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Sarstoon SI repealed - PUP fail to rile up Sarstoon issue Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 May 2016 00:00

sedi and foreign minister.jpg - 50.00 KbAfter weeks of hyping this supposed trip to the Sarstoon River, on Saturday, the PUP failed to deliver on their promise. In addition to that, the Government has since revoked the 30-day Sarstoon Ban. This means they have also missed their window to try to make a political spectacle of the Government trying to ensure that were not bamboozled by persons trying to politicize an important issue.

The reasons they have given to explain the cancelation of the Sarstoon trip is that the Government supposedly leaned on their hired boat captains and intimidated them into backing out. As usual, instead of being straight with the Belizean public, the PUP have to paint themselves as victims to the big bad government.

As readers know,  in order to travel to the Sarstoon River, persons have to make their way to any community near the Toledo coast line, where they must board boats which travel the Caribbean sea down to the mouth of the Sarstoon. The explanation that the PUP have focused on is that supposedly the Government agencies which license these boat captains had been intimidating them, by saying in no uncertain terms that if they facilitated the PUP trip, their tour guide and boating licenses would be in jeopardy. Where’s the proof of this Government tampering? There is no credibility to such an allegation, and it is a distraction to blame the Barrow Administration.

Also, a simple fix would have been to downsize the trip to accommodate some of the party’s members. If Wil Maheia could make it for 2 trips in 2 days, the PUP could have tried for at least one. A more credible excuse would have been that Opposition Leader John Briceño’s father, Eligio Joe Briceño's, health was failing him and that the doctors advised him to remain by his bed side because the final hours were fast approaching.

The PUP has also filed a lawsuit against the now revoked Sarstoon Statutory Instrument. What a waste of the court’s precious time that will be because as was the suspicion, it no longer matters. But, to save face, they will not discontinue the claim.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2016 14:17
 
Taiwan to disburse first installment for Renal Failure Prevention Project to the Ministry of Health Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 May 2016 00:00

tawan.jpg - 628.42 KbBelmopan. May 25, 2016.    The Ministry of Health on behalf of the Government and people of Belize will be receiving the first disbursement of US$34,500 for the capacity building project for the prevention and control of chronic renal failure in Belize at a ceremony to be held at the Best Western Biltmore Hotel on May 30th, 2016 at 9:00a.m.

The “Renal Failure Prevention Project” is a three-year project with a total approved budget of US$2.2 million. It was signed on February 10, 2016 between Belize and Taiwan to treat patients at the early stages of renal failure or kidney disease, ultimately reducing the socio-economic burden to families and to the health system.

Training will be provided to general practitioners and dialysis nurses in Taiwan, while local training programs will be conducted for Case Managers and Community Health Workers in identification and management of risk factors for kidney failure. Furthermore, the project also includes the establishment and launch of a tracking and management system for chronic disease cases in medical facilities.

A Taiwanese joint delegation, headed by the President of Far Eastern Memorial Hospital Dr. Fan-Yue Lin, on an official visit to Belize will be donating 100 dialyzers for hemodialysis to the Ministry of Health during the ceremony.  The delegation that will be visiting from May 24th -30th will meet with officials of the Ministry of Health, Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, La Loma Luz Adventist Hospital and other stakeholders to discuss mutual cooperation in Chronic Renal Failure.

H.E. Ambassador Benjamin Ho, on behalf of the Republic of China (Taiwan) will bestow the first disbursement. Hon. Angel Campos, Minister of State in the Ministry of Health with responsibility for National Health Insurance and Primary Care, will receive on behalf of the Government of Belize.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2016 14:17
 
Condolences Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 May 2016 00:00

78 year-old Eligio Joe Briceño, a two term Area Representative for Orange Walk, passed away at 11:58 p.m., on Saturday, May 21. His son, John, and the entire Briceño family, were at his bedside until the very end. The Briceño family say that “Joe” suffered a stroke some 11 years ago, and that, is believed, started the decline in his health which took its toll this weekend. Briceño has told the press that his father’s death factored into his decision to cancel the Sarstoon trip. To honor his contribution as a former Minister of Government and a former Parliamentarian, the Government held an official funeral on his behalf at La Immaculada Church, in Orange Walk Town.

 
House Speaker helps with easing tensions with Guatemala Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 May 2016 00:00

For the first time in 150 years of the Belize Guatemala territorial dispute, the parliaments of both countries have decided to get involved to try to assist their governments in peacemaking initiatives. This decision was made at the 17th ordinary meeting of the Forum of Presiding Officers of the National Parliaments of Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean Basin (FOPREL).

Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, the Speaker of the Belize House of Representatives is the current vice-president of FOPREL, and Mario Taracena Diaz-Sol, who is the Speaker of the Guatemala Congress, is the President. So, that FOPREL meeting, held in Managua, Nicaragua, gave these two men an opportunity to also discuss Belize-Guatemala relations. Also present were the Speakers and Deputy Speakers of parliaments of El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Costa Rica.

House Speaker Michael Peyrefitte used the opportunity to further Belize’s diplomatic agenda to tell the true story of how 13 year-old Guatemalan Carlos Alvarado Ruano was killed in the Chiquibul by the BDF. The one day meeting resulted in the signing of an agreement between member countries of FOPREL to strengthen good relations and parliamentary friendship among the countries of the region. Specifically agreed to between Peyrefitte and Taracena Diaz-Sol was that the National Assembly of Belize and Guatemalan Congress would work to promote and facilitate the solution to all disagreements involving them through dialogue and parliamentary diplomacy, subject to due process and international agreements.

FOPREL also agreed to encourage Belize and Guatemala to support the ongoing processes between the two countries under the auspices of the OAS. Finally, FOPREL also agrees to encourage the Congress of Guatemala to promptly consider the ratification of the protocol signed between Belize and Guatemala in May 2015, to amend the Special agreement signed in 2008. That May 2015 protocol amendment has been sitting in the Guatemalan Parliament, waiting for ratification for months now. Also, 2 weeks ago, the Guatemalan Congress made the local evening news when they passed a motion to issue a travel advisory asking their citizens not to travel to Belize. That’s after their Government took the worrying - and wrong - interpretation that the BDF hunted down and purposefully killed 13 year-old Guatemalan Carlos Alvarado Ruano. Peyrefitte brought that travel advisory to Mario Taracena, who said publicly that he was not present at the time when the Congress passed that advisory. Taracena has reportedly committed to making his best attempt at tabling a resolution in Congress to remove the advisory. He also committed to speaking to the Guatemala military commanders. The hope is that he will be able to convince them to reduce their military build up on the borders. Peyrefitte was accompanied at the Nicaragua meeting by Eddie Webster, the Clerk of the National Assembly.

 
California Missionaries Bring Gospel, Joy and Supplies to Belize Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 May 2016 00:00

“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” said Jesus Christ to his disciples in Mathew chapter 28 verse 19. This is the Great Commission and all believers are called to adhere. Those who do are called missionaries. They spread the gospel all over the world and their love has saved many troubled societies.

Hundreds, maybe thousands, of missionaries visit Belize each year. They host summer and Easter camps, vacation bible schools, crusades and clinics. Some renovate churches, schools and homes. They come from various religious denominations and as long as they come with clean hearts they are all welcome. However, there are certain mission teams that are ever so slightly more appreciated. Those are the teams that include members with Belizean blood; like the team from Abundant Living Church from Rancho Cucamonga, California that is currently in Belize.

Abundant Living Church has been spreading the gospel all over the world on mission trips for over fifteen years. According to the team’s leader, La Crease Coleman, the mission of the church’s Senior Pastor, Diego Mesa, is “to touch as many people’s lives around the world as possible”. One of the team’s recent mission trip was to poverty stricken Haiti. They ministered to hundreds of people desperately in need of spiritual upliftment and it was a blessing to everyone on the team. One member of that team was Paula Warren-Johnson, daughter of Paul Warren, Belize’s first Honourary Counsul to California. When the church was preparing for this year’s mission trips, she suggested that they come to Belize to fellowship with brothers and sisters from this country and to reach out to communities often neglected by religious leaders.

The team arrived in Belize on Saturday and hit the ground running by travelling to Lucky Strike Village for a revival that evening. There they were pleased to distribute back packs and school supplies to villagers from the area. On Sunday they fellowshipped at sister church, Eagle Nest Church in Belize City. On Sunday afternoon they went to visit the Gungulung area to the back of Lake Independence and did house to house visits. They invited everyone out to a rally at the Complex field at 4 p.m. that evening. There they handed out more backpacks as well as school and hygienic supplies. On Sovereign’s Day they, Monday, they visited the Unity Presbyterian School and Church on Antelope Street Extension where they refurbished the cafeteria and playground area. The final stop on the mission trip was at the Karl Heusner Memorial where they met with C.E.O. Adrian Coye and handed over back and knee braces and other supplies.

The 29 member team enjoyed its work in Belize. It was their first mission trip to Belize but it wont be the last, said Coleman. “We certainly got more from the people that we met than what we gave. The hospitality is unbelievable,” said Coleman. “This has been the best mission trip yet.”

Coleman made those comments before she even had an opportunity to experience the many wonders of Belize that have attracted millions. On Wednesday the team finally had a chance to relax and “Discover how to be” a Belizean visitor. They visited beautiful Placencia and spent some time on pristine waters of this beautiful jewel of ours. 

Abundant Living Church’s next mission trip takes them to Haiti in July.

 


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