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Women of Caye Caulker Documentary To Begin Filming Today!
If you happen to pass by a camera-laden group of people looking quite professional today, it's probably the production crew of the Women of Caye Caulker documentary. The interviews begin today. Here is the line up of people who are making this Oral History project a reality: Cameraman, Mike Desabrais, is a professional videographer and editor from the United States. He is a frequent visitor to Caye Caulker and is volunteering his time to the project. Mike, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Carmen Myrtis-Garcia is an award-winning women's studies professor (U.S.) who years ago created a course and published a textbook on the subject matter of women and goddess-based religions/spirituality of ancient history. She will help with formulating the interview questions, among other things. Brieanne Peixoto is a recent graduate with a degree in cultural anthropology. She is a visitor to our shores. Brie has brought a scanner for family historical photos, and Caye Caulker "old" photos, that the interviewees might be willing to share. Brie's boyfriend will be diving with Frenchie's and she has volunteered to help with this project during her stay in July. Tina Auxillou of Chan n Chill Bar and Grill is setting up the interviews for the project. She will the be the interviewer.

VIDEO: The Belikin bottling factory
Love the music....

New Police Truck Donated During Police Week
Two of San Pedro's officers were honored on Friday, June 29, 2012, at the Medal Ceremony in Belmopan City. Assistant Superintendent of Police and Officer in Charge of the San Pedro Police Department Vienie Robinson and Sergeant Ludgwig Castillo were awarded with the 1st Class Medal Award for serving as Police Officers for over 25 years. Highlighting the ceremony was the handing over of the new police truck which was promised to the San Pedro Police Department in a previous meeting with the mayor and councilors earlier in the year. Mayor Daniel Guerrero officially handed over the pickup truck to ASP Vienie Robinson. Police officers then enjoyed a delicious BBQ in the good company of friends.

Inspiration Telethon Surpasses $1 Million Target
The one million dollar goal set by Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow for the Inspiration Telethon was surpassed as some $1,093,368.66 in pledges and donations was reported at the end of the event on Saturday. Throughout the 10-hour long telethon, persons were able to donate by credit card, text, checks, wire transfers, cash at various booths, buying promo items and by billing to their BTL and BWS post-paid accounts. The donations poured in from all across the country, keeping hotline operators and booth volunteers very busy!

San Pedro High Baseball Team Prepares for Games in Panama
The San Pedro High School baseball team is preparing arduously for a sports challenge which will be a first for the school and for Belize. The team will be representing the country at the Student Athlete Games in Panama City, Panama taking place in September. The high school team is actually a male softball team that has switched gears to baseball in order to be able to compete in the games where they will be playing against the national champions of other Central American countries. "The San Pedro High Softball team won national earlier this year; that was a great achievement for the school," commented team trainer Marion Mejia. "It is a challenge to switch to baseball as the boys are used to a smaller field and bigger balls; but they are training very hard and working on making the switch."

U.S. Investor tells More Tomorrow villagers to leave
Farmers in More Tomorrow Village are going head to head with a U.S. Developer, who is claiming land they say was given to them by the government. The village chairman, Michael Myvette, says that Joseph Martin arrived in Belize from Texas in late 2011, saying that he purchased five hundred acres of land. But the [...]

Avian Flu Alert in Belize; mass bird killing in Mexico
The Belize Agricultural Health Authority has placed a national poultry alert following a major outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza across the border. Since the outbreak in mid June, an estimated one million birds are believed to be susceptible across three farms in Mexico. The numbers so far show that two hundred thousand have died [...]

Scotia Capital Investment report says Belize's budget provides little clarity
A recent strategy report prepared for Institutional Investors by Fixed Income Strategists of Scotia Capital (U.S.A.) Incorporated discussed the implications of the Superbond and the budget presentation to offer to investors. In short, the title says that the Belize budget provides little clarity. The delay in releasing the budget had coincided with the government's reassessment [...]

Further analysis of budget cuts
Following on our first analysis of the presentation of the Prime Minister's disciplined budget, we take another closer look at the numbers. Pro Poor policies such as social protection and poverty alleviation are one of the key priorities of the Government as stated in the Budget proposal Fiscal year 2011/2012. The four key areas are [...]

Management of secondary schools will remain intact
As has been pointed out, the education budget for the current fiscal year has constricted significantly for secondary institutions across the country. A reduction of approximately six hundred thousand dollars between three high schools have been initially reported, cuts that will see Gwen Lizarraga, Sadie Vernon and Belize High School of Agriculture financially strapped. Despite [...]

ITVET faces challenges
The Ministry of Education's massive vocational training initiative, ITVET, is also seeing several of its programs canceled. According to Minister of Education Patrick Faber, enrollment at the institution's various branches has been minimal forcing the school to eliminate a number of courses. A task force will soon be organized to visit each department in an [...]

P.U.P. wants voters' re-registration exercise
The Senate convened its first meeting today following the March seventh General Elections. While the budget for the fiscal year 2012-2013, which was presented in the House of Representatives last Friday, was not discussed the hot button issue on the agenda was a bill for an act to amend the Representation of the People Act, [...]

Burglars you don't know and the thief who works for you
Police officers in the nation's capital conducted a search at an abandoned lot in the Maya Mopan Area on June thirtieth. They found a nine millimeter pistol along with a magazine containing ten live nine millimeter rounds. No one was in the area at the time and the items were labeled and deposited as found [...]

Accident on highway claims life of Orange Walk resident
An Orange Walk resident lost her life over the weekend. Fifty six year old Isabel Carballo lived on San Pablo Street in Orange Walk Town. However, she was walking on mile fifty on the Northern Highway when she was knocked down by a vehicle. The particulars of the vehicle are unknown as the driver never [...]

Busted with weed in his pocket
A Neal Pen Road resident is behind bars tonight after he was allegedly busted on Monday with almost three ounces of weed. Twenty-one year old Gyang Staine appeared before Magistrate Hettie Mae Stuart this morning and was charged for Drug Trafficking. He pleaded not guilty and while bail was offered in the sum of five [...]

B.T.B. says more tourists spent the night
The numbers for over-night tourist arrivals in the Jewel continue to break records and have surpassed that of 2011. We don't know if it's because of the "Heads in Beds" campaign, but the Belize Tourism Board released its annual tourism report that shows a significant seven point four percent boost over 2011's over-night arrivals. Notably, [...]

Health risks associated with sedimentation in Macal River
For years, the Belize Institute for Environmental Law and Policy (BELPO) has been against the operation of the Chalillo Dam in the Mountain Pine Ridge area of Cayo. Their concerns include the question of how long the dam will hold security measures and the health risks associated with the release of sedimentation into the Macal [...]

BELPO says problems could have been avoided on Macal
According to Gonzalez, the sedimentation problem could have been avoided if due process was carried our during the environmental impact assessment. She says that in his forty years of experience, Dr. Lanza saw the worst case of sedimentation in Belize when there was a severe build-up in 2009.   Via Phone: Candy Gonzalez, President, Board [...]

Celebrations Calendar unveiled
Carnival is two months away and the mas camps are beginning their preparation at their regular bases of operation. But there are several activities that are prominent in the month of September. Earlier today the calendar of events for was launched at the House of Culture.   Shari Williams, Communication Officer, NICH "Of course, this [...]

Gwen Liz student commended for doing the right thing
'Do the Rait Ting' is an annual initiative by the Belize Police Department that seeks to recognize young people for their commitment and dedication for making positive choices in life, regardless of the economic or social ills that they encounter. This year's award program is scheduled for next week, but we caught up with the [...]

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