Miss Belize California Dates Announced

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August 8, 2008 at 5:09 pm Leave a comment

Meet Miss Belize 2008…

Miss Charmaine Chinapen is Miss Belize 2008.  She is a beauty, no doubt, but is she fit to be Miss Belize?  Miss Chinapen was born in Curacao in the Netherland Antilles, but is now a naturalized Belizean.

Thoughts?

Should she be Miss Belize?

August 8, 2008 at 4:44 am Leave a comment

Pics of Benque Fiesta 2008

More photos of Benque Fiesta 2008 HERE:

August 8, 2008 at 4:15 am Leave a comment

Text of “Recall of Elected Representatives” Bill

Recall of Elected Representatives Bill

BELIZE:

BILL for AN ACT to provide for the recall of members of the House of Representatives before the expiry of their normal term of office; and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

(Gazetted……………2008).

BE IT ENACTED, by and with the advice and consent of the House of Representatives and the Senate of Belize and by the authority of the same, as follows: –

1. This Act may be cited as the RECALL OF ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES ACT, 2008.

2. (1) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires –

“Chief Elections Officer” means the Chief Elections Officer appointed under the Representation of the People Act;

“division” means an electoral division specified in the First Schedule to the Representation of the People Act;

“divisional representative” or “elected representative” means a person duly elected to represent a division in the House of Representatives;

“duly registered” means registered in accordance with the provisions of the Representation of the People Act;

“election” means an election for the purpose of electing a member of the House of Representatives;

“elector” or “voter”, in relation to an election, means a person who has been duly registered as an elector to vote at an election;

“electoral division” means an electoral division specified in the First Schedule to the Representation of the People Act;

“member” means a member of the House of Representatives;

“Minister” means the Minister responsible for elections;

“parliamentary term” means the period commencing on the date of the first sitting of the National Assembly after a general election and expiring at the date of the next ensuing dissolution of the National Assembly;

“recall” means removal from office;

“recall petition” or “petition” means a petition presented to the Governor-General under section 3 of this Act calling for the recall of a member;

“recall referendum” or “recall election” means a referendum to determine whether a member should be recalled;

“register” or “register of electors” means the register of electors for any particular electoral division;

“signature” or “signed” includes any mark or thumb impression.

(2) Other words and expressions used in this Act but not defined herein shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them in the Representation of the People Act.

3. (1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, a member of the House of Representatives may be recalled before the expiry of his normal term of office.

(2) The recall of a divisional representative shall be initiated by a petition presented to the Governor-General signed by at least thirty percent (30%) of the registered electors in that
division whose names appear on the approved voters’ list existing at the time of presentation of the petition, calling for a referendum on the recall of the divisional representative of that division.

(3) Every petition presented to the Governor-General pursuant to subsection (2) above shall be in the form prescribed by regulations made under this Act.

(4) It shall not be necessary for the petitioners to set forth any reasons for the recall of a member.

(5) No petition for the recall of a member under this section shall be presented –

(a) before the expiry of at least eighteen months of that member’s term of office; or

(b) within the last one year of that member’s normal term of office; or

(c) more than once in the same division in the same parliamentary term.

4. Where a petition is presented to the Governor-General under section 3, the Governor-General shall forthwith refer the petition to the Chief Elections Officer for verification of the signatures of the petitioners, and for certification that at least thirty percent of the registered electors in that division have in fact appended their signatures to the petition.

5. On the receipt of the petition from the Governor-General, the Chief Elections Officer shall proceed with due expedition to verify the signatures on the petition and return the petition to the Governor-General as soon as practicable but no later than one month after the date of receipt of the petition, with a certificate as to whether or not the petition has been duly signed by the requisite number of electors as specified in sections 3 and 4 above.

6. (1) The Governor-General shall, within fifteen days of the receipt of the certificate from the Chief Elections Officer pursuant to section 5 above, verifying that the petition has been duly signed by the requisite number of electors as specified in sections 3 and 4, issue a Writ of Recall Referendum in a form similar to the Writ of Election in the Fifth Schedule to the Representation of the People Act, with such modifications and adaptations as may be necessary to satisfy the provisions of this Act, to the returning officer of the respective electoral division.

(2) The day named in the Writ for the holding of a recall referendum shall not be less than fifteen days after the issue of the Writ.

(3) Upon receipt of such Writ, the returning officer to whom the Writ is addressed shall proceed to hold the referendum in accordance with the Referendum Act and the directions of the Elections and Boundaries Commission.

(4) Subject to this Act, sections 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 of the Referendum Act, dealing, respectively, with the persons qualified to vote at a referendum, appointment of returning officers, application of the Representation of the People Act and Regulations, the Governor-General’s power to make regulations, and the expenses of a referendum, shall apply with necessary modifications to a recall referendum held pursuant to this Act.

7. (1) The Chief Elections Officer shall, as soon as practicable after the holding of a recall referendum, issue a certificate under his hand stating the result of the referendum and forward the same to the Governor-General.

(2) Notwithstanding section 5A of the Referendum Act or any other law, a recall referendum held under this Act shall not be valid unless at least sixty-five percent (65%) of the registered electors in the respective division have cast their votes.

(3) Subject to the presence of the threshold of 65% as prescribed in subsection (2), if a simple majority of the total votes cast at the referendum favour the recall of a divisional representative from office, the Governor-General shall, by proclamation published in the Gazette, declare the seat of such representative vacant and the representative shall thereupon stand removed from office.

8. (1) A by-election to fill the vacancy caused by the recall of a divisional representative shall be held within three months of the occurrence of the vacancy, as provided in section 85 of the Belize Constitution.

(2) In any such by-election, the member so recalled orwho resigned in consequence of a petition for his recall shall be ineligible to stand as a candidate for the seat to be filled in such byelection.

(3) The restriction contained in subsection (2) of this section shall not apply if the vacant seat is filled in a general election instead of a by-election.

9. Every person who –

(a) forges a signature on a recall petition or who wilfully signs such petition more than once;

(b) uses any threats, intimidation, coercion or other corrupt means to interfere or attempt to interfere with the right of any eligible voter to sign or not to sign a recall petition of his own free will;

(c) signs or forbears to sign a recall petition for any consideration, compensation, gift, reward or thing of value or promise thereof;

(d) intentionally makes any false entry on a recall petition or aids, abets, counsels or procures another person to do so, shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year, or to both such fine and term of imprisonment.

10.(1) The Governor-General, may on the advice of the Minister, make regulations for giving full effect to the provisions of this Act and for prescribing anything that needs to be prescribed.

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, such regulations may provide or prescribe: –

(a) the form and contents of a recall petition, and Regulations.

(b) the form of a ballot paper for the purpose of a recall referendum.

11. This Act shall come into force on a day to be appointed by the Minister by Order published in the Gazette.

August 8, 2008 at 4:11 am Leave a comment

Body Painting in Hopkins

Body Painting in Hopkins
A Date With Destiny
Review by Andrew Steinhauer

“You can get anything you want at Alice’s restaurant.
You can get anything you want at Alice’s restaurant…excepting Alice.
Walk right in, its around back,
Just a half a mile from the railroad track.”
– lyrics to song Alice’s Restaurant by Arlo Guthrie, 1966-67

Those expat, graying Baby Boomers, now sixty-something, out there in reader-land can remember in their uninhibited hippie daze the body painting craze of 1967-68-69. In those radical times a major liberalization in social mores took place- the status quo was challenged right, left and center. One manifestation of that loosening of traditional customs occurred in dress –or more precisely lack thereof. Hippies meandering around at music fests (like Woodstock, 1969) scantily clad or butt-naked were a common sight. Ho, hum just another nature lover.

An outgrowth of the new found prevalence of nudity was the fad of ‘body painting’. Body Painting was an art style that substituted the human physique for canvas as a surface to paint on. If memory serves me correct, I participated in a number of Body Painting happenings as a university art student in the late sixties. A different way of interfacing art and social ethos.

For historical accuracy Body Painting was NOT invented by Hippies. Body Painting was widespread thousands of years ago as a form of ritualized ornamentation. Even today the art of Body Painting is practiced in tribal cultures in parts of Africa, off-the-grid Pacific islands, Ingenious tribes in the Amazon Rainforest and Aboriginal tribes in Australia. So it’s nothing really new, more an incorporation of non-Western mores into modern society. The Amazon tribes traditionally use annatto, huito, or wet charcoal to bedeck their bodies.

There was a famous case in 1933 when cosmetic entrepreneur Max Factor had a booth set up at the World’s Fair in Chicago were his exhibited his newest line of make-up by body painting a scantily clad model with them. He was arrested and charged with “casing a public disturbance”.

I haven’t thought much at all about my old Body Painting days 40 years ago until three weeks ago while staying at my pet resort in Hopkins- Kismet Inn- and an unplanned, totally extemporaneous Body Painting party took place. Déjà vu all over again.

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The owner /manager Tricia Wipfler is a dedicated, highly prolific painter who runs her lodge similar to a Hippie commune, circa Taos, New Mexico, 1968. She is the catalyst and conductor for artistic events that occur at her lodge. A menagerie of creative types- musicians, spiritualists, painters, carnival freaks, Euro-trash econo-travelers and cultural eccentrics are drawn to the artistic ambiance of Tricia’s lodge.

On June 23rd, the day before the Summer Solstice a group of four North American-Europeans- four women- converged on Kismet (which is the Hindu word for destiny). A yoga instructor/ modern dancer, Jude; Gemma, a tour guide and self proclaimed ‘She Goddess’ from Marin County, California who is currently working in Guatemala; Emily from England, a student knocking around Central America and Janet, a primary school teacher originally from New Jersey, presently residing in Hollywood, Florida.

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The communal kitchen/dining area also functions in non-dining hours as Tricia’s painting studio. There are two boxes full of various paints and brushes stored in the corner. The art supplies caught Jude’s eye. She had the itch to paint. No canvas was around, so in honor of the Summer Solstice and the rituals of some tribalist cultures she suggested a Body Painting party. Some say that Summer Solstice gatherings have their source in pre-Christian Irish culture when the Celts honored the Goddess Áine, the Celtic equivalent of Venus (goddess of beauty and love). The girls were already wearing bikinis, so the painting started on all available flesh. They took turns: one was the “canvas” the other the “artist” then they would shift jobs. Beatles music was playing, “We all live in a yellow submarine, yellow submarine….” Brandy and One Barrel were flowing like the mighty Mopan. The painting party moved outside to the beach. The music switched to classic Janice Joplin, “Ball and Chain”, “I said I don’t understand honey, but I wanna chance to try, Try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try.”. Jude became possessed by Joplin’s uninhibited vocals and cast aside her bikini top and bottom for an all over painting. Gemma, Emily, Janet and other ‘canvases’ followed suit.

 

Elvis started an impassioned Garifuna drum riff. The atmosphere was charged.

There were more ‘canvases’ than painters. Even though I haven’t handled a paint brush in over 25 years I figured painting is like riding a bicycle, once ya learn, ya don’t forget- so I volunteered as a “painter”. A dirty job, but somebody had to do it. If truth be told, those bare buttocks were appealing ‘canvases’. Amazing how fast my painting facility returned and along with that a wave of unabashed nostalgia over those by-gone radical days of the 60s.

Yes, that nostalgia for those days of radicalism and idealism seems quaint to today’s jaded, bottom-line fixated eyes- but it had serious currency back then. The 60s was a time of free-wheeling experimentation and challenging the man. The first decade of the 21st century is the time of money grubbing exploitation and fear of the boogeyman (terrorism).

Back to the Body Painting fete. Much frolicking and posing up on the beach and in the water followed. The designs were curvilinear, biomorphic, organic- inspired by the curves of the canvas. A festive, spontaneous time was had by all.

Body Painting is not a scheduled activity at Kismet Inn- it just happened out of the blue. Though within the creative environs of Kismet anything might transpire. An adventure waiting to happen. Kismet Inn, a unique and special tourist lodge experience. Kismet reservations can be made at 523-7280.

Critic’s note: Artists or artistically orientated resorts that would like coverage, contact reviewer at 664-1590.

July 20, 2008 at 9:15 pm 2 comments

New Book By Evan X Hyde

NEW BOOK BY EVAN X HYDE
Friday, July 18, 2008

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From Xaibe to Jalacte, Sports has always been very central to Belizean life, but there has never been a publication that gives proper respect to sports, and to the many movers and shakers who have made it all happen – at least until now.

The fulfillment of this dire literary need comes in the long-awaited second book of Amandala publisher, Evan X Hyde, Sports, sin and subversion, which is set for release next week.

The 230-page publication chronicles major developments on Belize’s sporting scene from the 1950’s to current times, and it encapsulates some of Belize’s favorite pastimes – football, softball, basketball, boxing, and even dominoes.

Evan X Hyde singles out for recognition scores of major Belizean personalities and icons. In fact, many whose memories have faded from the nation’s recollection, find their incredible stories resurfacing on the pages of X Hyde’s captivating new book.

You’ll find over a hundred names listed in the book’s very extensive index, and the numerous snapshots from the past scattered through the book’s pages give it book a life of its own.

Among those featured in Sports, sin and subversion are the legendary Ludwig Lightburn, Eckert Lewis, Buck Belisle, Wilton Cumberbatch, Pulu Lightburn, Jawmaine Meighan, and Kenrick “The King” Halliday. Teams featured include The Happy Homebuilders, Mike’s Tough Guys – dominoes champs, and the Kremandala Raiders and Warriors.

The hot new book – guaranteed to quickly find its way among Belize’s greatest literary works – tells not just about sports, but of all the intrigue surrounding the games, from gambling to the importance and impact of the media on sports. Like in many other arenas of community life, politics have always infiltrated the games – and the book also demonstrates just how all these facets of our daily life move the ball both on and off the often skewed playing field.

Even before its formal launch, Sports, sin and subversion has already generated quite a buzz among many sports enthusiasts. Much more about this great Belizean publication will be revealed at the official launch, slated for 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 23, on the Kremandala compound.

Sports, sin and subversion was published by Ramos Publishing, and printed at the Angelus Press. Copies will be available around the country and through Amandala in Belize City.

For more information, please call 602-0181 or e-mail amandalapress@yahoo.com.

July 20, 2008 at 9:02 pm 1 comment

Costa Maya Festival 2008

The International Costa Maya Festival is held yearly in the neighboring island of San Pedro (Ambergris Caye) during the month of August. This year’s festival is scheduled for August 7 – 10, 2008, and promises to be slamming (as usual)! For more information on this wonderful festival, click HERE.

 Scenes From Costa Maya 2007

Greetings Festival Lovers,

Belize will be hosting the 16th Annual International Costa Maya Festival from August 7th – 10th, 2008 on the beautiful Island of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.

The Costa Maya Festival stage lights up as local and international artists from all over the Americas merge to puts on a multicultural spectacle in Ambergris Caye for a celebratory week of dance, music, pageants, food and drink. Celebrating their ancestral Mayan cultural the Costa Maya Festival is a week-long celebration. This year La Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant seeks the participation of Panama with this it will complete the participation of all the Central American countries.

Local and international visitors enjoy a world-class event in beautiful San Pedro. There are traditional and modern dance groups, star studded musical bands accompanied by renown singers.

We take this opportunity to extend an invitation to you and it is with hope that you accept this invitation to become our guest at this year’s International Costa Maya Festival.

We look forward to receive you at our four nights of festival August 7th -10th, 2008 and would like to take this opportunity to offer you our very best wishes.

Sincerely,

Gach Guerrero
Director

July 16, 2008 at 8:19 pm Leave a comment

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