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Security Measures Stepping Up at Lands Department
The Lands Department has, on countless occasions, has been at the centre of reports on corruption, frustrations and controversies over the last years. In recent years, there have been some attempts in getting the department to be transparent and accountable but it is a challenge and a work in progress. We say, work in progress, because there is another plan in the pipeline with the objective of making the unit more efficient. Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Sharon Ramclam, presented some of those planned changes.
“We are looking at an automated numbering system where we can track each and every application that is filed with the department, whether it’s a new lease or a transfer or for a purchase, we’ll be able to track those where we will be able to assign a specific numbering system that will be able to help us track the moving system of that particular application through the system. We are also putting in place a proper tracking system in place for visitors. Everybody who visits any of the lands department throughout the country, will receive a specific receipt, it’s sort of like a ticket saying you visited, this was your complaint, your query, this is the officer who addressed or attended to you and this is what happened and so at the level of the supervisors for those districts and even in Belmopan at the headquarters the supervisors will be expected then to provide updates on a monthly basis on visitations at the various district offices.
Latest Statistics on External Trade Released
The Statistical Institute of Belize has released its latest figures in relation to Belize’s External Trade for the month of June. According to the figures, in June 2014, Belize imported goods valuing almost $159 million, representing a 5.7 percent increase over the same month of 2013. Statistics show that spending on Mineral Fuels and Lubricants and Food and Live Animals rose by a combined $7.3 million. Premium gasoline, milled rice, condensed milk and processed cheese were among the main items contributing to the increase. Thirty percent of imports for the month came from the US at a total of more that $48 million. For June, China was the country which Belize imported goods from the least. As for domestic exports, June was the first month in over a year that there was an increase in the value of Belize’s domestic exports. The value of domestic exports increased by 20 percent to $65.5 million according to the latest external trade statistics.
Public Sector Workers To Invest and Not Distribute Monies
The Public Sector Workers Trust sent out a release today acknowledging the transfer of the $3.06 million dollars from the Government of Belize that had been held in the Government Savings Account for the Trust. According to the release, the Trust will quote, “be fully operational in the very near future, at which time all beneficiaries, including current and retired public officers , teachers, nurses, police, soldiers and coast guard, will be invited to submit projects and proposals as per the purpose of the Trust”, end of quote. So to be clear, the $3.06 million will be invested in projects not handed out to public service workers.
Infrastructural Works For Everyone
Residents of Punta Gorda will be benefiting from some infrastructural works that Government will be carrying out in that municipality. According to Prime Minister, additional financing has been put toward the street infrastructure works for the southern district and priority has been given to the construction of a sports complex.
RT. HON. DEAN BARROW
“Having completed West Street, we have started two new streets, Olivia Santino Street and Cayo Street, with respect to streets. We will, as a priority, get on with their $5 million municipal sporting facility/ community development project as part of these signature projects that we are doing for each municipality. I believe that what’s been agreed is that it is the multipurpose complex, just as you get into PG, certainly as you get off the plane by the airstrip that is going to be completely re-modelled.”
Barrow made it a point in today’s gathering to mention that contrary to the thought of the Punta Gorda residents that they are forgotten, the Government has been making plans for the improvements in Punta Gorda……..Moving on to the western part of the country, the Prime Minister made mention of works being carried out in the twin towns that hopefully will be completed in time for the upcoming September celebrations.
Upgrades and Expansion on National Bank Announced
The National Bank of Belize is about to celebrate its one year anniversary and with that celebration comes plans of expansion, anticipation of additional injected funds and system upgrades. One of those upgrades includes the issuance of ATM cards that will be networked and functional at Heritage bank and credit union automated teller systems. Prime Minister Barrow and the Bank’s chairman, Joy Grant, mentioned some of the plans for the bank at this morning’s press conference.
RT. HON.DEAN BARROW
“Government is looking to put some additional equity into the National Bank because the initial twenty million dollars is just about all accounted for and has been a phenomenal success story and we mean to continue with it. In moving forward and we’re approaching the first year anniversary with the bank we will be taking deposits first of September and issuing debit cards. We are using the network One Facility which means that the card from The National Bank you could use at all the outlets for Heritage Bank and also Credit Union.“
New CEOs For Housing and Foreign Affairs
With the Chief Executive Officer, Alexis Rosado getting ready to relocate to Guatemala City as Belize’s new ambassador to that Central American country, Government found itself having to make some changes in the upper echelons of the government ministries. Those changes were also announced earlier today during the Press Conference at the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel.
RT. HON. DEAN BARROW
“There is need for a replacement and I will ask CEO Lawrence Sylvester who is currently at Housing to move over to foreign affairs. So Lawrence again as you no doubt well know, was at foreign affairs previously, was also high commissioner to the UK, he was well Permanent PR in New York so again somebody who knows the Foreign Ministry inside out and in whom I have absolute confidence. That then means that the position he leaves as CEO of Ministry of Housing has to be filled and I will appoint Mr. Denton Belisle to be the new CEO in the Ministry of Housing. Denton again was one time CEO at the Belize Social Security Board. He was also in the diplomatic service of this country and was high commissioner in the UK at one point in time, the fact is he has a great deal of public service and I believe will also do well in the Ministry of Housing.”
Belize Appoints New Ambassador to Guatemala
Just over three weeks ago Belize’s Ambassador to Guatemala, Alfred Martinez passed away in Guatemala City. Martinez’ death left an opening in a very crucial position considering that Belize and Guatemala are in the process of working through the confidence building measures as well as communications regarding the pending referendum on whether we should go the International Court of Justice to settle the longstanding territorial dispute between both countries. Today during a press conference in Belize City, Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced that he has made the decision, following consultations, to have Alexis Rosado take over the post of Belize’s Ambassador to Guatemala.
Sugar partners must resolve differences, says P.M.
Cane farmers in the North agreed to have the Sugar Industry Control Board (SICB) step in to help resolve their dispute over the commercial agreement with Belize Sugar Industries Limited (BSI) and its partner American Sugar Refining (ASR). BSI says it cannot afford more than 51 cents per […]
PM says no request for extradition of Dr. Errol Elrington has been made
No formal request has been made, but authorities in the United States are determined to get back Belizean-American doctor Errol Elrington, brother of attorney Hubert Elrington and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Attorney General Wilfred Elrington. Dr. Elrington is accused of insurance and medical fraud at his clinic […]
Two murder victims succumb; another incident ruled sudden death
Police have confirmed the passing of 42 year old Alida Asencio, the Mopan Street tacos vendor shot in the abdomen and chest during an invasion of her home on Saturday, July 26. She died at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital around 12:15 pm on Wednesday. She joins Carlos […]
Home invasion reported in Crooked Tree village
There are reports of a frightening home invasion in Crooked Tree village, Belize district. Information received says that a man walked into the home of a village resident and demanded money. No one was hurt in the incident and indications are that the intruder left without taking […]
No private attorney for writ of mandamus
The Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie, is appealing the decision of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin to order the continued investigation of the Elvin Penner immigration scandal in March. The Office of the Solicitor General is handling the case, but today the Prime Minister told us that because Whylie […]
New Belize ambassador to Guatemala named
Prime Minister Dean Barrow today announced the appointment of Alexis Rosado as Belize’s new ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Guatemala. Rosado who up until recently was the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will replace Alfredo Martinez who died earlier this month. Prime Minister […]
Unions get salary adjustment
Several weeks ago, Prime Minister Dean Barrow had asked the major unions – public service, teachers and senior managers – to conclude the Collective Bargaining Agreement with Government that dates back some five years. While it appears they are still holding out, one key aspect of that agreement, […]
Chopping incident in remote Toledo village; suspect shot by police
A chopping incident on Saturday night in San Vicente village, Toledo, has left one man hospitalized. Petrolino Lorenzo Ramirez, 46, a resident of Santa Cruz village was chopped multiple times when he was attacked by a younger man. The details of what prompted the attack are still being […]
Toledo man charged in fatal hit-and-run incident
After weeks of investigations, police in Punta Gorda town have arrested and charged one man in connection with a fatal hit-and-run incident earlier this month. 20 year old George Parham was arraigned on a list of charges including manslaughter by negligence, failure to stop and render aid and […]
Alcalde says BDF soldier behaved rescklessly
Residents of the remote Toledo village of San Vicente are calling for authorities to investigate an unsettling incident in their community on Monday night. Village Alcalde Sebastian Cabb says he was startled out of his sleep around eight o’clock by the sound of about five shots being fired […]
Fire guts house in Orange Walk; homeowner seeks assistance
A house was gutted by fire in Orange Walk town on Tuesday morning. The 15 feet by 20 feet plywood structure with zinc roofing situated on Rio Grande Street, was owned by Olga August. According to reports, the blaze erupted around 6 am on Tuesday. When firemen […]
Tikal, Guatemala to Belize City
My alarm went off at 3:40am to prepare for the sunrise tour of Tikal that left our hotel, the Tikal Inn, at 4:00am. However, when I rolled over to shut off my alarm, I realized that it was pouring buckets out. I got up and put my contacts in while Lindsay’s alarm went off about 10 minutes later. We decided to skip the tour because of the rain. It broke my heart a bit because I was hoping to see an amazing sunrise over the tops of the temples and capture them on my camera. But, alas, I will have to do it another time. The downfalls of traveling in the almost official rainy season.
The park officially opens to normal tourists at 6:00am so we went back to sleep for a couple more hours. The sounds of the rain and the jungle coupled with travel exhaustion from the previous two days led to a great night’s sleep. We soon set out on the short walk from the hotel to the trail entrance where we paid another Q150 to enter the park. If we had waited and not used our ticket from yesterday then we could have saved Q150. Personally, it was worth the expense in my opinion. Instead of wandering around the trails and taking the long way to the Grand Plaza like the day before, we took the direct trail right to the Grand Plaza. As we started walking up the trail we suddenly heard this racket. It sounded like a mix of dying cows and mating gorillas. Not that I know what that sounds like… We both looked at each other and all I could think of was we were on the Lost island with the polar bear!
Cave Tubing in Belize
Lindsay and I are both budget travellers and thus spent countless hours discussing activities and budget over the phone and Skype. We both agreed that we were willing to spend a little more for the opportunity to go cave tubing in Belize. And I must say, it was my favorite activity out of the whole trip!
There are plenty of places to go cave tubing in Belize. We did some research and found out that the best tour company is Vital Nature and Mayan Tours, or often just called Cave Tubing Belize. After our tour I would have to agree, although I have nothing to compare it to, but I wouldn’t go with another company if I ever go back to Belize! I emailed the company prior to our departure to Belize and received a prompt reply within 24 hours from Vitalino. We were able to make reservations for May 16th for the sunset cave tour. We asked if they would be willing to pick us up at the bus station in Belmopan and then drop us off at our hostel in Belize City afterwards. They said they absolutely would! For $75 USD each we got our transportation to and from the tour base, the cave tubing tour, dinner, and rum punch! If we had more people with us, it was just the two of us, the price would have been even cheaper.
Discovering the Beauty of San Pedro, Belize
We woke up early for our big day of snorkeling. Yesterday was rainy and the weather forecast wasn’t really in our favor, but when we opened our eyes the sun was shining! We had to be at the Searious Adventures boat dock by 7:45am. Lindsay and I both slathered sun screen on and walked down to the beach to Estel’s Dine by The Sea for breakfast. Estel’s is pretty much the only place open at 6am. The menu had traditional Belizean foods for a decent price. You order off of their chalkboard menu, which was different. I ordered the fruit with yogurt and water. It only cost me about $5 USD.
After a quick breakfast we walked the two minutes down to the boat dock to begin our snorkeling tour. I will go into a more in-depth post about the snorkeling tour because it was awesome! This was my first time ever snorkeling so I was stroked to do this. I’m a water person so if there is water around I want to be in it. Our snorkeling trip brought us to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley. I was super excited to snorkel up close and personal with sharks and sting rays. Lindsay, however, was not. But, she willingly (or maybe unwillingly) tried to get over her fears and hopped into the water. :-)
Snorkeling in Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Belize
Our half day snorkeling adventure with Searious Adventures started early. Our boat left the Searious Adventures dock at 8am sharp so we had to be there by 7:45am. Luckily, San Pedro is not very big and we could easily walk the 5 minutes from our hostel to the dock. Once we reached the dock, we were handed our snorkeling gear. Carlos, our tour guide for the day, shuffled Lindsay and I into the Searious Adventures’ boat and off we went. But, first we had to pick up more snorkelers along the way from their resort docks. We stopped twice and picked up a total of 6 other couples who would join Lindsay and me for the day.
Once everyone was onboard and we made a quick stop to exchange flipper sizes for one woman at another resort’s dock stocked full of snorkeling and diving gear, we were off for the 5-10 minute boat ride to Hol Chan Marine Reserve. The weather was perfect for snorkeling. It was a bright blue sky day with a few clouds. The wind was calm and it was hot. Good thing we would be in the water most of the trip!
Island Hopping from San Pedro to Caye Caulker, Belize
Putting a heavy pack on top of burnt shoulders and back was not a pleasant feeling. I think we both let out a small scream as we put our arms through the shoulder straps. After checking out of Pedro’s Inn, we headed into town for a quick breakfast before catching the 10am ferry to Caye Caulker. Lick’s is closed on Mondays so we had to find a new breakfast place. Luckily, there was another cafe opened just next door with a breakfast menu and free wifi. I was extremely excited to see crepes on the menu and I ordered a plate. Unfortunately for me, the crepe batter was out and the usual cook was not working today. Another plate of fried jack and traditional Belizean food it was!
We bordered our ferry and set sail for the 45 minute ride to Caye Caulker. The sky was blue and we knew it was going to be a beautiful day! We didn’t have reservations at a hostel so once we landed at the dock of Caye Caulker, our first mission was to find a place to sleep. We got off the dock and found a lovely little bench in the shade near a sleeping dog. Lindsay pulled out her Lonely Planet guidebook and we weighed our options. A local rode his bike up to us and told us that all the places were booked and he would show us a nice hotel to stay at. We politely told him that we weren’t interested. He stuck around and made a few crude remarks and finally left.
Exploring the Laid-Back Island of Caye Caulker
After canoeing to the split and back, Lindsay and I grabbed our cameras and headed to the split on foot to hopefully get some sunset pictures. Unfortunately, the skies haven’t been very cooperative over the past few nights and the sky was cloudy. It was still a pretty sunset, but not the amazing pinks, reds, and oranges that I was hoping for. While watching the sun set in the West, a dread-locked local came over and asked us if we would like some brownies to enjoy with the sunset. We kindly declined his offer knowing what was really in the brownies.
As the final rays of the sun set over the horizon, our stomachs were grumbling with hunger. We decided on eating dinner at Habanero’s Restaurant. It was a little more than I wanted to spend, but Lindsay had her heart set of it after reading about it in her Lonely Planet guide. And I must say the food was fabulous! Everything sounded amazing on the menu, I opted for a grilled chicken salad. It was yummy! We enjoyed our meal on the patio overlooking Front Street. Since it was off-season, it was quiet.
Snorkeling in the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve, Belize
The small island of Caye Caulker, Belize has its own local reef and marine reserve much like the larger marine reserve off the coast of Ambergris Caye called Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Lindsay and I snorkeled in Hol Chan while we stayed in San Pedro and were extremely excited to have the opportunity to snorkel again while staying in Caye Caulker. We booked a half-day snorkeling trip with Mario’s Snorkeling Tours for about $20 USD each. This tour left a bit later than the one we took with Searious Adventures in San Pedro, so we got to sleep in a bit. We walked over to Mario’s office for a 10am departure. We were joined by a couple on a cruise ship from Florida and a woman on vacation from Spain. Once we were all gathered and handed our snorkeling gear, we walked the 5 minutes to the boat dock to load onto our book. Gerald was our tour guide for the day. He was quite the character. He placed us in our corresponding seats based on our weight. He joked with the gentleman from Florida because he was the largest on the trip.
Once we were on the boat, we were ready for the 5 minute boat ride to the local reef located about a 1/2 mile off the coast of the island. The Caye Caulker Marine Reserve lies east off the coast and contains five habitats within its 61 square miles: the mangroves, the littoral forests, the lagoon-marsh lands, the sea grass beds, and the local reef. The marine reserve was established following the lobbying from several Caye Caulker stakeholders and the Siwa-ban Foundation beginning in the 1990s. The area was finally designated as a marine reserve in 1998. Our first stop of the day was Caye Caulker’s Shark Ray Alley.
Caye Caulker Back to Reality in Maine (USA)
My final day arrived before I knew it. It was time to say goodbye to island life and Lindsay. Lindsay was staying for another week in beautiful Belize, while I had to go home back to my regular life. Part of me was ready to return back to Maine with its cool spring weather, but the other part of me wanted to stay in Central America. The more I travel in Central America, the more I fall in love with Latin America culture and geography. For a small region, it’s extremely diverse and colorful.
I woke early to pack and shower. Takeoff from the tiny Caye Caulker airport at the end of the island was promptly at 9:15am. I needed to be at the airport by 8:45am or else I would be left behind with no refund. Lindsay really wanted to try Glenda’s Cafe that she read about in her guidebook. It was nearby the airport so we decided to spend my last meal with her at the small cafe. The cafe was located in the woman’s clapboard home and served traditional Belizean food with a side of a cinnamon roll. I chose a breakfast sandwich and Lindsay chose the scrambled eggs. Both meals were delicious and filling. I enjoyed it because I knew my next meal would be in the Atlanta airport between my flights.
Answers? A Trip Back To Caye Caulker – Two Times in Two Days
Yesterday I posted about the rumors swirling around the Split at Caye Caulker and about how I thought the easiest way to get the answer about whether or not it was being developed was to ask the owner.
I got a bit of negative feedback about this post. About my superior attitude, general nosey-ness. About how I was trying to create drama (I did concede that many times in yesterday’s post) and how I portrayed the caye in a very negative light.
These concerns started to weigh on me a bit while I was over there. So…after stopping over at the owner’s home to politely inquire (from his lovely family) if he was available and finding that he was not, I decided to just take a leisurely stroll about the island.
Perhaps I’ll shoot him an email. But I’m not expecting much more information. It’s his land. And while plans are still up in the air, I don’t really expect him to share with a total stranger. I mean…I sure wouldn’t.
And I expect things will change slowly…if much at all. But it is certainly something I am going to keep an eye on.
Belize Tourism Enjoys Rise in First Half of 2014
Citing a recent article in Belize’s Amandala newspaper, which used statistics released by the Belize Tourism Board, Chaa Creek’s co-owner and GM Lucy Fleming said that continued strong growth in the tourism sector is providing benefits across Belize’s economy and society, benefits that will in turn continue to make Belize more attractive to travellers.
“Belize’s economy is now tourism-oriented, so a rise in visitor numbers translates into a healthier, happier society, making Belize even more attractive,” Ms Fleming said.
“In short, more tourists mean a stronger tourism product, which will in turn attract more tourists. It’s a very positive, self-perpetuating cycle,” she added.
The Amandala article, “Belize Draws 29.3% More Tourists For First half of 2014” (July 18, 2014) noted that “Belize continues to draw more tourists to its shores, with overnight tourist arrivals up 11.8% and cruise tourist arrivals up 36.9% for the first half of 2014, according to data released this evening by the Belize Tourism Board (BTB).
NAFTA and the Future of Canada, Mexico and the United States
The 20th anniversary of NAFTA’s implementation on Jan. 1 has revived some of the perennial arguments that have surrounded the bloc since its inception. The general consensus has been that the trade deal was a mixed bag, a generally positive yet disappointing economic experiment.
That consensus may not be wrong. The history of the North American Free Trade Agreement as an institution has been one of piecemeal, often reluctant, integration of three countries with a long tradition of protectionism and fierce defense of economic national sovereignty. While NAFTA was a boon for certain sectors of the economy, particularly the U.S. agriculture industry, the net effect of the world’s second-largest trade bloc remains somewhat unknown.
The debate over NAFTA can, however, obscure some fundamental realities about the future of North America and its three major countries. While the formation of the trading bloc represented a remarkable political achievement, NAFTA has remained a facilitating institution whose success has mirrored the ebb and flow in the slow but inevitable economic integration of the United States, Mexico and Canada. What lies ahead for the three countries will not so much be the result of NAFTA as NAFTA will be the result of the strong geopolitical imperative binding the three together. Washington, Mexico City and Ottawa are tied into major global and regional trends that Stratfor has been following over the years, trends that continue to point to a comparatively bright future for the North American triad.
Foodstuffs on Caye Caulker
For such a small place, Caye Caulker has a serious amount of places to eat. And amongst them is quite a variety. I will start this post by saying how impressed I was with the food on Caye Caulker. Bravo to you little island.
Now onto the show...
Upon arriving from Chetumal, we asked Madi where we should go for dinner – it had been a long day of travel (11 hours to be exact) and she quickly said “Go to Syd’s.” That was a decision we would not soon (or ever) come to regret.
They say in sports and business to lead with your best. Syd’s was the best thing on Caye Caulker. Known for their fried chicken it DID NOT disappoint. Being someone who likes to eat and likes to eat chicken, I must say that fried chicken is something virtually never eaten in our house. Luckily Syd does not feel the same way.
SEALY PROUD TO REPRESENT BELIZE
Among the flag bearers at the opening ceremony of Glasgow 2014 were Olympic champions, world-record holders and a part-gym worker from Ipswich.
It is a strange-sounding situation but one which Katy Sealy made the most of after being asked to carry the flag of Belize last week at Celtic Park.
In front of a packed stadium and millions of viewers across the world, the 23-year-old proudly led the Central American's small team around the field ahead of her second Commonwealth Games.
It was an experience she understandably described as the best of her life and a scenario the English-born heptathlete could never have imagined not so long ago.
Having taken up athletics with Ipswich Harriers aged 13, Sealy was just competing at smaller competitions across Great Britain when six years ago her grandfather suggested she made looked at representing Belize.
"My grandad and grandma lived out there in the 1960s," Sealy explained. "My dad, my auntie and my uncle were all born out there.
"I claim dual citizenship through my dad and about six years ago my grandad said 'could you represent Belize? Would it be possible?'
"We looked into it and I had never competed for England or any other country, so obviously it was available for me.
New Study Helps Promote and Build Aquaculture in the Caribbean
Globally, aquaculture is a multi-billion-dollar industry, but the Caribbean has yet to tap into its true potential to expand marine and fresh water aquaculture.
The good news is that a recently concluded study will provide the necessary foundation for a region-wide programme to harness more from the culture of fish and other fisheries products.
Milton Haughton, Executive Director of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), emphasised that: “Aquaculture has the potential to make greater contribution to economic and social development of the Caribbean, provided that appropriate policy frameworks and incentives are provided for stakeholders in the sector.”
The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (2014), published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, said that world food fish aquaculture production expanded at an average annual rate of 6.2 per cent in the period 2000–2012 (and 9.5 per cent in 1990–2000), from 32.4 million to 66.6 million tonnes, with growth being relatively faster in Africa (11.7 per cent) and Latin America and the Caribbean (10 per cent).
Have a lot of fun and contribute to important tarpon research
in the Belize Tarpon Tagging Expedition, held Aug. 9-16 and 16-23. Anglers will join UM scientist Jerry Ault and fly-fishing great Stu Apte on the flats of northern Belize to catch, implant satellite tags, and release tarpon. For more information, email Adam Marton at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312-440-1200, or call Steve McLaughlin at Front Range Anglers at 303-494-1375.
Summer study abroad program caters to UCF biology students
With coral reefs below and the blue sky above, students traded the lecture hall for the Caribbean sea. And their classmates? Nurse sharks, sea turtles, eels and lionfish.
As part of a two-credit summer abroad course, 13 students had the opportunity to swim among these marine animals.
Biology professor Linda Walters led the group of students.
“I am a firm believer that study abroad and other intensive experiences are essential for truly engaging our students and preparing them for 21st-century jobs,” Walters said.
In just a week, the course included the study of 60 species in the depths of the Glover’s Atoll, which is about 35 kilometers off the coast of Belize. Considered one of the most diverse sources of coral reefs in the Caribbean, the atoll provides a nursery for sharks and turtles, among other creatures.
Jesuits to merge Southern, Central provinces Thursday
The Jesuit order of priests who have operated at St. Charles College in Grand Coteau for 176 years will, among others, mark a transformation in their regional administration Thursday.
Michael Bourg, executive director for advancement for the Southern Province, based in New Orleans, said that province will merge with the Central Province, based in St. Louis. The merger is part of a continuing administrative changeover in which 10 provinces of Jesuits — the Society of Jesus is the order’s formal name — will eventually consolidate into four provinces. The provinces of Chicago and Detroit were the first to merge last year.
The new province will include Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. The province also includes the Central American country of Belize, where the Jesuits operate two parishes and a two-year college. The merged province includes more than 1 million square miles, six colleges or universities, 13 church parishes, 11 high schools and seven spirituality centers.
In search of a remedy for MS, a journey out of the gridlock of America’s health system and into the jungles of Belize, where medicine men promise cures for everything that ails you.
Belize is known for its world-class scuba and snorkeling, its Mayan ruins, and its white sand beaches. But if you know where to look, it’s also a place to buy bottled, natural cures for every imaginable affliction. Nine years ago, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and every day since then I have given myself an injection of a drug called Copaxone, which has a retail price of $60,000 per year. I do not know if the drug is effective, but I’ve felt pretty close to normal for most of the last seven years, so I’m reluctant to stop taking it for fear of what might happen next.
Video: Belize movie, 7min.
This video is about diving in Belize.
Video: Melly Sanchez interviewed, 2.5min.
Melly Sanchez is born and raised in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. It was her dream to someday open a restaurant. After so many years of managing Caliente restaurant, the opportunity to take over the restaurant presented itself.
Video: Luke Chadwick of Kanantik & Sanctuary Belize - Golden Foodie Awards Partner 2014, 2min.
Golden Foodie Awards partner Luke Chadwick of Kanantik Residences & Estates chats with us for a fun video about Belize and partnership with the GFA's!
Video: Belize Mission Trip - Spring 2014, 6min.
from Mpact Ministries
Video: Morey eel in a basket, 2min.
Feb 2014 in Ambergris Caye Belize
Video: Belize & Tikal in 10 Days, 3min.
10 days in Belize (minus the 22ish hours we spent in Tikal, Guatemala). July 2014. Filmed on GoPro Hero 3.
Itinerary & Favorites:
Days 1 - 3: Cayo District. Drove from the airport to the Cayo, and stopped at the Belize Zoo on the way. Stayed at Cool M Farms in Santa Elena (very close to San Ignacio). Went cave tubing and zip lining with Maximum Adventure Tours. Drove to Mountain Pine Ridge area to check out Gaia Riverlodge, Rio On Pools, and Rio Frio Cave. Visited the Saturday market in San Ignacio and ate pupusas. Explored a little bit of Spanish Lookout. Ate dinner and drank Belekins every night at Ko-Ox Han nah, also known as “Hannah’s.”
Day 4: Tikal, Guatemala. Had a guided afternoon tour with a wonderfully into portals and aliens and the movie “Contact” guide arranged by Destiny Tours. Got to hold a tarantula as well as see it shoot acid poo, listened to another guide’s stories about seeing dolphins and other mysterious phenomena in the sky, saw coatis in the wild, and watched the sunset from a top a temple. Stayed at the Jaguar Inn overnight, and left for the beach in the morning.
Days 5 - 10: San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Stayed at Cocotal Inn & Cabanas about 2 miles north of town (serene zone away from the party). Enjoyed free use of their bikes and sea kayaks to fish, snorkel, and explore the island. Went snorkeling in Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley with Searious Adventures. Ate pupusas (again) at Papuseria, and the next day ate more pupusas and large quantities of lobster ceviche and lobster burrito at Waruguma across the street. Saw a raccoon in a coconut tree by our pool, as well as plenty of lizards, birds, fish, and other critters. Ate mangos and pineapple from the Greenhouse mart and bought sardines for fishing at Captain Sharks. Every night we watched the sunset in chairs on a dock with a couple Belekins.
Video: La Isla Bonita, Making pilot episode trailer, 4min.
a documentary of the making of Belize first Telenovela.
Video: Delivering Pizza in Cayo, Belize, 29min.
Running Pizza in Belize!
Video: I Love Belize by: Yasmine, 5min.
My country is a beautiful place and i love it and now i want the world to know that i love my coutry.