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The San Pedro Sun
Letter to the Editor: Barbara Castle
Dear Mayor Guerrero and San Pedro Town Council,
I recently visited your beautiful country and spent a little over a week in Ambergris Caye and San Pedro. My husband and I enjoyed snorkeling and swimming in the beautiful clean water and were very appreciative of the warmth as we came from upstate New York, USA where it’s been very cold. We also very much enjoyed how friendly everyone was in the town and how delicious the food is everywhere we ate.
One thing that greatly bothers me however the amount of garbage everywhere is: on the beaches, in the town, on the roads etc. isn’t there some way that this can be changed? Don’t people feel pride in where they live? Later I was shocked to find out the Town is using garbage as land fill in the some of the housing areas for the poor and migrant workers. Why is this a good idea? Surely, you can see how toxic chemicals would be leaching into the ground and water which is so close by.
Wolfe’s Woofer: The Heart Of A Hustler
“It’s a beautiful morning, isn’t it?” Brian said.
“It sure is,” I told him. “From the deck here at Fido’s I can watch the waves breaking on the reef and feeling the wind coming off the ocean.”
“Days like this remind us of why we live here,” he said.
“What I like about coming to Fido’s at this time of morning is that the place isn’t open yet. I can sit here in the peace and quiet and try to get some inspiration for this week’s column.”
“Good luck with that,” he said, as he went back up upstairs to the office.
Presently, one of our local beach hustlers came along and called to me from the beach.
“Hey man, gimme a cigarette.”
“No thanks. I don’t want a cigarette.”
On Wednesday, April 8th, Rosa Perez reported to the San Pedro Police that on Tuesday, April 7th she was robbed. Perez stated that after closing her establishment, namely ‘Angelicas Store’ in the DFC Area, at 10PM, she and her husband, Eduardo Monroy went home. Possession of Controlled Drugs:
On Tuesday, April 7th, acting on information received, Juan Moralez a volunteer Special Constable, along with three members of the Strike Team (PC C. Munnings, PC S. Ferguson and PC Z. Palacio) conducted a search on the residence of Willis Ray Estrada Davis on Sail Fish Drive. Wounding:
On Wednesday, March 18th at around 11:19AM, 31-year-old Mario Tosta visited the San Pedro Police Station and reported that on Sunday, March 15th he was wounded. Tosta stated that between the hours of 1AM and 1:30AM he was socializing with friends at a resort south of San Pedro Town when a Hispanic male came out of nowhere and hit him on the left side of his face near his left eye.
Doctor Love: Children and Haircuts
Dear Doctor Love,
I have a four year-old son who constantly defies anything I tell him to do. If I tell him to pick up his toys or to get a bath he will fight me on it every time. Is this normal for a four year-old?
The Doctor checked with some colleagues in the field of pediatrics. They say this is common behavior for the age of four. The majority say that he is just using assertiveness in struggling for his independence. Most agree that this is the time to begin simple negotiations to change his behavior. For example; “If you take a bath, you get a cookie. If you don’t take a bath you will get none.”
That’s what the experts say. That kind of negotiation should give you a child who must be bribed for everything from getting good grades to taking out the trash.
Misc Belizean Sources
In Belize, climate change drives coastal management
A five-year project launched here in Belize City in March seeks to cement a shift in view of climate change and its impact on Belize’s national development.
The Belize Marine Conservation and Climate Adaptation Project (MCCAP) has dual goals: putting in place structures to ensure continued protection for marine protected areas, and ensuring that those who benefit from use and enjoyment of those areas are educated on the dangers of climate change and given means of sustaining their lifestyles without further damage to precious natural resources.
Approximately 203,000 Belizeans live in coastal communities – both urban centres such as Belize City and the towns of Corozal and Dangriga, as well as destinations for fishing and tourism such as the villages of Sarteneja, Hopkins, Sittee River, Seine Bight and Placencia. For these persons, and for Belize, “Climate change is not an environmental issue. Climate change is a development issue,” said World Bank representative and senior environmental specialist Enos Esikuri, who noted that keeping the focus on the environment on this issue would result in “losing the audience” – those who make their living directly from the sea through fishing and tourism.
LOTTERY DRAWING for Sunday, April 12, 2015
Missing: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7
Table and photographic record of many of the mangrove plantings I did, from 2007 to 2010 with Adrian Vernon
Three year survival was pretty good for most of these plantings, but I'd be very interested to know their current state. I haven't been to Belize recently, but I can see some of these mangroves on Google Earth. I'd really like feedback about these plantings. They were done literally for the cost of gas to collect and plant the propagules in conjunction with several other projects. Much more could be done.
Belize Interlocking Pavers & Blocks
Belize Interlocking Pavers & Blocks is a new Cayo business that creates compressed blocks which are more than twice as strong as concrete. They can color them if needed, and they last around 40 years. They were at the SHC Business Expo, and had some cool examples of their work. You can find lots of their designs on their fb page.
Voice of the West 2015
The Rotary Club of San Ignacio is having their 13th annual Voice of the West Elocution contest. It'll be on Thursday, April 16th, at Hode's.
Paint Up A Storm 2015
This year's Paint Up a Storm went well. This year, it was at the Cayo Welcome Center, which was the perfect venue for it. The medium this year was wood scraps. Some interesting...things...pieces of art...were created. One looked a lot like a ship. Check out the great pictures captured by Daniel Velazquez. A big thanks to the Winsom Foundation for making this happen.
Two men shot in Roaring Creek; one dead
Jermaine Welcome and Alan Garbutt, both aged 24 of Roaring Creek Village, Cayo were shot just before 1:30 a.m. while at a house in the village on Saturday night.
Police say the gunman fired at them from outside the yard. Welcome suffered bullet wounds to the lower back and died the same night and Garbutt suffered gunshot wounds to the right hip and shoulder and is in a serious condition.
Michael ” Popeye” Foreman shot dead
Belize City police are following one lead in connection with the Thursday night murder of Michael Foreman, 32, also known as Popeye.
Foreman was sitting on a bucket in an open lot in Taylor’s Alley at around 10:30 p.m., when someone approached him from behind and shot him in the back of the head. Foreman died while receiving medical treatment.
Love Chocolate? Don’t Miss The Belize Chocolate Festival
Each year in the month of May, Belizeans and chocolate lovers flock to the Toledo District for their annual Chocolate Festival. Since the festival’s inception in 2007, it has been a raging success attracting hundreds of visitors who get to sample all the wonderful treats made of chocolate. The ever popular event is designed to raise awareness of the Toledo District as a responsible tourism destination, and to extend the tourist season. It helps improve the lives of many families, whether through direct employment in the tourism industry, or through the ‘ripple effect’ of spreading the economic activity throughout the District.
The 9th Annual Chocolate Festival will kick off on May 22nd, with a Wine and Chocolate Gala from 7pm to 11:30 pm. The event continues throughout the weekend with a plethora of cultural presentations and many family activities.
Belizean Food – Typical and Traditional Things To Try
Belizean food is simple, always fresh and amazing. If you’ve traveled in Central America you’ll notice that there are many similarities between Belizean cuisine and traditional food found in places like El Salvador, Costa Rica and even Mexico…but each meal has a slight twist – it might be a few added ingredients or the way it is eaten.
So take advantage of Belize being a melting pot of cultures and experience an explosion of flavours that will enchant all of your senses. Here’s a basic guide with a list of the best things to taste – bookmark this page or write it down, your culinary adventure awaits!
Belizean Pico de Gallo
Fry Jacks (fried flour dough)
Chaya with Eggs
Qualified Retired Persons Incentive Program: A Benefit of Retiring in Belize
Retiring in Belize:
Savvy retirees are increasingly relocating to the sunny shores of Belize, the unique country in Central America where English is the official language. Now that the nation offers special advantages for pensioners and retirees, seniors from the United States, Canada and Europe are choosing to move to Belize.
Retired Persons Incentive Program
The Retired Persons Incentive Program (RPI) is open to anyone 45 years old and older providing that they meet certain minimum requirements. The RPI currently requires that all candidates prove that they receive a monthly income of US $2,000 or more through a pension or annuity.
Belize welcomes RPI qualifying participants, recognizing the value and cultural benefit that people from around the world bring to the table. As natives and expats relax in a laid-back melange of English-speaking cultures, RPI qualifying participants are able to make the most of the experience by enjoying untrammeled access to their income.
The first immediate benefit for qualified RPI participants is that Belize will waive any and all customs duties on taxes when you import your personal effects. The RPI also allows participants a generous transportation allowance, meaning retirees can also bring over their car, boat or light plane without having to pay any import duties or taxes.
Great Barrier Reef fish populations 'restored to pre-European settlers levels'
Banning fishing in sections of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has succeeded in restoring fish populations to levels not seen since the arrival of European settlers, a 30-year study has found.
The controversial bans, which were expanded to a third of the reef area in 2004, have led to a sharp increase in the numbers and size of fish – a finding that could be used to push for similar zones to be set up in other reefs around the world.
The study, which examined underwater survey data for coral trout from 1983 to 2012, found the total mass of the fish was about two and a half times higher in the reserves.
Scientists said the levels were as high as they had been since the arrival of British settlers more than 200 years ago.
“There are more coral trout in the reserves and their average size was bigger,” Dr David Williamson, from James Cook University, told ABC News.
Restoring the World's Coral Reefs
In a new paper for Nature, researchers, including scientists from WCS, say fish are key to the health of the world's coral reefs, many of which are currently in crisis due in part to overfishing. To restore these systems, the scientists say the reefs need at least 500 kilograms per hectare of fish biomass (or about 50 percent of a reef's carrying capacity). At that level, the systems could sustain local fisheries without collapsing.
How bad is the current situation? According to the World Resources Institute, more than 20 percent of coral reefs have disappeared in the last 30 years and some 75 percent remain threatened.
Belize hosts opening ceremony for Continuing Promise 2015
An opening ceremony was held to celebrate the arrival of hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) and its crew as part of Continuing Promise 2015 (CP-15) April 10.
Continuing Promise is a collaborative effort between the United States, partner nations and non-governmental and support organizations to conduct civil-military operations including humanitarian and civic assistance, as well as veterinary, medical, dental and civil engineering support to send a strong message of compassion, support and commitment to Central and South America and the Caribbean.
“On behalf of the over 1,000 crew members aboard Comfort, I would like to thank everyone for welcoming us to Belize,” said Capt. Sam Hancock, CP-15 mission commander. “We are excited to meet, interact and provide medical, dental, veterinary and engineering services to the people of Belize while working alongside our Belizean counterparts.”
Pirates rob Canadian couple on sailing adventure in Honduras
Calgary couple say they were terrified when armed pirates boarded their sailboat and demanded money, then abandoned them on a remote part of the Honduras coastline.
Andy Wasinger, 46, and Loretta Reinholdt, 54, set out on the adventure of a lifetime two weeks ago, helping transfer a boat from Belize to the island of Roatan in Honduras and learning to sail in the process from an American captain named Dave.
But just a few days into the adventure, a small fishing boat pulled up and the sailboat was boarded by four men armed with guns, a harpoon and a knife.
They ran the sailboat aground and took about $3,000 cash and anything of value they could find, then disappeared while the captain and the Calgary couple obeyed their orders to go below deck and stay there.
The trio then spent four days in the jungle, drinking rainwater and using the sail as a makeshift tent, until they were found and rescued by some hikers.
Seventh Summit Of The Americas Hailed As Historic
The historic face to face between the United States and Cuba, energy solutions, climate change, peace in Colombia, and Argentina's long-standing claim of sovereignty over the Falkland Islands, were among the many issues highlighted at the seventh Summit of the Americas, which concluded on Saturday in Panama City, Panama.
This year's summit, the first in history that included representatives of the 35 independent countries of the hemisphere, had addresses by the 27 heads of state and government, five foreign ministers and three permanent representatives to the Organization of American States (OAS).
Heads of state representing lands from Tierra del Fuego to the North American tundra pressed their concerns in a marathon session at a Panama City convention centre. However, it was all overshadowed by the first substantial face-to-face encounter by sitting US and Cuban leaders since 1958, as presidents Barack Obama and Ra?l Castro seek to restore diplomatic relations and lower the combative tone that has prevailed since ties were severed 54 years ago.
Seventh Summit of the Americas Concludes in Panama
The Seventh Summit of the Americas, the first in history that included representatives of the 35 independent countries of the Hemisphere, concluded today in Panama City, Panama following addresses by the 27 Heads of State and Government, five Foreign Ministers and three Permanent Representatives to the OAS.
The first plenary session included the presentation of the host, Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela, and the presence of the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, included addresses by 14 Heads of State.
The second plenary session featured addresses by the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Perry Christie; the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Portia Simpson-Miller; the President of Uruguay, Tabaré Vazquez; the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves; the Prime Minister of Barbados, Freundel Stuart; the President of El Salvador, Salvador Sánchez Cerén; the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne; the President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina; the President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega; the President of Haiti, Michel Martelly; the Prime Minister of Grenada, Keith Mitchell; and the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Kenny Anthony.
OAS Welcomes the Birth of a New Era of Inter-American Relations
The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today welcomed during the inauguration of the Seventh Summit of the Americas the new era of “dialogue, respect for freedom, inclusion and cooperation” that has begun with the meeting of the Heads of State and Government of the Hemisphere taking place today and tomorrow in Panama, a “historic moment” in which for the first time the 35 independent nations of the Hemisphere are represented.
“Sometimes, in real life, our simultaneous commitments toward respecting sovereign equality, full inclusion, and respect for democracy and human rights pose dilemmas that are difficult to resolve. But intervention, exclusion, political repression, and confrontation are no longer acceptable or useful in inter-American relations,” said the OAS leader at the Anayansi Theater of the Atlapa Convention Center in Panama City, where the Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela inaugurated the Summit.
Bus Ride Across Belize to Guatemala, 5min. A tourist filmed his ride around Belize. Cayo is all over this video. Fun. Scenes of Belize while taking the bus from Belize City to the Guatemala border.
Stories: Belize, 2.5min.
GIANT CAVE - BELIZE, 5min. Este vídeo é sobre GIANT CAVE - Caye Caulker, BELIZE.
Sur une vague de tour du monde au Salvador Guatemala Belize, 9min. Freedam production nous présente une aventure de 2 mois en Amérique centrale pour la partie du Salvador, du Guatemala et du Belize. Un contraste de paysages et d'ambiances dans ces pays aussi riches en couleur qu'en culture. Après plusieurs semaines passées au Salvador à surfer, nous partons à la conquête des ruines du Guatemala pour la fin du monde du calendrier Maya. Un nouvel ère, le 13 Bactum qui se suivra d'une détente totale au Belize à l'occasion des fêtes de noel. A bon entendeur !
Blue Hole, Belize, April 11-2015, 12min. For lovers of deep diving and shark's Blue Hole is the perfect place. Beware that is not easy to get the 2 hour trip are hard, but worth it !!!! There are many sharks !!!!
Belize sea goddess, 3min.
crazy people do funny thing in belize!!, 5min.
Belize 2013 Part 1/3, 6min. Cruising through the Carribean.
Belize 2013 Part 2/3, 2min. Cruising through the Carribean.
Driving in Belize with Tour Guide, 2min. Heading to Altun Ha Ruins.
Belize 2015, 6min.
Snorkeling in Belize, 1min. This was taken near the boat off of Ambergris Caye. This wasn't part of the whole trip. We actually saw a lot of bigger fish, yellow eel, nurse sharks and a sea turtle, all of which I did not capture on video, unfortunately!
Dive Belize 2015, 6min.