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The San Pedro Sun
SPTC Clean-up Campaign continues
Early in June of this year, an aggressive clean-up campaign was launched in San Pedro Town in an attempt to eliminated excess garbage from the different island sub-divisions. The initiative targeted key areas of the island that are prone to flooding during the rainy season which in return can become breeding grounds for mosquitos carrying vector diseases. San Pedrito subdivision was the first to benefit from the program and on Monday, July 25th, the clean-up campaign moved to the Elliot/Airstrip Subdivision. According to Deputy Major Gary Greif, Councillor in charge of garbage collection, the campaign saw great success in San Pedrito. With efforts from the community and the different agencies involved in the project, San Pedrito is cleaner and healthier than before. “The collection of garbage in San Pedrito came from everywhere. Households and empty lots where massive amounts of garbage were got picked up,” said Greif. He commended the enormous support of the community, who welcomed the initiative.
Belize can have Energy without Oil
A bottom up approach driven by consumer demand and supplied by private sector cost efficiency is the best way to meet Belize’s need for renewable, clean energy and to reduce Belize’s dependency on fossil fuels. This would eliminate any need for offshore oil exploration which would endanger the Belize’s pristine marine environment and the $650 Million annual value it provides to the tourism, fisheries and disaster management sectors. This was the finding of a panel of scientists and many other youthful participants at a one-day symposium on “The Nature of Energy vs the Energy of Nature” hosted by Oceana Belize at the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City on Wednesday, July 27th. Belize’s climate change focal point Mr. Carlos Fuller from the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (otherwise known as 5C’s) admitted Al Gore is a tough act to follow; as he outlined the seven areas in which Belize is preparing a national policy and implementing measures to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change: first and foremost – water! The other six areas are all related to water and equally important to the national economy: agriculture and food production, health, energy, coastal and marine areas including fisheries, tourism and forestry.Oceana Belize Renewable Energy Offshore Oil-7
Dwayne Hyde succumbs to gunshot injuries
After he was injured in a shooting incident two weeks ago, Dwayne Hyde succumbed to his wounds on Wednesday, July 27th. The 30-year-old mechanic from the Escalante Subdivision of San Pedro Town had been recovering at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) in Belize City, but in recent days, his health deteriorated, leading to his death. The incident took place in the early hours of Wednesday July 13th at his home. According to the police, they responded to reports of a shooting in the Escalante Subdivison. When they arrived, they did not only find Hyde suffering from a gunshot injury, but also discovered a second person suffering from stab wounds.
The report further stated that at about 12:30AM, 22-year-old Kimberly Humes reported that while at home, she heard a knock at her door. When she opened it, it was her common-law husband, Hyde, who stated that someone wanted to kill him. Shortly after, two male persons reportedly entered the yard of their home; one of them was identified as 23-year-old Luis Manuel Carter, A.K.A ‘Wizz’ from the San Pablo Area.
More questions arise after gruesome death of Pastor Lucas
According to police, they had been tracking Mason for quite some time after learning about a number of criminal acts he was allegedly involved in. However, they could not act, due to lack of reports being filed by his victims. However, on that Friday, acting on information from their investigation, police conducted a search on Mason’s vehicle, discovering the severed head along with other incriminating evidence. The four men arraigned were with him at the time of the search.
In the days after, it became public knowledge that Mason had been scamming several businesspeople in Belize and other countries. It was also revealed that he had close connections with certain high government officials, one of those being Belmopan Area Representative and Minister of National Security Honourable John Saldivar. Saldivar has been staunchly defending himself against any accusations of an illicit relationship with Mason. He also added that his contact with Mason was minimal and strictly business.
In an interview with the local media, Saldivar explained that after hearing shady stories about Mason, he discontinued any further affiliations with him. Mason had apparently been contributing financially to Saldivar’s football club, ‘The Belmopan Bandits.’ According to Saldivar, the contribution summed up to around $50,000 over time. However, he made it clear that there were no strings attached following such sponsorship by Mason and there was no close association either. “I have not had any contact with Mason since last year September.
Misc Belizean Sources
From Fish Waste to Fish Wealth: Caribbean takes first step to maximize value of fisheries and aquaculture sector
At a time when countries across the Caribbean region are faced with economic challenges, innovation in one of its prime sectors—the fisheries and aquaculture sector—can spur the kind of growth needed to help buttress the regional economy. However, this kind of change won’t come overnight. The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) is working with Member States from around the region, as they prepare to take the first steps in converting fish waste to fish wealth—a change which could multiply earnings from the sector.
“Going forward, we need to make the point that proper utilization of fishery resources is not about increasing production or increasing catches, it is more about maximizing value of what we are now taking and realizing the significant benefits that is possible by focusing on value addition,” said Milton Haughton, Executive Director of the CRFM.
Chief Fisheries Officers, Senior Fisheries Officers and private sector representatives from 17 CRFM Member States learned about the application of the value chain approach to the fisheries and aquaculture sector when they attended a weeklong workshop held in Suriname last week.
Cultural Presentation by the Reina de la Costa Maya 2016 Pageant Contestants
It's a night full of beauty and fashion at Acquafino Resort
The International Costa Maya Festival pageant delegates are getting ready to put on a fabulous fashion show.
Costa Maya Festival: Day 3
Costa Maya Snuba Adventure on Seaquarious
Hopkins Day 2016- a successful event
Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) policies on ID cards and payments at customer's premises
Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) advises customers that all BEL employees and contractors carry on authorized BEL identification card. Customers should always ask any individual who claims to be conducting business on behalf of the Company to present their valid BEL identification card or contact BEL directly, if in doubt.
BEL's employees and contractors are not authorized to, and will NEVER request direct payment for services conducted at customer's premises.
Basketball and Volleyball Workshops
The Cayo District Youth Council is having basketball and volleyball workshops at Galvez Stadium next week. They run from August 1st through the 5th. Thanks, CDYC!
"Calling all youth in the Cayo District Seven Years and older to come out and join in a Basketball and Volleyball workshop August 1st - 5th (Monday to Friday) at the Victor Galvez Staduim in San Ignacio Town from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Come out as Word of life and the Cayo District Youth Council amaze you in a week full with sporting activities."
NICH brought Cellula to the Cayo Welcome Center, where they jammed out their rocking reggae beats. The music was energetic, and the crowd had a great time. Thanks, Cellula and NICH!
A little bit of the concert: VIDEO.
"The Panamanian Reggae group Cellula played a free concert at the CAYO Welcome Center on Saturday. They knew their reggae, playing many oldies, and some of their own creations. Having a trupet section, and a funky keyboardist set them aside. The rain didn't stop them from having a great concert. Thanks, Cellula!
The after party was at Bamboo Bar, where the shots flowed like water."
September Celebration Calendar Launch
The Queen of the West candidates will be presented next Saturday, August 6th, at the September Celebrations Calendar Launch at the Cayo Welcome Center. The fun starts at 7:00pm.
Anti Corruption and Resignation Rally
August 6th at 10am, Marion Jones Stadium
Safer City Project prepares to launch SafetiPin App
The Safer City Pilot Project for Belmopan is preparing to launch its new SafetiPin Application, to help increase citizen security in the nation’s capital.
The Ministry of National Security spearheads the project, with funding from the Evidence-based Information Management on Citizen Security in Central America and the Dominican Republic (InfoSegura) Project.
Project Liaison Officer, Cuffa Ramirez, explained today Saturday that the project will launch the app on Monday August 1, at which time it will be free to download on the App Store and Google Play Store, for the residents of Belmopan. Ramirez explained that through the app’s global positioning system, when residents encounter something in their neighborhoods which can be viewed as unsafe, they will be able to pinpoint that location.
She said that with this type of information being reported, it can be passed on to the relevant authorities to have the issues addressed.
SUV crushes woman’s leg near Michael Finnegan market
A woman has lost a leg after a vehicle careened onto the sidewalk where she was walking, crushing the leg. The incident happened at around 6:30 Saturday morning on East Canal near its junction with King Street, during the peak of the busiest day in that area near the Michael Finnegan market.
Eyewitnesses told the Reporter at the scene that the driver, whose particulars police have not yet released, drove straight onto the sidewalk and rammed into the woman, before coming to a stop.
Police cordoned off the area and took their measurents in the presence of the driver, who appeared to have been under the influence of something. They have also impounded thr blaxk SUV vehicle as part of evidence for the case, and have taken urine samples from the man to determine if he was indeed driving under the infuence.
Belmopan Day fair 2016 underway
The Belmopan City Council teamed up with several public and private sector entities today Saturday, to host the Belmopan Day Festival 2016.
To accommodate the increasing size of the attendees, the Council held the fair at the Mae Gordon Park. The event is held annually, on the weekend before the actual celebration of Belmopan Day, observed on August 1. It includes live entertainment, including Garifuna drums, cultural dances, and booths selling products, giving information or promoting services.
Businesses at the fair included banks, restaurants, credit unions, and auto dealers, along with entities like the United States Embassy, and the Ministry of Health.
Belmopan Mayor, Khalid Belisle, explained that the initiative was coined to give residents a peaceful, family oriented event where they could express their pride in their city. The event is also a way to give the private sector a chance to engage the community and show what it is they are doing in the city.
Breaking Belize News
Women avoid death from traffic accident as driver tested for substances
A traffic mishap this morning across from the bus terminal in Belize City nearly proved fatal for two women coming from the City market. Police have confirmed that a black SUV reportedly crushed a woman against a lamp post causing her leg to be […]
Belize observes Emancipation Day
August 1, 1834, marked the formal end of African slavery in British colonies around the world, including what was then the settlement of Belize. But unlike its fellow Caribbean nations, Belize does not formally observe August 1 or the first Monday in August as […]
36 scholarships from Ariel Rosado Education Foundation
As September draws nearer, 36 students will not have to worry about where the money will come from for school fees and books for the coming school year. They will benefit from scholarships provided by the Ariel Rosado Education Foundation and its corporate and […]
Accident severely injures woman
Police have confirmed that an early morning traffic accident in the vicinity of the Novelos’ Bus Terminal on West Collet Canal in Belize City caused severe injury. Police say a woman was crushed between a vehicle and a fence which left one of her […]
Top 7 Dive Sites In Belize
If you’re looking for a picturesque diving location, then Belize is the place for you. Located between Guatemala and Mexico, Belize is the second smallest and least populated nation found throughout Central America. Packed with adventure, exploration, relaxation and romance both on land and under the surface, this location has definitely earned its place within this ‘top diving sites’ series.
Comprised of over 400 islands and home to the longest, unbroken barrier reef within the western hemisphere, you definitely wont fall short of things to do and things to see. Belize has a staggering 185-mile coastline of white sandy beaches, so there are plenty of places to relax, when not diving. When you’re not diving at world-renowned dive sites, or relaxing, you can visit the numerous historical Mayan ruins or explore the rainforests, hike and even go cave tubing. Belize is for divers and non-divers alike, so if you’re planning a holiday this year, make sure Belize is on your list.
With all the incredible diving locations found throughout Belize, Ambergris Caye is known for its location. The largest out of the 200 cayes that are spotted around the coastline, Ambergris Caye is just a short plane journey away from Belize City. It is also the closest you can get to the Belize Barrier Reef. If you choose to dive with any of the many dive centers located around the dock, it will take you only a few minutes to reach this Caye taking you to an amazing dive on the deep spur-and-groove coral formations, which shelter the island or the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, which we will talk about next.
Women's Fly Fishing Trip To Belize With Leading Outfitter Orvis
Vermont-based Orvis is America’s oldest mail order retailer, specializing in fishing and outdoor gear since 1856. It is also a premiere operator of fishing schools, clinics, and trips. This year Orvis is celebrating the 50th anniversary of their fly fishing schools, where their experts have taught over 50,000 people the sport. In September, they’re offering a women-only trip to Ambergris Caye, the largest island in Belize. The four night trip offers three days of guided fly fishing and is appropriate for new and experienced anglers.
The hosts are Jackie Jordan and Chrissy Atkins, two avid saltwater fly anglers and experienced coaches and instructors on the Orvis team. There are local expert guides as well, born and raised on Ambergris Caye, and they will share their fishing secrets with participants.
Sex ban recommended for British tourists in Florida after Zika outbreak
Approximately 50,000 British holidaymakers currently in Florida should avoid unprotected sex for the rest of the summer holidays because of the risk from Zika virus, according to government advice.
An outbreak of four mosquito-transmitted cases yesterday prompted Public Health England (PHE) to advise pregnant women to consider postponing non-essential travel to the southern US state.
But for the large numbers of British tourists already there, the presence of the virus means that they should refrain from sex without a condom for eight weeks, even if neither partner has symptoms of the disease and there is no prospect of a pregnancy.
PHE advises that males returning from a Zika-affected area who show symptoms of the virus, which can include a rash, itching and headaches, should refrain from unprotected sex for a full six months to avoid onward transmission.
Suffolk heptathlete Katy Sealy heading to Rio 2016 Olympics to hurdle for Belize
KATY SEALY is just one of three athletes who will represent the Central American state of Belize at the Olympics – despite living in Suffolk.
The 25-year-old, who lives in the tiny village of Bawdsley, will compete in the 100m hurdles after qualifying through her dad who was born in Belize.
Sealey is already a three-time Central American heptathlon champion but failed to get the qualifying mark to line-up against Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill in Rio and instead has been given a wildcard for the individual hurdles.
Her personal best is almost three seconds off the world record set by American Keni Harrison in London last weekend.
She said: “I never dreamt of going to the Olympics. I do the sport because I love it so this is a complete bonus.
Shake Your Booty to Brukdown and Punta Rock in Belize
Chances are you’ve seen the oft-played TV commercial about gorgeous places to settle down in Belize on the Caribbean coast of Central America. In the ad, we learn about the laid-back style of living there on idyllic, palm-dotted islands and along the mainland’s sugary white beaches - but for some reason, all to a rather dreary mood set by elevator music.
Actually, visitors to Belize (formerly British Honduras) will hear several peppy brands of homegrown music.
One is called “brukdown,” said to mean something like “broken down calypso.” Whatever it means, you can’t help shaking your body line to lively, accordion-backed tunes like “Good Mawnin’ Belize,” played there each morning on a number of radio stations to help get their listeners’ juices flowing for the day. A particularly spunky brukdown ditty is “Run, Mr. Peters, Run” recorded by the father of the genre, Wilfred Peters.
Tagged “the King of Brukdown,” Peters and his Boom and Chime band entertained brukdown lovers all over the world before he died a few years ago at 79.
Jones to compete in Rio for Belize men's track team
Ties to the 757: A graduate of Salem High in Virginia Beach, Jones was on the track and field team at Hampton University in the late 2000s. He hold school records in the triple jump (15.57 meters). As a senior in 2009, he made second-team All-MEAC in the distance medley and third team in the triple jump.
Career highlights: Belize does not have qualifiers for the Olympics, but Jones (along with Katy Sealy) was chosen based on recent performances. In last month's Central American Championships, Jones set a meet record in the triple jump at 16.22, which broke his previous mark of 15.93. He also won gold in the 400 relay. In Rio, he will compete in the 200 meters.
Rapper reclaiming his ‘Shyne’
THE recently concluded Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay focused on promoting local talent and music. This was achieved to a major extent until singer Barrington Levy introduced former Bad Boy Records rapper, Shyne to the stage.
Back in the late 1990s, Levy and the Belizean-born Shyne collaborated on Bad Boy.
However, Shyne’s ascent was halted in 1999 when a shooting incident in a New York nightclub saw him being charged and sentenced for nearly nine years. Son of Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow, Shyne (real name is Jamal Barrow), would spend close to nine years incarcerated in a US prison. Since his 2009 release, he has been very low-keyed, but the rapper says he is ready to return to the spotlight.
“I took my time approaching making another album, ‘cause it’s all about inspiration... I’ve got to be inspired. I believe that I’ve done such great work that I can’t just come back and do anything mediocre, anything sub par. Reggae music, dancehall music inspires me. I started with Barrington Levy. Now I see Drake and Rihanna doing their thing and I love it, Justin Bieber. But I just want to get back where I started. So I am ready to do an album — reggae and dancehall. I am looking at the best 10 artistes. People like Popcaan and we are trying to make a link with Kartel,” he told the Jamaica Observer.
Messaage from Marlon Kuylen, 2.5min. The new way forward for the revitalized Football Federation of Belize; fueled by passion and Belizean pride!! Youths, youths, youths...
Fun and Adventure Travel with Kendrick Kaufman in the Caribbean Waters of Belize, 7min. Please enjoy my video of diving and snorkeling that you can do from Caye Caulker. You'll see that I used several operators - and they were all good. If you haven’t been yet, hopefully it will inspire you to check out the world famous Blue Hole and beyond.
Gorgeous cultural presentation by Costa Maya Contestants!, 1min.
International Costa Maya Festival delegates modeling Top Notch clothing, 14min.
Aquafino Poolside Party with Costa Maya Delegates, 22min.
Cellula at Cayo Welcome Center, 2.5min. Cellula really rocked the house.
Scuba Belize 2k16, 3min. Turneffe Atoll, Belize
Belize Dive Video, 6min. A 45 minute dive video condensed into 6 minutes
Belize June 10-16, 2016, 15min.
Belize National Anthem sung in Yucatec Maya, 1min. The Belize National Anthem sung by a young Yucatec Maya girl from the village of Yo Creek in the Orange Walk.