bows to public pressure
The United Democratic Party government of Prime Minister Dean Barrow suffered much political damage when in late August, at a sitting of the House of Representatives; the Prime Minister introduced a write-off motion for a student loan given to Joshua Perdomo, a son of his Cabinet Secretary, Carlos Perdomo.
Joshua Perdomo signed a 3-year bond with the Government of Belize to pursue a Master’s Degree in Forensic Genetics and was supposed to return to his job at the Ministry of National Security. Since he never returned, he was terminated in 2011 in that ministry.
U.S. State Department sends senior official to Belize
In an apparent effort to reaffirm ties between Belize and the US, a senior State Department official paid a visit to Belize to liaise with several political figures and diplomats on October 27 and 28.
Julie Chung, who is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, visited the Prime Minister, Hon. Dean Barrow; the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. John Briceño; the Ambassador of Japan to Belize, H.E. Hiroyuki Kubota; and the Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan), H.E. Remus Li-Kuo Chen, to reinforce how important and fruitful our ties have been both with the US and Taiwan over these past decades.
Riverside Tavern’s accountant allegedly “under-deposits” almost $50,000
An Orange Walk man, Armando Olivera, who was working as an accountant in Belize City at the Riverside Tavern Limited, a subsidiary of Bowen and Bowen, appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court last week to answer to charges of theft.
Police charged Olivera, 43, with 10 counts of theft after police investigated a complaint from Natalie Grange, a process manager from Bowen and Bowen. The report made against Olivera is that he allegedly under-deposited funds in the company’s Heritage Bank account that resulted in a shortfall of almost $50,000, between the period June and August 2019.
New tech at Social Security Board
The Social Security Board has embarked on a new endeavor that should increase efficiency and, more importantly, security when it comes to issuing money from the Social Security fund. The board is aiming to use biometric scanning as its main form of customer identification, which is expected to become effective as of March 2020.
This would entail that citizens use registered fingerprints or, potentially, iris scanning when claiming their benefits. The intent, according to CEO Dr. Colin Young, is to reduce the use of tedious and inefficient paperwork systems to file for claims, and also, to reduce the risk of fraud that results in the illegal acquisition of money from the SSB.
Don’t drink that discolored water, Ministry of Health warns
The water coming out of the pumping station at Double Run which supplies Belize City has been discolored for about two weeks now, since the rains began. After customers in Belize City began complaining, Belize Water Services (BWS) called a press conference on Monday, October 28, to explain what has been happening with the water coming through the pipes from Double Run.
The water company told citizens that essentially the water has more iron in it, and that is what has been responsible for the discoloration. BWS Chief Executive Officer, Alvan Haynes, seemed to assure consumers that the water is safe to consume.
Remembering Hurricane Hattie
The Saturday, October 28, 1961 issue of British Honduras’ leading newspaper, The Belize Billboard, reported that Hurricane Hattie had appeared in the Caribbean 550 miles southwest of Kingston, Jamaica, and 50 miles northwest of San Andres Island off Nicaragua. That same issue of the newspaper reported that 108 more British Hondurans had left for Florida, joining 109 of their brethren who had left earlier that week after being contracted to do farm work for the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association.
Corozal F.A. Youth Tournaments 2019-2020 Opening Season Week 7 report
Another successful week of our ongoing Corozal Football Association (CFA) Opening Season Youth Tournament 2019-2020. We are grateful to the Almighty Father for His continued blessings upon our office and participating teams.
On Sunday, October 27, we had a total of 8 games, i.e. 2 U10, 3 U13 and 3 U20 at the Carolina Football Field. We are pleased to report that all went well; it has been seven successful weeks. These weeks have been a success, thanks to the match officials and the Disciplinary Committee persons, who have devoted their time and efforts.
CYDP/BDFA 1st Division weekend games at the MCC
The CYDP Peace Cup 2019, which is endorsed as the Belize District Football Association (BDFA) 1st Division Tournament 2019-2020 Opening Season, continued with 7 games over the weekend at the MCC Grounds, 4 on Saturday and 3 on Sunday.
In game 1 on Saturday, October 26, Eagles FC won by forfeit (3-0) over Berger FC, after Keron “Benny” Patnett (1’) and Michael Robinson (22’) had already shaken the net for Eagles.
Belize City’s Stars Academy to Honduras for UNCAF FIFA Forward Football U-17 Inter-Club Cup
The Football Federation of Belize’s (FFB) National U-17 Male Club Champions, Stars Academy from Belize City, will be competing in the upcoming Copa Inter-Clubes, U-17 UNCAF FIFA Forward Football tournament in Honduras.
The tournament, being held at the Estadio Emilio Williams in Choluteca, Honduras from the 4th to the 12th November 2019, will have the participation of host Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua. Mr. Stanley Reneau will be representing Belize as the Head of Delegation, and will accompany the coaching staff and players who depart the country on Friday, November 1, 2019.
Future FC U-10 & U-13 Football Tournament Week 4 results, standings
Five games, two U-10 and three U-13, were scheduled for today, Saturday, in Week 4 of the Future Football Club U-10 & U-13 Little League Tournament 2019, being played at the ITVET (Old Technical) Football Field in Belize City.
In game 1 (U-10), Belize United defeated Caesar Ridge, 4-0, with a goal each from Juan Diego, Gerald Vellejios, Ishmael Gonzalez and Antwan Latchman. Game 2 (U-10) was a 1-1 draw between Reality Youths and Yabra FC.
Editorial: GoB must assist the CGA and all small farmers
The Government of Belize cannot allow the CGA (Citrus Growers Association) to fail. The body is indebted to the gills, and if the government doesn’t intervene with some urgent financial assistance it will go into bankruptcy. We won’t go into all of the history here, but a few years ago the government did steer the Social Security Board to lend citrus farmers $10 million to help them replant groves that had been decimated by Citrus Greening, a disease that began to concern citrus growers around 2010.
Farmers, on the advice of the CGA and its research department, CREI (Citrus Research and Education Institute), bought plants certified free of the disease, and they followed all other recommendations.
From The Publisher
On most Sunday mornings for the last few years, KREM Radio and Television have broadcast a show called Sunday Review, which is hosted by Ya Ya Marin Coleman and co-hosted by Bill Lindo. The show is definitely not a money maker for KREM, and the reason is that Ya Ya is a female version of the late Argentine revolutionary, Che Guevara. Ya Ya supports all regional and international movements which represent the masses of roots people, which is to say, movements which stand in resistance to corporate interests and neoliberal capitalism. Because of Ya Ya Marin Coleman’s positions, Sunday Review is not supported by advertizers. My personal feeling is that the Ya Ya/Bill show has a ton of listenership/viewership, both at home and abroad, just as many KREM productions have enjoyed in the past.
Belize City water supply: a public issue demanding urgency
The high level of iron in the water supply system of Belize City, announced and explained by the CEO of our water company (an issue that must be addressed in any public water supply system in any country for that matter), only evidenced his poor knowledge of the importance of water in public health; but more importantly, his indifference, reflected in his choice of words and intonations, towards an issue of potential public health significance, is intolerable.
Pampas are our best friends on the sea
A research paper by Marisa Spyker, “A New Study Suggests Dolphins Might Be Even Smarter Than We Thought” on the website https://www.coastalliving.com, says that “young dolphins hit an important developmental milestone before humans do.” The paper claims that on a test called mirror self-recognition, “human infants, when presented with a mirror, seem to begin recognizing themselves around 12 months, whereas chimpanzees lag behind at around 2 years”, but bottlenose dolphins show that they begin recognizing themselves at 7 months.
Money and the National Bank of Belize
Money, something every human being wants. Some more than others. Before, I go any further, I must confess that I was mistaken about the subject of money. I, like 90% of the population, believed the myths, the lies, of the neo-liberals that money started as a means to solve the problems created by barter. In fact, in my 1995 book – ABC’s of Economics, I wrote and argued for the myths. I was wrong, and I apologized for my mistake. And for those who don’t believe that private commercial banks, not credit unions, create new money out of thin air by creating a debt or loan, they should check the Bank of England. Money creation in the modern economy — Bank of England, March 2014 publication.
Belizeans now need to demand lots and land distribution with a titled expedited process
Belize is a country with a population of about 400,000 people. It is underpopulated and there is enough land in the 8,867 square miles to give each Belizean a lot to build a home for his family and himself. Plus, almost every Belizean family can own farmland which can be subdivided to give all their members a lot to build a house for themselves.
Yet, there are hundreds of Belizeans at home and abroad, who are yearning to get a piece of lot to build their homes, but cannot get a lot to do so. The reasons are: a selfish family member who has the title for the family land and refuses to share it with other family members who are entitled to some of it, a family member who sold the family’s titled land without the written consent and approval of all the family members...
From British Honduras to Belize: one family’s drama
Matron told Mama that it wasn’t long before she had had the opportunity to talk with Mrs. Atkins about life in the capital, slanting it towards the medical services available there; and she had gleaned quite a good amount of information, which she stored away for the future, not even mentioning her plan to Millicent, usually her confidante, having realized that it made her sister nervous to know that she was planning an activity that might meet with their father’s disapproval. She therefore decided to spare her sister’s feelings and bear the burden alone, satisfied that, as always, she could count on her for moral support.
Amandala warned of river pollution in 1980
(Ed. NOTE: The following was a front page story in the Friday, April 11, 1980 issue of Amandala. The story was headed CHEMICAL KILLS BELIZE RIVER FISH: NOBODY’S TALKING.)
Belizeans were somewhat taken aback this Tuesday morning by a low-key Ministry of Health release that they should not eat dead fish which were floating in the river.
The “normal” thing would have been to headline on the radio news the FACT that a large quantity of fish had been killed by chemical waste disposed of in the Belize River and then go on from there to issue the necessary health warnings.
Domestic exports in Sept 2019 down 7% compared to Sept 2018
The SIB reported that Belize exported only a little over $35 million worth of products in September 2019, “down 7 percent or $2.6 million from the $37.7 million” in September 2018. Sugar exports were down $1.2 million, from $20.7 million in September 2018 to $19.5 million in September 2019; sales of citrus products were down $1.1 million, from $3.6 million to $2.5 million; and the value of banana exports was down $0.6 million, from $6.6 million in September 2018 to $6 million in 2019.
Higher prices for lobster products led to an increase of $0.1 million in earnings for marine exports, from $3.1 million to $3.2 million. Red kidney beans also showed a slight improvement, with September 2019 sales of $1.2 million —$0.4 million more than the $0.8 million earned in September 2018.
Nelson Ayuso , 41, dies in road accident
Nelson Ayuso, 41, a businessman of San Ignacio who is originally from Orange Walk, died as a result of massive head and body injuries he suffered when he was involved in a road traffic accident on the George Price Highway at about 10:30 Tuesday night.
Police said that Ayuso was with Imer Hernandez in a Sierra pickup and they were traveling toward San Ignacio when Hernandez, the driver of the pickup, lost control of the vehicle between Miles 55 and 56 (between Ontario and Blackman Eddy) and ran off the road.
In murder trial, Enfield Fitzgibbon, prosecution circumstantial witness, has terrible amnesia
The murder trial of Enfield Ervin Fitzgibbon, who has been indicted for the February 2017 murder of Kenmar Nicholas, 19, began in the Supreme Court of Justice Colin Williams this week.
At the trial this afternoon, Crown Counsel Shanice Lovell waged a valiant struggle with one of her witnesses who had become adverse to the proceedings, prompting Lovell to make an application to Justice Williams to “stand down the witness” — which will likely end with her making another application to have the court declare the witness a hostile witness, after which she will probably try to get the witness statement admitted into the evidence against the accused.
“YOU SLEEP LIKE A CAT!” – a phrase my friend Shivannie always messages at 4am. This is because Guyana is 2 hours ahead of Belize, so when she gets ready for work and decides to remember me at 6:00am, I should be sleeping.
Two Men Shot In Separate Incidents In The City
Two persons continue to recover from gunshot wounds they sustained in separate shooting incidents in Belize City on Thursday night.
The first incident which happened around 8:15 p.m. on Lizarraga Avenue in the city left Maleik Acosta, 21, of a West Street address with a single gunshot wound to his body.
Editorial: November 3rd. 2019
The Caye Caulker Town Council has the authority to apply to the Supreme Court of Belize for an injunction for a cease-and-desist order to halt any construction which it deems dangerous or undesirable to the island environment.
Did San Antonio Resident Drowned, or was he a Victim of Foul Play?
San Ignacio police are awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination to determine the official cause of death for San Antonio resident, Ismael August, 60, whose dead body was found floating in the Macal River on Tuesday evening
Young Chocolatier Making Giant Strides
Amara Ack, 17, of San Miguel Village in the Toledo District is aware of just how important her education is and the role that it will someday play in empowering her as a young aspiring businesswoman. It is with that focus that she gets up every day and toils on her family-owned chocolate farm in an effort to pay for her college tuition.
Late Night Shooting On Lizarraga Ave. Leaves Man Injured
A man is admitted at the KHMH in stable condition after he was shot last night. Around 8:25pm Police visited the hospital where they saw a man identified as Maleik Acosta, 21, with a gunshot wound to the body.
Global Leadership network hosts second leadership summit
Youths and adults were engaged in two days of learning how to equip themselves to become better leaders in the world. This initiative is being carried out by the Global Leadership Network, through their Global Leadership Summit held in Belize.
Tackling cycbercrime in our region
Police officers from Belize and other countries in the region participated in a training to fight against cybercrime. Specifically, this training dealt with stopping and preventing sexual exploitation of children online.
Moving forward with technology
Yesterday, we told you about Judicial Officers from all over the region meeting at the Belize Biltmore Plaza for the 6th Biennial Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers (CAJO) conference. At the conference there were many discussions of improving the judicial system in the Caribbean.
Creating code of conducts for social media use
With the Judiciary system seeing the implementation of technology, the use of social media also comes into play. As Justice Peter Jamadar, Chairperson of CAJO, noted, they have added sites such as Twitter and Facebook for the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).
Butane Prices decrease
Zeta Gas announced that their prices for liquefied petroleum gas, also known as butane gas, has been modified. They have reported that due to the international price movements, their prices saw a decrease of 0.21 cents per pound and 0.98 per gallon.
Tourist visits decline
The Belize Hotel Association (BHA) has reported that there has been a decrease in tourist visits, including overnight stays and occupancy within the past 4 months. According to BHA, the month of September has been the worst out of the four with a 7.8 decrease in tourist arrivals into the country as compared to last year.
Breaking Belize News
Ascenthium bringing original sets to 9th Annual Metal Haven Bash
The 9th Annual Metal Haven Bash is set for tomorrow, November 2 in Benque Viejo […]
Scotia Bank hands over to Republic Bank of Trinidad in eastern Caribbean
Trinidad and Tobago-based Republic Bank Limited has acquired the operations of the Bank of Nova […]
Police investigate armed robbery in Belize City
Authorities are investigating an armed robbery that occurred last night in Belize City. The owner […]
Belize signs US $14 million loan agreement with IDB
Prime Minister Dean Barrow and country Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Dr. Cassandra […]
2 Bullet Tree residents busted with weed in Teakettle
Two Bullet Tree residents in the Cayo District have been arrested pending charges of possession of […]
Calling all cricket coaches
Persons who coach the sport of cricket are encouraged to take advantage of a training […]
Young man shot in Belize City
Authorities are investigating a shooting incident that occurred in Belize City last night. Around 8 […]
Police investigating shooting incident in Belize City
Authorities are investigating a shooting incident that occurred last night in Belize City. Adam Joseph […]
US Embassy accepting applications for Cultural Preservation funding
The US Embassy in Belize is now accepting applications for the Ambassadors fund for Cultural […]
Students participate in anti- bullying campaign
Over 60 students from San Ignacio, Santa Elena and the surrounding communities participated yesterday in […]
Perdomo family repays outstanding $40K bond; “regrets” situation
In a short statement issued late today, Cabinet Secretary Carlos Perdomo stated on behalf of […]
Dia De Los Finados Exhibition to be held in Orange Walk
The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), through the Banquitas House of Culture, is […]
Dangriga resident shot at home
Dangriga resident, Darren Taylor, is injured but alive after he wrestled with a man who […]
Police comment on fatal road traffic accident involving Nelson Ayuso
Shortly after 10 o’clock on Tuesday night, there was a fatal road traffic accident out […]
Woman dies after swallowing poison
Over the weekend, Dangriga resident, Shailey Polanco, passed away. Police say that she had swallowed […]
Team Saldivar struts in new photo
Today, John Saldivar, who is campaigning for the title of United Democratic Party (UDP) Leader, […]
“Cost of living was slightly lower in September,” says Statistical Institute of Belize
The latest Consumer Price Index (CPI), produced by the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) says […]
Jack-o’-lantern, costumes and witches; Is Halloween an evil tradition?
An article entitled, “The dark history behind Halloween is even more chilling than you realized”, […]
THE Belize Travel Guide: 50 BIG Experiences on Ambergris Caye, Belize
Earlier this year, I wrote and then self-published a guidebook to Ambergris Caye, Belize – the type of Belize travel guide that I would want when visiting…and it also includes 9 Experiences for a day trip to Caye Caulker….
and it’s FINALLY in softcover form. Well…it has been since last week but I wanted to get it in my own hands to make sure that it was real.
The book is available from Amazon – in eBook format and softcover. And it’s an Amazon bestseller.
I am shipping a bunch down to Belize for sale here…but it is going to take a while. I hope to have them available by the beginning of December in a few spots around the island.
Jeff’s mom brought down 4 copies just last night and it looks…AMAZING! Way better than I could have imagined.
Belize’s Benefactor Baron Bliss
A world traveler, avid sailor, and philanthropist, Henry Edward Ernest Victor Bliss, the 4th Baron Bliss has played a significant role in the propagation of Belize’s culture, education, and the arts. Born February 16, 1869, was a wealthy English Baron descended from Portuguese and English nobility. He inherited his wealth from his father as well as from his uncle Edward Bliss of Brandon Suffolk. Some of his predecessors were Portuguese nobility and he was also granted a bequest from a Colonel Barreto of Spain. He had been an engineer by trade and inherited his title from his father.
The Lebanese of Belize
One of the more recent groups of people to settle within Belize would be the Lebanese. While the Lebanese account for far less of Belize’s population than the Chinese, they have started to leave an impact on the country. Arab food restaurants, like Sahara Grill, have opened in both the capital and Belize City, where there is even a mosque for practicing Muslims to engage in worship.
Since the Lebanese first arrived in Belize in the 1900s, the settlements of San Ignacio and Benque Viejo del Carmen have served as their primary homes within the Cayo District. It is through their incredible work effort and business savvy that the Lebanese have survived and even thrived, providing not only for themselves but also for their future generations. These days, it is possible to find up to five generations of Lebanese Belizeans in San Ignacio. Common surnames of Lebanese Belizean include Awe, Zaiden, Habet, Espat, and Bedran.
Districts of Belize
Belize is located in Northern Central America facing the Caribbean Sea and bounded by Mexico to the North and Guatemala to the West and South. It is made up of six districts, each unique in their own rights. So, here are the districts from north to south!
The Garifuna People Of Belize
The mystery and history of Belize’s Garifuna people are subtle reminders of the impression a small society can make within a much larger one.
Visiting Belize is a colorful, informative and rewarding experience. For a small nation, it claims many of the most remarkable sites found in Central America. Around 900 ancient Maya ruins. The planet’s second-longest barrier reef. And a cultural mix that belies so small a landmass. Included in this diverse mix are the Garifuna people, descendants of Carib Indians and Black Africans who once lived on the island of St. Vincent.
Having survived hundreds of years of change in pursuit of a distinct ethnic identity, Garifuna’s bloodlines are diverse and exotic. Test the DNA of any member of this community and you are likely to find represented Arawak Indian, Spanish and French lineages in addition to the aforementioned Black African and Carib Indian roots. By 1750, the Garifuna were the most strongly represented people on St. Vincent.
Punta Gorda, Toledo
As your tour boat flutters across the calm Caribbean Sea after, a boisterous group of feeding pelicans settles nearby while glancing over at the numerous mauve and orange-colored sea stars sauntering through the seagrasses, as well as the occasional stingray gliding silently beneath the water’s glassy surface. Welcome to Punta Gorda. Locally known as P.G. or Peini, nested in the southernmost portion of Belize, Punta Gorda is a small yet delightful seaport and fishing town that serves as a popular access point to Belize’s southern cayes. The capital of the Toledo District, this town offers travelers a more soothing vacation, away from the hustle and bustle in the city.
Tata Duende, La Llorona, Anansi, Alux; these are all characters from Belizean Folklore and are familiar to Belizeans, no matter their origin. These stories are part of the oral tradition of village people, and men who toiled in the remote bush camps—cane farmers, loggers, and chicleros. In remote areas, these stories were created to entertain and gather the family, but also served the purpose of deterring men from frequenting rum shops, and to keep children from straying too far from home. Further, they were passed down from myths, legends, omens, and proverbs as part of a belief system that has existed across the years and narrated by every ethnic group.
Mixology at Matachica and Gaia tell the story of Belize’s unique flavors via cocktails
Six bartenders, five judges, several bottles of liquor, and lots of Belizean ingredients set the stage for a fun afternoon at Matachica Resort. The occasion? An impromptu bartending competition initiated by Lawrence Picard, a three-time winner of GQ/Bombay Sapphire’s Most Imaginative Bartender Competition in Las Vegas, Nevada USA. Owner of Nectar and Mixologie in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Picard has been working alongside Matachica and her sister property Gaia’s bartenders, revamping, strengthening their skills and training them in the fine art of mixology.
THE GARIFUNA COLLECTIVE TOPS THE NOVEMBER 2019 TRANSGLOBAL WORLD MUSIC CHART
Aban from Belize-based The Garifuna Collective is the Transglobal World Music Chart’s number one album in November 2019.
The Garifuna Collective has performed in over 30 countries on five continents and has been part of the some of the most celebrated Belizean Garifuna albums of all time, including the critically acclaimed Wátina.
The ensemble includes seasoned musicians from across different generations.
This incredible resort in Belize was redesigned by a pair of Canadian brothers
With lush rainforest, crystal blue waters, Mayan ruins, and the second largest reef in the world, Belize is one of Central America’s best kept secrets.
The only country to have English as its official language, it’s here that you’ll find history, culture, tradition, romance, and cuisine all tucked beneath a canopy of adventure. Recently, Belize has seen Canadian and US resort developers attracted to the region, investing in the country’s future with an effort to turn it into a luxury destination, rivalling its neighbours in Mexico, Costa Rica, and other Caribbean spots.
One of those is Matachica, an adults-only boutique resort on the island of Ambergis Caye, owned by Montreal’s Daniel Lighter, who enlisted fellow Montreal-based brothers Byron and Dexter Peart, co-founders behind WANT Les Essentials, to give the resort a makeover.
Trainee doctors pay $US200 for faked operating theatre photos in overseas scam
Clinical placements are compulsory for New Zealand medical students and many opt to do them overseas, gaining valuable experience while helping communities in some of the poorest parts of the world. But not all is going well, as LEE KENNY discovers.
Tourists don't spend long in Belmopan.
Although visitors flock to Belize's Caribbean islands, the country's tiny inland capital offers few attractions for sightseers.
However, it's here that medical students from across the world get their elective paperwork signed-off for cash.
For around $300 trainee doctors can have their documents falsified before being taken on a tour of the hospital for photos in gowns and scrubs.
Isotopes in poop show where secretive jaguars hunt
How do you follow a predator so elusive that its nickname is "shadow cat"?
To track secretive jaguars in the forested mountains of Belize, the University of Cincinnati turned to geology and poop.
Brooke Crowley, a UC associate professor of geology and anthropology, can trace the wanderings of animals using isotopes of strontium found in their bones or the bones of animals they have eaten. This method works even with long-dead animals such as ancient mammoths.
Now she and her research partners are applying the technique to jaguar poop, or scat, found in the geologically diverse Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve in Belize.
It’s Thriller time!, 3min. Happy Halloween from Teachers and Students of San Pedro High!
Opening Ceremony for the 6th Biennial Conference of the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers, 11min.
Jaguar Nature Preserve.. Belize 2018, 3min. Hike to the falls at the Jaguar Nature Preserve in southern Belize.
Red coffee snake, 1/2min.
Xatero activity in Chiquibul area of Belize, 5min. A little first-hand information on illegal xatero activity in the Chiquibul National Park in Belize. Xateros, so named because of the Xate palm leaf they illegally cut in Belize, have had a serious negative impact in large areas of Belize. Not only is the Xate palm being exterminated from large areas but xateros also illegally kill anything they can including jaguars, ocelots, tapirs, Howler and Spider monkeys and Scarlet Macaws. Their activties include illegal logging, clearing and milpa farming, all within areas that are supposed to be protected within Belize. All of this because the Xate palm is desirable in florist arrangements. A large amount of Xate is also illegally harvested for use on Palm Sunday. Belize Defense Force and Police resources have been unable to deter xatero activity which has increased dramatically in recent years. Most xateros are from Guatemala and cross the long common border illegally, with little difficulty. Xatero activity has made tourist activty in much of the Chiquibul area dangerous and includes contacts near Caracol and Las Cuevas. Independent travel in much of the Chiquibul area is not advised.HD 2019
The Implementation of Bio-metrics in Belize - Social Security Board, 1.25min.
Red-footed Booby - Half Moon Caye, Belize, 2.5min. Red-footed Booby colony filmed on Half Moon Caye Natural Monument. Half Moon Caye is located in the Lighthouse Reef atoll located 50 miles off the coast of Belize. This colony is primarily of the white morph of the species and is a mixed colony with another species, the Magnificent Frigatebird. Half Moon Caye Natural Monument is managed by the Belize Audubon Society. It is a brief stop on many of the diving and snorkel tours to the Blue Hole Natural Monument which is located in the same atoll, 7.5 miles to the north. Camping is allowed on the caye and on this trip we spent two nights there.
Snorkeling Hol Chan Reserve in Belize, 7.5min. It was a stormy afternoon when my two girlfriends and I went on our Hol Chan snorkeling excursion. The water was a bit murky but seeing the world's 2nd largest reef system was still mind-blowing!
Belize..., 20min. Solo necesitas mucha alegría, mente positiva y un poquito de dinero para ser muy feliz en esta isla.. Si tienes hambre los mejores frutos secos y caña de azúcar te los vas a comer aquí.
Mayor of San Pedro Danny Guerrero's Universal Children's Month Message, 2min. Universal Children’s Day is celebrated on the 20th of November across the globe. We at the San Pedro Town Council join the universal celebration by recommitting to our national and global commitments, which is to improve child welfare in our community, promote and celebrate children’s rights and promote togetherness and awareness amongst all children.
Morning fun at Victoria House Resort & Spa, Belize, 4.5min. Oli Rusu
Channel 5 Obituaries - MERVIN WAGNER, 1.5min.
Channel 5 Obituaries - AARON RODNEY CASTILLO, 2min.
Scuba Diving in Belize - Cypress Tunnel und Esmeralda Riffs, 7.5min.
Travel Adventures of Alex & Tim presents: Belize, 9.5min. Our second holiday to the beautiful island of Caye Caulker.
The Ya’axché Show, 13min. On The Ya’axché Show to chat with Sayuri Tzul are Said Gutierrez (Protected Areas Program Director) and Julio Chub (Community Laiason Manager), and behind the scenes is Maximiliano Caal.
We received comanagement of the 36,000 acre Maya Mountain North Forest in 2015 from the government of Belize.
Maya Mountain North Forest Reserve is a multiple use protected area, the site for Belize’s first community agroforestry concession. The forest reserve is abundant in wildlife as our research are showing; however, the forest reserve faces many threats. Collaboratively with farmers, partners and donors, we are working to protect this key biodiversity area.