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The San Pedro Sun
PUP protests to “Save Belize Now”
On September 7th, the People’s United Party (PUP) made their presence known when thousands of PUP members and supporters marched through the streets of Belize City. The “Save Belize Now” protest was intended to spark an initiative to end corruption in Belize, and the PUP focused on exposing the recent scandals involving the United Democratic Party (UDP).
The PUP provided free bus transportation and had a diversity of countrywide supporters. The crowd gathered at the Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) Constitution Park around 9AM, and marched to the BTL Park on Newtown Barracks. With the high presence of the police, elected PUP representatives were in control of the crowds to make sure they did not cause civil unrest, but rather, send out a strong message.
Vivian Noralez to represent Belize at Miss Teen Earth
The 5th Annual Miss Teen Earth Pageant will be taking place on Wednesday, September 28th, and lovely Vivian Noralez will be the first to represent Belize at the pageant. For the third consecutive year, the event will be hosted in Panama City, Panama at the Continental Hotel, and will see the participation of several beauties from Latin America vying for the crown and title.
17 year-old Noralez is a former contestant in the Miss San Pedro Pageant in 2015. She decided to participate in the upcoming international pageant, declaring that she is more than ready to take on the challenge. “The excitement I received from the franchise in Panama is unbelievable. Panama City is waiting to see what Belize has to offer. I am more than ready and proud to display my Belizean culture and environment with class and poise,” said Noralez.
CrossFit Wolf has opened
Ambergris Caye has a new spot for fitness, and it is CrossFit Wolf. Located on Crocodile Street, Collin Clark Subdivision past San Pedrito, CrossFit Wolf is owned and operated by Rene Reyes Jr. The official inauguration was held on Wednesday, September 14th after a brief invocation. The new ‘Wolf Pack’ will be working out in a spacious, well-equipped box, complete with personalized gear, shower, lockers and even a few non-CrossFit staples for those who may have to modify their workouts. A boxing station, manned by Michael ‘Boxer’ Soberanis Sr. will also be available for those looking to do some extra cardio. CrossFit classes are from Monday to Friday, at 5, 6, 8 and 9AM, then at 5:30 and 6:45PM. Saturday class is at 8:30AM only. Open gym workouts will take place from 2PM – 5PM and 7:45PM – 9PM. Boxing classes are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:45PM. Head coaches Rene Reyes Jr., Liliana Nuñez and Assistant Coach Gian Rivero welcome you to CrossFit Wolf.
Gabriel Nuñez Jr is a member of Belize’s National Volleyball Team
For the first time ever, Belize will be hosting the International Volleyball Federation’s World Championship qualification tournament taking place on September 24th through the 30th in Belize City. On Wednesday, September 14th, the Belize Volleyball Association (BVA) introduced Team Belize to the entire country via a press conference. Team Belize will be representing the Jewel at the high level competition. One of the key players on the team is San Pedro’s own Gabriel Nuñez Jr.
Volleyball has always been Nuñez’ sport of preference, and as captain of the San Pedro High School Volleyball Team, helped his team win many regional championship titles. That leadership and excellent performance in the discipline has now given Nuñez the opportunity to represent Belize at an international level.
The tournament is the first stage in an international competition to earn a place in the Volleyball Men’s World Championships, which according to the BVA’s President Allan Sharp, is the equivalent of the FIFA World Cup. Belize will be hosting teams from the Dominican Republic, Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. All seven teams will be competing in a round robin tournament; 3 matches per day for 7 days, for 21 total matches of world class volleyball.
Misc Belizean Sources
As Belize’s Colourful Celebrations Grow, So Do The Ways To Join In
With Belize’s September celebrations underway, The Lodge at Chaa Creek says now is a perfect time to explore the little Caribbean country – and if you can’t make it in person, visiting online is a viable and entertaining option, according to the Belizean eco-resort’s social media administrator.
“With so many things going on and so much enthusiasm throughout the country, September has always been a great time to experience Belize,” Jared Bradley said, “And now, thanks to the internet and social media, people from around the world can participate online,” he added.
Mr Bradley also said that while Belize’s month long September celebrations, which include St George’s Caye and Independence days, are becoming increasingly attractive to a global audience, they resonate particularly strongly with North American travellers.
“People who visit Belize during September are struck by the colourful events, the music, dancing and enthusiasm the celebrations generate throughout the country, and for people from North America it seems to really strike a chord. That’s not surprising, considering how much we have in common, such as being English-speaking former British colonies sharing big independence days and other celebrations like Christmas and even Thanksgiving, ” he said.
Lone Wrasse Carnival Road March 2016
Look out for "Lone Wrasse" in Carnival 2016 and on a beach near you. "Lone" because at the rate we're going (3 billion pounds annually) plastic might soon be the only thing you see in the sea. And "Wrasse" because plastic confuses marine life (plastic bags look like jelly fish; bottles look like other fish; etc) and they end up ingesting it. Several types of (the real) Wrasse are found along Belize's barrier reef. This art piece was made using marine debris from coastal and island beaches across Belize. Pollutants destroy aesthetic beauty, threaten, harm and kill marine life and pose hazards to humans through contaminated seafood.
Beautiful aerial views of the reef
I spent a terrific hour earlier today with a team from WWF to view and take photos of some of our spectacular marine wonders, including Half Moon Caye Natural Monument and the world-famous Blue Hole -- part of our Belize Barrier Reef System World Heritage Site, which is on the WHS Danger List. We must do all in our power to protect our awesome natural heritage for our present and future generations -- for Belizeans and for the world. All in all, a terrific morning.
Sarstoon Island Expedition
We are headed back from Barranco Village to Cayo after an exciting and overwhelming day. As soon as I have a chance I will post a more complete summary and more pictures. Thanks again to all donors and supporters. I would say overwhelmingly that our mission to PEACEFULLy assert Belize's territorial integrity was accomplished. We still have a lot of issues and work to do. I will write more later. Several kayaks and canoes successfully circumnavigated Sarstoon Island, not without some tense moments due to Guatemalan Military clearly overstepping their boundaries. But, thankfully, everything remained peaceful and we had a successful event.
Highlights of Carnival 2016
Lots of great photos!
National Service Day 2016
Monday is National Service Day! The Benque House of Culture is doing a beautification of Centennial Park.
"Belize, with the help of God and the support of its people, will stand upright and will do its duty and help bring peace,stability and prosperity to our region and to wider circles of our planet earth. Join us this Monday as we continue the beautification and upkeep of our Centennial Memorial Park. You can bring your rakes, paint brushes but most of all, high energies!!"
Photos of Carnival!!!!!
CARNIVAL - ROAD MARCH 2016!!
A colorful display of unity and celebration!
"Investigative Journalism II."
Congratulations to Mr. Izani Cayetano, Senior Reporter, Great Belize Productions, Channel 5 that will be participating on the International Leaders Visitors Program (IVLP): "Investigative Journalism II."
During his program he will participate in a combination of meetings, site visits, federalism briefing, panel discussion, and cultural events in different states in the U.S.
The Program will examine the rights and responsibilities of a free press in a democracy and the principles and laws governing the press in the United States; gain an understanding of the evolution, current status and trends in investigative journalism in the United States; explore unique aspects that distinguish investigative reporting from traditional journalism and gain an understanding of the role that investigative journalists play in U.S. society by raising awareness of issues of social concern or by reporting on illegal, irregular or abusive actions on behalf of government, politicians or corporations. and assess the impact of social media, new communication technologies, citizen journalism and alternative forms of investigative reporting.
Global Fishing Watch
Oceana, SkyTruth and Google today launched the public Beta of Global Fishing Watch, a new online technology platform that allows anyone in the world free access to monitor and track the activities of the world’s largest commercial fishing vessels in near real-time. By providing the first free global view of commercial fishing*, Global Fishing Watch delivers a powerful and unprecedented tool that can help to rebuild fish stocks and protect our oceans, which are threatened by global overfishing, illegal fishing and habitat destruction. The announcement was made in conjunction with the Our Ocean Conference in Washington, D.C., an international gathering of ocean leaders hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry.
Global Fishing Watch uses public broadcast data from the Automatic Identification System (AIS), collected by satellite and terrestrial receivers, to show the movement of vessels over time. Every day, more than 20 million data points are added to AIS. Global Fishing Watch uses this information to track vessel movement and classify it as “fishing” or “non-fishing” activity.
Woman who was crushed when house collapsed dies
Deborah Humes, who was crushed when a house fell on her Friday evening has died.
Humes was one of the Carnival revelers making final preparations for the road march today. She was at Soca Moca’s base on Dolphin Street when the house the house collapsed at around 4:00 p.m.
Humes suffered severe injuries to her pelvic area and lost a lot of blood. She was one of several people rushed by ambulance to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), where she died at 9:35 p.m.
Humes is the second person to die during preparations for this year’s September evrnts. On Thursday night, Juan Carlos Meskita, a welder, was crushed to death when strong winds broke a flag pole he had just installed for a ceremony at the Corozal Town Central Park.
Breaking Belize News
Jimmy Morales’ son and brother banned from leaving Guatemala
The office of the Guatemalan attorney general announced on Thursday that a judge has barred a son and brother of President Jimmy Morales from leaving the country pending an investigation into their role in a case centering on irregular payments. Last year, Morales won […]
Ten Reasons Why Teachers Are Not Important To Society (Or me)
They say those who can’t, teach. In this article, I would like to share ten reasons why teachers are not important to society. (Disclaimer: This article is not for the satirically impaired) Teachers are only responsible for the education of the upcoming generation. […]
Belize Vacation Rain Explained
Often people who are planning a Belize vacation are checking the weather and worried about rain ruining their trip. It is very rare that we have all day, every day rains here. In the 10.5 years I have lived here there was only one year that we got hit very badly during rainy season where that was the case, but it is definitely not the norm no matter what the weather forecast says.
Since we had a lot of rain predicted this past week, I decided to track the weather for a couple of days and checked in every so often to see what the chances were. As you can see in my bullet points below, the predicted thunderstorms kept getting bumped later and later. Although there was a forecast 60 to 80% chance of rain both days which is high, we got very little rain and no thunderstorms. It rained once very late at night and a light drizzle one early morning.
Just Across the Border From Blue Creek, Belize A Different World – La Union, Mexico
When we in Belize think of Mexico, we think of cheap prices! tacos and Mexican beer! big city shopping at Walmart! crowds of people! CANCUN! but just across the Rio Hondo in Northwest Belize, the town of La Union is really none of those things.
Well…except Mexican beers.
In this neck of the woods, La Union stands in stark contrast to that view of Mexico and equally stark contrast to her prosperous neighbor, separated only by a fairly narrow river, the Mennonite villages of Blue Creek.
Where one side is gorgeous open pasture and farm land including Circle R, the largest producer of rice in Belize, the Mexican side rises up on a scrubby cliff side (an escarpment) and the town clings to the side of it.
A bus does go to Chetumal (the capital of the state of Quintana Roo) and you could take the winding Rio Hondo that way as well, but it seems light years away from the city.
In fact, La Union is so far from the city the residents use Belize cell phone service – Digicel and Smart phone credits were on sale at the small local shops.
What is there to do, smack in the middle of low season in Placencia, Belize? Plenty!!
Many guests will write me asking if it is worth it to come to Belize in low season - low season being defined as (arguably) anywhere from May-end of June, through end of Oct or even into November.
I have lived here through a couple low seasons and I can confidently say there is PLENTY to do during a visit. In fact, you can't possibly do it all in one trip - there will be plenty left on the table when you leave for your next trip! Throughout the blog I am posting pictures from Placencia What's Happening to give you an idea of what's actually happening this week! (link at the bottom if you want to join this group!)
What is shut down?? OK right now in the village, Barefoot Bar is closed for about 2-3 weeks as they are renovating. Yes, everyone is grieving this as this is one of the most popular spots. But, last weekend we just went next door to Tipsy Tuna where there was live music and plenty of fun! And, right down the street, Yoli's was having music, and Fusion Beach was having a party. One of the most wonderful things about vacationing here - you KNOW where to go to have fun - you will have a handful of choices, always, but not such an overwhelming matrix of events that you feel a bit flooded and feel like no matter what you pick, you are missing out. Plus, in the village at least, you can walk everywhere, so you don't need to zip across town in a cab (unless you are staying way north of the village!) -- just follow the music and you will find the people :)
Slices of Life in Belize - Septermber 15, 2016
Some sad news to report. We recently had to put our dog, Sam, down. He contracted tick fever back in January, but thanks to the ministrations of our vet, Dr. Charles, Sam made a recovery. But we were warned that a relapse could happen at any time.
On a happier note, September in Belize is like a never-ending party. Why? Because 21 September is Independence Day and every district in the country uses the entire month to host various festivities.
This year Belize turns 35 years old and this is this year's theme:
And our small village of Ranchito has a bevy of events slated for next Wednesday including a children's parade, the crowning of the Queen of Ranchito, family friendly festivities and a free dance. Pictures of all the fun will be posted on the Ranchito Village Council Facebook page.
Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,
Hunt for the Wilderpeople,
The Secret Life of Pets.
Five poisonous snakes of the Yucatan Peninsula
The Yucatan Peninsula has a variety of flora and fauna that make it a unique place in Mexico.
As an example of this, within the peninsula there are 134 species of snakes, 18% of which are considered endemic, which means that they can only be found in this region. 24 endemic species live in Quintana Roo, Yucatan and Campeche, and these are included in “at risk” categories in the Mexican Official Standard NOM- 059- Semarnat for the protection of Mexico’s native flora and fauna.
Specifically in the Yucatan peninsula there are five species of snakes that are lethal to humans. Four of them belong to the family Viperidae while one belongs to the Elapidae family.
Snakes or viperids have a pair of long fangs at the roof of their mouth and exposed when they need to attack their prey. The venom of snakes is generally haemotoxic, affecting blood cells and vascular tissues, leading to internal bleeding.
Carnival Road March 2016, 3hr. Saturday was the annual Carnival Road March in Belize City and once again thousands of eager spectators came out to enjoy a fun day at the colourful event which highlights Belize's Caribbean culture! Here is a clip of the day's festivities.
International Zoological Expeditions Belize - A story to be told, 3min. A brief interview with the founder of IZE Belize
Caye Caulker Belize, 2min.
San Pedro Belize, 1.5min.
life in belize, 5min.
Children's Independence Celebration in Punta Gorda, Belize, 1/2min.
Ziplining in Belize, 3min. Ziplining in the Belizean jungle.
In Belize at a chocolate factory, 10min.
Mayan cave tubing Belize, 11min. J.T. & ROY Cave Tubing though the Mayan Underworld in Belize. 2nd Anniversary Trip
Marie Sharp's, 9min. Belizean hot sauce. The story...