Today's Belize News: November 2, 2015 - 11/02/15 11:44 AM
Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, West Vision (Cayo) and CTV 3
Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Rise and Shine Morning Show, and the Dickie Bradley Specials
Holiday Hotel Annual Halloween Party
The island really knows how to scare up some fun! Just a small sample of the amazing costumes last night! Well done San Pedro!
Wolfe’s Woofer: Keep Calm
“Hello, Melody,” I said, when my phone rang last week. “What’s up?” “I need a big favor,” she said. “Can you watch Davin and Grayson for a while?” “Of course. That’s what grandfathers are for.” “No, Grayson! Put that down,” were the first words out of her mouth when they came over to our house.” Grayson looked at her. He looked at my phone that he had picked up from the table. He smiled at his mom and threw the phone to the floor. “Oh, my God,” Melody said. “I’m going crazy. No, Davin! You are not going to the park. You’re still on punishment for what happened at school yesterday. Sit on the porch and be quiet.” “You seem to be under a lot of stress,” I said.
Christine Syme to represent Belize in the Miss Earth 2015 Pageant
Miss Earth, is an environmental event founded in 2001 that channels the beauty pageant entertainment industry as an effective tool in promoting environment awareness, is celebrating its 15th year in Austria – famous for its Danube River, mountain villages, baroque city architecture, imperial history and rugged alpine terrain.” – Miss Earth 2015 Organization. Miss Earth Belize 2015, Christine Syme, has been asked many questions over the past few weeks and has written a little about herself and what will be happening during the weeks leading up to the pageant.
Doctor Love: Marriage Issues
Dear Doctor Love, I have been with my guy for a year and a half. We got engaged and the wedding will be in about four months. I have a strong sense of moral values so we have never had sex. My plan is to wait until marriage. Then out of the blue he tells me that he is impotent. I think he needs to see a doctor and he does, too but after two months he still has not gone. Impotence will not work for me because I want children and the intimacy of sex. Please help. /s/ Baffled In Belize
Belizean Children to Benefit from Free Cancer Treatment in Merida
The Ministry of Health and the Belize Cancer Society today signed an agreement with the Ministry of Health of Merida, Yucatan for the treatment of children with cancer from Belize. The agreement will allow children under the age of 18 to access treatment services in Merida once they have been referred by the Belize Cancer Society and the Ministry of Health - with costs being covered through the generous grant recently provided by the Social Security Board for this purpose. Treatments available under this - first of its kind - agreement include: specialist consultations, hospitalization, chemotherapy, biopsy, imaging including CT scans and ultrasound and other treatments for children with cancer.
Misc Belizean Sources
Thirsty Thursdays Halloween
Thirsty Thursdays had a jamming Halloween Party too.
Soul Project Halloween
The Soul Project's Halloween Rave was wild. Lots of creative costumes, and some great music.
CACHE Cultural Costume Contest
CACHE is having their Cultural Costume Contest on Sunday around the CACHE Cafe in Centennial Park. There will be prizes for kids with the best costumes. "Dress up as a cultural folklore character such as la Llorona, Tata Duende, Sirena, Sisimite, la Chatona, la Chepona, or a historical figure such as a Chiclero, a logwood cutter etc. Here's your chance to win cash prizes! (Kids) 1st place $30 2nd place $25 3rd place $20 and a special category for adults- Prize: Autographed Under the Yax'che Tree"
Archaeology in the Community
This week Dr. Jones and Archaeology in the Community concluded their two week educational outreach program in Belize. During the program they traveled to Belmopan, San Ignacio, Caye Caulker and Blue Creek to conduct archeology workshops with over 150 students. Pictured below - Dr. Jones works with students at Tumul Kin in Blue Creek.
Mexican cartels have more operations in Central America, Belize included
Three of Mexico’s biggest drug trafficking organizations have moved 90 percent of their cocaine trafficking operations to Central America, indicates a new UN report. Two of the groups, the Pacific Cartel (an alliance of the Sinaloa Cartel and the Gulf Cartel) and the Zetas, have moved 90 percent of their US-bound cocaine trafficking operations to Central America, because of the aggressive strategy towards organized crime. They have also fought to control plazas to Central America, making Mexican organized crime the main criminal problem in the region. Belize is considered the Zetas’ zone of operation. In El Salvador, the principal drug trafficking organization is the Pacific Cartel, which also operates in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Since the 2009 coup in Honduras, the country has been used by both groups as a port of arrival for drugs from Colombia, Venezuela, and Bolivia.
Policeman dies in traffic mishap
A policeman attached to the Hattieville Police Formation lost his life in a traffic accident a few hours ago. The Reporter has confirmed that Sergeant Orlando Cruz, originally from the Cayo district, was driving a morotcycle on the Philip Goldson Highway sometime Sunday morning when he lost control of the cycle on the approach to the Haulover Bridge and slammed into the protective metal barrier. The cycle reportedly got wedged in the barrier, crushing Cruz and causing him severe injuries. He died moments later. Officer Commanding the Hattieville Police Formation, Inspector Rochel Chan told the Reporter Sunday that Cruz was a promising and reliable police officer, and that his death is a huge loss to the Hattieville Police Formation and the Belize Police Department.
Mainly fair and dry weather prevails
The National Meteorological Service of Belize is predicting mostly sunny skies today and partly cloudy skies tonight with no rainfall expected, except for a possible isolated thunderstorm developing inland this afternoon. Winds will be blowing from the East-Southeast at 10 to 20 knots and the sea state will be choppy […]
Jamaican-American neonatologist says neonatal baby deaths “heartbreaking”
As Belize this week welcomed a new pediatric and neonatal intensive care unit built out of the tragedy of 13 babies killed in a month at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) two years ago, Jamaica is struggling with a heavier toll, spread across two hospitals. Nineteen babies […]
San Pedro residents concerned over shallow graves
There is disturbing information coming out from San Pedro Town. Several concern residents in the Mosquito Coast area, are concerned for their health since the new cemetery has been used, in an inappropriate way, they claim. According to a resident, a couple months ago members of the police department discovered […]
Accident near Ladyville lands its victim at the KHMH
Information reaching our newsroom is that of a traffic accident on the Philip Goldson Highway in the vicinity of LadyVille. BMG was made to understand that the victim has been rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) via ambulance. This is a developing story. More will be posted shortly.
Early morning homicide in San Ignacio Town
Information reaching our newsroom is that in the wee hours of Sunday morning, San Ignacio Police have opened a case of homicide in that municipality. Sources say the victim was brutally stabbed. Information is yet sketchy but BMG was made to understand that the incident played out in a popular […]
Halloween in San Pedro, Belize, 2015: It’s Not to Be Missed – Part One
Last night was a beauty…warm, rainless and BUSY! The town was hoping with parties everywhere, the Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow, giving a pre-election speech in Central Park (on Halloween! in San Pedro!), fireworks and everyone out and about celebrating. My friend Steve, owner of Lola’s Pub and co-owner of the new this season Stax Sunset Lounge & Cafe at Hol Chan Resort & Villas took some amazing photos of the goings-on…and shared them with me at 2:03am. I was…fast asleep. THANKS STEVE!
A Tourist’s Guide on the Best Water Sports in Belize
Water sports in Belize offers a great way to enjoy the waters of this beautiful country and add excitement and adventure to your vacation. The coastline of Belize is mainly known for irs diving and fishing, but it is also a great backdrop for differnt water sports. The steady winds and calm waters given the by barrier reef make for smooth sails off the coast. If you are looking to doing more than just enjoy the scenery, add adventure on th ewater with this must-do Belize activity. However, take note that even if all the islands and coastal beaches offer water sports, the availability can vary. Offering the best water sports equipment diversity, Ambergris Cate has torpedo rides, sailboars, windsurfing boards, wakeboards, kneeboards, kite boards, sailboats, parasails and jetskis. The barrier reef is less than a mile offshore with different water conditions from calm waters to large waves. There is something for every skill level, from beginner to advanced.
April's Peanut Butter Microwave Fudge
Place sugar, butter and milk in a large mixing bowl. Cook in the microwave 2 minutes on high. Take out, beat ingredients with hand mixer until combined. Microwave 30 seconds more, then add peanut butter and mix by hand or mixer until combined. Spread in foil lined 8x8 pan. Let cool then cut and ENJOY! Everyone will LOVE this!!!!!!!
Trashing Halloween in San Pedro is a barrel of laughs
We totally trashed Halloween this year. No, I didn’t say we got trashed. I said we trashed Halloween. As in garbage. It is a big topic on the island these days because it is a big problem. As one guy would say, “Trash is huuuge!” So, to bring awareness to the problem, our First Friday Tres Cocos Roadside Trash Pick-up group decided to bring the trash to the people. Rose, Linda, Marie, Sue made beautiful gowns out of trash bags, Belikin beer tops, Crystal water bottles and the like. Thank you, especially, Bowen & Bowen for providing inspiration through all your disposable products which can be found on streets, lagoons, beaches and vacant lots all over Ambergris Caye. Christina dropped in as a very green Fairy Garbage Mother. The rest of the gang — Scott & Susan, Steve, Carmen and Wayne — went as trash cans. Not any trash cans. Reproductions of the ones that the San Pedro Town Council has promised us will be distributed north of the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge.
CCJ grants historic Constitutional relief to Maya people
The Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) says the Belize government breached the right of the Maya community to protection of the law by failing to ensure that the existing property regime, inherited from the pre-independence colonial system, recognised and protected Maya land rights. The 25 members of the Maya Leaders Alliance had been fighting for recognition and protection of Maya land rights before international courts and the courts of Belize for more than 20 years. Their appeal before the CCJ arose out of litigation precipitated by an incursion onto farm lands in the Golden Stream village by Francis Johnson, now deceased. While the appeal was being heard by the CCJ in Belize, the appellants and the Belize government entered into a Consent Order on April 22, 2015 which recognised that the Maya system of customary land tenure gives rise to property rights within the meaning of the Constitution of Belize.
Marine Reserves Need Stepping Stones to Help Fish Disperse
A massive field effort on the Belizean Barrier Reef has revealed for the first time that the offspring of at least one coral reef fish, a neon goby, do not disperse far from their parents. The results indicate that if marine protected areas aim to conserve such fishes, and biodiversity more broadly, then they must be spaced closely enough to allow larvae to disperse successfully between them. A growing body of scientific research has demonstrated that marine protected areas, particularly no-take marine reserves that exclude extractive activities like fishing, can increase biodiversity and sustain fisheries within the reserves, often with spillover benefits in surrounding areas. But despite the decline of coral reefs and fisheries worldwide, only 3.5 percent of the ocean is protected and only 1.6 percent of it is fully protected. Moreover, for reserves to conserve marine biodiversity most effectively, they must be embedded in networks that are connected such that marine life from one reserve can repopulate other reserves.
Caribbean employers' and workers' organisations to meet in Grenada
A regional bipartite meeting organised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), together with the Caribbean Employers' Confederation and the Caribbean Congress of Labour, will take place from November 3 to 5 at the Grenadian by Rex Resorts, Point Salines, Grenada. The meeting follows a series of national workshops which were held between July and October 2015 in 14 CARIFORUM member states -- St Lucia, Grenada, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Haiti, Jamaica, Belize, the Bahamas, Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago. These national workshops determined joint points of action to formalise and institutionalise national social dialogue, and identified priority areas of concern. At the regional meeting each member state will report back on the actions agreed at the national workshops. Representatives from Caribbean employers' and workers' organisations will also develop positions on social and economic issues to be furthered at the regional level.
Beware monster weed
Sargassum is destroying Mexico’s tourism economy. Could the monster weed do the same thing in the wider Caribbean? The following narrative is an extract from the Washington Post of October 28, 2015, a story titled, “Mexico deploys its navy to face its latest threat: Monster seaweed”. OK. Joshua Partlow and Gabriela Martinez writing in the Washington Post Newspaper describe how, “From Barbados to Belize, and Cancun to Tulum, a brown seaweed known as sargassum, has invaded the Caribbean basin this year.’’ The writers warn that, “Vast floating mats have washed up and buried beaches. The piles of seaweed grew more than four feet high in Antigua and forced some people to abandon their homes.’’