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Island pets win fabulous prizes at this year’s Spooktacular Halloween Party
The Saga Humane Society in San Pedro Town celebrated its 15th annual Halloween Spooktacular Party on Sunday, November 4th, highlighting cute island pets dressed in creative outfits. The pet- friendly event, which serves as an opportunity to raise much-needed funds for Saga, took place at the Fido’s Courtyard Restaurant and Bar. The fun activity included silent auctions, raffles, drinks, food, giveaways, and fabulous prizes for the best pet Halloween outfits. Around 4PM, pet owners began arriving with their dressed-up dogs ready for the evening’s costume. One by one they took to the stage to compete in five different divisions: Original, Scariest, Funniest, Best Trick and Look Alike. Dogs were dressed as pumpkins, vampires, superheroes, sharks, tigers, a skunk, a beer box and even wearing Hawaiian gear. The judges, Ronnie and Lisa Cyrier, Brittney O’Daniel, and Kristian Guerrero, had their hands full as they decided on the most outstanding outfits.
2018 Copa San Pedro heads to the championship!
After several months of football action, the 2018 Copa San Pedro draws near its end with the third-place position and championship matches taking place this weekend at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town.
Four intense games were held this past weekend, starting on Thursday, November 1st, in the first round of the semifinals in the male category. Vince Assassins defeated San Mateo F.C with a 2-0 score, and Legends F.C won 3-2 over Los Catrachos F.C. The tournament culminates at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town starting on Friday, November 9th with third-place matches. The third-place position will begin at 7PM with San Pedro High School Girls going against Island Warriors in the female category, followed by Los Catrachos F.C facing San Mateo F.C at 9PM. The championship matches will be held on Sunday, November 11th starting at 4:30PM with Golden Warriors facing Ambergris Combined in the female category.
Tourism Arrivals to Belize continue to register impressive growth
On Wednesday, October 31st the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) released its latest statistics, which show tourism arrivals to Belize continue to record impressive growth. There was a 16.6% and 19.9% growth in overnight and cruise ship arrivals respectively after the completion of the third quarter of the year. Belize continues to be a popular vacation destination in Central America among those seeking exceptional adventure and relaxation.
Environmental Educational Campaign closes with a successful art exhibition
An Environmental Educational Campaign ended with a stunning and informative art exhibition at the Banyan Bay Suites conference room in San Pedro Town on Saturday, November 3rd. The art exhibition was a culmination of the environmental educational campaign that was launched a few weeks ago by the Rotaract Club of Ambergris Caye along with MarAllliance.
From 8AM to 12PM, island residents stopped by to see the students’ imaginative creations fashioned from recycled materials they found on the island. The students created fish, gardens, towers and even library stands using discarded materials.
Edreena Lambey Is Miss Garifuna Belize 2018-2019
On Saturday November 3, 2018, National Garifuna Council held its annual Ms. Garifuna Belize Cultural Pageant at the Ecumenical Auditorium in Dangriga Town. This event followed the National Solidarity Mass held the same morning at the Sacred Heart Church.
Six young ladies vied for the title: Shenell Nunez-Ms. Garifuna Belize City, Edreena Lambey-Ms. Garifuna Belmopan; Latoya Castillo-Ms. Garifuna Hopkins; Royisha Mena-Ms. Garifuna Seine Bight; Fredleen Roches-Ms. Garifuna Peini; Taryn Nunez-Ms. Garifuna Dangriga. The contestants showcased their fluency of the language through their introduction and presentation which focused on an issue facing the Garifuna community or relevant to the theme for the November celebration.
Misc Belizean Sources
International Herpetological Symposium
Calling all Young Reptile Enthusiasts! Know any young, enthusiastic reptile and amphibian lovers who would love to participate in this opportunity? There are a few spots left for reptile and amphibian enthusiasts ages 12-22 to participate at the International Herpetological Symposium, so we are extending our deadline to November 15. This is a fabulous opportunity for youth interested in reptile and amphibian conservation and research here in Belize!
The International Herpetological Society (IHS), in collaboration with the Crocodile Research Coalition and The Belize Zoo, would like to invite young Belizeans (ages 12– 22) who have an interest in reptiles and/or amphibians to at the International Herpetological Symposium to be held at the Best Western Hotel in Belize City, June 19 – 22, 2019.
Educate yourself on the International Court of Justice. Here are some upcoming events
Want to know more about the ICJ and Belize-Guatemala Dispute so you could be informed for April 10th, 2019? Come see us at our upcoming events!
Intro to Bird id course this weekend in PG!!
Come and enjoy the beauty of Toledo whilst learning everything birds from the one and only Roni Martinez. We have great discounted rates at 2 of our beautiful eco lodges... BZ$65pp per night inc tax based on double occupancy, bed and breakfast. First 2 nights at the Farm Inn and the 2nd 2 nights at Chaab'il B'e in Jacinto.... call Jo on 6294266 or email pgtoursbelize.com to secure your spot!
Water tank installed in Urban Garden at ACC
Today our Urban Garden at ACC got its water tank installed by the Ministry of Agriculture and the seedlings were planted in the soil. The Soup Kitchen will soon have fresh grown vegetables. The ACC Urban Garden is a Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project in collaboration with ACC and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Environment, Sustainable Development, Climate Change & Immigration.
Large donation for Hope Haven, Thanks Bill!!!
Thank you so much, Bill McQueen for your generous $5000bz donation!
Repeal and Replacement of the EPZ Act with the Designated Processing Areas Bill for compliance with the WTO Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (ASCM)
Since 1995, Belize has been a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) whose main objective is to supervise and liberalize international trade and as a signatory, Belize is legally bound to comply with its various rules, one of which is the “Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (ASCM).” Belize’s Export Processing Zone (EPZ) program has been identified as in violation of the ASCM and the Government of Belize is requesting stakeholder participation in the passage of a new bill for an Act titled the Designated Processing Areas Act which will bring Belize into compliance.
Since 2002, Belize has complied with the requirement to notify the WTO of its incentives including the EPZ program. The country has also complied with the requirement to complete and notify the WTO of an “Action Plan”, which was approved in 2011.
IX Meeting of the Belize-Mexico Mixed Commission
on Technical and Scientific Cooperation
Delegations from the Governments of Belize and Mexico met on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, for the IX Meeting of the Belize-Mexico Mixed Commission on Technical and Scientific Cooperation. The Meeting was held within the framework of the Basic Agreement for Technical and Scientific Cooperation between Mexico and Belize signed in Mexico City on November 23, 1995.
The Meeting evaluated the results of the VIII Scientific and Technical Mixed Commission program from 2014 in which there was a 50% completion rate of implementation. It also approved a subsequent work program for the next two years consisting of 10 activities under the three pillars of Agriculture, Geography and Economy. In the Agriculture sector, initiatives include technical support for the development of sheep and coconut production, as well as support for the bee-keeping industry.
New Trash Cans to Paint in Corozal
Today we are so grateful to two wonderful Corozal residents, Losita Lee and John Marin for donating 5 plastic drums that will be placed in different areas of town as part of our community clean up efforts. This donation could not come at a better time, as we were running our of these drums. Please help with painting and the posts!!!
Power outage scheduled from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 11 to affect the portion of Belize City
Including entire Lake Independence area including Morning Glory Street, Mahogany Street between Central American Boulevard and Sittee Street, St. Jude Street, Hondo Street; Mopan Street, Nargusta Street, Sarstoon Street, Courtney’s Crescent; Mahogany Street between Casuarina Street and Holy Emmanuel Street including Black Orchid Street, Jasmine Street, Periwinkle Street and Hibiscus Street; Marigold, Fern and Croton Lanes; Tibruce, Carnation, Heart, Scaber, and Venus Flytrap Streets; Partridge Street, Casuarina Street, Western and Electric Avenues; Violet, Police, Sunflower, Gordon, Canondate, Hyde, Raleigh, Jones, Diego, Balan and Riverside Streets; Mokay Boulevard, Complex Avenue; Cumberbatch, Gladden, Brown and Giles Streets; LaCroix Boulevard, Rootsville; Central American Boulevard, portion Cemetery Road, Daker Street, Coffin Street, Elston Kerr Street, Rosalie Street, Antelope Street Extension, Iguana Street Extension, Pelican Street Extension, Raccoon Street Extension, Sister Mary Benedict Street, Neal Pen Road Extension, Arlington Drive, Trinity Street, Unity Street, Louise Bevans Street, Freedom Street, South Creek Road, Ramsey Street, Muhammed Ali Street, Benbow Street, Rudan Street, Neal Pen Road, Haynes Street, Kraal Road, Supal Street, Boots Crescent, Monroe Street, Matura Street and Doris Brooks Street. This scheduled power outage is necessary for BEL to connect new high voltage power lines, replace transmission poles, replace voltage regulator and conduct maintenance and testing of equipment at Belize City Substation, in order to manage the increased power load demand and improve the quality of power supply to customers in the area.
Art Classes at SISE HoC
The SISE House of Culture is having art classes on Wednesdays this November. Isabel Carrio will be leading the classes.
Rotaract Costume Competition 2018
Pictures from the Rotaract 2018 costume competition and haunted house.
"Our annual event took place on October 27th at Hodes Place."
Bert V Guilty of another Sex Offence
Guilty of attempted rape! That's what a jury of 5 women and 4 men told Bert Vasquez this evening in the Supreme Court. The 35 year old is already serving a 10 year prison sentence for forcible abduction and indecent assault of a 16 year old.
In this case, the accuser who was 20 at the time - says that in January of 2011, Vasquez took her to the Belama Phase 4 area against her will and attempted to rape her. She testified that he forced her - at knifepoint - to take off her clothing.
Vasquez defended himself - and denied he committed the offenses. He said that he and the accuser had a familiar relationship - and he had been with her the day before.
Teachers Show Numbers In Belmopan
After a week of anticipation, teachers from all across the country took to the streets of Belmopan today for a demonstration. They were answering the call from their union to send a message to the Government. They are unhappy that several important teacher-related issues remain unresolved.
By now, you should know very well about the fight over the hardship allowance for teachers. The BNTU says that the Ministry of Education handled that situation poorly by re-categorizing some schools in remote areas of the country, either cutting the allowance for some, or removing others from the list.
The Ministry insisted the changes are justified. Top technocrats say that the teachers union was consulted, and that the teachers had up until today to make their case to the district education councils, as to why certain schools deserve to be put back on the list, or their allowances increased.
Education Minister Ready To Reconcile
Education Minister Patrick Faber wasn't in Belmopan to get the message from the teachers - instead he was launching his own media counter-offensive. Faber appeared on the UDP's Wave Radio and TV this morning to get out his message: that the Ministry is ready to meet, mend fences and iron out misunderstandings with the union. We caught up with him right after he got off that talk show - and he told us he also wrote to the BNTU President requesting a meeting:...
Hon. Patrick Faber- Minister of Education:
"It is a fact that we did not grant a none-school day. I don't even know one was requested. So, it is our expectation that teachers should be at school today but it may well be that they decided to support the union. I am not going to get into all of that back and forth. As you've indicated as well, I have sent a letter inviting the core executive of the BNTU to a meeting on Monday and I did that yesterday evening very late, in a very calculated way because I didn't want to be accused of trying to derail their efforts..."
6 Months Later, Oswald Arnold’s Body Found?
A Roaring Creek family is hoping for closure after a body was in an area across the river from Teakettle village. Police had to secure a boat to search the area and found human remains, clothing and an expended shotgun shell. A post mortem was conducted on site but at this point it is not confirmed whose remains were found.
But the family of Oswald Arnold hopes that it is the 22 year old who went missing in May of this year. Today his mother and aunt were at the scene and told Plus TV that they want closure:
"Are you guys expecting that the remains found might be that of Oswald?"
Newborn’s Body Buried In Trio
Also this morning around 8:05 in Trio Village in Toledo police found the decomposed body of a baby girl in a plastic bag buried in a yard. Information is that resident Dominga Caal Mucu gave birth to the baby on Sunday at midday but the baby died on Monday afternoon around 3:00. Her common law husband Manuel Caal Ack then buried the baby. The law states that every birth and death has to be documented, if not, it is treated as a case of concealment of birth. Police are trying to locate Ack.
Post-Convention Cabinet Kumbaya
Cabinet had its usual Tuesday meeting in Belmopan yesterday - the first gathering after Sunday's big convention in Port Loyola. As we have reported, that convention up-ended many expectation in the party - and there definitely were some hurt and hard feelings.
But, to hear the Deputy PM tell it - it was a Kumbaya Cabinet:...
Jules Vasquez- Reporter:
"What was the mood in the cabinet yesterday?"
Did PUP Infiltrate And Dictate Port?
But there's no "happily ever after" for the UDP's convention post mortem. The Port Area Rep says the party allowed the PUP to infiltrate the convention and dictate the outcome.
Deputy Faber who was on the winning side of the equation concedes that there was some slippage:...
Jules Vasquez- Reporter:
"Do you accept the interpretation that PUP's infiltrated and in fact dominated the outcome of the Port Loyola convention?"
Who Will Get Wilo’s 16 Delegates?
Of course, it could cynically be argued that Faber might care more about the 16 delegates for Port Loyola than he does about the standard bearer. After all, those delegates are the ones who will vote for the UDP's new leader. Right now the race for that coveted post is between Faber and John Saldivar. And on Sunday night, they were both hugging the victor Phillip Willoughby. But, which of them will get the support of his delegates? That's what we asked Faber today:..
Jules Vasquez- Reporter:
"You and Mr. Zaldivar very famously hugged up Mr. Willoughby. Will he now split the delegates from Port Loyola eight each to each of you all when you go to leaders' convention?"
Whitfield Got Paid, But Citco Under Financial Stress
Last night on the news, you saw former City Council employee Whitfield Rowland complaining that the city hadn't been making his gratuity payments on time.
Today, the City Council snapped back, saying, quote, "Contrary to what Mr. Rowland claimed to the media, his gratuity payment was processed on Monday, November 5th, as was promised; and thereafter, it was deposited to his credit union account."
The council even sent a copy of his cheque to show that it was issued yesterday. Of course, that's all fine and well, but - according to the agreement he and others signed - the payments are due at the end of the month - not 6 days later.
Going Through The Northern Border With Your Child? You Might Want To Get A Birth Certificate
The Immigration staff at the Santa Elena border in the north has been causing frustration for travelers, particularly mothers traveling with their under-aged children.
Immigration Officers have been asking for a letter of travel authorization from the child's father - especially if the child doesn't have the mother's last name. Now, this is standard procedure at the International Airport. But those who pass casually through the northern border aren't ready for all that - and it's been causing major headaches - especially for those separated from the child's father, or who do not have a good relationship with him. In circumstances like that, getting a letter of authorization can be time consuming and complex - especially when you're at the border trying to get across.
The Art of Lead-Her-Ship
A Lead-Her-Ship Conference was held at the Princess Ramada today. Yes, you heard right, it's "Lead-Her-Ship" - a conference to engage women leaders, business owners and entrepreneurs and give them ideas to succeed.
We found out that this year's theme was about keeping dreams down to earth:...
It was a one day event. You can find out more at leadherships.com.
CCJ Struggling in CARICOM
The Caribbean Court of Justice is struggling to get support from the Caribbean community. Yesterday two island nations, Antigua and Barbuda ,and Grenada held referendums to decide whether to keep the London based Privy Council as the highest appeal court or adopt the CCJ.
Well, voters in both countries decided to reject the CCJ and keep the Privy council.
It is a disappointment for the CCJ but in an article on Caribbean360 news, CCJ president Justice Adrian Saunders is quoted as saying "The court will naturally continue ongoing initiatives with justice sector bodies in each of these countries, and the wider Caribbean, through the JURIST project and otherwise."
The Tyranny of Sexual Harassment
If you're a Belizean woman, like me, you know all too well about the culture of catcalling. Most days, we're not able to walk down to the corner store without having at least one man on the street making unwelcome comments of a sexual nature, or make unwanted sexual advances.
It's sexual harassment, but it's not the only kind, and so students from UB in Belmopan participated in a forum to discuss the topic under the theme "Sexual Harassment and Me". The purpose is to raise awareness about this form of gender-based violence, and it was coordinated by the organization known as "Resistance through Education in Transition".
New Ms. Garifuna Belize
The 2018 Ms Garifuna Belize was crowned on Saturday in Dangriga Town. Contestants were required to showcase their fluency in the language and they also performed various cultural dances in traditional clothing.
At the end of the night, Edreena Lambey was named the new Ms. Garifuna Belize.
B.N.T.U. Descends on Belmopan, Sending Strike Warning to M.O.E.
Starting at about nine o’clock this morning, hundreds of teachers from all branches of the Belize National Teachers Union descended on Belmopan, making good on a plan to fight for [...]
B.N.T.U. Garners Support from Unions, Political Parties
The B.N.T.U. was not alone today; they were joined by several other labour groups, including the Christian Workers Union and the Public Service Union. The leaderships of the People’s United [...]
Education Minister Weighs in on Teachers’ Demonstration
The man at the centre of the storm is the Minister of Education Patrick Faber whose relations with the Belize National Teachers Union have been testy at best. As teachers [...]
Human Remains Found; Are They of Oswald Arnold?
Human remains were found today and it is believed that the remains are that of twenty-year-old Oswald Arnold. Arnold, a Roaring Creek resident, went missing six months ago. He was [...]
Bert Vasquez Faces Additional Time After Being Found Guilty of Attempted Rape
Guilty of attempted rape – that was the unanimous verdict returned by a jury of nine this evening in a case against Bert Vasquez. The thirty-four-year-old appeared unrepresented before the [...]
Belize City Welder Remanded for Armed Robbery
A Belize City welder, who uses as many as eight names, appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court for a charge of robbery with a firearm. Twenty-one-year-old Edward Henry Alexander [...]
Jamaican Businessman Arraigned for Trafficking over 4 Pounds of Weed
A Seine Bight businessman, Daniel Vera, was granted bail after he was busted on board a Richie’s bus with a knapsack containing over four pounds of marijuana wrapped in three [...]
Human Rights Commission of Belize Concerned Over Threat of State of Emergency
Deputy Commissioner of Police Chester Williams this week threatened to impose another state of emergency; this time to tackle the rising cases of armed robberies that have been plaguing the [...]
Does Spate of Armed Robberies Warrant State of Emergency?
Back in September, the state of emergency was put in place in two areas of south side Belize City, encompassing the George Street and the Mayflower Street gang territory. More [...]
What About Establishing the Crime Control Council?
The attorney says that the department and the legislative arm of government have adequate time to consider other mechanisms before invoking a state of emergency. The establishment of the Crime [...]
P.U.P. Leader Responds to the “King of Port”
Self proclaimed, ‘King of Port’ Anthony ‘Boots’ Martinez blames the P.U.P. for infiltrating the U.D.P.’s Port Loyola Convention and causing Michael Peyrefitte to lose. Peyrefitte, who was Martinez’s pick, was [...]
Patrick Faber to Meet with B.N.T.U. Leadership
Back to the B.N.T.U.’s plight…Minister of Education Patrick Faber is scheduled to meet with the executive of the union on Monday. The Deputy Prime Minister told News Five that he [...]
Does DPM Faber Fear a Joint Unions Strike?
On Tuesday, the Joint Utility Unions issued a press release supporting B.N.T.U. The endorsement comes ahead of a scheduled meeting with Minister Faber on November twelfth. So, what if things [...]
11 Mexican Films to be Features in Belize Film Festival
The annual Belize International Film Festival opening ceremony takes place on Thursday at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts in Belize City. The red carpet affair leading up to [...]
The 25th Anniversary of the Mexican Cultural Institute in Belize
The screening is among a list of activities being held at the centre, located at the corner of Newtown Barracks and Wilson Street, to commemorate the anniversary of the Mexican [...]
BNTU Marches on the Capital
Today was the day that the Ministry of Education gave the Belize National Teachers Union a deadline to speak to low-level school management regarding issues that the union had brought to the ministry. Since the union only negotiates as a team with higher-ups in the ministry and the fact that the Minister of Education had …
Belize Coalition hopes to find an alternative to gill-net
In Belize, there are many who make their livelihood by fishing, but with everything there are restrictions and policies to ensure sustainability and proper usage. Fishermen who are still in the habit of using gill-net is one of those instances where best practices and sustainability are not being taken into consideration. The Belize Coalition for …
Bert Vasquez found guilty of attempted rape
A jury consisting of five women and four men deliberated today and delivered a verdict of guilty on the attempted rape charge and not guilty on the charge of forcible abduction brought against 35-year-old, Bert Vasquez. The jury took over 3 hours to deliberate and arrived at the verdicts just after four o’clock this evening. …
HUMAN BONES FOUND IN SHALLOW GRAVE IN TEAKETTLE
Family members of Osward Arnold, 20, have positively identified clothing found on bones discovered this morning in Teakettle. Arnold, a Roaring Creek resident, went missing in May after a fishing trip with four friends. They returned but he never did.
PUP LEADER JOHN BRICENO SCOFFED AT BOOTS MARTINEZ CLAIMS
On Monday, Port Loyola Area Representative Anthony ‘Boots’ Martinez claimed that more than 400 PUP supporters had infiltrated the UDP convention, and had voted for Phillip Willoughby. He blamed that ‘invasion’ for the loss of Michael Peyrefitte. Today PUP Leader John Briceño scoffed at that suggestion.
BNTU TEACHERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY CONVERGE ON BELMOPAN
Teachers from all across the country are marching on the Belmopan Ring Road, singing their union songs with a new chorus – “Tell Faber to bring it on, we’re gonna out his lights.”
The demonstration seems to be a mile long, as thousands of teachers are showing their solidarity and the strength of the union, which is requesting that the minister of education ‘Hon. Patric Faber’ meet a list of demands or negotiate with the union to address several compensation issues that were agreed to in past negotiations, but which have never been implemented. “the union says they are demonstrating to get past agreed to compensation that are long overdue”.
Just before the march took off they were led in song by former President of the BNTU Luke Palacio.
Breaking Belize News
Belize City man shot
A man was shot minutes ago on Belize City’s southside. He has been identified as […]
Belize-Mexico Commission on Technical and Scientific Cooperation meet
Delegations from the Governments of Belize and Mexico met on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, for […]
BNTU hosts national demonstration
Thousands of Belizean teachers are at the Belmopan Civic Center for the Belize National Teachers […]
Man who allegedly killed PC Martinez smiles after arraignment
One of the men accused of killing PC Osborn Martinez was arraigned yesterday. Tyrique Myles,18, of […]
UNDP donates GPS to Police Department
Yesterday, the Ministry of National Security received 37 Garmin Global Positioning System (GPS). GPS is a U.S.-owned […]
Utilities Union extends support to BNTU
The Utilities Union have issued a statement expressing their support for the Belize National Teachers Union […]
Tracey Betancourt charged for the murder of Lamont Lipka
Tracey Betancourt, a San Pedro resident has been charged for the murder of American businessman, Lamont […]
Private Island Camping on Goff’s Caye
It doesn’t get much better than this… A good sail before camping on a private island combined with amazing snorkeling. Ultimate tropical back-to-nature experiences on the new 24-hour Catamaran Camping tour with Xsite Belize Sailing and Adventures.
My visiting company Heather and I won the lottery and got on the list to be in a 12 person focus group for a new 24-hour catamaran camping trip to Goff’s Caye. Xsite Tour owners Tammy and Neff wanted to test drive their upcoming new tour and get a feel for timing and logistics. It was perfect because Heather had been wanting to go on a sailing trip while here but couldn’t do a three day one because she has back issues. So when Tammy said she was welcome to join the test run for their overnight tour, we were both excited.
After a leisurely travel day on the water, imagine pitching your tent on a 1.2-acre island in the middle of the Caribbean just in time for a sunset swim. Heaven.
My 49 Year Old Boyfriend Had a Heart Attack In Belize
About one week ago, Jeff was laying in a hospital bed at the Cardiac Center at Buttonwood Bay in Belize City recovering from a heart attack. He had a brand new 4mm x 18mm (that’s over 1 inch by 7 inches) stent – or titanium tube – placed in a major offshoot of his left anterior coronary artery.
The left anterior descending coronary artery is also known as “the widowmaker” since it supplies over 40% of the blood to your heart.
Good news: this procedure can be done – and was done – in Belize
Bad news: there is little to no information out there and we had a very scary and for Jeff, VERY PAINFUL, 48 hours before we got to exactly where we needed to be
Jeff is now feeling so much better and on his way to a full recovery but I think it’s important (now that I’ve had a chance to breathe) to get the information out there. SO MANY PEOPLE think about coming here to retire and ask about medical care.
History of the Garifuna Culture
The Afro-Caribbean Garifuna people originated with the arrival of West African slaves who washed ashore on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent around 1635 while likely on their way to New World mines and plantations. Today, the global population of Garifunas stands at upwards of 300,000 people, many of whom live in the U.S. and Canada. Garifuna communities along the Caribbean Sea live mostly in coastal towns and villages in the Central American countries of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
A Brief History of the Garifuna People:
The West African transplants were either ship-wrecked or escaped from the Caribbean islands of Barbados, St. Lucia and Grenada, depending on the source. They intermarried with local populations of Arawaks and Carib Indians (Caribs), immigrants from South America, to become known as Garifunas or Black Caribs. (Click on the image below to view the full-size map in a separate window or browser tab.)
LAW LEGALIZING MARIJUANA INTRODUCED IN SENATE BY OLGA SANCHEZ CORDERO
Cordero is the designated secretary of governance in the incoming federal cabinet,
but she is still a member of the senate.
The historic legislation is called 'The General Law to Regulate and Control Marijuana' - highlights:
- The law would establish a national institute to control and regulate the production and sale of marijuana.
- It would be legal to grow 20 plants for personal use. A five year licence would have to be obtained from the institute which would also distribute marijuana seeds.
- Marijuana would be legal to smoke publicly in areas where tobacco products are consumed.
... By Mexican law it is now legal. The legislation is bringing the statues in line with the law. Under Mexican Law if a particular issue comes before the court 5 times with five consecutive rulings it becomes law and the Supreme Court gives the legislature 90 days to fix the legislation. If they do not the Supreme court will grant an injunction against enforcing the law to anyone that applies. Marijuana is legal in Mexico right now.
Proba-V Images Impact Site On Yucatán Peninsula
ESA's Proba-V minisatellite images the verdant Yucatán peninsula, once home to the Maya civilization and the site of the impact believed to have doomed the dinosaurs.
As part of the Atlantic Hurricane Belt - placed between the Gulf of Mexico to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east - the largely flat peninsula is vulnerable to storms from the east. Yet, its easternmost side is the site of popular beach resorts and tourist hotspots such as the city of Cancún. Moving further south towards Belize, the state of Quintana Roo is home to the biosphere reserve of Sian Ka'an, home to jaguars and archaeological sites of the Maya.
On the western side, the large orange-brown spot is the city of Mérida, near the centre of the buried Chicxulub crater. This was formed by the impact of a 10- to 15- km large asteroid or comet, triggering a major climate disruption and extinction event, just under 66 million years ago.
Caribbean islands vote to retain London-based appeal court
A centuries-old London body will continue to have the final say on the administration of justice in two Caribbean ex-colonies after referendums to replace it with a regional court failed to reach the requisite majorities.
British rule in Antigua and Barbuda and Grenada ended decades ago but -? like many of the English-speaking islands -? they have retained the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council as their final court of appeal.
Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne on Wednesday described the result as "disappointing but not surprising," given the lack of support from the main opposition.
Voters in both nations went to the polls Tuesday to determine whether to officially adopt the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) instead.
Just under 48 percent of people in Antigua and Barbuda voted in favor of the constitutional changes and around 45 percent of those in Grenada. The referendums required a two-thirds majority to pass.
Southwest Airlines resumes Ft. Lauderdale Flight
Southwest Airlines is pleased to announce that they resumed daily service from Ft. Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL) to Belize City (BZE) on Saturday November 3rd, 2018.
Southwest Airlines strives to connect customers with what's important in their lives and excited to bring back daily service to the people of Florida and Belize.
The Voices of the Teachers, 1hr10min. Teachers assembled inside the Belmopan Civic Center as part of today’s demonstration.
BNTU Demonstration in Belmopan, 9min.
The legalization of marijuana - Dr. Joel Cervantes Point of View, 39min. The conversation continues about the legalization of marijuana. But what types of industries could the legalization of marijuana support? We spoke with Dr. Joel Cervantes, a neurosurgeon, about the viability of the medicinal marijuana industry. He gave an overview of the scientifically accepted medicinal and nutritional use of the components of marijuana. He also shared his perspective on how we could use these to create economic benefits for the country. He says that the medical fraternity should lead this movement and that a dialogue should ensue about research and the required ethical guidelines to facilitate such an industry.
The 4th Annual Leadership Conference 2018, 24min. The 4th Annual Leaderhership Conference 2018 is taking place tomorrow in Belize City. This year's theme is "Fulfill Your Dreams." The organizers of the event spoke to us about how the conference will help women to find identify their unique potential and pursue their entrepreneurial goals. On our couch:
Dr. Danalyn Myvett -President, Belize Center for Training and Development.
Georgina Terry - International Speaker, Author.
Ozzy the Clown - magic to our Fun Friday, 13min. Mirab Department Store
Mirab Department Store, 34min. Mirab Department Store is introducing the Ashley furniture line to Belize. The furniture giant will now offer its unique style decor locally courtesy a new store that will be opening on November 8th at 8:30 am. Our guests talked to us about the affordability of the line and how you can use their appeal to add coziness to your homes. On our couch:
Sule Smith - Ashley Store Associate.
Elijah Flores - Ashley Sales Associate.
Dionne Chamberlain - Branding & Launch Consultant.
The Belize Police Department - Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run, 20min. The Belize Police Department and Special Olympics Belize are preparing for the Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Persons with Disability. The countrywide tour begins on December 1st in Corozal. Our guests shared the details of the event and spoke of how it raises awareness of their work. On our couch:
Dr. Maxine Mckay - Vice Chair, Special Olympics Belize.
Cpl 1103 Aaron Ferguson - Coordinator LETR, Belize Police Department.
BNTU in Belmopan, 19min.
Diving Sharks Canyon Belize_Nov 2018, 3.5min. Hey join us on this dive of famous Sharks Canyon in Belize. I've got over 175 dives logged and the ocean still reveals new things with every dive.
Landon's Wish Trip - Snorkeling at Shark Ray Alley Belize, 8min. This is at Shark Ray Alley our 2nd snorkeling stop. There are tons of fish, sharks and rays so watch the whole thing but at 5:11 a big shark swims right under me
Salvation Army Kettle Appeal, 19min. It's that time again for the launch of the Salvation Army Kettle Appeal. Our guests shared the details of this year's appeal and talked about how they will use the resources collected to donate to deserving families. On our couch:
Zenena Moguel - Representative, Bravo Motors.
Yolany Cocom - Representative, Grace Kennedy Belize Ltd.
Major Joliker Leandre - Regional Director Of The Salvation Army.
Julie-Ann Ellis Bradley - Advisory Board Member of The Salvation Army.
The 13th edition of the Belize International Film Festival - November 8th -11th, 2018, 32min. The 13th edition of the Belize International Film Festival (BIFF) kicks off on November 8th -11th, 2018. Representatives of the BIFF spoke with us about this year's feature films. We spoke with them about the development of our local film industry and how they are supporting skill development. On our couch:
Suzette Zaiden -Founder, Belize International Film Festival.
Dan Mirvish - Director/Screenwriter/Producer/Author.
Nicole Brooks - Content Creator.
ICJ Educational Campaign, 69min. OYE will be featuring a series of educational segments to inform you about the history of the territorial dispute. Representatives of the Educational Campaign were our guests to begin the process with a presentation. Today they focused on the historical case of the 1859 Treaty & the 1931 Exchange of Notes. On our couch:
Cesar Ross - History Educator, ICJ Educational Campaign.
Brenda Armstrong - History Educator, ICJ Educational Campaign.
A new bill in Mexico could legalize weed production and sales, 1min.
Shopping in Belize, 11min.
Highlights: Honduras with a 4-0 victory over Belize., 1min.
Howling Monkeys in The Teakettle Cayo Belize, 1.5min. Loud Howling Monkeys in Belize Jungle.
Landon's Wish Trip - Jaguar Experience at Belize Zoo, 6min. Belize Zoo uses the money from the Jaguar experience ($50 USD or $100 BZE) to feed Junior the Jaguar. His mother was killing livestock after Mennonite cleared land she lived on for their farm. She was captured. They did not know she was pregnant at the time and had Junior a couple weeks later. She was stressed in captivity and rejected Junior so he was hand raised at the zoo. After his first somersault in the video a child at the outside rail is yelling "I can see him, I can see him" It upset Junior and he ran to the rail and hissed, teeth bared. Despite being hand-raised he is still very much a wild animal. Quite the adrenaline rush. The zoo was Landon's favorite part of the trip.
Sports Talk Show, 60min.