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Specials & Events
2 hours ago
Thursday morning the 20th September there will be two school parades, Little Angels pre school will parade from angel coral street to caribena st onto nurse shark st back to angel coral st to their school.

RC School will start at 9.00am and parade around the town. Please avoid the area or take extra care and be patient.

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Specials & Events
2 hours ago
Friday is the Jump Up parade. Scheduled for 10am - should start around 11.30 or 12...it will be hot. It will be sweaty and it will be awesome. See you in San Pedro! Here's 2017 for a preview.

https://www.sanpedroscoop.com/2017/09/2017-independence-parade-san-pedro-jump-up-carnival.html
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Environment
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With the recycling movement growing on the island, the Recycle San Pedro has obtained a third glass pulverizing machine. For the past months, Recycle San Pedro has been doing an excellent job on the island, finding ways to keep the environment clean by recycling both glass and plastic bottles.

Empty glass bottles of all shapes and sizes are accepted and can be dropped off at a designated location just south of SP Hardware, next to the Garifuna Black and White Restaurant. The collected glass bottles are then crushed by the pulverizing machine, which reduces the glass into fine sand that can be used for making building blocks, bricks, pavers, and Water Filter Systems. In the meantime, the plastic bottles can be dropped off at several businesses on the island that has adopted the large recycling garbage barrels. The lids of all bottles are being recycled and used by Belize Interlocking Bricks & Pavers to make bricks, while bottles are sent to a recycling facility to be shredded and repurposed.

Island residents are encouraged to drop off their glass bottles at the designated area. The team further advises residents only to leave bottles, removing garbage bags, boxes or other packaging they may use for transporting the bottles. To learn more about Recycle San Pedro and the great work they are doing on the island, you can follow them on Facebook.

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Sports
2 hours ago

San Pedro Pirates draw against Belmopan Bandits

In the sixth week of the Premiere League of Belize (PLB) 2018 Opening Season, the San Pedro Pirates hosted the Belmopan Bandits in a home game at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town on Saturday, September 15th. The match was intense, with tough defense on either side that prevented scores, and the game ended in a 0-0 draw.

The current standings of the PLB have Verdes F.C at the top of the chart with 15 points, followed by Belmopan Bandits with 14 points and Police United F.C, Altitude Assassins F.C, and Wagiya F.C with nine points. Following the top three scores are San Pedro Pirates and Belize Defense Force with seven points each. Yet to make it on the chart is Freedom Fighters. For the next match, the San Pedro Pirates will be traveling to Dangriga Town, Stann Creek District to face Wagiya F.C at the Carl Ramos Stadium on Sunday, September 23rd. The game is scheduled to start at 4PM. For more information on how to accompany the Pirates as a fan, you can contact 623-0772.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun

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Weather
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Updated satellite view

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Ambergris Caye
5 hours ago
Are the stores in the departure area duty free?
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Culture
7 hours ago

Leadership Notes For The Belizean Classroom

The Image Factory Art Foundation announces the public release of a new book titled Bembe Vision: Leadership Notes For The Belizean Classroom. Researched, written and designed by Yasser Musa, Katie Usher and Lito, this eBOOK takes a different approach to examining our history, society and cultural landscape though the eyes of radical and revolutionary women across time and space.

Fourteen women are featured in the book:

1. Elfreda Reyes - revolutionary
2. Marisol Amaya - journalist
3. Felicita Cantun - culture warrior
4. Desiree Diego - world music champion
5. Zazil Ha - Maya mother
6. Cricel Castillo - pro-athlete
7. Lisa Shoman - human rights activist
8. YaYa Marin Coleman - community activist
9. Briheda Haylock - artist
10. Cristina Coc - land rights activist
11. Rosita Baltazar - dancer
12. Lupita Quan - sports activist
13. Guadalupe Lampella - marine mother
14. Audrey Matura - activist

The book is designed to be a proactive and provocative tool for teachers and students to ask questions about why women continue to be left out, ignored and erased from the mainstream historical narrative, and why after decades of political independence we are still in a pathetic state as it relates to women in power in Belize.

Bembe in this book has a double concept. It has a deep rooted West African meaning of community spirit of recognition going back thousands of years, and it also has a colonial context where females were called bembes or “bully women” especially in the early and mid 20thcentury labour-nationalist mobilization.

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News
8 hours ago

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Annual children’s rally held at Civic Center
The Children’s Rally, held annually as part of the September Celebrations, took place this year at the new Civic Center, and thousands of students from 31 schools from across the Belize district, attended the event. Local musicians performed at the event to keep the children entertained. The students were also given the opportunity to show their patriotism by waving their Belize flags and by singing patriotic songs. There were also competitions and raffles that gave the children the chance to win prizes such as laptops and tablets.

NTUCB threatens Mayor Bernard Wagner
The National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) has written Belize City mayor, His Worship, Mayor Bernard Wagner, a threatening letter dated Sunday, September 16, and signed by its general secretary, Patrick Balan. The NTUCB says that the Christian Workers Union (CWU) has been seeking to represent its members who are employed by the Belize City Council, but its efforts “have been met with disregard and disrespect …” The union went on to state, “the Congress deems such actions as union-busting, and will not stand by and allow one of its affiliates to suffer such actions by any entity.

Dean Russell Lindo, S.C., first UDP leader, dead at 86
Attorney Dean Russell Lindo, S.C., who was the first leader of the now ruling United Democratic Party (UDP), passed away at 3:25 p.m. today at his Buttonwood Bay home. He was 86. Lindo’s family said that he suffered from diabetes and had heart complications. Lindo rose to political significance following the 1973 formation of the UDP when he became the party’s first leader. In 1969, Lindo went up against Philip Stanley Wilberforce Goldson, challenging him for the leadership position of the National Independence Party (NIP), but Goldson defeated him. That defeat was devastating to Lindo and became the catalyst which propelled him to form his own political party, the People’s Development Movement (PDM)

15-year-old escapes rape attempt by kidnapper
On Saturday at about 3 p.m., a 15-year-old girl was walking on Holy Emmanuel Street, going towards La Croix Boulevard, when she was kidnapped and taken to Homeland Memorial Park on the George Price Highway. Fortunately, she eventually was able to escape her attacker. As the girl was walking on Holy Emmanuel Street, a white 4-door car stopped about 4 feet away from her with the back door open. A man who was riding a bike on the same side of the street on which she was walking then pushed her into the car, which then sped off.

At the Supreme Court, Deon Bruce gets permission to apply to the Court of Appeal
This morning, following submissions by his attorney, Anthony Sylvestre, in the Supreme Court of Justice Michelle Arana, Deon Bruce was granted permission by Justice Arana to appeal his case to the Belize Court of Appeal. Last December, Bruce had applied for a writ of habeas corpus, but Justice Arana had ruled against him. Bruce, 32, is a Belizean for whom the United States has sent an extradition request to the Belize government. The US is seeking Bruce’s extradition so that he could be tried in the United States for murder and attempted murder.

Breakdown of the re-registration process
On Friday, the Elections and Boundaries Department held a press conference at which they presented a breakdown of the data collected during the re-registration process. As of August 31, about 59.25%, or 121,496, of the voters who were previously registered, had participated in the re-registration exercise and were on the new voters list, even though the Elections and Boundaries Department had anticipated that at least 70% of those voters would have re-registered at that point. As of September 8, 122,447 Belizeans had re-registered. (The latest update from the department has indicated that between September 9 and 15, an additional 15,943 applications were received — increasing the total number of persons who have re-registered from 122,447 to 123,390).

Diana Alford says NO to GAF on way to Sarstoon Island
Reports from Toledo from Belize Territorial Volunteers leader Wil Meheia are that some 22 paddlers, 18 males (2 per kayak) and 4 females (1 per kayak) participated in the kayak paddling race – the 3rd Annual Sarstoon Eco Challenge, this past Saturday, scheduled to travel from Barranco Village to circle our Sarstoon Island and return back to Barranco, 17 miles, with a stipulation being that each team should touch the mangrove on Sarstoon Island. But Wil reported in his call to Krem WUB this morning that there was massive interference in the race by the Guatemalan Armed Forces (GAF) launches, which obstructed the paddlers and denied all but one of them access to the Sarstoon Island.

Verdes take lead; Bandits still undefeated at Week 6 of PLB 2018-2019 Opening Season
t looks like a two-horse race at Week 6 of the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2018-2019 Opening Season, as defending champions Belmopan Bandits SC are still undefeated, but after their contested draw with San Pedro Pirates over the weekend, arch-rivals Verdes FC have taken over the standings lead (See standings below). There were two Saturday night clashes and two Sunday afternoon encounters in the PLB Week 6 schedule.

Weekend Billiards Tournament in ‘Griga
This past weekend in Dangriga Town, the Hon. Frank “Papa” Mena Individual Pool Tournament at Aba Isieni Cool Spot had 22 players from across Stann Creek District partaking. The winners are: Enfield Coleman in first place; Cliff Usher took second place; and Edwin Vargas was third.

OWFA 1st Division Amateur Opening Season Week 2 results and standings
The Orange Walk Football Association (OWFA) 1st Division Amateur Opening Season Tournament is under way, with Week 2 games being held on Saturday and Sunday, September 15-16, at the Louisiana Football Field. In the opener on Saturday, San Francisco FC clipped Jam Rock FC, 2-1, with a goal apiece from Armando Chirinos, Jr. (67’) and Rodney Delcid (76’), after Travion Martinez (31’) had given Jam Rock FC the first half lead. The nightcap saw Palmar FC with the 3-1 win over Guinea Grass Survivors FC, courtesy of a goal each from Ivar Canche (25’), Jesus Perez (25’) and Kevin Pol (54’); while Darian Coh (36’) got the sole tally for Guinea Grass Survivors.

Editorial: Belize: a changing Guatemalan problem
Communist Russia was an ally of the United States and Great Britain during World War II (1939-1945), but shortly after the so-called Allies were victorious over the so-called Axis countries – Germany, Japan, and Italy, the foreign policy of the U.S. began to be dominated by the determination to contain the spread of communism, a belief system which had inspired the Russian Revolution in 1917 and then became the core ideology of the Chinese Revolution which triumphed in 1949. The nature of the Guatemalan republic was that it was controlled by a business/industrial and military elite which was anti-communist to the point of being fascist. The uprising in Guatemala which overthrew the military dictatorship of Jorge Ubico in 1944, however, introduced democratic tendencies into Guatemala during the presidency of Juan Jose Arevalo, who was succeeded by Jacobo Arbenz in 1951.

From The Publisher
As much as we cherish life when we are in our youth and in our prime, it is for sure that if we live long enough we begin to lose our relevance. In fact, if we live long enough we begin to lose our dignity, which is a human tragedy, from creation. As a people, the superpower Americans appear to be terrified of aging. They spend a ton of money trying to fight off the inevitabilities of time: Americans, generally speaking, want to look and behave as young as they possibly can. There are other “developed” cultures, such as Japan’s, where age is viewed as more of a blessing than a curse. In fact, most cultures which are not considered “developed,” hold their elders in esteem, for different reasons. One of these reasons is that people usually die younger in populations which are less wealthy: the wisdom of the aged is seen as valuable.

Bembe Vision: Leadership Notes for The Belizean Classroom
Dear Editor, I write this evening to share the excitement of a new publication, Bembe Vision: Leadership Notes for The Belizean Classroom. It is a book that will be free in e-format, downloadable from http://www.imagefactorybelize.com as of 20th September, 2018, the eve of our Independence commemoration. Researched, written and designed by Yasser Musa, Katie Usher and Lito, this e-Book takes a different approach to examining our history, society and cultural landscape though the eyes of radical and revolutionary women across time and space.

A smile in the Belmopan morning …
Dear Editor, Today I met up with a smile. One I hadn’t seen for a while. “Amanda” (I do not know her real name) and I approached each other on the Ring Road, in Belmopan. She had a trash receptacle in one hand, and an easy-grab tool fashioned ”kisskiss” style, in the other. Its jaws were elongated ears. The debris she snatched from the drain verge was dropped into the bag. I was on my way home from an early morning walk. Not many people were about.

With malice toward…
I don’t know that Brother Louis Wade (Plus TV) is one of those kinds of people who need to be told about the good in them. If God sees him as many of us do (me included), that brother will walk through the most important gate without being questioned. Bah, but I don’t like how Wade turns numbers to prove his views about weed. Over and over we have heard from his quarter that decriminalized weed has something to do with an increase in planes landing under cover of night in Belize. (I don’t know wherefrom he gets the numbers that more planes are landing than ever before. It is not impossible that we are in a “lull”, and the burnt planes being found are just a streak of bad luck for the narcotics traffickers)

Anke Doehm, 56, seeking court’s permission to consult doctor in US
American national, Anke Doehm, 56, who has been indicted on a charge of cruelty to a child in connection with the death of her 13-year-old adopted daughter, Faye Lin Cannon, which occurred in July 2017 in San Pedro, was in court yesterday, Thursday, in connection with a variation to her bail that she is seeking. Doehm wants to have a consultation with a doctor in the United States and wants the court to give her permission to leave the country. While applying for and receiving variation to a bail condition is a standard procedure for foreigners who are charged with serious crimes in this jurisdiction, it turned out to be anything but routine for Doehm. That is because the person who signed the surety on behalf of Doehm decided to withdraw his bail when he learned that Doehm wanted to travel to the U.S.

Three men caught after allegedly robbing Fantaxia Restaurant on Queen Charlotte Street
On Saturday afternoon, around 2:30, while the Expo was taking place at the ITVET compound, three masked men robbed Fantaxia Restaurant on Queen Charlotte Street, not far from where they live. The men: Tyrone Guy, 24; Trevon Guy, 25; and Leon Westby, 23; are well-known to police and did not get far before they were apprehended. The armed thieves entered the restaurant from the back of the establishment and tied up the four employees who were inside. They then robbed them of cell phones and other items, as well as an undisclosed amount of money.

Housekeeper busted with over 7 pounds of weed in San Pedro
Dorla Morales, 28, a housekeeper of San Pedrito, San Pedro, is in police custody after she was busted with 3,277 grams (7.22 pounds) of cannabis at about 9:30 this morning during a random search that was conducted on her at a boat dock in San Pedrito. Morales was immediately arrested and charged with drug trafficking. She has been detained pending arraignment at the San Pedro Magistrate’s Court.

Police charge Wayne Welch, 24, with shooting Dawn Parchue, 23
Police have charged Wayne Welch, 24, a plumber residing in Lake Independence, with attempted murder, dangerous harm, and use of deadly means of harm for the shooting of Dawn Parchue, also known as “Dana,”at about 11:30 Friday night, August 25. Parchue was riding from a restaurant on Mahogany Street towards her home on Croton Lane, and had reached Jasmine Street, heading toward Flamboyant Street, when a man walking toward her from Flamboyant Street took out a gun and fired multiple shots at Parchue was struck four times in her abdomen and once in her leg, and she fell off her bicycle. The gunman then ran away.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Philippines issues advisory to citizens over state of emergency in Belize
The Republic of the Philippines has issued an advisory to its citizens who may be traveling […]

Premium gas goes up again
The Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) has just issued new gas prices that will kick […]

Three ambassadors present credentials to Governor General
Three ambassadors presented their Letters of Credence today to the Governor General of Belize, H.E. Sir Colville […]

U.S. Embassy announces 2018 Belizean Young Leaders for fellowship program
The United States (U.S.) Embassy today announced the 2018 cohort of the Young Leaders of the Americas […]

Ministry of National Security hosting 2nd annual military parade today
The Minister of National Security, John Saldivar is inviting the public to witness the second annual Military […]

Ministry of National Security blames BTV for Guatemalan Armed Forces encounter in Sarstoon
The Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) conducted their third annual Sarstoon Kayak Challenge on September 15, 2018. While […]

Fire destroys home in Hopkins Village
Police are investigating a fire that destroyed a house in Hopkins Village, Stann Creek District. Around 12:30 […]

Police find weed and ammo in San Pedro
This morning around 9, police conducted a search in a bushy lot on Marina drive in San […]

Customs Officers find marijuana in a sack of flour
Last night around 8, Customs Officers in northern Belize handed over 2 parcels of marijuana […]

Santa Elena student raped by Ex-boyfriend
Police in Santa Elena Town, Cayo are investigating a rape incident. According to reports, a […]

Girl, 17, almost raped in northern Belize
A 17-year-old female was almost raped on Sunday night in northern Belize. She was reportedly […]

Fifteen-year-old girls escapes kidnapping and rape attempt
A 15-year-old girl was kidnapped and almost raped over the weekend. According to Assistant Superintendent of […]

Music ambassador meets with directors from Cuban Music Institute
Belize’s Music Ambassador, Shyne Barrow, met with representatives of the Cuban Institute for Music and […]

Shooting victim, Darryl Berry, 29, wasn’t the target
Darryl Berry, 29, was shot twice to the legs while riding his bicycle on Fabers […]

PUP extends condolences on passing of Dean Lindo
Leader of the Opposition of the People’s United Party (PUP), John Briceno, and the PUP […]

Half dressed and drunk police officer to face disciplinary action
Police constable, Aldrick Borland, is facing internal disciplinary actions by the Belize Police Department. This […]

International Sourcesizz

Belize under state of emergency; Filipinos warned
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has issued an advisory to overseas Filipino workers in Belize, a country in Central America, following the recent declaration of a state of emergency due to increasing criminal and gang activities. Filipino Ambassador to Mexico Demetrio Tuason said the declaration was due to six murders recorded between August 31 to September 1. The DFA said the measure was intended to ensure the safety of the public during Belize’s National Day celebration this month.

Videos

  • The Acting Prime Minister Hon. Patrick Faber will continue his countrywide tour in the North!, 1min.

  • Travel in BELIZE 3 (Placencia) GoPro, 3min. A trip without planning, we left at 4:30 AM from Flores, Peten, Guatemala for Placencia Belize, arriving at 11:00 AM and enjoyed the beautiful landscapes of this place, highly recommended for a weekend.

  • 2018 Military Parade, 14min.

  • Public Town Hall on the ICJ, 2.5hr.

  • Did you know that there are approximately 700 historic sites in Downtown Belize City?, 39min. Our first guest spoke to us about the work of the Downtown Rejuvenation Project to preserve these sites and to educate the populace about the importance to our history. Albert Avila, Community Liaison Officer, walked us through 27 of the historic sites and spoke a bit about their significance. He update us with the work that will commence in upcoming months to renovate Yarborough, The Human Development Building and ACC grounds.

  • The Scouts Association of Belize and Oceana - Riverways Clean Up, 26min. Ricardo N. Alcoser - Country Coordinator, Coastal and Riverways Cleanup, The Scout Association of Belize. Victor Sho - Sport Fishing Coordinator, Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute. Kleon Coleman - Belize District Outreach Representative, Oceana in Belize.

  • National Service Day - Remembering George Price, 24min. In honor of National Service Day we invited representatives of the The George Price Center to speak on the legacy of the national hero. Saidy Godette, Curator/Coordinator of the Centre, spoke of his early life and how he was able to make an impact in the trajectory of our history. She explains that National Service Day honors a fundamental truth of the Father of the Nation - his commitment to leadership through service.

  • Junior vybzes band at Corozal central park, 1min.

  • Corozal central park battle of the band, 9.5min.

  • Ambergris, Belize, 5.5min. Good time in Belize

  • SVOSH Trip in Belmopan, Belize, 4min.

  • Dolphins Belize, 1min. Two Dolphins join while diving Belize

  • Belize’s military might displayed in parade, 1.5min.

  • Snorkel Belize in Shark & Ray Alley + Hol Chan Reserve, 11min. Welcome back to another adventure in Belize. Brian and Cindy are snorkeling the waters with Caveman Snorkeling Tours.

  • An UnBELIZEable Time in Caye Caulker, Belize, 7min. A great weekend trip in Belize with fresh cheap food. Besides the mosquitoes I have no complaints whatsoever

  • Accion Deportiva, 60min.
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    Ambergris Caye
    8 hours ago
    RE - Island city - True - and they encourage you to ask for it. Thanks for that clarification.
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    Specials & Events
    8 hours ago
    Don't forget, this Thursday night at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sports Complex, starting at 7:00 p.m.
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    News
    8 hours ago
    Today is National Colors Day! Wear the national colors proudly and show your patriotism for our country, Belize!

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    Caye Caulker
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    On 20th of September we will be having our annual ceremony to bring in our Independence Day! We will be having a few dance and musical performances starting at 7pm at the Central Park.

    Raising of the Flag Ceremony
    Fireworks at Midnight!!
    FOLLOWED BY A DANCE with DJ Silva until 3am!!

    We will also use the court as a food court where families can sit down and enjoy food and drinks.

    Adult Bar Area available -we will be selling drinks all night long!!

    On 21st we will be commencing our celebrations at 12noon until 12 midnight!

    All floats and dance groups are asked to LINE UP starting at 1:30pm.

    Judges will be judging FLOATS during and after line up.

    1st Prize - $600
    2nd Prize - $450
    3rd Prize - $250

    BELIZE DA FU WI - NOW AND FOREVER!!! 8867
    Judging will be based on: Most patriotic, creativity, best depiction of September Celebrations Theme!

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    Caye Caulker
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    Split to Split Ferry Service to the North Island is available anytime during daylight hours. $10BZ each way or $15BZ round trip. Farthest distance North Island Beach or back Lagoon, old Driftwood. If you would just like to cross at split. $5BZ each way. Golf Cart $25BZ. Bicycles $2BZ.

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    Go Green
    8 hours ago

    Phasing Out Single-Use Plastic and Styrofoam Items

    Earlier this year, the government announced a Cabinet decision to reduce the use of single-use plastics and Styrofoam items over a one-year phase-out period. The intent is to decrease plastic and Styrofoam pollution. One of the key components to the phase-out is the cutback in the importation of these single-use plastic shopping bags and Styrofoam and plastic food utensils. Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Doctor Percival Cho, told the press today that several meetings have been held with importers and local producers.

    Dr. Percival Cho, C.E.O., Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development

    “The task force that has been to execute this phase is currently scheduling these consultations with importer and local producers as well, one on one discussion and that is ongoing at the moment. These things that we are targeting are completely avoidable pieces of waste. It is not necessary to use single use bag to take your grocery from shop to home. You can use a more permanent market bags as we use to call them. When it comes to straws, it is not necessary to use plastic straws. There are paper alternatives. When it comes to cups, you have paper alternation. It is not necessary to use plastic. These are all items that can be replaced with much inconvenience being cause. At the same time it takes some behavioral change in the general public to realize that and to ensure that we all operate mindful of the environmental impact that we have.” 

    The use of these products will be phased out by April 2019.

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    News
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    A Political Mastermind is Remembered by His Understudies

    Preparations are underway for the funeral services of Dean Russel Lindo, who we are told will be offered a state funeral, due to his prominence in political life beginning in 1964.  He is to be eulogized by a close friend and another powerhouse in the United Democratic Party, Michael Finnegan.  Lindo passed away on Monday afternoon after ailing for some time. Messages of condolences have been flowing to honour the deceased first leader of the U.D.P., a party which evolved from the National Independence Party.  He retired after twice winning and twice losing the Fort George Division against sitting area rep, Said Musa.  Lindo served in cabinet as Minister of Natural Resources and was also named ambassador to the United States. After retiring from active politics, he practiced law.  Tonight, News Five’s Isani Cayetano looks at the legacy of Dean Lindo.

    Isani Cayetano, Reporting

    The profound impact of Dean Lindo on the United Democratic Party, as foremost leader and chief political strategist, is still felt across the organization decades after he rose to prominence in the late sixties.  Career politician and fellow U.D.P. stalwart Michael Finnegan came up under Lindo’s tutelage.

    Michael Finnegan, U.D.P. Politician

    “I give most of my success, if not all my success to Dean Lindo.  Everything that I have done in my life I have learned from Dean Lindo.  Oh yes, I have improved on what he taught me, but everything was from Dean Russell Lindo.  My first campaign was with Colvin Young in 1965.  I campaigned for Colvin Young in 1965.  He is alive and he is living proof to that.  My second campaign was with Dean Lindo in 1969 and brother; I will repeat again, the P.U.P. was not easy to beat.  The P.U.P., this entire country was P.U.P.   The people in Belize believed in George Price and believed in the P.U.P.”

    Despite the overwhelming support for the People’s United Party at the time, Lindo and the fledging political movement to which he belonged held true to his ideals and philosophy.

    Dean Lindo, First Party Leader, U.D.P.

    “I thought that George Price didn’t strike me as being sincere, whereas Goldson struck me as a sincere man and as I said, he went through a hard time and he was always fighting.  He was alone in the National Assembly.  He was later election joined by Edwin Murray from Monkey River, but it was, well to me they struck me as being more sincere, more concerned about people and their problems that the people were facing at the time.”

    Also owing her knowledge and fervor for politics to Lindo is former Collet U.D.P. Area Representative Faith Babb.  She was the first woman to be elected to the House of Representatives by the United Democratic Party.

    Faith Babb, Former Collet Area Representative

    “I met Mr. Lindo at Ken Tillett’s house.  He lived on the same street that we lived on, Richard Street, and he was about at the time to form the PDM, the People’s Democratic Movement and I was interested because at the time you were having UBAD and other organizations that were political, but it wasn’t something that we could join because they were all grown people, right.  So being an enable were would have been just okay for me.  So because of the relationship with Ken Tillett and Mr. Lindo, they started having meetings at his house, so then I use to go across to the Tilletts and be a part of the meeting and when I found what was taking place I wanted to be involved.”

    But being involved, as a member of the up and coming U.D.P., was often challenging.  Lindo speaks of the difficulties faced under his political opponents.

    Dean Lindo

    “George Price, he was a rough customer.  In fact, his whole philosophy was, I shall reward my friends and punish the enemy and he lived up to that, believe me.  So there was a time when NIP, we had to go out of town, they banned us from having meetings in the city and we had to go out of town by Cemetery out there to have meetings.  In fact, they attacked people, the supporters attacked, they actually attacked Ken Tillett, Finnegan and them when they went into the, at the time it was Collet Division.  They literally attacked them.”

    Finnegan also recalls those days and the fact that there were defectors in the National Independence Party.

    Michael Finnegan

    “People who were in our party switched from our party and joined the People’s United Party because they wanted to win.  Did you know the then Deputy Prime Minister, or the first Deputy Prime Minister Lindy Rogers was a founder of the National Independence Party with Philip Goldson.”

    Reporter

    “I didn’t know that.”

    Michael Finnegan

    “Yes, he switched from the National Independence Party to join George Price and the P.U.P.”

    Reporter

    “Opposite of Goldson who left George Price and the P.U.P. to form NIP.”

    Michael Finnegan

    “Exactly.”

    Lindo, in his own words during his final interview last month, shared how the United Democratic Party was formed.

    Dean Lindo

    “By this time I wasn’t NIP, I was PDM.  Well we decided eventually that it didn’t make sense to be fighting separately.  We better join forces because it was divide and conquer so that they could split up the three parties.  So then we joined NIP and PDM joined, then eventually the liberals joined us and that was how we formed the U.D.P.”

    Babb’s foray into politics is also attributed to Dean Lindo, whom she says taught her and others how to be confident in the political arena

    Faith Babb

    “He taught us how to be fearless, don’t be afraid once you know that you are doing the right thing and you believe it from within, stand up and put up a fight for what you want.  And with that I was able to understand that it will take a lot out of you, you will have to be strong and I never hesitated to attempt to do the things that I knew are right.”


    Lindo Versus Musa: A Political Rivalry for the History Books

    The political rivalry between Dean Lindo and Said Musa is one for the history books.  Coming from a student of the former and a close friend of the latter, Mesopotamia Area Representative Michael Finnegan says that Lindo is virtually unrivaled as a political mastermind.  The only other politician who comes closest to him in astuteness is Fort George Area Representative and two-time prime minister Said Musa.  Finnegan says that the competitiveness between the two titans was great for the development of party politics in the country.

    Michael Finnegan, U.D.P. Politician

    “In my political life, I think they were the greatest.  I noh care weh nobody seh bout Said Musa, and this interview is not about Said Musa, this interview is about Dean Lindo.  But the closest thing to Dean Lindo, as far as I am concerned, is Said Musa.  Who noh like it, noh like it, but I’ve got to be truthful and you know I am old now, I am retiring.  I could talk from mi heart, I could mek everybody know and di nation know how I feel about things and that rivalry was a great rivalry because it was a rivalry between two political giants.”

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    Travel
    8 hours ago

    So…You Don’t Need Mexican Insurance (Yet)

    Last night you heard form the Mayor of Orange Walk, Kevin Bernard. He said he had spoken to the Honorary Consul of Belize in Mexico - who supposedly said that if you don't get that Mexican insurance you can't drive in Chetumal.

    Well today the Honorary Counsel told Bernard something different:..

    Dr. Luis Montero Maldonado- Hon Consul México
    "No person in Chetumal or no authority in Chetumal should ask for any insurance because only the institute is the one that has the ability to apply the law. Nobody else can apply the law. No patrol, no police patrol can apply the law as yet. So, if there is any patrol that is asking for the insurance it means that it is not something true. Also, you can continue coming to Chetumal and Quintana Roo without needing the insurance as yet."

    Dr. Maldonado says this is based on the Mobility law which came into effect last week - but the governor has one month to name a director - WHICH HAS NOT HAPPENED.

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    8 hours ago

    Yesterday we got to ask the Prime Minister about the state of his recovery from back surgery. He's still in Havana Cuba after spinal fusion surgery on September fourth.

    As he told us, there is, quote, "still a great degree of pain", but this time it's coming not from his spine, but form what is called "the donor site" - that's an area near the pelvis where the Cuban surgeons harvested bone to use in the spinal fusion. That basically required breaking the bone - which involves a long and painful recovery.

    And while that is the bad news, the PM says that the good news is that his spinal pain is mostly gone:

    Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister
    "That's absolutely the good thing. It has indeed - still, still twinges, still some soreness after I would by way of the prescribed exercise. But there can be no doubt at all that the pre surgery pain that was all across the back particularly in the right side that that's greatly abated. This pain from the harvesting of the bone by way of the Iliac Crest. The harvesting was done on the left side, and so that's where the concentration is but the doctor is absolutely confident that it will resolve in time. So, I, as I said, expect to be back by Saturday. For the first week thereafter I will work from home, I will sign whatever needs to be signed from home. But by the second week I fully expect to be putting in at least four hours per day in office, and thereafter it is my hope and conviction that I, I will simply continue to go from strength to strength."

    The PM goes back to the Doctor tomorrow, and then is scheduled to return to Belize on Saturday.

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    9 hours ago

    One of the most pressing issues facing developing countries is the proper collection and disposal of solid waste. The ASR Group which owns the Belize Sugar Industries is showing a great act as a social partner by handing over two dozen acres of land for the Government to build a transfer station for waste disposal. Love News travelled to Sugar City where the Inter-American Development Bank also committed ten million US dollars for the project’s completion.

    Jose Sanchez: “The dump site in Orange Walk is an environmental hazard but the land owner ASR is giving the land to the government with finance from the IDB to transform it into a modern transfer station. All partners gathered this morning for the handing over of the land.”

    Dr. Percival Cho CEO Ministry of Environment: “This is a very important event and marks a very proud moment in Belize’s history where public and private entities have come together to collaborate for better waste management and protection of our environment and human health. This gracious act on the part of ASR/BSI in our view goes beyond and above what we term corporate social responsibility. This type of collaboration of course must not go unnoticed and must be commended and encouraged. The Inter American Development Bank funded the first projects of the site and the closing of the Dump Site in other parts of Belize have been a major environmental success.”

    Voice 1: “By the end of the first project more than 35,000 households in Belize had access to safe disposal of Solid Waste in sanitary landfill representing 39% of households in Belize. By the way in 2009 it was 0% so we came from 0% in 2009 to 39% in 2015. We want to thank very much the ASR group, the Belize Sugar Industry for donating the land of the Solid Waste Management to the Solid Waste Management Authority in order to close the whole town dumpsite and open a modern transfer station. This is really a great example where both the public and private sector work collectively through a private public partnership.

    Jose Sanchez: “The Orange Walk district has the most to gain and Mayor Kevin bernard expresses gratitude.”

    Mayor Kevin Bernard: “ The Orange Walk Town Council through the digest of ASR/ BSI has been using this garbage dump on the Pine Ridge Rd. to dispose the Solid Waste gathered from within our town jurisdiction and we have been appreciative as have the people of our town because it has served a critical purpose. I take this opportunity to thank our friends who have not only allowed us use of the lot but have now become stakeholders in an even bigger project.”

    Voice 2: “ I would also like to recognize Dr. Cho and Mayor Bernard for again the very easy collaboration for our end that we could make a positive difference here in the community and from my standpoint we talk alot about sustainability in our company. We talk about a lot about environmental compliance and it’s very important for me and I am very proud to be standing here today that we can finally bring this vision here to a reality.”

    Jose Sanchez: “ The project will be managed by the Solid Waste Management Authority.”

    Dr. Percival Cho CEO Ministry of Environment: “The land has been entrusted to us to execute the Belize Solid Waste Management Project. It is an extension of project one. We are about to close down the open dump site in Orange walk and construct a transfer station that will be serving this community. The transfer station of course, we are going to receive the waste. It’s the same process as the first one, we are going to extract the recyclable materials and then the waste is going to be long hauled from the transfer station in Orange Walk to mile 24 at the Regional Sanitary landfill.”

    Dr. Percival Cho CEO Ministry of Environment: “Now the conclusion of this second project, another 6 transfer stations can be constructed. Some of them or a model depicted here to the left and the landfill will of course also be expanded to accommodate this increase in the flow of waste. Municipalities in south and North of the country will have the facilities they need to house and transfer waste in an efficient manner to the sanitary landfill, thereby forgoing the need for individual dumpsites around each municipality. This will have measurable benefits to human health in these municipalities and of course the well being of the environment is of utmost concern for us.

    Jose Sanchez Love news.

    A sensitization period to inform the public about the project will begin in a month.

    LOVEFM


    OW Will Have New Landfill

    Orange Walk will have a new landfill. The Solid Waste Management Authority today took charge of 25 acres donated by ASR/BSI.

    That will mean the end of the dump site in Orange Walk - and now the waste will be send to this new area. Communications Officer Tyronne Chimilio told us more:...

    Tyronne Chimilio, Communications Officer, Belize Solid Waste Management Authority
    "We held this event today. It's a land transfer from ASR/BSI to the Belize Solid Waste Management Authority. The land has been entrusted to us to execute the Belize Solid Waste Management Project. It is an extension of project one and we are about to close down the open dumpsite in Orange Walk and construct a transfer station that would be servicing this community. At the transfer station of course we will receive the waste. It is the same process like the other one. We are going to extract the recycling material and the waste will be long haul from the transfer station in Orange Walk to Mile twenty four at the regional sanitary landfill. Today marks a very important event for us because this has been in the pipeline for a long time and of course with the newly design transfer station, it is able to facilitate resource recovery of recycle material which is very important to the success of this project."

    Reporter
    "How big is the area that ASR has donated to you?"

    Tyronne Chimilio
    "They have donated 25 acres of land for the transfer station and of course for disaster preparedness in case an event happens that is catastrophic we still have land space to properly dispose of those waste."

    Reporter
    "The IDB is the main funders. How much money is the IDB contributing and what is it that you will do with the funds?"

    Tyronne Chimilio
    "They have contributed 10.2 million dollars; 10 million from the IDB and 200,000 from the government of Belize and with that we are going to conduct a massive campaign to socialize people more about the project and of course since we want to have residents from the beneficiary municipalities and those municipalities are Corozal, Orange Walk, Dangriga, Belmopan, Placencia, Punta Gorda - we are advocating now for separation at the source. So we want to have a 2-bin cycle where people could dispose their waste. We want residual garbage in one and then we want recyclable in the other one."

    Form here, the garbage will be hauled to mile 24 on the Western Highway.

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    9 hours ago


    Did you know that there are approximately 700 historic sites in Downtown Belize City? Our first guest spoke to us about the work of the Downtown Rejuvenation Project to preserve these sites and to educate the populace about the importance to our history. Albert Avila, Community Liaison Officer, walked us through 27 of the historic sites and spoke a bit about their significance. He update us with the work that will commence in upcoming months to renovate Yarborough, The Human Development Building and ACC grounds.
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    In honor of National Service Day we invited representatives of the The George Price Center to speak on the legacy of the national hero. Saidy Godette, Curator/Coordinator of the Centre, spoke of his early life and how he was able to make an impact in the trajectory of our history. She explains that National Service Day honors a fundamental truth of the Father of the Nation - his commitment to leadership through service.
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