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This Week's Stories:

  • Bernard Clings To Life:
    A San Ignacio resident is tonight clinging to life at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after he was hit by a vehicle that did not stop. Fifty year old Bernard McLaren, known as the bread and bun man, is a self-employed father of three children. McLaren had just visited his kids and was heading home when he was hit by a white vehicle. The driver did not stop to render assistance. The incident happened a little before 9:00 Saturday night when San Ignacio police was called to the low lying bridge of an accident that occurred. Upon arrival police noticed a man lying face down on the side of the street. They recognize the male person to be Bernard McLaren, 50 Belizean Labourer of Branch mouth area. McLaren was unconscious and was bleeding from his head, apparently suffering from a cut wound to the right side of his forehead.
  • Link Up Bar Burglar:
    On Wednesday a Santa Elena business woman reported that her establishment was burglarized. Owner of Link Up Bar, Ruby Sabala, reported to the San Ignacio police that her said establishment was burglarized on Tuesday 24 March. She said that about 12:00 pm on that same day she received a call from the owner of the building that the back door of the establishment was opened. Knowing that she had properly secured her establishment, she quickly when to take a look. Upon arrival she noted that the lock was broken off the front door and they exited through the back door.
  • Launch Of My Body Is Precious Animations:
    The office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children has partnered with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to produce animated videos from the My Body is Precious “good touch, bad touch” book in the Garifuna, Maya and English languages. This initiative was born out of the belief that all children have the right to get information in a way that they understand and the realization that there are communities, primarily in southern Belize where Garifuna and Maya are the most commonly spoken languages. These are also languages that are rarely used in written form. Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow is proud to be able to extend her advocacy efforts for child abuse prevention to these communities where the children and their families may not speak or fully understand English.
  • Mmmm... Hot Cross Buns Recipe:
    love. Belizeans love their hot cross buns as much as the next person, and the favorite way to eat them is slathered with happy cow cheese, dripping in butter or simply dunked in a nice mug of coffee to start the Easter weekend right. Here is a recipe to test out your baking skills!! Hot Cross Bun Recipe Ingredients: Dry * 3lbs flour * 2 packs of yeast * Spice seeds * Raisins * ½ lb shortening * 1 cup brown sugar Wet * Lukewarm coconut milk * Vanilla (about 1 tablespoon) * Essence of your choice Preparation Method: Add flour, yeast, spice seeds, raisins into a mixing bowl Add in the ½ lb of shortening, followed by 1 cup of brown sugar. Mix everything together until incorporated.
  • Blazing Battle Of The Two Western Teams:
    Friday night, the clash of two of the power houses in the league, complemented by the in-district rivalry took center stage at the Sacred Heart College Auditorium in San Ignacio Town on Friday 20 March, 2015, as the undefeated Cayo Western Ballaz (7-0) played host to the Belmopan Red Taigaz (5-2). The stage was set from the introduction of the players, as the visiting Belmopan fans came in full force, matching the noise, intensity and fan fare of the home team. The game's intensity peaked from tip off, and the biggest lead in the entire game was 6 points, as both teams demonstrated a high level of concentration, great defense and limited mistakes. With 19 seconds remaining in the game, Belmopan Red Taigaz had a 60 - 59 lead, when Richard Troyer missed a three point attempt, and Jarell Velasquez secured the rebound and was fouled.
  • Celebrating Easter In Belize:
    With more than 80 per cent of Belizeans professing Christianity, Easter is the single longest public and Bank Holiday – from Good Friday through Easter Monday. This is a 4 day holiday when residents flee to neighboring Cancun, Playa Del Carmen and Chetumal in Mexico, or take to the local beaches, river or nearest bathing pool. Schools are closed for a full week starting from the Monday before the Easter weekend. Government, public utilities and banks shut down at midday on Holy Thursday, for four and a half days making this one of the slowest periods for commerce. The weather is usually very hot, but at times a straggling cold front moves in over the Yucatan Peninsula bringing in clouds and pleasant temperatures. The sale of alcohol is prohibited throughout the country on Good Friday, a day when solemn religious activities are held including all-day church services and processions re-enacting of the Passion of Christ. Regretfully, foreign tourism interests have managed to erode Easter traditions in certain areas such as Ambergris Caye by pressuring local authorities to look the other way to allow the sale of alcohol on Good Friday.
  • Where is the BC:
    A rather old fashioned lady was planning a couple of weeks vacation in The Mountain Pine Ridge. She also was quite delicate and elegant with her language. She wrote a letter to a particular campground and asked for reservations. She wanted to make sure the campground was fully equipped but didn't know quite how to ask about the "toilet" facilities. She just couldn't bring herself to write the word "toilet" in her letter. After much deliberation, she finally came up with the old fashioned term "Bathroom Commode," but when she wrote that down, she still thought she was being too forward. So she started all over again; rewrote the entire letter and referred to the "Bathroom Commode" simply as the "B.C.". Does the campground have its own "B.C.?" is what she actually wrote.
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections:
    Sexually transmitted infections (STI), also referred to as sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and venereal diseases (VD), are infections that are commonly spread by sex, especially vaginal intercourse, anal sex and oral sex. Most STIs initially do not cause symptoms. This results in a greater risk of passing the disease on to others. Symptoms and signs of disease may include: vaginal discharge, penile discharge, ulcers on or around the genitals, and pelvic pain. STIs acquired before or during birth may result in poor outcomes for the baby. Some STIs may cause problems with the ability to get pregnant. More than 30 different bacteria, viruses, and parasites can cause STIs. Bacterial STIs include chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis among others. Viral STIs include genital herpes, HIV/AIDS, and genital warts among others. Parasitic STIs include trichomoniasis among others. While usually spread by sex, some STIs can also be spread by non-sexual contact with contaminated blood and tissues, breastfeeding, or during childbirth. STI diagnostic tests are easily available in the developed world, but this is often not the case in the developing world.
  • GOB To Conduct In-Depth Review Of Local Rice Industry:
    The Government of Belize wishes to inform the public that it is fully aware of the request by a local importer to import rice from Guyana, and his claim that imported rice through that channel could be made available to the public at a price lower than the current market price. The Government is also aware that there is severe overproduction in Guyana and they have domestic pressure to market that product at any cost. The government, through the Ministries of Natural Resources and Agriculture, and the Ministry of Trade, Investment, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection, is conducting an in-depth review of the rice industry with an aim to ensure the best action for Belize as it relates to the production and supply of rice to the Belizean public. The first stakeholder meeting including producers was held last week before this became a media story.
  • Decriminalization Of Marijuana community and from National:
    Earlier this month a committee authorized to discuss the removal of criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of cannabis released its report in which it recommends such removal for ten grams or less possessed. The report is now before Cabinet and today Prime Minister Dean Barrow confirmed that the Government has given its support in principle. However, there are reservations, particularly from the church community and from National Security Minister John Saldivar with regard to the establishment of “decriminalization,” as it is officially termed. The Prime Minister said Government wished to have final consultation with the churches as to their position on decriminalization, though it is prepared to move forward without them if needed. Thousands of Belizeans are expected to benefit from this move, which will include formal rehabilitation and education as well as expunging of criminal records.
  • World Cup Qualifiers Belize Vs. Cayman:
    Earlier this month the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) presented the 30-member men’s National “A” Selection Team, dubbed, the Belize Jaguars who have been in training for last night’s game against the Cayman Islands in their first match of the World Cup 2018 Qualifiers. During that presentation, which included the unveiling of their logo, much confidence was expressed in Belize securing a victory despite the absence of the team’s star striker, Deon McCaulay. The forecast for that victory was made based on several factors including the fact that Belize ranks internationally at 41, outdoing the Grand Cayman National Team … but that victory didn’t come to pass last night as the game ended in a nil-nil score last night at the FFB Stadium in Belmopan.
  • Buenos Aires Streets Empty As Transport Strike:
    The streets of the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, remained largely empty on Tuesday morning as a number of transport workers' unions went on a 24-hour strike. Many national and international flights were cancelled and train and underground stations looked deserted. Trade unionists, who complain about high inflation and high taxes, also blocked some roads. The government has defended its tax system as fair. Blockades Protesters blocking the Pueyrredon Bridge, one of the main access routes into the city, said they would keep the blockade going until at least midday. Strike leaders said buses would not run on Tuesday as drivers were heavily unionised
  • International Garifuna Summit:
    An International Garifuna Summit organized by the Garifuna Heritage Foundation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines was held on 8th-15th March, 2015 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The theme of the Summit was “The Garifuna, a Nation Displaced-Cultural Rights, Economic Survival and Reparations." It consisted of several events including Workshops, Conference, Tours, Cultural Extravaganza, a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Garifuna Paramount Chief Joseph Chatoyer Monument on St. Vincent and Grenadines Heroes Day, March 14th. A pilgrimage to Balliceaux was done on Sunday March 15. Balliceaux is an inhospitable off-shore island where the Garinagu were sent in July 1796 before being exiled from their homeland. More than fifty percent of those sent to Balliceaux died before the exile.
  • Criminal On The Run - Caught:
    While on the run, police has finally caught Jose “Pelon” Quintanilla. The incident happened on Thursday, 19 March, 2015, when the San Ignacio police was conducting their mobile patrol; they noticed Jose “Pelon” Quintanilla, on 2nd Street walking with a pink school bag in his hand coming out of an opened lot. As soon as Quintanilla saw the mobile patrol he turned back and ran. Police immediately set chase after him as he ran to an unfinished building where police saw him threw the bag and jumped out the back side of the building. Police then retrieved the pink school bag and continued the chase however, Quintanilla make good his escape through the bushes.
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