Thursday, July 25, 2024

Team One Shot One Kill wins district championship in the Belikin 8-ball pool tournament

After several weeks of intense competition, the Belikin Stout National 8-Ball Pool Tournament crowned Team One Shot One Kill as the District Champion on Sunday, July 21st, at Casey's Boatyard Bar and Grill. They overcame their opponent, Casey's Snipers, with a final game score of 5-2. The competition phase will see both teams representing San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, and the Belize District at the national championship set for August 3rd and 4th at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium on the island.
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Islanders warned about price gouging during hurricane emergencies

During the ongoing monitoring of Hurricane Beryl, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) branch in Belize Rural South (Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye) is reminding the public that price gouging (raising prices on goods) during an emergency is illegal. They encourage residents to report any instances of price gouging by establishments as Hurricane Beryl approaches Belize.

Hol Chan Marine Reserve’s new park fee remains undecided

The proposed increase in entrance fees at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve (HCMR) from US$10 to US$20 has sparked controversy among tour operators and tour guides. They have voiced their concerns, questioning the HCMR management about the 100% increase and the need for a proper justification. HCMR has responded to these concerns, explaining the process that led to the new proposed entrance fee. It's important to note that the US$20 entrance fee was not a unilateral decision by Hol Chan but a collective one following a meeting with the heads of the associations representing tour operators, tour guides, and sports fishers, ensuring transparency in the decision-making process.

San Pedrito shooting remains under investigation

San Pedro Police continue investigating a shooting in the San Pedrito subdivision, which occurred on Saturday, June 1st, leaving 22-year-old Zulmy Camara injured. One suspect was in custody but later released due to insufficient evidence.

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.

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The Rotary Club of Ambergris Caye calls for support for their Back to School Supply Drive

The Rotary Club of the Ambergris Caye has initiated a program to assist less fortunate students on the island. Their annual "Back to School Supply Drive" aims to identify students in need and provide them with school bags equipped with essential supplies such as exercise books, rulers, folders, pens, pencils, erasers, and geometry sets. The project, which started in 2021, is guided by Rotary International, focusing on supporting education and local children.

San Pedro Junior College graduates 52 in Class of 2024

Graduation season, the time to celebrate students' accomplishments at the end of each academic year, has ended in San Pedro with the commencement ceremony for the island's only junior college. San Pedro Junior College (SPJC) hosted its highly anticipated graduation on Saturday, July 13th, starting at 4:30PM at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium in Ambergris Caye. Fifty-two students graduated this year with associate's degrees in various majors. The graduation's motto was "Recognizing attitude is everything in Business; what we obtain by achieving our goals is less valuable than what we become by achieving them through faith, justice, and diligent effort."

Team One Shot One Kill wins district championship in the Belikin 8-ball pool tournament

After several weeks of intense competition, the Belikin Stout National 8-Ball Pool Tournament crowned Team One Shot One Kill as the District Champion on Sunday, July 21st, at Casey's Boatyard Bar and Grill. They overcame their opponent, Casey's Snipers, with a final game score of 5-2. The competition phase will see both teams representing San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, and the Belize District at the national championship set for August 3rd and 4th at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium on the island.

San Pedro’s Ada Cordova takes coach training in FFB

Well-known instructor and trainer Ada Abagail Cordova, a coach for male and female football players in the age 7-16 age range, underwent training in Belmopan at the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) from July 15th through July 19th. The diploma course is formulated to strengthen techniques and develop expertise for coaches, focusing on national playing styles, game analysis, session planning, game model development, and coaching tips for improving game strategies and developing skills.

San Pedro High School and the Roman Catholic Primary School dominate Band Fest 2024

San Pedro Town was again well represented at the Belize Band Fest 2024 held in Benque Viejo Del Carmen in the Cayo District on Saturday, July 20th. This year, the San Pedro High School (SPHS) and San Pedro Roman Catholic (RC) Primary School brought home two of the top three trophies. They made history with SPHS winning first place and the RC Primary School securing third place in the annual event that sees the best drum and marching bands from the country and abroad.

San Pedro hosts another unforgettable Lobster Festival Block Party

The spiny lobster season in Belize has been open since July 1st. To celebrate, San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye hosted a two-week-long celebration that ended on Saturday, July 13th, with a grand Lobster Fest Block Party. The block party was the finale of the 13-day Lobster Crawl, which featured daily lobster-themed events at various venues across San Pedro. The anticipated event occurred at the Honorable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Arena (Saca Chispas Field), which featured beautifully decorated restaurant booths offering the best lobster dishes and unique cocktails. As is customary, the food and drink competition was the highlight of the lobster festival, which drew thousands of tourists and locals for an evening of food, drinks, lobster education, and live performances.

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