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The San Pedro Sun

Saturday Night at the Sandbar!
A casual Saturday night calls for some good food and good company. Got the good company part covered? Perfect! Then head over to Sandbar for the good food part. Seriously, located right on the beach in front of the Wet Willy’ dock this hostel has a kitchen that’s serves up great eats, and I only just found out! The Sampler Platter was huge, and came with fried pickles, French fries, buffalo wings, boneless wings, fried mozzarella sticks and fried onion (yea, I said fried onion). And this baby was huge, we made our way through it slowly saving enough room for the pizza we’d heard so much about and were dying to try!

Wolfe’s Woofer: Religious Experience
“Why do you say the last three months have been hard on you?” I asked my friend Roger. I was in Chetumal, Mexico, the city right across the Belize border. Roger lived in San Pedro years ago and we stayed in touch over the years. Whenever I’m over there I meet him for lunch or drinks. “Well,” he said, “Among other things my wife left me a couple of months ago.” “What!? Diane is gone? I thought you two were married for life.” “So did I.” “I’m really sorry to hear that,” I said.

Police Report
Drug Trafficking: On Wednesday, October 21st at 9:50PM, acting on Special Branch Intelligence, a team of San Pedro Criminal Investigation Branch, Quick Response Team and Special Branch personnel conducted a house searched at the premises of 35-year-old Jorge Cho in Laguna Drive. Also present was 27-year-old Ruth Sarai Iraheta, 40-year-old Lydia Gonzalez and a 16-year-old female minor.
Found Property: On Wednesday, October 21st at 9:35AM, San Pedro Police conducted a search on passengers and luggage that came on a boat from Corozal. Found in the cargo section was a black bag containing 100 grams of Cannabis. The Cannabis was taken to the San Pedro Police Station and deposited as “FOUND PROPERTY”.

Doctor Love
Dear Doctor Love, My husband and I moved from the U.S. to Ambergris Caye three years ago to retire. We made the mistake of building a three-bedroom house when there are only two of us. It is a mistake because my husband has two brothers and I have a sister and a mother who have made our house their hotel in Belize. We moved here from a city that is a direct flight to the country and they find bargain fares. They make a point of inviting themselves for three day weekend holidays like Columbus Day and Labor Day. They all seem to expect at least breakfast or one other meal from us plus the use of our golf cart while they are here. This is a tremendous amount of work for me and we get nothing in return. We even buy the groceries. My husband retired early from an extremely good job with great retirement benefits. They all look on him as being well off and able to afford it. The truth is that we can afford it, money wise. We can’t afford it from the point of aggravation. Please advise us.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

The Belize general election in November will be the most important in history
By Wellington C. Ramos. I believe that the general elections that are going to be held this year on November 4, 2015, will be the most important election ever held in our nation’s history for the following reasons: the current state of the People’s United Party (PUP), the formation of the Belize Progressive Party (BPP), the rise of the United Democratic Party (UDP and the frustration of the Belizean people at home and abroad. The People’s United Party is the oldest political party in Belize that was founded by the working class Belizeans. Under the leadership of their famous leader George Cadle Price, this party championed the causes of the poor and the working class. From the time George Price was asked to step down as their leader and Said Musa took over the party, along with his sidekick Ralph Fonseca, the political philosophy of the party changed. The party is now being controlled by a few individuals, families, a dominant ethnic group and has neglected the poor and the working class. This has caused many Belizeans to leave the People’s United Party to become independent voters. The members of this party that complain are forced out by the leaders or completely ignored. This party is fragmented no matter which face they try to show in this upcoming election and if they lose they will have to restructure their party or else it will continue to fall apart.

Tropical rain forests hazards – a beginner’s guide
Tropical rain forests hold a special, almost romantic allure for those who live far enough away from the equator to experience that yearly, cold, often uncomfortable event we call winter. They are particularly appealing for those looking to add another exotic adventure to their bucket-list. Hiking, rafting, and generally exploring outside the boundaries of a comfy all-inclusive resort and into a mysterious, steamy jungle is high on many travelers’ agendas. And that approaching cold season in the northern hemisphere is a call to thousands of travel junkies and adventurers to escape the ice and snow – at least for a week or two – and head south to a warmer clime where palms replace pines and where the dollar goes a long way. Southern Mexico, Costa Rica, Belize, Panama, and Brazil are a few favorite destinations for the adventurous traveler. In general, those countries are safe, tourist-friendly, and chalk full of ample eco-touristic and off-the-beaten-path exploration opportunities for a first-hand jungle expedition.

New World Oil and Gas gets twelve month extension to Blue Creek project PSA
New World Oil and Gas says that following a meeting with the Minister of Energy in Belize, the Company has negotiated a 12 month extension to its Production Sharing Agreement for the Group's Blue Creek Project in Belize. The PSA which was previously due to expire on 31 October 2015 will now terminate on 31 October 2016. While the expiry date of the PSA is extended, the approval restricts the Group's future activity to areas high-graded by New World Oil and Gas (Belize Operations) Ltd. (the PSA holder and a subsidiary of the Company) in its extension application and areas identified as viable drilling targets by the seismic programme conducted in 2012-2013 - namely the A and C Prospects.

The Night of the Living Lizard Monster Mash
The Biggest Halloween Mash will be At The Split Caye Caulker. Kids costume contest $100 prize. There will be free drinks, give aways and great cash prizes! You don't want to miss this!

KOKO King and MANDINGO Entertainment's Halloween Bash 2015
Ultra VIP and VIP Reserved seating - KOKO King and MANDINGO Entertainment's Halloween Bash 2015, going down on 31st October in Caye Caulker. Add to the comfort and style of your night by reserving your very own seating area for you and your friends. Ultra VIP (1 only) - THE DOCK, this really is a party within a party!!! This exclusive location not only has a large sofa area but 6 swings on the deck - not forgetting the water access for those who may want to cool down during the party. Security on the dock will ensure that only you and your friends can come and enjoy this lounge area!!! The package comes with tickets and drinks. VIP area - there are 3 King size swing beds - equipped with cushions to make you really relax. Each bed perfectly positioned to watch the evening whilst not exhausting yourself too much! Again, packages will include drinks and tickets.

World Food Day 2015
World Food Day was Friday, and they had a celebration in Benque, at Mopan Technical High School. AJAW Chocolate was there. "Snippets of World food Day 2015 observed at Mopan Technical High School, October 23rd,2015."

Police Walk for Cancer
The San Ignacio Police, along with other officers from Benque, Belmopan, and Belize, participated in the Cayo Cancer Walk. "Cancer Walk 2015. Walking for a cure. Police officers from San Ignacio, Benque Viejo, Belmopan and Belize City participated in this mornings walk."

Cyber Security Awareness Event
Wednesday, October 28at 3:00pm, University of Belize Central Campus, Belmopan, Belize. October is cyber security month! Learn more about how to protect yourself online at this free program presented by U.S. Embassy staff and IT specialists. Event starts at 3:00 PM in UB's Jaguar Auditorium in Belmopan.

The Reporter

NDACC director headed for high level UN meeting
The Director of the National Drug Abuse Control Council (NDACC), Esner Vellos, left Belize on Sunday bound for Mexico, to attend a United Nations meeting on the world drug problem. The UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS), to be held in Mexico City on Monday and Tuesday, is one of several high-level meetings the UN holds to consider matters pertaining to a specific topic. “Our role at this particular meeting is to draft and present a paper on where we are, what we’ve done and where we want to see in terms of the mandate from countries in the region to address the problem of drugs in the context of prevention, treatment, and trafficking”, Vellos said. He added that the discussions will also touch on topics such as pharmaceuticals and the regional effort to implement special courts for drug related offences. He also said that being able to present at the meeting is an honour for Belize and it presents an opportunity not only for Belize to present its position as a country, but also to learn from other countries on how they address their drug problems.

Hurricane Patricia does less damage than expected to Mexico
Post disaster efforts are underway in Mexico after Hurricane Patricia made landfall on Friday night; however reports are that the storm did far less damage than originally predicted. Patricia, a category 5 storm with peak winds reaching 200 miles per hour, had its strongest sustained winds only as far as 15 miles from the storm’s eye; however the nearest city with more than 100,000 people, Manzanillo, was more than 50 miles away. Experts said that because the storm made land fall in a sparsely populated area, it kept serious damage to a minimum; however the areas that were affected received massive flooding and wind damage. Flood warnings are still in effect for some areas. Patricia hit the Mexican state of Jalisco first, where it dumped between eight and 12 inches of rain, also affecting the states of Colima, Michoacan and Guerrero

Guatemalans go to the polls
Voter surveys in Guatemala show Jimmy Morales, a former comedian who thinks his country should pursue its claim to Belize, was set to easily win Sunday’s run-off election against former first lady Sandra Torres. Morales has.kept his campaign on the basis of transparency, accountability and good governance. Torres, who also pledged to tackle corruption, is seen as part of the old political order, which only months ago was toppled when corruption charges against Guatemala’s former President Otto Perez Molina and former Vice President Roxana Baldetti were arrested and jailed. Morales’manifesto conprised only six pages, dealing with how he might govern. His National Convergence Front (FCN) party stands to win only 11 of 158 seats and some critics have said that Morales has no program and no team, but Guatemalans have not placed those as priority issues in the wake of the high level of discontent in that country.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

American Peace Corps robbed in Belmopan
Four American Peace Corps volunteers are shaken up but have their belongings back after an ugly late night encounter in the capital. Around eight Friday night, the group was walking back to their apartments on the central walkway behind the Social Security Board when they were held up […]

Toledo man killed in traffic accident
49 year old Edwardo Edison Ramirez of Eldridgeville, Toledo District is dead following a traffic accident on Saturday night. BMG understands that around 6:15 Saturday evening authorities responded to the scene on the San Antonio Road two miles out of Punta Gorda Town, where they came upon Ramirez’s lifeless […]

Mainly fair conditions will prevail during the next couple of days
The National Meteorological Service of Belize is predicting mostly sunny skies during the day and partly cloudy skies tonight. Showers or thunderstorms will be isolated and more likely to occur inland this afternoon and in the South tonight. Winds will be blowing from the East at 5-15 knots and the sea state […]

Comedian Jimmy Morales expected to become next Guatemalan president
Guatemalans began casting ballots in a presidential run-off today Sunday, choosing between a comedian with no political experience and a former first lady, amid the fallout of a massive corruption scandal. Jimmy Morales, a comic actor famous for playing a country bumpkin who nearly becomes president, headed into the vote with […]

Blogs

Top 10 Things To Do In Belize
Located in the heart of Central America, Belize truly has it all covered for an unforgettable vacation; tropical beaches with turquoise water, jungles, mountains, coral reefs, cave formations, exotic wildlife and a fascinating mix of culture and people in a laid back Caribbean atmosphere. Come and experience nature at its finest. Dive with whale sharks, explore the ancient Mayan ruins and travel to some of the most extensive cave systems in the world. Enjoy our list of Top 10 Things To Do In Belize.

Icebox Butterhorns (Overnight Dinner Rolls)
Dissolve the yeast in the water in a large bowl. Add the milk, sugar, egg, salt, and half of the flour. Beat together with a wooden spoon until smooth; add the 3/4 cup melted butter, along with remaining flour. Place in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and put in your fridge overnight. The next day (or at least six hours later, if you'd like to make them in the morning for supper) punch the dough down. Shape as desired. Let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. (I like to turn the oven on for 1-2 minutes, then turn it off and stick the rolls in or 45 minutes. Then I pull them out, and preheat the oven to bake them.).

My Week(s) on Instagram: Ambergris Caye, Belize City and Houston
The last two weeks have FLOWN by…it’s as though mid-October disappeared. Lucky for me, I have photographs…and lots of them. And it’s what I love Instagram for – it’s quick, it’s casual and gives you a glimpse into peoples’ lives without all the chatter. Like TV personality Adrienne Bailon – who has 2 million+ followers – and is on some daytime show called “The Real”. I know her as being Rob Kardashian’s ex-girlfriend. She posted that she was on Ambergris Caye, Belize – and this photo. I’m quite sure that’s not Ambergris Caye – does anyone know where it is? Belize City? And WOW – the air conditioning must be AMAZING so that one can wear this much make-up in the Belize heat/humidity.

International Sourcesizz

No joke: Guatemalan comedian wins presidency in landslide
Jimmy Morales, a former TV comedian who has never held office, swept to power in Guatemala's presidential election on Sunday after milking public anger over a corruption scandal that deepened distrust of the country's political establishment. The 46-year-old Morales overwhelmingly beat center-left rival and former first lady Sandra Torres in a run-off vote despite his lack of government experience and some policy ideas that strike many as eccentric. The headquarters of Morales' center-right National Convergence Front (FCN) party erupted in celebration as official returns showed he had around 68 percent support in a landslide victory. Voters pointed to widespread discontent with Guatemala's political class, compounded by a U.N.-backed investigation into a multi-million dollar customs racket that led last month to the resignation and arrest of former president Otto Perez.

CDB helps Belize water sector tackle climate change impact
The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a technical assistance grant to Belize to help make the country’s water sector less vulnerable to climate change impacts. “Investing in the water sector is critical to the economic and social development of our borrowing member countries, including Belize. This grant reinforces CDB’s commitment to helping the Region respond to the new challenge climate change presents to water security,” said Andrew Dupigny, director of projects (acting), CDB. In Belize, where climate change impacts threaten the water sector, Belize Water Services Limited (BWS) must take actions to improve resilience and integrate climate change considerations in its operations.

Videos

  • Barn Owl and some Pigeons sealed inside a roof, 2.5min. We were notified by Belize Animal Rescue that a nesting Barn Owl and some Pigeons were inadvertently sealed inside a roof. The workmen removed the new zinc roof panels allowing wildlife rehabber Amanda Autumn Margraves to squeeze herself into the extremely tight, extremely filthy space and successfully save the Owl, her 5 eggs and 2 baby Pigeons. It was decided that it was best to release the Owl and take the eggs and the Pigeons back to Belize Bird Rescue. Without this effort the fate of these birds was starvation or to be baked to death in the intense heat. Many thanks to Mrs. Usher, Gillian Kirkwood and the workmen for their assistance in saving these birds. Video, Owl eggs and and Pigeon baby ladder transport by David Morrow.

  • Current situation by Front Bridge on Caye Caulker, 1/2min. It looks like they're de-stumping the sea bed of the heavy logs. The bobcat operator is very skilled. It roughs up patches here and there but nothing worse than what the stumps do as they roll in and out with the tides.

  • Bande d'annonce - Punta Soul : Garifuna in Belize, 4min.

  • Belize Red Cross's Hygiene & Sanitation Poster Competition, 6min. A total 180 students from 7 of Belize Red Cross's RITA Project communities participated in a Water and Sanitation (WATSAN) poster and logo competition held in December 2014 .

  • 20151025 AM Report on Belize National Ministers Conference Tim Shoemaker, 32min.

  • THE BLUE HOLE!! (Belize), 14min.

  • Belize PUP party rally 10/2015, 8min. The peoples party in Belize.

  • The peoples party in Belize., 2min. Went to Placencia, Belize for an internship and was lucky to find some time off to check out some whale sharks with the research crew =) Whale shark snorkeling in Placencia, Belize.

  • ASC Certification Belize Shrimp, 2.5min.