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Lucas Botanical in Bullet Tree Falls Village E-mail
Expatriate Blog
Saturday, 29 August 2009 00:00
Lucas BotanicalLucas Botanical is located in the beautiful village of Bullet Tree Falls, Cayo district. Owned and managed by Lucas Medina, a traditional forest gardener.
On his farm he grows medicinal plants, fruit trees and vegetables organically.
Over the past sixteen years, Lucas has dedicated himself to learn the traditional ways of using, planting and identifying local plants. Some of the plants he grows are sugar cane, aloe vera, ginger, oranges, pineapple, mahogany, ornamentals, ect...
In truth it is in this simplicity that Lucas conducts every day life working on his farm with the wind blowing freely he fills his lungs.
Most of his products are sell in his local community where he has frequent buyers.
When asked what inspires him, Lucas answers "I give thanks and praises to my Creator who is my inspiration. I plant trees because I love to see them grow and produce" He recals "I started my farm because it is my way of surviving; I have always been fond of Mother Nature and during my life, I will realize my goal. Although I have not met them all, I am determined to complete a great portion of it before I leave this world".
Always full of time and love, Lucas welcomes visitors who want to learn about his culture.

Lucas Botanical is located on Paslow Falls Road at Bullet Tree Falls Village, Cayo.
Government of Belize is new majority shareholder of Belize Telemedia Limited E-mail
Expatriate Blog
Thursday, 27 August 2009 00:00
Belize TelemediaBelize City, Belize – August 26th, 2009 - By Notice published in the Government Gazette Extraordinary dated 25th August 2009, the Government of Belize as the majority shareholder of Belize Telemedia Limited appointed a new board of directors for the company.

On the evening of Tuesday the 25th August 2009 the new board of directors held its first meeting. Before the meeting commenced, the board met with the Heads of Department of the company and assured each department leader that normal operations would continue. It was a cordial and harmonious meeting and the board looks forward to a good working relationship, with much success for the company and its employees.

Due to lateness of the hour, the board could not meet with officers of the Telecommunications Workers Union, but expressed its intentions to have such a meeting as soon as possible.

The general public is hereby assured that the day to day operations of Telemedia will continue as normal and the Company will remain focused on providing customers with optimum telecommunication services.

The board of directors will endeavour to keep the public up to date on matters concerning the company.
La Ruta Maya Belize Outfitters E-mail
Expatriate Blog
Monday, 10 August 2009 00:00
From Jim Britt
La Ruta MayaIn early March every year Belize hosts the La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge. Paddlers ranging from expert to novice travel from all over the world to compete in this 180 mile, 4 day canoe race in which the British Army keeps the official time. This is by far the largest sporting event in Belize and the crowds cheering on these determined paddlers can reach as many as 30,000 people.
In a country of just over 300,000 people that’s a turnout! A great deal of attention is garnered by the teams competing for the top few spots but the mostly ignored and heart and soul of this race are made up of the heroic efforts of the rest of the pack. The Masters division is always hotly contested by more "experienced" paddlers and the Family, Female, Mixed, Pleasure Craft and Dory divisions make up the rest of the field. Peace Corps volunteers, Trek Force a large contingent of EX-Pats and others are simply trying to reach the finish line alive and every canoe is racing the other canoes nearby. The effort required to complete each stage of this race is Herculean and 1st time racers are always surprised at what it takes to finish this event. The entire field starts together each morning and trickle in throughout the day at the daily stopping point where most teams have support crews waiting with their camp set up.
At the starting line, the wake generated by 100 canoes in a shotgun start is a challenge to all the paddlers with canoes colliding, paddles clashing and teams trying to sprint off the starting line to separate themselves from the rest of the field and the inevitable capsizing canoes around them. Supporters at the finish line each day are treated to inspiring displays of intestinal fortitude as teams somehow come up with yet another burst of speed to overtake a canoe they have been chasing for hours or to fend off a team with passing on their mind. The roaring of the large crowds go a long way towards helping exhausted paddlers dredge up those reserves of energy they thought they had depleted miles ago. The finish line each day sees spent teammates high fiving and hugging as well as heartwarming displays of sportsmanship as competitors offer congratulations to teams that have fended off their best efforts.
La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge ends in Belize City to the biggest crowds of the race and is followed by award ceremonies, cultural dances and plenty of food and drink. Support crews load up their respective teams and well earned praise is abundant as every finishing team, some finishing with less than the three paddlers they started with, are champions reluctantly parting ways, going back to where they came from and their ordinary lives. Champions are champions though, even if they are bank tellers, tour guides, salespeople, and grandparents.
Check out La Ruta Maya Outfitters for more information about the La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge.
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