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The San Pedro Sun
Reef Village renamed and under new management
The resort formerly known as Reef Village is now BARRIER REEF RESORT. The home owners, through their HOA and Executive Committee, have over the past few years achieved control and management of the resort and have obtained the hotel license from the BTB. The new BARRIER REEF RESORT is no longer in any way associated with the former developer, Reef Village, Reef Village Estates Ltd. nor any of its associated enterprises. Touch Management operated by Gonzalo and Lacey Salinas are the new property and resort rental managers.
In the last couple of years many projects have been completed to improve the resort property. The electrical system has been upgraded to the highest standards with cooperation, assistance and oversight from BEL.
Wolfe’s Woofer: Birth Rate
Is this the water taxi to Belize City?” I asked.
“It sure is,” the boat captain replied. “This is our new service from Dangriga to Belize City with stops at Gales Point and Nesbitt Caye. Enjoy the ride.”
“Are you going to Belize City?” I asked the old, grey-haired Belizean man sitting across the aisle from me.
“No. I’m getting off at Nesbitt Caye,” he said.
A young, college-aged man sitting next to him got very excited.
“Hey!” he said. “I’m a sociology student at Southern California University. I have a professor who is doing a population study this summer on Nesbitt Caye. His name is Mandell. Have you seen him?”
Letter to the Editor: Dangerous traffic situation
We are first time visitors and liked the idea of a golf cart island.
During a 2 week vacation:
We have been in an accident with a speeding motorbike driver who ignored our left turn signal completely. His bike was damaged. Luckily he got away with minor injuries.
A second time a similar accident was just avoided due to our additional care knowing already that a hand signal for a left turn would be ignored.
A third time our golf cart was hit from behind by an impatient taxi driver. Our most concern was for our daughter sitting in the back.
This is not what tourists can expect and deserve for a relaxing vacation.
And by the way, can anyone tell your island car drivers that the horn is not in place to greet each and every friend you might spot on/near the road.
Our review: The traffic on your island is unpleasant for tourists and often feels dangerous. We think the current and dangerous traffic situation on your island is counterproductive to a positive tourism development.
Doctor Love: Ex and Weddings
Dear Doctor Love,
My ex and I split eight years ago. Since then we called each other occasionally for four years until she stopped phoning. When I finally realized that she was not calling me and our feelings were not mutual I stopped calling her. I found out that she got married and I never called again. I felt like I would be intruding on her new life. Now I am wondering if it would be all right to call her on special occasions like birthdays and Christmas. I do still love her and think of her all the time even though I know I will never get her back. I just want her to know how much I appreciate our time together and the chance I had of loving her.
Should I re-establish contact? What do you think?
/s/ Still Missing Her
Misc Belizean Sources
Power interruption, San Pedro Town
BEL crews have been dispatched to identity and rectify cause of unscheduled power interruption currently affecting entire San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye since 9:31pm, Sunday, June 21, 2015.
Conservation Science Coordinator,
Wildlife Conservation Society
WCS seeks a Conservation Science Director to lead the scientific and technical aspects of their marine program in Belize. The primary purpose of WCS in Belize is to develop and implement science-based conservation and management programs that will conserve Belize’s marine ecosystems in the long term.
Summary of Position
The Conservation Science Director, who will be based in the WCS office in Belize City, will directly supervise the Technical Coordinator, and other staff as may be assigned, and assist in management of the science and education programs conducted at the Glover’s Reef Marine Research Station. S/he will also provide input on grant proposals and reports. The Conservation Science Director will report to WCS’s Belize Country Program Director.
Mexican drowns while swimming across the Rio Hondo
A Mexican national drowned on Saturday while swimming across the Rio Hondo River that divides Belize and Mexico.
Juan de Dios Martinez, 38, who was living in San Roman Village, Orange Walk, tried to swim across the river at around 2:00 p.m., after socialising and decided to swim across the river, but went under the water and did not re-surface.
Martinez’ body was retrieved later Saturday evening transported to the Northern Regional Morgue.
The Río Hondo, is approximately 93.2 miles in length, and discharges into the Chetumal Bay on the Caribbean Sea.
Breaking Belize News
San Ignacio Police Officer involved in traffic accident
Information reaching our news room is that a police officer in San Ignacio Town was involved in a traffic mishap earlier tonight. More information will be posted shortly.
Guadalupe Magana wins convention in Orange Walk South
Guadalupe Magana is now the official standard bearer for the UDP in the Orange Walk South Constituency. Magana, Darlene Padron, and German Tillett were the three candidates that stepped to the plate for the post of standard bearer. At 5 pm the polling station closed with a total of 2535 […]
Police found a bucket of marijuana in PG
Acting on information received, Punta Gorda Police searched a property in the center of the town and discovered more than 1,000 grams of Cannabis. Reports state that the search was conducted in an open lot on #60 Far West Street, Punta Gorda, where officers found a bucket containing 1252 grams […]
Cotton Tree Village Teenager Missing
A report was made to Cayo police by 37 year old Ann Fermin that her son, 14 year old Louis Bowen had left their Cotton Tree Village residence at around 6:00p.m on June 11th, 2015 and has since not returned or been located. Fermin told police that her son was […]
Traffic accident on Phillip Goldson Highway sends man to the hospital
A traffic accident on the Phillip Goldson Highway on Friday, June 19th, resulted in one man being taken to the hospital. Police say that around 7:35p.m on Friday, officers responded to information of a Blue Toyota Corolla colliding into a trailer that was heading towards Corozal Town, between miles 77 […]
Three arrested for drug trafficking in Corozal Town
Corozal police conducted a search at the residence of Angelita Logan in Corozal Town on Friday morning around 7 a.m. which resulted in the arrest and charging of 3 individuals. According to police reports, they conducted a search at Logan’s residence on #14 Altamira Road where they made the discovery […]
Deon McCaulay is once again on the international spotlight
Belize will be moving on to the third round of CONCACAF qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. However, no qualifying victory was sweeter for Belizeans than the Jaguars’ dominant performance against the Dominican Republic winning both games and scoring a total of 5 goals. Deon McCaulay, […]
Pope Francis on Climate Change and Poverty
In discussing possible working definitions of sustainable development early on in this blog (January 12, 2015) we referred to the Brundtland Commission’s activities in 1987, which were part of the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED). The Brundtland Commission, a meeting of world heads of state led by Gro Brundtland the Prime Minister of Norway, recognized two over-arching world situations: (1) natural resources and the environment were being degraded at alarming rates, and (2) human poverty was rampant throughout the world. The Commission effectively reduced most discussions to “sustainable development” in addressing these issues, stressing that sustainable actions are those directed at “meeting the needs of future generations” in our daily living – the basic necessities of life, such as clean air, clean water, viable forests, fertile soil, oceans, and so on.
Now, almost 30 years after Brundtland, Pope Francis has issued a 183 page encyclical so radical that it is not just his call to urgently tackle global climate change; it’s the fact he openly and unashamedly goes against the grain of dominant social, economic and environment policies in his identity of needs for the poor. He has positioned himself as this kind of spokesperson for Francis is the first pope from the Global South, and naming himself in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi, “a man of poverty and peace who loved nature and animals”, signaled to the world a commitment to going back to the roots of human existence. A lot of similarities exist between Brundtland and the Pope’s encyclical but 30 years have passed without much action since on the global scene. Improving the lives of slum dwellers and addressing environmental changes related to climate change is, for Pope Francis, one and the same thing, as the Brundtland Commission also saw them related. Both require tackling the structural, root causes of inequality, injustice, poverty and environmental degradation. For example, his encyclical says:
San Pedro Belize’s 2015 Lobsterfest Gets Even More Creative With Lobster
Ambergris Caye’s Lobster Festival is no longer the new kid on the Belizean block. This was the 9th Festival in San Pedro – so we are now the slightly more mature kid on the block. And each year, the players may change a bit but the food gets more creative and the crowd gets bigger.
Last night was the final event in the week long San Pedro Fest and restaurants, vendors, musicians and tons of people gathered in Central Park to celebrate it.
It was nice, this year, to start out with a display by the new San Pedro House of Culture to remind us a bit of the serious fishing culture that helped build the island (and Belize) over the years.
One of my FAVORITE groups in Belize – Panerrifix – kids steel drum or steel pan band. They play mostly modern music and there is no way to wipe a smile off your face when you hear and see them play.
Which of the Top All-Inclusive Belize Resorts is Right for You?
If the phrase “all inclusive resort” makes you feel like someone who’s just found love for the first time, this guide is for you! All-inclusive deals are the ultimate in efficiency and for those who are exhausted from work and responsibility, all-inclusives are divine. The following resorts specialize in making sure that visitors don’t think or lift a finger—and isn’t that the secret to great vacations?
Tradewinds 2015 builds regional maritime cooperation
The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark (WPC 1106) hosted search and rescue (SAR) training to representatives from six countries here today.
The Jamaican Defense Force – Coast Guard, Belize Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Navy, British Royal Navy, Mexican Navy and U.S. Navy were all on hand for the extensive, day-long training.
“We’ve started with some basics,” said Ensign Meghan Daleiden, weapons officer aboard the ship. “SAR patterns, patching and plugging, basic response to fire - even basic medical training, and that’s just the classroom portion.”
The afternoon was given over to hands-on drills where the students were put on small boats and sent out to sea. The drills simulated real-world fire and flooding situations and required the students to put their classroom training to practical use.
The glam Caribbean ‘staycation’ is for real
You have done the New York to Miami shopping thing so many times. Your clothes racks are crumbling beneath the weight of too many garments and you are on a shoe-diet until you build the bigger, better perfect closet. The ten-day European tour is exhausting and the Leaning Tower of Pisa will still be tilting next year. Terrorists are bombing everywhere. You don’t speak Spanish and the idea of wandering through Mexico with a phrase book is not your idea of a restful getaway.
Take a “staycation.” The Caribbean has lots of happy, fun, memorable places to visit. If I am beginning to sound like a blasted brochure, it’s because I have been listening to Elle the Magnificent and Beautiful again. Her designer heels have trod nearly every city and town around the world which has bottled water and indoor plumbing. She just realised she can tell you more about how the women of Panama weave their beautiful molas than how to get to Asa Wright Nature Centre. Determined to correct this deficiency in her goal to ultimate perfection, she has been spending her last few vacations close to shore.
Cayes of Belize: Caye Caulker is among the 200 or so cayes on a reef off the coast. Lobster fishing, sailing, lying in hammocks, and diving the Blue Hole are recommended by my adventurer neo-pirate friends.
The Problem With CARICOM (Part 4)
It is unfair to say, as so many are wont to do, that CARICOM has been a total failure. Valuable achievements have been made through functional cooperation. There is a range of institutions and facilities from which member countries have benefited.
The Caribbean Development Bank, from which Jamaica has secured some US$250 million in concessionary loans and grants, is a prime example. Others such as the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute, Caribbean Examinations Council, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, Caribbean Public Health Agency, and the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility are of great value, although most are underfunded and underutilised by member states.
Not to be disregarded is the much-sought-out influence we exert when we act in concert in important international and regional bodies such as the United Nations, Organization of American States, and Inter-American Development Bank.
Adventure in Belize
SLIDESHOW: Belize is a popular destination for fun outdoor activities, including scuba diving, snorkeling, sport fishing and cave tubing. Let Travel Channel inspire your next adventure in the "British Honduras."
Delille Academy, 8.5min. A short information video about Dangriga's Delille Academy, its mission and its needs.
Diving in EC Mexico and Belize (Great Blue Hole), 10min. Clips from dives in Dos Ojos cenote (Mexico), Turneffe Atoll (Belize), Lighthouse Reef (Belize) and the Great Blue Hole (Belize).
Belize 2015, 7min. This video is about Eco tourism in Belize 2015.
Meso Trip BYUI 2015 Belize Reef, 3.5min.
San Pedro, Belize, 4.5min. Our trip to San Pedro, Belize. May 2015.
Norvilly's Restaurant Big Falls Belize, 2.5min. NorVilly's Restaurant location on the Southern Belize near Punta Gorda in Big Falls Village, serve up the most delicious Belizean cuisine you will even find in Belize
Fly Fishing Belize at El Pescador., 10min.
Belize - Houston (KIAH) United 737-800, 8min.
Steel Drums at 2015 San Pedro Belize Lobster Festival, 1min. Panerrifix from Belmopan, Belize - Kids Steel Drum/Steel Pan group playing "Rude" by Magic! at the San Pedro Lobster Festival.
USHUAIA BELIZE, part 2 1990, 52min. French Magazine programe presented by Nicolas Hulot, produced by TF 1 and directed by Krov Menuhin. Chapters include "Dauphines Ambassadeurs', 'Everest 1924', 'Babouins Blues'.
Programe presentation from Belize.