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The San Pedro Sun

Wolfe’s Woofer: Smart Ass
“Señor Flores, I was just coming over to visit you and find out how you’re doing. I haven’t seen you in a long time,” I said. I was in San Ignacio when I passed Mr. Flores leading a donkey down the road. “Oh Mr. Dennis, things ain’t been too good,” he said. “I don’t have […]

Eulogy of Jeffrey Eiley
Jeffrey was born in San Pedro on June 13, 1983 as the 3rd child of Norman & Susana Eiley. Jeffrey was a charming little boy that had a passion for planes and gained much fame for his love for dancing. Always the performer whether making sure everyone laughed from his jokes or dancing to Richie Valens’ “ La Bamba” and Michael Jackson “Beat it” at every island event. As a little boy when asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, his answer would be “I want to get Married!”

Editorial: It is time to stop pretending that all is well in San Pedro

Doctor Love: Weight Loss
Readers, please send your letters. They can be emails, formal letters or handwritten notes. They are edited solely for grammar and spelling. Also, they are sometimes edited for length. Dear Doctor Love, In my seven year marriage I have had two children with a three and a half year space between them. Something that I […]

Misc Belizean Sources

Mexican wins Belmopan Cycling Classic
After 100 grueling miles in the hot sun and heavy southeast headwind that characterizes Belize’s weather at this time of the year, 20 year old Ignacio Prado, riding his first race in Belize, outlasted the field to win the 33rd Annual Belmopan Cycling Classic sponsored by SMART. Prado, a Mexican riding for Benny’s Megabytes, took about four and a half hours to complete the course, and spent most of that running at the head of the pack with Team SMART member Herman “Hijo” Requena.

Salvation Army church holds Youth Councils
The annual Youth Council of the Salvation Army Church took place today in Belize City on Sunday, March 16. Members of the three main corps, or units, of the Christian organization, met at the main church on Cemetery Road in Belize City this morning for a worship service followed by the official gathering in the afternoon, highlighted by a quiz contest. Participating corps included Georgeville/San Ignacio, Belize City Northside, Belize City Central and Salvation Army Primary School. Guest speaker at the Youth Councils was Captain Mark Gilden from the United States. The organization is one of the foremost participants in providing help to needy persons through its feeding program, mostly subsidized by large donations and the annual Kettle Appeal.

Pallotine Centennial celebrations come to an end
Activities for the celebration of 100 years of ministry in Belize by the Pallotine Sisters culminated on Sunday, March 16 with a special Liturgical Mass. Hundreds of members of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Belize from all over the country, traveled to Forest Home village, Toledo for the special festivities which were held at the Novitiate Nazarenth Convent. The main celebrant for the Closing Mass of the Pallotine Centennial Celebrations was the Most Reverend Bishop Dorick Wright, assisted by Father Lukasq Ciupa, Father Callistus Cayetano, Father Leo Palma, Father M. Murray and Father L. Mcabe. In his Homily, Bishop Wright told the congregation of over a thousand fathifuls, that being on the mountaintop is beautiful; but one must come down from the mountaintop to face the reality on the ground.

The History of La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge
The first event was organized in 1998. I had dreamed up four ideas for the launching of VIDA purified water, as part of my plans to grow the Big H brand from a regional business and place it on a national stage….with focus on promoting the natural, healthy beverage products that we had in mind to extend our product and market range. My brother Big-h Juices liked this idea more, so we went with it. We wanted a grueling adventure event that would showcase the natural beauty of Belize and our healthy products…with potential for attracting international interest. The first persons I went to was John and Martha August….owners of Marthas Kitchen. John is the son of Peter August, one of my dads best friends and compadre, both involved in the organization of very big horse racing events in San Ignacio in their time. Martha is my cousin….and their restaurant and guest house was the bee hive for tourists in downtown San Ignacio, where river canoeing tours had already sprouted. They loved the idea instantly….and promised to help in whatever way they can.

The Government Outside the Government
In the beginning there was one government….it taxed the people and provided services based on those taxes….through its various line ministries. Then….the public sector entrepreneurs started special-interest projects….with the guise of improved services through better management….with “cost-recovery” mechanisms….replicating all kinds of quasi-government statutory bodies out of these projects…most with special “laws” that these bodies would write for themselves…with their built-in authority/right to “tax”….but without the fiduciary responsibility to account for those “extra-budgetary” revenues. The line of authority still ended with the Minister under whose portfolio the statutory body fell….so the MINISTER ruled in the CENTRAL GOVERNMENT…..and the NOT-SO-CENTRAL GOVERNMENT….he became a king with two fiefdoms. So it was….that the politicians built….a house for themselves and their favorites….outside of the house where the voting public has a direct say. The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is one of those houses. The Minister of Tourism is at the head of the line of authority….it has a Board of Directors that is appointed by the political directorate of the day, but which is mostly rubber-stamp….and it has its own law that gives it authority/rights to collect taxes and license fees…. with its own “tax-collectors “….among them, the Hotel Tax….which is many millions of dollars in revenues each year.

Mr. Simon Paulino passes away
News has been received of the death of the former Deputy Mayor of Punta Gorda town Mr. Simon Paulino. Condolences to the family.

PALLOTINE SISTERS CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION (6 photos)
A special Liturgy Mass was held on Sunday, March 16 at the Novitiate Nazareth Convent compound in Fores Home village, Toledo to mark the end of the Centennial Celebration for the Pallotine Sisters ministry is Belize.

Video: Belizean Cove Estates Hotel - San Pedro
On the beachfront on Ambergris Caye, these elegant villas feature wonderful sea views. The Belizean Cove Estates has an outdoor pool, tropical gardens and free boat transportation from San Pedro, which is just 3 miles away. Each fully-equipped Belizean Cove villa features stylish contemporary décor, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. All villas have a spacious living room with a flat-screen cable TV and a modern kitchen with a stove and fridge-freezer. A private chef and grocery delivery services are available upon request at the Belizean Cove Estates. You can also find a restaurant next door, serving fresh local seafood, steaks, crepes and homemade bread and desserts. You can explore the island and surrounding coral reefs using the property's free bicycles and sea kayaks. The popular Mexico Rocks snorkeling spot is 3.5 miles away, and Hol Chan Marine Reserve is 7 miles away.

Video: De Real Macaw Hotel - Caye Corker - Belize
De Real Macaw is a property located in Caye Caulker. It faces the beach and all its accommodations feature a private porch with hammocks. Free Wi-Fi access is available. The rustic-style accommodations will provide you with a cable TV and a kitchenette with fridge and kitchenware. Featuring a shower, the private bathrooms also include towels. Some units have a sea view. Guests will be able to find restaurants and eateries within a 10-minute walk. Also, tour offices and interesting touristic spots can be reached in about 10 minutes by foot. At De Real Macaw you will find an airport shuttle towards the domestic airport in Caye Caulke, where air-taxis will take the guests to Corozal. Guests will have to take a ferry boat and the motorway to reach the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport in about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Video: Rainbow Hotel - Caye Corker - Belize
Located right on the water in Caye Corker Town Centre, Rainbow Hotel offers an on-site restaurant and excellent views of the Caribbean Sea. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout. The bright rooms here are air-conditioned and feature a dining area with a microwave. They also come with a flat-screen cable TV, a safety-deposit box and a private bathroom with a shower and toilet. Rainbow Hotel's restaurant serves seafood and international dishes, and guests can find other restaurants within just 200 metres. Asuncion Beach is 30 metres from the property, while the island's airstrip can be reached in a 5-minute drive. Boat transfer to Belize City takes about 45 minutes.

Video: Isla Marisol Resort Hotel - Glovers Reef - Belize
Set beachfront in the Belizean cays, Isla Marisol Resort is a property that offers bungalows overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The rate includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, a welcome cocktail and round trip boat transfer. The bungalows have a functional décor, air conditioning, terrace with sea views, wardrobe and a private bathroom that provides free toiletries. Some units have an additional toilet. Offering a restaurant, a bar and a private beach area, Isla Marisol Resort is located in Glovers Reef Island. Free Wi-Fi access is available in this resort. Some activities that can be practiced while at Isla Marisol Resort are kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkelling or walking on the beach. Boat rides to the mainland take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Video: Topwater Barracuda Action Belize
This video was taken in Ambergris Caye, Belize. Some of the action was in the lagoon behind El Pescador Lodge, while other shots were taken while out on the guide boats. The fly fishing was good, but I threw a topwater plug to the mangroves during slow times.

Video: Shark Wrestling in Belize
Shark and Ray Alley Belize, You gotta try it!

Video: 2014 La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge Day1
Full days coverage of the race...San Ignacio to Banana Bank

Video: 2014 La Ruta Maya, Day 2
The full days race coverage. Banana Bank to Double Head Cabbage

Video: Panchos Villas - Caye Corker - Belize
Located in the north side of Caye Caulker, Panchos Villas is a complex that has its own restaurant on site. The property offers its guests free breakfast and Wi-Fi access. The several accommodations at Panchos Villas will provide you with a TV with cable channels, air conditioning or a fan, and a balcony. Featuring a shower, the private bathrooms also provide towels and linens. Some units have a seating area, kitchenette and a dining area. Guests will find an area with restaurants and bars within a short 2-minute walk. At Panchos Villas you will find free airport shuttle service and also a bar. Other facilities like a tour desk are offered. The property offers free parking and is set 100 metres from Playa Asunción Beach- The Aquatic Taxi Station can be reached in a 3-minute walk.

Video: Leaving San Pedro, Belize
A bit bumpy clearing the break at Ambergris Cay!

CTV3

Corozal Holds Seventh Annual Fun Run
A massive tsunami blanketed Corozal Town around 6:30 am with a little more than 250 athletes, volunteers, students, and children with disabilities who gathered in front of the Corozal Town Council for the 7th annual Special Olympic Fun Run. According to District Coordinator for the Special Olympics, Martha Correa this year was a successful year since the main objective was accomplished. Martha Correa – Special Olympics “This is exactly the 7th year that we are holding the annual Fun Run here in Corozal and it is an opportunity to have our Special Kids socialize and create awareness in our community; it’s for the to create respect, awareness, but probably next year we will be staring country wide for a fundraising purpose.” Correa also stated that medals were awarded to the top eight crossing the finishing line under two categories.

One Man Charged For Drug Trafficking
Orange walk police have charged one man for Drug Trafficking. The incident occurred on Thursday around 12pm while police were conducting patrols at San Estevan Village when their attention was drawn to a male person acting suspiciously. As a result he stopped the unmarked police mobile and approached the male person and conducted a search on his person and found nothing incriminating. Police then went to a motorcycle parked a short distance away and saw a blue Jansport bag which was searched in the presence of the male person and found inside a black plastic bag containing small foil packets which when opened contained green vegetable substance consistent with cannabis. The male person was escorted to the Orange Walk Police Station along with the suspected drugs which amounted to 120 grams.

Student Knocked Down in Hot and Run Accident
A student of Altamira Area in Corozal is tonight recuperating from injuries that he received after he was knocked down in that municipality. Corozal Police responded to a call around 8:00pm of a hit and run that occurred on 4th Avenue opposite the Rainbow Town Park. Preliminary investigation revealed that 18 year old Victor Casanova was walking on the left side of 4th Avenue, pushing his bicycle while accompanied by 17 year old Yansie Iglesias, student of Finca Solana Area, Corozal Town, when he was knocked down. Casanova reported to police that they were walking towards Corozal Town in a north to South direction when a blue pickup, traveling in the same direction, came from behind and hit him and his bicycle causing him to fly in the air and fall on the road pavement sustaining injuries to his head and abrasions to his right knee. Cassanova also complained of pain to the left side of his body.

Shop Owner Robbed of Her Chain, Robbers Make Their Escape
A man manages to rob a woman using only deception. The incident occurred this morning at Palma’s grocery store located on San Andres Street in Orange Walk Town. Proprietor Fidelia Palma was still shaken when she detailed what had happened around nine thirty this morning. Palma did not wish to appear on camera but said that two men of dark complexion had entered her small retail shop to buy cigarettes. One of the men returned shortly after to borrow some matches. Around nine thirty the man returned and ordered several items, which Palma says she diligently served. He then ordered some condiments and when she reached over the counter to hand these to him the man suddenly reached out and grabbed her thick gold chain, pulled hard until it broke and escaped through the door. Palma says she screamed for help and saw her assailant riding away on a bicycle. Eyewitnesses who saw the men around the area and saw when one rode off on a bike say that the men were loitering in the neighborhood for some time before the robbery took place.

Blogs

Estel’s Rib BBQ Cook-Off Packs the Beach & Names Two Hometown Favorites Champions
Estel’s By The Sea is a San Pedro, Belize institution. Favorite breakfast spot. House of kitsch and interesting memorabilia. Best fry jacks and flour tortillas in Belize. Breakfast ALL day. A 6am opening time (except Tuesdays.) Only place that I know of that serves you a dish of deep fried chicken gizzards called “tootch” or Belizean Kriol for gizzard. (This I have not tried YET. But only because I just found out about it yesterday from Amy Knox, former chef at Victoria House, currently owner and chef at Wild Mango’s. Talk about your inside tip! I bet it’s DELICIOUS.) Two entries from the island. Charles, the owner of Estel’s, who is famous countrywide for his delicious BBQ. All weekend, every weekend, he’s got his giant barbecues going packed with pork chops, ribs, chicken and more…

International Sources

New Iberia native deploys to Belize
Beaver has the enormous responsibility of coordinating cargo movements from home station to deployed and exercise locations overseas. The sea shipment that he coordinated for the New Horizons exercise included various construction and maintenance vehicles (tractor-trailers, dump trucks, excavators, pickups, forklifts, backhoes and gas trucks) and more than 40 shipping containers. “This is the first time we’ve moved everything by ship, so this experience really gave me more of an opportunity to expand my job knowledge,” he said. He has been coordinating with the Belizean government, Port of Belize officials, U.S. Transportation Command, and various military and civilian entities since last August.

Winnsboro native deploys with US military to Belize in support of New Horizons exercise
Lowe is currently part of an elite group of engineers known as REDHORSE (Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers). REDHORSE squadrons provide the Air Force with a highly-mobile civil engineering response force to support contingency and special operations worldwide. Units are self-sufficient mobile squadrons, capable of rapid response and independent operations in remote, high-threat environments worldwide. Lowe and his crew were responsible for preparing more than 25 vehicles (tractor-trailers, dump trucks, excavators, pickups, forklifts, backhoes and gas trucks) for a ground shipment from Las Vegas to Cape Canaveral, Fla., followed on by a sea shipment that arrived at the Port of Belize last week. “We made sure that all vehicles got off the boat safely and then we transported them to different construction sites and staging areas in the country,” said Lowe. These heavy equipment vehicles will be used to assist civil engineers from both the U.S. and Belize to construct five New Horizons projects: a hospital ward in Belmopan, three schools in Belize City, and one school in Hattieville. The schools will support furthering the education of children in the country.

OAS Gathers Chief Justices and More than 60 Professionals from the Health and Justice Systems from the Caribbean to Consolidate Drug Treatment Courts
The Organization of American States (OAS), in cooperation with the Canadian Association of Drug Treatment Court Professionals (CADTCP), through its National Problem Solving Court Institute (NPSCI), will hold March 18-21, 2014 a Drug Treatment Court (DTC) Exchange and On-Site Study Program event for four Caribbean countries (Jamaica, Belize, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago) in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. The workshop is organized under the umbrella of the Drug Treatment Courts Program in the Americas, an initiative coordinated by the OAS Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD). Authorities present during the event will include the Chief Justices of Barbados, Belize, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago, the Attorney General of Barbados, and the four Chief Magistrates of all four countries. In addition, each country will attend with the participation of their DTC teams (judges, magistrates, prosecutors, defense attorneys, probation officers, and treatment providers). The opening ceremony will be held on March 19, at the Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver.

St. Louisans aid Belize City school counter social ills
A bright, white picket fence, trees and a neatly trimmed yard catch the eye of visitors to the parish campus in Belize -- a church, three primary school classroom buildings, a preschool and parish center. St. Martin de Porres Parish stands out as a beacon of light in a neighborhood of Belize City ravaged by drug violence. The U.S. Department of State calls the Central American country south of Mexico on the Caribbean, "a high-crime country." The majority of homicides -- a rate 10 times that of the U.S. -- occur in Belize City, where gang violence is rampant, especially on the south side of the city, an area that includes St. Martin de Porres Parish. The parish leadership is fighting back -- by providing young people a solid education with hope for the future. The bolstering of the school is happening with the help of St. Louisans, especially those with ties to St. Louis University and the Jesuits. The volunteers are helping implement many of the practices used by the NativityMiguel schools in St. Louis such as Loyola Academy and St. Cecilia School in St. Louis, including a long school day, summer school and high expectations.

How The Tablet Made An Ass Of The PC
Many tech watchers STILL don’t understand what a “disruptive innovation” is. I’m no Einstein, but I’m going to try to explain it in terms that even a six year old could understand (and with pretty pictures too!). A disruptive innovation is: an innovation that helps create a new market and value network, and eventually goes on to disrupt an existing market and value network (over a few years or decades), displacing an earlier technology. If that still doesn’t resonate with you, that’s okay, because we’ve just begun and… Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge. ~ Khalil Gibran The Analogy The new often disrupts the old, which is somewhat akin to saying that the new often makes an ass out of the old, which brings us to my analogy: The PC is like an Elephant and the Tablet is like an Ass (in the biblical sense).