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Today's Belize News: March 16, 2018 #529389
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The San Pedro Sun

Belizeans stand up against child abuse, crime and violence in the country
San Pedro residents joined Belizeans in a movement to protest against abuse, crime and violence on children. On Friday, March 2nd a group of islanders held a peaceful protest throughout the main streets of San Pedro Town, followed by a candlelight vigil at the Central Park on Tuesday, March 6th. Over the past three weeks, the nation has seen several deaths due to child abuse and gun violence as well as cases of sexually assaulted youth. The recent crimes against children began on Wednesday, February 22nd, when 12-year-old, David Morrison was shot in Orange Street in Belize City around 11PM while watching TV inside his house with his brother. They heard several gunshots and shortly thereafter, realized that he was shot. Morrison was rushed to Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) where he died a couple hours later.

DJ Smallz to represent Ambergris Caye at national DJ competition
Abner Diaz also known as DJ Smallz was the grand winner at the Belikin Belize DJ competition during its district preliminaries held on Sunday, March 11th in San Pedro Town. Hosted by the Nook Restaurant and Cocktail Boutique, the competition saw five DJs competing for the top prize and the ticket to represent the island at the national tournament. After five rounds of intense music mixing in various genres, DJ Smallz emerged victoriously and will be representing Ambergris Caye at the national competition in Belize City on Friday, March 23rd for the title of best DJ in the country, and a top prize of $3,000 and a trip to New York City, New York USA.

Prime Minister Presents 2018-2019 national budget; funding ‘being pursued’ for Ambergris Caye hospital
Minister of Finance and Prime Minister of Belize, the Right Honourable Dean Barrow presented the official budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year on Friday, March 9th under the theme ‘Maintaining Steadiness; Consolidating Stability; Advancing Growth.’ The $1.2 billion proposed budget highlights the country’s external deficit, debts, and optimism in the growth of the economy. No new taxes were introduced, however, there were adjustments to balance expenditures to revenues. As for possibilities of any projects to benefit Ambergris Caye, the budget presentation did not include any concrete plans but did mention the intent to construct hospitals for San Pedro and Punta Gorda Town in the Toledo District.

UDP San Pedro Town Council sworn in
Amidst the controversy of the recent municipal elections in San Pedro, whereby the People’s United Party (PUP) is contesting the results at the Supreme Court for a new election, the United Democratic Party (UDP) swore in the newly elected San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) on Tuesday, March 13th. In a short ceremony held inside the SPTC conference room before invited guests, the 2018-2021 SPTC, comprised of Mayor Daniel Guerrero and his six Councilors (Gabriel Nuñez, Severo Guerrero Jr., Flora Ancona, Hector Alamilla, Ruben Gonzalez and Gary Grief) pledged to uphold all the laws and regulations of Belize and San Pedro Town and work hand in hand for the well-being of the island community.

Ambergris Today

Pic of the Week: Come On In, The Water Is Fine!
This is quite possibly the best picture at Shark Ray Alley in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, we have ever seen. WOW! It's the perfect picture that captures the true experience and feelings of being wild and free at Belize's magnificent Barrier Reef. This great capture comes courtesy of Away Lands blog which was shared on their Instagram Account

Ambergris Caye Masonic Lodge To Host Easter Egg Hunt
The Ambergris Caye Masonic Lodge is holding its First Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Monday, April 2, 2018 at the Angel Nunez Auditorium! Everyone is invited to attend!

The Annual Lionfish Derby Is Coming Up On March 24th!!
The annual Lionfish Derby is coming up on March 24th!! It will be a full day of activities, eating, drinking and laughter. Get your team ready and sign up with awesome prizes for the winners with the most lionfish caught, the smallest lionfish and the largest lionfish. You can either free-dive with spear-guns and Hawaiian slings or scuba dive with only Hawaiian slings. There will be a captains meeting explain all the regulations and rules at the Caye Caulker Community Center March 22nd at 18:00. There will be a waiver sheet everyone will need to sign too.

Belize Signs Financing Agreement For Health Sector And Public Finance Management
The Prime Minister of Belize and Minister of Finance Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow and the European Union Ambassador to Belize H.E. Malgorzata Wasilewska signed two Financing Agreements for a total of BZ$28.8 M for projects in the Health and Public Finance Management sectors. The signing ceremony took place at the Prime Minister’s Office at the Laing Building in Belize City. Funding for the two sectors is allocated under the 11th European Union Development Fund (EDF) to assist in the social and economic development of Belize. The proposed projects are in line with Belize’s Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy and will assist in achieving the country’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Suspected Drug Plane Lands In Orange Walk One Suspect Detained
Belize Police are investigating the landing of a clandestine private plane that landed in the Blue Creek Area of Orange Walk Town in Northern Belize on sometime between Wednesday, March 14 and Thursday, March 15, 2018. According to Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvette, Orange Walk Police received a call on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at around 2:30a.m. about a plane having landed in the Blue Creek Area. Upon arriving to the area police and members of the Belize Defence Force saw a person driving a red Chevy Pickup truck coming from the area where the plane had crash landed and was placed in police custody.

Misc Belizean Sources

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CULTURE DAY AT ABC PRESCHOOL & SAN PEDRO PRESCHOOL
On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, the SPTC was invited to witness the children at ABC PreSchool and San Pedro PreSchool in their cultural day. The children were dressed up portraying all the ethnicities that you can find in Belize: Mestizo, Maya, Mennonite, East Indian, just to name a few. They also had a presentation of food and items of the different ethnicities. The children were so excited to show off their attire.

Happy birthday to Mrs Tomasita Gomez
I had a wonderful time visiting with Mrs Tomásita on her 92nd birthday. She is always passionate about sharing stories and always encouraging. I admire her dedication and love for religious belief. She is simply a wonderful woman. May God continue to bless her with longer life, good health and an abundance of happiness. Happy birthday!

Institute of Archaeology at Eden Seventh-Day Adventist High School
We would like to thank Eden Seventh-Day Adventist High School for inviting us to participate in their Career Day activities. I daresay we piqued the interest of many a young Belizean to learn more about their history!

MILPA AND THE YUCATEC MAYA OF BELIZE
Even that today many Yucatec Maya now work as police,teachers,Office Jobs ,Caneros and etc many continue doing Milpa . Today many Maya in Corozal and Orange walk continue doing milpa and growing crops with out using artificial pesticides or fertilizars . Milpa is known in Maya as "Kool" and is mostly done for personal consumption especially corn for doing Tsotob(Tamalitos de maiz) . Especially old Mayeros who are retired continue to do milpa as way of intertaining themselves and its believe it helps them to live longer . Doing milpa is a connection with earth ,a connection with our ancestors,the connection with your innerself , one which binds together the family and a connection of eating healthy food .

ATTORNEY GENERAL OF BELIZE SWEARS IN NEW JUSTICES OF THE PEACE IN FLORIDA
On Thursday, March 15, 2018, five Belizeans residing in Florida were sworn-in as Justices of the Peace by the Attorney General of Belize Hon. Michael Peyrefitte at the Consulate of Belize in Florida.The men and women who have answered the call to serve are Mrs. Tracy Gomez, Ms. Deborah D. Duncan, Mrs. Glenda Lewis, Mr. Jason Guild and Mr. Philip Mckay. Having Belizeans serving as Justices of the Peace in Florida will help to facilitate Belizeans needing urgent assistance in authenticating documents and will alleviate the burden of travelling to Belize to resolve their paperwork. The newly sworn-in Justices of the Peace will receive additional minor training in immigration and land-related matters so as to preempt delays.

2018 CEO Caucus Cancer Ride
Saturday, April 7, 2018 ... Save the date for the 2018 CEO Caucus Cancer Ride! Join us. Pledge with us. Ride with us. We are "In it to End it!"

Launch of Consultancy “Support for Export-led Development in the Corozal District and Repurposing of the Free Zone”
Today, March 15th, the Government of Belize along with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) launched a Technical Cooperation Project titled “Support for Export Led Development in the Corozal District and Repurposing of the Free Zone.” The Project, estimated to cost US$150,000 will be executed via a consultancy administered by IDB’s Trade and Investment Division. The consultancy has two components: 1. Free Zone review and repurposing and 2. The preparation of an export-led economic development plan for the Corozal District. Activities undertaken in this Technical Cooperation Project, seek to identify potential growth industries and economic linkages between the Free Zones and the local and regional economy. Furthermore, it will provide detailed guidelines for the regulatory and supervisory institutional framework for Free Zones in Belize, including suggested adjustments to its regulation and operation through improved economic efficiency and simplification of its tax system and non-tax barriers.

Koko King Friday's Family Movie
'Ferdinand' (the new hilarious cartoon about a bull called Ferdinand) and the classic 'Bridge to Terebithia'. Come and enjoy the end of a hard week with the family - kids meals, popcorn and marshmallows for all who deserve it!!!

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 — Art in the Park
Art in the Park is a monthly event sponsored by COLCHA. Local artists display and sell their creations. It is held in downtown Corozal Town in Central Park, beginning about 5pm, to 9pm. For more information call 620-1572.

VACANCY FOR BEACH CHAIR/TABLE/ UMBRELLA ATTENDANT ON CAYE CAULKER
Drop offresume at Caye Caulker Village Council Office.

"Mek Shoes Belize"
Basic Intensive Shoe Making Course in Corozal.

Today is the Big Day for CJC's Expo and Trade Show 2018
Here is a peek of early preparations of booths and stalls at the grounds. . Please come out and support these talented and hardworking students and faculty. Come out early. It will be wonderful. Starts at 9:00 a.m. today Friday, March 16th. See you all there.

“Strengthen, Empower, Enforce Human Rights SeeHR”
On Tuesday 13th, March 2018 Humana People to People Belize, in partnership with the Belize Family Life Association (BFLA) and technical assistance from The Human Rights Commission of Belize (HRCB) launched the project titled “Strengthen, Empower, Enforce Human Rights SeeHR” co funded by The European Union through The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR). Present at the event was the European Union Head of Delegation, Ambassador Magorzata Wasilewski who gave the key message and highlighted importance and value of the project to the Belizean rural communities.

19th BEL Junior Cross Country Cycling Classic
Sunday March 18, 9am. San Jose Succotz to Belize City

Inspired & Inspiring Women Art Exhibit
The Benque library will launch the Inspired and Inspiring Women Art Exhibit tonight. The fun starts at 6:00pm. "CACHE, Benque HoC and Benque Viejo Library present an Art Exhibit in honor of Women's Month Special guest: Dr. Pat Asling, in recognition for her work at and contributions to the Benque House of Culture Art work by different artists Exhibit will be up from March 16th to March 27th Join us for this event! Come enjoy the art & celebrate Women!"

BELIZE FISHING REPORT: Weeks of Mar. 5th - Mar. 11th, 2018
All week and every week, everybody's catching bones. There are so many bonefish in our area it is hard not to land one, or even ten. With spring break upon us, the house is full, and there is lots of fun to be had. Friends and families are enjoying each other.

BTB partners with Avianca for Adventure Familiarization Tour

20,000 Strong rally
This morning is about women’s empowerment, but it’s not just for women! It’s for EVERYONE! Join the Embassy, Special Envoy Belize, UNICEF Belize, and your community.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Annihilation, The Outsider

Channel 7

Shakeup In Senior Ranks Of Police
Last week’s election produced a tectonic political shift in the city - and the high rate of crime definitely a part of the reason why voters rejected the UDP in their power base.   And, now, Belmopan is doing something about it.  7News has learned  tonight that major changes are afoot in the police department - and they are mainly geared at re-tooling the Eastern Division southside where there has been a spike in homicides, including one child murdered, and two others shot, all in the past three weeks.   Our sources tell us that Senior Superintendent Marco Vidal is being re-assigned to Special Branch Headquarters in Belmopan after only 7 turbulent months in Belize City.

Drug Plane Dives In Blue Creek
Another apparent drug plane landed in northern Belize last night - but they didn’t burn this one.   The Beechcraft 200 Super King Air was found in northwestern Belize - near to Blue Creek and not far from the Belize Mexico border.  The King Air is a large plane and it can carry about two tons of load. It’s also heavy, apparently too heavy for the muddy are where it landed and the images we got show mounds of mud on the wings.  The plane is damaged to the front of the fuselage and one wing is also smashed. Looking inside, there are lots of black plastic bags, rope and a marker - which, experts tell us, suggest that it may have been used in a wet drop. Experts say that maybe it made the wet drop, and landed to refuel, but something went wrong on landing and they had to ditch the plane. At today’s press briefing, police told us they did try to burn it.  

Man Murdered In Front of Family
When we left you last night, it was with news that a man had been shot on the southside.  Well, regrettably, it was another fatal shooting.  Emil Audinett was with his family watching the news when gunmen barged in.  We have more from last night’s crime scene:… ASP Alejandro Cowo - Head of CIB
"The body was observed to have multiple gunshot wounds around the chest area and in the face area." When we got to the home on Ordonez Street at 7:30 - police were inside Emil Audinet’s living room.  Half an hour earlier, it was a gunman who barged in and killed the 29 year old in front of his family:

KHMH: A Dozen Days Of Sick Leave For Roof
Caution tape covers the doors to the specialist clinics at the KHMH - and it’s the same throughout a large portion of the hospital -which - we are told - is operating at about 33% after a significant structural fault was found in the roof. A release from the KHMH says that it is functioning in “Emergency Mode” and key areas have had to be shut down, namely Radiology, the Operating Theaters, Central Sterilization, clinics and other administrative functions. These measures were enacted yesterday when debris fell from one area of the ceiling in the radiology unit.  Multiple engineers were called in and they’ve agreed that they have to immediately reinforcement a section of the hospital’s roof.  Work is already underway.

New Guat Ambassador Claiming St. George’s Caye Ties
A little over a month ago, we told you that the new Guatemalan Ambassador to Belize, Georges de La Roche, presented his credentials to Governor General Sir Colville Young.  He succeeded Manuel Roldan Barillas - who left amidst strained relations.   De La Roche’s appointment was interpreted as a welcomed return to normal, neighborly relations between Belize and Guatemala, following the tensions of April 2016, when a Belizean Joint Law Enforcement Team killed the 13 year-old Guatemalan boy in the Chiquibul Forest. For weeks now, we’ve been trying to get a sit-down interview with the new ambassador to discuss relations between the two countries. It took a bit of negotiation, but this morning, he finally agreed to an exclusive with 7News at the Embassy headquarters in Belize City.

Talking About The Teakettle Tête-à-Tête
We also asked about yesterday’s meeting of the Belize-Guatemala Joint Commission - which we’ve dubbed the “Teakettle tête-à-tête.”  Ambassador De La Roche, and his Belizean counterpart, Alexis Rosado headed the meeting along with the OAS representative, Katalina Montana. The topic of discussion was the 13 bilateral agreements signed between the two countries back in 2014 on the Placencia Peninsula. Ambassador De La Roche told us this morning that both countries chose several of the agreements which they each wanted to focus on:

She Fired Four Shots
Shots were fired just a few blocks from the Raccoon Street police station in Belize City last night.  It happened when a Chinese shopkeeper got into a dispute with an area resident who came banging at his door.   The man ended up lashing the grocer with a two by four - and that’;s when the shopkeeper’s lady friend pulled out her licensed pistol and fired four warning shots.  Police filled in the details:.. ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City: "Just after 10 PM on the corner of Bocatora and Raccoon Street whilst he was inside of his residence a male person went and bang on the door, he came out to see what was happening, he had an altercation with a male person, the male person left.

Cartridges and Pistol Recovered In City
Last night at  9:30 police found half a dozen shotgun cartridges in Price Alley.  They were labelled as found property.   And,  on Tuesday night at  7:20, police on Armadillo Street searched 20 year old Ian Williams and found a 9 millimeter pistol along with 13 live rounds.  Police arrested and charged Williams for Kept Firearm and Ammunition without a Gun License”.

Charges For Cane Driver
Police have charged the cane truck driver who ran over 16 year old Josue Tut Cabrera.   A security camera on the Belize - Corozal road captured when Tut was punched down by two men, not far from his home.  He fell unconscious to the pavement, and the cane truck ran over him causing 5 broken ribs, a punctured lung, an injury to his liver, and internal bleeding.  Tonight 33 year old driver  Sergio Talango has been charged with driving without due care and attention, failed to stop and render aid, failed to report an accident, and negligent grievous harm.   Police are still looking for the men who punched him. 

UDP Wants You To Wear White, Not Red
The Barrow Administration has been criticized for not saying anything about the recent spate of violence targetting women and children.   Well, the UDP issued a statement this evening saying, quote, “Violence and abuse of women and children should never be the subject of party political back and forth….It is the responsibility of every person to act to stop the ongoing incidences of violence and abuse against women and children that are hurting some of the most vulnerable members of our communities….- our children.”

Gary Goes Off On KHMH
If you live in Belize City, you may know one of our more colourful characters Gareth Gill, better know as “Gary”. Up until last year, he was heavily involved the September carnival, as the leader of one of the masquerade bands. But, while that’s his passion, he actual job, up until last year, was a member of the kitchen at the KHMH who provided food for patients and the hospital staff. He was terminated over a year ago, for disciplinary issues. Gill disagrees with the nature of the termination, but he is more concerned  because he claims that he has not been paid severance benefits he says he deserves. He came to us today saying that for over a year now, he has been frustrated in his attempts to get what he is due, and he is asking to  appear on the evening news as a sort of last resort.  He and his friend spoke with us today about his complaint:

The Female Art Form
Right now at the Belize - Mexico Institute , The Mexican Embassy and NICH are opening their Women in Art exhibit. It’s an initiative by NICH to give women artists an opportunity to showcase their talent and perspective. This morning, we stopped by to speak with the curator about the Women artists who signed up for this year’s exhibition, and submissions they made: The exhibit is open for the rest of the month and admission is free.

Channel 5

‘Di plane lan’ again; this time, one is held
The third suspected drug plane in two weeks was found deep in the farmlands of Blue Creek, Orange Walk around midnight on Wednesday. The area where the plane crash landed [...]

Emil Audinett gunned down at home
Twenty-nine year old Emil Audinett was a marked man and on Wednesday night he ran out of luck. He was sitting inside his home on Ordonez Street, Belize City, with [...]

Bernadine Lauriano anticipated death – but who is her killer?
Fifty-two-year-old Bernadine Lauriano was shot and killed inside her home last Friday, as she sat in the living room with her two children. The mother of seven was injured multiple [...]

Trail cooling in Corozal slaughterhouse murder
Mark Anthony Clarke, an I.T. technician, was stabbed as many as seventy-one times and dumped near a slaughterhouse along the San Jomal Road in the Corozal District.  His body was [...]

KHMH trims back services after roof issues
The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital says that it is operating on an ‘emergency mode’ after a section of the hospital’s roof collapsed. According to the hospital, a preliminary structural assessment [...]

Agriculture dons say no to new G.S.T.
At news time, representatives of some of Belize’s largest agricultural groups have written to Prime Minister Dean Barrow and other senior government officials. The Belize Agro-Productive Sector Group, after consultations [...]

Jose Mai says consumers will pay
One man who heartily agrees with the Belize Agro-Productive Sector Group is Orange Walk South representative and farmers’ advocate Jose Mai. He tells News Five that it is consumers who [...]

After soggy harvest, new taxes ‘an injustice’
The announcement comes at a dicey time for the industry, which is coming off weather-related damage to crops caused by rains across Belize. When we visited San Carlos village in [...]

M.L.A. wins concessions from Gov’t at C.C.J.
There is some progress to report concerning the implementation of the historic April 2015 Consent Order on communal land rights. The Maya Leaders Alliance and Toledo Alcaldes Association, representing the [...]

Businessman wins gun battle as youth is charged
His attacker misfired, but thirty-three year old businessman Derrol Vernon did not, and a twenty-one year old Belize City resident is now charged with aggravated assault. Kevaughn Staine was read [...]

Charged for fight, landscaper denies stealing weed, gold chain
Officially, thirty-six year old James Crawford of Ladyville is charged with stealing a gold chain during a fight and causing harm to Kenneth Arthurs. But it came out in the [...]

Ammunition found through alleyway
Police discovered seven sixteen gauge cartridges in an abandoned lot in Prince Alley, Belize City. Around nine-thirty on Wednesday night, police searched the lot where they discovered the bag with [...]

Mark King wants to be U.D.P. Port Loyola rep, but does party want him?
The last we heard from former Lake Independence area representative and Minister of State Mark King, was that he was upset with his United Democratic Party. In October, King claimed [...]

Bumps in the Senate on the road to Caracol
On Wednesday Senators debated several loan motions, including the ninety million dollar government-backed loan for Belize Telemedia Limited to upgrade its fiber optic network to provide high-speed internet to homes [...]

G.O.B. relaxes financial restrictions to keep up with the times
Also from the Senate, similar to the Stores Orders Regulations, the Financial Orders Regulations, last amended in 1992, are being amended to release restrictions on accounting officers to make contracts [...]

Top ambassadors meet in Teakettle
Teakettle in the Cayo District was host to a meeting of the Belize-Guatemala Joint Commission, led by the countries’ co-commissioners and ambassadors, Alexis Rosado and Georges de la Roche. The [...]

I.D.B. specialist talks regional economic policy
On Wednesday evening, the Inter-American Development Bank Belize office hosted the economic principal specialist for Central America, Mexico, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Doctor Jordi Prat presented to attendees at [...]

UNICEF shows plans for disasters
The 2018 Hurricane Season is a couple months away, but that has not stopped UNICEF and its partner agencies to sharpen their disaster management skills. On Wednesday, UNICEF and several [...]

How yoga can stimulate kids’ activity
If you have an interest in teaching yoga for kids, there is an international yoga instructor in country. Ann Robideaux is in Belize for the next few days to teach [...]

Have a bellyful of laughs with Rotary
Annually, some of Belize’s most prominent citizen humanitarians have taken to the stage in the name of a worthy cause. They are the Rotary Club of Belize and it’s that [...]

Women’s expression through art
The Women in Art Exhibition opened at six this evening at the Mexican Institute in Belize City. The yearly showcase puts women’s art on display through eighty pieces of paintings, [...]

What to know before going to the water
Easter is quickly approaching and following the tragic drowning of a teen at a pool party last week it is a good time to discuss water safety. Tonight in Healthy [...]

LOVE FM

One man detained as police investigate mysterious plane landing
The Belize Police Department has launched an investigation into the landing of another suspected drug plane. The aircraft, a Beechcraft Super King Air 200 is reported to have crash landed shortly after midnight last night in an area behind Blue Creek Village which is located in southern Orange Walk District. Police have one man detained …

International filmmaker to film TV series in Belize
Auditions began today for a television series called “Life or Death”. International Filmmaker, Cristobal Krusen, is in Belize recruiting Belizean actors for his television series to be filmed in Belize. Krusen stopped by our studios yesterday to tell us more. Auditions are from nine to four p.m. at the House of Culture.

Crime is costly
For the past years, crime, in particular murders, have been on an upward trend. In light of this, there have been many interventions, the latest being the Belize Movement for Reconciliation attempts to get different people to come to the table and dialogue. Love News spoke with Dr. Leroy Almendarez, Assistant Professor, at the University …

National Garifuna Council launches women’s arm
In commemoration of Women’s Month, the National Garifuna Council launched its women’s arm, which will address issues directly relating to women. The launch was held at the Sandy Beach Cynthia Topsey, Co Convener: “We had the opportunity to declare the launch of the women’s arm of the National Garifuna Council as an intent of a …

New City Administration will not abort street works
As part of the reviews being conducted at City Hall, Mayor Wagner has halted some street works in the City. The intention is to review some of the contracts. The move though has caused some inconveniences to the public. According to the Mayor, it is only a temporary inconvenience because they have no intention of …

Belize City Mayor to adopt Orange Walk Mayor’s strategies
On Wednesday the new Belize City council was sworn into office but the work began even before then. Mayor Bernard Wagner spoke to us about the reviews put in motion at the City Hall and what the transition has been like. And as the new mayor continues to clean house, he also needs to ensure …

Empowered Women are able to avoid some of the pitfalls of Human Trafficking
We are celebrating Women’s month under the theme “Press for Progress” and while women have come a long way, there is still more to be done. Women are oftentimes the victims of human trafficking. Dr. Abigail McKay, Policy Legislation Officer of RET International says empowering women and creating an awareness of the reality of human …

Mayan Land Rights case before the CCJ once more
The case of the Maya Leaders Alliance and twenty three Mayan villages versus the Attorney General of Belize was before the Caribbean Court of Justice this afternoon. The matter is in relation to Maya Communal Land Rights. The Government has not created an effective mechanism to identify and protect Maya lands in accordance with …

Husband killed in front of wife
Belize City police are investigating the fatal shooting of Emil Fernando Audinett. The 29 year old construction worker of Belize City was at home when a lone gunman barged into his home, firing several shots in his direction. Hipolito Novelo reports. Police have detained one person for questioning.

Bernadine Lauriano’s murder remains unsolved
Belize City Police are still trying to figure out who killed 52-year-old Bernadine Lauriano. She was fatally shot on Friday night and the three persons that investigators had detained for questioning were released due to lack of evidence. However, we are told that eyewitnesses saw who the gunman was, but ASP Alejandro Cowo says that …

Stores Orders Amendments debated
Yesterday Senators debated several motions including the Stores Orders (Amendment) Regulations of 2017. The amendment seeks to increase the ceiling under which Government accounting officers may purchase stores and also to obtain store items from abroad without first having to obtain the written approval of the Financial Secretary.

Senators raise concerns over amendments to Financial Orders Regulation
A similar motion was debated on Wednesday. Some Senators raised concerns with respect to the amendments to the Financial Orders Regulations of 2017. The amendments are similar to those made to the Stores Orders Regulations. In this case, the ceilings under which Government accounting officers may make verbal and written contracts are increased.

Women in Art exhibit open for viewing
The Mexican Embassy in Belize and the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) have partnered to showcase the different types of art works of women. The art work will be open for public viewing today at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Belize City. The curator is Ilona Smiling. The exhibition which opens this evening, will be open for viewing for a month.

Belize-Guatemala Joint Commission meets
Yesterday the Belize-Guatemala Joint Commission met in Teakettle Village, Cayo District. The meeting was held with support of the Organization of American States (OAS). The meeting was led by Commissioners of both countries, Belize’s Ambassador to Guatemala Alexis Rosado and his counterpart, Georges de La Roche. Both parties reviewed the earlier progress...

Another round at the CCJ; Belize Bank vs GOB
At the Caribbean Court of Justice today, the Belize Bank Limited sought an order directing the Minister of Finance, in this case Prime Minister Dean Barrow, to pay the 2013 arbitral award of over 91 million Belize dollars. On the other hand, the Attorney General challenged the application while asking the CCJ to correct its judgment and seek an order to reduce the post-judgment interest.


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The Guardian

Bernard Wagner starts with wild promises
The PUP city council was officially sworn to office on Wednesday and more than an officious ceremony it had all the garbs of it being a wild political rally. And as rallies go so do promises. Most people who were of voting age back in 1998 can remember the grandiose promises of 10 thousand houses and 15 thousand jobs that swept the PUP into office back in 1998. We had thought that giving people these kinds of promises were a thing of the past and then bam… Bernard Wagner did it again!

Mother charged for picture of toddler with a gun
Over the long holiday weekend a photo appeared on social media where a child no more than 4 years old was photographed with what appeared to be a firearm. Since the picture was posted, quick police work led to the arrest of the child’s mother. An initial post by commander of the Police’s Professional Standards Branch, ACP Chester Williams stated that the mother would be charged with the offence of child endangerment. That post was updated to state that the matter has been referred to the Department of Human Services who are now investigating to decide the appropriate course of action to be taken against the mother. Willaims noted that the well-being of the child is paramount.

Woman shot in the chest, her 9-year-old daughter and 20-year-old son injured
Bernadine Lauriano, a 52-year-old resident of Aloe Vera Street, was shot and killed inside her house during the 3-day weekend. Her 9-year-old daughter and her 20-year-old special needs son were also injured in the attack at her home. It is suspected at this time that the shooter went looking for another of her sons, but settled with hurting them instead. Police say that at around 9:40 p.m. on Friday, March 9, police visited the KHMH, where they found 52 year-old Bernadine Lauriano suffering from multiple gunshot injuries to the chest and other parts of the body. Her 9 year-old daughter was being treated for a gunshot injury to the right toe. It wasn’t until the next day that the Lauriano family realized that her son, Denzel Lauriano, was injured to the left leg by a gunshot.

4 year old child in critical condition after being sexually abused
A 4 year old female child is in critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after she was brought in for medical attention. Police report that a 52-year-old domestic of Bella Vista village in the Toledo District reported that on Friday, February 9, 2018, her 4-year-old daughter fell ill. Upon taking her to seek medical attention, it was discovered that the baby had been sexually abused. The child was admitted at the KHMH where she is listed in a critical condition.

Belize Signs Financing Agreements for the Health Sector and Public Finance Management
The Prime Minister of Belize and Minister of Finance Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow and the European Union Ambassador to Belize H.E. Malgorzata Wasilewska signed two Financing Agreements for a total of BZ$28.8 M for projects in the Health and Public Finance Management sectors. The signing ceremony took place at the Prime Minister’s Office at the Laing Building in Belize City. BZ$25.6 M has been allocated for the Health Sector initiative, which will focus on the upgrading of health facilities to meet SMART and Green standards. This will enable health facilities, in particular, regional hospitals and the Central Medical Laboratory, to withstand natural disasters as well as to be more energy efficient, and meet safety criteria for patients and medical staff.

The rebirth of the Old PUP at City hall
Here at the Guardian we had made the conscious decision, that we would be affording the NEWLY ELECTED Belize City Council Members, the customary 100-days HONEYMOON PERIOD, while they settle in to their new job. However, after we saw an internal memo coming out of the City Council, we had to do a retake on the decision we had taken earlier. According to the memo, the then yet to be sworn in Mayor Designate, appointed a transition team for the Belize City Council. That team is headed by Jose Coye, former Mayor, Caribbean Shores Area Rep. and Minister. Joe is known in Belize as the Land Hog. We know all the things that the CCJ said about his land dealings and misfeasance. He was rejected by the Belizean people back in 2008. For many Belizeans Jose Coye represents everything, that they’ve voted against, ever since the By-election of 2003. Belizeans will not take the appointment of Coye as something good for Belize City.

Budget Presentation 2018-2019
Madam Speaker, I rise to move the second reading of the General Revenue Appropriation Bill for Fiscal Year 2018/2019. In this age of human affairs, whether for empire or emerging nation, fate and fortune are tied to the real economy and, consequently, march to its fiscal and monetary drumbeats. For all Belizeans then, this annual economic report and budget presentation is an important gauge of national well-being. At the time of the very first UDP Budget, 10 years and 3 terms ago, the world was mired in the turbulence and utter uncertainly of the Great Recession. When this was coupled with the borrowing and spending excesses of our predecessors, it became a tale foretold of a bumpy and bleak future for our people and country.

Cayo BTIA announces new linkages
It has been announced by the Cayo Belize Tourism Association that it recently had a very productive and promising meeting with Officer Commanding Anthony Richard Rosado and his Deputy Daniel Iche from the San Ignacio Police Formation. The BTIA Cayo Chapter release states: [we] look forward to a new partnership along with the People’s Coalition, The SI/SE [San Ignacio and Santa Elena] Town Board, and the business community to start a business watch in the Twin Towns and surrounding villages, and see how we can lobby for better equipment and working conditions for our Cayo formation. Moving forward, the BTIA Cayo Chapter will be presenting some Cayo Safety and Crime plans at their next meeting on the 22nd of March, 5:30 pm, at the Cahal Pech Village Resort in San Ignacio Town.

Dangriga Town council sworn in
The newly elected Dangriga Town Council was officially sworn on Wednesday afternoon. The new Town Council is composed of Mayor: Mr. Francis Humphreys and Councilors: Miss Earth Phelize Lopez, Miss Cheryl Molina, Mrs. Erica Rodriguez Jang, Mr. Alexander Joseph, Mr. Aaron Gongora and Mr. Gary Francisco. Magistrate Emmerson Banner administered the Oath of Office while the Guest Speaker was no other than the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Patrick Faber. The term of their office is from 2018 to 2021. We wish them the very best because when they do well Dangriga prospers. We move forward together as one!

Earl Trapp sworn in for second term as PM visits Santa Elena
A continuous wave of red, composed of United Democratic Party supporters, seemed to have eclipsed the banks of the Macal River in Santa Elena Town on Sunday, five days after the historic win of the full San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town Council at the municipal elections. Special guest for the occasion was the UDP Party Leader the Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, who in a 19 minute and 16 second presentation congratulated the Twin Towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena for having had an unprecedented achievement in the annals of municipal governance “…to have entered into the record books.”

San Pedro Town Council sworn in
In a short and intimate ceremony, the new San Pedro Town Council 2018-2021 members were sworn officially sworn in. After opening the ceremony with the Belize National Anthem, Pastor Clive Welsh from the Lighthouse Christian Radio, blessed the council members and those in attendance with a prayer. Following the prayer, the Town Administrator, Mrs. Patricia Verde Tillett began with the swearing in ceremony. After the swearing ceremony, Mayor Daniel Guerrero thanked everyone for attending and stated that this past election was a wake up call for their team. With this in mind, he continued that he and his team will work even harder for the people of San Pedro Town.

KHMH in urgent need of repairs
A structural review of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority Physical plant was commissioned on Wednesday March 14 following an incident in which debris fell from the ceiling of the facility. A preliminary assessment has discovered the need for immediate remedial reinforcement to a section of the hospital roof which is already underway. While these repairs are being executed and in the interest of safety we are limiting traffic through the facility as such there will be no clinics or elective services for the remainder of this week. Visiting hours has also been reduced.

No date set for UDP leadership change
UDP Party leader, Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow has on multiple occasions expressed that he will no longer seek political office and will only serve out this term of office. However, as he does so he has also said that he will allow enough time for his successor to implement his/her plans before the next General Elections. On Thursday March 8, he hosted a press conference to congratulate the winning UDP teams in the recent municipal elections and he reiterated as much. Speaking to the gathering which included newly elected mayors and party faithful PM Barrow said that this last election charged him up. “I personally genuinely found myself charged up by the outpouring of enthusiasm and energy in Punta Gorgda, Benque, Dangriga and Belmopan.”

Ministry of Health Cautions the Public on an Unauthorized Vitamin and Mineral Syrup
The public is informed of an unauthorized and suspected falsified vitamin and mineral syrup, Dayamineral ® Syrup 240ml, a supplement found to be circulating on the local market. While some have been confiscated, there is still the presence of this supplement and the Ministry of Health conducted an investigation which revealed that the product has not been registered nor has it met the necessary quality standards and, therefore, cannot be imported into the country.

Press for Progress for Women’s Month
The month of March represents a significant time as it is a time that most of the international community sets aside to recognize women and their stellar accomplishments. March 8th is an even more important day as it is dubbed as International Women’s Day which represents a celebration of the decades of struggle for equality, justice, peace, and development. Belize first observed this day in the 1970s and since then, it has continued to be a very important day for the people of Belize to recognize the struggles and accomplishment of our Belizean women.

Courtenay the sore loser
Not being satisfied that they were unable to win the San Pedro Municipal Election by the ballots, the PUP has embarked on a mission to win through the courts. The PUP through their attorney Eamon Courtenay claim that the votes adds up to more than the amount of ballots that were issued. Anyone who has ever observed the polling and counting process would be able to understand how outlandish the claim by the PUP is. For those persons who may not be aware of how the process works we will explain it for their benefit.

The tale of the numbers, UDP still strong!
The United Democratic Party was successful at the polls in 6 of the 9 municipalities which held elections on Wednesday March 7th. And what the numbers tell us is quite a story. We begin with the results in Belize City where the PUP’s Bernard Wagner received 10,578 votes while the UDP’s Dion Leslie got 9,597 votes. That is a difference of 981 votes spread across 10 constituencies in the Old Capital. In Orange Walk PUP incumbent Kevin Bernard received 5,260 votes while his opponent Phillip De La Fuente received 2,593 votes being a difference of 2,667 votes spread across three constituencies, Orange Walk East, Central and North. Corozal saw the PUP’s Rigo Vellos receive 2,744 votes while the UDP’s Richard Alexander Quan received 2,645 votes being a difference of 99 votes spread over two constituencies, Corozal Bay and Corozal North.

Alleged burglar on remand after being unable to meet bail
A burglar, allegedly caught in the act, is on remand after he was unable to post bail when he appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court. He is Luis Beaton, an 18-year-old unemployed resident of Jane Usher Boulevard in Belize City. Beaton appeared unrepresented before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser where he was read a single charge of burglary, a charge to which he pleaded not guilty. The allegations against Beaton are that on Friday, March 9, 2018, he trespassed in the home of his neighbor, Sherine Westby, and stole 3 tablets and a school bag, all to a total of $455.

Accident at the Western Border
There was an unsightly accident on Friday morning in the cargo area of the Belize Western Border. Police were called in to the area where they observed a Hispanic male lodged between the wheels of a Freight Liner Truck with a Belize license plate. Marcus Fernando Zabaleto, a 38-year-old Guatemalan of Melchor de Mencos, had been dragged by the truck for a few hundred meters. Video footage taken by a Benque Viejo Taxi driver also showed the results of the accident, with the 18-wheeler having dragged the body across concrete.

Carlos Reyes shot on South Creek
On Friday, March 9, 2018 at about 7:14 p.m., police visited the KHMH where they saw Jose Carlos Reyes, a 32-year-old Salvadoran warehouse attendant of an Antelope Street Extension address, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the foot. Initial investigation revealed that earlier that night, Reyes took his daughters on Dolphin Street and while driving a Geo-Prizm car on South Creek, the vehicle experienced mechanical problems. Reyes got out of the car and was standing by the rear passenger door when a male person fired two shots in his direction.

No motive or suspect in death of children Treshawn and Gregory
The death of 4-year-old Treshawn Goff came at a time when the country was still enraged by the acts of violence toward children. Baby Goff’s life was taken away on Monday, March 5, 2018 after being the subject of an unintended bullet. Goff was in a yard with Ian Abraham, who was also shot, and another man when they came under fire by an unknown gunman. Since Goff’s death, four persons have been detained but because of lack of evidence, all four persons were released. No motive has yet been established.

Father fined for 136 grams of cannabis
Denzil Fitzgerald Flowers, a 32-year-old Supervisor of Balan Street, Belize City, was taken to court on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 on a single charge of drug trafficking after police found him on a motorcycle with 136 grams of cannabis. According to police, they were conducting a mobile patrol on Aloe Vera Street in Belize City on Monday, March 12, 2018 when they stopped Flowers on his motorcycle. A search was conducted on him but nothing incriminating was found. A search of his motorcycle led to the discovery of a black plastic bag containing the cannabis.

Bail offered after being found going equipped
Richard Ferguson, a Belize City resident, is out of prison after he was granted bail by Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford when he appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court. He appeared unrepresented before the magistrate on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 to answer to two criminal charges of being in possession of items used to break into a house as well as being found in an enclosed yard.

Security guard held up and relieved of firearm
Akeem Crawford, an 18-year-old Belizean security officer at A&P Security Company, reported that on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 8:15 p.m. while on duty at Anna’s Superstore in Santa Elena Town, he was held up with a gun by a male person. He was relieved of a 9mm pistol and fifteen rounds of ammunition in the magazine. Police are investigating.

Man found with throat slit in Corozal
Corozal Police continue to detain several persons in their efforts to try and solve the murder of 41 year-old Mark Anthony Clarke, a resident of Corozal Town. The cops found his body off the San Jomal Road, a few miles away from Paraiso Village. Police say that at around 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2018, they visited a location about 200 yards off the San Jomal road. That’s where the cops found Clarke’s body. Someone stabbed him multiple times to the chest and abdomen area, and his throat was slashed as well. Reports to the press are that Clarke suffered a number of stab wounds.

Female student sexually assaulted by teacher
A female student from Independence Village has reported to police that she was sexually assaulted by a taxi driver. The girl accompanied by her mother reported to police that on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at about 7:15 a.m., she caught a taxi with the intention of being taken to school. She was instead taken to a house where the taxi driver had sexual relation with her against her will. A medical examination was conducted on the victim where a medical officer verified that the minor was carnally known.

Teenager knocked out and run over by a truck
Josue Tut Cabrera, a 16 year-old resident of the Belize Corozal Road, just outside of Orange Walk Town, is trying to recover from very serious injuries he suffered after being run over by a cane truck. He was assaulted by a young man, and in the aftermath of that attack, he collapsed in the middle of the road, which made a bad situation even worse. Video footage captured from a surveillance camera nearby shows that some time after midnight on Saturday, March 10, Cabrera was walking, most likely on his way home. The footage captures when he was attacked by two young men, one of whom punched him in the face causing him to collapse in the middle of the Belize Corozal Road.

Toy Grenade freaks out Castle Street residents
On Monday, March 12, 2018, an object that appeared to be a grenade was found on Castle Street in Belize City. This object raised alarm in the residents and as a result, personnel from the Belize Defence Force went to diffuse the situation. After a two hour observation by BDF experts, the object was declared to be a toy grenade.

Digicell Belize City Defenders stop Smart Belize Hurricanes in Pepsi National Elite Basketball League competition
The Pepsi National Elite Basketball League competition continued over the last weekend with three games on the schedule. On Friday 9th March, at the St. Catherine Academy Mercy Centre, the Digicell Belize City Defenders defeated the Smart Belize Hurricanes by the score of 85-67. The top scorers for the Digicell Belize City Defenders were Nigel Jones with 27 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal; Jacob Leslie who scored 16 points and Lincey Lopez who contributed 12 points a rebound, 8 assists and 4 steals.

Belmopan Bandits SC open lead in Premier League Competition
The Premier League of Belize Closing Season competition continued over the weekend with four more games across the country.

Pepsi’s National Elite Basketball League All-Stars starters announced
The Pepsi National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) will be hosting its fourth annual All-Star Night on Saturday, March 24, at the Orange Walk Multi-Purpose Complex in Orange Walk Town. The activities will commence at 7:30 p.m. with the Old Master Fine Rums Three Point Shootout, followed by the ASR Group-Belize Sugar Slam Dunk Contest at 8:30 p.m. The three-point shootout will feature two players from each of the 7 teams, while the Slam Dunk Contest will be open to as many participants. Later in the night, the Smart All-Star game. The Smart All-Star Game will see the Imports team up with the Belizean Americans to form one team to challenge our local All Stars. Players on the Imports/Belizean American squad are listed below.

St. John Vianney School girls win two in primary schools softball competition
The Belize City Primary Schools Softball competition continues at Roger Stadium with a number of games played. On Tuesday 13th March, in the first of two games played in the girls’ competition, St. John Vianney School defeated Queen Square Anglican School by the score of 12-2. The winning pitcher was Kiara Mohammad Ali and the losing pitcher was Kenya smith. In the second girls’ game, St. John Vianney School defeated St. Luke Methodist School by the score of 13-6. The winning pitcher was Kiara Mohammad Ali and the losing pitcher was Judith Estell.

The long and short of it
UDP supporters like me can spin last Wednesday’s results in many ways, like that we won 6 out of nine municipalities and that we won 2/3 of the total town council seats nationally, but the long and short of it is that in Belize City and in Orange Walk Town, we took what former U.S. President Barrack Obama would describe as a “shellacking”, and to which President Donald J. Trump would add “like never before”. I was extremely tempted to begin this post- election review the same evening when I saw on TV the lady who promptly puts on her hazzard lights anytime she sees a camera, and when I heard the old trombone announcing “unofficially” that the PUP were winning in San Pedro, which was in direct contrast with the feedback I was getting from a well-informed PUP fanatic who was sending me texts with exclamation points, but I held my horse. It is these same stupid “unofficial” reports from the PUP-dominated media houses which contributed to the uncertainty in San Pedro Town last week. Now Ashcroft Jr. wants to litigate against the will of the people. I want to bet my life against a bucket of doodoo that Deamon will drop the issue like hot potato since there are no $millions there to be made from it.

Words of Life With Pastor Barry Fraser
The books of Psalms, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes have a wealth of information of Christian living. Here is some good advice found in Ecclesiastes chapter 5, verse 2: Don’t be in a hurry to talk. Don’t be eager to speak in the presence of God. Since God is in heaven and you are on earth, limit the number of your words.

Koop Sheet Metal claims La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge
Koop Sheet Metal was the first to pass the finishing line in Belize City on Monday for the La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge 2018. In terms of cumulative averages, over the four days, Koops Sheet Metal made it first, U.E.S Westrac and Bismillah Store came in second, Young Cutters third and the National Institute of Culture and History NICH fourth. We now know that both Koop Sheet Metal and NICH were very close to each other after two days of forward movement to the finish line at the Belcan Bridge in Belize City.

Missing teenager found hanging from a tree
Police visited San Jose Palmar Village in Orange Walk on Monday, March 12, 2018 just before 9:00 a.m. Upon making their way into some bushes, they observed the body of a Hispanic male hanging from the branch of a tree. The body was hanging from a nylon strap which was tied around the neck. The body was already in a state of decomposition. It was identified as that of Angel Cisneros.

Pallotti student drowns at pool party
On Saturday, March 10, 2018 at about 4:30 p.m., police responded to a report at the Pickwick Club. Upon arrival, they observed the body of a young woman inside the pool. She was identified as Oluwukemi Miracle Ojo, a 16-year-old student of Pallotti High School. The body of Ojo was removed from the pool in an unconscious state and was transported to the KHMH by BERT personnel. Ojo succumbed at 5:10 p.m.

International Sourcesizz

An International Airport on Ambergris Caye: Really? Who Does this Benefit?
Over the past few months, I’ve heard tour guides and taxi drivers, hotel reps and marketers talk about this airport as a real thing. I’ve received many inquiries about the timing, about property values way up north, asking when the road construction will start. Not just a possibility but something that is on the verge of happening. A real reason to visit and invest in Ambergris Caye. Which leads me to this glaring question: What possible sense does a $100,000,000USD+ airport make on our island and to our country? And CAN this airport be built? Would $100 million US dollars be enough? Ie. Is it economically and geographically possible? With no infrastructure – road, water, sewage, housing in the proposed area….not to mention customs, immigration, a fire department, a hospital…we haven’t even talked about air and noise pollution…how could this happen?

Videos

  • A tapir sniffs and searches in Fireburn Reserve, 10sec. The tapir wandered across the forest floor in the late hours, a probing proboscis to lead the way. It’s thick muscled flesh brought it from somewhere in this vast biodiverse darkness to our camera traps in Fireburn Reserve. We spy on its life from a distance, but hot damn doesn’t it feel like it’s right there in front of us!

  • Belize Trip 2018, 6min.

  • University of Belize and Gateway, 4min.

  • Happy in Belize / Zentralamerikarundreise, 17min.

  • Belize Loewen Reunion 2018 | Saturday March 10 - Evening Sharing & Auction, 42min. Held at Countryside Park in Spanish Lookout, Belize.

  • Talk Ah Di Town March 15, 2018, 28min.

  • Police arrest vendor for alleged contraband avocados at the Michael Finnegan Market in Belize City, 5min. Vendors claim the green avocados aren’t contraband. Market vendors complained about the harsh way in which the vendor was detained since people with ten grams of marijuana are handled with dignity. With less than 3 percent conviction rates for murders and about 60% of murders in Belize City, people hope that alleged murders are pursued with similar passion.

  • BOTE House Belize, 4.5min. The best-laid plans are usually started by sketching on a napkin. When Jeff Spiegel and Corey Cooper sat down on a balmy Belizean night to discuss world peace, this was what they came up with ... the BOTE House Belize. Now, the double occupancy cabana won't solve the issue of world peace, but it is certainly a place where peace can be found. Bonefish, permit and tarpon too! Located at Cayo Frances Farm & Fly, on the north end of Ambergris Caye in Belize, the BOTE House Belize was designed to allow anyone to come experience this unique environment and atmosphere. As well, the incredible fishing opportunities and culinary magic of Chef Spiegel.

  • Bandfest 2018 next Saturday, 1.5min. Counting down to the big day! Bandfest 2018 next Saturday March 24 in Beautiful Corozal Town.

  • Sea Turtle - Belize, 1min.

  • Dolphins - Belize, 1/2min.

  • Belize 2018, 2.5min.

  • Belize Placencia, 5min. One of the most popular destinations in Belize, Placencia is a charming, low-key fishing village located at the southern tip of the Placencia Peninsula in southeastern Belize. Bordered on one side by a lovely mangrove-lined lagoon and on the other by the Caribbean Sea,.

  • This is Belize: Cerros Mayan Ruins, 5.5min. Exploring Cerros Mayan Ruins in the Bay of Corozal Belize off the coast of the Mexican border on the banks of the Caribbean ocean

  • 2018 La Ruta Maya Canoe Race, 10min. First time experiencing The annual Belizean La Ruta Maya Canoe race which is held every March . It is the longest race of its kind in Central America. One hundred and seventy miles of paddling on the Belize River over the course of 4 days by teams consisting of all male, all female, mixed, young local and foreigners from all over. You have to have stamina and endurance to enter this race. So much fun and excitement just watching it.

  • Shark Frenzy in Belize, 3min. Shark Ray Alley in Ambergris Caye, Belize.


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