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The San Pedro Sun

Letter to the Editor: Jan Brown
Letters-to-the-EditorThis is a nice note I received from one of the visiting Drake University Students. She experienced a bout of our stomach flu whereupon she became dehydrated and dizzy. By the time of day she finally agreed to seek help she had to go to the San Pedro Polyclinic. Below is her comment about the attention and care she received. I’d like to share it with the public so maybe our officials can see what a difference a full time, 24 hour clinic will make to all needing medical attention. By the way, the clinic stayed after their regular hours to give Ms. Burns the hydrating drip and medication and didn’t rush through any procedure. The Drake student did make a donation to say thank you.

Wolfe’s Woofer: Thieves
“Charlie called while you were out,” Sherry said. “He has some kind of emergency.” “What kind of emergency?” I asked. “Something about his golf cart.” “Charlie doesn’t even have a golf cart,” I said. “All I know is what he told me. He said someone had stolen his golf cart or parts off of his golf cart. I’m not sure what he was saying.” “Did he sound like he was sober?”

Letter to the Editor: Sam Trucco
What is happening to the beachfront in San Pedro? The law states it is Queen’s Land 60 feet back from the high water mark. Yet, past Ramon’s Village north to Boca del Rio we have private individuals/businesses in permanent structures from the water’s edge up. Some sell tours, some sell water, soda etc. We have a proliferation of massage establishments right on the beach inside this 60-foot zone. We have tables upon tables of souvenir stands, some which also offer illegal substances. We also have restaurants with tables on the water’s edge with waiters bobbing and weaving around the locals and tourists trying to make their way down the beach, running back and forth delivering drinks and food. There are actually stretches of the beach that you have to navigate that are less than 10 feet wide where these stands are set up. Why has this situation been allowed to get so out of control? Why have the laws of Belize been completely ignored for the benefit of a few and to the detriment of all?

Doctor Love
Dear Doctor Love, I love two different men and I can’t choose one over the other. Is it possible to be in love with two people at the same time? /s/ R. G. Dear R.G., Yes it is possible, but it is certainly not practical. It’s like having one lobster over the limit. If you don’t choose one to throw back into the sea there are stiff penalties to be paid. Make your choice before you take this further.


PUP Appoints Michel Chebat As Standard Bearer For Cayo North
There is more discontent within the People’s United Party as the brother of Richard Harrison, who contested the by-election in Cayo North and lost to UDP candidate Dr. Omar Figueroa, is saying the party’s leadership has acted illegally by appointing attorney Michel Chebat as Standard bearer for the constituency. Information provided to us by our colleagues at Krem indicates that Harrison’s brother Orlando took to social media to vent his frustration at the process undertaken by the party. Orlando Harrison is of the view that the people in Cayo North were to have elected the standard bearer in a convention. He adds that theparty should have issued a public notice within a specific time period to allow for persons interested to tender their application.

Two Females Knocked Down On The Philip Goldson Highway
A fourteen year old minor and her 44 year old mother Angelica Rodriguez are tonight recuperating at the Corozal Community Hospital after they were both knocked down on the Philip Goldson Highway. Sometime around 2:45pm Rodriquez and her 14 year old daughter from an unknown address in Corozal Town, were on their way back home after trying out her daughter’s fifteen year dress, when they attempted to cross the highway. According to reports, Mijar Tun from the village of Xaibe in the Corozal District was driving his Jetta Volkswagen car bearing license plate czl C 03509, towards Corozal Town; when upon reaching miles 79 and 80 in the village of San Joaquin, he saw both females attempting to cross the highway. CTV3 news was made to understand that Tun attempted to avoid knocking down the minor and the mother but the distance was too close.

Honduras Ambassador To Belize Discontent About Silvia Del Carmen's Burial
Her Excellency Sandra Rosales-Abella, Ambassador of the Republic of Honduras, was in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize on Thursday, January 29, 2015, to attend an emergency meeting with the Honduran community of the island after learning about the improper burial procedures taken on the body of murdered Honduran national Silvia del Carmen Benitez. Twelve days after Benitez was murdered and buried three and a half miles north of San Pedro, her body was exhumed upon the requests of the Honduran community of Ambergris Caye after they contacted the Honduran Embassy.

One Person Involved In Traffic Accident
Up to news time information is still sketchy but we understand that the Philip Goldson Highway was witness to yet another traffic accident sometime yesterday evening. CTV3 news was made to understand that a little after 5:00pm yesterday this blue Chevrolet car, which is believed, was driven at the time of the accident by Custom Officer Zakir Marin, flipped several times and landed on its four wheels after Marin lost control of the steering wheel.

Missing Teen Found
In last night’s newscast we reported of a young girl who had gone missing. Tonight there is good news to report in this case as 15 year old Amanda Usher back home. The teenager was found in Dangriga Town on Thursday night. She is reported to be in good health and was transported back to Belize City on this morning at around seven thirty. Fifteen year old Amanda Usher was reported missing by her mother earlier this week.

The Reporter

Marvin Mora new NTUCB president
Marvin Mora was selected as the mew president of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) during the union’s annual general meeting in Caye Caulker over the weekend. Mora, who was formerly the union’s second vice president and is the vice president of the Belize Energy Workers Union, has been active and vocal on a number of issues. Most recently, Mora has been vocalizing the union’s support for cane farmers, even participating in the protest on the steps of the National Assembly a few weeks ago. Christian Workers Union President, Audrey Matura Shepherd was selected to replace Mora as second vice president.

Bobbi Kristina Brown: Whitney Houston daughter’s condition unknown
Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of late US singer Whitney Houston, is in hospital in an unknown condition after being found unresponsive in a bathtub. Medical privacy laws mean information is restricted, but unconfirmed reports said she was in a medically induced coma to reduce swelling on the brain. Ms Brown, 21, was found on Saturday by her husband and a friend. The incident happened less than two weeks before the third anniversary of Whitney Houston’s death. The singer was found dead in February 2012, aged 48, in a bath in a hotel in Los Angeles. A post-mortem examination later concluded she died of accidental drowning due to the effects of cocaine use and heart disease.

Argentina leader wants shakeup after scandal
Argentina’s President, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has proposed the dissolution of the domestic intelligence service, as the country deals with the fallout from the mysterious death of a federal prosecutor who accused its leaders of a criminal cover-up over Argentina’s deadliest terror attack. Kirchner has sent a draft bill to the country’s parliament which, if passed, would mean the Secretariat of Intelligence (SI) is replaced by the Federal Intelligence Agency. In a taped statement aired Monday night on national TV, Kirchner said the service had “not served the interests of the country.” The body of Alberto Nisman, a special prosecutor investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, was found inside his apartment on January 18 — the day before he was due to testify before Congress about his claims.

Patrick JonesPJ

Closed season for Iguana hunting starts
The closed season for the hunting of Iguana in Belize starts today. From now until June 30, when female Iguanas are laying and caring for their eggs, it is unlawful to capture, disturb or hunt Iguana, also known as Bamboo Chicken. The closed season for the hunting of Iguana is part of conservation efforts as the Iguana is listed as a threatened specie.


The Modern Ruins of Belize
Belize is a lot more than a physical place full of real people going about their daily lives. If you read the websites and plans from developers and real estate operators, you will find that Belize is also a fantasy landscape, a place where rich foreigners project their dreams of tropical paradise, easy money, and endless opportunity. Forty two (42) years ago when I first came to this wild country, rich hunters from the USA still came to Belize to kill jaguars and crocodiles, living their macho dreams about the untouched tropical jungles full of mystery and danger. In the 1980s when rich foreigners saw the low price of land in Belize, they dreamt of huge herds of cattle grazing lush pastures. Several cleared huge areas – as much as 12,000 acres – were stages for a cattle baron and cowboy fantasy. Of course the pastures grew back full of thorny honey locust, the cattle got screwworms, and the price of beef dropped to the floor. Over the years foreigners have tried hundreds of other fantastic schemes; cohune-oil refineries, shrimp hatcheries, iguana, conch and crocodile farms, organic mango orchards and every imaginable kind of resort, hotel, and lodge. Poke through the bush almost anywhere in Belize and you will find the ruins left behind when these dreams collapsed. Abandoned buildings, development and streets, rotting refineries, rusting vehicles, and overgrown fences. Of course many of these developments were simply scams, but those who fall for scams are usually motivated by dreams powerful enough to make them throw caution to the wind.

A Walk WAY North: Tranquility Bay Resort to Robles Point, Miles 14 & 15 Ambergris Caye
It’s just another reason to stay up here…at the very last resort. The beautiful walks along “the road less traveled” in an area where the reef moves closer and closer, finally meeting with the land in a jagged and stunning bleached coral graveyard. We walked from Basil Jones and Tranquility Bay to Robles Point (the first spot where the reef meets the shore) and it is just spectacular. And then the last house before the point curves outward towards the reef. A long dock thru very shallow waters, a wind mill, a boat filled with old collected buoys and an awesome dog Fritz.

Why Choose Southern Belize
Southern Belize remains undiscovered and untouched by many travelers who visit Belize. The South as it is known locally, is not only home to the only Jaguar Preserve in the world but also home to a variety of birds, reptiles, mammals and ancient Maya ruins. Lonely Planet describes it as follows: Cultural, social and ecological diversity are the hallmarks of Southern Belize. It’s here in the south that open savannah and citrus-filled farmland give way to forested hills dotted with Maya villages and ruins, while towns like Hopkins and Placencia offer sun, sand and a bit of local culture.

13 Jaw-Dropping Photos That Will Convince You to Visit This Private Belize Island
The Belize Barrier Reef is the second-longest reef in the world, and it’s dotted with hundreds of islands, or cays, just off the coast of Belize. If you look out from the mainland, you can identify these tiny islands by their clusters of towering palm trees. The Yok Ha Resort enjoys one of these Caribbean enclaves all to itself 8 miles from the shore. Set on a private 3-acre island called Waterfoot Cay, the resort has exclusive access to some of the best snorkeling, fishing, and scuba diving in the world. And a short boat ride away is Dangriga, the cultural capital of Belize. Here are 13 jaw-dropping photos that will convince you to visit this private Belize Island Resort:

International Sourcesizz

Google Cuts Google Earth Pro From $400 to Free
If you like spending your lazy weekends zooming around the Earth and looking up all sorts of places that you've been to, want to go to, or never think you'll ever be able to go to, then Google is going to give you a hand. And if you already purchased Google Earth Pro at some point previously, we feel bad to be the bearers of the news that Google has now made said product completely free. Yes, Google has slapped a $400 discount on Google Earth Pro—presumably because not enough people were ponying up that much to make the revenue all that worth it versus the goodwill Google can receive for the gesture. That, or perhaps Google plans to use some of Google Earth's capabilities in a larger way, like some kind of virtual reality-based announcement that will allow people to soar around the world in an even more realistic fashion. (So, might as well make the entire thing free right now.)


  • The Turtleman's House Over the Water, 3.5min.
  • Mayan Discovery, 4min. Trip through the countries of Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. This was an extraordinary trip full of fun and know amazing people.
  • Four Voyages, 27min. This film chronicles the underwater wonders of four diverse destinations which my wife Laura and I visited from 2008 - 2012: · The Revillagigedos Islands off the Pacific Coast of Mexico · The barrier reef of Belize in the western Caribbean · The islands of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean · The Fiji Islands in the Western Pacific Each location is unique and provided something wonderful - including the giant mantas and sharks of Revillagigedos, the beautiful reefs of Belize, the incredible marine life of the Maldives - especially the eels, and finally one of my favourite creatures in the underwater world - the banded sea kraits (sea snakes) of Fiji. Enjoy the magic of the underwater world in the depths...
  • PG Day 2015 in Punta Gorda Belize, 1min. Celebrating the 118th anniversary of PG Day in Punta Gorda, Toledo Province, Belize. Hypnotic Mayan dancing to homemade instruments.
  • Hopkins Students Lead with Humanity in Mind in Belize, 3min. A team of twelve Johns Hopkins Carey Business students who kayak in Belize. They are faced with extraordinary challenges from beginning to end. Take a glimpse of them as they model the way with humanity in mind.
  • Carnival Cruise (Cozumel Mexico, Belize, Roatán Honduras', Grand Cayman) Part 1, 14min.
  • Carnival Cruise (Cozumel Mexico, Belize, Roatán Honduras, Grand Cayman) Part 2, 14min.
  • San Pedro, Belize, 6.5min.
  • GoPro 4 - Black - Driving through the Streets of Belize City, Belize, 8min.
  • Belize 2014, 7min. Scuba diving
  • Landing Sanpedro Airport, Belize - Maya Island Air 1/14/2015, 3min.
  • Belize, 8min.
  • Belize City Municipal Airport Take Off - Maya Island Air 1/14/2015, 3min. Taking off from Belize City Municipal airport on a 15 passenger Maya Island Air single prop plane in the rain.