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The San Pedro Sun

Road Mapping Workshops for the Coconut industry development set to continue
The second phase of the Road Mapping workshops for the European Union (EU) funded “Coconut Industry development in the Caribbean” project is set to continue later this month. Project partners the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and the Geneva based International Trade Centre (ITC) will engage with industry stakeholders in Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Belize and Suriname to formulate road maps for market led development of the coconut and coconut products sectors. Utilizing a participatory approach stakeholders across the coconut value chain in each of the project countries will come up with road maps to address critical areas such as market options, production and productivity, support services and the policy environment among other areas.

Letter to the Editor: Val Long on unsafe swimming areas
Dear Editor; We are amongst the more affluent tourists, blessed with double income and therefore able to afford to vacation for up to a full month each winter, sometimes split up by visiting two travel destinations per year. We are able to choose from various tropical destinations from Hawaii, the Caribbean to the South Pacific. Our (enclosed) picture shows what our resort on your island was able to offer as the secure & safe swimming area in the ocean for guests. That was at one of the top locations on the island. At the beginning we were cautioned to swim within a confined area secured and surrounded by buoys, an area in size smaller than our living room at home. Both resort pools were even larger in size. Like many other travelers we do not like to use pools due to chlorination. And using a pool would defy our desire to swim in a warm ocean while on vacation. The other safe option offered was to swim in knee to hip deep waters between docks; also an area where we could not been hit by boats.

Brother and Sisters Unite after 47 years
“Dear Editor, I am writing as I am looking for any family that I may have in Belize. My name is Raymond Willis Oliver. I live in England and was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, to a woman named Dorothy Willis who was born on 2nd Feb 1941…Dorothy, Thaddeus, Juanita and Tanya went to Belize in 1968…” That was the email that started it all: a brother from England hoping to connect with his sisters after they were separated 47 years ago. He wrote to The San Pedro Sun, and in turn we printed the letter and even posted it online on our popular Facebook page. As we all know, everyone knows someone in Belize, and within a DAY, he had already gotten a response! First, one of Juanita’s step-nieces was alerted through the Facebook post, and then the printed version ended up in the hands of someone at Corozal Community College, where Tanya works. Thanks to the coconut wireless that is Belize communication, Raymond was alerted that his sisters were alive and well, and living in Belize. He excitedly wrote us back, indicating that he would be making a trip to Belize soon, and unite with his long-lost relatives. According to Raymond, he’s known of his sisters’ existence since he was 18, which is when the state released information to him. He had been left in hospital by his mother Dorothy Willis, and he was placed into foster care, eventually being raised by his foster parents. Upon turning 18, he tried to find out more about his sisters, but was told that the information he had was too little to go by.

11 Police Officers join the Coastal Executive Unit
The Coastal Executive Unit, which is made up of the San Pedro Police Department (SPPD) and Caye Caulker Police Department (CCPD), now has the extra man power of 11 police officers. The new graduates of the Belize Police Academy, three Women Police Constables and eight (male) Police Constables, were deployed to their first assignment on Monday, May 18th. SPPD welcomed eight officers, while three were assigned to the CCPD. Officer in Charge of Coastal Executive Unit, Assistant Superintendent Henry Jemmott, welcomed the officers with a brief speech on expected conduct and the importance of upholding the law. The police officers were then assigned roles within the department. PC 1932 Ediberto Patt, PC 1853 Dyron Chan and WPC 1895 Tifany Hamilton were assigned to serve in Caye Caulker Village. SSPD saw the intake of WPC 1963 Monique Usher, PC 1849 Amir Carillo, PC 1858 Jashimir Cob, PC 1939 Malcolm Ramirez, PC 1846 Nestor Campus, PC 1867 Harold Deijo, WPC 1871 Ashley Ferguson and PC 1955 Reydel Teck.

Licks Beach Side Café wins Tapas Cook-Off
But is wasn’t all about the food. Patrons also had the chance to enter Saga’s grand raffle or purchase some fun souvenirs all for a worthy cause. Luna Loca prepared some great Saga themed drink specials and even donated 20% of all bar proceeds to the initiative. Other significant donors of the night included Dave and Susan Plank who donated $200, Wolfgang Wind who donated $300, and a generous anonymous donor of $1000. Kudos to them for opening their pockets to a great cause! Special thanks goes out to Anne’s Pastries, the Toucan Stores, LC Distributors, SandBar, Island Daiquiri, Black Orchid, and Belizean Breezes. A big thank you to the Saga volunteers who made the event possible: Kevin and Heather Smith, Dawn LoCascio, Katia Marin, Sandie Betz-Eisenberg, Eileen Jamison, Iliana Paj, Grant Crimmins, Bill and Debra Milstead, Rene Steinmetz, Diana and Bruno Nobrega, Geovanni Martinez, and Steven Pound. Last but not least, Saga thanks all the supporters who came out to the fundraiser.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Do you know that the excavation for the Benque Archaeological Site is currently happening?
It is possible that this site dates back to the early Classic period, not certain as yet. From here you can see Xunantunich, the Arenal mounds. We really thank the people who are working there diligently and the ones who make this project happen, especially Mr. Subrata Basu. If you are interested in visiting the site, please call the Benque Viejo Town Council at 803-2020.

Belize Ten-day Weather Outlook
An analysis of the 10-day GFS and GFS-MNSPRD models prediction indicate that a fairly strong subsidence inversion in the East – Northeast trade wind flow will support only isolated shallow convection across Belize during the rest of May and through most of the first week of June. Therefore, expect little in the form of significant rainfall over the next 8 to 9 days which could increase the moisture content of the soil. The models are resolving an energetic, eastward-moving upper level shortwave trough over the central Gulf of Mexico and southern Mexico on June 4-5. This feature, along with low pressures over northern Central America will induce a marked increase in convection over Yucatan, Guatemala, Belize and western Honduras. Vigorous outbreaks of showers and thunderstorms will begin to move across SW Belize on Friday, June 5, then spreading across the rest of Belize through Saturday and Sunday June 6-7, 2015. This activity is expected to persist through most of the second week of June. The GFS 288-hr. precipitation forecast map (Figure 1 below), shows rainfall rate of 0.10-0.25 of-an-inch/24hr in SW Belize for the morning of Saturday, June 6, 2015. The daily rainfall rates will increase over the rest of the weekend through most of the following working week. This event will very likely mark the onset of the 2015 rainy season in Belize.

Corozal: Town Hall Meeting USA Embassy
Attention U.S. citizens! The U.S. Embassy Consular section is hosting a town hall meeting in Corozal Town. Date: Tuesday June 02, 2015 Place: Jam Rock Grill (Large palapa on the bay) 1st Ave, Sea-Front Corozal Town Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. BELIZE TIME Embassy staff that provides assistance to U.S citizens in Belize will discuss public services the U.S. Embassy offers, hurricane preparedness, and answer your general questions on our services. Limited consular public services will be offered - accepting adult U.S. passport renewal and additional visa pages applications (applicants or authorized representatives will need to be able to pick up their passports at the U.S. Embassy later), limited notary services (no real estate closings or certified copies).

The Reporter

Traffic officer shot
Traffic Officer, 34 yrs old Calvin Cumberbatch was shot on Monday night in Belize City. Cumberbatch was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he is receiving treatment. Just before that, Mark Gentle, 26, of 7189 Ceasar Ridge Road suffered several gunshots to the body and rushed to the hospital for treatment.

Protection needed for reef fish?
Marine experts are calling for Caribbean countries to pass legislation that will protect fish populations which are vital to the survival of coral reefs. In a new study published this month in the journal PeerJ, researchers with the University of North Carolina Wilmington, identified fishes that live among the reef as a key factor in keeping sea sponges from destroying corals. The study which surveyed 12 Caribbean islands, including Belize, pointed out that these fish are the natural predators of the sea sponges, making their existence an important part of the reef’s survival. Lead researcher for the study, Dr Joseph Pawlik said that, “Caribbean nations can now base their fishing policy decisions on the clear connection between overfishing and sponge-smothered corals. Coral conservation requires a healthy population of reef fishes.” Pawlick noted that while corals have protected status, the fishes are not making their populations susceptible to being diminished by over-fishing.

SIB to present latest data
The Statistical Institute of Belize is presenting its latest publications this week. The SIB, at a press conference scheduled for Wednesday at the Central Bank of Belize conference room, will present the First Quarter Gross Domestic Product for 2015, as well as the consumer price index and external trade bulletin for the month of April. The first quarter GDP will provide a snapshot of the country’s economic performance from January to April, while the ETB will show the amount of imports and exports Belize has made during the same period. The CPI will show to what degree, if any, the prices of commodities and services have either decreased or increased for the month of April. The SIB, the statutory body responsible for collecting compiling and disseminating this form of data, periodically presents the results of these and other forms of surveys, the most recent being the National Child Activity Survey 2013, presented on May 8.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Two people injured after shooting in Yabra Area
Information reaching our news desk is that two persons were injured this evening in a shooting incident that occurred in the Yabra Area. According to reports, the two men have been rushed to the KHMH where they remain in a critical condition.The victims have been identified as Mark Gentle and […]

Belize: More Equitable Land Distribution Vital For Reversing Growing Inequality
Belize’s total land mass is 2,275,353 hectares (5,620,121 acres)…with 1,434,119 hectares (63.36%) owned by government…and 841,234 hectares (36.64%) owned privately. – Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010 (FRA 2010). Of 841,234 hectares that is privately held it is estimated that less than 1% of the population (approx. 3,500 persons) […]

Guatemala and Belize sign agreement over territorial dispute
Although the topics were not made known, the meeting took place amid a Government crisis stemming from corruption allegations involving government officers, including Roxanna Baldetti, who resigned as the country’s vice president on May 8th. This will be the last meeting of Insulza as Secretary General of the Organization of […]

Police respond to two instances of gun violence in Belize City this weekend
Information reaching our news room is that there have been two more reports over the long weekend of gun violence in Belize City. The first incident played out on Saturday, May 23rd on Amara Avenue in Belize City where the windshield of a vehicle was damaged. Fortunately no one was […]

16-year old arrested for keeping ammunition without a gun license
Cayo Police have arrested a 16-year old minor from Camalote Village for keeping ammunition without a gun license. According to reports, on May 22, 2015 around 5:20 p.m. police were on a mobile patrol on a feeder road in Camalote Village when their attention was drawn to a group of […]

Three men caught trying to steal boat in San Pedro
Three men are under police custody after they were caught red-handed snatching a vessel worth close to $47, 000 dollars. According to reports, Thomas Vidrine from # 1 Crocodile Drive in San Pedro Town reported to police that his boat was being stolen from the dock where he had it […]

CDB approves loan to better education in Belize
Five years ago the Government of Belize asked the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) for assistance in bettering education and making it more accessible for children in every district of our nation. That call for help has been answered as the GOB’s loan request was approved by CDB at a meeting […]

Mainly fair and windy conditions to prevail
The general weather situation calls for mainly fair, windy and warm conditions to prevail in the next couple days. Today’s outlook is mostly sunny with a few cloudy spells during the day and partly cloudy tonight, Showers will be isolated. Winds will blow to the South East at 10 to […]


Why is Sustainability Central?
Sustainability is central to humanity. The existence of humanity, and all its associated activities, relies on the life support systems provided by the environment in which we all live. We exchange goods and services amongst us, with economic systems guiding the processes involved. Our health, including mental and physical, is vitally important to each of us. We are social animals, living in groups, with complex interactions amongst us, and social systems providing structure to these interactions. Thus there are four pillars of sustainability: environment; economics; health; social. Humanity relies on continuance of such sustainability. Sustainability is also a legacy, something we potentially “hand down” to our kids, grandkids and subsequent generations. The rhetorical question, famously posed by Groucho Marx, “Why should I care about future generations? What have they ever done for me?”, surely misses the point. It is obvious that we care about future generations, especially our kids and grandkids, who most of us will know as individuals. They, as well as our future generations, are our biological contribution to the future.

The 11th Annual Lagoon Reef Eco-Challenge Was the Closest One Yet!
For the last 11 years, two-man or woman teams of kayakers take to the water for a 42 mile, two day kayaking marathon. The event highlights reef conservation and environmental friendliness and is just a super fun competition for those paddling (wishful thinking on my part) and for those on shore enjoying a Belikin and cheering them on. The event started Saturday at the old football field…7pm was the time but thing got moving a bit slowly. The paddlers race up the back side of the island, through lagoons, sometimes carrying their kayaks in shallow water. They paddle the canal, Bacalar Chico, dug by the Mayans between Belize and Mexico and then camp over night… On Sunday morning, they head back down to Central Park. I made it to town to see the EXHAUSTED winners…and a huge crowd out to greet them. It’s a super fun town event. The wind was strong…up to 25 mph from the east and then south east and the day hot and hazy.

International Sourcesizz

Belize and Guatemala en route to solve territorial dispute sponsored by OAS
Belize and Guatemala signed on Monday the Protocol to the Special Agreement which will allow the governments of both nations to separately hold public consultations with a view to submitting their territorial dispute to the International Court of Justice. The signing for the amendment of the Agreement the two governments signed in 2008 took place at the Organization of American States headquarters with Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza attending the ceremony, probably his last act in such a post since on Tuesday 26 May Luis Almagro from Uruguay will be taking over as the new OAS chief. Other participants included the foreign ministers of Guatemala, Carlos Raúl Morales, and Belize, Wilfred Elrington. In his speech, Secretary General Insulza recalled that the role of facilitator and mediator in the Belize-Guatemala that has been played by the OAS is “one of the most important tasks of the Organization and one to which we have assigned the highest priority in the General Secretariat.”

World War G Reaches Mopping Up Phase: Belize
Belize is a country of 331,000 that’s a backwater even by Central American standards. But the Eye of Sauron has now turned its attention upon Belize. From a giant article in the New York Times Magazine: The Lonely Fight Against Belize’s Antigay Laws Can one challenge to a statute criminalizing sodomy create a domino effect in the Caribbean? … Opponents made much of the fact that Unibam receives all of its budget, around $35,000 a year, from foreign governments and foundations, including the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, the Swiss Embassy in Mexico City and the Open Society Foundations. “Is Unibam being used for a foreign gay agenda?” one news station asked. The Amandala, the nation’s largest newspaper, published a page-­long editorial under the headline “UNIBAM DIVIDES BELIZE.” “Homosexuals are predators of young and teenaged boys,” wrote the editor in chief, Russell Vellos.

In diesen Traumhotels flittern die Stars
In purem Luxus schwelgen, sich rundum verwöhnen lassen und sich ganz und gar dem oder der Liebsten widmen können ... Wer wünscht sich das nicht für die Flitterwochen? Hollywood-Stars und andere Prominente machen uns vor, wir das geht. Sie checken in die exklusivsten Hotels der Welt ein und genießen den perfekten Honeymoon. Schauspieler Benedict Cumberbatch und Regisseurin Sophie Hunter haben gerade erst Ja gesagt – und es sich anschließend im Four Seasons auf Bora Bora gut gehen lassen. Die Experten des Reiseportals „Travelzoo“ verraten, welche berühmten Pärchen wo flittern. Von Badeurlaub auf Hawaii oder den Seychellen bis hin zu Safari-Urlaub in Tansania wählen sie natürlich nur die edelsten Absteigen.

Explainer: What is the List of World Heritage in Danger
The List of World Heritage in Danger has recently come to the attention of Australians, as the World Heritage Committee considers whether the Great Barrier Reef belongs there. What is the list, and what does getting onto it mean? The World Heritage Convention and the ‘in danger’ list The World Heritage Convention is an international convention adopted by UNESCO aimed at conserving the world’s most outstanding heritage sites. The convention covers 190 countries that voluntarily participate in it. Identifying potential world heritage places is the responsibility of each participating country. The World Heritage Committee – a 21-member body established by the convention but with membership elected by the member states – decides which sites make the list (there are currently 1,007). Countries have to protect, conserve, communicate the value of, rehabilitate and transmit the sites to future generations.

Central America panel seeks ways to slash region’s sky high electricity prices
In the United States, electricity costs 10¢ to 12¢ per kilowatt-hour (kwh), while in Costa Rica, it’s 15¢ per kwh and considerably higher in Honduras and Nicaragua, Central America’s poorest countries. Yet a top State Department official said the region — which relies heavily on diesel and fuel oil for power generation — is now in an ideal position to cut costs by introducing alternative sources like natural gas and renewable energy. “Things that five years ago were not even possible are available today. Some methods of transporting containerized natural gas have come down in cost considerably,” said Robin Dunnigan, deputy U.S. assistant secretary for energy diplomacy. Dunnigan said the Central American Electrical Interconnection System (SIEPAC) already links 37 million people in Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala. SIEPAC, which has been discussed since 1987, includes a 1,790-kilometer, 230-kV transmission line as well as improvements to existing systems. It cost $320 million without proposed interconnections with Mexico, Belize and Panama.


  • Belikin Beer Chocolate Stout drinking contest!, 1/2min.

  • Belize 2014, 15min.

  • Climbing Victoria Peak Belize, 4min. Even though we were unable to make it to the summit because of the rain we really did enjoy our trip.

  • Belize Mountain Pine Ridge, 1000ft Falls, Big Rock Falls Pt.3, 4min.

  • Belize it or Knot 2015, 7min.

  • Belize 2015, 6min. Bow High School's 2015 trip to Belize consisted of going into the jungle at Martz Farm and the Cockscomb Basin, then heading out to Caye Caulker Island at the Anchorage Resort

  • Diving with Scuba School Belize, 3min.