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The San Pedro Sun

Island community comes together for annual cancer awareness walk
A large number of island residents and even visitors joined the San Pedro Cancer Society (SPCS) on Monday, February 4th for their annual cancer awareness walk. The event to honor those who continue to fight, have lost the battle of or have overcome the deadly disease, started at 6PM sharp starting at Central Park. Led by the San Pedro Roman Catholic School marching band, the group walked through the main streets of downtown San Pedro. The annual walk saw the participation of the island’s business community and many islanders who have been affected by cancer or show compassion for those who do. As they marched to the San Juan roundabout and then back to Central Park via Pescador Drive, they carried posters featuring loved ones, with words of encouragement for those who are still fighting the disease.

SPHS female football team are the 2019 Northern Regional champions
On Saturday, February 2nd, the San Pedro High School (SPHS) female football team became the Northern Regional Football Champions for the third time at the National Secondary Schools Sports Association (NSSSA) competition. The competition was held at the Louisiana Field in Orange Walk Town, where both male and female football teams represented SPHS. The male team was able to grab third place, while the female players not only won first place but also secured a spot in the National tournament to be held on February 15th in the Cayo District.

National Amateur Women’s League Closing Season Begins
Belize’s National Amateur Women’s League (NAWL) Closing Season began this weekend at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town on Saturday, February 2nd. The match saw both San Pedro Invaders and Corozal Scorpions playing hard to start the new season with a victory, but at the end of the game, it was a 4-4 draw. For their next match, San Pedro Invaders will be traveling to Orange Walk Town to face Orange Walk Gladiators on Sunday, February 10th. The game is scheduled to start at 3PM at the People’s Stadium.

San Pedro Pirates win 1-0 against Assassins Altitude F.C
In the fourth week of the Premiere League of Belize (PLB) Closing Season 2019, the San Pedro Pirates F.C traveled to Independence Village, Stann Creek District to face Assassins Altitude F.C. at the Michael Ashcroft Stadium on Saturday, February 2nd. The match saw the island team claiming a 1-0 victory. For their next match, San Pedro Pirates will be playing at home against Wagiya Sporting club on Saturday, February 9th. The game is scheduled to start at 7:30PM at the Ambergris Stadium. Everyone is invited to come out and support the island team.

Ambergris Today

Belize Commission Of Police To Hold Public Meeting
The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chester Williams and other high ranking police officers take this opportunity to invite the general public to a public meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to listen to the public’s concern and suggestions on how we can better the Belize Police Department. Date: Thursday, 7 February 2019. Time: 7:00 pm. Place: Central Park on Barrier Reef Drive, San Pedro Town.

Processing Of Voters’ Identification Card
The Elections and Boundaries Department informs that contrary to false information being circulated in the public, the Department is working diligently to process Voters’ Identification Cards for issuance to all qualified electors. Electors in the rural communities are notified to expect scheduled visits for the issuance of the cards in their area. Processing of the cards is taking longer than anticipated; however, the Department is committed to completing the processing of all cards well in advance of the Referendum date.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Tony's Inn 47th Anniversary
February 8th, 2019 marks 47 years Tony's Inn has been serving our community and to celebrate this achievement Cielo Restaurant will be offering a 10% discount on meals. Join us this Friday, February 8, 2019 at 10 AM – 10 PM to celebrate with us!

Food Handlers Class February 7 on Caye Caulker
All Individuals that are interested in obtaining a Food Handlers Certificate, please note that the next class will be on February 7th, 2019 at 9:00 a.m, Caye Caulker Library. Please bring along your Social Security card and (1) one passport size picture if you're applying for the first time.

FCD in San Jose
FCD staff shared lessons learnt and interventions used in Chiquibul to villagers of San Jose, Toledo. This community is located nearby the Columbia River Forest Reserve.

Sargassum removal downtown in San Pedro
Today we caught up with our employees hard at work with the every day upkeep of our town. The Sargassum seems to be making an early comeback, but our team already started tackling it. In the DFC Area, the street sides were being mown. Our grader was playing hide and seek, but for sure he was in the DFC area grading the road leading to the Marina, so we did not manage to get a pic of him.

Go Green Business & Community event on Caye Caulker
Come on out this Saturday and see what all the fuss is about! Information will be available about the ban on Single use Plastics and Styrofoams with Ryan from Oceana, not to mention an opportunity to meet your Support Team with Zebra Remedies and Mama Lowe's, and to get amazing ideas from the new Project Manager for ZR's *DIY Belize Project*, Deona, the owner of Feet 2 Soles! Understand how this ban fits into the broader world-wide effort to change our habits and products into sustainable solutions!

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery Mission
Sunday Feb. 24th, 8am at KHMH.

MAYA LOVE STORY:THE PRINCESS AND THE BEETLE
This is the legend of a beautiful princess whose hair resembled the wings of a swallow. She was called Cuzán, the Maya word for this bird. She was also the favorite daughter of Ahnú Dtundtunxcaán, the Great Lord who was submerged in the skies. As soon as Cuzán was old enough for marriage, her father arranged a union with the son of Halach Uinic of the great city of Nan Chan. Her fiancé was the prince Ek Chapat, future lord of the kingdom. But one day, when the princess went to thank her father for the treasures he had plundered in a recent war which he had given to her, she found her father accompanied by a handsome youth named Chalpol, which means red head, so named because of his flaming red hair.

Channel 7

Crazed Gunman Opens Fire On Police
A police constable recovering from a graze to his shoulder. It happened during a wild, broad daylight exchange of fire with a gunman who had no fear of firing at the cops or anyone else. We've pieced together surveillance and cell phone video to show you what happened this afternoon at 2:00 pm on Coney Drive:... Jules Vasquez reporting: This surveillance video captures the moment police forced the gunman on motorbike to the ground on the side of Coney Drive. After that, the gunman bolts, firing at police at he sprints away - that's when PC Higinio was hit. The gunman's mad dash led him to the fence of BPO which he scaled with ease - and was gone.

DOE Vs. Dion Is Anti-Climactic in Court
A week ago, we showed you the arraignment of 43 year-old Dion Zabaneh, and his mother, 73 year-old Primose Gabourel, at the Magistrate's Court. The Department of Environment charged them with 4 offenses for Parcel # 4670 in the Buttonwood Bay Area of Belize City. If you've been keeping up with the news for the last few weeks, you'll know that this property has been a subject of dispute between Zabaneh and the Department for about 13 years now. This 1.3 acre parcel is on the seabed, and for the past few weeks, Zabaneh has been filling it up, at a torrid pace.

Bombshell: Primrose Does Not Own Parcel 4670
So, with the Department of the Environment out of the way - for now at least - Zabaneh and Primrose Gabourel's attorney seemed to suggest that his clients will continue to fill parcel 4670. The 1.35 acre lot is already about 80% filled, which represents tens of thousands of dollars in material. But, the bombshell tonight is that it may have all been filled in vain! Why? Because the Ministry of Natural Resources says that Primrose Gabourel does not own the land, it was acquired for a public purpose 12 years ago. This is a follow up to what we first reported 10 days ago when we saw a copy of an entry in the February 2007, Government Gazette which says that the land had been acquired for a public purpose.

PSU Pillories Paulette and Dad, Hon. Wilfred
Several weeks ago, news broke that Paulette Elrington, daughter of Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington, and contract officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs made a request for study leave, with her full pay and all her allowances. The Amandala Newspaper broke the story 3 weeks ago, that a leaked internal memorandum from within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that Paulette Elrington is seeking to study law at UWI. The issue that she is also seeking her full pay and allowances, while on study leave, and if it is approved, she would be reportedly be earning just under 192 thousand dollars per year - her current salary as Foreign Officer at the Permanent Mission of Belize in New York City.

Gun Snapped In City Shooting
There was a shooting last night in the city - and thanks to a gun that snapped, the victim only got a minor injury. Around 9:00, 25 year old Kishawn Dennison was at the corner of Antelope St. with a group of men when a gunman pulled up. The head of CIB told us what happened next: ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City: "Last night just a minute before 9, police visited the hospital and there they observed Kishawn Dennison, a 25 year old suffering from gunshot wounds..."

Compol Calls On Media For Reciprocity
We spoke to Cowo at a special session the new commissioner of police held with the media. Commish Chester Williams laid out his plans for what he wants to be a comfortable, but not too cozy relationship. And the main thing he wants is a greater degree of reciprocity for the police. Basically, he wants more opportunities for the police to be featured in positive news stories. And to lead the way, Williams has appointed Douglas Hyde as the Director of Media and Public Relations in his office. Hyde told us what will be the way forward:

Cops Take High Powered Rifle Off The Street
And in their first post-media-meeting attempt to get some prop police news out, Belize City police are reporting tonight that they've taken 4 guns off the street, one of which was a rifle with a silencer attached. Now, it has the appearance of a sniper rifle, but the cops aren't jumping to conclusions just yet, since the caliber of weapon is one that civilians are able to get a gun license for. Still, it's a major find, and this evening, the Department's legal advisor called a press conference to discuss each of the 4 guns. Here's what he told us several hours ago: Sr. Supt. Bart Jones, Legal Advisor, Belize Police Department

Hakimi Haven Environmentally Compliant Says Developer
Last night we showed you our tour with the Turneffe Atoll Trust. They showed the media concerns with mega-developments in that fragile ecosystem and pointed us to Hakimi's Dive Haven, a hulking hundred room resort on ropewalk Caye. It does not have an environmental impact assessment. The concern is the volume of dredging that was done around the flats surrounding the island and the the solid waste disposal plan for the mega development. He adds that they had an environmental audit, and are compliant with environmental requirements.

Harmony and The Land of The Rising Sun
The village of Bermudian Landing is receiving a donation of 108 thousand US dollars from the Japanese Government for the construction of a school building for the Harmony Preschool. The donation comes under the Japanese Government's Grassroots Human Security project, and it will allow for children living in the Belize River Valley area to start their early childhood education at the only institution of its kind in the river valley. Currently, the preschool is occupying the village community center, but the hope is that within the next few months, they will have their own facility.

The Problem With Potatoes in San Carlos
Last night we showed you a brief clip of the problems potato farmers are having in Orange Walk South. basically, they are ready to harvest their red potatoes, but they are in peril of losing all they invested because Mexican potatoes are still on the market. Now whether this is so through permits or contraband, is almost impossible to determine - but the fact is these farmers face serious potato problems - right at the peak of their harvest. Here's more from the area of San Carlos village:... Jules Vasquez reporting: Like a buried treasure, these potatoes are gems to the farmers who have lovingly cultivated these starchy tubers.

Ran Off Runway
Some Maya Island Air passengers were shaken up this morning when the Cessna Caravan they were in experienced a blowout at the Ranchito Airstrip. The plane ran off the runway and ended up on the shoulder. This is reportedly due to a blowout.

Channel 5

Wild West on Coney Drive: Police and Suspected Thief Eena Shootout
Coney Drive here in the city was in mayhem and traffic backed up this afternoon after a shootout between police and two men known to the law. Police were on [...]

Keshawn Dennison is Targeted by Gunman
There was another shooting just before nine o’clock on Tuesday night in Belize City. Twenty-five-year-old Keshawn Dennison was among a group of men gathered at the corner Laura Dunn Street [...]

Danny Mason et al Taken to Court for Arraignment for Kidnapping of a Mennonite Couple
The head of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas was found inside a bucket in the pan of the truck of the notorious William “Danny” Mason in the parking lot of Barrio Fino [...]

DOE Withdraws Charges Against Developer Dion Zabaneh
Private developer Dion Zabaneh is free to proceed with filling lot number 4670, after charges against him for infractions that were purportedly committed in defiance of the Environmental Protection Act [...]

P.S.U. Condemns Request by Paulette Elrington
A package of allowances and salary to the tune of one hundred and ninety-one thousand seven hundred and twenty dollars annually was requested for approval from public funds on behalf [...]

CARICOM Proposes Montevideo Mechanism to Address Venezuelan Crisis
Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington departed the country on Tuesday for Uruguay, along with Ambassadors Daniel Gutierrez and Lou-Anne Burns as well as former O.A.S. Ambassador Lisa Shoman to participate in [...]

Belize Does Not Support U.S. Interference in Venezuela
So while the statement at the O.A.S. by Belize was sanctioned, according to DPM Faber, Belize will not support any type of intervention or interference from any international superpower, such [...]

U.D.P. Leadership Convention Set for February 2020
On January twenty-sixth, the United Democratic Party’s National Party Council decided that its leadership convention will be held in February 2020. Up to date, there are only two known candidates [...]

Minister Faber Expresses Confidence in FM Elrington
While we had the minister, we asked him about another statement from cabinet colleague Elrington in an interview with this station. When asked to respond to the P.U.P.’s umpteenth call [...]

A Challenge to the Validity of the Compromis Soon to be Filed
In the next few days, a group of attorneys are set to file a constitutional challenge in the Supreme Court. The group will be challenging the validity of the Compromis, [...]

Should Belize Go to the I.C.J., Not Knowing the Extent of Guatemalan Claim?
The challenge comes less than two months before the April tenth referendum when voters are to decide on whether or not to take the claim to the I.C.J.  It’s been [...]

Why Was Former Mexican President Vicente Fox in Belize?
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox was in the country last week. He was not on official business for the Mexican government, but held a brief meeting with Prime Minister Dean [...]

Las Flores Resident Drowns
Today, the Lemus/Vargas family of Las Flores in the outskirts of Belmopan laid their loved one to rest. Thirty-four-year-old Angelino Lemus was discovered dead on Monday in the river near [...]

Year 2 of Education Expo a Success
The Ministry of Education today hosted its second annual B-TOO Education Expo. High school students from across the country filed into the Belize Civic Center to get first-hand information from [...]

Agriculture C.E.O. Addresses Potato Farmers’ Concerns
On Tuesday, we reported on the mounting worries of dozens of potato farmers in San Carlos Village, Orange Walk. The farmers are concerned that they will not be able to [...]

Fishermen Claim That They Were Unfairly Removed from “Sandbore Caye”
A group of fishermen from Sarteneja Village says that they are being targeted by the Belize Coast Guard. According to the fishermen, last year the Coast Guard removed them from [...]

Captain Bennett says Coast Guard Acted within its Purview
When we reached out to the Belize Coast Guard, they had a different version of the story. According to Captain Elton Bennett, they have offered multiple notices to the occupants [...]

More Firearms are Taken Off the Streets
The Belize Police Department has taken a number of weapons off the streets in the last few days. Some of the weapons were found in abandoned lots and two were [...]

B.P.D.’s Mobile Interdiction Team Continues to Tackle Cross-Border Firearms Trafficking
And while the police department is happy to remove the guns off the streets, they know that it takes more than searching suspicious persons and combing empty lots. So, what [...]

ComPol Meets with Reporters to Strengthen Media/Police Relationship
Commissioner of Police Chester Williams is still settling into his seat as the new top cop in law enforcement and part of his familiarization entails revisiting the sometimes difficult relationship [...]

An Explanation for a Sometimes Challenging Partnership
Hyde explains from the police’s point of view why the relationship with the media has been strained in the past.   Douglas Hyde, Director, Media & Public Relations, BPD “The [...]

Belmopan CitCo Garbage Truck Spills Trash across Hummingbird Highway
Today, a driver along the Hummingbird Highway captured a flow of garbage near mile forty-nine. The garbage wasn’t litter along the road; it was garbage being transferred to the dump [...]

Pook Brothers Out on Bail for 2011 Murder of Taxi Man
A trio of brothers, who had been behind bars for the 2011 murder of taxi man Errol Ferguson, was released today on bail. Though they have not been found guilty, [...]

Choice Bank Takes G.O.B. to Court
The Government of Belize, via the Minister of Finance, is being sued by Choice Bank Limited after operations were shuttered in June 2018 when its international banking license was revoked.  [...]

Still No Charges for the Driver that Knocked Down and Killed Marilena Mortis
There are still no charges for the driver of the vehicle which knocked down and killed twenty-three-year-old Marilena Mortis. Mortis had just visited with her mother on Dolphin Drive in [...]

LOVE FM

Police and Media promise to get along
The relationship between the police and the media can be described in most generous terms as tumultuous but it resembles and abusive relationship in which people would say either party can’t live with and can’t live without the other. The Commissioner of Police Chester Williams’ voice has been very accessible to the media as he …

The Stench in Belmopan. PUP Standard Bearer asks DOE to Intervene
General Elections may be in 2020, but it has not stopped the PUP Standard Bearer, Oscar Mira from working with the community. This morning Mira wrote to Martin Alegria, Chief Environmental Officer in the Department of the Environment about a foul stench that had allegedly emanated from a local alcohol distillery and permeated through the …

Cops remove several weapons from City Streets in 2 Days
As a reflection of the new found love between the police and the media, Senior Superintendent Bart Jones made himself available this evening at Raccoon Street Police Station to tell us about the firearms the department has confiscated over the last forty eight hours. Sr. Supt. Bart Jones Police Press Officer: “On Tuesday at …

Shooting Victim surprisingly Positive about life, the morning after
Kishawn Dennison could have been the latest murder statistic. But last night, the gun that his assailant had didn’t fire when he was within inches of his face. Though he ran, he was injured. Today we spoke to the police about the investigation as well as the shooting victim, Dennison who was in good spirits …

Mother is told to pay hospital bill first to be able to register new born
Josephine Jacobs recently gave birth to a baby in Dangriga. Coupled with her joy is the stress she is undergoing as she is unable to register her child’s birth. Jacobs contacted our news centre today and explained the troubles she is having at the Vital Statistics office at the Southern Regional Hospital in Dangriga Town. …

History Teacher says be informed as Belizeans head to the polls on April 10
During our interview with CEM-JC’s History teacher, Nancy Leiva, we asked her about her position on the ICJ Referendum. Leiva says that she has re-registered and will be voting on April 10. Nancy Leiva History Teacher: I think it is important because it is an opportunity that I see for me to be able to …

CEM-JC students vote “Yes” to the ICJ
The education campaign on taking the Belize Guatemala Dispute to the International Court of Justice is ongoing. Several educational institutions have organized their own sessions and several more have worked in collaboration with the Referendum Unit. In the Corozal District, the Centro Escolar Mexico Junior College, CEM-JC has done this and like Saint Catherine’s Academy, …

Cops and Shottaz: Gunplay and Chase on Coney Drive
The news of an officer being injured in a shootout on Coney Drive went viral this afternoon. Messages flooded our inboxes at the news centre and a news team made their way to the scene. Love News arrived on the scene shortly after it happened. Jose Sanchez: “At 2:20 PM Police were patrolling the Philip …

Ministry of Education showcases educational opportunities
The Tertiary Options and Opportunities Educational Expo was held at the Civic Centre in Belize City. It is an opportunity provided to upper secondary level students to learn of various options to further their education. Deryck Satchwell, Acting Director of Tertiary Unit in the Ministry of Education says it is a way to encourage students …

BFF asks to restrict TASA from accessing PACT Funding due to irregularities
The Belize Federation of Fishers (BFF) has, in a press release today, asked that access to funding granted to the Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association, TASA, be restricted. That funding was granted to TASA by the Protected Areas Conservation Trust, PACT, for the implementation of a program titled, “Enhancing Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association’s Management of the

The Reporter

Intense Manhunt – After Chase and Shootout
Police are looking for the man who allegedly shot PC Leon Higinio during an exchange of gunfire this afternoon. According to sources Police were on routine patrol when they saw two men on a red motorcycle near Renco Battery on the Phillip Goldson Highway. Police chased the men who stopped on Coney Drive.

Zabaneh vs D.O.E Saga Continues – Seaside Development On Hold ?
Chief Environmental Officer Martin Alegria has written to the Court requesting that charges against Dion Zabaneh and his mother, Primrose Gabourel, be dropped. After weeks of tension and hostilities over the filling of a ‘sea lot’ on Seashore Drive, the Department had charged Zabaneh and Gabourel with failure to obtain environmental clearance prior to development activity ...

Big Guns Secure William Danny Mason’s – Arraignment
With the prospect of any attempt to escape, and because of the fact that William Danny Mason has been a very mysterious and elusive figure ever since he showed up in Belize, to the fact that he being able to acquire several false identity documents, the law enforcement and prison officials are taking no chances.

Shooting On Antelope St. Ext. Leaves 1 Man In Critical Condition
There was another shooting just before 9pm tonight (Feb. 5th.) in Belize City. Preliminary investigations have revealed that Kishawn Dennison, 25, was standing in a group at the Cor. Laura Dunn Street and Antelope Street Extension when a man approached and fired at him.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Bob Marley would have been 74 years old today
If he were alive, Bob Marley would have celebrated his 74rd birthday today. However, on May 11, 1981, he died from a skin related illness. Despite […]

Belize City Council holds public meeting in Port Loyola
Tonight the Belize City Council held its first public meeting. The event was held at St. […]

ComPol meets with media
Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, hosted the media at the Queen Street police station this morning […]

PUP Standard Bearer calls on Department of Environment to address health concern
Standard bearer for the People’s United Party (PUP) in Belmopan, Oscar Mira has written to the […]

UNDP and the Ministry of Health extend their partnership for HIV and TB services
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Belize and the Ministry of Health signed a new agreement […]

Policeman grazed in Belize City shootout
Breaking Belize News (BBN) has received reports that a police officer was injured during a shoot out […]

Belize Federation of Fishers requests hold on TASA’s access to $1,045,500 PACT Award
The Belize Federation of Fishers (BFF) is a legally registered and duly constituted non-profit organization formed […]

Tight security in court for “Danny” Mason hearing
There was heavy police presence this morning as accused murderer, William “Danny” Mason, and four others appeared in court […]

Rural Development informs of water restoration to San Antonio village today
The Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development informs residents that it is currently working on the restoration […]

Fair weather to continue
Fair weather conditions will continue over the next couple of days. Sunny skies with some cloudy […]

Bermudian Landing Preschool coming soon
On February 5, a signing ceremony took place in Bermudian Landing, Belize for the construction […]

Blogs

Belize Packing List: What to Pack and What to Wear For Your Trip to Ambergris Caye
Ambergris Caye has SO much to do. So many restaurant, beach bars, snorkel sites, dive shops and more. But packing for your trip to Belize should be very simple. I’ve put together some information – a guide to packing for Belize – for a week long trip. This can be scaled up or down but the basics stay the same. You want to stay cool and comfortable and you also don’t want to be running around town searching for something you forgot. So I started with an overview – the local style and the weather and then started my list. I am writing from MY personal experience. I would sooner be caught dead in convertible pants – the ones that zip from long pants to shorts – but for those spending the day on the water flyfishing, they can be lifesavers! So use this just as a guideline.

International Sourcesizz

CAWS Highlighted in Us Magazine
The Cayo Animal Welfare Society, along with ATM, Xunantunich, Hanna Stables, and Ka'ana, was featured in Us Magazine's latest issue, in an article written by Jon Huertas. "Belize has horses! I love to ride and try to do it as often as I can so when I found out that I could ride horseback to the famous Belizean ruins of Xunantunich, I said, 'Let’s do this!' We were driven about 10 minutes away from the property to a small horse farm called Hannah stables. That is what life is all about: sometimes, we can do what seems like the smallest thing that somehow inspires a good deed. This model can only lead to a positive change in the world...

Belize: A Country Whose Star Continues to Rise
Between 2017 and 2018, the tiny Central American nation of Belize witnessed double-digit growth in tourist arrivals. That amounted to a 14.6 percent increase in 2018, bringing the total number of visitors to about 489, 261 people. Cruise passenger arrivals last year also surged, spiking by 19.1 percent over 2017, to reach more than 1.2 million. The substantial jump in arrivals could very well be the result of an increase in strategic marketing efforts undertaken by the Belize Tourism Board in recent months and years, or it may also be tied to the fact that Belize, by many accounts, is a destination on the rise. During interviews with TravelPulse, local hotel developers and the Belize Tourism Board said many factors are aligning in Belize’s favor right now to put the country on the radar of travelers far and wide.

Caribbean Travel Photo Of The Day – Belize
Today’s Caribbean Travel Photo of the Day of Belize takes us back to a time when the carbon footprint was less because there were not so many cars with fossil fuel and things moved at a slower pace.

Mound House expands programs with educational trip to Belize
Travellers could have the chance to visit the Mayan ruins of Belize and Guatemala this summer, thanks to a new program at the Mound House. Education Coordinator Penny Jarrett first fell for the crystal-blue waters of Belize 10 years ago, when she worked on a manatee research project during her time at the Cincinnati Zoo. She has fond memories of tagging manatees, creating a community photo project in a local village, and staring in awe at centuries-old ruins hidden away in the jungle. Now, she wants to take residents of Fort Myers Beach along with her to rediscover the country. "It's a small country, but its just got so many different habitats," she said.

Guyana shortlists provisional 26-member squad for Belize clash
Following several days of trials at the National Training Centre, Providence, under the watchful of assistant coach, Charles `Lily’ Pollard, the Guyana Football Federation [GFF], has short-listed a local senior provisional squad of 26 members. The squad, which initially featured 35 players, is preparing for the CONCACAF Nations League clash against Belize on March 23rd at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora.

It’s time to ratchet up bonefish conservation, FIU scientists say
Anglers are catching fewer bonefish in South Florida. FIU scientists say there are many factors that could be behind the drop in catches, with warmer temperatures, more predators, fishing and contaminants among them. FIU coastal ecologist Jennifer Rehage and a team of scientists found the decline is affecting all of South Florida, with some areas more affected than others. They examined bonefish, bonefish catches and water quality throughout Biscayne Bay, Florida Bay and the Florida Keys. They also surveyed and interviewed nearly 300 anglers and fishing guides on their fishing experiences in 2015.

Videos

  • BTOO Education Expo - Centro Escolar Mexico Feb. 6, 2019 Belize Civic Center, 3min.

  • Belize Dive Trip January 2019, 3.5min.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - Estella Leonora Brakeman, 2.5min.

  • Channel 5 Daily Obituaries - Adler Santiago Castillo, 1.5min.

  • Channel 5 Daily Obituaries - Elbert Randolph Swasey, 1.5min.

  • Chinese New Year - Year Of the PIG, 74min. We learnt a bit more about the Year of the Pig and what it means for those who fall under this sign in the Chinese zodiac. We also learnt how to make dumplings which are a part of the traditional meal eaten at this time of the year. On set: Huayu Chen - Taiwan ICDF Mandarin Lecturer. Edward Yang - Taiwan ICDF Mandarin Lecturer, University of Belize.

  • CUBA Update - tornado that passed through the island in January, 33min. Cuban nationals are still recovering from the rare tornado that passed through the island in January. The relief efforts continue as they sort through the damage and begin to rebuild their communities. We spoke with Orestes Hernandez, Minister Counselor at the Embassy of Cuba in Belize, about the work in progress.

  • New Water Pump in San Antonio Village, 1/2min. A new pump has been installed in the water system in San Antonio Village, Toledo District. The water tank is presently being filled and the villagers will be able to access water today.

  • Belize: A Day In The Life, 2min. Catch a glimpse of the island life with this first-person video filmed on the island where RLT participants SCUBA dive in Belize!

  • Belize Tree Houses At Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Jungle Lodge, 1.5min. Few resorts in Belize can compare to the natural splendor of the luxury tree houses at Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Adventure Company and Jungle Lodge. Each tree house comes with a full range of modern conveniences and comfort, including a private bathroom (with hot and cold running water), electricity, cooling ventilation, and lovely furnishings. The tree houses offer rustic flavor with an upscale dimension, allowing guests to be literally immersed in the wild, natural beauty of the Belizean jungle.

  • Sports Talk Show, 60min.