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The San Pedro Sun

The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially closes
Thursday, November 30th marked the end of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season. A total of 17 named storms formed during the five months of the season. Of the 17 storms 10 became hurricanes. Belize was once again spared, but flooding was a major issue due to the adverse effects of passing tropical storms in the area. Of the 10 named storms, six reached major hurricanes status (category 3 of higher). The two strongest storms of the season were Hurricane Irma and Maria with strong winds of 185 and 175, miles per hour respectively. Meteorologists attribute the above normal activity of the season to a decrease in vertical wind shear and the presence of odd sea surface temperatures in the Tropical Atlantic Ocean. Another important factor to know was the transition from a neutral El Niño-Southern Oscillation pattern at the start of the hurricane season to a weak La Niña by the end of the season.

Wolfe’s Woofer: Let Me Help You
I thought you were going to see Bruce and Becky this morning,” Sherry said. “I’m going right now,” I told her. “I’m almost finished putting new strings my guitar.” “You’ll be too late,” she warned. “They’ve probably already gone to lunch.” Bruce and Becky from Texas arrived on the island the evening before and I was anxious to visit. “Which room is Bruce Anderson in?” I asked the girl behind the desk at their hotel.

Letter to the Editor: Support the 2017 Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
The San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade is fast approaching and we need the involvement of all of San Pedro Town to make 2107 the best yet! How so? WE NEED TO SUPPORT OUR BOAT CAPTAINS! The Boat Parade is one of San Pedro’s signature events, not only helping the community get in the festive spirit, but also celebrating the seafaring origins upon which San Pedro has grown from. More than ever, this year’s success will depend on the pride, enthusiasm and support of the community; individuals, businesses and visitors alike. To anyone who loves this island, your participation will make strong the large family that celebrate the holidays together as a community, San Pedro as our home, as well as promote it as a wonderfully unique place to live and visit.

Doctor Love: What Happens in Vegas
Dear Doctor Love, My fiancé, Mike, and I are getting married next summer in Belize and I am worried about his upcoming bachelor party. His brother and the groomsmen got together and planned a weekend in Las Vegas, paid his ticket and rented a suite of rooms at a casino hotel. I trust Mike but his brother is a party animal who is always on the hunt for women. He keeps saying this party will be an epic last hurrah to send his brother off with a night to remember before he is tied down and married. The idea of alcohol, scantily clad females and pressure from his single guy friends is giving me stress and part of me wants to ask him not to go. Do I talk to him about it or just live with it and hope he remembers he has someone back home who is waiting to marry him? Help, I’m losing sleep over this. /s/ What Happens in Vegas

Misc Belizean Sources

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Funeral Services for Ofelia Alamina
Funeral services for my mother, Ofelia Alamina, will be held in Caye Caulker on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at the Nuestra Señora de la Asunción Church. The family is arranging for a boat to transport the body from Belize City on that day, which will also be able to bring out any friends or family who wish to attend the funeral; the boat will also be transporting funeral goers back to Belize City after the burial ceremony. The boat will depart Belize City at 12:00 p.m. and arrive in Caye Caulker by 1:00 p.m. The body will proceed to the church where viewing will be available from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and church services will immediately follow. We have not been informed of the location from which the boat will be departing in Belize City, but as soon as I have that information I will post. Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, would have been her 91st Birthday.

The Belize opposition is between a rock and a hard place – a political analysis
By Wellington C. Ramos: If I was to make a guess on what our Belize prime minister, Dean Barrow, will do with the $90 million bill to be paid to the Belize Bank Limited, he will take it to the House of Representatives for a vote. Why? Because it is to his party’s advantage, he does not want the blame of not paying to rest on his shoulders along with his party members and it will place the members of the PUP in a very difficult position due to their relationship with Michael Ashcroft over the years and their former prime minister Said Musa. However, since the G-7 saga that fragmented the People’s United Party up to today, there are some PUP members who believe that their party needs to distance itself from Michael Ashcroft to regain the trust of the Belizean people again in order to win elections.

Parrothead Beach Bash
Hey everyone! We are extending the Discounted Registration date to February 1st. Sign up prior to that for $10 off the event price and you will get a goodie bag of fun things from Belize. Here are some other things you may not know about the Beach Bash in Belize.

2018 Conference of the Caribbean Studies Forum to be held from March 4-11, 2018
The University of Belize, Department of Languages and Literature of the Faculty of Education and Arts, in collaboration with East Carolina University, welcomes the presence and participation of the wider UB community, local and international tertiary institutions, and the learned Belizean public at the 2018 Conference of the Caribbean Studies Forum to be held from March 4-11, 2018 at the University of Belize’s Central Campus, Belmopan. Some of the forum’s objectives are expanding awareness of Caribbean cultures, providing a platform for interdisciplinary Caribbean Studies research projects, connecting a diverse body of academics (North-South and South-South), and promoting the field of interdisciplinary Caribbean Studies in general. The Department of Languages and Literature thus sends out an invitation for abstracts proposing paper presentations, poster displays, panel discussions, and professional workshops to be conducted at the conference.

Why I think Elfreda Reyes should be a National Hero of Belize
We have two men on our flag. And we have two men as official National Heroes. In an August 2017 Facebook post the thinker Valentino Shal wrote about the Global Gender Gap Report citing that in terms of political empowerment Belize ranks 133 out of 136 countries and with respect to Gender Inequality 107 of 136. There is also a huge void and gap in our learning about women in social studies and history. Elfreda Reyes was born a British Honduras colonial subject in 1902 and died a Belizean in 1992. She grew up in the Mesopotamia area of Belize Town. She was a domestic servant who earned less than $2 per week. By 1924 she was a leading figure challenging colonial rule on the basis of class and gender. She was a fighter for the working class, a human rights activist before that was even a concept. She championed gender inclusiveness which is a fundamental idea in modern citizenship.

Día de la Medicina Latinoamericana
Hoy, junto a los miembros de la Brigada Medica Cuba en Orange Walk, en representación de toda la brigada médica que labora en Belice desde hace 27 años, celebramos el Día de la Medicina Latinoamericana que se elogia en nuestro país cada 3 de Diciembre. Nos acompañaron, además, beliceños amigos y compatriotas cubanos que residen en la localidad de Orange Walk, algunos de ellos también médicos. Como se conoce, esta efeméride evoca el natalicio del médico cubano Carlos Juan Finlay Barrés, quien descubrió que la transmisión de ciertas enfermedades se producía por medio de un transmisor biológico, el mosquito, constituyendo el aporte científico de mayor importancia a la medicina tropical, y por supuesto ayudando a salvar a millones de seres humanos en particular del azote de la fiebre amarilla. Es poco conocido, que debido a su descubrimiento, a Finlay le fue otorgada la distinción de "Benefactor de la Humanidad".

Elizabeth Rose boutique now open on 4th avenue in Corozal
On Satutday, the boutique had their Grand Opening.

Amber Alert issued in Mexico for Noemi Chan of San Narciso, Corozal

Rotary Club Golden Ticket
Tickets to win the $50,000 cash prize are going fast. Proceeds are for a good cause and with only 1000 tickets at only $100 each for sale the odds are too good to pass up. Tickets are available from any Sunrise Rotarian or at Central Drug Store (or PM us and we'll deliver!)..... DRAW is just in time for Christmas on 15th December. Get your ticket(s) NOW .......

GITZ Places 2nd at Hackathon
Team Gitz took 2nd place at the 2017 Hackathon. Their winning entry was the new website belizing.com. Congratulations, Team Gitz!

SHJC Scorpions Win ATLIB Nationals
Congratulations, Scorpions! SHJC won at the 2017 ATLIB basketball finals. Video of the final buzzer. "National ATLIB Champs! Thank you gentlemen!"

A day of fun for the children of Arenal and neighboring villages!
U.S. Marines Civil Affairs Team hosted a Thanksgiving Day celebration with soccer matches between students of nearby schools, followed by a wonderful lunch for the children and members of the local community. Thank you to all contributors! Quality Poultry Products, Bel-Car Export & Import, Circle R Products, Belize Defence Force and Belize Police Department Belmopan Branch. United States Marine Corps

Missing golf cart in San Pedro
Green golf cart still missing, Club car license SP 4087, Cash REWARD, 610 5526.

The Reporter

Accident kills 12-year-old-girl, police detain driver
The Belize Police Department have a man detained pending investigation into an accident that killed one child and left several more injured this weekend. Police say that they detained 28-year-old construction worker Didier Novelo of San Mateo San Pedro, following an accident between miles 59 and 60 on the George Price Highway. Novelo reported lost control of his vehicle while driving from Belmopan in the direction of San Ignacio. Novelo reportedly lost control of his white Ford Explorer and flipped several times causing extensive damage to the vehicle and causing the multiple body injuries that lead to the death of 12-year-old Lelany Chan. Doctors at the Western Regional Memorial Hospital pronounced the girl dead on arrival and admitted another passenger, Joslie Johnson, 20, while unconscious.

Chamber of Commerce hosts Christmas Expo 2017
Around 50 local businesses gathered in the St. Catherine’s Academy Auditorium for the 6th Annual Christmas Expo, hosted by the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The two-day event began yesterday and runs until 6 p.m today. Local businesses of all sizes and from all over the country are offering deals on various items, giving Belizeans a chance to get some early Christmas shopping done. The expo offers discounts on items such as groceries, jewellery, cell phones, wines and other alcoholic drinks, snacks makeup and a wide range of electronics. Vianey Reyes Marketing and Public Relations officer for the BCC explained that one of the major motivations behind holding the expo is to assist in the development of micro businesses.

Could Your Coffee Habit Lengthen Your Life?
Drinking three to four cups of coffee a day is not only safe for most people, it might protect against heart disease or an early death, a new review suggests. The finding, which applies to so-called “moderate” coffee drinking, stems from a review of more than 200 previous studies. The fresh analysis also linked moderate coffee drinking to a lower risk for developing prostate, endometrial, skin and liver cancers, type 2 diabetes, liver disease, gout, gallstones and dementia. Some of the studies in the review also showed a lower risk for Parkinson’s disease, depression and Alzheimer’s. However, the review did not prove that coffee drinking caused these health risks to drop. And it also found that coffee may be somewhat problematic for pregnant women and slightly increases the risk for fracture among all women.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

San Ignacio man found dead
According to reports, this evening a man was found dead at his home on Domingo Cruz Street in San Ignacio Town. The victim has been identified as Victor Spain.

17 bullets found on south side Belize City
Last night at 8:55 p.m., police searched an abandoned lot on Jones Street in Belize City. That search led to the discovery of 17 live rounds of ammunition. However, police have not revealed the brand or caliber of the ammunition.

1 dead, 5 injured in fatal road traffic accident
At midday yesterday, police visited an area between miles 59 and 60 on the George Price Highway. There, officers observed a white Ford Escape on its side across the highway with extensive damages.

The Ashcroft/U.H.S. Political Football
By Richard Harrison: “A release from the Belize Bank makes the point that both the Privy Council and the LCIA have ruled that the loan note did not violate the Finance and Audit Act. Here is my view…the government guaranteed a loan for $33 million and when the original creditor (UHS) defaulted, the Bank collected from government and did not hand over the hospital to the government but instead sold the hospital for another $39M to Health Care Partners.

Police find sawed off shot gun in PG
Yesterday afternoon police conducted a mobile patrol within the town of Punta Gorda in the Toledo district. A search in the area of the cemetery led to the discovery of a single action 20 gauge sawed off shot gun, with a wooden stock and butt, with a single cartridge.

Police looking for runaway teen
Police in Corozal are investigating a case involving a runaway teen. On Friday, Mario Chan, 41, a sales clerk of San Narciso Village reported that at 7:15 a.m. that morning his daughter,Noemi Gisel Chan, 16, left home enroute to work and has not been seen since.

Culvert collapses on the highway
A culvert has collapsed between miles 10 and 11 on the Philip Goldson Highway. As a result, motorists are asked to exercise caution.

Andy Palacio 57th birthday yesterday
Yesterday ambassador, musician and icon, Andy Palacio, would have celebrated his 57th birthday. Nevertheless, he was honored by the National Garifuna Council which held masses across the country yesterday.

BDF to investigate its own soldier
The Belize Defence Force (BDF) is investigating one of its very own. He is, Lieutenant Colonel Charlton Roches. The Acting Commander of the BDF has instructed 5 BDF staff and two Defence Ministry staff to conduct the investigation.

Blogs

After 7 Years, Brahma Blue Resort Re-Opens with New Owners and a Party
Here’s a map. San Pedro town on the east side of the island and then… marked by a purple arrow is a piece of land and marsh. About 10 years ago, this land was sold and big plans were made by a bunch of different owners. Some were incredibly grand plans like Islands of San Pedro and some a bit more modest like the Caye Winds Mansions (okay…not THAT modest.) Buildings started going up. I visited a gorgeous Indian restaurant at the Brahma Blue Resort in 2009 or 2010. The resort was just opening… And then the financial crisis REALLY hit and everything came to a stop. I pass this area often…on the way out of town up to the west side of the island. And though I see some lights on – I wasn’t sure what was opened. I knew that some, if not all, of the buildings were repossessed by banks. SOOOOO…I was excited to get an invitation to visit this spit of land – not on the ocean side and not on the west side but in the middle. Surrounded by the San Pedro Lagoon. Brahma Blue Belize was finished and opening! There would be a boat at 4pm – and every 20 minutes after – for a tour and party to celebrate. I headed out on a beautiful December evening.

On the 15th anniversary, Flor puts the divine in Wine de Vine
If you only think of Wine de Vine as just this very nice place to pick up a really good bottle of wine for dinner, well, you’re really missing the big picture. It is so much more than that. Although, if it is only wine you want, you would be well-served. Flor Saldivar-Bradley celebrates the 15th anniversary of her Wine de Vine. Wine de Vine has been serving and selling wine well for 15 years, cause for quite a street celebration on Friday night. It was quite a tribute to the stature of the shop that the city permitted the closing off of Coconut Drive, the main north-south thoroughfare for the night.

International Sourcesizz

Honduras Suspends Constitution as President 'Flees' Violence
The Honduran government has voted to suspend constitutional guarantees across the country as of 11pm local time, hours after President Hernandez reportedly fled the country to avoid violent street protests in the wake of the disputed presidential election, Diario La Prensa has reported. The government has also implemented a curfew meant to deter people from publicly demonstrating. The move was announced on television and radio networks across Honduras by Ebal Diaz, secretary of the Council of Ministers, as a bid to control violence which has erupted across the country since the ballot.

Honduran vote count enters fifth day with protests escalating
Honduras moved into a fifth day of political limbo on Friday, with a long-delayed presidential vote count that has sparked unrest amid opposition accusations of electoral fraud likely to take up to two more days before yielding a winner. International concern has steadily grown about the electoral crisis in the poor Central American country, which also suffers from widespread poverty, drug gangs and one of the world's highest murder rates.

Huge Protests in Honduras as Contested Vote Crisis Escalates
Hondurans marched in protest Sunday, demanding an impartial count of the results of last week’s presidential election and chanting their opposition to President Juan Orlando Hernández’s bid for a second term. Huge demonstrations in the capital, Tegucigalpa, and the country’s industrial hub, San Pedro Sula, snaked through the streets with an almost festive air as marchers waved the red flags of the main opposition party, which has denounced what it calls fraud in the vote tally. Despite the relative calm in big cities, a political crisis has engulfed the country over the contested vote tally by the Honduran electoral commission. After partial results the night of the election gave the main opposition candidate, Salvador Nasralla, a lead of five points, the commission suspended the count for a day and a half. When it resumed, Mr. Hernández was reported to have steadily gained on Mr. Nasralla and then took a small lead, with almost 95 percent of the polling places counted.

Videos

  • Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at Central Park officially opens the Christmas season on the island, 1/2min.

  • The popular Pandemonium Steel Band joins San Pedro in opening the Christmas season!, 1min.

  • Nicaragua vs Belize Men's Volleyball. First Game Xi Central American games, 25min.

  • A Honeymoon in Belize, 1.5min.

  • Swimming with crocodiles in the jungle of Belize, 2min. Swim in the jungle.

  • GoPro Hero5 Black - Belize, 5min. I stayed at Ramon's Village on Ambergris Caye. Both tours were arranged at the resort dive shop.

  • Go slow in Belize, 4min.

  • Pueblo Viejo Toledo District Belize C.A , Deer Dance 2012, 5min.

  • Belize 2017, 6min.

  • The Black Foodies Garifuna Flava 'A Taste Of Belize' Chicago, IL, 15min. The Black Foodies review of Belizean restaurant Garifuna Flava in Chicago.

  • Nov 23 2017 Dive in Belize, 3min. The dive I did from the Belize Aggressor 4 on November 23rd, 2017.

  • Paradise With You - Belize 2017, 4min.

  • NADANDO COM TUBARÕES - Caye Caulker | Belize | América Central, 10min. Caye Caulker é uma das atrações principais de Belize. A diversidade de animais aquáticos impressiona qualquer visitante.

  • Cahal Pech Maya Ruins, San Ignacio, Belize 2017, 3.5min. Cahal Pech Maya Ruins with Aguti and Toucan, San Igancio, Belize 2017.

  • San Pedro, Belize, 10min.

  • Championship Round! Verdes FC vs Bandits SC, 2.5hr.