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Belize gets IDB money to improve health and education

School Children

School Children

Belize will seek to provide better basic health care, improve secondary education and strengthen its capacity to target, coordinate and evaluate social protection programmes with financing from a US$15 million loan approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

These measures will help the government achieve the goals of its National Poverty Elimination Strategy.  “One-third of Belize’s population lives under the poverty line and the poorest sector of society lacks adequate basic health and secondary education services,” a release from the Bank said. (Continue Reading)

Confessions of an Island Newbie

Breakfast at Estelle's

Breakfast at Estelle's

Moving, it can be scary trying to fit in, to make new friends and navigate around your new surroundings. What about moving to a new country? Add some culture changes, maybe a new language, changes in lifestyle plus some fear of the unknown. Things are not going to be as they were at home, wherever home may have been.

For those of you who reside on Ambergris Caye you already know, you cannot move to the island hoping to change it, you move to the island hoping it changes you.

As a newbie, adjusting to island life can be a challenge and is not for everyone. I now ride a bubble gum pink colored bicycle rain or shine. With sweat dripping into my eyes I navigate the potholes of the sandy or muddy streets as best as I can, while grocery bags from multiple stops swing from my pink and black foam covered handle bars.

We put toilet paper in waste baskets, drink bottled water, pay $20 for olive oil and buy in bulk when we find something we want in the corner store because we may not see it again for a while if at all.

The internet is reminiscent of the days of dial up. My cell phone works only half of the time. There are no malls, movie theatres, drive thru’s or chain restaurants. No freeways or traffic lights, and traffic jams consist of pedestrians, bikes and golf carts trying to get down Front Street at the same time. Life on Ambergris is just different and the pace is slower.

Living on Ambergris allows friends to get together every day, to take walks on the beach along side of the Caribbean Sea. We eat breakfast at beach side restaurants and watch the fisherman head out for the day. We wave at each other and stop in the middle of the street to say hello. We swim and dive in the aqua waters and we watch the sun go down over the lagoon. No, you cannot change the island. In time the quirks of island living just become the way things are and you realize that the island succeeded in changing you.

By Island Newbie, exclusive to Ambergris Daily

Weather Forecast October 7th

IR Satellite Photo

IR Satellite Photo

General Situation: Moderate easterly airflow prevailing. 24hr Forecast: Partly cloudy tonight with a few showers or thunderstorms mainly in the south. Sunny with cloudy spells tomorrow, with a few showers or thunderstorms mainly inland. Winds: East 10-20 knots with higher gusts hear thunderstorms.  Sea State: Moderate becoming locally rough at times. **Small Craft Caution**

Outlook: (Wednesday night and Thursday) Partly cloudy with a few showers or thunderstorms mainly in the south. Temperatures: Highs 32°C / 89°F  Lows 27°C / 81°F

Source: hydromet.gov.bz

Coast Guard Rescues Stranded Yacht

Belize National Coast Guard

Belize National Coast Guard

Two US Nationals stranded off the coast of Ambergris Caye were rescued in a search operation conducted by the Belize Coast Guard yesterday. Following a distress call about three o’clock in the afternoon, coastguard officials from San Pedro were dispatched to an area about two miles east of Boca Bacalar Chico near the Belize-Mexico border where they found the vessel Second Star with two persons onboard. The vessel apparently had an engine failure and was drifting out of control. (Continue Reading)

Jamal ‘Shyne’ Barrow Facing Deportation

Jamal 'Shyne' Barrows

Jamal 'Shyne' Barrows

Rap star Shyne, convicted of a club shooting while mentor P. Diddy beat the rap, was released from prison Tuesday and taken into custody by immigration officials. The 30-year-old ex-protégé has a green card but is facing deportation to his native Belize because of his felony rap sheet, his lawyer said.

Shyne was on the verge of superstardom when he was arrested in 1999 for a shooting at Club New York. Diddy, partying with then-gal pal Jennifer Lopez, was also charged but acquitted at trial. His young star got 10 years on assault and weapons charges. (Continue Reading)

Belize National Basketball Team loses appeal

Belize National Basketball Team

Belize National Basketball Team

A decision was handed down in the case of the Belize Basketball Federation versus FIBA in which the federation was challenging the nationality of certain members of the Belize Team who won silver in the August COCABA games in Cancun.

Word is that the Belize Team lost its appeal and the hopes of qualifying for another pre-Olympic round have been dashed. This is notwithstanding the stellar performances of the team that beat all of Central America and lost to Mexico in the last seconds of the game. (Continue Reading)

The Chicken Drop

Justices of the Peace Training Seminar

The Association of Justices of the Peace &  Commissioners of the Supreme Court would like to visit San Pedro on the 24th October, 2009 to conduct a training seminar and re-establish the chapter.  Cost of training is $20.00 per person.

The seminar will commence at 6:00 p.m. and should take approximately 2 hours. The meeting to re-establish the chapter should last approximately 45 minutes.

To re-establish at chapter the group will need to elect a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Public Relations officer, Legal advisor and two councilors. For more information please contact the Association of Justices of the Peace &  Commissioners of the Supreme Court.

Water Taxi Shuffle potentially dangerous

Tacklebox Pier

Tacklebox Pier

Police were in the streets of San Pedro yesterday by the Tacklebox Pier in response to a new dispute between the San Pedro Express Water Taxi Association and the Caye Caulker Water Taxi Association.

According to channel5belize.com this is what happened: And at La Isla Bonita, police were called to cool heads between two rival water taxis operating next to each other. Tensions flared over the weekend when Giovanni Marin, the owner of the Tackle Box Pier, reportedly had a misunderstanding with the San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi, which was using Marin’s dock. (Continue Reading)

Weather Forecast October 6th

IR Satellite View

IR Satellite View

General Situation: Tropical Wave affecting the area. 24hr Forecast: Generally cloudy skies with some outbreaks of showers and thunderstorms especially over the north.

Winds: Easterly at 10-20 knots with occassional higher gusts near thunderstorms.

Sea State: ** A Small craft caution remains in effect for coastal waters.**

Outlook: Cloudy Intervals with a few showers and thunderstorms.
Temperatures:  Highs 29°C / 85°F  Lows 25°C / 77°F

Source: hydromet.gov.bz

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