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San Pedro High School’s Biology Teacher/Volleyball Coach, 22 year-old, Erick Santizo attended a four day International Course for Physical Education Teachers in Tortola, British Virgin Islands from Friday, October 4, 2013 to Wednesday, October 9, 2013.
The International Course for Physical Education Teachers was held under the auspices of The North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) Confederation through the Regional Development Center in Dominican Republic. There were 21 teachers who finished the course, hailing from Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Belize, Curazao, Montserrat, St Kitts & Nevis, St Vincent & Grenadines and U.S. Virgin Islands.
The four-day course comprised of practical and theoretical sessions focusing on the way to initiate students into the practice of volleyball, teaching them basic technical and tactical fundamentals.
More than 120 kids of different age took part in the International Seminar for Physical Education Teachers held in Tortola as NORCECA Confederation continues with its development program throughout all the regions under its zone of influence.
The course had a double purpose, one to give the teachers the necessary tools and also to motivate the kids to start playing volleyball at a tender age. The children participated in a number of recreational activities connected to volleyball while the teachers received more information about the way to instruct the students in the proper way. The main objective of the seminar is to enhance the teacher's knowledge about volleyball and also how to motivate the athletes at the school level to start practicing volleyball and beach volleyball.
On the last day of the course 120 children took part in the morning lectures, where the teachers practiced new drills and competition formats. The seminar was part of the development plan of the NORCECA Confederation in coordination with the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB).
Santizo stated to Ambergris Today that he is putting everything he learned at the seminar to good use here in San Pedro and Belize. He is currently preparing the San Pedro High School teams for the Volleyball Regional Tournament which will be held on October 26, 2013 and the Nationals on the first week of November.
“After participating in the regionals and nationals, my plans are to move into primary schools and get more children involved in volleyball,” stated Santizo. “I want to make workshops for physical education teachers and students so that by the time the children enter high school they already know the rules and basic of volleyball competitions. I also plan on holding annual summer camps as this sport seems to be dying out in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. This is very sad to say because it was once a very popular game.”
Erick plans on working with primary school children early in 2014; any schools interested can contact Eric at 605-0963.
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P.M. says there is a
hotbed of corruption
at the Lands Department


Prime Minister Dean Barrow is in Los Angeles for fund-raising activities and meetings with Belizeans living in that area. While he is out, his deputy, Minister of Natural Resources Gaspar Vega is acting Prime Minister. But while many miles separate them, Vega is out of sight, but not out of mind. The Ministry of Immigration may be the P.M.’s current headache, but the Ministry of Natural Resources is right up there on the corruption register. In fact, there have always been reports of crooked land deals, but now there is confirmation. The Prime Minister once famously stated that he would not tolerate even a whiff of corruption in his administration. But he acknowledged that his deputy’s Ministry is a hotbed of corruption. He did so at a mixer with Belizean-Americans on his round of meetings.
Prime Minister Dean Barrow
“I believe that the lands department unfortunately is another hotbed of corruption. The administration has tried to do something about the officers who through dishonesty rather than incompetence—perhaps in some instances, it is a combination of both—end up in a situation where…and I was down in the village of Santa Familia over last week; the village is a part of the constituency that the minister that we’ve had to fire represents. And so I was out there doing some canvassing. And there is this huge problem of exactly the dimensions that the lady has described where one man has worked the land; has crop on it, but others were given papers to that land…papers signed by the minister. But based upon an assessment done by a lands officer who put in writing that the land was fair-clear when he visited the spot and it was obvious that there were crops on it. There is only one reason why he falsified the report. So ma’am, I don’t know of your particular circumstances and I certainly can’t tell you that the generalized problem has been solved.”
The Prime Minister returns to Belize on Friday, October twenty-fifth. His respite will be short-lived, since the passport scandal is alive and kicking. The breeze, far from blowing over, seems to have a high probability of strengthening.
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Invitation to attend public consultation on the land use development study for Ambergris Caye

The sustainable tourism program (stp) of the ministry of tourism and culture, and the Belize Tourism Board, in conjunction with the San Pedro Town Council and consultant Oriol Monfort will be holding a public consultation today, Tuesday 22nd October at 6:30 pm at the Lion’s Den, on Barrier Reef Drive, San Pedro.

The Purpose of this Consultation is:

1. To update the community on the baseline data collection, mapping and planning activities to date
2. To present to the community the draft land use plans and development guidelines
3. Invite comments and feedback on the land use plans as presented

All potential stakeholders to include the businesses and residents of Ambergris Caye, real estate agents, industry associations, NGOs and civil society are encouraged to attend.

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The San Pedro Town Council encourages all business owners to come in and pay their respective garbage fees for the council to provide its service to you and in helping la Isla Bonita Clean.
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There will be volunteer dermatologists at the Lion's Den Tuesday Oct. 29 and Wednesday Oct 30 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. For any questions contact Dr. Wil Lala 226-2716


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