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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
San Pedro Tiger Sharks net 82-77 victory against Punta Gorda Panthers
The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) bounded into its third week with four games across the country, on Friday, January 31st and Saturday, February 1st. One of those games saw the San Pedro Tiger Sharks claim a close victory against the newest team in the league, the Punta Gorda Panthers. The San Pedro Tiger Sharks were led by Antone Robinson Jr., who netted 22 points and pulled 12 rebounds, while Martevious Adams finished with a double-double of 19 points and ten rebounds. Jihad Wright was the third player on the team with a double-double with 13 points and ten rebounds. Francis Arana finished the night with 12 points, six rebounds, and six dimes.
Isla Bonita Elementary School’s annual Cultural Day celebrates Belize’s diversity
On Friday, January 31st, the public was invited to Isla Bonita Elementary School (IBES) to partake in their Culture Day. Held every year, each level from Infant one to Standard six is assigned a cultural group to represent. The projects are graded, so students must be diligent and accurate with their portrayal and research.
Each grade level had a booth set up on the school compound with information and visual displays of their assigned culture. Represented were the Chinese, Lebanese, East Indian, Mennonite, Mestizo, Garifuna, and Creole cultures.
Public Meeting with Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams
Public Notice: The general public is invited to a Public Meeting to be held on Thursday, February 6th at the Angel Nunez Auditorium starting at 6PM. The meeting will serve as a forum for residents to voice their concerns on issues with the police. This is in an effort to foster better relations with islanders. In attendance will be the Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams along with the Coastal Executive Officer, Superintendent Christopher Noble. There will be presentations and a session of questions and answers addressing any concerns from the residents.
Annual Groundhog Day Charity Poker Run
The Palapa Bar and Grill kicked off the first day of February with their annual charity poker run. This was the biggest since its inception, with 200 poker hands played. The event started at 10:30am when players were invited to buy their place in the game. Following instructions, an excited and energetic crowd dispersed into different boats and were shuttled off to the different establishments participating in the poker run. Guests were treated to drinks and food specials, scenic boat rides throughout the day, and an ongoing poker game.
Gilberto Chanek sentenced for Carlitos Valdez’ 2018 murder
25-year-old Gilberto Chanek has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for the 2018 murder of Carlitos Valdez. Charged with murder almost two years ago, Chanek pled guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter in December 2019. When he was taken before Justice Colin Williams on Thursday, January 30th, a third of his sentence time was reduced, including time spent while on remand, leaving eight and a half years to his prison term.
Various Belizean Sources
June 26th, 27th, & 28th. The Placencia Lobsterfest is a fundraising event for the Placencia Village Council and the Placencia Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association. Our food vendors have you covered with shrimp, fish, chicken, steak, pork and sumptuous vegetarian sides! Many of the cooks at the Placencia Lobsterfest come to the beach carrying years of experience in the local restaurant industry and strong family kitchen traditions. Food is Placencia’s ultimate cultural immersion experience. Taste Creole, Mayan, Garifuna, Caribbean, European, Asian and North American culinary influences at the leading gastronomic party in Belize!
18th Annual Voice of the West Elocution Contest
Rotary Club of San Ignacio's Voice of the West Elocution Contest is today. Cayo high school students compete for cash prizes and a trophy for their school in three categories of public speaking. The categories are Original Poems, Published Poems or Excerpts, and Persuasive Speech. Come out and cheer for your school
2020 BVA Female National Championship on Saturday
The 2020 BVA Female National Volleyball Championship will be held in Belmopan City at the UB Gymnasium and Hilltop Court on February 8 & 9, 2020. The Technical Meeting will be held on Friday, February 7 at 7:00PM at Hilltop Office. This is a compulsory meeting for coaches and captains.
Table Tennis U15 - U18 Central American Championships
Tune in to The National Channel Feb 4-8. The Belize Table Tennis Association (BTTA) is hosting the Central American U15 and U18 Table Tennis Championships from February 4 – 8, 2020 in Belize City. This tournament is featuring the very top junior players throughout Central America and has brought over 140 participants to Belize. The BTB is a proud sponsor of this event.
Entrepreneur of the Month
For our first monthly entrepreneur profile, we are proud to feature an alumnus of the State Department's Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative - YLAI, Hernan Urbina.
Born and raised in Orange Walk, Hernan has been interested in business and entrepreneurship since a young age. Growing up, Hernan showed his interest in marketing and development through garage sales to helping out at his grandfather’s local store. After college, Hernan applied his new skills to developing and managing his family-run ice cream shop, IceBreak.
Bob Marley's Birthday Tribute
Thursday Feb. 6, 7pm until... Fundraiser for Dara's Feeding Program.
U.S. Embassy Belize in Orange Walk
U.S. Embassy Belize is proud to kick off the Artisanal Entrepreneurship Seminar in Orange Walk today! In partnership with Nich Belize and BELTRAIDE, we invited U.S. speaker Caroline Gutman to lead a two-day interactive seminar helping 40 local #artisans find ways to expand their business while preserving Belize’s unique cultural and artistic traditions.
Sidewalk Chalk Competition Signup
Sign up for the ‘Sidewalk Chalk Competition’ at the annual Street Art Festival... 29/2/2020... Albert Street, downtown Belize City.
Statement on the Novel Coronavirus to Support Taiwan’s Inclusion at the World Health Organization
The Government of Belize is aware of a small number of cases of the Novel Coronavirus (2019 - nCoV) in the Republic of China (Taiwan) as confirmed by Taiwan’s Center for Disease Control (CDC) and supports the ongoing efforts of the Taiwanese government in their response to this outbreak.
The Ministry of Health also notes that Taiwan’s proximity to the origin of the outbreak would warrant, with a sense of urgency, their full involvement in international consultations at the World Health Organization (WHO) level to properly advise and take care of its 23 million population. Taiwan’s experience in global infectious diseases can certainly benefit the entire region and their voice and participation at WHO must, therefore, be guaranteed.
Groundhog Day Pub Crawl in San Pedro
Great photos earlier this week taken by my friend Brian of the Groundhog Day Pub Crawl and the stop at Rojo Beach Bar & Lounge. Kelly McGuire playing for a HUGE crew. You can still see him! Schedule attached
BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge
The date is set...BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge 2020
Exodus Water Taxi will commence running February 6TH, 2020
Good evening to everyone and customers. We are glad to say that the wait is over, tomorrow the 6 of February 2020 we will be back on service normal run at 7 am from San Pedro and 3 pm from Corozal and Intervals at sarteneja. Thank you from our behalf of Exodus Water Taxi. For Reservations Contact them at their page: https://www.facebook.com/Exodus-Water-Taxi-418257368906579/
Or contact them at 634-9178.
Workshop Meeting to discuss about the Corozal Artist By the Bay
Please pass the word and share this date:
THURSDAY 13th FEBRUARY 2020 2PM
Corozal Artist By the Bay
Bring Art Samples if possible
Bring Ideas and an open mind.
We Are Creative People
Togetherness Vision Equals an Empowered Future!
SHJC was at the Education Expo
Belize Living Heritage Website
We are excited to announce the launch of the Belize Living Heritage Website.
This has been possible through the continuous support from the communities, cultural organizations and cultural practitioners who continue to safeguard and promote our culture, a warm thank you to all!
We invite you to join us Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts at 10:30 am.
Jacob Kingston Takes The Stand, Says Nothing About Belize
Finally, this afternoon at 3:40 Belize time, Jacob Kingston took the stand in Salt Lake City, Utah. As we have reported, Kingston is testifying against Lev Dermen, known in Belize as Levon, an investor seeking influence who was known to associate with John Saldivar. His testimony is much anticipated because he claims to have known about large payments Dermen made to government officials in Belize. And Kingston also exchanged text messages with John Saldivar.
7News has a Utah based freelance reporter in the courthouse, following everything very closely and she reports that nothing relating to Belize came out of Kingston's first day of testimony.
UDP Convention Will Be Closed to Media
And, just as all this is coming to a head, so is the UDP's countdown to its first leadership convention in the party's history. Indeed, at the pace things are going at the courthouse in Salt Lake City, Jacob Kingston may not even get to the Belize part of his testimony before Sunday's big dance.
And, all things considered, that favors John Saldivar - who - as you can see from the ads in the news - is driving hard to Sunday.
And, while the media is very much looking forward to the convention at the Civic Center in Belize City, we learned today that, in a first, the UDP will be having a closed convention, meaning the media is NOT going to be allowed inside.
Cops Roughed Up “The Real Deal”
An 8 year old schoolboy was reportedly hit by a teacher's car yesterday as he tried to cross the street to catch a bus. The eight-year-old boy sustained a head injury that required 8 stitches. And while he has been sent home today his mother and grandmother have made a complaint to the police, and tried to contact the teacher at Grace Primary School.
When those attempts were unsuccessful that grandmother Carollette Gideon came to Channel 7 to have her voice heard but it seems the cops didn't want her to speak out. Here's how it all went down at our office this evening:
Belize Top Ranking on Regional Murder Rate List
In 2019, the Latin America and Caribbean region is still one of the most murderous regions in the world. And, Belize was among the most deadly. Insightcrime.org - which does an annual overview of crime trends in the region reports that Belize's murder rate of 33.5 per 100,000 puts it in 6th place.
Venezuela is the highest in the region, and likely the world with a murder rate of 60.3, while Jamaica is second at 47.4, and Honduras is third at 41.2. Trinidad is fourth at 37.3, and Salvador is fifth at 36, and Belize is sixth at 33.5. Mexico, Columbia, Guatemala and Puerto Rico fill out the top ten.
Coast Guard catches Pirates With Live Rounds
The Coast Guard has prevented the distribution of unlicensed ammunition.
They conducted operations in the area of Drowned Caye on Tuesday 05 February 2020 and discovered four persons in possession of 17 live rounds of unlicensed ammunition.
One of them tried to run off unsuccessfully. The Coast Guard team catched him.
A Story With Real Heart
1 in 100 children are born with a congenital heart defect, and if you are a parent to Belizean child with such a diagnosis, it can be crushing. That's because of a lack of treatment options in Belize. That began to change in the 1970s when the Rotary Club of Belize began sending children to the US to have minor and major heart surgeries. We've come a bit further along since then and, today, Pediatric Cardiologists visit the KHMH twice a year to perform diagnosis and even surgeries. Cherisse Halsall headed to the hospital's clinic today to find out more about the state of pediatric heart disease in Belize.
Teacher’s License Talk
Last night, we showed you the breakthrough that the Ministry of Education made with leadership of the Belize National Teachers Union. After a marathon 5-hour meeting, it appears that the Ministry has convinced the teachers that there will be no need for countrywide industrial action.
As we told you, the Ministry was contemplating making changes to the education rules which the teachers were not comfortable with. After they decided that their concerns weren't being adequately addressed, there was a call to escalate against the Government. But, before any plan was set in motion, the Minister of Education called a meeting with the leadership of the union to discuss possible compromises.
A Purloined Motorcycle in A Pigpen
A motorcycle in a pig pen led police to the arrest of three suspects in rural Belize.
Norvell Flowers, Kerlin Loy and Marlon Mangar, all of them 23-year-old residents of Flowers Bank, appeared in court today. They were charged with handling stolen goods. On February 4 Ellin Perdomo reported to the police that he was missing his Meilun motorcycle, which he left in his yard in Bermudian Landing. The police found the missing object in a pig pen at Flowers' residence and the investigation lead to the arrest of the defendants.
Vehicle Careens Into Canal
Last night we told you about the Climate Vulnerability Reduction Program to clean the City's canals. Well, today, the driver of a Jeep Liberty went on a swim in the Lakeview Street canal. When we got to the area this afternoon, we saw that the Jeep had barreled through the guard rails and crashed into the canal. The driver was not hurt, but did not wish to speak to us. Reports say the vehicle experienced brake failure as it was coming off the bridge unto Sitee Street.
Last night we told you that the Central American and Caribbean regions remain free of novel Coronavirus cases
And, tonight the Ministry of Health is supporting China's neighbor Taiwan in its ongoing efforts to respond to the outbreak. The Ministry in a press release today advocated for Taiwan's full involvement in international Consulting at the World Health Organization stating that: "Taiwan's experience in global infectious diseases can certainly benefit the entire region and their voice and participation at WHO must, therefore, be guaranteed."
COBEC Fair For Future Students
Today, high school students from across the country converged at the University of Belize's Conference Center, which is located on their Belmopan Campus. The students were there to attend the 32nd Annual COBEC Conference.
For those who don't know, COBEC is short for the Consortium for Belize Educational Cooperation. It was formed in the 1980s as a means for educational institutions in Belize to build ties with their counterparts in other countries, for the purpose of strengthening and expanding the capabilities of its members in higher-level education.
BEL Bringing The Big Unit To Caye Caulker
We've reported extensively on the power problems on Caye Caulker. Well, island residents will be getting another blackout, but this one for a good cause.
BEL says that its new 1,705 kilowatt generator from Panama, arrived in the country on Sunday.
It will be ferried to the island by Friday, February 7th and will be installed as part of the island's electricity infrastructure within a week.
BATSUB, Old Pirates?
As the colonial rulers of Belize - the British governed Belize and freely exploited its resources for centuries - and that should have ended with independence.
But according to an article by the DAILY MAVERICK out of South Africa, even after the Independence, our land doesn't seem so independent.
The South African daily online newspaper this week took a closer look at the Status of Forces Agreement between Belize and the UK and the effects of it.
This Agreement enables thousands of British soldiers, as part of the British Army Training Support Unit Belize (BATSUB), coming to Belize for their military training. It includes in total 13 sites across the country where 3,750 troops a year train in a series of six annual operations.
Robbery At A Bakery
There was a robbery at La Popular bakery on cemetery Road in Belize City last night. It happened at about 07:30 when two men entered the bakery as if to make a purchase. That's when they approached the Cashier's desk. One of them pulled out a pistol pointing it at the cashier and demanded money.
A Night of Laughs For All
This Saturday night, Jankunu productions is hosting a pre Valentine's comedy show. We talked to one of the organizers Sandra McKay about it:
Sandra McKay, Jankunu Productions:
"Coming up this Saturday night is a standup comedy show and a big comedy Giants competition as well, so that we can showcase local talent that is bodying and coming up in the country. Our headliner for the show is Dahlia Harris from Jamaica."
"So it's going to be a night of fun and laughter. Lots of love - that's why we're calling it pre-valentine, because we'll be giving away a lot of Valentine type of gifts like dinner for two..."
Live From Salt Lake City; Jacob Kingston Testifies in Lev Dermen Trial
The star witness in the case against Lev Dermen arrived today at the court in Utah in handcuffs. Jacob Kingston is expected to testify through next week Monday since he [...]
Redistricting – An Application is Filed on the Constitutionality of the Current Legislative Boundaries
In the local courts in Belize City today, an application was filed with the Supreme Court, which would add Lord Michael Ashcroft to the case submitted to require the Belize Elections and [...]
Coast Guard Bust Fishermen Near Drown Caye with Unlicensed Ammo
A coast guard operation, carried out in the vicinity of Drowned Caye on Tuesday, has resulted in the arrests of four men who were found in possession of unlicensed ammunition. [...]
Murder Victim Refutes Police’s Theory; They Say Anthony Parks Wasn’t Killed Because of Drugs
On Monday, we reported about the death of Anthony Parks. He was shot in Independence Village on the morning of January twenty-second. Ever since then, he was hospitalized up until [...]
Robbers Target La Popular Bakery on Cemetery Road
On Tuesday night, a pair of robbers targeted La Popular Bakery on Cemetery Road in Belize City. Reports are that around seven-thirty p.m., two men, posing as customers, entered the [...]
Patrick Faber Explains Need for 180 Contact Days
Amending the Education Rules to reflect particular changes that are favorable to teachers across the country was a contentious issue for the Belize National Teachers Union. Prior to Tuesday’s marathon [...]
B.N.T.U. Tells Government to Slow Down on Equal Opportunities Bill
Proponents of the Equal Opportunities Bill, including the executive of the National AIDS Commission, the Special Envoy for Women and Children, as well as the Ministry of Human Development and [...]
Over 5,000 Signatures in Objection to Equal Opportunities Bill
When consultations took place in the south, there was an overwhelming opposition to the posed bill. Over five thousand signatures have now been affixed to several documents circulated within the [...]
Ashton Thompson Awaits Sentencing for Manslaughter Conviction
Teshawn Williams is back behind prison where he is awaiting a sentence for the charge of manslaughter in the stabbing death of Eaton Lamb. The accused is the cousin of [...]
Meighan Brothers Remanded for Being Members of a Gang
The brothers: Tyrone, Ellis and Shaquille Meighan appeared in courtroom of Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitts Anderson on Tuesday and were charged for being members of a gang, specifically Banak Zone [...]
Live & Let Live: Identifying the Face of Discrimination
A campaign is ongoing to build consciousness on what discrimination is and to encourage action when it surfaces in the homes, workplace and other areas. The Live and Let Live [...]
Two Medical Schools in Belize De-listed in India?
The Embassy of India in Mexico has confirmed that two medical universities in Belize have been de-listed by the Medical Council of India, following complaints that both institutions do not [...]
Coronavirus Confirmed in Taiwan; G.O.B. Issues Statement of Support
Late this evening, the government issued a statement in support of one of its strongest allies. It involves the novel coronavirus, which has been detected in Taiwan. The statement says [...]
Chef Tim August Takes Over Dara Feeding Program for the Day!
Chef Tim August of Stone Crab Bar and Grill in Dangriga took over the Dara Feeding Programme in Belize City on Tuesday. As you know, Joel ‘Dara’ Robinson and his [...]
Dara’s Feeding Programme is Off Life Support
So Chef Tim August was the guest chef for the day at Dara’s Feeding Programme on Tuesday. He cooked for and fed over fifty students. It was a special treat [...]
U.B. & M.O.E. Host Educational Expo
The University of Belize and Ministry of Education held the Belize Tertiary Options and Opportunities Education Expo, formerly known as the COBEC Fair, in Belmopan today. The UB and COBEC University partners [...]
The 2020 Central American Championships Hosted in Belize
A regional table tennis competition is taking place in Belize. It is being hosted by the Belize Table Tennis Association and as many as a hundred and ten players will [...]
Lecture on congenital heart diseases at the KHMH
At the Gift of Life clinic today, local doctors were given the gift of knowledge. A lecture series is being held at the clinic for doctors at the KHMH to be more familiar with congenital heart diseases in children.
Gift of Life back in Belize to help children
The Gift of Life clinic is a semi-annual event that assists children with congenital heart diseases. The clinic, which has been occurring for over 20 years, works with these children to determine diagnosis as well as treatment options.
Deputy Prime Minister addresses the enrichment of elected officials
Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber was the guest on our extended Morning Show yesterday where he spoke on multiple issues. One such issue had to do with the pending redistricting of the electoral divisions. He explained the delay but added that he supports the exercise.
BCCI Workshop on corruption
The Belize Chamber of Commerce (BCCI) participated in an all-day workshop at the BCCI Headquarters. The BCCI partnered with the Love Foundation to organize the eighth such event. The aim of the workshop was to educate their members on different ways to combat corruption. Various organizations have already engaged in the workshop such as the Belize National Teacher’s Union and Community Leaders. The facilitator of the workshop, Dr. Louis Zabaneh briefed the media on the different laws they reviewed during the workshop.
Briceno says he was investigated for corruption and came out clean
Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno says he is clean of corruption and bribery. Briceno made the statement in an exclusive interview with Love News as he responded to several allegations against him. It is 2020, an election year and the main two political parties are already accusing each other of corruption and mismanagement of power.
La Popular Bakery robbed Again.
La Popular Bakery on Cemetery Road in Belize City was robbed just after seven o’clock last night
Jevon Belizaire charged for harm
26-year-old Jevon Belizaire was found guilty for a single charge of harm in court today before Chief Magistrate, Sharon Fraser. He was fined $505.00 for hitting a man with a piece of lumber in his neck and punching him in the eye.
Trio charged for theft of a motorcycle
Three Flowers Bank residents were at the Magistrate’s Court today to answer to a single charge of handling stolen goods. The trio allegedly stole a motorcycle from Bermudian Landing and took it to Flowers Bank yesterday.
BAPDA supports EOB
Many organizations have been voicing their opinions on the Equal Opportunities Bill. Religious organizations in particular have come out against the bill.
Faber supports UNCAC
The norm in any election year is the promise from all politicians for transparency and accountability. This pre-campaign season, however, the buzz word seems to be ‘corruption’.
Breaking Belize News
Belize urges for Taiwan’s inclusion in World Health Organization amidst coronavirus crisis
In a press release issued late this evening, the Government of Belize is pivoting off […]
Jevon Belizaire fined for harm in street-side altercation over bicycle
Jevon Belizaire, 26, a labourer of Antelope Street Extension, was charged with wounding when he […]
It’s official – Activist Shawn Saldano resigns, Edward Young is COLA’s interim president
Nearly eight months after he took the reins from Geovannie Brackett, youth activist Shawn Saldano […]
Two armed men rob Popular Bakery in Belize City
Authorities are investigating an armed robbery that occurred last night in Belize City. Esmeralda Sanchez, […]
Stolen motorcycle found in pig pen – trio charged for handling stolen goods
Three residents of Flowers Bank, Belize District were charged with handling stolen goods when they […]
It’s still about the base; Faber claims he has “majority” of leadership race delegates
The upcoming leadership convention for the United Democratic Party is only five days away and […]
Patrick Faber says Lev Dermen scandal weakens UDP’s chances for re-election
As general elections draw nearer, the United Democratic Party is gearing up to seek a […]
COLA President Shawn Saldano to resign
Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA) Interim President Shawn Saldano this afternoon spoke to Breaking […]
President Donald Trump not guilty in impeachment trial
As expected, the United States Senate has voted to acquit President Donald J. Trump on both […]
Caribbean Development Bank hands over new highway patrol vehicles to Government of Belize
This week the Caribbean Development Bank, under the Second Road Safety Project, handed six new […]
Universal Hardware to host 10th annual Family and Friends Sale
As a way to give back to its customers, Universal Hardware is hosting it’s 10th […]
Southern Belize collects over 4,000 signatures opposing Equal Opportunities Bill
Residents in Southern Belize have mobilized and collected over 4,000 signatures singing onto a declaration […]
Public advised not to feed crocodiles
The American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) is reminding the public not to feed crocodiles. ACES informed […]
Sentencing due for manslaughter convicts
The Supreme Court will sentence two men in separate cases after mitigation pleas were taken. […]
Meighan brothers accused of being gang members
The Meighan brothers of Banak Street, Belize City – Tyrone, 26; Ellis, 27; and Shaquille are […]
Dreaming of Belize Retirement? 5 Important Factors You Need to Know
: It’s easier than you think—and the government of Belize is delighted to help you every […]
Februrary Photos Around Ambergris Caye: North, West and Center
Good morning all from Cayo Frances Farm & Fly,
February is starting out BEAUTIFULLY – warm sunny weather…a bit of breeze…the perfect time to test out my new camera.
Yes, I’ll be calling it “my new camera” for the next year. My first real camera is going to take a while to get used to…
I’ll start with a few pictures I took in town yesterday and then move around the island.
Best Dessert Shops in Belize
What’s a romantic Valentine’s date without dessert? Get to know the sweetest places in Belize City sure to satisfy your sweet cravings.
“Sweetness is my weakness” I once heard a Belizean say. Valentine’s day is all about the chocolates, cakes, cupcakes, and sweets! There is always room for dessert after a hearty meal or for some, it’s all about indulging in a delectably sweet pastry seduction. Here are a few sweet spots in Belize City.
Belize Airport And Moving Around The Country
Arriving at the airport in Belize is the start of a magical, exciting vacation. Once you’re there, however, you need to know how to get from the airport to your next destination.
You will more than likely arrive at Philip Goldson, Belize’s only international airport. The airport’s abbreviations are BZE and PGIA. It’s located in the village of Ladyville, about 10 miles from Belize City. Before you get off your arriving airplane, flight attendants will give you immigration paperwork to fill out. When you get off the plane, you will go through Customs and Immigration. You will need your paperwork and a valid passport. Your passport entitles you to stay in Belize for up to 30 days.
Cave Tubing And The Inland Blue Hole Experience In Belize
Cave tubing through Belize’s limestone cave systems and visiting St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park are two of the most common activities for tourists in Belize. Both these activities can be done in one day and are very popular with cruise ship passengers that have time restrictions. If you haven’t experienced any of these destinations before and are planning to visit, here is some information about them:
What is Cave Tubing Like?
This is an amazing experience; and one of the best ways for you to really see the beauty of Belize. You and the group that you’re with get your own tube to float in down the stream; this tour normally lasts for about an hour and it’s such a relaxing experience where you can just lay back and soak in the sun. Inside the cave is pretty dark and your guides will be there to direct you. You’ll notice small waterfalls and many limestone structures made from the stalactites and stalagmites.
Visiting Cerros Maya Temple in Corozal Bay
Cerros is an Eastern Lowland Maya archaeological site in northern Belize that functioned from the Late Preclassic to the Postclassic period. The site reached its apogee during the Mesoamerican Late Preclassic and at its peak, it held a population of approximately 1,089 people. The site is strategically located on a peninsula at the mouth of the New River where it empties into Chetumal Bay on the Caribbean coast. As such, the site had access to and served as an intermediary link between the coastal trade route that circumnavigated the Yucatán Peninsula and inland communities.
Ice cream shops, one in Texas and one in Belize, share the scoop on success
When Hernan Urbina was 5 years old and his mother bought him a bag of candy, he spotted an opportunity.
He sold the candy to his classmates at school, mimicking what he heard his father had done as a child. Hernan Urbina Sr. had grown up selling popsicles from a tricycle in little towns in Belize, the small Caribbean nation that borders Mexico and Guatemala.
Now, the 29-year-old graduate of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative manages his family’s ice cream parlor in Orange Walk, Belize. Called Ice Break, the parlor has grown in its first decade to employ 10 workers. Its success can be partly attributed to the son’s salesmanship and the father’s ice cream flavors — everything from dragon fruit to hot Cheeto ice cream.
The Antillean manatee produces broadband vocalizations with ultrasonic frequencies
Antillean manatees produce vocalizations reported to be important for communication, but their vocal behavior throughout their geographic range is poorly understood. A SoundTrap recorder (sample rates: 288/576 kHz) was deployed in Belize to record vocalizations of wild manatees in a seagrass channel and of a young rehabilitated and released manatee in a shallow lagoon. Spectral analysis revealed broadband vocalizations with frequencies up to 150 kHz and a high proportion of calls with ultrasonic components. Ultrasonic frequency components appear prevalent in their vocal repertoire and may be important to manatee communication.
Conflicting Signals Are Making For A Highly Uncertain Forecast For The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season
The forecast for the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season continues to be highly uncertain as there are conflicting signals in regard to whether the season may be inactive or active. I wanted to go over the factors that could make for an active season and the factors that could make for a quiet hurricane season.
Factors That Could Lead To An Active Or Very Active Hurricane Season:
ENSO Conditions: There is the possibility for either cool neutral ENSO conditions or La Nina conditions developing during the Hurricane Season. The CFS model, in fact, is forecasting the development of strong La Nina conditions. Meanwhile, the consensus ENSO guidance seems to be forecasting neutral ENSO conditions for the 2020 Hurricane Season, as is the ECMWF model.
Should we see neutral ENSO conditions or La Nina conditions, it could lead to an active hurricane season.
Vanilla beans are worth the splurge
While Valentine’s Day usually focuses on chocolate bon-bons and decadent desserts like molten lava cake with extra hot fudge sauce on top, lately I’ve been exploring another very sexy flavor, vanilla. When I used to wear perfume, it usually contained a hint of vanilla and I know women who will dab a bit of pure vanilla extract behind their ears. It’s certainly an alluring aroma, one we love to breathe in when sugar cookies bake in the oven.
Now, other species can be found in the Caribbean, some parts of South America and Madagascar, off the coast of East Africa. It’s also found in southeast Asia and is cultivated in the South Pacific, especially Tahiti, but botanists now believe that even their vanilla originated in Guatemala where pre-Columbian Maya grew cacao and used vanilla as a flavoring in chocolate. It was also found growing with cacao and annatto in southwestern Belize where the Maya used all three for personal consumption.
Belizean culture shines at Taiwan's lantern festivals
Belize is launching two themed lanterns at the Taiwan Lantern Festival in Taichung and Taipei Lantern Festival, which begin on Saturday (Feb. 8).
According to the Central America Trade Office (CATO), Belize will feature two kinds of lanterns. One pictures the renowned Belizean attraction, the “Great Blue Hole” (a giant marine sinkhole off the coast) and the other is inspired by Mayan culture.
They can be seen at the Taiwan Lantern Festival in Taichung and Taipei Lantern Festival. This is the first time that Belize has been invited to exhibit at the Taiwan Lantern Festival, the office added.
Belize Tourism Growth Outpacing National Plan
Belize’s emergence as one of the fastest-growing Caribbean tourism destinations continued in 2019 as the country reported 503,177 overnight, land-based visitors last year. The figure represents a 2.8 percent increase over the 489,261 visitors recorded in 2018 and the first time the nation has hosted more than one half-million visitors in any year, according to Belize Tourism Board (BTB) officials.
Belize’s National Sustainable Tourism Master Plan, published in 2012, targets a goal of 556,000 overnight arrivals by 2030. “With 10 years remaining, the 2019 figure is representative of already attaining more than 90 percent of this 2030 vision,” said BTB officials in a statement.
Mayan mystery: Shock discovery made inside 'cursed entrance to underworld' revealed
The so-called entrance, which is actually a cenote – or sinkhole – was discovered in the city of Mayapan, just south of the Mexican town of Telchaquillo. Archaeologist Bradley Russell, from College of St Rose, and a group of divers bravely scaled-down roughly 20 metres into the unknown. But, the team had reason to be cautious.
Dr Russell explained to National Geographic why the sinkhole is said to be “evil”.
He said in 2014: “To this day, people do not get drinking water from that cenote, it is generally considered taboo.
“It’s off-limits, people do not let their children plan near there and there’s a lot of beliefs around this cenote having evil forces or malevolent forces associated with it.
Scientists document collapse of the white-lipped peccary
Populations of white-lipped peccaries, a 'new world' pig-like species usually found throughout Central American tropical forests, are in freefall, new research finds.
White-lipped peccaries have declined by as much as 87% to 90% from their historical range in Central America, signaling a population collapse of a key species in the region, according to a study published recently in the journal Biological Conservation. The research was conducted by a team of 50 scientists from 30 organizations including Washington State University, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and El Colegio de Frontera Sur.
Scientists document collapse of key Central American forest engineer
White-lipped peccaries have declined by as much as 87% to 90% from their historical range in Central America, signaling a population collapse of a key species in the region, according to a study published recently in the journal Biological Conservation. The research was conducted by a team of 50 scientists from 30 organizations including Washington State University, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and El Colegio de Frontera Sur.
A pig-like animal that is an important food source for large animal predators and humans alike, the white-lipped peccary (Tayassu pecari) also plays a critical ecological role by dispersing seeds and creating water holes that benefit other animals. The study found that current IUCN estimates underestimated the population decline. The study results are a 63% drop from the current IUCN range estimates for the region.
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Land Some of the Caribbean’s Most Evasive Fish in Belize: The small fishing town of Punta Gorda in southern Belize offers some of the most elusive catches on a fly. At the edge of Port Honduras Marine Reserve, the area’s flats have a thriving population of permit, as well as big schools of bonefish and tarpon. Better yet, Punta Gorda, a 50-minute turboprop flight south from Belize City, still feels undiscovered. For more than 15 years, the Garbutt brothers—Dennis, Eworth, Oliver, and Scully—have been slowly putting the town on the map. Former commercial fishermen, the brothers now run a sportfishing charter company, dive outfit, and three-cabin lodge overlooking Joe Taylor Creek, from which their boats depart (from $1,340 for three nights).
Belize Barrier Reef - Beam Me Up - Corals and Marine Life - 2020, 3.5min. In 2019 I decided to enroll in a marine corals course, and in 2020 we flew to the Belize Barrier Reef to study corals and and marine life...
Campeonato Centroamericano Infantil y Juvenil, Belice 2020 DAY 2 Morning, 3hr49min. The Belize Table Tennis Association (BTTA) is hosting the Central American U15 and U18 Table Tennis Championships from February 4 – 8, 2020 in Belize City. This tournament is featuring the very top junior players throughout Central America and has brought over 140 participants to Belize. The BTB is a proud sponsor of this event.
Campeonato Centroamericano Infantil y Juvenil, Belice 2020 DAY 2 Afternoon, 4hr36min.
Mangrove Conservation, 1min. These bushes or trees serve as a barrier to protect in case of hurricanes or strong winds
House of Shotokan - Benefits of Karate, 24min. If you are looking for new hobbies to introduce your children to the House of Shotokan offers Karate lessons for ages as young as 3. We got a first class demonstration and talked with Shihan Kelly about the benefits of Karate. On set:
Shihan Ray Kelly - House of Shotokan.
Jet Diab - Student, House of Shotokan.
Jules Diab - Student, House of Shotokan.
The 1st National Spanish Spelling B Competition, 19min. The 1st National Spanish Spelling B Competition will take place in San Ignacio at Sacred Heart College. 16 schools countrywide will participate in the event on Friday, February 21st. We invited the organizers to talk about the competition and how they are preparing the students. On our couch:
Lhe-Andra Trapp- 2019 District Spelling Bee Champion, Our Lady of Guadalupe High School
Jair Julien- 2020 Contestant, Belize High School.
Dr. Nuirka Nunez- Coordinator National Spanish Spelling Bee, Spanish teacher at Our Lady of Guadalupe High School.
Sexual Harassment at the work place, 42min. The recent allegations of sexual harassment at the Belize Defence Force is currently being investigated by a special team. We invited Audrey Matura to share with us what the provisions in the law.
Food options available at Nacho World, 17min. We closed the show with a sampling of the many options available at Nacho World. Besides the very creative dis and dressings they have expanded the menu to include breakfast and lunch options. Check them out on Albert Street. On set:
Mark Reneau - Owner, Nacho World.
Sylvia Nolberto - Assistant, Nacho World.
The Ministry of Public Service, Energy & Public Utilities - Employee Assistance Program, 22min. The Ministry of Public Service, Energy & Public Utilities created an Employee Assistance Program to offer supplementary support to the public servants to overcome the personal challenges that hinder productivity and efficiency. Our guest shared how the program works and how you can access the services. On set:
Shawn Vargas - Coordinator, Employee Assistance Programme , Ministry of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities
The Belize National Teacher's Union (BNTU) - Update, 41min. The Belize National Teacher's Union (BNTU) representatives were our guests to update us on the ongoing negotiations with the Ministry of Education. They talked with us about the meeting held yesterday and the proposed amendments. On set:
Elena Smith - President, BNTU.
Luke Palacio - First Vice President, BNTU.
Childhood friends from Belize find each other on WKU’s campus, 2min.
Belize Tertiary Opportunities Expo, 14min. The Belize Tertiary Opportunities Expo was today, and it was a fun event all around. 1000's of students came out, and scores of schools and institutions were there. The MOE got quite a bit of video of the event.
Belize Fish’n 2020, 5min. Fishing with Belize River Lodge guide John.
Fishing at Belize River Lodge, 2min.
Belize Aerial Tour 2020, 3min. Get a bird's eye view of some of the locations we serve in Belize in partnership with Kidz Konnect 4 Jesus and Pomona Christian Community Church!
Husband/Wife Permit On Fly - Copal Tree Lodge 2019, 14min. First Cast to a Permit with the Master Scully Garbutt.
A Visit to Belize City, 5min. Great place.
Garifuna Culture immersion in Hopkins Village Belize, 4min. Garifuna drummers welcoming visitors to Hopkins.
Belize - Ambergris Caye - Family Trip 2020, 25min.
Increased Competitiveness in the Belize Banana Industry, 1.5min. With farmers in Belize experiencing challenging work conditions, The Banana Accompanying Measures sought to offer solutions for farmers to be competitive in the world market.
Under BAM, Eight different farms received grants for actions that included improved irrigation systems, flood mitigation and drainage infrastructure, the introduction of composting facilities, new and improved packing stations, and better-quality sanitation facilities for farm workers.
An Overview of the Banana Accompanying Measures, Belize, 10min. The Banana Accompanying Measures (BAM) supported the banana industry of Belize in its adaptation to new conditions on the European market. The banana sector is the country’s 3rd largest export employing more than 3,500 workers.
The Communities of the Banana Belt, Belize, 6min.
Increased Productivity in the Banana Process, Belize, 2min.
An Overview of the Accompanying Measures for Sugar, Belize, 7.5min. The Accompanying Measures for Sugar (AMS) provided development assistance for the reduction of poverty and improvement in the standard of living of the population in Northern Belize, commonly known as the “Sugar Belt”.
Sailing Back to Belize, 17min. Our sailing season has commenced and we couldn't have been more thrilled to be back on the water. The rolling of the seas, the sounds of sloshing water against the hull, the salty gritty feeling on your skin after snorkeling was exactly what we were waiting for.
Belize: Glover's Reef Atoll, part 1, 3min. In this video, we travel to Glover's Reef Atoll, off the southern coast of Belize. We learn kayaking basics, how to get in and out of a kayak with no land around, and we snorkel some of the patch reefs in the area. We kayak to our snorkel spot, stopping at Jesus Christ Bay, and paddle our way back to the island into the sunset.
Cave tubing in Belize, 10min.
Around Downtown Belize, 7min.
Maya children from Xaibe (Corozal) singing in Yucatec Maya, 1min. Jats'uts Óok'ot dance group from Xaibe Corozal singing in our beautiful Yucatec Maya language at the movie premiere of Tecuani and the Duende . To'one Masehualo'on member Adela had been working with these children to preservar of our language .
Laguna de San Pedro/ Frigates & Pelicans/Sunset!!, 1min.