Today's Belize News: April 1, 2018 - 04/01/18 12:15 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
Belize Accepts BZ$28.8 M From EU For Projects In The Health and Public Finance Management Sectors
The Prime Minister of Belize and Minister of Finance Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow and the European Union Ambassador to Belize H.E. Malgorzata Wasilewska signed two Financing Agreements for a total of BZ$28.8 M for projects in the Health and Public Finance Management sectors. The signing ceremony took place at the Prime Minister’s Office at the Laing Building in Belize City. Funding for the two sectors is allocated under the 11th European Union Development Fund (EDF) to assist in the social and economic development of Belize. The proposed projects are in line with Belize’s Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy and will assist in achieving the country’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals.
Investigation into Coye/Madrill case dismissal still pending
When the case against San Pedro Police Officers Norman Coye and Darnell Madrill was dismissed in January of this year, many islanders were surprised, including the wounded victims. Coye and Madrill were accused of being involved in a shooting incident at Central Park in April of 2017. Their unprecedented actions caused injuries from bullet fragments to five persons, and charges of Wounding were brought against them. After their court case was continuously adjourned for months, they walked free from the offenses. This prompted the Professional Standard Branch (PSB) to investigate the case and find out why it was tossed out since the reason given was due to the absence of the prosecution.
Misc Belizean Sources
Corona del Mar Horse Shoe Competition
Today April 1, starting at 11am. Come out and be part of the F U N !
Life Guards at Work. A first for Corozal
For th first time, the Corozal Town Council is providing certified life guard services to swimmers along the Corozal Bay for Saturday and Easter Sunday. We know how popular Corozal Town's coastal waters are to visitors. The council is aware of the need for safety measures and this is one of them.
In honor of Women’s History Month, Ms. Rhea Rogers inspired over 180 students of Saint Catherine Academy to follow their passion and share their passion
Ms. Rhea Rogers is the Staff Officer for the Ministry of National Security of Belize. She liaises on behalf of the ministry on projects and public policy issues, especially for women and youth, locally and internationally. She is the Ministry’s gender focal point and an activist for gender equity and equality. Rhea has been advocating for women's full participation in Belize's development since 1995 and promoting equity and equality for women in the national security sector since 2003. Rhea is a member of the National Gender-Based Violence Committee and participates in a variety of government-led initiatives for gender mainstreaming of public policies.
Creating a Sawdust and Sand Carpet (Alfombras) in San Pedro
A Good Friday Tradition
ANGEL TZIB A YUCATEC MAYA OF SAN ANTONIO CAYO FINISHES IN TOP 18 FROM OVER 100 RIDERS IN THE SATURDAY CROSS COUNTRY CLASSIC
Endurance, determination, power, and hard work are some words that serve to describe one of the sons of San Antonio and a proud son of the corn. Today I want to give credit and support to an iconic sporting figure in my village. Angel Anastacio Tzib, most commonly known as “coonsi”, is probably one of the most undervalued athletes in my community. Being the only bicycle racer in San Antonio makes him a unique character, but we tend to downplay his hard work and dedication. Every year on Holy Saturday, San Antonieros flood the street sides (where the race takes place of course) of San Ignacio and Santa Elena to identify and cheer for our hero.
Belizean American, Justin Williams snags Cross Country race
Belizean-American, Justin Williams has won the 2018 Annual Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic, riding into Belize City some four minutes before a seven-man chase group. Williams, whose father, Calman Williams is a former Cross Country champion, collected $5,000 cash as his first prize, an an assortment of station prizes along the 34 miles back that he rode solo to Belize City. He also received several trophies, and the winner’s jersey. Placing second was American, Patrick Raines and Mexican, Rudy Rincon placed third.
Justin Williams – 2018 Cross Country Cycling Champion
Belizean-American cyclist, Justin Williams, rode away with the garland for the 90th annual Cross Country cycling classic this morning. With a whopping four minute gap, Williams rode proudly into Belize city while thousands of Belizeans cheered him on.
Manatee found dead
This morning, a manatee was found dead in the Belize river in Belize City. The manatee was mutilated. It had several large cuts around its body.
Good Friday On Ambergris Caye
Good Friday is a low-key, solemn day in Belize. Shockingly quiet compared to the Beach Party madness that follows. I mean IMMEDIATELY follows. The night clubs open at MIDNIGHT last night – on Good Friday/Holy Saturday. And the Spring Break-like mania continues until Easter Monday when you’ll see young Belizeans, looking shell-shocked and bleary-eyed, shuffling back to the water taxi to head home. Good Friday is a DRY DAY. And as surprising that was to me on my first Easter week in Belize, it’s not this country. In fact, Ireland just legislated THIS YEAR to allow bar and shop owners to make it their choice – to serve alcohol or not. Publicans actually took the government to court!
The Caribbean: Facing a Fatal Fate
High-tide flooding is set to become an every-other-day affair in coastal areas along the Gulf of Mexico and the East Coast of the United States of America by the year 2100. It will also fatally harm the countries of the Caribbean. This latest cause for alarm, concerning high-tide flooding, is identified in a new report from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA). According to the report, high-tide flooding in the mid-Atlantic doubled from an average of three days a year in 2000 to six in 2015. Of course, if there is no curbing of greenhouse gas emissions, high-tide flooding will become a happening every day, forcing businesses, homes and agricultural activity further inland. The migration of such activities away from the coast will be possible in mainland countries at great expense, disruption, loss of property and the creation of refugees, but such inland migration will hardly be possible for the islands of the Caribbean, particularly the small ones.