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The San Pedro Sun

Always a thrill diving the deep blue!
Our friend David Wade rallied up a few friends and headed out to one of the most sought after destinations in Belize. Can you guess what place I’m talking about? It’s a site that attracts thousands of divers per year to Belize and Ambergris Caye, and may be the very reason that Ambergris has been named Trip advisor’s Number One Island in the World- TWO YEARS IN A ROW! Any idea yet? That’s right- The Blue Hole! David and the gang went out with Amigos del Mar. The first time I was at the Blue Hole was with Amigos as well. It was an amazing trip; however I’m more of a snorkeler. For people that have dived the site, the sights at 130 feet are worlds apart from what we see from the water’s surface!

Wolfe’s Woofer: Communication
“I figured I would run into you here.” I turned around and it was Rick, a guy who comes down here from Houston twice a year. I was sitting on the deck of the Holiday enjoying a cup of coffee and watching the waves break on the reef. Rick took a seat and I asked,

Biography of Ms Anika N. Jackson
Ms. Anika Nkechi Jackson is a national of Jamaica and Barbados. She received her legal training from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus in Barbados and the Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica. Ms. Jackson returned to Barbados where she practised privately in the areas of both criminal and civil law. She

Doctor Love: Career Choice
Dear Doctor Love, I am a guy in my mid-twenties. Even before I was in high school my parents were talking to me about how important it is to go to university. When I got there I did not know what I wanted to study. They convinced me to study business because the island is […]

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Letter: Belize: Are we in a state of insecurity or are we an insecure state?
By Paco Smith. Following a series of recent, unfortunate occurrences in our beloved nation, I am compelled to put for the above-listed query. Where do I begin? As in all things, I guess it is best to lay the foundation and then build from there. To those who have kept tabs on what appears that only a few seem to recognise as Belize’s greatest existential threat, the nation of Guatemala’s unfounded claim to our sovereign territory, the first portion of my contribution will come as no surprise. In essence, successive administrations have taken a submissive and minimalist approach to dealing with our misguided and calculating neighbour to the west. This has been manifest in a policy (or lack thereof), which can only be characterised as being indicative of: acquiescence, accommodation, adherence and appeasement. I say this, categorically, because on 21st September 1981 Belize was recognised as a sovereign nation (by all who mattered), with its territory intact. For those who may not be abreast of what is attributed to the term, “with its territory intact” means, in layman’s terms, it connotes that our nation’s border was both identified and acknowledged.

Commentary: Why Guatemalans continue to cross the Belize border at will and how we can stop them
Guatemalans have been coming across Belize’s border and Belizeans have been going across their borders for centuries as well. The difference is that Guatemalans and Belizean people’s attitude and feeling towards their bordering country and people are different. The country of Guatemala has been educating their people to believe that Belize belongs to them, while the government of Belize has not been educating their citizens to believe that Belize belongs to us. After centuries of this education, most Guatemalans look at Belizeans with disdain and suspicion for occupying their country. I have been living in the United States for many years now and many Guatemalans that I have met continue to bring this foolishness to my attention. However, since I have studied history I waste no time in engaging them in a conversation. Once the conversation starts, they discontinue their false beliefs about the Guatemalan claim towards my country. The reason is because many Guatemalans are not educated and for those who are, they have been mis-educated for so many years now that they believe what they were told by their repressive government.

The Belize Times

Tyrants and Traitors!! – Barrow allows affront to Belize’s sovereignty
A Guatemalan construction company has been awarded a contract by an American government agency to build a Forward Operating Base (FOB) on Hunting Caye, one of Belize’s southern-most islands in the Sapodilla Range of islands. These islands are claimed by Guatemala as it continues to assert its claim to Belize. The Base is well under construction. The Government of Belize made no public pronouncement of this unacceptable arrangement. The Prime Minister was recently caught flat-footed in parliament when the Leader of the Opposition challenged this wrong-headed move by the government describing it as a “national security risk”. In his reply the Prime Minister said that he did know of this asserting “that in the normal course this is not something that would be communicated to me.” The Prime Minister either lied or he simply did not want to know. His government has also been lackadaisical in dealing with national security and the increasing number of incursions deep inside the western border region until it happened - a Belizean security officer was slaughtered by a Guatemalan bandit.

UDP Master Plan FAILURE!!
School children and daily shoppers were forced to wade through murky and unsanitary waters on Wednesday afternoon as Belize City became inundated following rain shower. The UDP Belize City Council’s 20 million dollars infrastructure project, guided by Mayor Darrel Bradley’s Master Plan, has been a total failure. Mayor Bradley admitted that the millions he borrowed in the city name to pour cement on some streets made no arrangements for drains or a proper drainage system. This has resulted in the city becoming even more vulnerable to flood.

“We are not a beggar nation” – Opposition Leader would have said “NO” to U.S. gift
Opposition Leader Hon. Francis Fonseca has stated boldly that he would have opposed and rejected any offer by the United States Government for the construction of a military base to be done by a Guatemalan company. While appearing on the Open Your Eyes morning show on Monday, October 6th, Hon. Francis said that unlike the Barrow Administration, he would not have compromised Belize’s national security for a “gift” from the United States. “There must be some nationality security risk in having a Guatemalan company building a military facility. It’s badly needed, but I can say categorically that if the American government had said to me as the leader of this country – ‘listen we’re gifting you these monies to build this base on Hunting Caye, but the contract has to be given to a Guatemalan company’, I would have said ‘thanks, but no thanks’. We can do it ourselves, and find some way to do it ourselves”, said the People’s United Party leader.

THINK ABOUT IT
GUATEMALA AND BELIZE A little history might help. In 1975 the Leaders of the Belize government embarked on taking the claim of Guatemala to the country, direct to the United Nations. This was part of a program of internationalizing the claim of Guatemala to our country. The U.S.A. did not vote for or against the U.N. Resolution supporting Belize. In 1981 with Jimmy Carter as President, the U.S.A. supported our independence. In March 1981, the British Government proposed a document for themselves, Guatemala and Belize as the basis for finalizing the claim and for Belize to be accepted as an independent nation. That document was called the Heads of Agreement and carried sixteen “Heads” as basis for further negotiations. Led by the Public Services Union, large numbers of Belizeans rejected the document. There were riots and acts of civil disobedience and Belize abandoned the document and went on to achieve its independence in September, 1981.

Legalize or Decriminalization!
In June 2004, then Assistant Commissioner of Police Maureen Leslie sent what was supposed to have been an internal memo to her commanders. The memo reminded commanders of a change in policy which recommended more discretion when charging, in particular young people, who are found in possession of 2 grams or less of marijuana. The policy made perfect sense but was for the most part being ignored. Marijuana busts are safe and easy to make and it gives Police Officers a chance to come off the streets, hang around the office and do paperwork until their shift ends. Somebody within the department leaked the memo to the press and what ensued was later described as “a storm of controversy”. At the time, everything was being leaked to the press even matters discussed in Cabinet and everything was turned political. Objection to the directive was fierce, in particular from the then Opposition, and it seemed that those objections were sustained. Things went on per normal and the ridiculous prosecution of persons for even tiny quantities of marijuana, a few seeds even at times, seemed to intensify instead of letting up. It might be time for us to take a second look at these ridiculous laws which cause much harm and does little good in the improvement of our quality of life.

Editorial: Guatemalan Incursion
The incompetence of Prime Minister Dean Barrow and his Ministerial cronies has reached such a level that the very security of the nation has been put in jeopardy. Events of the past week, coming as they did in the wake of the murder of Special Constable Danny Conorquie, all told, are just too much for Belizeans to bear. The response of the Prime Minister and his Minister of Security has not only added insult to the injuries but has brought Belizeans to a new state of anger against the government. It was gross incompetence and negligence that caused a serious security failure when the BDF did not provide escort protection to Special Constable Conorquie and a group of foreign tourists visiting Caracol. That negligence is costing hundreds of thousands of dollars in cancelled tourist visits but more so, has cost Danny Conorquie his promising and precious life. To make matters worse the government refused to undertake a sweep of the Chiquibul Forest Reserve through which bandits and illegal loggers are unlawfully operating, primarily from across the Guatemalan border.

Sugar City Girls bomb Millennium 3-1
The Sugar City Girls drilled SMART Millennium of Belize City 3-1 in the Football Federation of Belize President’s Cup national women’s football tournament held at the Ladyville field on Saturday afternoon. Vanessa Mai scored Sugar City’s 1st goal in the 17th minute and with the help of Cianni Castaneda and Yanira Chan, team captain Karen Garcia added a 2nd goal in the 20th minute. The visitors looked for more in the 2nd half and Vanessa Mai responded with a 3rd goal in the 65th minute, much to the embarrassment of the SMART goalie Ermine Ferguson.

BECOL Uprising’s Angel Tzib wins national team test race
Team BECOL Uprising’s Angel Tzib outraced the entire national squad whom the Cycling Federation of Belize has selected to represent Belize at the upcoming Caribbean Elite Cycling Championships in Puerto Rico from October 10 to 11. This was the 3rd test race of a series to groom the national team. Elite category (48 miles-35 laps) 1st Angel Tzib – BECOL Uprising – 2:06:42 2nd Darnell Barrow – Team SMART 3rd Henry Moreira – Team SMART 4th Byron Pope – Benny’s Megabytes 5th Joel Borland – Belize Telemedia

Brothers Habet team table tennis continues
The Hurricanes won in the first division; Sugar City, Phoenix, Racqueteers and Crushers won in the second division, while Thunder posted consecutive victories in third division of the Brothers Habet team table tennis competition organized by the Belize Table Tennis Association at the Belize Elementary School auditorium in Belize City on Saturday, October 5. Hurricanes mauled the Racqueteers 5-3 with Carlos Cui taking out Moses Babb and Ernesto Rivero each 3-0, and spanking Arturo “Tux” Vasquez 3-1, while Sen Sen whopped both Babb and Rivero 3-2. Vasquez clipped Sen Sen 3-1, and blanked Hector Lopez 3-0. Rivero edged out Hector Lopez 3-1.

COROZAL IN CRISIS
Corozal Town, October 6, 2014 In the Corozal Bay Constituency, the PUP’s Gregorio “Papas” Garcia has been flooded with complaints from residents of Corozal about the on-going road works to the Pan American Highway, which passes through the heart of beautiful ...

Louis Bevans and Gill Streets in need of proper maintenance
By Gilroy Usher, Sr. Most of the streets on Southside of the Belize City are in a terrible condition. Louis Bevans and Gill Streets however share the dubious distinction of being two of the streets in the most deplorable and shameful state despite a National Budget of $1 Billion. ...

Security Guard stabbed during armed robbery in San Pedro
San Pedro, October 7th, 2014 Security guard 28 year old Cleofosio Assi was attacked in broad daylight by a duo of knife-wielding men as he delivered a large sum of money to the local branch of the Belize Bank. On Tuesday October ...

Woman in the House – BIG UP YASSER!!
By Dolores Balderamos Garcia I consider Yasser Musa a great friend and mentor. He has never failed to offer his advice and his assistance in various political as well as non-political endeavors. His artistic and political instincts, I find, are invariably spot on, and he has emerged not only as a ...

REFLECTIONS ON THE PUBLIC SQUARE – DANNY CONORQUIE
By Francis W. Fonseca I did not know young Special Constable Danny Conorquie but his death has touched me greatly. I join with the Belizean people in expressing, on my own behalf and on behalf of the People’s United Party, our profound sadness at this tragic loss of life and extend ...

Preparing for the worst
Dear Editor, Since this Chikungunya virus surfaced in the Caribbean, our Ministry of Health seems to be mute. It's only a matter of time before it reaches Belize. We have students studying in the Caribbean and not to mention the traffic between meetings which government officials usually attend. Our closest and best ...

In support of political reform in Belize
October 4, 2014 The Belize Times #3 Queen Street Belize City Belize Dear Editor: I wish to provide a minor perspective on the amount of command that should be granted to any government in power, or to be more specific the prime minister. Based on our constitution, the party which gets the majority of seats in ...

UDP cannot be trusted with Guatemalan issue
Dear Editor, Prime Minister Dean Barrow is presiding over the dangerous subversion of Belize’s sovereignty, with his Government’s glaring display of impotence and vacillation in defense of Belize’s interests against neighboring Guatemala. In the face of two most recent threats to our integrity as a nation, that of the killing of Special ...

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Murder in Belize City
A man was shot and killed on Saturday night in Belize City. Police have identified the victim as 33 year old Salvadoran national Jose Luis Umana. According to police reports, Unama of a Card’s Alley address, was found suffering from a gunshot wound to the center of […]

TIDE Fish Festival well attended
Hundreds of people from all over Belize and even tourists visiting, have travelled to Punta Gorda town for the annual Fish Festival. The weekend-long event is organized by the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment, TIDE. It is the seventh year running for the event which has […]

UDP holds municipal convention in Benque Viejo del Carmen
The United Democratic Party (UDP) is today holding a convention in Benque Viejo de Carmen to choose its slate of candidates for the municipal elections in March, 2015. Mayoral candidates are Gerardo Rancharan, Jr. and Alfredo Kuylen. There are 16 persons vying for a place on the […]

Blogs

A Gorgeous Morning for Dog Walking – The Sun Is Back
I have nothing of great interest to tell you this morning. But I’ve got this- after a few days of clouds and general greyness, the sun is out, the water is sparkling and it’s a beautiful day. I am also weekend-sitting my friend’s dog Maxie. A perfect morning to take a walk south. One of the prettiest resorts on the island, Victoria House, is closed for maintenance and renovations and we stopped to take a few pictures. (And so Max could run amok on the beach.) It’s a beautiful spot opened or closed. Here you go. Just south of me, the town has put some cement posts in the water to slow down beach erosion.

“Birthday Cake” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Very pleased to ‘say’ that another day started for me. I enjoyed my early (it was 04.35 hours when I got out on the veranda) morning ‘me time’. And yes regular readers it is the western, lagoon facing one. And you will, I am sure, be pleased to know that I had my mug of black coffee -instant, with no sugar if you are at all interested- and my iPad with me. Well without the iPad there’d be no blog! I sat out there reading The Sunday Times (well it is Sunday) online until around 06.45 hours when I showered, shaved and dressed and then headed off to Estel’s Dine By the Sea for a breakfast before the Estonia v England European Championship Qualification game. The recent rainy spells have made a real mess of the road to ‘Town with stretches of deep water, the first of which is immediately outside our front gate.

Chicken Drop: The Weirdest Weekly Event in San Pedro Belize
The Palace is the new casino on San Pedro Ambergris Caye, and it is open six days a week. It is closed on Wednesdays and this might be because the country’s most famous gambling opportunity takes place that day on the San Pedro beach in front of the Pier Lounge bar at the Spindrift Hotel in the village of San Pedro Belize. Since 1988, supposedly, this popular watering hole has been the host to one of the strangest events Caribbean tourists might ever get the chance to participate in. It is called the Chicken San Pedro BelizeDrop, and if things go well, you can turn on dollar into a hundred in just a few minutes. It is probably not a coincidence that the event takes place right after the popular 4 to 6 Happy Hour at the bar. After all, many things that sounds stupid before your first drink sound like a damn fine idea after two hours of discounted booze. And the San Pedro Chicken Drop is definitely one of those things. Here is how it works: During the Happy Hour, bar patrons and other passers-by buy a number between 1 and 100, corresponding to a square on a 10 by 10 grid inside a net out on the beach. After all the squares are spoken for, the staffs bring out a basket with a couple chickens inside. A lucky gambler has the honors of tossing one of the chickens onto the board, but not before they are encouraged to shake it three times and they blow in its ass. The blowing party is supposed to be like blowing on dice to make them lucky, but it may actually help speed up the proceedings.

Top 13 Things to do in Belize for an Unforgettable Vacation
Lush rainforests? Check. Stunning, crystal clear water? Check. Adventure at every turn? Check. Belize truly has it all covered for an unforgettable vacation. When people think of tropical vacations, they probably think of the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, or possibly even Mexico. Perhaps you should look a little further south to the small country of Belize. Lush, tropical rainforests, beautiful, crystal clear waters, and a variety of adventures await travelers looking for something a little different than all-inclusive hotels and nightclubs that rock until the break of dawn. If you’re looking to experience nature at its finest, or maybe check out some ancient Mayan ruins, then look no further than Belize. Here are some of the top things to do in Belize:

A More Exclusive Belize: 6 of the Best Boutique Hotels in the Country
A combination of Caribbean beauty and rich Central American culture, Belize is home to lush jungles, Mayan Pyramids and the second largest barrier reef in the world. Known for its fascinating underwater playground of more than 500 species of fish and 100 different kinds of coral, the country is a scuba diver’s dream. But above ground, Belize is just as beautiful; and with its laid-back Caribbean attitude, vast network of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries and friendly Spanish-speaking natives, there’s not much not to love about the destination. When it comes to accommodations, the country has no shortage of notable options. And tucked away in exclusive locations and on its sandy beaches are some of the most alluring boutique hotels in Belize. If privacy, natural beauty and high-end amenities are high on your list of requirements for your stay, these six hotels will be sure to meet your needs.

International Sourcesizz

European Commission signs development programme for Belize
European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, on Friday signed the national indicative programmes (NIP) for development cooperation with Belize, Lesotho, Togo and Zambia in the 2014-2020 period, which amount to €869 million. The signing ceremony with representatives of those countries took place in the margins of the annual meeting of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in Washington. Piebalgs said: “The programmes that we will sign are the fruit of close cooperation with the four partner countries and reflect their own policies, strategies, and needs as they have defined them. I am particularly pleased to see that energy and governance are key priorities for these countries, as clear drivers for sustainable development and growth. Our support will target EU resources where they are most needed and most effective and once we have signed, preparations of concrete projects and programmes for the next seven years can start.”

Deconstructing Banners Broker scheme one brick at a time
Thousands were duped by a pyramid scheme, writes Stephen Rogers THE Royal Canadian Mounted Police have dug deep into the Banners Broker to find just how it managed to get so many people to buy into what they thought was a genuine advertising investment website, making them one more small layer in a huge pyramid scheme. In August last year, Banners Broker pulled out of Ireland, leaving thousands of people battling to recoup their money from an address in Belize in Central America. It terminated its contract with its Irish agent and put tight restrictions on who could withdraw money from its accounts and how often they could do it. In February liquidators were appointed following a hearing in the Isle of Man where the court heard the company had $6m (€4.4m) in assets.

Videos

Video: Amberjack fishing @ Reef's End Lodge, Belize, 6min.

Video: Belize 2014, 37min.
Scuba diving trip.... Glover's Reef, nice labeling on fish and features...

Video: Amberjack fishing @ Reef's End Lodge, Belize, 6min.
On the first couple of drops we caught som greeneyes. When I was winding up my fifth, I got a massive bite in midwater. With my 80lb line I completely locked the drag and put my thumb on the spool on my Shimano Talica 8II. The fish began running and took over 200m of line before I accendentely pushed it to hard and the line broke. Eric, the guide, had a similar bite just after but unfortunately his line broke too. So this was my second attempt, using a small, live sardine. MUCH smaller fish, but what a fight!

Video: Releasing tiger shark from the dock @ Reef's End Lodge, Belize, .5min.
We accidentally caught this tiger shark outside the reef when fishing for snappers. We weren't able to release it from the boat so we had to tow it to the dock and release it there

Video: BELIZE 2008, 49min.

Video: Flyboarding in Belize, 3/4min.