Today's Belize News: October 18, 2018 - 10/18/18 10:56 AM
Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, and other specials
First-ever Spearfishing Tournament to be hosted in San Pedro
Island fishermen are excited for the first-ever Spearfishing Tournament to be held in San Pedro Town on Sunday, October 28th. Aimed at promoting the importance of spearfishing as one of the most ecologically sustainable ways of fishing, the tournament is being organized by local spearfishing guides of San Pedro Town. “In many parts of the country, they host spearfishing tournaments. So we decided to get together and host this tournament for the island fishermen as well as a way of raising awareness of this type of fishing,” said Roan Gonzalez, one of the organizers. On the day of the tournament, all participants will leave at 7AM from Boca Del Rio Park en-route to the deep sea beyond the reef. All boats are to be back at the weighing station by 4PM, where the different types of fish will be counted, measured, and weighed.
United States and Belize Sign Open Skies Air Transport Agreement
On October 16, 2018, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges and Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Manuel Heredia signed the first bilateral Air Transport Agreement between the United States and Belize. Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington, U.S. Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Deborah Lingwood, Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of National Security George Lovell, and Director of Civil Aviation Lindsay Garbutt, among many other representatives from the Government of Belize, the U.S. Embassy, and the tourism and aviation sectors attended the ceremony.
Justice Sir Manuel Sosa Honoured by UWI
President of the Court of Appeal of Belize, Justice Sir Manuel Sosa, was among seventy alumni of the University of the West Indies (UWI) who were honoured on the occasion of the University’s 70th anniversary of service and leadership across the region. The honour was conferred on the recipients at an official ceremony held on Wednesday, October 10th, at the UWI Cave Hill Campus in Barbados. The honour was conferred on the “University’s most outstanding alumni, who have excelled in their fields of endeavour”.
Fisheries Minister approve climate change protocol for CRFM Member States
A Protocol on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management in Fisheries and Aquaculture was approved for CARICOM States during a recent high-level meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM). CRFM Executive Director, Milton Haughton, said, “This protocol is of paramount importance in the region, given the urgent and ever-increasing threats to fishing communities, fishers and the health of marine ecosystems and associated fish stocks in the region posed not only by warming waters and climate change but also by the acidification of the oceans as a result of increased absorption of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.”
Global Hand Washing Week - “Clean Hands - A Recipe For Health”
The Ministry of Health, through its Public Health Department, in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is observing Global Hand Washing Week in Belize from the 15th to 19th October 2018. This initiative is in commemoration of Global Hand Washing Day which was observed on Monday, 15th October worldwide under the theme, “Clean Hands - a recipe for health”. The day is set aside to motivate and mobilize communities to improve hand washing techniques and habits.
Misc Belizean Sources
Sustainable & Child-Friendly Municipality Initiative Mayors Retreat
The Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development in collaboration with the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) hosted a two-day event, October 11th & 12th 2018, for mayors and councillors with responsibility for the implementation of the Sustainable & Child-Friendly Municipality Initiative (SCFMI). The event was hosted at the Lodge at Jaguar Reef in Hopkins Village, Stann Creek District. Over the course of the two days, the participants reviewed and deliberated on the provisions and mechanisms that are articulated in each of the nine municipal strategic plans that have been designed for the implementation of the SCFMI; plans that are aligned with Belize’s Children Agenda 2030 that the Government of Belize has committed to.
Winners of the ICJ song competition
Congratulations to all four winners of the ICJ song competition! First place Cocono Bwai - Prince of Brukdown, second place Joel Alamilla, and third place Jose Matus and Akeem Jenkins!
Ocean Academy vs. San Pedro High school in volleyball
Ocean Academy Highschool hosted for the first time in history, an official Volleyball Game competion with San Pedro High school. Lets keep supporting our youths in sports.
Re-registration of Electors Exercise
The Elections and Boundaries Department wishes to express its gratitude to the One Hundred Thirty Thousand, Seven Hundred Ninety-Two (130,792) persons who participated in the 2018 Re-registration of Electors Exercise. The public is hereby reminded that the registration of electors continues under the Continuous Registration Process. Eligible Persons who did not re-register, and wish to apply to be registered, can do so at the Elections and Boundaries Registration Offices countrywide during normal working hours.
Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint "Red Ginger".
Ministry of Health Reminds Public to Get the Flu Vaccine
The Ministry of Health reminds the public that it is the flu season and that the seasonal flu vaccine is now available at all public health centers countrywide. The Ministry encourages specific at-risk groups to get the flu vaccine. These groups include children 6-23 months, pregnant women, adults 65 years and older, health care providers, and persons suffering from chronic illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, or on the advice of a consulting physician.
Corozal Power Outage
Planned Power Outage Thursday, October 18th, 2018. May also affect water supply and cable TV
Bids for renovation of San Pedro office building
BEL invites bids for the renovation of an office building in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. For more information, contact our Purchasing Department at 227-0954.
BEL invites separate tenders for various services at locations countrywide for the period January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019. For more information, contact our Purchasing Department at 227-0954.
3rd Cayo Race for Conservation
The Belize Wildlife Referral Clinic is having their Race for Conservation on December 30th. It'll go from Cayo to Bullet Tree for the 5K part, and all the way back for the 10K run. It's a great way to get ready for the Chiquibul Challenge Marathon. Contact the BWRC to enter. "End 2018 on a healthy note with our 5k or 10k run! The route is from Cayo to Bullet Tree (5K) and back (10K). 5K return transportation will be provided. Registration is $20 for 5K and $30 for 10K. Bring the whole family for a healthy morning activity. Pre-registration is requested to allow timely start of race by 7:10 am. First prize 10K race will be free participation in the Chiquibul Challenge Marathon."
SMCU Member Appreciation Day 2018
Saint Martin's Credit Union is having their 2018 Member Appreciation day tomorrow. They'll have snacks and refreshments from 10:00am until 1:00pm. Credit unions are the way to invest. "SMCU international Credit Union member appreciation day will be held this Thursday Oct 18, 2018 from 10 am to 1 pm. Visit our office for refreshment, snack, and also try our pop the Balloon game to win great prizes and surprises. Call or text us at 671-5799 to participate."
DREDGING IN SOUTHERN BELIZE
espite reporting on the damaging effects of dredging for lil Bugle caye (and other sites, historically) since 30 Aug18, and going to the media with letters asking for a temporary moratorium, from Fragments of Hope, Oceana, WWF, BTIA, BELPO and PTGA, DOE STIIL APPROVED MORE DREDGING JUST YESTERDAY. Link is to KREM TV's coverage 16Oct18.
Port Management And Stevedores Talking, But the Strike Clock Still Running
Today, the management of the Port of Belize and the Christian Workers Union resumed negotiations over the long delayed collective bargain agreement. This was the first meeting since nearly 3 weeks ago, when an impasse was declared between the 2 sides, and the stevedores and their union announced their intention to strike. Because of the Essential Services Act, the stevedores and their union were required to give the Port and the Government of Belize 21 days' notice of this intended industrial action. That 21 day countdown ends this Friday, and today's meeting was pivotal, because it would determine whether or not the stevedores are still going to strike.
After 9 Years In Jail, CCJ Sets Japhet Free
Tonight, a convicted killer is a free man. Japhet Bennet had been in jail for 9 years, convicted of the September 2009 murder of Ellis "Pepper Gacho" Meighan Sr. But, today in a majority decision, the Caribbean Court of Justice upheld his appeal and quashed his conviction, setting him free from the prison at 5:00 this evening. 7News spoke to his mother about that moment when he walked out free:.. Patricia Lanza - Japhet's Mother: "I'm excited I can't explain myself because I was waiting for this moment to come a long time, for 9 years now but I thank God and I give big thanks to Miss Matura and Mr. Sylvester for being there for me."
Tonight there has been another business robbed on the northside. It happened a short while ago at CP Gas on the Northern Highway - which has been targeted many times by armed robbers. Less than an hour ago, two gunmen allegedly beat up the young man inside the store, and stole an undisclosed amount of cash.
Public Health Shuts Down School For Sewerage Problem
The principal and teachers at Sacred Heart Primary School in Dangriga are hoping that an engineer can come to their rescue. An expert is going to the school tomorrow to evaluate the sewerage problem that has become unbearable, so much so that the public health department shut the school down today due to the unsanitary conditions for the kids. Students are behind in their work because they have already missed six days of classes and they will miss more until the problem is resolved. Courtney Weatherburne went to see how bad the situation is at the school. Here is her story.
A Monstrous Case Of Child Abuse In San Pedro
And there' s a monstrous and disturbing report of child sexual abuse coming out of San Pedro. Yesterday morning, the mother of a 5 year old girl visited the station with her child. She reported that sometime between 8:30and 8:45 the night before, she left home to buy food leaving the baby alone and asleep. Her husband was out drinking at Secret Beach with friends. When she got back home, she found that someone had turned out the lights and locked the door. She knocked and her husband - who is her child's stepfather - opened the door.
Babysitter Pleads Guilty To Causing Child’s Death By Beatings
And while that ugly case will now have to go through the courts, another case of monstrous child abuse is almost over. 31 year-old Donna Banner, who was facing a manslaughter charge for the death of a 2 year-old baby, is awaiting a sentence from Justice Colin Williams after she pleaded guilty to causing the child's death. She was the babysitter who was taking care of 2 year-old Vernice Rodriguez back in 2008, when the child died due to severe head trauma. Baby Vernice was beaten in the head with a blunt object.
Man Takes Plea For Killing Child In Hit And Run
And there is also some justice for a little boy who was run over and killed by a hit and run driver. In May of 2009, 6 year old Jose Garcia Jr, was riding a bicycle from King Street on to Amara Avenue when he was knocked down from behind by Stephan Palacio. Palacio was driving a green Toyota Highlander which threw Garcia into the air. When he landed, he sustained massive injuries to his neck and the back of his head. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the KHMH. Palacio did not stop to render aid and did not report the accident. A month later, he was arrested and we found out why: he had no driver's license, no vehicle license, and no insurance.
No Signs of Missing Mother After ID’s Found
And in another news story involving children, tonight concern is mounting for 36 year old mother of two Felina James. She left her sons with a friend on Thursday - saying she'd be back the next day, but, now, 6 days later she still hasn't re-appeared - and her vehicle, a Kia Sorrento - has also not been seen. And today in Belmopan, police got a clue which leaves them with more questions than answers. This morning, city council workers who were cutting the grass near the Lands Department came across a stack of ID cards, credit and bank cards belonging to James.
Kevin Thomas Dies From Gunshot, “Biggs” Was A Big Deal In His Community
Kevin "Biggs" Thomas was shot in the head on Monday night - and he clung to life until about noon today when he died from that head injury. The 36 year old was shot close to home on Monday night - as he was buying at a neighborhood store near the the Yabra Bridge. The youth who shot him didn't get far tho. A special constable in the area shot him in the leg with his licensed firearm. The youth was making a dash for his getaway car at the time. He dropped his gun when he got shot.
Gunman Ran Leaving LiFan and Weapon Behind
Last night in Orange Walk a man on a motorbike fled from police. Eventually he ended up ditching the bike and police found out why he was in such a rush: the man left behind a 38 Revolver with five live rounds. Police say that at around 8:15, they were on patrol when they tied to stop a man on motorbike on the San Estevan roundabout. But he sped off to Orange Walk Town and the officers set chase. He fell off the bike at the hospital roundabout and ran off on foot towards Trial Farm. Police have a known suspect.
Matthew Moore is Free After Years On Remand
In June of this year, we told you about 29 year-old Matthew Moore. He's one of several defendants accused of murder who got bail in the last few months because he had been on remand for many, many years waiting for the DPP's office. Well, he got more good news today when his case was called up before Justice Colin Williams. The judge explained to him that he was a free man because the DPP's Office has decided to discontinue prosecution against him. Crown Counsel Kileru Awich, who represented the DPP's Office, told the court that they were entering a nolle pros and discontinuing the case against Moore due to lack of evidence.
PUP Panics About Chet Free Zone
In the news last week, we told you about the announcement from Mexico's President Elect, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, that Chetumal would be getting its own free zone. In this and other border zones, value added taxes will be reduced from 16% to 8%. This could be a death knell for Belize's Commercial Free Zone in Corozal, and today, the PUP sent out a release lamenting the same concern. Pressing the panic button, the PUP statement says, quote, "The People's United Party views this announcement as a national crisis that requires immediate and strategic attention and is shocked by the fact that since the announcement, Government has been silent on this matter.
Free Flu Vaccine, Get It!
If you feel a little itch in your throat, have a runny nose or a slight headache - you may be coming down with the flu but if you want to avoid getting sick this flu season, you should get the vaccine. That's what health officials advised in a release sent today. It states " the seasonal flu vaccine is now available free at all public health centers countrywide. The vaccine helps to prevent the flu or the severity of the illness. The Ministry encourages specific at-risk groups to get the flu vaccine. These include children 6-23 months, pregnant women, adults 65 years and older, health care providers, and persons suffering from chronic illnesses.
A Soldier Turned Panty Pyromaniac?
His day job is a soldier, but he's accused of being what you might call a "panty pyromaniac"! He is 36-year-old Yusuf Bilal Jr., a BDF from Belize City was charged with arson. His 57 year old common-law wife, Helen Gentle says that yesterday, he set fire to 4 dozen of her Victoria Secret underwear after accusing her of being unfaithful.
Empire In the Skies
Just as we thought air travel couldn't get any freer, Belize and the US signed what is called a bilateral Air Transport Agreement. It is the first of its kind agreement between the two countries. The U.S. Chargé d Affaires, Keith Gilges and Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Manuel Heredia signed the Agreement. In his remarks, Chargé Gilges highlighted that the Agreement "not only expands opportunities for air travel and commerce between our countries, it reinforces our economic cooperation and strengthens our bilateral ties."
Kevin Thomas Succumbs to Gunshot Injuries, Shadron Gillett to be Charged with His Murder
Shooting victim, Kevin Thomas, clung to life for less than two days. But tonight the raffle man, as he is known, is dead. Thomas was shot multiple times on Monday [...]
STEP-FATHER RAPES FIVE-YEAR-OLD GIRL
There is an alarming report coming out of San Pedro Town, today. A five-year-old girl was allegedly raped at the hands of her step-father who is in custody and has [...]
21 Day Strike Notice Still In Effect for Stevedores
A notice of intended industrial action to come into effect on Friday remains intact, despite a lengthy meeting between the Christian Workers Union and the Port of Belize Limited. The [...]
Tux Says Despite Progress, Port of Belize has Backup Plans in Place
Chief Executive Officer Arturo ‘Tux’ Vasquez has been at the helm of the company since the Port of Belize went into receivership in 2012. Despite the hostilities between P.B.L. and [...]
Stevedores to Receive Four Years Back Pay
Progress was reached by both parties in the matter of outstanding salary increases which have been due to stevedores since 2015. According to Hyde, the agreement is important since it [...]
Japhet Bennett’s Murder Conviction Squashed
The Caribbean Court of Justice handed down two significant rulings today. As a result of the first, twenty-four-year-old Japhet Bennett is a free man tonight after spending close to a [...]
CCJ Rules Against Titan International Securities
The Caribbean Court of Justice today also delivered a judgment partly against Titan International Securities which launched a lawsuit against the Government of Belize after its offices on Coney Drive [...]
Erlin Archiaga Found Not Guilty of Murder
In the local courts, Honduran National, Elrin Archiaga has been found not guilty of murder by Belmopan’s Supreme Court Justice Antoinette Moore. Archiaga, who stood trial for the murder of [...]
Corozal Free Zone to be Affected by Mexico’s Free Zone Program
Last week, Mexico’s President-Elect, Lopez Obrador announced plans to transform Chetumal into a free zone where VAT, the value-added tax, will decrease from sixteen percent to eighteen percent on goods [...]
GOB to Make Corozal Free Zone More Viable
According to President-Elect, Lopez Obrador, the free zone initiative is set to launch in January 2019; that is in two and a half months. The Mexican government will first focus [...]
Cabinet Minister Says Economic Progress Made, But Not Enough
In other economic news, the International Monetary released its preliminary report on its findings on Belize’s economy last month. The IMF noted that the economy is strengthening but the I.M.F. [...]
Opposition Leader Says Debt, Unemployment and Business Climate need to be addressed
The I.M.F. report also sighted areas of weaknesses and recommended drastic measures such as an increase in the G.S.T. and a reduction in the number of government employees. P.U.P. Leader [...]
BNTU and MOE Meet Over Hardship Allowance and Time Off
On Friday the B.N.T.U. fired off a heavily worded statement to the Ministry of Education saying that the ‘continued and blatant disrespect’ against teachers will not be tolerated. The latest [...]
Fatal Shootings on the Rise In Orange Walk Town
Over the past months, fear has been building among Orange Walk Town residents as gun violence in that municipality is in an upward trend. Five persons have been fatally shot [...]
Credit Union Quiz Competition Takes Place in Dangriga
Saint John’s Credit Union held its annual Father Marion Ganey Quiz Competition in Dangriga on Friday. It’s a competition to raise awareness of financial literacy and the credit union movement [...]
Albert Area Rep. to Hold ICJ Educational Forum
As April tenth draws nearer, the discussion on whether to take Guatemala’s claim on Belize to the I.C.J. is intensifying. While the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been tasked to [...]
Temporary moratorium on all off-shore dredging near Placencia?
Conservationists are calling for a temporary moratorium on all off-shore dredging permits near Placencia in the south. They say that the cease and desist will help scientists to conduct important [...]
Ministry of Health Issuing Free Flu Vaccines at Health Centres Across the Country
The annual flu season is upon us once again and the Ministry of Health has issued a reminder that vaccines are presently available free of cost at health centres across [...]
38 Cops learn how to conduct GREAT programme
Since Monday, thirty-eight law enforcement officers, including fifteen cops from outside of the country, started an intense two-week course in Gang Resistance Education Training. GREAT is a widely implemented gang [...]
ICJ education training
Many voters in Belize are still undecided on how they will vote on April 10, 2019 in the ICJ Referendum. Several high ranking officials and politicians including the Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno have gone public to say they will be voting in favor of taking Guatemala’s claim on Belize to the International Court …
Police looking for suspect for Orange Walk Murder
21-year-old Jose Medina’s life was cut short when he was shot and killed last week Thursday while walking on the street next to his girlfriend. Though there were people in the area, the police department is having a hard time finding any Orange Walk resident who can assist them in their investigation. The police say not …
San Ignacio Fire Station the subject of much controversy
In a previous newscast we told you of the deplorable conditions that the San Ignacio Fire Station is in and that the Area Representative for Cayo Northeast had gone to social media demanding that the Government of Belize address the situation in an urgent manner. Minister responsible for the National Fire Service, Edmond Castro had …
Progress Made but Stevedores still Prepare for Strike
150 stevedores could walk away from their jobs working on ships in a few days if the Christian Workers Union and the Port of Belize Limited are unable to settle their differences. It’s been six years of negotiation for a Collective Agreement to cover Stevedores and several union presidents later, the matter of working hours …
Victim unable to identify shooter
On Thursday last week, two brothers were shot on Ambergris Caye. , 21-year-old Julian Trapp was killed at La Choza Bar in San Pedro Town but his brother survived. Assistant Superintendent of Police, Alejandro Cowo says that the surviving brother has been unable to identify the person who shot them. ASP Alejandro Cowo: “Police are …
NGOS join together because dredging could affect National Park
The World Wildlife Fund’s Country Representative, Nadia Bood told Love FM that the area being dredged is not far from Laughing Bird Caye National Park and that it is one of the marine protected areas that make up the Belize Barrier Reef System World Heritage Site. Having such dredging activities near a World Heritage Site …
Belize and El Salvador police officers participating in GREAT
Police officers from Belize and El Salvador are currently participating in a Gang Resistance Education and Training, Great program training. The program will equip officers with the necessary skills to effectively reach youths in order to dissuade them from joining gangs instead it will offer positive alternatives for them to engage in their community. Corporal …
NGO calls for moratorium on dredging off Placencia Coast
Fragments of Hope is a Placencia based organization that does reef restoration and mangrove replanting. In April Fragments of Hope reported a dredging that was affecting coral patch reef to the government as well as an additional development in the Placencia Lagoon because the silt was affecting the corals as well as fishing grounds, but …
CCJ dismisses Titan’s case
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) today dismissed a claim by Titan International Securities Inc (Titan) for four million four hundred and sixty thousand US dollars in damages. The claim for damages came following a search and seizure operation conducted at its offices in September 2014. The owners of Titan International Securities, Bahamians Rohn Knowles …
CCJ overturns conviction of Japhet Bennett
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) overturned the conviction of Japhet Bennett, who was convicted in February 2013 for the murder of 37-year-old Ellis “Pepper Gacho” Meighan Sr., in September 2009. The court based its ruling solely on an unsupported statement of the witness, Marlon Middleton, Meighan’s brother-in-law, who had denied parts of his statement …
ANOTHER MISSING PERSON, A STRANGE DISAPPEARANCE
Felina Margaret James, 37, has been missing since October 11th. That’s when she dropped off her two sons at a babysitter in Belize City and stated that she would be back the following day. According to reports, she was heading to Sarteneja, and that is where the Police have concentrated the search for the woman and her vehicle.
Teakettle resident is charged with rape of German woman
Teakettle resident Sharn Evan Vanegas, 31, was charged on Tuesday for the rape of a German national on Friday night. The woman told Police that after she caught a ride home on a motorcycle with a man she didn’t know, she was taken to a construction site in Teakettle where she was raped by another man.
APPARENT DROWNING, OF AMERICAN NATIONAL IN CONSEJO
Police do not suspect foul play in the death of American national Claire Elizabeth Rigdon, 49. Rigdon and her husband were allegedly socializing by the pool at their Consejo home when he fell asleep. He says he woke up to find her floating naked in the pool, dead.
PUP concerned about Mexico’s proposed freezones at border states
The Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) today issued a press release in response to Mexico’s […]
Stepfather who raped 5-year-old female child in police custody
There are disturbing reports reaching our newsroom of a five-year-old female child that was raped […]
Gas goes down by 2 cents per gallon
Today, the Belize Bureau of Standards informed the public of a decrease in the price of […]
Protests erupt in Haiti over misuse of Petrocaribe Funds
Since yesterday, tens of thousands of Haitians are out on the streets protesting the alleged misuse […]
Ministry of Health reminds public to get the flu vaccine
The Ministry of Health reminds the public that it is the flu season and that […]
International Archaeology Day to be held at Corozal House of Culture
The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) in partnership with the Corozal House of Culture, […]
Aquatica foundation to be launched before historic expedition to Blue Hole
The Aquatica Submarines historic expedition to the Belize Blue Hole draws near and the President and CEO […]
Trump warns Guatemala, Honduras, and Salvador about migrant caravan
Today, United States (US) President, Donald Trump warned leaders of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador […]
Man charged for stealing door from Acting Compol Edward Broaster
In court yesterday, Lloyd Lewis, 29, confessed to stealing an electric panel door from Acting […]
Sustainable & Child-Friendly Municipality Initiative retreat held in Hopkins
The Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development in collaboration with the United Nations […]
Shooting victim passes away
Shooting victim, Kevin Thomas, 36, passed away this morning while receiving medical attention at the […]
Teakettle villager charged for rape of German woman, 44
Teakettle villager, Sharn Evan Vanegas, 31, has been charged with the crime of rape. His charges […]
PUP endorses Andre Perez for Belize Rural South
On Saturday, October 13, party supporters of the People’s United Party (PUP) Belize Rural South constituency […]
Guatemalan police busted with loaded Uzi remanded to prison
Two Guatemalan policemen have been remanded to the Hattieville prison until December 11, 2018. They […]
Five year old baby girl raped by step father
A five year old baby girl was reportedly raped last night by none other than her […]
United States and Belize sign Open Skies Air Transport agreement
Today, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, Keith Gilges and Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Manuel Heredia, signed […]
A.T.M. Cave in Belize: descend into the Mayan human slaughterhouse
Nine people are trapped in a cave. They are hungry, soaking wet, scared and would offer an arm to be able to go to the toilet comfortably. Sounds familiar? No, dear reader, I’m not talking about the Thai football team that got stuck in a cave. Instead, this is a summary of our excursion to Actun Tunichil Muknal, a descent into the deep innards of a cave which the ancient Maya used for their blood sacrifices. Are you shivering yet?
CCJ rejects four-million-dollar claim against Belize government
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Wednesday dismissed a claim by Titan International Securities Inc. (Titan) for US$4.46 million in losses as a result of a search and seizure operation conducted at its offices in September 2014. The court did, however, order the government of Belize (GOB) to pay Titan vindicatory damages of BZ$100,000 for the way in which the operation was conducted. In September 2014, an indictment was unsealed in the US charging Titan, the president of Titan, Kelvin Leach, and 11 others with securities fraud, evasion of taxes, money laundering and conspiracy to commit those offences. The US Department of Justice requested the assistance of the GOB to have Titan’s offices searched as quickly as possible to prevent the destruction of evidence.
IPCC Releases 1.5 Report with Dire Warning for the Caribbean
he highly anticipated 1.5 degrees’ report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been released, and the news is dire. But while scientists ‘sound the alarm about complacency’, they’ve given hope that it is still possible to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees. The report clearly outlines the risks of exceeding 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels; this is the upper limit of warming that small islands states have advocated for many years “This report is a wake-up call for governments and the world, that we no longer have time for playing-around. It is time for hard-work to avert climate change and the small islands states need significant financial help to make it happen,” said Science Advisor and deputy executive director at the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) Dr Ulric Trotz.
The 8 coolest tree house hotels in Central America
Whether you spent your youthful years in a tree house or pining over one, hotels around the world are here to turn your nostalgic childhood reveries into adult realities. So, take your next vacation to new heights – literally – and spend the night among the birds (and monkeys and sloths) at one of these eight tree house hotels in Central America. Located in a lush jungle in the Cayo District of Belize, The Lodge at Chaa Creek is secluded but still manages to avoid skimping on modern creature comforts.