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Today's Belize News: April 18, 2018 #529950
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The San Pedro Sun

Ministry of Health confirms Belize was exposed to Whooping Cough
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has been notified of a confirmed case of Pertussis, commonly known as ‘Whooping Cough,’ by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). In a press release issued on Tuesday, April 17th, the CDC reports that the confirmed case is that of a visitor, who traveled to Belize during the third week of March 2018. The Ministry was alerted on Friday, April 13th, and since then, an investigative team has been created to inform and follow-up with those the infected person may have interacted with.

San Pedro Tiger Sharks overcome Dangriga Dream Ballers as playoffs approach
The San Pedro Tiger Sharks defeated Dangriga Dream Ballers 81-61 on Saturday, April 14th at the Angel Nunez Auditorium in San Pedro Town. With this win, and with only two weeks remaining in the regular season of the National Elite Basketball League (NEBL), the island team just needs to win one more game to secure the #1 seed in the semi-finals. The two-time NEBL champions have netted nine wins and only two losses in the 2018 season so far. There were two other games over the weekend conducted in Belize City and Orange Walk Town. On Friday, April 13th, Digicell Belize City Defenders fell 65-55 against Cayo’s Verdes in their own home court. That same evening, Orange Walk Running Rebels hosted the Belmopan Bandits at the Orange Walk Multi-purpose Sporting Complex. Bandits lost the game by three points, 79-76, giving the Running Rebels their first win in the NEBL 2018 season.

Family fun at Carnival Fundraiser for Raise Me Up and ACES
Raise Me Up and American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) hosted a joint carnival fundraiser at Crocs Sunset Sports Bar, north of San Pedro Town on Saturday, April 14th. The event saw a large crowd enjoy an afternoon full of fun activities while supporting a worthy cause. At noon, families started to arrive ready to enjoy the variety of games and activities like ring toss, croc trap, duck fishing, and croc golf. Participants were eager to win coveted prizes. The main attraction was the “Dunk Tank” which saw attendees of all ages trying their luck to hit a target and get the dunk volunteers soaked with water.

Ambergris Today

NEMO Assists Island Families Affected By Sunday’s Storm
Minister of National Emergency Management Hon Edmond Castro was on the Island of Ambergris Caye on Monday, April 16, 2018, where he visited families affected by an unseasonal storm that affected that area this past Sunday, April 15, 2018 around 6:00 AM. Three families, whose dwellings and belongings were damaged by the storm, have since received humanitarian assistance through NEMO. Hon. Castro was accompanied on his visit by NEMO Central Regional Coordinator, Al Westby; NEMO Belize Rural South Coordinator, Vanessa Parham; San Pedro Councilor with responsibility for NEMO, Damage Assessment & Needs Analysis Gabriel “Gaby” Nunez; and San Pedro Fire Chief Newton Lennon. And, while on the island, the Minister and his team also took the opportunity to visit and thank local business owner Brittany O’Daniel, who has been a consistent donor in assisting NEMO and victims of disaster on the Island.

NICH - Festival Of Cultures
The San Pedro House of Cultures invites you to celebrate with us to honor Belize`s beautiful cultures and help to raise money for the San Pedro House of Culture! On Sunday Apr 22nd at 9am-6pm. Fashion Show starts at 5pm. On the beach in-front of Sandbar. San Pedro House of Culture & Foreva Fancy Boutique invites you to celebrate Belize's cultural diversity at the 1st annual Festival of Cultures & Fashion Show on la Isla Bonita. Come enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of Belize as they bring all Belizean cultures for a fun day of celebration on the beach!

Ministry Of Health Monitoring Confirmed Case Of Whooping Cough
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has notified the Ministry of Health of a confirmed Pertussis (whooping cough) case from a visitor who travelled to Belize during the third week of March 2018. Since the alert notification on April 13th, the Ministry has activated an investigative team to inform and follow-up with as many contact persons the infected person may have interacted with. Based on the information received from the CDC, the visitor was considered infectious during their travel in Belize. To date, the Ministry has no confirmed case detected in Belize from this imported case. However, the Ministry continues to monitor the situation.

Misc Belizean Sources

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NEMO Assists Storm and Fire Victims
Minister of National Emergency Management Hon. Edmond Castro was on the Island of Ambergris Caye yesterday Monday, April 16th, 2018, where he visited families affected by an unseasonal storm that affected that area this past Sunday, April 15th, 2018 around 6:00 AM. Three families, whose dwellings and belongings were damaged by the storm, have since received humanitarian assistance through NEMO. Hon. Castro was accompanied on his visit by NEMO Central Regional Coordinator, Al Westby; NEMO Belize Rural South Coordinator, Vanessa Parham; San Pedro Councillor with responsibility for NEMO, Damage Assessment & Needs Analysis Gabriel “Gabby Nunez; and San Pedro Fire Chief Newton Lennon. While on the island, the Minister and his team also took the opportunity to visit and thank local business owner Brittany O’Daniel, who has been a consistent donor in assisting NEMO and victims of disaster on the Island.

Ministry of Health Monitoring Confirmed Case of Whooping Cough
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has notified the Ministry of Health of a confirmed Pertussis (whooping cough) case from a visitor who travelled to Belize during the third week of March 2018. The Ministry of Health takes this opportunity to remind the public of the symptoms of pertussis or whooping cough as it is more commonly known. Whooping cough is a bacterial infection where an individual can present with very violent and uncontrollable episodes of cough, difficulty breathing with a ‘whooping noise’ usually at the end of the cough episode, vomiting that occurs during or after coughing, and exhaustion after the cough episode. If you or anyone around you present these symptoms, please visit or report to your nearest health center. After exposure, the infection can be transmitted during the first two weeks and the infection can last for up to six/ten weeks.

Belize Coast Guard Recruit Intake Number 9
Are you willing to join those who provide safety, security, and protection of our maritime areas? Are you ready to accept the challenge and overcome adversity? Join the Belize Coast Guard where every day is an adventure and a challenge. The Belize Coast Guard is looking for a few good men & women to join its ranks and be a part of an elite organization. Candidates should apply to the Commandant Belize Coast Guard at the Coast Guard Headquarters, PO Box 1803 Belize City by 27th April 2018. Candidates, who are considered, will be informed of the date, time and location for the recruiting exam. Remember to forward your contact information in your letter of application.

Movie Night at Central Park! in San Pedro
The San Pedro Town Council presents MOVIE NIGHT at the Central Park! This Saturday April 21, we will be showing COCO! 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!

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint your very own coconut pod fish! Custom design your own colors and designs.

Jimmy Parish Trop-Rock Concert
April 17, 18, 19, 20. The Dive Bar and Palapa Bar and Grill. No cover charge.

Open * Ball Billiard Championship
Andres Campos Civic Center, April 28 & 29. Entrance fee $400

Power outage scheduled from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 22 to affect Belmopan area
Includes Belmopan, La Democracia, Mahogany Heights, Frank’s Eddy, St. Matthew’s, Cotton Tree, Valley of Peace, Roaring Creek, Camalote, Teakettle, Arizona, Ontario, Buena Vista, Blackman Eddy, Unitedville and areas along Hummingbird Highway from Belmopan to Armenia. BEL to relocate poles carrying transmission lines and conduct maintenance at the Belmopan Substation.

Server opening at Black Orchid Restaurant
We have a rare vacancy for a Server at the Black Orchid Restaurant. If you are service oriented, reliable & friendly we will train you for an opportunity to work in a first class environment, no experience necessary. APPLY IN PERSON Tue-Sat 1p-4p.

It's Bat Appreciation Day!
Some species of bats can live up to 40 years. Bats use their extreme sense of hearing. Bats are important for agriculture because they control insect pest population. Bats also tell us about the health of the environment because they are sensitive to changes in their surroundings. A 2015 survey within the Maya Golden Landscape identified 51 bat species, visiting bat researchers along with our team used acoustic and mist netting methods for this study. The most species-rich site was Bladen Nature Reserve with 29 species recorded.

Banquitas hosts Underdog Initiative
Banquitas was privileged to host Underdog Initiative for a short cultural session in Orange Walk. On this occasion, we demonstrated how Bollitos de Chaya and Maja Blanco is prepared. The students also sampled the product and enjoyed it very much. Ms. Esmeralda Cal taught them how to introduce themselves in Yucatec Maya. They also learned the steps of the typical Maya Mestizo dance, la botella. Thanks for choosing us to make your visit to Orange Walk a wonderful experience.

Creative workshops delivered at Coco Plum
La Casa Negra, Suggestion Gourmet and Caracol of JADE invites all children to participate from the creative workshops delivered at Coco Plum. Workshops are: aerial dance, juggling, acrobatics and painting. If you are intrested please assist and enjoy a free show at Coco Plum on Satuarday 21st of April at 3:00 pm

Youth Kick Off Civic Center
Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, presented an award of appreciation to the high school teams playing in today’s friendly matches at the Belize Civic Center. These games are the first official events to be held at the new and improved Center. Female game: Anglican Cathedral College vs E.P. Yorke High School. Male game: Anglican Cathedral College vs Sadie Vernon High School.

Book Week 2018 on Caye Caulker
Read it! Dream it! Live it!

Costing and Pricing Workshop
The SISE Town Council is teaming up with SBDC to bring business workshops to Cayo. The Costing and Pricing workshop is Thursday, April 19th, at the Cayo Welcome Center. Contact SBDC for more information. "Will you be in the vicinity of San Ignacio on Thursday April 19th? If 'yes,' then you should make your way over to the Cayo Welcome Center and take part in SBDC Belize's Workshop! SBDC BELIZE & SISE Town Council signed an MOU to work together to create economic impact and assist MSME’s within the twin town to start up or expand! The upcoming training is ‘Costing and Pricing’ from 9:00AM-12:00PM: Cost: $30.00 "

Verdes Host Running Rebels
The Verdes host the Running Rebels in their last game of the season. "This Saturday, April 21st, 2018, inside Sacred Heart Auditorium. Come out and support your Verdes Basketball Club as they take on the Orange Walk running rebels . This is our last home game and we’re doing it big."

Channel 7

Faber Says If Belize’s Vote Is “No” To The ICJ, Then “No” It is
Two days have passed since the ICJ referendum in Guatemala and we've gotten very little from the government of Belize - other than congratulations for our neighbors who - lest we forget - are claiming half the country. Depending on who you talk to, Belize is at a crossroads of either peril or promise - and no one from Government has laid out in concrete terms the implications of Guatemala's "yes" vote are for Belize. Today, the Deputy Prime Minister told us that due to the PM's absence Cabinet has not met to come up with a position yet - but he did comment on Guatemala's quite striking position that if Belize votes "no", then the government would have to find another way to still take the case to the ICJ. Faber says he's not so sure about that!:

When Will Belize Be Ready?
And so while DPM Faber is clearly personally in favour of a "yes" vote, Belize's own referendum seems to be a ways off. Best information suggests that it could happen sometime in the first quarter of 2019. On Saturday, Belize's Ambassador to Guatemala Alexis Rosado granted the press an interview at the Belize Embassy Headquarters in Guatemala City, and he was asked about that and the accompanying ICJ education campaign that should be ramping up some time soon. He said that as soon as the voter re-registration exercise is completed later this year, a date will be set:

Police Say Marcia Downs Was Killed By Teenaged Neighbor
On Thursday's news, we told you about the murder of 37 year-old Marcia Downs, the fourth woman to be murdered in Belize City in 2 months. Well tonight, police are reporting that they've arrested and charged one man for her murder - and, as it turns out, he lives right down her street. He's 19 year-old Antwan Rivero, and police say that he was the shooter who gunned her down outside her grandmother's house on Handyside Street. Rivero - who also lives on Handyside street - was formally arrested and charged with murder yesterday, and he was arraigned before Senior Magistrate today.

Sickle Cell, Struggle and Perseverance
Sickle Cell Anemia - people don't really talk about it much, but many Belizeans have it, and, for them, it's a life full of challenges, where every day can be a struggle. There is no cure and not much that can be done in Belize to treat it effectively - so those with this disorder just have to learn how to control it - living by strict, conservative rules of health management. But try telling that to a boy who just wants to run and have fun, or a teenaged girl who wants to enjoy good times with friends.

Gwen Liz Teachers Stage Walkout
For years, Gwen Liz High School has been dogged by controversies and disputes that have left teachers, parents, students, and administrators upset and frustrated - while the school gets repeated public black eyes. The last major issue was with the then principal Lorna Mckay who was placed on suspension. Today another issue came to light. Twenty five teachers staged a walkout this morning to send a sharp message to their superiors. Sahar Vasquez was there and found out why they were sitting it out.

Faber Comments On Gwen Liz Situation
While that was the situation this morning, this afternoon we got comment from the Minister of Education Patrick Faber. Faber has several interests in this because of his close ties to the school as area representative and head of the Ministry which owns and administers this high school. Plus, the person at the centre of the controversy, Alifah Elrington is a UDP colleague of his. This afternoon he explained how despite all these ties, he's never used a strong hand at the school: Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education/Collet Area Rep.: "I read in the teacher's letter that there is some accusation of politics being played. Let me be clear, that I have been the representative for the Collet Area for 15 years. I have been the minister of education that manages the Ministry of Education which is the proprietor, the owner of Gwen Lizarraga High School. It is a government school and if anybody is going to play politics or they will accuse anybody of playing politics - that has to be geared towards me..."

Why Is Faber Not PM?
As we told you last night, Prime Minister Dean Barrow is out of the country and has again appointed a juniour member of Cabinet to preside as acting prime minister. For the second time in a week, Minister of Labour and Local Government Hugo Patt is Prime Minister. But Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber was in country and on the job today. So why didn't he get the nod - which should be automatic in all circumstances? Faber explained it today, saying there's no trouble between him and the PM: Hon. Patrick Faber: "Not past over at all. I have been out of the country. I left just about I think in Holy Thursday before the Easter break. I have spent a week with my boys who are on spring break in the United States and subsequent to that, I was on official business in the Dominican Republic attending a SICA meeting which is the meeting of ministers of education and culture..."

DPM Faber Comments On PM’s Medical Condition
The Prime Minister's trip is to meet with the IMF and the World Bank. But, there's also a medical component - due to the PM's ailing back. Faber says that he has been seeking medical treatment. Hon. Patrick Faber: "The prime minister's absence I know as well has not been planned. In fact the only planned absence that I knew he had just before Easter was to go when he went on the Easter vacation. He did take some treatment at that time and I supposed that it was when he visited with his doctors that first planned visit or absence that he - other things develop and as a result he has had to go back twice. So it's not planned on his part."

Tourist Came To Belize With Infectious Whooping Cough
A US tourist who came to Belize last month has been diagnosed with whooping cough. Tonight, public health authorities are concerned because she was all over the country and may have come in contact with dozens of Belizeans - especially those in the service industry. A press release says, quote, "the visitor was considered infectious during their travel in Belize. To date, the Ministry has no confirmed case detected in Belize from this imported case. However, the Ministry continues to monitor the situation." Ministry of Health Epidemiologist Dr. Ethan Gough told us today via phone why the case has public health implications:..

Civic Has Soft Opening For High Schoolers
Today, Belize City High Schoolers were the audience and participants in the first sporting activity hosted at the Belize Civic Center. The first and second place finishers in the male and female division for this year's Belize City basketball tournament faced off in a friendly match while their schools cheered them on and enjoyed all the new facility had to offer. Sports Minister Patrick Faber said that the stadium is starting on the right foot with the young people utilizing the facility.

Guatemalans Talk About Belize
In last night's news, we took you to Guatemala's Capital City for the historic ICJ referendum. Our news team had our very first opportunity to talk to regular everyday Guatemalans, to ask them what they think about the centuries old territorial claim. We interviewed a total of 37 Guatemalans, and we encountered a wide spectrum views on what they think about the claim, and what they really think about Belize and Belizeans. Here now are a few clips of our conversations with our neighbors to the west:

Carlos Raul, Won’t Back Down On BDF Claims
But while our Daniel Ortiz and Codie Noralez were "hugging up" with the Guatemalans, the trip also gave us a chance to challenge former Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales on those very strong and offensive comments he made against the Belize Defense Force in April of 2016. At the time, he was still Foreign Minister, and he publicly disparaged the BDF for the death of the 13-year-old Guatemalan, Julio Alvarado Ruano, at the hands of Belizean lawmen. He said, quote, "We won't go and hunt down a Belizean, like they have hunted down Guatemalan farmers before. Sorry for the strong expression but that is literally what they have done."

NEMO Helps Storm-Shaken San Pedro
Last week Wednesday we told you about the freak storm that hit the southern village of Crique Jute. Well something similar hit San Pedro on Sunday. Now the weather forecast had warned about a cold front coming in over the weekend but San Pedro got more than a cold front they got strong storm force winds as seen in this video. 3 families were affected - the storm ripped up their homes. NEMO Minister and his team were on the island yesterday on a relief mission. The team went to assess the damage and provide supplies.

Police Upgrade From Tent To Booth
Police in one Belize City hotspot have gotten an upgrade in their accommodations tonight. Patrol teams on West Canal have a real roof over the heads tonight - after the tent they had been using for years had become torn and shredded. The booth was the gift of a concerned citizen - and police hope that many more will feel the same pull that he responded to:… The booth is valued at three thousand dollars, and anyone wanting to donate one can contact Triple L Construction.

Howell High-Stepping
And, the Southside Commander had a busy day. We caught him in the afternoon, but in the morning he was at the Wagner Youth Facility at the Belize Central Prison. Senior Superintendent Gillett also signed an agreement with a general merchandise story that will give a special incentive to police Officers of the Month starting this month:

Broaster Got Jokes
And while Gillett had the community police thing going, Deputy Commissioner Broaster provided comic relief for the press:… Ok, then...he got jokes...

Channel 5

Gov’t Says Yes to I.C.J. but Belizeans Have Final Say
Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber has chimed in on the outcome of Guatemala’s referendum, sharing with the media a personal view on the democratic process in the absence of a [...]

If It’s a No, Respect, but Nothing Changes
The possibility of voters saying no to the ICJ is a very real likelihood.  If that were indeed the case, Faber says that government would have no choice but to [...]

Keep Politics Out of I.C.J. Decision
On Monday, Opposition Leader John Briceño told News Five that government has fallen short of meaningfully consulting with the People’s United Party on what has long been a national issue.  [...]

Guatemala Foreign Minister Commends Relations with Belize
News Five, in an interview with Guatemala’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, touched on two topics of special interest to Belizeans in the wake of Sunday’s referendum. The first concerns relations [...]

FM Sandra Jovel Polanco Promises Guats Will Respect Any Ruling
But could relations be soured or broken irretrievably if the International Court of Justice, assuming assent from both populations, rules in Belize’s favor? It’s a question that makes both sides [...]

Progressive Party Wants Seat at Table for Education Campaign
While there were bouquets across the border between Belize and Guatemala following Sunday’s referendum result, color the Belize Progressive Party unsurprised and unimpressed. They said as much in a press [...]

19-Year-Old Charged for Murder of Marcia Downs
Police say they have caught up to the man they believed killed one of Channel Five’s own. Thirty-seven-year-old Marcia Downs was shot twice at her front gate on April eleventh [...]

Gwen Liz Teachers Sit Out; B.N.T.U. Comes to Aid
Approximately twenty teachers of Gwen Lizarraga High School this morning staged a sit-out from classes in continuing fallout over the appointment of members of the school’s board of governors. While [...]

Education Minister Insists Alifa Elrington is Needed at Gwen Liz
This afternoon, Education Minister Patrick Faber told reporters that he was scheduled to meet with the teachers later on. He insists that as Collet area representative and education chief, he [...]

Can Former Principal Lorna McKay Make Comeback?
As for Doctor Lorna McKay, who was unceremoniously thrown out of her post last August, her case is still before the Teaching Services Commission. A ruling found evidence to support [...]

What is Needed to Solve Border Issues
Belize’s ambassador to Guatemala, Alexis Rosado, today provided a primer of the countries’ relations and plans surrounding resolving the Guatemalan claim. He notes that there is not much Belize can [...]

Decision Will Have International Ramifications
Detractors of an I.C.J. resolution have insisted that Belizeans will now face undue pressure for a ‘yes’ vote from the Government for the simple reason that we will not look [...]

In Capital, Squatters Told to Clear Out
There’s a growing squatters settlement on a reserved land in Belmopan and authorities want them to vacate the area within fourteen days. The squatters, all believed to be immigrants, have [...]

Patrick Faber Explains Why He Has Not Been Acting for P.M.
For a second time in a few weeks, Corozal North Area Representative Hugo Patt has been named Acting Prime Minister.  The appointment comes in the absences of Prime Minister Barrow [...]

Health Ministry Checking for Cases of Whooping Cough
The Ministry of Health is actively following up on a confirmed case of a visitor with Pertussis or what’s more commonly known as whooping cough. According to the Ministry, on [...]

Community Policing in Belmopan
Last week, we told you about the U.S Embassy’s community policing presentation with Belize City cops. The purpose is to share tips and ideas with local authorities on how to [...]

City Cops Get New Booths in Patrol Areas
Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett is at it again. This afternoon the Eastern Division South Regional Commander was at the corner of West Canal and Rocky Road in south side Belize [...]

Howell Gillett Talks to Wagner’s Youths, Plans to Make Them GREAT
This morning, Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett addressed the inmates at the Wagner’s Youth Facility at the Belize Central Prison. In his statement, Gillett touched on a number of topics including [...]

Officers of the Month to Collect Dibary Certificates
The Eastern Division South Commander also signed an agreement today with Whalther Campos of Dibary Group of Companies that will see the Officer of the Month starting April and for [...]

The Road to a National ID System
The Inter-American Development Bank in collaboration with the Statistical Institute of Belize kicked off a four-day course on administrative data. For the past two years, both institutions have been working [...]

Kids Create Posters for Peace
The Lions Clubs International Peace Poster Contest has been ongoing for thirty years; this is the eleventh year since Belize has been competing. The competition encourages young people between the [...]

Basketballers Christen New Civic
A few hundred high school students converged on the Civic Center this afternoon in somewhat of a dry run.  The facility opened its doors this afternoon for a pair of [...]

CTV3

Business Woman Confirms Brutal Assault, Says Its The 6th Time
Back in December 2016, we had reported on the brutal assault and robbery of a businesswoman in Corozal Town. She had reported that upon arriving home in the Santa Rita Heights area during the night, she was attacked by a gun-toting male person. Tonight we can report that 10 days ago the same businesswoman was the target of yet another violent assault outside her home. The victim, who requested to remain anonymous due to concerns about her safety, shared that on Saturday, April 7th, she and a female friend parked outside their home and just as they were about to go inside, they were approached by two armed men wearing masks on their faces who launched a vicious assault on both of them. The victim we spoke to suffered large cuts on her face and forehead, while her friend had severe bruises on her face.

Belizeans Caught Fishing Illegally In Guatemalan Waters
Reports coming from Guatemalan media “Guatevision” indicates that two Belizean citizens along with a Guatemalan national were detained by Guatemalan authorities after they were caught fishing illegally in Guatemalan waters near Livingston, Izabal. The men were reportedly caught in the possession of an enormous load of lobsters. Further reports state that this type of fishing is prohibited in the country.

BTB Offers Scholarships For Tourism Programs
The Belize Tourism Board is offering scholarship opportunities to interested applicants for Tourism Programs commencing August 2018 for Full-time Students for the following degrees: 1. Associate Degree in Tourism (Two Year Tuition Scholarship) Requirements: Applicants must submit a certified copy of their High School Diploma, an official transcript, two BTB recommendation forms, a page which describes your career goals and aspirations, proof of Belizean Citizenship and a copy of the acceptance letter into the Tourism Program for 2018 at one of the Junior Colleges or Universities offering the Tourism Program.


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19-year-old charged with murder of Marcia Downs
Police have charged 19-year-old Antwan Rivero with the murder of Marcia Downs. Rivero was arraigned today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. He was remanded into custody until July 17. Rivero is accused of killing 37-year-old Marcia Downs on April 11 outside her Belize City residence located in an alley off Handyside Street. It is believed …

Belize City Lions promote peace through Peace Poster Contest
The Belize City Lions Club today issued awards to eight students who entered the best pieces in the annual peace poster contest. The contest does not only end at the national level, but the best entry is sent out to the Lions International Peace Poster Contest. This year’s winner is thirteen year old ZhouQi Wang …

SIB prepares for national census
The Statistical Institute of Belize is presently preparing for the national census which will be conducted in 2020. Dr. Leopold Perriott, Director-General of the Statistical Institute of Belize said knowing the size of a population has far-reaching benefits. Dr. Leopold Perriott, Director General, Statistical Institute of Belize: “Like for example we have a very …

SIB is stepping up their game
The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) is tasked to gather data for the country that they use to report on the country’s progress or, lack thereof based on their data. SIB hopes to improve on its data gathering by implementing administrative registers. Today, the SIB employees and personnel from other ministries are attending a workshop …

Minister Patrick Faber reacts to Guatemala’s ICJ referendum decision
On Sunday, one point eight million Guatemalans voted in favor of taking their country’s claim on Belize to the International Court of Justice, ICJ. Less than seventy-five thousand people voted no. Belize is expected to hold its referendum on the matter after the re-registration exercise is completed. While the government of Belize has officially congratulated …

Gwen Liz teachers sit out in protest of Alifa Elrington’s reappointment to school board
About 20 teachers of Gwen Lizarraga High School in Belize City decided to stage a ‘sit out’. The ‘sit out’ was in protest of the possibility that former UDP City Councilor Alifa Elrington will be part of the school’s board once more. Elrington previously sat on the board as a representative of the municipality as …

Will Guatemala respect ICJ decision if differendum reaches that stage?
But let’s say that the matter goes before the ICJ and the Guatemalan Government is not pleased with the ruling, will they respect it and adhere to it? This is a question that was asked to Guatemala’s former Foreign Affairs Minister, Raul Carlos Morales. Here is how he responded. Carlos Raul Morales, Former Foreign Minister: …

Minister of Education explains Alifa Elrington’s reappointment to school board
The teachers, through the BNTU, sent a letter to the Ministry of Education noting their concerns regarding the proposed appointment of Elrington as a board member. Minister of Education, Patrick Faber, says that the letter accuses him of political interference, something he flatly rejected. Faber explained that the reason Elrington was chosen to be reappointed …

Dr. Mckay still fighting administrative leave
Claudette Williams Moralez is currently the acting principal of Gwen Lizarraga High School. She was appointed to the post following the suspension of Principal, Dr. Lorna Mckay. Dr. Mckay was suspended for allegedly committing violations. In August 2017, Dr. McKay received a letter informing her that she was being placed on administrative leave. Dr. McKay …

There is no rift with the PM, says DPM Faber
On the last two occasions when he left the country, Prime Minister Dean Barrow, chose Minister Hugo Patt to act as Prime Minister. The move raised eyebrows because PM Barrow would choose the more senior ministers of his cabinet including John Saldivar, Erwin Contreras and, of course, his Deputy Prime Minister, Patrick Faber. The second …

Travel&Leisure says St. George’s Caye is a “textbook definition of paradise”
St. George’s Caye has been described as a “textbook definition of paradise” by travelandleisure magazine. The island made it onto a list of fourteen under-the-radar islands for the ultimate romantic honeymoon. The website went on to describe the island as the perfect getaway since there are not many tourists, no cars, nor public transportation …

NEMO provides assistance for those affected by freak storms
Residents of San Pedro Ambergris Caye who were affected by a weekend storm have received assistance. On Sunday evening a storm passed over the island, creating havoc. As a result, many families were affected. Yesterday, Minister of National Emergency Management Edmond Castro, along with NEMO Central Regional Coordinator, Al Westby; NEMO Belize Rural South Coordinator, and other officials were on the island. NEMO provided humanitarian assistance to families whose dwellings and belongings were destroyed by the storm …

PlusTV

Mother of two shot to the head
A woman was shot and killed in Belize City last night sometime after 8 o’clock. 37 year old Marcia Downs was shot to the head near her home on Handy Side Street. A lone gun man, whom the victim may have known, pulled the trigger. Downs was rushed to the hospital but died about an hour later. Police ...

Corozal jail break; three prisoners at large
Three prisoners are at large tonight after a jail break that occurred on Wednesday. The three men escaped from the Corozal Police Formation’s jailhouse by apparently sawing through the metal bars. The prisoners include Marvin Pec, Johny Matus, and Austin Sutherland who were all being held in...

Father injured in Belize City home invasion
There was a home invasion in Belize City on Tuesday night. A Chinese man and his family were at home when three men entered and robbed them. Police shared the details. CIB Wilfredo Ferrufino Police received information that it was aggravated burglary at number 63 Douglas Jones street the resident w...

One person detained for Dean Nemhard shooting
As we have previously reported, there was also a shooting incident on Tuesday in Belize City. The victim has survived and has been identified as 21 year old Dean Nemhard. Nemhard is currently hospitalized at the KHMH where he is recovering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Today, police update...

Doctors at KHMH fired
Two prominent doctors and other staff members of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital have been fired; but reports are that they are not leaving quietly. Dr. Alain Gonzalez and Dr. Salvador Pagagua were escorted out of the hospital by security after their terminations. Following the terminations, KH...

Senior Employees fired at BNE
And while KHMH is terminating employees, so is Belize Natural Energy, BNE. Today, Plusnews has been able to confirm that since the beginning of this week, several senior employees have been terminated. Those offices affected include those of the Chief Finance Officer, the Legal Advisor, and the ...

Armed Men Rob Ladyville Family
Two armed men robbed a family of three in Ladyville Village while they were sitting in their car in front of their home. 59 year old Daisy Cacho reported to Police that last night around 8:50 p.m. , she was inside her vehicle along with her daughter 34 year old Yolanda Cacho and her husband 54 year ...

Panamanian Diplomat’s accused murderer at trial
Yesterday and today, in the Belmopan Supreme Court, the case of 22 year old Wilsner Echeveria who was charged with the 2014 murder of 64 year old Panamanian Diplomat Jose Rodrigo De La Rosa Stanford, was heard. You might recall the tragic day of November 24 2014, when a farmer...

Launch of Country Level Engagement to Reduce Child Labour
The Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development along with Winrock International, hosted a launch ceremony for the Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labour (CLEAR II) Project. The CLEAR II Project is a global, four-year, United States...

Launch of Country Level Engagement to Reduce Child Labour
The Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development along with Winrock International, hosted a launch ceremony for the Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labour (CLEAR II) Project. The CLEAR II Project is a global, four-year, United States Department of Labour funded project that provides technical assistance to support a global reduction in child labour. Belize has been identified among six (6) other countries to partner with CLEAR II...

Dust and more Dust in Belmopan
Road development often times comes with its inconveniences to residents in the developing community. Such is the case for the residents of San Martin living on Calle Las Americas.. These residents have been complaining that clouds of dust from the road, caused by heavy traffic in the area since January, continue to have serious health and business implications for them...

Arthur Saldivar serious about running in Belmopan
We reported last week that Attorney Arthur Saldivar has decided to run for office in Belmopan under the People’s United Party’s banner. Amidst all the past controversies surrounding his name and his previous attempt to run for office in Belize City, Saldivar told Plus News that his plans have long passed the planning stage, and that he has been on the ground meeting with the people of Belmopan ...

“Brazil es Nuestro”
And for our last story this evening, just a little humor at the expense of Guatemalan Congressman Estuardo Galdámez. A video of Gualdamez speaking to Congress about the Belize/Guatemala territorial dispute has gone viral. There are only three days until the referendum in that country and Galdamez was so excited in speaking about the claim ...

Illegal logging in the south or concessions?
Is illegal logging occurring in the south again or has a company been given logging concessions? Our colleagues at PGTV say they have been receiving numerous complaints of heavy logging in the Boom Creek area. Pictures of trucks with Belmopan license plates hauling off logwood were taken and sent to the media. Unconfirmed reports are...

CHINESE STORE ROBBED IN THE CITY
A Chinese establishment in Belize City was robbed by two armed male individuals last night. Police reports are that officers responded to a robbery at 360 Chinese Saloon on Douglas Jones Street around 8 o’clock last night. Upon arrival, 37 year old Chinese Businessman Xin Wu Zhu told police that while at his business place he was informed by his common-law wife, 35 year old, Chinese Businesswoman, Rongyan Zhen, that someone had arrived. Zhu told the police that when he went to check...

First Belize City Shooting in 2 weeks
Community Policing has been credited as one of the major contributors to the cease fire in Belize City over the past two weeks. Sadly, the two weeks break of gun violence in the old capital was disrupted yesterday evening. Reports are that around 4:30 yesterday, police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where they saw...

Tourism continues to do well first quarter of 2018
The latest tourism statistics for the first quarter of 2018 are healthy figures and indicate that Belize’s popularity as a tourist destination in Central America continues to set unprecedented records. For the first time ever, there were over 55,000 overnight visitors during the month of March, rep...

Ministry of National Security Hosts the BNTU for First National Consultation
The Minister of National Security, Honorable John Saldivar, today began a series of national consultations on citizen security and crime prevention with the Trade Unions of Belize. This morning, the Minister met with the Council of Management of the Belize National Teachers’ Union . Present for the ...

Prison, Belize Police and CITCO collaborate in Clean-up
Much like the clean up initiatives that OC Howel Gillet used to do in Belmopan, Belize City South Side Police are now teaming up with Kolbe Foundation. Today, a parcel of land in the Tibruce Street area was cleared by inmates of Kolbe Foundaton. According to OC Howell Gillett, an assessment was d...

Attorney general donates more Law books to Police
the Attorney General of Belize, Honorable Michael Peyrefitte made a donation of $5,000.00 worth of Law Books to South Side Commander, Howell Gillett. The law books are to replace the existing outdated ones and will become reference for all officers working on the South Side. OC Gillett says this wil...

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Guatemalans voted yes to ICJ referendum
Voters in Guatemala went to the polls yesterday, Sunday, April 15, to cast ballots in a referendum (popular consultation) to determine whether they would submit their country’s more than a hundred and fifty-year old territorial dispute with Belize to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for a final, juridical solution. The Guatemalan referendum is a result of the Organization-of-American-States-brokered compromis, which both Belize and Guatemala signed in 2008, committing them to have the peoples of both countries decide by means of referenda whether to take the dispute to the ICJ. A preliminary report about the results of the Guatemalan ICJ referendum was released by the TSE (Tribunal Supremo Electoral de la República de Guatemala) and it indicated that 24.97% of Guatemalan voters cast their votes in the referendum. A reported 95.87 % of those voting, voted yes, while 4% voted no, to taking the claim to the ICJ for a final, definitive settlement.

James Jason Bellencio, 30, murdered on Lovely Lane
The life of Jason James Bellencio, 30, a laborer of Barrack Road, Belize City, was brutally cut short at about 6:30 yesterday evening. Bellencio was walking on Victoria Street towards Barrack Road, when, upon his arrival at the corner of Lovely Lane and Victoria Street, a man walked up to him and fired five shots in his direction. Bellencio was hit in the head and back, and is believed to have died almost instantly.

Gabriel Escalante, 42, and Mark Seawell, 47, murdered on Caye Lagos
Two friends, Mark Seawell, 47, a boat captain of Pigeon Street, Ladyville, and Gabriel Escalante, 42, a caretaker of Poinsettia Street, Ladyville, who were caretakers of a 3-flat house owned by Byron Martin, were the victims in a double murder that occurred at about 2:00 Friday morning on Caye Lagos, a small caye situated about 4 miles south of Caye Caulker in the Belize District. The two friends, who were working as caretakers on the small caye, were both shot and killed by a gunman who was posing as their friend. After executing the men, the killer got away from the island in a boat belonging to the owner of the caye.

Prime Minister Barrow leaves for OAS and IMF meetings
Prime Minister Dean O. Barrow left the country yesterday, Sunday, April 15, a government press release said today. PM Barrow will be attending a meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS), and will also meet with International Monetary Fund (IMF) officials in Washington, DC. The Prime Minister is expected to be away until Saturday, April 21. In the Prime Minister’s absence, Minister Hugo Patt, the Minister of Local Government, Rural Development, Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities, will act as Prime Minister.

Ivan Sosa, 38, shot dead in front of bar in Ranchito
Ivan Emmanuel Sosa, 38, a laborer of Ranchito, lost his life when he intervened in a robbery at a club in Ranchito at about 12:20 yesterday morning. He died almost instantly when the bandit turned his weapon, a sawed-off shotgun, away from the proprietor of the establishment, and fired at him. After the foul crime, the murderer ran across the highway and escaped into the bushes. Our sources say that Sosa was along with the bar owner as she was closing up the bar at the end of the work night, when the gunman came up and pointed his weapon at the owner and demanded money.

Belize not ready to hold ICJ referendum
On Sunday, the Republic of Guatemala, which has continued to assert a territorial claim to Belize, will hold a national referendum to determine if its territorial claim will be adjudicated at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in accordance with the Special Agreement (compromis) which both countries signed in December 2008. While the Guatemalans had embarked on a very expensive public education campaign which, for the most part, contained a lot of questionable, misleading information about its claim to Belize, the Belize Ministry of Foreign Affairs has failed to mount any challenge to Guatemala’s blizzard of misinformation about its territorial claim to half of Belize.

Verdes bomb Police; BDF draw with Bandits; PLB playoff matchups – BDF vs Verdes; Police vs Bandits
One Week 14 back match remains, Wagiya vs San Pedro Pirates, to officially complete the Premier League of Belize 2017- 2018 Closing Season regular reason, but the results of Week 14 games played over the weekend have confirmed the matchups in the best-of-two semifinal playoffs. After Verdes bombed Police United, 7-1, in San Ignacio; and BDF drew, 2-2, with Belmopan Bandits at the MCC; BDF has jumped to #3 seed, and Police United has dropped to #4 seed. The playoffs will therefore feature #1 seed Bandits vs #4 seed Police United; and #2 seed Verdes vs #3 seed BDF.

NEBL playoff scenarios
Orange Walk Running Rebels got their first win on Friday night versus Belmopan Bandits, ensuring that they did not go winless in the Pepsi NEBL 2018 Season. Verdes, who cannot make the playoffs, surely acted like a spoiler on Friday night, eliminating all chances for Belize City Defenders to grab home court advantage in the semi-finals. With two weeks remaining in the regular season, the two top teams are fighting for the #1 seed and the crucial home court advantage in the playoffs. San Pedro Tiger Sharks simply need to win their last game and they will lock up the top seed entering the playoffs. Smart Belize Hurricanes can quietly climb the standings and grab the #2 seed entering the playoffs if they can win their remaining 3 games.

WW Belmopan Classic results – April 15, 2018
Here are the results from the Weekend Warriors (WW) Belmopan Cycling Classic held yesterday with the “A/B” riders starting at Belmopan Comprehensive School to Leslie’s Imports, for 52 miles, and the “C” riders going from Cotton Tree Village to Leslie’s Imports, for 40 miles. 44 of 46 starters finished the “A/B” race in the following order: 1st Place – Sean Duncan (Smart, 1:54:09); 2nd Dwayne Wade (Belize Boys Cycling, st); 3rd Philip Burns (Cayo Rentals, st); 4th Jose Juan Cuellar (Santino’s, st); 5th Alvan Gillett (Kulture Megabytes, st); 6th Charles Garay (BFSC, st); 7th Anthony Tun (Valvoline, st); 8th Wayne Moses (Kulture Megabytes, st) ...

Stann Creek F.A. Cup 2018 Week 8 results, standings
Here are the Week 8 results from the Stann Creek Football Association (SCFA) Cup 2018 competition being played at the Carl Ramos Stadium. Two games were played over the weekend on Friday night, April 13. In the opener, Wagiya prevailed, 3-2, over Pomona Warriors, with a goal each from Bernard Higinio (1’), Guy Sutherland (28’) and Izah Rowland (85’); while Yibemeh Lewis (23’) and Timothy Estero (33’) scored for Pomona Warriors. And in the nightcap, Izon Gill (42’ PK) converted the only goal of the game from the penalty spot, to give Sampson Proper Fix the 1-nil victory over Pomona Impacts.

Editorial: A scapegoat, and his handler
Late on September 9, 1954, as midnight approached, Jacobo Arbenz, the recently deposed president of Guatemala, was escorted into the Guatemala City airport with a small entourage, including his wife, Maria Vilanova, and two of their children. Arbenz was beloved among his dirt-poor country’s peasants and workers for his land and labor reforms, but he was reviled by Guatemala’s aristocracy. As he prepared to leave his homeland, Arbenz was showered with abuse by a smartly dressed crowd of several hundred ill-wishers. “Assassin! Thief! Piece of shit!” they screamed at him as he hurried into the airport terminal with his family. Arbenz was fortunate to make it past the venomous crowd unharmed. Shortly before he and his family were driven to the airport, a decoy car masquerading for security purposes as the vehicle actually transporting the Arbenz family was blown up by his enemies.

Tax them
It is too much for one week. Earlier in the week, a brilliant, wonderful Belizean had some bad things to say about cigarettes on his Facebook page. I am not one hundred percent with the anti-smoking lobby so I threw a little jab. I got chided by the author of the page, and one of his fb friends. I apologized. I would have left that at that if another brilliant, wonderful brother hadn’t said some pretty tough things this week about alcohol in his column, “All About the People,” in The Reporter. I played at “prohibitionist” once. In one of my regrettable moments (I have no shortage of those), I took a cigarette from the mouth of one of my close friends and squashed it under my heel. I am overcome with remorse every time I think about that folly in my youth. What faysinis of me!

A simple lambiscon of Uncle Sam …
The American doctrine commonly known as the Monroe Doctrine of 1823, has become the socio-political and economic regulator of Latin America and the Caribbean. Therefore, we would experience diplomatic formal treatment representing only a part of the general norms in international relations. However, all forms of exchange are affected in formal life by these formal relationships. Commercial, cultural, and even political relations can be maintained, but these are inevitably restricted if diplomatic relations do not exist. In the Western Hemisphere, in which the influence of the United States has been so predominant, the existence of formal relations has been of special importance. A Latin American government that did not have diplomatic relations with the United States would soon see other aspects of international relations seriously threatened.

BELIZEAN STANISLAUS
If I may, a quiet word to Mayor Wagner. The ways of public behavior are paved with bright-eyed good intentions. And it is so re-assuring to live in a city where the first citizen wants to demonstrate personal commitment to those who can do with some personal help. Is it possible to do this effectively while at the same time preserving the best norms of good financial management of public funds? Can’t scrupulous transparency be upheld while treating our fellow citizens with the greatest touch of respect? Most honest businessmen would assert: good conscience is laudable, but there is no greater proof of it than black and white. Perhaps, a voucher system would be far more transparent than a cheque signed by you payable to yourself. Vouchers cashed by one of your cashiers made out to the recipient would be a significant enchancement of TRANSPARENCY.

Inspector Nicolas Palomo passes
Well-known Inspector of Police, Nicolas Palomo, 42, who was the Deputy Commander of Orange Walk police, succumbed to double pneumonia last night at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after going to the hospital with severe respiratory problems. Before taking up the post of Deputy Commander of Orange Walk District, Palomo was a sergeant at the Crimes Investigation Branch Belize City.

Alleged drug smugglers released on bail of $25,000 each
Two men and two women who were remanded into custody after they allegedly smuggled 20,470 grams of cannabis from Mexico into Belize were released on Supreme Court bail of $25,000 each that was offered to them today by Justice Marilyn Williams. They are Kenyon Lewis, Phylmore King, Blancaneaux Maudel and her sister, Michelle Benguche. They were arraigned last week in the Corozal Magistrate’s Court on charges of drug trafficking, importation of a controlled drug and possession of 28 rounds of .380 caliber ammunition without a gun license.

Judge reserves judgment for Wilser Echeverria, charged with murder of Panamanian ambassador to Belize
In the Belmopan Supreme Court, Justice Antoinette Moore, on Friday, April 13, reserved her decision for May 25 in regards to the guilt or innocence of Wilser Echeverria, 23, charged with the murder of Jose De La Rosa Stanford, 64, the Panamanian ambassador to Belize, whose throat was slashed on Sunday morning, November 23, 2013. According to the evidence that was presented at the trial that was without a jury, Stanford met Echeverria at the bus terminal in Belmopan and invited him for a drink. Echeverria accepted the invitation and Stanford drove him to a remote area in Belmopan.

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WCS focuses on FRER, RZ’s & SPAGs for Reef Week 2018
Since 2013, local and international conservation organizations in Belize, including the Wildlife Conservation Society, have been collaborating to celebrate Reef Week, where, individually and collectively, we create awareness of the ecological, economic and cultural significance and value of the Belize Barrier Reef to our country, as […]

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Belizean banana farm sues Fyffes, case dismissed
Meridian Farms, formerly the largest banana farm in southern Belize, sued mutlinational corporation Fyffes for […]

Deputy Prime Minister awards first athletes to use new Civic Center
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, Patrick Faber presented an […]

NEMO assists storm and fire victims
Minister of National Emergency Management, Edmond Castro was on Ambergris Caye yesterday where he visited […]

The Guatemalan Claim and the ICJ
The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize […]

BBN’s Person of the Week – Julie Zelaya of Roam Belize
Julie Zelaya is a single mother of two children. She started working when she […]

Ministry of Health monitoring Whooping Cough case
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has notified the Ministry of Health of a confirmed […]

Caye Caulker airstrip to be completed by June
The Caye Caulker Municipal airstrip which had been under construction since last year, is now […]

Police locate boat stolen in double murder
Police have found a stolen boat, believed to be the getaway vessel used following a […]

Ranchito fisherman charged for undersized conch
Yesterday, Sojo Catzim, a fisherman from Ranchito village, Corozal was fined for catching undersized conch. […]

Gwen Liz teachers stage sit out
BBN has been reliably informed that teachers at Gwen Lizarraga high school in Belize City […]

Blogs

Delicious May Plums are a great Belizean treat!
I grew up eating plums and even today, it’s a fruit I gravitate to – especially the green ones. Back home in the Orange Walk District, there were plenty of plum trees in our yard. Each year starting as early as February, the trees would shed their foliage in preparation to bear fruit. By the beginning of March, the first fruits of the season would begin to sprout and by the middle of the month our trees would be brimming with plums ready for the picking. Several of my afternoon hours were spent on the biggest plum tree in the yard, picking and eating the fruit fresh from the tree. Throughout the season, street vendors across the country sell plums portioned in plastic bags with salt and chili pepper. With each bite you take, dip the plum in the salt and pepper mixture for a taste you can’t resist. Everyone from children to adults enjoy eating plums, be they green or ripe, with salt and pepper or without.

A Brief History of the Mayan people
The Maya Culture of Belize is fading away. And, we need to bring back the Maya History. Batab Maaskab Masewal (The Northern Maya of Belize) from Orange Walk explained to me a brief history of the Mayas. And, even right here in Corozal. there is a Mayan Group called the To'one Masehual'on group. If you want any information about the Mayas please contact this two pages. I want to thank the Batab Maaskal for this great information of the Mayas. The Mayan people of the Northern Belize belong to the group known as Yucatec Maya which are found in Corozal,Orange and Cayo . The Maya have been in the northern area of Belize since the first contact with the Spanish resisting for over 200 years until the British came .

The Offering Cave: Underworld in Western Belize
Great article about the Offering Cave, located not too far from San Antonio. "It’s only been several minutes since John, Antonio and I descended into the gradual deep darkness of the Offering Cave, nestled within Elijio Panti National Park in the Maya mountains of Belize, accessible only on horseback or on foot, and once used by the ancient Maya for offerings. We are the only three people in the cave. And this difference is only one of many in stark contrast to the more popular and accessible ATM Cave, famous for the fully intact crystallized human skeleton nestled within a tight cave chamber that serves as the ultimate reward for the hours of driving, hiking, and at times scary cave spelunking required to get there. On this gorgeous day in March, we’ve abandoned the sunshine and jungle shade and are instead clambering around in The Offering Cave to gaze in amazement at artifacts left behind by the Maya of Belize.

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Unbelizeable Belize
In November 2017, Duiken magazine's Rene Lipman, Sander Evering and Judith Rietveld visited several areas in Belize, photographing and filming all the dive and adventure activities that make Belize a one-of a kind destination. Along with them in Belize was Mia Veldman their Travel agency counterpart of ABC Travel. We are very pleased that the Duiken special on Belize has been completed and printed and is also online, giving our members AMAZING exposure along with excellent coverage of Belize. Duiken is the leading Dive magazine in print and online in the Netherlands. Duiken magazine has more than 45.000 subscribers and an online reach of over 115.000. Their fanbase on Facebook is more than 14,000 and they regularly distribute their promotions via email to over 12000 persons

Belize Verborgen Juweel
Another amazing Article on Belize, geared towards the Luxury Market in Europe was produced recently as well. In April 2017, Freelance Photographer Ms. Esther Quelle and Journalist Ms. Harmke Kraak were contracted to do a destination article about Belize for LXRY magazine Netherlands in conjunction with renowned travel agency Sapa Pana that is currently featuring Belize. LXRY is the Most high-end lifestyle magazine in The Netherlands and our BHA representative Sander, realized this was an amazing media opportunity for our members and for our country. During their stay in Belize Ms. Quelle and Ms Kraak visited several destinations in Belize namely San Pedro, Placencia, Cayo and Punta Gorda. They enjoyed many of the amazing activities Belize has to offer including snorkeling, relaxing on the beach, cave and waterfall rappelling, and jungle hikes to scenic areas within the country while staying at several of our member properties that generously hosted them. Their feature article about their Belize experience was recently published, in the March 2018 edition of LXRY Magazine Netherlands. The magazine has approximately 30,000 subscribers that receive printed copies, and their reach is to over 80, 000 readers throughout the Netherlands. Article value is approximately

Five retirement locations where expats can live on less than $2,000 a month
Coronado in Panama once had pristine beaches and not much else. Today the resort town is a haven for retirees, with malls, fast-food joints and many speaking English. "For all the world, it's like you're in a US beach town," says Kathleen Peddicord, publisher of Live and Invest Overseas, a site and newsletter for people who want to work, invest or retire abroad. Belize is popular for good reasons: English is the official language and the country exempts qualified retirees from many taxes, Ms Peddicord says. Away from the more crowded Caribbean coastline, the inland Cayo district offers rainforests, lovely rivers and fertile soil for gardeners. Infrastructure is not great in Cayo though, says Ms Peddicord. Expect unpaved roads and fickle electricity. It's a good fit for those looking for a simpler, back-to-basics lifestyle, she says.

One Good Thing: Teaching in Belize
We are going international with today's One Good Thing. A professor at Grace Bible College moved his family to Central America, and he's invited some students along. Matt DeYoung wanted to move his family to Belize. He then approached Grace Bible College about bringing students down there to teach them first-hand about culture and cultural intelligence. While Matt is living there on their farm with his wife, six kids and three foster children, he's now also teaching. In fact, he's converting some of his property into dorms for students and visiting professors. He calls Belize the perfect place to teach culture. 10 minutes from his house, he says he has friends who are Creole, Garifuna, Mayan, Mennonite and more.

Whale sharks, Mayan ruins are among top 50 bucket list experiences
Two Mexican destinations are among the top-50 experiences on the “best bucket list ever assembled,” according to the travel agency Flight Network. Swimming with whale sharks and visiting Mayan ruins, both in Quintana Roo, were deemed bucket list-quality experiences on the World’s Ultimate Bucket List for 2018. At 39th on the list are the state’s Mayan ruins (along with those of Guatemala and Belize), described by one of the judges as “the hallmark of the Mayans’ accomplishments in architecture, astronomy and community organization.”

Windrush Generation: British prime minister meets Caribbean leaders
British Prime Minister Theresa May met representatives from 12 Caribbean Commonwealth states on Tuesday. Those attending included senior representatives from Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago. During the meeting, May apologised for any anxiety caused, and explained how much the UK valued the contribution made by members of the Windrush Generation.

ST. GEORGE'S NAMED ONE OF BEST "UNDER-THE-RADAR" ISLANDS FOR ROMANTIC HONEYMOON
Travel+Leisure Magazine is encouraging couples to think beyond Hawaii or Bermuda for their tropical honeymoon, and of course, we couldn't agree more. They just published, "14 Under-the-radar Islands for the Ultimate Romantic Honeymoon" and St. George's Caye is the only island in Belize on the list. We're thrilled! The article recommends beautiful off-the-beaten path resorts and secluded honeymoon spots in the US Virgin Islands, Africa, Indonesia, Ecuador, Malaysia, America Samoa, and Greece. Their exact words in describing St. George's Caye Resort in Belize? "Textbook definition of paradise." We can't argue with that!

Videos

  • Orange Walk ITVET Expo and Trade Fair Friday April 20th, 20min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Cancer Ride 2018, 4min.

  • EWS Program for Belize, 6min. Helping students achieve their educational needs.

  • Dry Season in Belize, min. The 15th of February to the 15th of June marks the Fire Season in Belize. With the increased possibilities of fire, increased preventative efforts are being made.

  • ASK & Belize, min. There's a new holistic marketing agency in Cayo, ASK & Belize. They have a little video out showcasing some of the work they do, along with a portfolio on issuu. They've already got some good promotions under their belt. ""A.S.K. is a full-service branding and marketing communications agency that helps clients discover their true voice and purpose to inspire audiences around the world. We create experiences that work.

  • How to harvest sprouted coconut, 1min.

  • Diving in San Pedro Belize, 1min.

  • Ending plastic pollution, 1min. Kudos to the Environmental Club (University of Belize) on this great production! We all have a part to play in ending plastic pollution. Check out the video to learn what you can do to help #KickPlastic!

  • Caminando Juntos en la Fe, 66min. On ReefTV

  • Chiqibul & Guatemalan Referendum, 31min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Belize's Ambassador to Guatemala, 39min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Belize Pine Ridge Chill, 1.5min. Weekend vibes with awesome company

  • Tori and Trevor’s Trip to Belize, 6min. Tori and Trevor's trip to Belize! We went for our honeymoon and explored both the jungles and the islands! It was so much fun to see the beautiful ancient ruins, jungle creatures, sea turtles and coral reefs!

  • Belize Spice Farm & Botanical Garden, 1min. At the Belize Spice Farm and Botanical Garden, at the foothills of the Maya Mountain, tourists can see black pepper, vanilla, nutmeg, and many other plants and spices, growing in a very natural tropical environment

  • Ycacos Beach, 1.5min. Ycacos Beach is located along the coast of Belize about 10km southwest of the Monkey River Village and is comprised of approximately 1,268 hectares (3,132 acres) of uplands and wetlands. The site is surrounded by the Paynes Creek National Park and is also adjacent to the Punta Negra Village with a population of 47 families. The Punta Negra Lagoon and surrounding area, once part of the National Park, was removed from the park in January 2004 and is part of the site. This lagoon issued by local fisherman for fly-fishing tourists and also as a source of water during the dry season.

  • Police Check Point, 60min.


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