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Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, and other specials
The San Pedro Sun
Argentinian police on their way to Belize to extradite fugitive Alberto Samid
While 71-year-old Argentinian fugitive Alberto Samid remains detained at the San Pedro Police Station, after being red-flagged by INTERPOL for a legal case in his country on fraud and tax evasion, The San Pedro Sun learned that two law enforcement officers from Argentina are arriving in Belize on Sunday, April 7th to seek his extradition. Although Belize and Argentina do not share an extradition treaty, reports are they could apply a reciprocal mechanism to take Samid back to Argentina.
Sanitation personnel at SPTC notes a decrease in Sargassum influx
After weeks of constant accumulation of Sargassum on the eastern beaches of San Pedro Town, the Sanitation Department at The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) is reporting a decrease in the influx of this seasonal seaweed on the island. Over the past weeks, large areas of the Boca del Rio strip were inundated with large amounts of Sargassum affecting many business establishments along the coastline. Beach hotels have also been affected. However, they have opted to set barriers in front of their beaches in an attempt to keep their areas free of the seaweed.
Misc Belizean Sources
LED Officer Travels to Taiwan for workshop on Eco-Tourism Promotion
The San Pedro Town Council is pleased to announce that the Local Economic Development Officer, Mr. Jorge Aldana has recently completed a workshop on Eco-Tourism Promotion, sponsored by the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) through the International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF). The workshop took place from the 13thto the 26th of March in Taipei, Taiwan, and it included intense classroom sessions, forums, field trips and an end of course final presentation. During the 14 days, Mr. Aldana gave an overview of the tourism industry and impact on Ambergris Caye, the way the island has evolved into the country’s prime tourism destination and how important the eco-system is to our tourism product. He shared good practices developed over the years, including the sustainable use of the natural resources, like the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, which is one of the main sources of revenue for the island’s economy.
Join us on Sunday, April 7, 2019 for the 20th BEL Junior Cross Country Cycling Classic
Junior Male Route: San Jose Succotz ferry entrance > George Price Highway > Joseph Andrews Drive > Santa Elena Bridge > La Loma Luz Boulevard > George Price Highway > Central American Boulevard > Belcan Bridge > Philip Goldson Highway > one lap between Buttonwood Bay Boulevard and NAPA roundabouts> BEL Corporate Headquarters
Female Novice Race Route: BEL West Lake Substation > George Price Highway > Central American Boulevard > Belcan Bridge > Philip Goldson Highway > BEL Corporate Headquarters
"Imagining and enacting Indigenous Futures: diversity & the challenge of inclusion"
Yucatec Maya brother Dr. Filiberto Penados presents on "Imagining and enacting Indigenous Futures: diversity & the challenge of inclusion" at The Ohio State University Department of Anthropology on April 8th, 2019.
The Dangerous Politicization of the Military
By Nefretery Marin –
By asking active-duty personnel (no less than all our heads of Belize’s security forces) to join in the Yes to the ICJ propaganda…in their own selfish, political interest, the Government of Belize, crossed an important and dangerous line.
Admiral John Borland, Commandant of the Belize Coast Guard, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams and Brigadier General Steven Ortega, ought to have had more integrity and military honour. They were, however, no doubt protecting/securing their positions and their jobs.
MOH Monitors Smoke Crisis In The North
Health officials are on standby in several northern communities in the Corozal District following multiple reports of thick smoke emitting from Mexico that has been blanketing the affected communities and disrupting air quality for residents.
The Reporter has confirmed that for the past three weeks residents in the communities of San Narciso, Louisville, San Victor, Santa Clara, San Roman, Cristo Rey and Concepcion have been severely affected by the smoke that is drifting into Belize from a burning dump site in Mexico.
Breaking Belize News
$2,000 in cash and items stolen from home in Belize City
Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred on April 5, 2019 in Belize City.
Ruhiel Trejo, 26, told police that about 1:15 p.m., he was exiting his residence with his mother, Ermelinda Bey, when 2 men approached them.
Man, 22, shot on cheek in Belize City
Police are investigating a shooting incident that occurred last night in Belize City.
Oswald Warrior, 22, of Carmelita, Orange Walk told police that he was walking on Sarstoon Street when a man approached him and shot him on his cheek.
Woman, 36, missing in Belize City
A 36-year old woman from Belize City has been reported missing.
Cheryl Gonzales,36, reportedly left home on April 2, 2019, around 9 am and since then no one has seen or heard from her.
Man,52, chopped to his head by friend socializing at his home
Authorities are investigating an incident that occurred last night in Santa Elena, Cayo.
Around 9:20 pm, Daniel Castellanos,52, was at his home socializing with Marco Perez when they got into an argument.
Boat engine stolen in Punta Gorda
Timoteo Bo reported to police that sometime between Thursday, April 4, 2019, and 6 am today, his boat engine was stolen from his warehouse on Periwinkle Street, Punta Gorda.
Let Your Yes be Yes and Your No No
By Delroy Cuthkelvin: Uncertainty is the mood across the nation as Belizeans endure what is (or was to be) our last weekend before taking to the polls to answer that crucial question, whether or not to go to the ICJ to settle the age old Guatemalan Claim.
Commonwealth observer group arrives, Will there be a referendum to observe?
Amidst the uncertainty of whether or not the April 10 referendum will actually take place, a team from the Commonwealth, which is supposed to observe the referendum, has arrived in Belize.
USA Today features Belize in travel writing piece
Belize’s name continues to ring bells internationally, with new travel writing articles featuring the country popping up every week. The latest, a piece published on USA Today’s Website entitled “Surprising trips to put on your bucket list,” focuses on the country’s Maya heritage.
Interpol confirms wanted businessman detained in Belize
Breaking Belize News broke the news last night that wanted Argentine businessman, Alberto Samid, was detained in San Pedro Ambergris Caye.
Samid is wanted in Argentina for evading a significant amount of taxes for his livestock and meat shop firms.
Court of Appeal to hear appeal of referendum injunction on Monday
The Court of Appeal is the next stage of the fight over the April 10 referendum in which Belizeans are being asked to approve the International Court of Justice finally resolving the Belize-Guatemala territorial dispute.
US State Department names Belize as a major money laundering and drug trafficking nation
The United States Department of State (USDS) has cited Belize as a country for major money laundering and illicit drug trafficking in the 2019 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR).
Belize: Put the national interest first
Narrow party political ambitions frequently thwart the wider national interest in practically every country.
The world is watching this play out now as a public spectacle in Britain, where the Brexit question continues to be deeply immersed in both personal political purposes and a struggle for the supremacy of one political party over another. At the end of it, Britain will be a much-diminished nation economically. It will also have little clout in the international community.
But it is not in Britain alone that this tragedy of political ambition over wider national interest is being displayed. On April 3, seven days before a referendum is scheduled to be held in Belize to determine if the country should take its border dispute with Guatemala for final arbitration to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the Opposition political party, the People's Unity Party (PUP), obtained an injunction from the Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin to stay it.
After 34 years, UNLV professors still digging Maya ruin in Belize
The ancient Central American city of Caracol was abandoned by the Maya almost a thousand years ago, but Arlen and Diane Chase can’t seem to stay away from the place.
Since 1985, the husband-and-wife team of UNLV anthropologists has spent several months a year at the remote site in the jungles of Belize, excavating ruins and uncovering secrets from the region’s once-dominant civilization.
The Chases just finished their 35th consecutive research season at Caracol.
“Which I think is a record,” Arlen said. “I don’t think that there’s another Maya project that’s been running continuously for this long.”
Belize’s Big Gamble
Just 40 years ago it was still a British colony, yet Belize is now a largely unknown – and little understood – entity in the UK. The tiny, picturesque country, wedged between south east Mexico and north east Guatemala, prides itself on its biodiversity and is renowned mostly for tourism and as the home of the world’s longest barrier reef.
But Belize – home to fewer than 500,000 people – is a country feeling vulnerable and divided. It is embroiled in a lingering border dispute with its much larger neighbour, Guatemala, which has long staked a claim to half of its land and significant chunks of maritime territory.
A polarising referendum is due to be held on April 10 for Belizeans to decide if their tiny country should fight it out with Guatemala in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at the Hague, a process which would impose a legally-binding resolution on the territorial sovereignty of the two countries.
Belice: cómo es el lugar donde detuvieron a Alberto Samid
Tras fugarse del país y que Interpol lanzara una alerta roja para su búsqueda, este mediodía llegó la confirmación por parte de Interpol Argentina y de la ministra de Seguridad, Patricia Bullrich, de la detención de José Alberto Samid. "El Rey de la Carne" fue capturado en San Pedro, una ciudad en la parte sur del Cayo Ambergris, la isla más grande que se ubica en el norte del país centroamericano Belice. Un lugar paradisíaco que el empresario eligió para esconderse tras fugarse de Argentina al no presentarse a la lectura del fallo de un juicio por delitos de asociación ilícita y evasión agravada.
Tree Species of the Bald Hills Landscape
The Bald Hills savannas of the north-central Maya Mountains transition to pine-oak forests to broadleaved rainforests, resulting in a rich array of tree species across the landscape. Learn more about the ecological principles that explain these transitions in our previous post on the Bald Hills.
A major component of the Trees of Belize Project is identifying, locating, and assessing the tree species of Belize, in collaboration with local botanists and the Environmental Research Institute of the University of Belize. This accumulation of botanical knowledge will ultimately lead to a comprehensive field guide of the Trees of Belize.
Here, we invite to you to learn about a few of the species identified in the Bald Hills and surrounding landscape:
Loving the town view in Corozal, 2min. It was quite busy yesterday around town.
John Carr to run in Cayo South for BPF, 3min. The Belize People’s Front is a new political party that promises change. Their party leader is Nancy Marin and their plan is to have a representative in all 31 constituencies for the 2020 general elections. BPF has identified its Cayo South standard bearer as owner of Banana Bank Lodge, John Carr. Carr has been residing in Belize for the past 41 years with his wife and family. He is very much involved in community work and says that he is good friends with current Cayo South Area representative, Julius Espat; but, that friendship has not stopped Carr from taking up the challenge to unseat Espat. Today, Plus News caught up with Carr to hear why he decided to enter the realm of electoral politics. Here is what he had to say.
2019 spring break Ncl cruise, 4min.
Water, 2min. A public service announcement for Oceana Belize to bring awareness to the need to protect our environment.
The Beauty of Burning Belize, 7min. A 14 day workshop was designed to achieve live fire operations so participants could experience leadership opportunities in wildland fires. Doing this workshop, participants learned to manage uncontrolled wildfires on the pine savannas of Deep River Forest Reserve, Belize.
Parasailing in Belize, 4.5min. Harvest Caye, Belize
Belize 2019, 3min. The Villas and Lewis Family vacation to Ambergris Caye, Belize for Spring Break.
UNLV Anthropology professors excavate Maya ruin site of Caracol, Belize for 36 years, 2min. The husband-and-wife team of UNLV anthropologists has spent several months a year at the remote site of Caracol in the jungles of Belize, excavating ruins and uncovering secrets from the region’s once-dominant civilization.
Swimming With Sharks and Stingrays in Belize!, 1min.
Fly Fishing for bone fish in Belize,4 min. This if one of the first trips my Father and I took together out of the country to go fishing.
A Slideshow of Our History - Hope Haven & SHINE in Belize, 10min. Take a photo journey of our history and accomplishments of Hope Haven Children's Shelter & SHINE Empowerment Center, located on Ambergris Caye in Belize, Central America.
Maya Air flight Belize City to San Pedro; Ambergris Caye, Belize, 6min.
BEST FOOD in San Pedro Belize - Gluten Free, 5min. In this video, Steve showcases THE BEST food from San Pedro on Ambergris Caye in Belize. There are so many incredible restaurants to check out when you are on your vacation. I review my favourite tacos, ceviche, curry, and traditional dishes from Belize. AND EVERYTHING I ORDERED GLUTEN FREE! Belize is one of the easier places to find Gluten Free options if you have celiac disease, or a gluten intolerance. Watch this video for some tips on eating gluten free in Belize!
Lamanai Chocolate, Belize, 4min. This video shows you how stoneground chocolate is made in the Maya tradition in Belize. See Roger Hale of Lamanai Chocolate turn roasted cocoa beans into delicious handcrafted chocolate truffles in a matter of minutes.
Belize Spring Break 2019, 8min. Welcome to a little bit of my amazing week. god is so so good y’all. happy spring break:))
Lessons I Learned in BELIZE!, 21min. Now, this is a story all about how
My life got flipped-turned upside down
And I'd like to take a minute
Just stay with me
I'll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Belize.
NEBL 2019 | Dream Ballers vs Hurricanes | Live at the Russel Chiste Auditorium, Dangriga, 2.5hr.
Resurgimiento del sur con Vía carretera Xcalak-San Pedro, Belize, 4.5min.