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. …
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...
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
‘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
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.
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.
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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!"