Today's Belize News: April 11, 2018 - 04/11/18 01:03 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
No quick resolution in sight for island’s water shortage problem
BWS states that it is currently in negotiations with CWBL to find ways to resolve the situation as quickly as possible. “Over the last few years, the CWBL plant has been unable to supply the quantity of water necessary to meet the demand during extended peak periods, as experienced over the recent Easter holidays, despite BWS implementing a rigorous program to manage water storage.” “I have to be filling buckets, bins, and other containers for backup,” said a concerned DFC resident. “Even when there is water, the pressure is very low. I hope that this issue gets solved as soon as possible.” Business owners are concerned with the ongoing water shortage affecting their business. “This not only affects the residents of the island but also our tourism industry. Tourists come from a long day out on the sea and they want to take a bath and there is no water. That doesn’t look good for businesses. With Ambergris Caye being one of the most touristic areas of Belize, we should not be having this kind of issue,” said one frustrated hotelier.
Over 5000 lbs of trash removed from lagoon clean-up
Hoping to raise awareness of the importance of mangroves in our ecosystem, a group of islanders came together for a lagoon clean-up in San Pedro Town on Saturday, April 7th. The lagoon clean-up was organized by MJ Leslie of Passionkite Belize, Chris Summers and Christina Manzi of the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES), alongside fly fishermen, Alexander Gomez. The event saw the participation of students, divers, police officers, tour guides, business owners, fishermen, conservationists, councilors, children, media corps, and other concerned residents. At 7AM, a large group of around 40 residents gathered at the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge in the Boca Del Rio Area. With seven boats on hand, the lagoon clean up began. Each boat carried a group of volunteers to tackle different areas of the lagoon, and some volunteers stayed ashore to clean up. After each team had filled their boats with garbage, they headed to the Sunset Boa
Belize And Guatemala Host Garifuna Cultural Event
The program also included an academic conference which consisted of presentations by experts of both countries. Presenters from Belize included the President of the Belize National Garifuna Council, Ms. Sandra Miranda, Roy Cayetano and Sebastian Cayetano. Experts from Guatemala included Alfonso Arrivillaga, Dr. Gutberto Leiva and Olivia Núñez. The presentations reflected on the history of the Garinagu people, their culture and traditions. The event celebrated the uniqueness and oneness of the Garinagu across countries, as well as their unique and distinctive language, music and dance, which is recognized by UNESCO as world patrimony and an Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Misc Belizean Sources
Clarification of Minister Elrington’s Comments Regarding the Legal Challenge in Guatemala to the Guatemalan Referendum
On 4 April 2018, Channel 5 Belize aired portions of an interview with Foreign Minister Hon. Wilfred Elrington responding to a question by one of its journalists regarding the efforts of a few Guatemalan citizens who were challenging the constitutionality of Guatemala’s referendum. The clips used in Channel 5’s report gave the mistaken impression that Minister Elrington was stating that it is his or Ambassador H.E. Alexis Rosado’s own view that after the International Court of Justice rules on a decision the “constitution of Guatemala provides for them [Guatemala] to then go to a referendum to, as it were, ratify that position of the court”. What the Minister was explaining to the journalist was his understanding of the basis of the constitutional challenge in Guatemala; not his personal views or that of Ambassador Rosado. In any case, such legal challenges have been dismissed in Guatemala’s Courts.
The Governor General Attends 16th Conference of Governors-General and Presidents of the Caribbean Region
It has been announced from Belize House that the Governor-General, His Excellency, Sir Colville Young, is attending the Sixteenth Conference of Governors-General and Presidents of the Caribbean Region to be held in St. Kitts and Nevis from the 81' April, 2018 to 12. April, 2018; under the theme " Challenges of a Changing Caribbean ". The conference will be hosted by the Governor- General of St. Kitts and Nevis, Sir S.W. Tapley Seaton, GCMG, CVO, QC,JP. During His Excellency, Sir Colville Young's absence from the country, the functions of his office will be performed by Mr. Carlos Perdomo CVO, Cabinet Secretary.
Belize and Guatemala host Garifuna Cultural Event
Belize and Guatemala held a two-day event on the 8th and 9th of April 2018 in Guatemala City, entitled “The Belizean and Guatemalan Garifuna Culture as an Expression of Social Cohesion, Intercultural Dialogue and Promotion of Peace.” The aim of the event was to promote intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace. The event consisted of presentations of both cultural and academic nature. These events were meant to showcase the historical coexistence of the communities living on the borders of Livingston and Puerto Barrios, Izabal, Guatemala, and the Toledo and Stann Creek Districts of Belize. The program had the full support of UNESCO, the Organization of American States, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Foundation, the Garifuna Council of Belize and CODIRSA - the Presidential Commission Against Discrimination and Racism of Guatemala.
QUARTERLY MEETING OF LIQUOR LICENSING BOARD will be on April 16th at 7:00 p.m.
At Corozal Town Hall. This is your opportunity to speak out on current issues related to bars and such. Radio announcement and invitations to concerned parties will follow.
Rescheduled to Thursday, April 12, from 6:00am to 2:00pm, power outage to affect entire Placencia Peninsula
Independence, Maya King, Santa Cruz, Georgetown, San Pablo, San Roman, Santa Rosa, Maya Mopan, Red Bank, Cow Pen, San Juan, Monkey River, San Isidro, Bella Vista, Trio and surrounding areas. BEL to conduct maintenance of transmission system, Independence Substation and Savannah Switching Station; including climbing inspections, pole replacements, and equipment testing. A power outage will also affect the entire Toledo District from 1:50pm to 2:00pm to facilitate these works.
Belize Screen on the Green
Join us on Thursday, April 12 at the Governor General Field in Belmopan for the screening on "LORAX"! Movie starts at dark. Bring out the entire family!
Congratulations, Aimee Flores!
Every year, the UCLA Molecular Biology Institute Jules Brenner Fellowship recognizes one outstanding student whose work is advancing the discipline of Molecular Biology. The awardee is selected by a committee of distinguished faculty and by Mr. Brenner himself. We are incredibly proud that this year Aimee Flores of Belize (pictured alongside Jules Brenner) was awarded the Fellowship for her work in hair follicle
Rehabilitation of the Yarborough Basketball Court
Six weeks into the rehabilitation of the Yarborough Basketball Court and we can see most of the steel columns are in place. The rehabilitation of the Yarborough Basketball Court is the first phase of the overall rehabilitation of the Yarborough Football Field and Basketball Court. This project is being brought to the Yarborough Community by the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project, Taiwan ICFD and the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation - "Preserving and Enhancing Downtown Belize".
The 10th Flowers Bank Festival is coming soon!
Flowers Bank Village Festival...Saturday, June 2nd, 2018!
The Belize International Film Festival is now accepting submissions!
We are now accepting your films for the 2018 Belize International Film Festival. We have made some changes in film categories this year and we're excited to see what you will send in. Deadline for submissions is May 31st, 2018. Please feel free to email [email protected] or [email protected] for entry forms or inbox us should you encounter any technical difficulties finding or downloading our entry forms. Looking forward to hearing from all of you!!
Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday.
Farmers of the Year 2018
The Ministry of Agriculture and the National Agriculture and Trade Show Committee informs the public that this year’s winners for farmers of the year 2018 in the following categories are as follows:- 1. Male farmer of the year is Mr. Baltazar Campos of Carmelita Village in the Orange Walk District 2. Female farmer of the year is Ms. Lorena Peralta of La Gracia Village in the Cayo District 3. Junior farmer of the year is Mr. Freddy Orellana of Bomba Village in the Belize District.
2018 Lion Fish Derby Donation
The Caye Caulker Humane Society is thrilled and grateful to be the recipient of $871 raised by the Barrier Reef Sports Bar & Grill's 2018 Lion Fish Derby! Thanks to the Sports Bar owners and staff as well as Lynne Couch-Harris and Susan Newhouse for all of their hard work on the fun and successful event. Also to everyone who ate a lion fish, bought a raffle ticket, bought and shirt or donated a prize. And congratulations to derby participants and especially winners, who helped bring down the population of the invasive species. The money will go directly, and 100% to medications and supplies for keeping the island dogs and cats healthy.
MHDSTPA Statement on Complaints Against Staff
The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation undertakes its mandate as a protector of the rights of children, women, men, and families seriously. It, therefore, regards all complaints of wrongdoing against members of staff with great concern. As it pertains the complaint referenced in the media, the Ministry confirms receipt of an initial client complaint letter sent to the Director of the Department of Human Services and has in fact been conducting an investigation into the accusations, including several failed attempts to contact the complainant for follow-up. The Chief Executive Officer has not received the follow-up letter from the complainant’s attorney as shown in the media. The Ministry informs the public that it follows the disciplinary process required by the Ministry of Public Service, which is imperative in the event that disciplinary actions need to be taken against the named officer.
Corozal Rotarct Sailing Club this weekend
Corozal Rotarct Sailing Club will be happening this weekend in Corozal. Saturday and Sunday will be two days of race competing with each other. This event is to raisefunds to help the youth learn more about sailing club. It will commence as early as 10am. It will take place infront of Jamrock. Come out and enjoy the weather in Corozal. If you want find out more pleqse contact the Corozal Rotarct Sailing Club.
Annual Meeting of the Caribbean Food Crops Society
Call for Abstracts. Our 54th Annual Meeting of the Caribbean Food Crops Society will be held at the Ramada Hotel, Belize City, July 8-13, 2018. Theme: Multi-functionality of Agriculture in the Caribbean Basin in Countries with Predominant Tourist Industries. Hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration. Please fill out the submission form available on our website and submit by May 11, 2018 to: Ina I. Sanchez, MSc | Coordinator – Research & Innovation. Phone: (501) 623-0771, Email: [email protected] Research, Development and Innovation Center, Ministry of Agriculture, FFESD&I, Central Farm, Cayo, BELIZE
Special Olympics Belize Fun Run
The Special Olympics Fun Run is this Saturday. The Cayo Fun Run will be held in Belmopan along the Ring Road. "Special Olympics Belize Fun Run is scheduled for Saturday, 14 April 2018."
Pen Cayetano Wins Lifetime Achievement Award
Congratulations, Pen Cayetano! He won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Garifuna Music Awards Ceremony.
Calling all NGOs, academics, and general Belize civil society!
Have a plan to boost your role in governance? Now is your chance to make it happen. The U.S. Embassy has grant opportunities for projects that support civil society’s role in good governance OR that support Belize’s hard-working civil service. Application deadline is June 4, 2018.
Placencia Breeze April 2018
What’s Inside: Pg 5 ... Placencia Eagle Ray Tours Keepin' It Real Pg 6 ... Government Recognizes Ocean Pollution with Plans to Phase Out Single-Use Plastic and Polystyrene Pg 7 ... From the Fire Hearth: Recado, A Spice for Colour and Flavour Pg 7 ... The Peninsula Music Beat: Richard Pitt and Trio Brings World Class Jazz to Placencia Pg 9 ... Croc Corner Pg 10 ... Fair and Workshops to Build Mental Health Fitness in Placencia Pg 10 ... About the Good-Minded Center Pg 11 ... Weak Turnout Disappoints Flaming Heart Ball Organizers Pg 11 ... Seine Bight Running Club Girls Volunteer at PVFD Fundraiser Pg 14 ... Preschoolers Impress in Endangered Animals Costumes Pg. 19 ... Maya Temple Home Blooms to Life Pg. 20 ... Six Area Men Successfully Complete Rotary's First Trade School Program Pg. 20 ... Rotarians Raise over BZ$20,000 at February Auction Pg. 21 ... Dedication and Support Move Seine Bight Running Club Forward Pg 25 ... Easter, Part I Pg 28 ... Short Story: Vikings of the Caribbean
HARRY SHAW HONORED!
The legendary Belizean musical artist and Balladeer and his family were honored today in one of the most entertaining Belizean celebrations today, Sunday April 8, 2018 at the "Little Belize Bombay Lounge" in Inglewood, California. Harry Shaw stole the show in one of the most eclectic evenings of class and Belizean diaspora love and respect for him and his music. They cheered him on as he sang the ballads and Shaw showed that though he may have aged somewhat, he still have that powerful melodic and harmonic tenor voice of all times.
THE WILLIAMS / MIGUEL CYCLING DYNASTY!
The "Williams / Miguel Cycling Dynasty" has been built through the linage of the "Miguel Brothers" of the 1960s and 70s who had dominated Belize's Cross Country Cycling Classics. Since then, the incredible Belizean cycling brothers, the "Williams Brothers"; Justin and Corey Williams, whose Belizean cyclist father Calman Williams rode many Belize Cross Countries in his time in Belize, had placed second in the 2015 Belize Men's Seniors Cross Country, the same year his son, Justin Williams, won the 2015 Belize Holy Saturday Cross Country for the first time.
BELIZE'S MOST PROLIFIC SPORTS WRITER & BROADCASTER OF ALL TIMES!
The legendary Belizean writer and sportscaster, Evan X Hyde, will go down in Belizean sports history as the most outstanding and prolific sports writer and caster of all times. His back to back live broadcast of the sensational highlights in classical Belizean football and basketball of the 1970s will go down as the most best of all. Hyde who wrote the first and only book on Belizean sports in Belize called, "Sports, Sin & Subversion", is also the publisher of Belize's most popular and widely circulated newspaper called, AMANDALA. His informative and pulsating sports reports in the Amandala newspaper in the 60s, 70s and beyond has become one of the most living archives of Belizean sports history today.
Belize History Association (BHA) elects 2018-2020 Executive Board
On Saturday April 7, 2018, the Belize History Association (BHA) elected its 2018-2020 Executive Board at its General Membership Meeting in Belmopan City. This resulted in the new appointment of two junior members, Ms. Mariela Coc and Ms. Karla Pinelo, who are tasked to lead the active involvement of youths in the organization. Other members on the board were re-elected to their position to advance the BHA programs. The elected Executive Members are as follows: Chair - Dr. Abigail McKay, Vice Chair - Ms. Ifásínà Efunyemi, Senior Members - Ms. Myrna Manzanares and Mr. Jose Perera, Junior Members - Ms. Mariela Coc and Ms. Karla Giovanna Pinelo.
First City Shooting In Two Weeks Looks Gang Related
Gun violence in Belize City had been on the low from before Easter, but there was an incident this evening - the first in two weeks - and our sources say it could be gang related. Just before 4:30 this evening 22 year old Dean Nembhard was shot on Holy Emmanuel Street in the St. Martin's Area, which is where he lives, but it's also the dividing line between two rival gangs. He was rushed to the KHMH where doctors found that he received two gunshots to the lower right abdomen. Nembhard was in the news in December, after he was shot in the hand while allegedly trying to pull off an armed robbery at Monica's Pawn shop.
Her Common-Law Allegedly Killed Mario Guerrero, Anna Bradley Has Her Side Of The Story
Two weeks ago, the name Anna BRADLEY came into the news after her common law husband, 40 year old Allen Felix was implicated in the murder of boat maker Mario Guerrero Sr. Bradley's name came into the spotlight because she was at Guerrero's house the night he was killed. In fact she and Felix had been partying with him from early morning until dawn when he was bludgeoned with a barstool. But, Ana Bradley was inside Guerrero's house when Felix allegedly killed him in the driveway. Still, her common law allegedly killed a man and she was right there. That guilt by association has been dogging her these past two weeks - and, today, fearing for her safety and that of the three children she shares with Felix, she came forward to say she's had nothing to do with the death of Mario Guerrero. Jules Vasquez asked her the tough questions in an extended interview:...
Immigrant’s Tough Luck and Hard Stories Go To Court
Last week we told you about a joint police and immigration sweep at Belize City nightspots for waitresses, or bargirls who don't have proper papers. Initially, 14 women from Fox's, Long-Island, Dream Like City and Eruption Ladyville were held. Yesterday, 7 of them went to court. While authorities could not prove to the court that the women were working at the bar, the women were charged with the offense of deemed a prohibited immigrant after being unable to produce a valid visitor's permit, or, for failure to comply with the conditions of a visitor's permit whilst in Belize.
Cops Say What Simon Said Is Bogus
Last night on the news you saw the picture of Punta Gorda resident Leray Simon - who had a hideous black eye after he claims police beat him up. Well, there are two sides to every story, and tonight we have the police side. Simon said he was socializing after winning a football game, but police say he had in fact kidnapped his son from his baby's mother - who happens to be a WPC. She called police to arrest him at her home - where he was also accused of damaging her cell phone.
Mixed Messages: The Garifuna In Guatemala, Bye-Bye Belize in Blackface
Guatemala is preparing for its ICJ Referendum on Sunday - and all kinds of mixed messages are being sent out. First, at the official level, there was this event on the 8th and 9th of April in Guatemala City called "The Belizean and Guatemalan Garifuna Culture as an Expression of Social Cohesion, Intercultural Dialogue and Promotion of Peace." It featured dance and cultural presentations, quote, "meant to showcase the historical coexistence of the communities living on the borders of Livingston and Puerto Barrios, Izabal, Guatemala, and the Toledo and Stann Creek Districts of Belize." And while they performed in some of Guatemala City's busiest outdoor venues proudly displaying their African ancestry, a sinister and racist counterpoint to that was simultaneously playing at the Great Hall of the National Theater, which is like their version of the Bliss Center, but one a much larger and grander scale.
9 Months For Killing High Schooler By Accident
It made huge news in 2010 when 17 year old Shenaele Reyes was killed when a friend accidentally fired a sawed off shot gun and killed her. Twenty-five year old Ibrahim Smith, who was charged with manslaughter but had pleaded guilty to manslaughter by negligence was given a sentence of 9 months today by Justice Colin Williams. That amounted to time served because he was remanded for 9 months before he was released on bail.
Arthur Has To Come Up With Megabucks For Melonie
Another hearing at court which caught our interest was the continuing saga of Melonie Coye vs Arthur Saldivar. You'll remember the famous story from 2014 where Melonie Coye sued Saldivar, accusing him of making off with a little over 900 thousand dollars of her family's money, which the Supreme Court ordered the Financial Intelligence Unit to return. That was an unusual twist in the case, since Saldivar acted as her family's defense attorney from the original criminal trial against her and her father, Michael Coye, which ended in their conviction for money laundering in 2012. He stuck with them for 2 years and eventually, he convinced the judges to allow and appeal quashing their conviction and sentence, and setting Melonie free.
BEL Pays Belcogen 3/4 Million, But Expects To Get It Back
Belize Electricity Limited and ASR/BSI's power generating company, Belcogen, are in a dispute about electricity rates - and it was before the Supreme Court today. Its a disagreement over money that started sometime last year. The press had learned about it and kept asking for details, but, the lead personalities from BSI chose not to address it, saying only that they were in discussions to try and resolve it. Well, it appears that those talks have broken down, and the two sides are looking to litigation to resolve the issue. We've since found out that BEL is disputing the rate at which it buys power for the national grid from Belcogen. There's a power purchase agreement between the two companies that's at least 10 years old now. That agreement set out the rates at which BEL would buy the power that ASR produced using bagasse.
AB VS. BT: PUP Paper Offers No Defence To Libel Allegation
And keeping it at the court, for several weeks now, we've been seeing a law suit on the daily list of cases at the Supreme Court that the Prime Minister's son, Anwar Barrow, was suing the Belize Times News and its editor, Mike Rudon. Well, we've done some checking today, and we found out that Barrow brought a libel suit against them for 2 articles published in their paper dated November 19th, 2017. Both of them come from the "If Dah Noh So" section of the paper. They both allege without proof that Barrow's private, personal and political interests benefitted from arrangements with BTL, back when he was CEO of the company.
Human Dev. Correcting Caleb
Last night you heard activist Caleb Orozco's criticism of the human development department's efficiency in dealing with cases. Well, the department sent out a release re-assuring the public that it, quote, "undertakes its mandate as a protector of the rights of children, women, men, and families seriously." The release continues by highlighting the work they have done like frequently upgrading their case management system and providing rent, food, and education for some 1,229 vulnerable families through the public assistance program.
Chester, the Churches and A Plan For Peace
Police work and missionary work don't usually go together. Sure, the main focus for both is to serve and help people - just in different ways. But now the police department and several church groups will join together in finding a way to make city streets safe. After the Mayflower flare-up, police had to come up with a number of peace measures to defuse the situation, one of them being to engage the religious community. Today the group met at the Yabra Community Center to map a way forward. Deputy Commissioner of Police Chester Williams and Senator of Churches Ashley Rocke told us more about their joint plan.
Spiritual Healing Made For A Peaceful Easter
And to prove how effective this 'police-pastors' collaboration is, Williams says to look at the recent calm in gang related crime in the city since the Easter weekend. He says that pause in violence is due to what you would call a religious intervention with the police and Rev. Papouloute. Now it may be hard to envision a bunch of feared street gangsters bowing their heads and praying - but Williams says that's exactly what happened and that session on spiritual healing has made a difference.
Shelter Managers Talk Tsunami
Since our tsunami scare at the beginning of the year, first response agencies all around the country have been working together to develop a plan and educate the public on safe steps in the event of such an occurrence. In February NEMO had its first Disaster Preparedness meeting with different stakeholders. Today they met with Public Officers in charge of shelters to discuss in depth what their jobs are and how they can help others be prepared for the worst. We found out more today at ITVET:… The training will also be taking place in the other Districts and Cayes.
Belmopan Ganja Bust
Belmopan police busted almost two pounds of weed. At around 11 while conducting a patrol in Belmopan, police searched Valley of Peace resident 19-year-old Otis Edward. Edward was found with one and three quarter pounds of cannabis on him. He was arrested and charged with drug trafficking.
One Struggle, Talking Healing One School At A Time
As we showed you two weeks ago, "One Struggle" is a group of gun violence survivors that have united to help each other and those around them. Last month we shared some of their stories now the group members are working with Southside Commander Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett to share their stories with school children. Today they spoke to the upper-level students of Saint Martins Deporres. We stopped in and found out the more about the impact their words have on Belize's future.
Gas Discount for Cops
And while that is a form of community healing, there's also help for police. Senior Superintendent Gillett has been working on incentives for hard working cops under his command. Today Gillett announced a new deal with UNO that will allow southside officers to get discounted gas prices, not just in the city but possibly all around the country. Sr. Supt Howell Gillett, OC-EASTERN DIVISION: "Uno Service Station across the country is helping out police officers with about 6 and 10% off. Police officers will be able to fill up their tanks at that discounted rate. It is much needed because fuel prices are at a high rate at this time."
Habet Helping Po-Po With Hardware
But one thing, Senior Superintendent Gillett is not looking to get his officers is a discount on mobile data. That's because recently, city residents have been complaining that the officers that are supposed to be vigilant and on patrol are often times seen glued to their phones rather than their posts. It's a widespread problem that seems to affect every sphere of work and private life, but Gillett is determined to undo it. He explained some steps they are taking to improve the situation.