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The San Pedro Sun

Belize to assume Presidency of Mesoamerican Integration & Development Project
It has been announced that in January 2020, Belize will assume Pro Tempore Presidency of the Mesoamerican Integration and Development Project, a space led by the Foreign Ministry of the 10 countries that are members of the regional project. Belize’s Pro Tempore Presidency of the project will be for a period of six (6) months, during which time a sector leadership segment corresponding to Disaster Risk Management will be included, through which the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) will coordinate actions of the Mesoamerican Network of Integral Risk Management.

San Pedro Justice of the Peace monthly meeting
Justice of the Peace monthly meeting will be Wednesday, October 9th. Guest Speaker will be Dr. Abigail McKay, formerly with RET International who will be talking about the JP Act. All JPs are encouraged to attend and be informed, equipped, and educated to better serve with confidence. Starting at 7PM - 9PM at San Pedro High School in the Conference Room, refreshments will be served.

Second CRFM & OSPESCA Ministerial Meeting
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, The Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration hosted the Second High-Level Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the Organization of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector of the Central American Isthmus (OSPESCA) at the Best Plus Biltmore Plaza in Belize City on October 2nd, 2019. The purpose of the meeting was aimed to strengthen collaboration between the two regional fisheries organizations to improve the conservation, management and sustainable development of marine living resources of the Caribbean Sea by implementing a Joint Action Plan.

Ambergris Today

Pic Of The Week – Awesome Street Art!
Headed down south or at Caye Coffee for some fresh coffee? Then you will be greeted by this awesome graffiti on the wall. There have been several murals going up in town lately as many local businesses are sprucing up their walls and graffiti art seems the way to go! Artists have been expressing their amazing talent and this one does not fail to impress!

Oceana Announces The 2019 Oceana Ocean Hero Award Winners
Riversdale fisherwoman Guadalupe Lampella and Placencia-bred fisherman Dale Fairweather are champions for the sea.On Saturday, October 5th, Oceana formally recognized two extraordinary Belizeans as the 2019 Ocean Heroes. This year’s winners are fisherman and sea advocate, Dale Fairweather and fisherwoman and avid diver, Guadalupe Lampella.

Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism Meeting On Strategic Actions For The Fisheries And Aquaculture
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, The Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration hosted the Second High Level Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the Organization of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector of the Central American Isthmus (OSPESCA) at the Best Plus Biltmore Plaza in Belize City on Wednesday, October 2, 2019.

Various Belizean Sources

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South Ambergris Caye Neighbourhood Watch Meeting
Hello friends and neighbors! It is time for our regular monthly meeting again. It is being held on October 9th, 7:00 pm at Someplace South Cafebar.

Belize Attends the 5th Korea-LAC Business Summit in Seoul Korea
The 5th Korea-LAC Business Summit, taking place in Seoul Korea from October 7th-8th, 2019, is one of the world’s largest international exchange events between the 26 IDB member countries and Korea. The objective of the forum, is to expand and strengthen commercial ties between Korea and the Latin American and Caribbean Countries, to provide a better understanding of investment and trade opportunities. The forum serves as a great opportunity for the productive exchange of ideas and information between companies working in trade and investment, transportation and infrastructure, and energy to name a few.

Corozal Football Association Opening Season Youth Standings
Club Standing as of Week 4 (06/10/2019) for Corozal Football Association Opening Season Youth Tournament 2019-2020.

BELIZE FISHING REPORT: SEPTEMBER 15, 2019 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 22, 2019
The average and upper size of Bonefish continues to increase as a result of catch and release only regulations implemented 10 years ago by the Government of Belize. Very good week for numbers of Bonefish on the fly.

Stingrayz Youth Exhibition
This is an event you won't want to miss. Come out this Saturday to the Caye Caulker basketball court to support the Stingrayz family and cheer on our Junior Stingrayz as they play Belize's 501 Gators. It will be an event for the whole family to enjoy. Music, food, drink, games, prizes, raffle, and of course BASKETBALL!

2019 Oceana Ocean Hero Award
On Saturday, October 5th, Oceana formally recognized two extraordinary Belizeans as the 2019 Ocean Heroes. This year’s winners are fisherman and sea advocate, Dale Fairweather and fisherwoman and avid diver, Guadalupe Lampella. Prime Minister of Belize, Rt. Hon. Dean O. Barrow is the sole recipient of Oceana’s Ocean Champion Award, which was presented in 2018 in recognition of Belize’s indefinite moratorium on offshore oil.

TOLEDO DISTRICT- MIDWAY ELECTION RESULT

Corozal Urban Birdwatch
Mark your calendars - our Urban Bird Watch 2019 is almost here!

Maya Stilt Dancers
This is a photo of Maya Stilt Dancers from the Madrid Codex (one of the three Pre-Columbian Maya books) and a recent photo of Stilt Dancers at Maya Day in Blue Creek, Belize. In this article, Prof. Genner asks the question why do communities choose to display heritage and culture? What does it mean to perform everyday practices in a community event like Maya Day?

Channel 7

On Second Thought...PSU Will Fight For Hilltop
Last week the president of the PSU, Gerald Henry confirmed that the PSU would not be fighting for its Hilltop property in Belmopan. He said it was the consensus of the general membership that they should move on and try to get compensation for what he called "equitable interest" in the property. But, a release sent out a few hours ago takes things in the other direction. It says, quote, "based on additional informationand sound updated legal advicethe council of management of the PSU has unanimously decided that the matter (concerning the property)shall proceed to court." End quote. So, we take that to mean they will fight their pending eviction in court.

Man Dies Days After Being Shot
On Friday night we told you about the drive by shooting on Santa Barbara street. Three men were shot: 31 year old Justin Richards, 24 year old Jamal Elijio, and 27 year old Marquin Dury. Richards was shot to the neck, Elijio shot to the right shoulder, and Dury received a graze to his right foot near the knee. Yesterday Jamal Elijio succumbed to the injury he sustained during that drive by shooting. We spoke to his cousin today. She told us that she was shocked by the shooting that left her cousin dead and her brother terribly injured.

Police Blank On Elijio Murder
Today police had little to add - and claim to not know who shot Elijio. Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero - Deputy Head, NCIB: "In regards to the shooing incident that occurred on Thursday, the 3rd day of October 2019, where 3 people were shot, on Sunday, the 6th day of October 2019, Jamal Eligio died at the KHMH, whilst ongoing treatment. These persons had been shot at on that date, and this person succumbed to his injuries."

Security Guard Survives Shot To The Mouth
A security guard was shot on Saturday night while on duty at Excelsior High School. 33 year old Rodman Welch Jr. was inside the booth on the compound when the gunman crept up and shot him. We went looking for answers. Courtney Weatherburne has more. Today police officers were at Excelsior High investigating Saturday night's shooting at the school compound. The victim is the 33 year old security guard Rodman Welch Jr. Fortunately he survived. The report is that Welch was on duty inside this security booth when a gunman inched the gun through the board window and shot him in the mouth.

Police Don't Know Who Shot Security
Police did not provide much information on this case either at today's press briefing. Here is what Sr. Superintendent Romero had to say. Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero - Deputy Head, NCIB: "On Saturday, the 5th day of October 2019, police responded to a shooting incident at the security booth at Excelsior High School. Upon their arrival, they were informed that a male person had been shot..."

Teenager Shot On South Creek
There was another shooting in the same neighborhood less than 21 hours later. This one happened at around 7:00 last night on South Creek Road, which is only a few blocks away. A16-year-old minor was standing in a group on Ramsey Street when suddenly, gunshots rang out from the direction of the South Creek Bridge. The young man was shot in the bicep, but it is unclear at this time who the gunman was aiming for. Here's what the Deputy Head of the National Criminal Investigations had to say about this incident in this afternoon's press briefing:

Man Forgives Shooter, Blames Cops
A man got off an attempted murder charge in court today because his accuser said he forgave him. Andrew Augustine, took the witness stand and testified that he does not want any further court action against Stephon Anderson. Augustine said that he has forgiven Anderson and it was the police's fault because they deliberately put him in harm's way. With that Crown Counsel Sherigne Rodriguez entered a nolle pros and the Anderson was free to go.

Police Have Nothing on Downtown Hit and Run
On Friday night we showed you that ugly hit and run accident at the corner of Albert and King Streets. Well, today, despite heated requests, police told us that have no information on it. It happened shortly before news time two blocks from studio at the corner of King and Albert Streets. Security footage from a nearby business shows a black pickup truck barreling through the intersection and hitting two men off a motorbike.

Fire Leaves Family of Two Homeless
On Saturday night, a bushfire threatened a neighborhood of mainly wooden structures on Curl Thompson Street. It was a bush fire that got out of control and eventually engulfed a home, residence to a man and his son. We spoke with Kenneth Mortis Station Supervisor at the Belize City Fire Department who told us that it was a fight with the bush fire as well as the wind.

Disturbing Sexual Offences
There are two disturbing cases of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. In the first case, the young girl reported to the police yesterday evening that since November 2018 to mid-August this year, her stepfather would physically abuse her, and then had sex with her against her will. What is even more troubling is that the minor is reportedly pregnant and experiencing medical difficulties. The other case happened up north, where a 14 year old girl reported to police that she had sexual intercourse with her boyfriend on September 27 at her residence. She also reported that she had sexual intercourse with another male person when she was 13 years old. Police are investigating both cases.

Devaughn Detained, Uncle Demands Human Rights
Last week Monday we told you that 42 year old Mark Clarke was shot three times while sitting on the side of New Road. Clark believes that he's being hunted because of a gang vendetta against his son. At the time police had detained Clarke's son, Devaughn Gillett, as a preventative measure against retaliation for his father's shooting. Now Devaughn Gillett's uncle is speaking up about what he calls police's abuse of his nephew's human rights through a series of detentions that the young man has had to endure in the wake of his father's shooting and the murder of his first cousin, Jebran Wagner.

Pretty Guilty In Pink
Two men pleaded guilty to burglarizing Pink Boutique after being caught on surveillance camera. The men are 35 year old Marlon Young and 41 year old Reagan Gomez.

Cops Know Who Shot Eugene
Belize City police are reporting tonight that they've made an arrest in last week's Wednesday's shooting of 42-year-old Eugene Tillett. As we told you, Tillett was walking on Ebony Street, and he was heading to Central American Boulevard. But, he didn't make it because a man quickly approached him from behind and shot him in the abdomen. Here are a few additional details which police shared with us at today's briefing:

Vicious Chopping In Trio Leaves Man Critical
So, while City cops are getting ready to arraign that man for last week's shooting, police investigators in Toledo are trying to find out who is responsible for a dangerous chopping incident in Trio Village, which left a 42-year-old man hospitalized with injuries to the neck. Last night at around 9:00, Alejandro Xol, a Guatemalan resident of Trio, was in front of a supermarket in the village. That's when a man pulled out a machete and started swinging at him. The nature of their dispute is not known, but Xol was injured to the neck. He had to be transported to the Southern Regional Hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.

BTEC, 5 Years Of Making Meaningful Difference
From training in the hospitality industry to business development courses for prisoners: Over the past 5 years BTEC has been providing these opportunities and much more. Today at the ITVET, the BTEC team celebrated their 5-year anniversary and spoke on their accomplishments and on the road ahead. Christine Smith, Manager, BTEC: "BTEC celebrates it's 5th anniversary, well actually on October 6th, we are having this celebration today. 5 years ago we started with our first training program which was for the BPO industry, to date we have moved into the hospitality industry doing front desk, wait staff, housekeeping, bartending..."

ICJ President Notes Belize-Guat Case
Belize's territorial dispute with Guatemala is going before the ICJ in mid - 2020, and it is one of 16 cases presently before the court. The President of the Court President Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf spoke at the London Conference on International Law last week Thursday and Friday. He discussed the unique circumstances of the Belize - Guatemala case. H.E. Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusef, President - ICJ: "The last case to be submitted to the court concerned the dispute between Guatemala and Belize, concerning Guatemala's territorial insular and maritime claims..."

Area Rep Laments San Antonio Situation In House
Last week on the news - we spoke via telephone to Toledo West Area Rep. Oscar Requena about the situation in San Antonio Village. The second biggest village in the district was having water problems; three thousand people were suffering because the pump operator hadn't been paid. Now, that's what you might call a dime holding up a dollar - and he says it is symptomatic of political meddling. Hon. Oscar Requena, Toledo West: "The pump operator decided he is not pumping water, because he hasn't got paid. So he went on strike and this was confirmed by both the pump operator and the handpicked nominated chairman that he resigned and he didn't pump because he is on strike because he hasn't got paid. I say what a shame when political expediency takes precedence over the welfare of the community. It's a shame. That is politics at its worse and its worse to the detriment of the community and I say shame on them."

Instant Karma, Or Very Lucky?
A man who caught in a traffic accident on Saturday near Ontario Village in Cayo is lucky to be alive after his pickup suffered a major front end collision.

A Corrupt Corporal
32-year-old Audrey Urbina, a British Army Corporal with familial ties to Belize, is currently facing a court-martial after she was accused of arranging unauthorized travel, using 17,000 pounds of the Army's money, to go fancy vacation trips for herself and her family. She's a Class 1 Admin worker for the Army, and her job was to arrange travel for official trips and deployment for the Army. But, she allegedly abused that access, over 17 months, to book dozens of flights for her close family and friends to destinations such as New York, Belize, Guatemala City, Miami, and Frankfurt, Germany.

Channel 5

Jamal Elijio Succumbs to Injury from Drive-by Shooting
Three days after he was shot on the back, Jamal Elijio died while receiving treatment at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.  Elijio was standing along with his cousin Justin Richards [...]

A Watchman is Shot Inside Security Booth at Excelsior High School
Within days of taking up a job as a security officer, Rodman Welch was shot. The stevedore was eating while on duty at Excelsior High School when he came under [...]

Police Investigating Sexual Crimes on Female Minors in the West and North
There were two cases of unlawful sexual intercourse reported in the Cayo and Corozal Districts. In the west, an alarming report has been made by a young girl. Police visited [...]

A Woman is Raped in the West; Alleged Rapist is Charged
Police are investigating another sexual crime against a female. Also in the Cayo District, a twenty-four-year-old woman reported to police that just after midnight on October fifth she was in [...]

Cayo DAVCO Elections Interrupted
At Friday’s House meeting, Area Representative Julius Espat made a presentation on the political interference in the election process.  Tensions quickly heightened during a meeting on September twenty-eighth in Georgeville, [...]

P.S.U. says Battle for Hilltop to be Taken to Court
The Public Service Union is not giving up its headquarters in Belmopan so easily. Last month, attorney Estevan Perrera sent the P.S.U. a letter on behalf of Simplex Designs Limited, [...]

Bush Fire Destroys House
A house was destroyed by fire in Belize City. According to residents in the Jane Usher Boulevard area, the two persons who lived inside the house weren’t at home when [...]

A Near-Fatal Chopping in Trio Village, Toledo
A resident of Trio Village in Toledo District is hospitalized in a critical condition following a chopping incident on Sunday night in the village. Forty-two-year-old Alejandro Xol was struck to [...]

Lavender Street Fisherman Charged for Attempted Murder of Eugene Tillett
One man has been charged for last Wednesday’s attempt on the life of forty-two-year-old Eugene Tillett.  The Belize City resident was shot on Ebony Street as he made his way [...]

Minor Injured in Shooting on South Creek, Belize City
A minor is currently admitted in a stable condition at the K.H.M.H. after he was shot on Sunday night near South Creek Bridge.  Sixteen-year-old Emory Reyes was among a group [...]

Fishermen Targeted by Gunman in Van
Two fishermen escaped unhurt on Marine Parade after a gunman fired several shots at their direction. Michael Hemmans and Shelton Reyes were at the pier near Golden Bay when a [...]

Cpl Kent Martinez in Court for Partial Disclosure
This morning, Corporal Kent Martinez, the police officer accused of pulling the trigger and causing the death of teacher Allyson Major, was back before the court. Last week, he made [...]

Man is Freed of Attempted Murder after Victim Refuses Court Action
He was shot behind the ear and grazed on his neck five years ago, but today after more than five years, twenty-seven-year-old Andrew Augustine wants no court action against the [...]

Guadalupe Lampella and Dale Fairweather are Ocean Heroes 2019
OCEANA’s heroes in marine conservation work were named over the weekend. They are persons who have made an impact in working to safeguard and conserve the ocean through sustainable practices. [...]

G.O.B. Amends Contractor General Legislation to Remove Limitation
This December will mark two years since Belize has been without a Contractor General. At the end of 2017 when the government attempted to re-appoint Godwin Arzu for another term, [...]

Land Reclamation; Who Got Paid and How Much?
The Government of Belize has borrowed more than fifty million dollars to upgrade twenty miles of the George Price Highway, from the Roaring Creek Bridge to the Hawkesworth Bridge in Santa [...]

Belize Agriculture Census Yet to be Completed
In 2018, the Ministry of Agriculture commenced the Belize Agriculture Census. Some twenty enumerators were deployed out in the field to collect data. It was originally planned that the census [...]

P.U.P. Area Rep Says High Electricity Rates Crippling Small/Medium Businesses
One more issue from last Fridays House sitting, in 2018, the cost of electricity spiked twice. Later that year, Belize Electricity Limited made a formal request to the Public Utilities Commission [...]

BTEC is 5 Years Old!
BELTRAIDE’s training and employment centre called BTEC turned five years old this month. Today, the centre which specializes in preparing persons for the workforce, celebrated its anniversary. Back when it [...]

The Weekend Highlights in Sports
Good evening, I’m James Adderly and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities...]

The Reporter

Belizean Delegation Attends Fifth Korea-LAC Business Summit in Seoul, Korea
The 5th Korea-LAC Business Summit, taking place in Seoul, Korea from October 7th-8th, 2019, is one of the world’s largest international exchange events between the 26 IDB member countries and Korea.

Strange Attack In Bullet Tree Village, Cayo
A Bullet Tree man, Christian Herrera, 27, reported to police that while walking from Santa Elena alone after 7:30 last night he was attacked by a group of men in an SUV.

LOVE FM

Man gets into car accident shortly after stealing a phone
Karma was swift over the weekend as a man who had just committed a crime became victim of a road traffic accident some hours later. We go first to our Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz who was on the scene of the accident in Ontario Village.

PSU to take Belmopan City Council to court over Hilltop property
The Public Service Union (PSU) is making its application to go to court over the Hilltop property in Belmopan. The announcement came via a release to our newsroom this evening from the union. According to the union, they have sought legal advice and based on that advice they are preparing to file their claim in court via the law firm, Courtney Coye and Associates.

16-year-old survives being shot
Gun violence continued in the old capital last night as a 16-year-old was targeted. The minor, Emory Reyes, was walking near a bridge on South Creek Road when he was shot once to the shoulder.

Youth Ambassadors return from their trip to the US
Two weeks ago, a delegation of eleven students and one adult mentor journeyed to the US as a part of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative. Love News saw the students off on September 17, and this past Saturday, we were there as they arrived back in the country.

Will GOB comply with Belize Network of NGOs and pass new fisheries bill?
Today, the Belize Network of NGOs issued a press release calling on the Government to address illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities by introducing the proposed Fisheries Resources Bill at the next sitting of the House of Representative.

Man dies three days after being shot
One of the three men shot on Thursday night on Santa Barbara Street has died. 24-year-old Jamal Elijio was shot to the right shoulder as he was socializing with 31-year-old Justin Richards and 27-year-old Marquin Drury.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

The Belize Training and Employment Centre celebrates 5th anniversary
Today, the The Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), held a ceremony marking its fifth […]

Ministry of Health investigating incidents of fainting at Belmopan Baptist High School
The Ministry of Health (MOH) is partnering with entities such as the Ministry of Education […]

Jamal Elijio passes, suspects interviewed and released
Justin Richards, Jamal Elijio, and Marquin Dury were all shot on Santa Barbara Street in […]

Ermon Tillett charged for shooting Eugene Tillett
Ermon Tillett has been charged with attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm and […]

Security guard fighting for life at KHMH after being shot in Belize City
Rodman Welch is today fighting for his life inside the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Sometime […]

Fishermen run from lone gunman in Belize City
Two fishermen are lucky to be alive after they came under gunfire around 5 o’clock […]

Guatemalan man chopped to the neck over weekend
A man was chopped in southern Belize over the weekend. He is Guatemalan national, Alejandro […]

Thief in Benque runs away with ham and turkey
A family in Benque were shopping at J and J store in Benque and packed […]

Miss East Indian to represent Belize at Miss International NCIC in Trinidad
Miss East Indian Belize 2019, Arelee Parham will be representing Belize at the Miss International […]

UWI listed among world’s top universities
According to the Jamaica Gleaner, The Times of London has listed the University of the […]

Belmopan Comprehensive High School has a new principal
Dr. Ethel Mae Arzu is the new principal at the Belmopan Comprehensive High School. Dr. […]

Accused gangsters plead guilty in court
Add Edward Saldano and Tareek Goff to the list of young men admitting to being […]

Drought lands “major blow,” but CARICOM and Belize sugar will be protected
Last week key sectors of agriculture and aquaculture along with trade from across the Caribbean […]

Accused robber charged and remanded to prison
The youth charged with robbery of a man four times his age has been remanded […]

Bullet Tree resident attacked and stabbed in Santa Elena
A resident from Bullet Tree Village, Cayo reported to police that he was attacked last […]

Minor shot in Belize City last night
Authorities are investigating a shooting incident that occurred last night in Belize City. Around 7 […]

Violent behavior in minors: Is bad parenting and an enabling society to blame?
An incident involving a minor – one of several residing at the Princess Royal Youth […]

Blogs

Just a Little Belize History
It is easy to get captivated with everything Belize. You can read more blogs on our many favorite spots, places to eat, and things to do - but what is the history of Belize? We thought entice you with a short lesson on the history of Belize, and how it has become the dream location that we have come to love today. We enjoy sharing the history of Belize because it's so unique and amazing. Let's jump in!

International Sourcesizz

Sargassum mapping empowers tourists
Sargassum Monitoring compiles and maps images that show the sargassum impact across the region. One map shows beaches with sargassum and a separate map shows beaches without sargassum. With sargassum-forecasting tools still in development, the maps offer one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date snapshots of the seaweed situation in the region. The work requires extensive research and hours of time by a team of volunteers who check regional webcams, search the internet and cross-check information submitted by users. Some areas, such as Cuba and Haiti, are more difficult to monitor than others. The team also runs into difficulty when monitoring webcams are shut off, at times to hide influxes of seaweed.

Towards resilience and risk reduction for coral reefs in Central America
Insurance payments for restoring a coral reef after it has been smashed by a hurricane may seem a bit far-fetched. Nevertheless, this is one of a raft of measures being proposed for the world’s second largest reef. The Mesoamerican Reef is the largest transboundary coral reef system in the Atlantic Ocean, stretching more than 1,000 km along the coastline of four countries: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico. It is critical to the ecological and economic health of the entire region and the Caribbean area. Coral reefs are among the most biologically diverse and economically valuable ecosystems on the planet. They provide food, livelihoods and economic opportunity for millions of people. Coral reefs also protect coastal communities from storm surge flooding and wave action during tropical cyclones as well as beach erosion.

Ancient Maya canals and fields show early and extensive impacts on tropical forests
New evidence in Belize shows the ancient Maya responded to population and environmental pressures by creating massive agricultural features in wetlands, potentially increasing atmospheric CO2 and methane through burn events and farming, according to geographical research at The University of Texas at Austin published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Prior research proposed that the Maya's advanced urban and rural infrastructure altered ecosystems within globally important tropical forests. But in the first study to combine airborne lidar (light detection and ranging) imagery with excavation and dating evidence in wetlands, researchers found the Birds of Paradise wetland field complex to be five times larger than previously discovered and found another, even larger, wetland field complex in Belize.

Belize: Staff Concluding Statement of the 2019 Article IV Mission
A Concluding Statement describes the preliminary findings of IMF staff at the end of an official staff visit (or ‘mission’), in most cases to a member country. Missions are undertaken as part of regular (usually annual) consultations under Article IV of the IMF's Articles of Agreement, in the context of a request to use IMF resources (borrow from the IMF), as part of discussions of staff monitored programs, or as part of other staff monitoring of economic developments. The authorities have consented to the publication of this statement. The views expressed in this statement are those of the IMF staff and do not necessarily represent the views of the IMF’s Executive Board. Based on the preliminary findings of this mission, staff will prepare a report that, subject to management approval, will be presented to the IMF Executive Board for discussion and decision.

Videos

  • Oceana 2019 Ocean Hero - Guadalupe Lampella, 8min. Mrs. Guadalupe Lampella has been diving for conch, lobster and fish since childhood, quickly realizing that the sea and its bounty would become her lifeline. Growing up fishing in Southern Belize, Guadalupe has seen the depletion of fish stock throughout the years, motivating her to be an advocate for the health of our marine resources. In 2016, Lampella was recognized as the “Outstanding Fisher Folk” of that year. She has been an active advocate in her fishing community of Riversdale, often expressing the importance of women in fisheries and their role in sustainable fishing. Even today, Lampella urges us to do our part, to have that love for our country and to preserve it so that we can have it for tomorrow.

  • Oceana 2019 Ocean Hero - Dale Fairweather, 8min. Dale Fairweather grew up in the quaint coastal village of Placencia, an upbringing that inevitably tied him to the sea for life. A fisherman at Turneffe for over two decades, Fairweather has traversed the entire Turneffe Atoll in search of conch, lobster and finfish using a variety of fishing methods that he has continuously expanded with the changing times. Throughout his career, he has been an advocate for the fisherfolk community, holding positions on the board of the Belize Federation of Fishers as well as the Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association. In 2012, Dale played a critical role in the Turneffe Atoll receiving its protection status in the Marine Protected Area System. Fairweather also offers his personal time to educating students on the need for responsible management of our natural resources, specifically as it relates to the fisheries sector in Belize. Within his community and across the country, Dale continues to be regarded as a voice for the fishers.

  • San Pedro Belize fishing, 4min. Nice sailfish catch & release with Mr Bambo.

  • The Blue Hole, Belize, 1.5min.

  • Syssphinx caterpillar looking for somewhere to pupate., 1/2min.

  • Coconut husking on the beach by Luna (dog), 4min.

  • Police maltreatment in San Pedro, min. 2 traffic oficers late at night using towncouncil motorbikes and chancing a drunkin guy.. they even use pepper spray on d poor guy.

  • Seinebight Belize, 2min.

  • Sea Trek Helmet Dive: Rendezvous Caye, BELIZE- 2019, 19min.

  • Scuba - Belize City, Belize, 11min.

  • Belize Honeymoon, 4min. Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge and Almond Beach at Jaguar Reef in Belize

  • Accion Deportiva, 60min.