Today's Belize News: March 8, 2015 - 03/08/15 12:26 PM
Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5 and CTV 3
Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, and the Dickie Bradley Specials
San Pedro Tiger Sharks Win
Phew!! Even in a nail-biting final quarter, when their lead was cut down to 2, San Pedro Tiger Sharks never let go of the advantage and managed to squeak in another home win!! Goooooooo Tigersharks!!
Ingrid Castellanos, age 16. Last seen in Caye Caulker yesterday, March 6th at the 10:30AM San Pedro Belize Xpress boat heading to Belize City. She was wearing short blue jeans pants and a pinkish colored blouse with sleeves to the elbow. Please contact the Caye Caulker police at 206-0179 or her family at 653-0698.
Belize to take on Cayman Islands for FIFA World Cup Qualifiers
The Belize National Football Selection is scheduled to play its first match in the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup Qualifiers on March 25th. The Jaguars will take on the national football selection from the Cayman Islands in hopes of advancing in their quest to earn a spot at the World Cup Russia 2018. The match will take place at the newly renovated Football Federation of Belize (FFB) Project Stadium in Belmopan City at 8PM.
San Pedro Police have charged two persons for the crime of “Drug Trafficking”. According to a report issued, 24-year-old Delfina Romero and 27-year-old Jeffery Navarette were found in the possession of a large amount of drugs after their apartment was searched on Tuesday, March 3rd. On Tuesday, March 3rd, at about 11:50PM, a 26-year-old woman of San Juan Area visited the San Pedro Police Station and reported that about 11:30PM she was walking from a store towards her home in the San Juan Area when she observed two male persons following her. She quickly went home and headed straight upstairs. When the same two men passed and one of the men fired a single gunshot in the air.
Residents concerned over burial process at new cemetery
Tillett indicated that when a person dies from communicable or infectious diseases, the burial process is strict and different. That includes a burial supervised by Ministry of Health personnel and entails having a sealed casket that does not allow the seeping of body fluids, and prevents the community coming in contact with the body without proper gear. In addition, the body must be placed below six feet of dry ground or inside a guaranteed and safely constructed tomb. She did say however that the law also provides for a pauper’s burial in accordance with burial standards in place by the Ministry of Health. In the case of Belize, a pauper’s burial is considered when anyone in the community passes away outside of a hospital and there is no one willing or able to pay for the burial, or when authorities take control of burial arrangements. Tillett says that of the recent three people buried at the cemetery underground, it was considered pauper’s burial and as such the families and the local municipality had no control over the burial process.
Misc Belizean Sources
Installing new mooring buoys at Hol Chan Marine Reserve
This is in Hol Chan Channel and Shark Ray Alley. We have plans to start installing demarcation buoys in Mexico Rocks next week.
Post Office Upgrade and Relocation
The post office has moved...kind of. It's now accessible via West Street, although it's in the same building. They've even moved some of the post office boxes. It really looks good, and it's air conditioned, and they have the same great staff. Wonder what they'll do with the space on Hudson Street now.
Cricket Corner – “Tweety” first century man for 2015
The Harrison Parks National Cricket Competition 2015, under the auspices of the Belize National Cricket Association, continued over the weekend with some very thrilling games, and with a player scoring the first century of the competition. In Double Head Cabbage, Excellence defeated Excelsior, 366 to 166, with one spare wicket. For Excellence, Emmanuel “Tweety” McFadzean top scored with 122 runs, while Justin Rivers took 5 wickets including that of Tweety. For Excelsior, who made a run for it, Brian Casasola scored 53; and Marlon “Camala” Nicholas took 4 wickets for Excellence. In other games, at Flowers Bank, Wicked 11 mashed Sunrise, 81 to 78, with 7 spare wickets. Winston “Bass Hag” Flowers scored 32 for Wicked 11, while Conway Jones for Sunrise took 2 wkts. Jermaine Baizar scored 16 runs for Sunrise, while Vince and Shelton Robinson and Tyrone Bood took 2 wkts each. Easy Does It conquered Western Eagles, 137 to 94. For Easy Does It, Warren “Bom Jones” Anthony scored 62, while Jonathan Benjamin and Kevi Ozzi took 5 and 3 wkts, respectively. For Western Eagles, Jude Joseph scored 18, including 3 sixes; while Orlando Banner took 5 wkts for Easy Does It.
UDP sweeps Belize City elections
The UDP’s Darrel Bradley was re-elected as mayor in Wednesday’s municipal elections. Bradley received 11,836 over the PUP’s Yolanda Schakron, who got 6,665 votes. The new Belize City Council will include the UDP’s Dion Leslie, Philip Willoughby, Dean Samuels, Bernard Pitts Jr., Kevin Singh, Michael Theus, Alifah Elrington Hyde, Hyacinth Latchman Cuellar, Dr Alain Gonzales and newcomer, Jason Edwards. Of note is that Belize City, which is the largest municipality by far, with over 42,000 registered voters, only drew about 20,000 voters, which is less than 50 percent.
PUC shortlists bidders in round two of co-generation proposals
The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has shortlisted the companies whose proposals have made it through round two of its screening process. At a press conference on Friday, PUC Chairman, John Avery explained how the selection process went. He said four bidders with proposals for five projects and meeting the firm capacity requirements, and one for the intermittent capacity are the companies for consideration. For the intermittent category, “the bidder selected is BAPCOL (Blair Atoll Power Company Limited) and the for the firm capacity, its GSR, SREL, with respect to Challilo 2 and upper Swasey, Santander (SS Energy) with respect to their co-generation project and BAPCOL with respect to their existing generator.” Initially more than 20 bidders had submitted proposals for 11 projects to complement Belize’s national capacity of power generation. The companies will enter into negotiations with the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL).
German Shepherd mauls boy he knows
A German Shepherd breed dog mauled a six year-old boy who he knew very well and who used to play with and feed him. The incident happened around 10 a.m. on Thursday in the yard where the boy’s family lives in the San Lorenzo housing layout in Orange Walk Town. Reports are that the boy, Fernando Quixchan, was about to feed another dog in the yard when the German Shepherd, named Stitch, apparently grew angry and attacked him and bit him about the face and head, requiring close to 90 stitches to close the facial wound. The dog owner, Aldo Chata, who is also the landlord, also lives in the yard, but he was not at home at the time and the dog somehow broke loose from his chain. The dog also charged at the boy’s little sister but their mother defended her children with a piece of stick and the little girl was not wounded.
Man dies in Belmopan from gunshot wounds
Elroy Ramirez, 30, became the country’s latest casualty on Thursday night when he died of gunshot wounds in the Western Regional Hospital, Belmopan. Police say Ramirez, a caretaker of Young Bank Road, Camalote Village, was standing beside a pickup truck inside a yard in the Another World Area of Roaring Creek Village at around 8:30 p.m., when the gunman approached the fenced yard and shot Ramirez in the chest. He died two hours later. Police have not yet made any arrests.
Belize to observe International Women’s Day on Sunday
Belize will join the rest of the world community in observing International Women’s Day tomorrow, Sunday, March 8. According to a press release from the National Women’s Commission, Belize is adopting the global theme of “Make It Happen” as it join in the observation. First observed in 1911, International Women’s Day celebrates the achievements of women and their contribution to national and international development. The National Women’s Commission says it has invited the Belize Council of Churches and all other religious denominations to join in honoring women with a Day of Prayer “and reflection on the significance of their contribution to national development and the achievements of women, not only in Belize but internationally. “
15 Tips for Living in Belize
Here are some excellent tips for those who are considering moving to Belize, or may already have moved there. What are some things you need to know?Visit all areas in Belize Belize has six districts. Before deciding where you’d like to live, visit each area. The districts include: Corozal, Orange Walk, Belize, Cayo, Stann Creek, and Toledo. Climate If you have lived in a climate other than tropical, you’ll probably notice Belize’s mild climate right away. You can trade your winter wardrobe for shorts, swimsuits, and flip-flops. Health Care Belize City has very good health care. Many of your prescription drugs are sold over the counter and are much less expensive than in the U.S.
Archaeology center brings Maya cities and sacred caves of Belize to Camp Verde
As part of the activities of Arizona Archaeology Awareness Month, the Verde Valley Archaeology Center (VVAC) will be hosting Dr. Jaime Awe, Assistant Professor at Northern Arizona University and former Director of the Belize Institute of Archaeology, for a talk and discussion on the archaeological richness of Belize. The free presentation will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 13 in the conference rooms of Cliff Castle Casino Hotel, located at 555 W. Middle Verde Road in Camp Verde. Dr. Awe will discuss the research he continues to conduct on Maya sites in Belize, including caves used for sacred rituals. In Maya cosmology, few locations were - and are considered more sacred or ritually charged than caves. Representing portals to the underworld and places of origin, these dark subterranean sites were also perceived as the abode for important, powerful, and often capricious deities.
Flight delay can't stop medical missionaries
A group of medical missionaries has more at stake than missing a flight. It takes thousands of volunteers each year to staff Body and Soul Ministries medical clinic in Belize. It's always a meaningful trip for everyone involved. Kat Vicars, a radiology student, says, "I'm very interested in how hospitals and the radiology side of medicine is practiced in third world countries." Teresa Hayden, Financial and Sponsorship Director for Body and Soul Ministries, says, "They will be out there at the crack of dawn waiting in line to make sure that they get in to be seen, because sometimes that's the only medical care they get." That's why a group of 31 medical professionals and students were so upset when they were told they would have to arrive 4 days later than expected, effectively cutting their trip in half. "We have patients who were depending on us, that were told to be at the clinic for them to get their eye surgery done and to get the medical care they need," says Hayden.