Today's Belize News: March 17, 2019

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Today's Belize News: March 17, 2019 - 03/17/19 12:26 PM


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The San Pedro Sun

Belize Electricity Limited to connect Caye Caulker to the National Grid
On Thursday, March 14th Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) took the Belizean Media Corps on a tour of the submarine cable route that is expected to connect Caye Caulker to the national electricity grid. The media tour served to inform the different media entities of the proposed connection route as well as the process of the project to share with their readers and viewers. The group of media corps and BEL members departed from The Office Bar & Restaurant located in San Pedro Town at 9AM. Their first stop was at ‘Point 1’, the ‘Existing Cable Landing’ located at the back of Ambergris Caye, where the island’s electricity grid is directly connected to the national grid.

Court case for San Pedro Police officer Tyrell Rowley adjourned to April
San Pedro police officer 21-year-old Tyrell Rowley was before the San Pedro Magistrate Court on Wednesday, March 13th as he continues to answer to the offense of Wounding, after being involved in a case of police brutality on New Year’s Day at Boca del Rio. Rowley did not stay long inside the court, and his case was then further adjourned until April 3, 2019. Rowley, who resides in Belize City, continues on interdiction (receiving half pay) until the case is concluded. It is yet unknown if any charges will be brought against Medina, who has not appeared in court.

Kenyon College installs more solar panels at New Horizon School
The Kenyon College professors and students from Ohio, USA were on Ambergris Caye installing more solar panels from Monday, March 11th to Thursday, March 14th. This year’s trip saw New Horizon Seventh Day Adventist School (NHSDAS) receiving 12 solar panels. The team included: students Emma Coffman, Ansley Grider, Hannah Petrich, Sierra Smith, Kira Lancz, Sam Turner, and Professors, Doctor Robert Alexander and Doctor James Skon, along with retired entrepreneur Doug Karl. Before schools qualify to get solar panels, the team conducts an evaluation, looking several factors, such as appropriate wiring, the height of the building, the current electricity bill and most importantly, if the school is interested in using alternative sources of power.

Ambergris Caye’s First Half Marathon and 10k run to be held on April 6th
All running enthusiast are invited to participate in Ambergris Caye’s First Half Marathon (21 kilometers), or 10k Run to be held on Saturday, April 6th. The event is being organized by the Alaia Charity Foundation, who seek to provide financial, educational, medical and environmental support with the net-proceeds from the event to disenfranchised island families. Runners will have the chance to participate in either the Half Marathon or 10-kilometer distances. Participants of all ages are encouraged to join, as there are several age-range categories, including under 20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, and 50 up.

Martin Dawson hosts first MMA seminar of the year; hints of a May 2019 tournament on the island
A Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) seminar was held in San Pedro Town on Saturday, March 9th under the guidance of retired Mexican fighter Gerardo Morales (El Guerrero Maya) of Kung Do Lama School in Cancun, Mexico. The event was organized by island MMA fighter and instructor, Martin Dawson, who along with Morales coached participants on combat Jiu-Jitsu, and self-defence techniques. From 4PM to 7PM, participants eagerly followed instructions while learning new and useful fighting techniques. According to Dawson the idea to work with Morales is to continue with his mission to fully introduce the sport on the island. Dawson is looking forward to creating the first MMA League on Ambergris Caye and host a tournament with Belizean and foreign fighters in May of this year.

Misc Belizean Sources


Corozal Mayor meets with British High Commissioner
Mayor Rigo Vellos and the Corozal Town Council were honored to have hosted a meeting with the British High Commissioner Mrs. Claire Evans and her team. We are pleased to have had a productive meeting while strengthening ties for the benefit of our people.

Arte Con Voz Mujer Exhibit in Corozal
The National Institute of Culture and History through the Corozal House of Culture presented: Arte Con Voz Mujer Exhibit Honouring the Life's Work of Multigenre Visual Artist Vilma Romero on Friday March 15, 2019. it commenced at 7pm inside the Corozal HHouse of Culture. The chairs where not empty as many came to attend this to witness the Arte Display's Vilma Romero had.

The Live Well Cayo Festival showcases living healthy in Belize!
It's all about wellness, healthy living and Belize going green!! Congratulations to the BTIA Cayo Chapter for putting together a great event!

First blood parasite documented in Morelet's crocodile documented in publication
In addition to looking at anthropogenic impact on crocodilian immunology and parasitology. Joe will be publishing his thesis in a scientific journal soon. CRC would like to congratulate our Research Associate Joe Kristoffer Partyka for completing his Master's. Joe worked with the CRC during his 2 year program investigating human impact on crocodilian parasitology and immunology. He also documented the first blood parasite in the Morelet's crocodile! Congrats again Joe!

Why is Guatemala going to the ICJ if they know they will lose?
By Tony Rath. I still haven’t made up my mind about how to vote in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) referendum. After all the debates, talk shows, articles, and comments; all the research and reading; all the obscene billboards and meetings, you might think that the choice would be easy; but not for me. There hasn’t been a smoking gun that instantly makes everything clear and leads me down the right path. Also, there is a final burning question that has yet to be answered in this debate. First, for me, the No vote is the default — the “innocent before proven guilty” vote. I will accept the status quo unless there is a safer, better option. By default, the YES vote has to convince me that accepting litigation risk — no matter how small or large — and voting YES is not only a better choice, but the best of all possible options.

The Return of the PIG ROAST (w/ Live Music!)
Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 3 PM – 10 PM at The Truck Stop. We've planned one of our best Sunday Fundays of the year with LIVE MUSIC starting at 3pm and going late into the night! We're bringing back our famous CUBAN-STYLE PIG ROAST! Plus we'll have the pool bar open all day, so come check out some of our new cocktails while cooling off in the pool, then jam out to the live music all night long! 3PM-6PM - Live music from Tyler Allan, 6PM-9PM - Live reggae band The Beach Monks!

7th Annual St. Patrick’s Day BASH Hosted by Crazy Canucks Beach Bar
THE place to party in San Pedro for St. Patrick’s Day! We will have our delicious homemade corned beef and cabbage with potatoes and carrots. DJ, Shot giveaways, Free party favors, Green Beer, Irish Car Bombs. Don’t miss out on our party of the year!

The Reporter

Rum and The River Don’t Mix, In Spanish Look-Out
A rum drinking expedition near the river has turned fatal in Spanish Lookout. According to preliminary investigation, ‘Duck Run 1’ resident Audino Molina, 51, along with his brother, ‘Duck Run 2’ resident Alvaro Molina, 62 went to the riverside in Spanish Lookout at around 4:00pm to look for their nephew who was reportedly fishing there.

Minor Charged for ‘Roping’ Minor
A minor, 14, student of Belmopan Methodist School was arraigned in Belmopan on Wednesday on a single charge of wounding for injuries he allegedly caused upon a 15-year-old student from Belmopan Comprehensive High School. Eyewitnesses say that the incident occurred around 2:40 p.m., on Tuesday near a field located beside the Social Security office when the 14-year-old who was riding a horse lassoed the victim and dragged him along the walkway in the presence of other students.

NICH Wins 2019 Belikin Ruta Maya River Challenge
The NICH team of Efrain Cruz, Hener Cruz and Felix Cruz won the 22nd annual Belikin Ruta Maya River Challenge from San Ignacio to Belize City on Friday to Monday, March 8-11. The NICH men dominated the race from the outset, winning the first stage in 5:02:01, opening up a three minute gap over their nearest rivals, the Crunch Time team. The NICH team also won the third stage from Double Head Cabbage to Burrell Boom in 4:50:43 on Sunday to gain a six minute lead in their cumulative time over Crunch Time. NICH also won the fourth leg on Monday in 2:36:56, almost two minutes ahead of Crunch Time.

Major Lloyd Jones (Ret’d). Last October the Barrow Administration recruited, from Havana, the one Assad Shoman to rescue its ICJ mis-education campaign. Mr. Barrow felt compelled to do so because Sedi Elrington had landed the said campaign on the rocks due to his unguided tongue and his growing impatience with the Belizean people.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Who is to blame for Venezuela’s problems? – Part 2: the case against Nicolas Maduro
As the fight for power in the South American country of Venezuela continues, Breaking Belize News is examining the arguments over who is to blame for Venezuela’s problems – its elected president Nicolás Maduro, who succeeded charismatic strongman Hugo Chavez following his death from cancer in 2009, or Venezuela’s primary enemy, the United States and its regional and international allies?

Murder charges dropped against Verris Ventura
Accused almost a year ago of the May 3rd, 2018 shooting murder of 29-year-old Jason Travis Sutherland of Central American Boulevard in Belize City, Verris Ventura, 24, of Caesar Ridge Road was set free on Friday morning. The office of the Director of Public Prosecutions indicated that it would withdraw the charge without prejudice, causing Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitts Anderson to release him immediately.

Hospital attendant obtained electronics by deception
Arnaldo Feliciano Cruz, 31, an attendant for the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, is accused of dishonestly and deceptively obtaining several electronic items from a woman. Cruz appeared before Magistrate Khadeen Palmer on Friday when he was read the charge.

The Jalacte Road
The road or highway to Jalacte in the Toledo District bordering with Guatemala’s Santa Cruz Village in Belize’s southwestern border has been trafficable since a few years now and some level of trade is going on in that area. I took a mule ride to Santa Cruz Village, Guatemala, just to differentiate from Belize’s Santa Cruz Village which is casually on that same road to Jalacte, a couple of years ago.

No foul play suspected in death of hispanic man in the river near Spanish Lookout
Late last night BBN reported that the body of a hispanic man was found in the river near ‘Mennonite beach’ in Spanish Lookout. According to Police, what was a rum drinking expedition ended up causing the fatality. Preliminary investigations reveal that 51 year old Audino Molina and his brother Alvaro Molina went to the riverside in Spanish Lookout at around 4:00pm to look for their nephew who was reportedly fishing there.


Where to eat in Placencia, Belize
Check out these 10 street stands, fancy hotel bistros and bakeries to get your grub on across this tropical Belizean peninsula. For a small village with essentially one main road and a boardwalk, the food scene in Placencia, Belize is nothing to sniff at. From cheap roadside bites to lauded eateries, there is plenty to peruse, starting with these ten highlights:

International Sourcesizz

WANT Les Essentiels founders revamp Matachica resort as "redefined Belizean beach experience"
Canadian twins Byron and Dexter Peart, who founded leather brand WANT Les Essentiels, have turned away from fashion to redesign a resort and spa in Belize. The Matachica resort is the first venture from the brothers' "purpose-led" design studio Byron and Dexter Design – established to follow on from WANT Les Essentiels, which they left in 2017. For the project, the duo was enlisted by owner and fellow Montrealer Daniel Lighter to reimagine the overall design and guest experience of Matachica Resort & Spa on Ambergris Caye in Belize – a country on the eastern coast of Central America.


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