Friday, October 31, 2008

Spookin' Halloween in San Pedro

Today, Friday marks Halloween day which is celebrated worldwide as a commercial holiday. We've scoured the depths of San Pedro and found fa-boo-lous kids dressed up and taking the island for a thrill. Here are some highlights of the day...
Ta da da da...'superwoman'
'Ahh thank you very much' Elvis is in the building..

Dinner is served...
Kids out trick or treatin'...
trick or treat...
Group shot of the creepy crawlies at San Pedro Pre-school..

The lil' mermaid...
Kids at Holy Cross...

Clown and fairy at Holy Cross...
Super Heroes..
Josh is 'Batman'
Lil' devil...
Teachers play dress up at ABC pre-school...
Rrrr...'simba the lion'
Stay Tuned! The Sun will have plenty more highlights as the halloween festivities continue to haunt the island...Happy Halloween to all our viewers!!!

The Games are ON this weekend!

The San Pedro Dolphins!
The BPFL would like to inform the public and football fans that games will be played this weekend. Here is a look at the schedule for game 2 in the playoff quarter-finals!

Week 2

02/11/08 Marshalleck Stad.
4:00PM Benque Viejo DC United vs F.C. Belize

01/11/08 Michael Ashcroft Stad.
7:30PM George Town Ibayani vs Nizhee Corozal

02/11/08 People’s Stad.
4:00PM Suga Boys Juventus vs Belize Defence Force

02/11/08 Ambergris Stadium
2:30PM San Pedro Dolphins vs Ilagulei

Fans cannot miss out on the this monumental game! It's win or GO HOME for the Dolphins!

Top four teams will advance to semi-finals.

Winner A vs Winner D
Winner B vs Winner C

Take Your BEST Shot Photo Competition

As Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret, Belize has been given bountiful wonders that just amaze. Whether it is our lush forests, azure waters or smiling faces, many are the unbelievable images captured through the lens of a camera. Readers now have the opportunity to participate in The San Pedro Sun’s annual Take your BEST shot competition. This is the chance for those shutterbugs who enjoy capturing that perfect moment, and to express your creativity through the lens of a camera!

Enjoy the following entries, and do let us know your thoughts:

(Bryce Peterson)

(Cullen Walker)
(Tommy & Sonia Blackledge)

Rules of Entry:

Amateur photographers only. The entry photograph has to be a shot taken within the Belizean boundaries. When submitting you tell us where the photo was taken. Enter as many pictures as you want. Employees and family members of The San Pedro Sun are not eligible to participate.

To Enter:

Email your photo to, send us a printed copy through our snail mail address at P.O. Box 35, San Pedro Town, Belize or drop it off at our office located on Barrier Reef Drive across from the Holiday Hotel.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

JP’s of San Pedro sworn in

On Friday, October 24th, six Senior Justices of the Peace, and six Justices of the Peace took their oath of office at an official ceremony held at the San Pedro Town Council office in Ambergris Caye. The guest speaker for the occasion was Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr., who congratulated the new Senior Justices of the Peace and the Justices of the Peace, and welcomed them to the ranks of those that are already serving their communities by affording voluntary and selfless service in support of the judicial system.

On hand for the official swearing-in was Priscilla Banner of the Attorney General’s office who spoke about the legislation and gave a run down of the duties and obligations the Justices of the Peace should uphold. Banner emphasized that the system of Justices of the Peace was the foundation of the Belizean legal system, and urged the new office holders to exercise the functions of their office without fear or favor, affection or ill-will. All eight individuals did this on oath over the sacred Holy Bible.

Banner also encouraged the new Justices of the Peace (JP) to familiarize themselves with their roles as set out in the Justices of the Peace Manual, and pointed out that the new JP’s should seek to cement bonds of fellowship by seeking guidance from fellow Justices of the Peace through the Association of Justices of the Peace. Banner further stated that in the Legislature under the Justice of the Peace Act, the officers have an obligation to the Code of Ethics and should uphold and follow them diligently. Failure to comply would be a breach of the Code of Ethics and would entail legal action. As per the Senior Justices of the Peace, they have in their power to conduct legal marriages which is stated in the Marriage Act of Belize.
A Justice of the Peace (JP) is a judicial officer appointed by means of a commission to keep the peace. Depending on the jurisdiction, they might dispense summary justice and deal with local administrative applications in common law jurisdictions. Justices of the Peace are appointed or elected from the citizens of the jurisdiction in which they serve, and are usually not required to have a formal legal education in order to qualify for the office.
These twelve individuals were chosen based on their civic duty and commitment to their communities. Individuals sworn in were: (Senior JP’s) Ruben Gonzalez, Fidel Ancona, Wilfredo Alamilla Jr., Anne Elizabeth Longsworth, Yolanda Parham, and Daniel Guerrero. Whilst Justices of the Peace were: Abelina Heredia, Herman Acosta, Adaleida Gonzalez, Gonzalo Muñoz, Severo Guerrero Jr., and Melita Guerrero.
After the official formalities, Minister Heredia thanked the new Justices of the Peace for accepting their new office of serving the community of San Pedro Town in a voluntary capacity.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Under the Sun

Proud parents Alba Delie Heredia and Rudy Williams welcomed the birth of their beautiful baby boy Aidan Radny Williams on October 10th, 2008. Born in Orange Walk Town, baby Aidan weighed six pounds at birth.
Congratulations to Alba and Rudy on the newest addition to their family.

Who dat?

Many people have lived here all their lives and have seen so many changes over the years. The biggest changes are the many faces of the various people walking down the streets. All of a sudden, we don't know who we pass by on the street at all. So, every week we will introduce you to someone new: a friend, your neighbor, anyone walking down the street. Six questions will be answered, who they are, what they do here, where they come from, when they came and why they chose to live here, and a little extra fun question. Hope you like this fun feature!

Who: Lalman Logan
What: Security Officer at S A Security Service
Where: Corozal District
When: 5 months ago
Why: To work
Status: Single and looking out

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Torch Run and Solidarity Walk merged

SP AIDS Commission and WIN-Belize join forces
Press Release – SPAC/WIN-Belize – October 27th, 2008 – In order to bring even more attention and drive to the annual World AIDS Day Solidarity walk, the San Pedro AIDS Commission accepted to merge with the Women’s Issues Network – Belize. Both non-profit organizations will unite on November 30th in commemoration of World AIDS Day. The San Pedro AIDS Commission has for the past eight years been working diligently in San Pedro to bring HIV/AIDS awareness and education to this community. WIN Belize who is also a non-profit organization has been working with issues affecting women in this country including HIV/AIDS. Representatives from both groups agreed to merge with one common cause – bring awareness!

This year, the annual Torch Run that is spearheaded by WIN Belize countrywide will form part of the Solidarity Walk that is also a yearly event in San Pedro. World AIDS Day is being observed under the theme: “Youth Take the Lead” while the Torch Run has as its theme, “Silence has a price.” The Solidarity Walk and Torch Run will culminate with a grand fair held at Central Park. Although in the planning stages, the fair will have various booths, including one which will be carrying out rapid AIDS testing. Tentatively, a Rock Concert is also in the process of being finalized.
Through this medium, both groups are encouraging all schools, businesses and individuals to participate in this endeavor as we march for one common good; to reduce the stigma and discrimination of HIV/AIDS and Gender Based Violence. Join us! Support Us! Make a difference!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Holiday Bash a spooky splash!

Ghouls, goblins, witches and devils made it out for Holiday Hotel's 20th annual 'Horrorween Bash' on Saturday night and what a 'thriller' it was. With a laid out red carpet to welcome the ghostly guests of the night, it could not have been scripted better in Hollywood. Everyone had fun, and partied until the wee hours of the morning. Here are some highlights...
Serial Killer...get it?!
Walk like an egyptian..
Julius Ceasar, aztec, Midnite fairy, veins, serial killer and the joker.
Surgeon & Nurse
I want to play a game?! Jigsaw
Gold medalist Michael Phelps ..
Scary pumpkin head..
Hell Boy..
Andy the Vampire..
Coconut Leo in the flesh...
the mob squad...
Killa Chef..
Celia "Azuca" Cruz and hubby Tito
Bride and headless groom..
Hellraisers' Pinhead rules...
Psycho killer...
The show girls...and butlers..

We'll have plenty more pics in Thursday's edition of The San Pedro Sun Newspaper!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Audiologists provide free testing to SP students

Holy Cross Anglican School welcomed two visiting Audiologists to the school onFriday, October 24th. Dr. Linda and Dr. Edith provided state of the art testing tonine students who had been identified with potential hearing problems.
Many thanks to these dedicated doctors for sharing their time and talents with the children ofHoly Cross. After leaving Holy Cross at mid-day, the Audiologists went to the San Pedro Roman Catholic School to provide the same testing for their students! Kudos to all the teams that visit San Pedro and thanks for the great work!

All smiles!

Football games postponed!


The BPFL would like to inform teams, fans and the general public that the semi-pro football games have been postponed again for this weekend due to the weather. Another tropical depression is expected to pass through and the fields are still not in good condition for the games
to be played. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact
the BPFL office at 207-5217.

Polyclinic receives 800K donation

Through the hard work and efforts made by the Belize Mission Project, an $800,000Bze donation was secured for the San Pedro PolyClinic through Project CURE. Since the beginning of the Poly Clinic II project, the organization Project CURE had set its sights on the clinic and had promised to supply the facility with equipment and medical supplies. In March of 2006, the San Pedro PolyClinic received a substantial donation of $1.2 Million dollars and it proved to be 90% of the equipment needed to outfit the clinic. This time around, Project CURE donated items that highly reflected what the clinic was in desperate needs of. Some items included: fetal Doppler, centrifuge, syringes, anesthetics, birthing kits, stethoscopes, microscopes, gurneys, scrubs; equipment for the dental clinic as well and a huge gamut of medicines and other supplies. Based on quantity, some of the items donated will be distributed to other needy clinics countrywide, stated Dr. Paul Edwards of the Health Department, Central Region which includes in its jurisdiction Ambergris Caye.

The container was filled to capacity.
Team work!
The donation couldn't have come at a better time.
After unloading, the crew gathered up for a group shot!
Along with the great donation came a very valuable piece of equipment – an x-ray machine.
Project CURE, which stands for Project Commission on Urgent Relief & Equipment, is a non-profit, humanitarian relief organization that collects medical surplus and donates it to developing countries. Since 1987, Project CURE has delivered donated medical supplies and equipment to the most desperately ill and needy people living in more than 100 countries around the world. Project CURE’S International Headquarters is located in Centennial, Colorado. Today, Project C.U.R.E. is run by Founder James Jackson's son, Dr. Douglas Jackson. In the past ten years, the Jackson family, along with a small staff and an army of volunteers has expanded their reach to every corner of the globe. Project C.U.R.E. has worked in over 120 countries and has touched the lives of thousands. With the help of many that have the same passion and commitment to helping those around the world, Project C.U.R.E. continues to deliver health and hope to the world!