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The San Pedro Sun

Climate Change workshop held in San Pedro
Hol Chan Marine Reserve along with the Association of Protected Areas Management Organizations (APAMO), Belize World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Coastal Zone Management Institute (CZMI) held a climate change workshop at the Sun Breeze Hotel conference room in San Pedro Town on Thursday, April 4th. The purpose of the workshop was to identify current and future risks, the impacts of climate change on communities and ecosystem services, understand key species (and their thresholds) and livelihoods to be impacted by climate change and to understand benefits of ecosystem-based adaptation (EBA) to communities.

Jankunu Productionz presents ‘Belize Rewind’ in San Pedro Town
Island residents and visitors are invited to attend Jankunu Productionz ‘Belize Rewind’ show to be held at the Paradise Theatre in San Pedro Town on Friday, April 26th. Belize Rewind is a Belizean historical and cultural immersion, depicting Belize from settlement to independence via live on-stage acting, singing, dancing and poetry. It is engaging, entertaining and interactive, and a total cultural experience. Belize Rewind tells the dynamic story of Belize from settlement to independence, through some of the pivotal points in history that shaped and defined Belize as a people and a nation. Dance, acting and song bring to life Belize’s progression from a logwood settlement and revered Maya stronghold that resisted Spanish attempts at colonization, to a British colony and eventually to independence.

Cable TV operators get HBO Copyright compliant
Belize cable television operators have legitimized their transmission of Home Box Office (HBO) programs, by signing a three-year contract with HBO Latin America to pay all copyright royalties due to the owners of the content. This collective bargaining agreement ended over three decades of piracy of unauthorized transmissions, and the Belize Cable Television Operators Association (BCTVOA) was formed to negotiate jointly with HBO. BCTVOA president Evan Tench signed the agreement with HBO corporate vice president Javier Figueras at the Belize Best Western Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City on Thursday, April 4th.

Court of Appeal upholds injunction; No ICJ referendum until further notice
The national referendum on whether to settle the ongoing Guatemalan claim to Belize at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has been postponed until further notice, after the Court of Appeal, in a majority decision, upheld the injunction granted to the People’s United Party (PUP) on April 3rd to halt the referendum. On Monday, April 8th, the Government of Belize appealed this decision, requesting for a variation in the injunction, but the court dismissed the request, not allowing the scheduled referendum to take place on April 10, 2019.

SPTC 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 13th to the 26th of March in Taipei, Taiwan, and included intense classroom sessions, forums, field trips and an end of course final presentation.

UB girls win national ATLIB football champs
San Pedro’s own Ada Cordova won the Most Valuable Player award, as she led the University of Belize girls to win the Association of Tertiary Level Institutions of Belize (ATLIB) national football championship hosted by San Pedro Junior College at the Ambergris Stadium over the weekend. ATLIB officials presented team trophies and individual medals to the 1st and 2nd place winners, and SJCJC received the 3rd place trophy.

Ambergris Today

McAfee Refuses To Pay $25 Million Judgment Ordered Over Gregory Faull’s Death
The latest on the infamous John McAfee is that he has been found liable and ordered by a federal judge to pay $25 million in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the estate of a Belize man. But according to the Florida Record Webiste, McAfee has said he won't pay. "I have not responded to a single one of my 37 lawsuits in the past 11 years," McAfee said in his "formal response to the media [who will spam my phones and who are responsible for most of my 200-plus lawsuits]" issued shortly after the judgment was announced. "They have all been frivolous, even though judges are required to decide for the plaintiff if I do not respond. I refuse to play the legal extortion game aimed at America's wealthy class."

Misc Belizean Sources

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The Mopan River is at RISK!
The Mopan River is at RISK! FCD Environmental Youth Group has been continuously conducting river clean-up campaigns throughout the Cayo District however garbage along the riverbanks and in the water is still increasing. Here are some photos of the Mopan River after some shower of blessings this afternoon. NOT WHAT WE EXPECTED TO SEE! We continue to encourage citizens to put the garbage in its proper place. Let’s keep our watersheds free from contamination.

Caye Caulker Village Council Easter Hours
Please take note that CCVC Office will be closed on Thursday, April 18th, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. and resume normal business operations on Tuesday April 23rd, 2019. We wish everyone a Safe and Happy Easter Holiday!

The Belize International Film Festival is NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS!
Entry forms downloadable

Tecuani and the Duende Kickstarter
Calling on all of our followers and fans! We need your help to get us across the line. This film is being entirely funded from here in Belize and has already had some very generous support to get it to where it is now. Our animation team and sound engineers need further support to get this production finished. If you can make any kind of donation we will be very grateful and you will have been a part of getting Belize's first animation onto the big screen.

Pirate South Beach Cafe & Pub Easter Party
Hey'all looking to hang out by the Beach for the Easter weekend with DJ music, corn holes, drinks, food, volleyball court, mega jenga, beach darts, swings, etc. Come ya'll Over on April 20th & 21st for a back to back beach party starting @noon until sunset. On the Sunday, 21st we have the best smoked BBQ ribs, chicken, sausage on the island for lunch.

Tourism Statistics 2019 1st Quarter
The latest statistics for the first quarter of this year show an impressive and persistent growth in both overnight and cruise ship arrivals to Belize predicting yet another bumper-crop year for the tourism industry. The following is a breakdown of the latest figures for the first quarter of 2019 for both overnight and cruise ship arrivals.

Farmers of the Year 2019 Winners
The Famers of the Year Competition 2019 has been successfully completed under the theme "Innovations in Technology: Driving a Climate Resilient and Competitive Agriculture and Food Sector." Three judges namely from the Department of Agriculture, the Pesticide Control Board and the Caribbean Agriculture Research and Development Institute conducted the judging of farms in all six districts.

Release of Belizeans Detained in Livingston, Guatemala
he Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of National Security hereby inform that the four Belizeans detained in Livingston, Guatemala since April 6th, 2019, have been released. Pedro Colomer, Kevin Hernandez, Fabian Laurie and Jerille Laurie appeared in Court in Livingston today. After their hearing this morning the charges were dropped allowing them to return home. The four men are expected to arrive in Belize tomorrow, Friday, April 12th, 2019.

Elvi's Catch of the Day!
Our catch of theday is a bit larger than normal today! This 52lb blacsnapper is waiting for ya, so come on over for lunch or dinner

New sewer disposal service being implemented on Caye Caulker
Please call the CCVC office to book your household name/ business name for estimates by end of the week. Price will be base on size of (septic) tanks.

Easter Party at San Pedro Preschool
Enjoying their last days together.

Easter Sunday Bash in Corozal
The Beach Party of the Year! At Miami Beach in Corozal Town.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
Glass, The Upside, Kid King, Replicas. Game of Thrones is happening every Sunday at 7pm.

Channel 7

GOB Introduces Referendum Legislation, PUP Wants Time
Tomorrow the government is going to the House Of Representatives to present and push through a bill which - it hopes - will make it so that the ICJ referendum can be held in four to 6 weeks - without legal challenge. It's called the Belize Territorial Dispute Referendum Bill and it seeks to create a special path for the Writ which sets a date for the ICJ referendum. It's the government's attempt to get around a Supreme Court injunction against the original referendum because of a possible defect in the procedure for issuing the writ.

US, UK and EU Press (Nicely) For Referendum
And while the opposition wants a few months to get it right, two G-8 nations and a powerful political union which make up a big part of the so called "Friends of Belize" seem to be getting a little impatient. The European Union, the United Kingdom and the USA Today issued a joint statement saying they have quote, "taken note of the postponement of the referendum." The statement adds, "The EU, the UK and the USA maintain their support in favour of the referendum and hope that it can take place as soon as possible." While not telling anyone how to vote, the statement clearly favours a yes saying, quote, "the referendum process is the route towards a peaceful dispute resolution agreed upon jointly by Belize and Guatemala."

Belizean Lawmen Come Home
The 4 Belizeans detained in Guatemala have been released. The firearm and ammunition charges against the two lawmen PC Fabian Laurie, Coast Guard Pedro Colomer and the two civilians Kevin Hernandez and Jerille Laurie have been dropped. The men will return to Belize tomorrow. In a Ministry of Foreign Affairs release it states the men "appeared in court today in Livingston. After their hearing this morning the charges were dropped allowing them to return." It is unclear why the charges were dropped.

Dion Zabaneh Faces Environmental Charges
43 year old Dion Zabaneh and his mother, 76 year old Primrose Gabourel will stand trial for environmental charges in the Magistrate's Court. Three weeks ago, their attorney Emil Arguelles, argued to Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford that the Department of the Environment was charging them twice for the same offences. Well after consideration, the Magistrate did not uphold his argument and today she arraigned Zabaneh and Gabourel on 5 charges which included failure to sign an environmental compliance plan and failure to obtain an environmental compliance and 4 counts of failure to comply with oral instructions given by a designated officer.

Regional Educators Meet in Belize
For the past 2 days, the University of Belize has been hosting the Central American Higher Education Council, or CSUCA for short. It's an organization that has membership from universities and tertiary level institutions from all of the Central American nations, as well as the Dominican Republic. This confederation, which also includes Belize, meet regularly to discuss the shared challenges that they all face as the higher level educators within their respective countries. They also share best practices, and they as advise each other on educational programs and initiatives that have been tried and tested.

Man Critical After City Shooting
Tonight, 26 year-old Joshua Gallego, a Belize City resident, is at the KHMH recovering from gunshot injuries to the neck and the chest. That's after he was ambushed and shot this evening while dropping off his common-law wife and her children at their home. At around 2:40 Gallego drove his common-law and her kids to their home on North Creek Street. He was attempting to leave, and as soon as he reversed the vehicle, a gunman approached and opened fire on the driver's side door and ran off.

Armed Robbery At Highway Grocery Store
Belize Rural police have suspects detained after a robbery today across from Los Lagos. It happened at the Grocery store at mile 14 - which is run by a Chinese couple. The wife was opening the store at 7:15 this morning when a group of men jumped her, and got behind the grill to the counter. "Just after 7:30, police responded to a robbery at Home Ever Supermarket, located about 40 miles on the Phillip Goldson Highway, where upon visiting that supermarket, they were informed that the proprietor was held at gun point by 4 male persons; 3 of them wearing mask and one of them was barefaced. During the robbery a total of $2,000 cash was stolen and 2 cell phones..."

Police Look For Clues in Skeletal Remains
And two different sets of skeletal remains have been found in that same area - right behind Los Lagos in the last few weeks. Police still haven't confirmed if the remains found a week ago are those of Maurice Richards, the 82 year old who went missing in late 2017. One of the key clues was supposed to be a pair of dentures found with the skeletal remains behind Los Lagos. We asked Cowo if they were a match for the set of dentures Richards had left at home:.. "They are alleging that it has a similarity as to what their relative had. However, it cannot be ascertain fully. We are still awaiting for the DNA test to be done so that we can confirm in deed if that was the person that was reported almost a year and a half."

Two Robbers At Uno
And there was also a robbery at the UNO Depot outside Belize City on the George Price Highway. Cowo told us more:.. ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City: "This morning at about 2:40, police were called to the UNO depot located at four and a half miles at George Price Highway where they spoke to the security guard who reported that while he was inside the booth.."

Criminals Roaming Benque Riverside
First a grenade was found, and, now, police found two guns and ammunition in Benque Viejo near the Mopan riverside. At the bi-weekly press briefing, the media asked police if the two finds are linked and if it is part of a larger cross border trade in weapons. Here is what the Head og National Crimes Investigation had to say: ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of NCIB: "On yesterday's date Benque Viejo police while on patrol conducted a search on an empty lot near the river Banks in Benque which resulted in the discovery of two weapons concealed in a bag and was later, or was also inside two sacks..."

Cops No Clues In Cayo Killing
Police don't have any leads in the Cayo murders of Macario Tzib nor Lloyden Bejerano. Tzib's decomposed body was found in his Thornly street home on Monday afternoon. He had been stabbed multiple times and his throat was slashed. Bejerano was shot and killed inside his Oscar Sabido layout area house on Monday night. Here is what police had to say about these two homicides. Reporter: "Could you first start with an update on the murder of Macario Tzib?" ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of NCIB: "Well in respect to that murder the investigation is still ongoing and we are still seeking one person in relation to that investigation." Reporter: "Has police been able to establish a motive as yet for that crime?" ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of NCIB: "No not as yet."

Father Tried For Killing Stepson
It was one of most gruesome and shocking murders of 2015: 21 year old Jose Maderos was chopped up inside his Kut Avenue house in Belize City. The machete wielder was allegedly his stepfather, 46 year old Patrick Castillo. Today in court, Castillo's trial ended and Justice Colin Williams reserved judgement until May 9th to give his verdict. Now at the trial the Crown relied mainly on the testimony of its only eye witness, Liny Mauricio, Castillo's step-daughter. She said that on the night of April 1st while she was walking out of the house and was passing the bedroom of her step-father and her mother, she heard her step-father cursing. She said that when she reached the front door she heard her brother, the deceased, shouting in Spanish, which when she translated it into English, meant "black pedophile."

Freshest Farmers Of The Year
"Innovations in Technology: Driving a Climate Resilient and Competitive Agriculture and Food Sector." That was the theme of this year's Farmers of the year competition. And 3 farmers who embodied that theme have won themselves the distinction. Male Farmer of the year is Cayo resident Dan Isai Lopez, the female farmer of the year is also from Cayo, she is Ana Eloisa Morales and the Junior Farmer of the year is Christian Eden Salazar Jr. from Corozal. In a release it states "

March Made History For Tourism
The Belize Tourism Board has released the latest statistics for tourist arrivals for this first quarter of 2019. The numbers say that the industry is on the way to another very successful tourism year, possibly another record setting year. Overnight tourist arrivals are up by 6.3% as of the end of March, when compared to the same time period last year. Almost 58,000 visitors came to Belize in the last 3 months. According to the BTB, March 2019 saw the highest recorded number of visitors of any month so far in the history of Belize's tourism industry.

Rock Band Needs Your Help For Festival Success
In December of last year, we told you about the rock band, Ascenthium. This a group of 6 local musicians who are based mostly in San Ignacio, and who specialize in rock and heavy metal genres of music. They've been together for 9 years now, and after enjoying underground success, they're hoping to turn their favorite hobby into a mainstream, commercially successful enterprise. They've entered a major international music competition called Wacken Open Air. Rock and Heavy metal bands from all over the world converge at this competition annually to compete among themselves to find out which band is the best of the best.

The Art Of The Acrobat, Part 2
Last week we told you about those political acrobats - flipping and flopping all over the ICJ issue. But one we didn't get to is PUP Leader John Briceno - and that's because he was still in mid flip! Unlike other acrobats who just turn their flips for situational advantage, the L-O-O seems to be doing flips within his own heart - where he believes in yes, but, must outwardly stand for a no, while maneuvering for a maybe! Even for an acrobat, that's a tough act, and Jules Vasquez catalogued some of his more artful turns:

Channel 5

Introducing the Belize (Territorial Dispute) Referendum Bill, 2019
In what is expected to be a critical Sitting of the House of Representative on Friday, the Barrow administration is proposing to table the Belize Territorial Dispute Referendum Bill, 2019. [...]

Does Barrow’s ‘Super Referendum Bill’ Triumphs Judiciary?
As Briceño notes there is still a case before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin which is scheduled to proceed on Monday when the Senate is scheduled to meet to ratify the [...]

Opposition Leader says It’s About Getting It Right
P.U.P. Leader John Briceño also countered the Prime Minister’s accusation that the opposition is purposely delaying the holding of the referendum.  Briceño says that his party has the moral and [...]

What’s the Position of Said Musa and Valerie Woods on Super Referendum Bill?
So will the P.U.P. attempt to block the passing of the bill on Friday? And what about Said Musa who was absent for today’s meeting and Senator Valerie Woods who, [...]

A Joint Statement by the U.S., the E.U. and the U.K. on the Referendum Postponement
And one more thing on the referendum….late this evening, a joint statement was issued by the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. In the wake [...]

Chiquibul: the Important Role of the Rangers & Soldiers
Illegal cattle ranching is just one of the threats to the Chiquibul forest; the area is remote, but it is rich with the most precious natural resources. On a daily [...]

Shooting in Belize City Leaves Man Critical
A shooting in Belize City left a man injured. It happened earlier this afternoon at around two thirty in the North Creek area. The victim has been identified as Joshua [...]

Charges are Dropped, Belizean Lawmen Released from Guatemalan Jail
We’ve been reporting on the detention of two Belizean lawmen and two others in Livingston, Guatemala over the weekend. The men: coastguard officer Pedro Colomer, police officer Fabian Laurie as [...]

Robbers Hit Homever Supermarket
While the Eastern Division jurisdiction for the Police Department has been relatively quiet as it relates to major crimes, petty crimes such as robberies and burglaries have spiked. A well-known [...]

Security Guard at UNO Depot is Robbed by 4 Persons
Earlier this week reported that two gas depots, belonging to BWEL and TOMZA, were robbed within hours of each other on Tuesday. The culprits got away with an undisclosed amount [...]

DNA Results Pending for Skeletal Remains Found Behind Los Lagos
Last week, the skeletal remains sans skull of an elder person were discovered in the dried up savannah behind the Los Lagos Community off the Philip Goldson Highway; a denture [...]

Before the Court Again; Primrose Gabourel and Dion Zabaneh
For more than a month, Primrose Gabourel and her son, Dion Zabaneh, have been in and out of court regarding a parcel of land in the Caribbean Shores area of [...]

2 Conch Shell Bay Residents Detained for Burrell Boom Burglaries
Two Conch Shell Bay area residents have been detained in connection with two recent burglaries in Burrell Boom Village. The duo is Eugene Mark Anthony Fraser and Joshua Jeremy Gillett. [...]

Police are Seeking 1 Person for Macario Tzib’s Murder
Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvett also gave updates on the two recent murders out west. On Monday, investigators from the San Ignacio Police Formation were called out to a [...]

No Arrests in Lloyden Bejerano’s Murder
The other murder was the shooting death of Lloyden Bejerano. The twenty-nine-year-old was inside his house in the Oscar Sabido area of San Ignacio Town. He was visited by a [...]

2 Guns are Retrieved from River Bank in Benque
On Wednesday, a pair of guns was found near the river bank area in Benque Viejo Del Carmen. Police say that a forty-five glock pistol with twelve live rounds and [...]

The Jaguar Rehabilitation Programme at the Belize Zoo
The jaguar is the largest and most powerful cat in the Western Hemisphere. In Belize, they are found in the lowland forests and along the coast. But hunting and deforestation [...]

UB Shares Outcomes of CSUCA Meeting
The University of Belize wrapped up the second day of hosting one hundred and thirteenth session of the Central American University Confederation called the CSUCA. Universities from Central America and [...]

CSUCA Discusses New Policies
The Assistant Secretary General with responsibility for academic affairs of the CSUCA also spoke with the press at this morning’s meeting. Francisco Alarcon says that the universities were intent on [...]

Healthy Living: Coping with Allergies
It attacks almost instantaneously. The truth is only allergy sufferers know the pain of being hypersensitive to things in the environment that can turn them into a sneezy mess in [...]

The Reporter

4 Belizeans Held In Guatemala – Free To Return To Belize
The Belize Ministry of National Security issued a release earlier today announcing that the four Belizeans held in a Porto Barrios prison after an incident in Livingston, Guatemala have been set free.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

16-year-old will serve three more years on manslaughter charge
A 16-year-old minor, who pleaded guilty last month for the stabbing death of his friend and […]

Farmers of the Year announced
The Famers of the Year Competition 2019 was completed under the theme “Innovations in Technology: […]

Police seize over 50 pounds of marijuana
Authorities have seized over 24 kilos, some 53 pounds of marijuana that were being smuggled […]

US Deputy Secretary of State to host US-Caribbean Resilience Partnership
Deputy Secretary of State, John J. Sullivan will travel to U.S. Southern Command headquarters in […]

EU, UK and US issue joint statement calling for ICJ referendum
The European Union (EU), the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (US) issued […]

Belizeans that were detained in Livingston, Guatemala are released
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of National Security hereby informed today that […]

Did Pope Francis tell Belize’s Catholic Church to withdraw from Section 53 appeal?
An article published on LifeSiteNews yesterday is suggesting that Pope Francis had a hand in […]

Will Friday’s sitting of the House halt the ICJ referendum turmoil? – Between these lines.
By Glenn Tillett: Between these lines …Friday’s Special Sitting of the House of Representatives will not bring a halt to the turmoil caused by our collective contemplation of the issue of whether or not we agree to the International Court of Justice hearing […]

Reporters Without Borders call on UN to accredit Taiwanese Journalists
On April 7, 2019, Reporters without Borders (RSF) issued a statement calling on the United […]

President Morales of Guatemala calls on Belize to conduct ICJ Referendum
Yesterday, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales hosted a brief press conference where he asked the Government […]

Belize ranking on Passport index improves
Belize’s ranking on the Henley and Partners Passport Index, the tool that measures how many […]

Belize’s Jaguars participate in CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship in Mexico
Denied an opportunity to participate in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in June, Belize’s Jaguars see […]

Phillip Roberts is arraigned for abetment to robbery
Back in February two men, 27-year-old Carlton, and 21-year-old Tyrone Belisle, both mechanics of the […]

“One-handed” burglar charged
His left hand is broken, but his landlord says he may have used the other to […]

Leaked proposed House bill aims to cement ICJ route
On Wednesday night, reporters were leaked what appears to be the Orders of the Day […]

How Police Officer Stress in the U.S. Compares to Belize
Police stress is a major problem in law enforcement in the United States and throughout the world. Research has shown that officers experience a higher mortality rate than the general population […]

Belize absent at OAS meeting
Belize was not represented this week at a meeting of the Organization of American States […]

Minor charged for attempted murder
Police have arrested and charged a Belize City minor, 15, for the attempted murder of […]

Belize~ You are not Alone!
By Richard Harrison: The frantic behaviour of the Prime Minister of Belize in the wake of the Chief Justice granting an injunction on the ICJ referendum, which was scheduled for today April 10 […]

$5,000 reward offered for stolen bulldozer
The owner of D3C Bulldozer is offering a reward of $5,000 after someone stole a […]

PUP demands Order papers for Friday’s House meeting
Yesterday, Prime Minister Dean Barrow scheduled a Special Sitting of the House of Representatives for […]

Belize City Councilor Micah Goodin gets back portfolios
Belize City Councilor, Micah Goodin, has been reassigned his portfolios at City Hall. That is […]

LOVE FM

Belize Camping Experience receive more support form the business community
We have heard about Harvest for Kids, a program under Belize Camping Experience, BCE. The organization hosts children, particularly from Belize City and surrounding areas for a series of summer camps. It has been doing this for over eleven years but as it grows, the organization is in constant need of funding. The Harvest for …

Ascenthium rocks Belize City on April 12
They are perhaps the most prominent rock band currently in Belize. Tonight, Ascenthium is set to make their biggest performance yet. They hail from the Cayo District and over the years the band has seen its popularity growing as well as their musical skills. The band has written and recorded original songs which they are …

Shooting leave one man hospitalized and police investigate trail of robberies in the City
There was a shooting yesterday afternoon just after two o’clock on North Creek on the south side of Belize City. There is no official report coming out on the incident but Love News understands that a young man, known as Shaggy, was shot to the neck and the chest area. His condition is unknown at …

Blogs

Why YOU Should Visit Belize in April and May
April and May can be some pretty great months to visit Belize. The Spring Break rush has started to thin out. The peak airline prices of December and US Presidents’ Week are starting to come down a bit. And the wetter season hasn’t started yet so the average day is rain-free and warm. On the mainland it can be very warm…but let me tell you some of the reasons that the trip will be well worth it. All the usual every day Belize stuff is going on…snorkeling the reef, beach barbecues, food tours, diving, spotting manatees, visiting stunning Mayan ruins, bird watching, cave tubing and zip lining and more. Not enough? Here are some special events you can add to your itinerary in April and May.

Goff's Caye
If you get a chance to take a boat trip, one we highly recommend is to Goff’s Caye. This short 1 hour boat trip (from San Pedro) past Caye Caulker, then speeding through the mangroves takes you to a small island off the shores of Belize. This Caye is located on the north side of the English Channel and sits on the edge of the magnificent Belize Barrier Reef. Goff’s Caye is only about an acre in size and is a registered as an archaeological site and therefore is one of the Cayes in Belize that is not privately owned. During Colonial times this Caye was a trade center and a cemetery.

International Sourcesizz

Judge threatens to stop Carnival cruise ships from docking In US
A federal judge has threatened to temporarily block Carnival Corp. from docking cruise ships at ports in the United States as punishment for a possible probation violation. The Miami Herald reports U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz said Wednesday that she'll make a decision in June, and she wants company chairman Micky Arison to attend the hearing. Court filings say Miami-based Carnival has been on probation for two years as part of a $40 million settlement for illegally dumping oil into the ocean from its Princess Cruises ships and lying about the scheme.

Joint Statement on the ICJ Referendum in Belize
"Thus, the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States of America hope that the legal obstacles preventing the referendum from being held can be resolved in accordance with Belize's legal procedures."

Belize, the rule of law and judicial independence (Part I)
The strong eastern winds blowing from the Caribbean Sea thwarted my jogging efforts. I kept going; the scenery was idyllic. It was 6:45 am and I was in Belize City. The city was asleep. The sun had already been up for more than an hour. Suddenly, I noticed that not everyone was asleep. Dean Barrow was also jogging, perhaps walking fast, at a comfortable pace on the other side of the street. Mr Barrow is no small man. He is Belize’s Prime Minister. He had no bodyguards, no retinue; he was alone.

US report names several Caribbean nations as “major money laundering” centres
In the latest US International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR), volume two dedicated to money laundering, the report lists all major Caribbean and Central American countries as “Major Money Laundering Jurisdictions” for the year 2018: Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela. In fact, the only Caribbean/Central American countries left off of this year’s INCSR are the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, both US protectorates, along with Martinique, Guadeloupe and French Guiana, all three of them overseas departments of France.

Videos

  • Winners of 1st BEL Female Junior Novice Race held on Sunday, April 7, 2019., 1min.

  • 360 Video of Belize Kiting from Ambergris Caye, 2min.

  • Snorkeling at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, 3min. Sights and sounds of snorkeling at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve off of Ambergris Caye in Belize.

  • Laughing Bird Caye Belize, April 2019 by Fragments of Hope, min. short clips from all around the caye taken 10 April 2019 illustrating nursery-grown outplanted corals three taxa, mutiple genets. ages on reef 2-8.5 years.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRxYtPjw0Mg, 4.5min. Diving Belize in March 2019, locations include Turneffe Atoll, Half Moon Caye, and San Pedro area.

  • Sports Talk, 60min.

  • Old Belize Train Ride 2019, 10min.

  • A bat on a snack, a red back coffee snake, and a gray fox all in one!, 3min. @ Gaïa River Lodge

  • A puma detected on a video trap in Mayflower Bocawina National Park., 7sec.

  • How much do you know about the jaguarundi?, 5min. These small cats are native to parts of North, Central and South America. They are not just commonly found in the forests of Belize, but there’s also a growing exhibit in captivity at the Belize Zoo. News 5 visited The Belize Zoo to find out why many zoos around the world want two of the youngest jaguarundis born at the Belize Zoo.

  • Miss Universe Belize Organization is looking for their next delegate to represent the country, 33min. Miss Universe Belize Organization is looking for their next delegate to represent the country. The casting call for contestants for the 2019 pageant takes place this weekend at Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. The doors open at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. On set: Romeo Escobar - National Director, Miss Universe Belize Organization. Jenelli Fraser - Miss Universe Belize 2018.

  • FCD - incursions taking place in the Chiquibul National Park, 60min. Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) continue to sound the alarm against the incursions taking place in the Chiquibul National Park. Our guests talked to us about the growing issue of cattle ranching. They explained that funding and resources continue to be a challenge to fulfilling their mandate. On set: Raphael Manzanero - Executive Director, FCD. Derric Chan - Park Manager, FCD.

  • Kite Flying by Saint Francis Primary School, 2min. Earlier today, the S.F.X.Primary School came out to fly their kites at Children's Park. They had colorful kites, the home made and more. It was quite windy this morniing. Saw them struggling to keep the kite up.

  • DOE Choose to Refuse Plastic Video, 1min. The Department of the Environment has a short video out about refusing single use plastic bags. Definitely worth a watch. Nicely done, DoE. Single use plastics are on their way out.

  • Marine Biology in Belize 2019, 3min. Moraine Valley Community College.

  • Diving in Belize, 20min. Belize Pro Dive Center is legit, and I highly recommend diving with them if you stay on Ambergris Caye.