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Island students observe 2019 Children’s Rally
San Pedro High school (SPHS) students, along with the upper-division students from the various primary schools of the island enjoyed the annual Children’s Rally held at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium in San Pedro Town on Friday, September 20th.
The Children’s Rally is part of the September Celebrations activities held countrywide, with the purpose of promoting patriotism among Belizean children. Under this year’s theme: “From Maya Grandeur to Modern Glory, Together let’s Shape the Belizean Story,” attendees got to enjoy motivational speeches, patriotic poems/dramas and even a special performance from Trinidadian soca artist Olatunji Yearwood, better known as ‘Olatunji.’
What is the future for Belize’s offshore banking?
Is offshore banking in Belize coming to an end? Offshore banking experts from Caporaso and Partners Law Office in Panama believe so. The law firm attributes this allegation to the recent closure of two offshore banks in Belize, Choice Bank and Atlantic International Bank Limited (AIBL). Even the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) is warning the business sector to brace for potential challenges when trying to access foreign exchange in the near future.
San Pedro Town Council and Traffic Department working to minimize traffic accidents
Aiming to decrease traffic accidents on the island, the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) and San Pedro Traffic Department (SPTD) is informing residents that any sign found on public property which is obstructing the view of outgoing traffic will be removed as of Wednesday, September 18th. SPTC and SPTD claims that these signs are distracting drivers and obstructing clear view of oncoming traffic, causing accidents. Therefore, they are forced to carry out this exercise. Island residents are asked to kindly advise the SPTC and get permission prior to the installation of any signs. They further advise anyone wanting to put a sign on their private property to ensure that it is not causing any visual obstruction to drivers. If your sign is removed, it can be picked up at SPTC Barracks located in the San Pablo Area.
New River and Macal River contaminated
The crisis at the New River in the Orange Walk District has prompted the Department of Environment (DOE) to look at viable alternatives to save the heavily polluted water way. Due to the build-up of Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) in the water, wildlife has suffered and residents living near the river are also facing health dangers. In an attempt to save the stream, DOE began an ambitious project on Tuesday, September 9th, installing aerators to try to re-oxygenate the water in parts of the river. Up to now, this effort has shown encouraging results. Meanwhile the Macal River in western Belize is exhibiting high levels of mercury in certain fish species. The Ministry of Health (MOH) is advising people living nearby to be cautious when consuming fish from the river.
Anti-Money Laundering Training Conducted In Belize
The Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and U.S. Embassy Belize facilitated a training on covert sources of information in money laundering investigations on September 18, 2019.
The training, conducted by the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Technical Assistance, was aimed to enhance awareness of Belize’s criminal laws on preventing money laundering and the use of covert sources in money laundering investigations. 24 participants representing the Belize Police Department, Customs & Excise Department, Belize Tax Services, FIU, Immigration & Nationality Services, and International Financial Services Commission shared case studies, learned key concepts in utilizing covert sources of information, and engaged in practical exercises that address real life scenarios.
Various Belizean Sources
Friends of the New River (FNR) tours the environmental management facilities of Belize Sugar Industries
On Monday, September 16, 2019, representatives of the Friends of the New River (FNR) toured the environmental management facilities of Belize Sugar Industries Ltd. (BSI) and BELCOGEN at Tower Hill, Orange Walk District.
The objective of the tour was to learn about the BSI’s and BELCOGEN’s Environmental Management System especially with respect to the current situation on the New River. Specifically, the FNR representatives learned about the work that BSI does on air quality, solid waste and waste water management.
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San Pedro Parade Route
Independence Peoples parade route has been posted, the traffic dept is requesting the public's co-operation by not parking along the route especially on Pescador Drive, Tarpon Street and Barrier Reef Drive. This will allow the parade to pass easily and for everyone to enjoy the festivities. Thank you and Happy Independence Belize.
Air Canada Will Be Increasing Flights to Belize Soon!
Planning a trip to Belize? There’s no better time to soak up the Caribbean Sun! Air Canada announced that starting December 13th, they will be increasing the number of direct seasonal flights from Toronto, Canada to Belize.
The airline company will now be offering flights on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during the high season which is between December and April.
Canada is one of the strong source markets for tourist arrivals in Belize. The Belize Tourism Board has also been working diligently for new marketing campaigns for over the past seven years for the arrival of Air Canada, along with WestJet.
San Pedro Annual Independence Children's Rally
As every year, the Ministry of Education in San Pedro hosts its Annual Independence Children's Rally that took place at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium in San Pedro High School.
Students from all the schools are invited to this rally and each school has the honor to make a presentation for all to enjoy. Many prepare skits, dances and some even sing too!
It is a really great event to share Belize's patriotism with the youth of Belize, our future.
This year, the students had a treat from Trinidadian singer, Olatunji, who had the crowd singing with excitement.
Thanks to Ms. Odelia Caliz and the Ministry of Education in San Pedro, all the schools for participating and all the guests for making this event another successful event!
2019 Caye Caulker Children's Rally and Parade
The Ocean Academy Dolphins worked hard to provide a great multifaceted performance.
Each OA house (Marlins, Stingrays, Sharks & Ospreys) chose a theme to compliment the September celebrations theme, "From Maya Grandeur to Modern Glory, Together let's shape the Belizean Story."
Belize Soca & Culture Festival
Kes the Band I Belize City 2019
Kes and members of his band experiencing Belize.
Cayo Welcome Center September Event
Cayo Welcome Center in San Ignacio held a September Celebrations event today with entertainment by Alma Beliceña Cultural group and Estevans Entertainment.
Secretary of State Pompeo’s Statement on Belize’s Independence Day
On behalf of the government and people of the United States of America, I extend my warmest congratulations to the people of Belize on the 38th anniversary of your independence, September 21.
There is much to celebrate this year, as Belize held a historic National Referendum and strengthened disaster resiliency with partner nations across the Caribbean and Central America. The U.S.-Belize relationship is grounded in our joint efforts to promote regional economic prosperity and citizen security, and in our robust people-to-people ties. The United States wishes the people of Belize a happy Independence Day.
Parks afre free for the holiday
Reminder to our Belizean travelers, Archaeological Reserves have free entrance on Public and Bank Holidays as well as on Sundays for Belizeans.
Whether you plan on exploring the magnificent structures or cool off at one of the cool caves it’s guaranteed that you’ll have a mystical experience !!!
Oceana Belize collaborated with Corozal Junior College's Grey House for their service day
Yesterday there was a cleanup of Miami Beach at Corozal Town where our Corozal Field Representative, Ryan Rivera, assisted with data recording for the International Coastal Cleanup taking place in the upcoming week.
Thank you to CJC's Grey Club and event moderators, Mr. David Vega and Ms. Joanna Magaña, for their work to love and protect our country.
38 reasons why and how we can keep La Isla Bonita clean!
We wish all Belizeans a very Happy Independence Day! As we celebrate our 38th anniversary here's 38 reasons why and how we can keep La Isla Bonita clean!
Attorney Claims Espinoza's Confession Beaten Out of Him
Adamir Choc's alleged killer Nelson Espinoza says police beat the confession out of him. As we told you, he has been arraigned for murder based on the strength of what we are told is a videotaped confession.
But, Espinoza's attorney Hurl Hamilton disputes that. He gave Plus TV an interview explaining Espinoza's police brutality account. Here's how he put it:
Hurl Hamilton, Attorney. Nelson Espinoza:
"Clearly he is denying the allegations that that they have against him, but in addition to denying the allegations..."
COMPOL Apologizes For Cops Who Gave Victim's Mom the Runaround
And while Hamilton claimed brutality today - yesterday, the Commissioner did have one apology - but it was to Adamir Choc's mother.
Seems when she went to the police station to inquire about the investigation before Espinoza's arrest - she was treated dismissively. We've heard many such reports over the years from families of murder victims - but, in this case, the Commissioner says his officers were wrong and he apologized:
Did Salvadoran Suspect Abscond?
And, now, police need more help from the Belmopan community. They're trying to find the men responsible for the murders of 16 year old Gruver Delgado and 17 year old Herman Valladares. They were killed on Saturday September 17th in the San Martin area of Belmopan.
The suspects in this murder case are 19 year old Salvadoran national Jose Chavez and a 13 year old minor.
School Adjusts To Reeking River
Last night, we showed you what the Environment Minister of State, Dr. Omar Figueroa, had to say about the slow process of reversing the pollution of the New River in Orange Walk.
They continue to stress that their pilot project of oxygenating the river using mechanical aerators is having a positive impact.
They also keep stressing that anything which disturbs the river's water surface will cause the foul odor to intensify. That's exactly what happened earlier this week when it rained heavily in the town.
It was a welcomed relief from the intense, months-long drought, but because of the state of the river, the rains are now a blessing and a curse. And on Wednesday, the teaching staff and the student body at La Inmaculada Primary School experienced that first hand.
What Happens When The Rotten River Runs Into The Sea?
The New River Task Force also called a press conference today to give an update on the river. The majority of their presentation was information that the general public had already heard: what is happening to the river, how did we get here, and how well their mechanical aeration pilot project is going.
But one thing we hadn't heard was what happens when the river does start to flow again normally due to the impending rains? Can the pollution spread?He said that there are concerns for the Corozal Bay, which the river empties into.:
BSI Struggling With DOE's Demands
And keeping it on the plight and perils of the polluted New River, you'll remember that, earlier this week, BSI/ASR finally responded to the Orange Walk residents who say they are one of the main sources of the pollution.
They say they responsibly treat their wastewater, and when it is released from their facility is does not cause any harm to the environment. To prove that point, last weekend, they opened up their facilities to the conservation-minded organization, the Friends of the New River, to show how their wastewater treatment process works.
Machete Mayhem Between Mujeres
A woman was charged for lashing another woman with two machetes and holding one to another woman's throat: a real machete mayhem.
The accused is twenty-two year old Giselle Vasquez. She was charged with burglary when she appeared today before Magistrate Emerson Banner. Vasquez was also charged with aggravated assault, harm, threat of death and damage to property.
The incident happened on Monday evening around 5:00. Forty-one year old Cordia Harris, a resident of 36 Allan Pitts Crescent, says she was lying on her bed inside her apartment, when Vasquez entered uninvited and lashed her with two machetes.
KHMH to Union: No Pensions
The labour negotiations between the KHMH Union and the hospital board and management continue. The union increased the temperature back in July when when about 150 nurses, doctors, and medical personnel staged an impromptu walkout.
Since then talks have bene proceeding at a measured pace, and today the CEO told the media that they are talking about a collective bargaining agreement, but not about a government pension - because the board has reversed its official negotiating position:
How Much Will ICJ Attorneys Cost?
5 Months ago, on May 8th, Belizeans made history when they decided, via a national referendum, that they wanted to go to the ICJ to resolve Guatemala's territorial claim over Belize.
Since then, government has been taking the necessary procedural steps to proceed to the ICJ.
But, it has become obvious to the Prime Minister and his advisors that a painful decision must be taken soon. He's taking a hard look at what are likely the astronomical fees that the country will incur, so as to give us the best fighting chance at the Hague.
NGCL Tells Butane Companies to Chill
Last night, you heard the Prime Minister talk about National Liquified Petroleum Gas Project Law that the House and Senate passed last month.
That law sets up a protected monopoly in which a new enterprise, called the National Gas Company, will control the country's butane supply. And that's why the current suppliers - all the major butane companies, which are owned by one Mexican supplier are crying foul - even though the Prime Minister suggested yesterday that as far as he is aware, they may be willing to go along with the plan.
But a letter that they've written to his office indicates the complete opposite. It is dated September 17th, 2019, and the companies: Belize Western Energy Limited, Gas Tomza, and Southern Choice Butane, say they have supplied Belizeans with LPG for the last 30 years, directly employing more than 350 persons, and investing millions.
Rochus Rolls Out
He announced his resignation abruptly three months ago - and today was the last day in office for BTL's imported CEO Rochus Schreiber.
In April of 2017, Schreiber was selected for the job from a list of dozens of applications from all over the world.
But 29 months later, he's moving on, from the company he has re-branded as DIGI.
Two weeks ago we asked him if he has mixed feelings about the abrupt departure - when he was just getting started. But, ever the corporate salesman, Schreiber put a good face on it:
Not A Robbery, More Like Shoplifting With A Hammer
A few weeks ago, we told you about the report of a robbery at a jewelry store in Dangriga Town. It made news because it was three buildings down from the police station and it happened in broad daylight. But, no police report was made initially, and the information we got from local sources was inaccurate. We said that there was a robbery which netted a large quantity oaf cash and jewelry.
KHMH Celebrates Birthday With BBQ
As we told you earlier this week, the mighty KHMH is 24 years old. Today they celebrated with a staff competition which was about skewers, not scalpels.
It was a Bar-B-Q cookout in which doctors, nurses, and support staff formed teams to grill the perfect cut of meat.
We're not sure what that has to do with healing the sick, but it sounded like a chance to score some free food so the media stopped by to judge for ourselves. We spoke to the hospital's C.E.O and PR manager about how the hospital has grown and evolved in 24 years:
School Kids Rallied With Fervor
All across the country this morning, rallies were held for primary schoolers. In Belize City, children marched waving their flags to celebrate Belize's birthday. 25 schools ended that march at the Belize Civic Center where we saw zealous, spirited patriotism from the youngest actors in the ongoing Belizean story. Cherisse Halsall reports:
Today, well over 3,000 kids packed the Belize Civic Center for the annual children's rally. 25 schools from the Belize district were invited. We dropped by for the exciting celebration.
The Spirit of Patriotism is alive and well.
Not Fade Away, Frankie
And that's the news on this Independence eve.
We wish all of you a safe and celebratory Independence Day and hope you get some good rest on the double holiday long weekend.
You can see the flag go up for the 38th time at midnight tonight right here on Channel 7 and then, tomorrow at 9:30, you can stay tuned to Channel 7 for live coverage of the official ceremonies from Belmopan.
Aerators in New River are Effective, but Concerns Grow as Rains Flush Pollution into Corozal Bay
There is an update tonight on the condition of the New River; the Department of Environment is reporting a level of success with the installation of aerators at various points [...]
Government Allocates Funds for the Work on the New River
D.O.E. has additional long-term work in the months ahead. Deputy Chief Environmental Officer, Edgar Ek says that part of the plan includes further studies of the sediments that have sunk [...]
Ministry of Health Assessing Health of Residents along the New River
Over the past two months, the health of the New River deteriorated exponentially. Aside from visible changes in its physical aspect, a strong stench of rotting eggs, which is hydrogen [...]
Woman from Southern Belize Dies after Contracting Dengue
The family of a woman from southern Belize is claiming that a loved one died due to dengue. An outbreak was detected months ago and the number of cases continues [...]
Dr. Marvin Manzanero: Seek Medical Attention to Avoid Critical Situations
As we reported earlier this week, Stann Creek is showing the second highest rate of dengue infections in the country. A total of one thousand nine hundred clinically confirmed cases [...]
Police Issue Wanted Poster for Suspect in Belmopan Double Murder
The police needs assistance in locating nineteen-year-old Jose Salvador Alfaro Chavez; he is nineteen-year-old and from El Salvador. Alfaro Chavez is wanted in connection with the murder of cousins Gruver [...]
Attorney Says Nelson Espinosa was Beaten to Confess to Murder
On Thursday afternoon, twenty-two-year-old Harmonyville resident, Nelson Espinosa was arraigned for the heinous murder of nineteen-year-old Adamir Choc. It is believed that Choc was sexually assaulted and murdered in a [...]
Belize Vulnerable to “Sudden Stop” in Investment Flows
A U.S. news outlet has published a list of countries considered vulnerable to professional scammers and Belize made the list. The article, published by WKZO FM in Michigan says that [...]
C.E.O. says K.H.M.H. Staff Not Pensionable
Chief Executive Officer for the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority, Michelle Cox-Hoare, stuck to her position today, reiterating that the staff at the hospital is not pensionable. The recently formed [...]
K.H.M.H. Workers Union to Take Pension Issue to Court
The K.H.M.H. Workers Union has lawyered up and hired the services of Nazira Myles of Myles and Banner law firm. Myles sent a letter to the C.E.O. on September sixth [...]
More Trouble Brewing at K.H.M.H.
The K.H.M.H. Workers Union is also dealing with another issue. A meeting was held this evening among medical officers who, as we understand, are experiencing labour-related issues. Union President Lidia Alpuche [...]
P.S.U. Says the Ministry of Health is the Worst Place to Work
The Public Service Union has issued an update to its members on the recently concluded familiarization tour by new president, Gerald Henry at government ministries. And it is not pretty. [...]
Bail for Men Busted with Large Amount of Weed in Corozal
Two men busted in Corozal with a large quantity of marijuana were granted Supreme Court bail on Thursday in the sum of ten thousand dollars each. They are taxi-driver, Nestor [...]
A Peaceful Protest in Belmopan
Crime was the heart of a protest in Belmopan today. A small group focused on the high level of crime and the pain endured by families of murder victims. But [...]
A Breakdown of Industries Most Affected by Drought
As much as fifty million dollars have been lost in produce by farmers due to drought. Sugar, corn and the livestock industries have taken a huge blow and production of [...]
Building Climate Resilient Infrastructure Amid Extended Dry Weather
The government has sought financial assistance from the World Bank to build climate resilient infrastructure, including roads and bridges, across the country. The initiative precedes the existing drought; however, the [...]
Is Insurance for Farmers Coming to Belize?
Insurance in the agriculture sector is uncommon as it is considered a risky undertaking for any institution providing financial protection against loss or harm. Notwithstanding the chances of loss to [...]
National Gas Company Says its Presence Will Enhance Opportunities for Current Suppliers
The National Gas Company says that its presence in the supply chain for butane will not disrupt the distribution and retail sector and adds that regulated wholesale prices and quality [...]
Annual Children Rally Celebrates Patriotism
On the eve of Independence, primary school students all over the country were encouraged to have appreciation for patriotism and love for country. In Belize City, the Civic was packed [...]
K.H.M.H. Celebrating 24 Years of Service
This year, the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital is celebrating twenty-four years of service. The national referral hospital began operations in 1995 and since then, services have expanded and infrastructure has [...]
GOB declares partial state of emergency
The Government of Belize announced today at a Prime Ministerial press conference that it is declaring a partial state of emergency in the wake of the drought that has affected farmers, causing losses in excess of 50 million dollars, according to the estimates in the damage assessments compiled by the Ministry of Agriculture.
The declaration of the partial state of emergency has become necessary in order for government to access finance from the international financial system at concessionary rates to assist the agricultural sector.
Nelson Espinoza, 22, arraigned for the murder of Adamir Choc, 19
Nelson Espinoza, 22, a laborer of Harmonyville, Cayo District, was this morning charged with murder for the death of Adamir Choc, 19, of San Martin, Belmopan.
This afternoon, Espinoza was arraigned at the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court. Court reports indicate that he was read a single charge of murder. No plea was taken from him because the offense is indictable, and no bail was offered. He was then remanded until December 16.
Mirna Young, 58, dies after gun attack in Santa Elena
Three persons were socializing in a yard at a house on Perez Street in Santa Elena at about 8:30 last night when two men rode up on a motorcycle and stopped in front of their yard.
One of the men got off the motorbike and fired at the group. Witnesses said that about 20 shots were fired by the gunman, who, after unleashing the hail of bullets, got back on the motorcycle with his accomplice and they rode away.
Accused US sexual offender who fled to Belize apprehended
An American man from the state of Kentucky who has been indicted on multiple sexual offences and who had fled the US and was living in the shadow of the Ladyville Police Station, was apprehended early this morning by US agents and local authorities.
Lad Duane Ottofy, 60, of Owensboro, Kentucky, was arrested by Belize police after he was found at an apartment owned by the former United Democratic Party (UDP) senator, Juliet Thimbriel.
Reports out of the US are that Ottofy was indicted by a grand jury in March and was released on a $25,000 cash bond that was posted by his brother.
The US disrespected Belize, says PM Barrow
The Deputy Director of the newly-created Belize Tax Service, Reynaldo Verde, was arrested on Saturday, September 7, by US agents as he transited on his way home from attending a tax conference in Brussels on behalf of the Government of Belize.
A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) press release on Monday, September 9, explained that Verde was arrested for extortion and attempted extortion.
US authorities, however, denied the high-ranking Belizean civil servant a visit from officials of the Belize Embassy in Washington. It is usually a basic courtesy extended to embassy officials in respect of persons in the custody of law enforcement of another country. This courtesy was not extended to Belize.
BELIZEAN LEGENDS! RAYMOND “LEE MOLE” ALVAREZ! TRIBUTE!
We here at Belizean Legends want to send our deepest condolences to the family of one of Belize’s legendary football players of the 1970s Belize football greatness, Raymond “Lee Mole” Alvarez, of the legendary Belizean football team, Berger 404, and before that team, the famous Independence, who sadly passed away this week.
In the book, Sports, Sin & Subversion, by Evan X Hyde, “Toro” or “Ramon”, as he is also called, is described in one of the most beloved ways by the writer himself, who was a great Belizean football buff and sports enthusiast:
“Lee Ray, by the way, was one of the greatest I ever saw. And I’ll close by saying this. If I had to win a game to save my life, Ramon Alvarez is the man I want over the ball. Toro truly loved a big game. He lived for the pageantry and the excitement and the crowd. It seemed to me that he always delivered when it had to be done.”
Nil-nil, Verdes and Bandits still tied at top of PLB standings; REVISED PLB Week 7 schedule
The much anticipated Week 6 back match between undefeated Verdes FC and Bandits Sport ended in a nil-nil stalemate last night at the FFB Stadium in a match that hardly lived up to its “El Classico” build-up. Over 50 fouls were called by referee Amir Castilla, resulting in a very disjointed game that saw very few shots at goal, though the majority of play occurred in the Bandits defensive half of the field. Noticeably missing from the Verdes line-up were sweeper/captain Elroy Smith and midfielder/striker Krisean Lopez, both serving suspensions; while Bandits sweeper Dalton Eiley had to leave the game early with what appeared to be a hamstring injury. Early on, Bandits’ defender Ian Gaynair made hard contact with Verdes’ Mexican striker Mariano Landero, who left the game for a few minutes with a bloodied nose.
Corozal F.A. Opening Season Week 2 report
We start off by giving thanks to the Almighty Father, for his continued blessing upon our tournament. This week marks Week 2. On, Sunday, September 15, we had a total of 8 games – two U10, three U13 and three U20. We are pleased to report that all went well. It’s because of the little kids’ satisfaction that we carry out continuous organized tournaments. Certainly, we are impacting them and helping in their development, physical, social and personal. We always applaud each person involved, and we are grateful to the Corozal community for playing its role in coming out to support these talented players. Your presence as fans gives that extra motivation to each of the players. Thank you.
FFB Female U-17 Inter-District Week 13 playoff results
The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) Female U-17 Inter-District Tournament had Week 13 playoff games this past weekend.
FFB Female U-17 Inter-District Week 13
Saturday, September 14, playoff results
At the Carl Ramos Stadium, Stann Creek crushed Belize, 10-0, with goals from Rainelle Moss (14’ & 53’), Shanell Thomas (26’), Celene Portillo (39’ & 83’), Shadette Lino (44’) and Jaelin Cacho (59’, 70’, 78’ & 79’).
Another football legend, Ramon “El Toro” Alvarez passes
On Tuesday of this week, we learned of the passing of legendary Belizean footballer, Raymond Benjamin Alvarez, known to football fans as “Lee Mole,” “Ramon,” and “El Toro.” He was the younger brother of another departed legend, Serapio “Big Mole” Alvarez, who was the first captain of the famous Independence football team of the 1960s that also featured another legendary baller, Louis “Bembe” “the Mugger” Garbutt. Both the Mugger and Big Mole are deceased, passing a couple months apart in June and August of 2013, respectively. That same year, a great friend of the Mugger, legendary goalkeeper Nelson “The Roo” Robinson organized a “Mugger Day” to honor him and recall the memorable exploits of the great Mugger. The Roo himself passed in May of last year, 2018; and now, Lee Mole has left us. Big respect to our football greats of yesteryear, who must certainly be inducted into the Belize Football Hall of Fame, whenever it is officially launched.
Editorial: 38 years after independence, our democracy in peril
By early 1981, Belizeans across the length and breadth of the country knew that momentum was building toward Premier Price’s dream of leading Belize to independence. Most of the clutter in the path to independence had been cleared away when the United Nations voted overwhelmingly for us to attain a seat at the table of that august body by the end of 1980, but the perennial stumbling block, the stubborn Guatemalan government, insisted on standing in our way.
Former Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Said Musa, wrote, in his book: With Malice toward None, “The months leading up to independence were tumultuous. In an ‘eleventh hour’ attempt to get the Guatemalan government to accept the inevitable … an agreement was signed between Britain, Guatemala and Belize called the ‘Heads of Agreement’… But there were features of the ‘Heads’ … that provoked public unrest.”
From The Publisher
Early in the Tuesday morning (September 17) KREM talk show this week, the man Tony Wright called host Mose Hyde to complain that the national, Belizean-owned telephone company had treated him in a most disrespectful manner during the last two critical weeks of his Soundfest promotion. (Wright’s Soundfest was staged this year on Friday night, September 13, on Bird’s Isle.)
Soundfest is an annual promotion in its eighteenth year of existence. It is the primary vehicle through which Wright, an advocate for Belizean artists (first), showcases their talent for Belizeans and Belizeans from abroad. The national telephone company, BTL or Digicell or whatever, had left Wright without internet for the aforementioned last two critical weeks of his promotion, despite fifteen (15) different attempts on his part to have them address the situation.
Re: Father Scott Giuliani SOLT’s article of Tuesday, September 3, 2019.
Like the creole say: “Dis ya man mash mih kaan.” I am a Maya and damn proud of it. Where does this Scott fellow get off saying “or we may justifiably speak of the human sacrifices and tribal warfare of the Maya”?
Yes, we Maya did have human sacrifices and we were a war-faring people, but we were also one of the most advanced races in earth’s history. Look at our majestic temples, our history of trade, agriculture systems, our education systems, and our sports history. Yes, we had many gods, but we believed in a Supreme Power.
Brian Plummer criticizes the use of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) indicator
Throughout the world, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of a country is used as the most important indicator of a country’s economic progress. One shortcoming of GDP is that it is based on activities that are detrimental to the long-term economy, like over-fishing, deforestation, strip mining, and murders.
GDP inventor Simon Kuznets was adamant that his measure had nothing to do with wellbeing.
GDP was a measure created in the manufacturing age as a means of fighting the Depression and is not capable of giving sensible signals about complex modern economy.
We forget too quickly
The maxim “como llamarada de tusa” among the folks in Benque Viejo captures the essence of novelty. Indeed, when a dried corn husk is lit, it flares up and in a split second dies away. Such happens in Belize with events that momentarily capture the spotlight of the local media and the public at large. Then all returns to normal until the next sensational thrust.
In August this year, the Government of Belize, with one stroke of a pen, wrote off a student loan of $40,478.88 to Damian Perdomo, son of the Cabinet Secretary. Apart from a press release by the youth branch of the Opposition, and a reproval by Audrey Matura, the corn husk flare soon dissipated.
Murder and the law
I want to confess outright that before I began doing my paralegal studies at the University of Belize, I was rather clueless about the law. However, I was always very fascinated with it. Two subjects in particular gripped my attention: Constitutional LAW and Criminal LAW.
I remember that Sen. Michel Chebat was my constitutional law teacher, and I had all sorts of questions and comments for him. This was because I felt that if no other law was taught in our school system, at least Constitutional law should be taught, as it went to the core of all other laws and more so, to the core of our personal rights and freedoms, as well as the system and power of governance in our country.
NATURAL HABITAT BELIZE! THEN & NOW!
The areas now known as Belama in Belize City, Belize was where the mangrove once flourished in abundance in the 1960s and 70s, and as a boy that’s where we Belize City boys used to catch crabs in abundance for the delicious crab soup that my mother used to put food on the table.
We would catch so many crabs and fill our wooden carts with crocus bags full of the crustacean that we would even sell in the neighborhood to make our matinee money. Would never forget the sight inside that mangrove forest cover of thousands of crabs of beautiful blue and yellow colors just running wild across the muddy ground floor after the August rains came plentiful in those days.
Mr. Gill has got a lot of nerve
The PUP shouldn’t win the next general election 31-0, but the UDP should lose it in a total blowout – they shouldn’t get any seats. They have earned that. This party that had so much honesty and class, is now a story of corruption and crass. They, all 31 of them, need to be denied. This UDP is a party that needs to go off with their own guru to séance at one of our islands.
If it were up to me they’d do their penance at one of those cays where the habitat of the mosquitoes has not been touched by fire, hurricane, or human hands. I bet after a bad night they’d promise to rid themselves of all their dross. People like these need to get kos, even by the PUP.
What color is God’s skin?
It seems that Belize might never run out of controversies, whether it’s about our national anthem, flag or whatever. This is so because of our different diversities: ethnic, racial, religious, cultural, political, linguistic, and so on and so forth. The country of Belize is made up of various unique nations (Maya, Mestizo, Creole, Garifuna, East Indian, Chinese, Mennonites, to name a few). We have immigrants from North America, Europe, Asia, and other geographic areas.
Add to this the influx of refugees from around the world who call Belize home, and we have a real potpourri of races and skin colors. While we are many nations, we have a common identity: WE ARE BELIZEANS. Our citizenship is Belizean. We are proud to travel with a passport that identifies us as Belizeans.
Judge hears final submission in the case of Wilfred Elrington vs Progresso Heights
Hon. Wilfred Elrington, who is also the area representative of the Pickstock constituency and the Foreign Minister of Belize, has been embroiled in a legal battle for some time now with Progresso Heights, a real estate company in which he holds a twenty-percent share. The case came up today in the Supreme Court of Justice Courtenay Abel, where both sides made final submissions.
Progresso Heights is seeking redress from the court for cautions that shareholder Elrington placed on a number of the company’s properties. The company has also sued the government’s Land Registry for the cautions that have been placed on its lands.
Two more foreigners remanded in connection with drug plane landing
On Sunday, September 8, Belize national security personnel mounted an operation which nabbed a drug plane that had landed around Mile 7 on the Coastal Road, in La Democracia village.
Following a firefight with law enforcement officers that sent two of the alleged drug traffickers to the hospital, the plane and its contents of over 1,300 kilos of cocaine were seized, as well as four foreign nationals, who were arrested, charged and remanded to prison last Wednesday.
Joeshee Chan, 18, falls out of pickup, rolled over by loaded trailer
Joeshee Chan, 18, a construction worker of Libertad, Corozal District, lost his life at about 8:00 yesterday morning when he fell out of the pan (cargo bed) of a pickup truck and was run over by a trailer.
Chan was sitting on the side of the pan of a pickup that was towing a trailer from Libertad to a destination in the Orange Walk district, when between Miles 69 and 70, the driver of the truck attempted to pass another vehicle, but had to brake, and swerved back into his lane because a vehicle was coming from the opposite direction.
Girl, 16, commits suicide after murder of boyfriend, 17
At about 3:30 Monday afternoon, a 16-year-old girl of Cotton Tree, who her family said had been mourning the death of her boyfriend, Gruver Lizandro Delgado, 17, who was shot in the head in Belmopan on Saturday morning and was declared dead on arrival at the Western Regional Hospital, was found by her father hanging by the neck in the bathroom in her home.
The devastated father called police, who took her down and took her to the Western Regional Hospital, but she was declared dead on arrival Delgado was killed when at about 10:00 Saturday morning, September 14, he and his cousin, Alexander Valladarez, 16, were shot by one of two men when they went to buy corn tortillas.