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Christmas Raffles make many people happy!!

San Pedro Sun |

Shopping during the Christmas rush generally means a chance to enter a special raffle at the various establishments one patronizes. This year was no exception as a variety of items were raffled off close to the Christmas holiday…below are the results of two more raffles that were held recently…

Castillo’s Hardware Raffle:

1st Prize – 1 Heavy Duty Washing Machine – Amin Carillo
2nd Prize – 1 Leisure Patio Set – Clarissa Nuñez
3rd Prize – 1 DeWalt Heavy Duty Worksite Radio/Charger – Allan Paz
4th Prize – 1 Microwave – Robert Bailey
Atlantic Insurance – 19″ TV raffle
Winner: Mr. Pete Graniel

Power outtage

Belize Electricity Limited advises its customers in San Pedro Town that the supply of electricity will be temporarily interrupted from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 22, 2010.

Areas to be affected: All that area North of Boca Del Rio.

BEL apologizes for the inconvenience caused but this outage is necessary for the company to facilitate system improvement work on the distribution system in the area.

For customer inquiries and services call us toll free at: 0-800-BEL-CARE OR 0-800-235-2273.  To view scheduled outages via our website visit: http://www.bel.com.bz/services_outages.asp

SP Lions Host Annual Christmas Party for Senior Citizens

San Pedro Sun | The San Pedro Lions Club held their annual Senior Citizen party last night. Island residents over the age of 60 were invited to an evening of turkey dinner with all the trimmings, drinks, gifts, raffle prizes and dancing to the music of Rompe Raja. The festive night was a huge success and enjoyed by all who attended.

Guatemala takes over SICA presidency from Belize

Caribbean News Now | SAN PEDRO, Belize — Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow on Thursday handed over the presidency of the Central American Integration System (SICA) to the president of Guatemala, Alvaro Colom, at the tourist island of San Pedro in Belize.

Barrow in his remarks said that SICA has been the engine in mechanisms that drive development of the region.

He added, “It will be timely for us to reassert at this meeting our ultimate commitment to the integration movement, to enter into the record our revitalized dedication to the development in harmony of our countries and to restate our unswerving resolve to make sure that individually and collectively, we uplift our peoples to improve their quality of life and rid our societies of all traces of poverty and inequality.”

In taking over the presidency of SICA, Colom said he had strong hopes that the role of SICA will progress with the cooperation of all member countries.

He added, “I am certain that with all the presidents of Central America and the situations of Central America, we will continue to build a Central America that is already a little Caribbean.”

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San Pedro AIDS Commission holds Toy Drive

San Pedro Sun | This year, the San Pedro AIDS Commission is teaming up with the San Pedro Lions Club and Mr. Wil Moreno of the Belize Association of California to collect and distribute toys in San Pedro. Through the program “A Christmas Giving”, Mr. Moreno will provide a couple of boxes of stuffed toys and baby clothing to be distributed by the Members of the AIDS Commission and the Lions Club.
This partnership will allow the Association of California to assist in providing clothes, toys, books and gifts to children on the island. The AIDS commission takes this opportunity to encourage the residents of San Pedro to do the same and help the families and children that are less fortunate with gifts this Christmas season.

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OCEANA’S Board of Directors meets in Belize

Oceana Belize

Oceana Belize

LoveFM | Oceana’s Board of Directors is hosting its first ever international meeting in Belize which is taking place from December 6th to 9th. The meeting will have the participation of 15 board members and internationally recognized actor Ted Danson who is a marine advocate and founding member of Oceana will make a presentation on issues affecting humanity globally. The working session of the meeting is being held today in San Pedro; Audrey Matura-Shepherd is the Vice President of Oceana Belize.

Audrey Matura-Shepherd; Vice President, Oceana

“For Belize our plan would be we would be reporting what is accomplished in this area and looking forward to our campaign next year which will be the issues of off shore drilling exploration and the issue of gillnets. Those are the issues we are looking at to see where we can work with the government and to move forward for the development of Belize. We actually have a cocktail being hosted by the mayor and the town council of San Pedro, Mayor Paz is hosting us at a cocktail and that is just so that the members of the board get to meet the members of the San Pedro Town council. As you all will recall the San Pedro Town Board under the leadership of Mayor Elsa Paz have been very supportive of Oceana and its call for a ban on offshore drilling and exploration. It is time for members of those two organizations to meet in a very social setting and just have very informal dialogue.”

As part of the activities marking Oceana’s first international meeting, the board will be approving its global strategy and budget for 2011 and learning more about the pressing marine issues in Belize. Oceana in Belize will be presenting awards to honor two outstanding Belizeans for their work in Marine Advocacy. (more…)

Fifth Annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade lights up the sea

San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade

San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade

San Pedro Sun | The fifth annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade has come and gone on La Isla Bonita. The dark seas were lit up by festive boats that took the annual route from Boca del Rio and south to the Caribbean Villas area. Along the shoreline, hundreds of spectators lined up to watch the beautiful twinkling lights as the vessels sailed/drove at sea.

Of course, there was judging to be had, and this year’s judges, Einer Gomez, Wil Alamilla, Miss San Pedro – Natasha Stuart, Dianne Lawrence and Mayor Elsa Paz had the hard task of deciding the overall winner. There were several prizes to hand out, so each participant was honored.

Most Artistic: Sea Symphony
Most Religious & Junior Division winners: Holy Cross Anglican School (only Junior Division participant)
Mayor’s Trophy: San Pedro AIDS Commission
Best Overall – 1st Place: Blue Tang’s Sirena Azul
Best Overall –2nd Place: San Pedro Lions Club

Honorable Mentions: Canadian Connection, The Rum Punch, Searious Adventures’ “Red Hot” Catamaran (The SEArious Escape)

Congratulations to all participants and winners for a job well done!! Join us again when we light up the seas once more in 2011.

HIV/AIDS Fundraiser in San Pedro

San Pedro Aids Commission

San Pedro Aids Commission

San Pedro Sun | World AIDS Day is today (December 1st). In honor of this event, the San Pedro AIDS Society held a special fundraiser, which included a FREE testing area on Sunday at the Central Park. Health professionals aided in testing a number of people, while providing information, pamphlets, and more. There was food, drinks and snacks for sale, and as always, music kept the atmosphere lively. Kudos to the San Pedro AIDS committee for their dedication and effort – your hard work makes a better, more informed society.

Baby Maddy needs your help

San Pedro Sun | Come on out on Sunday November 21st at the Central Park to support a worthy cause.  Direct donations can be made to Kristy Rodriguez at Belize Bank account number: 68022218202

San Pedro Fundraiser

Garifuna Settlement Day Schedule set

Garifuna Settlement Day Schedule

Garifuna Settlement Day Schedule

San Pedro Sun | The National Garifuna Council San Pedro Branch Garifuna Settlement Day Celebrations 2010 Schedule:

November 17th: Drumming in the Central Park
Come out and learn the art of playing the Garifuna drums and how to dance Punta, Paranda, Hugu Hugu, Jankunu and more…

November 18th: Cultural Block Party
3rd Annual, Battle of the Drums
Cultural Dance Presentations
Cultural foods
Jankunu Competition


19th November Opening Ceremony

After Party under the Big Palapa

November 19th:
Urumie at 6am
Mass at the Catholic Church
Afternoon Beach Party Central Park
All Day Huduth Sale

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