Government spend $1.3 billion unconstitutionally, Supreme Court ruled
Judgment was delivered today by Chief Justice, Kenneth Benjamin, in the lawsuit filed by the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. John Briceño and Cayo South area representative, Hon. Julius Espat, Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, against Prime Minister Dean Barrow, as Minister of Finance and Financial Secretary, Joseph Waight.
The Claimant’s case was that the government had spent public moneys without parliamentary approval. The remedy that they were seeking from the court was a restraining order to stop the unauthorized spending.
Sex scandal in the BDF
The Belize Defence Force (BDF) is about to celebrate its 42nd anniversary and pass out a new recruit squad in a ceremony scheduled to take place at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow, at the BDF Price Barracks Headquarters in Ladyville.
While those two events may be the big news for the BDF, there are disturbing allegations of “misconduct, extortion, maltreatment, sexual assault and sexual advances” coming out of Price Barracks, a Ministry of National Security press release said today. If this turns out to be true, this would be a gross violation of the fraternizing rules established to uphold discipline and respect in the force.
Former cop gets 12 years for sexual assault on child
Former police constable Darren Martinez, 24, who was convicted of assault of a child under the age of 16 by penetration, was sentenced to 12 years in prison today by Justice Colin Williams.
On February 21, 2016, Martinez had inserted his finger in the private part of a female child who was 8 years old. At the time, Martinez, the father of two children, was the boyfriend of the child’s relative.
Delbert Alvarez, 25, executed on verandah
Delbert Alvarez, 24, a laborer of Lake Independence who had recently moved to the area to live with his girlfriend, was killed on Tuesday night.
At about 8:00 that night, Alvarez rode a bicycle to a house to buy some cannabis, after which he went to a house on Cumberbatch Street and was relaxing on the verandah.
Police said that while Alvarez was on the verandah, a man came into the yard, which is about 15 to 20 feet from the roadside, and fired several times at him, and the shooter then escaped out of the yard and disappeared into the surrounding area.
Paraplegic found guilty of use of deadly means of harm
A jury of 6 women and 3 men deliberated today for a little over two hours in the court of Madam Justice Marilyn Williams and reached a verdict of guilty regarding Aspinal Welch, 29, a paraplegic who is charged with use of deadly means of harm with intent to commit grievous harm.
The jury’s verdict was not unanimous. It was in the proportion of 7 to 2. Welch was remanded to prison and will be sentenced on February 19.
Editorial: New Guatemalan leader reaching out to his neighbors
Guatemala’s new president, Alejandro Giammattei, took office on January 14, and in his first couple weeks in office we saw what kind of leader our neighbors to the west will likely have for the next four years. Giammattei came out of the gate at full gallop.
Three days after taking office, he declared a state of emergency in two cities on the outskirts of Guatemala City. A doctor by profession, Giammattei was once in charge of Guatemala’s prison system, and one of his campaign promises was that he would be tough on crime. The new Guatemalan president wants a law declaring gang members as terrorists, and he supports prison labor and the death penalty. He is against conjugal visits for prisoners.
At BDF pass out, Minister of National Security John Saldivar is a no show
The Belize Defense Force is celebrating its 42nd Anniversary and is passing out Recurit Intake #65, at Price Barracks this afternoon.
Notable at today’s ceremony is the absence of the Minister of National Security, Hon. John Saldivar. Hon. Anthony “Boots” Martinez is representing Hon. Saldivar.
BEL submits Full Tariff Review Proceedings to PUC
Last week, Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) submitted its Full Tariff Review Proceedings (FTRP) to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). At a media briefing this afternoon at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel, senior executives of the company explained what the FTRP is all about and how the company arrived at the figures it has submitted to the PUC.
Apart from the PUC submission, BEL executives also used the opportunity to announce that the company is undertaking major capital investment of $300 million to enhance BEL’s product and services to consumers across the country.
Cab driver remanded for 5 pistols and 300 rounds found in car
Omar Ibanez, 25, a cab driver of Cotton Tree, Cayo District, has been remanded, after being charged with 5 counts of illicit trafficking of firearms and keeping ammunition without a license.
While conducting a vehicle checkpoint (VCP) at Red Creek in Santa Elena at about 9:00 Sunday night, police searched a car and found five 9mm pistols and 300 9mm rounds inside.
Rogue cop remanded for aggravated robbery while on bail for firearm theft
An investigation into a shooting that occurred during the robbery of Peter Lowen, 32, a Mennonite farmer, and his wife on the morning of December 5 led to Constable Nadir Ryan Mendoza, 23, who is attached to San Ignacio police.
PC Mendoza was arraigned in the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court this evening and was remanded. He was charged with aggravated robbery in connection with the incident, which occurred at about 9:00 a.m. on December 5 on the Society Hall Road in Lower Barton Creek, Cayo District.
Anabel Kumul, 42, sentenced to 15 years for manslaughter
Mexican national Anabel Kumul, 42, who pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter, was sentenced to 15 years today by Justice Colin Williams. Justice Williams stipulated that because she pleaded guilty, she was entitled to a reduction of a third of her sentence, which resulted in an actual prison sentence of 10 years.
Also, he deducted 5 years and 6 months — which was the time she had spent on remand — from her sentence. As a result, the remaining time she must spend in prison is 4 years and 6 months.
Convict with mental disorder sentenced to 15 years for manslaughter
A sentence of 15 years was imposed today on Gilberto Chanek by Justice Colin Williams for a case in which Chanek was charged with murder but had pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.
The case was for the death of Carlitos Valdez, 50, who was killed about 7:40 p.m. on August 3, 2018, in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye. Valdez, a painter originally from Benque Viejo Del Carmen, was stabbed 8 times in his body with a knife 8 inches long while he was in his room.
Mayor Bernard Wagner hosts media members at working breakfast
The relations between City Hall and the media have been strained for several months, after media representatives decided to quit a WhatsApp group that the Council PR Department had set up so that there could be easy communication between the media and City Hall.
Belize City Mayor, Bernard Wagner, reached out to the media with a breakfast meeting, following which there were frank discussions between City Hall and the media. During the three- hour-long discussion, a number of topics were discussed and Mayor Wagner answered questions from reporters about various undertakings of his City Council.
Leo Bradley Library celebrates 25th anniversary
The Leo Bradley Library is celebrating its 25th anniversary of service to the nation. The anniversary was celebrated at an event held at the library on Princess Margaret Drive in Belize City, which was attended by high school and primary school students.
Some of the high schools whose students attended are E. P. Yorke High School, Canaan High School, Belize High School, Nazarene High School, and Sadie Vernon High School.
WHO declares coronavirus a global health emergency
The coronavirus that was discovered at the end of last month in Wuhan, China, has claimed 213 lives in China and has spread to more than a dozen countries, including the United States. Almost 10,000 persons are now infected with the virus, according to the latest update from the World Health Organization (WHO). The most of those infected are in China, which have quarantined millions of its citizens in order to try to contain the spread of the virus.
SIB reports on Belize’s economic performance in Dec. 2019, and Jan.-Dec. 2019
SIB (Statistical Institute of Belize) data for imports for December 2019 show that Belize imported $162.5 million worth of goods for the month, 6.4% or $9.7 million more than the $152.8 million worth of goods we imported in December of 2018.
The most significant growth in imports was of “Manufactured Goods”, which increased 40%, from $17.3 million in December 2018 to $24.2 million in December 2019, because of more imports of metal structures and galvanized steel coils.
Invoke MLAT, Hon. Kareem Musa tells PM Barrow and AG Peyrefitte
Hon. John Saldivar’s name surfaced last Thursday in court documents from the United States vs Lev Dermen case, but Prime Minister Dean Barrow asserted that there was not sufficient evidence to take action against Belize’s Minister of National Security.
Today Caribbean Shores Area Representative, Hon. Kareem Musa, wrote a letter to the Prime Minister and Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte, urging them to use the Mutual Legal Assistant Treaty with the United States that was legislated domestically as the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters (Belize/ USA) Act, to gain access to the evidence.
From the Publisher
Marx famously said that religion was the opium of the masses. Religion is not the opium of the oligarchy, mind you: religion serves the purposes of the oligarchy, who live in luxury, by basically sedating the pain of the suffering masses.
In my family, in the marital, offspring, sibling and relative sections, I am surrounded by ladies who are deeply, deeply religious. These are not members of the oligarchy, but they have their daily, material needs being satisfied. In other words, they are not suffering physically.
C-Ray D. Banner Saturday Race results – January 25, 2020
The prizes for this week’s Saturday Race were spiked, thanks to our generous sponsors – David Banner, Sr., Freetown Drug Store, John Olivera and Cattouse Trucking.
As we do every Saturday, the cyclists congregated in front of Data Pro on the Boom-Hattieville Road. Approximately 32 cyclists in various categories took the start line at 6:30 a.m.
Race 1 saw the Elites, Women, Juniors, 30+, 40+ and 50+ categories race towards the Hattieville roundabout and then down the George Price Highway to the Mile-8 roundabout and return to Data Pro, for a total of 38 miles. They completed this in a time of 1 hour, 29 minutes and 33 seconds (1:29:33), with an average speed of 25 mph.
S.Q. Dragons are 2020 National Male Volleyball Champions
The Belize Volleyball Association (BVA) held its 2020 national men’s championship over the past weekend with 12 teams from across the country participating in games at the Belize Civic Center. The teams were divided into 3 groups of 4 teams each; following a single round-robin in each group, the best 8 teams then advanced to the quarterfinal playoffs, with the 4 winners going on to the semifinals.
The games began on Saturday morning, and by Sunday afternoon, 4 teams had advanced to the semifinals. In the first semifinal, S.Q. Dragons defeated Sky Pur Cobras in straight sets, 25-17, 31-29; and in the other semifinal, Toledo Rebels prevailed in 3 sets over Corozal Massives, 7-25, 25-21, 15-12.
Cuello’s Distillery Ltd. Upstream Haulover to Boom Canoe Race results
Gearing up for its annual March spectacular, the La Ruta Maya River Challenge, the Belize Canoe Association held a primer event yesterday, Sunday, named the Cuello’s Distillery Ltd. Upstream Haulover to Boom Canoe Race. As the name indicated, the race started at the Haulover Bridge and culminated at the Burrell Boom landing near the Boom bridge. The race sponsors included: Cuello’s Distillery Ltd., Universal Hardware, Peters Glass Shop, and AyinHa Adventure Tours.
Some 16 paddling teams in various categories started and completed the approximately 15-mile journey, with the NICH team comprising Alex Cruz, Efrain Cruz and Felix Cruz crossing the finish line first in 2:05:17 (2 hours, 6 minutes, 17 seconds). Below is the finishing order for the 16 finishers, including their particular rank by race category.
Patrick Faber’s saga & UDP leadership
Last week I wrote about the relationship of John Saldivar and Dean Barrow and in that web was the fate of Patrick Faber. I find it amazing the developments I am seeing before my eyes as Patrick Faber’s saga continues. I say saga because in his own way, he is his own worst enemy.
I want it to be known that my perspective on these personalities are based on my very own personal and private relationship with them in a time when they were not in government office and only aspired for it.
“We owe it to posterity…”
At 96 years of age, functionally blind and bedridden, but still very lucid, one-time Speaker of the House and Amandala columnist C.B. Hyde has charged me “with the responsibility” to present the case of 3 items concerning former Cross Country champions that he thinks demand public attention and recognition as of great importance to our sporting culture and history. “We owe it to posterity,” he declared, to put these matters in the record once and for all.
On one of my regular visits with mom and dad, both bedridden, he greeted me yesterday with much anxiety and a sense of urgency, having distilled his thoughts enough to be convinced that his contribution was relevant and worthwhile to his beloved country and people, about which he spends much of his time nowadays contemplating.
And then she (Ms. Sandra) went and spoiled it all …
I listened to Ms. Sandra Coye talk with Mose on the WuB for hours on Wednesday morning, and she was on point, her usual enlightening self, as she spoke on the Equal Opportunities Bill that has been presented to us by the LGBT and friends. Everyone who listens to Sandra’s lectures comes away with valuable lessons and lots of stuff to ruminate on. Wednesday was no different, choice morsel after choice morsel, and then …
Ms. Sandra threw a shot at the decision by government to decriminalize marijuana. Look, there is nothing worse than totally illegal marijuana, the state before it was decriminalized.
Reform: a heartfelt letter
To under-stand fully what the present admini-stration is foisting upon us, you have to know who we truly are.
Are we really only a mixtum-gatherum of races from far-flung places deposited somewhat by accident into swamps and other beautiful but not gloriously spectacular hills and valleys that we have named Belize?
Even close friends and relatives rail at me, scoffing: the Battle of St. George’s Caye is a myth. NO! It was real! WE WON!
An “unwanted” pregnancy: abortion is proposed
Towards the end of May, I noticed the return of a worried air about Jewel, more intense than before the Easter holidays; and in the second week of June she had asked me outright if I could help her with a problem after we both went off duty at four that evening. I had willingly made myself available and had not been surprised at her request to give my opinion on a confidential matter.
Her story had been that her very good friend had reason to believe that she was pregnant but, to avoid publicity, was afraid to verify it with anyone on staff. What should she do?
Retired female captain pushes for petition to investigate sexual violence in BDF
My apologies if anyone feels that they have no power to influence an independent investigation into the years of alleged sexual assault in the Belize Defence Force.
As a SURVIVOR of the Belize Defence Force and the toxic environment created for the women charged with defending the sovereignty of our country, I urge you all to please sign a petition to urge the Human Rights Commission to conduct a full investigation into the human rights violations and make legal and structural steps which the Belizean government can take to eradicate sexual violence within the military, including reviewing any decision not to prosecute sexual assault allegations from the Chain of Command.
Brian E. Plummer thinks deep thoughts
It is a time when both globally and locally, there are many socioeconomic challenges, but there are also many opportunities for progress. The present global order was constructed after the Second World War. It was made by the victors of World War 2 with the Brentwood agreement for the global monetary system, which made the United States dominant in global finance because the US dollar became the world reserve currency, backed by gold.
Trump moves to block visas for pregnant women on “birth tourism”
The State Department on Thursday gave visa officers more power to block pregnant women from visiting the United States and directed them to stop so-called birth tourism, or trips designed to obtain citizenship for their children.
The administration is using the new rule, which takes effect Friday to push consular officers abroad to reject women they believe are entering the United States specifically to gain citizenship for their children by giving birth. The visas covered by the new rule are issued to those seeking to visit for pleasure, medical treatment or to see friends and family.
Taiwan Bans PRC Interference
The People Republic of China has been trying to annex Taiwan ever since it took over Hong Kong from the British in July 1997, but Taiwan has emphatically put its foot down and said not so fast!
Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin Says P.M’s Action Were Unconstitutional
For the first time in the nation’s history, a Prime Minister has been taken to Court and has been found to have violated the Constitution. In a ruling this morning, Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin found that Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Dean Barrow has broken the law by spending $100 Million dollars without Parliamentary approval.
CORONAVIRUS Not In BELIZE? MoH Examines Flu Cases in Corozal
Today Director of Health Services Marvin Manzanero told the Reporter that the Ministry of Health will be examining reports of two persons presenting flu-like symptoms in Corozal, though there is no indication at this time that either of them has the new strain of the Coronavirus, dubbed Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
B.N.T.U Contemplates Industrial Action
The Belize National Teachers Union has indicated its readiness for industrial action if their cries continue to fall on deaf ears at the Ministry of Education. All but a couple of the union chapters countrywide have already decided on a course of action, which could be announced as early as Monday.
Khris Gentle missing at sea?
A Belizean Fisherman has been missing for three days. His Belize City family is fearing for the worst as his last known whereabouts was out at sea. The story is that 26-year-old Khris Gentle was working on Austine Bogue Island which is nine miles away from Belize City for over a month. According to his sister, she received reports stating that Gentle left the Island on a Kayak to go fishing for conchs. Since then, he never returned to the Island which alarmed his employer and the watchman of the Caye. Gentle’s employer came back to Belize City and informed the family of what transpired, and they subsequently filed a missing person’s report.
Leo Bradley Library celebrates 25th anniversary
Yesterday the Leo Bradley Library in Belize City celebrated its 25th anniversary. The library has played a large part in the lives of many adults, and is still doing its part to reach out to children.
21-year-old man latest murder victim
Last night saw the 8th murder for 2020. The victim was a 21-year-old man who, according to his family, was not known to cause trouble.
101 BDF Soldiers passed into the BDF
Where is the Minister of National Security, John Saldivar? That was the question on most everyone’s mind as the Belize Defence Force had their anniversary celebration and their 65th intake of soldiers. At 2:30 this afternoon, 101 recruits passed out into the Belize Defence Force as part of the latest intake.
Travel advisory for Coronavirus issued
A travel advisory was issued today from the Ministry of Health via a press release. According to the ministry, they are aware that the World Health Organization has declared coronavirus as a public health event of international concern.
Chief Justice: PM GUILTY OF SPENDING $1.5B UNCONSTITUTIONALLY
For the first time in Belize’s history, a sitting Prime Minister has been found guilty of spending the government’s money illegally. Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin, who had delayed the ruling in this case for several months, delivered his decision today much in favor of the People’s United Party (PUP) who took the Prime Minister to court over the spending of PetroCaribe monies in the period 2012/2013.
Commander of BDF: Sexual Assault allegations are being investigated
An internal investigation has been launched at the Belize Defence Force following several allegations of sexual harassment by senior officers. In a release issued by the BDF, the allegations are several and include extortion, maltreatment, sexual assault and sexual advances at the Training Company with the recruits being the victims.
Minister Castro’s son is back at work but remains under scrutiny
Jumoke Castro, the son of Minister Edmond Castro had his foot in his mouth a few weeks ago when he posted vile sexual threats to the wife of a Nazarene Pastor. His remarks and threats were frowned upon my multiple agencies and parliamentarians including the Prime Minister.
Couple wins multiplier scratch and win
A couple from Hope Creek Village, Stann Creek District is twenty-five thousand dollars richer by winning Scratch and Win Multiplier tickets. The couple bought their ticket at a store in Teakettle Village while on their way to Spanish Lookout, Cayo District yesterday. The ticket was scratched by the common-law husband while waiting in the vehicle for his wife. He stated that their initial reaction was disbelief. The couple plans to pay off pending bills and to assist their children with their education. The couple encourages Belizeans to buy Scratch because that is the only way they can win.
Rewards for Information on recent murders
There is a two-thousand-dollar reward for anyone who has reliable information regarding the Murder of 45-year-old Businessman, Ernesto Williams. Williams was murdered a week ago on Cemetery road near Pregnant Alley.
Ahmadiyya to host 6th annual convention
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at community in Belize are making their preparations for this year’s 6th Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Convention. The Convention will be held at the ITVET compound on Saturday, February 1 under the theme “A God Almighty”.
Tourist Village gates to be remodeled
The Belize City Council is undertaking a project at the tourist village that will see the entrance of the tourist area moved closer to the area of the Ministry of Education building. There is a plan for a makeover of the area and the council is currently looking at what it would cost.
Ahmadiyya basketball league soon to begin
Come this Sunday and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at community in Belize will kick off their 6th annual Ahmadiyya Basketball league. The Ahmadiyya BasketBall league will have participation from various teams across the country.
Breaking Belize News
As novel coronavirus spreads, Belize implements soft travel restrictions
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Fin Sec indicates that Government may not appeal the Chief Justice decision re the 1.4 billion dollar spending
Second defendant in the case of Briceño vs Barrow Financial Secretary Joseph Waight appears inclined […]
Billion-dollar supplemental spending violated the Constitution, Chief Justice rules
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In tribute to Kobe; Lakers to give away 20,000 Bryant shirts
A report by TMZ Sports announced today that Lakers will be giving away 20,000 Kobe […]
Britain begins departure from European Union
At 5:00 P.M. Belize time, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is […]
Belize and Mexico engaged in advancing business momentum
On January 29, the Embassy of Belize in Mexico and the Belize Trade and Investment […]
Minister of Agriculture to embark on a national school Garden Tour
The Minister of Agriculture, Godwin Hulse, will embark on a National School Garden Tour from […]
Beaches of San Pedro Amergris Caye among most romantic, says Forbes
Forbes Magazine, the popular Unites States-based business magazine, published an article this week listing San […]
OAS Secretary-General meets with Prime Minister Dean Barrow
This morning, Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington received H.E. […]
Chief Justice hands down decision declaring government’s expenditure of $1.5 billion unconstitutional
Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin has voided more than a decade of supplementary budget spending (approx. […]
Belize and Rwanda establish diplomatic relations
The Governments of Belize and the Republic of Rwanda have established diplomatic relations at the […]
Ebony Street murder victim identified as Kajoan Rochez
Last night a man was gunned down in Belize City. He has been identified as […]
ATM Cave – Cave of the Stone Sepulcher
Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave is the Maya name for what is perhaps the most impressive, most mystical Mayan attraction in Belize. In fact, National Geographic has listed it as #1 of the Top Ten Sacred Sites in the world. The Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve is home to this Cave system. It is nearly 3miles (4.8 km) long and river passages extend for 2 miles (1.5 km), then there is a sump (an exit that empties into solid ground) at the end of the stream. Incredibly, passages from prehistoric times, continue for another mile, through huge broken-down boulders and large rooms. These all culminate in a giant sinkhole, which is a possible exit, but a very tight squeeze.
Top Events in Belize City for the Month of February
What’s happening in the month of February in Belize City? Find out the inside scoop of all the popular events taking place and be sure to mark it on your calendars.
Experience the local entertainments in Belize City where you are sure to grab a refreshing drink, eat delicious food and enjoy listening to live music. Come and make a new friend, establish connections and most importantly make memories.
Bioluminescence Tour And Night Time River Safari In Belize
Of all the tours and experiences you can have in Belize, some are unique to Belize and you might not get to experience a sight like it anywhere else in the world. This goes for the bioluminescence tour and night-time river safari. You may be offered a river safari someplace else. But it certainly will not be like Belize. You’ll have to come visit Belize and see it with your own eyes.
The best time to go on this tour is when the season is the driest in Belize from February to April, but the entire tour itself is seasonal from January to May. You can find this tour in southern Belize at the Sittee River Marina in Hopkins Village that will take you on a calming boat ride to Anderson Lagoon. Tours normally leave at 6 PM and return at 9 PM; it takes only five minutes to arrive at Anderson Lagoon.
Super Bowl! Where To Watch It In Belize
Super Bowl LIV, at its core, is a game that includes one of the best defenses in the league against the most explosive offense in the NFL. With a razor-thin point spread (Chiefs -1), the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs are expected to take part in a close, classic battle this Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. We put on our hard hats and did some digging, and we came up with 54 things you should know about the 54th Super Bowl. From gambling insights to NFL records on the line, this list has everything you could want to know about the big game, and it will all go down this Sunday.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day On One Of The World’s Most Romantic Beaches
What is it about the sight of clear azure waters and the sound of gently lapping surf against a stunning sandy shore that fills us with such longing and sets our hearts aflutter? What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to plan an epic escape with your loved one to an idyllic, sunny seashore guaranteed to promote passion? Here are some of the world’s most romantic beaches.
You’ll have your pick of beaches on Ambergris Caye, Belize’s biggest island. The island is essentially surrounded by surf and most of the resorts ringing the coastline claim their own little sandy expanse (complete with hammocks).
14 Of The Most Romantic Caribbean Valentine’s Stays
What could be more romantic this Valentine’s day than whisking your sweetheart off for a luxury vacation in the Caribbean?
Skip the packed restaurants and set menus and instead head for sunny beaches and days spent lounging around by the pool with a cocktail or two.
On this February 14th choose from one of these top 14 most romantic Caribbean Valentine’s stays for some love in the sun!
Treat your partner to a stay at Cayo Espanto, a private island resort off the coast of Belize. You’ll both feel like celebrities staying in one of seven exclusive villas which each come with their own personal butler.
You can make this chicken stew with store-bought spice paste—or play with fire and make your own
The unofficial national dish of Belize, chimole (also known as black dinna), gets its distinctive coloring from a generous amount of recado negro, a spice paste of Mayan origin whose main ingredient is burnt chili peppers. I don’t mean dried, or smoked, or charred. I mean burnt: roasted in fire until the skins turn black and the surrounding air becomes a cloud of pepper spray. This is a recipe that demands to be cooked outside, and even then, there is no escaping its infernal wrath. It’s quite possible that whoever invented recado negro may have been attempting to bring harm upon the chefs. Just listen to all the coughing in this video:
Mayan breakthrough: Experts 'must rethink everything' after revolutionary archaeology find
A MAYAN archaeologist claimed experts will have to "rethink the whole demography of the Maya" after "revolutionary" technology is changing everything experts thought they knew.
Dr Mendoza went on to explain how revolutionary technology is changing everything experts thought they knew.
He added: “This is when you take and chop down a portion of the forest, wait until the trees dry and set them on fire.
“The burning of the wood creates the mineral substrate needed to grow maize, but you could only do that for about five years before you exhaust the soils again.
Sunday Driving on Caye Caulker Belize.,
I shot this video while on a fun adventure with my friends, Cathy Galipeau Power and Brian. Long cart rides on this island are one of my favorite things to do.
If you decide to do your own four-wheeled exploring, for safety reasons, I recommend everything but the last stretch of road.
Belizean Máasewal cuisine, 3min. At the Maya Máasewal Kitchen in the Yucatec Mayavillage of Cristo Rey Corozal.
The Belize Defense Force turns 42 - The annual BDF Day 2020, 26min. The Belize Defense Force turns 42! The annual BDF Day 2020 takes place this weekend and offers a variety of fun-filled activities for the family. Free transportation will be provided and this year you can enter the raffle to win a house lot. The entrance fee is $2.00.
18th Annual Bob Marley tribute to raise funds to support his feeding program, 21min. Dara Robinson is hosting the 18th Annual Bob Marley tribute to raise funds to support his feeding program. We talked with the philanthropist about the needs of the program and the upcoming event. There will be musical entertainment, giveaways and even a free live stream of 54th SuperBowl taking place on the same day. If you want to support the event you can pay $10.00 to enter at the Bird's Isle compound.
Coronavirus - All you need to know, 40min. To date there are over 7,000 cases of the Coronavirus with 170 confirmed deaths. Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services, provided an update on the international and local response to the threat. He helped us understand where it originated from and how virus mutate. He also talked about how our country is preparing for any eventuality. He maintains that proper hygiene practices continue to be the best preventative action to reduce the spread of any virus.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at - 6th Annual Convention & Basketball Competition, 17min. Ahmadiyya Basketball League begins its 6th Season this weekend. We caught up with organizers about the plans for this season and to reflect on the impact of their work on the youths that participate.
Bruk It Down Jenny - Languages of apology, 36min. Mental Health Therapist, Jenny Lovell, continued our conversation on the languages of apology. In today's Bruk It Down with Jenny she unpacked the importance of accepting responsibility as a form of apologizing in your relationships.
The Brow Bar by Tanisha Clare, 30min. The Brow Bar by Tanisha Clare was our first guest this Fun Friday. She showed us two of the services provided - eyebrow tinting and HD brow definition. She also shared tips on how to achieve the perfect brow symmetry.
BEL encourages customers to practice energy conservation, 1/2min. Switch to LED bulbs and save money.
Reef Belize 2020, 3.5min.
Rocky Beach Ambergris Caye, Belize️, 3min. Take the beach north and then follow a rocky road made of old coral bed. You'll eventually reach a beautiful secluded beach.
Birding, Belize 01. Black Rock Lodge, San Ignacio, January 2020, 17min. If you are thinking about visiting the Black Rock Lodge near San Ignacio Belize, this video of an early start, on our first day in Belize, birding will give you some idea of the sort of birds you can expect to see.
Martha and Mike's Wedding in Belize, 2min. So many adventures for us in Belize, AND we got married!
Belize Blue Hole, 4min.