Today's Belize News: October 14, 2017
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Belize Department of the Environment announces Winners of the Ozone Photo Competition 2017
The National Ozone Unit (NOU) of Belize, within the Department of the Environment (DOE), hereby announces the winners of the Ozone Photo Competition 2017, which was held in celebration of International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer under the theme “Caring for all life under the sun”.
Legends F.C and United F.C maintain their led in the Copa San Pedro 2017 tournament
The Copa San Pedro 2017 continues at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town. Seven games took place during the fifth week of the tournament, with the first two games played on Thursday, October 5th.
At 7pm, Joke’s F.C faced Martha’s Ice, with an easy 4-1 victory going to Joker’s. At 9pm, the second match saw United F.C defeating Victoria House Jr, 3-1.
The following day, Assassin’s F.C won against G. Striker’s, with a 1-0 final score. At 9pm, Sandy Point faced San Mateo F.C, with a solid 6-0 win in favor of Sandy Point. Copa San Pedro continues this weekend with seven more games on the schedule. On Thursday, October 12th, at 7pm, Joker’s F.C face One Shot One Kill, followed by Boca Bombers facing Sandy Point. On Friday, October 13th, Legends F.C takes on G. Striker’s at 7pm, and Terror Squad versus United F.C at 9pm. The last three games of the fifth week of Copa San Pedro are scheduled for Sunday, October 15th, starting at 3pm with Boca Bombers versus One Shot One Kill. At 5pm San Mateo F.C faces Martha’s Ice, leading to the last game at 7pm, with Assassin’s F.C against Victoria House Jr. All islanders are invited to come and support their favorite team this weekend.
Kendis Gibson meets with Belizean students and media corp
Acclaimed Belizean- American journalist and news anchor Kendis Gibson was in Belize from Wednesday, October 4th to Saturday, October 7th, meeting with different students and members of the Belize Media Corp. During his four-day visit organized by the U.S Embassy in Belize and the US Department of State, Gibson made presentations at various schools where he spoke about pursuing goals and the importance of an education. He concluded his agenda with an interactive session for Belizean journalists on investigative journalism at the Government House of Culture before leaving the country.
San Pedro businessman Oscar Guerra charged with rape is out on bail
On Friday, October 6th, the owner of My Secret Deli located on Caribeña Street in San Pedro Town was arrested and charged with the rape of a minor. The accused, 55-year-old Oscar Guerra was immediately remanded into custody, but was able to obtain a $10,000 bail by the end of the day.
Guerra, a naturalized Belizean appeared before Justice Herbert Lord, who granted him bail and imposed certain conditions. He must report to the San Pedro Police Station every Friday, beginning this Friday, October 13th, and appear in the San Pedro Magistrate’s Court on every adjourned date. He was also ordered not to interfere with the virtual complainant of any of the Crown’s witnesses. Guerra was also told not to go within 100 yards of his accuser or any member of her family.
Misc Belizean Sources
Sunday Fete Beach Party taking place this weekend in San Pedro
Prime Minister Barrow meets with OAS Secretary General H.E. Luis Almagro (R) and Deputy Secretary-General H.E. Nestor Mendez (L)
CARICOM meeting hosted by World Bank Group
Prime Minister Barrow in attendance at a high-level roundtable today with other government officials from CARICOM, hosted by the World Bank Group. The topic of the roundtable is "After the Storm: Recovery and Resilience in the Caribbean".
Belize Delegation Participates in the First SICA-Chile Political Dialogue and Cooperation Forum
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Wilfred P. Elrington participated in the First Central American Integration System (SICA)-Chile Political Dialogue and Cooperation Forum in Santiago, Chile on October 12, 2017.
The Parties discussed key areas including the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the importance of the provision of adequate means of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), institutional strengthening, climate change, natural disasters, conservation and sustainable use of the oceans and its resources, and the environment.
WALK FOR A GREEN BELIZE 2017
Last year the Department of the Environment (DOE), in conjunction with the Belize Solid Waste Management Authority and the Belize Audubon Society, carried out a Walk For A Green Belize activity. Walk For A Green Belize is a clean-up activity conducted by numerous organizations, students, activists, both government and non-government agencies, and the general public. The activity resulted in the collection of 785 (33 to 55 gallon-sized) bags of garbage yielding a weight of approximately 9,806.56 pounds of garbage!
As we are celebrating 25 Years of Environmental Sustainability, the three entities are once again collaborating on the “Walk For A Green Belize” cleanup. This event is aimed at building awareness and sustaining a culture of an environmentally friendly and conscious Belize! This year, the "Walk For A Green Belize" will be held on Saturday, October 14th, 2017 along the entire George Price Highway encompassing a total of 77 miles of roadway. It will begin at 7:00 a.m. and expected to conclude by 11:00 am.
Loan agreement with the OPEC Fund
Today, October 13th, 2017 Prime Minister Barrow signed a loan agreement with the OPEC Fund for International Development to secure funding for the new Haulover Bridge Project.
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow meets President of Caribbean Development Bank
Prime Minister of Belize Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow and Governor of Central Bank of Belize H.E. Joy Grant today met with the President of the Caribbean Development Bank Dr. William Warren Smith.
Belize Delegation Participates in the First SICA-Chile Political Dialogue and Cooperation Forum
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred P. Elrington participated in the First Central American Integration System (SICA)-Chile Political Dialogue and Cooperation Forum in Santiago, Chile on October 12, 2017.
The Parties discussed key areas including the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the importance of the provision of adequate means of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), institutional strengthening, climate change, natural disasters, conservation and sustainable use of the oceans and its resources, and the environment.
Save the Hicatee T-shirts at the Hicatee Film Viewing
Don't miss out on winning one of these fabulous #SavetheHicatee T-shirts at the Hicatee Film Viewing on October 17th at the University of Belize Jaguar Auditorium.
HAPPY UPDATE ON CHIQUI THE JAGUAR CUB
Our beautiful young jaguar, Chiqui, is now just over a year old and what a stunning jaguar she is! Rescued from drowning in the Chiquibul Forest in May 2016, Chiqui has flourished at TBZ after a long road of recovery and positive therapy.
When a young cub like Chiqui goes through a traumatic experience, like almost drowning, their brain chemistry is seriously altered. Fear, distrust and extreme apprehension has to be “re worked” so the disturbed animal becomes a trusting animal. Many days and months of constant care eventually earned Chiqui's trust.
She was given lots of diversions, too! Chiqui had balls and tire swings to bat around, and was especially fond of stuffed toys and adopted a stuffed bear as her “best friend”.
Jah-Nah Smoothies in Corozal
I stumbled upon a new smoothie place in Corozal. Jah-Nah is located across from Lands department in Corozal, Corozal, Belize. Ja-Na Fruit Splash is a new place to hang out and cool off after a long day of doing choirs. Its a very reasonable price. Nachos 3$, fruit smoothies for 2.50 @ 5$, mix flavors: pinnapple, orange, Melon, papaya, strawberry. We offer milk specials: vanilla, Banana, Strawberry, pinapple, Melon, watermelon, cookies. We also sell marshmelow with chocolate, chocobanana, melon wiyh chocolate anf more. Come by the new Ja-Na fruit splasher in corozal.
National Research Conference Call for Papers
NICH is gearing up for the 1st National Research Conference, and they are asking for submissions. The theme is 'Research and Development in Belize.'
"The National Institute of Culture and History, The University of Belize, Galen University, and the University of the West Indies officially announces the hosting of the First National Research Conference to be held on March 21 and 22, 2018 at the University of Belize, Belmopan Central Campus, Jaguar Auditorium.
The Conference theme is: Research and Development in Belize. Belizean and international researchers, professors and graduate students are invited to submit abstracts of scholarly papers related to the theme. Undergraduate students are also invited to submit proposals for posters related to the theme.
OYE FM Anniversary Celebration
Hitz 100 is celebrating their anniversary tomorrow at the Cayo Welcome Center. They'll have a free concert starting at 4:00. Supa G will be headlining the event.
"Hitz 100.7 - OYE FM Anniversary bash. Come to the Welcome Centre in San Ignacio Town, On October 14th, starting at 4pm to mid night and party the night away with Lucio & The New Generation, Di X Band, Supa G "The General" and the DJs of Hitz 100 - OYE FM. Come and and enjoy a family friendly event."
A Brief History of the Magoons in Punta Gorda
Have you ever wondered why after a long and torrential downpour, Punta Gorda, or PG for short, suffers little from heavy flooding? PG remains relatively unspoiled, its landscape scrubbed clean and pristine, and with a glorious pageantry of color. Its citizens ought to be grateful for such beautiful view, even more so for the topographical features which are responsible for keeping the land relatively unspoiled.
PG is proven to be a treasure-trove of interesting history. Some of those treasures are found hidden in its architecture, its people, and in its geography. Among its geographical treasures is a network of drainage channels, called “The Magoons,” or simply “Magoons.” The magoons are responsible for channeling the excess rain water from the immediate land to the sea, while enough water is useful for vegetation on this relatively moist and comfortable coastal town.
BELIZEAN SUPERWOMAN ATHLETE HADIE GOMEZ!
Having this most passionate dream come through writing about the Belizean superstar female athlete, Hadie Gomez, could not have come at such a better time being that Belize continues to struggle with how to celebrate it's outstanding athletes of the pass who gave so much and took so little. The story of this incredible woman and athlete of the 1960s, who was a legend of Belizean softball greatness as well as becoming Belize best female tennis champion of all times.
Hadie Gomez was a multitalented athletic Belizean personality whose vision of sports transcended the narrow confines of sports in Belize relative to how it represented itself as challenge in the world. She had an internationalist perspective of what Belize could have become in the world of sports, championing its athletes as ambassadors of its nationalism. And she proved that it could have been done with her dominating Belize's women sports almost in every one of them that she played; from softball to track, to tennis and even "Net Ball" that we called basketball today. And if Belize had a women's football team, you bet that Gomez would have become a star playing on it.
THE RISE & CHALLENGES OF ISLAM IN BELIZE!
One of the most baffling questions to many a Belizean history enthusiasts has been the decline of the dynamic islamic presence in Belize that was once known in the 1960s and 70s. The question as to why a Belizean movement that had empowered and influenced the radical black power movement called UBAD (United Black Association for Development) in the 1960s had so suddenly faded away in Belize in terms of its progressive agenda of economical establishment for the Belizean people and being one of the most progressive social work movements of the 1960s and 70s with the arrival of the black nationalist Nation of Islam under the Honorable Elijah Muhammad of the United Sates to the transformation it took into a more islamic religious direction of the late 1970s and 80s.
Reconstruction of Faber’s Road
On Thursday, October 12th, a contract signing for the Reconstruction of Faber’s Road, between George Price Highway and Central American Boulevard was held at the Ministry of Works Conference Room in Belmopan. The scope of work is the rehabilitation of Faber’s Road which includes the construction of 2.5 km of reinforced concrete road pavement, 3.8 km of reinforced concrete sidewalk and side drains, and the construction of 1.6 km earthen trapezoidal drains commencing at Krooman Road to the Caribbean Sea. The eight-inch-thick, high-strength, reinforced concrete is necessary to accommodate heavy-duty transport vehicles commuting to and from the Port of Belize. The 1.6 km of drainage from Krooman Lagoon to the Caribbean Sea will provide further flood mitigation in the general vicinity. Other works include but are not limited to roadway clearance including the removal of any remnant structures, obstructions, fencing and the like within the road reserve, earthworks, and the installation of road centerline markings.
9 year old needs blood. Will you give?
9 year old Jaslin Archer has been courageously fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. A few weeks ago her condition deteriorated and she was hospitalized at the KHMH. Due to the illness, her blood platelets are very low and she is in constant need of O type blood. She is still in the hospital and it has been a struggle for the family to get the blood.
For those interested in donating blood, can visit the blood bank and give the child name. They also call the parents at 605-9910.
Queen of the Bay - Orange Walk Esmeralda Cal was invited to receive her recognition by the Orange Walk Techincal High School on Culture Week; Mestizo Day
The queen showcased her national costume painted by Orange Walk's very own artist Elvis Eddie Aldana. Also presenting a cultural dance, was her mother, Mrs. Libertad.
Thank you to the faculty and student body of OWTHS for the warm hospitality to the Queen of the Bay - Orange Walk.
Belize represented at Expoferia 2017 in Merida
The Altar of the Hanal Pixan (or Food for the Souls)
It is a typical altar of the Maya Zone of Quintana Roo and northern Belize and is dedicated to an adult soul.
Because of the Spanish influence they adorn it with Catholic images, like the virgin of Guadalupe or the divine child.
As the part of the Mayan philosophy, the altar is adorn with the Maya Cross that the represent the strength of the Mayas during the caste war. Actually, the belief in this cross is preserved in its divine power. It is a Maya cross, that's why they dress it with a hipil.
2017 Belize City Primary School History and Social Studies Competition
The schools participating in the 2017 Belize City Primary School History and Social Studies Competition are all lined up in their Zones ready for competition. Zone one competes on Thursday,October 19th and Zone Two on October 20th. Seven Schools will move on to the Finals on October 27th. History will come alive at the Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts. Zone Eliminations start at 9:30 a.m. and the Finals at 9:00 a.m. The top thre schools from last year were: St Mary's Anglican, Holy Redeemer and Unity Presbyterian in thatt order. The Finals will be broadcasted live on Love FM.
Missing For Days, Dutch National Found Dead
All hope was lost today at noon when a search team found the decomposing body of 69 year old Dutch national Chris Roggema.
Roggema got lost in the jungle on Monday inside St. Margaret's Village on the Hummingbird Highway. There were several searches to find him but they turned up nothing until today. 7news' Courtney Weatherburne and cameraman Codie Norales were first on the scene along with the search team when the forensics team arrived. Here is their story.
It's in this dense jungle that 69 year old Chris Roggema got lost. On Monday morning around 10:00, Roggema along with a couple men including a land surveyor went to document GPS readings on a plot of land in St. Margaret's Village on the Humming Bird highway. Roggema was interested in buying it. But he wasn't feeling well. The men warned him not to go in his condition, but Roggema insisted. His friend Jaime Perez wasn't there on Monday but gives the account.
Beloved Taxi-man and Firebrand Activist Albert Cattouse Killed
72 year-old Albert Cattouse was found dead inside his taxi cab last night on Hicatee Street. The senior citizen was shot to the back of the head, and there was another gunshot wound to the forehead, which could have been a second injury, or an exit wound.
Police say that he was driving his Lincoln Town Car from the direction of West Collet Canal, heading toward's Dolphin Street. When he was passing Bocotora Street, bystanders heard the sound of gunfire. Minutes later, Cattouse's car was found in a drain near the Rogers Stadium fence. That suggests that the killer may have been inside the vehicle, but that is not known for certain.
His niece told us that as far as she's aware, the area where he was killed is not somewhere he frequents.
Bernadette Cattouse - Niece of the Deceased:
"After the end of the news, Channel 7 News said that a taxi person got killed by Roger's Stadium. So, whenever they say that a taxi person get killed, my mind goes to my uncle."
"I called my other uncle, who is Otto Cattouse, and I explained what happened, and he said, okay, let me call him. He called and got the same thing...."
Police Minister Denies Any Possibility Of A Political Connection to Murder
So, as you heard, Albert Cattouse's friends and family believe that he was gunned down and killed because he was an outspoken activist.
Now, none of our interviewees actually accused the ruling UDP Government, but the clear suggestion was there that perhaps it was politically motivated. So, this evening, via phone, we asked Police Minister of State Elodio Aragon about that suggestion.
He told us that police investigation indicates that this theory of a political assassination is the furthest thing from the truth. Here's how he put it:
Hon. Elodio Aragon, Minister of State - Home Affairs:
"I am just calling to first of all give my condolences to his family. The loss of their loved one and also to reassure the public out there in regards to this incident and of course all the other shooting incidents that have resulted in murders as such."
Who Shot Ernest Raymond Jr In Griga?
A Belize City man was robbed of his firearm and shot when he tried to defend himself in Dangriga early this morning. At around 2:00 am, 42-year-old Ernest Raymond and a female were walking to his car on La Isla Street in Dangriga. He told police that 2 men came up from behind, and one of them pointed a gun at the female. Raymond says he went for his licensed 9 millimeter pistol which he carries on his side - but the gunman shot him first, hitting him in the upper right arm. The bullet exited through his back. And while Raymond was dealing with his injury, the shooter then snatched away his licensed Smith & Wesson pistol and ran off. Raymond was admitted to the Southern Regional Hospital - but has since checked himself out of the hospital. Dangriga Police say they have no suspects and are seeking Raymond to get a few questions answered.
COLA Presses For Transparency On Faber's Road Contract
Last night we told you about the Faber's Road reconstruction contract - 8 million dollars to do civil works on one mile of road. According to a government press release, the works include more than just building a road - and drains will also be installed as well as sidewalks with roadside curbs.
Sounds good, but at just about 8 million dollars per mile, it's still very steep. Add in favored - contractor Imer Hernandez, and even the average eyebrow would be raised.
Seems that's what COLA thinks too. The activist group has gotten its attorney Kareem Musa to write to the CEO in the Ministry of Works requesting a copy of the contract under the Freedom Of Information act.
Mealy-Mouthed Ministry Comes Again
Sensing the public blowback on this - the Ministry of Works responded today with a "wheel and come again" press release. They stress that to go with that one mile of reinforced concrete pavement, there will be two miles of reinforced concrete sidewalk and side drains, and the installation of one mile of earthen drains going from Krooman Road to the Caribbean Sea.
The release adds, "the eight-inch thick, high-strength, reinforced concrete is necessary to accommodate heavy-duty transport vehicles commuting to and from the Port of Belize."
The release adds that the Ministry of Works considered the impacts on Faber's road from regular wear and tear, increased traffic loads, infrequent maintenance, city and business expansion and the unpredictable effects of several tropical storms and hurricanes. It adds that the Contractor's offer was consistent with the engineer's estimate and current construction rates.
The Importance of Statistics
The Statistical Institute of Belize covers a number of categories including unemployment figures, inflation, and exports, among many others. But to the regular viewer it might all seem like just a jumble of numbers and percentages. Well, statisticians say these figures are very important. So much so that every year the Caribbean and World Statistics day is celebrated on October 15th. Today a public exhibit was held at the George Price Center in Belmopan to commemorate this day. Here's more.
Diana Castillo-Trejo, Deputy Director General, SIB:
"We usually observe this day every year. October 15th is the official day so we are celebrating today. We use this day to highlight the important work that is being done with respect to statistics by SIB as well as other partner agencies that produce statistics. So today we have with us for example the police department their statistical unit, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Human development, the Ministry of agriculture, the Central Bank."
Pink Eye Outbreak May Be Of Historic Proportions
The Ministry of health also had a booth at the event. They had a number of key figures on display - including the latest numbers on the pink eye outbreak. It's so bad - that if you don't have it, we'll bet a member of your family does.
In terms of numbers, it's the biggest outbreak in decades; eleven thousand people have shown up at clinics countrywide with it.
Today we got the latest figures:...
Jesse Chun, Sr. Biostatistician, MOH:
"What you see on display here is result of some work that we've been doing especially with the electronic data that we now have via the Belize Health Information System, I think the volume of data that we now have is such that we can really present especially data on vital statistics, births and deaths and as you can see also we have some charts there with the current state of pink eye outbreak that's currently ongoing."
BNTU Opposes Justice of Appeal Parke
The Belize National Teachers Union is joining the Bar Association, the Opposition, and Civil Society in objecting to the appointment of Justice of Appeal Franz Parke.
In a very measured press release, the BNTU says that its council of management unanimously agrees with the Bar, and concludes, quote, "there seems to a be a clear violation (of the constitution) with regards to his qualification for this esteemed post."
Quite oddly, the release reads, at times like something the Bar Association itself would put out, saying, quote, "there are members of the Bar who have indicated their intent to challenge the matter in court and those who have also indicated their intent to refuse to sit before Mr. Parke if he is ever declared a Justice of the Court of Appeals," end quote.
Can't Trust It!
On Wednesday, we told you about the ongoing fight for control of millions of dollars of back pay for teachers and public officers. On one side are the representatives of 600 retired public officers. Back in 1995, then Prime Minister Esquivel gave them four hundred and fifty thousand (450,000) BTL shares to ease the pain of a wage freeze.
On the other side is the Public Sector Workers Trust - which was set up by the BNTU and the PSU to manage the proceeds of those BTL shares 20 years later.
Those retired public officers now have a Supreme Court judgement which says the trust is invalid. Now, they are trying get the Trust to give up control of the 7.8 million dollars in value which those BTL shares have yielded. But, it's not proving easy, because it's a pot of gold, and no one who's sitting on it, will give up without a fight.
And that's probably why, the Public Sector Workers Trust, which is on the defensive, sent us a letter taking issue with several aspects of our story on Wednesday.
Father Please For Missing Child
Tonight, the Belize City family of 5 year-old Kattalea Thompson is frantically looking for her after she went missing from her school. Her father, Kareem Thompson came to our office just a few minutes ago asking that we allow him to beg you the viewers to be on the lookout for her, even though she went missing just this evening.
He and the child's mother believe that someone she knows took her from the school compound, because she wouldn't just leave with strangers. Here's how he explained it to us tonight:
Anyone with information is asked to call telephone number 626-4232.
Belize's Poultry Can Compete
Last night we told you how CARICOM had approved Belizean poultry products for export to other countries in the region. That's because the chickens form Quality Poultry and Caribbean chicken meet the international HACCP ("HASAP") standards.
But, can Belizean poultry find a foothold in Caribbean markets?
According to the manager of the Belize Poultry Association this is an opening long wished for:
Armando Cowo, Manager - Belize Poultry Association:
"I mean we were waiting for that with our fingers and toes crossed. We gotten that. The next step now which I have initiated is we wrote a letter to the minister of foreign trade saying that based on the approval of the 71st meeting held in Guyana last week, we are applying now to the government to assist us with getting market penetration in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago."
Sister of Mercy Lives Up To Her Code
For much of the 20th century, Catholic priests and nuns dominated the education system in Belize - from administration to classroom teaching. Now, there are a scarce few still around at Catholic cornerstones such as SJC, Palotti and SCA.
Up until June of last year, Sister Margaret was one of the last Sisters of Mercy still on staff at SCA. She ran the show as the Dean of Discipline at the all-girls school for many years.
Now, when you hear about a nun as the Dean of Discipline, it evokes all those enforcer stereotypes about a strict Catholic Education - but Sister Margaret defied, or perhaps re-defined the stereotype. She changed the way many students looked at the words discipline and demerit.
Now at 82 years old, Sahar Vasquez sat down with Sister Margaret to glean the wisdom of a career of service.
Hon. Elrington In Chile
Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington is returning from Chile after the First Forum on Political Dialogue and Cooperation between the Central American Integration System, known as SICA and Chile.
Violence and drug trafficking are reported to be the main subjects being discussed. Chile and SICA members committed to take joint actions in these areas.
But, there's a contradiction because Chile is one of the safest countries in Latin America, and the Northern Triangle of Central America is one of the most dangerous places on earth.
That's why Panama and Chile have committed to create a regional cooperation program to reduce high levels of insecurity for the population in Central America.
Watersheds And Conservation
The Belize River Watershed is about 8,000 square kilometers. It is the largest freshwater system in Belize. Now, the University of Belize is spearheading a management plan to protect it.
Of course that's easier said than done: 8,000 square kilometers is a very large area to manage, so UB organized a stakeholder conference today at the Dream Valley Resort in Teakettle. 7news was there to find out more about this plan .
The plan is being funded by the World Wildlife Fund in Guatemala .
Walk the Walk for Cleanup
And a part of keeping the watershed clean, is cleaning up the environment. That's the idea behind the big cleanup which will take place on all 77 miles of the George Price Highway tomorrow.
It is called "Walk For A Green Belize Clean Up", a collaborative effort between the Belize Audubon Society, the Belize Solid Waste Management Authority and the Department of the Environment. Today organizers came by to tell us why you should get involved:...
Dareece Chuc, Belize Audobon Society Environment Education and Communications Director:
"We start in Belize City and end all the way in Benque Viejo. The way it works a group is assigned a mile to clean."
"They are to clean and bag all the garbage they collect and record that information. It is very important this initiative because it shows us that we do have an issue with solid waste management in our country but it also shows we have many Belizeans that care about our country and want to partake in initiatives like this to keep our country clean."
Taximan and Activist Albert Cattouse Gunned Down – Was It a Hit?
Around seven-thirty on Thursday night, shots rang out in the vicinity of Dolphin Street near the rear of Roger’s Stadium. A well-known taxi driver and activist had been gunned down [...]
Bail Application Result Pending for Accused Murderer Warren Lewis
Warren Lewis has been on remand for over eight years for the August eighteenth, 2009 murder of Albert Allen. After almost a decade and after a third trial for murder [...]
Christopher Roggema’s Decomposing Body Found
The badly decomposed body of sixty-nine-year-old Christoffer Jan Roggema was found today in some high bushes in Saint Margaret Village. The Norwegian- Belizean businessman went missing on Monday while out [...]
Hope Fading in Search for Erwin Rodriguez
They had expected many more, but only fifteen family members and friends and a handful of concerned citizens joined the search for seventeen-year-old Erwin Rodriguez. Although all signs point to [...]
COLA Demands Documents for Fabers’ Road Construction Contract
Attorney Kareem Musa has written the Ministry of Works and Contractor General Godwin Arzu under the Freedom of Information Act. On behalf of Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action, he [...]
Teachers’ Union Comes Out Against Franz Parke
The Belize National Teachers’ Union is joining in on the backlash against the proposed appointment of Franz Parke to the Court of Appeal. In a statement released today it questioned [...]
Daniel Fabro and Frank Sharp Hope to Be Difference in F.F.B.
On Thursday, Daniel Fabro and Frank Sharp were formally introduced as candidates in the upcoming race for the president and vice president of the Football Federation of Belize. Both men [...]
Chicken Dread Vs CitCo, Round 4: Trailer Hauled Away, is Council Getting Personal?
The constant harassment of Paul ‘Chicken Dread’ Ferguson by the Belize City Council continued around noon today in front of E.P. York High School. This time a tractor was reportedly [...]
M.O.H. Says No ‘Pink Eye’ Relief from Eye Drops
As we reported on Thursday, cases of conjunctivitis experienced an epidemic-level spike in the last month, after trailing 2016 for the first nine months of the year. In the last [...]
Health Ministry Warns About Re-Infection and Public Behaviour
The other concern, especially when it comes to ‘pink eye’s’ fast spread, is behaviour in public places and while traveling. The ministry, according to Doctor Manzanero, is closely working with [...]
C-Section Emergency at Southern Regional: Call for Anesthesiologists
Since the beginning of the week, reports to News Five are that the Southern Regional Hospital in Dangriga saw several patients walk out after being informed that there was no [...]
‘Pinkeye’ Fells 7 at B.E.R.T.
With more than nine thousand cases of conjunctivitis reported in the last month, chances are you know someone suffering with ‘pinkeye.’ But what happens if that someone is working in [...]
Don’t Chase B.E.R.T. Ambulances for Non-Emergencies
A press release from the organization issued on Thursday advises the general public to minimize non-emergency calls to BERT until the situation is stabilized, but notes that emergency services remain [...]
Solving Ugly Sight of Dead Bodies Carted Off by Police
Ever wondered why Belize Emergency Response Team doesn’t pick up dead bodies from homes or murder scenes? The image of a police vehicle carrying the covered dead body as relatives [...]
CitCo Receives Donation for Flood Mitigation
On Thursday, the Belize City Council received road and canal maintenance equipment valued at one point seven million dollars. The equipment was obtained through the flood mitigation infrastructure program with [...]
B.D.F. Members to Help Dominica Disaster Relief
B.D.F. to Dominica? Yes, says Defense C.E.O. Felix Enriquez. The B.D.F. will be heading to the hurricane devastated island to help with reconstruction. Dominica has been asking for help after [...]
Belize’s Defenders Talk to International Strategic Partners
A week ago, the Ministry of Defense hosted the third annual multi-national security conference in Belize City. The purpose of the conference was to share Belize’s vision, work and needs [...]
Take a Walk for a Green Belize
A ‘Walk for a Green Belize’ will be held tomorrow, Saturday, October fourteenth. The Department of Environment joined forces with Belize Solid Waste Management Authority and the Belize Audubon Society. [...]
Girls Run the World, But Belize’s Are More Vulnerable than Ever
Across the globe on Wednesday, International Day of the Girl Child was recognized. In her statement, United Nations Population Fund’s Executive Director, Doctor Natalia Kanem says, “Girls today enjoy better [...]
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A member of COLA shot and killed
72-year-old taxi man and activist, Albert Cattouse, was shot and killed last night in Belize City. Cattouse was inside his vehicle on Hicatee Street when he was fatally shot. His family believes that Cattouse was lured to his death. Hipolito Novelo has the story. The lifeless body of 72 year old Albert Anthony Cattouse laid […]
Minister of State comments on the escalating crime situation
There have been more than 115 murders so far for 2017. This week we reported on three murders alone. This evening Minister of State with responsibility for Home Affairs Elodio Aragon Junior spoke to Love News about the crime situation. Elodio Aragon Jr. – Minister of State with responsibility for Home Affairs “I think for […]
Missing man found dead
Norwegian Belizean citizen Christoffer Jan Roggema has been found dead after being missing since Monday of this week. Roggema went missing after he was left alone in the bushes waiting for a vehicle to pick him up. According to a close friend, Jaime Perez, Roggema went along with a business partner and a land surveyor […]
Family of Francesca Matus wants answers, but police are not talking
The family of Francesca Matus is saying that Belize Police are being tight lipped about her murder. The fifty two year old Canadian was found strangled to death on April 30, 2017 along with her American partner, Drew Devoursney. Since the gruesome discovery was made no one has been charged for the double murder, even […]
UDP will hold convention on Sunday in Dangriga
As we’ve mentioned, on Sunday the UDP will hold a convention in Dangriga to select a slate for that municipality to contest the upcoming municipal elections. Fourteen candidates, two mayoral and twelve councillor candidates, are hoping to make the UDP ticket. UDP Chairman Alberto August told us they are all well qualified persons. Alberto August […]
Man was unable to use his licensed fire-arm for protection
A man was shot in Dangriga and was relieved of his licensed firearm in the process. According to police, 42 year old Ernest Raymond, a businessman of Belize City, was walking towards his vehicle on Isla Street in Dangriga Town along with a female companion when two men approached them from behind. One of the […]
Classes disrupted by Pink Eye
The outbreak of conjunctivitis or pink eye originated in the Corozal District and has since spread across the country. In Belize City, pink eye has disrupted many schools with a number of students missing from classes. The students who came down with the illness would stay away from school up to a week. Love News […]
BCCI and IDB sign Technical Cooperation Agreement
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, BCCI, and the Inter-American Development Bank, IDB, yesterday signed the Technical Cooperation Agreement for the project entitled Proadapt Belize – Increasing Climate Change Resilience and Related Business Opportunities, with the objective of increasing private sector climate resilience in Belize. The project is funded by the Multilateral Investment Fund, […]
Justice Lord heard Warren Lewis’ bail application
Today Justice Herbert Lord heard a bail application. The application was submitted by twenty six year old Warren Lewis through his attorney Darrell Bradley. Lewis has been behind bars for more than eight years for the 2009 murder of Albert Allen. Bradley argued that under subsection 5 of the constitution his client has a right […]
Jermaine Rhaburn on trial for murder
Today, ex-BDF soldier, Jermaine Rhaburn testified from the dock in the courtroom of Justice Adolph Lucas. Rhaburn is on trial for the shooting murder of BDF Volunteer Clifford Cruz. Rhaburn testified that during an argument with Cruz on October 1, 2010 at Militia Hall on the George Price Highway, the M16 rifle accidentally went off. […]
PUP’s Chairman comments on PUP’s steering committees
During his interview with the press, Caribbean Shores Area Representative Kareem Musa also said that he wasn’t in agreement with how Briceno handled certain matters. Musa said he has told the Party Leader that he had asked that the Party leader exercise more inclusivity and give their people more autonomy. Party Chairman, Henry Charles Usher, […]
Taxicab driver and activist, Albert Cattouse, 72, gunned down on Hicatee Street
Taxi driver and activist, Albert Cattouse, 72, was gunned down shortly after 8 o’clock tonight in Belize City.
Information to Amandala is that he had just dropped off a passenger on Hicatee Street, behind Rogers Stadium on Dolphin Street, and was leaving the area when a man on a motorcycle rode up beside his vehicle and opened fire.
Cattouse was shot once in the back of the head and left for dead behind his steering wheel.
The gunman was then seen fleeing the area on foot. It is not yet known if Cattouse was robbed before he was killed.
The news of Cattouse’s passing has already flooded social media, where many recall that he was an outgoing, charismatic and friendly man who loved his country and his people. He was a nationalist at heart.
Christoffer Jan Roggema, 65, Cocoplum Garden Spa owner, disappears
Christoffer Jan Roggema, 65, a Norwegian national and businessman living in Belize, is the latest person to go missing. Interestingly, police have not yet issued any report about his disappearance.
According to a relative of Roggema, on Monday morning, Roggema and a business associate accompanied a land surveyor to see properties along the Sibun River. We are told that he had been battling the flu, and was discouraged from conducting any business until he had fully recovered, but he insisted on going.
Sometime after he entered into some high bushes, however, his condition reportedly worsened.
The men who had accompanied him said that they thought it best that he didn’t walk any further, so they asked him to wait while they retrieved their vehicle from the roadside.
Over 12,500 Belizeans visited Chetumal and other destinations over the long weekend
CTV3 News Corozal reported that thousands of Belizeans traveling to Mexico over the long holiday weekend were frustrated by the very long lines that formed at the border. An estimated 12,500 Belizeans went to Chetumal, Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, and other attractive areas in southern Mexico, to shop and recreate.
Belizeans began traveling over to Chetumal and other destinations on Friday evening, at the end of the workday, and they returned on Sunday, according to information from the Immigration Department. It is estimated that over the weekend, each person took an average of $100 BZD to Mexico, to spend on food, shopping, hotels, and medical services, which amounted to an estimated total of $1.2 million that was spent by Belizeans.
US diplomat flees Belize!
On Saturday, Samantha Castillo dropped her brother, Matthew Castillo, at Old Belize. He was going fishing.
The thirty-year-old Samantha headed back to her Bella Vista home in Belize City. Traveling with her in her Hyundai Element SUV was Martha Nayeli Vasquez, her sister-in-law; her one-year-old daughter, Deanna Castillo, and six-year-old daughter Angelique Castillo. The four family members didn’t make it back home.
At approximately 4:00 p.m., a pickup slammed into Castillo’s Hyundai near Mile 4 on the George Price Highway. The impact was catastrophic. Samantha, Martha and her baby, Deanna, were killed. The only member of the family to come out of the horrible accident alive was the 6-year-old child. She suffered two broken legs. Both girls are Matthew Castillo’s daughters.
CEO Zuniga blames police for inaction re Senate Inquiry revelations
The special audit of the Immigration Department revealed numerous illegalities that were committed between 2011 and 2013. Former and current UDP Cabinet ministers, UDP mayors and UDP associates, as well as senior immigration officers, have been mentioned by the audit.
However, after more than 30 sittings of the Senate Select Committee tasked with investigating the findings of the audit over almost a year, “nothing has happened.”
According to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in the Ministry of Immigration, Edmund Zuniga, his ministry has done its part, but the Police Department and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution have not done the same.
Aretha Elinor Ford called to the Bar in London
Aretha Elinor Ford, eldest daughter of Nelson and Jennifer Hyde, was called to the Bar at the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, London, England today. Before this, Aretha graduated from St. Catherine Academy and SJC 6th Form majoring in Secretarial Science.
She followed this with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at the University College of Belize, then a Master’s Degree (Summa cum laude) at Mississippi Valley State University in the USA.
She then acquired a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of London International Program and completed the Bar Professional Training Course at the University of the West of England, Bristol, in July 2017.
Standings remain same; Big 4 all win in Week 9 of PLB Opening Season
The playoff picture is already taking shape at Week 9 of the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2017-2018 Opening Season, as the 4 standings leaders, the Big 4, further separated themselves from the bottom 4 with victories over them this past weekend. (See standings below.)
Only 1 game was played on Saturday night, October 7, (the BDF vs San Pedro Pirates game was postponed until Sunday), and it was at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium, where league-leading defending champions, Belmopan Bandits SC came to life in second half, after a scoreless first half, to register a 3-1 win over visiting Placencia Assassins FC. After Georgie Welcome’s header put the Bandits in front at the 56th minute, Luis “Baaka” Torres equalized for Placencia with a grass-burner to the left corner from the top of the eighteen at the 62nd minute.
SMART Mundialito Week 1 scores at Marion Jones Stadium
The Smart 13 & Under Mundialito Closing Tournament 2017 kicked off its regular season on Saturday, October 7, with 6 games scheduled at the Marion Jones Stadium.
In game 1, RG City Boys United clipped Warriors FC, 1-nil, with a goal from Tom Moguel.
Game 2 was the same score, as Jahren Rivers gave Collet Strikers the 1-nil win over Sampson Academy.
In game 3, Hattieville River Side Boys dropped Carlton FC, 3-0, with 2 goals from Enoch Rhaburn and the other from Tayjion Ferguson.
San Pedro Veterans are National Over-40 Football Champions
The Football Federation of Belize’s (FFB) inaugural National Over-40 Football Tournament 2017 concluded on Saturday night, October 7, with its Finals Game 2 at the San Pedro Ambergris Stadium, where home standing San Pedro Veterans prevailed in overtime, 2-1, over Mango Creek Veterans. Game 1 of the Finals the previous week was a 1-1 draw in Independence, and game 2 in San Pedro also ended 1-1 in regulation, after Wilmer Garcia (8’) gave Mango Creek the early lead, and Edgar Lima (13’) equalized shortly after. It was in the last minute of overtime that San Pedro got the game winner from Abdon Sanchez (120’) to become the first Belize National Over-40 Football Champions.
Team prizes for the tournament included: San Pedro Veterans – 1st place trophy + $2,000.00; Mango Creek Veterans – 2nd place trophy + $1,000.00; Benque Veterans – 3rd place trophy + $500.00; and 4th place Kulture Yabra Veterans – $250.00.
Hogan’s football story – Part 1
An Amandala interview with Charles Hogan, visiting from Los Angeles, California, on Monday, October 2, 2017, on 3304 Partridge Street.
Amandala (A): Yaa, Charles Hogan is your name, right?
Charles Hogan (H): Yes.
A: First of all; can you give us some basic biographical details about yourself? Where you’re from? Your parents? I understand you are from Stann Creek. You grew up there; but were you born there? Give us some stats.
H: I was born in Stann Creek. I attended Stann Creek Methodist School, where my career in football all started. From early, in the middle sixties (1960s), when I was discovered by the principal, Mr. Bernard Longsworth, with my football talent …
A: Okay, but before you get into that. Can you give us some foundation; your parents were?
H: My parents were: my father, Gilbert Hogan; my mother was Joy Reid Hogan. We were like ten children; I was the second …
A: They were original Stann Creek residents?
H: Yes, yes.
A: Okay. The names “Reid”, “Hogan”, not that it matters, but as a matter of curiosity, being in Stann Creek, Dangriga, are you a Garifuna?
Editorial: Che Guevara: Arbenz, Castro, and Price …
When Che Guevara was captured in Bolivia on October 8, 1967, he was wounded but very much alive. The Bolivian government and army, advised at the time by United States Rangers and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), made the decision to execute Guevara summarily, murder him then, because Che had become larger than life. He could not be allowed to live, and to put him on trial would have been too dangerous for his ultimate enemies – United States capitalism and imperialism.
For different reasons, including his good looks, iconic photographs of him, and the fact that he had, in Christ-like fashion, given his life for his fellow human beings, Che Guevara became an international legend who will be immortal. Che Guevara, incidentally, had become a famed guerrilla fighter despite having to contend with cruel attacks of asthma throughout his life.
From the Publisher
I have a problem with the excessive amount of holidays in Belize, but the one this weekend served a purpose for me because it allowed me to stay up later on Monday night than I would usually do. I was able to catch the meat of a documentary on Al-Jazeera which examined an incident in international waters on June 8, 1967. Al-Jazeera entitled its documentary, The day Israel attacked America, or something like that.
I have friends who I believe are serious Belizean nationalists who are in love with the third millennium Israel because my friends are religious and Biblical fanatics. But in 2017, the Israelis are no lost, feeble tribe wandering in the wilderness: Israel today is a dangerous nuclear power which has been a very close ally of Guatemala’s from the birth of Israel in 1948.
Watch out for Hepatitis
Just read in a Diario de Yucatan of October 6, 2017 newspaper that the conjunctivitis epidemic is not fully over yet and we are now facing a Hepatitis outbreak. This one will damage your liver. As usual the schoolchildren are the most vulnerable.
Extreme hygiene is a part of the solution; keeping the flies away is very important. Washing well the kitchenware and separating the infected person’s utensils is also of utmost importance.
GOB should start a vaccination program. Hope we don’t wait until it is upon us to try to stem its propagation. Like I stated before: If we do not take care of our health, it will cost much more to take care of our disease.
Giovanni de la Fuente writes Prime Minister Barrow
Dear Mr. Barrow:
I write to inform you of my experience on the Sarstoon River on the 16th of September, 2017. I participated in the Toledo Eco Challenge Race whereby participants had to get from Barranco to Sarstoon Island and back. A Mexican female, a North American female, a Belizean from Blue Creek, Toledo District and I were aboard the vessel “Piricy” captained by Guermo Castellanos. The Belize Coast Guards were present at Barranco and informed us that they were there to ensure the safety of all thirty (30) kayakers and six (6) motorized vessels.
At the Sarstoon River entrance, it was immediately evident that the G.A.F. were out in full force (5 vessels). Our vessel was promptly intercepted at the western end of Sarstoon Island by a G.A.F. Tiger Shark vessel with 6 military and one media personnel named Carlos Cruz from the Guate Prensa Libre.
RIGHT TO THE POINT: The violence we have come to accept
Caught in the middle of these types of criminals are the masses who are too scared to become either type of criminal… they do not wish to engage in violence crimes nor the white collar crimes. Yet they are the masses and out-done by either type of criminals and collectively may feel emasculated to act against either group. So they have been lulled into a strange sense of complacency, hopelessness and desensitization. To the breaking news of some ongoing corruption of the white collar crime, they throw their hands up in air and say nothing will come of it, and to the street violence, they see it so much and are so bombarded with the images of the deceased laid out on the streets bloodied and lifeless, that they no longer have the shock effect. They have become de-sensitized and lack empathy and cope with it as any abused person would… by trying to ignoring it, because to acknowledge it, is to make it real.
The Guardian’s Airport connection
This is really getting ridiculous, people! But it is also sad, and damn disgusting, when you consider that the same people, our Prime Minister and his UDP Cabinet, who call the shots and decide that we must pay almost twelve dollars for a gallon of gas, are the same people who sometimes spend our tax dollars like it’s a “free for all.”
Now, everybody knows that both PUP and UDP abuse the system when they are in power, and one of the ways they do so is by sending lavish advertisements to their party political organs, which are officially registered as newspapers.
We wish both of them, PUDP, would “stop it.”
But this week, the situation has gone too far.
Now, everybody knows that there is the Amandala, then there is the Reporter, both being regular newspapers. Then there are the political organ/papers – the UDP’s Guardian and the PUP’s Belize Times.
Mr. HD Thompson, a man among men
This week, Belize laid to rest a rare breed—Hector McPherson Douglas Thompson. A man among men … an ordinary grassroots man who became a pioneering giant, and whom I consider worthy of maximum national respect.
His daughter, Mrs. Dawn Jones, gave a fitting eulogy—a message that the Belizean nation ought to hear … or ignore, at its peril. She referred to her dad as “a man of few words and many aspirations”. She recounted his life, his leaving home to start working at age 14, his first entry into the cabinet furniture business (along with Joe Bulwer, my dad), followed by his scholarship training in cabinetry in Puerto Rico.
Adversity is the mark of a man. What defines you is often how you respond to the hard knocks in life. What especially struck me was her account of how Mr. Thompson responded to a devastating event—the 1975 Albert Street fire—when “he lost everything.”
Narrow agendas should consider “leaving”
When we tell the truth, we find solutions. When we don’t tell the truth, we serve agendas. On the matter of marijuana use, some people should stop talking as though their concern is for ALL. For them it’s all about self-preservation. If they cared they would know what happens to poor people when criminal laws are passed.
In the extreme, a narrow agenda will use their voting bloc to get the government to pass criminal laws. This always ends in disaster. Religious extremists in America got their government to satisfy their narrow agenda with a law that prohibited the sale of drinking alcohol. This led to one of the most corrupt and brutal periods in that country’s history. The following excerpt from The Spruce.com exposes the horrors these narrow agendas bring when they get their way.
Franz Parke, Barrow’s Belize Court of Appeal appointee, has puzzling past
The law firm of Courtenay Coye LLP filed a fixed date claim at the Supreme Court Registry today on behalf of the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. John Briceño (People’s United Party (PUP)), who is challenging the constitutionality of Prime Minister Dean O. Barrow’s appointment of Jamaican-American Franz Parke to sit as Justice of Appeal on the Belize Court of Appeal.
In Hon. Briceño’s claim, which named the Attorney General as the defendant, he contends that Parke is unqualified to serve on the Belize Court of Appeal.
Parke is a former classmate of Prime Minister Barrow, both of them completing the Norman Manley Law School course in 1985. Parke remained in Jamaica for 5 years, until 1990, when he migrated to the United States, where he has been living and practicing law ever since.
Briceño will take Barrow to court over Franz Parke appointment
Opposition Leader Johnny Briceño is this week filing a legal claim in the Belize Supreme Court to challenge the “decision by the Prime Minister to advise the Governor General to appoint Franz Parke as a Judge of the Court of Appeal of Belize.”
As we had recently reported, the Opposition People’s United Party had passed a resolution instructing its legal team to proceed with the claim. Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay, a member of that team, told Amandala that the claim will be filed tomorrow.
Courtenay said that the matter is a public law claim in which they are seeking specific declarations from the Belize Supreme Court.
Justin “Etdan” Hyde, 22, executed
Justin “Etdan” Hyde, 22, one of the reputed bosses of a gang based in the Jane Usher Boulevard area, is the latest homicide victim in Belize City.
Sometime around 9 o’clock on Monday night, he and another man were on separate bicycles en route to Freedom Street when, upon reaching the intersection of Levi Slusher and Curl Thompson Streets, the men reportedly came under fire.
Someone standing in a nearby yard fired five shots, one of which reportedly caught Hyde in his right lower back. His associate escaped unharmed.
Hyde reportedly continued riding his bicycle, not realizing he had been shot until he collapsed on Freedom Street, bleeding profusely.
In Santa Martha Village, flood victims say chairlady wants them out of the community center
–A number of families from Santa Martha, Orange Walk, had to evacuate their homes when flood waters rose to life-threatening levels last week. The village community center, which also serves as a hurricane shelter, had to be opened due to the flooding emergency.
Amandala visited the village today, Wednesday, and found that a number of families are still taking shelter in the village community center, because some of their homes have been completely destroyed by the flood waters that suddenly, without warning, “came up out of the swamp,” as one man described the coming of the flood.
Some displaced villagers who are sheltering in the village community center, feel that the authorities have been slow to respond to their situation. They feel that things would have been less difficult if the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) had paid more than one visit, and had provided them with the necessary emergency relief, such as food and mattresses.
Belize participates in regional political forum
Belize was among the nations represented at the First Central American Integration System (SICA)-Chile Political Dialogue and Cooperation Forum in Santiago, Chile.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington led the Belizean delegation, accompanied by his Chief Executive Officer H.E. Pat Andrews, and Foreign Service Officer, Amaris Leal.
Participating countries discussed issues such as the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and aspects of implementing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)s. They also discussed matters relating to climate change, natural disasters, conservation and sustainable use of the oceans and their resources, and the environment.
Breaking Belize News
COLA demands to see Fabers Road contract
Yesterday, the Government of Belize issued a press release informing Belizeans that GOB through the […]
Government says Faber’s road contract approved by OPEC
Yesterday, BBN reported on a contract that was signed for the reconstruction of Faber’s Road, […]
Institute of Archaeology goes on Tour for Archaeology Week
The Institute of Archaeology in Orange Walk and San Pedro will go on a tour […]
Canada warns nationals to exercise caution when traveling to Belize
According to a report from News Americas Now, the Canadian government is warning its citizens […]
Revocation of nationality could leave persons stateless says Immigration CEO
CEO in the Ministry of Immigration, Edmund Zuniga, testified before the Senate Committee this week […]
Reward offered for the capture of Albert Cattouse’s killer
The community activist group, Belize Leaders for Social Justice (BLSJ), is offering a $5,000 reward […]
Conflicting testimonies at Senate hearings
Immigration Chief Executive Officer, Edmund Zuniga and Police Commissioner Allen Whyie have given the Senate […]
VIP calls for Faber Road contract to be rescinded
The Vision Inspired by the People (VIP) today issued a release stating that the contract […]
SIRROM Gas attendant held at gunpoint, San Ignacio police search for suspects
According to reports, this morning around 9, two armed masked men entered SIRROM Gas Depot […]
Walk for a Green Belize 2017
Last year, the Department of the Environment (DOE), in conjunction with the Belize Solid Waste […]
Police issues report on murder of Belize City taxi man
Last night around 7:30, police responded to reports of a shooting incident and responded to […]
Body of Chris Roggema found
A close relative of Norwegian- Belizean businessman Christofer Roggema has confirmed to BBN that his […]
Belize delegation participates in the First SICA-Chile Political Dialogue and Cooperation Forum
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred P. Elrington participated in the First Central American Integration […]
Belize City businessman shot in Dangriga
This morning around 2, Dangriga Police responded to shots fired on Isla Street, Dangriga where they […]
CARICOM clears Belize chickens for export
Two major chicken production companies in Belize have been ‘Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point’ […]
PM Barrow attends meetings in Washington
Prime Minister Dean Barrow is currently in Washington, D.C., attending official meetings. Yesterday, Barrow met […]
BDF deployed to Dominica to assist
Hurricane Maria ravaged Dominica in September when it made landfall on the island with 185 mph […]
Chris Roggema missing for 5 days
Today marks the fifth day that Norwegian- Belizean Christofer Roggema is missing. Roggema went missing on […]
Pink Eye is a viral epidemic
Last night, the Office of the Director of Health Services issued a statement on its […]
The 4th Voyage
Many times, when we think about Columbus, we think about his first voyage. We think that he simply came and left, but there is more…there were other adventures. Ferdinand, Columbus’ second son, accompanied his father and his older half brother on his last voyage. He would later write his father’s biography entitled “The life of the Admiral Christopher Columbus” where he told the account of the fourth voyage, which was largely regarded as a failure in his book. He wrote of two hurricanes, being shipwrecked and marooned, but also of discovery.
In 1502, the Central American coast was mostly undocumented, unexplored and Columbus strongly believed that there was a passageway through to the orient, which was what sparked his fourth and final journey to the Caribbean. He had left Portugal and, because of his previous voyages, made it in record time to Hispaniola, present day Haiti and Dominican Republic. Upon his arrival, the weather turned for the worst, as he had sailed into a hurricane. They were unscathed but they had lost one of the ships and they proceded and set sail to find the passageway to the Pacific.
They had made it to a small island that he named Guanaja, one of the Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras. This is as close as Christopher Columbus came to Belize.
2 super cheap, easy staples to make while you are in Belize!
I have these two things in my fridge constantly, and they are so cheap and easy. You can always find the ingredients, and even if you are here only for a few days or a week, it is nice to have some simple food in your fridge so you don't have to run out to eat every time.
If you go to any chicken, rice, and beans stand - you will often see a jar that has (delicious) onions and jalapeno/peppers chopped up and mixed together, that you can put on top of your food. It is SO good. I put it on everything - for example, if you were just here a few days on vacation but wanted simple snacks in your room, you could put this on eggs, nacho chips, or roll a tortilla and cheese with this (see below). It makes everything taste amazing.
Why You Should Spend Your Christmas Vacation in Belize
While you definitely won't see any snow falling during Christmas in Belize, this small Caribbean country is one of the best places to enjoy the holidays.
Although December and January are quintessential winter months in North America, in Belize, they are when the weather is at its finest. The Christmas period in Belize is full of warm, delicious sunshine and delightful temperatures that average in the mid-80's, making it perfect T-shirt and sandals time. For many visitors, getting away from the cold and misery of winter is one of the best reasons to visit Belize during the Christmas holidays.
Belize is also the only country in Central America where English is the official language, making it very easy to communicate with locals and join in on all the festivities. Belize is a conservative country where the "reason for the season" is still very much remembered. Locals love to decorate their homes, enjoy seasonal goodies, and go from home to home singing old-fashioned carols (called Bram in the local Creole dialect).
Belize Mayan Chocolate: Cool Facts & History
First off, if we were to go back in time and say “chocolate” around the ancient Maya they’d likely laugh at us for our funny accents but still be able to ascertain what we are referring to. How? Simple – Chocolate is a word derived from the original name that was Xocolatl. Mayan ‘x’ was pronounced ‘sh’ which would have that word sound pretty close to the way many Europeans would still say it to this day.
The preparation and use of chocolate date back to the Mayan classic period which extended from 900 to 250 BC and as far back as 1900BC by the Olmecs which puts us somewhere near 3917 years of enjoying the stuff.
In Mayan society, chocolate was a treat reserved for the elite. It was held in almost sacred regard and consumed both recreationally and ceremonially by Mayan kings, priests and in the Aztec civilization famed warriors as well.
The Day of the Dead
Although The Day of the Dead (also known as el Dia de los Muertos or Los Finados) is most prominently celebrated in Mexico in November, it is also very popular in many villages and towns in Belize. This is due to the fact that the tradition of celebrating the life and death of lost loved ones dates back to the ancient Maya, an indigenous culture of Belize and Central America.
On the Day of the Dead, Maya and Mestizo communities across Belize unanimously get together to commemorate the life and death of their ancestors. This is done at people’s homes by decorating small tables as alters and including water, flowers, fruits, candles and portraits of their deceased. Families also make sure to have delicious traditional Belizean foods such as tamales, Bollos, Caldo de Gallina local, Chirmole and Ishpasha Atole. As for favorite alcoholic drinks, rum and tequila seem to be the popular choices.
The Biggest Crowd on a Thursday Afternoon
The pink plague definitely did not keep Kelly McGuire Band fans away. I don’t always catch Facebook invitations in time for an event, but it just so happened I was on the infamous social media site and saw that long time visitor and Texas music artist Kelly McGuire along with his friends Mark Mulligan and Sunny Jim White were doing an impromptu free concert at Palapa Bar and Grill. I sent it to my friend/editor Shirlee who was all in for live music especially since she wasn’t here the last couple of times Kelly was on the island – temporary hiatus from living in Belize.
The concert ended up being delayed by a bit more than an hour (hazards of carrying sound equipment on a golf cart) but it gave us a chance to have a bite to eat and socialize a bit. I chatted with my friend Charlie who I have not seen in ages and Shirlee got to say “hi” to old friends she hadn’t yet run into since her return.
Because it wasn’t just Kelly performing, they didn’t do his original songs, but entertained with Jimmy Buffet tunes and other “island songs”. The best part is we saw a great (and very packed) show and were heading home before 6:00 pm. Love Island Life for that reason, always lots of daytime socializing so you can be home at a reasonable hour.
CDB unveils plan for new cycle of poverty reduction programme
The Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) poverty-fighting flagship programme, the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) has unveiled an ambitious plan for its ninth cycle. The bank has negotiated more funds for the BNTF, taken steps to improve the programme’s efficiency and effectiveness, and will strengthen partnerships with the private sector.
These innovations are being outlined to BNTF stakeholders during a series of project launch workshops, which are taking place in the nine participating countries, where stakeholders will also receive guidance on implementing the new cycle.
CDB’s acting portfolio manager for BNTF, George Yearwood, said the countries stand to benefit from a grant allocation of US$40.8 million, which could be boosted by funding secured through private sector partnerships.
Belize's First Line of Defence | Episode 3: The Belizeans Behind the Uniforms, 20min.
Welcome to Placencia Belize!, 2min.
Taylor and Cheyenne- Belize marriage, 3min.
Dove release in Belize City, 1min. Releasing a dove close to St John's Cathedral in Belize City.
Nohoch Che’en Cave Tubing || Belize, 6.5min.
Coming in for smooth landing at TZA with Captain Miz of Tropic Air, 1min.
How to Make Belizean Jam Rolls, 15min.
Talk Ah Di Town October 12, 2017, 25min.
Sandy Bradshaw & Friends Annual Concert, 25min.
Belize Now | Episode 37 - Friday, October 13th, 30min. In tonight’s headlines: Prime Minister Barrow in is Washington DC on official business, Belizean soldiers will assist with relief efforts in the Caribbean, and we celebrate Mental Health Day in Belize. These stories and more on this week’s edition of Belize Now. Thanks for joining us on this Friday, October 13th, 2017!
GO-Slow! czyli Caye Caulker - Belize #8, 11min. Siema! Jedziemy dalej. Aktualnie wyspa Caye Caulker, tu będzie się dużo działo, jednak baaardzo wooolno. Sami zobaczcie! :)
Sharing Fitness to students of San Pedro Belize, 3.5min.
Belize 2017, 5min.
LA MERVEILLEUSE VIE SOUS MARINE!, [ LA BARRIERE DE CORAIL DE BELIZE, 45min. La barrière de corail du Belize est un ensemble de récifs coralliens et de cayes situés au large du Belize, dans la mer des Caraïbes.
Legislation for offshore oil drilling moratorium to be introduced, 1.5min. The legislation to enshrine an indefinite moratorium on offshore oil activities in Belize’s territorial waters and Exclusive Economic Zone is scheduled to be introduced in the National Assembly on Friday, October 20th 2017.
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