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September 10th comes alive in San Pedro
Activities continued on the morning of Wednesday September 10th with the official coronation of Michelle Nuñez, the newly crowned Miss San Pedro. The event took place before a large multitude of students and citizens that had come out in their colorful patriotic outfits. Nuñez was crowned by outgoing Miss San Pedro Solani Graniel. After the short ceremony, Nuñez, Graniel and contestants of the 2014 Miss San Pedro Pageant, joined in the citizen’s and uniform parade.
The parade saw students march through the streets of San Pedro Town and come to a halt at Central Park. The students waved their Belizean flags proudly while others sang patriotic songs in the true spirit of patriotism. Following the parade, members of the San Pedro Town Council helped in distributing refreshments to the hundreds of students that paraded. The celebrations were held under the theme “Industrious Hands, Intelligent Minds, Together for Belize.” Belizeans anxiously look forward to the big celebration of our 33rd anniversary of Independence on September 21st. Long live Belize!
Jerdon Anderson wins the St. George’s Battle Regatta
San Pedro Junior Sailing Club’s (SPJSC) Jerdon Anderson took the top prize at the 5th Annual St. George’s Caye Battle Regatta held on Saturday, August 30th. The regatta was originally scheduled as a two day event, but was cut short due to inclement weather. Nevertheless, the regatta saw 47 sailors competing in the optimist class, with Anderson taking first place.
The regatta saw the sailors from Belize City Sailing Club (BCSC), Belize Sea Scouts (BSS), Caye Caulker Sailing Club (CCSC), Corozal Bay Sailing Club (CBSC), Placencia Sailing Club (PSC), San Pedro Racers (SPR) and SPJSC. The regatta was divided into two fleets, the open fleet for advanced sailors and the green fleet for beginners. The open fleet competed in five races while the green fleet competed in four, the lowest score for each racer was dropped.
San Pedro Town observes International Literacy Day
International Literacy Day San Pedro-3International Literacy Day was celebrated on Monday September 8th across Belize under the theme “Literacy and Sustainable Development.” In San Pedro Town, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports organized a book and storytelling day at the San Pedro Lions Den to coincide with other events countrywide. A delegation of students from each school was present at the event, whereby each school received a stock of reading materials donated from a school in the United States of America.
Guest speaker at the event was Senior Reporter of The San Pedro Sun Jorge Aldana. “Literacy is an essential human right tool that empowers a nation. It is a means for social and human development that opens the avenue of opportunities in today’s competitive world. Good literacy skills contribute to a person’s high self-esteem, better job opportunities, higher wages, and helps make a stronger and educated nation,” said Aldana as he stressed the importance of having a literate nation.
Daland Jones wins Gold for Belize
Belizean athlete Daland Jones nabbed Belize a gold medal at the North, Central American and Caribbean World Athletics (NCCWMA) Championship. Jones, Philip Andrewin and Lawrence Craig travelled to San Jose, Costa Rica to represent Belize in the tournament that took place from Thursday, August 21st to Sunday, August 24th. The Belizean athletes competed alongside 608 veteran athletes from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America and Venezuela.
Jones, Andrewin and Craig, veteran track and fielders, participated in several events. Belize took part in 11 sport disciplines. Jones took gold in the Shot Put with a 10.44 meter throw. Second place went to Jerry Ropelato (USA, 10.36m), third place to James Bristol (Trinidad & Tobago, 10.34m), and fourth place went to Belizean Lawrence Craig (9.05m). Jones also managed to place 6th in Javelin Throw (50-59 age range) and 5th in Discus Throw (55-59 age range).
San Pedro Commemorates St. George’s Caye Day
The September 10th celebrations commemorating the 216th Battle of St. George’s Caye in San Pedro commenced on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 as the San Pedro Town Council and the San Pedro Cultural Committee held a Tribute to the Baymen celebration on the eve of St. George’s Caye Day.
The evening’s activities on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, under the theme “Industrious hands, Intelligent minds, Together for Belize!” included a tribute to the Baymen by District Education Officer, Mrs. Miriam Codd, Guest Speaker Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. and Cultural Presentations and Creole Medley by the Heaven’s Youth Choir from the Roman Catholic Church Youth Ministry under the musical direction of Nathalie Arceo.
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Tenth of September Citizen Parade (photos)
September Celebrations 2014 (34 photos)
Santa Rita Archaeological Reserve Tourism Initiatives
History on the making - ALL STAKEHOLDERS in the Tourism business, the entire community of Corozal, residents and non-residents, friends and visitors are INVITED TO ATTEND.
After many years of struggling and persistence by the Corozal Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) an agreement for Tourism Initiatives within the restored Santa Rita Archaeological Reserve between the Institute of Archaeology, National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) and the Corozal Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association come to an agreement.
The formal Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) in developing Santa Rita Archaeological Reserve into a Maya Wedding Garden Project will be officially signed on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Santa Rita Archaeological site.
Please attend and show your support to promote sustainable tourism, preserve our cultural heritage and encourage entrepreneurship in our beautiful Corozal.
Minister Alamilla Signs Memorandum of Understanding
On Tuesday, September 9, 2014, the Hon. Lisel Alamilla, Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development and the Pro Temp Chair for the Central American Fisheries and Aquaculture rganization (OSPESCA), signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Environment of Spain and OSPESCA.
CARIBBEAN EXPORT LAUNCHES THE REGIONAL INVESTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD 2014
The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) and the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA) have announced the 2nd hosting of the Caribbean’s Regional Investor of the Year Awards 2014 (RIYA 2014).
RIYA 2014 is a prestigious and unique annual award programme that seeks to recognize and salute the achievement of pan-Caribbean foreign and local investors. These investors have demonstrated exceptional business practices, economic achievements and investments across the Caribbean. The awards recognize the contribution of not only foreign but also local investors, to improving the region’s investment climate.
The inaugural awards in 2013 focused on the creation of jobs by regional investors during harsh economic times, in particular the recession of 2008-2012. Last year’s overall RIYA2013 winner was ARS Humano, who was also the winner of the Local Investor of the Year category. The company is based in the Dominican Republic and is a leader in the health insurance business. Qualfon Guyana Inc., a provider of contact center, back-office, and business process outsourcing (BPO) services, copped the title for Foreign Investor of the Year and the Cayman Enterprise City, a company that offers jurisdictional and tax benefits in a Special Economic Zone in the Cayman Islands was awarded the Special Award for 2013.
Celebrating the battle of St George's Caye (19 photos)
San Pedro Roman Catholic School
10th of SEPTEMBER, 2014, CORONATION, UNIFORM PARADE (81 photos)
Implementation of Belize’s National Protected Areas System Plan
The National Protected Areas System (NPAS) Secretariat, a unit within the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development (MFFSD) is organizing a series of presentations to update stakeholders on the implementation of Belize’s National Protected Areas System Plan.
Corozal has been selected as one of the key municipalities for this presentation as the residents of Corozal Town are important stakeholders of Honey Camp, Freshwater Creek and Corozal Bay reserves which form a part of the National Protected Areas System (NPAS). To this end, it is important that protected areas stakeholders in Corozal be kept abreast of the progress in the development of the NPAS.
We take this opportunity to invite all stakeholders and residents to a presentation scheduled for Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 9:30 am at the Corozal House of Culture.
BTB Newsletter- Toucan Talk June- August 2014
Check out the latest edition of the Belize Tourism Board's E-Newsletter "Toucan Talk."
Healthy Nation Health Fair
The Healthy Nation Health Fair and Healthy Nation 5K Run happen this Saturday in Belmopan. Learn more about your health, and find out who and what is out there to help you become healthier.
"13th of September... starting at 8:00am from behind Daker's Bookstore, North Ring Road. Belize Bank, passing in front of Builders Hardware, Courts, AnR then around the Hummingbird Highway roundabout and head back up. Taking a right at Shell Gas Station straight up to the finish line at Sir George Brown Field. Where there is gonna be a Health Fair."
Santa Elena's 1st Annual BSG Parade
Santa Elena had their 1st annual Battle of St. George's Caye Day Parade yesterday.
"What an amazing Parade today in Santa Elena, Zone 10 did a wonderful job and it was so much fun! Here are some pics, many more to come! Happy 10th of September Belize!"
On the Tenth, Grenade, Not Parade
On the Tenth of September, the story should be all about the Citizens' Parade, but, instead, tonight, it's about a grenade that was found yesterday in the territory of the Ghost Town Crips on Mayflower Street. It was in the overgrowth under a mango tree just a short distance from the street side. It's the second live grenade found in that gang's territory in four days - a very disturbing discovery for police, and for the society generally, because it suggests that public terror is at hand.
The first person police called was General David Jones, who was just leaving the official ceremonies for the Tenth September at the Memorial Park. He went directly to the scene and took possession of the grenade. We met him an hour later at Price Barracks where he told us what makes this grenade different and very frightening:...
Jules Vasquez reporting
This is the grenade that the police found on Saturday in an abandoned lot - five meters from the side of road. It's an old ugly thing, blotched with rust, but still very deadly:
Broaster Got The Call About Grenade
Like we said, a very troubling discovery, and no one is more aware of that than Senior Superintendent of Police Edward Broaster.
He's the one who actually got the tip that there was a grenade on Mayflower Street. Today, Broaster brief the media about the circumstances surrounding the tip, and how it ended up in police hands. Here's what he told us:
Sr. Superintendent Edward Broaster - Deputy OCED
"The call came in at 10 o' clock and as soon as we got that call we went to the area. We cordon off the area, we search and we discovered one American type grenade. Fortunately for us the bomb expert was at the ceremonial service at the Memorial Park and he was called in and he came and secure that grenade and took it away for disposal. This is the second grenade that we have discovered within a week and we are working with the community, with other who are embracing the campaign "not in my city" to recover more grenades off the streets of Belize City."
Two Grenades In Four Days Are American Made
But whether skeptic or true believer, numbers don't lie - and the fact is, tonight, two grenades are in BDF custody awaiting destruction. On Monday's news, we told you that the one found on Banak Street was the British type, presumably part of the lot of 24 that went missing from BATSUB Headquarters in 2004. But, on closer analysis, Jones says the Banak grenade is not British; it is American. He explained:..
BRIG. GEN. David Jones, Commander BDF/Explosives Expert
"The grenade that was retrieve last week is of similar grade as this grenade, it's not the British type, it's the American M26. In particular the other grenade, the one that was retrieve last week - that is really in a dangerous situation. It is pretty corroded at the top of it and it's in a situation where you don't really would need to pull the pin for it to function, it could have function without pulling the pin because of the corrosion on that particular grenade. This one is in a better condition. It is still corroded, but we plan to dispose of these grenade by destruction sometime this week or perhaps next week."
How the Full Search Of Titans Int'l. Looked
When we left you on Friday night, police were still at the Matalon Building on Coney Drive collecting all documents, computers and business records from the office of Titan International Securities - which is on the fourth floor.
As we told you, police swept into their offices at around 1:00pm and barred anyone form coming or going, including Titan's local attorney Andrew Marshalleck.
We saw three police vehicles there, which is a lot for white collar crime - especially when no crime has been committed under Belize laws. But those vehicles were far from sufficient for the monster job of collecting an office-full of documents.
Another Ministry of Health Hilux Stolen!
Less than a month ago, we told you about a Toyota Hilux that had been stolen from The Ministry of Health in Belmopan - the third truck theft from that Ministry in two years. And now, incredibly, another was stolen this weekend.
Apparently the driver parked the white 2008 Hilux truck in the Ministry of Health compound on Tuesday night at 9 and when the driver arrived at work this morning at about 6:30 the vehicle was gone. The CEO of the Ministry, Dr. Peter Allen told us via text, quote "We are incredibly frustrated. We have requests at finance to improve security with cameras and GPS and other such things but funds would need to be authorized." As early as last month, one of 11 2014 Hilux vehicles assigned to the Vector Control Unit was stolen as well. Police are investigating.
Police Investigating JP Grace Brutality Allegation
On Tuesday, we told you about the allegation of outrageous police brutality which came from Grace Flowers, the well-known Justice of the Peace who lives on West Canal in Belize City.
She told us that police took her nephew, 19 year-old Armani Bailey, to an area at Mile 4 on the Western Highway where they tried to drown him in a garbage bin, after they contemplated shooting him.
The family says that they've made an official complaint, and today, we asked the Deputy Commander of Eastern Division about the investigation. He told us that an officer from the Professional Standards Branch is now investigating:
Sr. Superintendent Edward Broaster - Deputy OCED
"The report was made and we have our professional standard branch investigating that matter thoroughly. If the allegation is found to be true, these officers will be dealt with according to the police regulation."
"Were you alarm of hearing her version of the report? Did you consider it excessive just on theory her version of it?"
KIM BARROW ON FABER
On Tuesday, opposition Senator Lisa Shoman called out the Special Envoy for Women and Children Kim Barrow to make a statement on the domestic abuse allegations against Patrick Faber.
And today, the special envoy's office issued a statement that didn't name Faber but saying, quote, "violence against women…is unacceptable and a gross violation of human rights." The statement quotes Mrs. Barrow as encouraging women and men to report acts of violence and follow through with legal proceedings…" which is what didn't happen in the case with Faber and his 25 year old girlfriend. The statement adds quote, "The Domestic Violence Act is there to provide protection and the Police Department has an obligation to respond to all reports of domestic violence regardless of the perpetrator."
2 Female Crocs In San Pedro
2 problem crocodiles were taken from San Pedro today. The two females are being relocated to the ACES facility in Ladyville. Croc expert Chris Summers told us more about the 9 footers:..
Chris Summers, Crocodile Conservationist - ACES
"We found these. There were in a lagoon behind an ocean side resort where development is going on. There is a restaurant out at the back there for the construction workers and they have been discarding their scraps in the lagoon which is essentially feeding the crocodiles. It might not be directly feeding them like it used to be with the tourist attraction but it's still indirect feeding which as we all know that feeding crocodiles takes away their natural fear of man which causes them to associate man with food which is when they become dangerous, so that why we are taking them to the sanctuary so can't be danger to themselves or to people."
The Tenth Still Fighting That Battle
It seems the 10th of September is still fighting a battle: every year, it has to fight for recognition against other events of greater historical significance, like independence, and events which have more popular pull, like Carnival. But, the Tenth battles on, as faded as the glory of the Baymen, but still clinging to its importance as an existential national event.
How did it fare this year? Courtney Weatherburne tells us:
Courtney Weatherburne reporting
As per protocol, the Head of State (GG) and the Head of Government (PM) and other government officials took front row at the 10th Day official opening ceremony. Mayor Darrel Bradley's address focused on the valor and loyalty of the Baymen and the importance of leading such a life.
Darrel Bradley, Mayor, Belize City
"Celebrating today and in honoring the Baymen, our greatest tribute to them is to live like them, that we can sing and dance and march together, but that we also strive to learn from the Baymen and to follow their example of facing struggle with dignity and determination, that 216 years from now, people will gather together to celebrate how we live and our example that we were men and women of principle and courage embracing sacrifice with humility and patient endurance boldly charting the way forward for this our Belizean nation with optimism and a spirit of service and sacrifice."
Elderly Man Deported For Immigration Offence
71 year-old American Mohammad Es Sudan, a resident of Atlanta Georgia, was deported today by the Immigration Department, after it was discovered that he had been living illegally in the country for 2 years and 4 months.
On Tuesday, immigration officers went to the airport where Sudan had been detained. When they checked his records, it showed that he travelled to Belize on May 17, 2012, and he was given one month to leave. But, her overstayed up until the time he was detained. When they checked his story, he said he came here to marry a Belizean woman, presumably to get citizenship, but it never happened.
The Traffic Stop That Went Bad
As we've told you, over the past few days, Belize City police have been on high alert, conducting checkpoints at different parts of the city as part of the security for the September Celebrations. It seems as though one citizen was annoyed by it, and he allegedly ran a checkpoint, almost knocking down a police officer.
Constable Michelle Brown stopped 52 year-old Patrick Guild yesterday on Mahogany Street, and the officer requested that he show his driver's licenses and other documents for his vehicle. The officer says that while she was reviewing them, Guild allegedly grabbed them out of her hand and angrily asked her if she didn't know who he is. He then sped off, and in the process he grazed Corporal Jane Usher with his vehicle. He was then detained, where he reportedly resisted arrest and insulted the officers.
Jaguars Return Home From Nations Cup; No Parades This Time
Yesterday, the Belize National Team, the Jaguars, played their third and final match of the UNCAF Copa Centroamericana - or Nations Cup in Houston, Texas. It was a matchup against El Salvador, and at the end of the 94 minutes of play time, the Jaguars lost that match with a score of two-nil - the third game in a row in which two goals had been scored on Belize.
So, in the overall tournament, Belize placed last, a heartbreaking defeat, when just last year, the team placed fourth and in so doing, qualified for the Gold Cup.
But there is no glory this year, just last place, 7th out of 7, so today, when the team returned home, we got a reaction from them about the dismal performance.
Leroy Sherrier - Head Coach, National Team
"We play better that the last tournament and we had the opportunity to put some young guys to play and that was satisfactory for me, so I feel good because it's very difficult to change players to bring in new players to put in the player line - it's very hard and this time I feel good because Casey and Delon and some other young players get their big opportunity."
Haulover Getting Maintenance Works
What's wrong with the Haulover Bridge? Reports that it had structural problems surfaced recently on social media, and tonight, the Ministry of Works is starting an urgent round of what it calls maintenance works. The ministry sent out a release informing the public that the bridge will be closed tonight from 10.00 PM to 3.00 AM. The Ministry appeals to the General Public to drive with care when approaching the Bridge and adhere to all safety measures near the work site.
The bridge at mile 5 on the Northern Highway was recently targeted for renovation.
San Pedro Columbia residents make citizen’s arrest
An elderly woman from San Pedro, Columbia was killed on Saturday, resulting in a manhunt for the alleged killer, who villagers feel is a resident of the community. We’ll have [...]
Elderly Villager Raped and Brutally Murdered in San Pedro Columbia
The brutal murder and probable rape of the elderly woman from the village of San Pedro, Columbia has sparked tremendous grief, outrage and fear. The nude body of sixty-one year [...]
Michael Usher Shot and Killed In Pre-dawn Attack
The other murder victim is thirty-eight year old Michael Usher. The Fabers Road resident, who is well known to the law, was killed at about forty-twenty on Sunday morning. Usher, [...]
3 Minors Arrested For Western Dairies Robbery
There was a late evening attempted robbery on Friday in Belize City, but it didn’t go quite as planned. In fact, two of the robbers actually ended up at the [...]
2 Perish In Deadly Car Collision Near Belmopan
A minor and a woman perished on Friday night at about nine o’clock in a traffic accident on a dangerous stretch of the George Price Highway. The two victims are [...]
Media Blackout – Eastern Division to Introduce Public Relations Buffer
It’s official – media personnel will no longer have access to Senior Police Officers from the Eastern Division when trying to access information. That bit of bad news came via [...]
Belize City Man Loses Leg After Purposely Being Crushed With A Vehicle
A man who allegedly used his vehicle as a deadly weapon was today charged with maim and aggravated assault. Police believe that thirty-three year old electrician Devon Jones deliberately reversed [...]
Police Department Issues Media Advisory for September Celebrations
The press conference at Raccoon Street this morning was actually to issue an advisory to Belizeans. September is here, and along with the celebrating and carnival, there is also, always [...]
Cordel Returns to His Political Roots in Lake-I
Former Lake-I area representative and two-time Minister of Education Cordel Hyde is officially back in the P.U.P. fold. Hyde, who is unbeaten in that constituency, stepped down from participating in [...]
P.M. Barrow on Friends of Conservation and Continued Chiquibul Incursions
Incursions along the western border continue unabated; Friends for Conservation and Development has in fact documented an increased number of incidents. Recently, nine dwellings constructed inside the Chiquibul National Park [...]
Prime Minister on Leadership of O.A.S.
Belize’s Ambassador to the Organization of American States is aspiring to succeed Surinamese national Albert Ramdin as Assistant Secretary General to the O.A.S. The seat becomes vacant, as does the [...]
Motivating Youths of Belize Organize Street Play
A group of Belize City youths are joining efforts to put off a six-month project focusing on social issues affecting teenagers. The list is long and includes teenage pregnancy, police [...]
Team Belize Heads to Washington for UNCAF Football Tournament
The national football team left Belize from the Philip Goldson International Airport today with high hopes. The team has been training for a month hoping to qualify for the Gold [...]
Sports Monday with James Adderley
Good Evening I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. It was a heroic effort mounted by Belize Bank Airport Friday night to crush Complex 76-61 and force the [...]