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National News: PUC approves a 6.24% increase in electricity rates
As of Sunday, July 1st, Belizeans can expect an increase in their electricity bills as the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) granted Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) a 6.24 % average increase in the Mean Electricity Rate. This represents .39 cents increase per kilowatt-hour through June 2020.
This is the PUC’s final decision in respect of the 2018 Annual Full Tariff Review Proceedings (TRP) for which BEL made submissions in April. The electricity company had asked for an average rate of 39.25 cents over the two year period, but in May, the Commission only approved an average rate of 38.62 cents. BEL objected and an independent expert, Ian McMillan was appointed to review the initial decision and make recommendations for the determination of regulated values, tariffs, fees and charges that were included in the PUC’s final decision.
Coral Reef Ed-ventures features “Blue Planet” on movie night
The Coral Reef Ed-ventures held their second movie night at the Lions Den in San Pedro Town on Wednesday, July 4th. The evening was held as part of their fun-filled activities for their 19th annual summer camp.
Shortly after 7PM, the movie “Blue Planet” commenced, and various children along with their parents were entranced. In addition to the movie, they also got to enjoy delicious refreshments. Blue planet is nature documentary series that showcases the protection and preservation of marine life.
Wolfe’s Woofers: Just One of the Guys
When Andrew and I walked into the noisy, crowded Belize City bar things got very quiet. The Happy Hour partiers stopped drinking and stared at him.
“What’s wrong with these people?” he asked me. “Haven’t they ever seen a vicar?”
Andrew is a vicar of the Presbyterian Church back in the U.S. He never goes anywhere without wearing his clerical collar.
“They probably think you’re a priest,” I told him. “They’ll get used to it.”
Sure enough, as we talked the crowd went back to partying and drinking. Every once in a while, the lights would flicker out and then the crowd would cheer loudly. When a waiter came over Andrew asked, “Hey, where is the bathroom?”
Misc Belizean Sources
HELP GLENN IN BELIZE TO STAY ALIVE!
Fundraiser for Glenn Tillett
Glenn Tillett is one of the preeminent contributors to the political, social, cultural and economic discourse in Belize. His contributions to Belize society are many, varied and impactful. In short, Glenn is a national treasure.
Unfortunately, Glenn has contracted kidney disease and as a result, has to undertake dialysis sessions three times a week to stay alive. The cost of the dialysis sessions is unfortunately prohibitive and oppressive.
From the words of Glenn Tillett: "Currently, as I have been told by several persons who claim authority, there are 32 persons receiving dialysis services from the WORTH implemented program at KHMH in Belize City and La Loma Luz in San Ignacio. Reportedly they pay $25.00 per session.
The rest of us pay upwards of $220 per session at the private providers. For nearly all of us this is unaffordable.
Corozal Summer Camp
With Mrs. Laveena Punjabi and Ms. Sylvia Cruz
Behind Every Favorite Song is an Untold Woman
Behind Every Favorite Song is an Untold Woman is coming to the Wildfire Artzmosphere next weekend. It's a one woman show, and Riti Sachdeva is the playwright and actor. There will be two performances, one on Saturday the 14th, and one on Sunday the 15th, with both starting at 7:00pm. Tickets are $10, and are available at Kaj Expressions on Burns avenue.
In related news, they'll be having a series of plays the next weekend at Wildfire.
"Behind Every Favorite Song is an Untold Woman.
A Solo Show. Starting...
Riti Sachdeva ~ Theathremaker. Playwright. Actor."
Screen on the Green
Summer is here! Come out and enjoy a great movie "ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN” on Thursday, July 12, at the Governor General Field in Belmopan!
Father and son charged for drug trafficking
A man and his son from the Finca Solano area of Corozal town were both arrested and charged for drug trafficking after a police raid on their home on July 5 yielded two parcels of cannabis.
On July 5th, around 1:00 p.m. Corozal police executed a search warrant at the residence of Jose Escamila Sr. 48, and his son Jose Escamila Jr. Cops found weed weighing 22.60 grams.
Both men were taken to the Corozal police station where they were charged for two counts of drug trafficking.
Breaking Belize News
Senate approves new chair of Integrity Commission
The Senate met on Thursday morning in Belmopan and approved attorney Deshawn Arzu-Torres as the new chairperson of the Integrity Commission, which had been non-functional since last December when former chairperson, Marilyn Williams was appointed as a Justice of the Supreme Court.[…]
Six students graduate from John Paul’s Junior College in Benque Viejo
On Wednesday, July 4, John Paul II Junior College (JPIIJC) in Benque Viejo del Carmen celebrated its fourth commencement ceremony.
Six graduates were awarded Associates of Arts degrees in Liberal Arts and/or in English.The welcome address was delivered by Florinda Santos Rodezno (Liberal Arts).
Jocelyne Nayveth Lemus (president of the Student Council, and Liberal Arts major) offered an Address on Behalf of the Graduates. […]
Beryl weakens to Tropical Storm
This morning the National Hurricane Center (NHC) downgraded Beryl to a tropical storm.
The center of tropical storm Beryl was located near latitude 12.1 North, longitude 51.1 West.
Beryl is moving toward the west-northwest near 14 miles per hour (22 km/h).
A west-northwestward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected during the next few days. […]
Mexican Embassy awards 25 half-scholarships to students at Escuela Secundaria Tecnia Mexico
The Embassy of Mexico in Belize yesterday hosted a ceremony at Escuela Secundaria Técnica México, in Corozal, Belize, where 25 half-scholarships were awarded to Belizean students of the evening shift. […]
English-Speaking Belize: The Easiest Country on the Caribbean
Belize is a country that not many people know much about. It is a young state, only independent since 1981, before which it was British Honduras. The British have had a huge influence on this small Caribbean nation, to the point where the Queen is still on the paper money. It is the only country in the region with English as the official language, and this among many other reasons makes it a comfortable and easy place to visit—or live!
Belize is just south of Quintana Roo; the Yucatán peninsula so popular with visitors to Mexico, as it contains Cancún, Tulum, and Playa Del Carmen. But despite its closeness to Mexico, Belize is a very different country.
Belize has 240 miles of coastline and countless “cayes,” or islands, in the Caribbean Sea off its coast. The country is about the size of New Jersey, with the lowest population density in Central America, which leads to jaw-dropping drives through unspoiled country. You will see sweeping vistas of the Mayan mountains, jungles, and little villages that look like they have been there for centuries.
Spouses of CARICOM Heads Visit Historic Falmouth
Spouses of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) toured the historic town of Falmouth on Thursday (July 5), where they viewed the 18th century Georgian buildings and participated in craft shopping.
The Heads are in Jamaica for the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM from July 4 to 6 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James.
Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, wife of the Prime Minister of Belize, the Rt. Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow, told JIS News that it was “great to be able to spend some time with Mrs. Holness and the other first ladies that are here”.
Dog on porch barking at jaguar, 1/2min. About 800 Jaguars remains in Belize. Here's One.
Peini Extravaganza Summer fest, 2.5min. Get ready for this summer explosion. First ever Peini Extravaganza Summer fest this July 28th 2018 at Punta Gorda Central Park. This three way event is consist of a fair during the day 9 am - 6:30 pm, talent show in evening 7:30 pm-9:30 pm and finishing off with a grand bash 10:30 pm - 4:00 am.
Belize - Howler Monkeys, 1.5min.
Approach into Belize City (Time Lapse), 2min.
FLYING OVER THE MESMERIZING BELIZE BLUE HOLE, 3min. Taken over the Blue Hole in Belize, this scenic flight is breathtaking and mesmerizing over the blue hole and the surrounding reefs.
Belize 2018 swim with sharks, 7.5min. Swimming with sharks and sting rays.