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Today's Belize News: December 1, 2018 #533548
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The San Pedro Sun

Belize’s U-17 & U-15 Inter-District Football Tournament 2018 kicks off
Both U-15 and U-17 male and female teams from San Pedro Town traveled to Belize City to compete against teams from the mainland on Saturday, November 17th. They are participating in the Inter-District Football Tournament which is heading into its third round. The first match started at 2PM at the MCC Grounds, with U-17 San Pedro High School (SPHS) Girls going against St. Catherine’s Academy girls. Throughout the entire match, the island played their best and came out victorious with a 1-0 score. The third round of the football tournament is scheduled to take place during this week. SPHS girls will go against San Juan Scorpions. The game is scheduled to start at 2PM at the Michael Ashcroft Stadium in Independence Village Stann-Creek District on Saturday, December 1st. In the U-15 male category, Sea Wolves will play against the Corozal Invaders at the Ricalde Stadium in Corozal District, starting at 2PM on Saturday, December 1st.

Nayobie’s Hope for Children Project assists baby Leo Chan by collecting bottle caps
Nayobie’s Hope for Children Project held a dollar and tapitas (bottle caps) drive for Baby Leo Chan Jr., who is currently battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia at the Hospital General in Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico. During the drive, a total of 7,440 tapitas and $1,005 were collected in San Pedro Town on Saturday, November 24th. Baby Leo Chan Jr. is from Orange Walk Town, but his story resonated across social media with several island residents joining his cause. For every 1,000 bottle caps collected, the family will be granted ONE chemotherapy session through the #TapitasxSonrisas system, an initiative from the Alianza Anticancer in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico.

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust commends progress achieved in Belize to tackle blindness caused by diabetes
The Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust (the Trust), Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE, met with the Government of Belize and leading eye health experts to thank and commend them for their efforts to prevent blindness caused by escalating rates of diabetes across Belize. In Belize, as a result of the Trust’s programme, through the Government’s leadership and by building on the services provided by the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired, Belize’s public health system has now been significantly strengthened to prevent more people with diabetes from losing their sight.

John McAfee allegedly sued over Gregory Faull’s murder
It’s been six years since the murder of retired American national Gregory Faull with no convictions to date. Faull was killed on November 21, 2012, and his family has maintained that his neighbor at the time, software mogul John McAfee, is responsible for his death. McAfee is still wanted in Belize for questioning by the San Pedro Police. In most recent news, McAfee has allegedly been found legally “liable” via a default judgment made on Wednesday, November 14th in a Florida, USA district court as part of a five-year legal battle by Gregory Faull’s estate.

Misc Belizean Sources


Discovery LIVE: Into The Blue Hole Broadcast times
Sir Richard Branson and Fabien Cousteau travel to the bottom of Belize's Blue Hole. Discovery Channel. Eastern Time (ET). SUN DEC 2, 4:00PM. MON DEC 3, 7:00AM. - TV GUIDE

Former Ambassador of Belize to Mexico passes away
The Government of Belize extends its condolences to the family and friends of former Ambassador of Belize to Mexico H.E. Rosendo Urbina Sr. Ambassador Urbina's impact on the business sector can never be overstated along with his contributions to the tourism industry as a Director at the Belize Tourism Board.

Belizean Delegation to Attend Inauguration Ceremony for New Mexican President
His Excellency Sir Colville Young, Governor General of Belize, will head the Belize delegation attending the Inauguration Ceremony for the new Mexican President, H.E. Mr. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, on 1 December, 2018 in Mexico City. The Belize delegation will also comprise Honorable Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Major Eric Neal, Jr., Aide-de-Camp for the Governor General. Mr. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, of the Morena party, ran as a candidate in the presidential elections as part of the Juntos Haremos Historia Alliance and was elected by voters on July 1, 2018. Obrador won in a landslide, carrying 31 out of 32 of the country's states.

Cizin, also spelled Kisin means in Maya “Stinking One” , Cizin is the representation of earthquake and death, ruler of the subterranean land of the dead. He may possibly have been one aspect of a malevolent underworld deity who manifested himself under several names and guises (e.g., Ah Puch, Xibalba, and Yum Cimil). In pre-Conquest codices, or manuscripts, Cizin was frequently depicted with the representation of war in scenes of human sacrifice. One aspect of the dualistic nature of the Maya religion is symbolically portrayed in the existing codices, which show Cizin uprooting or destroying trees planted by Chac . Cizin is often depicted on pottery and illustrated in the codices in the form of a dancing skeleton, holding a smoking cigarette. He is also known by his death collar, the most prominent feature of which consists of disembodied eyes dangling by their nerve cords. After the Spanish Conquest, Cizin became merged with the Christian devil.

Castillo's HardwareBlack Friday Sale Extended to Dec 1.
We have extended our Black Friday Deals for Tomorrow Saturday December 1, 2018. Come and take advantage of our huge discounts and get ready for Christmas!!

Project Abroad’s Health Fair and National Testing Day

Commencement Order - New Registers of Electors
The Elections and Boundaries Department is pleased to inform the public that pursuant to Section 9 of Representation of the People Act, the New Registers of Electors prepared as a result of the 2018 Re-registration of Electors Exercise (2nd July 2018 to 30th September, 2018) come into force effective 30th November, 2018 by virtue of a Commencement Order published in the Gazette. The public is further informed that upon the coming into force of the New Registers of Electors, the old registers of electors shall stand repealed.

Update on Private Fidel Williams
The Ministry of National Security (Defence) takes this opportunity to update the Public on the medical condition of Private Fidel Williams who was involved in an incident on November 14th, 2018, at the Sarstoon Forward Operating Base. Since the incident, Williams had undergone a surgery at the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital where the affected eye was removed and was kept under observation by the Ophthalmologist, after which he was transferred to the Force’s Medical Center in Ladyville. Private Williams departed Belize on November 29th, 2018 to Clinica De Merida where he will undergo an assessment for a prosthetic eye replacement.

Hon. Edmond Castro Attends Firefighting Graduation in Cuba
Minister with responsibility for the Belize National Fire Service, Hon. Edmond Castro is in Havana, Cuba, where he attended graduation ceremonies on Wednesday, November 28th, for a two-and-a-half-week firefighting course for Caribbean and Central American Countries. The training course took place from November 11th to 28th, and was attended by two fire-fighters from the Belize National Fire Service, Samuel Leslie and Victor Gabriel Menzies. Hon. Castro conveyed tremendous gratitude and appreciation to the Cuban Government and People for their continued, invaluable contribution to the development of Belize and other Caribbean nations.

Sustainable Child Friendly Municipality Initiative
I feel a sense of accomplishment, but I feel more proud of living on this island that has embraced me. Since 2014, Ambergris Caye adopted the Sustainable Child Friendly Municipality Initiative. Four years later, we have finally got our first baseline assessment. It was hard work, dedication and constant none-stop grinding. The children who have been a part of this process are my driving force while my technical steering committee is my helping hands. The town council has made significant efforts in reaching where we are now. Mayor Daniel Guerrero is a champion in the SCFM initiative in Belize - after all, it was his vision that is coming into fruition - to work towards making San Pedro Child Friendly, thus dedicating efforts to make this island we all love, a better place where our children can live in safer environment in order to become better citizens.

Channel 7

Northern Cops Foil Suspected Drug Plane Landing
There was another plane landing but this time, it landed at the Chetumal airport. And before that, police found a crashed truck in Corozal near the Pueblo Viejo ferry. Now, how are these two incidents connected you ask? Well here is what we found out. Around 2:00 this morning, Orange Walk and Corozal police got information that a plane would be landing near the El Progresso road in Corozal. When police responded to the area, all they found were edge lights set up on the road, about a mile long on either side, ready for a plane landing. But Corozal police got word that trucks were seen in the area and they went looking and caught up with a truck about to cross the Pueblo Viejo ferry.

Montenegro’s Merry to have Nerry Home
The Montenegro family is relieved tonight because Nerry is home safe and sound. Our information is that Orange Walk police found Montenegro wandering about last night around the San Estevan Road near Banquitas. He had injuries to both his feet, was starved and seemed disoriented. But besides that he was fine. He has not been able to say where he was or what happened. As we told you, Montenegro went missing on Sunday night. Now, police have to go back to the drawing board to find out whose body was found in the New River in Orange Walk.

Injured Soldier in Merida for Prosthetic Eye Replacement Exam
Private Fidel Williams is in Merida for further eye treatment and examination. He left yesterday. Williams was at the Forward Operating Base on November 14th. He went to unhitch a BDF vessel, lost his footing, and fell face first into a submerged metal pipe, which dislodged his left eye. In a release sent today it states "Since the incident, Williams had undergone a surgery at the KHMH where the affected eye was removed and was kept under observation by the Ophthalmologist, after which he was transferred to the Force's Medical Center in Ladyville." It continues by saying that doctors from the Clinica De Merida will assess Private Williams for a prosthetic eye replacement. His appointment is set for today. He will return over the weekend.

BPO Worker Recounts Escape from Burning Bus
Last night, we told you about the Transparent BPO bus which spontaneously caught on fire. It happened at around 6:45 yesterday morning between Miles 8 and 9 on the Philip Goldson Highway. The driver, Branson Rhaburn, had only just stopped for another employee, and he was moving off, when suddenly, the engine caught on fire with everyone onboard. As viewers may imagine, it caused widespread panic with the employees onboard running for the back exit. Very fortunately, nobody was seriously hurt, but today, we managed to catch up with one of those passengers who was inside the bus when they started smelling smoke.

No Bail Before Trial for Danny Mason’s Accused Accomplices.
They face three separate sets of charges for a murder and a pair of kidnappings as well as conspiracy. With the first trial due in just a few months, co-accused Terrence Fernandez and Ashton Vanegas appeared this morning before Supreme Court Justice Collin Williams seeking bail. But after some back-and-forth the judge ruled against them. Fernandez and Vanegas, along with Keiron Fernandez, Ernest Castillo and ringleader William "Danny" Mason, are due in March of 2019 at the Supreme Court, and Justice Williams could not find any reason to let them out before then. The judge also ascribed delays in the hearing of the case to the defense, despite arguments against that. But the end result is that none of the so-called Mason gang is leaving prison for the Christmas season. We have reaction from defense attorney Herbert Panton.

Minster Hulse Addresses Uncle Sam’s Aid Cut
Last night we told you that US President Donald Trump has determined that Belize, among other countries, will get their "non-humanitarian" and "non-trade" financial aid cut. That's because Belize is among the nations that they've labelled as tier 3, meaning that from the US Secretary of State's perspective, our country, among other nations, is doing the poorest job of trying to combat human trafficking. That decision was made public yesterday via a memorandum that the President issued to the US Secretary of State. The memorandum reads, quote, "I determine that the United States will not provide non-humanitarian, non-trade-related assistance to the Governments, until such governments comply with the minimum standards or make significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with the Act." End quote.

South African Journalist Talks ICJ Reporting in Hague
Today, on the last day of the media tour of The Hague in the Netherlands, the press contingent met with a South African journalist who covers the ICJ for one of the largest news agencies in the world. He has a firsthand perspective, but he's not an international law expert - just a reporter who attends all the court's major cases. He told the press group what he knows and believes about the ICJ as an experienced observer:

Top CXC Scorers Honored
This morning, 588 high school graduates countrywide travelled to Muffles College in Orange Walk for the 24th Annual CXC Award Ceremony. As viewers are aware, the event is held to celebrate the achievements of the brightest young minds who scored the highest grades on the CXC examinations. This year, those 588 all received CSEC Certificates of excellence, which is the biggest number of awardees so far. 7News was at the Muffles College Auditorium today, and we got a chance to speak with the Chairperson of the CXC National Committee about the new, emerging trends among 4th formers who keep trying to break the current record number of grade ones in the CXC exams. Here's what she told us:

Hulse Down with Daddy Dean as PM
Today's award ceremony gave us an opportunity to ask Minister Godwin Hulse about Tuesday's Cabinet Meeting, in which the decision was endorsed that Prime Minister Dean Barrow would remain as Prime Minister and as Leader of the United Democratic Party all the way up until the 2020 General Elections. That dramatically alters the UDP leadership's trajectory. The original plan was that PM Barrow would retire early, and that Deputy PM Patrick Faber would ascend to the highest Government office going into the 2020 general elections. Thereafter, Faber and National Security Minister John Saldivar would have battled it out in a UDP leadership convention several months prior to that. But, the Prime Minister is not going anywhere until the end of his Administration's current term in office, and today, the press asked Minister Godwin Hulse to comment on the change of plan. Here's what he had to say:

Tracey Panton Joins the Barrow Bandwagon
We also asked another UDP Minister about PM Barrow staying on. Tracey Taegar Panton endorses the decision and says if it isn't broke, don't fix it. Hon. Tracey Taegar-Panton, Minister of Trade: "That is not a new decision. That decision was taken at our national convention where our Deputy Prime Minister was elected and it was agreed at that time that leadership convention for the UDP would not happen before January of 2020. The Prime Minister thought he would not be able to stay because of the troubles he has had with his back but he is on the mend and he feels he presents a voice of reason and stability and there is no need to rush to change anything at this time."

Edwards Hopes to Deliver Double Knockout in Convention with ‘Big Baby’ Miller
So while that's the UDP affairs on the larger scale, on a smaller one, the UDP will have it's standard bearer convention in Lake Independence this Sunday. It is a three-cornered race between Diane Finnegan, former City Council employee Cecil Jenkins, and former City Councilor Jason Edwards. Finnegan would appear to be the frontrunner to move on to challenge P.U.P. incumbent Cordel Hyde. But as Edwards told us when we caught up with him today during final campaigning, he has an ace in the hole - or rather two. The first is his long-standing work in the area and the second is a heavyweight endorsement - from his brother-in-law and undefeated boxer, Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller. Miller is in Belize and making a visit to support Edwards and the plan is to deliver a double knockout on Sunday.

BELIZE ENTRECON: An Entrepreneurs Paradise
Today we met Trade Minister Tracey Panton at the 4th annual entrepreneurial convention called "Belize EntreCon". It is the final event to end off entrepreneurship month. We dropped by to find out how this crucial an event like this is for young entrepreneurs. It was a one day event.

It’s all about the Kids: Triple Ministry Collab. for New Tracking System
Last night we told you about the child labor detection workshop, well the Ministry's of Health, Human Development, Education along with UNICEF are working on a tracking system of their own, but it is to identify children who are not getting all the primary care services. The project partners met at the Biltmore to discuss the details of this system and we found out more.

Food for HIV/AIDS Patients
Today the AIDS Commission donated 5 food packages to 4 organizations whose primary role is to support persons living with HIV and AIDS. The organizations include Hand in Hand Ministries, Belize Family Life Association, Collaborative Network for persons living with HIV and AIDS and Empowering Youth Belize Movement. Tomorrow is celebrated as World AIDS day but the Commission wanted to get an early start with this handing over. We found how important good nutrition is for HIV/AIDS patients.

Christmas Dollars Rolling for Hopkins Fantasy Five Winner
So we have seen a man drive away with a 2019 Toyota Rush and now a Hopkins resident has walked away with over $200,000 in fantasy 5 winnings - just in time for Christmas. We met the lucky winner at BRADS this morning but she preferred to speak off camera. She told us how she found out that she won and what she plans to do with her winnings.

Yoga for a Better Life
The third annual Belize International Yoga Festival gets underway early on Saturday in Belize City. The discipline of yoga is quickly becoming popular in Belize and the gathering of trainers and practitioners from around Belize is designed to bring everyone together to enjoy soulful moments of wellness, healing, relaxation and reflection. The festival is a time for positive interactions which is vitally important for the well-being of our community. It is also the signature fundraising event for the nonprofit Rhythm of Change Belize (ROC) which works with youth. We get more from organizer Michelle Williams and two participating trainers.

UDP Senator Says Information Available for Road Works Project
In this week's Senate debate $14 million dollars more from rehabilitation of the George Price Highway and Roaring Creek Bridge between Belmopan and Santa Elena Towns was approved despite questions about where it was actually going - to acquisition of land along the highway for widening it, or for other reasons. Senator for the Business Community Mark Lizarraga, a long champion of financial prudence especially in matters of works, complained among other things that the contract for the actual works was not presented in the National Assembly for scrutiny, mentioning that he had even contacted the Inter-American Development Bank, financiers of the project, for assistance, to no avail. Attorney General Senator Michael Peyrefitte contended that the information is just a phone call away - to him. Here is what Peyrefitte said in the House and Lizarraga's response in a conference call with reporters afterward.

PUP Senator Says Equal Blame for Telecommunications Fiascoes
Last night we showed you the seeming slip of the tongue by Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte in responding to Business Senator Mark Lizarraga's brief presentation on the INTELCO settlement deal with GDG Acquisitions LLC. He referred to "six PUP's" in the Upper House, though did not call any names - but the inference seemed clear. The Government has agreed to pay five million dollars for equipment that it says was limited and never worked, but it faced as much as 44 million in debt. There was much derision from the Government side about those days, but does the now Opposition People's United Party own up to what happened with INTELCO, the brainchild of former Minister Glenn D. Godfrey? Opposition Senator Valerie Woods said sure - as long as this administration owns up to theirs.

Church Senator Speaks on Change in Divorce Law
And finally from the Senate tonight, a less contentious issue that still attracted a healthy share of debate. The Supreme Court of Judicature Act is being amended to make provisions allowing petitions for divorce by consent of parties in non-contentious proceedings. Typically it takes up to three years for petitions to move through the courts, which is the only place in Belize where divorces can be obtained, but the time is now being cut to one year if both parties agree. Within the general agreement, Churches Senator Ashley Rocke, a Baptist pastor, raised his voice to call for more to be done to help families, especially men, build their marriages rather than destroy them. But as Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte acknowledged, sometimes man must take asunder what God has put together.

RIP Rosendo
Right now, the UDP and the Orange Walk community is mourning the death of Rosendo "Chendo" Urbina. He was a well-known businessman and UDP politician from that town, who rose to prominence when he challenged the PUP's John Briceño for the Orange Walk Central constituency. Informed persons told us that he had a long battle with cancer which he lost last night. This morning, the press asked UDP Senator Godwin Hulse about Urbina, and he said that the man known as "Chendo" was one of those old-school politicians you don't see much of in today's political arena:

A Belizean Castro in Cuba
On Wednesday two Belizean firefighters graduated from a two and a half week course in Cuba for responders from the Caribbean and Central America. There to cheer on participants Samuel Leslie and Victor Gabriel Menzies was Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management, Edmond Castro .A Government press release says the Minister conveyed tremendous gratitude and appreciation to the Cuban Government and People for their continued, invaluable contribution to the development of Belize and other Caribbean nations. Before returning to Belize today, the Minister also visited with Belizean medical students studying in Cuba.

Christmas Lights in Downtown Belize City
And from Cuba, back to Belize for the annual tree lighting ceremony at the Mule park in downtown Belize City - a fitting start for the Christmas season. The ceremony began at 5:30 and we spoke to Deputy Mayor Oscar Arnold about this Christmas tradition.

Channel 5

Suspected Drug Plane Hovers over San Estevan, Abandoned in Chetumal
A suspected drug plan was attempting to land somewhere in San Estevan Village sometime around two o’clock this morning. Reports are that Orange Walk police disrupted the landing and the [...]

Minister Hulse Says It Was the Prime Minister’s Decision to Stay Longer
U.D.P. Leader Dean Barrow will remain as Prime Minister until the year 2020, which is when the next general elections will be held. PM Barrow had initially announced that he [...]

Minister Hulse Disagrees with U.S. Gov’t Cutting Aid to Belize
We also asked Minister Godwin Hulse about U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision not to provide non-humanitarian, nontrade-related assistance to the Government of Belize. The determination is based on Belize’s ranking [...]

Charged for Killing Her Sister; Isela Cano Out on Bail
On Monday, Isela Cano was charged and arraigned for the manslaughter of her sister, twenty-six-year-old Honduran national Keidi Ramirez. It is believed that Cano and her parents restrained Ramirez during [...]

Alleged Murderers of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas Denied Bail
Two men charged for the brutal murder of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas were today denied bail by Supreme Court Justice Colin Williams. Ashton Vanegas and Terrence Fernandez were among five men [...]

Accused of Running Over 5 Persons; Darrell Usher Gets Supreme Court Bail
The Supreme Court also dealt with other bail applications. One in particular that stood out was that of Darrell Usher. The thirty-two-year-old was charged and arraigned on Thursday after he [...]

Missing Orange Walk Man Found Alive
The man believed to have been found dead along the New River is alive. Forty-two-year-old Nerry Montenegro is at home in August Pine Ridge Village tonight after being missing for [...]

E. P. Yorke High is 1st & 2nd in 2018 CSEC Exams
Hundreds of students from across the country gathered at the auditorium at Muffles College in Orange Walk Town for the annual national awards ceremony for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificates. [...]

Strengths of Belize’s Case to the I.C.J.
On April tenth, 2019, Belizeans will be tasked to make one of the most important decisions of Belize’s young history.  That decision to take the territorial dispute with Guatemala to [...]

Belizeans in The Hague
A one week of coverage from The Hague, Netherlands concludes today.  News Five’s Marleni Cuellar and eight other media colleagues from seven media houses and the government press office have [...]

Elquin Hernandez Detained for 4 Days; Attorney Says His Rights Were Violated
One more thing from the local courts….earlier this week, Belmopan resident Elquin Hernandez was remanded to the Central Prison in Hattieville for the murder of Jermain Sanker. Sanker was executed, [...]

Government Will Be Diligent in Screening Foreign Investors
After a number of fake investors slipped through the net, the Government of Belize says it is working to strengthen the review process for those who seek to establish businesses [...]

Belize’s Economy Benefited from Sanctuary Bay Scam
Millions of dollars were scammed from persons who invested heavily in securing a prime parcel of land in Sanctuary Bay, by a convict carrying out the operation from behind bars [...]

ENTRECON 2018: Knowledge Transfer and Innovation: Drivers of Competitiveness
Small and micro business owners converged today in Belize City at the annual entrepreneurship convention. The event provides the sector with information on how to tap into opportunities and grow [...]

A National Trade Policy to be Launched
Cabinet has approved a national trade policy that will be officially launched in January. While some entrepreneurs have been able to sell their products to the region and elsewhere, many [...]

Rosendo Urbina Passes On; Colleagues Reflect on His Contributions
Orange Walk Town has lost one of its most prominent members. Former politician, teacher and businessman, Rosendo Urbina Senior passed away on Thursday night. The founder of A and R [...]

Remembering Andy P 10 Years Later
It has been ten years since renowned Belizean musical icon Andy Palacio passed away.  Despite his untimely death in 2008, Palacio’s legacy in world music remains intact.  This weekend, friends [...]

Know Your Status
World AIDS Day is celebrated globally on December first; the occasion is used to encourage persons to get tested and prevent the disease.  On this the thirtieth anniversary, there are [...]

2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Spared Belize
The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season has ended and there is a sigh of relief in Belize. The season was forecasted to be normal to slightly above normal in the Atlantic [...]

Sugah City’s Central Park is ready for Christmas
Orange Walk Town Council is getting ready for Christmas! Today, we found the Council’s employees hard at work getting the Central Park ready for the holidays. The council is hosting [...]

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US President grants Belize a partial waiver on foreign assistance restrictions
It’s not the high worldwide ranking murder per capita for Belize, nor the low murder conviction rate. But Uncle Sam is clamping down on dollar diplomacy in Belize. Belize is along a narco-corridor from South America to the USA and has had minimal effect on the drug trade but has managed to collect a few …

Ministry of Education awards top performers of the 2018 CSEC/CAPE examinations
Belize City resident Alexandria Nichole Fermin is the 2018 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate’s (CSEC) most outstanding candidate. She and over 500 students across the country received their certificate of excellence this morning at the Twenty-Fourth annual CXC National Awards Ceremony in Orange Walk Town. Dalila Ical has more. Dalila Ical: “The two top performers of …

LXJ Code UM Plus: Hackathon’s champion
LXJ Code UM Plus is the winning team of the Hackathon competition. The announcement was made at Beltraide’s Entrecon, which was held today at the Best Western Plus Biltmore Plaza. This year’s participants were tasked with developing an app for the healthcare profession. Adriana Villegas of LXJ Code UM Plus told us about their winning …

ENTRECON is an annual event where stakeholders from across the country in the entrepreneurial community merge and share ideas about how to develop and innovate Belize’s business culture. It’s being hosted by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Monique Usher, the Acting Manager for the SBDC Belize explained what participants would receive from their interaction …

Really cool products highlighted at ENTRECON 2018
This is the fourth year that the SBDC is hosting the national entrepreneurship or ENTRECON Convention. Beltraide and the Minister of Trade and Commerce refers to it as the entrepreneurial ecosystem where businesses and government agencies can help each other to get ahead. Love News took a look at Entrecon and a few of the …

Fantasy Five Winner of $345k
There is a new Fantasy Five winner. Sisters Carla and Molly Rubio from Hokpins Village won the 345,000 dollars Fantasy Five jackpot. Love News caught up to the Rubio sisters when they received their cheque at Brads this morning in Belize City. Sister Carla: ““I got some money sent to me from my daughter in …

Minister says Sanctuary Belize was unfortunate
Sanctuary Belize was described by the US Federal Trade Commission as the largest real estate fraud the agency has ever uncovered in its history. The land scheme fraudulently took hundreds of millions of dollars from investors in the USA and Canada. It is another indictment on doing business in Belize, though the perpetrators were mostly …

Businessman and politician Rosendo “Chendo” Urbina passes
Businessman and United Democratic Party politician Rosendo “Chendo” Urbina has passed away. Mister Urbina passed away on Thursday night. He was Belize’s former Ambassador to Mexico and was also a former standard bearer for the UDP in Orange Walk Central. Urbina had contested the 2008 General Election against PUP Leader and Orange Walk Central Area …

Accused murderers denied bail
Ashton Vanegas and Terrence Fernandez who have been accused along with William Danny Mason for the decapitation of Pastor Lewellyn Lucas, which occurred in 2016, filed bail applications through their attorney Herbert Panton. The duo bail applications were heard this morning in the Supreme Court before Justice Colin Williams. Panton told the court that six …

Ministry developing a Child Tracking System
The Ministries of Health, Human Development and Education are meeting to work on an Individual child tracking system that would have universal services for children. Neulin Villanueva, Deputy Chief Education Officer explained how the collaborative effort would work. Neulin Villanueva, Deputy Chief Education Officer: “This is a third in a series of workshops where the …

2018 Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season Comes to a Close
Today is the closing of the 2018 Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season. The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season was forecasted to be normal to slightly above normal in the North Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico this year. The season turned out to be above normal ...


San Felipe vendor murdered in Pomona
ha Gonzalez, a mother of seven from San Felipe, Orange Walk District, who sold tamales, cheese and other items for a living, was recovered from a latrine pit in Pomona Village, Stann Creek District. Gonzalez had been reported missing by her family since Friday, November 23, after she left home to sell food she had made, but never returned. The body of Gonzalez was taken to an area on the Burrell Boom-Hattieville Road, in the Belize District, where an onsite postmortem exam was carried out yesterday by Dr. Mario Estradabran and his team. At the conclusion of the procedures, the doctor certified that Gonzales’s death was caused by stab wounds to her chest. Police believe that after Gonzalez was killed her body was wrapped in a tarp and thrown into the pit.

Orel sues Belize Central Prison
Many individuals who go to prison sometimes endure all kinds of violations and remain silent, then slip back quietly into society after they have repaid society for their crime; but Orel Leslie is different. Leslie has become the first person to take out a constitutional claim against the Kolbe Foundation-managed Belize Central Prison. Leslie’s constitutional claim opened this week in the Supreme Court of Justice Courtenay Abel and he was the first person to take the witness stand. In his claim, Leslie is relying on seven affidavits in which he carefully catalogued what he endured behind the prison walls.

Guatemalan left Ra-yo holding the bag
Signing as recognizance for someone whose freedom has been taken away by the criminal justice system is a very serious undertaking, because if the person fails to show up for his/her court case, the court will look to the person who signed as recognizance. The person who signs will either have to put forward the money to pay the court or risk going to prison. Veteran freelance court reporter, Roy Davis, is walking a thin line between keeping his freedom and going to prison because he signed as recognizance for a Guatemalan man who, when his case came up, only appeared in court once and has since disappeared.

BFF condemns GOB interference in TASA
ince 2012, the Turneffe Atoll has been Belize’s largest marine reserve, and it has been co-managed by the government as well as by the Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association (TASA), a non-governmental organization (NGO). The Belize Federation of Fishers (BFF), an organization that represents fishermen associations across the country, is alleging, however, that since 2016, TASA’s board members may have been acting outside of the laws that govern NGOs by appointing two senior GOB officials as executive members. It should be noted that, according to the NGOs Act, Chapter 315 of the Laws of Belize, NGOs, such as TASA, “shall be independent of Government control in its operations and management.” Yet, Lindsay Garbutt, Director of Civil Aviation, sits on the board as the chair, and Beverly Wade, the Fisheries Administrator, is the vice-chair.

Maya Ch’orti’ Environmental Leader Found Dead in Guatemala
The Indigenous Maya Ch’orti’ environmental activist Elizandro Perez, who led a local resistance against a mining company in his community, was found dead Wednesday morning in his home. Perez, 36, was head of the Indigenous Maya Ch’orti’ Council, a member of the New Day Central Indigenous Campesino Ch’orti’ organization, and one of the most visible faces of the legal battle against Cantera Los Manantiales, an antimony mine just 400 meters away from his house in Olopa, Chiquimula, eastern Guatemala.

Is Special Agreement Too Vague?
The general or liberal nature of the definition of the Belize-Guatemala territorial dispute in the December 2008 Special Agreement or Compromis to take the case to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), has been the subject of criticism since its signing. According to Article 40, paragraph 1 of the Statute of the Court, a special agreement often negotiated for years, must indicate “the subject of the dispute and the parties.” Additionally, the Rules of the Court at Article 39 (2) state that the notification accompanying the Special Agreement will indicate “the precise subject of the dispute and identify the parties to it” if that is not already apparent in the Special Agreement.

Table Tennis – 2018 brothers HABET Team League concludes
The 2018 Annual brothers HABET Team League came to an end yesterday after two weeks of competition. This year, the event took on a different competition format in which all divisions played a round robin format, with a playoff for the winner of each division at the end. A total of 14 teams took part in the competition this year. 1st Division had 5 teams; 2nd Division had 6 teams; and 3rd Division had 3 teams, comprising of both male and female players.

Sports highlights from PG
The PG Dominoes Competition playoff games begin this weekend as follows: On Friday, November 30, at 7:00 p.m. – Police vs Hard Knocks, happening at University of Hard Knocks; and finally on Saturday, December 1, at 7:00 p.m., Cemetery vs Green Fence, happening at Green Fence Bar. The Normalizing Committee (of Toledo Football Association) kicks off its first Senior Amateur Tournament on Sunday, December 2, at the Victor Sanchez Football Stadium, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

FFB National Inter-District Youth Club Championships for Male U-15, Female U-17 and Male U-17 reach quarterfinals stage
We’ve waited a long time for this one, and finally this year, the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) secured the FIFA funding, and is delivering on a promise to conduct nation-wide youth football championships, which will help to showcase as well as enhance the development of our young football talents. Male U-15, Female U-17 and Male U-17 club tournaments were first conducted in each of 10 “football districts” of the country, namely – the 6 geographical districts of Belize, Cayo, Orange Walk, Corozal, Stann Creek and Toledo; along with 4 other identified football areas, namely: San Pedro, Belmopan, Benque Viejo and Mid-South (the Placencia area).

BECOL/DIGINET Cayo basketball standings
Below are the standings, in the different divisions, with 2 weeks remaining in the regular season of the San Ignacio/Santa Elena Basketball Association’s (SSBA) Becol/Diginet Basketball Tournaments 2018.

Editorial: How Europe enriched itself
The news this week that the University of Glasgow in Scotland had made a large reparations grant (200 million pounds) to the University of the West Indies came as a pleasant surprise to this newspaper. We had not expected the Europeans ever to acknowledge their enslavement/rape of Africans except in scant and infrequent rhetoric. Amandala congratulates The UWI and its Vice-Chancellor, Sir Hilary Beckles. Meanwhile, it was evident this week that a team of Belizean journalists flown to The Hague in the Netherlands (Holland) by the United States Embassy in Belize to tour the International Court of Justice, were awed by the majesty and grandeur of the buildings and infrastructure they saw. When it comes to slavery and colonialism, the predator Dutch have always flown under the radar. Compared to the British, Spanish, French, and Portuguese, for example,the Dutch have practically gotten a free pass. Why this is so, it is hard to say, but the Dutch arguably inflicted as much damage on people of color in Asia, Africa and the Americas as any of the four European examples we mentioned in the previous sentence. The Dutch were pirates, enslavers, and colonizers.

From the Publisher
There were some extraordinary minutes on PLUS TV on Tuesday morning when Don Hector Silva and Ms. Sandra Coye kept calling the station, one after the other, the other after the one, one after the other … The hosts, Pastor Louis Wade and Mr. Carlos Santos, sat back and graciously allowed the two senior citizens to flow, interact, and, dare I say “preach”? Belize is a tiny society. Apart from going to university for three years in New Hampshire, a state in the United States, I’ve never lived anywhere else. For the life of me, I cannot imagine how anywhere else in the world could be as provoking as Belize where pressuring people of quality to compete against each other is concerned. Belizeans love to promote duels and contests between top ranking individuals.

Stella Maris teacher dies
Dear Editor: In your November 23 issue, there were two tragedies on the front page. One was a tragic murder-suicide, right in PG; the other was the death by heart attack of a Stella Maris teacher, after her arrest at work, for a BZ $2,000 unpaid fine. In the Stella Maris case, I am saddened by the retention of a ‘debtors’ prison’ law in Belize. How can sending a person to jail, with loss of income and perhaps one’s job, possibly help the debtor to pay his/her debt? I have visions of a poor parent languishing in prison in Medieval times, their family starving, until they sold themselves and their families into slavery to pay the debt. In Canada, creditors can garner wages, seize assets or the debtor can make an offer of partial payment (consumer proposal). But, there is no debtors’ prison. (I shudder at the thought.)

Romel discusses Muffles College in 1967, 1968
Dear Editor, In September of 1967 we started our first year of high school at the old Muffles College Compound at the corner of Muffles and Park Street, in front of La Inmaculada Primary School, in Orange Walk Town. It was the first year of the Mercy Sisters management, no Latin or public speaking classes, and Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry became Modern Mathematics. In January of 1968, fifty years ago, if my memory serves me right, we moved to the new Muffles location in what is now San Andres Street in the Otro Benque area. Only two buildings and the convent were there, surrounded by high bushes and accessible by little roads known as “picados.”

Boledo better than compound interest
From the oldest grampa to the leelest baby, we all know the impact of compound interest on principal. Left to its own devices, compounded interest is the absolute worst curse that can happen to the purse of an individual or nation. It can bring a nation, or country, to its knees. The clear victory for Boledo is a solid, consistent 30% gouged from every dollar, out of which take comes a little share for vendors on the ground, and to pay the $2million tax agreed to with Godwin Hulse, for the government of Belize.

The Factoids exposed
The esteemed Dr. Assad Shoman has counseled that we should not be persuaded by the illogical arguments the proponents of the “No to the ICJ” have endlessly repeated until they are falsely accepted as facts. While it is true that some of the reasons for voting “No” advanced by those of the negative persuasion are obviously “factoids”, the same can also be said of those arguments being used by those advocating the Government’s position. The following are salient examples of these. They contend that if we agree to go to the ICJ by voting “Yes” in the 10 April 2019 referendum, then the court will have only one option. They will simply be obliged to confirm the unchangeable position of our boundaries with Guatemala that were established by the 1859 Treaty.

The etymology of the name BELIZE
According to legend (no proof available) the name Belize is a corruption of the name of one Peter Wallace, a buccaneer who sometime in the 1600’s was driven from the island of Tortuga by the Spaniards. He then sailed west, arriving at the mouth of what is now the mouth of the Haulover Creek (not the mouth of the Belize River), where he set up a camp.It is alleged that the Spaniards called the “river” Valis or Balis; this legend is attributed to the Dominican priest Fray Jose Delgado. There is also the suggestion that Belize is derived from the French word “Balise” or “beacon.” E.O. Winzerling, in his book “The Beginning of British Honduras 1506-1765,” suggested that French corsairs were in the area before 1600 and others have suggested that they used to mark channels through the mangrove with “beacons”.

Understanding the ICJ Referendum Question
From surveys and polls taken to date on the question to be asked at the upcoming International Court of Justice (ICJ) referendum, it is frightening to note that most Belizeans do not know the question that will be asked of them to vote on at the upcoming referendum on April 10, 2019 and of those who are familiar with the question, the majority of them do not understand the question. Obviously, this is as a result of the failure of the Yes-to-the-ICJ campaign to properly educate Belizeans on this most vital question they are being asked to vote on at the April 2019 referendum. As a matter of fact, even the YES campaign presenters themselves have difficulty explaining the question and when pushed for clarifications we get answers that make very little sense, like – we require Guatemala to submit any and all claims to prevent them at a later date from bringing up any other claims...

Prison CEO comments on former inmate’s lawsuit alleging constitutional rights violation
n the Supreme Court of Justice Courtenay Abel, a civil suit got underway this morning in which the Belize Central Prison is being sued by a former inmate who alleged that the prison violated his constitutional rights when he was a prisoner on remand. This is the first time that the prison is being sued by an inmate in connection with the implementation of its administrative policies and internal rules. The case opened with the claimant, Orel Leslie, taking the witness stand. Leslie, who is being defended by attorney Audrey Matura, was cross-examined by Senior Counsel, Philip Zuniga, who is representing the prison along with Crown Counsel from the Solicitor General’s office, Agassi Finnegan.

Angry boyfriend knocks down girlfriend and her relatives
Several persons are recovering from various injuries after they, and a relative of theirs, were knocked down by that relative’s “angry boyfriend” in a black SUV at 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 27. Fortunately, all the victims are alive, and the angry boyfriend, Darrell Usher, 32, is in police custody. According to police, when they arrived on Cemetery Road in Belmopan, they saw Jessica Sagastume, 37; Jorge Peña, 14; Blanca Choc, 37; Javier Choc, 18; and Kadejah Habet, 11, on the ground, and they were told that Usher, Sagastume’s boyfriend, had driven into them.

PM Barrow shelves early retirement plan, announces he will finish term
The timetable for the early retirement of Prime Minister Dean Barrow as leader of his ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) has changed; instead of retiring early enough to give his successor a shot at controlling the reins of government ahead of the November 2020 general elections, Barrow will stay on until his term ends. That announcement came yesterday, Tuesday, via an unusual government press release captioned: “Prime Minister Barrow to Remain in Office Until 2020.” “Cabinet at its meeting today, November 27th, discussed the United Democratic Party’s (UDP) current trajectory heading towards the 2020 general elections,” said the government press release in its opening paragraph.

1-year-old baby dies from unknown illness in Santa Cruz
A tragic story has been reported of the death of a 1-year-old baby girl in Santa Cruz Village in the Stann Creek District. The baby, Ofelia Na, began to suffer from an unknown sickness on Sunday, and by the time the child’s family got assistance on Monday afternoon, it was too late. Ofelia’s mother, Hilaria Na, told 7News in an interview that the baby had a fever and flu-like symptoms since Sunday, but was feeling better on Monday morning. By midday, however, she started feeling sick again.

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A fire which is believed to have originated in the bottom flat of a concrete and wooden structure at the corner of Plues Street and Rocky Road on Tuesday morning has displaced two families and left nine persons in need of basic necessities. Just a couple minutes short of 8:30am black smoke was seen coming out of the two storey structure and by the time fire personnel raced to the scene the fire was already blazing and licking away at the lumber. While they labored for close to 45 minutes nothing could be done to save the structure and the interior and all of its contents were reduced to rubble.

The Government of Belize has agreed to settle its ongoing legal battle in United States’ Courts with Glenn Godfrey’s GDG Acquisitions LLC, for $5 million. Prime Minister Dean Barrow raised the motion at the House of Representatives meeting on Friday that GOB settles the lawsuit for US$2.5 million. Godfrey was seeking some US$22 million for telecommunications equipment leased under the Said Musa Administration of the People’s United Party.

While it is commonplace for neighbouring countries to have border conflicts; if the Belize/Guatemala land dispute were to wind up before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) it would be a claim for the ICJ’s history books; that’s because there has been only one other case brought before this Court where one country is claiming almost half of another. That is the Venezuela vs. Guyana dispute, which is over Guyana’s Essequibo region, which encompasses two thirds of the former British colony, since US oil giant Exxon Mobil discovered oil in disputed waters off its coast in 2015.

Independence Police have have charged Isela Cano 23 for manslaughter in connection with the death of her older sister Keidi Ramirez which occurred last week Tuesday. Over the weekend police announced that the charges of manslaughter was brought against the Honduran National of San Juan Village as a result of a decision which was handed down by the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) which did not find enough evidence to support a murder charge.

Features are normally about people who are still among our midst, but this one young lady accomplished so many goals and displayed so much positivity in the 22 years that she lived that I felt she deserved acknowledgement for it posthumously. The sudden death in September of US soldier Adrienne C Barillas, (Private First Class) is still shrouded in mystery, with the results of the post mortem examination pending even two months after her passing at Camp Humphreys military base in South Korea, where she was assigned.

Police have located Nerry Montenegro, the man believed to have been half-eaten by crocs in the New River on Wednesday. So now the hunt is on to identify the remains found. The body pulled from the river had no arms and the face had been eaten

Police have formally charged Christopher Anthony Bradley, 21, for the murder of Orange Walk resident Marta Gonzalez, 68. Bradley appeared before a Magistrate in Independence Village on Thursday, and was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until his next court date in 2019.

EDITORIAL – November 30th. 2018
A lot of people still do not understand the important role that the ICJ can play in favour of Belize. Some people still think that we can ignore the new initiative by Guatemala, which is to invoke the powers of the ICJ to put hurt on Belize. Stripped down to her fundamental root claim, Guatemala is asking the ICJ to rule that Guatemala has the legal right to erase the international boundary line which she agreed to in 1859 and confirmed as recently as 1931.

Minister of Works Rene Montero says that the Government of Belize has to borrow some $14 million from the Inter-American Development Bank to add to an existing $54 million loan for upgrades to the George Price Highway, because it needs to acquire land to finish the project.

By: Major Lloyd Jones (Ret’d), – The Belize Defence Force (BDF) was formed in 1978 after much agitation by the Hon. Philip Goldson who felt that Belize could not possibly go to independence without its own army. Thirty-seven years after our independence and forty years after its formation, the BDF still cannot defend Belize against Guatemala; not even for three days!

Area Representative for Cayo South, Julius Espat is calling on the Government of Belize to urgently conduct an assessment of the healthcare needs of the Cayo district. Espat rose at the last meeting of the House of Representatives to speak on a matter of public importance to note that there are 13 villages, home to an approximate 20,000 residents whose healthcare needs are underserved.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

US Embassy in Belmopan issues statement on Belize listed as a human trafficking nation
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New registers of electors come into effect today, Nov 30th
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American and Nicaraguan detained for illegal gun and ammo in San Pedro
Today, police conducted searches at a house in San Pedro Town. Inside the house, police found […]

Edmond Castro Attends Firefighting Graduation in Cuba
Minister with responsibility for the Belize National Fire Service, Edmond Castro is in Havana, Cuba, […]

GOB extends condolences on passing of Rosendo Urbina
The Government of Belize today issued a statement extending condolences to the Urbina family on the […]

Unidentified human remains found in New River
The body of a man was found floating in the New River in Orange Walk on […]

US cuts aid to Belize over Human Trafficking Tier 3 ranking
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Belizean Delegation to Attend Inauguration Ceremony for New Mexican President
His Excellency Sir Colville Young, Governor General of Belize (GG), will head the Belize delegation […]

Pomona man charged for murdering Orange Walk woman
Christopher Bradley,21, of Pomona, Stann Creek has been charged for the murder of Marta Gonzalez,68, of […]

AFP Journalist speaks on tolerance of ‘marijuana’ in the Netherlands
Marijuana is generally illegal in the Netherlands. However, there is a concerted tolerance for the drug […]

UDP politician passes away
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Police officers to receive special discounts at Central Drug Store
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Ministry of National Security issues statement on medical condition of Private Fidel Williams
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Feliz Cumpleaños Fruit Lady Maria y Muchas Sorpresas
Surprising Fruit Lady Maria! My friend Jenna commented the other day that it was Maria’s birthday. For those who do not know she is a favorite fruit lady to many worldwide. At 68 years young Maria Valdez is an incredibly hardworking and generous woman. She has great skin, 67 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and several pets. We both agreed it would be good to get her a small treat so set out to buy her some flowers yesterday morning. My friend Dennis who had just landed the day before also came with us. We headed off to The Candle Garden first and picked out some pretty yellow chrysanthemums with a bit of baby’s breath and green. Next, we went treasure hunting for a nice vase at the local San Pedro Recycling pile – I think many of the fancier booze bottles make great flower vases or lamps. We instantly scored a lovely clear patterned glass Patrone bottle, and I washed it up nice. We ran into Brad Reeder there. He and his wife Shannon own Iguana Juans Restaurant and Bar. When he saw what we were doing he joined in with a keen eye for the best looking vases, and I got a couple for future flower gifting.

Never What You Expect: My Life in Belize
A while ago I wrote a post called 15 Things No One Told You About Living in Belize – and then I updated it again a year or so later. It’s a list of ideas that keep growing. Because the thing that I didn’t really GET when I moved down here in 2007 – just to TRY IT for one year to see if it would work – is that I was moving to a different country – in a different part of the world – where everyone has grown up differently than me. A different culture. Different. One of the BIGGEST changes is that my days are NEVER as I plan. In New York my alarm starting blaring at 4:45am each morning. I got up in the dark put on my suit and heels and headed to work. My job was challenging and crazy and varied but…I don’t know. My life was predictable to some degree and I didn’t even realize it. Comfortably predictable in ways I just took for granted.

Belize makes it to Best Trips 2019 List
Did you visit Belize in 2018? If you didn’t, you might need to consider it for your 2019 trip says National Geographic (Nat Geo). Belize has landed in the 14th spot of Nat Geo’s Best Trips 2019 list. What an honor! From underwater attraction to ancient ruins and every type of sub-tropical terrain you can imagine, Belize has it all! But what really sets us apart on the list is our people’s perseverance to protect and preserve our natural environment. ” In June 2018 the Belize Barrier Reef System, which Charles Darwin deemed “the most remarkable reef in the West Indies,” was removed from the UNESCO World Heritage site danger list. The turnaround is due to extraordinary ocean protection and restoration measures, such as a moratorium on maritime oil exploration, tougher regulations to safeguard mangrove forests, and a planned government ban on single-use plastic-foam cups and plastic products by Earth Day 2019.

Corozal Belize Bank Business Expo 2018
The Belize Bank Corozal branch is having there 2018 “Belize Bank Business Expo” right now on Friday November 30, 2018. It is being held infront of the Corozal Belize Bank Branch office. The event saw there street Lane closed for traffic as the different businesses of Corozal set up their booths in efforts of promoting their products and services. And from what you can observe the inclement weather proved toThe Belize Bank Corozal branch is having there 2018 “Belize Bank Business Expo” right now on Friday November 30, 2018.

How to Plan an Unforgettable Island Getaway to Caye Caulker
Looking for a relaxing, unique vacation? Your search could begin and end with Caye Caulker, a speck of land about 20 miles off the coast of Belize. The tiny island (actually, it’s two small islands, and how they were divided remains up for debate) is a perfect getaway for travelers looking for something new. There’s great scuba diving, plenty of restaurants and cars are prohibited. The island is only five miles long, so tourists and residents get around by walking or biking. If Caye Caulker sounds like a great spot to you, here are three things you should know about traveling there.

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Researchers Headed to the World's Largest Sinkhole aka Mayan Gates of Hell
Two Boeing 747s could fit inside, with room to spare. umanity has a knack for labeling ocean phenomena as “great.” We have the dying Great Barrier Reef, the massive Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and who could forget — the Great Blue Hole. The space-bound Sir Richard Branson and ocean conservationist Fabien Cousteau are taking a submarine to the teal waters of the world’s largest sinkhole on December 2. About 40 miles off the coast of Belize City in Lighthouse Reef, the team will venture to the bottom of the “Great Blue Hole” on a mission to collect data for scientific research and raise awareness about climate change and ocean health.


  • Belize media concludes visit to The Hague, Netherlands and learned more about the International Court of Justice (ICJ), 2min. This is ahead of the referendum Belize is holding on April 10, 2019 to decide if the ICJ should settle the territorial claim Guatemala has on Belize. Details of this special coverage at and also in our print issue of Friday, November 30th.

  • Belize It!, 18min. Livin' Life, Slow Flight and Slow Dancing drove to Belize on a Visa run to renew our passport time in Guatemala. During the trip, we visited Ian Anderson's Caves Branch. We took a nighttime safari tour to see all the nocturanal creepy crawlies and Melissa and I went on a caving hike - a much bigger adventure than we bargained for.

  • A Day in Belize Summer 2018 (Feat. Horseback Riding, Maya Ruins, and Cave Tubing), 3min.

  • Scuba Diving Ambergris Caye, Belize 2018, min.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries, 1min.

  • The Slender Brown Scorpion... (Centruroides Gracilis), 1min.

  • Debate speech: SPHS say YES to ICJ, Ocean Academy say NO to ICJ, 10min.

  • Belize, 3min. A collection of footage from the MCS 2018 trip to Belize.

  • National Geographic Student Expeditions Belize 2018, 3min. The National Geographic Student Expeditions trip to Belize! Amazing trip with amazing people.

  • Orange Walk tacos fest 2018 ~ BELIZE, 2.5min. Annual O.W tacos fest!!!

  • Belize Nov 2018, 17min. Families vacation

  • Christmas In Town 2018, 67min.

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