Today's Belize News: September 17, 2017 - 09/17/17 12:56 PM
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, and other specials
Copa San Pedro 2017 football tournament gets underway
On Thursday, September 7th, the Copa San Pedro 2017 began at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town. Forming part of this year’s Copa San Pedro are Martha’s Ice, United F.C, Legends F.C, Boca Bombers, Jokers F.C, San Mateo F.C, Assassin F.C, Sandy Point, Victoria House Jr., Terror Squad, G. strikers and One Shot One Kill. Six games kicked off the newest football tournament, with the first two games played on Thursday, September 7th. At 7PM, Terror Squad faced Sandy Point, emerging victorious with a 3-2 score. 9PM Legends F.C against One Shot One Kill with a whopping 13-0. The following day saw two games as well. At 7PM, Boca Bombers took on Jokers F.C, with the Boca Bombers winning 5-3. The second game saw San Mateo F.C emerge victorious, 3-1, against G. Strikers. The last two games of the second week of Copa San Pedro are scheduled for Sunday, September 17th, starting at 5pm with Martha’s Ice VS Sandy Point, while the second match begins at 7pm with United F.C VS Strikers. All islanders are invited to come out, and support their favorite team this weekend.
GOB Responds after Local Airlines Suspend Flights to Caye Caulker
Effective October 1, 2017 the local airstrip on the island of Caye Caulker will be closing for an estimated eight months of renovations. During that time, the island will only be accessible via boat. The announcement was made by the Government of Belize (GOB) and the Belize Airports Authority (BAA), after both local airlines, Tropic Air and Maya Island Air announced on Tuesday, September 12th that they were suspending their services to the island due to the severe deterioration of the airstrip. Businesses and residents on Caye Caulker are quite concerned about the negative impact the closure of the airport will bring to La Isla Cariñosa. Tropic Air and Maya Island Air issued a joint press release on Tuesday announcing the suspension of flights over safety concerns at the Caye Caulker local airport. Hours later, the BAA responded by announcing that they had taken the final stages of securing the necessary funding to begin the reconstruction of the runway. They claimed that plans for the airstrip renovation have been ongoing since 2016, when consultants were engaged to conduct feasibility studies for the repairs of the Caye Caulker airport. After taking the decision to reconstruct the airport, a comprehensive design was commissioned.
San Pedro Pirates lose 3-4 against Dangriga Wagiya F.C
On Sunday, September 10th, the Dangriga Wagiya Football Club hosted the San Pedro Pirates Football Club at the Carl Ramos Stadium in Dangriga Town during the fifth round of the Premier League of Belize (PLB). The Pirates and Wagiya gave their best, but at the final whistle, it was a victory of 4-3 for the home team. The game started at 4pm, with both teams going on the offensive. Within the first three minutes of the match, Pirate Hazale Requena scored the first goal. At the sixth minute, the island team netted another goal, courtesy of Aloisio Texiera. Dangriga’s Wagiya went on the offensive as well, with Byron Chavez scoring a goal in minute nine. The pressure was on the home team, as the island team was leading. At the 34th minute of the match, Byron Chavez met the challenge and scored again for the Dangriga Wagiya. Horace Avila Jr. found a way to net one more goal before the first half drew to an end and Dangriga went to break, leading 3-2.
Misc Belizean Sources
Explosion in San Mateo
San Pedro Police are investigating an explosion that occurred at a residence in the San Mateo Subdivision, just north of the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge. Reports are that an unidentified explosive device was hurled into the yard of a residence while its occupants were getting ready to sleep. No one was injured and police have detained two minors for questioning.
Soca superstar Machel Montano pays a visit to Caye Caulker and Koko King
Aye this boy always has to be the first!!!!
Taste of the South
TOP CHEF COMPETITION, TOP BARTENDER COMPETITION!!! Sign up for both our food and beverage competitions as we are looking for 6 contestants, 3 for each category to compete against each other for $100, and the prestige to be called Georgetown Technical High School's 1st Ever TOP CHEF and 1st Ever TOP BARTENDER! 3 Food and Beverage critics will use rubrics in order to judge your production. As it relates to the TOP CHEF COMPETITION, you will each be given a basket with all necessary ingredients which you will use to create 1 gourmet meal for 3 judges (including the GREAT Mr. Fer'minh Cho'c will be there) to taste your meals within 1 hour and a half. Our world class Culinary Arts Kitchen awaits you!! I.H.S Students, Julian Cho, Ecumenical, ANRI, GT Tech, Dellile Students; especially, current students, past students. you all are welcome! As it relates to the TOP BARTENDER COMPETITION, as soon as the food competition is over, the beverage competition will begin, whereby you are to produce 3 cocktail/mixed/frozen drinks using local alcoholic beverages. To enter you must be 18 & over and must not be currently enrolled at any primary/high school. Rules and conditions will be shared with you prior to the competition. FREE ENTRY!!!
Training Alcaldes in Toledo
The Attorney General's Ministry is training Alcaldes in Toledo, presenting the scope of their jurisdiction and how proceedings are to occur. This afternoon, the Alcaldes will be officially appointed by the Attorney General, Hon. Michael Peyrefitte.
Murder/Suicide in Belize City
On the 15. 9. 17 about 8:30pm police visited AAA Security Services Corp. Ltd headquarters 2 1/2 miles on the Phillip Goldson Highway where they observed on the lower flat of the building a female identified as Delsie Olivia Smith 50 years Belizean Manager of AAA security and a resident of Hattieville with an apparent gunshot wound to the side of the head and Robert Godfrey 66 years Belizean business man and owner of AAA Security services was seen lying on the floor motionless with an apparent gunshot wound to the side of the head. Initial investigation reveals that on the 15. 9. 17 about 7:30pm both deceased were inside the building when Mr. Godfrey took a . 38 Revolver that he had on his person and fired a single shot at Ms.Smith which caused the fatal injury, thereafter he placed the firearm to his head and fired a single shot that cause his fatal injury. Police recovered (1) . 38 Smith and Wesson Special Revolver (2) expended shells and (3) live rounds of ammunition. investigation continues.
Miriam Vasquez Alcoser missing
Please be on the look out for 45-year-old Miriam Vasquez Alcoser of San Lazaro village in Orange Walk. She was reported missing by her husband Juan Alcoser on Friday 15th September, 2017. Description: 4 ft 5 inches tall; about 130lbs; fair complexion and long, black hair. Miriam was last seen wearing a black blouse ,short blue jeans pants and a black sandals on Wednesday, 13th September, when she left her house in San Lazaro. If seen, kindly call 911 or the Orange Walk Police Station at 322-2022.
San Pedro Jouvert 2017
Thursday Sept. 21st, kicks off at 5am at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sports Complex
FCD donated 2018 Toyota Hilux
As a result of the Toyota Chiquibul Challenge 2017, FCD was donated a 2018 Toyota Hilux. We are grateful to Belize Diesel & Equipment Ltd. for coordinating the Challenge, and we are honoured by the many sponsors that made this donation possible. They are truly champions of the Chiquibul!!!
One person shot in Collet
Police are looking for a suspect after a youth was reportedly shot at around 8:00 tonight in the Antelope Street Extension area of Belize City. Residents heard two sets of gunshots – the first of about six shots – followed by a second round of about four more shots. The alleged gunman then reportedly ran through a yard to flee the scene.
Mexico celebrates 207 years of independence
Independence day celebrations and festivities took place today in Mexico, as the country celebrated it’s 207th anniversary of independence. The official Mexican Independence Day is observed annually on September 16th, and is celebrated with official ceremonies, fireworks, fiestas, food, dance and concerts, among other activities. Flags, flowers and decorations in the colors of the Mexican flag – red, white and green – flank public areas, cities and towns, followed by chants of “Viva Mexico” or “Viva la Independencia”. Councillor of the Mexican Embassy in Belize, Hugo Juarez Carrillo said that Mexican embassies and consulates worldwide host official ceremonies to mark the historic event.
Belize City businessman shoots manager dead, then himself
A well-known Belize City buisnessman is dead after he allegedly shot and killed his female employee and then turned the gun on himself. Robert Godfrey, the owner of AAA Security company on the Philip Goldson Highway, reportedly shot and killed his company manager, Delsie Smith, and then shot amd killed himself. The incident happened shortly after 9:00 on Friday night at the security office.
UDP plagued with infighting
Deputy Leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP), Patrick Faber, has declared publicly that ongoing infighting between party members is affecting the party’s political standing. “All is not necessarily well in the UDP,” Faber said. “There are many of us in the UDP who are not satisfied with some of what has happened, a lot of what has happened.”
FCD gets brand new hilux
Yesterday, Rafael Manzanero, the Executive Director of Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) received the keys to a new 2018 Toyota Hilux.
Belizeans honored at Belizean Patriots Tribute
Twenty-two Belizeans were honored last night at the Bliss Center for the performing arts. The citizens were awarded for their outstanding contributions to the community at the annual Tribute to Belizean Patriots ceremony.
Fair weather to continue
The 24-hour forecast is for generally fair weather to prevail. Sunny skies with a few cloudy spells are expected today with cloudy skies tonight. Isolated showers are expected over inland areas this afternoon and a few will affect the south and coast tonight. The wind will blow from the east to northeast at 5-15 knots.
Chester ready to sue
Assistant Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams is threatening to sue Commander of Easter Division South, Marco Vidal, if Vidal does not issue an apology for statements he made to the media this week.
Police confirms murder/suicide at AAA Security firm
Last night around 8:30, police responded to AAA Security Services Corp. Ltd headquarters located at 2 1/2 miles on the Philip Goldson Highway where cops found the company’s manager, Delsie Olivia Smith, 50, dead with a bullet wound to the side of her head.
Orange Walk woman missing
According to police reports, Miriam Vasquez,45, of San Lazaro Village, Orange Walk is reported missing. Vasquez was reported missing by her husband Juan Alcoser yesterday. Vasquez is 4 ft 5 inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds.
Belize Network of NGO’s in solidarity with Bar Association
The Belize Network of NGOs (BNN) issued a press release stating that it stands in solidarity with the Bar Association of Belize regarding government’s appointment of Franz Parke as a Justice of the Court of Appeal.
September Celebrations – What are we celebrating?
By Julio Gonzales: September has taken on a new meaning. No more talk of Baymen, Independence, patriotism and Hip Hip Hooray. Over the years, September has become synonymous with grenade explosions on parade routes, kidnappings, robberies and gun violence.
Father of the Nation commemorated
By Zoila Palma: Tuesday, September 19, will mark the sixth year since the death of the Nation’s Father, Right Honorable George Cadle Price. The date is set aside as National Service Day in Belize to commemorate his legendary service to Belize.
AAA Senior supervisor murdered
Last night BBN reported that a well-known businessman shot and killed his employee and then killed himself. The incident occurred shortly before 9:00 last night. Robert Godfrey, owner of AAA security on the Philip Goldson Highway allegedly shot and killed his Senior Supervisor, Desiree Smith.
Belize suspends oil shipment under PetroCaribe programme
The Alba PetroCaribe Belize Energy Limited (APBEL) says it has suspended the long standing agreement with the Venezuelan state oiled company Trafigura/Puma and Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA) under the PetroCaribe programme. APBEL said in a statement that the decision to suspend the programme followed “consultation with the Government of Belize, Trafigura/Puma and PDVSA” and that APBEL has decided to “suspend purchases of petroleum products from PDVSA under the PetroCaribe Agreement with immediate effect”. Officials from the Government of Belize, Trafigura/Puma and Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. and APBEL are expected to meet later this month to determine the possibility of resuming supply from Venezuela in the future.
The Birth Of Multicultural Britain
Remembering the first wave of Caribbean pioneers to the UK. ON WEDNESDAY June 23, 1948, The Times newspaper reported the arrival of MV Empire Windrush under the headline ‘Jamaicans arrive to seek work’. The article said: “Of the 492 Jamaicans who arrived at Tilbury on Monday to seek work in this country, 236 were housed last night in Clapham South Deep Shelter." “The remainder had friends to whom they could go with and prospects of work. The men had arrived at Tilbury in the ex-troopship Empire Windrush. Among them are singers, students, pianists, boxers and a complete dance band. Thirty or 40 had already volunteered to work as miners." The report was not entirely correct. There were also settlers from other countries in the Caribbean including British Guiana (now Guyana), Trinidad, Bahamas and British Honduras (now Belize).
Archaeologists Search Ancient Pyramid for Clues to Maya Underworld
At the spring and fall equinoxes, the setting sun casts serpent-like shadows along the northern stairs of El Castillo, or “the castle.” Built more than a thousand years ago by the ancient Maya, the pyramid towers 100 feet over the ruins of Chichén Itzá, a World Heritage site and popular tourist destination on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Adventurers and archaeologists have explored the ruins for more than a century, but mysteries endure. Is there a watery labyrinth beneath the great pyramid, as local legends hint? Are there hidden chambers in the heart of the monument, as some archaeologists suspect? Seeking clues, a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers is launching the first comprehensive investigation of Chichén Itzá in 50 years. “Something on this scale has never been attempted, but we’re confident that it will help us understand this site in a way that wasn’t possible before,” says Guillermo de Anda, an underwater archaeologist with Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History and director of the Great Maya Aquifer Project. “With this data, I believe we will conclusively find out if the local legends of an elaborate underworld are true.”