Friday, May 31, 2013

2nd Inspirational Telethon To Raise Funds For Children With Disabilities In Belize

The Special Envoy for Women and Children, Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow and CARE-Belize are once again hosting a nationwide telethon to raise funds to complete and equip the Inspiration Center for children with disabilities in Belize. The telethon will held on Saturday, June, 1st, 2013 at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts in Belize City. 

Construction of center at 1.5 mile on the George Price Highway is well underway and the funds raised this year will be primarily used for the purchase of specialized equipment to provide physical and occupational therapy, medical care, recreational activities and other services catered to the needs of children with disabilities. The center will also serve as a community center with after-school classes for disadvantaged children from the surrounding communities.

The telethon will run from 8am to 6pm at the Bliss and will be simulcast on local TV and radio as well as live streaming on the internet. Belizeans at home and abroad can donate to this by depositing to the center’s bank account, through texting, billing pledges to their BTL accounts, credit card and by purchasing the Inspiration Center T-shirts and hats. 

On June 1, both SMART and BTL customers will be able to access the telethon’s hotline 0-800-INSPIRE (467-7473)

International donors can dial 011-501-227-WISH (9474).

Via Ambergris Today

Monday, May 27, 2013

High Stakes Set The Day For Crooked Tree Village Election

Your vote is your voice

On Sunday, May 26, 2013, village electorates of Crooked Tree Village went to the polls to elect seven new village council members. A total of 1400 residents live in the village, including the councillors who also cast their votes.

The qualifications for chairperson and members per the Elections and Boundries Commission are as follows; you must be a Belizean, you have ordinarily resided in the village for at least one year immediately preceding the elections, and once you are  at least 18 years old you can  qualify. To be able to vote in the election you must be on the official voters list, Belizean by birth or naturalization, be at least 18 years of age and be a resident of the village for a continuous period of not less than two months prior to the elections. If you are a permanent resident the same qualifications apply, but you must show proof that you are a permanent resident of Belize. 
Even the children participated in the process

The day was bright and sunny and the villagers turned out to support their favourite candidates, both slates were for the most part cordial and respectful towards each other. The day started at 9 am with the nomination process which lasted until 10 am. At the end, their were 2 persons vying for chairman and 12 vying for 6 available councilor posts. One protest was filed as to eligibility of Pastor Maurice Westby to participate, but the protest was eventually withdrawn. Voting continued until 3 pm and the counting started at 4 pm. At 6:19 pm the results were announced by the personnel of Election and Boundries. A total of 241 votes were cast out of a possible 450, making it an approximate voter turnout of 54%.

Pastor Maurice taking a break from canvassing voters

Announcing the results

The villagers have spoken and they have elected Mr. Darrell Tillett as Chairman of the village with a total of 131 votes. The other candidates of his slate includes  Dr. Jane Crawford, 155 votes; Dean Tillett, 149 votes; Brandon Gillett, 140 votes; Earl Nicholson, 138 votes; Rev. Maurice Westby, 136 votes; and Roylee Tillett,  who received 123 votes.  

Their counterparts for the opposing side were Steve Perroitt for chairman, 105 votes; Arlene Tillett, 102 votes; Stacy Cadle, 100 votes;  Lawrence Banner, 92 votes; Michael Gladden, 82 votes; Daendra Tillett, 78 votes; and Rubin Crawford, who received 70 votes.

This new chairman and his councillors will sit for a period of three years. The inaugural meeting of the council will take place on Monday, May 27, 2013.
Village Council 2013 - 2016

Congratulations to all the winning candidates!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Village Council Elections Today In Crooked Tree Village

Today is Village Council Elections in Crooked Tree Village. Please come out and vote.

This is the best chance we have to move Crooked Tree Village forward. We have a lot of serious issues in the village and I believe that with this team we can get a new police station and cemetery.

Forget about the plate of beans and rice people, we are worthy of much more!!

Support the Crooked Tree Slate....Dr. Jane Crawford and team!!!

Friday, May 17, 2013

IDAHO: International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia, May 17th

Today, May 17th, is International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHO). 

The day will be commemorated in over 100 countries around the world and will highlight the horrific consequences of homophobia and transphobia on gender and sexual minorities. The horrible consequences of homophobia don't simply affect LGBT's; it has a disastrous effect on all people.

Below is a video from the UN human rights office:

Belize has seen its share of  homophobic intolerance and was especially brought to the forefront on May 6th, 2013, when human rights activist, Caleb Orozco from the organization UNIBAM brought a case against the Attorney General of Belize for  Section 53 of the Belize Constitution that states,  “Every person who has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any person or animal shall be liable to imprisonment for ten years.”
Caleb Orozco and one of his attorneys, Lisa Shoman
Below is Belize’s first lady, Kim Simplis-Barrow shares the following message in support of equality:

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia! I hope you all can spread the word for equality to all humankind to at least one person today!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Belize: Noh Mul Maya Temple Destroyed And Used For Road Fill

Today we learned that a major Mayan Monument had been bulldozed for roadfill aggregate. 7news went to Orange Walk District, near the northern district boundary to find out that Noh Mul – or at least a large part of it – is no more. It’s a stunning development – and Jules Vasquez reports.

Jules Vasquez reporting
Noh Mul. it’s name means the Big Hill but it’s not so big any more, this once towering and stout ceremonial center in San Jose/San Pablo has been whittled down to a narrow core by excavators and bulldozers. Whodunnit? Contractors who’re using the rich gravel and limestone content to fill roads in nearby Douglas Village.

Now, this was the main temple, the ceremonial center for Noh Mul, at about 20 metres among the tallest buildings in Northern Belize - and it’s not centuries old, it’s millennial, thousands of years old and the thought that it’s rich limestone bricks cut with stone tools in the BC era, the thought that this could be used for road fill is a manifest outrage and a particularly painful one for these Archeologists who were called out to the area today. We were there when they first arrived and got their initial emotional reaction:

Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Belize LGBT Anti-Sodomy Law Trial - Caleb Orozco v The Attorney General of Belize

I am speechless!!...This statement is coming from an agent of the Attorney General of Belize. 

"There is no fundamental right to dignity or privacy in Belize!" - Deputy Solicitor General Nigel Hawke representing the Attorney General in Caleb Orozco v The Attorney General of Belize, May 9, 2013. 

Is this the end of freedom?!

The Belize LGBT Anti-Sodomy Law Trial Day - 2

Belize Supreme Court
It’s Day 2 of the constitutional challenge against the Belize sodomy law, Section 53, brought by Caleb Orozco, leader of the United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM). 

By Asa DeMatteo, Ph. D

I entered to an empty court room, now cool and quiet on a beautiful Belize morning.  A beautiful woman comes in alone, sits down in the audience section, clasps her rosary between her two hands and prays silently.  A few minutes later, a priest (I presume; he is wearing a dog collar) then enters and moves toward the the woman.  They embrace. It is clear that this case touches deeply held beliefs on both sides.  But this scene also tells us that there are also deeply held emotions.

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Asa DeMatteo, a clinical psychologist living with his same-sex spouse in San Francisco, is blogging from the courtroom in Belize.

Cashew Festival 2013- Crooked Tree Village, Belize

Somewhere spectacular: Crooked Tree Village. Something delicious: cashew products. What to see: Like minded and interesting people. All of this you can be sure of when attending the annual Cashew Festival.

There is sure to be something for everyone, for all you city slickers and country bumpkins all over Belize...Music, food and exciting events for the kids.

For the full weekend line up of events, please listen to LoveFM Belize or KREM Radio, Belize 

Dates: May 17-19, 2013

  • A Dance
  • Greasy Pole
  • Cultural displays
  • Cashew Roasting & Wine Demonstrations
  • Children Games: Tambola, Mechanical Rides & more!
  • The Cashew Queen Pageant
  • Competitions: Cashew Eating, Cashew Wine Drinking & more!
  • Musical Performances by: Supa G, Blue Steel Sounds, & Sweet Pain Band

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Belize LGBT Anti-Sodomy Law Trial Day-1

The Justice Arrives By Asa DeMatteo, Ph. D

How formal and elegant everyone looks, especially the Chief Justice.  We all rise and bow to the grandeur of the law.

The advocates on both sides are now introducing themselves to the court.  I am disappointed that they have dispensed with the powdered wigs of the English courts, but it is still an extremely handsome group of men and women.
Some minor procedural matters are the first agendum to be discussed.  Some evidentiary documents have not yet been submitted and there is a question of whether they can be obtained before the trial is concluded this week.
On the tables of advocates are stacked with over 20 volumes of documents.