Today's Belize News: March 13, 2015 - 03/13/15 11:48 AM
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
Cycling excitement at the 9th of March Beach Cruiser Race
First to race was the Under-14 participants. Over 10 young boys signed up for this free event, which only entailed one lap, but even so, some could just not make the full journey and called it quits half way through. In the end, Alfredo Deandre Gonzalez edged out the competition, taking the first place trophy and prizes. Second place went to Vincent Dawson, while third place went to Dickson. The young athletes did so well that organizers decided to give a tiny token of appreciation to all of them. The junior category required that cyclist race two full laps. 10 athletes participated in this category, but once again, not all completed the race. Jordan Santos blazed through the rest of the competitors and claimed the first place. In a last sprint for the finish line, Kian Ancona managed to take the second place, leaving Byron Lara behind with third place.
BTL Cobb’s arm takes the 2015 La Ruta Maya River Challenge
The winner of the 2015 annual La Ruta Maya River Challenge is BTL Cobb’s Arm. Consisting of Roy Cano, Eric Cano and Clayton Cabb of Santa Familia Village, Cayo district, the team of three was the first to pass the finish line on Monday March 9th, the last day of the four-day challenge. From the 57 teams that participated, BTL Cobb’s arm clocked in at 17:35:27 in the 180 mile race that started from the Hawksworth Bridge in San Ignacio, Cayo and ended at the Belcan Bridge in Belize City. Michael Searle, Andres Cabb and Alex Lisbey of Sea Sports Belize on board “Watt A Ting” placed 12th overall and first in the Masters’ category with a clocking time of 19:52:03. Their long time rivals, the Grumpy Old Men consisting of Jerry Wilken, Stanley Bailey and Joe Segura finished in second place with a clocking time of 20:39:51. In the Pleasure Division, The Print Belize/Wrobel team consisting of Leroy Romero, Rudolph Gentle and Jason finished first in a clocking time of 19:34:13. The Belize Defense Force team of “Weh Dem DeH,” finished second in an overall time of 19:41:28. The Police Crime Fighters, with Tyrell Talbert, Carlos Linares and Armin Lopez Jr., took third place with an overall time of 20:42:05.
San Pedro sailors top 87th Baron Bliss Regatta
San Pedro Optimist sailors took five of the top 10 places in the final standings of the 87th Annual Baron Bliss Regatta held at the Belize City Harbor on Saturday, March 7th and Sunday, March 8th. The regatta saw the participation of sailors from San Pedro Racers (SPR), Belize Sea Scouts (BSS), Belize City Sailing Club (BCSC), San Pedro Junior Sailing Club (SPJSC), Placencia Sailing Club (PSC), Corozal Bay Sailing Club (CBSC) and Caye Caulker Sailing Club (CCSC). The Optimist race was divided into two categories: the green fleet for the beginners and white fleet for the advanced sailors. SPR’s 13-year-old Kevin Velasquez won the championship for the Optimist White fleet, placing 1st with a final score of 8pts. 12-year-old Trent Hardwick of BSS was 2nd with 16pts, while 14-year-old Antonio Ricardez Jr from the BCSC took 3rd place. SPJSC’s 14-year-old Blanca Velasquez, who was voted Best Sailor of 2014, was 4th with 28 pts. In 5th was SPR’s 13-year-old Mitchell Sersland. 11-year-old Peter Joo from PSC was 6th with 39pts, SPR’s 10-year-old Caroline Sersland was 7th with 42pts, CCSC’s 13-year-old Ronaldo Bo was 8th with 43pts, SPR’s 13-year-old Christian Lopez was 9th with 45pts, and BCSC’s 13-year-old Nashira Ricardez was 10th with 50pts.
San Pedro Bids Farewell to Mrs. Celia Fe Trejo
There is a sense of sadness with any farewell, but in saying adios to Chichi Fe, there is a sense of happiness as we celebrate the life of a wonderful person. The island community of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, says goodbye to a beautiful person who was fair with everyone and did only the righteous. Adieu to a loving mom, a humble provider who made sure her children had a good upbringing and a fine education. Bye to an admirable wife who stood faithfully to her companion at a time when chauvinism kept women in the home and home alone. We celebrate a jovial woman who never complained but rather faced life with positivity and optimism. In her humble life, Chichi Fe found time to have fun dancing and even playing carnaval.
Underwater Submersible Runs Aground on Reef Off Ambergris Caye
The origin of the apparatus is not known by island officials, but they indicate that it is obvious that it has been drifting out at sea for a long time since a lot of barnacles have settled on almost all its surfaces. “It was not used here in Belize,” commented Hol Chan Marine Reserve Personnel. “It just drifted here and ended on the reef. It has not been removed from the reef yet. We were out there this morning and the sea was too rough to attempt taking it out. A preliminary assessment has been conducted on the reef but this was also hampered by rough seas.”
San Pedro Police Conduct Sweep of Island Town, 10 Charged for Firearm Offences
It was unfortunate that it took a series of murders and assaults early in the year for island officials in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, to take more action and reach out to the community who has been crying for more trust and assistance from the Police Department. The good news is that the San Pedro Police Department has put into action a few operations that will kick start their energies into fighting crime on the island. Just last week, on the wake of the tragic death of a two-year-old boy, an intense sweep of the island took place which produced positive results in multiple arrests for criminal offenses ranging from drug trafficking and firearm possession to attempted murder.
Aldo and Patricia Marin Celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary
Aldo Marin Jr. offered the welcome to the invited guests and expressed his admiration to his wonderful parents. The honor of the main toast was bestowed on Dr. Giovanni Solorzano who also thanked the Marin's for being among the first ones to welcome him into their homes. Giovanni expressed his admiration for this couple and congratulated his large family for being very united and supportive of their parents. In a very symbolic act their 25 grandchildren and one great granddaughter presented roses of love to Aldo and Paty who sowed this garden of love on February 28, 1965. Giovanni Marin offered the vote of thanks, reminisced on the great times all his brothers and sisters had with their parents and the fond memories of their small wooden home which to them seemed a palace. And yes in the end Giovanni broke down as he could not contain his emotions of love and respect for their loving parents.
Misc Belizean Sources
Passing of Mrs. Celia Henkis
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to extend its deepest condolences to the Henkis family on the passing of Mrs. Celia Henkis. May her soul rest in peace.
Belizean CARICOM Single Market spokespersons ready to show the way
Nineteen Belizeans from the government, education and private sectors were formally launched as spokespersons for the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) in Belize on February 25 after a two-day intensive training workshop. As spokespersons they join the regional network of CSME spokespersons being trained and launched across the region, and are now on call to give media interviews, talks and presentations on the Single Market. The spokespersons network is coordinated by the ministry of trade, investment, promotion, private sector development and consumer protection in Belize and is one of two outreach mechanisms now developed by the ministry to promote rights and access points for the Single Market. The other is AccessCSME, the Workplace Edition – a CSM presentation that can be booked with the trade ministry’s focal point team and delivered in the workplace. Spokespersons training took place in Belize City from February 24 to 25 and included refresher lectures on the five regimes that give Belizeans the legally guaranteed right to work, travel and do business in 12 other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries.
OPEN YOUR EYES! JAGUARS IN JEOPARDY!
Belize has a reputation for caring and guarding over our remaining jaguar populations. The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is known internationally as a refuge for the mighty Jaguar. The Central Belize Corridor, a swath of land which connects the forests of our northern regions, to those forests further south, is credited for providing a “jungle highway” for roaming jaguars. However, there is a bleak side to the jaguar world in our country. Too often, a Jaguar will be killed, and have its canine teeth extracted. Why? There are people in Belize who will turn the teeth into a piece of jewelry. An endangered animal dies, and a few dollars exchanges hands. Recently, a jaguar cub, less than three months old, was brought to the Zoo. Where’s Mom? Most likely she was killed. Why? Very likely for the sad reason outlined above. This ugly situation, unfortunately, happens more often than just a casual “now and again”. Come on, Belize! It's time to walk the walk! If we are a nation promoting “Jaguars Forever”, then we must gear our profile and our actions to fully support our stand. The cub pictured here is newly-acquired “Hero”. The Belize Zoo will see that “Hero” stands as a symbol to all about this unfortunate and cruel AND needless activity. People who come to The Belize Zoo wearing a Jaguar canine necklace are NOT allowed entry. The Zoo has developed and distributed posters t spread awareness about the problem countrywide. However, what Belize needs is stronger efforts and more voices aimed at seeing that this illegal activity ceases completely. If Belize is to be taken seriously in its stewardship profile over the greatest cat in the Americas, then a change MUST happen. Tune in to Open Your Eyes on Great Belize Television tomorrow morning at 7:30am to learn more and learn how YOU can help!!
Sneak peak of Oceana Belize's Science Symposium today
udos to the more than 200 attendees that came out to learn more about turtles, coral, sharks and ecosystem goods and services...and how we all depend on them every day. Celebrate our heritage. Protect our future.
Local Government Orientation
Newly elected Councilor Hector "Tito" Alamilla and Newly elected Deputy Mayor Gary Greif join two term Mayor Daniel Guerrero and Town Administrator Patricia Tillett at Ministry of Local Government Orientation in Belize City.
Mrs. Vilma Romero to be Honored
We look forward to honouring a Belizean icon Mrs. Vilma Romero tonight as we launch the 6th Annual Arte con Voz de Mujer Exhibit. Vilma's sculptures are on permanent display in public spaces throughout the country. Please join us as we showcase some of Vilma's creations, as well as works from nine talented female artists of Corozal. Ceremony begins at 7pm.
Replace Rush Hour With Naps and Fresh Coconuts
An accountant and project manager from Calgary, Canada, Kenneth first visited Belize in 2010. He was first drawn by Belize's natural beauty. The country is a haven for those seeking tranquility and nature, a place where breezes make for natural air conditioning, and you're lulled to sleep by waves lapping on the shore after a day of scuba diving and learning to husk coconuts. Kenneth was immediately smitten and began researching retirement there. As he did, he realized there was much more to attract expats to Belize than just pretty scenery. While winters are mild and tropical in Belize and not biting cold like in Calgary for Kenneth, that's not the biggest difference: "The lifestyle of Calgary is a fast-paced urban life. In Belize, there is no rush hour." Other North Americans are also discovering Belize. "Because of the warm climate (about 82 F to 90 F year-round) and the favorable immigration laws (the Qualified Retirement Program), Belize has become a top snowbird retirement destination," says Kenneth.
Oceana Reef Week Open Day
Oceana is having their Reef Week Open Day today in Belmopan. Be sure to stop by and show your support, and learn something new too.
POPULAR BELIZEAN DJ BECOMES SMART AMBASSADOR
Smart, one of the largest telecommunication companies in Belize has appointed Mistah Geeh as one of their ambassadors to promote its products and services to the Belizean populace via his music. Just last month The Mad Arab as he is also known was voted as one of the top Belizean DJ’s on a Belize Hub poll. “SMART made a smart move to appoint Mistah Geeh as one of their ambassadors,” a fan of Mistah Geeh told Belize Hub. In a phone interview this morning, Mistah Geeh told us that many of his fans are customers of SMART and now that he is an ambassador for them, he will be promoting SMART at concerts and musical events throughout the country of Belize. Mistah Geeh has been mixing music for the past 10 years and is considered of the top DJ’s in Belize and the Caribbean.
Julius Calls John a Liar
Tonight, the meltdown in the PUP continues in the wake of the disclosure of John Briceno's scathing allegations corruption and criminality within the PUP Administration in which he was Deputy Prime Minister. Now, the Prime Minister who Briceno served under is Said Musa and he told us yesterday that the allegations made by Briceno are false. And now one more PUP leader has said that Briceno is lying. Last night PUP Deputy Leader Julius Espat posted this on his Facebook page: quote, "John Briceno lied about me in his campaign to be leader again (in his recording)." Now, to understand what exactly Espat is referring to, we have to go back to the recording - to the part where Briceno talks about Espat - and alleges that he hoarded campaign funds. Here's what Briceno told the trusted PUP supporter in Orange Walk East who was secretly recording his conversation:.. Hon. John Briceno, Area Representative - Orange Walk Central "We still could have won but they are not thinking strategically…looking where they should. They gave all the money to Julius supposedly Julius should have delivered."
Bad Wiring Caused House To Burn Down
Tonight, a mother and her two daughters are unable to sleep at home in their Belize City house because a fire damaged it. Single mother Deniesia (Denise -ia) Tillett had just recently put built the house, which she was renting out. This morning, she left for work as she does every day, and her daughters, aged 12 and 4, went to school. She didn't expect to receive a call midmorning that there was a fire in her yard. 7News arrived on the scene shortly after the firefighters put out the flames, and Daniel Ortiz has this report: Daniel Ortiz reporting After the fire was extinguished, fire investigators observed the rubble, asking questions of homeowner Deneisia Tillett and her friend. They were trying to piece together what started the blaze which destroyed part of the house and significantly damaged the main structure.
BSI Factory Manager John Gillett Quits
John Gillett is well known as the factory manager at the BSI Tower Hill Factory - but credible reports tonight tell us that he is no longer there, and that he has abruptly resigned. This comes after he and another senior staffer, Jamil Matar were placed on administrative leave yesterday until further notice. That may seem pretty stern for two staffers who have been at BSI a combined total of over 70 years, but, the decision came down from a pair of ASR managers who were brought in to conduct an investigation into the yearly sale of scrap metals. Apparently, a costly transformer - which was not scrap - went missing during this period - and Gillett and Matar are being blamed for it. Now, we stress, they are not being accused of taking or doing anything with the transformer; but they are being held responsible because they were in charge of securing it.
Department Of Environment May Have To Cut Up Fancy French Sailboat
The 40 foot French sailboat known as the "Termaji," is still stuck on the reef in front of Caye Caulker. It has been there 10 weeks, since December 30th - and every effort to move it has failed. That's because the Termaji has a heavy steel hull - and none of the tugs in Belize have been able to haul it off the reef. The news tonight is that the Department of the Environment is now applying to the court for permission to cut the grounded vessel up into many smaller parts and haul them away. That's the only way to solve a problem that's getting worse everyday. "Worse" because the Termaji is continuing to damage the reef as the waves rock it back and forth: it has moved at least 30 feet along the reef crest since it crashed on December 30th. And the really bad part of that it that the department of Environment can only hold the owner liable for the initial damage, not what has happened subsequently.
Woman Accused of Stabbing Two Girls
33 year-old Nathalie Nicole Cadle, a resident of Iguana Street Extension, stands charged tonight of an almost unthinkable crime: attacking two defenseless young girls: one 13, the other only 3. It happened on Monday at around 3:45 p.m. in Belize City. Police heard a commotion in front of the Civic Center compound, near the Belcan Bridge on Central American Boulevard. They found a toddler suffering with a stab wound to upper right side of her ribcage. They also detained Cadle who had a screw driver in hand; she is accused of stabbing the child with that tool. The child was then rushed to the KHMH where she was treated for her injury.
Kim And The Kids At KHMH
34 plus babies will benefit from the new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the KHMH. It's not finished yet but, today, the Special Envoy for Women and Children Kim Simplis Barrow took the media on a tour to see the progress so far. We learned that it's more than just a treatment facility. Director of Medical Services Dr. Lisa Johnson explained why they included the family centered element in the design. Here's the story. Courtney Weatherburne reporting This might look like an abandoned building with these pale walls and construction materials splayed across the floor. But it's not. Work is very much in progress at the new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the KHMH. In here is where the isolation rooms will be for critical cases. While in here will be the Neonatal area.
John Noh Dead
On Sunday, Jose Sanchez's social media news site posted a story that John Zabaneh had passed away. Well, he didn't - and the story was taken down - but today Zabaneh called us to complain about the distress that the bogus report caused him. He says that the report reached his 87 year old mother in Dangriga first - and, quote, "it nearly killed her." Zabaneh says he was in Placencia buying ice cream with his kids when he started to get calls - friends trying to find out if it was true. Zabaneh says those calls persist until today - and he just wanted to tell us, that he's alive and well and, basically, that, in the words of Mark Twain, the reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated'"
Judge: Chrisdale Laughed When He Robbed Two Girls
19 year-old Chrisdale Courtney is spending the first night of a 6-year sentence after he was found guilty in Magistrate's Court of robbing 2 young women in a snatch and grab which escalated to a chokehold of one of the victims. The women, who are sisters, reported to police that on June 14, 2014, they were on Vernon Street, near to Berger Field. That's when Courtney rode up on bike and tried to rob them of their belongings. When the women resisted, Courtney then grabbed the older sister around the neck and choked her. Fearing for her life, she handed over money, and her cellular phone, but Courtney didn't release her, and using threats, he continued to choke the woman until her younger sister handed over her phone and the money she had on her.
Women Artists In Shadows?
20 Belizean women will be featured in the Women in Art exhibit which opens tonight. The theme for this year's exhibit is "Shadows" - which, seems to say a lot about the world women are often relegated to. But, one of the organizers of the event said the theme aims to do the opposite - which is to encourage women to challenge the status quo with art. Shari Williams, Communications Officer - NICH "What Rachel was sharing with us was that she wanted to encourage more artist to move away from just the paint on canvas kind of field, but to really encourage them to do that 3 dimensional type of art. So, the theme really incorporates a 3 dimensional field to art. Besides the art on the wall and the female painters, we are also celebrating the women who are vocalist and singers and take part in drama and all the rest of it. So to open the exhibit this evening, we are going to have a performance showcase, which will be featuring some 15 women or so. So the opening is usually a grand event and then we have the exhibits on the wall for the rest of the month.
CCJ Tells BNE To Pay Arbitral Award
Last week Friday, the Caribbean Court of Justice handed down a judgment from Belize, ordering Belize Natural Energy to pay Maranco Oil Company 422 thousand, 138 dollars which had been awarded to the oil company through arbitration. This lawsuit turned on the premise that all arbitration awards are final. This legal dispute dates all the way back to May 1, 2008 when BNE and Maranco entered into 2 separate onshore oil-drilling contracts. They were to have lasted for one year, but a business dispute emerged in which Maranco claimed that BNE owed them after refusing to pay on time. BNE disputed Maranco's claim and so the commercial dispute landed ended up at arbitration. They both appointed arbitrators, and an umpire was retained so that both sides could make their case, at the end of that process, the impartial umpire decided that BNE owed Maranco 2.4 million dollars. That became the enforceable by Justice Oswell Legall, but the when it came to cost, through arbitration, BNE was ordered to pay Maranco additional litigation cost of that 422 plus thousand dollars.
Help For Battered Hummingbird Highway
The Hummingbird will be rehabilitated. A loan has been approved for rehabilitation works. The contract was signed yesterday and the Minister of Works explained:.. The Consultancy Services agreement is being signed for the amount of 7.6 million dollars.
He Home Invaded Central Bank Governor’s House
22 year-old Kevin Crawford is on remanded tonight awaiting sentencing after he was convicted today before Chief Magistrate of invading the home of the Governor of the Central Bank in broad daylight and robbing the place while the maid was on duty. Crawford, a 6th form student, stood tried before Chief Magistrate Smith, in which the maid testified that on October 9, 2012, she was at the house of her boss, Glen Ysaguirre, when someone rang the doorbell. She went to answer, and that's when she saw a young man at the door who claimed that he had some documents belonging to Ysaguirre. The maid claims that it was at this point that the young man ambushed her, and forced his way into the house. He managed to overpower her, and he then tied her up in one of the rooms upstairs.
San Pedro Sweep
Last night, we told you about the police sweep in San Pedro in which an entire family was busted with a gun. Well, that was just part of a wider operation which went for 5 days from last week Friday, all the way up until Tuesday. Among many other arrests, police conducted a search at the residence of 30 year-old Alex Salazar of the DFC Area. Police found almost one kilo of marijuana, 993.3 grams - or 2.18 pounds. He was arrested and charged with drug trafficking. On Tuesday night, just before 11 o'clock, a team of officers searched the residence of 23 year-old Marlon Chanek. He was present at the time with a 17 year-old male minor when the officers found 2 zip lock plastic bags and a black plastic bag all containing, 2.8 kilos - or 6.1 pounds - of marijuana. They were both arrested and charged with drug trafficking.
Political War Waged on Facebook
Turning to political news….Following an executive meeting and four hour political post-mortem examination on Wednesday, the P.U.P. appeared focused on the road ahead which will lead inevitably to very difficult [...]
Espat Incensed Over Briceño Accusation
As we also mentioned on Wednesday, during the meeting at Independence Hall Espat demanded a public apology from Briceño and called for his head. Neither the apology nor the requested [...]
Fire Leaves Single Mother & Children Homeless
A fire in the city has left a young single mother and her two children without a roof over their heads. Deniesia Tillett left home at seven this morning heading [...]
San Pedro Family Remanded
In response to a flare-up of violence in San Pedro which Police believe is directly connected to drug rivals warring, special units have descended on the tourism mecca. One early [...]
Major Shakeup at B.S.I.
There are significant developments coming out of B.S.I. tonight where it is reported that longtime factory manager John Gillett tendered his resignation today. News Five understands that another senior employee [...]
San Pedro Police Crackdown
As we told you earlier, there is a major crackdown underway in San Pedro Town, necessitated by violent crime which even resulted in the brutal murder of a two year [...]
Residents Allege Police Brutality
Diego Wade is another San Pedro resident who says he barely survived a meeting with the infamous Gang Suppression Unit earlier this week, and at one point thought they would [...]
Deep Sea Drone Discovered off San Pedro
We’ve reported the story about a boat that has run aground just outside of Caye Caulker and it still hasn’t been removed from the reef. Well, on Wednesday afternoon, the [...]
New Director for the Family Court
The Belize Family Court has a new Director. Today, Magistrate Dale Cayetano was appointed to the position by the Judicial Legal Service Commission, two years after it has been with [...]
Guilty of Aggravated Burglary
Kevin Crawford was found guilty of Aggravated Burglary when he appeared in court today to answer to charges in connection with a burglary at the home of Glen Ysaguirre on [...]
Police Conduct Anti-Drug Operations
Police Special Units have been conducting countrywide operations targeting drugs, and it is meeting with very significant success. On Tuesday morning, a joint Special Branch, K-nine and Belmopan Team conducted [...]
US State Department Releases Crime Report
The spike in violent crimes across Belize in 2014 has prompted the U.S. State Department to release a revised crime and safety report which points out that the country has [...]
International Women’s Month Celebrated
Across the world, International Women’s Month was celebrated on March eight. Here at home, we continue the month long observance with the Women’s Department promoting several events including medical clinics, [...]
A Closer Look at Kidneys
The Kidney Association of Belize, since its inception, has been building awareness to the benefits of getting tested and knowing your status. In light of World Kidney Day, which is [...]
Kidney Association Facing Challenges
There have been an increasing number of patients with chronic renal failure in Belize and the association is looking for support from both the private and public sectors to address [...]
A Tour of an Incomplete Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Work is ongoing at a new wing for pediatric care at the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital. The tragic death of thirteen neonatals who succumbed to an infection known as enterobacter [...]
F.F.B. Hosts Guatemala in Friendly Match
The Football Federation of Belize is hosting a premier league team from Guatemala in a friendly match tonight at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan. That game will be aired [...]
Belize to Participate in International Art Competition
An international art competition has been ongoing for quite some time now and different regions have been asked to participate in a wide range of artistic challenges. From video competitions [...]
Healthy Living: Dr. Cuellar Discusses the Kidney
World Kidney Day is commemorated every second Thursday in March. It is a time for healthcare professionals worldwide to educate the public on the vital importance of these bean shaped [...]
O/W Rotaract Observes International Rotaract Week
The members of the Orange Walk Rotaract Club are holding a week of activities to observe International Rotaract Week. Today we caught up with the team at La Inmaculada where they were promoting maternal and child health care with the toddlers at the preschool at that institution. Jinell Azaeta– Vice President, OW Rotaract Club “We came to talk about nutrition to the kids and then play games with them and give them a banana and some orange juice but yesterday we were promoting disease prevention and treatment so we had our zumba party at the park and we had two sessions from 5:30 to 6:30 and then in the evening from 6 to 7. We are celebrating our World Rotaract week which started on Monday and it ends on Sunday, tomorrow is world Rotaract day so we are very excited about that and we will be at Solomon Pre-school little heaven and promoting literacy and on Saturday we will be having our Rotaract fair at the Central Park and we will be out there from 6 to 2 and we will be providing free glucose testing for anyone who wants to come out and check their glucose level and we will be having that from 6 until 10 in the morning and we will be having doctors out there for free consultation.”
Corozal Observes Reef Week At Art In The Park
March 9th to 15th is being celebrated as Reef Week. Much can be said about the beauty of Belize’s barrier reef, from breath-taking views and splendour, to its wondrous and colourful species! It is for this reason Oceana Belize is once again highlighting and celebrating this week by creating activities to draw public awareness to one of our greatest natural wonders and the world’s second largest coral reef system. And while each district has its fair share of events, in Corozal, reef lovers are currently making the finishing touches to their park presentation slated for Saturday. Judy Waight is the Field Coordinator for Oceana in Corozal Town. JUDY WAIGHT – Czl Field Coordinator, OCEANA “We will be having a booth at Art in the Park on Saturday and we are bringing awareness to the importance of our Barrier Reef and this years’ theme is celebrate our heritage and protect our future, Believe in the Reef and we know that Corozal is a coastal community and in regards to that we know that tourism is our number one industry and one in every four Belizean is employed in the tourism industry being it tour guide, fisherman so we wanted to bring awareness and also to celebrate our barrier reef.”
OWTC Reminds Residence Of Fine If Caught Littering At Central Park
Civic minded residents of Orange Walk have been voicing their discontent via social media about the littering acts that is being seen across Town. The latest looted areas have been the newly inaugurated Central Park where toiletries, food and drink containers are left on the benches. While there are no garbage bins implemented for the park, authorities at Town Council have confirmed that they will be installing the garbage bins by early next week. The public is reminded that if caught littering, you can face a fine of up to 500 dollars and so it is recommended that we all do our part to keep our municipality clean.
La Inmaculada Pre-School Observes Child Stimulation Months
Child stimulation month has been observed throughout the country since the beginning of March and children still have about two fun packed weeks of activities left to enjoy. All preschools have organized a series of such activities all in an effort to encourage more active learning and have parents and guardians more involved in their learning process. Today, while at the La Inmaculada Infant Division, we spoke with Agnes Valladarez on the school’s program for the month. Today the children were receiving visits from a number of community workers. Agnes Valladarez – Teacher “Today we are doing community workers because it is something important for them to know and we started this morning with the Rotaract group they are part of the community and they work with children, they work with people and they came to school today and we have the Traffic Officers and the Nurse and the Firefighters and the policemen who were also invited to come and talk to the children.”
Two High Post Employees Of BSI/ASR Placed On Administrative Leave
Two employees who hold high positions at BSI/ASR have been placed on Administrative Leave effective yesterday afternoon. We understand that a few days ago ASR brought in someone from abroad to investigate the matter of a missing transformer worth some $70,000. After the investigation was complete the company brought in a regional recourses manager and that person placed John Gillette, Factory Manager and Jamil Matar, Engineering Manager on Administrative Leave until further notice. Unconfirmed reports are that John Gillette, who has been with the company for more than 40 years did not take the administrative leave too lightly and tendered his resignation this morning. He was due for retirement in September. We understand though he may have gotten a contract pass his retirement. Matar on the other hand has not taken any action and reports are that the will see through his suspension.
Missing Person Found To Be In Good Health
Yesterday we told you about a missing teen who left home last week Thursday following an argument with her guardians over a cell phone. And after the news aired of her mother pleading for her safe return, this morning we spoke to the mother of Angelie Guerrero who informed us that she was found in good health. According to the mother, she was staying with an aunt in Corozal and after hearing the news, turned herself in to the authorities in Corozal. We also told you about a missing person report of 55 year old Reynaldo Chuck who was last seen in the Honey Camp area near the Fresh Water Creek Forest Reserve. Up to news time, authorities say he is still missing but the search continues. Reynaldo Chuck is of clear complexion, 5’ 1" in height, black hair, brown eyes and has a mustache. He was last seen wearing a yellow shirt, grey pants and a pair of black rubber boots.
Police Continues To Crack Down On Illicit Drugs
Despite the peddler’s creative ways in concealing their precious illicit drugs, the police in Placencia village, Stann Creek District, continue to crack down on drug peddlers on the Peninsula. Their latest operation on Wednesday morning, conducted jointly by Special Branch, K9 Unit, the BDF and Placencia police, resulted in the discovery of 377 grams of marijuana and the arrest of two persons. Based on a tip, 23 year old Randy Chan and 38 year old Barrington Martin have been jointly charged for the crime of drug trafficking. Chan pleaded guilty to the charge and was fined $1,000 plus $5 cost of court. The charge was withdrawn from Martin.
Mayor Bradley Response to Media on Councilor’s Accident
On March 2, reports reached us that City Councilor Alifa Elrington-Hyde got into an accident while driving the vehicle assigned to Mayor Darrell Bradley. The vehicle was extensively damaged. We made numerous attempts to speak to the Mayor about the incident however we were unable to. Today however when we caught up with him at the local government workshop we asked him about the incident. “Well this would have been some time ago I think it was the week before elections and the accident occurred at about 11 something in the morning she had flipped and she was driving my vehicle which is nothing unusual the vehicle is assigned to my office but routinely councilors when they are on council business will be using the vehicle the deputy mayor for example uses that vehicle often times when he goes to mayor’s association meetings which are once a month.
Early Morning Fire Leaves Mother of Two Homeless
A bungalow wooden structure that was home to a mother and her two daughters caught on fire this morning in the Lake Independence area. The flames were noted just before eleven o’clock by neighbours but despite the quick response by the Belize Fire Service, the wooden structure was burnt to the ground. 25-year-old, Deniesia Tillett is the home owner. She works at Travellers Limited on the Philip Goldson Highway and was called out of work and informed of the situation. DENIESIA TILLETT “I didn’t get to save anything, everything that I owned was in there. Anything. Only me and my two daughters lived in there. All of the things I worked hard for is gone. I don’t know where I will stay. This is the first time something like this has ever happened to me. I am still in shock. This is where I call home.” Preliminary investigations into this morning’s fire have been conducted. Love News spoke to Oren Smith, Public Relations Officer for the National Fire Service, who told us what they believe, led to the fire.
Re-Elected Mayor Speaks on City Infrastructure Works
In his first term in office, Mayor Darrell Bradley focused his attention on cementing of streets. Today we caught up with Bradley and asked him if there will be a shift in his focus during his second term in office. “Well I think we are going to concentrate on a lot of infrastructure. We have always tried to promote economic development for Belize to have a comprehensive policy particularly in terms of urban planning and strategic development so you are going to see a lot of emphasis being placed on working with our partners for example earlier this week I had a meeting with the BTB with NICH and several other stakeholders who are really lead agencies in the downtown rejuvenation project that is going to see renovations to the house of culture and renovations to the commercial center so that you are going to have significant infrastructure spending. We are seeing the completion of the Lake Independence Boulevard, the entire area will be zoned you are going to see construction taking place very shortly with the National Bank...
US Discourages Its Citizens to Travel to Belize
The Overseas Security Advisory Council of the United States Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security has issued a warning to its nationals against travelling to Belize. According to the online report, Belize’s crime threat is very high with the majority being burglaries and thefts. The report goes on to say that corruption, human smuggling/trafficking, the drug trade, money laundering, and organized gang activity remain significant problems. US nationals are advised to avoid south side Belize City. The reports goes on to remind the would be tourists to Belize on how many foreigners have been murder recently including the charge d’affaires at the Panamanian Embassy, Jose Rodrigo De La Rosa, and Lynn Nichiporowich who was stabbed to death in Corozal. As for the Belize Police Department, the report describes it as understaffed and poorly equipped with investigations being slow and deficient. The report also speaks of Belize’s road conditions describing them as generally poor. Several reports have been published warning US Citizens against traveling to Belize, so what is being stated in the report is nothing new. How it affects tourism, if it does at all, is uncertain.
Sugar Cane Harvesting and Production Going Well
The Sugar cane crop is in its seventh week and so far for week 6, the over five thousand cane farmers have managed to deliver more than three hundred thousand tons of cane. Last week alone they delivered more than fifty thousand tons enabling the factory to mill close to seven thousand tons of sugar. So far for the season, the factory has produced a little over thirty six thousand tons, five thousand tons more when compared to this time around last year. The average ton cane per ton sugar stands at 8.52 compared to the 10.02 of last year. BSI reminds farmers to harvest cane at peak maturity and avoid cutting over matured or under matured cane.
Special Envoy Updates Media on Children’s Hospital Unit
The Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis Barrow took the media houses on a tour of the progress of the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) being housed as an extension to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City. The construction is underway with a deadline for June 2015 and was designed by woman architect, Esther Ramirez. Simplis-Barrow spoke on the sections that the facility will be housing upon completions. “The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is really for our children to have a space where they can get medical attention however this space that you’re seeing here is pretty special because we tried to accommodate parents as well. As you know when your child is ill there is nothing like having your mom there holding you or talking to you and so basically what we did was added a parents’ lounge area and a parent cafeteria area. We also have male quarters so that a dad who is the head of the household, and there is no mom, and the child is sick that the dad can stay at the hospital and there’s also a female section so those really are the unique features to this area. Now the clinical side you will see the pediatric intensive care units which are six units and then you have the isolation rooms which are four rooms. These isolation rooms are very very important because those are for infectious diseases.”
Musa Questions Briceno’s State of Mind; Espat Says Briceno Lied; Briceno Hasn’t Retracted
Yesterday, the leader of the People’s United Party, Francis Fonseca, faced the media and commented on the now popular recording of John Briceno, engaged in a private conversation with fellow party members in which he vented on issues surrounding the party, ranging from past alleged infractions to the current leadership. Following the release of the recording the PUP held a National Executive meeting yesterday which was followed by the senior politicians claiming unity within the PUP. Briceno publicly accepted Fonseca as the Party Leader and Fonseca told the media that the situation is being dealt internally and would be solved with brotherly love. At that meeting, all the party’s standard bearers were present and what came out of it was that the party’s internal issues will be worked out and they would all unite for the party’s benefit.
Former Policeman Wins Murder Appeal and Walks Free
An appeal by Burton Caliz, a former police officer who was convicted of manslaughter, was allowed today by Belize court of Appeal. Caliz’ conviction was quashed, his sentence was set aside and he was acquitted. Initially, Caliz was charged with the murder of 23 year old Leroy Pilgrim, who was shot and killed in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye in February 2004. The murder charge was reduced to manslaughter and Caliz was convicted of manslaughter in January 2007 and he was sentenced to 10 years. Caliz appealed and he won his appeal and a retrial was ordered. At the retrial he was convicted of manslaughter and he was ordered to pay a fine of three thousand dollars by Justice John Gonzalez. Caliz was not represented by any attorney at today’s appeal hearing. Crown Counsel Linsbert Willis represented the respondent.
Court of Appeal Denies Retrial for Jorge Vidal
An appeal by the Director of Public Prosecutions in the case of Jorge Vidal whose indictment for murder was quashed by Justice Denis Hanomansingh, was allowed yesterday by Belize Court of Appeal. The order of Justice Hanomansingh was set aside and it was the order of Belize Court of Appeal that Vidal’s indictment stand. Vidal was charged with the murder of Hortencio Contreras who was killed in Benque Viejo del Carmen Town on December 31, 2005. Vidal was not present at the appeal hearing. Last year in Belmopan Supreme Court when the case came up for trial, Justice Hanomansingh quashed the indictment because he said the preliminary inquiry was not properly conducted. His contention was that the preliminary inquiry document was not signed by Richard Swift, the magistrate who had done it. Swift was unable to sign the document because he was killed.
Draconian Actions Reported By Teacher at Baptist High School
In 2012, Belmopan Baptist High School was in the spot light when the school’s former principal, Norman Willacey, was fired following an accusation of having inappropriate relationship with a female student. Following his unceremonious departure, the student body staged a protest and walked out of the class rooms. Last June, the school made headlines again when two teachers were being investigated for allegedly having inappropriate sexual relations with their female students. Now, less than a year later, the school is back in the news as frustration is reportedly growing by both students and faculty. Several media houses received a letter from one of the school’s teacher, stating, “the purpose of this letter is NOT to tarnish the reputation of the school but rather to seek assistance for the students and develop the standard of learning at the institution”.