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The San Pedro Sun
ACES Trains Wildlife Officers on Crocodile Handling
The American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) welcomed three new Wildlife Officers from the Belize Forest Department on Thursday, November 2nd, to our yearly governmental Crocodile Training Day. Wildlife Officers, Ms. Shanelly Carrillo, Ms. Kristy Tellet, and Mr. Edwardo Pott, traveled from across the county to Ambergris Caye for a full day of hands-on crocodile training with ACES. Of the 13 species of crocodile found throughout the world, two species call Belize home – Crocodylus acutus, a saltwater species known as the American Crocodile, and Crocodylus moreletii, a freshwater species known as Morelet’s crocodile. Both species are covered under Belize’s Wildlife Protection Act and therefore it is illegal to feed, capture, or disturb crocodiles. It is also illegal to sell their remains or crocodile products. With Belize growing in population, the crocodile-human conflict will increase as we continue to build into their habitat. But with proper education and enforcement of the countries wildlife laws, it is possible to live conflict-free with these modern-day dinosaurs.
San Pedro Team Places Third at the Wahoo de Plata Competition in Mexico
San Pedro’s Elito Arceo and Jody Leslie along with his father Martin Leslie took the third place prize at the Wahoo de Plata International Fishing Tournament competition this past weekend held in Mahahual, Quintana Roo, Mexico from Friday, December 1st to Sunday the 3rd. The islanders represented San Pedro in their “Arsenal” boat, competing against 24 other boats from various municipalities of Quintana Roo and Belize.
“Wahoo de Plata” is a fishing competition that is held annually, where various teams compete in a three- day course, aiming to catch the heaviest Wahoo fish. This year, the first place went to the Mexican team “Aquas Far” who received $100,000 pesos, the second place went to Tibur Lara from Lucky Strike, Belize who received $60,000 pesos and the island team claimed the third place receiving $40,000 pesos. “I’m happy that at least we placed in the top and that our hard work paid off,” said Jody.
Islanders represent Belize in Central American games
On Saturday, December 2nd San Pedro athletes, Luis “Ricky” Luna and Gabriel Nuñez along with over 100 athletes traveled to Managua, Nicaragua to represent Belize at the Central American Games. Belize is currently competing in 12 different sport disciplines including basketball, football, cycling, judo, karate, bodybuilding, beach volleyball, tennis, triathlon, volleyball, athletics, and table tennis.
Luna and Nuñez proudly represent Belize in the beach volleyball category, and their first round of games was played on Sunday, December 3rd. The first match saw Belize going against Nicaragua, where they fought hard but at the end, the victory went to Nicaragua (21-21 and 21-12). In the next match, Belize took on Guatemala; by winning both sets Guatemala claimed the victory (21-10 and 21-15).
Road Traffic Accident:
28-year-old Didier Novelo, a San Pedro resident of the San Mateo Sub-division was involved in a road traffic accident on Saturday, December 2nd on the George Price Highway. When police visited an area between miles 59 and 60 of said Highway, they observed a white Ford Escape with license plate BCC 57140 on its side across the highway with extensive damages.
On Tuesday, December 5th, San Pedro Police conducted searches in a room located on Pearl Street in San Pedro Town. The research resulted in the discovery of a bucket containing several plastic bags of cannabis amounting to 345 grams.
Senate Special Select Committee Concludes Immigration Hearings
On Wednesday, December 6th, the Senate Special Select Committee held their last public hearing after 12 months of investigating the Auditor General’s Immigration Department Report. Throughout the past months, several persons, including government ministers were interrogated based on the allegations revealed in the Auditor General’s report released in August of 2016. The report pointed out multiple cases of fraud in the issuance of Belizean visas, nationality, and passports causing a controversy within the country’s political arena. The last person to appear at the hearings was Auditor General Dorothy Bradley who compiled the report. She spoke about the process and indicated that her team is still engaged in a final probe before a full report will be released in January of 2018.
Free Eye Exams By BelizeKids.Org At The Lions Den
BelizeKids.org is a non-profit organization focused on helping kids in Belize. Currently they are only on our beautiful island of Ambergris Caye but plan to expand to help kids throughout the country. This Christmas Season they are offering free eye exams by doctors from Stanford in collaboration with the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired (BCVI).
Free Eye Exams by BelizeKids.OrgFree eye exam!
Doctors from Stanford
Date: Sunday, December 10 to Thursday, December 14, 2017
Time: 8:30am- 4:30pm
Place: Belize Vision Clinic @ Lions Den
Misc Belizean Sources
Small blaze at the Belize City Market
No fruits and vegetables were hurt.
Photos from Mr. Alberto "Beto" Nunez' Funeral Cortege
Warning from Office of Director of Health Services
This is a gentle reminder to the general public that under NO CIRCUMSTANCE, NONE, should they be paying fees to any employee of the public health system for services rendered within the hospital system/setting.
Any fee that is due must be paid at the cashier or designated area by the hospital authority and a Government of Belize receipt must be given for any such service.
If you or anyone you know, has been told or asked to do otherwise, kindly alert us as we will follow it up. If you have also paid for any service in the past, do flag it for us and due actions will be taken.
It is our intention to continue to clear the system of all those anomalies that only foster an inefficient health system.
Do pass the word along.
Realize Belize Starts in Cayo
Realize Belize is a Cayo based NGO that focuses on including those with disabilities. They are having a meet and greet tomorrow at Hode's, and their Run Santa Run will be at Galvez Stadium on Saturday the 16th. Check out their website for more information.
Good Morning #Belize, meet Belmopan GBV advocate Ms. Beverly Swasey!
Ms. Swasey co-founded the Belize Cancer Society Belmopan Branch and served as president for 16 years. She was also the founder of Capital Culture Drama Group and was the director and producer of several original plays.
In addition, in 2004 she co-founded Women Empowering Families, formerly known as Belmopan Women’s Council. Since its formation, Women Empowering Families has engaged in numerous genders based violence advocacy activities. They have supported women with relationship issues, participated in talk shows on "Life Uncommon", Louis Wade's morning show and Brother Fem's early morning show during March, "Women's Month" and "16 Days of Activism".
“Legal Handbook for LGBT Belizeans”
Our Circle has introduced the first ever “Legal Handbook for LGBT Belizeans”! President and Co-Founder of Our Circle, Derricia Castillo-Salazar, notes that the objective of the Handbook is to empower the LGBT community in Belize and their allies by creating awareness of local laws. It is the first step in providing “accurate” legal information and legal assistance for the LGBT community.
The document provides information in areas such as Discriminator Laws, Having Children, Estate Planning, Health Care, Legal Problems, LGBT Friendly Legal Assistance, among others. E-copies can be obtained for free by requesting it via email from firstname.lastname@example.org.
GBV resource in Benque Viejo Town:
Domestic Violence Unit, Police Department
Benque Viejo Town
Telephone: (501) 803-2038
WPC: Rachel Cerano
Gender-Based Violence resources in Belmopan:
Domestic Violence Unit - Police Department
Bliss Parade, Belmopan, Belize
Telephone: (501) 822-2222
WPC1506: Clara Michael
Women’s Department - Ministry of Human Development
West Block, Independence Plaza, Belmopan, Belize
Telephone: (501) 804-2098
Women’s development officer: Elyn Cerano
Western Regional Hospital
N Ring Rd, Belmopan, Belize
Telephone: (501) 802-2263
Social worker: Karen Golanthe
Two charged for shooting Russel Hyde Jr.
Rasheed Hyde, 26, in the company of his attorney, turned himself in to San Ignacio police on Thursday along with his accomplice Michael Mendoza, 46, for the near fatal shooting of Russel Hyde Jr.
Rasheed was charged with attempted murder, dangerous harm, and use of deadly means of harm, while Mendoza was charged with abetment to commit murder.
It is believed that Hyde Jr. was lured from his Belmopan home to a meat shop in Santa Elena town on December 4, where he was shot once to his abdomen and twice to his right leg by someone who walked up to him and fired multiple shots in his direction.
Gas station watchman killed
According to reports, a Honduran watchman was found dead this morning at the Buca Shell gas station at mile 2 1/2 on the Philip Goldson Highway.
The watchman was reportedly on duty around 2:15 a.m. when two men entered the compound from the river and fatally shot him once to the left side of his head as he tried to stop them.
The victim reportedly died on the scene and was later found laying in a face-down position in a pool of blood.
The scene was processed and the victim’s body was transported to the Belize City morgue.
Breaking Belize News
Cold front passing over Belize
The National Meteorological Service is reporting that a cold front is passing over the country today.
The 24-hour forecast is for cloudy and windy skies with a few showers, periods of rain, and isolated thunderstorms over most areas.
UHS motion to be tabled in January
The motion to be presented to parliament by Prime Minister Dean Barrow on whether or not to pay the $90 million UHS debt was not tabled at yesterday’s House meeting. PM Barrow, however, said it would be brought to parliament by mid-January.
Honduran national of Belize City shot and killed
Baltazar Sarmeinto, 61, an Honduran national that was working as a security guard at Buca Shell Gas Station at 2 1/2 miles on the Philip Goldson Highway was shot and killed this morning around 2.
According to reports, Sarmeinto was found lying face-down in a pool of blood with a gunshot wound to the left side of the head.
Parliament debates US$40 million loan from Taiwan
At yesterday’s house meeting a motion for a US$40 million loan from Taiwan was tabled.
The US$40 million dollar loan is to be disbursed in four equal installments over four years from 2017 to 2020 and the condition is for twenty years less grace period of three years to be repaid later on.
BPP has no confidence in protest note sent to Guatemala
The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) says it does not have any confidence in the protest note that Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington sent to the Guatemalan government with respect to the offensive map being printed there, showing Belize as a part of its territory.
Miracle on Cork Street: It Feels A LOT Like Christmas In Belize at Mirabs
Each year I LOVE to take a trip to Mirab Home Store in Belize City – a super easy trip via water taxi or plane – that REALLY gets me in the holiday spirit. The decorations are gorgeous – the very best in the country – and I can pick up some gifts. Pretty much everything I need in one place.
It’s also a great spot to embrace a Belizean Christmas tradition – Curtains and Marley. Many people buy new curtains and new marley – a floor covering – to spruce up the home for the new year.
Fresh year, fresh new look. I think it’s such a GREAT tradition. AND if you don’t know what marley is…now you do. It’s for sale at lots of stores and hardware spots. You can see the rolls hanging in front of this little tienda in San Pedro.
And while I don’t need any new marley…or curtains, there are TONS of things to freshen up and beautify my home at Mirab. Just a new set of glasses make me very happy.
Here’s what I saw in Mirab on Thursday afternoon.
At the rock the reef concert, 4min.
BELIZE - PLACENCIA, 5min. Placencia is a small town located in the Stann Creek District of Belize.
Flying to Belize and Cayman Islands, 10min.
, min. Why not a trip to Belize? Why not a private island? Why not swim with sharks?
Why Not Belize, 5min.
Belize diving - Nurse Sharks, Stingrays and nice coral reefs, 13min. Belize diving 03/2017 Ambergris Caye - Barrier reef Turneffe Atol Hol Chan Marine Reserve Shark Ray Alley.
Belize - Hol Chan Marine reserve - Shark Ray Alley - Sharks, 3.5min. Belize diving
Hol Chan Marine Reserve - snorkeling with Nurse Sharks & Rays
Shark Ray Alley diving
700 refers to Sabine's 700th dive :-)
Belize 03/2017 - Ambergris Caye diving, 6min. Diving in Belize - Ambergris Caye Dives on Barrier Reef.
The Final Match ! PLB Final - Belmopan Bandits SC vs Verdes FC, 2.75hr.
End Gender Based Violence! Together we can change our society!, 1min. The video was created by Shaunna Vaccaro, one of the participants of the One Minute Video Academy workshop hosted by the Embassy!
Rock the Reef Concert in full swing, 10min.