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World Bank, Ministry of Health and the Japanese Social Development Fund collaborate for Child Health Fund
The Ministry of Health (MOH), the World Bank and the Japanese Social Development Fund (JSDF) continue to work closely together to promote better health for women and children in communities of the Toledo District. This week, members of the World Bank Team are in Belize meeting with officials from the Ministry of Health to monitor the implementation phase of the JSDF Grant which funds the “Improving Children’s Health and Nutrition” project. The project is being implemented by the Toledo District Health Council (TDHC) with the Ministry of Health providing oversight of the process. Working sessions to share the results and progress of this project are being held throughout the week facilitated by technical advisors of the Ministry of Health and members of the World Bank team led by Senior Operations Manager for the Grant, Carmen Carpio. Carpio said, “The project focuses on pre-natal care, nutrition monitoring in the critical window of opportunity and school health interventions at the primary school level. We are hopeful that through strong community engagement the project will have a positive impact at the local level in strengthening the quality and access to health services in Toledo District and that our experience in that area serve as a model in good nutrition monitoring practices for the country.”This week the team will make field visits to schools in the southern districts and also facilitate workshop sessions with Ministry of Health representatives and community leaders of the south.

Misc Belizean Sources

Dugu for tourism is an insult to Garinagu, but its potency could be useful elsewhere
“Colonialism not only deprives a society of its freedom and its wealth but, of its very character, leaves its people intellectually and morally disoriented.” (Franz Fanon, 1966). Several members of Garifuna communities in Belize and the diaspora, as well as many other Belizeans, have expressed through radio, TV and social media, their outrage at the recent news that the proposed Norwegian Cruise Lines $50 million investment on Harvest Caye would include the dügü in its Disney-like theme park as part of its marketing strategy to attract cruise tourists to Southern Belize. For those who are not aware, the dügü is the most outstanding feature of Garifuna spiritual life. This sacred ritual is conducted as a private affair for families to commune with the hiyuruha, spirits of the ancestors. It is not a public cultural event and remains closed to outsiders. Regardless of their profession, occupation or standard of education, family members who are called by the ancestors through the buyei, (shaman) are usually obligated to travel to the dabuyaba (the sacred temple) from wherever they reside in Belize or foreign countries to participate in this week-long ritual.

Body of Mexican retrieved from Rio On Pool
The body of a man has been retrieved from the Rio On Pool in the Mountain Pine Ridge area of the Cayo district less than 24 hours after he fell from a rock. Dr. Marcelino Sosa, a Mexican veterinarian attached to the ongoing National Cattle Sweep program, lost his life when he apparently lost his balance while walking on the rocks to get a closer look at the waterfall and plummeted to his death. With the help of co-workers, Sosa’s body was retrieved from the bottom of the pool and taken to the morgue at the San Ignacio community hospital where it now awaits a post mortem examination.

Belize falls shy of a medal in the juvenile Central American volleyball championship
Belize’s junior female national volleyball team concluded their participation in the 15th Women’s U-20 Central American Championship just shy of a medal. Team Belize suffered back-to-bad defeats, first by Guatemala on Saturday and then by Costa Rica on Sunday to finish with a 3-3 record and a fourth place finish with a total of 12 points. The bronze medal went to Costa Rica who finished with a 4-2 record and 21 points.

BNDC Closing Carifesta
The Belize National Dance Company was invited to perform for the closing ceremonies of Carifesta. Not surprising, since they've wowed audiences while there, along with music supplied by the Galen Eagles Band. Have a great time! "BNDC has been invited to PERFORM one of our own Choreographies for the Closing of CARIFESTA XI tomorrow!!!!! We're going to ROCK that stage, Belizean Style with the drums!!!!!!! So excited and honored!!!!!!" BNDC has been invited to PERFORM one of our own Choreographies for the Closing of CARIFESTA XI tomorrow!!!!! We're going to ROCK that stage, Belizean Style with the drums!!!!!!! So excited and honored!!!!!!

Panoramic view of San Ignacio Town, Cayo
Minus the storm clouds in the distance, this is an awesome panoramic view of San Ignacio Town, Cayo. This is a panoramic view of San Ignacio town from one of the balconies at the Cahal Pech resort in San Ignacio Town.


Norwegian Cruise Lines Buys Harvest Caye in Belize: Is it the End of Placencia As We Know It?
First time visitors to any place in Belize often hear the phrase “oh…you should have seen (insert: Caye Caulker or Ambergris Caye or Placencia) 5 years ago or 10 years ago…” before San Pedro got rid of the hand ferry and built the Barry Bowen Bridge to access the north end of the island (2006) or before Placencia paved the one long road that runs down the narrow peninsula (2010). These days are known to one and all as “the good old days” or let’s get local…”bak eena di day”. Everyone remembers a simpler, more charming, just plain better time. For some reason, the first time you visited Belize (or for locals, the Belize of your childhood) always seems the best. That’s just the way life work. Time sweetens all memories. The projects above led to gradual change, to progress, many would argue. But what would happen if a multi-billion dollar cruise ship company bought an island less than 3 miles off the shores of your small town…and with only the most vague plans in place (big payoffs, few details), took advantage of the slow season, sluggish worldwide economy and divided local factions and made an agreement with your small government to bring in tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of tourists with promises that seem to change by the day?

“Behind Closed Doors” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Up just after 05.00 hours yesterday morning for some ‘veranda time’ (coffee, The Times online – regular readers know the script) in advance of the Fulham v Arsenal game at 06.00 hours (local time of course). When I got out on the veranda it was obvious that it had rained during the night (puddles on the chairs, table wet, etc) but it gave no hint of what was to come. Just before I was about to make my move to get in front of the television the sky got very dark and the wind whipped up. This was followed by a lightish downpour of rain just before I got inside. And then the real thing came. It absolutely bucketed down. View from inside the condo (there was no way I was going outside in that weather!). The game started and Arsenal quite quickly went in to the lead. And then the signal was lost ( living here this is one of the things you just have to get used to). By the time transmission resumed Arsenal had scored a second goal. Fortunately – even though the storm like weather continued – the signal remained intact until the end of the game. A game that Arsenal ended up winning by three goals to one.

Turnips 2 Tangerines: Amish Onion Cake
Amish Onion Cake 3 to 4 medium onyuns, choppet. I uset 2 cups cold butt'r, dividet 1 T poppy seeds 1 1/2 t salt 1 1/2 t paprika 1 t coarselee groun pepp'r 4 cups all-purrpus flour 1/2 cup cernstarch 1 T bakyun' powd'r 1 T sugar 1 T brown sugar 5 aigs 3/4 cup milk 3/4 cup sour creem N' a large skillet, cook onyuns n' 1/2 cup butt'r ov'r loe heat fer 10 minnuts. Stir n' t'poppy seeds, salt, paprika an' pepp'r; cook until golte brown, stirryun' occasyunallee. Remoov frum t'heat; set aside.

International Sources

Infographic: 4,000 Years Of Human History Captured In One Retro Chart
IN 1931, JOHN B. SPARKS DISTILLED HUMAN CIVILIZATION INTO A SINGLE CHART. EVEN TODAY, IT’S GREAT INFOGRAPHIC DESIGN. If time is a river, the Histomap, created by John B. Sparks and first published by Rand McNally back in 1931, is a raging Mississippi. In that massive river of time, each of humanity’s great civilizations becomes a confluence that ebbs, wanes, and sometimes ebbs again, each a separate current in a river that inexorably rages down to the mouth of the present day. Although certainly not modern, the Histomap is still a breathtaking example of good infographic design: A five-foot, roll-up chart that can fit an overview of human history on any wall. Starting in 2000 B.C. with seven different civilizations--the Aegeans, the Egyptians, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Iranians, the Indians, the Huns, and the Chinese--you travel forward or backward in time as your eyes move up or down 0.75 inches. Some civilizations bleed together, others are swallowed up; some surge, others crash.

Where Sand Is Gold, the Reserves Are Running Dry
With inviting beaches that run for miles along South Florida’s shores, it is easy to put sand into the same category as turbo air-conditioning and a decent mojito — something ever present and easily taken for granted. As it turns out, though, sand is not forever. Constant erosion from storms and tides and a rising sea level continue to swallow up chunks of beach along Florida’s Atlantic coastline. Communities have spent the last few decades replenishing their beaches with dredged-up sand. But in South Florida — Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties — concerns over erosion and the quest for sand are particularly urgent for one reason: there is almost no sand left offshore to replenish the beaches. In these communities, sand is far from disposable; it is a precious commodity. So precious, in fact, that it has set off skirmishes among counties and has unleashed an intense hunt for more offshore sand by federal, state and local officials who are already fretting over the next big storm. No idea is too far-fetched in this quest, not even a proposal to grind down recycled glass and transform it into beach sand. The once-shelved idea is now being reconsidered by Broward County. The situation is so dire that two counties to the north — St. Lucie and Martin — are being asked to donate their own offshore sand in the spirit of neighborliness. “You have counties starting wars with each other over sand,” said Kristin Jacobs, the Broward County mayor, who has embraced the recycled glass idea as a possible stopgap. “Everybody feels like these other counties are going to steal their sand.”

Ole Miss project wins RFK Journalism Award
A multimedia project about the University of Mississippi's service learning program in Belize has won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for college students. Five students created it as part of the Meek School of Journalism and New Media's foreign study course titled "multimedia storytelling." They traveled to Belize with two assistant professors during the 2012 winter intersession to report on service learning projects by Ole Miss Study Abroad students. Margaret Ann Morgan, Jajuan McNeil, Aubry Killion, Cain Madden and Katie Williamson created a magazine, videos and a television series documenting a road built for the San Mateo Empowerment Project.

Mexican foreign secretary to visit Mexico-Belize border region
Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Jose Antonio Meade is scheduled to visit the region along the border with Belize on Sunday, the Foreign Relations Secretariat said. Meade plans to visit different areas along Mexico's 236.5-kilometer (147-mile) border with Belize and is slated to meet with his Belizean counterpart, Wilfred Elrington, the secretariat said. "This working visit is in response to the strategic importance that Mexico places on Belize in the context of having a southern border that is prosperous and secure," the secretariat said. Meade's visit will allow him to learn more about conditions on the border so priorities can be identified for cooperation projects that create jobs and prosperity, the secretariat said. Mexico is Belize's No. 2 trading partner, with bilateral trade soaring 98.2 percent from the $68.6 million registered in 2002 to $135.9 million in 2012, the Foreign Relations Secretariat said. Mexico exports electricity, iron rods, steel and cement to Belize.