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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro Pirates FC announce Executive Committee
The San Pedro Pirates Football Club was founded as an independent non-profit organization in the interest of promoting professional football among San Pedro’s youth community. In preparation for their participation in the upcoming Premier League of Belize, the islands first semi-professional football team has announced their executive team of 15 individuals to properly run the team. The San Pedro Pirates FC is currently owned and financed by Emeliano Riveo and Raymond Charles Tyree Jr. Leading the management of the team is Susana Eiley as President, with Hector “Tito” Alamilla observing the role of Vice-President. Other members include Ruben Francois as General Manager, Kent “Bob” Gabourel as Club Consultant, Jason Valladarez as Secretary, Gerardo Reyes as Consultant and Manager of the youth development team, Fulgencio Hoare as Consultant and Assistant Manager of the youth development team, Jorge Nuńez as Head Coach, Mario Kempest as Assistant Coach, Rene Reyes Jr. (CrossFit Wolf) as Head of Conditioning and Fitness, Sergio Gomez as Web Designer, Janelle Cowo as Media and Marketing Officer and Misael Gonzalez as Live Feed and TNC 10 Reporter.

Johnny Depp to play John McAfee in new film about his life in Belize
Famous ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Actor Johnny Depp is expected to play the role of John McAfee, the inventor of the McAfee Virus Scan turned murder suspect in Belize, in the upcoming film, “King of the Jungle”. From being featured on Dateline NBC to Showtime, McAfee became a prime media interest in Belize, as well as internationally, after many controversial events occurred. The film will focus on the fiasco that unfolded when McAfee was accused by the Government of Belize of manufacturing illegal narcotics, owning unlicensed firearms, and becoming a suspect in the murder of American National, Gregory Faull.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Poets Corner: Strength of women in unions
By Abdulmajeed K. Nunez. Everyone looks at the big elections But its small elections that builds traction One, one okra full basket Be on your mark get set Teechaz please no mek The UDP wi presidency teck Someone made a pronunciation Regarding the BNTU elections Political interference they will withdraw their participation For your information It started with the reward of the one million Anything that threatens GOB corruption You can bet your cook They will try infiltration

Lobsterfest 2017 in Belize: The famous for its Lobster Attraction in Belize
San Pedro Lobster fest is one of the main attraction when you visit Belize in June. Thursday, June 15th, 2017! Voted #1 Festival in Belize! The San Pedro Lobster Festival is an annual event that celebrates the reopening of lobster season in Belize. The first festival was held in 2007 with a week of nightly events leading up to one epic block party. Over the past 10 years the festival has evolved into a 10 day festival filled with over 20 great activities and incredible lobster themed foods! Mark your calendars now to join us for this year’s festival! The activities kick off on June 15th with the opening party. There will be daytime and night time events leading up to the Lobster Fest Central Park Block Party on Saturday, June 24th , featuring the musical talents of the Pannerifix Steel Band!

CANTO Chair and Secretary General Pay Courtesy Visit to New CEO of Belize Telemedia Ltd.
Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago - CANTO Chairman, Julian Wilkins and Secretary General, Teresa Wankin paid a courtesy visit to Rochus Schreiber the new CEO at Belize Telemedia Ltd. (BTL) headquarters in Belize City, Belize. Mr. Rochus Schreiber was appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BTL with effect Wednesday, April 5th, 2017. Mr. Schreiber boasts over 20 years of professional experience, and has worked in diverse global settings throughout the Americas and Europe. Within the Caribbean region, he has served as CEO of Digicel's local operations in Anguilla, Nevis and Montserrat.CANTO had the privilege of meeting the new CEO on his first day on the job. Discussions were held on the upcoming CANTO conference, the Code of Practice for safeguarding the open Internet; the CANTO working committees and the work of the CICC working committees. CANTO was also given a tour of the BTL facilities.

Student's camera records his own drowning death on school trip while visiting Belize
No one helped Tomari Jackson as he screamed for his life while drowning in a Central American river. With 31 other Georgia high school students — some within arm’s reach — nine chaperones and Jackson pleading “Help! Help!” the 14-year-old still died on that school trip to Belize just over a year ago. Fighting to stay alive, Tomari, a student at North Cobb High School in Cobb County, Georgia, was close enough to splash a girl in a red checkered swimsuit. She laughed it off. He went back under water. Then he reached out to grab the muddy riverbank where others were playing. No one saw him. No one heard him. But his mother heard. Adell Forbes heard his chilling cries and gurgling before the waters took her only child. Two months ago, she helplessly watched video footage from the camera that had been strapped to his head, recording her boy’s last moment in that river in February of 2016.

Three Questions On Selling Belize
TMR spoke with Mariam Roberson, managing director of San Ignacio Resort Hotel, on tips for selling the Central American country. 1. What advice can you offer travel agents trying to sell Belize to their clients? Visit Belize! Come familiarize yourself with Belize’s blend of cultures and history, its vast range of adventure, and its people. Nothing speaks more genuinely than first-hand experience and this also adds more credibility for your clients. The country itself is gorgeous and this is easily seen in its natural resources—both in the islands and inland. 2. What role do you see travel agents playing in your growth? Travel agents are a precious marketing and sales tool. Most of the agents we work with have experienced our resort first-hand—a characteristic that adds credibility when our hotel is pitched as a unique and personalized destination. We love to form relationships in a personal fashion to ultimately build loyalty and trust on a business level. Travel agents assist us not only in promoting our resort to various markets but also in increasing our yearly sales. We consider them part of our team.

Building that was destroyed by fire catches ablaze again during rain
The frame that once held the Chateau Caribbean Hotel and restaurant caught fire Monday, April 17th. The fire department was able to control it very quick since there wasn't much left to burn from the initial fire that gutted the business some months ago.

Yucatec Maya style wedding dress
Belize ma'alob aak'ab (Good night Belize) what you think of this Yucatec Maya style dress for a wedding or a 15 years or prom night? New ways of honoring our culture, we are the contemporary Mayas of northern Belize.

Edgar Wiltshire passes away
We join the people of Corozal in extending our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of brother Edgar Wiltshire who passed away on April 16, 2017. Edgar was a community activist. May he rest in peace and rise in Glory.

Paint Up A Storm 2017
The 2017 Paint Up A Storm is Saturday, April 29th, starting at 9:00am, at the Cayo Welcome Center. If you haven't been to one yet, you'll definitely want to go see the interesting art that is created right there. '"'Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul — and you answer.” ~Terri Guillemets Come Paint Up A Storm - April 29th at the Cayo Welcome Center between 9am - 2pm. Support our Belizean artists of all ages!

The U.S. Embassy Belize is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program
This non-degree professional exchange program provides approximately a year of study and related professional experience in the United States to mid-career professionals working in the public service field. To learn more about the program and to apply, please visit http://bit.ly/2p9POHb. The deadline to apply is June 10, 2017.

The Reporter

Regional sugar stakeholders ask for more protection
Concerned players in the region’s sugar industry have appealed for governments to introduce tariffs to protect it in light of a drop in production quotas and prices. At the recent sixth meeting of Caribbean Stakeholders on Sugar in Jamaica, they argued that some level of protection should be imposed in anticipation of the drop in exports in the coming months. That is when production quotas in the European Union (EU) will be reduced and the industry is expected to suffer the backlash. “Governments around the world give tariff protection to their own sugar industries, yet in the Caribbean we are currently losing out to imported sugar from outside the region. It is time to modernize our approach to sugar,” the region’s stakeholders said in a statement.

Blogs

Passed down from one generation to the next: A Belizean Folklore
One of my favourite folktales passed down to me by my grandmother was that of “La Xtabai” (La Ish-tah-bai). For years, the tale of La Xtabai had me making sure I was inside the house before the clock struck 9 at night! But what is La Xtabai you may ask? Well, SHE is every misbehaving kid and drunk man’s nightmare! La Xtabai is supposed to be this gorgeous woman with striking long black hair who lurks at the edge of the bushes. Bear in mind that Belize is still pretty much covered in foliage, and villages in particular are often surrounded by thick forests. While her appearance is that of a goddess, she’s really a monster with goat legs and claws that can rip a person apart – at least that’s what I was told! The story of La Xtabai varies slightly among the different cultures of Belize. What makes her so terrifying, is that she is an enchantress, luring people to their death. According to the story, La Xtabai targets children who do not obey their parents and are out late at night. She also preys on drunk men, luring them to her embrace.

My Internet & The Possibility of Being a Digital Nomad in Belize
Last year, I wrote a post titled: How To Get A Job In Belize. It’s the #1 question that I receive from readers and look, I totally get it. MAN do I get it. You visit Belize – everyone is so friendly, everyone speaks English, it’s gorgeous warm and inviting, there seem to be quite a few Americans and other foreigners working here – so why can’t I? Well…it’s definitely NOT that easy. It’s not easy at all. And it shouldn’t be. I listed quite a few reasons in the post above. Like…when you arrive, you are an immigrant and working isn’t legal in Belize. But there is a way that is becoming more and more popular and accessible to many. Using your computer, your smart phone, internet calling…all sorts of apps to work anywhere in the world. Anywhere that has decent internet access. Telecommuting is become MUCH more popular – and approaching your current boss makes tons of sense if you are planning on moving. There are also numerous websites that list internet based jobs from around the world.

International Sourcesizz

National University Faculty, Students Present Sea Turtle Research at International Symposium
Under the direction of National University professor Mario Mota, a group of students are contributing to international efforts to save the threatened loggerhead sea turtle. Their research findings were presented at the 37th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation April 15 -20 in Las Vegas, which draws participants from around the world to discuss the latest research on the biology and conservation of sea turtles and their habitats. Dr. Mario Mota, whose research focuses primarily on loggerhead green sea turtles in Florida and Belize, has been leading the National University team's research that explores the impact of bacteria on loggerhead sea turtle nesting sites. As part of their research into these challenges, the team spent months researching sea turtle nesting sites at Florida beaches and analyzing sand samples in San Diego. The National University students who contributed to the project are: Gregory Heidel, Garett Huffstutler, Brian Arko, Nicole Salazar and Richard Cale. Dr. Mota's collaboration with students represents the opportunities National University students have to engage in projects and research that positively impact communities and the world at large.

Videos

  • Belize, 9.5min.

  • Ka'ana Resort in Cayo, Belize. Mesmerized by the fires that are lit every night.Maya tradition, 1min. Great Resort. The Customer service is impeccable. The food is sooo tasty. Will Always Remember this place.

  • How to Make Belizean Chicken Escabeche, 10min. Escabeche is very savory and tart chicken soup of sorts with distilled white vinegar and onions as it's main attaction.

  • Diving the Chiminey and Canyons, 3min. Nice dive site north of San Pedro Belize.

  • Belize 2017 - Part 1, 4min.

  • Belize Howler Monkeys, 1/2min.

  • C&J Belize Vacation 2017, 12min. Our trip to Belize was full of beauty and adventure! Our ATM tour is not picture here due to a photography ban, but this tour was certainly one of the highlights of the trip. We climbed rock formations, and dredged through water to discover artifacts and bones from the Mayan era. Belize is truly an amazing place!

  • Belize - The National Archives UK, 17min. The visuals in this video have no known copyright restrictions, and are available to the public through public archives.

  • Lamanai in BELIZE, 3.5min.

  • Belize 2017, 4.5min.

  • Our last Scuba Dive in Belize at Ho Chan Marine Reserve, 9.5min. Today is our last day of scuba diving in Belize. Unfortunately the weather got super windy so we could only go to the Ho Chan Marine Reserve instead of doing our 2 tank deepwater dive.

  • Belize it or not, 14min. Belize vacation