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Minister of Local Government Has No Immediate Solution for OW Town Council
While we had Minister Hulse to talk Immigration and Nationality, we also got him to respond to Mayor Kevin Bernard’s comments. He said that Orange Walk, like any other municipality, has been receiving its subventions.
Senator Godwin Hulse, Minister of Local Government
“The way it works is that the town council presents its own budget, under the law, they present it to the ministry for the further to the Ministry of Finance and the National Assembly. Of course, annually, there is a subvention allocated to each town council and that allocation they have had; as a matter of fact, not only have they had that but many times the councils have had an advanced allocation and that is as far as it goes; any extra monies they need, they need to make a request to the Ministry of Finance. WE have been talking to the Orange Walk Town Council to see how they can sort this matter out.”
“Can you say how much subvention they get each month?”
SENATOR GODWIN HULSE
“Well, I would have to look it up and I hate to hazard numbers, I am getting too old for that and people hold you to numbers but each council gets their subvention including the Belize and Belmopan City Councils.”
Bank Freezes Accounts for Orange Walk Town Council
The Belize Bank accounts of the Orange Walk Town Council have been frozen and that’s because the town council is in debt of over one hundred thousand dollars. The present town council did not racked up that hefty debt but it was the doing of the previous town council under the mayoral term of Phillip Del la Fuente. The root of it is an overdraft facility that was passed on to the present council immediately after winning the March 2012 municipal elections. But that’s not all, after maxing out the overdraft facility, Mayor Kevin Bernard says that the previous town council neglected to pay monies to Social Security on behalf of its workers which totals to a sum over about fifty thousand dollars. But there is more, Bernard says that the previous administration neglected to pay Income Tax for sixteen months since 2010. With all those other debts, the Orange Walk Town Council has been unable to make good on what it owes to Belize Bank. But the bank wants no excuses and after several letters sent back and forth, today Belize Bank froze the council’s account leaving it cash-strapped. Mayor Bernard met with interested parties in Belmopan this afternoon but before entering the meeting, Mayor Bernard offered a lengthy explanation to Love News.
Cabinet’s Green Light Pending to Start Stake Bank Project
The Environmental Compliance Plan (ECP) for “A Cruise Tourism Development Project on Stake Bank Caye and a Residential Development on North Drowned Caye” was signed last Thursday, September 19, and developer, Mike Feinstein, of the Feinstein Group of Companies, now awaits the final green light from Cabinet to commence operation of these mega-tourist projects which promises to revolutionize tourism in Belize.
Two weeks ago the National Environmental Appraisal Committee (NEAC) met to review the projects and consider two main environmental concerns standing in the way of the ECP, one, the fuel lighters which will be used to refuel cruise ships, and the other, the impact of a proposed causeway which passes through the Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary, a habitat for manatees. NEAC is mandated to examine proposed projects and offer its advice to the Department of the Environment (DOE) on the compliance of the project. The purpose of an ECP is to ensure that best practice measures are instituted in a project that would prevent, control and mitigate the environmental degradation that may arise from the project.
Forty year old Karne Ogaldez from Silk Grass has been charged with Grievous Harm on a man identified as forty year old George Morgan. According to reports, Morgan was socializing at a bus stop in Silk Grass Village around 2:00 O’clock on Sunday morning, when he was reportedly pushed by Ogaldez. Morgan reportedly fell on his neck. When Police arrived at the scene not long after, they saw Morgan lying motionless on the ground apparently under the influence of alcohol. He was transported to the Southern Regional Hospital and later to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he was admitted in a paralyzed state. Police have formally arrested and charged Ogaldez.
Last night, police conducted a search on a public transport vehicle that was travelling from Benque Viejo Town to the City of Belmopan, and it proved fruitful. In there they discovered a black plastic bag containing fifty five grams of suspected cannabis and a box containing three hundred and eighty eight grams of suspected cannabis under a seat. Since no one claimed the items they were deposited as found property.
Immigration Minister Says Nationality Section Being Investigated
While the news has spread like wildfire of the resignation of Elvin Penner as Minister of State in the Ministry of Immigration and Nationality, and the suspensions of three Immigration Officers in the passport section, very little has been reported if any employee of the Nationality section will or has been sent home for the issuance of passport to South Korean national, Kim Won Hong, today the Minister in Charge, Senator Godwin Hulse spared us an interview. Minister Hulse explained that the person at the top of the Nationality Ministry, Elvin Penner has been forced to resign and investigations into more involvement by others continue.
SENATOR GODWIN HULSE
“The highest person in the nationality section already got not only suspended but fully removed from the job and that is Minister Penner, the minister who actually signs nationality certificates.
One Man Down After Few Days Into Demolition of City Centre
The demolition of the Belize City Centre is only two weeks along but already there is a serious injury to report.
Reports are that sometime around four this afternoon the work crew was taking down one of the many slabs of siding that made one of the walls of the structure when it fell on top of one of the labourers. Egbert Jones was crushed and suffered injuries to his arms, stomach and legs.
He was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he remains tonight.
BSI Says No Payment for Bagasse?
Negotiations between the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association and the Belize Sugar Industries resumed today in Orange Walk but were then immediately suspended. The negotiations are in relation to a new commercial agreement between BSI and BSCFA and in relation to a payment to cane farmers for the use of bagasse by BSI and Belize Cogeneration Energy Limited, BELCOGEN. According to the association, to date provisional agreement has been reached in relation to some areas of the new commercial agreement. But in the case of the payment of bagasse, the association says that BSI’s negotiating team is firm in not making any payments and so the association has requested in writing that BSI’s negotiating team submit BSCFA’s proposal for payment of bagasse to BSI’s principals with the hope that BSI’s negotiating team be instructed to negotiate some payment for the bagasse. When both parties met today, BSI still did not respond in writing to BSCFA’s request. As a result, BSCFA requested a suspension of these negotiations, and also requested that BSI submit a response to BSCFA’s request by this Friday to determine if and when negotiations would resume.
Discovery Expeditions in Receivership
There is news tonight that Discovery Expeditions Belize has gone into receivership. The company which its logo suggests has been operating since 1972 and is spearheaded by its President and CEO, David Gegg, has fallen in the hands of Receiver for Atlantic Bank, General Robert Garcia. Although there are allegations that Atlantic Bank is owed in the millions, we haven’t been able to confirm. Garcia was also the receiver of the Novelo’s Bus Line and the Nova Shrimp farm which were closed off after some time. The company’s faith in the hands of a receiver is said to be causing discomfort with employees who are worried about their fate. Love News has come across a letter written by the Receiver, General Garcia and addressed to the Tourism Industry Partners. It reads quote “Please be informed that Discovery Expeditions Belize Limited was placed in Receivership by the bank on September 20, 2013” end quote. If further states quote “Discovery Expedition values your custom and will continue to provide all its services, whilst working also to enhance its product. In the Interim, the bookings, payments for services etc, remain the same, except that cheques are to be made out to Discovery Expeditions Belize Limited (In Receivership)” end quote. The letter closes by explaining that partners will be notified in due course if any other changes take place as the company seeks to improve itself. We will continue to follow up on this story and have more for you in tomorrow’s news report.
LICU Promotes Tourism In O/W By Training Future Tour Guides
Twenty-two persons sat through the first ever Tour Guide training program facilitated by La Inmaculada Credit Union and the Ministry of Economic Development over the past three months. After all...
DEMO CZL Addresses Dump-site Problem
Another cause for concern is the dump site on the Consejo road used primarily by residents of Consejo Village. The incessant rains experienced during the past few days have not...
Finally, Works Underway On Consejo Road CZL
A sigh of relief is what residents of Consejo Village are breathing as their plea was heard by the people in government. The nine mile stretch of road, regularly used...
O/W Police Confiscate Drugs, One Man Arrested
Tonight, a resident of Trial Farm Village is sitting in a square cell wondering what the faith of his future will be. Yesterday, September 25th, Orange Walk police were on...
Undisclosed Amount of Cash Robbed From Store At CZFZ
Information reaching our newsroom this evening indicates that a robbery occurred inside of the Free Zone today sometime around 1:30. Unconfirmed reports allege that the incident occurred at the Delamo...
SIF and Financiers return to Dangriga Town Market
The saga of the Dangriga Town market project continues as SIF representative Ernest Raymond met with Mayor of Dangriga Gilbert Swazo to discuss a possible handing over of the project. You may recall that SIF removed previous contractor Kennard Smart of K&G Construction for being unable to move ahead...
Public Accounts Committee meets in the Capital
The Public Accounts Committee continued its public assessment of the Annual Auditor General reports on Wednesday. Again, the representatives from the Opposition – that is the Chair the Hon. Julius Espat and the Hon. Rodwell Ferguson were absent and so the Hon. John Saldivar was presided over the meeting...
Hon. Julius Espat comments on PAC Meeting
PlusNews has confirmed that Julius Espat is out of the country but we managed to make contact with him on Wednesday and asked him about his take on the PAC meeting aired live on television earlier. He said that “at the end of the day the people of Belize...
Minister accused of unwanted sexual advances in Taiwan
Belize has had to face a few international embarrassments of late. We can think of the SIF scandal which resulted in representatives of the IDB coming to Belize for an investigation into the Dangriga Market Rehabilitation Project. We can also think of the firing of Elvin Penner as Minister...
Coast Guard Officer reprimanded over incident involving visiting Prime Minister
Belize seems to be reeling from one embarrassment to another. The Dominican media houses are having a field day with Belize over the detention of that country’s Prime Minister by the Belize Coast Guard. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit gave a pleasant address at Belize’s Independence Day official Ceremonies on...
Man detained for murder of Darrrell Wade
Police have issued details on the murder of an 18 year old of Orange Walk Town who was killed on Wednesday afternoon. According to police reports, on Tuesday September 24th at 3:45pm, 18 year old Darrell Wade was walking on Stadium Street, Orange Walk Town along with three students...
Two detained following aggressive robbery in PG
66 year old Fabian Martinez of Punta Gorda Town entered the Punta Gorda Town Police Station early Wednesday morning, at around 2 a.m. the elderly man had duct tape on his neck, both hands and legs. Martinez told police that at 11:30pm on Tuesday September 24, he was at...
More works are planned for Belize Infrastructure Limited
The private company of BIL (Belize Infrastructure Limited) sparked much controversy earlier in the year, especial when the opposition leader, Hon. Francis Fonseca described it as “a vehicle for the Government of the day to hustle“. Nevertheless, the private company is moving forward full throttle. Works have already begun...
Government to forgive some DFC loans
The Prime Minister, in his Independence Day address, claims he has an Independence gift for indebted borrowers of DFC. Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow- Prime Minister of Belize “Perhaps then, this is the time to announce what I hope will be an annual feature: an Independence Day gift! As part...
Minister of Immigration comments on passport scandal
On Wednesday the Minister in charge of Immigration, the Hon. Godwin Hulse broke his silence on the recent Passport scandal. Minister Hulse called into Krem TV’s Wake Up Belize Wednesday morning to speak on the investigation. Hon. Godwin Hulse- Minister of Immigration “This matter, as you know, is under...
Political Parties Celebrate Anniversaries
Later this week, Belize’s two main political parties are marking the anniversaries of their respective foundations. The United Democratic Party was formed on September 27, 1973 from a merger of three parties, the National Independence Party (NIP), the People’s Development Movement (PDM) and the Liberal Party,...
Thousands of Jobs with Millions in Infrastructure Development
Fresh off the success of the Southside Poverty Alleviation Project, which employed thousands of Belize City residents and resulted in crime falling to its lowest point in a decade, the Government of Belize is being even more aggressive in its effort to keep Belizeans employed and continue growing the economy. In his Independence Day address, Prime Minister Barrow announced investments of more than $100 million in infrastructural development across the country.
Prime Minister Barrow said, “As a driver of economic development [investment in infrastructure] has now become the principal implement in this Administration’s toolbox.” Projects Prime Minister Barrow announced include the construction of Lake Independence Boulevard, a new Civic Center in Belize City and new sporting facilities in every district town countrywide.
More Write Offs and $80 Million more for DFC
In his Independence Day address to the nation, Prime Minister Barrow announced that the Government of Belize will write off another $6.22 million in loans from the Development Finance Corporation as “an Independence Day gift”.
Public gifts have become a regular feature announced in Prime Minister Barrow’s Independence Day, Christmas and New Year’s addresses. Previous gifts include loan write offs, tax exemptions, lowering of utility rates and new social assistance programs. In this latest gift, government will forgive the debts of 361 Belizeans. According to Prime Minister Barrow, most of the loans are from the mortgage program with a few from the education and productive sectors. He says most of the loans have already been foreclosed upon and the DFC has seized and sold the borrowers’ collateral. However, the sale of the collateral was not sufficient to cover the debt; therefore, the borrowers are still on the hook for the balance and are being “hounded by lawyers and bill collectors”. Individuals benefiting from this new debt relief initiative should be receiving notification letters soon.
Julius come to Work!
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) began its work in earnest on Monday, September 23rd. After all the back and forth and the jumping up and down that Julius Espat was doing, the UDP members of the committee proved that the committee can actually do legitimate work. The first two days of meetings proved this.
With the guidance of Hon. John Saldivar who was selected as the Pro-tem Chairman of the committee, on Monday the Auditor General’s report for financial years 2003/2004 and 2004/2005 were discussed. Then on Wednesday the Auditor General’s report for year 1st April 2008 to 31st March 2009 were looked at. Based on the information that was presented by those interviewed there were quite a number of issues that have become evident. In the two days of discussions, it is clear that there are deficiencies in the system which need to be addressed. Among these deficiencies is the fact that proper inventories of government assets are not properly kept. Also, it appears that the Auditor General’s office is understaffed and is not properly prepared to handle the audits in the prescribed time frame that is given for these to be done. Another issue that came out is that at time the Auditor General does not have all the information which is required to conduct a proper audit of some government departments.
Editorial: Institutions Vs individuals
We should not be surprised when individuals behave badly (although we may be saddened) because as human beings we are all subject to a variety of influences and temptations. Individuals who are found guilty of bad behaviour face a variety of sanctions depending on the severity of the wrong. However, we should not judge an institution on the basis of wrongdoing by individuals but reserve judgement according to the response by the institution and those in authority.
It is therefore hardly surprising when revelations surface indicating that individuals in government, either as employees in the public service or as politicians, behave badly. Indeed, these individuals, because of their occupation, are especially vulnerable to temptation. They are often in a position to make decisions that can fundamentally affect the lives of others and to benefit personally from these decisions. Naturally, those whose lives may be affected will try to gain the best possible outcome for themselves and this frequently involves offering some inducement to decision makers. The inducement may be something simple such as reminding decision makers about ties of kinship or friendship or it may be a more direct invitation to accept monitory or other rewards, including trips, gifts and sexual favours. It is obvious to outsiders that such actions are corrupt but those involved will often try to excuse their actions as being within the norm. The judgement issue for the public is not however about the individuals, who should be dealt with as the law dictates, but rather how the institution handles these revelations. This is not something peculiar to Belize as shown by the following examples:
Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s Independence Day Address
Your Excellency, the Governor-General, Sir Colville Young, and Lady Young; Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica and our Independence Day Guest of Honour; My Lord Chief Justice, Kenneth Benjamin; and other Justices of the Supreme Court; Hon. Leader of the Opposition, Francis Fonseca, and Mrs. Fonseca; Hon. Ministers of Government and Members of the National Assembly; Your Worship the Mayor of Belmopan, Mr. Simeon Lopez, and Mrs. Lopez; My Lords the Bishops of the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches of Belize; Superintendent of the Methodist Belize/Honduras District; President of the Evangelical Association of Churches; Other members of the Clergy; Excellencies of the Diplomatic Corps; Members of the Consular Corps; Special guests; Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen; Fellow Belizeans.
United Democratic Party at 40
The birth of the United Democratic Party on the 27th September, 1973 was the result of a merger of three parties involved back then in the gargantuan task of opposing the seemingly unbeatable and powerful People’s United Party – ruling party of the day. For 23 years before that, the PUP had dominated Belize’s political scene virtually unopposed.
Civic Center Demolished
The sound of mauls thumping on concrete and pry bars ripping zinc has become the mainstay of the area surrounding the Belize City Center. The building is being demolished after it was deemed unfit to carry on the function it was built to do. According to project manager at the site, Reina Gonzalez, the main columns rising from the foundation are rotten at the very end. Because of this, the structure is unsound and needed to be demolished. Now 90 men and women from Belize City and about 50 percent of them from the Back-A-Town area are putting their manpower and sweat into tearing it down.
El Salvador Military Symphonic Orchestra performs in San Ignacio Town
Members of El Salvador Military Symphonic Orchestra
Having performed in Belmopan and other parts of Belize, the El Salvador Military Symphonic Orchestra played a number of classical and marching tunes on Tuesday night of this week at the Cayo Welcome Center. Present for the musical night was the Mayor of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, John August, as well as the Ambassador of El Savador to Belize, Rolando Roberto Vizuela Ramos.
Zero Tolerance! Investigation Continues into Passport Scandal
The Ministry of Labour, Local Government, Rural Development, NEMO and Immigration is investigating the issuance of a Belize Passport to South Korean, Kim Won Hong. Won Hong is detained in Taiwan and wanted in South Korea for embezzling millions of dollars. It was brought to Prime Minister Barrow’s attention on Tuesday, September 17th, that a Belize Passport was issued to Won Hong on September 9th. However, he was in a Taiwan Prison at the time and had been there since August. There is also no information to prove that Wong Hong had ever been to Belize.
National Bank attracts over 400 Applicants in first 5 days
Chairman of the National Bank, Hon. Joy Grant told the Guardian that within the first 5 days of the opening of the bank, it saw over 400 persons come in to get application forms. "We know there is a lot of interest and enthusiasm is still very high, stated Hon. Grant. She explained that as persons come in to the bank, because it is a development bank, the focus is on education. That education involves explaining to applicants and advising them about the size of a loan that they are able to take on and working on tailoring their needs based on their incomes. "It is not a 'yes' or a 'no' but rather we explain how big a house they can build," stated Grant.
PUP Venom on Young Minds
The capacity of the People's United Party to spew venom and lies has reached an all time low. The Guardian Newspaper has received numerous complaints by irate parents who say their children were taken advantage of by the PUP. Apparently the PUP secretariat induced some schools to send their Standard 6 classes to their headquarters under the guise that they would do a presentation on "the road to independence." Instead of the children being truly taught about what the road to independence was like, they were bombarded with all manner of lies.
Woman in charge of a Big project
Seeing Reina Gonzalez at the project site as the Belize City Center is being taken down, you would think that she is out of place. In Belize we don't generally associate women with being involved in these types of heavy work. But not only is Gonzalez at the right place, she is actually in charge of the project.
School Bus Run Situation Toledo
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS) wishes to clarify the situation with respect to some School Bus Operators in Toledo who have expressed dissatisfaction with payment or non-payment for runs conducted during the first few weeks of school.
Dwight Flowers Sentenced to three years for Sexual Assault on Minor
Dwight Flowers, 53, a construction worker of Belize City, was convicted on one count of aggravated assault of an indecent nature on Monday, September 23rd.
Flowers appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith to answer to accusations by a 15 year old girl.
On March 24th of this year the girl reported to police that Flowers fondled her breast. The girl said that Flowers did it before but she did not report the incident. After he touched her breast the second time the girl was extremely annoyed and told her older brother. He then took her to the police station where they made a formal report. Flowers was then arrested and charged.
Man Attacked and Killed in San Ignacio Town
On Monday, September 23rd, at about 1:30a.m., Jorge Tzib, 28, was walking from a North to West direction in San Ignacio Town when he was attacked and killed. At the time of his death Tzib had on a red and blue in color knapsack on his back.
Jorge Tzib, who is a laborer from Shawville in San Ignacio Town, fell to his death somewhere between the Red Cross Building and the Office ‘Gurus’ Building on Joseph Andrews Drive. At the time of the attack, Tzib was also dressed in a short black pants and a grey in color sleeveless shirt. His body was found lying on its left side on Joseph Andrews Drive and he was barefeet. On closer inspection, Jorge Tzib was found to have stab wounds on the left side of his ear as well as under his right ear and a slit throat.
Police are investigating the apparent murder.
High Speed Chase Leads to Bust of 2.5 Kilos of Marijuana
Mason Patnett, 26, of Vista Del Mar and 32-year-old parolee Ryan Tillett of Ladyville Village appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on Monday, September 23rd,to answer to a charge of drug trafficking.
According to police report, on Saturday, September 21st, officers were conducting a vehicle checkpoint at the entrance to La Democracia at Mile 31 on the George Price Highway when a vehicle with two men inside drove through the checkpoint without stopping. A mobile unit assigned to the checkpoint set chase after them. Officers report that one person exited the vehicle near mile 23 and threw a black plastic bag into the bushes. The individual then got back into the vehicle and the driver drove off.
Police were able to catch up with the vehicle at Mile 15 on the George Price Highway. The two men were arrested and taken to Mile 23 where the object was thrown. There police found a black plastic bag which contained green leafy like substance suspected to be marijuana. The men were taken to the police station where the marijuana was weighed and amounted to 2,545 grams. The men were identified as 26-year Mason Patnett and 32-year-old Ryan Tillett. Both were charged with the offense of drug trafficking.
Ghost Town Boss Charged for Association with Criminal Gang
The alleged leader of the Ghost Town Crips, Roger Samuel Anthony, was deported to Belize from Pennsylvania, USA on June 27th of this year and on Independence Day he was arrested and charged with the offense of associating with a criminal gang.
Anthony left Belize with at least one case before the court. On February 15th he was arrested and charged with associating with a criminal gang. He pled not guilty to the charge and was granted bail. He fled the country sometime after but was later captured and deported to Belize. Upon his arrival, he was issued a compliance letter ordering him not to associate with any criminal gangs. However, on Saturday, September 21st, he was found associating with members of the Ghost Town Crips on Lakeview Street in Belize City and was arrested and charged for that offense.
Anthony appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on Monday, September 23rd. He was represented by attorney Kareem Musa and pled not guilty to a single charge of associating with a criminal gang. There was no objection to bail and Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer offered it in the sum of $600 plus one surety of the same amount.
Basketball Firms’ Competition enters Knockout round
The Belize District Basketball Association Firms’ competition will enter its knockout round on Thursday, September 26th, 2013, at Bird’s Isle.
In the first game on the schedule at 7:30 pm will feature Belize City Council against PUC/CBA/Fisheries. In game two, BTL will see action against Ready Call Centre. On Friday, September 27th, 2013 in the first game at 7:30 p.m. Heritage Bank will go up against Courts and this will be followed by Belize Bank against Central Health.
The competition will then enter the Quarterfinal round on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 with two more games on the schedule.
Barney Brown captures cycling test race
The Belize Cycling Association held its second test race on Sunday, September 22nd, 2013 on the Boom-Hattieville Circuit. The event saw the participation of some 30 riders with 23 of them completing the course.
At the end of 1:59:23 Barney Brown of Scotiabank was the first rider to cross the finish line. He was then followed by Joel Borland of Telemedia Cycling Team, Robert Liam Stewart of Benny’s Megabytes was the third rider to cross the finish line and he was followed by Julio Cesar Ozuil of Depredadores and then he was followed by Henry Moreria who is unattached to round of the top five finishers.
The other riders to finish in the next five positions include Angel Tzib who is also unattached, and he was followed by Roger Troyer of Belikin Western Spirit Cycling Team, Giovanni Lovell of Telemedia Cycling, Byron Pope of Benny’s Megabytes and then Nissan Arana of Depredadores.
Primary schools football competition opens countrywide
The 2013-2014 National Primary Schools Sports Programme calendar has commenced countrywide with the annual Football Competition.
Here in Belize City, a total of six (6) girls team and seventeen (17) boys’ teams are participating in the Football Competition. The schools in the girls’ competition are St. Luke Methodist, Queen Square Anglican, Belize Elementary, Holy Redeemer, Ephesus SDA, and James Garbutt SDA. In the male competition the schools are St. Luke Methodist, James Garbutt, Belize Elementary, Holy Redeemer, Ephesus SDA, Unity Presbyterian, St. Martin De Porres, St. Ignatius, Salvation Army, Queen Street Baptist, Ebenezer Methodist, Wesley Upper, Queen Square Anglican, St. Joseph, St. John Vianney, St. Mary’s and Trinity Methodist.
The regular season in Belize City commenced on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, with three games on the schedule. In the only girls’ game on the schedule, St. Luke Methodist went up against Belize Elementary School. In the first of two male games, St. Luke Methodist saw action against Belize Elementary and in the second game Unity Presbyterian went up against St. Martin De Porres.
XXIII National Women’s Softball Championship this weekend
The Belize Softball Federation will play host to the XXIII Edition of the National Women’s Softball Championship which is scheduled for Friday, September 27 – September 29, 2013, at Rogers Stadium the home of softball in Belize.
As the premier female sports in the country, the Belize Softball Federation has dedicated this year’s National Women’s Softball Championship to the survivors of cancer especially breast cancer. The Baden’s balls that will be used in the championship are pink in colour and carry the logo of the Cancer Awareness Foundation.
The ceremonial first pitch will be a dual pitch the first time that this will be done in the country and this honours will be given to Mrs. Philippa Griffith-Bailey, ISF Hall of Fame Member, immediate past Treasurer of the Belize Softball Federation, the only Women in Sports Commissioner in the country and she will be joined by a representative of the Cancer Society.
Rio Hondo Floods Orange Walk Communities
Residents of Santa Cruz, San Roman, San Antonio and Douglas Village in the Orange Walk District have had to adjust their daily routine to cope with an extremely wet September. The country has not seen an extended period of dry days since the month started and all communities along the banks of the major rivers are on flood alert.
The communities of Santa Cruz, San Roman, San Antonio and Douglas have been dealing with flash floods for several days and the water from the Rio Hondo River has covered the road leading to the villages and cut them off from the rest of the country. Residents of those communities are very familiar with flooding and have not allowed the inconvenience of nature to keep them from continuing their daily routine.
The residents start their day about an hour earlier. The National Emergency Management Organization has been in the area since Thursday, September 19th. Units of the Belize Defense Force River Patrol and Belize National Coast Guard are operating in the area. They have combined their resources along with civilian assistance to move residents across the water in boats and unto waiting buses. Elodio Aragon Sr., NEMO Coordinator for the North, explained that students are transported first and a free bus has been provided for them. After the students cross the water, the boats are available for individuals heading to their place of employment. After those priority groups are transported, other residents are assisted.
Residents of communities along river banks must remain alert as the National Meteorological Service is forecasting more rain in the upcoming days. The forecast for Thursday and Friday is for “isolated showers and isolated thunderstorms” and for Saturday the forecast is “a few showers and isolated thunderstorms inland and North”. Meaning, more rain is likely to pour down on the Rio Hondo River.
Caye Caulker Chronicles
Legends of Belize Book Release
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Original Artistic Animated shows produced by GrisDismation include Ongher, Time Box, and MasBot, which appeal to a wide audience from children to adults. Ongher is a light-hearted comedy about a modern day clown who lives life much like the rest of us but with a comedic twist just for a good laugh. Time Box is an adventure of epic proportions as friends Zelfo, Melvasi and Buggd travel the time dimensional universe to find Buggd’s home. MasBot, Man Android System Bot is a Science Fiction adventure that explores the technological unknown.
Eradication Of Dogs
The eradication of dogs began on the early morning of September 25th and unfortunately a few house dogs were poisoned as well. The owners are upset and are holding the Village Council responsible claiming that no date was given on the eradication of dogs and what they have done is wrong. The Health Department conducted the eradication with the assistance of the Village Council and Police Officers. The eradication is done if and when the Health Department gets too many complaints on stray dogs. Even if dogs have collars they are still considered a stray.
In many countries around the world ‘Dog Laws’ exist and consequences are given if they are broken or requirements are not met. We in Belize do have a DOGS ACT which can be found in Chapter 153, Revised Edition 2000 http://www.belizelaw.org/web/lawadmin/index2.html
Here are a few laws taken from the above revised edition.
Garbage patch finds its way to Caye Caulker
A patch of garbage stretching for several ugly yards found its way in the seas near Caye Caulker.
A boater in the area took these photos.
Where did this garbage come from?
According to sources, a lot of garbage has been finding its way on to the East side of the island this week.
The garbage included syringes and yards of plastic waste.
Update: There are SEVERAL patches of garbage floating in the sea all over the front of the island, not just one.
Facing shortages, Venezuela takes over toilet paper plant over toilet paper factory
When you’re running low on toilet paper and getting desperate, what do you do? If you’re the Venezuelan government, you take over a toilet paper factory.
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Charting a way forward for Belize sports: Belmopan Active Youths win US$100,000 grant
The Belmopan Active Youths (BAY), a youth organization established in April 2012 has received US$100,000 in grant money from the United States Embassy in Belmopan. The money is to be used to establish a project for drug prevention among young people of Belmopan and surrounding communities over the next 10 [...]
In acquitting Menjivar, Judge found GSU acted as trespassers
The Central District of the Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling on Monday, when Justice Denis Hanomansingh dismissed a nine count indictment of attempted murder against Miguel Angel Menjivar.
Man gets three years for fondling his daughter’s breast
A 56-year-old man, who inappropriately touched his daughter, was found guilty of aggravated assault of an indecent nature on Monday and sentenced to three years in prison.
Afternoon nap aids children’s learnings
Getting young children to take an hour-long nap after lunch could help them with their learning by boosting brain power, a small study suggests.
Dramatic’ drop in global HIV infections
The number of HIV infections and Aids-related deaths has fallen dramatically, according to a UN report. Death rates fell from 2.3 million during its peak in 2005 to 1.6 million last year, says UNAIDS.
Barney Brown wins Burrell Boom bypass race
Barney Brown of the Scotiabank team, won the second test race organized by the Belize Cycling Association on Sunday, September 22.
Camalote Blazers win Miley Garcia softball championship
Camalote Blazers won the 2013 Miley Garcia women’s softball championship, by a 5-0 victory over Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy in the third game of the finals organized by the Cayo Softball Association at the Denbeigh Fuller Stadium in Camalote last Sunday, September 22.
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Isla Mujeres, Mexico: An Alien Albino Turtle, An Island Made Only of Plastic Bottles and A Look Around
When guide books refer to both San Pedro, Belize AND Isla Mujeres, Mexico, they often start with a phrase like “Once a sleepy fishing village…”. But I don’t think that is all these two islands have in common. GRANTED, I’ve lived in San Pedro for almost 7 years and I’ve been on Isla Mujeres for about 24 hours but I went all over the place today and got a decent feel for it.
This island has an excellent vibe, gorgeous beaches and some killer food and one MAJOR difference to San Pedro: they get about 1 MILLION visitors a year. ONE MILLION!
Here’s my look around. I’m saving the eating for another post since it is SO good, it deserves to stand alone.
Here’s a map that I took inside a golf cart rental shop (similarity #1) to give you the general layout.
The island is less than 5 miles long and about 1/2 mile at it’s thickest. Most of the population (listed at about 13,000 though it seems like SO MUCH more) lives on the left side of the map or the north part of the island called El Centro. Here is a map to show the isla in relation to it’s HUGE sister, Cancun.
Mexican fishermen push for sustainable lobster harvest
Mexico's government took steps this month to protect fisheries in the Caribbean region in response to requests from fishermen who are pushing for more sustainable lobster harvests.
Four marine sanctuaries covering 133 sq. kilometers (51 sq. miles) were created under an agreement betweeen the federal government and fishermen who belong to four cooperatives.
The Agriculture, Ranching, Rural Development, Fishing and Food Secretariat published the agreement creating the sanctuaries in southeastern Mexico in the Official Daily of the Federation on Sept. 12.
The Andres Quintana Roo, Banco Chinchorro, Jose Maria Azcorra and Langosteros del Caribe fishing cooperatives requested the creation of the sanctuaries in Quintana Roo state. Area fishermen agreed to stop working the waters in the protected areas to give marine life time to recover as part of an effort to maintain long-term production.
"My son is 11. He did not see the number of lobsters I was able to see," Gerardo Velazquez, a member of the Vigia Chico cooperative in Punta Allen, told Efe.
Fishermen have agreed not to take lobsters that are less than 13.5 centimeters (5.3 inches) long or females carrying eggs.
Ship’s crew march for independence day
SAILORS from Portsmouth-based HMS Lancaster took part in an independence day parade in Belize.
Dressed in tropical No 1 uniforms the sailors marched around Belmopan, the capital, along with servicemen from the Belize Defence Force.
Cheered on by local schoolchildren the 20 sailors marched four miles through the city.
HMS Lancaster was anchored off Belize City for four days. The Type 23 frigate is on a six-month deployment to the North Atlantic and Caribbean.
Her task is providing security to the region, along with conducting counter-narcotic operations.
The sailors were welcomed to Belize with a reception by the Governor General, which concluded with a midnight flag lowering ceremony.
Midnight marks the time the Union Jack was lowered for the last time in the country in 1981.
Commander Steve Moorhouse is the commanding officer of HMS Lancaster.
Belize charge d'affaires now ambassador to Taiwan: gov't
Cherie Nisbet, former charge d'affaires at the Embassy of Belize in Taiwan, was recently promoted to the Central American ally's ambassador to Taiwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced yesterday.
Nisbet presented a certified copy of a letter of credence to Foreign Minister David Lin on Sept. 16, announced Florencia Hsieh, deputy director-general of MOFA's Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs, yesterday.
She will soon present the official letter of credence to President Ma Ying-jeou to officially assume the post of ambassador to the R.O.C., Hsieh said.
Nisbet took up the Belizean Embassy's charge d'affaires post in August 2011.
Not All Is Good With Norwegian Cruise Lines Future Belize Port
"Our ships will be going somewhere else, unless we can figure out a way to make the experience better." Colin Murphy, Norwegians Vice President, Destination & Strategic Development, following the rejection of their proposed purchase of Crawl Caye in southern Belize for development as a cruise port.
TROUBLE IN PARADISE: Dirty tricks and bully boy tactics in the Tropics?
Norwegian Cruise Lines announced the purchase last week of the 75 acre Harvest Caye off the coast of southern Belize, and their intention to create a cruise port and eco-friendly private island two miles south of the tiny fishing village of Placencia, along with a mainland hub for land-based tours. The project is apparently set to generate local jobs, so you could be forgiven for wondering why there is local, and very vocal, opposition.