Today's Belize News: March 4, 2019 - 03/04/19 12:12 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
Belize’s National Lionfish Management Strategic Plan 2019-2023 Launched
Blue Ventures, in partnership with the Belize Fisheries Department, officially launched Belize’s National Lionfish Management Strategy Plan 2019-2023 during a ceremony at the Belize Coastal Zone Management training room in Belize City on Thursday, February 24th. The launch saw the attendance of conservationists, tour operators, governmental and non-governmental organizations, media corps and invited guests. The Belize National Lionfish Management Strategy Plan describes how to design and implement an integrated approach to lionfish management, incorporating environmental, social and economic well-being goals.
PAHO calls for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to prepare for possible outbreaks of dengue
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has called for countries in the Region of the Americas to prepare for a timely response to possible outbreaks of dengue. The disease is endemic in the Region and, since its reintroduction in the 1980s, has caused cyclical outbreaks and epidemics every three to five years. The first dengue epidemic with over one million cases occurred in the Region in 2010. Three years later, in 2013, the first epidemic with more than two million cases occurred. At the beginning of 2019, there was an increase in cases compared to the same period of 2018. “Dengue is a viral infection transmitted by mosquitoes that is widespread in the Americas,” said Dr. Marcos Espinal, Director of the Department of Communicable Diseases and Environmental Determinants of Health.
Doctor Love: Healthy Mind
Dear Doctor Love, I am a licensed Addiction Counselor and couples therapist and I recently saw one of your earlier columns in the San Pedro Sun. It was a letter from a woman whose marriage was crumbling due to her husband’s continuous use of pornography. In your answer to her you labeled it a “Sexual Addiction”. In a marriage where there is not a mutual acceptance of porn use and it is causing stress, it has become easy to use the excuse that he is suffering a porn addiction.
Wolfe’s Woofer: Hidden Talent
“Dennis, this is Cynthia and Paul,” Sherry said. “I met Cynthia when she was in Belize for a vacation two years ago and now she’s here on her honeymoon.” We ate breakfast on the deck of the Holiday Hotel while Cynthia told us of dealing with the problems of being married to a professional poker player. Cynthia said, “In spite of all the scheduling conflicts we’ve finally made it to our honeymoon. We planned a trip to meet our families together but we even had to do that separately because of poker.”
Over 2,600 Golden Citizens Benefit from BEL’s Golden Citizen Program
Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) hosted a ceremony today to honour some of the 2019 beneficiaries of its Golden Citizen Program. The Company is providing 2,665 Golden Citizens countrywide with a credit of up to 60 kilowatt hours on their monthly electricity bills. Annual awardees are selected randomly from among Belizeans age 65 or older with an active electricity account registered in their name at their residence. Waivers of fees for other services are also granted. BEL’s Golden Citizen Program commenced in 2012 and 810 new awardees are being added this year. In the coming weeks, employees will visit other beneficiaries to present certificates of award and check on their wellbeing.
Child Stimulation Month 2019 Opening Parade
Child Stimulation Month 2019 kicked off countrywide under the theme "Hug Me, Listen to Me, Read with Me – Help Me Grow". Like clockwork, Child Stimulation Month commences on the first day of March every year, with it bringing an array of activities for the pre-school children of San Pedro. Pre-Schools on the island celebrated the opening of Child Stimulation Month with a parade through the main streets of San Pedro. Children were in colorful costumes displaying National Symbols of Belize, Colors, Shapes, Numbers, Sea Creatures and so much more.
Misc Belizean Sources
Wanted: Foster Parents!
Belize is blessed with generous, loving people, especially responsive to the plight of our children. Please contact the Human Services whose contact information is listed here on this flyer for more information. Thank you for caring and sharing.
Special Envoy to host forum on ‘Hate Crimes
Given the recent increase in cyber bullying and other hate crimes, the office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis Barrow, in partnership with the National AIDS Commission and with the support of the Equality and Justice Alliance will host a forum on ‘hate crimes’. The forum on ‘hate crimes’ will be held on March 7, 2019 at the Best Western Plaza. The objective of the forum is to create an open discussion on the current hate crime legislation in Belize and ways to move forward in addressing this issue. Persons interested in being a part of this discussion can call the office at 223-1941.
Caramelo coming soon in Corozal
Guess who is opening soon? Location: 2nd street north, corner 5th avenue. Where the new 3 departments are. Green Jade plaza is.
Corozal Red Cross Basic First Aid/CPR Course
Saturday, March 16th at Catherine Kelly Center, Santa Rita.
The League Of Mayapan(Luub Mayapan)
According to the Books of Chilam Balam the sacred books of the Yucatec Maya. Kukulkan the Native prophet reach to the Yucatan Peninsula in Katun 4 Ahua which is 987 years of our era. K'uk'ulkan taught love and abolished human sacrifice between the natives. His name was Ce Acatl topiltzin Quetzalcoatl the Maya called him K'uk'ulkan which means "The Plumed Serpent." Kukulkan reach Mayab or Maya which was the name of Yucatan peninsula before the Europeans came. Kukulkan wisdom impress the lords and they respected him. The people lived in conflict but Kukulkan convince the lords to build a new city and he named it Mayapan, meaning "Standard of the Maya people". According to the Books of Chilam Balam when the city of Mayapan was build the people became known as Maya. The word Mayab or Maya can mean "Few ,Not many" or also "The choosen people." Kukulkan lived among the Maya for some time and then continued his journey through Mesoamerica. The Books of Chilam Balam speak about the prophecies of the return of K'uk'ulkan.
Former Minister Derek Aikman Passes
Politician and former UDP Minister Derek Aikman has passed. Aikman served in the House of Representatives as an area representative for the Freetown constituency in the 1980s when he defeated the late George C. Price.
Belize City Taxi Driver Murdered
Forty eight year old taxi driver Walter Beaton was found dead this morning in the old capital. His body was discovered in a drain on Reggae Street. Police say Beaton was shot multiple times. According to police, Beaton had arrived home when he was ambushed by an unknown gunman.
Why We Must Stand for Country
Many activists and inspirational speakers and politicians talk to us about ‘people power;’ they use various slogans and graphics to identify with such…but what does that really mean? In the last election we saw political paraphernalia that said ‘Power to the People.’ When one thinks of power to the people, one thinks of applying muscle to purpose and not taking advantage of our people’s power to elect and unfortunately empower an elite few of the party to rule over our land and people.
Police Charge Corozal Residents For Armed Robbery Of Money-Changers
Police have arrested and charged four residents of Corozal Town with several offences in relation to the armed robbery last Thursday at the Northern Border. Zandon Myers, 23, of 4th Avenue, Eugene Myers, 29, of Alta Mira, and Randolph Crawford, 23, and Joshua Hall, 21, both of Snapper Street were arrested and charged with seven counts of Robbery, 12 counts of Attempted Murder, two counts of Keeping an Unlicensed Firearm, and two counts of Keeping Unlicensed ammunition.
Body Of Missing Teen Identified
Police have confirmed that Joan Gabourel, 18, of Valley of Peace Village, Cayo, who was reported missing last week, was stabbed and chopped to death. As we reported earlier, Gabourel went missing from home last Tuesday and was reported missing on Thursday. Her decomposed body was discovered yesterday afternoon around 1:30 p.m., in a cane field off the Valley of Peace Road.
Derek Aikman Passes On
The Reporter has received reports of the passing of former UDP Minister of Government, Derek Aikman. Mr Aikman became the Area Representative for the Freetown Division in 1984, having unseated the late George Price of the PUP. Up to the time of his death, Mr Aikman was a staunch proponent of the “NO To The ICJ Campaign.”
Armed robbers that targeted ‘Peseros’ at Northern Border charged
Police have charged four men believed to have robbed the “Peseros” or money changers at the northern border last week. Those men are Eugene Myers, 29; Randolph Crawford, 23; Joshua Hall, 21; and Zandon Myers, 23. […]
Police: Missing woman found dead with chop and stab wounds
Police have issued an official report on a missing teen who was found dead. The report revealed that last Thursday Joan Gabourel, 18, was reported missing. However, yesterday afternoon a search party located her body in a cane field off the Valley of Peace road in Cayo. […]
10 Things To Know About The Late Derek Aikman
There has been an outpouring of condolences and support for the family of Derek Aikman since the news of his death, and many have shared their memories of the former elected representative. […]
Review of Legal Opinion, “The Belize/Guatemala Dispute” prepared by Prof. Stephen Vascianne, CD. of February 2019
By Ministry of Foreign Affairs: The Belize Bar Association commissioned Prof. Stephen Vascianne CD, to conduct an independent analysis of the Belize/Guatemala dispute from the standpoint of International Law. Professor Vascienne is a renown expert in International Law and Diplomacy. […]
Why I will vote Yes on Referendum Day (Part 2 of 2)
By Osmany Salas: When Guatemala voted Yes in their Referendum some months ago, they voted for its Claim to be considered based on international conventions (treaties), international custom, and past ICJ decisions. That is specified in Article 2 of the Special Agreement that was signed by both countries. […]
Legal Opinion: The Belize/Guatemala Dispute
Legal Opinion: The Belize/Guatemala Dispute Prepared by: Prof.Stephen Vasciannie, CD Commissioned By The Bar Association of Belize © […]
A Gorgeous Week on Ambergris Caye and A Severed Toe
It’s been a HOT breezy gorgeous week on our island – and I took lots of snap shots all over the place. Starting on Tuesday morning – the day when vendors comes from the mainland to sell fruits and veggies on Back A Back Street. I think it all starts around dawn. (Back a Back Street = In Back of Back Street) Here’s a napping Mennonite much later. Around 10.30am. The House of Culture opened a new exhibition for Carnaval on Friday night. All the festivities started last night! The town council has a serious calendar this year. Today, the kids will be in the park painting and partying.
5 reasons to protect mangrove forests for the future
To the uninitiated, mangroves might appear to be merely coastal cousins of inland forests, but these rich ecosystems support the planet and people in unique ways, from providing breeding grounds for fish to carbon storage, to protection against flooding. Yet despite their importance, mangrove forests are under threat. Over a third have already disappeared, and in regions such as the Americas they are being cleared at a faster rate than tropical rainforests. Much of that clearance is to reclaim land for agriculture, industrial development and infrastructure projects.
Enjoying Belize in the moment
The kids had been waiting all week for the hermit crab races. When Luis, our lead counselor, announced the evening’s activity, they shoved aside their slices of key lime pie and disappeared into the shadows of moonlit coconut palms in search of perfect crustacean competitors. My 8-year-old, Reid, whom the counselors dubbed “Shark Bait” for his uncanny ability to spy sharks whenever snorkeling, was back within minutes, wielding a snapping blue crab the size of a dinner plate. This was our final night at a week-long adventure camp on Long Caye, part of the Belize Barrier Reef System, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Much of our week’s experience reminded me of my North American childhood summer camp, but with a tropical and a multi-age twist.
Belize PM, PAHO discuss ‘priority health issues’
The Washington, D.C.-based Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says its director, Dr. Carissa Etienne, and Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow have been discussing “a variety of priority health issues” for Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member-state. PAHO said on Monday that both parties also discussed PAHO’s technical cooperation during an official meeting in Belize’s capital, Belize City. “The importance of achieving universal health coverage without leaving anyone behind, as stated by the 2030 United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted in 2015 by countries of the world, including Belize, was also discussed,” said PAHO in a statement.