Today's Belize News: November 4, 2018 - 11/04/18 12:32 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
Mexican Comedian Jaibita delights islanders with a humorous comedy show
Reef Radio and Reef TV once again brought the laughs to San Pedro Town with a comedy show on Sunday, October 28th at the Paradise Theatre. Featuring Mexican performer Eduardo Rivera Jaibita ‘El Torbellino de la Comedia,’ the show delighted a packed theatre with its musical interpretations and fun monologue. The show began shortly after 8PM, and attendees quickly took up their seats, eager for a good performance. Jaibita started with a streak of jokes that had the crowd laughing loud. He then began interpreting some of Mexico’s top singers like Espinoza Paz, singing romantic ballads to rapt audience. Jaibita also imitated other Mexican singers like Joan Sebastian and the Ranchera King Vicente Fernandez. He shared jokes in between sets, and the crowd cheered loudly with each line. The comedian even left the stage on several occasions to mingle much to the delight of the audience.
SP BTIA announces big garbage clean-up project for San Pedro
The San Pedro Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (SP BTIA) has announced a massive clean-up project that will take place from Friday, November 9th through Monday, November 12th. The initiative, dubbed ‘For the Love of San Pedro- Big Garbage Clean Up’ aims to engage the entire island community as they attempt to clean the subdivisions in San Pedro Town. Launched along with the campaign is SP BTIA’s super-hero mascot Captain Conch who encourages islanders of all ages to “Keep San Pedro Clean.” Although the focus of the collection of garbage will be on “white goods” (refrigerators, air conditioners, washers, dryers, appliances), no trash will be left behind. Volunteers wishing to join this effort can sign up by calling 226-2070. You can choose to do an entire day or just a few hours during the clean-up campaign.
Sea Wolves win U-15 football tournament
The Sea Wolves are the champions of the Under-15 (U-15) 2018 Football Tournament. They claimed a 6-1 victory in the second round of the championship tournament against U-15 San Pedro Pirates at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town on Saturday, October 27th. The U-15 football Tournament began in mid-September, with three U-15 Teams participating. After several weeks of football action, the top two teams with the highest scores advanced to the championship match. The aim of the Under-15 tournament was to promote professional football training sessions and develop the technical abilities of young players to hopefully lead them to successful football career. The San Pedro Sun joins the community in congratulating the champions and all the participating teams!
Team Bimini wins first Spearfishing Tournament in San Pedro
Team Bimini won the top prize during San Pedro’s first annual Spearfishing Tournament on October 28th, bringing in a total of 72.6 pounds of fish. They were followed by Team Black Tuna, who took second place with 68.5 pounds and Team Main Squeeze settled for third place with 66.9 pounds of catch. The tournament, organized by Roan Gonzalez, saw the participation of 11 teams from San Pedro Town, Belize City and as far as Hopkins. The tournament was aimed at promoting the importance of spearfishing as one of the most ecologically sustainable ways of fishing. Third place Team Main Squeeze from Belize City took home $300 cash and a $100 gift certificate. Main Squeeze also won prizes for the biggest Jack, Grouper, and Snapper. Second place went to Black Tuna, who won $400 cash and a gift certificate as well. Taking home the grand prize of $700, a $200 gift certificate and a trophy was Team Bimini, who say they will be defending their title at next year’s tournament.
Misc Belizean Sources
Scenes from around the new airstrip on Caye Caulker
Passed the airstrip on our morning walk just in time to see this plane taking off. Photos by Penny Williams
Lion Gift Shop is officially open for business on Caye Caulker
100% Belizean art. Stop by and check it out.
Corozal Fut Seven
Corozal Fut Seven - Futsal Tournament Sabatina League continues today November 3rd starting at 6:00 p.m. Starting opening game will be the Caribbean Boys vs the Sub Champion C’s Pharmacy Ajax, followed by the leagues second derby when Calle Ocho from Ranchito faces ATM also from Ranchito. Third game will be One Love FC vs United FC and lastly we have Young Boys vs Paraiso Falcons. Also happening tomorrow morning Sunday, November 3rd at 9:00 a.m., last season’s Champions and Sub Champions will be facing the two champions from the Mexican Leagues at The Canal 7 Más Field in Chetumal.
BUY A T SHIRT – SAVE A LIFE
A Belize City mother is holding a fundraiser selling t-shirts to help with the expenses of her daughter’s cancer treatment. Delilah Arana explained that her seven-year-old daughter, Cordelah Duran, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (Cancer of the blood) in August, which marked the beginning of a difficult struggle for her family.
BELIZE RANKS 125th
This week, the World Bank Group released its 2018 Ease of Doing Business Report which showed Belize ranking 125 out of a total 190 countries. The report speaks to various aspects of doing business in a country such as startup time and enabling business environment, with the higher numbered rankings indicating increased difficulty in doing business. With respect to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region, Belize, ranks in the middle, ranking above Barbados but below the Bahamas.
ACCUSED DRUG TRAFFICKER CARLOS LOPEZ WALKS AGAIN
At the end of August 2018, Carlos Lopez 35, managed to walk away from a drug trafficking charge after the arresting officer was a no-show in Court. Last week, he again managed to walk away from a similar charge, this time after the prosecution withdrew the case against him. Lopez’s latest brush with the law occurred on October 25th, when he along with Kenrick Gentle, 27, were apprehended at the Belize/Mexico border, allegedly trying to smuggle two and a half pounds of weed into Belize in a pillowcase.
No space for Samuel August Sr. at psychiatric facility
Samuel August Sr., the man accused of ramming a backhoe into the home of his children’s maternal grandmother, Louise Young and killing her and one of his own sons on the early morning of October 31, 2018, was to be admitted to a psychiatric facility in Belmopan this past week; however, there were no spaces for him at the facility.
Dianne Finnegan announces candidacy for Lake I
Yesterday, youth advocate, Dianne Finnegan officially announced her candidacy for the Lake Independence Constituency in Belize City. “I’m determined to do all I can to transform Lake Independence into a model community. I feel that if you want people to support you, then you’ve GOT TO make them feel that THEY are IMPORTANT...
Man found hanging at home in Belmopan; Police are investigating
Police are investigating the death of a man who was found hanging outside his home on Thursday morning in Belmopan. According to reports, Celso Carcamo Jr, 23, was found dead with his hands tied.
Students of John Paul Junior College visit Aguacate, Toledo to volunteer in community projects
Students and teachers from John Paul II Junior College (JPIIJC) in Benque Viejo Del Carmen, visited the village of Aguacate, Toledo District, during the period of October-29 to November 2, 2018. The visit was another step forward in the college’s mission of developing a network of students and graduates to act as “Belizeans serving Belizeans.”
PM Barrow meets with family of fallen police officer
Yesterday, police-constable Osbourne Martinez was shot and killed while executing his duties in Belize City. Yesterday, Prime Minister Dean Barrow visited Martinez’ family to extend his condolences for the loss of their loved one.
Celebrando El Mestizaje was celebrated in Corozal Rainbow Beach, Corozal, Belize
Mestizaje Culture 2018 was celebrated at Corozal Rainbow Beach on Saturday, November 3rd. Dance groups who came to present at the event where Ballet folkloric de Chetumal Quintana Roo, Raieces Mexicans retonos belicenos, To'one Masehualoon., Mariachis de Corozal, Techno Band, Dj Diablillo. At the event, there were Booths installed that had Mayan Tradition foods, tacos, Tents for selling soft drinks and more. Techno Band and Dj Diabllillo will be playing until 2am. So, you still have time to enjoy the night at Rainbow beach. This first annual Mestizaje was to continue promoting the Mestizo Culture in Northern Belize. Especially, in Corozal and Orange Walk were Maya Temple are found at today's history. Mestizo's Culture food, clothing, dances, religion needs to be learned by the younger generation at today's new generation. Yucatec Maya, Middle American Indians of the Yucatán Peninsula in eastern Mexico. The Yucatec were participants in the Maya civilization, whose calendar, architecture, and hieroglyphic writing marked them as highly civilized people.
Simone Biles becomes first American to win a medal at every World Championships event
Olympic champion Simone Biles continued her record-breaking winning streak on Saturday, becoming the first American ever to win a medal in every event at the world championships. Biles became the most-decorated female gymnast in world championships history after winning four golds, a silver and a bronze medal this week, according to multiple reports. Saturday marked the best meet of her life as she became the first woman in 30 years to win medals at all six events at the world gymnastics championships or Olympics, USA Today reported. “I’m really pleased with my performances," 21-year-old Biles said after the meet. "Yes, I wish some of them could have gone better." "I’m most proud that I’m here, made all of the event finals, medaled in all of the events, and I survived," she said.
Simone Biles is 6-for-6, becomes first American to win medals in every event at worlds
Give Simone Biles all the medals. Now. And, if we’re being honest, again in two years at the Tokyo Olympics. Biles capped off the best meet of her career with yet another milestone Saturday, claiming a gold on floor exercise and a bronze on balance beam to become the first woman in 30 years to win a medal on all six events at the world gymnastics championships or Olympics. For those keeping track, she leaves worlds with four golds, including a record fourth all-around title. Oh, and she’s only a year and a day removed from her return to the gym after taking a year off following the Rio Olympics. If this is what she can accomplish in a year, imagine what she’ll do with the two years before Tokyo.
Traces of drinks produced from cacao are present in 3,900 yr previous pottery in South America
Ancient people in South America may have developed a taste for hot chocolate 1,500 years before the Mexicans began growing the plant, a new study suggests. ‘This new study shows us that people in the upper reaches of the Amazon basin, extending up into the foothills of the Andes in southeastern Ecuador, were harvesting and consuming cacao that appears to be a close relative of the type of cacao later used in Mexico – and they were doing this 1,500 years earlier,’ said study co-author Professor Michael Blake, from the university’s department of anthropology. ‘They were also doing so using elaborate pottery that pre-dates the pottery found in Central America and Mexico. ‘This suggests that the use of cacao, probably as a drink, was something that caught on and very likely spread northwards by farmers growing cacao in what is now Colombia and eventually Panama and other parts of Central America and southern Mexico.’