Seven-year-old Antwone Marin Becomes the Youngest Victim of Suicide in Belize
The loss of life of a child is painful, but when the young child dies by suicide; it is beyond comprehension. In the southern village of Seine Bight, a myriad [...]
British Filmmaker, Richard Foster, Missing; His Home Was Ransacked and Guns Stolen
There is growing concern tonight for the safety of Richard Foster, the famed film maker who has made Belize his home for decades. When he did not answer calls from [...]
CITCO Gets Back Missing Equipment
In a strange and interesting turn of events, two of the three unaccounted vehicles which should have been under the possession of the Belize City Council were returned this afternoon. [...]
Relief Supplies Distributed for San Pedro Fire Victims
Fire victims in San Pedro are getting their feet back on the ground in the wake of Saturday morning’s massive fire on the island. Ten houses were gutted leaving eighty-seven [...]
San Pedro Inferno Started in Angelita Velasquez House; She Finally Speaks
As has been reported, the fire that cleared down a block of ten houses in the Boca Del Rio area was deliberately set. On Monday, Fire Chief Ted Smith confirmed [...]
Hope Haven Brings Hope to Boca del Rio
Help continues to be rendered to victims of a fire in San Pedro that has left almost ninety persons homeless over the weekend. At the forefront of the civilian effort [...]
Fire on Glyn Street, Again
There was also a fire in the city today. It happened after twelve o’clock on Glyn Street where neighbors of the burning abandoned structure were seen trying to save important [...]
Re-Registration Update: 81K Applications Received, So Far
Eighty-one thousand, five hundred and fifty-three re-registration applications have been received by the Elections and Boundaries Department. Between July twenty-night and August fourth, eleven thousand, five hundred and forty-four persons [...]
It’s Official: Councillor Gary Greif to Contest U.D.P. Belize Rural South Division
It’s official….San Pedro Town Councillor Gary Greif will contest the U.D.P. convention against Tourism Minister Manuel Heredia Junior as the party’s candidate for Belize Rural South. The approval of his [...]
Step Aside Heredia, Allow New Blood for Belize Rural South
The question, however, is what motivated Greif’s ambition for higher office. The two-term councillor says that residents are clamouring for a change to develop San Pedro and Caye Caulker. Greif [...]
ACCSD Gear Up to Fight Cayo Rosario Project
The National Environment Appraisal Committee has already approved the multimillion-dollar development on Cayo Rosario, located within the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. The mega tourism project initially called for ninety over [...]
Suicide Among Children: Know the Signs and Get Help!
There are more questions than answers tonight about the tragic death of seven-year-old Antwone Marin. The little boy from Seine Bight died by suicide on Monday and for Belizeans across [...]
Let’s talk about suicide among children, too!
But what does this death by suicide say to other children who may be going through a tough time? It can have a negative impact – but it also brings [...]
Survey shows that youth in Sugarcane producing villages want better quality of life!
What is the quality of life like for children and youth in the sugar-producing communities in the north? The findings of a new study show that young people are concerned [...]
Northern Youth Are Not Interested in Cane Farming?
At today’s launch of the survey findings, a wide cross section of the sugar industry was represented, along with government agencies. The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association was in attendance [...]
The Semi-Final Round of KTV the Remix
KTV the Remix, enters the semi final round tonight. It means that the format of the show will take a different route as the singers advance to the final round. [...]
Citco commits to new child friendly strategy
The Child Friendly Municipalities were introduced in 2014, to ensure that children have a voice. In this regard, each municipality has a functional child advisory body to ensure that children issues are addressed. The Belize City Council is looking at ways to continue to make the municipality child friendly. As a result, the Belize City …
Women’s Volleyball Competition has free entrance for 1,000 kids
Belize is the host country for the twentieth annual Central American Women’s Volleyball Championship. Six of the Central American nations are participating in the event and since it has been underway the competition has been quite challenging for the competing teams. The president of the Belize Volleyball Association, Allan Sharp says that there are two …
Research findings on child labour in Sugar Industry launched
The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association, the Corozal Sugar Cane Producers Association and the Progressive Sugar Cane Producers Association are all Fair Trade certified. Fair Trade has very stringent standards as it relates to children working in the Sugar Industry. Therefore, in order to ensure that the standards are being met a research was undertaken, …
FIFA and FFB give training session to Referees
Football is the leading sport in Belize. And though it’s still a long road before a national team makes it all the way to World Cup glory, players, as well as referees, need training to improve their skills. That is why there is a Referee Assistant Program or RAP 2018 for Belize. It is organized …
Meeting held to discuss SIDS way forward
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals demands that special importance be given to Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which are vulnerable to climate change due to their size and limited financial resources. Yesterday, in San Pedro a regional meeting began to review the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action, Samoa Pathway ahead of the United …
Councilor Allan Pollard and the traffic department
A new traffic management committee was recently formed. Belize Councilor Allan Pollard spoke to us about its members and the areas that are being focused on that are deemed a priority in the city. Allan Pollard Councilor Responsible for Traffic: It is comprised of myself; we have an Inspector from the Police Department there, we …
Daisy West in Belize sharing about Nicaragua’s unrest
Tensions remain high in Nicaragua as the calls continue for President Daniel Ortega to step down. While the fight is ongoing at home, Nicaraguan, Daisy George West, a former teacher is in Belize trying to drum up support. West is part of a group Alianza Para La Justicia y la Democracia that is trying to …
Councilor Micah Goodin speaks youth and sports
Councilor Micah Goodin who has the responsibility for Youths and Sports has always been vocal and passionate about youth advocacy. Goodin told Love News he plans to use his position as a councilor to further assist with youth development for the country. Micah Goodin Councilor Responsible for Youth & Sports: For the last eight years of …
CitCo recovered missing equipment
A special audit was conducted by the Belize City Council and three pieces of heavy duty machinery were discovered missing. It was reported that the equipment were a part of a fleet that was given to the Belize City Council in 2015. Love News spoke with Deputy Mayor Oscar Arnold, who said that the Ministry …
Belizean athletes brought back gold from power-lifting competition
Power-lifting Team did exceptionally well at the North American Power-lifting Federation’s Belize’s 2018 Championship held in Mexico. The athletes competed in the sport of power-lifting; a strength-based sport in which athletes compete within weight classes and age groups to put up the highest possible total between the squat, bench, and deadlift. Ryan Bood …
Belize’s National Oil Spill Contingency Plan
Belize’s National Oil Spill Contingency Plan will soon be finalized. Representatives from various Government and Non-Governmental Organizations, Private Sector, and Academia associated with Disaster Risk Management and Oil Spill Response will meet later this week to validate the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan...
British National reported missing
British national sixty-three year old, Richard Foster has been reported missing. A friend stopped by Foster’s house at 28 ½ miles on the George Price Highway and found the house opened and ransacked. According to the friend, Foster’s wife who is in the US, asked him to check on him after she was unable to get in touch with Foster...
Eighty-one thousand, five hundred and fifty three applications have been received by the Elections and Boundaries Department in the re-registration exercise so far. The Department says for the week ended August 4, they received eleven thousand five hundred and forty four applications. ..
87 people homeless after San Pedro fire
A massive fire on Conch Shell Street in the Boca Del Rio area of San Pedro destroyed 5 houses and left 87 persons homeless. Luckily, no one was hurt.
The fire occurred at about 1:30 Saturday morning. The local fire service was called, but within a minute after the firemen arrived, they exhausted the water stored by the fire truck, which has a 300-gallon capacity. They then left to find another water source.
While they were gone, the fire spread. After their return, with the help of the residents of the area, who formed a bucket brigade, the firemen put out the fire.
What the heck is going on in the Ministry of Health?
Earlier this week, Ministry of Health officials confirmed that there is a shortage of critical pharmaceutical supplies in the country’s hospitals. All hospitals have been affected by the shortage/depletion of their supplies, but in the south, the Southern Regional Hospital and the Independence Village Polyclinic are said to be the hardest hit by the shortage.
Although no less than the Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero, has confirmed the shortage in remarks he made to Belize Breaking News on Thursday, the Southern Regional Manager, Dr. Nyreese Castro (a daughter of Minister Edmond Castro) told us this afternoon in her office at the Southern Regional Hospital that there is no shortage of supplies affecting the hospital.
Flavio Tzalam, 29, Santander accountant, embezzled more than $219,000
Today at the police press brief, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Joseph Myvette told the media that on Thursday, August 2, Santander Management Limited reported to police that their auditors had discovered that one of their accountants, Flavio Tzalam, 29, had embezzled over $219,000 from the company.
According to Santander, during audits that were conducted for the period June 2015 to June 2018, they had found several checks that were unaccounted for. A further investigation revealed that 5 of those checks, which amounted to more than $219,000, were made out to Tzalam.
Jasper Brannon, 28, accused of double murder, walks
In a ruling he gave today on a no-case-to-answer submission that was made last Wednesday, Justice Adolph Lucas upheld the submission and acquitted Jasper Brannon, 28, of the murder of Frank James, 40, and Robert Young, 50, two men who were shot and killed shortly before 11 p.m. on October 25, 2012 at a dockyard on North Front Street.
Brannon’s attorney, Leslie Hamilton, made the submission after the Crown, represented by Senior Crown Counsel Shanice Lovell, closed its case, having called 10 witnesses. The main witness for the Crown was Kurt Pech, who resides in the dockyard. Pech testified that Young and James were at the dockyard cleaning fish and lobster when he saw Brannon; his co-accused Ernest Thurton, Jr., 25, aka “Dangalan;” and another man, Eric Martinez, aka “Junior H,” approaching the dockyard on foot.
Boy, 7, found hanging near dump site in Seine Bight
Placencia police have confirmed that a 7-year-old male child was found hanging near the dump site in Seine Bight Village, in South Stann Creek.
A resident of the village with whom we spoke by telephone said that the boy’s body was discovered between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. today.
Police told us that the incident is under investigation and that a report would be sent to the media “in due course.”
The resident with whom we spoke is of the opinion that the child did not hang himself.
PUP vetting committee says no to Arthur Saldivar’s run in Belmopan convention
This morning, the Opposition People’s United Party chairman, Henry Charles Usher, confirmed on Positive Vibes, the party’s television and radio show, that the party’s vetting committee had rejected the application of attorney Arthur Saldivar to run in the Belmopan convention that is set for August 26.
Chairman Usher was brief in saying that the vetting committee had met and turned down Saldivar’s application.
Usher urged Saldivar’s supporters to respect the process of the committee, which he said was selected by the party’s national executive.
Belize holding our own in Central American Women’s Volleyball Championship at the Civic
The Belize Volleyball Association is presently hosting the 20th Central American Women’s Volleyball Championship at the spanking new Belize Civic Center, and as we go to press tonight, latest reports are that Belize just defeated Nicaragua by 3 sets to 1 in the nightcap game. The tournament tipped off on Saturday, August 4, and culminates on Wednesday of this week.
As opposed to the recently hosted male FIBA AmeriCup basketball qualifiers at the Civic, where only two other Central American teams participated – El Salvador and Costa Rica, this female Central American Volleyball Championship is seeing participation from all but one Central American country – Honduras, who withdrew a few days before the start.
CONCACAF’s rising stars shining bright in SCL
Through the first series of matches of the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF League, it is easy to see that the rising stars within the CONCACAF region are making the most of the SCL platform to shine bright.
Players from all reaches of the region participating in the second edition of the SCL are exhibiting skills that are sure to draw the attention of clubs far and wide.
Portmore United’s Maalique Foster needed just 18 minutes to show why he was profiled by CONCACAF.com as one of the Top 5 21-and-under players in the SCL.
Belize defeats Panama, 3-0, on Day 2 of Central American Women’s Volleyball Championship
The XX Central American Women’s Volleyball Championship is well underway after it opened on Saturday night to a huge crowd inside the Civic Center. After taking a loss on opening night to El Salvador, Belize came back with a big win in three sets over Panama on Sunday.
On Saturday night, El Salvador prevailed over Team Belize in five sets, 3-2 (19-25, 25-22, 26-24, 11-25, 17-15). It was an intense match for our women, and they fought hard, but were unable to overcome their opponents.
On Sunday, Belize overwhelmed Panama, 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-14), and the ladies were able to secure their first win of the tournament.
Inter-Office football continues at the MCC
The Belize District Football Association (BDFA)/McClean Insurance Brokers Inter-Office Football Tournament 2018 continued last week at the MCC Grounds with games on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights, August 1-3.
In the opener on Wednesday night, Belize Bank got a goal each from Francisco Briceño and Quince Briceño, to gain the 2-1 victory over Belize City Council, whose only goal was by David McCaulay. And in the nightcap, it was MOE/Premium Wines, 1-nil, over BWS, courtesy of a goal by Naim Wilson.
Editorial: Grabbing the bull by the horns
Senior Counsel, Eamon Courtenay, submitted a sensational article to this newspaper for publication in last Friday’s issue. The article is sensational for several reasons.
One reason is that Mr. Courtenay is the Legal Adviser to the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP), which is led by Hon. John Briceño. The PUP has been relatively quiet as a party on some controversial issues having to do with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) referendum scheduled for next April. One of those issues is the fact that born Belizeans living abroad will not be able to vote in the existential ICJ referendum on Belize’s future unless they can register to vote in elections overall, which would require them to live in Belize for two months in a specific constituency, a requirement the vast majority of diaspora Belizeans would be unable to fulfill. Mr. Courtenay, out of the blue, broadcasts an opinion, exclusively in Amandala, calling for diaspora Belizeans to be allowed to vote in the ICJ referendum.
From The Publisher
THE GUARDIAN is the official newspaper voice of the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) of Belize. But the UDP will, somehow, not hold itself responsible for the content of such an anonymous column in their newspaper as the one often written by the one “Ed. U. Kate.”
I am of the belief that I know who the anonymous writer is, and he is a highly educated member of a very prominent UDP family. The columnist claims to be intelligent, analytical, patriotic, and so on and so forth, but I am sure he will grant that his ultimate aim is the dissemination of political propaganda which is favorable to his family and his party.
On reading his column this past week, I was struck by the sentence which is quoted at the top of this particular publisher’s column. I thought, how could he make such a silly statement?
Questions that need answering before April 10, 2019
While I have been able to read many articles and letters advocating either a yes or no vote on bringing the Guatemala/Belize border question to the ICJ, I have not seen anything answering questions that arise if the court rules against Belize or seeks a compromise solution involving some Belize land.
These questions need to be asked and answered BEFORE we go to court, especially in view of the not too stellar track record of Government of Belize lawyers in international cases.
Ticketed for “right on red with caution …”
A couple weeks ago, through this medium, we queried Transport Department about ticketing drivers of ten wheeler trucks which are technically six wheelers. No answer till now. Is there a Public Relations Officer in that area?
Now another problem, but methinks this one is for the City Traffic Office. One of our drivers was coming east on Vernon Street, and after making sure it was safe, made a right turn onto Central American Boulevard even though the light was red.
Up comes a traffic officer and informs him that he will be ticketed for this.
Strong opinions from Dean Wayland
Mr. Russell Czarnecki, in the midweek issue of Amandala, referred to United States’ President Donald Trump’s election as “a con job.”
It was no such thing. Mr. Trump was elected by the American people (despite a million illegal aliens voting for Clinton) because the Americans were sick and tired of being conned by globalists Clinton and Obama.
Will Belizeans never wake up to the fact they are being conned into voting YES to the ICJ? What is the ICJ? An arm of The United Nations. What is the United Nations? Uncle Sam’s right arm.
Kenneth “Cantinflas” Santos passes at 67
Travis Santos, 46, a former star player for the Kremandala Raiders basketball team, told Amandala today about the sad passing of his father, Kenneth “Cantinflas” Santos, 67. Kenneth was the foreman for the National Sports Council from 1998 – 2007.
According to Travis, Kenneth, who was also known as “Pepe,” had been battling lung cancer for about three years. He died on Saturday morning at Belize Medical Associates.
Kenneth was a wood worker and he continued to make furniture even after he had retired from the Sports Council. He was also a football player and competed in dominoes competitions with a group of men who went by the name “Tough Guys.”
Don’t”compound” non-support for our number one ally
On June 22, 2017, Belize joined 94 nations of the world in denouncing the British, yes, our number one ally, for resisting a call by Mauritius for her, the UK, to join Mauritius at the ICJ so they could settle a claim by Mauritius for the Chagos Archipelago. Just for the record, the US was not one of those 94 nations, but Guatemala was.
The Wikipedia says the archipelago in question, which is situated in the Indian Ocean, has a land area of 21.7 square miles, and has a population, in 2014, of 3,000. The largest island in the archipelago, Diego Garcia Island, serves as a joint military base for the UK and the USA. The British and the Americans consider the Chagos Archipelago to be of strategic importance.
Carlos Valdez, 43, murdered in his house in San Pedro
Carlos “Carlitos” Valdez, 43, a laborer originally from Benque Viejo Del Carmen, Cayo District, who has been living in San Pedro for the past 30 years on Caribeña Street, San Pedro, was found stabbed to death in his room. There were 11 stab wounds on his body, mainly in the chest.
Police say that his assailant, who they identified as Gilbert Anthony Chanek, 32, of San Pedro, was living in the same house, which had been turned into an apartment.
Chanek tried to escape out of the house, but an off-duty policeman, Constable Nestor Campos, who occupied a room in the house, saw Chanek running out of Valdez’s room, and he immediately sprang into action.
Quality Poultry truck driver robbed of $7,000
A truck driver employed by the Quality Poultry company, was held up and robbed of a money bag containing the day’s sales of $7,000.
The thieves also stole the truck and escaped in it.
Police found the truck shortly afterwards. It was overturned and abandoned on a street in Belmopan, and the chicken products were scattered on the road.
The robbery occurred at about 3:30 Saturday afternoon on Lim Ni Punit Street in Belmopan. Police said that they went to 99 Shopping Center, where they found Francisco Monterosa, 25, a truck driver for Quality Poultry and resident of Valley of Peace, Cayo District.
BTL “Midnight Pass” crashes
In today’s information era, the availability of data at a reasonable price has become a necessity for many.
Internet access in Belize from the two telecommunications companies, Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) and Smart, is very expensive.
Internet users, however, have been purchasing internet access at reduced rates from Belize Telemedia Limited via a special promotion dubbed “Midnight Pass” that lasts from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
For $2.50 a customer can get 2.2 gigabytes of data and for $4.00 one can get 4 gigabytes of data.
Fire destroys Fern Street home
Yesterday, Ezbert Ramclam, 36, and his family were at their home at #18 Fern Street, during a normal summer afternoon, when they smelled smoke. Ramclam and his girlfriend, Arideine Hoare, 35, then made checks around the house and they saw a sofa set that was under their elevated wooden house that was engulfed in flames.
This led Ramclam and Hoare to go into an instant panic. They broke pipes around their home to keep water flowing throughout the house. They even tried spreading a large sheet over the sofa in order to extinguish the fire, which proved futile.
POLICE INVESTIGATE APPARENT SUICIDE OF BOY, 7
The Reporter confirmed late Monday evening that Antwone Jahleel Marin, 7, was pronounced dead shortly before 5:00pm.
The boy from Seine Bight was allegedly at the home of a neighbour with two of his siblings when he told them he was tired of living and went into a room by himself...
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I Found The Ideal Income For Easygoing Caribbean Living
When the economy tanked in 2009, my husband, Marcos, and I decided to explore other alternatives to living in the U.S.
We especially loved Ambergris Caye, Belize’s largest island, for the extraordinary beauty, gorgeous turquoise waters, and the diverse population you can find there. What sold us on a place we already knew was the richness of the culture, the convenience of having English as the spoken language, and the fact that the government is a parliamentary democracy (so the laws made sense to us). Plus, it was possible to start a business there.
5 Best Caribbean Islands To Live On… And 2 To Avoid
Mention the word “Caribbean” and most people think of places like Aruba, the Turks and Caicos, the Bahamas, and other tourist-rich dollops of sand. The region conjures well-deserved images of crystal-clear waters and white-sand beaches.
And there’s no question: If you like sun and sand, these islands are great for a vacation. But move there? Most folks assume it’s just too expensive and don’t give it another thought. English-speaking Ambergris Caye is the largest island in Belize at 25 miles long and a little over a mile wide, and San Pedro is its only town. About 30 years ago, Ambergris became a hotspot for divers and fishermen thanks to the Belize Barrier Reef, just a half-mile offshore. This natural wonderland of living coral supports a dizzying array of marine life, and it’s the main reason Ambergris has seen its recent (and significant) growth.
Reaping the fruits of labor – The Sea Grape Tree
If you have visited any coastal areas of Belize be it on the mainland or on the Cayes, you will have come cross the Sea Grape Tree interspersed with Sea Almond and soaring Coconut Palms. Scientifically known as the Coccoloba uvifera, Tidibu Beibei in Garifuna and Uva de Mar in Spanish, it is actually related to the buckwheat family of plants. The tree is a great beach stabilizer tending to sprawl in high winds and become bushy. In a more protected environment it can grow up to 35 feet. The branches are covered in broad, circular, leather hard, bright green leaves that have a red central vein running through the center. These leaves can be boiled until the water is purple and then the extract drunk to lower blood pressure. The hard wood of the sea grape tree makes excellent firewood and historically was used to carve weapons, whilst the red core was used for dye.
Belize Independence Day: Start Planning Now For Some Colourful Celebrations
Our North American friends will be excused for seeing the headline and thinking, “Already? We just celebrated the Fourth of July!”
No, no, we’re talking about the other big Independence Day in the Americas – this one on the 21st of September in Caribbean Central America. You know, that vibrant little democracy by the Caribbean Sea – Belize.
It’s easy to get the two independence days confused. After all, both the US and Belize won their independence from Great Britain, although Belize’s was a much more peaceful process. And both grew into successful, sovereign countries after cutting the apron strings of Mother England, have set aside large areas as protected wilderness and national parks, and are both English speaking with Spanish as a second language.
SEARCH ANALYST TO BELIZE BIRD REHABILITATOR
An amazing blog from Sharon on her time here at BBR! I arrived on a Friday around 4 pm and was cutting citrus for 200 birds by 5 pm to prepare for the next day’s meal service. I also received full instructions for tasks needing to be done morning, noon & night.
I met in the kitchen to prepare food for the residents which included many parrots, falcons, owls, toucans, woodpeckers and many other indigenous birds of Belize. A team of five volunteers chopped fruits and vegetables, cooked beans and corn, prepared special diets and non-parrot food such as meat, fish, insects, chicks, and mice.
Get around Belize with Tropic Air!
Their tagline is “The Airline of Belize” and frankly, having flown nearly all around the country with them, I agree. As I’ve shared before, my first flight was with Tropic Air.
Since then, Tropic has expanded its services to offer a time-saving, convenient method to get around Belize.
While getting around by bus or boat can be quite the adventure, when looking to make the most of any time off, convenience is the key word.
So, the question is: what’s your destination?
And the answer I’ll give you is: Tropic can take you there. Let’s count the ways…
Land at the Philip Goldson International Airport in Belize City then hop onto the puddle-jumper. Don’t worry, they’ve upgraded to include Air Conditioning so you’re comfortable for the 15 minutes or so you’ll be in the air! If you’re lucky, you can snag the co-pilot’s seat, strap in and look out the window. Once you’ve watched Belize unfold below, there’s just no going back.
East Point firefighter delivers clothes, shoes to Belize City
An East Point firefighter traveled back to his hometown of Belize City, and was able to bring back hundreds of pounds of shoes and clothes for those in need.
Krishna Craig, a three and a half year veteran with the East Point Fire Department, undertook the humanitarian efforts after attending an East Point Community garage sale. Craig purchased a few shirts and shoes with the intent of distributing the items to family members. After sharing his plans with one of the vendors at the garage sale, the resident donated the leftovers for the cause.
Within a week, 100 pounds of donated clothing from firefighters and their families were collected. Craig was able to deliver 869 pounds of items to his village to give to men, women, and children.
European visitor numbers to Belize soar
Belize has seen a 24.3% increase in overnight European tourism arrivals between January – June 2018 compared to 2017, with the UK market increasing by 20.6% over the same period. This establishes a positive trend for the first half of 2018 and showcases a steady growth for tourism numbers.
Overnight arrivals from Europe increased by 35.2% in the month of January 2018 compared to January 2017, demonstrating that the highest growth for the country is during peak season. However, overnight European visitor numbers in the month of March exceeded January figures, indicating that Belize is less affected by seasonality and arrival numbers are becoming more consistent throughout the year.
Samantha J recovering from fall in Belize
Singer Samantha J is recuperating from injuries she received after falling down a flight of stairs last Friday night at a hotel off the mainland of Belize.
The injuries include broken teeth and jaw, a fractured hand and swelling to her lower back.
In an interview with The Star newspaper, she explained that in addition to the surgery she has to do on her jaw, her arm has to be placed in a temporary cast.
Samantha J was in Belize to perform at events during Belize's biggest cultural celebration, the Costa Maya Festival.
Alan Rabinowitz, champion of leopards, jaguars and other wild cats, dies at 64
Alan Rabinowitz, a zoologist who overcame a debilitating stutter to become a powerful voice for leopards, jaguars and other wild cats threatened by humans, died Aug. 5 at a hospital in Manhattan. He was 64.
The cause was cancer, according to a statement from Panthera, a wild-cat conservation organization that he co-founded in 2006 and, until recently, led as chief executive. Dr. Rabinowitz had been diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in 2001.
As a child with a severe stutter, Dr. Rabinowitz spent much of his free time playing on the floor of his bedroom closet, where he secluded himself with “a little menagerie” of pet chameleons, snakes, turtles and hamsters — “the only living beings around me that seemed to listen but not judge.”
CDB, UK sign agreement to add £30 million to Caribbean infrastructure fund
he Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), have signed an agreement which will add GBP30 million (mn) to the United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund (UKCIF). The agreement was signed on the sidelines of CDB’s board of directors meeting on July 26, 2018.
The majority of the funds will be used to establish a reconstruction window, to respond to emergencies and natural disasters, with resources earmarked for Dominica and Barbuda. A portion of the grant funding will also be used for monitoring and evaluation.
UKCIF was established to drive inclusive economic growth and development across the Caribbean, through the provision of vital infrastructure. All projects must build resilience to climate change.
The Hummingbird Highway In Belize
Cool little article about the Hummingbird Highway, and what one sees while travelling on it. One of the most scenic drives in the world.
"Belize's Hummingbird Highway is widely considered one of the most scenic drives in the world. Gary Peterson accompanies you along this stunning stretch of road from Belmopan to Dangriga...
You pass through many small villages, and it seems like every home has either a Coke or Belikin Beer sign advertising cold drinks and hot barbecued food.Along the way you pass local families on the side of the road, selling coconut water, corn, and fruits."
Tropical Storm Debby to stay well east of North America
Tropical Storm Debby formed about 1,200 miles east of Boston on Tuesday but is not expected to approach North America.
AccuWeather meteorologists expect Debby to take a curved path to the northeast and not only remain east of New England but also pass well to the southeast of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, Canada.
Debby will kick up seas for a brief time well offshore over the North Atlantic into midweek.
Because the storm is relatively weak, so far away and expected to have a short life span, swells propagating outward from the center are not likely to impact surf conditions significantly along the United States Atlantic coast.