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Tatiana Rivero Competes in the Miss Piel Dorada Pageant!!!! April 8, 2010

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 Tatiana Rivero returns to San Pedro after two weeks’ stay in Chiapas Mexico, where she competed in the “Miss. Piel Dorada Internacioanl” Competition. During the time she was there, she participated in various runway productoons, fashion shoots, parades and other festivities. Ms. Rivero got a chance to model various high end fashion that included: Bridal Gowns, Evening Wear, Summer Fashion, Swim Wear, Fall Fashion and Fantasy Wear.

While Ms. Rivero did not receive the crown, she captivated audiences and judges alike; as she was asked to compete in the upcoming, Miss Pacifico Pageant, to be held in Mazatlan Aloa, Mexico in February 2011.
Congratulations Ms. Rivero, and good luck on your future endeavors!!!!!!!!!

Congratulations to Mata Chica Resort January 9, 2010

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MATACHICA BEACH RESORT was voted as the WINNER for this year´s Condé Nast Johansens Awards of Excellence, in the
category of:
For Mexico & Central America
The Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence are made annually to those properties worldwide that represent the finest standards and best value for money in luxury and independent accommodation.

Acclaimed filmmaker Ang Lee receives SCUBA certification in Ambergris Caye January 7, 2010

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Acclaimed contemporary filmmaker, Ang Lee arrived in Ambergris Caye, Belize for a few days of sun and left a certified SCUBA diver. Lee took his certification course with White Sands Dive Instructor, Samuel Lin. Lee was accompanied by his two sons, Mason and Haan who also took the course and became certified divers as well.

    Lee, who has directed movies such as Brokeback Mountain and Hulk, is working on his latest movie – Life of Pi. According to movie insiders, quite a bit of the film takes place underwater and it was for this reason that Lee decided to get certified. What better place to receive the course than Ambergris Caye.

    After receiving his full certification, Lee along with PADI staff instructor for White Sands, Elbert Greer, visited Hol Chan Marine Reserve for a night dive. During this dive, Lee observed Bio-illuminant creatures in Belizean waters.

    Born in 1954 in Pingtung, Taiwan, Ang Lee has become one of today’s greatest contemporary filmmakers. A graduate of the National Taiwan College of Arts and the University of Illinois and New York University, Lee began his career by serving as Assistant Director on Spike Lee’s student film, Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads. After writing a couple screenplays, he eventually appeared in the film scene with Tui shou. He continued with his great work garnering Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. Sense and Sensibility was his first Hollywood-mainstream movie. His career continued with works such as The Ice Storm, Ride with the Devil, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Chosen.

    During his visit to Ambergris Caye, Lee stayed at Azul Resort and dined at Rojo Lounge, among others.

BTB in Taiwan November 11, 2009

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    The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) was invited by the Embassy of Belize and CATO in Taiwan to attend TAIPEI’S INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL FAIR (ITF). ITF took the stage from October 30th to November 2nd, 2009 with exhibitors from 58 Countries and Regions occupying 1,206 Booths in total. Taiwan trip 052

    The venue was Tapei’s World Trade Center TWTC. It was attended by a total of 210,752 visitors. Following is the breakdown on the amount of visitors: Oct. 30 (Fri.) – Private + Trade Visitors – 45,956; Oct. 31 (Sat.) – Private Visitors – 63,052; Nov. 1 (Sun.) – Private Visitors – 66,137; Nov. 2 (Mon.) – Private + Trade Visitors -35,607.

    Belize showcased its Reef, rainforest and ruins on a beautiful back drop with the theme “BE ONE WITH BELIZE”.  At the same time we showed our video with closed caption in Mandarin. BTB had Tourists offices, travel agents, wholesalers, government officials, transport operators and travel publishers visit our booth.DSC01119    BTB also had the opportunity to meet with the Director of Tourism Mr. Kwang-Shoung Chao. We had a candid conversation where he was made aware of the attractions that Belize has to offer. He was amazed at our beaches, our history and our culture. He said “I want to go live in Belize”

    During the travel mart days both Charge D’ Affaires Mr. Efrain Novelo and Amy Leiva, BTB representative were interviewed by the China Post and U Paper , two of the most widely read newspapers and Channel 52 and Next Magazine, two of Taiwan’s major media outlets.   DSC00924     Taipei International Travel Fair is the biggest and the most important travel and tourism industry fair in Asia. It is the best place to maximize the efficiency of travel mart by having broad information on several destinations and schemes.

Busta Rhymes vacations in SP November 9, 2009

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International rapper Busta Rhymes with fan

International award winning rapper Busta Rhymes arrived in San Pedro on Saturday, causing fan hysteria at the Municipal Airport. Stopping for photos and autographs, Busta was happy to oblige his adoring fans. After a brief tour of Town, Busta was whisked away to his resort on North Ambergris Caye.

Rapper Shyne to be deported to Belize October 21, 2009

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    Rapper Shyne has been sitting in jail, despite being set for release after serving nine years out of a 10-year jail sentence for a 2001 New York nightclub shooting. His release was put on hold, while officials determined whether or not the 30-year-old rapper (real name: Jamal Barrow) should be deported back to his native country Belize.


Jamal (Shyne) Barrow

    This week, New York radio personality, Miss Info, reported that officials have decided that Shyne will be deported.  According to her report, Shyne’s team is fighting for him to stay in the U.S., where both his mother and grandmother live and raised him, but it’s not going to happen.

    Shyne, however, plans to continue his fight from Belize, and is urging fans to reach out to New York Governor David Paterson’s office to petition for his pardon. Fans can email the Governor here or write to him at this address listed here.

    “Shyne is one of the strongest people I know and he’s handling this situation just as I’d expect him to,” Hot 97’s Angie Martinez told Miss Info. “It must be frustrating for all of his friends and family; he served his time, and keeps getting all these different dates and conflicting information. But he’s a soldier, he’s dealing with it.”

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At least 22 dead as trains collide in India October 21, 2009

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Indian Railway Protection Force personnel look at a damaged carriage after the collision.

Indian Railway Protection Force personnel look at a damaged carriage after the collision.

NEW DELHI, India (CNN) — A train collision in northern India killed at least 22 people early Wednesday.

Railway officials confirmed the deaths and also said people were 26 injured in the crash. The Goa Express slammed into the stationary Mewar Express apparently because the driver overshot a signal to stop, said Anant Swaroop, spokesman for India’s northern railway.

 Indian Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee ordered an inquiry into the crash, according to CNN’s sister station in India, CNN-IBN. The Goa Express, bound for New Delhi from the western coastal state of Goa, was running on the same track as the Mewar, which shuttles between New Delhi and Udaipur, in western Rajasthan state. Both trains have stops in Mathura, about 90 miles south of New Delhi.

Rescuers had to cut trapped passengers from a wrecked car of the Mewar Express. The car had a special compartment for women, disabled passengers, cargo and train guards, said Aditya Verma, a senior police official in Mathura.

 Bannerjee said victims’ relatives would receive compensation of about $10,000, according to CNN-IBN. Several other trains that go through the Mathura station had to be diverted. Trains are the most widely used mode of transportation for national travel in India.

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Miss Belize Daniela Wooley wins Miss Photogenic October 19, 2009

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P1040792Daniella Wooley competed this past weekend at the Miss Teenager Universe Pageant held at San Salvador and returned to her home country with the title of Miss Photogenic.teen15-year-old Laura Baez from the Dominican Republic became the winner of the 2nd edition of the Miss Teenager pageant held at the Sheraton Presidente Hotel The 21 teenage beauties competed for the coveted title in several categories including interviews, national costumes, swimsuits and gowns.P1030362-600x450Results: Laura Baez (Dominican Republic, Winner), Yohana Gonzalez (Isla Margarita, 1st runner-up), Alejandra Castano (Colombia, 2nd runner-up), Yinela Yero (Panama, 3rd runner-up), and Ruth Mora (Venezuela, 4th runner-up)P1030376Top 12 Semi Finalists:
Aruba (Leonella De Palm) Costa Rica (Angie Alfaro) Ecuador (Karla Salgado) Guatemala (Jimena Villeda) Mexico (Mara Saucedo) Puerto Rico (Silmarie Cordero) USA (Krizia Sanfeliz)

Special Awards
Best Figure: Dominican Republic

Miss Photogenic: Belize
Most Beautiful Face: Dominican Republic
Miss Elegance: Ecuador
Miss Friendship: El Salvador
Miss Internet: Isla Margarita
Best National Costume: Aruba
Best Catwalk: Colombia
Most Beautiful Hair: Costa Rica

British High Commissioner visits SP October 13, 2009

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The British High Commissioner to Belize, HE Pat Ashworth and wife Pauline Ashworth

The British High Commissioner to Belize His Excellency Pat Ashworth and his wife Pauline Ashworth were in San Pedro Town over the weekend. The purpose of the visit was to meet with the British Expatriates and to get familiarized with the Island. The event took place on Saturday the 10th of October at the Playa Lounge.DSCF0603-sm
In an interview with The San Pedro Sun, H.E. Ashworth stated that he took the opportunity to listen to the concerns and address some issues brought up during his visit. According to H.E. Ashworth, Ambergris Caye has one of the biggest British communities in country. H.E. Ashworth and his wife were escorted by James Janmohamed the British Warden for San Pedro & Caye Caulker and his wife Jamila Janmohamed. The San Pedro Sun will have more on this week’s issue of the newspaper.DSCF0602-sm

President Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize October 9, 2009

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(CNN) — President Barack Obama said Friday that he was humbled by the decision of the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award him the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. 

“I am both surprised and deeply humbled,” Obama said at the White House.

“I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments. But rather as an affirmation of American leadership. … I will accept this award as a call to action.”


The president had not been mentioned as among front-runners for the prize, and the roomful of reporters gasped when Thorbjorn Jagland, chairman of the Nobel committee, uttered Obama’s name.

Nominations for the prize had to be postmarked by February 1 — only 12 days after Obama took office. The committee sent out its solicitation for nominations last September — two months before Obama was elected president.

The Nobel committee recognized Obama’s efforts to solve complex global problems including working toward a world free of nuclear weapons.

“Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future,” the committee said.

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