Today's Belize News: June 28, 2018 - 06/28/18 12:34 PM
Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, and other specials
NEMO holds first Official EOC Meeting of the 2018 Hurricane Season
To increase preparedness during the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) held a meeting with committees under the San Pedro’s Emergency Operation Center (EOC) at the Belize Rural South NEMO Branch office on Friday, June 22nd. The meeting aimed to review the EOCs’ state of readiness and fine-tune their plan of action in the event of a storm or extreme rain. After a prayer by Pastor Clive Welsh, NEMO Coordinator for Belize Rural South, Vanessa Parham welcomed those in attendance. “As we head into the hurricane season, it’s not only NEMO’s job to preserve life and property, but the entire community as a team. For this hurricane season I want to ask each and every one of you to stay alert, safe and prepare for an emergency,” she said.
RET International trains JP’s in San Pedro
Relief and Resilience Through Education in Transition (RET) International trained Justices of the Peace (JP’s) on social issues on Sunday, June 24th. The training was aimed to teach JPs to respond in a timely, transparent, and efficient way to gender-based violence, human trafficking, child abuse and other issues of crime and violence in our society. The workshop began at 12:30PM at the San Pedro Town Council conference room, with Legislation and Policy Officer Doctor Abigail McKay welcoming everyone in attendance. RET International National Project Director Malenie Banes shared a few words about her organization. “RET International is an organization that is committed to working in emergencies and fragile environments around the world to ensure the protection and resilience of vulnerable young people through education,” said Banes.
12-Year-Old Madison Edwards Impresses At World Heritage Committee Meeting In Bahrain
She was the only 12-year-old at the 42nd Session of the World Heritage Committee meeting in Manama, Bahrain. She was there to represent Belize and her generation and was given the opportunity to open the day’s session on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, where she delivered a strong and positive message to the UNESCO panel and participating members. Just hours earlier, she was celebrating the removal of the Belize Barrier Reef System from the List of World Heritage Sites In Danger. She now had the opportunity to say something and those in attendance paid close attention to her words; they were impressed and motivated. “I stand before you not only as a symbol of the future, but as part of a proud nation entrusted with safeguarding the Belize Barrier Reef System,” stated Madison in her address. “The people of my country have shown great passion in defending our livelihood against threats to our World Heritage site.”
Misc Belizean Sources
a Belize Flood Prevention Seminar
The Governments of Taiwan and Belize hosted a Belize Flood Prevention Seminar today, June 27th, in Belize City. The seminar had distinguished experts from Taiwan and Belize who shared their experiences and technologies in the following topics (1) Disaster Research and Prevention Strategy, (2) Flooding disaster simulation and early warning technology in urban areas, (3) Disaster Prevention in Using Geographic Information Systems(GIS). Like many other low-lying coastal nations, Belize is vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Its geographical location leaves the country exposed to the risk of increasing frequency and intensity of tropical storms and extreme rainfall and causes the loss of lives and property. In order to minimize the impact caused by extreme weather, the Governments of Taiwan and Belize are working on a flood prevention project to develop an improved emergency management system with the application of advanced hazard mitigation technologies to reduce the negative consequences of disasters.
Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday. This week it’s “All About That Bass”!
Efforts continue FOR THE LOVE OF SAN PEDRO
Members and those interested in joining the SP BTIA are invited to attend our monthly meeting on Thursday, June 28th at 7PM at El Divino Restaurant. We will be discussing follow-up from our FOR THE LOVE OF SAN PEDRO campaign along with other important tourism issues we are engaged in.
MIF & BELTRAIDE are providing FREE training in July in Corozal
We encourage Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners in Corozal to take part. Please note there is LIMITED AVAILABILITY. To REGISTER please call BELTRAIDE's Headquarters at 822-3737 or send and email to [email protected] Venues: ITVET CAMPUS for Corozal Town residents and Santa Clara Village Primary School for Corozal Rural residents. Each day has 2 trainings, the first is in the morning from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, and the second session is in the afternoon from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. For example, Business Planning is from 9 to 12 and Internal Controls is from 1 to 5. Introduction to Financial Statements, which is on the 17th of July, is from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Fundraiser for Corozal's Shooting Stars Dance Academy!!
You are invited this Saturday night June 30th to enjoy music and dance by our talented children and youths; featuring Manuel Tzul on saxophone, Courtney Gillette on keyboard, William Marin, Libertad Methodist School Dance Group, C.C.C. Dance Company, Mary Hill School Dancing Angels and of course the Shooting Stars! Please support our young performing artists who are involved in positive, healthy activities.
Sarteneja Tour Association vacancy
For an Administrative Assistant.
Power outage scheduled for portion of the Corozal District on Tuesday, July 3 from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
To affect Yo Chen, Cristo Rey, San Pedro, Louisville, San Narciso, San Victor, San Roman, Santa Clara, Concepcion, Libertad and Estrella. BEL to conduct maintenance and testing of equipment at the Corozal Substation.
Low water pressure in Placencia today
Belize Water Services informs customers in Placencia and surrounding areas that there will be low water pressure in the water supply today, Thursday, June 28, 2018 starting at 1:00pm. The areas to be affected are Placencia and Seine Bight. This interruption is the result of emergency repairs at the Placencia Resevior. Due to the repairs, customers may experience discoloration when water is restored. Residents of these or nearby areas are advised that water supply should return to normal by 5:00pm. If they experience water supply problems after that time, they should immediately call BWS’ hotline at 0-800-CALL-BWS (0-800-225-5297) to report it.
Taiwan and Belize discuss flood mitigation projects for Cayo district
The governments of Belize and the Republic of China (Taiwan) are at this hour discussing flood mitigation projects for the Cayo district. The projects will involve introducing technology, mechanisms, disaster risk management, and best practices to minimize and to avoid hazardous flooding in the Cayo […]
Mass Shooting In Trial Farm, Was It Over Turf?
Tonight, a husband, his wife, and their 2 young adult friends are hospitalized at the Northern Regional Hospital after they were injured in a crazy shooting at their home in Trial Farm, a village just outside of Orange Walk Town. It happened at around 7:00 last night, at the home of 25 year-old Nazario Herrera, when a gunman stepped in, guns blazing. The shooter sprayed the area with bullets, and several members of the group end up getting seriously injured. It’s the kind of mass shooting - which we see only rarely in the city - and Orange Walk hasn’t known this kind of thing since Rambotown days of the 80’s. Today, our news team traveled to Trial Farm looking for answers. Daniel Ortiz reports: 25 year-old Nazario Herrera; his common-law wife, 26 year-old Diana Ack; and their two friends, 19 year-old Victor Ku; and 20 year-old Monico Gomez, were injured in a mass shooting incident which happened at his home in Trial Farm Village.
Post Mortem Confirms Suicide For Man Who Died In Custody
On Monday, we told you about Lindberg Anthony, the 55 year-old Crooked Tree Villager who died while in police custody over the weekend. The cops say he committed suicide while he was detained in the Village Police sub-station, but his family refused to accept that, demanding a full investigation. Well, police have released the results of the post-mortem examination, which was conducted yesterday. Dr. Mario Estradabran has certified that Anthony died from asphyxiation due hanging, and that it was suicide. Police say that they detained him on Saturday night, because he was allegedly behaving drunk and disorderly. He was placed in the holding cell of the Crooked Tree Station, and less than 2 hours later, he was found hanging from a cloth around the neck.
Alleged Moneygram Robber Charged
On Monday we told you about the robbery at the Moneygram office in Ramon's Plaza, Ladyville. 26-year-old desk clerk, Nekeisha Martinez was in the office on when a masked man wearing a security officer's uniform walked in, pointed a gun and her and demanded money. Martinez handed over about $4,000 dollars in cash to the gunman, who stuffed it into a green duffel bag and fled. Police have since tracked down and arrested the alleged robber, who has been identified as 22-year-old San Hill resident, Jiovanni Augustine. Augustine was charged with robbery today when he appeared in court before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. He pled not guilty to the charge, but was denied bail and was remanded into custody until Thursday.
Unemployment Figures Are Up
The unemployment figure for April 2018 were released today - and they show that unemployment is up slightly when compared to April of 2017. It has increased from 9% to 9.4. That means over 16 thousand Belizeans are unemployed - 1,300 more than a year ago. As Wendy Benavides from the SIB explained, this is due to the fact that there are more jobs available and more people seeking those jobs: Wendy Benavides - Statistician II: "The rise in this area was as a result of more persons joining the labor force and jobs being created. Over 5,800 more jobs this year, this was especially seen in the Cayo and Toledo Districts The district with the lowest level of unemployment was Corozal at 5.6% experiencing increases in the employment in the service sector."
GDP Shows Some Growth, Thanks to Tourism
And while unemployment inched up - the Gross Domestic Product showed encouraging growth in the first quarter of 2018. It’s only 1.8%, but for the past two years, first quarter GDP growth has been less than 1%. SIB Statistician Angelita Campbell explained that the tertiary or service sector, mainly tourism, fuelled economic growth:.. Angelita Campell - Statistician II: "Belize produced goods and services totaling 756.9 million dollars indicating an increase of 13.1 million or 1.8 percent when compared to the same period of last year. The primary industry which accounts for almost one-tenth of the country's economic activity decreased by 10.9 million dollars or 11.9 percent. Within this sector we have agricultural hunting and forestry going down by 8.2 percent or 6.7 million dollars. We see the sugar cane production going down by 4.6 percent as a result of factory down time while we have citrus and banana going down by 19.3 percent and 19.5 percent respectively. Fishing also went down by 44.3 percent or 4.2 million and this is seen in 290 thousand less pound of shrimp being exported, 90 thousand less in conch being exported and 100 thousand less in pounds of whole fish being exported."
Exports Down Due to Primary Sector Shortfalls
So, basically, the productive sector had major downturns - which also created a decline in exports. Tiffany Vasquez outlined where the biggest export losses were concentrated:… Tiffany Vasquez - Statistician II: "For the period January to May 2018 Belize's total domestic exports were valued at 190.6 million dollars, this was a decrease of 19.8 percent or almost 47 million. This overall decline was the outcome of diminished earnings from most of Belize's major exports. Significant losses in export earnings from sugar was the primary cause of this down turn as the loss of preferential rates for Belize's sugar and the European market heavily impacted that commodity.”
Inflation Stable, Better Than Region
And while exports were down, inflation was marginal - especially when compared to other countries in the region: Jacqueline Sabal - Statistician II: "The inflation rate for the month of May 2018 stood at 0.3 percent, meaning that on average prices were 0.3 percent higher than they were in May 2017. Across all municipalities Orange Walk Town reported the highest positive increase at 1.8 percent while Dangriga reported the biggest decrease at negative 2.3 percent. Orange Walk Town’s increase was mainly attributed to higher fuel and food costs while Dangriga's negative rate was due to lower rent cost. When we look at Belize compared to some of the other countries in the region, our inflation rate is 0.3 percent, Guatemala is at 4 percent, Honduras 3.9 percent, Nicaragua 5.3, Costa Rica is at 2, Jamaica at 3.1 and Dominican Republic at 4.5." The was the Statistical Institute’s quarterly press conference and it was held at the Central Bank Conference Room.
Belize’s Best Chefs Bullish In Miami
6 of Belize’s best chef’s brought home the silver medal from the Taste of the Caribbean competition in Miami. The team got silver for the Caribbean National Team of the Year category. It was their first time participating and it was highly competitive. But they did very well going up against 16 countries with some tough senior teams. We welcomed them back to Belize at the airport and they told us how they stood out among their competitors. Rob Pronk - Team Captain: "We went to Miami with team Belize, culinary team Belize. It was a very intense competition. It is the culinary Olympics of the Caribbean. 5 days of competing basically, we did extremely well, very much better than we expected. We are happy, we are proud. We brought back the medals."
Containing Floods With Science, Not Supposition
Flash Flooding is common in Central America - but, historically, it has not been so in Belize - due to better land use practices. But, that’s changing. With agricultural expansion and accompanying deforestation along with climate change - flash floods are a real threat, and disaster managers now have to prepare contingencies. Today, they got some help in approaching the problem with the best science. Taiwanese experts are here to show disaster managers how to use Global Information System technology to develop a flood prevention project and an improved emergency management system - based on science, not supposition. Here’s more from the opening ceremony of the Belize Flood Prevention Seminar: Hon. Hugo Patt - Minister of Natural Resources: "Belize suffers from the threat of Hurricane and extreme rainfall due to climate change. The low lying costal planes as well as densely populated areas can't deal with the most impact caused by extreme weather. Amongst the approximately 380 thousand inhabitance nationwide around 70 percent of the population live in these low lying areas and 40.5 percent live nearby coastal areas; of which 24 percent live in areas that are prone to flood disasters. When these natural disasters especially hurricanes and floods affect these vulnerable areas those at risk find save haven in inland areas, san Ignacio being one such location. Unfortunately however, these same havens are recently being threatened by flash floods that prevent access to infrastructure used during emergencies especially including the community hospital."
K-9 Cop Shot a Machete Man
A police officer shot a man in Camalote on Monday. From what we have heard it started with a family dispute - and ended with Corporal Luis Matute shooting a man who he claims was advancing on him with a machete. It happened at around 6:30, when 44 year old Truman Parham, allegedly approached Matute with a machete. Matute was surrounded by his family and fired a warning shot. But, he says Parham would not back down, so he shot him in the shoulder and body. Parham then ran off to a nearby pasture and disappeared. Parham got someone to take him to the Western Regional Hospital where he is listed in a stable condition and under police guard. Police say the confrontation stems from an incident the previous day where two men were detained, and Parham is a relative of one of them.
The Anti-Israeli Protest, A Look Back
Yesterday we told you about the climax of the protest against Israel's involvement with the Belize Police Department. We showed you how the protesters reacted angrily to Minister Elodio Aragon's explanation of the Israeli training. It all happened late in the evening in Belmopan, and today we'll give you a more in depth look into the protest and the challenges it faced. Alex Courtenay reports... Yesterday a group of artists, politicians and concerned citizens marched through the streets of Belmopan to protest the Israeli facilitated police course, “Police and Community”. The initiative, “labeled” as a comprehensive community policing program that involves several departments and sectors has met backlash from certain members of the public namely the “Artists for Peace and Common Sense”. The group cites multiple reasons for their opposition to the training; the main ones being the Israeli’s harsh and violent treatment of Palestinians as well as a conflict of interest when it comes to Belize’s foreign policy…
9 Year Old Drowns
Summer’s here, and, sadly, that often means an increased number of drownings. On Monday, a father took his 9 year old son to swim in Corozal and the boy drowned. 30-year-old Hector Kelly took his son, Matthew Andrew Gonzales, to swim at the beach in Corozal just after midday. About two hours later Matthew was found floating unconscious in the water. He was rushed to the hospital for treatment but was pronounced dead an hour later.
CCJ Says Barbados Death Penalty Unconstitutional
Back in November of 2016, the Belize Court of Appeal scrapped the automatic life sentences without parole for convicted murders. And Now the Caribbean of Justice has done away with the death penalty in Barbados. The decision came as part of an appeal of 2 unrelated death penalty cases from that island nation. The cases both challenged the murder convictions for 2 men, and they were also challenging the constitutionality of the mandatory death sentence for murder in Barbados. After hearing the appeal of two murder convictions, the Court has ruled that Barbados’s mandatory sentence of death is unconstitutional.
Tarzan, Meet Manatee
As we showed you last night, Michael Holston – The Real Tarzan is in Belize having close encounters with all the animals here. Well, today he got to cuddle a baby manatee after it was rescued from a trio of dangerous dolphins. And really that wasn’t part of the schedule for today. The plan was for Tarzan and manatee expert Jamal Galvez to meet up and talk about manatees, but Tarzan got to get up close and personal with the calf. We met Galvez and Tarzan at the Radisson pier as they brought in the injured calf from Caye Caulker. Jamal Galvez - Sea to Shore Alliance Program Coordinator: "I was on my way to Caye Caulker to meet with the Tarzan man to talk about manatees, to highlight manatees to bring some awareness, as you know he is in Belize trying to spread awareness so people know what Belize has is a treasure and to highlight the problems of the manatees as well. So on the way out to meet him I got the call that there was a baby manatee at the dock at Caye Caulker waiting for me. I was like… weird."
Belize Ballers On the Way To Cancun
Today three Belizean basketball headed to Cancun to participate in the Hoops on the Beach tournament. The teams, comprised of the best of the best in the Ahmidaya League, will be competing against other teams from around the region. We spoke to some of the players and coaches this morning about tournament... Naveed Mangla - President Ahmadiya Muslim Jama'at, Belize: "The Ahmadiya Basketball league in Belize has been established for the last four years, and this year we had expanded to three categories. U13, U17 and U21. This time around we had an opportunity where we received an invitation to a tournament in Cancun called Hoops on the Beach to bring three teams." Rodvern Lino - Commissioner, Ahmadaiya Basketball League: "We have U15 actually bringing the U15 team from PG this year, it's the first time we're taking a u15 team. We have our regular U17 team, but there are new player to the U17 program because out older players are transitioning to the U19 category that we're taking as well, so we're taking U19, U17 and U15. We would like to say that we believe that it is the best talent in our country that we're taking."
49 Youths Who Did The Right Thing
49 youths received awards for the “Du Di Rait Ting” Program today. Throughout the school year, each police formation, with the help of school counsellors and teachers, chose a student who has shown true resilience and determination. A committee then reviews all the submissions and selects the students who stand out the most. The awards ceremony was held at Old Belize. Here is more about the program and about these stellar kids. Cpl. Jason Jones - Program Coordinator, Du Di Rait Ting Program: “Today was the culmination of a yearlong exercise where we awarded monthly submissions and today was the national awards ceremony. We awarded not only the monthly submissions but also the top 10 students from across the country.”
Scotia Bank's Belize City branch held its annual ceremony today to award primary school students with tuition grants. The program, which has been running for about 15 years, has sent just over 1000 students to school. We spoke to Scotia Bank's Senior Manager of Business Support, Hernan Riverol, as well as Chief Education Officer Carol Babb, about the event... Hernan Riverol - Senior Manager, Business Support: "Today was a special day for 87 or so children that will be continuing their primary school education by us providing them with a grant that will help them meet their school fees. We've been doing this for 15 or so years. We started back in the early 2000s and this year makes it 1000 grants that we have granted over those years. So it's a culmination of that commitment that we made some years ago and today is 1000 that do."
Pregnant Woman Critical & 3 Others Injured After Wild Shooting in Trial Farm
A pregnant woman is critical after a wild shooting at her home in Trial Farm Village on Tuesday night. Diana Ack was shot several times as she was with her [...]
Camalote Villager Shot by Off-duty Police Corporal
An officer-involved shooting in Camalote Village on Monday flew below the radar for over thirty-six hours, despite several inquiries to ascertain what transpired that evening. Forty-four-year-old Truman Parham was shot [...]
Autopsy Confirms: Lindberg Anthony Died by Hanging
A post mortem examination, following the death of fifty-six-year-old Lindberg Anthony inside a holding cell in Crooked Tree Village, indicates that the well-known mechanic died as a result of asphyxia [...]
Israeli Training Not About Military Self-Defense
The controversy surrounding the Israel training of officers and civilians, in both the public and private sectors, easily eclipsed a government-led initiative to bolster the capacity of the police department [...]
Israeli Training to Build Trust through Community Outreach
The idea of strengthening the substance of the department through community outreach, says Aragon, is a necessary means of fortifying those with shared interests within the society. That, according to [...]
The Cost of Living – SIB Presents Latest Report
Latest statistics show a mixed bag in the cost of living. Prices for goods and services went up slightly in May of this year when compared to the same period [...]
Unemployment Rate Goes Up
Preliminary findings from the April 2018 labour force survey carried out by S.I.B. shows that the country’s unemployment rate increased by a marginal zero point four percent, so when compared [...]
UB Launches 4-Year Bachelors Programme in Statistics
The University of Belize recently launched a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics. The degree programme consists of a modern curriculum and includes instruction in use of software to [...]
Sand Hill Resident Arraigned for MoneyGram Robbery
A construction worker from Sand Hill, Belize District, appeared today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford and was arraigned for robbery to which Jiovanni Augustine pleaded not guilty. Since the offense [...]
Belize Wins Silver at Taste of the Caribbean
A team of six Belizean professionals in the culinary industry competed over the past three days in the regional Taste of the Caribbean Competition held in Miami, Florida. The Belize [...]
49 Students Awarded for Doing the Right Thing
We have covered the police initiative, Du Di Rait Ting, many times in the past. But today’s ceremony was special. Forty-nine students completed the programme; eleven were honored for beating [...]
Male Manatee Calf Rescued near Long Caye
Tonight, a male manatee calf is being rehabilitated at Wild Tracks; a rehabilitation facility in Sarteneja, after it was is rescued near Long Caye. Sea to Shore Alliance Coordinator Jamal [...]
Building Resilient Communities to Weather Disasters
Hurricanes and flooding in Belize are nothing new. Compounded with a changing climate, the frequency and intensity of these natural disasters are growing. In Belize, we have had our fair [...]
Spoken Words 501 to Launch Book of Poems
On Friday, Spoken Words 501, a group of poets from across the country, will be celebrating its fifth anniversary. It is a momentous occasion being marked by the launch of [...]
Basketball Teams Head to Cancun for Hoops on the Beach Tournament
A team of thirty-six young male basketball athletes, five coaches and chaperones left Belize this morning en route to Cancun, Mexico for an international basketball tournament. The players were recruited [...]
Flood prevention experts to develop improved flood management system for the Cayo District
The Belize and Taiwan governments are implementing a pilot project in the Cayo District on flood prevention, and, the aim is to develop an improved emergency management system. The project will see the use of advanced hazard mitigation technologies that will be overseen by technicians from Taiwan. Percival Cho, CEO in the Ministry of Environment, …
Sugar Crop closes
The 2017/2018 sugar crop closed today but the official numbers as to the overall performance of the industry is yet to be released. What we do know however are the latest figures that were released by BSI for week 27 which was last week. The factory performance at that time as it relates to sugar …
Police award students in the National Do Di Rait Ting Program
Students who are part of the Do Di Rait Ting program were awarded at the national awards ceremony this morning in Belize City. Corporal Jason Jones, program coordinator for the program explains the objective of the program and how students have benefited. Belize City. Corporal Jason Jones, program coordinator: Do di rait thing is community …
Minister Hugo Patt speak of first days in the lead at Ministry of Natural Resources
On Monday, Minister Hugo Patt officially became the fourth minister in under three years to take over the Ministry of Natural Resources. Prime Minister Dean Barrow had said that the reshuffle was in an effort to improve the performance in the Ministry. Minister Patt is not entirely new to the ministry as he served there …
Corporal of Police under investigation for shooting incident
Police Corporal Luis Matute of Camalote Village is being investigated after he shot a man twice on Monday evening. Corporal Matute has reported that it was in self-defense, since the man was armed with a machete and was advancing towards him. An official police report states that the story goes as follows: Corporal Matute was …
19-year-old shot in Toledo
A nineteen-year-old was shot in Bella Vista Village last night. According to police, Valentino Ack was walking alone on an unnamed street in the village when he came across three men. One of them shot him with a pellet gun. Ack was injured in the lower part of his right leg, left foot and on …
BELTRAIDE to host women entrepreneurship workshop
BELTRAIDE, through its Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) Belize Unit, with funding from the Centro Regional […]
Mass shooting in Trial Farm Village leaves 4 injured
Last night around 8, police arrived at the Northern Regional Hospital where they saw four persons […]
Belize City Council appoints new City Administrator
After terminating the services of former City Administrator, Candice Miller, the Belize City Council (CITCO) has […]
Police: Young man shot while walking down the street in Bella Vista, Toledo
Police are investigating the shooting of a young man in Bella Vista Village, Toledo District. Last […]
COMPOL orders investigation in the case of man shot by police in Camalote
Authorities are investigating the shooting of a man by a police corporal in Camalote Village, Cayo. Around 6:30 pm on […]
Mayor Bernard Wagner stands up for taxi operators and cuts trade license fees in half
The Belize City Council has just passed a resolution which will reduce the burden of taxi […]
Slight increase in unemployment says SIB
Belize’s unemployment rent went up by a marginal 0.4 percent in April 2018 when compared […]
26 inmates graduate from GREAT program
Yesterday, the Belize Police Department held its first ever graduation of the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) program […]
Police take students on educational tour
Today, the staff of Eastern Division Region One took twenty-five students on an educational tour. The purpose […]
Services sector drives marginal first-quarter growth
For the first three months of 2018, both the primary and secondary sectors of the […]
A Victory for Coral: Unesco Removes Belize Reef From Its Endangered List
It was a drop of good news about the world’s oceans: The Belize Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef system in the Northern Hemisphere, has been removed from the United Nations list of endangered world heritage sites. Unesco, the world body’s educational, scientific and cultural agency, said its heritage committee voted Tuesday to remove the reef from its list of threatened sites because it no longer faced immediate danger from development. “In the last two years, especially in the last year, the government of Belize really has made a transformational shift,” said Fanny Douvere, the coordinator of the marine program at Unesco’s World Heritage Centre. United Nations officials initially cited “mangrove cutting and excessive development” as the main concern when the reef was added to the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2009. They have also expressed concern about oil exploration. Since then, the Belize government has imposed a moratorium on oil exploration around the reef and implemented protections for coastal mangrove forests.
Relays pioneer urges Belize students: ‘Dream.’
The Vincentian-born pioneer of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Belize’s Penn Relays initiative, James Cordice, has urged graduates at the Ecumenical High School in Stan Creek, Belize to “dream extraordinarily to achieve greatness.” In addressing the school’s recent Commencement ceremony, on the theme, “Dream Extraordinarily to Achieve Greatness,” the Philadelphia-based Cordice urged the graduates to continue reaching for the stars. “You have dreamt of greatness, and you have achieved! You are done! Are you? But wait, there’s college; you must think of college; you must seek higher education,” he said in his remarks made available to Caribbean Life. “The difference in wages between the college-educated and the non-college educated or high school graduate is like night and day,” he added. “It differs by thousands [of dollars].
Special Moments Abound with a Belizean Destination Wedding
The popularity of destination weddings continues to surge as couples seek exotic locations where they can exchange vows at off-the-beaten path venues. From pristine, sandy beaches to majestic mountaintops, tying the knot has never been more adventurous. This is especially true for millennials, a generation that exhibits a very special passion for travel. While the Caribbean and Mexico continue to attract their fair share of destination weddings that occur outside the US, the tropical paradise of Belize is also becoming a popular destination. Belize gives couples access to stunning backdrops for photos, a chance to say “I do” at a Maya temple and a hassle free experience so they can spend more time with family and guests. With numerous activities from which to choose on mainland Belize, newlyweds and attendees can enjoy everything from horseback riding and hiking to spa treatments and top dining options. The picturesque coastline on the Caribbean Sea is a short puddle jumper away where couples can also experience unspoiled coastal activities such as snorkeling or diving in one of the best coral reefs in the world.
7-time charm: T&T named Caribbean National Culinary Team of the Year
For the seventh time, Trinidad and Tobago has copped the title of Caribbean National Culinary Team at Taste of the Caribbean. The annual culinary competition took place from June 22 to June 26 at the Hyatt Regency Miami. Team T&T also captured the titles of Best Non-Alcoholic Cocktail, Caribbean Bartender of the Year, Caribbean Chef of the Year (Beef Category). Trinidad and Tobago bested Barbados, the reigning champions of 2017 and several other Caribbean territories including Bahamas, Belize, Bonaire, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Suriname, and Turks and Caicos.