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The San Pedro Sun

Martin Dawson's MMA Pit Fighters Gaining International Recognition
It has been less than a year since island resident Martin Dawson officially opened his Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) training school, and in that short time, the school has grown by leaps and bounds, attracting local and international attention. Dawson's MMA training school, 'Pit Fighters,' teaches all aspects of the sport, self-defense, jiu-jitsu, tactics, and techniques. The school is currently in the process of preparing fighters to compete in a MMA tournament this June in Chetumal, Mexico. As well, the school was recently visited by well- known Canadian striking trainer, Victor Theriault, who spent several days attending classes with Dawson. Theriault has a solid coaching record and has trained some of the best fighters in the world, including former middleweight champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Georges St-Pierre.

San Pedro Pirates' controversial 2018 PLB season ends
With their loss to Freedom Fighters on Sunday, April 7th, the San Pedro Pirates Football Club road in the closing season of the Premiere League of Belize (PLB) has come to an end. However, founder of the San Pedro Pirates F.C, Emeliano Rivero is alleging bias and unfair practices by the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) and the PLB against his football club. In an interview with The San Pedro Sun stated that during the PLB season, every time the Pirates hosted a team at home, the FFB required a total of $1,000 dollars to be given towards transportation expenses for the visiting team. However, he alleges that FFB didn't make the same stipulations in return from other teams when the Pirates had to travel. "I have never received any financial assistance from them at all," said Rivero.

Hol Chan announces activities for Reef Week 2018
Hol Chan Marine Reserve has announced the various activities that will be taking place during the 13th Annual Reef Week 2018. For the past 12 years, Hol Chan has been celebrating Belize's Barrier Reef System through a week of activities, aimed at raising awareness on the importance of protecting and preserving the marine environment. The Reef Week will kick off on Monday, May 7th, with a swim to the reef starting at 6AM from Amigos Del Mar dock in San Pedro Town. The following day, members of Hol Chan will take part in a traveling puppet show at the various schools on Ambergris Caye starting at 9AM. Activities continue on Wednesday, May 9th with the primary school Trivia Competition to be held at the Lions Den. The competition is scheduled to start at 9:30AM and will challenge students' knowledge of Belize's ecosystem, flora, and fauna, as well as the laws pertaining to the protection of the environment.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Special Olympics Fun Run/Walk
The Special Olympics Fun Run/Walk was yesterday in Belmopan. "Special Olympics Belize Fun Run/Walk in Belmopan this morning! Thanks to All who made this event possible! Thank you to Belmopan City Council for controlling traffic & Grace Kennedy for breakfast!"

7th Annual Ariel Rosado Ride
The 7th annual Ariel Rosado Bike Ride is next Saturday, April 21st. The money riadsed goes to help finance the foundation's educational scholarships. A huge thanks to all the sponsors of the ride. "The Ariel Rosado Foundation Annual Bike Ride is a social ride aiming at raising needed funds that will help to finance educational scholarship to underprivileged youths in Belize. Pledges are solicited by participants of the event. The ride starts at Galen University at mile 62.5 on the George Price Highway with a stop at the Belmopan Campus, then at Cheers Restaurant at Miles 31, another stop at Hattieville, turns into Chetumal Street Blvd and unto the Philip Goldson Highway then turn at the Round a bout by San Cas unto Princess Margaret Drive until it reaches the final destination of the Hour Bar"

Water woes continue in San Pedro today
Belize Water Services informs customers in San Pedro that they are experiencing lower than normal pressure in the water supply for the remainder of today, Sunday, April 15, 2018. The entire San Pedro Water Distribution System is affected. This low pressure is the result of ongoing works at the Pumping Station. Customers may experience discoloration when water is restored. BWS apologizes for any inconvenience this low pressure is causing our customers in San Pedro.

Please be on the lookout
Police have shared information in regards to Bulgarian nationals. The Bulgarian suspect is said to be involved in fraudulent transactions at banks in Belize city. He may be with a female companion. If anyone should see him, be sure to report it to your nearest police station.

Special Olympics Belize Fun Run/Walk
In Belmopan Saturday morning! Thanks to All who made this event possible! Thank you to Belmopan City Council for controlling traffic & Grace Kennedy for breakfast

GBV workshop in Punta Gorda
Building People Movement (BPM) continued its fight against Gender Based Violence (GBV) at its GBV workshop held in Punta Gorda on March 28th. As part of an ongoing U.S. Embassy grant, Building People Movement hosted the workshop for community leaders and individuals from Punta Gorda Town and villages in the Toledo District to discuss GBV impacts on society and how regular people can make a change. BPM will be carrying out future workshops to continue the discussion and awareness about combatting GBV.

The Reporter

Dangriga business woman robbed
A 33-year-old Dangriga businesswoman and her two daughters were robbed inside their store on Friday. According to police, the gunman entered their establishment around 4:45 p.m. and stole a gold chain, valued at $700. The woman told police that while she was along with her two daughters inside the shop, a man came to the window and ordered a water pouch from one of the girls. While the minor went to the freezer to get the water, the man pulled out a gun and pointed it at the woman and ordered her not to move.

Hitchhiker raped on Valley of Peace road
An 18-year-old Camalote student has reported to police that she was raped on Thursday night by a man she hitchhiked a ride from. According to police, the girl reported that around 8:00 p.m on April 12th, she was hitchhiking a ride home from Belmopan to Camalote village when upon reaching Roaring Creek village a man on a motorcycle picked her up. The female alleges that the man drove her to a dark area on the Valley of Peace road where he raped her. After she was raped, the man reportedly drove the her back to the highway and left her in the vicinity of the West Star gas station.

Real thieves rob businessman with fake gun
Police in Orange Walk are looking for two culprits, who robbed a business man of his cash and cell phone using a toy gun. Mohamed Zium Hoque Chowhury, 28, a Bangladeshi business man was robbed of $250 cash and a cell phone valued at $ 1,800. Chowhury reported to police that on April 12th, around 9:20 a.m while he was inside his store on the Otro Benque Road, Orange Walk, two men, one armed with what appeared to be a firearm and the other with a knife, entered his establishment.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Man dies in fatal traffic accident in Cayo
Last night around 6, a motorcycle and a van collided head-on on the San Antonio Village road in the Cayo District. [�]

Cold front to pass over Belize tomorrow
The National Meteorological Service (NMS) is reporting that a cold front will pass over Belize tomorrow. According to the NMS, prefrontal activity is expected over some areas tonight. [�]

Godwin Hulse: Our aquaculture is going through difficult times
Minister of Agriculture, Godwin Hulse, has confirmed that the aquaculture industry is facing dark days. In an interview with the press, he said, "Our aquaculture is going through difficult times." [�]

Store owner robbed at gunpoint in Dangriga Town
Police in Dangriga are investigating a robbery that occurred yesterday afternoon at a local store. [�]

Another suspected drug plane lands in Belize
On Thursday night, multiple reports surfaced of a suspected drug plane, which allegedly landed in the Belize district. The plane reportedly landed around mile 10 on the George Price highway. [�]

18-year-old student raped in Valley of Peace of Road
Belmopan police are investigating a case of rape reported by an 18-year old student. The student reported to police that she was hiking from Belmopan to Camalote Village on Thursday night [�]

Blogs

Dangriga's Vital Role in Belize's Health Care System
Garifuna drumming and culture is one of the first things that comes to mind when people think about Dangriga. This city which is the capital of the Stann Creek district is also home to a very important place that very few people know exists, the Belize Cancer Centre Dangriga (BCCD). The BCCD plays a vital role in Belize's health care system and offers a lifeline for those diagnosed with cancer. The charitable, donation-based organization opened its doors in 2008 and it is the only hematology-oncology center in the country. The cancer center accepts patients from anywhere in Belize and they also work with patients countrywide who want to return home but need to continue chemotherapy treatments. The center staff consists of three full-time employees, occasional volunteer physicians and is overseen by an oncologist from Los Angeles who comes down every two-three months.

Weekend Update: A Mega-Yacht, an Awful, Island-Changing Development Approved and More
A source that would like to remain unnamed sent me some photos. A HUGE yacht called the Romea anchored off the coast of Belize last week - at exactly the same time that Bill Gates was spotted playing tennis on Ambergris Caye. While the Romea has 4 jet skis, a limo tender*, tons of SCUBA gear and LOTS more amenities, she does NOT have a helicopter pad which makes me think this must be another super wealthy visitor to Belize and not Mr. Gates. 40+ OVER THE WATER CABANAS APPROVED AT CAYO ROSARIO: The west coast of Ambergris Caye is most famous for Secret Beach, the crystal clear water and the fly fishing flats that support a large industry on our island.

International Sourcesizz

Guatemala votes on sending Belize territory dispute to International Court of Justice
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales has called on the Latin American country's 7.5 million eligible voters to take part in a referendum on Sunday on whether the International Court of Justice (ICJ) should rule on a 200-year-old border dispute with neighboring country Belize. A final resolution could see Guatemala, a former Spanish colony, gain legal control over territory and waters currently administered by Belize, once a British colony. The disputed area covers some 12,270 square kilometers (4,737 square miles) - about half of Belize. The referendum is the result of a 2008 accord that would see the dispute over mainland, island and maritime territory sent to the court in The Hague, if the populations of Guatemala and Belize approve.

13 places with the bluest water in the world
Sometimes all it takes to re-center and refresh your mind and body is a good day (or week - who are we to limit you) staring off into a tranquil blue sea. To help you find your inner peace, and catch a few waves and rays while you're at it, we've put together a list of some of the bluest waters in the world. These lakes, seas, beaches, and bays have vistas that range from brilliant navy blues to the lightest, clearest turquoises imaginable. Needless to say, they are the perfect places to re-connect with nature, family, and yourself. A short boat ride from the largest barrier reef outside of Australia, Belize's Ambergris Caye is a scuba diver's and snorkeler's paradise. Head to Shark Ray Alley to snorkel among nurse sharks and stingrays; visit Hol Chan Marine Reserve to get up close with eels, turtles, and colorful fish; or explore the underwater caves of Blue Hole. When you're not in the water, admire its warm glow from a hammock on the beach.

Videos

  • Good Morning San Pedro Apr. 12, 54min.

  • History talk at Corozal Central Park art in the park, 4min.

  • We were live from Corozal Art in the Park at Central Park, 15min. Right now it is a event when Corozal was found by Marc Canul.

  • Reggatta sail in Corozal commencing, 7min.

  • Best Fruit Stand in BELIZE, 7min.

  • Belize 2015, 5.5min. A snorkeling video of Caye Caulker, Belize through Caveman Snorkeling Tours.

  • Mountain Pine Ridge , Belize, 4min. Video tribute to an amazing weekend on Mountain Pine Ridge with the gang from Old House Hostel.

  • Belize City Defenders vs Verdes, 2hr24min.