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       San Pedro Daily        Friday, August 22, 2008
           
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Mexican authorities released businessman held for undeclared cash
Mexican authorities released businessman held for undeclared cash
And the family of Hussein Nasr Harmouch report to News Five tonight that the businessman, wife and kids have been cleared in Mexico City where they had been held for failure to declare fifty-seven thousand U.S. dollars in cash that Harmouch was carrying on his person. According to family members, the matter has been resolved and the Harmouchs have been allowed to proceed to Lebanon. Harmouch apparently erroneously thought that he could carry the monies on behalf of all travelling family members without declaring it. Read More
Ocean Academy
Set To Open Sept 1, 2008

  Ocean Academy is making history on Caye Caulker as the first high school ever, opening its doors to the first class of students on September 1, 2008.
  Frustrated by the lack of educational opportunities local teenagers face due to the extreme hardships associated with attending high school away from the island, a group of dedicated and caring individuals pooled their talents and resources together and voila! The result is the spanking new Ocean Academy set to open in a few weeks!
  Earlier this year, local resident Dane Dingerson donated the land and gathered some of his friends together, in particular Heidi Curry and Joni Miller, to decide how best to make the idea become reality. With this dream team on board, amazingly, the project went from an idea to completion in less than six months, a testament to the dedication of this group of individuals.
An entire village owes its collective gratitude to Dane, Joni and Heidi, and we thank you!
  On the Board of Directors of Ocean Academy sit Mr. Joseph Fuller, Chair; Ms Enelda Rosado, Principal of the CCRC Elementary School, Alberto Villanueva, MBA, Noeli Kuylen, Caye Caulker business woman, and Abel Novelo, Caye Caulker businessman.
  Key staff members are Heidi Curry, Principal, Joni Miller, Vice Principal, Dane Dingerson, Director of Facilities, Andy Marin, Math and Physics teacher, Destino Fuller, Bridge Preparatory Teacher, and Sarah Requena, Science Teacher.
  The key staff are all Caye Caulker residents.
Travelers With Heart is a non-profit organization launched by supporters of the school tasked with raising funds and resources for the school.
  You can find a ton of information at the school’s website HERE.
  The school is an accredited school.
How can you help?
Donations-in-kind
The school is always in need of resources and supplies. Specific needs include: laptops and peripherals, USB flash drives, science equipment, math instruments, educational posters and DVDs, maps, books for the library, music instruments, art supplies, and school supplies. Please check the school’s website for additional needed supplies.
No-cost donation:
Transport a donation on your next visit to Caye Caulker.
Donate your expertise:
IT, grant-writing, guest lecture, print materials, web graphics, more.
Service Learning Trips to Belize:
Visit the school’s website to learn more about group visits to Caye Caulker for students, families, churches, or adults.  Caye Caulker Chronicles

U.S. UNIVERSITY PROVIDES
HIV TRAINING IN BELIZE
40 Voluntary, counseling and testing providers are taking part in a series of 2 stigma and discrimination seminars being conducted by the Institute of Reproductive Health Georgetown University HIV Project in Belize. Martha Carrillo, IRH Representative in Belize told us more about the purpose of the seminars.
Martha Carrillo, University Representative in Belize
“The institute of Reproductive Health, Georgetown University HIV project in Belize is conducting training on stigma and discrimination, specifically for nurses as well as for people from non governmental organizations that have been trained to provide pre and post test counseling to persons who are going to get testing for HIV. We have found that in many instances people’s fear of discrimination within these centers stops them from going to get tested and so we felt that it was important for us to address this by directly looking at the topic of stigma and discrimination and what are some of the factors that contribute to this even within these facilities.”
Participants will engage in highly-interactive and exploratory sessions aimed at increasing sensitization and reducing stigma and discrimi­nation in health service delivery.
Martha Carrillo, University Representative in Belize
“One of the focuses of this project is looking at making these facilities friendlier to groups that are many times discriminated against; for example commercial sex workers and other persons from other sexual diversities. We know that these are populations are most at risk and so we felt that sensitizing the service providers to specific needs of these populations, but the way that we did this was to conduct consultations with these vulnerable populations in these different areas of the country including the island of San Pedro to get their feed back in terms of their experiences with these types of services. What was discovered during these consultations was that in deed in most occasions, these persons would choose not to get tested because of the fear of discrimination or they will access the service somewhere else outside of the country.”
The consultations with vulnerable populations were conducted in northern and southern Belize and the island of San Pedro. Carrillo says that the seminars are part of a certification program.
Martha Carrillo, University Representative in Belize
“These seminars are part of a certification program through the University of Washington. The VCT providers would not have only participated in trainings at the University of Belize in HIV counseling but also they would have also participated in these stigma and discrimination seminars and they will be a follow up to this whereby these VCT providers that have been trained will be taking this training back to their staff. So they will be trained enough to be able to conduct sensitization training with their staff and then of course there will be some follow up supervision with them. Many times persons are trained and they are sent back to their settings with no follow up; this project will seek to continue to supervise them during the course of a year after which upon completion they will be certified through the University of Georgetown.”
The next seminar will be held on the 23rd of this month while the second phase will be held on the 6th and 13th of September. Georgetown University says that much more needs to be done at the personal as well as at the institutional level. Through this program they hope to increase the level of sensitization that exists within social and health facilities. The project is being conducted in collaboration with the University of Belize and the Ministry of Health. Read More

George Alleyne in Belize for
U.W.I. 60th anniversary

When the University of the West Indies was established in Belize in 1948, it was housed in a small room in the then Bliss centre in the heart of downtown Belize City, today it has its own two-storey building in West Landivar and has greatly expanded its programmes and status in the country. This year, U.W.I. is commemorating its Sixtieth Anniversary and is celebrating its accomplishments across the region at its fifteen campuses and centres. Arriving today to celebrate with Belize’s alumni, was a special guest in the person of regional chancellor and distinguished CARICOM personality, Sir George Alleyne. According to Alleyne, the jubilee is a great time for reflection.
Sir George Alleyne, Chancellor, U.W.I.
“Sixty years is short in the life of an institution like universities, but for ours sixty years is a major achievement really. They say sixty years is a diamond jubilee and that when you have a diamond jubilee you must celebrate with the kinds of activities that glow and that are brilliant. So this year for our diamond jubilee, it is a time for three things, I say three things, a time for reflection, a time for rejoicing and a time for recommitment. What I say reflection—it’s a time for reflection on what the university means and where it came from. In 1948 there were just thirty-three students who came to the university, believing that this institution would grow. When I came to the university in 1951, the university was very, very big. It was two hundred and five students, now there are thirty-five thousand students in all the university. So this sixtieth Anniversary is a time for us to reflect how we have grown, how we have fulfilled our promise to be the major regional institution, the institution that is responsible for providing a large number of the human resources that are need in the Caribbean. When good things happen we rejoice and on Saturday night we will have a showcase of Belizean dance, Belizean music, Belizean poetry as a fitting point of celebration of the presence of the university in Belize.”
Throughout the course of his stay, Alleyne will be meeting with Governor General Sir Colville Young, Prime Minister Dean Barrow, Minister of Education, Patrick Faber and the U.W.I. Alumni Association. On Saturday, ‘A Belizean night of Performing Arts’ will be held at the Bliss under the Patronage of the Governor General, who is an alumni of U.W.I. That event starts at seven p.m. Read More
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Just a comment: Walking along the beach, I would like to commend “Big Daddys” - this business definitely gets the 1st place award for keeping their beachfront looking really nice. I really wish all other businesses would follow their excellent example. It’s a crime that anyone would want to litter this beautiful paradise, but…..you just can’t change that I guess. Big Daddys goes as far as keeping the sea grass cleaned up also. Good Job & Many Thanks!
Ginger


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