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The San Pedro Sun

Isla Bonita Elementary School (IBES) holds graduation ceremony for standard six students
In a brief ceremony under the theme ‘Be Bold, Be Courageous, Be Your Best’, the Isla Bonita Elementary School (IBES) held their graduation service on Friday, June 12th at their compound. The proud standard six graduates marched to the tune of Pomp and Circumstance before parents and friends, who attended the special occasion. The school decided to celebrate their students’ achievement following the further ease of lockdown restrictions by the Government of Belize after the country continues to register no significant increase in COVID-19 cases. One of those changes in the restrictions allows for social gatherings of up to 100 persons.

Wolfe’s Woofers – Honest Juan
“He calls himself Honest Juan Garcia,” Mary Rodriguez, the hardworking Sun editor said to me. “While you’re on the mainland this week could you do a San Pedro Sun interview with him?” “Sure,” I said. “What’s his story?” “He’s worked in government offices all his life. Now he’s planning to run for area representative in the next election.” Mary arranged for me to cover Mr. Garcia’s meeting at a village council on Tuesday. When he arrived he was ready for action.

Five of seven Scarlet Macaws survive after being confiscated from Guatemalan poachers
The future of Scarlet Macaws in Belize seems uncertain due to the ongoing illegal wildlife trade that threatens their survival even in the safety of the country’s dense forests. The illegal practice has become a common practice in the Chiquibul National Park in western Belize, where Guatemalan poachers raid nests for young birds to sell in the black market. This was the case on June 7th, when seven young Scarlet Macaws were saved from such a fate when two poachers were intercepted by rangers of the Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD). The chicks were taken to the Belize Wildlife Referral Clinic (BWRC), where they will be looked after until maturity, and based on recommendations released back into the wild.

Various Belizean Sources

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Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
We are thankful for our newest restaurant partner, Chef Juan's Kitchen & Pastries! Sunday, June 14th, Meal Pick ups. Location: Chef Juan's ( on Crocodile Street, near Dirty McNasty's) Times: Village: 11:00am - 11:45am. Bahia: 11:45am - 12:30pm.

Ms. Soila Rodriguez passes away
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to extend its deepest condolences to the Rodriguez friends and family on the sad passing of Ms. Soila Rodriguez. Our hope is that you find the strength in each other to overcome this great loss. May her soul rest in peace.

Taiwan contributes masks to belize
Ambassador Remus Li-Kuo Chen handed over 10,000 Made-in-Taiwan surgical masks and 25 infrared forehead thermometers to Mr. Colin Griffith, Comptroller of Belize Customs and Excise Department, witnessed by Mr. Gilbert Gordon, Deputy Comptroller and leaders from the Taiwanese community in Belize. The masks and forehead thermometers will better protect frontline customs officers while carrying out their duties at borders and PGIA.

Corpus Christi Procession
Today is the Corpus Christi Procession, and it starts at 3pm at Sacred Heart. Parishioners are reminded and invited to come out Sunday for the Corpus Christi Procession - motor vehicles only - begins at 3 pm from Sacred Heart Church. Come and participate in a much needed blessing for our Twin Towns. Procession with the blessed sacrament. Call now to register at 663 1958 with Mr. Mangar or parish office today at 664 2171, God bless you all.

BTB's Staff Assists Families in Punta Gorda
The staff of the Belize Tourism Board has once again come together to reach out to help those in need during the COVID-19 crisis. This week BTB's staff made a financial contribution to the Belize Red Cross to assist families in Punta Gorda, Toledo. This is the third community outreach initiative facilitated by BTB's employees who have made a commitment to provide assistance in several different areas of the country. So far the contributions made by BTB's staff have benefitted close to 200 families in Calla Creek, Belize City and Punta Gorda. This week's effort with the Belize Red Cross provided assistance to 35 families in Punta Gorda. Recipients of the grocery packages included the elderly, persons who lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic and single mothers. The packages included an assortment of grocery items such as oats, custard, milk, ovaltine, ensure, baking powder, flour, rice, beans, sugar, toilet paper, tea bags, tuna, peanut butter, salt, canned soup and cheese.

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Tropic Air Amended Station Hours
Please note the amended hours for our stations. Our Orange Walk, Belmopan and San Ignacio Stations remain closed and we hope to reopen as soon as conditions allow. San Pedro: 7AM to 5PM Mon to Fri. San Pedro Cargo: 7AM to 5PM Mon to Fri. Caye Caulker: 7AM to 5:00PM Mon to Fri. Belize City Municipal: 7AM to 5PM Mon to Fri. Belize City Municipal Cargo: 7AM to 5PM Mon to Fri. Corozal: 7AM to 4:30PM on Mon, Wed, Fri. Dangriga: 7:30AM to 4:30PM on Mon, Wed, Fri. Placencia: 7AM to 4PM on Mon, Wed, Fri. Punta Gorda: 7AM to 5PM on Mon, Wed, Fri.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Court rules Bar President removal from judicial commission ‘unconstitutional’ but does not overturn decisions
The Supreme Court called the actions of its former Chief Justice, Kenneth Benjamin, in side-lining […]

Belize trailing in murder count so far in 2020
Belize has had 50 murders to date countrywide, as opposed to 66 by the end […]

Going inside the Unemployment Relief Program (Part 3): Who made it, who didn’t and why
The Unemployment Relief Program (URP), according to a report for the Economic Oversight Committee, drew […]

Punta Gorda in an uproar but proposed gas station will be built on ‘Dollar Coin’ land
Will visitors to the southernmost town of Punta Gorda, Toledo District, be welcomed by a […]

Heated feud between neighbors escalates to chopping in Esperanza
San Ignacio police responded to a chopping incident around 12:50 a.m. today in Esperanza. According […]

San Ignacio home burglarized of over $3,000 in belongings
A caretaker of Santa Famila village, Cayo reported to San Ignacio police this week that […]

A Plan to Create Jobs for Belize City
By Bill Undo: PUP Research Committee, May 2020 Article Six of the Constitution of the People's United Party details its Aims and Objectives […]

Testing continues; no new case of COVID-19
The Director of Health Services informed that on Friday, June 12, 2020, a record number […]

Quo Vadis Briceńo?
By Lisa Shoman:The post-COVID19 economic recovery is as critica' as our response before the outbreak, if not more so. […]

Blogs

The Future of Sustainable Tourism in Belize
When Belize opens its doors to travelers again, it will have a great opportunity to focus on sustainable tourism. Travel writers and other experts predict that post-pandemic travellers will insist on travel experiences that are sustainable, good for the environment, and good for local communities. In Belize, conservation is nothing new. Belize has long had a commitment to conservation and eco-tourism. Almost half the country is protected; whether by a marine reserve, wildlife sanctuary, jungle preserve or national park. Belize has countless stories of successful community conservation efforts that benefit the ecosystem, the tourism industry, and the people in a particular location.

Top 3 Tropical Urban Escapes in Belize
Most people, even dedicated urbanites, need a break now and then from round-the-clock noise of city life. In Belize, tropical escapes in urban settings are seemingly effortless. And with the lowest population density in Latin America and one of the lowest in the world, crowds are one less thing to worry about in Belize. Enjoy the best of tropical and urban delights right at your doorstep with these 3 Belize escapes, offering recreation and natural beauty within reach. San Ignacio Resort Hotel, Ramon’s Village Resort, Copal Tree Lodge.

THE RAINY SEASON IS HERE IN BELIZE, WITH THAT BRINGS MOSQUITOES
When is the Mosquito Season in Belize? The mosquito season starts about the start of rainy season, say June 1 or so Until the end of November. When the rainy season is upon us, along with it comes showers of mosquitoes too! These annoying tiny blood suckers do not discriminate anyone as they bite anyone and everyone!

Belize Visa And Residence Information
As with many other countries, Belize requires visitors to have sufficient funds to support themselves, a return ticket, and a passport valid for at least three months beyond the date of arrival. As a citizen of the U.S. or Canada you can stay in Belize for up to one month without a visa. If you want to stay longer you’ll need to go to the Immigration Department office in Belize City, Belmopan, or one of the outlying districts, for a visa extension. You can easily renew your visa monthly for up to six months, for a renewal fee of $25. At the end of a six-month stay you must leave the country, but after two weeks outside of Belize you can return and re-start the process.

The Ultimate Adventurer’s Guide to Belize
Bordering Guatemala’s verdant jungle landscape and sitting on the Caribbean Sea’s pristine coastline, Belize boasts miles of untouched protected rainforest, spectacular mountain ranges, idyllic tucked-away beaches and the second-largest barrier reef in the world. Although relatively small in size, its unique positioning on the world map means that this pint-size Central American country is a fascinating blend of cultures, with an eclectic mix of landscapes and terrain. From exploring a precious ancient Maya ritual cave to stumbling across an eerie plane wreck deep in the jungle and snorkeling alongside stingrays, there’s truly nowhere better for thrill seekers. For a distinctly Belizean experience, this is the ultimate adventurer’s guide to Belize.

Wild Wonders of Western Belize
Western Belize is a must see for any adventurer. Being the smallest country in Central America, it may come as a surprise to find Belize as a treasure trove of biodiversity and wildlife. Traversed by meandering rivers and marked by it’s majestic Maya Mountains, Belize is also home to the second largest barrier reef in the world. These destinations, among many others, will suffice in themself to ignite your wanderlust and inspire a visit. When you think of Belize, you may think of Mayan temples, rainforest terrain, beautiful beaches, and drinking straight from fresh coconuts. Needless to say, Belize is so much more than meets the eye. Home to a wealth of natural wonders, it’s no wonder Belize was named “Mother Nature's Best Kept Secret”.

5 Most Unique Experiences In Belize
Considering Belize is so small, you’ll be surprised at the punch it packs when it comes to epic activities. You’ve got gorgeous Caribbean coastline, thick jungle, and important historical ruins – all mixed with friendly locals and laidback cities. It’s also home to the second-largest coral reef in the world. So, make sure to pack your snorkel and swimsuit! With everything on offer in Belize, it can be hard to put together an itinerary of what to do, but we’re here to help. In this post, we’ll take a look at 5 of the most unique experiences in Belize. Hopefully, it’ll help you to plan your trip and really make the most of your time in Central America. So, let’s take a closer look!

International Sourcesizz

Coronavirus vaccine breakthrough: Researchers 'high five' after trial success on Brexiteer
RESEARCHERS were "high fiving each other" over the results of cornavirus vaccine tests on a former diplomat inovlved in some of the world's first trials. EU director of communications Andy Wigmore is among the first 500 “lab rats” to be tested by Oxford University’s multi million pound efforts to develop a vaccine to protect the population from the disease. Mr Wigmore, a former diplomat for Belize who represented the country in trap shooting in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, was one of the first trialled.

Price appointed CEO at CBC
Veteran journalist and talk show host, Sanka Price has been appointed Chief Executive Officer at the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). His recommendation by the committee comprising members of the corporation’s Board of Directors after two interviews, was subsequently approved by the Cabinet.

Videos

  • SCA Class of 2020 - A Virtual Celebration, 2.5hr.

  • Independence High School Graduation Sunday, .5min. The graduation celebration continues and tomorrow we're hosting the 219 students of Independence High School. Join us for the 28th commencement virtual exercise beginning at 10:00 am. It will stream on our Facebook pages and it will be carried live on Channel 5.

  • Saturday morning from Corozal, 2.5min.

  • Ocean Academy High School Class of 2020 Graduation!, 3.5hr. On Graduation Day, Ocean Academy High School continues to be grateful to all the donors and sponsors who helped us to meet our fundraising goal for the 2019-2020 school year. The OA Class of 2020 thanks YOU for investing in THEIR FUTURE.

  • Howler, 1.5min. Field recording of Howler Monkeys in the tree canopy above Lamanai, Belize.

  • Sailing in Belize on a Bareboat Charter: Part 5, 2.5min. Sailing from the Moorings base in Placencia. I chartered a 42-foot monohull and acted as skipper with my good friends Michael as chef and Scott as first mate.

  • Beautiful Morning in Bullet Tree Falls, Cayo , Belize, 1min. Misty morning in Bullet Tree Falls Village and the great Mopan River that runs through the village.

  • Lamanai Archaeological Reserve, 5min. Join me as I explore a real Mayan temple in the heart of the Belize jungles.

  • Capoeira In Placencia Beach - Belize, 1min. The beautiful art of capoeira in Placencia Belize

  • Placencia - Belize - Hyperlapse, .5min. Driving in Placencia Village

  • Ordination to the Diaconate of Mr. Marcos Rodriguez, 90min.

  • Recapping this week's events with the Downtown Rejuvenation Project., 1min.

  • WHO IS THE SHERRIFF IN TOWN ?, 1min. Here is another case of Negligence by Town Authorities. This is what innocent Belizeans, who do not know the Laws, suffer without any attention in place. According to witnesses on the spot, while riding on the street, this young man rode over a MAN HOLE which gave way, and caused hm injuries. The sad part is, that STREET OPINION is not versed on the Laws of Belize. - This young man has all rights to claim COMPENSATION, just as Mr Ackroyd had the right to sue the Belize City Council, and got a HEFTY FINANCIAL AWARD, some years ago.