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The San Pedro Sun
Wolfe’s Woofer: Eat Healthy
“Here, Mr. Dennis,” Mario said. “You get the tamale and Juan gets the tacos. I got panadas for me and the fried chicken and fries is for Mr. Tom.”
Tom Vidrine was visiting so instead of taking the work crew out to the taco place for lunch I had sent Mario to pick up something for us.
“Mr. Tom,that fried chicken, and fries ain’t healthy for you,” Juan said. “You need to be eating something like the rest of us is eating.”
Doctor Love: Excited Grandma and Tired
Dear Doctor Love,
Our son and his teenage daughter are making their first trip to San Pedro for Christmas and we have planned numerous site-seeing tours and fishing trips. I still want to get my grand-daughter something for Christmas but I have no idea about what she would like or need. Giving money is easy but it seems so thoughtless. Do you have any suggestions?
/s/ Excited Grandma
Misc Belizean Sources
San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade 2017
Everyone looks forward to the annual San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade. Community groups and boat owners work together to create stunning lighted displays on the water. Sometimes funny and sometimes meaningful they are always delightful and glorious and get everyone into the holiday spirit.
Your Ambergris Caye Dreams Are All Right Here!
Saga Humane Society asks you this: Are you Dreaming of Sunny Skies and Sandy Beaches? Are you looking for that perfect holiday gift for someone special? Do you want to help save lives in San Pedro?
We have the answer to all your dreams and gift needs this holiday season. And you can help save lives!
Starting today and ending on New Years Eve, Saga Humane Society's 4th Annual Bidding Owl Bonanza is live and ready for you to bid on some amazing gifts from our San Pedro business owners and supporters.
Needing a break from the cold? Need that once in a lifetime gift for the hard to shop for.
Bid now and earn a chance to win a great prize, or "Buy Now" in time to place that gift at your holiday table or under the tree.
After months of seeing signs of this big cat, and hearing it calling at night, we finally captured it on our trail camera. This is the resident jaguar at one of our field sites, and an ocelot that we did not know was in the area. Hopefully we capture more pictures and maybe some video in the next few weeks!
Jaguars at Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
Wildtracks Update: Belize is an amazing country - for its people, its culture, its wild places....and for its wildlife. Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary has long been considered home of the jaguar, but even knowing that they are around, it is always amazing to see these elusive cats in the wild.
Takuto Kurosawa, part of the Wildtracks volunteer team, spent his days off exploring Cockscomb and encountered these two magnificent jaguars on the access road - thank you, Tak, for sharing the photos!
Motorcycle did not have light at time or fatal collision
On Saturday 16th December, 2017 an accident occurred about 5:50 p.m. on the George Price Highway. Police found an extensively damaged black, Skygo motorcycle in the middle of the highway and about 20 feet away, off the right shoulder of the road, was a grey Wingle pickup truck with L/P number SI-C04320 with extensive damage to the left, front end and windshield. The body of a man wearing a helmet was on the ground also in the middle of the road.
Man killed along the seaside in BZ City
On Saturday 16th December 2017 about 11 p.m. two men were fighting near a white, color four door Toyota Fortuner L/P C-29584 that was parked near the sea wall. Shortly thereafter a man about 5ft 5inches in height, with braided hair wearing a white t- shirt with what appeared to be blood on it, and a 3/4 black in color pants was seen running along the sea wall on Marine Parade going in direction of Memorial Park. The other man was on the ground an injury to his neck. This person was later assisted and taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for medical treatment.
Central TV & Internet Belize: New rates are out!
Our existing customers will be automatically upgraded before the end of the year.
Audubon’s Belize City Christmas Bird Count
Addiction.... Birds..... Audubon’s Belize City Christmas Bird Count, to Boom and beyond. Roni Martinez, you’ll be happy, I was the recorder for the group, took one look at the paper list and ebirded instead, 10 separate lists.... ten places and compiled it on the paper at the end.
Man found stabbed to death in southern Belize
A man was found stabbed and chopped to death in southern Belize early this morning.
Police say they went to an area on the Big Creek road in Independence village, Stann Creek around 6:00 this morning and found the man, Victor Pou, 21, a shop attendant of New Site area, Independence, with multiple stab and chop wounds, to his body lying on the road.
Police say their investigations have revealed that sometime after 10:00 p.m., Saturday night, Pou was walking on the road when two men attacked him. Police say the motive of the attack has not yet been determined as investigations continue.
Taxi driver stabbed to death near Belmopan
A taxi driver was found stabbed to death today near Belmopan.
Based on information conveyed, police went to an area near the Hector Silva Airstrip on the George Price highway where they found a gold taxi car. Beside the vehicle they found the body of taxi driver, Elvis Oswald Lopez, of Belmopan. He had stab wounds to the upper body. Police are investigating.
Police issue details of incident during parade
Police have issued information about an incident that occurred during the Love FM Christmas parade last night.
Police say that the incident occurred around 6:45 p.m. and involved the hurling of bottles, not a shooting as previously reported.
The incident occurred while the parade was passing in front of Bishop and Albert streets as it headed towards its culmination point.
According to police, a group of persons that were in the parade itself uttered words to a group of men that were standing at the corner of the two streets mentioned. The exchange of words resulted in bottles been thrown and as a result, Peter Craig, 19, of Belize City suffered minor injuries to the right upper shoulder. Craig is receiving medical treatment and police are investigating.
Two separate stabbings, one fatal
Police are investigating two stabbing incidents in Belize City, one of which was fatal.
Police say that sometime around 11:00 Saturday night, they responded to a report of a stabbing on Marine Parade in Belize City where two men were reportedly fighting near a white Toyota Fortuner that was parked near the sea wall.
When they arrived at the area, they saw a man lying on the ground in a pool of blood and a deep gash on his neck. Other stab wounds were also observed on the victim’s neck. He was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, and was later identified as Mark Anthony Vasquez, 53, a car dealer of St. James Street, King’s Park area, Belize City. Vasquez was pronounced dead at 11:15pm.
Breaking Belize News
Mark Vasquez stabbed to death on Marine Parade
According to police reports, last night around 11:00 police in Belize City responded to a stabbing incident on Marine Parade.
Police investigations reveal that two men were fighting near a white four door Toyota Fortuner that was parked near the sea wall.
Man stabbed in club
A 26-year-old Belize city man reported to police that sometime around 3:00 this morning, he was socializing inside a night club in Belize City when he was approached by another man who stabbed him.
Tariq Tzul told police that the man, who is known to him, stabbed him in his stomach.
Is Belize less corrupt than a year ago?
Politicians and public workers in Belize engage in corruption. This is a fact. Is there anyone who would disagree? Perhaps the bottom-feeding political sycophants who depend on handouts to survive would, but generally speaking, this is accepted as common public knowledge. But on December 9, the world celebrated global Anti-Corruption Day and Belize celebrated its one-year anniversary since signing on to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), but in sincere honesty, is Belize less corrupt than it was a year ago?
NGO’s celebrate offshore oil moratorium
Non- governmental organizations, which promote environmental sustainability, are celebrating that both the Government of Belize and the opposition have supported the legislation which puts a ban on offshore oil drilling in Belize.
The Senate debated and passed the the Petroleum Operations (Maritime Zone Moratorium) Bill 2017 this week, effectively making it an offense to conduct oil exploration or extraction activities in Belize’s territorial waters.
One last international shout out for 2017
Belize is rounding out 2017 with one of the biggest tourism highlights of the year, taking a place on the list for Best Winter Trips in 2018 by National Geographic’s travel site.
Belize landed the sixth slot on a list of nine entries, and was the only Caribbean country to be featured by name as an individual entry. Belize beat out Antartica and Baja, California on the list, solidifying the popularity of the country’s unique tourism product in the international community.
Belize/Guatemalas relation still a political football
Despite agreeing on two parliamentary motions in 2017, the Senate meeting this week proved that both the United Democratic Party (UDP) and the People’s United Party (PUP), still have not made any strides in workable cooperation for solving the territorial dispute with Guatemala.
Fatal traffic accident claims one life
Last night around 7, a traffic accident in Camalote Village claimed the life of one person.
It occurred near Mile 51 on the George Price Highway.
Fair weather to continue
The 24-hour forecast is for mainly fair conditions to continue.
Sunny skies with a few cloudy spells are expected today. Showers will be isolated except for a few over Northern Belize today.
What happened during the parade last night?
Police have released details about an incident on Belize City’s down town which broke up the Love FM Christmas parade last night.
Police say that about 6:45 pm, while the parade was passing in-front of Bishop and Albert streets heading towards its culmination point, a group of persons that were in the parade uttered words to a group of men that were standing at the said corner.
Man chopped to death in southern Belize
A man was chopped to death last night in southern Belize.
Police say that at about 6:00 this morning, acting upon information received of a man apparently dead on the Big Creek Road, Independence Village, they visited the location.
Not a Slow Car, It's A Fast House: Belize, Week 1
We received an email telling us that the animal import permit was ready, so we packed up and headed for the border. As soon as we arrived a “border helper” met us and walked us through the steps. He also led the dogs, on their leashes, into the administration building and no one seemed to mind! The paperwork was fairly simple and the inspections were quick. We had arrived in Belize.
Our first stop would be Corozal. We would buy groceries, get some Belizean currency and purchase a SIM card and data plan for our phone. This town had one camping area with electricity, so we settled in under a giant almond tree.
The Holiday Lighted Boat Parade Brings Even MORE Christmas to San Pedro
Last night, 9 or 10 boats lined up just north of town, switched on their generators and to the delight of the residents of San Pedro, puttered along the shoreline playing carols and throwing candy, shooting fire (!) and trying to stay in formation. It’s the cutest. One of my favorite FAVORITE ways to get ready for the holidays anywhere in the world.
…Mama in her flip flops and I in my shorts had just settled down on a long dock north of town to watch…
Okay….I’m reaching. But I need to jazz this post up a bit – my night-time, action, bright-lights-everywhere photography has taken a turn for the worse with this year’s event. I don’t know what happened!
Here are my photos from last night.
Last Art in The Park for 2017
Art in the Park is an Once a month event that is held every month in Corozal Central Park. It commence at 5pm where locals and tourists join the event to enjoy this monthly Art in The Park. On December 16, 2017 Entrepreneurs from the Surrounding villages in Corozal and from Corozal and Orange Walk came out to sell their local products. Live Christmas Music was performing at the event. Even the people came to dance and sang along with the musics they knew. Art in the Park first took place on 12 September, 2009. During this ground breaking event, 10 local artists were hosted and live musical entertainment was featured.
48 Hours in Cayo - DRIFT Magazine
Cayo is the heart of the culture of Belize! Drift Magazine has an expansive article about Cayo, and they did their research. They really cover a good deal of the Cayo experience. Xunantunich and the Green Iguana Conservation Project were some of their favorites, as was their stay at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel. Worth a read.
Drug Company Under Fire After Revealing Dengue Vaccine May Harm Some
The first promising vaccine for dengue — a disease that afflicts hundreds of millions of people around the world — is in jeopardy after the Philippines suspended it, amid widespread fears about its safety and growing public anger over its use in 830,000 schoolchildren.
The Philippines government has begun investigations into the rollout of the immunization program by the French drugmaker Sanofi, which has come under fire for discounting early warnings that its vaccine could put some people at heightened risk of a severe form of the disease.
The newly revealed evidence, confirmed recently by Sanofi’s review of study data, found that in rare cases, Dengvaxia can backfire: If people who never had dengue are vaccinated and later become infected, the vaccine may provoke a much more severe form of the illness.
Here's a look at last night's Holiday Boat Parade, 1.5min. The Smallest, but Happiest Holiday Boat Parade in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
The Wanaragua dancers are ready to thrill you. Are you ready for this treat?, 2min. Last year Junior Champions Gulisi Community Primary School dance their way to an unprecedented four – peat championship. Will their championship rein come to end?
Last year Senior Champions Ligemeri Wanaragua retain their title and repeated as champions. Sub – champion Habarinu Wayunagu three – peated as sub – champion. Will this be the year that Habarinu Wayuna finally rise to fame and glory or will former three times champion Houn Gurigia regain their former glory or will we see new team win the sword? The best of best Wanaragua from in Belize City, from Seine Bight, Pienei, Punta Gorda, The defending champion and other teams from Culture Capital Dangriga are ready to dazzle you with their fancy footworks here in the Culture Capital, Dangriga, at the Ecumenical College Auditorium.
San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade, 1min. Every year, island residents gather to decorate their boats to compete in an annual tradition and put on an amazing display of festive lights. Here’s a teaser of the boats from the 2017 San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade, presented by Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Belize Tourism Board.
$10,000 in cash prizes were awarded to the participants, and proceeds from the event raised an additional $9,200 towards local charity Raise Me Up
Corozal Christmas Parade 2017, 4min.
Corozal Christmas Parade 2017, 34min.
Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART_ - Belize Rangers on the Move, 2min. Well edited video showing how the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool can be used to protect the natural resources of Belize.
"This 2 minute film highlights how the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) is revolutionizing Belize's approach to protecting its globally important natural resources. From the Maya Mountains to Belize's World Heritage Reef rangers are working hard to ensure that our water, timber, fish, wildlife and natural beauty can continue to support the economy."
Loggerhead turtle, Caretta caretta, at Silk Caye, Belize, 1min. We saw this turtle while snorkeling at Silk Caye, Belize. She seemed content to go on her way and was not too curious about us.
Belize City Christmas Parade 2017, 1.5min. View from Cemetery Road. The first Entry for the parade.
Nov 24 2017 Dive in Belize, 4min. The dive I did from the Belize Aggressor 4 on November 24th, 2017.
You Betta Belize It ~ Honeymoon in Belize! HD 1080p, 10.5min. Our unBELIZEable honeymoon in Ambergris Caye, Belize at Costa Blu! December 3-13, 2017.
Diving with Blacktip's at Half Moon Caye Belize Pt 2, 8.5min.
Mista Peetaz Brukdong Bram, 2min. Sam Harris last night at the Belize City House of Culture and the Downtown Rejuvenatuon Project and NICH"s second annual Mista Peetaz Brukdong Bram.