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#473632 - 09/29/13 06:31 AM Today's Belize News: September 29, 2013
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On Saturday, September 21st at 1:47AM San Pedro Police responded to a distress call of gun shots being fired in the Bayside area of San Pedro Town. On arriving at the scene police encountered a Creole male fleeing from the area carrying a black object resembling a 9mm pistol on his right hand. The area was searched, and Luis Rubio Peterson was detained as he hid under a house. Police retrieved a black 9mm pistol, four 9mm live rounds and three 9mm expelled shells on further inspection of the area. Peterson has been charged for Carrying an Unlicensed Firearm in public.

Residents Help ACES Capture Problematic Croc
On the morning of September 22nd the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) team finally caught the 11-foot problematic crocodile in San Juan, Ambergris Caye. Calls came to ACES about the problem crocodile from people south of the area who were missing pets and from a member of the San Pedro Town Council who saw the crocodile come out dangerously close to children at play. Due to the lack of holding pens on the island, the captured crocodile spent the evening in a cool apartment under the bed. The next afternoon, September 23rd members of the Boca Del Rio community helped ACES load the animal aboard the Quality Poultry Products shipping vessel. Donating the cost of transporting this amazing animal to Belize City is greatly appreciated and ACES commends Quality Poultry, their personal and their generosity in helping to save Belize’s wildlife. The American crocodile, named Price by the residents of San Juan (because he was caught the morning after Independence Day celebrations), will go into a secure habitat at the ACES Sanctuary at the Caribbean Shrimp Farm in Ladyville.

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Climate change warning for Caribbean
The Belize-based Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) says the recently released Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group I assessment report should serve as a “further wakeup” for the region that it cannot continue to do business as usual. It said the report titled: Climate Change 2013: the Physical Science Basis”, confirms the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)” longstanding call to limit global temperature rise to 1.50 degrees centigrade.

Howler Monkey at SIRH
The San Ignacio Resort Hotel has a howler monkey on their property. A guest first spotted it, and it was confirmed this week. Add this to all the species of birds they have, and the Green Iguana Conservation Project, and the term 'in town jungle' really hits the nail on the head. "A few weeks ago, a guest at our Hotel mentioned one evening that he heard a Howler Monkey just right outside his room. Well, since we have never encountered Howler Monkeys at our Hotel, we believed he had just gotten confused with another animal more commonly found on our Hotel grounds. So we thought... On Thursday the 19th, our Chief Engineer mentioned that he heard Howler Monkeys down by the river somewhere amongst our 17 acre private estate. I found this testimony interesting since this was the second mention of Howler Monkeys over the past few weeks. Later that afternoon at about 2:00pm, we finally got a glimpse of the infamous creature that has been the talk of the Hotel over the past weeks."

Fashion Take Over at The Belize Zoo
Monica Gallardo has released some incredible pictures from her photoshoot at the Belize Zoo. Miss Belize, Destinee Arnold is in some of them, as are some newlyweds. You get a good behind the scenes look of the photoshoot, and get to see some of the animals at the zoo, including Lucky Boy. Joris Hendrik designed the dress that Destinee wore. Great shots, Monica! "When She explained the shoot it all sounded very fun and exciting but never did I expect her to tell me a wedding editorial shoot at the ZOO!"

SOFTBALL NATIONALS 2013 (6 photos)
The 23rd National Women's Softball Championship is being held this weekend at the Rogers Stadium in Belize City. The game is being played with a pink ball and the tournament is dedicated to breast cancer survivors and awareness.

10 reasons why you should visit Caye Caulker
Caye Caulker is the second most inhabited island in the country of Belize. It is a fishing village of about 2,000 or so inhabitants which is slowly finding its way towards tourism as a staple of the economy. For its rather small size, the island is very cosmopolitan. People from at least a dozen or more countries call the island home. So what draws people here? The easy-going pace of life here is an attraction, but it's not the only attraction. Here are 10 reasons why you should visit Caye Caulker.


Minor Accuses Her Uncle Of Sexually Abusing Her
There is a disturbing report coming out of Corozal tonight involving sexual allegations by a twelve year old minor. Information is still a bit sketchy, but we understand that the twelve year old minor visited the Corozal Police station along with her minor to make the report. The minor reported to the officers that on Wednesday, August 28th of this year, she was at her grandmother’s house visiting and present at the time was her uncle. The minor alleges that she was called by her uncle into his room and upon entering he quickly grabbed her and pulled her towards him causing her to fall backwards on the bed.

Two Detained For Orchestrating Their Robbery
In last night’s newscast, we broke to you a story involving a robbery at the Corozal Free Zone. Reports reaching our newsroom this morning indicate that Orange Walk Police have recovered the vehicle used in this robbery and abandoned in the village of San Jose. The police report indicates that the robbery occurred sometime around 1:30 in the afternoon of the 26th of September by Kunal Store. Thirty-six year old Devender Tewani reported to police that while at the Free Zone, he received a call from one Doris Noble in which she asked to change some Belize dollars into Pesos. Tewani proceeded to meet with Noble who was parked in her vehicle by Nittin Sai Imports and upon arrival, he entered Noble’s vehicle which is a four door Jeep Patriot, to the right front passenger seat.

Opposition Questions Why No One Has Been Charged For Passport Scandal
One of the scandals that were protested outside of the House was that of former Junior Minister Elvin Penner for his involvement in the sale of a Belizean Passport to a South Korean who is detained in a Taiwanese jail. The news was broken late last week when word came out from Belmopan that he was fired from Cabinet when Prime Minister Barrow became aware of the incident. Inside of the House this morning, Leader of the Opposition Francis Fonseca questioned why nobody else has been reprimanded for this incident. Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition “Mr. Speaker, we and the Belizean people have to hold the prime minister responsible because he is the one who appointed the member for Cayo Northeast to this position of Minister of State with responsibility for immigration knowing fully well, he knew, he knew that he was creating a very, very dangerous situation by doing that. He knew, it was well documented before the elections, during the elections and after the elections, they knew it was well documented that this particular member for Cayo Northeast had abused the rules and regulations governing that department, he knew it.

Dangriga Residents Take On Belmopan They Tell GOB "We want Our Market"
Today’s sitting of the House went through the third readings of several Bills quite quickly, as has become the norm under the UDP Administration. And while those inside of the House passed legislation and spoke on the issues of the day, a crowd of disgruntled Belizeans protested the long list of corruption that has been headlining newscasts throughout Belize in the recent weeks. Irvin Aragon and Jesus Melgar have that story. Irvin Aragon- Reporter Though the numbers can be considered somewhat minimal the message is clear they are tired of the promises and are now demanding action. The people of Belize but in particular the people of Dangriga Town were out in full force displaying their utmost displeasure at the wanton corruption of the Government of the day.


Isla Mujeres, Mexico: A Continued Look Around and Three Interesting Facts about Cancun, Israel & The Island’s First MicroBrewed Beer
In my first post about Isla Mujeres, Mexico, I documented my first morning (well until 10am) on the island. I started on the north side in El Centro where most tourists (including me) stay. I took a taxi to the middle of the island (where many residents live) and then continued south to see the beach, the turtles and some other interesting stuff. The graves are packed so close together that you need to step on and over to move around. I feel bad just typing that but it’s true. Interesting fact to me #1: The first hotel in Cancun was built in 1972. So just over 40 years ago, Cancun was just a bunch of mosquitoes and mangroves and Isla Mujeres, primarily a fishing village, was actually hosting intrepid tourists – mostly divers. Behind the cemetary is the gorgeous beach. The sand is white powdery always cool perfection and the water is calm and no more than waste deep for at least one hundred feet.

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The truth about travelling alone as a woman
TRAVEL writer Shannon O’Donnell, 29, left her home in Florida five years ago to explore the world. Much of that time has been spent alone: she has visited more than 40 countries, and about 25 of those solo. Shannon, author of the book The Volunteer Traveler’s Handbook and travel website alittleadrift.com reveals the ups and downs of solo travel as a woman, along with her safety tips. “Concerns about my safety on the road plagued those who love and care about me when I first announced my plan to travel solo around the world. Most of my friends had never heard of someone taking a round-the-world trip, and add the media portrayals of non-Western countries and you might think most places are fraught with peril at every corner. When I was in Belize I had a decision to make and I erred on the side of caution because it made me intensely uncomfortable to do something that some other travellers easily think is okay. I was at the Blue Hole, a very popular dive site off the coast of Belize, and I had planned, dreamt, of diving there for years. Once I arrived though, I didn’t like the attitudes of the dive companies — many take down very novice divers even though it’s a difficult dive. The thought of diving that deep made me nervous, and I just didn’t think seeing the caves 43 metres below the water was worth the risk — I realised I didn’t care enough about the experience to put myself on what I perceive was a risky dive. So I didn’t. I wouldn’t have stayed calm, and that could prove fatal in diving that deep, when there is no margin for error.

Rainforest Eyes Big Lobster Markets In US
Rainforest Seafoods is banking on revenue improvement through exports to the United States in 2014. It involves a new push by the company into the lobster market. "Honduras and The Bahamas have always been the primary Caribbean lobster-tail suppliers to the United States," says Rainforest Manager Max Jardim. "Jamaica's reputation re quality has always been subpar. We plan to change that," he said. Earlier this year, Rainforest Seafoods completed construction of a 30,000-square foot plant in Kingston. The US$10 million investment is meant to fuel its product and market expansions, and is now the largest seafood-oriented plant in the Caribbean, its owners say. The company, founded by Max's father, Brian Jardim, is based in Montego Bay. Rainforest also has offices in Guyana, Belize, and Honduras, with its own processing plants and fishing vessels in those locations. Founded in 1997, the company employs 350 persons and distributes more than 400 types of fish and shellfish.

The 5 Types Of Traveler You Don't Want To Be... Or Be With
Ever traveled with someone who could use a vacation personality overhaul? Do you (gasp!) need a vacation personality overhaul? Use this handy symptom checker to diagnose travel ailments, and learn to deal before they taint your next trip. The Timekeeper, The Scardey Cat, The Underpacker, The Hippie, The Texter.

#473643 - 09/29/13 08:44 AM Re: Today's Belize News: September 29, 2013 [Re: Marty]
Katie Valk Offline
Remember Rainforest's recent attempts to set up shop in PG, but fishers objected to giving a Jamaican company the right to deplete their sea. We want to do that
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