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1000 Acre Old Spice Farm for Sale

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Price: $350.00/ acre
District: Belize Dist
Contact Phone #: (501) 222-4256 / (501) 610-3910
For Sale By: Agent
Land Size: 1,000

This acreage of land is located on the Old Northern Highway. It was originally planted with over 300 all spice plants and is naturally rich with hardwoods such as mahogany and zericote, as well as many other beautiful and precious species plants as most of this property remains covered with virgin forest. It is not far from the sea docking facilities at Bomba, and only a few miles from the Mayan site of Altun Ha. The well known Maruba Resort is a short rider further up the same road.

This site was originally the home of a well known local family, so there are some buildings on the property as well as a couple ponds. However, they have not lived there for some time and have decided that it is no longer very practical for them to hold onto it although they still consider it a precious part of their lives. They are prepared to sell to someone who will make better use of it.

It would be suitable for a farm, resort, or some other type of development/project needing a large parcel. The asking price is $350.00 USD per acre
Location / Directions:
Mile 29 Old Northern Highway near Maskall Village

Man In Thailand Selling Last Private Island In San Francisco Bay

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SAN FRANCISCO — If you’ve ever wanted to own a piece of San Francisco Bay, now’s your chance. Red Rock, the only privately owned island in the bay, is up for sale.

A Bangkok gem dealer and attorney, David Glickman, wants ten million dollars for the 5.8 acre, uninhabited island in the shadow of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.

Glickman, who is 78, says he isn’t going to live much longer and wants to leave his wife in good shape financially.

Red Rock Island, which gets its name from the reddish-brown color of its soil, was privately purchased in the 1920s. After a few owners, Glickman, then practicing law in San Francisco, bought it sight unseen in 1964 for $49,500.

It is about eight miles north of San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf at a point where the San Francisco, Marin and Contra Costa counties converge.

Any new owner who wanted to develop the island would also have to spend extra money and go through an approval process involving state agencies in one or more of the three counties that have jurisdiction over the island.


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Monsoonal floods hit Bangladesh, trapping thousands in villages

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Dhaka — Monsoonal torrents touched off the summer’s first floods in Bangladesh, wiping out scores of villages and trapping thousands of farming families in inundated homes, rescue officials and witnesses said Tuesday.

Heavy rains dumped since the weekend swelled the Borak River and its tributaries, the Surma and Kushiyara, in the north-eastern region of Sylhet.

Officials in the Food and Disaster Management Ministry said 6,000 families were left stranded in the flooded hamlets in Zakiganj county, which also faced tropical storms overnight.

About 80,000 flood-stricken people were evacuated or left their homes in the Maulvibazar district as the flooding intensified with water gushed from across the Assam hills in eastern India, submerging more areas in Bangladesh.

Nearly 150 villages were washed away as the rush of water from the bordering Indian state of Tripura engulfed rice farms in the Comilla region in eastern Bangladesh.

“The flood situation is likely to worsen in the coming weekend with more seasonal rains expected in the next few days,” said Ataur Rahman of the local flood-monitoring centre of the Water Development Board.


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It is doubtful if cinema is sufficient for this; but, if the world has become a bad cinema, in which we no longer believe, surely a true cinema can contribute to giving us back reasons to believe in the world and in vanished bodies.
(Gilles Deleuze)

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Nicaragua: Spanish youth give glasses to natives

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A group of young people from Spain will travel to the rain forest of Nicaragua in July to bring eyeglasses to 300 natives suffering from “serious vision problems.”

The Almudi Association, whose members are involved in the outreach, told the AVAN news agency that for many of the natives, “This will be their first pair of glasses that they have ever received,” and poor eyesight is a hindrance for many natives who work in the fields.

Last summer a group of students traveled to Nicaragua to measure the eyesight of the natives they would be helping. In the year since then, glasses have been manufactured by the company Visionlab and now relief is on the way.

While there the volunteers will also help out at a local parish with catechism, formation classes and Bible studies.  Likewise they will hand out medical supplies, organize sporting games and music festivals.

The Almudi Association of Valencia, run by priests of the Opus Dei, has organized visits to Nicaragua since 2000.


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Conference organizer fails to have Yes Men arrested

Imposters posing as ExxonMobil and National Petroleum Council (NPC)
representatives delivered an outrageous keynote speech to 300 oilmen
at GO-EXPO, Canada’s largest oil conference, held at Stampede Park in
Calgary, Alberta, today.

The speech was billed beforehand by the GO-EXPO organizers as the
major highlight of this year’s conference, which had 20,000
attendees. In it, the “NPC rep” was expected to deliver the long-awaited
conclusions of a study commissioned by US Energy Secretary
Samuel Bodman. The NPC is headed by former ExxonMobil CEO Lee
Raymond, who is also the chair of the study.

In the actual speech, the “NPC rep” announced that current U.S. and
Canadian energy policies (notably the massive, carbon-intensive
exploitation of Alberta’s oil sands, and the development of liquid
coal) are increasing the chances of huge global calamities. But he
reassured the audience that in the worst case scenario, the oil
industry could “keep fuel flowing” by transforming the billions of
people who die into oil.

“We need something like whales, but infinitely more abundant,” said
“NPC rep” “Shepard Wolff” (actually Andy Bichlbaum of the Yes Men),
before describing the technology used to render human flesh into a
new Exxon oil product called Vivoleum. 3-D animations of the process
brought it to life.

“Vivoleum works in perfect synergy with the continued expansion of
fossil fuel production,” noted “Exxon rep” “Florian Osenberg” (Yes
Man Mike Bonanno). “With more fossil fuels comes a greater chance of
disaster, but that means more feedstock for Vivoleum. Fuel will
continue to flow for those of us left.”

The oilmen listened to the lecture with attention, and then lit”commemorative candles” supposedly made of Vivoleum obtained from the
flesh of an “Exxon janitor” who died as a result of cleaning up a
toxic spill. The audience only reacted when the janitor, in a video
tribute, announced that he wished to be transformed into candles
after his death, and all became crystal-clear.

At that point, Simon Mellor, Commercial & Business Development
Director for the company putting on the event, strode up and
physically forced the Yes Men from the stage. As Mellor escorted
Bonanno out the door, a dozen journalists surrounded Bichlbaum, who,
still in character as “Shepard Wolff,” explained to them the
rationale for Vivoleum.

“We’ve got to get ready. After all, fossil fuel development like that
of my company is increasing the chances of catastrophic climate
change, which could lead to massive calamities, causing migration and
conflicts that would likely disable the pipelines and oil wells.
Without oil we could no longer produce or transport food, and most of
humanity would starve. That would be a tragedy, but at least all
those bodies could be turned into fuel for the rest of us.”

“We’re not talking about killing anyone,” added the “NPC rep.” “We’re
talking about using them after nature has done the hard work. After
all, 150,000 people already die from climate-change related effects
every year. That’s only going to go up – maybe way, way up. Will it
all go to waste? That would be cruel.”

Security guards then dragged Bichlbaum away from the reporters, and
he and Bonanno were detained until Calgary Police Service officers
could arrive. The policemen, determining that no major infractions
had been committed, permitted the Yes Men to leave.
Canada’s oil sands, along with “liquid coal,” are keystones of Bush’s
Energy Security plan. Mining the oil sands is one of the dirtiest
forms of oil production and has turned Canada into one of the world’s
worst carbon emitters. The production of “liquid coal” has twice the
carbon footprint as that of ordinary gasoline. Such technologies
increase the likelihood of massive climate catastrophes that will
condemn to death untold millions of people, mainly poor.
“If our idea of energy security is to increase the chances of climate
calamity, we have a very funny sense of what security really is,”
Bonanno said. “While ExxonMobil continues to post record profits,
they use their money to persuade governments to do nothing about
climate change. This is a crime against humanity.”

“Putting the former Exxon CEO in charge of the NPC, and soliciting
his advice on our energy future, is like putting the wolf in charge
of the flock,” said “Shepard Wolff” (Bichlbaum). “Exxon has done more
damage to the environment and to our chances of survival than any
other company on earth. Why should we let them determine our future?”

Nica Education

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At the end of last year, 12 young students sat at their desks at the modest El Zamora pre-school near Granada. They were all dressed in similar white shirts, with the boys wearing blue pants and the girls in blue skirts.

Today, the number of students has jumped to 30, with a mixture of plainclothed children sitting in the classroom alongside those dressed in traditional school uniforms.

The more than doubling in class enrollment, educators say, happened virtually overnight and was made possible by one thing: more parents can now afford to send their children to school under the Sandinista government’s new education plan.

“I don’t know of any other reason for the increase,” said Pauline Jackson of La Esperanza, a private charity in Granada that sends volunteers to help with understaffed classrooms.

As part of the government’s new national education plan, the administration of President Daniel Ortega has done away with the small monthly fees that families had to pay to send their children to pre-school and elementary school. They also relaxed the dress code for those whose budget is stretched too thin to buy the standard blue-and-white uniforms.

Several thousand government workers whose job it was to collected school fees were told to find other work, and teachers in both urban and rural schools are reporting an increase in student enrollment.

The new education policy has created its own type of problems for an education system that had nearly 1 million children not attending school.

The Ministry of Education says the recent increase in students has created a need for 2,000 new classrooms and 4,000 extra teachers. Makeshift schools have been set up in churches and private homes, while unruly class sizes have become more and more the norm.

Nicaraguan teachers, already the lowest paid in Central America, threatened to go on a nationwide strike earlier this year.

A teachers’ protest that included seven teachers declaring a hunger strike last May ended with the government agreeing to some basic salary demands (NT, May 11).

But many educators claim they are still unable to make ends meet on their meager salaries.

Despite the budget problems, after 16 years of increasing illiteracy and dwindling school enrollment, some people are giving the new government’s education efforts high marks.

“The new government is working better at addressing the problem,” said Ligia Callejas, an education specialist who has worked with past Nicaraguan administrations and the World Bank.

The challenges facing the education system are severe.

Nearly 28% of those 15 and older don’t know how to read or write, and the illiteracy rate in rural areas is closer to 50%. Most classrooms are strapped for basic supplies and many of the textbooks are a decade old.

Although 80% of school-age children enroll in primary school each year, only 29% go on to graduate the sixth grade, according to UNICEF.

The Ministry of Education is hoping to the turn the situation around with several major programs, ranging from a massive literacy campaign to overhauling the basic curriculum. Education reform had been one of the hallmarks of the Sandinista revolution, which in the early 1980s dispatched “literacy brigades” to the most remote corners of the country.

The Sandinista literacy campaign was criticized by some as being overly politicized; reading materials, much of which were supplied by Cuba, were used as a means to teach people the benefits of revolutionary politics.

But in parts of the country that had been long marginalized, the literacy campaign produced clear results. According to studies by UNESCO, the National Literacy Crusade reduced the illiteracy rate from 50% to 23% in several short years after it was introduced in 1981.

Those numbers crept back up by the end of the decade-long civil war and continued to grow under 16 successive years of neoliberal governments that reduced spending on education. Now, the Sandinistas hope to reduce illiteracy to zero.

In announcing the new Sandinista literary campaign, which aims to teach 100,000 children how to read and write by the end of this year, First Lady Rosario Murillo said that the country faces a “different fight,” but one with the same goals.

“You cannot build humanity where there is illiteracy,” said Murrillo in a May 18 speech.

Callejas said that some of the key elements of the Sandinistas’ education plan don’t look too different from that of the Bolaños plan, which critics claimed was not backed by resources.

However, a major distinction in the Sandinista plan, she said, has been to eliminate school fees and the dress code.

The education fees were initiated in 1993 to give schools extra funding to run better. But the average $2 a month charge was too much for some families.

The uniform requirements were also an impediment, with children who went around barefoot – a common sight in rural communities – being turned away from class.

“It was creating private schools out of a public system,” said Callejas.

Many poor families need their kids to work and even with the changes enrollment is still relatively low. But not all the current problems with Nicaragua’s schools are related to poverty, said Callejas.

She points out that about half the teachers here don’t have a proper degree in education, especially in rural areas. Studies by the World Bank on 4th and 6th graders show that Nicaraguan students are far behind other Central American countries in basic skills.

Anna Plana, who runs a hotel on Little Corn Island, said that she tried to start a restaurant at this remote tourist retreat, but had to scrap the plans because she couldn’t find enough qualified help.

“Some of the waiters couldn’t even write down the orders,” Plana said.

The government initiatives are being funded with a modest budget increase, but Nicaragua is also receiving specific aid for education from Cuba and Venezuela, as well as the United States. Outside investors are also donating funds and school supplies, which are among the most popular charitable gifts from foreigners doing business in Nicaragua.

“Education is crucial for developing this country,” Callejas said.


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Landslides kill 75 in southeastern Bangladesh

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Dhaka, June. 11: At least 75 people including 15 children were killed while several others were feared dead in a series of landslides in the southeastern port city of Chittagong as torrential rains paralysed life in most parts of Bangladesh.

“We have so far recovered 75 bodies and the rescue operation is underway to find more bodies,” disaster management secretary Dhiraj Malakar told newsmen in Dhaka.

The worst-hit area in the hilly port city was Lebubagan near a military cantonment where 26 bodies were pulled out from under the debris of their homes which collapsed due to the landslides, officials and witnesses said.

The rest of the bodies were recovered from Kusumbagh, Bayezid Bostami and Pahartali areas and Chittagong University campus on the outskirts of the city.

The army, police and hundreds of local volunteers joined hands with fire servicemen in the rescue efforts, which intensified after mid-day today with the start of ebb tide which started draining water to the sea, Malakar said.

Military bulldozers joined fire service rescuers and volunteers to remove tonnes of sludge in search of more bodies at nearly 50 different landslide spots.

Officials in Chittagong said at least 103 injured people were being treated at different health facilities including Combined Military Hospital (CMH) and Chittagong Medical College Hospital.

In Bayezid Bostami area, the entire family of a police head constable was killed while another five-member family was buried alive at Shaheed Minar areas in the landslides. One Sub-inspector was electrocuted at Pahartoli area.


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