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The San Pedro Sun

Phasing Out of Single-use Plastic Bags, Styrofoam and Plastic Food Utensils
The Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development, the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce, and the Ministry of Tourism led a collaborative taskforce comprising the Department of the Environment, Customs Department, Beltraide, Directorate General of Foreign Trade, and Solid Waste Management Authority to advance a proposal to Cabinet to reduce plastic and Styrofoam pollution through the phasing out of single-use plastic shopping bags and Styrofoam and plastic food utensils by April 22, 2019.

San Pedro High School hosts a successful Business Fair 2018
The San Pedro High School (SPHS) held their 9th Annual Business Fair at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium on Friday, March 16th. The fair serves as a way to develop the entrepreneurial skills of students that are majoring in business studies. Every year, the event sees a large crowd of residents supporting the various business concepts that students have developed. Prior to the Fair, a short ceremony was held to introduce the judges and officially open the day’s events. The judges with the hard task to choose the winners included Amarainy Chi from Caye International Bank, Froylan Gilharry from San Pedro Junior College, Deputy Mayor Ruben Gonzalez and Orel Trejo from St. Francis Credit Union.

PM Dean Barrow joins UDP Victory Rally in San Pedro Town
Following the Municipal Elections held on March 7th, the United Democratic Party (UDP) has been hosting victory rallies countrywide in each of the six municipalities that they won. In San Pedro Town, the newly elected UDP town council held their rally in grand style on Saturday, March 17th, with the added presence of Belize’s Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Dean Oliver Barrow. The celebration included a parade through the streets of the town and a program of events at the Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex that included official speeches, raffles, and live entertainment.

San Pedro Pirates emerges victorious over Placencia Assassins
The San Pedro Pirates F.C redeemed themselves in their second consecutive home game by claiming a 3-0 victory over the Placencia Assassins on Sunday, March 18th. With this win, the Pirates landed three much-needed additional points in the Premiere League of Belize (PLB) chart, and are now in the fourth position. For the 11th week of the PLB, the San Pedro Pirates will be travelling to Belize City to face the Belize Defense Force on Sunday, March 25th. The game is scheduled to start at 4PM at the MCC Grounds. For more information on how to accompany the Pirates as a fan, you may contact 629-6770.

Another victory for the San Pedro Tiger Sharks!
It was another great win for the San Pedro Tiger Sharks on Friday, March 16th as they netted 86-75 points over the Orange Walk Running Rebels. The game was held at the Orange Walk multi-complex, where the island team easily dominated most of the match, landing their eighth consecutive victory in the 2018 season of the National Elite Basketball League (NEBL). The schedule for the upcoming games for this Friday, March 23rd is as follows: DigiCell Belize City Defenders vs. Orange Walk Running Rebels in Orange Walk Town San Pedro Tiger Sharks vs. Smart Belize Hurricanes in Belize City Belmopan Bandits vs. Dangriga Dream Ballers in Dangriga Town. On Saturday, March 24th the annual NEBL All-Stars competition will be held in Orange Walk Town. Coach Rico Black, along with Martevious Adams and Jihad Wright, will be representing San Pedro in the tournament that starts at 7:30PM at the Orange Walk multi-purpose complex.

Ambergris Today

Traffic Department Issues Statement After Motorist Complain About Speed Ticketing
It is absolutely nothing new to island residents that our beautiful island is overly congested with vehicles. The topic of ‘traffic’ brings a lot of concerns and issues that needs to be urgently and strategically addressed. For instance one major problem particularly in town is that businesses are placing traffic cones everywhere so that people don’t park in front of their place creating even more parking problems in the town area. But the number one issue that faces our island concerning traffic is SPEEDING. On Monday, March 19, 2018, a resident shared his frustration on social media that he was given a speeding ticket. He explained that he was more upset at the fact that he felt targeted by the traffic officers who would also not provide proof that he was speeding. According to him, they were using radar speed guns.

Belize Returns To The Miss Universe Pageant In 2018 Under A New Organization
The new Miss Universe Belize organization officially announces the return of Belize to the Miss Universe Pageant in 2018. The new Miss Universe Belize will compete at the 67th annual Miss Universe Pageant. This even will be seen by a global audience of over one billion people. The organization is being led by the new National Director Mr. Romeo Escobar, a three time Emmy award winning producer. When asked about his role in finding the next Miss Universe Belize Mr. Escobar stated, “I am extremely excited to take on this new venture and grateful to be working with a great team who also shares my same vision and passion. I want to make sure things are done the right way this time in Belize. I will make sure the new organization operates with honesty and full transparency. Our goal is to ensure that the next young lady to represent Belize, both nationally and internationally, has our full support. It is important that all of us in Belize work together to make sure this is successful”.

Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Working At 50% Due To Structural Damage
A structural review of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority physical plant was commissioned last week March 14th following an incident in which debris fell from the one area of the ceiling of the facility. A preliminary assessment prompted the need for immediate remedial reinforcements to a section of the hospital roof. At this time, we can report that the structural areas of immediate concern have been identified, inspected and temporary measures to address immediate safety concerns have been taken. With the first written report in hand, we know that there are multiple key areas of the hospital that we can no longer utilize until permanent solutions are in place. This of course affects an aray of services vital to the functioning of the KHMH namely Operating theatre, Central Sterilization Unit, Imaging Department, Specifics Clinics, Pharmacy and Dietary Services.

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Easter Palooza: Ambergris Caye Weekend Party
SAN PEDRO WE WONT HOLD BACK NO MORE! March 31 & April 1. The biggest easter event this year! A movie you can’t miss being a part of! Check the NEW LINEUP ARTISTS!

1st Belize National Research Conference
Tomorrow is the start of the 1st Belize National Research Conference! Come to the Jaguar Auditorium at the University of Belize campus in Belmopan and be part of this educational venture by the Institute for Social & Cultural Research!

BioBlitz
We hosted 120 primary school students from the communities of Trio, Bella Vista and San Isidro because children play an important role in conservation. Ya’axché’s BioBlitz event focuses on a number of trees, birds, mammals and freshwater bugs that are found easily in the surroundings of the Golden Stream Corridor Preserve. The students were shown how to use a compass for navigation when out monitoring wildlife, microscopes to identify freshwater bugs by looking at small distinguishing features, binoculars to spot and count birds, camera traps to photograph wild mammals, and identification guides to monitor plants and trees within wild places managed by Ya’axché.

Phasing Out of Single-use Plastic Bags and Styrofoam and Plastic Food Utensils
The Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development, the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce, and the Ministry of Tourism led a collaborative taskforce comprising the Department of the Environment, Customs Department, Beltraide, Directorate General of Foreign Trade, and Solid Waste Management Authority to advance a proposal to Cabinet to reduce plastic and Styrofoam pollution through the phasing out of single-use plastic shopping bags and Styrofoam and plastic food utensils by April 22, 2019. The proposal was approved by Cabinet at its sitting today, 20th March 2018. The phasing out of plastic shopping bags and Styrofoam and plastic food utensils, such as clamshells, flat plates and cups, is a necessary pollution control measure to protect the terrestrial and marine environment from harmful plastic contamination. Biodegradable alternatives to the plastic and Styrofoam products already exist on the Belizean market in the form of shopping bags, clamshells, coffee cups and plates manufactured from plant-based materials.

Rehabilitation Works along the George Price Highway
As part of the ongoing rehabilitation of the George Price Highway between Roaring Creek and Iguana Creek, works will commence on the highway and its vicinity and will continue for the next 18 months. The Ministry of Works and contractor “Tiechroeb and Sons Ltd.” are committed to keeping the highway safe and passable during this time, and therefore asks the public to please exercise extreme caution when approaching any location where work is being carried out and to be guided by the road signs and flag personnel during the execution of these works.

Sexual Health and Ageing Workshop
. In celebration of Women’s Month, the National Council on Ageing with the support of the Central Health Region will be holding a one-day Sexual Health and Ageing Workshop for women 50+ on March 21st, 2018 at ITVET in Belize City starting at 8:30 a.m. This comprehensive sexual health session will discuss normal changes that occur as we age and tips on how to maintain good sexual health, and educate on sexually transmitted infections. Older persons are often left out of the discussion that focuses on sexual health and this workshop offers a unique opportunity to discuss the needs of this vulnerable population. Following the workshop at 1:30 p.m. there will be free medical screenings available including breasts exam, cervical screening, and BMI checks.

BELIZE DEFENCE FORCE RECEIVES $120,000 DONATION FROM REPUBLIC OF CHINA (TAIWAN)
e Barracks has been fully renovated thanks to a $120,000.00 BZD donation from Republic of China (Taiwan). The building, which was in dire need of repair, has now been converted into a welcoming and safe space for the families of the soldiers. As a result of the renovations, all structural beams, slabs, columns, retaining walls, ceiling, floors, were reinforced; electrical fixtures were upgraded, while all gutters, faucets, and plumbing were properly sealed to avoid corrosion. The building was also retrofitted with twenty (20) hurricane shutters and its exterior and interior walls repainted and caulked.

MOVIE NIGHT at the Central Park!
FREE MOVIE!!!! The San Pedro Town Council presents MOVIE NIGHT at the Central Park! This Saturday, March 24, we will be showing HOP! Seating is at 6:30 p.m. and Movie starts at 7:00 p.m. Bring your Mats, Blankets and Pillows! We will also have food and juice on sale! FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! THERE WILL ALSO BE FACE PAINTING AND ARTS & CRAFTS AT 6:00 P.M.

Corozal Full Moon Concert
Saturday, April 7, 7:30pm. Benque Marimba, Los Hijos del West.

Vote for your Favorite Band!
Who is going to be this year's Most Popular Band?Text to vote for your favorite ! Voting ends at midnight on Friday March 23.

RET National Youth Jamboree
Pictures from the 2018 National Youth Jamboree. "Today, March 20th, RET Belize held a National Youth Jamboree in Belmopan to celebrate the completion of their Youth Action Group agenda where they learned to practice leadership skills in their community. Eight High Schools were present at the event, and students were awarded for their excellent participation and completion in this event. DYS was happy to be a part of this Jamboree, as our Communications Officer was the Mistress of Ceremonies. Congrats to all students for their achievements!"

BE MORE!
Today, Ms. Rhea Rogers inspired over 100 students of Belmopan Comprehensive School to BE MORE: to follow their passion and share their passion, to make a positive contribution to their community, to do a little extra every day, and to make progress one inch at a time. “Women, Peace and Security is about bringing women into the decision-making process. They have a lot to add. Our men and women need to stand up for our girls and our women. When you disrespect girls and women, you disrespect yourself. Be responsible to yourself and the voice inside of you. Stand up and say NO to injustice and to the status quo. Be more!”

The Yarborough Basketball Court Rehabilitation Project is progressing nicely!
The foundation for the steel frame has been cast. This project is being brought to the Yarborough Community by the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project, Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation and Taiwan ICDF.

Reef Week Belize 2018 Poetry Competition
Congratulations to the winners of our Reef Week Belize 2018 Poetry Competition hosted in Corozal and Orange Walk. The winner of the primary school category is Yuri Revelori from the STD. 4 class of Corozal Nazarene Primary School. The name of her winning piece is "Our Dark Blue Waters". The winner of the high school category is Silviannie Awayo. She's from St. Victor Vocational High School in Chunox. Her piece is named "I Am".

World Boxing Champion Mikey Garcia in Belize
World Boxing Champion Mikey Garcia stopped in Belize City this morning for a quick media tour about his charitable community service in Belize. Some of the #TropicAir staff thought they could take on the champ... but figured maybe 3 against one would give them a chance

Channel 7

KHMH: Navigating Crisis At Country’s Biggest Hospital
Tonight, the country's biggest hospital is suffering what a doctor might describe as multiple organ failure. As we've been reporting the roof is caving in at the KHMH - and about 50% of the hospital has been closed down and cordoned off as a precaution. This includes key areas such as the Operating Theatre, the Central Sterilization Unit, the Imaging Department, the Specialist Clinics, the Pharmacy and Dietary Services. All these essential services have been suspended until further notice. This all started last week Thursday when a piece of the cement structure holding a portion of the building together literally fell out of the ceiling at the Imaging Department - which is where you go for X-Ray's and CT Scans. Since then, multiple engineering assessments have been made and the prognosis is not great: the hospital can recover, but not immediately: a permanent solution needs to be found. A Mexican team of hospital engineers is being brought in to make an assessment and propose a fix, but until then, the KHMH is running in critical, but stable condition.

Who Picks Up The KHMH Slack?
But, for the time being, The functioning of the KHMH has been reduced by at least 50%. The hospital says "there will be no elective cases or admissions during this time…but it will "continue to do deliveries and Caesarean sections and other serious, life threatening emergencies." So, who picks up the slack in the public healthcare system, since the KHMH is the national referral hospital? We haven't heard anything from the Ministry of Health - and Coye said it's under discussion:..

PUP: Petrocaribe Wasted On Political Partying, Not Hospital
And the PUP had a whole lot to say about the KHMH. Yesterday the party put out a 500 word press release. The opposition claims, quote, "the Government of Belize and the Ministry of Health (allowed) the KHMH to have deteriorated to the point where the management authority has been advised to evacuate all persons in order to carry out critical repairs." Now, we stress, the CEO says there has been no order to evacuate. And the PUP also says, the condition of the roof at the KHMH has been documented in the minutes of many Board meetings going back to 2008. Again, the CEO says the leaky roof has nothing to do with the current structural failure.

Another Murder, This One In Roaring Creek
Last night's news was dominated by the 6 murders which happened over the weekend. Those 6 killings included the double murder of an elderly woman and a teenaged girl in Belize City. Well, tonight, we report on the 7th murder in only 4 days. This one happened Roaring Creek Village. After being missing for a little over 72 hours, 24 year-old Alvin Montero's body was found floating in the river, in the area of Roaring Creek known as "Another World". His family members and police officers found chop wounds to the body, the neck, and the right side of his head. An on-site post-mortem certified that he died from traumatic asphyxiation due to chop wound to his throat.

No Arrests in Weekend Murders, But Cops Say One Of Their Own Falsely Blamed
Tonight there are no major updates and no arrests in any of the six weekend murders, 5 in Belize City, and 1 in Orange Walk. As we've reported Victor Gibbs, Kendis Flowers, Delcia Blanco, Theresita Flowers, and Denroy Alvarez were all killed in 26 murderous hours between Friday and Saturday night in the city. And then, Elmer Alexi Palma was killed in Orange Walk on Sunday night. Like we said, there have been no arrests for any of these killings, but there is some news about the Kendis Flowers murder.

PUP’s Crime Proposals
Indeed the weekend killing spree jolted the government into unprecedented action. First, Cabinet met on a Sunday, and then, for the first time in memory, the Prime Minister called a press conference on that same day to outline his plan to arrest crime on the southside. But given the grave crime situation in Belize City - that comes close to a state of civil war - something had to be done urgently. Not surprisingly, the PUP is not impressed with the PM's strategy. Today, the opposition presented its own proposals at a press conference. Here's what the Leader John Briceno had to say.

PUP Deputy Leader, Lake-I Rap Gives His Crime Assessment
But the PUP went deeper than just proposals, the Deputy party leader Cordel Hyde gave his assessment of what is behind all the city crime. Hyde is the four term representative of Lake Independence where many of these recent murders have happened. He says the violence is driven by poverty and social and degradation of the family unit. Hon. Cordel Hyde: "Crime is not a genetic problem, and I have said this before, it is not an issue of ethnicity, it is an economical problem. It is an economical morass people are living in and if you don't get the resources to address the economic problems not much will change."

BNTU Bex With Saldivar Appointment As Security Minister
So, while the PUP was unimpressed with what they see as the Barrow Administration's misconceived strategy to address the crime problem, the Belize National Teachers Union takes issue with the fact that he re-appointed John Saldivar as the minister in charge of Police. You'll remember that in their 13-day strike of October 2016, the BNTU listed, as one of their 8 demands to the Government, that an international investigation be conducted into the July 2016, beheading murder of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas.

BNTU Will March On Belmopan
So, we turn now to the reason why the BNTU called their evening press conference. They are preparing to go to Belmopan on Thursday to hold a march against the recent spike in violence against women and children that you've been seeing on the news in the last 3 weeks. They started planning it last week, and today, the BNTU president told the press that they are hoping to get major turnout from the 6 thousand teachers countrywide: Elena Smith, President, BNTU "Looking carefully you will see that the colors that we are wearing today, our colors signify that we are mourning for our children. And so, I just want to start off by getting to our teachers."

Tomorrow Is Judgement Day For GOB and 91 Million Arbitration Award
Government is hoping for the best, but bracing for the worst as the CCJ could come down with another hammer blow judgement against them tomorrow. The case is the matter of the Belize Bank Ltd. vs. The Attorney General - and that 90 million dollar award plus interest for Universal Health Services. We showed you arguments from both sides last week when they appeared at the seat of the Court in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Well, tomorrow is judgement day. At 9:00 am Belize time, the court will pronounce on whether it will direct the Minister of Finance directly to pay the 91 million dollar ward - which the court has said is enforceable.

GOB Plans To Phase Out Styrofoam
Pretty much anywhere you go in Belize, you'll find those styrofoam containers we use for food along with plastic forks and spoons. Well, a cluster of government ministries and department says they have to go - and in just a year's time! Cabinet today approved a proposal to reduce plastic and Styrofoam pollution through by phasing out single-use plastic shopping bags and Styrofoam and plastic food utensils by April 22, 2019. This will include Styrofoam and plastic clamshells, flat plates and cups.

The Many Mysteries of Mangroves
And keeping it on the environment, The Belize Barrier Reef has been on the endangered list for a while now but several NGOs have been taking big steps to make a change. The Belize Audubon Society along with other NGOs like Tide, WWF, and many others came together and came up with different strategies to improve our World Heritage Site. One of those projects was a mangrove assessment. Mangroves play a very integral role in protecting our environment so they wanted to know how Belize's mangroves were doing. Today they released the assessment and it turns out the grade was not too bad. The researchers and the Audubon Society told us more.

Found Half Pound
New southside commander, and a few new names for police strike teams. A release says that today at about 11:30 am the "Alpha three team" along with the help of the "Rocky Road Act team" searched an empty lot on Plues Street in Belize City. They found one plastic bag containing half pound of weed, and 10 live rounds. No one was around, so all were labelled as exhibit.

World Champion Boxer In Belize
As we told you, 4 division world championship boxer Mikey Garcia is in Belize. He has been busy doing outreach work in the South. But he also found time for R & R. So today, met up with him during his down time at the Biltmore Best Western. He told us that for him, boxing and community outreach are equally important. We also spoke to the Director of Machaca Outreach Center down South who coordinated Garcia's visit.

PUP Will File Election Petition For San Pedro Result
From the day after the March 7th municipal election, we've been hearing about the contested results in San Pedro town. According to the official result, the returning UDP mayor Danny Guerrero beat his PUP opponent by only 38 votes - while the 6 UDP councillors won by a more comfortable one to three hundred votes. But, the PUP says there are a number of irregularities with the vote count - and now the party has decided to take an election petition to court. The leader of the opposition told us more today:...

PUP Deputy Says Private Mgmt Contract For Civic Should Be Rubbished
And while they want to take that election result to court, the PUP wants to take the private management contract for the Civic and throw it in the garbage. Today, Deputy Cordel Hyde told us why he thinks the high flying management contract is a farce:... Hon. Cordel Hyde- PUP Rep, Lake I: "I think it is incredible that the government builds a $33 million building and then looks at us and says well we can't find anybody in the public service to manage it. There are 15 thousand public officers, some people say 17 thousand public officers, some of those persons are trained in some of the most prestigious universities in all the world and you tell me you can't find one public officer or a few public officers who can manage a facility like that or learn to manage a facility like that? Something about that makes no sense."

PUP Raising Cane About New GST On Agriculture
And finally from the PUP tonight, the party is keying on on concerns expressed by the three cane farmers associations about changes to the GST regulations which affect farmers. Under the amendment which is included in the new budget, GST will be assessed on land preparation for agriculture, harvesting, and crop dusting services, only on those farmers who are registered for GST. But, there is widespread apprehension in the agriculture industry. The PUP Leader says he has met with the cane farmer associations, and the mennonite farmers. He says the government's tax measure is ill conceived:

Promoting Research Culture in Belize
The Institute for Social and Cultural Research, the ISCR is holding its first Belize National Research Conference on Wednesday and Thursday at the Jaguar auditorium in Belmopan. Communications officer Neil Hall explained that the ISCR wants to foster a culture of research awareness in Belize:… The event starts at 9:00 tomorrow.

The Jaguars Get Ready For Grenada
The Belize Jaguars are gearing up for their big game against Grenada on Thursday. The football Federation of Belize sent a press release today saying "the Federation is taking advantage of the official FIFA Calendar days for international training matches." this is in preparation for The CONCACAF Nations League in September. Team Grenada is also ready for game. We met them at the Biltmore settling in. They just arrived today. The game is on Thursday night in Belmopan at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium.

Tea Party At Sister Cecilia
Last week Unicomer companies all over the world celebrated Volunteer week by assisting people and organizations in their community. In Belize, Unicomer is COURTS and they used their week to lend a helping hand to the elderly people at the Helpage and Sister Cecilia Home of Belize City. The workers took time out of their days and did some much-needed renovation at the home. We found out more. Grisel Carballo, Unicomer Public Relations Officer: "This year we chose, last year we did HelpAge countrywide in Belize and this year we decided to partner up with them once more. We have observed that the elderly need the time to spend with them. The time for someone to say you know what let's go visit you guys and see what you're up to so this year we had started the same thing."

Channel 5

Situation Critical: K.H.M.H. Awaits Mexico Roof Rescue
Since Wednesday, the national referral hospital has been providing only about fifty percent of services. The roofing of the facility has been confirmed to be compromised and about one hundred [...]

P.U.P. Says Gov’t Knew and Did Nothing
How much did the Government know about the situation with the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, and how much of its current state could have been prevented? These are the questions [...]

In Roaring Creek, Alvin Montero Meets Gruesome End
The seventh murder since Friday evening occurred in Roaring Creek, Cayo District.  A body was retrieved from the river in the village this morning after it was spotted by women [...]

City Families Come to Grips with Loss of Matriarchs
Two grieving families torn apart by the relentless gunfire are tonight looking for answers as well as for justice. Theresita Flowers and Bernadine Lauriano were both murdered in the recent [...]

Questions About New Civic Management
On Monday, we introduced you to the new team of managers for the Belize Civic Center. The Government signed a three-year contract with Apex Events Services LLC of Florida, whose [...]

P.U.P. Wants Southside as “Special Development Zone”
The People’s United Party this afternoon addressed the state of affairs in Belize City in relation to crime. Party Leader John Briceño and Deputy Cordel Hyde lamented the weekend’s developments [...]

Cordel Hyde Says Parents Must Step Up Now
During his tour of municipalities for the recent municipal elections, Briceño spent much time in Belize City touring homes and speaking to residents. But his deputy, Cordel Hyde, has been [...]

Will Gov’t Ignore Latest P.U.P. Overtures?
The call to address crime has become a plank of the P.U.P.’s public statements, but even Briceño admits it seems to be falling on deaf ears. Beyond an initial acknowledgment [...]

Nat’l Assembly Should Decide on Public Emergency
Precisely what is the intent of Section eighteen of the Constitution, cited by Prime Minister Dean Barrow as the basis for the latest measures against crime? It provides for the [...]

2 Ministers, 2 C.E.O.’s for National Security
On Sunday afternoon, following a twenty-four-hour period of wanton bloodshed in Belize City, Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced a reshuffling of Cabinet to allow for a new crime fighting strategy [...]

Teachers Say No to Return of John Saldivar
The Belize National Teachers Union today spoke about the new Ministry of National Security. The union says it is not happy with the appointment of John Saldivar.  The B.N.T.U. says [...]

B.N.T.U. Heads Back to Belmopan on Budget Debate Day
The B.N.T.U. will take to Belmopan on Thursday to hold a rally in light of the abuse and violence against children and women.  According to President Elena Smith, the B.N.T.U. [...]

Will Teacher Salaries Be Docked for Protest?
Since the announcement of the rally, there have been a number of memos issued to teachers. Those memos say that those who do not show up to teach on Thursday [...]

G.S.T. Tax Bites ‘Stupid’
They split not too long ago, but the three sugar cane farmers’ associations are uniting in common cause against the announcement of exemptions to General Sales Tax to be implemented [...]

Re-Evaluation Coming for Operation ACT
Last October, the Police Department launched Operation ACT as a means of tackling crime on Southside of Belize City. It had its successes and failures, but with the breakdown over [...]

Time to Counsel Hurt Southside Kids
One aspect of the crime situation not regularly discussed is the traumatic impact on the youngest citizens – whether they are perpetrator, victim, or innocent bystander. The former Southside commander [...]

The Importance of Mangroves
A study has been undertaken to find out how mangrove cover has changed in the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System World Heritage Site and across Belize between 1980 and 2017. [...]

A Day of Play at B.T.L. Park
Child Stimulation Month activities continue with the annual Early Childhood Education Expo. The Ministry of Education during this month is encouraging parents of children between the ages of newborn and [...]


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First research conference in Belize
Belize National Research Conference commences tomorrow under the theme “Research and Development in Belize”. This first of a kind conference is a combined initiative of the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), Galen University, the University of Belize and the University of the West Indies. The two-day conference will focus on education, the environment, …

BNTU opposes Minister John Saldivar’s promotion
The Belize National Teachers Union does not support the Prime Minister’s decision to reappoint John Saldivar as Minister of National Security. Now, the BNTU has not officially met to discuss the matter, but in a press conference this afternoon where BNTU President Elena Smith addressed the rally planned for Thursday this week, she was asked …

KHMH structural problems could have been prevented, says PUP Leader
The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City is experiencing structural failures. The problem was identified when debris fell from the roof last week. Engineers were called in to inspect the 25 year old structure and found out that that there is stress failure in multiple areas of the beam network within the KHMH. The …

KHMH’s structural failures are being addressed
Services are expected to return to normal at the KHMH in a few weeks. This will be after the engineers from Mexico arrive, assess the damage and begin rebuilding parts of the hospital. The structural deficiencies at the KHMH has affected the functionality of the Operating theatre, the Central Sterilization Unit, the Imaging Department, Specialist …

PUP proposes crime fighting strategy
The bloodshed which occurred over the weekend in the Old Capital prompted Prime Minister Dean Barrow to assemble his cabinet ministers and devise a plan to combat the unprecedented upsurge in gun violence. This crime fighting strategy will focus efforts in Belize City since five of the six weekend murders occurred here. During a rare …

PUP ready to challenge San Pedro municipal elections results
The People’s United Party says it has compiled enough evidence to challenge the San Pedro municipal elections results. PUP Leader John Briceno says that they have identified inconsistencies with the number of ballots cast to the number of ballots counted. Today Briceno confidently said that Andre Perez won the mayoral seat John Briceno, Leader PUP …

“This is a stupid idea that the Prime Minister came when he is trying to tax the farmers.”- John Briceno
The three sugar cane producer associations in northern Belize are asking that the Government desist from legislating tax measures that would end exemptions for land clearing, crop dusting and harvesting. The Progressive Sugar Cane Producers Association, the Corozal Sugar Cane Producers Association and the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association agree that this new tax measure …

PUP criticizes Civic Management contract
Yesterday it was officially announced that Apex Events Belize Services was successful in its bid to enter into an agreement with the Government of Belize to manage the Civic. Today PUP’s Deputy Leader Cordel Hyde criticized the move. Cordel Hyde, Deputy Party Leader, PUP “It’s incredible that the government builds a $33 million dollar building …

Construction worker falls off roof
Construction worker, Jose Hernandez is receiving treatment after he fell off a building yesterday at about two o’clock in the afternoon. Hernandez was with his coworker, Santos Lopez, at a construction site at two and a half miles on the Phillip Goldson Highway, Belize City, when he fell off the roof, some 25 feet off …

Police officer receives death threats following Kendis Flowers’ murder
The Belize Police Department is calling on members of the public who are issuing death threats to a police officer to “cease and desist”. In a press release issued this afternoon, the Police Department said that these threats are being made against a Sergeant of Police and his family. It appears that they stem from …

A look at Mangrove clearing in Belize
This morning Research Scientists, Dr. Emil Cherrington and Dr. Robert Griffin of the University of Alabama presented their findings of a study conducted regarding mangrove clearings in Belize and the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System-World Heritage Site. Over a period of three months, Dr. Cherrington and Dr. Griffin used satellite images from NASA to study mangrove clearing over a period of 37 years, from 1980 to 2017. Dr. Cherrington says that the main areas of mangrove clearing were observed around Belize City, Ambergris Caye and Placencia. He says that the primary contributing factor is land development.

Guatemalans caught gold panning in Chiquibul
Two Guatemalan men have are in police custody after they were caught in the Ceibo Chico area in southern Chiquibul for gold panning. According to a release by Friends for Conservation and Development, FCD, the men, and a third person who managed to escape, were caught on Saturday March 17 while the FCD Chiquibul National Park Ranger and the Belize Defense Force personnel conducted a joint patrol in the area. The men were working on the river approximately 6.5 kilometers inside the Chiquibul National Park.

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PM Barrow brings in the BDF
In the wake of a horrendous upsurge in violent crime that began on Saturday morning, Prime Minister Dean Barrow called an urgent press conference at the Biltmore at about 4 p.m. this afternoon to announce a 2-pronged attack against what he called “a sickening litany of carnage.” Firstly, the Ministries of Home Affairs (Police) and Defence (Belize Defence Force) are to be reconstituted into one ministry, that of National Security, under the Minister that was formerly in charge of this portfolio, Hon. John Saldivar. Secondly, certain clearly demarcated areas on the southside of Belize City will be designated as emergency areas, and the 48-hour limit for detention will be expanded, although the Prime Minister did not specify the new maximum time-span for detention.

Structural problems with KHMH roof and ceiling lead to evacuation and limited service
Last Wednesday, the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital’s (KHMH) Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Adrian Coye, fired off a memorandum to the hospital’s Board of Governors, Directors, and Head of Sections asking them to “Kindly note that due to the assessment of the structural damage in the X-Ray Department, the following directives are being issued. There is to be limited through-put in the X-Ray Department. Absolutely no CAT-SCAN will be done.” Dr. Coye’s memorandum went on to explain that: “Arrangements have been made with Belize Medical Associates and the Belize Healthcare Partners (BHPL) to facilitate the relevant emergency needs as deemed necessary by the medical professionals of the KHMH.”

Terrible mistake: police beat vendor for what they believed were uncustomed avocados
A local market vendor, Tim Cowo, 19, from San Victor, Orange Walk District, who was selling local avocados at the Michael Finnegan Market at about 5:30 yesterday evening, along with his sister, was beaten by police and the avocados they were selling were destroyed, causing them a loss of about $4,000, because the police thought that they were selling contraband avocados at the market. Some of the avocados were taken to the Customs Department for evaluation by police, but personnel at the department declared that the fruits were not contraband and were legal.

A murderous weekend
A surge of deadly shootings in the city over the weekend has claimed the lives of five people, including two women, Teresita Flowers, 64, and Delcia Blanco, 17, of Tibruce Street. A sixth murder, that of Alexi Palma, 23, occurred in Chan Pine Ridge, Orange Walk District. Besides Palma, Flores and Blanco, dead are Victor Gibbs, Kendis Flowers, and Denton Alvarez, all of Belize City. Also, over the weekend there were three more shootings, but the victims survived. The madness began at about 6:30 Friday evening. Victor Gibbs, 30, a salesman of Mex Avenue, Belize City, was driving in his Ford Escape SUV on East Canal from South Street to Orange Street when, on his arrival at the stop sign at the corner of King Street and East Canal, an unknown man rode up on a bicycle and shot Gibbs.

Supreme Court issues ruling: Pickstock Development Association and its contractor’s negligence blamed for falling of iron-gate that injured 3-year-old girl
On January 29, 2016, a near-tragic accident occurred at the Pickstock Development Association, which houses the Samuel Haynes Institute of Excellence, located on Mahogany Street, when an iron gate fell on a 3-year-old girl, Brenae Timmons, and severely injured her. Timmons had to be hospitalized for 36 days and was in an induced coma for two weeks with damage to her brain. Timmons’ mother and father claimed general damages and special damages in a lawsuit they filed at the Supreme Court in September 2016. The case was argued and this morning attorney for Timmons family, Hon. Kareem Musa, received the decision in the chamber of Supreme Court Justice Madam Sonya Young.

My life as a sickle cell patient
My story began at the age of three. One day I woke up with my entire body badly swollen, and my eyes were bright yellow. It was something very strange to my family, because it was the first time they saw something like that. They were all concerned and frightened, so they took me to the Western Regional Hospital, in Belmopan. When the doctors saw me, they were all shocked, so they quickly attended to me. It was no use, because they couldn’t find out what was wrong with me. They recommended my mom to go to a doctor in Chetumal, at Clinica Campestre. We went the other day, because it was a serious problem and my mom was afraid that I was going to die.

Shawn Codd comes in solo to win the 19th Annual Junior Cross Country Cycling Classic
A field of some 39 Junior (under 18) and Youth (under 16) cyclists, including 3 Mexicans, embarked on a 74-mile journey yesterday morning, starting at 9:00 a.m. from the Succotz Ferry and travelling all the way on the George Price (Western) Highway, through Belize City and onto the Philip Goldson (Northern) Highway, to end in front of the main race sponsor, BEL, after making one lap around the Buttonwood Bay Boulevard and NAPA roundabouts. It was the 19th running of the Annual (Cycling Federation of Belize) CFB/BEL (Belize Electricity Limited) Junior Cross Country Cycling Classic, and 20 of the 26 cyclists that completed the ride, did it within the official time limit of a half hour behind the race winner.

San Pedro jumps BDF in PLB standings; 4 more weeks to Top-4 playoffs
All Week 10 games were played yesterday at 4 different venues across the country; and the race to the Top-4 playoffs is going full throttle, as newcomers San Pedro Pirates displaced perennial powerhouse BDF for the 4thh spot in the standings, in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2017-2018 Closing Season. In the early game at 3:00 p.m. yesterday at the Ambergris Stadium, home standing San Pedro Pirates got a goal each from Jesse Smith (46’), Carlos Pertuz (57’) and Highking Roberts (78’), to shut out the visiting Placencia Assassins, 3-0. The victory pushed San Pedro past BDF into fourth position in the standings. (See standings below.)

Chief’s Weekend Warriors Race of Sunday, March 19, 2018
31 Weekend Warriors lined up this morning for this 47-mile sojourn that took off at 8:15 a.m. from Leslie’s Imports thru Boom to the Northern Hwy Junction and back to Old Belize. Within 4 miles, a 5-man breakaway had been established with 3 Santino’s riders – Daniel Cano, Warren Coye and the Chief. Tagging along for the ride were Vallan Symns of Kulture and George Abraham, who could not hang on to the vicious pace of 30 mph being set by Daniel Cano and Warren Coye. He got dropped at Mile 8. However, the peloton was chasing fast and furious, and after 22 miles running, we were caught and all one big happy family again. This togetherness did not last long, though, since 3 riders got away a mile later while the peloton was recuperating. They were Preston Martinez of Digicell, Sean Duncan of Smart, and Vallan Symns again.

Pepsi NEBL playoff scenarios after Week 9
Below are the standings after Week 9, with all the games taking on more significance in the playoff race to see which four teams will battle for the Pepsi NEBL Championship. Below is a breakdown of the different playoff scenarios. San Pedro Tiger Sharks (8-1) – first team to clinch a playoff berth. Griga Dream Ballers (7-1) – will clinch a playoff berth with a win or a loss by Belmopan Bandits. Smart Belize Hurricanes (4-3) – will clinch a playoff berth if they win 2 of their remaining 5 games, with one of the wins coming against Belmopan Bandits.

Editorial: A humanitarian crisis
It is often said that politics is the art of the possible. By contrast, newspaper editorials, we would suggest, are normally academic exercises. In other words, nothing tangible occurs as a result of editorials. One exception was, of course, the decision of Belize City voters on March 7 to send a message to the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP), as editorials in this newspaper had been urging. Belize’s municipal bodies, nine of which were elected nationwide on the said March 7, are far less powerful than national governments, as represented by the Prime Minister and his Cabinet Ministers. The annual budget of the Belize City Council, which runs the nation’s population and financial center, is, for example, in the region of $24 million. That is the largest budget of Belize’s nine municipalities. But the Prime Minister and his Cabinet Ministers, as the executive arm of national government, control a budget in the neighborhood of a billion dollars.

All we ask for is the truth, Mr. Oscar
You’re not alone, Brother, but since you’re so vocal about your defense I decided to address this letter to you. I believe you and your colleagues see that all is not well in our country. The murder rate in Belize is not on a downward trend. It has been going up, up, up. Before you and your criminal lawyer colleagues were born, Belize was dubbed a tranquil haven of democracy. Belize was different from its neighbors. We were the stone the builders praised. And then it all started to crumble. A Peter H. on the web has us as the third most murderous nation on the planet. Honduras, with 90.4 murders per 100,000 citizens takes top place as the most hellish place on earth. Venezuela is second, at 53.7; Belize is third, at 44.7; El Salvador is fourth worst, at 41.2; and Guatemala is fifth, at 39.9. Belize is different from these countries in two significant ways. Belize doesn’t have a history of violence. If you look at those other four countries in the five worst, we see that they aren’t strangers to bloodshed.

Everal Martinez, 21, arraigned on murder charge for 17-month-old Alyssa Nunez
It was a crime that sent shockwaves across the country, especially in Belize City, where protesters gathered in front of the court buildings amidst unprecedented police security when the alleged perpetrator was first brought to court and arraigned on four sexual assault-related charges. This morning, however, there was no crowd chanting “Justice for Baby Alyssa,” and no police barriers, as a police vehicle quickly whisked Everal Martinez, 21, into the court building and he appeared before the Senior Magistrate, Aretha Ford, who read new charges to him.

Everal Martinez, 21, arraigned on murder charge for 17-month-old Alyssa Nunez
It was a crime that sent shockwaves across the country, especially in Belize City, where protesters gathered in front of the court buildings amidst unprecedented police security when the alleged perpetrator was first brought to court and arraigned on four sexual assault-related charges. This morning, however, there was no crowd chanting “Justice for Baby Alyssa,” and no police barriers, as a police vehicle quickly whisked Everal Martinez, 21, into the court building and he appeared before the Senior Magistrate, Aretha Ford, who read new charges to him.

Court of Appeal affirms murder conviction of Dionicio “Life” Salazar
The Court of Appeal handed down its decision in the appeal of convicted murderer Dionicio “Life” Salazar, who had filed an appeal against his conviction and the life sentence that was imposed upon him by Supreme Court Justice Antoinette Moore at the conclusion of his trial on May 6, 2016. Salazar was convicted for the June 2010 murder of Marlon Rivera, which occurred at Belmore Hotel in San Ignacio. Rivera was shot and killed. Court of Appeal president, Hon. Mr. Justice Manuel Sosa, along with Justices of Appeal, Hon. Madam Justice Minnet Hafiz Bertram and Hon. Mr. Justice Murrio Ducille, heard the appeal and said at the end of their 33-page judgment, “In the opinion of the Court, the appellant is entitled to be sentenced pursuant to section 106A of the Criminal Code.

Brian Valerio, 45, drowns in the Stann Creek River
At about 2:45 Saturday afternoon, Brian Gregory Valerio, 45, of Pen Road, Dangriga, jumped into the North Stann Creek River in that town to swim across to the other side, but about halfway across the river he began to experience difficulty, and sank under the water’s surface. Witnesses said that he came up briefly, but went under again, and never came up after that. There was an initial search to find him, but the effort was in vain.

3 shot; hunter mistook their eyes for raccoons’ eyes
At about 9:30 last night, three men were almost killed by a hunter who fired a shotgun blast at them when he mistook their eyes in the dark forest for those of raccoons. As a result, Raphael Choj, Sr., 44, a farmer of New Road (2); and his two sons, Raphael Choj, Jr., 12, a student of New Road; and Ernesto Choj, 14, also a student of New Road, all suffered gunshot injuries. The father and his two sons were all taken to the Punta Gorda Community Hospital, where they were treated.

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Chaya – The Maya Spinach
Commonly referred to as Maya Spinach, Chaya is a big part of Belizean cuisine. For as long as I can remember, a chaya tree or two would always be a part of the home garden while growing up. Belizeans, especially those who grew up in villages, learned to eat from the land and some ingredients are probably only common to certain areas. Thankfully, chaya is easy to grow pretty much anywhere, not invasive and growing up to six feet in height, so it is a common staple in household kitchens. Preparing the chaya leaves for eating is very important. They should be cooked before eating, as the raw leaves contain a high content of toxic hydrocyanic acid. To safely ingest these greens, the required cooking time is 20 minutes. Once cooked, it can be added to soups, sauces, salsas and even salads. One common way that chaya is prepared is in tamales.

How We Got to Relax and Re-energize at Rumors Resort
The last time we stayed at Rumors Resort, to Madi’s extreme disappointment, their new swim was just not quit finished yet. Darn! But this time, as promised, we dedicated a full day by the pool so Madi could enjoy. A salt water infinity pool overlooking the San Ignacio valley is the latest and coolest addition to the Rumor’s property. But it was not only Madi who got to enjoy. Amber and I also took time to kick back, relax and sip some coladas poolside. With breathtaking view of the valley and mountains, it’s really not hard to take it easy. It was much-needed time to take a break – yes, even traveling and doing what we do can get to be exhausting. We lounged by the pool all day; Madi almost became a mermaid spending that much time in the water.

Corozal Lifestyle
Corozal Town is located North of Belize. Corozal Town is located about 84 miles north of Belize City, and 9 miles from the border with Mexico. Lone travelers, couples and those with youngsters will all love the excellent range of cultural and scenic attractions in Corozal. This area of Belize is home to nearly 10,000 residents. Corozal was a private estate before becoming a town in the 1840s, mostly settled by Maya Mestizo refugees from the Caste War of Yucatán. Much of the town was built over an ancient Maya city, sometimes known as Santa Rita; this may have been the original Pre-Columbian town called Chetumal. Corozal Town was badly damaged by Hurricane Janet in 1955 and was substantially rebuilt afterward.

Looking to have a unique, off-the-beaten-path experience in Placencia? Here are some ideas!
There are some excursions and adventures that are well traveled and well known in Placencia- such as snorkeling at a caye, visiting a private island, hiking or seeing waterfalls, etc. Belize gets so many repeat visitors that our awesome tour guides are always coming up with new tours to keep guests coming back for more and more intense experiences! Here are some of the off-the-beaten-path experiences that are NOT on everyone's radar....yet.....but should be! Also great for repeat guests, or for those that live here - here's a way to really blow your guests away with adventure :) (all pics from provider websites)

Get To Know Belizean Folklore
Every country has fables, some have more than others. And Belize’s diverse and vibrant cultures have contributed to one of the most unique and interesting mix of folklores. As a child, I recall spending Sunday evenings at my grandparents’ house listening to countless tales of old Belize. Stories that date back before radios or televisions, when rivers were the main form of transportation in Belize, when men rode horses to work, and logwood and chicle extraction was the main livelihood of most Belizeans. My grandmother was the storyteller; she really enjoyed telling her grandkids how different everything was when she was growing up. She didn’t only take pleasure in telling us about rural life, early Cayo days, the dense jungle and little Sacbe roads. She loved telling us about the folklore characters that were part of everyday life growing up in a small British colony. Here are the most popular Mayan, Creole and Mestizo beliefs:

BELIZE IN APRIL - 5 FANTASTIC REASONS TO VISIT
After a long, cold winter, why not warm up by heading to the sunny shores of Belize? Just a short flight away from the United States and Canada, Belize is a happy, laid-back Caribbean paradise replete with offshore islands, pristine rainforests, and an amazing assortment of wildlife. Everyone in Belize speaks English because the country was formerly a British colony. This makes it really easy to speak to the locals and learn about local cultures like the Maya, the Garifuna (an Afro-Caribbean people), Creole, Mestizos, and even a thriving Mennonite community of farmers. Here are five fantastic reasons to visit Belize in April:

TIPS FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS VISITING BELIZE
Whether you're a seasoned pro at solo traveling or are heading out into the world for the first time by yourself, one of the best places to visit is Belize. Many solo visitors like to visit Belize outside of the major holidays like Christmas and Easter. If you come during the "off season," you can save on lodgings, and airfare is often cheaper as well. Some of the best months to visit when it's less crowded are January, February, and after Easter. And don't worry about meeting people or making friends! Belize is world-famous for its friendly locals. Belize is still far enough off the beaten path that it feels like a small town. And with everyone speaking English, you'll never have any problems striking up a conversation.

Why You Should Attend the Belize National Agricultural and Trade Show
Belize is a relatively small country, but the National Agriculture and Trade Show (NATS) is definitely one of the biggest events of the year. Over 40,000 people head to the national capital of Belmopan to enjoy three days of music, food, exhibitions, livestock displays, and much more. First held in 1970 to commemorate the opening of Belize's new capital, the NATS is designed to showcase the products of Belize's farmers, craftsmen, herders, and manufacturers. Everyone who is anyone in Belize will be at the NATS to show off their goods and mix and mingle with their friends and neighbors. The NATS has now become one of Belize's most beloved events. Spanning three days, the NATS is a great chance to taste local foods, listen to live music, and enjoy a wide range of fun games. In 2018, the NATS will be held on April 27-29, and this year's theme is "Let's Get Growing."

April and May - Two Perfect Months to Visit Belize
In a recent article published by the San Pedro Sun, the spring months of April and May were touted as two of the best months to visit Belize. Falling just after the huge rise in tourist numbers around the Easter and Spring Break periods, April and May offer visitors a chance to explore the country without having to battle crowds. The months of April and May fall at the end of the "dry season," so called because it is when the weather in Belize is warm with abundant sunshine. April and May are also when airlines begin reducing prices as the peak tourism season winds down, opening the door for budget travelers visit Belize.

Making the Garden Grow at Ka’ana
“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece,” said Claude Monet. At Ka’ana, where serving delicious food and preserving our local natural habitat are two of our top priorities, we feel similarly! It doesn’t get more local than home-grown, which is why more than a tenth of our land is devoted to our onsite organic garden farm, supplying our chefs with the freshest ingredients. Our garden is run by a small but mighty team of just three individuals, including master gardener Charles May. Born in the southern Belize village San Antonio, he’s been with Ka’ana for more than six years, and has played a vital role in expanding the garden, implementing a chicken coop and sheep farm along the way (guests love visiting with sister-sheep Ceres and Rhea. They’re sweethearts).

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Ancient Maya Dog Trade Goes Back 2,400 Years
Bones and teeth from a 3,000-year-old Maya site in Guatemala now offer some of the earliest evidence in the Americas for the trade in, and management of, animals. The discovery reveals that ceremonies involving the sacrifice of captive animals may have played an important role in the development of Maya society. In work presented today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers examined bones and teeth excavated at Ceibal in Guatemala. This site offers some of the earliest evidence for Maya ceremonial activity. They found dog and cat bones and teeth from areas around Ceibal's central plaza, which are dated to the Middle Preclassic period (700-350 B.C.). That’s centuries earlier than previous evidence of Maya animal management.

A scenic flight over the Great Blue Hole in Belize
Looking for yet another thing to add to your travel bucket list? The Great Blue Hole is a must-see spot, being the crown jewel of beautiful Belize for good reason. This aptly-named phenomenon in the UNESCO-protected Belize Barrier Reef is exactly what it sounds like: a huge blue hole, more than 300 metres wide with a 400 foot drop into the depths of the sea. Scuba enthusiasts from around the world come to explore the diving hole in the former limestone cave system, which is now a series of underwater caves and passageways. But there’s only one way to get a true appreciation for this natural wonder: a scenic fly over of the Great Blue Hole.

Videos

  • The 1st National Research Conference, 27min. on Open Your Eyes

  • La Fashions - Easter Fashion Showcase, 45min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Bruk it Down Jenny focused on helping you prepare to travel with your children and teens, 29min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Belize Vs Grenada Training Match ad, 1min. Playing Thursday March 22, 2018. 8:00 pm. Entrance fee: Children $5.00, Adults $15.00 before (FFB office Belmopan) and $20.00 at the gate. VIP $100.00

  • Rumors Resort in San Ignacio Town, Cayo, Belize, 1min. A family-friendly ambient catering to Belizeans & International Visitors who seek a tranquil adventure outpost while keeping well within easy access to San Ignacio Town’s conveniences. Rumors Resort in the town of San Ignacio, Cayo is an ideal family vacation spot in mainland Belize.

  • BELIZE MISSION TRIP 2018, 13min.

  • The Road to Hopkins, 10min.

  • Land of Belize, 70min.

  • The Yucatec Maya,Kekchi Maya,Mopan and Garifuna at Open your eyes live, 2.5 hr.

  • Belize National Indigenous Council - Maya in South Belize, 58min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Belize Tourisim Industry Association - Holiday Deals, 28min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Naturally Belize Coconut Products, 15min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Women's perspectives on gender inequalities in Belize, 53min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Channel 5 Daily Obituaries, 4min.

  • A flyover of the Great Blue Hole in Belize, 1min. Here's what it's like to fly over the famous Great Blue Hole in Belize.

  • Corozal is proud of you Kristyn Tillet, 5min. On Friday, March 16th, Kristyn Tillet, a first form student of Corozal Community College transmitted a powerful and chilling poem on the empowerment and participation of adolescents; a poem which resulted in a standing ovation from everyone in attendance at the 20,000 STRONG Women’s Empowerment Rally. Kristyn was one of 9 dynamic speakers whose voices were heard that day.

  • Belize Sunset Sail February 16th 2018, 2min.

  • Wild Belize By Discovery Channel, 41min.

  • You Betta Belize it!!! 1, 20min. In February 2018 I went back to Caye Caulker for the third time, was it an AMAZING TRIP?? YOU BETTA BELIZE IT!!!

  • Local Cuisine of Belize, 12min. Belize cuisine and local attractions and spending time with Family and friends.

  • Belize Navidad, 8min. Christmas in Belize.

  • HUMMINGBIRD HIGHWAY BELIZE 2018, 13min. Footage taken along the Hummingbird Highway, Belize, January 2018. The footage does not start from Dangriga but more from the junction of the Southern Highway....which we've just ridden up from Punta Gorda. Ends just after we've turned onto the Western Highway.

  • Police Check Point Talk Show, 60min.

  • MARION JONES: PRIDE OF BELIZE!, 1.5min. A special tribute to one of Belize's most outstanding female athletes, Marion Jones. How spectacular it was, a moment of pride and triumph for all Belizeans at home and abroad the day she visited Belize, and empowered thousands of Belizean young people to live out their dreams in sports. We appreciate and love you always Marion Jones.


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