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The San Pedro Sun

2018 Copa San Pedro heads to week 10
During the ninth week of Copa San Pedro 2018, ten matches were played at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town from Thursday, September 6th to Sunday, September 9th. The football weekend kicked off on Thursday, September 6, at 7PM with Genesis F.C dominating Warriors F.C with a 6-1 score. Talal F.C then won with a 2-0 score against San Mateo F.C. The current standings in the female category have Ambergris Combined with 18 points, followed by SPHS Girls and Island Warriors with 12 points each. Ocean Girls have six points and at the bottom of the chart is Golden Warriors with three points. The tenth week of Copa San Pedro 2018 starts on Thursday, September 13th at 7PM. Everyone is invited to come out and support their favorite team. Food and drinks will be on sale during all games.

Literacy Day celebrated at SPHS
Belize observed International Literacy Day on Friday, September 7th under the theme “Literacy and Skills Development.” Annually celebrated on September 8th, Friday’s event served as a reminder to those who gathered at the R.A. Nuñez Auditorium that reading is a fundamental block in life. Organized by the Ministry of Education, the Education Office in San Pedro and the San Pedro Town Library (SPTL), Literacy Day at SPHS saw a brief ceremony and skills showcase. By incorporating community engagement, organizers hoped to show the Standard Six and high school students how skills can be developed through literacy. Kyle Miller of the Department of Youth Services, alongside SPHS student Faith Noel, hosted a brief ceremony which included the singing of the National Anthem, a prayer by Guillermo Rodriguez, and warm welcome by the SPTL’s Eden Velasquez.

New FAO project seeks to strengthen fisherfolk organizations in seven Caribbean countries
September 11, 2018 (Bridgetown, Barbados) – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will launch the Developing Organizational Capacity for Ecosystem Stewardship and Livelihoods in Caribbean Small-Scale Fisheries (StewardFish) project this week. The project aims to strengthen the capacity of fisherfolk and their organizations to better participate in the governance and management of the shared living marine resources in the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems (CLME+ region) to enhance their livelihood opportunities. Targeted countries are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Ambergris Today

Belize Police Investigating Two Of Their Own For Cocaine Bust
The Belize Police Department is currently investigating two of their own after the landing of a drug plane carrying over $7million US worth of Cocaine on Sunday, September 9, 2018 in the Tres Leguas Area in Orange Walk. The Police Department issued a press release confirming having received information on the possible involvement of two of their own. Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie has ordered and internal investigation into the recent drug plane landing in Northern Belize. An investigation team has been launched and is being headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Robert Mariano.

Ministry Of Health Receive $30,000 For Wellness Parks
On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, Hon. Pablo Marin, Minister of Health received another generous donation from the Republic of China (Taiwan) for additional Wellness Parks. $30,000 was officially handed over to the Minister of Health for Wellness Parks to be created in the Capital City of Belmopan and San Ignacio Town. Wellness parks create healthy communities and play a fundamental role in enhancing the physical environments in which we live in. It provides good health for people of all abilities, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, and ethnicities. It helps reduce obesity and incidence of chronic disease by providing opportunities to increase rigorous physical activity in a variety of forms.

Belize Police Investigating Two Of Their Own For Cocaine Bust
The Belize Police Department is currently investigating two of their own after the landing of a drug plane carrying over $7million US worth of Cocaine on Sunday, September 9, 2018 in the Tres Leguas Area in Orange Walk. The Police Department issued a press release confirming having received information on the possible involvement of two of their own. Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie has ordered and internal investigation into the recent drug plane landing in Northern Belize. An investigation team has been launched and is being headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Robert Mariano.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Shipstern Mennonite Tour
And today we feature our 'Mennonite Tour'! Where guests ride in a horse & buggy, then dive into the actual life of the Mennonites, for a day! This is by far one of our popular tours.

Historic Maritime Travel in Belize Exhibit in Corozal
You are kindly invited to the launch of the All Aboard Exhibit, Thursday morning beginning at 9:30 am. The exhibit takes a historical look at maritime travel in Belize. We are also very delighted to be unveiling a replica fishing boat; the "Yanisi" by master craftsman Mr. Basilio Cruz. The replica will go on permanent display showcasing the beauty and importance of the fishing industry.

Social Security Board Notice - Attention all Employers
Information regarding your responsibility as it pertains to the Direct Deposit service.

Chargé d' Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges, toured the northern districts of Corozal and Orange Walk
And met with stakeholders of the sugar industry, local politicians, and executives of the Corozal Free Zone. He got an opportunity to learn about developments and challenges in the two districts, make new friends, and enjoy the beautiful scenery of northern Belize.

Belize Disputes Guatemala's Claim Lecture
This Thursday ~ Lecture entitled "Belize Disputes Guatemala's Claim." Jaguar Auditorium University of Belize. 9:30am-11:30am. Sept. 13th.

2nd Annual Military Parade
The Ministry of National Security invites all Belizeans to its 2nd Annual Military Parade on Tuesday, September 18th at 2:00 p.m.!

Prime Minister of Belize Meets with President of Cuba
The President of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, accompanied by Cuba’s First Lady, Lis Cuesta, and Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parilla, met with Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, his wife Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, and Ambassador of Belize H.E. Annie Burns, in a frank and friendly exchange on areas of common interest. The group discussed challenges, achievements and cooperation between the countries. In particular, President Díaz-Canel described the granular process of public consultation across Cuba over the Proposed Constitution. He confirmed that public consultations were taking place in factories, schools, and other central meeting places in order to ensure broad participation. Members of the public are able to propose new points for consideration, as well as suggest amendments. This process is also open to Cubans abroad. The President, Foreign Minister, and other members of the National Assembly of Cuba have regular participation in robust town-hall-style debates.

Take part in the World Standards Day 2018 design competition!
Hosted by the Belize Bureau of Standards. (Belizeans Only) If you had a magnificient piece of technology at your disposal, what problems could it solve in Belize and how can you use standards with it? It's time to use your creativity at its best and draw a unique short comic to win some amazing prizes.

Delegation representing Belize & The Belize Canoe Association at the 2018 Pan American games in Halifax, Canada
(Left to right: Amado Cruz, Rudolph Gentle, Avis Guydis and Chris Guydis)

Bullet Tree GREAT Summer Camp Closing
Pictures from the GREAT Bullet Tree Falls Summer Camp closing ceremony. "The GREAT Summer Camp in Bullet Tree was a huge success. They had the closing ceremony at the Immaculate Conception primary school. Corporal Medina, from Bullet Tree, did a fantastic job organizing the event. Chief Rosado gave the closing address. Thanks to everyone that made this happen!" Pictures on fb.

Little Miss Jr. Belize
Saturday September 15th, Bliss Center. 6pm.

Internship with the Belize Raptor Center
There are exciting internship opportunities for professionals from abroad to work with our colleagues at the Belize Raptor Center. BRC does excellent work in the rescue and rehabilitaiton of Belizean birds of prey, and complements this with intensive public outreach and environmental education on behalf of our feathered friends. Check them out and contact them today!

Channel 7

Three Charged For Drug Trafficking
Last night, we gave you extensive coverage of the capture of a drug plane in northern Belize, loaded with over a thousand pounds of cocaine, valued at around 7 million US dollars. Since then, a senior police officer has been placed on leave pending investigation into his possible involvement in the landing of the aircraft. But while the investigation into the actions of Superintendent David Chi is still early, police are moving forward with criminal charges against the men caught at the scene. The Belizean has been identified to us as Peter Friessen Jr., a carpenter from Blue Creek Village in the Orange Walk District. He has a Mennonite name, but his features are Mestizo, because his father is a mennonite, and his mother is of Hispanic descent.

Police Constable Released Without Charge
And while three men have been charged, 52 year old police constable Norman Anthony has been released. In a press release yesterday, police said he was, quote, "detained in a vehicle heading in the direction of the landing site (and) has been suspended from duty by the Commissioner of police." End quote. Anthony was stationed in Blue Creek where there plane landed. He is now on active suspension. Today, Bradley discussed his release:...

Compol Says PC Innocent Until Proven Otherwise
But while the Constable Anthony was suspended at the directive of the Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie, the Compol was quick to point out yesterday that Constable Anthony is innocent, until proven otherwise. He spoke generally about the widespread perception that police are involved as facilitators for the narcos:.. Allen Whylie, Police Commissioner: "In terms of police suspected involvement, we have good and we have bad in the department, just like the rest of the society and whilst I cannot say that that constable is involved, an investigation has been launched. You must remember that he is presumed to be innocent. He wasn't found at the airstrip..."

What About All Those Other Planes?
And while the investigation into possible criminal wrongdoing by police continues, the US Embassy is applauding police for a job well done. A release issued this evening says, quote, "The U.S. Embassy commends the Belize security forces for the…major drug bust…This operation, which was a collaboration between the Belize Police Department and the Belize Defence Force, shows the importance of cooperation between law enforcement and other security agencies to combat criminal organizations.

Men Detained Under State of Emergency Do From Detention Cell To Prison
Last night, we took you into the Queen Street Police Station - to show you the holding cell where over 60 men had been in detention for 6 days. They were detained under the state of emergency that has been declared for 2 areas of Belize City. Additionally, the cops say that they are a threat to public safety, either through their supposed involvement in criminal gangs, or their participation in illegal activities, such as firearms and drug possession.

Chilling Holdup In Armenia
We've gotten all too used to seeing armed holdups of Chinese grocery stores in Belize City, and other municipalities - but tonight, this one is from a store in Armenia Village on the Hummingbird Highway. At 8:45 on September 10th., 47 year old Cheng Jui Loa was inside her shop when two men barged in. One of them wore a motorcycle helmet and had a knife, while the other had on a fake dreadlocks hat, and had a chrome 9mm pistol. In a chilling video, the man with the gun is seen pulling along the helpless shopkeeper, looking out of the store's door.

TS Isaac Heading Towards Western Caribbean
The tropical hurricane zone is hyperactive right now, with four named storms and one developing system out there. But, of greatest concern right now to the Caribbean is Tropical Storm Isaac, which is tonight heading for the lesser Antilles. The storm has been on a westerly track from it became organized into a syStem - and that is expected to continue leading it right to the area between Nicaragua and Belize. But, while that's the bad news, the good news is that the system does not seem to be developing. Derrick Rudon at the MET Office told us more:..

CITCO Snaps Back At CWU
Last night, we showed you the press conference hosted by the President of the Christian Workers Union. They complained that the Belize City Council continues to disregard and disrespect their role the resolution of industrial disputes between City Hall as employers, and the employees whose interest the union is obligated to protect. Well, after the media kept pressing the Belize City Council for comment, they finally released a statement this evening.

Chamber Scolds Parliament
Weeks after Parliament voted not to pay the 95 million dollar Universal award to the Ashcroft Alliance, the Chamber of Commerce today issued a statement criticizing both sides of the House. A punchy and slightly preachy statement says, quote, "The Chamber…condemns the ugly political drama that played out in Parliament on Friday, August 31st. when parliamentarians convened apparently with no clear intent to constructively resolve the decade-old UHS debt saga. The self-serving charges and childish rhetoric thrown tastelessly around our dignified National Assembly on that day, served only to further impoverish our nation. The indisputable fact is that neither side is exempt from blame. This debt is a specific example of the carelessness and irresponsibility of our leaders toward the country they are elected to lead."

Man Convicted of Double Murder
A man was convicted of a double murder today in the Supreme Court. Justice Adolph Lucas found 25 year old Ernest "Dangalang" Thurton Jr. guilty of the murders of 50 year old Robert Young and 41 year old Frank James. James and Young were shot and killed in 2012 at a dock yard on North Front Street. The main witness for the Crown was Kurt Pech, who lived at the dock yard. He testified that James and Young were cleaning fish when Eric Martinez, aka "Junior H" arrived with a firearm in his hand - accompanied by Thurton. He said Martinez put James and Young to kneel down and he asked them about a stolen bicycle. Pech says he went to lock up in his house when he saw Thurton take the gun from Martinez. He then heard several gunshots and saw both men dead.

Police: Nimrod Shot Algernon
Last week we told you about the shooting of ALGERNON Akeem LOPEZ - who was shot on Pen Road - in the midst of a very violent weekend. Well, police have charged the man who they say shot him. He is NIMROD FITZGIBBONS. The 26-year-old was taken to court today where he was charged with attempted murder before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. Fitzgibbon was remanded into custody until December 17. While he was in court Fitzgibbon referred to an incident that occurred on June 10 in which he was shot his legs. He said a bullet is still in his right calf.

Convalescing In Cuba, PM Barrow Meets President Díaz-Canel
Prime Minister Dean Barrow had back surgery in Cuba 8 days ago - and, apparently, he's already well enough to take visits from guests. A government press release today announced that the President of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, accompanied by his wife, Lis Cuesta, and Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parilla, met with the PM and his wife Kim Barrow last night in Havana. The release says they had a, quote, "frank and friendly exchange on areas of common interest. The group discussed challenges, achievements and cooperation between the countries….The two leaders expressed a desire to strengthen the already close ties between their two countries. They agreed that greater cooperation would be especially useful in the political arena, tourism and trade."

To Claim Carnival Supremacy
Last night, we told you about the winners of the this Years Carnival Road March, which happened last Saturday. Well today, we got a chance to speak with leaders from Titan Mas Band, which is the back to back winner in the Senior Category, and the Junior first place winners, Collet Royal. Here's what they had to say about the work they put in to get the victory:

Carnival Craziness In J’ouvert
And while that senior diplomat felt safe to play Carnival this year - we didn't see him in the J'ouvert - which is like Carnival - in the dark of the pre-dawn - with riotous revelers - all awash in mud. It's a special event, and this year, we found it was much smaller than previous years. But that unmistakable spirit of reckless abandon was still there - as the revelers showed us:

Play Than Pan For Free
So, the carnival and all its craziness is behind us now, but the Celebrations month rolls on. Coming up this weekend in Belize City are the Chamber Expo and Pan Yaad. It was announced yesterday that the venue for Pan Yaad has been changed to the BTL Park on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Best part is, it's also free. Today, the PR Officer for NICH told us that you can get to enjoy live steel drum music from 3 groups for free.

Channel 5

Gang Members Trooped to Hattieville Ramada Under Emergency Powers Detention Order
Seven days ago in the dead of the night more than one hundred purported gang members from the Mayflower/Banak and George Streets were detained and placed in c ells at [...]

Will Gang Bangers Be Allowed Visitation at the Central Prison
The state of public emergency which has been effected in the George Street and Mayflower neighborhoods waives certain constitutional rights enjoyed by the citizenry of those respective communities.  With the [...]

Human Rights Commission Continues to Monitor Legal Process of State of Emergency
The Human Rights Commission of Belize late this evening issued a letter to the Commissioner of Police, seeking a report and status of prisoners held as a result of the [...]

Where Does Kolbe C.E.O. Stand on State of Emergency?
As you’ve heard, the legal fraternity, including the Bar Association and the Human Rights Commission of Belize, has weighed in on the state of emergency that has been declared in [...]

Taiwanese Government Advises its Citizens to be Vigilant in Belize
Still on the State of Public Emergency, the Taiwanese Government has issued an advisory to its citizen living in Belize to exercise caution.  The advisory was issued on Monday by [...]

3 Persons Charged for Drug Plane Bust
Police have charged three persons in connection with Sunday drug bust. They are Peter Friesen Junior, a Blue Creek resident along with two Mexican nationals, Eli Figueroa Nunez and Azarias [...]

Police Constable Freed Without Charges in Drug Plane Landing
While three persons are charged, Police Constable Norman Anthony was released sometime before ten p.m. on Tuesday, after being held in detention since Sunday evening in connection with the landing [...]

U.S. Embassy Commends Belize on Weekend’s Drug Bust
The fourteen-million-dollar drug bust of a plane that came from Venezuela was achieved through cooperation from security agencies in the region.  Today, the U.S. Embassy in Belize is commending Belize’s [...]

F.I.U. Involved in Kortobacco Heist Investigation
More than eight hundred thousand Belize dollars was stolen from Kortobacco Belize Limited on Sunday in what could possibly be the biggest, well calculated and successfully executed heist in Belize’s [...]

The Smugglers of the Benque Free Zone
According to investigators, the burglars that stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Kortobacco Belize building in the Benque Free Zone gained access into the compound from an opening [...]

18-year-old Charged for Causing the Death of Jeffrey Hernandez
There is an update to the story of a construction worker who was killed by a cement mixer. Eighteen-year-old San Carlos villager, Victor Hernandez has been charged for causing the [...]

Huge Amounts of Sargassum Invade San Pedro’s Beaches
For the past months, Caribbean and Latin America countries have been feeling the negative effects of massive amounts of Sargassum which have washed up along the coastlines. Tons of Sargassum [...]

Belizeans Living in North & South Carolina Brace for Hurricane Florence
Belizeans living in North and South Carolina in the United States are bracing for the impact of Hurricane Florence. Belize’s Ambassador to the U.S., Daniel Gutierrez, issued an advisory to [...]

Chamber of Commerce Slams the House of Representatives on UHS Loan
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry has issued a release on the U.H.S. loan motion for ninety-five point six million dollars and increasing which was taken to the House [...]

Belize City Council Responds to CWU’s Allegations
On Tuesday, CWU President Evan ‘Mose’ Hyde came out swinging against the Belize City Council accusing the council of union busting. The claim comes after the council denied CWU’s request [...]

A New Poetry Book is Released
An anthology of poems written by Belizean American, Flora Emelda Anderson Chestnut was officially launched today at the Image Factory in Belize City. Quiet Moments; Rejuvenation of the Soul is [...]

4th Regional Coordination Meeting of the International Telecommunication Union
The issue of digital transitioning from analogue is taking place in many countries. It involves the conversion to a new system from analogue terrestrial to digital terrestrial.  In the Caribbean, [...]

LOVE FM

Can CitCo’s behaviour negatively impact PUP at the polls?
The Christian Workers Union has accused the Belize City Council of not paying subsistence to their cemetery staff, who work outside the city limits. Evan Moses Hyde Jr., the President of the CWU, told the media yesterday that the Belize City Council’s refusal to allow the CWU to be a part of a meeting that …

Are gang members’ rights being violated?
A week ago, the Ministry of National Security, John Saldivar declared a State of Emergency in two areas of Belize City. The state of emergency was deemed necessary after a bloody weekend claimed at least six lives. The state of emergency was signed by the Governor General and published in the Government Gazette. As a …

Proceeds from Book Launch goes to Saint Mary’s School Feeding Program
Poet and author of the anthology, Quiet Moments Rejuvenates the Soul, Flora Anderson-Chestnut, launched the second edition of her poetry book today, at the Belize Image Factory. This particular book launch received special recognition, however as proceeds from the books purchased will be donated to the Saint Mary’s School Feeding Program. Anderson-Chestnut explained more about …

PUP to hold an ICJ Campaign
The Government of Belize has already embarked on a Public Awareness and Preparedness Campaign to ensure that its citizens are informed about Guatemala’s claim to Belize in order to prepare them to vote in the upcoming referendum, which will decide whether Belize will go to the International Court of Justice, (ICJ). Late last month, the …

Employment can nip crime in the bud
According to the Statistical Institute of Belize, the unemployment rate has increased from nine percent to nine point four percent. This is a cause for concern. Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno, said that there is a need to increase the main services to create more jobs. John Bricenio Leader of the Opposition: “ We …

Briceno says Government must seriously address the drug plane problem
Several suspected drug planes have landed in the Orange Walk District. For some time now, persons and the contents associated with these planes have eluded law enforcement. It was different this time around with the recent drug plane that landed in Blue Creek. Police were able to intercept the plane and to capture those involved …

US places Belize on its major illicit drug producing nations
Belize is among 22 countries identified as major illicit drug producing or transit nations by US President Donald Trump. The President is quoted as saying the reasons countries are placed on the list is the combination of geographic, commercial, and economic factors that allow drugs to transit or be produced, even if a government has …

Prime Minister Barrow met with the President of Cuba
Prime Minister Dean Barrow is presently in Cuba seeking medical attention. While there, the Prime Minister met with the President of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, First Lady, Lis Cuesta, and Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parilla yesterday. The two leaders discussed challenges, accomplishments and cooperation between the countries and a desire to further strengthen the already …

Police Constable under Suspicion for Drug Plane Landing
On the top of the news we told you about the suspension of the Officer Commanding the Orange Walk Formation and the resident constable for Blue Creek, Norman Anthony. Though his name was not called at today’s press briefing, incidents involving him were discussed. 45 persons were detained in Orange Walk in August and according …

Top Cop faces allegation of involvement in Drug Plane Landing
A plane with millions of dollars in cargo was captured over the weekend and similarly in the past with a drug plane on the Southern Highway, a police officer was captured near the landing site. But there is breaking news tonight that is shaking the very foundation of the police department as the investigation is …

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belize Ocean Club partners with St. Alphonsus RC School for school rehabilitation project
Earlier this summer, employees of Belize Ocean Club (BOC) met several teachers from St. Alphonsus RC […]

PM Dean Barrow meets with Cuba’s President
The President of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, accompanied by Cuba’s First Lady, Lis Cuesta, and Cuba’s […]

Chamber slams both parties for “political drama” over UHS loan
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) today issued a statement condemning the “ugly political […]

Pine Ridge Neighborhood Watch group donates to San Ignacio Police
Today, the Pine Ridge Neighborhood Watch group donated $1,500 to the San Ignacio Police formation. The […]

Police confirm reports of plane hovering over Blue Creek
Yesterday, the Ministry of National Security held a press conference to inform Belizeans on the bust […]

Four active storms in the Atlantic
The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season is off to a busy start with four active named storms […]

Accused murderer escapes from police custody
After six months of police investigation into the murder of reputed boss of the Ghost Town […]

Chinese store in Armenia robbed of over $6,000
Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred on September 10, 2018, in Armenia Village, […]

NEMO receives donation from Harvest Caye
Minister of National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), Edmond Castro this morning received a donation of […]

Trump declares 21 countries as major drug ‘hubs’ including Belize
United States President Donald Trump, via a presidential determination, has declared 21 nations, including Belize, […]

Belizean man fighting legal status to remain in UK with family
A man originally from Belize, Darren Harrety, who has spent almost his entire life in […]

Blogs

Cycling Dreams: Keion ‘Cavendish’ Robateau
While Belize’s top sport seems to be football, there are a number of other sporting disciplines that athletes enjoy training for. One such sport is cycling. Growing up, I knew that every Holy Saturday, my grandmother would tune up her little battery operated radio, playing loudly as it can as commentators talked about the big ‘Cross Country Cycling Classic”. Without fail, after that day, if a Belizean won the ‘garland’, little boys would jump on their bicycles and start ‘training’ to be like ‘Charlie Lewis’ (a repeat Belizean champion in the glory days). One such race introduced My Beautiful Belize to an inspiring young man, Keion Robateau. He participated in the first-ever Elijio Panti Cycling Race held in San Antonio, blazing through the winding hills of the course, taking the majority of the station prizes and of course, the title of champion. All that, with a big smile on his face. We had to find out more about the impressive 22-year-old.

International Sourcesizz

Diaz-Canel meets with Prime Minister of Belize
The President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, met this Tuesday evening with Dean Oliver Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize, who is visiting Cuba. Granma newspaper reports today that in an atmosphere of cordiality the two leaders exchanged views on the positive progress of bilateral relations and ratified the decision to continue strengthening political and cooperation ties between the two nations. They also discussed issues on the regional and international agendas. The Cuban President was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla.

What to Plant to Attract Hummingbirds
September is a time of transitions, especially here on the Cape. Summer visitors have transitioned back over the bridge. Our kids transition back to school, our beaches and parks transition back to local ownership. And perhaps more than in any other month, transitions in the bird world are everywhere evident, from the exodus of northern songbirds to the arrival of the first winter sea ducks. But few transitions are sadder than the loss of our hummingbirds, those kinetic clowns of flowery suburban backyards. Every mid-September, our hummers point their bills south and buzz off to Central America. Despite our enticements of nectar-filled feeders and flowers still in bloom, their instinct to move on is strong, and by months end they’ll nearly all be gone. From October to March they will take up residence in an orange or cashew grove in Belize, a dry Pacific forest in Mexico, or a suburban neighborhood in Costa Rica, where they’ll mingle with dozens of tropical hummingbird species, and visit exotic flowers totally unfamiliar to New Englanders. But some of those flowers are probably more familiar than you may realize.

ANCIENT MAYA ROUTINELY CAPTURED JAGUARS, PUMAS, AND OTHER CATS KILL IN BRUTAL SACRIFICE RITUALS
New findings from the Maya city of Copán in Honduras have shed light on the role of wild animals in ancient Mesoamerican society. In a paper published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, a team led by anthropologist Nawa Sugiyama from George Mason University argues that human-animal encounters in the region were much more extensive than previously thought. Wild animals played a significant practical and symbolic role in ancient Mesoamerican culture according to evidence dating back to the first half of the first millennium and the civilization at Teotihuacan in what is now central Mexico. Animals, such as pumas and jaguars, were used by elites as symbolic displays of status and power; killed in ritual sacrifices or harnessed as resources to be eaten or turned into other products.

Geography & Environment graduate student receives CSU Trustees’ Award
Salma Abdel-Raheem grew up watching her mother raise her and her two siblings alone, all while learning English and committing herself to years of study to become a doctor. That dedication earned Abdel-Raheem a California State University (CSU) Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement, the CSU’s highest recognition of student achievement. For her master’s thesis, she’s creating digital maps for a diverse community on St. George’s Caye, a small island off the coast of Belize, a connection facilitated by her advisor, Professor of Geography & Environment Ellen Hines. Abdel-Raheem visits the island to organize meetings with residents, mapping out their shared understanding about their surroundings: everything from traditional boundaries to development projects to protected mangrove trees. Those maps can then form the basis for decisions about the future of the community.

This sea creature is following the scuba divers like a lost puppy… cute
A couple of scuba divers in Belize, Central America, were returning from a dive to their boat when they met a baby shark, vastly different from how we perceive the adult ones, and the little creature approaches the divers like a lost puppy. The divers also could not resist from giving the shark a little affectionate scratch on its back.

Videos

  • San Pedro | Best Beach in Belize?, 8min. Our epic Central America trip brings to Belize and it's beautiful island of Ambergris Caye. We explore the town of San Pedro, renting a golf kart in search of the popular 'Secret Beach'. Is it still a secret?? Is it the best beach in Belize?

  • Expo 2018, 28min.

  • Mexicans Showcase 2018 At Belize Civic Center, 28min.

  • Richard "Dickie" Bradley - Perspective on the State of Emergency declared last week, 51min.

  • The Belize National Senior Men Cricket Team - Regional ICCT20 Qualifier, 14min. Jaron Pakeman - Player, Belize National Senior Men Team. Walton Banner - Co-Captain, Belize National Senior Men Team. Jeremy McCullough - Manager, Belize National Senior Men Team.

  • Do the Smart Thing Book Launch, 23min.

  • Breathtaking footage of earth's most ancient creatures, 2min. This video shows three different sea turtles in their natural habitat. The first is a massive Loggerhead that has come to the reefs of Belize in search of females. He will cruise along, eating large conch shells which he can crush in his massive and powerful jaws, but his true goal is to find a mate.

  • Flying inside Hurricane Florence, 2min. Here's what it's like to fly through Hurricane Florence...

  • DIVING TACKLE BOX SAN PEDRO BELIZE 120918, 3.5min.

  • Genetic Improvement in Sheep and Goat Project (Belize), 5min. The main reason for Belize’s low productivity in sheep production is that the quality of breeding sheep is poor. This, in turn, is due to the fact that the paddock at Central Farm, which supplies sheep to farmers, is very small, with a further lack of basic facilities and equipment adding to the poor efficiency of breeding activities, as a result of which production cannot meet the needs of farmers. The management and technology of sheep feed is also poor, and there has been a failure to maintain pure breeding lines. Farmers lack any means of exchanging information, and lack feeding- and management- related know-how. Pasture and feed management are also poor.

  • Belize Trip 2014, 11min.

  • REEF Trip Belize 2018, 4.5min. Exploratory REEF trip Belize 2018. Objectives included lion fish hunting, searching for the social wrasse and the blue hamlet.

  • Belize Chart Review - British Admirality WGS84, 2min. Belize Chart Review - British Admiralty Chart WGS84 (best served with a rum ration)

  • Sports Talk Show, 2hr.