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WEEKLY WEATHER OUTLOOK FOR BELIZE
Valid: Monday-Monday, July 9-16, 2012
Conditions will be a bit drier over most areas this week. Some showers and thunderstorms will continue to pop up because of the residual moisture and instability in the region. Low pressures will persist over CA and southern Mexico.
The features of interest this week will be persistent low pressures across Central America and southern Mexico. A weak surface trough will move over Yucatan and Belize on Wednesday, while a Tropical Wave will move into the extreme NW Caribbean and western Cuba by Wednesday morning. These features will favor the development of more showers and thunderstorms over Belize this working week, particularly so along the coastal region.
Residual moisture and instability will favor outbreaks of showers and thunderstorms this week especially on Wednesday & Thursday as a trough of low pressure moves across the region. Showers will be locally concentrated over central coastal areas and southern Districts.
Daytime heating will add to the instability, triggering afternoon thunderstorms over inland areas of the Orange Walk, Cayo and Toledo districts. Expect sunnier and warmer conditions this week and over the coming weekend, interrupted at times by localized moderate showers and afternoon thunderstorms. Showers and thunderstorms will be on the increase on Monday and Tuesday of next week.
Daily rainfall accumulations will range from 0.10-0.25 of-an-inch in most districts through Sunday. Expect higher rainfall rates of 0.50-1.25 inch in the hilly areas of north-western Orange Walk District, the Stann Creek and Toledo District, and NE Cayo on Wednesday and Thursday.
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Belize’s Unique and Funny Signs
Traveling through Belize over these past two and a half months have given me countless cultural experiences, jungle adventures, and rich Maya culture knowledge. But, in addition to those, I’ve had a few lighthearted laughs and curious dumb-face looks with many of Belize’s traffic and street signs. I’ve seen countless of these unique and funny signs all around the country, and here are some of the ones I’ve been able to capture:
Caye Caulker – According to “oral history”, there’s a Dachshund dog (you know, the one with the hot dog shape) in Caye Caulker that belonged to an old woman who passed away some years ago. Still to this day, the dog can be seen crossing Caye Caulker’s main street.
Caye Caulker – “En cada relacion usa condon” (Use a condom in each relationship). Near the airport, there’s this one wild desolate place between the mangroves where apparently people go to “shag”. I guess the people in Caye Caulker want to implant some moral conscience with this sign, while still letting you have some fun!
2012 Placenia Lobsterfest Photography
Photos from the 2012 Placencia lobsterfest in Belize.
Carmelita Lara is Seńorita Flor de la Feria
Congratulations, Carmelita Lara! She won the Flor de la Feria pageant in Benque.
"The "Seńorita Flor de la Feria" pageant for 2012 was held last night. All the ladies were winners but one had to be crowned as the Queen. Congrats to all! The results were:
Carmelita Lara: "Srta. Flor de la Feria 2012"
Loveina Pat: "Miss Popularity" (Majority of votes at the Second presentation) & "Miss Amistad"
Ivania Sansores: "Miss Photogenic" (Majority of votes on http://www.benqueviejotown.com/)"
We have our next Miss Belize! Destinee Arnold, from Cayo's Roaring Creek, has won the pageant. Congratulations, Ms. Arnold, the Queen of the Jewel!
Toucan Education Program's Belize Course
TEP has a great video out showing all the amazing things they do for their 3 week Belize course. They do a lot in Cayo, of course. They tour the Green Iguana Conservation Project. Xunantunich is on there. They show the inner workings of the Chilillo Dam too.
"The Belize Course was developed and directed by Dr. Jonathan Warner, Economics Tutor at Quest University in British Columbia, Canada. The course was directed in Belize for a little over three weeks in its entirety. Students were afforded an opportunity to follow the course theme and or take on mini research projects of their own. In an effort to give students a deeper understanding of the issues facing the country; the course skillfully combined guest lectures, co-curricular, and extra curricular activities."
Kid-friendly Butterfly Farm Adults Will Enjoy In Belize
The Blue Morpho Butterfly Farm at Chaa Creek is worth a visit. Interesting fact about why they appear blue.
"If you ever visit Belize, to Cayo District in the west, the question isn’t what are we to do since it is so far from the ocean? It’s how can we fit so many activities in a day and still enjoy the tranquil, green and vastly untouched land the Mayans and people of all cultures and color called home?
According to research, the blue morpho butterflies are not true blue. They have overlapping scales covering their wings and the scales on the wing tops have tiny ridges that reflect blue light. The underside of their wings are brown. When they are at rest, you will see that they are brown with their wings folded up."
BNE Firefighter Team Training
Belize Natural Energy trained some firefighters! Training can be fun. Thanks again, BNE, for all the BNE Charitable Trust projects you've made happen in Cayo and Belize!
"The weather outside is stormy, and it's also raining [fire]men here at BNE. Our firemen are hard at work staying trained and fit. Thank you for all your hard work to keep BNE personnel and facilities safe."
Belize Dance Company at Festival du Sud
The Belize Dance Company is in Europe, representing Belize. They're having fun at the Festival du Sud. Have a great time in Europe!
"Journey with us as we share Belize's diverse cultures and rhythms in Europe!!!!"
Cayo Welcome Center in Early July
Many of the buildings are almost finished in the Cayo Welcome Center. It appears more massive now. The wooden structures are nearing completion. The new bar, Bamboo, is also nearing completion.
Ceibo Chico Conservation Post Launch pictures
Pictures from the Ceibo Chico Conservation Post launch on July 4th. It's located in the Chiquibul National Forest, in southern Cayo. The FCD was instrumental in the project. PACT provided the funding.
"Chiquibul Forest, Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD)"
Queen of the Jewel Swimsuit Line at Midas
The Queen of the Jewel has a new swimsuit line, designed by RH Creations, coming out soon. They did a photoshoot in Cayo at Midas Resort. You can see the delegates model the new line on the The Next Miss Belize page. The pageant takes place tomorrow night at the Bliss. Good luck to all the delegates.
"These swimsuit are the first ever swimsuits designed for Queen of the Jewel in collaboration with internationally reknowned fashion designer RH! They will be for sale soon online at our website!"
Flavors of Belize Launch Party pictures
The Flavors of Belize had their launch party, and Olivera Rusu was there to take some spectacular pictures. Looks like Tanya McNab's dream has become a smashing success. Congratulations to all involved.
"The final product is just amazing. The finesse of the book, the quality of editing, the way the recipes are explained… everything is perfect! Tanya McNab is well known for her attention to details and she did this project perfect! The entire team was amazing and so much fun!"
You can purchase Flavors of Belize online, or see some of the recipes at: http://www.flavorsofbelize.com/
BNYCF Chess And Wildlife Camp
The Belize National Youth Chess Foundation had their 5 day Chess and Wildlife Camp. The kids got to see the Belize Zoo, experience nature, and learn chess. What a great mix!
Cristo Rey finally gets water
After 75 days without water, residents of Cristo Rey village are finally able to turn on the taps again and get the precious liquid instead of hot air. Thanks to ALL who worked to get the pump and the guys who worked through the weekend to restore the water system.
Caye Caulker Chronicles
Caye Caulker BTIA appoints new Board of Directors
The Caye Caulker Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) recently held a special branch meeting chaired by National President, Mr. Jim Scott, and appointed a new Board of Directors with effect from May 14, 2012, to lead the CCBTIA in the next year. The new Board Members are as follows:
Stacy Badillo – Chairperson
Joanna Arellano – First Vice Chairperson
Javier Novelo – Second Vice Chairperson
Thomas Blanco – Treasurer
Maria Vega – Secretary
Directors: Ernesto Marin Jr., Reuben Reyes, Alina Zaldivar and Louis Antonio Aguilar (Past Chairman)
The Mission of the Caye Caulker BTIA is: To promote sustainable development through Community Ownership and Exemplary Tourism Practices
Kenrick Williams, 34, convicted of murder of schoolgirl, 16
First trial ended with split jury; office of DPP did not consider case “suitable” for death penalty... A jury of ten men and two women convicted Kenrick Williams, 34, of Libertad, Corozal District, of murder after three hours and twelve minutes in deliberation in the Northern Session of the Supreme Court before Justice Denis Hanomansingh this afternoon, Wednesday, in Corozal Town.
125 tons of sugar stolen from BSI
The sugar is valued at $125,000... Police have detained three persons pending investigation of a large-scale theft of sugar belonging to Belize Sugar Industries (BSI) that was destined for export.
Media boycott KHMH press conference
KHMH officials refused to release 94-page audit beforehand... The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) called a press conference for 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4, to discuss the findings of the June 2012 special audit conducted by Auditor General Dorothy Bradley—but most of the media houses decided to boycott the event because of the KHMH’s refusal to allow us to look at the document before the press conference.
Barrow says ICJ referendum budget is $9 million – campaign won’t start ’til 2013
The Congress of Guatemala last week announced that it had communicated with the Electoral Tribunal of that country about moving forward with holding a national referendum on the question of whether the territorial differendum between Belize and Guatemala should be submitted to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for final resolution.
KHMH audit unveils financial irregularities
CEO and Director of Finance fire back... Longworth says comment on his $2,000 monthly entertainment allowance was sensationalist... The Special Audit Report of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), looking into transactions spanning April 2010 - December 2011, was concluded in June by Auditor General Dorothy Bradley and was finally released on Wednesday, June 4. The report is for an audit investigation which started in January 2012 and ended April 23, 2012.
Double murder in Corozal hotel
Were hotel owner and daughter shot to death for $250,000 allegedly in hotel safe? Belizeans Clari Fredersdorf, 32, and her daughter, Shanny Fredersdorf, 18, the owners of the Hotel Paradise Bay Villas of South End Corozal, were both shot dead by armed, masked men in their hotel, in what, presumably, was a robbery that occurred about 10:30 last night Wednesday.
Snapshots from COBY 3on3 Knockout Tournaments
A couple Saturdays ago, on June 23, the COBY Foundation, “in collaboration with FIBA 33 Youth Basketball,” sponsored its annual COBY 3 on 3 Knockout basketball tournaments at the court on Birds Isle. The schedule called for tournaments in three different age categories, all males, beginning at 8:00 a.m. with the “12yrs & Under,” followed by the “14yrs & Under,” and culminating with the “16yrs & Under” competition.
Free Judo Demonstration Show this Sunday at the Princess
The Judo Association of Belize (JAB) is extending an invitation to the public to come out this Sunday, July 8, at 5:30 p.m. at the Princess Hotel & Casino (The Majestic Room) for a JUDO DEMONSTRATION SHOW. A highly qualified Judo Instructor will be visiting Belize and will be the main participant at the Show – Mr. Neil Ohlenkamp who is a 6th degree Black Belt in Judo. The Show is for FREE.
Harlem crowned as Dangriga U-19 Basketball Champions
The Dangriga Basketball Association (DBA) held its U-19 Basketball Championships on Saturday, June 30, at the Y-Not Island. The first game was the battle for 3rd place, featuring Back-a-town and Seine Bight Sharks, and it was Seine Bight capturing 3rd place with a score of 51-41. Top scorers for Seine Bight were Dominique Guzman with 12pts 10 rebounds and Hyram Augustine 26pts 12rebs, while Back-a-town was led by Steve Flores with 15pts 6 rebs and Aaron Castillo 17pts 5rebs.
Palmiro is back in town
Former national team coach, Guatemalan born Palmiro Salas hopes to lead Belize football team again... Returning to coach football in Belize after a year’s absence, following 3-peat BPFL championships at the helm of the BDF football squad, is former national team coach Palmiro Salas. And he says he is hoping, now that a new administration is in place, to regain the post of national team coach. Palmiro, who visited Amandala this morning, thinks he is well suited to the job, because of his long experience and familiarity with Belizean football and footballers, his proven record of accomplishment with the national team, and his vision for Belize football.
GOB responds to More Tomorrow land issue
Village loses land improperly acquired by Government to Chinese developers, but some farmers will keep theirs... According to Prime Minister Dean Barrow, tFrom The Publisher
I think the time has come for me to wrap up these columns having to do with my May/June travels through Guatemala, Mexico, and some south/southwestern parts of the United States.
The Government was and is not prepared to defend the acquisition of 7,000 acres of land stretching from Mile 39 to 42 along the Western Highway that was transferred half-and-half to the people of More Tomorrow and Cotton Tree villages and which was originally owned by private investors.
One too careful, one too reckless
Once in a blue moon, we get a little glimpse of what may be different between the two parties. We think the Prime Minister’s budget presentation for 2012/2013 offers such a rare contrast, and so for the benefit of our readers, we indulge.
The history of the People’s United Party (PUP), the most successful party in the history of electoral politics in this country, is deeply rooted in the struggles of working class blacks. It is not a history that is visible to the naked eye in modern Belize, and it is not one their leaders are comfortable in discussing.
From The Publisher
I think the time has come for me to wrap up these columns having to do with my May/June travels through Guatemala, Mexico, and some south/southwestern parts of the United States.
Once I left Corozal Town Friday morning, May 18, on the way to Houston, Texas, through Mexico en route to Arizona, I had not written in this newspaper until I returned to Belize two and a half weeks ago. There were people who are my friends and other Belizeans who became concerned about my welfare during those weeks when I was missing and incommunicado. I have been touched on my return by your expressions of concern, sympathy and best wishes. It was not my intention to alarm you, and I did maintain e-mail contact with a few key people in Belize and in the United States, including, of course, my family members.
Praises Hon. Finnegan, Mayor Bradley
It was a nice gesture that the member for Mesopotamia came to the rescue of those deserving students of Salvation Army who couldn’t pay their balance of school fees in order for them to receive their Primary School certificates.
We are in another stage of colonialism: we must combat helplessness and self-hatred
What else would we expect after 400 plus years of indoctrination into white supremacy and self-hatred? We have been taught that we are inferior, sub-human, stupid, untrustworthy and just generally no good. Black people hate no one more than we hate ourselves, from the Crips and Bloods in America to the Tutsis and Hutus in Rwanda. We hate almost everything about ourselves from our skin, to our hair, to our noses. “She’s big black and ugly.” “I hate that black bastard,” or in the words of rap superstar Lil Wayne: “beautiful black woman, I bet that bitch look better red” (red of course being short for “redbone,” which means light-skinned). Just watch a mother comb her daughter’s “nappy” hair and you can see the disdain in her face as she violently rips out the naps while tears roll down the child’s face. Is that not hatred? How many black men are murdered every year because they looked at another black man the wrong way? Is that not hatred?
Concurs with editorial “They would cry…”
While it doesn’t seem that there is much we can do before the kids start primary school, once they do start we have a golden opportunity to do a great deal. I call it, “SHUT OFF THE VALVE!” We are producing youthful executioners faster than they are executing one another, and while the Government’s present social interventions are a major step forward, we must also make interventions in early primary school when boys begin to experience failure and lose interest in school.
GOB paying gang members, but person with Associate Degree can’t get job
Why is it that the Government of Belize is paying known gang members while an educated individual who has an Associate Degree is still unemployed? We all know that life is not fair and things never go smoothly, but when the government is blatantly taking care of suspected criminals and leaving us educated individuals to fend for ourselves after completing our studies and still not able to get a job after a year of being out of school, this is a problem.
Are jurors really aware of their duties?
I have had the privilege of being an observer in court during a number of Supreme Court trials, and I have noticed that during the trial, some jurors tend to be lackadaisical. Some are sleeping, some are laughing at those who are sleeping, and there are also those who are there treating the jury job with the attention, respect and dedication it deserves.
Bird photos from Stann Creek District
Here are photos of many of the birds we saw on our recent trip to Hopkins. Most of these birds we saw while hiking in Bocawina Mayflower National Park or Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, but a few we sighted right near the place we stayed, Beaches and Dreams, technically in False Sittee Point, just south of Hopkins Village. We added quite a few new birds to our life lists and only wish we could have identified all the birds we saw and heard. Some we only got a fleeting glance of and not even a photo.
We are fairly confident of all the identifications below, but if you disagree, please let us know in the comments section -- we are certainly not infallible!
Note: New birds for our life lists are identified with an asterisk (*).
American Pygmy Kingfisher * (we saw a pair hanging out by the water for a good long time -- so pretty!)
Eating Lunch in Belmopan
I will admit, I haven't spent extensive time in our nation's capital of Belmopan. I've been there numerous times for government business, I've had a few drinks, a few meals, had crazy fun at the Belmopan Agriculture Trade Show, I've played some pool, I've purchased some cheap, fresh fruits and vegetables, I even came very close (VERY CLOSE) to shaking hands with Prince Harry. Yes, THE Prince Harry. (Wait a second, maybe I HAVE spent extensive time in this town...)
And then I caught a bus and high tailed it out of Belmopan. It's a very small town. And a relatively new capital city. After the horrific hurricane, Hattie, in 1961 (and an even more horrific one in 1931) that devastated Belize City on the coast, the decision was made to move inland. Hattie packed winds of up to 190mph and destroyed up to 75% of the country's biggest city. Belmopan became Belize's capital in 1970.
Here is Hurricane Hattie's path in October/November 1961. Pink means Category 5. Knock on mahogany and hope we never see this again! Eeek.
Anyway...Belmopan is still a small town mainly focused on all of the government business that is done there. It tends to be busy during the week and DEAD on the weekends.
Why I’m Completely Over Dating In The Caribbean
I don’t generally write about dating while living abroad or about other such personal matters. OK, maybe I’ve poured my heart out once about the downsides of being a single 30-something traveler.
But this, I couldn’t contain anymore. It’s time for a rant on the old blog.
I had completely forgotten about this issue, until this weekend. Until I talked to a friend and heard of yet another island romance and heartbreak story.
So I had to get this off my chest. Someone, please tell me, with all due respect:
What on earth is the matter with men in the Caribbean?
I say “men” because it’s not just Caribbean men in the Caribbean. It’s (most) men who live there, regardless of origin or color, regardless of expat versus local.
Sure, lots of men cheat – nothing new there – and there are many more of them who don’t act on it but flirt with other women while married or committed.
With the Internet offering a gazillion chat options, Facebook, Twitter, Skype and Lord knows what else, single, lonely 20 or 30-something women are now accessible at the click of a mouse or the push of a key. That’s true in the United States as well as most places in the world.
Wish I Was There Instead...San Pedro, Belize
IWantSun.co.uk chats with Ian Dunt, editor of politics.co.uk about his favourite holiday in the sun - to the small Central American country of Belize.
So where would you rather be?
San Pedro, Belize
What’s all the fuss about?
The archipelago off Belize boats turquoise waters, long sandy beaches and world-class snorkelling. The pick of the bunch is San Pedro, a long island which eventually turns into Mexico to the north. The area typifies the exotic, hybrid quality of Belize, which mixes Latino, Caribbean and British culture. Plenty of resorts pepper the beaches, with small golf buggies and hourly boats to get you into town.
The town itself is a lively, bustling, dusty place, with decent nightlife, a colourful central square and some excellent restaurants.
Garifuna-American Heritage Month to be celebrated in New York
March 11 to April 12, 2013, will be celebrated as Garifuna-American Heritage Month 2013, in observance of the 216th anniversary of the exile of the Garifuna people from St Vincent and their settlement in Central America.
During Garifuna-American Heritage Month, the great contributions of Garifuna-Americans to the fabric of the New York State and New York City will be celebrated, and tribute paid to the common culture and bonds of friendship that unite the United States and the Garifuna countries of origin.
The Garifuna American legacy and history are inextricably linked to the United States and marked by the strength, determination and vision of such notable individuals as William Henry Brown, playwright of The Drama of King Shotaway, a play which is recognized as the first black drama of the American Theatre, and which has as its subject the 1795 Black Caribs (Garifunas) defence of the island of Saint Vincent, against colonization, led by the Paramount Chief Joseph Chatoyer.
Furthermore, on May 18, 2001, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaimed the Garifuna language, dance and music as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangibles Heritage of Humanity.”
Why Belize is a Backpacker’s Paradise
Untouched beaches, Mayan ruins hiding around every corner, and amazing flora and fauna are only a few of the reasons that make Belize such an enticing place to visit. A British Commonwealth, the tiny country is the only in Central America where English is predominately spoken, and it has long been a favorite spot for Canadians, Americans, and the British alike (note that we are speaking about the Cayes; Belize City and Belmopan can well be skipped). However, aside from those looking for a luxurious stay, Belize has also always been a great destination for backpackers for the following reasons:
One of the biggest hurdles any traveler must overcome when starting their journey is the cost of airfare. Flying abroad is by no means cheap, and most people that choose to backpack throughout a country do so to save money. Fortunately, for backpackers interested in Belize, airfare is always relatively cheap, and it’s fairly easy to get a discounted or free flight if you have racked up miles on your frequent flier card or have a card with great credit card cash rewards.
For exceptionally cheap flights, consider flying into Cancun, Mexico, which is on the Northern border of Belize. Because so much traffic comes through the area, travelers can usually find cheaper flights, and then bus it into Belize.
The Bus System
Belize’s three main highways, the Hummingbird, the Southern, and the Coastal, can get you nearly anywhere in Belize and can do so for no more than 7 USD. Bus stations are incredibly easy to navigate, and the buses themselves will take you to all major attractions.
If riding on a brightly colored school bus isn’t to your liking, then there are several air conditioned Express buses that can take you where ever you need to go. However, by passing up the regular bus systems, you will be passing up on an excellent opportunity to mingle with the culture. So don’t be afraid to hop on a local bus for at least one of your site seeing adventures.
Digging for treasures at Maya tomb, ruins
A team of teenage archaeologists from Davidson Day School flew to the Central American country of Belize on June 22 to unearth artifacts at a tomb of Maya royals who ruled more than a thousand years ago.
Slow Times In Belize
“...It took me three days to finally catch up with the Belize island of Caye Caulker's motto ... You do that like a local,” whispered a voice in the distance as I walked at the speed of a turtle, almost in a trance, after spending an hour relaxing in a hammock at the end of Colinda Cabin’s dock. It took me three days to finally catch up with the Belize island of Caye Caulker‘s motto “Go Slow,” and now I am totally ok with it..."
Cave of the Crystal Maiden, Belize
Cave of the Crystal Sepulchre or the ATM (Actun Tunichil Muknal) cave is a must do if you are floating around Belize, and in particular San Igancio. Unfortunately no pictures coming for this story as camera’s are no longer allowed inside the cave but to see more click here.
Dive the Elements in Belize's Wild Atolls
Great story on a dive trip to Belize.
"...Ah, Belize. Even without the driving rain the place seeps into your skin. Easy going, English-speaking, the country can seduce you even in a gale. Divers have it particularly good here: Countless cayes, three of the Caribbean’s four atolls, and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, second only in size to the Great. It runs along Belize’s entire 187-mile-long coast, giving you wall dives, drift dives, terraces, swim-throughs, rays, turtles and whale sharks. Here you’ll find 65 of the Caribbean’s 70 coral species and 320 of its 500 varieties of fish. Charles Darwin called it remarkable..."