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The San Pedro Sun

Ambergris Caye celebrates Belize’s 38th Anniversary of Independence with traditional flag raising ceremony and vibrant parade
Belize’s 38th Anniversary of Independence was celebrated by Belizeans in San Pedro Town with a varied program of festivities that began on Friday evening, September 20th at the Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex. The official Independence Eve ceremony welcomed hundreds of islanders who listened to the messages from the local authorities. Later they witnessed the midnight flag raising ceremony, followed by a grand fireworks display, and danced the night away with local and international entertainment.

Settlement between the US Federal Trade Commission and Atlantic International Bank Ltd. Re Sanctuary Belize
The United States Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has announced the approval of a Settlement with Atlantic International Bank Limited (“AIBL”), now in liquidation, that pertains to a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland on October 31, 2018, against several companies and individuals involved with the Sanctuary Belize development.

Ambergris Today

San Pedro Celebrates Belize’s 38th Independence Anniversary
The San Pedro Town Council held the Independence Eve Block Party at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sports field in commemoration of Belize’s 38th Independence Day Celebrations. Mayor Daniel Guerrero and dignitaries made their entrance to the sports field followed by formal Independence Day Speeches. Miss San Pedro Litzy Castillo Guillen made her grand entrance with the SPHS torch bearers and marching band. The Belize Coast Guard carried out the flag raising ceremony, 21 gun salute and spectators enjoyed a colorful and bright fireworks display followed by entertainment by Olantuji all the way from Trinidad and Tobago. DJ Diablillo from Chetumal Q. Roo had everyone dancing the night away along with DJ Debbie.

Various Belizean Sources

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Caye Caulker Independence Day Parade 2019
Shaquille Rogers has posted his album of Independence Day photos.

Woman says police pepper sprayed her for recording a search of her yard
The officers then allegedly reset her phone to hide the evidence. I GOT SPRAYED BECAUSE I WAS GOING LIVE SHOWCASING THEIR BEHAVIOR ONGOING A SEARCH IN MY YARD. The police department again and again and again. When will this stop. I got pepper sprayed and im PREGNANT.

HanalPixan in Corozal Oct. 26
Hanal pixan mark it on your calendars for those who will be in Corozal town.

Our very first Mayan hieroglyph 'Balam' the Jaguar made from aircrete!
It is so light at 13 lbs (13 is a Mayan lucky number) that it can float! So you can move it around your patio or house with ease! Still working on price!! Measures 20"×15"×6". Institute of Archaeology.

BELIZE'S 38TH INDEPENDENCE EVE IN SAN PEDRO

Urban Birdwatch 2019
Coming to your area soon! You don't have to be an expert to enjoy this experience! It's a great opportunity to look at your neighborhood in a whole new way and learn who your feathered friends are!

San Pedro Pirates Game Night!
We finally home this Saturday 28th!! Come and support our San Pedro Pirates as they face off Altitude FC at the Ambergris Stadium at 7:30PM sharp...

11th Annual Belikin Beer Blue Water Classic Fishing Tournament
The 11th Annual Belikin Beer Blue Water Classic Fishing Tournament is just over 2 weeks away! We have a great tournament in store for all who plan on attending! A big thanks goes out to all our sponsors who have generously contributed in many way to help the BGFA make this tournament a success!

Garifuna Nuguya 12K
Let's enjoy Garifuna Settlement Day in Libertad Village, Corozal. Join our 12K Run. More info coming soon.

Corozal Football Association - Opening Season 2019-2020 Week 3 Schedule:
It all happens this Sunday, September 29, 2019 at the Carolina Football Field starting at 9:00 a.m. Come and enjoy a day full of football. U10, U13 and U20 all day.

Yuum Bo'otik Professor Nancy Leiva at Escuela Mexico Junior College at San Roman, Corozal district, Belize
For the great opportunity to present to the 6th form students on the critical importance of the preservation of The Yucatec Maya language and culture in Northern Belize. Thank you for a very interactive time with your brilliant students. Later we spent a delicious lunch hour at the edge of the beautiful enchanted Corozal bay sing and sharing a time of increased relatedness. "

Channel 7

Catastrophic Caye Caulker Fire Kills One, Displaces 14
On Saturday, Belizeans all across the nation celebrated the 38th anniversary of the country's Independence. It's a big deal and like with any important, historic day, it resulted in a 3-day holiday weekend. But, on the island of Caye Caulker, their patriotic merrymaking ended very early when huge fire broke out on one of the village's main streets. It happened at around midnight on Friday night, going into Saturday, when most of the residents were out enjoying the Independence Day fireworks. That blaze sent the island into an emergency mode with about 50 to 75 residents forming a bucket brigade to try and put it out. It has displaced 14 people: 8 men, 3 women, and 3 children. But, there was one casualty; one man perished in the blaze. Our news team was on the island for most of the day today, and Daniel Ortiz has that story:

Residents Do More Harm Than Good in Caye Fire
You'll also remember that the Caye Caulker Village chairlady mentioned that the enthusiastic residents of the island got in the way of the firefighters. They were trying to render aid, and in their frenzied haste, they broke the delivery mechanism for one of the water pumps on the fire truck that was first on the scene. The firefighters had to bring their back up truck which was parked nearby to take over. This afternoon, the new fire chief, in his debut interview with the press, discussed the incident with the press. He told us that his firefighters are hoping that the enthusiastic residents will still try to help, but will allow them to take lead, without frustrating their efforts to do their jobs:

Taiwanese Businessman Killed in Camalote Home Invasion
62 Year old Ching-Sung Chen was shot and killed in his home during a robbery and home invasion on Sunday morning. It's a harrowing story of a father being ripped away from his family as he fought with his last breath to protect them. Cherisse Halsall reports. The Chen family could never have imagined the tragic events that unfolded on Sunday morning. Ching-Sung Chen was either asleep or on the brink of sleep in the lower flat of the building that housed his business E-Star Store and his residence, when he heard noises alerting him to intruders. His son Bing describes what happened next.

Father of Three Dies Four Days After City Shooting
Shooting victim 31 year old Joseph Rowland died on Saturday morning. He was shot on Tuesday night in front of his Pelican Street mechanic shop near his home. He was struck to the right buttocks. This morning, we spoke to his common law wife of 14 years and she said despite the speculations about Rowland, he was a loving partner and father. Stacey Kerr, Common Law Wife: "He was working and he went out there to deliver something that he just fixed, some don't even know how to describe them because it wont be in my place to do come and shoot, he was shot, he was in the hospital from there critical, he passed away on the 21st and he left three kids behind and his family, mother still morning one of her sons, now the second one, the only two that she has..."

No Clues in Joseph Rowland Murder
Today at the press briefing in Belmopan, police told us that they are not making much headway in leads nor in establishing a motive for Rowland's murder. ACP Joseph Myvett: "I know that over the weekend, I believe it was the 21st; he succumbed to those injuries whilst still being admitted at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Since the shooting, he was in a critical condition a little bit after being admitted and he remained in that condition until he succumbed to those injuries on the 21st of September..."

AIBL Must Pay $23 Million to FTC for Sanctuary Scam
One of the biggest and costliest disputes in Belize's banking history has ended with a now approved 23 million dollar settlement. That's how much Atlantic International Bank must fork over to the Federal Trade Commission - known as the FTC - in the US. According to a release from the FTC, this represents all of AIBL's U.S.-based assets. This is the penalty for, allegedly, assisting the Sanctuary Belize Enterprise, or SBE in, quote, "deceiving U.S. consumers as part of a scheme to sell property in Sanctuary Belize." The FTC will use the money to refund, or partially refund more than 1,000 consumers who invested in the Sanctuary Belize real estate scam and lost their money. The total sum lost by these investors is reported to be 144 million US dollars.

Placencia PC Dies in Accident on 21st
Police Constable 47 year old Clifford Castillo was killed in an accident on the 21st morning in the Maya beach area in Placencia. Castillo was heading home after his shift when he lost control of his motorcycle, and careened off the road totaling the motorcycle. He sustained head and body injuries to which he eventually succumbed. Here is what Police had to say about this fatality. Joseph Myvette, Assistant COMPOL : "Police were called to an area between miles 17 and 18 on the Placencia road on Saturday morning sometime around 8:30 am where upon arrival they observed a red in color live hand motorcycle extensively damaged, that was northbound..."

Jeremias Xipot: Another 21st Fatality
And there was another fatal accident on the 21st morning. Silk Grass resident Jeremias Xipot was driving from Silk Grass village to Dangriga town when he lost control of his Toyota pickup and collided with a lamppost. Xipot was thrown from the vehicle and died instantly. ACP Joseph Myvett: "On the 21st September sometime around 12:42 a.m., Dangriga police was called to an area between miles four and five on the Southern Highway where they observed a white Toyota pickup truck extensively damaged..."

Two Dead in Shipyard Vehicle Wreck
This Morning 37 year old Edin Pop and 35 year old Elodio Copo lost their lives in a car accident in Shipyard Village, Orange Walk District. Pop was travelling from Fireburn to Guinea Grass village when he apparently lost control and flipped. Police told us more today. ACP Joseph Myvett: "On 23rd September sometime around 4:30am, police were called to an area in Shipyard Village in the Orange Walk District where thet observed a white Ford F-150 pickup with its 4 wheels up in the air inside a shallow creek"

Man Survives Double Head Cabbage Beat Down
On Monday Double Head Cabbage resident Earl Pratt was found on the side of the road unconscious with various injuries. Here's what police had to say about the incident.

Mesop. and Coro. Southeast For Saldivar
The UDP leadership race is heating up - and, this weekend, two notable divisions declared their support for John Saldivar. They are Mesopotamia and Corozal Southeast. It's notable because those divisions - under different standard bearers - both supported Patrick Faber in his last bid for leader.

Maya Mopan Woman Spared from Wrath of Fire
On Friday Ione Reid's home was almost completely destroyed by fire. Neighbors and the fire department helped to extinguish the flames and stop the spread to the lower flat of the home. Police and a resident of the home shared the story of the fire today.

PM Boasts of Big Projects in 21st Speech
The Independence Day Official ceremonies in Belmopan seemed hotter than usual this year - but it was the heat of the sun, not the political combatants. As per tradition, the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition squared off with a mix of hope and political rope-a-dope. Here are some of the major initiatives outlined by the PM, starting with a push towards renewable energy:

A Flag for A Belizean Hero
Also, former chief education officer and one of the Belizean flag designers, Mr. Inez Sanchez Sr. was honored at the 21st official ceremony. His son, Mr. Inez Sanchez Jr. received one of the newly standardized flags on his behalf.

Channel 5

U.S. $23 Million A.I.B.L./F.T.C. Settlement! The Scam Jilted American Investors $100M
Twenty-three million U.S. dollars – that’s how much Atlantic International Bank Limited has been ordered to cough up to settle charges filed in the U.S. district court by the Federal [...]

Liquidator Says Settlement Resolves Allegations Against the Bank
Julian Murillo, the Liquidator of A.I.B.L., also confirmed the settlement which will cede to the F.T.C., twenty-three million U.S. dollars of A.I.B.L. assets held in the U.S. and currently subject [...]

Taiwanese Businessman Killed Inside His Camalote Store
Sixty-two-year-old Taiwanese national Ching-Sung Chen was killed inside his store in Camalote, Cayo.  He was sound asleep but woken by robbers who had entered E-Star Store through a window on [...]

Belize Chinese Association Offering Cash Reward for Information
As we said the murders of Chinese nationals, including the most recent in Camalote, has triggered the offering of cash rewards by the Belize Chinese Association.  The B.C.A. is offering [...]

Murder in the Old Capital: Shooting Victim Joseph Rowland Succumbs
There was a second murder recorded over the extended weekend In the Old Capital. Shooting victim Joseph Rowland succumbed at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. The thirty-one mechanic was critically [...]

Another Camalote Resident is Arraigned for the Murder of Ofelia Cruz in Salt Creek, Sand Hill
A second person has been charged for the murder of Mexican national Ofelia Cruz. The sixty-nine-year-old woman was bludgeoned to death inside her house in the Salt Creek area of [...]

Independence Day Fire Leaves One Dead, Several Homeless
At Caye Caulker today, the community is picking up the pieces following a deadly fire. Early on Saturday morning, the quiet in the village was interrupted when a two-storey commercial [...]

Fire Victims Get Assistance; NEMO Provides Much-Needed Supplies
NEMO officials were on the island today, working with the Caye Caulker Village Council and fire officials to assist victims. Over the weekend, NEMO’s Central Region Coordinator Al Westby travelled [...]

B.E.L. to Garner Assistance for Fire Victims
Following the blaze, Belize Electricity Limited issued a statement expressing condolences to the Chub family.  B.E.L. says that it takes its role seriously in providing safe and reliable electricity and [...]

Guinea Grass Friends Perish in Traffic Accident
A total of four persons died in separate traffic fatalities over the holiday weekend. Up north, two friends from the village of Guinea Grass were killed when their vehicle plunged [...]

PC Clifford Castillo Dies in a Traffic Accident on the Placencia Road
Several police officers have lost their lives in recent road traffic accidents across the country. Over the weekend, the third person to perish in an R.T.A. was Police Constable Clifford [...]

Silk Grass Resident Perishes in Accident on the Southern Highway
Also in the south, in the wee hours of Independence Day, Silk Grass resident Jeremiah Xipot perished in an accident on the Southern Highway. The deceased was en route to [...]

George Gill Drowns in Bermudian Landing
Thirty-one-year-old George Gill drowned in the Belize River in Bermudian Landing on Sunday afternoon while out on a trip with his girlfriend and three others.  Despite being forewarned by a [...]

Independence Day Addresses the State of Nation
Independence Day ceremonies are traditionally addressed by the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. As they have in the past, Prime Minister Dean Barrow and P.U.P. Leader, John [...]

Taiwanese Embassy Addresses Fake Publication on Social Media
The Embassy of Taiwan sent out a statement this evening. It states that a press release circulating on social media is unauthorized and its content fabricated to mislead the public [...]

A Fire in Maya Mopan is Caused by an Electrical Fault
Earlier you heard of the fire in Caye Caulker in which a mechanic lost his life. There was another fire over the weekend. In Maya Mopan, Belmopan, the Reid family [...]

Who Assaulted Earl Pratt as He Headed Home in Double Head Cabbage?
Police say they are trying to figure out who attacked Earl Pratt over two weeks ago in Double Head Cabbage, Belize District, leaving him in a critical condition. Pratt was [...]

Columbia Teen Goes Missing After He is Released from Police Custody
Two minors are joining the list of missing persons. The first and most disturbing case is from Punta Gorda where seventeen-year-old Gilbert Francisco Chiac cannot be located. On Sunday, his [...]

Where is 15 Year-Old Keyla Capen?
Meanwhile, the search is ongoing for a fifteen-year-old Guatemalan national who resides in Ladyville, Belize District. Keyla Capen was last seen heading towards Belize City on a motorcycle along with [...]

Sights and Sounds of Uniform Parade 2019
On Saturday morning in Belize City, hundreds of secondary school students participated in the annual uniform parade following the Independence Day address.  The streets of Belize City were lined with [...]

James Adderly has all the Weekend Sporting Events
Good evening, I am James Adderly and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities...]

The Reporter

GOB Issues Press Statement From Liquidator Of AIBL & Sanctuary Belize Settlement
At mid-day today (September 24th.) the Government Of Belize issued its official press statement concerning the liquidation of AIBL’s assets by Julian A Murillo and the agreement reached between the Federal Trade Commission of the United States and the claim brought against Atlantic International Bank Ltd. (AIBL).

Federal Trade Commission Approves Settlement – AIBL & Sanctuary Bay Scam
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has finally approved a proposal to dismiss charges against Atlantic International Bank Ltd. (AIBL) for a settlement of US $23 Million, which will be used to provide relief to the victims of the Sanctuary Bay real estate scam.

PM Responds to Angry Choice Depositors
Prime Minister Dean Barrow addressed concerns and frustration of former Choice Bank depositors that have reached out to the Reporter alleging the Central Bank and Choice’s new liquidator have been less than helpful in facilitating the recovery of their money, saying while he was not aware of the current status of the process, he is confident it is being carried out properly.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Enthusiastic public broke firetruck during Caye Caulker fire
During the fire at Nandos Golf Cart Rentals and Apartments on the morning of Saturday, […]

CONCACAF sanctions Belize for no-show in Nations League game against French Guiana
The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) is under official warning of disqualification from the CONCACAF Nations […]

Embassy of Taiwan cautions about fake press release
Today, the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Belize warned that a fake press […]

NEMO delivers relief supplies to Caye Caulker fire victims
The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) was active early on Independence Day following a devastating […]

Drought brings strange citrus fruit
Chief Administrator at Citrus Products of Belize Limited (CPBL), Nikita Usher, who also chairs the […]

Accused murderer arraigned after returning from Guatemala
The second of two men accused of the murder of caretaker’s wife Ofelia Hernandez Cruz in […]

Megan Rapinoe collects top award, calls for better treatment for minorities
U.S. World Cup Golden Boot winner Megan Rapinoe has called on fellow footballers to use […]

Earl Pratt remains in critical condition
Earl Pratt remains hospitalized in a critical condition. Sometime over the weekend, he left the […]

Southwest Airlines offering US$39 one way ticket in limited sale
Southwest Airlines is offering a special deal on tickets, taking them as low US$39 one way, […]

Julian Torres charged for hammering elderly woman to death
On August 13th, two persons entered the home of Ofelia Cruz, 69, in Sandhill, Belize. […]

FIFA names Lionel Messi world male player of the year
Barcelona and Argentina forward, Lionel Messi beat out rivals to win his sixth FIFA award for world male player of the year at the annual award ceremony in Milan, Italy on Monday...

Firefighters extinguish fire before it consumed a Belmopan home
Sometime around 10 a.m. on Sunday, a fire broke out in the Maya Mopan area of Belmopan... Irene Reid told officers that she was in the lower flat of her two-story concrete home when a neighbor alerted her that there was a fire on the second floor...

Businessman murdered in Camalote
Taiwanese businessman, Ching- Sung Chen, 62, was gunned down inside his shop over the weekend. According to police sometime after 1 o’clock on Sunday morning the deceased...

Fatal road traffic accident claims life in Southern Belize
A road traffic accident in Southern Belize on Independence Day claimed the life of one man. He has been identified as Jeremias Xipot...

Police: PC Castillo lost control of his motorcycle
The life of Police Constable, Clifford Castillo, ended tragically over the weekend. Sometime around 8 o’clock on Saturday morning he was traveling to Maya Beach from Placencia when he lost control of his motorcycle near mile 17 on the Placencia Road...

Belize to host regional agriculture forum
Belize will be the host country for the upcoming 12th Regional Agricultural Planners’ Forum, set to be held next week. The two-day forum, scheduled for Monday, September 30, and Tuesday, October 1, will be held under the theme ‘Capitalizing on the New Frontier in Global Agriculture...’

Building Healthy Communities: Caribbean Wellness Week
The Ministry of Health in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Agriculture, PAHO, the New York Chapter of the Belize Diabetes Association (BDANY) and other stakeholders is celebrating Caribbean Wellness Week this week...

Two Chinese businessmen killed, one injured: Chinese community offering rewards for information
Between September 12 and 22, two Chinese businessmen have been killed and another injured. The Belize Chinese Association (BCA) has condemned the cruel acts of violence and is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person/persons responsible...

Japanese Embassy to donate garbage truck to Orange Walk Town Council
The Embassy of Japan in Belize will hand over a new garbage truck to the […]

FTC announces US$23 million settlement with AIBL
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) of the United States, which is investigating the Sanctuary Bay real estate fraud case, today announced that it has approved a $23 million US settlement to be paid by Atlantic International Bank Ltd...

Spouses of CARICOM Leaders meet at UN General Assembly
The Spouses of CARICOM Leaders Action Network (SCLAN) led by Chair, Kim Simplis Barrow hosted a side event in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York today...

Blogs

Update: Development Explosion at and Around Secret Beach
Secret Beach is the most visited spot on Ambergris Caye. And it is changing and developing at a startling rate. Just 10 years ago, the only way to reach the west side of Ambergris Caye was boat. Just 6 years ago, after a cross-island road was filled and finished, you could drive over but the beach really was a “local secret”. There was a dock and nothing else. Now…it is a strip of bars and restaurants and bed & breakfasts…chairs packed together at some points…loud music blasting in others….it’s…SHOCKING! It’s also one of the most beautiful stretches of coast in all of Belize.

Southwest Is Doing Another Massive Fall and Winter Sale With $39 One-way Tickets
No, you’re not imagining things. Southwest Airlines really is hosting yet another sale. On Tuesday, Southwest launched another sale for fall and winter flights. This time, the airline is offering tickets for as low as $39 on one-way flights. The only major catch here is you need to book your tickets before Sept. 26 at midnight.

Drug Seizures Increase in Belize as More Cocaine Flows North
Despite limited interdiction capabilities, authorities in Belize have made a number of recent drug busts, underscoring that the Central American country is grappling with a surge in cocaine moving north from Colombia. “Belize is a transshipment route for drugs. Gangs are fighting to be in charge of moving the drugs through Belize,” General Steven Ortega, commander of the Belize Defense Force (BDF), said to Diálogo. Though reporting is lacking, figures of drug seizures show a steep rise. In 2018, authorities confiscated about a ton of cocaine from aircraft across the country, which represented the first seizures on this scale in eight years, according to the US State Department. In comparison, in the first nine months of 2017, Belize police reportedly seized just 58 kilograms of cocaine.

“Small Country, Big Birding”
Belize offers the best of both worlds: jungles and beaches, Maya history and ancient ruins, wildlife and nature, adventure and relaxation. Being both Caribbean and Central American, our tiny English-speaking nation nestled at the base of the Yucatan Peninsula is a naturalist’s delight – and birders have certainly learned Mother Nature’s best kept secret. With 85 ecosystems and nearly 600 bird species to explore within approximately 9,000 square miles, Belize contains a vast diversity of forests from pine savanna to lowland rainforest to ecologically-rich island cayes and atolls. With such flora, incredible fauna lies just within reach that new and experienced birders alike will revel in a neotropical birding adventure.

Top 10 Reasons to Invest in Belize
Belize is the only English speaking country in Central America; therefore, all paperwork, documents, and contracts are written in a language you’ll be able to understand. Buying property in Belize is an uncomplicated procedure. Foreigners will be sure to find that purchasing real estate in Belize is cheaper compared to other parts of the world. Property taxes are extremely low, as of 1% to 1.5%. Belize imposes no capital gains taxes and no income taxes from property; therefore, your hard-earned money is protected.

Belize International Film Festival 2019!
Belize is rolling out the red carpets and the silver screens as it gets ready for the 14th Annual Belize Film Festival. The festival runs from November 6 through November 10, 2019. Along with that, look out for Belize’s very own film, “My Father Belize”, which is a part of the Film Festival. When it started in 2003, the Belize Film Festival only had 13 movies to screen. This year, festival organizers had to sift through more than 250 documentaries, full-length films, short films, animated films and music videos from over 50 countries. The festival is sponsored by the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) through the Institute of Creative Arts (ICA) of Belize.

International Sourcesizz

Belizean Bank to Pay $23 Million and Cease Operations to Settle FTC Charges It Provided Substantial Assistance to the Sanctuary Belize Real Estate Scam
Under a proposed consent order, Belize’s Atlantic International Bank Limited (AIBL) will pay $23 million, representing approximately all of its U.S.-based assets, to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it assisted various related entities (the Sanctuary Belize Enterprise, or SBE) in deceiving U.S. consumers as part of a scheme to sell property in Sanctuary Belize. Sanctuary Belize (also known as Sanctuary Bay and The Reserve) is a massive planned community approximately the size of Manhattan located in remote southern Belize. The FTC will use the money to provide redress to more than 1,000 consumers injured by the Sanctuary Belize scheme.

The Garifuna Collective's 'Irresistible Groove' Captivates Audiences Around The World
In July 2019, Al Obando of The Garifuna Collective transported host John Floridis from Butte's Montana Folk Festival to the small coastal Caribbean towns where the Garifuna community (also known as the Garinagu) speaks an endangered language and sings and dances what UNESCO calls "a masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity." The Collective, an intergenerational group of musicians from Belize, galvanizes audiences around the world with lyrical call-and-response melodies and driving, overlapping rhythms, recalling a heritage of West African percussion and indigenous Arawak and Carib singing. NPR Music's Anastasia Tsioulcas writes about the Garifuna Collective:

Videos

  • Road Development in Southern Belize, 1.5min. Moving Belize Forward: The Hummingbird Highway by Government of Belize Press Office

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - CRISPIN BENJAMIN SPAIN SR., 2.5min.

  • Focus on Agriculture in Belize, 1.5min. Region focuses on agriculture in series of events in Belize City, Belize, at the end of September.

  • Lady O - Push A Back, 4min. Belizean American singer Otty Trujillo’s new single

  • Intro to [#%!], 53min.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries = HECTOR CARLOS CONORQUIE, 2min.

  • Police Link, 60min.

  • Caye Caulker Fire: Family of detained person asks for help, 4min.

  • Food Truck Music Fest Video, 3.5min. Great video highlighting the dancing that went on at Cayo's 1st ever Food Truck Music Fest. DJ's, Bands, and Garifuna drummers provided a full day and night of music. Galvez Stadium was packed up. "Food Truck music fest 2019 A big family event 1st time ever and it was a blast. 1st time in San Ignacio. Captured by: Mary Robinson."

  • Caye Caulker - Belize 2019, 3min. Going Slow-ish in Caye Caulker, Belize.

  • Xtreme Tourist_Belize, 24min.

  • Diving aboard the Belize Aggressor IV September 14-21 2109, 4min.

  • SCUBA Adventure Belize 2019 (Highlights), 4.5min.

  • Crossing the border from MEXICO to Belize with TWO dogs, 12min.

  • Police Check Point Talk Show, 90min. Join us as we speak to Mr. Tirzo Galvez, Cheif Transport Officer.

  • Police Check Point Talk Show, 50min. Join us as we speak to Superintendent Dwayne Sutherland Officer Commanding Proffessional Standards Branch.

  • SPTOA Kids in Action, 1min. Our Belize Independence theme, all work was done by the SPTOA and The Kids in Action group. Special thanks to some of the kids parents and teacher Paulina Suazo.