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The San Pedro Sun
Videographers allegedly damage reef while filming at Hol Chan
The tour guide and conservation community are concerned after allegations surfaced that a film crew caused damage to the Belize Barrier Reef System at Hol Chan Marine Reserve. According to a social media post by a local tour operator, while filming at Hol Chan on Friday, November 3rd, a film crew hired by Royal Caribbean Cruise Line behaved “carelessly…touching, kicking and even standing on the delicate corals”, even after being advised against these actions. The tour operator further explained in his post that he had been hired to guide the film crew while on the job. “I was given the assignment to keep an eye on the videographers in the water. So we hopped in the water, me, a diving videographer and two others that would be on the surface snorkeling while they filmed two young boys snorkeling around. As soon as we got in, we headed towards the northern part of the channel in the shallow area. I noticed that the snorkeling videographers were kicking the coral. I popped my head up and told them they need to watch how they’re kicking as they can’t be doing that,” explained Tour Operator Ian Oliva.
Guatemala to produce maps that include Belize territory as their own
The unfounded Guatemalan claim to Belize has taken an aggressive approach after the government of that country announced on Thursday, November 2nd that it intends to produce maps depicting Belize as part of their territory. This move comes as part of an educational campaign ahead of their referendum on the territorial dispute with Belize which is scheduled for March 2018. In addition, the claim seems to have changed, and instead of claiming half of Belize as previously stated, Guatemala is now seeking to obtain the entire Belizean territory via the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
During a press conference on Friday, November 3rd, Rafael Salazar of Guatemala’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that they are working on an awareness campaign to ensure that by the start of the 2018 school year, the annexation of the Belizean map appears in all textbooks. In the new Guatemalan map, Belize will be separated by a dotted line and labeled ‘Territory in Dispute.’ “Our claim is the entire Belizean territory,” Salazar said. “How much we will recover? That will be up to the decision by the International Court of Justice.
Misc Belizean Sources
ATTACKED BY A CROC
47-year-old Raul Zulata of Cotton Tree Village was attacked by a crocodile last night. Zulate left his home to go fishing at the Sibun River near Mile 36 of the George Price Highway at around 9 o’clock. According to Zulate, the crocodile bit him on his right arm. He managed to break free and is currently at the Western Regional Hospital receiving treatment.
GMC Envoy attempts to overtake tractor and kills 2 killed in head on collision
A GMC Envoy driven by Delmar Ortega attempted to overtake a tractor but instead crashed directly into a Toyota Corolla, killing a man and his wife, while hospitalizing his daughter. The details of the scene police encountered is below.
On 10th November, 2017 at 7:45 p.m., Dangriga Police responded to a Road Traffic Accident between mile 11 &12 on the Southern Highway. Upon arrival they observed a white Toyota corolla 4 door car that was extensively damaged which was driven by Mark Leslie. Leslie was accompanied by his common law wife, 48 year old Myrna Vasquez Belizean of Placencia Village and his daughter, 17 year old Aurora Sanchez.
RTA IN SOUTHERN BELIZE CLAIMS TWO LIVES!
On 10th November, 2017 about 7:45 p.m., Dangriga Police responded to a Road Traffic Accident between miles 11 &12 on the Southern Highway.
Upon arrival, they observed a white Toyota 4 door car extensively damage on the left hand side of the road (when travelling from Dangriga Town to Sitter River). Mark Leslie was the driver of the car and was accompanied by his common-law-wife 48-year-old Myrna Vasquez and his daughter 17-year-old Aurora Sanchez.
On the scene, police also observed a John Deere Tractor, driven at the time by 23-year-old Cesar Montenegro of Hope Creek Village. The tractor, which had no visible damage, had an attached metal trailer that contained oranges. Also, on the left hand side of the road, Police observed a G.M.C Envoy engulfed in flames .
Power outage scheduled for a portion of Stann Creek District on Thursday, November 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 midday
To affect Silk Grass, Hopkins, Sittee River, Maya Center and Riversdale. BEL to facilitate connection of customer in the area.
Power outage scheduled for a portion of San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye on Wednesday, November 15 from 7:00am to 2:00pm
To affect San Mateo and the entire area north of Boca del Rio. BEL to install voltage regulators, replace poles carrying high voltage lines and conduct maintenance on equipment at the San Pedro Substation.
Reese Medina Receives Queen's Scout Award
Congratulations, Resse Medina! The Cayo native was awarded the Queen's Scout Award, which is the highest award in the Belize Scouts.
"Governor- General of Belize, His Excellency Sir Colville N. Young who is the Patron of Belize Scouts was present for the ceremony and presented the Highest Award in Belize Scouting, the Queen's Scout Award to Assistant Cub Scout Leader Reese Medina from the 27th Cayo Santa Elena Jaguar Scout Group.
In a congratulatory message from the Governor-General he stated that he not only congratulates Reese for this outstanding achievement but also reminds her that the Queen's Scout Award is not the end but the continuation of the road she has choosen to follow. Pass on what you have learned to new members of your Venture Unit, Scout Unit and Cub Scout Pack and do not forget that many other Queen's Scouts around the world share the same principles and live the Scout Promise and Law which are the foundation of this great Movement."
Photos from the Battle of the Drums
The US Marine Corps Birthday Celebration in #Belize!
Happy 242nd! Semper Fidelis!
Belize Chocolate was recognized as the San Pedro Wavemaker of the year for their "Go Strawless" initiative
Great chocolate and wonderful people!!!!
Fire claims house; leaves man injured
A fire sometime after 9:00 last night has left a family homeless and the homeowner with injuries to both hands.
Preliminary reports are that the blaze occurred at a family house near Brodies parking lot on the Philip Goldson highway and left a Mr Bilal, a welder, with burns to his hands.
The Reporter will have more on this as the details become available.
Opposition condemns GOB response to new Guatemalan map
The People’s United Party (PUP) is condemning the government of Belize for not protesting Guatemala’s intention to include Belize as a part of its territory in a new map.
Guatemala announced this week that it plans to produce the map as part of its educational campaign to take the territorial dispute to the International Court of Justice, despite a decision by its congress in April to refrain from printing the map.
Guatemala’s government said that it launched an international tender for any company willing to, for the next 10 years, provide the service spreads and include Belize as the 23rd province on the map, with only a dotted line separating our two countries, on the front cover of Guatemalan passports.
Guatemala wants to include Belize on their map, again!
Guatemala has once again embarked on a mission to include Belize as part of its official map, despite a ruling in April of this year when the Guatemalan congress voted against the exact decision.
This week, Guatemala launched an international tender for any company willing to, for the next 10 years, provide the service spreads and include Belize as the 23rd province on the map, with only a dotted line separating our two countries, on the front cover of Guatemalan passports.
The new mission seeks to take the Guatemalan effort on promoting that country’s claim to Belize to new levels, since the travel document would go one step further than what is being taught to Guatemalan children in the classrooms, that “Belice es nuestro”. The travel document would send a send across borders.
Man dies in traffic accident in Dangriga
A man is dead following a traffic accident between miles 1 and 2 on the Stann Creek Valley road on the approach to Dangriga around 7:30 Friday night.
Upon arrival they saw a blue beach cruiser bicycle extensively damaged on the right hand side of the road and beside the bike, a man lying on the road with head and body injuries.
Police say that Donald Enriquez, 42, a Belize Defence Force soldier of Dangriga was driving from the direction of Dangriga to Hopkings village in a Toyota 4-Runner and upon reaching between miles 1 & 2, Hubert Lucas, 34, a labourer also of Dangriga, rode onto the highway from off another street, causing a collision. Lucas died of his injuries and Enriquez was served with a Notice of Intended Prosecution.
Several left injured in Friday night’s Southern highway fatality
Police say last night’s fatal traffic accident between miles 11 and 12 on the Southern Highway has also left a number of persons injured.
Police released the details a few minutes ago, saying that when they arrived at the scene, they saw a cream colour GMC Envoy engolfed in flames, a white Toyota Corolla 4-door car extensively damaged and a green John Deere tractor with a trailor filled with oranges, with no visible damages.
According to police, the GMC Envoy was travelling from Sitter River village to neighbouring Hopkins village, and was in the process of overtaking the tractor when it collided into the white Toyota Corolla which was travelling in the opposite direction.
PG Sports Complex opened for Battle of the Drums
The multi-million dollar Punta Gorda Sporting Complex will be used ahead of its original opening day, to host the Battle of the Drums this weekend.
Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL), the state-owned company that upgraded the facility, announced that the complex will be used to house the competition on November 10 and 11. BIL noted that the facility has reached “substantial completion,” and has passed a site visit inspection by Punta Gorda Mayor, Fern Gutierrez, and the Local Sports Council Management Committee to ensure the facility is well prepared to host this event.
BIL also noted that there are still works going on at the complex, such as site filling and drainage, but the building itself is ready to use. The newly upgraded complex, which cost around $3.4 million, boasts a center wood court, approved by the International Basketball Federation, with moulded bleachers for over 850 and additional courtside and upper seating to hold a total of 1200.
Breaking Belize News
Man stabbed while socializing in Orange Walk
Around 4:15 yesterday morning, police visited the Northern Regional Hospital where cops saw Llamont Wade, 27, of a Key Hole Alley address in Orange Walk town with multiple stab wounds to his chest, abdomen, and back.
Justin Williams arraigned for rape
Yesterday, a young woman in her twenties reported to authorities that while traversing the road that leads from Cohune Walk to Roaring Creek Junction around 1am, she was raped by a man.
Police issue report on fatal accident
Last night around 7:45, Dangriga police responded to a road traffic accident between miles 11 and 12 on the Southern highway .
On the scene, police officers saw a white Toyota Corolla car extensively damaged on the left hand side of the road.
Immigration minister speaks on latest initiatives
The Immigration and Nationally Department is working on phasing out old nationality certificates as well as trying to simplify the process for Belizeans to get passports, according to Minister of State with responsibility for Immigration, Beverly Williams.
PAC meets without problems
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) convened a meeting on Thursday without any issues after PAC Chairman, Julius Espat accused government ministers of boycotting the last PAC meeting, a claim which the government denied and clarified saying their representatives were sick at the time.
Yohnny Rosado protests GST bill
Yohnny Rosado, tour operator/activist and owner of Cavetubing.com, staged a protest yesterday along with fellow activists to condemn what he calls an “outrageous, unfair and unjust” $700,000 arrears assessment from the General Sales Tax (GST) department.
Chinese man with fake documents ordered to leave Belize
Yuanran Zheng, the Chinese national busted trying to obtain a Social Security card last week using a fake nationality certificate, has left Belize after he was issued an Order to Leave by the Immigration Department on Thursday.
PUP condemns GOB and Guatemala on action to include Belize in Guatemalan map
The Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) today issued a release saying that the indifference shown by Foreign Minister, Wilfred Elrington when faced, once again, with Guatemala’s bullying, bad faith, and clear intention to skew the results of a referendum set for March 2018 is an outrageous response by the Government of Belize.
Disruptive weather to hinder cleanup efforts across Caribbean this week
An unsettled weather pattern will continue to plague the Caribbean for several days, threatening hurricane-ravaged areas with flooding rainfall and gusty winds.
“A broad area of low pressure will continue to produce heavy showers and thunderstorms across much of the western portion of the Caribbean over the next few days,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rossio said.
Those in Belize, Honduras or on the far eastern shores of the Yucatan Peninsula will need to be wary of flash flooding and mudslides as rounds of heavy storms batter the region through the first half of the week.
This system will continue to impact coastal Central America and much of the Caribbean into Wednesday.
Foreva Fancy’s Garifuna inspired Fashion Show!!, 1/2min. Last night in Central Park - Part of the National Garifuna Settlement celebrations of Belize (Nov. 19)
Halloween with Ascenthium, 12min. While Halloween in Cayo was superb, with the jungle rave, Ascenthium played at Riverside Tavern in Belize. Donnie Rockwire was there to video some of the concert. Skip to the 3 minute mark after the video loads to see the good part. The first song you'll see them play is Separate Ways. They also play We Will Rock You from Queen.
Belize 6th Annual GIS Day 2017, 2min.
Skydiving the Great Blue Hole! Belize City, Belize, 2min.
Great Blue Hole - unedited - Belize, 68min. Full unedited video of great blue hole dive in belize. check out minutes 12 through 17 for the best of it. Huge shark at 19:00.
Skydiving into the Blue Hole, Belize., 4min.
Eco-Sanctuary Belize (2000) nature resorts,55 min. For more than two decades, environmentalists have come to Belize to try out new strategies to protect its pristine rain forests and rich biodiversity from the same.
Belize Iternational Film Festival, 15min.
Belize Travel Diary, 4min.
Spanish Lookout (Belize C.A), 3.5min. So I took a short trip tp Spanish Lookout.
On the pier in Caye Caulker, Belize, 1min. The day was winding down and after some earlier exploring i decided to take a rest at edge of the pier. The view was breathtaking. Incredibly peaceful.
Student Advocacy in the Caribbean, 17min.