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Today's Belize News: March 25, 2013
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Do you know the fear that comes when you’re anticipating change? It starts with an ache, somewhere in the chest, or perhaps it’s the stirring of butterflies in the stomach. Or you find yourself fighting to catch your breath so often that you start hyperventilating. Often times I wish things would happen with a bang, rather than the slow build, build, build…till its happened and I completely miss it.
The March 24th, 2013 issue of The STAR (Cayo) is online HERE
This Week's Stories:
- Convicted Guatemalan Man Vanishes:
While San Ignacio police remained
tight lipped, as has now become
the rule rather than the exception,
reliable reports reaching us indicate
that a gun charged convicted
Guatemalan man disappeared from
the cell block in the middle of the
evening hours on Monday, March 18,
The embarrassing incident is being
kept hush hush as no one is saying
anything not even if any of the
cameras in the area of the cell block
captured the escape as it unfolded.
Reports are that Walter Leonel
Boteo Ralda, 22, Guatemalan male
of a Belize Central Prison address in
Hattieville where he is spending a
five year sentence on a firearm possession charge, was brought from prison on the Monday morning run
although he was not slated to appear
in court, on other charges, until the
following day, Tuesday, March 19,
- Three Small Weed Trees In
Blackman Eddy Village:
San Ignacio police returned to their
base station with three five inch
marijuana plants, the product of an
early Saturday morning anti-drug
operations in Blackman Eddy Village
on the George Price Highway.
Police reports that during the early
morning hours on Saturday, March
16, whilst on an anti-drug operation,
they visited the Blackman Eddy
Village home of Henry Gordon.
Present at the time were Gordon and
his common-law-wife. A detailed
search of the house produced
nothing of an incriminating nature.
The search continued outside the
house where, in the yard near an
outhouse the police is said to have found a plastic vase filled with earth
in the middle of which stood a 5 inch
suspected marijuana plant.
- Hon. Rene Montero
Working For Cayo Central:
Keeping true to his promise to
address the needs of his constituency,
Minister of Works and Transport,
Hon. Rene Montero has undertaken
the refurbishment of the basketball
court in Santa Elena.
Minister Montero informed that
this latest project will entail a total
transformation of this important
sporting facility in Santa Elena.
"The works," explained Minister
"encompasses the replacement of
the perimeter fence, the filling
of the grounds around the
court, behind and between the
bleachers, the bathrooms and the
vending house as well as the
construction of a cement walkway
linking the court to the nearby
- Medical Training For San Ignacio Hospital Staff:
A group of forty members of staff
of the San Ignacio Community
Hospital today participated in a basic
life support training seminar
conducted by members of the Belize
Emergency Response Team (BERT).
Dr. Misael Ramirez, medical
chief of staff at the San Ignacio
Community Hospital, informed that
the one day basic life support training
involved the participation of several
departments of the hospital including
doctors, nurses, pharmacists, lab
technicians, drivers, dentists and
The overall goal of the training said
Dr, Ramirez, is to ensure that each
member of staff can identify and
assist the general public with basic life
support techniques which may prove
invaluable in times of emergency.
- Bullet Tree Family Fun
The Bullet Tree Neighbourhood
Committee will be having it first
family fun day on March 23th 2013
at bullett tree football field.
PC. Jason Jones informs that the
“main purpose of this funfilled
day is for the bullett tree committee
to raise much needed funds
and also to bring the residents of
the village together and enjoy a
day full of fun for the entire
There will be lots to eat and drink.
Come and bring the whole family and
support the Bullet Tree Neighborhood
- Thank You, Pallotine Sisters:
With very grateful hearts and
nostalgic memories, we have begun
the celebrations marking the one
hundred years of service by the
Pallotine Sisters to the people and
country of Belize.
It was on June 2, 1921 that the first
four Pallotines arrived in San Ignacio,
known then as El Cayo. These four
German nationals were Sisters
Dominica, Radigundis, Sebastiana
and Veronica. They had left their
families, homes and country to serve
us, mainly as teachers in our primary
schools of San Ignacio and Santa
Elena. Over the years, these four
pioneers were joined and succeeded
by others, including our own Belizean
Hundreds of us – our sons and
daughters, our brothers and sisters,
our aunts and uncles, our cousins
and friends, our own parents and
grandparents – were touched by the
positive influence of these committed
followers of Vincent Pallotti.
And they knew so much!
- Launch of BRDP II Project, “Making Tourism Benefit
Communities Adjacent to Archaeological Sites”:
The Belize Tourism Board, along
with the National Institute of Culture
and History, are proud to announce
the launch of a European Union s
upported Action entitled, “Making
Tourism Benefit Communities
Adjacent to Archaeological Sites.”
The launch took place at 9:30 a.m.
on Wednesday, March 20th, 2013,
at the House of Culture in Belize
The BTB received a grant from the
European Union in November 2012,
for BZ$2.75m for a project with
a total estimated cost of $4 million
BZD. The project, scheduled to be
implemented over 24 months, seeks
to improve economic opportunities
in rural communities and contribute
to the reduction of poverty by
enhancing the overall tourism
experience through improvements to
tourism infrastructure and the services
offered. The tourism experience will
be enhanced at the archaeological
sites of Xunantunich, Barton Creek,
Actun Tunichil Muknal, Caves
Branch, Altun Ha, Lamanai, Nim Li
Punit, Lubaantun, and Blue Creek.
- Rotary Convention Held In San Ignacio:
Recently 245 Rotarians, from as far
away as Canada, the U.S.A. and
Panama and as close as Belize
converged on San Ignacio to
celebrate the 18th Rotary International
Conference of Belize, Guatemala and
Honduras. This prestigious four day
event which takes place every third
year in Belize, was the foremost
Rotary event of the year.
This yearly Rotary International
Conference has always been held in
a major city of the host country i.e.,
in Guatemala it is always held in
Guatemala City, in Honduras it
alternates between Tegucigalpa and
San Pedro Sula, and in Belize—Belize
City. However, this year’s District
Governor, Andre Lopez, chose
to break tradition and hold the
Conference in his home town of San
- Grandparents 'May Relay Autism Risk To Grandchildren':
The risk of developing autism may
be passed on through - and not just
to - future generations, researchers
The international study suggests
older fathers are more likely to have
grandchildren with autism than their
The mechanism is unclear but it is
thought they may transmit "silent
mutations" to their grandchildren.
But experts have urged caution,
stressing autism is the result of many
The study, looking at almost 6,000
people with the condition, is published
in the journal Jama Psychiatry.
According to the National Autistic
Society, more than one in every 100
people in the UK have the condition.
Previous studies suggested older
fathers may be at greater risk of
having children with autism than
- International Red Carpet Affair Caribbean Style:
This year's International Red
Carpet Affair Caribbean Style will be
an exciting one, and most anticipated
event for year. It's set to one of the
best!!! there is a star lineup with some
of the most influential individual
from Belize that has done some
outstanding jobs through-out the years
both in US and back home. They
have served on committee's and have
been supporting several organization
in Belize and the United States. The
event will be held at the Hollywood
Park Casino on April 20th 2013. It's
the 3rd annual and is sure to be on of
the best event for 2013.
The night will start off with a Waltz
and Return of the Mac contest
followed by the Life time Achievement
Award presentation. Those receiving
awards that night will be Prof.
Drummonds, Mr. Jose Moreno,
Mr. Ray Gongora, Mrs. Martha
Martinez, Mr.Ellis Cayatano, Mr
Fred Dixxon, Mr.Harry Shaw Sr.,
Pelle Ellis, Guwie Posse and
- Guatemala Ex-ruler Rios Montt On Trial For Genocide:
The trial of the former military ruler
of Guatemala, Efrain Rios Montt,
for genocide and crimes against
humanity has begun in Guatemala City.
During Mr Rios Montt's 17-month
rule in the 1980s, more than 1,700
indigenous people are thought to have
The UN says it is the first time a
former head of state has faced a
national court for such crimes - rights
activists say the trial is "historic".
The former general denies the
charges. The trial is expected to last
Shortly before the start of the trial,
the defence team of 86-year old was
His new lawyers filed motions which
could have delayed the proceedings,
but were rejected by the court.
Gen Rios Montt faces charges of
crimes against humanity in connection
with the killing of 1,771 indigenous
Mayans during his rule in 1982-1983.
- World Rotaract Week 2013:
Rotaract – AWay of Life!
From March 11-17, 2013,
Rotaract Clubs around the world
celebrated World Rotaract Week
2013 in commemoration of the first
Rotaract Club that was chartered on
March 13, 1968. The Rotaract Club
of San Ignacio planned a week’s
worth of activities in lieu of this grand
event. These included the launching
of the Club’s official logo, presentations
on recent projects from the
Rotary &Rotaract Clubs of San
Ignacio, a quiz night for club
members and community service
The Rotary and Rotaract Clubs of
San Ignacio embarked on a joint Gift
(Food) Baskets Project that was
carried out on Saturday, March 16,
2013 in Benque. In collaboration with
the Help Age Center and Mount
Carmel Primary School in Benque
Viejo, the Rotary and Rotaract Clubs
of San Ignacio partnered together,
and went from home to home
distributing the 20 food baskets to the
elderly, single mothers and other
deserving families. Part 2 of this
project will take place in Santa Elena
- Pope Francis In Plea For Poor As Inauguration Mass Held:
Pope Francis has inaugurated his
papacy at a Mass in Rome, calling on
global leaders and all the people of
the world to defend the poor and the
Up to 200,000 people attended the
Mass in St Peter's Square.
His homily focused on protection -
of the environment, children, the
elderly and those in need, who he said
were "often the last we think
Francis was elected by a conclave
of cardinals last week to take over
from Benedict XVI.
Benedict became the first pontiff in
600 years to abdicate last month.
Citing his age, 85, he said he could
no longer continue in the post.
- The ICJ Referendum Appears To Be Dead In The Water:
In remarks delivered Wednesday
evening at the George Washington
University’s Ambassador Series
forum in Washington, DC, Belizean
Ambassador to the U.S. and O.A.S.,
Nestor Mendez, made clear that the
Belizean government is “frustrated”
and “upset” with recent actions by
the Guatemalan government. His
comments and answers to questions
from the audience indicate the whole
ICJ referendum process is now in
serious jeopardy. Furthermore, Belize
clearly feels while it has acted in good
faith, the Guatemalans have let them
down and even disrespected them
during this last week in particular.
I’ve known Ambassador Mendez
for several years now and the always
unflappable diplomat showed clear
signs of frustration and even said at
one point, “I’m sorry if I seem
upset but it’s not the first time our
neighbors have bowed out. It’s not
This was a special night for the
Ambassador as he returned to his
alma mater to deliver an address at
one of the George Washington
University’s most distinguished
- What Will Happen If Belizeans Vote Against Going To The ICJ:
By: Wellington C. Ramos
If the people of Belize vote “NO”
to take the Guatemalan dispute to the
International Court of Justice (ICJ),
then the agreement signed between
Guatemala and Belize will be fulfilled.
This will also happen if the people
of Guatemala were to vote “NO” in
their Referendum which is scheduled
to take place simultaneously in both
countries on October 6, 2013. I have
read carefully the Anglo-Guatemalan
Treaty signed between Great Britain
and Guatemala in 1859 and based on
that I am fully confident that the court
will rule in favor of Belize.
In this treaty Guatemala accepted
and acknowledged the boundaries of
Belize which exist up to this day. If
the Government of Guatemala did not
like anything that was contained in that
document then they should not have
- STAR Humor
- Your Weekly Horoscope and Lucky Numbers
- Letters to the Editor
- Public Notices
The San Pedro Sun
Doctor Love: I’m Clingy. Help!
Oy. This young lady finds herself very attached, turns clingy and then, there goes the relationship. What would the good doctor recommend?
Sharks and Rays – Worth more alive than dead
Wolfe’s Woofer: Ambition
A teacher asks her young students what they want to be when they grow up. Davin's answer is fabulous, but the next student's response tops it.
Misc Belizean Sources
Suffering from heavy burn season smoke
We have heavy smoke from dry season fires for a few days now. A friend turned me on to a NASA link for global view of fires. Thought some of you might find it interesting.
ps: Hope we get the cooler weather and rains predicted for mid week in the coming week. I could use a good rinse!
MCHS Via Crucis
Mount Carmel High School had their Stations of the Cross parade in Benque. One week until Easter.
Miss Tourism Belize Finals
The Miss Toursim Belize finals are next Saturday on the top floor of the JNC mall. Miss Nancy Vellos is representing San Ignacio.
"So tickets are going folks, so make sure you get yours asap, and great seating. We do have VIP, Reserve and regular seating, they are all great seats, only VIP comes closer to the runway,cocktails and photo shoot with the delegates, published in the Locations Magazine, Maya Heartland. Call 6284498 or 6041067 for delivery in San Ignacio and Santa Elena area!!"
Bullet Tree Falls Family Day
Bullet Tree Falls had their Family Day Saturday. There were fun and games for everyone.
"The Bullet Tree Falls Neighborhood Watch Committee today sponsored a family fun day. It featured sporting activities, including football and volleball at the football field in the village."
East Cayo Qualification Tournament Pictures
The BNYCF had another chess qualification tournament, this time at the George Price Centre in Belmopan. Keep those kids thinking! They are all winners!
"Tournament wasa great success thanks to all the volunteers help, and parents who cheered up for the kids and helped with puzzles!"
Belize K-9 Team Protects Xunantunich
Not only is Xunantunich getting a new visitor's center, but now they have a K-9 team there as part of their 'Paws on the Ground' initiative. A big thanks to the BTIA and BTB for building Xico his luxury kennel. The Belize K-9 team has been keeping Belize safe - taking a bite out of crime - for almost a year now. Thanks, guys!
"As of March 20, 2013 we now have 'Paws on the Ground' at the Xunantunich Archaeology Site. With financial assistance from the Belize Tourism Board and the Belize Tourism Industry Association, a new kennel was constructed and a K-9 team has been deployed to assist with the security of the site. Meet 'Xico' and his partner Pvt. Erwin Escobar. Go ahead and run bandito, you'll just go to jail with bite marks!"
Mennonite Gurls A'ken Cook: Cinnamon Biscuit Roll
Thishere wuz a favert uf mine t'bake wen I wuz a yung teenage gurl. I would bake up a numbr uf these cinnamon biscuit rolls fer air lunches fer skool t'nex day. Mah siblings luved it becawz that meent thar would be a change frum t'usual bologna sandwiches. I remembr packin' mah lunch kit full uf rolls and the I would trade at skool with goodies frum mah friens lunches. And I wuz picky, I didn##Q##t trade off a roll jes fer innythang! N' t'end I ended up with a purty good varietee uf items! I##Q##m nairy shure why mah Mom allowd me t'pack jes these rolls fer a lunch..altho I reckon she enjoyed t'steries uf mah trades wen I *** trayler frum skool. And mind y'all I wasn##Q##t allowd t'bake these rolls jes anytime I lackd. Maybe it wuz on thems days wen thar wasn##Q##t much else t'pack. I##Q##m shure I used more sugar and cinnamon noe thun I would have bee allowd t'back the.
“Easy” in Ambergris Caye, Belize
After all of the excitement on Saturday for the final pour – the roof – for our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize Rose and I decided we would have an easy Sunday.
We had a leisurely breakfast whilst we discussed the type of cabinets we are going to have for each of the bathrooms and the powder room. And the shelving in the hall closet and the utility (laundry) room. Nothing taxing at all.
Having settled on what we would like we decided that we would go to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize later but first would spend a little time lounging on the beach in front of the condo we are renting. I took my Kindle and Rose took her iPod. Perfect!
After around two hours of really taking it easy we went in to have showers (it was really hot yesterday with very little by way of breeze) got dressed and drove up to Tres Cocos where, without any of the guys there, we were able to measure the exact spaces where the cabinets will go so that we could ‘sense check’ the decisions we had taken earlier in the day.
Hole in the jungle floor, Belize
Belize offers picture perfect scenery such as the photo above which is a hole in the jungle floor.
Not everyone is good at everything
Last Tuesday was a good reminder for me that not everyone is good at everything and if you want to get good at something it can sometimes take a lot of practice.
Evelyn made chest compressions look so easy, but for those us who were practicing we soon got a taste of just how exerting they can be. I have to say I am happy that there were 26 people getting trained in the room that were better at doing chest compressions than I am. I am also happy that due to the increasing numbers of staff being sent for first aid training there is a good chance I will be near one of them in the event of an emergency.
First Aid tip from Evelyn - Make sure we put ourselves first in first aid as we cannot be of help to someone in need if we do not act properly and with confidence, this includes tiring yourself out before help arrives on the scene.
A big thanks to Fido’s Restaurant and Bar for hosting the Belize Red Cross and the following participating businesses: The Phoenix, Victoria House, South Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch, Red Ginger Restaurant, Blue Tang Inn, Banana Beach Resort, Coco Loco’s Beach Bar, Elvi’s Kitchen, Pedro’s Hotel, Cowboy’s Pool bar, and Grand Caribe all received certified first aid training.
More Pictures From 2013 Band Fest In Belmopan And The Winners
Yesterday was a very busy day in Belmopan. It felt like the whole country came out to support the youth of Belize in the 2013 Band Fest. And it wasn’t easy. Yesterday may have been one of the hottest days of my life. Soaring to 100 degrees, these kids all deserve an extra medal for soldiering in the parade and then on the field in hot marching band uniforms. Seriously seriously impressive. I didn’t make it long.
Some parade VIPs. Rene Villanueva of LoveFM on the far left, Miss Debbie from Chicago, the Mayor of Belmopan and in red, Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State and head of the Jesse White Tumblers.
Here were the winners in the end. The category of Drum Corp 1. Holy Redeemer from Belize City 2. Dangriga 3. Belmopan Youth
Wind Instrument Band. 1. Corozal Community College 2. Benque Viejo Marching Band 3. Succotz Festival Band
Best Uniforms: Belmopan Youth and Most Popular by Phone Voting: Corozal Community College
The Ulimate Water Adventures in Belize
The barrier reef lies close to shore of Belize, creating a veritable playground for water sports. Sail, kayak or jet ski. Windsurf, kite surf or para-sail. A day’s sailing and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters is (we think) a near-perfect way to spend your day. Here are some suggestions of things to do, right off your beach…
If you are based on the northern cayes, enjoy a half day of snorkeling at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, swimming amongst beautiful shoals of tropical fish, turtles, eagle rays, stingrays, moray eels and grouper.
Follow this up with a dip at Shark Ray Alley, a site where local fishermen used to clean their catch, which attracted more carnivorous species such as big southern stingrays and nurse sharks. Also look out for yellowtail snapper, parrotfish, sergeant majors and french angelfish in amongst the coral. When you’ve swallowed about as much salt water as you can take, kick back on a gentle boat ride to Caye Caulker and relax in one of the sleepy waterfront restaurants or explore the local art shops.
Soca Warriors held 0-0 by Belize
Trinidad and Tobago came away with a scoreless draw with hosts Belize in an encounter that saw both teams create but fail to put away their scoring chances at the FFB Stadium in Belmopan on Saturday night.
The friendly international, which was used as a CONCACAF Gold Cup tune up for the two teams, would have left both sides cautiously optimistic after avoiding defeat, but saw the visitors unable to beat the Central Americans at that venue for a second time, as the teams also battled to a 0-0 draw under then coach Russell Latapy in 2010.
Four of T&T's 2006 World Cup players started together for the first time in over three years, with Kenwyne Jones and Cornell Glen used up front and Christopher Birchall and captain Densill Theobald in the midfield. Keon Daniel also made a return to the starting line up and connected well with Joevin Jones on the left for T&T and caused their opponents some problems, particularly in the opening half.
Belize Visa and Residency Information
As with many other countries, Belize requires visitors to have sufficient funds to support themselves, a return ticket, and a passport. Passports must be valid up until time of departure.
You can stay in Belize for up to one month without a visa. If you want to stay longer, however, you need to go to the Immigration Department in Belize City or Belmopan, or to the Senior Immigration Officer in an outlying district for a visa extension.
BELIZEAN FISH SERRE FOR #WEEKDAYSUPPER
TWO WEEKS AGO WE WERE STANDING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BELIZEAN JUNGLE.
OUT THE WINDOW TODAY? KIND OF DEPRESSING ISN’T IT?
We had the most amazing vacation and I completely fell in love with the Caribbean and Central America. Like, head over heels in love. My only complaint was that we just didn’t have enough time! Today I’m sharing a Belizean seafood recipe for #WeekdaySupper. What is #WeekdaySupper you ask? You’ve seen me participating in #SundaySupper for months now, but the Sunday team is also taking turns hosting a recipe each day. We’ll share a recipe each weekday to get your family around the table every day!
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