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The San Pedro Sun

Wolfe’s Woofers: Talking to the ladies
Well, of course what would you expect to happen at Ladies' night at Wet Willy's? FUN of course!!

ABC celebrates Father’s Day
The students at ABC Pre-School on Ambergris Caye had a very special day on Friday June 14th. All students were invited to bring along their dad to a Father’s Day event that the management had planned as part of the school’s calendar of events. The Father’s Day event included arts and a few songs which the students had prepared weeks in advance. “This is the first time we have had so many dads for an event like this. We are happy that they took time out to be with their kids,” said a very happy Wil Alamilla, Principal of ABC Pre-School. He said that the event is part of the school’s many activity which forms part of their school’s curriculum. “Today we invited the dads of all the kids. Events like this allow family member to come and spend time with their children at school and see what they are doing.”

Misc Belizean Sources

Caye Caulker Election results
Official results...meet your new CCVC Councillors!!! Enelda Rosado 414, Tracy Young 315, Julian Rosado 298, Ilda Marin 270, Ralph Humes 258, Raul young 243 official results for Chairman.... Congrats to our new Chairman of the Village Council Mr. Wayne Miller Official tally is Marcial Alamina 29, Errol Guizar 53, Wayne Allison Miller 303, Eduaro Arceo 108, Mineli Young 234 and 40 rejected votes.

BECOL Warning System Failed
Reliable reports reaching us indicate that the Tuesday, June 4, 2013, planned testing of BECOL's early warning system, in the event of a dam break, failed. The rather embarrassing incident reportedly occurred in the presence of representatives from the National Emergency Management Organization and from the Department of the Environment, both legally charged with overseeing such exercises. The system at San Ignacio fire station failed as well as the one located at Black Rock Resort. The siren was to have blasted seven times for three consecutive minutes at three minute internals non of which reportedly occurred. The failure now begs the question. Is BECOL really prepared to issue the relevant warning in the event of a dam break, or will residences in the destructive path of the dam feel before they hear the warning?

Belize Takes Steps to Improve Internet Service
After ranking dead last in a recent survey of Internet pricing and speeds in English-speaking Caribbean countries, Belize is taking steps to improve. The country’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) hosted Belize’s first Internet Exchange Point Open Forum, bringing together international and local stakeholders to discuss options for improving the quality and lowering the cost of Internet services for Belizeans. PUC Commissioner Kimano Barrow stated, “The PUC wants to create an environment where Internet based companies and entrepreneurs can thrive in Belize. We were able to get two internationally recognised experts in this area to share their knowledge with our local stakeholders.” Over 65 persons representing ISPs, business, government agencies, civil society groups and academia, attended the half-day event in Belize City on June 6. Interactions centered on the economic and social benefits of improved local Internet service and how best these benefits can be realised in a Belize context. Bill Woodcock and Bevil Wooding from the US-based Internet research and training firm Packet Clearing House (PCH) facilitated the special forum.

Catwalk in the Jungle
The Catwalk in the Jungle Fashion Show at the Cayo Welcome Center last night was an outstanding success. The venue was filled as the models of all ages showed the fashions on the catwalk. Kubuli sponsored the event, and had special prices on beer. There was a silent auction with such great prizes as resort stays, canoe trips, and phones. Emmanuel Mangar was there strumming, and Almost 7 ended the night with some rock and roll. "What a great night at the Cayo Welcome Center! It was packed, and the fashion show went off without a hitch. Emmanuel Mangar played, as did Almost 7(a mix of Ascenthium and Echoes). The models did a wonderful job on the catwalk."

Calla Creek's New Basketball Court
Feelgood news of the day. 4 the World has finished the basketball court at Calla Creek primary school. Thanks for all your hard work over the years, 4 the World. They've also uploaded a little video entitled 'What If,' of which some was filmed in Calla Creek. "We finished up the baskeball court last week in Calla Creek and put basketballs at the tienda that any kids in the village can use whenever they want to play."

Chaa Creek's Eco Kids Summer Camp
There's still time to submit essays for Chaa Creek's Children’s Summer Camp Scholarship Program. They have a short video out about the program. "Every year we team up with a number of private sector businesses to offer a weeklong summer camp scholarship program for Belize's resident school children between the ages of 8 to 13 years old in order to educate them about biodiversity, natural resource conservation, the ancient Maya, traditional healing, and the three "R's" Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. The program aims to install memorable values that will have an impact on the way children conduct their lives, their relationship with our fragile Earth, and the sustainable development of our future."

SCNW Box Kart Race
The Santa Cruz Neighborhood Watch is having a Box Kart Race today at 10am at the Santa Cruz park. There's no fee to enter the race. This event will be for everyone, so bring the family out for some fun and games. Call 600-8947 for more information.

Caye Caulker Chronicles

New Village Council for Caye Caulker
Caye Caulker Village has a new village council. On Sunday, June 16th, villagers elected Mr. Wayne Miller as the new Chairman. Six councilors were also elected. They are: Enelda Rosado 414 Tracy Young 315 Julian Rosado 298 Ilda Marin 270 Ralph Humes 258 Raul young 243 Now that the election and campaigning is over, it’s time to rally behind our new chairman and councilors to make the village work for all of us. Congratulations to the new council!

Blogs

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
Here in Belize we’re celebrating in the usual fashion, as well as having a special Father’s Day celebration and song competition at the at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts in Belize City, which sounds like a great idea. The competition will feature songs in different genres done by students and is being hosted by the Association for Belizean Artist First and the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports. Belizean Artists First vice president Jorge Ernesto Babb had this to say: “My message to the fathers is to go to the Bliss and listen to the children and get the wisdom and the understanding that they are putting out for you; they love you, they honour you, respect you and they want to unite with you.”

International Sources

U.K. Territories to Join Tax Agreement
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said Saturday that Britain's 10 crown dependencies and overseas territories—including financial centers like the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and Jersey—will sign an international convention to help combat tax evasion. Together with advancing free trade and increasing corporate transparency, combating tax evasion and avoidance is among the priorities of Britain's presidency of the Group of Eight nations this year. Mr. Cameron is due to host a G-8 summit, with leaders of the U.S., Japan, Germany, Russia, France, Italy and the European Union, on Monday and Tuesday in Northern Ireland. The leaders of the overseas territories and crown dependencies agreed to sign the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters following meetings with Mr. Cameron on Saturday. The convention is led by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and has been signed by more than 50 nations. The crown dependencies and overseas territories—Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Anguilla, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man—also agreed to produce action plans about providing information on who owns which companies and who benefits, the so-called beneficial ownership, Mr. Cameron said.

Local film for Belize Film Festival
Local short film Sweet TnT written and directed by Trinidadian Andre Johnson, has been selected for the 2013 Belize International Film Festival (BIFF), a major accolade for this filmmaker and Trinidad and Tobago, since the mission of this prestigious Film Festival is to “highlight culturally stimulating films to the Belizean audience.” The film will compete with 13 others from countries including the United States of America, Cuba, Ukraine, Poland, France, Australia, and Spain. Sweet TnT was produced by The Trinidad and Tobago Film Company (ttfc) and Johnson and was shot on location in several areas of Trinidad and Tobago. It was screened in 2011 at the Portobello Film Festival, London and The Antigua International Film Festival, Antigua and as part of Dark Tales from Paradise. Sweet TnT was combined with Radica directed by Francis Escayg and The Midnite Affair directed by Ryan Khan to form Dark Tales from Paradise, which was the premier feature film to open the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival 2010.

New World Oil and Gas secures six-month extension for Danish licences
New World Oil and Gas, an oil and gas operating company focused on Denmark and Belize, has secured a six-month extension in work programme commitment deadlines for Licences 1/09 and 2/09 at its Danica Jutland Project in Western Denmark. The company said that the extension had been discussed with Danica Jutland ApS and the Danish North Sea Fund, the company’s 20% full-paying partner, and approved by the Danish Energy Agency. It said that the agreement would allow the results of the recent acquisition of 3D seismic survey and some soil geochemistry work over the Jensen prospects to be incorporated into a forward work programme on these licences. In addition to allowing New World more time to evaluate the 3D data interpretation and the prospects defined by the survey, the extra six months would provide New World with more time to continue on-going discussions with potential farm-in partners, the group added. William Kelleher, Chief Executive Officer of New World Oil and Gas, said: ‘We continue our efforts to secure a farm-out agreement that will allow us to drill as many of our drill-ready prospects as possible at our Danica Jutland Project and, at the same time, highlight the value we have created to date through our seismic acquisition programme.

De Vos and Canada Win
New Town signing Jason De Vos captained Canada to a second 4-0 victory over Belize within four days as they progressed to the semi-final stages of CONCACAF's lengthy World Cup qualifying campaign. De Vos played the full 90 minutes of the game - his 46th full cap - picking up a yellow card in the first half. Canada's goals came from Tomasz Radzinski, Dwayne De Rosario (2) and Jim Brennan. Head coach and former Town defender Frank Yallop was pleased with the 8-0 aggregate victory: “Good to get through to the next round. With two very good results, we are looking forward to the semi-final round.”

Disturbed weather has medium chance of becoming tropical cyclone
An area of disturbed weather associated with a tropical wave near the coasts of Nicaragua and Honduras became better organised on Sunday, with a medium chance of developing into a tropical cyclone. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, although this system is expected to move over Central America Sunday night, some development is possible if the disturbance emerges into the northwestern Caribbean Sea in a day or so. This system has a medium chance -- 30 percent -- of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours. Regardless of development, heavy rains and gusty winds are likely over portions of Central America during the next couple of days.

Belize Food – Best Served at Street Food Stands
Belize, as of right now, is probably our favorite country. The beautiful weather, beaches, and people make it a place where I would consider moving to. However, the most fun we had was eating Local Belize Food at the tons of food stands that are as varied in food as they are in character. Yes this is a Food stand and was a great spot for a quick morning coffee while looking for a place to get some breakfast.

How to Ditch a Vehicle in Belize: A Running Diary, Part I
After a whirlwind 72 hours last week that saw me leave home with my prized Jeep and return empty-handed, I figured the story deserved it’s own kind of post. So… welcome to my Belize-trip running diary! And yes, if you’ve ever read any of Bill Simmons’ running diaries over at Grantland.com, I’m not ashamed to say I totally “borrowed” the format from him. At the very least, I hope this gimmick makes for more interesting storytelling, as I’ll narrate it exactly as the event unfolded. On with the diary: