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The San Pedro Sun

Wolfe’s Woofer: A Worthy Cause
“Someone’s knocking at the door,” Sherry called from the kitchen. “Good morning, sir,” the older fellow at the door said. “I am looking for donations for a family in great need.” A tear came to the man’s eye as he said, “Please sir, you must help. These people are in a desperate situation.” “How many […]

Police Report
On Wednesday, September 24that around 2:15PM, acting on Special Branch information, a team of Special Branch and Quick Response Team officers conducted searches in an abandoned swampy lot located in the Boca Del Rio Area, San Pedro Town. The search led to the discovery of a black plastic bag containing 670 grams of suspected Cannabis. The drugs were labelled and deposited as found property. Police are unsure of who the suspected drugs belong. Investigations continue.

Doctor Love
Readers, please send your letters. They can be emails, formal letters or handwritten notes. They are edited solely for grammar and spelling. Also, they are sometimes edited for length. Dear Doctor Love, I am a guy in my late thirties who would love to find a woman and settle down. I have dated a lot […]

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Belize Youth Awards 2014
This year's Belize Youth Awards are close, so if you know anyone between the ages of 15 and 29 who deserves this honor, now is the time to nominate them. There are 10 separate categories in which they can be nominated. "Nominate someone today for the Belize Youth Awards. Nomination deadline is October 24, 2014. The award's ceremony will take place on November 7, 2014 at the Best Western Biltmore Plaza in Belize City. Nomination form can be downloaded here.

Rotaract Bingo Night
The Rotaract Club had their Sunday Bingo last night at Hode's. The jackpot was up to $500. "ITS BINGO TIME!!! SUNDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER AT Hode's Place. STARTING AT 5:00 PM. $500 JACKPOT! $500 JACKPOT!!!!! DON'T MISS OUT. COME HAVE FUN, BRING THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO ENJOY. ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TOWARDS FUTURE COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS."

Paradise Found in Placencia Belize
Find your piece of paradise in Placencia Belize. On the coast with easy access to the Caribbean, you can enjoy the ocean breezes from your home at the Peninsula Club and Marina. Here you will find luxury residences and a protected marina with boat slips that may be purchased or rented. There are many reasons to retire in Belize. Following are a few of those reasons. Only two hours from the U.S. A short flight and you are there. This is about the same amount of time for a flight from Miami to Atlanta. This proximity makes flights from the U.S. to Belize easy and affordable.

CTV3

O/W Town Council To Make Orange Walk Child Friendly
Today the child friendly municipality project was launched in all nine municipalities across the country simultaneously. The initiative is collaboration among the Mayors’ Association, UNICEF, UNDP and the Government of Belize. In Orange Walk, the program was launched at the Gala Lounge and Mayor Kevin Bernard expanded on the objectives of the program. Kevin Bernard – Mayor, OW “This initiative will go a long way one, the local level is the one that far reaches out to the people as opposed to the bigger government. We believe that as local government we have a more closer communications with the residents and with our young people for a matter of fact and as such we need to look at ways that will ensure that our municipality is a child friendly municipality. There are several things that this looks at we need to focus on where green space is concerned, as you know young children grow up wanted to be able to recreate so we need to ensure that there are safe zones for them, their safety in terms of traffic, we look at good drinking potable water but one of the main key things is to ensure that young children becomes part of our decision making and as local government and as a towns council we need to come up with budgets to ensure that these things which are the pillars of becoming child friendly are prepped as part of our yearly budget. We need to do simple things like putting up street signs in school zones and safety zones these are the things that ensures that our children are safe we have to protect them from violence and abuse so we need to work with the different organizations and other stakeholders to ensure that these things are being done.”

Infrastructural Works To Commence At The Corozal Free Zone
Yesterday on our newscast we reported on the newly elected members from the private sector that now form part the Corozal Free Zone’s Board of Directors. Several of the newly elected members have a vision of developing the free zone and improving its infrastructure. For the past six years the management of the free zone has managed to maintain a good relationship with members of the private sector that sit on the board since they both share the same aim. Raul Rosado – CEO CFZ “We have to say that for the past six years under this administration we have had very good participation from the private sector, the investment the people who have money invested and we have noticed that the investment climate has been growing people seems to have confidence in the business and they are investing even much more. Presently there is huge constructions taking place in the eastern side of the free zone people are constructing building more buildings. We decided as administration that it is just practical to help investment grow that the public sector which we represent needs to also make investment primarily in infrastructure especially the roads within the zone. For us to carry this out we invited the public sector and the private sector to join hands to make sure that we can carry out this project. We have already gotten the blue prints for the topographic study that was done. The project in its entirety will cost somewhere around 4 million dollars and we have invited the Government of Belize to participate with us an d we have gotten a commitment from the Prime Minister and from the public sector and private sector which are all the investors and we have joined hands to be able to complete this project.”

PUP Outraged With Murder Of Danny Conorquie
Yesterday 20 year old Danny Conorquie, a police special constable assigned to the Tourism Police Unit was shot and killed while on duty in the Caracol Archaeological Site. The incident occurred in the general vicinity of the main temple in plain view of several tourists and tour operators. While initial reports suggested that just after midday Conorquie and another officer were rounding up some horses when they came under fire, investigations have reveled diffrently. Reports are that earlier on the day of the shooting; a group of officers were patrolling the same area when they came upon a group of men believed to be of Guatemalan nationality. The officers confiscated 5 horses and lumber but were unable to capture the men since they fled the scene. The investigation has revealed that around 11:56pm Conorquie and his companion were conducting routine patrols within the site and looking over the tourist. Conorquie then went to sit underneath one of the shades looking at the main temple where some tourists were when 2 male persons ambushed him from behind and fired a shot which caught him on the center of his back. Conorquie then fell to the ground and that is when the person approached him, stood over him and fired a single shot on his face causing him to die right on the spot.

Manhunt For Alex Tillett Continues
As we enter the weekend police are asking the general public to remain on alert as the manhunt for 27 year old Alex Tillett also known as lexus, continues. As mentioned last night, police believe that Tillett, along with 21 year old Lennox Rhaburn, Belizean labourer of Gristock Street Orange Walk Town who has been arrested, robbed Darvis Store located on Cemetery Street at gunpoint on September 11th. Tillett is also wanted for the September 19th robbery of Hung Yun Store located on Otro Benque Road in Orange Walk Town. That armed robbery proved fatal for Leslie Logan Jr. who was shot by the owner of the store.

O/W Police Seek To Discipline One Of Their Own
Will a member of the Orange Walk Police Department be charged for his involvement in the abduction and murder case of Ramon Cervantes Senior? That is a question that is yet to be answered even though reports suggest that the officer has been placed or is expected to be placed on disciplinary charges. We received the information this afternoon but when we tried confirming all we could verify is that police are presently trying to build a case against the police officer whose handcuffs were allegedly used to bound Cervantes’ hands and feet. Seventy one year old Ramon Cervantes Senior was abducted from his farm located on the San Roman Road on July 1st.

The Reporter

ISIS refineries under attack
ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq have come under attack by U.S. and ally military forces. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates assisted with attacks in Syria on Saturday and Sunday, including two near Dayr ar Zawr that destroyed an ISIS tank. In Iraq, fighter jets and drones conducted four airstrikes: one near Baghdad that destroyed an ISIS safehouse and damaged a checkpoint and three near Falluja that destroyed two ISIS checkpoints and a transport vehicle.

PUP endorses Dorla Vaughan for Mesop; Yolanda Schakron for Mayor
The People’s United Party (PUP), endorsed Dorla Vaughan as their area representative for the Mesopotamia Division and announced that Yolanda Schakron will represent the party in the next Belize City municipal election. PUP Leader, Francis Fonseca said he was proud to endorse Vaughan as the party’s candidate for Mesop and said that Vaughan is dedicated to the people of the area. Vaughan, a fellow resident of the Mesop division, said she stands in solidarity with the people of the area and she is committed to making a difference for “the people of a forgotten constituency”. During the endorsement rally, PUP Chairman Henry Usher made the announcement that Schakron, president of the party’s United Women Group, will represent the party in the next municipal election in Belize City. Usher expressed the party’s support for Schakron. An official statement from Schakron is to follow.

Patrick JonesPJ

Police say Guatemalans murdered Danny Conorquie
Police have now concluded that the death of Special Constable Danny Conorquie was at the hands of Guatemalan nationals. The officer commanding the San Ignacio police formation Assistant Superintendent of Police Dinsdale Thompson stood up at the funeral for Conorquie today in Georgeville and as he conveyed condolences on behalf of the Police Department, announced that the investigation, which is still ongoing, has definitively concluded that the murderers of Conorquie are not Belizeans and that they are of no other Central American country than Guatemala. This announcement drew sharp reaction from many at the funeral, who openly said that this announcement needs to reach Belize’s Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington whose comments following the murder on Thursday, September 25 about ascribing blame without knowing the identity or nationality of the murderers was premature.

Blogs

Ambergris Caye, Belize During the Slow Season
For those that live on Ambergris Caye during the “slow season” (the heart of it is Sept & October), you quickly realize that we are a fairly small population – a small town. And you really get to meet all of your neighbors… All the island small talk seems the same. Always starting with chatter about the weather – too much rain, too little rain, the heat, a depression coming in…you know how that goes. I’m SO loving this message across the current National Hurricane Center’s map. Let’s all knock on wood together. And then, invariably, about how slow things are in this less touristy season. “Last week we were busy but this week (pause for teeth sucking) – MEIN, it’s slow“. Then speculation starts about when it will pick up…it’s often peppered with stats about a hotel that is booked out for the first week in November or Tropic Air Reservations (there is always someone with this info – usually a taxi driver. Who is leaking it?) or rumor of a large group coming for Halloween.

Swim With Whale Sharks In Belize
Whale sharks are intelligent, gentle giants that migrate into the Caribbean waters of Belize from April to June. In these months, mostly during the full moon periods, snappers spawn in large numbers off Belize which attract the hungry whale sharks that feed at night. It is usually a hit-and-miss when guessing their arrival; even experienced dive instructors cannot predict which moon and which location the while sharks will be from year to year. Whale sharks are filter feeders, which means that they feed on the suspended fish spawn of snappers. They migrate from great distances to mate. Interestingly, it is safe for scuba divers and snorkelers to swim and play around with these huge and curious creatures. When you spot them in the water, they are big and intimidating but surprisingly graceful and non-threatening. Some catch a ride on the larger whale sharks; while some younger whale sharks, reportedly, are so curious that they will actively engage with human swimmers. It is a real privilege to be able to swim with the largest fish in the world.

Videos

Video: The Belize Youth Awards 2014, 2min.
This is a prestigious honor given to outstanding young Belizeans from age 15-29 who demonstrate high standards of achievements and commitment within their various communities.

Video: Altun Ha Belize Day Tours, 4min.
Altun Ha Mayan Ruins Day Tours can be done from San Pedro Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker or Belize City with 2 persons minimum to confirm. you can choose to add Baboon Sanctuary or Belize Musuem tour.

Video: Belize Museum Day Tours, 4min.
Belize Musuem Day Tours Can be Booked from San Pedro Belize , Caye Caulker or Belize City. You can choose private or none private, by boat or Air.

Video: Belize Zoo Day Tours, 4min.
The Belize Zoo Day Tours Can be Booked from San Pedro Belize , Caye Caulker or Belize City. You can choose private or none private, by boat or Air. for more information please contact Amigos Jungle Tours.

Video: Youth Group Trip to Belize, 4min.
A brief video of the FCC Youth Group's amazing trip to Belize, and meeting the wonderful people of Jacintoville.

Video: Xunantunich Mayan Ruins in Belize, 2.5min.
My wife and I recently went on a 7 day cruise to the western Caribbean. We loved it! These are the Xunantunich Ruins.

Video: Lina Point Aerial | San Pedro, Belize, 3.5min.
Overwater Development Oct 2014 aerial footage

Video: Belize Iguana, 3.5min.
Gomez,The iguana.

Video: Belize Mission Trip, 8min.

Video: Ben and Annie Zaks Honeymoon Belize 2014, 15min.