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The San Pedro Sun
Elvin Penner charged for manslaughter
Former Minister of State in the Ministry of Immigration, 45-year-old Elvin Penner is out on bail after he was arraigned at the San Ignacio Magistrate Court for manslaughter by negligence, and causing the death of Unitedville resident 41-year-old Kenrick Myvette on Friday, June 23rd. Penner was driving his Sports Utility Vehicle around 7PM heading to San Ignacio Town, while Myvette was travelling on his motorcycle in the opposite direction when the collision took place on the stretch of road in front of Running W Meats at mile 62 on the George Price Highway.
Belize Represented at XLIX Summit of Heads of Government and State of the Central American Integration System
Belize attended the XLIX Summit of Heads of Government and State of the Central American Integration System (SICA) in Costa Rica from June 28th-30th, 2017, where leaders met to discuss regional cooperation, security and the continued strengthening of regional integration.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Wilfred Elrington, representing Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, congratulated the Government and people of Costa Rica for their leadership and welcomed the discussions and commitments made to regional integration, particularly in the area of security.
Senate Special Select Committee grills Immigration officer Ady Pacheco
The Senate Special Select Committee resumed its investigation into the Auditor General’s Special Audit report on Wednesday, June 28th. The Committee continued its inquiry into allegations of corruption at the Passport, Visa, and Nationality Departments between 2011 and 2013. After being interrogated last week, Immigration Clerk Ady Pacheco reappeared before the senate panel to discuss a lot of administrative irregularities. Within the Auditor General’s report, her name is mentioned over 90 times for improperly granting nationality, visas, and permanent residence.
Caye Note: SPTC introduces youth summer sports camp
The San Pedro Town Council, in collaboration with Projects Abroad and the Department of Youth Services, are proud to announce their upcoming summer sports camp. For four weeks, children ages five to 12 years old can enjoy various sports like football, softball, basketball, swimming, and martial arts.
Below is the schedule:
Monday, July 17 to Friday, July 21st- beach football at Honorable Louis Slyvestre Sporting Complex (Saca Chispas).
Monday, July 24th to Friday, July 28th, softball at Saca Chispas.
Monday, July 31st to Friday, August 4th- basketball at San Pedro High School or Boca Del Rio Park. Monday, August 7th to Friday, August 11th. Those interested in martial arts can meet at Belize Fitness on Coconut Drive at 9AM to 11AM. Those wanting to swim can meet in front of Mayan Princess on Barrier Reef Drive from 2PM to 4PM.
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Monthly Weather Summary, May 2017
THE MONTH OF MAY STARTED WITH MAINLY FAIR, WARM AND DRY WEATHER WITH AN EAST TO SOUTHEASTERLY SURFACE FLOW OVER BELIZE AS THE NORTH ATLANTIC HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE EXTENDED INTO THE NORTHWEST CARIBBEAN AND DOMINATED THE AREA. RIDGING WAS NOTED AT THE UPPER LEVELS FOR THE FIRST THREE DAYS WITH RELATIVELY LOW AMOUNTS OF MOISTURE, RESULTING IN ONLY ISOLATED SHOWERS OVER THE COUNTRY. A COLD FRONT WAS LOCATED IN THE CENTRAL GULF OF MEXICO THAT PREGRESSED EASTWARD. AS THE COLD FRONT APPROACHED THE AREA, CONDITIONS BECAME MORE FAVORABLE FOR SHOWERY ACTIVITY AS MOISTURE AND INSTABILITY INCREASED OVER THE AREA. ON MAY 4TH, INTENSE THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPED OVER THE MAYA MOUNTAINS LASTING FOR OVER TWO HOURS AND PROGRESSED ON A SOUTHWESTWARD PATH BEFORE DISSIPATING LEAVING BEHIND DENSE CIRRUS CLOUDS STREAMING OVER THE AREA...
NOTHING CAN STOP YOU IF YOU WANT TO, AND KNOW "HOW"
Here these women are a feature in the City as the fruit seasons roll by. I have looked forward to seeing them for over 12 years as I did my observational research for my books. Once its Mango, Kinep, Craboo season and all, they travel from over 100 miles to come and sell in the city. They are very smart, and work very hard.
As with hustling all over the world, they attend to their customers, run to the vehicles to serve their customers conveniently, and making it a celebration and laughing fest at their fruit stand. Here you can study what makes businesses, especially small businesses work.
While others around them may complain of how the system stops them from doing anything, or there is nothing to do, these show something maybe terribly wrong with that view on life.
At the end of the eight hours or so they will be here, they pack their emptied buckets and head back to their villages hoping to do it again another day.
Fire in Hopkins
Thanks to villagers and employees from nearby resorts the fire was extinguished by 3:15 this afternoon. We understand the fire started from the laundry room. There is no fire truck in Hopkins so villagers had to work together to out the fire while they waited for the fire truck to arrive from Dangriga.
Today was a day of street dog care, and animal health outreach in Succotz village.
Visit to the Otto Rodriguez Polyclinic
Minister Marin, CEO Figueroa and DHS Manzanero were on a one day visit to the Otto Rodriguez Polyclinic, San Pedro to meet with staff, members of the Lions Club, Mayor and area representative to look at proactice approaches to upgrading services from the Polyclinic.
Key and immediate agreements were reached in pro of continuing to improve the overall functions of the clinic.
Thanks to the community for the ongoing support.
Exhibit "Canada, Synonym for..." in Corozal
We are getting ready for part 2 of our Canada 150 celebrations in beautiful Belize. For Canada150, we are happy to collaborate w/ Corozal House of Culture with exhibit "Canada, Synonym for..." in Corozal until 21/7.
Belize Weather for July
To assist in planning your visit here is a brief weather statement. As with anything involving the weather it will not be 100% accurate for any given year, but it does provide a snapshot of Belizean weather. High on the list of Belize’s many charms is a very comfortable tropical climate with an average yearly temperature of 84° F (29°C). Costal sea breezes and Belize’s large tracts of jungle and rainforests provide cooling relief even in the hottest summer months while winters can be cool but never very cold. In short, the climate is pretty much near perfect.
Belize Yucatec Maya - "Dia de San Pablo" in Orange Walk
Celebrating the Yucatec Maya/Mestizo Culture of the village . San Pablo had milpas since 1886 by Mayeros. Their first permanent inhabitants were in the 1915 consisting of Maya people who spoke Yucatec Maya. The descendants are still in the village speaking mostly the Spanish language while elders still speak their Native Maya language.
Pictures courtesy of AK kuchkabal Maya Institute for Social & Cultural Research Institute Of Belizean Studies San Pablo Village Council
Belize's Wonder Women! Deborah Sewell
Deborah Sewell is the Managing Director of the Love Foundation--the Philanthropic arm of the nation's largest private radio and television station. Her passion is youth and community development. After living in both New York and Connecticut, where she held executive roles in several nonprofit organizations, Deborah returned to Belize in 2014 to manage the Love Foundation.
Congratulations-Fisher of the year 2017!
Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation and Development (SACD) wants to congratulate one of its very own board member – Mr. Leobihildo Tamai, winner of the fisher of the year award 2017.
This is an annual event organized by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which recognizes the importance and great work of fishers in Belize.
Mr. Tamai currently resides in the Village of Sarteneja and is a proud father of 6 daughters. As many of his age, Mr. Tamai entered into fishing at the age of 12 and has continued fishing for over 30 years – currently using the Glovers Reef area as his
primary fishing ground. He was very fundamental in the creation of the Sartneja Fishermen Association (SFA) and is also an ac
tive member of the Glover’s Reef Advisory Committee (GRAC); and a pioneer of Managed Access in Belize. Along with Mr. Cesar Munoz, the chair of the SFA, Mr. Tamai has also supported the promotion of loin fish extraction and consumption for the wellbeing of our fishery resources. Mr. Tamai is also currently serving on the SACD board as the representative of the Sarteneja Village, one of the biggest fishing communities in Belize and where he actively supports the management and sustainable use of the Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary – an important fish nursery for many commercial fish species in Belize.
ATLIB Professional Development 2017
The Association for Tertiary Learning in Belize had their annual Professional Development training, where almost every tertiary level professor, and the support staffs, meet to learn to be better instructors. This year, it was in Corozal, at Corozal Junior College, and the focus was Quality Assurance. Looks like they had a fun time while learning to be better teachers.
Pictures on fb.
The Mojo and the Sayso
If you're wanting to see some Belizean live theater, then tonight's the last night to see The Mojo and the Sayso at the Wildfire Artmosphere. It's well done, and is about the trials of loosing a loved one. Great acting, score, and they put some time into their set too. It's free, and the last showing is tonight at 7:00pm.
"The Wildfire Artzmosphere has been showing their play, The Mojo and the Sayso, this month. It's an interesting look into a Belizean family that must deal with the loss of a child. It's definitely worth checking out, and tonight is the last night. It's free too."
Pictures on fb.
Human-Jaguar Conflict Officer visits schools
Human-Jaguar Conflict Officer Marchilio “Moon” Ack, along with Julio Chub and ArtCorps’ Isabel Carrio, visited 3 primary schools in the Maya Golden Landscape to increase awareness about reducing conflict with jaguars. They communicated how to identify the 5 cats of Belize, as well as the history and diet of jaguars and the threats they face. The students drew masks and created a show based on what they learned. Human-jaguar conflict is increasingly becoming a sensitive, multi-layered issue. As more forests – the jaguar's home – are converted for agricultural activities and community development, clashes between people and the forests’ apex predator becomes more widespread. Moon and other Ya’axché staff dedicatedly work to reduce this conflict and create a win-win for jaguars and humans.
Workshop held for regional enterprises on operations after disasters
Representatives from micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the Caribbean and Latin America have completed a workshop on the continuity of business and operations after disasters.
The event is conducted in compliance with the work program for 2017, approved by the Latin American Council of SELA (Sistema Económico Latinoamericano y del Caribe). It seeks to provide participants with a vision of the risks and vulnerabilities to which MSMEs and their suppliers of goods and services are exposed, and how a disaster could affect the continuity of their operations. It also serves to raise awareness about the need to adopt a methods or guidelines for effective risk-management in their business models, and to provide a strategy that facilitates the implementation of a program on the continuity of business and operations after disasters.
Businessman murdered at apartment on Orange Street
Police are currently at the scene of a murder at an apartment on Orange Street in Belize City.
Preliminary reports are that the victim, a Bangladeshi national, was discovered inside his apartment with his hands tied behind his back.
Robbers target church and bus driver
A pastor and a bus driver became this week’s latest victims of robbery when thieves struck in separate instances on Friday.
The bus driver, Dexter Hemmans, 36, of Lord’s Bank told police he was conducting his last bus run for the day at around 8:00 p.m., Friday when two dark-skinned men signalled the bus to stop and they got on pretending to be passengers.
One of the men produced a handgun and demanded Hemmans’ money bag and personal belongings. Fearing for his life, the bus driver handed over the money bag, which he said contained $320.
He also gave the thieves an Alcatel brand cell phone worth $150, after whicb the robbers got out of the bus and fled.
Breaking Belize News
House Speaker shuts down Briceño
Speaker of the House, Laura Longsworth, took a strong stance this week against People’s United Party Leader John Briceño, shutting him down as he attempted to violate the standing order of the House in a speech.
Briceno had attempted to make comments to the Speaker, regarding her vote that Mace Bearer, Brian “Yellow Man” Audinett should have lost his job for assaulting members of the media.
Barrow refutes US claim on GOB being complicit in Human Trafficking
Prime Minister Dean Barrow, this week, refused to accept claims made by the U.S. State Department, that the Government of Belize has been complicit in human trafficking activities in the country.
Belize ranked the worst among all Central American nations in the State Department’s 2017 Human trafficking report, alleging that trafficking was facilitated by those in the highest echelons of society including government officials.
Belize participates in Crime Stoppers forum in Salvador
Crime Stoppers joined with Salvadoran, Guatemalan and Belizean police in a two day forum to share experiences and information on the contraband of cigarettes in the countries.
It is the first time that Belize has participated in the forum.
Gapi fears for his life, Barrow blames PUP
Former Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega is under constant police guard following threats to his life and his family members, which Prime Minister Dean Barrow said came from members of the People’s United Party.
At Friday’s meeting of the House of Representatives, Vega made a brief appearance, but left by midday.
Santa Elena church seeks funding for feeding program
The Full Gospel Church of God in Santa Elena Town began a feeding program in September 2016.
The church is located on Bishop Martin Street, opposite to the Santa Elena Primary School.
The program caters mostly for students from Santa Elena Primary School and has been able to operate with contributions from church members as well as a few community members...
Belize City teen shot on Raccoon street
Last night around 9:00, police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where Raheem Bowden ,18, of Raccoon Street Extension was seen suffering from a gunshot wound to the left shoulder.
Government and opposition debate over Economic Development Council
At yesterday’s Sitting of the House or Representatives, the last before it breaks for summer, members of the opposition People’s United Party (PUP) including party leader John Briceno and Cayo South area representative Julius Espat raised concern over the composition of government’s Economic Development Council (EDC).
Police seek man for Teakettle murder
Belmopan police are investigating the murder of Teakettle resident, Markie Mendez.
Police are seeking Erwin Santos, 24, for questioning in connection with the murder.
Mendez went missing for five days and on Monday night, his body was found near the old Warrie Head bridge by some farmers.
PM and Julius agree, police and community need to work together
At yesterday’s House Sitting, Cayo South area representative, Julius Espat expressed his concern about the crime situation in his constituency and comments that police would pursue protesters in Teakettle village.
On Monday, Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett, Officer Commanding Belmopan told the media that cops would seek the people responsible for burning tires on the highway last Saturday.
“We live in a violent country,” says PM Barrow
At yesterday’s house meeting, Cayo South area representative, Julius Espat shared his concerns about the escalation of crime in his constituency and the country.
Espat also spoke about Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett’s comments on the media about charging 20 Teakettle village protesters for burning tires on the road.
Are We Living In A Good Country?
We all know, with unquestioned certainty, that we want to live in a good country. We are, however, differently certain in our knowledge as to what that means exactly.
When we think of a country we think of a group of people occupying a defined territory, sharing values and resources, being culturally and commercially connected. When we think on the status of a country – whether it is good or bad – we tend to think on the condition of the physical and social space the people occupy and how that space enables (or disables) their pursuit of a happy, harmonious existence.
Fly fishing: Tested by bonefish in paradise
The sun blazed down relentlessly from the summer blue sky, patched with white candy floss clouds. The temperature hovered around 30 degrees; I know that this scenario was commonplace across Yorkshire during June afternoons, but this was 6.30am and I was in a state of deep shock having crawled from my bed over an hour ago.
I don’t do early mornings. They are unnatural. Nevertheless, there I was, rod in hand, barely conscious, gingerly lowering myself into the boat, urged on by Mario’s firm hand shake and infectious grin.
There was no Yorkshire landscape visible over the prow of the boat. A sapphire panorama interrupted only by crashing waves on the reef confirmed that I was in Belize in the Western Caribbean hunting salt water fish with a fly rod. My fishing companion for the day was Mark thus fulfilling a promise we’d made four years ago. On that occasion, Mark was too ill to join our Central America expedition so it was not only realizing an ambition but confirmation that he has returned to good health.
Our target was the bonefish that inhabit shallow tropical waters and are the piscatorial equivalent of Usain Bolt. We left the dock and motored parallel to the coast of San Pedro Island.
Latin America Still Falling Short in Combating Human Trafficking: Report
An annual report on the global state of human trafficking suggests that the majority of Latin American countries still do not fully comply with US standards for combatting the crime.
The latest annual Trafficking in Persons Report from the US State Department, released on June 27, found that the majority of countries in Latin America still do not comply with the minimum standards of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), a law the United States introduced in 2000 to combat human trafficking.
Overall, Latin America continues to be a region filled with "source, transit and destination" countries for human trafficking, sex trafficking and forced labor, the report states.
Paint and color powder party!!!! Caye Caulker Lobster Fest 2017!, 2min.
Travellers Liquors' Bartending Competition!, 2min. at the Caye Caulker Lobster Fest!
Highlights of the second day of E Dia De San Pedro celebrations!, 3.5min. San Pedro Dance Academy on stage!
Caye Caulker Lobster Fest, 4min.
Caye Caulker Lobster Fest- Miss Lobster Fest 2017, 24min.
Problems at the northern border, 1min. The situation at the Northern Border with freezone workers not being permitted to cross to go work bc they dont hav the new border crossing ID, only their Freezone ID which is no longer valid for crossing!!! LOT OF THEM WILL B SOOO LATE FOR WORK!!!
Caye Caulker Lobster Fest, Supa G, 2min.
SimKé Mayan Ruins Proposal 7.1.17, 3min.
PROM?? How about BELIZE, 3.5min.
Skydive into Belize Blue Hole , Belize 2011, 3min.
Kiteboarding, Pools, and Restaurants in San Pedro, Belize, 14min. Our first youtube video! See our favorite pools, bars, and restaurants in San Pedro, Belize. And, of course, some kiteboarding footage from PassionKite took us out!
Deer Sighting at Cockscomb Basin- Hopkins Tours Belize, 2min. We can find many exotic animals and scenery at the cockscomb Basin, Here we have some locals fascinated at their find of a deer.
Cockscomb Basin Belize - Hopkins Tours, 2min. A small clip of the hiking trail at Cockscomb basin to meet the Waterfall. Come join us to enjoy more of our tour sites in Belize.
San Pedro, Belize, 3min. A recap of our snorkeling trips in San Pedro, Belize in 2017.