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| 13 Bowen and Bowen employees sacked
Employer says their “services are no longer needed”, but workers believe they are being targeted and are seeking intervention of Labour Dept.
Late yesterday evening, 13 employees who did not show up to work for two days in protest of an adjustment in their terms of employment that was recently implemented by their employer, Bowen & Bowen Ltd., were laid off by the company.
The group of workers – primarily deliverymen— were reluctant to sign the new work contracts issued by the company, believing that their eligibility for holiday pay, commission and benefits would be severely cut.
Apparently, the company concluded, after the employees were absent for two days that those workers had abandoned their posts without proper notification, and so they were replaced and presented with termination letters which informed them that their services were no longer required.
Today, Amandala met some of the affected employees at the Labour Department in Belize City, where they had initially gone to contest the terms of the new work contract.
Kevin Garbutt, who said that he has worked at the beverage company for 8 years, told us that they were given a new contract to sign, but they refused to do so. He said, “We didn’t sign because they were not going to pay us overtime and for holidays, which is due by law, so we got together and took it to management, but they refused to hear from us and decided to terminate us even though we have our doctor papers.”
According to Marlon Dubon, a delivery assistant, a main concern of theirs had been their overtime pay, which they feared would be limited. He added that, “Also, our commission changed from 14 cents to 4 cents for sidemen; for drivers it was 20 cents, now it’s 7 cents and that’s a dramatic reduction.”
Although the company maintains that it had not actually reduced the remuneration the workers would be receiving, but had only restructured it, the workers claim that no consultations were held by the company to guide them through the new terms and conditions so that they could have properly understood its impact.
The workers claimed that they had not yet received any termination letters and actually learned about their terminations last night through the media.
The employees therefore marched over to the Labour Department this morning in hopes of finding a listening ear for their concerns.
Although they were disgruntled, some of the workers said that they would still want to be reinstated at the company if possible.
This afternoon, we contacted Christelle Wilson, Public Relations Officer and Internal Legal Counsel at Bowen and Bowen, who told us that the company had a scheduled meeting with the Labour Department today after the employees were presented with their termination letters.
She noted that only one person signed the termination letter, which stated that they were terminated on the grounds that their services were no longer required.
Wilson explained that when the employees failed to show up for work, other people were hired in their place and stated that all payments and benefits as prescribed by the law will be paid to the terminated employees.
| Catholic Bishop opposes “20,000 Strong” march
Churches fear march is part of a “wider agenda” for “abortion and same-sex relations”
Plans for an unprecedented “20,000 Strong” march for women—in commemoration of Women’s Month observed every March—were met with resounding opposition from the most powerful church in Belize, the Roman Catholic Church, which issued a rare caution to its membership about the event, on suspicion that the move to have women rally behind the women’s empowerment banner is part of a wider agenda to get them onboard with changing gender norms, including the promotion of abortion and same-sex relations.
The march is one of the highlights of Women’s Month, which Anthony “Boots” Martinez, Minister of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation, said, in a printed message in commemoration of the celebration, is “a time to pause to celebrate the achievements of women in their quest for gender equality.”
Before the controversial 2013 Gender Policy came into effect, such a statement would not have elicited a strong response, but against the backdrop of a new gender policy which makes clear provisions to accommodate genders other than male and female, and which acknowledges the lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transsexual (LGBT) community and rights for which they have been lobbying, the temperature of the conversation has changed.
In fact, Bishop Dorick Wright, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, the leading church in Belize – which does not believe in the ordination of women priests, although the Anglicans in Belize do – issued a statement this week saying that the 20,000 Strong march and rally does not speak to the complementary roles of men and women, as taught by the church, and furthermore that the National Women’s Commission (NWC), one of the coordinators for the event, promotes values which contradict church and moral teachings as they relate to respect for human life, family, marriage and human sexuality.
“It is very disappointing that the Roman Catholic Church is attempting to ascribe extraneous motives to this event that is intended simply to honor and uplift women,” Special Envoy for Women and Children Kim Simplis-Barrow said in a written statement yesterday.
“Obviously, the church was misguided; they were misinformed. It was unfortunate,” she told Amandala at today’s rally, just before her speech in which she called for a new revolution in which “bembe” women should show their power – not in an overbearing way, but with dignity.
Simplis-Barrow was introduced at today’s rally by Imani Fairweather-Morrison of the Oak Foundation in Belize. Morrison has highlighted the leading role of women within Belize’s conservation community.
Barrow told us that today’s rally had nothing to do with promoting the LGBT cause: “The rally has happened, and we have shown that it has nothing to do with what they are talking about,” she told us.
Simplis-Barrow told us that the statement issued by Bishop Wright caused several schools which had already confirmed their participation in the event, to back out.
Wright told us Wednesday that he wants to make one thing clear: “I never asked people not to attend [the march and rally]. That’s up to them,” he said.
Simplis-Barrow this morning led the 20,000 Strong march from the Memorial Park to the Marion Jones Sports Complex in Belize City, culminating in a spirited rally at which several leading women speakers championed the call for gender equality and women’s empowerment.
“It was an inspiring day…” the Special Envoy told us, reflecting on how moved she felt to see so many women converge from around the nation to participate.
Women participated from all walks of life, among them high-ranking and junior officials of the Belize Defence Force – of which only 5% are women – who were asked by the Ministry of National Security to support the venture by Mrs. Barrow. The force’s highest-ranking female officer, Captain Lydia Guerra, was among the 30 women officers present, along with some of their male colleagues, dressed in their “20,000 Strong,” bright orange T-shirts.
When we asked the Special Envoy for an estimate of how many people participated, at the day’s peak, she told us that she could not say.
Not everyone who came in the bus convoys came for the event. We met a pair of teen girls from a southern village who just came for the ride to the City, but who planned on leaving the event to spend time with relatives here. Students from a Southside school in Belize told our newspaper that they were told they had to go to the march/rally. We were told that some school wardens were also told by an official in the Ministry of Education that they had to go.
Laurent Arnold, teacher at Gales Point Methodist School, came of her own volition. She told Amandala that she woke up about 4:00 a.m. to leave Mullins River so she could arrive in Dangriga in time. From there, she made her long journey to Belize City.
Belize can’t do without women, said Arnold, who was wearing the bright orange T-shirt printed especially for the day’s event, which said on the back: “Imagine a Belize without women!”
Arnold said that women should have more freedom to work in jobs that are still not being opened to them – and they also need to get more opportunities in politics.
She wants to see more investment in, and change for, women, especially more job opportunities. Currently, the Gales Point youth are getting help with entrepreneurial projects through the National Kriol Council and Arnold thinks that such programs should be done in her village as well.
As for this year’s theme for Women’s Month: “Investing in change: Honoring, Respecting and Celebrating Women and Girls!” Bishop Wright said, “I don’t have anything against that. I think women deserve to be respected and so on. Still, there are still cases in which women are not respected – but we have to be careful that those planning have more than that in mind…”
Bishop Wright told Amandala that his message to their wider membership is “to be careful about who is organizing” the event, because the church was trying to obtain an agenda of the event to find out what the organizers planned to do, to no avail.
Towards the end of today’s rally, Janelle Chanona, who recently took over from Audrey Matura-Shepherd as the new vice president of Oceana in Belize, unveiled the work plan for the Special Envoy’s office. Chanona said that the idea is to highlight and reignite the role of women in national development, and promote the involvement of more girls in sports, as well as an equalization of imbalances that still exist: some of them as basic as the disparity in prizes women receive when compared with their male counterparts. According to Chanona, the work also entails general capacity-building and legislative reform.
She announced that there will be high-level strategic planning sessions between Government and civil society partners, including churches and NGOs, to develop a national multi-year agenda for advancing the rights of women and improving family life in Belize.
Chanona also said that there will be a comprehensive assessment of laws for women’s rights, to advocate for necessary amendments such as support for survivors of domestic violence.
Belize Action, a local consortium of faith-based groups and supporters, issued a statement this week, saying that while they fully support efforts to curb “inequality between the sexes” and how that relates to “equal pay for equal work” and the eradication of domestic violence and discrimination against women, there is more on the agenda of those who sponsored today’s rally and march.
“They always try to twist it to say we’re not supporting these areas, which is simply not true! We must sound the trumpet on the fact that this 20K march is the implementation of the Gender Policy!! That is why the Catholic Church is not endorsing it! Neither is Belize Action and any others who discern through the smoke screen, the hidden agenda behind it. Enough on that…” Belize Action’s statement said.
In his Women’s Month message, Human Development and Social Transformation Minister “Boots” Martinez said that, “As Belizeans, it is the imperative that we ensure that women are respected, valued and enjoy their human rights and freedoms. This has not always been a smooth journey, and we acknowledge that the changing environments pose new challenges to the achievement of gender equality.”
Today the official definition of those human rights and freedoms has been expanded to include those who proclaim a sexual identity other than male and female – a point of major contention for the main faith-based groups in Belize.
Bishop Wright posed this question: “Why can’t they [the women activists] get things organized with men and women? Why it has to be only women? If we are having family, it’s men and women.”
One of today’s speakers expressed the view that women can act independently of men.
While Bishop Wright is promulgating the gender norms in the Hebrew/Messianic Scriptures, there are those who believe that the gender issue is not such a big deal.
In fact, some of the people we interviewed today told us that they really have no issue with a man who wanted to express himself as a woman, and who may show up at such a Woman’s Month event attired as a woman, claiming it to be his month, too.
“To each his own…” Kenneth Middleton, a BTL worker, told us on the sidelines of today’s march, when we sought his comments.
He said that he supports today’s initiative because there are many abused women, and he does not think the church has a valid concern.
“I think that we need to listen more to the women and I think we need as men, to respect women. It’s what you put in, you will get out. If you put in respect, you will get respect,” said Middleton, married for over two decades.
Inside today’s rally, several speakers had their time in the limelight. The emcee was popular comedian Lauren Burgess, who said, jokingly: “Woe unto men!” and who urged women to stop allowing men to use their bodies like they do a hotel. Several of the main speakers focused their talks on the socio-economic advancement of women.
“Think about the three C’s of life: choices, chances, changes,” said Sandra Bedran, general manager of Atlantic Bank.
“You must make a choice to take a chance, or your life will never change. We are all afraid of the unknown, and discussions about change make us anxious. Change usually requires sacrifice – the giving up of free time to study or attend training sessions, making new acquaintances and learning new skills. Change simply puts us outside of our comfort zone,” she said, emphasizing the need for decisions that will have a positive impact on self, family and community.
Yadira Diego, a self-employed mother of Dangriga who was at the rally with her siblings, said that what touched her most at the rally was the testimony by Jennifer Lopez, who spoke about her tragic past and not having the love of her mother. It has reminded her that she should cherish the love she has.
“If we are in a good family, with love, we cherish it and try to train our children the same way,” Diego said.
“Let us not continue coming together in wakes and funerals—no màs! No màs!” said Patty Arceo, a former PUP parliamentarian for Belize Rural South, who spoke of the need for more tangible involvement of women in the political decision-making – not just making the rice and beans for the political events.
“Our liberation, our equality will never be handed to us. We have to take it, because it is our fundamental right given to us by our Creator – let us therefore lift up each other instead of bringing each other down,” said Rosanna Briceño, career educator and wife of Orange Walk Central area representative for the Opposition People’s United Party, Johnny Briceño.
“Partnership and unity have always been core values of our approach and we will remain open to genuine dialogue and working with the church to empower women in our society,” yesterday’s statement from the Special Envoy said.
It is unclear whether the churches will take up the Special Envoy on that offer. From our conversation with Bishop Wright, it was clear, however, that the church remains resolute in its opposition to the 2013 Gender Policy – the advancement of which some still believe to be behind today’s event and the ensuing programs announced by Chanona. Bishop Wright told us that he does not consider it a lost cause, and he said that so long as that policy remains in place, they will continue to advocate for what is right.
There have been reports that the tab for today’s 20,000 Strong is as high as $271,000. We asked Kim Simplis-Barrow today what the budget was and she said she could not quote us a figure.
“I know a lot has been said about the budget. At this point, I don’t really know, because we got a lot of in-kind donations, but I know a lot of rumors have been going around about $271 [thousand]… that’s not true, and we will deal with that down the road,” Barrow told us.
She said that government funding was a small percentage, and most of the financing came from international organizations which support women’s causes, which she had rallied for funding.
| Brother and sister die 28 hours apart
Lennox Garbutt was on his way to bury sister when he had a fatal traffic accident
Double tragedy has struck the Garbutt family of Corozal – with the deaths of two siblings of the family occurring within 24 hours of each other.
Special Constable Loneth Ferguson died first at about 1:30 Monday morning after a bout of illness at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, and then her brother, Lennox Garbutt, 43, according to reports, died at about 1:30 Tuesday morning at the scene of an accident he had – he was travelling from Corozal to Belize City to make preparations for her funeral and make other arrangements in connection with her death.
The traffic collision in which Garbutt was involved took place between Miles 6 and 7 on the Philip Goldson Highway. He was officially declared dead at about 5:30 a.m., at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.
Garbutt was driving his Toyota Corolla car with L/P CZL-C- 027302, in which Gary Williams, 34, a laborer of 11- 6th Street, Corozal Town was a passenger, when a head-on collision occurred between the Corolla and a Sebring Touring car, being driven at the time by Steven Wade, 23, an employee of the Ministry of Health, who resides on Water Lane in Belize City. As a result, Garbutt suffered massive injuries to his left foot, chest, right arm and hip.
Police said the Sebring was travelling from Belize City to Ladyville.
Williams, who was in the front passenger seat, was uninjured, while Steven Wade received a cut wound on the forehead.
Garbutt and Wade were taken to the KHMH, where Garbutt died while doctors were trying to help him.
Superintendent Chris Noble, Commander of Belize District Rural Police, told reporters that investigations are being carried out into the collision. He said that there are many unknowns, but the investigation will reveal what happened and who was at fault.
Doctor Mario Estradabran conducted a postmortem on the body of Lennox Garbutt about 3:30 yesterday afternoon at the KHMH, and certified that his death was due to traumatic shock due to multiple trauma as a result of a road traffic accident.
Lennox Garbutt will be remembered as the Corozal citizen who had been fighting against what he considered an act of injustice by his area representative and the Lands Department when his plot of land had been taken away and given to someone else.
Garbutt had made media rounds to highlight the injustice done to him.
In response to Garbutt’s claim, the Chief Lands Officer had said that the land had been taken away from him legally, and handed over to another person who was in a position to carry out development that he, Garbutt, could not achieve.
Police said that Loneth Ferguson was a senior Special Constable who was once a prison officer. She was among the prison officers who were transferred to the Police Department to start the Special Constable Unit of the police, and she continued to serve in the capacity of Special Constable until her death. She was the mother of four, and is also survived by her husband, Special Constable Gerald Smith.
| Belize to establish drug court
Attention of people in authority needs to be focused on youth
Dianne Finnegan, coordinator of the Youth Apprenticeship Program, announced last week on the final edition of The Adele Ramos Show that Belize is progressing towards the establishment of a drug court, with assistance from the Organization of American States (OAS).
Finnegan said that while the initiative is still a work in progress, sending youth involved with drug crimes to a specialized drug court, which would stream them into rehabilitation centers as opposed to prison, would help young people achieve the kind of recovery they need to be reintegrated into their communities.
Abdulmajeed Nunez, a counselor at Stella Maris School formerly employed at Belize Central Prison, said he would go so far as to say that 70% of crimes committed in Belize are drug-related. That is because crimes are committed either to get the drug – such as robbery, burglary or murder – or committed in drug-induced states, he said.
Nunez recalled a conversation he had with Magistrate Sharon Fraser and Fermin Olivera in their social work and law class, when, he said, they were doing case vignettes of how to deal with certain situations. He commented, based on what he has learned, that, although the law makes provision for a magistrate to sentence a person to drug rehab, how can they do that if we do not have any such certified center in Belize?
He said that when it comes to juvenile justice centers in Belize, only the Princess Royal Youth Hostel is certified. Wagner’s Youth Facility, to which youth who run into trouble with the law are sent, is not – it is jail, and Nunez is of the view that young people, some of whom are there on drug-related charges, cannot be rehabilitated in an environment where seasoned criminals have access to those juveniles.
Finnegan said that the rehab centers to which the drug court would send young offenders would have to meet international standards, and the OAS is investing a lot into ensuring high standards and quality.
Youth would be subject to continuous monitoring and evaluation, and would eventually be able to access the Youth Apprenticeship Program, which would help them to become transformed, gainfully employed and reintegrated into society.
Nunez also recalled a proposal for a first offenders program which would give youth a chance to start again with a clean slate – a welcomed initiative given how hard it is for persons with a criminal record to get a job or to travel outside of Belize.
“If [authorities] wanted it bad enough, it could have happened but oftentimes we are eager to condemn and eager to punish,” Finnegan said.
Finnegan emphasized the need for youth to have a sense of identity and purpose.
“All the shooting that is happening, it does not necessarily have to do with drugs, but it has to do with identity. It has to do with the loss of self within a system that is centered on something else other than the focus on you so,” she said.
She added that, “The problem is, who should be listening aren’t listening. It is important then that those who can tap into that and say, ‘Let’s try it,’ [act]. All of us cannot be saying the same thing and nothing is done to minimize some of the problems our people are facing within society, especially young people.”
| Blazin’ Reggae Showdown at Bird’s Isle this Sunday
Initiative is aimed at raising funds to help support various feeding programs
Community members and reggae lovers in particular are being invited out to Bird’s Isle this Sunday, March 9, to support a worthy cause, while enjoying a variety of reggae music from 4:00 p.m. until midnight.
The event, dubbed “Blazin’ Reggae Sunday”, will feature a host of local deejays who will be providing the audience with a mixture of both old and new reggae songs, and the subsequent proceeds will be used to assist in the administration of some much-needed feeding programs which are conducted to help disadvantaged schoolchildren in Belize City.
Today, Amandala spoke with two of the organizers, Anthony “Tony G” Grant and Deon “Ras Pitta” Pitter, who told us about the show and about their intent to make it a monthly event.
“We are putting together a show called Blazin’ Reggae Sunday and it’s a kickback from my show on KREM called ‘Blazin’ Reggae Vibes’ which is aired from Monday through Thursday from 5:00 a.m. until 6:30 a.m.”, Grant said.
He added, “We are doing the show to lend a hand to the different feeding programs such as Dara’s, Ebenezer’s, Timmy Stamp’s, and Mutty’s. As time goes on, we hope to reach out to more people.”
Tony G said that he, along with other popular selectors such as the Mad Rocka, Ras Buck, Mistah Geeh, System One, Lindy D, Ras Cas Sounds, DJ Blacks and Stone Jam will be playing strictly reggae music of all genres for a complete 8 hours – from late afternoon straight up until midnight.
Well-known activist, Ras Pitta, said that the idea came about after discussions between himself and Grant regarding the fact that many of the feeding programs in the city are normally faced with overwhelming financial burdens. “We can’t give much, but we just want to help to sustain some of Belize City’s feeding programs so that they can continue feeding the children who go to school hungry on a daily basis,” he said.
Tony G and Pitta said that they are depending on the unwavering support of the public so that they could hopefully be able to seek out other feeding programs to assist. “That’s the whole aspect of the Blazin’ Reggae Sunday show”, Pitter told us.
The entrance fee for the event will be $7.
| Gwen Liz girls overpower Nazarene High
Gwen Liz girls overpower Nazarene High, 8-3, in Central Zone high school softball semifinal;
Ashley Lucas of Gwen Liz vs Amber Wade of Ladyville Tech in Finals on Friday
Gwen Lizarraga High girls softball team coach Keith Madril was worried about “making team,” but otherwise exuded confidence going into this evening’s clash with regular season #1 seed Nazarene High.
In Monday’s playoff first round, Nazarene High had gotten their first taste of defeat, when they fell to #2 seed Ladyville Technical, 6-5; and it was older sister Amber Wade on the mound for Ladyville Tech who took the victory over baby sister Elma, pitching for Nazarene.
#3 seed Gwen Liz girls had made light work of #4 seed Wesley on Tuesday, crushing them 15-4, so today they got their chance against Nazarene to earn a spot in the finals on Friday against Ladyville Technical.
Gwen Liz coach Madril confessed that his team lost to both Ladyville Tech and Nazarene in regular season games because he made some tough decisions with problem players, whom he promptly benched for coming to games late or not showing up at all. His biggest worry was having power pitcher Ashley Lucas protected by her reliable battery-mate Tyra Moreira. 9 players were needed to field a team and avoid a forfeit, and with the teams about to take the field, only 8 were in the Gwen Liz dugout. At the last moment, Tyra appeared at the Rogers Stadium gate, and that effectively sealed the fate of Nazarene High this evening.
Gwen Liz star pitcher Ashley Lucas was visibly “having a ball” on the mound today, as the nimble Tyra Moreira was behind the plate, and Ashley could “let it fly” without fear of the ball getting away. Nazarene hitters battled courageously, but were simply overpowered by the speed of Ashley’s pitches. Coach Alden Wade of Nazarene kept exhorting his batters to adjust their swing to try and “get ahead” of the pitches, but to no avail. Ashley had her way, and runs were scarce today for Nazarene.
The final score was 8-3 in favor of Gwen Liz girls over Nazarene girls; winning pitcher – Ashley Lucas, and the loser – Elma Wade.
Tomorrow in the finals for the Central Zone championship, big sister Amber Wade (she is smaller in body than Elma) will be on the mound for Ladyville Technical, trying to avenge her sister’s loss today, as they take on the intimidating Ashley Lucas on the mound for Gwen Liz High. Tyra Moreira strained her leg sliding into third base today. If it bothers her tomorrow, Ashley might have problems on the mound, and she will need to be at her best against Amber Wade and the Ladyville Technical girls.
Torrential rains came down about a quarter after six this evening, so the male game was rained out. Sports Coordinator Barbara Cadle informed us that the boys game between SJC and Wesley will be played at 2:00 p.m. tomorrow if the field is playable. After that, it will be the two championship games, first the females, featuring Gwen Liz vs Ladyville Tech, and then the males, with Nazarene High taking on the winner between SJC and Wesley.
| Man shot in the face in Burrell Boom was Belize City resident
43-year-old says he was attacked by a “vigilante” mob
Earlier this week, we reported on a shooting which had taken place in Burrell Boom whilewherewhen a mob of villagers were in pursuit of a thief or thieves who had burglarized the home of Chad Gillett.
Based on information we had received at the time, we were told that it was a fellow resident of Burrell Boom who was shot; however, Amandala understands that the shooting victim was 43-year-old Belize City resident, Giovanni Berry.
Berry was reportedly in the village working on a newly built house and had decided to bunk for the overnight, but he ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time when he was caught in the middle of a horrifying ordeal and woke up to the nightmare of a hail of gunfire in his direction, allegedly by a vigilante group.
The unsuspecting victim was fortunate to be alive after he was hit once in the left side of his face by one of about 60 rounds that were fired, and today Amandala got Berry’s first-hand account of what took place.
He told us that he was innocently terrorized while trying to make a hard-earned, honest living.
Berry, a lifelong painter, recounted the series of events leading up to his unfortunate injury which he suffered just before dawn last Saturday, March 1. He explained that he was working on a newly built bungalow house in Burrell Boom and decided to spend the night on the floor of one of the rooms – oblivious to the fate that awaited him just hours later.
Berry said, “Everything was going good until about 3:00 a.m. when I heard a commotion in the neighborhood. I went back to sleep until about 5:00 a.m., when I was awakened by noises that sounded like voices that were hollering. When I got up, I saw flashlights and heard people walking around.”
According to Berry, he then heard a banging at the door of the house where he was staying, followed by demands that left him perplexed and fearful.
“Get out of the house now or else we are coming in there after you!” Berry cited, narrating the shouts of an angry mob that stood outside believing that the culprits that they were seeking were hiding inside.
Berry declared that he saw a bright light being spotted in his direction, which was followed by a single shotgun blast. One of the pellets penetrated his left jaw and exited near his left ear.
In an effort to protect himself from further injury, Berry explained that he grabbed his licensed .38 special pistol and fired one round back in the direction of his attackers, trying to ward them off – but that was a decision that certainly did not work out in his favor.
“All hell broke loose after that”, Berry stated, “The group unleashed a barrage of bullets into the house, damaging some of the windows and the walls. At that time, I was severely traumatized because I was bleeding profusely, so I took out my phone and tried to call 911.”
Terrified, Berry told us that he managed to get a response after 3 attempts, after which the operator gave his number to the Officer in Charge of the village, who then contacted him.
Although there are claims that police officers were along with the group of shooters, Berry said that at no time did anyone identify himself as an officer of the law.
He believes that he was innocently targeted by a group of “vigilantes” who were on a mission to draw blood by any means necessary.
He said, “I was a victim of a horrific act of violence and not a single person has contacted me to even offer an apology.”
Presently, Berry is recovering at home in a stable condition, but he said that he knows that it will be a long, drawn-out process to full recovery.
The shooting victim does not feel that investigators are genuinely doing their part to get to the bottom of the situation, so in a quest for justice, he mentioned that he is seeking legal advice on how to proceed with the matter.
Today, we contacted ASP Chris Noble, Officer in Charge of the Belize Rural Formation, to get an update on the investigations and find out if anyone will be charged for shooting Berry, but all he said was “the case is still under investigation and we are looking into it.”
| Dangriga sports stats
Dangriga sports stats – Classic Gold Mayor’s Cup Marathon this Sunday, March 9
Classic Gold Mayor’s Cup
The Classic Gold Mayor’s Cup football tournament, sponsored by Traveller’s and Belikin, will get under way this Sunday, March 9, at the Carl Ramos Stadium with a Grand Marathon, commencing at 10:30 a.m. Teams taking part are: Benguche, New Site, Silk Grass, Wagiya, Wagierale, Green Gold Hope Creek, Hopkins, Southside, Riverside, and Conquerors. All teams are asked to please be on time. First place for the Marathon will be $1,000.00, second $500.00, third $300.00. Registration per team for the Marathon is $75.00.
The regular season begins the following weekend with 2 games on Friday and 2 games on Sunday. This will be a short season, so teams have to be fully prepared both mentally and physically.
BDF hosts PLB season opener
The Premier League of Belize (PLB) will kick off its Closing Season tournament throughout the country of Belize this weekend; and here inside Dangriga’s Carl Ramos Stadium this Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. will be the “southern derby” battle, as home team BDF will see action against their worst foundation rivals, Punta Gorda’s Paradise/Freedom Fighters.
Entrance fee is still only $5.00. Ticket booth opens at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday evening.
“Pawpa” Mena Dominoes Marathon
Part 2 of the Frank “Pawpa” Mena Dominoes Marathon will continue this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and finish on Sunday. First prize is $1,500.00; second $500.00; third $300.00; fourth $200.00. Teams must assemble at Wadani Shed by 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Defending champs from Part 1 was Sharpters.
Primary school softball
The Stann Creek District Sports Council Primary Schools Softball zone tournament has been completed. Representing the Independence Zone will be Independence Primary males and females; Hopkins Zone – Silk Grass Methodist males and Georgetown Richard Quinn females; Valley Zone – St. Mattews females and Light of the Valley males; Dangriga Zone – Sacred Heart Primary males and females.
The Regional will be next week Wednesday, March 12, starting at 9:00 a.m. at the Carl Ramos Stadium.
The next sporting discipline coming up after softball will be volleyball.
High school softball
The Secondary School Southern Softball Regional took place last weekend in Independence, hosted by Independence High. Representing the South for the secondary schools Nationals, coming up on March 14 and 15, will be both Independence High males and females. The Nationals will be hosted by Kings College in Orange Walk Town.
National Elite basketball
The National Elite Basketball League tournament continues this Saturday night, March 8, at the Why-Not-Island at 9:00 p.m. Our home team, Dangriga Warriors will take on Corozal Heats. All are invited to come and cheer for the Griga Warriors. Entrance fee is $5.00; high school students $3.00; kids are FREE.
North Stann Creek Valley football
The North Stann Creek Valley 2014 Football Tournament continues this weekend with Week 3 games being played at the Pomona New Site Football Field.
Saturday, March 8, at 6:00 p.m.
Monday, March 10, at 1:30 p.m.