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‘The State of the Coastal Zone’ Summit

On June 08, 2012 in Belize, News

Coastal Summit 2012 Banner

It is with a deep sigh of relief we commence today the summit on ‘The State of the Coastal Zone’ in Belize.  Stakeholders such as conservation/ environmentalists will sit down and discuss their wishes and wants with those both of the developer and the recreational user.

The idea over this two day event is to come together with a singular vision that is both considerate to the environment whilst allowing development and economic growth of the area.  Whilst this Summit is indeed a first, it is very much the step in the right direction for the benefit of our coastline and we hope that it becomes an annual event!!!!

For more information and indeed interviews with the key organizers please click here.

 

Caye Caulker Lobsterfest 2012 Update!

On June 06, 2012 in Belize, Caye Caulker, News

Caye Caulker Lobster Fest 2012

For those who have not bought your tickets or secured your hotels, time is of the essence.  We are now firmly in June and the Caye Caulker Lobster Fest is nearly upon us!!

If you do not know the dates – Friday 29th June, Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July are the dates to be here.

Friday will open with the Miss Lobster Fest pageant at 7.30pm – Five lovely girls – Jasmine Skeen, Shania Sanchez, Jasmine Arce, Vicky Canul and Sylvia Joseph will be fighting (in a lady like manner) for the 2012 title.  As you can see from their photos, this particular competition will be tight – from my view all five girls should receive the title!!

Jasmin SkeenShania SanchezJasmine ArceVicky CanulSylvia Joseph

As a change to the weekend’s entertainment – the occasion will be followed by an evening of music and dance – with DJ Julian and TAGG International.

Saturday morning there will be the opening ceremonies, followed by an afternoon of beach party and games.  The highlight of Saturday and indeed the entire Lobster Fest will be the entertainment lined up for the big party in the evening – Youth Connection, DJ Clarence,  TAGG International and DJ Khris will glide us smoothly through the evening – don’t miss out!

Sunday will be more of the same with more beach party and games – more music and more fun for all the family!  And how can we forget … the reason for why we celebrate this weekend … the island will be filled with all styles of mouth watering lobster dishes throughout the three days!!!

So come one and come all … come and celebrate with us at Caye Caulker Lobster Fest 2012.

Caye Caulker commences Tour Guide Training

On May 30, 2012 in Caye Caulker, News

 

FAMRACC

Last week a new Tour Guide training course got underway here in Caye Cauker.  The course was put together by the Forest and Marine Reserves Association of Caye Caulker (FAMRACC) on behalf of the Belize Tourist Board and is being co-ordinated by our own marine bioligist and eco-warrior,  Ellen McRae.

Thirty five candidates commenced the course (a much higher turnout than usual) all hoping that at the end of the course, they will be a fully fledged Tour Guide.

The course will require the students to be present from Monday to Friday (inclusive) until August.  The course will cover 7 Chapters (each with an exam that the students are required to pass), a CPR course, a swimming exercise and a fieldwork.   The students are required to learn in detail about Belize’s history, geography, population demographic and its politics.  The course will also include a Chapter on presentation including both presenting to a group and about their presentation as a Tour Guide.

Shane Anderson (or Big Shane) as we often call him, has already passed with flying colors the first three exams as in his eagerness to become a Tour Guide he has been traveling to and fro from San Pedro to take exams.  He will join the course at the appropriate time and will be joined with Shane Sho (Li Shane) and Dylan Blease too!  Although the success rate for these exams is often very low we are confident that all our candidates will achieve their goal!

Good luck to all concerned and thank you Ellen McRae and FAMRACC for putting together this very much needed course together!

Weekend’s Football update ..

On May 29, 2012 in Caye Caulker, News

Tsunami and Lazy LizardJimmy watching the football

The Under 14 Finals that was planned for the weekend was postponed to next weekend due to the slight drizzle we received on Saturday so I am sorry but no exciting news with regard to that league.

Sunday’s adult’s games still went ahead and the results made the league table look slightly different.  The first game was Caye Caulker Boys/ Bahia vs Team Danger (6 – 1) and the second game was the Lazy Lizard vs Tsunami (1 – 4).  The new league leaders are now Tsumani as they have a game in hand to both Lazy Lizard and the Caye Caulker Boys – all of whom are on 6 points.  Unfortunately, at the bottom of the table, both Team Rainbow and Team Danger (who have both played 2 games) have no points and are struggling at the bottom!!

Roll on next week and the Under 14 finals!!

Caye Caulker Walks for Cancer!

On May 26, 2012 in Caye Caulker, News

Cancer Society WalkCancer WalkSupporters of the CC Cancer Society

There are numbers of moments that you are proud of our Caye Caulker community and this is one of them.  This morning, 100 men, women and even children met at the airstrip at 6.30am to walk round the entire island to increase the awareness of the largest cause of death in Belize, Cancer.

The Caye Caulker Cancer Society has been formed as in recent years the predator has been on the alarming increase within our village community.   If today is anything to measure it by, it appears that this highly worthy initiative is generating support and momentum that the nature of the beast requires!!

The Society serves to create awareness (to encourage those in the community to have regular tests to highlight the early presence of Cancer), funds (the much needed funds to support the members of our community that need financial assistance to fight their illness) and finally emotional support.  All very much needed!

The walk this morning was an incredible show of community spirit as it was a who’s who walking the streets (even Patti Arceo – the PUP Standard Bearer had come over from San Pedro to show her support!).  Our huge thanks to the members of the Caye Caulker Cancer Society – today showed that all of Caye Caulker is very much behind fighting Cancer!!

Football update ..

On May 22, 2012 in Caye Caulker, News

Captain Patrick watching the football!Football on Caye Caulker

To burn excess energy of Caye Caulker Villagers we have a number of activities but probably the most social would be football.  There are two leagues currently underway – that of the Adult and the Under 14′s both of which are organized by Luis Gongora.

Firstly the Adult – this league is played each and ever Sunday (weather permitting) and commenced two weeks ago. There are 5 teams in this league, namely Lazy Lizard, Team Danger and Team Tsunami, Team Rainbow and Caye Caulker Boyz/ Bahia.  Due to the fact that there are an odd number of teams, each week one of the teams gets a well earned ‘rest’ whilst watching their rivals play.

Thus far the Lazy Lizard team is in the lead.  They have had the advantage of playing 2 games and they have won both games (presumably the players were not drinking Lizard Juice the night before!!!).  Both Team Danger and Team Tsunami have only played one game and therefore they have a slight disadvantage thus far that will be made up further down the line.  And finally Team Rainbow have lost both their games (presumably from enjoying too much of the good food from their sponsors) and Caye Caulker Boyz wining one and losing another game.

This is only the first round and for the first four teams that qualify, the finals will beckon!!

The Under 14′s League is well underway and this Saturday will see the finals of the blue and the orange team (and yes, the teams are named by their color rather than me not remember the team names through bad research!!) – news on that will follow!

Thank you saint Steve!

On May 21, 2012 in News, Ragga Crew

Saint Steve Pearce

We were blessed to find a friend and a new member of the Raggamuffin crew in a passenger a few weeks ago.  Steve or ‘Saint Steve’ as we want to call him after this photo, undertook an overnight trip with Jerry, Chilo and Dylan some 3 weeks ago now.  When he returned he mentioned that he was a photographer and if we wanted, he would undertake the trip again, just so that we can have some more photos for us to share with our friends!

Steve undertook the tour again (this time along with Kevin, Jacob and Shane) and enjoyed himself once again.  He has not literally become a member of our crew but after taking so many beautiful photos on the overnight, he may as well be named as the newest member of our family!  Thank you Steve (and Julia too) – come back again to Caye Caulker soon!!

Caye Caulker is mosquito-less – or do I speak to soon?

On May 19, 2012 in Caye Caulker, News

Mosquito

For anyone that has spent any amount of time on this island there is definitely a seasonality for our least favorite critters – mosquitos and sandflies!

We find that in the dry season between November to May these lay almost dormant, bothering us little in the populated areas of Caye Caulker.  Typically after the first rain (generally in June) these flies descend on the town as a swarm and the grocery shops almost sell out of coils and vapes to counter these flying demons!!

This week we experienced our first rains (slightly early but not unheard of)!  Rain is a blessing at this time of the year as they washed down the dust from buildings, brighten the green of leaves in the trees, water vats fill up and those with allergies have finally stopped coughing!  This combined with the fact that most of the rainfall happens at night and therefore are days are largely dry and with sunshine, the rain is definitely most welcome!

However what is absent are the flies … where are they?  This week was their call to action and yet there is no apparent action!!  We are not complaining of course and perhaps we have spoken too soon – but could there be a mosquito party going on in Mexico that all of our flying gems are attending and therefore they are not here?  Or, perhaps a more likely explanation – the diligent spraying from some week’s ago brought down the mosquito population in advance of the rain???

If the later explanation is the reason then the Village Council are to be thanked – the management for the foresight in organizing the the obviously strategic battle and for ‘Tiger and crew’ for painstakingly spraying the island both morning (and I mean EARLY morning) and evening!

 

Belize named in best Caribbean beach destination – again!!!

On May 17, 2012 in Belize, News

Belize beach

We are so very proud of ourselves as once again, Belize is named 2nd best Caribbean beach destination by the readers of  Caribbean Travel and Leisure.

Although many may point out that our beaches are not perhaps in reality our strength – as our amazing reef with snorkeling and scuba opportunities definitely is – but it is our ‘beach life’, particularly in Caye Caulker, that earns us this title!!

Thank you Caribbean Travel and Leisure – next year your readers will vote us into the No 1 spot!!!

Click here to read the article.

‘Women of Caye Caulker’ Documentary due to start filming!

On May 14, 2012 in Caye Caulker, Culture, News

The ladies of Caye CaulkerBlayd (Wendy's youngest son) and her mother Ms Ilna Auxillou

Wendy Auxillou, one of the four dynamic Auxillou sisters to have been born and raised in Caye Caulker – is returning in July to create a documentary to highlight these amazing women’s stories as they have been instrumental in shaping the Caye Caulker we have today!

The documentary will definitely be fascinating to all of those of us that have even a half interest in this tiny island as these ladies struggles need to be told to preserve our history.  The director is asking for funding for the project and indeed at Raggamuffin have made our pledge, however more money needs to be raised for the film to get underway.

For those who want to make a donation, click here.

According to the funds site ……

INTRODUCTION:

The women of Caye Caulker who were instrumental in shaping the history of this tiny Belizean island of my childhood, when the population totaled less than 400 inhabitants about 40 years ago are now dying off, and their stories have never been told.  These heroic women endured hardships and innumerable challenges in this harsh frontier environment, and persevered.  My own mother is now 80 years old, yet her own story of being the most educated woman on this tiny island village where there was no electricity until the 1990′s has never been told.  She persevered, despite the deep-rooted poverty and lack of educational opportunities, and went on to become the first local principal of the elementary school.  This is her story, and the story of all the other Hicaquena women whose sacrifices have never been recorded … until now.

WHO ARE WE DOCUMENTING?

We will be documenting the lives of 20 women of Caye Caulker Village in Belize, from their earliest history on the island until now.  Many of the women are now in their 80′s.  Their stories are dying off along with them, and a rich history of struggle, entrepreneurship and endurance in the face of adversity is being lost along with them.  This must be preserved.

HOW ARE WE GOING TO DO THIS?

We will be producing a 1.5 to 2.0 hour documentary on the lives of these women from childhood until now — how life has evolved over the passage of time for them, what they think of development on their once laid-back island village, the cultural traditions that have been lost in the process, and what they think of all the changes they have seen in their lifetimes.

This will be a made-for-local-television documentary, plus a 1000 “print” run on DVD and flash drive, for those would like personal copies.  It will also be distributed to local schools as an educational tool, and to the national archives of Belize as a historical archive.

WHEN IS THIS GOING TO BE DONE?

I will be heading to Belize in the next few weeks to begin filming of the documentary.  The final product should be ready by the end of September 2012.

Again, if anybody sees the value in this documentary, please pledge your donation by clicking here.