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Meet your National AIDS Commission Island Committee members
My name is Auxiliadora Ugarte, better known as "Chila", and I have been living in Caye Caulker for the past 27 years. Originally from Nicaragua, I came to Belize to learn English. I fell in love with Belize and eventually called this lovely country my home. I have 2 daughters and also the owner of Chila's Cabin Rental. I enjoy dancing, hanging with friends and most of all socializing. After graduating from college, Iimmediately became an employee of the Ministry of Education (MED) in Nicaragua as an Assistant in Administration. After a year, I was promoted to the Human Resource Department after which I became the Chairperson for 4 years.

Grand Re-Opening of Shell One Stop Orange Walk Service Station
The eagerly anticipated re-opening of the tastefully renovated Shell One Stop Service Station in Orange Walk Town took place on Thursday October 24, 2013 at 10:00 AM on location at Belize-Corozal Road. Customers are invited to join in the festivities, and take advantage of special giveaways to mark the occasion, including vouchers for free fuel which will be given to selected winners throughout the day. The popular service station which provides vital services to customers of Orange Walk Town has undergone extensive renovations to its convenience store, which now features an upgraded forecourt, canopy and dispensers.

Weekly Police Report
*Acting on anonymous information, San Pedro Police conducted a house search in the Boca Del Rio area on Thursday, October 17th at around 3:45PM; present at the house was Honduran National, Vilma Esperansa Castro. Upon searching the house in a room adjacent to the bedroom, officers discovered a large amount of drugs under some clothes on a table. Police also discovered documents belonging to 29 year old Hector Lopez. *On Wednesday, October 16th, while conducting a police patrol in the San Pedrito area, San Pedro police drew their attention to a suspicious person. The person was later identified as 25 year old Jermaine Moody. According to police, Moody disposed of a transparent plastic bag, which he had pulled out of his pocket, into a blue garbage bin. On Friday, October 18th at around 5:45PM the San Pedro police conducted a house search on the house of Nelson Acosta of San Mateo area. Present at the house while the search was being conducted was Glenda Estrada. While searching the house, police discovered 26 single packs of Custom Elite Cigarettes. These cigarettes are illegal items under the Belize Custom Law.On October 22nd, at about 3:06pm 64 year old Timothy Joe Younkin, retired American National and a naturalized Belizean presently living with his wife Jean Ann Younkin at Mile 2, North of San Pedro Town reported that on September 2nd, 2013, sometime around 8:30AM they left to the U.S.A leaving their doors and windows properly secured. He stated that they returned back to Belize on Saturday, October 19th, at around 5:00PM on Sunday October 20th, his wife discovered that their blue (12x14x8"deep) lock box which was inside the guest bedroom and contained US$2,000 and BZ$500 in cash, was missing. 19-year-old Nelson Rhaburn, maintenance worker presently residing on Pescador Drive San Pedro reported that on Wednesday October 23rd, between 3:30AM and 4:00AM while on Pescador Drive assisting a friend to his house at above location, he was approached by two male persons, one of whom was armed with a handgun which was placed in his mouth while the other male person robbed from him his Camel bag valued at $250.00BZ, a wallet valued at $65.00US containing $250 cash.

Misc Belizean Sources

San Pablo canals. There is a very large crocodile cruising your area looking for a meal. The croc is believed to be a repeat offender (dog eater) that was relocated and has returned. ACES will be in the area today to scout and try to catch it for identification. If it is the croc we think it is, it will be placed in captivity. If you see a croc in the San Pablo area over 10 ft please call Vince at 631-6366.

Hawksworth Bridge
Low Lying Bridge entrance to San Ignacio submerged but receding. One entrance/ exit Hawksworth Bridge. (4 photos)

Hawksworth Bridge
San Ignacio - Low lying bridge, entrance to/from the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena submerged by flooding from the Macal River but receding. One entrance/exit Hawksworth Bridge - See the level of water on the "No Entry" - Oct 26th

Iguana Creek
The bridge spanning the Belize River at Iguana Creek was submerged earlier today.

Teakettle village
This is the river flooding in Teakettle village. The photo is taken in front of Dream Valley Jungle Lodge.

Macal River
This is what the Macal River in San Ignacio town looked like at dawn today.

Sister City relations
Sister City relations signed yesterday between Chetumal, MX and Belize. In a warm ceremony, the Mayor of Othon P. Blanco, Eduardo Espinosa Abuxapqui, officially endorsed sister city relations between Belize City and San Pedro Ambergris Caye, with the aim of strengthening exchanges in culture, education, tourism, economy and health. In attendance at the ceremonies were members of the council of Othon P. Blanco and special invited guests. The Mayor of Chetumal handed the signed framed letters of formal sister city relations to Mayor Daniel Guerrero of San Pedro Belize and Manuel Heredia, Minister of Culture and Tourism of Belize City, who represented Mayor of Belize City, Darrel Bradley in his absence. "We want to preserve our mutual feelings of peace and friendship we share among our cities and two countries. We have as the new generation of Belizeans and Chetumale�os to keep this relationship and fraternity alive" said Mayor Eduardo Espinosa Abuxapqui.

Belize Cancer Society-Corozal Walk
Corozalenos showed their never ending support to the Belize Cancer Society-Corozal Branch! Despite the heavy rain the cancer walk was on. Kudos to Dr. Melanie Grange for heading the event!


The rain did not keep the crowds away from Casa Picasso
It was totally worth going out in the rain the rain last night for Casa Picasso Restaurant season re-opening and birthday celebration. Chef 's Ben, Chap Ross, Lena Ac and Sheldon Baptist cooked up some tasty food in vast quantities, over 600 appetizer bites in two hours. I told Leisa it was better than a wet dream having servers walking around the restaurant continuously feeding you sinfully good and artfully made appetizers for two hours. The beef wellington, roasted beets with goat cheese, and pork were the talk of the night and none of the appetizers stayed on the plates long. For dessert, Chef Amy Knox of Wild Mango's made a spectacular and delicious Picasso inspired cake. Thanks Jackie and Adam and the entire Casa Picasso team for a fun and very delicious evening. It is worth stopping by to check out Casa Picasso's tempting new menu, cocktails and martinis. To make a reservation, call call 226-4443 or 671-2326. Casa Picasso offers complimentary pick up and drop off from anywhere south of the bridge in San Pedro Town area.

Rainy day Belize City shopping
Onto the real reason for my trip, I was looking for some fun edgy shoes for Halloween so I had Jeff drop me off near Brodies. I hit about 10 stores and unfortunately struck out, nothing I saw was quite right. All was not lost though, I got big silver hoop earnings that I could not find in San Pedro and I scored on vitamins at Brodies pharmacy. They have a large selection of Good N Natural and Sundown Naturals. 5 bottles of various stuff cost me $71.71 bzd including a mysterious $7.90 discount and all of them were well within their expiry date by a year or two. As for my costume I decided to wear my red and black patent boots from last year, nothing I saw beat them and I am in to win it for a prize at the annual Pimp n Ho pre party at Pedro's. While my outfit will be good, I would have to go all out to compete $1000 grand prize at the Holiday Hotel. People really do a spectacular job on their costumes for that one and it is worth going to see even if you do not dress up, people line the street just to watch the Red Carpet entrances.

Belikin Beer Belize Scoop: A New Brew Coming, One Retired and A Chance to Win a Signed 2014 Calendar!
At the risk of sounding like a total cornball, I had one amazing amazing day yesterday. Belikin, THE beer of Belize, invited me to a luncheon to meet the ladies of the very popular 2014 Calendar and to see that calendar unveiled to them for the very first time. Cool on its own but get this� It all took place at Belikin's brewery in Ladyville, in the beautiful brewery taproom and finished with a tour of the facilities. And then an evening party at the Princess Casino and Hotel in Belize City with DJs, the ladies all glammed up and signing the calendars, a good sized group of US soldiers and much of the Who's Who of Belize City. Let me just put it this way. I wore a dress for the second time in my 7 years in Belize.

How to get from San Ignacio Belize to Hopkins Village Belize
Catch the bus in the San Ignacio city center bound for Belmopan. Cost $3bze per person. 1 - 1.5 hours Transfer buses in the Belmopan station bound for dangeinga. Cost $6 bze per person. This leg of the journey is one of the most scenic as it winds you through the cloud covered mountains. 1.5 hour ride. Transfer buses at Dangriga bound for Hopkins Village Note: make sure the bus will go into the town of Hopkins, if not you will be left off 4 miles out side of town on a dirty road. Currently only two buses per day make this trip at 10:15am and 5 pm from Dangriga. Tip: enjoy the ride and sample some of the vendor's treats that hop on and off your buses. Most food is safe especially the dried goods like one of my favorite fried plantain chips. There are also a number of other snacks and breads. If there would be anything I would avoid is any pre-packed meals containing meats and cheeses as you don't really know how long they have been out in the Belizean heat. If you can see where they are made or if it is made to order you should be alright.

Mennonite Gurls A'ken Cook: It's a Peece o'Cake!
I thunk I'd use thishere Saturdee post ta share sum simple cake deceratyun' tips wit y'all. Birthdays air a speshul time fer kids�

International Sources

Martinique Commits Huge Sums For Carifta Games
Martinique says it will spend more than �500,000 (J$70 million) to stage the 2014 Carifta Games in its country. The announcement comes six months after the Eastern Caribbean French-speaking island was awarded the games, at the Carifta Congress in The Bahamas. Addressing the media at the recent State of the Industry Conference at the Madiana Palais des Congres Convention Centre in Fort-de-France, Susan Garcia, the woman in charge of Caribbean International Affairs, Martinique Athletics, said the government and private sector collaboration would cover the funding needed to stage the event. Making reference to the likes of Jamaica's Usain Bolt, Merlene Ottey, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Aleen Bailey and Antigua's Kim Collins - who started their road to fame on the Carifta track - she promised that the vanguard junior athletics competition will be the best Carifta of the century. "Our main objective is quite simple: making this, the best." Her only concern she said was the glaring absence of Belize from the games over the past few years. "We are making a call for Belize to become a part of the games. Belize has not been coming for a number of years, we want all Carifta nations this year."

The ING New York City Marathon returning - and so is the annual Belize Toys for Tots Drive and New York City Marathon Breakfast Brunch. On Nov. 3, when the five-borough race makes its comeback after being sidelined in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, members of the of Belway Inc. will be collecting new Christmas toys for needy children in Belize. The collection and the breakfast will be held at 436 Fourth Ave. (between Eighth and Ninth Sts.) starting at 9 a.m. The brunch ends at 2 p.m. Donated toys must be unwrapped and appropriate for children between of one and 13 years old. The toys can be dropped off at the Fourth Ave. location through Dec. 14. For information, call F. Richard (Butch) Fairweather at (718) 768-8370

Wolgemuth 50th
The children of John and Thelma Wolgemuth are blessed to celebrate their parent's 50 years of marriage with them. They married on October 12 at Chicques Brethren Church, Manheim. The golden anniversary was commemorated with a trip to Ambergris Caye, Belize in July with the entire 26 member family. Grandma and Grandpa led the way enjoying snorkeling with sharks and rays, zip-lining, cave-tubing, ocean kayaking and hanging out by the pool.

Lonely Planet's top 10 best overseas family holiday destinations
3. BELIZE Whether you're looking for a beach to sit on, or much more (particularly as kids get past six or seven), Belize is an affordable Caribbean trip that is a boon for families. It's compact, cheap and nearly everyone speaks English. There's super wildlife to see - growler monkeys and crocodiles by land, sea turtles and (harmless) nurse sharks by mask and snorkel - plus kids can learn the drums on the beach. In the interior there's still more fun in the water, with underground rivers to tube, jungle lodges on swimming holes and Mayan ruins reached by boat. Cabanas, often with kitchenette, cost around $US50 ($A52) a night at the beach/dive centre of Placencia, a couple hours south of Belize City.

Today in History - Oct. 27
In 1998, Hurricane Mitch cut through the western Caribbean, pummeling coastal Honduras and Belize; the storm caused several thousand deaths in Central America in the days that followed.

Living Overseas on Your 401K
According to Fidelity Investments in 2012, those aged 55 and older had an average balance of $143,300 in their 401k account. But is this enough to retire on? Maybe not in the U.S., but retiring overseas can be much more affordable than retiring in the U.S. The Qualified Retired Persons Program (QRP) in Belize gives retirees an exemption from tax on all income derived from sources outside of Belize. To qualify you must just prove that you can deposit $24,000 a year to a bank in Belize done in one deposit or spread out monthly.