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Satellite Image of the Great Blue Hole in Belize – “The World’s Deepest Sea Hole”

Satellite Image of the Great Blue Hole in Belize – “The World’s Deepest Sea Hole” | Belize adventure | Scoop.it
ASTER Satellite Image of the Great Blue Hole, Belize The Great Blue Hole at Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize is a circular 305 m across and 123 m deep hole in the carbonate reef. It is a Belize Nation...
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バックパッカー世代が築く「回し車のハムスターにならない人生」

バックパッカー世代が築く「回し車のハムスターにならない人生」 | Belize adventure | Scoop.it
現代の経済では、一昔前の世代が当たり前に享受していたインセンティブが労働者に与えられなくなった。自分の全てを捧げても、着実に昇進を重ねられる安定した企業に入れる保証はない。こうした状況の中、普通のキャリアを捨て、数年(必要であれば数十年)を
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世界最大の水中洞窟でマヤ文明の遺跡や化石を発見 メキシコ (AFP=時事)

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世界最大の水中洞窟でマヤ文明の遺跡や化石を発見 メキシコ
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メキシコ南東部キンタナロー州の水中洞窟で見つかった更新世に生息していたとみられるクマの骨。メキシコ国立人類学歴史学研究所提供(2018年2月19日公開)。【翻訳編集】 AFPBB News
【AFP=時事】メキシコで最近発見された世界最大の水中洞窟を調査している考古学者らは19日、洞窟内で巨大なナマケモノの化石や精巧に建造されたマヤ文明の神殿などが見つかったことを明らかにした。

【関連写真】水中洞窟で見つかったマヤ神話の神を表現しているとみられる仮面

 研究者らは先月、メキシコのユカタン半島(Yucatan Peninsula)にあるサクアクトゥン(Sac Actun)とドスオホス(Dos Ojos)という2つの洞窟が実はつながっており、同種のものとしては世界最大規模であることを突き止めた。

 メキシコ国立人類学歴史学研究所(INAH)が後援するプロジェクトの一環で、研究班はスキューバダイビングの機材を背負い、洞窟内に何千年も眠っていた古代遺跡を探検した。

 考古学者らが記者会見で明らかにしたところによると、ゾウに似た絶滅動物であるゴンフォテリウムや大型のナマケモノ、クマの骨のほか、焼かれた人骨や陶器、壁に刻まれた文様など、洞窟内に残された人工物も見つかったという。

 また、遺跡の中にはマヤ神話の戦争や商業の神を祭った神殿もあり、神殿にはジャングル内の陥没穴に通じる階段も設置されていたという。


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The Jamaica Observer - Belize gives nod to amend legislation regarding marijuana use

The Jamaica Observer - Belize gives nod to amend legislation regarding marijuana use | Belize adventure | Scoop.it

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BELMOPAN, Belize (CMC) — The Belize Parliament has given the green light to the amendment of the Misuse of Drugs Act with bipartisan support.

The Dean Barrow government had in August piloted the amendment to the legislation that also provides for monetary and non-recordable penalties for possession on school premises and in specified circumstances make smoking on private premises no longer an offence.

The Bill had been referred to the Health and Human Development Committee of the House and Prime Minister Barrow said then it was just the beginning.

“I am excited; clearly it is only a first step and a small step, and I know there will be the naysayers; I suspect we are going to hear from the churches. But I feel as both a matter of conviction that it is something good to do, but also that the society as a whole will support it,” he said.

When the matter came up for debate on Friday, Opposition Leader John Briceño said his difficulty with the current legislation is that it stops at decriminalisation.

“I feel it would have been better if we had done all the studies and made the preparations to go even further, and move toward the legalization of marijuana. While I respect the opinion of those who are against this, I believe that there are numerous benefits to legalizing the use of marijuana in small quantities.

“In addition to the popular argument which some members of the House have made and people like Jeremy Spooner have been pushing on numerous Facebook fan pages and other compelling arguments to change the way we think about marijuana.

marijuuu“For example, studies have proven that adults who smoke weed lose weight, they can keep in better shape, they have a smaller waist size; they are better [with] insulin levels! (Laughs) I won't say names but they will be…slim, trim and fit,” Briceno told legislators.

Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Erlington told the debate that the euphoria induced by marijuana is false, but that the bill does offer true relief.

“Its main effect really is to induce a false and unrealistic sense of contentment in other words people who smoke it seem to feel contented and people who are contented don't normally give trouble,” he said, adding “ this has been a piece of legislation that has been really oppressive really to the poor”.

Erlington said that poor people used to be hiding these little bit of marijuana in the clothes of their children.

“The record seem to suggest that the consumption of marijuana and the addiction to it really is a medical problem and in this day and age we know that many of these people have these allergies and you don't punish them more, you try to furnish the with provision for overcoming it.,” he added.

Minister of State, Elodio Aragon Junior, said amendment will be significant for the hem industry as this Misuse of Drugs Act bill will exclude industrial hem from the definition of cannabis in the misuse of drugs act.

“So that the provisions that apply to marijuana will no longer apply to industrial hem. Industrial hem will be defined as any part of the plant of the genius cannabis sativa with a THC concentration of such amount as may be prescribes and as we all know the hem industry is a vibrant industry that has great potential for Belize.

“I will also like madam speaker to highlight and state what this amendment will assist to do for Belize. One it will reduce the criminalisation of our young people especially the youths who smoke marijuana. It will also assist in the reduction of persons at our prisons ad it will also assist the entire criminal justice system ranging from the police to prisons.

“And it would in effect create a cost saving in regards to arresting, sentencing and imprisonment which we all know comes with our budgetary resources that have to be allocated to ensure that these things are carried out.,” he added.

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5 Terrific Reasons to Visit Belize in September | Belize Travel Blog

Visit Belize in September if the idea of a non-stop party that spans all 30 days of the month is something you’ve always wanted to experience.
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Cruises Could Be Big Winners in Cuba - Bloomberg

Cruises Could Be Big Winners in Cuba - Bloomberg | Belize adventure | Scoop.it
The once-taboo island lacks tourist infrastructure. Ship operators hope to change that.
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The bottom line: Tourists have been discouraged by Cuba’s lack of first-class hotels and restaurants. Cruise lines say they’ll just ship in the solution.
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Belize Airports | List of Airports in the Country of Belize

Belize Airports | List of Airports in the Country of Belize | Belize adventure | Scoop.it
Here is a partial list of airports and airstrips in Belize along with their three digit airport codes:

Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) – Belize City
Barry Bowen (TZA) – Belize City
Placencia (PLJ) – Placencia Peninsula
John Greif II (SPR) – San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
Caye Caulker (CUK)
Dangriga (DGA)
Orange Walk (ORZ)
Caye Chapel (CYC)
Town Airstrip (INB) – San Ignacio/Santa Elena
Note: Some domestic connections from Belize City depart from Philip Goldson while others use Barry Bowen (still widely known as the Belize City Municipal Airport).

A number of major airlines offer non-stop services to the Philip Goldson Airport in Belize City:

American Airlines – Charlotte, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami
Avianca – San Salvador (El Salvador)
Copa Airlines – Panama City (Panama)
Delta – Atlanta, Los Angeles
Maya Island Air – Guatemala City (Guatemala), San Pedro Sula (Honduras)
Southwest – Denver, Houston, Ft. Lauderdale
TAG – Flores, Guatemala City
Tropic Air – Roatan (Honduras), Cancun (Mexico), Flores (Guatemala), Merida (Mexico)
United Airlines – Chicago, Houston, Newark
WestJet – Toronto
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Meet the Belize Experts at BETEX and Network with Belize's Best! | Belize Travel Blog

Meet the Belize Experts at BETEX and Network with Belize's Best! | Belize Travel Blog | Belize adventure | Scoop.it
BETEX, the biannual Belize Tourism Expo, is scheduled to take place between May 3-5, 2017 in Belize City.
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4 Private-Island Resort Myths Busted

4 Private-Island Resort Myths Busted | Belize adventure | Scoop.it
Good news: to visit a private island resort, you don't have to be rich and you don't have to fly across the world. Here are the best private island resorts.
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Choose Belize for your next scuba diving and snorkeling vacation | Belize Travel Blog

Choose Belize for your next scuba diving and snorkeling vacation | Belize Travel Blog | Belize adventure | Scoop.it
One of the most popular activities in Belize is scuba diving and snorkeling the amazing barrier reef.
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The hidden beauty of Garifuna Belize

The hidden beauty of Garifuna Belize | Belize adventure | Scoop.it
Moonlight drum gatherings, traditional cassava bread demonstrations, parties on Settlement Day. Garifuna culture adds life to a Belize vacation.

 


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Belize selected as top adventure tour destination for 2017 - Belize Breaking News

Belize selected as top adventure tour destination for 2017 - Belize Breaking News | Belize adventure | Scoop.it
Posted: Thursday, September 22, 2016. 9:49 a.m. CST.



By BBN Staff: Belize has been selected as a top adventure tour destination to visit in 2017 by Stride Travel, one of the largest search and reviews site for tours and adventure experiences on the Internet.

According to the Stride Travel press release, “Belize has been a ‘go to’ destination for years among American retirees looking to settle down in a friendly and warm country close to home [U.S.A.] and you don’t need to wait for retirement to take advantage of Belize’s world-class snorkeling and scuba diving.”

“A guided tour will ensure you gain access to the top snorkeling and diving spots like the Lighthouse Reef atoll, home to the famous Blue Hole. A tour guide will also provide local insights and historical context when visiting places like the Mayan ruins at Xunantunich and Caracol,” the Stride Travel release adds.

The other adventure tour destinations to visit in 2017 as recommended by Stride Travel are: Cuba, Greece, Peru, Romania, Iceland and Thailand.

Stride enables travelers of all stripes to explore the world with confidence and is also the first reviews marketplace for all experiential pre-planned travel, including multi-day guided tours, adventure travel packages, and small ship & river cruises.

Based in San Francisco, California, Stride’s mission is to make authentic world travel more accessible.

© 2016, www.breakingbelizenews.com. This article is the copyrighted property of Breaking Belize News. Written permission must be obtained before reprint in online or print media. REPRINTING CONTENT WITHOUT PERMISSION AND/OR PAYMENT IS THEFT AND PUNISHABLE BY LAW.
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Belize Chocolate Company | Every bean, every bar born in Belize

Belize Chocolate Company | Every bean, every bar born in Belize | Belize adventure | Scoop.it
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A New Life with a Portable Income in Peru - International Living Countries

A New Life with a Portable Income in Peru - International Living Countries | Belize adventure | Scoop.it
You can choose your dream location first and be certain of finding an extra source of income, even while soaking up the rays on a white, sandy beach in the tropics. Teaching English as a second language (ESL) is big business and they want you.
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Travel | 実は観光王国です!― メキシコでしたい、3つのこと

Travel | 実は観光王国です!― メキシコでしたい、3つのこと | Belize adventure | Scoop.it
実は観光王国です!― メキシコでしたい、3つのこと
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Belizean Anthropologist Speaks | Huffington Post

Belizean Anthropologist Speaks | Huffington Post | Belize adventure | Scoop.it

Belizean Anthropologist Speaks By Larry Waight

Joe Awe is a Belizean activist, entrepreneur, anthropologist, mayanist, tourism lecturer at a local junior college, and also one of Belize’s top tour guides.

I met with him over coffee last week to talk about the future of Belize and I insisted that he needed to share his knowledge and ideas on Belize to the world.

The conversation led to the birth of this interview where he shares some interesting facts and ideas on Belize’s history, culture, ecotourism, economy and sustainable development.

Please tell me about yourself and where you were born? How has Belize changed since your youth?
I was born in San Ignacio, the first of three children. Belize inevitably has changed very much since I was a child. There are more opportunities; more educational options; more infrastructural development; a robust tourism industry; the development of oil extraction, and there is also a tremendous effort in guiding the country to be more compatible with the fast-changing times to keep us competitive and relevant in the region.

Why did you choose to study Cultural Anthropology?

My initial thought as a kid was to become an archaeologist. One must understand that we were a colonial state until 1981 and that effect, while it persists today, back when I was dreaming it, was not a dream a young man could have. It would keep me in poverty was the thought. I went to the university and I studied business administration.

It wasn’t until 2005 that I decided to follow my dreams and I enrolled with the University of Indianapolis and Galen University in Belize and started to pursue my dream of archaeology. It lasted one semester as I found my true love of cultural and social anthropology. I realized I wanted all the knowledge of the past but I wanted to understand the people of the present. It would help me in a tourism career and it would touch my life as I moved forward.

My passion is spirituality, culture change, poverty, inequality and justice. I have always been in search of a more holistic existence and anthropology has been the candle light toward this path. I am a very lucky man!

How did you become involved in Belize’s economic and social development?
As per the anthropology investment I made, I realized my need to be a more active person in my small society, so I gave of myself. I joined a ROTARACT club, which is the arm of ROTARY International and we organized, planned and developed programs which would touch people’s lives.

Thereafter I have been a member of many other clubs for development such as Citizen’s for Charity, President of the student body of Galen University, President of the Cayo Tour Guide Association a number of times. I sit on as Vice President of the Cayo Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association and I am also a member of the Tour Guide Licensing Committee and Tour operators Licensing committee for the Belize Tourism Board.

In December 2012 I unfolded into the world of tourism a tour operator company called Nine Belize Ecocultural Tours, which will celebrate one year of existence on December 1st and the intention is to grow it holistically and follow the ethos of ecotourism and certainly the mantra of touching lives and changing the world.

Why is ecotourism an important vehicle to eradicate poverty and how can it provide more economic opportunities for Belizeans?

Ecotourism is by its nature an inclusive philosophy. It truly wants to find a balance in caring for what there is in the environment and making certain that the people who are at the center of the tourism industry gain from caring for their environment. So we can argue that its importance is necessary for both the environment and the survival of the population it affects directly.

Done well, the inclusivity of the human resource in the understanding why their stewardship is important pertaining to the environment and also gaining economic opportunities from the training that would be involved from such stewardship, makes ecotourism of vital importance in a country with limited opportunities in as far as its size and in as far as the amount of people who are trained in more diverse areas which could feed a larger, more robust economy, such as computer chips, and application design, and an wider-reaching off shore banking opportunity, to mention two.

What fascinates you about Belizean history?
Belizean history is fascinating for many reasons. To name a couple, its about us today. That which has occurred in our social, economic, environmental, and philosophical past is the result, which we live with today. Meandering through our history one can find instances, proof, and even direct lines to phenomena that are occurring today.

On another note, history tells of players, heroes and villains. When history is uncovered in a story-form rather than deeply academic, people can best understand it and actually place themselves within the context and we can then feel the joy, the agony, the anger, the love, the powerful and weakest moments of the people before us.

What are the significant archaeological sites of the Maya?

For historical purposes of humanity, any site is amazing.
For touristic purposes, the sites in Belize to visit would be Lamanai in the North, Altun Ha in the Northern Belize District, Cahal Pech, Xunantunich, El Pilar, and Caracol in the Western part of Belize and in the Southern District of Toledo Lubaantun and Nim Li Punit.

What do you see as Belize’s greatest strength in the Caribbean and Central American region?
As a nation, we need to do more work pertaining to this question. Allow me to go beyond what instinctively comes to the minds of Belizeans that which we suggest that we are the link between the Caribbean and Central America. This is not practical and perhaps not even true. It’s great marketing, but nothing else. We need to realize our identity both geographically and philosophically. Our true strength will come when we organize ourselves to targeting both Central America and the Caribbean as opportunities for growth, not only philosophically but also economically.

First we must start learning our own history and then the history of the countries around us. We must find where we can negotiate more trade and educational opportunities that will help in the development of Belize. Our strength lies in knowledge that we don’t need to take sides. We are lucky that we can immerse ourselves in all the cultures around us and take advantage of the most opportunities that exists for us. Essentially, our greatest strength lies in our people. We now have to lead ourselves.

What are five crucial things every Belizean should know about Belize?
1. Our history.
2. Who are the major players in commerce, politics, and the philosophy which molds Belize today
3. How much resources our small country has and how to manage it not only with equality at heart but, with justice.
4. That we are unique. Every country around us speaks Spanish. We do too. But our first language, the language spoken and written at school, in banking, in politics is English. We are courageous. We are against many odds and we don’t have to fight anymore. We just need to organize, plan and use our abilities to be both Central American and Caribbean and win.
5. That we are in our country’s present together and it’s the only way we will build a future for our children here and yet not here. We must start to care more now.

What are the top three books on Belizean history every Belizean should read?
1. A History of Belize, by Narda Dobson
2. Thirteen Chapters of a History of Belize, By Assad Shoman
3. The Making of Modern Belize: Politics, Society and British Colonialism in Central America

As the CEO and founder of Nine Belize, how is your company contributing to Belize’s sustainable development?
Nine’s philosophy is people. People are at the center at what we do. There is no protection of the environment or historical or cultural sites if we don’t care for people’s lives. Our contribution to sustainable development, unlike many companies who make an effort in environmentalism first, is we are making an effort in people first then they will take care of everything that needs the stewardship of the masses. Its deeply ecotourism but its powerfully holistic. We see Nine Belize Ecocultural Tours as a moral obligation to the world, which is by far more important that the basic, important sustainable development concept.

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Tulúm, Mexico: White Sand Beaches on Mexico's Caribbean Coastline

Tulúm, Mexico: White Sand Beaches on Mexico's Caribbean Coastline | Belize adventure | Scoop.it
Tulúm is a charming and growing resort town on the southern end of Mexico’s famed Riviera Maya. With a palpable Bohemian vibe and a plentifu
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The Insider's Guide To Diving In India

The Insider's Guide To Diving In India | Belize adventure | Scoop.it
All life on Earth evolved from the ocean. Neil Shubin, author of Your Inner Fish, discovered Tiktaalik, whose existence is pivotal in the story of life on Earth
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The Life of the Belizean Fisherman

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The Life of the Belizean Fisherman. Follow Six Belizean Fisherfolk from different parts of the country as they seek out their livelihood.
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Belize Qualified Retirement Program – 10 Things you need to know

Belize Qualified Retirement Program – 10 Things you need to know | Belize adventure | Scoop.it
Expect to find both safety and peace in Belize thanks to a stable government and stable currency that few countries in the Western Hemisphere can replicate.
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10 Of the Most Majestic Caves in Belize

10 Of the Most Majestic Caves in Belize | Belize adventure | Scoop.it
Top Caves in Belize. Explore any (or all) of the below 10 caves to learn about the enigmatic and ancient Maya civilization in Belize.
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綺麗な海が広がるビーチリゾート地!台湾・墾丁(ケンティン)の魅力と観光情報まとめ

綺麗な海が広がるビーチリゾート地!台湾・墾丁(ケンティン)の魅力と観光情報まとめ | Belize adventure | Scoop.it
台湾の最南端に位置する墾丁。台湾で最大級のビーチリゾート地です。とてもきれいな海を前にすれば、ゴージャスなリゾート気分を楽しむことができます。今回はそんな台湾・墾丁(ケンティン)の魅力や観光情報についてご紹介します。
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【YouTube - 水中考古学 シャーマニズム】Belize Archaeological diving feature

A feature about the archaeological work being done at Cara Blanca pools in Belize.


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Belize: A Production, Tourism, Financial and Trading Mecca 2017-2022

Belize: A Production, Tourism, Financial and Trading Mecca 2017-2022 | Belize adventure | Scoop.it
As Belize crawls into 2017, it faces daunting financial and economic challenges….BUT there are no challenges without opportunity.
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