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The San Pedro Sun
Belize Delegation Participates in the First SICA-Chile Political Dialogue and Cooperation Forum
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Wilfred P. Elrington participated in the First Central American Integration System (SICA)-Chile Political Dialogue and Cooperation Forum in Santiago, Chile on October 12, 2017.
The Parties discussed key areas including the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the importance of the provision of adequate means of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), institutional strengthening, climate change, natural disasters, conservation and sustainable use of the oceans and its resources, and the environment.
Wolfe’s Woofer: Just Like Mama
“Rafael, I saw your mama last week at the water taxi and we was talking,” Mario said. “She says you looking to get married.”
“Looking ain’t the same as getting,” Rafa said. “I been looking to get married for the last two years but I ain’t been getting married. It never works out.”
We were sitting at the big picnic table at the rice and beans restaurant where I always take Mario for lunch when he’s working for me.
“Why don’t it work out?”
Health Corner: Halitosis – or chronic bad breath
What Causes Halitosis?
If quick bad breath fixes are only covering up the problem for a short time, something else may be happening in your body, including:
Dental Issues: Cavities and deeper pockets from gum disease give bad breath bacteria extra places to hide in your mouth that are difficult to clear out when you’re brushing or cleaning between your teeth. Either can contribute to halitosis.
Mouth, Nose and Throat Infections: According to the Mayo Clinic, nose, sinus and throat issues that can lead to postnasal drip may also contribute to bad breath. Bacteria feeds on mucus your body produces when it’s battling something like a sinus infection, leaving you sniffly and stinky.
Doctor Love: Put a ring on it
Dear Doctor Love,
I have been living with my boyfriend for three years and we have a wonderful relationship. Last year we bought a lot to build a house and we have talked about children in the future. But my family keeps asking when we will get married. I want to get married but when I mention it he says he is happy with the way it is now. He says he would live together forever but how do I make him see that a wedding is important?
/s/ Put a Ring on It
Misc Belizean Sources
Yet another senseless murder
The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) is saddened, once again, by yet another senseless murder. On this occasion, it is the cold-blooded killing of Mr Albert Cattouse, a hard-working, senior citizen and fervent activist for just causes.
This is a sad day for Belize and all who stand up for Belize. Mr Cattouse was a true born Belizean who unflinchingly stood up for what he believed, which distinguished him as being one of the few activists who did so without fear.
Brother accidentally shot by brother's gun
On 13.10.2017 12:30 p.m. 23 year old Aaron Wilson Guzman, was at a farm along with his brother Brandon Guzman located about a mile from Silk Grass Village, Stann Creek District. After he finished loading the lumber, Aaron jumped off the loader with his licensed and loaded Glock which also had a bullet in the chamber. The gun was which was tucked to right side of his pants and when he fell on the lumber, it discharged and the bullet caught his brother Brandon on his right upper arm. Aaron took his brother in a pickup for medical treatment at the Southern Regional Hospital.
Security guard fired sawed off shotgun on Princess Hotel Compound to disperse a fight
On 15.10.2017 at 3:30am, Police visited KHMH where they saw 21 year old Tyrin Faber suffering from a gunshot wound to the left side of the chest and another to the left forearm.
At 3:00 a.m. a fight occurred inside the Elite Club, located inside the Princess Casino. The two groups were escorted outside the night club. Both groups met inside the compound and resumed to fight in public space for everyone to see. 33 year old Glenford Brown, a security guard, employed by Technical Security Systems Co. Limited was on duty at the time was on duty at the Princess Ramada Hotel and Casino. Brown was armed with a 12 Gauge Mossberg Sawed-off Shotgun. He fired a single shot from the illegally modified weapon on the pavement and the laws of physics dictated the pellets would ricochet and as a result Tyrin Faber received the 2 gunshot injuries. mentioned injuries. The police Investigation continues.
FATAL TRAFFIC ACCIDENT
On 14.10.2017 at 2:45pm, Police visited miles 35 George Price Highway where they found an eighteen wheeler white Kenworth towhead truck bearing L/P OWA-4407 and a cargo trailer attached to it bearing L/P OW-T00183 parked partially off the road on the right hand side facing Belmopan City.
The body of Elroy Jones of Belize City was seen motionless logged under the trailer wheel. 19 year old Cornelius Schmitt, a truck driver of Spanish Lookout Village was driving the truck whilst Jones and other workers picked up bagged garbage. Elroy Jones who was along with the group had accidentally slipped from the truck and fell under the wheel and was crushed. Jones was taken to the Western regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:00 p.m.
Cornelius Schmitt was issued a Notice of Intended Prosecution.
Skeletal remains believed to be Erwin Rodriguez
On Saturday 14th October, 2017 at 2:40 p.m. as a result of an intensive investigation, Police visited an area near the sea behind the Port of Belize in the Jane Usher Blvd Area where they found the remains of a human skeleton and other belongings buried in a shallow grave. The personal belongings were identified by Silvia Rodriguez to be property of missing person Erwin Paulino Rodriguez who was reported missing since 24th August, 2017. The skull had an apparent injury and the remains was transported to the morgue awaiting a post mortem examination.
Miss Belize Shaenna Gilharry posing with other delegates from the Americas
Dressed for the Neha Karina fashion show as part of Miss Divali Nagar 2017. To vote for her as Miss Photogenic, visit National Council of Indian Culture of Trinidad and Tobago (NCIC TT), find her photo in the pinned album, like, share, and comment! Voting ends this Sunday at 9:59pm BZ.
"Between these lines.." by Glenn Tillett
It has taken a few days for me to regain some semblance of emotional control to write this, and to do so without profanity I think, but please forgive me, because that is not a promise.
We are an armed, angry, paranoid people.
Many years ago, and it no longer matters how long ago it was in years, I criticized Mr. Barrow’s much heralded “Restore Belize” initiative and predicted it would fail. My primary point was that he had created a pretty but petty bureaucratic solution for a real problem that needed real world street leadership and tactics. I tried not to gainsay the effort too much because I had by then long accepted that the problem of criminal violence, particularly on the streets of southside Belize, needed a massive expansionary but inclusionary effort, the likes of which is unprecedented in the annals of Belize’s existence, and therefore anything, and I mean any-frickin-ting, was better than nothing.
It took me almost 72 hours to process that my friend, the esteemed Albert Cattouse Esquire, was gunned down in cold blood on a Belize City southside street.
It will take me the rest of my life to mourn his death.
A Walk for a Clean Belize!
Focus joins to the effort of the Belize Audubon Society and the Department of the Environment - DOE as we clean miles of highway across the country!
Thanks to all volunteers and friends who participated in this effort!
And to all of you out there remember to always...
Keep Belize Clean!
Clean up campaign of Corozal Bay
Corozal Bay - It is said that when we work together, we can move mountains and yesterday October 15th, we just did that. The Corozal Junior College Eagles Environmental Club, which is one of the most active environmental clubs in northern Belize, chaired by Mrs. Yvette Sanker Riverol and OCEANA Wavemakers, teamed up with this news shack to carry out a water clean up campaign of our Corozal Bay that started in-front of Rainbow Beach. What began at 8:00 a.m., following a short briefing, took us over four hours and more than a dozen kayak loads, piling up a mountain of broken bottles, whole bottles, TIRES and other STUFF that do not belong at the bottom of our beautiful bay (which, by the way, filled up 24 trash bags). It is with this in mind, that we hope to continue sensitizing and bringing awareness to our people and children that our Corozal Bay plays an important and vital role in the development of our Corozal Community. It is perhaps our most important attribute and ecologically sensitive resource that we have. The CJC Eagles Environmental Club has made history in Corozal by being the first ever environmental group in this area to embark in a task like this. I cannot thank them so much for taking the challenge and stepping up to the plate.
Cayo Cancer Walk 2017
The Cayo BCS is having their 5th annual Cancer Walk on Saturday, October 28th, and everyone is invited to walk a few miles for cancer awareness...and cancer eradication.
In related news, the Belmopan chapter of the BCS is having a variety show next Sunday, October 22nd.
Oceana 2017 River Clean Up
"On September 30th 2017 the Department of Youth Services Collaborated with Oceana for the annual Coastal & River Clean-up where youths from throughout the country clean the riverside or beach. Here are some pictures of Department of Youth Services Benque youths participating in the Annual Clean-up."
Belmopan Tourism Expo 2017
The Belmopan BTIA is having their 2nd annual Belmopan Tourism Expo on Saturday, November 4th. This year, it'll be at the National Agriculture and Trade Show Grounds.
Missing teen’s body found
The worried family of missing teenager, Erwin Rodriguez had their worst fears confirmed this weekend when his body was found on the south side of Belize City.
Rodriguez’ body was found near a tree in the Port Loyola area of Belize City, around 5:00 pm, on Saturday. The search party found him with his hands and feet bound, with injuries to the forehead and an apparent gunshot wound to the head.
Sylvia Rodriguez, Erwin’s mother, said that she had feared the worst from the time he went missing, because it was not like him to not check in with her. She added that she did not know if he had any enemies, but was concerned because of the friends that he had.
Man shot during fist fight
A man was shot in the chest and left forearm when a security guard fired a shot to disperse two groups that were fighting.
The incident happened in the Princess Ramada casino compound shortly after 3:00 am.
Police say Glenford Brown, 33 years, employed with Technical Security Systems Limited, was on duty at the Princess, and fired off a 12 gauge shotgun on the pavement to disperse two groups. Thr bullet ricochetted and hit Tyrin Faber, 21, who was in the crowd.
Man crushed to death on George Price highway
A man was crushed to death on Saturday afternoon at mile 35 on the George Price highway.
Police say it happened some before 2:00 pm, when Elroy Jones, who was part of a clean-up crew, slipped off a moving 18-wheeler towhead, which had a cargo trailer attached to load bagged garbage. Jones fell under the trailer wheel and was crushed.
Police have served Cornelius Schmitt, 19, a truck driver of Spanish Lookout community, who was driving the truck, with a Notice of Intended Prosecution.
Citizens walk for a Green Belize
Public servants, community volunteers and concerned citizens gathered on the George Price Highway this weekend for the second “Walk for a Green Belize” cleanup campaign.
At the event, hosted by the Department of the Environment (DOE), in conjunction with the Belize Solid Waste Management Authority and the Belize Audubon Society, participants picked up garbage along both sides of the highway, covering a total of 77 miles.
The hosting organizations explained that the activity was held to mark 25 years of Environmental Sustainability, and to raise awareness about the environmental burden caused by littering.
Breaking Belize News
Police issues official report on Erwin Rodriguez
According to police reports, yesterday around 2:40 pm, authorities visited an area in the Jane Usher Boulevard near the sea behind the Port of Belize where they found the remains of a human skeleton and other belongings buried in a shallow grave.
Man crushed to death by 18 Wheeler Truck
Yesterday afternoon around 2:45, police visited miles 35 on the George Price Highway where a white eighteen wheeler Kenworth towhead truck bearing license plate OWA-4407 and a cargo trailer attached to it bearing license plate OW-T00183 was parked partially off the road on the right hand side facing Belmopan City.
Armed robbery in Orange Walk
Last night around 8:25, police visited Mini Super Harvies Shop located in Carmelita Village, Orange Walk where Yulisa Villamil,37, reported that sometime around 8:15 pm, two dark skin male person dressed in dark clothing and covering their face entered the shop where one was armed with what appeared to be a handgun.
Electrician shot to the right thigh in Belize City
Yesterday around 8:15 in the night, police visited the KHMH where they saw Kirkland Michael Dawson, 31, a Belizean Electrician of Euphrates Avenue, Belize City suffering from 1 gunshot wound to the right thigh.
Belize City youth shot this morning
This morning around 3:30, police visited the KHMH where they saw Tyrin Faber, 21, a Belizean young man of Faber’s Road, Belize City suffering from a gunshot wound to the left side of the chest and a gunshot wound to the left forearm.
Body of missing teenager found
The body of seventeen year old Erwin Rodriguez was found shortly after 5 pm yesterday.
The teenager went missing on August 24, 2017.
According to reports, the teenager’s body was discovered buried under a tree near the sea in the area of the Port in Belize City.
Society Scoop: High Tea on Ambergris Caye for a Fantastic Cause
Yesterday I attended a seriously fancy event. So seriously fancy that I put a DRESS on for my third time in 10 years. So fancy that finger sandwiches were served and tea poured from real tea pots.
And so fancy because it was so lovingly organized, painstakingly put together by SO many people for the most beautiful cause.
Dress code: Heels and hats…AHHHHH! I have neither! A large fundraiser to help with completion of an amazing project and labor of love.
But I can draw from the 2015 Old Navy sun dress collection.
ALL proceeds would go to Raise Me Up. Hope Haven Childrens’ Shelter and the Shine Foundation. Hope Haven Shelter is a shelter, meeting place, foodbank (and more) that is NOW being completed in town for children in need.
Hurricanes slow down a gainful year for Caribbean tourism
Prior to hurricanes Irma and Maria, Caribbean visitation was up 5.2% in the first half of 2016.
But because of damage wrought by Irma and Maria, growth will slow to 1% to 2% through the end of the year, said Caribbean Tourism Organization chairwoman Joy Jibrilu, who expects that growth rate to continue into 2018.
"There are many challenges ahead," Jibrilu said at CTO's State of the Industry Conference. "We want our message to get out that much of the Caribbean is open for business now and will continue to be, but we must continue to support our neighbors who have been so affected. When the crisis is over, when the story ends, when the issues change, the world will move on, but there will still be a need to keep reminding the world that the distance between Barbados and Belize is more than six times as great as between Toronto and Montreal, that New York to Chicago is only half as far as the Bahamas to Grenada and that 70% of the large Caribbean region is open, operating at full speed and wanting to welcome visitors."
Forest For Life Music Video,3 min. The Belize Forest Department shot a video in Mountain Pine Ridge, and it shows off the amazing beauty of the Cayo district. Definitely worth a watch.
The Belize Forest Department, through the Key Biodiversity Areas project, is encouraging young people and local communities to join them in better managing Belize's forest resources. Ian 'Stizzle' Armstrong, a local musician and a Forest Department officer, created the pulsating and catchy rhythmic sounds. The video features Belizean children and their parents enjoying several nature sites in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve."
Compassionate Hearts Alliance 2017 Belize Medical Mission, 8min.
Mayan Sun Southbound, 4.5min. Funtastic time through Mexico, Belize and Guatemala
Belize Education Project 2017, 3.5min.
Project Mangrove: Een stukje Belize in Burgers' Zoo Aflevering 1, 25min. In aflevering 1 van de documentaire, over onze Mangrove, beginnen we bij de oorsprong: de Mangrovebossen in Belize. We nemen een kijkje in Belize en wat de stand van de Mangrovebossen nu is.
Daarna wordt er gekeken naar de voorbereidingen voor de Mangrove in Arnhem: verplaatsing van dieren en controles voor de sloop.
In de documentaire wordt ook aandacht geschonken aan de Mennonieten in Belize. Hun technologie is niet wenselijk voor de mensen en Mangrovebossen in Belize.
Scuba Diving with Dolphins in Belize!! Ambergris Caye Coral Reef Dive October 2017, 3min. While scuba diving in Belize we happened upon 2 dolphins swimming playfully with each other. It was INCREDIBLE. Even our divemasters said this RARELY happens. We were fortunate to catch it on the gopro, enjoy!
Monkey River Howling Monkeys Audio (Belize), 1.5min. An audio sample of the actual chilling and amazing sounds made by the beautiful, but notoriously difficult to photograph, Monkey River howling monkeys (Monkey River Basin, Placencia Area, Belize)...NB, Hike only with a professional guide familiar with the Monkey River basin area, and always wear full body mosquito protection clothing for maximum comfort on hike...
Belize Cave Tubing! Jungle Fun With HobbyTiger and HobbySpider HobbyRockiesVlog, 7min. Go on a jungle adventure with HobbyTiger and HobbySpider! We see wildlife, go into a cave and cliff jump into the cave river on this dark, watery excursion.
Belize Carnival 2017!, 16min. Join us while we enjoy Belize Carnival 2017! IDK if it was the drinks or what but we def. had a good time.