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The San Pedro Sun
Second phase of SPPD Barracks nears completion
In less than a month, the San Pedro Police Formation will be provided with a brand new police barracks. Nearly two years since construction began, phase two of the police barracks project will finally be completed, providing additional space to accommodate more police officers as the Department seeks to increase its numbers on the island. Once the police barracks is complete, the ground floor will have an assigned area for the San Pedro Police Cadets, complete with private bathroom. It will also accommodate an office for members of the Central Investigation Bureau along with a separate bathroom and a computer/conference room. The top floor will accommodate three officers and a separate bathroom.
Officer in Charge of the San Pedro Police Sub-Formation Superintendent Sandra Bowden at the San Pedro Police Formation feels very confident about the progress of the construction. She is aware of all details of the construction and appreciates the support of everyone in finally completing the building.
Expo Tattoo Belize promises to be spectacular
Tattoo lovers unite! Expo Tattoo Belize will be in San Pedro for one very unique, colorful, loud weekend of inking, music, freak shows and fun. From Saturday, May 28th through Sunday May 29th, talented international tattoo artists from such places as Bolivia, México, USA, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Belize will be on the island to provide their unique artwork. For an entrance fee of $20, you will be able to venture to the San Pedro High School Auditorium where you can select one of the top notch artists to use your skin as canvas! (Prices for the tattoos vary, but organizers have ensured that you get the best value for your money). For those seeking the extra crazy, there will be a freak show courtesy of Victer Max. The pierced, tattooed, horned man will be alternately freaking you out and amazing you with his skills!
For the music lovers, the bands Verge of Umbra and Almost 7 will be performing as well! There will be Deejays throughout the day. Tickets are available at Belizean Ink (Wimpas Tattoo Shop). Festival hours run from 10AM to 10PM.
Taxi permits cannot be sold
Taxi cabs are a source of transportation in San Pedro Town. It has been brought to The San Pedro Sun’s attention that various local taxi drivers attempt to sell their taxi permits, when selling their vehicles. The questions is, ‘is that legal?’ A call to the San Pedro Traffic Department led to the confirmation that taxi permits are nontransferable and thus, cannot be sold. According to Chris Nuñez, Head of the San Pedro Traffic Department (SPTD), the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) is not entertaining anymore taxi permits. This is an effort to alleviate the number of cabs on the island.
The SPTD also mentioned that those who applied for the permit should be the one driving the cab and taxi drivers are not allowed to rent vehicles to other individuals. The public is also welcome to question taxi drivers about their credentials as safety measures.
Misc Belizean Sources
Assemblage Exhibit Launch
Wildfire Artz Space had their Assemblage Art Exhibit launch on Sunday. Wine, chocolate, and some great art were all there, along with some spectacular music.
One of a Kind Rock Concert
Rockin' the Caye 2016! Rock n Roll & Grammy Hall of Fame inductees are coming to San Pedro June 4th, 2016!
Kenny Lee Lewis, Bobby Vandell, Will Peterson and Billy Peterson will be rocking Ambergris Caye from 4-7 pm June 4th at Mahogany Bay Village - 2 miles south. Playing as Abracadabra. (you know the song - these are the guys)
Is an all American Classic rock 'n' roll band. The band is spearheaded by Grammy hall of famer (Bob Dylan) Billy Peterson, and current Steve Miller band bassist and guitarist Kenny Lee Lewis. On drums is the virtuoso, Bobby Vandell, probably best known for his work on the drum set on the world wide hit, "Funkytown" The keyboard chair is filled by Billy Peterson's son, Will Peterson. The singing multi keyboardist is a cornerstone for Abracadabra delivering soulful performances on Bad Company and Stevie Wonder renditions.
Happy Reef Week 2016 from all at The Phoenix!
Show your love for our barrier reef by joining us each Saturday to help remove any trash from our shores. Help us keep our reef pristine!
Thank you to this weeks volunteers. We would love to see some new faces in our weekly pictures
BELIZE AT THE 5TH. ANNUAL GARIFUNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL!
The documentary features the work of the southern Belizean community organizer, farmer, and activist, Leonides Sanchez, and his struggle for food security and agricultural awareness in his hometown of Punta Gorda in Belize's southern district of Toledo. Sanchez also an educator, has been advocating for black consciousness and self awareness among the Garinagu, and has developed farming cooperatives among the Belizean people of the South while working with civil society in Belize to bring about change in land reform and self-sufficiency.
Official Death Announcement - Hon. Elijio Joe Briceño
The Government of Belize announces the passing of Mr. Elijio Joe Briceño, Former Minister of Government and former Member of the National Assembly. Mr. Briceño passed away on Saturday, 21 May, 2016 in Belize City.
An Official Funeral will be held on Wednesday, 25 May, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at La Immaculada Church, Orange Street, Orange Walk Town. Interment will follow at the Piemonte Cemetery.
The Belize Women's Political Caucus is unveiling the Development of Belizean Women in Politics Exhibition at the GPC on Thursday and Friday, from 10:30am to 4:00pm. It showcases all the women that have held offices in Belize.
Council of Churches weighs in on Belize/Guatemala dispute
The Belize Council of Churches, has given its full support to the Government of Belize in finding a diplomatic resolution to the territorial dispute with Guatemala.
The Council held a press conference at the ITVET compound in Belize City over the weekend, explaining that in light of Guatemala’s recent acts of aggression along the Sarstoon, it feels that GOB is making the right moves in trying to find a peaceful solution.
“The Belie Council of Churches supports actions that seek to avoid confrontation in the Adjacency Zone, along the Sarstoon, and along the border between Belie and Guatemala,” the Council said.
The Council also gave it’s full support to taking the territorial dispute to the International Court of Justice. The BCC then called upon the government to work in unity with the opposition in resolving the dispute; on the media to report facts relating the issue responsibly as not to cause trouble; and on its membership to be informed on the issues.
DOE hold second “Walk for a Green Belize”
To spread awareness about the importance of not littering, the Department of the Environment held its second “Walk for a Green Belize” clean-up activity on Saturday.
The clean-up campaign started around 7 a.m. in Benque Viejo and del Carmen and spanned some 77 miles along the George Price Highway. DOE and its partners also cleaned along the Ladyville Area and the Phillip Goldson Highway.
The clean-up was done in collaboration with the Belize Solid Waste Management Authority, the Belize Audubon Society the Police Department, Department of Transport and the Belize City Traffic Department.
The DOE reminds everyone travelling along Belize’s roadways that littering is a violation, for which a ticket can be issued and carry a fine of $100 for a person and $500 for a company.”
PUP cancel their Sarstoon trip
The People’s United Party (PUP) announced Saturday morning that it will not be making it’s scheduled trip to the Sarstoon River.
There were conflicting reports on the reason for the cancelation. One report said it was because PUP leader John Briceño’s father was ill, and Briceño canceled the trip to be with him in his last hours. However, another report said that the PUP could not get a boat captain willing to take them to the river because of the Statutory Instrument in place, which prohibits travel to the Sarstoon without authorization.
Briceño could not be reached for confirmation on whether or not they had trouble getting a vessel.
Since the beginning of May, Briceño announced that the PUP would go down to the Sarstoon and he challenged the government to arrest them under the provisions of the SI. The trip was originally scheduled for May 7. They postponed it, however, in consideration of progress GOB was making in negotiations with the Government of Guatemala.
CEDA moves to strengthen Caribbean-US export efforts
The Caribbean Export Development Agency has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Latin Chamber of Commerce of the United States, to strengthen trade and investment promotion with the region.
The MOU will serve to strengthen investment and trade to develop reciprocal cooperation between the US-based entities and the member states of Caribbean Export. The agreement will help CEDA members to access Latin American markets and open collaboration opportunities for US-based Latin firms and Latin investors seeking to enter the Caribbean market.
The signing of the agreements formed a part of the activities at Regional Public Goods Initiative entitled: Support to Foreign Direct Investment in the Caribbean. The Caribbean Investment Summit and the Inter-American Development Bank collaborated on holding the event, which targeted US-based markets.
UN holds humanitarian summit
Representatives of 175 countries, including around 65 heads of states gathered in Istanbul, Turkey on Monday for the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit.
The two-day summit is aimed at restructuring the world’s response to wars, disasters and the need for humanitarian aid that arises from them; including changing the way aid is provided. The UN’s Emergency Relief’s office is running the summit.
The summit is the brain child of outgoing UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, who in his opening speech, set out the key commitments that he hopes leaders will sign up to in order to improve the global humanitarian system.
“I proposed this summit four years ago out of concern for rising humanitarian needs and declining political will. Today, the urgency has only grown,” he said.
Breaking Belize News
Belmopan Quick Response Team seize homemade firearm
On Sunday May 22nd at about 4:00 a.m. members of the Belmopan Police Quick Response Team (QRT) were on mobile patrol when their attention was drawn to a male person driving a motorcycle in high speed on Cemetery Road in the San Martin Area, […]
Orange Walk authorities search for missing man
Reliable information reaching the BBN newsroom is that presently members of the Belize Coast Guard, Orange Walk Police and volunteers are searching for a missing man. According to family members, a group of men went on a fishing trip in the Indian Church Lagoon […]
Mainly fair, warm and mostly dry weather conditions will continue today
The National Meteorological Service of Belize is predicting mostly sunny skies during the daytime and partly cloudy skies tonight. Little or no rainfall is expected. Winds will be blowing from the East-Southeast at 5-15 knots and the sea state will be choppy. High temperatures today […]
Passengers trapped in vehicle after vehicle crashes on George Price Highway
Reports reaching our newsroom are that a traffic accident just happened on the George Price Highway. According to our sources, some passengers are trapped in the vehicle and police have been dispatched to the scene. We will be updating this story as more information is […]
Ka’ana Boutique Resort – True Luxury & Attention to Details In The Ideal Location
Last week, I visited Ka’ana Resort, just outside of western Belize’s San Ignacio town, for two glorious nights. A short distance from my home at the Belize reef (less than 100 miles), Ka’ana immerses you in a totally different world – and doesn’t skimp one bit on the amenities. he staff is amazingly attentive, the attention to decor and detail (all Belize specific) in each and every nook of the property is amazing and the food is honestly the best that I have eaten at any resort in Belize – and there are some STRONG contenders. Ka’ana’s property may be smaller than some of the 1000+ acre lodges that surround them in the Cayo District but by being so close to town (San Ignacio) and to the main thoroughfare, you have easy access to the AMAZING adventures and sights in the area. From the caves to the waterfalls to the Maya temples.
As the World Sleeps Belize keeps getting destroyed, terrorized and invaded
As the world sleeps, Belize is being systematically destroyed and invaded both from within and without.
For decades Guatemala has remained head strong claiming that it owns Belize despite the world noting that Belize is an independent nation and it’s people have full rights to independence.
At the African, Caribbean and Pacific States and the European Community (ACP-EU) meeting in Abuja Nigeria on March 2000 the following was noted:
United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 35/20 of 11 November 1980, which reaffirmed the inalienable right of the people of Belize to self-determination, independence and territorial integrity and called on all parties concerned to respect that right.
Calls upon both governments to continue their discussions to put into effect measures that will ease tensions along their border, and to establish a process for the early and definitive settlement of their differences in accordance with the principles and practices of the United Nations and with full respect for the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Belize.
Making the Coffee Connection
From the classic espresso to the flavoured frappes, we just can’t seem to get enough coffee into our systems. Ambergris Caye has its fair share of caffeine enthusiasts, and luckily there are several establishments to satisfy our needs. Whether you find yourself north, south or anywhere in between, you are sure to find a place to sit down and have a cup of fresh brew on the island.
For many coffee is more than just a drink – drinking coffee means hanging out with friends, family or your significant other. And that’s exactly what Rum+Bean elaborated on! Even though Rum+Bean is undoubtedly one of my favourite places to get good coffee, I often find myself going there to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown San Pedro. Located south of town inside the Mahogany Bay development, Rum+Bean is a quaint coffee shop with charm and great brews.
U.S. Businessman Pleads Guilty in Belize Money-Laundering Scheme
A U.S. businessman pleaded guilty Monday to helping stock manipulators launder hundreds of millions of dollars through Belize, a victory for prosecutors seeking to crack down on offshore havens.
Robert Bandfield, 71 years old, pleaded guilty in Brooklyn federal court to one count of conspiring to launder money and now faces a maximum of 20 years in prison. He had been set to begin trial next week.
Mr. Bandfield was arrested in 2014 and charged as part of a sprawling probe into overseas shell companies used by various penny-stock promoters to commit financial fraud. He is the third defendant in the case to plead guilty. Several other defendants are still at large.
Prosecutors say Mr. Bandfield, a U.S. citizen who operated a group of companies in Belize, was the architect of a scheme that allowed his clients to secretly manipulate U.S. stock prices, launder their illegal proceeds back to the U.S. and evade taxes. As part of the scheme, Mr. Bandfield created more than 5,000 shell companies in Belize and the West Indies to hide from the U.S. government his clients’ stock ownership and ill-gotten proceeds, according to prosecutors.
Lee College Study Abroad program off on 8-day exploration of Belize
The Lee College Study Abroad program headed off to the Central American country of Belize for an 8-day exploration of Mayan ruins, the natural beauty of land and sea, and the unique relationship between place and identity.
Study Abroad allows students to experience another country while also earning academic credit for their Lee College degrees. Students and faculty left for Belize on May 16 and returned to campus on May 23. The program was revived at the college last year with a trip to Great Britain, Ireland and Wales.
As part of their participation, Study Abroad students had to complete intensive English and kinesiology classes that began weeks before their departure and provided a theoretical foundation for their journey. They must also share impressions from their trip with the community upon their return.
Stevie J’s Reunion Concert Footage Will Remind You Why He Will Always Be Bad Boy For Life!
The Bad Boy Reunion concert kicked off last Thursday and Friday and certainly did not disappoint those who came out. For those who couldn’t make it, Stevie J was sure to catch all that action from his Bad Boy fam on camera. What better way to celebrate the (would have been 44th) birthday of the late and great B.I.G than to have performances from legends such as Mary J Blige, Jay Z, Lil Kim, Mario Winans, Faith Evans and even Shyne who performed from Belize via live feed, for the Brooklyn show. A shirtless Stevie can be seen rocking out on his guitar with Total to their classic, “What About Us” as a fan hilariously shouts out an ask to be on his bus. Check out some dope videos from the concert:
Belize fishes, 1min. Pairs of Queen Angelfishes, Queen Triggerfish, and Black Durgon frolicking on a reef in Belize.
Making of the Iconic BELIZE Mural | San Pedro, Ambergris Caye | Welcome to the Truck Stop, 1.5min. 1 Mile North San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Belize Travel Log, 3min.
Belize 2016, 6min. A Belizen awesome trip to Belize in January 2016. Stayed in Caye Caulker for a week and went snorkelling in Shark Alley. Then sailed down the coast from Caye Cauker to Placencia on the Ragga King with RaggaMuffin Tours...
SHYNE JOINED THE BAD BOY FAMILY REUNION TOUR FROM BELIZE, 1min. Shyne streamed into the second night of Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour from Belize. (Revolt TV)
BPP Dared to Challenge Barrow's Unlawful SI., 1min. While PUP was finding fault about going to
Sarstoon. BTV and BPP actually went.
Belize Vacation- Gordy Honeymoon 2016, 11.5min. Honeymoon trip to Belize with my best friend.
TAN Airlines Miami Belize San Pedro Sula Belize Miami 1990, 20min. Round Trip TAN 737 Miami Honduras 1990.
The Beer Diaries World Tour: Belize - Full Concert in Hopkins, 23min. The Beer Diaries is proud to present The Beer Diaries World Tour: Belize, a series dedicated to using beer as an introduction to history, culture and the geo-political state of countries around the world.
In this episode, host Mike Mann and his team capture the admiration of Aurelio Martinez with the people of Belize, during a once in a lifetime concert at the Driftwood Beach Bar & Pizza Shack in Hopkins. Celebrate Garifuna Culture and experience a concert that cannot be duplicated.
Flying on Tropic Air from San Pedro to Belize City 5/22/2016, 4min. After taking the Belize City Ferry 3 times, I decided to fly back to make my United connecting flight to Houston.
Cave Tubing in Belize!, 3min. I had always wanted to check out cave tubing while in Belize and I got to do it in May of 2016!
Cave-tubing.com was the tour I went with, they were great to deal with and I highly recommend them.
They picked us up at the Belize Water Taxi and off we went. After touring the Altun Ha Mayan Ruins, we drove to the jungle.
After hiking for about 45 minutes on a stone trail, you jump into the warm and clear waters of the river. The inner-tubing last about an hour, you start by going through a cave.
Once you're done, you can swim around a bit and enjoy the pool. Great fun!
Diving and Fishing in Belize, 10min.