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The San Pedro Sun

Training Workshop on Sheep Management
On Friday, August 2, 2019, the Ministry of Agriculture through the Genetic Improvement in Sheep and Goat Project facilitated a training workshop for sheep farmers in the Cayo District. The training was held at the University of Belize Central Farm Conference Room, where a total of 30 sheep farmers from San Antonio, Cristo Rey, Succotz, Benque Viejo del Carmen, Bullet Tree and Santa Familia attended the training.

Team GoFish claims top prize at 2019 Tres Pescados Slam Tournament
Anglers from Belize and abroad participated in the 11th annual Tres Pescados Slam Tournament held in San Pedro Town from Thursday, August 1st to Saturday, August 3rd. The three-day fishing tournament saw different teams competing to land the best slam in hopes of claiming the top prize. At the end of the competition, it was Team GoFish, manned by Angler Zack Kolanda and Captain Abner Marin who took the first place, winning a prize of $5,000, a Yeti cooler and fishing accessories.

Caye Bank Chairman Joel Nagel leads San Pedro Delegation trip to Iowa, USA
Members of the Caye International Bank (CIB) senior management and its board of directors traveled to Council Bluffs, Iowa USA on Sunday, July 21st to Tuesday, July 23rd to meet with their counterparts at Treynor State Bank, one of the only US Correspondent Banks presently serving banks here in Belize. The three-day trip included formal management and board meetings, as well as informal discussions about improving communications, compliance interface, operations, and profitability. The team also took time out of their meetings to visit the nearby Ethanol plant called “SIRE” (Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy) one of the largest facilities in the US converting corn into ethanol fuel.

Legislation to phase out single-use plastics and Styrofoam in Belize yet to be enacted
The banning of single-use plastic and Styrofoam products in Belize was scheduled to take place on April 22, 2019, but to date, things continue as usual. In March the Department of Environment (DOE) initiated a nationwide educational campaign, sensitizing Belizeans to the new policy and the importance of using bio-degradable items. At the same time, they were working on legislation known as the Draft Environmental Protection (Pollution from Plastics) Regulation 2019, for the ban to become a policy.

Ambergris Today

Pic Of The Week - Belize's 1st Certified Sommelier
San Pedro resident, Mukul Kanabar owner of Blue Water Grill, is Belize’s first certified Sommelier. A sommelier or wine steward, is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, normally working in fine restaurants, who specializes in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food pairing. Mukul received his certification exam in Mexico City. Mukul’s certification will add to the food and service quality of his three businesses on the island which include Red Ginger, Blue Water Grill and Wine de Vine. Congratulations to Mr. Mukul on this great achievement!

Various Belizean Sources


Newly painted art work at Corozal Central Park
This is the type of mural that grabs your soul and captures your attention. This is truly a work of art that should be replicated in every corner of our Corozal community, as it truly depicts the beginning of our northern history and identity and not a contamination of it. The mural represents several aspects of our history with one being the union and bonding of a Maya Princess and a Spanish warrior which became the birth of our Mestizo heritage. The mural will cover the four faces our our Corozal Town clock at our Central Park location and additionally, will represent our flora and fauna, our birth, the friendship, brotherhood and sisterhood that co-exist between our two neighbouring communities of Corozal Town and Chetumal, Mexico.

2020 YLAI Professional Fellows Program
Coming next week! Are you an entrepreneur looking to improve your business? Are you looking for new strategies to increase your impact? Do you want to learn about and share innovative commercial models and build ties with U.S. businesses? Applications officially open August 14 at for the 2020 YLAI Professional Fellows Program!

Forty-three students, from the length and breadth of Belize, have been awarded scholarships from the Social Security Board. They were awarded in four sections, students going into high school, students pursuing Associates degrees, those pursuing Bachelor’s degrees, and vocational/technical students.

The Guardian Newspaper has been provided with a video of an impromptu tolling area being established at Santa Cruz in the Orange Walk District charging persons traversing the area a fee to use a road in order to access the Rio Hondo river. From there persons can go into Mexico.

South Ambergris Caye Neighbourhood Watch Meeting Aug. 14th
Our August general meeting of the membership will be held on Wednesday, August 14th 7:00 pm at Lonestar Grill and Cantina. Special for this meeting...Steve Kraut, owner and proprietor of Lonestar is offering a 10% discount on all food purchases to SACNW members who attend the meeting! Yay - thank you Steve! This is in addition to the portion of proceeds Lonestar donates for every meeting night.

Street lights installed north of the cut on Caye Caulker
The north side of Caye Caulker now has street lights! They were installed yesterday. Thank you BEL for accommodating the area.

The Department of the Environment (DOE) has an established Water Quality Monitoring Programme on the New River. Data collected on July 19, 2019, at five sites - four between the Toll Bridge and San Estevan Bridge and one near San Estevan Village - revealed several areas of concerns that negatively impact this aquatic ecosystem. The present situation is most likely eutrophication caused by several factors. The data shows that nutrient levels are high at these locations with sulphate showing a visible spike. Additionally, the dissolved oxygen levels are low and algae count is currently being analysed by the DOE, with all indicators suggesting a high count.

FIFA Connect and Club Licensing Training
The CFA in collaboration with the Football Federation of Belize invites all football clubs (Male and Female) to an important meeting/training to educate all football clubs owners/stakeholders on the importance of FIFA Connect and Club Licensing. The meeting is for Thursday, August 15, 2019 at the Andres Campos Civic Center. Please ensure to attend as this is the way forward in the development of football in our country and community. Please confirm attendance by Monday August 12, 2019.

ARCHANGEL MEDICAL CENTER will be open for 24 hour weekends starting this Friday, August 9th, 2019 right through the night (Corozal)
Dr. Rafael Riveroll and Dr. Toni Paharsingh will be available. We will be attending fevers,vomiting, diarrhea, ypoglycemia,hyperglycemia, hypertensive crisis, cut wounds; just to name a few. IV and IM treatments will be available and short term observation. We count with oxygen and electrocardiogram. For more information please fell free to call 638 3231. Dr. Rafael Riveroll 6065324, Dr. Toni Paharsingh 6027084.

Summer Splash 2019
The 2019 Summer Splash, where many of Cayo's up and coming DJ's and musical artists come together to do their thing, will be this Saturday at the Cayo Welcome Center.

Belize Cruise Conference 2019
Want to learn more about the inner workings of the cruise industry and improve cruise tourism business? Attend BTB’s first ever cruise conference on August 23 at the Radisson Fort George Hotel & Marina. You’ll have access to presentations, networking, and opportunities to learn valuable information first-hand from cruise industry experts! *If purchasing 4 or more tickets as a company, the price will be $40 per person. Register here.

Channel 7

Rocky Road Gangster Strayed From His Turf and Was Executed
He has been on 7News many times ranting about sustained police harassment in the Rocky Road area, but tonight 32 year old Brian Armstrong is in the news because he was executed last night around 6:40 in the Gungulung area. And it wasn't the police who killed him, it was a rival gang. Courtney Weatherburne has more Brian Armstrong, Deceased: "I am tired, I am tired, my mother will bury me directly because I don't give a f**** my brother." Those were Brian Armstrong's words two months ago and so said, so will be done. Armstrong was shot and killed last night in the CET Site area in Gungulung. Our information is that he was hanging outside this house and a gunman came up from behind and shot him three times in the back of the head and once to the back.

Cops Clueless About Armstrong Killing
Now, although Armstrong is well known to police, they haven't been able to establish a motive for his murder. There are many questions left unanswered in this case. Here is what police had to say. ACP Joseph Myvette, Head, NCIB: "What the police know so far is that sometime around 6:30 pm shots were heard in the area and as a result they were called where upon arrival is when they found his motionless body there. We are following several leads at this point in time and also at this time we don't have a motive." Reporter: "Sir there are speculations that he may have been killed by a rival gang, is there anything in the investigation pointing to that."

Armstrong Was Sentenced By The Streets
On June 6th of this year, Armstrong was convicted of being a member of a criminal gang. He pleaded guilty and was fined $3,500 dollars. But, as he told us at the time - he had already been sentenced by the streets: Brian Armstrong, Guilty to Charge of being gang member "If I move from Rocky Road, where the f*** am I going to live, where am I going to live? They are going to kill me, my brother. They just shot after me on Albert Street. I can't walk anywhere. None of us can go anywhere!"

Family Run Over On The Way Home From Work
Switching gears now... Tonight, the family of a Ladyville resident is mourning after he was knocked down and killed on his way home from work. Around 5:00 yesterday - at the height not the evening rush - 46-year-old Jordy Bainton, a resident of the Mitchell Estate area of Ladyville, was riding his bicycle home after finishing up his workday at Belize Waste Control. While he was riding through the Benny's roundabout, passing between a Mack truck and the median, he fell under the truck. Police say the truck dragged him about 35 feet before it came to a stop.

Cops Say Bainton Rode Over Crosswalk
So, as you saw in our interview, the family of Jordy Bainton wants to know what will happen to the driver who knocked him down. At a police press conference this afternoon, the head of the National Criminal Investigations Branch shared what their investigation into the accident has revealed so far: ACP Joseph Myvette, Head, NCIB: "Police were called to Chetumal Boulevard where they observed a blue mac truck which was north bound on the boulevard and just in front of the truck they observed the motionless body of a male person later identified as Jordy Bainton 44 years of a Belize City address..."

Man Dead After Casino Brawl
A Santa Cruz villager is dead tonight after a Placencia casino brawl. The report is that 3 brothers, including Everaldo Samaoya had a bit too much to drink and when the casino's security guard told them to put their liquor in a disposable cup, it incensed them and a fight broke out. The security guard was stabbed as well as Samaoya. Samaoya didn't survive the attack. At this point police don't have a much concrete details in this case. ACP Joseph Myvette, Head, NCIB: "Placencia police were called to an area at a casino in Placencia where upon arrival they learned that there was an altercation earlier between the casino security guard one Darwin Castillo and three brothers one Everaldo Samaoya, 24, Marlon Samaoya and another brother..."

Prison Rioter To Court, Injuries Exposed
On last night's news, we told you about the mini-riot which happened yesterday at the Belize Central Prison. At around 11:00 yesterday morning, 10 inmates got into a confrontation with 3 prison officers in the recreation area of the Tango 11 building. Their recreation time was up, and they were ordered to comply with the prison officers so that they could be escorted back to their cells. It is unclear what happened to escalate tensions between the officers and the guards, but several of them jumped one of the officers and held him hostage.

Minor Fire in San Pedro Hotel
The staff and the guests at the Conch Shell Inn Hotel on San Pedro had a minor scare last night when a fire broke out in one of the rooms. At around 7:20 p.m, first responders responded to a fire at the hotel, on Barrier Reef Drive. When they arrived, they found room #4, on the second floor of the hotel, ablaze. Firefighters were able to quickly put the fire out, and when the cops questioned the manager, they were led to a faulty refrigerator.

San Pedrito Fire Victims Lost Everything
Several hours later, at around 3 a.m., there was another fire on San Pedro, and in this one, the homeowners lost everything in the blaze. This 2-story home in the San Pedrito area was being occupied by Casey Bladen and his in-laws. They were sleeping upstairs when the smell of smoke woke them up. He went to check, and that's when he found the lower flat on fire. Bladden and his family then tried to contain the flames, but they could not. After resolving some communication difficulties, this family was finally able to reach the National Fire Service, who put the blaze out, but not before all their belongings went up in smoke.

100 Million Reasons To Love Taiwan
This week we've told you about Caribbean Shores representative Kareem Musa's so - called "fact finding" trip to China and the UDP's condemnation of it as a "betrayal". In the midst of the controversy, however, celebrations of the 30 years of diplomatic relations between Belize and Taiwan continue. Last night the Taiwanese mission to Belize Invited a selection of its Belizean friends including Government officials, members of the private sector and the media to a banquet. Guests were treated to a five course gourmet meal prepared by master chefs Tony HUANG and Chun Song CHU.

Special Constables Island Bound
Last month the double murders of the island tour guide Mario Graniel, and his guest, American doctor Gary Swank dominated local and international headlines and caused mass cancellations at San Pedro tourist destinations. Government and the police reacted by announcing the recruitment of 23 new Special Constables tourism police - to be deployed to key tourist destinations. They have been trained to police the country's most valuable asset, Tourism, which contributes almost 30 % of our country's GDP. This afternoon the Special Constables graduated from the Police Training Academy. We found out about their training and their mission: 13 of them will be assigned to San Pedro, five to Placencia - and the remaining five are on standby until there are funds to activate them.

DOE Tries to Rehabilitate New River
All this week, we've been telling you about the state of New River in the Orange Walk District, which passes near Orange Walk Town. Residents are concerned that its pollution levels are high, and the Department of Environment has confirmed that indeed it is. They are now instituting a plan of action to hopefully reduce the levels of that water pollution. In a press release sent today, the DOE notes that they for some time now, they've established the Water Quality Monitoring Program on the New River. On July 19th, they collected data at 5 sites near the river, 4 between the Toll Bridge and the San Estevan Bridge, and one more near San Estevan Village. Those samples revealed several areas of concern that have negatively impacted this aquatic ecosystem.

Dangriga Fishermen Get Crossed at Cross Caye: One Still Missing
The police and coast guard are still looking for Dangriga fisherman Derrick Ramirez. As we told you last night, on Sunday afternoon, Ramirez, his brother and other relatives went on a fishing trip near Cross Caye. A group of rival fishermen approached them and tried to chase them off. Ramirez and his crew complied but as they were packing up at their camp, the fishermen returned and opened fire. That is when Ramirez ran off into the mangroves. There is still no sign of Ramirez at this point. Police gave us the information they have so far. ACP Joseph Myvett: "He reported that on Sunday last sometime shortly after 2pm whilst himself, his brother Derrick Ramirez and another family relative were diving in the area some half a mile south of Cross Caye..."

Dr. Ariaga Returns From Canada With a Vision
One of Belize's most well known physicians, Dr. Pedro Ariaga, just returned from 17 months training in Toronto, Canada. He worked at that city's biggest hospital, St. Michael's where he did a fellowship in critical care. For Ariaga, who has long worked in the intensive care unit at the KHMH, the training was very useful. But, the most important realization he reached is that in Belize we have to take a more progressive view of healthcare. We spoke to him at his clinic this evening:

More Gang Members Charged
Police are reporting tonight that they've charged 6 men with the offense of being a member of a criminal gang. These men are 22-year-old Ainsworth Foreman, a resident of Mayflower Street; 29-year-old Dwayne Evelyn, a car dealer from Armadillo Street; 30-year-old Kashawn Gentle, a stevedore from Caesar Ridge Road; 26-year-old Said Pike, a mechanic from Old Fabers Road; 33 year-old Brandon Taylor, a construction worker from Unity Street; and 25 year-old Verris Ventura, a fisherman from Reggae Street. st convenience. We'll tell you all about it when that happens.

September Celebrations Money
September Celebrations are only a month away, and that means it's time for NICH to start shaking that money tree to give municipal governments a slight subvention for their local festivities. They received those funds yesterday. Here's more:... Neil Hall, NICH: "Every year the NCC is put in charge of dispersements to the municipalities where we assist them..."

River Hero Gets Gift of Sneakers
Herman Williams became a hero on Tuesday morning when he jumped on top of the Kia Sportage that was drifting beneath the swing bridge. He managed to save the life of a panicking minor who admitted that she couldn't swim. In the process however he lost his shoes, house keys, and $27.00. That's why Williams was pleased today to receive two pairs of tennis shoes.

Channel 5

Rocky Road Affiliate Slain Backa Gungulung
A thirty-two-year-old stevedore of Belize City was executed on Wednesday night. Brian Armstrong spent most of his adult life in prison and according to his family, he had been attempting [...]

Police Say No Suspects As Yet in Murder of Brian Armstrong
When police responded to the call of a barrage of shots being fired in the CET Site area, they found no one in the immediate vicinity, save for Armstrong’s motionless [...]

Santa Cruz Resident Fatally Stabbed During Altercation at Placencia Hotel and Casino
In the peninsula, police are investigating the fatal stabbing of a Santa Cruz resident. The forty-four-year-old was at the Placencia Hotel and Casino along with two of his brothers when [...]

Fatal Accident Claims Life of Ladyville Resident Jordy Bainton
A Ladyville resident left work, but never made it home. Forty-six-year-old Jordy Bainton was riding his bicycle on Chetumal Street when he was run over and crushed by a heavy [...]

Truck Driver is Issued Notice of Intended Prosecution
The family told News Five that the injuries they saw on Jordy Bainton’s body suggest that he had been dragged by the truck before it came to a stop on [...]

Derrick Ramirez Missing at Sea; Family Fears the Worse
Dangriga native Derrick Ramirez has been reported missing, but family members have a strong suspicion that he has been killed. Ramirez was last seen on August fourth at around two [...]

Ramirez’s Family Does Not Believe Details of His Disappearance
Guillermo says that he attempted to locate Hernandez several times after Ramirez’s disappearance but has not been able to locate him. Guillermo is seeking answers to many questions that Hernandez [...]

Police, Coast Guard Search for Derrick Ramirez
Guillermo is asking for Dangriga police to increase their efforts in locating Ramirez. In Belmopan today, Head of the National Crimes Investigation Branch Joseph Myvett told the media that law [...]

Ibrahim Smith, Guilty of Murder
There is a murder conviction to report tonight. Twenty-seven-year-old Ibrahim Smith remains behind bars awaiting sentencing for the November 2012 murder of twenty-two-year-old William Francis.  Francis was gunned down inside [...]

GAF Crosses Over Into Belizean Waters at Sarstoon
Over the weekend, a trip to the Sarstoon by SATIIM was completed without interruption from the Guatemalan Armed Forces.  But it was not the case this morning when a small [...]

Fire Destroys Room at San Pedro Hotel
Just after seven on Wednesday night, a fire broke inside a room at Conch Shell Hotel Inn located on the beach front of Barrier Reef Drive in San Pedro Town. [...]

23 New Tourism Police Officers; San Pedro Gets 12!
On June twenty-sixth, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams laid out a plan to the San Pedro community in the wake of the double murder of well-known tour guide Mario Graniel [...]

Commissioner Williams says New Hires for the TPU Should Send Positive Message
Today, we met Commissioner of Police Chester Williams at a graduation ceremony for new recruits in the Tourism Police Unit.  At that ceremony, Commissioner Williams spoke with the media about [...]

Are Police the Next Most Important to God? Commissioner Williams Says So
Commissioner Williams addressed the new recruits today – and that message started out about how tough it is to be a police officer. He told the graduates that they are [...]

National Celebrations Committee Hands Over Cheques to Municipalities
Stakeholders and members of the National Celebrations Committee met on Wednesday to discuss logistics for the activities that will be held countrywide during the course of the next month and [...]

UNHCR Trains Border Officials on Identifying Asylum Seekers
Frontline officials at the western border point received training today organized by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Refugees Department.  At the session held in San Ignacio, [...]

Healthy Living: How Serious is Dengue? What You Should Know
Even though there has hardly been as much rain as we’d see in the annual rainy season; there is currently an outbreak of dengue in Belize. For anyone who has [...]

The Reporter

Wee Hours Altercation In Placencia – 1 Man Dead – Others Wounded
One man is dead and two others are being treated for cut wounds after an altercation at the Placencia Hotel Casino. According to reports three men were put out of the Casino around 1:00am. Witnesses say they then attacked the security guard with a knife.


Man badly beat during mini riot at Kolbe Foundation
Yesterday, Love News reported on a mini-riot that occurred at the Kolbe Foundation. According to the prison’s CEO, Virgilio Murillo, the incident was nothing major and it was quelled within ten to twenty minutes. However, it seems this miniature riot may have been bigger than he hinted to. (PRISON RIOT UP) Not only did three …

Three stabbed in Placencia; one dies
There was another murder during the early hours of this morning, this time in Placencia. Three men, including a security guard, were stabbed, with one of them succumbing to his injuries. The incident occurred at around 1:30am when two of the victims and another man had to be escorted out of The Placencia Hotel Casino …

Belize City man dies after being shot in the head
Belize City’s latest murder victim has been identified as 32-year-old, Brian Armstrong. Armstrong was reportedly doig construction work on a friend’s house in the Gungulung Area around 6:30 last night when he was shot three times in the back of his head, and one time in the upper back. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvett, …

Proposal was never seen by SSB
As we reported, the Ministry of Health was proposing to build a new warehouse in Belmopan with one point six million dollars from the National Health Insurance, NHI, reserve fund. Shortly after the memorandum of the proposal made its way into the public domain, it was shutdown by the Prime Minister Dean Barrow who said …

SSB upgrading its system to provide faster reliable service
Dr. Colin Young said that the Social Security Board, SSB, is changing its system which has become sluggish due to the increase in workload. Furthermore, Dr. Young explained that it has come to SSB’s attention that the public has been frustrated with the length of time it takes to complete some transactions at SSB’s office. …

Mack truck drags man 35 feet; killing him
44-year-old, Jordy Bainton was killed yesterday evening after he reportedly fell off his bicycle and was dragged a few feet by a Mack Truck at the corner of Chetumal Street and Philip Goldson Highway. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvett, briefed the media on how this accident occurred. A.C.P. Joseph Myvett – Head N.C.I.B.: “Shortly …

Some employers slicing off more than is required from employees’ salaries
The new Social Security Board’s contribution rates went into effect at the beginning of July. However, it has come to the Social Security Board’s attention that there are some employers who are deducting more than the required amount from their employees’ salaries. In an interview with Love news, Dr. Colin Young, the Chief Executive Officer …

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Man knocked down in Teakettle Village passes away
Our news room has confirmed that the man who was knocked down in Teakettle Village […]

One dead, two injured, and one detained in casino altercation
Sometime around 2 o’clock this morning Placencia police were called to a casino. There, they […]

“2019 National Testing Day turnout was lower than last year,” says National AIDS Commission
The National AIDS Commission (NAC) has shared the official turnout for the second annual National […]

CARIFESTA contingent launched
The fourteenth Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA) launches next week in the twin-island republic of […]

Stann Creek educator headed to teach in the US through the teacher exchange program
Alex Cruz, an educator from Stann Creek will be representing Belize as he teaches in the […]

Ministry of Education hosts teacher training on Sustainable School Garden
BBN Staff: The Ministry of Education (MOE) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture hosted a teacher training […]

UNHCR and the Refugees Department conduct 2nd training for Border and Law Enforcement Officials
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) along with the Refugees Department of Belize […]

Belize out of U-15 CONCACAF Championship
The Football Federation of Belize announced this morning that Belize’s U-15 boys had lost 2-1 […]

PAHO releases updated list of essential medical equipment
This week, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) released an updated list of key medical devices […]

New River killed by excessive runoff; Department of the Environment makes plans to save it
The Department of the Environment responded to our list of questions concerning what’s causing the stagnation […]

BTB offers free trip to Belize to Americans looking to escape Area 51 craze
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB), as part of its latest international promotion strategy, is offering 10 […]

One dead one injured in Placencia stabbing
Police in Placencia, Stann Creek are investigating an altercation which left one man dead and […]


Tacogirl Tips on Reducing Your Footprint When Traveling to Belize
As many of you know, the Belize government is trying to take some responsibility in combating the global waste crisis by phasing out single-use plastics and non-environmentally friendly containers. As of April of 2019, news headlines read – Belize Bans Single-Use Plastic. Joining 30 countries around the world that have already done a major green effort by banning single-use plastics. Inspired by these efforts, and seeing others aiming for a zero-waste lifestyle around the world, I wanted to make it easy for both locals and travelers to reduce their footprint, and help Belize on the mission to be green by creating less waste. After all, life and vacations are meant to make you feel good and contributing less waste will help you do just that.

International Sourcesizz

Magical places on the planet that are worth seeing with your own eyes
To relax on vacation, we often choose popular places for travel. And somehow I think: “Where there are many tourists there and good”, but this is not always true. In the world there are many Paradise places which are not very popular among travelers, reports the with reference to the Telegraph. Here are 15 magical places where you can relax from the hustle and bustle and people and enjoy the tranquility… The island of ambergris Caye has a rich history. At different times, there lived Maya Indians, whalers and buccaneers. Today ambergris Caye attracts divers from all over the world — the nearby Belize barrier reef, which ranks second longest in the world.

Belize trip produces adventures and visit to Mennonite community
I had the opportunity of traveling to Belize on an EF Tours trip with my daughter Kinzey right after school let out this past spring. EF stands for Education First. They are a travel company that puts together tour packages for students wanting to learn about another culture or country firsthand. While the price tag may cause a slight case of “sticker shock” at first glance, when you consider all it includes – flights, lodging, meals, tours, guides and insurance (not to mention any bus charters, boat rentals, pack mules) it is actually a very efficient and inexpensive way to travel. The day after school let out, we flew into Belize City, Belize. For those not familiar with the location of this tiny independent country it is in Central America, bordered by Mexico on the northwest, by Guatemala on the southwest and the Caribbean Sea to the east.

Westminster Men's Basketball Team's Summer Adventure in Belize
The Westminster College men’s basketball team traveled to Belize over the summer (June 26 through July 2) for team building off the court and national competition on the court. The NCAA allows teams to make an international trip once every four years. The team was greeted by Great Belize Television upon arriving in Belize City at the airport. Juniors Blake Payne (Ashtabula, OH / Jefferson Area) and Dylan O’Hara (Girard, OH / Girard), along with sophomore Isaac Stamatiades (Elkridge, MD / Avalon), appeared on the Great Belize Television’s Open Your Eyes morning show. “Once in a lifetime experience,” Payne said. The team stayed in Belize City for the first two days, with one of their first stops to the Mayan Ruins by Guatemala. “It was an eye-opening experience for the guys,” head coach Kevin Siroki said.

2019 Atlantic hurricane season: Tropical activity may last longer than 2018 as El Nino pattern fades
The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane season is likely to be "back-end loaded," according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski. AccuWeather meteorologists are sticking with their original forecast of 12 to 14 named systems for 2019, which includes both tropical storms and hurricanes for the Atlantic basin through the end of the year. AccuWeather first issued its Atlantic hurricane forecast for 2019 on April 3. There have been two named systems as of Aug. 8, which is about average. Of the 12-14 named systems, five to seven are predicted to become hurricanes, and two to four are predicted to become major hurricanes.

Belize’s IFSC Warns Investors about False Licenses of Forex Brokers
The financial watchdog of Belize released a series of warnings about forex companies that are operating in the country without a proper license. On Thursday, the IFSC blacklisted numerous firms, some of which were operating under the pretense that they were registered with the regulator. A few were clone firms that copied the authorized credentials, branding and logo of a legitimate firm to fool investors. The regulator went to suggest t investors who had participated in these schemes that they might not be able to recover their funds.

NOAA increases chance for above-normal hurricane season
The end of El Nino could boost Atlantic hurricane activity. “NOAA will continue to deliver the information that the public depends on before, during and after any storms throughout the hurricane season,” said Neil Jacobs, Ph.D., acting NOAA administrator. “Armed with our next-generation satellites, sophisticated weather models, hurricane hunter aircraft, and the expertise of our forecasters, we are prepared to keep communities informed to help save lives and livelihoods.” Seasonal forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center have increased the likelihood of an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season to 45% (up from 30% from the outlook issued in May). The likelihood of near-normal activity is now at 35%, and the chance of below-normal activity has dropped to 20%.


  • Coyote, 10sec. We don't get coyotes all that often in our remote cameras, but here is a skinny one from the Gallon Jug area.

  • Fires in San Pedro, 4min. There were two fires within hours of each other on Ambergris Caye on Wednesday night. The first fire occurred in the downtown area of San Pedro Town and the second in the San Pedro Area. Luckily, the two fires were contained, quickly averting what could have been major catastrophes for the island. Jorge Aldana reports.

  • Very well done Miss Thandie!, 1.5min. Don't forget to support this superstar on September 8th as she takes on the Junior, Miss Belize Pageant . Let's continue to support her journey to the crown.

  • Chronixx Live in Belize 2019, 5min. Flavaz 10th Anniversary Concert:The Journey in Belize City featured Chronixx performing live at the Marion Jones Stadium on August 3rd, 2019.

  • BELIZE 2013, 3.5min. Raies à Glover's Reef Atoll

  • A Trip to Belize Zoo, 8min. The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center is a zoo in Belize, located some 29 miles west of Belize City on the Western Highway. Set in 29 acres, the zoo was founded in 1983 by Sharon Matola. It is home to more than 175 animals of about 48 species, all native to Belize.

  • Last Dives at Belize & Night Dive, 4min.

  • Mannatie while snorkeling in Belize, 1min.

  • Leaving Belize: From Banana Bank to the Belmopan Airport, 10min. This is my last day's journey as I leave Belize at the end of the project. You will note the extreme amount of huffing and puffing I do as I walk along the road. A special shout out here to John, Carolyn, and Leisa Carr of Banana Bank Lodge - you guys are the best!

  • Blue Hole Shark Scuba Diving In Belize!, 2min. When you are 135 ft down you feel like you are in a different universe, then a huge alien swims up to you and says hello. Luckily they know we don't taste good. After the blue hole we made our way to saltwater key for reef dive number 1 and then half moon key for reef dive number 2. This made for a great 3 tank dive day. We were tired but it was worth it!

  • The Jaguar filled Jungle of Belize - Behind the Shot, 4min. In this Behind the Shot video, Ryan and Ford share their experience of hiking in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary (a jaguar preserve that’s home to over 700 wildcats) in Belize to capture a secluded jungle waterfall.

  • Caye Caulker Lobster Fest, 2min. Thanks to Island Bway Photography and Island Dreamz Productions for capturing a few of our events during the Lobster Fest Weekend.