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The San Pedro Sun

Letter to the Editor: Seeking Better Opportunities
It has been a pleasure to have served my beloved community as a Traffic Warden for the past year and five months. I, Ismael Mayo Badillo, would like to inform the general public that Friday, June 2nd will be my last day working at the San Pedro Traffic Department as I have formally submitted my resignation due to irregularities in the job. At the same time, I believe it is time for me to move and seek better opportunities. I take this opportunity to humbly thank everyone for allowing me to render my services. Thanks to Mayor Daniel Guerrero, The San Pedro Town Council, and my colleagues for the opportunity to work with them. I will forever be grateful. Respectfully, Ismael ‘Mayo’ Badillo.

Wolfe’s Woofer: Raincoat
“I’ll be gone most of the morning,” I told Sherry. “Where are you off to?” “Paying bills,” I said. “This is the last week of the month. I’ll be gone all morning for sure and maybe some of the afternoon.” “Make sure you take an umbrella,” she said. “It’s supposed to rain today.” I only made it to the bank when the skies opened up. I put up my umbrella and the wind immediately turned it inside out and tried to snatch it from my hand. “Why are you back so soon?’ Sherry asked, when I stumbled through the door.

Letter to the Editor: Building Permit Application
Dear Editor, I am writing to thank the Town Council for 5 and a half days they have spent working on several blocks of Sea Grape Drive with numerous trucks of fill and hours of heavy equipment. I understand the Ministry of Works loaned the equipment to the Town Council so thanks to them also. I would like to suggest that the residents of an improved Sea Grape Drive tour the DFC area so we can truly appreciate our good fortune. There are areas of the DFC where there are no roads, none at all. Residents walk into their homes through swampy areas filled with landfill trash. I’m going to assume building permits were issued so folks could build in the DFC area.

Doctor Love: Dumped
Dear Doctor Love, My best friend and I have known each other since we were babies and we have always had a very close relationship. When she started dating her first boyfriend I was worried because he has a very bad reputation and I told her that. She cut me off completely saying I was jealous and mean. She wouldn’t talk to me or hang out any more even though I apologized. He did exactly what I warned her about and they broke up a week ago. Now she wants to be friends again but I don’t know if I should trust her. What if she does it again? We have to see each other all the time so it would be easier but I don’t think it can be like it used to be. Should I be friends or should I let it go? /s/Dumped

Misc Belizean Sources

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Senior Citizen believed to drown
79 year old Eduardo Landero has passed away. He was reported missing by his daughter Myrna Ortega. The Santa Familia Villager in the Cayo District reported that on 02.06.17, she returned home at 3:45pm and her daughter told her that Landero went to the river and had not returned. A search was conducted in the village and by the riverbank but his body was not found until 8 a.m., Sunday June 4th, in the river.

Asita Flores drowns in Corozal Bay
The search for 43 year-old Asita Flores of Sarteneja Village, Corozal District who went missing at sea following a boat accident on Thursday, June 1st has sadly ended today, as her lifeless body was recovered from the Corozal Bay. Asita Flores was together with a group of eight other Belizeans who were reportedly heading to Sarteneja Village from Calderitas, Mexico. Due to rough seas and high winds, their boat capsized and they were all thrown into the bay. The following day Friday, June 2nd a search was conducted but only seven passengers were found alive. Reports further state that the survivors were taken to the Corozal Community Hospital for treatment for various injuries and dehydration. According to family reports, Flores was traveling with her daughter and she ensured that her daughter survived through the night's ordeal. Unfortunately, she went underwater and sadly perished. The Belize Coast Guard, SACD and the Mexican Navy, along with family and friends assisted in conducting the joint operation in search for Asita Flores. We wish to extend our deepest condolences to the entire family and to our friend Chuy Carillo for the loss of his sister Asita Flores.

Search for Zeidy Orozco and Baltazar Lopez
The search and recovery for Zeidy Orozco and Baltazar Lopez has been suspended for Monday morning, June 5th. Alfonso Lopez who is one of the organizers has stated that the meeting place for tomorrow will be behind the cemetery along the entrance to Consejo Road at 7:30 a.m.. The families are pleading for assistance, in particular, fuel and more volunteers. Please help!

Bandits Win NEBL Finals
The Belmopan Bandits won the NEBL championship last night in San Pedro against the Tiger Sharks, 75 - 67. Congratulations, Bandits! They are having a motorcade tomorrow to celebrate. "City of Champs!!!!! Victory and celebration Motorcade tomorrow Monday, 5th June 2017 @ 5:30pm. Leave from Independence Hill enroute to Isidoro Beaton Stadium. All Football and Basketball fans are invited to come out and support our Belmopan Bandits."

Cayo Wellness Forum
The Cayo Wellness Forum is being held on Wednesday, June 7th, at Hode's. If you want to learn how to live a healthier life, this is for you. They'll have a trainer and a nutritionist there to answer your health questions. Email habetamini@gmail.com for more information. Thanks, Shell San Ignacio!

Southwest Airlines, Ft. Lauderdale - Belize Flight Inauguration
Celebrating Southwest's new direct flight to Belize from Ft. Lauderdale.

Newest Peace Corps Response Volunteers
Congratulations to the newest Peace Corps Response Volunteers in Belize! Four Response Volunteers were sworn in on Friday, June 2, to collaborate closely with the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports, and Culture as Literacy Intervention Specialists. Charge d'Affaires, Adrienne Galanek, administered the Oath, as they officially joined the ranks of more than 2,000 Volunteers who have served Belize since 1962. They will work closely with the Ministry of Education to augment and further the Ministry's new nationwide literacy initiative.These Volunteers bring over 100 years of collective experience to Peace Corps Belize. We look forward to their contributions here in country. Their Swearing In also included an historic signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry and Peace Corps Belize. Chief Education Officer, Dr. Carol Babb, and Peace Corps Director, Melanie Emerson, signed the Memorandum officially launching this expanded mutual commitment to education and early childhood literacy in Belize.

The Reporter

September celebrations theme competition officially opened
Preperations for the 2017 September celebrations have begun, and the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), is announcing the official opening of the September celebrations theme competition. The theme should not be more than 10 words, and individuals are allowed to submit multiple entries. The submissions should be in commemoration of the 219th anniversary of the Battle of St George’s Caye and the 36th anniversary of Belize’s Independence. The winner will receive a cash prize of a $1,000 and an invitation to the official ceremonies during September.

COLA president surprised by ban from Senate inquiry
While the Senate inquiry on the immigration scandal went smoothly on Wednesday, firebrand activist Geovanni Brackett of Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA), is up in arms after he and Raymond Rivers were banned from entering the hearing. Brackett, on Friday, spoke to the Reporter newspaper about what he classified as an “unjustifiable attack on him, since he says he was never notified that an ongoing ban was placed on him after he had protested against Senator Rocke in October of last year. “We deem the actions to be unjustifiable and senseless, since we did not pose any real physical threat to any member of the house.”

Blogs

Pook’s Hill Lodge; visiting the rainforest during the rainy season
Our destination – and one that has been on my ‘must do’ list for some time: Pook’s Hill Lodge. Nestled within lush jungle 5.5 miles south of Teakettle village on the Western Highway between Belmopan and San Ignacio, it’s an easy drive from Belize City. If you don’t have wheels, they offer transport options to and from many locations within the country. The Pook’s Hill property is a carpet of hilly, green landscape dotted with thatched cottages that remind me of hobbit homes, and the surrounding forest, busy with chirping birds and flitting butterflies is enchanting. Add the soft soundtrack of drizzling rain, and you are immersed in a jungle ambiance that almost begs for a nap.

Less than TWO WEEKS To San Pedro Lobsterfest! The Details
Time flies when you are busy…and having fun. It’s already JUNE. And that means Lobster season in Belize AND Lobster Festivals along the coast. Placencia, Caye Caulker and…AMBERGRIS CAYE! The San Pedro Lobsterfestival was first celebrated in 2007. My friends and I had a cupcake stand – forgot to bring any lighting – and had to sleep for 48 hours as soon as it was over. Here was our unlit banner. We are now on festival #11 and it’s shaping up to be a great one.

Corozal Community College held its annual Prom Night 2017 at Dream's
It's that time of the Year where Prom Night is celebrated on the month of June around Belize. That one special night, usually in June, when girls in colorful gowns and boys in ill-fitting tuxedos pose awkwardly for photos that they will cherish (or rue) for the rest of their lives. This year' Prom Night for school of Corozal Community College Fourth form class Theme was " Beauty and the Beast". Here's how it all began. Yes, the class of Corozal Community College prom night was held at “Dreams" on June 3, 2017. Shortly after 7pm the community of Corozal had gathered in front of Dreams to watch the 2017 Prom Night that strut down the Red Carpet in their gorgeous dresses and fitted tux. This High school kids on prom night where eager, excited and boutonniered--they boogie-oogie-oogied on the aisle with each couple representing there Beauty and the beast theme, fire works display, Toy's R US, Dancing, Singing, and they posed for photos and capped the evening by voting for the King and Queen (yep, that's right) at the prom that they always have.

International Sourcesizz

BEYOND THE HORIZON 2017-BELIZE
Beyond the Horizon 2017- Belize is a joint, interagency, and combined field training exercise in response to Government of Belize requests and requirements, designed to provide support by conducting medical and engineering assistance programs.

Videos

  • Inaugural Southwest Ft. Lauderdale to Belize Flight, 3min. Yay! It's Southwest Airlines first flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to #Belize. Started today and will be daily, year round. Offering easy connections, great fares & two free bags. Southwest Airlines at FLL Belize Vacation

  • Elsia Pop Wins Diana Award, 3min. Congratulations, Elsia Pop! Elsia, one of BNE's Energy4Life Scholars won the Diana Legacy Award, which recognizes outstanding leaders, visionaries and role models. She travelled to England to accept the award. She stopped by BNE to share her story.

  • Belize’s First Indigenous Solar Engineer, 4min. By Paul Mahung, Love FM and TV. Part of the Capstone Project submitted by Ida Collins.

  • One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure, By Duane Moody, 4.5min. An initiative by the Government of Belize has transformed garbage into money. This story looks at how recyclers, also known as balers, extract materials with financial prospective from solid waste. One man’s trash can literally be another man’s treasure.

  • Snorkeling Belize 2017 from Caye Caulker, 4.5min.

  • Loving Belize 1 Tourist Advice, Corozal, Consejo, Sarteneja. GoPro HD, 45min. Welcome to a new documentary series about Belize and the amazing, diverse, beautiful, people that live there. Belize is a small country in Central America, .

  • Fishing: A Belizean Way of Life | WCS Belize Program, 5min. This 30–minute video documentary is about the sustainable fisheries initiatives underway in Belize that employ various management tools, such as rights-based .

  • Belize 2017, 4.5min. Diving at Hol-Chan, Paradise Canyons, Lighthouse Reef, Blue hole, Half Moon Caye.

  • Sailing Belize March 2017, 4min. Our family trip to Belize was so fun! Here are the highlights.

  • Welcome to Belize, 2.5min. Craven & the Bobbleheads in Caye Caulker. Craven & IDEK ft. Jose Barrera on da guitar. Big up Kevin Topsey for the original beat!

  • Dardanello's Canyon with Belize Pro Dive Center, 10min. Nurse Shark in swim-through with me. lobsters, crabs, hermit crab, burrfish, lionfish, remoras

  • Tuffy's Canyon with Belize Pro Dive Center, 5.5min. Loggerhead Turtle at 0040, Crab, lobsters, blue tang, trumpetfish

  • Best of Belize, 4.5min. Video clips on the mainland and San Pedro,Belize.

  • Land of Belize, 70min. A history of the land of Belize. Video highlights from Intrepid Travels 8-day Land of Belize tour through Belize and Guatemala.

  • Belize - A Day at Caye Caulker, 6min. Caye Caulker is a small Caribbean island off the coast of Belize. It’s divided by a narrow channel called the Split, where there’s a bar and a sandy beach. To the south is the island’s only settlement, known as Caye Caulker Village. The north of the island is home to dense mangrove forest and diverse birdlife, protected by a forest reserve. The Caye Caulker Marine Reserve has dive sites on the Belize Barrier Reef.

  • Belize Animals, 5min. Snorkeling footage from Caye Caulker.

  • Belize Trip 2017, 50min. Highlights of our 2017 visit to Belize, stops at Belize Zoo, Duplooys Lodge, Coracol, Xunantinich, Tikal Ch Chem Ha Cave Rio Frio cave and Rio On pools

  • Snorkel trip Belize 2017, 3min.

  • Mango Fest Hopkins Belize 2017, 6.5min.

  • Beaches:Dreams and Blackbird Belize 5:17 Claire's social club, 3min. Friends from Blackbird Caye and Beaches and Dreams, CJ and Tom, also went from Blackbird Caye Resort to Hopkins the same time we did.

  • Belize Documentary, 29min. Follow Six Belizean Fisherfolk from different parts of the country as they seek out their livelihood. They dive for conch and lobster, spear fin fish and conduct .

  • Within the Shadowz of Belize: A Green Day Arises, 1hr52min. elizean artist Clyde Gillett captures both his countrys beauty juxtaposed with the hard lives of its people in his writing, photography, and filmmaking.

  • Belize: Exploring Lamani Ruins, 5min.

  • Southwest Airlines Ft. Lauderdale - Belize Inaugural Flight, "Opening Ceremony", 6min.