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Presenting IndigeNOWBelize – A World Indigenous Music Festival
Excitement is in the air as the anticipated launch of the first World Indigenous Music Festival entitled, IndigeNOWbelize, builds. This initiative was made by the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) and promises to be an annual success which will bring international recognition to Belize. It will be held on Friday, October 12th, Saturday, October 13th, and Sunday, October 14th at the MCC Stadium in Belize City. The very enthusiastic, Mr. Gregory Vernon, Director of the Institute of Creative Arts, NICH, declared, “IndigeNOWbelize, World Indigenous Music (WIM) Festival is a bold new initiative of the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) intended to achieve two broad objectives in the long term: to shape and embolden Belize’s music identity, and to secure for it a recognized place on the world music scene. The sound of Belize is as diverse as the cultural strands that make up its people. IndigeNOWbelize WIM Festival will privilege this sound! The Festival will be an annual event, with a different indigenous sound each year. This year the sound is Amerindian with a special focus on the Maya, in celebration of the end of the 13th Baktun. Whatever the sound in a given year, Belize music will be centre stage.”

Business and community help is needed for massive concert planned for Rosita Baltazar
The San Pedro Cultural Committee has announced that there are plans for a massive fund raising concert to assist Rosita Baltazar. The benefit concert is scheduled for Saturday November 3rd at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium. The highlight of the night will be the same performance that the Belize Dance Company delegation took abroad for the European Festival du Sud. Readers may recall that Baltazar, the Belizean artist and choreographer of the local San Pedro Dance Academy, was diagnosed with breast cancer while they were at the European festival. During the tour, she was forced to leave for urgent medical attention which is ongoing in London where she is currently staying with relatives. Baltazar has been with the San Pedro Dance Academy (Dance Company) for over ten years and has been contributing to the development of expressive arts in Belize since 1983.

Tropic Air announces service to Cancun, Mexico
Tropic Air announced on October 5, 2012, that it will be inaugurating non-stop to Cancun, Mexico on November 12, 2012. With the launching of this service, and the opening of its new station there, Tropic Air will be the only airline to operate non-stop scheduled flights between the two countries. This new service is a direct response to requests from its valued customers, and carries through on the airline’s stated commitment to the people of Belize. It will not only serve to make tavel to Mexico easier, but will allow for the expansion of trade and tourism between the two countries and an alternate route for Europeans wishing to enjoy all that Belize has to offer. “When we inaugurated San Pedro Sula last year, we promised that we would keep growing internationally. This fulfills that promise, and there is even more to come. Cancun in an integral part of the growth strategy for Tropic Air and as such we feel it important that we link the vibrant tourism market of Cancun with Belize” said John Greif III, President of Tropic Air.

Misc Belizean Sources

1830 Historical Sketches of Belize: The Coloured, the Indian, the Carib, and the Mosquito man

Livin da vida loca, Sat. Oct. 14 1826

VIDEO: "Welcome To Belize"
From the DVD "We Are Belize". This clip features lead singer Tanya Carter. The concert features performances and original compositions by Francis Reneau, and took place at the Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts, Belize City, from September 17th through the 19th, 2006, in celebration of Belize's 25th Anniversary of independence.

International Credit Union Day at SMCU
Saint Martin's Credit Union will be celebrating International Credit Union Day on Thursday, October 18th. This year's theme is 'Members Matter Most.' "Saint Martin's Credit Union is a financial cooperative, owned entirely by it's Members. It has served the people of the Cayo District since 1949 and now is a vibrant and growing institution of more than 5,000 members with total assets of over $12 million Belize dollars."

Belize Botanic Gardens Graduation
The Belize Botanic Gardens had their graduation for their school for gardeners. 10 students received their certificates after learning a wide range of gardening skills. Duplooy's worked with the Belize Rural Development Program to provide this training to a wide range of individuals, and they are already interviewing students for the next class. The BBG at DuPlooy's is a very popular tourist destination in Cayo, and the best botanic gardens in Belize. Congratulations to all graduates!

Belize Tomorrow: The Catalytic Role of Energy, Science, and Technology
Interesting read about the seminar in which the Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, and Public Utilities - wow - laid out the strategic plan for the next 5, and 20, years. Dr. Cardinald Warde, professor of engineering at MIT was the special guest speaker, and mentioned SPISE, which would help Belizean students who'd like to pursue degrees in science and engineering. "There is a group of Belizeans that believe Belize should be an economic powerhouse in the region due to its geographical position, climate and young population however, that dream has been delayed because of our disregard for the latest technological advancements. Thursday, September 27th, 2012 may have been a normal day for most Belizeans but for that group, it was a day that should be penciled down in the country’s history."

Superheroes in Belize
Yes, Yes and Yes there will be Superheroes in Belize at the Princess Hotel and Casino in Belize City. These Superheroes are the beatiful models from Catwalk Fashions, showcasing their theme for this years most anticipated Fashion Show to be held on November 17th. You too can be a part of this magnificent event.


Suspect released in UB's Suzenne Martinez' Murder
San Ignacio and Santa Elena residents participated in a protest over the recent murder of UB student, Suzenne Marti...

Patrick Payne found guilty of molesting 16 year old
In another pervert related case, one has been found guilty of molesting a 16 year old. 43-year-old Patrick Payne wa...

Female food vendor freed of ammunitions charge
Food vendor Fiona Mitchell is a free woman today. Her case was heard before Magistrate Dale Cayetano, in Magistrate...

Another UB student attacked on Belmopan walkway
Information reaching plusNews is that a UB student was attacked last night as she took a short cut near the George ...

Ministry of Health confirms whooping cough in Springfield
Remember those instances of Whopping Cough that we reported on from the community of Springfield. Well partial resu...

Two brothers changed for beating uncle and grandfather
Brothers Enoch Landero, 18 years old, and Darringon Landero, 35 years old, were both remanded to prison on Wednesda...

Several pensioners short changed this month by GOB
A glitch in the pay system short changed pensioners of their monthly payments: Concerned pensioners called our news...

San Ignacio calls for the Death penalty in latest Demonstration
A hastily organized motorcade and demonstration was held today in San Ignacio. The recent murder of Suzenne Martine...

Harvest for Kids to harvest corn Saturday October 6, 2012
Harvest for Kids Belize and Belize Camping Experience are ready to harvest twenty acres of corn this weekend. HARVE...


Some New Things Around Town
Let's get right to it. While around town over the past few days, I've noticed some new signs and new businesses starting. Here is the one I am most looking forward to... Kakaw Belizean chocolate (I wrote a post about them a few months ago) is opening a chocolate shop right in town. The building is on the beach, on front street just next to Wild Mango's. It used to be a home store called "Full House". Mmmmm...cookies and brownies and...oh my. On the other side of town is a bar/restaurant that has never really worked. It's a beautiful location (right on the beach by Wet Willies) and a beautiful new building. It was Playa Chel...and then BRIEFLY it was the Blind Dog (blink and you would have missed that one). A new bar is moving in. They are refurbishing the wood and they've put in a wood fired pizza oven. The plan on setting out beach chairs and lounge beds. YES! Just what I've been wanting. A beach club. I think this could work... The view from the bar. And back south of town, by the gas station. A yellow home that was surrounded by a fence and plants is now bright red. Hard to miss! That's it from me today. Have an excellent Saturday. We've been getting quite a bit of rain here...mostly at night. Here is a current picture of the sky over the ocean.

Winter Solstice of 2012 – The Beginning of a New Era
In October 2011 my husband and I arrived at Chaa Creek to celebrate our honeymoon. I had never been out of the states before, and was giddy with excitement. I knew our trip would be an adventure from the second I arrived. We took canoe rides, and journeyed into ancient caves. We awoke every morning to the mist rolling over the mountains. We fell asleep to the flicker of lightening bugs at night. It was magical. What I did not remotely expect was how at home I would feel in a culture fundamentally different, and thousands of miles away from my own. The moment of truest wonder was after a long walk to the top of a temple in Tikal. There were men excavating the inside top room, and though we did not speak each others language they invited us inside to gaze at the newly revealed artwork on the ceiling of the temple. My husband and I were truly amazed, and full of gratitude. Returning from Tikal, we stopped to see a local artisan doing traditional Maya sculpture. He showed us his work and told us the stories the individual pieces represented. Our love for the Maya culture truly blossomed that evening. We left his home with a small stone carving of a Maya couple on their wedding day.

International Sources

GK acquires full control of Belize subsidiary
GraceKennedy Limited (GK) has gained full control of its Belize subsidiary having bought out the one-third holdings of the Espat family. The terms of the transaction which closed September 28 were not disclosed. GraceKennedy Belize Limited founded in 1982 trades in food and beverages, as well as non-food grocery items, and is an exclusive distributor of Grace-branded products in the Central American country. The 30-year partnership was negotiated under the leadership of former GK Chairman Rafael Diaz with the Espat family, led by Roberto Espat Sr. "GraceKennedy has enjoyed the collaboration during the years of the partnership which was of mutual benefit to the partners. The Espats were great to work with in developing the business over the last 30 years. We wish them all the very best in their future endeavours," said GK Group CEO Don Wehby in a release announcing the acquisition.

The Lodge at Chaa Creek in Belize is paradise in paradise
Chaa Creek Resort in Belize bills itself as “wildly civilized.” And rightly so. But it hasn’t always been that way. Wild? Yes. Civilized? Not so much. It all began in 1977 when two young globetrotters arrived in Central America with little more than the clothes on their backs and an adventurous spirit. Soon after, Mick and Lucy Fleming met the owner of a dilapidated 140 acre farm located on the western edge of Belize about four miles from the border of Guatemala. In true entrepreneurial style, the Flemings figured a way to purchase the property, and the rest is history. Before long Mick and Lucy were living in a thatched roof house in the middle of the jungle. The land was now producing milk, yogurt, cheese and eggs while the Flemings were producing two children. So thick was the forest surrounding the land, there was no access road to the property. To make a living Mick and Lucy paddled their produce to market in San Ignacio by dugout canoe just as the native Maya had done ten centuries earlier. Living so close to the land had a profound affect on the Flemings. They became environmentally savvy and, as time passed, they began to develop a philosophy that contemporary luxury could, indeed, exist in harmony with nature. Today Mick, with his tussled hair, khaki shorts and shirt and mud-covered boots, resembles a modern version of “Jungle Jim.” His youthful enthusiasm, exuberance and energy are infectious. It only takes one encounter with the owner to understand how Chaa Creek Resort evolved into an elegant paradise in the middle of the Belizean jungle.

Belize's Tropic Air announces new service to San Ignacio/Benque Viejo del Carmen
In major Belize transportation news, Tropic Air announced that they are expanding their routes and will now be servicing the remote San Ignacio (Benque Viejo del Carmen) area beginning on December 10, 2012. The October 3rd announcement comes in response to the requests of locals and international travelers looking for easier options for traveling to the Cayo District. Service will be daily from San Pedro and Belize City, utilizing the Maya Flats Airstrip, conveniently located between San Ignacio and Benque Viejo. "When we inaugurated San Pedro Sula earlier this year, we promised the people of Belize to add even more exciting destinations. With the support of our resort partners and area residents, we now feel the time is right to add San Ignacio to our growing network," said John Grief III, President of Tropic Air. "We hope that in the coming months, we are able to add flights and other destinations from San Ignacio." Cayo is often considered the cultural gateway of the country, offering an ideal location for exploring much of the country. Eco-tourism, Maya temples, and a wealth of outdoor activities are some of the key reasons travelers head inland to towns like San Ignacio.

Edited by Marty (11/17/12 09:43 AM)