26 de junio de 2010


BELIZE CITY – Tropical Storm Alex made landfall late Saturday on Belize's coast, where hundreds of tourists and residents fled low-lying islands ahead of the storm's arrival.

Besides Belize, Alex's torrential rains were drenching Guatemala and Mexico's resort-studded Caribbean coast, where beachgoers were warned to stay out of the water because of rough surf.

The storm, with maximum sustained winds of about 60 mph (95 kph), was expected to weaken as it pushed its way across the Yucatan Peninsula then regain strength later Sunday as it entered the Gulf of Mexico. Alex appeared headed west of the massive oil spill in parts of the Gulf, but meteorologists warned that a storm's track can quickly change.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Alex was centered about 20 miles (30 kms) northwest of Belize City late Saturday evening.

A tropical storm warning was in effect for Belize and Mexico's entire Caribbean coastline up to Cancun.

Belize officials opened storm shelters in the island tourist resort of San Pedro, as some 1,400 people fled for the mainland by plane and by boat. Torrential downpours and heavy winds were reported on offshore islands Saturday afternoon.

Shelters also opened in Belize City, where motorists formed long lines at gas stations and shoppers stocked up on water, canned food and other emergency supplies amid sporadic rain.

Rough seas halted maritime traffic, and Belize City Mayor Zenaida Moya-Flowers went on national radio to urge boaters to make for safe harbor. Nevertheless, she said, emergency plans were well under way and "we are prepared."

A storm surge of 3-5 feet (1-1.5 meters) was expected along the northern coast and offshore islands, national emergency coordinator Noreen Fairweather said.

Moderate rain was falling along Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, and Quintana Roo state authorities said choppy waves made it too dangerous to swim — but otherwise the storm did not pose a significant threat to tourist areas such as Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen and Tulum.

State Public Safety director Miguel Ramos Real said 25 fisherman were evacuated and 17 navy personnel were brought to the mainland from a base on Banco Chinchorro, an atoll off the Mexican coast. Three shelters were opened, and ports were closed to small craft.

Meteorologists predict that Alex will likely lose strength as it passes over the Yucatan Peninsula, before picking up steam again over the Gulf of Mexico.

The latest Hurricane Center forecast puts Alex on a track that would take it through the southwestern Gulf and toward landfall around Veracruz or Tamaulipas state in Mexico — possibly as a hurricane.

Hurricane forecaster Jack Bevens said for now, the storm is not expected to hit the spill that has fouled the Gulf with somewhere between 69 million gallons (261 million liters) and 132 million gallons (500 million liters) of crude.

He noted, however, that it's too early to say with certainty exactly where Alex will go.

The storm has raised concerns over what might happen to containment efforts if oil company British Petroleum is forced to abandon the area for a while. An armada of ships is working in the Gulf.

A cap has been placed over the blown-out undersea well and it is carrying some of the oil to a surface ship where it is being collected. Some of the oil is being brought to the surface and burned. Other ships are drilling two relief wells, projected to be done by August, and are the best hope to stop the leak.

Meanwhile in the Pacific, two storms were far offshore late Saturday night and did not pose an immediate threat to land.

Once-powerful Celia weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph (100 kph), the hurricane center said. The storm should fall apart by Sunday.

Darby, which was also a powerful hurricane, has also weakened to a tropical storm. It's center is about 305 miles (490 kilometers) south-southwest of Zihuatanejo, Mexico.


Associated Press writer Gabriel Alcocer in Cancun, Mexico, contributed to this report.

21 de junio de 2010


The crime rate in Belize City has pummeted over the past months and I guess the question in everybodies minds is "What is the Government doing about it?"

Everyday someone´s daughter or son is murdered cold heartedly and it leaves many families torn to shreds because there seems to be no justice forthcoming.

I lost my husband in Chetumal, eight months ago. He was the victim of a vicious execution in our home. Today the justice department of Chetumal is still no closer to solving the case. So, I know exactly how all these Belizeans who are losing their family members feel when they can get no justice.

What has the world come to? Why are we living in such crude, blood thirsty environment? Why has the world suddenly become a place of blood washing the streets, pavements and our hearts?

I think it is time for us to stand up and demand that justice be served. It is time to see a change in Belize.

Mr.Prime Minister, please take time to see what is happening and get the different bodies involved with justice to do their share so that we can re claim this country before we lose it to crime without punishment. lISTEN TO OUR PLEA. DO YOU JOB AND MAKE THIS ONCE MORE THE LAND OF THE FREE.


20 de junio de 2010


Here´s a greeting for all those fathers who are active in the lives of their children. God Bless and keep you all safe.

16 de junio de 2010


The world's top billionaires, Bill Gates and Carlos Slim, will team up with the government of Spain in a 150-million dollar health initiative for poor people in Central America, including Belize, and Mexico, it was announced here on Monday.

Funds for the "2015 Meso-American Health Initiative" will be shared equally by the three contributors and will go over the next five years to improve maternal health, nutrition, vaccination, anti-dengue and anti-malaria campaigns in the region.

The initiative was announced here Monday by Gates, Slim, Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Spain's Princess Cristina.

In addition to Belize, the health initiative will be put to work in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama.

Gates said it was the first time his US-based Bill & Melinda Foundation has teamed up with Mexico's Carlos Slim Institute, but probably not the last.

Telecom mogul Slim, 50, topped Forbes magazine's world's richest list this year with a 53.5 billion dollar fortune. He bumped Gates, 54, to second place with 53 billion dollars.

10 de enero de 2010


Returned to Corozal on Friday to fine garbage thrown all over my garden. "What the heck?" I thought. "Much be my neighbour´s dog messing with the garbage." However after taking a walk into town yesterday in 68 degrees of wing and drizzle, I realize there was more garbage thrown around in other areas on Ninth Avenue, which is the highway in andout of Belize here in the North. I also later heard some one mention that the garbage situation was a problem in Corozal now as the Town Board and the Garbage Collecting Company were not getting along.

Now come on Mr. Mayor!!! If you will have a fight with this company you need to have a plan B already in place. You need to go back to the system before we had the garbage company!!! YES YOUR TOWN BOARD WORKERS IN THE TRUCK need to get up and go out and pick up the garbage. This is the time of the year when tourist start coming into Corozal for the medical work they do for the next two months. Lets let them see a clean Corozal, please!!!