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Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, Reef TV, KREM, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Belize Now, Talk Ah Di Town, and other specials.


The San Pedro Sun

Vivian Noralez represents San Pedro Town at Miss Universe Belize 2019
The highly anticipated beauty pageant, Miss Universe Belize is right around the corner, and the eight delegates vying for the coveted crown were revealed during a press conference at Bliss Center for Performing Arts in Belize City on Friday, July 5th. Among the girls competing for the Miss Universe Belize, 2019 title is San Pedro’s very own 20-year-old Vivian Noralez. The other contestants are Ryeann Smith, Destinee Arnold, Aarti Sooknandan, Tianney Lamb, Josselyn Cerin, Destiny Wagner and Markeisha Young.

San Pedro resident Raymond Lamb remanded for burglary
32-year-old Raymond Lamb of San Pedro Town is behind bars at the Belize Central Prison after he was arrested for stealing jewellery and valuables worth more than $40,000 from a hotel on the island. Lamb was tried in Belize City’s Magistrate Court as San Pedro Town’s Magistrate was not in office. According reports, the incident took place on Saturday, July 6th inside the room of one Misty Harris. Lamb allegedly broke into the hotel and stole an assortment of items that ranged from electronics to jewellery. Reports further indicate that Lamb was caught in the act and according to the prosecutor Christopher Smith, he was positively identified by two persons.

Post-Mortem results say Edwin Mai drowned in San Pedro Town
37-year-old Edwin Ricardo Mai died on Saturday, July 6th while swimming off the coast of downtown San Pedro. Although witnesses rushed him to the nearest clinic in the vicinity, he was pronounced dead on arrival around 3PM. His body was transported to Belize City where a post-mortem examination took place on Monday, July 8th. His body showed no signs of violence, and the cause of death was certified to be ‘Drowning incidental.’

Mayor weighs in on new golf cart rentals opening in San Pedro Town
Another golf cart rental company has opened on Pescador Drive. This new business contradicts what Mayor Daniel Guerrero said in November 2017, when he stated that his administration would no longer issue permits for new golf cart rentals. The San Pedro Sun reached out to Guerrero, who indicated that it is not a new rental, but rather a branch from an existing business operating under one set inventory of golf carts. The Mayor explained that his administration has not issued any new permits for golf cart rentals. “If you see another golf cart office opening, you may think that it is a brand new company, but it is not,” said Guerrero. “In this particular case, [the company] has so much golf carts they are dividing the inventory and that’s why they opened a separate office.”

Hon. Patrick Faber Attends the 43rd Session of the World Heritage Committee
The Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture is in Baku, Azerbaijan attending the 43rd Session of the World Heritage Committee. Hon. Faber addressed the UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee and an international consortium of partners on the topic “The Importance of Strategic Vision in a Changing Climate”. Hon. Patrick Faber joins UNESCO World Heritage managers, global climate resilience experts and local community stakeholders as they discuss the scope, aim and expected deliverables of the climate change initiative which was launched in October 2018.

Educational workshop held for San Pedro’s Justices of the Peace
San Pedro Justices of the Peace (JP’S) and aspirants participated in an educational workshop on Sunday, July 7th. Held at the San Pedro Town Council conference room, the workshop saw the attendance of committee members from San Pedro Chapter of the JP’s, Deputy Officer in Charge of the Coastal Executive Unit Inspector Basil Reyes, aspiring JP’s and guests. The educational workshop took place from 8AM to 12PM and was facilitated by retired Assistant Superintendent of Police and certified Paralegal JP Martin Yama, former nurse, journalist, and paramedic JP Angella Wiltshire and President of National Association of JP’s and Commissioner of the Supreme Court JP, Danny Madrid. Throughout the workshop, attendees learned the basic concepts of being a Justice of the Peace, including how to respond in a timely, transparent, and efficient way.

Ambergris Today

Pick Up Trucks Donated To Belize Ministry Of Health
The Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin officially received three vehicles on Wednesday, July 8, 2019, to compliment and support the fleet of transportation across the health regions of the Ministry of Health. The Minister received two Pickup trucks and one Refrigerated cargo truck through cooperation funding agencies in a small handing over ceremony at the parking lot area of the Ministry of Health in Belmopan.

Fisherman Charged For Burglary In San Pedro
On Monday, July 8, 2019, Raymond Lamb, 32 year-old, a fisherman of San Pedro Town, appeared before Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitts Anderson in Belize City and was arraigned on a charge of burglary in which jewelry, money and other items were stolen that amounted in value to $42,490. According to reports on Saturday, July 6, 2019, Lamb was caught red-handed when he entered the home of Misty Harris at a well-known resort on the island and stole an assortment of items ranging from cell phones to jewelry valued at just over forty-two thousand dollars.

Ernesto “Nasa” Caliz Remanded Again For Sexual Assault
Ernesto ‘Nasa’ Caliz, a 64 year-old self-employed man from San Pedro Town, is being accused of a heinous case of sexual assault against a 9 year-old boy. The incident allegedly occurred on the island where it is said that Caliz pulled down the child’s pants and kissed him on the anus.

Therapeutic Strategies For Working With Children With Autism & Hearing Loss Workshop
The Inspiration Center in collaboration with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and the Pan American Health Organization PAHO/WHO once again sponsored a three day training of trainers’ workshop for teachers, rehabilitation field officers and health care workers on “Therapeutic Strategies for Working with Children with Autism & Hearing Loss.” The training was held from July 2-4, 2019 at NaRCIE conference room on Freetown Road in Belize City.

Various Belizean Sources

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Medical Students conducting Active Fever Surveillance in San Pedro
A team of medical students from the Outreach Department of the Student Government Association of Washington University of Health and Science along the Public Health Inspector and Medical Officers with will be conducting active fever surveillance in several areas in San Pedro. The objective is detecting any possible fever cases by taking temperatures using the mercury thermometer. These areas are:

Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease Reported in Belize
The Fisheries Department has confirmed the presence of the Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) on the Northern region of the Belize Barrier Reef Complex. SCTLD is a fairly new disease that affects coral reef systems attacking the coral colonies and resulting in loss of live tissue. Infected corals display “blotchy” lesions and high mortality rates. The disease was first reported in Florida in 2014 and more recently in Quintana Roo, Mexico. In June 2019 it was detected and subsequently confirmed in July 2019 at the Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve.

Official Results for the Village Council Elections held on 7th July, 2019

Restriction on Sale of Intoxicating Liquor on Election Day
The Elections and Boundaries Department informs the public and liquor license holders to Rule 12 of the Village Council (Elections) Regulations 2009 (Statutory Instrument No. 134 of 2009) which states that every person who is the holder of a liquor license granted under the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Act shall be prohibited from the sale of all forms of intoxicating liquor during the period from the opening of nominations right up to the announcing of the results. Owners of such establishments shall close such establishments to the public during these times, which is Sunday, July 14, 2019, for the attached List of Villages/Communities.

San Antonio Village Health Center Inaugurated
The newly established San Antonio Health Center was inaugurated today, July 9, 2019. The health center was a campaign promise to the community by their Area Representative Hon. Rene Montero. The $740,000 development was made possible through funding from the Caribbean Development Bank and the Government of Belize and implemented by the Belize Social Investment Fund, with support from the San Antonio community. The Ministry of Health Belize is responsible for staffing at the health center. Service to the community should begin by the beginning of August 2019.

BBQ and Pastries Fundraiser on CayeCaulker
Come on out and support the fundraising this Sunday coming guys. Would really appreciate it. Hope it doesn't rain this time. Thank you God bl

Belize’s Agribusiness and Agro-Processing Sector: Outlook and Investment Opportunities
Belize’s Agribusiness and Agro-Processing sector is strategically positioned to offer high quality goods primarily catering to niche markets. Belize’s rich natural resources inclusive of its high availability of arable land (1,998,230 acres), with its location not being within the high hurricane landfall probability belt, offers an ideal location for agribusiness investments. The country’s advantageous position for organic and eco-labelled production, abundant pool of skilled workers, stable foreign exchange rate, welcoming investment climate, and preferential market access to major world markets offers enticing opportunities for Agriculture investments.

Learning: Pencil & Oil Pastels. Art Classes at the Corozal House of Culture
ART CLASSES ... for kids and adults (6 and above), Inbox me if interested!

Red Cross, Corozal Branch - Community meeting
In Chan Chen on July 22nd at 2:00 p.m. at the Chan Chen Community Center.

COROZAL SUMMER FUN 2019
Sponsored by the Belize Red Cross, Corozal Branch. August 1st and 2nd.

3rd Annual Deep Sea Classic Fishing Tournament
It’s that time of year again! Our 3rd Annual Deep Sea Classic Fishing Tournament is scheduled for the weekend of July 19th, 20th & 21st. Thanks to our many sponsors, the prizes total to over $55,000BZ. You still have time to register to enter the tournament. Read more about this big event, and find out how you can register at www.grandcaribebelize.com

Teaching Vacancies at Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico, Corozal
3 Fulltime and 1 Partime.

Just Dance Video Competition
The Just Dance Video Competition is tomorrow and Friday at the Cayo Welcome Center. Contact Ms. Neal or Mrs. Medina for more information. "YOUR CHILDREN ADVISORY BOARD AND THE SISE TOWN COUNCIL HEREBY INVITE ALL DANCERS! COME OUT AND WIN GREAT PRIZES WITH THE JUST DANCE COMPETITION! GET YOUR GAME DANCE MOVES ON! SIGN UP TODAY! STARTING JULY 11TH AT 6:30 PM. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL MS. Kamile Neal @ 635-2999 and Councillor Shary Medina @ 615-0433."

Queen of the West 2019
The 2019 Queen of the West pageant will be held on Saturday, August 17th, and the SISE Town Council is accepting applications. They have some nice prizes for the winner, including a scholarship. "Now Accepting applications for Queen of the West 2019!!"

Belize Water Services Management Trainee Program
Belize Water Services (BWS) has a Management Trainee Program for university graduates which provides trainees with relevant job experience and create well-rounded leaders. We invite dynamic, motivated and dedicated individuals who are aspiring to become leaders to join our BWS Family which has a strong culture of “delivering excellence to our stakeholders through highly trained, courteous and empowered staff.” The Trainees will be stationed at our Belize City Office.

Chiquibul Junior Ranger Summer Camp
FCD proudly announces the acceptance of children to be part of the Chiquibul Junior Ranger Summer Camp. Dates: 4 - 10 August, 2019. Please write us at [email protected] for the application form and other guidelines. Closing date for applications is 22 July. Space is limited to 12 children.

Opening at the US Embassy for Senior Foreign Service National Security Investigator
The U.S. Embassy is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the following position: Senior Foreign Service National Security Investigator Extended closing date: July 16, 2019

243rd Independence Day Celebration
We marked the 243rd Independence Day of the United States on July 2, 2019 at the Chief of Mission’s Residence in Belmopan. Thanks to all who graced and supported the event. Enjoy these photo memories!

Aventura Archaeology Day
San Joaquin Community Center July 14.

Summer Arts Program
It's that time of the year again! For this year's Summer Arts Program, we are offering three dynamic courses focusing on the 'Cultural Crafts Industry' in our blessed nation. Within these workshops participants will learn the artful skill of processing coconuts and bamboo to make useful crafts not to mention master the rhythms of playing a traditional Kriol drum. Spaces are available for all three classes, call 223-4524 for more information! Special thanks to the Belize Electricity Limited for donating to our program for second consecutive year and also to the Belize Audubon Society for their collaboration. Don't forget there's still time to check out the 'Lydia Waight-Birds of Belize' Exhibit at the Museum of Belize. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Ya’axché Farmers’ Expo 2019
Ya’axché Farmers’ Expo was a success even though we had some rain! Ya’axché Farmers’ Expo celebrates and promotes the Maya Golden Landscape famers' innovative climate-smart agricultural practices. During the event a wide variety of organic farm produce were for sale such as coffee, cacao, herbs, spices, oils, fruits, vegetables, sugar cane, honey, fruit and timber seedlings and bio-organic fertilizers. The climate-smart farming practices allow the farmers to wisely use their land to produce food for their families while protecting the forests. Some of the climate-smart farming practices being implemented in the MGL are slash and mulch, Inga alley cropping, cacao-based agroforestry and apiculture.

Ya’axché's Summer Camp
Ya’axché's Summer Camp is here once again! If you are between the ages of 9-14 years and from the Maya Golden Landscape, join us for a week of fun activities, games, field trips, and much more! Deadline for applications is Friday, 26th of July 2019. Applications will be processed on first come first serve basis. Applications are available at Ya’axché PG office and at Ya’axché field station from Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m. The Summer Camp is made possible with the support of Europe Aid through the Forest Governance Project.

Channel 7

Social Worker Accused of Human Smuggling
Tonight, a social worker from the Department of Human Services faces charges of human smuggling.  It's a cruel irony since that's the very same department is supposed to be the one which protects victims of human trafficking and smuggling.   But, 35 year old Benque Viejo resident Sergio Guerra turned that on its head.  He was taken to court today along with 40 year old Edwin Arnold Naj.  They are charged with facilitating the commission of a crime by transporting persons. 

Alleged Human Smuggler Worked For Chair Of Anti-Trafficking In Persons Council
So, now that Sergio Guerra has been charged, what does his boss, CEO Judith Alpuche have to say about it? She's also the chair of the The Anti-Trafficking in Persons Council - and to think that one of her staffers was allegedly involved in this smuggling operation? Well Alpuche was incensed when we spoke to her about it today:  Judith Alpuche - CEO, Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation & Poverty Alleviation: "The case looks like a human smuggling and not a human trafficking case. From our perspective, if the facts bare out, that's just a technical difference because it would be a gross and egregious violation of his ethics..."

When We Kill Mothers.
Alpuche also commented on the heinous murder of mother of two, Yanira Novelo.  The 23 year old was found in a canefield on the San Lorenzo road in Orange Walk yesterday.  Her son was found the day before, walking on the San Lorenzo road with a wound to his left rib cage.  It was the little boy's fourth birthday, but instead of a party, he spent it escaping from the men who had abducted and killed his mother. It's an unbelievable trauma for a child to endure and today we discussed it with the CEO of the ministry responsible for the protection of children: Judith Alpuche - CEO, Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation & Poverty Alleviation: "That's really a horrendous heart breaking case on so many levels and frightening on so many levels and we were just talking about childhood trauma and how that impacts children. So from our perspective what you see even on the news is a very supportive family and so our role in that case would be to support the family, to support this child in whatever ways needed."

Mason Trial Within A Trial Continues
In yesterday's news, we told you how the murder trial against William "Danny" Mason and his 4 co-defendants resumed in the Belmopan Supreme Court, after an extended break. The court first had to find new defense counsels for each, except Mason, who retained Guyanese Dexter Todd. After that, each of the 5 attorneys needed to be brought up to speed with the substantial portions of the trial that had already taken place back when Herbert Panton represented all 5 men. Well, the trial resumed at an important juncture. Justice Antoinette Moore is currently conducting a trial within this trial - to test whether a caution statement given to police should be admitted as evidence. This part of the trial is not for public consumption, and so, for 2 days now, the press was not allowed to sit in and listen.

AIBL & FTC Formally Settle
The Sanctuary Belize land fraud fiasco started playing out late last year when the investment scheme was named in a lawsuit by the Federal Trade Commission - which called it the biggest foreign land scam it had ever investigated.   And, even though it was an All-American deal - that is, US developers selling land in US dollars to US citizens - the hammer blow fell on Belize.   The country's largest offshore bank, Atlantic International had its foreign accounts frozen - and eventually had to shut down - sending dozens of employees home - and leaving hundreds of depositors - 80% of them US citizens -  uncertain about what, if anything, they will get back from their savings accounts.

FTC Unleashed Firebombs on PM & Gov't
The settlement still has to be signed by all the FTC Commissioners, but this is described as a routine process which should take a few weeks.  After that, the terms of the settlement will be made public. And while that is a major development, it wasn't the reason for today's press conference.   What triggered the Wednesday afternoon event at the Princes was a 50 page court filing by the FTC which leaked to the media yesterday.  It was filed on June 10th, when the FTC was playing hardball.  And the document makes all kinds of  claims about the conduct and actions of the Prime Minister and his law firm Barrow and Williams.

Rt. Hon. Dean Denies
And while the Prime Minister got that one line in the settlement - the FTC put many lines on him in its court filing!   To hear the PM tell it - they invented meetings which he never had and undertakings which he never gave.  He read them directly from the court filing: Rt. Hon Dean Barrow - Prime Minister: "Under this Belizean government supported the so call fraud, they said Prime Minister Barrow met with Pukke, Pukke is apparently the chief architect of the Sanctuary Bay development project. Prime Minister Barrow met with Pukke and his associates and many connections exists between Barrow's government and Sanctuary Bay. As relevant here, Prime Minister Dean Barrow met with SBE representatives in August 2014 after the development's problems were widely known..."

FTC Said PM Was Obligated To SBE
And, the documents quotes communications which suggest that Prime Minister Barrow owed Sanctuary Belize - and because of that, he would be fulfilling a wish list for them.  Here's how they put it, and his response: Rt. Hon Dean Barrow - Prime Minister: "Barrow owes a great deal of any positive sentiment that he has about Belize because of marketing, to us and he should be very willing to help Sanctuary Belize in any way possible end of quotation. Just the previous day, Bake emailed Pukke, and Baker made the same point:  Pukke has quotations, an upcoming meeting with Barrow, he should give Barrow a wish list and Barrow is likely to help because he owes SBE for its successful telemarketing campaign in the Unites States.

The Erwin Allegation
And, it's not only the PM's name and his Deputy that got called, but the report also points to a familiar name in investment schemes, Minister of economic Development, Investment and Trade, Erwin Contreras.  The Minister who is often heard about, but rarely heard from - is also a contractor, accusing to the document: Rt. Hon Dean Barrow - Prime Minister: "One of the developments of Sanctuary Bay, one of the developments prominent figures is Erwin Contreras, who held various positions in Barrow's government including Minister of Economic Development and Minister of Trade..."

Barrow and Williams, SBE's QB?
And while Minister Contreras is misidentified, the document also points to the Prime Minister's law firm - and makes no mistake about the fact that his partner Rodwell Williams represented Sanctuary Belize. The PM said the performance of Barrow and Williams is vindicated by recent  events:.. Rt. Hon Dean Barrow - Prime Minister: "If the suggestion is that in acting as an attorney, Rodwell and Barrow and Williams did anything in the least bit improper, how is it that the court in Maryland..."

FIU Was Warned, Did Nothing
And while Barrow and Williams continues to earn fees from the Sanctuary meltdown - where was the Financial Intelligence Unit? They did receive an email form the former Governor of the Central Bank waning about the dimensions of fraud in Sanctuary Belize.  Former FIU Director Joy Grant said she got that mail - but then nothing happened.  Here's how she handled it: Audrey Joy Grant - Governor, Central Bank: "I looked up and I found that email was sent from then Governor Ysaguirre and I was at the FIU. That is dated 26th of September, 4 days after that I took up my appointment as governor of Central Bank."

Identifying Child Abuse Vs. Corporal Punishment
A non-profit named C-FAL, short for "Children First and Last" today held a Child Abuse Prevention Seminar at the Radisson.  Discussions were led by the California-based Dr. Kendra Flores Carter, who is an experienced clinical social worker in the US.   She told us what defines child abuse - and the culture that creates traumatized children:

SIB Opens New Information Gateway
If you watch the news with any regularity, you'll know that the Statistical Institute of Belize is all about information, from the country's GDP, to the average pay of the average worker. But, with the support of the IDB, they are going even deeper, to create a platform for open information, through the launch of the Belize National Statistical System Portal and the reloaded SIB Website.   It's part of a national statistical system with great ambitions.  We found out more at the launch - which was held at the Radisson this morning:..

From Life In Prison To 8 Years
He was staring down the prospect of life imprisonment, but today, 38 year-old Alfredo Ical, a convicted murderer, got good news when he learned that he only has 8 more years to serve.
Ical was convicted of the 2002 murder of 27 year-old Jose Nunez, a Salvadoran national which happened on a Banana Farm in the Stann Creek District.  The evidence in his original trial indicates that Ical and another man were walking on a road connected to the farm when they met Nunez.  Ical, who was intoxicated, attacked Nunez for no reason, and bashed Nunez in his face with a stone. Ical then chopped Nunez with a machete, then he tied a rope around his neck and hanged him from a tree.  Ical was convicted and sentenced to life in 2005 by Justice Michellle Arana.

PM: BTL Don't Owe
BTL doesn't owe any GST.  That's what the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance said this evening when the press asked him about the alleged 29 million dollars in arrears.   Documents circulated to the media show an audit concluding that this almost 30 million dollars is owed for the years 2012 - 2017.  The PM refused that today:.. Rt. Hon Dean Barrow - Prime Minister: "BTL owes no taxes. BTL pays its files and pays its GST. Now, obviously, some issue has arisen as to whether there is any GST liability pertaining to some intra-company transactions...."

Stony Coral, Serious Threat
First it was floral bleaching, and now the Fisheries Department is alerting the nation tonight that there is a new environmental threat that has the potential to wreck the famous Belize's Barrier Reef system.
It's called Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease and it has been detected on the northern region of the barrier reef system.  It's a fairly new disease that negatively affects coral reef systems by attacking coral colonies, which results in the loss of live coral tissue. Infected corals display "blotchy" lesions, and high mortality rates.

BAHA and The Beetle
And while the Marine conservationists prepare to do battle with that coral disease, the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) is on high alert for the small hive beetle. This beetle is a scavenger and a highly destructive parasite to honey bee colonies.  It is native to Africa, but it's been making inroads in this hemisphere since 2006.  BAHA suspects that the incursion of the small hive beetle into northern Belize was due to the illegal trade of honey bee products, equipment, and materials.  The small hive beetle has devastated areas where it has been detected.

PLACENCIA.
There's concern on the Placencia Peninsula about an apparent development that's happening on the thinnest part of the precious strip of land.   The former chairman explained: A protest was planned by villagers for the area today. We'll keep following the story.

Channel 5

Prime Minister Dean Barrow Vehemently Denies Knowing of Sanctuary Belize Land Scam
With a huge scandal starring him in the face, Prime Minister Dean Barrow today called an urgent press conference in which he responded to the claims and allegations made in [...]

PM Barrow Defends Fellow Ministers; Says F.T.C. Allegations Are Untrue
PM Barrow also responded to a statement in the claim which says that “There are other important connections between the Belizean government and S.B.E.” In the claim, allegations are also [...]

F.I.U. Was Warned of Possible Real Estate Scam
One of the most serious allegations made against the Barrow administration is that there was knowledge of the scam prior to the F.T.C.’s actions to halt it. According to the [...]

Central Bank Rejects Allegations of Knowledge of Scam
The Central Bank of Belize is said to have been aware of the scam, but failed to act properly in the Sanctuary Belize scam. The Bank today issued a statement [...]

Senator Salazar Denies Allegations Made by F.T.C.
U.D.P. Senator Aldo Salazar is also named in the claim. It says that Salazar, who represented A.I.B.L., allegedly “facilitated the fraud by helping the developer wrongfully seize Sanctuary Belize lots [...]

PM Barrow Complaints to U.S. State Department
And the visibly upset Prime Minister told the media that after learning and reviewing the claim, he urgently got in contact with the U.S. Chargé d’ Affaires to make an [...]

F.T.C.’s Submits Motion to Stay Proceedings Against A.I.B.L.
Before the Prime Minister’s press conference today, the F.T.C. filed an application in the U.S. District Court of Maryland for a stay of the proceedings it commenced against A.I.B.L.  This, [...]

PM Barrow – “B.T.L. pays its files and pays its G.S.T.”
Prime Minister Barrow, during his press conference this afternoon, also touched briefly on Telemedia’s G.S.T. issue.  Aside from reiterating the position taken by Financial Secretary Joseph Waight that the company [...]

Letter from B.T.L. Chairman to FinSec – “an outrageous lie”
At a press conference held by the People’s United Party last Wednesday, Area Representative Kareem Musa attested to the existence of a letter in which the chairman of B.T.L.’s Board [...]

Min. of Human Development Offers Support to Murder Victim’s Family
The chilling murder of a young mother in Orange Walk has shaken that northern district. The callousness with which she was killed and her little boy brutally attacked on his [...]

Human Development Employee in the Middle of Smuggling Operation
An employee of the Ministry of Human Development has been charged with human smuggling of four Honduran nationals, who are in Belize illegally. The employee is thirty-five-year-old Sergio Adrian Guerra. [...]

Alleged Human Smugglers Pleaded Not Guilty; Released on Bail
As you heard just now, the two men charged in connection with an alleged smuggling operation, are social worker Sergio Adrian Guerra and Edwin Naj. Both men were in vehicles [...]

Strengthening the Family Unit is at the Core of Addressing Crime
In recent years the level of crime and violence against women and children has escalated. The recent killing of twenty-four-year-old Yanira Novelo and the attack on her four-year-old boy brought [...]

From Death Row to 25 Years Behind Bars for Convicted Murderer, Erlin White
From death row to life sentence to possibility of parole, after he completes twenty-five years behind bars. That’s how the murder case concluded today for convicted prisoner, Erlin White, when [...]

Will PM Barrow Sue F.T.C. for Defamation?
Back to the big story involving Sanctuary Bay, when the dust finally settles on the A.I.B.L./Sanctuary Bay fiasco, will Prime Minister Barrow set his sights on the Federal Trade Commission [...]

Sanctuary Bay Defrauded American Investors Only
Notwithstanding the Central Bank’s role as the country’s financial regulator, questions are being asked about its apparent lack of oversight in respect of the Sanctuary Bay real estate scam.  When [...]

S.I.B. Introduces Belize National Statistical System Portal
This morning, the Statistical Institute of Belize and the Inter-American Development Bank formally launched the Belize National Statistical System Portal and the S.I.B. website.  The initiative comes as part of [...]

What Will the New Portal Be Used for?
The objective of the portal is to standardize and reduce the amount of effort needed to transfer data between organizations, as well as give the general public access to disseminated [...]

KTV the Remix, Season 3 Opens with a Bang
KTV, the Remix opened with a bang on Tuesday night at the Bliss and is poised to remain the hottest summer show on local television. First on stage was Marlyn [...]

A Timely Forum on How to Protect Children in Cases of Child Abuse
A timely forum is taking place today. It is offering relevant information to the authorities on how to detect and protect children who are being abused. According to a report, [...]


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Sargassum nightmare threatens Mexico’s Yucatan coast
A giant mass of sargassum algae has been spotted from space by NASA satellites, heading toward Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula; it could spell disaster for the pristine tourist beaches on Mexico’s Caribbean coast when it hits the area this week. The seaweed island that is about the size of Jamaica is predicted to spread as far south as Belize and could trigger an environmental disaster, scientists say. The “sargassum stain,” as the island of seaweed has been dubbed, came about as a result of “the massive explosion of algae” which “has been caused by widespread deforestation in the Amazon and the intensive use of fertilizers which have fed nitrogen into the oceans,” the Yucatan Times reported.

Tourist tragically drowns off Caribou Caye while snorkeling
The vacation of an American couple who went to Placencia on Wednesday was brought to an abrupt and tragic end when Gemma Paybarah, 43, a realtor of San Fransisco, USA, drowned while snorkeling off Caribou Caye, Stann Creek District, with her husband and six others, along with a tour guide. The incident occurred on Friday. Information to us is that Paybarah and her husband, Joshan Paybarah, and the group went to snorkel, but afterwards, when checks were made, Gemma was missing.

Raymond Lamb, 32, remanded for $42,000 burglary
Raymond Lamb, 32, a fisherman of San Pedro Town, appeared today before Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitts Anderson and was arraigned on a charge of burglary in which jewelry, money and some other items were stolen that amounted in value to $42,490. Lamb pleaded not guilty to the charge. The prosecutor objected to bail being granted to him on several grounds — one of which was that the offence of burglary has become prevalent.

James Escarpeta, 35, shot; under police guard after Puma Buca Gas Station robbery
At about 1:00 Saturday afternoon, a robber went into the Buca Gas Station located on the Hummingbird Highway in Belmopan, pointed a gun at the cashier in the convenience store and demanded money. The cashier told police that, fearing for her life, she handed over money that was in a drawer in the store to him. The thief then ran out of the store and pointed his gun at two gas attendants and demanded money from them, and they gave him the money in their possession, fearing that he would shoot them.

Sinaloa cartel member killed in Chetumal had Belize passport, among others
The Belize Immigration Department cannot explain how a Belize passport recently ended up in the hands of an unsavory individual, a member of the Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico. That is all the more reason why the Senate Inquiry Report on the Auditor General’s findings on the irregularities at the Immigration and Nationality Department is of the highest importance. Chairman of the Senate Special Select Committee, Senator Aldo Salazar, had promised a few weeks ago that by the halfway point of this year, the report would have been completed. Perhaps this Belize passport was issued during that period under scrutiny.

PUP maintains lead in village council elections
The Opposition, People’s United Party (PUP), continues its winning streak in the third round of voting in the village council elections, held yesterday, Sunday, July 7. In a press release issued today, the PUP again is claiming victory in the village council elections.. Yesterday, elections were held in forty-three villages across the country. A total of 7 villages in the Corozal District voted, and the PUP won in 5 of those villages, while 2 villages in the Corozal District voted for United Democratic Party (UDP) village councils.

National Over-40 reg. season ends; back match to decide playoff spot in South Group
The National Over-40 Football Tournament 2018-2019 Closing Season regular season completed its fixture with 4 games this past weekend, except for 2 back matches which remain. Two games each were played on Saturday and Sunday, July 6 & 7. On Saturday evening at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium, undefeated Belmopan Veterans were held to a 2-2 draw by Real Verdes Veterans. Belmopan got a goal each from Oliver Wiltshire (13’) and Armando Dubon (72’); while Real Verdes goals were by David Aldana (13’) and Robert Muschamp (28’). Meanwhile, at the MCC Grounds in Belize City, it was BDF Veterans, 5-2, over Plaza Veterans. Vallan Symns had a hat trick for BDF (31’, 36’ & 75’) along with a goal each from Freddie Roches (80’) and Lyndon Flores (82’); while Ledwin Dixon (42’) and Julio Suazo (57’) scored for Plaza.

Dangriga sports stats – Wagiya wins pre-season friendly
There was a PLB pre-season friendly practice match yesterday in Placencia – Wagiya vs Placencia Assassins. Wagiya won, 3 goals to 1, under the new head coach, Dale Pelayo. Goal scorers for Wagiya were Gilroy “Bredda” Thurton, Horace Avila and Johnard Castillo. Placencia Assassins’ only goal came from Wilbert Rivas. The return match will be this Sunday at the Carl Ramos Stadium at 4:00 p.m. Wagiya has signed a couple new players for this upcoming PLB season.

Dangriga Mayor’s Cup knockout semifinals and Smart Mundialito Week 1 results
Over the weekend, the Stann Creek Football Association (SCFA) hosted the Dangriga Mayor’s Cup knockout semifinals on Friday night at the Carl Ramos Stadium, and then on Sunday, it was Week 1 games in the SCFA Smart Mundialito Tournament at the same venue. In the low scoring opening semifinal on Friday night, July 5, Foreshore Empire clipped Pomona Warriors, 1-nil, on a goal by Carlos Lino (15’).

SMART Mundialito reg. season ends; playoffs start this Saturday at the MCC
Four games were played on Saturday, July 6, to end the regular season in the 2019 Smart 13 & Under Mundialito 2018-2019 Closing Season. In game 1, Sampson Academy shut out Ladyville Warriors, 4-0, with 3 goals from Devin McCaulay and the other from Richard Bowen. The win, putting their season tally to 15 points, secures the 8th playoff spot for Sampson Academy, who trailed 8th place Ladyville Warriors by 2 points (14 pts to 12 pts) going into Saturday’s final regular season games.

Editorial: A government going through the motions
The 1993 People’s United Party (PUP) government said it had done all it had promised in its 1989 manifesto, so it called general elections early, about 14 months before its allotted five years was up. The PUP could have called the general elections on September 4, 1994, instead of 30 June, 1993. The 2012 United Democratic Party’s (UDP) government said it needed a new mandate to address the so-called Super Bond, so it called the general elections about 12 months early. The UDP could have called the general elections as late as February 8, 2013, instead of on March 7, 2012. We don’t know the people who bought into those governments’ explanations for calling elections early.

Adriadna Luna writes
Dear Editor, As a youth, I would be very appreciative for this widely distributed newspaper to publish my childhood experience to the general public, among whom, I’m sure, there are other youths who may be or have been going through similar experiences. Many a times while I was growing up, I would ask myself: What would my future be like? I had no idea, and up to now, at 18 years of age, I still don’t know

Belize 2030: Policy Reforms to Explore
As the bodies pile up, fences get taller and confidence in ourselves declines, Belizeans face a national crisis rivaling the vote to stand firm and fight against the Spanish invasion in 1798. This series of articles explores the recent history of governance in Belize and how a ruling party can and should work with citizens and civil organizations to meet these challenges and develop real solutions to the nation’s more pressing problems. While Belize prides itself on being a multi-party democracy, in many ways we are merely going through the motions of democracy, but not living the substance. Why? Because since Independence in 1981, the United Democratic Party (UDP) and the People’s United Party (PUP) have traded terms governing through many election cycles of bitter partisan fights that merely entrench the status quo (Shoman 1987).

Crime situation: we’ve been here before
The senseless murders of young black males in Belize City, have once again gripped our attention, but for how long this time? Certainly this is not the first time that we have been outraged by the spate of random killings. In other words, we have been here before. The fact is, we are seeing a cyclical drama being played out; the same core problems remain and the current murder statistics are only symptoms of a deeper set of problems. But why do we continue to pass this way, each time missing the opportunity to use the crisis as a catalyst to tackle these problems once and for all? Clearly, we have numerous reports, dating as far back as the two Crime Commissions of 1990 and 2000, respectively, to verify that the core problems remain the same.

Gentlemen punish too
I read this weekend, in the letters section of the Belize Times and the Reporter, a story of woe, a story about the horrible suffering women and the LG-and what-all-else-in-the-alphabet community are put through by unconscionable, uncouth men and their lewd language. I just want to say to the letter writer, Ms. Marin, that they are not alone. If it’s true what they say about misery, that it likes company, well I’ve got a whole lot of friends to introduce to her. Lady, Miss, I want to tell you that gentlemen are taking a terrible licking too. Yes, gentlemen punish too, and maybe we are even more pained because we are affiliates of these low brutes. That just goes to show that life is not only what we see at the surface. Trust me, when you form a war party, gentlemen will enlist, and we’ll be at the fore.

An act of war
The word Ka’añaar, explained by Brother Yasser Musa at the Corozal House of Culture graphic art exhibition which took place on Thursday, June 27, 2019, is two words — “Ka’a” in Maya, which means two, and “ñaar” in Senegal, West Africa, meaning two. Before I continue to write on this event, permit me to express my gratitude to Brother Yasser Musa for uplifting this your humble servant with words of praise and for giving me the honor of cutting the ribbon alongside the Cuban Ambassador to Belize, Sister Lissette Pérez Pérz and the two graphic artists, Brother Falco from Cuba and Brother Lito from Belize. I want to be frank and truthful with you, our dear readers of this column; it was the first time in my life that this, your humble servant, had ever cut a ribbon of an inauguration of such a special event which tightened the bonds of friendship between Cuba and Belize.

Ashley Castillo, 15, reported missing
Ashley Castillo, 15, a student, was reported missing on June 24, 2019. She was last seen on June 17, and has not been heard from or seen since. Ashley is of Mestizo descent, with a fair complexion. She is about 5 feet 4 inches tall, and of medium build, and has a sharp nose, and brown eyes. She weighs about 120 pounds and has three small moles on the left side of her face.

Patrick Robateau and Leslie Pipersburgh, convicted murders, will get fixed sentences
The Court of Appeal has ruled that life sentences without the possibility of parole were in violation of the Belize Constitution, and since the ruling in November 2016, convicted murders serving life sentences have had their life sentences changed to a fixed date sentence. In 2002, Leslie Pipersburgh, 45, and Patrick Robateau, 42, were found guilty of murdering two KBH security guards, Kevin Alvares and Fidel Mai, at the Bowen and Bowen Ltd. compound on Slaughterhouse Road, in Belize City. The murders occurred while the two were carrying out an armed robbery at the Bowen and Bowen compound.

Family of Cowo sisters who drowned in the Mopan River sues driver of SUV
In October 2018, two sisters from Succotz, in the Cayo District, lost their lives when, after a night of partying, the driver of the SUV in which they were traveling lost control of his vehicle, which plunged into the Mopan River. Cindy Cowo, 26, and her 16-year-old sister, Liarinette Cowo, died from drowning. The Toyota RAV 4 SUV was being driven by Carlos Martinez, a contractor from Belmopan, who managed to get out of the submerged vehicle without injury.

The Reporter

Human Trafficking Problem – 8 People Detained
The Reporter has confirmed that at least eight persons are currently detained at the Ladyville Police Station after a suspected human trafficking operation was broken up Tuesday evening (July 9th.) on the Crooked Tree road.

Woman’s Body Found In Cane-Field On San Lorenzo Rd.
As a follow up to the discovery of the body of a female in a cane-field behind the San Lorenzo community this morning, the Reporter has confirmed that the deceased is Yanira Mariela Novelo, 24, of San Jose Village.

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Prime Minister discusses Sanctuary Belize settlement
At the top of the news we told you of Sanctuary Belize and the problems it has been causing Belize and its government. Today, the Prime Minister announced that a settlement has been reached although it is left to be approved by the Commissioners at the Federal Trade Commission. The Prime Minister added that the …

Residents of Placencia concern about erosion
Residents of Placencia Village are concerned over a case of rapid erosion taking place near the main road. In recent interviews, it was indicated that if a strong storm would hit, chances are that the residents would be stranded. It was also brought to our attention that the erosion is being caused by the clearing …

Is it a case of human trafficking or human smuggling?
Police are investigating an alleged human trafficking operation. Reports are that Ladyville Police intercepted two vehicles, a taxi from Benque Viejo Del Carmen, Cayo District and the other a transport vehicle. The occupants of the vehicles were four Honduran immigrants: two adults and two minors and four Belizeans – one of them an employee of …

SIB launches BNSS portal
The Belize National Statistical System portal was launched this morning as a part of the Statistical Institute of Belize, SIB, efforts to reinforce the country’s ability to generate and use quality official statistics. The portal is an amalgamated information management system. As Belize moves towards an open government, the portal is a fine addition to …

Prime Minister: “BTL owes no taxes”
In recent weeks, one of the major news stories had to do with Belize Telemedia Limited and their alleged tax debt coupled with allegations that the Chairman Nestor Vasquez had written to the Financial Secretary, Joseph Waight, requesting a tax waiver for the company. Today, Prime Minister Dean Barrow responded to questions on this issue. …

Murder trial for William ‘Danny’ Mason continues
The murder trial against William ‘Danny’ Mason (MASON TRIAL VO) and his associates, Terrence Fernandez, Ashton Vanegas, Keiron Fernandez, and Ernest Castillo, resumed in the Belmopan Supreme Court today. The trial continued with a voir dire to determine if the caution statement from one of the accused will be taken in evidence. The caution statement …

Take Action on Climate Change
Today, July 10, marks the first day of a regional meteorologists workshop organized by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC). The workshop will be a three day event taking place at Biltmore Plaza with representatives of the National Meteorological Services of the Caribbean and Central America. Love News spoke to Carlo Fuller, International and …

Child abuse prevention seminar
There are various types of child abuse including physical, emotional, and sexual. According to the Department of Human Services, between eight hundred to one thousand cases of child abuse are reported annually. Today, a seminar was held to provide training for persons whose job may bring them into contact with children so that they may …

PM responds to allegation
“Utterly unjustified innuendos”, that is how Prime Minister Dean Barrow has described several allegations brought against him and his administration. These allegations are printed in a 50-page document prepared by the US Federal Trade Commission surrounding Sanctuary Bay Enterprise (SBE) and Atlantic International Bank Limited (AIBL). The allegations are astounding and while ordinarily, it would …

Robber caught by gas attendant goes to court
One of the top stories across media houses on Monday was about the brave gas station attendant who pursued a man that had just robbed him. Due to the attendant’s actions, the police were able to apprehend the robber, who was later identified as 35-year-old, James Escarpeta. (ESCARPETA VO) Escarpeta was hospitalized with a gunshot …

CitCo offering discount on property tax
Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner says there are thousands of dollars to be collected in property tax arrears. He says that while the council is in need of the funds to finance its daily operations...

CitCo moving to a new location
The offices of the Belize City Council will be relocating to its central office, formerly referred to as the Commercial Centre. According to Mayor Bernard Wagner, this move slated for the end of the month will save the council lots of money currently being spent on rental ...

Blogs

The Location of San Pedro Norte? A Spot For A School
Ambergris Caye is a large island – over 25 miles in total length – where the population for the most part, resides in a very small area. (Estimates range from 15 to 30 thousand depending on who you talk to) San Pedro town (you can see the location in the Google map below) is the center of all things that make a township a town. The schools, the polyclinic, the police and fire departments and the government buildings. For years there has been speculation, as development and some (but not all) utilities reach farther and farther north of the need for another town – another “urban center” – farther north. Over the past 5 or so years, land has been distributed to Belizean citizens around the areas of 8 – 10 miles north. 100s of lots were granted in the relatively vast and unpopulated mangrove forests on the west side of the road in that area.

Visitor’s Guide to Snorkeling Belize's Barrier Reef
There aren’t many places in the world where you can jump off a boat 30 minutes from shore and swim with stingrays, turtles, nurse sharks, and dozens of schools of colorful fish. The Belize Barrier Reef is one of the best places to snorkel in the world because of the crystal-clear water and thriving coral. My name is Aimee and I’m a YouTuber and blogger from One Chance Travel. I visited Belize in 2019 and absolutely fell in love with the tiny island of Caye Caulker. This little slice of paradise serves up Caribbean island vibes year-long! I want to share my snorkeling experience with you and give you the right information on how you can swim with wild turtles and fish during your trip to Belize. Read on for more info on snorkeling the Belize Barrier Reef!

International Sourcesizz

13 Places Where You Can See the Bluest Water in the World
Sometimes all it takes to re-center and refresh your mind and body is a good day (or week—who are we to limit you) staring off into a tranquil blue sea. To help you find your inner peace, and catch a few waves and rays while you’re at it, we’ve put together a list of some of the bluest waters in the world. These lakes, seas, beaches, and bays have vistas that range from brilliant navy blues to the lightest, clearest turquoises imaginable. Needless to say, they are the perfect places to re-connect with nature, family, and yourself. A short boat ride from the largest barrier reef outside of Australia, Belize’s Ambergris Caye is a scuba diver’s and snorkeler’s paradise. Head to Shark Ray Alley to snorkel among nurse sharks and stingrays; visit Hol Chan Marine Reserve to get up close with eels, turtles, and colorful fish; or explore the underwater caves of Blue Hole. When you’re not in the water, admire its warm glow from a hammock on the beach.

‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters’
A hummungus mass of sargassum algae has been spotted from space by NASA satellites, heading toward Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula; and of course this means disaster for Mexico’s Caribbean coast tourism industry. The seaweed island that is about the size of Jamaica, it’s predicted to spread from Cancun all the way down to Belize and according to scientists, it could cause catastrophic damage to the environment. But our “Godzilla” is just a very small part of the 8,850 kilometers (5,500 miles) long seaweed bloom sighted in the Atlantic Ocean. It stretches literally “across the Atlantic” (from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico), and is estimated to weigh 18 billion kilograms.

NASA satellites find biggest seaweed bloom in the world
An unprecedented belt of brown algae stretches from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico--and it's likely here to stay. Scientists at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg's College of Marine Science used NASA satellite observations to discover and document the largest bloom of macroalgae in the world, dubbed the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt, as reported in Science. Based on computer simulations, they confirmed that this belt of the brown macroalgae Sargassum forms its shape in response to ocean currents. It can grow so large that it blankets the surface of the tropical Atlantic Ocean from the west coast of Africa to the Gulf of Mexico. In 2018, more than 20 million tons of it - heavier than 200 fully loaded aircraft carriers - floated in surface waters and became a problem to shorelines lining the tropical Atlantic, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and east coast of Florida, as it carpeted popular beach destinations and crowded coastal waters.

Videos

  • Character Development in School-aged Children, 38min. School is out and students are on vacation mode until September. Teachers are going to be busy doing professional development training and so we wondered what can children do to prepare for the upcoming school year. We invited Anne Cuvas, Principal of St. Martin De Porres Primary School, to reflect on the challenges she sees in the classroom and to share recommendations on how parents can help their children to develop strong characters. She explained that it begins with parents having a good influence by modeling the desired behaviour and spending quality time as a family.

  • Belize Coast Guard - Roles & Functions, 56min. We invited officials of the Belize Coast Guard to help our viewers understand the roles and functions of the Coast Guard. They talked about the recruitment process and the overall strategy to tackle the rising problem of Narco-Trafficking. Cpt. Elton Bennett - Vice Commandant, Belize Coast Guard. Lieutenant Commander Gregory Soberanis - Commander, First Fleet Belize Coast Guard. Lieutenant Alma Pinelo - Sector Commander, Belize Coast Guard.

  • Life Graphix Photography representatives, 23min. Life Graphix Photography representatives talked with us about the art of photography. We got expert tips on how to take better pictures with the cameras on your mobile phones. Among the tips given they shared how to find the perfect lighting for photos and depth for backgrounds. On set: Melvin Diego - Photographer, Life Graphix Photography. Aria Hylton - Asst. Photographer, Life Graphix Photography.

  • SMART Belize - awesome deals Update, 29min. SMART Belize representatives were our guests to introduce new services to their customers. The highlight was the new options to purchase Broadband Bundles. They also told us about an exciting new football summer camps for children of various ages. On set: Josue Carballo- Marketing Manager for Procurement. Adelaide Sabido - Public Relations & Branding Office.

  • The Belize Brain Awareness Society, 50min. The Belize Brain Awareness Society has invited Dr. Kendra Flores-Carter to host training session on ways to improve and maintain mental wellness and professional development in the workplace. We spoke with representatives of the Society and Dr. Flores-Carter about the topics being covered in the sessions and how it can improve individual productivity and the quality of your workplace. The sessions take place on July 12th at ITVET Belize. On our couch: Dr. Kendra Flores Carter - Guest Speaker. Kaylia Nunez - Ambassador/Founder, Belize Brain Awareness Society.

  • Prime Minister's Press Conference, Setting The Record Straight On Sanctuary Bay - July 10th, 2019, 2hr.

  • Tecuani and the Duende, 1min. It's finally here Belize! We are beyond excited to bring you the OFFICIAL teaser trailer for Belize first animated movie 'Tecuani and the Duende'. Please share far and wide with your family and friends as we race towards the October 25th PREMIERE at the Bliss Theatre. Put the sound ON!

  • 2019 International Costa Maya Festival , 1min.

  • A Scarlet Sky, 5min. A team of conservationists are fighting the odds to save what remains of the wild Scarlet Macaws in Belize.

  • "Q" LESLIE & "CHARRO" ON HORSE RACING AT THE BELIZE DERBY!, The legendary Belizean jockey, "Q" Leslie, came into the "Belizean Legends" studios along with his trainer, jockey, and buddy Richard "Charro" Ramirez and chatted with yours truly about the classic 1960s and 70s Belizean horse racing extravaganza that became one of Belize's most celebrated sports of all times. "Q" and "Charro" had to set the record straight after making it clear that the "Finley Bishop" story was just a part of Belize's sensational horse racing chapter. We can still hear the legendary Belizean sportscaster, Bernard Aguet, bringing to Belizeans countrywide that smooth but exciting horserace sportscasting through Radio Belize. Aguet’s voice goes, “And the horses are at the starting gate…and they are off!” This is when the names like "Q" Leslie, Finley Bishop, Goldburn "Stama" Middleton, Ashley James, Nick Hernandez, Richard “Charro” Ramirez, the Cattouse Brothers, Lightburn, and all these big names in Belizean horse racing are heard in some of the most exciting ways you can imagine. 60min.

  • Zip Lining in Belize Summer 2019, 4min.

  • El Pescador Belize with our Guide Ketchu Marin, 2.5min. A day of bonefish at El Pescador

  • Bacab Eco Park, Belize, Central America, 19min. 0:00 - Horse ride (no sound) 2:18 - Ride continues, with sound 4:44 - Dismounting the horses 5:55 - Bacab Eco Park pool 6:20 - Bacab Eco Park lunch hut

  • RAF Harrier GR.3 deployed in Belize (July 1977), 1min.

  • Lamanai Mayan Ruins & Boat Ride on the New River in Belize, 8.5min. We booked a tour with Elio Avila of Lamanai Belize Tours to go check out the Lamanai Mayan Ruins which is located in the jungle near Orange Walk. Our guide Julian picked us up from our hotel and drove us to Orange Walk where we then took an hour long boat ride down the New River to the Lamania Mayan Ruins to which we were allowed to explore the impressive Mayan monuments and even climbed the High Temple for spectacular views! If you ever get to Belize City, this is definitely a must do tour, so worth the one hour drive and the one hour boat trip to get there. Getting there is half of the adventure!

  • Sports Talk Show, 60min.


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