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The San Pedro Sun
Take advantage of dental services at San Pedro Smile Dental Clinic
The free dental checkups and cleanings for island children and adults continues. The San Pedro Smile Dental Center at Holy Cross Anglican School encourages all parents and guardians to bring their children between the hours of 8AM and 3PM for dental service. Professional dental surgeons and dental assistants have volunteered their time to provide this essential service to the community, hoping to improve dental health in Ambergris Caye one smile at a time. March 14th – 15th at the Holy Cross Anglican School Smile Dental Clinic: Service provided by Susan Kloosterboer, Dr. Adina Ness, Heidi Peterson and students Madison College School of Health Education
March 16th – 17th at the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II: Service provided by Susan Kloosterboer, Dr. Adina Ness, Heidi Peterson and students Madison College School of Health Education
March 16th – 17th at the Holy Cross Anglican School Smile Dental Clinic: Service provided by Dr. Staci Blaha and Dr. Joanne Brown
May 4th – 6th at the Holy Cross Anglican School Smile Dental Clinic: Service provided by Dr. Hal Soloman
Mayor’s and Minister’s Cup Tournament heading to plays off
It’s the eight week of the Mayor’s and Minister’s Cup, and with just three weeks before the grand finale, the first team to qualify for the play off has already been announced. Football fanatics were again present at the Louis Sylvester Sporting Complex this past weekend, where they enjoyed six amazing games. The results are as follows:
Thursday – Belize Pro Diver 6-2 San Mateo
Catrachos 4-1 PSG
Saturday – Ambergris Divers 1-1 Veterans
Jokers F.C 5-3 Sky Energy
Sunday – Progresso Boys 6-1 San Pedro Junior College
Peace Makers 4-3 Searious Warriors
There are no games scheduled for this weekend, but the action continues from Monday this week with another set of heated games. The schedule is as follows:
San Pedro High School introduces their two teams for Sagicor challenge
Every year, secondary school students from across the country are challenged with the creative test to come up with original scientific solutions for common problems affecting their communities. Known as Sagicor Visionary Challenge, the test brings students together in an annual national competition featuring their talents. From the many projects seen in previous challenges, it is safe to say that Belize has the potential of producing great scientists and inventors in the near future. As many teachers at the San Pedro High School (SPHS) can confirm, this is the thought as the school prepares two teams to represent Ambergris Caye in this year’s challenge. The five -member group Papaya Power is using the papaya plant, known for its succulent fruit. Jennessa Sierra, one of the group members, indicated that the high cost of medical care has led them to the idea of creating products from this plant in order to provide natural, low- cost medicinal products. “The papaya fruit and its seeds have many healing properties that people may not know of. Our project will include teas, beverages made of papaya for the nourishment of the body. It will not be the usual shake that you can make at home, this will be more pure and natural since we will not use any other sugars or foreign substances other than just the papaya,” said Sierra.
Improper disposal of garbage is affecting the island’s wildlife
The consequences of improperly disposed garbage can be far reaching. Beyond the unsightly appearance, littering can affect in ways you least expect, like marine wildlife, terrestrial animals and even birds. Yes, even the feathered creatures that barely set foot on the ground cannot escape the threat of garbage. Birds build their nest from loose debris and other material they can find. They do not sort out what they are taking with them, as long as it is good enough to build their home. An osprey family that built its nest on the very top of a BEL tower never imagined that its offspring almost did not make it when it was ready to leave the nest. According to Chris Summers from the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES), he had just returned from the San Mateo area, after setting a small croc trap, when he became involved with the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) crew in the rescuing of a juvenile osprey. The bird was tangled on some fishing line that was dangling from its nest.
Misc Belizean Sources
Calvin on Caye Caulker needing hlp
I have just been speaking to Dora, Calvin's wife. He is going to have a very serious surgery on tuesday and will of course be unable to work for a while. They would be so grateful for any financial help you can provide. You can leave your donations here at Stressless Tours (opposite Roses) or you can contact Dora directly on 6070704
MR VEGAS performing his hits live inside Caye Caulker Easter Fest
On Saturday, March 26, 2016. Early bird special on tickets for $50 available at Raggamuffin Tours in Caye Caulker and KREM Office in Belize City.
The Astounding Revelation of Caye Chapel's Luxury Golf Course Project
Travelers and tourists all over the globe are being frantic in visiting the country of Belize that has been known for having over 450 offshore islands that provide great outdoor activities for the whole family. The place is truly a tourist destination but that is not the reason for its recent popularity. The public is stunned by the news that golf legend Greg Norman is adopting and will be re-designing the Caye Chapel Golf Course as part of their huge proposed development project on the island.
Greg Norman a professional golfer and a full-time entrepreneur is a renowned golf player for being the #1 ranked golfer in the Official World Golf Ranking in the 1980’s and 1900’s. Aside from his fame with golf, he is also entitled from having a great reputation in designing numerous golf courses all over the globe. That is just the start, with his enormous talent. He has been planning to build a world-class golf course on Caye’s Chapel that already has an 18-hole golf course. With his undoubtful fame and social status, Belize officials are thrilled as they believe that his project can bring huge benefits to the islands tourism industry.
Although Greg Norman’s revelation is still on the move, travelers and tourist should explore the island for a weekend getaway as the whole family can spend some time playing and discovering the beauty of the island.
Expedition to Cocoa Branch in Stann Creek district
Our Botanical Team with the support of Caves Branch Guides will be heading to "explore the unexplored", going to the 3 weeks long expedition to Cocoa Branch in Stann Creek district. We are proud to have 2 leading experts: Bruce Holst, Director of Botany from Selby Gardens in Florida and Dr.Steven Brewer, Plant ecologist. Why are we going there? As Dr. Brewer said: "From my perspective, the importance of the expedition rests on the fact that we will be botanizing in an area that is a key gap in biodiversity surveys in Belize. The core of the area we will be surveying is the only significant location of a type of limestone (Paleozoic carbonates) that is at least 150 million years older than the limestone that covers so much of Belize. It is surrounded by igneous rock, so this is also an incredible opportunity to compare vegetation on very different rock types, in a remote and rugged landscape that is perhaps one of the least impacted by humans in modern times. "
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye represented at La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge
ITravel Belize spotted the two teams paddling hard at the beginning of the race. All the best to: Dee Regis, Brittney O’Daniel, Greg Lamb & Lisa Rusinek-Cyrier, Ronnie Cyrier, Wayo Vasquez.
Belizean to Attend IFLA World Library and International Congress 2016
Belizean librarian, author, poet, and mother of 2 Felene Cayetano will be attending the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2016 as an International Fellow.
The IFLA 2016 National Committee, through generous donations from the North American library community, offered full fellowships to librarians from outside North America (U.S. and Canada) to attend the IFLA 2016 Congress in Columbus, Ohio.
Cayetano was recently in Guyana for an intense fiction editing and publishing workshop. You can read about it here.
BELIZE TERRITORIAL VOLUNTEERS to PROTEST HOUSE MEETING
WHEREAS, on Saturday February 27th, 2015, exactly one year ago, 37 Belizeans were unlawfully detained by Guatemalan military while in Belizean territorial waters, and;
WHEREAS, on Saturday February 27th, 2016, in commemoration of the first anniversary of said incident, “armed” Guatemalan military vessels unlawfully entered Belizean territorial waters and blocked ” unarmed” Belizean civilians from the free use and enjoyment of the Belizean side of the Sarstoon river, and;
WHEREAS, our Belizean government has downplayed such aggression and unlawful entry by the Guatemalan military;
The Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) now hereby calls on all Belizeans from the Rio Hondo to the Sarstoon, to participate in a peaceful and energetic picketing of the sitting of the House of Representative on Tuesday March 8th, 2016 at 9 a.m.
Please Belizeans, make every effort to attend.
Day 1 Ruta Maya leaders list
Unofficial Day 2 Ruta Maya leaders list
La Ruta Maya 2016 Start
Kenny Lamb got some excellent pictures of the start of the La Ruta Maya.
"Start of the race in the Western town of San Ignacio, Belize at 7AM under the historic Hawksworth Bridge."
JOHNITO MIGUEL & THE DYNAMIC BELIZE CROSS COUNTRY!
It was a very exciting fundraiser today, March 5, 2016, at the fundraising event for the Williams brothers, Justin and Corey Williams. Belizeans in the Los Angeles Belizean Community came out to the event to support their Cross Country Champion, Justin Williams.
The most impressive thing for me was that while this was going on, the brothers were riding a cycling classic in Los Angeles, and putting in work on the bike. It is now official that Justin Williams will defend his Cross Country Championship along with his brother, Corey who paced the race for him last year. It is also known already that Corey's role will be the same in this year's race, and that he will be coming to work hard, and put his brother in the front again.
SERVICES BY EDUCATION USA REFERENCE CENTER-BELIZE
If you are interested in studying in the U.S. You should stop by the EducationUSA Reference Center at the Leo Bradley Library in Belize City. They have everything you need to get your search and applications started.
Check out the services they offer.
"Carvana De La Risas"
Laughter is the best medicine, especially when with family. Rain didn't stop this crowd from what was a night of belly laughs at the "Carvana De La Risas" Tour. With Letty Eiley,
National Heroes and Benefactors Day
Why do we celebrate National Heroes and Benefactors Day? Who are our patriots? Come and learn at our National Heroes and Benefactors Exhibit - March 9 2016. Punta Gorda. The exhibit will then tour the country.
O/W NTV Will Support Will Mejia On Sarstoon Issue
Last night we informed you about the Belize Territorial Volunteers’ decision to organize a picketing that will be taking place on Tuesday at the sitting of the House of Representatives in Belmopan. This decision came about as a result of the group describes as Government’s failure to assist Belizeans in terms of providing protection and security for those who travelled on Saturday to visit the Gracias a Dios monument but were denied entry by the Guatemalan military on the Sarstoon.
Yesterday in a press release, the Northern Territorial Volunteers also expressed their displeasure with the way Government handled the situation once more especially when it comes to the incursion of the Guatemalan Military in Belizean waters. Today President of the NTV, Geovanni De La Fuente told CTV3 News that the group will also be joining BTV in Belmopan and anyone wishing to stand in unity with BTV and NTV are more than welcome.
Police Removes Hand Gun From Street
During a search conducted in an abandoned lot on the Belize Corozal Road yesterday at around 5:30 in the evening, Orange Walk Police seized a .38 special, Amado Rossi Brand hand gun. The pistol bearing serial number 763551 was found wrapped in a black plastic bag and since no one was in the area at the time of the finding, the gun was taken to the Orange Walk Police station where it was labeled as found property.
Paediatric mission coming to Belize
Twelve doctors from the United States are arriving in Belize today, Saturday, to conduct a special one-week paediatric mission throughout the Belize district.
The doctors, coming from Virginia, will offer diagnostic and referral services, through a program coordinated by World Paediatric Project, and the local non-governmental organization, Friends Of Paediatrics.
The team will start on Sunday in San Pedro, break for the March 9 holiday on Monday and resume on Tuesday at the Ladyville Community Center. On Wednesday they visit the Maskall Health Center; Thursday, they move to the Port Loyola at the Port Loyola Health Clinic, and on Friday the head for the Crooked Tree Health Center. All the clinics start at 9:00 a.m.
Khandice Tillett, Belize project manager for the World Paediatric Project explained that the team is seeing patients free of charge and will not turn away any patient, despite the size of the workload.
“If there are 100 patients, they will see 100. If there are 200 they will stay until the work is finished. They’re here to work, not vacation, so people just need to come out,” Tillett said.
Belize Zoo holds “year of the monkey” fundraiser
The Belize Zoo held a special fundraiser, on Saturday, in collaboration with the embassy of the Republic of China Taiwan, and Travellers Liquors.
The three parties gathered at the at Travellers Heritage Museum, at 2 ½ miles Philip Goldson Highway, Belize City, to hold an auction, where the proceeds from all the sales will go directly to renovating and upgrading the veterinary clinic and commissary for the Zoo.
Founding Director of the Belize Zoo, Sharon Matola, explained that the facility, which serves over 15,000 visitors annually, has been operating since the late 1980’s and was in need of repairs.
“Belize needed a place for the people of Belize to get to know and appreciate their wildlife and that’s what kept me here,” Matola said. “Back when I started in the 1980’s the George Price Highway wasn’t paved yet but people came. And when you think about it, where else would they have seen a jaguar or tapir at that time?”
The Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan), His Excellency Benjamin Ho, to assist with the effort, donated five Chinese painting prints portraying the year of the monkey, as well as three bottles of Kaoliang Liquor in decorated porcelain bottles.
Breaking Belize News
Soccer player busted with cannabis at western border
Breaking: Information reaching Breaking Belize News is that a national and Verdes Football player was busted with a little more than 10.5 lbs of cannabis. BNN was made to understand that the player was travelling alone in his vehicle at the time of the […]
Man critical after hit and run accident
A hit and run accident on the Phillip Goldson Highway last night in the area of Santa Elena Road in Corozal District, has left one cyclist in a critical condition at the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital (KHMH). The man, identified as Valerio Gilharry, a […]
Belmopan mother viciously chopped to death; partner faces charges
Belmopan Police say they expect to charge the man who allegedly killed 45 year old Maria Candelaria Chacon Reymundo early on Friday morning, later this weekend. The mother of 8 was viciously murdered inside her home on Panama Street in Salvapan, allegedly hacked to […]
Dangriga man goes missing for a week
44 year old Gregory Williams, Senior, a former star for the Kremandala Warriors football team in the mid-1990s, has been reported missing to Dangriga police. Williams was last seen leaving his Rivas Estate home last Saturday, February 27, saying he was going for a […]
Protest Note Sent to Guatemala
The Government of Belize has sent a diplomatic protest note to Guatemala about last weekend’s Sarstoon showdown between the Guatemalan Military and the Territorial Volunteers. Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington made the point that even though the language will be calm, the Belize […]
High speed chase leads to crash in Belize City
Police have reportedly detained two persons following an apparent traffic mishap caused by a high-speed chase this afternoon on Mahogany Street in front of the police sub-station. We understand that police were chasing a black vehicle down Mahogany Street when the vehicle crashed into […]
Second leg of La Ruta Maya canoe race
At around 7:00 yesterday morning from beneath Cayo’s Hawkesworth Bridge, 61 teams of paddlers set off on the annual La Ruta Maya canoe race, en route to Banana Bank through the Macal River. Although the number of teams is a little less than last […]
Relatively moist conditions to continue
The National Meteorological Service of Belize is predicting generally cloudy skies with a few showers and periods of rain over most areas. Winds will be blowing from the Northeast at 5-15 knots and the sea state will be light chop – choppy. High temperatures […]
Belize named as major money laundering country
Belize has once again been listed in a US report as being a major money laundering nation for the proceeds of narcotics trafficking. Belize, however, is just one of 14 Caribbean nations named by the US as “major money laundering” countries in the 2016 […]
Guatemalan poachers believed to be connected to Danny Conorquie’s death
Belize Defense Soldiers (BDF) in the Chiquibul area came under fire from Guatemalan poachers yesterday, and though details have been scarce, one source is now suggesting there may be a connection to the murder of Special Constable Danny Conorquie in 2014. According to reports […]
A Maya River Route Becomes A Race
There is a river that starts its life in the mountains of Belize from a spring. That spring decided a million years ago that it will find a way through the mountains of a land that later hosted Paleoindians, Archaic people, Proto Maya, Maya people and todays contemporary Belizeans. It ripped its way; it climbed; it pushed; it tore through all barriers it found in its path – cleared all things to the granitic floor that it decided to make its bed.
This river, called the Macal River, is one of two that meet two and a half miles north of San Ignacio and Santa Elena towns (twin towns), and start the longest river in the country called the Belize River. It must be highlighted that the country of Belize may have gotten its name from the name the original Yucatec maya called that river: “Baltiz”, which means “muddy water”.
Every year for over 10 years there is a race that happens on this river. Its called the “La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge”. Its amazing! Do not miss it next year. It all happens on the weekend of the ninth of March every year and you too can be a part of it!
MAYA MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE CHALLENGE FINALE 2016
And after the ultimate Belize adventures, the Maya Mountain Adventure Challenge 2016 has come to an end. Throughout this experience, we witnessed first-hand the unexplored beauty that makes our Belize a "one-of-a-kind" Jewel. Above all, there were loads of inspirational teamwork to help each person get to the finish line!
From the beginning of the race…
…to canoeing through the rapids on the Macal and Mopan Rivers
…trekking at Xunantunich Maya ruin
…to San Ignacio Town
Museum events in spring
Museum of Science, Boston: Spectacular visuals capture the underwater world of coral reefs and the accompanying ecosystems in A World Underwater: The Reefs of Belize, scheduled for Thursday, March 24 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Charles Hayden Planetarium in Boston Museum of Science. Through striking photography, Keith Ellenbogen and Allan Adams of MIT document an underwater journey to Glover's Reef Research Station in Belize, providing context to the efforts to conserve the Mesoamerican reef ecosystem. The program is recommended for grades 5 to 12.
Belize at 35 Exhibit
'Belize 35' is celebrating the 35th anniversary of Belize's independence, and is on display at the Art Museum of the Americas. It showcases works by Belizean-American artists Karl Villanueva and Santiago Cal. There's one neat piece with George Price riding a tapir.
"Cal’s 15-foot-long, untitled installation is entirely carved from wood and contains an elevated pathway with a row of 35 tapirs, the piglike national animal of Belize. In the piece, a meditative George Cadle Price is riding the tapir in front."
MMAC Finale 2016
The Maya Mountain Adventure Challenge, the longest race in Belize, spanning over 300 miles in 4 days, was last week. The SIRH has a nice article with all the winners of the race. The next one is scheduled for 2018.
There are 1000's of pictures on the MMAC page.
"Congratulations to the winners of The Maya Mountain Challenge 2016. Thank you to all of the racers, donors, volunteers, sponsors and spectators that made the 2016 Maya Mountain Adventure Challenge was an incredible success!"
The Belize Zoo: Home to Former Movie Stars!
Once upon a time, film producers specializing in documentaries about life in tropical forests chose Belize as their favorite destination. Critters now living in the Belize Zoo were once “stars” of these documentaries, but after film crews completed their projects, some of the animals had become so habituated to humans, they could no longer live in the wild. In 1983, film crew members plus Belize animal lovers carved out a zoo home for these animals and since then, animals who have been orphaned, rescued or rehabilitated enough to join the family have come to live here, too. It’s fun to see this unique zoo and a visit is guaranteed to delight kids of all ages.
Belize’s version of what a zoo should look and feel like won’t match your previous experiences. While the animals you view are in enclosures, don’t be surprised to see animals who “visit” from the outside to do what all social beings do: hang out with like-minded creatures, steal some food and thrill visitors. What species are you most likely to see? Some will be familiar; raccoons, snakes and squirrels, but you may never before have seen exotic species who make their homes here, like tapirs, gibnuts, coatimundis, jaguars and other exotics, plus gorgeous birds in every rainbow color.
First, if you’re a fan of the humane treatment of animals, you will be impressed by the way this little zoo is run. It’s not fancy and it’s not huge, but this zoo has a different vibe than any zoos you’ve seen in the past. The aforementioned visits from jungle animals who linger nearby to commune with the zoo’s inhabitants makes this one unique facility. From quiet, spellbinding species to loud-mouthed black howler monkeys who aren’t shy about chatting up their relatives on the periphery of the zoo, the variety of animals you’ll see is impressive. For the best of all experiences, take the Belize Zoo’s night tour to see nocturnal residents awake and alert. The zoo compound is situated on 29-acres of savanna, but all of the action happens at the zoo’s epicenter, located just 29 miles from Belize City.
Any time you like! The zoo is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Zoo residents don’t take vacations nor do they mind bad weather.
Take the George Price Highway from Belize City if you’re driving, but your best bet is booking a tour through a resort like Cahal Pech. They can handle all details, including transport and a guide to make your visit enjoyable and relaxing.
Edition 3, 2016, 30min.
Belize in 10 Days, 2min. Xunantunich is featured, as is Chaa Creek, and all its attractions.
"A lot can happen in a 2 week adventure traveling around Belize. Some of which I can highly recomend like an ATV execution through the jungle with Chaa Creek Resort or an adventure snorkeling on Caye Caulker. What a great time exploring the outdoors of this great nation and being immersed in the rich, diverse culture."
Lamanai Archaeological site tour from Belize City, 8min.
Belize Zoo, 6.5min. Belize Zoo, featuring Junior Buddy Jaguar encounter
Diving in Belize 2016, 11min.
Gumbo Limbo Jungle Resort Belize review, 3min. Gumbo Liimbo is a small off-grid resort located in the Cayo district of Belize near San Ignacio.
Belize Part 1, 3min. This covers the first few days of the trip where we stayed at Black Rock Lodge, near San Ignacio.
We visited a lot of Mayan temples (Caracol, Tikal, Xunantanich), canoed through caves, zip-lined through the canopy, saw lots of cool wildlife - had an amazing time!
Belize Part 2, 3min. This covers the middle of the trip in Caye Caulker, we were there for a few days to celebrate Tracey's birthday which we did in style by flying over the Great Blue Hole - which was amazing.
Really loved Caye Caulker, such a great place to be.
Belize Part 3, 2min. This was just the last couple of days of the trip, including Lamanai and Birds Eye View Lodge.
Belize, 8.5min. December 2015.
Belize 2016, 14min.
Scuba Diving Belize 2016, 16min.
Belize Zip Line, 8min. Zip-lining in Belize.
Ambergris Caye, Belize, min. A few days snorkling and enjoying the sun on Ambergris Caye. From Making Belize 02/16.
Diving Belize 2016, 5min.
El Pescador Fishing Resort in Belize, 9min. A quick video of our week long excursion here. Read the text about the trip for more specifics.
TELL GUATEMALA TO LEAVE BELIZE ALONE! (PART ONE), 10min. Since the last crisis on August 16, 2015 where the Guatemalan Navy blockaded the Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) from entering the Sarstoon River, and to access the Belize side of the Sarstoon Island, another Guatemalan Navy blockaded the BTV again in another trip up the Sarstoon River in route to the Sarstoon Island on February 27, 2016. Just a few months into the presidency of the newly elected Guatemalan president, Jimmy Morales, who had promised a more cordial relationship between Belize and Guatemala in the age old territorial dispute between the two nations, the crisis on the Sarstoon River continues and escalates to a new level. The Belizean government has sent a new note of protest to the Guatemalan government whose Navy was clearly inside Belizean territorial waters in their blockade of the BTV on Saturday, February 27, 2016.
TELL GUATEMALA TO LEAVE BELIZE ALONE! (PART TWO), 37min.
View of Caye Caulker from the Air, 1min. I never tire of flying to the cayes of Belize. The view of breakers on the reef and the islands are often spectacular, weather permitting. Take a peek at what Caye Caulker looks like when you fly by. I took this video during a short flight, on a hazy February day. But you can still see the waves breaking on the reef, beyond Caye Caulker...