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The San Pedro Sun
Hip Hip Hooray Celebration Month is Underway!
It’s September and MBB is celebrating all things Belizean throughout the independence month! Come along with us as we celebrate our beautiful nation through its rich flavors, music, destinations, our people, and even some fun facts!
It’s all about Belize and we’re loving every minute of it, we hope you do too!
San Pedro U-15 Female Football Team places 4th in National Tournament
From Saturday, August 29th to Sunday, August 30th, six female Under-15 (U-15) football teams from across the country faced off in the first ever Football Federation of Belize (FFB) National Female U-15 Football Championship. Held at Belmopan City, the tournament saw the participation of teams from Independence Village, Dangriga Town, Orange Walk Town, Corozal Town, Belmopan City and even, San Pedro Town. Similar to the FFB National Male U-15 Football Championship held on Monday, August 17th, the tournament served not only as healthy competition between municipalities, but also as a means to draft out players for the a national female U-15 team.
The island team was led by coaches Alex Noralez and Paul Kelly. At the end of the two day competition the girls ended in 4th place, with the Independence U-15 Female Football Team taking first place.
The participating teams were divided into two groups of three for the first round in the tournament. The San Pedro U-15 Female Football Team played against the Independence U-15 Female Football Team and the Dangriga U-15 Female Football Team in the group round. This group’s games were played at the Mountain View Football Field. The second group consisted of Orange Walk Town U-15 Female Football Team, Corozal Town U-15 Female Football Team and Belmopan City U-15 Female Football Team, and their matches were played at the Las Flores Football Field.
SPRCS thanks Blue Water Grill and The Phoenix
The faculty, staff and students of San Pedro Roman Catholic School would like to extend a big thank you to Kelly and Mukul Kanabar of Blue Water Grill and The Phoenix Resort for their most generous donation to the school. The company’s donation consisted of 20 standing fans, the installation of 15 ceiling fans, and $2,400 cash, which was used to replace classroom lighting fixtures and purchase new windows and doors. Your donation will go a long way in helping to maintain an environment conducive to our student’s learning. We applaud your generosity and investment in the children of San Pedro, once again Thank You!
Kevin Velasquez wins 6th Annual Battle of St. George’s Caye Regatta
The third national ranking regatta of the 2015 Belize Sailing Association (BzSA) season took place on Sunday, August 30th at St. George’s Caye. Six sailing clubs from across the country participated in the 6th Annual Battle of St. George’s Caye Regatta hosted by the Belize City Sailing Club (BCSC). Taking top honors in the optimist discipline was San Pedro Sailing Club’s (SPR) very own Kevin Velasquez, while first place in the laser division went to Christopher Young of Corozal Bay Sailing Club (CBSC).
Even in unfavorable weather condition, the young sailors from SPR, CBSC, BCSC, Belize Sea Scouts (BSS), Placencia Sailing Club (PSC) and Caye Caulker Sailing Club (CCSC) still managed to complete the regatta. The races promptly started at 9:30AM with both optimist and laser sailors competing in six races. The ultimate goal of the race is to score the least cumulative points, as such, the highest score out of the six individual races was dropped.
Misc Belizean Sources
Winner of The Belize Adventure Sweepstakes Announced by Chaa Creek
The Lodge at Chaa Creek has announced the winner of this year’s Belize Reef and Rainforest Adventure Sweepstakes.
Lea Itzab, Chaa Creek’s marketing officer, said that Sarah Hirsch, from the US state of Michigan, won the sweepstakes prize; a complete eight-day all-inclusive Belize vacation package for two, valued at over US$7,000 dollars.
When advised that she won the August 2015 sweepstakes, Ms Hirsch replied, “I can't believe I won! What an incredible opportunity this will be to explore the beauty of Belize, learning about Mayan culture and becoming one with nature in what sounds to be an amazing eco-resort. We are ready for adventure!”
Ms Itzab said that the sweepstakes, the most ambitious competition Chaa Creek has ever offered, attracted over 30,000 entries from across the globe.
“It was a great success, and showed us that we have quite a substantial worldwide following of people who are engaged with Chaa Creek and familiar with Belize in general,” she said.
Petrocaribe has worked, says Falconer
MINISTER with responsibility for information, Senator Sandrea Falconer, said Jamaica and other participating States have benefited significantly from the PetroCaribe Agreement.
"Jamaica's ability to afford its energy requirements has been favourably impacted by this single most important PetroCaribe Agreement with Venezuela," Senator Falconer said.
"This allows the Government to purchase oil at market value, but on preferential conditions, and this has been of tremendous benefit," she noted.
The information minister was addressing members of the local and Venezuelan media at a special Jamaica House press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister's Western Regional Office in Montego Bay on Friday.
Several Heads of Government and State, energy ministers and other ministers of Government are participating in the Summit meeting at the Montego Bay Convention Centre (MBCC).
They incude: president of Haiti, Machel Martelly; president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega; prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris; prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves; prime minister of St Lucia, Dr Kenny Anthony, prime minister of Antigua Barbuda, Gaston Brown; and deputy prime minister of Belize, Margarito Gasper Vega.
Cayo Seed and Plant Exchange
The Cayo Seend and Plant Exchange is next Saturday, at Empyrean Art Center.
"Bring your seeds, sprouts, and trees! We are hosting our first seed swap on Saturday the 12th !"
Expo 2015 – the biggest yet!
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) marked the 19th anniversary of the annual Expo trade show with an opening ceremony on Saturday morning at the ITVET Campus.
BCCI President Arturo Vasquez said this year’s Expo is bigger than it has ever been and it is an encouraging sign for business in Belize. According to Vasquez, this year there were 214 booths rented out compared to the 197 from last year’s Expo.
The Merida Chamber of Commerce also participated in this year’s event. Vasquez said it is a critical step in building cross-border trade relations with Mexico.
Apart from the usual line-up of food, beverages, entertainment and retail products, Vasquez said there were also optical and medical services available for the first time at this year’s Expo. He added that the consumer trade show is still the best place for Belizeans to get deals.
Rat bites newborn inside hospital incubator; DHS says new hospital needed in Belmopan
An ongoing rodent infestation intervention initiative at the Western Regional hospital in Belmopan reached a different level on Friday when medical officials at the facility discovered that a rat had entered a newborn’s incubator, undetected, and bitten the baby.
The incident happened early on Friday, just hours after the baby was born Thursday night and placed in the incubator. It has sparked the hospital’s administration to theorize that the rodent entered the maternity ward through a recently-created air conditioning vent that was not properly sealed. The rat then assumedly climbed through the incubator tube that is left open for easy human access to the newborn.
The Director of Health Services, Dr Ramon Figueroa has said that while the newborn has to undergo tests to determine if he contracted any disease from the rat-bite, he appears to be alright.
Jaguars lose in Canada
The Belize Jaguars football team returned home on Saturday morning following a disappointing 3-0 loss to Canada’s national team on Friday night and are now preparing for Tuesday’s second game against the Canadians.
In the first half of the game, Canada controlled the ball and the tempo, leaving the Jaguars to defend for the majority of that half. Canada headed into half-time with a 1-0 lead, having scored in the 25th minute of play.
Shortly after the second half began the Canadian scored again in the 64th minute of play, going up to 2-0 against the Jaguars. Both goal were scored by Tosaint Ricketts.
Later in the second half the Jaguars attacked on several occasions, getting into the Canadian box a few times but not creating any real opportunities for star striker Deon McCaulay or any other Jaguar to score.
In the closing seconds of play, in the 90th minute, Canadian Atiba Hutchinson scored off a corner kick, pushing their lead to a disappointing 3-0 score. This came after a brilliant block by Belize’s goalkeeper, Woodrow West.
The Belize Times
Sweet Deal…for Brother B
Prime Minister Dean Barrow proved the sceptics very right on Monday August 31st, as he put on a plastic smile and huddled to the tune of cumbaya with executive representatives of the very same company that he booted out of the Belize Electricity Limited under the guise of “unavoidable public interest reasons” in June 2011.
Now, PM Barrow, whose administration has been economically haemorrhaging and letting off a distasteful scent to possible investors and partners, as a result of the actions taken against BEL, among others, has had to welcome “big, bad” Fortis Inc. back into the fold.
Belmopan Mayor threatens to leave 30 families homeless
Over thirty families residing along a narrow strip of land in the outskirts of Maya Mopan in the City of Belmopan have been threatened by Belmopan Mayor Khalid Belisle.
The families have been told that if they don’t leave the land the Belmopan City Council will tear down their small homes.
Four homes were destroyed last week, apparently in a move to intimidate the other residents who have been told that they have two weeks to move or else.
The BELIZE TIMES visited the area last Friday and discovered that the residents are fearful that the actions of the cold and callous UDP Belmopan City Council will leave them homeless.
66 year old Reyes Cal was not at home when a bulldozer arrived in the area last week. His house sits nearest to the access road and so it was the first one targeted. But Cal’s daughter, who lives a short distance away, yelled at the destruction crew and begged them not to destroy her father’s home. They told her they would return and moved to break apart the neighbours’ house, which was lying in pieces, flattened, tattered and scattered along with three others.
Gunmen execute Russell Hyde & girlfriend, Marcy Humes
45 year old Russell Hyde was well known to many in the Cayo District, in particular in the communities nearest to the city of Belmopan. He was known for many things, among them his notorious past and much recently, that his family and close friends lived in fear after his wife was shot dead and close associates began turning up dead, dismembered.
But the high-stakes drama following Hyde’s life will now become a tale of mystery and tragedy to share. On Friday, August 28th, Hyde and two others, including his girlfriend 28 year old Marcy Humes, were ambushed and killed mercilessly by armed gunmen as they reached his home in Camalote Village.
Hon. Dolores condemns UDP’s Bad Governance
One of the important issues brought to the fore at Wednesday’s meeting of the House of Representatives by Opposition members is the rotten governance style of the UDP Government.
Pushing a blatant political agenda, the United Democratic Party has overridden official leadership and genuine authority throughout the country, from those in elected village councils and their Chairpersons, to elected People’s United Party representatives. The UDP has anointed their own partisan-elected candidates as “caretakers” and has given them “authority” over issue such as scholarship distribution, land recommendations, and even the distribution of money through Petrocaribe funded programs such as Mother’s Day cheers.
Are we ready for the Big Dance?
Belizeans across the nation are anxiously anticipating the announcement of the date for our next general elections. The decision, of course, lies solely with one man and one man only. Yet, never has one man been so intoxicated or reveled so much in power and authority, than this current prime minister of Belize.
Should the elections be called early, it would be the third time since Independence that such a snap election would have occurred. The last time was in 2012 when elections were called a year early and before that in 1993 when elections were called a full 15 months before they were constitutionally due.
Conventional wisdom suggests that snap elections favor the incumbent, since the party in power has the luxury of calling it at their convenience or at such time as they believe to be advantageous. There are times however, when such a decision to call an early election has backfired, as was the case in 1993. In that instance, it was the UDP who was in disarray and the PUP who was riding on the high of a recent municipal victory; oh how the tables have turned.
Barrow’s Failed “Nationalisation”
The Peoples’ United Party reiterates its principled position of concern over the manner in which the current UDP Administration is managing the debt obligations of Belize.
In 2011, when the Prime Minister, seized all the assets of Fortis Inc. in Belize Electricity Limited, claiming that his government was acting in the face of a crisis, he boasted of a nationalistic approach to the acquisition of public utilities. He had harsh words for Fortis Inc. as a strategic investor, and for BEL’s management at the time.
In order to achieve his ends, the Prime Minister, using his parliamentary super-majority subverted the Constitution of Belize, bending its architecture in a violent and unnatural manner, in gross and indecent haste, in an ill-conceived, poorly structured move to undermine Fortis as an investor.
Belize Bank Bulldogs win back-to-back national women’s softball champs
The Belize Bank Bulldogs won the national female softball championship by a 5-4 win over Belize Telemedia in the finals, when the national championship was held at the Rogers Stadium over the weekend.
Telemedia got 7 hits off Bulldogs’ MVP pitcher Kenreen Gillett, who struck out 2 batters and walked 7. Bulldogs’ Greta Davis scored 2 runs while Cindy Joseph, Ashley Lucas and Marsha Wills scored a run apiece. Telemedia’s Lydia Cacho and Norecia Fraser scored 2 runs apiece.
Team Belize wins 2015 O.W. Mundialito
Louisiana area’s Team Belize won the 2015 Orange Walk Town Mundialito championship final against Yo Creek’s ‘Argentina’ team 2-0 at the Louisiana Government School field on Sunday.
Jesse “Beast” August scored Belize’s 1st goal, and the Yo Creek defense deflected the ball into their goal for the 2-0 win.
San Estevan’s “Portugal’ team won the 3rd place consolation game: 2-1 against ‘Colombia’ from the La Inmaculada area of Orange Walk Town. Joan Bull scored for Portugal, but Rodolfo Argueta equalized for Colombia. The Colombia defenders goofed in deflecting the ball into their own goal to give Portugal the 2-1 win.
Kent Gabourel wins 2015 Lionman Triathlon
Kent “Bob” Gabourel won the 2015 Lionman Triathlon swimming 1,500m in 31 minutes and 24 seconds, riding 40 km (25 miles) in 1:03:00, and running a distance of 10km (6.25 miles) in 35 minutes.
In the team relay category, Belize Bank was 1st place, with swimmer Anthony Leslie, cyclist Alicia Thompson, and on the track Derick Conorquie.
PM’s bodyguard charged for murder
One of the Police bodyguards assigned to Prime Minister Dean Barrow and his family, 33 year old Police Corporal Ryon Wagner, has been arrested and charged for the murder of a Nicaraguan national.
Wagner was charged on Monday, August 31st, after he and another Police Officer went to the Police Station on Friday, August 28th, claiming that they had killed a man. They both appeared to be intoxicated. But the two could not be charged for the same crime; therefore, after Police investigations Wagner was slapped with the charge.
The victim is Nicaraguan national, Eduardo Manuel Perez Sanchez. His lifeless body was found on a road in Teakettle Village by a passer-by in the wee hours of Saturday morning.
The Real Deal! – “Our children in 2015 cannot continue to suffer in darkness,” says PUP Rep. Hon. Oscar Requeña
This time there was no beating of his chest. No thumping of the podium and no bravado language, as Prime Minister Barrow ate his own vomit and announced that Fortis Inc. has been welcomed back to Belize Electricity Limited.
The return of Fortis is first and foremost admittance that their 2011 takeover of the company was wrong headed. But what’s worse is that even with 100% control of the company for four long years, the Government of Belize could not invest in a single major electricity expansion project anywhere in the country.
Speaking at Wednesday’s House Meeting, Hon. Oscar Requeña spoke boldly about the Government’s neglect of the Toledo district, where there has been no electricity expansion ever since the UDP took office.
Back to School Project in Collet Completed!
Thanks to fundraising efforts by the hard working and dedicated members of the PUP Collet Committee and through the generosity of several Friends of Collet, including United Women’s Group President, Mrs. Yolanda Schakron, PUP Collet Standard Bearer, Yasmin Shoman, assisted 161 children with backpacks and school supplies.
The PUP recognised the financial burden that thousands of families, many on the South Side of Belize City, are faced with during these trying economic times and remain committed to Social Justice, focusing on three pillars of Reform: Governance, Economic and Education and Health.
Is Lands Ministry spiting Kremandala?
UDP Area Representative Mark King has publicly stated that he has waged war against the Kremandala empire, claiming that his objective is to “get rid of” PUP Lake Independence Standard Bearer Cordel Hyde, Krem Radio manager Mose Hyde and their father, Amandala Publisher Evan X Hyde.
King, it appears, is not the only UDP personality taking on the Hydes. It appears UDP Deputy Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega has issues of his own.
On Monday of this week, Mose Hyde revealed that Vega’s Ministry of Lands, described by the Prime Minister as a hotbed of corruption, has frustrated their efforts to give land to the poor.
Hyde said that the Lands Ministry halted a programme launched by Krem in which lots have been given out to over twenty first-time landowners because the land site does not include space for a park.
Francis Defends Sarstoon…Dean Rages!
It was most interesting to see Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s reaction and response to issues and concerns raised by Opposition Leader Hon. Francis Fonseca at the closure of Wednesday’s House Sitting. It was vintage Dean O.
Hon. Francis Fonseca stood up to pay tribute to the patriots who journeyed to Sarstoon area and called on the Government to take up their responsibility to protect Belizeans when they travel to the Sarstoon area and defend Belizean territory.
If the Barrow Government is not prepared to do this, challenged Hon. Francis, then they are useless.
One would think that the Prime Minister would support this. We’re in September – the month when patriotism climaxes.
The Saviors of Sarstoon
From proud Rio Hondo to old Sarstoon. Those are the poetic words used by Samuel Haynes in our National Anthem to define our country, Belize, from north to South. Events over the past six years, however, have shown that if mother England, United States, Guatemala, and the UDP had their own way we would own the southernmost part of the country, the Sarstoon area, on paper only. Today we know of the southern markers of Belize and the untold wealth in the deep south of our country because a group a brave and patriotic Belizeans took the necessary steps to get to know that area of our land.
There is great displeasure with this Government over what is happening in the Sarstoon area of the Jewel. By its hands off policy in the deep south of the country the Barrow administration has quietly given our covetous neighbor a large portion of that area of the Jewel. While the Government has nearly prohibited Belizeans from going to the Sarstoon area, Guatemalans exercise full use and enjoyment.
Will LICU weather the storm?
Amidst loud howls of protest, the Board of Directors of La Inmaculada Credit Union (LICU) hurriedly closed the Special General Meeting which they had reluctantly called on Saturday, August 22, 2015.
At the abrupt call for an adjournment by a member, the Board members led by President Ena Martinez cleared the towering podium and stage. They scurried away; barely giving media houses a chance to conduct proper interviews and once more denied an opportunity for transparency.
They each appeared nervous and afraid that the longer they stayed the more they would be harassed – by the media, by the over 1,000 members/owners of LICU who were in attendance or by a crowd of angry members/owners who were visibly bitter that they had not gotten “answers” at the meeting.
WOMAN IN THE HOUSE – KATRINA AND ERICA
Some time ago I wrote a piece called “Lavern and Nora” on the important issue of domestic violence. Today I write on a much different, though no less compelling, topic – that of tropical storms and hurricanes and the need for eternal vigilance in Belize and our region.
This past week the United States and New Orleans commemorated the Ten Year Anniversary of super/mega Hurricane Katrina. Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Bill Clinton, George Bush and Barack Obama have all attended memorials in New Orleans. In August 2005 Katrina ravaged New Orleans and the Southern US Gulf Coast. 2,000 people perished and over 1 million displaced. It was the most expensive natural disaster in US history. The failure of the levee system in New Orleans left 80% of the city under water. In the Lower Ninth Ward, populated mainly by poor African American people, storm waters burst through. It was the hardest hit area of the city.
The commemoration ceremonies were of course about moving forward, while never forgetting those who were killed. All speakers said it was important to remember everyone affected.
Dr. Carla Barnett – UDP Window Dresser
Dr. Carla Barnett in a letter to the editor dated August 12, 2015 published in the Amandala for Sunday August 16, 2015 shared some charts using data from the Central Bank of Belize’s website in relation to the evolution of Belize’s public external debt.
Dr. Barnett indicated that much of the discussion regarding Belize’s indebtedness has been drawn along Party lines to which clearly the doctor has penned her article. I do agree that the Jewel’s public debt gives cause for a healthy discussion, but it is imperative that the facts be imparted in an accurate fashion if it is to be contributed positively regarding Belize’s macroeconomic policies.
Conveniently Dr. Barnett has slung her political arrow to deceive the public that the People’s United Party administration has been responsible for the accumulating of the largest additions to the external debt totalling some BZE $1452.4 million between 1998-2003 and 2003-2008.
Breaking Belize News
Belize ~ Analysis of The Fortis and GOB Deal on B.E.L
In June 2011, the Government of Belize (G.O.B.) expropriated, by force, the Belize Electricity Limited (B.E.L.) from Fortis Inc. control. At the time, Fortis controlled 70.2% of the common shares of B.E.L. Thereafter, G.O.B. owned 70.2%, and Belize Social Security Board (B.S.S.B.), 26.9%, with small private shareholders holding […]
Rat among the babies?
Born just hours before, an infant suffering from a respiratory infection was attacked inside its incubator by a rat that got in through the tube venting from overhead ventilation. But hospital officials are baffled, because according to hospital administrator Bernadette Seaver the room was recently cleaned thoroughly and high alert was placed […]
Belmopan needs new separate hospital: Director of Health Services
It is time for a new hospital for the not-so-new capital of Belize, according to the Ministry of Health. Newly-appointed Director of Health Services in the Ministry succeeding Michael Pitts, Dr. Ramon Figueroa, says the Western Regional Hospital, which was previously the Belmopan Hospital but now serves all of Cayo […]
BEL Energy Workers Reject Mediation, Prepare For Industrial Action; Minister Not Giving Up
Minister of Labour Senator Godwin Hulse says he has not given up on mediating the dispute between the management of Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) and the Belize Energy Workers Union (BEWU); but it appears the Union has. According to 7 News the Union wrote to Hulse this week saying it […]
Belize Bank contributing to Sports Development
The Belize Bank Ltd. continued its commitment to the development of sports in Belize. Over the past week, over $17,000 was donated to support sporting initiatives. The investment does not only keep the players occupied and focused, but also encourages others to get involved with sports. It improves nationalism and […]
Last night many of San Pedro Expats met up for Belize versus Canada game. Of course many were Canadian but not all. There were a few Americans and of course lots of locals cheering their home team on. Popular sports bar Lola’s Pub was packed and it was standing room only. Through the crowd you could see various people showing their team spirit happily waving and wearing their flags.
Aside from star bartender Norvle for being willing to make me a virgin mule when the bar was slam busy and Sherlette who I knew would bring me a fabulous dinner :)
I had thought about it earlier in the morning when I read and posted Canada takes on underdog Belize in World Cup qualifying article from the Toronto Star. American born Kendall posted BELIZE!!!!!! I thought to myself I know if it was America he would have likely been USA!!!!!! I decided that as much as I love Canada, Belize is my home now and I was going to root for them to win. Plus I like a good underdog story.
Belize v. Canada: Sue Was Right to Hedge Her Bets But We Have A Chance in Belmopan, I KNOW It
A hot muggy one in Belize….leading up to a historic event for the country. Our Belize National Football (Soccer) team was playing Canada (in Toronto) – round 3 for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.
Later that night, I watched the game at Lola’s Pub – which APPARENTLY was designated for Canucks…who knew? Sue, a Canadian born Belize resident was hedging her bets…
All Canada fans. After the first Canada goal…I’m not even sure if Canada scored or if Belize accidentally kicked it in…I was ready to go.
On a more positive note – Lola’s Pub has excellent bar food. These pork sliders (made with Charles – of Estel’s – pulled pork) and jalapeno mac & cheese are delicious. SO were the wings…yum.
Lionfish Hunting at Francis Ford Coppola’s Belize Beach Retreat
In search of the invasive species that’s so delicious it deserves to die. “I know where some sharks live around here, you guys wanna go visit them?” says Zane, our dive master – half Sean-Paul, half explorer Jacques Cousteau. We are scuba-geared up and bobbing above the world’s second largest reef, 20 nautical miles off the coast of Belize.
The lionfish—or Pterois—is without a doubt one of most extraordinary looking creatures in the sea. A native of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, its fan of spiked fins has stripes more reminiscent of a tiger than a lion; it hovers rather than swims in the water – and it is also one of the world’s most venomous marine animals.
Adventure in Belize, 4min. Belize in August was a blast.
Belize Trip Day 5, 6min.