Today's Belize News: September 16, 2018 - 09/16/18 12:33 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
Prime Minister of Belize Meets with President of Cuba
The President of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, accompanied by Cuba’s First Lady, Lis Cuesta, and Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parilla, met with Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, his wife Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, and Ambassador of Belize H.E. Annie Burns, in a frank and friendly exchange on areas of common interest. The group discussed challenges, achievements and cooperation between the countries.
CPR and First Aid training to be hosted in San Pedro Town
Manager of Belize Emergency Response Team (BERT), Andre Carillo, told The San Pedro Sun that they are working on hosting a CPR training session on the island, as a way to give back to the community. “According to global statics, the majority of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest end up dying, due to not having people trained in CPR that can facilitate the life-saving procedure and avoid the death of that citizen,” said Carillo. “Throughout this month, we want to train as many people as we can in the various parts of the communities.” The CPR and basic first aid training in San Pedro Town are expected to take place at the end of the month. For more information and to sign up, you can contact Andre Carillo at 670-6827.
SPTC weighs in on the approval of docks and piers
The recent increase in the construction of new docks along the eastern coast of Ambergris Caye remains a hot topic among residents and businesses owners, especially those along the beach. The island’s led authority, The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) has repeatedly indicated that avoiding the construction of new piers is difficult because it is out of their jurisdiction and that the Ministry of Natural Resources is the governmental entity that grants the permits to use the seabed. The SPTC explained that their sole responsibility is recommending or approving structures to be built on docks via the Building Unit, which ensures the safety of the constructions. Personnel from the Building Unit at the SPTC also stated that their responsibility is to inspect and approve structures, but the granting of permits comes from Central Government.
Misc Belizean Sources
South Ambergris Caye Neighbourhood Watch Potluck at Caribe Island
Hello everyone! It is time for our annual potluck meeting held at Caribe Island Condos under the palapa. SUNDAY!! TIME: 2 pm - 6 pm (or so) DATE: September 16 Bring a dish and a friend!
8th Belize Sailing Association Youth National Championships
The Belize Sailing Association held its 8th Annual National Championship Regatta on September 8-9, 2018. Hosted by the Caye Caulker Community Sailing Club (CCCSC) supported by the Caye Caulker Village Council. Enthusiasts and onlookers were treated to two days of sailing from the Optimist and Laser Class Boats on the beautiful Caribbean Seas due East of the Palapa Gardens. The winds on both days were a fair 9 knots, veering between 100 and 110 degrees, with a small chop in the sea presenting a fine canvas for the event on the Olympic Trapezoid course. Up for grabs was the National Championship in Optimist and Laser class. Additionally, a year round score of all four of our series ranking regattas for Optimist and Laser was completed providing our annual top sailors for each class of boat. The Optimist class had 13 sailors competing from Caye Caulker Community Sailing Club (CCCSC), Corozal Bay Sailing Club (CBSC), Placencia Sailing Club (PSC) and Ladyville Sailing Club (LSC) along with their coaches and supporters. After the first day of sailing Peter Joo of PSC was in the lead winning all three races and Adya Teck of (CBSC) was in second finishing her races with three seconds.
Miguel Angel Santos missing in San Pedro
Reported missing from San Pedro Town, Miguel Angel Santos on September 10th. Please contact Police or 6015844 should you have information on this missing person.
2nd Annual Military Parade
The 2018 Military Parade will be held in Belmopan on Tuesday, September the 18th. The parade starts at 2:00pm. and everyone is invited. "Bring out the entire family, a friend and Co-worker to witness a spectacular Parade."
Chargé d’Affaires Keith Gilges at the Expo
Great day at the Expo today! Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges emphasized the United States’ commitment to enhance Belize’s economic prosperity and welcomed several U.S. companies interested in investing in Belize. Our exchange program alumni and grantees participating in the fair further exemplified Gilges’ words. If you have not had a chance, stop by our booth tomorrow—we look forward to welcoming you!
Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project at 2018 BCCI Expo
Yesterday the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project participated in the 2018 BCCI Expo at ITVET. The Expo continues today. If you are in the neighbourhood, we invited you to drop in at our Booth #123 and take our easy History and Social Studies Quiz and win prizes. Come and learn about the project's development for downtown.
Coconut Leo gets his new bed and flooring
Today his new window was cut out. Not a bad view he’s got. Thank you to everyone who has donated. Your help has been life changing for Leo And I know how grateful he is. We still have work to do, If anyone has some paint they would like to donate, we Could really jazz up his spot. Maybe red green and gold..... just kidding.
EXPO 2018 – OFF TO A PROMISING START
Expo 2018, organized by the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, started off today at the IT-VET compound on Freetown Road in Belize City. Viani Reyes of the Chamber told the Reporter that this year’s Expo is the biggest yet, with well over 150 booths from throughout Belize offering special deals on commerce, services, gadgets, accessories, and food and beverage. Cellular devices and accompanying services are in high demand and Belize Telemedia (BTL) and its staff are out in full force promoting their products and services.
Family and Friends of Missing Man Form Search Party
Family members, friends and co-workers of missing Orange Walk man, Julio Estuardo Choc, 35, have formed a search party in the hopes that they will find clues of his whereabouts. Choc’s wife, Edelmira Choc told the Reporter a few minutes ago that they are focusing their search in the Salvapan area of Belmopan where Choc also had a place to stay during the week when he worked in Belmopan.
U.S. Embassy Commends Authorities on “Major Drug Bust”
On Wednesday, September 12th, the United States Embassy in Belmopan issued a press statement in which it acknowledged the recent accomplishment of Belize’s security forces in their interception of a drug plane on Sunday night in Northern Belize with over 556 kilograms of cocaine. The drug plane which allegedly departed from Venezuela with its cargo valued at over 14 million dollars was discovered on September 9th within the transshipment corridor in the Tres Leguas Community of Blue Creek Village which sits on the northern border with Mexico.
MORE BOOTS ON THE GROUND
Over the weekend of September 1st to 2nd six young black men were murdered in less than 30 hours, sending the City into a state of panic. The security forces were scrambling, trying to contain the blood bath and so, on September 4th, purportedly to prevent an outright war,acting PM Faber’s Cabinet declared a state of public emergency in two areas of the City. The proclamation itself has attracted both applause and condemnation in equal measure, it seems.
Santa Elena Primary School welcomes new principal
Santa Elena Primary school (SEPS), nestled in the heart of the Santa Elena community, welcomed a new school principal this academic year. SEPS is home to over a thousand students and the only special education classroom in the town. Andrea Guerra, awardee of the 2016 Outstanding Teacher Award, is the new school principal. Guerra is a young and vibrant educator. […]
Guatemalan Armed Forces demand Territorial Volunteers follow ‘protocol’ at Sarstoon island
Yesterday, the Belize Territorial Volunteer (BTV) went to the Sarstoon island to plant their Belizean flag in preparation for their Kayak eco-challenge race tomorrow. But, the BTV met members of the Guatemalan armed forces who demanded that BTV follow ‘protocols’. […]
Children participate in annual school rally
Yesterday, pre and primary school children countrywide participated in the annual uniform parade. The annual parade is held in anticipation of Belize’s Independence day. Students wear their school uniforms and proudly wave their Belizean flags throughout the streets in their communities. […]
Isaac may restrengthen in western Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico this week
Isaac may attempt to restrengthen to a tropical depression or storm while crossing the western Caribbean and entering the Gulf of Mexico this week. Isaac became a tropical rainstorm early Saturday morning, but just because it has lost its tropical storm status does not mean it should be ignored. As showers and thunderstorms pulse near Isaac, there is the potential for localized flash flooding on Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, eastern Cuba and Jamaica, as well as the islands along the northern shore of South America through Sunday.