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The San Pedro Sun
Two Belizean parliamentarians to attend Fidel Castro’s funeral in Cuba
Former President and Revolutionary Leader of Cuba Fidel Castro’s death was announced on Friday, November 25th. 90 year-old Castro was historically known to have governed Cuba as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976, and as President from 1976 to 2008. While many political leaders consider Castro as an adversary, some countries like Belize consider him an ally.
Castro played an active role in pushing for Belize’s independence in 1981, and Prime Minister Right Honorable Dean Barrow expressed his condolences through a diplomatic note to Castro’s brother, Raul Castro on November 25, 2016. “This note is penned with a heavy heart. You have lost your brother, the Cuban people have lost their avatar, and humanity has lost a giant for the ages. As a leader, bestriding history, Fidel proved, in unending ways, his love for the Cuban people, and all people, especially those suffering from injustice or neglect. His leadership of Cuba was one replete with the sacrifices made by your nation…the globe owes an unpayable debt to the Commander-in-Chief. On behalf of the Government and People of Belize, I therefore extend our most profound condolences. But we know that in death Fidel will continue to inspire. Thus, we will take comfort from his enduring legacy, from the triumph represented by his life and the unmatchable work that, together with you, and all the other heroes of the Revolution, he did for Cuba, the region, and the world.”
San Pedro Dance Academy at Dance X 2016
The San Pedro Dance Academy joined dance companies from all over Belize, the USA and Indonesia onstage for the 4th annual Dance X “Dance from the Soul” organized by the National Institute of Culture & History (NICH) and the Institute for the Creative Arts at the Bliss Institute in Belize City last Saturday night, November 26. Shannon Nunez, Danielle Rodriguez, Joyce Martinez and Karissa Vasquez all of San Pedro High school, Alexandar Lausen of the Island Academy and Chelsea Valdez of New Horizon Academy had a blast as they glided across the stage in “Bailarines de salsa”, choreographed by their Dance Director Sherette Perrote. Miss Anna Lily and Irma Palma had chaperoned the girls on the trip from Isla Bonita to the city.
Miss Lily Nunez first established the group in 1998, with the help of Greg Vernon and the late Rosita Balthazar of the Belize National Dance Company, who offered artistic support and guidance.
Above-Average Atlantic Hurricane Season Officially Ends
The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season wrapped up on Wednesday, November 30th, and according to meteorologists, it was noted as the busiest season since 2010. This year, there were a total of 15 named storms, seven hurricanes, and three major hurricanes, making the season “above average”. The season was also considered the deadliest, causing thousands of casualties and leaving a swath of destruction world-wide. During the middle of the season, Category One Hurricane Earl struck Belize in August 2016, leaving widespread damage, and destruction throughout Belize City, Ladyville, Ambergris Caye, and Caye Caulker. Near the end of the season, the country was keeping an eye out for Hurricane Otto, which formed in the southwest Caribbean in late November 2016. It passed just north of Panama, intensifying to a Category Two hurricane as it made landfall in southern Nicaragua. However, the country was spared from its impact, receiving only a few heavy rain showers.
NEBL 2017 tournament to start in January
The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) is set to start on Friday January 13, 2017. Ambergris Caye will once again be represented by the national sub-champs San Pedro Tiger Sharks. The NEBL’s fourth season will tip off with Belize Hurricanes hosting the opening game in Belize City. The three- pre-seasonal opening games will feature Belize Hurricanes and Belize City No Limit in game 1, and Belmopan Bandits and Cayo Western Ballaz in game 2. Meanwhile in game 3, San Pedro’s team will play their first pre- season game on Friday December 9th against Orange Walk Running rebels. The 2017 season will have the participation of eight teams: Orange Walk Running Rebels, Belize Hurricanes, San Pedro Tiger Sharks, Belize City No Limit, Belmopan Bandits, Dangriga Warriors, Cayo Western Ballaz and a new franchise from Chetumal, Mexico.
Throughout the tournament, the teams will play against each other in a home and away format. Each team will play a total of 14 regular season games. The top four teams will advance to the playoffs in a best of three series to decide who will reach the finals.
Ministry of Health continues to strengthen its function in the Pharmaceutical Industry
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has been instilling guidelines to ensure that the highest quality of pharmaceuticals are available within the Belizean market. In a press release issued on Monday, November 21st, the MOH indicated that it has presented several standards to the House of Representatives and awaits final approval of the Food and Drugs Act Chapter 291 of the substantive Laws of Belize. The revised bill presented back in August 2016 will permit the MOH to enforce firmer penalties on persons/businesses that are in violation of the law. As recently as September 2016, the MOH began gaining control in the importation of Pharmaceutical and Herbal Products by implementing a drug registry. The purpose of this registry was to block the importation of products that have never been brought to the country before. In order for pharmacies, pharmaceutical wholesalers and importers to adhere to these standards, all vendors must be licensed as an importer with the MOH’s Licensing and Accreditation Unit.
SHINE to host A Starry Night fundraising event
A special fundraising event titled ‘A Starry Night,’ in support of On Eagle Wings Belize and SHINE programs will be held on Friday, December 9th at the Hidden Treasure Restaurant. Both non-profit organizations encourage young people and women in the community by providing them with resources to become who they are meant to be in society. It also provides them with hope, empowerment and the opportunity of a brighter future. Tickets for the event cost $80BZ, and will include entry to the cocktail holiday party, fancy hors d’ oeuvres and drink specials.
All proceeds from this event will go towards the SHINE program ‘Thrive’ presently taking place at the San Pedro High School. This is an empowerment program open to all students who may need guidance and mentorship. The fundraiser will also benefit an Artisan Project which aims to provide business skills and opportunities to disadvantaged women on the island.
Misc Belizean Sources
Belize International Yoga Festival
Dec. 31, Belize City. Call 610-0882 for tickets children under 12 enter FREE!
Here's a chance to help out Miss Belize World 2016, Iris Salguero
ou can vote everyday!
Prime Minister Departs Country
The Office of the Prime Minister informs the general public that the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow departed the country today, 3rd December 2016 to attend a meeting in New York in connection with the Superbond. The Prime Minister will be joined by Joseph Waight, Financial Secretary, and Ambassador Mark Espat.
During the Prime Minister’s absence, the Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Patrick Faber will act as Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister returns on Wednesday, December 7th, 2016.
Santa Elena Sports Complex Grand Inauguration
The Santa Elena Sports Complex had its inauguration on Sunday. There was a great turnout for the event, and the game between the Verdes and the Bandits. Pictures courtesy of Orlando Pulido.
BCCI Christmas Expo
"Who seh Kriol people no have no Culcha". The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project believes we have so much culture in Dowtown, we plan to build an entire Eco-museum around it. Today at 11:00 a.m.and 2:00 p.m. come on down to the BCCI Christmas Expo and experience the Creole Culture at its best as we present The Youth Brukdong Band as they play and sing a number of Brukdong songs the way Mr Peters use to play it with all of the traditional instruments, you don't want to miss it.
Homicide at the start of Christmas season
Only hours after residents gathered in harmony for the lighting of the Belize City Christmas Tree, one of those residents was gunned down.
Police say Dale Tillett Sr., was on New Road, headed home at around 4 a.m., Saturday when he was fatally shot.
Tillett, a tour guide by profession, had lost his son to gun violence years prior, at an incident at the Palm Island night club.
Police are carrying out investigations, but are in their preliminary stages. More on this latest homicide as details become available.
Another condition linked to Zika virus
As research on the Zika virus epidemic continues, scientists have discovered that the virus can also cause another serious condition, glaucoma, in infants.
Glaucoma is a condition that affects the nerves in the eyes, which deteriorates vision and may even result in blindness. Brazil, in collaboration with a research team from Yale University, discovered the first case of Zika-related infant glaucoma in Salvador, the capital of the state of Bahia in Brazil.
Albert Icksang Ko, M.D., professor at the Yale School of Public Health explained that the child was exposed to the Zika virus which affected the development of the anterior chamber or front portion of the eye during gestation and caused glaucoma after birth.
City Council brings in Christmas with tree lighting ceremony
The Belize City Council, marked the opening of the Christmas Season with its annual City Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, held at the Mule Park in Downtown Belize City on Friday night.
More than 300 people gathered at the event, which was done in collaboration with the Bowen and Bowen Group of companies. City Councilor Michael Theus explained that the event, which has been observed for more than 10 years, is a part of the council’s way of engaging the citizens of Belize City
“What it does is it lifts the morale of those coming down to the downtown area to do their shopping, bring their children also to the festivities,” Theus said. “This is our part in getting all Belizeans into that spirit of showing love.”
Ministry of Energy wraps up week-long Energy Forecasting workshop
The Ministry of Energy concluded a week-long workshop today in collaboration with the Latin American Energy Organization, OLADE for its acronym in Spanish.
The workshop, held at the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina, gathered energy sector stakeholders such as the Ministry of Agriculture, Department of the Environment and Belize Electricity Limited. The workshops had three major objectives, which included: developing participants’ skills in energy forecasting, presenting new software which will assist in energy forecasting, and sharing the preliminary results of the OLADE energy forecast exercise, carried out earlier this year.
Ambrose Tillett, director of energy explained that the training will held to develop the Ministry’s information management system in terms of data collection, compilation and dissemination.
Breaking Belize News
Murder in Teakettle village
Reports are that the lifeless body of a 19-year-old resident of Teakettle village was found this morning in the village.
The victim has been identified as Abner Vasquez.
Police are investigating.
G.S.T. buckle up with businesses
There is a new policy being implemented by the Department of General Sales Tax (GST).
This new policy will change the registration process for new businesses. The new rule will require any person who is registering a new business to apply to the Commissioner of the GST for a compliance letter prior to visiting the Companies Registry. This was implemented in an attempt to crack down on businesses that are not complying with the laws.
G.S.T. recently reported that many businesses are deriding the tax laws. Genevie Jones, Supervisor of the Tax Payer Unit told the media that G.S.T. officers are currently visiting business establishments countrywide on a random basis to make checks and find out if the various aspects of the GST Act are being complied with. “Failure to comply with GST provisions is a criminal offense,” Jones added.
Dead body found in drain
This morning, a man was found dead in a drain on Lawrence avenue in the Lake Independence area. The body was riddled with shots.
He has been identified as Altread Williams.
Police are investigating.
Tour guide killed in Belize City
Reports are that a man was shot and killed near the fish bridge on Vernon Street in Belize city last night. The victim has been identified as Dale “Blindz” Tillet Sr.
His son Dale Tillet Jr. was killed five years ago outside the Palm Island night club.
Tillet was a tour guide and a poet. According to reports, Tillet had just left an open mic spoken word poetry night when he met his tragic and untimely death.
PM Barrow departs country to attend Superbond meeting in New York
The Office of the Prime Minister informs the general public that the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow departed the country today, 3rd December 2016 to attend a meeting in New York in connection with the Superbond.
Joseph Waight, Financial Secretary, and Ambassador Mark Espat will also attend the Superbond meeting with PM Barrow in New York.
During the Prime Minister’s absence, the Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Patrick Faber will act as Prime Minister.
PM Barrow will return on Wednesday, December 7th, 2016.
Harvest Caye welcomes first guests to resort-style ‘eco-destination’
Norwegian Cruise Line has opened Harvest Caye, a resort-style port of call in Southern Belize offering everything from luxury beach villas to a cross-island zip line.
The first guests were welcomed ashore Nov. 17, stepping off Norwegian Dawn (there’s a pier — no need to tender!) and onto the pristine grounds that boast a 7-acre beach; 15,000-square-foot pool; bar, restaurant and shopping venues; and the Flighthouse, a 130-foot-high venue for a variety of aerial activities.
Harvest Caye is an “eco-destination,” and guests can participate in manatee observation tours, meet scarlet macaws and toucans in the island’s aviary, or explore the butterfly garden. Like snakes? Belize’s indigenous reptiles — including boa constrictors — are also on display. Author and wildlife expert Tony Garel is the island’s chief naturalist, and he will lead many of the educational tours.
For those whose taste is more Parrothead than parrot, the two-story LandShark Bar & Grill, a partnership between Norwegian and Jimmy Buffett, offers a swim-up pool bar.
Guests can lounge on the beach in chaises or clamshell tents, or indulge in one of the 11 luxury beach villas available for rent. Villas accommodate up to 10 guests and offer indoor and outdoor showers, private restroom, hammocks, air conditioning and optional dining and beverage services.
BELIZE - AMBERGRIS CAYE (PART 2) - (Full HD), 6min. This movie take you to Belize we will visit Ambergris Caye, beautiful island on Caribbean Sea.
Ambergris Caye is the largest island of Belize, located northeast of the country in the Caribbean Sea. It is about 40 kilometre long from north to south, and about 1.6 kilometres wide. Where it has not been modified by man, is mostly a ring of white sand beach around mangrove swamp in the centre. Though administered as part of the Belize District, the closest point on the mainland is part of the Corozal District.
San Pedro Town is the largest settlement and only town on Ambergris. There are also a number of small villages and resorts.
Belize - Snorkeling Mexico Rocks, 8min.
Carnival Sunshine Belize Cave Tubing, 6min. Cave tubing in Belize. This was an excursion booked through Carnival. Had a great time being part of Jimmy's Group.
Spiderman and his Tarantulas in the Jungle of Belize, 4min.
How We Do in Belize, 6min. A short clip about aspects of daily life.
Hand feeding Tarpon in Belize, 1.5min. Caye Caulker has a little dock with a hole of a lagoon at it. The people of the island have created this dock as a Tarpon refuge.
Belize part 1, 2.5min. Coco Beach Resort Ambergris Caye.
Belize part 2, 18min. The Phoenix Resort Ambergris Caye. Diving with Sharks.
Punta Gorda, Belize in 360!!!!, 1min. This is a short clip I filmed right at the waters edge in Punta Gorda, Belize. What a beautiful place.