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Today's Belize News: November 14, 2018 #533265
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The San Pedro Sun

2018 Copa San Pedro Champions are Ambergris Combined Girls and Vince Assassin
After several months of football action at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Combined Girls and Vince Assassins claimed the championship for the 2018 Copa San Pedro Football Tournament on Sunday, November 10th. The third-place position matches were held on Friday November 9th. The first match was in the female category, which saw San Pedro High School (SPHS) Girls going against Island Warriors. At the end of the game time, it was a clear victory for SPHS Girls, who, with a 5-2 score took the third place.

Rotary Club of Ambergris Caye receives visit from its District Governor
Jose Interiano, the Governor of Rotary’s International District #4250, which includes Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras, visited Ambergris Caye Rotary Club on Saturday, November 10th. The District is made up of 72 Rotary Clubs, 10 of which are in Belize, and Interiano visited them all during his stay in the country. On the island, he met with the local club and offered his advice on how to continue succeeding in their upcoming projects. The official one day visit concluded with a dinner/presentation at Aji Tapa Lounge/Restaurant north of San Pedro Town.

Ambergris Today

Nominations For San Pedro Person Of The Year 2018
It's almost that time of the year - To honor one admirable individual for his/her hard work and dedication in making a difference in our community. NOMINATE the individual you think is deserving of the Person of the Year 2018 Award in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. You can nominate more than one person; fill out the form and share for others to send in their nomination. Thank you!

H.E. Remus Li-Kuo Chen – New Ambassador Of Republic Of China (Taiwan) To Belize
H. E. Remus Li-Kuo Chen presented his Letters of Credence as the new ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to H.E. Sir Colville Young, Governor General of Belize. The Ambassador conveyed his country’s greetings and well-wishes to the Governor General and people of Belize. He expressed on behalf of his country their gratitude for the invaluable support and friendship shown by Belize to Taiwan on international issues. The Ambassador said that it is the hope of his government to continue to enhance ties of cooperation and goodwill with Belize.

Misc Belizean Sources

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint “Join Me?”.

The Ministry of Natural Resources Clarifies Statement by The PSU
The Ministry of Natural Resources hereby addresses the statement made in a press release dated Sunday, November 11, 2018, issued by The Public Service Union (The PSU), relating to a transaction between the Belmopan City Council and a third party that was “expeditiously facilitated” by the Ministry. The transaction referred to by The PSU satisfied all procedural requirements and there were no legal impediments to its processing, which was completed in seven (7) days. The Ministry was not involved in any attempt to relieve The Public Service Union of its rights. The PSU has since exercised the option to place a caution on the Hilltop property in light of its unregistered lease. This caution was received by the Ministry on Friday, November 9, 2018, and the registration was completed on Monday, November 12, 2018.

BTEC, BELTRAIDE completes Soft Skills and Customer Service Training with Mahogany Bay Village
On Friday, November 9th 2018, The Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), a unit of BELTRAIDE completed a 2 week training for the staff of Mahogany Bay Village in San Pedro. The training encompassed a week of soft skills which covered professionalism, work ethic, communication skills and one week of customer service which focused on handling customer complaints , telephone etiquette and more!

ICJ OpenForum at the Corozal House of Culture
You are invited to be part of a conversation that affects you personally as a Belizean at heart. Nov. 16, 6:30pm.

Metal Haven VIII Rocked
Another incredible night of metal. Ascenthium, SonicBrew, Verge of Umbra, and many others rocked the Cancha Marshelleck. Jose Berrera got some great shots too. Pictures on fb.

BELIZE FISHING REPORT: Weeks of Nov. 4th - Nov. 11th, 2018
Sunny days and light winds made for good sight casting. El Pescador was honored to host the 2018 Redbone Belize Superslam Tournament raising money for Cystic Fibrosis research, lots of wonderful friends, great fishing, and lots of funds raised for this terrific cause! All of us here look forward to helping again with this worthwhile cause when they return in 2019.

Water Outage in San Ignacio Thursday
Belize Water Services informs customers in parts of San Ignacio that there will be an interruption in the water supply Thursday, November 15, 2018, starting at 1:00pm. The areas to be affected are Kontiki area, Shawville area, and Boiton area. This interruption is necessary for the installation of a new water main. Due to the upgrade, customers may experience low water pressure and/or discoloration when water is restored. Residents of these or nearby areas are advised that water is expected to be fully restored by 6:00pm.

Water Outage in Ladyville Thursday
Belize Water Services informs customers in parts of Ladyville that there will be an interruption in the water supply, Thursday, November 15, 2018, starting at 1:00pm. The entire Vista Del Mar area will be affected. This interruption is necessary for the installation of new water mains. Due to the upgrades, customers may experience low pressure and/or discoloration in the water supply when water is fully restored. Motorists are being advised of the following street closures: (i) both lanes of Conch Crescent and (ii) Barracuda Drive. Customers are being advised that water is expected to be fully restored by 6:00pm.

Outreach Education Campaign
FCD and Balam’s Environmental Educator in Peten has undertaken over 1,000 surveys in 20 communities to understand knowledge and behaviour towards river conservation. This is in preparation to an outreach education campaign.

ACES at the San Pedro Cleanup
The goal for the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) 4 day clean up was to hit multiple locations in multiple neighborhoods, but we couldn’t even finish just one road because of how bad it was. There was an army of seriously dedicated people working from 8 am to 5 pm and multiple vehicles hauling trash non-stop all day long, but the road is still covered in trash. Literally tons of trash were pulled from the environment, but many tons still remain. The past 4 days cleaning the San Pedrito Highway, a road that is only 2 years old, was not fun, it was not easy, and it broke everyones’ hearts to see the severity of the trash problem on Ambergris Caye. How did this happen and why does it still happen? Why do so many so blatantly disrespect the island that provides us our livelihood? How can we reverse this behavior before it is too late?

Murder in San Pedro
Thirty seven year old Cyril Jones was reportedly shot to death tonight while in San Pedro Town. Jones was at home when a man on a motorcycle appeared and fired several bullets in his direction. More details to follow...

Proposed bill is a slap in the face for natural born Belizeans and citizens of Belize who live abroad
By Wellington C. Ramos. The Bill that Kareem Musa is proposing does not go far enough for natural born Belizean citizens and other citizens who live in the United States and abroad. This is because natural born citizens and all the citizens of Belize are entitled to their constitutional rights whether they live in Belize or abroad. The three months residency requirement that was placed in the People’s Representative Ordinance is only there to prevent voters from voting in constituencies where they do not live but, despite this provision, this is taking place in Belize now. There is also proof that many Belizeans have been allowed to register and vote in constituencies where they do not live, despite the residency requirement. Also, many of our elected representatives do not live in the constituencies that they represent. The UDP and PUP governments of Belize have and continue to grant Belizean citizenship to Guatemalans. This is unconstitutional, while denying their natural born citizens and other citizens that same right to register and vote. To grant citizens who are not natural born or citizens of Belize a right to vote is criminal.

COMISCA Meeting in Belize City
In an effort to continue to advance the position of human resources of health professionals within Central America and the Dominican Republic, the technical committee for the development of Human Resources under COMISCA is holding its 13th meeting in Belize City today and tomorrow. The agenda over the next two days will include lines of action to identify gender gaps in health careers, reviewing and approving of proposals to further improve careers in health in the region and present levels of the Human Resources for Health observatory. For more information on this meeting, contact: Andrei Chell, Health Planner, Policy Analysis Planning Unit, Ministry of Health

JOB VACANCY at Chunox St. Viator Vocational High School for and AGRICULTURE TEACHER (Full-Time)
Minimum qualification required is a Bachelor's Degree in the subject area. Renumeration will be in accordance with Salary scales approved by the Ministry of Education. Send letter of application and resume, with two (2) recent letters of recommendation and two Certified copies of the following documents: a. Diploma b. Teacher License c. Social Security d. Birth Paper e. One (1) certified copy of Transcript f. One (1) original and one (1) certified copy of police record

San Pedro: New Traffic Signs on Sea Grape not in use yet
You may have noticed some new traffic signs on Sea Grape Drive, these signs have a cross on them indicating that they are not yet in use. We will inform drivers when the new traffic flow system will begin. Thank you.

Calling all artists and artisans to participate in Cayo Art Festival!!
Calling on all artist and artisans interested in registering to participate in the Cayo Art Festival on December 8th,registration is now opened until November 23rd.

It is TreeTuesday and we are highlighting the tree Cinnamomum bladenense!
Cinnamomum bladenense was first collected in Belize in 2012, and in 2017 the tree was determined to be a species new to science! This tree was found growing in the Bladen Nature Reserve by plant ecologist Steven W. Brewer and Ya’axché botanist Gail Stott during the establishment of a permanent sample plot in the reserve. The name honors the location where it was found, in order to stress the importance of protecting the watershed and the unique flora and fauna of the Bladen branch of the Monkey River. Fewer than 10 individuals are known from the steep and rocky limestone slopes of the reserve. Three other Cinnamomum species exist in Belize, but this tree differs from closely related species by its relatively small flowers and its presence on limestone slopes. The inner bark has a chemical odor like bathroom cleaner.

ITZAMNÁ
Itzamná represents creation of the world and universe . Also writing,science and divination . The word "Itz" seems to be a sacred liquid (like water,sap,semen and blood ) and also sorcery . Itzamna can mean "Wise wizard" .

A few images from Day 1 and Day 4 of the San Pedro Cleanup
I am sure I heard Captain Conch say Illegal Dumping Has to Stop NOW! We have a garbage transfer station. What is stopping you from using it? A few images from Day 1 and Day 4

Channel 7

Why Did The Belmopan Mayor Sell Out PSU HQ?
Khalid Belislie has been the mayor of Belmopan for three and half years. And in that time - the laid back mayor of our laid back capital has been able to steer clear of national controversy. But, tonight he's in the thick tangle of a dispute that definitely has legs. Mayor Belisle is the one who signed off on the deal to sell the Public Service Union's Hilltop Headquarters to a Chinese-owned company for $400,000 dollars. Why did he do it and what was he thinking? That's what we asked him today in Belmopan at a press briefing. He explained that the problems started in 2017 when the council reviewed its municipal landholdings and found that the PSU's hilltop was one that had long defaulted on its lease payments:

Lands Minister Says His Dept. Played No Part
The lands department under the Ministry of Natural Resources is also under scrutiny in the PSU land case. The PSU suggested that there was some collusion within the lands department to get the transfer finalized and recorded so swiftly. Well today, Natural Resources Minister Hugo Patt granted an interview to 7News where he clarifies that the lands department had nothing to do with the sale or purchase of the hilltop lot. All they did was document the transaction at the registry department. Here is that conversation with Minister Patt. Hon. Hugo Patt, Minister of Natural Resources: "It wasn't incumbent on us as a Ministry particularly speaking about the registry department to find out who the particular parcel of land is being sold to or transactions would be there and the onus on us is just to register a particular transaction. The lands ministry and the registry section of our ministry does not in any way get involved of who is selling or who is buying."

NTUCB Heaps Scorn on BMP City Council
And, caution is just what the National Trade Union Congress of Belize says the Belmopan Council threw to the wind when it sold the land. A breathless release calls the sale, quote, "Unfathomable, morally repugnant, counter-productive, ill- considered, unconscionable, (and) scandalous…" The release goes unto say, quote, "The NTUCB considers it bone-chilling that the Belmopan City Council chose to target a venerable institution such as the PSU....NTUCB stands in full solidarity with PSU in demanding that the Belmopan City Council reverse course and restore Hilltop to the PSU." End quote.

Farmer Killed Crossing Road
When we left you last night it was with the news that there had been a fatal accident in San Marcus village, not far from Punta Gorda. We have the details tonight. At 6:05 46 year old Gregorio Choc was driving this Ford Ranger from Dump to Punta Gorda. Between miles 12 and 13, he knocked down 57 year old Francisco Sis. The San Marcos farmer was crossing the the highway when he was knocked down. He sustained facial and body injuries and died on impact. Choc was taken into police custody.

BAHA Driver Knocked Down And Killed Cabbie
And while that accident in Toledo claimed the life of a 57 year old, in the city, it was a 56 year old Cab driver that was run over and killed. Arthur Requena, a well-known Belize City taxi man, was hit by 40 year-old Cristo Rey Villager Diovan Cesar Tzib near mile 2 on the Philip Goldson Highway yesterday, some time around 11 a.m. Requena was crossing the road between the Matalon Building and Easy Inn when he was struck by Tzib's pickup truck - which belongs to BAHA. He died shortly after. We are told that police have retrieved and reviewed surveillance video footage from businesses within the area to determine just how the accident took place.

Thieves Burgled Boots’ Office
Last night, thieves broke into the constituency office of UDP Port Loyola Representative Anthony "Boots" Martinez. The office is right off Faber's Road and has a watchman who stays inside the building during the night. But, the watchman claims he didn't hear anything when someone gained entry to the building and stole three computers, along with application forms for the Southside Poverty Alleviation Project. Martinez says the thieves didn't take anything else of value. He adds that he finds it very odd that the watchman didn't hear anything. As for what was stole - Martinez said the computers only contained files with political and constituency information.

Mango Creek Cops Catch Suspected Robbers
Independence Police have been quick to detain four men after a brazen robbery last night in the heart of the village. It happened at Jian store at 7:45 when four masked men dressed in black, one of them with a 38 revolver held up the couple who owns the store. They helped themselves to the cash register which had 600 dollars. Plus they stole an iPhone X, a bottle of alcohol and a chain. It was all caught on surveillance cameras and police have four men detained tonight. The four suspects - who are from Belize City - are believed to have gone to Independence to commit the robbery and then caught a bus headed back towards Dangriga. Police got a tip and called their Dangriga counterparts who found them on the bus 6 miles from the Dangriga junction. We understand some money was recovered.

Cops Shot Troublemaker in Foot, That Didn’t Stop Him
Independence Police have also charged a man who they shot this weekend. On Sunday Police were responding to a complaint of an aggravated assault. They found Rodwel Arzu on the street resisting arrest and disrespecting the officers. Police shot him in the foot - and he continued to give them a hard time. Eventually a friend of his came on a motorbike and convinced him to go with the police. He will be charged for aggravated assault with a firearm, resisting arrest and other offences.

Guarding Against Gillnets on Turneffe
The last time that gill nets made the news, was at the end of July. That was when it became public knowledge that the Fisheries Department was favor of keeping gill nets for traditional fishermen, even though organizations like Oceana Belize and the Coast Guard are in favor of phasing out this practice. While it appears that the Government hasn't made up its mind on how it wants to deal with this controversial issue, for the managers of the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve it's simple. The law says that gill nets are not supposed to be used in any part of the Belize's territorial waters that make up the reserve. Those co-managers are the Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association or TASA for short.

Wilfred’s Warning For Sarstoon Senators
As we told you last night, senators Osmany Salas and Mark Lizarraga accompanied the Belize Territorial Volunteers to the border marker known as Gracias A Dios via the Sarstoon River. Although the weekend expedition went without incident, today, Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington said he didn't think it was the best decision simply because there is always the possibly for a hostile and life threatening confrontation with Guatemalan Armed forces. Elrington re-emphasized his caution on these Sarstoon trips. Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs: "My own view is that the Belize Defense Force who absolutely have to use the Sartsoon should never stop going to the Sarstoon, those Belizeans who are intrepid, who are fearless, who are adventurous, who want to go can also go too, it is simply my thought though that given the attitude of the Guatemalans it may not be the safest thing to do, we can't say what the Guatemalan military or Guatemalan government will perceive as being provocation."

The Double Risk of Diabetes and Blindness
Diabetes leads to a host of serious health complications. One of them is blindness, and today the KHMH along with the UK led Vision 2020 Links program held an awareness training on diabetes retinopathy. The training was for physicians and doctors to be able recognize when a person with diabetes is going blind, to able to properly check, diagnose and treat or refer the patient. We found out more about the training. Ellen Heinemann - Program Coord., Vision 2020 Links: "Its actually initiated by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK and we link various hospitals from low income countries to UK links. So, to special hospitals, our hospitals predominantly, that they can support the links in each of the individual countries. So, we run these workshops in different countries, in South Africa and the Caribbean predominantly and we normally bring the relevant link..."

Moe’s Pizza By The Sea Moving For A January Opening
Construction resumed last week on Moe's Pizza on the Sandlighter's Promenade. This is after a stop order from the Department of the Environment halted work for three weeks. As we understand it, the Department of the Environment has instructed the developer Haisam Diab to do basically what any builder would do: contract with Waste Control for garbage disposal, hook up to the sewer mains, and pipe all grey water into the sewer mains. The DOE also assessed developer Hiasam Diab with a $500.00 monitoring fee. Diab is planning for a mid - January opening. The project generated some political scrutiny when it was thought that the City Council had sold Diab the land. It is actually a lease - where the council will own the building at the end of the lease.

Sports Council Capitulates Quickly To Battle of the Drums Demands
The alarm went out this morning that Punta Gorda's prize festivity, the Battle of the Drums might have to change venues, or districts at the last minute. President of the Battle of the Drums Darius Avila sent out a thousand word press release this morning accusing the National Sports Council of giving it a raw deal on a high price to rent the PG Sporting Complex. Avila says the NSC was charging them $500 a day plus taking 10% of their door sales. Avila argued that was, quote, "highly prohibitive to a charitable organization that is seeking to raise funds to invest in programs, projects and activities that are beneficial to the community."

A Special Guest For Settlement Day
If you're one of the thousands of Belizeans who are southbound for this weekend Garifuna Settlement Day Celebrations, the National Garifuna Council has organized a treat for music lovers. They've invited Zamfir Adams, a calypsonian from the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to perform at several events which make up a part of this week's calendar of events which leads up to Garifuna Settlement Day. Adams has quickly gained popularity in the Garifuna Nation after he won this year's Calypso Monarch competition in Trindad for his hit song, "Hail Garifuna".

SMART Supports BERT For CPR Trianing
Right now, the Belize Emergency Response Team (BERT) is conducting a training for school children countrywide on how to administer CPR to persons having a heart attacks. September was celebrated as CPR month in Latin America and Caribbean, as a member of the American Heart Association, BERT trained just over 3,000 students in their program called "Hands Only CPR" in the Corozal, Orange Walk, and Belize Districts. They want to continue in the other 3 districts, but they need funding. And so, they are accepting donations from members of the business community to carry on.

“Rights” Activity Book For Kids
Express yourself with rights: that is the name of NCFC's first rights based activity book and CD package. It was launched today at the Bliss Center and launch coordinator Lindburgh Smith told us why this book is very important and still relevant today. Lindburgh Smith - Former IEC Officer, NCFC: "We, as the group of Ambassadors decided well, since we don't have anything local. Why not produce something local for the first time that can teach rights using the Belizean contacts to... and that would be fun and so we sat at the table and we drafted this masterpiece today "Express yourself with rights" which has a multidimensional approach..."

Is the Political Playing Field Level For Both Sexes?
And while that activity book is to get children involved and engaged, what about women in politics? They make up more than 50% of the population, but women make up less than 7% of the representation in the House. And, in terms of political candidates, the PUP will end up with one for the 2020 general election, while the UDP may only end up with two - so that is three out of a total of 62 candidates. That's a dismal 5%. So, what is it with women and politics? Is there really a glass ceiling? OR is the game made so crooked by those male politicians that only they can thrive in it?

Hon. Wilfred Didn’t Support Nephew OJ
And the man in this case is OJ Elrington. While many big shots in the UDP did support him, his uncle Wilfred didn't. Wilfred Elrington congratulated his nephew on his win but admitted that he didn't support OJ in any way. Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs: "I wish him all the best, politics is a tremendous amount of sacrifice, many times we do not think about it but it is a tremendous amount of sacrifice especially for people who are not independently wealthy, it is a tremendous undertaking and I wish him all the best."

Will Hubert Tow The Party Line?
And while Wilfred didn't support, OJ's father, former UDP minister, Hubert Elrington did. That should be automatic, but Hubert Elrington has been hyper critical of the UDP for about…the last two decades - and his support of any UDP is never automatic. But he did support his son:.... Jules Vasquez, reporter: "We know that Hubert Elrington has been offside with the UDP for many years. Will he support you and will he keep his famous and mouth in check, because you know Hubert his mouth doesn't have any boss."

Channel 5

Belmopan City Council Defends Sale of Hilltop to Chinese Businessman
The Hilltop headquarters of the Public Service Union in Belmopan was sold off a month ago unknown to them. The new owner is a Chinese businessman from the north who [...]

Mayor Says P.S.U. Never Returned to Negotiating Table
According to Mayor Belisle, were the P.S.U. to have honored the agreement, a significant portion of what is outstanding would have been cleared.  The property, which was valued at no [...]

CitCo Open to Help Identify New Land for PSU Headquarters
Mayor Belisle did not confirm if the land was paid for in cash and neither could he provide details as to how Xin Ni was aware of that the land [...]

Atlantic International Bank Limited Denies Any Wrongdoing
Atlantic International Bank Limited denies any wrongdoing. The bank was named in a civil complained lodge in the U.S. courts after the Federal Trade Commission shut down the multimillion-dollar ‘Sanctuary [...]

Emerson Eaghan Freed of Murder Charge
He was charged with murder in 2009, but tonight, twenty-seven-year-old Emerson Eaghan is a free man. He walked free on Monday following a decision by Supreme Court Justice, Colin Williams.  [...]

Battle over Battle of the Drums Venue in PG
The annual Battle of the Drums Competition, aside from Garifuna Settlement Day, is one of the most anticipated events on the November calendar.  Every year, hundreds of spectators travel down [...]

Cooler Heads Prevail Over Battle of the Drums Controversy
Late this evening, Minister of Culture Patrick Faber intervened in the matter, giving verbal assurance to the secretariat that the fees being charged by the National Sports Council will be [...]

RTA Claims a Life in Toledo
A man was knocked down and killed on Monday evening in the Toledo District. Police say Francisco Sis, a resident of San Marcos Village, was crossing the southern highway between [...]

A Game of Political Chess between Patrick Faber and John Saldivar
Both John Saldivar and Patrick Faber want to assume leadership of the United Democratic Party when Prime Minister Dean Barrow vacates the post.  Saldivar and Faber have been running a [...]

Dealing with Diabetes and Blindness
Known as one of the most deadly non-communicable diseases, diabetes can cause an array of life complications. One of those complications is diabetic retinopathy, or simply, blindness.  Today, the Ministry [...]

‘Express Yuh Self with Rights’
For the past two years we’ve been reporting on a volunteer group called the Convention on the Rights of the Child Ambassadors. They represent an arm of the National Committee [...]

Establishing Rugby in Belize
Football, basketball and track and field are sports that are well known in Belize among athletes and aficionados. Now there is rugby, a discipline that is physically and mentally challenging [...]

Belize Versus Guatemala in Rugby International Friendly
The Belize national rugby team is currently preparing to face off against the national team from Guatemala on November twenty-fifth at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex in Belize City. After [...]

Entrepreneurship Road Show Kicks Off
Thinking of a business idea, creating a business plan and transforming that plan into a real and viable business can be difficult to successfully accomplish. With the aim to create [...]

CitCo Hosts a Women’s Empowerment & Leadership Session
The Belize City Council partnered with the Global Entrepreneurship Network to host a Women’s Empowerment and Leadership session to help build the capacity of female entrepreneurs. It is part of [...]

The Secret Behind Being A Successful Business Owner
The Global Entrepreneurship Network works along with men, women and children and fosters entrepreneurial skills. The session also featured several successful career women such as Attorney Margaret McKenzie and Carpe [...]

C.C.J. Declares Guyana ‘Cross Dressing’ Law Unconstitutional
Today, the Caribbean Court of Justice handed down a landmark decision that may have effects in countries who have subscribed to the C.C.J.  The C.C.J. ruled that the law in [...]

A Donation for BERT to Teach Students CPR Techniques
BERT received a much needed donation of six thousand dollars courtesy of Smart at its offices off Coney Drive today. But the donation was not for ambulatory services or to [...]

LOVE FM

Farmer killed in Tragic RTA
A man from the Toledo district was killed in a tragic road traffic accident. The victim was identified as a San Marcos Villager, Francisco Sis. Toledo correspondent Paul Mahung spoke to the officer commanding the Toledo Police Formation who says they have their suspect. Paul Mahung: “A fatal traffic incident yesterday evening claimed the life …

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in Belize
In Belize, diabetes is one of the top five causes of death. In this regard, the Ministry of Health is focusing on improving its primary health services in an effort to help persons overcome this disease. A workshop was held today where healthcare providers were equipped with the tools to improve lives. Dr. Baxter McLendon …

Murderer walks because death could not be confirmed
A man who was previously convicted of murder is now free following in what is certainly one of the strangest moments in court. 27-year-old, Emerson Eagan (EMERSON EAGAN VO) was charged with murdering Dennis Nembhard in 2012. He was sentenced to life in prison. Eagan appealed and on the first of November, 2013, the Belize …

“Express yuhself with Rights”
The United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of a Child, CRC in 1989. A year later, Belize became the fifth country to ratify the CRC since then we have made several strides to ensure that children’s rights are protected. It is essential not only to have children’s rights protected, but also that children …

Not all may be lost for PSU
Today Belmopan City Mayor Khalid Belisle said the Council has collected on the sale of Hilltop to Simplex Design Company Limited. But it’s a sale that has come with much trouble. The Public Service Union has stated categorically that they will “not be moved” from that property and has lodged a caution on the sale. …

BERT gets funding to Teach CPR to students
BERT is an American Heart Association (AHA) authorized training center. AHA’s mandate is to raise awareness about heart attacks and cardiac arrests. This year BERT participated in the association’s CPR month. BERT’s goal to raise awareness comes from international research that shows 8 percent of people who suffer cardiac arrests outside a hospital, receive care …

“National Entrepreneurship Road Show” stopped in at ACC
Last week, BELTRAIDE launched its National Entrepreneurship Road Show in commemoration of the National Entrepreneurship month. The road show was in the north last week, where it made stops at several high schools including Corozal Junior College and Escuela Mexico. Thereafter, it headed to the West stopping at Sacred Heart College. Love news caught up …

TASA working to keep gill-nets out of marine reserve
In Belize, there are many who depend on the sea to provide work and food. As with everything, there are regulations and policies in place in order to preserve the industry and to ensure that it is maintained for future generations. While fishers are allowed to use gill-nets, it is not to be used in …

Choice Bank case goes to Case Management
Choice Bank’s license was revoked by the Central Bank of Belize. Choice Bank is suing the Central Bank. Choice Bank’s claim against the Government of Belize and Central Bank went to case management today. Eamon Courtenay who represented Choice Bank explained what happened during the case management session that went before Justice Courtenay Abel. Eamon …

Atlantic International Bank says it has done nothing wrong
Yesterday, Atlantic International Bank spoke up regarding the major Sanctuary Belize scam, saying that they have done nothing wrong. The Federal Trade Commission in the United States has fingered Atlantic International Bank in a civil complaint. The FTC had only just shut down the real estate scam via a Federal District Court in Maryland, USA …

PSU places a caution on Hilltop property
The press conference held yesterday in Belmopan by the Public Service Union has spurred a response from the Belmopan City Council late in the evening and a clarification from the Lands Department this morning. The Ministry of Natural Resources disputes the report by the PSU that the land sale done to a Chinese businessman was expeditiously facilitated …


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OJ Elrington ousts Dr. Carla
The ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) held a contested constituency convention today, Sunday, at the ITVET campus in which three candidates ran for the spot of standard bearer for the Freetown constituency. Less than one hour after the polling closed at 5:00 p.m., a crowd of energized supporters of the candidate Orson J. Elrington erupted in euphoric noise, ringing out his name in loud voices, chanting, “OJ fu Freetown; OJ fu Freetown.” As Elrington, a first-time political aspirant, walked from behind the counting area, he was swept up in the embrace of a throng of his youthful supporters. Within minutes, he was beaming into the lights of television cameras as he made remarks about his victory and the convention he had just won, sending the woman he has successfully challenged, Senator and Minister Dr. Carla Barnett, into political retirement.

Taxi driver Arturo “Chiney Man” Requeña, Sr., 56, dies in traffic accident
A traffic accident which occurred this morning around 11:00 took the life of 56-year-old taxi driver Arturo “Chiney Man” Requeña, Sr. , who was knocked down at Mile 2 1/2 on the Philip Goldson Highway as he was attempting to cross from one side of the highway to the other. When police arrived on the scene they saw Requeña lying on the road suffering from bodily injuries. He was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, but he died shortly after while receiving treatment.

Right under the PSU’s nose!
The Public Service Union (PSU) of Belize has begun mobilizing its members countrywide today after its Belmopan branch discovered that their headquarters was sold by the Belmopan City Council to a Chinese businessman who had registered his construction company at the Belize Companies Registry on October 9 — just a day before the company purchased lot # 6061, the PSU headquarters, for $400,000, a price that is well below the last valuation of the property. At a press conference this morning, the PSU Belmopan branch vowed, “this is our headquarters and we shall not be moved.” In 1998, the building known as Hilltop was an abandoned structure when the PSU Belmopan branch was searching for a place to locate its headquarters. Elections were around the corner and the PSU approached both the United Democratic Party and the People’s United Party about getting a building for its Belmopan headquarters, according to Hubert Enriquez, a former official of the union at the time.

Basketballer Raul Roches, 21, critical at KHMH
Raul Roches, 21, a resident of Ontario, Cayo, who is a well-known basketball player in the National Elite Basketball League, is fighting for his life in the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH)’s Intensive Care Unit after he suffered massive head and body injuries in a road traffic accident at about 3:00 this morning in Santa Elena. Roches was driving his motorcycle from San Ignacio to Santa Elena and was heading off the Hawkesworth Bridge into Santa Elena when he lost control of the motorcycle and crashed into the cement wall of Boiton Barbeque. The motorcycle then skidded into the wall of the Highway Super Store, causing Roches to fall off the motorcycle and onto the pavement, which resulted in severe injuries to his head and body.

BNTU and Ministry of Education begin charting a way forward
Five days ago, the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) marched on Belmopan in a show of determination and strength, but today in Belize City, the union met with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Hon. Patrick Faber, and a team from the Ministry of Education, to begin discussions over the unresolved issues that prompted the union’s protest and rally last week. BNTU National President, Senator Hon. Elena Smith, briefed reporters after the meeting this afternoon at the Marion Jones Sports Complex. Hon. Smith told reporters that today’s meeting was held to chart a way forward on the matters pending between the government and the union, “to look at Proposal 22 and the hardship allowance.”

UB launches 2 new programs
Yesterday, Thursday, November 8, the University of Belize (UB) launched two new programs at the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina. The first is a Bachelor in Statistics program, and the second is a certificate program in Geographic Information System (GIS). The Statistics program is a 4-year program and it was formulated after UB reviewed their curriculum, specifically their Math program, and noted that there is a need for coursework in statistics. According to Julianne Pasos, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology at UB, in an interview with 7News, the program encompasses economic statistics, and demographic statistics, along with other statistics courses that were developed in partnership with the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB).

After crazy Week 13 upsets, looks like a 3-team race for 2 spots in PLB Opening Season playoffs
Going into Week 13 of the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2018-2019 Opening Season regular season this past weekend, it looked like 5 teams had a chance of grabbing 1 of the 2 remaining spots in the Top-4 semifinal playoffs. Front runners, then undefeated Belmopan Bandits SC and second place Verdes FC had already secured their playoff berths; it was only left to be decided which of the two would be seeded #1 and which #2. And, after a weekend where both suffered shutout losses, that seeding is still to be decided; but, with powerhouse Police United FC also losing by shutout over the weekend, while San Pedro Pirates FC and Altitude Assassins FC posted big wins, these 3 teams appear to be the serious contenders for the 2 remaining playoff spots, with Wagiya FC, who lost to the Assassins on Sunday, only having a very slim mathematical chance. (See updated standings below, with the 2 remaining back matches.)

Groups set for the 2018 Concacaf Under-20 Championship Qualification Stage
The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) will kick off tomorrow the Qualification Stage of the 2018 Concacaf Under-20 Championship. The second round of the men’s youth World Cup qualifying competition will take place November 13-19, at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL. After an initial Group Stage that included a record number of 34 teams, the six group winners have been divided into two groups. The three team groups will be composed as follows:

Stann Creek FA Week 7 results and standings
The Stann Creek Football Association (SCFA) Amateur 1st Division September Tournament 2018 continued with Week 7 games on Friday night at the Carl Ramos Stadium. In the opener, South Side Warriors defeated Pomona Impacts, 1-nil, on a goal by Leston Garcia (41’). And in the nightcap, it was a 0-0 draw between Sampson Proper Fix and Hopkins Ibayani.

CYDP Peace Cup weekend game results
A total of 4 CYDP Peace Cup Tournament 2018 games were played on Saturday, November 10, at the MCC Grounds. In game 1, Coast Guard FC defeated Ladyville FC, 3-1, with goals from Shemar “Mini” Thompson (13’ & 37’) and Jason Cuevas; while Shawn Young (19’) scored for Ladyville FC. Game 2 saw Ebony Lake FC shutting out BDF FC, 3-0, with a goal each from Keiron Requena (23’), David Robateau (77’) and Luis Acosta (85’).

Nuts and bolts of The Jewel’s democracy re: ICJ
As the referendum date approaches for Belizeans to decide whether or not to go to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for “final and binding” arbitration on the Guatemalan claim to Belize, this newspaper has been considering the role we have been playing, and the role we will play, in this whole process as we move forward to April 10, 2019. If you think about it, this is a process which began with the signing of the Special Agreement in 2008 between Guatemala and Belize. Ten years ago most Belizeans did not pay a lot of attention to the Special Agreement, because we were drained by almost four years of intense domestic politics which had begun with the G-7 Cabinet rebellion in August of 2004, and culminated with the change of government in February of 2008, and because we had become jaded when it came to the Guatemala issue.

Romel Cuello checks the Social Security Board
Dear Editor, The Belize Social Security Board wants some more of our hard-earned dollars. They are claiming deficits in money collected to money spent. A couple years ago they had so much money that the politicians were drooling over it. Last we heard they had $400 million in the bank. At minimum 2% interest per annum you are supposed to be getting at least $8 million per year. What about other investments they have made? Can the contributors get proper accounting for all the surplus years before they are asked to come up with more?

More real disappointment from the anti-weed
Mr. Neri Briceño, on the heels of his article a couple weeks ago (For Real … Johnny? in the Reporter), an article in which he castigated J Briceño for suggesting we explore the legalization of marijuana, followed up with another disappointment, titled, “You too Pablo?”, the core of which is a condemnation of Pablo Marin’s (the Minister of Health) “meeting, soliciting or encouraging investment” in “marijuana or hemp production and cultivation.” In his commentary on the J Briceño suggestion, Neri pointed out that the status quo (which is illegal marijuana), was a failure. He wrote: “The strategy [decriminalization] has been a liberal approach to the strict marijuana and drug control laws that has clearly not worked.” But he offered no solutions. He just condemned the candle that J Briceño was trying to light.

Don’t be intoxicated by power – The Green Machine means solidarity
Sleepy Belmopan greeted us with a dense fog. The bus did not stop off at Xaibel for a bathroom break, so getting off the bus was fast, in a dash. Belmopan was going about its usual slow pace, with pockets of people at the terminal. Some ate tacos and tostados at the market square; others walked towards Belmopan Comprehensive School. Today, Belmopan welcomed acquaintances from all over the country: the teachers of Belize. Belmopan is the nation’s capital, located along the Belize River in Central Belize. It is the seat of government, and those who sit in Cabinet to make decisions convene here every week. The National Assembly sits on Independence Hill, and those who pass laws must come to this “honourable house” regularly. Symbolically, politically, and pragmatically, therefore, the capital city is the best place for teachers to pay a courtesy call on November 7, 2018.

GARIFUNA SOUL IN EDUCATION IN 1900S COLONIAL BRITISH HONDURAS!
Within two readings of the seminal book, “To Educate A Nation: Autobiography of Andres P. and Jane V. Enriquez”, by the noteworthy Belizean Garifuna writer Jeremy Enriquez, yours truly had to dig deep spiritually so as to understand what it was like for those legendary Garifuna educators of the 1900s Belize who partnered with the Catholic Church in the former British Honduras to establish a world-class educational system. The pioneering work to educate a nation like Belize since then that was so painfully but spiritually built by Garifuna male teachers, through the help of their strong and dedicated women, brought light to darkness in the jungles of British Honduras (Belize) among the indigenous Mayas of the San Antonio Village of Belize’s Toledo District.

The facts not mentioned
He further clarified that since Guatemala has already declared their non-adherence to the treaty, the minute Belize votes to give the ICJ judges the power to redefine our boundaries, this ipso facto also signifies our non-adherence to the immutable borders that the treaty had established. Therefore if we vote “yes to the ICJ” in the upcoming referendum it is farcical to argue that the 1859 Treaty will be our impenetrable shield against the Guatemalan territorial claim. So then, if we vote not to go to the ICJ in the April referendum, what if any are our other options? To start with, we could display all the documentary video evidence we have recorded of the Guatemalan Armed Forces aggression and brazen violation of our territorial waters in the Sarstoon. These could be shown to the members of the General Assembly at the United Nations. And since these actions are paramount to an act of war by Guatemala, we could justifiable ask the General Assembly, in the interest of peace, to vote on a resolution to have the ICJ give an Advisory Opinion on the validity of our borders with Guatemala as were established by the 1859 Treaty.

Coastal Road red hot
A 5.56 AR15 assault rifle and 47 5.56 live rounds were found by police, abandoned in a Ford Explorer on the Coastal Road, at about 12:30 this afternoon. Police said that at about 12:15 this afternoon, on their arrival in White Ridge, they saw a heavily tinted blue Ford Explorer SUV, without license plates. When they approached the vehicle, however, it sped off towards the sea near White Ridge, with the officers in pursuit. When the vehicle reached the seaside, the officers saw six men dressed in black and armed with high-powered rifles escaping into the nearby bushes.

One-eyed burglar, 52, sentenced to 6 years
Edward Quilter, 52, a laborer of Ladyville with vision only in his right eye, was sentenced to 6 years in prison today by Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford after she found him guilty of breaking into Ladyville Evangelical Primary School. Quilter has six previous convictions for similar offences. The incident occurred around 8:30 p.m. on April 28, 2018. Police Constable Francisco Montejo testified that upon receiving information of a break-in at the school, he proceeded to the school and when he arrived there he heard a noise coming from the school building.

Samuel August, Sr., 35, arraigned on murders of his son and ex-mother-in-law
Samuel August, Sr., 35, the former Belize City Council backhoe operator who allegedly committed the unspeakable crime of killing one of his three sons and his ex-mother-in-law with a backhoe, has been charged with two counts of murder. In addition, police also charged August with one count of robbery for a late-model car which he stole and badly damaged, and in which he allegedly attempted to commit suicide. Police brought August to the Belize City Magistrate’s Court this morning, and after a brief time in the court’s holding cell, August, with both hands and feet shackled in chains, walked slowly to the courtroom of Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford.

Security guard and friend shot by thieves who robbed gas station
Andre Gomez, 42, a security guard of Burrell Boom, and his friend, Dennis Barkley, 18, were in the CDS Gas Station compound located on the Burrell Boom Road, where Gomez was performing security guard duties for Saturday night, November 10. At about 1:00 Sunday morning, three armed men entered the compound and held the two men up at gunpoint. Two of the culprits went into the office, which they ransacked as they searched for money. They then stole some coins and small items, but in total, less than $200 was stolen.

UB LAUNCHES 2 NEW PROGRAMS
Yesterday, Thursday, November 8, the University of Belize (UB) launched two new programs at the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina. The first is a Bachelor in Statistics program, and the second is a certificate program in Geographic Information System (GIS). The Statistics program is a 4-year program and it was formulated after UB reviewed their curriculum, specifically their Math program, and noted that there is a need for coursework in statistics. According to Julianne Pasos, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology at UB, in an interview with 7News, the program encompasses economic statistics, and demographic statistics, along with other statistics courses that were developed in partnership with the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB).

The Reporter

N.T.U.C.B ADDS ITS MUSCLE BEHIND P.S.U TO REVERSE THE SALE OF PSU H.Q
The National Trade Union Congress of Belize (N.T.U.C.B) has come out strongly in support of the Public Service Union following revelations that the Belmopan City Council has sold the PSU Headquarters in Belmopan to a Chinese national.

ANOTHER DRIVE-BY-MOTOR-CYCLE MURDER IN SAN PEDRO
There are reports of a murder a short while ago in San Pedro. The victim, reportedly shot to death, is a resident of the San Pedrito area. He has been identified as Cyril Jones, 37, who was at his residence when he was killed by a gunman who allegedly arrived on a motorcycle. Policemen are currently still at the scene. We’ll have more information as we get it.

BELMOPAN CITY COUNCIL ISSUES STATEMENT ON SALE OF PSU HQ
The Belmopan City Council issued a statement late yesterday in response to the Public Service Union (PSU) and the sale of the property where the PSU has its Headquarters. However: The president of the Public Service Union spoke to THE REPORTER NEWSPAPER by telephone and contradicted most or all of the statements in the Belmopan City Council’s letter below.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Ministry of Natural Resources rebuts PSU’s claims
The Ministry of Natural Resources today issued a statement to address claims made by the […]

Donovan Tzib served with Notice of Intended Prosecution for fatal traffic accident
Donovan Tzib, a senior quarantine inspector has been served with a Notice of Intended Prosecution for a […]

Police investigating fatal accident which claimed life of farmer in Toledo
Police in Toledo District are investigating a traffic accident that claimed the life of a man […]

Carla Barnett calls for ‘new politics’ in Belize
The United Democratic Party (UDP) on Sunday hosted a convention to elect a standard bearer […]

Women activists disappointed with Freetown convention outcome, chastises political parties
On Sunday, November 11, 2018, the United Democratic Party (UDP) hosted a convention to elect […]

Taxi driver knocked down and killed in Belize City
A 56-year-old taxi driver was knocked down and killed yesterday in Belize City. The accident […]

Basketball player in critical condition after tragic traffic accident
On Saturday, November 10, 2018, BBN reported on a traffic accident that left a basketball […]

Dr. Carla Barnett withdraws from politics
On Sunday, Carla Barnett contested the United Democratic Party (UDP) convention for the Freetown Division. Barnett […]

Man dies in horrific traffic accident in southern Belize
Last night a road traffic accident was recorded in the Toledo district. About 9 miles away […]

Blogs

Garifuna Settlement Day – A chance to learn about a vibrant people
The vibrant culture of the Garifuna people graced our shores in 1832, and every year on November 19th, Belize honors their arrival with a holiday. November is a celebration of drumming, dancing, laughter and an appreciation for one of our more colorful ethnic groups. Re-enactments tell the story of both the survival and flourishing of a resilient people, descendants of Arawak Indians and African slaves. All across the country, various activities are planned for the weeks leading up to the big holiday, and San Pedro Town is no exception. Besides Cultural Sundays, complete with live music and dancing at the Central Park, there will also be a fashion show on November 10th. November 12th through the 16th will be Cultural Awareness Week, and the grand finale for that week will be a fun Garifuna Translation Contest!

Heartbreaking and Heartwarming
As some of you know from Social Media and the San Pedro Sun, Ambergris Caye just underwent a 4-day massive clean up organized by the Belize Tourism Industry Association with assistance from American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, Oceana Belize and San Pedro Town Council. The most important and first was the San Pedrito “Highway” which has been a longstanding area of trouble. I first remember starting to document the garbage in that area back in 2012 but it was there a long time already. I also remember coming home in tears one day after being asked to go there and take progress pics, and I watched a big yellow dozer spreading the trash around for landfill. It broke my heart. The areas listed below were also scheduled to be cleaned depending on how progress went on the areas before them.

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The Caribbean Court of Justice loses again — this time with voter apathy and distrust
Grenada and the twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda both faced a major referendum on the choice to adopt the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as their final appellate court — which would require a constitutional amendment — or retain the current Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, the final court of appeal for the United Kingdom's overseas territories and Crown dependencies (as well as various Commonwealth countries). In both jurisdictions, the voter turnout was low, but the majority of those who did vote rejected the CCJ. The Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission posted the official results online with 48 percent in favor of the CCJ. In Grenada, where 28 percent of eligible voters showed up, CCJ support was slightly less at 45 percent. This was the second time in the past two years that Grenada has put this issue to a vote, with the same result.

Stakeholders to take stock of region’s sustainable energy drive at CSEF in Belize
Energy experts in the Caribbean and beyond, policymakers and the private sector representative, are among officials heading to Belize next week for the sixth edition of the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF). The Forum will be held in Placencia, November 18-21, under the theme ‘Clean Energy, Good Governance & Regulations.’ The CSEF VI is being co-hosted by the CARICOM Secretariat and the Government of Belize, in partnership with the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) and the Organisation of Caribbean Utility Regulators (OOCUR). The Forum is one of the premier events that is being held during CARICOM Energy Month. A CARICOM biennial event, CSEF provides the opportunity for key stakeholders to take stock of the current state and realign their outlook on the pursuit of a sustainable energy pathway within the Region.

Videos

  • Sailing Belize in catamaran - Ranguana Caye, the Reef, 3.5min. This episode is about the discovery of the surroundings reefs by snorkeling : beautiful coral, eagle rays, lion fish, nurse shark, remora, ... Great place for snorkeling with kids !

  • Blue Hole + Belize City, 13min. Unser erster Tag in Belize ist unvergesslich. Wir sind mit einer Propellermaschine über das Blue Hole geflogen und haben Belize City besucht.

  • Belize 2018, 5min. Trip to Belize with my wife to be models for Turneffe Resort's new website. Plus my brother came along so I had a training partner and could continue to do pads and drills everyday. A great time with training, exploring, and enjoying the sun.

  • Welcome to the Dark Side Environmental Superheros Day One, 1min. This video is from day one of the massive 4 day clean up on Ambergris Caye organized by the Belize Tourism Industry Association San Pedro Chapter (BTIASP) with the assistance of American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) It features the San Pedrito Highway which runs along the airstrip. This area has been an illegal dumping ground for years. Not only is it the way home for many, but it is also the first thing everyone on half of the plane sees when they come in for a landing or take off from San Pedro airport.

  • The Yucatec Maya, 25min. The Yucatec Maya (Most came from the Yucatan peninsula what is now the Campeche,Yucatan and Quintana Roo States , escaping from the Guerra Social Maya better known as Caste War in 1840's). There have been evidence that their were still Yucatec Maya living in the extreme northwestern part of Belize in the Rio Bravo area before the massive migration of Maya from Mexico. The British reported several attacks in 1788 and 1801 from the Maya. A Yucatec Maya group name the Icaiche Maya which territory included northwestern Belize and Southern Mexico resisted to the British expansion of logwood cutting. The Icaiche Maya with the help of Maya who migrated to the San Pedro Yalbac area defeated the British Troops in December 21,1866 Which is known as the Battle of San Pedro Yalbac. Others are descendant of the Yucatec Maya group known as the Cruzoob Maya rebels who migrated to Belize from Chan Santa Cruz Areas.

  • The Belize Police Department - Drama Group High School Tour, 31min. The Belize Police Department is preparing for their upcoming Drama Group High School Tour. The tour is in its 6th year and is in partnership with the 16 Days of Activism movement to champion zero tolerance for violence against women. The tour will visit 19 high schools and use the art to inform students. The group also shared that the experience is therapeutic as it allows them an avenue to release stress and connect with youths. The tour begins 26th November through to the 11th December, 2018. We were treated to a performance of their latest song. On our couch: Inspector Stephanie Grinage - BPD Drama Group. Sergeant Marla Joseph - BPD Drama Group. PC Denroy Garcia - BPD Drama Group.

  • The University of Belize - Annual Marketing Expo, 36min. The University of Belize is showcasing the innovation and marketing skills of students at their Annual Marketing Expo. We invited a few of the participants to share the inspirations for their products. We talked with them about how young people can be supported to become entrepreneurs. On our coach: Marissa Jorgensen - Group Member, Shower Power. Emir Castillo - Group Member, Bamboo Bottle. Jenna Flores - Group Member, 501 Salad Dressing. Armando Santos - Small Business Representative, UB. Monica Escarpeta - Small Business Representative, UB. George Jones - Scotia Bank Belize.

  • Panel on Garifuna Progress - Bridging Past & Future Possibilities, 46min. In continuing our recognition of the contribution of the Garifuna to Belize we invited a panel of young people to talk about the modern Garinagu. They talked about their cultural identity and shared their perspectives on how their generation can work to connect their culture and traditions with the present and future aspirations. On our couch: Edreena Lambey - Ms. Garifuna Belize 2018-2019. Melissa Zuniga - Secretary, National Garifuna Council. Emilio Thomas - Musician, The Garifuna Collective.

  • Discovery channel- APROVA DE TUDO / floresta de Belize, 44min.

  • Belize International Yoga Festival 2018, 2min. Date: December 1st, 2018. Time: 6:0am- 6:00pm. Location: Harbour View Greens, 12 Fort Street, Belize City. (Opposite the Belize Sign, near the Fort Street Tourism Village) Cost: $10BZE Day Pass, – Children under 13 enter FREE

  • Dive 3 in Belize, 36min. This was back to the reef just off San Pedro and another amazing tour with Neff from Xcite Belize. A little shark feeding frenzy towards the end above us but what an amazing trip.

  • Belize 2018 Dive #1, 20min. This was a great dive starting at about 8' and descending to 60'. Lots of sea life, a few Nurse sharks, rays and eels. Thanks to Neff and the guys at Xcite Belize they were our tour guides and did an amazing job.

  • Belize - Schnorcheln bei San Pedro, 3min. Wir sind nach San Pedro gestartet und haben dort einen Tag zum entspannen und umherlaufen und einen Tag schnorcheln verbracht . Und das Schnorcheln war soooo toll, mit Ammenhaien (Nursesharks), Schildkröten, Rochen und vielen bunten Fischen. Wir können das alles so nicht mal ansatzweise in ein Video Packen. Aber wir hoffen, euch gefällt das Video :)

  • Baird's Tapir (Tapirus bairdii) doing circles in Bladen River, 1/2min. today we reveal a rare footage! While on patrol, our rangers captured this video of a Baird's Tapir (Tapirus bairdii) doing circles in Bladen River, Bladen Nature Reserve. The rangers noted that the mature tapir was doing this unusual activity for 5 minutes. Baird's Tapirs, or mountain cows as they are known in Belize, are classified as endangered due to decreasing population trends. The national animal of Belize stays close to water and enjoys swimming (which it is an expert in) and wading – on especially hot days.


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