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The San Pedro Sun

It’s an Island We Have to Keep Clean!
Amidst the usual children playing on the jungle-gym and tourists sun-bathing on the beach, a different group gathered at the Boca Del Rio Park, Tuesday, June 30th with a purpose other than playing or relaxing. Their purpose? Cleaning up! Members of the community along with missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints united their efforts to help make the park and surrounding areas even more beautiful. Armed with gloves and garbage bags, they went out to serve – picking up trash along the way. Community member Marlene Coral said of the activity, “It was fun! I would do it again!” Missionaries organized the project as part of a church activity “San Pedro Service Week,” a week full of activities designed to get the community excited about serving others. Other planned activities include visiting the elderly, making cards for the sick, and a youth-focused service night. Maria de Leon also loved the activity, saying, “I feel happy and satisfied because we gave service where we live. It’s an island we have to keep clean!”

Fun and learning with Coral Reef Ed-Ventures 2015
The Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Coral Reef Ed-ventures has once again started providing children with an educational summer camp on the marine ecosystem of Ambergris Caye. The program is done in collaboration with students from Smith College in Massachusetts, USA. This year six students have travelled to San Pedro to be counsellors for the summer program. The first phase of the program took place at the San Pedro High School and involved children aged 12 and above. The second part of the program is taking place at the San Pedro Roman Catholic Primary School (SPRCS) from 9am to noon, and features children ages7-12. At the end of the camp, the children are expected to be well acquainted with the reef ecology and conservation. Children between the ages of 7-12 started their program on Monday, June 29th. The Coral Reef Ed-ventures counsellors will be taking the children through several topics that will cover the conservation and development of the local marine habitats. Topics being explored are the coral reef, deep sea, mangroves and respect for the environment.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Kids Yoga Summer Classes
Kids Summer Yoga Classes will start on the 13th of July, and run through the 7th of September. They'll be held at the Manzanero Mall, at the Full Lotus Yoga Studio. "Classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays ages 4-7 @ 2pm-2:45 and ages 7-12 @ 3pm- 3:45. Kids yoga runs during the summer for two months only so please pass this along to anyone that might be interested. July 13th to Sep 7th with a group yoga party at the end of the camp open to all ages, even parents. $6 per class, $10 for the week, or unlimited classes for $75 per child for the duration of the camp* *partial or full scholarships are available, please request an application or see Sera to apply"

EL Pilar For Birding
El Pilar might be in the news a lot because of the discovery of the new 'citadel,' and it's always been a great spot for birding. "A particularly intriguing feature is a causeway that extends from the eastern part of the ruins across the country border into Guatemala. Thus far, 12 pyramids and 25 plazas have been found at El Pilar. This is triple the number found in nearby sites such as Xunantunich and Cahal Pech. The site was occupied between (500 BC) and (1000 AD) periods. A variety of residential structures were discovered during excavations, in addition to elite household compounds and ceremonial structures. In contrast to other nearby sites, El Pilar remains virtually the same way today as when it was discovered. Most structures are in the early stages of excavation. Currently there are five trail systems at El Pilar, three archeological and two primarily nature trail intended to provide insight into the agro-forestry of the ancient Maya. This provides the visitor with a sense of what the site looked like before archeologists began their research on the area. The site and its surrounding vegetations make a perfect birding destination."

Sights of the BAAS 2015
NICH's Institute of Archaeology had this year's Belize Archaeology and Anthropology Symposium, which ran from Tuesday to Friday. This year's BAAS was streamed live. Mark your calendars for next year.

The Reporter

CARICOM summit begins with calls for focus on youth and perfecting regional integration
Outgoing CARICOM chairman, Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie, urged his colleague leaders to pay more attention to the educating and employing young people. He also made a call for more emphasis to be placed on teaching methodologies to meet the learning needs of the bottom 50 per cent of students in the school system. “Chief amongst my concerns and that of The Bahamas is the future of the young people of ourregion and our country . . . They are last in and first out in any crisis,” Christie said as he addressed the opening ceremony of the 36th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM Thursday evening, adding that the region’s youth are “looking to us to help secure their future and dispel their sense of hopelessness”. “We cannot surrender them to crime and criminality . . . It is our responsibility to ensure that they get a good education, become part of the formal economies of our countries and become beneficiaries of the practice of social mobility, equity and fairness,” he said.

Police say PG labour officer was murdered
Police have determined that 29-year-old Juana Cardinez, a labour officer and resident of Punta Gorda, was murdered. The pathologist ruled, from the findings of a post mortem examination, that her cause of death was hemorrhaging to due to stab wounds to the neck. Officer commanding the Punta Gorda police formation, Superintendent Simeon Alvarez, said that police believe that the assailant was someone that Cardinez was familiar with. Cardinez, who had been reported missing by her ex-commonlaw husband Alberto Coleman, was discovered in the bathroom of her apartment at the corner of King and Jose Maria Nunez streets, already beginning to decompose. Police had to get help from the fire department to enter the house. Investigators have since detained a 55-year-old man from PG in connection with the incident.

Belizean athletes ready for Pan Am Games
A delegation of Belizean athletes are preparing to represent the country in the upcoming 17th Pan American Games. The delegates leave for Toronto, Canada on Wednesday to participate in the Athletics and Triathlon events. The delegation will be headed by Chief of Mission, Allan Sharp. The contingent consists of triathlete Amed Figueroa, Athletics delegate Deon Sutherland, Kaina Martinez and Mark Anderson who will both be doing the 100m. The event, which is the third largest multi-sport competition in the world will run from July 10-26. The triathlon takes place from the 11th -12th and A athletics from the 21st – 25th. Forty-one countries will compete in 36 disciplines at the event, which is held once every four years. 5he events include: archery, judo, golf, cycling, boxing, basketball, and bowling.

Belizean delegation at CARICOM meeting
Three top level government officials are in Barbados representing Belize at the Thirty-Sixth Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community The Minister oforeign Affairs Wilfred Elrington, his Chief Executive Officer Lawrence Sylvester, and the CEO in the Prime Minister’s office Audrey Wallace, left Belize earlier this week for the conferee, which runs from July 2-3 At the conference the heads of government discussed topics such as food security, regional energy programmes, crime and the regional push for reparations from European nations. The conference is set to end on the eve of the 42nd anniversary of the signing of Treaty of Chaguramas on July 4 1973, which established the community. Apart from being a party to the original treaty, Belize also signed the revised treaty in 2001 which established the CARICOM single market economy. The directorate of foreign trade in the ministry of Ministry of Trade, Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection, held a weeks worth activities this week to commemorate the signing of the treaty.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Senator for the Churches issues position on the PetroCaribe Loan Acts 2015
This evening, Rev. Father Noel Leslie, Senator for the Churches issued a press release explaining to the nation the position of the Roman Catholic Church of Belize regarding the PetroCaribe Loan Acts 2015. According to Rev. Father Noel Leslie, he has an obligation to vote in accordance with the majority […]

Ministry of Natural Resources inaugurates garbage transfer station
An initiative established several years ago has changed the collection and disposal of garbage from across the central corridor of Belize – the islands, Belize City, Belmopan and San Ignacio. The Belize Solid Waste Management Authority has overseen the construction of multiple transfer stations where garbage is collected and sorted […]

Minister accuses Maya of undermining court order
Senator Lisel Alamilla, the Minister for Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, has accused Maya leaders of undermining the court order issued by the Caribbean Court of Justice in May concerning what rights they hold over lands within and surrounding the Maya communities of the Toledo District. According to the Senator, […]

Haiti complains of mistreatment of “foreign” Dominican citizens
According to the Haiti Sentinel, the Dominican Republic has violated certain protocols for the deportation and return of “foreign” citizens, particularly Haitians. The two countries share the land mass of Hispaniola in the middle Caribbean, and according to the Sentinel the Dominican Republic decided several months ago to retroactively “denationalize” […]

Plenty of dry weather this weekend
The National Met. Service of Belize is calling for mostly dry weather for the next 24 hours. The 24 hour forecast is for sunny conditions with only a few cloudy spells today and partly cloudy tonight, only isolated showers or isolated thunderstorms are expected to occur. The wind blows at […]

PUP National Party Council Holds Meeting in Dangriga
The PUP National Party Council is currently holding a meeting in Dangriga to prepare for the upcoming bye-election that is scheduled for Wednesday, July 8th 2015. According to our sources, the national party council is also passing resolutions on national issues that are affecting the country like crime, poverty, nepotism […]

Channel 5 hails Castro victory for “whistleblowers”
Elsewhere we have covered the sudden discontinuance of Minister of State Edmond Castro’s defamation case against Alvarene Burgess and Great Belize Productions/Television (Channel 5). Yesterday the television station released a statement, which stated, “Great Belize Productions/Channel Five believes that it has been vindicated in this high profile case […]

Jury finds Donicio Salazar not guilty of murder
A third trial against Donicio “Life” Salazar of San Ignacio concluded Thursday evening with a unanimous verdict of not guilty of either murder of manslaughter following near seven hours of deliberation by a jury of six men and six women in the courtroom of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin. […]

Ministry of Education promotes positive discipline in schools
School may be out for the July-August break but that doesn’t mean teachers are taking it easy. A two-day workshop to train trainers in implementing models of positive discipline in schools concluded today in Belize City. The genesis of this workshop lies in the decision of the Ministry […]

Belize City restaurant to offer special sauce in market
Belize City residents are familiar with the fast food stand known as Fibbers on Cemetery Road. They sell a variety of fast foods for reasonable prices, but the real attraction over their 12 years in business has been their uniquely special sauce. It is more than just a […]

International Sourcesizz

Will Cuba change Caricom?
The agreement between Cuba and the United States to reopen or establish embassies in their respective capitals concretises the resumption of diplomatic relations and it portends the eventual full normalisation of relations. Many believe that normal relations are still far in the future because of the continued application of the Helms-Burton Act and the Republican control of the US Congress. Yet, the lessons of US political history show that the change could happen overnight. Few foresaw that normalisation would have proceeded to where it is at this time. A Republican administration could reverse its traditional stance because the Cuban vote in Miami is no longer a determining factor in winning the state, and indeed, the new generation of Cuban-Americans are not interested in returning to Cuba. Many favour normal relations with Cuba so that they can come and go freely to their ancestral home. In addition, the corporate lobby, particularly the exporters of agricultural products, has been pressing to open the Cuban market. The American business community is salivating at investment opportunities in Cuba and as an export market.

Videos

  • Descent into the Blue Hole, Belize, 9min.

  • OATS - Route of the Maya - Day 13 --- 11/04/13, 44min. Last full day on this Mayan Adventure Trip ... After breakfast at our hotel in Belize City, We travel by boat to visit the Mayan ruins at "Lamanai" ... Later returned to our hotel for farewell drinks and trip highlights discussion and gifts from Vinney... Then off to our Farewell Dinner at Celebrities Restaurant in Belize City

  • Project Belize - Bonefish, 6min. A video highlighting a recent BTT research mission to Belize to tag and release Bonefish. Belize may have jungle ruins, exotic animals and amazing reefs, but it also has some of the best flats fishing in the world.

  • Swimming with dolphins in Belize, 1/2min.

  • Nicole's Belize Gel Trip 2015, 8min.

  • FSX CROSSWIND LANDING B747 KLM BELIZE, 6min.

  • Project Belize - Bonefish, 8min.