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Today's Belize News: July 21, 2018 #531428
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The San Pedro Sun

Supreme Court officially declares current San Pedro Town Council 2018 Municipal Elections winners
After several court hearings at Supreme Court in Belize City regarding the controversial results of the 2018 San Pedro Town Municipal Elections, the United Democratic Party (UDP) was declared victorious over the People’s United Party (PUP) on Friday, July 20th. At the March 2018 municipal elections, current UDP Mayor Daniel Guerrero received 2,667 votes, while PUP mayoral candidate Andre Perez tallied 2,629, giving Guerrero a slim victory margin of 38 votes. However, soon after, the results were contested, with the PUP alleging multiple irregularities in the counting and reconciling of the ballots and claiming that over 200 ballots were unaccounted for. The San Pedro UDP refuted the allegation, and after Perez and his team sought legal advice they filed the case at the Supreme Court, a first in the history of Belizean politics.

“We are more alike than different” – Camp Starfish is back!
The fifth annual Camp Starfish began on Monday, July 16th, under the theme: “We are more alike than different”, at the Lions Den on Ambergris Caye. The free two-week camp not only focuses on children with learning and physical disabilities, but also provides them with an outlet to explore their creative abilities. During each camp day, children and volunteers meet from 9AM to 11:30AM for a morning with fun-filled and interactive activities. On Monday, July 16th, campers were able to explore the theme “Animals” and enjoyed a great presentation by American Crocodile Education Sanctuary on crocodiles, and even met “Enchilada”, a rescued baby crocodile. Later that day, children engaged in some cool animal arts and crafts.

Letter to the Editor: From the Caye Caulker Village Council
The Caye Caulker Village Council would like to make several clarifications to inform the public of the ongoing issues being faced by the Caye Caulker Village Council. The Caye Caulker Village Council first realized that they were faced with issues within the Transport Department immediately after being sworn into office. Upon entering office, the Caye Caulker Village Council was informed that two members of the Council and one member appointed by the Minister of Transport would become the only sitting residents of Caye Caulker on the Caye Caulker Traffic Control Committee. This directive was done through a letter to both previous sitting members on November 1, 2016. The Caye Caulker Village Council expressed its grave dissatisfaction with this decision made and since the Council believed that there are very capable members of the Caye Caulker Community that could sit on this board.

Lost at sea, three Jamaican fishermen land on Ambergris Caye
A fishing trip out of Negril, Jamaica left three Jamaican Nationals stranded out at sea, drifting to Ambergris Caye on Thursday, July 19th. The trio was identified as 50-year-old Noel Samuels, 23-year-old Romeo Lewis, and 44-year-old Karma Beckford. They reportedly went out fishing off Negril, west Jamaica on June 23rd, but drifted out to the open sea until they arrived on Belizean shores. The trio was assisted by Belizean authorities and taken to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II for a medical check-up.

Ambergris Today

San Pedro’s Newest Attorney-At-Law – Eduardo Aguilar
Ambergris Today takes this opportunity to Congratulate Mr. Eduardo Aguilar for being admitted to the Bar Association of Belize on Friday, July 20, 2018, after having complied with the statutory requirements of the Legal Counsel. He is now qualified to practice as an Attorney-at-Law in Belize. Best wishes Mr. Aguilar!

Belize's School Calendar 2019
The Governement of Belize has issued a school calendar for 2018- 2019 for all Government and Governement Aided Pre & Primary Schools. Important dates that all parents and teachers need to know!

Belize's 2019 Public And Bank Holidays Announced
The Government of Belize Press Office has sent out a press release informing about the Public and Bank holidays for 2019. It is notified for general information that public and bank holidays specified in the First and the Second Schedules to the Holidays Act, Chapter 289 of the Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2000 - 2003, will be observed on the following days during the year 2019 in accordance with section 3 of the said Act:-

Official portrait pictures of the Miss San Pedro 2018
Here is the official portrait pictures of the Miss San Pedro 2018 Delegates. Who will take the coveted title this year? Make it a date - Saturday, September 1, 2018 at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sports Field - Miss San Pedro 2018 Pageant!

Misc Belizean Sources

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Prime Minister Meets with Diaspora Representatives
The Prime Minister of Belize met with diaspora representatives today to discuss Guatemalans with Belizean citizenship, re-registration and diaspora voting restrictions. In attendance were Hon. Dean Barrow, Mrs. Muriel Laing Arthurs, Mr. Bilal Morris, Mr. Hubert Pipersburgh, Mr. Joseph Guerrero, Ms. Debbie Curling and Mrs. Aria Lightfoot. The meeting was an opportunity to open dialogue with the Government of Belize on issues raised by the diaspora. On the matter of Guatemalans with Belizean citizenship, the diaspora members and Prime Minister reached an impasse as there are many complicated legal, human rights and constitutional issues at stake.

More Unite to Say NO to Over-the-Water Structures and Dredging in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve
In a significant display of unity, on July 17th, a letter signed by the Belize Tourism Association Industry (BTIA), World Wildlife Federation (WWF), Oceana Belize, Belize Institute of Environmental Law & Policy (BELPO) and the Belize Audubon Society was sent to San Pedro’s Mayor Daniel Guerrero asking that he take official stand against this project. The Department of the Environment has spoken twice this week to the national news media about the Cayo Rosario project. On July 16th, Martin Alegria, the Chief Environmental Officer suggested to Love FM that the dredging for the Cayo Rosario project will not pose a serious threat. He stated that the dredging will be “minimal and hopefully done manually”.

New Craft Market Project to Start Shortly
The Caye Caulker Village Council in conjunction with BTB anticipates that the new craft market project will start shortly. As such The Caye Caulker Village Council needs to urgently complete the preparation for construction of the intended site of this new craft market. As part of the preparation process The Caye Caulker Village had secured a court order to (1) remove the structure which Mr. Jacob Cabral had wrongly and illegally erected on the new craft market site and (2) to have Mr. Cabral vacate the property by the 16th July 2018. The eviction order against Mr. Cabral was sought because of his unauthorized use of the rented space, the resulting nuisance causing complaints by community members.

1st NO Plastic, NO Styrofoam Kids Summer Camp, 2018
Another productive day with our wonderful creative arts instructor Isabelle Carrio! This week Isa is working with our 8 to 11 yr olds, emphasizing the need to stop the use of single-use plastic and styrofoam disposable food utensils, and how these cause not only environmental and health pollution, but also kill the biodiversity in out ecosystems! Thank you Isa!

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Duck Duck Goose, Ghost Stories, Prayer Before Dawn, Tully

Hijos del West to Perform at Taiwan's Yilan International Children's Folklore and Folkgame Festival
The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) along with the Museum of Belize through the Benque House of Culture is happy to announce that the Hijos Del West Marimba group has been invited to, and will be attending, the Yilan International Children’s Folklore and Folkgame Festival. The Hijos Del West musical group are finalizing their packing, preparations and perfecting their performance skills as they prepare for their flights on Friday. Ian Yacab age 23 (drums), Christian Archila age 20 (Guiro,maracas,drums), Emil Hernandez age 17 (marimba 1st voice), Luis Quiroz age 14 (bass guitar) and Leandro Pacheco age 9 (Marimba melodies) will represent Belize in Taiwan for almost a month, departing today the 20th of July and returning on the 23st of August. This dynamic group of young performers from Benque will be performing Mayan Cultural, contemporary and popular music being labeled as a Special Group on the Circle Stage.

Eduardo Aguilar called to the Bar Association of Belize
San Pedro’s Eduardo Aguilar is called to the Bar Association of Belize, today July 20th. The San Pedro Sun joins the entire island community and congratulates Eduardo Aguilar for being admitted to the Bar Association of Belize. The new Attorney-at-Law is now qualified to practice law in Belize after having satisfied the statutory requirements of the Legal Counsel.

The Women of the Americas donates 20 thousand dollars ($20,000) to the Cornerstone Foundation
The Women of the Americas, an organization comprised of wives of ambassadors to the Organization of American States (OAS), today provided 20 thousand dollars ($20,000) to the Cornerstone Foundation in San Ignacio Town. The generous donation will be used to provide food to underprivileged children in the San Ignacio area. According to the Cornerstone Foundation, at least one year worth of meals will be provided. The donation was handed over by Belize’s Permanent Representative to the OAS H.E. Daniel Gutierez and his wife, Erin Ryan Gutierez, who is a member of the Women of the Americas.

Prime Minister Departs Country for Medical Consultations
The Office of the Prime Minister informs that Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow left the country today, Friday, 20th July 2018, to continue medical consultations on his spinal condition. The Prime Minister will return to Belize on Tuesday, 24th July 2018. In his absence, Hon. Hugo Patt, Minister of Natural Resources, will act as Prime Minister.

Ministry of Economic Development Responds to Article on "GOB grants major concession to BEC to import 75 new vehicles"
To Editor in Chief Amandala Newspaper. Subject Reference: GOB grants major concession to BEC to import 75 new vehicles On Friday, July 20th, 2018 in the Amandala Newspaper, an article was published under the Subject Reference. Belize Estate Company Limited (the “Company”), specifically its Auto Rental Service arm, was issued a Fiscal Incentive on May 6, 2014, via (the “Principal Order”), to develop an auto rental operation with adherence to the standards as outlined by Alamo and National Car Rental brand. Subsequently, on March 5, 2018, the Company amended its Principal Order for the reduction of SUVs in its originally approved auto rental fleet to be replaced with Pickups, which was effected via Statutory Instrument #14 of 2018. However, the value of the initial concession and the concession period remains unchanged.

The Inspiration Center visits San Pedro Town
A team from The Inspiration Center was in San Pedro Town this week collecting information, assessing needs and resources, building relationships and trust, all in an effort to create the basis for their mobile team to begin offering services on the island.

PACT visits the Hol Chan Marine Reserve
This week PACT travelled to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve to catch up on an ongoing Large Grant with the Fisheries Department entitled “Hol Chan Marine Reserve Zone Expansion Project”. The implementation of this investment commenced in May 2017 and will see a total of $349,720.00 invested in the reserve over a 2-year period. The overall objective of the project is to expand the HCMR’s Enforcement, Tourism, Environmental Outreach and Education, Research and Monitoring Programs into its newly defined annex zones. During this visit, PACT had an opportunity to visit the annex zones called Mexico Rocks (Zones G & H), Zone E & F and Shark Alley. These sites/zones are very remarkable snorkeling sites that have a diverse sea life. Since the establishment of these annexed zones, Hol Chan has seen a remarkable 90% increase in tourist visitation to the area. The project is therefore, providing for the constant monitoring and patrol of these annexed zones by the Fisheries Department HCMR Enforcement Unit. To complement the patrols, a new vessel and engine has been procured along with necessary enforcement equipment. Additionally, the new zones have been properly demarcated and mooring buoys installed for tourism purposes.

Fido's Costa Maya Party Up Weekend
August 3 & 4, No Cover charge.

ART & MASK MAKING WORKSHOP
If You are in Corozal, Belize, check out this awesome opportunity to learn how to make your own Deco Art from the plentiful supply of upcycle coconut frond branches. August 20th-23rd 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon at the House of Culture. PLEASE SHARE THIS INVITATION WITH OTHERS. THANKS! In preparation, please RSVP as soon as possible.

Marie Sharp's Original Garlic Released
Marie Sharp has released her newest flavor: Original Garlic. It'll be in stores this coming week. If you can't wait to try it, you can head down south and find it at the Marie Sharp's factory. In related news, she's been winning awards all over the world: "2018 Hot Sauce and BBQ Festival in Germany, Our Beware Hot Sauce got 1st place for Best Hot Sauce and Smokin Marie got 3rd best BBQ sauce! This is a repeat achievement to last year's festival where Beware and Smoked Habanero both got 1st place." "Same great tast... Just more Garlic. Look out for our new Garlic Habanero Pepper sauce, in local stores near you."

Rotaract Back to School Drive 2018
The Rotaract Club of Benque Viejo is having their 5th Annual Back to School Drive. If you can help a child with some school supplies, give them a call. "Rotaract Club of Benque Viejo proudly announces the 5th Annual Back to School Drive! This year we are optimistic to inspire the village of Calla Creek in the Cayo District. This will be done by collect school supplies or monetary donations to make this a reality. Join us today in inspiring each of them! Contact us on: 626-8311/ 670-4756 / 631-5131"

Great Opportunity! Santa Clara Scholarships! APPLY NOW!

Channel 7

CJ Says UDP Won in SP
The PUP failed to convince Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin that he should set aside the March 7 Municipal Election results in San Pedro. That means that Incumbent Mayor Daniel Guerrero, and the UDP 7 will be allowed to hold on to their council seats in the island town. That was the decision that the Chief Justice handed down today after almost 2 and a half months of deliberation. The PUP Mayoral aspirant for San Pedro, Andre Perez, and his PUP 7 team, challenged the results of the election on the premise that there was supposedly a discrepancy of 275 ballots from polling station #37 on the island town. Because the margin of victory was so small for the UDP slate, the PUP felt that they had a strong case to convince the judge to set aside the results of the election, based on this discrepancy.

Stevedore Slain
At the end of the news last night we told you about a man who had been shot on Central American Boulevard and was unresponsive. Well, he died this morning. 34 year old stevedore Raymond Arnold succumbed to his injuries in the wee hours of the morning. Around 7:15, Arnold was riding his bicycle on Central American Boulevard along with another person- also a stevedore. Both men were travelling from the direction of the Port of Belize to the Faber's Road junction when when a man on a motorcycle pulled up and shot Arnold from behind. At least two bullets hit their target. ARNOLD fell to the pavement unresponsive and was rushed to the hospital suffering from gunshot wounds to the right upper chest and the left lower abdomen.

A Rare Murder Conviction
30 year-old Henry Jacobs, the man accused of the 2012 murder of Brian Welch was found guilty of murder today by Justice Marilyn Williams. Tonight, he is back in jail awaiting sentencing. Jacobs stood trial without a jury in which Crown Counsel Rene Montero tried to prove to the court that he shot and killed 49 year-old Brian Welch, who was also known as "Yankee". That murder happened on April 29, 2012, when a gunman opened fire on him on Central American Boulevard. He was hit to the mouth, the chest, and the abdomen area. He reportedly ran from his assailant, but he collapsed under a coconut tree, where he bled out and died.

Charged For A Ferocious Dog
They say a dog is a man's best friend, but one elderly man from Albert Hoy Street will pay dearly for that friendship after his dog mauled a young girl. 72-year-old Mario Sandoval, a retiree of Albert Hoy Street is out on bail after being charged for "Kept unmuzzled ferocious dog at large". In April, his dog bit an 11 year-old student and dragged her on side walk. The girl, Clare Alamilla, was walking her 5 month old poodle, Ollie past Sandoval's home when his big dog allegedly rushed out of his gate and attacked the tiny poodle; she tried to protect it by throwing it in the bushes, and that's when the attacking dog clipped her arm and dragged the child down the sidewalk.

Two More Murderers Get Bail
It used to never ever happen, but bail is now becoming commonplace for alleged murderers on remand. Today, Twenty-four year old Travis Navarro - who has been on remand for 5 years - was granted $10,000 bail by Justice Antoinette Moore. He is accused of killing 21 year old Rajiv Gonguez in May 2013 on North Front Street by the Brown Sugar Marketplace in a Pathfinder. Gonguez went into the market to pick up a neighbor and was ambushed by a killer on the way out. Gonguez was shot in his face and chest and he was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. Police said Navarro was the shooter. Today he was offered and met bail of $10,000 on the condition that he attends the Supreme Court before Justice Marilyn Williams on September 18; that he reports to Belmopan Police Station every Tuesday and Friday..

Kills The Pain Of Prison With Bail
Last week Thursday, we told you about the 3 persons who police arrested and charged in Cayo, after they were busted with over 8 kilos of the highly addictive pain medication, Oxycodone. Well tonight, one of the accused is out on bail after applying to the Supreme Court. He's Ricardo Chanek, a taxi driver of Benque Viejo Town, and his attorney, Ronell Gonzalez, made the bail application on his behalf this morning. After hearing from Crown Counsel Janelle Tillett about possible objections coming from the DPP's Office, Justice Antoinette Moore granted him bail of $15,000 with the conditions that he attends all the adjournments of the drug trafficking case, that he reports to the Benque Viejo Police Station every Friday, that he does not interfere with the prosecution's witnesses, and that he is not to be re-arrested for any other offenses while out on bail.

For Fear of Phishing, Heritage Goes Offline
On Wednesday night you heard the Managing Director of Heritage Bank sound a public warning to his customers about phishing scams targeting Heritage customers. But even though the public advisory went out - customers continued to be duped, by clicking on links in phishing mails. That exposed their account information to fraudsters. And, on Thursday, when Duncan and his bank's IT team saw the trend continuing, despite the public warning - he did the unexpected: he took down all his bank's online services. He told us why and what he did next:... Steve Duncan - Managing Director, Heritage Bank: "Yesterday, we were monitoring the situation and yesterday afternoon, I made a decision to just shut down the system." Reporter: "Shutdown which system?"

Cautious Optimism For Bze Trade Future
Turning now to news on an international perspective, the Ministry of Trade and Economic Development is looking to the future of international trade relations with cautious optimism. And for good reason, while the economic powerhouses of the world continue to wage war on the economic front, it is left to be seen how Belize will be affected. The EU, the UK, and the US, Belize's major trading partners, are three actors entangled in an ongoing trade war. But according to the Director General of Foreign Trade for the Ministry of Trade, Investment and Economic Development, while the international context is concerning, there is no real reason to worry for the time being. Andy Sutherland, Director General of Foreign Trade: "What we haven't seen at this point is any real impact on the Belize. Belize is a member of CARICOM and as such this region is afforded duty free access to the US market for 90% plus of the goods we produced..."

Trade Guidelines Drafted
And what would trade be without a guide? In 2016 the Ministry launched an initiative to develop a National Trade Policy to give guidance as it relates to foreign trade strategies. Since then, they have been engaged in consultations with all major stakeholders. They have now finished their rounds with the public sector and are moving unto the private sector. Sutherland gave us a preview of how the first draft looks. The National Trade Policy is scheduled to be launched later this year.

Trading Coverage For Lunch
And keeping it in trade, today Beltraide in coordination with the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce hosted the media at a luncheon and mixer today. Director General Andy Sutherland told us why they think it's important to engage the media for more than free publicity:

Patt PM Again
Minister of natural Resources, Hugo Patt, is the acting Prime Minister of Belize tonight. PM Dean Barrow has left the country earlier today. According to a government press release, the Prime Minister left to seek further medical consultations on his spinal condition. No information was given of when he is scheduled to return. Deputy PM Patrick Faber is in Claifornia along with the Belize Film Commission to host Hollywood executives and international investors, as well as members of the Belizean diaspora involved in the film industry, at a Luncheon on tomorrow in Southern California.

De La Ho’s Mystery Unravelled
Belizean currency trader Javier de la Ho Duarte is facing heavy charges in Guatemala after he was caught in Melchor with two AK-47 rifles, seventy-five rounds of ammunition and cash in an assortment of currencies including U.S. Belize dollars. Now, 7News has learned that de la Ho Duarte is from Benque Viejo where he started out as a money changer at the Western border. But, he reportedly hit the big time after he teamed up with a Chinese businessman in Belmopan and they became the sole agents for a Modern Cigarettes in Belize. The Modern brand is imported from China and reportedly enters Belize's free zone in large volumes - as many as 50 to 60 containers per month - according to our sources. Now, there are 200 cases per container, so that's 10 to 12 thousand cases a month.

J’can’s Survive 25 Days At Sea
3 Jamaicans are very fortunate to be alive tonight, after they were lost at sea for 25 days. They drifted all the way from Jamaican territorial waters to Belize, landing on San Pedro. They have been identified as 50 year-old Noel Samuels, 23 year-old Romeo Lewis, and 44 year-old Karma Beckford, and they are all fishermen from Westmoreland, the westernmost parish of Jamaica. On June 23, they left their homes to go on a fishing trip in their 28-foot vessel. They intended to travel only 15 miles off the coast of Negril, but they began having engine problems. That caused them to drift out into the high seas, and they soon got lost. They drifted for over 700 miles - and almost an entire month - in open waters, surviving the ordeal, until the sea currents brought them to San Pedro, Belize.

Hijos Del West Travel East
A marimba group out of Benque Viejo, flew out of Belize today en-route to Taiwan. They are to participate in the upcoming cultural and folklore music festival in the island nation. Today the band stopped by the Taiwan embassy for a short briefing of the Taiwan cultural experience and to prepare them for the culture shock of a month on tour in a foreign land. There we took the opportunity to speak with band members to ask them about their upcoming performance in Taiwan. Hijos del West, which is the band's group name, will be in Taiwan for the Yilan International Children's Folkgame and Folklore Festival at the Dongshan River Water Park which runs for an entire month. They band is scheduled to return to Belize on the 23rd of August.

From Xalapa To Bliss
A celebrated Mexican orchestra is visiting Belize and is bringing wondrous music to the Bliss Center for Performing Arts. They are the Philharmonic Orchestra of Xalapa, Veracruz, which is performing tonight along with pianist and composer Mario Luciano Pech Rivero from the Universidad de Quintana Roo. We asked him what Belizeans should expect. The concert begins in the next few minutes at 7:30 and entrance is 20 dollars.

Channel 5

A Stevedore is Executed on His Way Home from Port
There was an execution in the city early on Tuesday night but stevedore, Raymond Arnold did not survive the second attempt on his life. At about seven-thirty after completing his [...]

Chief Justice dismisses PUP’s San Pedro Election Petition
Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin today dismissed an election petition brought by the People’s United Party against the San Pedro Town Council, affirming the results of the March seventh elections results. [...]

Attorney Estevan Perrera: This Was Both a Moral and Legal Win
Mayor Daniel Guerrero and his team were represented by Attorney Estevan Perrera. Following the C.J.’s ruling, Perrera told the press that the law recognizes that errors and minor miscalculations would [...]

Lost at Sea for 25 days – Three Jamaicans drifted into Belizean Waters
Three Jamaicans who drifted for twenty-five days at sea were lucky to dock in Ambergris Caye on Thursday morning. The men, twenty-three-year-old Romeo Lewis, forty-four-year-old Karma Beckford and fifty-year-old Noel [...]

No New Concession for Auto Rental Business Says Tracy Taegar-Panton
The auto rental business qualifies for fiscal incentives; that’s according to the Ministry of Trade and Economic Development. An article in another sector of the media reported today that the [...]

National Sports Council Wants $5K from OWTC to Use People’s Stadium for Fiestarama
For residents of Orange Walk and others, Fiestarama is one of the most anticipated and biggest event in the municipality. This year, the municipal fair has been scheduled to take [...]

Will Fiestarama Be Cancelled?
According to Deputy Mayor Ian Cal, the revenues generated from Fiestarama are used to fund a summer program for youth in the municipality. He says that if the National Sports [...]

Fifteen Year Old Elan White Missing
The family of Elan White, a fifteen-year-old student from Ladyville, needs assistance in locating the young man. Elan, according to his mother Shamalin White, left home on third of July [...]

Belize remains on Tier Three in respect of human trafficking
Belize remains on Tier Three in respect of human trafficking. A report by the State Department knocks the government for not fully meeting the minimum standards for the elimination of [...]

Drug Bust in Teakettle
On Thursday, police seized one hundred and nineteen grams of cannabis from a Teakettle resident in the Cayo District. During a patrol in the village, police spotted twenty-five year old [...]

Special Sitting of the CCJ Held in St. Vincent and the Grenadines
A second Special Sitting of the Caribbean Court of Justice was held today in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. This was the first time that the C.C.J. sat in Saint [...]

A Summer Camp for Robotics and Coding
A robotics and computer coding camp wrapped up today at the Samuel Haynes Institute in Belize City. Thirty kids between the ages of eleven and fourteen were selected to learn [...]

Chamber to P.M., “The seemingly ‘insoluble’ is rather very much ‘soluble’.”
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry admonished the Government back in June for the exceedingly high fuel taxes. Prime Minister Barrow later responded saying that taxes weren’t going down. In [...]

Hijos del West Marimba Group Goes to Taiwan
Hijos del West Marimba Group left Belize today for a month-long performance in Taiwan. The group out of Benque Viejo del Carmen was invited to attend the Yilan International Children’s [...]

A Mexican Orchestra in Belize
The Philharmonic Orchestra of Xalapa in Mexico is in Belize tonight putting on a twentieth anniversary show. The fifty-member orchestra says that the milestone celebration will feature a single show [...]

Four Ladies Vying for Ms Indian Cultural Pageant.
Four young ladies are vying for the title of the fifth annual Miss Indian Cultural Pageant. It is a pageant that aims to raise awareness and appreciation for East Indians [...]

LOVE FM

A murder in Waiting – the last ride home
A Belize City man was killed on Thursday in Belize City. The grief is still fresh and the family was unable to speak about the loss of their loved one. Love News tried to put the pieces together of the victim’s last moments. Rivero Street is a stone’s throw away from Faber’s road. It has …

Marimba group represents Belize in Taiwan Festival
A local Marimba group is on its way to the Republic of China on Taiwan. The group, Los Hijos del West from Benque Viejo Del Carmen traveled today to Taiwan to take part in the Yilan International Children’s Folklore and Folkgames Festival. Los Hijosdel West has been playing marimba music since 2013. They will be …

Baby gets heart surgery in Cayman
A Belizean mother and child were featured in an online video in the Cayman Islands a few days ago. The baby, Grayson Reneau received heart surgery at Health City Cayman Islands Hospital. According to the mother, Jamie Lord, he was born with a heart murmur and specialists in Belize diagnosed him with a heart defect …

COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF UDP
The Peoples United Party (PUP) received a major blow as they lost the last hope of changing the political landscape on Ambergris Caye. However, there is bound to be a celebration by Mayor Daniel Guerrero and his six councilors after Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin dismissed the PUP’s request that the elections be declared void. In …

Is Fiestarama in Orange Walk still on?
The Orange Walk Town Council is back in the news for a second time this week. The Council and the National Sports Council are at loggerheads over the use of the People’s Stadium. Deputy Mayor of Orange Walk Ian Cal told Love News that they are being required to pay over five thousand dollars to …

Internet scam artists target online bankers in Belize
Cybercrime is not very common in Belize, at least not yet. But internet scam artists are making their way into the country and it appears that they are presently out to steal your money through your online bank account. The Management of Heritage Bank has sounded the alarm on this. Managing Director, Stephen Duncan has …

Jamaicans lost at sea wind up on San Pedro
Three Jamaican fishermen were lost at sea and wound up on the island. The men, identified as 50-year-old Noel Samuels, 23-year-old Romeo Lewis, and 44-year-old Karma Beckford were reportedly adrift at sea for about 25 days. Reports indicate that the boat Captain, Noel Samuels and the other two men left Lucy, West Moreland Jamaica on …

Teenage boy missing for over two weeks
15-year-old Elan White of Ladyville has been reported missing. His mother told Police he left their home on Marage Road on July third and he has not been seen or heard from since. Elan stands about five feet six inches in height. He is slim built and has low black hair. If you know where …


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Amandala

GOB grants major concession to BEC to import 75 new vehicles
Minister of State for the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce, Hon. Tracy Taegar-Panton, signed Statutory Instrument No. 14 of 2018, cited as “Approved Enterprise (Belize Estate Company Limited) Amendment order, 2018.” The new statutory instrument is an amendment to SI 37 of 2014, which allows the company, BEC Limited, to substitute its list of items with the following items: transport vehicles — 20 pickups, 48 SUVs, 7 passenger vans and office furniture, the amount and kind of which are unknown at this time. The one page SI went on to say: “This order shall come into force on signature.”

Diaspora Belizeans met with PM Barrow, but came away empty-handed
Diaspora Belizeans who had a meeting with Prime Minister Dean Barrow to discuss the granting of Belizean citizenship to Guatemalans, the re-registration exercise, and voting restrictions that have been placed on diaspora Belizeans, appear to have come away empty-handed. At the end of the meeting, announced via a press release issued yesterday, July 18, there was no agreement between the parties, but diaspora Belizeans pledged to submit a proposal on voting. Representatives of the diaspora who met with Barrow were Muriel Laing Arthurs, Bilal Morris, Hubert Pipersburgh, Joseph Guerrero, Debbie Curling and Aria Lightfoot.

Trial begins of 2 men accused of murdering attorney Richard Stuart and his wife
Two men, Eli Lopez Avila and Milton Maza, accused of the 2010 double murder of attorney Richard Stuart and his accountant wife, Maria Stuart, appeared this morning in the court of Supreme Court Justice Colin Williams, who will begin to hear their case without a jury. Richard and Maria Stuart were savagely stabbed to death in their West Landivar home between the night of October 16 and morning of October 17, 2010. The Stuarts had returned home from attending a social event, and whoever killed them had apparently got into their home and waited for them.

No Contractor General, but PM Barrow quietly signs SI allowing CEOs to sign contracts for up to $50,000
Belize has been without a Contractor General since last December, when the Senate rejected the proposed reappointment of former Contractor General Godwin Arzu, who had failed to provide written reports to the National Assembly. Under a new Statutory Instrument that was published in the Government Gazette on March 24, 2018, however, Prime Minister Dean Barrow amended the law to allow for “Accounting Officers,” meaning Chief Executive Officers, to sign contracts on behalf of the government.

3 Jamaicans drifted 631 miles from the coast of Westmoreland, Jamaica, to San Pedro, Belize
3 Jamaican men have been stranded at sea for 25 days after a fishing trip went wrong. Yesterday, at around 11:30 p.m., one of the men called the San Pedro police station saying that he was lost. At 4:30 this morning, their 28-foot skiff was found docked beside Grand Caribe Resort in San Pedro Town. The fishermen, Noel Samuels, 50, Romeo Lewis, 23, and Karma Beckford, 44, are all residents from Westmoreland, Jamaica. They left Westmoreland on June 23 around midday so that they could fish 15 miles off the coast of Negril.

BDF attorney to be appointed a magistrate
Lionel Olivera, 33, a major in the Belize Defence Force, will be sworn in as a magistrate by Chief Justice Hon. Kenneth Benjamin on Friday, July 27. Olivera said he is going through the necessary training and as soon as he is ready, he will probably be working as a magistrate in the Corozal Magistrate’s Court. He also said that he was initially approached by Chief Justice Benjamin regarding the possibility of him becoming a magistrate because there is a shortage of magistrates.

Basketball Federation presents National Team for FIBA Americup qualifying series this weekend at Civic
At a press conference yesterday afternoon at the Marion Jones Sports Complex conference room, Belize Basketball Federation (BBF) President, Paul Thompson, and General Secretary, Julian Murillo, flanked Head Coach, Milton Palacio, who introduced individually the twelve players who comprise the final roster of the Belize National Basketball Team that will compete against El Salvador and Costa Rica in Round One of the FIBA Americup qualifying series this coming weekend. After a series of tryouts over the past couple weeks, in which some twenty-seven players strutted their stuff, coach Milton Palacio, along with assistant coaches Darren Bovell and Roscoe Rhys, whittled it down to the final twelve-man roster.

Billiards in Corozal
The Corozal Billiards Association (CBA) would like to inform the general public that the Belikin 8-Ball Billiards Tournament continued this past weekend with games starting on Thursday, July 12, at K & C Cool Spot in Xaibe Village, whereby the home team received Snipers of Louisville Village, who was defeated by the home team by a score of 3 to 2. Friday’s game saw Louisville Snipers being crushed at home by the San Narciso Mighty Eagles by a score of 5 to 0. On Saturday, San Narciso Mighty Eagles defended their home by defeating the visiting K & C Shooters of Xaibe Village by a score of 5 to 0.

Belize to participate in 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia
The XXIII Central American and Caribbean Games will take place in Barranquilla, Colombia from July 19 – August 3, 2018, where 37 nations will compete in 47 different sport disciplines. These games are a multi-sport regional championship event held every four years. Belize will be represented by a delegation of 3 officials and 8 athletes participating in Athletics, Beach Volleyball, Cycling and Sailing. The delegation will be he headed by Chief of Mission, Mr. Deon Sutherland.

Verdes FC friendlies, and Mundialito in Orange Walk
With the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2018-2019 Opening Season soon to kick off, the Verdes football club visited Orange Walk Town to play two friendly, training matches last Friday night, July 13, at the Louisiana Football Field. Both were shutout victories for the semipro visitors. In the 6:30 p.m. opener, Verdes beat Guinea Grass Jam Rock, 2-nil, with a goal each from Shamir Ingram and Erlin Gutierrez (Honduran). And in the nightcap, Verdes bombed Trinidad Sinbad, 9-0, with goals from John King (3), Krisean Lopez (3), Elroy “Bibbs” Kuylen, Sean Caliz and Edwin Vijeda.

Editorial: From here to referendum
If some voters in Belize view elections, and the present re-registration of electors in fact, as an opportunity to “hustle” the professional politicians of the two major political parties, this is not as reprehensible a perspective as more comfortable, hence often self-righteous, Belizeans may think. There is a lot of serious poverty in Belize; there is a lot of serious hunger in Belize. In 2018, poor Belizeans know that the professional politicians belong to political parties which are largely financed by wealthy individuals and companies, and that is the reason poor voters are not conscience-stricken when they try to bargain for a handout. But this is not to say that poor, perhaps cynical, voters do not respect their individual ballots, and the voting process overall. This is not to say that poor voters are not patriotic, not nationalistic, or not intelligent. It is the case that some Belizeans, in order to survive, have to do what they have to do, as we would say.

From The Publisher
Assad Edgardo mailed me on Tuesday afternoon to remind me that Wednesday, July 18, was Nelson Mandela’s birthday, his 100th in fact. Mr. Assad wanted me to make sure to pay respect. I will have to go back in time. When I went to the United States to begin college in August of 1965, Assad Shoman and Said Musa had already been in London studying law for a couple years. They would have been well informed about the great Mandela, London being a city of cognoscenti, in intimate contact with the landscape on the African continent. Myself, as I have said before, I was a total naif in 1965. Ignorance was what was religiously inculcated in British Honduras in those days, ignorance of everything and everyone in the rest of the world involved in the struggle for freedom, justice, and equality, the struggle against racism, colonialism, imperialism, and the inhumanity of man to man.

ICJ is complementary to 1981
These old PUPeez who are saying nay to the ICJ, really ought to check their history. They, the PUP, led us into independence, and they agreed to take over and address Guatemala’s claim. The UDP, minus their NIP faction, came on board for a joint effort somewhere around 1990, and they’ve been on board since. There are other ideas out there about resolving matters with Guatemala, but after signing the compromise these might be too late. Ah, I remember well the last days before independence. I was a very young man then, and I was a supporter of Hero Philip Goldson. If I understood it correctly, he was insistent that the British get Guatemala off our backs, before we became independent. He was also for Belize to prepare to defend herself, if it came to that.

Hmm, 2017 households research in Belize (most information taken from 2017 BIS factsheet)
If you are a Belizean elite, during hot weather the air in your room is cooled by an air conditioner. Information from the 2017 Belize Statistical Institute’s (BIS) fact sheet shows that 8.5% of Belizeans have that luxury. Of course, having an air conditioner in one’s home is not a luxury if you are living in the USA or Canada. But, relatively speaking, it is the case in Belize that you are among the elite. The present prime minister of Belize once opined that he didn’t consider a CEO in his government to be that well off. This was a great surprise to many because a CEO in government is generally considered to be living the life. There are few better remunerated jobs in the public service.

Public officers running in UDP conventions are violating the Public Service Regulations
There are at least eight persons who will be offering themselves as candidates in the upcoming United Democratic Party (UDP) constituency conventions to select standard bearers to represent the party in the 2020 general elections, who are collecting salaries as public officers, in violation of the Public Service Regulations. One of those candidates, the former Belize City Councilor, Philip Willoughby, had indeed submitted a letter of resignation from his NEMO post, but his resignation is to take effect after the anticipated date of the convention.

2 Belizeans caught with 2 AK-47 rifles in Melchor, Guatemala
A police raid at a house in Melchor de Mencos resulted in the discovery of two Belizeans with ammunition, drugs, and thousands of dollars in different denominations. Francisco Javier de la Ho Duarte, 33, a businessman from Benque Viejo Del Carmen, Cayo District, and Aolibama Mengibar, 43, were found with two AK-47 rifles, 75 rounds of ammunition, and more than 14,000 quetzals. Other denominations found were over 400 Honduran lempiras, 100 Mexican pesos, 20 Peruvian soles, over 1,400 US dollars, and over $2,000 Belizean dollars. Tech equipment such as computers and cell phones were also found, along with 2 ounces of marijuana.

Strong winds in Guatemala flip Tropic Air plane
A Tropic Air single-engine aircraft that had flown from Belize City to Flores, Peten, Guatemala, was severely damaged in a freak accident after it dropped off its passengers. Around 5:00 p.m. today, the plane was parked at the Santa Elena-Mundo Maya Airport in Flores, Petén, when a sudden gust of wind hit the area and flipped the aircraft, turning it upside down. The president of Tropic Air, John Greif III, , told News5 that the aircraft was damaged and their insurance company will determine if it should be put back into service or replaced.

Crocodile meat vendors charged with possession of wildlife
Two men, Fenton Reyes, 31, an auto mechanic and fisherman of Mile 2 ˝, Western Highway, and Raymond Augustine, 34, a fisherman of 114 Police Street, were charged with possession of 11.4 kilograms of crocodile meat when they appeared today before Magistrate Khadeem Palmer. They pleaded not guilty to the charge and were released on bail of $1,000 each. Their next court date is September 5. Police reported that they caught Augustine and Reyes yesterday attempting to sell the meat, which was in a white plastic bucket, at the corner of Central American Boulevard and Neal Pen Road. Apparently, they were seeking a Chinese buyer.

The Reporter

BELIZE BASKETBALL TEAM WIN vs EL SALVADOR, IN Nail-Biting FINISH – AT THE CIVIC
Belize’s basketball team won 71 to 67 vs EL Salvadon national basketball team in a nail biting finish at the spanking-new-modern CIVIC.

GOB vs AMANDALA
The Government of Belize issued a statement today calling the Amandala newspaper to issue a correction for its headline in this weeks issue. The Ministry of

CJ SHOOTS DOWN PUP ELECTION PETITION
The results of the March 7 Municipal Election in San Pedro will remain unchanged following Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin’s dismissal of the People’s United Party’s election

PETAL begins second round data collection
The community organization Promoting Empowerment through Awareness for Lesbian and bi-sexual women (PETAL) has begun a second round of collecting data on human rights violations across

CENTRAL BANK GOV. STANDS UP TO PANAMANIAN LAWYER BULLYING
Giovanni Caporaso Gottlieb, an offshore banking attorney based in Panama, in an open letter directed to Grant and Prime Minister Dean Barrow, alleged that the Central

PUP MUM ABOUT MARCONI’S GHOST
An old allegation of sexual assault and unlawful carnal knowledge against the People’s United Party’s (PUP) Belize Rural North Standard Bearer, Marconi Leal, has come back

CIVIL AVIATION DEPT. & POLICE INVESTIGATE SMALL PLANE WRECKAGE
The pilot of a crop-duster, a small aircraft used to spray agriculture fields, is lucky to be alive after he experienced mechanical failure and was forced to land the plane

RE-REGISTRATION RULES CREATE CONTROVERSY
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Dean Barrow met with representatives of Belizean Citizens Abroad (BCA) and the Belize Rural Economic Development of Agriculture (BREDDA) to discuss their concern about the Guatemalans

3 MINORS DETAINED FOR ROBBERY WITH A TOY GUN
Three Belize City minors who are well-known to law enforcement authorities are currently detained by Police for allegedly robbing the Cortez Tortilla Factory with a toy gun and escaping with

EDITORIAL – July 20th. 2018
The Guatemalan claim to lands in southern Belize is based solely on the doctrine of uti possidetis. This is a doctrine developed among the nations of the Americas which were

ADRIFT AT SEA FOR 25 DAYS, Jamaicans Wash Up in San Pedro
This week, 3 Jamaican fishermen are lucky to be alive after being stranded out at sea for 25 days and drifting into Belizean waters. The men, Noel Samuels, 50; Karma

Arthur Twice Scorned by PUP
While there has been no official declaration, the Reporter has been able to confirm from multiple sources that the vetting committee of the PUP has met to review the application

Gunmen Shoot Minor on Kraal Road
On Wednesday night, at around 7:25pm, Glenda Young and her daughter Alia Flowers, 13, were inside the yard of their home on #14 Kraal Road in Belize City when two

ANOTHER VICTIM OF SENSELESS VIOLENCE
Police sources say that Raymond Arnold, 34, a stevedore of a Belize City address, died at around 1:50am at the KHMH while being treated for two

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

University of the West Indies: Best in the Caribbean
Cementing its place as the Caribbean’s top University, The University of the West Indies (The […]

Rotary Club and Pathlight International (Belize) host Teacher Training Conference
The Rotary Club of Belize Sunrise, the Rotary Club of Seven Springs (USA), and Pathlight […]

Ministry of Economic Development calls out The Amandala Newspaper for inaccurate reporting
Today the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade, and Commerce issued a statement in […]

Women of the Americas donate $20,000 to Cornerstone Foundation in San Ignacio Town
Today, the Women of the Americas organization donated $20,000 to Cornerstone Foundation in San Ignacio […]

PUP loses San Pedro election petition
The Supreme Court of Belize has rejected the People’s United Party’s (PUP) petition of the results […]

Prime Minister departs Belize for Medical consultations
Prime Minister Dean Barrow left the country today to continue medical consultations on his spinal […]

200-year-old St. John’s Cathedral Church undergoes renovations
The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MTCA) through the Belize City House of Culture and […]

Trial to begin for accused murderers of Prominent attorney and wife
Prominent Belizean attorney Richard Stuart and his wife, Maria, an accountant, both […]

Orange Walk Town Council says National Sports Council charging $5000 to use People’s Stadium to host Fiestarama Fair
Today, the Orange Walk Town Council informed that the National Sports Council (NSC) has denied entry […]

San Ignacio’s Marcia Moody to represent Belize at Costa Maya 2018
Belizeans are preparing for the annual Costa Maya Festival to be held […]

Heart of the Town fundraiser to be held tomorrow in San Ignacio Town
Wine Lovers are invited to participate and contribute to the ‘Heart of the Town fundraiser’ […]

Benque’s Marimba Group head to Taiwan for The Yilan International Children’s Folklore and Folkgames Festival
The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) along with the Museum of Belize through […]

Corozal Police find weed in Ranchito Village
Around 3:30 a.m., on July 18, 2018, a police search in Ranchito Village, Corozal District […]

Belizean businessman busted with guns and drugs in Melchor; Benque home raided by local police
On Tuesday night, Guatemalan officials busted a Belizean businessman, along with […]

Belize City traffic officer charged for drug trafficking marijuana
Traffic officer, Stafford Young, 28, of Belize City has since been arrested and charged for […]

Belize City traffic officer charged for drug trafficking marijuana
Traffic officer, Stafford Young, 28, of Belize City has since been arrested and charged for the […]

San Pedro residents object to dredging in Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Yesterday, Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development (ACCSD) issued a statement informing that they have […]

Jamaicans lost at sea land in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
According to Ambergris Today, yesterday morning, police found a fishing boat docked […]

Belize City man killed last night
Belize City police are investigating a murder that occurred last night on Central American Boulevard. […]

Blogs

Thursday Night Trivia at the Truck Stop & Some Tough Questions for You To Play ALong
The Truck Stop on Ambergris Caye is the hot spot for great food and drinks and lots of options. But what really makes it extra special is the entertainment. They have a beautiful pool, they show movies over the lagoon, there is live music, a huge game area, there is a beautiful sunset dock, they do game shows (next week, there will be a Family Feud night with the Costa Maya queens!) – they work so hard and do such a great job, they are pretty much packed every single night. Last night I ticked off my second item from the 2018 Summer To-Do List. TRUCK STOP TRIVIA! And SPOILER ALERT!!!! My team won!

An integrated approach to conservation of the Belizean Rainforest
Ornella “Nelly” Cadle, a field course leader at the Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education (BFREE) station, grew up in the Bladen Village. She spent her childhood surrounded by the vibrant Belizean rainforest, living with thousands of colorful plants, a myriad of unique mammals and numerous endangered species. Yet, she did not fully understand or appreciate the diverse organisms around her until she began working at BFREE. BFREE trains local citizens to identify the organisms that they share the environment with and use as resources to sustain their community. BFREE provides eco tours, field courses and outreach programs to educate people about the rainforest. This training not only informs the citizens about what is around them, but it also allows them to develop a personal connection with their environment. Integrating the community into conservation efforts and helping them foster an interest in their environment has proven to be a sustainable and effective way to protect natural resources for the long term.

The Best Readers a Girl Could Hope For
I’m celebrating because it is Friday and because I have the best readers a girl could hope for. Thanks to my many flight code users, the Belize Cancer Center and Blue Water Community benefit with monthly donations. By using the code horizon when booking your Tropic Air flights online, you are giving back to a country in need (at no extra cost to you). Thanks to you, the Cancer Center gets a bit of financial relief. They are faced with subsidizing 55 patients per month that cannot afford treatment. As for the BWG community, the much-needed hematology analyzer will go a long way to helping Ambergris Caye residents receive improved healthcare through faster diagnosis.

Tourism in Belize is getting higher
The latest statistics for the middle of 2018 shows that tourism arrivals to Belize continue to register groundbreaking levels and moving on a steady upward trend.Overnight tourism arrivals in June registered double digit increases for the past three consecutive years while the first half of the year registered a 17.1 per cent cumulative increase. During the month of June, cruise ship arrivals registered a 57.2 per cent increase while at the end of the first half of this year, there was also an overall increase of 10.2 per cent in cruise visitors to Belize as compared to the first half of 2017.

Karibisches Inselparadies am Glover’s Reef Atoll
Nach unserem Aufenthalt im Dschungel fuhren wir ans Meer. Belize ist für seine Unterwasserwelt berühmt und hat nach Australien das zweitgrößte Barrier Reef der Welt. Bei der Suche nach einer einsamen Insel stießen wir auf das Glover’s Reef Atoll, das außerhalb des Hauptriffs liegt und ca. 60 Kilometer vom Festland entfernt ist. Benannt wurde es interessanterweise nach einem Piraten. So strandeten wir für vier Tage auf einer einsamen Insel, dem Southwest Caye.

International Sourcesizz

Health City Heart Surgeon Gives Belizean Baby Normal Life
The delighted and relieved mother of baby Grayson Reneau from Belize described her experience with the medical experts at Health City Cayman Islands as “unbelievable” after they successfully performed a complex heart operation to give her child a normal life. Jamie Lord said her baby son, Grayson, was born with a heart murmur which he was expected to outgrow by two months, but when this did not occur specialists in Belize diagnosed him with Tetralogy of Fallot, a heart defect which requires surgical intervention. Tetralogy of Fallot, also known as TOF, is relatively rare, occurring in about five of every 10,000 births. Although this heart defect has been recognized for 120 years, the exact cause is still unknown. The defect occurs during the heart’s development before birth.

Belize Tourism Arrivals Continue Steady Upward Trend
The latest statistics for the middle of 2018 shows that tourism arrivals to Belize continue to register groundbreaking levels and moving on a steady upward trend. Overnight tourism arrivals in June registered double digit increases for the past three consecutive years while the first half of the year registered a 17.1 per cent cumulative increase. During the month of June, cruise ship arrivals registered a 57.2 per cent increase while at the end of the first half of this year, there was also an overall increase of 10.2 per cent in cruise visitors to Belize as compared to the first half of 2017.

Newly discovered deep water fish named after ‘Shark Lady’
Scientists have named a deep sea fish newly discovered in the Gulf of Mexico after a trailblazing female marine biologist dubbed ‘Shark Lady’. Eugenie Clark has been honored for her work in the study of sea creatures, which included founding the Mote Marine Laboratory in the 1950s, by having her name associated with tiny long finned shark – Squalus Clarkae or Genie’s dogfish. Footage posted online by conservation agency MarAlliance shows the minute shark in action about 1,300 foot below the water near Belize.

GOP bill bans US embassies from raising gay pride flags, other emblems
House Republicans led by Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina have put forward a new bill that would prevent U.S. embassies around the world from flying flags other than the American flag. The bill was introduced after a few recent incidents in which a rainbow flag symbolizing gay pride and LGBT rights was flown above some embassies. However, the bill would ban all other flags from being flown with the American flag, not just the rainbow flag. Just this year, the U.S. Embassy in Belize flew a rainbow flag to mark gay pride week.

Videos

  • BELIZE MUSEUM, 14min. While we were on the mainland the last time we went to the Museum in Belize City. We are ruin junkies and the treasure of the Maya are here and we have wanted to see these many times. We drove down and navigated the busy streets of Belize City. The Museum is housed in the old Prison built in the 1850s. Along with the Mayan relics are the exhibits on Slavery, Belize Artists, Rise of Colonialists and Insects which was closer the day we were there. Some very interesting things housed here and well worth coming into town for

  • Parasailing in Harvest Caye,Belize part 1, 2min.

  • Parasailing in Harvest Caye,Belize part 2, 2min.

  • SWIMMING WITH THE SHARKS IN BELIZE!!, 1min.

  • Fisher’s Fair in Sarteneja, 4min. To culminate the celebrations of the Fisherfolk Month on June 30th 2018. SACD hosted the annual Fisher’s Fair in Sarteneja with this year’s theme: “Working towards ZERO hunger with sustainable small-scale fisheries.” The participation of the fishing community was an outstanding demonstration of how small-scale fisheries have assisted to sustain many families in Sarteneja, one of the largest fishing communities in Belize.

  • Belize vs El Salvador - FIBA AmeriCup 2021 Pre-Qualifier, 2hr.

  • The National Song Competition Finals takes place on 18th August 2018, 40min.

  • Mer Designs Showcase, 15min.

  • Bruk it down Jenny - Generalized Anxiety Disorder, 34min.

  • Diary - Grand Opening / Summer deals & Promotions, 26min.

  • The National Youth Orchestra and the Mexican Embassy of Belize concert, 36min.

  • SARSTOON RACE AD 2018, 1min.

  • Arthur Saldivar 20 JULY Rise & Shine, 2hr.

  • Guests: PUP Reregistration, National Reform Party 18 JULY Rise & Shine, 2hr.

  • The Corozal East Indian Organization., 29min.

  • DJI Mavic Pro 2 2 Drone Footage X Big Rock Falls Belize, min.

  • Swimming with the Dolphins in Belize, 1min. Actually we were looking for whale sharks. These curious dolphins came out of nowhere, and swam with us for a few minutes. What a pleasant surprise!

  • Belize with EF, 19min.


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