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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro welcomes new NEMO Coordinator for Belize Rural South
On Monday, April 10th, Vanessa Parham was introduced as the new National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) Coordinator for the Belize Rural South, which includes Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. After former NEMO Coordinator Jeromey Timrose Augustine-Cayetano served her capacity in San Pedro Town for over seven years, Parham is ready and looking forward to serving the community as the coordinator.

Woman stabbed in Caye Caulker during early hours
During the early hours of Saturday, April 8th, 20 year old Meghan Holland sustained a stab wound to the chest in Caye Caulker. According to the official police report, while Caye Caulker Police were patrolling on Luciano Reyes Street at 2AM, they received information that a fight was occurring in front of the Police Barracks. When they arrived, they saw Holland making a lot of commotion. She indicated to the Police that she’d had a misunderstanding with one of her cousins. The officers advised her to make a report at the Caye Caulker Police Station, but she refused, and went home. However, a few minutes later, police received information that Holland had collapsed at her home. She was then rushed to the Caye Caulker Health Clinic, where police, along with medical authorities, observed a stab wound to her chest.

Passport Services resume after technical difficulties
The Department of Immigration and Nationality Services issued a press release on Friday, April 7th, informing the general public that the Department will resume normal processing of applications for renewal and issuance of new passports on Monday, April 10th. This announcement came more than a month after the Government of Belize (GOB) advised the public that the Passport Office in Belmopan was experiencing technical difficulties with the passport printing process.

Tamanduas losing habitat due to major development
The daylight sighting of a Tamandua (anteater) has led concerned residents to claim that the increase in major development on Ambergris Caye is adversely affecting its flora and fauna. The nocturnal animal was reportedly spotted during early evening hours, and the witness fears that it could be captured for a pet, or worse, become injured by humans/dogs. The San Pedro Sun spoke to Ella Baron, wildlife specialist at the Tamandua Refuge in the Cayo District. She also believes that major development in San Pedro is causing tamanduas to resort to unnatural habitats. “Unfortunately, development is causing these animals to become dislocated. The anteaters live on high trees, and because of the large building developments, tamanduas’ natural habitats are disappearing. I believe that such massive and rapid construction is causing a lot of wildlife to [have to] get closer to humans. They get displaced, and disoriented. As a result, they can be attacked by humans, dogs or get hit by cars,” said Baron. While other animals would run away from danger, tamanduas try to protect themselves by standing up on their hind legs, using their tail as a support and holding their claws in a defensive position. They do not have teeth, and their defense mechanism can lead them to trouble. Tamandua/human conflict usually arises when people misinterpret the animal’s defensive behavior. Common reactions are getting scared and lashing out at them in fear.

Misc Belizean Sources

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MUSIC AMBASSADOR OPEN MIC NIGHT WEST WINNER DARINQUE RENEAU
Ambassador Shyne Barrow held is his popular Open Mic Night in the Cayo District last Thursday March 30th and it was one of the best yet. Shyne told ABP that "Open Mic is a platform for musicians and other creatives to show case their talent and express themselves." Darnique Reneau was the grand winner of the $1000 cash prize with Shanz coming in second winning a Samsung 5 courtesy of digicel and Don Doe winning the third place prize of $250. The Ambassador told us he ultimately "plans to bring Open Mic Night to all the districts as its important to support all Belizean artists wherever they are." The first Open Mic Night was during Last years first annual Belize Music Week which this year is scheduled for May 15-20 and will see Open Mic Night return to Belize City Thursday May 18th .

Good Friday in San Pedro
Good Friday is quite a solemn day on our island - no alcohol is sold or served. There is a beautiful procession in the streets and then...the partying begins. Beautiful photos of the Catholic Church's Good Friday procession through San Pedro town.

The Rocky Road to Miss Universe
How It All Began. 5 part series — A Father’s View of His Daughter’s Quest for the Miss Universe Crown.

Festival of Culture 2017
The 2017 International Festival of Culture will be the first weekend in May. Centennial Park will be happening. "The 7th International Festival of Culture will come to life once more, save the dates May 5,6 & 7th, 2017"

Sawdust carpet for Good Friday prepared by San Pedro House of Culture
Thanks to Brenda, Cindy, Delia, Carina and Eliseo for a job well done.

The Reporter

MOH celebrates World Health Day
Students, law enforcement personnel, and even members of the public, gathered on Tuesday at the Ramada Belize City Princess to discuss depression on world Health Day. The event, hosted by the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization and World Health Organization PAHO/WHO, was geared towards looking at depression in both the global and Belizean contexts. The event, a first of its kind in the area of depression, involved healthcare professionals providing study data and statistics, but also included testimonials from persons who have suffered with depression, or had to help a loved one grapple with the condition.

Brothers suffocate in Orange Walk well
Two brothers were found dead in a well in the Goat Hill area of Tower Hill, Orange Walk District. Police say they visited a farm owned by the Coyoc family of Trial Farm village, where personnel from the Fire Department removed the bodies of Isidro Coyoc, 41, and Jeovani Coyoc , 26, from a well about 40 feet deep. Both men were found unconscious, in about four feet of water, holding on to ropes . Authorities transported them to the Northern Regional Hospital, where Dr Marco DeVille pronounced them dead on arrival. Police say that Jeovani Coyoc was cleaning the well but began to suffocate. Isidro, who was assisting, tried to assist his brother, but ended up suffocating as well.

Child drowns in San Pedro
A six-year-old boy drowned to death in San Pedro, after he fell into a water tank Thursday night. Police say when they arrived at the Bay Side area after 10:30 p.m., they saw some of the residents surrounding Zaem Torres, attempting to resuscitate him. Torres, had reportedly climbed to the top of the tank, which is situated next to the lagoon in the Bay Side area, and fell in. Officers transferred him to the Otto Rodriguez Poly Clinic, however, clinicians pronounced him dead at around 11:30 p.m.

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Child survives near drowning experience in Corozal
A nine year old child in Corozal survived a near drowning experience on Saturday afternoon. According to reports, sometime around 2 pm Corozal cops arrived in the Miami Beach area where they saw 2 persons conducting CPR on the child.

Superbond restructuring prompts Moody’s credit rating upgrade
Following the March restructuring of the 2034 US Dollar Bonds, Moody’s Investors Service, a world leader in providing information on credit ratings, has upgraded Belize’s long-term foreign and local-currency ratings. This week, Moody’s upgraded Belize’s issuer and senior unsecured ratings from Caa2 (Very High Risk) to B3(High Risk), signaling that the country’s economic outlook is stabilizing.

The Decision
In an interview with the media on 3rd April 2017, Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, casually announced, like nothing was wrong with it, that the Government of Belize had decided to pay $1 million dollars of public funds to those teachers who turned up at largely empty schools during the 11-day teachers strike last October, while many parents and other citizens kept their children out of school and marched in solidarity with the striking teachers.

Foreigners lead 89th annual cross country
The 89th edition of the Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic is underway on the George Price Highway. Official ceremonies were held this morning at the BTL park, followed by a lead-out to the traditional starting point at Mile 2 on the George Price Highway, still referred to as the old George August meat shop.

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Best Places to Live: Ambergris Caye, Belize
Lying just south of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, Belize is an expat’s dream destination: The Belizean dollar is pegged to the US dollar, the local language is English, and there’s a well-established expat population, which makes for an easy transition. For the ultimate Belizean escape, Ambergis Caye, its 25-mile-long, slender offshore island, has a new vibrance at the southern end with the development of Mahogany Bay Village, a new-urbanism-inspired community that also offers hotel stays in its whitewashed, elegant cottages, and a cluster of some of the best food and drink on the island. Several of Ambergis Caye’s finest stretches lie along the island’s southern shore, fronted by resorts including Ramon's Village and The Villas at Banyan Bay (all beaches are public, so just roll up and enjoy the view). A gap in Ambergris Caye’s protective reef gives the Hol Chan (“little channel”) Marine Reserve its name; this natural anomaly provides a protected habitat for live corals and fish and is a popular dive spot. Elsewhere in the underwater park you’ll find a seagrass-filled lagoon, thick coastal mangrove forests, and Shark Ray Alley, where snorkelers can swim with southern stingrays and nurse sharks. And when it’s time to leave the beach, Ambergris Caye’s town center of San Pedro is a buzzy, funky hangout with outdoor bars and restaurants.

US$4 Million Investment by Chukka Caribbean a Boost for Tourism
Director of Tourism, Paul Pennicook, says Chukka Caribbean Adventures’ US$4 million investment in the upgrading of its Good Hope property in Falmouth, Trelawny will provide a major boost for cruise shipping and the entire tourism sector. “The Chukka Good Hope property is the kind of facility that will certainly be a pull factor in bringing more visitors to the island,” he noted. “I was accompanied by some key members of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) on a visit to the property and we were all blown away. It is truly another piece of jewellery in Chukka’s growing collection,” he added. Chukka Caribbean offers over 60 tours in Jamaica, Belize and Turks & Caicos, with a commitment to provide only the highest quality tours with well trained guides and stringent safety standards.

Videos

  • Miss Teen Belize Video Shoot at Belize Zoo, 3min. The video highlighting the Miss Teen Belize photo shoot at the Belize Zoo. The perfect spot for a natural photo shoot. "On April 1st the 6 delegates vying for the Miss Teen Belize 2017 title took place in a very unique photo shoot at The Belize Zoo. We'd like to extend a big thank you to the The Belize Zoo & Staff for supporting this event, for their kind assistance and for making us feel welcomed. Thank you to Ernie Alpuche Photography for being the official photographer of Miss Teen Belize 2017, your work is truly stunning! Thank you The Candle Garden for the stunning headpieces worn by the delegates."

  • Bobby Juarbe Snorkeling in Belize 006, 3min.

  • Belize Expat from Spain Angela Suarez Moreno, 12min. Belize Expat from Spain Angela Suarez Moreno shares her Belize Story.

  • Meet Belize Expat from Spain, 9min. Sound starts at 1 minute mark- Meet Belize Expat from Spain, share about how his journey has been for him and his family.

  • Belize San Ignacio Artist Pedro Cruz, 14min. Meet Pedro Cruz, artist extraordinaire shares about painting the Belize Police Station mural in San Ignacio Town.

  • Belize San Ignacio Artist Pedro Cruz, 7min. Host Macarena Rose partakes in the weekly Chicken Drop in San Pedro, thanks to the invitation of Barrington. Note- The Chickens are treated with very humane care and spoiled with good food and love.

  • Music in San Pedro Belize at Wet Willys on Ambergris Caye Belize, 28min.

  • Macarena Rose with her friends Boombay, Emmeth- Drummers in Belize - Part 2, 12min. Join Belize Talk Radio with host Macarena Rose as she interviews the Garifuna Drummers of Belize.

  • Belize's Talented artist, author and musician Mali Cayetano, 12min. Host Macarena Rose, takes us to meet Mali Cayetano the Author of a book named “We are Free". The book shares with readers the cultural journey of the Garinagu beginning in Africa to their arrival in Belize.

  • Meet the Cayetano Family Belize Artists and Musicians, 12min. Belize Talk Radio Host Macarena Rose takes us to Dangriga Belize to Meet the Cayetano Family Belize Artists and Musicians

  • Macarena Rose with Belize Drummers Part 3, 12min. Join Belize Talk Radio with host Macarena Rose as she interviews the Boombay Drummers

  • Belize It Or Die 2017, 10min.

  • Dolphin Encounter - Magical - Belize 2017, 1/2min. What a thrill to watch - in HD, Turneffe Atoll - Barrier Reef - Belize.

  • Old Belize Fishing, 8min.

  • Crooked Tree village & wildlife sanctuary in Belize, 7min.