Today's Belize News: February 24, 2019 - 02/24/19 12:30 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
Commencement of the Issuance of Voter ID Cards
The Elections and Boundaries Department hereby notifies electors that effective Friday, March 1st, 2019, the issuance of Voter ID cards will commence by phases at the Elections and Boundaries Registration Offices countrywide. The first phase will include all electors whose application were accepted in July 2018 and subsequently approved at revision court. As stated via previous press releases, dates and location for pickup will be announced for villages. ID cards will also be distributed by Elections and Boundaries personnel at the polling stations on Referendum Day, for electors who did not have an opportunity to pick up their ID cards prior to Referendum Day.
Government is accepting written submissions regarding usage of gillnets
In an attempt to better understand the benefits, risks, threats, and impacts of gillnets, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development, and Immigration advises the public that they are accepting submissions relating to the usage of this fishing tool. The information gathered will be utilized by the Gillnet Taskforce with the aid of an independent consultant and analyze the wide stakeholder input pertaining gillnet usage and the socio-economic and environmental impacts to fishing communities, fisheries resources and marine ecosystems.
Dr. Carissa Etienne PAHO Director visits Belize
Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Regional Director for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO) Doctor Carissa F. Etienne visited Belize from Monday, February 18th to Friday, February 22nd. Dr. Etienne met with stakeholders and officials like Prime Minister Right Honorable Dean Barrow, Minister of Health Pablo Marin, and other high-level officials. The focus of her visit includes PAHO’s technical cooperation with Belize and the Director’s vision for universal health and sustainable development.
Ambergris Caye Elementary School to host “A Taste of Belize” Charity Gala & Auction
All islanders are invited to Ambergris Caye Elementary School (ACES) 4th Annual Charity Gala & Auction, titled “A Taste of Belize”, to be held at Palapa Bar & Grill in San Pedro Town on Sunday, March 10th. The aim of the fundraiser is to raise both awareness and much-needed operating scholarship funds for the school as it as a nonprofit institution. All donations to the school are tax deductible, and all proceeds will directly benefit ACES and its students.
Misc Belizean Sources
San Pedrito area cleanup
And the work continues....Part of our team was in the San Pedrito area clearing high grass and picking up trash. Also, our trucks were spreading some material on some streets that needed attention. The San Pedro Town Council asks the public to practice cleanliness. Please throw your garbage in a garbage drum. Keep your garbage drums INSIDE your yard/property, and somewhere were animals such as dogs, cats or raccoons can't tamper with it and make a mess. Let us ALL help keep La Isla Bonita Clean!
Beauty Bites Beast to show in Belize City and Corozal
This movie will be shown in both Corozal and Belize City by the filmmakers. After the movie is shown, there will be time for discussion. Please take the opportunity to come out and see this movie and have this discussion. It's a great movie! I saw it for the first time at Global Empowerment Self Defense Camp in 2017. Some of the people who sponsored the camp and were there are in the movie. Bring out anyone, men and boys need to see this as well. Next week, flyers and an event posting will be up for for now - If you are in Corozal, reserve Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 6-8pm at the Civic Center. In Belize City, put on your calendar Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 6-8pm at Gateway Youth Center. Don't Miss It!
4th Art Exhibition and Book Fair on Caye Caulker
Today February 24th 3 to 6 pm at ‘Il Baretto’
Corozal - Commissioner of Police Mr. Chester Williams together with his senior Command Team visited our beautiful Corozal Town
And they mean business. During his visit our good COMPOL did an inspection of the Corozal District Formation and held a Public Town Meeting last night at the Corozal Town Hall, which was also attended by Mayor Rigo Vellos, where our COMPOL addressed a packed hall with his four pillars of FIGHTING CRIME: 1) Crime Strategy, 2) Community Policing, 3) Community Participation, 4) Security Cameras. After his address and discussion, COMPOL listened to the Public's concerns, inputs, suggestions and the way forward for our Corozal community. Our Corozal Daily joined in standing up as the Commissioner of Police asked the gathering for a moment of silence and prayer for the late Elizabeth "Liz" Rousseau, a retired expat who was recently stabbed to death during an alleged home invasion.
Santiago Pech was a Yucatec Maya leader of the Icaiche Maya. In 1875 Santiago Pech and a group of Maya marched on Holotonich and restated a prior claim to the left bank of the Belize river down to Black Creek mounth. By 1882 Santiago Pech had appointed Alcandes at Holotunich,San Jose Yalbac and San Pedro in the Yalbac area. The Yucatec Maya continued to resist the British invaders until 1930's until the BEC burn down their houses and milpas in Northwestern Belize.
It Could Have Been Fatal
A Belize City man is lucky to be alive today after he was attacked by a gunman last night. 30-year-old Nelson Dillett was on Waight Street, Belize City, where he was socializing with some friends in a yard. At around 8:55 pm, a male person approached him and pulled out a gun. He pointed the weapon at Dillett and a struggle ensued during which the gun went off. Dillett received a small cut wound in his left middle finger. The attacker is in police custody.
Update on Human Skull Found
A human skull was discovered by a maintenance worker for Port Authority yesterday morning in the vicinity of the Port of Belize. Scenes of crime technicians were subsequently called in to process the area and take possession of the skull. It is believed that the cranium has been buried at that location for quite some time. The remains were inspected and it is believed that it is of a male person between the ages of 18 and 30 years. The remains now await an anthropology analysis.
Belize City Taxi Driver Stabbed In the Neck
Fifty-two-year-old Antonio Pech, Belize City Taxi Driver, was stabbed in the neck last night. Pech told police that at around 10:30 pm he was at the corner of Western Avenue and Mahogany Street, Belize City when he was stopped by a female who requested his taxi service. While Pech was driving on Chetumal Street, the woman inflicted the stab wound. Pech is at the KHMH in a stable condition. The female is in police detention pending investigation.
Elderly Woman Attacked in Her Own Home
Police in Belize City are investigating a home invasion. It happened this afternoon on Southern Foreshores, Belize City. A ninety-two-year-old woman told police that was inside her house when someone gained entry to her house through the back door. The male intruder hit the woman on her mouth. She was taken to the KHMH where she is listed in a stable condition. It is not yet known if anything was stolen. Partial fingerprints were retrieved from the scene.
TAXI-MAN STABBED BY FEMALE PASSENGER
A taxi-driver of a West Street address, identified as Antonio Pech, 52, is recovering at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital from a stab wound to his neck which he sustained lastnight, reportedly from a female passenger. The cabbie is said to be in a stable condition and quick response from Police have led to the apprehension of the female who has been identified as a 35-year-old of a Stadium Street address in Orange Walk Town.
COUNCILOR GOODIN STRIPPED
The Belize City Council on Friday morning held a press conference to announce that first-term councilor Micah Gooding has been stripped of all of his portfolios following a situation which occurred at City Hall Wednesday. Effective immediately, Goodin’s portfolios including Management Information Systems, Youth and Sports, Training and Staff Development were all assigned to other colleagues.
Belize loses heartbreaker to Cuba, 82-80 in second game of FIBA AmeriCup Pre-qualifier tournament
Belize national team, coached by Milton Palacio, went down 82-80 to Cuba in a nailbiter at the Belize Civic Center this evening. Jasiel Rivero, Cuba’s powerful center, led all scorers with 29 points and 9 rebounds. Belize trailed by 12 entering the fourth quarter but mounted a 9-2 run to close the gap to three points. After exchanging baskets, Elvis Olivera hit a mid-lane jumper for Belize to tie the game at 80...
Belizean busted stealing car batteries in Burbank, USA
Authorities in Burbank, California busted two people for reportedly stealing car batteries from vehicles of senior living facilities. Fox 11 report that on Friday, February 22, Burbank police noticed a vehicle without a front license plate and pulled it over. Inside the vehicle, authorities found 20 car batteries in the trunk...
Into The Great Blue Hole
Recently, a team of scientists returned from a journey to the bottom of Belize’s Great Blue Hole after having gone down in submarines back in December 2018. This Great Blue Hole is the world’s biggest sinkhole, measuring 300 meters across and 125 meters deep (1000 and 410 feet, respectively). The team of scientists used two submarines to capture new images and footage from inside the Blue Hole. The team was also able to use sonar imaging to create a 360 degree map of the entire hole, according to chief pilot, oceanographer, and operations manager Erika Bergman. Bergman also said that one of the most exciting finds of the trip were the never-before-seen stalactites near the bottom of the Hole. Stalactites are mineral formations that hang from the ceilings of caves and hot springs.
5 Belize activities for the ultimate adventurer
For those in search of adrenaline-pumping excursions that’ll have you in awe of your fearlessness for years to come, book a trip to Belize. This small Central American country is surprisingly easy to get to, with short direct flights from major U.S. cities offered daily to the Belize City airport. Filled with lush jungles, countless islands and protected wildlife sanctuaries, it’s home to a range of animals that include the tapir, howler monkeys and the elusive jaguar. Not to mention it’s a birders paradise, boasting over 600 species. In addition, it’s a country that offers travelers the opportunity to explore both natural and cultural wonders such as the Belize Barrier Reef and the ancient Maya civilization.
Their waters wrested away, Colombia's island fishermen lament - and learn
Colombian fishermen suffer the ICJ... Casting his nylon fishing line into the waters off the Colombian island of San Andres, like generations before him, fisherman Oreste Howard points to the horizon of the turquoise blue Caribbean Sea and shakes his head. “Over there is a bank rich in fish, red snapper and lobster. The catch is very good.” “But we can’t fish there. I’m afraid to go there,” Howard laments, as his small one-engine motor boat bobs in the breeze. The fear stems from a decades-long maritime dispute between Colombia and Nicaragua involving the archipelago of San Andres, Providencia, and Santa Catalina, and nearby seas.