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Remarks and applauds to Krem Sunday Review

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I have been following up on the KremSunday Review hosted by Yaya Marin-Coleman aka “the agitator” and Clinton “Pulu” Lightburn aka the whip for some weeksnow. From what I can gather, Yaya is a down to earth person and with a powerful mind-set that makes her critical of real and at times perceived injustice. Pulu has an extensive knowledge and experience of politics and the behind the scenes stories. The outspokenness may certainly rub off the wrong way with some people, but if one observes closely the Sunday Review has the interest of the Belizean masses at heart.
I was a bit astounded and much thrilled by Yaya undaunted defiance to question her past co-host Niall Gillett on the most recent show (Oct 28, 2012). Gillett was obviously dancing around her questions. At one point, Gillett was asked to estimate what percentage of the attendants at the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) consultation was in a position to critically contribute to the discussion. His response was that he wa…

Purple Movement General Meeting

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On Sunday October 21, 2012, youths from the Purple Movement held a general public meeting to inform the community of their status, structure, and goals. There were about 20 persons in attendance. The small number of turn out is linked to the heavy rains throughout most of the day. 

The Executive consists of about 15-18 members. One or two of them were unable to attend on that day. They have formed several managerial posts such as president, vice president, treasurer, public relations personnel, research committee, and entertainment committee, etc. 

To be honest, my perception is that the group is still in the process of taking shape and identifying it's most strategic goal. But one thing is certain, they want to do their best to make a positive change. I am of the opinion that the community is strongly discontented with the prevalent crime and that we as young people need to be that voice for the masses, and reinforce the idea that we deserve better.   

One central aspect to the exec…

El Cayo Town

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Cayo and Benque Viejo were declared towns on Oct 19, 1904. That's 108 years ago. 

CHRONOLOGY OF HISTORICAL EVENTS IN  THE SETTLEMENT OF EL CAYO Presented on the Occasion of the Centennial Vigil 1783 – 1950 by Elias A. Awe
Following Dr. Jaime Awe’s lucid presentation on the Early Hunters of the Pleistocene Age roaming this area, up to the times of the Mayan Empire, I will now cite other important dates and events in our history, which had an impact in our area, leading up to 1950.
1783 - 1803: Woodcutters harvested all the mahogany trees that were close to the riverbank.  Consequently, in 1803 they began to haul the logs with oxen; and in this way they were able to harvest mahogany trees as far as 5 to 10 miles from the riverbank.  Before the introduction of oxen, Baymen labor was employed to haul the logs to the riverbank. The log fellers went to the forest around November/ December each year.  The men camped in the forest until the beginning of the rainy season in the following year – …

Article on UB Hist Dept

The History and Anthropology program at UB endured many challenges before it was established. Many persons in government and in the administration did not want a history program be established. One must ask why? Why did the nationalist leaders and government do more to estalish the teaching of history?  Were they afraid of Belizeansinterrogating the past as some have suggested? At current, there is some talks that the history program is not economically feasible and some have suggested that it be closed. The students and alumni of the program have submitted a letter to the president of UB requesting clarifications on this matter. 
He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the pastcontrols the future. by George Orwell.

Here's an interesting article on the development of the history program from Amandala

AT LAST – A UB HISTORY DEPARTMENT Editorial— 16 August 2007 Seemingly in full campaign mode, the ruling People’s United Party has announced, through Minister of…

People on the Move for Justice

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Introduction Since the recent murders in the Twin Towns, people in the Cayo district, and indeed across the country, have become increasingly vocal about their concerns to reduce, and if possible end, the hideous crimes afflicting our society.
I extend my sincerest sympathies to all Belizeans who have had to experience criminal activity, especially to the families who have lost their loved ones recently in San Ignacio, particularly the Martinez and Lowe families.  No number of demonstrations, no whipping of criminals, no person hanged, will ever be able to heal the void left in the lives. The reason for standing up against crime is really to make sure that more families do not experience the hurt, frustration, suffering, and emptiness such families have had to bear.
Belizeans are on the move advocating for change. This does not constitute a movement. It is an early stage. It can either become something episodic and die off or mature and become effective in its cause. I hope it becomes t…