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The San Pedro Sun

All set for Caye Caulker Miss Lobster Fest Pageant!
Lobster Season is open again and with it comes the fun and traditional lobster festivals around the country. All is ready in the neighboring island of Caye Caulker, where the festivities for their 23rd Annual Lobster Festival will take place from June 30th through July 2nd. The anticipated event will tip off with the Miss Lobster Fest 2017-2018 pageant, which will see four lovely young ladies vying for the crown and fabulous prizes. Aaliyah Elijio, Aleizy Durantes, Annabella Requena, and Katleen Cutkelvin will compete to become Caye Caulker’s next beauty ambassador in a talent, costume and question and answer segment.

BROAD AREA OF LOW PRESSURE OVER THE NORTHWEST CARIBBEAN – NEMO
NEMO and the National Met Service hereby informs the general public that due to a broad low pressure area which is slowly developing in our region, heavy rainfall is expected along the coast and over the southern part of the country tonight and tomorrow. The concern is for localized flooding in low coastal communities and flash floods near rivers and streams especially in the south. During the remainder of the weekend some development is expected as the system moves slowly north-westward across the Yucatan Peninsula and over portions of northern Belize. A tropical cyclone could develop next week over the southern or central Gulf of Mexico.

Coral Reef Ed-ventures Summer Camp returns to La Isla Bonita
The 18th annual Coral Reef Ed-ventures Summer Camp is returning to Ambergris Caye on Monday, June 26th. The free, fun educational camp, which collaborates with students from Smith College in Massachusetts, USA, and Hol Chan Marine Reserve, promotes the conservation of the Belize Barrier Reef and teaches island children about the coral and marine ecosystem. Mandy Castro, Abby Onos, Sabrina Cordero, Jasmine Pacheco-Ramos, Dana Vera, and Emily Hitchcock form the 2017 team, and they are looking forward to another successful program. The first program is geared for students ages 12 and up, and is scheduled for Monday, June 26th to Friday, June 30th. The campers will meet on weekdays at the San Pedro High School, from 4PM to 6PM. The youth camp will begin on Monday, July 3rd through Thursday, July 13th. It is opened for students age’s seven to 12, and will be hosted at SPHS during the same hours.

San Pedro students compete at Belize District primary schools basketball championships
San Pedro Roman Catholic (RC) girls and Holy Cross Anglican boys represented la Isla Bonita at the Belize District primary schools basketball championship organized by the National Sports Council at the Belize Elementary auditorium on Tuesday, June 13th. The Belize City champions – St. Joseph’s RC School girls and St Ignatius RC School boys won the district finals and will represent the district at the nationals at the St. John’s College gymnasium on Thursday, June 15. St Ignatius had to go to overtime to win the championship final 38-29 over the Belize Elementary boys, who had tied the score 28-28 at the end of regulation time. Kyle Castillo hit 2 free throws and 4 buckets in the overtime to score 10 of his 17 game points; Leroy Betson added 10pts and Jamal Myvette netted another 8pts for the win. BES’ Jahzani Lightburn scored 9pts, and Eric Wiliams added 7pts, while Destin Olivera added 6pts.

Apartment building’s improper sewage disposal has neighbours concerned
Reports have surfaced from residents in the San Juan Area of San Pedro Town that an apartment building, in the same area, was dumping raw sewage on the lagoon side. Those being directly affected are concerned about the effect it has on the environment and their health. The San Pedro Sun has since contacted the relevant authorities to find out what is happening and what they are doing to address the situation. Initial complaints were that almost every weekend, the management releases the building’s black water onto the street. Residents believe that the intention is for the waste water to drain into the lagoon. However, every time this is done, it floods neighbouring yards and streets. They report that huge puddles accumulate, with an unbearable stench that lingers for hours until the waste is soaked into the soil. Neighbours are equally concerned about the health issues such a practice can cause, especially to the children who play in the yards where the waters settle.

Belize Fitness to hold first Cancer Run
Seeking to raise awareness on cancer and show solidarity to support those battling cancer, Belize Fitness will be hosting its inaugural 5K Cancer Run on Saturday, July 1st. Belize Fitness is the newest gymnasium on Ambergris Caye, located in the Sancas Plaza,. Not only will the run be a celebration of life and life after cancer, but it will also honor all those who have lost the battle. Thus, individual runners and teams, along with walkers of all ages and skill levels, are invited to participate. For a $20 registration fee, runners/walkers will be provided with a number, a dry fit shirt, breakfast, and drinks. Starting at 6AM, participants will make their way from the start point at Sancas Plaza, located directly in front of Tropic Air on Coconut Drive, along the designated route to Black Coral Street and Nurse Shark Street. They will then turn onto Pescador Drive, heading over the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge towards the North Ambergris Caye Police Booth, then returning to the starting point.

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Captain Shark's 7th Annual Dorado Rodeo Fishing Tournament
Congratulations to Horace Bladon and his team 'Precipice' for winning the top prize at Captain Shark's 7th Annual Dorado Rodeo Fishing Tournament!

OPEN LETTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF BELIZE AND LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION: Citizenship rights
Belizean Citizens Abroad (BCA) is an organization committed to bringing together Belizeans living abroad in a non-partisan manner. Our goal is to empower and strengthen the democracy of Belize by working with ALL Belizeans at home as well as the Government of Belize on solutions and issues of concern to the community of Belizeans living overseas. As such, we are currently advocating for the equal rights of born Belizeans with dual citizenship.We are asking for bi-partisan support for an amendment bill to remove the discriminatory provisions in our Constitution limiting the citizenship rights of born Belizeans who gain dual nationality and to reintroduce the same amendments as section 4 and 5 of the BELIZE CONSTITUTION (SEVENTH AMENDMENT) ACT, 2009 that purported to amend Sec 58(1) and 63(1) of the Belize Constitution. These discriminatory provisions in our Constitution limit the POLITICAL rights of born Belizeans and hampers our ability to solve many of the problems that Belize face in an ever-changing globalized world.The Constitution of Belize contradicts the idealism of equal rights and equal protection under the law by establishing underclasses of citizenship. Furthermore, the Constitution is in contravention of the very idea of human rights.

UNCAF eliminations: Football Federation of Belize
Help us support our female U20 team in Nicaragua for the UNCAF eliminations. First game tomorrow night at 7:30 pm. Feel free to tag. Jacqueline Pelayo Iris Centeno Marlon Kuylen Renan Arturo Couoh Escobedo Support all players by hashtagging their names in the comment section of each pic.

Did Facebook video play a role in Shooting of home?
Omar Tut states that about 10:30 p.m. he was preparing some food when he heard 2 shots and made checks by a window and saw 2 bullet holes in his home in Cotton Tree Village. Tut recently came under tremendous scrutiny and public criticism when a video surfaced showing his ex girlfriend confronting him and his current girlfriend. The ex pulled up and parked in front of his vehicle preventing them from driving off. The woman he lived with got into a fight with his ex. There was a denial that he was ever married or had kids with the woman. However, Ruth Castillo was recently charged in San Ignacio for beating what police refer to as "Tut's ex wife." Relatives are claiming its a common law situation and there is speculation the public scrutiny may have resulted in the shooting of the house.

Police indicate #fakenews regarding Minister Castro's kids
Senior Superintendent Chester Williams say minister's children were not charged and the police report was released "by mischief makers." Specifically, Williams says "This is not about ministers son ...we need to learn to take politics out of everything. Whether minister son or not when reports are made it's the police duty to investigate properly and take the necessary action." If the mischief makers are caught, those officers who released the inaccurate report would be dealt with.

Beginner Students Final Recital
O'Brien's Music Studio, July 1st, 9:30am, Palotti School of Music Room 1

BODY FOUND IN DRAIN
The body of a man was discovered this morning in the Cayo District. Villagers made the gruesome discovery in Unitedville Village. The body was found in a drain that runs along the George Price Highway. The man was seen floating face down in the drain. He was wearing a white shirt and long khaki pants. Police are on the scene investigating.

Brand New Basketball Back Boards was placed at the Halls Layout Multipurpose Court
Very soon Inauguration of the Dome which now posses proper lighting. Bang Boards made in Corozal by professional Sculptor Alvaro Dominguez.

Respect for the Dead in the Old Days
In the old days notices were posted up in the many prominent places announcing funerals. There are solemn events and great reverence is shown the dead. The deceased are generally buried within twenty-four hours after death. After viewing the body at the home, a long procession (depending popularity of the person) follows the cart to the Church. The mourners are dressed in their finest black or white clothing. As they pass the business section, the store keepers close their windows and doors in respect and reopen them as a soon as the procession has passed. Speaking to Elders in the Downtown area this tradition may have been conducted up to the 50’s -60’s.

The Reporter

Santa Elena man shot dead
The weekend violence continues, as police discovered the body of a man, shot to death, in the west. San Ignacio Police say they responded to a report of shots fired Friday night, when they found the lifeless body of Santa Elena resident, Maynor Portillo. Police removed his.body from the eastern side of the Novelo’s Convention Center, with a gunshot wound to the head. The killing coincided with a stabbing, and a shooting all in the west but police have not indicated that they are related. No one was harmed in the second shooting. The incidents follow a murder in Belize City on Thursday night, which.left one dead from gunshot wounds.

Activists call for minimum wage increase
The Belize Leaders for Social Justice, a community activist group, is holding a peaceful demonstration in Belize City, calling for the Government of Belize to increase the minimum wage. The demonstration started at the on Cemetery Road at the Constitution Park, went up Orange Street, turned into Albert Street, then King Street and finally into Regent Street, ending at the Battlefield Park. Moses Sulph, co-chair for the BLSJ, explained that the cost of goods and services in Belize makes it difficult for many to survive on $3.30 per hour, which sparks an urgent need for the figure to be amended.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

NEMO issues second advisory on incoming weather system
NEMO and the National Met Service issued Advisory number 2 a short while ago advising the general public that due to a broad low pressure area which is slowly developing in our region, heavy rainfall is expected along the coast and over the southern part […]

Update on Friday night Santa Familia stabbing and murder
According to official reports, police responded around 10 last night to a stabbing incident in Santa Familia Village, Cayo. Information provided by the Police is that Eliseo Bacab and Amy Guerra were at the village football field when they were attacked by three men, […]

Update on Santa Elena murder
Last night San Ignacio police responded to reports of shots fired in an area on the Eastern side of the Novelo’s Convention Center near Loma Luz Boulevard in Santa Elena, Cayo. On the scene police found the lifeless body of Maynor Portillo of Santa […]

Dangriga teen reported missing
Bliza Carr, 30, chef of Hopkins village reported that her 14-year-old daughter Leonela Carmen Aranda left home at 6:45 a.m. yesterday en route to Ecumenical High School located in Dangriga, Stann Creek. Carr told police that Aranda has not returned home since. Aranda is […]

“Raise the minimum wage” demonstration held in Belize City
The Belize Leaders for Social Justice (BLSJ), a community advocacy group, is calling on the Government of Belize to raise the.minimum wage, through a public demonstration in Belize City this morning. The organization is gathering in the Constitution Park of Cemetery Road, and will […]

Open letter to Belize’s Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition
The Rt. Honorable, Dean Barrow, Prime Minister The Honorable, Johnny Briceno, Leader of the Opposition Belmopan, Belize Dear Sirs, Belizean Citizens Abroad (BCA) is an organization committed to bringing together Belizeans living abroad in a non-partisan manner. Our goal is to empower and strengthen the democracy […]

Minister Castro’s sons accused of assault on police officer
BBN has obtained copies of a police report made against one of NEMO Minister, Edmond Castro’s son yesterday. According to the report, two police officers were working motorcycle patrol in the Conchshell Bay area of Belize City when cops noticed a white Wingle pickup […]

Wild, Wild West – Santa Familia stabbing may be weekend’s third murder
Reports to BBN is that a young lady was stabbed last night in Santa Familia Village, Cayo. Reliable sources say that the young lady was involved in a fight where she and another person were stabbed. Police believe that one of the ladies was […]

Body found in Unitedville, Cayo
Reports to BBN is that the body of a male person was found this morning in Unitedville Village, Cayo. The body was found with stab wounds in a drain near the George Price Highway in the village. Police are currently on the scene. © […]

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Belize Workers Protest for a ‘Living Wage’
On Saturday morning, the Belize Leaders for Social Justice, BLSJ, organized a public protest demanding that the government raise the minimum wage. On Saturday morning, the Belize Leaders for Social Justice, BLSJ, organized a public protest demanding that the government raise the minimum wage. The advocacy group, supported by the Belize Progressive Party, Belize Territorial Volunteers and Days of Healing Committee, started the march at Constitution Park on Cemetery Road, according to Breaking Belize News. Demonstrators marched through several main streets and thoroughfares before ending at Battlefield Park. Currently, Belizeans receive a minimum wage of $3.30 Belizean dollars (roughly US$1.65) per hour, resulting in a monthly minimum wage of about US$321 dollars. The amount, comparable to Guatemala's minimum wage, falls well short of meeting people’s basic needs. A group of protesters held a sign that read: “Working families deserve a living wage.” Moses Sulph, a BLSJ member, pointed out that with the increased cost of living, people require a minimum wage increase. “People want change, but they think it’s going to happen at the stroke of a pen,” Sulph explained. “They need to realize that it’s by uniting and showing the government that they want these things that will make the difference.”

Videos

  • Trailer Three Kings of Belize, 2min.

  • Cruiseweek Day 5 Belize and cave tubing, sharing the experience on the Carnival Magic, 56min. Carnival magic Day 5 - Belize city walking around and experiencing belize for the very 1st .

  • Bird strike Belize Maya Island Air, 8min.

  • The World's Famous Chicken Drop in San Pedro Belize, 2min. A locals popular among locals is the World’s Famous Chicken Drop, in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, where players place bets and winners pick up chicken shit to claim their $100 BZD prize.

  • Snorkling Belize, 8.5min. A day in Hol Chan Marine Reserve from Tranquility Bay Resort.

  • Manatee Feeding in Belize Episode 7, 7min. We're in Belize with our One Species partner, Wildtracks. It's Day 1 of Elena's stay at Wildtracks, and there's so much to learn! Up first, a tour and a manatee feeding!