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The San Pedro Sun

Sargassum Task Force continues to combat national disaster
Over the past ten months, the Sargassum Task Force (STF), a public-private committee, has been working diligently to strategize mitigation and adaptation measures to address the impact of Sargassum on the top four impacted tourist destinations, which includes San Pedro Town, Caye Caulker, Hopkins and Placencia Village. In late 2018, Cabinet approved a set of relief support mechanisms, including a four-month hotel tax relief for accommodations situated on the beach front, duty exemption facility for machinery and equipment imported to support clean-up efforts and containment of the sargassum, as well as a BZ $1.5 million dollars to support municipalities for beach clean-up. Based on the latter, the STF led the development of destination-level sargassum management plans that focus on a four-prong strategy of collection, containment, disposal, and awareness.

Belize Coast Guard Lieutenant Alma Pinelo receives Honor Graduate Award at US Training Center
The San Pedro Sun joins the community in congratulating Lieutenant Alma Marcela Pinelo who, on Wednesday, June 19th received the Honor Graduate Award after successfully completing the International Maritime Officer Course at the United States of America Coast Guard Training Center in Yorktown, Virginia USA. The training was operated under the mission, “Forge Today’s Force to Execute Tomorrow’s Mission.” According to the Belize Coast Guard, Lieutenant Pinelo is the first Belizean and the first female to have ever received this prestigious award. Her name and country will be now enshrined into the Honor Graduates Hall of Fame.

Minister of Health Heads Delegation on Official Visit to Cuba
The Honourable Pablo Marin, Minister of Health, arrived in Havana, Cuba on June 16, 2019, to meet with his counterpart Minister Jose Angel Portal Miranda. They assessed the current state of cooperation and exchanged ideas on how to improve the work programme between both countries. He presented Minister Portal with a special plaque commemorating 28 years of continuous collaboration. Minister Marin also met with health officials to discuss best practices in primary health care, specialized medical training and accreditation, and intersectoral approaches to mental health, stress management, and the treatment of chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension which are common to both nations.

Central Bank of Belize to begin charging APSSS Fees to local banks
October of 2016, The Central Bank of Belize first implemented the Automated Payments and Securities Settlement System (APSSS) to expedite the clearing time for check deposits. Three years since the system’s introduction, Central Bank will commence charging financial institutions a fee for the processing of transactions through APSSS, effective Monday, July 1st. In turn, local banks will be charging customers fees for services rendered.

2019 Public Service Month begins with a ‘Health Walk’ in San Pedro Town
In Belize, the month of June is considered National Public Service Month, where various public events are held across the country to educate Belizeans about the different service agencies the government has and their importance in our society. In San Pedro Town, Public Service Month activities kicked off with a ‘Health Walk’ through the main streets of the island on Tuesday, June 18th. At 4:30PM, many public officers gathered at the Central Park in San Pedro Town to participate in a ‘Health Walk’ to show the importance of exercising and keeping a healthy lifestyle. Chairperson of San Pedro Public Service Committee Harris Gabourel is in charge of organizing the week of activities for the island and is looking forward to a great turnout.

Various Belizean Sources

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Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) vaccination campaign on Caye Caulker
Please note: Caye Caulker Health Clinic is conducting a Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) vaccination campaign. Nurses will be in the community Sunday, June 23rd. You will see nurses in golf carts with a sign “Vaccination Campaign 2019.” Please stop us if you have children 15 years & younger so we can assess their immunization status. We will also be offering select vaccinations to adults in need as well. Thank you!

Application for nationality by descent.
If you were born in Belize but your child was born in the USA, you can now apply to have your child naturalized as a Belizean right in the USA...

The Voice of Caye Caulker Congratulates Mr.Miguel Matus on 25 years of Service in the Fire Department
He started his career as Fire Chief in 1993 while Living in BenqueViejo, Cayo . He then moved on to Belize city in 1996 then proceeded to Sanignacio And Santa Elena in 1997. He was then transferred to Orange walk in 1999 and in 2004 he came to Caye Caulker and has been here since then. He has been on the island for fifteen years and is the officer incharge of our Fire Department. Mr.Matus also lobbied for the brand new fire truck that was donated to us. Congratulations again Mr.Matus and thank you for your service to the island.

Placencia LobsterFest
Today the CRC had an awesome day at Placencia LobsterFest! We posted the first of 5 American crocodile awareness signs for Placencia Village through a collaborative effort with Jimmy Riffle from Gator Boys Road Shows brought to you by Scales, Tails, and Teeth, Belize Forest Department, the CRC, and Placencia Village Council PVC. We also had an awesome day of outreach, which was a huge success with the help of Kerrisah and Tara. Stay tuned for a Lobsterfest highlight video in the next week!

Belize's Garifuna Collective Shares Video for "Hamala / Let Him Fly" (premiere)
We are very proud to release the first single from our upcoming album, ABAN (One)! This song is called Hamala (Let Him Fly) and was written by the youngest member of the band, Emilio Thomas aka Adahati Usan. He says, "Hamala is a song that came to me in a dream. It sings to the Garifuna youth to embrace the freedom that their ancestors fought so hard to keep." A big thanks to PopMatters for premiering the video, which was directed by Jeremy Christoph Lewis.

Congratulations to Team Belize tonight for winning the Grand Prize for the Best 'Caribbean Street Pork'
(For none other than '#PIBIL #TACOS) at the 'Taste of the Caribbean' Culinary Competition being held in Miami Florida, USA! Keep it going Team Belize! Making us proud!

Official Police Report on Bodies Found
“On June 22nd, 2019, about 1:30 p.m., acting on information received, police visited an area behind Mapp Caye about 7 miles off Belize City. Upon arrival, they observed the decomposed bodies of two male persons tied together in some mangroves. The bodies were identified as 21 year old Jamar Martinez and 19 year old Allyson Jones. Both bodies were observed with gunshot injuries. The bodies were transported to the Belize Medical College where a post mortem examination will be conducted.”

David Martinez killed in Corozal
Two persons have been detained pending the investigation into the murder of 23-year-old David Martinez. Martinez was killed on Friday night in the San Andres Area of Corozal Town. He was shot in his back. Investigators say that Martinez was in a yard with some friends when two armed men appeared and fired several shots at them. He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Photos from the Taste of the Caribbean
Taste of the Caribbean is the region’s premier culinary competition, food & beverage educational exchange and Caribbean cultural showcase. Since 1993, the Caribbean’s best chefs and culinary teams unite at Taste to compete, demonstrate their skills, learn from each other and offer the general public a scintillating exhibition of the most delectable culinary treats of the islands.

Photos from Lobsterfest 2019 in San Pedro

Photos from Lobsterfest 2019 in Placencia

The Reporter

Two Bodies Found, Tied Together Near Mapp Caye
Police have confirmed the discovery of the bodies of Jamar Martinez, 21 and Allyson Jones, 19 around 1:30 this afternoon. The badly decomposed bodies of the two fishermen were found tied together in some mangroves behind Mapp Caye, seven miles off Belize City. There was evidence of gunshot injuries on both bodies.

Another Crispy Plane, “Drug Plane ?” In Blue Creek
It didn’t make it on to the Police reports, but the Reporter has confirmed that on Wednesday June 19th. just after 8:00am Police were called out to Pioneros Road in Blue Creek, Orange Walk where they found the burnt remains of a white and maroon single engine Cessna aircraft.

Corozal Man Gunned Down At His Home
Just before 8:00 on Friday night, Police were called to San Andres Road to the residence of Enrique Martinez, 47. At the back of the house they found the motionless body of a man who was identified as David Martinez, 23. Martinez was rushed to the Corozal Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Police seize over 12 pounds of marijuana in separate operations
The Belize Police Department has seized over 12 pounds of marijuana in three separate operations in […]

Juan Quintero charged with attempted murder
Justin Diaz was shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting on the morning of September […]

San Pedro resident murdered in Corozal
Corozal police are investigating the death of a San Pedro resident that occurred last night […]

Police yet to confirm reported drug plane discovery
Members of the media were provided with information of the discovery of burnt remains of […]

Couple from San Narciso busted with weed
Authorities have detained a couple from San Narciso in Northern Belize pending charges of drug […]

Thatched kitchen destroyed by fire in San Marcos, Toledo
A thatched kitchen was completely destroyed by fire yesterday morning in San Marcos, Toledo. Sebastian […]

17-year-old minor of Armenia reported missing
The family of 17-year-old Sussetta Teul of Armenia, Cayo District is concerned about her whereabouts. […]

4 masked men rob grocery store in Trio, Toledo
Authorities are investigating an armed robbery that occurred minutes after 7 last night in Trio, […]

Eamon Courtenay appointed on Belize- Guatemala committee; Steps down as Senator
On June 11, 2019, PUP Leader, John Briceño wrote to the Governor General to advise him […]

Kareem Musa and PM square off over Sanctuary Bay
Caribbean Shores area representative, Kareem Musa, during today’s House Sitting raised the issue of the […]

Blogs

New Restaurant in San Pedro: Campo Tex-Mex on Front Street
Yesterday I tried a new restaurant! Campo Tex-Mex on Front Street in downtown San Pedro. I don’t waiver from routine very often. But yesterday I wanted to check out one of the newer spots in town located in one of the older spots in town. Campo Tex-Mex in the old Coral Beach Hotel – the home of the first dive shop on the island. Situated right in the heart of San Pedro… For those who love margaritas – and there are few alcoholic drinks as refreshing as a margarita – Campo has a full menu with fun specials like the Unicorn Margarita. Portions are BIG – which I think also defines Tex-Mex? I’m not sure. A super fun spot to bring a party – maybe get there a bit early (5-6pm) for discounted margaritas? Try it out! A new spot on the island by the island’s most famous chef – Chef Chris Aycock (formerly of Blue Water Grill, now at Rain and Aqua at Grand Caribe.)

Videos

  • Panerrifix Steel Band at the San Pedro Lobsterfest, 11min.

  • Taiwan - Belize Friendship Fair, 3hr. To commemorate 30 years of diplomatic relationships between the two countries. Drop by next to the Memorial Park on Taiwan Street in Belize City to enjoy food, music, craft and cultural activities all day! San Pedro Town is proudly represented with food and craft!

  • Sapote Lagoon, San Narciso, Corozal District, Belize, 3min. Climate change has brought severe changes to our ecosystem and lives in the Northern side of our country. Lakes, lagoons and Savannas are going dry. The lagoon shown in the video recently did and it has impacted what is the fishing community and local wildlife.

  • Caye Caulker & Nurse Sharks of San Pedro, Belize, 1min.

  • Belize Aggressor III May 7 2019 Half Moon Caye Wall, 5min. Belize Aggressor III May 7 2019 Half Moon Caye Wall on Lighthouse reef Atoll. What a great dive site! So much to see.

  • TUBING IN DARKNESS AT CRYSTAL CAVE | PLACENCIA BELIZE, 4.5min. We went cave tubing in Belize and recorded what we could.

  • Belize - 1st day, 11min. Hummingbird Hwy, T.R.E.E.S., Billie Barquedier Waterfall, St. Herman's Cave.

  • Belize, Great blue wild Wildlife Animals, 46min.

  • NACL SemiFinals 2019 | Club Atletico vs Barrack Road | Isidoro Beaton Stadium, Belmopan, 2.5hr.

  • Caribbean 305 Event, 4min.

  • Police Check Point, 60min.