pics for your entertainment. Enjoy!

Misc Belizean Sources

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Child Stimulation Month Kickoff
We were delighted to join preschoolers from across the City of Belmopan at the Independence Plaza to officially kick-off Child Stimulation Month this morning. This year's theme is "Birth to Eight: Children Must Play!"

Chinese Car Wash closed for good in front of the fire station in Corozal

Corozal Community College Drug Awareness Week
Lunch on the Lawn

Child Stimulation month in San Pedro
Child Stimulation month 2018 is celebrated under the theme “Birth to eight, children must play.” This theme is inline with UN’s Conventions on the Right of a Child - Article 31 which states that every child has the right to play and rest. At the kick off ceremony in San Pedro Town, Mayor Daniel Guerrero emphasized that we all have a role in ensuring that we not only live up to Article 31, but all 54 Articles.

Over the last 4 weeks, FCD’s Environmental Educator has been busy in Belize City
Twenty primary schools, with a total of 2,485 students and 88 teachers have been sensitized on the importance of the Chiquibul-Mopan-Macal-Belize River and methods of protecting these rivers. We are grateful to FYFFES for the support in making this possible.

U Janal Aj Maya: Traditional Maya Cuisine
A book by Aurora Garcia Saqui with Amy Lichty. The Mayan Culture Healing Art ancestors obtained their food from the forest and plants that have been domesticated for thousands of years. Corn (maize) was the main staple of the Mayan Sky Canopy Tour WBT Empire. When there was a drought and the corn harvest didn't produce the needed food supply, fruit of the bread-nut tree was often harvested. I am a Belize Yucatec Maya who grew up in San Antonio, San Ignacio, Cayo District, Belize. My mother told us a story from when she was a child. No One Cares year the corn crop didn't do well because of drought, but my grandfather planted his corn at the right time and the harvest was productive. The villagers came to my grandfather and traded gold coins for ears of corn. While gold was valuable, there wasn't much that it could be traded for, so he buried it like you would put money in a bank. Through stories passed down the generations, we know that the Ancient Maya Mountain Research Farm planted Ceiba trees to mark where they had buried their treasures. To this day, my grandfather's gold is still hidden away and may very well be at the base of a Ceiba tree.

Solar Water System to Supply Safe Water to 1,000 Residents of San Victor Village, Corozal District
An Official Ceremony to inaugurate the new upgrade and expansion of San Victor Rudimentary Water System was held on the compound of the new water tank in San Victor Village, Corozal District on today, Thursday, March 1, 2018. The Government of Belize is enabling men, women, and children of San Victor Village to have easier access to the supply of Safe Water to meet their daily water needs for drinking, cooking, bathing and washing. The Water Project was funded courtesy of a grant from the Caribbean Development Bank under the Basic Needs Trust Fund, BNTF7’s Water and Sanitation System Enhancement Sector with counterpart funding from the Government of Belize and the community of San Victor totaling $830,802.56.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Kemitraan Negara Bekembang (KNB) Scholarship 2018
Master's Degree Scholarship Opportunity!

India-UN Development Partnership Fund to Support Human Development, Health, and Sports
The India-UN Development Partnership Fund has granted over USD 600,000 for the Support to Infrastructure for Human Development, Health, and Sports Project in Belize. UNDP’s support to the project consists in ensuring efficient procurement for the infrastructure needs outlined. In order to address poverty in Belize, and ensuing issues such as young male vulnerability to crime and violence, young female vulnerability to early pregnancy, and poor nutrition and lack of fitness opportunities for all ages, infrastructural improvements are sought to facilitate various innovative approaches.

Illegal poaching of Sea Turtles
The Department hereby reminds the public that in accordance with Section 10 of Statutory Instrument No. 66 of 2002, under the Fisheries Act Chapter 210 of the Laws of Belize Revised Edition 2000-2003: No person shall buy, sell, take or have in his possession any turtles, part of turtles or articles made of any part of turtle or turtles eggs Any person found in possession of sea turtles will be prosecuted in accordance with section 14A (1) of the Fisheries Regulation, Chapter 210 of Subsidiary Laws of Belize Revised Edition 2000-2003

San Pedro Town Council gifted refurbished computers
On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, Mayor Daniel Guerrero and the San Pedro Town Council presented four (4) refurbished computers sets and one (1) brand new dell computer set to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez Polyclinic II. The Staff were very content with the donation as they are much needed for patient record keeping and other necessities.

Cleanup on Caye Caulker Sunday March 11
Oceana Wavemaker invites you all to join us to clean our beach during the reef week on Sunday March 11 from 9 o'clock am till noon. We will be meeting in front of Tropical Paradise at the beach. Be the change u want to see in your community.

Xaibe RC school cultural presentation
Our culture our heritage

DJ Faceoff at Corozal Community College
Friday March 16, 6pm, Price $2 at Rudolph Wade Auditorium

CHILD STIMULATION MONTH IS HERE!
Every year, March 1st marks the beginning of Child Stimulation Month. Early childhood stimulation programs implemented at school and at home can contribute to children’s cognitive and socio-emotional development, ultimately enabling them to improve on a number of future life outcomes. Here are a few pictures from today's inaugural parade of Child Stimulation Month in Corozal Town.

UDP San Pedro Pre-Election Rally
Join us on the Road to Victory! Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sports Complex (Old football field), starting at 7:00 p.m. Music by Dj Debbie, Dj Patron and SUPER FURIA! There will be lots to eat and drink....$2 beers and FIREWORKS!

TEACHING VACANCIES AT ST. FRANCIS XAVIER SCHOOL MANAGEMENT, COROZAL
The following teaching vacancies exist in our Catholic Management for the following schools for one (1) year: Two at Fireburn, Xaibe, St. Francis Xavier Primary, Mary Hill and Santa Clara/San Roman . There are also two principal posts: One at Copper Bank R.C. School and the other at Santa Clara/San Roman R.C. School. Candidates must have a Full License, Certificate in Education Leadership and at least Five (5) years of teaching experience. Temporary principal’s post at San Joaquin R.C. School, Vice-Principal post for Santa Clara/San Roman and Our Lady of Guadalupe. Same principal's requirements apply for vice-principal's post. Also temporary Teaching Vacancies exist at: San Narciso, St. Francis Xavier, Louisville, San Joaquin, Caledonia, Cristo Rey and Libertad.

Some Do's and Don'ts for Municipal Election Day 2018
The Elections and Boundaries Department wishes to draw the attention of the general public to the following list of Election Offences for Wednesday, 7th March 2018 Municipal Elections. EMPLOYERS TO ALLOW EMPLOYEES PRESCRIBED PERIOD FOR VOTING. Section 147 of the Cities and Town Councils Regulations, which requires employers to allow employee prescribed period for voters on Election Day, Wednesday, 7th March 2018, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

XAIBE R.C. SCHOOL CULTURAL BUSINESS EXPO 2018
These are the happiest bunch of kids in this village. Awesome! "We Learn, We Build, We Teach" -

A vacancy exists at Belize Electricity Limited
For the post of Electrical Technician I in the Transmission and Substation Department (Belize City).

Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
Ferdinand, Pitch Perfect 3, I, Tonya, MarrowBone. The Oscar's are Sunday: **Screen 2 at 7 O'clock is dedicated to the final Oscar Nom's that we haven't all shown yet.. Yes we've played The Shape of Water but we've had a bunch of inbox requests for the people that missed it. Make sure you check which night the movie you want to see is shown.. LADY BIRD friday at 7 I,TANYA Saturday at 7 THE SHAPE OF WATER Sunday at 7 **

Cocktails & Conservation, Hosted by Oceana Belize
Saturday, March 10 at 7 PM - 10 PM, Mahogany Bay Village Sea Grape Drive San Pedro. Join us at the gorgeous Mahogany Bay Village on March 10th, at 7 pm for an evening of Cocktails & Conservation with members of the Reef Week Committee. Come celebrate with us and learn how to stay "reef-minded". Proceeds of the event go to support the Reef Week Initiative. Tickets: $80 per person | $150 per couple. Tickets can be purchased at the following locations: Mahogany Bay Village- San Pedro; PH: 226-4817, McNab Designs- Belize City; PH: 223-1025, Wildlife Conservation Society- Belize City ; PH: 605-6090.

The Chom(Vulture) the Maya legand
Legend has it that in Uxmal, one of the most important cities of El Mayab, lived a king who liked parties very much. One day, it occurred to him to organize a great celebration in his palace to honor the Lord of Life, called Hunab ku, and to thank him for all the gifts he had given to his people. The king of Uxmal ordered the preparations for the party well in advance. He also invited princes, priests and warriors from the neighboring kingdoms, sure that his celebration would be better than any other and that everyone would envy him later. Thus, he was waiting for his palace to be adorned with the rarest flowers, as well as preparing delicious dishes with venison and turkey from the bush. And he could not miss the balché, an intoxicating liquor that the guests would love.

Channel 7

Toddler Critical: A Vicious Case of Physical And Sexual Abuse
Child stimulation month started today, March first. But, tonight, instead of being celebrated, our first three stories will show that in the frightening wave of depravity and urban violence - defenseless, blameless children are being victimized and harmed. The first story is one of the most unfortunate we’ve reported in more than two decades of the news. It’s about a 17 month old toddler from Maskall who is critical in the intensive care unit at the KHMH - after suffering what appears to be multiple traumatic events of sexual abuse and violence. We have received credible reports which say the toddler was molested - but there are also injuries pointing to a physical abuse. Tonight her stepfather is detained at the Ladyville police station pending investigation. But, at this time he has not been charged - and tonight - to protect the child - we can’t show you anybody’s face.

Police Say Infant Had Bruises
And while you’ve heard from the community, the police have their own side of the story. They say no medical examination has been done on the toddler because when she reached the hospital - she was already in a very distressed state:… ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City: “Yesterday sometime after 5:00 IN THE evening, police were called to the KHMH along with the Department of Human Services. And upon making checks at the hospital they were informed that there was a minor with several bruises to the body and apparently the minor had been sexually molested. the minor had to be rushed to the ICU unit because of the condition the minor was in they were not in a position to do no medical examination however we know that the minor is still presently admitted at the Pediatric Ward in critical condition at the KHMH. This minor is from Maskall village. I know that one person is detained at the Ladyville police station at this time.”

Man Killed, One Year Old Shot In Wild Shooter Attack On Home
And from that heinous crime against that 1 year-old baby girl, we turn now the terrible shooting of a 1 year-old baby boy which happened in Belize City. Baby Gregory Mena continues to be hospitalized at the KHMH at this time, where doctors are trying to do what they can to save 3 of the toes on his right foot. He was shot in the street style murder of 32 year-old Jermaine Carr, which happened at the child’s home on Neal Penn Road. Now, the residence where the shooting happened is one big family yard, and there are 3 houses are close together. The child’s extended family all live there together, and last night, at around 9 o’clock, there were a number of young children, and women who were socializing at the front house. That didn’t stop a brazen gunman from barging in, and opening fire on Carr, who was socializing with his young daughter. After that, the shooter then took aim at Baby Gregory and shot him as well.

Gang Figure Grazed To “Headtop”
But the gun violence in the city started early last night. During the news we got word that there had been a shooting right around the corner from out studio. The target was Nicholi Rhys - one of the lead figures in the Gorge Street Gang. He was walking alone on East Canal when a bullett grazed his head-top - and injured an 11 year old child in a yard. Police told us more: ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City: "Mr. Nicholi Rhys was walking on the corner of Prince Street and East Canal when he was approached by a male person who fired several shots in his direction. He received a graze to the top of the head, he was admitted to the hospital, he was treated and released on the same night. Police at the scene founded several expended shells and also found a .9 glock pistol in the area with an empty magazine. Also whilst police was dealing with the scene they encountered a minor who has also received a graze to his leg. However he was treated and he is presently at his home at this moment.”

Retaliation For George Street Shooting Is Almost Instant
That shooting happened at 6:40 and by 7:30 pm there was a retaliation. Fortunately, it was also non fatal. 21 year old Aaron Avilez, suffered multiple gunshot wounds when a shooter caught him as he was exiting a barber shop on North Front Street, close to Pink’s Alley: ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City: "He was exiting from a barbershop located on North Front Street when he was suddenly approached by a male person who fired several shots at his direction causing the injuries he received. He was admitted to the hospital in a stable condition and I believe he has just been discharged from the hospital. Police checked the area and no expended shells were found at the scene. We believe that yes this shooting is a direct consequence of the first shooting."

PUP Attacks UDP Minister Rene Montero’s Family For Land Compensation Payouts
It’s only days to go before the municipal elections, and the PUP has been trying to rock - and hopefully turnover the UDP’s boat - by releasing information pointing to UDP ministerial corruption. Last night you Minister Boots Martinez defend himself against the claims of contractor - slash- front man - Kirk Lamb. Tonight, it’s Rene Montero who’s in the PUP’s targets. The opposition leader held a press conference to detail 9 compensation agreements his family members got from the Ministry of Natural Resources between August of 2009 and 2011. This is for land they first acquired at the end of the 1998 Esquivel Administration - which the PUP then took away from them. Briceno claims the compensation was disproportionate and the product of insider trading:…

PUP’s Briceno Vs. UDP’s Boots
Briceno also used the opportunity to take some heavy shots at Minister Anthony Boots Martinez. As we reported yesterday, his former caretaker, Kirk Lamb is alleging that Martinez used him as a contractor front to fleece the Poverty Alleviation Program. Martinez denies it and insists that Kirk Lamb, who ended up begging lodging from Martinez was formerly a thriving contractor under the programme. Today, Briceno rejected Martinez’s story:… Hon. John Briceno - Leader of the Opposition: "How can the Ministry of Works or the CEO from the Ministry of Works, the CEO from the Ministry of Poverty Alleviation had a contract with Mr. Lamb when it is very clear that Mr. Lamb is not a contractor. He has no equipment, he was no finances, he has no experience, he has no ability..."

Cash Grab At Golden Bay
Last night we told you about a late evening attempted robbery at Golden Bay Department Store on Marine Parade. It happened around 6:00 and the very preliminary information was that a shot was fired, but nothing was stolen and no one was hurt. Turns out though, that it was a successful robbery - just that it didn’t happen in the store. It happened outside in the parking lot where one of the employees had just returned with her US dollar collections from the tourist village. The robber had apparently been trailing her and knew when to pounce. Police told us more:…

Gibnut Street Home Up In Flames
Last night around 8:30 the one story plycem home of Monique Dawson on the corner of Curassow and Gibnut Street was burnt to the ground. At the time Dawson was in the home sleeping with her daughter. They managed to make it out unharmed but the Fire Department investigation so far is pointing to a possible arson. Orin Smith - Station Officer, National Fire Service: “The fire investigation revealed the fire originated from the North West bedroom of the structure. At the time the incident occurred we had a mother and her child at home who was asleep at the time. They are unharmed as a result of the fire. The structure was destroyed. The structure no at the time there was no electricity at the time.” Sahar Vasquez: “The family is saying it might be arson from one of the members that live in the house. Have you guys hear that?” Orin Smith: “We have heard that. I have heard two version of the story and I have also uncovered certain things that are yet to be tested and draw final causes.”

Leslie and Meighan Get Bail Awaiting Re-Trial
Tyrone Meighan and Orel Leslie – they are out on $25,000 bail tonight awaiting retrial. They are accused of the November 2012 murder of James Norales. They had been acquitted in 2015 but the Belize Court of Appeal ordered a retrial in March last year - which meant they were both re-arrested. Both men were granted bail on the condition that they report to the Queen Street Police Station every Monday and Friday starting on March 5 th; that Leslie remain in his home every day from 9:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. until the matter is completed; that Meighan remain at his residence every day from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. until the case has concluded.

Children’s Advocacy Groups Lambaste Violence, Say Children Have A Right To Life
Today, UNICEF, NCFC and the Belize Family Life Association put out strong statements on all the recent child violence - which has left two shot, one dead, and one critical. UNICEF says “These children were betrayed by adults in the community. As adults, it is our duty to do everything in our power to protect children and encourage them to grow and be the best that they can be. For too many children in Belize in the last few months, this has not happened and children have been tragically hurt and some have lost their lives due to gun violence, physical abuse and sexual violence.” “Violence against children is unacceptable. We all have a duty to end it. UNICEF implores every member of the community in Belize to stand with us to respect and protect children and their first and most basic human right – the right to life.”

Birth To Eight: Children Must Play
And while all those messages talk about the trauma children endure in a hyper-violent society, today the message was about getting children to start life on the right foot. "Birth To Eight: Children Must Play" that is the theme for Children Stimulation Month this March. Today the ceremonies kicked off with a massive parade filled with kids, teachers, and parents. Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber told us more about what the month is all about. Hon Patrick Faber - Deputy Prime Minister/ Minister of Education: “It is just to sensitize. We really should be stimulating children all year round but it is just sensitized about the need to do this. It is encouraging children from birth up to 8 years old to move, believe in themselves, understand that this is a very important developmental stage.”

Attorney General Tells NTUCB To Apologize
Today we asked the Attorney General about yesterday’s huffing press release from the National Trade Union Congress of Belize. The union umbrella group complained bitterly about the delay in the next phase of the UNCAC implementation. Belize is waiting for a country assessment which will be done by experts from the nations of Haiti and Tuvalu. It was scheduled to take place this week Tuesday, and it would have concluded today. These experts would have examined Belize’s systems to ensure that the goals of anti-corruption can be achieved by the implementation of the UN Convention. But, Tuvalu’s experts couldn’t get their travel documents prepared in time to make it here for the site visit. So, it has been postponed until July 10th to the 12th.

AG Condemns The Practice of Profiling
Last night, we showed you our interview with Cabinet Minister Anthony “Boots” Martinez who said that the Government is against the recent practice of the police of snapping pictures of people who they’ve stopped and search. The opponents to this new practice condemn it as the police profiling citizens, which is illegal, and today Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte agreed. This evening, Peyrefitte explained: Hon. Michael Peyrefitte - Attorney General: "Any police officer is he believes that a person is guilty of a crime, about to commit a crime, have illegal drugs or weapons on his person. That policeman with that reasonable belief can stop and search an individual.”

Faber Says Budget Won’t Be Severe With Cuts
Next week, when the elections are done, the Government will be presenting the budget for the new fiscal year. Now the timing of the presentation right after the election suggests that the government may have some bad news hidden away in the budget. Today, Deputy Prime Minister Faber said there’s nothing to be afraid of: Hon. Patrick Faber - Deputy Prime Minister/Minister of Education: “There is a special meeting of the cabinet scheduled for tomorrow morning Friday so that we are able to see the budget figures. I can only speak to you about what is my Ministry because I have been involved in creating the submission.”

Faber Says Giving Education Grants IS His Job
But looking at the old budget - the one that’s finishing at the end of this month - the PUP just won’t give up on the claim that the Minister of Education is draining the education budget in his political campaigning. Today Faber says he does give education grants, but it’s business as usual:…

Channel 5

Maskall baby critical after devastating sexual molestation; one held
We start the news tonight with a sickening report of the rape of a toddler. The seventeen-month old girl is clinging to life at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. The [...]

UNICEF Belize speaks out
The urban violence and abuse of children has prompted UNICEF to speak out. The U.N. organization issued a release this afternoon highlighting the responsibility of adults to protect children and [...]

On crazy night in the City, Jermaine Carr ambushed and shot dead; minor and woman injured
On Wednesday night, Belize City became a war zone. In a matter of hours five people were injured in gun violence and another lost his life. A minor, the third [...]

Rene Montero’s family collected three million in land compensation and interest
There is more scandalous information tonight about the hustle in the Ministry of Natural Resources known as the hot bed of corruption. A past P.U.P. administration in 1998 repossessed eighty-one [...]

More to come; P.U.P. says they didn’t deserve it
Briceño, himself a former Lands Minister, says the seventy-one million figure paid out for land compensation is more than three times the amount paid out under his Ministry in eight [...]

“Boots” concerns corner the market in Port Loyola
The P.U.P. also wants Anthony “Boots” Martinez’s head on the chopping block. Since early this week, there have been reports about the alleged rip off at the Ministry of Works [...]

Why minister must go, now!
The P.U.P. leader placed full blame on Prime Minister Dean Barrow for not following through on his repeated promise to stamp out corruption. He insisted that nobody knows for sure [...]

Kirk Lamb thought he was going to get a house, not build them
Kirk Lamb has re-emerged to counter some of the accusations and questions raised by his former boss, Anthony “Boots” Martinez, on Wednesday. Today he told reporters that while he may [...]

Nicholi Rhys targeted on Prince Street
The murder of Jermaine Carr on Neal’s Pen Road was preceded by two other shooting incidents in Belize City on Wednesday evening. The first incident involved well-known George Street figure [...]

90 minutes later, retaliation visited on Aaron Avilez
The attempt on Rhys’ life prompted swift retribution by his affiliates across town shortly afterwards.  Twenty-one-year-old Aaron Avilez was leaving from a barbershop on North Front Street around seven-thirty when [...]

Armed robber “gun-butts” Chinese businesswoman for ten grand U.S.
A robber got away with ten thousand U.S. dollars on Wednesday evening after he held up a businesswoman in Belize City. Police say that the woman was heading home for [...]

Two out on bail for murder charge, but ordered to stay inside at night
There has been a recent trend of men accused of murder seeking bail. It was previously thought that murder, except in rare circumstances, was the one charge immune to bail, [...]

A.G. to spell out position on why profiling is wrong
The open debate on the taking of photographs by officers conducting stop and search exercises continue in the public domain, as well as within government.  The issue has been raised [...]

UNCAC visit postponement a shame, but don’t run down Tuvalu
On Wednesday, the National Trade Union Congress of Belize, N.T.U.C.B., issued a terse release soundly criticizing the Government of Belize for the delay in the visit of an UNCAC team [...]

Nine homeless after flash fire
A fire in Belize City has left a family of nine without a roof over their heads. The homeowner and her baby were asleep when the fire broke out inside [...]

The Budget is [finally] coming!
There will be a special meeting of the Cabinet in Belmopan this Friday, where members will get the first look at the 2018-2019 General Revenue and Appropriation Bill, also known [...]

Education still on top, but being prudent
Last year’s budget for the Ministry of Education was around two hundred and seventy-seven million dollars, about twenty-eight percent of government’s total fiscal expenditure.  This year’s, according to Minister Patrick [...]

Parties spar over “non-existent” education funds
Earlier this week, Leader of the Opposition, John Briceño, revealed that what is left of the education budget is being raided, with Cabinet approval, to attempt to curry favor before [...]

Child Stimulation Month says it’s okay to play
There are more pre-schools and pre-schoolers in Belize than ever before, and the demand for early socialization, especially in a society vulnerable to impression from outside, is consequently greater. But [...]

Healthy Living: check eyes yearly to see clearly
Our eyes play a vital role in our quality of life. However, even though our vision is so important to us, we don’t make the time to check-up on them. [...]

CTV3

Rene Montero's Family Collected Over $3 Million Dollars In Compensations, Documents Show
Opposition Leader John Briceno exposed today that the family of Government Minister Rene Montero has benefited from millions of dollars in the form of land compensations given by the then Minister of Natural Resources, Gaspar Vega. The Opposition has obtained copies of the compensation agreement between Vega and five Montero family members which show that they were paid over three million dollars for compensation for land deals that date back to the previous UDP/Manuel Esquivel era. Opposition Leader Hon. John Briceno shed more light on these questionable and highly controversial compensation deals.

Two Dollars Fee At Corozal Hospital Is Necessary Says Health Minister Of State
Since December 2017 a new fee was implemented at the Corozal Community Hospital, charging $2 to all non-NHI patients seeking medical services. That’s the majority of persons going to the hospital, and for many the $2 was a bit prohibitive. Last week when we spoke to the Minister of State in the Ministry of Health, he indicated the fund raised from the fee will provide the finances to continue the National Health Insurance program.

Doctor Campos Weighs In On Controversial Regulations in Pharmaceutical Industry
And Dr. Campos also commented on the still controversial regulations in the pharmaceutical industry which require that all medication imported into Belize meet specifications and fees set by the Pharmaceutical Inspectorate. The regulations also demand that pharmacies must require prescriptions in order to sell certain medications to the public. Pharmacists say the regulations are too demanding, but Dr. Campos told us basically blame the anti-corruption efforts.

LOVE FM

Man claims he was exploited by Minister
Yesterday, we brought you an interview with Minister Anthony “Boots” Martinez who denied allegations claiming that he used his employees’ bank accounts to transfer monies from the government and then had these persons withdraw the money and handed over the money to him. We also brought you an interview with Kirk Lamb, a former employee, …

Family homeless after fire destroyed their home
Last night, a fire broke out at a house on Curassow Street in Belize City leaving a family of nine homeless. The family is at a loss as to how the fire got started since the house did not have any electricity. Love News spoke with 26-year-old Monique Dennison who said that she was asleep …

Child Stimulation Month: “Birth to Eight: Children Must Play!”
A short ceremony was held this morning at the Memorial Park officially declaring Child Stimulation Month open. Thereafter, children from forty-three preschools marched through the principal streets of Belize City. Child Stimulation Month is being celebrated under the theme “Birth to Eight: Children Must Play!” Love News spoke with Darlene Lozano, Education Officer about Child …

17-month old girl raped; fights for her life

ulation Month and while that is so, yesterday saw three infants affected by criminal activities. In the first instance, a heinous crime was committed upon a seventeen-month female child on Wednesday evening. Police were alerted to the case sometime after five o’clock on Wednesday evening when they were summoned …

Belize City man ambushed in fenced yard and killed, toddler shot
There were three separate shooting incidents last night in Belize City, one resulted in the death of a man, while two other men and two minors were injured. We begin our coverage of the violent night with the fatal shooting of 32-year-old Jermaine Alexander Carr who was shot multiple times in the face sometime after …

Two men and one minor injured in separate shootings
Police are also investigating two other shooting incidents. The first happened shortly after six o’clock on Wednesday evening. ASP Cowo said that a child was also injured in the incident. ASP Alejandro Cowo – Head, CIB Belize City “Nicholi Rhys was walking at the corner of Prince Street and East Canal when he was approached …

UB’s lecturer wins award
Mathias R. Vairez Jr., a Lecturer at the University of Belize, has been recognized by the Prairie View A&M University in the United States of America where he did his doctoral. Vairez along with three other colleagues wrote a research article entitled “Does Diversity Really Matter?” The article discussed the interplay between students’ race and …

Police continues mediation with gang members
Last night’s shootings point to an escalating tension among gang factions and today police were asked whether there is more being done by the department to address the situation. Already there has been an increase of police presence, particularly in Southside Belize City but the murder count keeps rising. Today ASP Alejandro Cowo said the …

There is nothing to mediate, says PUP Leader
Opposition Leader John Briceno also commented on the recent update regarding the Government’s case against attorney Sharon Pitts. Last month we reported that the case had been ordered into mediation. The Government is looking to recover four hundred thousand dollars which Pitts received through an alleged illegitimate land compensation transaction. John Briceno, PUP Leader “Well …

Police caught on camera photographing man, AG says it is illegal
Yesterday Cabinet Minister Anthony Martinez told the media that it is illegal for police officers to photograph civilians as has been reported over the past couple of weeks. According to Martinez, the Attorney General has advised the Cabinet that police officers should cease and desist this practice, which many have described as racial profiling. Cabinet …

Sarawee Village without water
Villagers of Sarawee in the Stann Creek District say they are experiencing a ‘water crisis. According to the Chairman of the village, Derrington Ramirez, for the past eight months villagers have been experiencing water shortage. This has prompted villagers to consider digging wells in their back yard something that the village council is not advising villagers to do. Ramirez explained.

PUP Leader slams Minister ‘Boots’
And while Minister Anthony Martinez and Kirk Lamb argue on national television, Leader of the People’s United Party is weighing in on the matter. John Briceno says that the PUP has, for many years, raised concerns in relation to Minister Martinez and the ministries he is responsible for. Briceno told the media this evening that there is something clearly suspicious regarding the transactions made between Martinez and Lamb.

“I really hope that the perpetrator or perpetrators are brought to justice”: Lisa Shoman
The news of the rape of a 17 month old baby of Maskall Village has left the country in shock. Up to news time no one has been charged for that unthinkable crime against a defenseless baby girl. The public reaction is quite visible on social media; they want the perpetrator to be dealt with to the full extent of the law. This was reiterated by Attorney Lisa Shoman.

Chinese business woman targeted by robbers
Shortly before six o’clock on Wednesday evening, a Chinese business woman was robbed of thousands of dollars at Golden Bay, shortly after she finished her collections at businesses in the Tourism Village. ASP Cowo says the woman also sustained a minor injury. ASP Alejandro Cowo – Head, CIB Belize City: “She was inside of the Golden Bay compound about to exit her vehicle when a male person approached her, grab her bag that she had with her. The female person is Mr. Wong Chow, a Chinese business woman. "

$3.1 Million for Montero Family
PUP Leader John Briceno showed the media nine land compensation agreements whereby friends and relatives of UDP Ministers were highly compensated by the Government of Belize. According to Briceno, in one year alone the then Minister of Natural Resources, Gaspar Vega, paid out over seventy million dollars as land compensation. He says that at least three point one million dollars went to the Montero family. The documents that Briceno shared with the media show that the agreements were signed between July and August of 2011. These persons reportedly purchased the land back in 1998 but were compensated for it 13 years later at an exorbitant price.

PlusTV

Serious Allegations against Minister ”Boots”
Some serious allegations have been made against Minister of Human Development Hon. Anthony “Boots” Martinez. An admittedly disgruntled ex employee of the Minister, Kirk Lamb, spoke to our colleagues in Belize City today. Lamb was dismissed as an employee of the minister several months ago and was ta...

8th Street Shooting connection
Two murders that happened only three days apart, on the same street, are believed to be related. Plus News reported last week on the murders of 35 year old Luis Dominquez and 45 year old Clinton Fitzgibbon on 8th street in the Kings Park area. These men both worked for the city council and it is be...

Pregnant Alley Double Murder still unsolved
The main suspect in the Pregnant Alley Double murder was detained and released due to lack of evidence. Last week Wednesday, a minor, 12 year old David Morrison and a 26 year old man Lloyd Valentine were both murdered by a ride by shooter. After almost a week, police investigations seem to be no c...

Guatemalan Foreign Affairs minister visits Adjacency Zone
Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs, along with his counterpart, Her Excellency Sandra Joval Polanco, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Guatemala, paid a joint official visit to the Office of the Organization of American States (OAS) in the Adjacency Zone at the western border toda...

San Martin School reaps from farming project
Saint Martin’s Government school in SalvaPan, Belmopan reaps the first crop of a farming project in partnership with the Belmopan Police department. According to OC Howell Gillett, just a few months ago the Belmopan Police partnered with the Taiwanese Embassy and the Ministry of Agriculture to creat...

Another man reported missing
Another male person has disappeared, this time in the village of Hattieville. 31 year old, Hattieville resident, Alaine Garcia was reported missing by his common law wife Kelline Neal on Thursday 22nd. According to police he was last seen alive at 5 a.m. on Thursday around the Windmill area where he...

Mexican fraudsters to see more charges?
Three Mexican accused of fraud are to appear back in court in March. Belen Hernandez, Lionel Rodriguez, and Joscan Jafet were all charged with theft after they were accused of fraudulently withdrawing at least one hundred thousand dollars from Atlantic Bank Branches throughout the country. They wer...

Belmopan Police hosts Open Day
The Belmopan Police Department held their annual open day today in Belmopan. The day was organized to showcase some of the services the department offers to the public. Plus news got a chance to speak with OC Howell Gillett who told us about today’s event. What caused us to do this is that we know often times the public only hear of the bad things a few police officers do but many services we offer to the public ...

Belmopan gets new Road safety Equipment
The nation’s capital got some additional equipment for road safety on Monday. Belmopan City Council, yesterday, received some new road safety equipment from the Belize Road Safety Project. Handed over to the Belmopan City Council on Monday, were a traffic light programmer, spare traffic lights and a mini sidewalk sweeper. This contribution from the Belize Road Safety Project is a part of their stride towards improving roads and establishing speed limits. Plus News spoke to Mayor Khalid Belisle, Mayor of Belmopan, at the handing over Ceremony. ...

Another drug plane landed in the north
other unauthorised plane landed in the north and after it was emptied of its contents, was burned and abandoned. The plane landed on a public road that is in the middle of a cane field in the Santa Cruz area in the Corozal district. Police say the road connects two villages and by the time officers arrived on the scene, the plane was engulfed in flames. On the road were the lighting apparatus used to make the illegal landing strip visible to the pilot of the aircraft but no cargo, no plane crew were anywhere in sight. Officer Commanding the Corozal Formation, Sinquest Martinez, explained. ...

Belmopan Mayoral Candidates Speak to University Students
The University of Belize hosted the Belmopan Mayoral Candidates forum today. Plus News was there to cover the event. All three Belmopan Municipal Mayoral Candidates sat before an audience of University students this afternoon to address questions and concerns from students on various issues in the capital. The afternoon’s event started with the candidate’s introduction...

Minister ”Boots” denies allegations of Kirk Lamb
Yesterday, we reported on those serious allegations made against Minister of Human Development Hon. Anthony “Boots” Martinez by an ex employee of his, Kirk Lamb. As we told you yesterday, Lamb alleges that the minister had enlisted him as a contractor but he was only a caretaker of one of the minister’s buildings. He says that the Minister used Lamb’s credit union account as a clearing account with funds that were supposed to go to the construction of homes...

Surveillance cameras across the twin towns
The San Ignacio Police Formation command center was officially inaugurated this morning at the San Ignacio police station. The command center will be able to monitor strategic places within the twin towns through surveillance cameras that were installed at various points in the municipality. Mayor of the Twin Towns, Earl Trapp, spoke to Plusnews saying that the command center became a reality through the collaboration of Alternative Network/ CTL, the Town Hall, San Ignacio and Santa Elena business community, and the police department. ...

US Homeland Security Investigating Belize Police?
he reputation of the Belize Police Department is once again being brought into question. Channel seven news has reportedly seen an incriminating watch list with names of senior and lower rank officers of the police department being circulated by the US Department of Homeland Security. The list purportedly contains over 50 police officers suspected of various crimes including money laundering...

Fuel tanker accident on Georg Price Highway
There was an accident on the George Price Highway that caused the contents of a fuel tanker to flow on to the highway. Plus TV was called to the scene sometime after 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday February 27. When we got there, the police department had cordoned off the area some 200 yards on either side as personnel from the Fire Department, Department of Environment, and BNE were assessing the damage and beginning the cleanup process. We understand that a fuel tanker truck with Salvadoran license plate...

Why is fuel tanker still waiting?
An independent Internet Media website called Contracorriente, has taken up the story of the Belize cargo Ship, Syrtos, which has been anchored offshore Belize City, waiting for its Petroleum cargo from Venezuela to be offloaded. Yesterday, PlusNews announced that in an unexpected Sunday Press Relea...

Fake bills in circulation
Police are warning citizens to be on the lookout for counterfeit money. $100 counterfeits are reportedly in circulation. Police are in possession of at least one of the hundred dollar bills and are investigating....

February 24th Weekend Basketball report
On Thursday February 23rd the 2018 NEBL season continued with the Belize Hurricanes and Belmopan Bandits at the UB Gym in Belmopan The Belize Hurricanes came out victorious in that match and we were able to speak with Akeem Watters after the game. The following day, the Bel...

Burnt aircraft discovered
Somewhere between Indian church and Hill bank village this morning an abandoned aircraft was discovered partially burnt. Police were able to share with us the little they knew about the incident at the time. ACP Joseph Myvett, NCIB Sometime this morning an Aircraft was discovered partially burnt be...

Temporary Delay in Replenishment of Supply of Diesel Oil
In relation to reports of limited funds and GOB not being able to meet certain financial obligations, there were also reports of a shortage of diesel fuel. According to some media reports, part of the problem may have had to do with G.O.B. not paying outstanding bills. However, on Sunday, GOB issue...

Government of Belize Issues Statement on Current Cash Flow Position
On Friday, various media houses reported on a leaked text message sent by Financial Secretary Joe Waight to CEO’s of Government Ministries. The message reads, and we quote, “We are being overwhelmed with requests for reallocation and de-reservations of “savings” identified in various accounts. These...

Shooting on George Price Highway leaves one injured
Two persons on a motorcycle were fire upon on Sunday. According to police, 18 year old Darnell Domingo and 29 year old Francis Parham were the victims. Police told us more. ASP Alejandro Cowo, CIB Two male persons were travelling on a motorcycle from the direction of 8 miles towards Belize City and ...

Man shot in Arizona Village
A shooting incident took place in the Village of Arizona on Sunday. According to Police reports, on Sunday, twenty nine year old Adolfo Flores was socializing in a bar when he got into a misunderstanding with a man known to him as Alex Hernandez. An unknown male person accompanying Hernandez, at the...


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One Week to elections! Handing over of Administration at the Belize City Hall
Mayor Darrel Bradley and Councilors officially completed their term in office on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. To celebrate this occasion, there was an official handing over ceremony held at the Belize City Hall. There, the mayor handed over responsibility of the administration to the City Administrator, Candice Burke. The mayor and councilors have spent the last 6 years of them serving the city, but have dedicated the last month in a period of transition. In the words of Bradley, the ceremony is one that is necessary as it allows him, in the capacity of mayor, and the other councilors to give account of their stewardship.

Two drug planes in two days
Assistant Police Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvette, the Head of the National Criminal Investigations Branch, spoke on the first aircraft in the bi-weekly police press conference. He told the press that Orange Walk Police received information early on Monday, February 26, 2018, that an aircraft was landed in an area of Orange Walk District between the Hill Bank Area, and Indian Church. Just over 2 hours later, Corozal Police had to dispatch to an area near Santa Cruz Village, in that northernmost district. Superintendent Sinquest Martinez, the commander of that formation told the media that at around 8 p.m. on Monday, February 26, they received information about that plane, and when they arrived at the landing site, they found it burning.

Cameras to combat crime in San Ignacio and Santa Elena
Residents from the Twin Towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena can now celebrate that their surroundings have been made more secure by new electronic ‘eyes in the sky.’ As magnet for both local an international tourists, the Twin Towns have also just become an enhanced destination. The San Ignacio Police Formation’s new surveillance control room was officially inaugurated on Wednesday morning at the San Ignacio Police Station. Mayor of San Ignacio and Santa Elena Earl Trapp Junior as well as Belize’s Commissioner of Police Alan Whyle cut the ribbon to the fully powered center.

Belize and Guatemalan Foreign Ministers at the OAS Adjacency Zone Office
Relations between Belize and Guatemala have never been so cordial. Such was a conclusion made on Tuesday by the Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Belize’s Minister of Foreign Affairs during a meeting with his counterpart from Guatemala in the Adjacency Zone. In keeping with the friendly atmosphere, on Tuesday, the Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs, along with his counterpart, Her Excellency Sandra Jovel Polanco, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Guatemala, paid a joint official visit to the Office of the Organization of American States (OAS) in the Adjacency Zone at the western border.

Solar Water System to Supply Safe Water to Residents of San
An official inauguration ceremony will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2018 on the compound of the new water tank in San Victor, Corozal. This ceremony will inaugurate the upgrade and expansion of the San Victor Rudimentary Water System and will allow 1,000 villagers to have access to safe, potable water. The Water Project was funded through a grant from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) under the Basic Needs Trust Fund, BNTF7’s Water and Sanitation System Enhancement Sector. The project also saw part-funding from the Government of Belize and the community of San Victor totaling $830,802.56.

Multipurpose Facilities
On Tuesday, February 20th, 2018, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development, and Immigration held the launch of a project. This project, entitled “Reducing the Carbon Footprint of San Ignacio Town and five surrounding villages in the Cayo District”, is funded by the Government of Italy through the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea. The project has two main components: the installation of LED street lights and the construction of a modern Resiliency Centre. These components will contribute toward the reduction of local energy use as well as reducing the vulnerability to extreme weather events that are related to climate change. With regards to component one of the project, fixtures have been procured and a first phase encompassing 15 streets in San Ignacio have been completed to date.

Taiwan helps to improve sheep stock
The “Genetic Improvement for Sheep and Goat Breeding Belize –Taiwan Project” Agreement, an agreement which has been signed since December 2, 2015, received its 5th disbursement from the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) through the Embassy of Taiwan. The three-year project was approved with an approximate budget of US $1.62 million and was implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Technical Mission of Taiwan. It is the first bilateral project regarding livestock development strengthening cooperation with Taiwan and it will take advantage of the favorable natural situation to boost the development of the small ruminant industry.

Restrictions imposed on importation of archaeological material from Belize to the U.S.
On Friday, February 23, 2018, the governments of the United States and of Belize signed a Memorandum of Understanding Concerning the Imposition of Import Restrictions on Categories of Archaeological Material of Belize to solidify the collaboration between the United States and Belize to combat looting and trafficking of cultural objects in Belize. The Government of the United States also repatriated Belizean cultural property recovered by Special agents from the U.S. National Park Service. The Government of Belize was represented by Greg Vernon, Acting President of NICH, while the Government of the United States was represented by Acting Chargé d’Affaires Deborah Lingwood.

Mexican Vice-Minister to Visit Belize
Mexican diplomats are scheduled to arrive in Belize on Friday, March 2, 2018. Set to visit are Ambassador Luis Alfonso de Alba Gongora as well as the Executive Director of the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation, Agustín García-López Loaeza. During the visit, the delegation will see the presentation of the final project of the “Pavilion Mexico” Sports Centre within the Marion Jones Sports Complex, just one part of a USD $5 million dollar project. The other part was the lighting system at the stadium which was inaugurated on August 17, 2017, a project founded by the Government of Mexico.

MAYOR BRADLEY SAYS FAREWELL TO CITY HALL
Today marks the last day in office for His Worship the Mayor Darrel Bradley and his Councilors. As is the law Bradley and his Councilors demitted office on Wednesday February 28. According to the law the last day of February on the third anniversary of being elected is the final day of the serving council’s term of office. Darrel Bradley, an Attorney by profession is an alumnus of Saint Louis University and the University of the West Indies. Prior to his mayoral run he served as youth director for the United Democratic Party. Bradley was elected Belize City mayor in 2012 and re-elected in 2015.

Belmopan City Council receives equipment from the Belize Road Safety Project
On Monday February 26th, Mayor of Belmopan City, Khalid Belisle received equipment from the Chair of the Belize Road Safety Project, Ms. Yvonne S. Hyde, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Economic Development and Petroleum along with the Contractor Representative – the Belize Roadway Construction (BRC). In 2013, the Government of Belize received funds in loan financing from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) towards the cost of the Belize Road Safety Project. Over the past five years, many activities have taken place and have contributed to an increased awareness in reducing severity of road traffic deaths and injuries. The question that is always lingering on everyone’s mind is: What can be done to address key risk factors that cause road traffic deaths and injuries?

Belize and Andorra establish diplomatic relations
Following the signing of an official protocol, diplomatic relations between Belize and the Principality of Andorra were formally established. The event, which took place on Monday, February 26, 2018, saw the representation of both countries, both of which noted the significance of the occasion. The Protocol was signed at the Embassy of Andorra in Brussels between H.E. Dr. Dylan Vernon, Ambassador of Belize to the Kingdom of Belgium, and H.E. Esther Rabasa Grau, Ambassador of Andorra to the Kingdom of Belgium. The Principality of Andorra is a landlocked nation located in Southwestern Europe, bordering France in the north and Spain in the south.

Bye Bye Kevin
The municipality which has seen the least development in our country in the last six years is Orange Walk Town. This is because when the current Mayor took office for the first time, being a member of the People’s United Party, put his ego above everything else and publicly declared that he does not need “Dean Barrow, Gapi Vega or the UDP”. His emboldened declaration has cost the Orangewalkeños very dearly. The UDP government notwithstanding this fellow’s avowal did not forsake Orange Walk Town. The Municipal Development Project saw several major improvements in the town. These were done with Central Government resources…examples are: the Central Park, the Market and who can forget the Belize Corozal Road.

NEVER GET HIGH OFF YOUR OWN LIE
In the underworld, Drug Lords have a saying that goes like this, “NEVER GET HIGH OFF YOUR OWN SUPPLY.” While this saying might not be foreign to the Leader of The Opposition, with his father having served time in a US Penitentiary for drug trafficking in the mid 1980’s, he may be well off reminded. If Belizeans be reminded, US Court reports have it recorded that a young John Briceno was present in the Court Room during his father’s trial. The reason gangsters adopted the position of never getting high off their own supply is rather obvious; it is a perfect recipe for disaster. Sometime ago in reference to the Musa Administration, Lord Ashcroft said that we can know when a politician is lying cause their lips are moving. Well recently the Leader of The Opposition’s lips have been doing a lot of moving.

NO BACK WAY AT ALL!!
All eyes were on the Dangriga Town Hall this morning. The reason? Nomination Day – The official starting point for the candidates contesting the upcoming March 7th Municipal Elections. In this corner! The challengers dressed in their traditional blue and white were up first with a hand-full of approximately 40 – 50 supporters. That was over as quickly as it had started. The lone independent, “Master” Chris Lewis walked up the three flights of stairs to the nomination room along with his nominators in the early afternoon followed by the UDP in the mid afternoon.

The Only Logical Choice
Belize as well as many other countries has been looked upon and labeled as a third world country, not by its citizens but by those who are economically and technologically advanced. Citizens of these same first world countries flock yearly by Air Sea and road to the shores of the Jewel because they want to enjoy a peaceful comfortable life that cannot be accomplished in the “first” world. While these ex-pats arrive in droves because they love what they’ve heard, seen and experienced, a “native son” sees the complete opposite. PUP Mayoral aspirant Athanasius Derrick Velasquez similarly to many of us, left these shores more than 30 years ago.

Streets Upgraded in Orange Walk
“Deh only di do dat cause da election”. That is a common phrase used when works are being carried out by politicians. This phrase was coined by the PUP because this is exactly what they used to do when the controlled central government for over 30 years. It was common to see a little work being done here and there every time elections were around the corner. After the United Democratic Party took office under the leadership of the right Honorable Deal Barrow, the best Prime Minister this country has ever seen this practice was laid to rest; the school of thought however remains among the rank and file of the PUP.

The time is near. Vote UDP
By this time next week voters in all nine municipalities across this country would have already gone to the polls and vote for the UNITED DEMOCRATIC PARTY in overwhelming fashion. It is now six (6) days and counting until the polls open at 7am on Wednesday March 7. As a party we have performed admirably. The things that we’ve done over this present term of office in the eight municipalities we control, are out there for you the voter to see. To allow this transformation to continue and to start, in the case of the one municipality that we presently have no control of.

THE ‘X’ FACTOR Not so long ago the publisher from behind the fence wrote an article and finished with the following: WHAT SAY YOU?
In a graph there is the Y axis and the X axis. The values on the Y axis move up and/or down; the factors on the X axis move ONLY to the left or to the right. On one plane only!! Hence, it is a FLAT [out] line factor! In a hospital monitor, a flat line [on X axis] means death!! For many years the X’es [big X, X-1, and now X-2] have nauseatingly repeated and repeated that there are no sport facilities [anywhere] for our youth. The drumming of this message to the masses has been incessant. NOW there is a sport facility in nearly all districts, so, …WHAT SAY YOU?

John Cus, alleged rapist, out on Supreme Court bail
On February 2, 2018, a 25-year-old tourist on San Pedro reported to police that she was raped, allegedly by a man who had been giving her tours of the island. The victim, who frequents Belize, was asleep when she was awoken by an intruder. John Cus, a 37-year-old electrician of San Pedro, was accused of the crime. Cus was arraigned in the Supreme Court on Friday, February 23, 2018 before Justice Herbert Lord where he was represented by attorney Richard “Dickie” Bradley. The DPP was represented by Crown Counsel Porsha Staine-Ferguson who had no objection to bail. As a result, Cus was offered bail in the sum of $8,000 plus one surety of the same.

19 years for obtaining property by deception
Mark Antonio Rosales, a 31-year-old Corozal resident, was found guilty of 19 out of 22 counts of obtaining property by deception and acquitted of the remaining three counts. The conviction occurred in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Ladonna John on Thursday, February 22, 2018 but sentencing was deferred for Monday, February 26, 2018. At his sentencing, Rosales was fined a total of $46,000 to pay forthwith since he had not been showing up at court while out on bail. In default of payment, he must serve a year on each count. Because Rosales was unable to pay his fine, he was sentenced to 19 years imprisonment effective Monday, February 26, 2018.

Woman swindled out of almost $20,000
A businessman is out on bail which was granted to him by Magistrate Michelle Trapp after he appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on Friday, February 23, 2018. He is 50-year-old Clinton Young who was read charges of obtaining property by deception. The allegations being made against Young are that in April 2017, he obtained the sum of $850 by deception from Stivaly Andrade. On a second occasion on May 17, 2017, he obtained $1,500 by deception from Andrade.

Adolfo Flores shot in Arizona Village
On Sunday, February 25, 2018 acting upon information, police visited the Western Regional Hospital where they spoke to Adolfo Flores, 29-years-old. Flores reported that at about 11:50 p.m. while socializing at a bar in Arizona Village, he got into a misunderstanding with a male person known to him as Alex Hernandez. An unknown male person who was along with Hernandez took out what appeared to be a 9mm pistol and fired two shots in the air and two in his direction, one of which caught him to his left leg and exited through the back of said leg.

Akeem Augustine is back behind bars
Following a shooting incident, on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 just after 10:00 p.m., police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. There they saw Emerson Garnett, a 29-year-old delivery assistant of a Belize City address, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the lower left side of his chest. They also saw Houston Apolonio, a 35-year-old mechanic also of a Belize City address, suffering from a graze to his left shoulder.

Brothers on remand after being accused of grievous harm
Two brothers are on remand at the Belize Central Prison after they were jointly arraigned before Magistrate Michelle Trapp in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on Friday, February 23, 2018. They are Akeem Ferguson, a 22-year-old employee at Bowen and Bowen, and Shakeem Ferguson, an 18-year-old unemployed. The brothers were arraigned for the offense of grievous harm upon Juan Tut who was allegedly badly beaten by the brothers on Friday, February 9, 2018.

No bail for Daniel Myvett, accused of murder
Daniel Myvette, who was accused of murdering Kabiru Olongundudu, a Nigerian national, applied for Supreme Court bail on Friday, February 16, 2018. That was done through his attorney Alifa Elrington before Justice Marilyn Williams who heard the submission by Elrington and DPP’s crown Porsha Staine-Ferguson.

Drugs found in Las Flores
An alert Belmopan Police recently discovered drugs in the Las Flores area of Belmopan. The Belmopan Quick Response Team had searched a garbage bin situated in the Las Flores public park and discovered two large plastic bags and three small ones with a total weight of 1,772 grams of cannabis. Police were unable to make an association between the drugs and anyone else; thus the cannabis was deposited as found property. However; police believe that the drugs was being prepared for re-sale.

Farmer shot in Central Farm
On Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at about 5:10 a.m., police visited the San Ignacio Hospital. There, they saw Darren Metzgar, a 27-year-old farmer of Central Farm, suffering from a single gunshot wound to his left inner thigh. Initial investigation revealed that about 4:00 a.m. that same morning, he was alerted by the sound of his dogs and sheep on the farm. Upon making checks, he was shot by a gunman. Metzgar remains in a critical condition at the KHMH. Police are investigating the matter.

Man shot on Gibnut Street
On Monday, February 26, 2018 at about 7:30 p.m., police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where they observed Akeem Requena, a 25-year-old Belizean Laborer of a Belize City address, suffering from a gunshot wound to his right lower back. Initial investigation reveals that earlier that night while Requena was walking on Gibnut Street into Fullers Alley, two men riding on a motorcycle drove from the direction of Welch Street heading to Curassow Street and took out a firearm with which they fired several shots at him.

Jermaine Grant arraigned for Caye Caulker stabbing
A stabbing incident on La Isla Carinosa has led to the arraignment and remand of Jermaine Grant. Grant, a 31-year-old resident of Caye Caulker, was accused of the February 19, 2018 stabbing incident of Jamal Bennett. On Thursday, February 22, 2018, Grant was escorted to the Belize City Magistrate’s Court after receiving treatment for a stomach virus at the KHMH for two nights.

8 lawmen charged for murder
Police has arrested and charged 8 lawmen, 7 soldiers from the Belize Defense Force, and 1 from the police Special Patrol Unit, for the crimes of murder and attempted murder. These 8 are all officers who are attached to the BDF’s elite unit known as the Belize Special Assignment Group (or BSAG) as they are better known. Those officers charged are 29 year-old Lennart Cajun, a police constable from Orange Walk Town that is assigned to BSAG; and the 7 BDF soldiers, which include 28 year-old Mateo Bolon, a resident of Jalacte, Toledo; 31 year-old Patrick Villagran Sr., a resident of Ladyville; 26 year-old Patrick Diego, a resident of Pomona Village; 33 year-old Elvis Cobb, a resident of San Victor Village; 26 year-old Edmar Petillo, a resident of Carmelita Village; 21 year-old Bladimir Escarraga, a resident of San Jose Village; and 23 year-old Francis Sho, a resident of Mountain View Belmopan.

Main Suspect released in Trench Alley murders
At around 7:20 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, shots rang out near the mouth of Trench Alley located on Orange Street. Three persons, including 12-year-old David Morrison, were socializing when they were approached by a lone gunman who opened fire. Morrison was hit at the back of the head and died instantly.

Men on motorcycle shot at
On Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., police visited mile 7 1/2 on the George Price Highway where Darnell Domingo, an 18-year-old student of Western Paradise Village reported that about 6:25 p.m. while he and Francis Parham were heading to Belize City on a motorcycle, they observed a white car approaching them from the opposite direction. Upon reaching closer to them, the car stopped and a male person exited the vehicle and pointed a gun in their direction.

Moses Conorquie sentenced to 3 years for firearm
A gun related incident has landed four persons in court. The men, Alfred Williams, 33, Frank Smith, 33, Moses Conorquie, 37, and a 17-year-old minor appeared before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford on Monday, February 26, 2018 to answer to two gun related charges. The incident that landed them in court happened on Friday, February 23, 2018 when the four men were travelling in a Toyota Camry.

Murder of City Council men possibly drug related
Luis Dominguez and Clinton Fitzgibbon, both former employees at the Belize City Council, were murdered within days of each other both on 8th Street in the King’s Park area of Belize City. Dominguez was murdered just before midnight on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at the home of friends that he regarded as family. Two days later on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, Fitzgibbon, who was socializing with a woman, was shot and killed. That woman was shot as well but only he was fatally hit.

Digicell Belize City Defenders clip the wings of the soaring San Pedro Tiger Sharks
The Pepsi Elite National Basketball League (NEBL) competition continued over the last week with 5 games on the schedule. On Friday 23rd February at the St. Catherine Mercy Centre in Belize City, the Belize City based Digicell Belize City Defenders, halted the high soaring San Pedro Tiger Sharks by handing them it first defeat of the season by the score of 76-70. The top scorers for the Digicell Belize City Defenders were Darwin Leslie with 28 points and 8 rebounds; Nigel Jones with 25 points and 7 rebounds and Francis Arana with 10 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. For the San Pedro Tiger Sharks, the top scorers were Martevuius Adams with 31 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists and a steal and Andrew Ortiz who contributed 8 points to go along with his 6 rebounds in a losing effort.

Belize Basketball Federation to hold open tryouts for National U-15 Boys Team
The Belize Basketball Federation is pleased to announce the selection of an Under 15 Boys National Basketball Team for participation in upcoming regional FIBA tournaments. The first tournament will be the U-15 COCABA (Central American Championship) which will be held in El Salvador in mid-April. The selection process will commence with the open tryouts on Saturday 3rd March, 2018, at the St. John’s College Gymnasium starting at 10:00 am. Interested players from across the country are encouraged to attend. The tryouts are open to male athletes born January 1, 2013 or later; and who possess Belizean nationality. Players will be assessed by national team coaches headed by Junior National Team Coach Matthew Smiling.

Belmopan Bandits SC is the new leader in the Premier League of Belize Closing Season
The Premier League of Belize Closing Season competition continued over the last week of play, which saw the Belmopan Bandits SC winning twice in one week to become the new leaders in the on-going competition. On Saturday 24th February, 2018, at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan, the league’s leading Belmopan Bandits SC edged out the Belize Defence Force FC by the score of 2-1. The visiting BDF FC was the first to make it onto the scoreboard when Shane Flores scored his team’s only goal of the game in the 27th minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. However, the lead was short-lived as Rony Flores scored the equalising goal for the Belmopan Bandits SC in the 29th minute of play to tie the score at 1-1.

Belize Elementary boys win National Primary Schools Volleyball championship
The 2017-2018 National Primary Schools Volleyball Championship came to an end on Friday 23rd February, 2018, at the Multi-Purpose Complex in Orange Walk Town. In the boys’ championship game, Belize Elementary School representing the Belize District defeated San Marcos Roman Catholic School representing the Cayo District by the score of 25-21, 17-25 and 15-10 to capture the National Primary Schools Boys’ Volleyball title. In the consolation game or the third place game played, Church of Christ School representing the Corozal District defeated Punta Gorda Methodist School representing the Toledo District by the score of 25-22 and 28-26.

Hummingbird Elementary girls win National Primary Schools Volleyball championship
The 2017-2018 National Primary Schools Volleyball Championship came to an end on Friday 23rd February, 2018, at the Multi-Purpose Complex in Orange Walk Town. In the girls’ championship game, Hummingbird Elementary School representing the Belize District defeated the Toledo Christian Academy representing the Toledo District by the score of 25-18 and 25-8 to capture the National Primary Schools Volleyball title. In the consolation game or the third place game played, Our Lady of Guadalupe Roman Catholic School representing the Cayo District defeated Light of the Valley Baptist School representing the Stann Creek District by the score of 25-17 and 25-21.

Computer Company donates to Senior Citizens
Our elderly folks in Belmopan can now depend on a state of the art computer thanks to GS-COM. Ms. Angelina Cal, Store Supervisor of the Belmopan based store, last week handed over a computer to Mr. Evan Dakers, Chairman of HelpAge Belmopan. The computer comes equipped with a 2.8 Gigahertz Celeron processor and one Terabyte of space in its hard drive. In accepting the donation, Mr. Dakers expressed that this computer will enhance Help Age’s administrative work and will positively impact the quality of services offered to the senior citizens of Belmopan and surrounding communities.

Laser technology reveals more of the Maya world in Belize
A new laser technology is revolutionizing archaeology in Belize and the Americas. Now four experts in the field, Dr. Anabel Ford, Thomas Crimmel, Claudia Knudson, Sherman Horn and Keith Clarke have sent a joint article to the Guardian Newspaper entitled, ‘LiDAR is not a Magic Wand’, which reveals some of the breakthroughs in Belize, notably at El Pilar, an archaeological reserve that straddles the Belize-Guatemala border.

Man dies while in police custody
Three police officers from the Stann Creek district will face disciplinary charges for the untimely passing of 44 year-old Humphrey Mitchel, a resident of Sarawee. Those officers have reported to their superiors that he was in their detention, and while he was being transferred, via police mobile, to the Dangriga Police Station, he jumped out of the moving vehicle. He suffered serious head and bodily injuries which claimed his life. The Professional Standards Branch believes that the officers could have taken steps to secure Mitchel while he was in their custody.

Two traffic accidents claim two lives
On Sunday, February 25, 2018 at about 3:30 a.m., police responded to a road traffic accident at Camp one Shipyard Village in the Orange Walk District. Upon arrival, they observed a white Dodge Caravan with the front damaged and crashed into a tree. No one was in the van at the time and as a result, the officers made checks at the Northern Regional Hospital. There, they learnt that Silvan Mencias, a 19-year-old laborer of August Pine Ridge, was involved in an accident and succumbed to his injuries. Initial investigation revealed that Alvin Reneau, a 25-year-old driver of August Pine Ridge, was driving from Guinea Grass towards Shipyard when he lost control of the van and crashed into some trees.

We Will Soon Know
It’s been a while now since I have tuned in to the Sugar City Morning Show, not because I don’t like the show, in fact, it is a very lively and highly informative talk show, almost fashioned like the Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC, except that it has more than one host and involves interaction with callers, mainly from OW and Corozal. What happens is that it the SCMS airs within the same time frame as WAVE’S “First Thing Da morning” and I like to listen to national political news and views so as to get feed for my essays.

Words of Life With Pastor Barry Fraser
Jesus, our Savior, promised us power to become witnesses for him. In Acts chapter 1, verse 8, we read the words of Jesus, just before he left this earth to return to Heaven: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”

Blogs

The Sargasso Is Here: How You Can Escape Its Grasp
A few weeks ago, the sargasso started to come in. There are numerous stories, rumors and informational tidbits about the stuff. Basically everyone who lives here has something to say about it. How can you not? It’s the #1 question on visitors’ minds. Here are some things that I know for sure. The Sargasso Sea – a HUGE natural raft of sargassum seaweed – is real. 1000s of square miles of the stuff that is formed, pushed and pulled by the currents and gulf streams. It’s a spawning site, a nursery, for all sorts of sea life – sharks, eels and fish. I can confirm that the birds LOVE eating out of it once its here.

March Events and Weather Recap
It’s social planning time with March events and weather on Ambergris Caye. I would like to thank my editor Shirlee who helps research and compile events as well as puts up with me messaging her many times to add to the list – sometimes unknowingly repeating. First, off March weather, it helps to know temps so you can plan your wardrobe effectively. I bought a sweater to the beach the other night and while I did not wear it the whole time, I was glad I took it as the breeze occasionally picked up. February weather recap is also included below. I know some of you are already planning for next year.

Child Stimulation Month was held in Corozal
Children are our future and as such, an entire month is dedicated each year to the celebration of our littlest Belizeans. The month-long celebration, called Child Stimulation Month, kicked off on Thursday, March 1st with a preschoolers' parade through the streets.The number of preschoolers is on an upward trend. Today, there are over two hundred and twenty-nine preschools across the country with over seven thousand five hundred students enrolled in early childhood centers. That figure is a combination of three and four-year-olds referred to as level one and level two students in the school system. Today, in Corozal the schools around Corozal came to participate in the Child Stimulation Month and paraded around town.

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Picture of the month: March
It’s pure necessity, not the idea of re-use or upcycling, that forces this Caribbean fisher to use old pieces of cloth as sails. Während in unseren Breiten noch eisige Kälte und tiefer Frost herrschen, führt unser Picture of the Month in ein Land mit karibischer Wärme. Urlaubsstimmung will aber auf dem in Belize (Ostküste Mittelamerikas) aufgenommenen Foto nicht so recht aufkommen. Es vermittelt viel mehr den beschwerlichen Alltag eines Fischers, der mit seinem Kutter rausfährt. Das Segel ist aus alten Stoffresten zusammengeflickt. Re-use und upcycling sind hier selbstverständliche Begleiter, um einen notwendigen Bedarf zu decken.

Unacceptable that only four CARICOM members recognise CCJ, says Barbados PM
Barbados thinks it is unacceptable that, to date, only four Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states have the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as their appellate jurisdiction, Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart made clear on Tuesday, as the 29th inter-sessional meeting of the heads of government of CARICOM came to a close in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Stuart stated: “We contend that it is a disgrace that after the Caribbean Court of Justice has been in existence for so long, that only four countries have signed on to that court in its appellate jurisdiction.

5 Honeymoon Destinations for Adventurous Couples
Ready to add a different kind of thrill to your honeymoon? Try one of these five tropical retreats, where you can top off a day of adventure with plenty of romance. The At the family-owned San Ignacio Resort Hotel, each of the 26 rooms have airy, white-draped beds and are accented with local art. Take your morning coffee at the pool, where, if you’re lucky, you’ll spot toucans, searching for fruit among the trees. The resort makes it easy to experience the region: Walk into the town of San Ignacio or stroll the trail that loops through the property’s 17-acre jungle preserve and iguana sanctuary. The Adventure: The hotel offers several adventurous tours to choose from. Hike through the jungle to a 1,000-foot waterfall. Glide down a river on an inner tube through an underground labyrinth of caves. Explore ancient Mayan temples, like Caracol and Tikal, which was a filming location for Star Wars.

Tips For Tarpon Fishing in Belize
Belize is a tarpon fishing paradise. With 200+ miles of coastline, a network of complex system of barrier reef, offshore atolls, hundreds of patch reefs, extensive seagrass beds, mangrove forests, and over 1,000 cayes and coupled with a rich habitat of year round temperatures of 75° to 80° F – it’s an Angler’s paradise. Anglers from around the world flock to Belize to complete the Grand Slam, which for those of you who don’t know – is catching a bonefish, permit, and tarpon all in one day. Throw in a snook for good measure to achieve what’s known as the Super Slam. But the largest and perhaps most prized fish of the Grand Slam trio is the elusive tarpon — a fish that can live up to 75 years and grow up to 250 pounds. Tarpon can even breathe air — the only fully marine species of fish able to do so.

Videos

  • Tobacco Caye - Belize., 2min. Deutsch. Video über die Anreise und den Aufenthalt in Tobacco Caye. Urlaub auf einsamer Insel im karibischen Meer. Belize ist ein Schnorchel-Paradies.

  • Belize District Child Stimulation Opening Ceremony and Parade Date: March 1, 2018, 42min.

  • Elections and Boundaries Department, The 2018 Municipal Elections - Voting Process, 38min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Ariel Rosado Foundation - Annual Ride, 19min. on Open Your Eyes

  • BLACK HISTORY: BELIZEAN CREOLE CULTURE, 3min. Th3 above Victorian Style house was built in the 1850's during the abolishment of Slavery in Belize. It is cased in Mohogony interrior and have survived every hurricane. Its a Land Mark and will be going up for sale this year. 'PILGRIM HOUSE' My direct relatives are PILGRIM, GRIFFITH AND GILLETT... Those are my immediate -- Of course Fuller, but i was never close with that side of family...

  • Child Stimulation Month Parade in San Pedro, 5min.

  • A pleasant good morning from all of us at the Pueblo Nuevo Ferry, Corozal, 1.5min. These wooden tug boats, which by the way were built in Belize, are probably more than 45 years hold. They can tow up to three, 300 ton barges at a time. These tugs and barges are an important part of the day to day activities in our northen communities of both Corozal and Orange Walk. As it passes by, the captain of the tug boat alerts the ferry personnel by blowing its horn. The ferry cable is dropped to make way for the tug and barges. Sometimes it is controlled caos when two tug boats with their load intersect at the ferry. It is quite a scence to watch and experience. A lot of yelling and hollering takes place. These empty barges are on their way on our New River to Orange Walk where they will be loaded with sugar and molasses and make the 36 hour return journey to Belize City port where its product will be loaded unto its mother ship for international export.

  • Talk Ah Di Town March 1, 2018, 30min.

  • PUP Belize City Mayoral Candidate & Councilors, 51min. on Open Your Eyes

  • UWI Open campus Belize - 70th Anniversary Bike Race, 24min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Kidney Association of Belize (KAB) Annual Health Fair, 24min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Cycling Federation of Belize - Presidential Elections, 24min. on Open Your Eyes

  • How To Make a Fishing Movie the ‘Easy’ Way, 5.5min. Fishing is hard. Fortunately, making a movie about fishing doesn’t have to be. “So, you want to make a fishing film?” The folks at Columbia decided to offer some helpful entertaining tips for hopeful fishing documentarians. Badfish founders Marty Gallipeau and Dylan Schmitz set off for the crystal clear waters of Belize. Their goal? Catch fish and show everyone how to film it.

  • Unlimited sings about life in Belize, 15min.

  • RC School cultural show at Xaibe, Village, 3.5min.

  • Xaibe village rc school is having there cultuural day,4 min.

  • Belize Mission Trip BTS // Garifuna Settlement Day Parade Sample, 4.5min. Behind The Scenes of our Belize Mission Trip at the Garifuna Settlement Day Parade. This was such an incredible experience

  • Gorgeous and colorful Belize Synspilum cichlid, 1min.

  • Fishing: A Belizean Way of Life | WCS Belize Program, 51min. This 30–minute video documentary is about the sustainable fisheries initiatives underway in Belize that employ various management tools, such as rights-based or managed access and replenishment. I was staying in Dangriga but my destination was Tobacco Island. They dropped me off on the Island for a few hours while they took care of their daily fishing run. En route back to Dangriga. Hanging with my son Chris in Belize Feb 2017. We did some Rod/fishing, lobster trapping and spear/fishing and some island hoppin. -Experience Placencia- One of my most recent adopted homes.

  • Belize Boogie Great Blue Hole Jump 2-16-18, 4min.


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