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The San Pedro Sun
Wolfe’s Woofer: Bush Doctor
“There’s our boy!” Sherry said, pointing at Konrad.
Our ex and forever drummer, Konrad, sat at an outside restaurant table waiting for us to join him. Konrad goes to college in Orange Walk Town and whenever we’re passing through we try to stop for a visit.
“I’m having breakfast,” I announced when we got seated and had some coffee. “It’s too early for lunch. You guys have what you want.”
“Konrad, what kind of business is that?” Sherry asked, pointing to a small store across the street. “People are lined up to get in the door.”
Marco Gonzalez Hosts International Archaeology Day in San Pedro
International Archaeology Day is recognized worldwide each year on October 21st. Belize Institute of Archaeology will be holding their 2017 educational events during the week of October 16 through 20, concluding with a two-day event in San Pedro. Hosted by the non-profit organization Marco Gonzalez Maya Site Ambergris Caye, Ltd (MGMSAC), the event will be held at El Patio Restaurant in downtown San Pedro. Jan Brown, Founder/Chairman of the Marco Gonzalez Board says, “Toni Beardall and Josue Ramos from IoA Research Department will be here Thursday and Friday, Oct 19th and 20th. The Ministry of Educational Officer Odelia Caliz has invited our schools grade Std. 4 and up to attend a 30-minute presentation and view a display of the artifacts that have been found on the island. If time allows after the children have finished, the presentation will be available to the public from 3:30 to 4:15pm.”
Doctor Love: Mean Mommy
Dear Doctor Love,
I am a working mother of two young girls, so my children spend a lot of time at their grandmother’s house. While I appreciate that she loves taking care of my kids, I have a problem with how she lets them behave. When I was growing up, my mother was very strict. With my children, she is overindulgent and pretty much a push over. They go to bed when they want to, they eat sugary snacks every day, and my six-year-old talks back and my mother lets her get away with it. When they are at home all I hear is, “Grandma this and grandma that,” and when I remind them of my rules, I become the evil parent and there are tears and tantrums. Now she wants to get my daughter a tablet and I said no. How can I stop my mother from giving my kids everything they want?
/s/ Mean Mommy
Pink Eye Outbreak In Belize Is Pretty Bad
The Ministry of Health has advised that mass gathering activities should be avoided as much as possible but to the current “Pink Eye” outbreak across the country. YES, it is that bad of an outbreak in Belize; there are over 7,000 reported cases of conjunctivitis in the entire country.
“The Ministry especially asks for your consideration as we approach the long holiday weekend which usually comes with increased festive activities,” stated the Ministry of Health in a press release. “It is also advise to minimize travel within the country and also across our borders unless extremely necessary.”
Over the past month, there has been a severe outbreak of “conjunctivitis”. The Ministry of Health is reporting a total of 5,434 cases and according to a report from the Amandala Newspaper, these cases brings the total amount for this year to 7,720. Last year the total reported cases was 3,302.
Misc Belizean Sources
San Pedro Legends Football Club celebrating their big win in the Belize National Over 40 League!
Congratulations to our island athletes.
World Service Day
The San Pedro Lions Club joins International Lions Clubs everywhere in celebrating World Service Day today, October 8. Accompanied by the San Pedro Leos Club, they posted "No Litter" sings in North Ambergris Caye all the way to Secret Beach. Next stop is South Ambergris area. Thank you San Pedro Lions Club, Belize!!!
JOB VACANCY - Full Time Babysitter (Caye Caulker)
Dead Nurse shark
The public is reminded that nurse sharks are fully protected under Fisheries Law. It is an offense, it is illegal to kill a nurse shark in Belize. The animal in these pictures was found dead on the beach. This is sad since nurse sharks are one of the main attractions for tourist coming to San Pedro. It was clear that someone had cut the tail off, it was intentionally killed.
Reports of persons seen killing or in possession of nurse shark can be made to the Fisheries Department 224-4552 or the Hol Chan office in San Pedro 226-2247.
Congratulations to the 2017 Mr. Belize winner Clayton Greenidge
(2017 Middleweight winner)
Holiday Hotel Annual Halloween Bash 2017
Saturday, October 28 at 9 PM - 5 AM.
The BEST Halloween Party in the country! Costume contest with GREAT Cash & Gift prizes! Music, Dancing & Entertainment ALL night til 5:00 AM in morning!
Wow San Ignacio!!! You overdid it! 94 species in 3 hours around town. What an amazing group. Thanks Belize Audubon Society! The icing on the cake? Just as we ended the 3 hours of Urban Birdwatch and closed off the eBird list... 3 Mississippi Kites, Peregrine Falcon and Broad-winged Hawk migrating above us!
Third person dies following traffic accident
A third person has died as a result of a traffic accident on Saturday evening at Mile 4 on the George Price Highway.
Police have confirmed that Martha Vasquez, 23, died at 7:15 Saturday night at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.
About an hour after the collision, Samantha Castillo, 30, of 81 Bella Vista area, Belize City and one year-old toddler, Deanna Castillo died while receiving treatment. They were travelling in a Hyundai Element, along with Vasquez and another female child when the accident occurred.
The other child, not yet identified, suffered two broken legs and is receiving treatment.
Orange Walk man murdered!
A man from Orange Walk was shot dead early this morning in that municipality.
Preliminary police reports are that at around 1:00 a.m., this morning, 42-year-old Daniel Carillo was walking on Mopan Street in Orange Walk town when someone approached him from behind and shot him several times.
Carillo was rushed to the Northern Regional Hospital but died 20 minutes later while undergoing treatment.
Police investigation into the matter is ongoing.
Breaking Belize News
Belize: Need for Expansion and Enhancement of Health Services
By Richard Harrison: The health of the nation is The health of the nation is not a political issue….it is an issue of concern to all Belizeans….from every walk of life.
Almost every family in Belize have had members who needed health services and could not get it in Belize…could not access it in time…or could not afford it.
Recently, a close senior friend of mine fell ill….and was hospitalized at the KHMH. Being very weak, he had to use the “private ward” services available there, as the public area was too hot and made him weaker….and he had to be paying BZ$500 per night.
UB team attends Third Belize-Mexico Bi-national Seminar at ECOSUR
President of the University of Belize, Professor Emeritus, Clement Sankat accompanied by the Dean of the Faculty of Education and Arts, Dr. Nestor Chan; Dean of the Faculty of Nursing, Allied Health and Social Work, Leolin Castillo; Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, Julianne Pasos; Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Jean Perriott; Director of Environmental Research Institute, Dr. Elma Kay; Director of Regional Language Center (RLC) Jhon Florez; and Special Assistant, Inter-institutional Collaboration, International Programs, Ewart Robateau attended the Third Belize-Mexico Binational Seminar entitled “Cooperation on Health Mexico-Belize” in Chetumal, Mexico on October 4.
Erwin Rodriguez’s bike found
Erwin Rodriguez,17, was last seen on Thursday, August 24.
It has been over a month since the teen has gone missing and his family is now fearing the worst.
Kendis inspires Belizean students and journalists
Belizean-American journalist and news anchor Kendis Gibson arrived in Belize on Wednesday for a fun filled agenda from meeting with students to sessions with journalists and media executives.
Early morning murder in Orange Walk
This morning around 1:15, police visited Northern Regional Hospital where they saw Daniel Carrillo, 42, of Temash Street Orange Walk with gunshot wounds.
Island Mystery: Sign Painting on the Caye
It’s a riddle…wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. I’ve been noticing it for years but just recently, more examples are popping up. There is a mysterious style of sign in San Pedro, Belize. A swirled font – sometimes on a slant, sometimes creative liberties taken with traditional letter order. Highly stylized faces strangely reminiscent of the famous Easter Island statues. I love them all.
So wildly mysterious. Is it one person painting these signs? I’ve written a few blogs about the Quirky Cute and Weird Signs of Belize (see below)– how did I miss this phenomenon!
Let me show you some examples that I photographed earlier this week. I bet, with a quick walk through town or your neighborhood on Ambergris Caye, you can find lots of illustrations. Please send them to me.
Belize is the latest Central American country battling a ‘pink eye’ outbreak
The summer of 2017 appears to be “pink eye”, or conjunctivitis season in the Americas with a number of countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean reporting increases of the eye infection.
Now joining the Bahamas, Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Suriname, and the Turks and Caicos Islands is Belize where health officials report an increase in the number of reported conjunctivitis cases, particularly in the northern and central health regions.
De Caribische chaos van Ambergris Caye
Razende golfkarretjes, sissende foodstalls en kakelende kippen; slechts een dagelijks tafereel van het levendige eiland Ambergris Caye voor de kust van Belize. De hagelwitte stranden en azuurblauwe zee zijn slechts één van de vele kanten die Belize te bieden heeft, maar een hele fijne kant is het zeker!
De Cayes (uitgesproken als het Engelse ‘Keys’) is een verzamelnaam voor bijna 200 paradijselijke eilandjes die liggen voor de kust van het land. Ze heten ‘Cayes’ omdat ze gevormd zijn bovenop een koraalrif. Met – op Australië na – het grootste barrièrerif ter wereld, is het dan ook niet verwonderlijk dat Belize zo’n enorme rijkdom aan Cayes heeft. De eilanden wisselen van relatief groot en gezellig druk – denk aan Ambergris Caye en Caye Caulker – tot een heleboel ieniemienie onbewoonde koraaleilandjes te midden van een azuurblauwe zee. Een walhalla voor de liefhebber van zon, zee strand én de onderwaterwereld dus! Want het is vooral die onderwaterwereld die de Cayes van Belize zo beroemd hebben gemaakt.
Senators Nelson, Rubio file bill to extend Caribbean trade program
U.S. Sens. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) filed legislation on Thursday, October 5 to extend a trade program designed to benefit several Caribbean nations, including Haiti, Jamaica, Barbados, Belize, Curacao, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and St. Lucia.
The legislation, which is intended to strengthen economic ties and further U.S. interests in the region, extends the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA), which was established in 2000 to allow certain Caribbean countries to export goods made with U.S. yarns, fabrics and threads into the U.S. duty-free.
Under current law, CBPTA’s preferential trade treatment for these Caribbean countries is set to expire on Sept. 30, 2020. The bill Nelson and Rubio filed today would extend the program through Sept. 30, 2030.
Ambergis Caye, Belize Walkabout, 20min. Ambergris Caye, Belize's largest island, is known for its water sports, scuba diving and Caribbean beaches. Off the eastern shore, the Belize Barrier Reef features famed snorkeling and dive sites such as the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, with an abundance of sea life, and the 124m-deep Great Blue Hole. The town of San Pedro is the island's gateway and center for sailing and reef exploration.
Belize with Sara Dietschy, 4min. We took our friend Sara Dietschy (rhymes with peachy) to Belize and she made an epic video. See what it's like to go on Belize: Rainforests, Reefs & Ruins.
Join The Adventure: Belize, 15min. Join The Adventure is a web series that aims to take viewers on inspiring ventures, in effort to interpret weather's influence on our planet and culture. In March of 2017, I decided to take a trip to Belize-- home of the Belize Barrier Reef. I wanted to learn more about climate's effect on coral reef systems worldwide.
SCUBA Diving - Belize Barrier Reef - Ecologic Divers, 11min. The Belize Barrier Reef is a series of coral reefs straddling the coast of Belize, roughly 300 meters offshore in the north and 40 kilometers in the south within the country limits.
SWIMMING WITH SHARKS, 5.5min.
Blue Hole - Belize, 2min. Diving in the Blue Hole in Belize on 27 September 2017.
AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR HISTORY, 20min. The Honorable Assad Shoman and the activist, Odinga Lummumba Buller, being interviewed by young Stuart Kromme of Channel 5. It is a must that the Belizean Populace understand the persistence and drastic effects that foreign policies have on their Nation State Belize.
I am saddend to have met and spoken to Mr. Odinga Lubumba in my early years and did not have a clue of who he was and the importance of what he was able to achieved as one of the main organizers for the Heads of Agreement Belizean Uprising in 1981 against these tyrants such as Mr. Shoman and those at the helm charging forward for the Belizean Demise!!