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 …
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...
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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!
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.