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The San Pedro Sun

Ministry of Health Measles Alert: Risk of measles continues to grow for Belize
The Ministry of Health reminds the public that the risk of measles continues to grow for Belize with neighboring countries reporting measles cases. Belize has no reported cases at this time.

Ashley Barrientos is San Pedro Lions Club new beauty ambassador
17-year-old Ashley Barrientos was crowned as the San Pedro Lions Queen 2019-2020 on Saturday, April 13th. Held at the San Pedro Lions Den, the coronation saw the San Pedro High School senior happily accepting the crown and sashed by outgoing Lions Queen 2018-2019 Erica Bodden. The event also saw the recognition of three devoted members of the club, Gonzalo ‘Reds’ Lara, Nita Marin and Nellie Sabido for their outstanding service to the club. The annual event, which coincides with the San Pedro Lions Club pre-Easter dance started shortly after 7PM with Lioness Enes Ramirez starting the official ceremonies.

Boca del Rio park and beach rehabilitation project inaugurated
The successful completion of the beach reclamation project at the Boca del Rio Area in San Pedro Town has given way for a new recreational facility for island residents and visitors alike ahead of the Easter Holidays. San Pedro now has a new beach along with a refurbished park in the said area- a project spearheaded by the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) in collaboration with The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC). It was officially inaugurated on Sunday, April 14th with a ribbon cutting ceremony officiated by Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr., Mayor Daniel Guerrero and staff of the SPTC and the BTB respectively.

Ambergris Today

Belize Ministry Of Health Issues Measles Alert
Unvaccinated children under age 10 years or those with no proof of vaccination should visit their nearest health center and get vaccinated. Also, if you will be travelling to countries known to have measles, and you have not been vaccinated, you should receive the vaccine at least 15 days before leaving the country. The measles vaccine is available free of cost at all public health facilities countrywide.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Voter lookup...
This service allows registered voters to lookup their polling area and name of polling station. To use simply enter First Name, Last Name and Date of Birth then click the Search for Voter Info button.

Hopkins Mango Fest 2019
The Hopkins BTIA and community are excited to host the Mango Fest 2019 on June 8th. A one day only fun filled family event with great entertainment, delicious food & drinks plus many prizes and raffles and games!

Belize Water Services Easter Holiday Hours

Chiquibul Cave System Presentation
FCD personnel met with Mr. Roosevelt Blades, Secretary General of the National Commission for UNESCO (Belize) to present on the unique features of the Chiquibul Cave System. 55 km of tunnels have been documented of this system and more is yet to be discovered.

US Embassy looking for Human Resources Assistant
We are seeking an eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Human Resources Assistant.

Xunantunich Ferry reopens
Closing at 4pm for the next two days.

Central Park is getting a Paint Job!
Thank you to our volunteers for assisting in this project: members of the San Pedro High School Male Softball Team and members of the Children's Advisory Body (CAB).

Ministry of Health Measles Alert
The Ministry of Health reminds the public that the risk of measles continues to grow for Belize with neighboring countries reporting measles cases. Belize has no reported cases at this time. Measles is passed easily from person to person and anyone who is unvaccinated is at risk of getting the disease. Measles starts like with flu-like symptoms such as fever, runny nose, cough and “Pink Eye”. The rash appears 3 to 4 days after the fever starts, usually spreading from head to toe.

Increase in Pump Price for Premium Gasoline
The Ministry of Finance announces that at midnight on April 16, 2019, the pump price for premium gasoline will increase by 40 cents from $10.90 to $11.30 per gallon. This price change reflects current market conditions which are influenced by the tightening in the production of oil from the OPEC Countries and by sustained high demand in the North American and Asian markets.

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint “Full Moon”.

Bus Schedule for Good Friday,Corozal to Belize City

Crafts, jewelry and a Bake Sale for Corozal Animal Program
The Corozal Animal Program will be selling beautiful crafts and jewelries on Saturday April 27, 2019. From 9am to 12miday. Plus, their will be delicious baked goods. All proceeds go to spaying and neutering animals in Corozal. Sidewalk of Central Park. Opposite side on the Corozal Library.

Painting in Central Park, San Pedro
Proud of the SPHS male softball team and the SP CAB for coming out and paint the San Pedro Central Park! We are proud of your display of civic responsibility. Keep up the good work.

Sarteneja Easter Regatta
Sunday, April 21st. See you there.

BEL Easter Hours
BEL Offices will be opened 8:00am to 1:00pm on Thursday, April 18, 2019.

West Jet Expo Canada 2019
The Belize Tourism Board is in attendance at this year's WestJet Vacations where some of their preferred hotel and destination partners invited. These highly anticipated and attended expos provide valuable interaction time with Canada’s travel professionals.

CARSI Small Grants
Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) 2019 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) U.S. Embassy Belmopan, announces a notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) to strengthen government through civil society engagement.

The Placencia Breeze, April 2019
Entertainment Guide ... pg. 3 New Property Owners in Placencia Village Donate BZ$10,000 to PVC ... pg. 5 Where in the World is the Breeze ... pg. 5 Peninsula Visual Story Teller Leaves Behind Powerful Legacy ... pg. 7 Where in the World is the Breeze? … pg. 5 30 Years Later It's a Beautiful Life: Lola Talks Love, Art & Seine Bight … pg. 9 Stony Coral Tissue Loss ID Cards Now Available ... pg. 12 Monique Vernon Attends Fish School Workshop for Media and Communications Professionals … pg. 12 ... And Satellite Remote Sensing and Satellite Data Sets Processing Workshop ... pg. 12 12 Things You Should Eat and Drink in Placencia … pg. 13 Yucatan Taco Stand: Brisa Oceano Brings Yucatan Inspired Flavours and Cocktail Deals to Placencia's Growing Restaurant Row … pg. 19 New Directions in Nicaragua ... pg. 20 Croc Corner: Keeping Seine Bight Clean and Green ... pg. 24 Is the Gentle Giant Still on a Path to Local Extinction? ... pg. 24 Rotary Club of Placencia Updates … pg. 27 AND MORE!

Channel 7

Armed Robbery At The Seat of the Judiciary
Today staffers and judges in the seat of the highest courts in the land were trying to re-gather after an armed attack last night shook up the judiciary. At around 6:20 armed thieves stormed into the Belize City registry office, located at the Court House area on Treasury Lane, and stole several hundred dollars in cash and cheques. A very senior figure in the court system, Registrar General Trienia Young was the one targeted. She reported to police that 2 men stormed in through the main door. Persons who work at the court tell us that they are surprised that the assailants managed to get in without the night security spotting them.

Robber Wore A Gas Mask
2 hours earlier, Belmopan cops had to respond to an armed robbery in Valley of Peace Village. Security video shows three men armed with guns and wearing elaborate masks striding into Pan Store. It happened around 4:00 pm, and one of the men clubbed the owner Tan Jian Pan with a gun, while the other two bundled up his cash register and made off with that. As the video shows, the men wasted no time in taking the cash register and obviously this was their plan.

Man Dies 11 Days After Shot To Cheek
Oswald Warrior was shot in the city 11 days ago. The Carmelita resident was in the Back0-A-Town area of the city - which is gang affiliated - when he was shot in the cheek. Well, he held on for more than a week, but succumbed to that injury today. The 22y year old Warrior was walking on Sarstoon Street, when he was approached by an unknown man who fired a single shot. Police found one non millimeter expended shell on the scene.

New Referendum Bill Is Now Law
Tonight, the Belize Territorial Dispute Referendum Bill has received the assent of the Governor General and is now an Act. It was approved by the House on Friday and the Senate yesterday. The opposition may still challenge it - but if they don't - then the way is paved for an ICJ referendum - possibly by the middle of May. But, the opposition will quite likely draw a legal objection. In his address to the Senate yesterday, the PUP's Chief Legal advisor, Senator Eamon Courtenay pointed out elementary errors in the bill:...

"People's"ť Divided - Briceno's Unanimity Problem
So, now, the Government has done its work in record time - and a new Territorial Dispute Referendum Bill is in place in record time - less than a week after the Supreme Court forced the postponement of the referendum. So, the ball is in the opposition's court. But the PUP has its own fires to put out first. For the first time in the 25 years we've been covering the National Assembly - opposition members in both the house and senate have abstained on a matter of national and political importance. That means they haven't strictly held the party line. Jules Vasquez examined the significance of this:..

Hulse and Barnett Urge For Yes
And to wrap up the Senate debate on this issue of national interest we also have the speeches from UDP Senators Godwin Hulse and Dr. Carla Barnett who wrapped up yesterday's debate: Hon. Dr. Carla Barnett, UDP Senator: "Finally some have asked, but are we ready? Is our case as strong as it should be and I was reminded as I was preparing my notes yesterday that this sounded familiar to those who said on the eve of Independence "are we ready?" "Can we defend ourselves" "Let us wait until we can defend ourselves before we agree to Independence" If we had done that, if we had waited until we could defend ourselves we would probably still be a colony."

Measles Coming Closer
We are still not out of the woods yet when it comes to measles, so the Ministry of Health sent out another release today advising to get vaccinated. Although Belize has no reported cases, the release says "The Ministry of Health reminds the public that the risk of measles continues to grow for Belize with neighboring countries reporting measles cases. Measles is passed easily from person to person and anyone who is unvaccinated is at risk of getting the disease. Those most at risk are children. Here is an excerpt from a measles forum held in February.

Shotgun Left Abandoned
Police took a shotgun and 20 live rounds of ammunition off the streets of Belize City. The discovery was made on last Saturday at around 12:30 p.m. The Eastern Division Regional Commander and an officer from the Gang Suppression Unit received information, and they visited a lot in the Belama Phase 3 area of the City. Inside an abandoned Jeep Cherokee SUV, the cops found a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun, and 4 packs of 12-gauge shotgun cartridges.

Nancy Rolling Down The River, She Says
Last night, we showed you the latest showdown between the Belizeans who went to the Sarstoon River, and the Guatemalan Military which attempted to intercept them and prevent them from traveling through the Belizean side of the river. As viewers aware, the Guatemala Military has been attempting to enforce control of the entire river since 2015. Their aggressive behavior has been condemned by multiple Belizean organizations, and today, another such group is voicing public outrage. It's called the Belize People's Front, and this organization says that Nancy Marin is their Party Leader.

Robbing Stabbing
Tonight, 17 year-old Francisco Bah, a labourer from Belize City, is at the KHMH recovering from injuries after he and a teenaged companion were robbed at knife point and then stabbed because they refused to comply. It happened at around 4:45 in the evening. Bah and 19 year-old Luis Bolon were walking on Iguana Street when they were stopped by 2 men who demanded their belongings.

Major Cannabis Cultivation in Toledo
Another weed field in PG went up in flames on Friday morning. PG police found the field about 7 miles north of Silver Creek Village. There were about 1,000 marijuana plants measuring between 2 to 6 feet in height. Police also found a small camp with harvest marijuana plants about 50 feet from the marijuana field. No one was in the area, and as a result, the marijuana plants were uprooted and the destroyed by fire. As we have shown you the BDF maintains operations in the area because of the widespread marijuana cultivations by Belizeans and Guatemalans.

13 Pounds of Weed Lying Around
Police found two stashes of weed in Corozal. First they found 7 ounces of weed in an overgrown lot on 9th Avenue and then they found 13 pounds in a box in a bushy area of the Northern Border. No one was in the immediate areas; and as result items were labeled and deposited as found property.

The Case of the Disgruntled American and the Exasperated Customs Officer
An American man in Punta Gorda has gone on an all out war against law enforcement in Punta Gorda in general and a specific customs officer. American Guillermo Ortiz has made a complaint to the Ombudsman about a senior Customs Officer who is also the officer in charge of Customs in PG. And more than that he's put out an 11 minute video making all kinds of claims against the customs officer and police officers.

Friction Between Cops and Media at House Meeting
And while that fight pits a US citizen against a customs officer, our next story is about the media and the police. We can't say the two sides clashed at Friday's house meeting - it wasn't on that level - but there was some friction.

Premium Fuel Shoots Up
Regular Gasoline went up by 39 cents 6 days ago, and tonight the Ministry of Finance is announcing that at midnight tonight the pump price for premium gasoline will go up by 40 cents. You should probably fill up before then because the price will increase from $10.90 to $11.30 per gallon.

UNAM Ready For Belize
National Autonomous University of Mexico: It is one of the most recognized and distinguished Universities in the America's, and it also ranks highly in the world rankings, yet many Belizeans don't take advantage of the scholarship opportunities offered to them to study at the University. Well, professor Gerson Rodrigo Hernandez is in Belize for a meet and greet session with the media. He told us today what's so appealing about the university.

A Police Wingle From British
The Police department today received a small donation from the British Government. High Commissioner Claire Evans handed over one 2019 Great Wall Wingle 6 to the Belmopan Formation. A release says this is in support of the Police's National Crime Fighting Strategy 2019/2020.

Channel 5

Customs Officer in Hot Water in Peini
Senior custom officer Elmer Torres is in hot water tonight and under investigation after a video released on social media earlier today went viral.  The recording, which News Five understands [...]

American Ex-pat Roughed up by Customs in PG?
So how did a customs officer get involved in an issue that appears to be an immigration offense?  Those details will be made clear following a pending investigation.  Similarly, why [...]

Robbery at the Supreme Court!!
The Supreme Court was the scene of a mid-morning execution back in June 2010 when well-known gang boss Andre Trapp was executed as he left the courthouse.  Since then, there [...]

Caught on Camera: Armed Robbers Target Store in Valley of Peace
The proprietor of a grocery store in Valley of Peace, Cayo was left traumatized after he came under attack from three armed robbers. At around four o’clock on Monday evening, [...]

Carmelita Man Dies a Week after He was Shot
Twenty-two-year-old Oswald Warrior of Carmelita Village has succumbed to gunshot injuries eleven days after he was shot in Belize City. Police reported that Warrior died just after one this afternoon. [...]

Fuel Prices Go Up a Second Time in 1 Week
Fuel prices will go up for a second time in one week. Today, the Ministry of Finance announced that at midnight, the pump price for premium gasoline will increase by [...]

Belize Territorial Dispute Referendum Bill 2019, Now Law
Government is inching closer and closer to setting a new date for a referendum. At news time, there is word that having been passed in the House of Representative and [...]

Maritime Areas Act Still Not Amended
The Maritime Areas Act was a controversial issue in the early nineties when it saw the fracturing of the then opposition United Democratic Party.  On August sixth, 1991, government, after [...]

Eamon Courtenay – No Mention of Honduras in Schwebel’s Legal Opinion
According to Senator Courtenay, Honduras will likely sign on as an interested party should the matter be taken to the I.C.J.   He went on to say that the legal opinion [...]

The I.C.J. Debate through the Eyes of the N.G.O. Senator
N.G.O. Senator Osmany Salas, during his presentation in support of the Belize Territorial Referendum Bill 2019, spoke about the confusion that the politicization of the I.C.J. referendum has caused among [...]

Godwin Hulse Weighs the Territorial Dispute Resolutions
And while the Leader of Government Business introduced the bill in the upper house, he was among the last to take the floor in the debate.  Senator Godwin Hulse echoed [...]

Jerrylyn Bruce Vs Chief Election Officers; Emails Leaked!
Public officer Jerrylyn Bruce remains steadfast in her position that the Chief Elections Officer is politically victimizing her; a claim which Josephine Tamai has categorically denied. Disciplinary actions have been [...]

Attorney General Questions Figures Stated by Chief Elections Officer
In February, Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamai appeared on this station’s Open Your Eyes to discuss the re-registration process ahead what should have been the April tenth I.C.J. referendum. During [...]

Disallowed Voters in Burrell Boom Can Apply
In March, News Five brought you the story of several Belizeans who were disallowed to vote because they did not meet the qualifications as a citizen of Belize. Now, for [...]

Attorney Andrew Bennett Still Fighting Extradition
Attorney Andrew Bennett’s fight to stay in Belize continues. Bennett, who is fighting an extradition request from the U.S. Government, appeared on Monday before Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer. The first [...]

Man Charged for Sexual Assault of 13-Year-Old Girl
A father of Lacroix Boulevard in Belize City is in big trouble with the law after a thirteen-year-old child made a report that she was touched inappropriately by a grown [...]

San Pedro Resident Guilty of Drug Trafficking
A warrant for the arrest San Pedro resident, Corazon Artulio Cortez was issued this morning by Magistrate Emmerson Banner.  He found the accused guilty of drug trafficking and slapped him [...]

Measles – Know the Facts
Tonight, the Ministry of Health is on the alert as cases of the highly infectious measles disease have been reported in neighboring countries. There are no reported cases of measles [...]

Boca Del Rio Beach and Park Upgraded
The Ministry of Tourism, Belize Tourism Board and the San Pedro Town Council inaugurated the Boca Del Rio Beach and Park this weekend.  A beachfront was reclaimed along with the [...]

Belize City Woman ‘Scratch & Win’ $5000
A Belize City mother will be spending Easter comfortably. That’s because on Monday night after playing the game Scratch and Win, she came up with the lucky ticket she bought [...]

The Reporter

ICJ Referendum Injunction Courtroom Drama Continues
This morning attorneys Kareem Musa and Lisa Shoman appeared before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin. Despite a move at the Court of Appeal which was unsuccessful...

Aggressive GAF Shadows BCG On The Sarstoon
The Reporter has confirmed reports that the Ministry of National Security will issue an official release on an incident in the Sarstoon at around 10:30 this morning.

High-Speed Contact With Lamp-Post Mangles Car
The driver of this car is lucky to be alive, after a high-speed crash with a lamp-post on the George Price Hwy. The Reporter has received information of an RTA on the Phillip Goldson Highway, between miles 6 and 7.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Benque Viejo teen runs away from home
Authorities are investigating a report of a runaway teen from Benque Viejo del Carmen. According […]

Belize Peace Movement voices concerns over new Referendum Bill
The Belize Peace Movement (BPM) raised a number of concerns today about the recently approved […]

Prices for Premium gas hiked (again)
The price of premium gas is going up effective midnight on April 16, 2019. The […]

British High Commission donates new vehicle to Belmopan police
Today, the British High Commission in Belize handed over a brand new vehicle to the […]

Chinese businessman robbed at gunpoint in Valley of Peace
Sometime around 4 p.m. yesterday, there was an armed robbery in the Valley of Peace, […]

Orange Walk teen reported missing
The public is asked to be on the lookout for a missing Orange Walk teen. […]

Retired nurse victim of aggravated burglary
A retired nurse in Orange Walk Town is the victim of aggravated burglary. She is Margarita […]

Two persons stabbed while walking on Iguana Street, Belize City
Shortly before 5 p.m. yesterday, police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. On arrival, they […]

Armed robbers rob government agency
Belize City police are investigating a case of armed robbery. It occurred sometime around 6 […]

“Will Maheia is the problem,” says Minister of National Security
According to the Ministry of National Security (MNS), Belizean activist Will Maheia is a major […]

Measles outbreak in the US and neighbouring countries raises eyebrows in Belize
In light of the rising number of measles cases globally, the Ministry of Health (MOH) […]

Supreme Court Registrar robbed at office
The take may have been meager – approximately 2 thousand dollars in cash and cheques. […]

Shooting in Belize City; One injured
Minutes ago there was a shooting in Belize City. It occurred near the Complex Building […]

Measles cases in the US reach second highest in 25 years reports CDC
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States has reported that cases of […]

School Easter Break Commences in Belize
Pre, primary and high school students countrywide began their annual 2-week Easter break yesterday. The […]

LGBT Organization to host ‘Living Outside the Safety Net’ Symposium in Belize
In commemoration of the International Family Equality Day (IFED), Our Circle, the new voluntary organization […]

New swimming area & seawall among new Boca del Rio project
On Sunday, April 14, 2019, The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) officially launched the Boca del […]

LOVE FM

The Senators various perspectives
Earlier in our news, we showed Senator Valerie Woods speaking on just how politicised the ICJ Referendum campaign had gotten. Tonight, we review yesterday’s Senate sitting to look at how bad it had gotten and what the Senators’ perceptions are. Jose Sanchez: “Monday’s Senate meeting addressed genuine concerns about the Belize Territorial Dispute Referendum Bill …

Where is Nectali Ico from? Vital Stats doesn’t know but AG says Guatemala
Dolores Village resident Nectali Ico went on national media in March to complain that twice in 2018 he applied for a birth paper at the Vital Statistics Unit. He hoped to vote in the April referendum and he claimed that when he was told the birth certificate was ready, he showed up at the office …

Scratch and Win $5,000
If you have an itch, you scratch. But that urge to scratch is typically considered a bad habit and usually occurs after you are bitten by a mosquito. But there is a new reason to scratch; via a game called Scratch and Win. The latest addition to gaming in Belize was launched in March and …

British High Commissioner Donates Vehicle to Police
The Belize Police Department is one of those agencies that often needs Governmental support. While capacity building is offered through various training and workshops, implementing strategy usually means a shifting of manpower across precincts and constant mobilization during operations. Perhaps that’s why it is significant that the British High Commissioner Ms. Claire Evans OBE has …

La Inmaculada RC Primary School in Orange Walk a hub for burglars
The La Inmaculada Roman Catholic Primary School in Orange Walk Town has been facing a series of burglaries over the past month and a half. The situation has become so serious that the school administration has issued an alert to parents and the public via social media. School principal, Lenny Umańa says the break-ins began …

Robbers take over two grand from Valley of Peace grocery store
There was an armed robbery in the Cayo District that saw a grocery store owner not only lose peace of mind but also two thousand five hundred dollars in cash. Cayo Correspondent, Fem Cruz, has the details. Fem Cruz- Cayo Correspondent: “There was an armed robbery last night in the village of Valley of Peace …

Carmelita resident dies eleven days after he was shot to his head in Belize City
Carmelita resident Oswald Warrior has died. He was shot eleven days ago on April 5, in his face in Belize City. Police report that the 22-year-old, succumbed to his injury this afternoon around one o’clock. Warrior was shot in the left side of his cheek while he walked on Sarstoon Street when he was approached …

Blogs

Away we go, to the National Agriculture and Trade Show!
From Friday, April 26th to Sunday, April 28th, the National Agriculture and Trade Show Grounds in Belmopan City will come alive hosting the best of Belize’s agricultural industry during the largest festival in the country. Under the theme “Innovations in Technology: Driving a Climate Resilient and Competitive Agriculture and Food Sector,” this year’s National Agriculture and Trade Show 2019 is primed to be the biggest yet.

Day2: Xuantunich Maya Ruins
After an exhausting first day on the drive from Placencia, we were ready to explore the ruins. Our plan for the second day was Xuantunich. Only a short 10 drive from San Ignacio towards the Guatamela border, we arrived just in time to watch the group of riders from Hanna Stables cross the ferry. Don’t miss the local food vendors for a quick breakfast before crossing the ferry into the park. Amy’s Diner is across the street, with some of the best food you will find in Belize! Since our last visit they have added several craft and souvenir booths at the entrance. If you are looking to buy…this is the place! Best prices I’ve seen anywhere in the country. We picked up two hammock chairs for $25US each!

Belize part 1: Cayo District
A day before my flight to Belize, I feel a little nervous. This is my first visit to Central America and the travel advice is not the most welcoming for the countries in this area. I want to stay long enough to get a good feel of Belize, so I decide to stay for 4 weeks! In the upcoming posts I will share all my experiences with you. How safe is it here? And what are the absolute must do’s in this country? My first stop: West-Belize / Cayo District!

Things Just Keep Better For Belize’s Environment, Wildlife, And Future
April 2019 is set to be a big month for the environment as Belize triples the size of protected areas inside its Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, begins banning single use plastic bags, and continues leading the world in sustainable tourism. Sometimes reading about the environment, what with climate change, plastic in the seas, general pollution and the like, can get depressing. But not in little Belize, where big ideas and bold actions often lead to huge outcomes for the environment. Case in point is this week’s (April 2019) announcement of a major expansion to protected areas within Belize’s territorial waters that triples – yes triples – the size of nature reserves within the Belize Great Barrier Reef.

Discover Belize and You’ll Cross Costa Rica off Your Travel List!
If you’re all about travel trends, you probably know that Costa Rica is ancient history. The country continues to invest millions to lure tourists to their shores, but like the Wizard hiding behind the Oz spectacle, things aren’t as rosy as they seem. You crave tropical Caribbean splendor that outshines, out-enchants and out-does anything Costa Rica has to offer—and at prices that are downright affordable. Sound too good to be true? Learn why thousands of travelers opt for Belize these days.

How to Travel to Belize on a Budget
Belize is an amazing and exotic getaway destination, but the good news is that you don’t have to break the bank to travel to Belize. If you’ve been interested in visiting Belize but were worried about affordability, we’ve provided this handy guide for exploring this astonishingly beautiful country on a limited budget. In the United States, all four of the nation’s biggest airlines now fly to Belize, making it easy to find affordable tickets. Southwest, United, Delta, and American Airlines now fly non-stop to Belize from more than a dozen major cities.

10 Amazing Facts About Actun Tunichil Muknal
Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave was once used by the ancient Maya but was abandoned in the years before the arrival of the Spanish. Over 1,000 years later, it was rediscovered deep in the jungles of Belize. The Discovery Channel rated ATM Cave as the number one Sacred Cave in the world. The cave is sometimes called the “Cave of the Crystal Maiden” because the remains of a young adult around 20 years old were found in the cave. Its bones have fused with the crystals in the cave and now shines with an unearthly, glittery sheen.

International Sourcesizz

Belizean pilot Efrain Guerrero detained in Mexico
A Mexican media "Contra Corriente" has reported today that a Belizean pilot, Efrain Guerrero has been detained in Mexico pending an investigation for causing an accident with a public bus and running over a jaguar. Tanisha Morales, the wife of Mr. Guerrero, reported to Mexican authorities that her husband tried to avoid knocking the jaguar which ran in front of them. Apparently, in the process of avoiding hitting the jaguar, Mr. Guerrero who was the driver caused the road traffic accident. Belizean authorities have been informed and at best will be trying to deal with this matter in a diplomatic way. Of note is that Tanisha Morales is pregnant and we hope everyone is okay.

Coconut Lobster Ceviche
The recipe I have for you today is my take on a dish that is commonly served in Belize, Lobster Ceviche. In Belize, local spiny lobsters are readily available. The local divers will sell them live right from their boats. I have added a few subtle changes to the recipe by adding coconut. As the banquet chef at Tulalip Resort Casino, at times, I am able to incorporate some of the cooking styles and dishes that I have learned from my time working in the Caribbean.

Hieroglyphic Vase Reveals Amazing Insights into Maya and Eventual Collapse of Civilization
The discovery of an ancient Maya vase painted with hieroglyphs is the longest Pre-Columbian text ever found in Belize and is offering new information about this once powerful civilization including the reasons for their final demise. The Maya were one of the most important of all the pre-Columbian civilizations, and their influence is witnessed over a vast region. The shattered vase is now helping us to have a better understanding of its Classical Age.

Videos

  • COCKSCOMB BOOK 2ND EDITION, 7min. The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary Its History, Flora and Fauna, Visitors, Teachers and Scientists 2nd Edition” was recently beneath the canopy of some of the country’s most pristine forests. Love News travelled south and spoke to the the publisher, students and stakeholders who say it is a text that is fit for the classroom as well as the home.The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Lennox Gladden from the Ministry of Fisheries, Forest and Climate Change. The book is available in paperback as well as in E-Book format. The editors of the book compiled data from 50 contributing authors.

  • The Dive Bar, Ambergris Caye, Belize, 1.5min.

  • Belize Territorial Volunteers stopped by GAF April 15, 2019, 3.5min.

  • The road to Secret Beach, Ambergris Caye, Belize, 1min.

  • Windy day at Secret Beach, Ambergris Caye, Belize, 5min.

  • Belize (Territorial Dispute) Referendum Bill 2019, 47min. Belize (Territorial Dispute) Referendum Bill 2019 was introduced and passed in the House of Representatives on Friday April 12th, 2019. Kareem Musa, Attorney-At-Law, talked with us about the content of the bill and how it impacts on the current constitutional claim against the Special Agreement.

  • The Small Business Development Center Belize - creating economic prosperity, 16.5min. The Small Business Development Center Belize (SBDCBELIZE) , a unit of the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), focuses on creating economic prosperity through entrepreneurial development, business innovation, and competitiveness. They were our guest to publicized upcoming training opportunities available for micro, small and medium enterprises.

  • Pink Boutique and the IT Store showcased Easter fashion available at the stores, 39min. Fun Friday on OYE live from the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina. Pink Boutique and the IT Store showcased Easter fashion available at the stores.

  • Food and Drinks available at the Stone Grill and the Baymen's Tavern at the Radisson, 29min. Chef Roy and Gilbert Teck gave us a taste of the food and drinks available at the Stone Grill and the Baymen's Tavern at the Radisson. We sampled tuna grilled on a stone and two healthy drink using coconut and cucumber. On set Chef Roy - Resident Chef, Gilbert Teck - Bartender.

  • Radisson Hotel this year's recipient of the Responsible Business Best Hotel Award, 12min. Congratulations to the Radisson for being this year's recipient of the Responsible Business Best Hotel Award. We spoke with their representatives about the significance of the award and how they are continuing their focus on sustainable practices in the management of the hotel. On set: Sandra Grisham - General Manager, Pat Lamb - Marketing Manager.

  • Late night fire in across from Martin's primary school, 12min.

  • Wildtracks Spider Monkeys Released, min. The first group of Wildtracks spider monkeys are now in the wild! Join us as we watch the moment when they leave the enclosure for the first time...a very emotional moment for all concerned. First reports show that they are staying relatively close to the release enclosure, and returning for food and water - though they are also enjoying the negrito fruit of the nearby trees. Now the tracking team has the task of ensuring their first week goes smoothly, finding and following them each day, and identifying any potential issues.

  • Brett and Tamara’s Belize Trip 2017, 3.5min.

  • Joe's Belizean Cow Foot Soup, 6.5min. Cow Foot Soup is enjoyed all over the Caribbean and especially in Belize. Joe is back in the kitchen showing us how he makes this hearthy and comforting stew.

  • Fish Panades | Harina de Maiz | Store Masa, 6.5min. The last time I made Belizean Fish Panades for the show, many of you said, you couldn't find the masa and asked how to make the masa from scratch. In this video, I'll show you how to make the masa from masa flour or harina de maiz and I'll compare to the store bought masa.

  • Our Martes Santo Procesion del Encuentro annual marimba musical rendition since 2014!, 14min.