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The San Pedro Sun
Remembering Clifton B. Arthurs
After learning in early May that Cliff had fallen ill in his San Pedro, Ambergris Caye home, and after a stint in hospital in Belize had to be hospitalized eventually in Phoenix, Arizona, I assumed that the fighter in him somehow would weather it all, and he would still be here today. I was wrong. On 28th June, 2016, Cliff transited to a higher plane. And, his caring and loving wife, Joanne, his friends in San Pedro and Belize City, his relatives and friends in Fountain Hills, Arizona; Houston; Wheaton, Illinois; and New York will sorely miss his great smile, infectious bonhomie and genuinely good company.
Clifton B. Arthurs was a Victoria St, Northside, Belize City native. He left Belize, then British Honduras, in the 1950s for the US, lived and worked in Wheaton, Illinois, for many years, and retired to San Pedro, Belize, in the 1990s. “Mr. Cliff”, as I knew him as a child, was one of the few, if not the only Creole owner of a truly magnificent estate in Belize. He was loved and respected by most everyone in San Pedro; and because of this and his gracious mien, his sister-in-law, Mrs. Muriel Laing Arthurs, fondly rechristened him “Mayor”.
New Board of Trustees appointed for Hol Chan Marine Reserve
A new Board of Trustees for the Hol Chan Marine Reserve was appointed by the Honorable Gaspar Vega, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development. In making the appointments, Minister Vega asked that the new Board focuses on continuing to build on the accomplishments of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve to make it a first class reserve by ensuring that rules of the reserves are adhered to along with continued monitoring of its marine flora and fauna.
Minister Vega has tasked the new Board to also focus on marine education for both local and international visitors by initiating with private and public sectors, plans for an improved visitor center which will include an aquarium focused on the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, a World Heritage Site since 1996.
Wolfe’s Woofer: Boat for Sale
“How was it downtown?” I asked Sherry.
“It was the usual for Monday,” she said. “I had to circle the block three times to find a parking space near the town board.”
“I’m just glad it was you and not me,” I said.
“Speaking of circling the block,” she said, “I took the shortcut home and passed Mario’s house. He has a sign out front that says, Boat For Sale. I wonder what’s up with that.”
“A boat? Mario has never owned a boat. The most expensive thing he owns is that old weedwacker he uses to cut our grass.”
When I went into town to pick up lunch I drove by Mario’s. Sure enough there was a sign that said, Boat For Sale. It even had a price. $175.”
Mario was sitting on the front porch and he said, “Hey, Mr. Dennis. What’s up?”
“I saw your sign that says Boat For Sale,” I said.
Tropic Air gives back to Orange Walk Cancer Support Group
Tropic Air, The Airline of Belize, has announced the June results of its 2016 nationwide #TropicGivesBack fundraising campaign. For every ticket bought at the month’s selected station, $1 is donated to an organization chosen by our staff stationed in that community. June was the chosen month for Orange Walk, with Placencia coming in July.
As part of the airline’s largest charitable fundraiser of the year, Tropic Air business partners, staff and customers joined efforts and raised $400 for the Orange Walk Cancer Support Group. A check was presented to Badra Coleman of the Group on Friday, July 1st in Orange Walk.
“Like many of our social impact initiatives, the innovation and inspiration comes from our staff who are volunteering in and contributing to their communities”, said John Greif III, Tropic Air’s president. “Donations from this program have made a significant impact across the country, and we intend to extend the program at least another year.”
Doctor Love: Tired and Foolish Girl
Dear Doctor Love,
I have been friends with a girl since before high school. She has had the same boyfriend for five years now. About once a year they have a fight and split up with each other. She goes out and finds a new boyfriend and a whole set of new girlfriends associated with him. She dumps the rest of us during this time and of course the new relationship doesn’t last. After a few months she and her guy get back together and she expects everything to be the same with us. I have talked to her about it. She always says she understands but then it happens again. This has happened four times in the last five years. Now it is happening again. What should I do?
/s/ Tired Of This
Misc Belizean Sources
Letter: Belize government rebuked over intent to amend Referendum Act
The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) denounces in the most definitive of terms the announcement by the government of Belize (GOB) of its intent to amend our nation’s Referendum Act. The prime minister’s inclination, alone, reeks of a misguided and self-serving agenda, which is par for the course of his administration. To add insult to injury, his expressed intention, which negatively impacts our nation’s governance, is being done at the behest of the Guatemalans who, unquestionably, covet our sovereign territory.
The expressed intent, by Mr Barrow is proof positive of the PUDP’s failed diplomacy, which persists via their “4A Policy” of: Appeasement, Acquiescence, Accommodation and Adherence. Such an egregious move by the government is inexcusable on many levels, particularly considering the dire need for a re-registration exercise, which is long overdue, in order to adequately clean the voters list. In its current state, the integrity of that all-important instrument is compromised, as it certainly contains throngs of Guatemalan nationals, who both the UDP and PUP illegally bus in to Belize during every election, in furtherance of their insidious agendas.
Go team Belize!
The darts team representing Belize in Barbados.
Accountants Celebrate Clinton Castillo
Founding member of ICA-Belize, Mr. Clinton Castillo honored at the ICAC 34th Annual Caribbean Conference of Accountants, President's Dinner on June 24, 2016 -
Mr. Clinton Castillo, 80, was honored at the 34th Annual Caribbean Conference of Accountants, President’s Dinner on Friday, June 24th, at the Ramada Princess Hotel and Casino with the presentation of a plaque of appreciation in recognition of his dedication to the industry for more than 3 decades and his efforts as a founding member of ICA-Belize. Mr. Castillo is a founding member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Belize and one of the signatories to the incorporation of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean in Jamaica in 1988. He was one of the founding members of the Belize Association of Accountants (1976) which was incorporated as ICA-Belize in 1984.
Ka'ana Wins Leading Boutique Resort
Congratulations, Ka'ana, for winning, 2 years in a row, the World Travel Award for Leading Boutique Resort! Well done! That's quality customer service.
"World Travel Awards is proud to announce the 2016 winner for Mexico & Central America's Leading Boutique Resort as Ka'ana Resort, Belize"
FCD partners with Toyota to launch Chiquibul-Toyota Expedition
This event is aimed at engaging the private sector, raising funds and promoting awareness of the challenges faced in the Chiquibul. We are honoured to partner with Toyota.
Taste of Belize 2016
An exquisite, culinary experience...
SHOUTOUT to all the amateur chefs who participated in Taste of Belize in Orange Walk!
Check out some of the highlights from the photos below. Belize has some AMAZING culinary talent!!!
Breaking Belize News
Roaring Creek man is third Belize City murder victim this weekend
The third fatality reported in Belize City this weekend is that of a Roaring Creek man, 29 year old Roger William Banner, who police say was shot multiple times to the body and head as he sat on the canal rail speaking to his girlfriend. […]
Euro 2016 Final Result:
Portugal, for the first time in their history will lift the European Cup with an extra time goal from Eder (109’). It was a fast paced start by the French side, creating a few chances and setting a high tempo. After the 8th minute, Ronaldo […]
15 Match-up Stats: Euro 2016 Final
Well, folks, we are now only a couple of hours away from the kick-off of the Euro 2016 Final game! How do the Stats fare for this upcoming match-up? This is the fourth time these two nations meet in a major tournament. The French […]
The Reign of the Terror Birds
What has feathers, T-rex-like feet, and a hooked beak that could sever the spinal cord of a horse with one blow? It might sound like a beast from a fantasy novel or horror film, but in fact it’s a creature that actually existed - the scariest bird you can imagine, scaled up to nightmarish proportions. Say hello to the terror bird.
After a meteor wiped out Velociraptor and Tyrannosaurus rex, the terror bird family rose to occupy the niche of terrifying top predator in South America – a supremacy that lasted for almost 60 million years. During that time, 17 species in this family of lethal-beaked meatheads came and went, all the while gorging on a smorgasbord of plant-eating mammals until these scary birds disappeared about 2.5 million years ago.
With few fossils documenting their existence, the behaviour of these birds is still somewhat of a mystery. What exactly did these feathered aggressors get up to, and why did they disappear? It’s a story that paleontologists have been painstakingly unearthing for over 100 years. What they’ve learned so far suggests the birds were absolutely dominant as predators, voraciously gobbling up prey across the continent.
Guyana, Belize Sign Trade and Investment Agreement
A pair of CARICOM countries has signed a landmark new economic agreement.
Belize and Guyana have signed a new trade and investment agreement, with both sides hoping the pact can open new areas of funding and marketing for local producers.
The memorandum of understanding seeks to increase joint initiatives from the private sectors of both Guyana and Belize.
It does not specify any quotas on imports or exports, nor does it put limitations on products that can be traded between the two countries.
“It depends on what we can produce and what you can buy. The products that are produced in Guyana could be sold in Belize, whatever quantities you produce,” said Belize Foreign Affairs Minister, Wilfred Elrington.
Face to face: Karen Bevans, director of Tourism at the Belize Tourism Board
The UK is the fastest growing and the largest market in Europe for Belize (+11.9%), holding an impressive 31% market share, so it goes without saying that it’s important for us to be present there. We are also the only English speaking country in the Central American region, and our links to Britain remain extremely strong, having gained independence in 1981.
Belize has a wonderful mix of cultures, eco-systems and adventures as well as a plethora of different ethnicities, with varying traditions, languages and foods, all of which contribute to making us unique and special. We know British travellers always seek something a bit different, and we think Belize offers them that.
We’re also home to an incredible array of eco-systems: from jungles full of howler monkeys, toucans, jaguars and other wild animals, through to the world’s second largest barrier reef, where visitors can dive or snorkel with reef sharks and shark whales, or simply relax on the beach, drink in hand, on one of the hundreds of tiny islands. Belize also has hundreds of ancient Mayan Temples scattered across the country, as well as the largest underwater cave system in Central America. For the adventurous, hiking, tubing and zip-lining through the rainforest are all easy to access for travellers with all levels of fitness.
Commonwealth Jumps To CARICOM's Assistance In Debanking Crisis
The Commonwealth, a global organisation of mostly ex-British colonies, has pledged to support the advocacy of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) against large banks in Europe and the United States ending relationships with local financial institutions without considering the consequences for the regional economies.
The pledge of support from Commonwealth Secretary General Baroness Patricia Scotland came days after CARICOM leaders at a summit last week said their economies faced an "existential threat" with the ending of correspondent banking relationships (CBRs).
Correspondent banking involves banks in much larger countries, typically based in North America or Europe, facilitating transactions for local banks that do not offer certain services.
But the big banks are ending the relationships as part of their efforts to conform to international regulations and to safeguard their reputations against allegations of facilitating financial crimes.
Scotland, speaking last Friday during a town hall at the regional headquarters of the University of the West Indies in St Andrew, said her organisation was prepared to help the countries of the region, which, because of the high dependence on inflows such as remittances and foreign direct investment, could see their economies derailed, with poverty and unemploy-ment increased.
"The Commonwealth is here to help and support and to be an advocate for the small and vulnerable countries," she said.
CARICOM to continue robust advocacy against de-risking
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is advancing its efforts to address de-risking and its effects on the region and heads of government have taken the decision to approach the government of the United States directly. Prime minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, briefed the media on the subject on Wednesday afternoon, the final day of the two-day 37th regular meeting of the conference of heads of government of CARICOM held in Georgetown, Guyana.
Holness added that the meeting also agreed to increase the region’s voice in various international fora as well as to enlist the support of friendly countries.
At a subsequent press conference at the conclusions of the meeting, president of Guyana, David Granger, pointed to the latest developments with respect to the loss of corresponding banking arrangements that were severely affecting member states. It remained a very serious issue that the region had to find a solution to, given its effect on financial and trading systems in particular, he said.
Codicader Volleyball Belize vs Panama, 25min. CODICADER U-13 Boys Volleyball 2016 - Belize vs Panama.
Blue Belize, 4min. Scuba Diving the Great Blue Hole Reef, Belize.
Fishing Belize, 3min. Lance catching a Yellow Jack.
Turtle Time Belize 2016, 4.5min.
3 Downed fledgling aracaris, 1min. Over the last couple of weeks we received 3 downed fledgling aracaris (toucan family) Two came via the Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic, and one via a tour guide at Caves Branch Botanical Garden. All three were compromised in some way when they arrived at the facilities, but are now healthy and being raised by our resident non-releasable pair Zoe and Elmo. This is their third year of surrogacy. They are amazing parents!
We will upgrade the family next week to give the little ones some flight training, then release the babies on site.