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Ambergris Today

raffic Accident Sends Minor to Clinic with Head Injury
A motorcycle with two passengers slammed into a golf cart last night, Friday, October 21, 2016, on Angel Coral Street, resulting on the injury of a young boy. The accident took place in front of C’s Wireless, opposite Caye Supplies, with eye witness reports indicating that the man driving the golf cart pulled out onto the street without looking for oncoming traffic. A man on motorcycle, with his son as a passenger, could not avoid the collision that sent both of them onto the pavement. The six-year-old boy was transported to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Poly Clinic with head injuries, but in stable condition. This morning he was reported in good health, recovering from the shock of the accident. He will undergo further examinations to assess his complete health.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

OCEAN FERRY'S 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND!!
SAVE THE DATE !!!COME CELEBRATE WITH US OCEAN FERRY'S 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!! LOTS OF GIVE AWAYS !!COURTESY OF DIGICELL WE'LL HAVE A PHONE GIVE AWAY!!!CHEAP RATES FOR THE WEEKEND!! BIG CASH PRIZE FOR THE WINNER OF THE DARTS TOURNAMENT. Nov. 5-6

Caye Caulker Split to Split Ferry
Split to Split Ferry Service to the North Island is available anytime during daylight hours. $10BZ each way or $15BZ round trip. Farthest distance North Island Beach or back Lagoon, old Driftwood. If you would just like to cross at split. $5BZ each way. Golf Cart $25BZ. Bicycles $2BZ.

Iris Salguero crowned Miss Belize World
San Pedro's very own Iris Salguero has won the coveted title and crown of Miss World Belize. Congratulations Iris!

Happy birthday Blue Water Grill!!
Feliz Quinceaños!!!

Caye Rosario Public Consultation
As you all know, one of the major reasons we are opposed to overwater structures at Blackadore (aside from habitat destruction) is that it sets a precedent to allow overwater structures in a marine reserve, which is an explicit violation of our laws. This endangers the integrity of all our marine reserves nationwide. We have just heard that John Turley and the Cayo Rosario Development Group are proposing 60 overwater cabanas in the SAME marine reserve that Blackadore is located in. Attached is an image of a flyer which was at the San Pedro library. They have a meeting on Thursday which they are calling a "public consultation" and claiming to be part of the EIA. This CANNOT be a public consultation for their project. There is no EIA available at the library or on the DOE website, which is required two weeks in advance of any public consultation. They are breaking the law, just like they plan to with overwater structures in a marine reserve.

Health Fair Yesterday at the lions den!
Pressure, blood sugar, kidneys and HIV tests were done.

Cahal Pech Archaeology Day
Cahal Pech was the place to be, for International Archaeology Day. The Institute of Archaeology (NICH) Belize was there, as was Institute for Social & Cultural Research. They had fun and games for everyone.

Rotaract Haunted House
The Rotaract Club of San Ignacio's annual haunted house will be Saturday, October 29th. The fun starts with a kid's costume contest at 6:00pm, and then the spooky haunted house at 7:00pm. It'll be taking place at Hode's.

BELIZE'S LORD RHABURN: TO BE REVERED!
Meeting Lord Rhaburn for the first time in my life in September of 2015 was worth more than a mountain of gold so to speak. It brought me close to a man that appeared to me from my growing up in Belize who was just a music man. But my conversation with him at the Los Angeles Belizean Community Belize Independence Day Celebrations at Hollywood Park & Casino in Inglewood, California while he passed by the BREDAA information booth was a moment of significance for yours truly. Lord Rhaburn is a Belizean social and political scholar in his own way. We connected right away and immediately. He taught me some many things about Belizean politics that only someone who has journeyed through the realms of time in a country like Belize could break things down so simply and profound. His depth of knowledge is awesome, and he takes you from the politics of the streets of Belize City to the politics of tyranny in Guatemala. The Lord understands diplomacy better than any Belizean politician alive today, and if they would only know, they would take some advice from this Belizean legend and statesman.

Tourism Industry Conference 2016

National Tourism Awards 2016
An elegant night, celebrating the stars within Belize's Tourism Industry.

Belize National Youth Apprentice Program
U.S. Embassy, Political and Economic Officer Chief, Nathan Bland visited the students of the Belize National Youth Apprentice Program in Belize City. He made a brief presentation of the program that the Embassy has in place and his role at the work. The Belize National Youth Apprentice Program was created in 2010 and managed by Mrs. Dianne Finnegan to focus mainly on youth and single mother's age 16-29 years by providing them with hands on approach to career development and exploration. National Youth Apprenticeship Program has had on the reduction of crime in that country, through its focus on the on the development, education and employment of at-risk youth.

San Pedro Motorcycle helmet laws
Following a serious incident on Angel Coral Street Friday night, the San Pedro Traffic Department will now be strictly enforcing the Motorcycle helmet laws. Despite repeated requests by the Mayor on Reef TV about the wearing of helmets and the carrying of small children on Motorcycles, and the pressure from the traffic wardens, people still ignore the advice given. As always it takes an incident such as this to show people the reason for regulations and laws . The law will be enforced with no exceptions; all persons traveling on a motorcycle must wear a motorcycle helmet and no more than two (2) persons on the motorcycle. Motorcycle owners, this is for your safety and the safety of the passenger.

The Reporter

More hurricane victims receive help from NEMO
Six families who lost their homes to Hurricane Earl in August have received new structures from the Minister of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) and Area Representative for Belize Rural Central, Beverly Williams Castillo. The hurricane victims, who hail from the Ladyville and Lord’s Bank areas, received the houses on Thursday. These are out of a total of 185 homes that are to be constructed by the end of November or early December in the four districts most severely affected by Hurricane Earl. These are the Belize, Cayo, Stann Creek and Orange Walk districts. So far, 124 of these homes have been completed with help from the staff of NEMO.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Marlon Castillo fined for friend’s death
Yesterday, elite cyclist Marlon Castillo was fined for causing death of his life long friend Ariel Rosado. Castillo plead guilty to the lesser charge of causing death by careless conduct on Tuesday. When he appeared in court yesterday, he was ordered to pay a […]

Run away girl raped, mother devastated
A 13-year-old girl is expected to be released from police custody at 4:00 p.m. today. The minor was detained by police at around 8:00 p.m. lastnight after she did not return home from school on Thursday. She was found in the Faber’s Road area […]

Belizean needs financial assistance for heart surgery
Tyron Coleman, a bus driver for James Bus company, is in dire need of assistance to undergo an open heart surgery. His family is desperately in need of financial assistance to perform an open heart surgery at Health City Hospital in Grand Cayman. The facility […]

Belize City man beaten and stabbed last night
A man was badly beaten and stabbed in Belize City last night. According to police reports, the incident occurred on Central American Boulevard and the victim has been identified as Kenroy Daly. Daly is at this time listed in a critical condition at the KHMH. © […]

Speaker of the house sues Auditor General and Attorney General
Reports reaching our newsroom is that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Michael Peyreffitte is filing a law suit against his own government. He had threatened to sue and now is following through by suing Attorney General Vanessa Retreage who is the legal […]

Woman dies in motorcycle accident on the Philip Goldson Highway
A woman was killed this morning at about 2:30 a.m. on the Philip Goldson Highway in Belize City in front of publics. According to reports, she apparently lost control of her motorcycle and crashed into a lamppost and died immediately due to head and […]

Blogs

Where is the culture capital of the Garinagu in Belize?
Ask any child who has been through the Belize primary school system to name the different ethnic groups of Belize, and you’re likely to hear Maya, Mestizo, Mennonite, East Indians, Chinese, Creole, and the Garifuna. Throughout the eight years of primary school, students learn more and more about these ethnic groups, dressing up as them, learning their food, their music, dances, culture, language. It’s a beautiful lesson that reaffirms the cultural melting pot mentality permeating the country. I wonder then, how this question would be answered: Where is the Culture Capital of the Garinagu? With their population concentrated in the southern district of Stann Creek, the Garinagu are a colorful, vibrant part of Belize’s rich tapestry of cultures. We can definitively say that of Belize’s six districts, Stann Creek is the Garinagu District. But which is the capital? Is it Dangriga? Is it Hopkins? Is it Seine Bight?

Oil Exploration Has Halted in Belize BUT THIS MUST BE LAW
Last Thursday afternoon, the residents of Ambergris Caye turned out in droves and PACKED the morning meeting scheduled by the Government of Belize to address the questions of the public. Questions we had about the oil exploration – the exploration that started days before this meeting was even scheduled. But simply said, the public has held a referendum (and resoundingly voted NO) and the government agreed to a ban last year so WHY ARE YOU LOOKING FOR OIL? By 2pm, after the first meeting was halted and a second was called, equally full of Belizeans, concerned residents – Minister Heredia, our Minister of Tourism and citizen of San Pedro, announced that EXPLORATION WOULD STOP IMMEDIATELY! HURRAY! A WIN but… WE NEED TO MAKE THIS LAW. And I hope that all of us feel empowered by our victory last week to talk to our ministers about making this happen!

International Sourcesizz

Violence In Montego Bay: Lessons From The World
To understand the case of Montego Bay, we may need the assistance of the story of Belize's violence nightmare. At the turn of the millennium, Belize had one of the lowest murder rates in the region (16 per 100,000) - but they had some frightening social problems, especially related to boys being out of school, especially after age 14, because of structural issues. Then two sets of storms hit - forced return of Belize-born gang members from Los Angeles (Crips and Bloods), and later the decision to shift the cocaine trade from the Caribbean Sea to the Central American corridor by the Mexican cartels. This was because of the effective war on drug trafficking by Operation Kingfish and others in the region (see Francis Maerten and Philip de Andres of UNDOC, 2009 article). Belize had very little chance when these storms hit. Successive governments in Belize have paid very little attention to the youth. Crips and Blood brought money and leadership. The young men desperately needed both. The result is that within a decade, Belize became a top-five murder-hit country in the world. Young men who could not afford to buy food could now buy food and guns to ensure more food from the cocaine trade that streamed through Belize.

Resorts threatening fishing environments in Belize
Dr. Aaron Adams, director of science and conservation for the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust, said something is happening right now in Belize that could threaten the flats fishing, making some in the fly fishing community as nervous as a bonefish in skinny water, on a slack tide, with no wind. The 104-acre Blackadore Caye is between mainland Belize and Ambergis Caye, a popular travel and fishing destination. Now the developing company, Restorative Islands LLC, plans to build 20 or more two-story, over-the-water villas right on the flats surrounding the island. These structures will negatively impact the flats habitats, and thus the flats’ fishery. While the resort claims on their website that “if immediate action is not taken to save Blackadore, the valuable, yet declining habitat for tarpon, bonefish, and permit will continue to shrink at an alarming rate and eventually disappear,” Dr. Adams doesn’t agree. “I disagree with almost all the conservation science,” Adams said, referring to the studies conducted by Blackadore Caye resort and Restorative Islands LLC. “It doesn’t hold water.” Adams referred to the advertising from Blackadore Caye as “over the top greenwashing.”

The living is Belize-y
Belize offers jungle, mountains, beaches and English speakers — and you no longer have to join the SAS to get there. I am in the jungles of Belize, hiding behind a cluster of bamboo. My guide, Terry, has told me not to move: there are creepers that might ensnare me with spikes; trees, also with spikes, that will poison me; and tarantulas with a bite worse than spikes. A bush has growled at me, red ants have savaged my ankles, and when, finally, I hear a roar that brings to mind Jurassic Park, it’s time to look for Terry. I find him peering up through the leaves at five brown, cowlicked howler monkeys dangling louchely from delicate branches. This is what…

Videos

  • Saltwater fish and reef (Belize reef with Tony 10-20-16), 12min.

  • Caye Caulker, Belize, 2min. Trip to Caye Caulker a small island off the coast of Belize.

  • Tourism Industry Conference 2016, 6min.

  • Tourism Industry Conference 2016, 18min.