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The San Pedro Sun

Police Report: One man stabbed; Another left unconscious
Stabbing: On Sunday, August 6th about 8:30PM, San Pedro Police visited DFC Area where they met 37-year-old Manuel Sam suffering from a large wound to the left side of his neck. It was also observed that Sam had four other cut wounds to the chest and a large cut wound to his abdomen.
Aggravated Assault: On Sunday, August 6th at around 9:05PM San Pedro Police visited the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II where they found 21-year-old Kevin Brown in an unconscious state. According to the initial investigation, Brown was at a resort with a group of friends when a dispute arose over a piece of jewellery. As a result someone from the group kicked him and then hit him with a fire extinguisher causing him to become unconscious.

25th International Costa Maya Festival held on Ambergris Caye
Thursday, August 3rd to Sunday, August 6th saw a celebration of the the 25th International Costa Maya Festival. Held at the Honorable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex, the grand event brought the cultures and traditions of eight countries to one venue through entertainment and dynamic performances. With the aim of bringing much needed business to the island during the slow tourism season, this year’s Costa Maya Festival definitely saw an influx of both foreign and national visitors to San Pedro Town. Master and Mistress of Ceremonies Eiden Salazar and Tanya Arceo ensured the event flowed nicely throughout the weekend.

Ambergris Today

Tropical Storm Franklin To Strike Yucatan Peninsula
Tropical Storm Franklin continues to move to the West-North-West at 13 mph with maximum sustained winds of 60mph. Franklin is now located near 18.6 North Latitude and 85.9 West Longitude or some 170 miles East of Belize City and 143 miles East-Northeast of San Pedro. The Cayes and Corozal district may experience Tropical Storm force winds. Franklin could reach Hurricane strength before making landfall tonight. Three to six (3-6) inches of rainfall is expected.

A Mad Dash out of San Pedro Indeed
Mostly Costa Maya guests and visitors are rushing to leave the island after spending a weekend on the island celebrating. Now the island prepares for approaching tropical storm Franklin.

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Sewage Treatment Systems for Commercial and Tourism Developments
The Public is hereby informed that ALL NEW Commercial and Tourism developments on North and South Ambergris Caye (outside the declared “service areas”) and those in ecologically sensitive areas, are required to invest in a proper sewage treatment system. The developer/investor is free to review the many types of sewage treatment systems available on the international and local market, and to select the most appropriate system for their purposes.Whichever sewerage treatment system is selected, it will need to meet or exceed the Department of the Environment’s MINIMUM STANDARDS for discharges.

Republic of China Ambassador receives gift
On Friday, August 4, 2017, His Excellency Sir Colville Young, Governor General of Belize, received from H.E. Ambassador Charles Liu of the Republic of China (Taiwan) boxes of laser-engraved (Sir Colville's Independence Anniversary Reception) souvenir pens for the Governor General's Annual State Reception to be held on September 20th, 2017.

A fatal accident occurred on the highway
A few minutes before 8 p.m. on Sunday, August 6th, Alma Flowers exited a bus at the Crooked Tree Junction with the Phillip Goldson Highway. Flowers was crossing the highway and she was knocked down and killed.

Cleanup of Rainbow Park and Beach
It is not the coolest thing using an old tire disposed into the bottom of the Corozal Bay as a seflie frame but you all get our point. Here we are with the effort of family beginning our clean up campaign of the Corozal Bay. We started yesterday, Sunday in front of Rainbow Park and Beach covering approximately 600 feet. We picked up all sorts of trash, an old tire, including sharp objects especially broken bottles that can really hurt those who swim in the area, particularly children. We are proud that we started this campaign and hope that others will join or do their part in keeping our Corozal Bay Safe and Clean. We can safely say, that the area we covered is probably 99% free of any broken bottles or sharp objects. Please don't pollute our sea..keep it clean for you and me!

Belize Screen on the Green
Pop corn! Movie! Mark your calendars on Thursday, August 10 at the Governor General Field in Belmopan come an enjoy the movie " The Curios Case of BENJAMIN BUTTON".

Mopan Valley Archaeology Project/Mopan Valley Preclassic Project
Some highlights of the 2017 field season.

Images of San Pedro Town as Tropical Storm Franklin edges towards the Yucatán Peninsula
Many businesses have closed for the day. Those looking to get off the island, the last boat at San Pedro Belize Express leaves at 4:30PM. In the meantime, a tropical storm warning is in effect for the northern coast of Belize and the entire Mexican State of Quintana Roo. Heavy rain is expected in Belize!

Price Controlled Goods Advisory
Re: Tropical Storm Franklin. The Supplies Control Unit (SCU) of the Belize Bureau a Standards reminds the business community that it is an offense under the Supplies Control (Prices) Regulations to sell or offer for sale any price controlled goods above the 1118XiMUM pennissible price. Supplies Control Act Chapter 293 Subsidiary Regulations - Section 10 - Maximum Price not to be exceeded: (1) No person shall, without written permission granted by or on behalf of the Controller ofSupplies, or otherwise than in accordance with the conditions attached to such permission (if granted) sell or buy, or agree to sell or buy, or attempt or offer to sell or buy, any price-controlled goods mentioned in any part of the First or Second Schedule hereto at a price higher than the maximum selling price permitted by these Regulations, or otherwise in contravention of these Regulations, or any conditions or requirements imposed, thereunder." The SCU advises consumers to be vigilant during this time and report any contraventions that are encounthred in the market place.

Franklin preparation in San Pedro
While Tropical Storm Franklin seems to be shifting a bit to the north, it is still many hours away and our island is preparing. Here are a few pictures of what is going on in San Pedro town on Ambergris Caye. Tropical Storm Franklin is intensifying slightly but still, the eye is projected to stay to the north (the storm and the projections have shifted more north since the last report). Here is what is going on in town to take caution since we should still see rain and wind.

Oh..Franklin!
Battening down the hatches in Corozal around 3:30 p.m. Light drizzle and overcast skies. Please heed warnings and official forecast. Remember that the Corozal Police Station is 402-0022. Be safe.

Queen of The West Pageant 2017 Presentation
Pictures from the 2017 Queen of the West presentation at the Cayo Welcome Center.

Queen's Baton Relay
The Queen's Baton Relay for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games has stopped in Belize with its international journey passing the halfway point. The Baton reached to the Chiquibul National Park and Caracol.

Tourism Industry Conference 2017
Wednesday, August 9 at 8:30 AM - 6 PM, Belize Biltmore Plaza 3 Miles Northern Highway Belize City. Hosted by Belize Tourism Board.

Channel 7

Tropical Storm Franklin: Fierce Or Faking Us Out
Tropical Storm Franklin, it's all Belizeans have been talking about today and here's what you need to know tonight: first off, the storm's track has been jogging slightly north - so right now the center of it is more in line with Mahahual, Mexico, which means the storm's center has passed Corozal. It's currently located about 120 miles east of Chetumal. But, northern Belize - especially Corozal is still well within the storm bands. At 6:00 pm - winds were still at 60 miles per hour - but it could become a hurricane before it makes landfall later tonight or early tomorrowmorning. and our friends in Corozal and San Pedro tell us that there's a little rain here and there, but mostly clear skies and hardly any breeze at this hour. Belize is under a Tropical Storm warning and from the Belize District to the Corozal border you can see the Red II flags flying which denotes the third phase of readiness - meaning the system is likely to strike within 24 hours.

Met Office Says Franklin, Fast And Furious
But how serious is the storm? That's what we went to find out from from the National Met Services in Ladyville. Here's our conversation with Chief Meteorologist Catherine Cumberbatch who discussed the storm's history and the forecast: Catherine Cumberbatch - Chief Meteorologist "From last week Thursday, a tropical wave came into the Southeast Caribbean, and we have been monitoring that system from last week. We have been informing and giving NEMO updates on the regular basis. Last night, the system, from a strong tropical wave, to an area of low pressure, went straight to a tropical storm. It didn't become a tropical depression. It jumped windspeed increases, and it went directly to a tropical storm. It became the sixth name storm for the season, which is Tropical Storm Franklin." "At midday, the center of Tropical Storm Franklin was located at latitude 18.0 degrees north, and longitude 85.4 west. Or, that puts it about 185 miles east of Belize City, and a 151 miles east by north of Halfmoon Caye. Franklin is traveling in a West Northwest direction at 13 miles per hour, with a maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour."

Shelters Safe In Corozal
And with the storm's position now said the be 120 miles east of Chetumal, Corozal is currently the closest place to the projected area of landfall which could be as high up as Punta Gruesa Mexico - but this is just a forecast. But in Corozal town at this very minute, we're told its not event drizzling, The NEMO Coordinator for told us how they are getting ready in that northern-most district. Nemo Coordinator, Corozal: "At this point we are at phase 3; 2 flags with the black dots are out already. We had been advised that we may be getting tropical storms forced winds. It should be making landfall between tonight and tomorrow morning between the northern part of the country and Quintana Roo. So between this evening or say from tonight into tomorrow we should be expecting some kind of change in this weather right now."

Storm Seasoned San Pedranos Cool, Calm
And, what about San Pedro, Ambergris Caye? Well, the storm tracked north of that island some time ago, but, again, the other bands could still affect it. The NEMO Coordinator told us via phone that everyone there is calm, collected and ready:... Vanessa Parham, NEMO Coord., San Pedro: "The weather right now is an overcast at the moment with light rain. There are some residents on bath islands of Caye Caulker and San Pedro who have already taken the necessary precautions - they are boarding up their places. When it comes to the shelters, at San Pedro Island, the San Pedro High School has already been open as a shelter and at Caye Caulker, the community center above the village council is being open as a shelter."

Another Infant Perishes In A City Fire
But first, to a domestic disaster that has nothing to do with the approaching storm. A Santa Barbara Street blaze destroyed 4 homes last night. Tonight about 13 - 17 tenants are either staying at the St. Martin's De Pores School for shelter or scurrying around finding a place to stay. But while they all are burdened by the loss of their personal belongings - one mother has lost so much more - her son. Courtney Weatherburne has more on the terrible death of baby Tyreik. Shaneeka Roberts, Mother: "Before I could reach any distance far I heard my neighbors saying fire Pearl Fire!!" Courtney Weatherburne, reporting: In just that short time, the wild flames broke out and illuminated the black sky. Roberts had just left out to the corner store when the fire started inside her wooden home on Santa Barbara Street. It spread to the other 3 houses in the yard. She raced back and the other tenants tried to tame the blaze but nothing helped.

Fire Families Not Forgotten
While Roberts and her family grief the death of their baby boy - the other tenants are devastated and they don't have much options right now. Courtney Weatherburne looks at the stories of the displaced fire victims. These classrooms at the St. Martin De Pores School are far from homely but at least they serve as a shelter for these fire victims. The fire started in this wooden house - which killed baby Tyreik. Then consumed the other wooden houses in the yard. The cement house out front was the only one that was spared.

Crooked Tree Accident Claims Life Of 20 Yr Old
There was a traffic accident last night on the Phillip Goldson Highway that has claimed the life of a Crooked Tree resident. She's 20 year-old Alma Flowers, a UB student, and she was getting off a bus after going on a trip to Melchor. While she was crossing the road, she was hit by a vehicle which was coming from Orange Walk. The driver, 25 year-old Leonel Del Valle, claims that he didn't see her. His vehicle hit her and flung her body forward, most likely killing her instantly, or shortly after the impact. Today, we travelled to Crooked Tree to learn that she went to by school supplies for her upcoming classes, but that trip ended tragically, in her death. Here's what police and her uncle had to say about the accident:

Another City Cabbie Killed
Today the family of another Belize City taxi man is in mourning, after 39-year-old Thomas Arthur Staine was found bound up and dead on East Collet Canal early this morning. Police are still trying to figure out what happened and how he got there, since his vehicle was found about 4 blocks away, with the backseat covered in blood. Alex Courtenay spoke to the cops and his family about the incident, here's what he found out... Just before 7:00 this morning Southside police went to East Collet Canal Street after receiving reports of a motionless body lying at the edge of the water. Police saw several stab wounds on the man's chest, and he appeared to have been bound. After conducting initial investigations at the scene, police took the body the KHMH.

City Far From Storm Center, But Shelters Still Open
Continuing now with our coverage of Tropical Storm Franklin - the storm's center is about 120 miles east of Chetumal right now - our estimates put it closer to Mahahual which is 85 miles north of Chetumal. But, the bottom line is, the storm is looking to make landfall more north - meaning that most likely only Corozal and Ambergris Caye will feel the effects of it. Still, Belize City is within the Tropical Storm watch area - and as the biggest population center, the City Council has to get residents on the alert. CEMO Coordinator Phillip Willoughby told us what they are doing to make sure the emergency response mechanism is ready for anything:...

Gwen Liz Principal Says Chairman Is Bullying Her
And in the middle of preparations for the tropical storm - a different kind of storm seems to have descended on Gwen Liz High School. The Principal of the last 13 years, Dr. Lorna McKay received a four page letter from the school's Chairman, Roosevelt Blades placing her on three weeks administrative leave effective immediately. McKay said it was delivered with the threat of force. She told us more today:... Dr. Lorna McKay - Principal, Gwen Liz: "Yes, I really surprised Mr. Blades walked into my office and gave me a letter signed by him, no CC to ministry, commissioner or anybody, telling me that I have been placed on administrative leave and I asked him why? He said that it can either an easy way or a hard way. Then I told him sir, I will not move from here until I have - I haven't had a meeting with you nor the board. We haven't met to discuss this and I will call the union, I will call the media and he said well I will call the police to take care of the compound and he did call the police."

Who Beat Down Kevin Brown?
Tonight San Pedro residents are hunkering down and preparing for Tropical Storm Franklin, but this weekend, they were partying, and hosting words of local and international visitors who descended on the island to celebrate the Costa Maya Festival. And as with any major festival where drinking and partying are involved, there's a chance that people will get hurt. Well known 21 year old basketballer Kevin Brown is in the hospital because of that tonight.

Stabbed On Costa Maya Weekend
Earlier that night, San Pedro police responded to another incident - this one in the DFC area. According to reports, 37-year-old Manuel Sam was at a house party where he intervened in a domestic dispute. During the struggle Sam received a large wound to the left side of his neck, four cuts to his chest and another to his abdomen. After receiving treatment at the Polyclinic, he was also airlifted to Belize City.

Motorbike Burst Into Flames During Stunts
A motorcycle burst into flames this weekend in the Central Site area of Belmopan. It happened around 2:30 - reportedly during a cycling event where motorcycle riders were doing stunts. This one reportedly involved a wheelie. Fortunately no one was hurt and the fire department arrived on time to put out the fire. Belmopan police said that it is a fire and not an incident of a criminal nature - so they made no report about it.

More Sarstoon Outrage
Guatemalan fishers in Belize's southern waters, it's a phenomenon we've documented many times - but no matter how many times you see it, it's still upsetting. That's what a small group of Territorial Volunteers found out this weekend when they went out with Will Maheia into the Belizean side of the Sarstoon River and the adjoining waters. Here's their reaction, Courtesy PGTV...

British Reject ICJ For Themselves; Recommends It For Belize
And keeping it on Belize-Guatemala relations, we turn to a related subject that may seem unrelated. It has to do with the Chagos islands which are way out in the Indian Ocean. It's a former British colony that used to be part of Mauritius but was detached in 1965 and is now home to a US airbase. The island is under British rule, but Mauritius claims sovereignty over the islands. In June, The UN General Assembly voted by 94 countries to 15 that the matter should go to the ICJ. The British have objected, saying that it would "robustly defend" its position ahead of the ICJ's decision, which would not be legally binding.

The Latest On Tropical Storm Franklin
And finally, turning back to Tropical Storm Franklin, we spoke to the MET Office a short while ago about the 6:00 pm report. That places the storm' center 120 miles east of Chetumal, moving northwest with maximum winds of 60 miles per hour. We asked about the significance of the storm jogging slightly north and what it means for northern Belize:... Catherine Cumberbatch - Chief Meteorologist: "As of 6pm the center of Tropical Storm Franklin was centered near 18.8 degrees north, 86.5 degrees west, or we could put that 143 miles northeast of Belize City and 126 miles east by north of Corozal Town and 133 miles east northeast of San Pedro Ambergris Caye." "Franklin has shift a bit and is now moving towards the northwest at 13 miles per hour with maximum sustain winds remaining at 60 miles per hour."

Channel 5

T/S Franklin to land tonight; Minister says ‘be on top of your game’
Tropical Storm Franklin, it’s the first weather system during this year’s hurricane season to pose a threat to northern Belize. The severe offshore storm continues it path, heading west-north-west at [...]

City gets ready; no escape after five
In Belize City, Councilor Phillip Willoughby is spearheading the efforts of the City Emergency Management Organization, CEMO, and met earlier this evening with law enforcement officials, as well as representatives [...]

Major agencies in place for operations
An outline of the coordinated efforts involving the Belize Defense Force, the police department, as well as the National Fire Service was shared with the media.  Fuel stations in Belize [...]

Shelters to be open; no alcohol allowed
While the city prepares for the heavy winds and downpour that will accompany the passage of Tropical Storm Franklin, residents won’t be allowed to purchase alcohol. That’s because a decision [...]

Keeping calm in Corozal
As we mentioned a news five team is currently in Corozal Town. Tropical storm Franklin is scheduled to hit north of Corozal, along the Yucatan coast in Mexico. Residents are [...]

Northernmost town battens down for rough night
As of five p.m., a total of six shelters have been opened. In Corozal Town, Our Lady of Guadalupe R.C. School in Altamira and Church of Christ School in Port [...]

Toddler Tarique killed as flames crush four homes on Santa Barbara Street
Sometime after nine on Sunday night a fire in Belize City claimed the life of toddler. He was left home alone when a fire started at his house and neighbours [...]

Displaced residents tell tales of woe in aftermath
A toddler lost his life in the fire on Santa Barbara Street and more than ten persons are without a home. The four families lost everything they owned after the [...]

CEMO’s Willoughby steps up to help
Since the fire on Sunday night, CEMO has been on the ground assisting the displaced families. CEMO, along with Ministry of Human Services and other local partner agencies are providing [...]

Taximan murdered in City overnight; body was dumped in Collet Canal
There was an apparent murder overnight in the City. The body of thirty-nine-year-old Thomas Staine, known as “Kun”, was retrieved from the Collet Canal near the Yabra Bridge this morning, [...]

RTA takes life of UB student Alma Flowers
A traffic accident over the weekend at the Crooked Tree Junction at mile thirty-one on the Phillip Goldson Highway claimed the life of twenty-year-old UB student Alma Flowers.  Flowers was [...]

Dr. Lorna McKay battles to stay on as principal of Gwen Liz High
It was named for Belize’s first woman parliamentarian and Education Minister, and is located in the constituency of current Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Patrick Faber. But with just [...]

Taiwan hands out twenty-six scholarships to young Belizeans
Twenty-six Belizeans prepared to embark on the journey of a lifetime to the Far East to pursue educational opportunities with the support of the government of the Republic of China [...]

Taiwan’s man in Belize scratches head over disparate grants to Guatemala
Ambassador Charles Liu has weighed in on the sixty million dollar grant awarded to Belize by the Taiwanese government.  His comments are in relation to the six hundred and fifty [...]

Cuba delivers physiotherapist for HelpAge, Inspiration Center
Older persons in Belize will now have a specialist assisting with their physical therapy. HelpAge Belize, after three years of lobbying with the Ministry of Health, now has a Cuban [...]

Softball, basketball and cycling top pre-Franklin Sports Monday
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of weekend sporting activities....]

LOVE FM

Belize Concerned For Its Friend, Venezuela
Another issue that arose at last Friday’s press conference with the foreign affairs officials was the matter of Venezuela. The OAS, of which Belize is a member, has been campaigning for some time now to intervene in the crisis in that country before it escalates. That intervention never took place since it was voted against; […]

Altercation Turns Violent in San Pedro
Another man was also airlifted from the island for urgent medical attention after he was assaulted. Police report that sometime before nine o’clock on Sunday night, Kevin Brown, a 21 year old, was at a resort on San Pedro with a group of friends. A dispute ensued among them over jewelry and at some point […]

Fire Takes Down Cabanas at Palmento Grove
A fire on Friday destroyed several cabanas that form part of Palmento Grove Cultural & Fishing Lodge in Hopkins Village. Harry Arzu has more details. HARRY ARZU ” The cause of the fire has yet to be established.

Vehicle Plunges Into Creek; Coast Guard Seaman Saves Family
An American family came close to death when the vehicle they were in plunged into the creek as they drove on a single lane bridge down south. It happened this past Friday and Harry Arzu spoke to one of the men who assisted in rescuing the family. HARRY ARZU “The road traffic accident happened between […]

The Reporter

Franklin moves northeast of Belize City
Tropical Storm Franklin has taken a slight shift north of the track it had kept since Sunday, threatening to directly hit just north of Chetumal, Mexico in the next few hours. The storm is likely to strengthen to a hurricane by the time it makes […]

Franklin packing winds of 60mph
The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has informed that Tropical Storm Franklin is now packing maximum sustained winds of 60mph, and is located near 17.7 North Latitude and 85.1W West Longitude or about 205 miles East of Belize City, and 165 miles north east of […]

Tropical Storm Franklin expected to become a hurricane before landfall tonight
Tropical Storm Franklin is expected to strengthen and become a hurricane before it makes landfall tonight anywhere between northern Belize and the Quintana Roo area of Mexico. The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has issued a Tropical Storm warning from Belize City to the Corozal […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Franklin is about 120 miles east of Chetumal, Mexico
Tropical Storm Franklin is located at about 120 miles east of Chetumal, Mexico, and is moving to the west-northwest about 10 to 15 mph. According to the Weather Channel, a tropical storm warning has been put into place in the Yucatan Peninsula, including Cancún and Cozumel, and as […]

Belize International Airport closing at 5
The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has reported that the Phillip Goldson International Airport will close operations at 5 pm today, due to the approaching Tropical Storm Franklin. The DCA went on to say that it will resume operations once the “All Clear” has been given after the […]

More changes as Tropical Storm Franklin approaches
In preparations for the incoming storm, more businesses and other institutions have begun making changes to their regular business schedule. Scotia Bank’s San Pedro branch will be closing at 1 p.m. today, while it’s Belize City and Belama branch are still scheduled to remain open until […]

US Embassy issues warning for travelers & US Citizens in Belize due to Tropical Storm Franklin
The US Embassy issued a release this morning informing US Citizens that the Government of Belize has issued a tropical storm warning for Tropical Storm Franklin from Belize City up to the Corozal District. A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are […]

KHMH activating ’emergency mode’
The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) is activating emergency mode as of noon today.As a part of the activation, all of the hospital’s non-essential services will be suspended until further notice. The hospital is preparing a list of the services to be suspended for […]

NEMO issued advisory 4 on Tropical storm Franklin
The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) in collaboration with the National Meteorological Service hereby informs the general public that Tropical Storm Franklin is now located near 17.1 North Latitude and 84.2 West Longitude or some 266 miles east south east of Belize City; 255 […]

Blogs

Tropical Storm Franklin Intensifies Over Night: Warning Issued in Northern Belize
It was just over a year ago when Category One Hurricane Earl made landfall in Belize with 85 mile per hour winds. He made landfall south of San Pedro (about 30 miles south) near Belize City and caused fairly extensive property damage. Many of the docks were down on Ambergris Caye and rivers and low lying neighborhoods flooded. (You can see many pictures of the damage here.) That was August 4, 2016…fast forward to today. August 7, 2017 and we are watching another storm move in our direction. This wasn’t supposed to happen! I’ve been here 10 years and Earl was my first view of real damage from a storm. But here he is – Tropical Storm Franklin. Upgraded late yesterday afternoon, he intensified again over night and is NOW projected to hit just north of Mahahual, Mexico (about 75-85 miles north of us). And now, according to NEMO (the National Emergency Management Organization of Belize) we are under Tropical Storm Watch.

Wrong Timing Franklin
Tropical Storm Franklin is rearing his ugly self at the exact wrong time – although there is never a good time for a storm. The island is preparing fast for the oncoming storm, businesses are moving boats to the back side of the island, alcohol ban is in effect and some are boarding up. Victor, the Security guard for the Atlantic Bank who manages my apartment came and told me they will be boarding up my place by noon. I told him they had to make sure like last time that I can get in and out easily and to leave the last board for my front door off for now. We are now in the middle of preparing for what has now been up graded from a Tropical Depression to Tropical Storm Franklin early this morning. The winds are strengthening and by Tuesday morning should reach 65 mph as it makes landfall more likely over the Yucatan.

International Sourcesizz

Tropical Storm Franklin makes landfall in Mexico
Tropical Storm Franklin made landfall on the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula near Pulticub, Mexico, around 11:45 pm ET Monday night, according to an advisory from the National Hurricane Center. Franklin moved inland with maximum sustained winds around 60 mph, the center's advisory said. A hurricane watch is in effect for the Mexican coast, ranging from Puerto de Veracruz to Rio Panuco. Tropical storm warnings are currently in-place for a larger portion of the region, encompassing the coast of Mexico from Chetumal to Sabancuy, and from Belize City northward to the Mexican border. The storm continues to batter Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula with heavy rain and strong winds and flash flooding is still a major concern. Tropical storm-force winds currently extend outward up to 140 miles from the storm's center, according to the National Weather Center.

BELIZE AND AMERICAN FILM INDUSTRIES OPEN ARMS TO EACH OTHER AND BUILD BRIDGES
Hollywood executives, producers, actors, media professionals and investors gathered with members of the Belizean Diaspora last weekend to network and build bridges between the two countries at the 3rd Annual Belize Film Commission Luncheon. Hosted by Belizean Americans Dr. Yvonne Goff and her husband, attorney David Fairweather at their well-appointed home in Pacific Palisades, attendees enjoyed good food, stimulating conversation and most important, exchanged strategies aimed toward building relationships and expanding the film industry of this beautiful Afrocentric country, with its vibrant Caribbean culture. Among those in attendance were Belize’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Patrick Faber; the Consul General of Belize in Los Angeles, Roland Yorke; Director of the Belize International Film Festival, Suzette Zayden; and ABC World Morning News Anchor, Kendis Gibson. Gibson, who was born in Belize, is a former reporter and part of the launch team for San Diego’s FOX local newscast and has pledged his commitment to promoting ways to connect the Hollywood and Belize film industries.

Sustainable development central to Belize’s future, says IDBmark
Belize must make long-term plans to gain the greatest benefit from and protect its natural resources, the executive vice president of the Inter-American Development Bank has stressed, following an IADB visit to the country. Julie Katzman stressed the need for careful, long-term planning to ensure the country takes full advantage of its natural resources, biodiversity and cultural heritage while protecting these from over-exploitation and natural disasters. Katzman said: “Sustainable development is without a doubt at the core of the future of Belize, of the economy and of people’s quality of life and it is essential that everybody get this right going forward.

Videos

  • San Pedrana Reigns over Costa Maya Festival, 5.5min.

  • New conservation post in the Chiquibul, 8.5min. The Government of Belize and its partners continue to make major efforts to deter the illegal activities occurring in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve, and on Monday, July 31st, our Belize Now team joined the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) and other stakeholders to celebrate the opening of the newest conservation post in the area.

  • Take off from San Pedro Belize to Belize city, Belize, 1min.

  • Belize: Week Four: Lamani, 3min.

  • Belize diving: Hawksbill Turtle, 1min.

  • Belize Fly Fishing, 8.5min. Caye Caulker, Belize. Fly Fishing with Capt Eloy

  • A message from the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. John Briceno on Tropical Storm Franklin, 2.5min.

  • New solar energy water systems were inaugurated in the villages of Pueblo Viejo and Conejo Creek, 10min. The Government of Belize, in its continued commitment to address the basic needs of Belizeans in the areas of water, sanitation, and health, is ensuring that the men, women, and children of rural Belize have access to the supply of safe water to meet their daily needs. To move towards this goal, new solar energy water systems were inaugurated in the villages of Pueblo Viejo and Conejo Creek on Thursday, July 20th.

  • GOES-16 captured this 1-minute visible imagery of Tropical Storm Franklin approaching the Yucatan earlier today, August 7, 2017., 1min.

  • BELIZE 2017!!!, 13min. Mission trip to Belize!!

  • Straight Up Belize, 9min. A glimpse at my perspective of the Project Dragonfly: 2017 Belize II trip. Videos and photos courtesy of myself, Dakota Bahlau, Mary Fields, Kimberly Kessler, Linda Merry, and Veronica Uribe.

  • Exploring the Small Island Town of San Pedro, Belize (Ambergris Caye), 6min. Although the water front part of the island of San Pedro, Belize has gorgeous views, there is more to the island than that. Behind the beachfront resorts lies a small town of shops, homes, a school, etc. We hopped in the golf cart and drove around the town stopping in a few of the shops and even a fantastic bakery!

  • Snorkling, Cave Tubing, and Ziplining in Belize!!!, 3min.

  • San Pedro, Belize, 7min.

  • Belize 2017, 8min.

  • Caves Branch Tubing in Belize, 2min. Our group from Singles in Paradise enjoyed the full 7-miles of cave Tubing at Ian Andersons original Caves Branch Tubing.

  • Belize Snorkel BBQ Picnic with Hol Chan, Shark/Ray Ally and Goffs Caye, 4min. Our group of 35 from Singles in Paradise enjoyed this full day tour from Ambergris Caye taking in some great snorkeling and then a wonderful BBQ at the tiny Goffs Caye. We even had local fishermen come and sell us fresh lobster for really cheap!

  • Vanessa and Isaac singing in the Cave in Belize, 2.5min.

  • Belize 2017: GLA, 7min. Belize Initiative for Children Trip 2017

  • Belize - Day Four, 3.5min. We set off on a VERY bumpy road to Guatemala! We arrived at the Tikal ruins and were blown away! The steps to get up the ruins were taller than the height of my knee! The humidity was intense, but the views were worth the sweat. Oh and the fact we survived the driving... it's impressive!