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The San Pedro Sun
Dennisa Pineda selected as Best Goal Keeper for U17 Female Inter-District Tournament
Congratulations to Dennisa Pineda of San Pedro Academy! She has been selected as the Best Goal Keeper for U17 Female Inter-District Tournament. The Football Federation of Belize will be hosting its first-ever Awards Ceremony at the Marion Jones Complex on Saturday, February 2nd at 10AM. Pineda will be honored at this event.
Police Report: Drug Trafficking
San Pedro police have charged 28-year-old construction worker Michael Sedacey for the offence of Drug Trafficking. Sedacey was arrested on Tuesday, January 29th after police conducted a search on him around 1:20AM on Sea Grape Drive. The search led to the discovery of a black plastic bag containing 65.3 grams of suspected cannabis. Sedacey was immediately detained and taken to the San Pedro Police Station. Found Property:
On Wednesday, January 23rd, around 7PM, San Pedro police conducted a search in a mangrove area on Sea Weed Street, San Juan sub-division and discovered a black plastic bag inside a foam cup. A further inspection revealed that the bag contained 79 grams of suspected cannabis and three .45 rounds of ammunition.
Taiwan helps Belize fight Chronic Kidney Disease
One in six Belizeans have some form of chronic kidney disease, and as many as three out five Belizeans are at risk of developing the disease; according to an epidemiological survey done under the $2.2 Million two-year project to prevent and manage Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).
Taiwan’s International Cooperation Development Fund (ICDF) funded the project, which is being implemented by the Ministry of Health (MOH), with technical support from Taiwan’s Far Eastern Memorial Hospital (FEMH), and ICDF Project Manager John Lin. The findings were presented at a two-day forum on CDK held at the Ramada Princess Hotel in Belize City on Thursday and Friday, January 24th and 25th.
Citizens On Patrol Formed In San Pedro
The Citizens on Patrol Program, COPS, is an initiative by the Belize Police Department designed to enhance community participation and foster better communities. San Pedro, Ambergris Caye finally has a group of citizens who have volunteered their time to make our little island a safer place and on Thursday, January 31, 2019, The Belize Police Department celebrated its 10th Graduation of Citizens on Patrol.
A total of 14 volunteers took a three day training course from Tuesday, January 29 to Thursday, January 31 at Fido’s Courtyard Conference Room. The Citizens on Patrol program is part of the Police Auxiliary Unit where volunteers are recruited and trained to assist the Belize Police Department in making the community safer and enhance the quality of life.
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Juan Carnaval in Corozal
The Corozal House of Culture will be presenting Juan Carnaval Sunday March 3, 2019. We are kindly inviting community members to participate with adult and children's comparsas. Participation is crucial in keeping this annual cultural custom alive. We are also looking for adults who would like to dress in disguise and participate as Los Mascarados (we have the costumes). Los Mascarados will be on the streets of Corozal Town the night of February 16th ushering in the prelenten celebration of Carnaval! For more information contact the Corozal House of Culture.
Isla Bonita School Cultural Day
Belize's Wonder Women! Anna Maria Lopez Smith
For the month of February we are proud to announce that Anna Maria Lopez Smith is our Belize Wonder Woman!
Anna Maria Lopez-Smith is a dedicated Belmopan community member, a tireless advocate against domestic violence, and a passionate entrepreneur.
Anna was born in Belize City in 1965. When she turned five, her father moved the family to Belmopan. At an early age, Anna learned the values of hard work on the family farm and in the family business. After graduating from high school, Anna worked in different fields, including managing the first propane depot in Belmopan, as a payroll clerk for Hummingbird Hershey, painting signs and greeting cards, and selling pizza at her dad’s pharmacy.
ONLINE ARTIST EXPORT TOOLKIT
EXPORTBelize, a unit of BELTRAIDE, partnered with the Music Industry Association of Belize (MIAB) to launch its very first online Artist Export Toolkit. With the global music industry moving at such a rapid pace, it becomes more difficult for businesses and organizations to operate without proper planning, documentations and partnerships. The aim of this toolkit, then, is to improve business capacities of musicians/artist in Belize and provide them with relevant business-related documentations such as contracts, riders, business card development and visa application requirements in order to effectively and efficiently conduct business.
Corozal Football Association - Closing Season Tournament
Sunday, February 3rd at the Santiago Ricalde Stadium
The long awaited grading of the Sarteneja Road has begun
Difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations. Hallelujah! The long awaited grading of the Sarteneja Road has begun. Sarteneja is a wonderful destination that can greatly benefit from development and tourism, if the road to it is paved. We are grateful that the initiative to grade it has begun but as every rainy season sets, the road gives in. It is time that the road is paved and we will greatly support this call from this wonderful community of great and hard working people.
Inauguration of Archangel Medical Center
It is finally here. The most awaited inauguration of Archangel Medical Center will be on Wednesday, February 6th at Pimenta Street, Venezuelan Layout off College Road. All promotions will be respected and offered once more! Promos will be for 4 days!!!! Papsmears for $30, electrocardiogram study for $20 and discount on consultation.
On Thursday, February, 7th, Dr. Ramon Varela, Pediatrician from Belize City will be providing services for children of all ages from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. He will also be seeing children who have been infected with rotavirus. Please call at 602-7084 to make an appointment.
Thank you and looking forward to a productive year.
Archangel Medical Center will officially open Wednesday, February 6th and we wish this organization the best of success. Congratulations!
PARKING NOTICE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AT THE SIR BARRY BOWEN MUNICIPAL AIRSTRIP, BELIZE CITY
The Belize Airports Authority hereby informs the public that effective February 4, 2019 absolutely NO PARKING will be allowed on the airport's access road at the Sir Barry Bowen Municipal Airport.
Anyone flying to the Cayes or conducting business at the Sir Barry Bowen Municipal Airport will need to make use of the parking lot.
Failure to adhere to the new traffic regulations will result in the following:
Jose Gomez of Corozal Town passes away
We join our entire Corozal community in extending our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the late Jose Gomez of Corozal Town. May you rest in peace and rise in glory.
Was Zabaneh's Parcel 4670 Acquired By GOB?
We've been reporting on the Dion Zabaneh land debacle for weeks - and you've seen the fight over parcel 4670 - that lot which is being filled on the seabed.
But there's a new wrinkle tonight. It's a copy of the Government Gazette from February of 2007. It's a notice of land acquisition for a public purpose. And guess what parcel of land it's for?
We'll read directly from the Gazette. It says "all that piece or parcel of land being parcel 4670 comprising 1.5 acres situated in the Caribbean shores registration section, Belize City."
Gareth Gets Free!
In May of 2012, Gareth Hemmans Jr. and Miguel Zaiden had a fight over a woman - which ended with Hemmans allegedly chopping Zaiden four times in the arms and elbow. In 2016, Hemmans was convicted of attempted murder in a trial without jury presided over by Justice Adolph Lucas.
But Hemmans appealed and his attorney Anthony Sylvester argued three grounds on which the conviction should be quashed. This morning, the President of the Court of Appeal, JUSTICE Manuel Sosa presented the court's judgement. He agreed with Sylvester and overturned the conviction, setting Hemmans free. Sylvestre spoke to us outside the courtroom:
PUP Promised Press Conference, Delivered Nothing
Last week, the PUP presented its People's Declaration, recommending, quote,
"that Belizeans vote NO to the ICJ."
But, in a tactic most unbecoming a mass party - the Chairman told the assembled media that they would take no questions on this pivotal national decision. Here's what he told us before the presentation last week Wednesday:
Henry Charles Usher, PUP Chairman:
"What has been drafted is being called the "People's Declaration." and the party leader will read this People's Declaration this afternoon, followed by a press briefing next week, where questions can be asked."
Map Flap With Referendum Unit
And while the PUP has to find money to get out is voters on referendum day - the Government has to find someone who can draw a map! We've been using the Belize Referendum Commission website quite a bit lately. That;S the official site that Foreign Affairs has set up to educate the public on the ICJ - and it's located at belizereferendum.gov.bz.
But on this official site there is a map of Belize that's so pitiful - if it weren't so embarrassing - it would be laughable. Starting in he north, the map spells Corozal as "Corozul", while "Pachacan" is spelled with a "c", not a "k". Going south, Progresso, ends with an "e", not an "o", and Maskall has an extra "s" at the end.
Special Agreement and Those "Legal"ť Guatemalan Claims
And while that speaks to the kind of ham-handed approach that Government brings to any undertaking - many critics of the 2008 special agreement have wondered out loud if that kind of absent minded government-think is what led to the wording of that agreement.
Jules Vasquez reporting:
The clause that many take issue with is Article 2 - and Jules Vasquez looked at it today:...
"Any and all" legal claims of Guatemala against Belize - that's the language in the Special Agreement and it has triggered widespread hysteria - because it seems to lend legitimacy to Guatemala's bogus territorial claim. It seems to say that those claims are "legal".
Big Baby's Big Break At The Title
It's been rumored for weeks that Belizean-American top ranked heavyweight contender Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller would have a shot at the world's Unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
But, if you follow the reports, the fight has been on one minute, and off the next.
However, this evening, CBS sports news is reporting that Joshua has, quote, "agreed to terms for a defense of his WBA, WBO and IBF world titles against fellow unbeaten Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller." End quote.
Armed Robber Shoots Woman
Reports tonight are that a female grocer has been shot in Dangriga. It happened just after 2:00 this afternoon, when a Chinese supermarket named Da Yang on George Price Drive was robbed.
Unconfirmed reports say a Chinese woman was shot to the left side of her chest. She was rushed to the hospital. Her condition is unknown at this time, and we await details from police.
Robber Pistol Whipped Security Guard Who Wouldn't Give The Key
And there was also an armed robbery in Orange Walk - luckily no one was shot.
Two security guards at an Uno gas station in Tower Hill, Orange Walk were held up at gun point early this morning.
According to police, Francisco Santana was making his rounds just before 2 AM when a man approached him and pointed a gun at his face. The man lead him to a security booth where the other guard, Teodoro Jimenez was posted.
Making Early Interventions For Developing Minds
The first few years of a child's life are considered to be the most important. According to UNICEF, 85% of brain development occurs by age 5, so this is the period that parents need to be the most attentive.
This week, UNICEF Belize partnered with it's Eastern Caribbean counterpart from Barbados to begin a campaign to inform and educate parents and counselors about the importance of early childhood development and strategies they can use to ensure their children have a head start in lifeâ€¦
Alleged Peruvian Skimmer Cries In Court When He Can't Get Bail
He is a South American accused of skimming money out of Scotiabank ATM's - but 24 year old Peruvian Luis Miguel Marroquin tried to get Supreme Court bail today.
He was represented before Justice Herbert Lord by Dickie Bradley but Justice Lord adjourned the bail hearing until he could get a fuller understanding of what happened in the lower court.
The hearing was adjourned for next week Friday, February 8. When he heard his bail application was being delayed for next week, Marroquin was visibly disappointed and he was seen crying in court.
Bail For Alleged Murderer After 7 Years
And while he was unable to get bail - an accused murderer did get bail today after two years on remand.
Twenty-three year old Kurtis Lamb, who went on trial in August by 2016 for the murder of Justin Roches and is remanded still awaiting a decision, was offered a bail of $40,000 today by Justice Herbert Lord.
Lamb's attorney, Anthony Sylvestre, said that Lamb has been in custody for about 7 years and 5 months and it is uncertain when the trial judge, Justice John Gonzalez, who has retired from the bench, will give his decision.
Bail For Woman Accused of Smuggling Ammo
Just over a week ago, 30-year-old Tifara Usher was found handling about 250 rounds of 9mm bullets without a license. Police caught the Hattieville resident traveling home on a bus from Corozal. She was taken into custody and appeared in the Magistrate's Court today and was charged with possession of ammunition without a license. Usher was released on $10,000, but Justice Herbert Lord also ordered that she appear back in court on March 19th. In the meantime, Usher must also report to the Hattieville police station every Monday and Friday and is banned from contacting any witnesses.
What the Elderly Need to Know About The ICJ
We're only a couple months away from the ICJ referendum vote, which means it's extremely important that all registered voters know the facts. That includes the elderly, who are often overlooked and disregarded. Today HELPAGE Belize hosted an ICJ forum for groups of older persons from around the Belize City and Ladyville area in order to make sure they can make an informed decision. HELPAGE's Director told us more about why an initiative like this is important...
Ivorine Bulwer - Executive Director, HELPAGE Belize:
"First of all the ICJ session, it's important for us to have our older persons informed. Alright, they are part of the society, they are part of the history and they understood the whole challenges up to Independence. They were a part of this heads of agreement and all the struggles that Belize has experienced. And now here is the ICJ referendum. And it's imperative that they have a voice..."
Nassau Grouper Critically Endangered
The Nassau grouper is one of the most recognizable fish species in the Caribbean, but if proper measures are not taken, that could change very soon. According to the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Nassau grouper population has decreased by about 80% since 1980 and is now considered critically endangered. The heavy decline in population is mostly attributed to over-fishing during spawning periods that removes the biggest and best adults of each generation.
And while this is a problem for the entire Caribbean the WCS says that Belize could do some work in ensuring that our grouper populations stay safe. In their latest report the WCS identified grouper spawning areas in the Glover's Reef area that could use extra protection. Deterioration of coral reefs in the area has also been identified as a contributing factor.
Remembering Anthony Sr.
On Monday, the funeral will be held for Anthony Sylvestre Sr. He was described by the PUP as a "long serving statesman, public officer and consummate PUP warrior."
And, indeed, he was all that - but the 73 year old was also more than just that. He was a father to his two sons and a daughter. Today we asked his younger son, Anthony Juniour to discuss that dichotomy between his private dad, and the public figure we all knew:..
Mary Tate's Big 105
On Monday one of the country's oldest citizens is turning 105. Ms. Mary Tate was born in 1914, the same year that World War One began. More than a century later, she is still an active citizen, in fact she was keen in her attendance at today's HELPAGE forum on the ICJ. We spoke to HELPAGE Belize's Director about her birthday celebration...
Ivorine Bulwer - Executive Director, HELPAGE Belize:
"Monthly, since last year the entire 2018, we partnered with Grace Kennedy and they, on a monthly basis, they gifted all our older persons who were celebrating birthdays. This month, the first, we're doing birthdays for both January and February, but a special birthday girl for this month of February, she will be 105. One of our residents from the Sister Cecelia Home. She is among the birthday girls."
He DJ's, Play That Song
The second annual Belikin DJ Competition kicks off tonight. The contest pits DJ's from each district against each other for a chance to compete in the grand Championship.
That where the winners from each competition go at it to decide who is Belize's best DJ. We spoke to Music Ambassador Shyne Barrow and the the event's host, DJ Dalla about the festivities...
The DJs are also competing for $5000 in prizes, and entrance is free
Demand For Teachers, Nurses, Doctors to Increase
The IDB released a new study today called "Education and Health: The Sectors of the Future?". It says that Belize will need 9,000 teachers, 1,000 doctors and 2,000 nurses by the year 2040.
Now, those future doctors, nurses and teachers haven't yet started their working life, and the purpose of the IDB study is to, quote, "ensure that these new professionals have the skills and training they need to be the teachers, doctors and nurses of the future."
An Accused Murderer is Granted Supreme Court Bail of $40,000
An unusual hearing took place today in the Supreme Court in which an accused murderer, waiting for a decision for two years, got bail. Curtis Lamb will be out on [...]
Court of Appeal Sets Gareth Hemmans Free After Quashing his Sentence
At the Court of Appeal, thirty-three-year-old Gareth Hemmans Junior walked out a free man after the bench quashed his conviction this murder. He had been sentenced to eight years in [...]
Corozal Town Council Employee is Flung from Garbage Truck to his Death
A father of a two-year-old girl lost his life in a freak accident while at work in Corozal. Thirty-two-year-old Jose Gomez was a sanitation worker for the Corozal Town Council [...]
Vital Stats Unit Has No Record of Belizean Born Educator
Complaints against the Vital Statistics Unit on Hyde’s Lane have been raging for years. We’ve heard horror stories of frustrated individuals who have waited for hours in long lines to [...]
No Proof of Citizenship? Re-registration Application Denied!
And while Joseph Bennett’s cannot re-register, the application for naturalized Belizean Jason Guerrero was rejected. Guerrero is also well known in Belize in the music industry and for his founding [...]
The I.C.J. Vote and the Elderly
Meet Anne Olivera; we found her and her peers, including a resident who is one hundred and five years old, at HelpAge on Wilson Street. They were attentively listening to [...]
DOE Steps Up Safe Management of Used Lead Acid Batteries
How much do you do know about the battery that powers up your car? Once it no longer works, you’re likely to discard of it. But the way you discard [...]
Venezuelan Ambassador says Opposition Leader Staging Coup D’etat
Political and economic pressures continue to mount on Nicolas Maduro, the embattled President of Venezuela. The South American country has been thrown into chaos and crisis over the past few [...]
Venezuelan Ambassador Reacts to European Position
Opposition politician Juan Guaido shot to fame on January twenty-third when he declared himself Venezuela’s interim president. Since then, Guaido has been getting the support of many powerful and influential [...]
Belize and Venezuela are ‘Close Friends’
We also asked the Venezuelan Ambassador about the diplomatic relations between Belize and Venezuela. The two countries have always enjoyed friendly and bilateral relations. But in a strange twist of [...]
No Arrests in Michael Gladden’s Murder Attempt
Thirty-year-old Michael Gladden needs public assistance in receiving as many as thirteen pints of blood if he is to survive a near-fatal ordeal that befell him on Wednesday night. The [...]
Robbery at UNO Gas Service Station in Tower Hill
The newly installed UNO Gas Service Station in Tower Hill was targeted by thieves in the wee hours of today. Just before two a.m., security guards, Teodoro Jimenez and Francisco [...]
90 year-old Woman Tied and Gagged in Corozal Home Invasion
Two persons remain in police custody tonight in Corozal; they were caught shortly after a brazen broad daylight home invasion in the Santa Rita community of Corozal Town. The men [...]
Mexicans Freed for ATM Theft in Corozal
Up north in the Corozal Magistrate Court, three Mexicans were freed of theft charges by Magistrate Lionel Olivera. The case against Belen Hernandez, Joscan Jafet Hernandez and Lionel Isaac Rodriguez [...]
6.6 Earthquake Shakes Southern Mexico; Tremors Felt in Belize
A strong earthquake hit southern Mexico this morning. Fortunately, there is no reported loss of life or major injuries and infrastructural damage. The quake scared people, some evacuated their homes [...]
A Political Battle in Belama Phase Four
Tonight we have more from Belama Phase Four where several families were officially notified that they need to vacate from land sold to a Chinese businessman. They were told that [...]