Saturday, March 30, 2013

Holy Saturday In Belize-Cross Country Cycling Race

Congratulations to Darnell Barrow for capturing the 85th Annual Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic Championship. 
Second Place winner Juan Pablo Magallares and Third Place winner John Delong
In Belize, Holy Saturday is also known for our Holy Saturday Cross Country Classic. This a 140 mile bike race starting in Belize City, traveling west to San Ignacio where the riders turn around and head back to Belize City. This year's champion is Belizean, Darnell Barrow, who finished the race in 5 hours, 46 minutes and 49 seconds, winning out 87 other cyclists from Belize, U.S.A, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Cuba.

This year will be the 85th ride. The first race was in 1928 with Elston Kerr as the  champion and Norris Wade as the sub-champion. The ride dates back to the period when Monrad Metzen picked up the idea, because people used to cover miles on their bicycles to attend the weekly game of cricket in the Belizean villages. He sowed the idea of a sporting event in the difficult regions of the Western Highway which were then poorly built, and so it all began.
Cross Country Classic Winners 1928-1930
Elston Kerr, Sr: Winner of the First and Second Cross Country Classic
Year (Date)WinnerSecond Place
1928 (April 5–9)Elston KerrNorris Wade
1929 (March 28-April 1)Elston KerrDavid Graham
1930Norris WadeElston Kerr
Photo 1 & 2; courtesy the Belize Cycling Association.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

P.M. of Belize Away For Easter Holidays

 Thousands of Belizeans have begun the annual migration to coastal communities within the country to enjoy their Easter vacation near the waterfront.  Others will await the results of the Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic before departing for their weekend jaunt.  

Among those who have opted to travel abroad is Prime Minister Dean Barrow, who departed the country earlier today on personal leave.  During his absence Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega will be holding over as leader of the nation.  P.M. Barrow is expected to return to Belize on Easter Monday. 


Sunday, March 10, 2013

The 2013 Central American Games In Costa Rica

Kenneth Medwood- Gold Medal
Katy Sealy-2nd right
The 2013 Central American Games are currently being held in San José, Costa Rica- March 3-17th. They are the largest multi-sport event ever organized in the country. 

Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and P
anama brought their best athletes to the games, which is taking place in San José for the first time since its inaugural edition in 1973. More than 3,000 athletes from the region will compete and vie for medals in 26 different sports.

Kenneth Medwood (C) runs to win the gold medal between Costa Rica's Gerald Drummond (L) and Guatemala's Gerber Blanco in the men's 400m hurdles final. 
Costa Rica's Ana Porras (C) competes against Katy Sealy (R) 2nd place for Belize with a total of 4398 points, a personal best and national record for Belize, and Maria Morazan of Nicaragua in 3rd place in the 100m hurdles of the heptathlon. 

Some of the events being held are: Chess, Synchronized swimming, Baseball), Judo), Fencing), Soccer, Body building, Gymnastics, Weight Lifting), Racquetball, Handball, Softball, Ping pong), Beach volleyball, Volleyball, Mountain biking, Karate, Equestrian, and Boxing.
Photos by Katy Sealy

Thursday, March 7, 2013

What Went Wrong?

Our children are being raised in fear of going outside. When I was I young girl growing up in Belize the only thing that would keep me from going outside was severe thunderstorm.

I am saddened to see the severe stress and worry that our children are going through. There is the old saying that says "It Takes A Village", but in Belize our village is in a desperate state of disrepair. 

Crime and the fear it induces is driving our children indoors and on occasions they are still not safe in their beds. We need to help our children and the best way to do so is to repair the breakdown of marriage, family and community togetherness.

What a legacy we have passed unto our children!! But together we can do so much more, change is coming; it has to come.    

Belize's Deligation To Chavez's Funeral

Prime Minister, Hon. Dean Barrow, has appointed the Hon. Gaspar Vega, Deputy Prime Minister of Belize, to lead Belize’s delegation attending the funeral of the late President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez.

The Belize delegation includes the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Alexis Rosado and Ambassador Nestor Mendez, Belize’s Ambassador to Washington and the Organization of American States.

The delegation leaves today, Thursday, 7th March, 2013 and returns on Sunday, 10th March, 2013. The Hon. John Saldivar will hold over as Acting Prime Minister.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Hugo Chavez, Dead At 58 - What's Next For Venezuela?

President Hugo Chavez, the fiery leader who declared a socialist revolution in Venezuela, crusaded against U.S. influence and championed a leftist revival across Latin America, died Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at age 58 after a nearly two-year bout with cancer.

Vice President Nicolas Maduro, announced the death during a national television broadcast. He said Chavez died at 4:25 p.m. local time.
During more than 14 years in office, Chavez routinely challenged the status quo at home and internationally. He polarized Venezuelans with his confrontational and domineering style, yet was also a masterful communicator and strategist who tapped into Venezuelan nationalism to win broad support, particularly among the poor.

Chavez championed democracy and human rights early in his reign, though ultimately he didn't follow through on nearly as much as most would have liked. He nationalized a number of industries including oil companies, and used the profits to help the poor of his country and to provide more access to health care. However, what cannot be ignored is that at the same time, murder in Venezuela increased dramatically, as did police corruption. Chavez had some good ideas, but in the end he hated the idea of democracy and punished and squelched the ideas and rights of others who believed in it.

Throughout his presidency, Venezuela’s economy was plagued by blackouts, food shortages and a lack of investment, as government interventions, from price controls to the seizures of land and companies, squelched private enterprise.

New elections has been announced in 30 day and it will be interesting to see if democracy with Constitutional protections afforded to everyone will occur in Venezuela. 

RIP, Señor Chavez, you will be missed by the common people of Venezuela...

Saturday, March 2, 2013

On The Belize - Guatemala Borderline

On the Belize-Guatemala borderline where over 125 Belizeans decided to clear Belize's defined borderline. The Guatemalan had the presence of the OAS while the Belize Defense Force soldiers observed from a distance as the Belizeans descended on Container Hill.

Transportation from Jalacte Toledo to Santa Cruz Guatemala (borderline).

By Jorge Aldana