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Today's Belize News: April 15, 2013
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The April 14, 2013 issue of The STAR (Cayo) is online HERE
This Week's Stories:
- Four Charged For Ten Bullets:
lena, Cayo led to the discovery of
ten bullets and the arrest of all four
occupants of the house.
It was in the early hours of the
morning on Thursday, April 11, when
at team of policemen, acting upon
information received visited the
residence of Kaing Contreras
located on Eden Drive in Santa Elena.
Armed with a search warrant the
police arrived at exactly 3:45 am
announcing their intention to search
Contreras reportedly invited the police to conduct the search which
eventually led to the kitchen where a
plastic bag, containing 10 live rounds
of FC 25 ammunition was found in a
plastic bag on top of the refrigerator.
The discovery led to the detention
of all four occupants of the house who
were later identified as the home
owner Kaing Contreras, 27, clerk;
Shelly Lemus, 22, domestic and
Alvaro Aldana, 19, labourer, all
Belizeans and a 17 year old
Guatemalan labourer, Angel
Ermando Recinos all residing at the
Eden Drive house.
- Vega and Meda Busted With Over
One Hundred Pounds Of Weed:
San Ignacio police is this week
reporting the interception of a cargo
of over one hundred pounds of
western weed suspected to have
been destined for eastern streets.
The report reaching us indicate that the sun was just setting in the western
horizon when shortly before 6:00 pm
on Thursday, April 4 San Ignacio
police received the initial information
of a weed carrying car heading
By the time San Ignacio police got its act together, the car carrying the
weed had already slipped pass San
Ignacio from Benque Viejo heading
full speed ahead in an easterly
- Police Investigates
Police Traffic Accident:
A four year old boy, the victim of a
road traffic accident involving a
police vehicle, was today rushed to
the Community Hospital in San
It was shortly after 7:00 pm on
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 when police
driver/Special Constable Domingo
Kan, 46, was driving a black police
Hilux with Belmopan license plates
B-0145 on Bullet Tree Road heading
to the San Ignacio Community on
official police duties.
In a report to the police, Kan
informed that as he was driving on
Bullet Tree Road he observed a child
dashing across the road in the
pathway of the vehicle he was
- Empowering Education, for Children in Today’s Society:
Students of the University of Belize
from the of Faculty of Education and
Arts, Belmopan Campus, will hold a
community outreach symposium
entitled: “Empowering Education
for Children in Today’s Society”.
The bi-annual event will be held on
April 18, 2013 from 10:30 am to 1:30
pm at the reception hall, Jaguar
The symposium is aimed at
enriching participants with an
understanding and strategies to
overcome barriers that negatively
impact teaching and learning.
Informational booths will be on
display about important topics
concerning: Career Options,
Vocational Programs, Parent
workshop for CXC, Workshop for
PSE, Motivational Learning,
Managing Stress, Behavioral
Disorders, Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder: ADHD, and
Oppositional Defiant Disorder: ODD.
- Mendez Pleas Guilty To Criminal Charges:
The court appearance of a Benque
Viejo Town pharmacist was fast
tracked this Thursday morning when
the presiding Magistrate, Attorney
Linsbert Willis, was advised by the
defense of the intention of the accused
to change from a not guilty to a guilty plea.
Cesar Mendez, brother of
PUP Orange Walk East area
representative, Marco Tulio
Mendez, was criminally charged
back in June of last year with three
counts of aggravated assault of an
indecent nature committed against a
12 year old female minor.
Since the arrest last year, Mendez
has consistently maintained a not guilty
plea. The next appearance in court
was set for Thursday, April 25 as
court cases are currently heard only
on Thursdays in Benque Viejo Town.
- Uncle Accused Of Molesting Nieces:
prison as he stands accused of
sexually assaulting two of his nieces.
A mother, accompanied by two
daughters, visited the police station in
Benque Viejo Town where the two
minors, in statements to the police
informed that the uncle had sexual
relations with one and touched the
A medical examination conducted
last Friday, April 5, confirmed that the
thirteen year old girl was indeed
carnally known. She told the police
that her uncle, Alejandro Martinez
had sexual intercourse with her,
against her will, on two separate
occasions the last such encounter being in June 2012.
- Mexico Government Says Drug-Related
Murders Down By 14%:
Mexico's government says there
have been fewer drug-related murders
in Mexico since President Enrique
Pena Nieto came to power on 1
It said the number of drug-related
killings between December and April
had fallen by 14% compared to the
same period a year earlier.
Mr Pena Nieto says the fight against
crime is one of his main priorities.
Shortly after coming into office he
announced the creation of a new
Government spokesman Eduardo
Sanchez said 4,249 people had been
killed by organised crime gangs
between 1 December 2012 and 1
April 2013, a fall of 14% compared
to the same four months a year
The government of former
president Felipe Calderon stopped
releasing figures of drug-related
violence in September 2011, but
Interior Minister Miguel Angel
Osorio Chong said the federal
government had continued to keep a
- US Blacklists Honduran 'Drug Lord' Chepe Handal:
The United States Treasury has
frozen any assets held in the US by
the alleged leader of a Honduran
The US Treasury accused Jose
Miguel Handal Perez, known as
"Chepe Handal", of smuggling
cocaine from Colombia and
Venezuela to Mexican drug cartels.
Mr Handal and his family have
been banned from doing any business
with US citizens and companies.
He has denied the accusations.
"They fell on me like a bucket
of water. We are trying to clarify
the situation, as we do not know
where they originate," he told the
AFP news agency.
His wife, Ena Elizabeth
Hernandez Amaya, and his father,
Jose Miguel Handal Larach, have
also been blacklisted by the US
- Another Load Of Guatemalan Weed:
Police is reporting the seizure of yet
another cargo of Guatemalan weed
making its way into Belize.
While the earlier cargo this week
was captured by San Ignacio police,
Benque Viejo police is claiming fame
for this one weighing a few more
pounds than the San Ignacio Police
It was exactly ten minutes to
midnight on Tuesday, April 9, 2013,
when Benque Viejo police received
information of a group of male
persons waking on the Hydro road
towards Benque Viejo Town
carrying suspicious cargo “Makapal”
style on their backs and strapped
across their shoulders.
Police rushed to the location where they came upon a group of men on
the Hydro Road. Realizing that the
visitors were policemen, the men
dashed into nearby bushes and
disappeared into the night and in the
process leaving behind three sacks
later found to contain weed, water,
food and a few items of clothing.
- National Agriculture and Trade Show:
The National Agriculture and Trade
Show Committee is pleased to
announce the winners of this year
Farmers of the Year 2013:
Senior Farmer – Mr. George
Choj. Mr. Choj is 30 years old of
Cristo Rey Road in the Cayo District.
He currently owns 25 acres of land
of which 12 acres are developed into
crop and livestock. Mr. Choj’s farm
is diversified and mostly based on the Integrated Farming System Concept.
His activities involve both Crop
(Periurban) and Livestock production
through which he maximizes the
by-products of each activity to
generate income, reduce cost and
improve product quality. Woman Farmer – Mrs. Sharon
Moody. Mrs. Moody is from
Scotland Half-moon in the Belize
District and is 28 years of age. Mrs.
Moody is a dedicated farmer who has
been involved in mixed farming
activities for the past seventeen years.
Her farm consists of a combination
of agricultural activities which include
crop and livestock production. Her
farm produces an assortment
livestock for consumption and for the
local market also she is involved in
the agro processing of diverse
products to include goat cheese, jams,
jellies, pine apple, cashew, coconut
oil and cohune oil for income
- Tens Of Thousands At US Immigration Reform Rallies:
Tens of thousands of demonstrators
have rallied across the US in a mass
call for citizenship for millions of
The co-ordinated protests were
designed to press Congress to act as
senators negotiate an immigration
In Washington DC cheering crowds
gathered outside the Capitol, and
more than 1,000 demonstrated in
Lawmakers are expected soon to
unveil a bill that would grant a path to
legal status for undocumented
The push for immigration reform
follows an election in which Hispanic
voters overwhelmingly supported
President Barack Obama and
- STAR Humor
- Your Weekly Horoscope and Lucky Numbers
- Letters to the Editor
- Public Notices
The April 14, 2013 issue of The Capital Weekly is online HERE
This Week's Stories:
- Plus TV Defames Saldivar?:
Belmopan Rep Takes Andrews and Plus TV to Court. Minister of National
and Area Representative
for Belmopan, Hon.
John Saldivar has filed a law suit
against Patrick Andrews and
PLUS TV for comments made
by Andrews against Saldivar,
comments which the Minister
says cannot be proven, that are
absolutely untrue and manufactured.
The comments were
made by Andrews on Plus TV’s
Morning Show, Rise and Shine
in an exchange between Andrews
and Minister of Education
Hon. Patrick Faber who
was a guest on the show.
were regarding the use of public
funds which Saldivar, as an area
representative, was authorized
to utilize, in accordance with financial
regulations, to provide
assistance to his constituents during the Christmas Season.
- The Media Polices Everyone
Who Will Police the Media ?:
or so, there
has been a proliferation
of media entities,
shows, mainly on
have become a staple
of the Belizean diet.
has grown exceedingly
every media organization
to dominate listenership,
being able to feed
the public’s insatiable
appetite for scandal
It is, some will
argue, an inevitable
feature of a developed,
in our case, a
It is often hailed as Liberalism and an
essential tool of a
- New Deputy
At a meeting of the
Belmopan City Council
held on Tuesday, 9th April
2013, Mr. Joel Westby was
elected as the new Deputy
Mayor of Belmopan
for 2013-2014. He succeeds
Umaña who held the post
for two consecutive years,
2011/2012 and 2012/2013.
Mr. Westby is a
well-known educator who
is presently teaching at the
Kuxlin Ha Government
School in Belmopan.
The Mayor, Councillors
and Workers of the
Belmopan City Council
wish him every success
in his new assignment.
- Belmopan Bandits T-Shirts for Sale:
Fans of the Belmopan Bandits
Football Club are advised
that the official Bandits
Team Jersey is on Sale
at a price of $50.00 each.
Visit our Team Facebook
page at www.facebook/
belmopanbandits or email
us at bmpbanditsfc@gmail.
com or call: 626-8362.
Dress Like a Winner !
- Paving the Road to Sea-Side Paradise:
Project launched to Upgrade Hopkins Access Road. A Launching Ceremony
the start of works
for the upgrading of the Hopkins
road from the Southern Highway
to the Main Street of Hopkins
Village at King Cassava was held
Friday afternoon April 12, 2013.
The project, funded by
the Government of Belize and a
grant from the European Union
(E.U.) as part of the Belize Rural
Development Project II, is being
executed through a contract
with Belize Roadway Construction
in partnership with Rodla
Construction Company Ltd.
Tourists and Belizeans
alike with the desire to travel
and explore the country of Belize
will enjoy the outcome of
the project, which will result in
the 4 ½ mile access road upgraded
from gravel to paved status.
The project will not only
enhance the beauty and appeal
of travelling to Hopkins,
but will also increase the livelihoods
of the people of the
village through the expected
influx of visitors and the inevitable
proliferation of new business
in the village of Hopkins.
- WANTED: ‘The Blessing’:
Testament Jewish family knew
and the Orthodox-Jewish
family knows as ‘the
Blessing’, which translates
to the love, attention,
security that all children
need, is missing from our
It is no secret that
the home or lack thereof,
is the primary reason for
the escalating mayhem
in our Belizean society.
The absence of parental
guidance, love and acceptance,
replaced by indifference,
abuse has had serious
consequences in many
children’s lives. Unless
there is some positive intervention,
become youths and adults
who are unable to feel accepted
by others and to
build meaningful relationships;
withdrawn and without
concern for others and
when they have children
of their own they believe
that they have no blessing
to pass on to them.
- Water Rates to remain unchanged
On December 31, 2012, in accordance with the Water and Sewage (Tariffs) Byelaws, 2002 (S.I. 67 of 2002),
the Belize Water Services Limited (BWS) made a proposal to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) that there
be no Annual Review Proceeding (ARP) for the determination of tariffs for the Annual Tariff Period (ATP)
April 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014, and that the current tariffs remain unchanged.
In accordance with the said Byelaws, the PUC concluded that there was no exceptional circumstances to
warrant that an ARP be initiated on the PUC’s own volition and accepted BWS’ proposal.
Consequently, the currently approved tariffs, fees and charges shall remain in effect for the ATP April 1, 2013,
to March 31, 2014.
The approved tariffs, fees and charges are as follows:
- Training, Training and More Training:
Police Officers Complete Course in Maneuvering Motorcycle. For our disciplined forces,
every aspect of their
work and operations
must be executed with skill,
professionalism and teamwork
if they are to be effective. It
might seem like a minor matter,
but even the art of maneuvering
a motorcycle through
the streets of the city requires
some specialized training.
This past week, over
twenty Police officers completed
a three-day course in
basic motorcycle maneuvering.
Most of the officers taking
part in the training were
first time motorcycle riders.
The officer in charge
of the training, Sergeant Jerome
Stevens, speaking with
the Government Press Officer,
explained: “The purpose
of this training class is
to allow the Police officers
to learn to ride motorcycles.
- Major Upgrade Underway:
The National Agriculture
Trade Show, a
traditional, annual event, is
less than a month away and
plans are well underway for it.
This year it’s not just the
regular, routine preparation, but
major physical upgrading of the
show grounds on the outskirts
of the Nation’s Capital, and significant
changes in the lineup
of activities for the event itself.
After leading a weekend
tour of the show grounds
by members of the media,
CEO Jose Alpuche on Monday
Prime Minister and Minister
of Agriculture Hon. Gaspar
Vega on a thorough inspection
of the work in progress.
- Precinct Policing Produces Progress:
over command of the Police Department
on January 9, 2013, one
of the first things he stated quite
clearly was that under his leadership
the Police Department,
the structure and style of Police
Department would not be rigid
but would rather be subject
to whatever changes are necessary
in order to be efficient and
effective in fighting crime and
the issue of
in Belize City,”
“I want to tell
you, don’t despair.
the government is committed to
make the necessary changes to
ensure that the citizenry across
this country, and in particular
Belize City, can enjoy the level
of safety and security that they
deserve; and I will work tirelessly,
the senior officers and the
members of this Belize Police
Department will work tirelessly.
- Lakers Might Make It To the Playoffs:
Kobe Bryant had
on his torn Achilles
tendon, ending his season
with two games left in the Los
Angeles Lakers’ playoff chase.
Lakers trainer Gary Vitti
thinks Bryant will need at least
six to nine months for recovery
from the most serious injury
of his 17-year NBA career.
Given Bryant’s history of swift
recovery from countless minor
injuries, Vitti and Lakers
general manager Mitch Kupchak
both believe the 34-yearold
guard could be back for
their season opener in the fall.
- ELECTIONS AND BOUNDARIES DEPARTMENT
VILLAGE COUNCIL ELECTIONS – 2013:
Nominations opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 10:00 a.m. in all Villages
Villages without asterisk denote Poll closes at 1:00 p.m
- Melonie Gillett’s First Latino Track!
Collaboration with Belmopan’s Chami-Ka:
a doubt, one
of Belize’s best musical artists
currently making music. She’s
got charm, but she’s also got
lyrics; and she’s got the voice.
Having already made
her mark, Melonie is doing it
again; and this time she’s doing
something completely different
from what we’ve gotten used to
from her, demonstrating the
confidence she’s developed as a
Teaming up with well
is now singing
is called, “LO
POR TI”, and
first ever Spanish
- Address by Hon. Rene Montero:
Launch of Paving of Hopkins Access Road:
I wish to extend my
and hearty thanks
to my colleague Hon. Minister
of State in the Ministry of
Finance and Economic Development
for Economic Development),
CEO of the Ministry
of Economic Development,
CEO – Ministry of Works
and Transport, Chairman
of Hopkins Village, Representatives
from the European
Union, Staff from the
Project Execution Unit and
the Ministry of Works and
Transport, Villagers and
students from Hopkins and
surrounding Villages and
all invited guests – Thank
you for taking part in the
Launching Ceremony for
the Upgrading of the Hopkins
Village Road today.
In particular, my special
thanks to Mr. Cosimo
Lamberti-Fossati the EU
Technical Support Officer to
Belize for joining us on this
momentous occasion on behalf
on the European Union.
- Big Up Bandits! Belmopan Leads PLB:
They are the defending
from last year, and
the Belmopan Bandits Football
Club seem to be in good shape
to retain their title in the Premier
League of Belize (PLB).
their line-up with additions
as big as Belize’s international
scoring machine, Deon McCauley,
the Belmopan Bandits Football
Club are now sitting on top in
the standings in the PLB with 26
points, being the only team to have
already qualified for the playoffs.
This was accomplished last
weekend, Saturday night to be exact,
when they defeated the Belize
Defense Force (BDF) by a score
of 2 to 1, McCauley scoring the
team’s second and winning goal,
after helping to set the play for the first goal by beating two BDF defenders
and passing the ball to Jerome
James who found Denmark
Casey, who in turn found the back
of the net. The BDF’s only goal
in the game came from a penalty.
- Barbados Economy Contracts in First
Quarter of 2013, its Central Bank Says:
The Central Bank of
Barbados Tuesday said that
the Barbados economy contracted
by 0.4 per cent in the
first three months of 2013 and
urged the authorities to put
“back on track” the fiscal consolidation
strategy as well as
a new medium term adjustment
strategy to turn around
the island’s economic fortunes.
In its review of the Barbados
economic performance fore
the first quarter of this year, the
Central bank said that on current
trends there may be no real
increase in the contribution to
gross domestic product (GDP)
from the tourism or international
business sectors in 2013.
It said that the the forecasts
for the rest of the economy
are no better, with overall GDP
expected to be virtually flat.
- Belmopan Kids and Youth Cup 2013:
Results of Belmopan City Council Kids and Youth Cups 2013
(Organized by Belmopan Football League)
- Darnell Did It - It’s About ‘Darn’ Time!:
Almost one year ago
when LeBron James
finally won his first
NBA championship, he exclaimed,
“It’s about damn
time!” And two weeks ago
when Belizean cyclist Darnell
Barrow finally won his first
Cross Country Championship,
that’s pretty much what
most Belizeans were thinking:
“It’s about darn time!”
Certainly, from 2011,
if not before, many were
predicting a Darnell Barrow
victory; and while he didn’t
reclaim the garland for Belize
that year, he was the
second Belizean to cross the
finish line, coming in fifth
behind Shane Vasquez, who
took fourth place that year,
and who was at that time
the last Belizean to win the
title, doing so back in 2006.
Shane was, of course,
the first Belizean to cross the
finish line in 2011, a Guatemalan
cyclist, Luis Santizo, being
the fifth straight foreigner
that walked away with the
prestigious garland following
Shane’s victory in 2006.
The San Pedro Sun
Dr Love: Could she be using their son to get him back?
Dear Doctor Love, My husband has a twenty-six year-old son by a previous marriage. Since the boy was eight years old the only contact my husband has had with him has been child support payments to the mother up until he was eighteen. This is because the ex moved three thousand miles from California to [...]
Wolfe’s Woofers: Holdup
Diane of Wet Willy's calls shaken that she's been in a holdup. It's just interesting that she looks so fabulous for having been held at 'gun' point.
MoE concerned about online satellite school being proposed for San Pedro
The Ministry of Education (MoE) in Belize has officially written to a group of individuals on Ambergris Caye who recently announced their intention to open an online satellite classroom in San Pedro Town. The group, comprising of Cheryl Bowen, Tina Hayden, Mary Mooney and Tammy Peterson announced via a press release on April 3rd that they planned to open a non-profit online satellite school on Ambergris Caye on behalf of the Texas Tech University Independent School District (TTUISD) in Lubbock, Texas, USA. According to the MoE, their correspondence to the group comes after they failed to follow through with multiple requests made by the government ministry to apply for a Teaching Operator’s License, as required by Belizean law.
According to the MoE, for any learning institution to legally operate in Belize, they must follow certain guidelines stipulated in the Education Act. One such requirement is for the educational institution to apply for a license to operate a school or educational institution in accordance with the Education Rules 11 and 13 of the Education Act. The license is free but mandatory and consists of five procedures which apply across the board for any applicant.
Misc Belizean Sources
The Chiclero - once a thriving occupation practiced by men in Crooked Tree Village and the surrounding areas has slowly become extinct since the early seventies. This line of work was done by the older generation of village men, who were accustomed to doing dangerous and arduous tasks to provide for their families. The sapodilla tree grows wild in the rainforests of Belize, especially around the vicinity of Crooked Tree Village. The men would be isolated at their camp sites for weeks at a time. This would give them enough time to harness the milky sap from the Sapodilla tree in sufficient quantity before returning home to cook the milk into chicle form.
Trades 4 Life Graduation
Feelgood news of the day. Trades 4 Life, which is a project that's designed to provide trade skills, leadership, and faith training to students within the country of Belize, had their graduation ceremony in Belmopan. Congratulations to all the new graduates!
Swigs Party Pictures
The Hands for Life Swigs Party was Friday night, and it was a fun filled night at the Bedran Hall, as you can see. Check out those nurses and their party shots. Island Time Beverages, makers of the popular Caribbean Coolers, had their blue carpet there, and were the sponsors of the shots. Cloud 9 was mixing the music that kept everyone on the dance floor all night. Congratulations to Mr. Simpson for winning the battle of the DJ's, which William Neal expertly moderated.
"The Hands for Life club had their fundraiser last night, and it was a huge success. Cloud 9 was providing the sounds, and Island Time Beverages sponsored the 'shots.' Wild night!"
The Belize Times
Saldivar sues Plus TV – PLUS TV co-owner, Louis Wade, says it’s personal and political
UDP Belmopan Area Representative and National Security Minister John Saldivar has launched a legal attack on Plus TV’s Rise and Shine morning co-host Patrick Andrews for remarks made during the February 10th, 2013 morning show. Saldivar is accusing Andrews of committing libel against him and has turned to the Court for rectification. Saldivar’s attorney, Priscilla Banner of Courtenay Coye LLP Attorneys at Law, claimed in a notice letter dated 15th February, 2013 that Andrew’s words had “a deleterious effect” on Saldivar’s reputation, imputing “criminal activity”. The letter further demanded a full retraction and apology as well as immunity from future similar criticisms, indemnification and compensation of an unknown amount before Friday February 22nd, but that request was not met. Saldivar then instructed his attorney to file Claim 175 of 2013 against first Defendants Plus TV, owned by Louis Wade and his wife, and second defendant, Patrick Andrews. Plus TV has reacted to the legal threat. On his Facebook page, Wade posted that the legal claim is really a vicious attack on the media. “This case will be about the media’s right to know. It is about what constitutes fair comment on a public figure in the spending of public moneys. It is about freedom of speech in a broken democracy. It is about political organs of the ruling party that have the freedom to use obsenity on air, to malign and libel anyone they deem as opposition while trying to silence free media. It is about shutting up or shutting down…[sic],” said Wade’s post. On Wednesday April 10th, while hosting the morning show, Wade ratcheted up his station’s defence, revealing that Saldivar’s ‘beef’ with Andrews seems personal and perhaps even political.
Major Street Upgrade in Orange Walk
A major infrastructure project is on-going in Orange Walk Town, with the much-needed paving of streets and construction of proper drains. The Orange Walk Town Council led by Mayor Kevin Bernard is spearheading the infrastructure works ...
Lisel Alamilla: Powerless or Sell Out? – GOB ignores own moratorium to legitimise illegal Rosewood trade
The Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development has made a controversial decision to allow the export of Rosewood for certain special interest businesspersons to profit, despite a standing Moratorium and public outcry against what has ...
THINK ABOUT IT
Last week Thursday, a man was beaten brutally by Police. This happened in the San Ignacio Police Station. This is not an isolated incident. The Police beat the man until he agreed to sign a confession that he was involved in a robbery. The Police at San Ignacio Police ...
By G. Michael Reid At some point, Belizeans will have to get very serious about this fight against corruption. It matters not who is doing it, how much we like the ones doing it or what they have done for us personally. Corruption is wrong and must be stopped. Each government that ...
UDP Politics as Usual…
NO Clue… In terms of this crime thing, can we realistically expect 2011 to be any different from 2010? Can we expect a decrease in murders, in home invasions, in assaults, in robberies and shootings and thefts? The government ...
Editorial: Sticks and Stones
There is a parable about an unpopular politician and a Judeo Christian talk show host. The talk show host prophetically offered his personal opinion on an issue of corruption. The talk show host was then sued by the politician for slander after he refused to abandon his personal opinion. So finds ...
Belmopan Bandits still No. 1 in PLB football
Defending champions Belmopan Bandits have virtually assured their berth in the upcoming UNCAF Champion of Champions competition as they have topped the Premier League of Belize rankings with 26 ...
Conway Young hits a Double Century in cricket competition
erlan, scored the first double centuries in the 2013 SMART Harrison Parks national cricket competition when the Berlan Cricket Club hosted Brave Union of Burrell Boom in ...
Camalote United wins Cayo softball marathon
2013 Camalote United softball ladies remained undefeated, winning 3 games to dominate the Cayo Softball Association’s 2-day marathon to kick off their 2013 competition at the Joan Garbutt Stadium over the weekend. Camalote United ...
The cement streets in Belize City are breaking apart and showing pot holes. This is an expensive discovery and if we did not have the pictures ...
AMAZING GRACE – Dance Hall In Heaven
In the manual, 2 Samuel 6:14, I read about a King dancing. He was so happy that God was back among the people that he danced with all his might. To make it worse, he was almost fully naked! This was unfit behavior and attire for a king! In verse ...
The Importance of Time Management
By Dr. Angela Banner Joseph “You get to decide where your time goes. You can either spend it moving forward, or you can spend it putting out fires. You decide. And if you don’t decide, others will decide for you.” - Tony Morgan How do you spend your time? Do you set ...
Honey Bee Industry in Belize – A way forward!
By Richard Harrison (written in 2011) There is significant potential for a multi-million dollar honey bee industry in Belize. Bees are successful when there are lots of flowers....most places in the world only see one flowering season....Belize usually has two flowering seasons (one as a result of the hot dry period...and one ...
WOMAN IN THE HOUSE – Conduct Unbecoming
By Dolores Balderamos Garcia When he said it I knew immediately that he intended to disparage and insult me for the position I had taken in speaking on the appointment of the Ombudsman. A few months ago the motion for the appointment of the Ombudsman came before the House of Representatives. Hon. ...
Unions are empty handed again – No counter-proposal, No salary increase…just another “IF”
The large membership of three principal Unions in the country, the Belize National Teachers Union, the Association of Public Service Senior Managers and the Public Service Union, must be questioning the negotiating skills of their leaders. For the second time in a row, on Friday April 5th, ...
UDP mocks Union Leaders
Just three days after Prime Minister Dean Barrow gathered with Union leaders in Belmopan in a “respectful meeting”, the ruling United Democratic Party launched personal attacks at various leaders of Unions. This morning on the UDP talk show, “Wus Tin Da Morning”, which airs on Wave Radio, ...
BEL wants 17% rate hike unchanged
Belize’s so-called “pro-poor” Government wants to maintain the 17% hike in electricity rates it approved for itself back in December 2012. Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) has submitted its Annual Review Proceeding (ARP) to the Public Utilities Commission in which, aside from a proposed 0.0093-cent decrease in Mean ...
UB President responds to BELIZE TIMES article
Dear Editor, I am writing with reference to the article – UB President slams GOB for lack of vision – which was published in the April 7, 2013 edition of your newspaper. The article selectively quotes from a document that I presented to the Board of Trustees at the University of Belize ...
Public Transportation in a Mess
Dear Editor, The public transportation system in Belize is a national embarrassment. Thirty plus years after independence the Government of Belize continues to preside over a public transportation system that is rudimentary, inefficient and unsafe. On a daily basis thousands of Belizeans are crammed like animals into retired US school buses ...
PUP denounces Guatemala’s offensive passport
The Opposition People’s United Party announced on Tuesday April 9th that when it takes office the PUP Government will refuse and reject anyone carrying any Guatemalan passport, which shows Belize as part of their territory. The Guatemalan Government recently announced that it would re-issue four million new ...
“Fantastic Day” in Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Up early yesterday morning and decided that I would go with the Kindle first. On Friday I reached a crucial stage in The Litigator by John Grisham and I just needed to know how the story would end. Thirty minutes later I knew – book finished. A book up to the normal standard of Grisham.Based on the legal profession with plenty of twists and turns.
Book finished and I switched to my In Box where I was surprised but very pleased to find an email from Roshel Godfrey of the Belize Tourism Board advising me that I have been accepted in to the Belize Qualified Retired Persons Incentives Retirement Program(“QRP“). Acceptance six weeks after my application. Great news.
I just now need to make a payment of US$ 1,950 and Rose and I (Rose as my dependent) will be issued with our ID cards and we officially enter the ‘Programme. We can then order our golf cart and arrange to get our goods shipped from the UK.
Buoyed by this good news I made and ate breakfast and then watched Arsenal come back from a goal down to beat Norwich City to move to third place in the Premier League, above both Chelsea and Spurs.
Entry in to the “QRP” and a win for Arsenal. What a fantastic day!
Why Paying To Abolish Slavery Was A Cause Of Pride - Not Shame
Was it immoral to compensate slave-owners at the time of emancipation? That is the implication of most of the media comment that has followed the publication of a study of the records by UCL, showing that several prominent British families received vast cash payments. The Independent on Sunday calls it 'Britain's colonial shame'. Trevor Philips thinks it 'the most profound injustice that probably you can identify anywhere in this country's history'.
I can't for the life of me see why. The fact that people were prepared topay to abolish the monstrosity of slavery is surely a cause for satisfaction rather than shame. It is one thing to say, in the abstract, 'slavery is a bad idea'; quite another to say, 'slavery is so wicked that I am prepared to make a personal sacrifice to help do away with it'.
When, decades later, the United States got around to emancipation, no compensation was paid. Instead, a terrible war was fought, whose legacy of racial bitterness endured for another century and more. Yet, when Ron Paul suggested that it might have been better for everyone had the Americans adopted the British approach, buying out the slave-owners peacefully, he was pilloried.
Belize takes top award in Sagicor science contest
Their idea to showcase the coconut palm as a versatile tree crop has gained the Bishop Martin High School in Belize the top prize in a regional science and technology competition.
The school’s project, Coconuts4Life, Eco Park beat 11 other schools and won them US$5 000 at the challenge finals of the Regional Sagicor Visionaries’ Challenge at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre yesterday.
The Bishop Martin students used the coconut tree and its fruits for food, shade, recreation and ornamental use.
And that’s not all. The school plans to grow a coconut orchard and ecological park on its grounds to produce coconut water, coconut material or snacks, ornaments and jewellery as well as offer students a place to play and relax.
The idea for the project grew out of the fact that nine out of ten students buy flavoured bottled drinks over water and the absence of a plastic recycling facility.
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