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20 SEPTEMBER 2015 | ISSUE NO: 4963
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blank cheque for Ashcroft “This indecent proposal before us today has gone way too far and is now clearly the full blown cancer the CCJ talked about…” – Senator Mark Lizarraga, Senate meeting, September 16, 2015
Rats AND Snakes at Western Regional Hospital Pg. 6
PUP UNITED, COMMITTED TO VICTORY! Pg. 3
Major Relief for Biscayne Village Residents Pg. 2
HAPPY 34th INDEPENDENCE DAY
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PUP Standard Bearer Lloyd Jones Delivers Much-Needed Water Belize District, September 16, 2015 Despite borrowing hundreds of millions of dollars the Barrow Administration continues to ignore some of the most basic and essential needs of Belizeans. In Biscayne Village, located in the Belize District, the residents have been without water because there is no proper water system in the community. To assist residents and alleviate their growing concerns, PUP Standard Bearer Major Lloyd Jones organised the distribution of 4,500 gallons of safe, drinking water to the residents on Tuesday, September 15th. “Today was one of the most rewarding days of my life. I spent the entire afternoon delivering water to
the good people of Biscayne Village who are suffering because of the lack of a proper water system and an unusually long dry season.
“It can’t be right that the Government of Belize could have spent hundreds of millions of dollars of the PetroCaribe loan and did not see it as a
A Tribute to our Belizean Patriots Address by Yasmin Shoman to St. Catherine’s Academy School students
It is with great honour that I address you during this festive season on a topic that demands so much personal sacrifice, discipline and selfless love for country, that only few are ever acknowledged as outstanding enough to be regarded as patriots. Yet, by its definition, no one is barred from being a patriot. Patriotism is defined as displaying great love or devotion for one’s country. There are many ways one can demonstrate patriotism - from waving a flag to actively promoting or celebrating one’s national borders. It is when a country is engaged in conflict with another, however, whether over border differences or political independence, that persons embroiled in the struggle for cultural and social identity emerge as true patriots. I’ll focus my presentation on the lives of two of Belize’s greatest patriots who helped to mold our country’s identity and paved the way for us to build on the fruits of their struggles for an independent nation, free from colonial rule. Their efforts, among those of a few others, are the reason we have a flag and celebrate September 10th and 21st, two very important dates in our history. Philip Stanley Wilberforce Goldson was born on July 25th, 1923. He attended St. Mary’s Primary School and although he never had the opportunity to go to high school, he studied at night and successfully obtained the Cambridge University Overseas Junior Certificate in 1939 and the Senior School Certificate in 1941. From 1941 to 1947, Mr. Goldson worked in the British Honduras Civil Ser-
2015 priority to spend $3 million to give the people of Biscayne and Gardenia a decent water system,” commented Major Jones. The distribution of the muchneeded water is carried out equitably and without any form of dis-
crimination. “This is not limited to “PUP” supporters only. Clean drinking waContinued on page 16 lution. We are now trying evolution.” The Colonial Government held that the words imputed an intention to try revolution if evolution did not succeed. They were sentenced to one year hard labour. Their ordeal in prison became a further rallying cry for the People’s United Party. While in prison Mr. Goldson spent much of his time teaching some of his fellow inmates to read and write. Prior to going to jail for his ideals, Mr. Goldson won a seat on the Belize City Council and was serving as Vice-President (Deputy Mayor) until his conviction. Once free, he returned to public life and in 1954 won a seat in the British Honduras Legislative Council where he was
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Philip Stanley Wilberforce Goldson vice, where he started his career in journalism, editing the “Civil Service Chronicle,” “OUTLOOK,” a cultural quarterly of the St. John’s College Literary Society and writing short stories and sketches for the BBC in London. With the advent of the Nationalist Movement, he wrote news items for the Belize Billboard. The plight of the workers in Belize led him into trade unionism. He became the National Organizer of the General Workers Union in 1949 and later became its General Secretary. On September 29th, 1950 the People’s Committee (formed on December 31st, 1949 to protest devaluation) dissolved and the People’s United Party was formed. Its leaders were John Smith, Leader; Leigh Richardson, Chairman; George Price, Secretary; and Philip Goldson, Assistant Secretary.
Rt. Hon. George Cadle Price From 1950 to 1956, Philip Goldson continued as a member of the People’s United Party. During that year he became the editor of the Belize Billboard and later that year the managing editor. Entrenched colonialism was hard to reform. Even many members of the working class failed to realize the depth of the problems facing the colony and the difference between their way of life and other people in the outside world. Mr. Goldson visited Guatemala for a week in 1951 and wrote a piece for the Billboard entitled Seven Days of Freedom. Both Goldson and Leigh Richardson were convicted of “Seditious Intention” in 1951 based on an extract from the Belize Billboard, which stated, “There are two roads to self-government (Independence) – Evolution and Revo-
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PUP United, Committed to Victory! Belize City, September 16, 2015 Today, September 16th, 2015, Party Leader, Hon. Francis Fonseca met with 10 Standard Bearers (Mr. Dan Silva is presently out of the country) of the Party to finalize discussions related to specific concerns raised by these Standard Bearers over the past several weeks. At the conclusion of the meeting all present were satisfied that an agreed upon process and structure is now in place to positively and effectively respond to all concerns raised. All Standard Bearers committed to working fully with the Party Leader and other Standard Bearers of the Party in advancing the Party’s agenda of Reform and Change and to unify against the corruption, mismanagement and incompetence of this UDP government. Unity is Strength!!
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Barrow’s blank cheque for Ashcroft
“This indecent proposal before us today has gone way too far and is now clearly the full blown cancer the CCJ talked about…” – Senator Mark Lizarraga, Senate meeting, September 16, 2015 Belize City, September 16, 2015 It must have been a familiar feeling for Prime Minister Dean Barrow as he presented to the media on Monday, and to the entire nation at the House of Representatives on Tuesday of this week, a financial package that is making Lord Michael Ashcroft and his related companies laugh all the way to the bank. The multi-million dollar package unveiled by PM Barrow is part of a still unfinalised compensation deal to pay for the Government’s hostile takeover of Belize Telemedia Limited in 2009. For six long years Barrow dragged the dispute over compensation, racking up millions of dollars in legal cost and hiking the interest on the compensation with every passing day. This week, Belizeans found out the real damage done by Barrow’s ego-driven agenda. The compensation deal, as presented by the Prime Minister, not only points to why Barrow’s 2009 expropriation was wrong-headed and deceptively
cloaked under a veil of nationalism, but also financially treacherous. Belizeans are now paying a heavy price. This includes the payment of $97.5 million to British Caribbean Bank for a $45 million mortgage debenture taken on by BTL but which the Government refused to pay upon taking
over the company. Over the past six years, this $45m has doubled due to interest, to a total of nearly $100 million. Prime Minister Barrow claims that Belizeans not need to worry about this because the debt will be eventually paid by BTL, but he seems to have forgotten that the company is owned by the Government, and as a utility company, would be allowed to recover any losses via the increasing of tariffs and fees paid by Belizean consumers. BTL has been struggling in revenue-making since GOB’s takeover. This is no surprise. The company is headed by an inexperienced CEO, no other than Continued on page 6
Happy Independence Day to all Belizeans From The People’s United Party
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EDITORIAL HAPPY BIRTHDAY BELIZE
elizeans have much to be proud of as we all celebrate and give thanks for our 34 years as an independent nation. It seems like only yesterday that George Price, the father of our nation and the leader with vision was urging us on to independence. He dedicated his whole life for this major goal that we should be in charge of our country, our destiny and our future. The struggle for independence was not an easy road. Our country emerged against a back-ground of years of slavery followed by colonialism and then colonial neglect and national poverty. Out of many ethnic groups our population has successfully blended into an entity we all proudly proclaim as Belizean. It was not always this way. It was George Price who repeatedly urged us to strive to be “one people, one nation, one destiny”. So too with our geographic situation. Under colonialism our country was divided into districts. Each district kept poor and neglected and separate from the others. It is we Belizeans who have built roads and communications and urged closer relationships with each other that today it is one country, easily accessible. The freedoms the young generations take for granted was another of the achievements of those who led the struggle against British domination and control. Only a limited group of persons with wealth and property could vote in elections back then. It was one of the early goals of Mr. Price that all adults were entitled to vote in any elections throughout the country. This paved the ground-work in replacing appointed officials with elected locals, and brought about the strong democratic traditions of villages, towns and general elections in Belize. Log-wood and mahogany trees, the only resource of worth to the early settlers and their British motherland have given way to a variety of Belizeans driven economic activities. Agriculture, fishing, tourism and light manufacture are the new kids on the block. Some petroleum has been discovered and we know that in time more will come from under our earth to help us
in our drive for development. Our institution borrowed and tattered as they have served us well enough. These include our parliamentary system, our courts, our law enforcement and our public service machinery. Much work is required to upgrade and reform these important institutions. Our media has become an integral part of our information network and they are, for the most part, free and unfettered. Local television or what little exists of it must make a more concerted effort to promote more local shows and coverage of national creativity. We are people under threat from foreign values and less than wholesome morals from North American movies, “reality” shows, music videos and such which glamorize a lifestyle which is not healthy for us. Violence, nakedness, mild pornography, materialism and idiocy have no place in the Garden of Eden we wish to live in and pass from one generation of Belizeans to the next. Our culture is rich, diverse and unique. No comparable nation of our size can boast of the Maya, Garinagu, Creole, Mestizo, Mennonite, East Indian, African, European and Asian contributions and living manifestations as we do. Of natural wonders we have more than our fair share. Crowned by the largest barrier reef this side of the planet, with its awesome wonders of pristine waters and breath-taking Blue Hole. Our many maiden rivers, hills and valleys and virgin forests. We have protected our environment and wish to keep it that way. Our religions freedoms are second to none. But it is our people; our glorious, wonderful rainbow of people that make Belize the blessed nation that it is. And yes, in the immortal words of our visionary Father of Independence-“Much Has Been Done, But Much More Remains to Be Done”. Let us unite to make our country a tranquil haven of democracy. A place where peace and prosperity falls on one and falls on all. Let us eradicate poverty. Let us be a more just and equitable society. Let us give thanks and praises to the Almighty for all the good things we have. Happy Birthday Belize!
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Continued from page 3 the Prime Minister’s son, Anwar Barrow. There has also been a flight of some of BTL’s most-experienced employees. Revenue for the company has been reported at $17 million in 2015, a far cry from the $38 million it generated back in 2008. How then, could Barrow and BTL’s Chairman, Net Vasquez, claim that the payment will be “no problem” for them? The old ‘wizard’, who was an economic advisor during the Esquivel-regime and who ignores retirement age, has worked out a complex payment strategy involving BTL’s servicing of new Central Bank notes to be issued for the Government. New shares will also be created, which means that shares held by Belizeans and others will have less value. BTL will be making a $10 million dollar payment. The Government will make an initial payment of $65.3 million towards the compensation of the telecoms company. This is an INITIAL payment since the real compensation, possibly hundreds of millions more, will be decided by an arbitration. The Government’s valuation of shares is at the lowest value of $1.44, while Ashcroft puts the shares at $10.00. Despite the compensation value still remaining unclear, Prime Minister Barrow pushed through appropriation bill in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, as promised to Lord Ashcroft in negotiating meetings held in Miami recently. Opposition Leader Hon. Francis Fonseca refused to support the bill. He said that the Prime Minister acted wrongheadedly from the onset and Belizeans are now being forced to pay for his mess. Hon. Fonseca raised alarm that the final numbers for the compensation were not completed and could end up ballooning to $230 million or more. “That is what this blank cheque is all about. We are being asked to approve a settlement and compromise which is still not clear. We don’t know what the full terms and cost of it will be”, Hon. Fonseca protested. At the Senate meeting, the Opposition Senators and Business Senator also criticized the handling of the BTL takeover and negotiations over compensation. Senator Lisa Shoman accused the Government of acting in “indecent haste” and warned that the “baby… nursed” by the PM will end up being a “demon child”. Senator Mark Lizarraga questioned whether the Prime Minister had the authority to commit Belize to such a sizeable and unknown debt. Senator Lizarraga called the PM’s deal an “indecent proposal” that “has gone too far”. He pointed out that “nowhere it is written that the legislature has the power to give the Executive a blank cheque”.
City of Belmopan, September 16, 2015 There has been no public expression of regret or sympathy from Minister of Health, Pablo Marin, for the dastardly incident in which a rat bit a newborn baby inside an incubator at neo-natal unit of the Western Regional Hospital. At Tuesday’s House of Representative meeting, the issue was brought to the fore by the Opposition members, hoping to get a proper explanation from Marin. Instead of Marin speaking out, it was House jester Michael
Finnegan who got up to make fun of the issue. Finnegan said that no one should dare blame any of his UDP colleagues for the incident because none of them walked into the hospital and put the rat in the incubator. While the public was reeling from the incompetence displayed by the Government, there is news that before the rat bite, there was a snake bite at the same hospital. Reports confirmed by the Ministry of Health are that a nurse was bitten at the hospital about three months ago.
2015 The nurse was the Nurses’ Quarters on the hospital grounds when she was attacked by a snake which bit her on her left ankle. Luckily, the nurse was rushed to the emergency room where she received medical attention. The Ministry now believes that the hospital may also have a snake infestation as a result of the rat infestation. The snakes hide in the overgrown grass that surrounds the hospital grounds. Belizeans shouldn’t hold their breaths to hear from Pablo Marin. If he didn’t say anything when cats were found in the morgue, when a rat bit a baby inside what should be one of the safest places inside the hospital, he will surely not say a thing about snakes on the compound. Marin’s silence is as deadly as the gold scorpion medal he wears around his neck.
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WOMAN IN THE HOUSE By Dolores Balderamos Garcia
NAKED FACTS ‘98 TO ‘08 I recently picked up again Myrtle Palacio’s “Electoral Politics Belize: The Naked Truth,” which she published in June 2011. Of interest to me were the general election results for the three elections of 1998, 2003 and 2008, and I spent some time perusing the facts and statistics and delighting in the wealth of information presented. On August 27, 1998 we went to general elections, my first foray into electoral politics, after the Esquivel administration had spent about five years and two months in office. The PUP had called early elections in June 1993, and the UDP won the elections, and so governed for a second time since Independence. The 1998 elections thus offered the PUP the opportu-
nity to retake the government, and it turned out to be a sweep, with the PUP winning 26 of the 29 seats in the House of Representatives. Of over 94 thousand registered voters 90% cast their ballots, with the PUP gaining 59% of the popular vote. Independent candidates and the small parties only got less than 800 votes out of the close to 85 thousand ballots cast. Patty Arceo and I were elected as the two women in the House. Dickie Bradley came within 47 votes of unseating Dean Barrow in Queen’s Square, with one Russel August getting 9 votes. I got close to 59% of the vote in Port Loyola, and Said Musa topped the poll percentage with 74.5% of the Fort George votes. I recall a very long bench on the government side
of the House, with only Erwin Contreras, Dean Barrow and Michael Finnegan having survived on the other side for the UDP. In 2003 Patty Arceo, Gregorio Garcia, Remijio Montejo and I lost our seats to Manuel Heredia, Gabriel Martinez, Patrick Faber and Boots Martinez, so that the UDP picked up four seats. The count was thus 22 to 7 in House seats. Mark Espat won the largest majority, with 82% of Albert Division votes, with Valdemar Castillo and Agripino Cawich holding on to their seats by a whisker, outpolling Nemencio Acosta and John Saldivar by only 8 and 24 votes respectively. Of 126,202 eligible voters in 2003, 100,353 voted, and so the voter turnout was 79.5%. The PUP’s percentage fell to 52.75% of the popular vote. And of note is that Wilfred Elrington, who ran independent in Pickstock, got 439 votes, to only 252 votes for the UDP’s Diane Haylock. Godfrey Smith topped the poll there with 899 votes and about 56% of the poll. Sylvia Flores was the woman in the House. She gained 1527 votes in Dangriga, to Chiste Garcia’s 1299. An Ian Caliz got 44 votes in that poll. 44 ballots were rejected. The swing came in 2008, when the PUP was overwhelmingly voted
07 7 out, and the UDP came to government. Two more seats had been added to the House, Cayo North East and Belmopan, and Elvin Penner and John Saldivar won both. By 2008 there were 156,993 registered electors. 121,168 persons voted. The turnout was therefore 77% of eligible voters. The UDP won 56.3% and the PUP won 40.8% of the countrywide poll. Again third parties and independents played very little role, with only about 1,700 votes among them all. And the rejection of the PUP saw Florencio Marin Jr. and Francis Fonseca hold onto their seats by a mere 16 votes apiece. Michael Hutchinson outpolled Ralph Fonseca with about 52% of the vote to Ralph Fonseca’s 46.6%. The UDP ended up with a 25 to 6 seat majority in the House. These are just a few ‘naked’ facts, a few tidbits to whet your appetite, on the general elections of 1998, 2003, and 2008 as compiled by Myrtle Palacio. It all makes very interesting reading, essential reading, I believe, for students of governance and politics in Belize. I say ‘nough respect to Ms. Myrtle every time, for making this material available to us and readily accessible. I recommend “Electoral Politics Belize: The Naked Truth.”
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San Ignacio, September 13, 2015 The Alpha Warriors, Christian Ambassadors and Santiago Juan Warriors posted wins in the Cayo District Basketball Association’s junior U-23 competition at the Falcon Field in San Ignacio Town over the weekend. On Friday night, the Belmopan Christian Ambassadors tamed the Blackhawks of San Ignacio 46-29. Captain Shaquile Crawford led with 12 points while Antwan McFadzean scored 11 points. For the Blackhawks, Justin Ford top-scored with 11 points. The Ambassadors had opened their season with a 60-35 win against the Alpha Warriors. The Santiago Juan Warriors opened the U-19 competition on Saturday night with a 41-39 overtime win against the Spartans. The
Belmopan Christian Ambassadors win 46-29 Blackhawks
Blackhawks Kyron Molina goes up for a lay up
Team Benny's Megabytes dominates Weekend Warriors' Armenia race
1st in B Div. Isaiah Willacey
2nd in A Div. Kent Gabourel
Armenia Village, September 13, 2015 Team Benny’s Megabytes dominated the Weekend Warriors Cycling Club’ 40-mile ride from Mile 10 on the George Price Highway to Armenia Village on the Hummingbird Highway on Sunday. A Division – 40 miles 1st Preston Martinez – Team Megabytes 2nd Kent “Bob” Gabourel – Team Megabytes 3rd Kareem Flowers – Team Santino’s 4th Mark Gentle – Team BCB/F.T. Williams 5th George Abraham – Team BelCal 6th Wilbert Jones – Team Megabytes B Division – 40 miles 1st Isaiah Willacey – Team BCB/F.T.
2nd in B Div. Antonio Escarpeta
Williams 2nd Antonio Escarpeta – Team BCB/ F.T. Williams 3rd Santino “Chief” Castillo – Team Santino’s 4th Warren Coye – Team Santino’s 5th Kevin Hope – Team BCB/F.T. Williams 6th Mark Lisbey – Team BCB/F.T. Williams C- Division – 30 miles 1st Alejandro Moralez – Team Caribbean Tires 2nd Enrique Moralez – Team Caribbean Tires 3rd Edward Blank – Stationery House/Medina’s Jewelry 4th Dennis Mckoy – Truckers Posse 5th Alfonso Moralez – Team Caribbean Tires 6th Eustace Ireland – Lampaz
Warriors’ Elvert Ariola led in scoring with 16 pts, On Sunday afternoon, the Alpha Warriors recovered from their loss to the Ambassadors to win 61 - 54 against the Sacred Heart College U-19. Alpha’s Joel Montejo topscored with 27pts, and Shevan Harris added 14 pts. Upcoming Games (Sat., September 19) Spartans vs. Santiago Juan Warriors
Shaquile Crawford scored 12pts
Yabra veterans win 2 in Over-35 basketball San Ignacio, September 12, 2015 Belize City’s Yabra veterans romped to a 71-27 win over the San Ignacio Invaders in the Cayo District Basketball Association’s over-35 masters’ competition at the Falcon Field Court on Friday night. Yabra was led by Vince “Postman” Estrada, who drained in 18pts, Edward “Bart” Sanchez, formerly of the Kremandala Raiders in semipro basketball scored 15pts. The invaders’ Dylan Ayuso top-scored with 9pts. Yabra had opened their season with a 52-30 win over the Roaring Creek Special Effects last week. The Eagles opened with a 35-26 win over the Invaders the Friday before, and on Sunday, the Eagles picked up a 2nd easy win: 20-0 when Roaring Creek Special Effects forfeited their game. In the female competition on Saturday night, the Belmopan Shocks extended their winning streak with a 3rd win against Sacred Heart College 49-6. Enid Dakers and Kaylani Reid led with 18 points apiece, while SHC’s Lucia Tesecum, Nina Awe and Cheyenne Brooks tossed in a bucket apiece. Upcoming Games Yabra vs. Belmopan (Friday, Sept. 18) Invaders vs Roaring Creek Special Effects (Saturday, Sept. 19)
Edward Bart Sanchez scored 15pts
Invaders’ Calbert Neal drives to the rim
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2015 Daminie Raven stopped 5 Penalties
Carmelita Young Stars, Atlantic Bank & O.W. Strikers win in women’s football Other matches: Ballaz vs. Snipers - 58-55 RCV Stallions vs. Light of Peace’s Win by forfeit Panthers vs. Tuff E’nuff - 70-66 Snipers vs. Benque Power - 85 – 72 Upcoming games Snipers vs. Panthers (Friday, Sept. 18) Falcon Ballaz vs. Flames Benque Power vs. R.C.V. Stallions (Sat., Sept. 19)
Carmelita Young Stars win Yo Creek Gladiators 2-1
Christina Baizar attacks Yo Creek’s goal
San Ignacio, September 12, 2015 Anfernee Young topscored with 15 points as the Falcon Ballaz defeated the R.C.V. Stallions 57-46 in the Seniors basketball competition at the Falcon Field on Friday night. RCV Stallions’ David Hyde scored 14 pts while Mark Gentle added 11pts.
Katie Jones vs Arveya Torres
Atlantic Bank team
Falcon’s Anfernee Young scored 15pts
Orange Walk Strikers
MALE DIVISION CHAMPION - TOLUCA
Falcon’s Ballaz celebrates victory
Falcon Ballaz defeats R.C.V. Stallions in Seniors’ basketball San Ignacio, September 12, 2015 Anfernee Young top-scored with 15 points as the Falcon Ballaz defeated the R.C.V. Stallions 57-46 in the Seniors basketball competition at the Falcon Field on Friday night. RCV Stallions’ David Hyde scored 14 pts while Mark Gentle added 11pts.
Falcon’s Jamie Carbaral scored 6pts
Other matches: Ballaz vs. Snipers - 58-55 RCV Stallions vs. Light of Peace’s - Win by forfeit Panthers vs. Tuff E’nuff - 70-66 Snipers vs. Benque Power - 85 – 72 Upcoming games Snipers vs. Panthers (Friday, Sept. 18) Falcon Ballaz vs. Flames Benque Power vs. R.C.V. Stallions (Sat., Sept. 19)
RCV David Hyde scored 14pts
KID’S DIVISION CHAMPION - CRUZ AZUL
HON. FLORENCIO MARIN FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT IN SAN JOAQUIN VILLAGE
FEMALE DIVISION CHAMPIONS - REAL MADRID
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For Sale By Order of the
For Sale By Order of the
Scotiabank (Belize) Ltd., a company duly registered under the Companies Act, Chapter 250 of the Laws of Belize, Revised Edition, 2000, and having its registered office at Cor. Albert and Bishop Streets, Belize City, Belize, hereby gives notice of its intention to exercise its power of sale as Mortgagee under a Deed of Mortgage made the 12th day of January, 2001 between ALMIRA POLANCO of Hummingbird Community, Stann Creek District, and ARMANDO COYE of Camalote Village, Cayo District, of the one part, and The Bank of Nova Scotia, of the other part, and recorded in Deeds Book Vol. 4 of 2001 at Folios 1055 – 1078, the said Scotiabank (Belize) Ltd. will at the expiration of two months from the date of the first publication of this notice sell the property described in the schedule hereto. All offers to purchase the said property must be made in writing and full particulars and conditions of sale may be obtained from the said Scotiabank (Belize) Ltd.
Scotiabank (Belize) Ltd., a company duly registered under the Companies Act, Chapter 250 of the Laws of Belize, Revised Edition, 2000, and having its registered office at Cor. Albert and Bishop Streets, Belize City, Belize, hereby gives notice of its intention to exercise its power of sale as Mortgagee under a Deed of Assignment of Mortgage made the 13th day of February, 2008, recorded in Deeds Book Volume 6 of 2008 at Folios 1151-1168, between ALLIANCE BANK OF BELIZE LIMITED (the Assignor) SCOTIABANK (BELIZE) LTD., and DAVID DUNCAN JR, and by a Deed of Assignment of Mortgage and Variation of Mortgage made the 8th day of December, 2004 recorded in Deeds Book Volume 38 of 2004 at Folios 851 to 874, between THE BELIZE BANK LIMITED, DAVID DUNCAN JR., AND ALLIANCE BANK OF BELIZE LIMITED, which said property was mortgaged by the said DAVID DUNCAN JR. to the said BELIZE BANK LIMITED on the 13th day of June, 2003, and recorded in Deeds Book Volume 21 of 2003 at Folios 335 – 384, the said Scotiabank (Belize) Ltd. will at the expiration of two months from the date of the first publication of this notice sell the property described in the schedule hereto.
SCHEDULE ALL THAT piece or parcel of land being Lot No. 54 and comprising 939.17 Sq. Yds. situate in Hummingbird Community Village, Stann Creek District, bounded and described as shown by Plan No. 927 of 1999 TOGETHER with buildings and erections standing and being thereon.
THE SCHEDULE ALL THAT piece or parcel of land been Lot No. 157 comprising 977.04 square metres situate in Forest Home Village (Extension), in the Toledo District of Belize and bounded and described as shown coloured red on Plan No. 1025 of 2002 attached to Minister’s Fiat (Grant) No. 1025 of 2002 dated 9th December, 2002 TOGETHER with all buildings and erections standing and being thereon.
DATED this 9th day of September, 2015.
DATED this 9th day of September, 2015.
MUSA & BALDERAMOS LLP 91 North Front Street Belize City Attorneys-at-Law for Scotiabank (Belize) Ltd.
MUSA & BALDERAMOS LLP 91 North Front Street Belize City Attorneys-at-Law for Scotiabank (Belize) Ltd.
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Secret Cabinet Meetings – Bad for Democracy Belize City, September 15, 2015 The Barrow Administration has been managing the nation’s business in total darkness. Evidence of this is their discontinuation of press/public releases following their Cabinet meetings held every week. Cabinet meetings discuss the most important of public matters - from proposed negotiations/ agreements with Guatemala, to the sale of land, and million dollar contract offerings. This Government has carried out Cabinet meetings in secret and refuses to make public what is discussed in the name of the people of Belize. The question here is why, since the UDP took office, matters discussed in Cabinet are not made public? Over the years, the UDP Cabinet has approved all sorts of controversial deals, and Belizeans only learn of it after-the-fact. By then they are done, irreversible but regrettable deals. Included in this list are the selling out of Belize Sugar Industry to ASR, the introduction of phone-tapping laws, the formation of the chancey GSU, the secret meetings between Dean Barrow and British Peer Lord Michael Ashcroft, the Compromis signed by Sedi Elrington, Guatemala’s militarised control of Sarstoon Island, the borrowing and spending of Petrocaribe loans, the Government-led cover up of the Penner Immigration scandal, etc. Under the former PUP Government, Tuesday Cabinet briefs were always issued after the all-important meetings. Such briefs listed out which matters were discussed and the conclusions arrived at by the Executive Arm of the Government. The briefs were read out by the media and the public was informed about the work of the Government.
Media houses were also given a heads up of the Government’s position on important issues. The PUP Government operated under the plain light of day – nothing to hide from Belizeans. It never shunned from transparency on important public
matters. Even when the Government was under political attack by certain media houses, it never did, as the Barrow Administration has done multiple times, threatened to close down those media houses or intimidate them with legal action.
IN MEMORIAM –
HUBERT CHARLES DECOSTA
Major Relief for Biscayne Village Residents Continued from page 2 ter is a basic human right and must not be subjected to partisan political games,” remarked Major Jones. The new leader for Belize Rural North has restored hope for the residents of the area. They are clamouring for better representation that will put their needs as priority. They also seek to recover integrity in the division, since their current elected representative Edmond Castro has gone rogue and is known for corruption in office. Major Jones emulates discipline and values-based leadership as a retired officer of the Belize Defence Force and a patriotic Belizean.
The People United Party expresses condolences to the family of Mrs. Salome Samuels, who passed away on September 4th, 2015. Mrs. Samuels who is the wife of the late Maxwell Samuels, will forever remain in our hearts.
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Major Lloyd Jones listening to the concerns of residents during his house to house campaign
ADM BELIZE MILLS LIMITED A member of the Archer Daniels Midland Group
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Reporting to the Controller, the successful candidate will be responsible for the financial and operational accounting functions within the company, including the preparation of monthly financial statements and analyses. Ensuring compliance with internal controls, statutory obligations and other regulatory requirements. Conducting inventory valuation, administration of the company’s administrative payroll along with the required reporting. Supervision of the Accounts Receivable functions and participate in the company’s shared services functions, both regionally and divisionally within the ADM group. Assist the Controller in meeting the company’s business and accounting objectives while maintaining full adherence by staff to the company’s core values and code of conduct. The Ideal Candidate should possess:
Sunrise: June 25 1927 Sunset June 28, 2015 On Sunday June 28, 2015 Hubert Charles DeCosta completed his earthly walk and was called to eternity. Born on June 25, 1927 in Belize City, Belize to the late Charles and Ivy DeCosta. After graduating from St. John’s High School at grade 12, Hubert joined the Army and then the Belize National Fire service where he served to protect the lives and property of the citizens of Belize and later worked as a foreman for a carpenter company within his community. He also served as a Mason Brother in Belize City.
A Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or equivalent At least 5 years’ experience in a similar role, preferably gained in an Accounting firm with audit discipline would be an advantage Knowledge of internal accounting control and procedures An effective analytical, proactive, decisive and motivational management style. Be capable of assessing situations while being sensitive to employee relations issues Advanced computing skills – MS Office Suite and experience in a Computer Network environment Knowledge of the J.D. Edwards Accounting Program would be an asset Strong verbal and written communication skills, excellent leadership and troubleshooting skills
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B-T-Hell By G. Michael Reid A lie may take care of the present but it has no future ~ Anon The UDP tells their lies with much more conviction than the PUP tell their truths ~ Gess Woo Listening to the Prime Minister throwing around seven and eight figures when discussing money in his last two press briefings, one would find it hard to believe that this is a nation where almost fifty percent of the population is living below the poverty line. A couple of weeks ago, the Prime Minister announced that he had settled the issue with Belize Electricity Limited (BEL). That settlement cost us 70 million dollars in cash. The former owners, Fortis, received back a third of the company and tax exemption on their dividends for eternity. We the consumers however, must pay taxes on every light bill that is paid. Something doesn’t seem right. On Monday of this week, the Prime Minister called another press briefing to inform the nation that he had also settled the Belize Telecommunications Limited (BTL) matter. Back in 2009, government had strong armed BTL. They would later, in June of 2011, also strong arm BEL. The owners of the two utilities subsequently joined in a lawsuit that challenged Dean Barrow’s constitutional authority to do what he had done. The case had reached all the way to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) and in fact, was simply awaiting judgment on the matter. Many believe that Barrow had a good chance of losing, which would have been politically devastating, hence his haste to settle at whatever cost. This way, he could come to the people and sweet talk them into thinking that they were getting some kind of deal. The man has a silver tongue but a closer look reveals that it is forked like that of a serpent’s. At the time of BTL’s acquisition, the chief reason given for the move
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This means that said 65.3 million could balloon to almost ten times as much; an astronomical and mind-boggling figure to say the least. What is also worthy of note here is that this BTL that Barrow has basically given away the store to own is for all intents and purposes, a white elephant. I had said from the very beginning that I rewas in order to avoid the constant ally don’t think that there was any litigation. That reason proved basegenuine rift between Ashcroft and less because what ensued was Dean Barrow. This was all a sham seven years of constant legal battles to fleece the Belizean people out and enormous litigation costs. Many of money, to provide financial opbelieve in fact, that the real reason portunities for Barrow and his famwas to litigate even more in order ily and to allow Michael Ashcroft that the Prime Minister and his fam(with whom Barrow has had a ily, many of whom are high priced long lasting friendship) to dump a lawyers, could make millions off the practically worthless BTL on the backs of the Belizean people. First it people of Belize. It is no coinciwas his ex-wife and then his brother dence that shortly before the BTL and his niece and all the while the takeover, the same Michael Ashbills have been picked up by the tax croft was given a license to open payers of Belize. and operate another telecommuAt Monday’s press briefing, it nications company which is now was announced that there would BTL’s main competitor. As Jules be a House sitting the very next day Vasquez pointed out, Smart offers where the act to finalize the deal the same service as BTL but is run would be, as per usual, rammed by about five people while BTL through in one sitting. As far as the employs almost 500. Technologisettlement in the BTL fiasco, the cally speaking, Smart has grown exponentially and with every new day and with every new promotion, This was all a sham to fleece the Belizean peocustomers are stolen ple out of money, to provide financial opporfrom BTL and Smart is tunities for Barrow and his family and to gaining a bigger share of the market. Michael Ashallow Michael Ashcroft (with whom Barcroft did not become one row has had a long lasting friendship) to of the more successful businessmen in the dump a practically worthless BTL on the world by accident and people of Belize. Belize is about to learn a very expensive lesson. The BEL and BTL debacles from complete because we must Prime Minister announced that he are for the most part settled but yet await the ruling of a Permanent will pay right away, 97 million dollars the cost to Belizeans for generaCourt of Arbitration (PCA). The 65.3 as an upfront condition. Now this tions to come is inconceivable. million that the Prime Minister is part is very interesting because reStan Marshall was seen a couple telling us about is the least posgardless of how high he jumps and of weeks ago, laughing all the way sible amount that can be paid for how he twists it, this initial payment to the bank. This week, it was Ashthe shares that were taken from is an award by the courts for a loan croft’s turn but he was also heard Michael Ashcroft. That amount of that BTL had taken out with British happily and loudly, “I got the gold$1.44 per share can in fact go as Caribbean Bank. At a House meetmine; they got the shaft”. May high as $10 per share, which is ing in August of 2009, this same GOD help Belize! what Ashcroft has been claiming. Prime Minister stated indignantly that, “Well, I have said that as God is my witness I will never pay that award”. This prompted former Prime Minister Said Musa to quip at Tuesday’s House meeting that “It seems that GOD is no longer his witness but that the devil now is.” Although this same Dean Barrow was Ashcroft’s friend and chief lawyer since time immemorial, Barrow has recently been referring to Ashcroft as the devil. I remember growing up hearing of people who used to make deals with the devil. Until now, I have never actually seen it done. The interesting thing is, that this upfront package which is now costing Belizeans almost a hundred million dollars, was at time of the takeover only 44 million dollars. It has more than doubled since as a consequence of interest accrued. What the Prime Minister did not wish to face or even discuss, is that it was simply his trademark arrogance and nose-thumbing in the face of a court’s decision that has cost the Belizean people more than 52 million dollars. Not to worry, we still have Petro Caribe; which according to Mr. Barrow, will be relied upon to pay a sizable part of this cost. Now if that was all that we had to pay it would not be bad enough. However, there is also another payment for 65 million dollars which goes directly to Ashcroft. This deal according to Prime Minister was arrived at between himself and Michael Ashcroft, who he has been meeting since May. The question is now, who will collect legal fees here? Is this anything like the situation where Mayor Bradley represents the Belize City Council or do legal fees again go to Barrow and Company; or maybe to Barrow and Williams? Enquiring minds want to know but as usual, those in the know will neither tell nor show. So now, we are already at 97.4 million plus the additional 65.3 million which brings us to 162.7 million; but there’s more. There is what many have been referring to as a “blank check”. The settlement is far
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Mercury Invest Ltd. #78,274 (“the Company”) Pursuant to Section 102 (4) of the International Business Companies Act, Chapter 270 of the Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2000, notice is hereby given that Mercury Invest Ltd.:
a) is in dissolution b) commenced dissolution on the 14th day of September, 2015; and c) Cititrust International Inc. whose address is 35 Barrack Road, Belize City, Belize is Liquidator of the Company Cititrust International Limited Registered Agent
Belmopan Medical Centre is seeking services for the following Medical Field: Nephrology Responsibilities:
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Qualifications and Experience SKYHIGH TRADINGS CO., LTD. #85,368 (“the Company”) Pursuant to Section 102 (4) of the International Business Companies Act, Chapter 270 of the Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2000, notice is hereby given that SKYHIGH TRADINGS CO., LTD.:
a) is in dissolution b) commenced dissolution on the 14th day of September, 2015; and c) Constantinos Constantinides whose address is The Business Forum, 30 Karpenisi Str., PO Box 20533, 1660 Nicosia Cyprus is the Liquidator of the Company Cititrust International Limited Registered Agent GoTECH Recycle System Inc. #89,180 (“the Company”) Pursuant to Section 102 (4) of the International Business Companies Act, Chapter 270 of the Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2000, notice is hereby given that GoTECH Recycle System Inc.:
a) is in dissolution b) commenced dissolution on the 14th day of September, 2015; and c) Constantinos Constantinides whose address is The Business Forum, 30 Karpenisi Str., PO Box 20533, 1660 Nicosia Cyprus is the Liquidator of the Company Cititrust International Limited Registered Agent
A Blue Luna Produkshan Be Proud to be Belizean not only by waving our flag during our September Celebrations, but by defending our territorial sovereignty and our natural resources on both land and sea throughout our Belizean jewel. Join and support the Belizean Territorial Volunteers and do your part to protect our Belizean Patrimony. Rosalie Staines, MBE, DCSE, JP Thank You!!
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PUP Marshalls Organise in Cayo North/North East
San Ignacio Town, Cayo District, September 15, 2015 On Saturday, September 12th, 2015, the Marshalls of the Cayo North East and Cayo North Divisions met from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at the Cayo North East office in San Ignacio to discuss political issues and the way forward. Ms. Irene Vernon of the Cayo North East area was elected as the coordinator, to organise and lead in activities for the unit. Joining the group was National President Stephen Latchman and Nigel Belisle, Coordinator for Belize Rural South. The newly-organised unit pledged full support, commitment, loyalty and cooperation to our entire PUP leadership. Let us continue to serve the people. Forward always, backward never.
VACANCY A vacancy exists for a Supervisor at Amin Convenience Store, located at Pound Yard, Cemetery Road. Person must be male, between ages 25 to 35. Call 664-9510.
LIQUOR LICENSE NOTICES Notice is hereby given that TIABI NUNEZ is applying for a Shop Liquor License to be operated at “Kim Shop”, situated at 7386 Antelope Street, Belize City, Belize District under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that TIA WEI YAO is applying for a Shop Liquor License to be operated at “Kim Shop 2”, situated at 3070 Iguana Street Extension, Belize City, Belize District under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that ZHI WEI & SHAOQUN ZHOU is applying for a Publican General Liquor License to be operated at “Williams Supermarket Limited”, situated at 24 6th Street, King’s Park Area, Belize City, Belize District under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that KEILA M. SAWERS is applying for a Beer Liquor License to be operated at “Belize Chinese Fast Food”, situated at 62 A Cemetery Road, Belize City, Belize District under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that CHAO WEN WU is applying for a Convenience Store Liquor License to be operated at “Good Friend”, situated at 162 Freetown Road, Belize City, Belize District under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Revised Edition 1980.
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NOTICE A Spiritualist, Herbalist and Healer, Professor Solomon Sankara is in Belize. He solves many problems using spiritual power as well as natural herbs. Speciality includes:
- Relationship and marriage problems - Protection and ailment problems - Good luck and financial problems, etc.
JUMP ST. POSSE & SOCA MOCA WIN 2015 CARNIVAL ROAD MARCH Belize City, September 12, 2015 Jump Street Posse won 1st prize in the Junior category while Soca Moca Band won the 1st prize in the Senior category in this year’s Carnival Road March, observed by thousands who lined the streets of Belize City along the parade route on Saturday. Jump Street Posse won 1st prize among the Junior bands with costumes on the theme: “Bringing the Carnival Heat”. Mahogany Masqueraders won 2nd prize with costumes on the theme: “Circle of Life, the Essence of Nature”. Sunshine Masqueraders won 3rd prize, portraying a theme of “Egyptian Legacy”. Soca Moca Band portrayed the
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theme: “Carnival at 40: the Past, Present and Future”, with costumes designed by Pauline Bradley for their King Musasa and Queen Kaliha – the Sensational Queen. Princess Mother Nature’s Creations band won 2nd prize with costumes designed by Leroy Green, portraying the theme: “Emotions, Love and Peace”; with a Queen Happiola and a King Passion. Titans Mas Band had swept top honors in the senior King and Queen competitions. They took 3rd prize, with costumes portraying the theme: “Dance the Universe”. The date and venue at which the prizes will be presented and precise amount of the prize awards have yet to be disclosed.
2015 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 LACHMAN SADARANGANI of the first part, AMIT LACHMAN SADARANGANI of the second part and HRCU of the other part. HRCU will at the expiration of three 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 FREEHOLD piece or parcel of land situate at Cockney Range, Stann Creek District, Belize comprising 1.407 Acres of land, and being more particularly delineated and described as shown on Plan No. 1325 of 2007, attached to MINISTER’S FIAT GRANT No. 1325 of 2007 dated the 24th day of January 2008, lodged at the Office of the Commissioner of Lands and Surveys, City of Belmopan, Cayo District, Belize TOGETHER with all buildings and erections standing and being thereon the freehold property of AMIT LACHMAN SADARANGANI DATED this 26th day of August 2015 HOLY REDEEMER CREDIT UNION LIMITED 1 HYDE’S LANE, BELIZE CITY, BELIZE Phone: (501) 224-5644 Fax: (501) 223-0738
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BELIZE IS INDEPENDENT; No need for the ICJ
by Hilairé Bennett Belizeans will be celebrating with pomp and pride the thirtyfourth anniversary of the Nation’s independence on September 21, 2015. Honourable George Cadle Price, the Father of the Nation and Leader Emeritus of the People’s United Party, through an internationalization process that begun in 1971, brought Belize to independence on 21st September 1981. This was also the day that Belize’s self-determination was etched in the annals of political and historical achievements. Belize’s independence was considered by the late Ambassador Fred Martinez as “a collective act of self-determination. It was conceived in democracy and birthed in freedom by a people that were united in historical characteristics which defined them as a distinct group in the world community of cultures and nations – the Belizean people”. However, as the nation engages in the celebration of its independence, we remain at loggerheads with Guatemala regarding our sovereignty and territorial integrity. The International Court of Justice is being touted as the only option to settle the dispute between Belize and Guatemala. However, Belizeans are divided on that option. The Prime Minister Dean Barrow, the Foreign Minister, Wilfred Sedi Elrington, and other sympathizers of the United Democratic Party are considering the option to go to the ICJ. They are confident on laying the future of Belize before the panel of jurists of the ICJ. In the Joint Opinion submitted by Mr. E Lauterpacht, Queen’s Counsel, who had been a practitioner and teacher of International Law and Dr. D.W. Bowett, Queen’s Counsel, a reader in International Law, have strengthened the convictions of many that “the claim by Guatemala to Belize cannot be upheld”. Nevertheless, such opinion becomes obfuscated in a brief supplement regarding the strength of their findings. These very qualified legal experts have proffered that on the matter of a question of ownership in International Law, whether the validity of a nineteenth century title can be judged by twentieth century standards, or whether a twentieth century title can be adjudicated on nineteenth century rules. In other words, the matter of title would be determined by reference of “inter temporal law”, the concepts of law operative at the various stages in the history of the territory in question). It was further suggested that the dispute being
The campaign for Belize’s right to self determination was a key aspect of the lobby for an independent Belize. Seen in this picture the Father of the Nation Rt. Hon. George Price leading the internationalization campaign before the United Nations in 1975.
as old as it is might “require consideration of other factors”. It was advised by Dr. Lauterpacht and Dr. Bowett that “In the present situation, it is obviously necessary to advert to the concept of self-determination”. Self-determination is a principle that has become part of the contemporary jus cogens, a pre-emptory norm of international law, which has proven to be the most influential and “irreversibly established” of all principles administered in the United Nations’ actions regarding territorial disputes. Self-determination is expressed in two General Assembly resolutions: (1) The Declaration on granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and People’s (Resolution 1514 (XV) 14 December 1960 and (2) the 1970 Declaration on Principles of International Law concerning Friendly Relations and Cooperation among states. The concept of Self-Determination within the ambit of International Law has been recognised by the ICJ in the discharge of its duties in regard to the dispute of Namibia (21 June 1971) and Western Sahara (1975) as well as Algeria (1961), West Iran (1955), Gibraltar (1967), the Falkland Islands (1975), and Timor (1960). Resolution 3432 (XXX) of 8 December 1975 must be regarded as the United Nation General Assembly’s most influential resolution declaring Belize’s status as a distinct nation. Resolution 3432 declares that The Assembly: 1. “Re-affirms the inalienable rights of the People of Belize to SelfDetermination and Independence; 2. “Declares that the inviolability and territorial integrity of Belize must be preserved; 3. “Declares that any proposals for the resolution of these differences of opinion that emerge from the negotiation between the administering
Power and Government of Guatemala must be in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 1 and 2 above;” Additionally the 1970 Declaration noted above affirms that: Every state has the duty to refrain from any forcible action which deprives peoples of their right to self-determination and freedom and Independence. Belize’s Self-Determination has been massively accepted by the International Community, before the Commonwealth Heads of Government as expressed at Kingston, Jamaica in 1975, London June 1977, in the Declaration of the Fifth Conference of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Non-Aligned Countries in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 1976; in the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government held in St. Lucia in July 1974. Importantly, Prime Minister Dean
Barrow in his contribution “Postwar Guatemalan Foreign Policy and the Independence of Belize” – Belizean Studies, Vol. 19 No. 213, BISRA, St. John’s College 1991 declared that the development of the concept of Self-Determination which begun in the year 1960 created “the most critical impact on Guatemala posture and the entire Belize question”. He further declared that when Resolution 1514 (XV) was promulgated on December 14th, 1960 “the concept of Self Determination, anti-colonialism, and territorial integrity gained international legal currency”. Therefore, it behoves me that the Prime Minister and the UDP Government is opting to go to the ICJ. Seemingly going to the ICJ is duplicitous and has much implications of res judicata. As Belizeans celebrate our Independence Day on the 21st September it must be remembered as the day when the yoke of colonialism was broken and our Self-Determination and territorial integrity were realized. I must agree with the Leader of the People’s United Party Francis Fonseca that the ICJ “is not the only option” and that an internationalization process must begin to have countries reaffirm their support for Belize as an independent sovereign state. I also agree with the Honourable Said Musa that “...there is nothing to arbitrate about. Why should Belize arbitrate over its own territory? It is not a case of two countries claiming a disputed piece of land. It’s a case of Guatemala asserting an unfounded claim over (our) land. We have nothing to arbitrate about and nothing to seek a Court solution about”. We expect Guatemala to acknowledge our right to freely exercise the principle of Self Determination to be a nation”.
Miss Independence 2015 San Joaquin, Corozal Saturday, September 12th, 2015.
L-R Winner, Ady Aban & Joana Zepeda
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Continued from page 2 appointed member (quasi-Minister) for Social Services, a post he served until 1957. During this period he coordinated the building of Corozal Town after its destruction in 1955 by Hurricane Janet. He pioneered the Village Council system, enacted a new Education Ordinance making Primary Education free, granting government assistance to Secondary Schools for the first time and initiated special allowance for retired teachers who up to then did not enjoy pension benefits, confirmed Belize as contributing member of the U.W.I., also established Department of Housing and Planning with Henry C. Fairweather as its first Director and Town Planner, and revised Government Workers Rules establishing the check-off system for trade unions. Because of disagreements and conflict of principle Mr. Goldson, Leigh Richardson and others resigned from the People’s United Party in 1956 and formed the Honduras Independence Party. He lost his bid for a seat in the Government in the 1957 elections. On July 1, 1958 the new party joined with the National Party to form the National Independence Party, and Mr. Goldson became the Party Secretary and was the NIP leader and leader of the Opposition up to 1979. In 1973, the National Independence Party merged with two other Opposition groups, the People’s Development Movement and the Liberal Party to form the United Democratic Party. At age 51, Mr. Goldson announced he was going to become a lawyer. After completing his studies, he was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn, London, and to the Belize City Bar in the following year. While doing all this, he was elected to the Belize City Council and the House of Representatives (1974-80). Then tragedy struck. Glaucoma left Philip Goldson blind in 1978. In the 1984 elections, Mr. Goldson won his seat and the respect of his opponents who oftentimes commented that he, despite his vision impediments, could ‘see’ that which many with 20/20 eyesight could not. When a new terminal building was to be built at the International Airport, the Prime Minister and Cabinet decided to rename the facility the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport. It was a fitting tribute to an outstanding Belizean citizen. Mr. Goldson accepted the honor with humility and announced he would retire at the end of his term to devote his time to writing, the law, and his work for the disabled. One month before his death on October 3rd, 2001, this Belizean hero and patriot was presented with The Order of Belize. The other great Belizean patriot is the Right Honourable George Cadle Price. Mr. Price was born in Belize City on January 15th, 1919. He came from humble beginnings and is considered to be the principal architect of the country’s independence. A very spiritual gentleman, Mr. Price believed that it was his destiny to achieve Independence for Belize. Early childhood experiences helped to mold this intelligent and visionary leader. George Price received his early education at Holy Redeemer Primary School and St. Johns College High School (SJC). Having escaped death three times as a boy caught in the 1931 Hurricane, George Price’s fate was sealed as the Father of the Nation, a title that suited him well, for his determination in securing Belize’s political independence. In an interview in 2011, he related that after the storm first hit, he managed to flee the collapsed building where
he boarded as a student and sought refuge behind a sea wall. During the lull as the eye of the hurricane passed, he and a few fellow students fled to the central area of Belize City and sought refuge in a wooden house. He managed to get out just before the Methodist Church collapsed on top of this house and, clad only in his underclothes, swam through Albert Street where family friends took him into a house and eventually returned him to his family. Under the Jesuits, George Price was exposed to the teachings of Catholic Social Justice, in particular the encyclical Rerum Novarum. Upon graduation, young George felt the call for priesthood and he went to study abroad, first attending the Saint Augustine’s Minor Seminary in Mississippi, USA, and later the Mayor Seminario Conciliar in Guatemala City. Throughout his life, Mr. Price remained a devout Roman Catholic and attended Mass on a daily basis. The war in Europe prevented him from completing his studies in Rome and, instead, George Price returned to Belize. He was hired by local businessman Robert Sidney Turton as his private secretary. Mr. Price entered politics in 1947 with his election to the Belize City Council, and would serve as Mayor of Belize City from 1956 to 1962. In protest against the devaluation of the British Honduran dollar in 1949, a few citizens, George Price included, formed the People’s Committee. Here was the start of the Peaceful, Constructive, Belizean Revolution. It was the forerunner of the People’s United Party, officially established on September 29th, 1950. Six Years later, George Price was elected Party Leader. He was the first Prime Minister of Belize and one of the founders of the People’s United Party. Mr. Price led the country from its colonial state, British Honduras, into the independent country, Belize. Because of him, Belize is what it is today. In 1958, the British attempted to erode Mr. Price’s popularity with charges of sedition. But like the biblical David, the young politician fought back. The charges only contributed further to his surging image and influence. In the early 1960s, George Price advocated for moving the capital from Belize to Belmopan, where it is now the seat of government. Mr. Price led the charge for Adult Suffrage in 1954 followed by internal Self Government in 1964. He travelled the length and breadth of the country in his legendary blue and white Land Rover educating and preparing Belizeans to realize their own destiny in an independent sovereign state. The Guatemala territorial claim was at the forefront of Mr. Price’s career. It severely tested his diplomatic options. But he always kept our nation intact, holding firm to the credo of “Not one square centimeter!” In 1976, Mr. Price embarked on an intensive diplomatic campaign to gain the support of the international community. He secured the support of CARICOM, the Commonwealth of Nations, the Non Aligned Movement, and many Latin American countries which led the way to Belize obtaining its independence in 1981. George Price’s service to our nation was long standing and distinguished. Mr. Price served as a Member of the Legislative Council from 1954-1961, the Legislative Assembly from 1961 to 1964, the House of Representatives from 1964-1984, First Minister from
1961 to 1964, Premier from 1964 to 1981 and Prime Minister of Belize from 1981 to 1984, and then again from 1989 to 1993. He was awarded the status of National Hero by the Government of Belize, the Jose Marti Award, Cuba’s Highest Award by President Fidel Castro, and the Order of the Caribbean Community. After leading the PUP to securing an unprecedented 9 out of 11 electoral victories, George Price stepped aside as party leader in 1996. In September 2000, he became the first person to receive Belize’s highest honour, the Order of National Hero, for the prominent role he played in leading the country to independence. He has received similar honours in other Caribbean and Central American countries. Mr. Price died on the 19th of September 2011, at the age of 92. And like Mr. Goldson, Mr. Price gained the respect and admiration of his opponents. In his speech on the occasion of Mr. Price’s death, even Prime Minister Dean Barrow, had to concede to Price’s greatness, referring to him as ‘an avatar among men.’ Almost 30 years to the day, after he united the people of Belize in the struggle for independence, Mr. Price united all people of Belize in mourning his death. Mr. Price was an astute and humble man. He forewent the western style suit in favour of the guayabera. For the duration of his long career, he owned only one suit which he used for international meetings and never abandoned the guayabera. Price lived his entire adult life in utter defiance of materialism, owning just a few items of clothing, the barest wooden furniture, and no appliances or stereo equipment; all he owned was a radio. Price is described as “Father of the Nation,” “Father of Independence,” “National Hero,” and “Man of the People.” He moved easily and confidently among the people without any bodyguards and could be seen walking to church every morning at 5:30 a.m. and picking up paper and bits of trash as he moved along the streets. My reflection on the lives of these two statesmen was to offer more than a bit of history; it was to highlight the struggles they endured and their great determination and perseverance in achieving what was best for country first. Even when at one point they had very different views, both gentlemen always worked toward one common goal - self identity and freedom from oppressors. Our Belizean National Anthem, written by Samuel Haynes, compels us to be patriots and defend our jewel called Belize. Its chorus we so ably recite states, “Drive back the tyrants; let despots flee!” The flag of Belize serves as a constant reminder to our people that unity among them is fulfilled. The colors blue, red and white represent the two major political parties of the country – the People’s United Party and the United Democratic Party. It means that our people are unified regardless of their political affiliation. Symbols in the coat of arms include 50
2015 olive leaves, a mahogany tree, two woodcutters with different complexions and implements, a shield depicting the tools used for the mahogany trade and a merchant ship with the British insignia, and a flowing scroll inscribed with the country’s motto. The 50 olive leaves represent the year 1950, when the country of Belize, which was then known as British Honduras, started its quest for independence from Britain. The mahogany tree on the other hand depicts the country’s economic backbone. The two woodcutters have different complexions and carry different tools. The mulatto man is carrying an axe, which symbolizes the mahogany trade, and the black man is carrying an oar paddle that depicts the history of the woodcutters, of how they traveled by river to find the best logs. All the tools depicted on the shield and merchant ship indicate the importance of the mahogany trade to the country and its people. The most interesting symbol in all of the ones represented in the flag of Belize is the motto inscribed in the blue scroll – “Sub Umbra Floreo.” This motto translates to “Under the shadow we flourish.” It means that though people lived under the shadow of a conquering giant, the country still managed to flourish and progress. Today we can proudly say, we ARE Belizeans. We are a resilient people. One flag. One nation under God! As I look around among you today, I see a large gathering full of promise. You are the future leaders of Belize that great men like George Price and Philip Goldson and outstanding women like Gwendolyn Lizarraga and Jane Usher helped to shape. My message to you to is to pick up the mantle, use your God-given judgment to strive for the good of not only self, but for country as well. If we collectively and unselfishly do what is right, starting with practices as simple as exercising civic pride in keeping our surroundings clean, or joining a movement that stands up for the rights of Belizeans, then we are in our own right patriots in the making. In a few days’ time, we will celebrate the 34th anniversary of our country’s independence. Many or all of you will take part in the student parade on that day, perhaps much to your dismay, considering the healthy Belizean heat. That in its own right, places you in the position of patriots. It is a small sacrifice that you will make for your country. The 1981 song entitled “A New Beginning” by musician, King Short Shirt which he wrote as a symbolic gesture of good will for Belize, challenges each Belizean to continue on the course our patriots charted for us. And in that same vein, I challenge each of us to follow suit: “We’ve reached maturity. We are a people with love, justice and dignity. So with our leaders, let’s keep moving, and make independence a new beginning.” The looming border dispute with Guatemala leaves open another chapter in the history of our young Belize for youths like you who are the movers and shakers of the next 30 or 40 years, to etch your mark in the annals of Belizean history, to make even bigger sacrifices and to take patriotism to the next level. Who is to say that our first future woman Prime Minister is not in this room right now? Becoming any type of leader is not an easy task; walking a road less traveled is never an easy one, but they are vocations that only a chosen few are called to do. And when you are called, you must, as did Mr. Price and Mr. Goldson, answer because the struggle to keep our identity, our Belizeaness, never ends. I encourage you, young Patriots, to learn our great Belizean history and to embrace our Belizean identity. God bless St. Catherine Academy. God bless each of you. And God bless our beautiful Belize! Happy Independence!
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Obama identifies Belize as Dutty Mouth Finnegan “Major Drug Transit” Country UWG Condemns UDP Disrespect September 16, 2015 The United Women’s Group (UWG) of the People’s United Party (PUP) decries in the strongest terms the continued disrespectful and despicable behaviour of the UDP members of the House of Representatives during House sittings. Led by the Prime Minister, who never stops his name-calling and disparaging of the Opposition and members of the public, UDP Ministers delight in their misbehaviour contrary to the Standing Orders of the House. Yesterday the Member for Mesopotamia recklessly attacked Ms. Audrey Matura Shephard calling her an empty vessel and low-grade attorney, and he made clear sexual innuendos directed towards her. Such boorish conduct, we repeat, is cowardly and completely unacceptable. Mr. Finnegan brazenly abused his parliamentary privilege and immunity in attacking Ms. Matura Shephard who was not present to defend herself. Other UDP Ministers and the Prime Minister were
seen to be throwing their heads back with laughter. Such conduct is not only unbecoming, but makes Members unfit to serve in the National Assembly. Mr. Finnegan must apologise and the Speaker of the House must ensure that everyone abide by the House Rules so that this does not happen again. The UWG and PUP condemn this tawdry and insulting conduct especially as it pertains to women. We call on the Special Envoy for Women and Children, the Women’s Commission, Church Leaders and Civil Society organizations to join us in saying enough is enough!
OW Mayor honors residents Orange Walk Town, September 14, 2015 Five residents of Orange Walk Town were recognised as outstanding citizens by Orange Walk Town Mayor Kevin Bernard on Monday, September 14, 2015 in the Mayor’s annual Meritorious Award ceremony. Mayor Bernard honoured Mr. Raul “Cancara” Leiva Sr., Mr. Abraham Rempel, Sarita Torress, Eileen Leiva and Jaime Briceno. The recipients of the award are members of the community who have impacted or contributed to the development of the north and Belize have made a positive impact to the growing Orange Walk community.
Belize City, September 16, 2015 In a presidential declaration released by United States President Barack Obama on September 14, 2015, Belize is identified as a major drug transit country along with 21 other countries around the world. The damning high-level Government memo is issued annually, as an evaluation tool used by the U.S. Government to determine its narcotics control strategy throughout the world. Belize finds itself in one of the toughest situations. Its location, both in Central America and the Caribbean, places it at the center of the drug trade which moves from South America to the United States. In his declaration, Obama noted that seizure data of cocaine destined for U.S. markets show that an estimated 86 percent transited through the Central American corridor and the remaining 14 percent traveled via the Caribbean in 2014. It is not known just how much of this passed through Belize, but all indications are that the country remains a main point of passage for narco-traffickers due to its porous borders, weak security systems and corrupt Government officials. Belize has been bestowed this notorious global status by the U.S. Government for the fifth consecutive year. In March of this year, the U.S. Government designated Belize as “Major Illicit Drug Producing, Major Drug-Transit, Major Money Launder-
ing” country in its International Narcotics Control Strategy report. The report observed that even with the introduction of new laws to tackle illicit activities in Belize, the Barrow Administration has not shown sufficient “political will” and has lagged behind with enforcement. “Despite the new laws and regulations, some international experts have noted political will is needed to fully implement and enforce the new legislation through investigations and prosecutions. An absence of money laundering prosecutions and convictions in 2014, coupled with historically low figures, reflects the lack of robust enforcement efforts,” stated the report.
Did You Know?? During the period March 2015 to September, Government borrowed the following:
March, 2015 27 million Bz 60 million Bz $57,522,486 Bz September, 2015 70 million- Bz 54 million- Bz Petro Caribe monies borrowed but not reported as yet $57,522,486 Bz
Total borrowed = $263,044,972.00
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