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The San Pedro Sun

BEL Installs New Generation Unit for Caye Caulker
Customers of Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) in Caye Caulker will soon benefit from a new 1705kW capacity generation unit that arrived on the island early this morning. The unit was sourced from Panama in January to provide increased generation capacity and reliability of power supply.

San Pedro Tiger Sharks nets another home win
With a 91-75 sweep over Orange Walk Running Rebels, the San Pedro Tiger Sharks move to the top of the standings in the National Elite Basketball League (NEBL). The NEBL also saw three other games across the country, with teams beginning to make their mark as they compete to lead in the 2020 basketball season. Saturday, February 15th at 9:15PM – San Pedro Tiger Sharks vs. Dangriga Dream Ballers at San Pedro’s Angel Nuñez Auditorium.

Coronavirus continues to spread; Belize issues travel ban for China
On Saturday, February 8th, the government of Belize via a press release issued a travel ban for travelers that have recently visited China. Specifically, all travelers who have been in China within 14 days before arrival in Belize will be denied entry. This measure is being taken to prevent the introduction of coronavirus in Belize and will remain in effect until further notice.

San Pedro Pirates lose at home to the Placencia Assassins
The Premier League of Belize witnessed its fifth week of the 2019-2020 Closing Season with three games. The San Pedro Pirates hosted the Placencia Assassins on Saturday, February 8th at the Ambergris Stadium. The island squad was not able to secure a home victory and fell 2-1 to the visiting team from southern Belize.

Kelly McGuire Birthday Concert and Saga Fundraiser at Palapa Bar and Grill
Musician Kelly McGuire brought in his birthday, Saga style, when on Thursday February 6th, he hosted his annual birthday concert and Saga fundraiser. McGuire has a long-standing relationship with the Saga Humane Society, and this year’s concert saw over $8,000 being raised for them. The money was raised through Saga’s raffle and auction, prizes were generously donated to them. Even the merchandise on sale at their booth, ranging from leashes, animal treats, and T-shirts were donations.

Ambergris Today

Hon. Hugo Patt Sworn In As Deputy Prime Minister
On Tuesday, Febraury 11, 2020, The Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young swore in Hon. Hugo Patt as Deputy Prime Minister. Hon. Hugo Patt has been serving as the Minister of Natural Resources since June 2018 and has represented Corozal North in the National Assembly since 2012.

Various Belizean Sources

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"The Rights of The Indigenous Peoples" Workshop in Corozal
You are invited to attend a powerful workshop on "The Rights of The Indigenous Peoples" brought to you by To'one Mashualo'on NGO. Venue: Corozal Coconut Hut in front of A & R on 4th Avenue. Date: Saturday, February 22nd, 2020, Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Caye Caulker Food Handlers Notice
All Individuals that are interested in obtaining a Food Handlers Certificate, please note that the next class will be on Thursday, February 13th, 2020 at 9:00 a.m., Caye Caulker Community Center. Please bring along your Social Security card and (1) one passport size picture if you're applying for the first time. Renewals will need to bring the expired Food Handler ID or (1) passport size picture if applicant don't have the Food Handler ID and bring along your Social Security Card. A fee of $20.00 bz dollars will be charged on applying.

Benque Fiesta Basketball Tournament
They are gearing up for the Benque Fiesta Basketball Tournament. Registration is open for the next month. Contact the BBA for more information.

Camp Joy Belize Annual 5K Fundraiser
For all the runners out there: Camp Joy is having their annual 5K fundraiser, and this year, it's on February 29th.

"OAS Promoting a Culture of Peace Program"
The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), through the Museum of Belize and the Benque Viejo House of Culture, invites interested young persons to visit the Benque House of Culture and register to join and enjoy the “OAS Promoting a Culture of Peace Program”. The program will begin on the 17th of February until December 2020, and will encompass various after school classes in the Arts. This initiative is geared towards the promotion and development of a generation of understanding and a shared culture of peace.

SBDC Workshop: BUSINESS PLAN DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP
February 20th, 2020 9am to 12pm, BTEC Building (Innovation Room) ITVet compound. Cost: $30.00, Includes snacks and refreshments. The importance of planning should never be overlooked. For a business to be successful and profitable, the owners and the managing directors must have a clear understanding of the business' customers, strengths and competition. They must also have the foresight to plan for future expansion. Whether yours is a new business or an existing business in the process of expanding, money is often an issue. Taking time to create an extensive business plan provides you with insight into your business. This document can serve as a powerful financing proposal. This workshop will take you through the step-by-step process of developing a business plan. At the completion of this workshop, you should be able to:

BEL Installs New Generation Unit for Caye Caulker
Customers of Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) in Caye Caulker will soon benefit from a new 1705kW capacity generation unit that arrived on the island early this morning. The unit was sourced from Panama in January to provide increased generation capacity and reliability of power supply. BEL teams have commenced preparations to connect the unit to the power system and conduct testing for 48 hours with the island's load. During testing.

CANE FARMERS BETTER EQUIPPED TO MITIGATE OUTBREAK OF FROGHOPPER IN NORTHERN BELIZE
The Government of Belize and the European Union today inaugurated the first Metarhizium laboratory valued at BZ$1.7 million for the biological control of the froghopper pest in the sugar industry. The laboratory is located on the same compound as the Sugar Industry Control Board Headquarters located at mile 66.5 Philip Goldson Highway, Buena Vista Village, Corozal. The froghopper pest is considered one of the major pests in the sugarcane industry. The pest affects cane farmers by increasing cost of production due to the constant application of chemical controls resulting in the decrease of sugarcane production. Of equal importance are the negative effects of chemicals on the environment and human health.

Community Restore Program in Corozal
Thank you Mrs. Loraine Zuniga of Corozal for your gracious, tireless and unselfish effort to keep this program going. COMMUNITY RESTORE BELIZE is very grateful to Francis & Sharon Nesta for all the help and support they give to us. Let's keep our Community Restore Program going.

Local Media Forum with Kendis Gibson
at Best Western Plus Belize Biltmore Plaza.

CommUNITY Yoga in San Pedro
Join your community for yoga Thursday nights to relax and unwind, stretch, move, breathe and find a peaceful state of mind. Use this time to take care of yourself, so that you can better take care of others in your life. Show up, slow down and feel good in your body, mind and soul. This all-levels class is donation based (pay what you can) and open to ALL, from beginner to experienced practitioner! Beginning February 13, CommUNITY Yoga will be held every Thursday night from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Hope Haven Children's Home and Community Center.

Channel 7

Saldivar Gets the Executive Axe, Steps Down As Leader-Elect
Tonight, Belize's political landscape has been completely re-mapped: John Saldivar has stepped down as UDP Party Leader Elect - less than 72 hours after he was elected by a large margin in a lavish national convention. And, he has been suspended indefinitely from Cabinet. It is a stunning reversal of fortune and a precipitous fall from grace; two days ago he had reached the political pinnacle, sworn in as party leader, and said he would be in discussions to take over as Prime Minister after the budget presentation in March. But, tonight, Saldivar is on the political equivalent of life support after a meeting in the Cabinet room where Prime Minister Dean Barrow used the full weight of his office to force him to step down.

PM On Why He Moved Against Saldivar
And an hour later we learned what that tightly guarded decision was. The Prime Minister issued a statement which laid out the penalties for Saldivar, who he concluded had misled him and the Cabinet. The PM referred to Jacob Kingston's testimony in a Utah Federal Courthouse. As we told you testified on Monday that he saw John Saldivar receive packs of cash valuing $10,000 dollars each from Lev Dermen at a Turkish businessman's residence in Belize. And yesterday, he also testified that in 2014 he sat in a meeting with Saldivar and Lev Dermen who promised to pay for John Saldivar's re-election campaign in cash disbursements. Kingston also discussed text messages he exchanged with Saldivar a 50 thousand US dollar donation in cash which was to be picked up in Miami.

Hon. Hugo Will Lead UDP?
In a statement published on his Facebook page this afternoon, Saldivar says, quote: "I informed the Prime Minister and colleagues of my decision to resign as the Leader-elect of the United Democratic Party. I have come to this decision after careful consideration and consultation with colleagues. While I maintain my innocence of any wrongdoing, bribery, or corruption and the testimony in Utah has confirmed that their was no bribery, I feel that the negative attention being generated by this trial is overtaking my Party and can hurt our chances in the upcoming general elections. I have therefore stepped aside to allow a new leader to be chosen. I thank all those who supported me during the recently concluded Leadership Convention..."

Patt Cautious On Leadership
So, thanks for that insight Jules. The days ahead are sure to be interesting. And much of the talk will focus on Hugo Patt, the humble and soft spoken representative from Corozal North. Right now, he's looking like the man who would be the UDP's next leader - and, yesterday at his swearing in as Deputy Prime Minister, having a sense of how things were heading, Jules Vasquez asked him if he's ready to lead. We wouldn't say he was chomping at the bit: Jules Vasquez: "Is it unforeseeable that you may have to for whatever period assume the leadership of the UDP."

PUP Says It's A Slap On the Wrist
Before our commercial break, we gave you a blow-by-blow account of the current crisis that Barrow Government and the UDP face, following this week's big reveals in the Lev Dermen Trial in Utah. Jacob Kingston has testified under oath that he sent $50,000 US dollars in cash to John Saldivar in Miami, back in early 2014. The context of this evidence is that the prosecution in that US court is attempting to show that Lev Dermen had an "umbrella" of powerful people in Belize, the US, and Turkey, who would protect him from the scrutiny of law enforcement.

PUP Distances Itself From Ralph's 1.5M Wire Transfer
So, while the PUP stands to gain some political mileage out of the Lev Dermen scandal, observers have not missed the fact that they could take some blows because of it. As we told you, Ralph Fonseca's name has also been called, as one of Dermen's business associates, while he was in Belize. As we told you, Kingston has testified that back in 2013, he and Dermen were looking at properties for a casino, which was to be named Lion's Casino. According to the evidence, Dermen and another Turkish businessman were in talks with Ralph Fonseca, known him as the minister of finance. They settled on a property and instructed Kingston to buy it. Kingston said that on June 24, 2013, he wired 1.5 million Belize dollars to Fonseca to purchase the property. Kingston said, quote, "He was the minister I was working with," he said. "He got the license for the casino business."

PUP. In No Mood To Compromise With PM
And, the PUP is asserting that the Prime Minister is avoiding a conversation about the Supreme Court judgment which says that he did not get prior parliamentary approval to spend over a billion dollars in public funds. You'll remember that case where the PUP's John Briceno and Julius Espat insisted to Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin that the Prime Minister violated the constitution when he was spending these public monies. And after deliberations, the Chief Justice agreed. He has ordered the government to amend the constitution to retroactively approve 1.5 billion dollars in unauthorized spending.

The Streets Say On Saldivar
And while the PUP is using the UDP situation to leverage for position, what are the streets saying? This morning, while that fateful UDP conclave was happening in Belmopan, we took to the Alberts to ask regular folks what they think Saldivar should have done in light of the Salt Lake City revelations. Some of them were right on the money with what was about to happen, others not so much.

Village Fire Claims Castro Home
A farm house burnt down yesterday morning in St. Matthew's Village. At 6:00 am, Caretaker 54-year-old Rigoberto Perez left the property and when returned, he saw the house burning to ashes. Neighbours captured the devastating spectacle on their phones. The Fire Department concluded the fire was caused by a tabletop stove which was left unattended and the explosion of the attached Butane tank.

Pitts Guilty of Rape
Kraal Road resident Irvin Pitts was found guilty of rape today in the court of Justice Colin Williams. That's after A 37-year old housewife told police that Pitts, forced her to perform oral sex on him at his home in April of 2016. The woman testified that Pitts had tricked her into his home under the pretence of offering her and a family member a ride home from the club.

18 Years for Killing Wife
44-year-old Noewellyn Williams, the man who was charged with murder, but who has pleaded guilty to manslaughter, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison. That was the sentence that Justice Colin Williams handed him today after hearing his mitigation plea. As we told you, Williams was charged for killing his ex-common-law wife, 33-year-old Roxanne Pop in August of 2018, at Boulevard Plaza on Central American Boulevard. Williams and Pop had agreed to meet at that location. While they were there, Williams allegedly pleaded to Pop to take him back, but she refused.

Water Lane Shooting
A man and a teenaged male were injured in a shooting near Water Lane in downtown Belize City around 3:45 this afternoon. 25-year old Errol Bowen and 17-year-old Naim Belgrave were rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Kendis Tells Media Take It Easy On tourism
Kendis Gibson has been featured on this newscast many times before. He's the Belize City boy who's made a name for himself in the American media as a co-Anchor of ABC's America This Morning and World News Now. Well, today Kendis was once again in Belize and this time he was here at the invitation of the BTB to provide a workshop on international journalism best practices in the interest of protecting Belize's image as a tourism destination. And Gibson told us that the international media is depending on our local media houses to accurately report what goes on in Belize.

CDB's Life Saving Project
Last night, we showed you this Caribbean Development Bank's Annual News Conference, where the executives discussed how the economies of the Caribbean Nations performed in 2019. Dorian Pakenman of the Government Press Office traveled to Barbados to attend the conference, and he spoke with the Bank's Director of Projects about some of the big CDB initiatives in Belize. One of them is the Road Safety project, which has had a measurable impact on the traffic fatalities on the western corridor, from Belize to Belmopan. With video provided by the Press Office, Here's the CDB's Director fo Project's assessment of the success of that project:

Coastal Highway Coming
And, as you probably know, the CDB will now fund the upgrades to the 36-mile Coastal Road, which will cost 132 million dollars. That was approved in December, and the CDB's Director of Projects said yesterday that construction should start very soon: Daniel Best - Director of Projects, CDB: "That project was approved toward the end of last year by our Board of Directors. I've been moving through the procurement process as it is. We would have engaged - I'm sorry, the Government of Belize would have gone through the procurement for contractors, I believe..."

Taurrus In Town
Reggae Superstar Tarrus Riley is back in Belize for a mega concert that is scheduled for this coming Friday night at the Belize City Civic Center. You'll remember that in 2015, Riley first performed in Belize, and he was well-received by his Belizean fans. He arrived this afternoon, and we met him at the airport. Here's what he had to say what he has planned for concert-goers at his encore performance:

Channel 5

PM Barrow Benches Teflon John from Cabinet
On Monday and Tuesday, explosive details including text messages between Jacob Kingston and John Saldivar were revealed in a Utah court. Saldivar agreed to go to Miami to receive fifty [...]

U.D.P. Chairman Speaks on Saldivar’s Resignation
This afternoon, U.D.P. Chairman Michael Peyrefitte responded to the events of the day by saying that Prime Minister Barrow was duty-bound to request Saldivar’s resignation, but that the beleaguered Belmopan [...]

Peyrefitte Describes Tone of Emergency U.D.P. Meeting
The Attorney General also responded to a question about the atmosphere of the subsequent session held with all thirty-one standard bearers of the ruling party this afternoon in Belmopan.  He [...]

Attorney General Peyrefitte Discusses MLAT and Saldivar Investigation
In carrying out a complete and thorough investigation, the question of invoking the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty was put to Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte.  He explains the mechanism behind requesting [...]

Can John Saldivar Still Enter the Next U.D.P. Leadership Race?
Former Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber, who resigned on Monday, following defeat during the February ninth leadership convention, is contemplating a return to the race whenever a subsequent date is [...]

Opposition Leader says U.D.P. Administration is in Crisis
Turning to the Opposition….the People’s United Party postponed its press conference originally scheduled for today to allow the party’s executive to meet at its headquarters on Queen Street. There, the [...]

Is John Saldivar’s Suspension Enough?
At the end of the Prime Minister’s emergency meeting, John Saldivar was vanished as Leader Elect of the U.D.P. and was placed on an indefinite suspension.  Saldivar will be given [...]

Patrick Faber Considering Going At it Again?
Former Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Leader of the United Democratic Party, Patrick Faber told News Five as he left the Sir Edney Cain Building in Belmopan that he supports [...]

More from Lev Dermen Trial in Utah
Attorneys for Lev Dermen trial are cross examining Jacob Kingston in the Salt Lake Court and the defense has been carrying on about Kingston’s participation in past frauds and schemes.  [...]

The Church Weighs In on Debacle
The Council of Churches today chimed in on the debacle of the last seventy-two hours that has resulted in a sense of uncertainty in the political leadership of the government.  [...]

Shooting in the City; 2 Men Injured!
A shooting has left two persons injured in Belize City. Sometime after four this evening, several shots were fired on Baghdad Street. Those bullets hit Raheem Belgrave and Errol Bowen. [...]

U.D.P. Ministers, Standard Bearers Mum on John Saldivar
As you heard John Saldivar has been suspended indefinitely from cabinet and will step down as leader elect, merely three days after he was elected.  On Sunday he had the [...]

P.U.P. Chairman Comments on Ralph Fonseca’s Connection to Lev Dermen
Ralph Fonseca’s name was also called by Jacob Kingston in the U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, Utah. Now Fonseca has not in government for years. According to Kingston, [...]

Did U.D.P. Delegates Get Lands?
The recently elected Deputy Leader of the U.D.P. and newly appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Belize, Hugo Patt, today lost his cool at a reporter. Patt was exiting the Prime [...]

Steve Duncan Resigns from the Senate
On Tuesday, as the testimony of Jacob Kingston indicated that Saldivar had travelled to Miami to pick up fifty thousand U.S. dollars in cash reverberated across Belize, there was word [...]

Council of Churches Cannot Support Equal Opportunities Bill in Present Form
The Council of Churches is taken a position on the Equal Opportunities Bill. It Council is of the view that having now had the opportunity to review and discuss the [...]

The Council of Churches Offers Options
According to Bishop Philip Wright, the Council of Churches is open to further discussion on the Bill. The Council would be willing to consider if by way of a referendum, [...]

Cane Farmers Better Equipped to Mitigate Outbreak of Froghopper in Northern Belize
The Government of Belize, the European Union and Sugar Industry Research and Development Institute officially opened the Integrated Pest and Disease laboratory. The one point seven million Belize dollars lab [...]

Kendis Gibson in Belize for Local Media Forum
The Belize Tourism Board hosted a media forum earlier this week at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza. With assistance from its North American marketing agency, ICF Next, MSNBC Live [...]

Tarrus Riley Arrives in Belize for Valentine’s Day Concert
This Friday at the Belize City Civic Centre, a concert for lovers takes place, featuring Jamaican artist Tarrus Riley. Today, he arrived in Belize as final preparations are being made [...]

Amandala

John Saldivar fired from PM Barrow cabinet
A report out of the emergency cabinet meeting indicates that John Saldivar has been fired as Minister of National Security. This has not yet been confirmed. PM Barrow will issue a recorded statement, according to Attorney General Michael Peyerifitte, who came out of the cabinet meeting.

John Saldivar steps down as UDP leader, suspended from cabinet indefinitely
A reliable source has confirmed that Hon. John Saldivar has stepped down as United Democratic Party Leader. PM Barrow has suspended Saldivar from cabinet indefinitely. PM Barrow will issue a recorded statement shortly.

The Reporter

Belize Drafting New Laws To Combat Cyber Crime
Belize is drafting its first law to fight cybercrime, with the help of the Council of Europe and the Forum of Presidents of Legislative Assemblies (FOPREL) of Central America and the Caribbean.

Chamber Of Commerce Calls For Investigation
The BCCI is calling for an immediate investigation into the allegations of bribery of UDP Ministers and officials by Lev Dermen and Jacob Kingston.

Emergency Meeting In Belmopan: Cabinet & Standard Bearers
The media is camped outside the Administration Building in Belmopan where all area representatives and standard bearers of the UDP are gathered in an emergency session.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

“Prime Minister’s response to Saldivar saga is insulting,” says John Briceño
Leader of the People’s United Party (PUP) John Briceño, this evening said that Prime Minister […]

Man and minor injured in Water Lane shooting in Belize City
Moments ago, a man and a minor were injured in a shooting in the vicinity […]

Miguel Segura traffic accident case in danger of falling through
Breaking Belize News (BBN) has confirmed that the Supreme Court trial of former Deputy Commissioner […]

Prime Minister Dean Barrow: John Saldivar resigns as UDP Leader elect and suspended indefinitely as Minister of National Security
Belmopan. February 12, 2020. Like all Belizeans, the Office of the Prime Minister has been closely following developments […]

Caribbean Development Bank predicts regional comeback after sluggish 2019
On Tuesday the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) hosted its annual news conference. The CDB takes […]

US Embassy highlights Alumna Yvette Mazariegos
The United States Embassy in Belize commenced a new segment to highlight the work of […]

John Saldivar resigns as UDP Leader-elect; Is he still Minister of National Security?
A statement issued minutes ago by John Saldivar to some of his supporters indicates that […]

OAS Promoting a Culture of Peace Program invites participants to 2020 Season at the Benque Viejo House of Culture
The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), through the Museum of Belize and the […]

John Saldivar resigns as party leader elect
BBN has confirmed that John Saldivar has resigned as the leader of the United Democratic […]

ohn Saldivar fired from Cabinet; still hanging on as party leader elect
BBN has confirmed that John Saldivar has been stripped of his portfolio as Minister of […]

UDP standard-bearers summoned to an emergency cabinet meeting in Belmopan
With the bombshell allegations made this week in a Utah Court against Belize’s National Security […]

Court stops murder trial for San Pedro killing; accused will be deported
Two brothers, Sabelo Marroquin, 26, and Jose Marroquin, 23, both of them Salvadoran nationals charged […]

Mom turns in son wanted for escape, police assault and robbery
After being on the lam for three months, 18-year-old Dennis Lamb on Monday turned himself […]

Police Association Trial set tentatively for May 12
The case of the Belize Police Association president Eldon Arzu vs Commissioner of Police (COMPOL) […]

Cops charge accuser and accused in separate cases
Police have separately charged the man accused of robbing a Belize City man on February […]

UDP Senator, Stephen Duncan resigns
Only 1 day after the resignation of Deputy Prime Minister, Patrick Faber, UDP appointed Senator […]

Blogs

Where Can You Spot Sea Turtles In Belize?
Belize has many protected areas where wildlife and sea creatures find safety. Sea turtles are among those protected animals, and visitors are thrilled when they see these rare, endangered mammals in our waters. Here are the best places to spot sea turtles in Belize.

Rio Bravo Conservation & Management Area in Belize
This nature reserve is located in the Orange Walk District. It is about 360 square miles and occupies about 4% of Belize’s total land area. This is said to be one of the largest nature reserves in the country of Belize and protects many of the wildlife habitats found here. It was first established in 1988 by the nonprofit Programme for Belize and has been thriving ever since. The biodiversity is impeccable and is something you have to experience! There are three ecosystems which include broadleaf forests, pine savannah formations, and wetland and aquatic ecosystems. There are approximately 70 species of mammals which include bats, Mexican black howler monkey, Yucatan spider monkey, river otters, jaguars, Baird’s tapir and so much more. The reserve is also home to 350 species of birds that have been spotted and this includes the great curassow, ocellated turkey and many more.

McNab Visual Introduces The Caribbean Lifestyle: Belize, GOLD BOOK
The Gold Book is an offshoot of the popular print and online resource Caribbean Culture and Lifestyle (CC+L). The publication debuts this summer with a modest goal: Being the leading authority on Belize hotels, tour operators, service providers, restaurants and businesses that serve as the backbone of Belize’s thriving tourism industry. The Caribbean Lifestyle Gold Book will feature all manner of Belize tourism-related businesses and topics, from legends in the industry to rising stars. Start-ups will be profiled to increase their visibility and Belize tourism will have a reference they can turn to that promotes businesses big and small.

International Sourcesizz

Corn husks replace Styrofoam in San Miguel de Allende
A ban on single-use plastics and Styrofoam took effect in the municipality on January 1. Anyone looking to snack on esquites — corn prepared with mayonnaise, cheese, chili and lime — in San Miguel de Allende can do so Styrofoam-free: vendors have replaced the plastic cups with corn husks. Mayor Luis Alberto Villareal boasted that his city was the first, even before Mexico City, to work to eradicate the use of polluting single-use materials.

Daniel Loeb’s Yacht Damages Belize Coral Reef, FT Says
A luxury yacht owned by hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb was filmed anchored on a pristine reef atoll in Belize, sparking an official investigation and concerns over potential damage, the Financial Times reported. The 200 foot (61 meter) Samadhi, owned by Third Point founder Loeb, was filmed last Sunday anchored at Belize’s Lighthouse Reef Atoll, a popular diving site right by a famous sinkhole known as the Great Blue Hole. The incident was revealed by a man who posted a video online, the FT reported. A spokesperson for Belize’s Department of the Environment told the publication that the vessel had damaged the area and that authorities were investigating the incident. The yacht was rented to a third party at the time of the accident, the FT said.

Verdant jungles, Mayan history and amazing marine life – a Cruise port guide to Belize
Bite-size Belize has long been overshadowed by its neighbours, Mexico to the north and the Caribbean to the east. Fast forward to the twenties and Belize is finally roaring as a tourist destination, wooing visitors with its diverse culinary scene, Caribbean charm and ancient American history. Belize City cruise port terminal is located at Belize's Tourism Village. Due to the shallow waters of the harbour, cruise ships drop anchor a few miles outside and passengers are taken ashore in speedy tenders in around 20 minutes. Cruise lines that call at Belize City cruise port include Carnival, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line and Princess Cruises.

Jacob Kingston says $30 million from his biofuels fraud went to his Utah polygamous sect
Geragos has contended that Jacob Kingston and his family were the real fraudsters and money launderers. Geragos also has asked Jacob Kingston questions about interfamily marriages in The Order. Jacob Kingston acknowledged Wednesday he and Isaiah Kingston both married cousins. To recoup the government’s losses, federal prosecutors have moved to seize all of Washakie’s assets as well as the homes and businesses of other people, who apparently have connections to the Kingston Group but did not participate in the fraud. Real estate records show that these people received fraud proceeds via a financial firm. This seizure includes 25 homes and businesses and lots in Salt Lake County that the assessor says has a combined market value of $14.4 million.

Aiming to spend a year as a digital nomad in Central and South America, a Daily Maverick subeditor gets into the biggest game in town
La vida loca baby. The crazy life. Here on Caye Caulker, the little island off Belize where I’m living. (My intended stay of two days has stretched into three weeks. It’s hard to leave paradise.) Wake up at 6.30. Have a smoke on the balcony and check out the tequila sunrise splotching the sky. There’s always a lone great white egret standing – Masai-like – on one leg in the sea. It hangs around the same spot all day, and I wonder what its story is. Waiting for its long-lost mate? Scrounging fish from the nearby boats? Nothing better to do and nowhere better to go?

Antillean manatee
The Antillean manatee is among the more mysterious of the manatees—slow-moving yet graceful swimmers that are lovingly nicknamed "sea cows." It's a subspecies of American manatee, which also includes the better known Florida manatee that resides along the eastern coast of the United States. Unlike its sister subspecies, the Antillean manatee primarily lives in the tropical and subtropical zone from the Bahamas to Brazil. Its dwindling numbers have led to its endangered designation on IUCN's Red List. Conservation groups say that this manatee is particularly difficult to protect because relatively little is known about it.

Videos

  • Emergency Meeting still happening in Belmopan. What will be John Saldivar’s fate?, 17min.

  • John McAfee’s Telling Video to John Saldivar, 1.5min. McAfee was a person of interest in the 2012 murder of his neighbor in San Pedro, another U.S. national, Gregory Faull. In that same year, his property in Orange Walk was raided by the G.S.U. McAfee claimed the raid was in retribution for his refusal to be extorted by the government. He always claimed corruption in high places of government and always referenced Saldivar. Those claims were dismissed. It is a private message to his friends, who he says, are involved in a treasure hunt. What that means is difficult to tell, but among those he addresses in the video are: Minister John Saldivar, Lev Termendzhyan, who has Belizean nationality, and Gaspar Vega. McAfee ends the video directly addressing and taunting Saldivar.

  • Cabinet Emergency Meeting, 33min.

  • The Prime Minister’s Emergency Meeting has concluded, 10min.

  • Jules on Set, 16min. So that's what he said he would do, but what will he really do, or what must he now do? In studio with us tonight to analyze all that is our news director Jules Vasquez - who's been in Belmopan all day, circling the Cabinet meeting and trying to get the download on what's next for the Barrow administration and the UDP. Jules, what's next?

  • Channel 5 Obituaries, 1.5min.

  • Belize 2020, 5min. We had an epic trip to Caye Caulker, Belize this year for a quick visa run from Nicaragua. We won't soon forget how chill and wonderful it was. Big thanks to Caveman Tours for an epic day out on the ocean!

  • Sailing Belize with a Baby, 21min. On this episode of WE|Sail, WE sail through the islands of Belize again and this time with a baby! Our friends Mirra and Cary come down for a week in the islands for Thanksgiving with happy little baby Seaeena. It was our first time with a baby on board as well as mom and dads with their new bundle of joy so needless to say it was new for everyone of us!

  • Jerry Jeff Walker's Camp Belize 2020, 23min. Our visit to Belize for week 2 of Jerry Jeff's Camp Belize 2020.

  • Belize 2019, 12min.

  • Belize Vacation, 26min. It's been exactly one year since this vacation happened back in 2019 ...yes, it took me that long to edit and upload. Belize Zoo, Cave Tubing, Snorkeling with Sharks! and all around enjoying the sand and sun with my love! and his family. Great memories