Ministry of National Security confirm BDF helicopter crashed yesterday
A press release issued by the Ministry of National Security earlier this afternoon has confirmed that a Belize Defense Force (BDF) U1H1 helicopter crash landed yesterday, in the vicinity of Gales Point.
On board the helicopter were its pilot, Major Adran Ramirez and Major Radford Baizar, and two crew members, Corporal Yassir Mendez and Corporal Reinaldo Choco.
Belize’s biggest cocaine bust
A jet plane that was tracked from Venezuela landed on an off-road off the Coastal Road at about 4:00 this morning, and a composite patrol consisting of police officers and soldiers of the Belize Defence Force managed to find the jet before the cocaine inside it could have been unloaded and the plane destroyed, as is usually done when drug planes land on clandestine airstrips.
The crew, however, managed to escape by vehicle out of the area.
PUP will introduce Motion of No Confidence in the House
In the wake of a number of scandals and a major court judgment that have buffeted the United Democratic Party (UDP) government of Prime Minister Dean O. Barrow, the Opposition, the People’s United Party (PUP), has drafted a Motion of No Confidence that it is planning to introduce in the House of Representatives at its next sitting on Thursday, March 5.
The Motion of No Confidence, which is a first in the post-independence parliamentary existence of Belize, would require the support vote of some members from the government side of the House.
Police investigation of Herman Longsworth still in doubt
The former Belize Consul General to New York and former Albert constituency area representative, Herman Longsworth, who served as Minister of State in the Ministry of Youth and Sports, had until February 20 to wrap up his business in New York after he was terminated from his post by Prime Minister Dean Barrow.
Longsworth’s name was mentioned several times in an unfavorable light in the Auditor General’s Report on the National Sports Council for the period April 2015 to March 2016.
PM Barrow to introduce his final budget at next House meeting
There will be a Special Sitting of the House of Representatives in the National Assembly chambers in Belmopan on Thursday, March 5.
At this House meeting, Prime Minister Dean Barrow will introduce his government’s budget for the fiscal year 2020-2021. This will be Barrow’s last budget before he demits office sometime later this year, ahead of the general elections, which are scheduled to be held in November.
BNTU “mum” about meeting with PM Barrow after demonstration
Last Thursday, February 20, the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) had a successful demonstration and public rally, and once more, it trumpeted its 6-point set of demands that it is making of the Dean Barrow-led government, for good governance, ahead of this year’s general elections.
The next day, Friday, February 21, BNTU leaders met with Prime Minister Barrow, but did not update the media on what progress, or lack thereof, had been made in discussions regarding the 6-point set of demands being made by the BNTU for good governance.
Dion Zabaneh freed of all charges
Businessman Dion Zabaneh, who was charged for multiple offenses that he allegedly committed against the Department of the Environment (DOE), was freed of all charges today when Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford upheld a submission from his attorney, Emil Arguelles, that he had no case for which to answer.
Zabaneh was charged with aggravated assault on a DOE officer in the execution of his duty, 4 counts of failure to comply with an oral direction given by a designated officer, and proceeding with an undertaking, project, program or activity without signing an environmental compliance plan and receiving environmental clearance.
Two 19-year-olds remanded for Shane Budram murder
This afternoon in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court, Raheem Budram, 19, was jointly arraigned with Kareem Eagan, Jr., 19, for the murder of Shane Budram, 43, Raheem’s uncle, who was gunned down in cold blood on Friday night, February 21, on Wagner’s Lane.
The two accused men appeared before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford, who, before reading the murder charge, informed them that she would not take a plea from them because the offense is indictable and will not be heard by her court.
Disgraced John Saldivar will be questioned by police
Prime Minister Dean Barrow has instructed the Police Department to begin an investigation of former Minister of National Security, John Saldivar, to find out if he accepted money from US accused fraudster, Lev Dermen, in exchange for political favors.
Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, last week indicated that the police will rely on the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty Belize signed with the United States to obtain a transcript from the money laundering and fraud trial of Lev Dermen, which is taking place in Salt Lake City, Utah.
James Slemp’s murderer believed to have fled home to Guatemala
James Slemp, a 79-year-old Canadian national who lived on a farm in the Fresh Water Pond area on the Hopkins Road, was found dead yesterday in the lagoon with machete wounds to his head and body.
Commissioner of Police Chester Williams said that police are looking for Slemp’s neighbor, a Guatemalan national who police believe murdered Slemp after a misunderstanding over tools. After committing the crime, the neighbor fled to his country.
Guinea Grass gets new police station
Guinea Grass, one of the largest villages in Orange Walk District, did not have a police station and villagers who needed the help of police had to travel to the Orange Walk Town Police Station to make reports and for other necessary police services, and, in many cases, they faced a number of difficulties in doing so.
The village now has a new police station, which will be manned by no less than two policemen. The Guinea Grass Police Substation was officially opened on Friday afternoon.
GoB bloats contracts for projects and invests little in the people
Belizeans appreciate that a new bridge over the Haulover Creek and improvement of the Coastal Road are worthy projects, and they would praise the government without reservation if they weren’t staggered by the cost of the contracts. One report is that the new bridge will cost a fantastic $49 million, and the government says improvement of the Coastal Road will cost a whopping $133 million.
The last report we have received is that two contractors qualified to build the bridge, but only one bid was received, and it was over the budget. One contractor is an Italian firm, and the other is a Belize-Mexico company that is believed to include a government favorite, Mr. Imer Hernandez.
Who advised Belize on this?
Let me list (1 to 10) what I want to say, clearly, because this is not about me. It is about Belize, it is about the nation’s health, and I’m not sure who is advising them:
1. While, as we see (as in my previous post), there was a cruise ship that was turned away (due to Coronavirus fears) and heading towards Mexico, I scanned the local Belize news but saw no mention of this. I am not sure why.
2. Expert epidemiologists and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention project that it’s JUST A MATTER OF TIME before most countries are affected to some degree – especially countries with significant exposure due to air travel, tourism, and otherwise.
Belize in rough economic waters, and it’s getting rougher
Prime Minister Barrow will be leaning on all the genius that resides at the Central Bank and all of his immense oratorical skills to paint a picture of a half full glass when he faces the nation in the first week in March to make his final budget presentation to the nation. Things have not been looking good in Belize’s economy for some time, and the reports keep getting worse.
Our economy has contracted in three consecutive quarters. In the second quarter of 2019 the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) reported that our GDP (Gross Domestic Product) was down 0.8%, in the third quarter of 2019 it was down 0.4%, and in the fourth quarter of 2019 the fall in our GDP was 2.8%.
Sean Taegar publishes Spirit Fire Light, an extended poem
Spirit Fire Light is the longest poem ever to be published by a Belizean poet. The over 600- page book was self-published by Sean Taegar and can be summarized as his spiritual journey of becoming one with the universal spirit of creativity. Spirit Fire Light is a brilliant poem, loaded with powerful imagery in its celebration of nature and the universe, which Taegar stripped bare analytically time and time again, in the decade that he spent creating the poem.
In an interview with Taegar, Amandala asked the poet what led him to select the title “Spirit Fire Light”.
My listening to Sean Taegar’s Spirit Fire Light
There’s a call and response that I’d like to invite all to participate in during my presentation. It’s inspired by Sean’s own joyful tune – a song, a rhythm. It goes like this: When you hear me call the word “Listen” and point in your direction, respond with this tune: Spirit Fire Light, Spirit Fire Light, Spirit Fire Light, It’s the Spirit Fire Light.
From the early, joyful and innocent Holy Redeemer years of uniformed children: marble, hopscotch, ketch, sweat, scraped knees, report cards and yes, some lashing; through to the SJC adolescent years of teenage desires, goals, anger, impatience, doubt, rebellion, fear, tears, hard lessons learnt, grit and dreaming, always dreaming. Sean has been there. Sean was the best man at my wedding and is the godfather of my first child. Sean is family. Sean is love.
Government is breaking the law, Opposition Leader tells CDB and British High Commissioner
On Monday, there was a ground-breaking ceremony for the 130-million-dollar Coastal Road Project that the UDP’s “favorite contractor,” Imer Hernandez will be spearheading. The project was funded by the Caribbean Development Bank, the United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership, and the Government of Belize.
There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the contractor, Imer Hernandez, due to his ties to the governing United Democratic Party, amid allegations by the Opposition that his previous work has not been of the best quality.
Belize District Primary School Basketball Finals results
The Belize District Primary Schools 2019-2020 Basketball Tournament Finals were played today, Monday, February 24, at the Swift Hall Gym in Belize City. There were 3 Belize City teams in the Female (F) category (St. John’s Anglican, Queen’s Square Anglican and St. Martin De Porres); and 4 Male (M) teams, comprising 2 from Belize City (Wesley Upper and Holy Redeemer) and 1 each from the Belize River Valley area (Belize Rural Primary) and 1 from San Pedro Town (San Pedro RC).
With only 3 teams, the females played a double-elimination first round, while the 4 male teams played a simple knockout first round.
Cricket Corner – Your mistake is another man’s gain
To all cricket enthusiasts, Good day to you!
Under the auspices of the Belize National Cricket Association, the Bowen and Bowen/ Harrison Parks 2020 Cricket Competition is in full gear. Who will be victorious in the end? Hard to tell at this time; in no particular order, I give to you the best I can possibly do for you to get the feeling of our cricketers on the field of play this past weekend.
I start with Western Eagles vs Brilliant at Crooked Tree. The home team went in to bat first. The Eagles bowling was not that bad at the start of the inning.
Belize lost 2 games and won 1 in CONCACAF U-20 Qualifiers in Curacao
A 20-player strong Belize U-20 male national selection travelled to Curacao last week Sunday, February 16 to participate in CONCACAF U-20 Qualifiers under head coach, Dale Pelayo, assisted by Jonathan Hooper. Our boys reportedly played 3 games, as the team was placed in a group of 4, including the host Curacao along with Guadeloupe and Saint Marten.
The team reportedly returned on Monday, February 24, but we have received no details on the games, except a Whatsapp report that we lost, 6-0, to Guadeloupe in our first game on Tuesday, February 18; we lost in a tough battle, 2-1, to host Curacao on Thursday, February 20; and we won by shutout over Saint Marten, 4-0, on Saturday, February 22.
We await word from the Football Federation of Belize on our U-20 National Team’s status in the Qualifiers following these results.
From the Publisher
I don’t move around a lot, but when I do so in the old capital, I have gotten the impression that the result of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) referendum last May has been a depressing development for most adult Belizeans. Perhaps I am only judging from my own disappointment at seeing our country’s territorial sovereignty, which we considered sealed and sacrosanct on September 21, 1981, becoming subject to the judgment of a panel of international jurists, this being a decision made by a majority of adult, registered Belizeans in a free and fair poll, but one highly influenced by extraneous and external sources.
It’s tough to become a Spanish Lookout member (Mennonite)
I don’t think the following document, which contains the membership rules of Spanish Lookout, is exactly classified, but it is for sure not disseminated for the consumption of Belizeans who live outside of the Spanish Lookout community. In two articles published in the Amandala recently, it was mentioned that there are a number of members of the community who are not happy campers, members who would like to see some changes made. The document was shared by one such person.
At the bottom of the document there is mention of New Rules, with the clarifying point that rules can be expanded and developed. We are aware of rules in the community that have been taken off the books over the years.
And the battle for leadership continues
It should be a concern for all — not just for the die-hard United Democratic Party members —who becomes the next party leader of the UDP. In a similar way, we all had much to opine about the leadership of the People’s United Party when they were dealing with their own internal crisis. Remember how we zealously followed the removal of Francis Fonseca and the ascent of Johnny Briceno? Likewise, we want to ensure that neither John Saldivar nor any of his minions, whom he can control, will take leadership of the UDP. Until we know who is voted to be leader and how that story ends, we very much need to have our ears and eyes open and express our views, since it is we the voters who will have to choose the better of two evils, which is still evil!
A US leader who doesn’t altogether hate Fidel, and Belizeans who do
American presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, told Anderson Cooper in an interview on the CBS Show Sixty Minutes that it’s unfair to say everything about Fidel Castro was bad, and across the political spectrum in America they are raining blows upon Sanders’ head. Really, is there anything or anyone under the sun who is all bad? Sanders pointed to the massive literacy program in Cuba as a good thing when he was challenged to explain remarks he made many years ago, that Cubans on the island didn’t rise up against Fidel, because he transformed their society.
UDP: The United Dependency Party
I have never personally met Mr. John Saldivar. However, unbeknownst to himself, he some-what established an affinity with me by calling himself John Berchmans. He lived about four hundred years ago, and is part of a trilogy of youths who died very early as they were pursuing their vocation to become Jesuit priests. The other two are Aloysius Gonzaga and Stanislaus Kostka. If you are not Catholic, please don’t get nervous. We Catholics believe that they are not dead but very much alive in Heaven; and this is why we refer to them as Saints, to whom we pray for spiritual guidance.
The Valentine’s Day fundraiser dance
In the charged political climate of our country in the Seventies, there had been continuing dissatisfaction with the slow progress we were making in the development of our social institutions since self-government in 1964, in spite of much political activity – public meetings, endless speeches, demonstrations, protests, etc.; and Jerome, in particular, was becoming more and more frustrated over what seemed to be a standstill to services provided by the hospital in response to the needs of an expanding population.
May they rest in peace and rise in glory
So sad to read about the demise of Mr. Alfonso Ramirez, he did not know me, but I felt a little affinity towards this gentleman because he and I grew up in similar circumstances. His family had Democratic Bar, which was famous for its “Democratic Gin”, and we had Hi-Lite Club, with its “Rum & Gin”. Both were immensely popular products with their clientele.
This was before the big producers started mass production of Caribbean Rum, Travellers, Old Master, etc.
Artist from Belize comes to LA to honor Kobe Bryant with his paintings
Vendors swarmed Figueroa Street selling souvenirs in honor of Kobe Bryant.
There was one man’s stand in particular that stood out to people walking by as he painted. Only thing was, that his paintings are not for sale to the public.
“I have no intention of selling it to the public. This gotta end up at the right place because I have too much value for it. It’s not about money or fame, it’s about leaving a legacy for my number one team, which is Lakers and let them also enjoy,” said Alex Sanker, an artist who travelled from Belize to paint outside of the memorial for Kobe Bryant.
Louis Carter Gets 30 Years For Murder
Supreme Court Judge, Justice Colin Williams today sentenced Louis Carter, 26, a San Pedro resident to 30 years in prison for the murder of Dwayne Hyde, 30, a mechanic also of San Pedro.
4 BDF Soldiers Perished in the Helicopter Crash
These are Major Adran Ramirez and Major Radford Baizar, the pilots who were killed in the BDF helicopter crash on Thursday in the sea near Gales Point Manatee.
B.D.F Helicopter Crash Landed, Pilots & Crew?
The Ministry of National Security has issued the following press release in relation to the helicopter crash that we reported on earlier. We reproduce that release in its entirety.
ALERT: CORONA VIRUS DETECTED IN A NEIGHBORING COUNTRY
The Mexican government, (Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell Ramirez) has told reporters that they have detected the first cases of coronavirus infection.
PUP expresses condolences to BDF soldiers family and colleagues
There was a late release from the People’s United party also expressing condolences to the families of the BDF soldiers. They also added that they are equally concerned about all the questions surrounding this accident. According to the release the press conference held by the Ministry of National Security has left many questions unanswered.
Homeowner says arson, Fire station proves electrical overload
One man has been displaced following a house fire in the Lake Independence Area in Belize City. The fire began in the wee hours of Friday morning. 54-year-old Edgar Richards fell asleep on his couch and minutes before the fire he reportedly heard noises at the back of his home.
Breaking Belize News
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Ministry of Health issues advisory on coronavirus measures in Belize
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Leader of Opposition extends condolences to families of victims of helicopter crash
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Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry joins nation in mourning death of BDF officers
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Galen University joins in mourning death of BDF airwing members
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FCD personnel detain Guatemalan cattle rancher inside of Chiquibul
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US Embassy extends condolences to families of victims of helicopter crash
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Manuel Pacheco found not guilty of murdering his neighbor
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Prime Minister extends condolences to Families of BDF Soldiers
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KHMH apologizes for raccoon incident last night
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Coronavirus hits close to home: two cases confirmed in Mexico
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Ministry of National Security to host press conference on helicopter crash
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BDF helicopter reportedly crashes
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Drug bust valued at over $100 Million!
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Police officer, Allen Bonner, in trouble for harassing citizen who refused to fist bump
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Our Soggy Adventure to Isla Marisol
We were headed to the Isla Marisol Dive Resort on the Southwest Caye of Glover’s Reef Atoll some 36 miles west of the Dangriga coastline. After flying to Dangriga from Belize City we were transferred to an open-air boat for our voyage to paradise. More than an hour later, after passing a handful of tiny islands, some dotted with colorful cabañas, we reach our picturesque destination. Managers Mora and Letty welcome us at the dock and give a briefing about our island home. Power by day is solar and wind, while in the evening a generator takes over.
The Iconic Jets Bar At Belize’s International Airport
If you have been to Belize before through the Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) you already know who and where we are talking about. Jets Bar is a tiny little cozy corner bar in Terminal 2 in front of the Southwest and United Airlines boarding gates. On a crowded day, it might even be hard to find, but its size doesn’t matter because the spirit and charisma of Jet is larger than life.
His energy and positive spirit is contagious and he loves to meet new people. It’s been the joy of his life day in and day out to meet so many people passing through the airport for which he thanked many for visiting Belize.
Reef Week 2020
It’s that time of the year again to celebrate the Barrier Reef. The theme of reef week 2020 is “true true reef love means yuh stay involved!”. Reef week has been on since 2013 and will continue to be celebrated for a week of the year. Organizations come together to celebrate “Reef Week” by hosting a series of events. This fun week is filled with activities ranging from intense to relaxing, guaranteeing an enjoyable time.
Cultural Cooking Classes in Belize
They say that the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach; I can guarantee that on your trip here you will fall in love with the food. Belizean food is just one way to enjoy the variety of cultures – East Indian, Mestizo, Maya, Garifuna, Creole and Middle Eastern. Each culture has its signature dishes that you won’t be able to get enough of. So, if food is the key to your heart and cooking is something you enjoy; then why not try a few cooking classes in Belize and learn to cook authentic Belizean cuisine? Here are some cultural cooking classes offered throughout Belize.
Located in the fun-filled island of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, across from Fido’s, here you will learn to cook a three-course meal of Belizean favorites. This includes fry jacks, fresh seafood ceviche, potato pound, panades, and salbutes. They are open from Thursday to Saturday and host over four guests for US 100 per person for the class.
Mexican authorities detect drug plane over Belize
Personal from the Departamento de Defensa de Belice report the discovery of another plane loaded with drugs, which they say, landed along the Coastal Road of Belize next to Quintana Roo.
The latest plane seizure was made with assistance of the Fuerza Aérea Mexicana (Mexican Air Force) who detected the illegal jet over Belize territory. The Belize Department of Defense headed to the Coastal Road where the located the jet carrying a drug shipment. The crew of the aircraft were arrested.
Belize now attracting European expat retirees to its Caribbean shores
If white sand beaches, virgin rain forests and year-round sunshine are an essential requirement in your retirement strategy, Belize might be the perfect place.
Already popular with American retirees, the seductive beauty of Belize is now attracting an increasing number of European retirees looking to a Caribbean lifestyle as an antidote for years spent focusing on a career. It’s not the world’s cheapest retirement destination by far, but it’s certainly one of the loveliest. Establishing residency is far easier than in many other countries, and everyone speaks the English language.
Healthy Living: Covid-19 Personal Prevention Plan, 4min. The Ministry of Health’s surveillance efforts continue at the major ports of entries, and there is, to this date, no confirmed cases in Belize. But the situation remains changing, and everyone needs to be vigilant in controlling the spread of disease. Tonight in Healthy Living, we review the prevention practices that will help keep you safe.
Diving in Belize, 6min. This is what I saw in 2010 on the NCL Pearl
2010 NCL Pearl scuba diving Roatan and Belize, 32min.
Birding at the marsh in Hopkins Village, Belize, 4min. Sue and I were doing some birding at the marsh in Hopkins Village, Belize. We were able to spot Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Little Blue Herons, Black-necked Stilts, and some Blue-winged Teals.
It was only about a 20 minute bike ride from the Hamanasi Resort.
SNORKELING BELIZE, 34min. Hol Chan & Shark Ray Alley
Belize: le "Great Blue Hole", 3.5min. Un petit paradis de nature au Belize. Le tout petit pays des Caraibes abrite une incroyable formation geologique au large de ses côtes : un gigantesque trou bleu parfaitement circulaire. Une curiosite joliment dessinee par la nature au coeur de la 2e plus grande barriere de corail au monde. Plongee dans le "Great Blue Hole"...
Look at the tide Today Friday in Corozal, 3min.
Channel 5 Obituaries - Gilbert Clinton Arnold, 3min.
Belize Now - February 28, 2020, 37min. In the headlines: The Ministry of Health discusses COVID-19 and Belize’s Response Plan, the Government of Belize breaks ground for the upgrading of the Coastal Highway and we wrap up our Forensics Series with a look at the Forensic Laboratory Unit.
Ministry of National Defense Press Conference, 36min.
At day it's called Police 'meet and greet" at night "meet and beat", 5min.
A man, Jimmy Robinson innocently stands near a food vendor and a a police officer in plain clothes insists he greets him with a physical touch of knuckles. Robinson who doesn't know the man and refuses to "buck" his hand with him. The police officer then approaches him and attempts to stab him.
Major Adran Ramirez, the BDF pilot who passed away in the crash,1 min.
Raccoon inspects wards during successful KHMH Tour, 10sec.
Raccoon takes tour of KHMH, 1/2min.
Morning Matters at Caves Branch, 61min. Ian Anderson tells a little about his life's journey
Chase The Ace San Pedro, 1/2min. Congrats to the winner of our biggest Chase the Ace jackpot EVER! He took home over $41,655 for drawing the ace of spades, and the San Pedro AIDS Commission received $11,108!
Great Belize Trail Rides!, 5.5min. Some trail rides take you up a mountain. Some take you across a river. Others may take you through a rain forest and into the world of archeological history. This ride at T'initz Tours Belize does all that, and more. Start from the beautiful & serene Morningside Stables, and head up a jungle-covered mountain into the world of yesterday!
Wisata Ke Negara Belize Bocah Amerika, 10min. Belize adalah sebuah negara kecil di pesisir timur Amerika Tengah dengan sistem Pemerintahan Monarki, berbatasan dengan Meksiko di sebelah barat laut dan Guatemala di barat dan selatan. Honduras terletak 75 km ke arah tenggara. Dalam bahasa Spanyol, Belize seringkali disebut Belice. Dahulu disebut Honduras Britania hingga 1973, Belize adalah bekas jajahan Britania Raya selama lebih dari satu abad. Nama "Belize" diambil dari Sungai Belize.
Belize - Hamanasi Dive Resort, 13min.
Miss Universe Belize, Destinee Arnold returns to Belize, 3.5min.