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#434556 - 04/01/12 12:59 PM Today's Belize News: April 1, 2012
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Four teams prepare for the SP Belize Express Semi Finals
The second round of the SP Belize Express games commenced on Sunday, March 18th. Eight teams moved on to the second round: Joker Boys, Club Latino, Tuff E Nuff, Tropic Air, Blablazo, Arzenal, Juventus and Shalom. With these games played, four teams now move onto the semi finals; Joker Boys, Tuff E Nuff, BlaBlazo and Juventus. The championship game is scheduled for April 8th with a time to be announced in next week’s issue of The San Pedro Sun. The organizers of the tournament would like to take this opportunity to extend much thanks to Gabi Nuñez and the present San Pedro Town Council for the repairing of all the lights at the Ambergris Stadium as well as the lights at the Saca Chispas field.

Radios For NACNW Police Patrol
To show appreciation for the fine job they have been doing the members of the North Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch (NACNW) voted to find a way to purchase at least two radios for the police who patrol the area. A BBQ fund raiser will be held this Saturday, March 31, across from the old Beach-N-Kitchen (just before the Palapa Bar). Manny will be grilling the chicken and members of the NACNW board will provide beans, cole slaw, potato salad and chocolate cake. Beer and soft drinks will be ice cold and available for purchase. All throw-away eating containers will be eco-friendly which means bio-degradable. The event is multi-purposeful; 1) raise funds to buy much needed equipment for the police, 2) meet and get to know your neighbors, 3) pay annual membership dues and 4) nominate people for the 2012 board of directors. Food will be served starting at noon and at 2:00 there will be a very brief meeting. Immediately following the meeting the raffle will be held.

ACES Croc Chronicles: NGO Status, Anthony Pine, Annual Report
In March 2012, the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) received a $600US grant from The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and The Summerlee Foundation to obtain its official Non-Government Organization (NGO) status in Belize. Currently ACES is registered and operates as a non-profit organization in Belize and tax-deductible donations are received through ACES USA 501(c)(3) partner, the Belize Economic & Ecological Development Fund. “Obtaining our NGO status in Belize will definitely increase our funding opportunities and we are grateful for the continued support from both granting agencies,” stated Cherie Rose of ACES. In 2011, ACES earned a total of $28,889US in grants and revenue, of which $8,269 was spent on the American crocodile population and habitat viability survey in Ambergris Caye; $12,691 was utilized to secure natural habitats at the Ladyville facility for the rescue of 22 freshwater Morelet’s crocodiles from illegal and inhumane captivity; $6,759 was used to initiate a holding facility here on Ambergris Caye and to educate about crocodile conservation on the island; and finally, $4,120 was spent on crocodile rescues, which includes the expense of gas, bait and capture supplies. ACES responded to 61 crocodile calls; rehabilitated and re-released ten ill or injured crocodiles; relocated 27 nuisance crocodiles; captured nine problematic crocodiles, three of which were placed into captivity; and rescued 22 freshwater crocodiles from inhumane captivity.

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PHOTOS: SHC Baldmiration Festivities
Sacred Heart College had their Baldmiration yesterday morning. Dr. Aird is sporting a new hairstyle, or lack thereof. In fact, many students and faculty had some pink in their hair. Check out the video to see the festivities. SHC's Balmiration was a fund raiser for the cancer society, in solidarity with Mrs. Kim Simplis-Barrow, and her current fight with cancer. Great job, SHC, and good luck to Mrs. Simplis-Barrow!

VIDEO: Luky's New Commercial
Luky's, in Benque, has just released a new commercial. Know anyone in there? Good job!

PHOTOS: Sacred Heart Junior College's Open Day
Many colleges visited Sacred Heart Junior College for their Open Day. Each department was there to show off their stuff. The Tourism department even had some tree repelling. The Food and Beverage students had some really creative fruit designs too.

LOVE TV

Minister Alamilla meets with environmental stakeholders
An introductory meeting between the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, Lisa Alamilla and the Conservation Community was held at this morning at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel. Chairman of the Association of Protected Areas Management Organization APAMO, Edilberto Romero, spoke with Love News about what went on in the meeting. The meeting also included [...]

Pre-teen girl goes to USA for lofe-saving medical treatment
Catarina Ishim, the eleven year old girl from San Pablo Village, Stann Creek, today traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee, where she will undergo a life-saving surgery to remove a facial tumor that has over the past weeks begun to inhibit her breathing. Ishim, who developed the tumor in 2010, has undergone two surgeries locally to remove [...]

CJ denies Schakron application to file election petition
Yolanda Schakron, the woman who replaced Cordel Hyde for the PUP in the Lake Independence area, has lost her chance to present a Petition before the Supreme Court. In his ruling before midday today, Chief Justice, Kenneth Benjamin, denied Schakron permission to bring forth her Petition. Schakron’s intention was to, through her attorneys, Senior Counsels [...]

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The beach at the Split
It is work in progress but we thought you might be interested to see that actual progression of the new beach at the Split before it is finally finished next week. As you can see from above, the Western side of the split will be increasing the beach size by creating a protective wall and filling it with sand. The wall is built up using pimento (wood) and will eventually look much more natural than many sea walls around the island! The sand is not obtained by the contentious dredger but brought in by boat loads from various locals dug from the back of the island. It has taken a painstaking week to get this far and therefore I would expect that completion would be next week … we will have photos!!

Our Sojourn in San Ignacio - Day 1: Getting There is Half the Fun
Yesterday we returned from a five-day trip to San Ignacio, which is a town in the Cayo District in the western part of Belize. We had never visited this part of the mainland before and were looking to do some hiking, birdwatching, and escape some of the traffic and general busy-ness of high season in San Pedro. San Ignacio does get tourists (especially eco-tourists, adventure-seekers, and backpackers), but it is not the big tourist destination that Ambergris Caye is, and we were craving some recharge time away from crowds. As usual, we planned to do this trip on a fairly tight budget, so we chose to take the ferry to Belize City, then a "chicken bus" to San Ignacio. This is not the most luxurious or fastest way to travel around the country, but it is very budget-friendly. So, on Monday morning, we caught a ride to town from Mr. Raymond here at Grand Caribe. We dropped Paisley off at Pampered Paws for boarding, where she was happy to see her friend Bess the Doberman in doggie day care. She trotted right off and never looked back -- she really seems to enjoy her stays at Pampered Paws as she gets to play all the time. She returns home completely exhausted!

Let's Move North to Tulum and Xpu-Ha: The World's Most Perfect Beaches
I really don't know what could make the beaches south of Playa Del Carmen down to Tulum more beautiful. The sand is pinkish white, perfect...it never gets hot. The water is aqua blue, softly sloping and incredibly clear. I mean, seriously. Look at our view from our campsite. But, as usual, we need to back this up. Sunday morning we packed up the truck and my little tent from Mahajual, Mexico to move northward. I been bragging about how great the beaches are in Tulum (honestly...I can't get enough of them) so we decided to drive up there. We headed out of Mahahual to the main road (Route 307 North) and about 2.5 hours later, we pulled into Tulum. Our trip so far has been one of campsite cooking and local taco stands...for about $50 pesos, you can get a huge, filling and delicious authentic meal. Do not be scared of street food! We had some shrimp and fish tacos at a small local restaurant (look for the one that seems to attract the local crowd) and they could not have been better. If you can find El Camello a few blocks south of Tulum town, I promise, you will be very very happy. I'm not sure what a camel has to do with seafood...ask them for me if you get a chance.

A day with you two: Sittee River
You will hear over and over from people who visit Belize, “The people are so nice! Everyone is so friendly!” Its true. On our first trip to Belize, we met a couple, Horace and Sharon Andrews, who live in Sittee River. Sittee River lies in the Stann Creek District, just north of Toledo. After a day of fishing and snorkeling on their charter boat called, “Mek Wi Fish”, Kriol for Let’s Fish, we struck up a friendship over the love of Belize, the marine life, and most importantly, the food. We met up with Horace and Sharon on this trip at their friend’s restaurant in Hopkins, Belize called the Barracuda Bar. The bar, owned by the Andrew’s friends, Angela and Tony Marsico, is a showcase for Tony’s self-described “Mediteribbean” foods. Angela’s sweet desserts round out the menu and it is a perfect beachfront locale to meet up with friends. “Its so funny how sometimes, when you are on vacation, you meet people you might not otherwise talk to. You get to be open and free and be yourself.” Sharon said. Her words rang true.

Garbage Warriors recruiting!!
As you can imagine, much of the garbage that is found in Caye Caulker actually comes from the sea. Thankfully in the centre of town there is the Village Council crew that clean up this unsightly plastic from off our beach. However, in the less developed areas this unsightly garbage can build up dramatically and therefore a number of concerned locals have put together a task force to combat this pollutant!! This motley crew was spearheaded by Sally Ringsred, Luciana Essenziale, Jane Peoples, Dorothy Bevereridge and Ellen Armstrong (and a few more I probably have forgotten and I apologize) – all naturalized Caye Caulker residence. They have grown in local support on the island and also have recruited a number of very helpful tourists who are helping them stem this problem.

International Sources

Electric squid power homes
A team of scientists from Belize have succesfully harvested electricity from squid. The invertebrates have been discharging enough bioelectricity to run the lighting and air-conditioning units at the research centre on Glover’s Reef Caye on the Caribbean coast. The team lead by Dr Dino Vanidici have published their findings in the Journal of Invertebrate Science and believe it could herald a breakthrough in sustainable energy. The researchers used the Belize Rainbow Squid (pictured) which discharges an electric shock equivalent to 202V but has been known to produce up to 380V, they then collected the discharge onto a conductor placed in the pen and used it to charge a capacitor which was connected to a large set of batteries.


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#434621 - 04/02/12 07:37 AM Re: Today's Belize News: April 1, 2012 [Re: Marty]
seashell Offline
"Electric squid power homes" . . . cute April Fool's joke.
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