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The San Pedro Sun

Snackin’ out at Annie’s Pastries
Annie’s Pastries, one of my personal favorite places to load up on some good Belizean treats and sweets! You walk in and you’re greeted by the aroma of freshly baked breads and cakes- couldn’t ask for a better greeting :-) So it was a Wednesday in the office, and on this particular day, deadlines were over so it called for a treat, someone saw a Facebook post of freshly baked Lime Margarita cupcakes at Annie’s pastries and there were need for words no more! We wanted them- like now! So Jan and I took orders and hopped on the cart to pick up some Happy Hour treats.. Of course, we get there and there was no way we’d be leaving with just the yummy cakes after seeing freshly stocked shelves of coconut tarts, pizza pockets, stuffed peppers, pan con queso, cinnamon rolls, chicken puffs and so so much more!

Tropic Air receives prestigious ISSA Certification
Tropic Air is now the first country in Latin America to receive International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Standard Safety Assessment (ISSA) certification. This prestigious certification came after IATA conducted a rigorous audit on Tropic Air aimed at promoting safeness in air travel. Tropic Air was honored during the Forum of Leaders of the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) ceremony held on Tuesday, November 17th in Puerto Rico. At the ceremony, it was explained that the ISSA Certification was designed in order to assist smaller airlines who do not qualify for the World Safety Record of the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA). The World Safety Record of the IOSA is given to larger aircraft with more than 5,700 kilograms of weight and business model adapted to the IOSA requirements. The ISSA standard provides the same benefit for safety and operational efficiency as IOSA.

Miss Garifuna 2015
Congratulations to Miss Garifuna 2015, lovely Miss Sheila Montero. Sponsored by Victoria House, Sheila took the crown at the cultural pageant held on Wednesday, November 18th.

Minute to Win It! (San Pedro Style)
One of the many groups is the San Pedro Red Cross who are always raising funds in order to keep the organization’s mission and efforts present on the island. They were recently the charity of the night at Road Kill Bar for “Minute to Win It” Mondays.” Yea, keep on reading this was too much fun… With an entry fee of ten bucks ($10BZ) patrons participated in a series of fun games whereby they went head to head in fun games such as ‘Paddle Jumper’, “Face the Cookie’, ‘Mochachino’, ‘Stick the Landing’, ‘Dizzy Mummy’, ‘How’s it Hanging’, ‘Rapid Fire’ and ‘Back Flip’. Players had 60 seconds to complete each challenge, which increased in difficulty and laughter as the game progressed or they were eliminated, but for $2BZ were able to buy back into the game. The cool part- ALL PROCEEDS of-course went towards a charity.

OEWM conducts ministry work in Ambergris Caye
On Eagles Wings Ministries (OEWM) is back on the island, and while the main purpose for their visit was the SHINE (Shaping Healthy Identities through Nurturing Empowerment) and OEWM’s “Sunset to Stars” fundraising dinner, held on Wednesday, November 18th, members still made time to assist the community in other area. Some of the activities held through their visit included a Pastor’s breakfast, board meetings with OEWM San Pedro members, a tour of San Pedro High School (SPHS), visit to Social Services and story telling time with ABC Preschool. In addition to the visit to SPHS, OEWM also donated several supplies to the school counselor to be used in her work with the students. Donated supplies included posters, journals, inspirational books and stress relief balls. Another memorable activity was their visit to the San Pedro Police Station, where OEWM members spoke to Officer in Charge of the Coastal Executive Unit, Superintendent Sandra Bodden and presented her with a Certificate of Appreciation. A certificate of appreciation was also presented the San Pedro Fire Department.

Maya Island Resort celebrates restaurant’s grand opening
Located in the secluded retreat of Mayan Islands west of San Pedro Town, Mayan Island Resort’s STAR Restaurant officially welcomed invited guests to its grand opening. The event featured live music, refreshing local rum drinks and tasty nibbles from the restaurant. Guests were treated to a tour of the Resort’s facilities and included in a raffle to win fabulous prizes, including a two-night stay at the resort. Mayan Islands Resort is located on a private island less than a mile away, west of San Pedro Town and mere minutes from the Barrier Reef. Welcoming the invitees was the resort’s reservations manager who briefly explained the hotel’s services, followed by a video presentation, after which she graciously invited everyone to enjoy the cocktail party. Guests mingled on the deck poolside, sitting at one of the many lounge chairs and oversized shaded day beds. The weather held up for the remainder of the evening, offering a spectacular sunset view.

Kevin Velasquez win 2015 Optimist National Championship Regatta
San Pedro sailors continue to make their mark at the Optimist National Championship Regatta (BIZ15) and this year, it was San Pedro Sailing Club’s (SPR) Kevin Velasquez who took the coveted championship at the BIZ15. The highly anticipated annual regatta was held in Corozal Town on the weekend of November 14th and 15th. Top three places in the BIZ15 went to Kevin Velasquez of SPR taking first place, Caroline Sersland also of SPR taking second place and Trent Hardwick of Belize Sea Scouts taking third place. Velasquez was also awarded the Sailor of the Year award for his consistency and dedication throughout the year. 17 sailors from sailing clubs such as SPR, Corozal Bay Sailing Club (CBSC), Belize Sea Scouts (BSC) and Placencia Sailing Club (PSC) took to the waters of Corozal Bay in hopes of finishing up the 2015 sailing season by taking the grand prize. These young sailors earned their spots in the nationals after ranking highly in any of the five National Ranking regattas held throughout the year. Representing La Isla Bonita and SPR were Kevin Velasquez, Blanca Velasquez, Caroline Sersland, Mitch Sersland, Nicholas Lausen and Alexandra Lausen.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

SISE HoC Celebrates Garifuna Settlement Day
The SISE House of Culture had their Garifuna Settlement Celebrations yesterday. Happy Garifuna Settlement Day! "Students from different schools celebrating Garifuna Settlement Day at SISEHOC. Thanks to everyone who helped to make this most informative day a success."

Garifuna Settlement Day 2015
Photos by the BTB.

Happy Garifuna Settlement Day Belize!!!!
Garifuna Settlement Day is a public holiday in Belize, celebrated each year on November 19. The holiday was created by Belizean civil rights activist, Thomas Vincent Ramos, in 1941. It was recognized as a public holiday in the southern districts of Belize in 1943, and declared a national holiday in 1977.The holiday celebrates the settlement of the Garifuna people in Belize after being exiled from the Grenadines by the British army. The major festivities for the holiday occur in the town of Dangriga, including parades, street music, and traditional dancing.

A fun moment with Miss Garifuna 2015 - Sheila Montero
Her crowning was at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sports Complex on Garifuna Settlement Day.

Miss Earth 2015
Miss Kosovo (Kaltrina Neziri), Miss Belize (Christine Marie Syme), Miss NewZealand (Anna-Lisa Christiane), and Miss Ireland (Joelle Curoe) in their National Costume for Miss Earth 2015.

BzSA National Championship Regatta 2015
Congratulations to all of our Sailors!!!!!

Santa Elena Primary Celebrates Garifuna Settlement Day
The Benque HoC visited the Santa Elena primary school to celebrate an early Garifuna Settlement Day. Looks like they had a great time experiencing the culture. "We applaud and salute all the educational institutions that have taken pride in celebrating cultural awareness day yesterday November 18th, 2015. We thank Santa Elena Primary School for their efforts and for inviting us to partake in their multicultural day, we focused on the Garifuna Culture, gastronomy, history, language, music along with the Yurumein documentary. We wish to thank our friend Shannon Castillo from Dangriga for providing authentic cultural elements, Ms. Mary Palacio & Kim for preparing the delicious sahau, serre, cassava pound and cassava bread.We are humbled by all the support given to promote, educate and instill pride in our cultural endeavors.

The Reporter

Tropic Air receives safety recognition
The Latin America and Caribbean Air Transport Association has presented safety certification achievements to Tropic Air. The Association established the International Airport Transport Association (IATA) Standard Safety Assessment (ISSA) this year and the airline expressed interest in the ISSA, helping the Association to test the standard. ISSA is a voluntary safety audit program aligned with global best practices. Tropic Air has been operating in Belize since 1979 when it was founded by John Greif. Shared Manager, Denis Saunders, said that since then the airline has “offered excellent service to Belize”. Saunders, elaborating that the airline has done its best to keep up with demands to accommodate tourists. Saunders believes that Tropic Airlines is of essential significance to the Tourism Industry of Belize as it helps mobilize people to tourist destinations. To ensure safety, Saunders shared, the airline takes all precautions with aircrafts as with personnel. “Pilots are extensively trained in the most advanced simulators”, said Saunders.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belize debt keeps growing
Belize’s national external debt at the end of 2014, according to Central Bank statistics, is in the range between $2.2 and $2.3 billion with a cumulative interest rate of around 3.7 percent which amounts to around $84 million in interest alone. According to the 2014 report, the 2038 restructured bond accounted […]

GOB to contribute to bust, school, road in honor of Garifuna heroes
During official ceremonies marking Garifuna Settlement Day today in Dangriga, Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced that Government would contribute “significantly” toward the payment of the fee of sculptor Stephen Okeke, who created the bust of Thomas Vincent Ramos, founder of Garifuna Settlement Day. Brought to the culture capital last year, […]

Driver to be charged for Tuesday evening accident
Police say they expect to charge driver Jamal Bennett for driving without due care and attention and additional charges as it relates to the injuries sustained by cyclist Elsworth Lamb, who was knocked down Tuesday night on the George Price Highway. Bennett told police that he knocked down […]

Trade Unions and Civil Society working on new Senator
The 12th Senator representing labour, the trade unions and civil society has yet to be sworn in following the establishment of the new National Assembly. The National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) has been at odds with the Civil Society Steering Committee (CSSC) over their treatment of […]

Guatemalan baby, Belizean mother: kidnapping or judgement call?
The case of 22 year old Analiz Perez Gutierrez of Orange Walk Town has grabbed national headlines, after the Ministry of Human Development defended its role in what it says was acting in concert with Guatemalan authorities to return Gutierrez’s 2 year old daughter to her Guatemalan father, after a […]

Cruise tourism up in Belize
Things are looking up for the Cruise Ship Tourism sector as figures show an expected increase of arrivals in coming months, which is attributed to the addition of European Cruises to Belize. It is estimated that the million tourist mark will be passed this year, bringing along with it, jobs […]

Murders down on the south-side of Belize
Senior Superintendent of Police and Commander of the Eastern Division South, Chester Williams, reports that there has only been two murders in that area since the beginning of September, which is surprising since it is known for violence. Williams credits the peaceful months to good police work and told the […]

Transcendent Clairvoyant Leader Needed
We entered Independence as a bewildered people and a divided nation. The prospect of Independence was so tarnished and was done so by the relentless anti-independence campaign of the opposition party of the day. The resurgence of the Guatemalan claim as well as other external factors also played a […]

Lisa Shoman to contest PUP leadership
People’s United Party (PUP) Senator Lisa Shoman announced, this week, her intention to vie for the party’s leadership and said she believes she can gather the necessary support within the party. Shoman, in an interview with The Reporter, made her intention known and said she plans to make a formal announcement sometime next week to enter her name as a candidate before the December 15th deadline. Shoman, if successful, would become the first woman in Belize to lead either mass party. She said she believes it’s time for a woman to step forward and lead one of the mass parties. […]

Moist conditions will continue
The National Meteorological service of Belize calls for relatively moist conditions that will dominate our weather for the next couple days. For today, November 19th and the next 24 hours, conditions will be sunny with some cloudy spells today and cloudy at times later tonight. A few showers are expected […]

Blogs

Garifuna Settlement Day in Belize: Gorgeous Photos From Around the Country
Today is a national holiday in Belize celebrating the initial landing of the Garifuna people on the shores of our country. Bringing with them an amazing culture, music, religion, language…the Garifuna culture has been recognized by UNESCO as a cultural masterpiece. For more historical context, i'll show you some pictures people have been posting this morning of celebrations throughout the country – and a few from my awesome experience in Punta Gorda two years ago.

Magazine Mujer Total comes to San Pedro
Magazine Mujer Total from Chetumal, Mexico organizes an annual fashion show and they invite different designers from around the country to participate. This year they decided to bring the fashion show from Mexico to Belize. It will be happening this coming Friday November 20 at Caribbean Villas Hotel, 7:00 pm. Part of the proceeds will be donated to Camp Star Fish dedicated to our special needs children on the island. The 3 Mexican designers showing their lines in show are : Mertin Lopez , Guillermo Perez Alayon & Maria del Pilar. Participating models are from San Pedro & Belize City are very excited for the opportunity to be a part of this international show. Models recently completed a model training course given by Zuzana Marosova and coordinated by Barbara Brown. I asked Paige and Tori if they would be willing to say a few words about their experience in taking the modeling class and what they got out of it. I wanted to see what kind of impact taking a class like this would have on them. Both of them are 15 years old:

Orange Chicken Wings
1) Cut the chicken wings at their joints, each one in 3 parts, and throw out the last meatless tip segment. 2) Squeeze the lemon and press the orange in a big bowl, pour the the soy sauce in, the olive oil and honey, mixing everything until smooth. Extract about 1/3 of this mixture and reserve; now add the Cointreau liqueur and zest of orange to the big bowl and mix. Once well mixed, add the chicken wings, and mix again to make sure they are all well coated by the mixture. 3) We cover the bowl and let the wings marinate for half an hour, in the refrigerator. Around the end of that time start preheating the oven to 350 °F.

Escaping Winter on a Caribbean Island Paradise
For many North Americans, winter is the time to batten down the hatches and brace for an onslaught of wind, snow, and rain. But not so for Bob and Lonni Skrentner. On the Belizean island of Ambergris Caye, this couple has found the perfect winter retreat. Here they can spend their days scuba diving in the Caribbean Sea, socializing, and relaxing by the beach, while friends back home are confined indoors by the cold.

Creating a Coffee Culture in Placencia, Belize
Keith Morrison loves the great sailing and Caribbean lifestyle in Placencia. Keith Morrison, 58, scoured two continents for the perfect place to start his coffee shop: an English-speaking country with a laidback, affordable lifestyle, warm weather, good sailing, and low taxes. He found all these in Placencia, on Belize’s southern coast. Now he enjoys a terrific Caribbean lifestyle when he’s not overseeing operations at his Above Grounds Coffee House.

International Sourcesizz

A New Luxury Project in Belize
A new luxury project is coming to Placencia, Belize. The Itz’ana Resort and Residences broke ground this week on a 20-room resort project set to open in Dec. 2016. The project will also include 22 villas and 17 one-bedroom loft cottages through 2017. “When we came to Belize 10 years ago, we knew that that it would become a world-class destination because of its natural beauty, culture and proximity to major markets,” says developer Colin Hannan. “We have built a world-class development team, and believe that the tremendous pace of sales is indicative of the high level of interest in what is fast becoming the next big destination in the region.” The property will include a Great House including a restaurant called Limilla, a private “rum room” and an open rooftop deck.

World Heritage Youth Project on Marine Biodiversity & Climate Change in Panama: Call for Participants
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre is pleased to announce the Call for Participants for the Caribbean World Heritage Youth Project on Marine Biodiversity & Climate Change in Panama. The UNESCO World Heritage Centre in cooperation with Mar Viva Foundation will organise the Youth Project from 25 (arrival 24) to 29 (departure 30) January 2016 in Panama. We welcome the participation of all interested members of youth organizations. With the aim of creating stronger links between Caribbean SIDS and Central American countries (CAM) by empowering young people and their organizations, this activity will bring together youth participants from 17 countries in the Caribbean SIDS and Central American countries (CAM) (1 participant from each of the following countries: Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Suriname). The activities will include lectures by local heritage specialists and discussions with experts on Marine Biodiversity and Climate change; site visits to Cobia National Park and its Special Zone of Marine Protection and Hands-on activities; and also exchange among participants about the site in their countries. Please refer to the provisonal programme for further information.

Videos

  • Settlement Day Greeting, 8min. Happy Garifuna Settlement Day, 2015 from the management and stafff of The National Channel, TNC.

  • Tutti Frutti Gelateria, Placencia Belize, 2min. Tutti Frutti Gelateria Placencia Belize, is one of those little gems you stumble upon and you just keep going back for more.