Coast Guard Rescues Stranded Yacht

Belize National Coast Guard

Belize National Coast Guard

Two US Nationals stranded off the coast of Ambergris Caye were rescued in a search operation conducted by the Belize Coast Guard yesterday. Following a distress call about three o’clock in the afternoon, coastguard officials from San Pedro were dispatched to an area about two miles east of Boca Bacalar Chico near the Belize-Mexico border where they found the vessel Second Star with two persons onboard. The vessel apparently had an engine failure and was drifting out of control. (Continue Reading)

Jamal ‘Shyne’ Barrow Facing Deportation

Jamal 'Shyne' Barrows

Jamal 'Shyne' Barrows

Rap star Shyne, convicted of a club shooting while mentor P. Diddy beat the rap, was released from prison Tuesday and taken into custody by immigration officials. The 30-year-old ex-protégé has a green card but is facing deportation to his native Belize because of his felony rap sheet, his lawyer said.

Shyne was on the verge of superstardom when he was arrested in 1999 for a shooting at Club New York. Diddy, partying with then-gal pal Jennifer Lopez, was also charged but acquitted at trial. His young star got 10 years on assault and weapons charges. (Continue Reading)

Belize National Basketball Team loses appeal

Belize National Basketball Team

Belize National Basketball Team

A decision was handed down in the case of the Belize Basketball Federation versus FIBA in which the federation was challenging the nationality of certain members of the Belize Team who won silver in the August COCABA games in Cancun.

Word is that the Belize Team lost its appeal and the hopes of qualifying for another pre-Olympic round have been dashed. This is notwithstanding the stellar performances of the team that beat all of Central America and lost to Mexico in the last seconds of the game. (Continue Reading)

The Chicken Drop

Justices of the Peace Training Seminar

The Association of Justices of the Peace &  Commissioners of the Supreme Court would like to visit San Pedro on the 24th October, 2009 to conduct a training seminar and re-establish the chapter.  Cost of training is $20.00 per person.

The seminar will commence at 6:00 p.m. and should take approximately 2 hours. The meeting to re-establish the chapter should last approximately 45 minutes.

To re-establish at chapter the group will need to elect a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Public Relations officer, Legal advisor and two councilors. For more information please contact the Association of Justices of the Peace &  Commissioners of the Supreme Court.

Water Taxi Shuffle potentially dangerous

Tacklebox Pier

Tacklebox Pier

Police were in the streets of San Pedro yesterday by the Tacklebox Pier in response to a new dispute between the San Pedro Express Water Taxi Association and the Caye Caulker Water Taxi Association.

According to this is what happened: And at La Isla Bonita, police were called to cool heads between two rival water taxis operating next to each other. Tensions flared over the weekend when Giovanni Marin, the owner of the Tackle Box Pier, reportedly had a misunderstanding with the San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi, which was using Marin’s dock. (Continue Reading)

Weather Forecast October 6th

IR Satellite View

IR Satellite View

General Situation: Tropical Wave affecting the area. 24hr Forecast: Generally cloudy skies with some outbreaks of showers and thunderstorms especially over the north.

Winds: Easterly at 10-20 knots with occassional higher gusts near thunderstorms.

Sea State: ** A Small craft caution remains in effect for coastal waters.**

Outlook: Cloudy Intervals with a few showers and thunderstorms.
Temperatures:  Highs 29°C / 85°F  Lows 25°C / 77°F


Belize Cave Tubing

“Babe” of the Week

Blame it on the Jaeger

“Babe”-in-Training Zoe: Still a bit sloppy down the front with drinki-poos – even with a lidded cup and straw and is clearly quite perplexed about that. But she’s working on it.

Another of Zoe’s qualifications is that she is currently quite bilingual – flirts in both Spanish and English and with both people and dogs.  Zoe also eats oysters, with gusto.

Glow in the dark mushrooms found in Belize

Mycena luxaeterna

Mycena luxaeterna

As if teensy night-lights were dangling from tree trunks and branches, glow-in-the-dark mushrooms illuminate the forests across the globe. Now, scientists have discovered several species of such radiant ‘shrooms.

The freaky findings, reported today in the journal Mycologia, increases the number of aglow mushroom species from 64 to 71, shedding light on the evolution of luminescence in nature.

The newly identified mushrooms, which emit a bright, yellowish-green light 24 hours a day, were found in Belize, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Japan, Malaysia and Puerto Rico. They include four species new to science and three new reports of luminescence in known species. (Continue Reading)

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