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Needlessly beating Vital Stats Print E-mail
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Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

Over the past few weeks, the Vital Statistics Unit has been taking a pounding from the People’s United Party, who claims that the unit is ineffective at issuing birth papers to Belizeans. It has gotten so bad that there have been at least two persons, who have come out to say that they are Belizeans but are being denied their right by not being granted their birth document.

On Monday, April 15th, Attorney General, Hon. Senator Michael Peyrefitte squarely grabbed that bull by the horns when he addressed the senate. He spoke specifically of two instances where persons claim that they were denied their birth paper. One of those persons is Alexander Bennett. Now, Bennett’s son claims that his father went to get his birth certificate but was furnished one where his name is recorded as Alejandro Bennett. The gentleman’s son claims that it is an error by the Vital Statistics Office when in reality it happens that Alexander’s name is actually Alejandro but due to common practice that name turned to Alexander. It is a matter that could have easily been resolved through a deed poll. But instead of doing that, Mr. Bennett’s son chose instead to blame the Vital Statistics Office to create political mischief. The reality is that the Vital Statistics Unit had nothing to do with the name mix up.

Senator Peyrefitte then referred to an issue where a man appeared on Channel 5 News claiming that he was being denied a birth paper. Nectaly Ico told the news outlet that he was being given the run around on getting his birth paper and that it could not be found. Senator Peyrefitte explained that Ico had registered two children and during that process he, by his own admission, stated in registering his children told the Vital Statistics Unit that he was born in Peten, Guatemala. It then would be a futile exercise for anyone to try to locate his birth paper here in Belize when in fact he was born in Guatemala. Senator Peyrefitte expanded his explanation stating that there have been a total of 1,303 persons, who have been denied their birth papers for various reasons. Of those he noted 80% come from the southern part of the country. He then quantified his argument with some alarming statistics. He said that of those rejected there were at least 70 who actually placed in their application forms that they were actually born in Peten, Guatemala, yet they were seeking to get a Belizean passport.

 
Bandits Sport wins against Police United FC in Closing Season game Print E-mail
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Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

The Premier League of Belize 2018-2019 Closing Season competition is fast winding down with only one more week of play in the regular season.

Over the last week of play, both the defending champions Bandits Sport and its arch nemesis Verdes FC, remained in contention with both picking up much needed wins.

On Saturday 13th April, at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan, the defending champions Bandits Sport blasted the visiting Police United FC by the score of 4-1.

In the first half of the game, the defence for both teams did not allowed any goals to score and went into the intermission dead locked at 0-0.

It was not until well into the second half of the game that the host team Bandits Sport was the first to make it onto the scoreboard when Daniel Jimenez scored the 1st goal of the game in the 61st minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. That lead was then increased when Trimayne Harris scored his team’s 2nd goal of the game in the 65th minute of play for a 2-0 lead. The lead was further increased when Trevor Lennan scored his team’s 3rd goal of the game in the 78th minute of play for a 3-0 lead. However, the visiting Police United FC finally made it onto the scoreboard when Marlon Meza scored his team’s only goal of the game via a penalty kick in the 86th minute of play to cut the deficit to two goals to bring the score to a 3-1 game.

Georgie Welcome then made it a 4-1 game when he scored the Bandits Sport final goal of the game in the 90th minute of play for the win.

Meanwhile, at the Michael Ashcroft Stadium in Independence Village, the visiting Verdes FC also returned to its winning format when it defeated the host team Assassins Altitude by the score of 3-1.

The host team Assassins Altitude FC was the first to make it onto the scoreboard when Andres Orozco scored his team only goal of the game in the 51st minute of play via a penalty kick that give his team a 1-0 lead. However, that lead was short-lived as the visiting Verdes FC tie the score at 1-1 when Elroy Smith scored his first of two goals in the 60th minute of play via a penalty kick.

Verdes FC then took a 2-1 lead when Elroy Smith scored his 2nd goal of the game in the 83rd minute of play via another penalty kick. The lead was further extended when Desmond Wade scored his team’s 3rd goal of the game in the 89th minute of play for the big win.

The Closing Season competition then continued on Sunday 14th April with two more games on the schedule.

At the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town, the hottest team in the Premier League of Belize, the BDF FC edged out the league’s leading San Pedro Pirates FC by the score of 2-1.

The visiting BDF FC was the first to make it onto the scoreboard when Kyle Budna scored the 1st goal of the game to give his team a 1-0 lead.  The lead was then extended when Camilo Sanchez who for all intent and purpose seems to be the most prolific goal scorer on the team scored his team’s 2nd goal of the game in the 36th minute of play for a 2-0 lead and what proved to be the winning goal.

It was not until the closing minutes of the game that the San Pedro Pirates were able to make it onto the scoreboard when Luis Mencias scored his team only goal of the game in the 84th minute of play to cut the deficit into half. But it was too little too late.

And at the Victor Sanchez Union Field in Punta Gorda Town, the Freedom Fighters defeated Wagiya Sporting Club by the score of 5-3.

The Freedom Fighters were the first to make it onto the scoreboard when Mathew Ricketts scored the 1st goal of the game in the 8th minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. The lead was increased when Jaren Lambey scored the 2nd goal of the game in the 9th minute of play for a 2-0 lead. The visiting Wagiya Sporting Club then made it a 2-1 game when Highking Roberts scored his 1st of 3 goals in the 19th minute of play for a 2-1 game.

The Freedom Fighters lead was further increased when Tyler Peters scored his goal in the 21st minute of play for a 3-1 lead. Highking Roberts then made it a 3-2 game when he scored his 2nd goal of the game in the 27th minute of play to bring Wagiya SC within a goal of tying the score. The Freedom Fighters maintained its lead in the game when Jaren Lambey scored his 2nd goal of the game in the 30th minute of play for a 4-2 lead. Once again, the visiting Wagiya SC made it a 4-3 score when Highking Roberts scored his 3rd goal of the game in the 41st minute of play to bring his team once again within a goal of tying the score.

The first half of the game ended in favour of the home team Freedom Fighters by the score of 4-3.

However, in the second half of the game, Tarel Flores scored his team’s 5th and final goal of the game to give his team the 5-3 victory.

The final week of the regular season will be played over the Easter weekend.

 
Verdes Basketball grabs win and number1 seed into playoffs Print E-mail
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Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

On Friday night Verdes hosted Belmopan Bandits at the Sacred Heart College Auditorium in an attempt to clinch the number 1 seed going into the playoffs. Verdes jumped out to an early 27 – 14 first quarter lead which they never relinquished, dominating the game and winning 112 – 57.  Kris Frazier was the high man for Verdes with 27 points and 21 rebounds in only 21 minutes while rookie Kyron “Tut” Molina had the best game of his young NEBL career with 13 points and 4 steals.  Jamal Harris and Richard Troyer netted 12 points each while Travis Lennan and Andew “Bynum” Ortiz finished with 11 and 10 points respectively and Davis Guzman grabbed 11 rebounds and scored 8 points. Belmopan Bandits was led by Kyle Pascascio with 12 points as he was the only player to crack double-digit scoring for his team.

Hurricanes remain in playoff hunt by defeating Running Rebels in Orange Walk

Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes travelled up north to take on the Running Rebels in Orange Walk Town. The visiting squad had a 44 – 36 lead at the half which was cut to only 2 points, 63 – 61 going into the fourth and final quarter.  In the final quarter Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes was able to secure control of the game and lock in the much needed 88 – 72 win.  Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes was led by Tyrie Ososco who tallied a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds while Devin Daly also finished with 17 points to go with 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Akeem Watters and Raheem Thurton netted 16 and 13 points respectively.  Julien Travis was the top scorer for the Orange Walk Running Rebels with 19 points while Isaiah Thomas finished with 17 points and 5 dimes.

San Pedro Tiger Sharks edges Defenders out west; clinches playoff spot

Sold as the game of the week due to its playoff significance, the game between San Pedro Tiger Sharks and Belize City Defenders surely lived up to its hype. San Pedro High School Auditorium was unavailable on Saturday night, so in a strange twist, manager Rico Black decided to host their home game all the way out west at the Sacred Heart College auditorium in San Ignacio Town on Saturday night. Defenders grabbed a 19 – 17 lead at the end of the first quarter, but San Pedro was able to go into the half with a 42- 36 advantage. At the end of the third quarter Tiger Sharks had a 9 point lead after which they opened the lead in the early fourth quarter to grab the 79 – 61 victory.  San Pedro Tiger Sharks was led by Martevious Adams who had the game high with 26 points to go with 7 rebounds while Jihad Wright tallied 12 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Kurt “Chengo” Burgess finished with the game high 15 rebounds. In a losing effort, Nigel Jones netted 20 points to go with 13 rebounds and 3 steals and Matthew Young tallied 16 points and 12 rebounds. With the loss, Belize City Defenders has been eliminated from playoff contention.

Orange Walk ends season with win over Griga

On Sunday afternoon Griga Dream Ballers hosted their last regular season game as Orange Walk Running Rebels travelled down south to the culture capital for the last game of their season as well.  In a back and forth game that had no playoff implications for either team, Orange Walk Running Rebels was able to end their season on a strong note, leaving Griga with a 72 – 70 victory. Orange Walk Running Rebels was led by Isaiah Thomas who had the game high with 23 points while Earl “Bolo” Johnson and Roger Reneau finished with 13 and 12 points respectively.  Delvon Henderson was the top scorer for Griga Dream Ballers with 15 points to go with 17 rebounds and 9 blocked shots, falling 1 block shot away from a triple double.  Jamal Kelly also finished with 15 points while Quinton Bowen and Edgar Mitchell chipped in 10 points apiece.  Mitchell also tallied a double-double with 11 assists.

Verdes and Griga Dream Ballers have clinched home court advantage in the first round of the three-game semi-final series of the playoffs.  Only 2 games remain in the NEBL regular season and the results of both games will determine who is the #3 and #4 seeds going into the playoffs.  The playoffs tip-off on Friday, April 26.

Playoff Scenarios

Verdes (10 – 1) – has clinched the #1 seed going into the playoffs

Griga Dream Ballers (8 – 4) – has clinched the #2 seed going into the playoffs.

San Pedro Tiger Sharks (7 – 4) – has clinched a playoff spot and can clinch the #3 seed if they win their last game versus Verdes on Thursday night or if Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes loses to Belize City Defenders on Wednesday night.

Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes (6 - 5) – has clinched a playoff berth and can clinch the #3 seed if they win their last game versus Belize City Defenders and if San Pedro Tiger Sharks loses their last game versus Verdes.

Belize City Defenders (4 – 7) – has been eliminated from playoff contention

Belmopan Bandits (3 – 9) – has been eliminated from playoff contention

Orange Walk Running Rebels (2 – 10) - has been eliminated from playoff contention.

Wednesday Night at 8:30 p.m.:  Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes vs. Belize City Defenders at the Civic Centre in Belize City

Thursday Night at 8:00 p.m.:  Verdes vs. San Pedro Tiger Sharks at the Sacred Heart College Auditorium in San Ignacio Town

 
Beach Volleyball third stop comes up on Easter weekend in Caye Caulker Print E-mail
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Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

The Belize Volleyball Association’s Beach tournament third stop comes up this Easter weekend at the Palapa Garden in Caye Caulker.

The third stop will take place on Easter Sunday 21st April and on Easter Monday 22nd April, 2019, commencing at 9:00 am.

The Beach Volleyball tour is a 2x2 Male Tournament.

The association informs interested Beach Volleyballers that Registration deadline for this male only event is April 19.

For more information or to register, call 632-5226 or 610-5226.

 
“2nd Young Belizean Entrepreneur Wins Growing Up CEO Award” Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 May 2009 16:17

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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