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Mexico reports highly pathogenic Avian Influenza; Belize on National Alert
The Belize Agricultural Health Authority has placed a national poultry health alert following Mexico officially reporting a major outbreak of highly pathogenic H7N3 Avian Influenza in three commercial poultry layer farms in the central Mexican state of Jalisco. Precautionary measures are being taken and border controls along the Belize/Mexico border are being strengthened. Poultry farmers, especially those in border areas, are being asked to step up their biosecurity measures. Other countries in the region, Guatemala in particular, have also called national alerts and are strengthening their surveillance and diagnostic programmes for Avian Influenza. Poultry products are safe for human consumption. The disease rarely affects humans and requires direct contact with sick birds. In humans, the disease causes conjunctivitis and mild flu symptoms. The outbreak in Mexico started on the 13th June 2012. In total, over one million birds are believed to be susceptible across the three farms and over 200,000 have already died from the outbreak. A further 60,000 have been destroyed. The sick birds showed signs of weakness, poor alertness, difficulty in breathing, were lying on their side and had drooping wings prior to death. Control measures being applied in Mexico include: movement controls on poultry and poultry products; official sampling in commercial poultry farms, backyard poultry farms, and poultry markets; assessment of biosecurity and good livestock practices; and depopulation of affected farms

Dia de San Pedro Festivities
Dia de San Pedro’s festivities included the fourth annual karaoke contest held at the old football field, as well as dance presentations and a bright fireworks display. MC for the evening was the magnanimous Eiden Salazar Jr., who called on Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Minister of Tourism and Area Representative Manuel Heredia Jr., and finally, special guest speaker of the evening, Mrs. Wilema Gonzalez. After the official opening ceremonies, it was time for the audience to be entertained by a wide variety of dances, ranging from contemporary to traditional, with a bit of modern and even a little rock and roll. As always, the San Pedro Dance Company outdid themselves with dancers as young as three through teens performing their hearts out. After the last dance, MC Eiden called the attention of those in attendance to face the lagoon side of the field, where fireworks had been prepared for blast off. As the brilliant colors shone in the dark side, everyone oohed and aahhed, enjoying the splendid display.

Belize’s Baseball Team is Panama-bound for Student Athlete Games
The San Pedro High School (SPHS) male softball team brought home a historic National Championship to the island on March 17th, 2012. Now they are preparing for a first-ever challenge for the school and for the country, as they switch gears from softball to baseball in order to represent Belize at the Student Athlete Games in Panama this coming September. The team, which comprises of students from the championship team at SPHS, as well as two St. John’s College recruits, plus a member from Independence High School, Belmopan Comprehensive High School and Belmopan Baptist, will be facing off with other National champions from other Central American countries in Panama City.

Miss Belize Contestant for Costa Maya Festival 2012
This week the International Costa Maya Festival proudly presents Miss Belize, Karen Jasmine Middleton, the 19-year-old beauty representative from the district of Corozal will be vying for the title of Reina de la Costa Maya 2012 along with seven other Central American beauties. She will join seven other contestants from around the Mundo Maya countries, including Panama, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras and Costa Rica, at the Miss Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant (August 2, 2012) that will take place during the San Pedro International Costa Maya Festival taking place from August 2 to August 5, 2012.

Mosquito Fogger and Motorcycle Donated to Town Council
Island residents are constantly complaining that not enough is being done to kill these intrusive and annoying pests. The Town Council owns only one spray fogger that is supposed to cover the entire island from North to South, East to West. Noticing such problem the Ministry of Health representatives presented to the Town Council a new fogger on Tuesday, July 3, 2012. The new fogger will alleviate the Town Council’s stress of getting all of the residential areas sprayed for mosquitoes in a timely manner.

Richard Rahn in Belize: Pro-Growth Policies Halt Fiscal Ruin
The world financial and debt crisis can, at times, be better understood by looking at a small entity that is suffering from the same diseases as the major countries. The small Central American-Caribbean nation of Belize is, in many ways, a microcosm of Europe and the United States in that its debt has grown to a level where it cannot be serviced without doing great damage to the rest of its economy. Also, the courts in Belize, like those in the U.S., give too much deference to government, which is undermining civil liberties, the rule of law and property rights. All too many judges succumb to the pressures of the political branches of government. I am here in Belize to discuss with representatives of the government and business community changes in policy that should lead to higher rates of economic growth. Belize is about the size of West Virginia but has a population of just 330,000. The budget is in millions, rather than billions or trillions of dollars, so one can still get a sense about how much is being spent and on what.

Video Pick: Belize in Lifetime Talk Show Spotlight
In case you missed it, here is the full clip of Belize being featured at The Balancing Act morning show on the Lifetime Network that aired last week Friday, June 29, 2012. Special guest Laura Esquivel-Frampton from the Belize Tourism Board introduces Belize as the Caribbean getaway's treasure to viewers with colorful photos and videos which highlight both the rich array of activities waiting for visitors to enjoy as well as the country's ancient cultural heritage. This year, Belize is celebrating the Year of the Maya. Dr. Jaime Awe, archeologist, also joined the show to tell viewers about the year-long festivities planned honoring Belize's ancient civilization and Mayan heritage. Travelers can tour the Mayan sites, explore ceremonial caves and learn from the rich artifacts that carry on their living history. The Balancing Act, America's premier morning show airs weekday mornings on Lifetime Television at 7:00am (ET/PT).; the show is about women, for women and trusted by women. The spotlight on Belize will air again on Friday, July 20, 2012.

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More Tomorrow villagers will keep some disputed land
On Tuesday night, we showed you the plot of land under dispute in the western village of More Tomorrow. The issue is one that dates back to 1998 when the land was acquired by government for agricultural development under the then U.D.P. administration of Manuel Esquivel. The acquisition was published in the gazette and two [...]

P.M. explains how crown land came into dispute
While Prime Minister Barrow says that More Tomorrow villagers will get some of the lands they claim they have been developing, both parties will be accommodated. But the burning question of how a publicly owned land ended up in the hands of a private owner is what everyone has been asking. Well, here’s how Prime [...]

Budget cuts; are they skin deep?
As have been identified per budget for fiscal year 2011/2012 versus fiscal year 2012/2013, there are some significant cuts have been done to the key high priority areas of pro poor policies and poverty reduction and social protection. Our analyst continues with another examination of the now dubbed disciplined budget. Other significant sources of revenues [...]

Boots clarifies Social Transformation budget figures
In the wake of the recent budget presentation for fiscal year 2012-2013, several experts have been weighing in on the financial outlook for the country going forward. While it has been widely described as a disciplined budget there have been increases in key areas of several government ministries, including the Ministry of Social Transformation which [...]

How would you describe this year’s budget?
And our question for tonight is: How would you describe this year’s budget? Austere, disciplined, or lacking. Send your comments and responses using your SMART phones to 8686 or post your vote on our e-poll at You can also send an email with your comments to

Modern Day Pirates shoot victim at sea
The days of Blackbeard the Pirate may be gone, but the real pirates of the Caribbean made an appearance near Colson Caye on Tuesday night. The daring robbery has left one man seriously injured after he was shot with an assault rifle. Sixty year old Cornelio Verde, a fisherman of Sarteneja Village, is tonight recovering [...]

Pirates steal boat at sea
Several hours following the Colson Caye robbery, Belize Coast Guard officials were once again called out to sea where they responded to the theft of a fishing vessel which was moored in the vicinity of Long Caye. Shortly before dawn today, Nelson Andradi, the owner of a twenty-three foot fiberglass skiff, reported that his vessel [...]

Witness’ amnesia leads to murder acquittal
In the courts, two Belize City men are free tonight after they were found not guilty of the 2008 murder of Edgar Seguro on Oleander Street in the Saint Martin’s De Porres area of Belize City. The cold blooded murder occurred in front of a group of persons just after four on the afternoon of [...]

Guilty verdict for murder of Corozal teen
While there was an acquittal in that case, the accused in another murder case was convicted today. Back in March of 2004, the partially nude body of sixteen year old Corozal Community College student Elia Gonzalez was discovered near a water a tank; some twenty four hours after she was reported missing. At that time, [...]

Attempted murder or bogus charge? Family say accused is innocent
The motive and the series of events that led to the shooting of twenty-one year old Keon Johnson in the Old Capital on June twenty-eighth is still up in the air. But today, former convict, twenty-one year old Norman McKenzie—who was accused of firing the weapon that injured Johnson on the left foot—was charged in [...]

Superbond deadline of $46 Million payment on horizon
No one will be charged with attempted murder for the largest bond that weighs heavily on the government. The Superbond contains two Bear Stearns bonds, a US one hundred and twenty-five million dollar Bond and a US one hundred million dollar Bond; one from the R.B.T.T. Merchant Bank Limited for US seventy-six million dollars and [...]

$9 Million needed for Belize/Guatemala Referendum
The bond is not the only financial responsibility that waits in the horizon. The P.M. also projects a nine million dollars bill for the Belize Guatemala Referendum that is scheduled to take place on October sixth 2013. Residents in both countries will vote on whether or not the claim will be taken to the International [...]

Media houses boycott K.H.M.H. press conference
The Karl Heusner was subjected to an audit after former employee, Delroy Herrera, became a whistle blower. Documents were released that allegedly showed questionable K.H.M.H. credit card uses, allegedly improper procurement practices, payment procedures and even poor oversight of projects. Well, the K.H.M.H. promptly sent out a press release claiming that the audit showed that [...]

Sign up for three by three basketball tournament
Pick-up basketball or three by three, as common as it is an alternative to a full-court match, is arguably more competitive than its five-on-five sibling. Realizing its popularity, the Belize Basketball Federation (B.B.F.) along with Bowen and Bowen Limited have organized a tournament inviting teams of three with an opportunity to represent Belize in the [...]

Summer Camp threatened with closure
And while that activity is inspiring hoop dreams, another youth oriented activity is trying to keep its promises from being deferred. A summer camp in the St. Martin De Porres Area has been ongoing for the last thirteen years; but it could be the last one as the economic downturn is threatening to close it [...]

Lifeline Foundation gives to 2 Cancer Organizations
Two organizations dedicated to providing care and treatment for cancer received much needed financial boost today. Lifeline Foundation of Belize gifted the institutions with funds to develop comprehensive program for children with cancer. The focus, says the charitable group, is to alleviate the increasing need to provide treatment and facilities for this vulnerable group. News [...]

Edited by Marty (11/17/12 10:00 AM)