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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.
Ambergris Today Awards Nayobie Rivero Person Of The Year 2018
It is our distinct pleasure to endorse and introduce Ambergris Today’s Person of the Year 2018. After reviewing all the notes of nominations, we zeroed in on our youngest awardee, 15-year-old Nayobie Rivero whom we are convinced is very deserving of this prestigious award.
Nayobie is daughter of Marcia Rivero daughter of Mersedes Flora and Armando Rivero son of Emilio Rivero and Norbella Rivero. She first got into the spotlight when at the tender age of seven when she won the title of Miss Chiquitita of San Pedro. The pageant built up her self confidence and her aspirations to be involved as a leader in her community. Remember the March in Solidarity against Child Abuse down the streets of San Pedro? Nayobie was right there in support and as a child leader.
Misc Belizean Sources
Last night was in the Maya Calender chi'ibal Uh. Day of the total eclipse
"Everything walks and passes ... because the observation of the plot of the stars has its purpose, from whence,guarding us,the Gods watch us - the Gods that are bound in(the cycles of) the stars ." The Books of Chilam Balam(The Sacred books of the Yucatec Maya,The book of Chilam Balam of Chumayel)
Solar eclipses in the May Dresden Codex
The Dresden is one of the prehispanic codices that consigns and calculates more completely the eclipses in its time. Of Maya origin, some of their folios (50-58) are dedicated to these astronomical phenomena, from which time and place of manifestation can be found, as well as possible variations. In the lower left part of this sheet an eclipse is represented by two figures, one black and one colorless, representing the Sun and the Moon about to be devoured by a snake.
Cut-Off Date for Registration-Belize/Guatemala Referendum
Belize City. January 21, 2019. The Elections and Boundaries Department hereby reminds the public that MARCH 10th, 2019 is the CUT- OFF DATE for persons who have not yet registered as an elector and wish to vote in the Belize/Guatemala Referendum scheduled for April 10th, 2019.
Ambassadors Present Letters of Credence at Belize House
This morning at the Belize House, the Governor General of Belize, H.E. Sir Colville Young, received letters of credence from H.E. Mr. Samir Nmeir, Ambassador of Lebanon; H.E. Mr. Librado Augusto Orozco Zapata, Ambassador of Peru; and H.E. Mr. Gerardo Antonio Argote, Ambassador of Venezuela. The High Commissioner of Canada to Belize, H.E. Mrs. Rita Rudaitis-Renauld, also paid a courtesy call on the Governor General.
The Ambassadors all expressed their wishes for strengthened and continued relations with Belize during their tenure. For his part, the Governor General thanked the ambassadors for their friendship and contributions to Belize, and extended wishes of peace and prosperity for their countries.
GAMING CONTROL BOARD NOTICE
The Gaming Control Board of Belize would like to remind all gaming machine licensees that their licenses will expire on the 31st March 2019.
Licensees wishing to renew their licenses are asked to submit their application forms to the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce in Belmopan no later than Thursday, 31st January 2019.
For more information or for application forms, contact us at the Ministry.
Kris Miller Named the New CARICOM Youth Ambassador
The Department of Youth Services under the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture announces the appointment of Mr. Kris Miller as the second of two CARICOM Youth Ambassadors to represent Belize.
Mr. Miller is a 22-year-old youth leader and advocate from the City of Belmopan and is pursuing his Bachelors of Science in Social Work from the University of Belize. Mr. Miller also serves as a board member of Belmopan Active Youth and second vice of the Belize Youth for Road Safety Project. He was also one of Belize’s representatives at the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Commonwealth Youth Forum held in London, United Kingdom. Mr. Miller is the most recent recipient of the Youth Minister’s Award for Leadership and Advocacy.
Cut-Off Date for Registration-Belize/Guatemala Referendum
The Elections and Boundaries Department hereby reminds the public that MARCH 10th, 2019 is the CUT- OFF DATE for persons who have not yet registered as an elector and wish to vote in the Belize/Guatemala Referendum scheduled for April 10th, 2019.
First ever satellite transmitter on an American crocodil
After years of dreaming and planning the CRC, the CRC, in collaboration with Belize Forest Department and Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) has deployed the first ever satellite transmitter on an American crocodile in Belize, a great way to initiate the countrywide American crocodile population survey. This historic moment marks an epic step forward in monitoring this species in the wild here in Belize for future conservation and management plans, in addition to mitigating human-crocodile conflict. The adult male known as TK421, came under CRC’s rehabilitation program and his time of release lined up perfectly in the initiation of the countrywide American crocodile countrywide population survey with a donated satellite tracker. We look forward to sharing our findings and updates on TK421 with our supporters and followers, so stay tuned. If you are interested in sponsoring another transmitter or if you would like to make a donation to cover monthly satellite transmission data ($40BZ/month) contact the CRC for more information! And a special thank you to The KEEP, and Dr. Mia from the Stann Creek Animal Hospital!
Institute of Archaeology Poetry Contest
Recently we had a poetry contest, to capture the essence of Belizean archaeology. The winner was Melissa Chiac, with her piece, A Brush in the Present.
ICJ discussion Thursday evening in San Pedro
On Thursday January 24th The San Pedro Town Public Library will be having an ICJ discussion at 5:30 pm. We are inviting the public to be apart of this discussion.
Official opening of the Orange Walk Town Heritage Trail
The National Institute of Culture and History through the Institute for Social and Cultural Research in partnership with the Belize Tourism Board is delighted to announce the opening of the Orange Walk Town Heritage Trail.
The trail highlights places of cultural and historical importance within the historic centre of the town with the overall aim of creating public awareness among community members and visitors. Informational signs have been installed at ten locations: Banquitas House of Culture, Main Street, Old Barracks/New River, La Inmaculada Church, Fire Station, Fort Cairns, St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Central Park, Sandy Hunter Library, and Fort Mundy.
We cordially invite YOU to attend the official opening of the Orange Walk Town Heritage Trail on Wednesday, 23rd January, 2019. A short ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the Banquitas House of Culture Parking Lot.
How They Scammed Scotia
Three South American men who stole from Scotiabank ATM's have been charged with two counts of preparation to commit a crime. They were arraigned this afternoon. They are Edgar Vargas Vaca, Juan Espinoza Saavedra and Luis Marroquin. They went before Magistrate Patricia Arana. She did not take a plea,because the offences are indictable. The prosecutor objected to bail on the ground that the men are flight risks and if they are granted bail they will not return to court. Magistrate Arana agreed and she denied them bail and she remanded them into custody until March 27. So now that the ATM skimmers are behind bars, how did they do it? And what can you do to protect yourself from this scam? Courtney Weatherburne has the story.
Stop Order Issued for Parcel On Sea, Developer Just Keeps Filling
On Friday night's news we told you about the controversy surrounding a parcel of land, #4670 that's being filled at the western end of Seashore Drive in the Buttonwood Bay Area of Belize City. Much of the parcel is over the sea - and it's been a subject of dispute for at least 13 years. That's when area residents first stopped Dion Zabaneh from filling the land - which is in his mother's name. Well, after leaving the project dormant since 2006, Zabaneh started filling again last week - which caused consternation amongst those residents who will see their sea frontage turn into someone's back yard.
After many calls to Belmopan, The Department of the Environment issued a cessation order on the project and went to deliver it at the site on Saturday.
Assad Shoman Stakes Out For A Yes Vote with New NGO
He's the public champion and most fervent fighter for the "Yes To The ICJ" campaign, and Assad Shoman is now taking his campaign to another level with a new non governmental organization called Citizens for the Defence of Sovereignty. A release announcing the group says its immediate focus is the referendum on the ICJ. The release says, quote, "In this situation where the two major political parties have taken conflicting positions on the issue and where the people are being constantly bombarded by falsehoods and dishonest arguments designed to create fear and confusion, the nation calls on citizens to stand up for the rights of the people and the nation.
Was Conch Shell Fire Started By Stove or Electricity?
Today 26 year old Candice Wade and her family are recovering after losing most of their possessions to a fire on Sunday. Wade was away from home when the fire occurred, but her mother Sharon Bennett was there. Bennett told us that she was cooking when she got distracted and took her eyes off the stove. When she looked back, the fire had was already out of control. And while that's her account, police had a different take. Here are both sides of that story:...
ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City
"Sometime after 8pm police visited number 40 East Collect Canal where upon arrival they were met with fire department personnel where they observed a small plywood house measuring about 12x13 feet totally engulfed in flames. After a short while the entire plywood house was destroyed by fire and it's contents..."
Bandits Prey On El Pilar
El Pilar is a Maya site in the Cayo District that runs right along the Belize Guatemala border. And for years it has been a security risk - because bandits from Guatemala slip across to the Belize side - rob tourists and then escape to the other side. It looks like that's what happened on Sunday afternoon. The Head of National Crimes Investigation told us more:...
ACP Joseph Myvette, Head, NCIB:
"On yesterday's date sometime around 12:20PM `San Ignacio police received a call and proceeded to the El Pilar Mayan Site which is located some 7 miles southwest of Bullet Tree Village. Where upon arrival they met one Teddy Waight, 39 years old tour guide who at the time was accompanied by 4 tourists; 2 Americans and 2 Canadians. He reported to the police that sometime during the course of him doing his tour, he then visited a shed which is on the compound of the Site where 2 hispanic males were seen sitting..."
Pair of Robberies In City
Thankfully, there are no murders to report from the weekend, but the city was not crime free. In today's press briefing CIB's ASP Alejandro Cowo told us about a couple robberies.
ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City:
"We had two robberies. The first one occurred on Friday. It was just about 2:30pm when Mr. Dennis Arragossa an employee of Cisco was about to enter his residence at number 5 Bocotora Street when he was approached by a male person who placed a gun at him and demanded to hand over his belongings. As a result he handed over a napsack which contained the sum of $5000 in cash."
Ebony Street Shooting Sparked By Gang Rivalry
And while we said there were no murders this weekend shots were fired in the Back-A-Town area. According to reports shots were heard by residents around Sitee and Ebony Streets. It does not seem like the intended targets were hit, however there was a victim. 49 year-old June Willoughby was grazed by a bullet on the right foot and taken to the hospital. Here's what police had to say about the incident...
ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City:
"There were several shots fired at Ebony Street. There was a victim that received a gunshot graze, however that person - up to now has not made a report to the police."
Felix Brothers Bailed on Third Attempt
The brothers 32-year-old Emory and 34 year-old Maurice Felix have been trying to get bail for murder for months now and they were finally successful today.
Today in the Belmopan Supreme Court Justice Antoinette Moore granted them bail for a murder and attempted murder which occurred in 2015. In their third attempt at it - they were granted bail of $20,000 dollars. We don't know for sure if they met that bail, but it was granted with stringent conditions where land documents must be presented and they were place on curfew, among many other requirements. The brothers must also report to the Racoon Street Police Station twice a week.
Family Not Forgetting Anisha
On Saturday night, Anisha Young's family and friends assembled at Pound Yard Bridge and they made their way to the Battlefield Park where they had a vigil for Young. It continues to be a very difficult and emotional time for her relatives because they still can't locate her remains. The family along with search party lead Jose Espat have done their share of private investigation and searches but there's still no sign of her remains. The family and police have only found clues such as the wristband, skin particles and a weave which were buried in a shallow grave in Maskall Village. Here is a snippet from the vigil.
K-9 Sniffs Out Weed In Hidden Compartment
Peddlers find all kinds of ingenious ways to traffic weed - and one man had his hidden so well that only a K-9 cop could find it.
Last night in Belize City, a joint police team stopped a 23 year old driving a taxi. The cops found nothing but the K9 picked up the smell of weed. And sure enough, when police closely checked the area that the dog was sniffing, they found a a secret compartment below the cup holder. That's where they found 6 parcels of weed weighting 149 grams or 5 and a half ounces. The driver was charged for possession or controlled drugs with intent to supply.
Willoughby Tackles Port's Land Problems
Phillip Willoughby is the UDP Standard Bearer for Port Loyola - and tonight, he's telling residents of the Port to come to him if they need to get their land papers straightened out. Now, if you know anything about the social milieu in Belize, you'll know that getting land documents is a huge problem. Well, Willoughby is tackling it head on. In a press release he says, quote, "we are calling on those residentsâ€¦who have concerns about land issues to call me at 615-9793, visit my office at Rogers Stadium or direct message me on Facebook."
That's pretty bold if you know how many tough land issues there are out there! We asked him more about it today:..
Willoughby and Boots Make Peace
And if you see Willoughby cutting about with confidence in Port - it's because he says he has made peace with the current area rep Anthony Boots Martinez. He says they meet regularly:
Phillip Willoughby, UDP Port Loyola Std. Bearer:
"Let's clear this up right now. The convention has come and that has gone. Minister Martinez and I have spoken I believe since the convention every other day. We try our best to network with each other. We work with each other. We support each other. We are one party at the end of the day and it is to serve the ultimate good and it is for us to maintain the Port Loyola seat for the party and we believe that our collaboration will ensure such."
Kendis Is A Hit on MSNBC
Belizean American news anchor Kendis Gibson made his debut this weekend on MSNBC. He is the news network's weekend anchor after the moved over from ABC News where he was a host of "America This Morning." On MSNBC, he is expected to anchor the 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. hours on both Saturdays and Sundays.
In Kendis's first appearance on the left leaning news network on Saturday afternoon, he didn't seem to miss a beat, appearing smooth, telegenic and in his element.
Naming New Youth Ambassador
22 year old Belmopan resident Kris Miller is now a CARICOM Youth Ambassador. The Department of Youth Services appointed him. In a release sent out today it states "He is youth leader and advocate and is pursuing his Bachelors of Science in Social Work from the University of Belize. Miller also serves as a board member of Belmopan Active Youth and second vice of the Belize Youth for Road Safety Project. He was also one of Belize's representatives at the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Commonwealth Youth Forum held in London, United Kingdom. Mr. Miller is the most recent recipient of the Youth Minister's Award for Leadership and Advocacy."
Clinics Come Through Up North
Last week the Ministry of Health inaugurated two much needed health centers in the Northern Health Region of Corozal. The clinics, located in Sarteneja and the San Pedro - Cristo Rey area, were financed through a $1.7 million loan from the Caribbean Development Bank and will help to provide basic primary healthcare to about 4000 people. Officials from the Ministry spoke to the media during the unveiling.
Hon. Dr. Angel Campos - Minister of State, Health:
"Well as you know, we at the Ministry of Health want to expand our coverage in all of Belize and expanding NHI is one of the priorities that we have between myself and Minister Marin. He started it, expanding it into Corozal Bay and Corozal North. This will be another center that will help Corozal North."
Belizeans Saw The Blood Moon
Belizeans got to witness a pretty neat astronomical phenomenon last night. It's called a super wolf blood moon. The super means it was closer to earth and appeared slightly larger, the wolf means it was a January full moon, and the blood means it was a full lunar eclipse which left the moon a dark, ruby red for almost an hour.
What caused this weird red glow? Well, during such an eclipse, the Earth, moon and sun align and the Earth blocks the sunlight from reaching the surface of the moon, leaving the lunar surface in shadow. When the central part of the Earth's shadow, covers the moon, the only red scatters of light from the sun reach the moon, casting that orange glow.
The Problems At El Pilar
Earlier on in the news we told you about the Sunday afternoon robbery of some tourists at El Pilar. In 2014 Daniel Ortiz went there and found a web of security issues with bandits on both sides of the border:
The El Pilar Archeological Site, It's a Maya Ruin just about 11 miles outside of San Ignacio Town. The problem is that this Temple Site sits both in
Belizean and Guatemalan Territory.You can climb on top of one of the ancient ruins, look out in the distance, and see Guatemala.
3 South American Nationals Arraigned for ATM Scam
Three suspect ATM scammers, all South American nationals, were arraigned in the Belize Magistrate’s Court this afternoon. Chilean Juan Espinosa Saaveria, Colombian Edgar Vargas Vaca and Peruvian Luis Robles Marroquin [...]
Police Were Monitoring South American Nationals and Have Evidence
Police say that they are in possession of sufficient evidence to have brought charges against the South American trio. According to police, at least one of the men has visited [...]
Notorious Felix Brothers Get Bail for Murder
In the Supreme Court in Belmopan, after a third attempt, the notorious Felix brothers were finally granted bail for murder and attempted murder. Emory and Maurice were given bail of [...]
Customs and Coast Guard Seize 14K in Contraband Goods
The Customs Department and Belize Coast Guard carried out a joint operation on Friday morning at a contraband hotspot near San Victor Village, up north. The operations netted a big [...]
Coast Guard Finds Gun, Ammo and Weed on Northern San Pedro
There was another bust by the Coast Guard in another hotspot. It happened on Sunday morning about eighteen miles north of San Pedro Town. That patrol led to the discovery [...]
Land Meeting in Santa Cruz Village Gets Dramatic
A meeting in Santa Cruz Village, Stann Creek, got tense among residents over the village’s land expansion project. In 2017, one hundred acres of land were identified to grow the [...]
Santa Cruz Village Chairman Alleges Political Interference
The primary purpose of the meeting was to address allegations of political interference. Chairman, Christopher Budna and Vincent Scott are alleging that U.D.P. Stann Creek West Standard Bearer, Ivan Williams, [...]
Fire Destroys 1 House; Was It Caused by a Candle?
Fire destroyed a house in Belize City on Monday night. The blaze was seen coming out of the house after seven-thirty that night in the Conch Shell Bay area. A [...]
Belize City Shooting Victim Won’t Cooperate with Police
There was a shooting over the weekend on Ebony Street, Belize City for which several persons remain in police custody. But that is as far as it goes because according [...]
The Frustrating Long Lines at the P.G.I.A.
If you’ve been at the Philip Goldson International Airport on a Saturday then you might have noticed the long lines of international visitors attempting to enter the country. The snaking [...]
A New N.G.O. to Focus on the I.C.J.
A new N.G.O. has been formed, primarily for the I.C.J. It is called Citizens for the Defence of Sovereignty and one of its members is Assad Shoman, a YES proponent [...]
Tourists Robbed at El Pilar Archaeological Site by Alleged Guatemalan Bandits
Four American and Canadian tourists were robbed at gunpoint of their belongings and money at the El Pilar Archaeological Site in Cayo. The Maya monument is located about seven miles [...]
Cisco Contractor Relieved of $5000 in Armed Robbery
There were only a few violent incidents that occurred over the weekend in Belize City. Robberies continue to be a perennial challenge that the Police Department has been grappling with. [...]
Barbershop Robbery; Thieves Escape with $310
On Saturday night police also responded to a robbery on Cemetery Road in south side Belize City. Latino’s Barbershop was targeted by armed thieves who relieved two men of three [...]
Muffles College High School Teacher Remains on Administrative Leave Over Leaked Nude Pics
A female teacher of Muffles College High School remains on administrative leave. Nude pictures of the teacher were leaked in December, prompting the administration of the school to request the [...]
Willoughby to Host Land Consultation in Port
Philip Willoughby is the U.D.P. standard bearer for Port Loyola going into the 2020 General Elections. Willoughby is getting a head start and hosting consultations with the constituents and working [...]
Willoughby Making Himself Worthy to Replace Boots
It has been over two months since he defeated Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte, AC Castillo and former deputy mayor Dean Samuels and went on to win his bid for the [...]
March 10th is Last Day to Register for Referendum
If you want to vote in the Belize-Guatemala Referendum on April tenth of this year, the Elections and Boundaries Department says that the last day to register is March tenth. [...]
Learning to Report on Migrant Related Matters
Global statistics indicate that there are more than two hundred million international migrants who have decided to leave their birth country in search of a better life. Migration is one [...]
Highlights of the Weekend Sporting Events
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. [Highlights of the weekend in sports...]
Sixteen-Year-Old Student Reported Missing
Sixteen-year-old Isac Teul, a student of Belmopan City, has been reported missing. He was last seen on Sunday night when he reportedly retired to bed. "Teul is of a clear complexion, about 5feet 2inches tall, slim built, black hair, and has brown eyes. He was last seen wearing grey Dickies pants, and a black hoodie jacket", police say. If seen please call 911,922 or any Police Station.
Tourists Robbed at Gunpoint at El Pilar
The El Pilar Archeological Reserve consists of 5,000 acres and on 120 acres, lies 25 plazas and hundreds of buildings. El Pilar translates into Water Basin, is a unique site that that sits near the Belize-Guatemala border. It’s located 7.5 miles north of San Ignacio. Over the years, bandits from Guatemala have successfully evaded capture. …
Glenn Avilez: Winner of Christmas Card Cover Contest
This morning was a proud moment for St. John’s Vianney Primary School in Belize City as one of the students was awarded by the National Institute of Culture and History. 12-year-old, Glenn Avilez, a standard six student, won the NICH and the Department of Youth Services Christmas Card Cover Contest. Avilez was given a plaque …
IOM hosts media workshop on migration
The number of migrants worldwide has increased recently on a large scale basis as we have seen with the Central American Caravan which is the source of controversy in the United States of America. A migrant is a person who moves from one country to another to live; and when the reason for their relocation …
Trio charged with preparation of a crime
After possibly fleecing lots of money out of ATM machines in Belize, the trio were caught last week and had their court hearing today. 24-year-old, Peruvian, Luis Miguel Marroquin; 35-year-old, Chilean, Juan Alfonso Espinosa Saavedra and 36-year-old , Colombian, Edgar Jhovany Vargas Vaca were before Magistrate Patricia Arana where they were charged with preparation of …
Phillip Willoughby, “Man of the People” will fix Land Issues in Port
The United Democratic Party (UDP) standard bearer for the Port Loyola Division, Philip Willoughby is not waiting for Area Representative Anthony “Boots” Martinez to retire from politics to begin to responsible for the constituency. Willoughby has been holding consultations with the people of the area and he says the people have made it clear that …
$5,000 taken in Belize City Robbery
There were two robberies that occurred in Belize City over the weekend. In one of the incidents, the thief stole over five thousand dollars from the victim as he was about to enter the place which he was staying. Assistant Superintendent of Police, Alejandro Cowo, the officer in charge of CIB for Belize City indicated …
Barrage of Bullets on Ebony Street
The former capital has been mostly quiet. Though no one was shot or killed, there was a barrage of gunshots on Ebony Street. A woman was grazed but declined to report the incident to the police. However, officers were in the area on patrol and according to ASP Alejandro Cowo, they have detained suspects for …
Citizens for the Defence of Sovereignty wants you to vote Yes to ICJ
The Prime Minister Dean Barrow had an ace in four former Peoples United Party Foreign Ministers to support the Government’s pro-ICJ campaign. While they may not be attached to the referendum unit, at least two of them have embarked on their own campaign to forward the case to the International Court of Justice. Assad Shoman …
Brothers Emory and Maurice Felix granted bail
Emory and Maurice Felix are no longer remanded to the Belize Central Prison. The brothers are still facing a murder charge but for now they are out on bail. The duo appeared before Justice Marilyn Williams today and were granted bail of twenty thousand dollars each and a surety of the same. In early August …
Blood Moon Rises over Belize
A lunar eclipse appeared Sunday night and it was dubbed a “blood moon”. It was visible from all of North to South America. If you went outside your home last night, the blood moon was visible in the night sky. Since this full moon was expected to be one of the largest of 2019, NASA …
Fatal Traffic Accident In Spanish Lookout
The Reporter has received information that two persons have died after the motorcycle they were on collided into a vehicle. Details are still sketchy, but we understand that the accident happened moments ago in front of Caribbean Tires on the main Spanish Lookout Road.
Coast Guard Patrol Find Weed And 9mm Pistol On Ambergris
On Sunday, a Belize Coast Guard Infantry Marine patrol in the area of Northern Ambergris Caye seized a 9mm pistol along with 21 live rounds and 5,069 grams of marijuana. The unit of the BCG was conducting a routine patrol near the Tranquility Bay area about 18 miles north of San Pedro Town where they made the discovery.
Tourist & Guide Robbed At Maya Site In Cayo
Police are not saying if robbers who targeted 4 tourists at the El Pilar Mayan Site are believed to be Guatemalans, but would say only that they fled the scene in the direction of the border...
BARBER ROBBED AT GUNPOINT
A barber was robbed at gunpoint in Belize City last night.
Xequiel Miranda, 39, who owns Latinos Barber Shop at 114 Cemetery Road told Police that sometime around 7:45 last night...
Breaking Belize News
16-year-old student from Belmopan missing
A 16-year-old student from Palm View Extension in Belmopan City was reported missing today. Isac Teul […]
Ambassadors Present Letters of Credence at Belize House
According to a release from the Government of Belize, H.E. Sir Colville Young received letters of […]
Cool weather to continue
The 24-hour forecast is for fair and cool conditions to continue. The sea state will […]
Kris Miller named new CARICOM Youth Ambassador
The Department of Youth Services under the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture today […]
Belize Peace Movement congratulates St. Catherine’s Academy for mock referendum
Today, the Belize Peace Movement (BPM) issued a release to congratulate the Saint Catherine’s Academy (SCA) for spearheading a very successful debate and mock referendum.
The mock referendum was held last week Friday. […]
Belize~ Were all negotiations tried and failed?
By Richard Harrison: One of the principal reasons given by Assad Shoman for why Belize should vote yes to take the disputed Guatemalan claim over Belize to the ICJ…is that “all negotiations were tried and failed”.
Guest Blog - A quick adventure in Cayo - Bird Sanctuary, Rock Farm Guesthouse, and more!
One of the perks of living in Belize, is that when we have a couple of days off we are able to enjoy other parts of this beautiful country.
We needed to go to immigration in the capital city of Belmopan first. We spent one night at Rock Farm Guesthouse. Which is also the home of Belize Bird Sanctuary. Only a 15 minute drive from Belmopan. It was the perfect place start. Having your coffee on the porch as the birds are starting their day is not only an amazing site, but the sounds they make are amazing to listen to.
From there went headed to San Ignacio, a charming city in the hills of the Cayo district. We had a great time just relaxing by strolling down Burns Avenue where there is a nice pedistrian street with shops, bars and restaurants.
Gladden Spit & Silk Caye Marine Reserve
Just a few miles offshore of the Belizean mainland lies the vast archipelago of the Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest coral barrier reef system in the Western Hemisphere. Located on the outer edge of this reef is the Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes MarineReserve (GSSCMR), a protected conservation area that is ideal for enjoying snorkeling and scuba diving.
The GSSCMR measures over 25,000 acres (10,500 ha) in size and is located approximately 22 miles (36 km) due east of the Placencia Peninsula in southeastern Belize. Managed by the Southern Environmental Association, a local NGO, this area is one of the healthiest and vibrant marine ecosystems on the Belize Barrier Reef.
Gladden Spit is a small strip of uninhabited land that lies at the southernmost tip of a sunken atoll (a coral structure that formed around dry land but is now underwater). The shore of Gladden Spit continues towards a short underwater shelf with steep drop-offs to depths of over one mile, making it a popular destination for certain kinds of diving.
10 things to pack when traveling to Belize
Belize is a fascinating country and is Mother Nature’s best kept secret snuggled between Guatemala and Mexico and bordered by the Caribbean Sea, this is as tropical as it gets! Let us walk through this list of Must-Packs for your upcoming vacation in tropical paradise!
Travel Documents – These are the most important things you need to pack before leaving for your Adventure in Belize. Passport, driver’s license, plane tickets and travel itinerary (if you have one) should all be tucked away in a secure and easily accessible area, such as your carryon or purse pocket.
Bug Spray – This is a must when packing for Belize, remember, you are visiting the tropics and there is a high chance of bug bites. Pack a bug spray or cream and let’s be of the safe side. If you forget to pack it, don’t worry, most convenient stores around the country sells bug spray.
The Beers of Belize
Something about the hot sun and balmy weather in Belize makes this jewel of a country the perfect place to enjoy a cold brew.
And yes, while imported beers from around the region are available, no visit to the country should be considered complete without sampling some of the beers of Belize.
There is only one domestic brewery in Belize: Belikin Beer, which is based in Belize City and uses the iconic Temple of the Masonry Altars from the ancient Maya site of Altun Ha as its logo. Indeed, “Belikin” is the Maya term for the Belize River which provides all of the water for the brewery.
Belikin’s motto is “Onli Eena Belize” which is Creole for “Only in Belize,” as the company is immensely proud to be entirely owned and operated by Belizeans.
The Best Time to Visit Belize for Whale Sharks
Belize is a world-famous mecca for scuba diving and snorkeling thanks to its massive barrier reef system (the second-largest in the world), crystal clear waters, and abundance of marine life. But one of the rarest and most beautiful animals in the ocean’s waters only visits Belize once a year.
Whale sharks are not whales in the true sense of the word. Instead, they are the largest fish which have ever existed. Whale sharks can grow to up to 41 feet (12 meters) in length and weigh up to 47,000 pounds (21 tons), roughly double the size and weigh of a semi truck. Despite their huge size, these sharks pose almost no danger to humans because they are filter feeders.
Belize: A True Melting Pot Society
When it comes to Belize, many people think of the offshore islands replete with palm trees or the incredible diversity of colorful wildlife on the mainland. But one of the best reasons to visit Belize on your vacation is to experience the different cultures in the country.
Thanks to the long centuries of British rule, English is the official language of Belize, but don’t be surprised to hear a medley of different languages as you travel up and down the country, including Spanish, Mayan dialects, Garifuna, Plattdeutsch (an old-world dialect of German), Chinese, and Kriol. Many different ethnic groups have immigrated to the country over the past two centuries, adding their unique languages to the mix of tongues spoken in Belize.
Cahal Pech Maya Ruins – What You Need to Know Before You Visit
Located just across from the modern-day town of San Ignacio in western Belize, Cahal Pech is one of Belize’s most unusual ancient Maya sites.
The name “Cahal Pech” means “Place of the Ticks” in the local Maya dialect, but the original name for the site is unknown. Local Maya herders nicknamed the site Cahal Pech in the 1950s because much of the surrounding area was used for pasture.
Cahal Pech sits high above a bluff that overlooks San Ignacio Town and the Macal River, and the panoramic view from the site is one of the finest in the country. It is believed that Cahal Pech is one of the oldest Maya sites in the region, first built more than 3,200 years ago.
The site was built as an exclusive residence for the ruling elite of the ancient Maya world. Today, only the core area of the royal palace has been excavated, a series of seven interconnected plazas that include temples and ball courts.
Caye Caulker Belize
Caye Caulker is a small island located five miles (eight kilometers) off the coast of the Belizean mainland. Often described as Ambergris Caye’s hipper, younger sibling, Caye Caulker’s unofficial motto is “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem.”
Far less built up and crowded than Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker has managed to successfully hang onto its roots as a laid-back destination popular with backpackers and budget travelers. Caye Caulker is home to one of the liveliest Lobsterfests in the country where locals and visitors alike spend three days every summer celebrating the opening of the lobster fishing season with music, dance, drinks, and lots of savory lobster dishes.
On Caye Caulker, there are no cars. To get around, locals use golf carts or bicycles to negotiate the dirt roads. Caye Caulker is far from glamorous or glitzy, which is one of the reasons why it’s such a popular destination for nature lovers.
Mystery of Belize’s Blue Hole is Solved
One of the world’s great marine mysteries was solved last month when a team of explorers became the first to dive to the bottom of the Belize Blue Hole. The historic dive occurred during an expedition by Virgin Airlines owner Richard Branson, Fabien Cousteau, and a team of ocean scientists.
The Belize Blue Hole has fascinated explorers, divers and travelers for centuries. The famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau was the first to bring it to popular attention when he dove it in 1971. Now, his grandson Fabien Cousteau has solved the riddle his grandfather posed decades ago.
Sustainable, self sufficient supply of water for the Tourism Industry in the Yucatan
Water scarcity is growing globally with already over 4 billion people who live without access to sufficient, high quality, fresh water. It is expected that this number will only increase in the near future, with a rising water footprint and stagnant availability of water due to climate change making the situation even worse. The result is that communities, industries, private islands, SIDs (Small Island Developing States), hotels and municipalities can’t take water for granted any more. For this reason, water management is one of the utmost importances, in order to assure there will be enough fresh water available for future generations.
In the area of Quintana Roo this is no different with already over 96.000 people who suffer from a lack in access to enough fresh water, while both the population and tourist sector keep growing fast. As part of their studies International Entrepreneurship and Development at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands (Europe) Pascalle Jansen, Koen Verloop and Marijn Leidelmeijer, have therefore taken on a project; they are conducting research and providing information regarding Sustainable Water Management in the area of Quintana Roo.
Belize Leadership Expedition 2019 (Johns Hopkins MBA Program), 4min. Recap of 14 MBA students that barely knew each other, but found a way to lead one another over 9 days in Belize to achieve a common outcome. During this time they developed a strong bond, observing varying leadership personalities, and finding ways to inspire each other to be the best version of themselves.
Snorkeling Belize, 19min.
Tabria Majors Gets Wet In Jaw Dropping Belize Photoshoot, 1min.
Allie Ayers Gets Flirty In This Revealing Belize Paradise, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, 1min.
The Divers Belize June 2018, 5min. Blackbird Caye Resort - Divers June 11-16, 2018
Diving Belize June 2018 Fish, 55min. Dive footage from boating excursions off Blackbird Caye, Belize.
The Scenic Tour Belize June 2018, 35min. Belize corals off Blackbird Caye.
Howler Monkeys Munching, 1/2min. The howler monkey is the 2nd loudest land animal, after the lion. This is one of their more tranquil moments. Shot in Belize.
Placencia to San Pedro, 1min.
Two short flights and miles of views. Just when we thought we couldn’t get into a smaller plane Tropic Air surprised us with a 4 seater!
Just did a double Pelican release, .5min. Double joy! One adult, one juvenile.
White front flock at Belize Bird Rescue & Rock Farm Guest House, .5min.