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Los Pasteles Verdes touch down on Ambergris Caye
International musical group from Peru, Los Pasteles Verdes touched down on Ambergris Caye at midday on Friday. The group of four is expected to perform at the International Costa Maya Festival on Saturday August 4th for Noche International. The group is well known in Latin America countries and rose to fame from the 70’s to the mid 90’s. Speaking to the press at the Tropic Air Terminal in San Pedro, main vocalist for Los Pasteles Verde Aldo Guibovich said, “We will perform our best songs and we hope that everyone who comes out to the Costa Maya Festival would have a good time. It will be a concert that will have you go back in time. As you know our music was a great hit in the 70’s and 80’s, so we will be reliving that experience all over again. We will also perform some of our more recent music.’

Partners of Belize offers Dermatology, Dental and General Medical services to San Pedro
A team of 11 medical professionals and teenage volunteers were on San Pedro Town providing free dermatology, dental and general medical services at the Otto Rodriguez PolyClinic II as part of the Partners of Belize with team leader Dr. John Kirby. The team from Ohio, USA arrived in the country on Thursday July 26th and worked on Friday from 1PM – 5PM, Saturday 8AM to Noon, and on Monday and Tuesday from 8AM through 5PM, offering their services free of cost to the entire public of Ambergris Caye. Working in Dental, the team of six was led by Dr. Gordon Womack, children’s specialist from Dayton Ohio. His team included dental technicians; Maureen Ryan and Michelle Brooks; dental assistant Michelle Johnson; office manager Leryn Fuller and assistant office manager Nicky Thomas. By Tuesday afternoon, the team had seen over 130 patients and offered various services including cleaning, treatment, fillings and extractions among other dental services. Other specialists included Dr. Wayne Bauman, dermatologist from Cincinnati Ohio; Dr. Magda Kerschner, pain specialist doctor of anesthesiology also from Cincinnati, where she has a pain clinic for those with chronic pain issues.

Letter to the Editor: The word on the street is that government is paying gang members
The word on the street is that government is paying gang members. This is a problem within our nation. It is said that the government is paying them to “keep the peace”. Why is the government paying these people? Are they hiding something? Could it be that the gangs know something about our government representatives and are being paid to keep quiet? How much are they being paid? This raises many questions, some that cause us to doubt our government’s ability to run our country properly. This is happening while educated individuals are finding it harder than ever to survive. Why is it that the government of Belize is paying known gang members while an educated individual who has an associate’s degree is still unemployed and is left to find their own way? We all know that life is not fair and things never go smoothly. But when the government is blatantly taking care of suspected criminals and leaving us educated individuals to fend for ourselves after completing our studies and still not able to get a job after almost a year of searching, this is a serious problem. If the government is able to pay gang members, should they not also implement a payment for educated individuals who cannot get a job after a year of looking?

2 Belizean Students Win Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Foundation Poster Competition
Two Belizean Primary school students will be awarded this August for having won third and second place in a poster competition called the 2012 FCCA Foundation for the Caribbean Children’s Environmental Poster Competition. They are Nazeen Segura of Grace Primary School and Jordanny Williams of Belize High School. Belize admitted entries to the poster competition through the BTB and was carried under the auspices of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA). Ana Maria Benitez, membership administrator of the FCCA shared in an e-mail, “we congratulate Nazeem Segura of Grace Primary School as the third-place winner in the junior division and Jordanny Williams of Belize High School as the second-place winner in the senior division of the 2012 FCCA Foundation Children’s Poster Competition.” She also shared the prizes that these students will be receiving by stating, “We are pleased to award Nazeem a cash scholarship of US $1,000 with Grace Primary School receiving a monetary award of US $1,000. Jordanny will be awarded US $1,500 with Belize High School receiving a monetary award of US $1,500.”

Misc Belizean Sources

General Weather/Ernesto
Beautiful full moon last night. Super weather today. See early morning photo below - photo credit goes to Elbert Greer of White Sands Dive Shop. We're watching Ernesto of course. Successive predictions have moved the storm track somewhat south, and seeing 4 of 6 computer models having an arrival in Belize does make one sit up and take notice. The good news - and it is very good indeed - is that strength is predicted to be in the low end of a Category One. That kind of storm doesn't phase most islanders any a'tall. We're blessed with a remarkable Barrier Reef that blocks waves & major surge, and with a sufficiently flat terrain that there is no fear of landslides or significant flooding.

Coca Cola Art Exhibit in Benque
The Coca Cola art exhibit is also at the Benque HoC. They also did their opening ceremony last night.

Coca Cola Art Exhibit Opening
The SISE House of Culture had the opening of the Coca Cola art exhibit last night. There are some amazing pictures there. They had a really quick introduction, followed by the exhibit, and then they served Coca Cola and some delicious panades. The Benque HoC also had their opening of the exhibit. Both exhibits run unitl August the 20th.

Chess Camp's Last Day at Hode's
The Belize National Youth Chess Foundation has finished their chess camp, which was held at Hode's. They had great turnouts, and even played a little jenga for something different. "We were pleased to have, as guests, Steve Flowers, Erwin Wiils and Akeem Jenkins"

Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic Video
The Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic has a great new video out which shows and explains a little bit about what they do. They also interview the first two interns, so you get to see it through their eyes. The video shows them working on some wildlife, like parrots and iguanas, and some domestic animals. It also highlights the work they do with the Green Iguana Conservation Project. Awesome video, shot by Daniel Velazquez. Like their new FB page:

Eco Kids Summer Camp pictures
Great pictures of the Eco Kids Summer camp, taken by JCariddi Photography. He captured some magical moments, and there are some awesome black and white pictures too. The kids had the times of their lives, and it shows. Thanks go out to Chaa Creek for making such a difference in the community.


Belize in the 2012 London Olympics So Far...VERY Impressive But Is It Over?
elize first participated in the Olympic games in 1968 (as British Honduras) and has sent a team to the games ever since. (Except for 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics when they boycotted along with the USA and other countries). Belize has never won a medal...yet. For the 2012 Olympics in London, Belize is represented by a team of three athletes. Eddermys Sanchez (born in Cuba and now living in Belize City) who competed in Judo, Kaina Martinez (born in Stann Creek, Belize) competing in the 100m sprint and 24 year old Kenneth Medwood (born in LA, California, family from Maskall, Belize) in the 400m hurdles. We all saw them during the opening ceremony. Popular blogs like Divine Caroline and Nick Verreos's Fashion awarded Belize's ultra-preppy outfits some top honors. Personally? I loved them. Especially the white shoes. "Grab my croquet mallets Jeeves. Off to the country club!" Our judo competitor was unfortunately eliminated on June 29th during his first round. Amazing just to compete on the biggest stage in the world. For some reason Belize is listed as BIZ. Ms. Martinez tied for 3rd out of 33 in her preliminary round yesterday. Ummmm...AWESOME. She unfortunately did not qualify to advance during her next race. Kenneth Medwood was our flag bearer during the opening ceremony and he is also the last Belizean still competing this year. Medwood qualified in his first round and will be running in the semi-finals today! 7pm London time, Noon, Belize Time, August 4th. Hopefully on his way to the finals.

International Sources

Cruise Lines Change Course to Avoid Ernesto
Tropical Storm Ernesto is already causing trouble in the Western Caribbean with both Carnival and Disney altering itineraries to avoid the storm. Carnival is switching up the port days on Carnival Triumph, which departs Galveston today. Originally scheduled to visit Progreso on Monday and Cozumel on Tuesday, the ports have been swapped. Carnival Triumph will visit Cozumel on Monday and Progreso on Tuesday. Sunday and Wednesday remain scheduled as days at sea. Cruise Critic member Jk590 posted that Disney has announced it will move Disney Fantasy, sailing today out of Port Canaveral, from a Western Caribbean itinerary to an Eastern Caribbean itinerary. Disney had not returned a request for confirmation at press time. Ernesto is expected to reach hurricane strength by midday on Sunday, pass directly beneath Jamaica and head straight for Roatan, Honduras, Belize City, Belize and Progreso in Yucatan Mexico.

International dart tournament hosted at Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize
The Belize Dart Federation was the host during the past week of two international dart tournaments – the Americas Cup 2012 and the Caribbean Cup 2012, both held at the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel at Mile 3 on the Northern Highway from July 20 to 30. Male and female players from the USA, Canada, Brazil, as well as Caribbean islands, Barbados, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, and Trinidad & Tobago, and host country Belize joined in the dart throwing frenzy during the ten days of intense competition. Top finishers in the team competition for the Americas Cup 2012 were: 1st place – USA; 2nd place – Canada; with Bahamas and Trinidad & Tobago tied for 3rd and 4th place. The Women Singles winner was Marilyn Popp of the USA; while the Men Singles title was taken by Troy Hanlon of Canada. In the Caribbean Cup 2012, which culminated on Sunday evening, Florida (of the USA) competed as a Caribbean entry, as did the Brazil team, along with Belize and the Caribbean islands. Carib Cup Winners 2012 was Florida with 102 points; Runner Up was Bahamas with 81 pts; 3rd place went to Barbados with 65 pts; 4th was Brazil with 62 pts; 5th Trinidad & Tobago with 61 pts; 6th Belize with 48 pts; and 7th Cayman with 35 pts. Trophies and medals were also given for various categories, namely Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles, Mixed Triples, Most 180’s Men, Most 180’s Women, High Check Off Men, High Check Off Women, Low Dart Singles – Men, Low Dart Singles – Women, MVP Male and MVP Female. The MVP Male trophy went to S. Lionel of Florida, and the MVP Female was M. Ribiero of Brazil.

Edited by Marty (11/17/12 09:52 AM)