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The San Pedro Sun
Wolfe’s Woofer: Guesser
“All right, I’ll see you next Wednesday,” Charlie said.
We were winding up our weekly meeting where we talk about music and memories. We also catch up on the local gossip while Charlie drinks a lot of beer.
“Hey, let’s meet someplace different next week,” I said to Charlie. “I never get breakfast when we meet on Wednesday because this bar doesn’t serve breakfast.”
“I don’t know about that,” he replied. “I like my early morning beer. Most of these places don’t open until noon.”
“We’ll go to Harry’s,” I said. “The restaurant opens for breakfast and so does the bar. I’ll eat while you drink enough for both of us.”
Wednesday we sat at a table and a local guy named Pedro was sitting at the bar.
Recovery of Stolen Goods:
*On Tuesday, September 1st at 3:15PM, acting on Special Branch information, a team of Criminal Investigation Branch and Special Branch personnel conducted a search at an apartment in the San Pedrito Area, San Pedro Town, which led to the discovery of a stolen white and gold Apple brand Iphone 6 valued at $600US.
Aggravated Assault: Drinking Alcohol in a public place:
*On Saturday, September 5th at around 4:15PM, PC #1661 Kyle Serano and PC #1793 Victor Salam were conducting a mobile patrol on Angel Coral Street. Serano’s attention was drawn to two male individuals sitting on the corner of Angel Coral and Pelican Streets.
*23-year-old Diatri Cacho reported that on Monday, August 31st at about 8:30PM while he was at his house in the DFC Area, a male person known to him only as “J”, arrived at his house pointing what appeared to be a chrome and black .9mm pistol. “J” told him “I just the come show you”. Cacho feared for his life and asked the man to bring down his arms. Instead “J” cocked the firearm and pointed it towards his face and then slowly backed away.
*35-year-old Venancio Tillett reported that on Saturday, September 5th at around 7PM, he closed his business located on Sea Grape Drive, securing all doors and windows. On Sunday, September 6th at 7:30AM he went to the business and noticed that the lock of the front door was damaged.
*44-year-old Jonathan Reyes, employee of Caribeña Fuel Station, reported that on Friday, September 4th at about 7:20PM he was robbed. Reyes stated that he and his coworker, 39-year-old Aroldo Mesh, were standing outside under the shed beside their assigned fuel pump when two dark skinned men approached them.
Kept firearm without a gun license:
*On Monday, September 7th around 4:10PM, San Pedro Police escorted detainee 31-year-old Joseph Pariott of DFC area, San Pedro Town to his home on Marina Drive in the DFC Area based on information that Pariott had an unlicensed firearm hidden near his house.
Dear Doctor Love,
I am thirty-nine and my common law husband is thirty-six. We have been together since I was thirty-two. When we began living together I made it no secret that I wanted to have at least one child. He already has two by a previous marriage and with his child support it was not easy to make ends meet. For a lot of different reasons I let him talk me into putting it off until it now seems like it is too late. Now I feel bitter about time having passed me by for having children. I know part of it was my fault but I still blame him for wasting the part of my years when I could have given birth. I started resenting the time that he spends with his children and also cooking and cleaning up after them when they visit. I feel guilty for it but I’m not sure I can just make these feelings go away. Should I just leave him to parent his own children or will my bad feelings eventually pass?
Avian Influenza Costs Belize $6Mil, Egg Production Expected to Normalize
The price of eggs went up a significant 17% in Belize after the Belize Agricultural Health Authority identified flocks of hens having Avian Influenza H5 earlier this year. That virus caused the loss of more than 86,000 birds that caused a significant decrease in egg production. Last week, a joint Release from MNRA, BAHA, Ministry of Health and the Belize Poultry Association indicated that the infected area in the Cayo District had regained it’s Avian Influenza H5 free status.
On September 9, 2015, BAHA lifted the quarantine and other control measures implemented in the Cayo District following the detection of low pathogenic avian influenza H5N2 in January 2015. The last case was detected on June 5, 2015 and depopulation and decontamination were completed by June 9,2015. In compliance with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) international standard, BAHA can declare the area once again free of avian influenza three months after decontamination. Quarantine control measures and the direct losses borne by the producers in the infected area have cost government and the poultry industry over BZ$6 million.
Misc Belizean Sources
LOTTERY DRAWING for Sunday, September 13, 2015:
Missing: 2, 4
Belize Zoo Wildlife Conservation
The Belize Zoo has teamed up with the Belize Tourism Board to give workshops on wildlife conservation, and they've had over 65 guides in the program. This will definitely help keep everyone focused on sustainable tourism.
"TBZ has been proudly hosting workshops on wildlife conservation for Belizean tour guides. This program, with support and endorsement from the Belize Tourism Board, has impacted over 65 guides so far. Participants are engaged in discussions and interactive presentations on everything from raptors, to snakes, to jaguars, and more! The important role tour guides play in the development of a sustainable tourism industry in Belize cannot be overstated. They also have the ability to bring a voice and influence to issues in wildlife conservation, too!"
100,000 For Change 2015
The 100,000 Poets for Change 2015 event will be held at the Soul Project this year. Last year's was a great success, and this year it looks to be even better. Saturday, September 26th, starting at 6:00pm.
A SYMBOL OF BELIZE'S INDEPENDENCE!
GEORGE GABB & THE ART OF BEING AN INDEPENDENT THINKER!
The concept of independent thinking as portrayed by Belize artistic phenom, George Gabb, is expressed in this gigantic work that epitomizes an independent Belize. Can you feel it!
Belize Volunteer’s Club teaching g youths about food security
The Belize Volunteer’s Club, a community based organization, is partnering with other groups to teach the youth about food security through it’s Urband Gardens Project.
Under the project, the group will transform lots around the city into community gardens, which will be tended to by the school children of that community.
The first garden is being set up in the Lake Independence community, where the BVC expects to work closely with the students and teachers of St. Luke Methodist School.
BVC founder, Kadeem Bennett, told The Reporter that the garden would not only serve to benefit the participating students educationally, but also has economic potential as well.
“We can eat the fruit and vegetables we grow, we can sell them. The initiative presents many opportunities for these children while showing them that they can solve a lot of problems growing their own food”, Bennett said.
KHMH turning 20!
The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) is preparing, in the upcoming week, to celebrate it’s 20th anniversary.
To commemorate its two decades of serving Belizeans, to be observed on Tuesday September 15, the hospital’s authority is hosting a week’s worth of activities, beginning with the re-dedication of the facility by the Belize Council of Churches on Monday September 14.
The KHMH Authority has also scheduled a symposium on Sepsis at Old Belize (Jungle Pavilion) and a “Fitness Fete” Concert in collaboration with the Belize City Council at the B.T.L. Park.
Since the facility replaced the Old Belize City Hospital in 1995, the hospital and its staff have been required to serve a population growing exponentially faster than its resources, human resources or its budget.
Scientist: high temperatures can cause other global phenomena
Temperatures for the entire week has neared the 90 degree Fahrenheit mark along the coast and the projection is for continued high temperatures, with no forecast for rain in the coming days. On Sunday, the high in Belize City was around 93 degrees Fahrenheit at around 3:00 p.m.
Temperature records taken since the start of the year have shown that 2015 has been the hottest year since 1879. That, coupled with other factors, manmade included, may well be the cause of the rapid rate of beach erosion happening in Monkey River this year.
Scientist Timo Baur of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) explains that high temperatures can have significant effects on the earth.
“Higher temperatures can have an effect on water levels due to the expansion of the water volume, and the possibility of influx of water from melting ice and glaciers in areas on the globe that are far from Belize, such as the Arctic. Those changed water levels then can have an impact on coastal erosion”, Baur said.
Breaking Belize News
More sunny skies for Belize
The National Meteorological Service of Belize is predicting mostly sunny skies with cloudy spells and a few showers and isolated thunderstorms affecting mainly inland areas today. Skies will be cloudy at times tonight with a few showers and isolated thunderstorms over southern districts.
Winds will be blowing from the East-Southeast at 10-20 knots and the sea state will be choppy.
Burell Boom and Belize City adventure
Of course I was not about to get on a plane without breakfast first and was too busy to eat before I left Home. Thankfully I was able to score a ride to town with Aimee and Tori who were going to a yard sale up at Costa Maya and they dropped me off at Ruby’s Hotel so I could get food before heading to Tropic Air.
I knew I was taking my chances, but I was still hopeful and said a prayer to the food gods on my way into to town that there would be bacon and egg Johnny cakes. Normally you have to get to Ruby’s by 7:30 ish to get them as they are a hot commodity. Thankfully I lucked out and scored some and a fruit salad.
Before leaving Ruby’s, I posted a picture with the following the question – Did you know the name Johnny cake was adapted from journey cake as they were a sturdy food that traveled well on long journeys?
Maureen Utsman took me one step further on my information and replied that log hunters took them for food when they were gone for a week, hunting mahogany trees in the jungles of Belize.The journey was the trek through the jungle hunting mahogany. The”journey” cakes were wrapped up in a kerchief and tied to their belts.
Cocoplums and Reading on the Victoria House Dock
Summer is the time for odd (to me) fruits and this time of year, these gorgeous bushes along the beach are bursting with a particularly strange one. Cocoplums. It’s a dark green glossy leaved shrub that first gets white tiny flowers and then these round “fruit”. They start whitish and turn a pretty rosy pink…if the kids don’t grab them first.
Apparently you can make them into jelly. (With the nuts! I may have to try this…)
Not only does this shrub produce this fruit but it grows very close to the water and prevents beach erosion.
They are…hmmm….slightly perfume-y and the texture…cotton-y. You’ll have to try them for yourself. Pick the rosiest one you can. Not my favorite.
20 Reasons to Travel to Belize
1. No language lessons needed. Most Belize citizens are tri-lingual, with English being the most often-spoken. That said, you can still practice your Spanish skills when you visit.
2. Getting around is a breeze. With a population of 35 people per square mile, you won’t have to dodge traffic. Major highways are nicely paved, and you won’t find a safer place for bike rides than Belize.
3. Take a holiday from crowds. Even the most popular tourist months won’t leave you feeling claustrophobic. Come during low season when the only thing sparser than crowds are affordable resort price drops!
4. Celebrate more airline routes. Southwest Airlines’ new route is bound to make travelers happy in 2016. Who knows if the year ahead will attract more carriers given Belize’s growing reputation?
5. Leave your calculator home. The U.S.-to-Belize dollar conversion rate is $1 USD to $2 BZD, but since most businesses take U.S. currency, you might not have to remember it!
A year in. Completed the entire season and now a bit of "down time" before the next season...I guess I get some - taking a few days to head to the mainland again to explore another district of Belize. Orange Walk last time, now it's on to Cayo; which is supposed to be fabulous - but that's a post for future Kendall.
Business Perspective -
In total it was a great season. Certainly not without its issues and certainly not without a few failures - but those that know me understand that I look at a failure as a moment in time; something you learn from, don't dwell on, and get up from smarter and stronger. Never really been big on making all my goals public knowledge, while I thought about listing them for my 6 readers I decided against it.
A taste however is always on the menu. My main goal is going to be cut very close...and I'll happily share about when it's complete; pass or fail...I'll tell you. I think we're gonna achieve it though. The major company goal was to make enough money to get two engines to get Blue Attitude back on the dock - and WE DID!!! Engines acquired (a post in itself...) and being installed now. Can't wait to have her beck on the dock.
Local fishing rights + marine reserves: a better approach to small-scale fisheries recovery
From the big, stilted offshore guardhouse overlooking one of the six fishery replenishment zones in Bindoy, Philippines, local volunteer guards keep a 24/7 watch against illegal fishing. Recently, a hopeful sign has caught the guards’ attention: they’ve spotted more and more fish weaving around the structure’s thick wooden legs in the teal and blue waters below.
Seeing more fish in these no-take zones and the seas surrounding the Philippines is a sign of renewed life – for marine ecosystems, for the locals that look to fish as a portion of essential daily protein and for the coastal communities that depend on fishing for food, barter or cash.
In the Philippines, Belize, Brazil and other countries of the developing world, catching, processing and selling fish from coastal, small-scale fisheries represents a primary source of both food security and livelihood.
Getting by on an occupation connected to fishing has become more difficult, as the ocean no longer provides what it used to. A small-scale fisher in the Philippines who once caught more than 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of fish in the 1940s can now expect to catch just 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds) with the same effort by the early 2000s. As fish landings decline and the number of mouths to feed grows, the demand for fish climbs and overfishing expands. Small-scale fisheries are in serious need of a durable recovery strategy. We recently coauthored a paper in the scientific journal Oceanography with a solution: “TURF-Reserves.”
How to Avoid the Heat on Your Next Flight
When Eric Crusius boarded his recent American Airlines flight from Washington to Dallas, the air conditioning was powered down and the cabin started to heat up quickly, just as you might expect an aluminum tube to do under the heat of the late summer sun.
"It was pretty steamy," he recalls.
But that was nothing compared with what happened when he landed. After the plane touched down, its air conditioning switched off again, and this time, the temperature outside was in the triple digits. Passengers waiting to exit the aircraft began to glisten with sweat.
Eventually, relief from the overheated plane came when they reached Dallas-Fort Worth's cooler terminal, says Crusius, an attorney based in Tysons Corner, Va.
Women in Latin America, Caribbean face barriers to economic activity
WOMEN in the Latin America and Caribbean region face wide- ranging barriers to their economic advancement.
There has been progress recently, however, in introducing comprehensive laws to protect women from domestic violence, says World Bank Group's Women, Business and the Law 2016 report released last week.
The report finds that the region is making considerable strides towards gender equality, however, in areas monitored by the biennial report.
In the past two years, Jamaica repealed a restriction on night work for women, which had been in place since 1942. Mexico made payments for childcare tax deductible and Uruguay increased the length of maternity and paternity leave.
Uruguay also raised the minimum age of marriage with consent for both boys and girls.
I Shall Not Be Moved, 3.5min. Mr. Joe video on the Sarstoon situation
Snorkeling in Hol Chan, Belize, 2.5min. Un dia de snorkel con tiburones nodriza, rayas y tortugas en la reserva marina de Hol Chan en Belice
Belize vids pics, 2min.
Birds enjoying early morning pickings on Caye Caulker, Belize, 1/2min. Early summer 2015, the birds were out at sunrise looking for food.
Caye Caulker, Belize: A dog walks past some colorful buildings at sunrise, 1/2min. A dog walks past some colorful buildings at sunrise on Caye Caulker, Belize
Caye Caulker, Belize - A typical boat ride in from the reef, 1min. A boat comes coasting in from the reef.
Errol Patt is the preeminent meat pie man on Caye Caulker, 1min. Every day Errol makes meat pies then rides down the streets of Caye Caulker on his bicycle cart to sell the succulent treats.
Belize Carnival 2015 #2, 7min.
Belize Carnival 2015, 55min.
Oooooooooops !!! All thev way from Belize, 4min.
Belize Carnival 2015 #3, 8min.
Travel with Me: Belize, 4min. Just a short video made of photos I took while travelling in and around Belize. Just a Beautiful Place to be and live!
Belize Carnival Roadmarch 2015, 7min.
Belize September 2015, 6min.
Caye Caulker, Belize, 4min.
Belizean Sharks and Rays, 5.5min. Snorkelling with sharks and rays on a mini boat trip off Caye Caulker, Belize.