Monday, May 31, 2010


How is this for a Belikin Beer Commercial?
A selection of the people at the cricket game of the season. The atmosphere and camaraderie was great. Excitement was in the air!!!!
Location: Lemonal Village. Brilliant vs Surprise-May 15th and 22nd, 2010 (Dr. Jane Crawford)
Mr. Lawrence Banner Sr.
Cyril Banner, Bill Banner, Hazzart Anthony
Mr.David and Mr. Danny Crawford
Mr. Dean Lindo (in blue shirt)
Chris Banner
Mrs. Orpha Burk
Dr. Jane Crawford and Robbie Dawson
(L) Mr. Donald Gillett, Frederich Reynolds and (R) Mr. Steven  Gillett 
(L) Mr. Harold Wade, Jr and Mr. Jerome Wade

Photos courtesy of Dr. Jane Crawford, Janine Tillett and Brilliant Cricket Team

Friday, May 28, 2010


Police Station Destroyed by arsonist, but was not functioning at the time due to government neglect

Our Crooked Tree Village community possesses many of the characteristics of any group of diverse entities in a free society. A community obtains its identity through a common goal or a common need. There are as many ways to reach that goal or provide for that need as there are individuals in the community.

The contribution that older people, by virtue of their experience, can add to our community and culture is particularly invaluable.

Let me take some time to reflect on some of the recent happenings in our village. Many of you may recall the removal of a single mother from the place she called home for over twenty years, the burning of the Crooked Tree Police Station, the controversy over the construction of the road to Blackburn, as well as the current state of our village council. As the 16th President of the United States so aptly stated, “a house divided cannot stand.” 
The causeway to Blackburn in the middle of the CT Wildlife Sanctuary with no break to allow water-flow which could eventually lead to stagnation.

The home of Raquel Cornique and her family for twenty four years
The Broken Crooked Tree Village Cemetery
In order for our community to exist, there must be an overriding desire by all to co-exist. Peaceful and productive co-existence requires the realistic awareness that, even though each individual has the right to express his or her need, desires, or biases, the expectation that one individual’s views are right for the entire community is unrealistic, counterproductive and selfish. Where our common interests converge, that is the glue that holds our community together. Where individual interests diverge, this is when trouble starts; but divergent views do not necessarily promise discord.

In order for the community to cooperate, some amount of compromise will be required from the vast majority of individuals in the community. It is not the fact that people disagree that creates the discord; it is how they choose to express their differences.

We, as members of our community, have equal responsibility to bail in the same direction to keep the boat afloat. When we share our views with respect for each other, we are bailing in the same direction regardless of our differences. Whereas, when we are disagreeable without respect for the needs and desires of the whole, we discontinue the bailing and before we know it, we are working to bring the boat to the bottom.

Our younger generations are losing a sense of history and consequently the sense of identity. If our community minimizes the sense of history, we will fail in our responsibility to educate the young people. The loss of an historical sense is also attributable to a system of life that has marginalized and isolated the elderly, which hampers dialogue between the generations. Our life is dominated by waste, haste and instant gratification. We have become so distracted that we forgot the dignity and destiny of our community. The older people in our village are an indisputably resource for fostering the harmony in our community, in our family and in each other.  

How can we get back to the values of the past? Our moral and religious values has instilled in us a sense of responsibility, faith in God, pride, wisdom and a deep inner conviction to respect each other and most importantly to foster peace. How we speak, and what we say creates a world around us and everyone we interact with. As a community, we must communicate and exchange ideas in a responsible, productive and respectful manner.

On May 30th, 2010 is our village election. It is imperative that our villagers come out and vote. Let us focus on the well being of each other and the Crooked Tree Village community we are blessed with. Together we can sail into the future with our ever expanding Crooked Tree Village. A community’s whose goal is to foster unity and cooperation in its members so that we can move forward in development. 

This video is public information from News5Belize

Wednesday, May 26, 2010



The books are selling well!!! Those of you in the tourism sector in Belize, look out for more visitors this year.

The largest publishing event in North America—BookExpo America (BEA) is going on now at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. This year’s event promises to give you access to what’s new, what’s next and everything exciting in the world of books.

What better place to showcase Marius Jovaisa’s book “Heavenly Belize” then? In December, 2009 we were introduced to this amazing picture book about Belize’s beauty. With his lens, Mr. Jovaisa’s captures the beauty of Belize in this glossy picture book. The heart of Belize is displayed on every page, where the people, the flora and fauna, the Maya ruins, and the pristine waters of the Caribbean Sea are displayed.

Born in Vilnius, Lithuania, Marius Jovaisa is a photographer, publisher, a documentary film maker and world traveler. Heavenly Belize is the second of his big albums of aerial photographs after Unseen Lithuania published in 2008. Mr. Jovaisa lives in Lithuania and is a co- owner of one of the largest marketing communications group in the Baltic.

“I have been fortunate enough to visit many countries in the world. While each has its distinctive charms, I have to confess that Belize is as unique a place as I’ve ever seen. I hope that in this book I have successfully conveyed the country’s special attraction. Have an inspiring flight above Heavenly Belize!”

Marius Jovaisa’s new book titled HEAVENLY BELIZE is available online his Website at  the price is about US$60.00

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


California-Belize Cricket Team
May 26, 2011
Winfield Tillett

The California-Belize Cricket Club (Cal-Bel) was formed thirty years ago in early April, 1980. Twenty-seven known Belizean cricketers and a number of cricket lovers, both male and female, gathered at the home of Pedro Pelayo located at the corner of Budlong and 35th Street in Los Angeles, California to attend a meeting which was chaired by Winfield Tillett, a prominent Belizean cricketer who became the first Team Captain. At this meeting, Gilroy Nicholson was elected as Cal-Bel’s first President, with Pedro Pelayo as Vice President, Sheldon Nicholson as Liaison Officer, Edwin Casassola and his daughter, Julie, as Treasurer and Secretary, respectively. This was the team that saw Cal-Bel through its embryonic stages in writing its constitution and by-laws and laid the ground work for Belizean cricketers to participate in cricket in Southern California.

Because Belize was not known as a country where cricket was played at the same level as other Caribbean nations, it was decided that a special provision would be included in Cal-Bel’s constitution to ensure that Belizeans make up a two-thirds majority of players and that not more than three non-Belizeans could join the club at any one time. This was done in order to prevent the club from being taken over by non-Belizeans and to ensure that Belizean cricketers are exposed as a team rather than as individuals playing for other national teams. The constitution provided for two types of memberships to the club - playing members and supporting members. Playing members would pay an initiation fee of $27.00 (thus depicting the 27 cricketers present at the meeting) and whatever annual dues the executive committee would decide on from time to time. The supporting members would pay a small membership due that would enable their full participation in club activities, except for playing on the team or electing the Team Captain and Vice Captain. Funds received from dues and other fund-raising efforts were to be used for the purchasing of cricket gears, to pay membership dues to the Southern California Cricket Association (S.C.C.A.), to pay for “tea” at our host games and other incidental expenses, including an annual free Christmas party for outstanding members and helpers (cooks) to be awarded in the presence of their families and friends, and for a children’s party for members kids to enjoy.

With the able help of our Liaison Officer, Sheldon Nicholson (who also named the club Cal-Bel), we were formally accepted as a full-fledged member of the S.C.C.A. later that same year, but we were too late to play in the 1980 cricket season. However, after playing our first few friendly matches with the Hollywood Cricket Club - which was predominantly made up of West Indian Cricketers - every team in the league wanted to get a crack at Cal-Bel when news got around about this new, lively, friendly, well-organized and competitive team with such an enthusiastic following. They were dumfounded over our style of cricket - the pace and accuracy of our bowlers with little or no run-up before delivery, and most of all the skillfulness of our wicket-keeper, James Rhaburn, in collecting such fast-paced bowling and stumping batsmen from his position so close behind the wicket. Our batting style was mostly criticized and laughed at as “bush cricket.”

Despite the criticism of our style of cricket, Cal-Bel has a success record that is the envy of most teams in the league. Our main bowlers, Stephen Gillett and Mike Jones, alternated the annual awards for bowling average and most wickets for most of the 1980s and 1990s, so much so that for years scouts were sent out to determine whether they were actually bowling legally or chucking (cock-stick). The Association scouts finally agreed that their delivery was clean enough to justify that they were bowling legally and that they were deserving of their awards. Cal-Bel’s relief bowlers, Rodney and Roosevelt Jones, Mark Perriott, Melford Tillett and I were always in the top fifteen in bowling average year after year. In 1988, I was awarded seasonal trophies for most runs in the season, batting average, for being a centurion and for hot trick (bowling three wickets in three consecutive balls). There were other Cal-Bel players who were mounting up trophies year after year.

Cal-Bel’s success started an adverse campaign against us by cricketers who thought that their standard of cricket was much higher and deserved more recognition than the unconventional style displayed by Cal-Bel cricketers. They felt that Cal-Bel was overrated and that by awarding its players the most prestigious trophies deprived more polished cricketers from known cricket playing nations of their prestige. It was at this point that a campaign started to keep Cal-Bel down at all costs.  Unscrupulous umpires were assigned to ensure that Cal-Bel would not be able to prosper as usual. Some of the umpires were so ridiculously biased that they caused some of our most valuable players to get suspended for protesting their decisions and at times even to get violent. Their strategy worked because they were able to keep Cal-Bel in the lower division permanently and deprived our best players of any prestigious awards. Cal-Bel won the Upper Division only once under my captainship in the 1984, which put Belize on top in the S.C.C.S. much to the dismay of all those who had never heard of Belize, much less as a nation that played cricket.

At the time Cal-Bel joined the S.C.C.A., there were only two Divisions – the Upper and Lower Divisions. New Clubs had to enter the league at the Lower Division level and work their way up to the top. The clubs that come in first and second advances and the last two clubs are demoted. Cal-Bel under my captainship in 1981, won the Lower Division season undefeated and advanced to the Upper Division which was dominated by the top clubs, including Orange County, Colts, University # 1 (UCLA), Pegasus, Santa Barbara and Hollywood.  All the best cricketers were recruited by these top clubs regardless of their Nationality, while Cal-Bel was playing only Belizeans and was easily out played and sent back to the Lower Division the following season. We again won the Lower Division in 1983 and advanced to the Upper Division for the 1984 season - this time under my captainship, and the only time that we defeated the Upper Division. The S.C.C.A. now has a membership of thirty-nine teams that are shared up in four divisions. Cal-Bel was the first club that represented a country and played an instrumental role in helping the Jamaicans form the Caribbean Cricket Club that follow our lead. The Guyanese form a National Club a few years ago, while the Indians and Pakistanis have taken over and dominated all the other Clubs, including the Hollywood Cricket Club.

It was between the 1980s and 1990s that Cal-Bel was at its best. Known Belizean cricketers like Oswald Gillett, Denton Belisle, Phil Smart, Kenrick Jones and Lisburne (Nash) Tillett - who was once Belize’s international star bowler, were allowed to play in Southern California. Nash’s style of bowling got immediate recognition in the international cricket circles that saw it as an improvement over the suspicious bowling style of our Cal-Bel main bowlers. Nash and Ernest Jones were the only Belizean bowlers who have actually excelled in international cricket before Cal-Bel entered the scene in Southern California. Nash had trouble catching on to the type of cricket played in Southern California and would always ask me what was he doing wrong, especially when he was batting against that slick and professional West Indian Bowler, Cecil, who was one of the best on the Orange County Team. Cecil was good, but the bowler that impressed me the most up to this day is Steve Jones, a disciplined bowler from Barbados who was the only black player on the University Team. Steve would never appeal for an LBW if he had the slightest doubt that he would get an out. Jamaica’s All Star speed bowler, Bolton (Rat) was also exceptional. He stayed in California after touring as the Jamaican open bowler and was quickly drafted by an Upper Division Team.

Cal-Bel’s best and most promising cricketer was Anthony (Tony) Jones, son of Brilliant and Belize’s prominent bowler, Marshall Jones. Tony left Belize at a very young age and did not play any cricket there. This discipline and agile young man, who normally played baseball, became interested in cricket while attending Cal-Bel games and set out to learn to play the game in a more professional way after observing and practicing with the best in California. He later joined Cal-Bel and immediately became the club’s opening batsman, out fielder and substitute wicket keeper, all of which he was very good at. He was a centurion over and over and has never missed a catch. He served as Cal-Bel’s Captain for several years, but did not tour Belize with us. Tony was well respected by his fellow team mates and the cricketers and officers of the SCCA. He was a great lost to Cal-Bel when he left and went into the Priesthood.

Playing cricket in California was a learning experience for me although I was once the captain of the Belize Police Cricket Team and the Vice President of the National Belize Cricket Association selected by Desmond Haynes, the first bat of the West Indies who was sent by CARICOM to coach Belizean cricketers. Desmond’s coaching was okay, but it was outdated when it came to the style of cricket played by the thirty-nine teams of cricketers from the cricket-playing world in the S.C.C.A.  Except for most of the Caribbean players, all right arm bowlers turn the ball legs to off and left arm bowlers turn it off to legs, which was contrary to the bowling style in Belize and very hard to adjust to. Bowlers were not gunning for the wicket as we did, but were using all the methods of retiring a batsman as allowed in the cricket rules. Most of Cal-Bel’s batsmen would be retired by catches, while we would mostly retire our opponents by bowling their wickets, stumping or leg-before-wicket (LBW) calls. Because of the batting style of the Indians and Pakistanis, bowling their wickets was almost an impossible task since their feet always covered their wickets. The umpires mentioned above were able to defeat Cal-Bel by not giving LBW outs which was the main contention of our players and was the source of heated arguments and altercation. It was these heated confrontations that caused Cal-Bel’s demise in the S.C.C.A. and eventually kept its trophy players from playing in the all stars selected side, although James Rhaburn, Mike and Anthony Jones, Francis Sutherland and I (all centurions) were selected at different times to represent the S.C.C.A. against visiting teams.

Cal-Bel toured Belize on two occasions mainly to play against the Brilliant Cricket Club (B.C.C.) of Crooked Tree Village from where most of its players originated. We also played matches against the “All Belize” selected side and other village teams. Cal-Bel won all the matches, except for those against the Brilliant Cricket Club that managed to defeat us every time. I am still not convinced that Brilliant could out play us, but that the outcome of the matches had more to do with the cricket pitch and the small size of the grounds, which is a lot different from where we play in California. I have never played on the Brilliant team, but I am sure that if I had the chance to practice on the ground for a little while, I would be able to adjust and be more effective in my performance.

Most of the original players of Cal-Bel have now retired and new and younger cricketers from Belize have taken over. The club is now competing in the third   division of the S.C.C.A. under the captainship of Brian (Jew boy) Westby. The last time it has advanced to the 2nd Division was in 2007 and since then it has maintained its performance at the 3rd Division level. As of April 24th, 2010, Cal-Bel’s record is one and one in the 3rd Division. There are two Jamaicans playing on the team at present, Brandon and Barry Samuels. Brandon is mediocre but Barry is pro. Some time back, Cal-Bel made two hundred and sixty runs against the Caribbean Club and declared at the 8th wicket, and Barry and Bobo from the Caribbean Club went in to bat and both made over one hundred runs and defeated us. Barry, like Tony, is a solid, disciplined and consistent first bat. Cal-Bel should be proud of this new addition and try to learn as much as possible from him. I know him well, and I thank him for joining our club after being one of the Association’s top batsmen, while our own star, Francis Sutherland, chose to go and play with the Caribbean Cricket Club.

Monday, May 24, 2010


I am happy to introduce guest blogger for Village View Post, Winfield Tillett.

Winfield Tillett is the son of the late Robert (Bob) Tillett and Mavis Tillett nee Brown. His mother is still alive and residing in the Breadnut Hill area of Crooked Tree Village, Belize where Winfield was born on February 12, 1947. Because of the untimely death of his oldest brother, he is now the eldest of six brothers and seven sisters. He is presently residing in Los Angeles, California and has been living at the same address for the last thirty years.

As a child, he attended the old Baptist Elementary School that was located near the village cemetery for just one week before it was closed and replaced by the Crooked Tree Government School in 1952. This new elementary school was the only one in the village where all the children received their primary school education. Because of a lack of opportunity in those days, very few villagers advanced their education beyond the elementary level. After completing the highest grade, most of the students were given the chance to take an examination in Belize City. Those who passed the examination were issued a “Primary School Certificate.” This certificate was normally required for service in the Belize Police Force. Winfield joined the Police Force and served for thirteen years, reaching the rank of inspector before immigrating to the U.S.A.

While he was serving in the Belize Police Force, he received specialized training in London, England in security-related matters. He headed the Belize District Branch of the now disbanded Special Branch Department with responsibility for travel control, port security, V.I.P. protection, vetting, and all other matters related to the security of Belize. He was the youngest officer to have held this position which allowed him access to anyone who was anybody in Belize. It also enabled him to get to know Belize probably as well or better than anyone he knows. He was also involved in organizing and coordinating most of the police sporting events and served as the Captain of the Belize Cricket Association Vice President’s Selected Side.

In California, he worked as Production Manager at two different chemical plants for seventeen years, manufacturing several hundred different shampoos and cleaning detergents for domestic and industrial use. He later went into the hotel security field and is presently employed as the Lead Security Officer with the University of Southern California (USC) Radisson Hotel. He is one of the founding members of the Cal-Bel Cricket Club based in Los Angeles.

Friday, May 21, 2010


The Cashew Apple is very unique in the botanical world, having the nut hanging outside the fruit and is easily twisted off. Together it is one of the most fascinating sights in nature. The cashew apple comes in red or yellow, is very fleshy, soft and juicy, and looks like a bell pepper. The nuts can be prepared manually or by mechanical methods, unfortunately only the manual method is done in Crooked Tree Village.

The nuts are roasted over an open flame in its thick outer shell and cracked by hand. The outer shell contains the cashew nut oil. When cracking the nuts, it is best to use gloves because the oil can temporarily strip the thin top layer off the inside of your hands. The oil has many industrial uses in other countries; in India it is used for varnishes, paints and adhesives. In Brazil a tea is made from the cashew bark and is used to stop diarrhea, while the shell oil is used to treat skin infections, warts, intestinal worms and parasitic larvae beneath the skin.

Within this outer shell is the soft white kernel, covered by a delicate layer called the testa membrane. The kernels are sun dried to reduce the moisture or to kill any possibility of insects. The next process is to roast the kernels in an oven to a golden and crispy hue, and then the testa membrane is removed, which gives the whole beautiful appearance that we are familiar with in the stores. Salt or sugar can be applied to this most delicious nut, but eat as you wish.

Cashew nuts from Crooked Tree Village are 100% natural, no cholesterol, no chemicals or artificial flavors and are a good source of protein. The cashew apple is rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin B12. The Vitamin contents are higher than most major tropical fruits. It also includes fructose sugar, which is a diabetic tolerant sugar. 

If your next trip to Belize is the month of May, be sure to stop by Crooked Tree Village for some fresh organic cashews, just the way Mother Nature intended! Click video below to view

Thursday, May 20, 2010


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The Toledo District will be hosting its fourth annual Cacao Festival in Southern Belize, on May 21- 23th, 2009. The festival was organized by the Toledo Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association and the Toledo Cacao Growers Association which is based in Punta Gorda Town.

This festival is a celebration of chocolate; the culture and flavors of the Toledo District, and is fast becoming a regular feature for the Belize Tourism Industry. Visitors come from all over Belize and abroad. The Toledo District is the original home of organic cacao and Belizean chocolate in Belize.

The Festival opens with its signature Wine and Chocolate evening, held on the rooftop terrace of the University of Belize. Guests will enjoy fine wine and food, chocolate delights from Belize's four chocolate producers - Kakaw, Goss, Cotton Tree, and Cyrila's - live music, from Pablo Collado, and a fireworks display.

The Toledo Cacao Growers Association (TCGA) represents over 200 cacao growers in Southern Belize and co-ordinates the production and sale of the beans to Green & Black’s in the United Kingdom where it is transformed into the world renowned Mayan Gold Chocolate. Green & Black’s provide technical expertise and assistance to farmers, from growing and planting seedlings to the harvesting and fermenting process. The cultivation of cacao orchards is grown in the shade of other trees and since the farmers do not have to cut down the forest, this makes it the best situation for the environment. The farmers are paid a premium rate for the cacao beans that are grown organically. Green & Black’s along with the TCGA is making a difference to the economy and the people of Southern Belize. 
Cacao Farmer in San Felipe Village

Cacao Beans
To learn more about the festival, please visit their Website at, email at or call (011-501-722-2531)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

HAPPY SHAVUOT- חג שבועות שמח!

Shavuot holiday is the day the Israelites got the Torah (the Old Testament).  As you may recall, they left Egypt in a hurry, and therefore it took some weeks until they were ready to attend to the business of receiving the word of God. How many weeks? Seven, the Hebrew word for which, sheva, shares a root with the word Shavuot, which means weeks. To mark the occasion of having received the divine laws, delicious dairy products are served. Cheesecakes are big, so are blintzes. The rational explanation for eating diary is that the "Torah" was given on the Sabbath, and no animals could be slaughtered to celebrate the happy occasion.

Together with Passover and Sukkot, the Shavuot holiday is also one of the Three Pilgrimages (or shalosh regalim, if you want to rock the Hebrew), annual occasions for the ancient Israelites to bring their harvest and livestock over to the Temple in Jerusalem for festivities and ritualistic slaughter. And while the pilgrimage part was abandoned—you know, exile and all—Jews still mark these three major holidays with special recitations of the joyous Hallel prayer.

First up, be happy. Why? It says so in Deuteronomy: “And you shall rejoice in your festival … and you shall only be happy.”

Thursday, May 13, 2010


Amado Mena of Easy Shipping, President of the Diabetes Association Anthony A. Castillo and Bruce Sanchez, Jr of Bruce Bike Shop

BELIZE CITY, Thurs. May. 6, 2010

In their efforts to assist the Belize Diabetes Association, Bruce Bike Shop, located at # 1834 corners Chancellor St. and Blue Marlin Boulevard, Belize City, teamed up with Easy Shipping Services, located in Miami, Florida, to offer temporary office space, and facilitate the free shipment of 200 diabetic monitors from a Belizean contributor residing in Miami, Florida.

On Tuesday, May 4, 2010 President of the Diabetes Association Anthony A. Castillo, who is also a diabetic, contacted Amandala to share the news. According to Castillo the association is receiving diabetic monitors from one Ronnie “Bala” Leslie, Belizean, businessman and current resident of Miami Florida, who he [Castillo] met through a mutual friend.

“Mr. Leslie is at this time trying to gather the Belizean community in Miami to aid in this cause, by monetary donation, or transporting more of the monitors down here to Belize, as he [Bala] is privy to thousands of them”. Castillo stated.

Bala, who is a type two diabetic, explained to Amandala also, “I met Mr. Castillo through my good friend (last year) and I asked him how I could become a member of the association. . . I told him since I was living in the USA I will try and assist the association in any way possible. . . I had access to these monitors through a business associate who was having a promotion on the monitors and asked me if I had any organization in Belize that I would like to donate them to . . . she then asked me if I wanted ten thousand of the monitors, but I told her that my condo didn’t have the space for all of it”.

The donation of the monitors was given to Bala by one Patrice Psychalla, United States citizen, of an anonymous corporation. The giving nature of these individuals, seem to be contagious, as yet another independent party donated their resource to the cause, that which came from the owner of Easy Shipping Services, Amado Mena, “I am so proud that I can help and do my part. . . I met Bala about two months ago when I visited a Belize association picnic in Miami, I introduced myself and we started talking, immediately he told me about the monitors he had and how he is trying to get them shipped to Belize. . . I offered to bring as many as I could to help and this first trip I brought down 10 cases which is two hundred in total, he gave me Castillo’s contact information, and here we are today”.

Mena, also told Amandala that he plans to bring at least 10 cases every trip he makes and hopes to inspire, as the other contributors have, more individuals to participate through monetary funds.

The monitors however are not fitted with the strips, which are US currency $7.00 for a box of 50, and the general public and businesses are being asked to assist in any way possible, to help with the additional shipments and strip cost.

The other major sponsor of the diabetes association is Bruce Bike Shop, owned by Bruce Sanchez senior and junior. “We [the diabetes association and the bike shop] joined together last year to do a fund raiser, for the diabetes awareness day which is November, 14.”

“It was only supposed to be a onetime thing, but my dad and I found that there is a lot of need for the association so we decided to help out further, by offering them a part of our shop to use as a temporary office . . . We hope to one day get the funds to set up the association’s own office, but for now they will be situated here with us”. Bruce junior stated.

The father and son duo, are not diabetics, but just firm believers in a healthy living and since they are owners of a sporting store, which is primarily centered around getting the community into a healthy way of living, it was only natural for them as he explained to partner with the association to bring awareness on a major killer of our citizens which is diabetes.

Over 39,000 persons in Belize are currently living with the disease, and the association along with all the contributors want to shed some light on the preventative measures each individual can take in assuring that if they are or aren’t diagnose with the disease, that it is a factor in our community and that diabetes shouldn’t be underestimated.

The Diabetes Association alongside Bruce Bike Shop, is currently working on developing a hotline number, but can be contacted at telephone number 223-7979 or if you have any other contributions needing shipment Mena can be contacted at

by Stacey Kelly

Sunday, May 9, 2010


Sometimes I sit down and wonder what will I find to begin the week or for that matter wrapped up the week. I try to think of funny or entertaining topics, but many times I end up with a mental block.

Many times my sources of inspiration just seem to dry up, but I always try to keep up beat about my next post or topic lurking around the corner. If any of you out there feel sympathy for me, perhaps you can send in my next topic.

Since next weekend is the annual Cashew Festival in Crooked Tree Village, and because I’m suffering from sleep deprivation, I thought I’d take an easy way out to show you all the fruits in the village this week. Here’s what you can get to eat and just in time for the festival!!

Big Juicy Cashews
May Plums
Custard Apples

Photos by: Dr. Jane Crawford and Laura Crawford

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


May 5, 2010
Tours of historical sites have given the visiting foreign minister a better understanding of the Jewish people's deep ties to its land.
Foreign Minister of Belize-Hon. Wilfred Elrington

Communicated by Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson’s Bureau

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belize, Mr. Wilfred Elrington, is in Israel on an official visit (3-6 May 2010). He has met with President Shimon Peres, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman and other senior officials. The visiting minister discussed with his hosts ways to strengthen bilateral relations. The diplomatic process and the Iranian threat were also discussed.

An entire day of the visit was devoted to economic and technological topics. FM Elrington visited the Israeli hi-tech companies Taldor and Better Place and toured the Sharon (Hiria) recycling park. He also met with the heads of the Israel-Latin America Chamber of Commerce, with whom he discussed ways to increase mutual trade between Israel and Belize.

FM Elrington laid a wreath on the grave of Theodor Herzl, visited Yad Vashem, planted a tree in the Kennedy Forest, toured the Old City of Jerusalem, Massada and the Dead Sea, and received a briefing about the security fence.

After the tour of Massada, FM Elrington said, “Now I understand better the deep connection of the Jewish people to its land.”

This is the first visit by a foreign minister from Belize since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two states in 1983. Israeli-Belize relations have been strengthened lately with the signing of the agreement to cancel visa requirements for tourists of both states. Israel has also recently increased aid to Belize, sending agricultural experts through its MASHAV department - Israel's National Agency for International Cooperation.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Belize is a tropical paradise. Lying along the 300 miles of the Caribbean coastline is the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. Belize is a country of many cayes, inland tropical forests, pristine rivers, ancient Maya temples, and sacred caves. The rich culture reflects the diversity of the peoples who call Belize home: Maya, Creole, European, Garifuna, Mestizo, East Indian, Chinese and Mennonite.

The flora and fauna in Belize are spectacular. Among the 540 species of birds in Belize, you’ll hear flocks of parrots noisily announce their presence in the jungle and the teasing calls of various birds that blend into the tropical landscape. An amazing number of mammals are found in Belize. You’ll see a variety of birds, butterflies and mammals as you hike, mountain bike, or horseback ride through the forest; or canoe, kayak, or tube down the rivers. 

Galen University, located in the Cayo district, was named in honor of the Greek scholar and physician, Galen, who lived from 130-220 A.D. Galen University is an independent, community-oriented university chartered by the Government of Belize. The mission of Galen University is to provide excellence in undergraduate, graduate, and professional education to prepare and aid students to achieve their dreams and goals.

Are you curious about, and want to experience how other cultures live and work? Would you like to make a difference in the community where you are studying? Then Belize and Galen University have a wealth of opportunities to make your "mark," and contribute to sustainable development. There are needs in the larger community where our studies and activities can make a real difference, through Community Service Learning projects. 
Classes are held in English on our welcoming, close knit campus, and in areas around the University and the country. Galen offers full semester programs, intensive, four week summer courses and full degree programs. Each program is designed to maximize a student’s academic needs inside and outside the classroom.

Seven (7) undergraduate University of Indianapolis (UINDY) degrees are offered by Galen University in Belize. Those programs are: Anthropology, Archaeology, Business Administration, Economics, Environmental Science, International Business, and Marketing.
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Belize is an ideal location to complete all or part of your studies, and is easily accessible as a travel destination. Its heritage and diverse ecosystems provide ample opportunities for field studies and experiences for a number of courses (archeology, ecology, marine biology, botany, biology, zoology, conservation). The bilingual nature of the Cayo District, allows you to practice your English or Spanish outside the classroom, and the peaceful and safe environment allows you to focus on your studies.

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