Today's Belize News: March 4, 2018 - 03/04/18 12:44 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
PUP 7 hosts pre-election rally in San Pedro Town
Supporters of the People’s United Party (PUP) San Pedro Town Council Slate gathered at the Honorable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex to witness their last pre-election rally on Friday, March 2nd. In a short ceremony, the seven candidates aspiring to form the next town council spoke to the attendees about their plans to make San Pedro a better place for all. They touched on areas like infrastructure, education, sports, health and the partnerships with the business community for the execution of projects and creation of jobs. Mistress of Ceremonies Natalie Arceo welcomed the multitude reminding them that it is time for a change, to demand more and to give the seven PUP candidates the opportunity to run the affairs of the town.
SPTC donates computers to San Pedro Dr. Otto Rodriguez Polyclinic II
The Incumbent San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) donated five computers to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II on Wednesday, February 28th. Present at the official hand over was incumbent Mayor Daniel Guerrero, incumbent Deputy Mayor, Gary Grief and incumbent Councilors Flora Ancona, Hector “Tito” Alamilla, Ruben “Rox” Gonzalez and Gabriel “Gaby” Nunez along with clinic Administrator, Eric Najarro, and staff members of the Polyclinic. Guerrero stated that he had promised computers to the polyclinic after providing them with approximately $6,000 dollars for better medical equipment. “This was something that we had promised the polyclinic a long time ago as we heard that they didn’t have many computers and they were doing their work handwritten. I believe the polyclinic is doing a great job on the island,” said Guerrero.
Holy Cross host Mankato State University Dental Doctors
Holy Cross Anglican School’s Smile Dental Clinic hosted Dental Doctors and senior students from Mankato State University in Mankato, Minnesota, USA from Monday February 26th through to Thursday, March 1st. The Mankato State University team consisted of four dental doctors and 20 senior students that came to provide their service to the school. “When providing these oral examinations we look for tooth decay, evaluate overall oral hygiene, provide fillings as well as assist students with fluoride to strengthen their teeth,” said Doctor Paul Roggow leader of the dental group. He also mentioned that they facilitated the students with classes on how to properly brush their teeth and gave them free toothbrushes and toothpastes.
Caye Caulker residents concerned on the delay of works at the island’s airstrip
The management at the Belize Airport Authority overseeing the rehabilitation of the airport’s runway informed The San Pedro Sun that the project is ongoing and that they expect to complete the works by mid-June of this year. A visit to the closed airstrip revealed that no construction work has been done on the airstrip and its surroundings. A series of deep holes were observed on the surface of the runway, while on its east end, piles of building material had been unloaded. According to the General Manager of BAA, Nicholas Ruiz, the process for the airport’s refurbishment is an ongoing one and that even though people might think that nothing is happening, work is actually being done. “Most of the building material is being barged to the island from the mainland,” said Ruiz. “There is a process and work is taking place.” Ruiz indicated that he and his team will do a site inspection to find out more about the progress of the project.
Third Annual Land Rover Car Show Held
The third annual Land Rover Car Show was held on Sunday, February 25th at Cheers Restaurant and Cabañas located at mile 31 on the George Price Highway. Rover enthusiasts attended the event eager to view the legendary vehicles as the show featured everything from the oldest to the most recent model. At the end of the exhibit, trophies were given to the oldest Rolling Rover, including the most popular vehicles selected by the attendees. Organizers Matt Brislawn and Sharon Svec started what has become a tradition in April 2016 with the first-ever show held in Orange Walk Town. At this year’s event, a total of eight Rovers starred with a 1979 model which attracted a lot of attention from viewers. Among the different vehicles, there was a Land Rover Defender equipped with a tent, ideal for camping expeditions. Another Rover that caught the attention of the crowd was a red 130 Model Defender, along with a 110 Defender. The most recent model present at the show was a 2007 LR 3. Fanatics not only had the chance to view inside the vehicle but also admired the original engine, which is a trademark of the brand.
Misc Belizean Sources
Released another juvenile salt water crocodile, Estuwary at the North Shore of Caye Caulker
Beautiful day. rMoved from the south of the island to a better home. To save this endangered species. Together with the community, so they can survive this concrete/humans invasion on this island that was once ruled by only them. To educate our future and our coming guests. To enjoy the park as it has been for thousands of years.
Shooting victim lucky to be alive
On the 3.3.18 about 4:00 a.m., police responded to a report on Yorke Street. Upon arrival officers met 49 year old Raymond Wayne Davis 49 year old, A Car Dealer of a Belize City who had a gunshot graze to the forehead. Police say Davis was inside his vehicle on Yorke Street along with a female companion two male person's approach him and fired several shots at him as a result he received the injury. Davis was taken to the KHMH and is listed in a stable condition.
Mrs. Ofelia Graniel fundraising for illness
My assistant Aylin Nuñez's Grandma Mrs. Ofelia Graniel has been in the hospital very ill and in the hospital for over a week. The family has had major expenses and have raised funds to pay for a good portion of the bills they have occured however they are still short some and will need to pay some more hospital bills in the near future. If any of you would like to help you can pledge a donation privately and as a Thank You Aylin will be giving you a small magnet as a token of her appreciation.
Caye Caulker’s Lobster Festival 2018
Lobster Fest 2018 is on!
Heroes & Benefactors Day on Friday
March 9th will be a public and bank holiday. Pin this event on your diary. Visit to learn more about Belize's two National Heroes: With Heroes & Benefactors Day approaching. The Goldson House for Democracy & Patriotism and The George Price Center for Peace and Development are teaming up to host Open Days at both centers.
Sarteneja Got Talent
Spring Talent Show Coming Soon! Apply now at Sarteneja Baptist Church. Happening March 8th, 2018 at Almendro Park.
Protests staged after accused child rapist charged
Protests were staged all over the country last night including Belize city, Orange Walk and Roaring creek following the arrest of the man accused of an unthinkable crime against his step-daughter. In Belize city, protesters gathered in front of the Queen street police station to condemn the rape of a 17-month-old baby girl. Late on Friday, police charged the stepfather with ‘dangerous harm’. The suspect, whose name has been withheld to protect the victim’s identity, is pending several other charges while police await directives from the Director of Public Prosecution. Other charges are expected to be brought against him early next week in the Belize City Magistrate Court.
Mexican government provides 25 scholarships
The Mexican Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Belize’s Ministry of Education (MOE) yesterday to facilitate the distribution of 25 half-scholarships for low income students attending evening classes at the Escuela Technica Secundaria Mexico in Corozal. The agreement was signed under the Mexican Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AMEXCID), by their Executive Director, Agustin Garcia Lopez and CEO of the MOE, Deborah Domingo, at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex. In his address to the gathering of scholarship recipients and other invited guests, Lopez explained that for over 21 years the government of Mexico has continued to strengthen educational opportunities for children through Latin America by means of its well known scholarship program of which Belize has been a part of since 1996. The program has experienced remarkable success and has expanded into 147 schools across 17 regions.
Week in Review: Luxe Pool Time, A New Bar off the Beaten Path, a Nude Crab & More
I live 7 miles north – less town and more the great wilds of Ambergris Caye. Since the road is SO rocky and gutted right now, the slow ride provides me time to see the scenery. The wild flowers and this guy a few months ago. I stopped by the newest bar on the island. Or at least one of them. Garifuna Legegu Grill in San Mateo. It is near the entrance to San Mateo just north of the bridge. I found out a few months ago that the property is owned by Walter Medina! Almost EVERYONE knows Walter. The breeze at the top of the bar is pretty great. It wasn’t open yet when I arrived but I took a quick look around anyway. For a bit more information, check out the Facebook page. I just did and found this newer picture AND the fact that you can arrive by boat. How cool.
8th Annual Arte Con Voz De Mujer Art Exhibition was held inside House of Culture
Arte Con Voz De Mujer is an event that many young women and adults feature their excellent talent of Art paintings from across the Jewel. This event has been happening ever since before the House of Culture has been Remodeled. It is organized by Miss Debra Wilkes from Corozal House of Culture. She spends countless hours preparing for this event to showcase to the public of Corozalenos. On March 2, 2018, the Corozal House of Culture presented their 8th Annual Arte Con Voz Art Exhibition. It commenced at 7:30pm with a short cerrmony. A small group of Corozalenos sat down to hear the speech of the Art Exhibit displayed inside the Corozal House of Culture. The speech was about how young women can engage in their talents they love to do. And, thanking all who participated in this year's annual event.
This is Belize: When good golf carts go bad
We were nearly at the crest of the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge this morning when something started going awfully wrong with Moncho 59. More exactly, the golf cart started going left and right. On its own. The steering wheel seemed to suddenly lose all interest in doing its job. Which is a simple one: Keep the front tires going in the right direction. I eased Monch 59 down the bridge toward San Pedro Town, looking a bit like a tourist after that first stop at the Palapa Bar. Pulling over at the base of the bridge, a quick inspection showed everything seemed to be in order. The tires were pointed in the right direction. They were adequately inflated. Nothing was dragging on the ground beneath the engine. Still, the best the old girl could do was wobble past the toll booth and the adjacent hardware store. A tiny piece of real estate between Boca del Rio Hardware and Erica’s produce stand became a safe haven from the traffic.
Conservation efforts aid jaguars: agency
Conservation measures to protect the jaguar have led to a slight increase in the animal’s numbers, the head of a federal agency said this week. Natural Protected Areas Commission chief Alejandro del Mazo Maza also announced the creation of a new tri-national protected area in partnership with Guatemala and Belize. The commissioner told the newspaper El Universal that jaguar conservation policies enacted by the Mexican government have been successful, citing a 10% increase in the Yucatán peninsula region alone, where the population is estimated to have grown from 1,850 to 2,000.