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The San Pedro Sun

Immigration Department clarifies allegations on monthly extensions for foreign citizens
Foreigners on an extended stay on Ambergris Caye have been questioning some alleged changes at the Immigration Department. Allegations are that after being in the country for six months, a foreign citizen is required to obtain a work permit to extend their stay Belize. The San Pedro Sun reached out to the Immigration office on the island, where such reports were clarified. According to them, the rules for extending a stay in the country over six months vary by nationality, and the main request is for applicants to prove they have resources or viable means to sustain themselves while in Belize. In the case of North Americans, they indicated that after six months, they could extend their stay subjected to paying a higher monthly fee. A work permit can be beneficial for the applicant, but it was not considered imperative.

NEMO hosts EOC meeting countrywide
As the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season is at its peak month, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) held a meeting with committee members of San Pedro’s Emergency Operation Center (EOC) on Wednesday, October 9th. Held at San Pedro’s NEMO branch office, the meeting reviewed the EOCs’ state of readiness and fine-tuned their plan of action in the event of a storm or extreme weather. Representatives on the EOC committee shared their preparedness status. Those in attendance also voiced concerns and made recommendations on how to better the island’s emergency plan of action.

Caye Caulker man fined for stealing two bottles of liquor
34-year-old Gerson Guerra, a labourer of Caye Caulker Village was fined $1,000 for stealing two bottles of liquor, when he appeared before Magistrate Emerson Banner on Thursday, October 10th in Belize City. Guerra has until November 1, 2019 to pay, or he will serve one-year imprisonment.

A Broad Area of Low Pressure Located Over the Southwestern Caribbean Sea
The National Meteorological Services of Belize and the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) hereby advises the general public that a broad area of low pressure located over the south-western Caribbean Sea continues to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms. This system is forecast to move west-north-westward toward Central America, and some development is possible if the low remains over water when it is near the coasts of Honduras, Guatemala, and Belize. Regardless of development, this system could bring heavy rains to portions of Central America during the next few days.

Various Belizean Sources

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Corozal Animal Program Cocktail Party & Mamma Mia 2 Singalong
November 10, 2-4pm.

11th Belikin Blue Water Classic Day 2... winners!

BEL Team to Assist with Hurricane Restoration in Abaco, Bahamas
A team of five Belize Electricity Limited (BEI.) employees travelled to the Bahamas on Sunday. October 13 to assist Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) with hurricane restoration efforts on Abaco Island. Category five Hurricane Dorian claimed 61 lives and caused massive devastation to the Abaco and Grand Bahama islands during its passage September 1- 3. 2019. The BEL team will join other member utilities of the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) who have committed to assisting BPL with rebuilding its electrical infrastructure.

Orange Walk Halloween 2K/5K Costume Fun Run
Here are the details of our Halloween 2K/5K Costume Fun Run! For more details and to register, please visit our website at www.totaltimebz.com Registration remains open until Oct 24th.

Belizean Patriot: Ronald F. Greenwood
Below is a biography of the last owner. We did not write this biography and not sure who wrote it, but it does give us a comprehensive view of his life. Ronald Fredrick Greenwood born in1921 in Belvedere, Kent. He had six homes in England before he was 21. His secondary education was interrupted by sickness which left him autistic. Nevertheless, he was contracted to be trained as a municipal engineer with a profession to manage, maintain and renew urban restructure and was in a reserved occupation as a student. During that training as an acknowledged artist, he showed talent in architecture. Consequently, war time fatigue precluded further study so he went into the British Army.

1st annual Halloween Spooktacular Donation Box Design Competition
Attention all Businesses, Crafters and Saga Supporters. I am challenging you to enter the 1st annual Halloween Spooktacular Donation Box Design Competition. It's as easy as one, two, three. How to Enter: 1. Design an Animal Themed Donation Box for your business or one you got permission to take one for the rest of October. (I placed mine with Eileen Jamison at DandiE'S, please go make a donation.) 2. Count yourself in asap to get on the designer's list. Take a picture of your creepy creation and tag Saga Humane Society, DandE's Frozen Custard and tacogirl.com so we can track all entries and show the facebook world your spooky skills.

Boo @ the Zoo
Mark your calendars! Boo @ the Zoo is Saturday October 26th this year. As always, the Zoo will be teaming up with Wildtracks and Crocodile Research Coalition for their "Howlerween" and "Croctober" booths respectively.

The Reporter

Former Government Employee Found Dead In Cowpen Village
Retired Government worker Santiago Pop, 58, was found hacked to death inside his house in Cow Pen Village on Sunday evening. Pop was reportedly found in a decomposed state with multiple chop wounds to his body and lying face down in a pool of blood inside his living room.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Monday night murder in Belize City
Earlier tonight BBN reported that a man was shot on Raccoon Street in Belize City just before 9 p.m. The victim was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in a critical condition.

Man shot in Belize City
Belize City police has confirmed that a man was shot a short while ago. The incident occurred on Raccoon Street in Belize City.

Low pressure system not likely to develop any further; heavy rains still forecasted tonight for Belize
The National Meteorological Service of Belize continues to monitor a broad area of low pressure located inland over northwestern Honduras. The system is not likely to develop any further before it crosses southern Belize later tonight.

Classes at Toledo Community College cancelled for tomorrow
The Ministry of Education has informed that classes for Toledo Community College for Tuesday, 15th October have been canceled. The school is being used as a NEMO centre for evacuees in preparation of potential flash floods.

Guatemalan Cesar Mendoza wanted for murder of Juan Carrias in Succotz
The Belize Police Department has issued a wanted poster for Cesar Agusto Lopez Mendoza. This Guatemalan national who resides in San Jose Succotz and stands at 5 feet 6 inches is wanted for the murder of Juan De Cruz Carrias, 56.

Robber/s take 2014 Prado from a home in Lake Gardens
A home in Lake Gardens, Belize District was broken into this morning. According to reports, the robber/s also made off with a 2014 Silver Prado.

Occupants escape vehicle fire unharmed
Moments ago, near Mile 31 on the Hummingbird Highway, the occupants of a vehicle managed to escape unharmed as it erupted into flames.

National Hurricane Center monitors 3 systems in The Atlantic
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is monitoring 3 systems in the Atlantic Ocean. There is a 90 percent formation chance for a large low pressure system located over the far eastern tropical Atlantic Ocean less than 300 miles southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands.

Digi/ Becol Basketball tournament
The DIGI / Becol Basketball Tournament hosted by the San Ignacio and Santa Elena Basketball Association (SSBA) continued its 6th weekend with 4 games held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Sacred Heart Auditorium in San Ignacio Town.

Man found dead in Cow Pen, Stann Creek identified
Last night we reported that a man was found chopped to death in Cow Pen, Stann Creek. He has since been identified as Santiago Pop, 58.

Man charged for murder after 2 year investigation
After more than two years of investigations, police have made an arrest in the murder of Alvaro Aldana, 23. On the night of Sunday, February 19, 2017, Aldana was shot to death behind PK Store in San Ignacio, Cayo.

One dead, one detained in road traffic accident
A man is dead following a road traffic accident in Santa Elena. He has since been identified as Billy Lerma, 26. According to police, sometime after 12 o’clock on Saturday morning he was driving his motorcycle on Carillo Puerto Avenue.

Man almost kills former stepson despite restraining order
man is detained by police after he almost took the life of his former stepson. That man has since been identified as Aroldo Coc, 36.

Blogs

The Cayo District
The Cayo District boasts many wonders:caves,waterfalls, picturesque hillside towns and great people. By far the biggest draw is the colorful riverside town of San Ignacio. Being a neighbor to Guatemala, its Latin and Maya flavors are difficult to resist. Burns Avenue, San Ignacio’s cobblestoned main street, buzzes with shoppers and steaming roadside grills. As well as the iconic Hawkesworth Bridge, built in 1949, which towers over rivers. This is a place to be outdoors, and it is never dull. Saturday is the highlight of the week. It is Market Day when all the diverse ethnic population converge and inhabit the area. Mestizos prepare tacos and pupusas as you wait, while Mennonites sell their freshly-made cheeses and desserts. You’ll see stalls of homemade jams, chutneys and fruit wines, even natural peanut butter, and vibrant stalls of fresh tropical fruits and vegetables. This is the nation’s “ breadbasket.”

The Belize Zoo
“Extraordinarily exciting”, “Unbelievable”, “Thrilling up-close animals encounters”, these are only a few of the comments made about our Zoo – one of Belize’s most iconic sights. The Belize Zoo offers an immersive wildlife experience, located just 29 miles west of Belize City and stretching across 29 acres of tropical savanna. One cannot talk about the Belize Zoo without mentioning its founder, Sharon Matola, and her commitment to wildlife conservation. Miss Matola heard comments about mythical beliefs from Belizeans about their animals. The primary example is Belize’s National animal, the Central American tapir which was feared and considered dangerous and was believed to be able to skin you alive with its nose.

Visiting Placencia soon? Check out this traveler's top 10 images from their recent trip here!!!
Once you know Placencia, it is also very rewarding to watch and understand the small but meaningful changes that happen to this little village year after year. Most people that come to Placencia feel a bit of nostalgia for the way it looked when they first saw it; it is one of those places that tends to stick to travelers, because of the small town, warm welcome, you'll know everyone's name at your favorite spots by the time you leave. Placencia is one of the most vintage Caribbean-looking beach towns, that also happens to have a funky, artistic but come-as-you-are (a bit of grit!) feel that visitors come to experience again and again. Doesn't hurt that you will experience great beaches where you willl often be one of the only people on the beach, even in high season!

Scenes from the new Placencia Beach Club (formerly Fusion)!!
Shane and Heather recently opened the Placencia Beach Club - and can't say it enough, they did it perfectly!! The old club that was there, Fusion, was only a few years old, and they took the bones of it (and it was just starting to really show signs of neglect, we are so grateful for many reasons that Shane and Heather saved it!) Fusion was great, but Shane and Heather took the good parts and made it absolutely comfortable, sleek, and perfect. The food and drinks were great, the chairs were super comfortable, and the overall vibe and ambiance make it a can't miss. Placencia Beach Club is just north of the village; you cut off a lot of time if you are able to walk the beach there, it is a super pleasant and short walk.

Everything You Wanted to Know about Belize’s Rainbow of Cultures
If you travel frequently, you know that many nations claim to be melting pots, citing a mix of languages, arts, foods and customs that come together in a sort of United Nations of citizenry. But Belize truly does exemplify one of the most complex mixes of cultures on the planet; for a small nation, it’s crammed with distinct peoples with roots reaching back in time and across oceans. Come with us on a short, colorful journey of discovery as we introduce you to seven major cultural presences, each happy to call Belize home. Together, Belizeans show the world that people can live together in harmony, irrespective of their unique heritages.

Authentic Belizean Stew Chicken with Rice and Beans Recipe
Some of the best-loved foods in Belize are also the simplest. One of the classic dishes enjoyed throughout Belize is a signature take on the Caribbean standard of stew(ed) chicken with rice and beans. The perfect combination of protein and complex carbohydrates, stew chicken with rice and beans is a hearty dish that can be enjoyed throughout the year.

THE BEST (SECRET) CAVE IN BELIZE
Tiger Cave from Punta Gorda. In an adventure from Punta Gorda in Belize, I go climbing in a rarely-visited cave complex that was used by the ancient Maya for human sacrifice ceremonies. It’s pitch black everywhere. Using a small torch on my helmet, I’m able to just see the way in front of me. Climbing over limestone formations, walking around pools, trying to look around me. The space above is enormous – like an auditorium or a cathedral. The air is heavy and it’s so quiet… except for the occasional drip of water or the beating of wings high above me. I didn’t know what to expect, coming here to the Tiger Cave in Belize. It’s a site that’s accessible to tourists but has so few that I had never heard of it before or seen photos. But now that I’m here – wow, what an adventure!

Owls
What beautiful birds are owls! They are secretive, silent, and non-obtrusive – it’s like these graceful birds know their importance and elegance and they manage it with a humility of a superstar entrepreneur who doesn’t have a social media page but no one can dismiss them. In small Belize we have been blessed with wonderful places and spaces where the world can come to witness over 500 species of birds. People can come today and be in awe at first – such a small country with bubbly people with a ready smile. Then, one begins to realize that everywhere they go there are birds! Everywhere!

Belize in November - What to do?
November is a great time to visit Belize! The weather is nice (it’s the end of the rainy season) and it’s just one month prior to Belize’s high tourism season (which is December to April) so you might still get a few good cheap deals on tours and accommodations. I’ve written before on how to save on a Belize vacation so make sure to check that out. As for things to do in November, here’s a list of tours and activities. And below are three main November events worth exploring: The Battle of the Drums and the Belize Garifuna Music Festival is a celebration of Garifuna music and culture that takes place every year in Punta Gorda Town, Toledo. Some of the best drumming groups from all over Belize and Central America gather to compete and showcase their incredible talent and skills.

International Sourcesizz

Taiwan and Belize celebrate ten decades of friendship
The Embassy of Belize in Taiwan is hosting a series of cultural events to celebrate the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Taiwan. Celebrations got underway when the Embassy of Belize hosted a dinner party on Oct. 9, at which Belizean chef Sean Kuylen and a Taiwan Digout Bar & Caffe bartender provided the food and drinks. The Ambassador of Belize, Diane Haylock, and Taiwan Vice President, Chen Chien-jen, attended the event. To mark three decades of friendship that will stand the test of time, according to an Embassy of Belize press release, there will also be an art exhibition, concert, and food festival. The art exhibition featuring two Belizean artists, Rachael Heusner and Fernando Cruz, opens on Tuesday (Oct. 15) at Yuan Ru Gallery and runs until Nov. 3.

NEW TECH TO DISCOVER MORE OF FABLED MAYANS
The Mayans were a civilization known for their architecture, mathematics and astronomical beliefs, who date back to as far as 2000BC, with many of their impressive constructions still standing in the jungles of southeast Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and western parts of Honduras and we still have a lot to discover about the advanced civilization. However, thanks to a new technology known as LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) researchers were able to digitally remove the overgrown jungle of the now-unpopulated Guatemala landscape which still hides many secrets of the Mayans, revealing the ruins of a sprawling pre-Columbian civilization that was far more complex than what they had back in the day.

“White syndrome” even more catastrophic than sargassum in Quintana Roo
“In the short term, the white syndrome could be more catastrophic than the effects of sargassum in terms of economic losses. but especially when it comes to the death of marine animal species“, said marine biologist Nallely Hernández Palacios, deputy director of the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (Conanp) in the state of Quintana Roo. “In three months the white syndrome has killed 90 percent of the coral colonies within Isla Contoy National Park, where the Mesoamerican Reef System (Sistema Arrecifal Mesoamericano) begins, covering more than one thousand kilometers along the coasts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras,” said marine biologist Wilberto Antele Sangabriel, one the National park’s keepers.

Consumption of benthic cyanobacterial mats on a Caribbean coral reef
The McCoy lab at Florida State University discovered that certain angelfish, parrotfish and surgeonfish species play an important role in regulating mats of cyanobacteria on Caribbean coral reefs. Herbivory is an important process in the general structuring of coral reef benthic communities. However, evidence of its ability to control coral reef benthic cyanobacterial mats, which have recently proliferated on reefs worldwide, remains ambivalent. Here, we report that the French Angelfish (Pomacanthus paru), Striped Parrotfish (Scarus iseri), Rock Beauty (Holacanthus tricolor), Ocean Surgeonfish (Acanthurus bahianus), Blue Parrotfish (Scarus coeruleus), and Atlantic Blue Tang (Acanthurus coeruleus) consume benthic cyanobacterial mats on coral reefs in Bonaire, Netherlands. This magnitude of consumption suggests that grazing by reef fishes may represent a potentially important, but previously undocumented, top-down control on benthic cyanobacterial mats on Caribbean reefs.

Videos

  • FLOODING IN SAN IGNACIO, 1/2min. Due to the heavy rainfall the streets of San Ignacio are being flooded. the public is asked to be cautious while traveling on these streets. Heavy rains are foretasted for the next 24 to 36 hours due to the approaching are of low pressure.

  • UnBELIZEable Diving! Belize Summer Highlights, 3min.

  • TIDE Conservation Festival, min. FCD participated on the TIDE Conservation Festival held in Punta Gorda, with the aim of promoting the reduction of single use plastic.

  • Fishing in the rain in Belize City, 2min. Family fishing for shrimps on Foreshore Area.

  • Daily pigeons on Albert Street in Belize City, 2min. Pigeons daily routine in Belize City

  • Rainy day in Belize, 2min. We are getting some rain because of a storm that is affecting our ask we speak. This might a week the rivers a little. Hope we don't get flooding.

  • BELIZE CITY AUGUST 2019, 2.5min. A new country for me and my 50th country in my list. Ex British Colony with very warm and friendly people. It is the only English speaking country in the area. Enjoy

  • FLOODING IN TOLEDO, 1/2min. Our Toledo Correspondent, Paul Mahung, has sent us images of flooded areas in Indianville, Toledo District. NEMO Toledo are in the area providing assistance and advising residents in flood prone areas to secure their houses and belongings. They also advise residents to be aware of flash floods.

  • Rain on Caye Caulker, 1min.

  • Scuba Diving Belize, Ambergris Caye, 4.5min.

  • Mennonites in Belize | Old Colony Mennonites, 1min.

  • Sunset in Caye Caulker , Belize, 2min.

  • Swimming with sharks in Belize!, 16min. In this adventure, we spend a week on the island of Caye Caulker in Belize. We spend the week relaxing on the beaches, eating some good food, and snorkeling/freediving with so many amazing creatures. We get to swim with nurse sharks, rays, turtles, and even a manatee!

  • Diving for the Queen Conch! {Catch Clean and Cook}, 18min. Went up the coast here in San Pedro with the family and came back home to prepare one of the best testing ceviche known to man!!

  • So... who is up for a creepy cave tour?, 1.5min. No worries, it isn’t that creepy but it certainly is adventurous. How many of you have explored Belize’s ATM caves?