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The San Pedro Sun

SPTC seeks to enforce sandwich board regulation
In an effort to make room for more parking spaces and reduce congested streets around town, The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) is enforcing its sandwich boards regulation. Already in effect, the implementation will see the immediate removal of such boards that impede the free flow of pedestrians and are becoming an issue for drivers. The SPTC is kindly asking business owners to cooperate with the norm and to begin removing their sandwich boards before they are picked up by SPTC personnel. “No sandwich boards will be allowed on the beach. We expect business owners to abide by this rule and remove the boards.” Guerrero indicated that the only areas where these boards can be used are at docks or other areas that do not interfere with the free flow of persons.

Heredia confirms that San Pedro Belize Express is using municipal dock for free
For months, the water taxi company, San Pedro Belize Express has been using the island’s municipal dock without paying any fees to the municipality. As a result, The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) is unable to collect any fees from them, claiming a monthly loss of thousands of dollars due to the apparent interference of Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Honourable Manuel Heredia Jr. SPTC alleges that Heredia advised the water taxi company to refrain from making any payments.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Sponsor a mile marker sign in San Pedro
There is still an opportunity to sponsor a mile marker sign for $500 Bzd. You may choose your own artwork. We still have Mile Marker 5 on the road or Mile Marker 3 - on the beachside - available, If you are interested please contact the EC ASAP by Email or let us know at the South Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch General Meeting Wednesday, June 14th at 7:00pm at Lone Star.

Saving Belize
By Abdulmajeed K Nunez. Only a coalition can save Belize The Business, Spanish churches and unions Please Don't waiting until the country falls flat on it knees It's not about people with degrees It' those who will put the people before thier own needs Who will put in the check and balance to protect themselves from becoming thieves

Congratulations to the Class of 2017 of Caye Caulker Ocean Academy!!
Valedictorian is Anabelle Requena, Salutatorian is Milvia Reyes and Matthew Sandoval took third place in their graduating class!! Best wishes to all Graduates and Parents/Guardians!

The U.S. Embassy has two job openings: Administrative Management Assistant (INL) and Plumber
The U.S. Mission in Belize provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation. The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.

Celebrating Belize's fishermen from Sarteneja Village
. If you are in the area visit our booth at the Fisherfolk fair!

Placencia Lobsterfest Entertainment Schedule

The Belize Natural Energy Charitable Trust hands over school furniture and equipment to 12 schools in the Corozal District
On June 6th & 7th, personnel of the Belize Natural Energy Charitable Trust participated in ceremonies to hand over school furniture and equipment to twelve schools in the Corozal District. The items included 750 armchairs; 11 projectors and whiteboards; 1 risograph; 11 laptop computers; 6 copier/printers; 11 desktop computers; 5 filing cabinets; 11 infant tables; 59 infant chairs; 23 padded teacher chairs and 12 computer chairs. The value of these items totalled $107,000.00. Similar ceremonies will be held next week Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday to hand over school furniture and equipment to ten schools in the Toledo and Stann Creek Districts.

Fisherfolk Month
June is being celebrated as Fisherfolk Month in Belize. A fair is ongoing in Sarteneja Village with booth displays, performances and competitions to highlight the importance of fisheries to Belize, as well as celebrating fisherfolk. Related agencies and conservation groups displayed the services they offer to the fisheries industry which contributes about three percent to the G.D.P. Participating organizations include WCS, Blue Ventures Belize, OW ITVET and Belize Audubon Society.

International Deep Sea Classic Fishing Tournament
Grand Caribe Belize is hosting its first ever International Deep Sea Classic Fishing Tournament. This three day fishing extravaganza promises to be a fun filled, exciting experience for the entire family. Register now for July 7th, 8th & 9th, 2017. $44,000 Belize dollars in prizes!

The Mojo and the Sayso
The Wildfire Artmosphere will be having a play on Fridays and Saturdays from June 16th through July 1st. You can get your free ticket at Back to my Roots. "Full length play by Aishah Rahman. Intermission and treats. A junkyard is a funny place.... bring a friend you will be glad you came! 6 Performances on Fridays and Saturdays. June 16-July 1 Door opens at 6:45p. Showtime at 7:15. Limited Seating! so pick up your free ticket from Back To My Roots or rsvp here on fbk."

Haven House 5k Walk/Run in Belize City
On Saturday, bright and early in the morning, we participated in the 5k walk/run to raise awareness and funds to combat domestic violence. Thank you to all who came out to support this important cause! Haven House Belize Shelter for Domestic Violence Victims

Ribbon cutting at Ladyville Health Clinic
Yesterday, the U.S. Embassy and the Government of Belize, in coordination with U.S. Army South, held the first ribbon cutting ceremony as part of the Beyond the Horizon: 2017-Belize (BTH) collaborative humanitarian exercise. The ceremony, during which the U.S. Government officially handed over the keys to the Ladyville Health Clinic’s new building to the Ministry of Health Belize, took place at the Ladyville Health Clinic. The ceremony featured the following speakers: Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. of the U.S. Embassy Ms. Adrienne Galanek, BTH Task Force Commander COL John Simma, Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Health Dr. Ramon Figueroa, Regional Health Manager of the Ministry of Health Dr. Javier Zuniga, Nursing Supervisor of the Ministry of Health Ms. Sharon Espinoza, and President of the Belize District Association of the Village Councils Mr. Glenroy Fermin. Students from the Ladyville Evangelical School also attended the ceremony and performed a song entitled, “In the Eye of the Storm.”

This Day In History: 1789 June 10th
Colonel Marcos Despard, His Majesty's Superintendent (1787 - June 1790), adopted a system of Legislative and Jurisprudence, founded upon the English Constitution. The Constitution of the Settlement now lost its unique character, and assumed an anomalous one. The oligarchical element was preserved by the retention of legislation by the public meeting, and the annual election of Magistrates, who continued to control the finances, and to administer justice; but the monarchical principle was distinctly introduced. In consequence of this change the Superintendent by no means found his new Government a sinecure; for dissensions were rife, and he was soon embroiled with high-spirited Baymen.

The Reporter

Sai Info Tech hosts first ever Microsoft Office Specialist National Championship
Ten high school students tested their command of Microsoft Power Point in the first ever Microsoft Office Specialist National Championship, which was hosted by SAI Info-Tech. The students took an online examination, completing instructions in Power Point while they competed for prizes and a certification in the program. The winner will also represent Belize in the International competition,to be held in California in July. Kiran Vanjani, director at SAI Info-Tech, explained that the competition has been ongoing for years; however Belize has never participated, because there were no centers where Belizeans could get certified in Microsoft Programs.

Health authorities monitor for increases in gastroenteritis
With the onset of the rainy season, the Ministry of Health is keeping a closer look out for spikes in incidents of gastroenteritis, according to Chief Executive Officer in that ministry, Ramon Figueroa. Figueroa explained that due to issues like sanitation and water contamination, the onset of the rainy season is usually accompanied by high incidents of people being admitted to the hospital with sever vomiting and diarrhea. “These things are cyclical, what we’re checking to make sure is that there isn’t a spike that goes above the normal range,” He added. He went on to say that the Ministry, through the Public Health Department, conducts site inspections at the various food outlets and streetside stalls to ensure compliance of health standards to maintain their permits; however, keeping the public safe is not the sole responsibility of the Ministry.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Ugly RTA in Orange Walk
Details are at this time sketchy but our newsroom has learnt of a Road Traffic Accident on the Yo Creek Road in Orange Walk.

Belize City girl missing
A 13-year-old student is missing and Belize City police need the public’s help to locate her. Shania Martinez left her home in West Landivar around 7:30 on Friday morning on her way to school. She has not returned home since.

Corozal police kill Chunox resident
According to reports, last night a man was murdered in Corozal. The man was reportedly shot by police in Chunox Village, Corozal.

CJ lifts injunction, Belize Bank to claim $50 million award
Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin has lifted the injunction, which once barred Michael Ashcroft’s Belize Bank from seeking to enforce a US $50 million arbitration award against the Government of Belize. Justice Michelle Arana had granted the injunction in February, and the CJ extended it in March, while he decided whether to lift the injunction or make it permanent. The injunction proceedings were controversial, because the issue arose of Ashcroft’s companies being able to attach Belize’s assets in other countries, in an effort to meet the award payment.

“Can’t pay; won’t pay,” says Fin Sec
Financial Secretary Joseph Waight says that the Government of Belize is neither willing nor able to pay Michael Ashcroft’s claim for cost of court, which amounts to almost $200 million. Waight explained that he feels the costs are “completely” outrageous, and that the government has not been given any breakdown as to how the expenses are so high.

Blogs

New Chinese Restaurant Opens in San Pedro with Good, Familiar Food; Not Just Fry Chicken
We do not have a Panda Express in Belize. But we DO have a new restaurant in San Pedro – serving food very similar to what you have eaten at your local galleria. It is NOT a Panda Express. But man…for Belize? It is pleasingly close. The new restaurant is located on Middle Street in San Pedro – on the same block as the Greenhouse – and is called PANDA’S EXPRESS. Clearly very different. So let’s talk about our new restaurant in town and how it HIT HOME for my craving for take-out Chinese-American style food. You will notice that the logo says Panda APOSTROPHE “s” AND there are two pandas in the picture, not one. They have a menu with food you can order to be made – and then there is a buffet with about 6 dishes AND fried rice or noodles.

June in Belize: Habañero Patch, Lobster Mania and New Frequent Flyer Codes
June really is a great time to plan a vacation if you want to catch some really good parties – see below for new frequent flyer codes. It happens to be the opening of legal lobster season in Belize and several districts celebrate with delicious food festivals to highlight and honor the change of seafood season from closed to open. As a way of protecting the environment Belize fisheries has created seasons to allow for our ocean environment to replenish itself naturally. To learn more read Seafood Guide for Fishing in Belize – information regarding seasons, bans, size limits, invasive species and more.

International Sourcesizz

This Ancient Maya Pyramid Was Destroyed To Build a Road
If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, then the road to progress is paved with…the destruction of ancient civilizations? In May of 2013, archeologists in Belize were horrified to discover that a construction crew had gutted a major Maya archeological site in order to use the pyramid’s stone for roadwork. While authorities were aware that a small amount of looting had taken place, they did not realize the extent of the destruction until it was too late. The largest pyramid on the site of Nohmul (also known as Noh Mul), the most important Maya site in Belize, had been reduced to just a core of rubble.

US to Help Fight Violence in Central America
U.S. troops announced that they will be helping Central America governments fight violence. During a joint training session this week in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, U.S. Marines announced that they hope to aid violence-ravaged countries in Central Americas to combat high homicide rates. These collaborative exercises have been carried out by the U.S. military over the past three years in countries that have problems with gangs and cocaine traffickers from South America to the United States. Because of its homicide rates, the Northern Triangle is considered to be the most violent region (not at war) in the world. The violence is mostly attributed to gangs who seek to profit from crimes such as narco-trafficking, hijacking, kidnapping, and extortion.

Videos

  • Caribbean Kings performing at San Pedro High School's Parents' Night Maestro Alex Jason Noralez, Pete Salazar, 1.5min.

  • Morena Son, 2min. A preview of the Cuban band Morena Son that will be performing live at the San Pedro House of Culture.

  • Haven House's first annual 5k Walk/Run in Belize City, 1min. As early as 5 o'clock this morning, hundreds of residents came out and joined the event that seeks to bring awareness on domestic violence, which should not be accepted as a norm. Orange and purple powder used as colors for domestic violence The event is twofold as it is also a fundraiser for the non profit organization.

  • Snorkeling in Belize, 3min.

  • Belize Turneffe 2017, 4min.

  • We take a deep dive into Belize city to find out is Belize safe for a cruise ship tourist, 67min. We take a deep dive into Belize city to find out is Belize safe for a cruise ship tourist. Chalii talks about 1st time cruising and what you need to know to have a great time on the ship.

  • Belize: Cahal Pech Maya Ruins, 5min.

  • Study Abroad Vlog: Belize Part Two, 7min.

  • Pure Belize Travel Mix, 10min.