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Keeping track of Green House gas emissions in Belize Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

The Consultative Group of Experts (CGE) in conjunction with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration and the National Climate Change Office, conducted on Tuesday a hands-on training workshop for the Latin-America and Caribbean Region in the Cayo District. Being discussed since Monday at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel was the institutionalization of data management for national Green House Gas GHG inventory.

The main objectives of the training workshop serves to introduce participants to professional good practices in data management, including governance, quality, archiving and stakeholder engagement and engage the participants in interactive discussions prompting exchange of experiences and lessons learned, group exercises to role play and simulate a scenario of an actual challenge faced by a country and design solutions to address the challenge. Another of the objectives is to provide hands-on exercise to gain first-hand experience of certain data management techniques and tools.

The CGE as a part of its work plan for 2019, has planned to organize three regional hands-on training workshops, including one for the technical experts from developing country parties from the Latin America and Caribbean region. The regional hands-on training workshops are aimed towards enhancing the technical capacity of experts from developing countries to improve their institutional arrangements, including institutionalization of data management for national GHG inventory. The three days training workshop is funded through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat.

Britanny Meighan, Climate Change Officer in Belize informs the Guardian that handling data is one of the biggest challenges for countries of the Region. Mr. Gervais Madzous, Chair of the CGE adds that there needs to be a bridge between data collection and analysis.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 July 2019 12:37
 
Another sporting facility almost completed Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

Back in March 2018, during an Official Visit of Mexican Vice Minister for Latin America and the Caribbean, Luis Alfonso De Alba, ground was broken for a sports center at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex. Readers of the Guardian Newspaper may recall that at the time of the ground breaking, the Project Manager, UNOPS stated, that the contract was a joint venture between Maheias United Concrete & Supplies Ltd, a Belizean construction company as the lead contractor and Grupo Itanime of Guatemala, the company that would produce the steel structure. The total cost was around two point eight million dollars and would provide a state of the art basketball and volleyball arena. A time span of 15 months, was promised for the project. We are almost at that 15 months mark, and the project is just about to be completed. The construction took place without any fanfare. Even though some works could have been seen from afar, it was only persons who had the opportunity to visit Marion Jones Complex over the last year or so really got the opportunity to see the scope of works taking place.

Today we have a marvelous edifice. This new piece of sporting infrastructure is a testament to the cooperation between two neighboring countries. Very soon our athletes will get the opportunity to put the edifice to good use. Once again our people are being given a first-rate sporting facility, where Belizeans would be able to improve their capabilities in order to better compete on the local, regional and international stage. This latest addition to our sporting infrastructure is yet another accomplishment of this United Democratic Party government. Ever since this government came to office back in 2008, it has constantly been improving the existing sporting facilities and building new ones in places where there were none. The additions to sporting infrastructure has paid off tremendously as we have seen our athletes not only performing better on the local stage, but they have also been doing better on the regional and international stage. They have also been able to win many awards for themselves and the country.

There are those persons on the other side of the political spectrum who have said and perhaps continue to say that people can’t eat sporting facilities, but little do they realize that we do have athletes whose performances at these very same sporting venues may be seen by scouts from abroad and could end up landing professional contracts abroad. It has happened before and could happen again. We can very well see more like Norman ‘Tillman’ Nunez, Woodrow West, Dion’ Manu’ Mccauley, Devon Daly, Shane Orio and those other Belizean athletes who have either eaten or continue to eat because of playing sports. There are also those who may not end up getting professional sporting contracts, but they may get athletic scholarships such as the great Clinton ‘Pulu’ Lightburn, Kirk ‘Shabba’ Smith, Fred Garcia, Kaina Martinez and others who those scholarships gave an opportunity to receive a quality education. They eat now because of what sports did for them.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 July 2019 12:38
 
Deputy Mayor of Taipei Pays Courtesy Visit to Mayor of Belmopan Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

On Tuesday, July 16th Mayor Khalid Belisle hosted a luncheon in honor of Dr. Chia-Ji Teng, Deputy Mayor of Taipei and his delegation.  During the luncheon, Mayor Belisle handed over the key to the city to Deputy Mayor Teng. After the luncheon, the delegation was given a tour of Belmopan.

The primary purpose of Dr. Teng’s visit is to continue Taipei’s sister city collaboration with the City of Belmopan. During the visit, the mayors discussed issues relating to emergency response and city security. The Deputy Mayor also extended an invitation to Mayor Belisle to attend the Smart City Summit which will be held in Taipei in August 2019.

In April of this year, Mayor Belisle visited Taipei where he was also given the key to the city by Mayor Ko Wen-je

 
Belize Sugar Industry breaks Production Record Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

The northern sugar industry of Belize, which is comprised of the three farmers associations, ASR Group-BSI and other industry stakeholders, has set a new record for sugar production at Tower Hill Factory, Orange Walk with its 2018-2019 crop. The new record, in an excess of 155,000 metric tons in 214 days of milling, has surpassed the pre-existing sugar production record set in 2016 by more than 12 thousand metric tons.

The cane farmers and mill workers have labored tirelessly until the early hours of Monday, July 15, 2019 to conclude a record cane crop. They have also ground the most cane ever, with more than 1.317 million metric tons passing through the mill.

Celestino Ruiz, Country Manager, considers the year’s production a “landmark crop” and has extended gratitude to the farmers that have contributed to producing and harvesting high quality cane. “With investment now pouring into the factory during the off crop, we are in a strong place to build a sustainable future for all involved in the industry.” BSI has continued to improve and stabilize its direct consumption sugars production and says that the added revenue value generated by these sugars will help to ensure that farmers receive cane prices reflecting sugar values above the global market level.  BSI plans to expand production of value added sugars through its investment projects.

Responding to concerns that the crop closed with some cane left to grind, ASR Vice President Mac McLachlan said that it is estimated at less than 1 percent. “We know that is always regrettable and we hope that the estimation of the crop next year provides the accuracy needed to plan effectively.”

 
Hon. John Saldivar conducts Western tour Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

Minister of National Security the Hon. John Saldivar resumed his tour of the Western District on Friday starting in Succotz Village. He then proceeded unto the San Ignacio Police Station for a lively interaction with police officers. The tour continued with stops at the police stations in Bullet Tree Falls, Santa Familia, Spanish Lookout and a visit and lunch at Camp Belizario in Central Farm.

The Minister of National Security also conducted a southern tour from earlier last week, accompanied by CEO Ret Col. George Lovell, General Steven Ortega, Commander of the Belize Defense Force, Senior Superintendent Linden Flowers and Senior Officials of the Ministry of National Security.

Minister Saldivar’s visit to the San Ignacio Police formation almost coincides with the Change of Command at the Formation.

Officer in Charge of San Ignacio Police Daniel Iche has taken over the command desk at the Belmopan Police Formation telling Belmopan residents “Let us join forces to fight crime.”  Iche has informed that he will continue to seek to work with the Belmopan community.

The new OC of the San Ignacio Police Formation, Henry Jemmott, has also issued a statement and is as follows: One of the keys in preventing crime is being vigilant and know your surroundings and people.

 


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