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The San Pedro Sun

Lighthouse Christian Radio hosts Swim Splash Camp
Lighthouse Christian Radio held a three-day swimming camp with USA National Team Triathlete, Casey Bateman. The Swim Splash Camp encompassed swim techniques, water safety, swim stroke methods and basic triathlon training. The camp took place on Monday, August 12th and ran through Wednesday, August 14th at the beach in front of Holiday Hotel and was attended by approximately 30 children from ages 7-18. “This camp is aimed to give children the basic techniques of swimming while providing a safe environment for the children to learn and develop in their swimming,” said Clive Welch, manager of Lighthouse Christian Radio. Due to the proximity of the sea, children here in San Pedro usually learn to swim at an early age, but at many times this is done without proper adult guidance which can be dangerous. “Everyone swims here in San Pedro, but as far as techniques go we do not have that. It is very important that children learn the proper way to swim. Parents should also be more aware of children while they are swimming,” said Welch.

Woofer: Hot Dog
Language barriers can really cause a problem. For example, what is a hot dog?

Misc Belizean Sources

VIDEO: "Kids in Action" Scuba Fun Dive 2013
PADI Suba Certification Fun Dive at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize

SFDC Celebration
The Succotz Festival Drum Corps had their big celebration yesterday.

CTV3

Educators Align National Curriculum Ton School Curriculum TO Improve Student Performance
Earlier in the newscast we told you about the leadership program current principals and vice-principals took at the Corozal Junior College. The program is geared at creating Quality Child friendly Schools which will in turn improve the education system since children will be able to improve in their performance. There are many aspects in good leadership and one of those is being able to identify the weaknesses of ones school and working towards improving those areas. Numeracy is a concern for the entire country and every year it seems as if there is no improvement. However, things are expected to change as those who took part in the program will now go back to their respective classrooms and implement what they learnt in order to improve the education system. Gregorio Moralez, San Narciso Government School “The entire presentation that you see today has been based on all the numerously throughout the curriculum from the infant division to standard six.”

Meet Belize's Delegates For International Pageants
The crowning of the Miss America Latina Del Mundo 2013 is scheduled to take place in Cancun Mexico on Saturday August 31st and Belize will be represented. Twenty year old Jasmine Middleton from Corozal Town will travel to Cancun where she will be joining delegates from 30 different Latin countries taking part in the competition, and the international event activities set to begin tomorrow August 18th. Middleton has participated from the age of 16 in many pageants including Queen of the Bay 2008 in Corozal. In 2011 she was named the winner of the Miss Bitmore Best Western Swimsuit Contest and in 2012 she won the title of the Reina Del Tropico Belize and she was named the winner of the Miss Friendship Award in Honduras for the Reina Del Tropico International 2012 Pageant. Middleton also represented Belize in the 2012 Miss Costa Maya International Pageant and was the second runner up for the Miss World Belize 2009 pageant.

CJC Records Increase In Student Intake
With over 26 years of serving the northern community, this year Corozal Community College witnessed a 10 % increase of student intake for the opening of the new school year. This morning, freshman students from across the north, flooded the schools auditorium as they were given a warm welcome and a tour of the compound. Jose Mai – Dean MJC “Today we are having an orientation for the new students and the purpose of this orientation is to introduce students to college life, we also want to acclimatize students to their new surroundings and we also want to provide the students with an opportunity to meet the teacher, an opportunity for the students to see where they would be having their classes, the type of infrastructure that we have.” According to Jose Mai, Dean of CJC, a 10% increase in student enrolment is prove that as years go by more students are becoming interested in the different courses that the educational institution has to offer.

Children Promote Diabetes Awareness
It is estimated that as many as 13.1 percent of Belizeans over the age of twenty are affected by diabetes placing Belize as the country with the uppermost cases of diabetes related deaths in the Caribbean. Diabetes is a mounting health problem which has gained the name of silent killer because many, who are suffering from the disease, don’t even know they do. In order to raise awareness about the disease, a group of approximately 30 children took to the streets of Corozal Town today with one aim: to let people know that diabetes does exist and it does not discriminate. Julio Uk, organizer Diabetes Awareness Campaign “Today we are creating awareness through riding for diabetes education and prevention, so that the people of Corozal might be aware that there is preventative measures that can be taken for people who suffer from diabetes and those who already have diabetes, that there is way to control them, so Community Restore is creating awareness, we are telling the community that we are here to support any family that is enduring diabetes. We have about 30 kids participating toady on the bike-a-ton.”

No Potable Water In Guinea Grass
For six months now residents of Sarteneja in Corozal have had the terrible experience of not having a single drip of potable water. While the situation there is being looked into, residents of Guinea Grass Village are also experiencing the same problem. While they have not been out of potable water for six months, residents are frustrated since they find the need to fill their buckets at night. The situation is that water pressure is very in certain areas of the village, but that’s not what has resident up in arms. They claim that the water is purposely being cut-off, so, today we headed out to the village in search of answers. One resident, who did not wish to appear on camera, told us that the lack of water has been affecting her in many ways. Resident, Guinea Grass Village “Estan cortando el agua y no han dicho porque lo cortan en la noche y no lo ponen de nuevo has como las once el día siguiente. Esto me está afectando porque no puedo lavar y en este tiempo necesitamos el agua. Sé que algunos no están pagando y por ellos los demás están pagando yo pago pero otros no y ahora hasta yo estoy sufriendo las consecuencias eso no es justo porque yo pago. Entiendo que quieren meter el sistema de meter y eso va a estar más duro porque ya no vamos a poder gastar la cantidad de agua qué usamos ahorita porque entonces si se nos va a empezar a cobrar por la cantidad de agua que uno usa y eso va a estar más duro. Si eso pasa yo abro mi poso mejor.” Chairman of the village, Jose Hernandez, told us via phone that he too shares the same concern but the situation is beyond his control. According to the chairlady of the village’s water board, Angela Pech, what’s affecting the water system is that during the rainy season, when there is lightning and thunder, the electricity plant which controls the water pump, trips off. She has informed the maintenance operator of the glitch and he has been working on the issue.

BelizeCan Continues The Fight Against Gender Policy
The 2013 National Revised Gender Policy is back in the headlines as it continues to be the cause of controversy. Despite all the negativity drawn by the document, since according to the religious sector, it promotes homosexuality; government is going full speed ahead in its implementation. So much so that reports are that GOB has added a Gender Department at the University of Belize in Belmopan although they claim to be awaiting the requested changes on the policy by members of the Clergy. The alleged opening of the department is already receiving disapproval, at least on behalf of BelizeCan. Patrick Menzies- President BelizeCan “Well we have both folks from both inside and out that have informed us that they are going to have a Gender Department created at UB and we have them telling us that the university has passed out copies of the Gender Policy to the staff and that Anne Marie Williams is already there and she is the one who is going to be heading the department. What they are doing Is sensitizing the staff and there are also plans to have classes and because Monday is the first day of class we are doing what we can to bring attention to this and to block that implementation of that department because we believe that is plan to down the wrong road. We will also be having a demonstration in front of the National Assembly and we are asking the P.M to stop that because they already said that they are going to consider the churches input on the policy so we want that they keep their commitment and retract the policy while changes are being done.”

Blogs

“You’ll Always Find Me in the Kitchen at Parties” in San Pedro, Ambergris Cate, Belize.
I forgot to mention in the previous edition that when we met with Daniel Camal, our building contractor, we had told him that we had chosen someone other than him to build the fence for us. Even though it was obvious that he was disappointed Daniel, being Daniel (and by this I mean a genuinely nice guy), proceeded to ask how we were going to have it constructed. When I explained what we had decided upon he very quickly suggested changes that he said would provide for a much stronger structure. During the course of our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize we have come to trust Daniel’s judgement/knowledge/advice so we are going to go with his recommendations. Little doubt that the adoption of them will increase the cost. But we will have a fence that is a lot stronger and one that should last a lot longer. After a morning taking care of various bits and pieces Rose and I went to Estel’s for lunch – shrimp omelette for me and a burger for Rose (no photos because quite honestly I wanted to eat my lunch and not delay this whilst taking photos of it – inconsiderate/selfish ? You bet) – and after finishing it we went straight to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize and got there shortly after 15.00 hours.

Belize Travel – Caye Caulker
Caye Caulker, an island with the motto “Go Slow” and not a single paved road, has become Belize’s own backpacker paradise. With cheap accommodation and reasonably priced tours, the Caye offers backpackers a chance to experience Caribbean living without going over budget. Prices are rising as more and more developers move in but for now, Caye Caulker still remains a relatively calm, laid back island retreat. Located a short 45 minute boat ride from Belize City, Caye Caulker is filled with activities that could easily keep you busy for a week or more… or you might just want to spend that week lounging on a beach hammock. The island is small, around 5 miles long, and unfortunately doesn’t have any real beaches. That being said, there is plenty to see and do. To start with, you have to check out the island and the best way to do that is by renting a bike or for a bit more speed, a golf cart. Cars are kind of pointless on an island this small and you can actually easily walk to most of the main “attractions” from the center of town.

International Sources

Maku Solicits Support for Under-Privileged People
The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, has pleaded with Nigerians to always render assistance to less-privileged members of the society. Maku made the appeal in a keynote address he delivered at a dinner, organised by the Belize Consulate in Abuja. The fund-raising event was held in collaboration with the Nigeria-Belize Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture. It was organised to solicit financial support for the establishment of an Inspiration Centre, a brain-child of Belize’s Prime Minister’s wife, Kim Barrow, aimed at helping the under-privileged.

Get Going to Belize
Belize is a unique nation in many ways. Although bordered by the Spanish-speaking nations of Mexico and Guatemala, English is the official language, though Spanish and Creole are widely spoken. Modern Belizeans are a mix of Black African, Mayan Indian, Carib Indian, Asian Indian, Chinese, Mennonite and European influences. One of the most famous attractions to Belize is its well-conserved environment. Both the land and underwater ecosystems of Belize are home to diverse families of flora and fauna, attracting the attention of visitors, scientists and environmental organizations alike. Make sure to bring your scuba gear, because Belize has the world’s second-longest barrier reef. As you explore beyond the coastline, keep your eyes peeled for the Blue Hole, a 1,000-foot-diameter hole in the center of the Lighthouse Reef Atoll. Over 400 feet deep, Blue Hole is the place to be for recreational diving. You’ll be able to tell everyone you swam with the sharks when you visit Shark Ray Alley, part of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, a protected barrier reef. Visitors to the alley will encounter nurse sharks and southern sting rays, easily recognized through clear water. Other marine ecosystems to check out are Half Moon Caye, home to nearly a hundred bird species, and Laughing Bird Caye, popular for scuba diving and snorkeling.

Consolidated Water Provides Growth And Dividends
Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. (CWCO) operates seawater desalination plants and water distribution systems in the Virgin Islands, Belize, the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas. The company operates in three segments; Retail, which provides services to residential end users, Bulk, which supplies water to government utilities and Services, which designs, constructs and sells desalination plants to third parties and offers plant management and operating services. The company's desalination technology can produce fresh water from seawater which makes it extremely valuable in coastal regions with little or no fresh water available. Shares have nearly doubled since last November on strong operating results but still sit at less than half of the company's all-time highs. At this point, with the dividend roughly equivalent to the 10-year Treasury yield, investors may be wondering if there is any further value in CWCO shares. I'll argue here that long-term tailwinds should continue to drive the stock higher but that a pullback would provide some margin of safety.