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The San Pedro Sun

Wolfe’s Woofer: Inheritance
“I’m looking for a Mr. Moses Gilfoy,” said the man who had just arrived at the construction site. “Do you know where I can find him?” “He’s in the bottom of that hole,” I said, pointing. “The workers are digging a septic tank.” “Are you Mr. Moses Gilfoy from Burrell Boom?” “Yes,” Moses said. “Who are you?” “I’m John Carruthers, a lawyer from England. Is your mother’s name Wilma and your father’s name Stanford?”

Happy Wags and Thank you Meow-y much to Saga benefactor!
US-retiree and long-time island visitor William McQueen made a US$10,000 donation to SAGA Humane Society located in San Pedro Town. This very generous donation will go towards the Spay/Neuter program, mobile vaccination clinics, and caring for our many shelter animals waiting for their new homes. Thank you, Mr. McQueen, from all the dogs and cats of San Pedro, the staff and board of SAGA, and the community!

Doctor Love: Dumped
Dear Doctor Love, I have known this boy since we were little kids and we got to be boyfriend and girlfriend last year. A few weeks ago he said he wanted to be just friends again and now he is going around with another girl. Everybody in the school knows it and I don’t want to go anymore. My best friend says she saw them kissing the other day and it hurts really bad. I know I will never be his friend again and I hate her very much.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Puma Selfie
Today's Selfie Sunday is a curious puma, detected by our camera traps in the Central Belize Corridor

Taiwan ICDF Scholarship program
Belize needs more business development leaders for local and global success. Under the Taiwan ICDF Scholarship program you can apply to National Chengchi University (NCCU) for your Bachelor or Master's degree in Business Administration. Taiwan ICDF also sponsors a Master's program in International Studies at the same university NCCU. These are 3 programs #4, 5 & 6 at NCCU in Taipei, Taiwan on the Taiwan ICDF Scholarship program list. Click the link to view NCCU's admission brochure. Deadline for all applications (Taiwan ICDF and NCCU) is March 15th, 2019. In Belize, due to the time difference, you should think about March 14th as your deadline to be on the safe side, especially for the school application. Please don't wait until the last minute.

The People's Forum
The ICJ Referendum is fast approaching. The People's Forum will be held at the CWC on Wednesday, February 27th, at 7:30pm. Come out and get informed before voting. "YES OR NO? Come and get the stats, before you decide! ICJ Forum here at the Cayo Welcome Center at 7:30pm. Wednesday 27 February, 2019"

2nd Annual Belize National Research Conference
The 2nd annual BNRC will be on the 3rd and 4th of March. The 2019 theme is Belize's Security: Strengths, Opportunities, and Threats. The venue will be UB's Jaguar auditorium. "We are pleased to invite your participation in our 2nd Annual Belize National Research Conference. The Conference is scheduled for April 3 and 4, 2019 at the University of Belize, Jaguar Auditorium in Belmopan. The Conference theme is: Belize's Security: Strengths, Opportunities and Threats. Find out more here: https://goo.gl/jnD96A

Celebrating Black History Month! Free Movie and more! Hosted by U.S. Embassy Belize
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

The Reporter

Police Intensify Drug Interdiction Efforts
An early morning Police operation in the Mile 8 community on the George Price Highway today led to the discovery of just over 5 pounds of marijuana. A search of seven targeted homes turned up nothing incriminating...

HUNTING GOOD FORTUNE ROBBERS
Police are using footage from surveillance cameras to establish the identity of two men who robbed Good Fortune Restaurant on Saturday night. The video cameras at the establishment located on Blue Marlin Drive in Belize City captured when the men entered the restaurant around 7:45 p.m. on February 23rd.

Fire In Santa Elena, Cayo
There was a fire in Santa Elena, Cayo – Saturday Afternoon, February 23rd. near the Hawkesworth Bridge, no one was reported injured, but a residential home was completely destroyed in the blaze. The National Fire Service said that their official report will be available on Monday Feb. 25th.

Third Growth Diagnostic study: Time to Improve Business Climate
In previous installments of the Business Perspective column, we have discussed the 2007 and 2015 Growth Diagnostic studies, which have identified, respectively, (lack of) access to finance and tax policy as being the major constraints to growth. Naturally, the aforementioned papers considered other variables as significant, but not to the same degree of being “binding”.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

City Councilor Micah Goodin stripped of portfolios, still on payroll
Belize City Councilor Micah Goodin has been stripped of the portfolios assigned to him indefinitely following an incident which took place at City Hall on Wednesday, in which he was reportedly involved in a verbal altercation with City Administrator Stephanie Lindo Garbutt and her driver.

The Thinking Vote and the 2020 General Elections
By Leon Westby: Good sense often struggles to prevail over basic sentiment. This is true because as humans we tend to feel far more potently than we think. Evolutionarily, this has been to our credit. Strong feeling, intuition, helps us recognize and avoid danger much faster than rational thought processes.

Sports community weighs in on upcoming ‘Big Baby’ fight
The sports community in Belize is cheering on Jarrell “Big Baby ” Millier, Belizean-American boxer who is preparing to fight for the title of World Heavyweight Champion in June. While opinions over Miller and the issues surrounding the fight differ from person to person, boxing trainers, the Belize Boxing Federation and even the National Sports Council all stand united in rooting for Miller’s victory.

Street Art Festival a success
People gathered in droves in downtown Belize City yesterday for the 9th Annual Street Art Festival hosted by the National Institute for Culture and History (NICH). The event, geared towards showcasing Belizean art in all its forms, drew a crowd way in excess of 2,000 people. Over 30 booths were featured in this year’s event spanning from the corner of Orange and Albert Street, down to the corner of Albert and Dean Street.

Blogs

Fresh Noodle Shop, Ramen 501, Opens In San Pedro
It seems as though a new bar or restaurant opens on Ambergris Caye every week. But I was particularly excited when I saw a post on Facebook announcing that Chef Toshiya – who has a Japanese restaurant at Mahogany Bay Village – was coming to the Poco Loco Food Court on Front Street in San Pedro. I had to head down and check it out. Ramen is nothing new to Belize. The CHEAP filling, salty, tasty package of kinked freezed dried noodles accompanied by a packet of MSG is ubiquitous. They generally cost about 50bzd cents each. In fact, ramen made its way into government budget discussion in 2014 – the opposition was calling the proposed budget, a “ramen budget”. MOST interesting in that article is this: “Belizeans consume 960 thousand single packs of Ramen per month”. HOLY CRAP! A population of less than 400,000! (though we have NOTHING on the Koreans!) That’s over 100 tons of ramen dry!

International Sourcesizz

Royal Marines take part in Exercise Curry Trail survival exercise in Central America
Gunners of 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, based in Plymouth’s Citadel, and 30 Commando Information Exploitation Commando from Stonehouse Barracks have been on a jungle survival exercise in Central America. As the UK’s ultimate conventional warriors, the Royal Marines are likely to be the first called upon in the event of an international crisis, wherever it occurs. They must be able to safely operate in extreme climates and terrain, as well as more typical temperate environments with rolling green countryside.

New hub to increase climate action transparency in the Caribbean
A new hub for measuring, reporting and verifying climate action projects in the Caribbean has been launched. The MRV Hub, backed by the UN, is designed as a country-driven technical assistance project, with experts providing learning, mentoring and resource-sharing while helping measure and track emissions to make informed decisions that result in climate change action as well as boost transparency. Participating countries are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, the Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.

3D Printed Coral Reefs – 4 Most Promising Projects
Recently reefs around the world have been dying off, and it has become apparent that intervention is essential. The below researchers are turning to 3D printing to help in the restoration effort. This phenomenon, known as bleaching, has been destroying coral reefs across the world. Many of the world’s most magnificent and diverse reefs, including Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, are being reduced to these lifeless, bleached, graveyards. As the situation worsens, it becomes more and more clear that something needs to be done. Some believe that the solution lies with 3D printing coral reefs. The major benefit of 3D printing coral reefs is the flexibility with design. The technology allows researchers to mimic the complex natural shape of coral that makes it so appealing to sea life. Given rapid developments in bio-printing, it is also possible that in the near future reefs could be 3D printed from live coral.

Videos

  • Have your tried Pirishpak?, 1/2min. An authentic Maya dish of scrambled eggs with tomato, onion & habanero served with flour or corn tortillas. On the menu every morning at Celis Deli and in homes of Northern Belize. Love her! They also have THE BEST johnny cakes!

  • Kite Flying, 1min. Kite flying is fun, but it can also be dangerous! Belize Electricity Limited encourages you to fly kites safely by following these rules.

  • SHJC Building Inauguration, 65min. Sacred Heart Junior College inaugurated the Lawrence S. Nicasio building, a building with 10 modern classrooms. Orquidea Negra Dance Company performed at the event. The Benque Marimba Youth Academy performed at the reception. Congratulations, SHJC!

  • Shark, Ray and Turtles in Caye Caulker, Belize, 2min.

  • Caye Caulker Belize, 19min. Hey guys, this was me and Ryans first time visiting Belize! We started off in San Pedro, left due its party atmosphere and stayed on Caye Caulker! and enjoyed the relaxing island life!

  • Belize Dec 2019, 10min. Caye Caulker, Belize December 2018.

  • CUBA vs BELIZE - FIBA AMERICUP 2021 [ Pre-Qualifiers ], 2hr38min.

  • Belize Dark Night Cave Tubing, 6.5min. We went on a Royal Caribbean cruise in December 2015 with a port in Belize. We took the Dark Night Cave trek and tubing shore excursion. It was not difficult or strenuous at all. We saw monkeys while on the tubes (difficult to see in video). We would recommend this to anyone. We enjoyed this very much!

  • Diving with Hamanasi Resort - Belize Februay 2019, 5min. Dive trip to Belize at Hamanasi Resort; as usual, lots of Spotted Eagle Rays!

  • SHARKS, TURTLES AND RAYS on Tobacco Caye, Belize!!, 4min. Wow the marine life just gets better and better around Tobacco Caye! We absolutely love snorkelling the areas around the island and couldn't be happier that we saw our first Nurse Shark!! Not forgetting the many turtles and ray species. The Belize Barrier Reef is an underwater kindgom and something everyone should experience!

  • Snorkle Shark Ray Alley Belize 2019, 8.5min.

  • Belize Street Festival Fashion segment by @ajoriginals, 2.5min.

  • Sailing Belize in catamaran - Episode 12 - Monkey River, 3min. We left our catamaran moored at Placencia and left by speedboat to Monkey River. Approx 45 minutes fast drive to reach the village, then visit of the river, upstream of the village. Lot of birds, alligators, huge trees, then walk in the rainforest to see howling monkeys. On the way back we stopped at the manatees area; did not Watch manatees but some dolphins.

  • Belize Hol Chan Marine Reserve, 5min. Short clips of snorkeling right off the barrier reef.

  • Lil Belize Tarpon Jump - Fly Fishing Adventures 2018, 13sec. Pescador on the Fly traveled to Belize in 2018, fished with Blue Horizon, and stayed on Thatch Caye. This is a short clip of a solid little tarpon we caught on the trip. Not the best footage ever, it was shot from an iPhone, but still a great memory!

  • Belize.. A day on the water, 9min. Fishing and snorkeling about 25 mile off the coast of Belize. We were just north of Plecencia.

  • Facing Our Fears! Belize Cave Kayaking and Into the Real Bat Cave, 4min. An adventure through the Belize caves with bats.

  • Hol Chan Dive Belize 2019, 14min. Diving in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve in Belize February 2019.

  • Belize Cave Kayaking Tour 2019, 14min.

  • Exploring the Belizean Barrier Reef by catamaran - Sailing Belize, 19min. After saying goodbye to the Murrays, we're setting sail again for the gorgeous cays near the Belizean barrier reef. First up is Saltwater Cay and then nearby Carrie Bow Cay and Pompion Cay. Carrie Bow is home to a Smithsonian research station, you will see why! The reefs around these two cays are full of life and we take the video camera underwater to share some of the beauty that can be found here. Also a bonus aerial view as we launch the Phantom 4 Drone to share what this area looks like from above...

  • FIBA AMERICUP 2021 Pre-Qualifiers Group A BELIZE vs BAHAMAS, 3hr. Bahamas 86 Belize 72

  • FIBA AMERICUP 2021 Pre-Qualifiers Group A CUBA vs ANTIGUA, 1.5hr.