Miss Belmopan is crowned as the 73rd Queen of the Bay Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

The 220th Commemoration of the St. George’s Caye Battle was held at the Memorial Park in Belize City on Monday, September 10. Attending the ceremony were Governor General of Belize, Sir. Colville Young; Acting Prime Minister, Hon. Patrick Faber; and a host of other government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, and other invited guests.

Unlike last year’s crowning, which featured a debacle when the Queen designate as well as the runner up were crowned, this year’s crowning was smooth. Queen Aaliyah handed over the sash, cape, scepter, and crown to the Queen designate, Jenny-Lee Cruz from Belmopan.

Before the coronation, Minister Faber took to the crowd and spoke of the importance of the battle of St. George’s Caye. “After September 10th, 1798, there is no record, my friends, of the Spanish coming back to say anything about our settlement of this land. It is also easy to see why the settlers of the time found it imperative to stay and defend such a settlement. Whether you find that what happened at St. George’s Caye in 1798 was a battle or not, what is for certain is that there was a victory on that day that is worth every bit of the homage that we have paid and continue to those who decided to stay and defend. Simply put the Belizean settlers shed their blood for us. We are here because they were here. All of us here today are the inheritors of Belize and we must continue to defend Belize as our ancestors did. If we have to do as they have done, shed our blood to defend Belize, we must be prepared to do it.”

After the official ceremonies it was time to take to the streets and as has become tradition thousands of Belizeans joined in as the music boxes atop trailers swung the mood of Belizeans into merry making.

Belize blank Bahamas in CONCACAF play by the score of 4-0 Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

The CONCACAF Nations League Qualification games continued on Friday 7th September, 2018, across the hemisphere. At the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in the City of Belmopan, Belize’s National Football Team went up against the Bahamas.

The host team made it onto the scoreboard in the 40th minute of play when Deon McCauley scored the country’s 1st goal of the game to give it a 1-0 lead. The lead was further increased when an own goal by Bahamian Jonathan Miller in the 44th minute of play made it a 2-0 game.

The first half of the game ended 2-0 in favour of Belize.

In the second half of the game, rookie footballer Krishawn Lopez made it a 3-0 game when he scored his first of two goals in the 80th minute of play. Lopez’s second goal of the game was scored in the 90+5 minute of play that increased the score to a 4-0 lead and a sure victory for the Belize team.

At the end of the long whistle, Belize was indeed rewarded with a 4-0 victory over the Bahamas.

Belize will now look forward for its Round 2 game against Montserrat which is scheduled for October 14, 2018, in Montserrat.

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San Pedro Pirates edge out the Freedom Fighters in Premier League Competition Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

The Premier League of Belize 2018-2019 Opening Season competition continued on Saturday 8th September, with a single game on its schedule between the San Pedro Pirates and the Freedom Fighters at the Victor Sanchez Union Field in Punta Gorda Town.

In the backmatch game from week two of the competition, the visiting San Pedro Pirates edged out the host team Freedom Fighters by the score of 4-3.

The Freedom Fighters were the first to make it onto the scoreboard when Alexander Peters scored the 1st goal of the game in the 17th minute of play via a penalty kick to give his team a 1-0 lead. However, the lead was short-lived when Mario Chimal scored the equalising goal for the San Pedro Pirates in the 21st minute of play to tie the score at 1-1. The San Pedro Pirates then took the lead when Jose Chimal scored the go-ahead goal in the 33rd minute of play to give his team a 2-1 lead. The lead was further increased when Mario Chimal scored his 2nd goal of the game in the 42nd minute of play for a 3-1 lead.

At the end of the first half of the game, the San Pedro Pirates led by the score of 3-1 over the Freedom Fighters.

In the second half of the game, the visiting San Pedro Pirates picked up where it had left off when Pablo Mendoza scored the 4th goal of the game in the 48th minute of play to give his team a 4-1 lead.

However, the Freedom Fighters did not gave up and chipped away with at the score. Alexander Peters scored his 2nd goal of the game via his second penalty kick in the 78th minute of play to cut the deficit into half. Jaren Lambey then made it a 4-3 game when he scored his team’s final goal of the game in the 87th minute of play.

The competition will continue this coming weekend with four more games on the schedule.

Belize Athletics Association to hold 5K and 10K Road Race Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

The Belize Athletics Association will be holding a 5K and 10K Road Race on Sunday 16 September, 2018. The event will be held on the Marine Parade Blvd.

Registration starts at 5:30am and race will commence at 6:00am. This is an open race for runners 18 years and older.

Runners who finishes in the top five positions will receive cash prizes.

According to the Belize Athletics Association, this is a race in memory of Joseph Carr, one of the top 5K and 10K runners who passed away a few years now.

“2nd Young Belizean Entrepreneur Wins Growing Up CEO Award” Print E-mail
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Ricky GongoraFor two consecutive years, Youth Business Trust Belize received a message stating, "Congratulations! One of your entrepreneurs has been selected for the 2009 Growing Up CEO Program!" Ricardo Gongora, a second year student at St. John’s College Junior College, was this year’s lucky recipient. 

As a winner, Ricardo was invited to a three-day Inner City 100 Summit May 19- 21, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts.  During the Summit, he was exposed to some of the fastest growing companies in America, and had the opportunity to develop relationships with Inner City 100 winners, gain access to world class business education and advice as well as getting to meet national business and civic leaders.  

A specialized track was developed for young inner city business owners like Ricardo where he had the opportunity to attend the CEO Forum at Harvard Business School for a luncheon session with Professor Michael E. Porter and afternoon sessions with other Harvard faculty. He received his "Growing Up CEO Award," at a luncheon with the Inner City 100 and other distinguished guests on Wednesday, May 20. He was also able to present his business at a booth which was viewed by more than 1,000 people who attended the Inner City 100 Awards Dinner.

Youth Business Trust Belize is a program offering young persons, ages 18 to 35, assistance in starting their own businesses. The program offers loan financing, training and the ever important component, mentoring, which guides the young persons’ business on the road to success.

Those who have pledged their commitment to the program, which is being funded by the Inter American Development Bank, have made a serious investment in the future of Belize. The program, which follows the Youth Business International model started by Prince Charles of Wales, boasts of a vast network of about thirty seven countries worldwide. 

YBTB applauds the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) group and Michael Porter for giving young stars around the world the encouragement for reaching their full potential


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