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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro High School Female Basketball team REgional Champions
Congratulations San Pedro High School Female Basketball team. Back to back regional champions!

Annual Adopt a Bear to bring joy to island children for the fifth year
For the fifth consecutive year, the ‘Adopt a Bear’ initiative is back on the island for the Christmas season. The project, sponsored by the Raise Me Up Foundation, gives individuals in the community the opportunity to gift a Christmas present to one child whose parents are not able to do so during the holidays. The program involves residents and visitors choosing a bear ornament from a Christmas tree at participating locations. The bear is labeled with the first name, gender, and age of a child, as well as their dream gift. By adopting a bear, the giver is committed to purchasing three items for the respective child; something they need, an educational item, and their wish gift written on the bear.

The 2019 BBBFF Strongest Man and Woman in Belize are Kaylon Godoy and Mary Gonzalez
Island resident Mary Gonzalez, The San Pedro Sun Associate Editor, placed first in the female division of the 2019 Belize Strong Man/Woman Competition held in Ladyville Village on Sunday, November 24th. The competition was hosted by the Belize Body Building and Fitness Federation (BBBFF) and saw five males and three females competing for the coveted titles. Taking the title of Strong Man 2019, was Kaylon Godoy of Power House Studio, Belmopan.

Olympic Medalist Simone Biles receives symbolic keys to San Pedro Town
During a short ceremony, world-renowned Olympic gymnast and gold medalist Simone Biles was presented with the symbolic key to San Pedro Town at Ramon’s Village Resort on Wednesday, November 27th. Present at the ceremony was Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Hon. Manuel Heredia, councilors, island athletes, and media corps. The short ceremony began at 7PM, with Belize Tourism Board (BTB) Communication and Public Relations Officers Raphael Martinez welcoming everyone and introducing Biles. After that, Mayor Guerrero, along with Miss San Pedro Litzy Castillo, officially presented Biles with the symbolic key to the island. Mayor Guerrero stated that they are privileged to have Biles visit it the island, and hope to see her more often, enjoying all that the island has to offer.

Awareness campaign to minimize Persistent Organic Pollutants in Belize
In an effort to raise public awareness about the hazards of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), the Department of Environment (DOE) is finalizing a package of strategies along with the Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology (BCRC) in the Caribbean to educate people about these harmful chemicals. An-all day workshop was held at the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina in Belize City on Tuesday, November 26th, where several stakeholders representing the government and the private sector were engaged with the proposed plans that are expected to be made available to the public in 2020.

Various Belizean Sources

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Corozal Town’s Christmas tree lightning
The colorful Corozal Town’s tradition Christmas tree lightning, is Scheduled to be held on Saturday, December 7th starting from 7PM. The Traditional Christmas Tree lightning, beautifies the park, with colorful lights after the Central Park is lightened after the Ceremony. During the Christmas Tree lightning Show, there will be having entertainment for Kids and Adults. All are welcome to this spectacular Christmas Tree lightning show at the Corozal Central Park. So, save the date, start making plans, and usher in the Christmas season in our beautiful Corozal Town!

Hurricane Season 2019 ends today
The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season is the fourth consecutive year of above-average and damaging seasons dating back to 2016 and is tied with 1969 as the fourth-most active hurricane season on record, with 18 named storms and 20 tropical cyclones in total, although many of which were weak and short-lived, especially towards the end of the season. The season officially began on June 1 and will end today November 30.

Santa Rita Neighbourhood Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Santa Rita Neighbourhood Watch Group invites everyone to their Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Children's Treat - Sunday, December 1st at 3:00 p.m. at Santa Rita Park in Corozal.

FCD EYG Wins Club of the Year
Congratulations, FCD Environmental Youth Group! They won Club of the Year at last night's Belize Youth Awards in Belize City. Well deserved, as they work on many different projects around Cayo that focus on sustainability and environmental awareness. "FCD Environmental Youth Group is Awarded Club of the Year at the National Youth Awards 2019. This Award is Awarded to an organization that has consistently led, engaged and encouraged youth development activities and programmes that positively impact young people in whatever field of development."

National Youth Awards 2019
FCD Environmental Youth Group is Awarded Club of the Year at the National Youth Awards 2019. Congratulations for setting a high standard of service to this country of ours!!!

Water Sports Standards draft
The Caye Caulker consultation session on the Water Sports Standards draft is set for December 2nd, 2019. See you there!

2019 Belize Youth Awards
Kudos to Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative - YLAI alumnus Hernan Urbina for his nomination for the Youth in Entrepreneurship Award at the 2019 Belize Youth Awards. Congrats, Hernan, on your impressive achievement - the leadership you have shown in supporting young entrepreneurship in Belize is exactly what the YLAI program is all about. From all of us at the U.S. Embassy, we are proud and honored for you to be part of our embassy program alumni community!

The Reporter

The Hand-Made Coffin
By: Dr. Abigail Joseph. A stroke manifests itself in many ways. Many times we are only witnesses to the aftermath and consequences of a stroke, where a person may be talking with slurred speech and half of their face droops down.

Police Top Brass Honor & Recognize Good Police Officers
On Thursday the top-brass of the police department held a ceremony held at the Queen Street Police Station to honor several officers that have been protection and serving the public, and exemplary investigative police work.

Belizean National Arrested By Chinese Authorities In China
According to a report from news agency Reuters, a Belizean businessman living in China was arrested on November 26 for allegedly colluding with the United States to meddle in Hong Kong affairs.

Man Found Unconscious On Ebony Street Last Night Nov 29th.
A man is in stable condition at the KHMH after he was found unconscious om Ebony Street near Public’s Supermarket on Central American Boulevard around 8:45 Friday night.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Ladies’ football goes down 2-0 to Guatemala
Guatemala’s senior female football team visited Belize this afternoon for the return match with Belize […]

Man stabbed in Orange Walk restaurant
A young man was reportedly stabbed tonight during an altercation at Oriental Mascot restaurant in […]

Volleyball congress concludes a successful year
Picture courtesy: Belize Volleyball Association The Belize Volleyball Association (BVA) met in general congress this afternoon […]

Friends for Conservation and Development discuss dangers of poaching in Chiquibul forest
Today, Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) hosted their annual general meeting at the San […]

Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) celebrate 20th anniversary
Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD), a non profit, non-Governmental organization recognized for its valuable […]

Richard Smith is Belize’s latest murder victim
Last night Breaking Belize News (BBN) broke the story that a man was murdered near […]

Mainland China arrests Belizean-Chinese for alleged Hong Kong “meddling”
Reuters news agency reports that Mainland China has arrested a citizen of Belize “for allegedly […]

Atlantic Bank San Ignacio Christmas loan fair is today
Atlantic Bank’s San Ignacio Christmas loan fair is today!! Fultec Systems, Bella’s delights, Palma’s Lumber and […]

Blogs

Busy Season on Ambergris Caye
It is starting to become “busy season” on Ambergris Caye. Not only do the tourists start returning much to the pleasure of business owners, but by this, I mean it gets very busy as we lead up to Christmas in Belize. Events and invitations are popping up daily, pretty soon we will be able to take all the island events and make an Island holiday Advent calendar.

Steel Pan Music
Very often in movies that have a Caribbean country as their backdrop, you can hear the tinkly, tinny cadence of a steel band in the background. The steel band is synonymous with Caribbean culture, and Belize is no exception. In general, music is part of everyone’s life story and connects us with events and memories in our lives. Steel Pans are a sound, a special language that draws one in. Since Belize straddles both Latino and Creole culture, these influences and sounds are incorporated into our music.

Belizean Lemon Pie
Belizean lemon pie has been a dessert treasured by most families; most people grew up on this dessert. A store-bought lemon pie cannot come close to the deliciousness of a homemade treat. And as delicious as they are, they’re easy to make. For a lemon pie specifically, it has to have a pure lemon flavor, but it also needs to be silky smooth. Flavors of Belize’s Belizean Lemon Pie recipe definitely covers both.

Orange Walk and The Role of The Catholic Church 1876
In 1881 Orange Walk was established as a separate district from Corozal. At this time a large number of Mestizo Yucatecans were added to the primarily white and creole population. This dramatic influx of Spanish and Mestizo Catholics met with a corresponding increase in the activity of the church in Orange Walk. Although the people of the New River had been served by various priests on a missionary basis, they now welcomed their first pastor, Father Alphonse Parisi, an Italian Jesuit (sent by the church in the Yucatan). He served Orange Walk from 1875 to 1880. His church, which had been built sometime before 1872, was a simple thatched structure located near the present Pallotine convent. Several years before his arrival, it had served the soldiers as a barracks.

Weather in Belize
When going on vacation, the type of weather can ultimately determine what kind of vacation you will have. Belize has a subtropical climate and similar to other countries in Central America, there are two seasons – wet and dry. The wet season or hurricane season in Belize is from June to November, while the dry season is December to May. Normally I would suggest that coming to Belize is perfect any time of the year, but if you are trying to avoid certain types of weather then here’s what you can expect.

Barton Creek Cave in Belize
Belize is filled with well-known caves that draw adventurers and explorers every year. Among them is Barton Creek, one of the most beautiful and mysterious caves in the country. Barton Creek Cave consists of massive passages covered with several large speleothems over a navigable river, and these features of the cave have made it a popular cave tour in western Belize. Archaeologists have found artifacts inside Barton Creek Cave that date from the years 200 AD to 900 AD.

Belize in Film
Last month the Belize International Film Festival kicked off another successful week of films. Belize’s first and only film festival is quickly gaining popularity in the realm of international film. This year especially, it was the Belizean films that were getting the most buzz. The directors of the films this year were delving into themes that had more social consciousness and commentary. The film festival opened on Wednesday, Nov, 8th. However, Friday night belonged to the Belizean short films and this is where Belizean directors shone.

New Jaguar Sanctuary
Jaguars are the largest and most threatened wildcats in the Americas. Belize is already involved since our Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary in the Stann Creek District is well known throughout the world. It is a protected area where Jaguars are free to prowl, especially at night. However, we need to do more. Officials from the conservation group Panthera, based in Brazil, have met with officials from the government of Belize to declare 7,000 acres of a key Jaguar habitat near the capital, Belmopan, as an additional protected area.

Rum Punch – Taste of the Tropics
Rum Punch is a refreshing rum-based beverage that is found in many different tropical locations from the Caribbean to Hawaii. This cocktail is great all year long and a Belizean favorite! It’s the most popular cocktail in the region. It is quick and easy to make, but more importantly, it is so tasty. Rum punch is simply rum with added fruit juice. The recipe to make a rum punch usually consists of rum (dark, light, or coconut) and lots of fruit juice such as orange juice, pineapple, lemon or lime juice, and grenadine for color. These can sometimes be swapped out and the amounts may vary, but these are essentially the basic ingredients to make a rum punch.

International Sourcesizz

China arrests Belizean, Taiwanese citizens over alleged meddling in Hong Kong affairs
China has arrested a citizen of Belize for allegedly colluding with people in the United States to meddle in the affairs of Hong Kong, the official Guangdong Communist Party newspaper reported on Saturday, citing local authorities. Lee Henley Hu Xiang, a Belizean businessman who lives in China, had funded key members of “hostile forces” in the United States to undermine China’s national security, and supported activities that led to chaos in Hong Kong, the Southern Daily said.

Neighborhood leader Carolyn Gillis killed in Belize excursion crash
Carolyn Gillis, a respected and beloved neighborhood leader and volunteer, was killed Thursday afternoon while on a cruise excursion in Belize. The 77-year-old was traveling in a red Ford Freestyle SUV when the driver lost control and flipped the vehicle several times, WFAA reports. Local media said Gillis was ejected through the windshield and died on the scene.

Videos

  • San Pedro Town turns 35 and islanders celebrated with a municipal children’s fair!, 5min. The residents and islanders of Ambergris Caye have a lot to celebrate including a visit by world-known gymnast, Simone Biles as well as their birthday and progress in being a child friendly municipality. Our island correspondent, Jorge Aldana, reports on their festivities.

  • Harvest Caye Belize Zipline on Gopro, 2min.

  • Belize snorkle Trip, 9.5min.

  • San Ignacio Belize Part 1, 10.5min. In part 1 of a two part video featuring San Ignacio Belize in the Cayo District, we kick off our Belize adventure with a walk down Bullet Tree Road and our awesome AirBnB rental.

  • Mystic River Resort - San Ignacio, Belize, 2min. Video Tour of Balcony inside Mystic River Resort in Cayo Belize

  • Premier League of Belize 2016-17. Defence Force - Belmopan Bandits (1:0), 2hr.

  • PLB Opening Season | SEMI FINALS | Bandits SC vs Pirates FC | Live at The Isidoro Beaton Stadium, Belmopan, 2.5hr. San Pedro defeats Belmopan 1-0 with late goal in the 82nd minute off a corner kick.

  • Miss Universe Belize’s last interview before the pageant, 1min. Good luck Destinee!