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The San Pedro Sun
First teams arrive at the end of the Ruta Maya 2016 River Challenge!
Edwin Ixpatac passes away
It is with a very heavy heart that we report that Edwin Ixpatac has succumbed to the injuries he sustained on Thursday, March 3rd. Four San Pedro police officers are currently in custody pending charges of brutality and now possibly manslaughter. Our deepest condolences to his family and friends, we will miss his warm smile and soft-spoken ways.
“Imagine Belize without Wildlife”— BFD launches campaign to highlight wildlife awareness
One of Belize’s top attractions is its wildlife, nestled inside some amazing forests. The Belize Forest Department (BFD) is one of the leading government agencies that protects Belize’s natural resources and they are now preparing for a very important day. Every year on March 3rd, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), in conjunction with the United Nations (UN), celebrates “World Wildlife Day”. World Wildlife Day is a day when people acknowledge and appreciate the diverse forms of wild fauna and plant life, raising awareness of the benefits that their conservation provides. The BFD participates in this worldwide observation and will be launching a special campaign on the first day of the Ruta Maya River Challenge on March 4th.
This year’s theme set by the UN is “The future of wildlife is in our hands,” but BFD has made their own subtheme to be “Imagine Belize without Wildlife.” In retrospect, the thought of how Belize would be without its national animals is hard to grasp. According to Minerva Gonzalez, a forest officer for the BFD, we are the only solution to this problem. “Our actions will determine the future of our animals.”
Parents encouraged to get their children’s eyesight tested
Students from a total of 10 schools in both Caye Caulker and San Pedro have benefited from the Lions Zone 59 Belize National Children Eye Screening Program. An essential test carried out on students between the ages of three and 14 years, the free eye screening helps to identify possible vision problems within our youth’s population. There are still many schools left to be screened by the program, and organizers are asking for the parent’s collaboration in signing consent forms, as a child will not be screened unless parents/guardians issue a consent approval. According to Chairman of the San Pedro Lions Eye Screening Program, Jan Brown, carrying out the eye screening test on children is essential in order to identify possible problems. The test indicates whether the child needs further consultations with an ophthalmologist and possibly eye glasses. “We have been very excited about doing this program. It is a service we are offering throughout the island which is beneficial to our children,” said Brown.Eye Screening SPRCS Lions-6
Wife kills husband in domestic dispute
A domestic dispute on Sunday, March 6th has led to the murder of one man in San Pedro. Reports are that Rommel Benedicto Catzim was fatally injured by his wife, Alida Lily Borrayo Barrientos de Catzim during an altercation at their home in the San Pedrito Area on Sunday, March 6th shortly after 9PM.
Following the discovery of the body, police launched a full investigation where Barrientos de Catzim confessed to having inflicted the wounds which led to her husband’s death. According to Deputy of the Coastal Executive Unit, Assistant Superintendent Henry Jemmott, police responded to the reports of domestic dispute in the San Pedrito Area at around 10:30PM. Upon arriving at the scene, police found the body of a male individual lying face down in a pool of blood on a veranda on the second floor of an apartment building. Closer inspection revealed that the victim had sustained two apparent stab wounds to the chest and back causing him to bleed to death. Inside the home was Barrientos de Catzim, who was apprehended and escorted to the San Pedro Police Station for investigation.
New District Education Officer to improve SP education standards
Education is a key element in the development and well-being of a community and country. Therefore, having well trained and experienced senior education officers adds tremendously to the development of our young generation. San Pedro Town and Caye Caulker have been placed under the watchful eye of District Education Officer, Nelma Jones, who has been addressing the issues at schools on the islands. It is expected that with her vast expertise in the educational sector, both islands will benefit immensely.
Jones came to the cayes as a long standing educator with over thirty years of experience working in the field of education. Her experience in the educational field extends from primary and secondary levels up to the Ministry of Education. Jones also indicated that she was an adjunct lecturer for the University of the West Indies, St. John’s Junior College, and even the University of Belize. Since her arrival in San Pedro, Jones has experienced challenges in assisting with the many issues the local educational institutions are dealing with. “There are major issues which are not just happening on Ambergris Caye, but also in other parts of the country,” she said, “The cases of students being rebellious and getting in to trouble at school, is a situation we need to deal with, without blaming anyone.”
Ambergris Caye beaches at risk; beach reclamation is the way to go!
The beaches of Ambergris Caye are shrinking and with that comes the threat of keeping tourists and their dollars away. Many coastal residents on the island are becoming concerned about the changing weather patterns and rising seas which are eating away the shore. As a result, more and more residents are resorting to seawalls and jetties to combat the erosion.
The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) recognizes that Ambergris Caye’s beaches support the lucrative visitor industry, and has begun efforts to enhance these valuable coastal properties from storm damages and erosion, including an extensive beach reclamation project in the Boca del Rio area. “Tourists come to San Pedro to see natural beaches and we will work together with everyone, especially the business owners, to make sure that we keep that natural image of our coastal areas,” said Mayor Daniel Guerrero.
La Ruta Maya River Challenge comes to an end. Belize City celebrates
The scene downtown Belize City as La Ruta Maya River Challenge comes to and end. Four gruesome days of paddling downstream from mainland Cayo to coastal Belize.
Misc Belizean Sources
BBG Palm Celebration Tour
The Belize Botanic Gardens have a special Palm Celebration Tour that will be ongoing through Palm Sunday. You can learn all about palms, from the scores of different varieties they have, to their huge amount of uses.
"Visit the Palm Trail at Belize Botanic Gardens for an exclusive tour with specialist, Rudy Aguilar! From now through Palm Sunday. Palms are exotic, beautiful, diverse, useful and natives to Belize. Lunch, Guided Tour and Shuttle only $100 BZD PP. Call 824-3101. Maya Traditional Knowledge Tour and Tamales Making every Friday from 9am-12pm."
Belize Fishing Report, Feb. 21- 27, 2016
A fairly poor weather week but some remarkable catches by some beginning and experienced anglers.
Kevin was the start permit player this week as he somehow got at least one permit 3 days in a row with his sweetheart Jamie cheering him on. Although Jamie did not land a permit she had some shots and out fished Kevin in the tarpon department!
New Rainbow colored sign at Int'l Airport
Love the rainbow. This sign implies much!
Overall final results of the 2016 La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge (official)
The Champs Koop Sheet Metal
, Female Champs Belize Bank Bulldogs
NEBL All Star Game
The NEBL All Star Game will be on Saturday the 19th, at the UB gym.
"A night of basketball that cannot be missed!!! Bring out the entire family to witness the best ballaz in Belize on one court. See you at the UB Gymnasium on Saturday, March 19."
PUP deputies to line front row in House
At Tuesday’s Special Sitting of the House, the four People’s United Party (PUP) deputy leaders, who were either elected at the party’s National Convention in January or were appointed, will assume different seats.
In his conversation with television reporters following a meeting with Prime Minister Dean Barrow last week, PUP Leader John Briceno said, “I have decided that all the deputy leaders are going to be seated in the front.”
Briceno did not delve into details of the seating arrangements, but reports that Lake Independence Area Representative, Cordel Hyde, will now sit next to Briceno, suggesting a level of seniority even above former Prime Minister Said Musa or the four party deputies.
Hyde has not yet been given a post on the PUP Executive, but Briceno had indicated from as early as the party’s convention day that Hyde would be offered a senior role when a position is created for him.
La Ruta Maya river race ends in photo finish
The three-man team for Programme for Belize out-paddled the Koop Sheet Metal team to cross the finish first, less than two meters ahead, at around 11:15 Monday morning, in the 19th annual La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge.
The two teams came down the Haulover Creek for a couple miles along with four others, and at the final 50 yards nearing the finish at Bottom Dollar, downtown Belize City, Programme for Belize out-paddled Koop Sheet Metal to win $500, courtesy Smart.
Westrack was third and the Belize Bank Bulldogs crossed the finish fourth, followed by the team from NICH in fifth, and BTL’s Cobb’s Arms in sixth position.
Breaking Belize News
Koop Sheet Metal team wins River Challenge
After one hundred and eighty gruelling miles of paddling by canoe down the Belize Old River, Koop Sheet Metal are the overall winners of the 19th La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge sponsored by Belikin. While rivals Programme for Belize won the final stage […]
House meeting Tuesday; budget, finance bills to be read
The House of Representatives meets on March 8 in Belmopan, and Prime Minister Right Honorable Dean Barrow is expected to read the General Revenue and Appropriations Bill, 2016, otherwise known as the Budget, at this sitting. However, there are two bills being presented for […]
10 facts about Baron Bliss
Today, March 7, is being observed as National Heroes and Benefactors Day, in lieu of the public and bank holiday Wednesday, March 9. It is, a day set aside to remember Belize’s greatest benefactor, Baron Bliss, and in recent years, the holiday has been […]
Popular San Pedro bartender dies, police brutality suspected
A popular San Pedro bartender, Edwin Ixpatac, died early this morning as a result of injuries sustained last Thursday and four San Pedro police officers, currently in custody on suspicion of brutality, now face possible manslaughter or murder charges for his death. According to […]
Are Belizeans better off in 2016?
Are you better off in 2016 than you were last year or the year before? Are you confident that things will get better as the year progresses? Do you believe that the cost of living will drop and gas prices will become cheaper and the […]
Independence dominates highschool softball
The Independence high school Invaders conquered the SSSSA Regional Softball competition yesterday at the Michael Ashcroft Stadium as they displayed their dominance in softball. The teams came out in full force as they raveled the pitch. Congratulations and good luck to the Invaders as […]
“We’re Content in Belize…And Don’t Plan on Moving”
Sue and George’s interest in Belize was piqued in 2010, while still living in Los Angeles. Sue read an AARP article about retiring in Belize and George watched an International House Hunters program about building a home there. George had long dreamed of building their ideal retirement home. But the Paolettis knew that it would be exorbitantly expensive to do so in Southern California.
Having grown up in England, Sue hates rain. “When I researched Belize I discovered that the rainfall in Corozal in the north is only about 60 inches per year. So in February 2011, we took a two-week trip to Corozal,” she says.
They had no intention of buying land on that very first trip, but two days before they were due to visit Corozal, they learned that a new subdivision had just opened, south of town. While in Corozal they checked out the property options.
Sue says, “It was perfect for us. It was two miles out of town, on the bay, with one-third of an acre of land, and within our budget. We looked at each other, said ‘This is it’, knocked on the real estate agent’s door and asked ‘Where do we sign?’
5 Things To Do At A Maya Site
We have heard people say, “we are going to see the temples”, when they decide to go on a tour of an ancient Maya City. If thats the only things they are pursuing, we think they will miss the rest of the site. You see there are more than temples at these sights. There are palaces and stelae and ball courts and altars, just to name a few. None-the-less we want to challenge you to do these five things when you visit an ancient Maya City.
1. Think about your life as it is presently and realise that the people who built these cities were very much like us. Like us, they had to figure out how best to manage all things in their environment to make sure they survived. Whether they were kings or farmers.
2. Smell the aroma of the place. Interestingly, most ancient Maya Cities are found within jungle settings. There are moments when the aroma of the forest can uplift not only your olfactory but all the other senses we possess. Including memories of past moments.
Elope and just say I Do! With Romantic Travel at Portofino, Belize
Denise and Angel decided to elope and say “I Do”… and this was one of the most romantic weddings I ever photographed.
Magic moments captured as I felt them… love… laughter… giggle… romance. I got them all.
Traditions and Tropical Memories – Belize Weddings
We remember, many years ago, living in London and seeing billboards for Caribbean destinations wondering if we’d ever be able to have a holiday in such a beautiful place and now, now we live and work here. Not only that but we get to share that with people who have traveled from all over the world to fulfill that very dream. Some come to elope. Some come to party. Quite a few bring their wedding traditions with them. The only difference is that they get to enjoy those traditions in beautiful Belize.
Thank you, Facebook, for reminding me that my career is dead and I’m living in Belize
This morning I was reminded that four years ago today, I walked away from the best job I’d ever had, after nearly 30 years with the same newspaper. Thank you, Facebook “On This Day” feature.
And recently, Facebook reminded me that we moved to Belize exactly two years ago.
Like a cat coughing up fur balls, Facebook now churns up fuzzy memories.
If you are on Facebook, I’m sure you are getting the same thing. I recently relived my 2-12-12 marriage to Rose Alcantara through the many pictures I’d posted to Facebook back then. I recently re-experienced the death of an friend. I’ve seen pictures of my grandson Brody at birth, 1, 2, 3 and 4 years old.
You never know what Facebook’s memories machine will come up with. And frankly, at my age, it is mostly a relief and nearly always surprising.
Cultivating More than Veggies In Belize City
Tucked away on a long street in Belize City, lies the first Urban Garden in the country. Belize, for all its lush landscape, actually imports a disproportionate amount of fresh fruits and vegetables. Which makes The Urban Garden for Food Security and Peace, more than an urban garden, it is also a project which aims to empower residents to not just eat healthily, but also locally while becoming independent of costly imports. After visiting their garden, we interviewed the principal gardeners/activist to learn more.
E.C. When was the garden founded, was it the motivation of residents, city officials?
UGFSP As children we always had backyard gardens so gardening is not a new concept to some of us. The Urban Garden for Food Security and Peace is a Belize Action Community project that seeks to grow both people and trees to mitigate poverty. This idea was extended to other organizations and individuals in 2006, when Belize began holding mutual improvement alliance meetings at Liberty Hall in Belize City. Many old and young people have participated so far and we continue to look for more organizations and people to step up to this task. In 2015 after a youth summit, where we had young adult youth leaders from 5 Central American Countries, we found several passionate young Afro Belizean adults who wanted to be a part of a program that could positively influence their social, economic and environmental ambitions for themselves and Belize. At this particular time food security and peace is of vital importance. All over the world and in Belize we are experiencing many diseases at alarming rates because of the food we eat that is harming the human body.
Belize getting $20M, nationwide 4G LTE network
The small Central American country Belize will soon be covered by a 4G LTE network being deployed by DigiCell, a subsidiary of Belize Telemedia Limited.
Belize Telemedia Limited and DigiCell are both owned and controlled by the government of Belize. Privately-owned SMART is the only other mobile operator in Belize.
The LTE network will support download speeds of up to 100 megabits per second, according to BTL, which pegs its investment at $20 million.
Huawei is the sole vendor for this project. BTL executive committee chairman Anwar Barrow said Huawei “will bring significant experience and expertise to the project—not only during the implementation phase, but even after the initial LTE installation. They are charged with ensuring that the LTE service will work optimally, and that our BTL team members are fully trained to manage the new network on an ongoing basis.”
He Ming, president of Huawei Technologies USA, said this project is indicative of the company’s emphasis on taking a customer-centric approach that goes beyond selling equipment to include “Huawei providing the latest training to the BTL team so they can ensure the ongoing quality of the network and the voice and data services delivered to their customers.”
Citrus Products of Belize unable to pay growers
Citrus Products of Belize Ltd. (CPBL) has reported that it is unable to meet the citrus growers’ fruit cheque payment for this week. This was revealed in a joint press release issued from the Belize Citrus Growers Association and CPBL. The release went on to say that this problem is as a result of CPBL’s application to Heritage Bank for working capital finance not yet being approved by the Central Bank of Belize.
Kent Herrera, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of CPBL, told Amandala that the working capital is something they apply for annually. It is a short-term loan that is repaid within six months or at the end of, the crop period, Herrera said.
The release continued: “The CGA has brought this matter to the attention of the relevant authorities, stressing the urgency of this situation and the human and economic hardship it is bringing to the workers, growers and the other industry stakeholders.”
Henry Anderson, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Belize Citrus Growers Association, told Amandala that the impact this cash crunch will have is enormous. Anderson said that when tomorrow comes and these growers can’t get paid, they, in turn, will not be able to pay the harvesters, the delivery trucks and the like.
The Remarkable O’Horáns
Governor, president, senator, general, judge, hero, traitor, conservative, liberal, doctor, lawyer, scholar…. The O’Horán family was there through the entire tumultuous history of nineteenth-century Yucatán, deeply immersed, in so many important ways.
This thoroughly Yucatecan family with a very un-Spanish name arrived in the Peninsula in 1760. Juan José de O’Horán y Ready was a native of the rural district of Aughane in County Cork, Ireland. He grew up in the Canary Islands, where his parents, John O’Horan and Jane Ready, moved when their son was young. Many ambitious Irish were emigrating during this period, and Spain and its American possessions were popular destinations.
Juan de O’Horán quickly made himself at home in Campeche. In 1762, he married a local woman, María Gertrudis de Argüello y Monte, and they raised a family of seven children, three boys and four girls. Two of the sons, Tomás Antonio and Diego, made significant marks in history, about which we shall learn more. We know almost nothing of the middle son, Pablo, or of the daughters, Rita, Teresa, María Ana, and Juana Gertrudis.
In 1850, now with the rank of colonel, Patricio led a noteworthy expedition that established his reputation. Leading a force of 700 men, Colonel O’Horán marched out of Tihosuco on June 27 and headed for Bacalar. Yucatecan troops had taken that remote, isolated fortress in the far southeast a year earlier in an effort to cut the Maya supply lines from Belize. But the garrison there, surrounded and besieged by the enemy, was now in a desperate situation.
Belize, 4min. 1st dive after being certified. Enjoying the Coal Reef off the coast of San Pedro, Belize.
Belize Card Trick, 3min. Leo does an amazing card trick for us guests at St. George's Resort!
2015 Belize | San Pedro, 4min.
Hol Chan Reserve, Belize, 2min.
Scuba Diving Ambergris Caye, Belize- March 2016- Esmeralda, 7min.
Belize Herlindros Style 2016, 6.5min.
Esmeralda Canyons, Ambergris Caye, Belize February 29, 2016, 3min.
MISS AMERICA BELIZE AT ST LULKE SCHOOL, FEB , 2016, 8min.
pt 2 MISS AMERICA BELIZE AT ST LULKE SCHOOL, FEB , 2016, 9min.
Belize's National People's United Party (PUP) official campaign song by Supa G Martinez, 4min.