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The San Pedro Sun
San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade
Congratulations to Caye Da Di Sea (Dooley Bear Adventures) for taking the top prize in this year's San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade! Second prize went to HMS Shag at Sea and third place was Island Divers (representing the San Pedro AIDS Commission).
Misc Belizean Sources
Grand Welcome Motorcade for Simone Biles, OlympicGymnast
12/22/2016, 4pm-5pm, Belize City
Saga's Home For The Holidays Photo Contest
Welcome to the Saga Home for the Holidays Photo Contest, where your vote helps to give our Saga dogs and cats loving care for the holidays and beyond.
The Saga Home for the Holidays Photo Contest lets you show off your pet hammin' it up for the Holidays. You post your pets photo for the world to see, while helping ours find their own home for the holidays. Got a pic of your mutt under the mistletoe, your Dalmatian and his dreidel, your Siamese on Santa's lap? Enter them all and change the life of a shelter animal
Enter the contest by posting a pic of your dog or cat in their Christmas or Hanukkah finery! Any Holiday themed photo is acceptable, even reindeer antlers!
Toy Drive in Belize City
Corozal Crime Petition
This is not the kind of news we want to hear at this time of the year, but nonetheless, it is of great concern to this news-shack. A series of recent armed robberies, assaults and burglaries have prompted residents of Corozal to take action. On Friday, December 16th, concerned residents and victims of recent armed robberies and crime began to circulate a petition requesting an immediate town meeting to address the issues of crime, violence, and safety in Corozal Town.
Known to be one of the safest districts in Belize, a recent string of armed robberies, vicious assaults, violence, and burglaries have left the community of Corozal shaken.
Many local residents, including retirees have expressed their current safety concerns to us and ask that immediate measures are taken and implemented to minimize these acts of violence and threats against our community, that have shattered our peace and quiet.
The petition continues to state that "We are not safe in our business! We are not safe in our town!"
Several Coast Guard members receive awards during luncheon
Several members of the Belize National Coast Guard received awards from the Minister of Defense, John Saldivar during their end-of-year ceremony on December 15.
The awards were presented during a Christmas luncheon for the staff at their headquarters off the George Price Highway.
In Saldivar’s address to the awardees he remarked, “I especially want to congratulate each and every member of the Belize Coast Guard for the work that you have done over the year and the work that you continue to do to preserve our souverity and territorial integrity.”
The awardees at the ceremony were: Patrol Commander George Cardinez, Seaman Cocom, Engineer Trevor Geovaughan Vasquez, Seaman Moore and Seaman Operator Ryan Gabourel, who received the Commandant’s Award.
BTL officially launches 4G LTE service
The Belize Telecommunications Limited (BTL) officially launched its new 4G LTE Advance data service at the company’s Church street office in Belize City on Friday.
The 4G LTE Advance data service refers to the 4-generation long-term evolution mobile technology that allows for data speed burst surpassing 100 megabytes per second (MBPS). The advance system offers five times faster speed than the current 4G network and is the foundation for the future 5G network.
With the launch of the new network, BTL’s customers will now be able to access better internet speed, including live streaming of HD videos without buffering, faster uploads and downloads on social media, quicker access to Facebook, snapchats, instagram and emails, Video chats with crisp, clear video and voice with no buffering.
Breaking Belize News
Corozal town residents concerned about crime situation
A petition is being circulated in Corozal town residents requesting an urgent meeting with the police to address the issue of crime and safety in the town. Concerned Corozalenos decided to request action following a series of armed robberies and assaults that have occurred […]
Fatal traffic accident in Orange Walk
There was a fatal traffic accident a short while ago on the road from Yo Creek village to Orange Walk town. A green Ford 150 pickup was trying to overtake a passenger bus around a curve when the collision occurred. Eyewitness and images provided […]
Traffic accident on George Price Highway
Just before 2 a.m. this morning, a grey car ran off the road and crashed into a coconut tree on the side of the George Price Highway. The incident occurred at the top of Mount Hope hill in Unitedville, Cayo. Including the driver, there […]
Motorcade for Simone Biles to be held in Belize
A motorcade will be held through the streets of Belize City for Olympic gold medal gymnast Simone Biles next Thursday. The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) made the announcement today via its Facebook page, inviting the general public to come out. Biles made international headlines this […]
Was Manuel Medrano murdered at his farm?
On Thursday, the decomposing body of a man was found at a farm about a mile away from Buena Vista village in the Cayo District. The decomposed body was identified as that of sixty year old Manuel Medrano. Reports are that Medrano did not […]
A Group of Beautiful Kids from Belize’s Inspiration Center Interact with the Animals at the Zoo
Yesterday was an amazing holiday treat for a group of kids from Belize City’s Inspiration Center, the staff and for me. The center is the first of its kind in the country focusing on children with disabilities. It is a non-profit organization that provides diagnosis, treatment, education and rehabilitation for kids with all types of disabilities. The staff works tirelessly with the children and families to help maximize potential for inclusion and participation at home and in the community.
One very special organizer and some very special sponsors made this event possible AND made it extra special with some surprises for the kids.
I was SO lucky to meet a number of the children yesterday at one of my favorite spots in the whole world. The Belize Zoo. Another institution DEVOTED to education for kids and adults as well as diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for animals of Belize.
Behind-the-Scenes: Norwegian Cruise Line Impresses with New Harvest Caye
For the most part, the concept of cruise line private islands has been the same for years – a controlled shoreside experience mostly insulated from the surrounding region – so it’s refreshing to see Norwegian Cruise Line expand on it to craft a whole destination experience that embraces the mainland and its local operation with the brand new Harvest Caye (pronounced “key”) in Belize.
Before Colin P. Murphy, Senior Vice President, Destination & Strategic Development for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., and Dan Drahozal, Guest Services Director, offered a select group of journalists an exclusive tour of the Belizean port-of-call, I had high hopes for the island development based on beautiful renderings, but only after experiencing the stellar island for myself can I confirm that it is set to give the competition a run for their money.
This is what happens when you fly a drone over Belize's San Pedro, 1min.
Eye to eye with Eric the eel, 15sec.
Punta Arenas Cave 2 San Pedro, Belize, 30sec. December 2016.
Trying to go west of Mountain Pine Ridge in Belize, 8min. It's a 3 hour drive to get to a point 2km from our jungle house, because you have to go around. This is me scouting for a shortcut.
Belize Mother Nature's Best Kept Secret, 3min. Information on the wonders of Belize, from the refreshing Caribbean Sea to the lush green jungle and Mayan pyramids. There is so much that still remains undiscovered.
Belize cave tubing and zip line, 4min.
Top of Lamanai-Mayan archeological site in Belize, 1.5min.
Exploring the fishing village of Sarteneja...in Belize..., 2min. Beach area in Sarteneja,Belize.
Belize Vlog: Part 2, min. 11
Best of Belize Trip 2015, 5min.
Hatchet Caye - Your Belize Private Island Resort, 2.5min. Come with us on a virtual tour of our little private island. Enjoy the scenic views of this tropical Belize island.
Amber from iTravelBelize.com Tandem Jumps with Skydive San Pedro, 6min. On Friday, December 16, Amber Edwards from iTravelBelize.com and Solani from Ambergris Today jumped with our tandem instructors Rich Servato and Max Lesziak from our Belize dropzone, located in San Pedro Town on the beautiful island of Ambergris Caye.
BELIZE DIVING 2016, 10min. Diving at the coast of Belize and Great Blue hole.