Today's Belize News: July 26, 2017
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The San Pedro Sun
Hundreds celebrate Jesus Christ through Festival of Hope
The 2017 Festival of Hope was the first celebration of its kind, bringing together hundreds of both denominational Christians and non-believers from across Belize municipalities of Belize, San Pedro, San Ignacio, Stann Creek, Punta Gorda, Corozal, and Orange Walk. The free Christian festival began on Tuesday, July 18th, and featured a week filled with fun activities, crusades, fellowship, music and surprises.
On Tuesday, July 18th, the Festival of Hope made its debut in San Pedro with a Men’s Conference at the Living Word Church. In hopes of sharing the word of God, Evangelist Keith Cook preached inspirational messages and offered valuable advice to the men who attended. A Women’s Conference was held the following day with Cook preaching and encouraging women of all ages to put God first and to never give up on God when faced with struggles.
Mesoamerican Reef Leadership hosts final workshop in Belize
The Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program (MAR-L) hosted its fourth week-long workshop in Belize City from Saturday, July 15th to Saturday, July 22nd. The MAR-L is an initiative of the Mexican Fund for Nature Conservation (FMCN) geared to strengthen the capacities and leadership skills of 12 conservationists from across Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras. Representing Belize was: Julio Maaz of the Wildlife Conservation Society, Isabel Martinez of the Belize Fisheries Department (BFD), Areli Perez of the Belize Aquaculture Ltd, and John Burgos of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA).
The Mesoamerican Reef is the world’s largest transboundary barrier reef with an approximate length of 1000 km, which starts in Quintana Roo, Mexico and ends in the Bay Islands of Honduras. The reef shelters more than 65 coral species, 500 fish species and is home to emblematic megafauna such as turtles, whale sharks, manatees, dolphins and sharks. Since it is estimated that around 2 million people depend directly from these ecosystems, MAR-L Program’s main goal is to accelerate conservation efforts to help protect marine life.
San Pedro Lions and Leos Install New 2017 Board of Directors
A grand ceremony for the San Pedro Lions installation of their new 2017-2018 Board of Directors was held on Saturday, July 22nd. Hosted at the Lions Den in downtown San Pedro Town, invited guests, local club members and members from Lions Clubs of Belmopan, Belize City and abroad, kicked the evening off with a social hour that began at 7PM. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to mix and mingle, and around 8:30PM, Master of Ceremonies Eiden Salazar called the installation program to order.
After the National Anthem was sung by all, Father Scott from the San Pedro Roman Catholic Church led the invocation. Salazar then asked for a moment of silence to remember recently departed Lion members. San Pedro Lions Queen Erica Bodden gave the welcome address, and Belize Zone 59 Chairlady, Zoe Zetina of Belize City, had the honor of installing the new Board of Directors for both the San Pedro Lions and the San Pedro Leos Club.
San Pedro To Have Fastest Internet In Belize
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye will boast the fastest internet in the country, being the first to make use of the DIGINET service that promises to offer Superfast Fiber-based Internet up to 130Mbps for home or business. Belize Telemedia Limited has already sent out notices to its customers advising them that as of September 1, 2017, the company will be turning down the existing High Speed Internet service in San Pedro as it transitions to the new DigiNet Fiber product that will be launched on August 1, 2017. The company is advising customers to make the transition before the latter service is taken down to avoid losing any internet service.
WestJet Announces New Non-Stop Flight Between Calgary And Belize
WestJet announced new non-stop weekly service between Calgary and Belize, effective November 3, 2017. The service is part of the airline's seasonal schedule for the winter of 2017-18 which includes more flights from Calgary to Vancouver, Toronto, Fort McMurray, Kelowna, Brandon, Grande Prairie, Kitchener, Los Angeles, Houston, Phoenix, Palm Springs, Cancun and Cabo San Lucas.
Maintaining a steady and brisk growth path, the Belize Tourism Board states that overnight tourism arrivals have again registered a positive trend for the first half of this year. There was also an overall growth of 7.8% in tourism overnight arrivals for the second quarter of 2017. This is a clear affirmation that Belize continues to attract an increasing number of travelers as a ‘must visit’ destination.
Misc Belizean Sources
by Abdul Marin Nunez. Camps! Camps! Camps!
How has our children advanced?
Instead of making strides we’re becoming redundant
Our youths have raw talents
Any play they see they can re invent
From Stephan Kerr to Messy
Belizean youth have talent like crazy
Discipline is their handicap
Its time that we have this chat
In honor of the baby turtles that have been hatching on the north side of the Island come paint "Sea Bound" this thursday at Crazy Canucks Beach Bar! Sign up at www.paintnsplash.com or click on the sign up button on the page.
Today the Government of Belize recognizes the birthday of our National Hero, the late Hon. Philip S. W. Goldson
Hon. Philip Goldson will always be remembered as a champion for labour rights and social justice, and a patriotic, principled statesman.
He dedicated his life to advocating for the best working conditions for his countrymen, promoted our culture through his writing, and enhanced our political system through his political activity.
Belize Infrastructure Limited seeks partners for the operation of the Belize Civic Centre
The new Belize Civic Center Sports Complex is nearing completion. With international standard volleyball and basketball courts, bleachers, concession rooms, locker facilities, stage venue, ticket booths, a skateboard park, gym area and exterior five-a-side football pitch and many other amenities, the complex will help transform Belize’s sporting and cultural life.
The Government of Belize, through Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL), will soon be looking for an experienced and dedicated private partner to take on the maintenance and operations of the Belize Civic Center Sports Complex. Belize Infrastructure Limited will therefore be inviting potentially interested and qualified parties – with the technical capacity to deliver the full scope of services and the financial capacity to fund the necessary outfits as well as any capital improvements – to express their interest in participating in the procurement for the Management Contract.
Fiestarama to be held this weekend in Orange Walk at People's Stadium
Job Opening at BEL
A vacancy exists for the post of Security Supervisor in the Security Section of Belize Electricity Limited.
Belize Eco-Kids: Camp is in Full Swing!
Read the account of the first half of this year's Eco-Kids Summer Camp. The kids were kept super busy once again, learning about the Maya, traditional medicines, and conservation.
"We started early today, while the sun was rubbing its eyes and the bids were stretching. By the time the sun was truly up and about, so were we, and we started off with camp songs before a great breakfast of eggs, bacon, and fruit. Then, after cleaning up the plates, we had a quick fun game of John Wayne – a Dodgeball-esque game – and then moved onto Arts and Crafts.
Coconut Drive from TropicAir to Tarpon Street closed
Urgent announcement. Starting today Wednesday the 26th the section of Coconut Drive from TropicAir to Tarpon Street, will be closed to all South bound Traffic, to allow for urgent repairs. South bound traffic will use Trigger fish Street (El Fogon). North bound traffic will follow the normal route. South bound traffic please follow the detour signs. Thank you for your understanding and co - operation.
Museum of Belize's Summer Arts Program 2017
'Reproduction Art Level -2' Workshop wrap up, here are a few highlights from last week's session.
Costa Maya Full Program and ticket outlets
Attorney General Urges Moderation Between CJ and Bar
The Bar Association fired a sharp shot across Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin's bow on Friday. The Bar's main topic of discussion at its Friday night Annual Meeting was whether they should ask for the CJ's voluntary resignation, or ask that he be removed - among other more conservative options.
That Bar's frustration stems from the fact that the CJ has 29 outstanding judgements - some delayed for more than five years, the others between two and five years.
And as they say, justice delayed is justice denied, so the bar put to its members that, quote, "at the very least, there is a presumption of a breach of the Constitutional right of the litigants to a fair hearing within a reasonable timethe delayneeds to be justified by the Court."
PM Reluctant To Wade In to Bar/CJ Minefield
We also got a chance to speak with Prime Minister Dean Barrow about this and several other topics today at the airport after he returned from personal leave. When we asked him about the Bar Association's issues with the 29 delayed judgments from the Chief Justice, the Prime Minister was less forthcoming than the Attorney General.
Here's our attempt to question him on it:
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister:
"While I was away I still read and I saw the electronic news this morning and the fact is according to what you reported, apart from having been scolded by the bar for sensationalizing the story and coming into unauthorized possession of their documentation. How much you reported it seems that they have reach some kind of understanding and that the bar association has decided to back off and to give the chief justice a chance to complete dealing with the backlog. So, I don't know that there is anything more to be said."
Was PM's Ministry of Finance Responsible for Missing Uniforms?
The Prime Minister was more willing to discuss the "serious breach" within his Ministry of Finance which allowed for nearly 100 BDF uniforms to be stashed away at a home in Orange Walk.
As we told you, that happened earlier this month when the Ministry of Finance contracted a gang of workers to destroy 1,200 uniforms and other BDF items that were written off. All these uniforms were supposed to have been burnt, but instead, law enforcement found a trove of them and other equipment at Sarco Torres's home. Torres was one of the men contracted by the Ministry - according to the Financial Secretary.
Police Shoot 17 Year Old, Say He Was Threatening Them, Mom Says It's a Lie
As we reported last night, Dangriga police shot a 17 year old male over the weekend. It happened on Sunday night when the cops say they were responding to a "burglary in progress."
Police say that at about 8:50pm they were called to an area on Ecumenical Drive where they saw four males in a yard near a vegetable shop. The police say they ran behind a building, and the police pursued. They claim that's when one of the males, 17 year old Ashton Augustine went from running to threatening. One of the constables say that "one of the young men advanced towards him with an object in his hand, and didn't stop when ordered to do so, so the cop fired a shot from his rifle hitting Augustine in the leg."
How To Clean Out The Credit Union Using the "Jack and Chak" Technique
In the early morning hours of June 9th, a pair of persistent thieves broke into the safe at the Toledo Teachers Credit Union in Bella Vista Village, and stole $116,575.00 Belize dollars, and seven thousand US dollars, along with a Glock pistol and a 12 gauge shotgun.
Since then, no arrests have been made. The last time we reported on it, police had one man detained and were waiting to see if his fingerprints would match those found on the scene. They didn't, and so the investigation remains opened.
Nine Pounds Of Weed In An SUV
2 men have been charged with drug trafficking in relation to a hefty weekend drug bust. On Saturday afternoon, police were on mobile patrol on the North side of Belize City when they got information to look out for a white Nissan Murano SUV. Well, they spotted the vehicle on the Phillip Goldson Highway and set chase after it into the city. They finally caught up with the vehicle in front of the Superstore on Central American Boulevard. Police searched driver 28 year old Ronald Michael and his passenger 23 year old Patrick Petillo and found nothing on them.
Visiting ASR Vice President Makes Sugar Pitch
Today, the Vice President of the ASR Group Celestino Ruiz flew in from Corporate Headquarters in Florida to have a meeting with company executives at BSI.
He did have a chance to speak to CTV-3 in Orange Walk and explained why the company sees it as a matter of urgency to get the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association to make a long term commitment to the current commercial agreement - which BSCFA indicated they may want to re-visit. Ruiz say ASR/BSI needs that to make a 22 million dollar investment in direct consumption sugar:..
The PM Urges Sugar Interests To Find a Way Forward
And the Prime Minister is hoping that the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association will come around and allow the existing contract with all 3 associations to run its course, instead of forcing re-negotiations, at a time when the industry can least afford it.
Today, he reminded all concerned Belize's sugar industry must withstand the change in the European market, as well as the competition on the world market. Here's how he explained it:
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister:
"The agreement was to last a certain time, but BSCFA was able to negotiate and opt out at the year 3 or whatever it is and that was the point that we are reaching so they are talking about a renegotiation."
PUP Says Government Must Play Its Role In Sugar Dispute
Today the PUP Representative for Orange Walk South said that government cannot take a hands-off approach on this issue. Jose Mai says they have to get involved as regulators:...
Hon. Jose Mai, PUP OW South Area Rep.:
"Government cannot pretend to say oh these are 2 big business men and let them fight it out. The sugar industry control board is the regulator, it is the Mediator. So when there is a stalemate they need to come in and do their job."
PUP Accuses GOB Of Threatening Fuel Subsidy, PM Says Bogus
And the PUP also issued a press release yesterday attacking the Government for even considering ending fuel subsidies for cane farmers.
Now, to be fair, the Barrow Administration never actually said that it would revoke those subsidies, but in an interview with CTV3 News last week, Agriculture CEO Jose Alpuche said that government is, quote, "coming under tremendous pressure by the International Financial Institutions to end the subsidies" end quote.
The main subsidy is for fuel to the farmers.
The PUP rather dramatically says, quote, "This is another nail in the coffin for cane-farmersThe PUP condemns Government's position of always targeting the small man while protecting big business" End quote.
PM Has To Check The Record
And the press also asked the Prime Minister about whether Cabinet suspended, or completely discontinued the security checks for persons applying for visas and nationalities.
It's one of those issues that have come out of the Senate Hearings on Immigration. Witnesses have told the Senate Select Committee that the Police's Special Branch stopped doing background checks into applicants from countries deemed to be of security concern.
Immigration Officer Ady Pacheco has told the Senate Committee that the security checks were discontinued, and that it was "a Cabinet decision".
GOB Waiting For October At The CCJ, But Is The Tab Running On Interest?
Government is preparing for another battle with the Ashcroft Alliance in the Caribbean Court of Justice. As we've been reporting it's for the legal costs arising from the settlement of the BTL acquisition. The Alliance put those costs at 95 million US dollars, and government says that's way, way too high. So they've taken the case to the CCJ, and it was supposed to argue in July, but that has now been set back to October.
Today the Attorney General discussed the case, and we asked if the meter in the interest keeps running while the months tick away waiting for the case to come up to trial:...
Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General:
"When they first put their amount which was 200 million dollars or some ridiculous figure than that, we ask for justification of that figure and if you have audited reports, audited financials and you are saying my bill is 200 million dollars for certain things, then where are your receipts? Where are your whatever documentation you have to back up that. They refused to provide that to the government of Belize. So I don't know if they were expecting that they would just pick an arbitrary figure 200 million dollars and expect us to just pay. Absolutely not."
Did PM Miscalculate With Ashcroft?
So, while another court battle is about to be waged at the highest court in the land, over the deal which should have ended all fighting over BTL, we asked the Prime Minister if he miscalculated.
When the Prime Minister disclosed the terms of the BTL settlement, he told the nation that although the total value the nation would be paying is close to half a billion dollars, 60% of it would go to the benefit of the Belizean people.
Well, after court battles, only 50% is on the table, and if the Ashcroft Alliance would have their way, almost the entire portion of that 50%, would be paid to them in legal fees. Here's how we challenged the Prime Minister on that:
Buh-Bye Mayor Bradley
So, while the Government prepares to fight that case in the CCJ, the UDP it appears, must go into the Municipal Elections next year without Mayor Darrell Bradley as a Candidate for Belize City.
The 2 term Mayor distinguished himself as a local Government Leader, but it appears that he doesn't intend to offer himself for re-election. Today, we asked the Prime Minister if his party would allow him to submit his candidacy late, like he did before the last election. The Prime Minister said, that from his perspective, the Belize City slate will just have to move on without him:
A Sickening Case Of Sexual Assault of Stepdaughters
Last night we told you about the man who was charged for sexually assaulting a 13 year old girl. Well, there are 2 more appalling cases to report. First, up North, a man is accused of molesting his 2 step daughters - one 8 years old and the other 10. It happened on several occasions. The 10 year old girl reported that it started off in December 2016 with the stepfather making crass sexual remarks at her. Then on other occasions he kissed her on the lips and groped her. The abuse continued and in January of this year when the stepfather raped her. Sometime in February of 2017 he threatened to kill her family. The stepfather allegedly fondled her 8 year old sister as well in May of this year.
Regional Port Bosses Meet In Belize
Belize is hosting the 39th Central American Port Forum. It started this afternoon at the Biltmore. 80 delegates from 8 countries representing port managers and administrators traveled to Belize for this event. There will be a series of panel discussions throughout this conference. We dropped by to find out more about how these talks can impact port operations in Belize and in other countries.
Dengue On The Rise In Bze District
Yesterday the Central Health Region released its Health Bulletin for the Belize District for the first half of this year. The bulletin provides statistics about what's making people sick in the country's most populous district.
According to the bulletin, the top cause of death so far in 2017 is cardiovascular disease, followed by homicide and cancer.
The report also contains statistics about vector borne diseases - like Dengue, Malaria and Chik-V.
As of June, there have been no diagnosed cases of malaria or Chik-V, and we have seen 5 less cases of Zika compared to last year. On the other hand, the dengue rate has sky rocketed. In June 2016, there were 17 known cases of classic dengue, whereas this year 46 have been recorded - we stress in the Belize District.
GSU Gotta Lotta $5 Weed Bags
This morning at 5:00, the GSU descended on a home in the Belama Phase 4 area on the northside. Police searched the residence at 172 Apollo Street and found 37 grams of high grade weed, broken down into many small bags which sell for five dollars each.
Three persons: 19 year old Elizabeth Williams, 18 year old Kelsie Williams - who has chicken pox - and 22 year old Shawn Wade were arrested. They were charged for Possession of Control Drugs, with intent to supply.
Social Security Scholarships
Today the Social Security Board awarded 43 students from around country with full scholarships for the upcoming school year. Students pursuing secondary, tertiary and vocational education sent in applications to nearby SSB branches, and were then selected based on financial need and academic performance. Today we spoke to a few scholarship recipients as well as SSB CEO, Dr. Colin Young, about the awards...
Dr. Colin Young - CEO, Social Security Board:
"Today we are here for the 16th Social Security Board Scholarship Awards ceremony where we are awarding 43 recipients of the scholarship. 30 high schools, 12 six forms and 1 vocational scholarship."
The Upshot OF Social Security Consultations
At the beginning of this year, the Social Security Board began a round of public consultations throughout the country to speak to stakeholders about increasing benefits and, in turn, increasing contributions. Since its inception over 3 decades ago, the Social Security Fund has only seen one major change in it's contributions structure. Now, as the number of pensioners continues to increase while the amount paid in as contributions has stayed relatively stagnant, the Board is looking to make a change. We spoke to SSB CEO, Dr. Colin Young, about the results from those consultations:
H.E. Danny G. To OAS
Today Daniel Gutierrez was officially sworn in as the Permanent Representative of Belize to the OAS. In a ceremony this morning, Gutierrez presented his credentials to OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro in Washington DC. In his address, Gutierrez pledged Belize's support to the OAS stating, "Belize is unflinching in its desire to contribute to the design of an OAS that withstands the test of time and galvanizes the support of our regional and hemispheric stakeholders."
CCJ Rules On Wilfred's Legal Tangle
We've reported several times on the private litigation that Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington, and his law firm has been tied up in, since 2010. It's a business dispute that he and his former business partners have had, and on Friday, he lost that case in the Caribbean Court of Justice.
The Corozal based real estate company, Progresso Heights Limited, was once a client of Elrington's when he was a practicing attorney. They got into a business relationship with him back in 2004, and he later became a minority shareholder.
That's until 2009, when Elrington and the principals of Progresso Heights had a dispute. They parted ways, but Elrington's Law firm, Pitts and Elrington was supposed to process 18 land titles on their behalf, but somehow, the titles were never done.
Will SSB Put More Money In Citrus?
One of those SSB investments Young was talking about in the citrus industry. Two weeks ago we told you about the steady decline in citrus production. Major industry stakeholders met to figure out a strategy to help the industry bounce back, and most agree that a major cash injection will be needed. Here's what Young had to say about SSB's stake in citrus.
Dr. Colin Young - CEO, Social Security Board:
"SSB has investments in the citrus industry, and you're right whenever there's an impact on the productivity, that will have impact on the ability of the borrowers to repay. However, you may have seen in the public notice that we put out whenever there's an investment that the Board has allocated another $10 million facility as a credit facility to qualify borrowers to come and access funding to transform the citrus industry."
Second payment made for B.T.L., but will Belize get some money back?
Prime Minister Dean Barrow returned to Belize from personal leave in the United States around lunchtime today. Reporters met him at the Philip Goldson International Airport for an extensive briefing [...]
Was P.M. Barrow hoodwinked in Miami?
Does the Prime Minister claim to be hoodwinked by Lord Michael Ashcroft following their 2015 conference in Miami, Florida, where the details of what became the Settlement Agreement were hammered [...]
Attorney General: Dunkeld et al. must prove expenses aren’t ‘ridiculous’
Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte also weighed in on the matter from a legal perspective. According to the AG, the case will go before the CCJ in October. The crux of [...]
P.M. defies international financiers on fuel subsidies for sugar; P.U.P. agrees
On average, four and a half million dollars is spent by government annually as it relates to subsidies on diesel fuel for the sugar industry. It is shared among all [...]
B.S.I. warned it can’t eat its cake on commercial agreement
The Opposition People’s United Party has been closely following the sugar situation. Following a record-breaking crop year and in advance of an expected downturn in prices with the leveling of [...]
Raise cane, says Jose Mai; the more the merrier
Mai does have some suggestions for the commercial agreement. He wants it ironclad that, with the accompanying investments in the sugar mill, that not a stalk of cane is left [...]
P.M. asks B.S.I., Cane Farmers’ Association to mend fences
The Prime Minister also weighed in, reiterating the importance of ASR’s investment in the industry and particularly in the Tower Hill sugar mill to introduce production of direct consumption sugar [...]
Dangriga teen at odds with police after being shot
The family of Ashton Augustine in Dangriga says they want answers from the police because the seventeen-year-old boy was shot under what they consider an excessive use of force. His [...]
A.G. says C.J. will clear up outstanding court judgments
Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin has come under fire recently from the Bar Association of Belize for failing to deliver in a timely manner, judgments on at least twenty-nine pending cases. [...]
Judicial and Legal Services Commission would take up ‘worst-case scenario’
While the Attorney General, upon his return to the country, has spoken with the Chief Justice, he had anticipated a similar conversation with attorney Priscilla Banner, President of the Bar [...]
Judges are coming to speed up court service
Since taking his seat on the bench as presiding judge of the high court, Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin has spoken of the existent backlog within the judiciary, particularly in his [...]
P.M. will not intervene for now
Prime Minister Dean Barrow had a little fun with the Bar Association’s scolding of the press on Monday for what it called ‘sensationalizing’ its discussion of overdue court judgments on [...]
43 to receive scholarships from S.S.B.
The sixteenth Social Security Board’s Scholarship Award Ceremony was held today at the George Price Center in Belmopan. A whopping forty-three students from across the country were the lucky recipients [...]
Port of Belize collaborates with Central American partners
The Central American Commission for Maritime Transport in collaboration with the Belize Port Authority, the Port of Belize and the Port of Big Creek is hosting the thirty-ninth Central American Port Forum. Over eighty delegates from [...]
Negotiations for stevedores’ CBA continue, but are they really needed?
A few weeks ago, we told you about the call a few stevedores were making to ask CWU President Dale Trujeque to step away from the negotiations table. The stevedores, [...]
It’s Disco Night for KTV the Remix
In less than an hour, the Bliss auditorium will come alive as week five of KTV the Remix takes place. In this round of the competition, two more competitors will [...]
PM Unaware On Vegas Latest Land Scandal
Only five days ago we reported on newly-revealed documents which show that the Vega family acquired even more land than the large sections of property about half mile from the entrance to Carmelita Village here in the Orange Walk District during the term when Gaspar Vega was the Minister of Lands. The documents show that the same was done in the Spanish Creek area of the Belize and Cayo Districts. The documents show that the Ministry of Lands sold land to individuals who shortly after, sell all the property to members of the Vega family. Today the media met with P.M Barrow has he landed in Belize at the PGIA and asked him to address the matter. His response was…he was unaware of the situation.
Investigation Into Stolen BDF Uniforms continues
There has been no explanation by authorities of the discovery of over a hundred old BDF uniforms and old outboard engines and parts at a private home on Baeza’s Alley here in Orange Walk. The discovery was made when a joint BDF and Mexican military patrol found a Mexican national with an unknown quantity of uniforms. He was detained and led the authorities to the home in Orange Walk belonging to Sarco Torres. But the Mexican national and Torres, while held for questioning, were eventually released.
New Regulations For Relocation Of Buses Causes Economic Impact On Mexicans
Last week we reported on the new bus regulations that were implemented by Mexican authorities involving the relocation of Belizean buses from the new market in Chetumal, Quintana Roo, to the old parking area for the ADO buses. As we had told you, the new protocols were agreed upon during a special meeting held on July 14th which was spearheaded by the transport department in Chetumal along with municipal authorities in the presence of Belizean Bus Operators and owners.
Belize's Permanent Representative To The OAS Presents Credentials
Belize’s newest Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), Daniel Gutierrez, presented his credentials to the Secretary General, Luis Almagro, earlier today during a special ceremony which was held at the OAS headquarters in Washington D.C. During his speech, Ambassador Gutierrez underlined Belize’s commitment to the OAS and the need to continue fortifying the OAS, so as to serve and respond to the needs of the people in the region. Here is a short excerpt of his speech.
Proposed Amendment Sugar Commercial Agreement Continues To Be Debated
The Sugar Industry remains in debate tonight following a proposal made by BSI/ASR to invest twenty two million dollars into upgrading the sugar mill in order to produce more direct consumption sugars in preparation of the coming changes in the EU market regime in October 2017. In order for this investment to follow thru however, ASR is proposing to amend the 2015 cane purchase agreement to cement the current revenue share agreement as well as the payment formula for bagasse.
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Where Is the Baby’s Mama? Police Seek Answers
Investigators at Precinct Three have identified a woman who is suspected to be the mother of the baby boy whose body was found at the canal’s edge just off South Street in Belize City on Thursday, July 20, 2017. While they are awaiting the results of several tests to ascertain the mother’s identity, they are […]
No Monies Missing at GSU; Former Head Seeks Legal Recourse
About four days ago, a story was reported on the local media of unaccounted monies earmarked for the Gang Suppression Unit via the information gathering fund. The story reportedly surfaced following the leak of an internal memorandum from the Office of the Chief Executive Officer for Home Affairs. The memorandum, dated, June 7, 2017 at […]
John Zabaneh Files Suit Against US Treasury Department
Belizean businessman, John Zabaneh is taking legal recourse against the US Treasury Department for the closure of his banana farm. The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 in DC Federal Court. According to an article in The National Law Journal, Zabaneh’s lawsuit is based on his belief that he was unjustly categorized as […]
Anke Doehm Faces Harassment on Ambergris Caye
Love News has confirmed that Anke Doehm checked in at the Queen Street Police station in Belize City today as required by her bail conditions. Doehm managed to meet her ten thousand dollars bail on Friday while her husband, David Doehm is still on remand at the Belize Central Prison. The American couple was charged […]
Murder Suspect Surrenders to Police
San Ignacio police have detained one man for the murder of thirty eight year old Marlon Peters. Peters was involved in a physical altercation with one of his coworkers on Friday, July 14. Eight days after, Peters succumbed to the injuries he received and now police are investigating his murder. The prime suspect alleged to […]
Chee Dies Two Days After Assault
A 17-year-old young man is in police custody following the death of Trevaun Chee on Sunday, July 23. Chee was assaulted with a stick three days ago while he was walking on Mahogany Street in Belize City on Friday afternoon, July 21. Whilst on the street, Chee had an exchangewith the minor which led to […]
Bar Chastises Media, Softening Stance on Outstanding Judgements
Reports surfaced a few days ago of a possible hard stance that the Bar Association of Belize would be taking against the Chief Justice, Kenneth Benjamin due to outstanding judgments that have been pending for years. That hard stance was reported as being a possible call for Benjamin’s voluntary resignation or the undertaking of the […]
Sedi Welcomes Locals Abroad to Run for Office
Last Thursday, “Belizeans United for Equal Rights at Home and the Diaspora”, BUFERHD was launched. It’s a movement being spearheaded by Derek Aikman as its president and its aim is to close the gap between Belizeans living at home and those living in the diaspora. One of the primary objective of BUFERDH is to remove […]
What Did Castro Do to Ire the US?
On May 30, Minister Edmund Castro, announced that he had received a communication from the US Embassy here in Belize informing him that his US tourist and diplomatic visa had been revoked. Back then Castro said he received no specific reason why his visas were revoked and he has no intention of travelling to the […]
Majority of Church Leaders Boycott Belize/Guatemala Meeting
An educational campaign on the Belize Guatemala referendum is currently underway countrywide. Representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have been meeting with different groups of society. A meeting with the clergy of Belize had recently been scheduled. But after everything was planned, only five representative showed up. Foreign Affairs Minister, Wilfred Elrington, explained. WILFRED […]
Hon. Sedi Elrington must return land titles worth almost $1 million to former client, orders CCJ
Trevaughn Chee, 23, a security guard of a Mahogany Street Extension address, who was attacked and beaten in the head with a bat while he was walking on Mahogany Street Extension in Belize City at about 2:30 Friday afternoon, died yesterday morning in the Intensive Care Unit of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.
According to police reports, Chee was walking on Mahogany Street Extension when he was approached by a man, with whom he became involved in an argument. Chee began to walk away, and that was when the man hit him with a bat multiple times, including in the head, causing him to fall.
When police arrived on the scene, they found Chee lying unconscious on the road. He was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where doctors tried to save him, but he succumbed to his injuries at about 3:30 Sunday morning.
Belize is experiencing a shortage of critical medication
Belize has been experiencing a shortage of critical medication since 2015, and the situation isn’t improving. In that year, those affected were mental health patients, primarily those who suffer from schizophrenia and were in need of Risperdal to treat their condition.
For a while now, Amandala has been aware of a shortage of other critical medication, namely, Metformin for sugar or diabetes, Amlodipine for blood pressure, and Ventolin solution for asthma.
Each time the matter was raised with authorities, they dismissed the allegation. But patients, who are in need of medication have contradicted those official statements.
Hon. Sedi Elrington must return land titles worth almost $1 million to former client, orders CCJ
Controversial Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington, has been ordered by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to return close to a million dollars of land titles owned by his former client, Progresso Heights Limited, within the next thirty days.
Attorney Eamon Courtenay, S.C., who is representing Progresso Heights Limited — a Corozal-based real estate company, told the media last week that Elrington had begun representing Progresso Heights Limited in 2004, but in 2009, things went sour between them.
According to Courtenay, Elrington had received 18 land title transfers from the company for processing, but refused to return them because of a “personal grudge.”
Doehms released on bail; San Pedranos furious !
American couple, David and Anke Doehm, who were remanded to the Belize Central Prison after they were arraigned on the charge of cruelty to a child in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court last Thursday, appeared in the Supreme Court this morning along with their attorneys, Ellis Arnold S.C., and Dickie Bradley.
The couple’s appearance in court sparked a protest by a small, spirited group from San Pedro who were across the street, in Battlefield Park. They railed against the idea that the couple was before the court seeking to be released on bail.
Notwithstanding their protest, however, Supreme Court Justice, Dennis Hanomansingh, heard submissions from the two attorneys representing the Doehms and Crown counsel Jackie Willoughby, who had argued in opposition to the court granting bail on the sole ground that the two are flight risks. Justice Hanomansingh then ruled to release David and Anke Doehm on $10,000 bail and one surety each in the same amount.
Bar Association considers call for Chief Justice’s resignation over extensive backlog
The Bar Association fired off a scolding press release after 5:00 this evening, taking umbrage at “the media” for reporting on a hot-button issue leaked on Friday evening just prior to its annual general meeting—a proposal to call for the resignation of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin over extensively delayed judgments, some of which have been outstanding for more than 5 years—and while the press release was mostly directed at the messenger, so to speak, it dealt to a lesser extent with the core issue at hand.
In a terse comment included in the press release, the Bar conceded that, “The facts are that there are outstanding judgments and the Bar is duty-bound to do all within its statutory powers to seek the delivery of those judgments.”
From SJC valedictorian to physicist: The odyssey of Sydney Taegar (Part 2)
Dr. Taegar expressed his view that, “science is an expression of truth and beauty. It is a manifestation of our humanity, just like art is a manifestation of humanity.” “So for me, science is one facet of our humanity,” he said. He went on to explain that technical breakthroughs in science require imagination.
“Earlier you said that you were not in science right now, break down for me what you mean by that,” I prodded.
“When I finished my PhD, I was on the verge of coming home to Belize. What I wanted to do was come and work with UB. I had established a relationship with Fermi Lab, because I had a lot of contacts there,” Dr. Taegar replied.
At this point Evan X Hyde, who had walked into his office about 5 minutes before and was greeted by Dr. Taegar, who told him, “you look good!” said to him, ‘Yu pa no mi wan agree to that.”
BDFA Interoffice football Week 2 results
The Belize District Football Association (BDFA) Interoffice Football Competition 2017 continued last week with games on Wednesday and Thursday nights at the MCC Grounds.
In the opener on Wednesday, July 19, Tourist Village/Transparent BPO dropped Los Alcones, 2-0, with goals from Anthony Arnold (23’) and Wendell Esquiliano (30’). In the nightcap, Belize City Council clipped Fiscal Attraction FC, 1-nil, on a goal by Mario Chimal (65’).
Thursday’s opener saw BWS drilling KHMH, 3-zip, with goals from Charles James (19’ & 50’) and Denroy McCord (56’). And in the nightcap, BTL outgunned Customes, 5-2, with goals from Sean Moreira (9’ & 29’), Rasheed Pollard (12’ & 59’) and Jay Chavarria (67’); while Customs’ goals were by Akeem Godoy (16’) and Egbert Thompson (42’).
Double Head/Excellence are champs again!
Reports out of the Belize River Valley on Saturday were that Excellence of Double Head Cabbage had clinched the Harrison Parks National Cricket Championship 2017 when they defeated Summer Fever of Bermudian Landing for the second straight week in their best-of-3 games championship series. Former 3-peat champions, Easy Does It of Lemonal, who had dethroned Excellence to become champions, were knocked out at the semifinals this year by Summer Fever. We will have details of the championship final in our Friday issue.
OWFA Amateur Opening Season Week 4 results
The Orange Walk Football Association (OWFA) Amateur 1st Division Opening Season 2017 continued over the weekend with 4 Week 4 games played at the People’s Stadium on Sunday, July 23. In game 1, San Estevan FC and Desert Storm Jr. played to a 1-1 draw. Arnold Henriquez (8’) gave Desert Storm the early lead, but Edwani Munoz (45’) equalized for San Estevan. In the game 2 slug fest, Trial Farm Athletics FC prevailed, 8-3, over Crystal FC. Sharing the scoring for Trial Farm were Hughson Baptist (7’, 20’, 26’ and 58’), Darren Petillo (62’ & 80’), Emil Usher (13’) and Oliver Hendricks (67’); while Crystal got a goal each from Nazim Nair Aldana (18’), Jahein R. Augustine (62’) and Osman Chan (85’). In game 3, Progresso FC got the 5-3 win over Progresso United.
Editorial: Independent or incandescent?
Just about forty years ago, the then ruling People’s United Party (PUP) made a decision to invest in this newspaper. Led by then Senator Said Musa, PUP personalities bought 50 percent of the shares in a limited liability company called Cream Ltd., which was capitalized at $50,000.
Evan X Hyde and two family members owned the other 50 percent of Cream Ltd. In 1977, Amandala was eight years old, but printed on ancient letter press technology, while The Reporter, founded by Chamber of Commerce luminaries a decade earlier, had introduced modern printing technology and was the undisputed newspaper leader.
From the Publisher
The UBAD Educational Foundation (UEF) and Belize prepare to welcome Dr. Patricia Rodney next week for Belize’s fourth annual celebration of Emancipation Day, Emancipation Day being the August 1 day in 1838 when all slaves in the settlement of Belize (and other British possessions) were legally freed.
Whereas there has been a major annual celebration in British Caribbean possessions ever since then, it was a quirk of Belize’s history that the event merited no public recognition until the UEF initiative began in 2014. In British Honduras, it was always all about the Battle of St. George’s Caye in 1798.
Securing Dr. Rodney as their guest speaker next week is a notable coup for the UEF, and congratulations are in order for Ya Ya Marin Coleman and her team. I didn’t know anything about Dr. Rodney apart from the fact that she had been the great Dr. Walter Rodney’s wife before and when he was murdered in Guyana on June 13, 1980. I therefore had to “Google” Dr. Patricia before I wrote this on Sunday morning, and her basic credentials are Ph. D. MPH, RN, and Adjunct Professor at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. Wow. Maximum respect.
Defending institutions in the fight for citizen security
Over the past week, the discourse on citizen security, particularly on mediation, has been revived. This should have everyone pragmatic about the way forward. The exchange has surely put into perspective longstanding issues of policing and intervention efforts. So, if I may, I would like to briefly contextualise, without speculating the personal or professional motives of parties involved, as to why the institutionalisation of all mediation is nondebatable.
A plea from and for Sarteneja
Good morning. I’m not sure if I am the one that should be contacting you to ask for help in Sarteneja but the village is in desperate need of getting the village officials to help with the clean-up action with the garbage. The road to the new dump has been closed for almost a month and there is nowhere to throw the garbage.
Some people are throwing the trash into ditches and the woods. Others are just burning the plastic and the smell is overwhelming. I posted a few pictures on our Friends of Sarteneja FB page and the village people are outraged that the elected village officials are not doing anything about it. So a few people asked me to contact you and see what our options are.
Are shotgun owners unfairly treated by the law?
It was not the first time, the story of two friends running afoul of the Firearms Act, Chapter 143, Revised Edition 2000. Hopefully it is the last. It can be, if we made the effort to educate, inform farmers. Unfortunately, some people feel the best education is a cruel example. It was cruel, two friends going to jail for a licensed shotgun that was not very far from its owner.
In the story, David Estrada, the shotgun owner, went into the bushes a short time, for whatever. The police came upon his friend, Manuel de Jesus Gonzalez, on the roadside, with the gun beside him. Both men were taken in. It is not impossible that the two men were plotting to execute a foul deed. But if we follow the odds, that is unlikely.
Yasser Musa’s “Tea with Trump” inside Katie Usher’s “Lab 4”: a space within a space, the concentric circles of creation
For the past four years artist Katie Usher has been opening and sustaining, for two weeks in July, her “Lab”, a space inside the Image Factory Art Foundation open for artists to create new work and experiment with their imaginations and have it documented and published on the Image Factory website.
The “Lab” is a generative and open process. Usher puts out an open call for artists to come and create and the artists have come, creating a wide range of art that challenges and pleases. Katie Usher’s “Lab” is an oasis of imaginative thought, a supportive space for art creation and a window into the contemporary moment of art in Belize from painting to performances, from poetry to song, from video to visions, Katie Usher’s “Lab”, like the rings of a tree, has grown and developed and enriched the cultural space in Belize.
Justice Lord rules against recusal application
Orlando Vera, the convicted Deputy Director of Belize’s National Forensic Science Service who is appealing a two-year sentence for abetment to pervert the course of justice, appeared in the Supreme Court of Justice Herbert Lord this afternoon for a ruling on an application he instructed his attorney, Anthony Sylvestre, to make on his behalf last Friday.
On that occasion, Vera had asked Justice Lord to recuse himself from hearing Vera’s appeal after the judge had issued several orders that were not carried out, and had continued to rule against Vera’s bail application.
Belize introduces quick alternative to pap smear in fight against cervical cancer
Health authorities say that cervical cancer is the second most common form of cancer in women in developing countries such as Belize, and if it is not detected and treated early enough, it can prove fatal. Routinely, the Pap smear has been the test employed in screening women for precancerous and cancerous cells. However, Belize is now rolling out an alternative screening method which, for most patients, would allow them to get instant results and on-the-spot treatment if their results are positive.
Researchers say that the screening procedure called VIA — Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid (or vinegar) — is a practical alternative to the Pap smear which is cost effective. When the acetic acid is introduced to the cervical area, lesions on the cervix will become visible as white patches.
Marlon Peters, 38, succumbs
One week after Marlon Peters, 38, a laborer of Perez Street, Santa Elena, was beaten and stabbed while socializing with an unknown friend in Santa Elena on the afternoon of Saturday, July 15, he died at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital on Friday morning in the Intensive Care Unit. Police have launched a murder investigation into Peters’ death.
Police said that at about 4:45 that Saturday afternoon, they were called to Perez Street, where they found Peters lying on a driveway.
Breaking Belize News
17 year old shot in Dangriga by Police
On Sunday, July 23, 2017 about 8:50 pm police were called to an area on Ecumenical Drive in Dangriga Town where on arrival they observed four male persons in a yard near a vegetable shop.
According to police reports, the guys immediately ran behind a building.
The police pursued the individuals where according to one of the officers one of the young men advanced towards him with an object in his hand.
Stepfather sexually assaults 2 step daughters; rapes one
There is a disturbing report of sexual assault in the Corozalito Village.
On June 6, 2017, a 10 year old female student of Corozalito Village in the presence of her mother and a social
worker reported that on December 28, 2016 at about 4:00 pm whilst she was at home along with her stepfather and her little sister in her room, she was drying her skin when her stepfather came and suddenly pushed open the door.
Queen’s baton to arrive in Belize next week
The Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR), which heralds the upcoming Commonwealth Games to be held in the Gold Coast in 2018, will arrive in Belize some time next week after it passes through Canada.
The QBR, which is currently in Bermuda, arrives in Canada on Thursday. On Friday it will be carried to Tim Hortons Field, which sits on the same parcel of land that the first ever Commonwealth Games took place in 1930. The QBR will also pass through Edmonton, Victoria and Vancouver (all cities that have hosted the Commonwealth Games) before departing Canada for Belize.
New group to unite Belizeans at home and abroad
Belizeans United For Equal Rights at Home and the Diaspora (BUFERHD), a newly created group which aims to bridge the divide between Belizeans at home and in the diaspora, was officially launched last Thursday in Ladyville, according to Channel 5 News.
BUFERHD President, Derek Aikman, says the goal of the organization is to establish an equal playing field for all Belizeans while lobbying for equal access to education, employment, health care, housing, land distribution, and economic opportunities.
Bar Association backpedals
The Bar Association of Belize has changed its tune on after local media houses reported on a leaked document showing that the association was considering to try and have Chief Justice (CJ) Kenneth Benjamin removed from his post.
The Bar Association had circulated a memo among its members, on a list of options they were pursuing to deal with a backlog of pending judgments by the CJ, which included asking him to resign or using the relevant authorities to have him forced out.
Ladyville man beaten with gun
Last night around 8, Edward Quilter, 52, of Ladyville reported that on Friday, July 14,2017 around 11:00 pm whilst walking on Egbert Quilter Avenue in Ladyville and upon reaching in front of a shop, he was approached by two Hispanic men.
In Defense of Institutions
By Greg Nunez: Over the past week, the discourse on citizen security, particularly on mediation, has been revived. This should have everyone thinking pragmatically about the way forward. The exchange has surely put into perspective longstanding issues of policing and intervention efforts. So, if I may, I would like to briefly contextualise, without speculating the personal or professional motives of parties involved, as to why the institutionalisation of all mediation is nondebatable.
Armed robbery in Belize City
On Monday, July 24th 2017 about 12:30 pm, police visited #6391 Tibruce Street in Belize City where Deslou Li, 41, reported that around 12:20 pm, whilst at his shop, a man wearing a white t-shirt covering his face and armed with a 9mm pistol entered the store and demanded money.
Philip Goldson would have been 94 today
Today, the Father of Belize’s Democracy, Philip Stanley Wilberforce Goldson, would have celebrated his 94th birthday.
Goldson, a noble statesman has been credited with the founding of the two major political parties in Belize -the 1950s PUP, and the 1970s UDP.
He even served as the Area Representative of the Albert Constituency.
Gun stolen from parked car in Santa Elena, Cayo
Yesterday, Robert Guzman, 33, reported that between 7 am and 1 pm yesterday, his license .380 Taurus brand pistol (SN 44116A) valued at $1,500 was stolen from the glove compartment of his white Toyota Corolla .
15 year old minor sexually assaulted in Belmopan
Last night around 6:48, a 15 years old minor of Belmopan City reported that around 4 pm yesterday, whilst at home, a man named Ferdy grabbed her from behind and hugged her demanding a kiss.
Marlon Peters died of head trauma
Marlon Peters,38, was beaten by one of his co-workers after socializing together on July 14, 2017.
Peters was taken to the San Ignacio Community hospital then later transported to the KHMH where he succumbed on Saturday , July 22, 2017.
Yesterday, Errol Smith handed himself over to the San Ignacio police in the presence of his attorney.
Blue Water Grill creates a stir with Guest Chefs Dinner Series
As Blue Water Grill (BWG) owner Mukul tells me all the time, I am “Sooo lucky!” I am; I really am.
You see, this invitation was not for any ordinary date-night dinner. I would not be ordering my beloved Ahi Poke Tuna salad. Instead, I’d be picking three items of guaranteed deliciousness, from a pre-fixe menu. Whatever item I chose would have been cooked by one of four chefs: Ned Elliott of Foreign & Domestic in Austin, Texas, Ferrell Alvarez of Rooster & the Till in Tampa, Florida, Dave Santos of Good Stock in New York, NY, and Chris Aycock of Blue Water Grill – San Pedro, Belize.
One thing you can count on from BWG owners Kelly and Mukul Kanabar, they are never boring. They are truly having fun with their establishment, bringing new and exciting things to lucky patrons every time. For four nights only, over the course of two weekends, six chefs present their tasty offerings.
New WestJet Direct Flight Calgary to Belize
WestJet does it again! Last year, the snow birds of Canada were delighted to have seasonal, direct flights from Toronto to Belize, which begin again on Wednesdays and Saturdays starting November 1, 2017, and go through April 28, 2018. This year, they have announced their direct flight from Calgary to Belize.
One can only imagine the joy my fellow Canadians (and U.S. friends who live near the Montana/Alberta border) will experience when this favorite airline launches their service from Calgary. Commencing on November 3, 2017, WestJet will inaugurate non-stop service to Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (Belize City – BZE). The flight departs at 09:15 and arrives at 15:51 local time – a 5 1/2 hour flight when time zones are considered. Their current price is listed at $280 CAD one way for several weeks in November, December, January with a $100 increase in the ticket price for February, March, and April. This direct flight is only available on Fridays.
A view from Corozal Town: Why Visit this amazing place
Corozal Town is a town in the nation of Belize, a capital of Corozal District. Corozal Town is located about 84 miles north of Belize City, and 9 miles from the border with Mexico. Corozal Is a retired community for more Americans and Canadians. Corozal District is the northernmost district of the nation of Belize. The population was 33,335 in 2000. The district capital is Corozal Town.
Pre-Columbian Maya ruins are found in Corozal at Santa Rita near Corozal Town, and at Cerros.Corozal District includes Corozal Town and the villages of Buena Vista, Calcutta, Caledonia, Carolina, Chan Chen, Chunox, Concepcion, Consejo, Copper Bank, Cristo Rey, Estrella, Libertad, Little Belize, Louisville, Paraiso, Patchacan, Progresso, Ranchito, San Andres, San Antonio, San Joaquin, San Narciso, San Roman, San Victor, San Pedro, Santa Clara, Sarteneja, Xaibe, and Yo Chen. In addition, the island of Ambergris Caye is geographically closer to Corozal District than the district in which it is administrated, Belize District.
The 4th Annaul Spartan Body Building Classic
The General Public was invited to attend the 2017 Spartan Body Building Classic Contest was held on Saturday July 22, 2017 inside Corozal Civic Center. Bodybuilders athletes from around Belize and Mexico represented their athletic Muscular Bodies. six Men Body Builder and two women competed against each other to win over their points to move on to the last category. A number of Judges from around Belize and Cancun came out on the show to Judge the Winners by categories. Bodybuilders are judged on the overall quality of their muscular development. Judging is based upon the presentation of:
Business owners in top Belize destination want increased mangrove protections
Walking the shore of San Pedro provides a solid picture of the tension between natural resources and the economy in this, the top tourist town in coastal Belize. White coral sand gives way to several hundred feet of stunningly deep blue water out to where Caribbean waves strike the Mesoamerican Reef, the world’s second longest barrier reef, which stretches from Honduras in the south to its Mexican terminus to the north.
Just below swooping frigatebirds stands a phalanx of hotels, ranging from funky and low slung to sleek, new, and relatively tall. Bars, restaurants and dive shops elbow right up to the water’s edge, too, where one can sit in a plastic chair drinking local rum while dangling your feet in the warm tide at establishments with names like “Sandy Toes.”
EU students discover international culture in Belize
The Journalism and Public Relations major was looking for an opportunity to see the world and to develop her interviewing skills. Thanks to an annual trip for honors students hosted by Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), McDonald realized that opportunity with an educational experience in Central America.
McDonald and Colleen Michaels, who studies Social Work at EU, joined honors students from 12 other PASSHE schools on a 15-day adventure to discover the history, lifestyle and culture of Belize.
“It opened the door to the world for me,” McDonald said about her summer travel. “I learned so much about the people we met, my fellow students and myself. You don't start learning until you start moving, and this trip gave my life the motion I needed.”
Goldson House for Democracy and Patriotism celebrates 94th Birth day of Philip S.W. Goldson, 25min.
BSI Investment, 32min.
Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), 25min.
Belmopan Police and the Ministry of Agriculture Team Up for a Summer Youth Camp, 6min. On Tuesday, July 11th, at a press briefing, the Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie reported a reduction in crime statistics for the first half of 2017 - a decrease attributed to an increase in various efforts made by the Belize Police Department. In Belmopan, one such initiative between the Belmopan Police Department and the Ministry of Agriculture is targeting at-risk youths in the community.
New Permanent Representative of Belize to the OAS Presents Credentials, 2min. The new Permanent Representative of Belize to the Organization of American States (OAS), Daniel Gutierrez, today presented his credentials to the Secretary General, Luis Almagro, the credentials that accredit him to the hemispheric institution.
At the ceremony, that took place at the OAS headquarters in Washington DC, Ambassador Gutierrez spoke about the need to continue strengthening the OAS, to serve and respond to the needs of the people of the region. "Belize is unflinching in its desire to contribute to the design of an OAS that withstands the test of time and galvanizes the support of our regional and hemispheric stakeholders. In our very own corner of the woods, in our very own corner of the Americas, the OAS has proven its relevance by providing a mechanism by which neighbors can deal with border disputes in a manner that is congruent with international law and order," he said.
Miss Costa Maya 2017 Delegates, 3min. Voting for Miss Popularity is from July 26 to August 2, 2017 on Facebook & Instagram. Voting does not influence pageant results.
E-TEXTBOOKS AVAILABLE AT UB’S BOOKSTORES, 1.5min. UB has begun to make the transition from physical books to eTextbooks. Watch this video featuring Dr. Elma Kay for great reasons to make the switch. Students can download eBooks on devices (tablets/phones/laptops) used to redeem the code or they can read the eTextbooks on any computer with Internet access. Online tutorials on how to access Bookshelf and redeem your codes are available at:
UB 1st President's All Inclusive Endowment Fete, 1/2min. The Soca affair features Oscar B and the Gilharry 7 Band. More artists will be announced soon.
All proceeds from this fundraiser goes towards scholarships for well deserving students.
Harpy, 51min. National Geographic documentary
Belize V1, 5min. Scuba diving
Schnorcheln bei Laughing Bird Caye • Belize , 8min. War waren schnorcheln vor der Insel Laughing Bird Caye in Belize! Von Placencia sind wir dorthin gefahren und sind untergetaucht!
Mountain Pine Ridge, Belize, 4min. Video postcard: MayaWalk Tour with Goldborn - Rio Frío Cave & Big Rock Falls, Belize.
Belize Airport Authority Documentary Long Version, 7min.
You Better Belize It, 14min.
The Ants Go Marching - Belize, 1min.
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