Friday, April 29, 2011

TOUR OF GOLDIES CRICKET TEAM OF LOS ANGELES

BRILLIANT CRICKET TEAM
The Goldies Cricket Team played its first game against the Brilliant Cricket (B.C.C.) of Crooked Tree Village on Holy Saturday April 23rd, 2011 at the B.C.C. home ground. Vice Captain, Bobby B. Sutherland captained the game for the Goldies side and Eldon Wade captained the B.C.C. side. Brilliant won the toss and decided to bat first. The game was played for 40 overs.

GOLDIES CRICKET TEAM
The B.C.C. starters did not do too well against the fast pace bowling of Bobby B., who took four wickets in his allotted eight overs, but they were able to handle the less efficient Goldies bowlers and by the time the side was retired, they had a total score of 145 runs. This was considered a low score, but turned out to be more than enough to defeat the Goldies Team, which batted all out for 77 runs.  Landis ‘Ciego’ Wade top scored for the B.C.C. side with 45 runs followed by Eldon Wade with 18 runs while Melford Tillett top scored for the Goldies with 18 runs followed by Ermond Wade with 15 runs. Brandon Lewis had the most outs for B.C.C. with two wickets bowled, one caught out and one stumped.

The much younger and athletic B.C.C. team with a determination to win quickly retired the Goldies open batting line up having retired the first half of the side for under 30 runs. Only veteran Captain James Rhaburn held his ground for a while against the B.C.C. open bowlers, Rodwell Conorquie and Brandon Lewis. The B.C.C. bowlers were backed up by a very lively and effective fielding side which guaranteed them an easy victory. 

The Brilliant team must be commended for their excellent performances that even have local supporters and spectators commenting that it was the best they have seen the team play in many years.
The game was conducted in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere and attracted cricket lovers of all ages from home and abroad. Only positive comments could be heard from the promoters and spectators alike, who would like for such an event to be a yearly endeavor.
 ALPHEUS GILLETT RECEIVING AWARD ON BEHALF OF OSWALD GILLETT
MARSHALL JONES
VERNA ADOLPHUS RECEIVING AWARD ON BEHALF OF CHARLES ADOLPHUS
LISBORNE (NASH) TILLETT
JAMES RHABURN
BRANDON LEWIS
LANDIS WADE
WINFIELD TILLETT, PRESIDENT GOLDIES CRICKET CLUB
Following the game, the Goldies local contacts/organizers, Elston Wade and John Gillett were asked to present awards honoring seven cricket legends from Belize, as well as medals to local players for the most outs and best batting average. Elston Wade handed out awards of recognition to Oswald Gillett, Marshall Jones, Ernest Jones and Charles Adolphus of Belize and Lisborne (Nash) Tillett, James Rhaburn and Anthony (Tido) Bennett from the USA.  Brilliant’s sponsor John Gillett handed out medals to Brandon Lewis for the most outs and to Landis Wade for the most runs scored. Both John Gillett and Elston Wade were also awarded by the Goldies Team in appreciation of their effort in organizing the Belize aspect of our tour. A welcome dance was held as part of the program that same Saturday night.
LOCAL OVER FIFTIES TEAM
Back L-R Glickstein Bennett, Joel Westby, Austin Crawford, John Gillett,(George Guest), Eddie Gillett, Lyle Tillett, Vernon Jones, Eddison Parks
Front L-R Marshall Jones, Freddy Reynolds, Albert Crawford
On the Sunday morning a second game was played at the same venue, this was a different type of match for players fifty years and older. In this match, all eleven players from each team had to bowl three overs, regardless of how painful or ugly they may look. The local  over fifty team, had men from Crooked  Tree, Lemonal, Carmelita, Belmopan and  Lord’s Bank;  while the Goldies was short and Bobby B. Sutherland and Tony Jones had to play both being under fifty year s old. None of these players were allowed to bowl fast balls for fear of injuring the older players. The local side again won the toss and batted first. Their opening batmen were quickly put away by Walter ‘Bart’ Codd, who took three wickets in his allotted three overs. However, the team made a comeback with Vernon Jones and Lyle Tillett, who were both retired not out. Lyle topped scored with 85 runs of the team total 177 runs. The Goldies won the game with 178 runs, after retiring Winfield Tillett and Tony Jones, who top scored with 90 runs not out. The game was a photo finisher with only three more balls left to bowl in the allotted overs of play.

The game was followed by a domino tournament, which the local side won.

On Sunday May 1st, 2011, the Goldies will be playing against the Belize National Cricket Champion, Surprise Cricket Club at their home ground in Lemonal Village followed on Monday May 2nd, 2011 in Bermudian Landing against the Belize National Selection Team.
Cricket is all about having a fun time!!!!!

By Winfield Tillett

Sunday, April 24, 2011

EASTER: THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE RESURECTION

The Reverend Dr. Elmer L. Gillett
3For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scripture. 20But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.    (I Corinthians 15:3-4; 20-22)


This Sunday, millions of people around the world will celebrate Easter, the greatest event in the history of the Christian Church. This is a good time for us to reflect on the significance of Easter.  Easter, for many is a time for Easter egg hunting, fuzzy teddy bears and Easter bunnies. You will find a fairly good size selection of cards on display at the stores. However, the vast majority are entirely secular. They range from the “thinking of you at Easter” variety to the ones which have pictures of fuzzy teddy bears, rabbits, and Easter eggs. Frequently there is a “Spring is Here”; associating Easter with the coming of Spring, and the happy thought of leaving behind a dreary winter and looking forward to the fresh new life which signals the coming of Spring. Not many cards contain a cross, an empty tomb, or mention the name of the Lord Jesus.

The greeting card displays of most stores are alike, and we would have to agree that the resurrection of Christ is not considered very significant by the marketplace. Easter bunnies and eggs have won “hands down” over Christ, the cross of Calvary, and the empty tomb.
I am convinced, however, that many of the people who attend Easter Sunday services accept the resurrection of Christ as a fact. However many have not come to recognize the purpose of the resurrection.

The resurrection of our Lord means that the sacrifice for sinners has been paid, once and for all, by the Lord Jesus Christ, and that this sacrifice has been accepted. The meaning of Easter is Jesus Christ's victory over death. His resurrection symbolizes the eternal life that is granted to all who believe in Him. The meaning of Easter also symbolizes the complete verification of all that Jesus preached and taught during His three-year ministry. If He had not risen from the dead, if He had merely died and not been resurrected, He would have been considered just another teacher. However, His resurrection changed all that and gave final and irrefutable proof that He was really the Son of God and that He had conquered death once and for all. Today, the meaning of Easter, for millions of Christians, is that of honoring and recognizing Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead, and His glorious promises of eternal life for all who believe in Him.




Thursday, April 21, 2011

CROOKED TREE FISHERMEN UP IN ARMS


We have received several calls this morning from residents of Crooked Tree Village who told us there was a standoff between fishermen in the village and authorities.


“Fisher folk of Crooked Tree Village are venting their frustrations as the village council have barred them from casting their nets in the lagoon. Fishermen say today is one of the biggest income earning day of the year as fish is in high demand for Good Friday. These cries are being overlooked because the village council says about three weeks ago the Village Council and the fishermen held a meeting to draft a plan for fishing since the lagoon is known to dry up around this time. According to treasurer of the Village Council, Mildred Crawford, none of the fishermen came up with a plan, and with no input from their end, they decided to enforce the law that govern fishing in their village. Crawford said the fishermen were allowed to fish yesterday which they did, but reiterated that the decision had the approval of the fisher folk. Crawford ended by saying that the rule will apply throughout the Easter break and that the hauling and netting of fish will resume until Tuesday. The decision has divided the residents of the small fishing village of Crooked Tree and a Village Council standing firm and adamant about enforcing the laws.”

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

GOLDIES CRICKET TEAM OF LOS ANGELES TO VISIT BELIZE

The Goldies Cricket Team of Los Angeles
Brilliant Cricket Team of Crooked Tree Village
Surprise Cricket Team of Lemonal Village

 The Goldies Cricket Team was formed on September 25th, 2010 as the sporting component of the Crooked Tree Village Reunion.

 The team will be visiting Belize for Easter, and will be playing its first cricket match against Brilliant Cricket Club in Crooked Tree Village on Holy Saturday, April 23rd, 2011, which will be followed by a dance that same night. On Easter Sunday, there will be another cricket match at the same venue for players over fifty years. Then on the following Sunday, May 1st, the Goldies Team will be playing a match against the Belize National Cricket Champion, Surprise Cricket Club, at their home ground in Lemonal Village. And on Monday, March 2nd, the Goldies Team will be playing its final match against an all Belize selection side in Bermudian Landing Village.

 The Goldies Team, which is made up of Cal-Bel Players of Los Angeles and Belizean cricketers from other parts of the United States, will be led by its team Captain, James Rhaburn, and Vice Captain, Bobby B. Sutherland. The Team President and founder, Winfield Tillett and Secretary/Treasurer, the Rev. Tony Jones, will also be accompanying the team.

Also, on Easter Sunday afternoon a domino match will be hosted by L.A.P.D. Officer, Sheldon Nicholson, who is the captain of the Goldies Domino team that will be playing against another Belizean team.

 After the game on Holy Saturday, Goldies will be awarding trophies to senior cricket players who were legends during the 1960s and 1970s. Among the Awardees are Oswald Gillett, Marshall Jones, Charles Adolphus and Ernest Jones who are presently residing in Belize and James Rhaburn, Tino Bennett and Lisborne (Nash) Tillett from the U.S.A. Among the players, Nash and Ernest Jones were actually the only teenage bowlers that represented Belize on a tour of the West Indies in the 1960s and starred for the Belize side.

The new cricket gear that Goldies bought for use in Belize will be donated to competing teams. It should be a lot of fun and all are invited to join us!


Winfield Tillett

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

VIEW FROM CROOKED TREE VILLAGE: FISH FESTIVAL

Baysnook from Crooked Tree Lagoon-click on photos to view
Crooked Tree Village is well known for its abundance of fish in its lagoons. And it's only fitting that they celebrate with a fish festival.  The annual Fish Festival was last weekend, April 16th and 17th. 


The kick off started on Saturday with a variety of food, fun and entertainment accompanied by a whole lot of family fun. The festival attracts visitors from many villages in rural Belize.  The purpose of the festival is to positively promote the village's culture and to bring awareness to overfishing.
Visitors lining up to buy fish
The fishermen in Crooked Tree Village and the Fishery Department of Belize worked together to implement catch share;  a system of management to prevent overfishing. The Village Council and the Concern Citizens Group worked diligently and constructively to set the fisherman on the right track. Working together using catch share is the solution to overfishing, to protect the lagoon and bring back fish stock to abundance. With the right choices, we can all enjoy abundant wild “Bay Snook”, and is seen as the best way forward for the village's fishermen.

Net full of fish
Removing the catch from the net
When it come to fish, there's nothing better than a fat and healthy baysnook
Tilapia

All photos by Dr. Jane Crawford

Sunday, April 17, 2011

MIDDLE EAST WRAP: ISRAEL MAY OFFER WEST BANK WITHDRAWAL

Weekly round-up of the Hebrew newspapers in Israel; covering the major events happening in Israel and the Middle East. 


Jerusalem, April 12 – Israel is debating a withdrawal of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) from the West Bank, in order to prevent the Palestinian Authority (PA) from unilaterally declaring a state along 1967-lines.  Haaretz is the only paper in Israel reporting this.


In its lead headline, Haaretz is reporting that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is considering a series of measures aimed at preventing what Defense Minister Ehud Barak recently described as ‘an impending diplomatic tsunami.’


According to the Haaretz report, the three measures that Netanyahu is considering are:

1. Another withdrawal in the West Bank, which would see the IDF forces redeploy and security responsibility handed over to the Palestinian Authority. While the extent of the withdrawal is not known, it is not thought to include the evacuation of settlements.

2. An international umbrella, in the form of an international conference, in which both Israel and the Palestinian Authority would participate, and which would call for a resumption of negotiations.

3. Diplomatic pressure on Western countries (the U.S., the European Union, Canada, Australia and others) against the recognition of a Palestinian state at the UN General Assembly in September.

In another development , the United States has announced the postponement of a planned meeting of the Mideast Quartet, which was due to take place in Berlin on Friday, April 15th. According to reports, Washington blocked an initiative by Britain, France and Germany to re-start stalled Israeli-Palestinian talks by proposing the outlines of a final settlement to be based on the establishment of a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with agreed-to land swaps.

The three European countries wanted UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the European Union to propose a settlement at a meeting of the Quartet of Mideast mediators – the U.S., UN, EU and Russia – on the sidelines of a NATO ministerial meeting. U.S. official said the Obama administration didn't think a Quartet meeting would produce anything useful in terms of getting the talks restarted.

The Jerusalem Post leads with a story which first broke on Monday morning, April 11th: A expected draft indictment against Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. 

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein's announcement that he intends to file an indictment against Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, pending a hearing, on charges of fraud, money laundering, obstruction of justice and breach of trust. 


According to the draft indictment, Lieberman is suspected of receiving millions of dollars from private business people, through straw companies, between the years 2001 and 2008, while he was a member of Knesset and a cabinet minister.


Commenting on the attorney general's decision, Lieberman said: 'I've always abided by the law and have no reason for concern. After 15 years, I will finally be given the opportunity to prove that I adhered to the law. You know I am a man of my word.'


If the foreign minister decides to accept the offer of a hearing, he will not have to resign from the cabinet. However if the Yisrael Beiteinu leader passes on a hearing, in order to prevent exposing his line of defense during a trial, an indictment will be served against him and he will have to step down.  Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu expressed his hope that Lieberman would be proven innocent. Netanyahu noted that he has been working with Lieberman for a long time and that Lieberman is a central figure within the government who he hopes will continue to contribute to public life.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

NEW POLYCLINIC FOR BENQUE VIEJO DEL CARMEN

Cutting the symbolic ribbon
The Ministry of Economic Development, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Benque Viejo Town Council, is pleased to announce the official inauguration of the new Benque Polyclinic, which was be held on, Wednesday morning, April 13th at 10 am at the project site in Benque Viejo del Carmen.

The new polyclinic will provide quality medical health care services to over 8,000 residents of Benque Viejo del Carmen and the surrounding villages of Calla Creek, Arenal and Succotz in the Cayo District.

The project was implemented by the Social Investment Fund, in partnership with the Ministry of Health.  The total cost of the project is estimated at $829,162.00 and was financed by the UK Commonwealth Debt Initiative (CDI)  and the Government of Belize through a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).  The Benque Viejo Town Council contributed over $3,000 towards the demolition of the old buildings on site and preparation of the area for construction.

The work scope included the demolition of two buildings and front fence and construction of a 4,166 square foot concrete building with an additional 1,321 square feet of verandah and ramp areas. The new building is 3 feet above ground level with a strip foundation, concrete floor, beams, columns and roof with a shell of block walls, aluminum windows and timber doors. 
Hon Pablo Marin, Minister of Health, delivering keynote address
Minister of Economic Development, Hon Erwin Contreras delivering Special Address
The Benque Viejo del Carmen polyclinic will provide improved health care to the residents including pre and post natal care, treatment for hypertension, diabetes, asthma, acute respiratory infection and trauma by a permanent nurse/midwife and physician.  The clinic has a waiting area, an emergency room, consultations and treatment rooms, observation room, maternal and child health care room, a laboratory and pharmacy, a sterilizing room, laundry room, bathrooms, a conference room as well as Administrative offices and an office for the Public Health Inspector. 

State of the Art ambulance donated by Government of Italy
Dr Rosado (L) and other members of her medical team inspecting the new ambulance
The keynote speaker at the official inauguration was the Hon. Pablo Marin, Minister of Health. A special address was delivered by Hon Erwin Contreras, Minister of Economic Development, Commerce, Industry and Consumer Protection and Area Representative for Cayo West, who was highly instrumental in securing the donation of a new ambulance for the polyclinic from the Government of Italy.  Addresses was delivered by Mr. Nicholas Ruiz, Mayor of Benque Viejo and Mr. Daniel Cano, Executive Director of the Social Investment Fund among others. 
Minister of Health, Hon Pablo Marin (L to R) and Hon Erwin Contreras along with Mayor Ruiz and Mr Daniel Cano pose for the camera 
Marimba playing the national anthem at the inauguration ceremony 
Proud receipient of PETC cart courtesy of CARE Belize 

For further information, please contact Mr. Mike Hernandez Jr. J.P., Director of Public Relations, Social Investment Fund, Tel: 822-0239 or via email at mike.hernandez@sifbelize.org or Cel No. 634-4002  Press Release No. 11 - 2011


Thursday, April 14, 2011

COMMENTARY: DRILL BABY DRILL, NOT

Drill, baby drill was the mantra of Sarah Palin and her ilk at the Republican convention in 2008, and they were referring specifically to ANWR, (Alaska National Wildlife Refuge). That idea has been rejected, and will continue to be rejected by people in general and by conservationists and environmentalists in particular. ANWR, as the name suggests, is a refuge for the wildlife which includes plants and animals. There are no roads, no buildings or settlements in the protected area, what it does have is a vast oil reserve which the oil companies would love to lay their drills on. Since it was declared a protected area in 1960 by the Eisenhower administration, lobbyists have tried to get the government to relax the tight restrictions that govern the area, to no avail.

In Belize, our ANWR is our Barrier Reef, which includes the second longest reef in the world, and is also populated by hundreds of pristine cayes and a very wide variety of fish and plants that are second to none in the world, and one of the largest means of subsistence in Belize. That any government would ever allow anybody to even explore the possibility of drilling offshore would not only be unconscionable, but a betrayal of our trust and a surrender of our national heritage.

I look at tourism and I see all the positive impact it has had on the economy of Belize, and boy, do we need economic stimulus. I also see the dark side of tourism, which has made us greedy, selling out our childrens' inheritance so that in 20 years foreigners will own more of our country than we do, if they don't already. I site San Pedro as an example of this, with Placencia coming in a close second. WE have never had good governance in this area, so it has been a free for all, and naive people have been taken advantage of. We now need good governance in finding ways to deal with our new found wealth without destroying that which makes Belize one of natures' last treasure on this ever shrinking planet.

I believe that we can exploit our oil deposits without disturbing our ANWAR. There are things more important than money, which would benefit the oil companies and the investors more than we, the Belizean people. One of these things is to leave our sea and cayes and reefs undisturbed and clear of drilling platforms and oil slicks, so that future generations can enjoy what we have always taken for granted. Imagine waking up to an oil spill that would devastate our way of life forever. No fish, no cayes, no reef, no tourism. No mas, no mas........

Commentary by pele


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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

PASSOVER 5771 (2011)

The fifth of April, 2011 was the first day of the Hebrew month of Nissan (נִיסָן). Nissan is referred to in the Torah as the first month of the year – רֹאשׁ חֳדָשִׁים (Rosh Hodashim). In the Torah the months are counted as the first month, second month, third month, etc. 

The Torah refers to Nissan as the first month to remind Jews of the miracle of the Exodus; of leaving Egypt and becoming a free nation. The name of this month in the Hebrew Language is derived from the word the "נִיצָּן" (Nitsan) which means “a flower bud.” The flower buds appear in the spring as noted in the Song of Songs, also known as Songs of Solomon: 

The flower buds appear on the earth (Song of Songs, 2:12)

Nissan is a month of change and growth: Winter turns into spring; cocoons transforms into butterflies, buds become flowers. This is a month of cleansing, not only on the physical level of cleaning the house, but also on the emotional level of cleansing the heart. This is a month of freedom, of making your own choices, of leaving (rather than escaping) negative situations. This is a month of great belief in God’s help and support.

On the evening of the 15th of Nissan (ט"ו בְּנִיסָן), which falls this year on April 18th, Jews in Israel and all over the world will begin to celebrate Passover (פֶּסַח). This holiday commemorates the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt after a long period of slavery, as described in the book of Exodus in the Torah.  The liberation of the Jews from slavery in Egypt has achieved universal significance for liberation of nations or of ethnic groups wherever they are!

The Torah commands Jews to tell the story of the Jewish liberation from slavery in Egypt, so that each generation will learn and appreciate the strength and kindness of God. To fulfill this obligation, Jewish people all around the world hold a ritual feast called Leyl Haseder (לֵיל הַסֵּדֶר) in which they read the Haggadah (הַגָּדָה)  – the story of the Jewish liberation from slavery in Egypt.


As Jews celebrate Passover, they are immersed in a time-honored custom. Special holiday traditions are reserved just for this time of year, such as the seder plate, the four glasses of wine, the many different foods, and the reading from the Haggadah. The serene vision of a family table really makes for a beautiful picture. 

We wish you a wonderful month, a month of liberation and hope, a month that will allow you and our world to heal and transform to a better place.

...פֶּסַח שָׂמֵחַPesach Sameach!  Happy Passover!



Photo courtesy of israelity.com
http://eteacherhebrew.com
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chabad.org

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

BELIZE MAYORS VISIT UK

8 Mayors from Belize visited the UK at the end of March sponsored by the British High Commission. Those in the delegation were: Mayor Simeon Lopez, Belmopan; Mayor John August, San Ignacio and Santa Elena;

Mayor Hilberto Campos, Corozal; Mayor Nicholas Ruiz, Benque Viejo Del Carmen; Mayor Aaron Gongora, Dangriga; Mayor Floyd Lino, Punta Gorda; Mayor Elsa Paz, San Pedro; Mayor Zenaida Moya-Flowers, Belize City.

Press Release – British High Commission – April 8, 2011

The team were in the UK for the Commonwealth Local Government Conference in Cardiff, but went on to a major programme of high-level visits in London. Also attending the conference was a team from the Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development made up of Minister Hon Gabriel Martinez, CEO Mrs Marion McNab and Mr Celso Carcamo (Local Government Officer).

The Local Government Conference was held at the City Hall in Cardiff, Wales from 15 to 18 March 2011. Hosted in the city for the first time, the theme of the Conference was “Energising Local Economies; Partnerships for Prosperous Communities”. It presented Cardiff Council with the opportunity to share international knowledge with delegates from 54 Commonwealth countries. More than 500 delegates attended, with Belize providing one of the larger delegations, including Ministers, Chief Executives and Senior Local Government staff. The Conference provided a platform for discussion on the role of local government in local economic development and explored ways to maximise opportunities for encouraging prosperous communities. The main areas of focus were youth unemployment, regeneration and education, securing investment, promoting enterprise and funding business support initiatives. 
This was the first visit to the UK for most of the Mayors. The High Commission was therefore keen to show them the UK’s wealth of private sector experience in delivering services to and for the public sector. In partnership with the Caribbean Council they arranged a full programme of meetings during the team’s second week, which provided a way of identifying opportunities for working with UK companies to address local issues in Belize. It also served to alert UK companies to opportunities in Belize and to build business relationships.

The intense three day programme started with a tour of the recently completed massive construction project at the site of the 2012 Olympic Games. The first of their meetings was with Eversheds LLP, an innovative international law firm with legal specialists that operate around the world in sectors including financial institutions, energy, natural resources, food and transport. The discussions focussed on waste management, sanitation, recycling and tourism. A meeting with the Deputy Mayor of London, Richard Barnes, provided an opportunity to share experiences on the difficulties faced at local government level by both countries in areas such as crime, health, education and tax recovery. The meeting with the All Party Parliamentary Group for Belize was well represented by members of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords including Chairman, Lord Foulkes. The Belize High Commissioner, HE Kamela Palma also attended and spoke at this meeting.

The second day started with a tour of the Tate and Lyle Sugar Factory who have sourced cane sugar from Belize for over 35 years. Meetings followed with Mott MacDonald, an employee-owned management, engineering and development consultancy serving the public and private sector around the world, and Crown Agents who are an international development company committed to global development and growth gave a presentation on the work they had done on tax reforms in the Caribbean. The Mayors also met with Living Earth Foundation, an established NGO specialising in working with people to resolve their environmental and social concerns, and the South London Waste Partnership - made up of four local councils who are working together to provide improved and more cost-effective waste management services to their residents.

The High Commissioner for Belize also joined the Mayors at a meeting with senior officials at the Foreign Office, and hosted a high-level reception for them at London’s Canning House at which she made a short speech welcoming the Mayors to the UK.
The visit has been seen as a huge success, and generated a great deal of interest from the UK companies, who were extremely impressed by the level of engagement by the Mayors on key issues relating to Belize.


Thursday, April 7, 2011

COMMENTARY: CHANGING THE GUARD

I was so happy to read about the GOBs' decision to hire from outside to get or at least start getting a grip on the terror that has been unleashed on the Belizean people. Bringing in an outsider with experience and not indebted to any group, who can clean up the corruption within the police department without caring whose feelings get hurt, whose only job is to have a department that is doing it's job of fighting crime and protecting the innocent, without any political interference, would be a very good start. Of course this person will have to have free rein to clear out the debris that is in the police department, have accountability and be accountable. Someone asked if there would not be resentment from within, tough cucarachas, deal with it or get out. 33 murders so far before Easter, I don't care if they brought someone in from Mars as long as he or she gets the job done.

My second sign of hope is the Preventative Detention Program that has been suggested. Tough times call for tough measures and at least the GOB is trying to find ways to curtail if not control the rampant aggression that is quickly becoming a way of life. To me any political criticism of these measures would be a dereliction of duty to the Belizean people, and unless you can come up with a better idea, shut up!!! This is the time when everybody has to get together to find ways to make the streets safer for our children. The Trial by Judge alone in the case of gang related murders is also a sign that the needs and fears of the people are starting to be addressed. Of course mistakes will be made, but it is till a good start in trying to bring back sanity to the streets.

Finally, I was very proud of the Chinese community in their spontaneous show of outrage against the violence that is affecting them, and also for their refusal to politicize their grief. We should all take a good look at the way they handled the situation and stop whining and start demanding better protection. We are not a colony anymore, we have to learn to fend for ourselves and stop waiting to be taken care of.

Commentary by pele


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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

CONSULATE OF BELIZE FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY

 The Office of the Consulate of  Belize will host an Open House on Saturday, April 9, 2011 for those wanting to view the photography display of artist Francis Estrada. 


As we stated in our January 24 press release, the Consulate would attempt to provide viewing of the photography display outside of our working hours.


While we are not promising you a "rose garden," we can assure you that refreshments will be served to those in attendance. In addition, you will enjoy and appreciate artist Estrada's display.


I thank you.




Roland H.Yorke
Consul General
Consulate of Belize
4801 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 250
 Los Angeles, California 90010
 Tel: 323-634-9900  Fax:323-634-9903


Friday, April 1, 2011

BELIZEAN FOLKLORE: LAZY SAIMAN

Hello folks! I have been thinking a lot lately about my childhood and the folklore told to me by my parents and grandparents. Back then we used to call them “Anansi Stories” the retellings of folktales, legends, superstitions, and the worst one of all, ghost stories. I could remember my father’s narrations of ghost stories; they used to keep me up at night shivering to death. I was so scared to sleep in the front of the bed; I would exchange my best Sunday dress with my sister to sleep in the back. I used to think all night long about “Skinny Skinny yuh noh know mi”.


Get a comfy chair, sit down and let me see how many of you can follow this folktale in Kriol.  Remember that old Anansi Stories from days of ole? Braw Anansi always ride on Braw Tiger's back.


 Once upon a time, (when time was time) neh mi gat wah bwai weh mi lazy bad. One day, ih pa giah wah gun suh ih gaan dah bush gaah huntin’. Wen ih get deh, ih decide fi tek wah lee liddung gence wah tree.

Wen ih look up, ih si wah big snake. Ih hurry jump up ah shoot di snake, den grab ih gun ah look fi staat pell-mell bak home.

But as ih staat aff, ih yer wah voice behine ah, ih hurry look ‘roun but ih nuh si nobadi! Di only thing weh ih si dah di snake di liddung pan di goun’.

Ih naily pitch puppah-lik wen ih yer di snake seh ‘koh pick mi up! koh pick mi up! You Saiman Dudu, you lazy pickney, koh pick mi up!’

Saiman neva mean fi stan up deh ah lissen to no snake, suh di snake jump pan ah ah wrap ihself roun’ Saiman nek. Poh Saiman run home wid di snake fass’n pah ih nek.

Wen ih reach home, ih ma seh ‘Bwai, weh you gwine wid dah big dead snake?’ Saiman seh ,’ih nuh dead, ih cud talk!’.

Den di snake koh aff ah ih nek and staat seh ‘Koh skin mi now! Koh skin mi now! Saiman Dudu, Koh skin mi now!... Suh ih skin di snake. Dat neva enuff, di snake staat seh ‘Koh beri mi now! Koh beri mi now!

Well, wi all kno by now Saiman lazy bad, Anyway, ih mi kno weh wah wee-wi hole mi deh, suh ih kerr di snake and foce ah down di wee-wi hole, but as usual, lazy mek ih figgit fi bring di snake skin, Suh di snake staat wid ih ‘Guh bring mi skin! Guh bring mi skin! Saiman Dudu you betta guh bring mi skin!’

Saiman Dudu had to gaan bak fi di skin beka ih fraid fi di snake no puss bak foot. Ih foce ah dung di wee-wi hole fi di snake.

Wen di snake get ih skin, ih tell Saiman ‘Yu know why ah du yu dis? Da beka yu to lazy, di neks time wen yu puppa or mumma ask yu fi du sunthin, du am beka, if ah aftu koh bak ah wah du yu suntin plenty wussara dan dis.’

Suh Saiman run gaan home an fah datti day, ih laan ih less’n. Neva lazy nuh-mo…AND, if the pin neva ben, story neva enn.

Kriol narration by Ellie Gillett



TRANSLATION

Once upon a time there was a boy who was very lazy. His father gave him a gun, so he went to the bush to hunt. When he got there, he laid down by the root of a tree to take a little rest.

When he looked up, he saw a big snake. He got up and shot the snake. And then he grabbed his gun to run back home.

But then he heard a voice behind him. When he looked around, he didn’t see anyone. He only saw the snake lying on the ground.

And the snake said: “Come pick me up, come pick me up. You Simon Dudu, you lazy boy. Come pick me up, come pick me up. Mm, mmm.”

But the boy didn’t stop, so the snake jumped on him and wrapped around his neck. And Simon ran home with the snake wrapped around his neck.

When he reached home, his mother asked, “Where are you going with that big dead snake?”

Simon answered. “It’s not dead, you know. It can talk.” Then the snake came off his neck and said, “Come skin me now; come skin me now. You Simon Dudu, you lazy boy. Come skin me now; come skin me now. Mm, mmm.”

So Simon skinned the snake. Then the snake said, “Come bury me now; come bury me now. You Simon Dudu, you lazy boy. Mm….Mmmmmm”

But Simon was so lazy; he didn’t want to dig a hole. He knew where a “weewi” ant hole was, so he picked up the snake and took it to the hole and dropped it inside. But he had left the snake’s skin behind.

Then the snake said, “Go get my skin; go get my skin; you Simon Dudu, you lazy boy.

So Simon went and got the skin, because he was afraid of the snake, and he dropped the skin in the hole.


Then the snake told Simon, “Do you know why I’m doing this to you? It’s because you are too lazy. The next time your father or mother tells you to do something, you do it, because if I have to come back, I will do something much worse to you.”

From that day on Simon learned never to be lazy again.


This story was told to villagers by Mrs. Natalia "Netty" Wade. She was also interviewed by the Belize Kriol Project and was published by the Angelus Press Belize. Other well known story tellers are people like Wilford "Manhead" Crawford, Jr., Mr. David Tillett, Mr. Horace Adolphus, Mr. Ewing Rhaburn, and Mr. Reginald Westby, Mr. Egbert Tillett, and Mr. Walter "Braw" Wade


Hear no evil, speak no evil and see no evil: Toshogu Shrine-Nikko, Japan. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.