Today's Belize News: September 16, 2013 - 09/16/13 11:19 AM
Last night's TV news on Channel 7 and Channel 5
Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, and the Dickie Bradley Specials
Doctor Love: Rite of Passage
Girls mature faster than boys - is there a rite of passage that can indicate when a boy becomes a man?
Editorial: Customer Disservice
In the last month Belize Bank and Scotiabank both announced that they will no longer be open on Saturdays for customer service. Based on my unofficial survey this means that Atlantic Bank is the only bank (out of five on the island) that is open for a half day on Saturdays. So can someone please tell me when are we working folks supposed to run our errands and take care of our banking? We ALL know how horrendous the lines are at the banks, and often an hour lunch break is not enough time to get there AND wait through the snail-paced line, let alone actually EATING lunch! And forget cashing your paycheck after work, most of the banks close as early as 3PM in the afternoon! Now that Saturday banking is out of the question just exactly when do we take care of our banking?
Misc Belizean Sources
Belize National Climate Resilience Investment Plan
An action plan is being created for Belize in regards to climate change, and the way it can affect the country. The video explains a little about the process of getting the NCRIP. "A 'climate resilient Belize' is the new mantra for the future investment plan being spearheaded by the Government of Belize and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development in Belmopan. The National Climate Resilient Investment Plan (NCRIP) is the first time that all sectors, ministries, communities, and businesses have joined together to initiate a plan to help Belize adapt to current and future climate impacts, including severe flooding that routinely affect its citizens and paralyze its economy. The NCRIP is expected to be presented in November 2013, with Technical support is provided by the World Bank, Latin America and the Caribbean region and financial support from the EU-funded ACP-EU Natural Disaster Risk Reduction Program managed by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)."
Rotaract Bingo Sundays
Last night at Hode's, the Rotaract Club of San Ignacio had their Sunday Bingo. The jackpot is up to $500. Their Bingo Sundays are the middle and last Sunday every month, so the next one is the 29th. Have fun and support a great cause at the same time.
Joris Hendrik at Grandeur Fashion Show
Joris Hendrik represented Belize at Carifesta in Suriname, and he rocked the Grandeur Fashion Show with his designs. "Exclusive Fashion show held at the Royal Torarica, Paramaribo, Suriname. Thank you Belize!"
COOPERATIVES DEPARTMENT AT EXPO 2013
The Cooperatives Department was well represented at this year's Expo in Belize City.
Members of churches in Unitedville and Georgeville carried out a parade through Georgeville village today. During the parade, stops were made at various points where prayers were offered for the community and for the country of Belize.
Resident dog groomer now on island!
IT IS OFFICIAL – CAYE CAULKER HAS A FULL TIME DOG GROOMER ON THE ISLAND. SANDY’S PROFESSIONAL DOG GROOMING IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS EFFECTIVE MONDAY SEPTEMBER 9TH. CALL 600-4580 FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT.
Two Ocean Academy students win scholarships from Full Basket
The non-profit organization Full Basket Belize proudly announces its 2013-14 scholarship winners. Lilly Alamina and Evelio Reyes, students of Ocean Academy High School, are two of the scholarship winners. Congratulations to the two students and thank you to Full Basket for helping to making the educational dreams of these two students a reality. “Full Basket Belize scholarships pay for tuition, fees, books, and uniforms for these students. These promising scholars from throughout Belize would not be able to attend high school without our scholarship funding.
Gustavo, Jason and Emma win volleyball competition held on September 10
On September 10, the Caye Caulker Village Council held a volleyball competition on the beach in front of Central Park. The competition started at 9:00 a.m. It was a 3 x 3 competition, meaning each team comprised of 3 persons. Each team was required to have two males and one female. Six teams participated. Emerging victorious were Gustavo Morataya, Jason Cabral, and Emma Hoare. The trio won $500 for their effort. Congratulations to the winners! Here are some scene from the tournament.
Humane Society announces last clinic until December
The Humane Society runs a clinic every Saturday morning between 9am – 11am. For all non emergency pet issues, please bring your critters then. You can contact us about emergencies the usual way. The last Spay and Neuter Clinic until Mid December is this Weds. Please make an appointment if you want to get your critter fixed!
Chaa Creek Welcomes British High Commissioner to Belize
Along with the rest of Belize, The Lodge at Chaa Creek extends a warm welcome to H.E. Peter Hughes, the new British High Commissioner to Belize, who arrived to begin his duties by presenting his official credentials and making a courtesy call on Minister of National Security, Hon. John Saldivar at the National Security Headquarters in the Curl Thompson Building in Belmopan last week (September 13 2013). This is all part of his familiarisation tour, as he’s just taken up the position after the formality of presenting his credentials to Governor General Sir Colville Young. H.E Peter Hughes started his diplomatic career as Desk Officer in the British Defense Department, and has since served oversees in Australia, the Caribbean, Asia and Afghanistan. Having served in Australia, H.E Hughes will now have worked alongside the largest and second largest barrier reefs in the world, and we hope he enjoys the many attractions of Belize’s World Heritage-listed natural wonder, such as the Great Blue Hole and Lighthouse Reef.
Meridian elementary school students send books to Belize
Books. We need them to learn and grow. So the kids at Paramount Elementary School decided to donate their gently used books to kids who don't have access to them. For the past two summers, teacher Mary Thomas has spent time volunteering for a teachers helping teachers program in Belize. "We taught them reading, writing language and science workshops, and then in the afternoon, we had electives," said Thomas. "I did fall in love with it." But the conditions there are poor, and the kids go without. Even in the classroom. "They don't have crayons and markers, pencils and books," said Thomas. "I teach PE and health but reading is so important and I thought how can I help? One of the ways is books." Last year, Thomas decided she wanted to send some books to the students there. So she asked for help, right here at Paramount. "I just said, hey, we're having a book fair here. Come buy your new books, drop off your gently used books." The kids stepped up, bringing in more than 1,500 books.
Regional Fisheries Enforcement gets boost from ACP Fish II Initiative
The enforcement of fisheries laws is a major challenge all across the region, but a new initiative funded by the European Union (EU), through the ACP Fish II Programme, promises to ensure that fisheries personnel, police, coast guard and other relevant enforcement authorities will be more adequately equipped to curb practices which threaten to undermine the sustainability of the fisheries sector and food security across the region. Acting on a recommendation from the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), the ACP Fish II project has commissioned two regional experts: Dr. Winston McCalla of Jamaica and Ambassador Joseph Daven of Antigua, to build on the successes of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) by revamping and expanding two procedural manuals to cater to the demands of a broader regional regime envisioned in the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy.