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2014 NSSSA Softball Nationals

nazarene-1st-placeCrystal would like to congratulate Gwen Lizarraga High School Female and Nazarene High School Male teams on winning the 2013 – 2014 National Secondary School Softball Championships. The tournament took place on Friday, March 14th and Saturday March 15th at King’s College in the Belize District.

gwen liz 1st placeWe would like to acknowledge the other participating teams for their valiant efforts. This includes on the female side: Independence High School, Belize Rural High School and Alvin Young Nazarene High School. On the male side we had: Belmopan Comprehensive High School, Independence High School and San Pedro High School.

On the road to the finals Independence High School Males appeared the certain favourites as they crushed Belmopan Comprehensive 18 – 1. While the Gwen Liz girls looked to be the strong contenders after defeating Belize Rural High School easily, 6 – 2. Independence female team and Nazarene males got into the finals with close victories 12 – 10 and 5 – 3 respectively.

In the finals it was all about pitching. The Gwen Liz pitcher and tournament MVP Ashley Lucas, shutout the Independence High School Females in a dominant display as Gwen Liz won 2 – 0. While on the male side, it was MVP Jerome Carr from Nazarene who put in work on both defence, with great pitching and offense, with key hits as he helped his team to a 3 – 0 win over Independence Males to claim the championship.

Crystal is proud to continue supporting High School sports in Belize as we reinforce our motto of helping Belizeans to Stay Healthy, Stay Hydrated!

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Children Helping Children

This afternoon (December 3rd, 2013) Salima Barrow, daughter of Prime Minister Dean Barrow, paid the Belize Cancer Society a visit along with the members of her organization called Children helping Children. It was a special visit since the group of young girls didn’t come empty handed. In October they held their second limeade stand fundraiser and today they donated their proceeds to the children suffering from the deadly disease.

The cheque of two thousand, two hundred and twenty six dollars and fifty cents was handed over at the Belize Cancer Society Office on Mercy Lane.

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7 tips for staying hydrated

There are numerous benefits of drinking water. To start off with, many studies suggest that drinking water 30 – 45 mins before a meal helps you lose weight. One of the most important benefits of drinking water is healthy skin, water naturally replenishes the skin and assists with natural elasticity and moisture. Another core purpose which water assists with is digestion – the essential nutrients that go into the body via food are absorbed by the body via water. Do you want to keep your brain sharp – then drink water. The brain cells require a balance of water to run efficiently and keeping yourself properly hydrated will ensure this. Water helps you fight sicknesses. It naturally flushes out your kidneys from all waste that accumulates within them. It is a huge list if we sit to analyse all benefits of drinking water, yet there are times when we don’t remember to drink sufficient quantity.

Here are few essential tips to enjoy the benefits of drinking water

 

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Protect the Manatees

FeedingCalfBelize has the highest known density of Antillean manatees, a subspecies of the West Indian manatee, in the world. Unfortunately, because of rapidly increasing coastal development, human related manatee deaths are rising quickly. Poaching, once the major threat to manatees in Belize, has been replaced by boat kills and destruction of habitat as the major concerns for the survival of the species. Sea to Shore Alliance scientists and collaborators provide the data, expertise and scientific exchange that are used by the Belize government to establish sanctuaries, speed zones, and other actions that help ensure the survival of manatees in this remarkable country.

In search for help to let the people know of this endangered gentle manatee of our waters and the importance it is to our captivating ecosystem on us as Belizean a corporate partnership for manatee conservation was formed in July of 2012.  This partnership is with standout Bowen and Bowen Limited, through Crystal Water. Their efforts would be mainly base on awareness efforts and marketing this animal with the intention to raise funds for the conservation efforts.

Since July 2012 together we have made many appearance, reached hundreds of people and the work continues.  We made an appearance on “Open Your Eyes” morning show discussing the collaboration and the efforts, while highlighting the increase in manatee deaths as well as how we all can help.  We have designed and installed new manatee “No Wake” signs in the Belize River area, an area largely used by manatees as well as high boat traffic. Together we have created a manatee logo “Protect our manatees Belize” that we hope to become known not only in Belize but beyond our borders.  We have created one of the very first manatee awareness commercial in Belize highlighting manatees and the danger they face. From the collaboration awareness efforts have been made at many events in country (World water day, La Ruta Maya (river clean up) and many other summer camps and schools).  Since the partnership we were also able to put together one of the biggest manatee tour-guide workshop up to today.  We had just over ninety participants in the two day certificate course.

We have managed to have done a handful so far, but the work has just started.  There is much more work left to be done, many more people left to be reached and manatees left to be saved.

 

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World Water Day 2013

worldwaterday01Water is one of our most important resources, perhaps the most important to life. World Water Day gives the world a chance to understand and appreciate the importance of water and how we can better use it. This year world water day was held on March 22nd, 2013 in Orange Walk at the Multi-Complex center. Students of all ages, from all over the country, spilled into the sugar city to learn about the coolest and newest water technologies available in Belize and participate in fun games relating to water.

Crystal was proud to be playing a key role in this year’s water day as we provided refreshments for everyone attending and had informative displays on our purification process, the importance of water, conserving water and also information about the endangered manatees which was a collaboration between Crystal and Sea 2 Shore Alliance.

We at Crystal are always proud of doing our part in society and helping in educating Belizeans, especially on the topic of the importance of water. Stay healthy and stay hydrated Belize.