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San Pedro Pirates 4-1 win against Wagiya Sporting Club puts the team in PLB second place position
For the fifth week of the Premiere League of Belize (PLB) Closing Season 2019 the San Pedro Pirates hosted Wagiya Sporting Club at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town on Saturday, February 9th. With this 4-1 victory over Wagiya Sporting Club, the island team has claimed the second place position in this week’s chart standings, with nine points.
The match began shortly after 7PM, with the Pirates determined for a home victory. They quickly scored their first goal at minute eight courtesy of Luis Valdez. A few minutes later, Wagiya’s Highking Roberts responded with a goal for his team. With those early scores, the match intensified, and at minute 24, Pirates’ Valdez found his way once more to the net and scored another goal. The match then saw solid crosses and passes, but no score, and went to a break with Pirates leading 2-1.
San Pedro’s fitness community rows a marathon to raise funds for Miss San Pedro Chelsea Muñoz
A total of 18 teams and over 100 persons participated in a marathon rowing fundraiser dubbed ‘Row for the Crown,’ on Sunday, February 10th, to help Miss San Pedro 2018-2019, Chelsea Muñoz who has been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. Held at CrossFit San Pedro Town- on Manta Ray Street, each five-member team was tasked to raise $500, then had to row a total of 42, 195 meters (26.5 miles) in under four hours. The all-day event also included music and plenty of food and drinks available for purchase.
The sporting event started at 8AM, and for the next four hours, seven teams (The Young and the Breathless, Sweat and Sparkle for Survival, Just Row With It, Team Freedom, The Truck Stop, Meters, Blisters and Sore Sisters, and Sandbar) took over the CrossFit box. These teams went hard at it, with some of them finishing in under three hours.
Crazy Canucks presents ‘Back to Prom 2019!’
Prom Night came early this year to San Pedro Town, and it didn’t involve the traditional senior high school students! Under the title ‘Back to Prom 2019,’ Crazy Canucks Beach Bar debuted their first prom party on Saturday, February 9th, inviting their patrons to join in and relive the memorable past complete with music hits from the ’70s, ‘80s, and ’90s. The beautifully decorated bar saw the best of prom outfits, and there was even the selection of a Prom Queen and King.
Dressed in elegant gowns and creative suits, couples began arriving at the party by 7PM. DJ Smallz started the party with hits from the ’70s leading gradually into the ’80s. The dance floor was busy with couples dancing away to their favorite tracks and reliving their prom night all over again. Many of the attendees told The San Pedro Sun that having a prom by the beach was a genius idea.
Belize Fisheries Tries New Pioneering Digital Technology
The Belize Fisheries Department, National Fishermen Cooperative and The Nature Conservancy in Belize trial a pioneering technology to digitize fisheries supply chain. *An innovative new technology, Tally from ThisFish, was showcased at the National Fishermen Cooperative in Belize City, Belize to improve efficiencies in the processing plant and strengthen electronic seafood traceability.
Minister Of National Security Explores Law For Repeat Gun Offenders To Use Tracking Device
The Minister of National Security today established an exploratory committee to examine the feasibility of a repeat gun offence law.
The law would require repeat gun offenders and convicted gang members to wear a tracking device when they are released from prison to enable police to compare those persons’ location to the scene of a crime at the time the crime is committed.
A similar pilot project has been launched for knife crime offenders in London, England where there has been an upsurge in violent crimes recently.
Misc Belizean Sources
Laguna Drive by Compadres Bar closed for 24 hours (San Pedro)
The public is advised that Laguna Drive by Compadres bar will be closed to all traffic for 24 hrs, Wednesday 13th February, Small vehicles will be diverted to the beach road. No heavy vehicles will be allowed to pass or use the detour, please make alternative arrangements for any deliveries you may have for this day. This is necessary to carry out repairs to the street. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
Potato Planting Season 2018-19
To coordinate the start of local harvesting and the cutoff point of imported potatoes, the Ministry of Agriculture convened a meeting with potato producers from Cayo, Corozal, Orange Walk and Stann Creek Districts on January 16, 2019. The objective of the meeting was to present the 2019 potato projections and to agree on the dates for the commencement of the harvesting of potatoes.
The outcome of the meeting was for the Cayo potato fields to be harvested commencing January 30, 2019, and Corozal, Orange Walk and Stann Creek potato fields to be harvested commencing February 15, 2019. If the agreement was adhered to, San Carlos Village in the Orange Walk District would begin harvesting on Friday, February 15th.
Corozal House of Culture s 7th Anniversay Celebration
COROZAL SUSTAINABLE FUTURE INITIATIVE CSFI
Friday February 22, 2019 9am - 3pm
Information sessions, tracking techniques interactive activities.
Live Comedy with Brad Reeder!
Join us for a night of laughter with our professional comedy show starring Brad Reeder, seen on TV's Showtime, Comedy Central and Last Comic Standing. Brad has opened for Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld and Ellen Degeneres, and he has headlined regularly in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Iguana Juan's Restaurant & Bar, Corner of Angel Coral (Back Street) & Pelican St., Upstairs on corner, San Pedro.
Tickets are $30 BZD plus service fees online, or stop by Iguana Juan's to buy them in person (and stay for a burger and beer!).
Comedy Show Schedule
(All shows 8:30-10:00 and rated Mild R)
Corozal's Love Fair
Oceana and Department of Youth Services are once again hosting Corozal's Love Fair at Corozal Central Park on Thursday, February 14th starting at 9:00 a.m. Come out and meet the many organizations working to promote Love for self, love for community and love for the environment. All attendees are eligible to win one of the many items being raffled during the event from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Encounter with Sylvia Batty
Come to learn more about archaeological research in Belize! The St. John's College HISTORY CLUB presents an encounter with Sylvia Batty, archaeologist and researcher.
13th February 2019 3:15 pm Art Centre. St. John's College, Belize City. Belize
Closure of the Lobster Fishing Season
The Fisheries Department informs fishers and the public that the lobster season will be closed on February 15th and it will remain closed until midnight of June 14th, 2019.
Any person found in possession of lobster during the said closed season will be prosecuted in accordance with Section 3(1) (b) of the Fisheries Regulation, Chapter 210 of the Subsidiary Laws of Belize Revised Edition 2000-2003.
Caribbean Culture and Lifestyle Issue 5 - 2019
Adventure Issue: it showcases the wilder side of Belize's tourism offerings, including the Victoria Peak, and the Belize Sea Challenge Kayak race. The magazine is available widely at tourist destinations, or you can see it online. Fine a link to that at 7NEwsbelize.com.
CFA-U-Tournament Closing Season
Let's support our youth and footbal action:
It seems this sport has taken off in our Corozal community. Come out and support our youth this weekend Sunday, February 17th at the Ricalde Stadium . U10 Male - U13 Male - U15 Male - U19 Male - NAWL Game. Football Action
Belize Sugar Industries limited need IT Specialist
Belize Sugar Industries Limited invites qualified and motivated individuals to submit applications for the position of IT Site Support Specialist in its Information Technology Department at Tower Hill, Orange Walk District.
Kukulkan as a representation of Venus
Our Maya ancestors were able to predict the movements of the spectacular object known popularly as the morning star(Noh Eek') with great accuracy, thousands of years into the future.
The most important planet by far to the Maya was Venus, which they associated with war. Battles and wars would be arranged to coincide with the movements of Venus.
Thieves Took Trove of Weapons From Gun Dealer, Cops Got It Back
Tonight, the police have recovered a stockpile of weapons which almost made it unto the streets of Belize City, after thieves broke into a gun store.
Early this morning, Victor L Bryant, a gun vendor on Lake I Boulevard, was burglarized, and a large quantity of firearms - including high powered rifles and pistols were stolen.
But, quick police work saw the cops deploy immediately, and sharp investigative work led them to retrieve these 18 firearms, and several thousand live rounds of ammunition, which had been stashed in several hiding spots across the City.
Police have detained several men, but they continue to be concerned that that some fo the guns have still not been recovered.
Cops Charge Hard Into Southside to Recover Weapons
And to recover the stolen weapons - police operational units went charging hard into the Southside this morning.
There was heightened paramilitary type police activity in several parts of the city, including the Queen Square and Mayflower areas.
This morning, concerned residents - who report hearing taser guns going off inside residences - called us to come out and view it for ourselves. The police commissioner told us that these operations were necessary because they had to flush out culprits from the Victor L Bryant burglary, who were hiding in these neighborhoods. Here's how he briefly explained it to us today:
A Guate, A Belizean and A Minor Charged for Pair of AK's in Benque
Tonight, three men have been charged for those big guns police busted in Benque Viejo on Sunday morning. 34 year old Belizean, Edgar Giovanni De La O, 26 year old Guatemalan, Jorge Luis Reyes Villeda, and a 17 year old minor were jointly charged for (2) counts of "Kept Prohibited Firearm" jointly for (2) counts of Kept "Prohibited Ammunition".
As we told you last night, two of the them were in a Range Rover with a pair of AK 47 rifles and ammunition inside - while the other accused caught in a struggle with police outside the Rover - which he was allegedly trying to drive off.
Tutsi Gets off Weed Trafficking Charge
Last week, police corporal Darrell Tutsi Usher made national headlines when he published photos of the abominable conditions at the Queen St. station's detention cell.
At the time, he was being detained pending charges of discharging a firearm in public - and as we noted at the time, he was already under interdiction. Last week's firearm charge was dropped and the news tonight is that, now, he has been found not guilty of drug trafficking.
Senator Courtney Calls On Gov't To Stop Using Him In Pro-ICJ Ads
The "Vote Yes to the ICJ" campaign is ramping up as the referendum date draws near. And, their most recent set of ads has featured former PUP foreign Minister Eamon Courtney - back when he was pro-ICJ. Courtenay, as has been well publicized, is now staunchly opposed to going to the ICJ under the present configuration - and has - along with other PUP leaders - proposed what they call "a deep freeze" - which is to suspend Belize - Guatemala negotiations for 25 years.
So, he's not with the current yes vote campaign but the ads, using his remarks from some years ago have him speaking in favour of the ICJ.
Coast Guard Ejecting Island Squatters
On Friday we showed you how the coast guard forcibly evicted the "Sanbore" squatters. The area is located 16 miles southeast of Placencia, north of the Sapodilla Caye Range. We showed you amateur video of the eviction scene on Friday. The residents say they had been there 12 years and were ejected without any lawful authority.
Well, today, we spoke to Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard and he told us that they acted within the law to evict the squatters and that the coast guard gave them enough warnings and time to move out.
Notorious Belgrave Shot In Illinois Heroin Deal
The name Jermaine Belgrave has been in this news many times. The Taylor's Alley resident was charged for murder in 2011, and then a number of high profile robberies - including an armed bank robbery at First Caribbean in 2015.
But tonight the 36 year old is making crime news in Illinois. That's after he and another man with roots in Belize were shot while - allegedly - trying to sell heroine. It happened in the city of Eerie Illinois, and here's the report from "Eerie News Now":
An American Ambulance For The CG
Normally when we hear about a US Embassy donation to the Coast Guard, it would include tactical gear and operational equipment. Well, today instead of vessels and body armour, the Coast Guard got its first, very own ambulance. It may seem like an unusual gift to the coast guard but commander Elton Bennett says this donation is just as important as all the other equipment.
Elton Bennett, Belize Coast Guard Commander:
"We do work in a very high risk environment and we do have situations that we deal with from time to time and we have had a few near death experiences for example in 2005, one of our colleagues were shot in the head after returning from patrol and he had to be rushed in the KHMH in Belize City..."
The Venezuelan Crisis, Both Sides Now
Last night you saw a brief portion of our interview with the Venezuelan Ambassador to Belize, Gerardo Argote speaking about the political crisis in that country. Argote told us that there was not really a crisis - but more of a manufactured western media event - orchestrated to destabilize president Nicholas Maduro.
Tonight we have the other side of that story from the US Embassy's Charge d Affaires, Keith Gilges.
We asked him first about the US decision to freeze the accounts of the Venezuelan government:
Candles and Tears For Dwayne and Masaki
On Friday and Monday, the headlines were dominated by the devastating news of two University students, one 19, and the other 20 senselessly murdered.
19 year-old Masaki Yanai was killed on last Thursday evening at his family home in Belize City when he tried to defend his dad from armed robbers.
And, on Saturday night, 20 year-old Dwayne Cummings-Avila was gunned down and killed in Orange Walk Town while he was walking home from an NEBL game between his team, Orange Walk the Running Rebels, and Dangriga Dream Ballers.
Former House Speaker Says Yes To ICJ
The Citizens for the Defence of Sovereignty, which is Assad Shoman's pro ICJ NGO, has recruited a new high profile supporter. He is Former House Speaker Emil Arguelles. According to a release, he "today joined the Citizens for the Defence of Sovereignty and pledged his support to the "yes to the ICJ" campaign."
Arguelles is quoted as saying, "I consider it an honor to become a member of the CDS. I wholeheartedly support submitting the Guatemalan claim for final resolution to the ICJ, because I am convinced that Belize's case is right and just and that we are assured of victory at the ICJ."
Multimillionaire Sir Hakimi Talks Turneffe Threats and Hype
Last week Tuesday we took you to Turneffe Atoll. The Turneff Atoll Trust team wanted the media and the public to get up close and personal to see the beauty and richness of the Atoll and also to see the threats. One such threat comes in the form of large scale/mega developments on the island including Belize Dive Haven. It's owned by a multi-millionaire Canadian- Iranian businessman Sir Karim Hakimi. As we reported, the Trust says that Hakimi did not carry out an EIA before building a hundred room hotel on this fragile ecosystem.
Table Tennis Kids Did Good
Last week, we told you how a contingent of Belizean table tennis athletes headed to Cancun, Mexico to compete in the Central American U-15 and U-18 Table Tennis Championships.
Well they've returned, and they did not not come back empty handed. The Table Tennis Association reports that Belize's Taye Parkinson and Devesh Hukmani came in third in the U-15 Doubles Competition.
They won the bronze medal, but Team Belize didn't get any medals in the other categories. In the team competition, Belize came very close to a second bronze medal, but they were edged out by Costa Rica.
A Long Road From PG
For the average person, riding 70 miles is darn near impossible, especially if you are not trained for it.
But, ready or not, on Saturday officials from the Ministry of the National Security, members of the BDF, Coast Guard and police took to the road on their bicycles for the 2nd annual ride to the border. Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard, Elton Bennett told us more about the ride.
Cpt. Elton Bennett, Vice Commandant, Belize Coast Guard:
"Over the weekend we had a national security ride to the border. It is an initiative by the Ministry of National Security where the security forces, Belize Police Department, BDF, the coast guard spearheaded the activity and we say spear headed because we really want for other personnel outside the ministry to really get involved so it is open for the general public..."
A Belizean Magazine Makes It To One Year
Magazine publishing is in decline worldwide, but one new Belizean glossy has made it to the one-year mark. The fifth instalment of Caribbean Culture and Lifestyle: The Belize Edition was released today and it showcases the wilder side of Belize's tourism offerings, including the Victoria Peak, and the Belize Sea Challenge Kayak race. The magazine is available widely at tourist destinations, or you can see it online. Fine a link to that at 7NEwsbelize.com.
Police Recover Cache of Stolen Firearms and Ammo
There are a lot more guns in the streets of the Old Capital tonight, following a major burglary, described as a breach of national security, at a local firearms dealer. [...]
Compol Williams says That Victor L Bryant’s Gun Dealer License is under Review
As a safety precaution, ComPol Williams also told the media that the police department has taken possession of the remaining stock of firearms and ammunition at Victor L. Bryant and [...]
Police to Inspect Gun Dealers’ Premises to Ensure Compliance
And while the fate of Victor L. Bryant’s license hangs in the balance, today Commissioner Williams warned all gun dealers to ensure that they are complying with the law, in [...]
Dis One Have a Gun, Dat One Have a Gun
While thieves have managed to make off with a cache of weapons from a Belize City gun store, several arrests have been made in respect of other seizures conducted during [...]
Still No Arrests for Murder of Shawn Hemmans
No arrests have been made in the murder of tour guide, Shawn Hemmans. The thirty-three-year-old King’s Park resident was viciously killed earlier this month at a house he frequented on [...]
Well-Known Barbecue Vendor Bart Sanchez is Pepper Sprayed by GSU
Former basketball athlete and popular barbecue vendor, Bart Sanchez is reporting a case of police brutality at the hands of officers attached to the Gang Suppression Unit. Now, Sanchez is [...]
Tutsi Walks off Drug Trafficking Charges
The sensational drug trafficking case involving embattled policeman Darrell “Tutsi” Usher fell apart in the lower court today, ending with an acquittal. In March 2017, the elder son of Gilroy [...]
Concerns Continue to Mount over Margaritaville in Bacalar Chico
The fisheries department is looking into a proposed multimillion-dollar tourism project within a delimited area. As we reported on Monday, Margaritaville, a mega investment by the Jimmy Buffett group, has [...]
An Initiative to Combat Gender-Based Violence in Belize
The U.S. Embassy has teamed up with well-known Belizean entrepreneur, Marie Sharp in an initiative to combat gender-based violence in Belize. This Thursday, a special product Pure Love Pineapple Habanero [...]
Minister Panton Tours Southern Belize
Minister Panton also spoke about a tour she recently concluded in southern Belize in which she met with clients of BELTRAIDE, who applied for incentives from government and to address [...]
Belmopan Residents Complain of Air Pollution
The Department of Environment is in talks with Travellers Liquors Limited to address concerns raised by residents in Belmopan of air pollution. The affected residents live in the Cohune Walk [...]
Sea Level Rise – Why it is Important for Belize to Strengthen its Response
There is no denying that our climate is changing. The primary reason is because humans have increased the burning of oil, coal and gas to produce energy for our homes, [...]
Squatters on Sandbore are Given Notice to Relocate
A group of fishermen, squatting on a small landmass in Belize’s southern waters, has been given notice to remove equipment and other structures that have been erected on Coco Solo [...]
U.S. Embassy Gifts Belize Coast Guard a New Ambulance
This morning in Belize City, an ambulance and medical equipment were donated to the Belize Coast Guard by the United States Embassy. Charge d’ Affaires Keith Gilges handed over an [...]
National Security’s Second Annual Ride to the Border
The second annual Ride to the Border, organized by the Ministry of National Security, was held in the Toledo District over the weekend. While thirty-one cyclists from the Belize Defense [...]
Let’s go Fly a Kite
Baron Bliss, the benefactor who left a large portion of his wealth for British Honduras, may be long gone but his remains and his memory are well kept at the lighthouse at the entrance to Belize City. The 9th of March is also the weekend of the annual Harbor Regatta which usually has the patronage …
Four Day Training on Climate Change
One of the effects of climate change is the rise in sea level due to rising sea temperatures, melting of glaciers and land-based ice caps. Coastal zone communities will be the ones that will be mostly affected by this. A workshop to look at adapting to the changes was held today. Johanna Pacheco Climate Change …
US State Department Donates Ambulance to CoastGuard
The Belize Coastguard has been growing since it was created to patrol our seas in 2005. The base of the Belize Coast Guard Service at mile 4 on the George Price Highway was built with the assistance from the US southern command. Today the US Embassy donated an ambulance and equipment to further strengthen the …
Belize Police Department Bust Nine Men With Over 13 Stolen Weapons
Victor L. Bryant and Company Limited was proudly established in 1913. But it seems the old school way of doing things is not in line with 21st century methods. The company which sells guns and ammunition, houses its cadre of weapons in a warehouse styled zinc building along the Chetumal Boulevard. The building has a …
Cops Find Guns in Benque
Typically, when the cops find weapons it’s usually in a bushy lot in the Belize District. However, the police department in Cayo also has the skills to find weapons in unlikely places. ACP Joseph Myvett, the Head of the National Crimes Investigation Branch said on Sunday morning the police department found several weapons in Benque. …
Venezuelan Ambassador – Venezuela faces economic war; President seeks peace dialogue
Today thousands of protesters took to the streets in Venezuela in support of opposition leader and leader of the National Assembly, Juan Guaido. The demonstrations come about three weeks after Guaido proclaimed himself interim president of the country after rejecting Nicholas Maduro’s re-election last year. Over the last few days, Guaido has attempted to get …
Guatemalans Charged for AK, Galil rifle and ammunition
After 12:15 a.m. on the ninth of February, the police in Benque searched a black Range Rover with Guatemalan registered plates. The officers found one AK-47 Rifle, one Galil ACE Rifle, 47 rounds of 7.62 calibre ammunition and fourteen 5.56 rounds of ammunition. Assistant Commander of Operations, Marco Vidal says the suspects have been charged. …
The Commish launches investigation into Gun Dealers
The police department is not aware if they have all the weapons as it had not yet received an inventory from Victor L. Bryant. This has opened a can of worms in the gun industry. The commissioner has launched an inquiry into the company as other sellers of weapons to confirm whether or not their …
Star basketballer, Dwayne Cummings, 20, murdered
Dwayne Avila Cummings, 20, a star player on the Running Rebels basketball team of Orange Walk Town, was found dead in the San Lorenzo Housing area in Orange Walk Town with a gunshot wound in his head at about 12:30 yesterday morning, less than 4 hours after his team played a hotly contested basketball match at the Multi Complex in Orange Walk on Saturday night.
Incidentally, Cummings did not play in that game, and he left the complex at about 11:15 p.m. after the game and was walking home alone.
“Ankle bracelets” planned for repeat gun offenders
The Ministry of National Security announced today via a press release that it has established an exploratory committee to examine the feasibility of a repeat gun offence law.
“The law would require repeat gun offenders and convicted gang members to wear a tracking device when they are released from prison to enable police to compare those persons’ location to the scene of a crime at the time the crime is committed,” the press release said.
Barriers on the controversial and deadly stretch of Philip Goldson “speedway” to be modified
In response to the public outcry to Government after teacher Marlena Mortis, 23, of Dolphin Avenue, Buttonwood Bay, was knocked down and killed on the Philip Goldson Highway while crossing the dangerous speedway near the DK Super Store to catch a bus to come to Belize City, the Ministry of Works has agreed to insert two pedestrian crossings in the controversial stretch of highway.
The stretch is located between Mile 2 and 3 on the highway between the first roundabout near the Scotia Bank when coming into the city from Ladyville, and the second roundabout, located near the Shell Depot/Mirab Ashley complex, which covers a distance of about 1 mile, with no pedestrian crossing between the two roundabouts.
Court hears mitigation pleas for 3 convicted murderers
Three men who have been convicted in the Supreme Court of Justice Colin Williams for a murder in 2012 were in court this morning for a mitigation hearing as part of their sentencing phase. In addition, the Crown also presented the victims’ impact statements, which were read into the record at today’s hearing.
Justice Williams has adjourned the sentencing hearing to Monday, March 4, when the convicted men —Andy Forbes, 36; Williams Vasquez, 35; and Tyrone Clinton Harris, 32, will learn how much more time will be added to the almost 7 years they have already spent in lockdown for the June 2012 murder of Joseph Meyers, 21.
Special Agreement (Compromis) to be challenged in court
The Special Agreement (compromis) that was signed between Belize and Guatemala at the urging of the Secretary General of the Organization of American States in December 2008 to settle the Guatemalan claim to Belizean territory at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), will soon face a legal challenge in the Supreme Court, which will be asked to rule on its constitutionality, attorney Dickie Bradley confirmed to Amandala today.
Amandala asked Bradley to explain what is at play in terms of the legal challenge that will be launched against the Special Agreement, which was turned into a treaty with Guatemala when it was ratified by the Belize Senate in November 2016.
PSU objects to contract officer Paulette Elrington’s study leave
In mid-January, Amandala published a story captioned: “Paulette Elrington is not an ‘ordinary’ contract officer.” The story was based on a leaked government memorandum that was sent from the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of the Public Service, and was copied to the Financial Secretary, Ministry of Finance, seeking advice on a request made by Paulette Elrington, a daughter of Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington, who has been employed as a Foreign Service Officer at the Permanent Mission of Belize to the United Nations since 2008, when the UDP was returned to power.
NEBL scores, highlights and upcoming schedule; O.W. Rebels game postponed
According to the box scores released by the NEBL after an exciting weekend that saw two games on Friday night and one on Saturday night, young Orange Walk guard Dwayne Cummings did not see any action in their game lost to Griga Dream Ballers on Saturday night. It is not yet clear if Dwayne was on the team bench, but the box scores show (DNP), meaning he did not play in the game. The shocking news of his killing later that night after the game had ended put a damper on the high spirits that the sporting community was enjoying following 3 exciting weekend games.
Week 5 and no “separation” yet in the race to PLB playoffs
Week 5 has been completed in the 14-week Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2018-2019 Closing Season regular season, and all 8 teams are still very much in the race for the Top-4 playoff spots. (See standings below.) As importantly, defending champion Bandits Sport and sub-champion Verdes FC are locked in a neck and neck race with CONCACAF implications. Tied for the regular season lead with 33 points each in the Opening Season, Verdes presently enjoys a 1 point lead, 10 to 9, over the Bandits in the Closing Season, with 9 games to go.
Week 2 results & standings in Women’s Football League
Two games were played on Saturday, February 9, and 4 on Sunday, February 10, in Week 2 of the National Amateur Women’s League (NAWL) 2018-2019 Closing Season.
On Saturday at the M.A. Stadium in Independence, it was 1-1 between Rumberas and Altitude. Pauline Linarez (27’) put Altitude in front, but Quiniah Caliz (35’) equalized for Rumberas. Meanwhile at the Carl Ramos Stadium in Dangriga, Belmopan’s Jewel Fury shut out Dangriga Pumas, 5-0, with goals from Jayda Brown (6’ & 88’), Suswani Martinez (54’ & 80’) and Fatima Romero (54’).
Editorial: The PUDP and the ICJ matter
What Belize enjoys of parliamentary democracy is built on the organizational foundations of our two major political parties – the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) and the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP).
It has been said that Belize’s parliamentary democracy has been seriously compromised by both the PUP and the UDP ever since Belize’s present Ministerial system was introduced in 1961, three years before self-government in 1964 and twenty years before independence in 1981. All governments formed by the PUDP since 1961 have appointed a majority of their elected area representatives to be Cabinet Ministers, so that all decisions which come out of Cabinet automatically become the law in the House of Representatives without the possibility of government backbenchers teaming up with Opposition area representatives to defeat a Cabinet bill. Belize’s parliamentary democracy is therefore flawed; it is compromised.
From The Publisher
Well, you saw last week how the academic establishment (media?) In Belize treated the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of UBAD in February of 1969. They treated it as if it never happened. Of course, no one was surprised by Belizean academia’s perspective on this matter.
To the south of us in Venezuela, a dangerous drama is being played out which is frightening for conscious people worldwide. Pope Francis has recently warned of a possible bloodbath in Venezuela. The United States of America, planet earth’s superpower, has warned that it is not leaving a military option off the table. Washington, in other words, is threatening to invade Venezuela, where the military has continued to remain loyal to President Nicolas Maduro, successor to the charismatic Hugo Chavez.
For our leaders, we need people with wisdom
The entrance to Belize City between the Brodies and Mirab roundabouts should not be a freeway style of road. This is a business district, with residential areas at the sides. The planners of that piece of thoroughfare are out of touch with the realities of that area.
Many complaints and ideas have been aired about this, but no one who could do something about it seemed to care; now a young person is dead and the blame lands squarely at GOB’s feet.
I wasn’t involved, says Lois Young, Head of Belize’s Mission to the United Nations
I would like to set the record straight regarding the Public Service Union (PSU) press release of February 6, 2019, “PSU condemns request by Paulette Elrington,” seeking to involve me as Head of Belize’s Mission to the United Nations in a request made to the Financial Secretary (or to whomever) on behalf of Ms. Paulette Elrington.
For the record, I had no knowledge or involvement in any way, shape or form with anything written by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on behalf of the contract officer in question.
Slaying our wings
What triumphs lie ahead for our country when our wings are being slayed before even wearing a graduation gown and holding a degree in our hands? Belize, often referred to as “Our Jewel”, is losing shine and radiance because of the blood of senseless murders across the country.
Most of our parents have arduously worked themselves in a country where jobs are limited, only to see our youths being forsaken one by one. We often dream of striving for success to repay all their unconditional love and sacrifice, but instead, it seems we are repaying them with heartaches and shedding of tears.
They don’t want pedestrians to cross the road
What is getting very obvious is that people who believe they are the brains of Belize have absolutely no fear about carrying out their intentions. Well, we shouldn’t hold back in telling these people that not all brains should have come back to Belize, that a lot of them should have been drained to foreign.
There are some people who are so highly trained it is a waste of the world’s resources for them to be here. They won’t find the tools or the finances here to do the job they were trained to do. It is best for these brains to stay abroad and earn big money and remember us with the remittances. They will grow to retirement age, if they escape, and they can then come home to retire. These people have so many skills, even the with the age erosion they still have a lot to give.
Thanks to Lindsay Belisle
Like myself, I believe that there ought to be many who are thankful to Mr. Lindsay Belisle, former Boundary Commissioner of Belize, for enlightening us through his essay that was published in the Amandala on Friday, January 25, 2019 on the front page under the heading “Cabinet says Yes, Lindsay says No!” His explanation on the 17Ú 49’ was crystal clear, which shows us the danger in what the Belizean diplomats had done by signing such a compromis in 2008 with Guatemala.
I thank Mr. Belisle for sharing with me the following map which he has already presented to the public.
Louis Marroquin, 24, denied bail at Supreme Court
Peruvian national Louis Marroquin, 24, one of three foreigners who were remanded to prison on a charge of preparation for a crime, broke down in tears today when Justice Herbert Lord denied him bail.
In his ruling, Justice Lord said that if a preliminary inquiry is not held by March 31, he would be mindful to grant Marroquin bail.
Marroquin’s attorney, Dickie Bradley, submitted that bail is a right and not a privilege, and that based on the facts of the case, a prima facie case had not been established against his client.
Victor Bryant company burglarized
The Victor L. Bryant company building located on the Lake Independence Boulevard (from the Chetumal Street bridge to the George Price Highway), was burglarized sometime on Thursday night and the break-in was discovered Friday morning.
On our visit to the company this afternoon, we were told that when the company’s employees went to work on Friday morning, they found that the building had been broken into.
Trio remanded for attempted murder
Three persons were charged with attempted murder when they appeared today before Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitts Anderson. They are Fitzroy Myles, 19; Enrique Bermudez, 21; and Alden Lara, 19. They were also charged with dangerous harm and Lara alone was charged with use of deadly means of harm for the shooting of Keshawn Dennison, which occurred on February 5 on Antelope Street Extension. Dennison was shot in both legs.
Air pollution in Belmopan caused by “multiple industries,” says DOE
Today, the Department of the Environment (DOE) issued a press release informing the public of a malodor that is present within and near the northwestern area of Belmopan. This would be in the Cohune Walk area up to the Agricultural Showgrounds.
When we spoke to Anthony Mai, Environmental Officer at DOE, he told us that this has been an issue for some time and residents have complained of the smell. The release identified the cause of the malodor as “multiple industries which generate effluent (wastewater) [that] are within close proximity to each other.”
Jermaine Belgrave In Pennsylvania hospital After Drug-deal Shootout
Former Taylor’s Alley resident Jermaine Belgrave, acquitted of murder in Belize in 2015, is in an Erie, Pennsylvania hospital after he was shot in the chest Thursday evening.
Stolen Guns & Ammo Recovered By Police
The Commissioner of Police has called a press briefing scheduled for 2:00pm in Belmopan to speak about the burglary at the warehouse of Victor L. Bryant, and the recovery of firearms and ammunition stolen.
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The Height of Belizean Adventure” by Belize Audubon Society
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Former House speaker says ‘Yes’ to the ICJ
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Lobster Fishing Season closes on Friday
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Two Belize City businesses burglarized
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Belize-born software pioneer shares inspiration with US students
A Belizean-born software engineer is using his story to encourage students at a school in Connecticut, […]
Police seeking four persons in Yanai murder investigation
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Basketball community mourns loss of Dwayne Cummings
As public condemnation mounts for the tragic killing of popular athlete Dwayne Cummings, The National Elite […]
Police recover huge amount of stolen firearms
Authorities have recovered a significant amount of stolen firearms and ammunition. The weapons were stolen from […]
Enough is enough!
By The National Student Union of Belize: We take this opportunity to express our heartfelt sympathies to the families and friends of Dwayne Cummings, an […]
Ministry of Agriculture says it cannot police borders for contraband potato
The Ministry of Agriculture informs the public that to coordinate the start of local harvesting and […]
Eamon Courtenay calls out GOB for using his image in ‘Yes’ to ICJ campaign
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Parades, Dancing and Colored Paints: This is how we celebrate!
Keeping the tradition alive, plans for the El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro are already underway! The usual celebration to usher in the Lenten Season has been extended to five days of cultural fun, music and dance.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 2nd for the start of the festivities with the first ever Carnaval Parade. Starting at 5PM, colorfully decorated floats with a trail of dancers will parade down town core as they make their way to Central Park for the Annual Carnaval Fiesta. “What to expect at the fiesta?” – Delicious local food, ice cold drinks and cocktails and the best live entertainment in town!
Ecological Niche Modeling of Three Species of Stenella Dolphins in the Caribbean Basin, With Application to the Seaflower Biosphere Reserve
Dolphins of the genus Stenella occur in pelagic waters of both tropical and warm-temperate oceans. Three species, the Atlantic spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis), the pantropical spotted dolphin (S. attenuata), and the spinner dolphin (S. longirostris) are abundant worldwide, but in the Caribbean Basin they have been poorly studied and information on their distribution patterns is scarce. Specifically, in Colombia’s remote Seaflower Biosphere Reserve (SFBR) S. attenuata has been reported occasionally, but S. frontalis and S. longirostris have never been recorded before. To address this information gap, an ecological niche modeling approach was used to determine the potential distribution patterns of these three dolphin species in the region. Records of these species for the Caribbean Basin were compiled, including both published and unpublished data.
Belize Examining Repeat Gun Offence Law
The Belize government says it is exploring the feasibility of a repeat gun offence law that would require repeat gun offenders and convicted gang members to wear a tracking device when they are released from prison.
In a statement, the Minister of National Security said it had established an Exploratory Committee for Repeat Gun Offence Law.
It includes an information technology specialist and a citizen security expert.
Belize victory would put Guyana on football map
Head coach of the Golden Jaguars (Guyana’s national senior football team) Michael Johnson yesterday stopped just short of guaranteeing a win against Belize next month but stressed yesterday the importance of the upcoming fixture.
According to Johnson, the match, scheduled for March 23 at the Providence National Stadium, comes at a significant juncture in the nation’s footballing aspirations.
Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges is handing over an ambulance and technical equipment to the Belize Coast Guard, 4min. We are so proud of our partnership with the BCG!
US position on their diplomatic relations with Venezuela, 45min. U.S. Charge d' Affaires, Keith Gilges, took the opportunity to present the US position on their diplomatic relations with Venezuela. He explained that the international community is acting in the best interest of the Venezuelan people who are facing grave human rights injustices. He shared their concerns and explained their policy position on the sanctions imposed.
Elections and Boundaries Department - appeal for residents to register, 29min. Elections and Boundaries Department continues to make the appeal for residents to register to vote in the upcoming referendum. To date 50% of registered voters have come in to re-register accounting for over 130,000 applications. The team says they are doubling their efforts to get the remaining voters in before the March 10th deadline. Our guests shared the details of how they are working to facilitate this process. Their offices are now open during the lunch period to accommodate your schedule. On our couch:
Brendalyn Staine - Registering Officer, Elections and Boundaries Department.
Rosalba Chan - Registering Officer, Elections and Boundaries Department.
World Epilepsy Day - Statistics show that 1 out of 100 persons suffer from this condition in Belize, 36min. World Epilepsy Day is celebrated on the second Monday in February. Statistics show that 1 out of 100 persons suffer from this condition in Belize. The Belize Brain Awareness Society representatives were our guest to talk about the signs and symptoms and what to do if you are in the presence of someone during an epileptic seizure. On our couch:
Dr. Joel Cervantes - Neurosurgeon.
Dr. Marco Mendez - Pediatric Neurologist (Northern Medical Plaza).
Sherane Belisle - Teacher, Stella Maris School.
Belizeans visited Havana Cuba - art, history, culture, community activism and solidarity, 46min. Yasser Musa and a group of Belizeans visited Havana to engage in a series of actions involving art, history, culture, community activism and solidarity. The concept is to use creativity as an vehicle to foster and facilitate a deeper understanding of people. He was our guest to reflect on the experience and talked with us about the 10 solidarity actions that will be taken this year to enrich the relationship between Belize and Cuba.
The Belize Bus Association - Update, 48min. The Belize Bus Association is reviving the association to address the transportation issues faced by commuters nationwide. They explained that they support the efforts of the Ministry of Transport to raise the standards of the industry but feel the national plan is void of incentives that would support the upgrades outlined. On our couch:
Andy Shaw - President, BBA.
Ewart Metzgen - Secretary, BBA.
Daren Stuart - Board Member, BBA.
Venezuelan Ambassador to Belize -Update on people are suffering from the sanctions imposed, 54min. Venezuelan Ambassador to Belize, Gerardo Antonio Argote, opened our show with a conversation about the current unrest in his country and the diplomatic relationship with the US. He shared the official position on the crisis and explained that the Venezuelan people are suffering from the sanctions imposed. He believe the sanction are politically motivated by interest in the country's oil and gold.
Statistical Institute of Belize - 2018 Update, 44min. According to the Statistical Institute of Belize we imported $1.9 billion dollars worth of goods and services in comparison to $398 million in exports. Representatives of SIB were our guests to talk about the consumer price index and what it reveals about our economy. On our couch:
Tiffany Vasquez – Statistician II, Economic Statistics Department.
Jefte Ochaeta – Statistician I, Economic Statistics Department.
Abil Castañeda – Chief Tourism Officer, Ministry of Tourism.
Grace - Flava With A Beat - Chocolate Waffles and Fry Jack recipe, 20min. GRACE Flava With A Beat returned with a Chocolate Waffles and Fry Jack recipe. The folks at Grace are hosting a recipe competition. Submit your original recipes and get a chance to win $100 dinner at the restaurant of your choice. The recipe must include selected Grace products. On set:
Duane Lizama - Resident Chef.
Alex Gordon - Brand Assistant, Grace Kennedy Belize Ltd.
SMART Belize has some great deals just in time for Valentine's Day, 30min. SMART Belize has some great deals just in time for Valentine's Day. They talked with us about the phone packages available. They are also launching a few new services including the new Gimme Dalla Portal and AIDA - the customer service chatbot assistant. On set:
Adelaide Sabido - Public Relations & Marketing Representative, SMART Belize.
Justin Kuylen - Marketing Officer, SMART Belize.
Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel & Casino offering Valentine Specials, 12min. Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel & Casino is also offering Valentine Specials. Selena Urias, Sales Executive, walked us through the offers available for couples.
Channel 5 Obituaries - Nesslie Eleanor Young nee Meighan, 1min.
Channel 5 Obituaries - Harrison Alexander Smith, 2.5min.
Intro to [#%!] Talkshow, 2hr.
10-4-19, 60min. On tonight's edition of 10-4-19, our panelists explore the burning questions that still linger for many Belizeans.
We also have our first edition of Backyard Chats - where we talk to Belizeans right in their backyards, to find out their thoughts leading up to the referendum.
Maya Day at Blue Creek Belize 2018, 3min. Music from the excellent album Junk DNA by Ian James Stewart. Available from your normal stockist.
At the tiny village of Mafredi, about 5.5 miles from San Pedro Columbia, a branch road heads South and West to Blue Creek, a small place of under 500 population. The main attraction here is the village's namesake stream - a beautiful stretch of water that emerges from magnificent rainforest to flow through the heart of the village.
Here, 'Maya Day' is celebrated in March. It started in 2004 at the local school to promote local culture and the celebration is growing. They do not advertise to anyone besides other Maya communities, though anyone is welcome.
Belize River boat ride, 1min. Boat ride along the Belize River to the Lamani Ruins.