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Economy Slumps!!!

Barrow drives Belize to the reef!

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Trevor Vernon delivers the shillings to Barrow and Company

R.I.P. Hon. Marcial Mes Pg. 8

Paid some in Shillings‌ but Brother B Wants All! Pg. 8

PUP Leader condemns Mark King’s Callous statement

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OPINION OUT

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OUT Welcome Uncle Sam… but!

Peter Allen Must Go!

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Dear Editor, It is past time for Dr. Peter Allen to clear his desk and resign. But he must not take the cabinet and computer files and desk notes nor shred them. There has been scandal after scandal and Allen has been in the thick of it. Just imagine… 13 babies dead at KHMH, damning Auditor General’s reports, financial wrongdoing, political manipulation of the health system, and more. As a layman, I feel that there is too much conspiracy, deception and outright dishonesty from those at the top of the Ministry of Health. Clearly, the health of our people is not their priority. I believe many heads should roll along with Dr. Peter Allen’s. Incompetence has taken over the Ministry. They mask it with propaganda and by keeping things ‘hush hush’. There is another such case. Within the last two months two young male breadwinners have had both their legs amputated because of negligence. The first guy was taken to KHMH for injuries to his leg from an accident. He was later transferred to a private hospital and had his leg amputated because of poor medical attention and care. In the other case, the young man had surgery done on his leg at the KHMH. He later returned to KHMH because his leg’s condition worsened. When the attending doctor looked at the young man’s leg carefully, a medical tool was found inside. He was immediately taken to surgery and leg had to go. This is a shame and disgrace that our hospitals operate under such neg-

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Dear Editor, In trying to make their case for the promotion of the homosexual lifestyle, some advocates have been equating the “circumstances” of homosexuals to that of the enslavement of Black people and the subsequent post-slavery discrimination. This is perhaps one of the greatest insults to Black people everywhere--heterosexual, homosexual or otherwise! The enslavement of Black people is the single greatest crime against humanity and one for which Europe is yet to make recompense. To hear advocates of the homosexual agenda trivialize it, as they have been doing as of late, must outrage every Black person in Belize and indeed the world. Black people and homosexuals are not similarly circumstanced! Homosexuals have never been captured, chained and transported thousands of miles away from their homeland and enslaved for centuries! They have never been sold like chattels. They have never been deprived of their culture: their language, their food, their

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Dear Sir: America has morphed from super hero of liberation and freedom to colonizing bully. Friday after next, 6th June, will mark the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. On 6th June, 1944, youthful Americans stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, to free Europe from the clutches of German Nazi terror and tyranny. Glorious young warriors waded, landed defying death, conquered, rebuilt and then left. I was only 6 years old and could not then comprehend the full meaning of what America was doing and did for humanity. As an adult I have prayed that what America had done would last forever as the most powerful monument of man’s everlasting hunger for freedom. A half decade or so passed, and much of my time was consumed watching cowboy movies. I became enchanted by the unselfish heroism portrayed in such movies as Shane. This is the story of a converted gun-fighter who stops by and decides to stay to work on a family farm. Their ligence. Dr. Allen, we know that you have been informed of these instances especially the second incident. Sir, it is time you exercise a bit more openness and transparency on yourself and your performance. You have shown not fit for such a task as big as our nation’s Health and that of our Belizean people. Please pack up and go! Signed. Eltrude H. Belize City Resident

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security is threatened by a big farmer bent on devouring all the small farmers, with the help of bullying gunslingers. Shane changes back to his farmer ways of settling conflicts by violence to preserve this wholesome family of father, mother, and son. The story ends with him riding off into the sunset after a gunfight in which he dispatches all the gunslingers. But he was wounded, and you don’t know if he will survive. The above historical note and creative expression of nobility and self- sacrificing love has for 7 decades nurtured my love and admiration of the land of the free. “Give me liberty, or give me death” has epitomized for me the excellence of America. Can you imagine how shocking it is to me that posthaste upon the arrival of the highest representative of his naContinued on page 18

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2014 religion. They have never been made to work like beasts of burden for meager rations and without proper compensation. They have never been beaten and killed at the whims of their masters, and with impunity. They have never had their women raped and impregnated--their race diluted. All this and more Black people have had to endure. And why? Simply because of the colour of their skin! The crime against Black people did not stop with the end of slavery. It continued albeit in a different form. Blacks were segregated and had to fight to be integrated, to stand as equals with their former enslavers. Homosexuals on the other hand have never been segregated; they enjoy equal opportunities to jobs, education, land, healthcare, etc. Heck, many of them hold high political offices and appointments in Belize. It amazes me how it is then that they can even attempt to put themselves in the same lake much less the same boat as “Black people”. Some argue that slavery was a long time ago and that Black people should “get over it”. If you are Black and share that view, then one can understand how we ended up enslaved in the first place. Cleverly, the global architects of the homosexual agenda have hitched their campaign to the recent social construct: “human rights”. It is my view that there are only two inherent human rights: the right to life and the right to liberty. Slavery assaulted both! The Jews suffered horrendous discrimation at the hands of the Nazis in the last century, but have you ever heard the advocates of the homosexual agenda compare the “plight” of the homosexuals with the “plight” of the Jews? Ask yourself why not? Signed, Major Lloyd Jones (R)

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THE BELIZE TIMES

Economy Slumps!!! Barrow drives Belize to the reef! Belize City, May 28th, 2014 Belize’s economy under the Barrow Administration contracted in the first quarter of the year, according to the latest data presented by the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) on Wednesday, May 28th 2014. “We see a slight dip in the economy in the first quarter when compared to the same period of last year of roughly 0.4%,” stated Director of SIB Glen Avilez. This deceleration, which follows an entire year (2013) of dismal economic performance, indicates that there has been absolutely no effort by the Government to boost the country’s economic state in 2014. SIB’s research shows that the economic slump was due to a weak agriculture sector and tumbling oil exports. The agriculture sector is on life support. Production of Bananas, Citrus and Sugar fell by almost 10%. Sugar production dipped the most as a result of a two-month

impasse between the new owners of the factory and cane farmers over the sharing of bagasse profits. It is unlikely that sugar production will recover in the 2nd quarter because of the start of the rainy season. Rice, which was always known as a traditional industry, is no longer in the picture as the Barrow Administration has successfully decimated that small sector. The SIB noted that over the agriculture sector suffered a 30% or $26 million loss in the first quarter. The petroleum industry, on which the Barrow Administration has anchored their Budget, has been decelerating fast. Crude oil production has fallen from 221,000 barrels of oil in the first quarter in 2013, to 170,000 barrels in 2014. It also fell by more than half since 2010, when production peaked to 385,000 barrels. “There were only two oil shipments during the quarter, causing receipts to fall by more than $17 million,” according to the SIB. Warning Signs

Unlike Avilez who advised that one should not “read too much” into the first quarter economic statistics, the BELIZE TIMES warns Belizeans that the indicators are not only a sign of the tough times, but also of tougher times to come. In 2009, Belize’s economy also contracted in the first quarter and by October the Prime Minister was declaring recession in the country. At the moment, Belize’s economy has all the characteristics of one that remains in recession – no growth and no investments. While we cannot predict with certainty that the economy will continue in the dismal state, the indicators are a warning sign of what we should expect. With no ideas coming out of Barrow’s dodo bird Cabinet, Belizeans will have to continue enduring a life of pain and hard times, watching their way of life destroyed by a bunch that put politics and self-interest ahead of the country.

03 3 UDP scavengers land on NCL deal Godwin Hulse says UDPS must get jobs Belize City, May 28, 2014 Sources have told the BELIZE TIMES that Norwegian Cruise Line officials are angry at the Barrow Government for sending an official team of UDP scavengers to demand that only UDPs should be getting jobs from their project. The head scavenger has turned out to be no other than sanctimonious Godwin Hulse who leads the UDP Cabinet Subcommittee on Investment. Hulse was instructed by the UDP National Party Council to summon NCL officials to a meeting with all UDP standard bearers from the South. Those standard bearers have been complaining that NCL was not treating them properly and their people “were not eating”. Using their authority of being in Government, the UDP have demanded that NCL officials inform UDP Standard Bearers first of any vacancies and that once their people they apply – those applications must be givContinued on page 23


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A New and Higher Standard The comments made by UDP Minister of State Mark King last week declaring that UDP’s come first, Belizeans second, and PUP’s last are not shocking to anyone who has seen and heard king during his brief and insignificant time in public life. He is loud, arrogant, brutish, and mainly just ignorant.

Nevertheless, we should not simply dismiss these comments because they came from king. No, the truth is that king’s comments reflect the thinking of Prime Minister Dean Barrow and the entire UDP Cabinet. From the beginning of his tenure as PM, Barrow essentially declared “to the victor the

spoils” and has largely supported the view that it is “UDP time fu eat”. This is the mindset of the present UDP administration. Politics above all else. Only UDP’s must benefit. Only UDP’s are good enough to get a job, to own land,

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2014 to get scholarships, to get a boost. Only UDP mothers matter on Mother’s Day. This is a sick and dangerous mentality that breeds disharmony, resentment, and anger in a society. All Belizeans must reject this approach to governing. In 2014 we must demand a new and higher standard from our political parties, one in which all our people are treated equitably, respectfully, and fairly regardless of their political persuasion. The PUP understands this and offers Belize this new and higher standard.


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Heading to the Reef! “Listen to me, when you see that group together, Esquivel, Net Vasquez and what is the next one?...Barrow…stay away from them. Take my advice. Anytime you see that group together. They have never yet been able to take us through a five year period without landing us on the reef and that is exactly where we are heading right now.” – Hubert Elrington – September 29, 2009 It is that classic statement by H. Elrington that will always remind us of the danger which the UDP is to Belize. True to his words, during the past six years of the Dean Barrow regime, Belizeans have experienced a terrible deterioration in their way of life and standard of living. Belize has been landed on the reef. Week after week, month after month, the price of food and household items at the grocery shops and supermarkets rose higher and higher. Wages for workers have gone no where. The last time wages went up, was under a PUP Government. This dire situation went from bad to worse. The health of the people was the first victim. NHI was suspended and even the primary care benefits offered during the PUP administration were severely cut back. The UDP finally decided to give life to NHI but now we see what the true purpose was, as reports of the mishandling of funds to the tune of hundreds of thousands are rearing their ugly heads. There is no safety net for Belizeans. Our hardworking monies that should be held in trust at the Social Security Fund has been abused, millions paid for some shares in the Barrow takeover of BTL, millions more went to BEL. An additional $1.7 million (that we know about) was given to the UDP candidates to use for campaign expenses in a desperation bid to buy the March 7 2012 elections. The unemployment rate has never been as high as it is today. This is most distressing at this time when thousands of graduates are preparing to join the job market. Jobless, already at 40%, will increase. The latest Statistical Institute of Belize data shows the terrible shape our agriculture industry is in. The sugar industry is facing tough times. Rice farmers have lost hope on the Government after corrupt practices of the Ministry and the Marketing Board closed them down. The productive sector has haemorrhaged with high taxation and high interest rates at the Banks which have brought business and commerce to its knees. DFC foreclosures on houses have driven scores of families out of their homes. Just last week, hundreds of homes were advertised for sale in local newspaper. What does the Government say or do about all of this? Nothing! Belize is being destroyed by the dictatorial crony capitalist Barrow regime. To mishandle foreign investors is one thing, but to abuse and treat your own people as second class citizens as Mark King has said is the UDP policy, is out of order. Belizeans across the nation are outraged. This outrage will soon result in direct action to save our country. The masses are not happy Mr. Barrow…you have failed the nation.


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TEAM KAREEM

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Clean up campaign - Trinity Primary School - Caribbean Shores

Believe A change is coming

HAVE HOPE! The PUP will Serve The People BY ORDER OF MORTGAGEE NOTICE OF INTENTION TO SELL HOLY REDEEMER CREDIT UNION LIMITED a statutory body formed and registered under the Credit Union Act, Chapter 314 of the Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2000, and whose registered office is situated at No. 1 Hyde’s Lane, Belize City, Belize District hereby gives notice of its intention to exercise its power of sale as Mortgagee under and by virtue of a Deed of Mortgage registered at the Land Titles Unit between ROY SUTHERLAND of the one part and HRCU of the other part. HRCU will at the expiration of two months from the date of the first publication of this notice sell the property described in the Schedule below. ALL offers to purchase the said property must be made in writing to Holy Redeemer Credit Union Limited from whom full particulars and conditions of sale may be obtained.

SCHEDULE ALL THAT piece or parcel or lot of land being Lot No. 7 comprising 415.515 square metres situate on Sister Therese Sparks Street (formerly Raccoon Street Extension), Belize City, Belize District now Parcel 322, Block 45, Port/Loyolaville Registration Section as shown and described on a Plan of Survey No. 1012 of 1999 drawn by Licensed Surveyor J.V. Hyde dated 25th October 1999 and being lodged and recorded at the Lands & Surveys Department in Belmopan as Entry Plan No. 3186 TOGETHER with all buildings and erections standing and being thereon, the freehold property of ROY SUTHERLAND DATED this 14 day of May 2014 th

HOLY REDEEMER CREDIT UNION LIMITED 1 HYDE’S LANE, BELIZE CITY, BELIZE Phone: (501) 224-5644 Fax: (501) 223-0738

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF BELIZE A.D. 2014 (DIVORCE)

ACTION NO: 19 (Marco Celedonio Aguirre ( Between ( AND (

Petitioner

(Alida Oneila Aguirre

TO: ALIDA ONELIA AGUIRRE TAKE NOTICE that a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage dated 31st January, 2014 endorsed with a Notice to you to appear and answer charges therein has been filed in the Supreme Court of Belize, by MARCO CELEDONIO AGUIRRE of Santa Cruz Village, Placencia Junction, Stann Creek District, Belize and that you are required within Fourteen (14) days after the second publication herein, inclusive of the day of such publication, to enter an appearance either in person or by your Attorney at the Registry of the Supreme Court, should you think fit so to do and thereafter to make answer to the charges AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that in default of your so doing the Court will proceed to hear the said charges proved and pronounce judgment your absence notwithstanding. This Petition is filed and this Notice to appear is issued by Oswald Twist of 16 Bishop Street, Belize City, Belize Attorney-at-Law for the Petitioner, MARCO CELEDONIO AGUIRRE. DATED THIS 24th day of April 2104

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WOMAN IN THE HOUSE By Dolores Balderamos Garcia

BIG UP LADYVILLE TECH!! Every week, almost every day, we are hearing of more and more instances of corruption and the abuse of public trust and misuse of public funds. It is quite dismaying, and often it is difficult to seek and to find good things that are happening in our communities. Last week I received an invitation from Ladyville Technical High School to attend a Luncheon that was held to celebrate the school’s first place finish in the Innovation Challenge that took place recently. I was happy to RSVP right away, as I have visited the school, its Principal, faculty and students and the campus as a whole. I have been very

impressed. At around midday on Thursday, May 22nd in the school’s dining hall a sumptuous meal was served to the successful students, faculty, a few parents and the other invited guests. The cooks and servers were all staff and students of the catering and hospitality programs. Also in attendance was chairman of Ladyville Tech’s Board of Directors, Mr. Mariano Williams. We greatly enjoyed an appetizer, full meal, dessert and an original natural fruit juice created by the students themselves, and we were welcomed by Principal Diane Wesby. Thereafter, teacher Louis Underwood described the waste management project that the win-

ning students had put together and presented as their winning entry. The participating students, whose names I am very proud to mention, are Ryan Staine, Malachi Everett, Gina Barnett, Sarkis Flowers and Kevaughn Vasquez. They also spoke about the project and how they created it with the guidance of Mr. Underwood. All those in attendance congratulated the students themselves and their mentors, as well as Principal Wesby, Vice Principal Ardeth Rudon and the staff on a job well done. Ladyville Tech, as it is known for short, opened its doors fifteen years ago through the vision of Hon. Ralph Fonseca, Mr. Luis Alpuche, Ms. Vincent Parks and other leaders who saw the need for a high school in the Ladyville area. Since then it has grown to a student enrollment of over 400 students and from strength to strength under the firm guidance and leadership of Ms. Wesby. It is known as an institution that encourages strong discipline, and it has various technical courses in its curriculum in addition to the usual academic disciplines. Students must take one or more of the technical training courses such as hospitality, catering, sewing, woodwork, animal-husbandry, plumbing and electrical training. And the school, through its sports instructor, Daniel Smith, has also recently done

07 7 admirably in various sporting disciplines such as softball and track and field both at home and abroad. I asked Principal Wesby whether graduates of Ladyville Tech have been able to find employment once they have completed their course of study and graduated. I was extremely happy to hear her reply that almost without exception Ladyville Tech’s graduates have been able to find and keep employment once they leave the school. I believe that their technical training has made all the difference. But also not to be overlooked at all is the existence of sound and sterling leadership. Kudos are very much in order to Principal and Vice Principal Wesby and Rudon, and to all the Board, faculty and staff. Ladyville Tech is a top notch high school. To use boxing terminology it is punching way above its category, and it is a shining light in secondary education and technical and vocational training. Keep up the good work Ms. Wesby and all your associates. Belize Rural Central and indeed all of Belize can surely use more professionals like you, who take your calling as teachers and administrators as a sacred vocation. Best wishes for the future of fifteen year old Ladyville Technical High School!!


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Paid some in Shillings…but Brother B Wants all! Belize City, May 28, 2014 On Tuesday morning Edmond Castro’s attorney, Denys Barrow, was paid with almost 10,000 shillings held inside two pillow cases by Belize Rural North constituent Trevor Vernon. The shillings were valued at $2,489.50 and delivered to his lofty Coney Drive law firm by Vernon as payment towards the $5,000 court cost involved in the Supreme Court case against Castro. But it was not enough for Barrow. The attorney/ brother of Prime Minister Barrow was apparently irked by Vernon’s actions and he applied to the Court for a writ of execution which was granted to him. With this writ, Barrow instructed a Supreme Court bailiff to travel to Burrell Boom and find Trevor Vernon’s house on Wednesday. Once there, the bailiff identified Vernon’s belongings to be sold off by the Court if he is unable to pay the remaining $2,510.50 within five days. It seems Brother B is hell bent on getting all his money. This, after Barrow was hell bent on getting Castro’s trial dismissed at whatever cost. Castro was accused by Vernon of violating his oath of office when he misused public funds belonging to the Belize Airport Authority. This scandal was exposed by the BELIZE TIMES in January 2014, when cheques valued at tens of thousands of dollars were issued to Castro for personal and political purposes. Castro claimed that he needed the money because he is a “poor man”. Barrow said it was

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“ill-advised” and “distasteful…but not corrupt”. But there is a rising tide that Brother B won’t be able to rescue Castro from. This is that Belize Rural North has turned against Edmond Castro. The 10,000 shillings paid by Vernon were monies derived from donations from residents who have had enough of Castro’s distasteful actions. The next 10,000 plus shillings will also come from BRN voters who have had enough of the tilapia Minister.

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PUP Statement on Passing of Hon. Marcial Mes Belize City, May 27, 2014 The People’s United Party records its profound sadness on the passing of the Hon. Marcial Mes. Hon. Mes served as the duly elected Representative for Toledo West from 1998 to 2008 and served in the administration of Prime Minister Said Musa as Minister of Rural Development and Culture. Marcial Mes was the first full Mayan Belizean to serve in the

Cabinet and will be long remembered by our Party and the people of Southern Belize for his dedicated efforts to bring water, electricity, education, and healthcare to many of the most remote rural communities in Belize. Marcial was a humble, decent man. We honor his life of service to his people, Party, and country, and extend our deepest sympathies to his wife, children, and family at this time of loss.


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Tommy Lee Sparta is one of the first dancehall artists to be deported from another country in recent times. He is taking the Dominican government to court after being deported from the Caribbean island in February. Tommy Lee, whose real name is Leroy Russell, along with three members of his entourage were deported from Dominica on February 24 this year just hours after arriving in the country for a concert. Authorities in Dominica says the 26 year-old dancehall star posed a security risk to the country. But Tommy Lee’s lawyer Burt Samuels has filed documents in the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to force the Dominican government to compensate the artist.

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BES wins Belize District volleyball championships Belize City, May 23, 2014 Belize Elementary School girls and boys are the undisputed 2014 Belize District Volleyball primary school champions. They were undefeated throughout the competition. The female team won over the Holy Redeemer School girls 25-12 and 25-10 on Tuesday, May 27, to secure their 4th district championship. In the boys’ final, the BES boys won over Crooked Tree Government School 25-14 and 25-20. BES is now preparing for the nationals which will be held in Belize on Friday, June 6.

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Smart No Limits upset Western Ballaz 54-48 San Ignacio, May 23, 2014 SMART No Limits of Belize City pulled off a surprize upset: 82-60 over the second ranked Cayo Western Ballaz when the National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) playoffs began at the Sacred Heart College auditorium last Friday night, May 23. Andrew Ortiz and Greg “Chippy” Rudon led the SMART offensive to lead by 6 points, but Cayo recovered to narrow the led to 24-22 at the half. The Cayo team was without their shooting star Richard Troyer, and SMART No Limits took it away in the 2nd half. In the other playoff matchup, the undefeated San Pedro Tigersharks posted their 15th win: 79-60 over the Belmopan Bandits at the San Pedro High School auditorium on La Isla Bonita on Saturday night. Upcoming games (Friday night) SMART No Limits vs. Cayo Western Ballaz, Bird’s isle Tigersharks vs. Belmopan Bandits, UB gymnasium

Greg Rudon scored 18pts

Site 7 boys, Compre girls & YWAM U-17 win Belmopan Mundialito football championships Belmopan, May 25, 2014 The Site 7 (England) U-13, Belmopan Comprehensive girls (Croatia) and Youth With A Mission YWAM U-17 (Netherlands FC) won the Belmopan Mundialito football championships in the finals at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium on Sunday. In the under-13 Kids finals, Site 7 (England) boys blasted the YWAM U-13 (Venezuela) 3-1 in a penalty shootout with MVP Jovaun Ramos, Naheem Gentle and Edwin Ramos scoring for site 7, while Best Goalkeeper Devin Nunez stopped 3 penalties to shut out Site 7 team the YWAM boys. In the consolation game for 3rd place on Saturday, Italy won 1-0 over France with Brentt Dubon scoring in the 2nd minute. In the female finals, the Belmopan Comprehensive School (Croatia) won 2-0 over San Martin (Mexico) with goals by Ana Arias in the 1st half, and by MVP Jerlin Salazar on a free kick in the 2nd half. France won 3-2 over Spain in a penalty shootout for 3rd place. In the under-17 Youth championships, the YWAM U-17

YWAM U17 team

Compre girls team

(Netherlands) boys blasted Salvapan (Brazil): 4-2 in a penalty shootout with MVP Einsley Perez, John Banner, Eduardo Valencia and Alexander Scott scoring for YWAM while Best Goalkeeper Cesar Gonzalez stopped Salvapan’s 1st try, and only Kevin Zetina and Walter Moran converted for Salvapan, Salvapan’s 4th kicker sent his shot sailing over the crossbar. In the consolation game for 3rd place on Saturday: Spain won 3-0 over England with goals by Andy Ake in the 12th minute, Jairo Lopez in the 22nd minute and Juan Reyes in the 42nd minute. Individual awards (U-13): Jovaun Ramos - Most Valuable Player Devin Nunez - Best Goalkeeper Tahj Reid (Italy) - Most Goals: 6 Individual awards (Female): Julie Ramirez (Croatia) - Best Goalkeeper Jerlin Salazar - Most Valuable Player Ana Arias - Most Goals: 14 Individual awards (U-17): Eisnley Perez - Most Valuable Player Cesar Gonzalez - Best Goalkeeper Naim Wilson - Most Goals: 9


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THE BELIZE THE BELIZE TIMESTIMES 2014 2014 Ladyville Rising Stars Strikers toppled Brown Bomb-

lead SMART Mundialito

Belize City, May 24, 2014 The undefeated Ladyville Rising Stars are No. 1 and undefeated in the 2014 SMART Mundialito as they went on to defeat Third

World on Saturday. Meanwhile the London Strikers upset the defending champs Brown Bombers 1-0 at the MCC Garden. The

Ladyville Rising Stars

ers 1-0 with a goal by 2nd half substitute Jose Castellanos. The City Boys blasted Mundialito rookies, Height FC, 2-0 with goals by Denzel Carr and Maynor Batiz, both in the 1st half. The Collet Strikers and Hattieville United Youth Sporting Club drew 0-0. The winless Ladyville Jaguars and Carlston FC drew 0-0. Upcoming matches (Saturday, May 31): Third World vs. Ladyville Jaguars Collet Strikers vs. Brown Bombers Hattieville United vs. Carlston FC Heights FC vs. London Strikers City Boys Jrs. vs. Rising Stars

Team Digicell 4G won Weekend Warriors’ Sand Hill race Sand Hill Village, May 25, 2014 Team Digicell 4G’s Robert Mariano won the “A” Division, Isaiah Willacey won the “B” Division and Steve Yearwood won the “C” division of the Weekend Warriors Sand Hill race on Sunday, May 25. The A and B division rode 50 miles from Leslie’s Imports on the George Price Highway, via the Hattieville to Burrell Boom bypass road to the Philip Goldson Highway to the turning point at Garbutt’s farm at mile 25, and back, finishing in front of the Sand Hill community center, while the C division rode the 34 miles directly to Sand Hill. A Division (50 miles) 1st Robert Mariano – Digicel 4G 1:59:33 2nd Dean Belisle – Team SMART 3rd Stephen Bissett – Team BNE/ CDS Gas 4th Daniel Cano – Digicel 4G

5th James Frampton – Team Santino’s “Ride to Glory” 6th Kenneth Butler 7th Sean Howard 8th Fitzgerald “Palas” Joseph 9th Vallan Symns B Division (50 miles) Isaiah Willacey – Digicel 4G 2nd Geoffrey Waight – Stationery House/Medina’s Jewelry 3rd Kevin Hope – Digicel 4G C division (34 miles) 1st Steve Yearwood – Digicel 4G 1:22:53 2nd Clarence Tesecum – Team BCB/ FT Williams 3rd Devon Lozano - Digicel 4G 1:23:37 4th Steve Gill – Team SMART 1:27:51 5th Valentine Sosa – 1:29:53 6th Steve Mckoy – Truckers Posse 7th Curtis Bradley – 1:39:10

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Bjarne Gabourel scored Rising Stars’ 1st goal

Belize Bank Bulldogs, BEL Powersockets, Guardian/NSC win Interoffice softball games Belize City, May 24, 2014 The Belize Bank Bulldogs, Guardian/National Sports Council and BEL Powersockets won their Belize City interoffice softball games held at the Rogers Stadium over the weekend. The Belize Bank Bulldogs squeezed out Customs/Central Bank: 10-9 with Mike Rivero and Norman Middleton scoring 2 runs each for the bulldogs, while Chris McGann, Varella, Rosado, Rivero Middleton, Tyra Moreira pitcher Jacqueline Bailey and Shane Pollard each scored 1 run. Customs’ Kareem Michael and Luis Alpuche each scored 3 runs, while Keemar King, Sasha Brown and Efrain “Beep” Phillips each scored 1 run. The Guardian/NSC team outlasted Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital 11-9. Brian “Yellowman” Audinett and Shaquille Moody

scored 3 runs each, while Shana Robinson, Rodney Lord, Reginald “Tappa” Flowers, Shane Williams and Jamal Jones scored 1 run each. KHMH’s Kiri Lizama, Dwayne Willacey and Eraim Dominguez scored 2 runs each, while Omar Martinez, Roy Briceno and Ricardo Hermoso scored 1 run each. BEL Powersockets walloped the Ministry of Education/Belize Water Services 18-6 by mercy rule in 4 innings. The Powersockets collected 11 hits off Shantel Flowers’ pitching and Jason Bennett scored 4 runs. Reynaldo Duran and pitcher Denise Gillett’s scored 3 runs each, while relief pitcher Melissa Forman, Glenford “Mack-10” Flowers, Mark Cassasola and Godsden Ferguson scored 2 runs each. For MOE/BWS, Nicole Arnold, Joe Domingo, Earl Noralez, Jeremy McCulloch Ryan Bennett and Fiona Rivero scored 1 run each.

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Dangriga Town, May 25, 2014 In its ongoing commitment to the development of Dangriga, the Dangriga Town Council is in the completion stages of opening a beautiful thatch kiosk on “Y NOT Island”. This is the first of two kiosks planned for the “Y NOT Island”, which will offer employment to enterprising Dangriganas as well as offer a relaxing atmosphere for patrons. Plans are also underway for the upgrade and improvement of the Havana Creek area in line with the Belize Municipal Development Project (BMDP). A rendering of what is envisioned for the area has been completed. This major infrastructural project will stimulate economic growth through tourism and it will also make the entire Havana Creek area more aesthetically pleasing. The hard work continues and Mayor Gilbert Swaso and his Councilors are ready, able and prepared to take on the challenges in order to make Dangriga better for all its residents and visitors.

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Author, Poet Maya Angelou Dies

May 28, 2014 Maya Angelou, the celebrated poet, writer and activist who rose from a childhood of poverty in Arkansas to become an American literary icon, died Wednesday morning at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C., at

the age of 86. Born in 1928 as Marguerite Johnson, Ms. Angelou led a multitude of lives. She drove a streetcar in San Francisco, was a newspaper editor in Egypt and worked as a cook and a prostitute when she was a destitute single mother. She wrote television and movie screenplays, performed on the stage as a singer, dancer and actor and released an album of Calypso music. But Ms. Angelou will be remembered above all as the “people’s poet,” a towering public figure and literary icon whose words seem to appear everywhere—spoken at a presidential inauguration, stamped on Hallmark greeting cards and, on the day she died, cascading on Twitter and Facebook as millions commemorated her life and work.

NOTICE It has come to the attention of the Sisters of Mercy, Belize, that there is a person claiming to be a Sister of Mercy, and authorized to solicit funds on behalf of the Sisters. The Sisters of Mercy hereby inform the public that this is a hoax. Please disregard all such requests or solicitations. Sincerely, Sister Mercy Cervantes, RSM Sisters of Mercy, Belize

MARCIAL G. MES Sunrise: October 31st 1949 Sunset: May 26th 2014

For Immediate Release ~Psalms 23:1-6~ The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Amen.

Predeceased by his mother Rosalia Cal Mes and daughter Erlinda Mes. Survived by his wife Odelia Mes, his father Bartolo Mes, three sons: Luis Mes, Estevan Mes, Orlando Mes, four daughters: Rosita Bo, Felicia Clements, Elena Mes, Isabella Mes, seven grandchildren, daughters-in-law and sons-in-law, three sisters: Amelia Oh, Donicia Cabral and Patricia Sho and a host of nieces and nephews. Wake will be held on Thursday 29th at San Marcos village. Funeral services will be held at the Roman Catholic Church in San Pedro Columbia at 10:00 AM on Friday May 30th, 2014.

Wednesday May 28th 2014 Fultec Systems is committed to providing all our customers with the highest quality in technological products and our success over the years has been driven by our core values of Respect, Loyalty and Integrity. We are currently in the process of migrating to a new Business Management Platform. This solution, which will be implemented on June 2nd 2014, will automate and integrate our key business functions in financials, operations and human resources. Our new business management solution will be accompanied by tighter protocols, engineered to protect our valued and loyal customers and the integrity of the way Fultec Systems Ltd. does business. Today’s announcement is far-reaching, as it will be a realignment of our company’s internal processes that will enable us to offer innovative solutions with greater speed, and efficiency in an ever evolving technological world. The impact that Fultec Systems Ltd. has made in Belize these past 21 years is undeniable. During our tenure, customer service excellence and satisfaction has always been, and will always be one of the critical competitive advantages for us. Despite the challenges small enterprises such as us face on an everyday basis, Fultec Systems Ltd. remains your trusted source for technological products and solutions, and we will continue to offer the highest quality products at the most affordable prices.


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Reid UDP Hegemony By G. Michael Reid “Like those who dine well off the plainest dishes, he made use of humble incidents to teach great truths, and after serving up a story he adds to it the advice to do a thing or not to do it. Then, too, he was really more attached to truth than the poets are; for the latter do violence to their own stories in order to make them probable; but he by announcing a story which everyone knows not to be true, told the truth by the very fact that he did not claim to be relating real events ~ philosopher Apollonius of Tyana speaking about Aesop: Aesop was a slave in ancient Greece who lived around the time of 6th Century B.C. He was famous for his storytelling and fables that have been handed down through time in his name. Many of us as children grew up reading Aesop’s Fables and drew valuable life lessons from them. One popular fable told by Aesop dealt with a man whose sons often quarreled among themselves. To show them the benefit of working together, the man gets a bundle of sticks, tie them together and tasked each of them to break the bundle in two. As expected, none of the brothers could break the sticks when they were tied together. The man then untied the bundle and gave them each a single stick which they could then easily break. In explaining the moral of the story, the man tells the young men: “My sons, if you are of one mind, and unite to assist each other, you will be as this bundle, uninjured by all the attempts of your enemies; but if you are divided among yourselves, you will be broken as easily as these sticks.” The Bible gives a similar lesson when in Mark 3:25, Jesus says to his disciples: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.” It is a time tested and proven truism that has endured for thousands of years and remains an important life lesson to learn.

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ago, Leader of the Opposition Francis Fonseca was asked to describe the difference between the PUP and the UDP. Mr. Fonseca responded that while Dean Barrow and the UDP did not get it, he and the PUP certainly did. What the UDP cannot seem to get is that Belizeans are tired of the same old same oh system of governance. This political tribalism cannot continue forever and ever. Belizeans must be first, second and third reUnfortunately, it is a lesson that gardless of blue, red or unattached. seems to have eluded those politicians Belizeans first period! currently governing Belize. In a stateOf course this mindset is deeply ment last Thursday evening, Minister entrenched in the mantra of United of State Mark King publicly acknowlDemocratic Party. In a forum of past edged that his government is engaged and present Prime Ministers held in in political favoritism. King proudly pro2011, Dean Barrow had this to say, claimed that whenever he has goods “It’s wishful thinking to ever imagand services to deliver, it is “UDP ine that there will come a time first, Belizeans second and PUP’s when the spoils system in politics last.” When it was pointed out to him will cease to operate. I remember on facebook that people were taking when I was part of the first U.D.P. offense he retorted, “I know what I general election victory. There was said, I meant what I said and there that fellow, Tony Best, a journalist will be no retraction”. from Barbados—well known; he King’s comments were endorsed writes across the West Indies— and defended by no less than Godwin who was here and I confessed my Hulse who offered this sentiment, “It upset over the fact that as a government, we seemed to be determined to reWhat the UDP cannot seem to get is that ward friends. Perhaps not Belizeans are tired of the same old same oh necessarily punish the ensystem of governance. This political tribalism emy but certainly reward friends. And he said to me; cannot continue forever and ever. Bebut get real. How else can you expect to win anothlizeans must be first, second and third er election? If the people regardless of blue, red or unattached. who vote for you, especially in those historical Belizeans first period! circumstances where they had been for the opposition parties; this long, prolong, of and I have Belizeans to hire so on can’t be that you have a UDP govextended drought; how can you that end I am very clear that I will apernment…and all the jobs are going expect not to contend with the ply to any international interest, any to PUP supporters who will reap fact that those that voted for you local interest, any government interthe benefit - it can’t be”. According expect you to—I’ll put it crudeest in terms of tendering for security Hulse, “we are in a political climate ly—recognize that it is their turn that is my business.” Actually, no Mark and that has to be understood”. Innow.” King, it is not your business. The people terestingly enough, Godwin Hulse Well Mr. Barrow, Belizeans are of Lake Independence did not elect you was at the top of his voice for years, not buying that line anymore. It not to do your business; they elected you to screaming that this very “political cliyour turn now, it is our turn now! All do the people’s business. What you are mate” had to be changed. Of course, of us demand to be included in the doing is a direct conflict of interest. In he was not then “a part of the team”, sharing of this proverbial pie. Belize other countries, people go to jail for less or at least he led us to believe that he is too small for such hegemony and than that. Using “insider information” is wasn’t. He certainly was not openly if we do not all rise together, well unethical, corrupt and if not illegal then it reaping the handsome financial gains then surely will we all fall together. should be. For GOD’s sake, stop it! that come with inclusion to that very So is it written! In an interview about a year or so powerful and exclusive “team”. Hulse went on to explain that “Let us be real here, we are in a real world, in a country, in a real political system - when the PUP people gets the job, if they were to get all the jobs they will give the credit to their representative. Their representatives when they win the government if they do win they will be the one benefiting. Our people have a right to say but Jesus Christ, how come we didn’t even know? How nobody didn’t fixed it up?” Of course by “our people” Godwin Hulse was talking about UDP supporters. UDP supporters are supposed to be in a special bracket, above any other type of Belizeans. Remember now, the PUPs should be the last to be considered and this is why Godwin Hulse led his team of Cabinet members to meet with the executive of Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL). Apparently they had to “fix it up” so that NCL understood just who should and should not be considered for hired once that project gets off the ground. Mark King, who holds the portfolio of Minister of State for in the Ministry of Human Development and Poverty Alleviation, also admitted to the press that he had his own personal stake in the matter. King, who owns a security company, confirmed that his company had applied for a contract to provide services to NCL. King, referring to himself in the third person explained that “Yeah but Mark King is very clear that also I have a life to live and I have bills to pay and I have children to take care


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Belize City, May 23, 2014 If the unadulterated trash that came out of the mouth of UDP representative Mark King was not such a serious and callous statement, we would consider it another episode of his usual crude comedy. But the truth is that his “UDPs first, Belizeans second, PUPs last” comment hit a nerve in all right-thinking Belizeans who thought they had seen and heard

the worst of the UDP with the likes of Gaspar “Not Normal” Vega, Pablo “KHMH Babies” Marin and Elvin “Passport” Penner. The truth is, also, that King was speaking first as a UDP area representative and then on behalf of his Leader – reiterating a position that Dean Barrow had already publicly declared at the start of his term in 2008 when he stated that “to the victor goes the spoils”, later followed by his defense of the mass firings in the Ministry of Education and his warning that there will be cases of “collateral damage” because “it is our turn”. But King’s crass talking seems more revolting. It could be that Belizeans are become less and less tolerant of the UDP’s disrespect of our people and their constant, ruthless attacks on our democracy. It could also be that it’s not always just about the message, but the messenger too. You see, King has been riding a high horse ever since he won an election by mere luck. He crawled out of mud just before entering politics a few years ago. He was a nobody (polit-

ically speaking) who now wants to live the life of a King while everyone else should be a subservient. The irony of it all though is that King, while he was a nobody, got the break of his life when he obtained a loan through Youth For the Future’s entrepreneurship programme to start his first security company under a PUP Government. Yes, under a PUP Government!! The loan for King was approved without anyone asking if he were UDP or PUP. He went on to open his company and run for City Council elections. King’s miniature success in life can be attributed to the PUP – a party that does not practice the tribalism which the UDP endorses. So even with his own life story being a lesson worth learn-

17 ing, this UDP idiot had the face of brass to talk about discriminating Belizeans based on who is UDP and who is PUP. We must note that not a single UDP representative, nor their Secretariat, has distanced themselves from the statement made by Mark King. This means that the UDP has embraced this foolish policy which says that Belizeans will be marked and punished simply for being Belizeans or for being PUPs.


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Maslow’s Needs, Philanthropy, and Status Symbols Contributed Abraham Harold Maslow, in 1954, theorized that there are five interdependent levels of basic human needs (or motivators). The first, most pressing, and lowest needs on the list are the physiological needs to stay alive with food and water, to reproduce, and to feel safe and secure. No other need is important if these basic needs are not met. They are followed by social needs for love, belonging, self-esteem, to feel worthy, respected, and to have status in society. At the highest level are self-actualization needs of self-fulfilment and achievement. Belize’s socialites, led by “First Lady” Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow provide a good case study at the level of Maslow’s social needs for love, belonging, self-esteem, the need to feel respected and to have social and celebrity status. Modern socialites have an insatiable need for status, and philanthropy is the new status symbol. According to The New York Times, socialites spend between $98,000 (U.S. dollars) and $455,000 U.S. per year to maintain their roles. Just the evening wardrobe of an individual regularly attending society functions can cost $100,000 annually. Most times these designer clothes and handbags are made in sweatshops overseas, by women and children, denied living wages. A perusal of the internet reveals an abundance of pictures of Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow in her role as Belize’s foremost celebrity and philanthropist. There

Liquor License NOTICES Notice is hereby given that GLENFORD STAMP is applying for a Beer Liquor License to be operated at “Stamp’s Shop”, situate at 37 Dean Street, Belize City, Belize District under the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that MITCHELL QUIGLEY is applying for a Publican General Liquor License to be operated at “Bayside Distributors Ltd.”, situate at 5 Miles Phillip Goldson Highway, Belize District under the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that NANCY ALAMILLA is applying for a Bar & Restaurant Liquor License to be operated at “Tropical”, situate at 39 Fonseca Street, Orange Walk Town, Orange Walk District under the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that ILCIA LEVI GARCIA is applying for a Malt and Cider Liquor License to be operated at “Dora’s Cool Spot”, situate at San Antonio Road, Orange Walk Town, Orange Walk District under the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.

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is a plethora of scripted interviews on the Huffington Post website, Complexd Woman, and other sites, and submitted articles purporting that Lifeline Foundation is the “most acclaimed NGO” in Belize, creating an impression that the Special Envoy is the greatest known benefactor of women and children in Belize. The kind of media hype tends to undermine the efforts of hardworking, ordinary people working for Belize’s longstanding and essential NGOs such as BFLA, Hand in Hand Ministries, Youth Enhancement Services (YES), YMCA, YWCA, Red Cross, BCVI, Toledo Maya Women’s Association, B.E.R.T., and a hundred others compete unfairly with the Prime Minister’s wife for increasingly scarce funds. The First Lady is hailed as a champion in the fight against cancer which landed her on the cover of the Women of Strength issue of Complexd Woman online magazine. In contrast, Juliet Soberanis, founder of the Belize Cancer Society (and founding member of the National Organization for Prevention of Child Abuse), remains inconspicuous, in the shadow of Mrs. Barrow. There are numerous role models in Belize who provide examples of Maslow’s highest level of self-actualization. Former first ladies, Mrs. Joan Musa, who dedicated a life time to BCVI, and Mrs. Kathy Esquivel, first president of the National Women’s Commission( and former chair of the National Aids Commission), are good examples of women who led selfless lives of public service, without taking a photo for every charitable deed. There are Jesuit educators, Pallottine Nuns, Joan Burke of BFLA, Yvette Burke of BERT, Sister Elsa Oliva of Stella Maris, countless men and women who have dedicated their whole lives to the public service throughout Belize. Charles Dickens harshly criticized those “do-gooders” whose so called “philanthropy” served their vanity rather than the poor. In Bleak House, Dickens

describes Mrs. Pardiggle with her rapacious benevolence, the predecessor of our modern socialites and our First Lady of Bling. Pope Francis and other religious leaders are increasingly denouncing the global financial system, the deified market that tyrannizes the poor, turning humans into expendable consumer goods. Mrs. Barrow is the first lady of a developing country and she is sending the wrong signals with her lifestyle example. There is a subtle implication that ordinary citizens are unsophisticated, uncouth, and classless nobodies, unless featured on the worldwide web and international glamour magazines, attend lavish “fund-raising” galas, or attend her “obligatory for public servants” 20,000 strong political rallies. She flaunts a lifestyle of lavish spending on goods and services for the sole purpose of social status, a behavior social scientist Thorstein Veblen, termed “conspicuous consumption”. The very conspicuous Special Envoy introduces lifestyle envy to Belize, promoting lifestyle norms well beyond our incomes by promoting the lifestyles of the rich and famous as superior and enviable. In Belize, poverty and inequality is growing. This is because of an unsustainable debt-led, consumption promoting and import-intensive economic growth strategy. We live in a global financial system which is a Ponzi scheme. It promotes infinite growth, infinite profits and infinite consumption. Mainstream media and commercial advertising subtly persuades us to desire what we don’t need. It promotes excessive consumption which leads to the acquiring of status symbols: bigger houses, more expensive cars, Hummers, designer clothing, Apple computers, the latest I-phone, I-pods, and overfilled drawers. To live is to consume, but excessive consumerism crosses boundaries, affecting the needs of others. The Inspiration Centre is a multi-million dollar complex built with private and public funds. It was not a donation from Kim Kardashian or Angelina Jolie. It will require a budget with operating expenses, repairs and maintenance, insurance, salaries, social security, equipment and assets, telephone, water and electricity bills which is unsustainable, if managed by any NGO dedicated to the rehabilitation of special needs children. The Inspiration Centre is a “dream satisfied”, proof of superior status, and, an example of excessive consumerism that crosses boundaries affecting funds available for Stella Maris and the Special Education Unit, the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, BFLA, and other bona fide NGO’s in Belize. If we are to improve domestic capacity and Belize’s track record of development, then we must unsubscribe from the unsustainable lifestyles proffered by our local wannabe’s, self-constructed attempts at celebrity at the expense of the public purse. If we are to increase trust and cohesiveness in our Belizean society then we must embrace the examples of our numerous Beliz-

2014 eans, who without public adulation and self-flattery, eke out a miserable but self-fulfilling existence with meager pay, in schools, hospitals, public service facilities, and NGO’s throughout the country. These are ordinary people with uncommon grace, kindness, generosity, benevolence and compassion despite the most undesirable working conditions, who provide us with an example of Maslow’s highest level of self-actualization.

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tion Mr. Carlos Moreno announces that he will support the Gay Agenda, which will take away my most cherished rights and quickly re-colonize and enslave me and my country? The Gay Agenda will quickly destroy freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of conscience. Do I need to prove this after the experience of Mr. Bain, U.W.I. professor who only gave scientific information about the dangers of the homosexual lifestyle? Is this not what scientists should do? So what has happened to academic freedom? What does freedom of speech mean? The Gay Agenda threatens and will destroy the very principles upon which democracy has been built. Freedom of speech is what makes democracy possible, because criticism exercises a corrective and leveling influence so that the rich and powerful are made aware that all men are equal before the law, and there is no elitism or social privilege in a democracy. This is one of the great dangers of the Gay Agenda: it will create a class that may criticise you but cannot be criticized. They will become the new aristocracy. This is repugnant to the concept of democracy. In Christian charity I say welcome to Carlos Moreno. Unfortunately, he has characterised himself to me not as a true friend but as new Conquistador, bent on re-colonization, instead of building bridges for a new age of equality in friendship. Therefore, when he extends his hands to give, I will see the duplicity of the conqueror attempting to trick me as his forebears deceived our ancient Amerindian ancestors. The perception of my black brothers will be worse: his extended hands will invoke the visions of the chains of slavery. Alas and alack! I never thought I would grow to despise America! Signed: Paul Rodriguez Editor’s Note:


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Recipe of the week

Homestyle Jerk Chicken Looking for something a little different to treat Dad to this Father’s Day? Well, if you can’t make it to Nan’s Sports Grill why not try your hand at making jerk chicken. Ingredients 1 Scotch bonnet or habanero chile, stemmed 1 bunch scallions, cut into pieces 2 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme 2 tablespoons packed dark-brown sugar 1 tablespoon ground allspice 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce 2 tablespoons lime juice 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for grill 3 1/2 to 4 pounds chicken pieces Salt and pepper to taste Directions In a food processor, puree chile, scallions, garlic, thyme, brown sugar, allspice, soy sauce, lime juice, and oil. In a large zip-top bag, toss chicken with paste. Refrigerate at least 1 hour (or up to 1 day). Heat a grill or grill pan to medium-low. Clean and lightly oil hot grill. Season chicken with salt and pepper; grill, covered, turning often to prevent charring, until cooked through, 45 to 50 minutes. Serve with your favourite side dishes such as rich and beans, potato salad, a fresh garden salad and a cold beer.


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Father’s Day is Sunday, June 15th! At MKC we’re honouring all the great Dads and father figures starting this week. Join us!

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High School Graduation Season 2014 Featuring: St. Catherine’s Academy, Belize High, Canaan SDA High and Ladyville Technical High

By Alton F. Humes (Freelance Reporter) BELIZE CITY, Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 St. Catherine’s Academy will have their graduation on Saturday, May 31st, 2014 at the Ramada Princess Hotel in Belize City. According to Principal Ms. Salome Tillett, 121 out of 127 students will take that march down those isles. The Valedictorian is 17-year-old Ms. Lina Huang (with a grade average of 98. 1%), the Salutatorian is 15-year-old Ms. Anita Wu (with a Grade Average of 97.2%), and the 3rd place will be 16-year-old Ms. Maria J. Martinez (with a Grade Average of 95.6%). The BELIZE TIMES managed, in the harried midst of their preparations for Graduation, to secure an interview with the top three at the Hudson Street campus on Wednesday. The trio, all representing the class of 4SG (Science/General) are young by age, but certainly mature by spirit. They have not only navigated the 4-year ‘rollercoaster’ called high school, but also survived and even thrived and exceeded the highest of heights to stand where they are today. All three are aiming for and meeting excellence plans to study abroad. Lina will attend Syracuse University in New York, USA and major in either Finance or International Business, with hopes to join the ‘big money game’ on Wall Street. Anita will be studying Accounting just north of her, and dreams of becoming an Accountant. But it’s Maria, the scion of doctors, who plans to follow in her parents’ footsteps, studying in Merida, Mexico at the Universidad Anahwac Mayab. And like her parents, she’s thinking big, planning to specialize in either plastic surgery or invasive cardiology. Speaking of parents, when it comes to inspiration for the success they will be celebrating on Saturday, it’s all over the place – parents, the SCA teachers, even the Valedictorian herself has inspired competition from her nearest rival, with Anita admitting that “Lina inspired me to fight and get to a higher level.” So what are their feelings about graduating from the historic institution? All three, without much overkill to it, said they were more than proud to join such a historic lineage of academic excellence, with Lina summing it up simply like this: “I’ll DEFINITELY miss this school….” Anita and Maria both concur, Anita admitting the time in school “[went by] like the blink of an eye… so quick” and Maria saying she’s ‘looking forward’ to being a future graduate of the institution and called it “a BIG deal…very nice”. And as for their advice to their fellow youth, Lina kept it simple: “Work hard and dream BIG!” Anita shared two key pieces of advice: “They told me I couldn’t; that’s why I DID” and “Always cherish your moments, because you don’t know when it will be over….” For Maria, it boils down to these: “Take life one step at a time…” and “Don’t give up on your goals, work towards them”. Pride and Honor reigns supreme at Belize High School on Mercy Lane. In just their 2nd graduating class as an institution, with 31 students marching up on Saturday, June 7th at the Belize Elementary School (BES) Gymnasium at 6:00 p.m. Principal, Mrs. Jamie Lee Usher, refers to the grad-

Maria J. Martinez, Lina Huang & Anita Wu

Alexis Musa, Jeremy Quinto, Tala Safa & Jodie Shen

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uating class as a “pioneering class”, since it is the first 4-year term completed in the school’s history. Leading their ranks are 4 bright, if not uniquely contrasting individuals that bolster the school’s notable motto, “Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow”. They are: Ms. Alexis Musa (Valedictorian, of Class 4T, with a GPA of 4.5), Mr. Jeremy Quinto (Salutatorian, of Class 4W), Ms. Tala Safa (who holds the 3rd highest GPA) and Ms. Jodie

Shen (holds the 4th highest GPA, and will be giving the introduction at the Graduation Ceremony). If nothing else, Ms. Musa and Mr. Quinto are close friends, closer rivals and contrast as much as they agree – the brainy and ambitious 17-year-old, Belize City-born-andraised Alexis, with a penchant for individuality, and 17-year-old Jeremy - the super-cool, studious one. But beneath all of those traits are two hard-working, don’t-know-

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2014 the-meaning-of-quit students, who both sat with the BELIZE TIMES for an interview last Thursday. Alexis plans to go to SJC Junior College, major in Accounting and dreams of being a corporate lawyer, while Jeremy plans to study Astronomy at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, USA in hopes of working in space exploration and research. And in the age-old question of who inspires their success, they seem to agree on that too – their parents. For Alexis, it’s her mom, because “she always pushes me to do better…. [she really] inspires me.” For Jeremy, while he has a strict father pushing him to work, Mom’s somewhat more reasonable, which make their continued support ‘balance out’. At Canaan Seventh-Day Adventist High School, on Coney Drive, the students are achieving big things. Their graduating class is proof of that, with 57 graduates out of 63 students (24 girls and 33 boys) to march up at the Ramada Princess Hotel in Belize City on Sunday, June 1st, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. Leading this class of 2014 are: Mr. Erick Morales (Valedictorian, of Class 4Academic (II), with a grade average of 95.9%), Mr. Jose Guardado (Salutatorian, also of 4Academic (II), with a grade average of 94.1%), and Ms. Joshanna Jesse (3rd place). The BELIZE TIMES interviewed the top 2 last Friday, and like their fellows at Belize High, there are contrasts and similarities between them. While Morales and Guardado both worked extremely hard to get to where they stand now, they did so not only as the children of immigrants (both have families originally hailing from Guatemala and El Salvador respectively), but also battling the rigors of high success and almost failure. For the 18-year-old Morales, he wanted to leave Canaan after his 1st year due to mounting financial issues, but with the help of the Social Security Board (SSB), he stuck it out to achieve his current grade average and Valedictorian status (something he admitted that he didn’t think he’d achieve). For Guardado, also 18, his ambition after graduating top of his class out of Primary School was to be a Valedictorian – and he did well enough in his first 3 years at Canaan too, only to “slip up” in his focus and end up not only 2nd in his class, but as the Salutatorian of the 2014 class (although admittedly, it’s still not a bad place to be). As far as their collegiate and career ambitions, Erick plans to attend Corozal Junior College and major in Tourism (a degree that he has ‘a lot of plans’ for), while Jose wants to attend the University of Belize and major in English Education, with hopes to become a secondary school teacher, something worthy to aspire to after 4 years of seeing how it was done at Canaan. In terms of inspirations, it was Jose’s mom (who sells fruit and vegetables with his father at the Queen Square Market in Belize City) who led the way, because she “… provided me with [this] education…. She was in charge of everything.” For Erick, it was his teachers, encouraging him to ‘keep faith’ and stay in school, who deserve the credit. In terms of their advice to young people, Erick put it like this: “If you want success, you have to study hard.” Jose, on the other hand, touts the Power of a Higher Power, saying, “No matter what comes along, even with all the difficulties (you face), put your trust in Jesus, and in his guidance.” We move into the Belize District and one of its representatives there, Ladyville Technical High School on the Phillip Goldson Highway. The school, according to its Principal Ms. Diane Wesby, will be graduating 72 out of 80 students on Saturday, June 7th, 2014 at the Best Western-Belize Biltmore Hotel on the Phillip Goldson Highway in Belize City, starting at 3:00 p.m. Leading their ranks will be Valedictorian Ms. Dawn Montero and Salutatorian Ms. Ina Reyes. The BELIZE TIMES will deliver another part of this special series next week.


2014 PUP Leader condemns Mark King’s Callous statement May 23, 2014 The People’s United Party condemns in the strongest possible terms the ignorant and arrogant comments of Minister of State Hon. Mark King which were reported on last evening’s newscasts. These comments describe a patronage system of spoils in which the UDP are ranked 1st, the Belizean people 2nd, and the PUP 3rd. Regrettably, these comments are consistent with the words and actions of the entire UDP Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Dean Barrow. In 2014, the PUP recognize and understand that there must be a NEW STANDARD which requires that all Belizeans, regardless of political persuasion, be treated fairly, respectfully, and equitably. The Political Party is not the Government and the Government is not the Political Party and it is imperative that distinct lines of separation be in place. We call on PM Barrow to apologize to the Nation for his Minister’s callous remarks, join us in condemning those remarks, and to remove this arrogance and ignorance from his Cabinet.

UDP scavengers land on NCL deal Godwin Hulse says UDPS must get jobs Continued from page 3 en priority. This is how scavengers are. Mark King has done everything possible to get a deal for his private security company. Another Minister wants to build all the fences. One UDP bigwig, whose family already benefitted from the deal, wants his dredging company involved. When asked whether the UDP was practising favouritism, Hulse disagreed saying this is how things work in the “real political system”. “The responsibility is for NCL to advised everybody and let us know so that we could also have our people apply and our people put in for contracts and that sort of thing. Some people might say that we are getting bias and we are trying to get jobs for our people. Let us be real here, we are in a real world, in a country, in a real political system,” said Hulse.

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Belizean Artists on the Rise Secondly, we must and will demand the enforcement of copyright laws and press for amendments to the current legislation to ensure adequate and proper safeguards for our Belizean Artists. Thirdly, we the artists will be demanding the removal of the current director of NICH, who has been given sufficient time and opportunity in her post to represent the needs of our Organizer, DJ Keegan Lord Belize City, May 27, 2014 Making a United Stand for a Better Cultural & Entertainment Industry in Belize We hereby invite all Belizean Entertainers, artists, djs, studio owners, producers, promoters and the general public to a peaceful demonstration to be held on Friday, the 30th of May, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Battlefield Park in Downtown Belize City. From Battlefield Park our demonstration will move down Albert Street, then unto Regent and King Street, ending at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. This demonstration offers us, as artists, the opportunity to vocally express our concerns over the neglect, the disrespect, the inequity and the injustice faced in an industry that should be managed, promoted and enhanced by us, the artists. Through this protest, we will first demand the removal of our current musical ambassador who has, by all accounts, failed to properly represent our industry both locally and internationally.

artists. Time has proven that such representation is not and will not be forthcoming. We, as artists, now more than ever, recognize the need for an Artist’s Association and for the implementation of a cultural agenda for a successful and sustainable industry. Our God-given talents cannot continue to be stifled. We need better representation. Period.

Another Pharmacy SCANDAL George Gough’s connection to four (4) Belize Pharmacies Dean Barrow’s hand-picked man for the NHI is George Gough, a former UDP standard bearer. Over the past few weeks the bombshell revelation of widespread corruption in the Ministry of Health has brought the Minister and his CEO under blazing fire and public condemnation. George Gough, a man who collects thousands of dollars to chair the NHI also sits as chair of the pharmaceutical tendering committee. So he decides who gets to bring in all the medical drugs and supplies into Belize. There are four pharmacies that have come under suspicion by the various medical associations (1) Buttonwood Bay Pharmacy, (2) Brown Sugar Pharmacy, (3) Ladyville Pharmacy, and (4) Cross Road (Freetown) Pharmacy. Now, not a single Belizean believes that health CEO Peter Allen would attempt to investigate the connection that George Goff has to these

George Gough pharmacies. The Ministry of Health is riddled with scandal and corruption. The list of scams and conflicts of interest cases is like a raging epidemic. Pablo Marin is about to enter his 7th year as Minister of Health, imagine an electrician will be the longest serving Minister of Health since Independence. Pablo knows that like Penner he is a sacred cow of the Prime Minister. The question is why is George Gough a sacred cow too?

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