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The San Pedro Sun
Wolfe’s Woofer: On Stage
“Grandpa, I’m in a play tonight,” Davin told me when he and Melody came over. “Will you come out to see me?”
“I wouldn’t miss it,” I told him. “What kind of play is it?”
“Teacher says it is a play about farming and agriculture. I’m going to be dressed in a carrot costume.”
“I was in one of those plays when I was your age,” I said. “It was called The Fall Harvest play and I was an ear of corn. Corn doesn’t have to speak.”
“Neither do carrots.”
That night we went to the school’s outdoor theater which consisted of a group of chairs facing a wonderful little stage with red curtains. As usual we waited an hour and nothing much happened except a lot of little people running around.
“I need to go to the bathroom,” I told Sherry. “Ask Melody where it is.”
Melody leaned over and said, “It’s one of those doors behind the stage. It’s easy to find.”
As we head into the tourism high season, many changes are underway in San Pedro. Here are a couple to be on the lookout for:
On Saturday, October 9th Ian Anderson of The Farm House Deli in Belmopan City held a farmer’s market at Mahogany Bay Village, Curio Collection by Hilton located south of San Pedro Town, and to a champagne toast announced that they would soon be opening a Farm House Deli on Ambergris Caye. They will also be opening a location in Placencia, so no matter where you are in the country you just might be close enough to taste artisanal cheeses, breads, meats, fresh garden produce and fermented and pickled vegetables. Both new locales are slated for opening in mid-December, and in the meantime Anderson promises to regularly host and attend farmer’s markets in the area. Also sporting new offerings is Belizean Breezes Soap Company who has relocated to Pescador Drive beside Pink Boutique. Not only does Belizean Breezes have a new location, but also a larger and more improved store. Owner and operator Lynda Perdue is thrilled to have a bigger space to truly double her inventory and best serve the increasing demand for her fabulous products. “We also supply gift shops at resorts all over Belize, and even guest soaps in their rooms, so I’m very happy to have doubled my space so I can create more,” she said. “We have a lot of fun in here, I have great conversations with people who come in all the time and I am so happy to be able to provide them with all these great new products.”
Doctor Love: No News is Good News
Dear Doctor Love,
I find myself becoming more and more depressed as I read and watch the news stories from around the world today. The beating of women, murders, molestation of children, abuse of animals and rage against everything is overwhelming. These horrible things are staying with me and sometimes they can keep me sad for the whole day and I cannot sleep at night. I cannot stop reading the stories and then I cannot seem to get them out of my mind. What can I do to feel better? The depression is really affecting my job and my family.
/s/No News Is Good News
Misc Belizean Sources
Michelle Nuñez is representing our jewel at Miss America Latina in Cancun Mexico during the course of Ten Days!
Last Night, Miss Belize had the opportunity to showcase her National Costume/Traje de Fantasia to the Anticipating Audience.
Her Costume was designed by Gabriel Garcia Gmx Orange Walk handcrafted with Rhinestones, Sea Shells and Pearls! Not any ordinary costume; she is representing The Richness of our Caribbean Sea! As an island native, is only natural to want to express her passion and love for the sea! Belize's Caribbean Sea offers shimmering glitters to an underwater Hidden Gem! Sparkling Rays come alive as the Rays of the Sun give life to Corals , Sea Star and underwater life!
Our Crystal Blue Caribbean Sea gives every tourists an magical and shimmering experience lasting a lifetime!
Poets Corner: Political Poker
By Abdulmajeed K Nunez. Now that the Chamber
Has grown a pair
What will be Barrow's gear?
Will he fold?
Will he play bold?
Will he cry foul?
Will he sign the UNACC?
Will he ostracize the Teechaz?
Then side with the his business brokaz
Barrow dah no bout the people, he's about cheddaz
Dah time fi di people demand
A national labour party fi di land
Dah time Belize go republic
Dah time fi we people benefit
Dah time fi get rid of the queen
Let’s vote a new president een
But Sir Colville needs to leave the scene
If we truly want start clean
Residents of Caye Caulker held a candle light vigil in support of the teachers and the BNTU
The BNTU is protesting against corruption in governance. They are demanding that the government curb corruption and sign onto UNCAC, the United National Convention against Corruption. Kudos to these patriots. The BNTU is calling for country-wide demonstrations on Wednesday. They are asking all businesses to allow their workers time off to join in the demonstrations.
Bntu Orange Walk Branch
Urgent: all teachers are invited to gather at the Queen Elizabeth Park, Monday, October 17, 2016 at 9:00a.m. as we will be spreading our message to two more villages. Bus will be departing promptly at 9:00 a. m. Come with green TShirts
Bntu Orange Walk Branch's Massive Candle Light Vigil
Everyone is invited to Bntu Orange Walk Branch's Massive Candle Light Vigil Monday, October 17, 2016. Come one, come all! Plug into the POWER OF PRAYER!
JULES ON Krem Sunday Review
Jules was in top form this morning on Krem’s Sunday Review, and host, YaYa Marin Coleman, was the right kind of host to have when dealing with the iconic and brilliant, but cagey, Jules Vasquez.
Always brash and iconoclastic, Jules had no problem saying he thought the BNTU strike was a flawed experiment that failed. He feels that the problem with the system is “structural” and cannot be fixed with micro interventions like the teacher’s strike. It’s not so much the rightness of their cause but the impracticality of their strategic plan and the negative impact it is now having on the children and parents who are already enslaved in a “soft-prison system” which the schools have become; turning out mediocre products who eventually become a part of the same masses the system exploits. This is the nature of a capitalist system that we have in Belize, according to Jules, and both the PUP and UDP benefits from keeping the system going.
International Association of Chief of Police Conference
The U.S. Embassy sent a team of Belize Police Officers led by the Commissioner of Police Mr. Allen Whylie to attend an International Association of Chief of Police Conference in San Diego, California. U.S. Embassy staff from International Narcotics and Law Enforcement section, Faustino Shal accompanied the team of officers.
Policeman savagely beaten in Camalote Village, Cayo
A policeman is in a critical condition after he was beaten Sunday night in Camalote Village, Cayo.
The incident happened while the officer, still unidentified, was at a bar in the village.
Reports are that of troublemakers in the village attacked the policeman and beat him badly.
Fatal traffic accident claims one life
Sketchy reports are that a road traffic accident in Punta Gorda has claimed one life.
The accident happened near Kings Service Station, located half a mile from the Southern Highway, and the victim was on a bicycle when the vehicle struck him.
Local sheep and goat industry receives more assistance from Taiwan
The Genetic Improvement in Sheep and Goat Project, initiated by the Republic of China (Taiwan) has received the second disbursement from the budget. Late last week, Taiwanese Ambassador Benjamin Ho presented a cheque to José Alpuche, chief executive officer in the Ministry of Agriculture.
The “Genetic Improvement for Sheep and Goat Breeding Belize-Taiwan Project” agreement was signed on December 2, 2015. It is a three-year project with an approved total budget of approximately US $1.62 million, of which both governments contribute towards.
The project has made some achievements for the past three quarters, including dispatching two local technicians to receive training on sheep production and reproduction, expanding and improving the infrastructure, expanding the paddock and forage field, improving the human resources at the National Sheep and Goat Breeding Center in Central Farm of Belize. The said second disbursement of funds will be mainly used in upgrading sheep barns construction and the importation of quality breeding sheep.
Training with interested people will be held in the coming years after the completion of sheep barn construction and sheep importation in the end of the year.
Climate change leading to major changes in agricultural production in Latin America and the Caribbean
Agricultural production in Latin America and the Caribbean is being affected by climate change, and if adjustments and adaptation measures are not urgently introduced, threats to food security will likely become a problem.
Experts suggest that large companies can afford to buy other land, but in some countries, many family farmers find their livelihood at risk and wonder if the time has come to change crops or to leave their land and move to a city, in order to survive.
“Climate change puts us in a situation of insecurity. If in the past we were able to more or less estimate average temperatures or humidity for a particular area, now we have lost the capacity to make forecasts based on a certain degree of probability,” Jorge Meza, an Ecuadorian expert in the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) regional office, commented this week.
“It has been estimated that by 2030 the impacts from climate change on the regional economy could reach an average of 2.2 per cent of GDP in damage,” Meza added.
NGO concerned about government’s decision to allow company to conduct seismic testing in offshore waters without EIA
The Belize Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage has expressed concern about the government’s decision to allow a Houston-based company to conduct seismic testing in Belize’s offshore waters and adjacent to the protected areas that make up our Barrier Reef System World Heritage Site, and all without the benefit of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
The Coalition says it appears that the Geology and Petroleum Department began to discuss a proposal to conduct seismic activity in Belize’s offshore areas with TGS, a multi-client company three years ago.
It continues: “Up to this point, the Belizean public has not had the benefit of being properly consulted or informed of this undertaking. Neither has there been any information made available to the public as to the basis on which the Department of Environment advised the Cabinet that an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was unnecessary. The participating company intends to sell the results of their testing to anyone with the money to pay.
Breaking Belize News
Fatal Road traffic accident in PG
Reports reaching our newsroom is that a person who was riding a bicycle was knocked down and killed near Kings Service station in Punta Gorda. Police are investigating. BBN will have more details as information becomes available. © 2016, www.breakingbelizenews.com. This article is the […]
Belize COMPOL attends Chief of Police Conference in the U.S.
A team of police officers led by Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie departed the country today to attend an International Association of Chief of Police (IACP) conference in San Diego, California, U.S. courtesy of the United States embassy. Faustino Shal, embassy staff member from […]
BNTU Belize District branch launches fundraising activity
Efforts are underway to offer financial support to teachers who have been striking for 9 days in defense of their good governance agenda and have lost thousands of dollars in income as a result. According to reports, the BNTU Belize District branch is doing […]
Man detained for setting DPM vehicle on fire to be charged on Monday
A Belize city resident has been detained for setting the Deputy Prime Minister, Patrick Faber’s vehicle on fire. Reports are that the man has been positively identified based on the images from the surveillance video. However, Ladyville police are still gathering details for the […]
Road traffic accident on the Philip Goldson Highway; Vehicle flips
This morning, a black dodge pickup was seen upside down near AQ Auto Rentals on the Philip Goldson Highway. According to reports, the vehicle flipped sometime around 8 o’clock on Saturday night. The driver and possible passengers in the vehicle at the time of […]
ACES rescue crocodiles on the Caye
In the month of October, the Ambergris Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) rescued and relocated three adult crocodiles from populated areas. It is not a common thing to see an American crocodile on the Caye, however, residents in the areas of San Pablo, San Mateo […]
Interpol looking for Sonora ex-governor; Fugitive could be in Belize
Belizean authorities are currently on the lookout for a former Mexican politician who is wanted for money laundering and tax evasion in Mexico. The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), issued a notice on October 3 describing Guillermo Padrés Elias, 47, as a wanted fugitive. Elias, […]
Two men were shot on the south side of Belize City hours apart
Gun shots rained on the south side of Belize City on Saturday night as two men survived two separate attempts on their lives. At around 10:30 p.m., Anthony Crawford, 33, was shot once into the right leg, once into the right ankle and was […]
Belize City woman has bizarre tumor on abdomen
Those that may not know Caroline Copius, 47, may from her appearance assume that she is days away from delivering a child. However, that could not be further from the truth for Copius, now known as the tumor lady because of the tumor-like swelling […]
5am Wake Up for An Urban Birdwatch with The Belize Audobon
This morning my phone alarm rang in the darkness. NO…
If I was going to get up for San Pedro’s Urban Birdwatch and Bird Count, it was going to have to happen quickly.
And I’m glad I did because OH WHAT A PRETTY MORNING. Birds or no birds.
We’ve had some beautiful days this week…dark, rich, heavy clouds, rain and sun. This morning was more of the same.
And we DID see birds. The lowlight…the rock pigeon in the park. The highlight…a peregrine falcon chasing a group (flock?) of blue winged teals.
Belize is a Birder's Paradise
An advanced Birding Course organized by the National Audubon Society in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) saw the participation of 21 birding trainees from across Belize endure five weeks of rigorous training. Among those that took the course is Caves Branch’s very own Esperansa Gaitan, who was one of two females that will be fully certified and recognized by the Belize Tourism Board as an expert Bird Guide. Gaitan expressed her excitement to the BAS- Sponsors and the facilitators of this course. Her interest in the skills and training earned in this course are being applied in her bird watching tours at Caves Branch Jungle Lodge.
The 5 weeks of intense learning, sharing knowledge and experiences, promises to take bird guiding to the next level. Facilitators and participants agree that birders from abroad can now come to Belize and enjoy not only the birds, but knowledgeable & capable guides with a legitimate passion for conservation and vast knowledge of the uniquely diverse bird population of Belize. Facilitators for this course were Roni Martinez and Phillip Balderamos and the advanced course was made possible through the Multi-Lateral Investment Fund (FOMIN) of the Inter-American Development Bank.
SeaBird Exploration: 2D Long Offset in Belize
SeaBird Exploration, a provider of seismic data to the oil and gas industry, will acquire a long-offset survey offshore Belize.
"We are pleased to announce that the company will acquire a long-offset survey in Belize, starting mid-October 2016," says a statement from the company.
SeaBird will use the Northern Explorer to acquire the survey and the anticipated duration of the program is three to four weeks.
SeaBird is a global provider of marine acquisition for 2D/3D and 4D seismic data, and associated products and services to the oil and gas industry.
SeaBird specialises in high quality operations within the high end of the source vessel and 2D market, as well as in the shallow/deep water 2D/3D and 4D market. Main focus for the company is proprietary seismic surveys (contract seismic).
Becoming Fortis Inc.
Fortis Inc. is the largest investor-owned gas and electric distribution utility company in Canada and now among the top 15 in North America. It boasts 43 consecutive years of increased dividends to shareholders, with promises of more to come.
But how did Fortis get to be Fortis?
The corporation claims a history dating back to 1885, but the first 100 years is really the story of Newfoundland Power (the local subsidiary carries about four per cent of Fortis assets today).
The merger of the Newfoundland Light and Power Company LTD, Union Electric and United Towns Electric in 1966 brought Newfoundland Power closer to what it is today. The joint company served just under 89,000 customers, growing to today's 260,000.
As for Fortis, it was born under the engineer, turned university dean, turned private consultant Angus Bruneau, who also became the president and CEO of Newfoundland Light and Power Co. (now Newfoundland Power).
Spooky spots around the globe that people used to believe were gates to the underworld
From countless religions to cult shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the idea of reaching hell through a portal on Earth has been around for thousands of years.
Almost every faith features the concept of an underworld, where the souls of sinners are banished.
Some believe that the afterlife is a spiritual place reached after death – but others have thought that hell can be reached more directly through an entrance on Earth.
Atlas Obscura collected a series of these purported gates to hell – and some of their locations are somewhat surprising. ACTUN TUNICHIL MUKNAL CAVE IN TAPIR MOUNTAIN NATURE RESERVE, BELIZE: Mayans believed the cave was an entrance to Xibalba, their underworld. The skeleton of an 18-year-old girl has been dubbed the 'Crystal Maiden' and she was believed to have been murdered more than 1,000 years ago as a sacrifice to the Death Gods.
'Vulnerable Small States Need Global Support'
HURRICANE SEASONS have always been a stark reality of Caribbean life. Many of the natural disasters in the region have made history, personalised by names such as David, Hugo, Felix and Erica. But there is nothing humane about these storms. Nature’s fury is not restrained by considerations for people, property or economic stability. This month we met Monstrous Matthew, which has claimed hundreds of lives and caused widespread destruction.
As I travelled to Washington to meet with finance ministers from across the Commonwealth, the increasing frequency and intensity of these storms weighed heavily on my mind. Last year I saw first-hand the terrible cost to lives and the devastation to infrastructure that Dominica experienced when Hurricane Erica wiped out 90 per cent of the country’s GDP - equivalent to US$483 million. In minutes the storm demolished decades of progress.
In many cases the blow from climatic events to already fragile Commonwealth economies is more than countries can bear. The sad truth is that these storms are linked to manmade climate change, and those suffering most are those who are least responsible for the actions that caused it.
The Coca-Cola addiction of Mexico’s indigenous population
Guadalupe Sánchez has the cracked hands of a corn grower and the clean blood of a former Coca-Cola addict.
“I used to drink three one-liter bottles a day. As soon as I woke up in the morning, I would have the first glass with my tortillas, and I would continue throughout the afternoon and evening,” he says, while a rafter of turkeys peck at the ground outside his front door.
Sánchez built this house with his own hands for himself, his wife, their eight children and seven grandchildren. The walls are made of grey cement and the roof is unfinished.
In the indigenous community of the Mazahuas in San José del Rincón, a wooded village in western Mexico state, there are homes without running water but with a bottle of soda sitting permanently on the dinner table.
A group of nutrition students at Tec University in Monterrey, one of Mexico’s most expensive and prestigious higher education centers, visited this community during the entire month of September.
Love is in the air at Wahoo's Lounge Belize, 1.5min. Anything can happen @ Wahoo's. Congratulations to the newly engaged couple. Love on the Chicken Drop board ...
Underwater Belize Cayes, 4min. Snorkeling with a nurse shark off the coast of Placencia, Belize.
Scott Scuba Belize Dive 1, 37min. Jason Key Reef Belize.
Y2Y - Belize, 4min. Y2Y on the way, after Mexico, Belize :-D.
Miss Universe 2016 - Contestants (Belize and Curaçao), 6min. Miss Universe 2016, will be the 65th Miss Universe pageant, Pia Wurtzbach from the Philippines will crown her successor at the end of the event.
Belize Diving Blue Hole 2016, 2.5min. Beautiful diving in Belize.
Corozal Xaibe Maya dancers,Belize, 2.5min. Yucatec Mayas of the village of Xaibe dancing the U Pool K'ek'en (la Cabeza del Cochino).Dancers are done Juan Tzul and his sister Nubia Tzul.
Belize Maya Expo: Yucatec Mayas dancing La Cinta, .5min. Mayas of Northern Belize(Yucatec Mayas) from Orange Walk dancing la cinta.
Belize Progressive Party First Public Consultation Meeting - October 15 2016, 9min. Your Belize Progressive Party - BPP held its very first public consultation meeting on October 15, 2016.
Charles Leslie Jr, the BPP Political Leader for Belmopan (the capital city of Belize) introduced his message to the residents of the City of Promise.
Maya Ruins of Xunantunich, Belize 2010 - with Golden, 36min. We were lucky enough to tour the huge Maya ruin of Xunantunich in western Belize during December of 2010. Our Tour Guide was Golden and as you can see from this video, we learned and observed a lot about the Maya Civilization.