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The San Pedro Sun

GOB amends IBC laws to avoid EU blacklist
The Government of Belize (GOB) has moved swiftly to avoid the threat of being sanctioned by the European Union, by amending the regulations for both the International Financial Services Commission and the International Business Companies (IBC) Act. Minister of Investment, Trade, and Commerce, Hon. Tracy Panton introduced bills with these amendments, which were rushed through their three readings for swift approval with bi-partisan support in the House of Representatives in Belmopan last Friday, March 15th. The first Bill amended the International Business Companies Act, which is Chapter 270 of the Laws of Belize, to institute a mandatory physical presence by such IBC’s and to provide for the option for a company to meet the physical presence requirements.

Island pre-schoolers showcase diverse talents at the 2019 Festival of Arts
Since the beginning of March, which is considered Child Stimulation Month, island preschoolers have been kept busy with fun-filled activities. On Thursday, March 20th the young ones got the chance to showcase their talent at the Preschools’ annual Festival of Arts held at the Paradise Theatre north of San Pedro Town. Under the theme: “Hug me, Listen to me, Read with me, Help me Grow!” the show saw a large crowd of residents enjoying the wonderful talents of the many preschoolers on the island. “The Festival of Arts gives each child the opportunity to showcase their talents and skills through dance, drama, and music. Incorporating art education into children’s learning has so many advantages, such as enhancing their imagination and facilitates their multisensory learning experience,” he said.

San Pedro Sailing Club is back!
To continue building up the San Pedro Sailing Club (SPSC), members have been conducting sailing activities every weekend at their base off the waters at Banyan Bay Suites’ beachfront. The Club is looking forward to providing free instructional sailing lessons to Belizeans, particularly those from the ages of eight to 15. Adults are also welcome to come out and enjoy some sailing every weekend. Some of the past tournaments the SPSC have participated in include the Bart’s Bash International Regatta. This event is a global fundraiser for disabled sailors and is a legitimate international sailing race for sailors from all over the world and in every kind of sailboat.

No leads in Horace Cadle Jr’s murder; Police continue to investigate
San Pedro Police continue investigating the tragic murder of 19-year-old Horace Cadle Jr., with no leads to his killer(s). Cadle’s lifeless body was found on Blake Street shortly before midnight on March 13th with multiple stab wounds to his chest and neck. According to police, they initially detained a few suspects but were later released. Additionally, surveillance footage shows Cadle walking on the said street with what appears to be drunken friends, but the area where he was allegedly attacked has no surveillance coverage. Police are further speculating the motives behind his killing, given the fact that he was stabbed 28 times.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Orphaned Manatee Calf Alert
An orphaned manatee calf has been reported in the Consejo area and urgently needs to be found. It is reported as under 4 feet in length - very young - it cannot survive on it own. Orphaned manatees will normally hide in mangroves or under docks, especially in rough waters. We are asking the general public for help in searching the mangroves and shoreline around Consejo. Wildtracks will be in the Consejo area with SACD, and would appreciate help with the search.

Marco Gonzalez Spring Equinox Celebration
Such a great island event! Don't miss this very special occasion this morning at Marco Gonzalez Maya Site!

Tamandua on Ambergris Caye
For the second time this year, we received a call about a tamandua (anteater) on Ambergris Caye. This little lady was found wandering around Island Academy last night and then captured by the caretaker. A friend of ours contacted us on their behalf, as they were unsure what to do with the animal at this point. Tamandua's are native to Belize. They are usually found in forested areas, living in tall trees, eating termites and ants. As Ambergris Caye becomes more developed, they are one of many species of wildlife loosing their habitat. Since the area where this anteater was found is heavily trafficked by vehicles, people, and dogs, the decision was made to relocate this beauty to a more suitable habitat, away from the excitement of city life.

World Water Day in Corozal
The Ministry of Natural Resources, through the National Hydrological Services, in collaboration with the World Water Day Committee hosted an opening ceremony at Escuela Secundaria Technica Mexico in the Corozal District on Monday, March 18th, to commemorate World Water Day. The theme for World Water Day 2019 is "Leaving no one behind" which encapsulates water for all.

Attention Corozal. It's ZUMBA TIME - April 5th

Corozal - BCVI's Free Eye Exam and Diabetic Eye Screening
Corozal Town Hall - March 25th & 26th. San Narciso Old Health Center - March 27th & 28th from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Take advantage.

CAWS 3rd Annual Cinco De Mayo
The Cayo Animal Welfare Society is having their 3rd annual Jefe de la Cocina Cook-off. It'll be on Saturday, May 4th, at Remo's, and it starts at 3:00pm. They'll have a silent auction to go with the delicious food. If you want to enter the contest, let CAWS know. "$12 at the door and come enjoy and vote the food entries for this years Cayo's Jefe de La Cocina this Cinco De Mayo! Remo's will be selling drinks through out the day. Silent Auction and 50/50 contest! It's all to continue funding the efforts of Cayo Animal Humane Society. We look forward to seeing you there!"

Belize Birding for ConservationTour
Want to come to the Birding Nation with the Belize Bird Conservancy? Here is a good opportunity to hit some of the key Hotspots in the country... Here is your opportunity to bird Belize and support our conservation work. Our Annual Birding for Conservation Tour is from August 4-13, 2019. All proceeds go directly to our Hawk Watch and Raptor Certification Program. We visit many premier birding locations and have a chance to see nearly 300 species, targeting Yucatan endemics and many other gems found in Belize.

The Reporter

Wounded Father of Murder Victim Reopens Business
Takayuki Yanai, 53, the wounded father of UB engineering student, Masaki Yanai who was shot dead during a robbery early last month at their home in the Buttonwood Bay area of Belize City has reopened his restaurant after himself recovering from gunshot wounds he suffered in the hold-up.

Police Corporal Assaulted, And His Gun Taken
Police Corporal, Mark Martinez, 38, was assaulted and robbed of his Police-issued firearm early this morning in Belize City. The Reporter has learned that sometime around 2:00 this morning, Martinez got involved in a dispute and a struggle with one of three men over his service weapon when a vehicle stopped in front of him on Newtown Barracks.

To Go or Not to Go A Sit-Down With Senator Valerie Woods
Perhaps the most recent public proponent of the YES to the ICJ vote on April 10th has been Senator Valerie Woods. Woods is a Senator politically appointed to represent the People’s United Party, which has officially taken a NO to the ICJ stance. We thought it would be enlightening to sit with Woods to find out what prompted her to come to that decision, and also if she envisions any repercussions from the Party she represents.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Two dead in fatal traffic accident
Our newsroom has confirmed that two persons are dead after a fatal road traffic accident in Spanish Lookout, Cayo. The deceased man and woman have been identified with their last name being “Penners.”

Traffic accident in Spanish Lookout: Police have been deployed to the scene
Almost thirty minutes ago there was a road traffic accident reported near Spanish Lookout, Cayo. Police […]

“Golden” Guyana see off Belize Jaguars 2-1
Guyana saw out a tense second half to eliminate Belize from CONCACAF Gold Cup contention by a score of 2-1. The Golden Jaguars had their chances to put the game away but Woodrow West was a rock in goal. Our Jaguars had their share of efforts as well but were consistently denied by the Guyana defense.

Halftime: Belize 1, Guyana 2
The Jaguars lived dangerously in the first half in this evening’s match up with Guyana, conceding two penalties in the first half hour of play. Defender Neil Danns hit the first in the 16th minute but goalkeeper Woodrow West saved the second in the 33rd minute.

Ministry of National Security hosts 4th National Security ride
The 4th National Security ride was held yesterday in Belize. The ride commenced in front of Coast Guard Head Quarters in Belize City and concluded in front of the National Security Building in Belmopan.

Who issued fake gun license?
uthorities are investigating a report of a fake gun license in Biscayne village, Belize. Yesterday morning, Alberto Honi Ishmael Moralez, 26, visited Raccoon Police Station to renew his gun license for a .9mm Luger brand pistol.

Thieves assault officer and take his gun
A police officer was assaulted this morning in Belize City. According to reports, around 2:00 a.m. today, a police officer was involved in an altercation with a man.

Office assistant beaten and robbed of over $2000
Authorities are investigating a robbery that occurred yesterday morning in Belize City. Salomie Cherrington, office assistant at BTALCO in Belize City reported that sometime between 9 and 10 a.m., she was riding her motorcycle on Slaughterhouse Road en-route to Atlantic Bank to do her daily deposit.

Punta Gorda Should Be Declared The Capital Of Belize
By Dr. Gerald Zuniga. Punta Gorda Town is the most beautiful town of Belize without hurting susceptibilities. It is the highest coastal town in Belize and Barranco Village is the highest coastal village after travelling hundreds of miles along the coast from part of Mexico”s Caribbean Coast to the Sarstoon River.

International Sourcesizz

Hobbs Brewing Co. Opens New Brewery in Belize
Hobbs Brewing Co., which opened as brewpub in New Hampshire, in 2014, will begin distribution with 12 oz. cans and kegs throughout Placencia, Belize, in April. “We recognized that this area really needed craft beer,” said Ash Fischbein, a partner of Hobbs Brewing Company. “And we started to put it all into motion last year.” Placencia is a small village located in the Stann Creek district of Belize. Placencia has a population of approximately 3,500, but is a prime vacation destination and home to many new resorts and other businesses. Hobbs will feature two beers as it begins production in Central America: Wildcat IPA and Hummingbird Belizean Golden Ale.

EU blacklist: Cooperation or Coercion?
On 12 March, the Council of the 28-nations European Union (EU) placed 15 small territories on a list of what it calls ‘non-cooperative jurisdictions”. What the EC considers these territories to be “non-cooperative” about reveals the raw exercise of power by the strong over the weak. In this case, the firm intention of the EU is to impose its tax policies upon other nations through strong-arming. The language that the EU uses speaks of cooperation, but it sounds more like coercion. The targeted countries must either surrender to the EU’s demands to raise their taxes or face consequences. The EU Council has specifically directed that the EU member states “take the revised EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions into account” in aid, trade, and financing.

Videos

  • Curious and beautiful creature native to Ambergris Caye. Live free little lady!, 1/2min. From the hustle and bustle of town to the forest of the wild. This tamandua was captured by a concerned citizen in a busy area of Ambergris Caye and relocated to a more suitable habitat on the island. It was such a reward to see her turn and give us one last goodbye before scurring off into the trees.

  • Verdes vs Hurricanes | Sacred Heart Auditorium, San Ignacio | NEBL 2019, 2hr46min.

  • Colorado Music Festival from The Dive Bar - Ambergris Caye, Belize, 11min. I am at The Dive Bar in Belize for the 3rd annual Colorado Music Festival. The Alcapones and The Gasoline Lollipops provided 3 amazing days of music and here are a few highlights

  • BELIZEAN COOKING CLASS & WHERE TO STAY IN SAN IGNACIO, 17min. Belizean food… yum! We are diving into some serious Belizean home cooking in this video. After a morning at the San Ignacio Farmers Market, we head to the home of Jamal and Niki (Pacz Tours) for an amazing meal of locally sourced, farm to table, traditional Belizean grub.

  • Belize Vacation 2019, 10min.

  • How To Make Belizean Boil Up, 7.5min. Boil up is a dish that normally uses 3 different meats and a bunch of ground food (healthy carbs). This recipe is the full version, but you can do a scale down version with less meat or no meat. The sauce can be replaced by just coconut oil and some of the ground foods can be omitted.