So I’ve been reading the manifestos for both the PUP and UDP parties and have some items I want to cover, hopefully I can get to it all before election day… Continue reading “The promises of a better future …”
In the last post you found out where Belize is, today we will venture to the town of San Pedro (La isla bonita) on Ambergris Caye. A diamond in the midst of a gold mine, San Pedro has a much to offer from next to none scuba diving and fishing to chilling on clean sandy beaches and having a cold Belikin.
Today you will learn how to find San Pedro, Ambergris Caye – Belize.
Get ready to travel…
Pull out your globes and look for the coordinates 17°55′17″N 87°57′40″W, you will find the town of San Pedro on beautiful Ambergris Caye; 25 miles away from Belize City, Ambergris Caye is the largest and most northern island in Belize. During the Mayan period, Ambergris Caye was a trading post. Ruins have been excavated throughout the island, including the Marco Gonzales site, the Basil Jones site, and in San Pedro town. Traveling by golf-cart, bicycle or by foot, San Pedro is one of the most awesome places in Belize. Starting off as a fishing town it is now a major tourist spot for diving and fishing.
The island’s history include the Maya, European Pirates, and Mexican Refugees who fled during the Caste War. San Pedro was granted the status of a town in 1848. Its inhabitants are known as San Pedranos. English is the main language spoken, however many people speak Spanish. Today Ambergris Caye is a world class destination for Diving & Snorkeling. Ambergris Caye also offers a variety of Water Sports including Sailing, Fishing, windsurfing, para-sailing, kite surfing, canoeing, kayaking and even glass bottom boat tours.
Getting to San Pedro is easy and quick, you can get on a 20 minute flight from Belize City via local Tropic Air or Maya airlines or by hoping on one of the local water taxis. There is one main street named Barrier Reef Drive/Pescador Drive.
The main means of transportation are golf carts however bicycles, scooters, and some cars and vans are also available. The streets are sandy and unpaved so be sure to leave your fancy clothes and high heel shoes at home. There are no traffic lights, no freeways or highways, and no high-rise buildings. The atmosphere on San Pedro is very casual. The dress of the day is usually shorts and sandals (if you can’t handle being barefoot).
Excerpt form Belize it
Home to the Shark Ray Alley, located five miles southeast of San Pedro Town, is a major tourist attraction featuring a chance to swim with Nurse sharks and Southern stingrays. These mainly docile creatures are attracted to the area by local tour guides who feed them during their tours and Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Mayan for “little channel” focuses on a cut through the reef (called a quebrada) which is little more than 25 yards (23 m) wide and 30 feet (9 m) deep about 4 miles southeast of San Pedro.
San Pedro played host to the first season of Fox’s Temptation Island in 2000, aired in 2001.
Pull out a globe if you have one. Today you will learn how to read a globe and how to find Belize. There are imaginary lines on globes and maps, they are called lines of Latitude and Longitude and they tell a pilot or ship’s captain exactly where in the world certain places are located. Latitude lines, also called Parallels; are the horizontal lines on your map or globe. Longitude, also called the Meridians; are the vertical lines on your map or globe that run from the North to the South Poles. The mapping system is written in degrees and uses the Degree °, minute‘ and second“ symbols. Locate the eight-pointed star on the globe. This is called a compass and helps you determine which direction to go when measuring between locations. Note that the “N” represents “North,” the “E” represents “East,” the “S” represents “South” and the “W” represents “West. Remember the points on the compass by using them as an anagram for “Never Eat Soggy Waffles.”
Get ready to travel… Pull out your globes and look for the coordinates 17°15’N 88°46’W , you will find the nation of Belize.
Belize (pronounced bəˈliːz listen) is a small nation in Central America, bordered to the North by Mexico, to the West and South by Guatemala and to the East by the Caribbean sea. Belize’s mainland is about 180 miles long and 68 miles wide and is slightly larger than Massachusetts. Belize is culturally unique among its Central American neighbors; it is the only nation in the region with a British colonial heritage. As a part of the Western Caribbean Zone, however, it also shares a common heritage with the Caribbean portions of other Central American countries. In general, Belize is considered to be a Central American nation with strong ties to both the Caribbean and Latin America. Although Belize has beautiful beaches and Cayes, it also has lush mountains and rain forests inland. The highest mountain in Belize, Victoria Peak at 3,675 feet. Belize gained its independence from England in 1981 from the United Kingdom on 21 September 1981. The origin of the name Belize is unclear, but one idea is that the name is from the native Maya word be’lix, meaning “muddy water“, applied to the Belize River. Others have suggested that it is derived from a Spanish pronunciation of the name of the Scottish buccaneer Peter Wallace, which was applied to an early settlement along the Belize River and to the river itself. The main source of income in Belize is Tourism followed by agriculture. The main industries are sugar, citrus, fisheries and bananas. Sugar accounts for more than 50% of the country’s foreign exchange earnings.
Youth, Education and their future are my new goals.. Care to join? I’m working on some ideas and will let you know as soon as I get the drafts laid out and I’m comfortable enough with them to start the blueprints.
Some things are already in motion and will be implemented in the near future. We can do so much more but like the old proverb says, it takes a village.
Seeing that this is one of the major issues affecting our youth and not much is being done to curve it all. Yes there are things being done but there is so much more that needs to be addressed.
#Belize #Youth #Education #Change
For the past 30+ years we find ourselves swinging back and forth between a two-party structure that has basically had one true goal of self fulfillment of their members and chosen affiliates. We have constantly been lied to and taken advantage of. Parties basing their plans on a 5 year span only, never allowing any real planning for long-term growth and solutions that should be putting our nation on the world map. We have resources both in nature (gold, oil, wood, crops, honey, etc) and people (we are the only English-speaking country in CA) but they have all been used to push the agendas and fill the pockets of politicians and their cronies instead of for the betterment of the nation and people.
Poverty is one of the most impacting and devastating thing that any nation can have hanging over their head and Belize it seems has made a business of it. Last report I got my hands on showed the poverty level to be at about 41% (2013 est.)1, and I bet it is even higher now. Education is the next one as it directly impacts the ability of the citizenry to move ahead out of poverty. Next is jobs.
I’ve been absent for a bit as I was busy at work, but I’m back and ready to pick up the fight once more.. Stay tuned.
1. CIA Fact Book – https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2046.html
Many people use this word and I can guess that most of them use it a lot out of context, don’t know really what it means, or know exactly what it means and use it to remove their accountability to what they said when using it.
The misuse comes in more in politics when politicians make promises or tell the populace what they want to hear. “Your children should get good education.” Sounds like they are saying that your children deserves good education and will get it right? Use the following definition to put it into context:
aux.v. Past tense of shall
- Used to express obligation or duty: You should send her a note.
- Used to express probability or expectation: They should arrive at noon.
- Used to express conditionality or contingency: If she should fall, then so would I.
- Used to moderate the directness or bluntness of a statement: I should think he would like to go.
I’ll give you one.. IF the main meaning is that it is past tense word then can we say that when someone uses shall it means that the time for it has passed?
- “Your children should get a good education.” sadly it is too late.
- “Everyone should have an equal opportunity at succeeding in life.” sadly they don’t and more than likely never will.
- “You should be getting paid $xxxxxxxx.xx” but we don’t and won’t.
Basically, should is used when someone is telling you what you deserve but will not get from them. Mostly used by politicians and other people in similar positions.
I know there are different ways other than the above but it is not a word to signify something definitive..
- used for saying or asking about the right or sensible thing to do or the right way to behave – Parents should spend as much time with their children as possible.
- used for saying what is correct, especially when the situation is different from this – The total should come to $728.50.
- used when you have strong reasons for believing or expecting something – That was disappointing, we should have won that game easily.
- used for saying what someone thinks is important – It is essential that we should protect the environment.
- used for describing a fact or event that someone has a particular feeling or opinion about – It’s hardly surprising that people should be suspicious of politicians’ promises.
We use ‘should’ for giving advice.
You should speak to him about it.
He should see a doctor.
We should ask a lawyer.
We use ‘should’ to give an opinion or a recommendation.
He should resign now.
We should invest more in Asia.
They should do something about this terrible train service.
‘Should’ expresses a personal opinion and is much weaker and more personal than ‘must’ or ‘have to’. It is often introduced by ‘ I think’.
I think they should replace him.
I don’t think they should keep the contract.
Do you think we should tell her.
The system really has not served us except for the very beginning extending a bit into a decade or so after Independence. If we look around at how our nation has been served we can clearly see that only politicians, their families, friends and special interest groups have really been served.
When a system is created where only the rich or land owners could participate when only a handful of people fit into that bracket and having that continue until today I say it is a failed system from the onset, but that’s just me.
Are we to blame? Somewhat, actually for the most part. But it starts from our forefathers. If they had really taken the time to realize that what they were fighting against should never have made it into our foundation we would not be here today. People grew up with that system as being normal and it has become a cycle. You cannot make change unless you have money and we see that play out in how people behave.
I think this problem spans a wider footing than just politics tho, however I believe that if we look at any issue in Belize close enough we realize that they are political.
One of the main reasons things are the way they are is that people did not get the opportunity to lean their Constitution or their rights as citizens of Belize and still don’t.
Today we have learned people going round throwing legal jargon on radio, tv, in person and expect that people will understand. They literally use it as a tool to work the people to their liking.
Tho people are to blame for how they vote and how they think, this is the result of years of failure of the system to raise people that can think for themselves. The issue in my mind is this..
We have allowed ourselves to be raised an Ignorant, Complacent, Conforming, Submissive and Hypocritical people.
Yes I did.
The question now is: How do we change when the majority don’t even know their rights?
Until we realize that, accept it and do something to change it. Nothing will. And no-one can do it for you, YOU have to make the choice to do it for you.
“The most important single central fact about a free market is that no exchange takes place unless both parties benefit.”
– Milton Friedman