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The San Pedro Sun

Toledo students participate in marine ecology course on Ambergris Caye
A group of 15 tourism students from a vocational college in the Toledo District participated in a marine ecology course in San Pedro Town from Monday, November 27th to Wednesday, November 29th. On the last day of the course, the group enjoyed a full day snorkeling at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. For many of them, this was an experience of a lifetime. A couple of them shared that it was the first time they had been swimming with rays and sharks. At the end of the day, Rachel Graham from Mar Alliance congratulated each of the students and encouraged them to be advocates for the protection of the marine environment. Each student was then presented with a certificate of participation and a few shared their snorkeling experiences. “I was very afraid at the beginning, but afterwards I got used to the sharks being near me,” said one student. “It was an amazing experience for me, I will never forget it,” said another. “I can just imagine how wonderful it would be to have an oxygen tank and go deeper below the water.”

PUC Clean Energy Expo – saving Energy cuts costs
Finding ways to reduce energy consumption and to use renewable energy can cut operating costs and increase profit even as it helps to reduce our carbon footprint and make our communities more climate resilient, by adapting to and mitigating the effects of Climate Change for the greater good of the planet. This was the message from the Public Utilities Commission when it hosted a Clean Energy Awareness fair as part of Belize’s Energy Week 2017 at the Belize Best Western Biltmore Plaza Hotel last Thursday, November 23. Belize’s energy week was observed as part of CARICOM Energy Month (CEM), noted Geon Hanson of the Energy Unit, within the Ministry of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities, noted in his welcoming address. CEM celebrated the significant strides the region is making to transition to sustainable energy solutions.

San Pedro Turtles participate in Belize’s first Rugby Tournament
The San Pedro Turtles Rugby Club took second place at the first ever District Rugby Tournament held on Sunday, November 26th at the Marion Jones Stadium in Belize City. The tournament was organized by the Rugby Belize Association with three teams participating, including the Scorpions and Yarborough Barbarians from Belize City and the San Pedro Turtles. he island team gave it their best but in the end, the Belize City Scorpions took the championship with 40 goals over the island team’s 22 points. Yarborough Barbarians settles for the third sport in the tournament with the lost point total out of the three teams.

Community Rallies to Fund Repairs needed for the San Pedro R.C School Library
The San Pedro Roman Catholic School (SPRCS) accomplished their goal of raising $10,000 needed for the reconstruction of their library. The present state of the building is in deplorable condition and does not easily accommodate the students when using the library’s resources. “I feel so happy that we completed the amount we needed for the reconstruction of our library. I can’t wait for the construction project to start,” said organizer of the fundraiser, librarian Catherine Whitney known as “Teacher Kate”. The construction phase for the renovated library is expected to begin on Saturday, December 16th, and is being spear-headed by Norman Eiley. Teacher Kate says she will be present during the entire process of construction, to assist in anything that is needed.

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Institute of Archaeology Report: Sunday 3 December 2017
The ATM Archaeological Reserve is closed. All other archaeological reserves are open for visitation.

Contempt for the supremacy of the judiciary
Amid the corrupt practices of successive PUDP administrations, the Belize Progressive Party (BPP) considers the current, unprecedented situation involving the prime minister’s stubborn stance to defy the ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice, a demonstration of not only his contempt for the supremacy of the judiciary, but also a manifestation of the monster that this corrupt PUDP system has created. In no uncertain terms, the BPP decries Prime Minister Barrow’s intransigence on what is fundamentally a matter of reason. His abstinence clearly made an already undesirable situation, created by his predecessor, far worse, by allowing the original amount of $33.5 million owed to creditors, to balloon to approximately $88 million and counting.

Sergio Chuc elected FFB president
Sergio Chuc has been elected, along with running mate Cruz Gamez to the presidency and vice presidency of the Football Federation of Belize during the ordinary congress held at the Princess Hotel. He officially succeeds Ruperto Vicente, whom he tried to oust as deputy last year. His term is for three years. Marlon Kuylen acted in the role after the May 2016 election resulted in deadlock after 20 rounds.

Panerrifix 2017 Christmas Concert
Panerrifix is having their annual Christmas concert next Saturday, December 9th, at the UB auditorium. Mervin Budram and Alida Sharp, along with others artists, will sing with them.

The Reporter

National Garifuna Council honours Andy Palacio’s birthday
The National Garifuna Council held masses all over the country today, to honour the birthday of the late Belizean icon Andy Palacio. A total of 11 branches held church services celebrating Palacio’s life and legacy, while some held receptions after the mass to keep the festivities alive. The Belmopan branch had their service yesterday due to a scheduling conflict with the church. Sandra Miranda, NGC president said that the branches take December 2 as a day to reflect on the work Palacio did in bringing Belize and Garinagu culture to the world.

Four shallow graves found in Caye Chapel
On Saturday, December 2nd, four shallow graves were found in Caye Cahapel. Human bones were discovered and police continue their investigation into the matter.

BNTU weighs in on UHS debt
The Belize National Teachers Union is the latest group to say that the Government of Belize should pay the $90 million arbitration award with respect to the Universal Health Services debt guarantee. BNTU president Elena Smith told the media that the matter has gone beyond whether or not anyone agrees that the debt was illegally placed on the Belizean people, given the pronouncement by the Caribbean Court of Justice. Smith said that given the highest court in Belize has pronounced that the government must pay, not doing so worsens Belize’s position internationally, as well as makes the debt even larger due to the accumulating interest. The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, opposition People’s United Party, and the political third party the Belize Progressive Party have all said that GOB must pay the award, handed down by the London Court of International Arbitration, and upheld on November 22 by the CCJ.

Cost of living still on the rise
For ten straight months the cost of living in Belize has been higher than it was last year, according to the latest Consumer Price Index from the Statistical Institute of Belize. The SIB released the data on Wednesday showing that that from January to October, Belizeans have been paying an average of 1.2 percent more for goods and services. By month, the inflation rate has consistently been above what it was last year for each individual month. The October inflation rate stood at 0.9 percent, sent up by the high cost of fuel. Consistently rising gas prices caused a 7.8 percent increase in the Transport index, the single highest increase in that category.year. The price per gallon of Premium gasoline rose by 18 percent from $10.13 in October 2016 to $11.95 in October 2017, while Regular gasoline rose 11.9 percent from $9.32 per gallon to $10.44 per gallon, and the price per gallon of Diesel was up 13.2 percent from $8.53 to $9.65.

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Young girl dies when vehicle flips on George Price Highway
Yo Creek family is grieving today as a 12 year old female lost her life after their vehicle overturned on the George Price Highway. The 8 occupants, including a number of children, were transported to the San Ignacio hospital. One was pronounced dead after arrival, 4 remain admitted, 1 was transferred in critical but stable condition to the Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan, and 2 are ok.

Sergio Chuc is FFB’s new president
After 2 failed attempts at holding presidential elections, the delegates of the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) have elected Sergio Chuc as their new President and Cruz Gamez is the new Vice President. Chuc won by a landslide 14/20 votes at the elections today, held at the Ramada Belize City Princess. His opponents, Onan McLean got 4 votes and Ruperto Vicente got 2 votes. Daniel Fabro didn’t get a single vote.

Protecting the rights of persons living with HIV
The National AIDS Commission (NAC) is considering how it can strengthen the complaints procedure for persons living with HIV/AIDS who feel that their rights were discriminated against. The NAC explained that rationale for wanting to improve complaints procedures during a health fair in honor of World AIDS Day, celebrated on December 1, under the global theme “The right to health”.

Public Sector Workers Trust fires back
The Public Sector Workers Trust (PSWT), which is currently in a legal dispute involving 600 retired public workers and the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU), fired off a press release making clarifications about the situation as it relates to the $7.8 million in question.

Salvadoran national convicted of sexual assault
A Salvadoran national working as a taxi driver in Belize, this week, was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old minor in his cab in January. According to reports, Nestor Gallindo, was hired to pick up the minor from school. The minor told the court that when he arrived for her, Gallindo seemed to be under the influence of alcohol so she sat on the back.

Lucky Courts customer wins $30,000
One lucky Courts customer, this week, is feeling the Christmas spirit a little early after having won $30,000 cash as part of Courts’ special holiday raffle. The lucky winner, Paul Ruiz, was in for a surprise, however, as Courts told him he had won a microwave. “We told him that he won a microwave to spice it up and make it more fun,” Grisel Carballo, Unicomer public relation officer said.

Police find weed in school bag
On Friday night around 10:00, police conducted a search on Queen Charlotte Street in Belize City. That search led to the discovery of a school bag containing 16 parcels of cannabis, totaling 4.1 pounds.

Blogs

December Events in Belize
Soon everyone in Belize will be buzzing around with excitement of the holiday season approaching. Belizeans love Christmas. Who wouldn’t with day time high temperatures of 82°F (28°C) with overnight low of 73°F (22°C) are the norm with an average of 11 hours of sunshine per day. The decorations have started to go up in town, and soon many folks who haven’t done so already will begin lighting up their homes. If you are looking to fill your social calendar with some “holiday cheer” there are many December events in Belize you might want to take in. They include a wide range business events and fundraisers with many (not all) being about the spirit of Christmas.

Why visit Coco Beach in San Pedro Ambergris Caye
I had the opportunity to visit Coco Beach Resort and the resort is absolutely lovely. The resort is just 3 miles up north in San Pedro Ambergris Caye and with its welcoming service's I am planning to go back soon. The entrance is very surprising as they have a water fountain inside the lobby. Relax poolside at the resort’s amazing free form swimming pools, sidle up to the island’s favorite swim up bar, luxuriate with an in-room spa treatment, or take advantage of complimentary kayaks and paddles boards. Complimentary WiFi hotspots are located throughout the property.

9th Annual Christmas lighting in Corozal Central Park
Hoo! Hoo! Hoo! Its begining to feel a lot like Christmas. On Saturday December 2, 2017 Everyone gathered at the Corozal Central Park to witness the 9th annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree. This Tree isn't any ordenary tree. Its the time when you and your family come out and enjoy the colorful lights from various decoration. Kids where so excited when they saw Mr. and Ms. Santa Clause before the event commenced. There where 14 dancers for the Christmas lighting.. They all performed well and entertained the crowd. Its was one of the that nights when the crowd laughed and was joyful to see the small children in Santa Clause suites. The MC began the show at 7pm where had mentioned the welcome address, Mayor speech, Acknowledgement and recognition. Ms Queen of the Bay also came out to say a pom.

International Sourcesizz

Caribbean News In Brief
BELIZE IS to launch its first ray sanctuary at a time when the fish are facing extinction. More than 20 species of rays are known to populate waters around Belize. Overfishing, loss of habitat and climate change have left rays threatened around the world.

Caribbean courts embrace technology for improved justice
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has created its own agency to provide technology to reduce caseload backlogs throughout the Caribbean. APEX’s mandate is to deliver technology-based solutions for Caribbean courts, law offices and justice sector bodies. Since its establishment in 2016, the agency has developed a suite of software tools to address some of the most critical needs of the region’s justice sector. The solutions developed, known as the Curia suite, were designed by Caribbean jurists and technology experts and developed by Caribbean software engineers. Further, the agency’s governance model includes heads of judiciary, public and private bars, attorneys and leading jurists drawn from across the Caribbean.

Chamber urges government to re-think position on CCJ ruling
The President of the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nikita Usher, is urging the government to re-think its position regarding a recent ruling by the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) for the Belize government to honour a multi-million dollar international arbitration award. Usher, speaking on television here on Friday night said that “a no vote by Parliament” could have repercussions the country. “It then means that you then start to question investment climate; you start to question risk premiums. What is risk premium and who deals with risk premiums? Should you go on the international financial market to borrow money, there’s a risk premium involved; your interest is interest plus risk premium. “When you have a government or a country that has not paid its debt the risk premium tends to be a little higher and so the borrowing rate becomes a higher rate. So again the business community will pay that price,” he said.

Videos

  • Fishing Norway & Belize 1997, 40min. The Bass Professor Doug Hannon fishing with master fly tier and flyfisher Torill Kolbu in Norway and Belize. Including the very first (and nervous) appearance on fishing TV for Geir Sivertzen from Mustad

  • BELIZE 2017, 38min.

  • Cahal Pech, Belize., 2min. Amazing Mayan Ruins dating from early period. 10 minutes away from San Ignacio.

  • Paradise With You - Belize 2017, 4min.

  • The Zenaida Moya Show, Episode 33 - Yoga and Special Olympics Belize, 62min.

  • Belize Snorkeling, 4.5min. A few highlights of a full day of snorkeling in Caye Caulker, Belize with Caveman Snorkeling.

  • Nov 22 (2017) Night Dive in Belize, 4min. The night dive I did from the Belize Aggressor 4 on November 22nd, 2017.

  • Carnival Magic Cruise 2017 | Day 5 | Belize City, Belize, 6min.