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Reflecting on the Battle of St. George’s Caye, in pre-independence days this single historical event has been responsible for much of our patriotic fervor, our culture expressed in poetry and song, our sense of history and pride in the achievements of our ancestors.
On more than one occasion the memory of the historic decision to stand and fight has been an inspiration to us when days were dark and our emerging democracy appeared to be threatened; when the government of a past era banned public meetings, insisted on having a radio monopoly and saw nothing wrong in allowing the telephone company to deny Internet access to Belizeans.
At such times the spirit of the Baymen saw us through; spoke to us through the centuries. If they could decide to stand and fight against overwhelming odds in 1798, then so can we today.
Even after independence, our patriotism is strengthened, not weakened, because of the Battle of St. George’s Caye. Even though we celebrate our independence with pride, it detracts nothing from the vigour and enthusiasm with which we celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye.
To many of us the two events are complimentary and inseparable because both these events contribute to the character and strength of our people.
Today Belize is beset by many problems. Our nagging economic woes, exacerbated by an international recession, is further complicated by a burgeoning crime wave, fuelled by people intent on destabilizing our country by putting guns into the hands of callous teenagers.
If we have a sense of history we will not be dismayed by this new challenge. We will overcome it as we have overcome other challenges -- by coming together in unity and determination, drawing strength from the past to face the future.
On this 212th anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye, let us resolve once more that our country is worth fighting for, and we will not give it up to criminals and rascals and others who want to turn our country into a den of thieves.
Chris E. Inspires
Island Academy Students
During the first day of school, The Island Academy enjoyed an inspiring presentation by artist and author Chris Emmanuel. Emmanuel reminded the students "Not to judge a book by its cover" and surprised the assembly with a treasure trove of useful items from an otherwise plain grocery package. He encouraged students to always do their best and sometimes take risks to try something new. Emmanuel built confidence and encouraged the students to rejoice in Back to School Time, as part of his "Secrets to Life," a weekly column in the Ambergris Today Newspaper.
Celebrating Central American Independence
The skies across the Central American isthmus and Mexico light up with fireworks every September as Mesoamerican countries from the region celebrate their independence. The independence anniversaries are simultaneous or just days apart:
Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua are on September 15 while Mexico is on September 16 and Belize is of course on the 21st.
And to bring it all together, over the last couple of years, Belize has hosted its sister nations in holding one great big unified 'Independence Anniversary Celebration". And so for the third year now in a row, the nation's capital will become the venue for much song and dance, music and 'fireworks", that will celebrate jointly the region's independence anniversary.
At the forefront of these joint festivities is Belize's neighbor to the North, Mexico, celebrating 200 years of Independence this year. Mexican Embassy press officer, Marcelino Miranda told Seven News their BiCentennial anniversary makes this year's celebration even more special.
The multicultural festival is being held at the Governor General's field in Belmopan, and will include a fireworks display. The entrance is free and the festivities get underway this Sunday at 4 P.M.
K-9 Unit Joins The Search
For The Rash Children
Today completed ten days that 11 year old Benjamin and 9 year old Onelia Rash have been missing - and still there are no clues about their whereabouts.
Police have deployed 100 of their personnel on the ground looking for them, but they need all the help they can get. So now, the Police have called in the service of a K-9 expert. Joshua Trapp is a certified K-9 instructor that has worked with local law enforcement officials, including the Belize Defense Force. Trapp along with two trained canines left for Toledo today to try and sniff out the whereabouts of the missing children. Jim McFadzean caught up with Trapp before he left for Punta Gorda and he spoke about the advantages of introducing the trained dogs into the search.:
"No one seems to know where the kids have gone, where they have ended up. They seem to have disappeared into thin air and neither the police, the community at large or the parents know where the kids are. Where do you start with little or no information on the disappearances of these kids?"
Joshua Trapp, K-9 instructor
"Well the first place to start Jim is where exactly they last saw the kids. From there we will inquire little bit and then we will have the dogs tracking dogs to maybe backtrack and get some scent from the kids and from there we go on."
"What are these dogs are able to do that the humans have not been able to do so far?"
Joshua Trapp, K-9 instructor
"Well, sometimes when you are tracking or looking for someone or something and it's a lot of you and there is a lot of noise you cannot listen to hear if you hear anyone shouting or stuff like that so the dogs have very good nose that can smell better than us and they could see better than us. So we will try to bring in the dogs and make sure that we cover a little bit more of what the police have covered so far."
The children were last seen near Cattle Landing just outside Punta Gorda on the afternoon of Monday august 30th. They had been to the market selling fruits. It would have been their last day selling because school was about to begin.
Belize Coalition - new leadership,
but same goal
Dyon A. Elliott
Belize’s service sector is gearing up for regional and internatiional competition. The newly elected board of the Belize Coalition of Service Providers welcomes any service sector association that would like to join.
The coalition elected its new board of directors at its first annual general meeting held at the Belize Chamber of Commerce conferencce room last Wednesday, September 1.
The coalition’s new chairman, David Gomez, takes over from Orson Elrington, who chaired the provisional board which has managed the coalition since its launch on March 11, 2009.
Gomez garnered unanimous votes from those in attendance at the general meeting.
The coalition’s objective has primarily been to act as a voice for local businesses, specifically service providers such as tour guides, lawyers, media houses, architects, and all those in the services sector.
It looks at promoting further development and competitiveness within the Belize service sector. It also seeks to ensure the establishment of, and adherence to high industry standards, as well as functioning as lobbyist to the government on behalf of the smaller Belizean companies.
The coalition also works towards equipping service providers in Belize with sufficient knowledge and the means to embrace export opportunities.
In one of his last acts as chairman, Elrington reported on the various ventures the coalition had undertaken over the past year. One of them stressed the coalition’s goal of establishing a fitting forum for local businesses to become more competitive in the Caribbean region and beyond.
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