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Yakarelis Hernandez Wins
Miss San Pedro 2011/2012
In a night of beauty, pageantry and culture Miss Yarkarelis Hernandez won the title of Miss San Pedro 2011/2012 as well as Miss Photogenic. The title of First Runner Up and Miss Congeniality went to Christine Marie Syme.
San Pedro Sun
Mothers of San Mateo create
business opportunity for selves
The San Mateo Sewing Center started as a project by the mothers of students attending the Holy Cross Anglican School. The mothers were searching for ways to be more productive, and contacted Kim Shackelford who spearheaded the San Mateo Empowerment project and played a key role in realizing the dream of having streets in the San Mateo area.
Collectively the women decided that a sewing group would be ideal. With the objective to be able to provide affordable uniforms for the local community while providing employment opportunities to the mothers, the San Mateo Sewing Center was underway.
Through the efforts of Vernon Wilson, sewing machines were donated, while various volunteer teams and individuals donated supplies, funds and sewing lessons to bring the ladies up to speed.
The Center started in June with only three ladies and in just a few short weeks over the summer break, the ladies learned how to sew girl’s uniforms, hand bags and other items which could be sold commercially. The group has now grown to ten women; all who are mothers of students attending the Holy Cross Anglican School and residents of San Mateo.
It is planned that proceeds from the Center will provide full wages for the seamstresses as well as assist in the school’s feeding program and in the maintaining of the Center such as re-stocking and more.
Holy Cross volunteer coordinator, Lydia Brown expressed to The San Pedro Sun; “I’ve been truly impressed with the dedication of the ladies and their high level of quality and commitment. It’s wonderful to see them have this creative outlet and see them come up with their own ideas of what to sew and sell”.
Presently, the ladies are selling girls grey jumpers at a cost of $15 each to the students at Holy Cross. Although they plan to make trousers and shirts in the future, they are not currently available for sale.
The Center is open and space for more sewers is available to mothers from San Mateo. There is no cost to join. All you need is your sincere interest and commitment to learning and making the center function. The Center is located at the Holy Cross School grounds and is opened from 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. For further information or to order your uniform, the ladies of the Center may be contacted through Holy Cross at 223-3456.
San Pedro Sun
to kick off today
The San Pedro Town Board sponsored Football Tournament is slated to commence this Sunday, September 4th 2011. Ten teams are registered to compete at a chance to win trophies and medals among other prizes. The tournament is scheduled to run through October 30th, when the two top teams square off for first and second place. All games will be played at the Ambergris Stadium.
Teams have been assigned a letter as follows: A – Boca Juniors, B-Underdogs, C- Belizean Shores, D – Sugar Boys Juventus, E- San Pedro U20 Team, F – Legends, G – Castillo’s, H – Joker, I – San Pedro Veterans and J- Caribbean Queen
The schedule for the tournament is as follows:
Commentary: September 10 should have been Belize's Independence Day instead of September 21
Wellington C. Ramos
Most Belizeans who were born and raised in Belize prior to the year 1981 celebrated 10 September yearly and it was known as the Battle of Saint Georges Cay Day. This date commemorated the day when the British settlers, along with their slaves, on 10 September 1798 defeated the Spaniards, who were trying to remove them from the country of Belize. After this battle, the Spanish crown did not launch another major attack against the British and their slaves.
I remember when I was a little child growing up in Dangriga Town the men use to dress up like Baymen with poko no boy sticks and paintings on their faces during the parade. Most Belizeans looked forward to this parade every year in the month of September. This parade played a major role in instilling nationalism and pride among Belizeans.
The Guatemalan claim to Belize is hindering many Belizeans from becoming nationalistic. In some discussions I have had with a few Belizeans, they agree that Belize belongs to Guatemala. I am one of those Belizeans who totally disagree with this concept.
Spain and the other European countries had no right to come to Belize or any other foreign country to slaughter the native Maya Indians and other indigenous people, who have been living in their countries for centuries and take their land and then claim it as theirs.
This is how Spain claimed the right to Belize and all the territories in the Caribbean and the Americas after they signed the Treaty of Tordesillas in 1494 that was mediated by the Catholic Pope Alexander the V1. In fact, it is a violation of international law for any country through aggression to invade another country for no justifiable reason and then claim the country as theirs.
I was told by the late Santiago Perdomo, who died recently, when he visited New York City in 1984 as a part of a UDP delegation, that when he was a member of the People’s United Party they all agreed that Belize Independence Day would be celebrated on September 10. They were on a visit then to seek the support of New Yorkers to defeat the People’s United Party in the upcoming general elections that were scheduled for that year.
In 1981, the then prime minister of Belize Honourable George Cadle Price, took a delegation to London to discuss the independence of Belize. When he returned from London, he held a meeting with his cabinet and he told them that the independence of Belize will be granted on September 21 of that year. Most people in the room were shocked when he announced this new date and were surprised by the drastic change in plan.
This date has no significance to anything in Belize history, like 10 September does. Now, Belizeans for no good reason are celebrating two national holidays, which are only ten days apart from each other.
George Price, Said Musa and Assad Showman, who were the major players, are still living and they should explain to the Belizean people why they chose September 21 over September 10 for our independence day. If they cannot give us a good explanation, I would strongly be in favour of a referendum to be held to change Independence Day to 10 September, which was our National Day prior to independence.
Having two major national holidays for a small country like Belize; is senseless, inconvenient and costly. I now call on all Belizeans to start debating the reason why September 21 was chosen for our Independence Day over September 10.
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