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The San Pedro Sun

Draft Environmental Protection (Pollution from Plastics) Regulation, 2019 Available for Comments
The public and interested parties are hereby advised that the Draft Environmental Protection (Pollution from Plastics) Regulation, 2019, is available for review on the Department of the Environment (DOE) website at www.doe.gov.bz. The DOE requests that ALL comments on the Draft Regulation be submitted in writing using the Plastics Regulations Comment Sheet, also available on the DOE website. All written comments are to be submitted to the DOE via email at [email protected] no later than Thursday, 21st March 2019.

Belize being showcased at Women’s Conference in Mexico
The Football Federation of Belize is being represented at the “Conferencia de Futbol Femenino” by Assistant General Secretary Mr. Luis Pena and Director of Women’s Football Ms. Iris Centeno. The conference is taking place from March 5-8 in Mexico City. In preparation for the conference, Belize was asked to prepare a presentation on the structure and best practices of women football in Belize. Furthermore, they were also asked to speak about the achievements and challenges encountered in Women’s Football. The request for the presentation came from FIFA in efforts to show case the federation and the work being done for the development in Women’s football.

Commonwealth Day celebrated around the globe
Celebrations and events will be held across the world on Monday (March 11) to mark Commonwealth Day. The day will feature everything from street parties to church services, from democracy debates to fashion shows as 2.4 billion people in 53 Commonwealth countries celebrate the history and values that bind them together. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth. In the 1949 London Declaration, leaders agreed that Commonwealth countries are “free and equal members of the Commonwealth of Nations, freely co-operating in the pursuit of peace, liberty and progress”.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Happy Garifuna Heritage Month!
Today we observe the 222nd Anniversary of the Forcible Deportation of the Garifuna People from St Vincent and the Grenadines to Central America in 1797 . On March 11, 1797 the Black Caribs/ Garifunas were loaded onto eight ships and they set off across the Caribbean Sea toward Roatan. Not only did we survived, we have Thrived! Hail Garífuna Happy Garifuna Heritage Month!

Medical facilities in Belize to become safer, green and more resilient to natural disasters
Eleven hospitals and health centers and a laboratory in Belize will be retrofitted to make them safer, “green” and able to continue operating during emergencies and disasters as part of the Smart Health Facilities Project, a Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) initiative, financed by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (UKaid) and the European Union (EU). The Matron Roberts, Cleopatra White, Independece II and Isabel Palma I polyclinics, as well as the San Ignacio community hospital and the Palm Center, were selected to form part of the initiative following an assessment of country priorities and the facilities’ vulnerability to disaster risks. The Western Regional Hospital, the Northern Regional Hospital and the Southern Regional Hospital, as well as the Punta Gorda and Corozal Community hospitals and the Central Medical Laboratory will also form part of this initiative.

Cayo ICJ Fair
The Cayo ICJ Fair is this Friday, March 15th, at the Cayo Welcome Center. No matter how you vote, get informed on the subject. "DON'T MISS OUT! ICJ FAIR Friday, March 15 at the Cayo Welcome Center! Come LISTEN, LEARN and ASK so you could be ready and informed for April 10th!"

Historical Youth Declaration of Yaxha
Friends for Conservation and Development Environmental Youth Group Acting President Ricky Cunil and President of Todos Por Un Mundo Verde Sindy Sagastume sign historical youth declaration for Belize and Guatemala the Declaraion of Yaxha along with their delegations. DECLARATION OF YAXHA We, the youth members of the environmental groups Todos Por Un Mundo Verde established in Melchor de Mencos Peten, Guatemala and FCD Environmental Youth Group established in San Jose Succotz, Belize, meeting at El Sombrero Eco Lodge, Yaxha, Flores Peten, Guatemala on March 2nd and 3rd, 2019, express our commitments to join efforts to work together to work together for the conservation and protection of natural resources that we have in our countries ad for the Chiquibul and Mopan River which we share...

Puma Selfie
Today’s selfie of a puma was captured on a farm in the Central Belize Corridor. The Panthers team has been using camera traps to monitor jaguars, pumas and their prey species in the corridor, as well as working with farmers experiencing human-jaguar conflict.

Women in Arts Fair 2019
"Pictures of past Women in Art Fest at Cayo Welcome Center March 9th 2019.Special thank you to all the wonderful women artisans and artist who participated.Support your local Artist and Artisans."

The Reporter

Family Horrified By Sudden Death Of Baby
Police are investigating the sudden death of a one month old baby in Belize City sometime during the night. At 4:00am today Police were called out to #53 Kelly Street where they found the lifeless body of Rhynaya Alexandra Rowland. Investigators were told by the child’s father, Richard Rowland, that the child had been experiencing breathing problems.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belizeans commemorate National Heroes and Benefactors Day
A national holiday in Belize, National Heroes and Benefactors day, previously commemorated as Baron Bliss Day is being observed in the country today.

United Garifuna Association calls out Garifuna Council for failing to say ‘No’ to ICJ
On March 3, the United Garifuna Association (UGA) that represents the Garifuna community in Saint Vincent, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and the United States issued a […]

Fair weather to continue
The 24-hour forecast is for mostly fair weather to continue. Sunny skies with some cloudy spells and a few isolated showers are expected today.

Police investigate mysterious death of 1 month old baby
Police have confirmed that they are investigating the circumstances that led to the death of a 1-month-old baby.

Blogs

Is There Good WiFi In Belize?
This is a little bit subjective and you’re going to find differing opinions on it. I can tell you we’ve been there five years and I have an online business and I have very few complaints about the Wi-Fi, especially considering where I live in Placencia and San Pedro is considered kind of a remote island and then a bit of a remote peninsula in southern Belize. And I would say the worst thing that happens is maybe once a month it goes off for a couple of hours because they’re fixing some kind of line. And throughout the day there’s times where it slows down, but not enough to really stop you from being productive unless you were somebody in the upper echelons of internet use, the top few percent. It is more than adequate for any sort of online activities you’re going to be doing. There’s also WiFi available everywhere you go throughout the country. Every bar, every restaurant, you can always get the WiFi password.

ADO Bus from Cancun to Belize City
Belize is located just south of Mexico’s famed Yucatan Peninsula, so many travelers are interested in information on how to get from Cancún to Belize City or vice versa. The cheapest option by far is to take the bus. The ADO Bus company operates the sole Cancún-Belize City route with an express service that operates each way twice per day. From the main bus terminal in Cancún, the bus leaves at either 7:30 AM or 10:15 PM. The busstops at Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and then Bacalar before crossing the border into Belize. The bus also makes brief stops in Corozal Town and Orange Walk Town before arriving at the central bus terminal in Belize City. Transit time is approximately eight hours.

Easter in Belize: What To Do & Where To Go!
There are many good reasons to visit Belize at Easter. This is an important holiday in Belize, not only because it’s a four-day weekend but also because it’s a time of deep spiritual reflection for many Belizeans. That reflection ends in a weekend of parties that you don’t want to miss. Why should you visit Belize in Easter? First off, the weather is perfect. This is when you’ll see Belize at its springtime best. The tropical flowers are blooming and the jungle is alive with color. You’ll see tropical birds and hummingbirds everywhere.

Lip smacking, finger licking fruit treats of Belize!
Kinnep, Coco Plum, Craboo, and Molly Apple may sound like local nooks and crannies in little Belize, but in actuality they are names of native fruits that thrive in Belize’s rich tropical soil. While Belize boasts a wealth of delicious tropical fruits, most of our produce have a fresh, unique taste just as their quality. The most common are bananas, mangoes, papayas, pineapples and melons. Below is a list of the unique fruits that are native to Belize which form a fundamental part of our heritage and identity.

International Sourcesizz

How to Speak Howler: A Trip to the Community Baboon Sanctuary in Belize
When I reached Burrell Boom in the Cayo District of Belize, I thought I’d heard every possible language spoken in Central America. Belizeans flip between English, Creole, Spanish, and dialects of Mayan with minimal effort—an impressive fact for an unenlightened monolingual American like myself. I expected this; I read about it in guide books. What I didn’t expect was to learn a new language I’d never heard of before. The language, you ask? Howler monkey. Burrell Boom is a village so small you’ll miss it if you blink, but for those interested in getting up close and personal with Belize’s endangered black howler monkey population—baboons, as locals call them—I suggest you keep your eyes peeled. I’d booked a cabin at Burrell Boom’s Howler Monkey Resort, an unfussy and affordable summer camp-style accommodation, in the hopes of meeting some monkeys in person.

Adventure to Ambergris Caye, Belize
Lil’ Alfonse, of Lil’ Alphonse Tours, has been passionate about sharing the beautiful reefs of Belize with the world since he was young. If you’re feeling courageous, you can swim with nurse sharks and stingrays in Shark Ray Alley. The Truck Stop is made up of several ‘food trucks’ with a centralized picnic area. There is something for everyone in the family here, even New Haven-style pizza.

Study uncovers 135 species of land snails in Belize, including 17 new ones
The tiny nation of Belize on the eastern coast of Central America is famed for its sparkling blue waters and rich marine life. But it has much more to offer: a rich diversity of land snails, some of which are extremely rare. Where previously only 24 species of land snails were known from Belize, a 10-year study that started in 2006 has uncovered 135 more. Some 17 of these are new to science, snail experts report in the book “Land Snails of Belize: A Chronicle of Diversity and Function,” published last year. Among the newly described species is the Belize drum (Eucalodium belizensis), a land snail that researchers say could be “one of the rarest animals on planet due to its range restriction.”

Videos

La Ruta Maya

  • The Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge… day 4, part 1, 4hr.

  • The Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge… day 4, part 2, min.

  • Ruta Maya Day 2, 2019, 1hr18min.

  • Day 3 Ruta Maya 2019, 1hr48min.

  • Post race discussion, 15min.

  • Team NICH races past the final destination in Belize City, 1.5min. At around 1:33 p.m. on Monday 11 March 2019 the powerful Team NICH as the first team zips across the finishing line under the Belcan Bridge in Belize City at the 2019 Ruta Maya River Challenge


  • Christmas Holidays in Belize, 2.5min. Great two weeks in Belize with the family.

  • Flight Attendant Life | Belize Layover, 7min.

  • BELIZE 2019, 5min. Amazing dives and kitesurf adventure in belize and its islands.

  • Shark Week in Belize - Apex Predators, 2min. Every week is Shark Week in Belize! Apex predators are beautiful creatures. This is some of the video from eight dives between 27 February and 7 March 2019. Location is off the shore of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

  • NICH with the big win today., .5min.

  • Jaguar, 1.5min. With an unparalleled abundance of birds and other wildlife, staying at Chan Chanchich Lodge provides you with the best chance to see the elusive jaguar in it's natural habitat. Yesterday's sightings of an adult beauty

  • Hol Chan Belize Night Dive 1 & 3 March 2019, 3min. See the ocean creatures that come out at night. Filmed at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Ambergris Caye, Belize

  • Adventure to Ambergris Caye, Belize, 5min.

  • Coconut Hybridisation Programme Yields Good Results Belize, 2.5min. See how San Miguel Farms in Belize has been able to improve their production of hybrid coconut seedlings through their hybridisation programme. As their success rate increased improved networking under the EU/ACP/CARDI/ITC Coconut Industry Development for the Caribbean Project has been helpful in marketing the seedlings.

  • Diving the Blue Hole, Belize, 2min. Diving among stalactites in the Blue Hole at about 130' (44 meters) Lighthouse Reef, Belize (Feb., 2011)