How to Get a Taiwanese Scholarship
posted (January 28, 2014) The Taiwanese Embassy is once again accepting applications for its scholarship program for Belizean students to go study in that country. Today, the Embassy hosted their annual scholarship briefing, and 7News attended. Here’s what the Taiwanese Ambassador told us about how you can get into the programme:
H.E. David Wu, Taiwan Ambassador to Belize
“Today is the briefing for the year 2014 scholarships awarded by Taiwan. There are 2 kinds of scholarships; one is called ICDF, that’s stands for International Cooperation and Development Fund and this program will be taught in English and it will be divided into post-graduate and under-graduate. Last year we had 21 students who were awarded this ICDF scholarship. The other one is called the Taiwan Scholarship. This scholarship is sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan and this program is study is Mandarin Chinese. For those who speak English when they go to study in Taiwan for this scholarship, they need to learn one extra year of Mandarin in the language center.”
“It will be very tough, but if they can overcome the difficulties – they can really benefit by learning Mandarin because nowadays Mandarin is very important and very useful for the huge market of Asia where Mandarin is the number language spoken. I encourage Belizean students, if they are willing to accept the challenge and to go to Taiwan to study in Mandarin – very tough, but if they overcome the difficulty they can benefit more.”
The deadline for applications is March 31, 2014, and links will be posted on our 7News website for persons who want additional information.
The Annual Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Meeting was held in Caye Caulker on January 22nd 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Community Center. There were 33 license granted including 5 businesses who were put on a three month probationary period due to complaints or health and fire hazards. The official meeting was opened at 1:30 pm by the Chairman of the Liquor Licensing Board Francis Staine. The newly elected liquor licensing board or board appointed Clerk was not announced. Present at the meeting were Chairman of the Liquor Licensing board Francis Staine, Chairman of the Caye Caulker Village Council Wayne Miller and a late arrival from member of the board Allison Usher. Also Present were The Police Inspector, Fire Official, and the Health Inspector.
Mr. Staine began the meeting welcoming the villagers and went straight into issuing the approval of licenses to the business owners. Non issue establishments were given out prior to those who had complaints against them. It seemed to be a pleasant meeting until the issue of I & I Reggae Bar’s license when members of the public shared their discontent for the one hour extension said business would receive daily. Chairperson Wayne Miller announced that they’re were new laws amended which states that the holders of Publican Specials license can get an extension up to 3:00 am. This new information was a shock to members in the audience, who also requested a copy of the S.I. or amended law. Overall the meeting was pleasant and license holders were pleased with their approvals. There were a few business owners who were not present for the issuing of the license and will be given at a later date.
The new intoxicating liquor licensing board is as follows:
Chairman: Francis Staine
Deputy: Sergio Marin
Ex Officio: Wayne Miller
Member: Erico Novelo
Member: Allison Usher
Member: Ronnie Sosa
As we all have something in common that we love the unique island of Caye Caulker. This is our chance to give something back and support the local community and help secure a bright future for the children of the island.
At Seaside Cabanas we have just begun a voluntary $1 a night per room collection that is totally voluntary and will be added to each guest’s bill. Also I will be undertaking a sponsored climb this year of mt. Kilimanjaro. http://www.seasidecabanas.com/kili2.pdf
Obviously just by coming to the island you are supporting the community and the above are both totally optional, but please help where you can as it will make a huge difference.