Tuesday, June 28, 2011


A four-day workshop that will introduce some 25 Belizean contractors to the computerized job estimation tool, a modern electronic system designed to prepare bill of quantities for projects, got underway this morning at the George Price Centre for Peace and Development in Belmopan.

The training is being financed by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).  It is being implemented  by the Social Investment Fund in collaboration with the Caribbean Technological Consultany Services (CTCS).  

 In CTCS and SIF’s experience, there is the constant need for artisans and small contractors to strengthen their ability to accurately  prepare job estimates to ensure that they can both manipulate and present their bids in a competitive manner.  Small untrained contractors tend to be at a disadvantage with larger and more structured business entities with the ability to employ or hire the services of consultant engineers, quantity cost surveyors and accountants. 

The workshop is designed for Belizean Artisans and Small Contractors and is also a capacity building initiative of the Basic Needs Trust Fund Programme and the CTCS.  It is aimed at enhancing the participants’ technical and management skills in the preparation of bids using a simple but effective technique developed by CTCS known as the Computerized Job Estimation Tool (CJET).  The CJET allows for the electronic computation of the finite cost of the project and the user can manipulate the quality of the bid, see the impact of a given bid ration/rate on the overall cost of line items and project earnings in excess of each line, while maintaining the option to spread project losses over other items comprising the bill of quantities.  The training  also includes a refresher course introduction to the use of computers.

The workshop was officially declared open this morning by Mrs Yvonne Hyde, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Economic Development, Commerce Industry and Consumer Protection.

In her address, Mrs Hyde said the “ workshop goes one step further in the training of small Belizean artisans and contractors since it will strengthen their ability to compete for projects not only being implemented by SIF, but also in the job commercial market of Belize. This workshop is very timely indeed since it is being held during a period when SIF has already begun the implementation of the CDB SIF 2  Loan Project.  Under this $30.0 Million dollar project some 110 new small-scale community projects will be funded and selected on a demand driven basis with active participation of community groups, Non-governmental agencies (NGOs), Village Councils, Alcaldes, Line Ministries and communities of interest.”

The workshop is being conducted by Jack Springer of the CTCS.

The Caribbean Technological Consultancy Services (CTCS) is a network operated by the Private Sector Development Division (PSDD) of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)  in co-operation with regional and national institutions, laboratories, industrial enterprises and consultants. CTCS contributes to strengthening private sector capabilities by linking people who have business and technical experience with business that need consulting advice and assistance. Interventions are carried out under three (3) principal modes including: Direct Technical Assistance (facilitated by consultants), Workshops and Job Attachments.
For further information, please contact Mr Mike Hernandez Jr. J.P., Director of Public Relations of the Social Investment Fund, at Tel: 822-0239, email: at mike.hernandez@sifbelize.org or Cell No. 634-4002.

Belmopan, Monday 27th June 2011:  Press Release No. 18 -  2011

Monday, June 27, 2011


Costa Rica National Stadium
Last weekend, June 18th and 19th, a group of 38 Belizean Junior Track and Field Athletes took part in the Central American Junior A and B championship that was held in San Salvador. Team Belize brought home eleven medals; 2 gold, 4 silver, and 5 bronze. Gloria Serano, the best Belizean performer, brought home  gold, silver and a bronze medal; Novian Middleton walked away with gold.  

This weekend the senior track athletes, 21 of them, left Belize, this time to participate in the 22nd Central American Senior Athletic Championship Games that took place in San Jose, Costa Rica at the recently inaugurated National Stadium.  Belize garnered a total of 10 medals this time around; 5 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze.

Leading the way for Belize was Kaina Martinez, who joined the Belize team from Jamaica, where she is pursuing her studies. She won three gold medals; the first in the 100m, the second in the 200m and the third as part of the 4 X 100m. The outstanding part of her performance is that she broke her own record in the 100m from 2009 and also broke the standing record in the 200m from 2007 as well.

Kaina Martinez on the podium
Kaina Martinez winning the 200m in record time
On Day 1 of the competition in the 4 X 100 (F); the quartet of Charnelle Enriquez, Julie McCord, Kaina Martinez and Tricia Flores took the gold medal. Kaina Martinez garnered her second gold in the 100m also shattering her own Central American Record (CRA) from 2009 of 11.98 to establish the new CRA of 11.74.

Not to be outdone, Tricia Flores took her second gold medal of the day in the Long Jump, where she is the current record holder since 2010. To end the day of competition, Katy Sealy took silver in Heptathlon. Katy is Belizean by descent. Her father was born in Stann Creek Town (now Dangriga) in 1964 when his father was the Anglican Priest from England, who was in charge of the St. Matthew’s Anglican Church in Pomona Valley.
Tricia Flores second gold medal of the day in Long Jump
Tricia Flores Triple Jump-silver
Katy Sealy receiving silver medal for Heptathlon
During the second day of competition Kaina Martinez captured gold again in the 200m in record time as well, establishing a new CRA of 24.17, the previous being 24.58 established in 2007.

Kay-De Vaughn captured silver in High Jump and Tricia Flores got her third medal, this time silver in the Triple Jump.

To end the day Kenneth Medwood a Belizean-American graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles, currently majoring in Sports Psychology at East Los Angeles College; won gold in 400m Hurdles.
Kenneth Medwood gold in 400m Hurdles 
To end the competition; on day 3 Belize captured two bronze medals; the first in the 4 X 400m (F). The four athletes were Charnelle Enriquez, Julie McCord, Katy Sealy and Tricia Flores.
The second was in the male version of the same race and the quartet were; Jayson Jones, Kenneth Brackett, Kenneth Medwood and Mark Anderson.
Kay-De Vaughn
Kay-De Vaughn - Silver in High Jump

Central American Record
List of Belizean Athletes 

By Dr. Jane Crawford

Photo credits: A Buen Paso.cr, CACAC Athletics, Reuther's

Saturday, June 25, 2011


Primary school graduations are a new creature in Crooked Tree School. In my days there was nothing like the pomp and circumstance of today. Our graduation was just about getting our report cards, making sure all marks were high, cleaning our desk, scrubbing the floor, and if we were lucky end of year parties with cupcakes. What I remember most on my exit from primary school is hugs from teachers, hugs from your best friend, group hugs and more hugs.

Students, staff, parents and community members gathered June16th to celebrate the graduation of 24 special children at the Crooked Tree Village School; they are special because all 24 of them have passed the PSE for entrance into high school. Walter Perriott received the student of the Year and Valedictory awards.
                                                 Walter Perroitt-Validictorian
The students decorated one of the school’s buildings earlier in the day into a beautiful reception hall with balloons, palm leaves and streamers.
Click on photos to view
Salutatorian was Megan Gillett and the Vote of Thanks was given by Amber Gillett. Special invited guest speaker was Mr. Dwight Tillett.
Meagan Gillett
 Amber Gillett
Dwight Tillett-Guest Speaker
The closing prayer was given by Mr. Churchill Gillett who encouraged all the young people to believe in themselves and not to let others discourage them.
Churchill Gillett
The parents of Crooked Tree Village would like to extend a special thanks to Principal Winnie Gillett, former principal Verla Jex, and all the teachers who have molded the minds of these young people.
Principal Winnie Wade Gillett
Principal Winnie Gillett would like to thank the 2011 Scholarship donors
Anonymous BZ$600.00
Anonymous BZ$500.00
Jocelyn Allen BZ$500.00  
Elaine Du-Bose BZ$500.00

Walter Perriott and Amber Gillett are still in need of scholarships.

If anyone would like to sponsor these children for high school please get in touch with Principal Winnie Gillett at: Crooked Tree Village Gov’t School, Belize District, Belize, Central America or E-mail: winniegillett@hotmail.com   

The cost of tuition for the school year is BZ$500.00 per child.

Photos 1-5 and 8 and 9 by Elston Wade; others by Prin. Gillett

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Team Belize-Click on photo to view
Team Belize
The two day 2011 Central American and Caribbean Junior Track and Field Championship took place last weekend, June 18th and 19th in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Many of the region’s top juniors faced off against each other culminating with the winners who have the qualifying times going to IAAF World Youth Championship in Lille, France and the Pan American Junior Championships in Miramar, Florida.

The Pan American Junior Championships spotlight teams from North American, Central American, South American, and from Caribbean nations. Athletes must be 19-years-old or younger to be eligible for the junior championships.
Gloria Serano 
35 athletes from Belize boarded a bus for the 20 hour trip to San Salvador. Despite limited sleep, Gloria Serano, a Palloti High School student was eager to perform.  The 15 year-old was well prepared mentally, however she was not in the best of shape physically because of a fever that started on the first day of competition. According to Coach Evans, she was visibly weak, about to collapse and had to see a doctor. In spite of this she produced an outstanding performance to win a gold medal in discus and a silver medal in the shot put. Coach Evans said she took it easy on the morning of the second day, but made it clear that she will compete in her last event. Serano, desperate to continue with the javelin throw, won her third medal, a bronze.

 Gloria Serano, the best Belizean performer at the CADICA Jr Track and Field championship!!

Novian Middleton, a 2010 graduate of Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Fl., and current Student-Athlete at Moorehouse College in Atlanta won the second gold for Belize, the 800 meters; he also got ill and could not complete his second race in the 1500 meters.

Novian and his family would like to thank his friends and family for all their support.

Team Belize won 2 gold medals, 4 silver, and 5 bronze.

Full results as well as rankings can be viewed here:


One of nine shelters built under the Lunch Spaces Project
Hon John Saldivar and other officials cutting the symbolic ribbon
Some of the students of the Lunch Spaces Project; over 2000 students will benefit from this project.

Belmopan, Tuesday, 21st June 2011:

Over 2,000 students in nine primary schools in Belmopan, who prefer to stay at school during lunch, can now enjoy their meals in a pleasant environment as part of the Belmopan School Lunch Spaces Project, a venture which was inaugurated this afternoon during an official ceremony held at the St Martin’s Government School campus in Belmopan.

The project was implemented by the Social Investment Fund, (S.I.F.) and financed by the Government of Belize at a total cost of $181,000.00 under the Commonwealth Debt Initiative (CDI).

The project entailed the construction of five lunch spaces measuring 20 ft by 20 ft with wash hand basin and three lunch spaces measuring 20 ft by 30 ft at eight schools in Belmopan.  These include:  St Ann’s Anglican School, St Martin’s Government Primary School, United Evergreen Primary School, Belmopan Seventh Day Adventist Primary School, St Michael’s R.C. Primary School, Garden City Primary School, Kuxlin Ha Government Primary School and Our Lady of Guadalupe Primary School.  Under the project, Belmopan Comprehensive School and Our Lady of Guadalupe High School received 15 picnic tables each.  The lunch spaces were completed with floor slab, columns and zinc roof. The project also included nutrition training and food handlers training for teachers and persons responsible for feeding programs with a view to encourage the preparation of healthy food to students.

Belmopan has a total of nine primary schools and two secondary schools. The estimated total population of these schools is 4,572. The city of Belmopan has grown both by population and area since its inception.  Hence, many students now attend a school which is not near to their home. With many parents commuting for work, the students are unable to go home for lunch.  Subsequently, many primary schools have introduced feeding programs where the students pay a subsidized fee for prepared hot lunches, or the school has a canteen on campus where lunch is sold at reasonable rates. 

A community needs assessment conducted by SIF revealed that from the 4,572 students some 2,060 of the student population remain in school for lunch.  Prior to the implementation of the project, the majority of the schools had no lunch sheds and many students had to sit under trees or other uncomfortable places during lunch.

The guest speaker at this afternoon’s inauguration of the project was the Hon John Saldivar, Minister of Public Service, Governance Improvement, Elections and Boundaries and Sports and Area Representative for Belmopan, representatives of the Social Investment Fund and representatives of the participating schools.  Lively presentations were also made by the students of St Martin’s Government School, Kuxlin Ha Government Primary School and St Ann’s Anglican Primary School.

For further information please contact Mr Mike Hernandez Jr. J.P., Director of Public Relations of the Social Investment Fund at Tel: 822-0239 or via email at mike.hernandez@sifbelize.org or Cell No. 634-4002.

Press Release No. 17 - 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011


Novian Michael Middleton-Gold Medal (Belize) in 800 meters; Silver Medal Mario GUERRERO (Nicaragua) and Bronze Medal Allan CORDERO GUTIERREZ (Costa Rica)
A few nods and hardy pats on the back are in order for some of our Belizean youths. They brought home 12 medals for Belize in Track and Field: Central American Jr. Championships 2011 ; Two Golds, Four Silver, and Five Bronze.

First of all, a large congratulations to Novian Middleton. Novian started only three years ago and left Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Fl with six records for his school, a first for DPHS.
Where he's going is hard to tell, but he is young, on the move, and has got it goin’ on. He's what you might call, the new sprinter on the block!! Best of luck Novie; we'll keep an open eye on yah!!

The other two winners in this picture are silver medalist Mario Guerrerro (Nicaragua), and bronze medalist Allan Cordero Gutierrez (Costa Rica).

Hoping to get the names and pictures of the other Belizean athletes tomorrow.


The Government of Belize has today moved to expropriate the property and assets of the country’s sole electricity provider Belize Electricity Limited, owned by Canadian power company FORTIS. The Belize Electricity Limited Amendment Bill 2011 was introduced at a special sitting of the House of Representatives in the City of Belmopan this morning by Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Dean Barrow.

Read more: 

(Via Belizean.comM.A. Romero is a Belize based writer and photojournalist and Managing Director of Belize.com Ltd. The company's main web site is at www.belize.com. 

Friday, June 17, 2011


Goldies President-Winfield Tillett
During its tour of Belize over the Easter Holidays, the Goldies Cricket Team
conducted Award Ceremonies after each of its four games. This video captured the
Goldies Secretary/Treasurer, the Rev. Tony Jones, officiating at the Goldies Awards
presentation ceremony in Crooked Tree Village on Holy Saturday, 2011. Mr.
Johnny Gillett jr., General Manager of the Belize Sugar Industry, and Mr. Elston Wade
jr., President of the Belize National Cricket Association, were presented with an “Award
of Appreciation” for the instrumental role they played in organizing the local leg of the
tour. Mr. Gillett organized the Crooked Tree Village games and Mr. Wade organized the
games with the Belize National Cricket Champion, the Surprise Cricket Club of Lemonal
Village, and against “Team Belize”, the Belize National Selection Side.

Earlier in the ceremony, not captured in this video, Mr. Gillett did the honor of
presenting cricket medallions to the best performers in bowling and batting on the local
Brilliant Cricket Club side that played against us, while Mr. Wade presented trophy
awards to seven senior cricket legends from Belize for their outstanding contribution in
promoting the game of cricket in Belize. The recipients of the trophy awards were Oswald Gillett, Marshall Jones, Ernest Jones, Lisborne “ Nash” Tillett, James Rhaburn, Rudolph “Tino” Bennett, and Charles Adolphus.
                                                           Lisborne “ Nash” Tillett
                                                                    James Rhaburn
Marshall Jones
By: Winfield Tillett

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


This is a segment to honor and recognize outstanding Belizeans and their descendants for their accomplishment and contributions to life.  As a proud Belizean, I believe it is imperative that we support and promote Belizeans both at home and abroad. You are an important part of our community. We hope we can inspire our children to reach for the stars.

You can nominate a candidate for Belizean Spotlight that you believe has excelled or contributed to our life. 

Previous “Spotlight of the Month” can be found in the archives.
Percival (Proff) Drummond

Percival “Proff” Drummond is one of Belize’s Pioneers in the Entertainment Business. He was born in Belize City and attended the Saint John’s Elementary School. As a child, he grew up playing basket ball and football like most other youths his age in Belize City. Proff was always interested in the entertainment business and, as a youth, he competed in the local singing contest sponsored separately by both political parties in Belize City in commemoration of the September 10th Belize National Celebrations, at which he won a few awards. He entered the local entertainment business in 1957 when he became the lead vocalist at age twenty-four in the “Deep Harmony Band”, one of Belize’s most popular Swing Band in that era. He spent two years with the “Deep Harmony Band” and helped the band to win two contests in the local “Big Bands Competition”.

Proff joined the Lord Rhaburn Band in 1960 as the lead vocalist in a band named “Los Calypsonians” that played mostly West Indian style Calypso Music doing shows in Belize City and the Rural areas, but was not welcome playing for dance hall audiences who preferred American style Waltz, Blues and Standard Music. This caused the “Los Calypsonians” to quickly changed course and renamed the band the “Lord Rhaburn Combo”, which broaden its musical selections to suit popular demands and thus entered the dance hall scene. With its new appeal, the Lord Rhaburn Combo was invited by the Guatemalan Consul General in Belize to travel to Melchor, Guatemala, to play for the Guatemalan President. This turned out to be such a big success, since Proff also sings in Spanish, that the Combo was invited to play in Guatemala City shortly after, where they cut their first record and became the first Belizean Recording Artists, with Proff singing three songs and Lord Rhaburn doing four, including the legendary “Budd Bank Wedding” hits that the popular American Artist, Joe TEX, sang for Belizeans during a show at the “Plum Tree” club on 39th Street in Los Angeles just before he died.

Proff was named the Instrumentalist in the Lord Rhaburn Combo because of his tireless efforts to solicit engagements for the band both at home and abroad. Their International tours including Guatemala, Mexico and New York, where Proff recorded his second number one hit in Belize’s Radio Hit Parade – “Nothing Takes the Place of You”. He left Belize in 1964 and took up residence in California, USA, to try and advance his musical career and to make a better life for himself and his family. In L.A., he worked with the Chrysler Corporation for a while, before going into the music promotion business, promoting Belizean Artists such as the Lord Rhaburn Combo, the Professionals and Santino Messengers Bands from Belize, and a number of local Belizean Artists in the Los Angeles area. He also received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2004 at the Lord Rhaburn Award Show in Belize and had performed yearly at the Bliss Institute in Belize for four years thereafter. His biggest promotions in California was at the renown “Coconut Grove” where such American Legends like Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and other Multicultural Artists performs, the Proud Bird and Bitiki, where big name American and other International Artists frequently performs. His next big promotion will be the “Belizean Caye Fest” to be held a Hollywood Park Casino on July 2nd and 3rd, 2011.
Proff considers himself  a perfectionist, who does not accept defeats and follow through with his plans to the end. He leads a very personal life style, a sharp dresser and loves the night life and the entertainment business. He also performed on stage with a number of known Jamaican and West Indian Artists over the years.

By: Winfield Tillett.

Monday, June 13, 2011


Walter Perriott-first place for CT
At the end of each primary school year in Belize, the children that are going on to high school are tested. The Primary School Examination (PSE) is the conclusion of the 8 years of study and hard work before high school. The students are tested in the areas of Math, Science, English, and Social Studies.

This year the PSE scores have dropped significantly nation wide in every subject except social studies.  The mean score in English was down eight percent and math five percentage points. The top finishers this year were mostly from public schools, not the elite private schools; incidentally, all schools in Belize used the same curriculum.

Aliyah Marin of Holy Redeemer in Belize City topped the exams with a score of three hundred and eighty five points (96.25%); in second place, Josette McGann of United Evergreen Primary in Cayo; with three hundred and seventy six points (94%) and Jordan Murrillo of Belize Elementary in Belize City with three hundred and sixty nine points (92.25%).

Megan Gillett-second place in CT
This year, 24 students from Crooked Tree Village School sat the exams with all 24 passing; another success for Principal Winnie Gillett.  The top three students are Walter Perriott with a score of 88 percent; Megan Gillett, 87 percent and third place went to Ishawn Arana with 80 percent.   

Congratulations to all the students, teachers and parents of Crooked Tree Village… Job well done!
Ishawn Arana-third place