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The San Pedro Sun

Sargassum Solution? Mexican entrepreneur says turn it into building material on Ambergris Caye
With Sargassum seaweed inundating the beaches of the Carribean, south-eastern Mexico, and Belize, local and regional authorities are looking for solutions to dealing with the massive accumulation of algae that threatens the tourism industry. Constant efforts utilizing hundreds of hours of workforce to remove the mounds of seaweed and placing floating barriers along the shores have not been enough to protect our coastal communities. With no clear solution in sight, Belizean authorities and key stakeholders on the island met on Friday, May 24th, with Mexican entrepreneur Omar Vasquez Sanchez, who presented a promising option to finally get Ambergris Caye and other areas of Belize rid of Sargassum by using the algae to build houses.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Reward for information on killing of jaguar
A $6000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for the killing and decapitation of a Jaguar. Please call 0800-922-TIPS to make the report. Our information is that the Jaguar was recovered near the Dump, Toledo District on Saturday night around 9:15pm. The call went in to Forest Department officials. The reward is being offered by the Belize Forest Department Wil Maheia and Lara Goldman

Report of Illegal Poaching of Jaguars
The Forest Department received a report on Saturday night that a jaguar had been poached in Toledo. The animal was beheaded and the carcass left near the dump area of the Punta Gorda/San Antonio road. This is the second such report of jaguar poaching in the last two years, and the pattern of beheading is the same. It is believed the poachers operate on orders of local or international buyers who seek the animal head for display or for other illegal ornamental uses. As in all instances of poaching of endangered species, a full investigation will be carried out to find the perpetrators of this heinous act. This incident marks a stark departure from the established norms of wildlife conservation in Belize and every effort will be made to identify and arrest the persons responsible.

BWS Notice for customers in parts of San Pedro
Planned interruption for Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Duration: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Areas to be affected: San Mateo and Boca del Rio areas

Don Betin
This image sends strong messages about my community and its people. The image showcases Mr. Norberto Howe, Don Betin, who is perhaps gazing at a scene in last year’s “A day in San Antonio.” His posture externalizes an image of a strong man, who has endured many years in our community. Certainly, Mr. Howe personally witnessed the transformation of our community from a small, remote settlement to an established village and a bolstering community. The image showcases a man of knowledge and experiences that has strong Maya roots and noble origins.

Exhibit “From Dispute to Referendum”
On Thursday 21 March 2019, the BHA sponsored part of the travel cost for students form St. John’s College High School and Our Lady of Guadalupe Primary School to view the exhibit “From Dispute to Referendum” at the Goldson House in the City of Belmopan. The students were engaged and had many questions on the treaties that have established the boundaries of Belize. We encourage teachers, schools and NGOs to contact the BHA or NICH to schedule a tour of the exhibit.

Channel 5

Joseph Budna on the Run
Reports emerging from Guatemala are that Belizean Joseph Budna has manage to elude police. Budna, a prisoner, reportedly escaped law enforcement officers while at the San Benito Hotel.

Jesus Mossiah charged with manslaughter
Police have charged one man for the death of Jesus Mossiah of Calcutta Village, Corozal. He is 28 year old Sadam Jose Vasquez of Corozal Town. Vasquez was charged for the crime of manslaughter.

Police have charged two persons for robbing A & R Store in Belize City
They are 19 year old Haldwin Castillo and a 17 year old minor. The duo was jointly charged for the crimes of robbery and aggravated assault. Castillo was additionally charged for aggravated assault on a police officer, damage to property, and possession of a firearm and ammunition without a gun license.

Police have charged one man for the death of Jesus Mossiah
Police have charged one man for the death of Jesus Mossiah of Calcutta Village, Corozal. He is 28 year old Sadam Jose Vasquez of Corozal Town. Vasquez was charged for the crime of manslaughter.

It Could Have Been Fatal
A Belize City man has been arrested for aggravated assault after he pointed a firearm at a group of persons. Jerome Goff told police that he was with some friends in front of his house in Belize City when a man known as “Chinchi” approached the group. The man reportedly pulled out a .38 firearm and pointed it at the group while threatening to fire at them. Fortunately, he placed the firearm back into his pants and walked away. “Chinchi” is in police detention.

A traffic accident occurred last night in Western Belize
It happened in the Santa Cruz area of Benque Viejo del Carmen Town. Fortunately, there are no reports of any injuries.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Man shot in Placencia
Our newsroom has confirmed that a shooting occurred minutes ago in Placencia, Stann Creek district. It reportedly happened near a popular hangout spot in Placencia.

Moist weather to continue
Moist weather is expected to continue today and tonight. Sunny skies with cloudy spells, a few showers and isolated thunderstorms are forecaste for today.

Reward offered for capture of jaguar poacher/s
A reward of $5,000 is being offered for any information that leads to a conviction of jaguar poacher/s in Toledo. The Forest Department issued a statement today warning the public that poaching of jaguars is a punishable offence under the wildlife laws of Belize.

Belizean prisoner escapes in Guatemala
A Belizean jailed in Guatemala has escaped custody. He is the controversial Joseph Ryan Budna, 38. International media outlets are reporting that this prisoner was taken to a hospital in San Benito, Petén, for health reasons. However, that was when he seized the opportunity to escape.

Two charged for A&R robbery
Police today arrested two men in connection with the robbery of A&R Store on the Philip Goldson Highway on Saturday. Those men are Haldwin Castillo, 19, and an unnamed 17-year-old.

Corozal resident charged for killing man with concrete
Today police arrested and charged Sadam Jose Vasquez, 28, with the crime of manslaughter. His charges are in connection with the death of Jesus Mossiah.

Belize commemorates Sovereign’s Day 2019
Formerly known as Commonwealth Day, May 27 is being observed in Belize as Sovereign’s Day 2019 in lieu of May 24. The national public and bank holiday celebrate the organization of 54 independent or sovereign states under the British Monarchy.

Blogs

Chamoyadas: Satisfying those sweet and spicy taste buds!
Chamoyadas are mostly made by local fruit or smoothie vendors, and make for the perfect snack on a hot afternoon. While a Chamoyada can be made from a variety of fruits, such as pineapples, watermelons, tamarinds or strawberries, my personal favorite is the mango chamoyadas. Since mango season is upon us, May and June are my favorite months to indulge in my cravings! Of course, if you can’t find a vendor, you can easily make your own chamoyadas from home. Here is a recipe for mango chamoyadas as made by us:

Second Annual Love Belize Sea Challenge Kayak Race 2019
Today in Corozal, everyone gathered for the last day of the BTB Love Sea Challenge Kayake Race 2019. Love FM, a local radio station, and the Belize Tourism Board have teamed up to contest what used to be Belize’s most grueling race by rolling out the BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge. La Ruta Maya participants had to practice months in advance for the 4-day race, but for this brand-new sea challenge, paddlers will endure six days. The route stretches from the southern region of the country to the northern, totaling over 190 miles.

Belize’s 3 Best Beach Towns
Most expats who consider moving to Belize dream of living near the Caribbean Sea on a beach. Fortunately for them, Belize offers several beach lifestyle options. Right now, the three most popular beach areas expats settle are Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, and the Placencia Peninsula. Here’s a quick peek at each of these popular beach retreats…

Do I Need Medical Evacuation Insurance When Moving Overseas?
You are going traveling abroad and you have organized your travel insurance. Great. There is nothing to worry about. Right? Wait, have you thought about medical evacuation insurance…or even heard of it? You may be surprised to learn that a standard medical insurance policy may only supply limited cover when traveling abroad. Generally, travel insurance covers lost bags, or canceled trips, but falls short of providing emergency evacuation for life-saving care that may not be available at your location. So what if the unthinkable happens when traveling, and you are not covered? This is where medical evacuation comes in.

Sargassum seaweed in Belize - PSA - what guests are saying, asking, & experiencing!
PSA blog - We are getting a lot of questions about Sargassum....here's an assessment of many of the questions we are asked, and how to visit without worrying too much about it! Sargassum continues to be an issue throughout Mexico and the Caribbean in 2019 - Mexico appears to be getting the brunt of it, but it is showing up many places in the Caribbean, and the currents and wind can change daily, so there really is no predicting into tomorrow where it will land. In Belize, it has been inconsistent - worse up north in the cayes thus far. There have been days over the last several weeks where it has been what would be considered "bad" - which, if you live here, means you can see mats of it coming in, it is coming in faster than it can be removed, and it starts to decompose, leaving a sometimes gross smell in the air. There were some really windy May days that seemed to be making it worse, although in the last couple days, it has abated.

10 Reasons Why A Belize Adventure Vacation Is Good for You
Today’s hottest travel trends are wellness and adventure vacationing, but suppose you could do both? After all, the word adventure has many definitions so by undertaking both body- and mind-building activities, you get the best of both worlds and return home, say doctors, scientists and researchers, feeling fantastic. Here’s why: 1. There are no age limits. Healthy seniors take them every day and savvy parents start bringing kids along to expose them early to the wonders of nature. 2. Getting dirty keeps your immune system stay healthy and could prevent you from developing chronic illnesses. Every adventure includes getting dirty and loving it!

International Sourcesizz

Tropical downpours to enhance flood, mudslide risk in Central America this week
As the month of May moves into its final week, the East Pacific basin continues to wait for its first named tropical storm of the 2019 season. AccuWeather meteorologists continue to monitor a large area of showers and thunderstorms associated with an area of low pressure off the coast of Central America, which has been bringing widespread rainfall from Guatemala to Panama since last week. There is some chance that this tropical low will further organize into a named tropical system; however, the likelihood of this occurring remains low. Regardless of development, the tropical low will bring downpours to Central America into this weekend.

Videos

  • It's the home stretch ! Live Coverage of Day 6 of the BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge !, 3hr55min.

  • BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge Award Ceremony, 1hr44min. We're in Corozal for the BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge Award Ceremony !

  • Interview With the First Place winner, 1min.

  • Cayo From Above, 2min. Will Moreno got some spectacular drone footage of the twin towns. Some from the market area, and some from the Cahal Pech hill. Worth a watch.

  • Eagle Rays of Belize, 1.5min. These magnificent creatures 'flew' past me whilst diving off Trick Ridge on the Belize Barrier Reef. I encountered these White Spotted Eagle Rays (Aetobarus narinari) several times during the days spent diving with Belize Underwater out of Hopkins. They are so graceful and serene as they pass by along the edge of the reef.

  • Turtle Inn - Belize, 1.25min.

  • Dangriga to Belize city by Air, 9.5min.

  • Belize April 2019 Scuba Highlights, 10min. Please Note: That we made sure that animals had ways to escape while we were diving / videoing them.

  • SCUBA at Mexico Rocks, Ambergris Caye, Belize, 6min. Tour group: Inland and Sea Adventures. Low season so it was just me and the guide for the dive. There was a VERY friendly stingray here who was just begging for human attention :) Ended up seeing more different types of marine life here than the dive at Hol Chan.

  • SCUBA at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Belize, 1.5min. SCUBA diving at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Ambergris Caye, Belize. We did a tour which included both Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley. Lots of schools of fish seen here with a mild current/drift

  • Snorkel at Shark Ray Alley, Ambergris Caye, Belize, 4min. We did a tour which included both Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley. The rays know who the locals are, and were very friendly and playful. The nurse sharks let you get very close to them and will even bump into you.

  • Orange Walk Town Belize, A Walk to Central Park, 360, 2.5min. A short walk to Central Park in Orange Walk Town Belize using a 360 camera.

  • Need Some Coffee? Check out Caye Coffee on Ambergris Caye Belize, 5min. Curious about where to find great coffee on Ambergris Caye? Well look no further than Caye Coffee in San Pedro. They actually roast the raw beans to create the delicious coffee that is enjoyed by so many on the island.

  • Surprise Scuba Proposal 130 ft deep in the Blue Hole Belize!!, 3min. Blue Hole, Belize 5/2/19.

  • BTB Love Belize Sea Kayak Challenge | Winners, 40min.