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World AIDS Day observed with Projects Abroad Health Fair
Projects Abroad held a health fair along with other organizations at the Central Park in San Pedro Town on Friday, December 1st. The fair was intended to educate islanders on living a healthy lifestyle, as well as to observe and celebrate World AIDS Day. Many residents who attended the health fair received vital information on their well-being. Services offered included blood pressure, blood type, kidney urinalysis, blood sugar check-ups among many other options. There were also booths from various organizations who educated attendees on a variety of health practices. In commemoration of World AIDS Day, rapid HIV testing was also available.

Ambergris Today

San Pedro High School Celebrates Founder's Day
Founder’s Day was once more celebrated at San Pedro High School. The faculty, staff and students of San Pedro High pulled off another great celebration as tradition has it, San Pedro High School is always up for a celebration in commemoration of (now retired) Principal Angel Nuñez every year on December 5. Now that Mr. Nuñez has retired and now only a member of the board of directors of San Pedro High, the school has designated his birthday celebrations as Founder’s Day and have included Mrs. Martha Guerrero, Mrs. Celi McCorkel and Mrs Marthita Leslie (on behalf of Mr. Allan Forman) co-founders of San Pedro High School.

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Unauthorized Event advertised for San Pedro
Today thanks to Brent Kirkman, manager of Victoria House we found out that there is this company "Brightlights Promotions" who claim they are promoting an event here in Belize. They are using a picture from Victoria House, without any permission, and when contacting them, they stated that the event will take place at Portofino and another hotel here on the Island. We are unaware of this, and have zero business with this company!

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint “A Mermaid Christmas”.

Airborne Bathymetric LiDAR Survey in Belize
he Belize Port Authority and the United Kingdom Government’s Hydrographic Office (UKHO) are pleased to inform the public of an Airborne Bathymetric LiDAR (light detection and ranging) survey which will be conducted during the months of December 2018 and January 2019 in Belize’s waters north of Belize City, through funding provided under the United Kingdom Commonwealth Marine Economies Programme. The programme is being delivered on behalf of the UK Government by the UKHO, the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) and the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), and aims to support the growth of Commonwealth Small Island Developing States (SIDS) through sustainable use of their natural economic and environmental resources. Stakeholder meetings were hosted by the Belize Port Authority Headquarters in conjunction with the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute in which government and non-government agencies were briefed on the details.

RESILIENT RURAL BELIZE PROGRAMME
The Government of Belize through the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce (MED) and the Ministry of Agriculture with funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) launched a USD 20 million programme aimed to minimize the impacts of climatic and economic events on smallholder farmers while supporting sustainable market access for their produce. The launching ceremony took place at the Agricultural Show Ground in Belmopan on December 4, 2018. The MED as the Lead Programme Agency will have overall responsibility for programme implementation. The Ministry of Agriculture will work closely with the MED and the Programme Management Unit (PMU) to ensure that agricultural sector priorities and strategies are duly considered throughout Programme implementation.

GOB’s Controlled Pump Prices (Belize City) – 5th December 2018
The price for premium has been reduced from $11.50 to $11.32. Regular gas decreased by 19 cents, from $9.95 to $9.76. Diesel decreased by 41 cents, from $11.16 to $10.75. Kerosene decreased by 55 cents, from $8.70 to $8.15.

Institute of Archaeology visits Ocean's Academy
Ocean's Academy on Caye Caulker invited us to talk to them about the Maya, and what ensued was a lively discussion about their own culture. Thanks for having us.

Fabian Cousteau on Caye Caulker
Taking a 10 minute break from filming. Having an amazing cup of coffee with my new friend Digna at Sunshine Cafe on the beach. I love Cay Caulker and truly hope the local people NEVER change this beautiful island paradise !

World Trade Organization (WTO) Notification Requirements Workshop in Belmopan
One of the main principles the multilateral trading system (WTO) is founded on is transparency. Belize, as a member of the WTO, is required to notify to other members its trade-related policies, laws and measures. Providing this information allows governments, and traders in particular, to be aware of the current conditions of trade around the world. Thus, the aim of this workshop is to enhance the capacity of those directly involved in the preparation of Belize's WTO notifications. Participants of this workshop include representatives from the Directorate General for Foreign Trade, Central Bank, BAHA, the Attorney General's Ministry, BELIPO, the Belize Bureau of Standards, the Customs & Excise Department and the Ministry of Agriculture. This three day session (December 5-7, 2018) is being led by a representative of the WTO and a consultant of the WTO.

ST ANN’S DECLARATION ON CSME
WE, the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), meeting at Port of Spain Trinidad and Tobago 3-4 December, 2018 on the occasion of the 18th Special Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM; Recalling the 1989 Declaration of Grand Anse which initiated the process towards the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), the signing of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas in 2001, which established the CSME and the launch of the CSME in 2006; Convinced that the CSME continues to be the most viable platform for supporting growth and development in the Member States of CARICOM; Recognising the need to make it more closely attuned to the needs and priorities of Member States and contributing more visibly to growth and development and to the welfare of the people of the Community...

Methodist School Christmas Fair in Corozal
Hey, kids from Corozal, don't have nothing to do this Saturday in Corozal? Don't worry, Methodist school is having there annual Christmas Fair this Saturday commencing at 4pm..Come join this event with lots of food, snacks, soft drinks, dances, Cultural presentations and lots more entertainment. Don't miss this event.

Cayo Music School Christmas Recital 2018
The Cayo Music School is having their annual Christmas Recital on Sunday, December 16th. It'll be at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel, and will start at 6:00pm. The Cayo Music School performs at many of the cultural events around Cayo, and always impress.

BULUC CHABTAN
Buluc Chabtan is the representation of war,torture and Violence.

Channel 7

Domestic Dispute Turns Very Ugly
Well known Majestic Alley street figure Bart Lucas is recovering at the hospital after his girlfriend, Tanice Mejia allegedly blasted him in the groin, reportedly with his own gun. Based on our information, their relationship was a ticking time bomb and it seems this morning, that bomb exploded. Courtney Weatherburne has more. Courtney Weatherburne reporting This morning the police were clearing and digging through this overgrown yard looking for a gun. But all police found were a pair of flip flops thrown on the lawn. And 3 expended shells inside this downstairs home at the corner of Vernon Street and Magazine Road. Our information is that

Cop Caught With Crack
A policeman has been charged for possession of crack cocaine. PC Arcenio Yah owned up to possession of the 4.3 grams of crack yesterday when police searched a house in San Narciso Village. At midday, police went to search the house for illegal drugs and found a a bag with some crack. Four persons were in the house, but 40 year old YAH told his fellow officers that the crack was his. He was formally arrested for Drug Trafficking. And though police say he fessed up in the house, today in court, PC Yah pleaded not guilty. He was granted bail of three thousand dollars and the case adjourned to Feb 24, 2019.

Ras Ruben Gets Off After All Is Said And Done
It was one of the biggest stories of 2017, when Cameron Kelvin Usher, better known as "Ras Ruben" and his son, Kelvin Usher were caught up in a commotion in Lucky Strike Village. Police say they found Ruben and son on a marijuana plantation with 121 mature plants. Kelvin Usher, who was 17 years-old at the time, ran off into the bushes after the Gang Suppression Unit arrested his father for the plantation. And then he went missing for two days - after reports emerged that the GSU shot at him. A massive manhunt and protests were launched for the sixth former and when he emerged, there was a joyous celebration at the Battlefield Park.

Teenager Led Cops On Chase Through City, Gets Off With Time Served
In 2010, he was involved in one of the most dramatic shootouts the city has ever seen. Jose Cocom - who was only 17 at the time - caught in an exchange of fire with police at 10:45 in the morning on a weekday in the heart of the city near the Swing Bridge. At the end of it - he was sprawled on the pavement with gunshot injuries and two passersby also recieved minor injury. Police were pursuing the teenager because of a robbery at Accents Gift Shop on North Front Street. Well, 8 years later, the now 25 year old Cocom charged with 3 counts of aggravated assault, walked out of the Supreme court a free man. That's after he pleaded guilty to the offences and Justice Colin Williams whittled his sentence of 1 year imprisonment down to time served.

Early Morning Robbers Targeted Meatpie Factory
The owners of Belizean meat pies got quite a scare early this morning, when two masked robbers tried to burglarize their place on Water Lane, but they couldn't get in. The owners declined on camera comment but told us via phone that they were preparing the meat pies around 4:00 AM when the two men arrived. They tried to pry open the front shutters but couldn't and they ran off. This is the first time Belizean meat pies has been targeted.

Harsh Words Between Assad and Paul Morgan
Harsh words were thrown last night at the Sacred Heart College Auditorium in San Ignacio. The event was the ICJ Lecture Series sponsored by "The Consortium of the University of Belize and the Social Sector Senators." It's a national tour where speakers from all three sides: yes, no and impartial present their arguments to the public. Foreign Affairs CEO Ambassador Alexis Rosado presents on the "The Facts of the Claim"; while historian Assad Shoman presents on the case for going to the ICJ, while the Belize Peace Movement and other stakeholders present the "No to ICJ" position - in this case it was independent politician Paul Morgan. Well, Shoman cut a wide swathe when he spoke about distorters and political opportunist in his address - we have this video courtesy HITZ 100 - "OYE" FM out of Cayo:

Celebrating Diversity in Disability
On Monday, December 3rd, Belize joined the rest of the world in observing the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The day is set aside to promote empowerment of persons living with disabilities, and Stella Maris Primary School set aside an entire week to promote disability awareness. They were joined today by the fledgling organization which calls itself the Belize Brain Awareness Society. This organization embedded themselves at the school for several hours, so that they could provide the children with a sort of fun day, along with free medical check-ups.

Gettin An Angel To Invest
"Angel Investment": it is a form of funding where a wealthy investor provides capital for a worthy business start-up. And today at Beltraide's National Angel Investment Workshop, it was all about spreading awareness about how it works and its benefits to entrepreneurs. Here's more. Wendy Hernandez, Project Officer, Beltraide: "The Angel Investment workshop is being hosted by Beltraide in conjunction with the European Union and the Regional Center for the Promotion of Small and Micro Medium Businesses in the SICA region. What we are trying to do here is we are trying to create and ideal entrepreneurship ecosystem that promotes entrepreneurship in a more comprehensive manner and so we are trying to do this through one of the main pillars which is financing..."

Sir Sandy's Story
Everyone knows very well about nation builders and patriots like George Price and Philip Goldson. But there are others, equally patriotic and nationalistic who reside in the shadows of history, the stories untold, even as their contributions endure. One such patriot who's been sitting in the background of Belizean history is Alexander Hunter. He was the first Minister of Tourism, and he's credited with the work he did on policies to govern the Tourism Industry, Agriculture, the Sugar Industry, and the Fishing Industry. He is also described as a politician who championed the causes of the working class during his 18 years as an elected official.

Daily Inspiration
Earlier in the news, we told you about Stella Maris School's continued celebration of Disability Awareness Week. Well, at the Inspiration Center this morning, Kim Simplis Barrow, the Special Envoy for Women and Children, teamed up with McNab Visual Strategies to launch the 8th Annual Inspiration Calendar for 2019. It's an initiative to help raise funds for the Center so that it can continue to provide services for children living with disabilities. And, in turn, the children with diverse abilities who use the Center were the ones who created the drawings and paintings which are featured in the calendar itself. We stopped by today to see the new calendar, and Barrow spoke with us about the accompanying campaign to reduce the stigma and discrimination against person with disabilities. Here's what she had to say:

Rural Resilience In An Era Of Climate Change
Rural Reslience is the theme of a 20 million US dollar program designed to minimize the effects of climate change on small farmers. The idea is to support small farmers by strengthening Producer Organizations, and other links along the supply chain. With farmers losing ground in a changing landscape - we found that it's more urgent than ever at a launch today at the Agricultural Show Grounds in Belmopan :..

Capital Cops And The Kids
Belmopan and Roaring Creek police enjoyed a special Christmas lunch today courtesy My Refuge Christian Ministry. Police told us via text "This shows the close relationship between the Police and the community. Also at the luncheon (7) officers were presented with a small token of appreciation, for their commitment and dedication.

Channel 5

Shot to the Groin; Domestic Violence Victim Turns Gun on Common-law Husband
A victim of domestic violence took matters in her hand this morning; she shot her common-law-husband at her house on Vernon Street.  After the shooting, she fled in a van, [...]

Chef Cameron is Cleared of Marijuana Cultivation Charges
Cameron Usher Senior first came to prominence in September 2017 when they Gang Suppression Unit raided a weed farm in Lucky Strike, where Usher and his son Kelvin, were seen [...]

Day 1: Belize Bank Vs G.O.B. over UHS Multimillion-dollar Debt
A legal battle for more than ninety-five million Belize dollars was back in court today before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin. The Belize Bank Limited is continuing its quest to collect [...]

Will G.O.B. Accept Belize Bank’s Settlement Offer?
As you heard, the Financial Secretary was ordered to discuss the Bank’s settlement offer with the Prime Minister. But according to Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte, the government has already made [...]

Accused of Human Trafficking, Honduran Woman Denied Bail
Also in the Supreme Court, a Honduran woman, who is accused of human trafficking, was denied bail by Justice Colin Williams. Lourdes Guerrero Moreno is accused of making a thirty-six-year-old [...]

The Crack Down At Vital Statistic Union
Reports emerging out of the Vital Statistics Unit today are that four employees have been terminated. The employees are accused of issuing a fraudulent birth certificated to William “Danny” Mason, [...]

Drowning in Belize: A Closer Look
Drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide; it accounts for seven percent of injury-related deaths globally. But the World Health Organization says that the figure may [...]

All Fuel Prices Decrease
Fuel consumers across the country are rejoicing tonight at a decrease in fuel prices. Premium gasoline went down by eighteen cents from eleven dollars and fifty cents to eleven dollars [...]

FinSec Says Economy Experiencing Real Growth
The Financial Secretary also offered comment about the state of the country’s economy.  Earlier this year, an internal memo issued by Joseph Waight was leaked. In that memo, Waight pointedly [...]

BELTRAIDE Educates Entrepreneurship Ecosystem on “Angel Investment”
Belize Trade and Investment Development Service, in collaboration with the European Union, hosted a one-day workshop on financing options available through the Angel Investment methodology. Belize is one of four [...]

BFCA says BFF Must Stay in its Own Lane
In recent weeks, the Belize Federation of Fishers’ raised concerns about a number of developments in the fishing industry.  The federation called out the Gillnet Task Group, saying that gillnet [...]

BFCA Says No to Gillnets Ban
…and on the matter of gillnets, Fuller and Dawson say fishers are not in agreement with a ban on gillnets. They note that fishers resoundingly agreed not to get rid [...]

The Man Who Wore Khaki
Well-known Belizean historian Lita Hunter Krohn has chronicled, as well as taught the history of the Jewel for many years.  Her work as a student and scholar in the study [...]

A Day of Testing at Stella Maris During Disability Week
Disability Week is being celebrated countrywide and in Belize City today, a special clinic was being held at Stella Maris where children with learning disabilities, including dyslexia, were being examined [...]

The 2019 Inspiration Calendars and Agenda Are Now Available
The Inspiration calendar has become a feature at this time of the year for the past eight years.  It is a unique calendar that carries the work of children with [...]

LOVE FM

BELTRAIDE assists Small Medium Enterprises identify financing
The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service, BELTRAIDE, hosted a sensitization session with stakeholders from the Belize Entrepreneurship Ecosystem on financing options for small and medium businesses. Wendy Hernandez, project officer at BELTAIDE, says these options are available through the Angel Investment Methodology. The initiative aims to place a mechanism of regional financing for the …

Belize Brain Awareness Society helps to bring awareness to a good cause
The Belize Brain Awareness Society is an organization base on the mental and neurological problems in the human brain. Members of the society were at Stella Maris today to interact with faculty, parents and students. According to Doris Sutherland, their members would deliver speeches, snacks, treats and free medical check-up to the kids. Doris Sutherland: …

The life and contributions of Alexander “Sandy” Hunter is told in “The Man who Wore Khaki”
A book on the life, work and service of Alexander “Sandy” Hunter was launched Wednesday. Hunter was a politician and former Minister of Trade and Industry in Belize. He retired from Politics in the 1970s and is remembered for his extensive work with grassroots people. The book “The Man who Wore Khaki” is written by …

Seniors in Belize City treated to Christmas Party at the Helpage Center
Helpage Belize City branch held its annual Christmas party this morning. Over a hundred seniors who access the institution’s services showed up to dance, sing and eat. Dalila Ical stopped by and brings you the following story about “seenagers”. Dalilah Ical: “And we can tell that these vibrant ladies took to the dance floor. They …

Police concerned over aggravated burglaries; members of a ring captured
The police department is concerned over the spike in burglaries and aggravated burglaries that have occurred in Belize City and in other districts as well. In past press conferences, investigators have indicated that they are aware of the culprits who are carrying out these activities. Deputy Commissioner of Police Chester Williams says the Department has …

LiDAR is the new game changer
Earlier this week, the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, 5Cs launched its latest tool at the Sir Barry Bowen Municipal Airport. The Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) system is the new game changer in the fight against climate change. Love news spoke with Albert Jones, the Instrumentation Officer for the 5Cs who shared how the …

More boots on the streets for safer December
December is here and like every year, it is a busy month for many Belizeans as they prepare for the holidays. To ensure that Belizeans go about their merry business safely for the month, the Belize Police Department has also become busier. Deputy Commissioner of Police Chester Williams says the Department has deployed more boots …

Financial Secretary discusses the new payroll system
Earlier this year, the Ministry of Education announced that it would be using a SmartStream payroll system to pay teachers. This would mean that teachers’ salaries would no longer go through the church-state managements giving the ministry full control. Today, the Financial Secretary, Joseph Waight, told the media that the system has already been rolled …

Disability Week Celebrated in Belize City
In April the Stella Maris School in Belize City celebrated a milestone, 60 years. The school for those living with diverse abilities is also having activities for students, faculty, staff and the public all week long. It is Disability Week and Principal Karema Oshon told Love news about some of the activities that they have …

Police investigate another plane sighting, but Leader of Opposition allege corruption
If you’re a regular watcher of the Netflix series Narcos Colombia and Narcos Mexico you would know that the reality-based crime drama uses Central America as a staging ground to propel South America’s cocaine into the United States. Belize is one of several points along the narco-trafficking routes from South America to the United States. …

Port and UK conduct Airborne Bathymetric LiDAR Survey
The Belize Port Authority and the United Kingdom Government’s Hydrographic Office (UKHO) are conducting an Airborne Bathymetric LiDAR (light detection and ranging) survey from December through January 2019 in Belize’s waters north of Belize City, through funding provided under the United Kingdom Commonwealth Marine Economies Programme. The programme is being delivered on behalf of the UK Government by the UKHO, the Centre for Environment...

Man shot during domestic dispute
A gunshot rang out on Magazine Road this morning in Belize City. Residents and bystanders were in a state of alertness as months ago a man with gang relations was killed shortly after he stepped out of a clinic on that street. The concern was so great that a month ago a police booth was erected near the health clinic...

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UHS case continues in Supreme Court
Today, attorneys for the Belize Bank and the government of Belize appeared in the Supreme […]

Man shot in groin by woman in Belize City
Police are investigating a shooting incident that occurred this morning in Belize City. Around 9:23 […]

Employees fired for allegedly issuing fake birth paper to Danny Mason
On Monday four employees of the Vital Statistics Unit were terminated. They are Mark Burgess, […]

World Trade Organization workshop underway in Belmopan
A three-day notification requirement workshop is being hosted by the World Trade Organization (WTO) in […]

Missing Orange Walk man found safe and well
Yesterday, BBN reported that Brian Nicholson,18, was reported missing in Orange Walk. Today, police informed that […]

ICJ lecture series to be hosted tomorrow at Independence Auditorium
A lecture series on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) will be held tomorrow December […]

Majestic Alley gang boss shot on Magazine Road, Belize City
A shooting in Belize City has left one man injured. He has been identified as […]

Police officer busted with crack-cocaine
Arcenio Yah, 40, a law enforcement officer has been charged for drug trafficking. According to police reports, around […]

US $20 million project to benefit Belizean smallholder farmers launched
The Government of Belize through the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce (MED) […]

Fuel prices decrease effective today
Effective today, fuel prices will decrease across the country. According to the Belize Bureau of Standards, consumers […]

Collector agent held up by 2 armed robbers on the Phillip Goldson Highway
Edison Omar Calles,27, a collector agent for Bee Line Enterprise reported to authorities that on Monday, […]

Blogs

The Ref Wore Sandals – Hockey in Belize
Belize welcomed two Canadian Hockey teams who traveled from Toronto on Wednesday, November 28th to take part in the 2nd annual Coconut Cup Tournament hosted by the San Pedro Buccaneers hockey team. Two days of settling in (with a drink or two) saw the commencement of the tournament late Friday afternoon. The games were opened by children from the Island Academy School singing the Canadian National Anthem immediately followed by children from New Horizons School singing the Belize National Anthem in different languages including Garifuna. Both renditions were superb and brought a lump to ones throat. There were 4 teams in the Tournament, two from Withrow Park Hockey Club in Toronto and two from San Pedro Town consisting of roughly a 50/50 mix of Local Belizean and expats now residing on Ambergris Caye.

Corozal House Of Culture presents: La Fiesta De San Joaquin Documentary Launch 2018 Vol. 4
La fiesta de Sqn Joaquin is an annual Celebration held in August in Sqn Joaquin Village, Catholic Church. The fiesta culminates with ferria at the San Joaquin park. Prior to the celebration being held in the village, and because of there historical connection, many persons from San Joaquin traveled to Bacalar, Mexico for the fiesta. Under the stewardship of Mrs. Maria Agelita Magaña and community members, the village held its Fiesta in August 1967. San Joaquin Village was founded in the mid 1850's by the Magaña family who fled from La Guerra de Castas - The Caste War - in Yucatan, Mexico. Mr. Andres Magaña alomg with his wife Felipe Garcia de Magaña, and their son Vincente, travelled from Bacalar and eventuallt settled in present-day San Joaquin Village. Their safe Journey is attributed to the intercession of San Joaquin, the santa patron of Bacalar. The village was batized as San Joaquin in 1904.

International Sourcesizz

Belize featured in spanish magazine QTravel Digital!
Check out the entire 18-page spread...

Cruise Tourism a Big Threat to Belize’s Endangered Manatees
by COLETTE KASE. Visitors to Belize, a small country just south of Mexico, are so enthralled with manatees that they eagerly pay the high price of $100 or more per person, for a manatee sighting tour even though they are always warned that they may not see a single one of these elusive aquatic herbivores. But their desire to view this enigmatic marine mammal in its natural habitat might be helping push an endangered manatee subspecies further towards extinction. A beloved, but lesser known marine mammal most closely related to elephants, manatees, or “sea cows,” are bulky, slow-moving herbivorous animals who feed on water grasses, weeds, and algae. Belize is home to the largest population of the endangered Antillean manatee — a subspecies of the West Indian manatee, which ranges in the shallow, marshy coastal area and rivers of the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico and is itself listed as vulnerable. The population of Antillean manatees in Mesoamerica (which includes those in Mexico, Belize, Honduras, and Guatemala) is estimated to be about 2,500 with another 4,200 living in sub populations in other parts of the Caribbean and further south.

Transparent BPO to Build Belize’s Biggest Call Cente
Nearshore call center services provider Transparent BPO has announced it will build yet another delivery center in Belize, with plans to add 465 agents to its workforce in the Central American country. With 32,900 square feet of floor space, this will be the largest BPO facility in Belize. If everything goes according to plan, the new call center will be up and running by the end of 2019. The BPO provider has given the contract of constructing the facility to local property developer VP Holdings. With more than 1500 employees, Transparent is one of the largest private sector employers in the small country with extensive Caribbean coastline.

RICHARD BRANSON SAYS SEA LIFE SHOULD NOT BE KILLED, DUBS GILLNET FISHING ‘HORRENDOUS’
Investor, philanthropist, and founder of the Virgin Group Richard Branson has stated that more needs to be done to protect the ocean and its marine life. In a recent trip to Belize, in Central America, the tycoon met with the nation’s prime minister Dean Barrow to discuss strategies for ocean protection, according to a blog post by Branson. Branson urged Prime Minister Barrow to place a ban on gillnet fishing, naming the practice a “horrendous way of killing many, many, many species under the sea that should not be killed.”

Say no to the International Court of Justice
BY WELLINGTON C. RAMOS. 1. Prior to Spain Britain and the other European countries colonizing this part of the world, several nation states existed but they came and used unjustifiable force on the native citizens to take away their territories from them and colonized the entire region. 2. The Guatemalan claim to Belize is based on a treaty that was signed between Spain and Portugal in the Treaty of Tordesillas with Pope Alexander the V1 giving Spain ownership to all the people and territories in the Western Hemisphere including Belize in 1493 which is unlawful. 3. Even though Spain was given legal possession of Belize in the treaty of 1493, Spain never occupied, developed or established any form of administration in Belize.

Take in the history and pace of the Yucatán
While millions of tourists visit Mexico hotspots like Cancun on a yearly basis, there’s a little gem of a southern destination called the Yucatán Peninsula where natural beauty abounds, local surroundings are quaint and charming, and large crowds tend to avoid. The area is a lush beachside oasis with a thriving contemporary food scene, nestled in a historic area of the country. It’s the perfect locale for an intimate getaway for two or an enriching family vacation. The area of Yucatán has a varied history. Merida, the capital, came from the merging of three major cultures: Mayan, Spanish and Lebanese. This helped to weave together an intricate and interesting scene for food, the arts, and architecture (the brightly-coloured colonial buildings here are a must-see, balancing the old and the new in perfect harmony). The food landscape is just as interesting, with a plethora of restaurants and markets to sample local food like fruits and veggies (faves include dragon fruit, soursop, guava, tomatoes, chile habanero , chile xcatic, and purple onion, when in season), as well as filled cheese, a locally-made dish that is made from whole Edam cheese and is filled with pork, raisins, olives, and herbs).

7 Questions with… Blue Hole explorer Fabien Cousteau
1. Can you give us any predictions for what you expect to find at the bottom of the Great Blue Hole? I'll quote my grandfather: 'If I knew what we were going to find I wouldn't go there'… The essence of exploration is the unknown and going to see what's out there. What drives me is my curiosity to find out. Based on findings around Central America and the Meso-American reef there very well could be evidence in the Blue Hole pointing to Mayan culture, new species of sea life, and climate change evidence.

The origins of chocolate may be up to 1,500 years earlier than previously thought
“Today we all rely, to one extent or another, on foods that were created by the Indigenous peoples of the Americas,” said the Head of UBC’s Department of Anthropology Michael Blake in the study’s press release. “And one of the world’s favourites is chocolate.” Prior to the study, entitled “The use and domestication of Theobroma cacao during the mid-Holocene in the upper Amazon,” in Nature Ecology & Evolution, archeologists estimated that cacao use dated back 3,900 years and was domesticated in Central America. Researchers, including Blake, managed to redate Theobroma cacao — more commonly known as the cacao tree — back between 5,300 and 2,100 years ago thanks to three specific lines of evidence in ceramic artifacts found in Santa Ana-La Florida, Equador. These lines of evidence were the presence of cacao tree starch grains in pottery from their investigated area, residue of theobromine — a bitter alkaloid found in the cacao plant but not its wild relatives — and fragments of ancient DNA sequences unique to the cacao tree.

Un-Belize-Able! FTC Setting New Standards in Sanctuary Belize
On November 8, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) held a press conference to announce a lawsuit against what it claims is the largest real estate scam the FTC has ever encountered. According to the FTC Complaint, through false claims in its marketing materials and sales pitches, the Sanctuary Belize Enterprise (“SBE”) took in more than $100 million through its sale of lots in what was meant to become a luxury development equipped with amenities similar to American luxury resorts. On October 31, the FTC filed its complaint against Andris Pukke, the creator of the scam, and numerous other defendants. The Complaint raises several interesting issues and provides useful insight into the worldview of the new slate of FTC Commissioners, which could give us clues as to where enforcement action is heading in a number of contexts. First, the FTC sued a foreign bank for the first time. The FTC does not have jurisdiction over domestic banks. In this case, the FTC sued Atlantic International Bank (“Atlantic International”), a foreign bank with no branches in the United States and not regulated by any American financial authority.

Videos

  • This Christmas by Mervin Budram, 4min. Mervin and Ruth Budram have written a magical Christmas Song. It has a beautiful melody, perfect lyrics, and the right Christmas message. The video, which was filmed in one continuous shot, was recently released. It's a beautiful song, and worth many listens. MD, Alida Sharp, and David Smith will all be performing this Friday at the Belizean Christmas Vol. 2 concert, which will be at the George Price Centre.

  • I FOUND PARADISE AND CRIED MY EYES OUT..., 16min. My journey through Belize reached its peak on my birthday as we swam with dolphins, nurse sharks and other incredible sea life here in Silk Cayes!

  • Sailing in Belize: "There's a Boobie on our boat!" Belize is shallow, min. It's a tricky entrance into Ambergris Cay but worth the effort. Can't say I would recommend the anchorage at Ambergris Cay though. The waters inside the Belizean barrier reef are shallow everywhere! Then more shallow waters on our way to the backpackers hangout 'Cay Caulker'. A Boobie bird hitches a ride and more 'Bloopers' with out-takes at the end of the video

  • Canada Wins the 2018 Coconut Cup - Hockey in Belize, 1min. Belize welcomed two Canadian Hockey teams who traveled from Toronto on Wednesday, November 28th to take part in the 2nd annual Coconut Cup Tournament hosted by the San Pedro Buccaneers hockey team. Games were played at the San Pedro High School Auditorium and a great time was enjoyed by everyone.

  • Spider monkeys, 1/2min. In the forests of Belize, unique moments occur. Here a Spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi) enjoys the company of Ya’axché's rangers and indicates that it is time to carry on. We sure hope that it is not contagious. Spider monkeys live in the canopy, swinging from tree to tree; their awesome tails can support their entire weight! They eat fruits, leaves, flowers and even honey. Spider monkeys can be seen in groups of 30 individuals. A few ways of how spider monkeys communicate include barks, whinnies, squeals, squeaks and screams. Spider monkeys are considered Endangered due to habitat loss and in some areas, pet trafficking and hunting. Our rangers are diligently protecting over 151,000 acres of forest within the Maya Golden Landscape. This includes the Bladen Nature Reserve, Maya Mountain North Forest Reserve and Golden Stream Corridor Preserve.

  • Gimme 5 continues, 1hr22min.

  • Belize Wedding, 16min.

  • Lost Files of San Pedro l What Really Went Down in Belize, 14min. Kay Julee and Christina living their best lives in a little place called San Pedro, Belize. Lost files from an unforgettable two months of study abroad. So many undocumented moment missing from this but we will leave those up to your imagination.

  • Submarine Diving the Great Blue Hole of Belize with NatGeo Explorer, Erika Bergman, 58min. Erika Bergman is a submarine pilot, engineer, and a National Geographic Explorer who will be taking Sir Richard Branson and Fabien Cousteau (grandson of famed ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau) on a submarine adventure into the depth of Belize's Great Blue Hole. In 2013 she received a National Geographic Explorers grant for her "Classrooms Under the Sea" expedition which live-streamed submarine expeditions to classrooms. She's a superb storyteller with many interesting tales and accomplishments to share!

  • Backpacking Belize | Day in the life on a backpacker, 10min. Travelled from San Ignacio to Caye Caulker. Walk, chicken bus, taxi, water taxi, walk. We weren't super happy with our accommodations but we were able to switch to a much nicer place (Iguana Reef Hotel) for the next 3 nights.

  • Bearfoot Gibby + Friends in Belize, 10min. When these veterans of Dolly Parton's band came to Belize, I played with them for a week.

  • Zip-Line in Belize, 4min. I think all the cruise ship zip-line tours whether booked on or off the ship take you to the same location next to the cave tubing site. This is I think the 2nd and 6th lines (of six).

  • ATV in Belize, 3min. Taking a ride on an ATV on the butts-up tour off the cruise ship booked through cave-tubing.com. Unfortunately, one in the group got burned from steam when the ATV went through some deep water.

  • Belize Blue Hole Flyover, 3.5min. The Great Blue Hole is one of the most iconic natural monuments in Belize. It is a part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve system, a UNESCO world heritage site. It is the largest marine sinkhole on earth. You've seen it on TV, now come experience it in real life.