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The San Pedro Sun
Ban on Gill-nets must be Decisive
In December 2019, in the context of unwavering advocacy for more than two decades and widespread national support, the Government of Belize took the historic step to declare gillnets destructive. Within this context as well as changes to relevant fisheries laws as per Statutory Instrument 81 of 2019, in January, Oceana continued to engage with the Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry and Sustainable Development to explore all potential ways forward on this issue of national importance. But today, Belmopan is proposing a ban with no defined term, which will compromise the restoration of Belizean fisheries and ecosystems.
Wolfe’s Woofer: A Little Bit
“How is the new baby?” I asked Romy. I was having coffee on the deck at the Holiday Hotel when Romy joined me at my table. “Ugly,” he said. “And that’s no joke. I’m having coffee with Don Tomás this morning and I want to find out where the ugly in his family tree came […]
The Belize Bank Limited Donates $50,000 to the University of Belize To Acquire a Steel Band
The Belize Bank Limited, on January 29th, 2020, made a $50,000 donation to the University of Belize (UB) to fund a University Steel Band, the “UB Steel”. This generous donation will enable the University to acquire pans for the steel band and will aid in allowing culture, the arts and entertainment to grow at UB, giving Faculty, Staff, Students and Alumni an opportunity to participate fully.
Doctor Love: Thanks for Listening
Dear Doctor Love,
The other day my husband left his laptop open to his email and I could see dozens of letters from a female whose name I didn’t know. Some people think wives shouldn’t look at their husband’s private messages, but if it begins with “Sweetheart,” I have to make an exception.
Various Belizean Sources
Lobster season ends Feb. 14
It's the last few days of Lobster season and a reminder that it is not lawful to eat or have it stored in your freezer after the 14th. So if you are hoarding for off season, eat it this week.
Richard Harrison Wake
The Harrison family would like to inform that a wake will be held for Richard Harrison on Wednesday, February 12th on Benque Viejo Road, Cayo District where he resided (next to UNO Gas Station) and funeral services will follow on Thursday, February 13th at 3:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church. His soul will lie in state for viewing at 2:00 p.m.
All family and friends are called to this announcement.
Love story: The legend of Sac-Nicte and Canek
Sac-Nicte means white flower. She was born in Mayapan: the powerful alliance that lived in peace—Mayab, Uxmal, and Chichen Itza. Canek means black serpent, a brave prince with a kind heart. When he turned 21 years of age, he was chosen as king of Chichen Itza. That same day he met princess Sac-Nacte. She was 15 years of age. Both quickly fell in love; however Sac-Nicte was destined to be married with young Ulil, prince of Uxmal.
TS'UNU'UN MAYA LEGEND
The hummingbird is one of the most fascinating birds: beautiful, light and with the ability to move subtle as a feather. But ... do you know his story?
The Maya have a beautiful legend about the hummingbird or hummingbird. For them, their feathers were magical. The hummingbird was a bird with a very special purpose ... do you want to know which one?
The wisest Maya say that the Yuumstilo'ob created all things on Earth and in doing so, each animal, each tree and each stone was commissioned a job. But when they were finished, they noticed that there was no one in charge of taking their wishes and thoughts from one place to another.
Saldivar defeated Faber
Minister of National Security, John Saldivar is the UDP new party leader. He defeated Deputy Prime Minister, Patrick Faber.
Go Back To Sleep N.T.U.C.B
The National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) held a press conference on February 3, 2020 in which they forewarned the Barrow administration that they would ratchet up the pressure...
Editorial: 9th, February, 2020
In democratic countries political parties submit to general elections from time to time, usually every four years or so, to give citizens the opportunity to elect leaders of their choice.
John Saldivar Defeats Patrick Faber – To Be Next UDP Leader
UDP Convention Results:
Second Deputy Leader: Beverly Williams* – 349 votes; Manuel Heredia – 216 votes
First Deputy Leader: Hugo Patt* – 390 votes; Tracey Taegar-Panton – 177 votes
UDP Leader: John Saldivar* – 342 votes; Patrick Faber – 227 votes
Voting Ends; Counting Starts
Voting has ended inside the Belize City Civic Centre and counting of the ballots has begun.
Meanwhile, Policy Papers are being presented at this time.
Prime Minister Delivers Keynote Address At UDP Convention
In his keynote address a few minutes ago at the UDP Leadership Convention, Prime Minister Dean Barrow reminisced on his political journey with the UDP. He said that he brings to a close almost 40 years in politics today – half of which he has spent as the Leader of the UDP.
Breaking Belize News
UDP NATIONAL CONVENTION: Saldivar and Faber hug it out after results
After one’s victory, two good-friends-turned-rivals gave each other […]
Bandits continue on a tear in Premier League
With champions and league leaders Verdes FC off this week, Belmopan Bandits took charge with […]
John Saldivar elected as leader of the United Democratic Party
By Aaron Humes : After a hotly contested race, John Saldivar has been elected leader of the United […]
UDP National Convention results delayed by late start
Approximately an hour later than scheduled, the United Democratic Party’s National Convention is underway at […]
Gaspar Vega to run for UDP in Orange Walk North
The United Democratic Party has unveiled its slate of candidates for the upcoming general election. […]
Director of Health Services says no suspected cases of Wuhan coronavirus in Belize
Amidst the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak around the world, health authorities continue to grapple with the […]
Michael Peyrefitte assumes UDP Chairmanship
Attorney General, Michael Peyrefitte, was officially sworn in as the United Democratic Party’s (UDP) new […]
Road traffic accident in Cayo
BBN has received reports of a road traffic accident that occurred in Bullet Tree Village, […]
Did Belize take too long to impose travel ban due to novel coronavirus?
Yesterday the Government of Belize (GOB) announced a travel ban for anyone who has visited […]
Chase a Grand Slam in Belize
The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) defines a “Grand Slam” as catching the following species on the same day: bonefish, tarpon and permit. While landing all 3 species are a given for any dedicated Belize fly-fishing trip, a Grand Slam is a feat elusively achieved by an angler over the course of a single day. Between seasoned fishing guides, expansive saltwater flats, brackish lagoons, and 180 miles of coral reef, Belize is one of the best year-round locations in the Caribbean to turn your fly-fishing dreams a reality.
How Belize Is Restoring Its Coral Reefs
40% of the Belize Barrier Reef seems to have experienced bleaching and the cause of this bleaching, whether man-made or as the natural result of hurricanes, remains unclear. What is clear, however, is that people are making an effort to plant new coral to keep the Belize Barrier Reef alive.
Fragments of Hope are one group of these people. Led by Lisa Carne, a marine biologist, the organization has been working to revive Laughing Bird Caye’s reef system by establishing coral nurseries. The goal is to plant and foster reef faster than it can die off. Carne’s organization has planted over 11,000 fragments in Laughing Bird Caye National Park in Southern Belize.
The Return of Street Art to Belize
Corozal’s Graffiti Festival: An entire day celebrating this special art medium in all its spray-painted glory. Under the helm of the National Institution of Culture and History (NICH) and the Corozal House of Culture, the 2020 festival invited international artists to join Belizeans to take over Miami Beach in the Corozal Bay.
This year’s theme focused on ‘Ancient Chactemal’, and it had us wondering just what that meant. It turns out, Belize’s history is still so young and has much to discover! Very little is known about Chactemal; research reveals some glimpses into a murky past, complete with destruction of priceless artifacts and pillaging of our precious Maya heritage.
20 Cool Facts About the Green Iguana Conservation Project & Specie
The Green Iguana Conservation Project has developed quite an amazing reputation over the past decade for being one of the most successful community sustained conservation-based programs in Belize. Its popularity among locals and visitors has been heart-warming; what began as a small, independent initiative has brought a great deal of attention and understanding around this threatened specie. As a tribute to our absolute favourite reptile (we're only being a little biased), we thought we'd share with you our list of 20 cool facts about iguanas and the Green Iguana Conservation Project.
A favorite vacation destination
We've visited most of Europe, North Africa, several of the former eastern European countries, Mexico, Canada, Central America, and Brazil. Our trips have always been a pleasure, but there is a special country we keep going back to: Belize.
Here's why: In 1972, while living in Corpus Christi, I had some oil royalty to sell, so I contacted a buyer in Houston. After the sale, he mentioned having just returned from a vacation.
"Where'd you go?" Belize, he said.
He described a great experience, and after I returned home, Vertis and I were intrigued. Several airlines fly the two-hour flights to Belize City out of Houston. In Belize City, you change planes to a puddle-hopper and 30 minutes later you're in San Pedro, a town of about 1,000 people located on the barrier island of Ambergris Caye.
New Origin Story for Gross Blobs That Wash Up on Beaches
DNA evidence shows that jetsam ambergris comes from sperm whales. In a study published Wednesday in Biology Letters, researchers have extracted sperm whale DNA from washed-up ambergris, which is especially impressive because the studied samples floated adrift for years, aging under salt, sea and sun. The research could contribute a new understanding about the enigmatic substance and the endangered creatures that make it.
“The discovery that ambergris yields such good DNA preservation opens up new opportunities for studying both the use of this precious raw material and whale biology,” said James Barret, an archaeologist at the University of Cambridge who did not participate in the research.
Fresh ambergris smells fecal, musty. But once it ages, its scent is compared with fine tobacco, or the wood in an old church. The mother of the Abbasid Caliph Al-Muqtadir would melt it in oil; Catherine de Medici wore it in scented gloves; and ambergris has anointed English monarchs since 1626, including Queen Elizabeth II.
U.D.P. Leadership Convention, 5min.
U.D.P. Leadership Convention 2, 5min.
Team Saldivar takes the stage at Convention, 21min.
Official results of the United Democratic Party's Convention, 28min.
First Interview with New UDP Leader John Saldivar, 3min.
A 200 feet luxury yacht has used the Belize Barrier Reef to anchor down, 2min. A Samadhi Yacht is anchored on the reef at Lighthouse Reef Atoll, which is a popular dive site. As seen in this video, the anchor wraps around corals. It was observed by local Belizean divers who are calling on authorities to urgently address the issue. The Aquarium at Long Caye is located inside the Lighthouse Reef Atoll and is one of the area’s most popular dive sites. To safeguard the coral, mooring points were installed many years ago.
There was therefore NO need to drop anchor. Brace yourself for heartbreaking footage of at least 75ft chain destroying live coral.
Video footage:Amigos Del Mar Dive Shop
Family ZipLine Belize 2020, 3min. First time the entire family got to go on the zip line / cave tubing outing in mainland Belize.
Honeymoon in Belize, 8min. Since getting married a year ago, Tina and I have been saving up for a trip down to Belize. We were enthralled and stunned by the unique beauty and history of this nation of 350,000 people, and thoroughly enjoyed our time. We began our trip in a village of 100 people called Isabella Banks, at a remote cabin on 9 acres of jungle next to a pond. There was no wi-fi, no stores (except the kind Mennonites who sold us milk, cheese and ice cream), and the only sounds we heard were of nature: howler monkeys, insects, birds chirping. While there, we took a boat ride down the New Belize River, saw ancient Mayan ruins at Lamanai, floated on a river through a pitch dark cave, and did some zip-lining. After this, we took a water taxi from Belize City out to the tiny island of Caye Caulker and relaxed even more. We spent one day snorkeling, seeing the coral reef, nurse sharks, spotted eagle rays, sea turtles and too many fish to remember, and swam in the clear waters of the Caribbean sea. We wandered around the island, got a couples massage right on the water, and took advantage of the local rum punch as often as possible.
Belize 2019, 3min. San Ignacio, Tikal (Guatemala), Placencia
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdYOQ4QxIdU, 15min. Family trip to the Long Caye in Belize. We stayed with Huracan Dive Lodge for a week and participated in 15 dives including the Blue Hole.
Tropic Air new Beechcraft 1900D, 10sec. Can’t wait to get our Beechcraft 1900D on to our scheduled flights. Here is a peek inside the standing cabin. Seating for 19.