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Today's Belize News: November 2, 2019 #539021
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Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, Reef TV, KREM, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Belize Now, Talk Ah Di Town, and other specials.


The San Pedro Sun

SPJC hosts 5k Run for Education
To raise funds to purchase school supplies and teaching aids for teachers, San Pedro Junior College (SPJC) hosted a 5k Run for Education on Saturday, October 26th. The race saw the participation of 29 runners raising awareness of the importance of teachers and extending appreciation for them throughout the island. At 5AM, runners met at the SPJC campus and began heading out to Ak’Bol Yoga Retreat and Resort, which was the finishing point. From there they headed back to the school campus to receive awards.

San Pedro Invaders lose 5-0 against Verdes Rebels F.C
For their second match in the 2019 National Amateur Women’s League (NAWL) Football Tournament Opening Season, San Pedro Invaders travelled to San Ignacio to go against Verdes Rebels F.C. Held at the Norman Broaster Stadium on Sunday, October 27th the match saw Verdes Rebels claiming a clear victory over the island girl’s team.

2019 Kids in Action end weekly field trips with a clean-up
The 2019 Kids in Action (KIA) weekly field trips came to an end with a clean-up activity at the Mosquito Coast Park located south of San Pedro Town on Saturday, October 26th. Every Saturday for the past three months, KIA members participated in educational field trips, visiting various ecosystems on Ambergris Caye to appreciate and learn to preserve and protect the environment and marine life even more. At 1PM, the KIA met at Belize Diving Adventures Dive Shop for a short briefing with their instructor, and after that headed on a boat to Mosquito Coast Park on a boat. During the clean-up, the kids collected plastic bags, pieces Styrofoam, caps/stoppers, plastic bottles among other debris harmful for the environment. After the clean-up, KIA members got enjoy a delicious lunch and tasty snacks. This was followed by a much-deserved plunge into the water.

UB and SJCJC win National ATLIB Volleyball Tournament
The San Pedro Junior College (SPJC) hosted the Association of Tertiary Level Institution in Belize (ATLIB) National Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, October 26th in San Pedro Town. The all -day sporting event took place at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium and saw the participation of male and female teams from tertiary schools including University of Belize (UB), Saint John’s College Junior College (SJCJC), Independence Junior College (ICJ), Galen University, Centro Escolar Mexico, Corozal Junior College (CJC) and Ecumenical Junior College. In the male division, UB took first place, while SJCJC won first place in the female category at the end of the tournament.

Margaritaville Resort on schedule to open on Ambergris Caye in 2020
Plans for the completion of a resort complex under the Margaritaville brand in northern Ambergris Caye are on schedule, and according to its shareholders, the multi-million dollar project will be open for business in December 2020. As works continue to meet this deadline, an entourage of executives representing Margaritaville descended on the property on Tuesday, October 29th for a routine inspection. Among them was the brand’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) John Cohlan, who was impressed with the project that will see 71 units (one and two bedrooms) including a penthouse, two pools, four bars, two restaurants, and a 400-foot pier, complemented with the brand’s signature and beverage concepts.

Belize’s U-18 Football Team sub-champions of the UNCAF Tournament
The Belize Under (U) 18 Football Team return to the country on Monday, October 28th with Silver after becoming the sub-champions of the Union Centro Americana de Futbol (UNCAF) tournament held in Costa Rica. The U-18 Jaguars fell short against the host, Costa Rica, 0-4 during the championship match on Saturday, October 26th. The tournament took place from the 21st to the 26th of October at the Rafael Bolaños Stadium, in Alajuela, Costa Rica. All seven Central American countries (Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama) participated. In their first match at the beginning of the competition, the U-18 Belizean team drew 1-1 against Panama. Then on Tuesday, October 22nd, they were crushed by Costa Rica 5-1.

Quality Poultry Products opens new building in San Pedro Town
In an effort to better serve its customers and keep up with the fast growing community of San Pedro Town, Quality Poultry Products Ltd officially opened its newly refurbished branch at their Mangrove Drive location on Saturday, October 26th. Throughout the day, patrons took advantage of the various deals available in poultry and grocery products. Some of them also walked away with fabulous raffled prizes while enjoying refreshments under a tent in front of the new building.

Holiday Hotel’s annual Halloween Celebration brings another epic bash
The biggest annual Halloween celebration in Belize was once again celebrated at the Holiday Hotel in San Pedro Town. Held on Saturday, October 26th, the anticipated party featured islanders dressed in a variety of spectacular and elaborately creative costumes. As every year, attendees competed for fabulous prizes with their craziest, creepiest, elegant, spectacular and most creative outfits. Shortly after 10PM, participants began arriving via the purple carpet at the Holiday Hotel. They posed for pictures as onlookers admired their costumes. As time passed, the lounge inside the hotel quickly became filled with monsters, witches, wolves, wolverine from X-Men, ghostly beings, super heroes, vampires, pirates, angels and even creepy bunnies.

Ambergris Today

Seasonal Flu Vaccine Available At Public Health Clinics Countrywide
The Ministry of Health informs the public that the seasonal flu vaccine is now available for the following at-risk groups: children 6–23 months, pregnant women, healthcare providers, persons over 65 years, and persons with chronic heart or lung diseases, diabetes and other chronic conditions. The seasonal influenza vaccine helps to prevent the flu or reduce the severity of the illness. Mild side effects of the flu vaccine may include a slight fever, muscle pain for a few days and soreness around the injection site.

State Of The Art Emergency Operations Center & Relief Warehouse Donated To Toledo District
U.S. Embassy/U.S. Southcom Donate to NEMO Machaca Emergency Operations Center and Disaster Relief Warehouse The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) remains very thankful to the United States Embassy in Belmopan and the U.S. Southern Command for providing the people and Government of Belize with a first-rate state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Center and Disaster Relief Warehouse facility for the Toledo District.

Various Belizean Sources

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BTB RELEASES MID-YEAR INSIGHT INTO TOURISM PERFORMANCE
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is pleased to announce the release of its first Travel & Tourism Mid-Year Performance Statistics Report. The report is the first digitally interactive publication produced by the BTB in an effort to provide the Tourism Industry with a snap-shot of tourism trends occurring over the first six months of the year. The publication is in lieu of the annual Tourism Digest that is produced at the conclusion of the calendar year and contains an overview of arrival trends in the overnight and cruise sectors respectively.

Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Available at Public Health Clinics Countrywide
The Ministry of Health informs the public that the seasonal flu vaccine is now available for the following at-risk groups: children 6–23 months, pregnant women, healthcare providers, persons over 65 years, and persons with chronic heart or lung diseases, diabetes and other chronic conditions. The seasonal influenza vaccine helps to prevent the flu or reduce the severity of the illness. Mild side effects of the flu vaccine may include a slight fever, muscle pain for a few days and soreness around the injection site. The vaccine is available at all public health centers and is free of cost throughout the country. Persons in the aforementioned groups are advised to visit their nearest health center to be vaccinated. Persons who were vaccinated last year should know that further protection during this flu season would entail being vaccinated again this year.

U.S. Embassy/U.S. Southcom Donate to NEMO Machaca Emergency Operations Center and Disaster Relief Warehouse
The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) remains very thankful to the United States Embassy in Belmopan and the U.S. Southern Command for providing the people and Government of Belize with a first-rate state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Center and Disaster Relief Warehouse facility for the Toledo District. Toledo is now better equipped with an emergency radio, satellite television and communication system, computers, servers, drone, warehouse shelving system, a press room, kitchen and other functional spaces to respond to emergencies and disasters. The district now has a platform or home base from where NEMO can plan, coordinate and launch relief operations for the affected population.

Youth RISE Project Open Day
The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation through its Youth Resilience and Inclusive Social Empowerment (RISE) Project is hosting an Open Day on Thursday, October 31, 2019, at the BTL Princess Royal Park in Dangriga Town from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The partner agencies will be highlighting outcomes of the various programs implemented through the project since 2017. Approximately 1,710 children and youth from Dangriga Town have benefitted from the various programs being implemented under the Youth RISE Project since its launch in April 2017. The Youth RISE Project is being implemented through the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation with funding from the Caribbean Development Bank and the Government of Belize.

Corozal Municipal Bazaar
The Corozal Town Council cordially invites all Small Businesses, Entrepreneurs, Business Houses and the General Public who would like to join us for our monthly Municipal Bazaar to join us Saturday, 2nd November 2019. Want to promote your small business or produce or simply want to have your garage sale? Come out and take advantage of this great business opportunity. Lets support our local business and contribute to our economy. Together we can". Happening in front of Town Hall and Library. Courtesy CTC

Garifuna Settlement Day
Jump on the bus for a free ride to Libertad Village where you will witness the reenactment of the Garinagu's arrival to Belizean shores. Take part in and enjoy the processions, Mass, wonderful cultural presentations, Garifuna cuisine, activities and more! This year we are supporting the cultural presentations with a stage outside on the lawn of Reggaeville!

Verdes Basketball Tryouts
We are less than three months away from the start of the 2020 NEBL season and we are looking to finalize our roster. Only a few spots remain so make sure you bring your A game!

U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2020 Competition
U.S. Embassy Belize is now accepting project proposals from Belizean organizations for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2020 Competition. The AFCP supports the restoration of ancient and historic buildings and the conservation of #Belize’s unique cultural heritage. All applications must be submitted by December 1, 2019.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Angry Birds 2, Good Boys, Bliss, 47 Meters Down

Flamboyant Park in San Pedro Revitalized
On Thursday, October 31st, Flamboyant Park was revived after getting a new paint job and other works as well. Thanks to our hard working crew, the park is as vibrant as ever! Check out the pictures or come have a visit! We kindly ask everyone to take care of the park and to help us maintain it as beautiful as we had left it. The park is for everyone to enjoy. We encourage everyone to practice civic pride and to encourage it amongst your peers.

Belize signs loan agreement with IDB to strengthen tax administration
The Prime Minister of Belize, Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow and Country Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Dr. Cassandra T. Rogers signed a loan agreement today in the amount of US$14 million to strengthen tax administration in Belize. The project will strengthen tax administration governance, improve operational processes through the modernization of technological infrastructure with the aim of maximizing government revenue generating potential. The financing will support the Government of Belize in its ongoing efforts to modernize, restructure and integrate its Tax Administration. The project will implement a new business model through a series of integrated processes and services for the taxpayers.

Winner of the Belizean Traveller Selfie Video contest!
Congratulations to Marlenie Liz Castillo! You won a vacation package valued at $4,000 and can spend it anywhere in Belize. We hope you and your family have a wonderful Belize Vacation.

U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2020 Competition
U.S. Embassy Belize is now accepting project proposals from Belizean organizations for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2020 Competition. The AFCP supports the restoration of ancient and historic buildings and the conservation of #Belize’s unique cultural heritage. All applications must be submitted by December 1, 2019.

Channel 7

Perdomo Paid It Back
He became a household name in the worst possible way - as a "malpago," and Joshua Perdomo's name was dragged through the mud as a national scandal. Well, tonight, it's over. Perdomo has paid back the student bond that caused his family so much agony and embarrassment. Government today sent out a revenue collectors' receipt confirming the receipt of payment.  And, his father, Cabinet secretary Carlos Perdomo issued a personal statement saying, quote,  "the bond has been paid in full. At the time of the signing of the bond many years ago, it was expected that it would be repaid if the terms of the agreement were not fulfilled.  With this in mind, my family thought it was the right thing to do.  We regret that this situation ever arose."  End quote. 

Tourism Numbers September Slump, Are Bus Operators Partially To Blame?
Tonight there is concern in the tourism industry after tourist arrivals at the PGIA went down by 7.8%  in September. That's more than one thousand fewer arrivals than September 2018. And what's even more worrying is that overnight tourism stays went down by 8.5% which represents a huge loss in income for hotels. So, what's causing this downturn? Well, the trend started back in June when American Dr. Gary Swank was murdered in San Pedro. And it spiked again in September - which happens to be when the Bus Operators forced government to sign a Statutory Instrument blocking Guatemalan and Mexican tour busses from entering  Belize.

The Downward Tourism Trend?
Shaw now has to convince his membership that working together is in everyone's interest at his next meeting of the Bus Association on November 17th.  And, they may be seized by the urgency of that when October's tourism figures come out.  Tejada warns, they won't be pretty: Ted Tejada - President, Belize Hotel Assoc.
"We've studied trends and we believe that trends take a while for it to fix. I believe October from listening to the Hoteliers that is going to be another troubling month. There were several hotels that closed their doors in October because they had no tourism and it's not only the bus situation, we were also affected with sargassum.

With New Boledo Deal, Amy Number Can Play
And while those numbers may not be encouraging, the news on the new boledo contract is that any number can play.  Today the press caught Prime Minister Dean Barrow leaving an event and he told us that government wants a bigger cut with the new contract: Reporter
"Will the government look at taking over the Boledo contract?" Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister: "No we are going to put out to tender again, we are committed to private sector handling it but it is going to be a fair tender process, there isn't going to be an automatic renewal the current concessionaire will have to bid like everyone else for the next iteration of the contract. Government is going to ensure that there will be new terms and conditions to govern the new concession in other words in other words government is going to insist on a larger share of the proceeds."

BWSL, Water Complaints Slowed To A Trickle
Belize Water Services says the number of complaints it is receiving about cloudy and discolored water continues to go down.   Today we spoke to operations manager Dave Pascascio about where the utility is with cleaning up the water supply.  He also discussed the issue of turbidity or cloudy water, which the Ministry of Health yesterday said was at twice the allowable limit: Jules Vasquez: "Where are we at this current Thursday October 31st with those complaints?" Dave Pascasio - Operations Manager, BWSL: "My records are showing that yesterday we got 3 and today we are just about that same amount."

Caribbean Jurists Converge on Belize
On last night's news, we showed you how judges of the Caribbean Court of Justice arrived at the Supreme Court in person to preside over a hearing between the Maya of Southern Belize and the Government.  Normally, that would have happened via teleconference and the judges would have been all the way in Port of Spain, Trinidad, the headquarters of the CCJ.  But the court is in Belize for the 6th Biennial Conference of the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers. The Belize Judiciary is hosting the conference for the very first time. It is a major 2 and a half-day event, where jurists from all over the Caribbean have come together to update themselves on the latest legal learning.  They invited the press for the first day of the conference and 7News attended.

Judiciary Courting Public Confidence
So, you heard in our story how we describe the theme of this CAJO conference as somewhat controversial.  Their main area of focus is, "Judicial Integrity - the Pathway to Public Trust". Here in Belize, we've shown you instances of dissatisfaction with the judiciary by litigants who have been forced to wait untold years for judgments.  Also, we've reported on numerous cases where persons accused of murder have remained on remand at the Prison for years, only to get their day in court, where they are acquitted.  Well, according to the keynote speaker from today's session at CAJO, the research he's conducted suggests that public confidence in the judiciary, all across the Caribbean, is decreasing.  He asserted that surveys, from as far back as 2007, have indicated this decline in public confidence. Here's a small excerpt from his 50-minute presentation:

Justice Abel Responds to PM Barrow's Glancing Blow to Bench
Prime Minister Dean Barrow was a sort of special guest of the CAJO for day 1 of this conference. As you saw, he mostly had glowing remarks for the caliber of the judiciary across the Caribbean. There's was one portion of his address to the regional jurists, however, where it appeared that he threw a slight jab at the judiciary. That prompted Justice Abel to respond in like fashion. Here's that comment, and it's the response: Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister: "It is impossible in view of the different personalities of judges to lay down fixed rules of behaviour to govern every tick and every crotchet of every judge but surely there must be minimum standards of civility, attitude and courtesy that judges are obliged to display. All litigants, I don't say particularly government are entitled to respect..."

Judge Brother Barrow
Today's CAJO conference gave us an opportunity to catch up with Justice Denys Barrow. In June of 2017, he left private practice as an attorney in Belize when he was sworn in as a judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice. Back in his lawyer days, he was a regular presence on the news,  as government's attorney in the seemingly unending litigation between the Barrow Administration and the Ashcroft Alliance.  But, 2 years have passed since his elevation to the highest court in the Region. So, we wondered what the experience has been like. Here's what he had to say about it:

Will Cops Charge Imer For "Rottweila's" Death?
Last night we told you about Nelson Ayuso. The 41 year old, known as Rotweilla, was killed in an accident near Ontario Village when the pickup driven by his friend Imer Hernandez crashed.  Today, police say they are still looking into the cause of the accident: Ayuso was well known in political circles as a UDP ultra loyalist.

Gunshot in Griga
There was a shooting in Dangriga yesterday morning. Fortunately, the victim survived. Police gave us more details on this case.

Free Flu Shots Available
Flu season is upon us and if you're hoping to save your child from the virus this time around, or just escape it yourself, the seasonal Flu shot is the way to go.  The vaccine is now available at all public health centers countrywide, and it's free.  The flu vaccine is especially recommended for  at-risk groups including children 6–23 months, pregnant women, healthcare providers, persons over 65 years, and persons with chronic diseases and conditions.

A Living Altar For The Dead
The Mexican embassy is celebrating Dia de los Muertos as they usually do, by constructing an Altar de Muertos at the Mexican Cultural Institute.  The "Day of the Dead" is one of the most representative manifestations of the cultural heritage of Mexico and one that many people far and wide travel to the Mexico to take part in. Now the Mexican embassy has brought the celebration across the border to Belize.  This year's ofrenda will be dedicated in memory of the renowned historian Dr. Miguel Leon-Portilla and visual artist/activist Francisco Toledo:   Diego Sapien - Director, Mexican Cultural Institute : "Mexicans have let's say a weird or very familiar way of handling death, we like to celebrate and we like to celebrate many things, and we also celebrate death. This year we're celebrating the life of Dr. Miguel Leon Portilla a very important intellectual in Mexico and Francisco Toledo visual artist and activist who recently died this year."

Chaya! Dinner With The Maya
And while that's tomorrow, an exhibit with a unique perspective on the ancient maya forest is opening up tonight at The Mexican Cultural Institute. The curator is Dr. Anabel Ford.  Dr. Ford is a distinguished archaeologist who has spent her life decoding the ancient Maya landscape. She and community organizer Cynthia Ellis Topsey now present Chaya! Dinner With The Maya. We found out more about it.   CHAYA! DINNER WITH THE MAYA, invites the public to explore solutions from the past and bridge indigenous and contemporary science for a sustainable future. Annabel Ford - Archaeologist: "We are celebrating the Maya creation of the Maya forest, the Maya temples, the Maya garden and the Maya life which is just like ours really. We all have to store water, we all have to collect goods for feeding people, we all have to cook and we all have to drink and that's what they did and so this is to try and make us think how the Maya did it and use our own imagination to understand the ancient Maya monuments like El Pilar that the actual forest is a Garden because all those plants are useful. How the Maya use the landscape it's not slash and burn it's select and grow. All the things are working towards a robust perennial forest that has all kinds of things that are good for us."

A Haven For The Headbangers
We know that November is the time for Punta Fest, and Christmas is the time for the Brukdung Festival.  But, is there space on the music calendar or in the music culture for a heavy metal fest? Well, the rock band Ascenthium isn't about to ask for permission.  Their regional festival called Metal Haven is in its 9th year and plays on Saturday at the Cancha Marshalleck in Benque Viejo. The band's vocalist and drummer told us more: The fest starts at 7:00 on Saturday night and will feature 7 metal bands.

Catholic Youths Unite
And form metal-heads to Catholic Youth at the Mission Month Youth Rally and Mass.   Over 2000 students gathered at the Civic Center today for the event. The rally had plenty of praise and worship through song, and theological talks from local and international speakers. We caught up with one student to get her take on the rally's impact on young people her age.   Tessa Habet - Student: "I know that Pope Francis is really big on youths so I think that it's good that all the church the entirety of the churches deciding to go along with Pope Francis's wishes to cater to young people and bring them closer to the church."

Water For Sarawee
2,260 residents in 179 households in the village of Sarawee, Stann Creek will have connections to running water upon completion of the the village's water expansion project.  The project is underway and it will entail the installation of 8,500 feet of transmission line and almost 25,000 feet of distribution lines. It is estimated to cost $1.2 million and will be jointly funded by BWSL and and the Government of Belize through SIF.   The Sarawee water expansion project is scheduled to be completed in May of 2020. 

Channel 5

Joshua Perdomo’s Debt is Paid Off
The government and the Perdomo family took a beating when the Prime Minister introduced and got the nod of the House on a motion to write-off some forty thousand dollars [...]

New PAC Report Highlights Government Losses and Lack of Accountability
The annual report of the Public Accounts Committee for 2017/2018 has been released.  While it brings out areas where government has lost millions of dollars due to a number of [...]

Boledo Contract Out for Tender, PM Says GOB will Insist on Larger Share of Proceeds
In 2009, the popular boledo franchise was privatized with Brads and Company Limited taking control of the administrative process. Brads was granted an exclusive ten-year contract and has been raking in [...]

Belize Hosts 6th C.A.J.O. Conference
In Belize City this morning, a conference began bringing together the judicial arm of the courts from the entire region, including the Caribbean Court of Justice.  The conference will be [...]

The C.C.J. and Social Media
CAJO Interim Chairman, Justice Peter Jamadar says that this year’s conference promises to surpass the expectations of attendees. The team of panelists is first-rate and renowned regional jurists are taking [...]

A Judge’s Ethical Expectations
Crucial to the discussion are ethical guidelines that judges should adhere to as it relates to the adjudication process. C.C.J. President Adrian Saunders says judges need to be sensitive to [...]

John Saldivar and His 21 Standard Bearers Supporters
This Sunday, John Saldivar will be officially launching his campaign for the leadership of the United Democratic Party and is going up against the Deputy Party Leader Patrick Faber whose [...]

Decrease in Tourist Arrivals – is it from the Western Border Closure?
Today, the Belize Hotel Association and the Belize Bus Association called a two-man press conference.  President Ted Tejada of the B.H.A. and Thomas Shaw of the Belize Bus Association presented [...]

Guatemala Trip was Eye-Opening for B.B.A.
So, as you heard just now, the B.B.A. didn’t fully understand those moving parts in the travel industry. If you recall, they had agitated to close off the border to [...]

B.H.A. & B.B.A. Working to Remedy Border-Bus Woes
And so here they are – the B.H.A. concerned about the drop in tourist arrivals, particularly from the European market and the B.B.A. must get its act together in the [...]

Police Give Details on Fatal Traffic Accident Involving Nelson Ayuso
Well-known entertainer and television personality Nelson Ayuso lost his life in a fatal road traffic accident on Tuesday night when he was traveling towards San Ignacio Town with close friend [...]

Dangriga Resident Shot Inside His House
A Dangriga resident is tonight recovering at the Southern Regional Hospital after he was shot to the arm in a home invasion. Reports to our newsroom is that Darren Taylor [...]

From Murder to Manslaughter; Court of Appeal Changes Conviction
The Court of Appeal is in its second week of sittings; today convicted murderer, Edwin Hernan Castillo saw his conviction substituted with manslaughter. Some two years ago, forty-year-old Castillo was [...]

Seasonal Flu Vaccine Now Available Countrywide
The seasonal flu vaccine is now available for children between six months to two years old. Late this evening, the Ministry of Health issued a release to say that pregnant [...]

Denys Barrow on Post on C.C.J.
In 2017, Denys Barrow was officially sworn in as a judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice as the seventh and final member.  Barrow’s impressive judicial career includes service as High Court [...]

Denys Barrow: “It is absolutely a great accomplishment”
Barrow says that his personal accomplishment should also be seen as an accomplishment for the country. The C.C.J. Justice says that he hopes to inspire local practitioners to seek higher [...]

Baptized and Sent: A Youth Rally for the Catholic Faith
One of biggest rallies involving young people was held today at the Civic Center. Similar events have been held the world over as part of the Catholic Church’s Extraordinary Month [...]

A New Emergency Operations Center for NEMO in Toledo
The U.S. Embassy in Belmopan and the United States Southern Command have donated a modern emergency operations centre and disaster relief warehouse facility to the National Emergency Management Organization for [...]

Mexican Institute Celebrates Dia de los Muertos
Every year, the Mexican Embassy in Belize celebrates the memory of loved ones during the traditional celebration of “Dia de Los Muertos,” which is the day of the dead.  The [...]

Chaya with the Maya & an Exhibition at Mex Institute
Chaya Dinner with the Maya – it is happening now at the Mexican Institute in Belize. It is the kick off to a three-month long exhibition which seeks to look [...]

Healthy Living: Diabetes Walk
In November, the Belize Diabetes Association will be spearheading a number of activities to help spread awareness on how to prevent and manage diabetes. The first event will take place [...]


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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
Dear Editor, 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.

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Sleepless Nights
“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.

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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 NewsPJ

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”, […]

Blogs

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.

Belizean Folklore
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.

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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.

Videos

  • 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.


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