Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Mayor’s Co-Ed Softball Cup Tournament holds first round of semi-final games

On Sunday, May 26th, the first semi-final round in the Mayor's Co-Ed Softball Cup Tournament kicked off with two intense games at the Honourable Louis' Cuz' Sylvestre Sporting Arena. The four teams that have made it to this part of the tournament include Mampis, Crushers, San Pedro High School (SPHS) Sharks, and Lil Sharks Senior.
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Closure of the Queen Conch Fishing Season

The Belize Fisheries Department hereby informs all fishers and the public that, in accordance with Statutory Instrument No. 54 of 2012, the Honourable Andre Perez, Minister of Blue Economy and Disaster Risk Management, will declare the Queen Conch (Strombus gigas) fishery closed at the close of business on June 9th, 2024. This is necessary due to the realization of the Queen Conch production quota for the 2023-2024 fishing season.

Tourism stakeholders discuss Hol Chan Marine Reserve’s new increase in park fees

On Tuesday, May 21st, tour operators, tour guides, fly-fishing guides, and other business community members in San Pedro Town convened at the Lion's Den to discuss the increased fees to use the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Hosted by the San Pedro Tour Operators Association (SPTOA), and led by President Roberto Canul, the discussion in the public meeting heard most of the attendees disputing the increase, which was not yet official, from US$10 to US$20 to access the famous reserve. Many of those opposing the increase demanded a proper justification for such an increase and a public meeting with the Hol Chan management to understand the need for a 100% increase.

Reports of sexual assault on the rise in San Pedro Town

Over the past months, reports about sexual offenses seemed to have slightly increased in San Pedro Town. Three recent events have raised many eyebrows on the island due to their nature. These unpleasant incidents involve incest, the rape of a minor, and a former teacher who was charged with three counts of sexual assault.

Anke Doehm receives five-year sentence for Cruelty to a Child in the death of her adopted daughter, Faye Lin Cannon

Anke Doehm, a 63-year-old American national, was sentenced to serve five years in prison on April 17th at the High Court in Belize City. She was found guilty of Cruelty to a Child in the death of her adopted daughter, Faye Lin Cannon, who was 13 years old at the time of her death. The sentencing also stated that Cannon was sexually and physically abused and also showed signs of malnourishment. She will be eligible for parole after serving half her sentence at the Kolbe Foundation-Belize Central Prison. As part of her sentence, Doehm is to participate in rehabilitation programs available at the prison.

Maynor Ancona charged with Manslaughter by Negligence in the death of American resident Jennifer Griffith

On Thursday, April 11th, based on the advice of Director of Public Prosecution office, San Pedro resident Maynor Rene Ancona, 41, was formally arrested and charged for the crime of Manslaughter by Negligence in the death of American national Jennifer Lynn Griffith. The 46-year-old island resident died on Sunday, April 7th, after she was hit in the head with a conch shell during an altercation the day before with Ancona at a bar ten miles north of San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye.

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Island schools showcase diverse talents at the 2024 Festival of Arts

On Monday, May 20th, a vibrant sense of community and shared pride filled the air as students from different preschools, primary schools, and secondary schools gathered at the San Pedro edition of the Belize National Festival of Arts Annual Show. The event, which started at 9AM and ended at 12:30PM, was a testament to the rich artistic heritage of our island. Held at the Sage Brush Church in San Pedro Town, the event drew many residents eager to celebrate island students' talents.

Health and Nutrition Fair held at San Pedro High School

On Thursday, May 16th, a Health Nutrition Fair was held at the Angel Nunez Auditorium from 9AM through 1PM. Students learned and interacted in booths about healthy habits, food nutrition, and physical activities. The fair was a collaborative effort spearheaded by Robyn Daly Faber from the Ministry of Health, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the San Pedro High School (SPHS). This joint initiative underscores a shared commitment to promoting health and nutrition among our students.

Mayor’s Co-Ed Softball Cup Tournament holds first round of semi-final games

On Sunday, May 26th, the first semi-final round in the Mayor's Co-Ed Softball Cup Tournament kicked off with two intense games at the Honourable Louis' Cuz' Sylvestre Sporting Arena. The four teams that have made it to this part of the tournament include Mampis, Crushers, San Pedro High School (SPHS) Sharks, and Lil Sharks Senior.

The Mayor’s Co-ed Softball Cup heading to semi-finals

The Mayors Co-ed Cup Softball Tournament had another week of games and is heading into the semi-finals. The games occurred on Sunday, May 19th, at 10:00 AM at the Honourable Louis "Cuz" Sylvestre Sporting Arena. Councilor Adaly Ayuso and the San Pedro Town Council Sports Committee organize the competition to promote athletes' participation on and off the island.

Another San Pedro Mother’s Day celebration to remember

On Saturday, May 11th, the annual Mother's Day Extravaganza, a unique celebration in San Pedro Town, was held at the Honourable Louis Sylvester Sporting Arena. Hundreds of mothers gathered to enjoy various activities, including a lively karaoke competition, captivating local and international performances, and exciting giveaways.

SP BTIA announces second annual Beer Festival with Stew Chicken Rice & Beans Competition

The Belize Tourism Industry Association San Pedro Chapter (SP BTIA) is excited to announce the second annual Beer Fest with Stew Chicken Rice and Beans competition. The fundraising event, co-sponsored by Bowen & Bowen, The San Pedro Town Council, and the Belize Tourism Board, will be from 5-11PM on Saturday, June 8th, at the Saca Chispas Field in downtown San Pedro. Proceeds will support the SP BTIA Tourism Information Center on Almond Street, with a percentage of the profits donated to the San Pedro Police Accommodation Renovation Project.

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