Today's Belize News: May 2, 2018 - 05/02/18 12:49 PM
Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, West Vision (Cayo) and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, and other specials
Misc Belizean Sources
Gesneriaceae of Belize
There are a number of field guides that we are working now with Marie Selby Botanical Gardens team- this is all part of our Inventory of Epiphytes of Belize project. As you can imagine we came across very interesting plants that were lithophytes( growing on rocks) as well, so we including them in our materials. Visit the fieldmuseum website for more fieldguides.
Epiphytic and Lithophytic Fern and Lycophyte Genera of Belize
You can recognize a lot of plants that you see in Belize and it gives you various photos and descriptions to help with identification:
Circus show La casa Negra with dinner at Suggestion Gourmet, Caye Caulker
Friday, May 4 at 6:30 PM - 9 PM, Dinner show 50 Bzd per personnes including Show + 1 drink (soft, soda or beer) + main plate + dessert Pre sale open.
Protecting Hickatee Turtles
Another partner highlight, a critically endangered species highlight, as well as thanks to our sponsors: We at BWRC are proud to support the Hickatee conservation efforts and this great organization with free veterinary services thanks to supporters and donors like yourself! We encourage you to check out the amazing work of BFREE and the National Hickatee Conservation and Breeding Center. Pictured is the amazing "Turtle Tom", curator of the project releasing a turtle back into the breeding pond after the recent health check revealed no issues. How YOU can help hickatees? 1. Obey the law; Hickatee turtles are protected and their consumption is regulated, and unfortunately they are indeed "critically endangered", which means they will go extinct in the next years, if we don't change our ways now, and this is largely because existing laws were ignored. Or even better 2. Decide to no longer eat Hickatee, to give them a break and recover. Or if you are not from Belize or would never eat them 3. Educate others around you about their plight or 4. Consider making a donation towards their protection so future generations can still enjoy them!
Placencia Breeze May 2018
What’s Inside: From One Vehicle to a Fleet: How One Couple Powered Forward Through the Auto Rental and Tour Business ... pg. 5 ... Placencia Football Makes a Comeback ... pg. 6 ... From the Fire Hearth ... pg. 7 ... Sixth Placencia Sailing Club Regatta Announcement ... pg. 7 ... Crocodiles: From Ancient Veneration to Modern-Day Vilification ... pg. 9 ... SEA Partners with Local Area Fishermen to Educate Students on Sustainable Fishing Practices ... pg. 10 ... Tire Swings, Wheelchair Ramp, Eye Testing, Blood Drive and Sports Lights Among Rotary's April Projects ... pg. 11 ... Award-Winning Placencia Boutique Hotel Expands to Tres Cocos, Ambergris Caye ... pg. 14 ... Find the Placencia Sweet Life in Chef Simone de Angelis' Fine Italian Food ... pg. 19 ... PIA Students Dazzle Visitors on Earth Day ... pg. 20 ... PIA Celebrates Five-Year Milestone: A Look at the Private School ... pg. 20 ... Animal Abuse is No Joke ... pg. 27 ... Life in Belize of Former Singing Sands Inn Owner Remembered ... pg. 28
Reef Week Coastal Clean Up 2018
San Pedro, May 12 at Hol Chan dock, 8am.
Police take city kids out west for football match
As a part of a continuous effort to Foster better community relations, the Belize Police Department took 32 Belize City children to the Cayo district for a football match. The students were gathered from various neighborhoods on the south side, now referred to as the “Region One” area of Eastern Division, such as Mesopotamia, Collet and Queen’s Square. The students participated in friendly matches against Under 13 football teams from Roaring Creek and Camalote
Police-constable chopped during altercation
Police are investigating a chopping incident in Belmopan where one of their own received chop wounds to the leg and head. The department said that sometime after 8 p.m. on Sunday, police constable Brian Shal, 27, got into an altercation with four young men in Maya Mopan […]
Elderly man in critical condition after hit-and-run in Maskall village
On Sunday night, sixty-five-year-old Aurelio Lelo Gonzalez was knocked down by a vehicle and left on the road in Maskall village. The driver reportedly took off after hitting Gonzalez.
Taiwan loses another ally
The Republic of China (Taiwan) lost another ally today as the Dominican Republic severed their long-standing ties in favor of the People’s Republic of China. The Dominican Republic announced the switch today, and Taiwan’s government immediately put out a response saying that it was “deeply upset” by the move, calling out mainland China for using monetary incentives to entice allies away from Taiwan.
Fair weather expected to continue
The 24-hour forecast is for mostly fair and warm weather to continue with sunny skies today and partly cloudy skies tonight. Isolated showers are expected over the extreme south and inland areas throughout the day along with a chance of an isolated thunderstorm development.
Caye Caulker listed as top destination for women traveling alone
Caye Caulker was recently singled out by Yahoo as a top tourism destination for women looking to travel alone. Thousands of visitors come to Belize annually for business, leisure, honeymoons, summer vacations or just a weekend for relaxation.
BBN Persons of the Week: Wilfred & Abigail Pascacio
Lifelong natives of southern Belize, Wilfred Pascascio and his wife Abigail are the founders of Yok Ha, a popular island resort located on Waterfoot Caye, situated approximately eight miles off the coast of Dangriga.
El Classico Belize -Bandits and Verdes qualify for PLB finals
On Saturday night the second game of the Premier League of Belize’s (PLB’s) Closing Season semi-final playoff was held at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan. After a 2-2 draw last week the Belmopan Bandits hosted Police United in a very exciting game.
Hubert Pipersburgh appointed Economic Development Manager for Belize City Council
Last week, Hubert Pipersburgh announced through his personal Facebook page that he has been appointed as the new Communications and Economic Development Manager of the Belize City Council.
Guatemalan President congratulates Belize for setting referendum date
Guatemalan President, Jimmy Morales has tweeted congratulations to the government of Belize for finally announcing a date to hold its national referendum. The government of Belize yesterday announced that the referendum will be held on April 10, 2019.
HOW TO PLAN AN ECO-FRIENDLY FAMILY TRIP TO BELIZE
Recently I’ve been on an extreme health kick…for eco-friendly and sustainable travel, and knew one of the best places to experience that is in Belize! I had some time off in between business trips, so I asked my mom (who I try to take traveling as much as I can) if she wanted to go. Obviously, she said yes, so off we went to Belize to enjoy the sun, water, and ruins, and learn as much as possible about how to be more eco-friendly when you travel! I did tons of research on the best eco-friendly hotels and resorts in Belize, and it all came down to one that really stood out — Hamanasi Resort. Hamanasi also stood out because of its all-inclusive packages, which include adventures as well as food, which was exactly what my mom and I were looking for!
Spotlight on the "Tres Cocos" neighborhood of Ambergris Caye, Belize...
Tres Cocos is the area just north of the bridge in San Pedro. San Pedro is the biggest town on Ambergris Caye, and there are different neighborhoods around the island that you will hear talked about. One of the more famous destination neighborhoods is called Boca Del Rio - which is the heart of town, where the majority of beach bars and docks are. This is a definite must-do, it has some of the anchor places on the island, like Palapa Bar, Sandy Toes, Wayo's, all the excursion docks, Melt, Sandbar, and many more. The other great parts of town to visit are south of there, where you'll find Estelle's, Nook, Blue Water Grill, and then farther south, an entirely different neighborhood with the fun of Crazy Canuck's, Road Kill, AJ's and more....this is why Belize gets many repeat guests, as each area has its own vibe and I am barely scratching the surface of all the places to go, eat, see, and do.
Belizean Spring Destination Vacation
Belizean Spring Destination Vacation is one of a kind experience! With a diversity of cultures and tropical environment, Belize should definitely be a destination vacation on your bucket list – especially during Spring! From our ancient Maya ruins and lush tropical rainforests to our white-sand beaches and islands with access to the largest living Barrier Reef in the world, it’s definitely worth a visit.
The Rainforests of Belize
More than half of Belize's mainland consists of dense tropical rainforests, much of it explored. A sizeable percentage of the rainforests of Belize are under government protection in the form of a national park, wilderness sanctuary, or animal refuge. The rainforests of Belize are highly diverse ecosystems home to a wide range of plant, bird, and animal species. Indigenous wildlife in Belize includes five species of big cats (including jaguars, the sacred animal of the ancient Maya), armadillos, tapirs, monkeys, and crocodiles. In addition, more than 4000 species of tropical flowers are found in the rainforests of Belize, including more than 250 types of orchids.
Belize Islands and Cayes
In Belize, offshore atolls and islands are known as cayes (pronounced "keys"). Belize has hundreds of cayes, all of which are located on the Belize Barrier Reef, a 185-mile long stretch of coral reef system that is the biggest in the northern hemisphere. Each caye in Belize has its own ecology, but most of them have at least a section of mangrove forests. Mangrove trees, of which there are more than 80 different species, are unique in that they can withstand salty seawater that would kill most other plants. Mangrove trees send down tough roots under the water, and it is these roots that form a key component of marine life on the reef. Fish, mammals, amphibians and other marine life use the complex labyrinth of mangrove roots as a nursery, feeding ground, and protection from predators.
Best Beaches in Belize
Simply put, Belize has been blessed by a bounty of beautiful beaches. Belize enjoys more than 200 miles (380 kilometers) of beaches along its Caribbean coast, ensuring a more than ample supply of white sandy beaches for both locals and tourists to enjoy. In addition, Belize has more than 200 offshore islands located on the Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the second-largest coral reef system in the world. In Belize, islands are known as cayes (pronounced "keys"), and most are located within just a few miles of the mainland.
The unsolved murders of a Canadian and an American in Belize
It has been one year since the bodies of Francesca Matus and her American lover were found tangled together in a sugar cane field in Belize. The urn holding the Canadian woman’s ashes now sits in a niche at Toronto’s Highland Memory Gardens, across from the spot where her 80-year-old mother will be buried one day. “So we can always look at each other,” said her mother, Mafalda Rino. A local pathologist determined that the 52-year-old Matus, who lived part of the year in the Central American country, and Drew DeVoursney, 36, a former marine from Georgia, had died of strangulation. Their murders remain unsolved. There are no suspects, and a person of interest, a Canadian man arrested shortly after the bodies were discovered, has been cleared.