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The San Pedro Sun
University of Belize to offer Bachelor’s Degree Program in San Pedro Town
During a public ceremony, San Pedro Junior College (SPJC) and the University of Belize (UB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to offer a bachelor’s degree to residents of San Pedro Town. Held at the San Pedro High School (SPHS) conference room, the ceremony saw the attendance of UB President Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat, UB Dean of Faculty of Education and Arts, Nestor Chan, UB Dean for the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences Dr. Bernard Watler, SPJC Dean Gustavo Ellis, SPJC Assistant Dean Froylan Gilharry and interested residents.
Belmopan youth plan 2nd giant book festival to give away over 3,700 fun books to children and teens
The members of the Belmopan Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program (BYSEP) are at it again with their continued goal to encourage a love for reading in Belizean children and teens. They call their project “Tek Time fi Read” and on August 17th (9am-3pm) they are planning their 2nd giant book festival at the Belmopan Civic Center. The festival will feature exciting free reading related games that the participants can play to win points. The points can then be used to “purchase” some of the thousands of books that will be on display. All children will go home with some free fun new books.
San Pedro’s Biggest Human Tragedy
Because he did not adopt very well to the sea, his parents sent him to Chetumal, Mexico to learn a trade. After a few months he returned to San Pedro to tryout his new profession as a tailor. However just about this time tourism had its origins in San Pedro and Adolfito returned once again to the sea and started working as a tour guide at Ramon's Village. His passion for the sea soon elevated him to become one of San Pedro's first dive masters.
It was this passion that took Adolfito at the age of 38 to a sink hole that is located just off the coast of Caye Caulker's western side. Many divers had dived this sink hole or blue hole as some people call it. The cave is totally dark once you enter and your visibility is only enhanced with flashlights. Someone had anchored a rope for divers to find their way out. However fate would have it that this rope was old and probably broke loose. Adolfito dived as far as half of his air tank could take him and when he tried to return he realized there was no rope and he became disoriented and indeed lost. Try as he may he finally ran out of air and drowned in the depths of the sink hole.
University Of Belize And SP Junior College Sign MOU
On Thursday, August 1, 2019 the University of Belize (UB) and San Pedro Junior College (SPJC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the aim of providing tertiary level education up to a Bachelor's Degree in San Pedro. The signing took place at the conference room at San Pedro High School. Singing the MOU were Clement Sankat – President of UB, Dean of Faculty of Educationand Arts – Nestor Chan, Dean for the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences - Dr. Bernard Watler and Gustavo Ellis Dean of San Pedro Junior College.
Various Belizean Sources
2019 Belmopan Rainfall
The dotted blue line is the typical monthly rains. The dashed blue line is the rain for this year, so far. Very low.
GOVERNMENT PRESS OFFICE
VACANCY - INFORMATION OFFICER
Job Location: Belmopan and Belize City. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applications together with curriculum vitae and two written references must be submitted by 31st August, 2019 via email to [email protected], REF: VACANCY or mailed to: Director, Government Press Office, Ground Floor-National Assembly Building, Belmopan.
Arelee Parham is our new Miss East Indian
She is from Punta Gorda in Belize. I am sure that PG is blazing with pride and joy tonight.
Jalyssa Arthurs is the first runner up,
Gwen Smith is the second runner up,
and Kelsey Trujeque Daniels was the third runner up.
Assorted prizes and awards were also given out. Thanks to Corozal Organization of East Indian Cultural Heritage (COEICH) for having these activities to keep our Indian culture in Belize alive.
National Domestic Tourism Survey to begin August 5th, 2019
For more info visit our website at www.sib.org.bz.
Junior Rangers leave for Chiquibul School experience
The Junior Rangers for the 2019 Summer Camp left Sunday for their one week Chiquibul School experience. This program is funded by the British High Commission in Belize and BECOL.
Football Meeting in Corozal
The Corozal Football Association takes this opportunity to invite all Club Owners and managers to a meeting on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 6:30pm at the Civic Center.
The meeting is to establish and communicate to all stakeholders upcoming the " CFA Opening Season 2019-2020 Youth Tournament" U10, U13 and U20.
Also we will relay information pertaining to the FIFA Connect Platform and Club Licensing.
Your participation will be highly appreciated. Please confirm attendance by Wednesday, August 7, 2019 2:00pm
Paint N Splash
We are painting on Thursday from 2-4pm.....who’s coming to join us???
Changes in the Pump Price of Fuel Effective on August 6, 2019
The Ministry of Finance announces that on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, the pump prices of two fuel products will change.
The prices for premium gasoline will register increase and kerosene will register decrease as follows:
Premium gasoline will increase by 49 cents from $10.63 to $11.12 per gallon; and
Kerosene will decrease by 08 cents from $7.71 to $7.63 per gallon.
The price for regular gasoline and diesel will remain unchanged at $10.55 and 10.08 per gallon respectively.
Applications for 2020/2021 Chevening Awards are now open!
Chevening is the UK Government's global awards programme aimed at developing future leaders and influencers by offering fully-funded scholarships and fellowships to study in the UK.
Whilst there is no 'typical' Chevening Scholar, we are looking for the kind of people who have the passion, ideas, and influence to provide the solutions and leadership needed to create a better future. On completing your studies, you will leave the UK equipped with the knowledge and networks necessary to bring your ideas to life.
If that is you (or someone you know) apply at www.chevening.org/apply
Study in the UK, where ideas come alive.
(Scholarships deadline: 12:00 GMT, 5 November 2019)
Caye Caulker Lobster Fest Weekend 2019 Official Statement
The Caye Caulker Lobster Fest Committee would like to thank all who supported and remained hopeful with us during the Lobster Fest weekend. It was the 2, Anniversary of Caye Caulker Lobster Fest and we are very disappointed that we were not able to provide the full experience that we had planned for you all. We did our best to make much of the weekend but unfortunately, due to the limitations with the generators we were constrained as to what we could have Provided.
For those who attended our 25th Anniversary Ceremony - Thank you for your patience and support as we worked our way through the night to make our ceremony a reality.
Opposition Leader John Briceno Recuperates at Home
This weekend was a peaceful and crime-free weekend, it certainly is a welcomed break from all the violence, with that said, we start off with an update on Friday's headline story. PUP party leader John Briceno is at his Orange Walk home recovering from Friday morning's terrifying accident on the Phillip Goldson Highway. Home is where he will stay for the next 3 weeks so his cuts and bruises can heal and the swelling on his head can go down. But as we have reported, Briceno and his driver Edwin Hill will be just fine and make a full recovery. Now while they both recuperate; police will continue their investigation and so far police say the Blue Bird Albion bus driver is at fault.
The Red Sea? How About the Gooey Green
If you love swimming, fishing, or some other water sport, you probably have a favorite body of water you remember fondly as a child. If your favorite spot is a river near your neighborhood, then you'll definitely be able to identify with our story featuring a group of residents from Orange Walk Town.
They say that the New River is not the same pristine natural beauty that it once was about 20 or 25 years ago. They say that in recent years, the water appears to have become polluted, and they don't exactly know what is causing it.
And more than lack of recreational opportunities, if the New River is polluted, it raises serious public health concerns for those residents who live near it.
Mission Accomplished: SATIIM Smooth Sailing to Sarstoon
Two weeks ago, all the headlines were about that ugly encounter on the Sarstoon. The Guatemalan military tried to stop the Belize Territorial Volunteers and SATIIM from going up the river to Black Creek. They were going to recover some illegally harvested timber after poachers - most likely Guatemalan - had illegally cut down Santa Maria trees in the Sarstoon Temash National Park.
But, the Guatemalan military tried to harass and intimidate them, and only backed off slightly when the BDF vessel appeared. In the end, though, the mission was never accomplished because the BDF escort vessel broke down and the Territorial Volunteers' vessel - known as "Binky" - had to haul back the BDF vessel to its forward operating base.
NICH Condemns Belikin Beer-Drinking, Bladder-Bursting Tourist at Caracol
A tourist was having a bit too much fun at a Belizean archaeological site this weekend. Based on these pictures of the tourist drinking a beer and seemingly urinating at the site, an Institute of Archeology employee identified the site as Caracol in Cayo. The pictures have been circulating on social media and many have expressed their outrage at the blatant disrespect and desecration of the sacred Mayan site. Many on social media have weighed in saying the matter must be thoroughly investigated and the tourist as well as the tour guide, if he was present, must be sanctioned. Well, today NICH Communications officer Neil Hall stated that they are still trying to get more information in this case but stressed that the tourists' actions are utterly intolerable.
Archaeological Site Rules Applies to All
But Neil's list of rules and prohibited acts at archaeological sites isn't only for this tourist, it is for all visitors including Belizeans. Neil says there have been several cases where people have vandalized the temples.
Neil Hall - Communications and Marketing, NICH:
"We would also like to take this opportunity, since a magnifying glass is being lifted to the actions at the temples, we would also like to ask the general public and those people who are visiting to not vandalize the sites, to not take the opportunity to scratch your names unto the temples or the surrounding areas or even the trees on the archaeological sites as well as defacing property that is on there. We would like to ask you to stop as well and if you see someone doing it, let them know it is wrong."
Ni Hao: PUP Delegation Returns from Visit to China
A PUP delegation has just returned from a series of meetings in mainland China. The delegation was headed by Caribbean shores representative, Kareem Musa. The trip may speak volumes about the PUP's possible intentions to establish diplomatic relations with the Chinese; despite long standing Belizean support for The Republic of China (Taiwan).
7 News met with Representative for Caribbean shores Kareem Musa at his office today. He elaborated on the meetings and their objectives:
Police Work to Solve Darwin Rocke's Ruthless Execution
Last week we told you about the murder of 34 year old Aloe Vera Street resident Darwin Rocke. He was killed in a ruthless manner. His arm was cut off, he was stabbed to the chest and his head was partially decapitated. His decomposed body was found on Thursday morning thrown near the Burrell Boom Bridge. Today at the police press briefing, police say they are following leads but don't have a concrete motive at this time.
ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City:
"We are still working on that case. We are concentrating our efforts in Belize City as we suspect that the primary scene is here in Belize City but we are still determining the area as to where the incident actually occurred."
No Arrests in Elderly Camalote Musicians Murder
Who killed the elderly Camalote musician? Police are also trying to figure that out too. Today police told us how their investigation is going so far in this case.
ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB:
"We are still investigating that matter and we are still seeking two persons we believe can assist in the investigation. Several persons were detained and later released pending further investigation."
"And a motive has still not been determined?"
ACP Joseph Myvette:
"At this time no, as was previously reported his monies and other personal effects were found on him at the time his body was found."
Thieving Employee Cried Wolf
Saul Perez, a resident of Succotz Village, is facing a court fine from the Magistrate's Court after he admitted that he stole from his boss, lied about it, and made up an entire story that he was robbed.
Police say that on Thursday, August 1st, 2019, Perez, a former Quarantine Officer for the OIRSA Belize, visited Precinct 1 in Belize City, and made a robbery report to them. He said that at about 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 31st, he was walking on Yabra Road in Belize City. That's when, according to Perez, he was approached by 3 unknown men. One of them was allegedly armed with a knife, and these men supposedly held him up and robbed him of just over $2,300 in cash.
Dion Zabaneh Seafront Property Case Back to Court
76 year old Primrose Gabourel and her son, 43 year old Dion Zabaneh were back before the Magistrate today.
In January of this year, the Department of the Environment and the police enforced a stoppage of land filling at parcel 4670 in Buttonwood Bay. It's a lot which happens to be in the sea - and the DOE says they should have first gotten environmental clearance.
The mother and son were charged for failure to obtain environmental clearance prior to development activity; failure to comply with an enforcement notice, that is, a stop order; hindering or obstructing an officer in the conduct of his duties and proceeding with a project without complying with environmental clearance.
Trade for Economic Development in Belize
A delegation from the World Trade organization is in Belize this week to facilitate a five day advanced training in trade negotiations simulation skills. This training was requested by G.O.B. from the World Trade Organization and is intended to develop the skills of Belize's trade negotiation team in order to ensure our country's effective participation in trade negotiations at the multilateral and bilateral level. Here is more from the event.
Andy Sutherland - Director General foreign Trade, Ministry of Investment, Trade and commerce:
"This initiative is to be able to fine tune the team to be able to address and expand the trade mandate for Belize. You know that we launched the national trade policy in February 2019 and that policy outlines that Belize seeks additional market access for its private sector..."
From Belize to Bradenton: FFB U-15 Team Compete in CONCACAF Championships
The U-15 football team is in Florida for the 2019 CONCACAF Championship. The team left Belize on Saturday and the boys played their first game today against French Guyana. The Belize team lost 3 nil but that defeat won't get them down for the rest of the matches. Here are a couple short interviews with the players in Florida.
There are 18 boys on the team. The team plays St. Kitts tomorrow morning at 9 Belize time.
Gas Prices 'Rev up' Again
Many of you won't be happy about this next story but there is no getting around it: the price for premium gasoline is going up.
The price for regular gasoline and diesel will remain unchanged at $10.55 and 10.08 per gallon respectively. Premium gasoline will increase by 49 cents from $10.63 to $11.12 per gallon. Kerosene will decrease by 08 cents from $7.71 to $7.63 per gallon.
No Grenade Danger
On last week Thursday night, we told you about this grenade which was found close to a gang affiliated house in Orange Walk Town. Looks, like a real grenade, right? Well, it turns out to be a training grenade, and one that had already been used. This was confirmed by the BDF explosives expert. A training grenade is what is generally known as a smoke grenade.
PUP Want Full Disclosure on Proposed NHI Funded Project
Last week we told you all about the NHI surplus funds, which the CEO in the Ministry of Health and the Minister of Health were trying to get set aside for a new 1.6 million dollar medical stores building in Orange Walk.
Well, after they got a "no-objection: letter from the Ministry of Finance, the Prime Minister stepped in to stop them cold. On. Thursday, he wrote a letter to the leader of the opposition, saying, quote, "in my view, and especially in the current circumstances, the (Ministry of Health) ought not to make any such application (for those funds). And then on Friday, SSB CEO Dr. Colin Young told us that Social Security was never approached about the use of NHI funds.
New River’s Health Declining; Residents Call on D.O.E. To Take Action
A boat ride up the New River in Orange Walk shows large scale stagnation and discoloration of the waters along a seventeen-mile stretch from the villages of Carmelita to Trial [...]
Dengue Cases on the Rise; 40% are Children
For the past two weeks, we have been reporting on the dengue outbreak in Belize and tonight the situation continues to spiral as the number of confirmed clinical cases has [...]
The Southern Regional Morgue out of Commission, Again
While we were with the Director of Health Services, we asked him for an update on the status of the morgue at the Southern Regional Hospital. On Friday, residents from [...]
A Visit to China by Parliamentarian Kareem Musa Sparks Controversy
Last week, Caribbean Shores Area Representative Kareem Musa travelled to Shanghai, China. Musa was along with Belize City Deputy Mayor Oscar Arnold and Councilor Michael Noralez. Now, Belize does not [...]
P.U.P. Party Leader John Briceño Recovering; Bus Driver Charged
P.U.P. Leader John Briceño was released from Northern Medical Plaza over the weekend and is tonight at home recovering from injuries he sustained during a traffic accident on Friday morning [...]
A Few More Details but No Arrest in Murder of Darwin Rocke
Thirty-four-year-old Belize City resident Darwin Rocke was callously murdered. His body was found dumped far away between Burrell Boom and Hattieville, last Thursday. Rocke was partially decapitated and one of [...]
Sanctuary Belize’s Assets Frozen by U.S. Federal Court
Sanctuary Belize is back in the news tonight. The actions by the Federal Trade Commission against the defendants in the massive Sanctuary Belize real estate scam continue, as well as [...]
Fuel Prices Increase Again
For the umpteenth time, consumers are being hit in their pockets with fuel increases. Premium gasoline will increase by as much as forty-nine cents going from ten dollars and sixty-three [...]
P.U.P. Demands Answers on a Grant of $1.6 Million from N.H.I. Funds
The matter of N.H.I. funds for the construction of a one point six million-dollar Central Medical Stores Building in Belmopan is still in the news tonight. Last Friday, different explanations [...]
NICH/Institute of Archaeology Outraged over Tourist Urinating & Drinking at Caracol
Over the weekend, disturbing photographs surfaced on social media showing a tourist exposing himself at an archaeological site in Belize. It is against park rules for visitors to be imbibing [...]
NICH Revisits Protocols in Place at Archaeological Sites
Just last year, there was a murder committed at the Cahal Pech Archaeological Site in San Ignacio. Unknown to rangers, the site was accessed via paths at nights by residents [...]
No Arrests in Murder of Elderly Guatemalan Musician
Why was Manuel Barrera, an elderly Guatemalan national, killed in Young Bank? It’s a question that investigators in the Cayo District are still trying to have answered. The seventy-eight-year-old met [...]
A Claim that Police Shot Brandon Mejia on Jasmine Street
A formal report is yet to be filed with the Belize Police Department, following an incident on July twenty-sixth in which a vehicle driven by Brandon Mejia was reportedly shot [...]
Primrose Gabourel and Her Son Back in Court with the D.O.E.
The land dispute between the Department of the Environment and seventy-six-year-old Primrose Gabourel and her son, Dion Zabaneh, has been languishing before the courts. It involves a property on Seashore [...]
Former Assistant Quarantine Officer Avoids Jail Time, but Loses Job
Saul Perez, a former Assistant Quarantine Officer with OIRSA-Belize, is out of a job after he lied to his boss and the police when he claimed he was robbed of [...]
W.T.O. Hosts Trade Negotiations Skills Training in Belize
The Directorate General for Foreign Trade, with support from the World Trade Organization, is hosting over twenty government officials in the ‘Advanced Trade Negotiations Simulation Skills Training’ this week. The [...]
Missing Belize City Yardman Returns Home Safe and Sound
Forty-six-year-old Antonio Chacon, a Honduran landscaper, was reported missing over the weekend when family members could not locate him. He was last seen on Friday morning around five a.m. when [...]
Enforcement of Sugar Tax – is it CARICOM’s Answer to its Sugar Problems?
Last month the Stabroek News of Guyana published an article outlining the challenges in the sugar sector for CARICOM states. The article headline reads that the, “extensive tax evasion sinking [...]
The Countdown to National Song Competition 2019
The countdown is on for the 2019 September national celebrations. Among the first events is the national song competition which takes place this Saturday at the Civic Centre in Corozal [...]
Concerns over September Celebrations’ Theme are Clarified
Communications Officer Neil Hall also spoke on a concern that was expressed over the theme selected for this year’s September Celebrations. If you add the words in the chosen theme [...]
The Sporting Events over the Hot and Humid Weekend
Good evening, I’m James Adderly and this is Sports Monday. [Highlights of the weekend in sports...]
The Mystery Pollution & Stagnation Of The News River
Today the Reporter joined other media houses on a tour of the New River, following months of complaints of terrible pollution in the once pristine waterway. We were shocked by the state and stench of the river, particularly behind the BSI/ASR mill where waste water empties directly into it.
WHO WILL PAY FOR $1.6M BUILDING? PM Barrow Says Ask MoH…
A Memorandum from the Ministry of Finance which was circulated to the media last week, purportedly showed approval from the Ministry for a construction contract worth more than $1.6 Million, which was awarded to Joehann Construction and Engineering Ltd., a company owned by the brother of Minister Rene Montero.
IS COP ‘GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER?’
Two weeks after Allyson Major was shot to the back of the head, an injury which would cause his death, the cop who allegedly pulled the trigger, Cpl. Kent Martinez, was taken to the Magistrate’s Court where he was arraigned on one single charge of Manslaughter by Negligence, an offence usually reserved for fatalities during RTAs.
Kareem Musa explains trip to China
PUP’s Caribbean Shores representative, Kareem Musa, recently went on what he understood was just an innocent trip to mainland China. However, this trip has sparked controversy among the UDP. The Guardian Newspaper immediately called out Musa – as well as Deputy Mayor, Oscar Arnold, and Michael “Chips” Noralez, both of whom had tagged along with …
PUP demands answers in Ministry of Health scandal
Last week, Love News reported on the allegations that the Ministry of Health was planning to use funds from the National Health Insurance (NHI) reaserve fund to build another Central Medical Store in Belmopan. The fund reserve is managed by the Social Security Board (SSB), however, SSB’s CEO, Colin Young, told the media that he …
Orange Walk Residents are Concerned of the New River Conditions
The New River is extremely essential in the lives of many Orange Walk residents. Some use it as a means of transportation, others use it to fish, and some use it to take a Sunday swim. Recently, the river has experienced a change in conditions, which can be seen as well as smelt. The river, …
Breaking Belize News
UNICEF salutes Belize during World Breastfeeding Week
Photo Credit UNICEF As World Breast Feeding Week (August 1-7) comes to a close, the United […]
Ministry of Finance announces changes in fuel prices
The Ministry of Finance announced a short while ago that on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, […]
July 2019 was the hottest month ever
According to the European-Union-based Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), the month of July 2019 was the […]
PUP demands answers in Ministry of Health scandal
The People’s United Party( PUP) issued a statement today demanding answers in the latest government […]
You Can Be A Champion For Women and Girls in Sports!
Belize’s Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis Barrow encourages all Belizeans to be […]
Department of Youth Services hosts Open day for International Youth Day 2019
The Department of Youth Services (DYS), Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports, and Culture is hosting […]
Low Lying Bridge closed for maintenance
The San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town Council is informing all residents that the Low […]
What’s killing the New River?
Residents of Orange Walk Town and surrounding areas say they are growing impatient with the […]
Mom refuses to spare son over crack possession
Even though it means she will not see him for 90 days except through prison bars, […]
Habitual drug pipe user spared in court
Mark Conorquie, 54, has been convicted nine times in 21 years, between 1995 and 2016, […]
Issue #42 - July 2019 of The BELIZE AG REPORT is online here!
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The Belize Ag Report
Celebrates 10th Anniversary
The Belize Ag Report is an independent semi-annual agriculture newsletter. Our purpose is to collect, edit and disseminate information useful to the Belizean producer, large or small. We invite opinions on issues, which are not necessarily our own. Belize Ag neither solicits nor accepts political ads.
on Highly Hazardous Pesticides in Belize
Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs)1 have been recognized as an issue of concern, along with the need for concerted action in addressing them, through the promotion of agro-ecologically based alternatives and strengthening of national regulatory capacity to conduct risk assessment and risk management.
Maya Mountain Research Farm (MMRF) is a Belizean NGO, situate in the Toledo District agroforestry farm of Christopher Nesbitt and his wife Celini Logan Nesbitt. Christopher applied for the newly created Commonwealth Innovation Award, highlighting his work of the last 30 years in agroforestry, food security, land repair, and the last 15 years’ intensive work on carbon sequestration through agroforestry and biochar.
And Charts From 2018
Although the trend of lower rainfall in northern Belize, and higher rainfall in the south still remains generally true, much variation can be seen within each area. All of the rainfall charts and graphs for this article were created by Dottie Feucht.
our Streams and Rivers
is Everyone’s Responsibility
Having studied streams and rivers of Belize for the past 30 years, I have witnessed a trend that has greatly accelerated during the past few years…and the news is not good. Our riparian (riverside) forests, filter systems of the landscape, are being stripped out. Wetlands are disappearing.
& Regeneration International to Host 2nd Annual Tropical Agriculture Conference
When you think of the 2nd week of November in Belize, think of the Regeneration International and Regeneration Belize’s Tropical Agriculture Conference. This year will be the 2nd annual event. The 2018 conference, (held the 2nd week of November also) was a rousing success, with over 1,100 Belizean farmers flocking to Belmopan’s NATS grounds, to listen and learn regenerative farming methods from 6 international experts, all hailing from the tropics and 11 local experts.
Beyond the Backyard:
Just when the avocado, Persea americana, season is coming to a close, I read a very disturbing article that suggests that some of our favorite indulgences could be annihilated by the effects of climate change. I am sure the same holds true for most of the basics produce but the thought of losing avocados, coffee, chocolate, lobsters, oysters and beer is far more devastating.
The History of Central Farm
1948 – 1966
The Central Farm Agricultural Station was started on the 20th October, 1948. It started as an Ex-servicemen Rehabilitation Scheme and was later changed to an experimental station. At its inception the area was completely in high bush; the first work gang consisted of twelve men under a farm manager who cleared it with machetes and axes.
Spanish Lookout Community
for the year 2018
Crop Statistics Table by Crop Type, Acres farmed and Bags produced in 2018.
A Summary of Dr. Alvaro Cadavid’s presentation at the Tropical Agriculture Conference
A silvopastoral system (SPS) is a type of agroforestry that allows the intensification of cattle production based on natural processes that integrate trees and shrubs in pastures with animals. SPSs are recognized as an integrated approach to sustainable land use. A silvopastoral system (SPS) is a type of agroforestry that allows the intensification of cattle production based on natural processes that integrate trees and shrubs in pastures with animals. SPSs are recognized as an integrated approach to sustainable land use. A well-managed SPS has been shown to improve overall productivity and provide additional economic, environmental, and social benefits for livestock farmers and cattle compared with grass monocultures.
Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic
2018 Highlight: Poached Macaw Chicks
As with stories of illegal wildlife poaching and trade, this story starts sadly. Two Scarlet Macaw chicks were poached in the Chiquibul by a group of illegal trespassers. Thanks to the amazing Friends for Conservation & Development (FCD) Chiquibul rangers, the poachers were intercepted shortly before the Guatemalan border.
Sorosi: Bitter Melon
Sorosi, often spelled cerasee, is commonly known as bitter melon for good reason. Along with aloe vera and neem it is one of the bitterest herbs in the pharmacopeia of plant medicines in Belize. In some places it is called balsam pear and goes by a number of other names…
Though originating in Central America, black sapote is still quite unknown in Belize. Usually called “chocolate pudding fruit”, the power of suggestion is necessary to extract any true chocolate flavour from it. But it has its own pleasant flavour.
The tree is attractive and a good shade tree, with dense, shiny, dark green foliage. The fruits resemble large green persimmons, with black flesh that is soft when ripe.
‘The King of Vegetables’
Eggplant (Solanum melongena), also known as aubergine in the UK, berenjena in Spanishspeaking countries and brinjal in India, or garden egg, is one of over onehundred plant species of the Solanaceae nightshade family, which includes tomatoes, potatoes and peppers. Botanically, eggplant is actually a fruit, which is considered to be a vegetable.
and Laguna Seca Timber Nursery
Nurseries are not required of sawmills, by the Forest Department nor the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC); nevertheless, owners of Yalbac Ranch and Laguna Seca, private working forest lands located in the south west corner of the Orange Walk District, set a good example.
University of Belize Central Farm:
The University of Belize Central Farm hosted the first of a series of workshops intended to increase the knowledge of students and industry professionals. On March 1st and 2nd the university hosted its first workshop on vegetable grafting.
A Note from Neal Kinsey
So sorry I could not be a part of the upcoming meeting in November, Transforming Tropical Agriculture. I appreciate your choice of one big word in that title, as when you look at the various meanings of a transformation, there is one that certainly applies to agriculture. Transformation – a marked change for the better.
Dirt to Soil
by Gabe Brown
So where to start? A much-loved British TV gardener called Percy Thrower became famous for his catchphrase on his weekly programme back in the sixties. He used to say in his west country accent, “ Oi think the answer lies in the soil”. What Gabe Brown has done in this highly readable book is to show that some sixty years later, long gone Percy Thrower was right.
Crocodile Specialist Group
Regional Meeting, Placencia
During the week of June 25-29, 80 participants representing 19 countries participated in the IUCN/SSC-Crocodile Specialist Group (CSG) Regional Meeting to discuss country status updates of conservation, management and research issues in the Central America and Caribbean region. The organization of this meeting was by Dr. Marisa Tellez, Sub-regional Chair of the CSG, and Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Crocodile Research Coalition…
Become a Verified Ministry of Agriculture Farmer!
On June 2018, the Ministry of Agriculture began the National Agriculture Census 2018 to register all farmers who produce half an acre or more and/or generate 30% or more of their household income from an agricultural activity. To date a total of 6,973 farmers and 8,092 farms have been registered to the Belize Agriculture Information Management System (BAIMS).
The Mayan Alliance for the Bees of Yucatan, has asked their Agrarian Prosecutor’s Office to declare a state of emergency.
Regeneration Belize to host the 2nd Annual Tropical Agriculture Conference, Nov 12-13 at the NATS grounds in Belmopan.
Persons from various Ag sectors such as Ministry of Ag, CARDI, SIRDI, and other interested folks gathered to learn about biochar.
Agriculture Prices At A Glance
How to best experience Belize's Barrier Reef
The Belize Barrier Reef is a hotspot for recreational activities such as fishing, diving, snorkeling, and sailing. Naturally, due to the abundance of marine plants and animals that are native to the Reef, the top thing to do to best experience the Reef is to get up-close via scuba diving.
However, there are other ways to similarly enjoy the Reef.
Three Quick Tips For A Great Trip To Belize
Belize is like a dear friend…warm, positive, friendly, and fun! After getting an amazing flight deal courtesy of @thesweetvoyager my friends and I enjoyed four wonderful days in paradise. Upon arriving in Belize, we promptly boarded a 15 minute Tropic Air flight to San Pedro. San Pedro is just one of Belize’s 200 islands. During our trip we didn’t spend any time on the mainland, although I am sure it is amazing. Instead, we stayed in San Pedro for the majority of our time and spent one full day in Caye Caulker. We took a private catamaran from San Pedro to Caye Caulker. Traveling between the two islands takes about 45 minutes which we spent enjoying the vast beauty of the Caribbean Sea while sipping tropical drinks and eating local fruit and fresh salsa, courtesy of our tour guides.
21 Unforgettable Places to Visit in Belize
Are you planning a trip and trying to decide where to go in Belize? For such a tiny country, Belize boasts so many fabulous cities, towns, beaches, and archealogical sites to see! Here are twenty-one of the best places to visit in Belize, selected by travel writers (with a few from yours truly, of course)!
The 15 Best Places to Visit in Belize
When most people think of visiting the Caribbean, they imagine a tropical island like Jamaica or the Cayman Islands. However, to get a taste of that tropical paradise, you might want to consider a trip to the small coastal country of Belize in Central America… As a few plusses, the country uses the dollar, English is the official language, and there are a ton of fun and beautiful places to visit in Belize.
Situated just south of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Belize is a place worth your time and attention. If you like the idea of white sandy beaches, a diverse and exciting local culture, and fabulous memories that will last a lifetime, Belize is the place to be.
Belize The Cradle of Civilisation? New Discoveries Unearth Interesting Facts About Our Earliest Settlers
As featured in various scientific publications, including a 22 July, 2019 article in the online Science Daily, “waves of immigrants” coming from North America some 13,000 years ago brought with them tool technologies that the earliest Belizean settlers used to adapt to a changing environment and eventually led to the highly advanced Maya civilisation that flourished in the region.
Researchers from the University of New Mexico (UNM) recently published the results of archaeological dig in Belize’s Bladen Nature Reserve that unearthed some of the very earliest stone tools used in southern Mesoamerica.
Medical Marijuana Laws: An International Guide for 2019
Here’s a roundup of the status of marijuana laws in key countries worldwide. Keep in mind that even in countries where marijuana is illegal but enforcement is lax, that those who violate the law still face the chance of deportation or stiffer penalties. Belize allows a person to have up to 10 grams of marijuana and use it only on private property. Cultivation or sale is illegal. CBD oil is not sold or mentioned in the law, but local expats report that many bring it into the country without problems.
Mexican Authorities will commence work to widen and deepen the Zaragoza Channel just north of Ambergris Caye. Continuous work will be done over a span of 3 years at a time of over $100 million.
Concacaf unveils opening Nations League match-ups
Concacaf have released the schedule and venues for the first round group stage matches in the 2019-2020 Concacaf Nations League that will see 34 matches for Leagues A, B and C played in the September 2019 international window.
It is the first time that all 41 member associations have participated in an official Concacaf tournament.
12 nations who competed in the expanded 16-team Gold Cup will be in action. Mexico, USA, Costa Rica and Honduras, who are all top ranked in the three team League A groups, will start their campaigns in the October and November windows.
Latin American culture, wildlife and diving in Belize
Andrew Doherty speaks to Karen Bevans, director of tourism for the Belize Tourism Board, about the country’s offering for UK travellers. What makes Belize a winter sun hot spot?
The weather in Belize is warm and sunny all year round. However, many people tend to visit between November and March when the weather is drier, as it makes for a perfect escape from the UK winter. Many visitors enjoy our festivals and events during this period. Belizeans are a fun-loving people, and there are plenty of celebrations throughout the year.
Plastic packaging on bananas? Time to wrap it up
With its thick skin, there really is no need to put packaging on bananas. Yet many of those on sale come covered in their own plastic bags inside cardboard boxes lined with plastic even as the tide is turning against this practice. The information on the labels gives a clue as to why this is.
Take Lidl. Some of its Oakland bananas come in clear plastic bags. Others come with a brown band holding them together, a change it says is expected to remove 10,000kg of plastic each year.
The label on the bagged fruit shows us it comes from Belize, the Central American country formerly known as British Honduras. There is also a triangular symbol with a 4 inside and the letters “LDPE plastic recyclable”. This means the plastic is low-density polyethylene and can be recycled, depending on where you live and who takes your recycling. Hence the note to “check with your local council”.
Mayans conducted ‘total war’ much earlier than thought
A neat narrative linking violence and the end of civilisation is challenged by new evidence. Barry Keily reports.
In a paper published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, researchers led by David Wahl of the US Geological Survey reveal the utter destruction of a city known as Witzna, in northern Guatemala, in the year 697 CE.
The research began with the discovery of a Mayan hieroglyphic text recording that Witzna had been burned, with a calendrical reference that equated to 697.
Sediment analysis of a lakebed near the city – which is a well-established archaeological site – revealed a distinct layer of charcoal, indicative of a major fire, dating to the period. At the site itself there was ample evidence confirming the destruction of buildings and monuments during the same narrowly constrained period.
Violent warfare which led to the demise of Maya culture may have started as long ago as the 7th-century AD, study claims
Scientists have found evidence of extreme warfare tactics in Maya culture which would bring about its eventual demise as long ago as the 7th century.
The discovery suggests that the Mayan people engaged in violent warfare much earlier than previously thought.
Previously, conflict during the Classic period (250–950 CE) has often been viewed as ritualised and not widespread.
However, scholars have long viewed the violent warfare in the Terminal Classic Period (800–950 CE) as something that catalysed the collapse of the civilisation.
Tapir, .5min. Cool sighting at the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary in Southern Belize. A Tapir (aka mountain cow), the national animal of #Belize, strolling by while a visitor was hiking.
Room Tour-Sunbreeze Suites-Ambergris Caye, Belize, 4min.
Channel 5 Obituaries - CLARINE MARIAMME CABRAL, 2min.
Cultural Development Fund at the Bliss Centre, 4min. On Wednesday, July 31st, the National Institute of Culture and History hosted a handing over ceremony for a Cultural Development Fund at the Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts.
Parliamentary Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition Launch, 3.5min. On Monday, July 29th, a launch was held for the first-ever Parliamentary Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition (PAHM) Belize Chapter. Our Belize Now team was there and Janel Rodriguez has this story.
JJLM Eats/Compares Belizean Rice and Beans Dishes, 29min. Watch me eat and compare the most delicious and popular Belizean dish from three restaurants in Los Angeles.
Scuba diving in Belize, 12min.
X'Tan Ha Room Tour- Ambergris Caye, Belize, 7.5min. This is a room tour of our oceanfront suite at X'Tan Ha located in Ambergris Caye, Belize. The resort is north of the town of San Pedro so it was more remote and quiet. We loved everything about it.
The restaurant on site has scenic views, there are two pools, watersport activities, and a quiet beach.
Rastas in Belize, 10min. In May 2013, I traveled to the country of Belize to explore one of many Rasta community.
Diving in Belize - Up Close and Personal with a Spotted Eagle Ray, 1min.
Timelapse Belize City - Ambergris Caye Flight, .5min.
Accion Deportiva, 60min.