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The San Pedro Sun

Action Twenty 24 ministry holds annual sports camp
Action Twenty 24 is back in San Pedro hosting their 5th annual Sports Ministry Summer Camp. The one week camp started on Monday, July 18th and culminated on Friday, July 22nd. Campers had the opportunity to learn skills in football, volleyball, basketball and baseball. Held in collaboration with Lighthouse Christian Radio, the camp hosted over 40 children ages 6-13 each morning at the New Horizon Seventh Day Adventist School, and in the afternoon at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium. According to camp organizer Chris Bonnett, one focus of the camp is to teach children great sportsmanship. “Our emphasis is on sports, as well as leadership skills. We teach the campers how to come together as a team, and work together effectively. We just want to show them how to love someone they don’t know and be respectful. I think with the word of God and leadership skills, they will make better decisions as they get older,” said Bonnet.

San Pedro FC wins 3-0 vs Carlston FC in McClean Insurance U-17 football tournament
The San Pedro FC scored three goals in six minutes to celebrate a 3-0 victory over Carlston FC of Belize City when the McLean Insurance Brokers Under-17 football tournament organized by the Belize District Football Association kicked off at the M.C.C. grounds in Belize City on Saturday, July 16. Jhoan Alvarez and Dixon Paguada led the San Pedro offensive supported by Arnold Flowers and Ian Pou on the wings, and Christian Medina and David James at midfield. The Carlston defenders Jamil Awayo, Shawn Norberto and Jonathan Casimiro held off their attacks for the first 15 minutes of play. The Carlston boys could not get the ball past midfield, as the San Pedro defence Eduardo Ack, Jorge Castillo and Wilson Cruz were there to break up the plays and share the ball out to their wingers. Arnold Flowers drove the ball solo up the left flank, and the Carlston’s goalie seeing his defenders outplayed, came out of his goal to meet Flowers’ charge. The wily Arnold, seeing the goalie was off his line, took advantage of the space to nimbly lob over the goalie’s head to bounce into the empty net: 1-0 in the 15th minute.

SPTC hosts summer camp activities for island children
Summer in La Isla Bonita usually means any number of camps set up to keep children active during the school break. Sports are a top choice of activity, and this year is packed with adrenaline, team work, and most of all, fun! On behalf of the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC), the San Pedro Sports Committee introduced a sporting summer camp that started on Monday, July 18th and will run until Friday, August 12th. Sports Coordinator Kent Bob Gabourel, along with Councilor in charge of Sports, Hector Alamilla, is hosting the camp. In its first week, around 30 children joined them at the Honorable Louis Sylvester Complex to practice the basics of football. The campers were taught how to line up on a field, control a ball, shoot, pass, and the general rules of the game. The camp is split in two sessions, one in the morning, and the other in the afternoon. Gabourel has indicated that the kids are very enthusiastic and willing to learn basic skills, while having fun. Since the camp runs for a month, different sporting activities will take place each week.

Party with Costa Maya Beauty Contestants at Aquafino Island Resort & Spa!
On Saturday, July 30th Aquafino Island Resort & Spa, on the western coast of Ambergris Caye, will be hosting this year’s Costa Maya Beauty Contestants for a swimsuit shoot and fashion show. Bikinis provided by Char Tolentino, and clothing provided by Top Notch will be modelled by the eight lovely delegates. The evening will include a poolside VIP cocktail party and catered dinner, with all proceeds benefiting The Inspiration Centre and the Ambergris Caye Rotary Club. Everyone is invited to attend this beauty show for a worthy cause. William Narod, presidents of Aquafino Resort & Spa extends a warm invitation to join in the party. “This party in paradise will feature a DJ playing your favourite music, as well as live entertainment provided by Julianie J. Ferguson. Some of San Pedro’s top restaurants, including Las Terrazas, El Fogon, Caroline’s, Pirate’s Treasure and Hidden Treasure will be catering the meal. We hope that this becomes an annual event, so please come enjoy an amazing evening with the Costa Maya Beauty contestants and distinguished guests from all over Belize, while helping local charities.”

BTL Compensation Award Update
The Government of Belize (GOB) informs that a dispute has arisen between the Government and the Ashcroft Alliance over the recent BTL compensation award handed down by the Permanent Court of Arbitration. GOB, after the most careful examination by a number of its experts, argues that the wrong rate of exchange was applied by the Arbitral Tribunal in arriving at its ultimate compensation figure. GOB also submits that the Tribunal’s calculation of interest was mathematically incorrect. Both mistakes by the Tribunal prejudiced GOB and resulted overall in larger sums being awarded than were justified. GOB has 30 days from the date of the award to seek rectification, and its overseas lawyers have now prepared and are filing the relevant application. For its part, the Ashcroft Alliance questions the currency split used by GOB last week in making the first half payment of the award. It will be recalled that the award was divided into two by the Tribunal, with 40% of the total representing the non-Accommodation Agreement portion and 60% representing the Accommodation Agreement portion. The latter, according to the Settlement Agreement, is payable in Belize dollars and can only be spent to fund projects in Belize for the benefit of the people of Belize. The 40% is payable in United States currency and belongs entirely to the Ashcroft Alliance as compensation for the acquisition of their BTL shares.

Camp Starfish: Special fun for Special kids!
School is officially over, and an array of camps have been sprouting across La Isla Bonita. Among them is the Ambergris Caye Camp Starfish, a free two-week camp focused on children with mental and physical disabilities. Camp Coordinator Dalia Alamilla is more than excited to be hosting the camp at the Lions Den on July 18th, 20th, 22nd, 25th, 27th, and 29th. Thanks to the $3,252 donation from the Blue Water Grill and The Phoenix, Camp Starfish offers activities that include story time, music & movement, arts and crafts, sensory activities and more! In addition, children from different districts will be attending the camp. A total of 28 campers have registered, but more are expected to participate throughout the week. This year, three special education teachers from Massachusetts and North Carolina, USA have offered their assistance to help out. Volunteers also include students from San Pedro High School and their Peer Group, six volunteers from Projects Abroad, and other community members who have expressed interest in wanting to help. If anyone else would like to volunteer, they are welcome to go to the Lions Den to join in.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow Departs the Country
The Office of the Prime Minister informs the general public that the Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow departs the country today, Saturday, 23rd July, 2016 for a scheduled medical consultative appointment relating to his back ailment. During the Prime Minister’s absence, the Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Science & Technology, Culture, Youth and Sports will act as Prime Minister. The Prime Minister will return on Friday, 29th July, 2016.

Miss Hopkins 2016
Introducing Miss Hopkins 2016 Winner - Johnisha Ariola- Join me in welcoming her to the ranks of Village leadership - Hopkins will keep empowering its women - Congratulations

Muscle Hut Fitness Club
Everyone is pumped up about Cayo's new gym. Yes, the Muscle Hut Fitness Center is open, and they have a great selection of equipment to work every major muscle group. They're right downtown too, and have a good view of the area from the 3rd of the Manzanero building. "San Ignacio has a new gym: Muscle Hut Fitness Club. It's right downtown, in the top floor of the Manzanero building. They have some great equipment there, and you can work out just about every body part. Membership is $75 a month, and you can also go to the Muscle Hut gym in Belmopan."

The Reporter

Citizenship programs in the Caribbean attractive to investors
The economist points out that if the UK pursues an exit from the EU in keeping with the Brexit referendum results, there may be what she terms “implications” for travel and visa requirements for Citizenship-by-Investment passport holders, to the Schengen zone in particular. In general, she notes, opponents to Caribbean passport programmes believe that nationality is not something that can be sold; and the granting of rights and freedoms to persons without any historic or cultural affinity with the country is deemed by some to be unacceptable.

Miss Belize franchise names 16 delegates for upcoming pageant
After almost 10 years of dormancy, the Miss Belize franchise has named 16 delegates for the upcoming pageant in September. The young women will compete on September 10, to become Belize’s fairest lady to represent us at the most covetted beauty pageant in the world – the Miss Universe pageant. These young ladies represent every district. The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH). They were selected through an open casting call process in July. Opal Enriquez, the national director of Miss Belize Universe has expressed pleasure with the line-up, saying: “These young women are accomplished, intelligent and beautiful. “Belizeans can be proud to have such a strong group contestants – any of whom would represent us well on an international stage.” The Miss Belize pageant is set for September 10, starting at 7:00 p.m., at|the Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Violent start to weekend in Belize District
Police have confirmed two shooting incidents, one fatal, in the Rural section of Eastern Division. One Nathan Underwood, proprietor of Nate’s Cool Spot at Mile 21 Philip Goldson Highway, was apparently shot dead there, while one Rosaline Milligan was shot on Maskall Road. And, […]

DPM Faber, acting PM til Barrow’s return
Prime Minister Dean Barrow left the country today for a scheduled medical consultative appointment relating to his back ailment. During Barrow’s absence, Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber, also the Minister of Education, Science & Technology, Culture, Youth and Sports will act as Prime Minister. […]

3rd Annual Sugar Fest held in Orange Walk
The 3rd annual Sugar Fest is currently underway at the BSI field in Orange Walk. The event is organized as a fun day after the closing of the sugar crop for BSI employees, sugar cane farmers and their families along with the general public. […]

Blogs

A memorial bike ride through San Pedro warmly remembers Marcie
Miles for Marcie Memorial/Cancer Awareness Bike ride this morning in San Pedro Town, Belize went from from the W.O.D. Cross-Fit Zone fitness box to the northern end of the concrete road and back again. A first-ever bike ride for a cause on the island and a promising start to an annual event. Marcie and Gerry Neumann moved to San Pedro two years ago and 15 months later Marcie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Gerry, a really nice guy, is back on the island to stay. Friends of theirs from all over the US also rode today in memory of Marcie. Here are some more photos from the start of the ride:

Videos

  • San Pedro Lions Club installs new members and Leo's, now it's time to dance!, 1min.

  • ISP Belize 2016, 12min. This video is about The University of Scranton's service trip to Belize.

  • Belize Scuba Diving July 2016, 3min.

  • BELIZE 2016, 10min. From Belize city to Corozal / Orange Walk, then Cayo District, with 2 Maya ruins visited and finally at Caye Caulker.

  • Leaving the island Virginia Caye to Hopkins with Easy Fishing in Belize, 2.5min.

  • Belize, 3.5min.

  • my trip to Belize, 5min.

  • Arsenio Belize Team Birthday, 12min.

  • Diving the famous Blue Hole, Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize, 2.5min. This is one diver's impression on a particular day in Belize. I'm sure Blue Hole is better on other days.

  • Diving Cypress Canyons and D and B, Ambergris Caye, Belize, 7min. Here, we're diving With Belize Pro Dive Center, Ambergris Caye, Belize, Tuesday July 19, 2016. Vance is on GoPro with favorite dive buddy Bobbi Stevens. There are just a few shots from Cypress Canyons, where a cowboy diver grabbed the nurse sharks, dove too deep, and ruined everyone's dive by letting his 10 year old son go into deco. Video segments after that are from D and B Canyons.

  • Belize Stingray, 1min. Stingray swimming/gliding along some soft corals. Filmed while diving the reef near Ambergris Caye in Belize.

  • Belize Grouper, 1/2min. Grouper filmed while SCUBA diving near Ambergris Caye in Belize.

  • Last dive at Ambergris Caye, Belize: Eagle ray, lone barracuda, and touching nurse shark farewell, 3.5min. This was our 3rd trip to Victoria Canyons, Ambergris Caye, Belize, Tuesday July 19, 2016 - where again the dive went deep, Bobbi and I skimmed the reef tops, and we saw the eagle ray there up close. Then I chased a lone baraccuda through an amusement park ride swim-thru, and experienced a touching nurse shark farewell (bye nurse sharks, sniff sniff - see you next time)

  • Belize Honeymoon, 4min.

  • Diving Tackle Box, Ambergris Caye, Belize, Monday July 18, 2016, 4min. This dive began with Luiz leading into the canyons but Bobbi and I went up to the reef top to see what the nurse sharks were up to.