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The San Pedro Sun
Belize Independent Development Research Group conducts Election Survey
An online analysis conducted by the Belize Independent Development Research Group (BIDRG) recently compiled information with the sole aim of getting an idea on the Belize electorate’s state of mind leading up to the General Elections. The survey was conducted from Saturday, August 1st to Saturday, August 8th and had the participation of one thousand online visitors. The analysis indicated that if elections were held today, more people would vote for United Democratic Party (UDP), but up to 52% of the electorates would abstain from taking part in the general elections. The survey participants had to answer nine multiple choice questions with reference to the party leaders of both parties, as well as the performance of the current administration.
The survey asks in its first question: Would you rate your chances of voting in the upcoming general elections as excellent, good, fair or poor. While the majority chose “excellent”, there was still 18% who would not participate in the upcoming general elections. Surveyees were then asked if they think the country is headed in the right direction or not. An outstanding 55% of the participants responded that we are on the wrong track and headed for trouble. 17% were undecided, with only 28% believing we are going the right direction.
According to the survey, the leading problems facing Belize today are economy, jobs, cost of living and politicians’/government corruption and ethics, which gathered 36% and 30% of votes, respectfully. 55% of persons surveyed believe a new Prime Minister should be elected, as surveyors believe Dean Barrow has not done a good job in the position. However, in the fifth question of the survey 27.19% would still opt to vote for Dean Barrow and the UDP if elections were held today, while only 17.52% were in favor of Francis Fonseca and the PUP.
Environmental Issues arise from illegal squatting in San Pedro
The reports have reached the local authorities and according to Mayor Daniel Guerrero, help is coming. “Squatting is a central government issue, however, I believe is has to do with the Town Council as well. I have pledge my assistance in the situation, but I want to do it right and take the right people along with me so we can get things done. The plan is to go and inspect the area along with the Area Representative, Minister Heredia, Officer in Charge of the Coastal Executive Unit Superintendent Sandra Bodden, Deputy Assistant Superintendent Henry Jemmott, the Health Inspector Horris Patten, and people from the Hol Chan Marine Reserve so the different entities can observe health and environmental issues. Only then can we make the necessary decisions to help them as soon as possible,” said Guerrero.
The health inspector, Horris Patten said he is ready to provide his services, however he has not received any complaints about the situation at San Pedrito. “So far I don’t have knowledge on the issue since I am new here, however if there are any public health issues I will do all my best to address the problem,” commented Patten.
Councilor Alamilla Spearheads Free Back To School Haircuts Program
Island kids go back to school today and with the initiative of San Pedro Town Councilor Hector ‘Tito’ Alamilla, over 50 of those students went back to school with fresh haircuts. The San Pedro Town Council, in conjunction with Ballerz Barber Shop gave away free haircuts to underprivileged boys who were eager and ready to head back to the classroom feeling revised and energized.
On Sunday, August 30, 2015, Councilor Tito Alamilla personally went to pick up young boys from the San Mateo and San Pedrito areas and took them to Ballerz Barber Shop so that they could receive their free haircuts. Alamilla had personally scouted the boys a week before as he arranged with barber Brian Acosta to provide the service free of cost.
Misc Belizean Sources
Colin Gage passes away
Colin Campbell Gage, 62, of Kansas City, Missouri passed away on Thursday, August 27, 2015, after a 15 month long struggle with lung cancer.
Colin was born on August 25, 1953 in Kansas City, Kansas to Frank Hires Gage and Carolyn Campbell Babcock and grew up in the Brookside neighborhood of Kansas City, attending Border Star Elementary and Southwest High School, graduating in 1971. Proudly following in a long family tradition, he attended the University of Kansas (intermittently), eventually earning a Bachelor’s degree in Education in 1977 and a Juris Doctorate in 1983 and paying off his student loans at the age of 49. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and counted as lifelong friends many of those he met in Lawrence during the fifteen memorable years he lived there.
Colleen Schwendinger passes away...
so very sad to hear..... Colleen passed away.... We know her from Rendezvous Restaurant, and many happy days.... one of the best cooks in the world, and a great friend....
Police hold another family day on city’s south side
Police have successfully held another in a series of family/social days in the troubled areas of Belize City to quell the level of bloodshed that has been plaguing our streets.
Since 9 a.m. on Sunday, youths from the Caesar Ridge, Yarborough, Kraal Road and Faber’s Road and surrounding areas and their families turned out in the hundreds to socialise and, where necessary, mend fences with rivals through sports.
The event, spearheaded by Senior Superintendent Chester Williams, provided an avenue for the youths and their families to interact over food, nonalcoholic drinks, and basketball games, which ended in prizes shared with them.
Williams, in describing what the event aims to do, commented:”This is a part of [the] Eastern Division South community policing programme, geared at bridging the gap between us.”
Fundraising effort garners over $2000 for feeding program
A four-hour effort on Saturday to assist the Saint Joseph’s primary school feeding program garnered over $2000 in donations.
The fundraising campaign in the name of slain journalist Kareem Clarke earlier this year, included a number of media representatives who assembled in front of Brodie’s Northern and Albert Street and K Park Supermarkets to appeal to shoppers and supporters to donate food items towards the feeding program.
At the end of the appeal, Treasurer of the Kareem Clarke Memorial Fund, Marisol Amaya indicated that the donations totalled $2159.41 in food items, which have already been handed over to the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, which runs the feeding program at the school.
Breaking Belize News
Official opening of September Celebrations on St. George’s Caye
After a one year weather-related hiatus, the skies were sunny and clear and Belizeans ventured to the birthplace of our nation, St. George’s Caye, for the official opening of the 2015 September Celebrations. This year Belize marks 217 years since the conclusion of the Battle of St. George’s […]
Tourism expo a success
The first annual Tourism Expo held in Orange Walk Town yesterday proved to be a raging success, say officials from the BTIA northern Chapter. Throngs of locals and visitors took advantage of great deals, discovered new services and products from over twenty five businesses that took part […]
Rural South Rep announces subdivision plans in North Ambergris
A proposed subdivision to expand San Pedro Town, included three hundred lots that were surveyed and given to residents, only to find out that more than half of them were covered by water. To address that problem, Minister of Tourism and Belize Rural South area representative, Manuel Heredia, secured another […]
Fin Kardashian and His Bestie, Jean: Off On a FOUR DAY Flight to SE Asia
I traveled to Bangkok YEARS ago. From Newark, NJ, flying coach. And halfway there, I decided that I would now live in Asia since there was no way, I MEAN NO WAY, I could ever make the flight back. It. Is. Brutal.
And just go to Kayak.com and search for a flight from BZE to BKK. The shortest trip duration they have is 33+ hours. UGH.
Thank goodness for Correspondent Fin Kardashian. Who yesterday started his trip, with his friend Jean. A big backpack, 40 Belizean flags to leave around the world…
Francis Ford Coppola wants you to come on his family vacation
It could be anytime between noon and four, and my stomach grumbles. I pad barefoot down the cool marble stairs and pop into the kitchen at the Palazzo Margherita, in southern Italy. I raid plates of cheese, smear hunks of bread in jam, ask for sweets and leftover tangerine juice, even though dinner’s fresh pastas and sauces are well under way.
This deliciously languid, come-as-you-are ease is rarely the province of a five-star European hotel, especially one with a celebrity pedigree. But this hotel is owned by Francis Ford Coppola, Hollywood’s most legendary family man, and he wants you to make yourself comfortable here in his ancestral home of Bernalda, smack in the middle of boot-heeled Italy’s arch.
Coppola never meant to be a hotelier. He just liked taking his family on vacation.
“What I realized afterwards was that I was accidentally creating the infrastructure for a hotel,” he says over the phone from his Napa, Calif., home. The 20-room Blancaneaux Lodge opened in 1993.
Four more properties followed – another on the beach in Belize, and the rest in the seemingly disparate locations of Argentina, Guatemala, and, of course, Italy. A fifth, based out of a French Quarter mansion in New Orleans, has been in development limbo for years. What unites them?
Jerry Jeff Walker - Down in Belize, 4min. Dreaming of Beliz
Caye caulker youths performing after three weeks of training. , 1.5min. Thanks to @Carlos Perrote and Sayonara Pasos.
Caye caulker, August 2015
UNTOLD STORIES AUGUST 27, 2015, 34min.
Belize 1990, 26min. joe bryan rom matt anita mike glen
ZIPLINING BELIZE JAN 2015, 4.5min.
Meredith College: School and Library Project in Belize, 5.5min. Students from Meredith College traveled to the Country of Belize, Central America over the summer to leave skills behind for the teachers and students at the Santa Elena Baptist Primary School in the small town of Santa Elena, which is located inland near Guatemala.
Trip to Belize 2015, 15min.
Belize, 4min. My Dad and I went on an amazing trip to belize in July. We went to the island Ambergris Caye and stayed in the Phoenix Resort, which was great. We did a lot so I thought I'd make a video about it!!
Caribbean Prince cruise to Belize and Rio Dulce, 17min. Smallship adventure.
Belize Diving + Ruins, 4min.
Belize 2015 Scuba Diving, 5min. Clips from Paradise Canyon, Cypress Gardens, Hol Chan Marine Reserve, The Great Blue Hole, Half Moon Wall, Aquarium and Shark-Ray Alley
Taking off from Dangriga, Belize, 1.5min. Dangriga Belize takeoff on Maya Island Air Cessna C208B Caravan.
Flying from Belize International to Belize Municipal Airport, 5min. Flight from Belize International Airport to Belize Municipal Airport on Maya Island Air Cessna C208B Caravan.
Cave tubing in Belize entering cave structure, 2min.
Belize Botanical Garden Day Tour, 6.5min. An awesome tour the Belize Botanical Garden. This tour is educational and informative, learn about plants native to Belize.
Belize ziplining, 3.5min.
Ziplining Belize Jan 2015, 4min. A 4 minute video of my wife and I zip lining in Jaguar Paw Jungle park in Belize. This was a Carnival Cruise Lines Caves and Zip Lining Excursion.