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The San Pedro Sun
Wolfe’s Woofer: My Mistake
“I’ve been going over the checkbook and I see you’ve made some mistakes with Mario’s pay,” Sherry said.
“How can that be? I don’t make mistakes.”
“Ha…ha…very funny. See this?” she pointed. “This is a check you wrote to Mario for $150 two weeks ago.”
“I see it. What’s wrong with it?” I asked.
“Here’s another one from last week.”
“Where’s the mistake?”
“You’re paying him for three days of work.”
“If a man works for three days he should be paid for three – oh, I see what you mean. For the last two weeks he’s had a job pouring concrete so he’s only been working Saturdays and Sundays with me. I’ve been overpaying him by $50 a week.”
Caye Note: First Annual Baby Health Clinic
The public is invited to partake in the First Annual Baby Health Clinic to be held on Tuesday, October 10th from 8AM to 5PM at Oasis Spa. Moms will be taught techniques to help babies with sleeping patterns, crying problems, dietary issues, vomiting and fussiness. These soft and gentle relaxation techniques are proven to be effective. The course targets moms of babies from newborn to one year old. The clinic will be led by baby specialists Daniel Pigeon, Registered Nurse, Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist and Licensed Massage Therapist. Limited spaces available, contact 631-6970 for further details. For more information or testimonial visit www.musclepainexpert.com.
Doctor Love: Moot Point
Dear Doctor Love,
My husband nitpicks constantly. He has a better way to do everything and spends countless hours telling me how to go about the everyday things I have been doing for years. He is not mean about it, but a conversation starts out with him asking how I did something and finishes with him telling me how it should have been done. I hate to ask his help because he instructs rather than lending a hand. Seven years of marriage and he still tells me how to cook his eggs. He says if he doesn’t say, how will I know? Having to justify my way of doing things makes me defensive and often leads to an argument. Why can’t he just let little thing pass?
/s/ Moot Point
Misc Belizean Sources
Best arrest T-Shirts for October
On the 1.10.2017 police formally arrested and charged 31 years old Lyndon "no problem" Lewis of 18 Mile Humming Highway with Conspiracy to Commit Robbery.
Police also arrested and charged 34 year old Saul "feeling the Heat" Campus of Valley Community for the murder of Luis Antonio Sierra. Campus was also charged for "Kept Unlicensed Firearm and Ammunition."
Shooting Incident in Belize City
22 year old Justin Coot reported that on the 30.9.2017 about 10:25 p.m. whilst entering Queen Charlotte a person emerged from a bushy lot and fired a single gunshot that hit him to the upper back. He was treated and released.
Donated items distributed
The U.S. Marines and the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture are continuing Beyond The Horizon 2017 efforts by distributing various donated school items and shoes to students and teachers throughout #Belize. Together, they distributed over 600 student kits, 60 teacher kits, and 245 pairs of shoes to students and teachers of five schools in three districts of Belize!
No casualties during weekend accident
On 30.09. 2017, about 10:28 a.m. Police responded a Road Traffic Accident on the Phillip Goldson Highway between miles 14 and 15, where upon arrival, they observed a Red in colour F-150 pickup with license plate No. SI C-01586 on the left hand side of the Highway and a gold Nissan Altima with license plate No. BZ C-33302. Both vehicles were extensively damaged.
At 10:15 a.m. 25 year old
Bayardo Orozco, a resident of Ladyville Village, was driving his Altima from the direction of Orange Walk towards Belize City, and upon reaching between miles 14 and 15, a red in colour Ford F-150 Pickup truck, which was travelling in the opposite direction lost control and collided into the front portion of the Nissan Altima, causing it to flip several times. As a result, Orozco right leg was broken and he was cut on his right forearm. The F-150 was driven 65 year old Avril Lee Alexander, a resident of Branch Mouth, Cayo. Her passenger, 61 year old Arnufo Manzanero of Bullet Tree Village ,Cayo District, complained of pain to the chest while Avril Lee Alexander experienced pain over the body.
3 Injured and one murdered at Bismark Club
On Sunday 1. 10. 2017 about 3:50 a.m. police checked the KHMH and found 27 years Crystal Flowers suffering from one gunshot wound on her left cheek; 28 year old Alex Underwood suffering from gunshot wounds on both hands; Stacey Belisle with a stab wounds on her left arm, left lower side of back and her right arm; and 27 year old Daniel Anderson with a shot to the chest.
The police say that all the victims were at a party at the Bismark Club when a fight erupted. Someone known to them (identity not disclosed by the police) took out a firearm and fired several shots.
Daniel Anderson passed away at 5:50 a.m. whilst receiving medical treatment. Photo of Daniel Anderson, deceased.
Two shot on George Street
On 30.10.2017 about 5:35 p.m. police made a regular check at the KHMH and found Emerson Faber suffering from a gunshot wound to his right calf and Franklin Heusner was one gunshot to the lower back. Both men were on George Street when a dark in color Altima passed and fire several shot at them causing the injuries.
International Divali queen pageant fundraiser dinner
Thanks to all COEICH members and the faithful supporters who helped to make our fundraising dinner today a success. Ms. Shaenna Gilharry will represent Belize at the International Divali queen pageant in Trinidad & Tobago on October 16, 2017
Conch Season opens Oct 1
Conch season runs from October 1 - June 30th of each year. Conch is a common name that is applied to a number of different medium to large-sized shells. The term generally applies to large snails whose shell has a high spire and a noticeable siphonal canal (in other words, the shell comes to a noticeable point at both ends).
In North America, a conch is often identified as a queen conch, found off the coast of Florida. Queen conches are valued for fish bait, and are also known as seafood.
Ek Balam Pok A Pok Team Mundo Maya World Cup Champion in Guatemala
These champs make us super happy. Way to go Belize!!!!! Congratulations.
Pok Ta Pok Mundial tournament
The Ek Balam Pok Ta Pok Team became champions of the Pok Ta Pok Mundial tournament in Guatemala City. The team defeated El Salvador for the championship.
Pok Ta Pok is the ancient Mayan ball game- a ceremony that reenacts the Maya “creation” theme within a sacrificial ceremony of confrontation between good and evil. Belize has a Pok Ta Pok team and its members all hail from the Village of Yo Creek in Orange Walk.
A blissful Sunday on a wonderful place. After taking part in yesterday's clean up campaign in front of Methodist School and Sea Breeze Hotel, early this morning I took my tools out to take on the beast. The results of my morning sweep from the bottom of our Corozal Bay, particularly in front of Rainbow Beach is mixed with a bit of anger and disappointment, as I was in full engagement one of those (i call them) "CHIPILINES" tried to throw his garbage bag in the sea. Well that didn't go well for him. All these broken bottles at the bottom of our bay DO NOT belong there for someone else, especially our children to get hurt. Let us all be Ambassadors of our Corozal Bay and denounce anyone you see and involved in this malpractice. We have a lot more work ahead of ourselves, if we truly are seriously interested in the well being of our community.
Lionfish Workshop at Chunox Community Center
On Wednesday 27th September, TASA held a Lionfish Workshop at Chunox Community Center. Thanks to Blue Venture, Belize Audubon Society,Oceana, Chunox Fisherman Association, Belize Lionfish Project, Copper Bank Fishermen Association, Chunox R.C School that made this event a success.
Yo Creek Poktapok team Name Ek Balam representing Belize are Champions .Congrats and we feel proud of you guys. Let's continue making this Yucatec Maya(Masewal) Movement grow in Northern Belize with Sports(Poktapok),Preserving Our Maya language ,cultural Dances,herbal healings,teaching our history and traditions.
Today the Yucatec Maya of Northern Belize also known as "Maya Masewal or Maya Mestizo" are working hard in the preservation of our Maya identity . Wayano'one , kux'ano'on, to'one Masehualoon(we are here ,we are alive ,we are Maya ).
Binational watershed education program
The 2017-2018 binational watershed education program has begun. This year the education program is supported by the British High Commission Office in Belize and FYFFES. In September alone 510 students and 19 teachers have been sensitized.
Three shootings; one dead; several hurt
One man is dead and several are wounded following a series of shooting incidents over the weekend.
Police say the fatal incident occurred sometime around 3:30 this morning during a party at Bismark club. According to police, a fight broke out “where a known male person took out a firearm and fired several shots.”
As a result, Daniel Anderson, 27, suffered a gunshot wound to the chest; Crystal Flowers, 27, suffered a gunshot wound on her left cheek; Alex Underwood, 28, was shot in both hands; and Stacey Belisle received stab wounds on both arms and on the left lower side of her back.
Traffic accident leaves three persons injured
Three persons were injured in a traffic accident on the Philip Goldson highway on Saturday morning.
The mishap occurred between miles 14 and 15, shortly after 10:00 a.m., and involved a red F-150 pickup truck and a gold Nissan Altima car.
Police say their investigations have revealed that at about 10:15 a.m., Bayardo Orozco, 25, of Ladyville village was driving the Nissan Altima from the direction of Orange Walk towards Belize City, and when he reached between miles 14 and 15, the Ford F-150 pickup truck heading in the opposite direction crashed into the front portion of his car, causing it to flip several times.
Money changer beaten, robbed
A money changer from Corozal was beaten up and robbed of a significant amount of cash on Thursday morning.
Police say the incident happened at around 5:00 a.m., while the victim was in his vehicle at his house in Ranchito Village.
Three men reportedly ambushed the man and demanded money. He refused them and that was when they beat him up and took away close to $13,000 in Mexican and Belizean currency.
Police have no suspects.
Fatal shooting reported in city; police details scarce
There are unconfirmed reports of a fatal shooting on Saturday night in Belize City.
While police information on the incident has been slow in coming, unconfirmed reports are that the incident occurred in the Yoborough area of Belize City and that six persons were shot. The deceased, a man, reportedly died while receiving medical treatment.
Breaking Belize News
BNTU to launch documentary on strike
The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) will launch a documentary this coming week on the 11-day strike it held in October 2016.
The protest was part of its Stand Up for Belize Campaign.
Man previously freed of 3 murders, murdered today
Daniel “Danny” Anderson, 31, a resident of Oleander Street in Belize City was shot dead this morning.
Details are sketchy but we can confirm that he was killed in the Yabra area.
PUP honors Centenarian Jane Usher
On Saturday, September 30, 2017, the People’s United Party (PUP) held their National Party Council in Belize City to celebrate the party’s 67th birthday.
As part of the celebration, the PUP honored and awarded members for their contribution to the party and community.
Police charge 2 men for the murder of Bullet Tree man
Today, police formally arrested and charged Lyndon Lewis,31, of Mile 18, Humming Highway with “conspiracy to robbery”, and Saul Campus,34, of Valley Community with the crime of “murder” of Luis Antonio Sierra of Bullet Tree Village, Cayo District.
Campus was additionally charged for “keeping an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.”
PUP to hold its national convention in November
On Saturday, the People’s United Party (PUP) held its National Party Council Convention in Belize City to celebrate the party’s 67th birthday.
During the event, the PUP said that as per the party’s constitution, a national convention has to be held every two years so they have scheduled a national convention on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at Saint Catherine’s Academy in Belize City. The PUP’s last convention was held in January 31, 2016 in Belmopan.
Two new judges hired to assist Chief Justice in delivering long delayed judgements
On Thursday, Prime Minister Dean Barrow told the media that his government will be bringing two retired judges from the Caribbean to assist the Chief Justice of Belize in delivering long delayed judgements.
This decision comes after the Bar Association pressed for the Chief Justice (CJ) to keep to a timeline in delivering the judgements that are long overdue.
Police corporal receives bail after being charged for not paying meal at Chinese restaurant
Steven Parham, 39, a police corporal attached to the San Ignacio Police Station is on bail after he allegedly refused to pay for a meal at the New Asia Restaurant in Belize City.
According to reports, Parham was in Belize City attending a training with the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) Program when he visited the restaurant and ordered the meal. After finishing his meal, Parham took out his gun at the owners and security guard and left without paying.
Two men shot on George Street, Belize City
According to police reports, yesterday evening around 5:35, police visited the KHMH and observed Emerson Faber suffering from a gunshot wound to his right calf, and Franklin Heusner with one gunshot to the right lower back.
1 dead; 3 injured in early morning brawl in Belize City
This morning around 3:50, police visited the KHMH where they saw four persons suffering from gunshot and stab wounds.
Crystal Flowers,27, was seen suffering from one gunshot wound on her left cheek.
Belize begs for Taiwan’s involvement in the United Nations
Fifteen countries have written to the United Nations (UN) requesting that the Republic of China (ROC) Taiwan, be included in the UN.
Belize has joined in the call to include Taiwan in the UN. Paraguay, Swaziland, Nauru, Haiti, Burkina Faso, Palau, Tuvalu, Kiribati, St. Lucia, the Solomon Islands, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Marshall Islands, St Kitts and Nevis, and Nicaragua have also joined in the call.
Belize – The Individual, Society, and Renaissance
By Richard Harrison:
Renaissance means “rebirth” or “reawakening”.
Belizeans of today, in general; perhaps through learning by experience; have reached a point where they feel they must be politically correct in what they say and do…they do not want to rock the boat too hard…they do not want to offend…they do not want violent change….and to them, the word revolution has that connotation.
Kaina Martinez among 9 finalist for 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award
Belize’s very own, Kaina Martinez, from Seine Bight, Stann Creek, has been selected as one of 9 finalist, for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
She was initially selected from among 30 Woman of the Year honorees,which included 10 honorees from each NCAA division.
San Pedro To Belmopan & Back: The Garden of Eden, the Bus and a Baby Sea Turtle
Friday morning, I headed into town to catch the 11:30am water taxi to Belize City. The plan? Boat ride to the city (1.5 hours), catch the bus out to Belmopan, our country’s capital, stay overnight to attend Saturday’s TEDx talk in Belmopan. An independently organized TED talk, the 2nd ever to be held in Belize. There was a great line up but first….I needed to get there.
As we drove south into San Pedro town, I realized that the sky was hinting at rain. September has been relatively rain free here in Belize. Hot HOT HOT, humid and sunny. And so I had forgotten to pack my rain jacket – that insures that it WILL rain and hard. I wasn’t wrong.
We had a stop in town to pack up the boat for arrivals at Cayo Frances Farm & Fly. And right there, just north of town, I saw this little guy flapping in the water. Almost up on the beach.
Act Fast on a Stolen Cell Phone
As many of you know, Monday night the unthinkable happened and my phone was stolen out of my bag. It went down so fast it made my head spin. I was walking on the north on the west side of back street and right at the parking lot between the Artists Market and San Pedro House of Culture.
I did not have my cell phone out at all and I had my music player in my hand so my arm was up and mostly covering my bag. Along came Evil Houdini riding his bike at a good clip. While passing me from the front, he somehow managed to reach on my bag without slowing down or even touching me – that part is still baffling. The only reason I knew something happened was that my strap is adjustable and so his motion knocked one part of the strap off my shoulder and my bag dropped lower, it was also fully open compared to partly before. I spun around and he was already gone.
The Weekly Chirp: Puzzling palates
Many species of birds occupy specific feeding guilds in the ecosystems they inhabit, but often assume a generalist diet due to food availability. Take woodpeckers, for example. As their name suggests, woodpeckers have evolved a long, thick bill and fortified cranium over thousands of years to exploit the abundance of insects burrowed in dead trees. However, the casual birder will notice that woodpeckers do not spend all their time pecking wood. In fact, many woodpeckers consume seeds and fruit as well, especially where these items are abundant like in the tropics. The black-cheeked woodpecker of Central America is a prime example of this behavior. During my research in Belize, I observed a pair of black-cheeked woodpeckers devour the seeds and pulp of wild clementines for two hours, never once stopping to poke and prod at the bark of the tree.
Another tropical resident and cereal-box celebrity, the keel-billed toucan, often breaks the boundaries of its feeding guild as well. Traditionally considered a frugivore (fruit-eater), the keel-billed toucan is equipped with a massive bill which it uses to crush fruits of all sizes — but it doesn’t stop there. Most species of toucan see no issue in switching from a vegan diet to a carnivorous one, equally happy to gulp down the fresh, sweet pulp of a fig from a Ficus tree, swallow a lizard it found on the Ficus tree or devour the eggs of another bird that unfortunately decided to nest in the Ficus tree. Put simply, birds will eat that which is edible.
IMF study examines loss of corresponding banking relationships on Caribbean
A new study examining the loss of corresponding banking relationships (CBR) in the Caribbean has found that global banks have reassessed their individual business models, deciding on different strategies in response to changes in the macroeconomic and regulatory environment that has lowered the expected profitability of correspondent banking.
The study notes that given the various drivers, there is no “silver bullet” to solve the problem of withdrawal of CBRs and that coordinated efforts by various stakeholders are called for to mitigate the risk of financial exclusion and the potential negative impact on financial stability.
“Policy initiatives must address drivers related to risk or risk perceptions as well as those related to profitability,” the study noted.
Sweet Potato Pone: Sweet Potato Pudding [Vegan, Grain-Free]
Sweet potato pone, which is also popularly known as the potato pound of Belize, is a traditional dessert from Belize that consists of grated sweet potato, raisins, milk, cinnamon, and ginger. The texture is very similar to bread pudding, but in this recipe, sweet potato takes the place of bread as the starch that soaks up all the wonderful flavors.
The Easy DIY Way to Turn a Fan into an Air Conditioner
We can all agree that the worse part of summer is the unbearable heat. In most parts of the world, summer brings along at least a few weeks of smothering heat and humidity and, for the most part, the entire season is that way. Even if you love the hot weather, air conditioning is essential in this intensely warm season. But what happens if you’re living somewhere that doesn’t have AC or what if your AC has just given out on you at the worst possible time? Well, suffer no more. You can MAKE your own air conditioning using a basic box fan that you can buy at just about any store. Watch the video below to see how you can create AC for little to no cost at all.
The system works because of three separate parts: the copper coil, the ice water, and the basic box fan. The ice water is sucked into the copper coil which becomes freezing cold. The coil is attached to the box fan, which then blows out freezing air from the ice water in the coil.
If done correctly, you can create a mess-free cooling system for only a few dollars! All you have to do to keep up on your DIY air conditioning is replace the ice when it starts to melt away. Definitely worth saving all the money.
9 finalists announced for 2017 Woman of the Year Award
Nine former college athletes have been selected as finalists for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award and will be honored at an awards dinner Oct. 22 in Indianapolis.
The 2017 Woman of the Year will be named at that event.
Three women from each NCAA division were selected. Their college careers are highlighted by outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.
Kaina Martinez was an exemplary leader during her time in college. In 2008, she founded the Kaina Martinez Children Annual Track and Field Camp in her hometown in Belize, which she continues to host on an annual basis. Martinez is also an officer cadet in the Belize National Coast Guard. On campus, she volunteered with multiple local organizations, including the Weavers of Love garden and soup kitchen, the YMCA and a local recycling center.
Belize's Youngest Ocean Hero - Madison Edwards accepts Honor from Oceana Belize, 6min.
Blue hole dive day, Belize, 10min.
Half Moon Caye Natural Monument & Bird Sancturary -Belize, Central America, 10min.
Tour of the ballcourt at the Maya site of Alabama, Belize, constructed ca. 750 AD, 1min.
Reef Day 2 - Belize, 6min.
PUNTA GORDA, BELIZE 2017, 6min.
Beach BBQ Portofino Belize!, 1min.
Belize, 4min. Our 3 day trip to the beautiful country of Belize!