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The San Pedro Sun

Heredia weighs in on proposed beachfront water taxi terminal
The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) seems to remain at odds with Area Representative and Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Honourable Manuel Heredia Jr., over a proposed water taxi terminal at Ruby’s Hotel on the beachfront by San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi. The water taxi company is currently operating from the Municipal Dock but has acquired the said property along with a dock, and allegedly has plans to build a boat terminal there. Heredia stated that if the SPTC had objected when they were informed of the boat terminal plans, San Pedro Belize Express’ shareholders would not have acquired the property. “What kind of message are we sending to investors,” said Heredia. “If after they invest, they cannot proceed with their plans. You should communicate with the investors, negotiate and let them know what can or cannot be done.” Heredia could not confirm if the terminal by Ruby’s will still be built.

San Pedro Co-ed Softball Tournament play-offs begin
After weeks of intense softball action, the San Pedro Co-Ed Softball competition semi-finals began on Sunday, January 27th at the Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex. The tournament saw three action-packed matches between the four remaining teams in the competition. At 9AM Quality Reef took on Team RCGO, determined to grab a much- needed win to stay in the lead of the competition. After a tough match, Quality Reef closed the game with a tight 5-4 victory. The next match saw Team Extreme comfortably overcoming Team Rusties with 13-3 game points. The play-offs continue this weekend on Sunday, February 3rd, beginning at 9AM with Extreme versus RCGO, followed by Quality Reef going against Rusties. RCGO and Extreme will play a second game and depending on these results a fourth game will be determined. Everyone is invited to come and support their favorite team during the semi-finals playoffs. Food and drinks will be on sale!

San Pedro Citizens on Patrol undergo successful training
Several islanders were part of a Citizens on Patrol (COP) training aimed at improving the partnership between law enforcers and the community. The program complements the efforts of the police department as well and was held from Tuesday, January 29th to Thursday, January 31st inside the VIP Lounge of Fidos Beach Bar. Spearheaded by the National Auxiliary Police Coordinator, Rudolph Orio, participants were educated on how to respond to certain situations, and at the end of the training, each one was awarded with a certificate completion. Orio explained that police could not properly function without the assistance of the community. He emphasized that a stronger bond is imperative to make the island a safer place for both residents and visitors. The program’s objectives are to encourage and mobilize community-minded individuals to volunteer, as more eyes and ears in the community can assist in the deterrence of crime.

Anke Doehm’s trial re-scheduled for mid-June
After several months, American National Anke Doehm was back in Supreme Court in Belize City on Wednesday, January 23rd. She is facing a charge of ‘Cruelty to a Child’ in connection to the death of her adopted daughter, Faye Lin Cannon, who died in 2017. Doehm was in court for a ‘Case Management Conference,’ where she was informed to return to court on June 18, 2019, to finalize her trial. The last time she was in court was in September of 2018 where she sought permission to travel to the United States of America (USA) for health reasons. Doehm had formally submitted her petition, but before approval, it was suddenly withdrawn.

New recycling machine for San Pedro Town
Recycle San Pedro Belize continues to find ways to keep La Isla Bonita clean, and the team has now acquired a new recycling machine. This new machine will be used to shred natural woods such as branches, plywood and old trees among similar debris picked up during clean-up campaigns. In addition, Recycle San Pedro recently acquired a 14-foot-trailer that is being used for clean-up campaigns, and they have placed new garbage barrels across San Pedro Town. The barrels are labeled with the San Pedro Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association super-hero mascot Captain Conch who encourages islanders of all ages to ‘Keep San Pedro Clean.’ “The aim of the barrels is to raise awareness among island residents, to encourage them to dispose of their garbage properly. Together we can have a clean and healthy environment,” said Tyree.

Ambergris Today

MINOR REUNITED WITH PARENTS
Female Minor Found. The San Pedro police department is seeking the assistance of the community in locating the parents. She claims to be 3 years of age, but seems older and goes by the name of Chasidy. If you have any information that will assist please contact the San Pedro Police department 206-2022.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Passing of Gabriel Pop
The U.S. Embassy extends condolences to the Pop family on the passing of Gabriel Pop. Gabriel was an exceptional, warm, loving, positive person. He kept his faith and mind focused on always being there for his family and community. In 2016, Gabriel was selected to participate in the six-week long professional exchange program for outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs in the United States—Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative - YLAI. He represented Belize and the Toledo Cacao community with pride and joy. Gabriel will be greatly missed by his YLAI brothers and sisters and by the Embassy community and will be cherished in our memories forever.

Students of Nazaren high School learning about the Yucatec Maya
Students of Nazaren high School learning about the Yucatec Maya(Máasewal) of Belize at U Chan Muul Yaax k'aax at San Lazaro Orange Walk. They learn about the Maya history,legends(Folklore), language and more.

The Reporter

CUSTOMS SEIZE MAJOR CONTRABAND
A joint search operation between Orange Walk and Corozal Police in San Victor Village has led to the discovery of a substantial amount of contraband drinks. Two hundred and thirty-eight cases of Mexican beers, ten cases of Canareal rum and and eleven cases of large coke were all handed over to Customs Officials.

No Industry Impact from BAL Fire, Says CEO
It is not expected that the unfortunate industrial blaze that ravaged a section of Belize Aquaculture Limited (BAL) processing plant in the Stann Creek District to ashes on Monday evening will have any direct impact on the production output of the shrimp industry in Belize.

NGO Provides Support in Critical Times
The Belize Brain Awareness Society (BBAS), founded in May 2018, has quickly been gaining followers, popularity and members due to a need for support for victims and family members that have been battling neurological illnesses. A couple of years ago, founding member Kaylia Nunez was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm and had to undergo two brain surgeries in Cuba. Her experience, she says, made her vow to do everything possible to return to Belize to form a group that will provide support for persons who have to go through the same thing she did.

Musa, Barrow and Briceno: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow?
By Lloyd Jones. That the port of its boundary with French territory not already delimited by international agreement be delimited, upon Libya’s achievement of independence, by negotiation between the Libyan and French Governments, assisted on the request of ether party by a third person to be selected by them or, failing their agreement, to be appointed by the Secretary General.”

Creating an Environment for Investor Confidence
By Nefretery Marin. Foreign investment is a vital source of external capital for our Country; especially in these times of economic struggles and insecurities. Like I have said before – Belize has very good potential. We are strategically located for trade & commerce not just in Latin America and the Caribbean but also to the United States and the world.

Helping Hands on the City’s Cold Streets
On Sunday night, as many Belizeans were nestled in the comfort and warmth of their homes, enjoying a severe cold front that was sweeping across the country, one couple was on the streets of Belize City making sure that homeless persons were equipped with the proper gear to withstand the weather conditions.

Chinese Business Woman Shot In Armed Robbery
A Chinese business woman from Dangriga is currently hospitalized at the Southern Regional Hospital due to a gunshot wound to the left side of her chest which she sustained late Friday evening during an armed robbery. While police have not released the name of the victim she was reportedly shot around 2:03 p.m on February 1st at Da Yang Shop located on George Price Drive in Dangriga.

BUS DRIVER ROBBED
A bus driver who stopped outside of Wilmac Pharmacy on Cemetery Road on Friday morning to purchase pressure pills was robbed at gunpoint. Mark Cardinez is a driver for Belize Transit Bus Company, and reported that around 8:00 a.m on February 1st, he parked outside the pharmacy and asked his assistant to go inside the store and purchase the medication.

No Free Pass for Interdicted Cop
Commissioner of Police Chester Williams on Wednesday told the media that “when it comes to Police Officers, we are going to do what we need to do to ensure that there is no cover up, because you would be the same one to come back and say oh, because it’s a Police officer you didn’t charge.”

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

15-year-old student missing in Belize City
A 15-year-old student from Belize City has been reported missing. Jazline Requena was last seen on January 31,2019. She is about 5ft 6inches in height.

Accused murderer out on bail, the first for 2019
Yesterday the Supreme Court of Belize granted bail to accused murderer Curtis Lamb, who has been awaiting a verdict in his trial for over two years. Lamb was in prison for the August 2011 murder of Justin Roaches, for which he was the prime suspect.

Orange Walk police seize contraband beers and coke
This morning around 5, police conducted a joint operation in Victor Village in Northern Belize. There, authorities found 238 cases of beer, 10 cases of Canareal rum, and 11 cases of large coke in an abandoned house.

11-year old reported missing in Belize City
The family of eleven-year-old Tayron Martinez of Vernon Street, Belize City is seeking your assistance in locating him. Tayron is of brown complexion and about 4 feet 6 inches in height.

Did Salvadoran Ambassador in Belize facilitate transportation for Belizean-Salvadorans to vote in Presidential elections?
Presidential elections in El Salvador will be held this Sunday, February 3, 2019. Four Presidential candidates belonging to different political parties are lined up to head the Central American country when one of them wins the general elections on Sunday.

ICJ Awareness campaign comes to San Ignacio
With only 67 days until Belize’s historic referendum, the education awareness campaign on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has intensified. Members of the ICJ education campaign will be at the San Ignacio Welcome Center tomorrow to educate and answer questions from the people of San Ignacio, Santa Elena and surrounding communities.

International Sourcesizz

Mexico-Guatemala earthquake, felt by millions, likely triggered by the 2017 megaquake
In the map below we show a comparison between the USGS model of shaking intensity and the reports from people who felt the earthquake. These models are important because they allow organizations to anticipate potential needs for rescue and response activities to help people in need following earthquakes and tsunami. Note how the model forecasts are a good approximation for the reported intensities, except for Mexico City. The M=8.2 earthquake in 2017 (read more below) profoundly changed the stresses surrounding that earthquake. Melgar et al. (2018) suggest that this large quake may have even ruptured through the entire plate!

Videos

  • Dueling Iguanas, 2min. It’s breeding season and the males are duking it out daily. Rare that we see it this up close and personal though. My worker was pointing out that one was bleeding from a bite on the forearm, but I watched and he was using it ok. The barnyard symphony background music is just fantastic.

  • Sweet Belize 2019, 3min.

  • VR Boat ride in Belize 2018, .5min. Belize City to Caye Caulker boat ride in July 2018 Best seen with a VR headset

  • Trip to Belize 2007, 13min.

  • Belize, 43min.

  • San Pedro Belize / Caribbean Villas 2019, 12min.

  • San Ignacio, San Pedro, Caye Caulker and Swimming with Sharks!, 7min.

  • Belize Rainforest | Two Nights Pineapple Hill, 4min. Pineapple Hill in Belize is one of the coolest places I've ever stayed! We only stayed two nights...I could have done four nights easy. This place is so peaceful and breathtaking. It's well equipped to cook while you are there. However, there is an amazing restaurant about 15 mins down the road-The Sleeping Giant. WHOA!! We went both nights (I didn't bring my camera either night because I wanted to be 100% engaged in the atmosphere without a lense). Drinks are incredible, food was fantastic, service was unreal and did I mention you are sitting in a rain forest?

  • Travel to Caye Caulker - Belize Zoo Visit, 5.5min.

  • Belize 2019, 4.5min. Catamaran to Coral garden, shark and ray alley, hol chan chanel

  • The wind in San Pedro Belize 2019, 5min.

  • NEBL 2019 || Tiger Sharks vs Hurricanes || Live at the Belize Civic Center, 2hr.