Today's Belize News: November 17, 2018
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The San Pedro Sun
Island basketball player, Raoul ‘Thumpy’ Roches recovering at KHMH after traffic accident
Well-known island basketballer Raoul Roches, also known as ‘Thumpy,’ is slowly recovering at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) after almost losing his life in a traffic accident on Friday, November 9th. Roches, who plays with the San Pedro’s Tiger Sharks basketball team, suffered massive head and body injuries when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a cement wall in Santa Elena Town in the Cayo District. According to reports, Roches was driving his motorcycle from San Ignacio Town to Santa Elena Town, and after crossing the Hawkesworth Bridge, he slammed into the wall of Boiton Barbeque.
Referee Ever Corado attacked in-field during football tournament in San Pedro Town
On Sunday, November 4th, during a semifinal game of the 2018 Copa San Pedro Football Tournament, 29-year-old Referee Ever Corado was punched in the forehead by 20-year-old player Ashton Lopez of San Mateo F.C, after the referee issued a red card to San Mateo F.C goalkeeper Kia Zetina. The semifinal match was between San Mateo F.C and Vince Assassins, and it was tied at 1-1, however at minute 44, Vince Assassins player, Chris Burke nailed a goal taking a 2-1 lead. Zetina started to challenge the referee’s decision, pointing and loudly arguing, stating that it was not a fair goal. Due to his unsportsmanlike behavior, he was issued a red card and asked to leave the field.
Corado told The San Pedro Sun that Zetina didn’t want to leave, and so one of the two police officers present went into the field to escort him out. It was at that instance that Lopez confronted Corado, questioning why the goalkeeper was given a red card. He explained the reason to Lopez several times and also stated that the game will continue after the goalkeeper is out of the field. Lopez left and then came back unexpectedly, punching referee Corado on the left side of his forehead, causing him a cut wound of approximately one inch and half.
Minister Edmond Castro visits site of proposed Ambergris Caye’s Barge Berthing Facility
The Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management, Honourable Edmond Castro, and Ports Commissioner Merlene Bailey Martinez were on San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye on Wednesday, November 7th, inspecting the proposed development of a Barge Berthing Facility south of the island. According to a press release by Castro’s Ministry, who is also responsible for Ports around the country, they have undertaken the proposed project through a partnership between the Belize Port Authority and private sector entities on the island, particularly the multi-national company of Bowen and Bowen Limited.
Thousands of pounds garbage removed during SP BTIA clean-up in San Pedro Town
The San Pedro Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (SP BTIA) along with the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) and the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) held a huge clean-up campaign in San Pedro Town from Friday, November 9th to Monday, November 12th. The improper disposal of garbage has long been an issue on Ambergris Caye. Illegal dumping has resulted in street sides littered with large items such as appliances and old furniture, polluting our water system, marring our natural beauty and threatening the health of our environment.
The goal of the SP BTIA four-day clean-up campaign was to pick up garbage from multiple locations in various neighborhoods, but due to the massive amounts of trash located in one area, the San Pedrito Highway, efforts focused on clearing the road of all trash.
Atlantic Bank International Limited denies involvement with Sanctuary Belize real estate investment scam
Atlantic International Bank Limited (AIBL) is defending itself after being associated with a multi-million dollar real estate scam via Sanctuary Belize that had apparently gone been operating for the past 15 years. The bank is denying any affiliations with the project, which allegedly took in over $100 million from multiple American investors. The real estate scam was shut down on Thursday, November 8th, by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), after operating for the past 15 years. The FTC is further charging AIBL, alleging that it assisted and facilitated the Sanctuary Belize scam. However, the bank rejects these allegations and has retained the services of attorneys in both Belize and the United States (US) to address the issue.
PIC OF THE WEEK - Waterspout captured off the coast of Ambergris Caye
Belize boasts mostly sunny weather all year round and the skies do get more dramatic during the rainy season (June to November). Water spouts are a rare occurrence around Ambergris Caye and witnessing them is a pleasure. Mother nature is so beautiful and powerful. Dick Rouss shares with us these amazing pictures of a beautiful waterspout that formed just off the coast during early morning sunrise. WOW!
Misc Belizean Sources
Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Crazy Rich Asians, Blindspotting, The Princess Switch, Searching
Maya Cave Archaeology
I have a new book out on Maya cave archaeology, published with BAR. They have graciously offered to extend a 10% discount on the book to members of the Ancient Mesoamerica group. All you have to do to receive the discount is quote the reference AM18 at checkout, through the BAR Publishing website: www.barpublishing.com. The offer is good until December 11, 2018.
San Pedro Cleanup...
A Little More of the Story in Pictures ... So many people to thank for their donations of time, energy and effort, snacks (sandwiches, cookies, cake and baked goods, chips, fruit, etc), hand disinfectant, water and juice, first aid, gloves, garbage bags, vehicles and heavy equipment, and cash. Managing the Hand Washing, Snack, Refreshment & Smoke Cart didn't leave a ton of time for photographs ... Photos by Karen Brodie
Help Wanted at Black Orchid Restaurant in San Pedro
We are adding to our Great Team of Professionals. Apply in Person 2.5 Miles South San Pedro Town; Tue-Sat 1p-4p..... Line cook or kitchen experience a plus.
Escalante Subdivision Cleanup this Weekend!
Continuing in the momentum of the Massive Cleanup Campaign that just ended, All residents and friends are invited to help in the Trash Cleanup Day this Saturday, Nov. 17, at 8a.m. in the Escalante Subdivision.
If you can’t make it, send ur kids to help out. Cleanup crew is meeting in front of La Divina Providencia/ Hidden Treasure Restaurant at 7:45 am. Let’s build on what the BTIA, Rotary Club, The Phoenix Hotel and others are doing to try to combat this trash problem.
We can lead by example and clean up our town. Show up! Even though it’s not your neighborhood this weekend, it might be the next. Gloves and trash bags will be provided.
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter VIGOROUS in region
The Belize Coast Guard(BCG) and Chargé d'Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges embarked on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter VIGOROUS during its counter narcotic and maritime law enforcement operations in the region. The ship's captain and crew provided a tour of the vessel, showcased its unique capabilities, and discussed ways to enhance counter narcotic operations in Belize's waters. BCG continued their engagement with subject matter expert exchanges on vessel boarding procedures, safety inspection, maritime investigations, and search and rescue at sea.
John Paul II Chess Invitational
JPII JC is having chess tournament, which is free, and open to everyone, and the winner will get a scholarship.
"Join us for the first annual John Paul II Chess Invitational at noon on Saturday, November 24! It's open to the public and free to enter. Grand prize is cash and a JPII scholarship.
Register through the attached sign-up form.
Intro to Bird Indntification, Dangriga
Nov 25-27. At Pelican Beach Resort
Acan is the representation of intoxication.He is identified with the local brew, balche, made from fermented honey to which the bark of the balche tree has been added.
6 Years in Jail for Belmopan Businessman
There is big news coming out of the Belmopan Supreme Court tonight. Jahan Abadi, a well-known businessman from Belmopan has been convicted in a trial without jury of abetment to murder by solicitation. Right now, he is prison serving the first night of a 6-year prison sentence.
You may remember him as one of the co-accused in the Bradley Paumen case from January 2016. That's when he, Paumen and others were charged for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. They allegedly worked together to plant an unlicensed firearm and loads of ammunition on Paumen's Frank's Eddy neighbor, Michael Modiri. Well, evidence from his recent trial says that he actually tried to hire a hitman to kill Modiri also.
DPP Cheryl-Lynn Vidal prosecuted the case against him, which began before Justice Antoinette Moore on July 18th. She called the man who Abadi tried to hire as the hitman, to testify against him in the trial.
Killers of Stuart Couple Get Decades In Jail
27 more years in prison, that's how long the convicted killers, Milton Maza and Eli Avila Lopez, will spend for the 2010 double murders of husband and wife, Richard and Maria Stuart.
A week ago, Justice Collin Williams adjourned their sentencing for today. He wanted time to consider the submissions that Crown Counsel Kileru Awich and defense attorney Oscar Selgado made.
Arriving at the final prison sentence, the judge noted the minimum time period for a murder conviction, the mitigation and aggravating factors working for and against the two men, the time they've already served, and the sentencing guidelines for such a case.
One mitigation factor in their favor is that they had no prior violent criminal history.
Teachers Return To Classroom At ITVET
After a two day teacher sit out, things returned to normal at the Orange Walk ITVET. That's after the teachers got word from Ministry of Education officials that chronic delays in paying salary would be resolved. Luis Ramos - the spokesperson for all 15 teachers told CTV-3 what assurance they got:..
Luis Ramos - OW ITVET Staff Spokesperson:
"This morning we got a call from the upper management officials in the Ministry of Education and their response is very favorable on our side and because of that we have live to our commitment that we are going back into class..."
BDF Soldier Recovering, Will Live With Prosthetic Eye
BDF Private Fidel Williams continues to recover after losing an eye in a terrible mishap. It happened at 9:20 on Wednesday at the Forward Operating Base in the Toledo District. Williams went to unhitch a BDF vessel, lost his footing, and fell face first into a submerged metal pipe, which dislodged his left eye. The surgeon had to remove his eye and it has been replaced with an artificial eye. He did not suffer other injuries.
The BDF scrambled to get him to the KHMH. BDF Lt. Col. Luis Sutherland confirmed that they sent the BDF Defender with a combat medic within 20 minutes of the accident.
Robber Shot By Grocer
We apologize for that break in the news due to a power outage here in the city.
A robber was shot today in Unitedville. Details are scarce but, 7News has confirmed that this man - who was caught on camera during another robbery 10 days ago in Belmopan - is the person who was shot. Reports say he tried to rob another Chinese grocer today and the owner shot him in the neck during a struggle.
He was transported to the Western Regional Hospital where he is under police guard tonight.
PSU Account Of Hilltop Sale Clashed With Khalid
The Public Service Union has sent out a statement challenging Belmopan Mayor Khalid Belisle. The Mayor said that he personally reached out to the PSU in August 2017 when he learned they weren't paying their lease. The PSU says, quote, "the PSU wishes to clarify that it was in fact the PSU who initiated contact with the Mayor…on every occasion about the acquisition of title to the Hilltop Property. Furthermore, for the Mayor to state that he had an appointment to meet with the President of the PSU at 10:00 am (on) November 14th, is the furthest thing from the truth…" End quote.
Sanju, Simplex and the Santa Rita Mix-Up
Any negotiation would have to include SIMPLEX Limited, the company which now owns the Hilltop property. It was incorporated on October 9th to purchase the property for $400,000 on the following day.
There's been a lot of uproar in the past few days about the company's address: which is 38 Santa Rita Layout in Corozal. Sanju Chulani swore to a declaration that the business owner Xin Ni also lives there.
Last night you hear from the Amelio Lizarraga Cal. He happens to be Vice President of the Corozal Branch of the PSU and he lives at 38 Santa Rita Layout. He says there's no company headquartered there and no Xin Ni who lives or has ever lived there.
Rt. Hon. Musa Speaks On Sale Of Land He Leased To PSU
Former Prime Minister Said Musa who set up the 20 year lease for the PSU in the year 2000 has issued his own statement on the land debacle. It says, quote, "I was surprise, indeed shocked to learn that the present Belmopan City Council has sold the hilltop property…from all reports the way in which this sale was conducted and the indecent haste in which it was finalized, at an undervalued price, reeks of wrongdoing….This sale should, if not reversed, be condemned."
Preserving The Antibiotic Solution
Whenever we get sick with the flu or some infection, we want the quickest and most potent form of relief - and that's meds which includes antibiotics. But health officials say the overuse and misuse of antibiotics can lead to antimicrobial resistance. That's basically when your body becomes immune to the antibiotic. That is just part of it, the real problem is when you really need the antibiotics to heal after a major surgery, as a form of treatment for cancer chemotherapy or HIV - it won't have any effect. The World Health Organization says it is "an increasingly serious threat to global public health that requires action across all government sectors and society." Well, the Ministry of Health took action today by hosting an antibiotic forum at the Marion Jones Stadium training room. Here is more.
Celebrating Those “Preemies” Who Persevered
Keeping it on the subject of health, the KHMH says that for this year alone, it has had to care for 192 premature newborns.
That's a higher number than last year, and so, today, KHMH joined the rest of the world in observing World Prematurity Day.
Approximately 15 million babies worldwide, or one in 10 babies born every day will be premature, which put the infant at all kinds of health risks because his or her organs haven't properly developed.
We stopped by the KHMH's NICU today, where they were preparing to receive visits from children who were born premature, but who survived, and are now thriving.
Did BCCI Ask GOB To Retrench?
Last week Friday we interviewed the president of Chamber of Commerce Nikita Usher about the phasing out of the EPZ legislation. We used the opportunity to ask him about the statements the Prime Minister attributed to the Chamber in his October 29th Press Conference. Here's what the PM said and what Usher told us in response:...
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister:
"The Chamber of Commerce just sent me a letter about the need to do something or perhaps I should say another letter. To do something about the wage bill, about pensions - I don't know if the implication to me in fact there ought to be retrenchment and there ought to be some claw back of the magnificent salaries that we are paying to our teachers and public officers and pensioners as well must be made to feel the sting of an exercise that according to them is absolutely necessary."
BCCI Willing To Pay More For SSB Contributions, Perhaps
Usher also discussed the proposed increase in Social Security contributions.
As we reported last week Thursday, Social Security is paying out more money than it is collecting, and that's mainly because the population is growing and aging. So, more benefits are being paid out from the fund, but the contributions from the Belizean public haven't been increased to meet that demand since 2003.
Last year, SSB operated at a deficit of just over 10 million dollars, and if the public does not approve the increase, that deficit will balloon to a dangerous tipping point. That would cause the Social Security Fund to crash, leaving unavailable for future generations of Belizeans.
So, the SSB is trying to prevent that, and the first step is to convince the public to support the package of contribution increases. Recently, they've been meeting with the social partners, including the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
An App For Health
If you have a smart phone or tablet, and you are health conscious, or think you should start making better decisions about your health, the Belize Cancer Society has an app you might want to try.
It was created in partnership between the Cancer Society and the telecoms company Smart, and it was envisioned as a tool raise awareness about childhood obesity. Health experts say that 1 in every 3 child in the Caribbean is obese, and so, the Cancer Society wants to reach out to Belizean kids in the hope of reversing that trend.
SMART and the Cancer Society launched this new app today at the Society's headquarters in Belize City. The creators hope it can become a life-style tool on every smart device in Belize.
Considering Dance Instruction
UWI held it's 3rd annual Vernon Leslie distinguished lecture today at the Bliss. The lecture is in honor of Belizean Vernon Leslie, the first Belizean resident tutor for UWI from the 1950's to the late 70's. In that time, he also founded the Festival of the Arts - and, in that, his legacy lives on as a showcase for young talents. The topic for today's lecture was a subject that would have been dear to him: dance education in Belize. We dropped by to find out more.
Jane Bennett, Head, UWI Open Campus:
"Mr. Vernon Leslie was the first Belizean resident tutor for the University of the West Indies in Belize and I always say with much pride that the University of the West Indies has been here for 70 years."
Investing Learning With The Entrepreneurial Spirit
So while UWI students were learning about dance in education today, yesterday UB business students were learning about entrepreneurship at the Bliss. It was their annual entrepreneurial symposium. The main idea is to inspire students to be self-thinkers to create their own employment.
UB partnered with Beltraide's SBDC to host this symposium.
Big Settlement Day In City
Monday is Garifuna Settlement Day and, typically, all roads lead south for those who want to enjoy the music and culture of the Garinagu. But one Belize City restaurant owner wants to make basking in that rich cultural stew a little easier for city residents. Adette Tillett - who owns the Lerisi restaurant on the Marine Parade seafront has put together a highly ambitious serving of culture, entertainment and food. She told us about it:…
Tillett says she will have all Garifuna foods and drinks for sale as well.
Celebrating Polyglot Culture
And while Lerisi will have its events on Sunday into Monday...today,
There was a culture explosion at Nazarene High. Like so many other schools, they held their annual culture day and the students showcased all they learned about the different ethnicities, including traditional attire and even dance. While the Garifuna culture is at the forefront right now, Nazarene high teacher and students say it is important to embrace them all.
The entire school participated - a total of about 500 students.
Mashing it Up At Maude Williams
And here on the southside - Maud Williams High did much the same - except theirs was a competition. The acting principal told us more:...
In that competition, the Garifuna won by two points over the Creole, and the Mestizo placed 3rd.
Stoning it Down for Settlement Day On Antelope
And we leave you tonight with more music and dance, this one from last night's pre-19th bash on Antelope Street. It's an annual event organized by area rep and Culture Minister Patrick Faber - and last night they put on a show.
We leave you with that on this Friday night - have a joyous 19th holiday - and join Indira Craig back here on Tuesday
Milton Maza and Eli Avila Sentenced to 35 Years behind Bars
The men who brutally stabbed attorney Richard Stuart and his wife, Maria to death in 2010 today learned how many more years they will be spending behind bars for the [...]
P.S.U. Repudiates Mayor Belisle’s Statements on Land Sale
The Public Service Union came out swinging on Monday when it lambasted the Belmopan City Council for secretly selling off a parcel of land within the Ring Road that it [...]
P.S.U. Says We Ain’t Going Nowhere!
On Thursday, it was revealed that the physical location in Corozal which businessman Xin Ni used to register Simplex Design Company Limited is actually the home address of P.S.U. branch [...]
Former Prime Minister Explain P.S.U.’s Hilltop Lease Agreement
Former Prime Minister Said Musa has weighed in on the matter. Musa released a statement today in which he recalls that when he was Prime Minister in 2000, officers of [...]
John Saldivar Accuses Said Musa of Giving Hilltop Away
According to Musa, he was shocked to learn that the present Belmopan City Council has sold the property to an Asian businessman of Corozal. Musa was also shocked when he [...]
Sit-Out Ends at ITVET Orange Walk; M.O.E. Commits to Address Issues
Orange Walk ITVET called off its sit-out this morning sometime around ten-thirty after teachers got some good news from the Ministry of Education. The sit-out started on Tuesday of this [...]
What’s the State of the Sarstoon F.O.B. 2 Years Later?
An accident involving a Belize Defense Force soldier stationed at the forward operating base near the mouth of the Sarstoon River is raising serious questions about the conditions of the [...]
John McAfee ‘Liable’ For Gregory Faull’s Death
The infamous John McAfee is back in the news tonight. He has been found legally “liable” for the death of his neighbor, Gregory Faull. A Florida court on Thursday handed [...]
F.B.I. Offers $20K Reward for Drew De Voursney Killer(s)
The F.B.I. is offering ten thousand U.S. dollars as a reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who killed thirty-six-year-old U.S. [...]
Coalition for Sustainable Fisheries Speaks Out on Gillnets Task Force
Coalition for Sustainable Fisheries fired off a release today expressing concerns over the functionality of the Gillnet Task Force, which was formed in February to reduce the harmful impacts of [...]
The Coalition Wants Answers
The Belize Coalition for Sustainable Fisheries is demanding that the Ministry of Fisheries release the composition of the members of the Gillnet Task Force as well as the list of [...]
Strengthened Protection for MPAs under New Fisheries Bill
The Fisheries Department and its partners have been revising the Fisheries Bill, which they hope to see approve in the near future. The changes aim to make the existing act [...]
WCS Hosts Global Marine Meeting in Belize
Since Monday of this week, more than twenty Wildlife Conservation Society representatives, including programme officers and country directors from around the world, have been meeting in Belize. The organization, which [...]
The Work of Glovers Reef Research Station
The opportunities to conduct research in Belize have been growing and if you ask about marine research, you’ll find out that those opportunities are endless. From mangroves to fin-fish, turtle [...]
Ensuring that Premature Babies Develop into Normal Children
Teenage girls are having babies at an early age; some as young as thirteen years have given birth. On the occasion of World Prematurity Day, there is focus on the [...]
The Cancer Society and Smart Team Up to Create a Cancer App
The Belize Cancer Society officially launched a cancer app today at its offices in Belize City. Working in conjunction with Smart, the application is available for download, in the first [...]
An Antibiotic Awareness Forum
The Belize Agricultural and Health Authority and the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization convened yet another round of discussions with stakeholders in the agricultural [...]
A 1-Health Approach to Avoiding Bacterial Resistance
According to Drug Inspector Samira Gongora, antibiotic resistance can occur in humans and animals. The long term effect of its misuse can potentially lead to the eradication of the population [...]
Happy Garifuna Settlement Day!
Activities are ongoing to celebrate the arrival of the Garifuna to Belizean shores. Here in Belize City, Lerisi Garifunaduau will be the venue for a mega concert on November eighteen [...]
Antibiotic Sensitization Training
An information sensitization session about antibiotics is being held today. The training involves the Ministry of Health and it is to monitor the use of antibiotics in humans and animals. Training and sensitization has been occurring in phases. Samira Gongora, a drug inspector for the Ministry of Health and Joe Myers, the Veterinary Drug and …
A Garifuna Exhibit and Presentation to usher in Settlement Day
On Thursday night the Embassy of Mexico in Belize launched the Retrospective art exhibit which featured Pen Cayetano. The celebration of Garifuna culture continues with a celebration tonight at the Mexican Cultural institute in Belize City. The Cultural Attaché for the Mexican Institute, Diego Sapien told Love News what attendees can expect tonight. Diego Sapien, …
Commonwealth Fair proceeds go to CGEF
The Commonwealth Countries League (CCL) is a charity that hosts a number of fundraising events throughout the year. Of these, the annual Commonwealth Fair is its largest with profits designated to be donated to the Commonwealth Girls Education Fund (CGEF). The CGEF helps girls in the Commonwealth complete their secondary education in cases where the …
ORANGE WALK ITVET TEACHERS RETURN TO THE CLASSROOM
For several days this week, the teachers at the ITVET in Orange Walk were staging a go-slow, their own form of protest. They were concerned over a myriad of issues regarding contracts, as well as teachers who should be bumped up on the pay scale since they’ve completed bachelor’s degrees. The ITVET representatives met with …
Cancer Society gets APPdated
The Belize Cancer Society in collaboration with Speednet, the parent company for SMART, has launched an APP that will assist people to be more aware of the organization. The app which was launched this morning will help people to be more educated about the different types of cancer. Adelaide Sabido, Public Relations, Smart: “The marketing …
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The “fishy” sale of PSU headquarters land!
The sale of the Hilltop property which has been the headquarters of the Public Service Union (PSU) for the past 17 years is looking fishy, with the Belmopan City Council insisting that the sale is final and the union continuing to maintain that they “shall not be moved.”
It had been revealed that Xin Ni, the owner of the newly formed company which purchased the PSU property, who had listed his address at the Belize Company Registry as being No. 38 Santa Rita Layout, Corozal District, had apparently falsified his address, because the person who lives at that address posted on social media that the address belongs to Amelio Lizarraga Cal, Jr., JP.
Warren Lewis, 27, acquitted of murder
A jury of 8 women and 4 men deliberated for about 3 hours and 5 minutes yesterday in the court of Madam Justice Marilyn Williams before they found Warren Lewis, 27, not guilty of the murder of Alberto Allen, 22, who was killed on August 18, 2009.
Allen’s body was found at a dumpsite located at Mile 4 on the George Price Highway, opposite Cisco Construction Company. There was a bullet wound in his lower back, his throat had been slashed and a piece of stick had been shoved down his throat.
The Crown, represented by Crown Counsel Rene Montero, had relied mainly on a caution statement Lewis gave to the police in which he admitted that he killed Allen because Allen violated him.
US$10,000 reward for Drew De Voursey’s killer
The bodies of Francesca Matus, 52, a Canadian national, and her American boyfriend, Drew Thomas De Voursey, 36, were found over a year ago in a canefield on the Chan Chen Road. Police say they cannot report any significant progress with this case.
The United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had stepped in to assist with the case, but even they have so far not been successful in finding the killers of the couple.
Yesterday, November 14, the FBI announced that they will be offering $10,000 US to anyone who can provide information leading to an arrest for the murder of De Voursey.
Steel rod pierces eye of BDF soldier
Private Fidel Williams, 25, a soldier of the Belize Defence Force who was posted for military duties at the Forward Operations Base at the mouth of the Sarstoon River, Toledo, lost his left eye after he fell off the wharf and a steel rod that was submerged in the water penetrated his left eye and damaged his eye socket.
Williams was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City by air, and was admitted to the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit in a critical condition.
Jefferson Jacobo, 21, committed for Supreme Court trial
At a preliminary inquiry that was held yesterday, Jefferson Jacobo, 21, a Salvadoran national charged with 2 counts of attempted murder, was committed to stand trial in the April 2019 session of the Supreme Court by Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford.
The session begins on April 2.
Jacobo is also charged with dangerous harm, wounding and two counts of use of deadly means of harm.
Young entrepreneurs showcase products at UB’s Annual Marketing Expo
The University of Belize held its 11th Annual Marketing Expo at the Civic Center today and the school’s young entrepreneurs filled the floor of the building with several booths selling a wide variety of products including pastries, drinks, hair products, hygiene products, phone accessories, and much more.
The expo is an exciting and new experience for many of the students who are given the assignment to create a product for the event from the beginning of the school year. For months, these students have worked hard to perfect their products in time for the expo, and they surely did not disappoint.
Valley of Peace Christian girls and Trial Farm Gov’t boys are 2018-2019 National Primary School Football Champions
Coordinated by the National Sports Council (NSC), the National Primary School Football Championships 2018-19 for females and males were held on Friday, November 9, in Belize City at two different venues: the Marion Jones Sports Complex for the girls, and the MCC Grounds for the boys.
Six female teams and six male teams, champions of their respective districts, represented the six districts of the country in the national tournament.
Flowers Sports In Education Garifuna Settlement Day Tournament 2018 results
On Saturday, November 10, Flowers Sports in Education hosted its annual Garifuna Settlement Day Football and Basketball Tournament and Dominoes games. The games started from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the St. Martin De Porres Football Field.
The Football Tournament consisted of five (5) teams: Collet Strikers, Poor & Famous Culture Club, Third World, Sports In Education, and Lake-I.
Football results: Under 9 (5–9 yrs) – 1st Sports In Education; 2nd Third World. Under 13 – 1st Poor & Famous Culture Club; 2nd Sports In Education. Under 17 – 1st Collet Strikers; 2nd Third World; 3rd Sports In Education.
Dangriga sports stats – T.V. Ramos Cycling Classic winners
One of the biggest sporting events on the calendar for Garifuna Settlement Day celebrations in Dangriga, the T.V. Ramos Cycling Classic, took place on Sunday, November 11, from Kay’s Cool Spot on George Price Drive.
Over 80 cyclists from all over the country of Belize took part in this race, which was in 3 categories: Elite riders, which we all know as the Cross Country riders; the Junior riders; and Weekend Warriors “A” and “B” riders.
Over-40 International Football at the MCC on Friday & Saturday
International football comes to the MCC Grounds on Friday, November 16, and Saturday, November 17. For the first time in Belize, the Over-40 champion of the Casa will be hosted in a football match at the MCC. The Limers Football Club, Champions of the Casa League in Miami, Florida is visiting Belize to play Belize’s National Over-40 Champion, Kulture Yabra.
The team from Miami is on a goodwill tour; having dominated the Miami Senior League, they plan to do the same to Belize. The players consist of Caribbean Americans from Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Haiti and Guyana.
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.
Stann Creek FA Week 7 results and standings
DANGRIGA, Stann Creek District, Mon. Nov. 12, 2018– 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’). In game 3, it was Lake-I FC with the 4-1 win over Caye Caulker Survivors FC. Lake-I goal...
Editorial: Bigotry, discrimination, and fear
In the second millennium of the Christian era, the peoples of the continent we know as Europe became arguably the most successful predator/killers in the history of planet earth. The fact that the Europeans became the best practitioners of warfare on land, sea, and then air, enabled them to acquire power over other continents and peoples, such as Africa, Asia, and Indigenous America. Thus, we read in the history books of a Spanish Empire and a British Empire. There was also a French colonial empire, and the Dutch did very well for themselves also.
In the last century of that second millennium A. D., the German people made their own bid to rule Europe and to become the German Empire. They were turned back in two world wars by the British and the French, while the United States of America, populated by a neo-European people, a relatively peripheral participant in those wars, emerged from the wars with the atomic bomb, whereupon they fought a so-called “Cold War” with Russia for world hegemony in our lifetime, and now the U.S. is the planet’s singular superpower – the ruler of the world.
Should political candidates be required to be well-educated?
Times have changed, and change is a constant. As we become a more progressive society, politics should be viewed as a profession which requires candidates to be well-equipped to hold a position, and be instilled with the skills, knowledge and the abilities needed to successfully lead and develop the country to its greatest potential.
We don’t learn everything from books, but some basic educational knowledge and specialization should be required in all political fields. Education broadens your perspective and opinions; it helps a person to better understand the depth of any situation and develop sound solutions. Therefore, field specialization and a high level of education should be a requirement for all top-level Ministry positions.
Musings by the Curious Non-Conformist
Last week around this time, I was scrolling through my social media pages and noticed a new meme had surfaced in the consciousness of my “internet cousins.” It was conjured up from a scene of the American animated series, Dexter’s Laboratory, in which he wooed two girls with his knowledge of the French language. In the vast world of memes, however, some brilliant millennial chose to have it reflect the distinct vernacular of Belizean society. All these memes, I assure you, are quite funny, and if you need a good dose of Belizean-inspired memes do check out @belizeanriceandmemes.
The difficulty for YES if South says NO
A number of years ago, I wrote in one of my columns that if the South decides to vote NO I will have to respect that decision. As it stands today, it seems that we are very far from getting that overwhelming YES from the South.
The proponents for the NO vote have made many arguments against going to the ICJ, almost none of them making the grade. Examples of weakness in NO abound. They say the compromis should have allowed for monetary payment. Really, how many times do the Guats have to say their only interest is land? They talk about the Treaty of Amiens. Mexico clearly didn’t put much stock in that treaty when she settled on the Rio Hondo as her border with Belize. They talk about the British owing for a cart road. If that were so consequential the UN would never have supported Belize’s independence in 1981.
FINLEY BISHOP! BELIZE’S KENTUCKY DERBY!
Growing up on Racecourse Street in Belize City, Belize, in the 1960s as a boy, “The Bishops” were a big time Belizean family clan of proud Belizean folks who gave us one of Belize’s finest horse racing jockeys of all times — the Warrior King, Finley Bishop. Not only was Finley one of the best jockeys that this country has ever seen in its entire history of Belizean horse racing in the 1970s, but he also went on after being dominant in Belizean horse racing to work behind the scenes of some of the big horse tracks in the United States after his migration from Belize.
Cyril Jones, 37, fatally shot in San Pedro
Several persons have been detained since Cyril Jones, 37, an employee of Belize Water Services (BWS), was fatally injured by a single gunshot on Tuesday, November 13. Jones was at his home in San Pedrito when the incident occurred sometime around 7 p.m.
When the police arrived at the scene they saw Jones’ body lying face-down in a pool of blood. Half of the body was in the doorway and the other half was on the porch. Upon inspection, the police noted a gunshot wound just above his mouth.
Emerson Eagan, 27, charged with murder of “Colored”, freed
Emerson Eagan, 27, charged with the murder of Dennis Nembhard, 35, aka “Colored”, was freed of the charge when he appeared yesterday before Justice Colin Williams and a nolle prosequi was entered by Crown Counsel Killeru Awich, indicating that the Crown would not proceed with the trial.
Awich entered the nolle prosequi because one of the witnesses, Elizabeth Sheran, Nembhard’s mother, who identified his body at the morgue, died earlier this year in the United States and was buried there and none of her relatives who attended the funeral wanted to give a statement attesting to the fact that she died.
Joshua Gillett, 21, charged with attempted murder, committed to stand trial in Supreme Court
After the prosecution had submitted all of the evidence the Crown intends to rely on at the trial, Joshua Gillett, 21, a resident of Conch Shell Bay charged with attempted murder, was committed today by Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford to stand trial in the April 2019 session of the Supreme Court that will commence on April 2.
Gillett is also charged with dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm. The charges are for the shooting of James Swazo, 45, a security guard of Ground Dove Street in the Jane Usher Boulevard area, which occurred around 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 29, 2017.
Dates set for hearing Andrew Bennett’s extradition case
Extradition cases are usually a long drawn-out judicial process that can sometimes take years before someone who is the subject of a United States extradition request is either relieved of the prospect of being extradited , or is actually extradited to face trial in the US.
The case of attorney Andrew Bennett is no different from any other US extradition request making its way through the Belize judicial system. After a long adjournment, from February 2, Bennett and his attorney, Anthony Sylvestre, returned to court this morning before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser to chart the way forward in his extradition trial.
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.
One-eyed burglar, 52, sentenced to 6 years
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.
CitCo Says It’s Financial Performance is Far Better than Past Council One Year Later
The largest municipality in Belize, Belize City, is doing far better than it was a year ago under the previous Council, according to Mayor Bernard Wagner and Deputy Oscar Arnold.
The municipal officials held a press conference on Thursday to present a financial report eight months into its term. Mayor Wagner used a power point presentation to show a comparative analysis of the Council’s expenses, tax collections, trade and liquor license fees and traffic revenues for the months of April, May, June, July, August and September for 2017 under the previous Council and for the same months in 2018 under his stewardship.
R.T.A IN TOLEDO ? – MYSTERY VEHICLE, HAS NO KNOWN RECORDS
Police are investigating the circumstances of a traffic accident this morning in the Toledo District involving a car that displayed no form of documentation. The green Isuzu four-door car was found overturned in a ditch near Roots Rock nightspot in Cattle Landing Village with the driver door opened but no one inside.
WHO/ WHERE IS XIN NI ? – THE MYSTERIOUS CHINESE BUSINESSMAN
Since word of the sale of the Hilltop PSU headquarters to Chinese businessman Xin Ni started circulating, a lot of people have been hoping for a word with, or at least sight of this new Belmopan landowner. But that has proved a tad bit difficult, since Xin Ni is nowhere to be found.
The address listed as the home of Simplex Company Limited, the entity which now owns the Hilltop and which was registered just one day before the transfer, is #38 Santa Rita Layout, Corozal Town. But as the Reporter found out this w
EDITORIAL – November 16th. 2018
The decision which Belizeans will be called upon to make in the Referendum of April 10, 2019 to go or not to go to the International Court of Justice is perhaps the most important decision we will make since the Battle of St. George’s Caye in 1798.
This one vote may well determine the future of Belize because it involves our land and our sovereignty.
Let us pause to reflect on what will happen if Belize loses this opportunity to go to court to defend our land and to refute Guatemala’s claim of ownership to half of our country.
‘COKE’ UP IN SMOKE – LAW-MEN DESTROY ILLICIT DRUGS
This week the Belize Police Department destroyed some 15 bales of cocaine, with an estimated value of over US$6M that they found in an abandoned vehicle on the Coastal Road.
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, explained that Police found the drugs on November 1 but had to go through a series of procedures including conducting laboratory testing to confirm that the substance was, in fact, drugs and then obtain a court order to have those drugs destroyed.
CONTROVERSY BOILS OVER SALE OF HILLTOP
When news surfaced this week that the Belmopan City Council (BCC), headed by Mayor Khalid Belisle, had sold off the Council’s property which has housed the Public Service Union’s (PSU) headquarters in that municipality for the past 18 years via a 20-year lease, it raised the ire of many people, particularly the PSU leadership, which denounced the sale and said it would challenge the decision.
Eli Lopez, 43, and Milton Maza, 32 SENTENCED TODAY FOR MURDER
Eli Lopez, 43, and Milton Maza, 32, were sentenced just now by Justice Colin Williams to 35 years imprisonment for the murders of husband and wife, Attorney Richard Stuart and Maria Stuart. The Stuarts were brutally stabbed to death at their home in 2010.
Breaking Belize News
4 armed robbers target Mango Fast Food in Belize City
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Armed robbery in Unitedville, Cayo
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John McAfee found ‘liable’ for death of Gregory Faull
John McAfee, the millionaire software developer who lived in Belize and was the center of […]
Will GOB amend GST law to avoid court ruling compliance?
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Despite significant evidence, accused murderer found not guilty
Warren Lewis, 27, has spent the last nine years of his life in prison. However, […]
PUP Leader: “We stand with the PSU and the land must be returned”
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PUP hosts ICJ consultation in Cayo
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Soldier loses an eye while on duty
It has been widely circulated on social media but we can now confirm that a […]
More shady details emerge surrounding sale of PSU’s Hilltop headquarters
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Boy, 14, charged with murder of father of 2
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Belize is for the Birds
Great article about the Belize Raptor Center. Tons of amazing pictures of the birds they've been rehabbing. The article covers the story of the BRC, and introduces one to many of the birds there. Well written, informational, and definitely worth a read.
Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with an eagle? Or have lunch with a buzzard? Hoot with the owls? Or even have a bird-day party?
We did, so we did.
We got personal, had lunch, hooted and partied with some pretty incredible flying creatures at the Belize Raptor Center (BRC) here in San Ignacio. We love birds, especially the colorful beauties we’ve seen here.
The BRC was started in 2015 and it rescues, treats, rehabs and, in some cases, is able to release injured birds of prey. But a very special few remain at the Center, because of permanent disabilities. These “resident raptors” are a vital part of the BRC family and are the superstars of the Center’s educational efforts.
Belize’s Watchdog Sounds Alarm Over Several Unlicensed Brokers
Belize’s financial watchdog (IFSC) today issued a string of warnings alerting investors of the recent spate of unregulated FX and binary options brokers.
The newly-blacklisted firms work differently across various industries, but generally some of them pretend to be registered with the agency or copy authorized firms’ branding and logo on their website.
The watchdog warned users who had trusted the firms with their investments that they might not recover their deposits.
Local community assists young women from Belize
Val Verde Regional Medical Center, a group of doctors and other members of the Del Rio community recently changed the lives of two young women from the small Central American nation of Belize.
The two young women, Shayeny Uh and Leila Capo, residents of Guinea Grass Village in the Belize district of Orange Walk, thanked the doctors, VVRMC Chief Executive Officer Xochy Hurtado, Del Rio Mayor Bruno “Ralphy” Lozano and others during a ceremony Thursday in the VVRMC board room.
Belize : Climate Change Policy Assessment
Belize is exceptionally vulnerable to natural disasters and climate change. It already faces hurricanes, flooding, sea level rise, coastal erosion, coral bleaching, and droughts, with impacts likely to intensify given expected increases in weather volatility and sea temperature. Hence, planning for resilience-building, and engagement with development partners on environmental reforms, have been central to Belizean policymaking for many years, since well before Belize submitted its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the Paris Accord in 2015. This Climate Change Policy Assessment (CCPA) takes stock of Belize’s plans to manage its climate response, from the perspective of their macroeconomic and fiscal implications.
IMF Executive Board Concludes 2018 Article IV Consultation with Belize
On November 12, 2018, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation1 with Belize.
Belize’s economic recovery is strengthening, supported by a favorable global environment. Real GDP is estimated to have increased by 1.4 percent in 2017, and recent data indicate an acceleration in economic activity. This acceleration reflects growth in the tourism and agricultural sectors, on the back of economic expansion in Belize’s trade partners, expanded capacity, and foreign direct investment. Unemployment decreased to 9.4 percent in April 2018 from 9.7 percent six months earlier, the current account deficit narrowed to 7.6 percent of GDP in 2017 from 8.4 percent of GDP in 2016, and the financial sector is strengthening. The government delivered a significant fiscal adjustment in FY2017/18, with a primary fiscal balance surplus of 1.3 percent of GDP.
2018 Article IV Consultation-Press Release; Staff Report; Informational Annex; Debit Sustainability Analysis and Statement by the Executive Director for Belize
Belize’s economic growth has slowed over the last five years, following decades of outperforming regional peers. As in other countries in the region, a central challenge is exiting the cycle of low growth and elevated public debt. Belize’s 2017 debt rescheduling provided cash flow relief. In March 2017, the government reached a restructuring agreement with private external bondholders on its US$526 million bond (about 30 percent of GDP).1 As part of the agreement, the authorities committed to tighten the fiscal stance by 3.0 percentage points in FY2017/18 and to maintain a primary surplus of 2.0 percent of GDP for the subsequent three years. The authorities are delivering on these commitments and have made progress in implementing recent Article IV recommendations (Annex I).
World Diabetes Day - diabetes and foot care tips for diabetics, 36min. Today is celebrated as World Diabetes Day. We invited representatives of the Diabetes Association of Belize to talk about preventing the onset of diabetes and foot care tips for diabetics. Today they are offering free glucose testing for those wanting to check their health.
On our couch:
Ronald Stuart - Assistant Treasurer, Belize Diabetes Association.
Barbara Johnson - Cosmetologist.
UNICEF and the Ministry of Human Development - International Children's Day, 46min. The National Committee for Families and Children in partnership with UNICEF and the Ministry of Human Development hosted a Parenting Conference in 2013 to examine parenting programs and make recommendations for stakeholders to harmonize concepts, skills and training goals. The completed guide is being launched next week in celebration of International Children's Day. Our guests talked about the process to completing the guide and how it will be used to support parents in their roles as primary caregivers. On our couch:
Dr. Susan Kassede - Country Representative, UNICEF Belize.
Margaret Nicholas - Executive Director, NCFC.
Joan Burke Skeen - Executive Director, Belize Family Life Association.
Symbolism between the Garifuna drums and the role of women in society, 31min. Josh Arana was our final guest to share his thoughts on the symbolism between the Garifuna drums and the role of women in society. He shared how he came to this revelation after exploring the cultural significance of the drums to Garifuna life and ceremonies. He originally shared this perspective in his Ted Talk entitled, "How drumming made me a feminist."
Awesome drumming...., 10min.
We’re making Hudut in the Grace kitchen, 2.5hr. Shenseea and The Campari team promote upcoming event, U-Reporters teach CRC and Robert Howes talks fitness camp.
The University of Belize & Social Sector Senators - national ICJ public education efforts, 44min. The University of Belize is partnering with the Social Sector Senators to form a consortium to contribute to the national ICJ public education efforts. A series of lectures on the Referendum and the ICJ will be conducted to provide citizens the opportunity to engage opinion leaders from both sides of the divide. Our guests gave us some insights into the partnership and spoke about the format of the lectures. On our couch:
Mark Lizarraga - Business Senator.
Cesar Ross - History Lecturer, University of Belize.
Smart Belize - new products and services, 27min. Smart Belize continues to provide customers with new products and services to meet their ever-changing communication needs. Our guests talked with us about the latest roaming service and ongoing promotions. On set:
Linette Canto - Marketing and Public Relations Manager, Smart Belize.
Josue Carballo - Product Development Manager, Smart Belize.
Welcome to Harvest Caye, Belize!, 16min.
BELIZE DIVE DAY 1, 9min. Belize local reef
Belize Documentary pt. 1, 5min. A tour of the Corozal Farmer’s Market. Open every Monday and Friday mornings. Also check out Mars Carribean Garden. Grand opening Nov. 16th 2018 in Corozal.
Belize Solo Run 2017, 21min.
Directors Cut Full Version and Disturbing Bonus Footage Welcome to the Dark Side, 19min. This video is Directors cut with the full massive four 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) Oceana Belize and San Pedro Town Council. November 9th - 12 th 2018.
After years of photographing garbage, I cannot even begin to express my gratitude to the BTIASP for taking on this project and giving me a safe platform to truly tell a large part of our heartbreaking story and ask for help.
Grace Flava With A Beat - Hudut, 19min. In today's Grace Flava with A Beat we were joined by guest chef, Bernadette Nolberto of Lerisi Garifuna Restaurant. She showed the team how to make the traditional Hudut. Look out for Grace representatives this weekend in Dangriga. On set:
Harsha Vaswani- Brand Manager, Grace Beverage Center.
Melonie Coc - Senor Brands Manager, Grace Kennedy Belize Ltd.
Bernadette Nolberto - Head Chef, Lerisi Garifunaduau Restaurant.
U-Report Steering Committee, 28min. U-Report is the timely merge of technology and activism to engage youths. We spoke with members of the U-Report Steering Committee about the platform and how they are hoping to recruit youths to participate in sharing their opinions. On our couch:
Renata Samuels - Communications Officer (Department of Youth Services).
Jared Cain - President, Youth Advocacy Movement (BFLA).
Hasani Martinez - U-Report Recruiter.
Caracol, Belize, 4min. Deep in the jungles of Belize you'll find the largest Maya city in the region.
Miss BELIZE!!! AT HORIZON ACADEMY IN BELIZE CITY, 7.5min.
Diving in Belize #6, 3min. Dove with Amigos Del Mar 11/10,11/2018.
A message from Keith Gilges, chargé d ' Affaires, a.i., 2.5min.
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