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This Week's Stories:
- Zamir Guerra Makes Us All Proud:
Santa Elena’s 16 year old Zamir
Guerra of Cayo High Road
Cycling Team shattered the record
to be crowned the new Junior Cross
Country Cycling champion of Belize.
With 19 riders participating, the
14th Annual Junior Cross Country
Cycling Classic got underway at 9:00
am on Sunday March 24, from the
village of San Jose Succotz on the
George Price Highway for the 72 mile
ride to the finish line at Leslie’s
Imports, mile one just outside Belize
Guerra completed the race in three
hours, 34 minutes and 38 seconds
leaving the chase group a whopping
12 minutes behind and in the process
crushing the record set six years ago
by Byron Pope.
Although he is young in age, Guerra
has been riding for the past four years
competing in other youth races. This
is however, his first time in the Junior
Cross Country Classic.
- Roni Banos
Good things have been happening
in Santa Elena, Cayo: The reigning
Cross Country Champion comes from
Santa Elena; The current Junior Cross
Country Champion hails from Santa
Elena and the Reggaeton Superstar
also comes….. you got that right
……..from Santa Elena.
The circle would have been
complete if only our Dream
Marching Band would have been, last
Saturday, crowned Band Fest be competed if we recapture the garland
in this Holy Saturday’s Cross
Santa Elena’s Reggaeton superstar
Roni Banos has been crowned the
2013 Best Reggaeton Artist at the
third annual Belize Music Awards
held on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at
the Bliss Center for the performing arts
in Belize City.
- Two Alleged Rapists
Continue In Uniform:
The news began spreading like
wild fire on Sunday morning of the
Saturday night brutal raping, by two
policemen, of a woman from Bullet
Tree Falls Village, Cayo.
Given the implications of the grave
betrayal of the public trust, we moved
swiftly to check into this matter and
found that such a report indeed
There was also the simultaneous
indication of the attempt to cover up
the allegation at the highest local level
of the police in San Ignacio.
The incident began at around 4:00
pm when a first report was received
at the Bullet Tree substation which is
manned by elements of the Special
Patrol Unit on weekly and sometimes
bi-weekly rotation mostly for the
purposes of anti drugs and anti
contraband activities from across the
border in the Peten Area of
- Left at the Altar…Again?:
Contributed by: Karla Heusner.
I don’t know about you, but there
seems to be a real sense of deja-vu in
the latest communication from the
Guatemalan government regarding the
long-standing territorial claim. Despite
their previous bravado about being
more than willing to take the issue to
the International Court of Justice, it
seems they are reverting—once
more—to their previous pattern of
stalling, postponing, and giving every
excuse they can come up with to keep
from participating in the agreed-to
referendum in October. Yes, my
friends, we have on our hands, once
more, a runaway groom…
The most recent proposals from the
Guatemalans shared with us by
the Honorable Wilfred Elrington,
Minister of Foreign Affairs, have done
little to improve my confidence in
Guatemala’s good faith stance. As of
this writing, their latest proposals ask
Belize to change our referendum law
to require a simple majority vote, and
then they would agree to honor the
agreement to hold the referenda
simultaneously. Their second proposal
is that they would wait and see if our
people vote “Yes,” then they would
hold their referendum.
- Ambergris Caye Wins
2013 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Islands Award:
Ambergris Caye as the top recipient
of the TripAdvisor® Travelers’
Choice® Islands awards.
These awards honor top islands
around the world, based entirely on
the millions of valuable reviews and
opinions from TripAdvisor travelers.
In total, more than 100 winning islands
were named across Africa, Asia, the
Caribbean, Europe, South America,
South Pacific and the U.S.
Honourable Manuel Heredia,
Minister of Tourism and Culture, said,
“We are delighted that Ambergris
Caye of Belize has been
recognized as the world’s top
island in the TripAdvisor
Travelers’ Choice Islands awards.
We would like to thank all the
travelers who have made this win
possible, simply by sharing their
love of Ambergris Caye with the
TripAdvisor travel community. We
look forward to welcoming more
visitors to our paradise this year
- Leave The Rest To God:
Submitted By: Ernestine Patnett.
This is a beautiful and touching
story of love and perseverance. Well
worth the read.
At the prodding of my friends I am
writing this story. My name is
Mildred Honor and I am a former
elementary school music teacher from
Des Moines, Iowa, USA.
I have always supplemented my
income by teaching piano lessons -
something I have done for over 30
During those years I found that
children have many levels of musical
ability, and even though I have never
had the pleasure of having a prodigy,
I have taught some very talented
- Belize Rejects Guatemalan Proposals:
The Government of Belize, through
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today
informed that after having reviewed
the proposals by the Republic of
Guatemala as presented in writing on
17th March, 2013 to Secretary
General of the Organization of
American States, Jose Miguel
Insulza, for the parties to consider
postponement of the referenda for an
indefinite period or for Belize to
proceed on its own to hold a
referendum on the agreed date, has
decided to reject the Guatemalan
proposals in their entirety.
The Government of Belize notes
that tremendous efforts over many
years and through successive
administrations have been spent in
finding a negotiated solution that
would bring to a definitive end
Guatemala’s unfounded claim to
Belize, and that the failure of these
attempts is what led to the signing of
the Special Agreement by Belize,
Guatemala and the OAS on 8th
- Colombian Police Seize Cocaine Stashed In Bricks:
Police in Colombia say they have
seized half a tonne of cocaine hidden
in a shipment of bricks.
Officers said the drugs had a value
of $1.7m (£1.1m) - and were
intended for the US.
The cocaine was found stashed
inside the cargo in the Colombian port
city of Cartagena.
Police are investigating the
construction firm behind the shipment,
which they suspect was set up solely
for the purpose of smuggling drugs.
The shipment was destined for
Honduras, from where police believe
the cocaine would have been
smuggled to the United States.
- Mexico Uncovers Ancient Pelota Courts At Tajin Site:
Archaeologists in Mexico say they
have uncovered three ancient playing
fields at a pre-Hispanic site in the
eastern state of Veracruz.
They found the courts, dating back
some 1,000 years, at the Tajin World
Heritage site by using laser scanners.
They believe the fields would have
been used to play pelota, a game in
which players used their hips to
propel a rubber ball through stone
The sport was widely played by
Mayan and other pre-Columbian
Experts from the National Institute
for Anthropology and History (INAH)
said the use of aerial photography,
remote sensors and laser scanners had
made it possible to find the ancient
structures, hidden by layers of soil and
- Tv Time 'Does Not Breed Badly Behaved Children':
Spending hours watching TV or
playing computer games each day
does not harm young children's
social development, say experts.
The Medical Research Council
(MRC) team who studied more than
11,000 primary school pupils says it
is wrong to link bad behaviour to TV
Although researchers found a small
correlation between the two, they say
other influences, such as parenting
styles, most probably explain the link.
But they still say "limit screen time".
This cautionary advice is because
spending lots of time in front of the
TV every day might reduce how much
time a child spends doing other
important activities such as playing
with friends and doing homework,
- STAR Humor
- Your Weekly Horoscope and Lucky Numbers
- Letters to the Editor
- Public Notices
The San Pedro Sun
Doctor Love: Too young to get married?
Someone has accepted a marriage proposal. Now she's worried that she may be getting married too soon...
National News: Belize-Guatemala Referendum scheduled for October 6th in limbo
The simultaneous Belize-Guatemala Referendum scheduled for October 6th is in limbo after the Republic of Guatemala has made two proposals. These were presented to the Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Jose Miguel Insulza on March 7th and completely diverted from the Special Agreement signed by Belize, Guatemala and the OAS on December 8, 2008. Both the Government of Belize (GOB) and Belize’s main opposition party, People’s United Party (PUP), have rejected Guatemala’s proposals. The referendum came about as part of the compromise made between Guatemala and Belize, following several rounds of failed negotiations in an effort to peacefully settle Guatemala’s territorial claim over a portion of Belize. Speaking at the sitting of The House of Representative on Thursday March 21st, Belize’s Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington disclosed the proposal in addressing the parliament as a matter of national importance. “The first proposal is that they (Guatemala) wanted us (Belize) to amend our referendum legislation so that our legislation will be identical to theirs in terms of the requirements for the referendum to be successful – just a simple majority vote. They said that if we did that, if we amended our legislation to confirm with theirs, they would then be prepared to agree on another date when we could hold simultaneous referenda. They were not prepared to indicate when that date would be and they were not even prepared to give a timeline. The second proposal was that we would go ahead as planned, have our referendum on October 6, and if we had a successful ‘yes’ vote at that referendum, then they would prepared to hold their referendum at a date not later than the end of June 2014,” said Elrington.
Letter to the Editor: Regarding the Lionfish Invasion
I wanted to share some of the recent information we have been finding regarding the lionfish invasion that is threatening to severely damage to our eco-system and sequentially our tourism and livelihood.
We are hosting another lionfish tournament in May and are hoping this information will inspire the people of San Pedro and the fishing and diving community of Belize to get on board with the efforts to help eradicate this escalating crisis.
Here are a list of facts that were pulled from THE REEF website. The Reef.Org is an organization of divers and marine enthusiasts committed to ocean conservation.
As you can surmise by the information presented below, we need to act and act now. We are asking the community to help us continue the fight with any donations for fuel for the fisherman and divers, for prizes to motivate people to participate in the tournament, and to begin to request restaurants add lionfish to their menu, creating a regular demand for the product.
Wolfe’s Woofers: Little Pills
Now, why would a little 86-year-old need 10 Viagra pills cut up into 6 pieces each?
Misc Belizean Sources
Episode 4 of Loving Belize 'The Guatemalan Claim to Belize'
In this episode we looking at the Guatemalan Claim to Belize. The history and how it came about, and how different people in Belize are reacting to it today.
I follow Darrell Bradley as he tries to encourage peace between the two countries by signing a Sister-ship agreement between Belize City and San Bentio Guatemala.
With interviews from:
COLA's Giovanni Bracket Journalist and activist.
Darrell Bradley Mayor of Belize City.
Sonia Rivera Mayor of San Benito Guatemala.
With the point of view from two young Hiphop artists and students in Belize City, Saga the next Chapter and D Whizzel.
Allen Martinez shot in San Pedro
The San Pedro Sun has confirmed that an individual socializing on the beach in midtown San Pedro was confronted by a lone individual and shot. The victim fled to the Barrier Reef Drive area where he collapsed. He was transported to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro PolyClinic II where transportation to Belize City has been arranged. The San Pedro Sun will post updates as they develop.
The San Pedro Sun has confirmed that the shooting victim is Allen Martinez of Jungle Street in Belize City. Martinez is in serious condition and in the progress of being transported to Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) in Belize City.
The process of dying
It is considered taboo to talk about death and dying, but after watching my father slowly pass away, I wish I had had more information about what to expect. So I will share my experience here. It is the most surreal thing I have ever experienced, as I have never before in living memory watched a person die.
Some of it was shocking, some of it was unexpected, some of it I wished I had known about before so I could have done some things differently, not the least of which was making sure my father was as comfortable as possible under the circumstances.
When I indicated to my father that I was on the way to Miami from Malta and would be relieving Silvia as his carerer, he responded with an email saying "change of deathbed chaperone". He already knew death was imminent. It is US that didn't know.
One week or so before his death, my father was admitted to the University of Miami Hospital. This was not his of his doing, he did this to appease US, his family members who were begging him to try something ... anything... to rid himself of the disease. By this time, I am sure he was already prepared for and expecting death. But, he agreed to it still because he loved us and saw that WE were suffering.
Sawdust Art Project Pictures
The Sawdust Art Project that they had in Benque for Good Friday was fun for all. Check out some of the sawdust murals they came up with.
"On Good Friday, many families and friends in Benque Viejo Town work on these colorful saw dust tapestries during the course of the day. In the Evening there is a large solemn procession called the "Santo Entierro" where 3 adorned floats make their way through the saw dust designed streets."
Belize Wins Mr. & Ms. Pacifico and Caribe
Congratulations to Jhoshi Valencia, who won while representing Belize at the Mr. and Ms. Pacifico and Caribe pageant yesterday.
"Jhoshi Alexander Valencia represented Belize at the Mister & Miss Pacifico & Caribe Pageants in Peten, Guatemala on March 30, 2013 and came away with the crown - Belize's first in an international male pageant."
'School in a Box' in Calla Creek
Feelgood news of the day. 4 the World sent a student group down to Cayo for their 'School in a Box' program, where they hand out school supplies, and engage the students in art and learning activities. Thanks, 4 the World!
"4 The World volunteers delivering school supplies, books and computers to schools in Belize."
Stations of the Cross in Cayo
San Ignacio also had a Stations of the Cross procession for Good Friday at Sacred Heart Church. Patrick Jones was there to cover the event.
"The Sacred Heart Parish in San Ignacio town presented a most dramatic display of the Stations of the Cross. The role of Christ Jesus was played by parish priest Reverend Lorenzo Exheveria. By all accounts, it was a spectacular presentation."
Easter Weekend 2013: Ambergris Caye, Belize Likes to Party
As someone pointed out on Twitter yesterday, Easter Eve is as big as New Year’s Eve here in San Pedro. After the Good Friday alcohol ban expires at 12:15am Saturday morning, the drinking and binge partying begin. Water taxis on double duty and planes packed with revelers arrive full on Thursday and Friday, and then Saturday and Sunday are non-stop beach parties, dance contests, live music and DJs, beer promotions and all sorts of late night events.
I can’t…just can’t do the Saturday night parties until 5am (my stilettos, alas, are at the cobbler’s), so I thought I’d stroll into town to check out the day time bash.
Yesterday was a gorgeous day and there were plenty of people on the beaches on the way into town.
Banyan Bay had some speakers and an outside bar.
People hanging out on the dock at Ramon’s Village.
Some visitors have asked me if it is “too crowded” at this time of year. These pictures are as crowded as it gets. The only real crowds are in the very town center…
The Holiday Hotel was setting up outside stages and tents and closing in their outside deck for the night time party.
Belize is the World’s Best Diving and Snorkeling Spot
Tiny Belize’s mainland beckons with lush jungle canopy, palm-tangled Mayan ruins, and diverse wildlife. Still, this Central American jewel is best known for its snorkeling and diving sites along hundreds of cayes, atolls and a 185-mile barrier reef – second in size only to Australia’s. Abundant sea life and colorful corals fill the turquoise waters, are easily accessible and welcome divers and snorkelers of all experience levels. Dive tours generally last 2 hours or less, other tour options include live-aboard dive boats, which offer week-long trips featuring 2 to 3 daily dives. From the busy north of Belize to the sleepy south, here are our choices for the best marine meanderings.
Jungle luxe: a recipe for agritourism done right
“Strip! Strip,” my guide encourages me. “Faster! Slower!” It sounds like pole-dancing camp, but I’m actually learning how to fly-fish. We’re standing knee-deep in azure water about nine metres off Nicolas Caye, a private island on the southern tip of Belize’s barrier reef. I’m rapidly “stripping” the line to lure the bonefish I can see in the distance. What’s most surprising is that I’m catching them.
Nicolas Caye, part of the Sapodilla Caye Marine Reserve, is owned by Belcampo, the luxurious jungle resort where I’m staying. Belcampo’s general manager is Mara Jernigan, a Canadian who previously operated Fairburn Farm, the renowned culinary retreat/working water buffalo dairy farm on Vancouver Island. She has helped transform this former fishing lodge, with its 12 cottages scattered across the peak of a tall, jungle-clad hill beside the Rio Grande, into a massive eco-retreat encompassing a 1,200-hectare farm within a 4,800-hectare rain-forest preserve.
Graveyard Of Cool: Cell Phones Throughout The Years:
So, you think that iPhone in your hand is pretty cool, huh? Well, it is, but don't fool yourself, guy. One day in the not too distant future it'll look as silly as this library of once cutting edge mobile tech. So, enjoy -- for now. All captions are from the original photos, and are mostly unaltered.
Seeds of suicide
Monsanto’s talk of ‘technology’ tries to hide its real objectives of control over seed where genetic engineering is a means to control seed. “Monsanto is an agricultural company.
We apply innovation and technology to help farmers around the world produce more while conserving more.”
“Producing more, Conserving more, Improving farmers lives.”
These are the promises Monsanto India’s website makes, alongside pictures of smiling, prosperous farmers from the state of Maharashtra. This is a desperate attempt by Monsanto and its PR machinery to delink the epidemic of farmers’ suicides in India from the company’s growing control over cotton seed supply — 95 per cent of India’s cotton seed is now controlled by Monsanto.
Control over seed is the first link in the food chain because seed is the source of life. When a corporation controls seed, it controls life, especially the life of farmers.
Service and sustainability on the syllabus for spring break
Imagine a class that required attendance every day of spring break—only instead of sitting at a desk studying, students are spending 10 days in Belize learning sustainability at a global level.
CMGT 497 Social Responsibility in Construction Management involves not only class time and homework, but also a week-long trip to northern Belize for a cross-departmental collaborative development project. The trip this year was themed “healthy lifestyles,” a topic that isn’t widely discussed in a community that suffers from inadequate nutrition and water quality issues.
The program is called a Peace Village, where multiple departments from universities go into communities and create long-term relationships. This is Boise State’s first collaborative effort in this direction. The colleges of Health Science, Engineering, Education and Honors have faculty leading this course, and the 22 students who attended the service trip represent a variety of disciplines.
“It’s amazing when you have an engineering student working on developing a garden plan with a health sciences student, sitting next to an environmental sciences student. It really engages the power of the students. It’s way cool,” said Tony Songer, professor and chair in the Department of Construction Management.