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Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, West Vision (Cayo) and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Rise and Shine Morning Show, and the Dickie Bradley Specials
The San Pedro Sun
San Pedro Fishing Association president calls for unity among fishers
Efforts to revive a dormant fishing association in San Pedro Town have been fruitless over the past years. The defunct association saw its opportunity to start once again when new members were elected during a meeting held in mid- February of this year. Enrique Marin was elected president, along with six other members tasked in solving the main issues affecting the local fishing industry. However, despite pumping young and active members into the association, poor support and commitment from members has the organization stagnant once again. At the time of his appointment, Marin pledged to address the many difficulties affecting island fishers, which included the reinforcement of fisheries regulations, illegal fishing and even the proper issuing of fishing licenses. Upon listening to the award winning radio drama Punta Fuego, which airs on the local radio station, Love FM on Wednesday evenings, Marin says he encouraged some of his fellow fishing folks to follow it since it provides useful and up-to-date information regarding Belize’s fisheries industry. At Punta Fuego, a fictional fishing village somewhere along the coast of Belize, the fishing industry is everyone’s way of life, but it is threatened by illegal and unsustainable fishing activities by dishonest fishermen and even corrupt fisheries officials. But despite all these threats affecting the industry, there are people who care about sustainable fishing and are trying their best to salvage the industry. Such characters like Richie Valencia encourage fishers to attend and participate in fisheries related meetings, and to respect the fisheries regulations while explaining the long term benefits associated with responsible fishing.
Ambergris Caye is ready for Canada’s WestJet
Ambergris Caye is getting ready to welcome the arrival of a new airline to Belize. The popular Canadian air carrier, WestJet will start offering twice-weekly non-stop flights between Toronto’s Pearson Airport (YYZ) and Belize’s Philip S.W Goldson International (BZE) beginning Saturday, October 29th. All those lay overs in the continental United States will finally come to an end, thus making Belize even more accessible to Canadians who are looking forward to escaping from the pending winter weather. WestJet joins Southwest and Copa Airlines, who began flying to Belize a year ago. Ambergris Caye, which is considered the top destination for visitors in Belize, has been counting the days for the service to start. A few businesses in San Pedro Town stated that they are ready to welcome the new visitors and make sure their stay on La Isla Bonita is the best. A few restaurants downtown, such as Caliente, commented that they are excited and their staff is ready to provide the excellent service they are known for. Estel’s Dine by the Sea acknowledges that with more tourism on the island, residents will have access to more jobs, as the demand for additional services increases. Both establishments on the beach offered some of the best food in local and international cuisine, and are ready to serve. Hotels such as Spindrift, Sun Breeze, Ramon’s Village, Caribbean Villas and Xanadu all expressed their satisfaction on WestJet’s entry into the popular North-American-Belize market. They all shared one common sentiment. “We are prepared to pamper the new arrivals from Canada with the best hospitality the island has to offer.”
The importance of declaration of assets and liabilities in politics
An ever-growing number of countries have adopted ethics and anti-corruption laws that require public officials to declare their assets and income before or after taking government positions. In Belize according to the 1994 Prevention of Corruption in Public Life Act, certain government officials must file financial declarations with the Integrity Commission established in that same year. However, such body has been defunct since 2011. The principal goal of income and asset disclosure systems is to combat corruption, and even though the system has not been functioning in the country for the past six years, a major development took place during the fifth anniversary of National Service Day on September, 19th in Belmopan (commemorating the passing of the party’s paramount leader, George Cadle Price). While members of the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) want to pump life into the Commission, local politicians on the island have different views about this practice.
Misc Belizean Sources
Poets Corner: Participate
By Abdulmajeed K Nunez.
Every ten years the national debt doubles
1998, 2008 under PUPD Belize deh eena financial trouble
Now in 2016 it seem to triple
Unu still want meet with Barrow when Belize is on the verge of becoming bankrupt my people?
Check the history I noh di babble
The country eena trouble
We deh on the heels of 1949
This borrowing is beneiging
Time to think of ten member cabinet
With fifty elected senators in oversight committee as safety net
Each district, two senator they can get
The tri state area can be fly een deh rep
For quarterly meetings the senate select
It’s time to go Republic Belize nuff respect
PUDP is facilitating the raping of our assets showing no respect
The Chamber should be preparing a minister to serve the nation
So too must all the unions
Honoring Our Elders
BEL's Golden Citizens Program honors our elders for their contributions to society.
Have you heard of the Pink Panther?
We have them too in the Chiquibul Forest!!! Photo by Lauren Watine.
Happening now: Taiwanese food festival
The Taiwanese Embassy is today holding its food festival at the Fort George Memorial Park in Belize City.
The event features some of the finest Taiwanese dishes and drinks.
Hundreds of Belizean and Taiwanese families have turned up to support the event.
Breaking Belize News
Man murdered in San Pedro Town; Shot multiple times
Reports are that Robinson was shot multiple times while walking home on Barrier Reef drive around 5:20 a.m. today. He was reportedly socializing at a night club in San Pedro Town prior to the shooting.
His body has been transported to the KHMH for a post mortem examination and police are currently investigating the murder.
Audacity and Absurdity – PUP wants PM Barrow to Resign over BTL?
By Delroy Cuthkelvin: That PUP politicians, of all people, would be calling for the resignation of our Prime Minister over the settlement of the BTL nationalization and compensation award is, to say the least, preposterous. Preposterous, we say, because were it not for the PUP, there would be no need for any such nationalization, compensation or settlement.
One of the most profitable companies in our country’s post-independence history, BTL was created in 1987-1988 by the first UDP Administration through the merger of Cable &Wireless and Belize Telecommunication Authority (BTA). The company’s original Articles of Association prohibited any individual or entity from owning more than 25 percent of BTL’s shares, except for the Government or some “permitted person” acting on its behalf.
Belizean Breezes moves to new, bigger space
Step into Belizean Breezes’ new, fabulous location and enter a zone of calm and delight. Now located in their new business space on Pescador Drive, the store is home to a massive amount of delicious-smelling soaps, scrubs, body butters and even home accessories and fun gift items. Exhausted but excited, owner and operator Lynda Perdue is thrilled to have a bigger space to truly double her inventory and best serve the increasing demand for her fabulous products. “We also provide to gift shops in resorts all over Belize, and even their guest soaps, so I’m very happy to have doubled my space so I can create more,” she said. Belizean Breezes now offers sunscreen, foot bombs, bubble butters, bath fizzies, bath bubbles in bags, massage oils, traditional sugar scrubs (aside from the whipped sugar scrubs) and even organic shampoos and conditioners (Beach Guy and Beach Girl)!
Belize Favorite Dives Sites, 4min. In this video, I scuba dived 3 sites Coco Beach House Reef, Love Tunnel and Tackle Box. Out of the 3, Tackle Box and Love Tunnels are my favorite dives. I loved the swim thru’s. Coco Beach House Reef was cool. I had a lot shark interaction there, which was a lot of fun. During the week, the surge was abnormal and it was difficult to shoot steady footage. I did the best I could under the conditions.
Kiteboarding Belize GoPro, 1/2min.
Blue hole cave in Belize, 2min.