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The San Pedro Sun
Tiger Sharks overcome 2017 NEBL Champs
Another victory was added to the San Pedro Tiger Sharks scorecard on Saturday, March 3rd after they defeated the current National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) 2017 champions, the Belmopan Bandits. The game was held at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium in San Pedro Town where the 2017 champions and sub-champions clashed in a game that almost resulted in a loss for the Tiger Sharks. But the hard work by the island team paid off and at the end of the four quarters, the Tiger Sharks emerged victorious 95-91. The auditorium was packed with basketball fanatics when the match tipped off at 9PM. In the first quarter, the home squad managed to garner a four-point lead. By the end of the first half of the game, both teams retreated to the lockers with a tight score of 47-43 in favor of the Tiger Sharks.
In the second half of the match, the Bandits kept pressuring and upping their game. For a few minutes they were up in the lead, but just before the third quarter was over back to back scores made by island team players Andrew Ortiz and Jihad Wright brought up the score to 72-65. The Tiger Sharks were ahead again with a close score.
Video: UDP takes San Pedro for a third term, 5min.
Oceana Belize hosts a beach clean-up on Ambergris Caye
Oceana Belize hosted a beach clean-up campaign in downtown San Pedro on Sunday, March 4th. The activity was hosted as part of Oceana Belize’s Reef Week activities.
At 9AM, a group of residents gathered in front of St. Peters Cemetery to begin the beach clean-up. Heading south of the island, the team encountered large amounts of garbage on the beach such as plastic bottles, Styron foam products, and clothing among other items that are bad for the marine ecosystem. Around 10:30AM, the team stopped in front of the Belize Chocolate Company where they took a break and dumping approximately 10 bags loaded with garbage. After the short break, the team continued with the cleaning campaign, moving south where they encountered another huge amount of garbage.
Martin Dawson and Primmates Fighting Club from Mexico host MMA seminar in San Pedro Town
Both adults and children participated in a Mix Martial Arts (MMA) seminar hosted by professional fighters on Saturday, March 3rd and Sunday, March 4th in San Pedro Town. The seminar was put together by island MMA fighter and instructor, Martin Dawson who along with Mexican MMA fighter Sergio Manuel Rosado Perez from Primmates Fighting Club in Chetumal, Mexico taught participants Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling and self-defense techniques.
The seminar was held at the Cardio Dance Studio located in the San Juan Area of San Pedro Town. The first session was with the children, who eagerly followed all instructions while learning new and useful techniques.
Island players drafted for Belize National Team
The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) has drafted a selection of players for the Belize National Football Team to represent the country in a friendly match against Grenada’s National Team on Thursday, March 22nd. Among the selection of players are three footballers from San Pedro Town; Yusef Guerra, Jesse Smith, and Asrel Sutherland.
The players for the National Selection were chosen from various football tournaments hosted across the country. Here in San Pedro, the tournament that facilitated the selection of players was the San Pedro Pirates Football Club that is a part of the Premiere League of Belize (PLB).
The match between Grenada will take place at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan City starting at 8PM. Tickets are on sale through FFB. The game will also be broadcasted live.
Karissa Vasquez Celebrates Her Quinceaños
Family and friends take the opportunity to wish Karissa Vasquez the happiest of days today, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, as she turns 15 years old. A Quinceaños celebration is very special to a young lady as she commences her transition from childhood to adulthood. The community of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, wishes Karissa a very Happy Birthday (Happy Quince).
Video: San Pedro Election results 2018, 37min
Misc Belizean Sources
OFFICIAL RESULTS FOR DANGRIGA: 2018 MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS!
FINAL DECISION: SPLIT COUNCIL,
6 UDP CANDIDATES,
1 PUP CANDIDATE
Belize Diabetes Association Corozal Branch presents Bridging the Gap, Community Outreach Fair
March 17, at Corozal Central Park from 8:30am-3:30pm.
DIGITAL NOMAD MEETUP
Come join your community to learn, connect,
inspire, and discover Belize
APRIL 16 - 23, 2018. Life as a digital nomad means we need time to get things done. Time management is a critical element of this lifestyle. During our week together we will have a 'mini-project' goal setting session.
Let's check something off your To-Do list. It can but doesn't necessarily need to be work related maybe you have a personal goal or a project. Bring it to our week together and we will keep each other accountable.
George Price Highway rehabilitation
The project George Price Highway Rehabilitation aims to improve the road connectivity within Belize’s main districts and with Central America by rehabilitating the George Price Highway road infrastructure between miles 47.9 in Belmopan and 67.3 in Santa Elena to national standards, decreasing travel time and costs, reducing road fatalities and injuries, and ensuring road accessibility by improving the corridor’s climate change resilience.
The George Price Highway is a two lane highway that begins in Belize City on the Caribbean Sea and proceeds west across Belize over mostly flat terrain until reaching the Guatemalan Border past Benque Viejo del Carmen. The section to be rehabilitated spans from the junction with the Hummingbird Highway on the western edge of the national capital of Belmopan to the Loma Luz roundabout at the entrance to the twin towns of Santa Elena and San Ignacio.
Placencia Breeze March 2018
What’s Inside: Pg 5 ... Placencia Superwoman to Speak at UN Headquarters Pg 6 ... Sunken Vessel Removed from Placencia Harbour Pg 7 ... From the Fire Hearth: Bitter is Better! Pg 9 ... Croc Corner Pg 10 ... Vacationing Architect Sketches Placencia Moments Pg 11 ... Jimmy Buffet's Parrotheads Party for a Purpose in Placencia Pg 14 ... Mek We Go to Placencia! (contind.) Pg 15 & 18 ... Placencia BTIA Membership Directory Pg 16-17... Placencia Peninsula Map Pg 19 ... Sidewalk Art Fest a Triumphant Success! (contd.) Pg 20 ... Rotary Ups the Ante in February Pg 21 ... Through the Eyes of a Sea Ranger Pg 21 ... Ban the Bag! Pg 22 & 23 ... Placencia Peninsula Guide Pg 25 ... Sidewalk Art Fest a Triumphant Success! (contd.) Pg 26 ... Breeze Teen Spotlight: How I Carved My Path as a Young Peninsula Athlete Pg 26 ... Young Runners for Life Club Holds First Race for 2018 Pg 27 ... St. Alphonsus Cleans Up Pg. 27 ... Annual Calendar of Events Pg 29 ... Sidewalk Art Fest a Triumphant Success! (contd.)
'Marine Reserves and Ecosystems'
Ms. Mariela is coordinating Hol Chan's presentation entitled 'Marine Reserves and Ecosystems,' at San Pedro R.C.
Hol Chan Marine Reserve tour guide training
Hol Chan Marine Reserve has embarked on an alternative livelihood program to assist by providing them with tour guide training
Our Lady of the Way R.C.SCHOOL door competition
Fostering our young minds at Our Lady of the Way R.C.SCHOOL. ThAnks to all students and teachers fit their hard work. The door competition was a success.
Havana Night - Signature Promotions
Signature Promotions presents Havana Nights at The Pickwick Club.
The Latin Dance and Music Experience with Dj Special + Super Mario + Dj Scorpion.
Photos by Will Moreno Photography
Rehabilitation of Portion of the George Price Highway
The Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Works, has signed two contracts to carry out rehabilitation works on the George Price Highway between the City of Belmopan and Blackman Eddy Village. These works entail the construction of a new bridge in Roaring Creek and rehabilitation works along the route including the replacement of culverts, construction of new drains, paving, signage as well as earthworks including transporting, placing and compacting. All these works require the use of heavy construction equipment and workmen on site.
The Ministry of Works is committed to keeping the highway safe and passable during this time and therefore asks the public to please exercise extreme caution when approaching and driving between Roaring Creek and Blackman Eddy Villages.
BELIZE FISHING REPORT: Weeks of Feb. 26th - Mar. 4th, 2018
Great week for bonefishing as all anglers were successful. The winds remained moderate to strong during the beginning of the week but quieted down toward the end. The temperature of the water is on the rise, so some of the larger bones have moved into deeper water, but a few larger fish are still around. Lots of fish were eating well as the weather settles.
Annual Warden Conference
The Embassy hosted our Consular #ardens for an annual Warden Conference. Consular Wardens are private U.S. citizens who volunteer to assist the Embassy in communicating with U.S. citizens throughout Belize, alerting them to emergency situations, providing updates on ongoing events, and facilitating the distribution of routine administrative information.
As part of this year's conference, victim assistance specialists in Washington DC participated by video link to provide training on victim assistance and resources.
We thank ALL our wardens for their service and dedication to helping U.S. citizens in Belize!
Fitzgerald "Palas" Joseph was knocked down by a bus driver around mile 11 on the George Price Highway
Palas is a veteran cyclist who had a marvelous performance last Sunday in the Belmopan Classic where he placed 3rd.
PIC OF THE WEEK - On Election Day - Blue or Red Lemonade?
A lemonade stand just outside the polling station on San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, asks you to choose the winning color of the day. Who do you think will win? Red or Blue? It's an ingenious way to sell lemonade.
Lulu's funeral on Caye Caulker
Please note that the Lulu's Funeral is Saturday 10th @10am in Caye Caulker at the Roman Catholic church.
Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday.
Corozal. The Blues have it
Rigo Vellos and the People's United Party municipal slate have won.
Child Stimulation Month at the Corozal Library!
We're having a blast with the little school kids!
Screen on the Green is this Friday, March 9 @ the GG field in Belmopan!
Please join us to celebrate Womens History Month and enjoy the movie HIDDEN FIGURES!
Alexandra's fundraiser for Archaeology in the Community
I started AITC 9 years ago. Never in my dreams could I have imaged the company would turn out to become an international organization that teachs people around the world about archaeology.
As this wonderful organization turns 9, I am asking you to donate $19.99 to help us celebrate this wonderful achievement and the wonderful year we have lined up!
Thank you for your support. Without all of you this would not have been possible!!! I've included information about Archaeology in the Community below.
Breaking Belize News
PUP takes Corozal
Unofficial reports from up north indicate that the People’s United Party (PUP) have claimed the Town Council in Corozal. Unofficial reports also indicate that the PUP have won the Orange Walk Town Council as well.
The 10 Best Beach Resorts in Belize 2018
To complement the popular articles: the top luxury Belize resorts and the best Belizean eco-lodges, I’ve decided to create a list of my favorite beach resorts in Belize. At first, I did not want to write another article that includes my top hotel picks since I’ve already written about many of my favorite hotels in previous posts. However, after some deliberation, I realized that it will indeed be useful to have a one-stop article on beach resorts so that readers that are only interested in a beach vacation can stay at the best beach resorts in Belize.
What's new in Placencia, Rotary auction & Sargassum seaweed!
New sub shop in Placencia! Chris, a great guy who has been living in Belize for several years - has opened a new restaurant where Hot Chicks used to be - and he is getting rave reviews about his Subs and Chicken! Check out Sidewinders Subs & Rotisserie Chicken on Main Street. Cha Chi's - look for future Thai Pop Up events and live music!
New Store - The new Placencia Pharmacy has been in its new location for about a month - really nice!! And it is right around the corner from CBC :)
Food Delivery - When you are in town and you are feeling lazy, and want to get food delivered - this is a relatively new place, getting great reviews, and they will deliver hot dogs and hamburgers to your door! The Burger Joint -
Gud Maanin Belize
Belize is a happy country and its normal to greet each other with a “Hello”,” Good morning “, a “Hi how are you” or a “What’s happening”. We are the only country in Central America where English is the official language. But depending on where you are in the country and who you are talking to, you will discover quite a diversity of language in the manner of greeting strongly related to the melting pot of cultures that are our people.
In areas where the Mestizo culture is strong particularly in northern Belize and the Cayo district, the favored language is Spanish and familiar greetings are “Buenas Dias”,”Hola” and “Que Pasa?” Northern Belize still has several Maya villages, where Yucatec Maya is still spoken, though sadly the language is dying out. “How are you” is “Bix yanikech”, Good morning is “Ma’lob Ja’atskab K’iin”
How to Travel to Belize on a Budget
Belize is an amazing and exotic getaway destination, but the good news is that you don't have to break the bank to travel to Belize.
If you've been interested in visiting Belize but were worried about affordability, we've provided this handy guide for exploring this astonishingly beautiful country on a limited budget.
Farmers Market Wows Food Lovers in Belize
Many visitors to Belize come to the country unsure about what to expect when it comes to the local food. Belize, however, is famous for its fresh-caught seafood and organic produce, and one of the best places to learn more about food in Belize is at one of the country's open-air markets.
At the open-air markets in towns like San Pedro and San Ignacio, a combination of permanent shops and roadside stalls sell a dazzling array of local goods, including items you might not expect such as artisanal cheese made domestically in Belize. Ian Anderson, the founder of the Caves Branch Lodge in central Belize, brought in a number of award-winning cheesemakers in order to develop a line of world-class cheese products, including smoked and aged varieties.
12 Awesome Reasons To Spend Your Winter In Belize!
Some people love winter, some of us think winter downright stinks. It gets cold, in some places, there’s snow – blizzards, slick roads, and all that iciness. You gotta layer up to the point that you look like some sort of nylon turkey, and even so your fingers and toes can hardly stay warm. Spending winter in Belize is no cake walk either, it’s quite the challenge!
Mayan Food: 9 Awesome Dishes You Should Try!
Food is awesome. That is a fact that is not up for debate. Anyone, even the strictest of dieters will tell you that food is great. Mayan food, arguably more awesome and we’ll get into WHY shortly. In the era of globalization, it’s made even better because you don’t need to be restricted by the foods you grew up eating. Instagram, Pinterest, and Snapchat give our friends (and really anyone) the perfect conduit to give everyone who dares to look some foodspiration before our good friend google tells us where to get, or how to make some of it!
How often do you stop, and ponder on where this food came from, or better yet – who even invented it? The answer is probably not often, and who could blame you? If it tastes great you have no time to stop and get philosophical about it. We’re here to take that load off you; check out our list of Mayan Food you absolutely must try!
Marriott Expanding to Belize
Marriott is adding Belize to its Caribbean portfolio.
Marriott’s Autograph Collection is partnering with developer Andrew Ashcroft on a new property in Belize: Alaia.
The boutique hotel, which will be set in the southern part of Ambergris Caye, is slated to make its debut in 2020.
“With the forthcoming opening on Alaia, I am thrilled to begin this real estate and hospitality lifestyle brand in the inspiring place I have called home for nearly 20 years,” said Andrew Ashcroft, Managing Director. “Joining Marriott will provide future owners and guests of Alaia a unique opportunity to intimately connect to their surroundings, while embodying the high-quality standards of the Autograph Collection brand: heartfelt design, mark of craft and sense of place.”
Appeal of Belize decriminalization ‘effectively over’
An attempt to reinstate Belize’s anti-sodomy law is “effectively over,” says LGBT rights activist Maurice Tomlinson.
He congratulated Belize activist Caleb Orozco, lawyer Lisa Shoman and their team for the achievement.
“This is victory shared by all the Caribbean!” Tomlinson said.
Tomlinson was responding to the fact that the Catholic Church in Belize last week pulled out of the appeal of the 2016 decision by the Belize Supreme Court to overturn the country’s prohibition against consensual anal sex (Section 53 of the Criminal Code).
Orozco was optimistic, but more guarded about the move. He is executive director of the United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM), which works for LGBT rights and health.
"Rock The Reef" concert, 1.5min. Here is the highlights of a recent video production of the celebratory "Rock The Reef" concert for our valued client, Oceana Belize.
We certainly had a fun time swaying to the beats of Belize's top musical artists such as Melonie Gillett, Dajah Music, Tanya Carter, Verge Of Umbra, Supag Martinez among many others. DJ Jago and DJ Troy Dalla Flowers also kept the crowd moving.
San Pedro Mayoral Candidates, Andre Perez (PUP) and Daniel Guerrero (UDP), comment on the ongoing election process, 1.5min.
UDP Mayoral Candidate, Daniel Guerrero, delivers message to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, on Election Day., 1min.
PUP Mayoral Candidate, André Perez, sends a message to the residents of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye., 1min.
Exploring Belize Barrier Reef, 4min. Snorkelling with sharks, green sea turtles and thousands of colourful fish in the second largest coral reef system in the world is a truly breathtaking experience. The Lighthouse Reef, which is part of this reef system, is very easy to explore, you don't need to be a diver, it is enough to be a decent snorkeller to see this wonderful world. There are more than 100 types of corals here, and 500 species of fish.
Belize nice catch and release a iguana!, 2min. in San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Belize Turneffe Atoll, 6min. 3 Tank dive at Turneffe Atoll in Belize with Belize Pro Dive Center. We saw lionfish, lobsters, eels, beautiful coral and large sponges.
Ambergris Caye San Pedro diving for conch!!, 7.5min. It was an excelente day for diving for conch.
Ambergris Caye Belize fishing from a dock!!!, 5min. It was a slow afternoon but I still enjoy it to the max!!
Rocky point San Pedro fishing ends with a conch ceviche, 17min.
Marlon Lopez - Blancanneau Lodge - Belize, 4min.
Going fishing to rocky point in San Pedro Belize ends with a fish BBQ, 14min.
Bird watching in San Pedro Belize, 2min.
Channel 5 live Video Election Coverage..., 4h4.
UDP takes San Pedro for a third term, 5min.
San Pedro Election results 2018, 37min
Orange Walk PUP mayor, 7min.
Corozal View, 4min.
United Democratic Party (UDP) San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, 2.5min. The United Democratic Party (UDP) celebrates victory in the 2018 Municipal Election with a 3:30AM town parade. San Pedro,
CAYE CAULKER BELIZE!!! Caye Caulker 2018! Best vacation spot!, 12min.
Belize 2018 San Pedro, Swimming with Sharks, and Flying a Cessna Caravan, 5min. WHAT A DAY. We swam with sharks, I flew a plane in a foreign country, and we interviewed two businesses.
Dive 1 - Princess Palace with Sea Sports Belize - Carnival Freedom Cruise, 4min.
Last day in Belize, 4.5min. San Pedro