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SEXUAL ORIENTATION trumping RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: A worldwide Chronicle
EUROPEAN UNION *Europe’s top human rights court ruled that equality laws and safety concerns trumped religious freedom in three cases where British Christians were sacked or sanctioned for expressing their beliefs at work. (January 2013). *European Parliament published the brochure, which recommended not to use the words ‘Missus’ and...
Investigations continue into KHMH baby deaths
This morning, on his return to the country, Prime Minister Barrow met with the Chairman, members of the KHMH and the CEO in the Ministry of Health, where he was briefed on the recent deaths of a dozen newborns at the hospital’s NICU. He was also updated on the...
Brandon Tillett alleges Police brutality
Competing for the interest of the fairer sex has been the downfall of many a man, but Brandon Tillett’s mistake was to go after a young woman who had an ear in to the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU). We spoke to him to today. Brandon Tillett – Alleged Victim...
Article by Audrey Matura Shepherd lands her in UNIBAM Lawyer’s crosshairs
All over the world, Christians and those who support traditional marriage are being harassed, intimidated, fired, sued, fined, and even imprisoned for their personal beliefs. With the legalization of homosexuality come anti-discriminatory laws which equate biblical teaching on homosexuality as ‘hate speech”. Belize is just at the beginning of...
Telethon to raise funds for National Football team to attend Gold Cup
They have made history, now the Belize National A Football Team wants to keep it going all the way to gold – the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the United States in July. After being twice postponed, a national telethon is scheduled for midway in June, as FFB President Ruperto...
UB responds to accusations of botched up credit transfers
Last week, adjunct professor of the University of Belize Patrick Menzies, along with students of his Management Information course, released the findings of a study they conducted on the transfer of credits and tuition assessment administered by the university. The claim that the school has been overseeing misinformation and...
Woman returns home after going missing in Belmopan
A woman went missing from the Western Regional Hospital on Tuesday. The woman’s husband, who resides in St. Margaret Village, told Police that on Tuesday, he took his wife to the hospital. She reportedly went to the emergency ward of the hospital and a short while after, her husband...
Police report numerous hold-ups in Belize District
There have been numerous reports of hold-ups, particularly in the Belize district for this past week. Thankfully, the victims have all escaped unhurt; nonetheless, they have lost valuable and costly possessions. The previous victims were mostly women, but on Wednesday, two men were held up at gunpoint in the...
NTUCB calls for defense of this land and its resources
The National Trade Union Congress of Belize is the most recent body to come out swinging against the managing of the country’s resources. The NTUCB, in a press release issued this week says that it is “Scandalous but also tremendously and utterly outrageous that we have witnessed; first the...
Rowan Garel to dive Blue Hole for charity
His exploits have attracted much attention in recent years – from scaling the Victoria Peak to walking across Belize in five days, all in an effort to raise funds for the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired (BCVI)’s programs for student rehabilitation. Now, 14 year old Belize High School...
Matron Roberts Polyclinic hosts health and wellness fair
Under the theme “Your Health, Your Life, Act Now!” various health partners including HECOPAB and the Central Health Region joined with the Matron Roberts Polyclinic on Magazine Road to host today a health and wellness fair. Participants include the Kidney, Diabetes and Mental Health Associations, as well as Crimestoppers...
Meteorologist explains halo around Sun
This morning PLUS News observed a ring around the morning sun. We were curious as to what it was and decided to call the Meteorological Office in Ladyville to find out. Forecaster Frank Tench confirmed that what we saw was a naturally-occurring halo, a result of the sun passing...
Caye Caulker Chronicles
Slates & Independents running in the Village Council election on June 16th
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Little Stars Preschool Open Day
Little Stars Preschool held their Open Day today 24th May 2013, showcasing what the Children learn throughout the school year. There were different sections displaying different subjects and learning techniques. Principal Ms. Vanina Sosa and teacher Mr. Edir Sosa along with the help of parents did an excellent job with the setting up and displaying of all the learning areas. The kids had a blast doing art, playing music, reading, counting learning about plants, animals and much more.
BARROW ADMINISTRATION’S NEW GENDER POLICY OPENS DOOR FOR GAYS?
Belize Action says the move is a dangerous shift by Barrow administration.
The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court says: “…it is understood that the term ‘gender’ refers to the two sexes, male and female, within the context of society. The term ‘gender’ does not indicate any meaning different from the above.”
Cabinet Secretary Carlos Perdomo confirmed to Amandala today that Cabinet, the central policy-making arm of government, has “endorsed 100%” the new gender policy, 2013, which revises and updates the first policy published by the Government of Belize in 2002, and which now states, under its “guiding principles” that the “respect for diversity” extends to “persons of all ages who come from diverse races, cultures, ethnicities, faiths, sexual orientations, socio-economic situations and behavioral lifestyles… [Emphasis ours]”
8 ½-FOOT CROC CAPTURED ON CASTLE STREET
A crocodile was captured in the drain on Castle Street about 20 yards from Victoria Street. It was about 8 ½ feet long, spanned about two and a half feet in width, and weighed about 250 pounds. The animal was taken out of the drain about 6:30 this morning by two men, who placed it in a nearby yard until police arrived.
The police came shortly after and took it away. No one was hurt in the process of capturing the crocodile, and the crocodile itself was not harmed.
Cornelio Day, a resident of the area, reported to Amandala that two men who were walking on Castle Street saw the animal in the drain. They quickly jumped onto it, tied its mouth, pulled it out of the drain and tugged it into a yard, where they held it until the police came.
KHMH CLOACAE CALAMITY
Hospital CEO said he learned of the 12 infant deaths “through the media;” 7 deaths due to bacteria and 5 due to “premature-related issues”.
When one mother loses her infant child in a hospital unnecessarily, it is a tragedy; when twelve mothers lose their babies, it is a catastrophe of mammoth proportions. The collective pain and heartbreak is beyond measure.
Within the first 20 days of this month, there have been 12 neonatal deaths at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Belize City, and the hospital’s Chief Executive Officer Dr. Francis Gary Longsworth, said in a press conference yesterday, Wednesday, that he only became aware of the situation after parents of one of the deceased babies went to the media with their concerns.
At the press conference, Longsworth, Chairlady of the Board of Governors Chandra Nisbet Cansino, and Chief of Medical Staff Dr. Adrian Coye addressed the situation – 7 deaths by bacterial infection, and 5 from prematurity-related issues.
We were told that internal investigations into the matter started immediately after the deaths in the NICU began.
FISHERMAN FINED OVER $8,000 FOR CONCH AND LOBSTER POSSESSION
Jose Cruz, 53, was fined a total of $8,735 for illegal possession of conch and lobster on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court.
Fisheries officials on patrol on Tuesday, May 14, conducted a search for illegal marine products on Cruz’s boat, Giana, in the Belize City harbor. Cruz had in his possession 85 lobster tails and 240 conchs.
They found, in the bow of the boat, a kit bag containing a black plastic bag with what appeared to be lobster tails. Also found in the bow was a knapsack containing two plastic bags with suspected undersized conchs amidst some clothing. A T-shirt in the bag was wrapped around plastic bags containing more conchs.
In the stern of the boat were two aluminum pots with a plastic bag containing both lobster and suspected undersized conchs. Both lobsters and conchs were found inside a small bucket in the stern. In the mid-area of the boat, lobsters were found wrapped in two jeans pants.
SEMIFINAL PLAYOFF RESULTS IN BELMOPAN CITY COUNCIL KIDS AND YOUTH CUPS 2013
Game 2 in the Belmopan City Council Kids and Youth Cups 2013 semifinal home-and-away series were held over the past weekend, with the Kids Cup semifinals on Saturday, May 18, and the Youth Cup semifinals on Sunday, May 19, at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium.
Kids Cup semifinals results
In the first Kids Cup semifinal game on Saturday, May 18, Real Madrid – Mountain View crushed Manchester City – Armenia, 4-0, with 1 goal from Kendale Nunez (37’) and a hat trick (3) from Tahj Reid (42’, 49’ & 51’). (Real Madrid had also won the previous week’s encounter by a 2-1 score, so they are through to the finals.) In the nightcap, it was Barcelona – Site 7 also registering a 4-0 victory over Manchester United – San Martin, with goals from Devin Nunez (12’), Tyzae Carr (15’ & 50’) and Jahlin Pelayo (55’). (In their previous meeting, Barcelona – Site 7 had won, 1-nil, so they are also going to the finals.)
BELIZE U-17 WOMEN’S TEAM TO GUATEMALA FOR UNCAF U-17 QUALIFYING ROUND
The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) U-17 Women’s Team will be travelling to Guatemala on Thursday, May 23. The females will be participating in the Qualifying Round for the UNCAF U-17 games against Guatemala on Sunday, May 26, in Antigua, Guatemala at 3:00 p.m.
The return match will be held on Sunday, June 2, in Belize at the FFB Stadium in Belmopan at 4:00 p.m.
The young ladies participating are: Sabrina Eiley (Independence High School), Brithney Drysdale (Independence High School), Torrie Vernon (Indepedence High School), Naomi Gamboa (Delille Academy), Abigail Ramos (Our Lady of Guadelupe High School), Leinny Jones (Sacred Heart College), Luannie Castillo (Sacred Heart College), Erica Mulligan (Wesley College), Jayelle Young (Saint Catherine Academy), Julia Arzu (Saint Catherine Academy), Shandy Vernon (Nazerene High School), Sophia Diego (Saint Catherine Academy), Jacqueline Riveroll (Ocean Academy), Marissa Cervantes (Muffles College), Gisel Baeza (Orange Walk Technical High School), Lucreshia Underwood (Bishop Martin High School), Ana Mendoza (Corozal Community College), and Kiliah McNeil (Saint Catherine Academy).
THE INFANT MORTALITY EMERGENCY Editorial
The areas which experts examine in a society to assess that society’s level of progress or development, are housing, health, education, infrastructure, and so on. Health is always an area of primary concern, and it is an area where the serious inequality among citizens in certain societies can be exposed in dramatic and traumatic ways.
One of the key measuring sticks of a nation’s health system is its infant mortality rate. The fact that the Cuban Revolution has reduced Cuba’s infant mortality rate to one of the absolute lowest in the world, is an undeniable badge of honor for that Revolution. There are people like the American government and the Cuban exiles who condemn the Cuban government as a communist dictatorship. But those Cuban parents who benefit from Cuba’s free, yet world-class, health care system no doubt have a different perspective.
Recent negative developments where Belize’s infant mortality rate are concerned, expose the fact that our democratic, free market system of politics and economics is failing where health care for the masses of the Belizean people is concerned. For several months the nation had been hearing of infant mortality problems in Orange Walk Town’s Northern Regional Hospital, but the cases were individual, and Orange Walk Town is not a media and population center. When news broke this week of multiple infant mortalities, a veritable cluster in fact, at the largest public hospital in the nation, Belize City’s Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, public reaction has been near panic.
FROM THE PUBLISHER
Younger generations of Belizeans know, I assume, that they have potential political power in their hands, but they are not sure how to convert potential power into real power. Worse, they are not even sure they really want to acquire that political power, because they have been programmed to consider electoral politics to be dirty and dishonest, and to stay away from it if they want to remain pure and principled. Some younger Belizeans, moreover, are intimidated by the street and media power of the ruling UDP and the Opposition PUP, and they do not want to be publicly humiliated and scandalized.
Those younger Belizeans who have participated in the various third party and activist initiatives we have seen in Belize over the last decade or so, have seen for themselves how important money and other material resources are once you enter the public arena. The experiences they have had may have tended to sober them more than inspire them.
The bottom line is, nevertheless, that Belize is a participatory democracy. There are free and fair elections, so that if you seriously believe that something needs to be changed, and if you believe that the PUDP are jointly opposed to that change, then you do not have to make violent revolution. You can organize peacefully to acquire a mandate from the Belizean people to make that change. No one’s going to torture or murder you in Belize as they do in military dictatorships.
THE TEST OF MORAL AUTHORITY: JOSE COYE Letters
I read with great concern the article “The Tort of Misfeasance and the State’s Right to Sue Public Officials,” reproduced on pg. 39 of the Sunday, May 19 edition of the Amandala. I say concern because if one were to follow this case from its inception in 2009 to its conclusion in February 2013, one would get a better understanding of the abuse of state power and how to address it.
Both CJ Conteh and the two senior judges of the CCJ adjudged that the tort of misfeasance is a legal tool for aggrieved citizens to use against the abuse of state power and not for the Attorney General to use against citizens. They both cautioned against the abuse of the tort by the Attorney General, particularly in jurisdictions where the Attorney General is also a politician.
Nevertheless, the Attorney General was given the go ahead to prove his claim in the court of the Hon. Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin.
2.66 POUNDS OF PREMATURE JOY: A MOTHER’S TRAGIC STORY! Letters
I am Jacklin Marroquin, originally from a village known as Valley of Peace in the Cayo District. Early May 2012, I learned that I was pregnant, and while the baby was never planned, the thought of having a child both frightened me, and thrilled me. It frightened me because at that time I was unemployed, and with little savings which I had accumulated over a two-year period, particularly for that, “the baby’s fund.”
However, the idea of having a child also comforted me, as my greatest wish had always been to have a child. Nonetheless, in my mind I had always wanted to have everything perfect and ready for the time a child came, thus the reason why I kept putting a child off.
Now I realize that if I had kept waiting until everything was in place, then I might have never really been ready for a child; something would have always been missing.
DOE’S “CHILDISH BEHAVIOUR”: CANDY G Letters
BELPO has tried working with the Department of Environment (DOE) and its Chief Environmental Officer, since our mission is “protecting the environment through law.” We have attempted to amicably deal with differences and to collaborate and cooperate with DOE without antagonism.
We have had our requests for information ignored. We have been disrespected by members of DOE who have been less than forthcoming with the truth. Now, it appears, the Department is going a step further in trying to ignore our existence.
Over the weekend, we heard, from a secondary source, about a training workshop on Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) to be held May 22-24; there is to be participation from Governmental Ministries and Departments and Non-Governmental Organizations. The notice stated those interested should contact the Chief Environmental Officer, Department of Environment, for more information.
THE POLITICIANS AND THE POLICE Letters
by Major Lloyd Jones (Ret’d)
The Commissioner of Police (ComPol) occupies an extremely important post in our fledgling democracy, as he and he alone drives our internal security apparatus. It is through the ComPol that the State exercises its monopoly on the use of force and the right to deprive citizens of their liberty on the grounds of national security. Plainly put, the ComPol wields extraordinary powers! History has taught us, however, that if a democracy is to survive, one imbued with such powers must exercise it judiciously and independently.
Earlier this month the immediate former ComPol, David Henderson, was seen campaigning for the UDP in Unitedville for the village council elections – a mere four months after leaving the office of ComPol. In the circumstances it is not unreasonable to draw the conclusion that Henderson was a UDP Commissioner. If one draws such a conclusion, two obvious questions emerge (1) was David Henderson judicious and independent in the exercise of his office as ComPol? And (2) can David Henderson exercise the functions of the office of Director of the National Forensic Service with the professionalism and independence that such office demands?
SJC SUMMER CLASSES CANCELLED; STUDENTS IN UPROAR
There was an abrupt cancellation of summer classes at St. John’s College Junior College on Tuesday, May 21, 2013.
The reason for cancelling classes was that enough students did not pay for their courses. We were told by a few students that only 50 out of about 400 students had paid for the summer sessions.
We spoke to a few students who were registered for the summer session. One of them told us they were informed that classes would be cancelled while classes were in session on Tuesday, which was to be the first day of the summer session.
A first-year student told us that a teacher walked into the classroom and made the announcement, but the lecturer carried on with the lesson because it was thought that the announcement meant classes would be cancelled for that day only. The student said that the teacher returned and repeated her announcement, emphasizing that it meant classes were cancelled for the entire summer semester.
ROSEWOOD AMNESTY TO YIELD OVER $210,000 IN ROYALTIES FOR GOB
Official information provided to the press by the Forest Department indicates that from April 11 to 26, 2013, a total of $185,111.40 was paid in royalties to the Government of Belize by several vendors from places like Columbia Village, Trio Village, Deep River, Mafredi, Boom Creek Village, Benque Viejo, Midway Village, Jacintoville, and Eldridge Ville for rosewood harvested during the period of amnesty.
At the time of the report, royalty payment of about $25,000 to the government was pending for 47,000 board feet from the villages of Santa Teresa and Boom Creek.
The tallied payments were for roughly 125,000 board feet of rosewood which were declared to the Forest Department back in April.
The inventory awaiting exportation also includes 150,000 board-feet which the Department reports were obtained from Millroom Lumber Yard Ltd., but because the volume was assessed before the moratorium, they are listed for shipment purposes only. Chief Forest Officer Wilber Sabido said that royalty has already been received for this batch of rosewood.
WOMEN LOSE VEHICLES TO ARMED ROBBERS
Two vehicles, with a combined value of $96,000, were stolen in two days –both from women.
The Mazda Tribute of the executive director of the Women Department, Ann-Marie Williams – a vehicle valued at about $16,000, was stolen at about 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, and two days later, a Toyota Hilux 2012, valued at $80,000 was stolen at about 7:30 p.m. yesterday from the Director of Hofius Limited, Jacklyn Roe.
Williams’ vehicle was stolen on Durgeon Drive, in the Buttonwood Bay area. She told police that about 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, she drove up to her home and entered her yard, which is unfenced, and as she was getting out of her vehicle to go into her house, two men came out of the shadows, one of whom was armed with a club.
They approached her and demanded her vehicle keys. She told police that both of them had hoods over their heads, which prevented her from getting a look at their faces. The one with the club in his hand held it in an upward position, as if to hit her if she did not comply.
BELIZE INSTITUTE OF ARCHAEOLOGY WORKING WITH US AUTHORITIES TO RETRIEVE MAYA ARTIFACTS
MOU signed in February now in effect.
Back in February, Minister of Tourism and Culture Manuel Heredia, Jr., signed a memorandum of understanding with US Ambassador to Belize, HE Vinai K. Thummalapally, for the protection of Belizean archaeological and ethnological objects, by ensuring that objects that are taken to the US would be confiscated and returned to Belizean authorities.
Archaeological Commissioner Dr. Jaime Awe has indicated to Amandala that items are already being returned to Belize, under the terms of the MOU. One Maya vessel has been returned, and two other artifacts are being returned through the work of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
At the time the MOU was signed, Awe told Amandala that Belizean artifacts were also being sold on e-bay. We did a search and came across one item which was marked “sold”; and another, a Maya jar, being sold for US$100, supposedly from a seller in New Mexico, USA. Awe said that the eBay sale was illegal, because ownership is vested in state.
Dr. Awe told us that his institute is working with authorities in the US to try to reclaim that object from the New Mexico seller.
he destruction of Noh Mul, the northernmost Mayan city of old in the Orange Walk District, is not only a cultural disaster. It is a sacrilege! The mushroom remnant of the main pyramid is not only an ugly scar upon the landscape. It is also a scar on the social [...]
Twelve newborns die at KHMH in one week, Hospital says bacteria is to blame for more than half
Twelve newborn babies died at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital within a one-week period, and the hospital’s higher ups say a bacteria is to blame. At a late Wednesday evening press conference and while tests and investigations continued to be processed, KHMH’s Director of Medical Services, Dr. Adrian Coye, revealed [...]
Past CEO: something ‘amiss’ at KHMH
The authorities at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital said Wednesday that half of the recent neonatal deaths was due to an infection, but former KHMH CEO, Dr. Alvaro Rosado, blames an apparent breakdown in communication at the hospital.
Retiring Deputy Director of Health Services grinds GOB
In her speech at the National Nursing Conference, Dr. Marjorie Parks, retiring deputy director of health services and Chief Nursing Officer, chided the government for interfering with the nursing profession.
A.G. vs Bar President in court
Though neither man was there in his professional capacity, it was Attorney General of Belize Wilfred Elrington squaring off with President of the Bar Association Eamon Courtenay in the Supreme Court on Tuesday. The matter is personal and private.
Guatemalan Constitutional court voids Rios Montt genocide conviction
On Monday, Guatemala’s Constitutional Court overturned the “genocide and crimes against humanity” conviction of former military dictator Efrain Rios Montt, 86. Montt was convicted on May 10, and sentenced to 80 years in prison.
Stabbed BDF officer recovering
Warrant Officer Andre Gabb, 45, of the Belize Defence Force, is still weak but on the road to recovery at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados, after an angry microbus driver stabbed him in the heart in the Black Rock area two miles north of Bridgetown, the capital of [...]
Belizean Joseph Budna sentenced to 25 years in Guatemala court
Belizean freelance reporter, Joseph Budna, 33, has been found guilty on a charge of kidnapping by a Guatemala court and sentenced to 25 years in prison on Friday, May 10. It is not known at this time if Budna, who is facing additional charges, including extortion, will appeal the sentence.
Executive Director National Women’s Commission car-jacked
Ann-Marie Williams, Executive Director of the National Women’s Commission and front-runner for the Women in Politics initiative, was car jacked last Saturday night. Williams was held up in the driveway of her home on Durgeon Drive, in West Landivar as she was parking her grey 2003 Mazda Tribute. She reported [...]
Hofius manager, Jackie Roe 2012 Toyota Hilux jacked
Two men car jacked the manager of Hofius Belize Limited, Jacqueline Roe, Monday night, as she was leaving the Great House parking lot on Cork Street, Belize City. Reports say that the men, who were dressed in dark clothes, suddenly walked up to her and held her at knife point.
Brazilian judicial council orders notaries to recognize same-sex marriage
The Brazilian National Council of Justice, which oversees the nation’s judiciary, passed a resolution Tuesday that denies notaries the right to refuse to perform same-sex marriages. In Brazil, notaries officiate marriages and civil unions.
Cameron condemns hacking death. Says Britain stands firm
A gruesome cleaver attack on a British soldier left London reeling Thursday, as Britain grappled with questions over who was responsible and whether Islamist extremism was to blame. The scene revealed through cell phone camera footage and witness accounts Wednesday was bloody, and for many hard to believe.
Bras make breasts sag, says 15 year study
Wearing a bra does more harm than good – it does nothing to reduce back pain and weakens the muscles that hold up the breasts, resulting in greater breast sagging, Jean-Denis Rouillon, a sports science expert from the University of Besançon, France, reported after a 15-year study.
Police wins first Premier League final
Three times bridesmaids, the Police United set themselves on the good footing to win their first national championship when they triumphed 1-0 over FC Belize in the first game of the championship finals of 2013 Premier League of Belize football tournament at the MCC grounds on Sunday, May 19.
Belize Telemedia whops Lady Rebels 10-1 in Belize City softball
The Belize Telemedia softball women walloped the Mirage Lady Rebels 10-1 to win by mercy rule in five innings when the Belize City women’s softball competition continued at the Roger’s Station. Telemedia scored 10 runs on 11 hits and they led 2-0 when catcher Erlene Belisle and pitcher Mary Flowers [...]
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OUTRAGE! – 12 babies die at KHMH
Twelve innocent babies are dead. It is the latest outrage in an ongoing list of major scandals unfolding under the UDP government. As the scandal broke this week, Prime Minister Barrow hopped on a plane and left the country. He left his Deputy Gaspar Vega in charge! All twelve babies died at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital KHMH over a period of twenty days this month. These deaths did not happen from a single fire or a collapsed building. The babies died one after the other from negligence of the worse kind. The official explanation is a virus or bacteria. More likely unsanitary conditions and inadequate medication appear to be the cause of the deaths.
A disturbing photograph of a Police Officer pointing a gun to his own head has prompted the Police Department to launch a serious investigation into the circumstances that led to such a dramatic act. The photo revealed ...
Barrow’s “National Bank” can “acquire”/“take over” property of “any other bank”
The UDP’s latest political gimmick called a National Bank is bound to raise concerns in the private and banking sector. This bank is already being stuffed with known UDP cronies. The bank, registered as a private/public ...
Did a bug kill Baby Jade in December 2012? – Premature child died 12 days after birth from a mysterious infection at KHMH
The shocking news of 12 babies dying at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital from a mysterious infection in a span of 20 days in May has caused more cases of strange baby deaths at the public ...
Running Roughshod over Belize
By G. Michael Reid As a small child, I remember spending a couple of school vacations way back in the jungle area of Mountain Pine Ridge. There was a family of white people who lived directly in front of where we lived in Belize City. The patriarch was a tall, burly ...
Killing Us Prematurely
Belize is a reactionary society, blame the recessive colonial gene that has crippled us, but as a society we do not live a culture of prevention. Consequently, as a country, the socio-political status of Belize is still within the premature neonatal stage and extremely vulnerable. Some apologists will say that preventative ...
Shalini Zabaneh regains Cross Country Cycling title
Team Sagitun’s Shalini Zabaneh won the 2013 Women’s Cross Country Cycling Classic organized by the Belize Cycling Association, from San Ignacio to the finish line in front of Leslie’s Imports on the George Price Highway on ...
Daniel, Fabio & Bjourne win national junior ranking tournament
Three champs rose to the occasion when the Belize Table Tennis Association held the 2013 SMART bi-annual national ranking tournament at the Belize Elementary School auditorium over the weekend. Daniel Sanchez Jr. won as new national ...
Police arrests FC Belize in Finals Game 1
The Police United FC gained the advantage to possibly win their first national football championship by winning Game 1 of 2013 Premier League of Belize football championship finals ...
UDP blames “archaeology people” for Noh Mul desecration
Did anyone notice? Just about everyone had an official reaction to the Noh Mul destruction. Press releases were sent out by COLA, PUP, UB Archaeology Students and even NICH. Just ...
Bus operators iron out issues in Chetumal
Belizean bus operators have restored access to the parking facility at the Mercado Lazaro Cardenaz, known to Belizeans as the “Mercado Nuevo” or “New Market”. For several weeks, the bus operators have been parking on streets near the market, contrary to regulations, after they were forced out ...
AMAZING GRACE – What’s Your Motivation?
Humans are complex creatures. The average person constantly twists his words to suit the occasion. Let’s be honest. Many times, condolences handed out at funerals are never genuinely meant. We tell visitors to comeback any time, when we really don’t ever want to see them again. We smile to the ...
Minister’s daughter faces possible prosecution for accident
Belmopan Police have issued a Notice of Intended Prosecution to Giselly Gibson the daughter of UDP Senator/Minister of Public Service Charles Gibson after she was reportedly involved in a traffic accident over the weekend. At the time of the accident, the Minister’s Government-assigned Toyota Hilux with license ...
Gilroy Usher, Sr. assists with Housing in Port Loyola
In the first week of May Gilroy Usher, Sr. assisted Mr. and Mrs. Steve Ferrell of #7174 ...
Chief Nursing Officer’s Address on Nurses Week
When I asked the President of NAB, Ms.Georgia Franklin, what was I expected to say to the Nurses at this conference, she said anything that I wanted. Since I know that ...
Agric Show Grounds – Where is the vision?
By Richard Harrison I have mentioned before that the Agricultural Show Grounds is a valuable property estimated to value around BZ$15 million. It is my opinion....that a property of this value should warrant a comprehensive integral development and business plan....with a blue print for the entire property.... and financially prudent business forecasts. ...
University of Arkansas professors & students visit Dangriga
Mayor H. Gilbert Swaso, Deputy Mayor Gilroy Howard Flores and Managers and fellow Staff of the Dangriga Town Council gave a warm and heartfelt welcome to the Professors and Students of the University of Arkansas who ...
Overwhelmed + Anxiety = STRESS
By Dr. Angela Banner Joseph “Stress is the trash of modern life - we all generate it, but if you don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life”- Danzae Pace How do you handle stress? What happens to your body when you are stressed? What tools do ...
WOMAN IN THE HOUSE – Big up Margaret Nicholas!!
By Dolores Balderamos Garcia Just this past week I learned that Margaret Nicholas is leaving the bench as Director of the Family Court at the end of the month. ‘Miss Nick’ as she is affectionately called, has had a long career at the Family Court, a vital part of our court system and ...
SCALES OF JUSTICE: Philadelphia
by anthony sylvestre In the most powerful country on earth, there is a city called Philadelphia. It is in the state of Pennsylvania, one of the original thirteen states of the United States. Philadelphia is a city renowned for the statute of Ben Franklin, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall (not the ...
Minister of Health Pablo Marin must go, demands PUP
In light of the report that twelve premature babies died in the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) within the first twenty days of the month of May, the People’s United Party calls for the immediate resignation of the Minister of Health and of the Board of Directors ...
Sandhill Vipers win Edilberto Villa memorial trophy
On Saturday night the Sand Hill Vipers triumphantly raised the Edilberto Villa Jr. memorial trophy when they defeated Crooked Tree in the ...
1.2m Belizean entries into Chetumal in 2012 – Belizeans spent over $60m across the northern border
Statistics released by officials in Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico have revealed an enormous emigration of Belize’s economy to the neighbouring city of Chetumal. According to the data, reported by Estereo Amor, there were some 1,300,000 Belizean entries ...
Major Victories for PUP! – Roaring Creek and Camalote in Cayo South go blue
The PUP has been performing well in the ongoing village council elections, and the past weekend’s victories in Camalote and Roaring Creek in the Cayo South division are proof of it.
Both communities, especially Roaring Creek, were considered to be UDP strongholds. But the leadership of Cayo South Area Representative Julius Espat has shown residents that community development is possible despite political affiliations. This style has given Cayo new life and new hope.
Noh Mul destruction underscores need for respect of village leaders
The demolished remains of Noh Mul, the ancient Mayan ruin in the Orange Walk North constituency, will be a lasting memory of the bad leadership in our country. There is a lesson to learn in Noh ...
High School’s best and brightest – Part1: Nazarene High, E.P. Yorke and Sadie Vernon High School
In today’s Belize, there’s not always much to look forward to, but when it comes to education and ...
Gaspar Vega attacks protected area
In his lame response to the Noh Mul destruction last week, the Deputy Prime Minister Gapi Vega whose brother got the exclusive license to exploit Rosewood, told a bald face lie. Vega claimed that he is “deeply committed to protecting and preserving our national heritage and patrimony ...
Moody’s predicts Belize debt default
It’s only been three months since the restructuring of the Superbond was completed. It was a sigh of relief for all who had gasped in apprehension when Belize defaulted on its scheduled payment in 2012. While there was thunderous chest beating by the Barrow Administration about ...
Bachelor’s Degree Student lashes out at UB
Dear Editor I am a transferred student from St. John’s Junior College, where I got my Associate’s Degree in Business Administration with Accounting. I applied to the University of Belize to enroll in the Bachelor’s Accounting program. After my two years at John’s the University of Belize did not accept or ...
PUP candidates challenge Red Bank village elections
Jonathan Cho Chairman Candidate PUP Red Bank Village, Stann Creek District Mr. B. Q. Pitts Chairman, Elections and Boundaries Commission Belize City Dear Chairman, We the candidate and villagers of Red Bank in the Stann Creek District are outraged at the way the Village Council Election was conducted on May 12, 2013, and by this letter we ...
The Politicians and the Police
Dear Editor, The Commissioner of Police (ComPol) occupies an extremely important post in our fledgling democracy as he and he alone drives our internal security apparatus. It is through the ComPol that the State exercises its monopoly on the use of force and the right to deprive citizens of their liberty ...
“SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS” – Still no charges for Denny Grijalva
UDP Orange Walk Central caretaker, Denny Grijalva, is yet to face any penalties for the damages which his construction company caused on the once majestic Noh Mul Mayan site which sits among ...
Caye Caulker day sail and poker party tonight
Hol Chan which is about 4 miles southeast of San Pedro town. Did you know Hol Chan is Mayan for ‘little channel?”
Actually it is not so little, the reserve centers on a channel or cut through the reef measuring just over than 25 yards / 23 meters wide and 30 feet – 9 meters deep
With the spectacular array of colorful sea life at Hol Chan, you will enjoy a wonderful real life nat geo moment. The popular marine reserve is home to 200 species of fish, nearly 40 species of corals, 3 different kinds sea turtles and so much more.
The second stop on the Seaduced tour is was Shark Ray Alley, just a stones throw a way. Once the catamaran docks, you will see lots of nurse sharks, one eyed jacks, blue tang, a few rays and sometimes a turtle or two. The nurse sharks are harmless however if they are in a feeding frenzy you need pay attention and keep your distance.
I heard it through the grapevine…
According to LOVE FM, our local radio station, the Belize Tourism Board was busy launching a new visitor satisfaction survey at the Maya archaeological site of Altun Ha this last week (23rd of May).
The Director of Tourism, Laura Esquivel Hampton, said that this is the first part of a project aimed at maximising the experience of visitors to all of Belize’s Maya sites while making sure that nearby communities benefit from tourism, so it sounds like good news all around.
We love (pun intended) hearing about these sorts of projects that show a commitment to looking after our guests and the communities they visit, and we encourage people to provide feedback about their Belizean experience. Belize is small enough, and everyone involved in the tourism industry is concerned enough, that your voice can be heard and actually make a difference.
“Walking the Dog” in Ambergris Caye,Belize.
Have spent (more of it yesterday) what seems like an interminable amount of time (the +7 hour time difference doesn’t help!) communicating with the relocation company we are using in the UK (Excess International Movers) to ship some of our old household items and personal possessions to us in Ambergris Caye (as opposed to Belize City) for inspection by Customs.
Haven’t got a ‘yes’ yet, but then again I haven’t got a ‘no’. So it remains a challenge on my ‘to do’ list.
I then turned my attention to trying to obtain further indicative costings for shipping any online purchases (TVs , dinnerware, pots and pans, etc) we might make in the States for our build in Ambergris Caye,Belize. Having already obtained information from Hyde Shipping I sent emails to M A Pariente, Manray Express and Eurocaribe and now await replies so that Rose and I can decide whether to proceed with this approach or not.
We did visit our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize yesterday afternoon but I got lazy when we got home and didn’t publish an edition of this blog. Deciding instead to publish a ‘double issue’ today!
NOAA, TSR, UKMET, PSU, WSI, and WU Community Predict Active Atlantic Hurricane Season
NOAA forecasts an above-normal and possibly very active Atlantic hurricane season in 2013, in their May 23 outlook. They give a 70% chance of an above-normal season, a 25% chance of an near-normal season, and 5% chance of a below-normal season. They predict a 70% chance that there will be 13 - 20 named storms, 7 - 11 hurricanes, and 3 - 6 major hurricanes, with an Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) 120% - 205% of the median. If we take the midpoint of these numbers, NOAA is calling for 16.5 named storms, 9 hurricanes, 4.5 major hurricanes, and an ACE index 162% of normal. This is well above the 1981 - 2010 average of 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes. Hurricane seasons during the active hurricane period 1995 - 2012 have averaged 15 named storms, 8 hurricanes, and 4 major hurricanes, with an ACE index 151% of the median. Only five seasons since the active hurricane period that began in 1995 have not been above normal--including four El Niño years (1997, 2002, 2006, and 2009), and the neutral 2007 season.
Cruising the Yucatan Peninsula
THERE was a little obvious history immediately apparent to the casual visitor to Belize City, the principal port of the minuscule Central American country of Belize (formerly British Honduras), which was the capital before it was almost totally flattened by a hurricane in 1961 and certainly not to most of my fellow passengers on what was then the biggest cruise ship in the world.
Travel with Dusty Miller
I certainly don’t belittle the major historical importance of architecturally-gifted, rebellious Mayans, an ancient people, whose breathtakingly-built pyramids — many thought to be still; hidden in dense overgrown jungle — dot Belize and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula: and the country’s colonial history was fascinating to someone living in post-colonial Africa.
There are many references to a Baron Bliss, the unusual name of the country’s major benefactor. Baron Bliss Day is among Belize’s public holidays, there’s a Baron Bliss Memorial Lighthouse and Park, a Bliss Institute Museum and Library and many Bliss health centres around the country.
Yet Baron Bliss never actually set foot in the country…alive! (He is buried there.)
A keen fisherman and sailor, he left his wife and estates in England to roam the maritime world. Taken seriously ill with food poisoning on Trinidad, Bliss sailed his luxury yacht, Sea King to British Honduras, anchoring on the barrier reef tying to recover in the soft sea air.
This week's Chicagoan: Rosita Arvigo, master herbalist
I left Chicago during the Vietnam War and went to Mexico for seven years. The boyfriend I had at the time was a draft resister. We were way back in the bush, about 14 hours' walk from a village that was a 20-hour bus ride from the highway. It was a self-sufficient homestead we started. We could do everything except weave cloth and make paper. We had a fruit orchard, and we cared for that, and it was just the two of us and our two children.
"That relationship broke up, and it was time to move on. My parents were adamant that I should get a degree. I went to Chicago and en
Caribbean Room With a View: A Rainforest Getaway in Belize
IT WAS FOLLOWING a trip to Belize that legendary film director Francis Ford Coppola decided to purchase the then-abandoned Blancaneaux Lodge in the rainforest of Belize.
Nearly 20 years after opening the resort, the 20-room boutique property remains one of the region’s great escapes. It’s one of a pair of lodges Coppola has developed in Belize, along with the Turtle Inn.
It’s located in the northwestern corner of Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, a 107,000-acre reserve in the Cayo district of Belize.
And at the top of the property’s offerings are the Honeymoon Cabañas, offering terrific views of the waterfalls that dot the property.
The Honeymoon Cabañas are all about romance, perched over a Privassion Creek waterfall.