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Happy Garifuna Settlement Day from San Pedro, Belize!

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San Pedro Celebrates Garifuna Settlement Day 2018
Garifuna Settlement Day was observed on Monday, November 19, 2012, that made for a long holiday weekend of celebration throughout the country of Belize. The Garinagu community of San Pedro was nothing shy of showing off their rich culture, especially when it came to the drumming and dancing. Activities surrounding the day of celebration started off early with cultural drumming at Central Park, School visits, translation competitions and much more. The major social event was held at Central Park on the eve of Garifuna Settlement Day where the Garinagu held celebratory drumming and dancing performances through the night. The traditional Yurumei which is the reenactment of the Garinagu’s arrival to Belize took place at 1:00pm on Monday, November 19, 2018 followed by short parade through town.

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A Gatsby Inspired Wine & Jazz Night
A Portion of proceeds will go to the Rotary's Gift of Life. Mark your calendar for a fun night supporting a great initiative. A group of young people (recent graduates from the UB Tourism Management Course) have undertaken a function as a “practice run” of their fresh new ideas. The attached flyer is the function and I am not sure how many of you have noticed this on social media (?). When it was originally planned and promoted, the price of the tickets was at $100bz per ticket/ person. Sadly, the organizers have received LITTLE Support and hardly any sales have been made for the event. The tickets are now priced at $50BZ per ticket/ person and still, hardly anyone has purchased enough to make the event break even much less functionable. Many times, for those of us in the tourism industry, we are fast to criticize young people for their lack of enthusiasm and lack of drive but here we have a group who is showing their talent in organizing this event with little backing & support. With their drive, we honestly should NOT allow their efforts to go unnoticed or unsupported- it will discourage them in a way that will cause irreversible “damage” to their morale and drive to succeed.

The Belize National Assembly Building in Belmopan has been sold to a buyer from Corozal Town!
The new owner wasted no time in redesigning the building to reflect his own taste in architecture!

Murder in the Capital
On Monday 19th November 2018, at 12:40 p.m. Belmopan police visited #1 Panama street in the Salvapan area. There they found an Orange color Dodge Neon car with license plate c-04443. Inside the vehicle, on the driver side was a man with a gunshot wound to the left side of the face. He was identified as 23 year old Jermain Micheal sankar, originally from the Corozal District. The police say Sankar was , he was shot by a man wearing a blue shirt. His body was taken to the hospital morgue for a postmortem examination.

Park Closings today

H'obnil is the representation of a sudden death and one of the lords of the underworld. It's name H'obnil means "Sudden Death".

Channel 5

Thieves Target UB Security
Early on November 19th, police were called out to the University of Belize compound on Chancellor Avenue, Belize City. Upon arrival police observed 36 year old security guard Anthony Francisco in handcuffs. According to police, three men, one armed with a handgun, arrived at the compound and held up Francisco. The thieves made away with Francisco’s cellphone. Police are investigating.

Corozal Resident Killed in Belmopan
Twenty three year old Jermaine Michael Sanker of Corozal Town was gunned down on Monday while he was on Panama Street in the Salvapan Area of Belmopan. Police say that is happened after midday when Sanker was inside a parked orange car. Sanker was approached by a male person of clear complexion who shot Sanker to the face and escaped into the nearby bushes. Sankar was pronounced dead on arrival at the Western Regional Hospital.

OW Police Catches Would-be Robber
According to police at around 10:35 am today two men, one armed with handgun, attempted to rob a tacos stand at the Orange Walk Town market. Quick police response led to the detention of a 17 year old minor of of Carmelita Village, Orange Walk District. Police investigation continues

Murder in Belize City
21 year old barber Eric Staine was fatally shot on Sunday night. Police found Staine at the corner of Krooman Road and the George Price Highway suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was rushed to the KHMH where he died while receiving treatment.

The Reporter

Two Persons Missing after Vehicle Slips off Flooded Culvert
Two persons are missing and another was rescued after a vehicle slipped off a flooded culvert in Buena Vista Village, Cayo. The incident happened earlier this evening when the three Americans attempted to cross the flooded road, and the culvert apparently collapsed with them. The rescued person, Jack Moore, is said to be unconscious.

A barber was shot dead on Sunday night in Belize City. He is Eric Staine, 21. The incident happened around 10:30pm, at the corner of Krooman Road and the George Price Highway. Police say they found Staine critically wounded with multiple gunshot wounds over his body. They transported Staine to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

A man was murdered in Belmopan early this afternoon. Police say they were summoned to #1 Panama Street in the Salvapan Area of Belmopan around 12:40 this morning where they found an orange Dodge Neon car parked on the street side. On the driver’s side of the car police found Jermain Michael Sanker, 23, with a gun shot wound to the left side of face.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Bridge in Buena Vista Village, Cayo washed away, 2 persons missing
Reports to our newsdesk indicate that two persons are missing as a result of a vehicle that was washed away along with the Buena Vista bridge this evening. According to reports, one of the occupants of the vehicle, an American national, has been rescued.

Man murdered inside his car in Belmopan
Police are investigating the murder of a man that occurred this afternoon. Around 12:40, police were called to Panama Street, Salvapan area, Belmopan where they found an orange car parked on the street side. Inside the car, a man was seated in the driver’s seat with a gunshot wound to his face. He was identified as Jermain Micheal Sankar, 23, from the Corozal District.

Man killed in Belmopan
Reports to BBN is that a man was shot and killed this afternoon inside his vehicle in Salvapan, Belmopan. Police are currently on the scene.

Belize city barber shot dead
Belize City police are investigating a murder that occurred last night. Around 10:30, police responded to reports of shots being fired at the corner of the George Price highway and Krooman Road. There, police saw a man lying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds to the body.

Happy Garifuna Settlement day!
Today is celebrated in Belize as Garifuna Settlement Day. The National Garifuna Council (NGC) began the month with the Annual Garifuna Solidarity Mass and activities highlighting Garifuna culture continued throughout November leading up to today.

Belize City man shot last night
Police are investigating another shooting incident that occurred last night in Belize city. Around 8:15, Stephan Tablada, 18, was entering his home on Neal Penn road when he heard about six gunshots ring out.

Police investigating shooting incident
Police are investigating a shooting incident that occurred last night in Belize city. A Chinese businessman of Belize city told police that he and an employee arrived at his shop, Tommy’s Wholesale on Central American Boulevard when they were confronted by two men.

Minor detained for attempted robbery at tacos stand
Police have detained a 17-year-old minor from Carmelita, Orange Walk for attempting to rob a tacos stand. Around 10:35 this morning, two men arrived at a tacos stand in Orange Walk. One of the men had a gun and attempted to take money from the owner.

Beltraide hosts Entrepreneurship Convention 2018 (EntreCon)
In collaboration with Global Entrepreneurship week 2018, Beltraide is hosting its fourth annual National Entrepreneurship Convention (ENTRECON). The theme for this years Entrecon is “Innovation & Knowledge Transfer: Drivers of Competitiveness”. The most important goal for businesses and organizations is to achieve the highest output and performance.

BTEC Announces Completion of its Wait Staff, Housekeeping and Bartending Training Programs
The Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), a unit of the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), has successfully completed its Waitstaff, Housekeeping, and Bartending training which provided participants with the necessary skills to equip them for employment in the hospitality industry. The three-week training ran from October 29- November 16, 2018.

UB targeted by armed robbers!
With the Christmas holidays just weeks away, there is always a surge in property crimes. However, no one predicted that the University of Belize which educates our nation’s children would be targeted in this anticipated surge. Our newsroom has confirmed that in the wee hours of today, four armed men entered one of the university’s campuses in Belize City.

Two persons electrocuted on Saturday afternoon
Two persons were reportedly electrocuted on Saturday afternoon. They have been identified as William Escobar, 20, and a minor, 15. They were both cutting down trees near the Westar gas station in Roaring Creek.

Employee shot in a shootout at a Chinese establishment
eports to BBN are that a man was shot sometime around 10 p.m. last night in Belize City. He has been identified as Chester Humes, 34. Our newsroom has confirmed that he was inside Sun Led store on Central American Boulevard when he was shot.

Moist and cool conditions to continue
Moist and cool conditions are expected over Belize today. Cloudy skies with a few showers, periods of rain and isolated thunderstorms are forecasted today.

Antonio “Tony” Herrera wins UDP convention in Corozal Southeast
Yesterday the United Democratic Party (UDP) held a convention to elect a standard bearer for the Corozal Southeast constituency. After the ballots were counted, Antonio “Tony” Herrera, was declared the winner. He garnered 1,474 votes while his challenger Narciso Judge Flores received 912 votes.

Eric Staine, 21, killed in Belize City
A Belize City resident was shot dead just before 11 p.m. last night. He has been identified as Eric Staine, 21. According to reports, he was found riddled with gunshot at the corner of Krooman Road and the George Price Highway.


Beach Bars And Sunset Cruises: A Typical Week In Placencia, Belize
I have been living in Belize for about five years now. I made my home base in Placencia, a laidback community in the southern part of Belize. And I chose this spot for good reason. Placencia is known as the prettiest village in the country. It’s beautifully situated on a 16-mile peninsula that is mostly very skinny—in some places you can see the sparkling Caribbean on both sides of the one road into town. The whole way down, you’ll see an unbelievable mix of million-dollar beach homes, brightly colored boutique hotels, simple wood shacks on stilts, an authentic Central American village… And it ends in a funky, artistic, warm, and welcoming little village of 1,500 people—Placencia Village, at the southern tip of the peninsula. Placencia is relaxed, known for being a rustic, simple paradise. There are lots of charming, open-air restaurants—Happy Hour is the craziest time of the day—and things close up rather early.

The latest news and images from Belize!!
It was a very exciting couple weeks in the news for Belize!! There was a ton of positive attention all over different media - it started with Lonely Planet placing Belize as #10 on their list of top ten places to go in the world, in 2019... For a tiny country this is a HUGE accomplishment!!! Then GQ, the knower of all things cool, proclaimed that BELIZE was the place to go - and to skip trendy, super-cool Tulum this year!! Then, the same week, Belize was announced the fastest-growing place in the Caribbean... Caribbean Journal announced Belize is the fastest-growing Caribbean destination based on September's tourism results!!

Labour: To Build A Maya Empire Part 1
People from all over the world visit the Maya area. Many come to Belize, Central America and they witness amazing when they enter the jungle and come face to face with history. Most noteworthy in these cities we find, temples, palaces, ball courts, intra-city roads, altars, stelae, barrios, and plaza groups. All built by the greatest ancient civilisation in the America’s. As we walk around these ancient cities, the likes of, Cahal Pech, Xunantunich and Altun Ha, its important to realise the human investment in these cities. After all, these infrastructural projects were not built by UFO’s. They did not just grow out of the earth by wish – they were built by hands. Built without the use of beasts of burden and managed with the power of religion, political management and in instances, by force.

Come Fly Away
Looking to take that exotic vacation to some warm location, but without the hassle of swapping planes, flying to multiple cities, and long flight times? Now with more direct flights than ever before, a trip to Belize is even closer than a hop, skip and a jump away! In just the past two months, AeroMexico and Sun Country Airlines announced two new direct flights into Belize starting making there now 11 total airlines from 15 different cities in the US Mexico and Central America all flying directly to Belize. No matter where you live, there is bound to be a flight nearby and with flights taking anywhere from 1-4 hours max, booking that winter getaway to a warmer climate is just that much more appealing.

Belize Is the Perfect Place for Kayaking
It’s hard to think of a better place to enjoy some kayaking than Belize. A combination of year-round balmy weather and the largest coral reef system in the Western Hemisphere make Belize absolutely perfect for kayaking. Even if you’ve never tried kayaking before, it’s a fun, easy, and safe sport that people of all ages can enjoy. After a quick training course, you can head out to explore one of the most eco-diverse marine environments on the planet. Along the way, you can look for stingrays, eagle rays, manatees, sea turtles, nurse sharks, reef sharks, and even a pod of curious dolphins. The waters of the reef are also brimming with huge schools of colorful fish, so you’ll never run out of amazing marine life to spot. And if you’ve brought along your snorkel gear, you can always hop in the water to get a closer look.

Why You Should Spend Your Christmas Vacation in Belize
While you definitely won’t see any snow falling during Christmas in Belize, this small Caribbean country is one of the best places to enjoy the holidays. Although December and January are quintessential winter months in North America, in Belize, they are when the weather is at its finest. The Christmas period in Belize is full of warm, delicious sunshine and delightful temperatures that average in the mid-80’s, making it perfect T-shirt and sandals time. For many visitors, getting away from the cold and misery of winter is one of the best reasons to visit Belize during the Christmas holidays.

Tips for Solo Travellers Visiting Belize
Whether you’re a seasoned pro at solo traveling or are heading out into the world for the first time by yourself, one of the best places to visit is Belize. Many solo visitors like to visit Belize outside of the major holidays like Christmas and Easter. If you come during the “off season,” you can save on lodgings, and airfare is often cheaper as well. Some of the best months to visit when it’s less crowded are January, February, and after Easter. And don’t worry about meeting people or making friends! Belize is world-famous for its friendly locals. Belize is still far enough off the beaten path that it feels like a small town. And with everyone speaking English, you’ll never have any problems striking up a conversation.

How to Travel to Belize on a Budget
Belize is an amazing and exotic getaway destination, but the good news is that you don’t have to break the bank to travel to Belize. If you’ve been interested in visiting Belize but were worried about affordability, we’ve provided this handy guide for exploring this astonishingly beautiful country on a limited budget. In the United States, all four of the nation’s biggest airlines now fly to Belize, making it easy to find affordable tickets. Southwest, United, Delta, and American Airlines now fly non-stop to Belize from more than a dozen major cities.

What to Do in the Rainforest in Belize
WestJet Magazine, the in-flight publication of WestJet Airlines, recently recommended visiting the rainforest in Belize. WestJet currently offers non-stop service from Toronto and Calgary to Belize. In the article, WestJet magazine described some of the many exciting things to do in the rainforest in Belize. By day, hikers can marvel at the variety of trees and flowering plants in the rainforest. But it’s only at night when the jungle truly comes alive. Lodges like Cave Branch offer guided night hikes through the rainforest, giving visitors a unique chance to glimpse deer, tapirs, wild boar, tarantulas, red-eyed tree frogs, and occasionally even jaguars that call the rainforest home.

Once again, all of us at Chaa Creek wish our Garifuna brothers and sisters throughout Belize, and in the many Garinagu communities spread throughout the world, a Happy Garifuna Settlement Day. Garifuna history is such an important part of Belize’s heritage that it’s only proper November 19 is set aside each year as a national holiday to celebrate the arrival of Garinagu, and to acknowledge the many contributions they have made since. The Garifuna are descendants of African slaves who, shipwrecked off the Caribbean Island of St Vincent’s in the 1600s, swam ashore and intermarried with the indigenous Arawak inhabitants, producing a distinct culture with its own language, customs, music and arts.

Belize’s Great Blue Hole, Richard Branson, Submarines and a Famous Frenchman’s Grandson
Belize’ Great Blue Hole made worldwide news back in the 1971 when Jacques Cousteau anchored his research vessel RV Calypso on its rim and made the first extensive dives of what he went on to classify as one of the top five dive spots on the planet. Now, almost 50 years later, Belize’s Great Blue Hole is back in the news, thanks to Jacques’ grandson Fabien Cousteau, and an intrepid crew of celebrity adventurers that includes Richard Branson. Branson, celebrity businessman, philanthropist, founder of the Virgin Group of companies and co-founder of Ocean Unite, earlier announced that he was partnering with filmmaker and conservationist Cousteau, as well as Harvey Flemming, founding president of Canadian company Aquatica Submarines, and a team of scientists, filmmakers and explorers to send two submersibles to the bottom of the Great Blue Hole.

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A Bird’s-Eye View in Belize
Ohio Wesleyan Student Uses Drone to Conduct Geography Research. Farmer used drones to map the islands of Belize and conducted interviews with locals to provide context for a spatial storytelling aspect of his project. He presented his research at OWU’s Summer Science Research Symposium regarding environmental changes in Belize and how locals are adapting to those changes. He also has submitted his abstract and poster to present at the East Lakes Division of the American Association of Geographers. “The project description for the track ‘drones and spatial storytelling’ sparked an interest, and so I decided I wanted to just give it a shot. …

TDI-Brooks International Joins Blue Hole Belize Expedition
TDI-Brooks International will soon deploy the RV Brooks McCall to Belize and join the Blue Hole Expedition. The vessel will provide the logistical support, hosting and launching of Aquatica’s manned submersible submarines along with providing accommodations for all crew and guests during the two-week expedition. Partnered with Aquatica Submarines, and their partner, the Roatan Institute of Deepsea Exploration (RIDE), they will be deploying their submersibles for the Expedition – Aquatica’s Stingray 500 and RIDE’s Idabel.

Caribbean real estate dream turns into $100 million nightmare for retirees
Ever fantasize about fleeing the winter cold and getting in on the ground floor of a beachfront real estate deal in which you double your money in a few years? If you've dreamed that dream, here's how it could turn nightmarish. When Frank Balluff and his wife, Rebecca, purchased a lot in what seemed to be an exciting new Caribbean resort development, little could they imagine what they were getting into. In fact, it was what the Federal Trade Commission now calls the biggest real estate scam involving overseas property it has ever investigated. Promoters allegedly fleeced 1,000-plus lot buyers out of $100 million or more. Earlier this month, the FTC sought and obtained a federal court order temporarily shutting the project down and freezing promoters' assets. Balluff, a business owner from Michigan, estimates that his personal losses exceed $310,000, but he says he's heard of others who "invested their full retirement funds" and planned to build homes and move to the resort. Now "they just have nothing left," he says.

The Best Places To Retire Abroad In 2019
When it comes time to pick a retirement spot, the majority of Americans end up staying put, or moving within their own state. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t at least consider the option of retiring abroad. Fact is, many countries offer a high standard of living at a much lower cost and throw in good weather, great scenery and fascinating culture at no extra charge. To assist those planning, or simply dreaming about, a foreign retirement haven, Forbes has scoured the globe to come up with a list, The Best Places To Retire Abroad In 2019. Click on the gallery below for a description of all 24 countries, on five continents, that made our list, in alphabetical order. Note that while we are picking entire nations, not every place in each is suitable. U.S. expat retirees often tend to cluster in just a few locales. So we suggest a few specific spots in each, although in most countries there are many other locations that would also be suitable.

United Airlines makes a major play for spring break traffic
United Airlines is at it again — growing its flight schedule around a targeted event. This time it’s that annual tradition known as spring break. United said Monday it will add nearly 150 additional flights between the carrier's major hubs and popular spring break destinations ranging from Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean to a few ski destinations for those party animals who like a slightly colder clime. Altogether United's new flights will inject an additional 41,000 seats into the marketplace during the annual spring break migration. The airline said it plans to add seven more spring break flights into Phoenix and Tucson as part of the new service.

Origin of chocolate shifts 1,400 miles and 1,500 years
The key ingredient of chocolate was being used in South America centuries before it was exploited by civilisations in Mexico and Central America, according to new research. The cacao tree, and in particular the drinks made from its dried seeds, has long been linked to the Maya and other ancient civilisations in Mesoamerica – a heritage embraced by chocolate companies that produce goods with monikers like Maya Gold. But now experts say seeds from the cacao tree were first used in present-day Ecuador by members of the Mayo Chinchipe culture, in research that pushes back the date of the first cacao use by about 1,500 years and shifts the location of the culinary event 1,400 miles to the upper Amazon. “It is used by people in this area more than 5,000 years ago – way earlier than we have ever found in Mesoamerica and Central America,” said Prof Michael Blake, a co-author of the research from the University of British Columbia in Canada. “It [tells] us that it was domesticated or at least under the process of domestication in this area.”


Garifuna Settlement Day Videos from around Belize:

  • The 13th Annual Battle of the Drums 2018, 2.5hr.

  • (Yurumein) Garifuna Settlement Day, 14min. At the center of Garifuna Settlement Day celebrations is the reenactment of Yurumein. Yurumein is the Garifuna word which means Homeland, it is a public reenactment of the epic journey of the Garifuna people from their homeland in St. Vincent to the shores of Belize The Yurumein is re-enacted in every major community where the Garinagu reside and presents itself as one of Belize’s prominent cultural celebrations. Other cultures of Belize have come to appreciate this annual celebration and it in fact contributes to our collective understanding of the Belizean identity. It is only hoped that the knowledge of Yurumein will be passed on to younger generations of Belizeans and thereby allow Garifuna Culture to remain an integral part of the Belizean way of life.

  • Yurumein from beautiful Dangriga on a rainy #November19th morning, 1min.

  • Garimaya Grand Sponsor Southern Tour, 28min.

  • Alejo Beni Park in Dangriga!!, 7min.

  • Garifuna Mass, 1hr21min.

  • The re enactment, 41min.

  • Culture capital Dangriga!!! Drumming all night!, 13min.

  • Dangriga on the eve of the 19th!!!!, 7min.

  • San Pedro Reenactment, 2min.

  • Garifuna Yurumei in San Pedro, 2min.

  • Mayor Daniel Guerrero and the Child Advisory Body on Children's Week 2018!, 3min. Listen to all their accomplishments and how they are shaping the future of San Pedro Town. HAPPY CHILDREN'S WEEK to all the beautiful children in San Pedro, Belize and all over the world!

  • Belize Diabetes Association Corozal Branch Walkathon, 1.5min.

  • RISE & SHINE TELETHON 2018, min. Consider making a pledge! Thank You for Your Support! OUR NUMBERS: ON Air 802-0097 OFF Air: 822-2536 & 822-2031 WhatsApp 610-5679

  • How To Make Belizean Jam Roll, 16min. Belizean Jam Roll is very simple desert that's made by putting together 2 components....pie dough and jam. We will make the pie dough from scratch and I'll show you two different ways to assemble the roll. You can use any flavor jam you like, but I like to use strawberry jam.

  • Garifuna Day celebration at the SISE HOC, 15min.

  • Pandy Show, 60min.

  • Water cannon salute to welcome Aeromexico to Belize. Belize’s first nonstop service to Mexico City, 1/4min.

  • Belize TRIP II Nov 2018, 23min. This is Scuba Bob's second trip to Belize to look at property on Turneffe Atoll. We have made a commitment to purchase the property and have an archetect to design a main house and two 3 bedroom casitas. Take a look at the property, refs and mainland of our new Bed and Breakfast: ToRo Eco Lodge.

  • SCUBA Diving - "Un - BELIZE - Able - Into The Darkness" Lighthouse Reef, Belize - Oct 2018, 7min.

  • A Salty Piece of Belize, 4.5min. El Pescador on Ambergris Key, October 2018.

  • Mexico Rocks Dive, Belize, 15min.

  • Cayo Espanto Belize, 2.5min. Drone video

  • Coconut husking in Belize, 2min. Boy on South Street husk coconut