Book of the Week – The World is Flat (Thomas Friedman)

The World is Flat
A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century
By Thomas L. Friedman

Thomas Friedman’s examination of the influences shaping business and competition in a technology-fueled global environment is a call to action for governments, businesses and individuals who must stay ahead of these trends in order to remain competitive.

The Centre’s library opens daily from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.  Sign up as a Friend of the Centre to become a lending member.  For more information, check our website, call 822-1054 or email us at info@gpcbelize.com!

Under the patronage of the Governor General, Sir Colville Young, coordinated by the UWI Open Campus of Belize, the University Singers present:

Summer Tour 2011
“From Mozart to Marley”

Sunday, July 10 at 6.00 p.m.
at the George Price Centre for Peace and Development

Tickets available at the Centre:

Adults: $20.00 in advance – $25.00 at the door
Kids 12 and under: $10.00

Meet the University Singers on YouTube – click here!

On the occasion of the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the Independence of Belize, the Embassy of Brazil and the George Price Centre present:

The Third Brazilian Movie Exhibit in Belize
July 4 to 8, 2011


Program for adults – starting at 7.00 pm:

Monday, July 4 – Opening Night – Bossa Nova
Tuesday, July 5 – Two Sons of Francisco
Wednesday, July 6 – The Mystery of Samba
Thursday, July 7 – The Colonel and the Werewolf
Friday, July 8 – Scratching and Laughing

Program for kids – starting at 3.00 pm:
Tuesday, July 5 – Monica and Friends
Wednesday, July 6 – Tainá 2: a New Amazon Adventure
Thursday, July 7 – Two Sons of Francisco
Friday, July 8 – Monica and Friends

Admission is Free!

To view the programme and a brief synopsis of each movie,

click here

P reventing
E ngaging
A ddressing
C onflict
E ffectively

The Centre is proud to present its second annual summer P.E.A.C.E Camps.  Students will participate in 10 half-day sessions that will serve as a foundation to useful, practical conflict resolutioni skills they can apply in their everyday lives.  Primary School students (Standard 4 to 6) are welcome to join July 4 to 15 while High School Students can “peace out” from July 18 to 29.

In addition to the PEACE Camps, the Centre has a fully loaded, fun-filled Summer Programme in store for children ages 5 to 18!

Click below for our complete schedule of Summer Programmes

Summer Programmes 2011

Limited groups – Don’t delay registration at the Centre!

AN AMAZING MEMORY…

I met George Price in June of 1984.  He was the guest speaker at my graduation from high school, at that time, Belize Technical College.  I was the salutatorian and so I was seated up on the stage right next to him.  It was a very hot day and I was wearing my gown on top of my dress which was long-sleeved.  I was so hot I started to swoon and Mr. Price caught me and called someone to take me off the stage and give me some cold water.  After the graduation, he came to check on me to see if I was feeling better.  He then told me the name of my father, and all my father’s career history and some information about my father’s family roots in PG!  He even told me that the guy who was his driver was my distant cousin, which I was unaware of!  He had an amazing memory.

(Story submitted by Carolyn Hulse)

Since his last visit to Belize, Seth Montfort has performed in the USA and Mexico.  He is now looking forward to come back to Belize for another series of mind-expanding performances:

Sunday, June 26th at 4.00 p.m.
Monday, June 27th at 6.30 p.m.

Entrance: $10.00 per family!

A pianist like you have never met before, Multi-Award Winning Pianist and Composer, Seth Montfort has been the subject of many feature articles.  He gave over 2,000 solo recitals and made over 100 appearances as a piano soloist with many regional orchestras performing 20 different concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakoff, Scriabin, Delius, Ravel, Gershwin and others.  As founder of the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra he has produced over 450 full orchestral concerts.

Originally planning to become a naturalist in the jungle, in the last decade he found himself waking up composing imaginary Ancient Mayan music from his dreams and then performing his most indigenous inspired works with music written in the Jungle by famous classical composers. All this led to his performing less in the famous halls of San Francisco and the US and more in Central America. He performed many concerts in giant tree-houses in Costa Rica as he prefers to bring his orchestra, solo piano concerts and composing out of prestige venues and closer to nature, currently near the Redwoods, Russian River, rolling hills and quiet small town life at the former mortuary now concert hall where he resides in Guerneville. Montfort has a vast and varied repertoire waiting to be recorded, but you can now see him perform from prestige hall to treehouse to dive bar at his new, informal YouTube channel JungleRecital.

Giving Back
Using Your Influence to Create Social Change
By Merril J. Oster and Mike Hamel

We often hear of entrepreneurs-those people who take an idea or concept and make it come alive and make the world a better place. They are usually known by the wealth they accumulate because of the risk and daring they took.

Merrill Oster and Mike Hamel would like to make a distinction. Those that profit from advances or research or inventions are, in their words, “business entrepreneurs.” They seek to also make known to us “social entrepreneurs”, investing time, talent and other resources in order to make the neighborhood or some area of the world a better place. 

Each chapter in this book features the background of the key individual and why he or she started or got involved with the ministry associated with him or her. It is refreshing how many of these people rose from circumstances similar to the people they now serve. In a way, the troubles they’ve seen help them have empathy and a concern for those in similar straits. Each chapter also has a “Givers and Receivers” section that looks at who gives assistance and to whom it is given. Contact information for each group is also included. Also, books that have influenced the featured individual are also included. This helps the individual or group looking to begin a ministry learn from what others have done in beginning such a ministry.

I heartily recommend this book. As St. James wrote, “Faith without works is dead.” The people featured in these pages have put their faith in action and made a difference. What they have learned can be learned by any of us getting into ministry work that makes a difference in our spheres of influence even as we share the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. (Review by John L. Hoh, Jr.)

The Centre’s library opens daily from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.  Sign up as a Friend of the Centre to become a lending member.  For more information, check our website, call 822-1054 or email us at info@gpcbelize.com!

The Centre has a fully loaded, fun-filled Summer Programme in store for children ages 5 to 18!  It includes:

  • The second edition of the P.E.A.C.E Camps where youths will enjoy activities that will serve as a foundation to useful, practical conflict resolution skills which they can apply in their everyday lives;
  • A fun-filled Night at the Museum complete with games, movies, snacks and ending in breakfast!
  • Our annual Reading Programme which is certified to prove to children that Reading is FUN!
  • A Peace of Art – series of engaging art projects in the theme of “Peace” and
  • The close of summer Creative Writing classes, resulting in the publication of a booklet “I know what you did last summer”.

Check out the full details here

Summer Programmes 2011

Limited groups – Don’t delay registration at the Centre!

Freedom Next Time
By John Pilger

In Freedom Next Time, renowned journalist and film-maker John Pilger describes how courageous people battling to free themselves often glimpse freedom, only to see it taken away. He challenges us in the West to ‘look in the mirror’ at the actions of ‘our’ governments for the true source of much of the world’s fear and insecurity – and terrorism. In our name, often duplicitously, they operate a secret agenda, as in Diego Garcia, a paradise island in the Indian Ocean whose entire population was expelled clandestinely and brutally by the British government to make way for a huge American military base. In Palestine, India, South Africa, Afghanistan, Britain and the United States, John Pilger’s vivid eyewitness reporting and tenacious interviews, backed by meticulous research, blow away the secrets and lies of our rulers and turn a searchlight on to events consigned to the shadows by an unrecognized yet virulent censorship. With humanity, wit and passion, he salutes people who refuse to be victims and defiantly demand their freedom. They could soon be us.

The Centre’s library opens daily from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.  Sign up as a Friend of the Centre to become a lending member.  For more information, check our website, call 822-1054 or email us at info@gpcbelize.com!

The George Price Centre for Peace and Development is hosting its  bi-monthly Conflict Management Working Session on Thursday, June 9, 2011. We will start at 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m., ending with a brown paper bag lunch.

Special topic for the day will be “Alternative Discipline”, presented by Ms. Dativa Martinez of the Ministry of Education.  This session is open to everyone who is interested in knowing more about effective ways to discipline children/students without causing physical or emotional harm.

The group will also share tips, hints, comments, questions, advice, updates … related to Conflict Management! Participation is free. Though there’s no need to register, we prefer you call to confirm your participation beforehand at 822-1054.


Soar Above the Madness
Surviving office politics without losing your mind, your job or your lunch
By Miriam Drennan & Joel Anderson

“Professional” terms and phrases deciphered at last!

A translation guide to understand what your boss is really saying!

Profiles of various office characters for quick identification!

The Centre’s library opens daily from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.  Sign up as a Friend of the Centre to become a lending member.  For more information, check our website, call 822-1054 or email us at info@gpcbelize.com!

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