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No more fishing licenses for Guatemalans with Belizean documents
Guatemalan fisherfolk with Belizean permanent residency will no longer be able to legally fish in Belizean waters after their licenses expire at the end of this year. This was announced on Wednesday, April 24th via the Department of Fisheries, who confirmed the decision to discontinue the renewal of these licenses in the aim of restricting abuse of the marine resources in southern Belize.
This decision will affect approximately 38 fishermen that currently fish the southern waters of Belize, particularly around the Sarstoon River area. Dr. Omar Figueroa, Minister in the Fisheries Department, told the media that the decision comes after numerous reports of excessive and illegal fishing in the said area.
Police Report: 2.5 kilos of Cannabis Found
Around 9AM on Thursday, April 25th, San Pedro Police was made aware of a large square parcel by the cemetery on the beach side in downtown San Pedro. When police arrived at the scene, they opened and discovered suspected cannabis.
GOB to fight current injunction regarding the ICJ referendum at the Supreme Court
The Government of Belize (GOB) continues its legal battle with the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) regarding the holding of the national referendum on whether to settle the territorial dispute with Guatemala at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The referendum was to take place on April 10, 2019 but was halted after Chief Justice Benjamin granted the PUP an interim injunction questioning its process. GOB made its first attempts to discharge it during the first hearing on April 15th, but after hearing arguments from both sides, Chief Justice Benjamin adjourned the case till Monday, April 29th, when a decision will be taken on whether the injunction will be discharged.
NEBL heads into playoffs
The 2019 National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) playoffs start on Friday, April 26th, with a best-of-three, semi-final series. Despite a slow start, the San Pedro Tiger Sharks finished with a five-game winning streak, climbing to third place in the NEBL rankings, behind second-place Dangriga Dream Ballers and top team Verdes. In fourth place is Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes.
Island athlete Bryce Peterson to represent Belize at PRO FC Fighting Championship on April 27th
Island residents are invited to attend PRO FC- Belize Mix Martial Arts (MMA) League fighting championship event to be held at the Multi-Purpose Complex in Orange Walk Town on Saturday, April 27th. The MMA Fight is scheduled to begin at 6PM and will feature seven fights. Among the Belizean MMA athletes representing the country is San Pedro Town’s very own Bryce Peterson, who is going against Guatemala’s Randy Rivas.
Peterson told The San Pedro Sun that he has been preparing arduously for this fight over the past months, training at gyms like The Train Station and Prevail Combat Club, as well as strict dieting. “I’m going stronger, healthier and with more experience into this fight..."
Hope Haven receives donation; continues work in the community
On, Friday, April 19th, Hope Haven Children’s Home received welcomed donations from island visitors from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Each child residing at the shelter was gifted with an Easter bag, which consisted of clothing, shoes and an age-appropriate toy as well as Easter candy.
According to a representative from Hope Haven, on, Monday, April 8th Khanh Le contacted Hope Haven via email, explaining that she and her family would be in San Pedro during the Easter weekend and wanted to do something special for the children in the shelter. They explained that their 14 and 16-year-old children would be doing a food drive at their school and wanted to bring food items for the food bank program that currently operates at the center.
Illegal Fishing Is Costing Belize Millions
The impact of illegal incursions into Belizean territory and marine environment have featured prominently in the conversations related to the Guatemalan claim to Belize and the highly anticipated ICJ vote. Irrespective of the outcome of the vote on May 8th, Belizeans everywhere should be concerned about the pillaging of our fisheries resources by foreign fisher folk and poachers given these illegal activities represent millions of dollars in economic loss and irrevocable damage to our world renowned marine environment.
Activist Madison Edwards Featured In 2019 Telephone Directory
Belize Telemedia Limited, now rebranded as Digi, held an unveiling ceremony for this year's version of telephone directory in Belize City on Thursday, April 25, 2019. In collaboration with Yello Belize, the company chose to highlight the issue of being more environmentally friendly. Gracing the cover of the telephone directory is San Pedro’s very own Madison Pearl Edwards.
Misc Belizean Sources
Security Tour of the Stann Creek District
The Minister of National Security and his Senior officials of the Belize Police Department, the Belize Defense Force and the Belize Coast Guard today concluded their tour of the Stann Creek District. The entourage visited the Police Formations in Placencia, Seine Bight, Maya Beach, Santa Cruz, Sittee River, Hopkins and Silk Grass. Yesterday the tour started out from St. Margaret's Police station on the Hummingbird Highway to Valley Community, Pomona, Gales Point Manatee. Belize Defence Force Dangriga, Dangriga Police Formation, and the Coast Guard base on Southern Long Caye.
Corozal Sailing Club Two Days Race
Each year in Corozal, the Corozal Sailing Club have their two days race. This year's event, they will be having their two day's race at Jammrock. It will commence Tomorrow Saturday at 11:30am. And, Sunday from 10:30am. They will be racing along the Corozal Bay. Come out and support this race. Picture from Last year's event.
Rotaract XXIV Bi-District Conference 2019 May 2-5
The BTB is a proud sponsor for the Rotaract XXIV Bi-District Conference 2019. Wishing you a successful event, Rotaract Club of Belize City!
Street and bridge maintenance in San Pedro
And the work goes on...
Cut-Off Date for Registration as Electors for Persons Wishing to Vote in the May 8, 2019 Territorial Dispute Referendum
The Elections and Boundaries Department hereby notifies the public that the cut-off date for registration as electors for persons wishing to vote in the May 8, 2019 Territorial Dispute Referendum was April 10, 2019.
The cut-off date which is a Cycle for Registration is for the purpose of the Registering Officers conducting their ‘due diligence’ for all applications for registration received. In the case of the applications up to April 10, 2019, a Monthly Supplementary List was published on April 15, 2019, objections on the names on the list were entertained up to April 25th, thereafter the List will be revised on or before the end of April 2019. Upon the conclusion of the revision, all the qualified applicants will then be duly registered electors.
Increase in Pump Prices for Regular Gasoline and Kerosene
The Ministry of Finance announces that at midnight on April 26, 2019, the pump price for Regular Gasoline will increase by 27 cents from $10.60 to $10.87 per gallon, while the pump price for Kerosene will also increase by 16 cents from $7.65 to $7.81 per gallon.
Hon. Edmond Castro Congratulates Belize Cricket Selection for Competing Well in Seventh Central American Cricket Championship Tournament
Minister of Transport and NEMO and Area Representative Hon Edmond Castro has conveyed words of appreciation and congratulations to the Belize National Cricket Association and members of the Belize national cricket selection (most of whom are from Belize Rural North) that are currently competing and doing well in the 2019 Central American Cricket Championship Tournament being held from Thursday April 25 to Sunday April 28 in Naucalpan, Mexico.
In the very first match of the tournament Thursday morning, Belize defeated Mexico, the host country. Mexico scored 108; Belize scored 112, winning by 4 wickets (with 45 balls remaining).
BLACKLEG AND RABIES VACCINATION FOR CATTLE STRONGLY RECOMMENDED – ADVISORY #3 BELIZE
The Belize Agricultural Health Authority in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Health and Belize Livestock Producers Association, once again take this opportunity to advise livestock producers to vaccinate their animals against rabies if they have not been vaccinated in the last year and against Blackleg if they have not been vaccinated in the last six months.
Farmers are advised that rabies can be transmitted to humans and to report suspect cases to BAHA. Rabies is a highly fatal disease that affects all mammals and can be prevented through vaccination of animals and post-exposure treatment to humans. Affected animals will usually show nervous signs and aggressive behavior. Most animals will show excessive salivation as swallowing becomes impossible. Avoid coming in contact with animals showing these symptoms and immediately call BAHA.
Ministry of National Security Clarifies April 25, 2019 Incident at the Sarstoon
he Ministry of National Security clarifies that contrary to reports by Mr. Wil Maheia with regard to his attempted visit to the Sarstoon on April 25th, the Belize Defence Force/Belize Coast Guard Forward Operating Base (Sarstoon FOB) was in fact completely aware of the events that occurred.
Noche Mexicana with Edwin Chapashow in San Pedro
Banana Beach Resort - Belize in collaboration with Reef Radio are proud to present Noche Mexicana with Edwin Chapashow (Comedia, imitacion y mucha diversion) on Saturday, May 4th, 2019 at El Divino Restaurant!
Tickets on sale for BZ$25.00.
Available at: Reef Radio, El Botanero & Banana Beach Resort,
Show Starts at 9:00pm.
Earth Day Cleanup in Corozal Today
Earth Day Clean Up. Meeting in-front of LANO'S, College Road at 8:00 a.m. today April 27th, 2019.
Consejo Road Cleanup Sunday
A reminder about the trash pick up starting Sunday April 28th.
Are you tired of seeing trash on the Consejo Road? Let’s be part of the solution and clean it up! If you can't do it, maybe you could provide a worker.
Place: Consejo Road from Consejo to Corozal
Dates: Any day from Sunday April 28th thru Saturday May 4.
Time: 7-9 a.m.
Wear: Hat, long sleeved shirt and pants to protect against poisonwood.
Bring: Rake, trash bags, gloves, water, hat, colored ribbon
CARILEC Linesman Rodeo competition
BEL congratulates Leroy Matura, Paul McCalla, Tyrone Reynolds and Eddie Johnston for proudly representing Belize and placing 3rd in the 2019 CARILEC Linesman Rodeo competition among 19 Caribbean teams.
RefugiARTe Coming to Benque HoC
The RefugiARTe Exhibit will be launched at the Benque House of Culture on Thursday, May 9th. It's a well done exhibit, with many amazing pieces. It was at the SISE HoC in October.
"Save the date for RefugiARTe Travelling exhibition as it will be on showcase May 9th until the end of May 2019.
Make it a date and appreciate this travelling exhibition coming near you!"
Congratulations to Belize’s Farmers of the Year
Christian Eden Salazar, Jr., Ana Eloisa Morales, and Dan Lopez! We look forward to seeing you and all the people of Belize at our booth this weekend!
Fire At A Gas Station, Catastrophe Averted By Minor Miracle
Last night, we told you about that scare at the Shell One-Stop gas station in Belize City. A pickup truck spontaneously burst into flames a few feet from one of the fuel pumps. Had that pump combusted, it would have been catastrophic.
Fortunately, quick thinking gas station's employees deployed a water hose and got the blaze under control. The Fire Department arrived shortly afterwards, and they took over, ensuring that the fire was put out completely.
But for a while there - it was very scary - an open fire in a gas station.
For a first hand account, we spoke this evening with the owner of the vehicle, 37 year-old Wenseslao Veliz.
Placencia Scare: Piper Seneca Gets Double Blowout When It Lands Downwind
More is known tonight about the Guatemalan plane we told you about last night. The Piper Seneca had a rough landing at the Placencia Airstrip around 4:00 pm.
This video shows how rough it was as the plane lands at high speed, and then smoke is seen coming from both its wheels. 7News has learned that the pilot of the light twin engine plane attempted to land twice - but was having difficulty. The problem was that he was landing in the wrong direction. He landed in the same direction the wind was blowing - and doing so on the shortest runway in the country.
National Security Says It Had Will's Back
Last night we showed you border activist Will Maheia - talking about the Guatemalan gunboats blocking the channel where the Territorial Volunteers usually enter the Sarstoon river. He says that with no Belizean BDF or Coast Guard in sight, his Volunteers retreated to PG town. He concluded by saying that the Guatemalan military had effectively blocked the Sarstoon.
Wil Maheia - Belize Territorial Volunteers:
"So I could tell you right now that the mouth of the Sarstoon River is completely blocked for Belizeans. So Belizeans just can't enter into the mouth of the Sarstoon right now."
Sewell Brothers All Free - 12 Years After US Named Them in Drug Traffic Conspiracy
They've been put through the legal ringer for over a decade but, tonight, the Sewell brothers are all free - after the last of them was returned home yesterday. 7News has been reliably informed that after serving a 12 year prison sentence in the US, Duane Sewell was deported to Belize yesterday.
In December of 2007, Sewell was sentenced to 17 years in the US state of Ohio for importing drugs into the United States. He and his brothers Mark and Gary were allegedly at the center of multimillion dollar ring that ferried cocaine from Belize through Mexico to cities across the United States, using couriers who carried the cocaine in oversized shoes.
April 10th Was The Cutoff Date
As you can probably tell by the PUP sponsored "NO TO THE ICJ ADS" on this newscast, all systems are go for the ICJ referendum on May 8th,. But if you're hoping to re-register for the big vote, it's too late now. The The Elections and Boundaries has announced that the cut-off date for registration was 10th April - which happened top be the date that the referendum should have been held.
No Bail For Rhavin, Yet
A 19 year old Crooked Tree fisherman didn't get his bail application heard in court today because a man's life hangs in the balance.
27 year old Elton Baiza is still the in the Intensive Care Unit and is on life support at the KHMH - after he was attacked and severely beaten, in Crooked Tree on April 7th.
Rhavin Gillett was one of the two men accused of beating him up and the teenager was remanded for attempted murder last week Friday.
If you're a fan of fashion or the NBA, you'll definitely know about that iconic brand, Nike Air Jordans. Its namesake, Michael Jordan has been retired for over a decade, but his Jordan brand is still the gold standard in sporting attire.
And that lucrative name branding is what the Belize Intellectual Property Office (BELIPO) and the National Sports Council want the rising local stars from the different sporting disciplines to start thinking about. They say that Belize's professional athletes are missing out on potential commercial success to turn their fame into possible endorsement deals through image rights and copyrighting.
Open Data, An Idea Whose Time Has Come?
So, while BELIPO and the National Sports Council were contemplating Intellectual Property and Sports, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry was brainstorming with the private sector on how to harness open data to provide economic opportunities for Belizeans.
Open Data is defined on the internet as the idea that some data should be freely available for everyone use and republish as they wish without restrictions from copyright, patents, and any other mechanisms of control. The Chamber, the Caribbean Open Institute, and the Trust for the Americas want to see Belizeans harness the principle and create economic opportunities for young entrepreneurs in a climate where employment is not easy to come by.
How Compol Pulled the Rug From Under Arzu
Tonight we have more from our interview with Commissioner of Police Chester Williams. As we have been reporting, Compol Williams and the President of the Belize Police Association Eldon Arzu are just not seeing eye to eye â€“ it's one issue to the next, from Arzu's failure to produce an audit, to Arzu's transfer to a new office, to Arzu allegedly not showing up to work at that new office, to Williams freezing his salary because of that and to the next issue of Williams sending an internal memo to all police formations instructing them not to entertain or tolerate Arzu in any meeting or business dealings. Well yesterday, Williams told us that he sent this memo after Arzu asked for permission to go on a countrywide tour on behalf of the association. Here is how Williams put it.
When Will Checkpoint Cops Get Proper Shelter?
And while the Compol has issues with the police association president - he still has to deal with complaints from the rank and file of the department - complaints which would normally be raised by the police association.
Those have to do with the eight hour shifts for the city's Southside - which many officers are still unhappy with - and the conditions that officers in the field have to work under. These include the many checkpoints across the city where officers have to pitch under a vinyl tent. These tents are not durable enough to stand up to the elements over a long period of time - and some police officers are taking a pounding from rain and sun.
Yesterday, we also asked Williams what's going to be done about these less than optimal working conditions.
Rider Wasani and The High-Speed Rub-Down
He finished an outstanding 12th in the cross country and was the 5th Belizean to cross the line on Holy Saturday - but, tonight, Wasani Castro is under scrutiny. That's after this video emerged which shows him hanging unto a pickup and jetting along the highway near Cotton Tree during the race.
Maybe because he's a minister's son - it's caused quite a stir on Facebook, and even some cycling veterans say he should be sharply penalized if not disqualified.
While that is a decision for the Cycling Federation to make, Castro took to Facebook to defend himself. He says he was only getting a "rub down"
Cricket Selection Starring In Mexico
Belize's National Cricket selection are currently holding the top spot in the Central American Cricket Championship Tournament being played this week in Naucalpan, Mexico.
So far, Belize has defeated Mexico and lost narrowly to defending champions MCC of England. But the team rebounded earlier today with an impressive victory over Panama. So Belize now leads the tournament with 4 points from two victories.
Tomorrow the team plays Costa Rica in this Seventh Edition of the Central American Championship. The tournament finishes on Sunday.
Pupa Curly, Call It A Comeback
He's been making reggae with a rap flavor since the late 80's, and 20 years later, Pupa Curly is still holding it down. Tonight he's released the video for his new single and is scheduled to play in a star studded concert tomorrow at mile 41.
Curly told us he'll be playing both old and new school tunes:..
The concert starts at 7:00 tomorrow night and general admission is twenty dollars.
Expect Checkpoints Going To Agric
And that concert at Harmonyville is hoping to draw from the crowd that's traveling to the National Showgrounds for this year's National Agriculture and Trade Show.
Police are determined to keep the peace after an especially peaceful easter. Yesterday at the press briefing, ASP Cowo said that you should be ready to face multiple checkpoints:
ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City:
"There will be the increase of checkpoints especially in the major highways that will be leading to the Showgrounds. There will be several VCP's set up at different locations to try and deter those drunken drivers, and also to stop the criminals, and getting to know who all is proceeding to Belmopan on that Day."
Fuel Prices Surge Again
But, if you're heading west for Agric'. you'd better buy gas tonight. That's because at midnight the price of Regular Gas will increase by 27 cents to $10.87 per gallon. Kerosene will also increase by 16 cents, while diesel and premium will remain stable.
Government warns that due to fluctuations in supply, fuel prices are expected to trend up for the next few months.
NOG's Say Watch Those Illegal Fishers
And, finally tonight, the May 8th Referendum is less than 2 weeks away, and while you contemplate whether you will vote yes or no to taking the Guatemalan territorial claim to the ICJ, the NGO community says that you should be very concerned about the "pillaging" of Belize's fisheries resources from foreign fishermen.
A lengthy press release from the Belize Network of NGO's says, quote, "Belizeans everywhere should be concerned about the pillaging of our fisheries resources by foreign fisherfolk and poachers given these illegal activities represent millions of dollars in economic loss and irrevocable damage to our world renowned marine environment."
Did Guatemalan Gunboats Block the Entrance of the Sarstoon River?
The Ministry of National Security has issued a release essentially rejecting a claim by the BTV’s Wil Maheia in respect of his attempted visit to the Sarstoon on Thursday. According [...]
P.U.P. says Guatemala Breaking International Law
So while that plays out, the People’s United Party has reacted to the ministry’s release on the incident at the Sarstoon. Party chairman, Henry Charles Usher, told News Five that [...]
I.C.J. Referendum Legal Matters Still Pending
While the Government has set May eight as the new date for the I.C.J. referendum, there are several related cases pending before the courts. On Monday, the Chief Justice is [...]
P.U.P. is I.C.J. Referendum Ready
While we had the P.U.P. Chairman, he was asked about the party’s preparedness for the upcoming I.C.J. referendum. May eighth is twelve days away and it will be a battle [...]
Official Details on Vehicle Fire at Gas Station
A pickup truck was totally destroyed by fire on Thursday in Belize City. The incident happened at a gas station so it caused alarm because of the potential risks to [...]
Family of 12 Needs Help to Rebuild Home
Back in February, a fire in Belize City destroyed two structures that housed a family of twelve, including Virginia Garnett and her triplets. The family lost everything in the fire [...]
Regular Gas and Kerosene Prices Go Up
Going into the Easter holidays, last Wednesday, the pump price for premium gasoline increased by forty cents; it took the cost up to a whopping eleven dollars and thirty cents [...]
Race Commissaires to Discuss HSCCC Issues and Wasani Castro’s Case
A video posted on social media shows cyclist Wasani Castro being pulled by a pickup truck during this year’s Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic. The video has caused quite [...]
Cyclists Meet to Chart Way Forward
The Cycling Federation of Belize is facing mounting criticisms by several cyclists and aficionados of the sport. A meeting between cyclists and attorneys took place on Thursday night to discuss [...]
Developing the Sport of Cycling
According to cyclist, Tariq Cano, there is much work needed to be done in order to develop the sports of cycling in Belize. He says that local cyclists are not [...]
Bail Denied for Man Accused in Crooked Tree Beat Down
A Crooked Tree resident accused of administering a beating on a Belize City man was denied bail for the offense of attempted murder. Nineteen-year-old Ravin Gillett was unsuccessful in his [...]
Shemar Castillo is Granted Supreme Court Bail
In mid-March, four residents of Sunset Park were charged and arraigned for attempted burglary and aggravated assault at the home of a police officer as well as another resident of [...]
‘Reach for Gold: IP and Sports’
Last month, HBO Latin America Group signed off on five licensing agreements with cable operators to legally provide programming channels. It comes down to the issue of rights. Today, in [...]
Finding Answers on How the Private Sector Can Harness the Value of Open Data
Since 2018, the Organization of American States and the Trust for the Americas have been working with the Government of Belize and Civil Society on moving towards open government. It [...]
Baby Steps to Realizing an Open Government System in the Region
Today’s event is part of the extended schedule of activities under the Development of the Caribbean and Code Sprint Initiative, coordinated by the Caribbean Open Institute for 2019. The regional [...]
NWC Hosts Beijing 25+ Report Consultation
At the 1995 Beijing Conference, Belize and one hundred and eighty-eight UN member states adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action as a global agenda to improve human rights [...]
WCS says Beijing 25+ Report Helps at the National and Global Level
Cynthia Williams says that the information gathered from the consultations will be used to generate a report for Belize. That report, she explains, will be shared with partner agencies and [...]
Blackleg and Rabies Vaccine Advisory
The Belize Agricultural Health Authority and Ministry of Agriculture is advising that if you haven’t vaccinated your livestock against blackleg in the last six months you must do so quickly. [...]
MMA Showdown in Shuga City!
A Mixed Martial Arts competition will be held on Saturday night in Orange Walk. The event will feature twelve bouts with fighters from Belize, U.S.A. and Mexico. For the first [...]
GAF gunboat blocks entrance to Sarstoon
Prime Minister Dean Barrow has set Wednesday, May 8, as the new date for a referendum in which Belizeans will indicate at the polls, with a yes or no answer, whether they support taking the Guatemalan claim to Belizean territory to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for adjudication, but in the area of the Sarstoon River, the Guatemalan Armed Forces (GAF) have been quietly stepping up their aggression with continued assaults on the territorial integrity of Belize.
Just last week, the GAF blocked a Belize Coast Guard boat and a civilian boat with Belizeans from the diaspora who were visiting the Sarstoon. The Ministry of National Security had said that the government would send “a strong diplomatic protest” regarding the incident.
All roads lead to NATS
This weekend, April 26, 27, and 28, Belizeans, in the thousands, from every corner, will be converging on a sacred plot of land in the heart of the country to celebrate the farmers and tradespersons (agro-processors, manufacturers) at the annual National Agriculture and Trade Show. There will be other activities going on in other parts of the country, especially in sports as the football and basketball playoffs begin, but this weekend belongs to the heroes and heroines who provide us with food security and earn valuable foreign exchange so that we can purchase the goods we don’t produce at home.
These are not the best of times for many of our farmers, so it is important for visitors to the show to stop by their booths to hear about what they’re doing and show appreciation for the great effort they make every year for our country.
Barrow sets May 8 as ICJ referendum day
As the Easter holiday approached and Belizeans were focused on preparations for their Easter vacation, the Government of Belize announced, via a brief press release today, that the referendum regarding whether Guatemala’s claim to Belizean territory should be taken to the ICJ (International Court of Justice), will be held on Wednesday, May 8.
The government announcement comes roughly three days after the Belize Territorial Dispute Referendum Act was passed through the Senate on Monday and was sent to the Governor General for his signature.
UB Hosts Its 9th Annual Research Conference
An assembly of scholars and educators convened at the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City this Thursday to share newly acquired findings about various sectors of Belize. The research symposium, which was spearheaded by UB’s Faculty of Management and Social Sciences, was designed to inspire academic minds to collect and analyze data concerning factors that impact our local enterprises and entrepreneurs.
As the Dean of the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences issued a warm welcome to all invited guests, he shared his convictions about the importance of scientific research and the benefits it can bring to our country: “Our Belizean society continues to face serious challenges in terms of governance, finance, education, health, economics, and crime – and research provides a vehicle through which we can seek out lasting home-grown solutions to these problems,” he said.
Cost of Living Increases in 2019
The Statistical Institute of Belize released their Consumer Price Index (CPI) report for the month of March, 2019, and in that report were listed notable differences in the prices of some consumer goods in comparison to March of 2018. The CPI categorizes consumer products into four groups, three of which have undergone inflation in the past year.
The average price of goods in the “Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages” category has increased by 0.3%; items in the “Transport” category have undergone a price increase of 0.4%, and the average price of “All Other Goods and Services” – such as motor vehicle insurance, health insurance, secondary school fees, and entrance fees to sporting events, etc. has underwent the largest increase at 0.7%.
Henry Young and CB Hyde call for political reform
Former tourism minister, Henry Young, and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Charles Bartlett Hyde, who teamed up with other concerned citizens to petition the government to ease the pressure on persons who smoke recreational marijuana — a fight “to ease up on locking down mostly poor people for possession of a couple sticks of a plant known as marijuana”, as one of the sages put it — are now offering a couple proposals which they feel will “improve the ability of governments to govern and increase the faith citizens have in their governments.”
3 Guatemalans sweep Holy Saturday Cross Country Classic; did CFB give defending champion “unfair odds”?
In Belize, Cross Country is not just a sport; it is culture, history and sports all rolled up into one; and Belizeans are still recovering from the shock of an unprecedented sweep of all top 3 prizes by Guatemalan cyclists representing the Guatemalan National Team.
There has been some controversy, and it is indeed a time for reflection and analysis of how we came to this, and the role of our Belizean-Americans in all facets of the growth and development of our nation.
We have to try and “pick sense from nonsense.” And then decide what we really want to do with our Holy Saturday Cross Country, the historic 144-mile journey to San Ignacio and back to Belize City.
Verdes draws with Wagiya; Bandits beat San Pedro, clinches CONCACAF berth
Going into the final week of this PLB 2018-2019 Closing regular season, Verdes FC led defending champions Bandits Sport by a single point, 23-22. The Opening Season had ended with both teams tied at 33 points apiece; so the aggregate points score for the combined seasons stood at 56-55 points in favor of Verdes. The points leader between the two in the Closing Season would be the overall Opening & Closing Season points leader.
The CONCACAF berth belongs to the PLB champion, from Opening and Closing Seasons, that accumulates the most combined regular season points. Bandits Sport is the Opening Season champion; the 2018-2019 Closing Season champion is yet to be determined in the upcoming playoffs.
Belmopan City Council Kids, Youth & Female Cup; and BFA 2nd Division Tournament 2019
The Belmopan Football Association (BFA) 2nd Division Tournament 2019 continued on Friday, April 5, with 3 games played at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium.
Dangriga Mayor’s Cup Week 10 results
The Stann Creek Football Association (SCFA) administered Dangriga Mayor’s Cup Tournament 2019 continued on Thursday night, April 18, with Week 10 games at the Carl Ramos Stadium.
In the opener, Hopkins Ibayani shut out Iderei (DYS), 3-0, with a goal each from Akeem Meyers (9’), Eworth Flowers (53’) and Giovanny Cacho (78’). And in the nightcap, it was Young Generals (YG) with the 1-0 win over New Site Tire Depot, courtesy of a goal by Frederick Flores (21’).
Editorial: ComPol and police doing excellent work
There were a number of incidents that could have ended up as murder cases over the Easter weekend. In St. Margaret’s Village, someone waited in the dark and fired a shotgun blast at a man who was holding a child in his arms. In Bradley’s Bank, a retiree was held up by a man wielding a machete. In Belize City, a man was stabbed when he had a misunderstanding with another man. There were other violent incidents. Fortunately, none ended in loss of human life.
The Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, said that he cannot recall an Easter weekend when there were no murders in Belize. It is no fluke that the first murder-less Easter weekend in a long, long time, occurred under the watchful eyes of the new hierarchy at the Police Department. They have been putting in the work, and we are making halting steps in the right direction.
Education for a better Belize – no baby is born bad
During the early nineteenth century, the endowment from the Mico Trust—originally established in 1670 to redeem Christian slaves in the Barbary States of North Africa— opened a series of schools for blacks and free non-white pupils throughout the Caribbean and three teacher training colleges, Mico in Antigua and Jamaica, and Codrington in Barbados.
After 1870 there was change in public education throughout the Caribbean. This coincided with the establishment of free compulsory public elementary education in Britain and in individual states of the United States.
Lawrence Vernon discusses UBAD history
After being born as the United Black Culture Association at a lecture on Black History given by Evan Hyde at the Bliss Institute in September 1968, the United Black Association for Development (U.B.A.D.) on February 9, 1969 adopted a constitution and elected officers. Its aims were described as “cultural” and “educational”; and several public meetings were held in Belize City and the towns in an effort to gain support.
Along with UBAD there sprang up a similar organization called the People’s Action Committee (PAC), whose main aim and objective was “the changing of a corrupt and oppressive system to a system which ensured freedom, justice and equality for all.” While UBAD emphasized the cultural aspect of the struggle, PAC emphasized the political.
When principles fail … people fail
I have been observing more than I have been participating in the discussions, debates, fights, attacks, monologues, discourses, media rantings and outright profanities regarding the ICJ referendum vote. I have been reluctant at times to even participate, and instead I just read or listen, but now and then I have been so taken aback by the lack of “principles” by some I thought of as principled that I chip in my two cents and when I do I come hard.
I would vote NO, but…
I would vote NO because this Guatemalan claim is preposterous, and we should have followed UBAD when they put in their 1974 manifesto that we should arm the Belizean people because when we became independent we would have to fight the bully to defend our turf, because a bully is what a bully is, someone who only respects a smack in the nose. But we voted for the PUP.
I would vote NO because Philip Goldson said that we shouldn’t become independent until the British settled the Guatemalan claim, that they (the British) reneged on a business deal for the increase of business between their two countries.
Survive United or Perish Separated
eflect and know who we are, what country we live in (a “colony or an independent nation”) and the country we want to continue to live in. We are no longer a colony. We are an independent people; and “we” must shape our future to continue surviving. We will survive only when we defend and protect ourselves “together”. Guatemala knows that. United States, United Kingdom and European Union know that. They also know our weaknesses. That is why they try to get us to the ICJ. US, UK and EU know they’d get what they want. So does Guatemala.
Both at Belize’s expense.
Ministry of Health slow in response to Southern Regional Hospital non-working morgue
The morgue at the Southern Regional Hospital has not been in working condition for several weeks and the Ministry of Health apparently did not treat the matter with any urgency until the reality was graphically brought to the country’s attention over the Easter holidays, when a dead body had to be returned to a relative, because the hospital was unable to provide storage.
In a press release yesterday, the People’s United Party (PUP) cited the
Guatemalan presidential candidate arrested in Miami for drug-trafficking plot
Mario Estrada, a Guatemalan presidential candidate of the center right National Charge Union, was nabbed by US authorities in Miami, Florida and charged in connection with a massive plot to import cocaine into the United States through the Sinaloa, Mexican drug cartel. The US indictment is also alleging that Estrada had plans to assassinate his political rivals.
Estrada was arrested last Wednesday, April 17, along with another man, Pablo Gonzalez, a mere two months before Guatemalans are scheduled to vote in presidential elections.
Over 12,000 persons denied entry into Mexico
About 12,000 persons, including Belizeans, who went to spend the Easter holiday in Chetumal and other destinations in Mexico, were denied entry into that country because they did not have a passport or the Mexican border permit issued by that country. The travelers arrived at the border in groups that were on excursions, and in buses, private vehicles, and by other means of transport, and they were refused entry.
In March, before the Easter holiday, an announcement was made on Mexican social media that Belizeans wishing to visit Chetumal for the Easter could enter the country without a passport. The announcement said that visitors would be given a pass, and that the arrangement was being made only for the Easter.
Human trafficker who used Belize and other countries sentenced to 5 years in US court
A US Department of Justice (DOJ) press release on Tuesday, April 23, provided details of an Indian national who was sentenced to 5 years in prison for his role in a massive transnational human smuggling ring which was responsible for trafficking about 400 persons into the United States, one of whom died attempting to enter the US.
Yadvinder Singh Sandhu, 61, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and 15 counts of smuggling aliens to the United States for profit before U.S. Magistrate Judge Silvia Carreño-Coll of the District of Puerto Rico. He was on three years of supervised release, before he was sentenced, the DOJ said.