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The San Pedro Sun
What’s New: Paradice Cream
A new ice cream parlor has opened its doors to La Isla Bonita, and of course, The San Pedro Sun had to get the “scoop” on this new businesses! Located across Tropic Air on 26 Coconut Drive, Paradice Cream Parlor offers its customers a variety of 30 flavors to choose from. The current popular flavor is chocolate candy, but be sure to try local flavors, and the array of fun toppings available!
After 10 years of ice cream-making, Owner Mike Tadlock claims that his recipe has been perfected over years of practice. “Freshness is my key ingredient. There are no artificial flavors, colors or dyes in my ice cream. We get our milk and cream from a dairy in South Florida, USA. All recipes are original, and I can make up to six gallons a day,” said Tadlock.
Caye Caulker is a model for how to co-exist with crocodiles
In the mid 1990’s, members of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)/Species Survival Commission-Crocodile Specialist Group (CSG) conducted a countrywide survey of the American Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) in Belize, declaring the species as Vulnerable by the IUCN RedList as a result of habitat loss, and rapid development in some of their key nesting sites. At that time, the crocodile population of Caye Caulker was considered a population still in recovery from past overexploitation, detailing the difficulty in getting close to crocodiles, likely a result from constant harassment and continuous poaching. However, a recent published study conducted by the Crocodile Research Coalition (CRC), illustrates a positive reversal from the last official study of this population 20 years ago. The study conducted by CRC (co-founded by Dr. Marisa Tellez, a member and Vice Regional Chair of Latin America of the CSG) in collaboration with the Forest and Marine Reserve of Caye Caulker (FAMRACC) illustrates a population recovered from past harassment and exploitation, thriving and co-existing with the local community. Members of the CRC conducted habitat, nocturnal eyeshines, and capture surveys in January and March 2016, performing health assessments and identifying the external crocodile-specific parasite Paratrichosoma, which Dr. Tellez has identified as a bio-indicator of environmental fluctuations and stability given its prevalence and other parasitological characteristics.
Saga Humane Society’s new licensed veterinarian is Dr. Donald Tummons
After nearly a year of permit filings, rigorous testing, and interviews, the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Belize has granted Dr. Donald Tummons all rights and privileges to serve as a licensed Veterinarian in Belize. Dr. Tummons will not only practice as a volunteer at Saga Humane Society, but he will be offering his services to all Humane Societies throughout the entire country. With over 43 years of experience, this renewable one-year license will allow him to give much needed veterinary care to animals of all shapes, breeds, and sizes.
Dr. Tummons expressed his gratitude to everyone who was involved in securing the license. “Becoming the first non-resident Belizean veterinarian took a lot of time, patience and the efforts of many people. I am indebted to the board and staff of Saga, Dr. Gongora and Dr. DePaz from the Belize Veterinary Surgeons Board, officials from the Ministries of Labor and Immigration, Dr. Orlando Baptist, Ingrid Lima and the many others who helped in any way,” said Tummons.
Misc Belizean Sources
Small fire in San Marcos
A small fire broke out in the San Marcos residential area (south of San Pedro Town) frighting the neighborhood as people started their morning routine. The San Pedro Fire Department quickly arrived at the scene at about 7:30a.m. and quickly extinguished the fire that destroyed a small bodega/workshop situated in an empty lot between two homes. There were no reports of any injures or damage to nearby homes.
Belize’s House Speaker to take over presidency of regional body
Belize is poised to take over the Presidency of FOPREL which is an organization with representatives from the Legislative bodies in Central America and the Caribbean. Newly appointed House Speaker Laura Longsworth will become the President sometime next month. Today, Speaker Longsworth and President of the Senate, Lee Mark Chang met with Dr. Santiago Rivas […]
New Speaker looks to keep order in the House of Representatives
Laura Longsworth has taken over the reins within the National Assembly as she assumed the post of House Speaker. Longsworth presided over her first session last week. Over the last few years the House meetings have been known for the fiery exchanges . Today we asked Longsworth how she will maintain order during her tenure. […]
House speaker adjusting to new roles
The role of House Speaker is just one more cap that Laura Longsworth is wearing. As we reported earlier, in the next few weeks, Longsworth will assume the Presidency of the regional body, FORPEL. Longsworth was asked if she is overwhelmed by the added responsibilities. Laura Longsworth – House Speaker “The legislature has a responsibility […]
Senator breaks down fifty million dollar loan from Taiwan
Yesterday a loan motion to the tune of fifty million Belize dollars was presented in the Senate. The loan is from the Government of the Republic of China on Taiwan. The loan is categorized as a sovereign bi-lateral loan which is being facilitated by Mega International Commercial Bank Company Limited. The loan is for twenty […]
Agriculture Minister speaks on future of banana industry
Late last year it was announced that the shareholders of Fyffes, which is Belize’s largest purchaser of bananas, had approved a takeover bid made by Japanese group Sumitomo Corporation. According to reports, the deal gained the approval of 99.9 per cent of investors during a vote at the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin, with executive chairman […]
Shrimp industry looks to rebound
The shrimp industry in Belize is fighting to stay alive. In 2015 the industry suffered a devastating loss of more than thirty million dollars due to a bacterial disease. Since then the industry has slowly been recuperating and there was hope that by this year, the industry would be performing at its best. Agriculture Minister, […]
President of the Senate speaks on negotiations with Government over sale of building in Belmopan
At last week’s House of Representatives meeting, the area representative for Toledo West, Oscar Requena rose to query Government’s potential purchase of a building belonging to President of the Senate, Lee Mark Chang. Requena wanted to know the price of the building. Since then the figure of four million dollars has been put out there. […]
New alcaldes sworn in
Today seventy six alcaldes were sworn in by Justice Antoinette Moore. The Alcaldes will serve a two year term and will act under the authority of both the Maya cultural tradition and the Constitution of Belize. Over the years the alcaldes have acted as guardians of Maya values and norms in the 38 Maya villages. […]
Oppositon questions timing of referendum amendment act
A bill to amend the Referendum Act was passed by the Senate yesterday. The amendment seeks to lower the threshold to carry out a referendum in regards to Guatemala’s unfounded claim over Belize. The threshold was originally set at sixty percent but after the amendment passed through the lower and upper parliament it will now […]
Tax bill debated
Another bill that was debated was the Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters (Amendment) Bill 2016. The Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters was developed jointly by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Council of Europe in 1988 and amended by Protocol in 2010. The Convention is the most comprehensive multilateral instrument […]
Ahmadiyya Muslims prepare for annual convention
The Ahmadiyya Muslim sect in Belize is organizing its third annual Convention (Jalsa Salana) for next weekend, January 27 and 28 at the IT-VET coference room in Belize City.
The religious event offers keen knowledge about the Ahmadiyya Muslims’ belief, that the long-awaited Messiah has already come in the person of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) of Qadian. Ahmad claimed to be the metaphorical second coming of Jesus of Nazareth, whose advent was foretold by the Ptophet of Islam, Muhammad.
Ahmadiyya Muslims believe that God sent Ahmad, like Jesus, to put an end to religious wars, condemn bloodshed and reinstitute morality, justice and peace. The Ahmadiyya’s claim Ahmad has united the family of religions under the banner of the true Islamby safeguarding the teachings of Abraham, Jesus, Moses, Krishna, Buddha, Confucius, Guru Nanak, Lao Tzu and Zoroaster.
Scientists make definitive link between stress and heart attacks
Scientists from Harvard Medical School believe that after more than three years of study, they have found out how high levels of stress causes a heart attack.
The study, published in The Lancet medical journal pointed to heightened activity in the amygdala, the part of the brain that reacts to stress. The amygdala prepares the body for harmful experiences, such as being physically attacked, by telling the bone marrow to temporarily produce more white blood cells, to begin repairing damaged tissue or fight off infection.
The researchers found that chronic stress leads to a similar reaction; however, because there is no damage for the white blood cells to repair, they remain in the body and form plaque in the arteries of the heart.
Researchers monitored the brain activity, bone marrow, spleen and inflammation of the arteries of 293 patients for three years and seven months. During the study period 22 peolple experienced cardiovascular events such as heart attack, angina, heart failure, stroke and peripheral arterial disease.
Breaking Belize News
Fatal Traffic accident in Otro Benque, Orange Walk
Reports are that there was a fatal traffic accident around midnight lastnight in Otro Benque in Orange Walk. A 20-year-old man reportedly crashed his motorcycle into a lamp post and died on the spot. BBN will have more information on this as an official […]
Trump now officially president
Donald Trump is now the 45th President of the United States of America Billionaire businessman Donald Trump was officially sworn into office as the 45th President of the USA at US capital in Washington D.C. yesterday. It was a historic transfer of power as former president […]
Lake Atitlan: My Breathtaking Last Stop in Guatemala
I’m not sure how describe exactly how stunning Lake Atitlan, Guatemala is. A lake of unknown depths, deep clear sapphire blue, surrounded by volcanoes so steep that is seems impossible that anyone lives there. PERFECT summer days and cool nights at 5000 feet. The warm air from the Pacific rises up from the west forming fairy tale clouds.
If you are coming in from Guatemala City or Antigua, you are going to be dropped off at the hub of the lake, Panajchel or “Pana”.
Here’s a look at Pana. It is the only town that has supermarkets, ATM machines (none worked for me) and nightlife. You can certainly choose a smaller village – some don’t even have a guest house – but I liked Pana for the convenience. It’s the hub of transport to the other villages.
The very first village I visited was San Antonio. A tiny TINY town on the side of a volcano where almost all the residents wear gorgeous blue. And the way to get there is to hop on the back of the pick up trucks that run back and forth. Q5 or less than $1US for the 20 minute steep, twisting ride.
The very next day I headed out on one of the transit boats to the town of San Marcos. I had heard that this village is ‘mystical’ and wanted to find out exactly what that means. The boat ride was breathtaking. The view is really hard to believe.
Things To Do In Belize…Besides Tropical Islands
With its abundance of golden sunshine, fantastic weather, and hundreds of miles of coastline along the Caribbean, it's no surprise that one of the most iconic attractions in Belize is its many picturesque tropical islands. But Belize has far more to offer than sea and sand; the country is home to enormous nature preserves, pristine jungles, labyrinthine caves, rainforests teeming with life, and some of the most impressive ancient Maya ruins ever discovered.
The geology of Belize has created hundreds of caves, including many large subterranean spaces that were used by the ancient Maya to conduct some of their most important religious rituals. The ancient Maya priests believed that caves were a sacred space that connected the world of the humans to the world of the gods. Today, visitors can explore caves like Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) where the remains of human sacrificial victims have lain undisturbed for more than 1,000 years.
Whether it's catching sight of the majestic plumage of a tropical bird soaring through the rainforest or climbing up into the canopy to get a bird's eye view of the jungle, bird watching and zip lining are two of the most iconic attractions in Belize.
Morning Matters at Sgt Peppers, 58min.
Just one of the many, many reasons why we must protect our beautiful Belizean waters, 1/2min. View from the sugar barge off the coast of Belize. It looks like a whale, perhaps Baleen. This video was taken this morning by sugar workers on the barge in Belize City habour, approximately 5 nautical miles from mainland. Yet another beautiful reason to love and protect Belize.
San Pedro residents and supporters formed a human 'No Oil' sign bringing awareness against offshore oil exploration, 1/2min.
San Pedro Town says NO to offshore oil exploration!, 1/2min.
At Central Park forming a human NO OIL sign., 19min.
Say No To Off Shore Oil Exploration in Belize - 2017, 1/2min.
Belize - Belize City, Jakub ze Skierniewic, 8min.
Interview with the soulful Belizean stylist of reggae music, Lloyd Carlton McFarlane, aka Eljai, 11min. The long awaited exclusive interview with the soulful Belizean stylist of reggae music, Lloyd Carlton McFarlane, aka Eljai is here.
The two part feature on the Belizean reggae artist is a must see that chronicles the talented Belizean musical artist's transformation from the Belizean ballad singer for the bands "The Dominators" and "Belize", and onward to become one of reggae music's most rising musical artist today in the United States, the Caribbean, and Africa.
As Eljai continues to break down barriers in reggae music through his many world tours in the U.S., the Caribbean, Africa, and now into Europe next year on a 2017 world tour, the Belizean reggae superstar discusses his musical life with Belizean Legends Bilal Morris, and brings a special message to his many fans in Belize, Los Angeles, Africa, the Caribbean and other cities in the U.S.