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Teaching Life Skills Through Sports
A free two-weeks program, for children ages 8 to 14, funded by several organizations including the Corozal Sports Council is presently underway in Corozal. The New Horizon Summer Camp Program...
BAHA Implements Cattle Movement Control Checkpoints
Back in August of 2012 the Belize Agriculture Health Authority, BAHA, launched a cattle sweep project in the north. The pilot project was expected to be carried out on one...
Corozal Town Council launches Summer Job Program
As a student there are a few things better than that feeling of hearing that bell ring for the final time, or taking that final exam and knowing that summer...
Amidst The LGBT Controversy Gay Pageant Is Held In The City
While Audrey Matura Sheppard lashed out at her former employer for donating funds to UNIBAM, the Miss Gay Goddess Belize 2013 was held at a private venue in the...
UNIBAM Says, Oceana's V.P Knew About Donation
And late this afternoon, the United Belize Advocacy Movement, UNIBAM, issued a press release negating and denouncing all allegations written in the Article. UNIBAM says that on Monday July 22nd...
Audrey Matura Shepherd Reveals Oceana Gave Money To UNIBAM
Audrey Matura-Shepherd is approximately one month shy of officially parting ways with Oceana Belize. The very vocal activist became the face of the organization in Belize and as the Vice...
Autopsy Confirms Ten Year Old Drowned
This morning ten year old Johan Schmitt, from the Mennonite community of shipyard in the Orange Walk District was laid to rest by family members. As mentioned last night,...
Rawell Pelayo Charged For Violating Narcotic Laws Of The U.S
Today makes 16 days that FFB Vice President Rawell Pelayo is detained in the U.S and as time goes by it seems that his release is nowhere close. Latest information...
Children reportedly abducted in the Toledo district
The village of San Marcus, in the Toledo District was rocked in August of 2010, when a brother and sister pair vanished while out selling fruits. Three years have passed and the Rash family is still searching for answers. But tonight, another family plans to leave no stone unturned...
Police Officer acquitted of shooting death
30 year old Police officer Lazaro Catch was acquitted in the Supreme Court today in connection with the controversial murder/shooting death of a Jamaican national living in Belize, identified as O’Neil Anthony Jones, aka “Jew”. Jones was allegedly shot by a police officer on February 13, 2010, more than three years...
Constitutional Rally in Corozal attracts over 300 participants
The series of Constitutional Rallies came to an end this Saturday. Corozal was the final host district, where a crowd of over 300 persons took to the streets requesting that government amend the 2013 Gender Policy to join in accordance with...
Money sent to UNIBAM through OCEANA
Audrey Matura Shepherd has let the cat out of the bag regarding money wiring to UNIBAM. In Sunday’s Amandala, Audrey in her colum “The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword,” disclosed that monetary donation from an unnamed foundation have been sent to the organization through OCEANA, written on an...
Ten year old drowns in Shipyard Village
A family in the Shipyard Village of Orange Walk is tonight grieving over the unexpected death of ten year old Johan Schmitt. Police say that on Sunday, around noon, Schmitt and five friends headed out to Camp 10 Shipyard for an afternoon swim. Few hours later, around 2pm, he...
Felicia Chen in court for murder of three of her children
Felicia Chen, the mother of Mile 8 on the Western Highway who police claim is responsible for the murder of three of her four young children in April of this year was today before the court to get another adjournment. She appeared before Magistrate Leslie Hamilton in where all...
Knife fight at party leaves five injured
Party crashers reportedly started a knife brawl that left five persons injured. About 2:40 on Sunday morning, cops were called out to the KHMH, where the women and a minor were being treated for multiple stabs wounds. Investigation revealed that a party was being held at the residence of...
The Belize Road Safety Project goes nationwide
Last week, 34 participants from the West and South learned the basics of road safety and today it was the turn of traffic and municipal personnel from the North who met in Belize City. The Belize Road Safety Project aims not only to upgrade Belize’s roads to world-class standard,...
Embassy of Mexico in Belize offers 25 scholarships
The Mexican Government is offering different scholarships for Belizeans, 15 for undergraduate degrees and 10 postgraduate degrees in different universities across Mexico in any area of studies. The scholarship is granted for the length of each program and covers registration and tuition fees as well as food and accommodation...
International Youth Leaders Camp in Georgetown Village
An International Youth Leaders Camp was inaugurated in Georgetown Village today. Our Dangriga correspondent Harry Arzu was on hand and filed the following report. Harry Arzu – Dangriga Correspondent: An official ceremony to make the opening of an International Youth Leaders’ Camp was help today at the Georgetown Technical...
Cooking classes for children at YWCA Belmopan
After being in Belize City for 57 years, the YWCA branched out to the City of Belmopan, where it officially opened its doors in March of this year to serve Belmopan and the wider Belize Community. With summer here, the Belmopan Branch decided to create a cooking program for...
Belizean recording label releases album by Bethany Ann
Many kids dream about becoming a musician, getting signed by a music producer and performing concerts all over the world. However, most never make it that far, especially not in Belize. It is a sad truth that our talented Belizean artists find it exceedingly difficult to make a name...
WOMEN AT WAR!
Five women suffered varying degrees of injury early Sunday morning, July 21, at about 2:30, when two women crashed a party at #3799 Iguana Street Extension, and a stabbing “free for all” erupted among them and three women from the party.
The women were taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where four were released, but the fifth complained of pain in her chest after she was stabbed in her upper breast.
Saysha Moody, 18, a resident of #3799 Iguana Street Estension, was charged today, Monday, after a report was made against her that she caused a wound to Kendra Smith’s left wrist.
According to police, on Saturday night, Moody was having a party at her residence when Kendra Smith, 21, and Lyvette Brown, 19, showed up at her party uninvited, and attacked her. Police later recovered two knives from the scene of the fight.
The first to have attacked her was Brown, followed by Smith, after which a fight ensued when some of the party-goers attempted to intervene on Saysha’s behalf.
INTERPOL HAS WARRANT FOR BELIZEAN MICHAEL SILVA OF SAN IGNACIO
A warrant for the arrest of Belizean Michael Silva, 28, of San Ignacio, for murder has been issued by INTERPOL. The warrant for the arrest was announced on Friday, July 19.
Police said that about 10:00 on Thursday night, September 23, 2011, Silva’s girlfriend, Maritza Santos, 19, was found dead in his room in his home in San Ignacio, in the Kontiki area. She had been beaten in the head with a blunt object.
Police said that Silva was also at home, and had drunk a herbicide in an attempt to commit suicide. He was rushed to the San Ignacio Hospital, however, and later rushed to the Belize Health Care Partners Hospital in Belize City for further treatment.
He later was sent for further medical attention abroad, but since departing Belize, he has disappeared. He has not returned to face charges for the death of his girlfriend. Police said that the warrant issued for his arrest is for the murder of Maritza Janet Santos, 19.
SUNSET OR SUNRISE FOR THE CHIQUIBUL?
Belize’s virgin forest inside the Chiquibul is fast disappearing; xate nearly decimated.
If the Government of Belize does not act to stop the mounting incursions by Guatemalans into the Chiquibul Forest—an asset valued conservatively at $3.4 billion: more than the nation’s GDP—it could vanish within just two decades, according to information presented at a symposium held today in Belize City.
Dubbed Alarming Threats to Biodiversity, Peace and National Stability, the event was a standing-room-only showcase which attracted people from all walks of life in Belize: students, public officers, teachers, environmentalists, businesspeople, and politicians. Belize’s Governor-General Sir Colville Young took a front-row seat to hear just what these alarming threats are.
Apart from the Caracol Archaeological Reserve, the Chiquibul forest houses Belize’s largest protected area — the Chiquibul National Park (CNP), which according to Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD), covers more than 264,000 acres of tropical broadleaf forests.
It is also the area through which passes the Chiquibul River, which meanders into Guatemala and comes back into Belize as the Mopan, Macal River, and Belize Rivers – three major waterways that help sustain Belize’s population; including providing a source for hydropower generation.
COWPEN CHILDREN MISSING 5 DAYS
Grandfather is believed to have stolen Fanny Romero, 9; brother Jairo, 8, on July 16.
Two children, Fanny Romero, 9, and her brother, Jairo Romero, 8, of Cowpen in the Stann Creek District have not yet been found after being reported missing at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 20. The children were last seen in the village in the company of a woman who is unknown to their family, who supposedly took them to their grandfather,
The family told Amandala that the children were walking home after watching television at the home of a neighbor when the woman approached and took them, reportedly on Tuesday, July 16.
Felix Romero, the father of the children, who neighbors say is a good provider and a loving father to them, told police that he believes that the children were kidnapped by their grandfather, Juan Evangelista Jovel, who lives in El Salvador, but has visited them frequently over the past two years.
The children were sighted in the Pomona Valley area in the company of an older man who the father believes is their grandfather, Jovel, who may be trying to take them out of the country to live with him.
EDELMIRO OLIVER ON REMAND FOR INDECENT ASSAULT OF AN 8-YEAR-OLD GIRL
Edelmiro Oliver, a resident of Belize City, was remanded to the Belize Central Prison today, Friday, after he was denied bail for a charge of aggravated assault of an indecent nature on a minor.
Oliver pleaded not guilty to the charge but the prosecution objected to bail on the grounds that his being incarcerated would ensure the protection, not only of the victim from Oliver, but also of Oliver himself from the victim’s family. Oliver was remanded until his adjournment date on August 30, 2013.
DENFIELD LEMMOTT SENTENCED TO 5 YEARS FOR THEFT OF WOMAN’S PURSE
Lemmot took police to where the purse was hidden by Holy Redeemer Primary School.
Tonight, Denfield Lemmott is spending the first night of a five-year prison sentence which was handed down to him this afternoon by Magistrate Dale Cayetano.
Lemmott was charged with theft and handling stolen goods after police investigated a report made by Lavern Staine, an employee of the Supreme Court.
Staine reported that on Friday, Lemmott visited her office at the Supreme Court and stole her brown purse, which contained over $1,350 in different currencies.
After investigating the matter, police apprehended Lemmott, who, after being questioned by police, reportedly told them “I think I wah kerr yoh weh I throw di purse.”
MISSING TAXI OPERATOR WAS BEATEN TO DEATH
Post-mortem results say Jose Umana was beaten in the head with a blunt object.
An onsite post-mortem carried out on the decomposed body of missing taxi operator Jose Mario Umana of Belmopan has revealed that he was beaten in the head with a blunt object, which led to his death. The autopsy was carried out on Wednesday, July 18, in an area near the Hector Silva Airstrip by the George Price Boulevard, near the George Price Highway.
At the conclusion of the autopsy, Umana, 45, was taken to Valley of Peace Village, where he was buried immediately. Umana had been missing for 5 days when he was found decomposed under a cohune tree in the area by his brother-in-law, Martin Aleman, about 4:30 that Wednesday evening.
Police said that the death has been ruled as murder, and that they are following many leads.
Lucia Aleman, of Belmopan, Umana’s common-law wife, told police that she last saw Umana alive at about 9:30 Saturday morning, July 13, when he was eating at her stall at the Belmopan Market, while attending to his taxi.
FRANCIS RAMOS, 38, GETS 7 YEARS FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER
Ramos had changed his plea twice before finally deciding to plead guilty to attempted murder of Michael Young, 33.
This morning, Francis Ramos, 38, was sentenced to 7 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to attempting to murder Michael Young, 33, a relative’s boyfriend at the time of the incident.
On July 5, after changing his plea twice, Ramos finally decided to plead guilty after he was positively identified by the victim and main witness, Young.
Young testified that he was in the living room of the house located on Banak Street, when his stepchildren asked him for money to go to the shop. When he got up to get the money, Ramos allegedly grabbed a knife and stabbed him three times, once in the left side of the chest, before Young managed to kick him and avoid further injury.
After Young’s testimony, Ramos changed his plea to guilty and the judge then stopped the trial and adjourned the court to July 18, when Ramos would be sentenced.
CONSTABLE LAZARO CATCH, 30, ACQUITTED OF ABETMENT TO MANSLAUGHTER
Catch was arrested with Cpl. Jorge Lemus after O’Neil “Jew” Jones was shot to death on February 13, 2010.
Today, PC Lazaro Catch, 30, was able to walk out of court a free man after his lawyer, who incidentally is Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley, made a no-case submission, which Justice John “Troadio” Gonzalez upheld.
In the early morning hours of February 13, 2010, O’Neil Anthony Jones, aka “Jew”, 41, was fatally shot in front of Ruba Bar located in Lords Bank, Ladyville.
Jones was allegedly intervening in an argument when one of the persons involved in the argument started arguing with him, and that was when he reportedly left the area.
But by that time, police had already arrived in the area and when Jones was told to stop, he refused and allegedly pointed something that resembled a gun at the police.
It was later revealed that the object that Jones allegedly pointed at the police was in fact a bicycle
”goose neck” wrapped in a black sock with black electrical tape.
UB STUDENT ACCUSED OF MURDERING JAMAAL NEAL
Jedd Burgess, a 21-year-old student of the University of Belize, appeared in Belize City Magistrate’s Court today, Friday, for a murder arraignment.
Burgess was charged for the murder of Jamaal Neal, 21, who was shot and killed on July 8, 2013 on Banak Street in Belize City.
Burgess, a resident of Tibruce Street in Belize City, appeared unrepresented in court on a single charge of murder. No plea was taken due to the nature of the offense and Burgess was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until September 3, 2013.
Reports are that Neal was with a group of friends on Banak Street on the evening of July 8 when two men on a motorcycle rode up to Neal and one of them fired several shots at him. Police have identified Burgess as the triggerman.
Neal suffered multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
DEADLOCKED AT 2-2, GAME 5 FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP ON FRIDAY,BELIZE TELEMEDIA VS FRESCA LADY REBELS AT ROGERS STADIUM
It was originally planned for today, Monday, and our first thought was, “what a waste of a real opportunity for showtime in sports.” But, thankfully, it seems that wiser heads have prevailed. Yesterday, during the Press Sports Show on Krem Radio, Fresca Lady Rebels owner/manager Leslie Rogers called to inform us that the fifth and deciding game in the best-of-5 games Finals series for the Belize City Female Softball championship takes place this Friday, July 26, at Rogers Stadium, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
That is because defending Belize City champions, Fresca Lady Rebels, who trailed national champions Belize Telemedia by 2 games to 1 going into last Friday’s Game 4 encounter, pulled out a narrow victory to tie the series at 2 games apiece and force a deciding Game 5 .
For the past few years, Belize City softball has been all about the rivalry between Hall of Famer Raymond Lashley’s team, Belize Telemedia, and the Fresca Lady Rebels team belonging to former football star Leslie Rogers. Telemedia is a star studded squad, featuring a number of All Belize players, while the Lady Rebels depend heavily on the stellar pitching of ace Lanisha Jones and the enthusiasm of a strong fan base. Lashley has been missing from the Telemedia dugout lately, reportedly due to illness. Our best wishes for a speedy recovery to brother Raymond, so he can be at the helm of his team in the critical Game 5 for the championship this Friday.
FEMALE FINALS UNDER WAY IN BELIZE DISTRICT VOLLEYBALL
The Belize District Volleyball Tournament, which got underway on June 1 at the Belize Elementary Auditorium in Belize City, with Female (F), Male (M) and Interoffice/Firms (Fr) categories, has already reached the Finals for the Females.
In games played last Thursday, July 18, in a Female Semifinals Game 2, (F) Lady Jaguars defeated Lady Warriors, 26-24, 25-12, 25-19. Next were two Firms encounters. (Fr) BTL def. Belize Bank, 25-13, 20-25, 19-17; and (Fr) Simon Quan def. First Caribbean Bank, 25-15, 25-20.
On Saturday, July 20, in the Female Championship Game 1, (F) Lady Jaguars defeated Moen Stars, 23-25, 25-15, 23-25, 25-18, 15-8. Next it was, (Fr) Scotia Bank over Police, 25-22, 17-24, 16-14, and (M) Jaguars over Scorpions, 17-25, 25-14, 21-25, 25-19, 15-12.
WEALTH –POTENTIAL VS REAL Editorial
There is a mountain range in Guinea which is estimated to be worth U.S. 140 billion dollars because of the raw iron ore it contains. An Israeli billionaire named Beny Steinmetz got ahold of the rights to that iron ore, which is the raw material from which factories manufacture steel, for a few hundred million dollars. He supposedly bribed the fourth, and youngest, wife of a dying Guinean dictator in order to get those rights, which he then sold to a Brazilian-based company for a few billion.
An honest ruler has emerged in Guinea who is trying to recover the rights to the iron ore in the Simandou range so that a fair deal can be made which benefits the poverty-stricken people of Guinea, a West African nation-state. The honest ruler, however, is slowly becoming heavy-handed, because greedy and dishonest people are seriously trying to overthrow him.
The saga in Guinea, which is the subject of a recent article by Patrick Radden Keefe, is a classic tale of how absolutely difficult it is for poor Third World countries to have the masses of their people benefit from valuable natural resources the territory may contain. Mining iron ore is a complicated technology, and requires huge amounts of capital, neither of which the Guinean people possess. So, First World businessmen and corporations which have access to the technology and investment capital, routinely exploit the situation in poor countries which have potential wealth in the form of natural resources.
POLITICAL TALK SHOW GIBBERISH
I am a concerned citizen of this nation who only seeks to point out a very upsetting issue that affects us directly and indirectly. For the past week I have been observing the way morning talk show hosts act. I have found it very disappointing to hear their gibberish and have found their show a waste of time. As I tune in every morning I find myself listening to these hosts discussing political issues which foster hate in our citizens. It alarms me to hear these people talk politically about each other in this way.
Many hosts talk around the issues instead of dealing with the true issues. Instead of turning every single national issue into a political affair, they should concentrate on informing us, the public, of the issues that directly affect us, be it positive or negative.
For decades our nation has been taught to be biased and politically divided. All I hear in these shows is the UDP supporters talking about the PUP representatives and vice versa. Instead of focusing on how a policy makes an impact on us, they make it a political/personal issue.
There is always a clash between people of our nation because of political affiliations.
GRIEVING PARENTS TAKE BABY HOME FOR BURIAL
Grieving parents Lawrence Bol, 31, and Elvira Ack, 30, took the body of their firstborn child back home to Toledo today, Friday, for burial.
The couple lost their baby girl on July 14, 2013, just two days after Ack gave birth to the premature baby at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH). Ack said that she was told her baby was doing well but the child was still taken to the intensive care unit. Despite the fact that she was reassured that the child was well, and although she saw encouraging progress in the baby’s condition, however, she was informed early in the morning on July 12 that the child had died.
At first, the couple were not given any explanation as to why their baby died. They were only told that the baby had stopped breathing and they would have to wait until a post-mortem was conducted to confirm the cause of death.
Both Bol and Ack made public how they felt about what transpired and said that they wanted some form of justice for their child because they do not understand how their healthy child could have suddenly died.
LABOUR COMMISSIONER ON THE KOLBE REPORT
Two more persons came public last week saying that they had been abruptly terminated by The Kolbe Foundation, which manages the Belize Central Prison. The Belize Central Prison Coalition, an ad hoc group that has been trying to get prison workers unionized, told our newspaper today that they have yet to hear of the final outcome of an investigation which Minister of Labour, Local Government, Rural Development and National Emergency Management and Immigration and Nationality, Godwin Hulse, had commissioned Labor Commissioner Ivan Williams to undertake, in light of the allegations against Kolbe.
Today, Williams told Amandala that he has completed his investigation and last week, the final report was turned in to the minister.
Minister Hulse confirmed that he received that report late last week, and he will also pass that report over to the National Trade Union Congress of Belize.
Hulse told us that he doesn’t yet have any comment on the Labour Commissioner’s report, because although he had seen the draft, he has not yet had a chance to read the final report himself.
Williams has also declined comment on the final report. He told our newspaper today that it is for the minister to decide what to do.
BOY, 10, DROWNS IN SHIPYARD POND
A 10-year-old boy of the Mennonite Community of Shipyard in the Orange Walk District drowned in a pond in which he and others were swimming at about 2:00 yesterday afternoon, Sunday.
Police said that they went to Shipyard and saw the body of Johan Schmitt, who appeared dead; he was taken to the Orange Walk Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.
Schmitt’s friends told police that they were swimming in the pond when they saw Schmitt go under, and did not resurface. They immediately went for help, and people from the village began a search for him.
At about 3:00 yesterday evening, his body was found in the pond, with no signs of violence.
Police have declared the matter death by drowning.
MAYA SUE GOB OVER OIL EXPLORATION IN PROTECTED AREA
They say that they have complained repeatedly to the Barrow administration that they have been denied access to Maya ancestral lands upon which US Capital Energy has been doing petroleum exploration works.
The Sarstoon Temash Institute of Indigenous Management (SATIIM) and the buffering communities of the Sarstoon Temash National Park, which include Conejo and Crique Sarco, today filed a lawsuit in the Belize Supreme Court challenging the lawfulness of the Barrow administration’s decision to permit drilling inside the protected area.
SATIIM’s Executive Director Greg Ch’oc told Amandala that the filing was done urgently, because US Capital, one of the oil companies which have a contract to explore for petroleum in Southern Belize, is getting ready to drill.
Ch’oc told our newspaper that whereas one suit was filed today, a second suit is pending.
The claimants have retained Eamon Courtenay, SC, for the suit filed today, but according to Ch’oc, Lisa Shoman, SC, will represent them in a separate lawsuit, which is pending.
More details, he said, will be disclosed at a press conference scheduled for tomorrow at the Belize Biltmore Plaza in Belize City.
AMBASSADOR MENDEZ APPOINTED TO HEAD CIDI-OAS BODY IN WASHINGTON
Belize’s Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), Nestor Mendez, has assumed the chairmanship of the OAS Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI).
According to the OAS, the purpose of CIDI is to promote cooperation among its member states for the furtherance of their integral development and, in particular, to help eliminate extreme poverty.
Mendez said that integral development is a fundamental element in fighting the ills that afflict our society, such as violence, crime and insecurity.
“Those things can best be combated by the creation of access for economic opportunities for our people,” Mendez commented.
The Belize Ambassador took over the chairmanship of CIDI from John Beale, Barbados Permanent Representative to the OAS, who held the term for a year.
At the conclusion of his term, Beale highlighted education, in particular, and cited as an example of its impact the experience of the Colombian city of Medellin that has achieved “a remarkable turnaround and is now recognized as a major center of entrepreneurship,” said an OAS release.
How I Go Magazine Shopping in Belize
People often take things for granted when they are starstruck and daydreaming about living on a tropical island. Something so simple as getting a magazine can be a difficult chore or a fun adventure depending on how you look at it. I say how could it not be fun when it involve a 15 minute plane ride and a comfortable taxi through Belize City.
Ordinarily I would have gone straight to San Pedro Books, but sadly they are no longer, which is a shame as I know I would have found what I wanted there. A few months after seeing copies of 2 year old Parents Magazines for $17.95 bzd at Island Supermarket, I crossed them off my magazine store shopping list until I see otherwise. The only other place I know o that sells magazines in San Pedro is Caye Supplies, they sell Belize News Exchange Magazine, but that is not what I needed this time.
Since I had to fly over for to a meeting, I decided to tie that in with a shopping in Belize City and see what I kind of deals I could score in the area of my favorite magazine store.
Eco Kids learn about The Ancient Maya
It looks like the Howler monkeys decided to overnight in the trees over a couple of the cabins, as we were treated to another one of Nature’s alarm clocks at 5:30 am. While a couple of campers rolled over and went back to sleep, several others got up and played a full game of volleyball before 6:30 in the morning!
At the morning muster, everyone was quite excited to find out that today’s theme was the Ancient Maya. Some campers even ran to grab their shoes right away when they found out that
we would be hiking to the nearby Chaa Creek maya site and getting a in-depth presentation from Mayanist Joe Awe.
While waiting for the hike to begin, campers took a stab at sewing their own beanbags. Some of the boys had very nice stitching, and some even got requests from the counselors to sew them one!
Our hike today was one of the longest ones that we would have at the camp, up a couple hills through the jungle and onto a flat area dotted with Mayan mounds. At the site, Mr. Awe gave an amazing rendition of the Mayan creation myth, and an overview of the entire site, as well as providing campers with a photo opportunity over the lookout. Some of us even saw the top of Xunantunich peeking over a hill in the distance.
Once we arrived back at Chaa Creek, Mr. Awe gave a presentation on the history and culture of the Maya, from their origins as hunter-gatherers crossing the Bering Straits, to the decline of their civilization thousands of years ago. And just to make sure the campers were paying attention, he split boys and girls into two teams and gave a pop quiz at the end. It was a close call, but the girls scored higher by one point!
Eco Kids Summer Camp Day 3 – Medicinal Plants
Surprisingly enough, the howler monkeys did not wake us up at 5:30 am, but most campers were already up and at it by 6:00! I wonder if they all wake up this early at home. Of course, they could just have been super excited about today’s Medicinal Plants theme. I mean, how often do you get a presentation from Mrs. Salome about the uses of medicinal plants, and then get to hike a medicine trail to spot them up close? And then to go horseback riding afterwards? Man, even the counselors were excited about that.
Of course, there was maybe a little too much energy for 7:00 in the morning, but a couple morning games of Dodgeball (after a big breakfast of toast and sausages) helped to burn a little of that off. While waiting for Mrs. Salome, campers worked on the pet rocks they had grabbed yesterday from the canoeing trip up the river. Some were quite excited to take the rocks home, especially when counselors mentioned that they never needed to be fed or walked.
“My Kind of Town” (San Pedro is) in Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Up and out on the veranda with my black coffee and the iPad just after 05.00 hours yesterday morning and straight in to The Times online to find (disappointingly) that Arsenal have still to make a major signing. Getting worried now that Arsene Wenger is not going to bring in any one of real quality before the season starts.
I then finished of the ‘change of address’ letters for various institutions in the UK that I have to notify of our imminent move to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.
With the letters finished I showered, shaved and dressed and went (yes, regular readers, you’ve guessed it) to Estel’s for breakfast to ‘kill’ the time (any excuse I know) until Gekko Graphics opened and I could get the letters printed (when we move in to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize we will get our own printer (and bang goes one of my reasons (excuses)) for breakfast at Estel’s!) but until then any printing requires a visit to Gekko Graphics (and Estel’s!).
By the time I had got home (well the temporary home that the condo we are renting is) I had received an email from Fabro’s Glass Limited providing a quotation for the mirrors we want for our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize. A quick ‘phone call for a bit of price negotiation and we had a deal and I placed an order. The mirrors should be with us on 2 August.
UPDATE on the TWO Missing Belizean Children
Children are suspected to have been abducted by their grandfather Juan Jovel with the assistance of an unknown and unidentified woman (source Capital Newspost, Belize) Missing: Fanny Romero – girl
Missing: Jairo Romero – boy
Name of Parent: Felix Romero
Missing From Cowpen Area, Stann Creek District, Belize Central America
Last Seen: Wednesday July 17, 2013
Reports: Reports of two children of similar Description with older man in Western Belize however Belize is small so they could be in any area of Belize.
Please look at these children faces carefully. Many times the kidnapper may attempt to change appearances by cutting hair or changing clothes. Please be on the look out and if you see anything suspicious:
call the nearest police station by dialing 911
10 Good Reasons Why You Should Travel To Belize
From since I started blogging about Belize, one of the most frequently asked questions has been: why Belize? Why should someone choose to travel to Belize opposed to another place? For me, the reasons are pretty simple. A Belize vacation is relaxing and soothing. It’s also physically and mentally stimulating. Many visitors love it so much that they later choose to retire in Belize. Let’s see if I can convince you.
10 Good Reasons Why You Should Travel To Belize
1. The key to having good conversations is having interesting stories. How about adding scuba diving with whale sharks to your recent activities? They are gentle and docile creatures but something about having the words whale and shark next to each other makes it sound intimidating. Or maybe that’s just me?
July 14, 2013 - July 20, 2013 Fishing Report
The tagging expedition finished its work here at El Pescador, which was named an official research center this week! Please join Bonefish Tarpon Trust to keep this research going! http://www.bonefishtarpontrust.org
Antonio Beardall: How much can I get for this?
Belizean Artist, Sharon Martinez releases her new track for Belize Carnival 2013 in September
10 Awesome Beach Bars Around the World
Rojo Beach Bar, Belize
Located just steps from the water, the open-air Rojo Beach Bar is kept cool by ocean breezes -- but if you get too hot, a refreshing infinity pool awaits. The icy cocktails and frosty beers will keep you cool as well, of course. Sit at the bar or stake out one of the hammocks, and make friends with the local patrons and dogs that hang around.
Danny Michel brings a taste of Belize to folk fest with Garifuna Collective
Having criss-crossed Canada and beyond for more than 20 years as a singer-songwriter, it’s not as if Danny Michel is a newbie when it comes to dealing with the headaches of touring.
But the 42-year-old does sound legitimately frazzled on the phone from Vancouver, where he is taking a break from unravelling the tangled logistics involved in organizing a seven-week jaunt with Belize’s Garifuna Collective.
As with many indie songwriters, Michel is used to the lone guitar-slinger approach. So he may be little out of his comfort zone. Today’s dilemma is the dearth of large rental vans available in Calgary for when this unwieldy group of 10 arrive to play the folk festival at Prince’s Island Park.
It’s just the latest challenge for the ambitious tour, which has already taken the act to Winnipeg and Vancouver’s folk festivals. In the past few weeks, Michel has had to deal with booking expensive accommodations (“It costs us $1,000 to sleep, every night,” he says), helping secure visas, finding transportation and — perhaps most unexpectedly — addressing the concerns of government officials. The latter was due to some of the percussion instruments the Garifuna musicians were bringing into Canada, specifically rattles made of turtle shells.
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