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The San Pedro Sun

Oceana Belize organizes “BZE SAID NO” human sign demonstration in San Pedro
To celebrate Belize’s passing of the law to ban oil exploration in its waters, Oceana Belize organized a human “BZE SAID No” sign activity in front of the San Pedro High School (SPHS) on Wednesday, February 28th. The activity saw the participations of students, divers, and islanders alike. At 10AM, a large crowd of residents gathered in front of the SPHS to be a part of the “BZE SAID NO” sign that was created. “The activity was to celebrate that by law now, no oil exploration will happen in the waters of our country. We decided to spell out ‘BZE SAID NO’ to send a message to other countries that Belize has said no to any kind of oil activity on our waters and also to motivate them to also say no as well,” said Oceana Belize, Field Representative, Angel Briceno.

San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament heads to the finals
The second round for the San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament semifinals took place this past weekend at the Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex on Sunday, February 25th. The day saw the four teams competing in three intense matches to gain the win to advance to the final round. In the first match, Extreme won by default against RCGO. However, in the next match, RCGO managed to win Extreme with a 14-13 point scored and advance to the finals to compete for the championship. The last match of the day, saw Quality Reef advancing to the finals after taking an easy victory over San Pedro High School (SPHS) with a 13-2 point score. Everyone is invited to come out and support their favorite team at the San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament finals this weekend on Sunday, March 4th. The first match will see Quality Reef going against RCGO, followed by SPHS versus Extreme. At 11:30AM Quality Reef will face off RCGO once again. Foods and drinks will be on sale during the games.

Unannounced swearing-in of new Justices of the Peace surprises the President of San Pedro JP Association
The swearing-in of 12 new Justices of the Peace (JP) along with four current JPs sworn-in as Senior Justices of the Peace took Pastor Clive Welsh, President of the San Pedro Association of Justice of the Peace and Commissioner of the Supreme Court by surprise when he was not notified of the event. The official swearing-in was made public when it was posted on the United Democratic Party (UDP) San Pedro Facebook page, showing the Attorney General of Belize, Michael Peyrefitte officiating the event in the company of incumbent Mayor Daniel Guerrero, and Area Representative Honourable Manuel Heredia Jr., on Friday, February 23rd at The San Pedro Town Council’s conference room.

SACNW hosts a neighborhood clean-up
On Saturday morning, February 24th bright and early, members and friends of SACNW (South Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch) were out in full force for a clean-up of the south end of the island. From Victoria House to Marco Gonzalez Maya Site entrance, more than 30 adults and children filled a dump truck with garbage bags and miscellaneous items discarded along the road and beach. From a discarded toilet to a bug zapper, truck tire and more, there was plenty to think about when wondering why people want to dirty up our beautiful Isla Bonita.

Child Stimulation Month begins on Ambergris Caye
Child stimulation month opened with a short ceremony, followed with a parade through the main streets of Ambergris Caye on Thursday, March 1st. The various Preschools that participated included: San Pedro Preschool, ABC Preschool, Isla Bonita Preschool, San Pedro Shining Star Preschool, Brighter Tomorrow Preschool, Holy Cross Preschool and Little Angel’s Preschool. At 10AM, preschoolers along with teachers and parents gathered for a short ceremony at Central Park. The event began with Mistress of Ceremony, Kimberly Flores Moro welcoming everyone and thanking them for their continuous participation in Child Stimulation Week. This followed the singing of the National Anthem and a short invocation by Marina Kay. Incumbent Mayor Daniel Guerrero was then invited to the stage to deliver a short speech to the attendee’s.

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Schools will be closed on March 7th, 2018 to accommodate Municipal Elections

“Seed Trainer Workshop” for the Genetic Improvement of the Sheep and Goat Project
The Ministry of Agriculture Livestock Unit, in collaboration with the Republic of China (Taiwan), hosted its first “Seed Trainer Workshop” for the Genetic Improvement of the Sheep and Goat Project. The workshop took place from 28th of February to 2nd of March 2018 at the Central Farm Research Station in the Cayo District. A total of 15 technicians and livestock extension officers from the Ministry of Agriculture, Belize Livestock Producers Association (BLPA), and Belize Agriculture and Health Authority (BAHA) attended the training. The workshop covered different stages of feed management and provided a hands-on opportunity to learn practical operation, on-farm practices and identification system on hoof trimming, docking and castration, as well as a breeding strategy to create a more profitable outcome and fattening period management to improve growth rate.

CHILD STIMULATION MONTH 2018 COMMENCES
On Thursday, March 1st, 2018, Child Stimulation Month commenced throughout the country of Belize, under the theme: "Birth to Eight: Children must play." In San Pedro the month of activities began with a short ceremony at the Central Park which followed by a parade through the streets of San Pedro Town. Conducting the brief ceremony was Mistress of Ceremony, Ms. Kimberly Flores Moro, who commenced the program with the National Anthem. Following the National Anthem was a prayer which was given by Principal of Little Angels Pre-School, Mrs. Marina Kay. Mrs. Arianie Gongora gave the welcome address where she mentioned the importance of these activities, which was for the students to learn more about their surroundings, such as: community workers, etc. Mayor Daniel Guerrero was invited as the guest speaker, where he stressed the importance of children's rights in our country and that activities like these help in the development of a child's intellect. He expressed his gratitude to the organizers of this event for all their efforts in preparing all the activities to come in the month of March.

Belize's Wonder Women! Mrs. Anna Silva
March is Women's History Month and we are proud to announce that Mrs. Anna Silva is our Belize Wonder Woman as well as Woman of the Year 2018! Mrs. Anna Silva is a mother of three children, has two grandchildren, and is the co-founder of Mary Open Doors, established in February 2008. Mary Open Doors was one of two emergency shelters in the entire country of Belize when it first opened its doors. Mrs. Silva draws from her experience working in the NGO community. For a number of years, she was the CEO of Cornerstone Foundation. She is someone who takes action to respond to social issues and is motivated by her passion to serve others. Mary Open Doors became Mrs. Silva’s vehicle to address the scourge of domestic violence in Belize. She, herself, is a GBV survivor. Mrs. Silva, affectionately known to everyone in her community as “Ms. Anna,” has a profound commitment to serving those who are most vulnerable.

Students of Xaibe RC school in Corozal representing the Yucatec Maya ethnicity
This are 6 things you need to know of the Yucatec Maya of Belize . 1. The Yucatec Maya are mostly found in Corozal district,Orange Walk District and Cayo District. 2. Most Yucatec Maya came during the Guerra Social Maya (Caste War) which started in 1847 but their where some Yucatec Maya already living by the lamanai,Rio Bravo and the Yalbac area when the British came . The British reported several attacks in this areas in the 1790's and 1801 .

Belize and Mexico discuss Disaster and Risk Analysis and Management
In Belmopan, this afternoon, Belize’s Minister of National Emergency Management, Hon Edmond Castro, met with a delegation headed by the Director of Mexico’s National Center for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED), Doctor Carlos Miguel Valdes. Matters discussed included Training, Data Sharing, and Regional Collaboration in Disaster and Risk Analysis and Management. Hon Edmond Castro was accompanied by Belize’s National Emergency Coordinator (NEC) Colonel (Ret.) Shelton Defour, who held discussions earlier today with a technical team accompanying Doctor Valdes. That technical team, headed by Engineer, Oscar Zepeda Ramos, Director of Risk Analysis and Management at CENAPRED, also formed part of the Mexican delegation which later met this afternoon with Minister of National Emergency Management, Hon Edmond Castro.

Presentation of the final construction project of the Mexico Sports Hall at the Marion Jones Sports Complex in Belize City
The Undersecretary for Latin America and the Caribbean, Ambassador Luis Alfonso de Alba, accompanied by the Executive Director of the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID), Agustín García-López Loaeza, is on a working visit to Belize. The program of the visit included the presentation of the final construction project of the Mexico Sports Hall at the Marion Jones Sports Complex in Belize City by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS); the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Education of Belize and AMEXCID granting 25 half-scholarships to students of the Escuela Secundaria Técnica México, as well as the official inauguration of the replica of a monumental Olmec head donated by the Government of Mexico to the people of Belize on the occasion of President Enrique Peña Nieto last October visit to the country, which is already adorning a roundabout in Belmopan.

Ministry of Defence Hosts First Ever Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Policy Development Workshop in Belize
The Ministry of Defence has hosted the first ever Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Policy Development Workshop in Belize. The event took place from 27 February to 2 March 2018 at the Belize Coast Guard Headquarters at Mile 4 ½ George Price Highway. The main objective of the workshop is to lay the groundwork for how the Government of Belize can increase women’s participation in efforts to promote security, maintain peace, and prevent conflict. This is in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 and in support of Belize’s national security goals (National Security and Defence Strategy 2017-2020).

Corozal March for Justice Monday
Lets join hands and let our voices be heard! Come out on Monday March 5th at 9am and 5pm at the Corozal Central Park! The same energy you are putting into fighting over a colour lets use that energy to fight for our babies! For once lets get together as one and stop fighting over irrelevant stuff! Lets fight for our children our future! Child abuse needs to STOP NOW!

The 2018 official Nich La Ruta Maya shirts

Visit the Museum of Belize to view in real life the femur (thigh bone) of a Giant Sloth
Tthis fossil remain was found in Santa Familia Belize located in the Cayo District. 11,000 years ago, the giant sloth (Eremotherium laurillardi) became extinct. This massive ground sloth was not the only one strolling through ancient Belize. A smaller cousin, (Nothrotheriops shastensis) was believed to have lived in what is now Central Mexico up to the southern United States. But that all changed when fossils of this animal were found inside a cave located in the Cayo District.

Xaibe R.C. School Cultural and Business Expo
To'one Masewaloon participated at the Xaibe R.C. School Cultural and Business Expo held on the 1st of March 2018. Wonderful exhibition of our Maya Culture comprising of major Maya ethnic group in Belize. Yucartec, Mopan and Ketchi Maya. Other ethnic groups exposed were the Garirifuna, Hindu and Major business Groups. What an awesome educational experience. Congrats to all concerned for promoting and preserving our Maya culture and other cultures of our lovely Belize.

Graduation from the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program
Today, 508 students from 10 schools across Belize graduated from the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program, supported by the Embassy. The goal of the G.R.E.A.T. program is to improve citizen security, combat gang-related crime and violence, and prevent vulnerable youth from falling victim to gangs or engaging in gang activities. Guest speakers for the ceremony were Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie and Robert Gibson, the Embassy's International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Coordinator. The program assists youth to identify and avoid gang membership, prevent violence and criminal activity, and develop a positive relationship with law enforcement. Certified police instructors, who conduct the training, have a wide range of experience in criminal behavior, can recognize gang members, are equipped with referral knowledge, and most importantly, are positive role models to students.

Inauguration of the Olmec Head in Belmopan
Congratulations to the Embassy of Mexico to Belize - Embajada de México en Belice on the inauguration of the Olmec Head in Belmopan! Wonderful event celebrating the friendship between the governments and people of Belize and Mexico!

Channel 7

17 Month Old Abuse Victim Critical, Stepfather Charged
Tonight, the 17 month old toddler who was physically and sexually abused could be taken off life support. She is reported to be brain dead and unresponsive - so the family has that very difficult choice facing them this evening. And at 6:00 pm today at the Ladyville police station her 21 year old stepfather was being charged Dangerous harm of the child - a number of other charges will follow. Police are waiting on directives from the DPP. Again, we cannot disclose his name so as not to expose the identity of the child. But we will call her Baby A.N. - her initials.

Widespread Rage and Incredulity At Hideous Abuse
It's an unthinkable act that has sent waves of seething anger rippling across the country. Who could do such a thing? How? It's a common sentiment and this evening a handful of protestors gathered outside the Queen Street Station to call for the suspect to be hanged. Activist, Jose Uc Espat was on the frontline again:... "We need to come together as a nation because these are national issues that affect everybody. We need to put down politics and we need to put down all of the corruption and everything that is going on and need to accept that these issues are happening, they are real and there are other issues that are very real that are happening and people are not aware of and we need to face them and see how we come together as a nation, not as a UDP or BPP, or PUP - as a nation to solve these issues."

Doctors Trying To Make Sure One Year Old Shooting Victim Can Walk Normally
We turn now to another child victim of crime, one year old Baby Gregory Mena, who was shot inside his home on Neal's Penn Road. On Wednesday, night, gunmen barged into his family's yard, where women and other innocent children were present, and they shot and killed 32 year-old Alexander Carr, the father of his older sister. Carr was at the house to spend time with his daughter. And while they were socializing in the gunmen opened fire on him, killing him on the spot. But, they didn't stop there. One of the shooters then headed to the front door, where the toddler was dancing, and shot him on his right foot, injuring 3 of his toes. That shot ricocheted, and almost injured one of his aunts, who was holding a 2 week-old baby on her arms. Fortunately, she ducked in time to protect that newborn, and the bullet just grazed her jaw.

Minister Boots Again Accused of Irregularities
UDP Minister of Human Development and Poverty Alleviation Anthony Boots Martinez remains under sustained fire tonight. The PUP have released another tranche of documents suggesting that he acted inappropriately and exceeded his authority in doling out community service funds to his supporters. The Opposition has sent our newsroom copies of seven smart-stream screenshots which show a total of $49,700 dollars disbursed for what are called "community service" grants. What's unusual about these is the timing, first of all. The dates on the transactions show that they were all entered into the system three days ago, a short time before the election. And second, what really jumps out is that the approvals came directly from Minister Martinez. Typically, such approvals would come from the CEO who is the Ministry's accounting officer.

He Survived Multiple Chops To Head, And Forgave His Trespasser, But Now Tesecum Needs Help
On December 18th - there was a crazy chopping on a Belize City Council work bus. Two sanitation workers had a misunderstanding which resulted in 53 year-old sanitation worker Dennis Bodden viciously chopping his co-worker, 40 year-old Michael Tesecum, twice in the head. Bodden was charged with attempted murder, dangerous harm, and use of deadly means of harm and was remanded. But Tesecum continues to live with the injury. He has partially recovered, says he has forgiven Bodden but needs help from Social Security to get better. Daniel Ortiz reports:..

Mexican Vice Minister In Belize
Ambassador Luis Alfonso De Alba, the Mexican Vice Minister for Latin America and the Caribbean, was in Belize today for several events in both Belize City and Belmopan. We start first with the ceremonies at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex. You'll remember that years ago, the Mexican Government donated 5 Million US dollars for the construction of a Sports Center on the compound. It's supposed to be a state-of-art- indoor Basketball and Volleyball facility. The project is being overseen by the UNOPS, which cuts out the possibility of any local deal cutting and kickbacks to favored contractors. After all, this kind of "pork-barrel" hustling is why Marion Jones still hasn't been completed after over a decade of construction and tens of millions of dollars invested.

Capital’s Cabeza Colosal
...So right after that official ceremony in Belize City, the Mexican Vice Minister along with his delegation made their way to Belmopan. They attended the official showing of the grand Olmec Head that's at the center of the new round about in front of the hospital. We were there for the unveiling and we found out more about the cultural significance of this structure. Amb. Carlos Quesnel, Embassy of Mexico: "We have met today to formally inaugurated this replica of the colossal Olmec head number eight whose trajectory to Belize began in October last year from Xalapa, Vera Cruz to this new home on this side."

Mexican Vice-Minister Has Plans
Now apart from Belize, Mexico also wants to build on its relationship with other Caribbean countries. Vice Minister Luis Alfonso de Alba spoke on upcoming initiatives that will boost these connections. Amb. Luis Alfonso de Alba, Undersecretary for Latin America and the Caribbean: "We are in the process of strengthening our relations with the countries in the region and I will start with Belize, we are looking into the 2030 date as the date that we have agreed at the United Nations to achieve sustainable development but also with specific projects on our own, We are going to embark in the coming months in drafting a project that will strengthen the relationship between Mexico and Belize and the Caribbean particularly the English speaking Caribbean countries."

One Night of Bail, But Back To Jail For Orel
Last night we told you about Orel Leslie, one of two persons charged with murder, who was released on a bail of $25,000. But he only had one night of freedom because today his bail was revoked because he had breached one of the conditions of his bail. That condition was a curfew that required him to be at his residence between the hours of 9:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. every day until the case has been completed. But around 1:30 this morning Police constable Andre Almendarez claims he saw Leslie at Sit and Sip nightclub. He informed Leslie that he has violated one of the conditions of his bail when Leslie exited the club. But Leslie ignored him and got into a white pick-up truck which sped off.

False Killer Whales No Direction Home
False Killer Whales are the third largest dolphins in existence and a pod of them were recently seen in Belizean Waters. It is a major concern because the marine mammals need to be guided back into deeper water. They were first spotted on the 19th of February just south of Stake Bank Caye and last seen on the 26th of February south of Foreman Caye. Search parties continue to look for the pod but have had no luck. If you have seen the whales please contact the Fisheries Department at 224-4552 or Seashore Alliance at 615- 3838.

San Pedro Marijuana
Yesterday around 5:15 am in San Pedro Police on an Anti-Drug operation searched the residence of 43-year-old Percival Armstrong. They found a transparent Ziploc bag containing 200.6 grams of cannabis. After searching the rest of the house they found a black plastic bag containing 48.5 grams of crack cocaine. Also present at the time where 61 year old American Debbie Klauer and 39-year-old Spaniard Scientist Augustin Gregorio. Police arrested and charged all parties for two counts of drug trafficking.

Wholesale Weed At Water Taxi Spot
Today San Pedro Police conducted another Anti-Drug Operation in the DFC Area of San Pedro. They found a black plastic bag containing 696 grams of cannabis. They also searched the whole Caye Caulker Water Taxi terminal and found a white sack containing 47 pounds of cannabis. No one was present at the time so the items were labelled and deposited to the exhibit keeper.

Sharp Science Students
Today several high schoolers showed off their science skills with some impressive inventions at the the Belize Catholic Association of Secondary Schools Science Fair in the City. Sahar Vasquez stopped by to see the young Einstein's in action. These highschoolers astonished adults today with their groundbreaking science projects. What amazed everyone was not the complexity of the projects it was the fact that all these youngsters really want to do is improve lives. Justin Ayuso tired of seeing garbage littered around the place decided to use it for good.

Escuela Secundaria Technica Mexico Scholarships
Earlier in the news, we showed you the Belmopan and Belize City events that the Mexican Vice Minister and the Mexican Embassy hosted while the vice-minister was in Belize today. Well, his itinerary was full, and we'll now tell you about a third program launch that he was a part of. The Mexican Government will be funding 25 partial scholarships for needy high school students who are enrolled at Escuela Secundaria Technica Mexico. That's the high school in San Roman, Corozal, which the Mexican Government funded for the Belize Government to open in that northernmost district.

ESTM in Toledo
And apart from that, the Mexican Government will be funding the opening of another Escuela Mexico in Belize. This one is going to be located in the Toledo Village of Pueblo Viejo, and the CEO in the Ministry of Education told us that it fills a gap that they had identified, and was going to address. Here's what she had to say about this prospective new school: Deborah Domingo, CEO - Education: "Actually we had already selected Pueblo Viejo as one of the sites for one of the school we were construct under the Belize Education Sector Reform Project Phase 2, funded by the CDB. So with the offer from the Mexican government what is does then, it to allow us to use the savings perhaps to build a secondary school in another area and so this will certainly assist us big time."

UB Watches Resources
Today the University of Belize hosted day 2 of the 11th annual Natural Resources Management and Research symposium. The theme is making scientific data available to managers. Now it may sound like just another high level meeting of environmentalists and conservationists but all the topics discussed are very important and inevitably affect us all. We dropped by to find out more. Said Gutierrez, President, Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation: "The idea is to bring in researchers and managers in the environmental field, yesterday and today what we have had is a lot of people involved in actual research bringing some of that information to the table and with the potential of using that information for the guidance of management of protected areas of certain resources."

SMART Wins Again Over PUC
The PUC has suffered a serious setback in the Supreme Court. It's a case stemming from a PUC decision one year ago to charge Speednet spectrum fees dating back to 2010. These fees arose after the CCJ said that the PUC had unlawfully charged Speednet three quarter million dolalrs in fees. But before it could pay a refund the PUC came up with new fees to offset what it would have had to pay back. Speednet's attorney Eamon Courtenay applied for judicial review of that decision, and a stay of that decision and Justice Michelle Arana granted it. Courtenay argued successfully that the PUC had failed to update its regulations.

Briceno and The Billionaire, Contact or No Contact?
That judgement benefits both the Briceno family members who are shareholders in SMART and the Ashcroft Alliance - whose various companies are the company's majority shareholders. But are Ashcroft and Briceno also in political business? That's what we pointedly asked the leader yesterday: Jules Vasquez: "Asked you the other day about funding from Mr. Ashcroft and you spoke elliptically about you know that UDP's financiers are abandoning them etc, etc. But you didn't say with specificity, is the PUP receiving campaign financing from Lord Ashcroft?" Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the Opposition: "No." Jules Vasquez: "No? Absolutely not? Because maybe he's one of the UDP's financiers who's abandoning them." Hon. John Briceno: "Probably. Wouldn't you abandon them, if you were him?"

Puffy and Shyne Again? Sorta
Turning now to lighter news, DJs all over the country have been battling in their districts to advance to the Nationals of Belize's first DJ competition. And it's now time for the city DJs to showcase their talents. Today the organizer had a press conference to speak about the competition and introduce their special DJ judge. The Belize City competition starts tonight at 7 pm at the Pickwick Club. The winners from each district will meet at Nationals on March 23rd in Belize City.

A Night Of Verse
On March 10th some of Belize's best poets will unite at the Bliss Center to perform on the country's biggest stage. The show is called "Done Seh It" and according to Belizean Poet Adele Ramos, it will be a night full of creative candor: The show is next week Saturday at 7:30 pm. If you are interested in performing you can call Ramos at 610-6582.

Channel 5

Stepfather accused of molestation of child charged with dangerous harm amid protests
Just before news time a small protest was held in front of the Queen Street Police Station by persons to condemn the rape of an infant. Police have just now [...]

Children’s organizations lead widespread condemnation
The rape of the seventeen-month-old baby girl has sparked outrage across the country and the National Committee for Families and Children (N.C.F.C.) joined the UNICEF AND B.F.L.A. in condemning this [...]

More questionable payments authorized by “Boots” Martinez; where was oversight?
Tonight, Minister of Human Development Anthony “Boots” Martinez remains in boiling hot water as scandals continue to erupt around him. New information shows that this week he personally approved almost [...]

Montero payments “abuse” says Eamon Courtenay
Five members of Minister Rene Montero’s family, in 1998, acquired between them eighty-one acres of land in two pristine and remote locations. One was the Privassion Enclave in the Mountain [...]

Speednet defies P.U.C. on license fees
In 2016, the Caribbean Court of Justice ended months of impasse when it ruled that the Public Utilities Commission could not charge excessive spectrum fees to Speednet Communications, parent company [...]

Regulator would be “crazy” to shut off phones
With a permanent injunction now in force on the P.U.C. from collecting, might it decide to withdraw the approval and potentially cripple Speednet’s reach across Belize? The company has more [...]

Prediction for the Budget? Pain.
The office of the Prime Minister sought to reassure Belizeans that the government will be able to extricate itself from what the Financial Secretary Joseph Waight described as an impending [...]

Premium, regular fuel still short heading into weekend
The scarcity of fuel is plaguing motorists, tonight. This is despite the arrival of a sizeable shipment of oil from Guatemala overland earlier this week. Seventy-two thousand gallons were trucked [...]

Mexico breaks ground for sports center at Marion Jones during senior official’s visit
The Marion Jones Sporting Complex will boast of a training facility courtesy of our friends from Mexico. The design of the five million Mexico Sports Center was unveiled today in [...]

Half-scholarships awarded for E.S.T.M.
The visit of the Mexican Vice Minister for Latin America and the Caribbean also include the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Mexican Agency for International Cooperation and [...]

P.U.P. and Chamber break bread on budget
As he announced on Monday, Opposition Leader John Briceño met with the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Thursday. The Chamber has complained of being frozen out of discussions [...]

Two remanded for attempted murder
From the courts, two brothers are behind bars accused of the attempted murder of Francis Parham on Sunday evening on the George Price Highway. Twenty-two year old Shakeedi Baizar of [...]

Nelson Henry in trouble again after police altercation
He was already out on bail for a serious offence of aggravated burglary and unlawful imprisonment. But today Nelson Henry was back in court charged with aggravated assault, this time [...]

Late night outing sends Orel Leslie to jail
He was just granted bail on Thursday on a charge of murder for which he faces re-trial. But twenty-nine-year-old Orel Leslie is behind bars at the Central Prison at this [...]

A GREAT Day for 508 students
As of December of last year fifteen thousand youths have graduated from the Gang Resistance and Education Training programme of the Police Department. Today another five hundred and eight students [...]

Why mediation, asks P.U.P.?
Following a case management conference last Wednesday, the case of attorney Sharon Pitts concerning compensation of four hundred thousand dollars for land at the Haulover Bridge is headed to mediation [...]

Frederick Street houses destroyed by fire taken down
Last week, we showed you the houses that were destroyed by fire on Frederick Street in Belize City. Well, those torched structures have been taken down and the rubble cleared [...]

Decision on Gwen Liz High’s Lorna McKay coming from T.S.C.
Last year Gwen Lizarraga High School Principal Doctor Lorna McKay was reportedly pushed out of her school.  The chair of the board Roosevelt Blades put McKay on disciplinary leave and [...]

Tour guides meet to discuss Memorial move
Operators of the Fort George Tourism Zone are uniting to fight plans by the Belize City Council, Tourism Board and Belize Tourism Village to move occupants of the area to [...]

Parties face off in final pre-election meeting
On Thursday, another pre-election exercise was observed: the meeting hosted by the Election and Boundaries Department and returning officers of the nine municipalities being contested on March Seventh. For two [...]

Adopted Belizean rises above health condition
Back in 2010, we shared the story of Anicee Lamaroux who was six-years-old at the time and was living with a rare brittle bone disorder called Osteogenesis Imperfecta that left [...]


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Over 500 students graduated from the GREAT Program
Over five hundred students graduated from the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) program, which was held this morning at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. The Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie, in his address spoke about the mission of the GREAT program. ALLEN WHYLIE, Commissioner of Police “Preventing young people from joining gangs …

Bishop Martin’s High School winner of the BCAPSS’s Science Fair
This morning the Belize Catholic Association of Principals of Secondary Schools held their sixth annual Science Fair which saw Catholic high schools across Belize City participated. Love News spoke to the Chair of the Belize Catholic Schools science fair, Antonio Jiminez about the initiative. Antonio Jimenez, Chairman, BCAPSS Science Fair “The criteria is that they …

Annual Kidney Walk
The Kidney Association of Belize’s sixth annual walk takes place tomorrow. The walk is just one of the fundraisers that the Kidney Association has each year to assist those suffering from kidney failure. Love News spoke with President of the Kidney Association, Oscar Itch, about the initiative. Oscar Itch, Kidney Association President “We start at …

Civil Society condemns attack on seventeen-month-old baby
As we mentioned earlier, immediately following the news of the attack on the seventeen-month-old child on Thursday, a number of organizations, especially those who advocate for the protection of children and children’s rights issued statements condemning the crime. Among them is the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF which stated that violence against children is unacceptable. …

San Victor Village, Corozal District receives new water system
An upgraded Rudimentary Water System was inaugurated in San Victor Village, Corozal District earlier this week. The new tank will now provide safe potable water to the San Victor community. The project was implemented by the Social Investment Fund, SIF. William Lamb, Executive Director at SIF spoke of the work that went into the project. …

PlusTV

Aaron Avilez shot to the back
Shots were also fired near Majestic Alley, at a barber shop on North Front Street. , Police say that 21 year old Aaron Avilez was exiting a barber shop on North Front Street last night around 8:01 p.m. when he was approached by a male person who pointed a 9mm pistol at him and fired several shots in...

Fire leaves family of 8 homeless
There was another house fire in Belize city last night. It happened sometime around 9 at house No.26 at the Corner of Curassow and Gibnut Street. A plycem house measuring 15 feet by 20 feet which was occupied by Monique Dawson, and seven other family members, was totally destroyed by the flames. AS...

Robbery at Golden Bay
A robber made off with $10,000 US dollars. According to police, just before 6 o’clock Wednesday evening, businesswoman 27 year old Rong Xiao, was arriving at Golden Bay Limited along with three co-workers when she was approached by a male person who pulled out a gun. The armed man hit Xiao to the le...

Boots speaks about Ex-Wife’s Remarks on Leaked Recording
Port Loyola Area Representative Anthony Boots Martinez has been giving the media some interviews recently over allegations that he had used a fixed account of one of his employees to move monies. He has denied those accusations, as we have reported. In our previous segment, we showed you Lamb’s seco...

Two persons shot; including 1 year old child; Jermaine Carr dies
The second child victim is another one year old child. This time, the child was shot. According to police, sometime before 9 p.m. , shots were fired on Neal’s Pen Road Belize City. 32 year old Jermaine Alexander Carr was socializing with family members when a male person entered the yard and ...

One year old raped and sodomized
It is the first day of Child Stimulation month and sadly, tonight we have to report on three children who were victims of violence over the past 24 hours. They are all heart wrenching stories but the youngest victim in tonight’s newscast is a one year old baby girl who was raped and sodomized. The ...

Two Outstanding Officers and one Citizen Awarded by Police Department
The Belize Police Department awarded two of their outstanding officers and one outstanding citizen this morning. An award ceremony was held at Scotchies restaurant today to honor PC Javier Alvarez and PC Dirham Gonzalez, for the months of January and February. Mr. Joe Mena was also recognized for b...

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Another sick UDP land compensation hustle uncovered
Hon. John Briceño, the leader of the People’s United Party, at a media briefing this afternoon at his Belize City office, highlighted another obscene land compensation scheme which benefited Minister of Works Rene Montero’s family to the tune of over 3 million dollars from the public purse. While the last land compensation scam, for which there has not been a definitive settlement, saw the government pay out a whopping $800,000 to Andre Vega, son of the former Natural Resource Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Gaspar “Gapi” Vega, and UDP “first family” attorney Sharon Pitts, the new land compensation scheme uncovered by the Opposition benefited relatives of Minister Rene Montero, Minister of Works.

I gave Minister Boots “thousands of dollars” from my account, says Kirk Lamb
Two days ago, Kirk Lamb, a former employee of the Port Loyola area representative and Minister of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Anthony “Boots” Martinez, told the media that monies were deposited into his St. John’s Credit Union account and he would withdraw it and hand it over to the minister. In an interview with reporters yesterday, Wednesday, Minister Martinez disputed Lamb’s assertion, saying that Lamb was hired as a contractor to build low income houses under the Southside Poverty Alleviation Project and that he had signed a contract to do so at the Ministry of Works, Belmopan office.

Tyrone Meighan and Orel Leslie charged with murder, but released on bail
Two men, Tyrone Meighan and Orel Leslie, who were rearrested and charged with the murder of James Norales, were released on bail of $25,000 each that was offered to them today by Justice Denis Hanomansingh. Their bail was granted on the condition that they attend court on March 13 and on any other adjourned date until the case has concluded; that they do not interfere with any of the prosecution witnesses; that they report to the Queen Street Police Station every Monday and Friday, commencing March 5, until the matter has concluded...

Belizean and Guatemalan diplomats meet in the Adjacency Zone
A high-profile meeting between Belize’s and Guatemala’s foreign affairs ministers was held today at the Organization of American States (OAS) office situated inside the Adjacency Zone. Present were Guatemala’s Foreign Minister, Sandra Jovel Polanco; Belize’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington, and the new Special Representative of the OAS Secretary General, Manuel Washington Abdala. After two hours of private discussions, all the diplomats emerged for a Culture of Peace Programme that featured presentations from Guatemalan and Belizean students.

Atrocious rape of 17-month-old toddler
Belizeans across the length and breadth of the country were stunned today when news broke of the barbaric and inhumane sexual abuse of a 17-month-old baby girl. The child was left in the company of her mother’s boyfriend in Maskall yesterday morning, when she was vaginally and anally raped. The mother had reportedly gone to work and left the child sleeping at home. Today, the child remains hospitalized, on life support, after doctors at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) performed surgery on her head to address internal bleeding on her brain.

Bernard Wagner – a man with a slow hand
In September 1978 I took the Calypsonian Lord Laro to meet Joseph Wagner, a Belizean carpenter/cabinet maker, who had his shop on Freetown Road. It was Lord Laro’s first visit to Belize and it was a scintillating time. That September the inimitable Calypso Rose and Trinidad Bill, a Trinidadian comedian, were also in town for the September Celebrations. Politics was red hot. The UDP had won the Belize City Council elections I think for the first time the year before and it was clear that at least in the old capital, they had the momentum of popularity. The PUP appeared on the defensive, and flustered by this new showing of raw strength from the UDP, still a relatively young party, but one that looked modern and which was appealing to the young voters who were clamouring for change.

Belize City’s Hummingbird Elementary girls and Belize Elementary boys are 2018 National Primary Schools Volleyball Champions
The 2018 National Primary Schools Volleyball Championships were held last Friday, February 23, at the Multipurpose Complex in Orange Walk Town, where the six district champion schools for females and for males participated in a one-day competition to determine the female and male national champions. Top finishers were: FEMALE: 1st Place – Hummingbird Elementary (Belize); 2nd Place – Toledo Christian Academy (Toledo); 3rd Place – Our Lady of Guadalupe RC (Cayo). MALE: 1st Place – Belize Elementary (Belize); 2nd Place – San Marcos RC (Cayo); 3rd Place – Church of Christ (Corozal). Female MVP – Jayda Smith (Hummingbird Elementary, Belize). Male MVP – Malcolm Murillo (Holy Redeemer, Belize).

NEBL MVP Watch: 4th Edition
The challenge with a weekly MVP Watch in a small and short league like the Pepsi NEBL is the desire of overreacting to single game performances. Last week’s five-game schedule had the potential to turn the rankings on its head … and turn it did! With an asterisk hanging next to the result of last weekend’s chaotic game in Cayo, let’s take a look at how the stars in the clubhouse line up!

WW Race #4 results & overall classification
Sunday’s Race #4 went from Rockville Junction for the “A/B,” and Democracia Junction for the “C;” and fished at Armenia, after a turn-around at Caves Branch Bridge, which is 2 miles away from Armenia. Both races started at 8.30 a.m. Top “A/B” finishers were: 1st Place – Palas Joseph (Furnished Apartments Ltd., 1:52:00); 2nd David Yearwood (Furnished Apartments Ltd., st); 3rd Andrew Vasquez (BFSC, st); 4th Preston Martinez (Digicell-4G, 1:52:33); 5th Mark Dueck (Big-Blade, 1:53:01); 6th Kirk Sutherland (Digicell-4G, st); 7th Mark Gentle (FT Williams, st); 8th Warren Coye (Santino’s, st); 9th Sean Duncan (Smart, st); and 10th Alicia Thompson (Kulture Megabytes, st).

Cricket update from the BNCA
Greetings from the BNCA (Belize National Cricket Association)! And things are already getting heated up in the 2018 Sir Barry Bowen Harrison Parks Cricket Competition! Summer Fever and Rural Mix have won two of two games; and Suga Boys has secured their first victory over Brilliant! Special acknowledgment to Edison Parks of Sunrise Cricket Club and Randy Rhaburn, Jr. of Rural Mix, who each took 7 wickets in matches played on Sunday.

Editorial: Let’s do this!
Extraordinary anticipation and excitement are building for next Wednesday’s national municipal elections in Belize, and to a great extent it is because of their similarity, in this case and in their timing, to the so-called mid-term elections in the United States. The Americans elect a President every four years, but two years after each Presidential election, they hold the mid-terms in order to elect Senators and Congressmen/women. The mid-terms offer the two major American political parties, the Republicans and the Democrats, a chance to see how the political winds are blowing; because of their timing, the mid-terms offer voters the opportunity to express a ballot opinion on their Presidential choice of two years before, and his performance in office. Belize’s ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) would like for voters to focus next Wednesday exclusively on local issues, such as streets, drains, roundabouts, and infrastructure. The Opposition People’s United Party (PUP), for its part, has seized the opportunity next Wednesday represents to direct voters’ attention to some critical national issues, the most striking being galloping Barrow administration corruption, bloody violence and crime, staggering public debt, and a collapsing Belizean economy.

Illegal drugs are the norm
Dear Editor, ‘Tonight, there is anxiety in the senior and lower ranks of the police department after reports emerged of a damning watchlist circulated by the US Department of Homeland Security. 7News has seen the document which names over 50 police officers of all ranks. It says they are suspected of money laundering, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and transnational crime. The listing is for 2017 and 2018, and it says that the watchlist has been sent to all entry points in the US. The names are broken down into high and medium priority. The majority of the names we saw are listed as high priority. Now, as we said it includes senior police officers. How senior? Well we counted four assistant commissioners of police and five senior superintendents.

A cry from Lower West Street
Good morning: Kindly allow me a few lines to inform your Editor about the residential concerns on Lower West Street that may be a potential news story, in Southside Belize City. There are a couple of issues affecting residents of Lower West Street, which I would like to bring to the attention of the media. The first concern is a condemned (green-wooden) structure located at the corner of West Street and Allenby Street. I understand that the property belongs to the Council of Churches, a committee consisting of the Catholic, Methodist, Anglican and the Salvation Army churches. This dilapidated structure at one point was home to the Sadie Vernon Girls School and later the Black Cross Nurses pre-school. Today the structure is a condemned shell, where the zinc from the roof has been looted, the second floor has caved in and the interior is a dump site.

And the abuse continues — from political to sexual
As I write I can think about examples of all forms of abuse that have taken place in the last 48 hours. There has been the blatant abuse of public funds to bribe voters; there has been physical abuse that has involved gun violence; at least three women have contacted me seeking help to get out of abusive relationships, and the report of sexual abuse against yet another child has made headlines. I will not stop talking about abuse and violence in our society because it is the real day to day reality of so many of us. It has no special social class, colour, or creed, nor does it discriminate based on age, sex, economic or educational background. Many live abuse, crudely in the open and many more live it silently behind closed doors. Some of those doors are entrances to a lavish home or a humble abode, but when closed the abuse is the equalizer.

American behavior
It is not so difficult to understand the thinking of the United States of America, the most powerful country in our hemisphere, the world. In the old days, when a country was a conquering hero, it took for itself countries that it wanted, and everything else it desired. When the Romans were gods, they held vassal states from which they extracted taxes. Remember when Jesus was asked about the taxes He said to His countrymen that they should render onto the Caesar what belonged to him, namely the taxes. The people in the USA knew what it was like to pay taxes to a government that wasn’t their own; maybe this is why they announced that they would take no such prisoners. Yes, the USA, a former colony, mostly of Great Britain, claimed, when she came into her kingdom, that she would rule differently.

Belizeans abroad: an untapped resource
Last year there was a raging debate on Facebook on whether those Belizeans who have acquired dual citizenship should be allowed to sit as representatives in the National Assembly. The issues surrounding the debate became so provocative that a group of Belizeans from the Diaspora sponsored a well-attended public forum in Belize City for the ventilation of these issues. While that debate was significant, there is an even larger question to be answered and that is: What will constitute the future relationship between Belizeans at home and those abroad, especially those in the largest part of our Diaspora—the US. This is an even deeper, more important debate because it will outline the future of how Belize will use its global talents over the next twenty-five years. In fact, the real question is: what will define Belizean citizenship and identity over the next phase of our development?

GAF to Belizeans on the Sarstoon: You are in disputed waters that we are in control of
Guatemala has taken control of the Belize portion of the Sarstoon River without as much as a word of protest from the Dean Barrow-led United Democratic Party government. At least that is the perception when the Guatemalan military is allowed to exercise sovereignty over the entire Sarstoon River and there has been no urgency on the part of the Belize Government to lead protest in the international community, to alert the “Friends of Belize” to what has been happening on our southern border with Guatemala’s armed forces. On Sunday, February 25, around 11:30 a.m., the leader of the Belize Territorial Volunteers, Wil Maheia set out on a journey along with a local journalist and two Spanish journalists from Spain. They were travelling on the Sarstoon River in Maheia’s 23-foot boat, which is powered by a 90-horsepower engine.

3 Dangriga cops to face disciplinary charges for Humphrey Mitchell’s death
On the heels of the arraignment of eight law enforcement officers in the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court for the murder of Ardiel Salazar, 26, who was beaten to death at his home in Orange Walk Town by the lawmen during their investigation of the reported theft of a cell phone last Thursday morning, three Dangriga policemen are being investigated for negligence in the death of Humphrey Mitchell, 44, a businessman of Sarawee who died while in police custody after he was arrested on a committal warrant for $80 that he owed the court. While Mitchell was being driven by police from his home village at Mile 4 on the Stann Creek Valley Road, to the Dangriga Police Station to be sent to jail, Mitchell jumped out of the moving vehicle and slammed his head on the guard rail placed on the side of the road on the curve.

Fake Immigration officer Mark Rosalez gets 19 years
Today at the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court, Mark Rosalez, 35, of Orange Walk Town, who impersonated an Immigration officer, was ordered to pay a fine of $46,000, and faced a sentence of 19 years in jail if he failed to make such a payment, after he was found guilty of 19 counts of claiming upon false documents. He was unable to pay the fine. The jail sentence is the equivalent of a total of 19 one-year sentences for each count of the offence, to be served consecutively.

Another suspected drug plane found burned in Corozal
There were sightings of a suspected drug plane which landed on a public road in Libertad Village, Corozal District, but by the time police had mobilized and went to the landing area, they found that the plane was only a blazing inferno and there was no evidence of its cargo, and neither was there any sighting of the pilot who landed it. On Monday, February 26, another suspected drug plane had landed somewhere in the vicinity of Indian Church and Hill Bank villages, in the Orange Walk District, and was similarly set ablaze so that no evidence of its cargo could be discovered by authorities. Unlike the most recent incident in Corozal which involved a twin-engine Beechcraft plane, the plane which landed in the Orange Walk District on Monday was not identified by means of its manufacturer or the model of plane it was.

The Reporter

Independence teen reports rape
Independence police are investigating another case of rape reported by a 15-year-old girl in that southern municipality. The girl made the report yesterday in the company of her mother. According to the teen, on July 27th she was raped by a man known to her. Police say […]

Reporter Apology
The Reporter apologizes for an egregious oversight in regard to the memo that accompanied the article concerning the Financial Secretary, Mr. Joseph Waight, in the March 4th issue. The text, which appears in a box on page 3, provides the words of the original memo but includes derogatory comments from […]

Fuel rationing causes alarm
Last weekend motorists, and by extension everyone who rely on transportation to move from point A to point B, suffered a degree of panic when the announcement was made that fuel was being rationed since last Friday and that the reason for its rationing was […]

Kidney Association walking for awareness
The Belize Kidney Association is inviting the public to come out and walk to raise awareness about kidney disease, with its Annual Kidney Walk on Saturday, March 3. The event starts off at the ITVET compound at 5:30 a.m. and will head down Freetown Road, Princess Margaret […]

Birth to Eight – Children must Play
The early skills a child learns from one to five are of such critical importance to his future academic success, that the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports has dedicated the entire month of March as Early Childhood Stimulation Month. Activities kicked off with a massive parade of tiny tots […]

JAGUAR JUNIOR BUDDY CELEBRATES #11!
There was so much excitement in the air as we marked “jaguar ambassador” Junior Buddy’s 11th year with a roaring good time! As always, our VIP guests included some of our friends from neighboring St. Agnes Anglican School. Many of these students in the Standard 4 & 5 classes grew […]

Joe Waight’s leaked memo paints picture of bleak economic horizon
Financial Secretary, Joseph Waight acknowledged writing a leaked Whatsapp message last week to Chief Executive Officers of all government ministries, instructing them to lay off any requests for reallocation of funds that were not used for what they were earmarked for, since those funds are […]

Port resident accuses Boots of money laundering/theft; Boots denies
A man who lives in the Port Loyola division claims his area representative, Anthony “Boots” Martinez manipulated him and others to launder monies using their accounts and then made them give the money back. Kirk Lamb insists that in the year 2016, when he worked […]

Inflation up at the start of 2018
Belizeans entered 2018 paying an average of 90 cents more for goods and services than they did last year, according to the latest data released by the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB). The SIB’s Consumer Price Index, released on Wednesday, noted that the ever-increasing cost […]

Vocational-technical teachers to train for certification process
Vocational-technical (Vo-Tech) educators and school managers in Belize are for the first time able to get training and certification specific for their area of teaching. The initiative has been in the works for some years, and in the coming weeks, teachers from institutions across Belize […]

What’s really going on with the National Budget?
It would seem that almost every time we approach the ending of a fiscal year, at least of late, there are these looming, almost boogeyman-like fears of a broke Central Government and talks about ballooning public debt. Add to the equation a pending election, and an ostensible rationing of diesel […]

One dead, 5 shot in Wednesday night’s eruption of violence
Belize city erupted in violence on Wednesday night as three separate shooting incidents in a span of hours left one man dead and injured five others including a woman and two minors, ages 11 and one. Around 9:04 p.m., shots rang out on Neal Penn […]

Man sentenced to 19 years for immigration offense
A Belmopan man was sentenced to 19 years in prison this week after being convicted of posing as an immigration officer and swindling over $7,000 from a Salvadoran businessman by pretending to obtain a nationality certificate for him. Mark Rosales appeared in the Belmopan Magistrate Court on […]

How many drug planes were there?
suggests there may have been as many as four landings. Sources say that in the early hours to Tuesday morning, three planes landed, but authorities […]

Police say Dominguez’ murder was drug-related; 3 suspects sought
Police say the shooting murder of Luis “Ese” Dominguez, 35, who was killed on 8th Street, King’s Park two Saturdays ago was drug-related and that they are seeking three suspects in connection with that murder. Investigators also link Dominguez’ murder to that of Clinton Fitzgibbon, […]

Editorial
The fact that the Ministry of Finance has written to the various Department Heads to warn of a possible crash if they do not hold the line on spending, has sent tremors of apprehension in the business and wider community. In his memo, the Financial Secretary told Department Heads that […]

Toddler viciously beaten and raped – Prognosis grim
A 17-month old baby girl is clinging on to life by a ventilator in the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital’s Pediatric Ward’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after she was brutally beaten and sexually abused in Maskall Village off the Old Northern Highway, Belize district on Wednesday. […]

PUP exposes $3.14 Million UDP land scandal
The Government of Belize has paid $3.147 Million compensation to members of the Montero family, for land which the Montero’s acquired at a cost of $24,236 in the months immediately prior to 1998, which the PUP government re-possessed when they took office after winning the […]

Fire leaves family of 9 homeless
A fire at the corner of Curassow and Gibnut streets in Belize City on Wednesday night has left a family of 9, including five minors below the age of 10, homeless and desperate for help. Monique Dawson, the homeowner, told the Reporter that just after […]

Businesswoman robbed of US $10,000 on Golden Bay compound
An Asian businesswoman was robbed by a gunman of all her day’s proceeds on Wednesday evening in Belize City. The incident happened just before 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday on the Golden Bay compound on Marine Parade. Rong Xiao, 27, told police that she arrived at […]

Blogs

Where in Belize…February’s location revealed
The February issue of My Beautiful Belize contained a photo of a location we dubbed the “classic ‘blink-and-you’ll-miss-it’ spot”. We had been driving for what felt like hours, with no other cars in sight, our final destination seemingly unreachable. Finally, we came across a stand containing mangoes for sale, and being the mango fiends we are, stopped to buy and also ask for directions. Imagine our surprise when the helpful lady indicated we were in LONDON! “So when England voted yes to BREXIT, they literally broke away…and came to Belize?!” Tamara and I laughed and joked…but our interest was piqued. We abandoned all hopes of making it to Bomba, our final destination, and turned around and left London in the dust after bagging the last of the season’s mangoes. A few searches online indicated that indeed, there is such a place as London, Orange Walk.

Secret Beach GROWS in Popularity – A Quick Look…
“Secret Beach” – the always popular golf-carting destination on the leeward side of Ambergris Caye – is seeing an even BIGGER surge in visitors. Sargasso seaweed has moved onto our shores on the reef side (see my last post) and many people are looking for some beach…without it. Let’s not dwell on the sargasso. Yesterday I was stopped 3 times on my way to town – visitors asking directions/distance to Ambergris Caye’s worst kept secret. About 4 miles north of town on mostly paved roads – and then 3 or 4 miles west on seriously BUMPY road and you are there. There is now a road that runs parellel to the beach – behind the 3…4 beach bars.

Xiabe R.C. School held its annual Cultural Show; "Our culture our heritage" is this year's theme
Xaibe is a small rural settlement in the country of Belize mainly consisting of people from the Yucatec Maya ethnicity. It is located in Corozal District. The name Xaibe literally means 'crossroads'. On March 1st, 2018 the R.C. School from Xaibe Village, Corozal held it's annual Cultural Show. This year's theme was "Our culture our heritage". The Cultural Show commenced at 9am and concluded at 4pm. Businesses and School groups came out: Atlantic Bank, Creole, Garifuna, Mestizo, East Indians, Ketchi Maya, Preschool Yucatec Maya, Smart, Belize bank, BIC, Magil's Mexican Products and Beginners to standard six dance their own show, And, all the booths I saw had their display about their clothing about which culture they were presenting.

International Sourcesizz

Impact of Sunscreens on Coral Reefs
If you're planning to come enjoy the beautiful Caribbean Sea, please come with UV protective shirts, big floppy hats and, if necessary, reef safe sunscreen. Thank you!

Bird watching in Belize
It's much warmer in Central America, so after a few weeks back home re-acclimating to winter during another cold spell, we flew south. We have gone to Belize in late winter for 27 years to thaw out along with many other snowbirds. In addition to fishing and visiting our Cheesehead and Belizean friends there, one of the things we really enjoy about Belize is the phenomenal diversity of life on land, especially the birds. Four years ago, we met my brother-in-law Ken Schreiber and his wife Anita Adams of Osseo, Wis., at Black Rock Lodge, a well-run and comfortable resort in the Cayo District of western Belize. The lodge is located in a spectacular tropical rain forest setting on some rapids of the Macal River across from limestone cliffs several hundred feet high. I was awakened by the croaking call of a Keel-billed Toucan right outside our cabana. With the help tour guide and bird expert Carlos Corrales, we saw 64 species of birds in three mornings.

Happy World Wildlife Day!
Let’s recognize the important work being done internationally to protect endangered species from threats like wildlife trafficking, human-wildlife conflict, and habitat loss. This year, we are focusing on big cats, which are #PredatorsUnderThreat. Big cats are recognized for their graceful power and regal beauty but also play a vital role in keeping their ecosystems in balance. Sadly, loss of habitat, loss of prey, conflicts with people, and wildlife trafficking threaten their survival. Learn how you can become more involved in wildlife conservation, and the actions you can take to help save these iconic species.

Far-away farming
When Canadian farmers set up farms in distant places around the world, one of the consequences is exactly what you’d think. They learn about those countries. In fact, there’s nothing like farming overseas to learn about a region inside and out. So, for Ken Wallis, a farmer from D’Arcy, Sask., his foreign property started as an investment, but also as a semi-retirement project and an escape from Canadian winters. Wallis now spends our coldest months in Belize, the Central American country on the Gulf of Mexico. “Our 25 acres was cleared out of the jungle. We have native jungle on three sides,” Wallis said during an interview while back in Canada for Christmas. His oranges and guava trees will take five years to achieve full production, so they only produced about half a full crop in 2017. Wallis says he isn’t sure yet if the groves will produce enough for a commercial crop, but he says the local method of distribution is through farmers markets.

Central American countries initiate ninth regional spiny lobster ban
For the ninth year in a row, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic have joint efforts to suspend spiny lobster fishing in Caribbean waters simultaneously. In Belize, this measure entered into force on February 15 and will extend until June 14, while in the rest of the countries of the Central American Integration System (SICA) it will be in force from March 1 to June 30 of this year. The action is part of the Regulation OSP-02-09 for the Regional Management of the Caribbean Lobster Fishery (Panulirus argus), approved by the competent ministers of SICA's fishing and aquaculture activities, which make up the Sector Organization Fish and Aquaculture of the Central American Isthmus (OSPESCA).

Belize, Honduras and Nicaragua achieve substantial progress in health of most vulnerable populations
Representatives from the Salud Mesoamérica Initiative on Wednesday presented the results achieved by Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador in the improvement of maternal and child health for the poorest quintile of their populations. An independent evaluation performed by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) showed that these four countries have been able to meet ambitious targets in the timeliness, coverage and quality of health services for women and children in indicators such as prenatal care, institutional delivery, postpartum care, and vaccination for children ages 0 to 2 years.

Videos

  • What is teaching?, 1min. Belize needs men who can shape thousands of future - today. Big men teach! To find out more, visit TeachBelize.org

  • Orange Walk Belize, 2min. Lamanai, a Mayan site in the Orange Walk District of northern Belize

  • Belize | jungle, ruins, reef - cinematic travel video, 2min. Belize was a beautiful country full of warm-hearted people. If you love warm tropical waters, fresh local cuisine, and ancient civilizations, we recommend you give Belize a try. On the mainland, our activities included hiking through Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and visiting the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich and Cahal Pech. We drove along the Hummingbird Highway to get there, which has to be one of the most beautiful drives we've ever experienced. We also explored their barrier reef, the second largest in the world, by snorkeling at Glover's Reef Atoll where the visibility's the clearest and the wildlife most abundant. While there, we ventured by boat to Lighthouse Reef, home to the famous Blue Hole.

  • Belize - Walking in Belize City - Carnival Splendor from Downtown - Belizeváros, 4.5min.

  • Bruk it down Jenny - Recognizing Abuse in Relationships, 46min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Jazz Rock & Blues Concert - Funk Infusion Music Festival, 25min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Justice for Baby Alyssa Nunez March in San Pedro, 17min. Residents join together against the rape, murder and assault on our children and community.

  • How to vote, 2min. Wednesday, March 7th, 2018, 9 municipalities in Belize will hold Municipal Elections. Here's a video on how the voting process works. Make your vote count!

  • Arte con voz de mujer exhibit live from corozal house of culture, 10min.

  • Maya Mountain Adventure Challenge Awards Video, 5min. The Maya Mountain Adventure Challenge has finished. They have a spectacular video chronicling the race, through caves, up dams, rappelling into sinkholes, and many other wild and exhausting hurdles, all culminating in a canoe trek back to Cayo. There's some amazing drone footage in this video. Congratulations, Team Bones, for winning the MMAC! Pictures of the awards ceremony here. "MMAC Awards video. Thanks to LegendaryRandy"

  • Belize, 3min. A little video of our holiday and my time in Belize.

  • Belize Chinese New Years 2018, 1hr54min.

  • Plaencia Belize Day Trip Cayamo 2018,2 min. A nice day trip to Placencia, Belize during Cayamo 2018. Fresh Coconuts for all!

  • Drone video of Belize City, 1min.

  • Verdes vs Belize Hurricanes, 2hr52min.

  • Turkeys: The season is on, love is in the air, 1min. I can hear him..."look at me, look at me!"


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