Placencia Lobsterfest 2015
The Lobster Festival is primarily a fundraising event held in the quaint, seaside village of Placencia. Coordinated by the Placencia Village Council and Placencia Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association, the event plays a major role in tourism and the sustainable development of local business. Upon arriving to the main area of the festivities, one could smell the distinct aroma of fresh seafood in the air being grilled and prepared in a plethora of flavours. There was definitely no shortness in creativity. At this point, of course, the only natural thing to do was…EAT! If Lobster wasn’t in your plans for the day, select vendors carried many other dishes running down the list of chicken, fish, steak, pork and a bunch of vegetarian delights. With an influence of Creole, Garifuna, Mayan and other cultures, Placencia’s Lobster Fest has become one of the major tourist engagement experiences in Belize. The atmosphere was absolutely amazing. Live music from the marching band, cooling drinks on every corner and not to mention, the weather was perfect. Popular DJs and musicians had many on their feet, gyrating to the sounds of the Caribbean. It was definitely a moment of true unity for everyone. The festivities ran each day from Friday the 19th up until the night on Sunday the 21st, a great way to have ended both the festivities and Father’s Day.

San Pedro Lobsterfest 2015
The 9th annual San Pedro Lobsterfest was held this past week (June 14th – 20th) and while we couldn’t make it to all the weeks’ festivities, we did manage to attend the grand Block Party finale on Saturday June 20th. The evening was kicked off around 5:30 pm with a series of popular steel pan melodies by the Pannerifix Steel Band, a group of talented youths who are truly impressing the local music scene. Booths that housed popular restaurants and chefs from across the island were set up and ready to cater to the large crowd that was expected to attend the event this year. Not only were lobster dishes such as fritters, pizzas, chowder and the popular grilled lobster tails being prepared, but some bartenders were also testing their imagination and skills by infusing lobster in their mixed cocktails and drinks. As visitors made their rounds to the various booths, local DJ’s and musicians including well-known Punta Artist – Supa G, graced the crowd with a mixture of both local and international hits that had many dancing and bopping their heads to the smooth music.

It is just a high-end resort on an uninhabited island, Leo. You aren’t saving the world.
Just west of Ambergris Caye in Belize is a long and narrow, 104 acre island called Blackadore Caye. If I had to guess, I would say that it has existed well protected on the leeward side of Ambergris at least since the days when buccaneers and privateers and pirates sought shelter inside the barrier reef. It has existed unchanged for the decade or so since actor Leonardo DiCaprio bought it for a pittance. But now, DiCaprio and his investors have decided the time has come to “rescue” this helpless piece of sand and mangroves from itself. They will do so by building a super high-end resort that will require development of 55 percent of the land. There will be an airstrip — but it will be made of solar power generating photovoltaic cells. Enough, I wonder to offset the carbon footprint of private jets flocking to this Caribbean playground? There will be 68 villas — but they will be built over the water. There will be 48 estate homes — each with the privacy that $15 million price tags can purchase. Also on land will be three restaurants, a clubhouse, infinity pool and wellness center that promises to turn back the clock for aging one percenters and carries the Deepak Chopra brand name. All of this will be laid out in something called a “sacred geometry” which presumably mitigates the 55 percent development footprint. According to the Delos press release “the proportions of buildings are derived from the Fibonacci Sequence and mathematical proportions found in nature. In addition, the proportional relationship of the sun, earth and moon drive the design in order to introduce further meaning to guests and visitors.”

International Sourcesizz

McCaulay, Belize's missing link
Something was missing when Belize opened their Russia 2018 qualifying account against the Cayman Islands. The ball seemingly did not want to go in the net. Pressure mounted over two legs and it took a late free-kick from Elroy Kuylen to seal passage through to the next round by a slim away goal. “We missed Deon,” the scorer said, clearly relieved, making no mystery about the missing link. The Deon in question is Deon McCaulay. The 27-year-old forward is his country’s top all-time scorer. “Play him through five times and I guarantee he’ll score at least three,” Kuylen added of the national hero. Coach Jorge Nunez agreed too, hardly hesitating to heap praise on the No9. “Deon solves all of our attacking problems.” These words carry weight. They are not just excuses from a team that underperformed. McCaulay proved it in the next round against the Dominican Republic. He scored twice on the road in the first leg and blasted home a thumping header late in the second, sparking a 5-1 aggregate win. As the coach predicted, all scoring problems were solved. With McCaulay in the team, the floodgates had opened.

Belize Going 100% Renewables As Part Of 10 Island Challenge
The Caribbean nation of Belize is now aiming to go to 100% renewables, based on recent reports — with the idea being for all of its electricity needs to be met via renewable energy, and it’s transportation sector to fully embrace electric vehicles (EVs). The announcement follows the country’s decision to join the Carbon War Room’s high profile Ten Island Challenge. To be clear here, though, the new goal is for the country to receive 89% of its electricity via renewable energy resources by 2033 — with the longer term goal being to go 100% renewables. The new plans call for a buildout of wind energy infrastructure, predominantly — complementing the country’s already substantial hydropower. Energy efficiency retrofits are expected as well, with hospitals being a possible first target. The Belize Ministry of Energy, Science & Technology and Public Utilities’ representative Senator Joy Grant commented on the recent announcement: “Belize is extremely pleased to join the Ten Island Challenge. As a regional leader in the use of renewable energy, this partnership with the Carbon War Room and Rocky Mountain Institute will allow Belize to make significant strides in realizing its renewable energy production target of 89% in the electricity sector by 2033.”

Belize is Going to Get Hauter with Itz’ana Resort & Residences
Belize is working hard to be the next hot destination for luxury travelers. Midway down Central America, Belize is home to some of the worlds best diving sites, with the worlds second largest barrier reef, 900 known Mayan sites and not one McDonalds, Burger King or Starbucks in the entire country. Right on the Caribbean Sea, it is no surprise why a celebrity like Leonardo DiCaprio has already jumped at the chance to buy an island in Belize to build his very own eco-resort and residences. From the creators of Ka’ana Resort in San Ignacio, Belize; comes Itz’ana Resort and Residences. Located in Placencia, a quiet strip of land on the Caribbean coast, Belize Itz’ana is one of the many new luxury projects coming soon to the tiny country. Named after the Mayan God of Day and Night, Itz’ana is being built in a quaint coastal village. There will be two sizes of villas to choose. Itz’ana offers beachfront villas or villas on the lagoon side of the resort and residences.

Microsoft's Paul Allen launches major conservation project during 'shark week'
Saving sharks from extinction may not be the first thing that comes to mind during Shark Week, which is famous for frightening tales of shark attacks. But a new project spearheaded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's charity aims to help conserve sharks worldwide, which face threats from human fishing, pollution, climate change and other causes. While the recent rise in shark attacks along the East Coast certainly don't bolster general sympathy toward the sea creatures, this lack of awareness is also largely due to the fact that there are many things that we simply don't know about these creatures, which live in the vast abyss of the ocean. On Tuesday, Vulcan Inc. announced the Global FinPrint initiative, a research survey designed to provide key data needed in order to design and implement plans to save sharks from extinction. Vulcan Inc. is a private investment company run by Microsoft founder Paul Allen, who also started the Great Elephant Census to combat Africa's elephant extinction crisis. According to Chapman, Global FinPrint has already kicked off and set baited remote underwater video to survey sharks in the Bahamas and in Belize. Survey results will be published in scientific journals and be used to advance conservation efforts for sharks and the reefs that many of them depend on. "The Bahamas will be interesting to study," he says, "because they haven't commercially fished sharks in over 20 years."

Shark Attack Risk Is Down Sharply Since 1950
Although the overall number of reported shark attacks around the world has gone up, a person’s individual risk of being bitten by a shark has plummeted, according to a new study. Researchers from Stanford University found that the chance a person in California who goes into the ocean will be bitten by a great white shark fell 91 percent from 1950 to 2013. The Stanford team compared shark bite records with data on human use of the ocean in California, and calculated that an ocean swimmer there in 2013 had only a one in 738 million chance of being bitten by a great white. Surfers, the most likely to be bitten, had a one in 17 million chance. Scuba divers had a one in 136 million chance.

Commentary: Let's stop ignoring 'Baby Daddy Disorder'
On the heels of Father’s Day a few weeks ago, let’s continue the conversation about the significance of fathers. The issue of consistency and participation regarding black fathers is a necessary dialogue not just in the United States but even in the Caribbean. A good father is critical to the optimal development and well-being of a child (Lipscomb, 2011). Being a successful father contributes to many aspects of a child’s life such as healthy child development, gender identity, responsible sexuality, emotional and social commitment and financial security. Perhaps you remember the moving tribute last year by Kevin Durant to his mother. It came during Durant’s acceptance speech after being named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player. Kevin recalls his mother waking him up before dawn to work on his game, making him run, practice, and play his best game possible. “You made us believe, you kept us off the streets, put clothes on our backs, food on the table. When you didn’t eat, you made sure we ate. You went to sleep hungry. You sacrificed for us. You’re the real MVP.” At that point, his mother Wanda Pratt is in tears and the crowd gives her a standing ovation. By stark contrast, Durant’s acknowledgment of his father, Wayne Pratt, is short and obligatory. He refers to the road they have traveled and the support his father has given “from afar.” It turns out Wayne Pratt abandoned his wife and two boys when Kevin was 1, because, as he told the Washington Post in 2012, “I was immature, selfish; I was young.”

BOLEDO DRAWING for Wednesday, July 8, 2015: 53. PICK 3: 0 2 5

JULY 8, 2015 - UPDATE ON PROGRESS OF THE PAVING OF NORTH ROAD
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July 4th at Cayo Welcome Center
The July 4th celebrations at the Cayo Welcome Center were a sight to see. They crammed 12 minutes of fireworks into 3 minutes, if you were wondering what all the explosions were. And just about every local band was there playing throughout the night. Thanks, Bamboo Bar, Bambu Tee, and the SISE Town Council for one of the best celebrations ever at the CWC!

Videos

  • Day of the Iguana, 9min. Great video of the Green Iguana Conservation Project. Coolest attraction to see in San Ignacio. "When you get to San Ignacio check out the Iguana project at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel. This a great tour to do when you have a couple of hours and you dont wish to go to far. The guides are great and we actually learned a little about Iguana's. It is a great outing with kids. The San Ignacio Resort Hotel is a great place to stay eat or just take this tour. We thought it is was great Barb might not agree completely .. oh Abdon I would love to see the pictures you took that day .. see you all next year"

  • Belize 2015, 5min. Our summer vacation to Belize!

  • 2015 Project Belize - Bonefish, 6min. Bonefish and Tarpon Trust's 2015 bonefish tagging trip to Belize River Lodge. Join today. Protect tomorrow.

  • Belize Trip, 8min. 7 Adventurous Days in Belize.

  • Snorkeling - Hopkins (Belize), 12min. A very relaxing day snorkeling and enjoying the beautiful scenery and weather.

  • Judson University: Belize Missions 2015, 19min. Footage from a week with Judson and the amazing people of San Antonio.

  • Victoria + Bobby :: Placencia, Belize :: Trailer, 2min. We cordially invite you to a little known piece of paradise: Placencia, Belize! It’s a unique blend of pristine nature, diverse geography, and endless adventure…and in this case, Victoria and Bobby's absolutely stunning wedding held at the Chabil Mar Villas.

  • Skydiving into the Blue Hole - Belize, 7min.

  • I can't Belize it's the end (Vlog #5), 5min. My last 2 weeks in Belize in 5 minutes. Activities include: cave tubing, ziplining, hiking, snorkeling, and adventures at the zoo.

  • Diving San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, 5min.

  • Lobster Fest 2015 San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye Belize with The Paradise Guy, 11min. Experience some of the fun, festivities, and foods from the 2015 Lobster Festival in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

  • Belize 2015, 5min. Our summer vacation to Belize!