Valid: March 12 - 19, 2012

The feature of interest this week will be a relatively stable and fresh Easterly to East-northeasterly airflow over the NW Caribbean, generated by broad west Atlantic High pressure system. This airflow will favour the influx of some moisture, favourable for a few showers here and there. The High Pressure system will weaken as we move into Thursday and Friday of this week, giving way to a seasonally drier and stable SE’ly airflow across Belize and the SW Gulf of Mexico. The fair and dry weather will become much more prevalent and warmer this coming weekend.

We can therefore expect generally breezy, fair and sunny weather through Thursday of this week with some brief daytime showers, especially in the central interior during the afternoon. It will become increasingly warmer and dry as we move into the weekend.

Daily rainfall accumulations during Monday through Thursday of this week will range from 0.10-0.25 of-an-inch, especially over central regions. Daily rainfall totals on Friday through the weekend and Monday next will amount to 0.01-0.10 of-an-inch over the central coast, and minimal elsewhere. In short, the 2012 Dry Season will continue across the nation over the next seven days.

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The San Pedro Sun

SPHS claims Northern Regional Softball Championship Title
The San Pedro High School (SPHS) softball team will travel to Belmopan City to represent the Northern Region in the male division of the National Softball Competition. The competition is scheduled for March 16th and 17th and comes after SPHS dominated at the Northern Regional Softball Tournament (NRST) on March 3rd. The team, along with coach and supporters travelled to Burrel Boom Village on Saturday, March 3rd to compete in the NRST hosted by Belize Rural High School. In the semi-final game pitcher Konrad Gonzalez and the SPHS boys only needed one inning of work to dispatch the boys from Escuela Secundaria Technica Mexico in a game of 15 to 1. SPHS went up against Belize Rural High School in the championship match, where they managed a win with a score of 12 to 3. At the end of the tournament, San Pedro’s Jeffrey Cole Ray was awarded Most Valuable Player of the tournament. According to coach, Marion Mejia, the SPHS boys have been practicing for the past six months in preparation for this tournament.

Another Shade of Blue films on AC
Another Shade of Blue, a travel video program, was in Belize over the past week filming their last episode for this season. The crew had the opportunity to film all across the country, from a Maya ruin, to caves and the cayes. The crew was on Ambergris Caye where they had the opportunity to film the spectacular underwater world of our reef system, catch crocodiles with the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary/ACES and of course enjoy some of the entertainment on Ambergris Caye, especially the world-famous Chicken Drop at Wahoo’s Lounge. The host Ty Sawyer took time out to interact with visitors and locals while filming the Chicken Drop on Tuesday February 6th. “What we are filming is the authentic side of the destination; something with a strong sense of place. You can’t come to Belize without going out to the rainforest to see Maya ruins… the caves… the cooking and food… the cayes like Ambergris and the reef,” explained Sawyer. He added that, “we like to motivate people to travel to the destination we have been travelling to. We try to portray what the authentic element of the experience would be.” The crew filmed Sawyer visiting Xunantunich, some of the caves in the Cayo District, the jungle, preparing typical Creole dishes, diving on the reef at Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley, releasing a crocodile and enjoying activities on Ambergris Caye such as the Chicken Drop. According to Sawyer, Another Shade of Blue is aired on several channels in the USA, UK and Spain and is transmitted to over 100 million households. The adventures of Sawyer while in Belize will be the 12th episode in the first season of Another Shade of Blue for 2012 which is expected to air in May.


Tia Chocolate: Quince IV
While Sara and Luciola stroked the soft, cool satin and scratchy lace on her grand dress, everything else was coming together. From the kitchen, Vilma called to Sara, telling her to put out her bath things and prepare herself a bath. The ceremony would start in a few hours, and from the moment she took her bath, she would no longer linger outside. Instead, she would get her hair combed, braided, curled, twisted and decorated. Her face would get its first full makeup treatment. The beautification process would be lengthy, but it would not be tradition if she didn’t go through it. She would wait till the very last moment to slip into her flouncy, lacy confection of a dress. From there, she would head out and meet Fabian, who would walk her to the spot where the pastor would wait and hold the official blessing.

"Success is measured in the lives we change"
My Name is Darrel, I am 23 years old and I hail from the tiny Central American country of Belize. In Belize, while football is a popular sport, it is still years before it can be comparable to that played in other countries in the world, or the region for that matter. The female sport is even less developed. Of course, efforts continue to develop both gender versions at the government and national association levels. However, there are many people that voluntarily take on this challenge at the local grassroots level. I am one such person. I am the manager of a female football team with the name Rising Starz FC. My coaching staff and I have been struggling well over a year with laying the foundation that will see the club serve as a pillar in the social development of our community and country.

Misc Belizean Sources

Shot Croc Needs Your Help!
Just two nights ago we were conducting a routine crocodile capture, tag, and release for our ongoing American crocodile, Crocodylus acutus, population survey. The croc we captured had been shot in the head and hind leg, but alive. We were able to remove the bullet from the head but not sure if any remain in the leg. There are exit wounds so we know that some went through and through. This large 10 foot 8 inch, male, crocodile is now in a small holding facility. We cleaned all the woulds and treated with antibiotics as best we could. This croc came to us so quickly out of the water for bait that we had to chase it off to set the snare. This indicates it was being fed by humans and hence a very dangerous and large apex predator not afraid of humans. Additionally, it is now obviously an easy target for poachers. This croc will need care for at least a month in the small habitat but can not, nor should not, be re-released into the wild. It will be killed for sure. Currently we do not have any room at out natural habitat sanctuary. We are in need of funding to build it a suitable enclosure.

World Vets to assist SAGA Humane Society in “Fix your dog to fix up San Pedro”
SAGA Humane Society in its ongoing effort to help control the pet population in San Pedro is collaborating with World Vets to offer a FREE Spay & Neuter for pets in low income household’s, March 13-15, 2012. There will be an international team of Veterinarians, Vet Techs, Assistants and Veterinarian Students to offer FREE services to the community of San Pedro. This NGO states on their website “Our mission is to provide veterinary aid in developing countries and veterinary disaster relief worldwide.” This is the second year this wonderful organization has brought it’s much needed services to La Isla Bonita. In 2011 the team was able to Spay/Neuter over 50 animals. This year the goal is to more than double these numbers. Please give these exceptional volunteers a warm island welcome if you see them about town.

Belize Study Abroad - Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is an environmental education center offering Belize Study Abroad experiential learning programs and training opportunities while serving as a model of conservation land Stewardship. Mission: Our vision is the possibility of a sustainable world. Description: Our goal is to guide our guests and students in experiencing the natural wonders of the tropics and life in a developing country, recognizing the diversity of human potential through other cultures. We do this from a peaceful natural setting within a 1070-acre private protected area at our Monkey Bay campus where we experiment with sustainable living technologies and conservation land management.

Cow Foot Soup! - "Don't knock it 'til you try it!"
Yes that's right I said it...Cow Foot Soup. While most Belizeans reading this will probably start salivating when thinking about this and even more when they see the pictures, others from outside countries might go "EEEwwwwww". It doesn't sound delicious or appetizing but once you've tried it you will most definately change your mind, or you might not, but like the name of this blog says "No knock it til you try it". Cow Foot Soup is made all over Belize, some claim the best while some are the best. If you used to live in Belize city or still do and was old enough to go out about 10-15 years ago you still dream about "Jokers" Restaurant. This was a small small shak about 10'x10' and they opened around 4pm and stayed open til about 4am. If you were friends, about 5 or 6 am lol. Now, there are certain things we eat when we are hungover. The English have their English fry up which if you know what it is will give u a heart attack unless you were hungover, and Belizeans have Cow Foot Soup. Yes, by far the BEST hangover (Goma in kriol) cure that ever existed.

International Sources

Cuba To Test Dengue Fever Vaccine On Humans
On Wednesday at the International Biotechnology Congress in Havana,Cuba, leaders of a clinical trial announced their project for a vaccine against dengue fever. The research director at the Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Center, or Cigb, Gerardo Guillén, said research in monkeys proved the vaccine's effectiveness in controlling the multiplication of the virus. The vaccine is designed to act on all four known variants of the dengue virus, Guillén said. Bugs that Give You More than a Sting Guillén said that so far there are no products in existence anywhere that prevent dengue fever, although several international pharmaceutical firms are developing weaker vaccines that use the virus itself to treat the illness. Cigb worked with France's Pasteur Institute to develop the vaccine. Dengue, which is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, is characterized by a high fever and intense general malaise accompanied by skin eruptions.

The 7 Best Reasons To Retire Overseas
The best tropical choices include Ambergris Caye, Belize, and Roatan, Honduras, which also qualify as two of the most affordable places to retire in the Caribbean.

You don't need a helicopter to travel like 'The Bachelor'
Already a tourism hotspot in light of the end of the Maya long-count calendar this year, this welcoming Central American country was resplendent in the show, with majestic Maya temples and plenty of ocean-centric adventures. One highlight was Lamanai, the towering Maya temple in Northern Belize whose vertigo-inducing steps Ben and Courtney bravely climbed to the top. (There are plenty of other ruins to choose from in Belize, however, including Xunantunich and the spectacular Actun Tunichil Muknal, a cave that houses the calcified skeleton of a young Mayan girl who was sacrificed.) For those who prefer sand, sun and even sharks (no, we’re not talking about Courtney), a trip to the offshore island of Ambergris Caye is a good bet. From the featured properties of Victoria House or Coco Beach Resort (which is also offering a “The Bachelor Island Romance Package,”) it’s an easy boat ride to the aptly named Shark Ray Alley, where Rachel nearly had a panic attack swimming among friendly shark species and stingrays. Divers shouldn’t miss the world-famous Blue Hole, which Ben and Lindzi dropped into from (what else?) a helicopter.

Living Tax-Free In Belize
Designed to attract foreigners as residents, Belize’s “qualified retired persons” (QRP) program resembles Panama’s popular pensionado program. The QRP offers significant tax incentives to those who become permanent residents of Belize, but not full citizens. When you qualify, you’re exempted from all taxes on income from sources outside Belize. QRPs pay no import duties on personal effects, household goods or on a motor vehicle or other transport, such as an airplane or boat. You must be 45 years of age or older to qualify and be able to prove personal financial ability to support yourself and any dependents. The minimum financial requirements include an annual income of at least $24,000 from a pension, annuity or other sources outside Belize.

The mermaid will lead you there: Avadon Divers
Great interview with one of Belize's premiere dive operators. "...I was talking to Anne Marie McNeil, co-owner of Avadon Divers. Her voice was the welcoming calm that I was looking for. I was a first time diver and anxiety about learning how to do it, from breathing to the gear, overwhelmed me. Her easy clear tone set me at ease and put me in the right frame of mind to complete a day of Discovery Scuba..."

AllEnergy Strikes Oil on Its First Well on Its Belize Concession
AllEnergy Corporation (OTCQB: AFSE) (OTCBB: AFSE) (, a growth-oriented international energy company, announced today that it struck oil on its first well on the Princess Concession in Belize. The first well is expected to be completed and put into production following review by the Belize Regulatory Officials. It is estimated to contain up to 6 million barrels of recoverable oil. The reservoir was determined in size by Satellite Image and Chem-Tool. Pay zone depth was determined from actual drilling and mud logging. Porosity and saturation were gauged visually by outside consultants using statistical modeling with low side parameters, predicting a reservoir of 6 million barrels. This figure could grow depending on the trending of the reservoir.

Edited by Marty (11/17/12 10:47 AM)