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#441538 - 06/28/12 01:09 PM Today's Belize News: June 28, 2012
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San Pedro Lobster Fest 2012 was bigger and better!
On Friday, June 15nd the San Pedro Lobster Fest 2012 started off in grand fashion with opening ceremonies at El Divino Restaurant at Banana Beach Resort. The jam packed party of lobster lovers gathered to celebrate the opening of the long anticipated opening of the lobster season. With DJ music entertaining the crowd outside and the Caribbean sounds of live steel drum music inside, guests enjoyed great food and crustacean camaraderie. The festivities continued with the Grand Lobster Crawl, where lobster enthusiasts could visit participating local restaurants, bars and businesses to have their Lobster Crawl Passport stamped while enjoying daily special events. At the end of week each stamp counted as a ticket to enter a grand raffle to win a vacation package to San Pedro Lobster Fest 2013. This turned into great fun as many made it a point to fill their passport with as many stamps possible.

Guatemalans Prove Gracious in Victory in the Two International Regattas Held in San Pedro
On the last weekend of San Pedro’s 2012 Lobster Fest, treachery and abandonment by Aeolus the wind god and Poseidon, god of the sea, failed to stop the historic first international regattas in Belize from sailing to completion. Despite puny and variable and zephyrs that waned to non-existence at times, junior sailing squads from around Belize sailed against Guatemala’s superb and amiable ASOVELA contingent, comprised of 13 young skippers, 3 expert professional trainers, and some chaperones. What a day on the Central Park waterfront was had on Saturday! Throughout the day, 21 Optimist sailing dinghies and 6 Laser sloops competed off Central Park in what is called the First Belize/ Guatemala Friendly Regatta. The action of such a large flotilla of sails, gave the crowds something very colorful to watch while awaiting the frantic passage of kayakers in the long-distance endurance contest that was also underway. In truth, so good were the Guatemalan sailors that not a single Belizean skipper was able finish ahead of any one of them. Yet the Guatemalans were also so gracious and friendly with their opponents that the Belizean skippers felt pride and excitement about the experience of competing against them.

Miss Panama Contestant for Costa Maya Pageant 2012
The Costa Maya Festival presents Karen Elena Jordan Meitia, 23-year-old beauty representative from Panama who will be vying for the title of Reina de la Costa Maya 2012 along with seven other Central American beauties. Karen is the current titleholder of Miss International Panama 2012 that she won at the grand finale of the 45th edition of Miss Panama beauty pageant which is held in Panama on Friday, March 30, 2012. She is 5’ 7”, has dark brown eyes, brown hair and with a clear complexion. Her first language is Spanish. Karen has a degree in physiotherapy and is currently a graduate student in pediatric neurorehabilitation. Her hobbies include modeling, reading, tennis, volleyball, shopping, traveling and cooking.

Nine Delegates for Miss Belize Pageant, July 7
Queen of the Jewel, The Next Miss Belize introduces the Miss Belize Delegates for the Miss Belize pageant that will take place on Saturday, July 7, 2012, in Belize City at the Bliss Theatre at 8p.m. The delegates have already been touring the country, attending gala events and preparing for the big night’s event. This weekend the nine delegates were in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye where they got to enjoy some fun in the sun. For more information and ticket sales, visit the Queen of the Jewel,

Carib Lager Beer Now Available in Belize
Belize is making way to a new beer as Carib Lager has begun to hit stores and establishments around the country now that Grace Kennedy Belize Limited is the official distributor. Ambergris Today got hold of the very first batch of cold Carib Lager as it arrived on the island. Carib Lager is one of the leading lager beers in the Caribbean, originating from Trinidad and Tobago since 1950. The company classifies Carib Lager as the authentic, original, unique and defining icon of being young, modern and fashionable in Trinidad and Tobago. Carib Lager beer is a full bodied, clear and refreshing lager with 5.2% ABV is the flagship brand of Carib Brewery and the preferred brew of Trinidad and Tobago. This brand has stood the test of time and has grown from strength to strength both in the Caribbean region and internationally. Carib's vision is to become the most sought after Caribbean beer in the international market place. This will serve as a platform for achieving brand internationalization.

Nationwide Telethon Seeks to Raise $1Mil for Inspiration Center
The Special Envoy for Women and Children, Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow and CARE-Belize are hosting a telethon on Saturday, June, 30th, 2012 in the hopes of raising $1,000,000 towards the construction of the Inspiration Center. The Inspiration Center is a rehabilitation center to be located at 1.5 mile on the Western Highway. It will offer basic medical care and various therapies to children with special needs and serve as a community center with after-school classes for children from the surrounding communities. The center is estimated to cost 3 million Belize dollars and Mrs. Barrow and CARE-Belize are looking to raise one million of that through the Inspiration Telethon. The telethon will run from 8am to 6pm from the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts and will be simulcast on local TV and radio as well as streamed on the internet.

Spiny Lobster's Popularity
The spiny lobster season is officially open for the next nine months and naturally San Pedro had a blast at the Seventh Annual Lobster Festival. But did you know that way back in the 1960’s, it was the spiny lobster along with our reef, beach and people that attracted some of the first tourists to our Island? To tell the truth we did have some very huge lobsters back in those days. One pound lobster tails were common in those days as fishermen returned with their catch from Glover’s Reef and Turneffe and other cayes down southern Belize. Two pound lobster tails were also brought. They were indeed huge and if there was a lobster fest back then, they would probably have to be sold for 100 dollars each.

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Smiling Meats raided by GSU for drugs. Is ‘old beef’ the cause?
The search started after three and lasted for four long hours until Tuesday night. The Gang Suppression Unit cordoned off the area and rained down on the house and business of Winston Smiling and his son, Mathew on New Road. They meticulously combed the premises, claiming they were looking for drugs. The customers that dropped [...]

Victim fingers shooter before he died, but girlfriend claims to be alibi
The latest murder in Belize City took place on Sunday morning when twenty year old Myrick Crispin Gladden was gunned down in the Lake Independence Area. police have swiftly arrested nineteen year old Tevin Andrewin, who was formally charged late Tuesday evening for that Murder. Andrewin appeared before Chief Magistrate, Ann Marie Smith and after [...]

S.S.B. letter to businesses about Benque Town Council Debt
In the west, the sluggish economy is not only affecting the business community but also some town councils. The Benque Viejo Town Council has received a copy of an embarrassing letter that is also being sent to businesses in the area. Apparently the Town Council, under the guidance of the previous Mayor Nick Ruiz, incurred [...]

GSU’s most wanted, Brian Brown, denied bail
Thirty-five year old Brian Brown, the reputed George Street don whose residence was raided by GSU personnel on May sixteenth, remains on lockdown at the Belize Central Prison tonight after being denied bail by Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer. Brown, who was initially charged in the Family Court on May twenty-third for drug possession, as well [...]

K-9 and trainers to combat crime in Belize
They say man’s best friend is his dog and recently members of the Belize Defense Force, the Police Department and the Customs Department were assigned to their best friends and work partners. Several dogs were donated to the force under the US initiative, CARSI, and both the dogs and their trainers completed intense training sessions. [...]

Facebook Education; a book written by Frank Palacio
An estimated one billion people have a facebook account, that staggering statistic probably includes you or someone you know. The utility that was launched in 2004 has become one of the most useful tools to connect and it is also used as an effective marketing instrument. This morning Frank Palacio, a writer with local roots, [...]

Machaca Summer Camp gets international coverage
Primary school children are winding down classes so it means that summer camps are springing up and this year there will be many options for kids to choose from. But In Southern Belize, there’s a camp that is getting international attention because it is hosted by the Gotz family from Utah that came to Belize [...]

Police honor the best in the ranks
An increasing number of law enforcement officers found on the wrong side of the law have caused the Police Department to come under fire from the public. But there are officers who have gone over and beyond the call of duty. Since 2008, the last set of officers were awarded, but this year as a [...]

Sunny days, particularly camps signal the beginning of summer
For the last eight years, Peter Lacey has been working with students at his annual summer programme in Belize City but this year, he is also heading north to Orange Walk. Primary school students in the two districts will get the chance to do a combination of academics and sports. Lacey says the camp will [...]

Businesses prepare for the worst at the B.T.I.A. Disaster Workshop
The Belize Tourism Industry Association is having two days of events, starting today with a Disaster Preparedness Workshop at the Radisson. Its aim is to prepare stakeholders to mitigate the effects of various disasters, including hurricanes, for which the season is now underway. The workshop featured presentations throughout the day from the Belize Tourism Board, [...]


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#443173 - 07/24/12 02:19 PM Re: Today's Belize News: June 28, 2012 [Re: Marty]
AnnieDoucet Offline
Well we made up our mind and our reservations. We are staying on Caye Caulker at Caye Caulker Condos. 4 nights there and then to Black Rock. Kids are so excited. This will be my 3rd time (though over 20 some years). Wish the kids were old enough to scuba but they will love snorkeling.
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