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The San Pedro Sun

Letter to the Editor: San Pedro Lobster Fest says thanks
On behalf of the San Pedro Lobster Festival Committee we would like thank everyone who helped make San Pedro Lobster Fest 2017 a huge success and express our heartfelt appreciation for the continued contributions and support of the community. We would also like give special thanks to the Belize Tourism Board, San Pedro Town Council and Bowen & Bowen Ltd. for your continued financial support which helps make the festival possible . Our appreciation goes out to Sun Breeze Hotel for accommodating the performers for the steel band. We thank David Marin for being our gracious MC every year. Thank you to Atlantic Bank Ltd. for allowing us every year to use their space. Next a big thank you to all of the businesses that participated in the passport crawl and the block party. These businesses make us proud every year by hosting fun events and serving creative lobster dishes.

Wolfe’s Woofer: Tracker
“What did you think of the Caracol ruins?” our tour guide, Andre, asked us. “It was amazing!” “Awesome!” “Astonishing!” The entire van load of twelve people had nothing but praise for the Mayan ruins at Caracol in western Belize. We had explored the ruins that morning. Now we were making the long trip back on the unpaved jungle road. “Hey, look!” someone exclaimed, as a group of men carrying shotguns and rifles ran across the road in front of us. “What was that all about?” I asked Andre.

Letter to the Editor: Innocence Lost
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” That is a question asked of millions of kids every day, and they usually give at least a dozen answers, some absolutely unachievable, but what do they know? They are innocent, beautiful, carefree children. Little Faye Lin Cannon as one of those children with dreams, of graduating, going to college, first love, and was she pretty enough, good enough, and smart enough. She never had the chance to find out. She was brutally abused, and raped, and murdered in the most horrific way. It has shocked the island and the country, as it well should. This little girl and her adopted sisters would have been better off in some orphanage in China, than to come to Paradise to be slaughtered the way she was.

Doctor Love: Sad Mother-To-Be and Gifted
Dear Doctor Love, My husband and I tried for five years to have a baby and we were overjoyed when I finally became pregnant. From the beginning my husband began planning what his life would be like with a son. He talked about teaching our little boy to play football and soccer and how he was going to take him fishing and camping. Last week I had my twenty-week anomaly ultrasound and during the course of the test, it became apparent that we were not having a little boy at all, but a little girl. My husband is terribly disappointed. He is depressed, won’t talk about the baby and even has called her my baby instead of ours. I am angry that he is being so selfish and is not able to focus on the fact that we are going to be blessed with a healthy child after trying for so long. How can I make him see that this baby is a gift, no matter the gender? /s/Sad Mother-To-Be

Misc Belizean Sources

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Supaul Street family lost everything in a fire
Call Shern Williams if you can donate anything to the family. She is a single mother of 4 and her phone number is 6204024. On 16.07.17 at 3:30 a.m., police visited No. 3168 Supal Street, Belize City where they saw a building engulfed in flames and personnel from the fire Department on the scene. A plywood house measuring about 15ft by 25ft belonging to 24-year-old Devon Sankey construction worker was completely destroyed by fire. Another house located in the same yard also made of plywood measuring about 20ft by 30ft belonging to Shern Williams received partial damage. She reported that around 3:29 a.m. she smelled smoke coming into her room and upon making checks she saw Sankey’s house completely engulfed in flames. He was not home at the time of the fire. The Fire Department personnel classified the cause of the fire as electrical as their investigation revealed that the fire originated from an overheated television wire. Total damage caused has not yet been ascertained.

Motorcycle Accident
At 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 16th, police visited Saint Margaret's Village between miles 34 and 35 and saw a motorcycle on the side of the highway. 21 year old Jorge Rodriguez was travelling from Saint Margaret to Belmopan when he lost control an collided into the metal railing. Travelling with him was a female passenger. Both were transported to the Western Regional Hospital. Rodriguez sustained a large cut to the left hand and a cut wound to the head. The female remains unidentified a this time and she had a fractured jaw, multiple cut wounds to the head and face and superficial abrasions to the chest.

Tacoma and Bus collide
On Saturday, July 15th, an accident occurred in St. Mathews Village involving a James Bus and a blue Toyota Tacoma at 4:48 p.m. No one was injured in the James Bus that was being driven by 56 yr old Clyde Tasher. However, the driver of the Tacoma, 47 year old Marcelino Umana, received injuries to both ears and his back. He was admitted to the Western Regional Hospital in a stable condition. His wife Suyapa Rodriguez was thrown out of the vehicle and suffered a broken left arm, broken shoulder blade and six broken ribs. She was transferred to the KHMH in a critical but stable condition. The Toyota Tacoma was extensively damaged. A Notice of Intended Prosecution was issued to thr driver of bus.

Iris Montenegro is Missing
On 14/07/17 at 10:00 Ever Montenegro of Santa Cruz Village, Stann Creek reported that 12/07/17 at 7:30 a.m. his 16 year old sister Ingris Montenegro, a student of Georgetown Technical High School and a resident of Santa Cruz Village, left home en-route to Independence Village. She has not been seen or heard from since. Ingris Montenegro was last seen wearing, her school uniform.

Weed and ammunition found in abandoned property
On 13/07/17 Belize City Police conducted searches on abandoned lots in the George Street area of Belize City. The searches resulted in the discovery of a total of 431 grams of suspected cannabis and thirty (30) 9mm rounds of ammunition. No one was in the area at the time of the searches. The drugs and ammunition were deposited as "found property."

Ladyville man and Mexican cab driver busted for marijuana in Corozal
On 14/07/17 at 11.20am while Corozal Police were conducting mobile patrol in the Santa Elena area, Belize northern border, where they searched a white with yellow stripes Nissan car bearing license plate 19-46-TRW Quintana Roo Mexico being driven by 55 year old JORGE ANZURES ALFARO Mexican taxi driver of Chetumal and passenger 22 yr old JERMAINE Sanker of Ladyville. The search led to the discovery of 1,578 grams of cannabis. Police have since arrested and charged both men for the offence of DRUG TRAFFICKING.

Fatal accident after vehicle's mechanical problems
At 7:40 p.m. on Saturday night a vehicle overturned on the San Victor Road after making contact with a parked vehicle. Corozal police visited an area between San Narcisco and San Victor where they found an extensively damaged blue and silver Mazda pickup was seen on the side of the road and an overturned, white Ford Ranger, also extensively damaged. 24 year old police officer, Victor Noble was driving the white Ford Ranger when he experienced mechanical problems. He put on his hazard lights and got out of the vehicle and pushed it along with the aid of a passenger. While attending to his vehicle, the driver of the Mazda pickup traveling from San Victor collided into the Ford pickup and and the vehicle crashed off the roadside The passenger, Carlos Carias was rushed to the Corozal Hospital where he died.

Motmot Heritage Camp Closing Ceremonies
"Motmot closing Ceremonies. We want to thank all the parents who sent their children to learn a little more about our culture. All the volunteers, the artisans Ms. Brenda Penados, Mr. Camal, Mr. Eleodoro Martinez, Ms. Shelly Martinez, Ms. Bertha Penados, Mr. Rosalio penados, Ms. Maria Penados, Dr. Filiberto Penados, Ms. Lauren, Ms. Linda, Kyllyn, Kattyln, Ms. Letty Chuc, Mr. Mai, Mr. Francisco Gongora, Ms. Marisol Godoy, Ms. Ester Godoy, Ms. Shelly Cocom, Maddie Zara and Rotaractors Debbie Alfaro, Aurelio Guerra, Yancy Nabet, Melissa Krebs, Ricky Cunil. We also want to thank San Jose Succotz Village Council, San Jose Succotz RC Primary School, M & M Store for lending us the tents to carry out this event and have some Shelter. And everyone who made the Motmot Heritage Educational Camp possible and a success Thank you."

Festival of Hope 2017
The Festival of Hope is Thursday and Friday in Belmopan. The free event is going to have music, games, food, motivational speeches, and much more. Video for the event. "Festival of Hope – Belmopan Thursday & Friday July 20-21st Daytimes At Mae Gordon Park 8:30-2pm Youth & Kids Sports & Fun Days Football Tournament, Basketball Tournament, Volleyball Competition, and PRIZES!!! Presentations, Songs, Bands, Skits, Fun, Food, Festival!! Night Times At UB Gym – 7 pm Christafari “Positive” from Trinidad Ray Centanni, Speaker Local Band Performances Don’t miss out on this awesome time!!! This is a COMMUNITY OUTREACH, so bring your neighbours, cousins, family, work partners, Bring everyone you can!!!"

The Reporter

Vehicle collision in Corozal kills passenger
A traffic accident on the San Victor road in Corozal has resulted in the death of a Stann Creek resident. At around 7:40 p.m., on Saturday, police responded to the scene of a traffic accident, where they observed a blue two-door Mazda pickup on the side of the road extensively damaged, and a white Ford Ranger pickup truck overturned and also extensively damaged. Travelling inside the pickup as a passenger was 26-year-old Carlos Carrias, who suffered severe head and body injuries. He was transported to the Corozal hospital, where he later died. According to a police press release, 24-year-old Victor Noble told investigators that he was driving his vehicle on the San Victor road when he experienced mechanical problems and had to push the vehicle to the side of the road.

Traffic mishap between bus and pickup leaves two injured
A traffic mishap at the junction of the More Tomorrow road on the George Price Highway, between a James bus and a pickup truck has left a couple from More Tomorrow village recovering from serious injuries. At around 4:48 p.m., on July 15, 47-year-old Marcelino Umana and his common law wife, Suyapa Rodriguez were parked in their Toyota pick-up truck at the junction of the More Tomorrow feeder road, when a James bus heading towards Belize City collided into the back of their vehicle. The impact of the crash flung Rodriguez out of her passenger seat, breaking her left arm, shoulder blades, and six bones in her ribcage. She was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) in a critical condition. Umana was taken to the Western Regional Hospital in a stable condition, suffering from injuries to his head and back.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Share the love: Humane Society holds animal adoption drive
The Belize Human Society (BHS), held an animal adoption drive in downtown Belize City yesterday, encouraging Belizeans to open their homes to puppies and kittens in need of a home. Deborah Lewis, president of the BHS, explained that some of the animals were abandoned or injured, and the BHS helped nurse them back to health, but they need caring owners to give them a home. Lewis said that the BHS was also using the opportunity to do outreach for their responsible pet ownership campaign, which forms a part of the society’s mandate.

Boat stolen in Placencia
The public is asked to be on the lookout for a stolen boat. The boat is named Steffy and is described as a 23′ Mexican built with a low bow. It is white outside and light blue inside with a 60 hp Yamaha 2 stroke engine.

Hard Rock remembered today
Andrew ” DJ Hardrock” Bennett was gunned down weeks ago near his home on Central American Boulevard in Belize City. His life and contributions to his community will be celebrated today at the 46th Day of Healing. There will be a walk of peace walk through the streets of Belize City and will begin near the location where he was killed.

ComPol calls out NBZLive
Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie is calling on the administrators of the Facebook Page, NBZLive, to disclose whatever information they have on the whereabouts of former Hattieville Village Council Chairman Kevin Carcamo. NBZLive made a post suggesting that Carcamo, who was reported missing in 2014, is alive and living in the United States. NBZLive went on to allege that the source of their information claims that the ComPol knows Carcomo’s whereabouts.

Motorcyclist knocked down in Belama
At around midnight yesterday, a non-fatal road traffic accident was reported in Belize City. A BBN reporter tavelled to the Albert Hoy Boulevard in Belama where we found police processing the scene. A van had knocked down a motorcyclist. According to our police sources, the van came into the motorcyclist’s lane.

One dead in fatal traffic accident in Corozal
Last night around 7:40, police received information of a vehicle that overturned on the San Victor Road in Corozal. Police visited an area between San Narcisco and San Victor where a blue and silver 2 door Mazda pickup was seen on the side of the road extensively damaged, and a white Ford Ranger overturned, also extensively damaged.

Blogs

Lunch With Chocolate in San Pedro, Belize
My friend is visiting Belize! It’s been a few years and yesterday, we went to two of her favorite places for lunch. Two of my favorites. Wild Mango’s on the beach and the Chocolate Company.

Third Day of National Cornfest was in Corozal 2017
National Cornfestival was held on Sunday the last day of the National Cornfestival with full of activities during the day. The crew behind this event would like to thank all those sponsored, donated, helped to make this event better and success. Well, lets start how the event concluded on Sunday. Family, friends, tourists and locals came out on Sunday to witness the last day of the Cornfestival. Many may ask What is Cornfestival? Cornfestival is an event where booths came out to dispaly everything that had to do with coconut husk, Corn, Tamales, Hudut, tamalitos made with corn and more. Its an mayan tradition where you learn about the Maya's culture food, clothes, religion and more.

International Sourcesizz

Salvadorans fleeing street gangs find safety in Belize village
Set up to shelter civil war refugees during the turbulent 1980s, the Valley of Peace is now welcoming Central Americans fleeing violent crime. Juan Barrera* fled El Salvador alone when he was just 16. It was 1990 and, like thousands of others, the civil war forced him from his home. Juan bounced around Central America for years, scraping by until an uncle told him of a haven of peace just across the Guatemalan border in the small English-speaking country of Belize. He found the village, scraped together enough money for a plot of land and began subsistence farming. Nearly 30 years later, he makes a comfortable living, growing cabbages, cucumbers, tomatoes and more to sell in the Belizean capital, Belmopan. One of his sons has gone to university and a daughter is on her way there. Juan is one of hundreds of Central American refugees who found sanctuary in the aptly named Valley of Peace and he is hoping to pass the help and encouragement he found on to a new generation of refugees.

Videos

  • A Day in Belize City!, 10min.

  • Tarpon Fishing San Pedro Belize with Gofish Belize, 11min. Was lucky enough to land a tarpon while vacationing in san pedro belize. Tour guide was "abby" from GoFish Belize. Great guide and what an amazing experience!

  • I went to Belize... AGAIN?! | Kaylee Dawn, 7min. Setting: Placencia, Stann Creek, Belize Great Place for a vacation without the tourist-feel!

  • Ambergris Caye - Belize - 2017, 7min. Ambergris Caye - San Pedro, Belize (Fly fishing for bonefish, reef fishing, snorkeling, lobster diving, and beachin')

  • Barrera de Arrecife de Belize, 4min. Snorkel en la Barrera de Arrecife de Belize, la segunda más larga del mundo después de la de Australia.