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The San Pedro Sun

Local flights to Caye Caulker to resume ahead of schedule
There has been significant development towards the completion of the repairs at the Caye Caulker airstrip. The most recent progress between June and August of this year shows an asphalted, painted and broader runway with an installed light system to facilitate night-time landings on La Isla Cariñosa. These speedy developments in the airstrip’s renovation have prompted Tropic Air to move the resumption date of their flight services to Caye Caulker to October 1, 2018, instead of October 15th as previously announced. October, 2018 will mark a year since the Caye Caulker Airport was closed down, after local airlines, Tropic Air and Maya Island Air, suspended services to the island due to unsafe conditions. After months of work, the airport is finally transforming, just in time to open for the 2018-2019 tourism season. Tourism is one of the Caye Caulker’s strongest income sectors, and the absence of a functional runway has impacted their local economy.

Belizean students participate in the First Global Robotics competition in Mexico
A team of six Belizean students are participating in the first Global Annual International Organized Robotics Challenge taking place in Mexico City, Mexico from the 15th to the 18th of August. It is expected the more than two billion youth from across the world will participate in this event that aims to ignite a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) for the students. In this first edition of the competition, Belize is being represented by 14-year-old Daniela Novelo from the Ocean Academy in Caulker Caulker Village and Kent Haylock, Sergio Pech, Xavissa Molina, Dennis Gilharry, and Mohit Vanjani from the Belize High School (BHS) in Belize City. The focus of the STEM event this year is ‘Energy Impact,’ and is considered the Olympics of robotic competition.

San Pedro’s Guillermo Rodriguez is a finalist in KTV the Remix 2018
Over the past few weeks, islander Guillermo Rodriguez has charmed a karaoke-loving audience with his melodious voice to claim a spot in the finals of KTV the Remix 2o18 song/karaoke competition. This announcement was made on Tuesday, August 14th live on Channel 10 (Coral Cable Vision) Throughout the KTV the Remix season, Rodriguez has praised God, singing only Christian songs, and managed to get the audience votes at home. “Every time I sing is to give hope to those people that are lost in the world and watching the show. I am happy to have made it to finals, and I thank everyone that has supported me,” he said. KTV the Remix is a singing competition that takes place every Tuesday night at 8:30PM at the Bliss Center for Performing Arts in Belize City. Each week the participant with lowest votes is eliminated from the competition.

Ambergris Today

Gary Greif Says Belize Rural South Leadership Needs New Blood
Things are heating up within the United Democratic Party as UDP Town Councilor Gary Greif has confirmed his candidacy for Belize Rural South Area Representative against Minister Manuel Heredia Jr. In an interview with Ambergris Today Gary Greif stated that he is up for the challenge and believes that the UDP Belize Rural South is in need of new blood! “One of the main reasons I decided to run is because I believe that Belize Rural South needs someone to work hand in hand with both the San Pedro Town Council and the Caye Caulker Village Council so as to properly manage things more locally rather than just worrying about what portfolios are given to you by the government.” stated Grief.

Ricklee Response & Rescue Help Save Sailors Adrift On Ambergris Caye
It is always great to hear good news especially when lives are saved. On Monday, August 13, 2018, at around 7p.m. the South Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch picked up a distress call on Channel 16 (Marine Channel) and turned for help to Ricklee Response & Rescue (RRR). The distress call was answered by RRR’s volunteer Abner Bacab, where he was informed that there was a boat on the reef and that the sailors were adrift in a dinghy. The RRR team consisting of Tuff e Nuff and Scuba School responded quickly and effectively and found the sailors in the water other out life jackets. A huge thank you to RRR and its team for responding, performing an effective search in the dark and saving the lives of these sailing visitors. Thank you to SACNW for trusting RRR and A big Thank you to Ambergris Divers for securing the dingy.

Burnt Airplane Found In The Belize Mexico Border
Belize Police are once again investigating another clandestine aircraft that was found in near the Belize Mexico Border. According official police reports, Police visited a registered airstrip in the Tres Laeguas Area at about 9:20 a.m. on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. The airstrip is located approximately 1 kilometer away from the Belize Mexico Border. Police found the wings and tail of a white in color twin-engine beach craft with the only visible registration number PR1 on the side of the said airstrip. No one was in the area at the time of the search and police continue their investigating. More on this as information becomes available.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Reina's BBQ Fundraiser
Caye Caulker, 11am.

New Project underway at Cadenas OP located along the Southern Border of Belize
Since 1993 every BDF who has served at the Cadenas Observation Post knows the grueling ordeal of going up and down the mountain atop which sits the observation post. Straddled with burgens, their weapons, food and provisions, along with water and the frequent butane gas tanks, the men and women of the Belize Defense Force have for years endured this hardship. Under the leadership of Minister of National Security John Saldivar a new initiative will now go a long way in making this condition more bearable. The Minister of National Security today visited Cadenas to see the work now in progress to construct a stairway to the top of the mountain. The project is long term and when completed will have over a thousand (1000)steps.

Corozal Fut Seven Sabatina League
August 18, 2018 Schedule

Guanacaste Park Deck Refurbishment
Guanacaste National Park had its swimming deck refurbished. All the wood used to build it was from fallen trees from Hurricane Earl. Well done! Kudos to the Belize Audubon Society! "Have you been to GNP lately? Stop by and visit our new deck! Replacing the previous swim deck damaged from Hurricane Earl’s flooding in 2016, our new deck is made from re-purposed, salvaged wood from Hurricane Earl’s damage to Cockscomb Basin (under the permit and supervision of the Forest Department). The collapsed trees have been put to good use almost 2 years later to date!"

Turning a Profit While Doing Good
Are you an entrepreneur who wants to leverage your profits and have a positive impact in your community? Do you have an idea for a tech startup you think could earn you money while helping others? If you answered yes to either of these questions, join a live webchat on Tuesday, August 28 at 11:00 am EDT (9:00 am Belize Time) to learn how to run a profitable startup with a positive social impact. A live panel of experienced entrepreneurs will discuss about their own startups, how they are making a positive difference in their communities, and how your startup can do the same.

Yucatec Maya people of San Jose/San Pablo village(Orange Walk) building a Maya altar for the holy Cha Chaac
Even that in the last decades the life of the Maya of Northern Belize have change drastically. From traditional Maya houses to Cement houses, new religious groups targeting our people and western influence. The way of the Masewal continues. Many Maya Masewal of Northern Belize still do milpas. Some do small milpas or medicinal gardens in their back yards. Many Yucatec Maya(Masewal) continue doing their traditions like Cha Chaac Primicias,Hetz Mek,Wahil Kol Primicias ,Hanal Pixan ,Biix and others. Even that the surrounding is changing the Yucatec Maya have new ways of expressing their culture.

President of Taiwan Visits Belize
Today, H.E. Tsai Ing-wen, President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) arrived in Belize for a three-day visit, from the 16th to 18th of August 2018, on the invitation of the Right Honorable Dean O. Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize. This is President Tsai’s first visit to Belize. The presidential visit is expected to enhance mutual understanding, expand exchanges and make further progress on developing and implementing joint initiatives spanning agriculture, education, information and communication technology, medical care and vocational training. During the first day of the president’s visit, H.E. Sir Colville Young, Governor-General of Belize, conferred the Order of Belize on President Tsai, in recognition of the valuable contributions that Taiwan has made to Belize’s development over the nearly three decades of friendship.

BELIZE FISHING REPORT: Weeks of Aug 1st - Aug 13th, 2018
We had a great group of folks with lots of returning guests. It is always good to see familiar faces in beautiful places. The bonefish, due to the weather, were also familiar faces. Here are the many Bonefish successes! Thomas c, Robert and Sam K, Hannah, Mike, Ken Z , Frank M , Jeff K , Jon-Mark, Ramsay S, Ryan G, Brent T, Graham C, Brian and Mike P, Paul, Max and Steve M, Susan, Sydney and Mark B, Jose D, Jim H, Eric E., Todd C Mike M, Bill W, Kevin S., Mitch k, Ryan and Hannah, Dennis T, Bob S, Craig and Michael S, and Tim M!!!.

Channel 7

Hi! President Tsai: A Special State Visit
The president of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Tsai Ing-Wen is in Belize. There was a grand celebration for her at the airport when she arrived. Courtney Weatherburne has the story. The Belizean and Taiwanese flags were raised high at the PGIA this afternoon. Below the fluttering flags, was a group of by-standers anxiously awaiting the arrival of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen. The crisp-uniformed BDF marched along to the beat of their drums. And then at around 2:40 the China airlines flight touched down on the tarmac. Governor General of Belize Sir Colville Young, Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington and Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte walked over to greet her as she alighted the plane with her grand press delegation. There was also a BDF helicopter fly over, and after that, it was all about niceties and formalities. It was a special state visit – one that Belizeans as well Taiwanese- Belizeans heartily embraced.

No Answers in Burnt Beechcraft Baron Case
What’s the deal with the twin-engine Beechcraft Baron ? Well, police can’t say because they don’t have any concrete information at this point. They say so far they haven’t found anything at the site that connects the landing to a drug operation. ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "On Wednesday the 15th of August shortly before 8 AM police received information of the remains of a burnt aircraft in an area southwest of Blue Creek Village known as Tres Legias where upon arrival the officers observed the remains of a burnt twin engine aircraft on the ground at a registered airstrip in that area. The scene was processed and the entire area was searched; however no other item was found in the entire area that was searched."

No Peace for Lindo’s Alley Family
Sherilee Twist and her family has gone through a lot. There still hasn’t been any closure in the case of her nephew Oswald Arnold. He went missing in May in Roaring Creek. Then, Twist’s son, Eugene Henderson Jr. died on Friday night, two months after he was shot in the head at her sister’s Roaring Creek home. Now, her husband, Eugene Henderson Sr. was shot in his arm yesterday evening at their Lindo’s Alley home. Henderson Sr. was sitting on the steps with his grandkids when the gunman came up to the gate and opened fire. Fortunately he survived the attack and he was able to shield his grandkids. He has been released from the hospital and is at home recovering. Here is what Twist had to say about all this violence plaguing her family.

Police Say Gang Conflict Caused Alley Shooting
And while Twist believes her husband’s shooting is related to the hit on their son in Roaring Creek, the police think otherwise. Police say it may be gang related. ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City: "At this moment we do not believe that it has to do or that it has a link to the murder of his son at Roaring Creek. This is a separate and isolated incident from the one in Roaring Creek." Reporter: "Is it then related to any gang related rivalry in that area or was it something personal?" ASP Alejandro Cowo: "Well we know that he resides in a gang area and the suspected shooter is from a rival gang so we believe it is something to do with gangs."

Biking Baracat Resident Shot to the Shoulder
One other man who survived an execution attempt on his life is 21 year-old Justin Banks, a resident of Baracat Street. Police say that at around 10 o’clock last night, they were informed of his shooting, and they found him at the KHMH suffering from a gunshot wound to his left shoulder. Today, at the police press conference, the police spokesperson told the press that at around 9:30 p.m., Banks was riding his bicycle, and when he arrived at the corner of Nurse Finley Crescent and Fabers Road 2 men rode up to him on a motorcycle and one of them opened fire on him. Here’s more from police:

Police Hold off on Charges for Killer Nephew
Last night, we took you to El Progresso where 42 year-old Israel Tesecum, a man suffering from disabilities, was fatally chopped by his 25 year-old nephew, Bartemio Tesecum. Tesecum chopped him for no apparent reason. Its a disturbing case of family on family killing, but worse than that is that other members of the Tesecum family were forced to look on in horror as the attack happened in their presence. Because of the suddenness with which it took place, they were powerless to stop it. Its a senseless crime that has no easily understandable explanation, but police are trying to put the pieces together in an attempt to bring Bartemio Tesecum to justice. Today, the press asked police to share what information they can on the incident, and here’s what they had to say:

Saldivar Not Backing Down, Files Second Lawsuit Against PUP
Arthur Saldivar, the embattled PUP politician who wants an opportunity to run in his party’s standard bearer convention for Belmopan, has been refused a second time. In response, Saldivar will bring a second lawsuit against the PUP on the premise that the vetting committee, which reviews applications from potential candidates, did not afford him the fair opportunity to be properly assessed. Viewers will remember that early in July, the PUP, whose leadership was being sued by Saldivar, relaxed from their hardline that Saldivar was disqualified from the Belmopan convention. Henry Charles Usher, the PUP’s Chairman, swore to an affidavit before Justice Shona Griffith, that the Belmopan convention would be postponed until the end of the August, and that the application process would be re-opened. The chairman further promised the court in that sworn testimony that Saldivar’s application for the convention would be considered, as if the disciplinary actions and suspension against him never occurred. You’ll remember that these were the reasons why Saldivar was disqualified the first time around.

PUP Southern Caucus Says No To ICJ
The PUP southern caucus has come out swinging against the ICJ.  A rare release from the group says its members are, quote, "firmly against going to the International Court of Justice."  The release makes the argument, quote, "The Southern Caucus states that as the area of our country that stands the most to be affected in the event of an unfavorable ruling, it is an imperative that they declare their position... while Guatemala has nothing to lose and only to gain, it is Belizeans on a whole, and Southern Belizeans in particular, who have nothing to gain and everything to lose."

Babies Escape Burning Camalote Home
Tonight, a 4 year-old girl from Camalote Village and her 6 year-old sister, are very fortunate to be alive after their house caught on fire. Their mother got them out in time, but at this time, the 4 year-old is now recovering from second degree burns.  Their mother, 24 year-old Anya Na, left them inside their home to go visit a neighbor in the same yard, but that’s the time when their wooden house caught fire, and spread quickly.  At today’s police press conference, the cops told us that the two young sisters were lucky that their mother responded promptly and saved their lives:

PG Boy Stabbed to Stomach in Knife Fight
A half hour after Belmopan police were responding to that fire in Camalote, PG cops had to respond to a knife brawl among 3 male minors.  Police reports suggest that 2 of them are friends, and they were going about their business, when a third young man spotted them, and started to aggress them. He allegedly pulled out a knife, and attempted to stab one of the two companions, but they managed to turn the knife on him, and they injured him instead. Here’s what the police had to say about the incident today: ACP Joseph Myvette: "Last night, shortly after 7:30 p.m., Punta Gorda Police responded to information of a stabbing in the area of Punta Gorda. It was reported to them that 2 minors were riding on separate bicycles in the Indianvilla area where they were approached by a third person, who aggressed one of the minors.."

No one Detained in Brazen Ladyville Home Invasion
And from that knife fight in PG, we turn now to a brazen home invasion which happened in the early morning hours of Wednesday in Ladyville.  An elderly taxi-man was asleep at his home on Ocean Jack Avenue, when 3 armed burglars broke in and cleaned him out of 6 different TV’s which were installed in different rooms. Here’s what police had to say on this incident: ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City: "On Wednesday 2018, at about 2:30 in the morning, Ladyville Police responded to an aggravated burglary on Ocean Jack Avenue in Ladyville, where they spoke to Cornelius Burke, a taxi driver, who reported that while he was inside of his room sleeping, he felt someone covering his mouth. When he opened his eye, he saw a male person standing beside him, asking where the chest was. He responded to them that he does not have a chest..."

Bella Vista Showdown Between Cop and Club Goers
And while the cops are looking for those 3 culprits from that home invasion in Ladyville, they are investigating 2 of their own from the south who are attached to the Bella Vista Police Substation.  On last Sunday, at around 1 a.m., the two officers were working inside a night club in the village when they got into a confrontation with several of the club’s patrons who were allegedly behaving disorderly. The cops were attempting to keep the peace, but according to these patrons, the officers went too far, and allegedly put a beatdown on them. Today, the Head of the National Criminal Investigations Branch told the press that an internal investigation is underway to determine if the complaints against them by the civilians has merit or not. Here’s what he had to say about the case:

Beatdown Victim Rita Davis Speaks Out
Last night we told you about the 2 cousins who were charged for wounding and aggravated assault. This is after they jumped their friend Rita Davis and gave her a beat down. Well, Davis came to our studios today to say that it wasn’t only those two. Two others including a man were part of the attack. The man pushed her down so the girls could beat her and hit her with a pint bottle in the head. She fell unconscious after the beat down. Davis says she wants all of them including the ring leader to be charged.

No Leads in Xaibe Hit and Run Case
Earlier this week, we told you about the accident in the Corozal district which claimed the life of Virgilio Mena, a resident of Xaibe Village. It happened on Sunday night between miles 74 and 75, and the cops don’t know much about what happened on the road. They found his body severely injured, and nearby, his wrecked bicycle was also discovered. It has all the signs of a hit and run, and that’s causing investigators some difficulty, since no witnesses have come forward with information that they can pursue as leads.  Today, the Head of the National Criminal Investigation’s Branch told the press today, that they are hoping that the community will help them to solve Mena’s case:

Fair is Fair: Bus Insurance for Belizeans Too
There's some border friction between Belize and Mexico on the transport front tonight. This is after a Mexican ADO bus driver was arrested for driving a bus without insurance. On Tuesday, 37 year old Eider Tun, a ADO driver appeared in Court to answer to a charge of driving a motor vehicle not covered by 3rd party risk insurance.  Tun pleaded guilty to the charge and apologized profusely.  He said that on Saturday he jumped into another bus without noticing that the isnurance was expired.

New Police Booths for the Southside
There is no easy solution to crime. No matter how many boots are on the ground or how many strategic checkpoints are set up in the city, the fight against crime will never end. But that doesn’t mean the police won’t do all they can to curb crime. So what they did is set up two new police booths, one in the Mayflower area and one at the corner of Louise Bevans and Unity Streets. They were donated by Central TV and Internet. The commander of Region One Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett told us more about the importance of these booths for crime prevention and of course, cop comfort. Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett, O.C. Eastern Division Region One: "The larger plan is to replace all the tents with booths because we're maybe in the mid of the hurricane season and the rainy season and officers continue to complain that they are exposed to the elements at the wee hours of the night..."

Channel 5

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen Arrives in Belize
The Taiwanese community in Belize turned out in numbers to greet President Tsai Ing-wen of the Republic of China (Taiwan) upon her arrival at the Philip Goldson International Airport this [...]

Another Suspected Drug Plane Burnt Up Near Tres Leguas
The charred remains of a downed aircraft were discovered in an area approximately one kilometer away from the Belize/Mexico Border.  The twin-engine beech craft was found near a registered airstrip [...]

Eugene Henderson Sr. Shot 5 Days After His Son Succumbs to Gunshot Injury
Forty-four-year-old Eugene Henderson is lucky to have escaped grave injuries when he came under attack by a lone assailant on Wednesday evening.  The shooting incident happened shortly before six p.m. [...]

Gunmen Open Fire, but Justin Banks Escapes Death on Nurse Findley Crescent
Belize City police are investigating a shooting incident during which twenty-one-year-old Justin Banks was shot by a pair of men on a motorcycle.  It is unclear whether Banks was the [...]

Thieves Make Off with Flat Screen TVs, Cash and a Vehicle in Ladyville Home Invasion
A cabdriver is the latest victim of a brazen home invasion in Ladyville where three men reportedly entered his home on Ocean Jack Avenue while he was asleep and proceeded [...]

Infant Badly Burned in Camalote House Fire
A four-year-old girl has been stabilized and will be transported to the Intensive Care Unit of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital to recover from severe burns to most of her [...]

A Machete-wielding Killer is Captured in El Progresso
A machete-wielding suspect was captured on Wednesday evening after it is alleged that he had dealt a fatal blow to the back of his uncle’s head in El Progresso Village, [...]

Professional Standards Branch to Investigate Brawl in Bella Vista
An internal investigation has been launched by the Belize Police Department to determine whether a team of officers acted outside of the law when they attempted to detain a group [...]

29 Belizeans Awarded Taiwan Scholarship
The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Belize awarded twenty-nine Belizeans scholarships to study in Taiwan. The scholarships are funded by the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund [...]

3 More Cases of H1N1 Confirmed in the Belize District
There are three more confirmed cases of H-one-N-one. This brings the total to eight confirmed cases of the Influenza ‘A’ virus. The additional infections are from the Belize District. The [...]

Health Expert Says Prevention is Best Precaution
According to Director of Health Services, Doctor Marvin Manzanero, while Tamiflu may decrease signs and symptoms of H-one-N-one, it is not necessarily the best option to fight the illness.   [...]

P.U.P.’s Southern Caucus Says ‘NO’ to the ICJ
During a meeting held last week, the People’s United Party’s Southern Caucus met and decided to oppose going to the International Court of Justice for the Belize/Guatemala dispute to be [...]

2 New Booths Installed at Police Checkpoints
Eastern Division South Regional Commander Howell Gillett has been on the grind installing police booths across the Old Capital, particularly the south side. According to the Senior Superintendent, the purpose [...]

54 Graduate from GREAT Summer Programme
Fifty-four children from the south side of Belize City graduated from the GREAT summer programme today. The children participated in the summer programme for three weeks where they learnt a [...]

KTV the Remix Finalist – Jael August
On Tuesday night, the Bliss Auditorium was overflowing with excitement as the five finalists for season two of KTV the Remix got underway. The participants first did their rendition of [...]

KTV the Remix Finalist, Guillermo Rodriguez
Sticking it out for the men in the competition is Guillermo Rodriguez from San Pedro. The twenty-one-year-old is recognized primarily for his renditions of great gospel songs and has won [...]

LOVE FM

AH1N1 cases Declining
A few weeks ago the AH1N1 Influenza virus had surfaced in Quintana Roo and surrounding areas of Mexico. Fatalities were recorded in that region and it prompted the Ministry of Health to begin monitoring in the north of Belize. While there were Belizeans who contracted the illness, the Director of Health Services Marvin Manzanero says …

Taiwan’s President visits Belize
There are over twenty-two million five hundred people living on the island of Taiwan. So it was a major event today that the President of that country would make a state visit to Belize. According to the Foreign Minister of Belize, Taiwan has given hundreds of millions in budgetary support and maintaining friendship is necessary …

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin dies at 76
Her career spanned over 60 years, a feat very few singers have been able to achieve. She got her start singing gospel music in Detroit where her father was a pastor and signed to her first major record label in 1960; by 1968 she had established herself as a soulful powerhouse with hits like ‘Respect’ …

The Reporter

Team Belize at the 2018 Junior Caribbean Championships
Team Belize at the 2018 Junior Caribbean Championships 11th & 12th August, 2018 in Bermuda. A News in pictures photo gallery of our Junior cyclist in action.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Young man shot in Belize City
Police are investigating a shooting incident that occurred last night in Belize city. Around 9:30 […]

Belize city man shot on Lindo’s Alley
Police are investigating a shooting incident that occurred last night on Lindos Alley in Belize […]

4-year-old injured in house fire last night
Police are investigating a house fire that destroyed a home and injured a 4-year-old child […]

PUP Southern Caucus comes out blazing, saying NO to the ICJ
Last week, the Southern Caucus of the People’s United Party (PUP) met to express its […]

Another plane lands in Orange Walk
Orange Walk police are investigating the discovery of another suspected drug plane in Blue Creek […]

Blogs

Why visit Corozal
Corozal is located towards the northern most region in Belize. On the map, the district is just 8 miles N of Belize City and 31 miles N of the famous Orange Walk Town. Those coming from Mexico will be happy to know that Corozal is only 8 miles south of the Mexican border. This quaint seaside town is located south of the Rio Hondo. The scenic river of Rio Hondo forms a border between Belize and Mexico. In recent years, Corozal has emerged as a touristy town and a popular place for retirement. In fact, the town’s affordable seaside properties have drawn the attentions of many property investors and buyers in America. This coastal district is set on a crystal-clear bay. However, tourists often don’t find this coastal destination as appealing as other Belize beach destinations. Corozal is also known for its ancient Mayan ruins.

International Sourcesizz

Taiwan President Arrives in Belize to Reaffirm Alliance
Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen arrived in Belize Thursday as she seeks to shore up dwindling alliances in the face of pressure from China to stamp out the island’s international recognition. Belize is one of 18 countries that recognize Taiwan, with Burkina Faso and the Dominican Republic shifting diplomatic ties to China earlier this year. The Caribbean country’s decision to ditch Taiwan came after Panama, which turned from Taiwan to Beijing in June 2017. Tsai arrived in Belize for her first state visit to the tiny Central American country after a stop in the United States and Paraguay. She met privately with Belize’s foreign minister and other government officials.

President Tsai arrives in Belize, receives warm welcome
President Tsai Ing-wen arrived in Belize on Thursday afternoon and received a warm welcome in the Central American country, one of Taiwan's 18 diplomatic allies. After wrapping up a three-day visit to Paraguay, Tsai arrived in Belize City and was greeted by Governor-General Colville Young and a military salute with two helicopters and one plane flying above. The national anthems of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and Belize were also played to signal the close bilateral relationship, and Taiwanese expatriates waved the national flags of the two countries to greet Tsai.

What do Cuban and Belizean fishers have in common? More than meets the eye.
Cuba and Belize are connected by more than ocean currents. They share critical ecosystems like mangroves and coral reefs, and both countries have made major strides in fisheries management and coral reef conservation and are currently working to renew and strengthen their fisheries laws and policies. They also share challenges facing their fisheries—including managing complex fisheries that catch dozens of species all together—rather than targeting just one or two. I was excited to join partners from both countries at a recent intensive four day Fisheries Exchange where they learned from each other and discussed new ways to collaborate on solutions to shared challenges, including different management strategies for the ecosystem overall and for important species like lobster, conch, and many species of finfish.

Videos

  • Hobson Honeymoon in Belize, 7.5min.

  • COCO BEACH BELIZE RESORT, 3.5min.

  • Therapy Abroad Belize 2018, 30min.

  • Driving Finca Solana to Corozal Belize, 11min. Drive from Finca Solana to Almond Tree Hotel and Resort, Corozal Belize

  • 2018 FIRST Global Challenge - Day 1, 2.75hrs. Caye Caulker Ocean Academy’s Daniela Novelo is competing at the FIRST Global Robotics Olympics, Mexico, along with two team mates from Belize High School. Watch day 1 competition video:

  • Bullet Tree Falls History Video, 2.5min. Adma's Photography has a short video about the history of Bullet Tree Falls. Bullet Tree started as a mahogany camp, and was established before 1859.

  • Belize 2018, 4.5min.

  • Glory 2018 Rendevous Cay Belize, 19min.

  • Top 5 things to do in Belize | San Pedro, 12min.

  • I Got The Voice Season 3!, 2hr.