Today's Belize News: February 17, 2019 - 02/17/19 12:58 PM
Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, and other specials
SPHS students celebrate Career Week 2019
The San Pedro High School (SPHS) celebrated Career Week 2019 under the theme: “The best way to create the future is to predict it” from Monday, February 11th through to Thursday, February 14th. During the week, students of the school had the opportunity to listen to local and national speakers who spoke to them about a variety of careers, encouraging them to think carefully when planning their futures. Career Week 2019 kicked-off with a short ceremony on Monday, February 11th at the Angel Nuńez Auditorium. As is customary, the opening ceremony was facilitated by an invited guest speaker, who this year was the People’s United Party (PUP) Regional Deputy Party Leader for the East, Attorney Kareem Musa, son of Belize’s former Prime Minister, the Right Honorable Said Musa and Joan Musa.
Margaritaville brand property to open in Ambergris Caye raises concerns
The announcement of a mega multi-million dollar resort complex under the Margaritaville brand, scheduled to open in 2020 in northern Ambergris Caye, has raised concerns among islanders, including environmental and governmental institutions, due to its location within Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Allegedly, the property is owned mainly by Belizeans who will expand it and turn it into a Margaritaville getaway, comprising of a condominium resort with 71 waterfront residences, complete with a 400-foot pier, two pools and the brand’s signature food and beverage concepts. But the fact that the resort is in Bacalar Chico is now raising concerns in San Pedro Town, with residents saying that the project idea is not environmentally friendly. The Hol Chan Marine Reserve management noted their disapproval toward this type of projects.
Misc Belizean Sources
One year Anniversary for Camo Cantina & Island Ops
Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 11 AM – 11 PM, Camo Cantina & Island Ops on Seagrape Drive, Across the road from Caribbean Villas. Details to come! Guaranteed to be awesome food and fun! Oh and of course cake!!! Save the date and watch for updates!
Bingo night at Crazy Canucks Beach Bar ! Feb 23rd
It’s time for our February Bingo Night! First game will begin at about 5pm. We play 6 games at $2/card and one final game at $5/card. It’s fun! Trust us! We give away free shots all night, have music sound bites with each call, and winners take all at each game! The Last big winner took home over $500 in the final game!
40th annual Bike Pub Crawl!
Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 1 PM – 6 PM, Starts at Wayos Bar and Heads North. Feel like a kid again! Join us on a stress-free bicycle pub crawl this Sunday at 1pm. Golf carts are welcome (as we'll probably need a ride back)! Open to everyone: tourists, locals, etc. - except kids as we're going bar-hopping. Call or msg me if you're lost as we'll be cruising the beach most of the way. There are lots of bike rentals on the island. I'll probably rent mine at the smoothie shop across the street from Tropic (up from Scotia Bank).
K's Diner is opening Wed the 20th in San Pedro
K's Diner is opening Wed the 20th!! Combining the tropics with southern cooking and a 50's diner - perfect, we are all excited to South our mouth! Best grits & mashed potatoes Ever!!!
Ramen 501 Opening in San Pedro
New Ramen place opening in Poco Loco Food Court!! A Ramen shop in San Pedro run by a Japanese chef? Who would have thought? Hurray! Ramen 501 opening soon at Poco Loco food court on Front Street.
Oscar's viewing party next week at The Truck Stop !
Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 7 PM – 10:30 PM at The Truck Stop. It's been a great year for movies, and we're celebrating by getting drunk while watching some of the most overpaid people in the world congratulate each other for being good at pretending! We're going to be playing Oscars-themed games for free drinks and cash prizes -- including our yearly ballot contest and my personal favorite: OSCARS BINGO. So if you're going to watch the Oscars, come watch it with us! I assure you we'll be the only bar on the island taking a shot every time we see a close-up of Lady Gaga.
Study with Dr. Rosita Arvigo
Study with Dr. Rosita Arvigo in Belize from March 22-27, 2019! Join us for a special week long class and learn how to make medicine by growing and using healing plants.
Saturdays Peace Walk in Corozal
This morning's Peace Walk organized by "UEmpower Youth" sent a clear message to our community that "We will not be silent! Youths Matter and Enough is Enough" UEmpower is an organization made of young community members that seek JUSTICE against atrocious and senseless crimes and violence against women and children in our Corozal community. Joining the peace walk were members of our community, including Ms. Queen of the Bay Corozal and Justice for Babies. It is an admirable effort by these young people to get involved in these efforts, considering the decay in our civil society and social structure.
Music for the Birds
The Belize Raptor Center is having a special fundraiser at Jalepeno's on Friday, March 8th. Barefoot Skinny and Steev Inglish will be performing. They'll have food from Jamaul Roots. There will be raffle prizes and a silent auction. "Live performance by Steev Inglish and Barefoot Skinny 8th of March 4pm to 8pm at Jalapenos Restaurant and Bar on Benque Viejo Rd in San Ignacio.
Metalhaven X-Mas Rock
Pictures from the X-Mas Rock concert at the Boulevard. "Thank you to Boulevard for allowing the space to host this event and hopefully other places will give us the space for future events. Special thanks for the all the bands for taking the time to put on a great show and of course to everyone that came out to enjoy such a show.
This legend tells of a Maya man who thought of selling his soul. For that he invoke the Kisin and told him that he was going to give his soul in exchange for 7 wishes . One for each day of the week before leaving, as always he had been a good man, Kisin accepted. His first wish was money, the second was health, the third day was power, the fourth wanted food, the fifth was travel, the sixth day he asked for women and the seventh, when he had only one wish left, he told Kisin that he wanted him to wash some black beans until they turn white. Kisin started to do it, but the beans never changed color, that's why from that event so that this does not happen again, there are black, white, red and yellow beans.
Education Minister expresses remorse about Murder of two UB students
Dwayne Cummings and Masaki Yanaai are two University of Belize Students whose lives were ripped from the educational community which calls them family. Words cannot explain how the families cope with the loss of the promising future which both youths held. They were not involved in crime or wasted time but when we spoke to …
FECTAB Appeals to Government for “Fair Play”
The Federation of Cruise Tourism Associations of Belize (FECTAB) has called on the government to make the tourism business an even and “fair” playing field for all. During a press conference yesterday, FECTAB raised concerns again over opportunities that bigger competitors in the business are tapping into in order to get tax rebates as well as benefitting from other opportunities.
Police Making Strides in Cummings Murder
There is no one arrested and charged yet for the shooting murder last Saturday night of Dwayne Cummings Avila, the 20 yer-old student of the University of Belize who was gunned down as he walked home after a basketball game in Orange Walk. But Police are making strides in the case and are expected to name a suspect in the coming days.
For Belize’s Manatees…
The effort to save the manatees takes centre stage tonight and you have a chance to do your part by attending the 4th annual Cocktails for the Manatees fundraiser. The event takes place at the Old Belize Pavilion from 7 pm, until midnight. For $the 30 entrance fee, patrons will be entitled to light snacks, live entertainment, prizes, and participation in a silent and a live auction at the Old Belize Pavilion.
Trial in March for “Mason Gang” in Pastor Lue murder
Nearly a year after being committed for trial in Belize City, Supreme Court Justice Antoinette Moore set a date of March 12th, 2019, for the murder trial of William “Danny” Mason and co-accused Terrence Fernandez, Ashton Vanegas, Keiron Fernandez and Ernest Castillo in the murder by decapitation of Pastor Llewelyn Lucas in July of 2016.
Armed robbery in Belize City
A short while ago there was an armed robbery on Belize City’s northside. It happened at Kum Hua shop on Daly Street. Armed robbers made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Canadian kidnapping case with Belize ties postponed for another month
Canadian courts have postponed the case of the woman arrested in Belize for child abduction for another month. The courts gave the woman, whose name cannot be called because the case involves a minor, an extra month because she has a new attorney who needs time to learn the facts of the case.
Michael Finnegan urges Mesop voters to support ‘Yes to ICJ’ campaign
Minister of Housing and United Democratic Party (UDP) whip, Michael Finnegan, today called on the residents of his constituency in the Mesopotamia division to support the government’s ‘Yes’ position to taking the territorial claim with Guatemala to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
Hunting Season for Iguana is closed
The Belize Forest Department reminds the public that the hunting season for iguanas is closed from February to June of each year as this is their breeding season. Hunting of Iguanas is prohibited during this time.
Attorney skeptical of Compromis lawsuit
Last week, attorney Dickie Bradley announced that he would be acting on behalf of an anonymous party to challenge the 2008 Special Agreement (Compromis) that was signed between Belize and Guatemala, a move which attorney Orson Elrington says is questionable.
Museum of Belize launches new Bird exhibit
The Museum of Belize has launched a new exhibit entitled the “Lydia Waight Gallery of Birds” which was put together in collaboration with the Belize Audubon Society (BAS).