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Is Reading A Punishment?
Is reading like a punishment for you? Have you ever put some thought to the value of reading? April 23 is World Book and Author's Day. In these turbulent times in our world, it is very important to read, whether story books, technological advancement or genetic science. It is not enough to listen to people; it is imperative that we find out ourselves. Books embody the diversity of human ingenuity with a wealth of knowledge and experience of others/authors in the areas of agriculture, science, health, nutrition, business, skills, saving our planet and protecting our environment.

Taxi Driver Leaves Evidence Of Hit And Run Accident
Easter Monday reveals just how much excess there was on Ambergris Caye during the long weekend holiday - Excess traffic, excess parties, excess drinking... We came across this golf cart damaged and pushed up a couple steps in front of the Trust Hardware building on Coconut Drive. The facts as to what occurred are not totally clear yet, as owners of the vehicles also woke up to discover their golf cart that was parked overnight almost totally damaged. Evidence at the scene suggests that a taxi driver was the culprit of the hit and run.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Belizean Justin Williams on this years Holy Saturday Cross Country Classic
Hard day on the bike at this year’s Cross Country Classic. My form wasn’t where it was last year but I gave my all. I’m happy with Cory’s 6th place finish; he made a beautiful bridge to the winning break in the final 20 miles. Unfortunately he was in the hardest position a rider can be in, facing all three of the Guatemalan riders alone. We come to Belize every year to represent our family and friends. This event has been in our hearts since we were kids and we try to make everyone proud every year. We understand you can’t win them all but can’t help but feel slighted by the Cycling Federation of Belize. So, we will not be returning to the Cross Country Classic in 2020 if the Cycling Federation of Belize doesn’t allow us to bring a team to help us fight for the Garland. We will no longer take on the burden of trying to win with unfair odds.

Accident in Benque
There was an accident after ten on Sunday night in Benque Viejo Del Carmen. The man involved in the accident Benigno Kotch is in a serious condition at the hospital.

Justice of the Peace and Court Commissioner Meeting in San Pedro
The San Pedro Association of Justice of the Peace & Commissioners of the Supreme Court; reminder of our Monthly Meeting next Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 7:00 PM at SPHS in Room 1G

GBD 2019 is taking shape
5 Teams so far and its looking good. Main areas being covered include: Chiquibul, Sibun Valley, La Milpa, Crooked Tree, Captain Hook's, Actun Chapat, Spanish Lookout, Caye Caulker, San Pedro

Easter Egg Hunt 2019 in San Pedro
A fun (and sometimes serious time) was had by all. Thanks to the Ambergris Caye Masonic Lodge for this fun and very energetic event and sweets for the kids! Feel free to tag and share if you feel so inclined.

The Reporter

Cycling Federation Under Fire
The Reporter has been unable to get comment from any representative of the Cycling Feration of Belize after that organization came under fire in the wake of the 91st. running of the Cross Country Cycling Classic.

Weekend News Report – From All Corners Of Belize
A man is dead after he was knocked down in Belize City near the bus terminal on Sunday around 5:30pm. George Baptist, 58, survived the impact but succumbed to his injuries a few hours later while receiving treatment at the KHMH.

Bring Me To Life
By: Mike Rudon Jr. – I got to the point in my life, not so very long ago, when I didn’t know who I was. I can’t quite exactly describe how that feels. It’s surreal. For most of my life I considered myself a damned good person. I would never deliberately hurt somebody.

EVERYTHING IS GOOD, but is it beneficial?
By: Dr. Abigail Joseph – They say “money is the root of all evil,” a phase use regularly, but is it really the money or is it what we are able to access with the money? After all, money is just paper. What about food? Can it be said that certain types of foods are root causes of many diseases?

This evening at 6:00pm Police were called to the Rio Hondo river at the Belize-Mexico border near August Pine Ridge-Blue Creek, Orange Walk where they saw the body of August Pine Ridge resident Willie Mendez, 19.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Former Cross Country Champ Justin Williams, upset with Cycling Federation, threatens not to return
In the bitter aftermath of Saturday’s disappointing results, much blame has been thrown around at Belizean cyclists’ inability to defend home soil in the Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic.

Mexican authorities save Belizean child from drowning
Mexican authorities saved a four-year-old girl from Belize from drowning at Mahahual Beach. The Mexican news outlet Riviera Maya News reported that the child was with her family during the Easter weekend when she was swept up by sea swells and carried away by the ocean current.

St Kitts-Nevis shows support for blacklist tax havens including Belize
While his own country is off the hook for now, foreign minister of St. Kitts-Nevis, Mark Brantley, has said the European Union’s revised blacklist for tax havens outside the EU released in March, which includes several Caribbean countries, is “unfair targeting” and does “irreparable harm” to those targeted.

Caribbean Democrat Union sent observer mission for blocked referendum
Before its injunction by court order, the Caribbean Democrat Union (CDU) was set to observe the April 10 referendum called by the Government of Belize on the ICJ question.

Senate President visits Taiwan
Lee Mark Chang, President of Belize’s Senate, is in the Republic of China (Taiwan) today in celebration of the 30th anniversary of established bilateral relations between the two countries.

Road traffic accident in the south
Our newsroom has received word that there was a road traffic accident on the Southern Highway.

Man charged with possession of cocaine
Thirty-one-year-old Justin Stewart believes he had a tenth of a gram of suspected cocaine in his possession on Thursday morning, April 18 when he was busted by police.

Elderly man out on bail for ‘murder’ of his brother-in-law
An elderly man charged with the murder of his brother-in-law six years ago made it out on bail of $25,000 granted to him by Supreme Court judge, Justice Colin Williams for the Easter holidays.

Young man drowns in Rio Hondo
A young man lost his life yesterday in the Rio Hondo river. Authorities were called out to Rio Hondo in Blue Creek, Orange Walk where cops found the body of nineteen-year-old, Willie Mendez.

Blogs

Placencia or Ambergris Caye: Which to Choose in Belize?
Placencia and Ambergris Caye are two places in Belize very popular with tourists and expats. You will find countless online debates about which one is better, more-loved, or more livable. As an expat who has lived in both places for five years, I can attest that they offer distinctly different lifestyles. Placencia is said to feel like Key West 40 years ago. It looks like a 1950s Caribbean postcard. It is a tranquil, funky, artistic little village that has a small-town feel. It is quite rustic, and the heart of the village sits at the southern tip of a gorgeous 16-mile peninsula, surrounded by palm trees, guesthouses, wood shacks, and small hotels, with sparkling Caribbean waters on either side.

Belize Kenep Season
Belize Guaya, also known as ("Kenep"). These are one of the best to-go fruits! Guayas are seasonal fruits that are small, almost bite-sized, that can be sweet or sour depending on the ripeness. The flesh that surrounds the seed is often orange in color and has a delectable sweetness to it; but, watch out for the sour ones though! They can be found at almost every little fruit stand across town that has fresh produce for sale. The local vendors sell them by the bag for a low cost of $2 or up. They are in Season in the month of Mid April, May, June or July. IIn Belize, English speaking people call them quinep and Spanish speaking people call them waya.

Visiting Fattie's Burger in Corozal
MMM! Feel Hunger? Don't worry, Fattie's Burger has an excellent menu for you order your burgers in town. Build your Burger- To all Beef Burger free lettuce, Tomato, Grilled Onion, Onions, Jalapeno, Bacon, Guacamole, Pineapple, Eggs. We also have, Fries, Onion Rings, Chilli Cheese Fries, Sweet Potatoes Fries. (Zucchini Fries, Fried ColiFlowers, Fried Broccoli with Dipping Sauce for $5.00). Also, We have available: Fatty's Double Patty 1/2 Pound Burger.

Five Places To Live In Belize; Two To Avoid
From the many cayes to the Cayo district, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to finding somewhere to live in Belize. In Belize you’ll find the best, and cheapest Caribbean, beach living around. If lazy rivers and rolling hills are more your scene, don’t fret…you’ll find these as well. The cost of living can vary, depending on which area you decide on. Choosing where to start over in a foreign land can be difficult, but these few areas are a good place to start if you’re looking for a new life in Belize.

Tips for Solo Travellers Visiting Belize
Whether you’re a seasoned pro at solo traveling or are heading out into the world for the first time by yourself, one of the best places to visit is Belize. Many solo visitors like to visit Belize outside of the major holidays like Christmas and Easter. If you come during the “off season,” you can save on lodgings, and airfare is often cheaper as well. Some of the best months to visit when it’s less crowded are January, February, and after Easter. And don’t worry about meeting people or making friends! Belize is world-famous for its friendly locals. Belize is still far enough off the beaten path that it feels like a small town. And with everyone speaking English, you’ll never have any problems striking up a conversation.

Belmopan City – The Smallest Little Capital in the World
Tucked in a cute little corner of Central America and many times missed by most viewers of any map of the isthmus, Belize is famous for a few things….. its natural and lush rain forests, the largest cave system in Central America and of course the world renowned Great Blue Hole but what is amazing and something that most people do not know is that Belize owns one of the smallest capitals of the world! Smack in the center of the country, Belmopan has a population of just around 20 thousand residents. When the country was under British rule, it was known as British Honduras and its capital was Belize City, a bustling port center on the coast. Colonial infrastructure can still be seen today and include well-known landmarks.

The Hummingbird Highway in Belize
Belize is a spectacularly beautiful country, and there are few better ways to explore it than by enjoying a scenic drive along the Hummingbird Highway. The Hummingbird Highway is a modern, paved, two-lane roadway that was inaugurated in 1994. The Hummingbird Highway measures approximately 53 miles (86 km) long and connects Belmopan, the national capital, to Dangriga on the southeastern coast. The Hummingbird Highway offers a panoramic view of all of the different landscapes in Belize. Starting in the west, the Hummingbird Highway passes through the northern part of the Maya Mountain range, crosses several scenic rivers, and passes through fragrant citrus orchards before ending just a short distance from the beach outside of Dangriga.

International Sourcesizz

Belize Fights Transnational Organized Crime
Diverse ecological jungles, high mountains, pine forests, exotic rivers, and sandy beaches attract tourists to Belize year round. While visitors enjoy the beautiful landscape, drug smugglers look for ways to carry out illegal activities in the thick rainforest or along the coastline. The Belize Defence Force (BDF) works around the clock to stop drug traffickers from using its territory as a transshipment point. They’re aware that criminal networks could undermine the tourist industry and fuel violence inside the country.

Belize Senate leader visits Taiwan to mark 30 years of diplomatic ties
The president of the Belizean Senate Lee Mark Chang arrived in Taiwan Monday to mark the 30th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations and to help establish a Taiwan-Belize Parliamentary Friendship Group, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). Leading a four-member delegation, Chang is scheduled to meet with President Tsai Ing-wen, attend a banquet hosted by Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and meet with Belizeans in Taiwan, MOFA said in press release. The delegation will also visit sites of interest such as the Agricultural Biotechnology Park in Pingtung, Tungkang Biotechnology Research Center, and Dapeng Bay National Scenic Area, according to MOFA.

An unlikely feud between beekeepers and Mennonites simmers in Mexico
Survival is at stake as Mennonite colonies’ illegal soy farms threaten the livelihood of Maya beekeepers. CAMPECHE, MEXICO“How did it start?” asks Everardo Chablé. He’s propped on a stool in his living room as the daylight fades outside. The only noise in this tiny Mexican town in the Yucatán Peninsula—where there’s no cell signal and little electricity—comes from the music his father is blasting in the yard. He speaks up. “For thousands of years the Maya people had bee culture. Then the Mennonites came with large machines and started to deforest large parts of land where the bees feed. We had virgin forest with very delicate ecosystems—deer, toucans—but most importantly bees that keep up life. When deforestation started they destroyed everything from millennia back.”

How the British Army Cooperated with the Murderous Guatemalan Regime
Guatemalans are still struggling to come to terms with what happened in their civil war between US-backed rulers, left-wing rebels, and indigenous communities. One former president, Rios Montt, is awaiting trial for genocide, charged with murdering 1,771 indigenous Maya people from 1982 to 1983. Now Britain's covert collusion with Montt's regime at the height of the 36-year civil war is being called into question by files VICE has discovered at the UK National Archives. In 1983, Britain had a garrison of 1,500 soldiers stationed along the Guatemalan border in neighboring Belize, which was a former UK colony. Politicians in Westminster and the public thought that the British army was out there to stop Guatemala invading Belize, a move it had long threatened.

Four Ways to Reduce the Climate Hit from Plastics
A new paper in Nature Climate Change—just in time for Earth Day—provides the first global, end-to-end analysis of the carbon footprint of plastics, and goes on to take a close look at four ways we can reduce that footprint. While they did find multiple rays of hope, Jiajia Zheng and Sangwon Suh (University of California, Santa Barbara, or UCSB) also found that no single approach will do the trick: “Our study shows that an aggressive implementation of multi-layered strategies would be needed in order to curb the GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions from plastics.” Global plastics production has increased at a breakneck pace, from 2 million metric tons in 1950 to 70 million by 1980 and 381 million by 2015, according to a 2017 analysis in Science Advances led by UCSB’s Roland Geyer.

Four-year-old Belizean Child rescued from drowning at Mahahual
A child who had to be rescued from drowning at a Mahahual beach over the long holiday weekend has been reported stable. The four-year-old girl was visiting Mahauhal with her family when she became overwhelmed by large sea swells. Her family noticed her in trouble when she was dragged offshore and swept out by the current. That was when her family began shouting for help. Patrolling marine officers were quick to their rescue and able to retrieve the small girl from the water and return her to shore. The child was noted as swallowing a fair amount of water and was transferred to hospital by ambulance for observation. She has been reported to be in stable condition.

EU blacklisting causing irreparable harm to Caribbean says St Kitts-Nevis foreign minister
St Kitts and Nevis wasn’t blacklisted by the European Union in a revised blacklist for tax havens outside the EU last month; however, that hasn’t stopped foreign affairs minister Mark Brantley denouncing what he considers unfair targeting of Caribbean countries. Brantley has strong words for the EU, labelling the blacklisting as a process intended to do irreparable harm to those targeted. “Even though we weren’t blacklisted, I have said publicly, and I continue to say that there is no joy in my mind because Barbados, Dominica, Belize, Trinidad and Tobago all of these countries which are our CARICOM brothers and sisters have been blacklisted. It is a process which we think is opaque, a process which is unfair, a process that is calculated to do irreparable harm to these small countries and small jurisdictions and it is a process that we feel is on the wrong trajectory that it would be better for the EU to engage in dialogue, to seek to assist if there are legitimate areas of concern,” he said.

Earth Day 2019: These Amazing NASA Images Show Earth from Above
NASA is celebrating Earth Day today (April 22) by sharing some really incredible photos of Earth from satellites, aircraft and deep-space missions. Space.com has picked 10 of our favorite views from NASA's Earth Day gallery and featured them here. For even more amazing NASA photos of Earth, you can find NASA's entire collection of Earth Day photos here.

Girls’ eco-garden exhibit gets second chance
Girls’ eco-garden exhibit got a second chance. The eco-friendly school garden project created by two 11-year-old schoolgirls will be auctioned off to raise funds for underprivileged families in Belize.

Videos

  • Watermelon eating competition in Hopkins Village, 9min.

  • Visiting Fattie's Burger in Corozal, 4min.

  • Belize 2019 Spring Break, 3min.

  • Belize blue hole, 36min. Scuba diving in the blue hole at Belize. At 140 feet you will find stalactites and stalagmites formation.

  • BUMP Belize 2018, 4min. BU Marine Program's Coral Reef R&R Class visits Belize!

  • CAYE CAULKER BELIZE, min. Chegada em Belize e em seguida um barco para Caye Caulker em busca de um mergulho com os tubarões.

  • Altun Ha Belize Mayan Ruins and Waterfall Cave Tubing!, 5min. We spent the day exploring the Altun Ha Mayan ruins in Belize and then went cave tubing at Jaguar Paw to explore some underground waterfalls! Belize is so beautiful, you definitely need to go visit and see it!

  • Exploring Belize 2019, 9min. Enjoy a small clip as I explore through Belize City and San Pedro, Belize.

  • Scuba Diving Lighthouse Reef Belize, 9min. Scuba diving on six different sites of the Lighthouse Reef off of the coast of Belize, including Half Moon Wall and the Blue Hole. Our base was the Huracan Diving Lodge, highly recommended!

  • Maya Center Belize- Making Caldo soup, 3min. Maya Center is a small village located on the Southern Highway of Belize. It is mostly populated with Mayan residents; some whom may still adheres to traditional Mayan practices. No monetary value was made for this video, it is entirely for educational and recreational purposes.

  • Scuba diving Belize '19, 18min.

  • PLB | Police FC vs BDF FC | Isidoro Beaton Stadium, Belmopan, 2.5hr.