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The San Pedro Sun

Former San Pedro Tiger Sharks player Andrew Ortiz to play with Mexican team
Former San Pedro Tiger Sharks’ basketball player, 25-year-old Andrew Ortiz, was signed by Mexican team Los Toros de Tzucacab. Tzucacab is a town and the municipality seat of the municipality by the same name in the state of Yucatan, where basketball is one of their main sports. Ortiz is expected to play his first game with his new team on August 23, 2019. The contract with the Mexican team is for a little more than three months, but Ortiz feels proud for the opportunity in his basketball career. His new team, Los Toros de Tzucacab has a good standing in their local league, and with the addition of Ortiz, they hope to grab the championship for the upcoming season. “My first game with the team is this month, and I am super excited,” said Ortiz. He also sent a message to the people on Ambergris Caye who have always supported him.

IDB launches Sustainable Cities Action Plan for Belize City
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) launched the Emerging and Sustainable Cities (ESC) Action Plan for Belize City – Rediscover, Reconnect, that offers a blueprint for how the city can prioritize its urban policies, projects and actions over the next 15-20 years in order to follow a more sustainable and resilient growth and development trajectory. The result of a fruitful collaboration between the IDB and the Government of Belize through the Belize City Council, the Action Plan identifies key challenges faced by the city and recommends prioritized short-, medium- and long-term actions that are realistic, achievable and crosscutting in nature.

Belize’s solution to reliable access to clean water using the sea
Here on the islands of Belize, water is a precious resource. Water is part of everything we do, we drink it as a vital resource, we use it in our households for domestic usage such as taking a shower, but it’s also essential for our industries, to grow crops and for recreation in the tourism industry. The country of Belize has roughly 386 km of coastline, and has many coral reefs, cayes, and islands in the Caribbean Sea. Many of these islands and cayes have limited fresh water resources. Our groundwater and aquifers are shallow and often salty and polluted, while rainwater harvesting isn’t sufficient to cover our needs. Therefore, many of us rely on water trucks or the municipal water to supply us with this essential resource, which can come at a high prices and limited quality.

Clearing of mangroves and garbage dumping in southern Ambergris Caye lagoon raise concerns

Various Belizean Sources

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Belizean Artwork Publishing is relaunching its website
We will once again be offering free publication of books music CD's to Belizean artist to commemorate our 10th anniversary.

Come meet and greet Queen of The Bay Delegates
Save the date to “Come meet and greet “ the six beautiful delegates for “ The Queen of The Bay” on Friday August 16th inside Scotty’s Bar . DJ Wane Budna in the house from 9 pm to 2 am

Amandala is 50
“ART has to be beautiful and political at the same time. I’m not interested in art that is not in the world. And it’s not just the narrative, it’s not just the story; it’s the language and the structure and what’s going on behind it. Anybody can make up a story.” – Toni Morrison On Tuesday 13th August, 2019 the Amandala newspaper will be published as #3298, 50 years on. I started to read the Amandala seriously at age 19, in 1989. My great friend then and now Jules Vasquez was also an avid reader and we would argue for hours especially over the Editorial and From The Publisher.

2019 Belize National Song Competition: 45 Photos
On, August 10, 2019 the Belize National Song Competition was held at the Civic Center in Corozal. The entertainment began shortly after 8pm. When I arrived, the Audience had already filled the chairs.

Some pictures of the Art in Park

FREE BASKETBALL CAMP for Male and Female
BASKETBALL SKILLS - Presented by: NCS Belize Corozal Sports Council. Featuring NBA Trainer Trey Slate of "Relentless Basketball Training". Date: September 28th and 29th, 2019 at the Andres Campos Civic Center. Time: 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Under 15 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 15 and over For more information please contact Mr. Carlos Acosta at 637-4645. Editor's Note: It is so great to see the many sport camps and sporting events taking place this summer in Corozal. Let us keep up this momentum going and support those that are behind the scenes organizing these events.

Celebrating Belize Pride Week!
Wonderful turnout at the Pride Fest in Belize City this morning. Congratulations to Belize’s LGBTI community, all the supporters, and the organizers on the successful event marking 3 years since the historic Section 53 decision! The themes of equality, dignity, and human rights echoed through everyone’s speeches and reinforced the event’s theme: “United by Pride, Bound by Equality, Building Belize Together!”

POLICE CHARGED FOR UNLAWFUL SEX
A policeman has been charged for having sexual intercourse with a 13 year old girl. Police report that a 13-year-old girl accompanied by a social worker visited the San Ignacio Police Station and reported that over the past five months she has been engaged in sexual relations with a police constable. The officer has been identified as Herman Milian who is attached to the San Ignacio Police Station. A medical examination has since confirmed that the child was carnally known. PC Milian has since been arrested and charged for 8 counts of Unlawful Sexual Intercourse.

UDP PARTY LEADERSHIP RACE FEBRUARY 9, 2020!
The ruling United Democratic Party set its National Convention date for February 9, 2020. The party leadership race will take place on this date as well as contests for deputy party leaders and party chairpersons. Thus far Deputy Prime Minister, Patrick Faber and Minister of National Security John Saldivar are the only two candidates who have submitted their applications for the party leader position. The last date for submissions to contest in the National Convention is October 25, 2019.

The Reporter

Another Burnt Drug Plane Found In The Deep South
Call them abandoned and burnt planes or call them alleged drug plane, but our better sense tells us that these are drug planes and today was no exception. Another burnt twin engine Cessna airplane was found earlier today just off the Monkey River road on a makeshift airstrip. The plane was completely burnt and nothing was found in the area.

Mother And Child Missing
Authorities in northern Belize are seeking the public’s assistance to locate a mother and her two-year-old son who have been reported missing in the Corozal District. Since yesterday, August 8th, family members of Regina Villanueva, 22, have not been able to make any contact with her.

Gang Member Executed on Enemy Turf
West Canal resident, 32 year old, Brian Armstrong who allegedly belonged to the Rocky Road Gang in Belize City was shot and killed on Wednesday night in the Lake Independence neighborhood. Not much is known about Armstrong’s murder, and investigators in Belize City are still trying to come up with a motive and suspects in the brutal murder.

The Orient Express
195 – that is the number of countries in the world, if you count Kosovo and Taiwan. 193 are recognized by the United Nations, while The Holy See and Palestine are considered only as observer states. 17 – that is the number of countries that the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs is claiming that they have diplomatic relations with.

Marin Confuses MoH/NHI Debacle
Minister of Health, Pablo Marin, in an interview with the media on Wednesday attempted to stem criticism following controversy over a $1.68 Million contract awarded to Minister Rene Montero’s brother for a Central Medical Stores building in Belmopan to be financed with the NHI reserve fund. Marin’s interview, however, left more questions than answers after he revealed that he had informed the Prime Minister about the proposal.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Forty-three city students receive partial scholarships from Micah Goodin
A local boy made good is finally giving back. Belize City Councilor Micah Goodin says […]

Police officer charged for “unlawful” sex with minor
A police officer attached to the San Ignacio police has been charged for 8 counts […]

UDP sets date for leadership convention
The United Democratic Party (UDP) has set its convention date for February 9, 2020. The […]

Six charged for gang activity; two plead guilty
Police continue their efforts to curtail the influence of gangs in Belize City, bringing six […]

Police investigating robbery in Orange Walk
An employee of La Panificadora La Popular Limited located at the corner of Progress Street […]

Home invasion reported in Santa Elena
Authorities are investigating a home invasion that occurred last night in Santa Elena. Martha Castillo,44, […]

Prisoner claims beating after unrest
Prisoner Marvin Philips says he was beaten up by prison authorities after an altercation on […]

Ibrahim Smith convicted of murder
Ibrahim Smith,27, awaits sentencing for murder after he was found guilty of the November 25, […]

Volleyball milestones: silver medalists recalled
Where were you when Belize shocked the world a year ago this week? Or at […]

Accused ATM thieves freed after a year
21-year-old Joscan Jafet Uriostequi, a driver in Cancun along with 26-year-old Travel Agent representative, Belen Isai Uriostequi and her common-law husband […]

Justin Williams wants to be king of cycling in U.S.
Belizean-American cyclist Justin Williams, 30, is the subject of a profile this week in the Wall Street Journal about his cycling aspirations. The recently crowned back-to-back U.S. men’s national amateur criterium champion is plotting a potential return to the European cycling scene […]

Blogs

Our Dog Had An Emergency, There Was No Vet on Ambergris Caye…What Now?
Last Wednesday night, our BELOVED pitbull-potlicker mix tripod lay on our bed listless…with a hazy unfocused look in her eye. We texted her vet at the San Pedro Animal Hospital (SPAH) – and checked the phone for a response throughout the night. Checking the phone and checking to see if Elsie was still breathing. The next morning, we learned that Elsie’s vet had completed her 6-month contract on the island and there would not be another veterinarian at SPAH until the end of August. We contact SAGA (SAGA Humane Society) and found that their vet wouldn’t be on the island this week but we could bring Elsie into the clinic to figure out our next step.

International Sourcesizz

Simone Biles Takes Gymnastics to a New Level. Again.
At a training session on Wednesday ahead of the United States Gymnastics Championships, Simone Biles wore a leotard with a bedazzled goat on the back. It was a reminder, in case people somehow forgot, that she is the greatest American gymnast of all time. With a combined 25 world championship and Olympic medals, including 18 golds, Biles stands alone atop the medal standings. She got to this point by fearlessly performing elements that no one else has dared go near, and as Biles began her quest on Friday for a record-tying sixth national title, she became the first woman to perform a triple double (two flips with three twists) in the floor exercise of a competition.

Simone Biles is pushing herself — and gymnastics — to the limit at the U.S. championships
Since Simone Biles returned from a one-year hiatus following her triumph at the 2016 Olympics, she has wasted no time trying to reclaim the form that won her four gold medals in Rio. She has been chasing something greater — a standard that precious few in the world, if any, would dare attempt — by packing an already rigorous floor routine with a skill that no female gymnast has landed, along with adding a riskier dismount on balance beam. In pushing her skills to the limit, Biles, at 22, is competing against herself. And the results, as she pushes the sport’s boundaries along with them, aren’t always to her satisfaction.

Videos

  • 2019 National Song Competition - COROZAL, 3hr20min.

  • A view from Corozal Art in the Park, 7.5min.

  • Love from Corozal Central Art in Park, 5.5min.

  • NATIONAL SONG COMPITITION, 4.5hr.

  • Belize Curlew - July 30, 2019, 5.5min. Scuba dive in Belize, Curlew. Max depth 68 feet.

  • MY TRIP TO BELIZE!, 17min. super fun trip!

  • BEST BELIZE SNORKELING boat cruise, min. Come join us under the sea snorkeling with on a San Pedro, Belize boat cruise in Ambergris Caye checking out Shark Ray Alley, Hol Chan Marine Reserve, and much more. This is one of our favorite boat cruises of all time.

  • 2019 Belize Vacation!, 9.5min. We stayed in Placencia for week and toured the Mayan ruins, went diving for spiny lobsters, and enjoyed cocktails on the beach.

  • PLB Opening Season | Bandits SC vs Altitude FC | Live from Isidoro Beaton Stadium, Belmopan, 2.5hr.

  • Caleb Orozco’s remarks at Belize Pride Week , 4min.

  • Lisa Shoman delivers remarks at Belize Pride Week, 7.5min.

  • Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Keith Gilges speaks at Belize Pride Week, 4min.