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Doctor Love: Happiness
How is it that a humble home with hardly any material items can be so full of happiness, while a house with everything in it has so much discord?

Legends FC is the 11-A-Side Football Champs!
The organizers of the Local 11-A-Side Football Tournament is pleased to congratulate the winners of the competition and thank the sponsors of this year’s tournament. The competition concluded on June 16th with the final game played between Legends FC of San Pedro Town and Caye Caulker Tsunami. Following the second game in the finals, Legend FC won by an aggregate goal score of 5 to 4 over the Caye Caulker team. The result of the tournament (San Pedro Town) is as follows: 1st – Legend’s FC – $3000, Group trophy and individual player trophies 2nd – Caye Caulker Tsunami – $1500, Group trophy and individual player medals 3rd – Lebanese (San Pedro Town) – $500 – Group trophy Other awards given out include: Most Valuable Player and Best Defense – Asaiel Requena Best Midfield – Hector Hernadez Best Coach – Abner Rivera Best Goalkeeper – Darrell Novelo

Wolfe’s Woofers: Weird People
Watching a tourist sip his drink then kiss a dog's butt is just plain weird...oh, yes, and disgusting. Why on earth....?

Misc Belizean Sources

Banana Bank Horse Camp
Banana Bank Lodge had their Summer horse camp recently. Now that's a cool idea for a camp. Are those 2 kids standing on one leg while riding their horses? In related news, Belmopan has 4 summer camps starting today, Monday the 15th. They are for tennis, football, softball, and dance. They'll be having fun and staying in shape this Summer.

Feed the Children Fashion Show
The Cornerstone Foundation had their Feed the Children Fashion Show last night at the Octavia Waight Centre's auditorium. Looks like it was a great success, as proved by D Russell Photography's great shots. Emmanuel Mangar is in, and he got by with a little help from his friends.

Friday Night in Downtown Cayo
Cayo's downtown is jumping on weekends. The Burns avenue pedestrian walkway has a little bit of everything. Food, and arts galore, and even a massage chair set up. Emmanuel Mangar tops the list at Mr. Greedy's Live Music Fridays. The new Fuego Bar and Grill is regularly packed with people enjoying their great appetizers, strong drinks, and unique entrees. "Who says it's slow season? On the 12th of July, downtown Cayo was packed, and Burns avenue was happening. Arts, crafts, massages, drumming, live music from Emmanuel Mangar. Awesome!" In related news, the San Pedro Scoop, no relation, did an article on Cayo this week, and got some decent pictures of downtown.

Team Jaguars prepares to face Cuba on Tuesday
The Jaguars of Belize will play their third game of the opening round of the Gold Cup on Tuesday in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. Their opponent will be Cuba. The Belize National Football Team has been enjoying lots of support from fans at home and abroad. Go Jaguars.

Revised Gender Policy takes center stage at Dangriga cultural event
A community event was staged at the Princess Royal Park in Dangriga town on Saturday afternoon, where the Revised National Gender Policy was the main focus of a public presentation by guest speaker, Attorney at Law Mrs. Audrey Matura Shepherd. A planned march from the Drums of My Father’s roundabout into the town park did not materialize, and there are indications that area churches were not involved as the Churches had already committed to march with the Garifuna Christian diaspora in a separate simultaneous event. Reports from Dangriga say that Mrs. Matura Shepherd gave a fiery … and well received presentation on the Revised National Gender Policy. The reports from the culture capital say that Mrs. Matura Shepherd gave a well received comparison of the 2002 National Gender Policy and the recently launched 2013 edition of the Policy.


The Final Word on the Belize Jaguars rejecting the Gold Cup Bribe
The subject has been raging online for the last week and at the risk of adding to “topic fatigue” we felt we should put our two cents in. To the Belize Jaguar players who rejected and then reported the bribe they were offered to throw the game and widen the point spread – you guys just climbed another few notches up on our already high estimation of you as players and as people. And we’re not alone. Commentators around the globe have praised the lads for their exemplary conduct in walking away from the money, and their courage in reporting the bribe. Check out this report from no less an authority than Sports Illustrated: “SALT LAKE CITY — Imagine for a second that you’re Belize soccer player Ian Gaynair. You don’t make much money in your tiny Central American country, and now a man is in front of you offering you cash to lose a game by maybe a little more than you’re already expected to. Who would notice? You’re Belize. You’re supposed to get blown out by the United States. Who cares if it’s by four goals or by six?

Starting A Business In Belize
Whether it’s large or small, starting a business in Belize is a great idea. The type and size of your business all depends on your target market. If you’re catering to local Belizeans, bear in mind that the country has a small population of around 330,000. However, the country is a major tourist destination, thus if that’s your primary interest, your target market is much larger. Belize is close to the USA, which means it’s easy to travel to, having direct flights from, New York, California, Georgia, Florida, and Texas. The main language in Belize is English/ Kriol however, most locals speak English and/or Spanish, two of the most common languages in the world. The country has links to both Central America and the Caribbean, which allows us to benefit from trade agreements within both regions. Belize has many opportunities for tapping into new industries as it’s still fairly young and is considered a developing nation. Real Estate Property is relatively inexpensive for rental or purchase. Minimum wage, although one of the highest in the region, is still low when compared to rates in developed nations.

International Sources

My trip to the Hole in the Bottom of the Sea
When I signed up to take Tropical Ecology as an undergraduate at Loyola University New Orleans, I had no idea that the final exam would be a two-week trip to Belize. Imagine my surprise on the first day of class as my professor, Dr. Bob, explained that we’d be spending time at a jaguar sanctuary, in a modern Mayan village and on an uninhabited island in the Caribbean to learn first-hand about the flora and fauna of the tropics. I packed up my dad’s old yellow hiking backpack with sunscreen and bathing suits and got ready to explore Belize. After 10 days of exploring the Cockscombe Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and living among the modern Maya in a remote village, we traded our hiking boots for flip-flops, boarded a boat in Belize City called Captain Hoho and headed out to Half Moon Caye.

Flag of Belize Samsung Galaxy S4 Cover
The Case-Mate Barely There Samsung Galaxy S4 Case is an impact resistant plastic case that protects the back and sides of your S4 without adding bulk. Printed to the edge with your custom photos, art, and text, this glossy finish case features easy access to all ports, sensors, cameras, and controls.

Belize's Character Proves They Belong on CONCACAF's Biggest Stage
Belize lost to the USA 6-1 in their first ever Gold Cup match. But they've already won in a much bigger game on the world stage, and this game isn't played on the soccer field. This has nothing to do with how Belize performed against the United States, in the country's first ever CONCACAF Gold Cup game, a 6-1 loss on Tuesday night. This has nothing to do with Belize keeper Shane Orio's solid individual effort in front of goal, despite allowing six on the evening. This has nothing to do with Ian Gaynair's unmarked header in the box in the 40th minute, Belize's first ever goal in a major competition. But this has everything to do with the actions of Gaynair and his teammates Woodrow West and Andres Makin Jr., who were approached by a gentleman offering money in exchange for fixing Belize's first group game against the United States. In an age where match-fixing scandals are rampant in the world - Italy, Nigeria and Asia just to name a few - three Belizean players on a team with only two full professionals on the roster did the only thing that came to their mind.

"Challenges and Opportunities in the Belize Education Sector
The Inter American Development Bank (IDB) has issued a released a 'technical note" on the "Challenges and Opportunities in the Belize Education Sector." A cursory look at the 43-page report shows that Belize's education system is not getting maximum returns for the millions of dollars being pumped into the sector. The report, penned by Emma Näslund-Hadley, Haydée Alonzo and Dougal Martin and dated May, 2013, points out that despite a high level of inputs to the education system in Belize, the outcomes are poor. On page 7 of the report, the authors note that Mayan children are being left behind at all levels of the education system, compared to other ethnic groups.