Sunday, April 28, 2013

They Have Earned A Place In The World To Come

A mother in Belize City, Belize has taken the lives of three of her four children. Sources say the children ages 1, 2 and 3 were killed by drowning. A fourth child, age 6 is reported to have escaped. What could have driven the young mother to take the lives of her children? 

Nobody knows what she was feeling. It could be that she was suffering from postpartum depression which is a serious illness. It's time that we confront the dragon, mental illness in Belize!

When a tragic killing like this occurs, immediately lines are drawn between the "good" and "bad". It is important that we take a few moments to fully get a grasp on what actually happened. A lot of us are asking how could a mother who maybe looks normal, do this to her own children?

Rather than jump into a great debate let us pray for her, for those who are crying, and the souls of the departed little children. They have earned a place in the world to come.

"Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because dawn has come."

~Rabindranath Tagore~

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

People’s United Party's Statement Against Guatemala's Unfounded Claim

The Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) of Belize today issued a statement saying that its national executive at a meeting rejected Guatemala’s use of a map on that country’s passport which shows Belize as a part of its territory. 

The official statement says that a future PUP government will deny entry to Belize for any person bearing a Guatemala passport with a map showing Belize as a part of Guatemala. “The Party also urges the present UDP Government to do the same”. 

But the People’s United Party goes further saying that if Guatemala insists on using a map on its passport showing Belize as a part of its territory “then Belize should boycott the meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS) to be held in Guatemala later this year.” And lastly, the PUP says Belize should start looking to friendly nations, especially those in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to stand in solidarity with Belize against this latest affront to our national sovereignty by Guatemala. 

The PUP reiterates that Belize must remain steadfast in rejecting Guatemala’s unfounded claim and maintaining full support nationally and internationally for our territorial integrity.

Via Patrick Jones:

Saturday, April 6, 2013

The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef in Belize

Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System is the largest barrier reef in the Northern Hemisphere. It lies 980 feet from shore and stretches for 25 miles within the country’s limits. The site identified by UNESCO is actually part of one of the largest barrier reefs in the world – the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System that extends from Cancun to Honduras.

One of the most beautiful features of the Belize Barrier Reef system is the “Belize Blue Hole.” 

Popular for scuba diving and snorkeling, the Belize Barrier Reef is quite possibly Belize’s top tourist attraction, as well as being vital to the country’s fishing industry. 

There are almost 450 cays within the barrier reef, and atolls range from small sand spits to permanent islands. Three of these large atolls, Turneffe Island, Lighthouse Reef, and Glover’s Reef, have been settled by locals.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Oil Discovered In Orange Walk District- Northern Belize

The Government of Belize, through The Ministry of Energy, Science & Technology and Public Utilities announced that oil was discovered in the Orange Walk District. 

A press release reads:

"Maranco Energy Belize Limited, on March 30, 2013, discovered an encouraging oil show at the South Canal Bank #1 exploration well in their concession area in the Orange Walk District.
Further and necessary testing is ongoing to determine the commercial potential of the oil show. The Geology and Petroleum Department personnel are on site and are closely monitoring the situation."

According to the Ministry, they will be providing more information about the discovery within a fortnight or as soon as new and additional information is gathered.