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Copa San Pedro 2017 hosts second week of games
On Thursday, September 14th, Copa San Pedro 2017 resumed at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town. Six games took place during the second week of the tournament, with the first two games played on Thursday, September 14th.
At 7pm, Jokers F.C defeated Terror Squad 3-0 in an intense game. At 9pm Legends F.C went against San Mateo F.C, with a massive 8-1 blowout, Legends F.C won the game. Copa San Pedro continues this weekend with four more games. The first two games are scheduled to be on Friday, September 22nd with G. Strikers facing Boca Bombers at 7pm. At 9pm, Sandy Point goes against One Shot One Kill. The last two games of the third week of Copa San Pedro are scheduled for Sunday, September 24th, starting at 5pm with Martha’ s Ice VS Terror Squad, while the second match begins at 7pm with United F.C VS Legends F.C. All islanders are invited to come out and support their favorite team this weekend.
Ambergris Caye honours Central America and Mexico’s independence at Noche Centro Americana
The independence celebrations of the Central American communities of Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico were honoured on Saturday, September 16th at Noche Centroamericana at the Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex. The event, organized by The San Pedro Town Council in collaboration with Reef Radio, is the only one of its kind in Belize and showcases each country’s culture, food, and music.
This year’s celebration marked the 196th anniversary of the Central American independence from Spain. As part of the event, children were treated with pińatas courtesy of the Embassy of Honduras, before the formalities of the evening’s program began.
The official ceremony started promptly at 8PM with the raising of the flags from each of the participating countries, including Belize.
Another home win: San Pedro Pirates defeat Police United
The game started at 3pm, and Police United F.C came determined to win, however the island team was not an easy rival, and within the first 11 minutes of the match, Pirate’s Luis Valdez scored the first goal. Police United retaliated, with Camilo Sanchez finding his target at the 15th minute. The early scoring only added to the intensity, and both teams fought for another goal. At minute 20, a penalty shot in favor of the San Pedro Pirates, saw another goal find its mark, courtesy of Jesse Smith. Fans loudly cheered on their teams demanding more goals. The Pirate’s Hector Martinez delivered a third goal at minute 29. As the first half came to an end, the San Pedro Pirate’s took their break leading 3-1. Just a couple minutes into the second half, Police United’s Danny Jimenez scored a second goal for his team. The match continued with cross and pass on the field, both teams striving to net another goal. Down by one goal, Police United had several attempts, but none found the goal. At the final whistle, the home team San Pedro Pirates had the victory 3-2.
Belizean Teen Selected To Travel To NASA Space Center
Nineteen-year-old Burrell Boom resident, Belizean national Emil Gillett, studying at Lone Star College (University Park Campus) in Spring has been selected to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center this fall to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars project (NCAS).
Gillett has been selected as one of 304 community college students from across the U.S. to be part of NCAS.
The five-week scholars program culminates with a four-day on-site event at Johnson Space Center and offers students the opportunity to interact with NASA engineers and others as they learn more about careers in science and engineering. While at NASA, students form teams and establish fictional companies interested in Mars exploration. Each team is responsible for developing and testing a prototype rover, forming a company infrastructure, managing a budget, and developing communications and outreach.
Misc Belizean Sources
Belize Benefits from the Republic of Korea’s Development Assistance Programme
On Monday, September 18th, the Government of Belize received a donation of office equipment and two vehicles from the Government of the Republic of Korea through an official Development Assistance Programme for the fiscal year 2017.
Presenting the donation on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Korea was His Excellency Lee In-ho, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in El Salvador, and receiving the equipment and vehicles on behalf of the Government of Belize was His Excellency Patrick Andrews, Chief Executive Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belize.
San Pedro: Color After Party following the parade!
And the paint powder has arrived! Don’t miss the Color After Party at the Central Park after the parade!
Banquitas House of Culture 15th Anniversary
Help us congratulate the Banquitas House of Culture (NICH) for its milestone today, in marking its 15th Anniversary of providing services of cultural promotion and preservation in the Orange Walk community for over the years and many more to come!
Patriotic Day" - so-named to honor the Rt. Honorable George Cadle Price - September 19, 2017
The Right Honorable Geroge Cadle Price. He wasn't able to become a priest because he was to dedicate his life to the people and country of Belize. We honor him for his life's work. He spent his latter years interceeding to the Lord for the Belizeans. He is not resting in peace - he is running around in Heaven meeting people who have gone before him and most of all - he is praising the Most High God!
What was amazing about him was the fact that he remembered everyone he met. He could even tell you who your parents were.
Caye Caulker Block Party
Getting the Central Park ready for the block party today. We going to party until 4a.m.
Full Moon Party on Caye Caulker
So the date is set, 6th October for KoKo Kings next Full Moon Party -Guest DJs @fyah_jaro @djrasfyahstatah and our DJ @julian_bluewave_belize. We are proud that this event is becoming iconic for its beautiful location and our first class entertainment - so don't miss out!!!
Government of Belize to Join Relief Efforts for Dominica
The Government of Belize expresses our distress and sympathy in learning of the damage inflicted upon Dominica and the other Leeward Islands by the deadly Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this devastating storm who may have lost loved ones and who have had their homes and properties destroyed.
While the level of devastation is still yet unknown, the Government of Belize stands ready to join with other CARICOM nations to coordinate and support relief efforts in any way possible within our human and financial resources.
National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) Receives a Grant of BZ$100,000.00 from the Republic of China (Taiwan)
On Friday, September 15, the National Institute of Culture and History was the recipient of a BZ $100,000.00 donation from the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to assist in various programs and National September Celebrations.
Receiving the cheque on behalf of the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), was the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Education, Youth, Sport and Culture and Chairman of the National Celebrations Committee, the Honorable Patrick Faber. Handing over the cheque on behalf of the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) was Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Belize, His Excellency Charles K. Y. Liu. Present at the event were Chief Executive Officer with responsibility for Youth, Sports and Culture, Mrs. Adele Catzim-Sanchez and Mr. Greg Vernon, Acting President of the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH).
San Pedro Town Council closed Sept 21 & 22
The San Pedro Town Council hereby advises the general public that its offices will be closing on Thursday, September 21 and Friday, September 22, 2017.
We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.
BelizeINVEST, BELTRAIDE, facilitates Belize American Chamber of Commerce of Florida Trade Mission
In an effort geared towards stimulating FDI growth, BelizeINVEST, a unit of BELTRAIDE, in collaboration with the Belize American Chamber of Commerce of Florida, facilitated an inbound Trade Mission on Friday, September 15th, 2017 at the Biltmore Plaza in Belize City.
The mission served as an ideal platform for participants to raise key questions regarding the investment process, and applicable incentives offered at BELTRAIDE in supporting business growth, and consequently economic growth in Belize.
Meetings were also held at Atlantic International Bank, where the participants received tailored support and advice on opening the relevant bank accounts for their respective developments in country.
Travel Trade Schedule 2017-2018
The main focus of the Travel Trade team is to build and foster relationships with the international travel trade, i.e. tour operators, wholesalers and travel agents. This is in line with the National Sustainable Tourism Master Plan (NSTMP). The team organizes and attends a series of trade shows, consumer expos, road shows whilst conducting sales presentations and webinars throughout North America, Europe and South America. Familiarization tours are also a supplement to its marketing efforts. These approaches are based on the Return on Investment (ROI) for each market, based on leads. It is through these avenues that the allurement of Belize is shared with a wide audience of travel agents, travelers and investors.
NATIONAL SERVICE DAY
On September 19th we celebrate NATIONAL SERVICE DAY in honour of the life and legacy of our great Leader RT. HON. GEORGE PRICE. May his spirit of service and humility live on in each of us.
Sugar City Jouvert 2017!
BSI Breaks Ground for Significant Investment to Keep Belize Sugar Industry Sustainable
All over African, Caribbean and the Pacific, sugar producing countries are preparing for significant market changes. The elimination of quotas constraining beet sugar production in the EU market, In just five weeks time (Oct 2017), means the pricing preferences traditonally enjoyed in the EU market will be thing of the past.
Looking to start your own water or oil company?
This is a great initiative by Belize Coconut Water. We can help supply a regular quantity of dried or green coconuts. .50 a piece in quantities of 3k or more.
Infection Prevention Control Training
A two days training concludes today for health personnel on the basic practice on Infection Prevention Control in the use of PPEs (Personal Protective Equipment). We continue to welcome training in this area through the assistance at this time from CARPHA (Caribbean Public Health Agency) and the Inter Development Bank. The aim is to promote the proper selection of PPEs under various public health scenarios. For more information contact: Licensing and Accreditation Unit, Ministry of Health.
Banquitas House of Culture celebrating their 15 years
Our Northern Maya people were present at the event, Maya from Cristo Rey (CZ), Yo Creek(OW), San Jose Nuevo Palmer (OW), Corozal town and more. Thanks Banquitas for the support.
Returcing mural at the Corozal Town Hall
In commemoration of National Service Day, the House of Culture with local artist Ben Cal retouched Manuel Villamor's Historical Mural at the Corozal Town Hall. Water damage is an ongoing issue in preserving this national masterpiece, but a little paint and protective sealant goes a long way in the preservation of our tangible heritage! Maestro Villamor's final restoration was in 2012 at age 84, during his restoration, Manuel painted himself into the mural peeking out from behind the sapadilla tree on the far right side.
Belize Pelagic confirmed for October 9 and 10
Inbox to reserve your spots. First ever east of Half Moon Caye beyond the reef.
BZ City - Half Moon Caye.
Opposition Leader: What Happens At Tower Hill, Stays At Tower Hill
Opposition Leader John Briceno has had 2 weeks to reflect on the confrontation with police at the Tower Hill Bridge in Orange Walk, and it appears that the Opposition Leader, John Briceno, will let the matter rest. Today, we met him at the annual Wreath Laying Ceremony for National Hero George Price, and we asked if he will sue the the police for realizing tear gas and clubs without first reading the riot act.
That's after Briceno and his supporters segued from an anti-corruption protest and rally in Orange Walk town to block the Tower Hill Bridge.
Well, today, the Opposition Leader said that he's willing to call it even because his party's point has been made. Here's how he explained it:
Opposition Leader Says He Would Not Sit With Those Who Tear-Gassed Him
And the Opposition Leader says that after he got tear gassed on that Wednesday, he couldn't couldn't bring himself to come out and be in the company of the UDP Government officials at the Sunday 10th Ceremonies four days later. He bristled when we ask him about his noticeable absence in Memorial Park for the official ceremonies:
Daniel Ortiz, reporter:
"Any specific reason why you were absent from the 10th Celebration?"
Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the opposition:
"You expected me to sit down beside these people and smile after they have already thrown tear gas on top of me? When they threw a tear gas, and then, the police actually kicked that can right between my legs, when I was giving an interview, when I already left from there where they told us to leave, because they were using tear gas and I didn't want to get hurt.
L.O.O. Says Gloves Are Off On Independence Day
But, Opposition Leader John Briceno says that he certainly isn't going to miss the Independence Day Celebrations in Belmopan on Thursday. That's because he will take the opportunity to blast the Barrow Administration for every embarrassing moment that has been exposed the evening news over the last few months. Now, the Independence Day speech is usually observed as an opportunity for unity, not political divisiveness. But, this morning, Briceno told us that on Thursday, the gloves come off:
Orson Picart - KREM News:
"Can you give us an insight as to the premise of your speech, coming up? I think Belizeans would like to know."
Hon. John Briceno - Leader of the Opposition:
"Well, I don't think it's going to be on a lighter note because it is a serious matter that we are facing right now, that this government has become the very same thing that they condemned, coming into 2008."
PUP Leader Says UDP To Blame For What Happened On Sarstoon
And one of the many topics he may choose to explore is the recent encounter that the Belize Territorial Volunteers had with the Guatemalan Armed Forces at Sarstoon River.
We showed you how the volunteers held their second annual Sarstoon Island Eco-Challenge and got the attention of the Guatemalan Navy when they took a patriotic stance on Sarstoon Island where they sang the Belizean National Anthem.
Belizeans were incensed by images of the Guatemalans attempting to restrict the movement the eco-challenge participants and the Tide vessel which had Coast Guard officers.
Well, keeping to PUP Party line, the Opposition laid blame at the foot of the Barrow Administration:
L.O.O. Supports Bar Assoc. In Position on CJ
And while the Opposition Leader was hyper-critical of the Barrow Administration, he spoke more carefully when he commented on the Bar Association's strong stance against the Chief Justice.
As we told you, the Bar, at their last Friday meeting, passed a resolution to call for the Chief Justice's removal if he fails to deliver judgements on a schedule he put out last week.
Briceno told us that he supports that position:
Hon. John Briceno - Leader of the Opposition:
"I have a great respect for the Chief Justice, and I think that he is an honorable man, but the reality is that there are these judgments that have been outstanding for so long. I am one of the victims - or my company is one of the victims, Centaur, when Gaspar Vega also accused us - wrongly so that we aired the event that happened in Orange Walk Town, and we've been waiting for that judgment.
Police Minister says Corruption is Bigger Issue Than Violent Crime
Yesterday, Minister Of Home Affairs Wilfred Elrington addressed the University Of Belize at a security forum, named "Exploring Security Threats at Home and Abroad". Now, you can almost always count on Elrington for controversial remarks. And yesterday at the UB Jaguar Auditorium in Belmopan, he did not disappoint. Echoing his brother Hubert from, like, 20 years ago when he was in office, Wilfred Elrington said domestic crime is not really a big problem:
Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Home Affairs:
"The crime - criminality. Really and truly that's not my preoccupation at all. When I compare the situation in Belize with what exists in El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, places like Iraq and Syria and in other countries, Belize is a very safe country in terms of criminal activity. The numbers of criminals are few and people who are normally impacted by them are normally are their own colleagues and friends who they prey upon and kill in a senseless way. I don't see that as a big problem."
Elrington Says Conservation is For The Birds, Belize Need Food and Money!
And Elrington's views on conservation, generally, and a moratorium on offshore drilling are also out of line with the Government position. He said Belize can't afford to ignore the possibility of offshore oil reserves when it is so poor:...
Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Home Affairs:
"We can't pay for hospital. We can't pay for education. We can't pay for schools, but we are not supposed to touch the petroleum. We are not even to find out what is there, because the attitude is don't touch it. I don't know why it's being left there. The history has shown that you can exploit petroleum. But we are not into find out what we have. Because somehow or the other that's going to hurt us. That's going to destroy the reef. In this day and age we have got to think for ourselves. Because if you are starving, but it is content first to starve so as to ensure that the fishes are there - that the manatees are going to survive, why the human beings are dying. I can't rationalize it."
Dominica Mauled By Maria
"We have lost all what money can buy and replace..."
Those were the words of Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit after a powerful Category 5 storm, Hurricane Maria tore through the small island state last night with winds of over 160 miles per hour.
Tonight, no one knows the full extent of the damage to the place called "The Nature Isle" because communications are limited, and transport is hampered by damage to road infrastructure and fallen trees.
In a Facebook post last night, Prime Minister Skerrit called the physical damage caused by the storm, mind boggling. He added, quote, "So, far the winds have swept away the roofs of almost every person I have spoken to or otherwise made contact with. The roof to my own official residence was among the first to go and this apparently triggered an avalanche of torn away roofs in the city and the countryside."
Noted Dominican QC Details Harrowing Night
Another perspective on the devastation comes from the regionally famous attorney, Queen's Council Anthony Astaphan. He represented Belize and other Caribbean states in major cases across the Caribbean. This is the video message he sent to friends last night when the storm winds let up:...
And this morning, via telephone, Astaphan added to that with a phone call to ABS television in Antigua:
Astaphan is currently representing GOB in the UHS appeal to be heard shortly by the CCJ.
Maria and The Howling Winds
And here's another account of the storm from Dominican Sam Christian:...
And, so while the days to come will detail the damage report in Dominica, Hurricane Maria isn't done yet. Tonight the storm is a very dangerous Category 5 storm with winds of 175 miles per hour. It's about 60 miles south east of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands, and 160 miles south east of San Juan Puerto Rico. Both islands are under hurricane warning - and tonight, residents are bracing for life threatening storm surge and rainfall, along with devastating winds.
Powerful Quake Rocks Mexico City and Morelos
And while Hurricane Maria's death toll has yet to be tabulated, in Mexico City tonight, the death toll from a powerful earthquake is already at 120 and counting. This afternoon, the 7.1 magnitude quake toppled buildings, and trapped residents and workers, sending people flooding into the streets. There are scores reported dead in the state of Morelos, close to the epicenter of the quake, and dozens in Mexico City. That number is sure to climb as rescuers are still frantically digging out people trapped beneath heaps of rubble. The earthquake struck shortly after 1:00 about 100 miles from Mexico City. More than 40 buildings in Mexico City collapsed, including at least two schools. Today's earthquake struck on the 32nd anniversary of the 1985 quake that killed as many as 10,000 people.
IMF Concludes Article IV Consult, Not Impressed With GOB Finance
The IMF today released its report on the conclusion of its Article IV consultation with Belize, and the news, to no one's surprise, is not good. The IMF warns, quote, "The economy continues to face multiple challenges. The macroeconomic outlook remains weak. Public debt remains elevated, at around 100 percent of GDP..."
They add also that, quote, "the medium term outlook is relatively weak with high debt, and large external imbalances."
And what's the fix? Well, it's the IMF one size fits all solution of taxation and retrenchment. The report advises a broadening of the base of the General Sales Tax - meaning fewer deductions, and, quote "reform of the civil service to help stabilize employee headcount and to contain the wage bill." From that you can read "retrenchment". The Barrow Administration has generally ignored the IMF's prescriptions.
Opposition Leader says He's Not Surprised At IMF
Today, the opposition leader said he had not seen the IMF report, but said he could forecast their outlook because of the sagging economy:...
Hon. John Briceno - Leader of the Opposition:
"I'm not surprised, because nothing has gotten any better. I mean, the economy continues to stagger. It's not moving in the right direction. We are not addressing the fundamental issues of the economy, sitting down with the productive sector and seeing what we can do to get them out of that situation. I know Minister Finnegan likes to say that I am worried about the rich people. It has nothing to do with the rich people. It's the productive sector that creates employment and brings hard earned currency into this country. And if we just ignore them, then, what's going to happen?"
Fuel Price Up For Third Time In a Month
And while Briceno wants financing for the productive sector, a break on gas prices wouldn't be bad either. Those prices are going to climb again at midnight - the third increase in a month.
This time, premium's price is remaining the same at 10.99 per gallon, but regular is going up by a whopping 92 cents, making it more expensive than premium at $11.13 per gallon. So - if you use regular - fill up tonight, or just buy premium tomorrow.
Diesel is also going up by 37 cents per gallon. Government and recently warned that fuel prices would be going up because of Hurricane Harvey and the damages it did to oil refineries in Houston- which caused prices to go up.
LOO Says Petrocaribe Opportunity Was Squandered
And Belize is sourcing expensive fuel from Houston - because the supply from Petrocaribe had become unstable - due to domestic problems in Venezuela. That's why the government said it was forced to pull out of the program recently. The Leader of the opposition says he doesn't buy it - he said that the Government squandered its opportunity:
Hon. John Briceno - Leader of the Opposition:
"They could say whatever it is that they want. The fact of the matter is that the Venezuelan Government has not been happy with how this Government has been spending the Petrocaribe monies. I signed that agreement in 2006, in Kingston - no, in Jamaica, I think Montego Bay, along with the late president Chavez. And the whole concept behind Petrocaribe was that here Venezuela felt that they have all this larges, that they've blessed with this petroleum, and they wanted to assist the region, Belize being one of the countries in the region. And the sole purpose behind this was to fight poverty, to reduce poverty. And the Venezuelan Government, as I have been made to understand, they have not been pleased, because they have seen the reckless spending."
"MissEmma" Drops The Bomb On Z
In a story we promised to bring you last night - but didn't have time to - MisEmma - meaning Emma Bointon - who organized the Queen of the Bay Pageant for 15 years, before handing it over due to failing health, has weighed in on the recent dispute.
In a statement that she recorded for distribution, MissEmma says that the mandate for her to organize the pageant came from the Loyal and Patriotic Order of the Baymen - and that it is not a beauty pageant. She explains why she feels Zenaida Moya - who chaired the Queen of the Bay Committee - as taking it in the wrong direction:...
Briceno Stands With the Queen In the North
And, of course, we had to get the leader of the opposition to weigh in on this one. He is from Orange Walk - and so is the jilted queen designate Esmeralda Cal. She got the bad part of the deal in a bizarre double crowning on the Tenth day, and Briceno wasn't even there to defend her.
Today, he said he stands with his Reina Del Norte:...
Daniel Ortiz, reporter"
"How would you have addressed that situation? And seeing as how this is a fellow northena what's your position on this particular issue?"
Hon. John Briceno - Leader of the Opposition:
"Why are you doing this to me? Because you know I will be with my northena. As from what I understand - and I have not seen the evidence - as I understand, Ms. Cal actually won the pageant. She won almost all of the awards, and then, the big prize, she didn't win it?"
Preventing Infection Amongst The Health Experts
Today was the second day of a two-day health workshop at the Biltmore in Belize city.The workshop is about preventing the spread of communicable diseases amongst healthcare professionals. This morning found out why the training is important.
Englebert Emmanuel, Director for Licensing and Accreditation Unit - Ministry of Health:
"In terms of looking at precaution measures a health professional would take within health facilities as it relates to specific health event, how to protect ourself and how we would react to certain events in terms of the different protective gears that we would use."
"It is a training that will equip us in terms of understanding the specific health events and the relevant precaution measures that we need to take within hospital setting or within our health facility as we give attention to those patients and also in terms of how we further dealing with our health professionals who probably get exposed and who require certain protection at the end of the day."
ASR Maes Major Investment Despite BSCFA Holding Out
With our without the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association, The ASR Group, which owns and operates the Belize Sugar Industries, is making a 22-million dollar investment in the local sugar industry.
They want to increase the quantity of direct consumption sugar that it currently produces. This type of sugar sells for a higher price than the raw sugar that Belize currently exports to the European market.
ASR/BSI held a ground breaking event at their Towerhill Facility today, and here's what the company's representative had to say about the investment and the fact that they must move ahead without the biggest growers group:
Opp. Leader Commends ASR
Today opposition leader Briceno said that he supports the investment - but didn't urge the BASFA to do the same:...
Hon. John Briceno - Leader of the Opposition: "I think it is a good investment, and it's an investment that I support, and I am happy that it's being done. Because as you know, come November, we are going to lose the preferential markets that we had in Europe. So, the price of sugar is going to be sold at the world price - or most of our sugar is going to be sold at the world price. So, we need to find other markets, or do other stuff. By doing the direct consumption sugar, what we're doing is that we're adding value. We are not selling the raw sugar, but we're processing it further. So, that then, we can sell that sugar at a higher prices in CARICOM, and I'm being told yesterday that there is a lot of interest from Mexico, and Guatemala that would like to buy that direct consumption sugar, because we produce a really high quality sugar. So, it's a good thing for the industry. It's good for the farmers, good for BSI, and good for Belize."
CDB Gives Money For Childhood Obesity Program
Of course, all that sugar could give you diabetes - a leading cause of illness and death in Belize where like many other countries obesity is a major health problem. And the concern goes beyond adults, many Belizean children struggle with obesity. Well, the Caribbean Development Bank is trying to help. The CDB has approved a grant of $150,000 US dollars to the Healthy Caribbean Coalition. The coalition in turn will assist Belize along with the Bahamas, Barbados and Jamaica develop childhood obesity prevention programs. The grant was signed in Barbados on Monday September 18th. In a release sent out today it states "Childhood obesity is associated with a wide range of health complications and an increased risk of premature onset of illnesses, including diabetes and heart disease. Preventing childhood obesity is a key strategy for reducing the incidences of Non communicable diseases in the Caribbean." The programs are expected to be implemented in all 4 countries by 2019.
LOO Disappointed in Police On Amy Forte Case
Last night, we showed you what the Acting Police Commissioner, Noel Leal, had to say about the Amy Forte investigation. The acting top cop said that although she asserted to the Prime Minister that her signature was forged in a land sale to Andre Vega, but she has not come in to make a formal complaint to the police. So, with no complainant, police say that it makes no sense to investigate whether or not someone committed fraud in that land deal.
Well, today, when we asked the Opposition Leader about that position from the police, he said that he was very disappointed with the Department.:
Remembering The Father of The Nation
We've shown you quite a bit of our interview with Opposition Leader John Briceno as he discussed a number of national issues.
But, that encounter happened today after the annual Wreath Laying Ceremony for National Hero George Price.
Every year on the anniversary of his death, the PUP go to his grave at the Lord Ridge Ceremony to pay their respects.
We were there for the ceremony, and here's what the keynote speakers had to say:
Darrell Bradley, Mayor - Belize City:
"It is humbling for me to stand here today at the feet of the greatest Belizean, the Rt. Hon. George Price lived a life of singular devotion to Belize. As a civic activist, agitator and leader of the independence movement, chief drafter of the constitution, 2 time mayor of Belize City, 1st and only Premier and first prime minister George Price devoted more than 50 years of selfless service to the formation and advancement of this our beloved Belize."
Working Like Price
And apart from wrath laying, to live on in the spirit of Mr. Price, it's also the National Day of Service. PUP Standard Bearer Gilroy Usher invited us out to the Port Loyola division to get a glimpse at some of the service work that is being done in the Jane Usher area:
Gilroy Usher, PUP Standard Bearer - Port Loyola Division:
"We are cleaning the Jane Usher area. Well, we are cleaning specifically Curl Thompson Street in the Jane usher area and I am happy to see that over 25 residents of the area have come out to voluntary help clean up the place. Now, this cleanup was very necessary because right down cult Thompson Street there is a garbage dump that is in the heart of the community and it is very unsightly and it was a health hazard and in addition to that we are also cutting the overgrown grass along Curl Thompson Street."
St. Lucian Cruise Ship Worker Goes Home, Clear of Drug Charge
In June we told you about Twenty-four year old St. Lucian Jamal Celise, who worked on the Norwegian cruise ship, Escape but was charged with drug trafficking after two kilos or about four and a pounds of cocaine were found in the cabin he shared with two other seamen.
Well, he was given his freedom today by Justice Courtenay Abel. The issue was whether Celise's detention was unlawful and to prove that it was unlawful his attorney, Anthony Sylvestre made an application for a writ of habeas corpus. The basis of it was that there was no evidence against Celise to support the charge.
Celise had given a statement to the police but it was not given under caution, consequently, it was not evidence. Justice Abel ruled that the evidence was not sufficient to justify the detention of Celise and any further detention was unlawful.
The AG and The Alcaldes
In the Toledo District, village Alcalde's have judicial power - where they can convene trials for minor matters in their villages. But, there's a lot to be desired in terms of formal training and orientation, and that's why over the weekend, officials from the Attorney General's Ministry took a road trip to PG to offer training to the Toledo Alcaldes Association.
Attorney General Michael Peyreffite explains what it was about.
Seventy-eight Alcaldes and Second Alcaldes attended .
European Ambassadors to "AZ"
As we have reported, the European Union has bailed out the OAS Adjacency Office with a tranche of funding. And today, a delegation of European Union Ambassadors, visited what they call the Belize-Guatemala Adjacency Zone at the Benque Viejo border. OAS Secretary General's Special Representative for Belize-Guatemala Affairs, Magdalena Talamas briefed them on the work of the Adjacency Zone Office.
The delegation included The Eu Ambassador, the British High Commissioner, and Belize's Ambassador of Belize to the European Union along with the Ambassadors of Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain.
Making Music With Machel
Today SJC's music students got a very special visit from Soca superstar Machel Montano. As we told you Montano has been in Belize since last week and Music Ambassador Shyne Barrow has been giving him a country tour. Well, this afternoon Montano and his entourage descended on the SJC compound and students huddled close to get a glimpse of him. Now we are used to seeing Montano take the stage but today he took the piano and the guitar to get his message to the music students. It was like a private pre-concert experience and 7News was there to capture it.
And of course you can see a lot more of Machel at his concert tomorrow night at the Hour Bar. Before going to SJC, Machel visited St. Catherine's Academy.
Preparing For The Worst
In one week, on September 26th, BECOL will have a dam break Simulation Exercise.
Now, we stress this is only a test - so don't be alarmed. But those in the area of the Dam and the Macal River will hear the blaring Early Warning System sirens for an extended period of time.
Today, a briefing was held in advance of a simulation exercise to prepare for the eventuality of a dam-break in the Cayo District.
The briefing was held inside the Training Room at the NEMO Headquarters in Belmopan.
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