Archive for August, 2009

Undoubtedly, San Pedro is known as a smorgasbord of exqusite culinary fare and having some of the best cooks around. Combining all the best chefs of Belize, Cake Decorators and Bartenders, the 8th Annual Taste of Belize was a spectacular event this year. Held at the Historic Old Belize grounds, the gala event saw amateur and professional chef, bartenders and bakers put their skills to the test. Drawing hundreds of food enthusiasts, critics and food sampling lovers, the event which was sponsored by the Belize Toursim Board, was a grand success. BTB and the YWCA prepared a bountiful dinner for those gathered including tacos pibil, scrumptious rice and beans, desserts, ceviche and cow foot soup.

At the end of the night, the winners were announced: Teresita Choco of Casa Pan Dulce, San Pedro decorated her cake in good time and combined with the fabulous taste and ingenious creativity, she brought home the top prize in the cake decorating competition. Her cake depicted a ‘Just Married’ tropical theme.

Best Cake Decorator

Best Cake Decorator

 Victor Nal of Sunset Grill, San Pedro won first place as BTB’s 2009 Chef of the Year with his great finder licking platters.The Bartending competition heated up with Belizean Dream winning first place, Radisson coming in second and third was won by Cahal Pech.

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New Traffic Manager, Chris Nunez

New Traffic Manager, Chris Nunez

      There are three governing bodies that facilitate the flow and management of traffic on Ambergris Caye. The body that handles the movement of traffic on our streets, street sign implementation and ticketing is the Traffic Department which acquired the services of Chris Nuñez as Manager of said department.

      Nuñez took position at the department for a period of three months as of July 14th, 2009. His major responsibilities include issuance of tickets and the collection of fines, upgrading of the traffic signs around town and ensuring that motorists adhere to the traffic laws. As Traffic Manager, Nuñez forms part of the second body which is the Transport Board which handles the registration and licensing of vehicles. The third and final body is the Ambergris Caye Traffic Control Committee which is chaired by Councilor Severo Guerrero Sr. All bodies fall under the guidance of the San Pedro Town Council.

       For further information visit the Traffic Department at the back of the SPTC building on the first floor. Their opening hours are Monday to Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and on Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. and is closed during weekends. You can contact the office at (226) 4286, via Fax (226) 4287, or email sptb@btl.net subject TRAFFIC.

Vehicle Moratium in Ambergris Cayer still in effect

      Since July, the Ambergris Caye Traffic Control Committee (ACTCC) implemented a moratorium on the importation of any vehicle (other than golf carts) into the island. The moratorium is to last for a period of six months and will end in January 2010.

      According to ACTCC Chairman Councilor Severo Guerrero, Sr. this was found to be necessary since at the moment there seems to be an oversaturation of vehicles on Ambergris Caye. During the period that the moratorium is in effect, Councilor Guerrero commented that they will be able to properly determine the exact number of vehicles on the island based on their respective types. “To my knowledge,” he explains, “there has not been a proper accounting as to how many vehicles are on the island. This is what we need to do. Update the system to accurately decipher how many vehicles are here at any given time.”

      Candelaria Saldivar Montero, Transport Commissioner at the Department of Transport in Belmopan explained that according to ACTCC Act SI 125 of 1996, ACTCC is the body authorized for the importation of vehicles on the island. As such, ACTCC can hold a moratorium for any given period of time.

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Located about 4 miles from the heart of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, this prime lot is on high and dry ground and measures 60ft x 138ft. Surrounded by vegetion this lot has stunning views of the azure waters of the Cariibean Sea. Situated in the Mata Grande vicinity, the lot is perfect for the devlopment of your beachfront home. Call us at 226-3232 or email: ambergrisproperty@gmail.com

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The Belize Tourism Board today announced this year’s scholarship recipients for its tourism degree program. Training Officer Keisha Young told LOVEFM NEWS more.

Keisha Young: Training Officer, BTB

On an annual basis BTB seeks to give back to the community and as well prepare some of our young people to work in the tourism industry. We do this by awarding several scholarships; firstly we have the Galen Scholarship which is actually a scholarship that is granted to us through Galen University. It is for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Tourism Management. We basically just asked the applicants to provide us with a background of their education so far. We also asked them to do an essay explaining why they feel tourism is important to Belize and why they want to pursue a career in tourism.”

Seven young people were chosen, six receiving full scholarships and one receiving tuition assistance. Young says that the recipients will attend various educational institutions across the country.

Keisha Young: Training Officer, BTB

The BTB facilitates the selection process and Galen is actually the entity that chooses the winner of that scholarship. This year Lorenzo Gonzales is the winner of that scholarship. Other scholarships given by the BTB include the Jean Shaw Scholarship and this scholarship is specifically for a female who is interested pursuing a career in tourism. This year Andrea Usher was the lucky person who was selected to do her Bachelor of Science Degree in Tourism Management at UB. Other scholarships that we offer are for Junior College and those are Associated Degree scholarships for tourism. This year one was given for San Pedro Junior College, we awarded two of them for Saint John’s Junior College and the last was for Stann Creek Ecumenical College. Another young lady was also granted assistance because she qualified for the Jean Shaw Scholarship along with Ms. Usher; however, Usher was selected because she wanted to go full time. The other young lady was going to go full time so we awarded her just tuition assistance.”

Jovita Requena was awarded an Associate Degree in Tourism Scholarship to San Pedro Junior College, Judith Vidal and Ida Castillo were awarded scholarships to SJC School of Professional Studies to pursue an Associates Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Roberto Guerra, from Stann Creek Ecumenical College was granted a scholarship to pursue his Associates Degree in Tourism Management at Ecumenical Junior College and Rasheda Rhys has received a partial scholarship to pursue her Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism at the University of Belize.

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The editors at Amazon have made their selection of the 100 Greatest World Music Albums of All Time.

Watina by Andy Palacio & The Garifuna Collective earned the #1 spot!

The list features amazing artists from around the world including legendary icons such as Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Celia Cruz, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Tito Puente, Youssou N’Dour, Peter Tosh, Ravi Shankar among others.

Congrats Andy! you continue to be an inspiration for many of us. Thank you! I also want to congratulate everyone who was involved on the Watina project, especially the members of the Garifuna Collective who proudly continue to take the music to new heights.

Andy Palacio Biography

Andy Palacio (December 2, 1960 – January 19, 2008) was a Belizean Punta musician.

He was born and raised in the coastal village of Barranco. Palacio sang mainly in Garifuna, a combination of Spanish and French, combined with West African, Carib, and the native Arawak language, but also composed English-only songs. He was the first musical artist from Belize to have a video on international television. He received the award for “Best New Artist” at the Caribbean Music Awards in 1991.

Palacio’s work is considered to represent a loss of traditional spirituality in Garifuna music, in favor of Christian ideology.

Palacio has served as a head of the National Institute of Culture and History and named a cultural ambassador. He has released over five original albums beginning with “Nabi” in 1990 up to his latest release in the 2000s. He has also traveled widely promoting and performing his music.

Palacio briefly hosted a television program on Channel 5 named after him and featuring works from Belizeans. He also wrote the theme music for Channel 5’s newscast.

On March 14, 2007, Palacio released, “Wátina”, which he considered to be his masterpiece. The album features guest appearances from other prominent Garifuna artists including Paul Nabor and is produced by Stonetree Records.

Wátina became one of the most critically acclaimed world music albums of 2007. It was nominated for the BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards and in October, 2007, Palacio received the prestigious WOMEX Award. In November, Palacio became the first Caribbean and Central American artist to be designated a UNESCO Artist for Peace.

On January 19th, 2008, at the age of 47, Andy Palacio passed away following a massive and extensive stroke to the brain, a heart attack and respiratory failure.

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Thursday, August 20th – Saturday, August 22nd, 2009. Belize’s first fly fishing tournament date has been set to coincide with the best fishing for a grand slam of tarpon, permit and bonefish in and around Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Tres Pescado is the first fly fishing tournament in Ambergris Caye

Tres Pescado is the first fly fishing tournament in Ambergris Caye

Where: Ambergris Caye in Belize is surrounded by some of the best flats saltwater fly fishing in the world. Not only are the fish here but the weather is perfect for sight casting to the 3 grand slam fish we all seek. This tournament also offers a excellent reason to bring the whole family to Belize to enjoy the other tournament activities as well as the great diving, Maya ruins and more.

Our primary objective for hosting this tournament is to gather data on our local population of the 3 grand slam saltwater fly fishing fish as well as providing a great way to gather fly fishers from around the world to compete. All proceeds are going to local charities and to further the protection of the 3 grand slam fish.

Please join in and help promote sustainable sport fishing in Belize.

Tournament Details: The Tres Pescado Slam Tournament (TPST) is a 3 day event running from Thursday, August 20th through Saturday, August 22nd. The tournament will concentrate on Ambergris Caye’s saltwater fly fishing grand slam population and use only proper catch and release methods for all fish caught in this tournament.

The TPST contestants will fish for all three (3) saltwater fly fishing grand slam fish during each of the three (3) days of the tournament. Points will be accrued with each inch of fish caught, measured and photographed. Each species will have it’s own points with total slam points consisting of the combined total of each species points.

All fish sighted, caught and released will be counted. Caught fish will be measured and photographed for entry into the tourney. The team ID number and tape measure must be clearly visible in all photos entered into tournament.

All areas in and around Ambergris Caye are open to fish, however all teams must be present at the judges station for the start and finish of each day they are entered to fish.

The teams will consist of no more than two (2) fly fishers per boat and one (1) guide for each pro team and no more than two (2) fly fishers for each local amateur team. The tourney will be a 3 day event with a casting competition, poling contest and many other activites for the whole family all centered in and around the San Pedro Central Park. Please join in and help promote sustainable sport fishing in Belize.

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