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The San Pedro Sun

Danillo Villatoro to be arraigned in Belize City for the murder of Corporal Alfonso Guy
Island resident, 25-year-old Danilo Villatoro was arraigned for the murder of 51-year-old police corporal Alfonso Guy on Monday, January 14th at the Belize City Magistrate Court. During his court hearing, Magistrate Tricia Anderson informed Villatoro that because of the nature of the offense, no plea could be taken and neither could the court offer him bail. He was remanded into custody at the Belize Central Prison until his next court date on March 16, 2019.

Ambergris Today

$20 Million For Caracol Maya Site Road
Government of Belize Signs Loan Agreement with the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development for the Caracol Road Project On Monday, January 14, 2019, the Government of Belize signed a Loan Agreement with the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development in the sum of Kuwait Dinars 6 million (approximately US$20 million) for the financing of the Caracol Road Project. The loan terms include an interest rate of two percent (2.0%) per annum and a repayment term of 20 years with a grace period of five years.

Pic Of The Week - Caribbean Boulevard
Did you know there is a “Caribbean Boulevard” in San Pedro? The island’s friendly loiterers known as “The Red Tap Crew” have taken the liberty to rename Buccaneer Street in down town San Pedro to “Caribbean Boulevard”. They have 'decorated' the wall with Caribbean Rum stickers from bottles of rum that they have consumed. The Red Tap crew members can be seen from day to day sitting down on the side of the street or fixing their friend’s bike to make some cash.

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Caye Caulker Liquor License Board General Meeting
Tuesday, January 22, starting at 10am

Government of Belize Signs Loan Agreement with the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development for the Caracol Road Project
Today, January 14th, the Government of Belize signed a Loan Agreement with the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development in the sum of Kuwait Dinars 6 million (approximately US$20 million) for the financing of the Caracol Road Project. The loan terms include an interest rate of two percent (2.0%) per annum and a repayment term of 20 years with a grace period of five years. Signing on behalf of the Government of Belize was the Hon. Patrick Faber, Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, while H.E. Mr. Marwan Al-Ghanem, Deputy Director-General for Operations, signed on behalf of the Kuwait Fund.

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint part 2/3 of “The Mighty Jungle”.

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Prime Minister Departs the Country
The Office of the Prime Minister informs that the Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow departed the country today, 14th January, 2019 en-route to Havana, Cuba for an official visit at the invitation of the Cuban President, Miguel Díaz-Canel. Prime Minister Barrow is expected to return to the country on Saturday, January 19, 2019. During Prime Minister Barrow’s absence the Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, will act as Prime Minister.

Marriott Alaia Resort Development on San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
Here is an on-site visit to the Marriott Alaia Resort Development on San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. This 56 condo units development is scheduled to be completed by December 2020. Surrounded in breathtaking Caribbean Sea views and designed with private cabaňas, beach condo sales, cozy seating clusters, and a fire pit. This autograph collection hotel will contain a rooftop Pool Terrace, so you can bask in the Caribbean soft breezes. The dining pavilion will offer casual fare and a private room will be available for events. Other amenities that will be available at the resort is their signature Beach Club, Belize Pro Dive Center Dive Shop, on-site San Pedro Sailing and Watersports Club, Live Art Gallery, Wedding and Event Venue and Adventure Concierge. This media blog would like to WELCOME our Marriott Alaia Resort to Belize and the best of success.

2019 San Pedro Lobster Fest
Date set for annual San Pedro Lobster Fest. Let's get ready to Party like a Lobsta!

Birds of Belize Exhibit Rotation
The SISE Hoc will be having a farewell event for their Birds of Belize exhibit. It'll be thinned out, as the exhibit moves to another location. The event is this Friday, January 18th. Dr. Zitzer will present about the birds in the display.

Countrywide Blood Shortage
Businesses and travelers. Please take extra caution. we are in a countrywide Blood shortage. Those wishing to donate can call the following places and make arrangements. Belize City Blood Bank 224-5010 Belmopan Blood Bank at the Western Regional Hospital Belmopan - Hospital 802-2537 San Ignacio Hospital 824-2066 or 824-2761 Punta Gorda Hospital - 722-2026 or 722-2161

Channel 7

Teenager Survives Shot To Head
Teenager Jahmeel Reyes is in an induced coma tonight and his family is anxious to find out if doctors can remove a bullet from his head. The 15 year old Roaring Creek resident was shot on Saturday evening around 4:00. If that wasn't enough, his attacker then put a brutal beating on him and buried him alive. But, he made it out alive - even if just barely. Courtney Weatherburne has this remarkable tale of survival in the face of ruthless violence: With a bullet to the head and his body severely bruised and buried, 15 year old Jamil Reyes dug through dirt, pulled himself out of a shallow grave and ran for help. The family is shocked he survived. Deshawn Card, Aunt: "It's a miracle, God knows, he has his reason."

18 Year Old Charged For Trying to Kill 15 Year Old
Quick police work on this case has led to a teen being charged. He is 18 year old Aaron Hyde. The head of National Crimes Investigation told us more. ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch "Quick police investigation led to the detention of Hyde and the recovery of .22 pistol. He has since been charged today with the crimes of attempted murder, dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm." Reporter: "Is there anything that could have motivated this particular shooting?" ACP Joseph Myvett: "There is some information that this may have been over a pervious misunderstanding that the two had."

Four Year Old Mauled By Landlord's Dog
A 4 year old boy is in the hospital tonight after he was mauled by a dog in his own back yard. It happened in the Lake I area shortly after 2 yesterday afternoon. Ellis Ortiz was in the yard at his parent's apartment, when the landlord's dog attacked him. Fortunately, neighbors were able to wrest the child away in time and rush him to the hospital. He is now in a stable condition but parents are worried that the dog may have done permanent damage to the child's eye. Emanuel Pech reports:... 4 year old Ellis Ortiz is currently undergoing treatment at KHMH for injuries he sustained during a vicious canine attack. The culprit is the landlord's watchdog, a very protective potlicker mix. Baby Ortiz and his parents rent a room at an apartment complex in Lake I.

Home Invasion Turns Into Standoff With Police
It's a home-slash-business invasion that turned into a southside hostage situation, and, tonight, police are preparing charges for 3 men. It all unfolded around 9:00 last night at '7 Days Store' on Mahogany Street. Business owners, 58 year old Rong Bin Liang, and his wife, 57 year old Hefu Rong Liang, were closing shop when the 3 men jumped over the wall and held them up. They pushed the couple inside the building where the men tied them up and beat them up, while the men prepared to ransack their home. But the crime in progress was foiled by police - which led to a standoff. And it was the new Commissioner himself who stepped onto the front line to negotiate with the armed burglars. Here's more:...

Were Shots Fired Inside?
And while Compol Williams defused that situation, one thing that is left uncertain is the reports that shots were fired inside the building after police had detained the three suspects. In a Facebook live coverage of the event Marisol Amaya for Krem News witnessed what sounds like the discharge for ammunition inside the establishment. Some people from the area said they distinguished the sound as that of rubber bullets. However, when asked today Compol Chester Williams refuted those claims. Reporter: "We understand that fires was shot inside the building. Is that true?' Chester Williams - Police Commissioner: "No."

Driver Killed When Ambulance Crashes
A 26 year old Southern Emergency Services ambulance driver was killed in an accident early this morning. It happened before dawn this morning between miles 10 and 11 on the Southern Highway - near Silk Grass village. The victim is Belmopan resident Khalil Reyes - and he flew out of an ambulance which plunged into a drain. Another man - his co worker - was in the ambulance with him but police say they have not established who was driving at the time of the accident. Here is what they know so far. ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch: "This morning sometime shortly before 5 am, Dangriga police was called to an area between miles 10 and 11 on the Southern highway where they observed a red and white ambulance being operated by Southern Emergency Services on the right hand side of the road when traveling north.."

Cotton Tree Motorbike Rider Badly Injured
And there's also news of another accident - this one wasn't fatal, but…. A Cotton Tree man is on life support tonight after he was flung from his motorcycle. 49 year old Ezekiel Ortega was rear-ended in a hit and run. It happened on Friday night around 9:30 on the Western Highway. He received major injuries to his head. Fortunately his 18 year old daughter who was with him is recovering at home. Courtney Weatherburne has more. Scraps of metal litter the western highway near mile 44. On Friday night, Father and daughter Ezekiel Ortega and Lilian Sanabria were on a motorcycle heading to their Cotton Tree home when a vehicle rear-ended them.

Gang Related Execution is Gruesome
And, now to the weekend's murders. There are two of them to report - and both sprang from underworld dealings: one is gang related, and the other drug related. We start early on Saturday morning at mile 3 on the Phillip Goldson Highway. At 1:45 police were called out o the area by passersby who saw a Chevy Trailblazer which looked like it had crashed. But when they looked inside, they saw a dead man. Jose Manuel Ayala was on the passenger side of his own vehicle with five gunshot wounds to the head. It's a merciless execution, meant to send a message, and Police told us it's related to gang rivalries in the Jane Usher Area:...

Island Worker Found Executed, Cops Say Drug Related
And while that murder is gang related, police believe the other drug related. It involves another of those workers on a small, isolated island - the kind where drug packages sometimes float past - which, inevitably, leads to a trail of death. Over the years, we've covered too many such murders - and tonight there is one more to report. This time it's on Mapp Caye - which is off the coast of Belize City - not too far from St. George's Caye - - where a John Doe was found dead, and two other men, including the island's owner, are missing. Police say they went out there at 7:00 this morning: ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City: "Police visited Mapp Caye which is located about three miles northeast of Belize City. Upon arrival, they observed the motionless body of a male person in an advanced state of decomposition inside of a latrine..."

Man Who Killed Cops Says It was Accident, Police Say Murder
Police have charged a man accused of murdering one of their own. Early on Friday morning, 51 year old Corporal Alfonso Guy was killed inside the police barracks - with his own weapon. His only companion at the time, 25 year old waiter Danilo Villatoro Amador has confessed, but said it was an accident - that he was playing with the 9MM pistol when it went off, hitting him once to the chest, a fatal shot. And while he says it was an accident, police say it's murder. The head of CIB told us more today:

Big Money For Caracol Road From The Kuwait Fund
The Caracol Road is closer to becoming a reality with a very generous financial contribution today from the Kuwait Fund. It's $20 million US dollar loan on concessionary terms of two percent per annum and a repayment term of 20 years with a grace period of five years. The loan agreement was signed today between Acting Prime Minister Patrick Faber Marwan Al-Ghanem, the deputy director general of operations for the Kuwait Fund. After a few formalities and some brief words of gratitude both parties signed on the dotted line:

PM Goes To Pay Respects To Cuba
And Deputy Prime Minister Faber presided because the Prime Minister left the country today. He's off to Cuba again, but not for another back surgery. This time, he's going to pay respects and say thanks with an official state visit. PM Barrow left today and is expected to arrive in Cuba tomorrow, where he will be the guest of Cuban President, Miguel Díaz-Canel.

Court Opens, CJ Recounts Achievements, And Challenges
Today is the second Monday of the new year, and as per the tradition that goes back decades, the Judiciary hosted the ceremonial opening of the Supreme Court. It is one of the very few events where the cloistered judges of the Supreme Court account publicly for the state of affairs in this branch of the Government. Our new team attended, and Daniel Ortiz reports: This year's ceremonial opening of the Supreme Court began at the Holy Redeemer Church in Belize City, where the Supreme Court judges, the magistrates, the court's staff, and the bar all gathered for a morning mass.

Hon. Wilfred On Why
As soon as Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington exited the Supreme Court today, the press asked him why he wasn't among the Foreign Ministers who signed the public declaration on last week Wednesday in support of going to the International Court of Justice. These 5 foreign ministers have all collectively agreed that given their experience on Belize-Guatemala bilateral relations, and the history of Guatemala's territorial claim, going to the ICJ is the best attempt at resolution that Belize has been given so far.

Nephew Chops Off Uncle's Fingers
Police are looking for a man who chopped his uncle and severed his fingers. The victim is Valley of Peace resident Angel Cerritos. It is a strange case because Cerritos says he has no beef with his nephew and has no idea why he would attack him. Police told us more. ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch "Police were called to Valley of peace where they observed one Angel Cerritos, 33 years with several chop wounds to the back, as well as three fingers from his left hand was severed.

Fire Erupts After Inquiry About Woman
Multiple wooden structures burned in a Ladyville fire on Friday night. It happened on Ground Dove Street where the fire started mysteriously after a man went to the house inquiring about a female who used to live there. Resident Levi Bahadur told us more:

No Charges For Female Minor Accused of Setting Up Ambush
And, on our last bit of police news tonight, police cannot the charge the 16 year old female neighbor - who was thought to have lured 43 year old Stephen Leiva into an ambush where he was stabbed multiple times. Leiva is recovering in the hospital, but police released the teenager, saying they have no evidence that she conspired:...

Seafront Woes In Seashore Drive Area
And, finally, tonight, some sea-frontage reclamation is causing alarm in the Seashore Drive area of Buttonwood Bay. Residents have been calling us since Friday complaining that they are are about to lose their sea view because a developer is pushing dozens of loads of sand unto the sea in front of their homes. This is the area at the end of seashore drive, near the street that goes to Brodies northside. Now it strikes a chord because we first covered this story more than 12 years ago when Dion Zabaneh said that his mother owns the plot of land, which happens to be in the sea.

Channel 5

Asian Family Held Hostage by Trio of Armed Robbers on Mahogany Street
A robbery on Sunday night turned into a dangerous hostage situation on Sunday night.  Three armed thieves broke into a store on Mahogany Street in Belize City.  Seven Days Shop [...]

GSU Mandate to be Expanded Following Hostage Situation on the Mahogany
The lengthy standoff between three armed bandits and officers from the Belize Police Department has prompted ComPol Chester Williams to carefully consider the leadership, as well as the role of [...]

Belize City Man Shot 5 Times in the Face
A Belize City man was brutally murdered over the weekend. The body of twenty-nine-year-old Jose Manuel Ayala was found with five gunshot wounds to the face in the wee hours [...]

Watchman Murdered on Mapp Caye; 2 Others Missing
The eighth murder for the New Year was recorded today. Police say a watchman is dead and two others are missing from Mapp Caye. While his name has not been [...]

15-Year-Old Roaring Creek Resident Survives Attack; Aaron Hyde Charged
A fifteen-year-old youth is in a coma tonight after surviving a horrible ordeal. The teenager, Jamil Reyes, was socializing with friends in Roaring Creek when he came under a vicious [...]

Former Foreign Affairs Ministers Did Not Want ‘Sedi’ in on I.C.J. Declaration Event
Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington on Wednesday sat front row and center, observing five former Foreign Affairs Ministers sign a declaration expressing their firm support to take Guatemala’s claim to [...]

The Supreme Court Rings in the 2019 Legal Year
The 2019 sitting of the Supreme Court opened this morning with the fanfare that traditionally accompanies the event.  The address on the administration of justice was delivered by Foreign Minister [...]

Honduran National Charged for Police Corporal’s Murder
Twenty-five-year-old Honduran national Josue Danilo Villatoro Amado was transported from San Pedro to Belize City and arraigned for the murder of Corporal Alfonso Guy.  This afternoon, Villatoro, who is a [...]

Belize City Stabbing Victim Recovering at K.H.M.H.
Last Friday, we reported on the stabbing that left forty-three-year-old cab driver Stephen Leiva hospitalized. He was stabbed outside of his room near the Bel China Bridge in the early [...]

Fire Guts House in Ladyville; was it Arson?
A fire has left one man without a house in Ladyville Village. The thirty by thirty wooden structure and all its contents were wiped out by the time fire officials [...]

Wilfred Elrington Finds Comfort among Former Foreign Affairs Ministers
The I.C.J. remains a hot-button issue. On Wednesday, the only ex-Foreign Affairs Minister who did not sign the I.C.J. Declaration was Senator Eamon Courtenay. That’s because he chose not to [...]

Elrington: I.C.J. Referendum is for Belizeans Living in the Country
According to Eamon Courtenay, certain conditions must and should have been fulfilled before Belizeans go to the polls on April tenth. He says that the legal opinion on the I.C.J. [...]

Minister Elrington Says “The poll is not really relevant”
The media also asked Minister Wilfred Elrington about a recent telephone poll conducted by pollBelize.org regarding the I.C.J. Referendum. According to the poll, there is an increasing number of voters [...]

EMT Loses Life in RTA on Southern Highway
An emergency medical technician is dead following an accident between miles ten and eleven on the Southern Highway sometime early this morning. Police say Khalil Reyes was along with his [...]

Father and Daughter Knocked Down in Cotton Tree Hit & Run
There was a near fatal traffic accident on the George Price Highway in Cotton Tree Village, Cayo District. Ezekial Ortega was travelling on a motorcycle with his eighteen-year-old step-daughter, Lillian [...]

Man Chops Up Uncle in Valley of Peace
A chopping in Valley of Peace last Friday night has left one man without three of his fingers and with chop wounds to the back.  Police were called out to [...]

4-Year-Old Boy Bitten by Dog is Hospitalized
A four-year-old baby boy is hospitalized after he was bitten by a dog in the Lake Independence area.  Police say that on Sunday around three in the afternoon, Ellis Ortiz [...]

Foreign Affairs Minister Comments on ‘Narco-Cattle Ranching’
Friends for Conservation and Development has been documenting threats within the Chiquibul Forest for eleven years. Those threats include illegal logging, poaching, and gold panning, which was the biggest threat [...]

Sportscaster James Adderley and the Weekend Stats
Good evening, I am James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities...]

The Reporter

‘SUSPECT’ IN SHOOTING OF MINOR DETAINED
Aaron Allan Hyde, 18, has been charged for the shooting of Jamil Reyes, 15. Reyes was socializing with friends in the Hattieville area of Roaring Creek when he was shot in the back of the head.

WATCHMAN MURDERED ON MAPP-CAYE ISLAND
The Reporter has been able to confirm the murder of a watchman at a camp on Mapp Caye. We are told that just moments ago the body was brought into Belize City. Police sources say the already decomposing body was found at around 9:00am.

‘UPDATE’ HOSTAGE SITUATION AT MAHOGANY STREET SHOP (VIDEO)
The owner of 7 Days Store on Mahogany Street is currently being held hostage inside his establishment. It is reported that around 9:45 tonight, shots were fired from inside the shop at the police. We will report more information as it becomes available.

4YR. OLD TODDLER SERIOUSLY INJURED BY DOG
A child, 4, is at the KHMH with serious wounds to his head and face. According to reports, on Sunday at around 3:00pm Carlton Pitts left his step-son Ellis Ortiz playing in the yard...

HOSTAGE SITUATION AT MAHOGANY STREET SHOP
The owner of 7 Days Store on Mahogany Street is currently being held hostage inside his establishment. It is reported that around 9:45 tonight, shots were fired from inside the shop at the police.

‘SUSPECT’ IN SHOOTING OF MINOR DETAINED
One man has been detained and is being questioned for the shooting of a minor. Roaring Creek resident, Jamil Reyes, 15, is in a critical but stable condition at the Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan where he is recovering from a single gunshot wound to the back of his head.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Commemoration of 100th Birthday of Father of the Nation, George Price
George Cadle Price, Belize’s first Prime Minister and ‘Father of the Nation’ was born on […]

Mobile health team visiting villages in Cayo
A mobile health team along with community leaders have joined efforts in the western health […]

Ministry of Health, UNICEF speak national adolescent health strategy priorities
The Ministry of Health in collaboration with United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and partner agencies […]

3 years later, Anne Swaney’s murder still unsolved
Three years ago, on January 16, 2016, ABC 7 News Producer, Anne Swaney was strangled […]

Rainy weather to continue
A gradual increase in moisture is expected to continue over the next couple of days. […]

Prime Minister departs country to meet Cuban President
Prime Minister Dean Barrow departed the country today en-route to Havana, Cuba for an official […]

Government signs Loan Agreement with Kuwait Fund for Caracol Road Project
Today, the Government of Belize signed a Loan Agreement with the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic […]

3 young men arrested for home invasion in Belize City
Police have arrested three young men for the crime of home invasion in Belize City. According […]

Ambulance driver killed, passenger injured in crash on Southern Highway
Khalil Reyes, 26, lost his life this morning on the Southern Highway. Reyes was driving an […]

Belizean turmeric finds place on international market
A new product made from Belizean-grown turmeric, a ginger-like root, has started hitting grocery store […]

Blogs

Bonefishing from a SUP is as Great as it Sounds
In between host weeks here in Belize my time has been spent largely behind a computer screen, but today I took a little work break and explored some of the backcountry lagoons behind Cayo Frances Farm & Fly on a SUP board. I went searching for juvenile Tarpon that reside just behind the lodge’s property, but with the sun still quite high I decided to do a bit of exploring. Paddling into the wind can be a bit of a task, but as I came across a nice flat something caught my eye. I was so concentrated on keeping the board moving steadily into the wind that I didn’t even realize I had just spooked a school of 50 or so Bonefish. I put down my stake to anchor the board on the flat, and hoped they would circle back to where they had just been feeding.

Ain't Nothin but a Chicken Wing
The number one source of protein in Belize is the local dish of chicken. The most NUMMY chicken wings I have found on the Caye is a Pirate’s Secret Beach! The outdoor hearth is manned by one of the local guys, just waiting for you to put in your order. If you are hanging out in the water on a floaty or just lounging on the beach or sitting at the bar, you must order their chicken wings. The barbecue sauce is just spicy enough and their aioli dip melts in your mouth. Grab a Landshark or Belikin and order some Pirates Chicken Wings, you won't be disappointed!

#UnBELIZEable! Ambergis Caye, San Pedro, Belize
Get ready to embark on your first adventure with the Bacon Crew! Let's get something straight...the crew has champagne taste and a beer budget. We love to travel as much as possible, which means we like to vacation on the #CHEAP! My goal is adventuresofbaconbits.com will get more of YOU adventurers out there #exploring! HOW TO GET THERE: You "BELIZE" that you want to vacation on Ambergris Caye. How to you get there? We opted for the puddle jumper. The plane was very clean, well kept and the pilots had great take-offs and landings. (I grew up in one of these things so I know what its like when it's not so great.) Taking the plane vs. the boat also meant a 15 minute flight vs. a 1.5 hour boat ride. After flying commercial all day....I'm down for the #quicky.

Belize in January
If you are looking for a warm, tropical escape from gray, cold winter climate, look no further than Belize. In January, Belize offer travelers perfect weather: warm, sunny days, light breezes, and mild nights. There are plenty of adventure tours and luxury resorts and lodges available to make your trip unforgettable. Unlike other popular destinations like Mexico and Costa Rica, Belize is busy enough to provide plentiful entertainment at this time of year but is not unpleasantly packed with crowds. In January, visitors enjoy perfect sunshine coupled with all of the amazing sights, activities, and cuisine that Belize has to offer. On the coast and the islands, you can relax on the beautiful beaches, nap in a hammock, and just be ‘one with nature’.

The Secret Beach in Ambergris Caye, Belize
San Pedro, the island’s sole town is a hub of activity with unique eateries and restaurants and lots of nightlife. The quieter side of Ambergris Caye is ironically called the Secret Beach, which isn’t a secret at all. The Secret Beach is a must-see destination on your Ambergris Caye holiday for a variety of reasons. The most popular way to get to the Secret Beach is via a golf cart. It’s a fun ride that takes about 45 minutes through mangrove swamps, but it’s well worth the trip. If you think you will get lost, don’t worry. English is the official language of Belize and the locals are always willing to help out. In addition, there are plenty of signs along the way. Once you get to the Secret Beach, you won’t be alone, but neither will be it overly crowded. Wading out into the turquoise waters is a must-do as you can walk 200 feet from the shore and the water will still only be at waist-level. The great thing about the Secret Beach is that it’s not overly commercialized, but there is something for everyone. Indulge in water sports, have a drink and a bite of Belizean food or just simply relax on the beach itself.

The 9 Most Popular Foods in Belize
Many visitors arrive in Belize unsure about what to expect when it comes to food. But the delicious mix of different cultural influences means that Belize is home to a sumptuous medley of seafood, fresh fruit, Caribbean classics, and savory treats that are sure to please even the pickiest eater. When you are in Belize, here are the 9 foods you definitely need to try:

Lonely Planet Joins National Geographic In Listing Belize As One Of The World’s Top Ten Travel Destinations
What a nice way to start the year! After earlier expressing our appreciation of Belize being named as one of National Geographic’s Top Ten Travel destinations for 2019, we’re very happy to be doing it again – this time for accolades from that other great travel authority, Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet’s annual top destinations picks become a coveted list from which worldwide wanders select new and exciting places to visit. Let’s face it – if those savvy globetrotters at Lonely Planet (or LP, to those in the know) find that a place is worth visiting, chances are you will, too.

International Sourcesizz

Darmasiswa Scholarship Program
The Government of Indonesia is offering a one year non degree scholarship programme to Belizeans who wish to study Indonesian language (Bahasa), art and culture. Deadline for application - 1 March 2019.

Why Mangroves must be protected
Mangroves are often depicted as uninviting and unfriendly environments, not pleasing to the eye, a little bit smelly and a haven for mosquitos and sand flies. Yet within this narrow piece of real estate between terrestrial forests and marine ecosystems, mangrove forests are lush with marine, estuarine and terrestrial life and, when protected and managed well, rich in biodiversity. Mangrove forests are inshore coastal communities, where they can occur in salt, estuarine or fresh water conditions. They prefer calm waters that allow the mangroves to effectively root themselves into the substrate of the water column without being swept away. Even though mangroves may prefer freshwater conditions - they occur in areas with heavy rainfall - they actually thrive in saltwater environments as they tolerate higher salinities better than the other plants.

Travelers Are Flocking to Belize Right Now
Belize is one of the hottest destinations in the region right now, according to the latest data from the country’s tourism board. The country on the Caribbean coast of Central America reported 14.6 percent growth in stayover arrivals last year, one of the fastest growth rates of any destination in the region in 2018 — lifting arrivals to a new record for the country. That translated to 62,000 more overnight visitors to the country, and a total of 489,261 stayover visitors in the calendar year. In the last 10 years, Belize’s stayover visitor numbers have doubled, starting at 232, 249 in 2009.

What Language is Spoken in Belize?
Belize is a small country about the size of Massachusetts, with less than 400,000 people. Despite being one of the least densely populated countries in the world, Belize’s vibrant history has led to a diversity of culture, ethnicities, and language that is fascinating to experience. Belize was once the home of the Maya Indians. Historians believe these Maya disappeared around 1,000 years ago but some of their ancestors remain. The Kekchi and Mopan Mayas in the south, and the Northern Maya who have a Yucatec heritage. Belize also has a strong history of British and African cultures dating from the colonial period. This has led to a Belizean Creole culture.

Cuba's President to Welcome Belize's Prime Minister
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel announced Monday he will host Belize''s Prime Minister Dean Oliver Barrow as part of his official visit to Cuba. Diaz-Canel, highlighted in his Twitter account the historical ties between Cuba and Belize, based on solidarity and friendship. We will welcome Tuesday Dean Oliver Barrow, Belize's PM, as part of his official visit. The historical ties binding Cuba and Belize are based on solidarity, friendship, gratitude and full support for the Caribbean', he wrote in his twitter @DiazCanelB. For its part, the Foreign Ministry also referred to the Belizean Prime Minister's arrival in Cuba the West.

Videos

  • Great Belize Cooking, 7.5min. Demo of "Great Belize Cooking" shot in San Jose Nuevo Palmar, Orange Walk, Belize. 00:30 Making of Recado 2:07 Making Corn Tortillas 4:30 Outdoor cooking segment

  • UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL - DEAN BARROW, 67min.

  • DOWN DA WAY TO BELIZE, 4min. WILLIAM BANNER AUGUST.BELIZE ROOTS.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries = Juanita Mak Chee, 2.5min.

  • The Declaration of the Foreign Ministers on ICJ, 56min. Lisa Shoman was our guest to talk about the recently signed declaration of Former Foreign Ministers. She explained that her position has changed and that she now supports a YES vote to the ICJ.

  • International Organization for Migration (IOM), 19min. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) will be conducting a series of sensitization workshops for journalists and communications persons to be trained in reporting on issues relating to migration and migrants. We spoke with Eric Sanchez, Program Coordinator with the IOM, about how persons can participate in the sessions.

  • Top Things To Do In Belize City, 6min. Top Things to Do in Belize City covers the main attractions while your cruise ship is in port of Belize City, Belize, a port of call on most Western Caribbean cruises offering some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world, plus several fascinating Mayan ruins.

  • 14 Days in Belize -Highlight Reel, 21min. Highlight reel of our vacation to Belize. Tours in the jungle, snorkeling, fishing, Jet skiing, swimming, eating, and more. The first couple days had rain, but the rest was just fun in the sun at 80-85 degrees

  • Punta Contest at Barefoot Beach n Placencia Belize, 12min. Punta Contest. Belize. Placencia. Easter.

  • Zip Line in Belize, 3min.

  • San Ignacio, the heart of Belize, 10min. There is more to this Central American outlier than vast beaches and the clear Carribean sea. But to find it, you have to "go deep..."

  • Deer Dance in Pueblo Viejo Village Toledo District. Belize C.A., 5min. Traditional Mayan Dance which was invented many many Years ago.

  • Belize Night Dive, 5min.

  • Terry Di Brukdong Gial, 3min. Terry Di Brukdong Gial came out of an initiative of the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project conducted in 2016 called the Belize Creole Bruckdong Project. Terry works through the Belize Music Agency and is available for performances.