February 7, 2014 |
MOUNTAIN PINE RIDGE FOREST RESERVE, Belize - As Hummingbird Highway carves away from Belize's resort-laden sands, pavement dissolves into rutted dirt tracks and the dense jungle canopy starts to press in from all sides. The tallest buildings pushing through the foliage are Maya ruins, and howler monkeys and macaws lurk in the ceiba trees. Late at night, distant thunderstorms ring the horizon, broad sheets of lightning illuminating the mountains. Before I brought my family to Belize for 10 days last summer, I packed a copy of "Heart of Darkness," knowing that although traveling through Central America wouldn't precisely parallel a trip up the Congo River, Joseph Conrad's novel would remind me that the book was the indirect inspiration for our itinerary.
August 14, 2013 |
Do you find chocolate appearing in your dreams? Do you lay out a box of chocolates by the bed to accompany a good book? Do you carry chocolate in your purse at all times? Then this may be the fantasy trip for you. San Francisco's Dandelion Chocolate is leading an eight-day chocolate adventure to Belize in early November. Chocolate 301, which follows Chocolate 101 (Introduction to Chocolate Industry Lecture & Taste Lab) and Chocolate 201 (Small Batch Chocolate Making Lab)
July 11, 2013 |
The Belize national soccer team probably won't win a game in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. But simply by qualifying the underdog Jaguars have become one of the fan favorites in the 12-country tournament, the country's first international soccer competition. And now comes another reason to root for Belize: The team, so strapped for money it had to organize fundraisers just to make to the event, turned down a man who offered big money to players in an effort to get them to manipulate Tuesday's game with the U.S., which Belize lost, 6-1. According to players, the man befriended the team before a recent friendly in Guatemala, then met them again at a mall near the team's Gold Cup hotel in Portland, Ore. Backup goalkeeper Woodrow West told a Belize television station what happened next, according to a transcript posted on the 7newsbelize Web page: "That is what I explained to the man: I made him understand that we're not into taking money from him or anything like that, and we're here for our country regardless if we're in the USA, but we're not into that none at all," West said.
December 14, 2012 |
John McAfee says he won't return to Belize to answer questions about his neighbor's murder there, again professing his innocence. “I will not go back to Belize,” he told CNBC's Squawk Box Friday morning. “I had nothing to do with the murder of Gregory Faull.” McAfee said he would be happy to answer questions in a “neutral country.” During the bizarre, at times rambling, 12-minute interview, McAfee went on to say that he hasn't done drugs in 30 years, but if he did, “I have the resources to do good drugs” and not bath salts, which he said were for “people that don't have a lot of money.” He also reiterated claims that dozens of armed Belizean police had attacked his property in April, and that subsequent demands for bribes were what prompted him to go into hiding.
December 12, 2012 |
John McAfee has reportedly landed safely in Miami. The American Airlines plane carrying the anti-virus software pioneer touched down shortly before 7 p.m. EST, Miami International Airport spokesman Greg Chin told the Associated Press on Wednesday evening. Chin said that after clearing customs, McAfee would be escorted by federal authorities out of public view. “I was escorted off of the plaane [sic] by Customs and Immigration,” McAfee confirmed in a blog post titled “I am in South Beach.” The post was almost immediately removed, replaced with a request to "respect his privacy.
December 12, 2012 |
Software company founder John McAfee has been released from a Guatemalan detention center and is flying to the U.S., according to the Associated Press. The AP reports that Guatemalan officials escorted McAfee from the detention center to the Guatemala City airport. Earlier this afternoon, a spokesman for Guatemala's immigration office confirmed to Reuters that McAfee would be released. “Complying with migration law, Mr. John McAfee is to be deported to his country of origin," Fernando Lucero told Reuters.