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Today's Belize News: January 19, 2019 #534416
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The San Pedro Sun

Emergency blood drive to be held in San Pedro Town
An emergency blood drive to assist the countrywide blood shortage and island resident Daryl Kennedy has been scheduled for Sunday, January 20th at the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II in San Pedro Town. Kennedy is in Belize City waiting for surgery on a broken hip and will be needing a good supply of blood. He is well known on the island for his non-profit organization Kids of Belize, which aims to make a positive impact in the lives of young children.

San Pedro reports cases of foodborne Gastroenteritis
The health authorities at the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II have confirmed cases of Acute Gastroenteritis, commonly known as ‘stomach flu,’ in San Pedro Town. Although there has only been one week of reported cases on the island, the entire community is asked to be on the alert to avoid a possible outbreak. A virus known as Rotavirus causes the contagious disease, mainly affecting young babies and persons with compromised immune systems.’ The illness includes severe diarrhea and vomiting which can lead to fatal dehydration if not treated. It is mostly affecting residents in the northern Corozal District. Health Inspector Christina Martinez indicated that even though there are minimal cases on the island compared to the mainland, residents must practice proper hygiene.

SPTC starts dredging lagoon channel to relocate water taxi companies
After publicly expressing their disapproval of an alleged water taxi terminal in front of Ruby’s Hotel on Barrier Reef Drive, The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) has acquired the services of a private company to dredge the lagoon-channel leading to the Sunset Boardwalk boat terminal. The project is expected to be complete in a few months, allowing a more accessible passage for boats, and thus the long-awaited relocation of the water taxi companies San Pedro Belize Express and Ocean Ferry. The Sunset Boardwalk boat terminal was officially opened in 2014, but it has not been fully utilized, because the water taxi companies claimed the terminal was inaccessible due to the shallow waters in the lagoon side.

Islander Josue Valle drafted to Belize’s U-17 Male Football National Team
On Wednesday, January 16th the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) released the names of players that will form Belize’s Under-17 Male Football National Team. The team is set to participate in the upcoming Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) U-17 tournament to be held in Bradenton, Florida USA in April 2019. Among the players drafted was San Pedro’s very own, 16-year-old Josue Valle. This is not the first time that Valle has been called to the FFB; he was drawn to be a part of Belize’s U-16 Male Football National Team that participated in the 2018 Unión Centro Americana de Fútbol (UNCAF) U-16 tournament. He is a second-year student at San Pedro High School and no stranger to the football scene here on the island. Valle has participated in local football tournaments like Copa San Pedro, the San Pedro 5-A-Side Football Tournament, among others.

Ambergris Today

Royal Caribbean Resort Launches Carpentry And Mechanical Internship
On Friday, January 18, 2019, Minister Manuel Heredia and Mr. Yorham Shostari of Royal Caribbean Resort officially launched a Carpentry and Mechanical Internship program. Lee-el Shostari, daughter of Mr. Yorham Shostari officially introduced the program. She stated that they have been working on this idea for over a year now and it’s a way for them to give back to the community. Royal Caribbean Resort will be offering two (2) internships in carpentry and (2) two internships in mechanical work. The length of these internships will be of four months.

Belize Red Cross Trains & Donates Equipment To Nemo
Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management, Hon Edmond Castro, this morning received on behalf of NEMO a donation of equipment from the Belize Red Cross to assist in disaster preparation and response. Making the donation on behalf of the Belize Red Cross was its Director General, Lily Bowman. The donation valued at over $20 Thousand includes a Drone, Portable Open Street Map Server and Open Data Kit, all used for data collection in Community Development & Resilience, Accountability & Transparency in Disaster Relief Operations.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Senior Counsel Lisa M. Shoman now has a branch office in Caye Caulker
We are pleased to announce that the Law Office of Senior Counsel Lisa M. Shoman now has a branch office in Caye Caulker. This is the first law office to open its doors on this island. To commemorate this event, we will be hosting an "Ask the Lawyer" question and answer session shortly.

Live Well Cayo Festival
Coming soon- Live Well Cayo Festival on March 16, 2019! San Ignacio and the greater Cayo District is quickly adapting to the growing demand of eco-friendly and health conscious travel trends. To that end, the Belize Tourism Industry Association Cayo Chapter would like to extend an invitation to you or your organisation to be a part of the first ever, Live Well Cayo Festival. The aim of the event is to promote individuals and businesses engaged in wellness, eco-friendly, healthy living, dietary, traditional and holistic practices. pin Sacred Heart Junior College, San Ignacio, Belize. Hosted by BTIA Cayo Chapter.

BNLSIS Belize-Guatemala Public Education sessions
Friday, January 18th, Corozal Public Library, 5:30pm. BNLSIS Belize-Guatemala Public Education sessions, all are welcome to participate. Visit the Library for more information.

Street Art Festival 2019
Mark your calendars and bring out the entire Family! February 23.

Two juvenile jaguars along the Southern Highway
Ya’axché’s Community Liaison Manager saw TWO juvenile jaguars along the Southern Highway. One quickly jumped into the bushes as a vehicle sped by, but Julio Chub managed to take a photo of the other. Julio’s first jaguar sighting happened while he was on his way to visit newly elected community leaders within the Maya Golden Landscape. He has been excited since Tuesday – honestly, we all are at Ya’axché! Just a reminder to motorists: Kindly drive carefully in this important forested corridor, especially around Golden Stream Corridor Preserve! Jaguars along with many other wildlife are constantly crossing the highway.

A Red Velvet Valentine
Star’s Island Fantasy is so excited to announce that they will be collaborating with INTRO by XS Entertainment on February 16th! It is the place to be! Come and celebrate A Red Velvet Valentine with us! We will be giving away sexy give aways throughout the night.

Emergency blood drive in San Pedro Town
We are in the midst of a big countrywide blood shortage and we need your help. We also have a need for a local resident who helps not only Ambergris Caye but also the mainland. He is in Belize city waiting for surgery on a broken hip and needs community help to make it happen. Daryl Kennedy started Kids Of Belize as a way to give back through music. Since it’s inception, it has been growing leaps and bounds, making a positive impact on Ambergris Caye and beyond. To learn more about Daryl's Kids and why we need to support him right now with a blood donation in his time of need.

Inauguration of New Health Centers for Sarteneja and San Pedro/Cristo Rey Villages
An inauguration ceremony for the San Pedro-Cristo Rey Health Center was held today, January 18th, and for the Sarteneja Health Center on Thursday, January 17th, 2019. The Government of Belize through the Caribbean Development Bank financed the construction of the two health centers in the Northern Health Region, Corozal District. These health facilities will serve three communities and a total population of 3,700 people. The facilities will improve access to basic primary healthcare services. Around 2,000 men, women and children of Sarteneja and 1,400 of San Pedro/Cristo Rey will now have easier access to quality health care, preventive and curative services, and an enhanced epidemiological surveillance program. The new health projects cost $847,646.75 and $879,914.80, respectively.

Toledo Maya Land Rights Commission Hosts Two-Day Training in Punta Gorda Town
The Chairperson of the Toledo Maya Land Rights Commission, Ms. Lisel Alamilla, hosted a two-day training at the Toledo Institute for Development and the Environment (TIDE) in Punta Gorda Town on January 17th and 18th, 2019. The purpose of the meeting was to hold preliminary discussions on the development of legislative principles and headings on Maya Land and the Associated Rights, which will result in legislation towards realizing the consent order regarding Maya Customary Land Tenure and Rights. These initial discussions will lead into further discussions with representatives of the Maya community on the same issues.

CEO in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Working Visit to Mexico
On Thursday, January 17, 2019, H.E. Patrick Andrews, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belize, met his counterpart H.E. Maximiliano Reyes Zuńiga, Undersecretary for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs of Mexico (SRE) to discuss various issues, including trade and Belize’s relations with Guatemala. The bilateral meeting was one of Belize’s first official encounters with the new Mexican administration after the swearing-in of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and underscores the strength, breadth, and depth of the historical relationship that unites both countries.

Inner lagoon tannic after rains
The inner lagoon (Cayo Frances) is CRAZY tannic after the heavy rains of last week but then gets crazy clear as you exit to the west side of Ambergris Caye. What a gorgeous evening!

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Escuela Secundaria Técnica México ANNIVERSARY 2019
Hats off to all the great work put together by teachers and students.

Street Repairs in Corozal
The Work Continues!!!!!! Workers of the Corozal Town Council were deployed to Santa Rita to continue much needed repairs on streets. Mayor Rigo Vellos and the Corozal Town Council working to improve infrastructure in our beautiful Town.

D'Sky Bistro Grand Opening
D'Sky Bistro, Chef Ennel's new restaurant, is having it's grand opening week starting today. It's on the hill to the east of Cahal Pech, on Alvorado street. "D'SKY BISTRO BY CHEF ENNEL extends to you a cordial invitation to join us on our GRAND OPENING week starting Friday January 18th, 2019!! We're bringing you a different fine dining experience in San Ignacio with exceptional service, food, ambiance and views!

Ya'axché Nursery Seedling Sale
It is not too late to begin planting your trees! You can source your seedlings from our nursery for as low as BZ $3 per plant. You can place your order by emailing marcelia.assi(at)yaaxche.org. Get your high quality seedlings from our nursery. Some specialties include grafted cacao (BZ $4), vanilla (BZ $4), bilimbi (BZ $3) and Jamaican Lime (BZ $3). Most seedlings are going for only BZ $3 per plant, see image for list.

Channel 7

Contraband Coming Across the Hondo
This morning in northern Belize, Customs and The Coast Guard were on operations in the Rio Hondo when they made a major contraband bust.  At 9:00, they intercepted a pair of skiffs, one aluminum, one fiberglass which were loaded with all kinds of contraband.  The boats carried 25 cases Mexican beers, 5 cases Big Cola, 8 sacks Bola Roja Flour, 1bag of Footwear, 2 bales of Clothing and 5 bags Tupperware - all to a total market value of $14,000. And you can add to that the value of the skiffs - $6,000 dollars.  And that's because the two men on board jumped overboard when they saw Customs and swam to the Mexican side.  The Coast Guard took charge of their vessels, bought them to the Belize side and loaded the cargo up into vehicles for transfer to the Customs storage facility.  nbsp;

South American Scammers Raid ATM's
Last year around this time, news broke that 3 Mexicans were allegedly caught in the act of credit card fraud. They were going around to Atlantic Bank ATMs around the country, and using stolen credit cards to fraudulently withdraw tens of thousands of dollars. Well, tonight, police have cracked what looks to be another ring of credit card scammers.  This time, 3 more non-Belizeans are accused of engaging in a similar type of operation. Except, it appears to be a bit more sophisticated. 

Did They Kidnap "Lot"ť?
At today's press conference, police also told us more about that break in the case of Elodio Aragon Senior, who was the victim of a home invasion and abduction last week. Police have charged 2 persons with handling stolen goods for items belonging to Elodio Sr., father of the Police Minister of State, Elodio Aragon Jr.  The head of National Crime Investigation very briefly discussed the arrest of 26 year-old Renold Hernandez, and 19 year-old Rachel Lawrence, and told us how investigators were able to connect them to the home invasion.

Shots Within Earshot Of Police Station
There was a shooting this morning in Belize City.  This one happened on Currassow Street, close to the Raccoon Street Police Headquarters.  We're told police at the station were rattled when they heard as many as 10 shots ring out. So far, investigators say it looks like a gang-related execution attempt. Fortunately, the target who the assailant shot at escaped unharmed.  At around 8:30, 20 year-old Kevin Parham was driving his van on Currasow, with passengers. That's when a gunman rode up from behind on a bicycle and opened fire. Fortunately, no one was injured, but one of the bullets did hit the rear glass of the vehicle. 

Jaguar Takes A Jump Into the Lagoon
We all know cats don't like water - but the biggest cat in Belize, the jaguar can be known to take the occasional dip - as long as it gets him closer to what he's hunting.   And that's what someone captured today between Placencia and Mango Creek.  The video shows a group in a boat coming up on a figure bobbing across the lagoon.  As they get closer you see a magnificent and rare sight: a jaguar capably swimming across the lagoon.   The boat slows for the picture, and the jaguar appears unfazed as he makes his way to one of the mangrove islands. This area - on the Mango Creek side - is known to have jaguar sightings.  

Sensitive To Children In Court
UNICEF along with the Belize Family Court has collaborated on a manual named "Child Rights training Manual for Belize Family Court". It was drafted about 6 months ago and was completed earlier this year.  And the manual was put into action at a training session today at the Biltmore.  The idea is to educate court officials and other stakeholders on how to handle sensitive cases involving children. Here is that story. Children 18 years and younger are a vulnerable group. Many children suffer several forms of abuse and violence. While others get caught up in gang life and crime. But there are many other issues affecting youth. And today the Belize Family Court along with their partners discussed how they can better respond to these concerns.

Seashore Showdown
As we told you earlier this week, Seafront property owners at the end of Seashore Drive are up in arms today because someone is claiming their seafront view.  The concerns were raised after Buttonwood Bay residents noticed someone filling up the sea directly in front of their property. We take a look at the story from its inception 12 years ago. Here's the full report: Sea-front property in the city attracts premium prices on the real estate market.  But what happens when your sea-frontage, for which you paid top dollar, is no longer on the sea front - but, instead, it's behind someone else's property? That's the concern that a few property owners have in the Buttonwood Bay area of Belize City.

Evan Neal Missing, Still No Clues
Earlier this week, we told you about the worrisome disappearance of 43 year-old Evan Neal.  The father of 3 owns a fishing camp on Mapp Caye, and he went missing over the weekend. On last Saturday night, police found his watchman 29 year-old, Edinio Enso Humes, dead in a latrine, with a gunshot to the head.  Tonight, his family is gravely concerned about his whereabouts, and they fear the worst.  Police told us that they've been searching the seas around his fishing camp with the Coast Guard, but, so far, the search has come up empty:

Giving The Answers On Anisha
And in news of another high profile missing persons case… On Tuesday, you heard from Jose Espat and Anisha Young's family. Espat revealed all the evidence he has gathered so far and called on the police to step up and do their job. Well today at the press briefing, Cowo addressed a couple points Espat discussed including DNA testing.  He assured the family that the police will update the family if they get any new information on Young's case. ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City: "I will tell you that we don't have an update in regards to that investigation and we act upon information that we receive. The last information that we had received..."

The Case Of Crawford Shooting
On Tuesday's news, we told you about the shooting of 35 year-old Anthony Crawford in Belize City. He's the Iguana Street Extension resident who was shot on Monday night. He was riding his bicycle along with a friend when a gunman jumped out of a bushy lot and opened fire on him, hitting him in the chest.  He remains in a critical condition, and police say that they may have identified the gunman who targeted him. The problem is that they need witnesses to come forward and give evidence so that they can charge the suspect.  Here's what police had to say about the case at today's press briefing:

Man Will Stand Trial For Trying to Kill Co-Worker
54 year old Dennis Winston Bowden will stand trial in the Supreme Court for attempting to kill his co worker on the job.   Bowden was charged for attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm and dangerous harm after he chopped up fellow sanitation worker Michael Tesecum in December of 2017.   Today before Senior Magistrate, Aretha Ford, the police prosecutor presented 19 statements taken by police implicating Bowden.  He also submitted physical evidence in the form of a 26 inch machete - the one used to chop Tesecum in the head.

Getting Ready To Implement Maya Customary Land Tenure and Rights
The Toledo Maya Land Rights Commission is often criticized by indigenous groups for not working diligently enough to implement the consent order regarding Maya Customary Land Tenure and Rights.  Well, for the past two days, Chairperson Lisel Alamilla has been hosting a two-day training to develop principles for the legislation which will realize the consent order.  Here's her explanation: Lisel Alamilla - Chair, Maya Land Rights Commission: "This is our second day that we been having a meeting with indigenous peoples and human rights experts and we're discussing legislative principles and headings on Maya lands and their associated rights..."

The Compol, Cops, Cabals and Conspiracies
Allen Whylie ended the longest tenure of any police commissioner in a century on Tuesday. He was top cop from January 2013 to January 2019.  But, still, he didn't leave a happy man. He alluded to cabals and conspiracies against him, and implicated the media as one fo the actors. Jules Vasquez looked back at the record for some context on this claim: It is of note that Whylie and his senior command hosted the press at a Christmas luncheon one month ago - where the warmest wishes were exchanged on both sides. Additionally, the press - led by Jules Vasquez - praised Whylie for nurturing open-ness in police - media relations.

Man Charged For Ladyville Arson
Earlier in the week, we told you about the fire in Ladyville which left Levi Bahadur and his family homeless. The victims suspected that this was a case of arson, and today, police confirmed that they've charged 1 man for intentionally setting the blaze. It happened just before midnight on last Friday, when Bahadur and his family members were at home. They suddenly saw the house, valued at around $30,000, ablaze after a man came looking for his ex-girlfriend who used to live there. Before they could do anything, the fire quickly spread, and destroyed the wooden structure completely. Police told the media today, that they've charged 31 year-old Tyrone Fitzgibbon, with 2 counts of arson:

Fire Survivor Is Fine
And turning now to the fire out of Libertad Village which we reported on last night, police say that 39 year-old Nolberto Hical suffered no injury even though he was locked inside his burning apartment. As we told you, on Wednesday afternoon at around 2:00, he arrived home, and a short while later, his neighbors spotted smoke streaming from his wooden home. They tried to rescue him, but the door was locked, and when they finally got it open, Hical collapsed from smoke inhalation.  Police told the press that that very fortunately, he suffered no injury:

Cops Catch Gun
A joint police team today took another gun off the streets.  Before 8 this morning, a joint GSU, Special Branch and K9 team conducted a search inside a bushy, empty lot on Antelope Street.  They found three separate black plastic bags. The first revealed 27 live rounds; the second bag had a 9mm pistol with an extended magazine, and the third bag had 72 grams of weed. All items have since been deposited as found property. 

Au Revoir, Habana
Prime Minister Dean Barrow today concluded today his first official visit to Cuba.   And before departing the island he shared some thoughts with Cuban media about the discussions he had with top Cuban leaders and diplomats. Here is a short clip of his comments in that regard - courtesy the Belize mission in Cuba: Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize: "I think in terms of our talks about the region and what is happening, the exchange of view was productive and of course with respect to the bilateral relations between Belize and Cuba, we were able to agree on the initiatives to actually broaden the cooperation and strengthen relationships.

MOFA CEO In Mex
And as PM Barrow concludes his diplomatic visit to Cuba, CEO in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs H. E. Patrick Andrews makes his own diplomatic rounds in Mexico. His visit marks one of Belize's first official encounters with the New Mexican administration since Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was sworn in as president. A press release from the government of Belize says this visit underscores the strength, breadth, and depth of the historical relationship that unites both countries.

Corozal Health Step Up
Rural Corozal has gotten two brand new health centers as part of government's strategic direction towards the UN Sustainable Development Goal- Good Health and Well-being.  Both facilities were officially inaugurated between yesterday and today, which means the doors are officially opened to serve a total of 3,700 people from San Pedro-Cristo Rey and Sartenaja.  Both are set to provide residents with easier access to quality health care, preventative and curative services and an enhanced epidemiological surveillance program.

Channel 5

Students Vote in Mock I.C.J. referendum
A significant event in the city today was a mock referendum on taking the Guatemalan claim to the International Court of Justice. It all happened at Saint Catherine’s Academy and [...]

3 Foreigners Detained on Suspicion of Credit Card Scam
Police have detained three foreigners suspected of credit card scams carried out at ATM machines across the country. Not much is known about the individuals at this time, but police [...]

Muffles College High School Teacher Asked to Resigned Over Nude Pictures
Nude pictures are at the centre of a dispute between a teacher and the administration of Muffles College High School. News Five has learned from several sources that nude pictures [...]

Tyrone Fitzgibbon is Arraigned and Remanded for Ladyville Arson
Alleged arsonist Tyrone Fitzgibbon has been remanded to the Belize Central Prison after being arraigned on two counts for deliberately setting a house in Ladyville on fire a week ago.  [...]

Corozal Man Rescued from Burning House
A man was rescued from a burning house in northern Belize. Police say the thirty-nine-year-old man was found semi-unconscious inside his house when neighbours ran to help. The wooden and [...]

Investigation Still Ongoing into Burglary at Aragon Senior’s House
Two persons were charged with handling stolen goods in connection with the aggravated burglary that happened at Elodio Aragon Senior’s house last week. Renold Hernandez and Rachel Lawrence were jointly [...]

No Progress in Missing Men’s Case
It’s been one week since forty-eight-year-old Evan Neal has not returned home. The veteran seaman and owner of Mapp Caye went to deliver some groceries for his two workers on [...]

Making the Courts Child-Friendly
Over the years, the number of children who come in contact with the law has increased. Fundamental challenges exist in properly dealing with these types of cases; challenges such as [...]

Sanitation Worker to Stand Trial for Vicious Chopping of Michael Tesecum
Fifty-four-year-old Dennis Bowden has been committed to stand trial at the Supreme Court for the attempted murder of Michael Tesecum, whom he reportedly chopped multiple times on December eighteenth, 2017.  [...]

No More Clues into Anisha’s Disappearance
Earlier this week, the family of missing woman Anisha Young said they believe she is dead. The family indicated that they want to speed up the process of testing the [...]

Anthony Crawford’s Shooting is Gang Related
This week we reported on the shooting of thirty-five-year-old Anthony Crawford. He was shot sometime after nine on Monday night while he was riding his bicycle on Antelope Street Extension. [...]

Multiple Shots Fired at Vehicle; Occupants Escaped Unhurt
ASP Alejandro Cowo also spoke on a shooting on Currasow Street in Belize City which occurred this morning.  Shortly after eight-thirty, hots were fired at a vehicle, but fortunately the [...]

Reciprocity between Us and Them
The relationship between the media and the Belize Police Department is a mutually beneficial arrangement where information is provided to the press in exchange for coverage of the department’s outreach [...]

Sarteneja Village Gets New Health Clinic
Residents of Sarteneja Village are recipients of a new health clinic courtesy of the Government of Belize. The health facility comes at a cost of more than eight hundred thousand [...]

M.O.H. Expands NHI Services in Corozal
A similar inauguration was held this morning in San Pedro-Cristo Rey Village. The health centre is expected to benefit some one thousand four hundred residents. The investments in the primary [...]

A Tale of Two PAC Reports
The Public Accounts Committee, chaired by Cayo South Area Representative Julius Espat, is putting together separate reports to be presented before the National Assembly in the coming weeks.  While a [...]

PAC Chairman’s Report Doesn’t Reflect What Was Discussed – Patrick Faber
Despite being notified that some members of the Public Accounts Committee would not attend the last session, Chairman Espat reportedly went ahead and called a meeting for January tenth.  Deputy [...]

Maya Land Rights Commission Heads Training Workshop in Toledo
Years after a court ruling, preliminary discussions on the development of legislative principles on Maya land and associated rights were held during a two-day training in Punta Gorda.  The sessions [...]

Road Works in Orange Walk to Improve Quality of Life
There are a number of road works taking place in Orange Walk. It is part of the town council’s street infrastructure project for that northern municipality. As Mayor Kevin Bernard [...]

A Skills Training Programme for Single Mothers of Orange Walk East
Bernard is also the P.U.P. standard bearer for the Orange Walk East constituency. He has also been working on a skills training programme that is being offered to single models [...]


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Curasow shooting the result of gang rivalry
This morning shots rang out on Curasow Street in Belize City, where a gunman fired several shots towards a passing vehicle filled with occupants. Kevin Parham was driving his vehicle with several passengers, fortunately, no one was injured. At this afternoon police press brief, ASP Alejandro Cowo, the Head of the Crime Investigation Branch, briefed …

Training Program aims at creating a more child friendly court
For those children who come in contact with the law either directly as a victim or indirectly as a suspect, it is important that the judicial system takes the necessary steps to ensure that their rights are not infringed upon. In this regard, court personnel and other stakeholders are participating in a three day workshop …

Foreign Thieves Credit Card and ATM Scam in Belize
Foreigners have been siphoning funds from accounts associated with at least one bank in Belize. Superintendent Leslie Wade, Officer Commanding Dangriga Police Formation told love News that on Thursday, they intercepted 2 Mexican cars with three individuals: a Columbian, a Peruvian, and a Chilean National. Today, ACP Joseph Myvette, the Head of the National Crimes …

Police inch closer to solving Elodio Aragon’s brief kidnapping
Police have charged two people as they continue to investigate the aggravated burglary of Elodio Aragon Senior’s home and his subsequent kidnapping. While police have not arrested the perpetrators, late Thursday afternoon police reported that 26-year-old Renold Hernandez of San Jose Palmar Village in the Orange Walk District and 19-year-old Rachel Lawrence of Orange Walk …

SMH! Attorney Says Facebook Posts Can Cost You :(
A ruling at the Supreme Court on Monday found that activist, Moses Sulph was guilty of slandering UDP politician and owner of Brints Security Services Mark King. Sulph was ordered to pay over thirty thousand dollars for damages and court costs. King sued Sulph in March last year after Sulph published a post on Facebook …

Alleged Arsonist set house on Fire since He no longer quenced her desire
Last week Friday night, a fire at 78 Dove Street in Ladyville left Levi Bahadur and his brother temporarily homeless. The wooden building quickly kindled the night sky after an arsonist set it ablaze. ASP Alejandro Cowo, the officer in charge of CIB says that they have arrested the man, thirty-year-old Tyrone Fitzgibbon, a fisherman …

Christian unity in Belmopan
Belize is an ethnically diverse country with various cultural and religious traditions. In the Capital, Catholicism is an important part of society. Cayo correspondent Fem Cruz reports about Christian unity in Belmopan.

Burglaries set back schools
Ephesus SDA Primary School and Wesley Lower School have been targeted by thieves who robbed the school of several essential items valued at thousands of dollars. Ephesus SDA Primary School was burglarized sometime between last week Friday night and Saturday morning. Love news spoke with Torrianne Smith, one of the teachers, about the items stolen. …

Pound for Pound MMA Fight in Belize
A group of Mixed Martial Arts promoters and fighters from MMA Events Inc. from the US are preparing for a “Battle in Belize”. That is how they are calling a fight night scheduled for Saturday at the Civic Center in Belize City. But they are not the only ones. Also joining them on Saturday are …

Credit Card and ATM Scammers Arrested by Police
Foreigners have been siphoning funds from accounts associated with at least one bank in Belize. Superintendent Leslie Wade, Officer Commanding Dangriga Police Formation told love News that on Thursday, they intercepted 2 Mexican cars with three individuals: a Columbian, a Peruvian, and a Chilean National. Today, ACP Joseph Myvette, the Head of the National Crimes …

New Health Centers for “most vulnerable population”
The Government of Belize has constructed two health centers which will serve the residents of Sarteneja, San Pedro and Cristo Rey Villages located in the Corozal District. The health centers were constructed at a little over $1.7 million dollars. The Minister of Health, Pablo Marin, told the media that it is a dream come through.

How do you feel about Paulette’s Request?
For the common labourer, to gain twenty five thousand dollars, he/she would have to work for about one hundred and fifty to one hundred and seventy weeks; and that is not factoring in minimum wage. For Paulette Elrington, however, twenty-five thousand dollars is earned every thirty days and is paid out of the government’s budget under foreign affairs.

Community and Police-Keeping the Peace on La Isla Bonita
Tourism continues to be one of the country’s biggest income earners for Belize. There were over 427,000 overnight visitors in 2017 that traveled to inland destinations and the cayes. 41.6 percent of overnight visitors in 2017, visited San Pedro. Keeping peace on an island that not only has the cultures that Belize has to offer but also the American and European visitors, is a monumental task for the often ill-equipped police department.

Courts and the Gift of Sight to Students
Unicomer, the parent company of Courts and Courts Optical has embarked on a national marketing campaign that results not only in making the brand a household name but delivers the gift of sight to students across the country. Toledo correspondent Paul Mahung reports on the Brighter View project.

San Pedro Police and Community work together to make the Island Safer
Tourism continues to be one of the country’s biggest income earners for Belize. There were over 427,000 overnight visitors in 2017 that travelled to inland destinations and the cayes. 41.6 percent of overnight visitors in 2017, visited San Pedro.

How can Bottle Caps Help fight Cancer?
Belizean parents who have children diagnosed with cancer now have somewhere they can turn to for financial support. That support comes from Banco de Tapitas, an association based in Queretaro, Mexico. The association’s work has crossed into Belize after their encounter with baby Leo, a Belizean child who was diagnosed with leukemia last year. The work of Banco de Tapitas is twofold.

Reward still Offered for information about Murdered American Woman
American National Anne Swaney, a producer for ABC News was killed in 2016 in Western Belize. Swaney was vacationing at the Nabitunich Resort. States. Swaney’s partially nude body was found with injuries to the head and neck. She was found floating in the Mopan River in San Jose Succotz.

BSI Reports on Status of Sugar Crop
The Belize Sugar Industry has issued its numbers on milled sugar cane and sugar produced for the fourth week of the 2018/2019 sugar crop. According to the weekly bulletin, in its fourth week, the factory performance was productive with a little over 47 thousand tons of sugar cane milled and a little over five thousand tons of sugar produced.

Leaked Nudes leaves Teacher in Hot Water
A teacher is reportedly on administrative leave from a high school in Orange Walk Town after nude pics of her were released to the internet. Love News was informed of the situation this afternoon and was told that a meeting to further address the matter is slated for Monday afternoon.

Amandala

Ex-ComPol Whylie didn’t go quietly!
Yesterday, at a command handover ceremony at the Police Training School compound in Belmopan, retired Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie, 54, who handed over command of the Belize Police Department to his successor, Commissioner Chester Williams, 44, surprised many when he literally lashed out at his detractors inside and outside the Police Department. What should have been Whylie’s swan song turned out to be a speech laden with bitter accusations at the abrupt end of his career as Commissioner of Police. The former top cop was unsparing in remarks he aimed at his fellow police officers and the media, which he accused of orchestrating his removal from office.

Activist Moses Sulph loses to Mark King
Social media has given voice to many people who would otherwise be voiceless, but for community activist Moses Sulph, his Facebook voice has come at an extremely high cost, following a judgment that was made against him in the Supreme Court, which ruled that he had slandered former UDP minister Mark King and his security company. On Tuesday, January 15, Supreme Court Justice Sonya Young handed down a judgment in King’s favor. The court had found that Sulph could not prove the allegations that he had made in his Facebook post about Brint’s Security concerning shortfalls in payment to its employees, a couple of whom testified in Sulph’s defense.

Paulette Elrington is not an “ordinary” contract officer
The Government of Belize spends millions of taxpayers’ dollars each year on a number of contract officers employed in all sectors of the public service. Many of these contract officers get all kinds of perks and allowances that the permanent establishment staff can only dream about. One such contract officer is Paulette Elrington. In 2008, Paulette Elrington, a daughter of Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington, signed on as a contract officer with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the post of Foreign Officer. Elrington, according to the copy of a government memorandum Amandala obtained, was last posted at the Permanent Mission of Belize to the United Nations, in New York City.

Promotions and transfers in senior police command
Yesterday, at the Police Training Academy in Belmopan, there was a changing of the guard in the Police Department as Deputy Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, took over command from outgoing Commissioner, Allen Whylie, who has retired. The Governor General of Belize, Sir Colville Young, presided over the ceremony. At the ceremony, the new Commissioner announced some changes in the senior ranks of the Police Department. Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Edward Broaster is now the Deputy Commissioner of Police and National Commander of Operations and Crimes Investigations.

Electricity rates will increase to 41.38 cents
Amidst the objections to an increase in electricity rates from 38.62 cents per kilowatt hour to 42 cents that was declared by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), the PUC has gone ahead with the increase, but slightly softened that increase, so that the new rate is not 42 cents, but 41.38 cents. This increase will come into effect at the end of the month. As we had reported in the December 31 edition of the Amandala, BEL had initially requested from the PUC an increase to 41.5 cents per kilowatt hours to recover the $18.9 million they spent to absorb a hike in the cost of power. As per the law, BEL is required to recover these funds through the consumers. The PUC, however, had initially granted an even larger increase.

Aneshia Young, 23, still missing over a month later
Last Wednesday, January 9, marked exactly 1 month since 23-year-old Aneshia Young went missing after attending a work staff party on the previous night, and then leaving from Sit ‘N Sip at around 3 a.m. Today, her family, who have been relentlessly searching for her body, is much closer to finding her than ever before. Yesterday, January 15, leader of the search team, Jose Espat, held a press conference, which was broadcasted live on Facebook, where he discussed all the circumstantial evidence that has been collected so far, leading up to the hair extensions (“weave”) and human skin found in a shallow grave on December 29.

Barring a miracle, Barrack Road FC to be crowned Peace Cup champions on Saturday at MCC
itting comfortably with a 6-1 victory from game 1 of the championship series, only a large miracle can stop Barrack Road FC from securing the CYDP Peace Cup 2018-2019 Opening Season championship when they face Ladyville FC in game 2 of the Finals on Saturday at the MCC Grounds. With the final game postponed last weekend due to ongoing negotiations with the referees, a minor inconvenience was created for Barrack Road, whose sweeper, Ryan Gill saw action with BDF FC in their PLB home game against Altitude Assassins FC on Sunday at the MCC. The CYDP championship should have been completed on Saturday last; but with the postponement till this coming Saturday, it means that Gill, who is sweeper for Barrack Road FC, will not be able to perform in game 2 of their championship series.

NEBL 2019 Opening Night at Civic
The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) tips off its 2019 season this Friday night, January 18, with its showcase opener at the Belize Civic Center featuring defending champion, Belize Hurricanes vs Griga Dream Ballers. Tip-off time is 9:00 p.m. Then on Saturday, Belize City Defenders travel west to the Sacred Heart Auditorium in San Ignacio to face Verdes; and the San Pedro Tiger Sharks head north to challenge the Orange Walk Running Rebels at the Orange Walk Sporting Complex. Both games tip-off at 8:30 p.m.

Pedal by Pedal report – Chief’s OPEN Sunday Race of January 13, 2019
Some 48 cyclists, divided between 27 Elites and 22 Weekend Warriors, lined up on Sunday for Chief’s OPEN RACE from Leslie’s to Democracia and back to Old Belize, for a total of 52 miles. As the cycling season comes into full swing, and as the Elites start getting into better condition, they are clearly stamping their authority on the Weekend Warriors. Today’s race was a clear example of that, as some 18 Elites separated themselves from the rest of us before we even got to the turnaround at Democracia. The only Weekend Warrior who made the split was Vallan Symns of Kulture, one of the younger Weekend Warriors (WW).

National Female Football returns next Saturday
In a Facebook post today, the Football Federation of Belize (FFB), through its Women’s Director, Ms. Iris Centeno, announced that all 11 participating teams in the National Amateur Women’s League (NAWL) Opening Season last year, would be returning for the NAWL Closing Season which gets under way next Saturday, January 26. The 11 returning teams include: “Corozal Scorpions, Gladiators of Orange Walk, Black Orchid of Belize, San Pedro Invaders, Rebels of Cayo, Santa Elena Strikers of Cayo, Jewel Fury of Belmopan, Dangriga Pumas, Altitude of Midsouth, Rumberas of Midsouth, and Ladies Freedom Fighters from Toledo.”

Editorial: Commissioner Williams’ hopeful goal
New Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, who was appointed to the post on January 9 this year, told the press that his number one goal will be to reduce murders. Commissioner Williams said: “My main area of focus will be on reducing murders, and that will be done through concentrating on gangs and domestic violence issues, because those are the two leading causes of murders in our country.” (Later, Commissioner Williams added a third area he will focus on: nightclubs) An entire nation is hoping, praying that the new Commissioner will pull off the job. Mr. Williams, a trained attorney who is a 27-year veteran of the national police department, is now top cop in a country that has become one of the most murderous places on earth. He has noted that a lot of murders in Belize are gang-related. That is not news. Ever since the US declared war on drugs, the murder rate in Belize has been escalating.

Rolando Cocom discusses the Guatemala claim to Belize
Dear Editor, In 1992, on the front page of The Belize Times, the headline read, “National Interests Must Override Party Politics, Forward with the Maritime Act” (Sunday, January 19, 1992). The Amandala headline ran “UDP Collapse; PSU strike.” (February 17, 1992). The People’s United Party under George Price had a few weeks before it proposed a Maritime Areas Act (MAA/MAB) with a specific intent for Belize to show Guatemala that we were willing to discuss a mutually beneficial maritime boundary for them to further acknowledge our land boundary and drop its claim over Belize. In 1991, Guatemala had for the first time recognized Belize as an Independent State. This was seen as a sign of change by Belize and the international community. The motto was “Give peace a chance”.

Cornelius (Pat) Cacho writes on land policy
Dear Editor, I have been going through some of my writings in preparation for my autobiography and came across the attached, which was presented at a conference in Belize City some almost thirty years ago. Although I still think it is worth discussing in the interest of the country’s development, it never seemed to take off – maybe because of poor quality, or maybe because of our innate indifference to anything that requires a little thinking. If you share my view that it has merit and therefore deserves serious discussion, I would appreciate your kindly giving these thoughts some airing.

Sidley takes Mariana to task
Dear Ms. Mariana Verde, I write in reply to your letter captioned “Mariana Verde questions Sidley Leslie” appearing in the Friday, January 11, 2019 issue of the Amandala newspaper. In answer to your questions on my contention that on four occasions the Belize government has agreed with Guatemala that the present location of our boundaries is not legally valid and is therefore liable to be changed, be advised that the views expressed in my article “The choice before us” to which your letter refers, are based on impartial and logical conclusions derived from a dispassionate observation of the relevant facts.

Dr. Gerald Zuniga writes – 34 years later
Dear Dr. Manzanero, A pleasant New Year’s greetings to you and wishes of success in your daily endeavours. Sir, the purpose of the following is to express to you my deep concern about the recent incidents in the public domain in the first two weeks of this year that reflect the weakness of our health system. As a medical doctor and a concerned Belizean, I find it extremely disturbing that an infant died of diarrhoea, whether it be infectious, metabolic or of any other aetiology and that a police officer died of a gunshot wound in the abdominal cavity, when hundreds around the world survive long-range- rifle gunshot wounds in the abdominal cavity.

Wired to say NO
Some people worry that Guatemala has some ace hidden under its sleeves, which it will pull out at the ICJ and slam on the table, like a winning feech, and game, set and match, kaput, bye-bye Belize. There is no end to horror stories in this world. There are some people who say that earth is the devil’s territory. Then, we shouldn’t bother to fight. We should just yield to temptation…pass the batl, draw the kaak, and, like Omar Khayyam, drink… Drink! for you know not whence you came nor why: drink! for you know not why you go, nor where. Really, from where will Guatemala get such an ace? If Guatemala had such an ace, would the UN have supported our independence? Did Guatemala just find this ace? If Guatemala has such an ace, not an ace like “Spain gave us to them”, a real ace, one like a referendum in Belize that says that we want to be Guatemalans, then we should just capitulate. We have to respect the will of our people.

Belize will never be destroyed from the outside
In February of 1967, Ambassador Bethuel Webster, who was appointed by President of the United States, Lyndon Johnson, to mediate the dispute between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Guatemala over British Honduras, wrote to me on February 1st inviting the British Honduras Freedom Committee to meet with him. In his letter he expressed his frustration on not being able to arrive at a solution to this dispute which was assigned to him and in his own words wondered “if any of my proposals” would be released. Ambassador Webster suggested that Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on February 13 (a holiday) would be a most appropriate day for us to meet. I therefore had to prepare myself to discuss this unfounded claim of Guatemala to our country and to bone up on my knowledge of the Great Emancipation, including a few of his famous quotes, e.g. “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but cannot fool all the people all the time”. “America will never be destroyed from the outside”.

Jahmeel Reyes, 15, still in coma with slug in his head
Jahmeel Reyes, 15, a student of Roaring Creek who was beaten and shot in the back of his head and left to die, lies in a critical condition in the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit. We checked with his family on Wednesday and they told us that Reyes was in an induced coma and doctors had not yet conducted surgery to remove the slug that is lodged in his head because his brain was swollen. Yesterday evening, the family told us that a second CAT scan was conducted to monitor the swelling on his brain, but doctors decided that they still couldn’t proceed with the operation. The family said that doctors told them that he had a 50-50 chance of surviving.

Two charged with handling stolen goods from Elodio Aragon, Sr.
On Tuesday, January 15, Orange Walk police charged Renold Hernandez, 26, a driver of San Jose Palmar Village, Orange Walk District, and Rachel Lawrence, 19, a domestic of Palmar Road, Orange Walk Town, with handling stolen goods. Police did not state in their press release, issued today, Thursday, January 17, what item or items the two, who are charged jointly, were found with.

PUP leader John Briceńo winds down ICJ referendum listening tour
With only a short time remaining before the April 10 national referendum in which Belizeans will indicate, by a yes or no vote, whether they think the Guatemalan claim should be taken to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) , the Opposition (People’s United Party) leader, Hon. John Briceńo is wrapping up his listening tour. Last week, the PUP issued a press release ahead of the Barrow government meeting with four former PUP Foreign Ministers, who signed a declaration in support of going to the ICJ. The PUP in their release were categorical in saying that the four former foreign ministers did not speak for the party.

Anthony Crawford, 35, in coma after being shot in chest
Just before 9:00 last night, January 14, 35-year-old Anthony Crawford was shot in the chest. Fortunately, he survived the incident, and is recovering at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Initial investigations revealed that Crawford, who is a Belize City resident, was riding his bicycle on Antelope Street, accompanied by another man, when he was shot. According to police reports, it was when he reached the corner of the street, that an unknown man came out of a yard and fired two shots in the direction of the men.

The Reporter

3 MEN CHARGED IN HOSTAGE STANDOFF
On Monday Police formally arrested and charged Richard O’Neal, 26, Wayne Welch, 25 and Steven Bernard, 25, Laborer, with Aggravated Burglary, Wounding, Harm, Aggravated Assault, Kept a Forearm without a Gun License, and Kept Ammunition without a License.

POLICE NAB 3 FOREIGNERS – SUSPECTED BANK SCAMMERS
Dangriga Police on Thursday afternoon intercepted three foreigners who are suspected to have stolen monies using fake ATM cards across Belize. The three, a Colombia, a Peruvian, and a Chilean, were nabbed around 3:00 p.m., in Dangriga Town while they were in two separate cars bearing Mexican license plates.

WHYLIE FIRED…FIRES SHOTS!
Belize witnessed a changing of the guard within the Belize Police Department this week, with former Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie, the longest tenured top cop, being retired to make way for newly appointed ComPol, Chester Williams. During his farewell speech at the Police Academy on Wednesday, Whylie took a parting shot, alluding that he was forced into abrupt retirement by plotting rivals scheming on his exit.

$30,000 for a Facebook Post
Community activist Moses Sulph will have to pay former United Democratic Party politician Mark King $30,000 over a slanderous Facebook post, following a landmark court ruling in the Supreme Court this week. On Tuesday, Justice Sonya Young ordered Sulph to pay $10,000 for aggravated damages and $20,000 dollars for general damages to King’s reputation.

The Crushing Weight of Despair
My name is Mike Rudon, and I’ve been drinking pretty much non-stop since I was about seventeen years old. I’m thinking by now I should have been dead a whole bunch of times, or at the very least I should have been sitting on the side of the street somewhere, drinking rum straight out of a flask.

Belizean Economy and International Obligations Part 3
In the last Business Perspective (BP) article we concluded with reference to the need for a proactive approach to the tax reform efforts. As was pointed out in that article, in many instances Belize finds itself virtually forced to make certain tax policy changes in response to one international obligation or the other.

Belize Signs Landmark Tax Treaty
Belize recently signed on to the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS), a convention by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) meant to prevent multinational enterprises from avoiding their tax obligations.

Reunited: Raquel Cocom Returns to Belize
After being separated from her daughter for over a year, Orange Walk resident Raquel Cocom returned to Belize with week with her three-year-old daughter, Vera Timofeev. Cocom returned on Tuesday, after traveling to South Carolina, USA, to retrieve her daughter from her ex-common law husband Andre Timofeev, who had held the child in the US without Cocom’s permission.

NEMO Receives Equipment and Training From Belize Red Cross
The staff of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has received equipment worth $20,000 and training for disaster preparedness from the Belize Red Cross Society.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Police follow fruitless Anny Young report sent to BBN
Police investigated the validity of an email sent to BBN on Thursday, in which […]

New health centers inaugurated in Sarteneja, San Pedro/Cristo Rey
Inauguration ceremonies for two new health centers were held on January 17th and 18th. The […]

Maya Land Rights Commission hosts training in Punta Gorda
The Maya Land Rights Commission hosted a two-day training on January 17th & 18th at […]

Ministry of Foreign Affairs CEO on working visit to Mexico
On Thursday, January 17, Patrick Andrews, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs […]

The Courtenay Doctrine
By Lisa Shoman: What is a doctrine? It’s a creed, a belief; but also a stated principle of government policy, for example, the Monroe Doctrine. The Latin root is “docere”, to teach.A doctrine is therefore supposed to teach something. So what does the “Courtenay Doctrine” teach us?

Blogs

Making Tamales: It’s a family affair
Growing up in a Mestizo household, these pockets of masa filled with chicken, k’ol and some veggies were a favorite for many special occasions, from birthdays to New Year’s parties. With my aunt and grandma in the lead, my cousins and I had the little tasks of gathering the plantain leaves needed to wrap the tamales and washing and chopping the onions and tomatoes needed for the sauté. I would watch in wonder at the careful process of making this one dish, and of courses, enjoyed eating them hot out of the pot when they were ready!

Art In The Park This Saturday Janauary 19, 2019
Art In the Park is a monthly Artistical event held in Corozal. Several booths come out to showcase their woodwork, pieces of jewelry, Clothing, information booths, food, Miss Deb's food, pastries and more. Do not miss out this weekend's first Art In the Park for 2019.

Y Not Baker in Corozal, Town
in Corozal, Corozal, Belize. Need to order fresh bread? Call them at +501 402-3354. Or, look them up at Y not Bakery on Facebook. They also deliver around town.

Why choose Corozal, Belize on your next vacation
Corozal is a pleasant seaside town at the very northern end of Belize. Less than 8 miles (12 km) from the Belize-Mexico border, most visitors pass through Corozal on their way to or from popular destinations in Mexico such as Tulum and Chichen Itza. Corozal played an important role as a trading center throughout Mayan history, and settlement in modern-day Corozal started in the mid-1800s as Mestizo refugees fled from neighboring Mexico. Today, Latin culture and language has persisted in the community, and a large portion of Corozal’s 10,000 residents speak Spanish.

Private Island Getaways in Belize. What Happens Here, Stays Here
When Professor Daniel J. Solove was asked to write a blog post for the TeachPrivacy.com website, readers expected to find a list of 10 privacy justifications that relate to cybersecurity or website threats. In fact, Solove’s explanations about why privacy is critical relates to personal relationships as well. Among the biggest of Solove’s revelations has to do with privacy leading to one’s ability to change and get second chances. We couldn’t agree more as we work with couples to help them rediscover their relationships. Because we take this topic seriously, we frequently suggest private island getaways in Belize as the ideal way to get that second chance at love. And you thought all we did at Belizing.com was uphold our reputation for being the #1 travel marketplace in Belize! We also help relationships blossom.

International Sourcesizz

Article on Belize written by Cuban Consul Orestes Hernandez
Belize, where multiculturalism is breathed and Cuban solidarity is present Arriving in Belize is to open a page of any of Alejo Carpentier's novels. The multicultural surrounds you, embraces you and makes you feel imprisoned in the marvelous real. The first impression of every country is the airport -if Cubans know it- and beyond migratory mechanisms and processes, in Belize it is confirmed that no one resembles anyone. Black men and women, mestizas, of Asian factions, of Mayan origin or representatives of the "Garinagu" people, oblige the visitor to understand how our America is. In Belize, the language is a nationality festival. The official language is English but also Spanish, Garífuna, Maya-Kekchi, Maya Mopan, Mandarin, German, Arabic and all in a soup of indescribable flavors and colors.

The decolonization game: An ancient sport puts Mexicans in touch with their Indigenous past
For thousands of years, ulama was a religious ritual and a gruelling game, until the Spanish conquest nearly killed it off. Now, Mexicans are embracing it again – and they have the bruises to prove it. Brenda Solano lunged and dived for the ball near the end of an ulama game last week. She hit the dirt and shoved her hip forward, the five-kilogram rubber ball catching her at the ribs. She let out an audible oof − but kept the ball out of her end of the court. “You have to get hit to learn,” she said cheerily when she limped off the grass a few minutes later. Ms. Solano, a 22-year-old student of anthropology, summoned a stoic air. “It’s about feeling Mexican.” Her trainer, Arturo Sanchez, gave an encouraging nod. He is always on the lookout for recruits. They were playing this game – on a newly built court for an ancient sport in a town near the Mexican capital – as a demonstration during a community festival, hoping to entice new players.

Leigh Paris Takes Over Belize in "Wood Grain" Video
Leigh Paris is tapping into his Belizian roots... and the early aughts. On Friday afternoon, the up-and-coming rapper MC released the official video for "Wood Grain," the latest offering from his upcoming 5500 EP. The song was produced by Lyle LeDuff and takes cues from Shyne's 2000 hit single "Bad Boyz," which samples Grace Jones' "Nightclubbin" and Barrington Levy's "Here I Come." The video features Paris turning up in the Central American country—soaking up the Caribbean sun, hanging with the locals, and partying in the Orange Wown District.

What IS at the bottom of Belize’s Great Blue Hole? Plastic bottles: Richard Branson's expedition to the giant sea hole found pollution next to startling signs of climate change
Plastic pollution including water bottles has been found 400 feet (120m) below the ocean's surface during an expedition down a sinkhole known as the Blue Hole. Virgin founder Richard Branson is behind the project off the coast of Belize, which set out to explore the complex cave system. The Blue hole was once on dry land but became submerged around 10,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age. It is hoped the information gathered during the expedition will shed more light on how climate change has impacted the planet over the course of millennia.

Baby spider monkey found chained at poachers’ house after mother killed
It’s hard enough to imagine what goes through a poacher’s mind when they do harm to animals in the wild, let alone how they could ever cruelly injure a baby animal. Thanks to the good Samaritan who decided to make a call when they spotted a dubious situation, though, the reprehensible actions of poachers in Central America had a much better outcome than they might have had otherwise—after they murdered a mother spider monkey and detained its badly injured offspring to be sold in the exotic pet industry. It was six years ago when the rescue crew for the Belize Forest Department received a call about a suspected poacher keeping a baby spider monkey captive.

Videos

  • St. Catherine's Academy ICJ Debate, 120min.

  • 2017 Belize High School Music Video - Youth, 3min.

  • Jaguar Swims, 1/4min.

  • The Ministry of Health - Annual HIV Surveillance Report 2017, 43min. The Ministry of Health discussed the findings of the Annual HIV Surveillance Report 2017. They talked about how the national response is working to address the HIV/AIDS crisis locally. On our couch: Dr. Russell Manzanero -Head, Epidemiology Unit, MOH. Dr. Keisha Westby - National TB Assistant Coordinator, MOH.

  • Sea to Shore Alliance - protection of manatee population in Belize, 20min. Jamal Galves, Coordinator, Sea to Shore Alliance, continues his advocacy work to protect the manatee population of Belize. He was our guests to talk about the latest campaigns.

  • House of Shotokan lessons has learnt from practicing Karate, 25min. Shihan Raymond Kelly of House of Shotokan shared a few life lessons has learnt from practicing Karate.

  • Special Agreement and Protocol/Analysis, 55min. The Referendum Unit continued it educational series on the Belize Guatemala territorial dispute. Today their representatives discussed the Special Agreement and Protocol/Analysis and Request to the ICJ. On set: Ambassador Alexis Rosado - Head, Referendum Unit. Ambassador Dylan Vernon - Member, Referendum Unit.

  • PACT at 22!, 7.5min. The Protected Areas Conservation Trust released a video to celebrate their 22nd anniversary. The video explains many of the projects they fund around Cayo and Belize. Happy birthday, PACT! "In 2018, PACT marked 22 years of work in the protected areas of Belize. The organization has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 1996 and has grown to be a locally, regionally and internationally recognized Trust Fund. We are proud of the effort that Belize has put in the sustainable management of protected areas, through a dedicated financial mechanism, as is PACT. This short video highlights some of the major successes so far and the work continues!"

  • BELIZE NAVIDAD, 10min. Stevenson Christmas 2018 in Belize.

  • Swimming with Sharks in Belize, 7min. Took a ferry out to Caye Caulker, Belize & swam with nurse sharks & sting rays.

  • Belize 2019, 9min.

  • Placencia, Belize and our experience checking into the country., 22min. Sailing Belize: In this episode; After leaving Cay Caulker and navigating shallow Porto Stuck we've arrived in Southern Belize at Placencia. We love this area but checking into the country can sometimes be challenging. Listen as we recount our experience clearing in.

  • Ziplining in Belize!, 6min.

  • Cavetubing in Belize!, 10min.

  • Sailing Belize in catamaran - Episode 10 - Tobacco Caye, 4min. After South Water Caye we reach Tobacco Caye. Great and quiet mooring, beautiful island and nice snorkeling on the reef


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