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The San Pedro Sun

BEL Proposes to Recover Increase in Cost of Power
The Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) Company submitted a request to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to increase electricity rates for the annual Tariff Period from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019. In a press release issued on Wednesday, April 4th, BEL stated that an increase is needed to cover the cost of power purchased from power producers. The company is, therefore, proposing an increase of 7.1%, which is an increase in the Mean Electricity Rate of $0.39 cents per Kilowatt hour (kWh). This is an increase of .0262 cents added to the current $0.36 cents per kWh, which is expected to impact the rising cost of living in Belize.

Tacogirl launches battery recycling project on Ambergris Caye
Thanks to an initiative by Laurie Norton, AKA Tacogirl, island residents can now properly dispose of their old batteries. The project requires residents to drop off their old batteries at the recycling containers located at any of the following businesses; Castillo’s Hardware Ltd, SP Hardware, and Harmouch Hardware. The type of batteries that are being accepted includes alkaline, lithium, nickel cadmium and rechargeable ones. Since the placement of the containers about four months ago, Norton says they have collected a total amount of 20 pounds of dead batteries. Currently, the batteries are just being collected as the proper paperwork needs to be drafted by the correct authorities to safely export the batteries to a recycling center by sea and ground transport. Once shipping/export has been secured, Norton foresees the project broadening its slope to other areas of Belize.

Misc Belizean Sources

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San Pedro Lagoon Clean Up
So proud of our island! We had an incredible turn out at the San Pedro Lagoon Clean Up hosted by ACES and Reef Angel MJ Leslie! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED! We removed everything you can think of from the lagoon - fridges, golf cart frames, thousands of bottles and bottle caps, rusted metal sheets and frames, a very old dell computer monitor, broken glass, plastic bags, an 8-inch long dread lock, piles of wood with nails sticking out, washing machines, bar chairs, fishing line... etc. The list goes on! Not only did participants clean up the areas most seen and traveled, trash was even removed from deep inside the mangroves and deep into the sea grass where wildlife inhabit.

Job Opening at Namaste Cafe on Caye Caulker
Please come by and ask for Brad... no calls, messages

The Belize City Downtown Rejuvenation Project
A part of the rejuvenation of downtown under the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project is the rebuilding and repairing a few historic buildings and sites in downtown. One of these sites is where the Paslow once stood. For those of us who are not familiar with the history of the Paslow or the man that it was named after, below is some information.

Pavel Ythjall on Ambergris Caye
Pavel Ythjall just visited our beautiful island and this was his office... We'll wait for you to be back, Pavel Ythjall

Two power outages scheduled for Wednesday, April 11 to affect entire Placencia Peninsula, Independence Village and surrounding areas
From 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and entire Toledo District from 1:50 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. BEL to conduct maintenance and testing of equipment at Independence Substation and Savannah Switching Station; and conduct climbing inspections, replace poles carrying transmission lines and conduct maintenance on transmission system.

3rd Annual CEO Caucus Cancer Ride
BEL’s CEO and Megawatts Cycling Club participated in the 3rd Annual CEO Caucus Cancer Ride on Saturday April 7. The Cancer Treatment Center in Dangriga will receive BEL’s $2,000 donation towards this fundraising effort.

Birding Weekend!
So after 4 lodges, Caves Branch, Chabil Be, Bocawina, Farm Inn and Baldy Beacon MPR in between, we have successfully recorded 280 species of birds. It was arduous and very painful at times with the sun, but was worth it.!! Now a little break and tommorow we head down to Turtle Inn for the continuation.!!

Delegates from the Maya Leaders Alliance
(Mopan & Kekchi Maya) , National Garifuna Council, Northern Maya Association of Belize(Yucatec Maya), Tumul Kin Center of Learning and the student Maya Club at University of Belize - Belmopan attending the human rights training in Carillo Puerto, México.

Channel 5

EVAN MOSE HYDE IS THE NEW PRESIDENT OF THE CWU
Three candidates who were up for the presidency of the Christian Workers Union: Moses Sulph: 39 votes. Wilmore Staine: 72 votes. Mose Hyde: 328 votes. We will have the full story on Monday at 6:30 p.m on News 5.

The Reporter

Guatemalan play gives racist depiction of Belizeans
This weekend Guatemalan performers dawned the racist art from known as “black face” for a play called “Goodbye Belize.” The play, which opened on Thursday and will close on Sunday, is a proclaimed musical comedy where the actors overly darken their skin and exaggerate the size of their lips while satirically dancing to Belizean “bruk down” and other Caribbean music. Throughout the play a map of Belize is often in the background, with only the Corozal and Orange Walk districts in tact. Gerardo Palala, stage director and choreographer, said that the play is “based on an investigation made by González Dubón that exposes what happened at the time when the secession of national lands was made.” Notably, the practice of black face ended in the United States with the Civil Rights movement, because of it’s promotion of negative stereotypes.

Cayo woman critical after traffic accident
A 33-year-old woman from Cayo is in a critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital following a road traffic accident in the Orange Walk district yesterday. Police say that when they responded to the report of an RTA between mile 50 and 51 on the Phillip Goldson Highway, the found Victoria Garcia, a domestic worker of Progresso Village in the Cayo district, unconscious with cuts to her forehead and face. Garcia was travelling with another passenger, Carlos Arturo Santos 21-year-old Belizean Labourer, also of Progresso, who said that he was suffering from lower back pain. Police found Garica’s vehicle off the road with its four wheels in the air and extensively damaged.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Mose Hyde is new president of CWU
After almost 6 months without a president, the Christian Workers Union (CWU) has selected talk show host Evan “Mose” Hyde as its new president. When the final votes were tallied he walked away with 328 votes. In second place was Wilmore Staine who snatched 72 votes […]

Social media, email, and telephone history may soon be required for US visa applications
Thousands of Belizeans may soon be affected by a new visa application policy proposed by the United States of America (US). According the Associated Press, applicants may soon be required to submit their social media histories, previous email addresses, and phone numbers whenever they apply for a US visa. […]

Canadian national raped in her apartment
Police in Belize City are investigating a rape incident that happened on Wednesday, April 4th. According to police reports, a 30 year old Canadian National residing in Belize City reported that on Wednesday night while she was socializing at her apartment with her boyfriend and others friends […]

Guatemala’s referendum campaign intensifies
By BBN Staff: With only eight more days until Guatemala’s national referendum, their Government and people have intensified their campaign encouraging Guatemalan residents to vote in favor of taking the long standing dispute to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) […]

Standing up for Carrie Tripodi – A tribute to La Isla Bonita
By Lisa Shoman: I want to pay tribute this morning to San Pedro. Yes, that San Pedro, La Isla Bonita […] San Pedro tends to get a terrible reputation for insularity, for wanting to be its own republic, for being a fleshpot of sin and iniquity that constantly wants to kick people off the island -and it deserves all that.

Storm names released for 2018 Hurricane Season
This week, the Colorado State University hurricane researchers released their projections for the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season. According to the report, this season will be slightly above-average […]

Blogs

Belize Eco Kids Summer Camp 2018
Summer is almost here, and Chaa Creek is accepting essays for their Eco Kids Summer Camp. "The annual Eco Kids summer camp is drawing near, & the Lodge at Chaa Creek urges young Belizeans between the ages of 9 & 12 years old to get on board early! It's is a great opportunity for young Belizeans to learn about their natural environment & develop skills while having fun during a week-long jungle adventure."

Your Two Cents
Literally, your two cents really is needed. $45,000 is a lot of money to raise but a Hematology Analyzer for the Dr. Otto Rodriguez Poly Clinic will be very far reaching to our island and is well worth the effort. Hematology Analyzers are used to count leucocytes, red cells, and platelets in our blood. They also determine hemoglobin and hematocrit levels and are extremely important for disease detection and help catch blood disorders and malignancies. Hematological tests can help diagnose infections, anemia, hemophilia, blood-clotting disorders, and leukemia. Every Penny Counts: If everyone pitches in a little (or a lot if you have it to spare) we can help the Blue Water Grill Restaurant meet their goal faster. If you are willing and able to support this advancement for Ambergris Caye healthcare – we need your help. Aside from booking your Tropic Air flights with flight code horizon for an automatic donation at no extra cost, you can make a contribution while on vacation and enjoy Blue Water, The Phoenix, Red GInger or Wine de Vine. For those not currently in Belize but wish they were here to help, there is an easy online donation option.

Bill Gates, World’s Second Richest Man, on Ambergris Caye
Earlier this week, Bill Gates – the 2nd richest man in the world – arrived on Ambergris Caye, Belize to perfect his tennis game. Helicoptering in 3 times over 3 days from his offshore yacht, Gates met and practiced with a tennis pro at Belizean Shores Resort – 3 miles north of San Pedro town. (Pictured with Doug Penland, CEO of Sandy Points Resorts.) Bill Gates is very serious about tennis. Just about a month ago, he teamed up with Roger Federer for a charity match.

International Sourcesizz

The drop that makes a vase overflow: Understanding Maya society through daily water management
Water is an important key to understand Maya society, especially water availability within a context of climatic changes. Increasing drought would have pushed the Maya water systems into collapse. This paper studies the Maya water systems from an action‐oriented perspective, in order to understand what challenges the Maya had to overcome when dealing with water. The systems found at Tikal serve as main example, allowing comparisons with other Maya sites. In this analysis, hydraulic‐ and agent‐based elements are combined in a model to investigate the performance of the water system within extreme weather conditions and changing human agency. The results suggest that the Tikal water system was able to cope with most of the extreme situations. Furthermore, model results allow proposing that the Maya did not anticipate on short‐term changes in external conditions. Generally, in Tikal surpluses of water may have been as important as shortages of water. The extensive system of drains and canals present at Tikal may have been built to move water from the center of the city rather than to supply water to lower situated reservoirs during the dry season. Such a water‐removal system could be less centrally orientated and organized than is often argued. This could also mean that organizational structures of water systems of different city centers (Tikal, Calakmul, and Caracol) were more similar than usually assumed.

Videos

  • On the road with the 3rd Annual CEO Caucus Cancer Ride, 2.5min.

  • On the road with the 3rd Annual CEO Caucus Cancer Ride, 5min.

  • Corozal House of Culture Marimba event, 9min. Marimba all the way from Benque Viejo.

  • Belize bird's taking baths, 2min. Today was really humid so I setup my camera facing the bird bath to see what I'd get

  • Howler monkey in rain forest of Belize, 1min.

  • Snorkeling in Belize, 15min.

  • Java Relief and Hope Haven, Belize, 3min. Java Relief connected with a ministry called Hope Haven in San Pedro, Belize. It's a shelter for children at risk that was built in an old strip club. The staff and volunteers at Hope Haven provide a literacy program, individual and group therapy, hot meals and a safe place for neglected and abused children.

  • Swimming with sharks in Belize, 15min.

  • Belize Honeymoon 2018, 4min. Enjoy a Short Video of our Honeymoon in Belize. We had a great time and can't to go back.

  • Java Relief Coffee. Serving meals at San Petro Food Bank in Belize., 2.5min. We were blessed to be able to purchase and serve a meal for 120 moms and children at Hope Haven in San Petro Belize. A shelter for children at risk that was built in an old strip club. The staff and volunteers at Hope Haven provide a literacy program, individual and group therapy, hot meals and a safe place for neglected and abused children.

  • Going to Belize, 9min. We got to go on a really cool vacation to Belize, a country in Central America! Caves Branch and Roberts Grove

  • Verdes vs Dangriga Dream Ballers, 2hr50min.