Wednesday, October 27, 2010

At Large Jaguar Euthanized

Bruce Cullerton (deceased)

In a bizarre twist of fate, and to date the only fatality related to Hurricane Richard, was the death of American Ex-pat Bruce Cullerton when sometime on Monday a contained jaguar escaped from his hurricane damaged enclosure and lethally mauled Cullerton.

The grim accident took place near the Belize Zoo on the Western Highway after the area took a direct hit from the hurricane Sunday night. Professional wildlife photographers and owners of the animal compound where the jaguar was contained, Richard and Carol Foster, reported that their property had sustained a lot of damage and that the jaguar had escaped. Reports speculate that their neighbor Cullerton may have been trying to rescue his dog from the jaguar attack when he lost his life.

Tuesday afternoon news reports were rampant about the attack and Belize Wildlife Department (BFD) Officials, along with law enforcement, Belize Zoo personnel and local animal experts descended on the area to determine their next move. In a phone interview with Wildlife Officer Rasheda Sampson, Sampson told The SPSUN that last night a team of highly trained animal experts, including the BFD, set up a series of snare traps with sensors along the Foster and Cullerton’s property. At approximately 9:30pm they successfully snared the animal within feet of its home enclosure and after positive identification the jaguar was euthanized.

For the complete story read The San Pedro Sun tomorrow.

Jessel Lauriano to represent Belize at Miss World Pageant 2010

Be sure to stay tuned to the TV on Saturday, October 30, 2010 and watch for Miss Belize Jessel Lauriano as she represents the Jewel at the Miss World Pageant. Held in Hainan Island at the Crown Plaza Hotel, China, the pageant will be televised to well over 1 billion viewers.
At the moment, the channel that will be airing the pageant has not been confirmed, but it is most likely that Telemundo or Televisa will be airing the Spanish version, so stay tuned!!
About Jessel Lauriano:
Jessel aspires to have a successful career in Social Work helping young people. Her hobbies include singing, dancing, softball, basketball and Graphic Designing. Best of luck to Miss Belize!

BEL Works to Restore Power to Several Communities in the Belize and Stann Creek District

Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) advises that it is working to restore power to the following areas that were affected by Hurricane Richard.

· Lords Bank Village
· Old Northern Highway from the Mile 19 junction on the Northern Highway to Maskall
· Westlake, Western Pines and Sunset Park communities
· On the Western Highway from Bainsville to Mile 25 and Franks Eddy to La Democracia
· All of Freetown Sibun
· Belize River Valley from Scotland Halfmoon to Rancho Dolores and Lemonal
· Along the Hummingbird Highway from Alta Vista to St. Margaret Villages
· Mullins River

The Company expects to have power restored to these areas by later tonight.

Customers outside of the above mentioned areas are asked to call BEL to make a report, if they remain without power.

In Belize City, a number of transformers, service poles and service connections were damaged and as a result, pockets of customers may still be without power. The Company will continue to carry out these necessary repairs and restore power as soon as possible.

BEL also reminds the public to stay away from fallen, broken or low hanging electric lines or poles.

BEL thanks customers for their patience, during these power restoration works.


5th Annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade, Bigger and Brighter

Press Release – San Pedro Holiday Lighted Boat Parade – October 26th, 2010 – The Fifth Annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade will be held on Saturday, December 4th. This eagerly awaited event promises to be even MORE SPECTACULAR than last year with beautiful lighted boats bringing in the Holidays by “cruising” the shoreline of San Pedro Town from Boca del Rio to Caribbean Villas and back. This colorful parade is scheduled to commence at 7:00 p.m. With the support of the business community, this year the Committee has opted to increase the Cash Prizes in the various categories. The Best Overall Winner will receive $1000; Best Overall (2nd place) - $500; Most Artistic - $500; Best Religious - $500; Junior Division -$500 worth of School Supplies; and of course, the coveted Mayor Trophy among other Fabulous Prizes.

From now through to November 26th you can join in the parade for FREE. A late entry fee of $25 will be charged to anyone registering after the abovementioned date. Enter any type of water vessel - the only requirement is that there MUST be lights on board.

The Parade Committee will be collecting sponsorships for this beautiful event. Sponsorships can be in the form of cash donation and/or trophy sponsorship, etc. Watch for more details to come your way soon. If you are interested in participating by way of a sponsorship, boat entry or help on the committee, please contact Jan Brown at 226-2059/662-2725; stop by Coral Beach Realty to register or call Felix Ayuso 226-2198/2788 or 663-9922. For more information please visit our website:

Start planning now and let’s make this THE MOST SPARKLING HOLIDAY LIGHTED BOAT PARADE EVER!!!!!

This year's Garifuna Settlement Day theme is:

"Gibe Memegili Wayumaha; Lidanba Uarani Wawansera"

"We continue to have many aspirations; in unity we advance"