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FORMER DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION TELLS ALL… UDP MINISTERS NAMED IN REVEALING TESTIMONY

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Former Director of Immigration Maria Marin has been able to produce the list of UDP Ministers which caused her alarm as the then Acting Director of Immigration for the frequency with which they were recommending applicants for approval for immigration documents. That list is with the members of the Senate Select Committee, and they are refusing to release it to the press at this time, even though these are public hearings. In the Senate hearings, Marin made some alarming disclosures, and in the interest of accuracy, this newspaper has reproduced her comments verbatim. According to Marin, “As the Deputy Director, I was aware

of cases where we would have people coming in to the department, like what were referred to as agents, who would come in and bring in application forms…I experienced that there were requests that were coming for applications to be approved without having all the necessary requirements or supporting documents in some instances. There were situations where I was able to see that there were officers who were being approached by Ministers for what reason I don't know, but they went to them for - to take papers, and to accept papers - documents I guess, for applications. And, I also, as the Deputy, was

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Belize City Wednesday 11 January, 2017 Uncertain economic times have become even more uncertain for Belize as the US Supreme Court, this week, rejected a request from GOB for certiorari in two arbitration settlements (GOB vs. Belize Social Development Ltd.; GOV vs. BCB and Belize Bank Ltd.), the cost of which total more than US$50 Million and is now enforceable with the Court's decision. Still, even with the decision being final, GOB says it will not pay a penny toward any of the arbitration costs, even though they are

the direct result of the Prime Minister’s arbitrary nationalization of BTL and his subsequent refusal to settle. According to GOB, the US courts have "no authority to overrule the CCJ [Caribbean Court of Justice] and certainly the Ashcroft companies can never collect those awards in Belize." Benno Kimmelman, the lead litigator for Sidney Austin LLP - New York, which represented the Ashcroft companies said while he was not able to comment directly on the government's release in which

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Continued from page 1 it announced its decision to avoid paying the arbitration costs, government has an obligation under US law to pay the final judgments. He added, however, that as long as the judgments remain outstanding the arbitration awards will continue to accrue interest. He stated that there could also be other consequences for not paying such an obligation. He added, however, that in his experience, once a judgment is final and there is no chance for further appeal, the parties usually begin discussions on payment arrangements. That process has not yet started. Kimmelman also noted that in one of the two arbitration cases (GOB vs. BSDL), a request for discovery or disclosure of assets was made. This procedure allows parties who have obtained judgements to determine what assets are available to satisfy their judgements. The arbitration settlements also don't do much to help GOB's current efforts to restructure the 2038 "Barrowbond" and avoid a default on its next coupon payment due in February. GOB is expected to approach bondholders on Thursday with a consent solicitation seeking the 75 percent floor of bondholders necessary to commence restructuring. Financial Secretary Joseph Waight, in a letter to Bank of New York Mellon (trustee for the 2038 Bonds) sent last Friday, said GOB is seeking to amend the financial terms of the bonds. He also outlined Belize's current economic condition saying that when the bond was restructured in 2013, crucial assumptions regarding Belize's economic performance were used in setting the terms but the reality has been far different. Weak economic growth, Hurricane Earl, de-risking and arbitration settlements were listed among the factors making Belize's debt serviceable. Special advisor for bondholders, Charles Blitzer; Blitzer Consulting said the arbitration settlements are part of the big puzzle as GOB has an obligation to make those payments, just as it has an obligation to pay bondholders. According to Blitzer, the bondholder committee has been formed and recognized by the trustee. The Committee is composed of Greylock Capital Management, LLC, Grantham, Mayo, van Otterloo & Co. LLC, Steadfast Insurance Company and Capital Markets Financial Services Inc., and its authorized representatives are

Continued from page 1 involved in several cases of - investigation cases of alleged wrongdoings, where we saw - where we were able to gather evidence which we thought was good evidence, and we would take it up, and nothing happened." Viewers will remember vividly that when Godwin Hulse was the Minister in charge of Immigration, he preached from the pulpit of his personal attempts to reform the Department when the UDP’s Elvin Penner/Won Hong Kim scandal raged, and even through the visa hustle scandal. Well, Marin’s testimony suggests strongly that as he very often does, Hulse was only blowing hot air. When Senator Mark Lizarraga asked why even through her best attempts, she was not able to break that culture at the Immigration Department, she responded, “Like I said, we needed to have the support from the decision makers. Senator Lizarraga followed up, “So the failure to follow policies and procedures, you're saying, is that you did not have the support from the policy makers - from the politicians." Marin agreed, saying, “I did not feel that enough was being done, and therefore, I am saying that the support was not there.” When asked for her recommendations to improve the Immigration Department, Marin candidly stated, “for too long, we have talked the talk, but for too long, we have not walked the walk. And I think - I believe that if we really love this country, we need to walk that walk, from the top - the very top, to the very bottom. Because, even if you have genuine people, it is difficult for genuine people to function where that support is not there, when it doesn't exist, or where the support is half met. 'Oh, we're going to do this, and then, we don't finalize that process, and we don't commit to seeing from the beginning to the end, despite the fact that the work is getting done by those who really want to see a difference.” It remains to be seen how the spin doctors of the UDP will attempt to downplay and dispute the significance of Marin’s disclosures, as a career public officer who was once at the helm of the Immigration Department.

FUEL PRICE UP…BUTANE PRICE SKYROCKETS… Wednesday, 11 January 2017 There was no announcement by Government to announce its New Year’s gift of a pump price increase which shot the cost of Regular Fuel to its highest point in years. In Belmopan, the cost of Regular Fuel stood at $9.94 while in Corozal and Toledo the price shot past the $10.00 mark. The price for Diesel at the pump also jumped past $9.00, recorded at $9.07 in Belmopan. Prices for Premium mirror prices for Regular, but sources in the Ministry of Finance tell the Belize Times that within the next week the price for Premium fuel will shoot up. On the heels of that crippling price hike, GOB had another not so little surprise for Belizeans. Effective immediately, the price per 100lb. cylinder of butane skyrocketed up $15 – in Belize City, from $82 to $97 and in Belmopan from $84 to $99. The first month of the New Year isn’t even halfway and the budget hasn’t even been read. Yet Belizeans are already paying the cost for the Prime Minister’s total mismanagement of the economy. Belizeans are also paying the cost for the greed of UDP Ministers who have used their powers of office to guzzle at the trough. Whenever Belizeans pay $10 for a gallon of fuel, almost fully half of which go to GOB as taxes, they should remember Gaspar Vega who facilitated the payment of millions to his cronies and family members, including his own son. The higher costs of fuel and butane will significantly affect the productive sector, and every level of Belizeans. While our Ministers continue to live lavishly, the poorest Belizeans are being burdened with more taxes and the middle class has all but disappeared.

Mr. AJ Mediratta of Greylock Capital Management, LLC and Dr. Carl Ross of Grantham, Mayo, van Otterloo & Co. LLC. The Committee has been established as a vehicle for discussions with the Government of Belize and other creditors of Belize. According to Blitzer, the committee sees debt relief as only part of the solution. He said of the many things that need to be addressed, the restructuring should be seen in the context of a credible medium term program to adjust the economy and get it growing again while reducing creditor risk. Blitzer did not make any comment on the role of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in such a program but it has been widely reported that bondholders were requesting that Belize enter an IMF program to ensure certain austerity measures. Prime Minister Dean Barrow, however, has skirted around the questions of IMF

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involvement. In previous interviews, Barrow has also been vague when asked of GOB's intention to raise the General Sales Tax to 15 percent, raising import duties, and moving the zero rating off basic commodities. In the last two weeks, however, gas prices have gone up across the country followed by liquid petroleum gas, which saw a $15 increase per 100 pound cylinder just this week.

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GUATS SAY SEDI AGREED TO SECRET SARSTOON AGREEMENT

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Information now coming to light indicates that either Belizean authorities have withheld and continue to withhold critical information from the public or that Guatemala is lying. However, the Government of Belize has not sought to dispel any of the startling disclosures by Guatemala, so our readers can certainly read between the lines. The previous disclosure was that Guatemala had rejected the possibility of Confidence Building Measures for the Sarstoon and instead informed our government officials that they would simply implement a security protocol that would see Guatemala, out of courtesy, grant the Belize Defense Force access to the Sarstoon River for its changeover at the Cadenas observation post. There is evidence to suggest this is true, since our highest defence officials have confirmed that this is the position and will remain the position. The latest information also centers on the Sarstoon, that river which is named in our national anthem but which has been taken by Guatemala. An official Guatemalan document just surfacing affirms that during the Guatemalan Foreign Minister’s visit to Belize in July of 2015, “both foreign ministers committed to not inhabit or use the [Sarstoon] island until the International Court of Justice determines to whom it belongs.” Furthermore, “the foreign ministers debated that the observation post that Belize wants to install at the mouth of the Sarstoon River be a police manned post and not a military one, with the view to not increasing the military force in the vicinity of both countries, as well as promoting peace and avoiding incidents between both countries. The foreign ministers committed to negotiating and signing, in the short term, a standard operating protocol between the security forces of both countries.” The purpose of the visit of the Guatemalan Foreign Minister, Carlos Raúl Morales was participation in the OAS Adjacency Zone Office’s Culture of Peace Program that saw an art exhibition opened at the Bliss as well as a peace forum. At a joint press conference at the Radisson before those events, both foreign ministers indeed spoke a language of peace. Our Foreign Minister, Hon. Wilfred Elrington stated “The relationship at every level has been very good, very cordial, very peaceful and very calculated… not kneejerk. When we have difficult moments we call each other at the Foreign Ministry level, at the Prime Ministerial/Presidential level and at the technical level and we work it out. Belize’s military works side by side with the Guatemalan military…so we have a harmonious relationship that really is the envy of the world.” For his part, Guatemalan Foreign Minister Morales said, “We are very clear what exactly we want for our countries, and we know that our people in Guatemala and in Belize, in both countries, criticize Minister Elrington and myself because we have this partnership. But you know…I feel good, I feel very good, because I know I am promoting the peace, and this is more important for me.” But the press was more interested back then in the construction of the much delayed

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forward operating base (FOB) at the Sarstoon. The news in Belize had been that Guatemala had objected to its construction and fresh on everyone’s mind at the time was the tense confrontation between elements of the Belize Coast Guard and Guatemalan naval forces at the end of May 2015. On that occasion, the Coast Guard had been on Sarstoon Island for a reconnaissance mission to identify a spot for the construction of the FOB when

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PUBLIC AUCTION SALE: PROPERTY AUCTIONOrange SALES: PROPERTIES Orange PUBLIC Walk Town; Walk District Orange Walk Town; Orange Walk District

BY ORDER of the Mortgagees, Messrs. La Inmaculada Credit Union Limited, Licensed Auctioneer Kevin A. Castillo will sell the following properties ON SITE on Wednesday 1st February 2017 at the following times: 1. At Parcel No. 4042 Norantal Street, Lousiana Farm Area, Orange Walk Town, Orange Walk District at 10:00 am:

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ALL THAT piece or parcel of land situate in the Orange Walk Town, Orange Walk District, and held under Certificate of Lease LRS-201200659 TOGETHER with all buildings and erections standing and being thereon. (Being a concrete bungalow dwelling house consisting of two bedrooms + two bathrooms + living room + kitchen + verandah + Garage and fenced lot [557.351 square meters] situate on Naranjal Street, Louisiana Farm Area, Orange Walk Town, Orange Walk District, the freehold of Reinaldo Novelo) At Parcel No. 2653 Santa Familia Street, Orange Walk Town, Orange Walk District at 10:45 am:

ALL THAT piece or parcel of land and situate in the Orange Walk Town, Orange Walk District, and held under Certificate of Lease LRS-200900614 TOGETHER with all buildings and erections standing and being thereon. (Being a concrete bungalow house comprising four bedrooms + two bathrooms + living room + kitchen and lot [1022.794 square meters] situate on Santa Familia Street, Orange Walk Town, the freehold property of Estevan Ramos surety for Ajeizer Paterio Samos and Indyra Mabel Samos) 3. At Parcel No. 3995 Corner Velvet Apple Street and a Street, Louisiana Farm Area, Orange Walk Town, Orange Walk District at11:30 am:

ALL THAT piece or parcel of land situate in the Orange Walk Town, Orange Walk District, and held under Certificate LRS-201112974 TOGETHER with all buildings and erections standing and being thereon. ( Being concrete bungalow dwelling house containing two bedrooms + one bathroom + living room + kitchen and fenced lot [456.33 square meters] situate on the corner Velvet Apple Street and a street, Louisiana Farm Area, Orange Walk Town, the freehold of Belilio Isabel Santos surety for Gloria Ester Santos.)

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Questions to Ministers

Would the Member for Queen Square and Prime Minister please say if he feels even the slightest bit of shame for allowing his over-extended and under-subsidized ego to cost the Belizean people so many hundreds of millions? Could he further say how government will pay that money when foreign reserves are already at a critical low?

Would the Member for Queen Square and Prime Minister please say if he will now stop playing the fool and appoint the 13th Senator or if he will continue to go against the will of the people to avoid oversight of his corrupt Cabinet? Would the unelected Senator, political failure and new Minister of Natural Resources please say whether Gaspar Vega’s son Andre has repaid the money he got in shady circumstances while his daddy was boss? Could she further provide an update on any investigation into the compensation scheme which cost Belizeans many millions of dollars? Would the Member for Orange Walk North and public joke please say whether he feels that he has brought enough shame to the few innocent members of his family through his actions? Could he further say if he has enough principle left to resign and spare those family members further humiliation? Would the Member for Orange Walk North and public joke please say whether he or his son Andre have any intention of repaying the money which was misappropriated from public coffers in the Ministry of Natural Resources? Would the Member of Orange Walk East and Junior Minister of Police please explain the nature of his relationship with Guatemalan George Orellana? Could he explain how it is that Orellana was once a subject of Police scrutiny for his allegedly nefarious activities but now is the contractor of choice for the Police Department? Would the Member for Belize Rural Central and Vice-Minister of Immigration please explain her role in all those shady land compensation payments when she was CEO in the Ministry of Natural Resources? Could she further confirm or deny reports that in that capacity she facilitated many land dealings for her then boon companion the sour ex-Senator?

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Guardian Editor Finds Fatal RTA Funny! Tuesday, 10 January 2017 Late last week, Guardian Editor Alfonso Noble…charged and arraigned for knocking down and killing Gilbert Myers while he was allegedly under the influence of alcohol, made an incredibly insensitive, distasteful and offensive post on Facebook. Under a picture of him giving blood, Noble wrote, “A friend asked that I help out by giving blood today.” Noble was making direct and joking reference to the incident which claimed the life of Hattieville resident Gilbert Myers on Christmas Eve. The Guardian Editor, seen drinking that afternoon and evening, knocked down Myers at Mile 4 on the George Price Highway, killing him instantly. When Police arrived at the scene, Noble refused to give a blood or urine specimen so he could be tested for alcohol in his system. On December 28th, as he was arraigned on multiple charges of Manslaughter by Negligence, Causing Death by Careless Conduct, Driving Without Due Care and Attention and Failure to Provide a Specimen, Noble’s attorney Herbert Panton told the media that his client had refused to give blood to Police because he was a

Jehovah’s Witness. Social media outcry to the offensive post by Noble was immediate and critical. The Belize Times is reliably informed that Noble’s political bosses were informed and demanded that he remove the post as it was damaging to the UDP. Later that same evening, Noble would disable his Facebook page. Noble, a mouthpiece of the UDP has come under intense scrutiny for his demeanour following the accident. He was seen laughing as he left the Courtroom after his arraignment, with no hint of remorse for the fact that he had killed a man and left a family grieving his loss on Christmas Eve. There are also very reliable reports that as Myers lay dying on the scene of the accident Noble took photos with his phone which he later shared with close friends. Late this evening the Belize Times was able to confirm that two of Myers’ children were unable to return to school on Monday due to financial constraints. Myers’ was the sole breadwinner of the family.

BARROW CAN’T EVEN MANAGE GARBAGE Wednesday, 11 January 2017 While everything else is crumbling under the mismanagement of Prime Minister Dean Barrow and his administration, it has come to the nation’s attention that the PM’s incompetence in not solely in the area of fiscal responsibility. It has become apparent that this administration cannot even manage garbage. On Tuesday January 10th, the Government of Belize, incredibly, asked Belizeans if they could please generate less garbage while informing that the operator of the solid waste transfer stations and the Mile 24 Regional Sanitary Landfill, PASA Belize Limited, a Mexican company, had ceased operations effective January 9th. PASA had subcontracted the transfer of the waste to a Belize trucking company, Lopez Equipment Company Ltd. However, a dispute arose between the two that landed in Court and is ongoing. We came across the judgment for a claim “for investigation of affairs of Company” that was heard by Madame Justice Shona Griffith as far back as May 27, 2014. Lopez Equipment actually became

a shareholder of PASA and formed a part of a joint venture company hired for the design, construction and operation of the solid waste facilities in Belize. Lopez Equipment subsequently complained about the financial operations of PASA “in respect of moneys borrowed by the Defendant’s company from its shareholders along with requests made for further financial contributions.” Justice Griffith granted the requested investigation of the company and Continued on page 6


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t what point do we say enough? At what point do we decide that our leaders have done too much of what is wrong? At what point do we decide that if there is no drastic and real change, as opposed to optical change, our country is really screwed. At what point do we get enough of the blatant corruption, the arrogance, the greed, the mismanagement, the bad decisions and the violation of our people in every possible way? Our neighbours in Mexico, and as close as Chetumal, protested an increase in fuel cost at the pumps. They burned gas stations. They took to the streets, blocked roads. Lives were lost. Currently, with the increase, Premium fuel in Mexico costs $6.50BZD per gallon. Diesel, with the increase, costs $6.22BZD per gallon. And our neighbours protested in force. In Belize, currently, Regular Fuel costs $9.94 per gallon. Diesel costs $9.07 per gallon. In some parts of the country, Regular has reached the $10.00 mark. This is not because of any acquisition costs, or rise in freight or insurance. Government has so screwed up our economy that now it is forced to tax Belizeans through fuel. For every gallon of Regular fuel you buy today, GOB takes $4.63 in taxes. Almost half of what you pay for every gallon of fuel goes into the government’s coffers, to finance the greed and abuse of this government. Every weekend Pablo Marin and a medley of other UDP Ministers go shopping in Chetumal, gallivanting in their fancy 8-Cylinder gas-guzzling taxpayer funded rides. We pay. When Ministers and cronies go partying and drinking and wining and dining their sweethearts in their fancy government rides, we pay. We, normal Belizeans without the privileges of office, pay so that our Ministers and their families and their cronies and their CEOs can live lives of great comfort and even excess. But we meekly accept and murmur not. There was a time when Dean Barrow called for civil unrest. The People’s United Party will not travel down that road…not just yet. Back then, the UDP had infiltrated the unions for numbers, but the reality is that the fiery demonstrations which were such a feature of the PUP’s 2003-2008 term were mainly sparked by booze, drugs and cash. The UDPs rounded up their thugs from the city, fed them on alcohol and assorted other products and let them loose. It wasn’t a good time for the nation. We would want no repeat of those days, at least not in that fashion or with that incentive. But when do we get enough? The growing frustration of the people is palpable and real. We, as a nation, have seen the most outrageous and unprecedented abuses from our leaders in government. We have seen the repulsive arrogance which afflicts so many of the UDP supporters, transmitted like a sexual disease

from their leaders. We watched as the UDP’s Alfonso Noble destroyed a life while allegedly driving drunk. He took the life of a productive member of society, a hard-working man who couldn’t afford the bus to travel between his home in Hattieville and his workplace in the city. So he rode his bike. He was taking groceries to his wife and children on Christmas Eve when he was killed. As Gilbert Myers lay broken and bleeding on the ground Noble took pictures of him. As he emerged from the Courtroom following his arraignment he laughed. A few days after he was on Facebook, joking about the incident. We see those things and they hurt. That hurt breeds anger and frustration. Anger and frustration breed those things which we do not want to see, but which sometimes become inevitable. Cause and Effect! We see people like Gaspar Vega who is one of Belize’s wealthiest men. He stole from the people of this nation in which almost 50% of our people are very, very poor. There is evidence – a paper trail which shows what he did. He presided over a compensation scheme which saw millions paid out to UDP cronies, including his brother and his son. We have seen the lists of lands, thousands and thousands of acres, prime parcels gifted to his family members. We have seen the documents which detail a stinking scheme to grab hold of 1600 acres of crown land near Carmelita. A normal Belizean cannot get a piece of land or a house lot. But Vega shafted us. Yet he and his family remain wealthy. They remain high-society players. They drive around and live large and smile with us from behind the tinted glass of their luxury SUVs. And we boil. The greed of our government ministers has cost us dearly, as has the arrogance and blindness of our Prime Minister, Dean Barrow. We are forced to watch as the Minister who is known for little more than his shady ways is rewarded with his own substantive portfolio. We watch as a pool-table repairman has suddenly become a property manager with the best ‘product’ (maybe that part isn’t such a lie) and a millionaire. We watch as Minister Montero continues to grab up every parcel of land he can get hold of – like his colleague from Port Loyola, a true rags to riches story at our expense. And we watch our Prime Minister do nothing. Absolutely nothing! How long will we sit idly by? It is not for optics that the Prime Minister travels with bodyguards and is guarded like a President wherever he roams. George Price never needed that security entourage. Dean Barrow does. It is a sign of the times created by this government. Even the Prime Minister’s wife is guarded, as is the former Deputy Prime Minister, the current Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Defence and the Minister of his own Development in Port Loyola. They know why. But still they rise while we fall. When do we get enough? And what happens then?


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Wednesday, January 11, 2017 On Tuesday, January 10, President of the Belize Tourism Industry Association Osmany Salas was selected as the NGO appointee to serve as Senator in the Upper House of the National Assembly. Salas, if government keeps its commitment, will shortly be officially appointed as the long awaited 13th Senator, believed to be critical to the oversight process and so long denied by Prime Minister Dean Barrow. Salas was selected through a voting process in which 27 NGOs in good-standing participated. He was victorious with 11 votes, while Edilberto Romero received 7 votes. Three other NGO representatives – Pablo Collado, Janelle Chanona and Donovan Reneau were in the race for 13th Senator as well, and it is believed that all would have been able to perform in the role which is absolutely essential for good democracy. Prime Minister Dean Barrow introduced the concept of a 13th Senator in 2008 in his Imagine the Possibilities manifesto. The platform then was good governance, a platform which has since been rubbished by the UDP’s complete abandonment of every one of its commitments to that

Osmany Salas agenda. If the brave teachers of Belize, under the umbrella of the BNTU did not stand together in October 2016 and demand the 13th Senator, there would be no nomination to write about today. Indeed, Mr. Barrow was fond of saying ‘ain’t going to happen’ when asked about that ill-fated campaign promise of 2008. In light of his absolute aversion to scrutiny and oversight, it is hoped that Mr. Barrow will not at the eleventh hour step back from his forced commitment of the appointment of the 13th Senator. Even before Osmany Salas was selected from a field of 5 Tuesday morning, UDP operatives were active on social media disparaging the process, going so far as

BARROW CAN’T EVEN MANAGE GARBAGE Continued from page 4 on November 30, 2016 police accompanied attorneys to execute a writ to seize property at the Mile 24 regional sanitary landfill. So, could the Belize Solid Waste Management Authority (BSWaMA) have prevented the garbage pileup at the transfer stations? A spokesperson has informed that they were completely unaware of the internal issues of the joint venture company and that it was only until Monday January 9th, when PASA sent them a letter that they learned the company was ceasing operations immediately. Apart from the encouragement to reduce waste produced, BSWaMA assures the public that they are making every effort to contain the situation by designating temporary dumping areas on the transfer station compounds to accommodate the garbage that continues to arrive. In the case of Belize City, garbage collection company Belize Waste Control has indicated that it collects some 115 tonnes of waste daily. The Authority is also assuring the public that it is working expeditiously to get the accumulated waste transferred to the Mile 24 regional sanitary landfill given that no waste should be accumulated there for this long. However, no timeline could be given as to when the matter will be resolved as BSWaMA says the contract with PASA is under review by the legal counsel in the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Attorney General’s Ministry. It was clarified though that there are other operators who can do the work so why has another company not been designated yet? The response was that the services provided by PASA were governed by a contract which has certain clauses that could be invoked. The spokesperson was quick to affirm that BSWaMA has met all its financial obligations with PASA to date.

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to call the 13th Senator a threat to democracy. In a release issued Tuesday evening, the People’s United Party congratulated Salas on his appointment by the body of NGOs, stating that they are confident that he will be “able to discharge his duties as a Senator with integrity, objectivity, rationality and consideration for country and people.”

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RECKLESSNESS Tuesday, 10 January 2017 This evening a terse release from the Ministry of Economic Development and Petroleum informed the general public that the consultations on the Marine Multibeam and Sea Seep Survey, that were scheduled to be held at the Radisson Hotel in Belize City on January 18 and 25, 2017, have been cancelled. There was no explanation given and the word ‘cancelled’ was used as opposed to ‘postponed,’ suggesting that there will be no rescheduling in the short term. So why is GOB playing so cagey with what is obviously a pre-exploration survey in our waters? The economy is in dire straits. It is no secret. The Government of Belize admitted this in broad daylight in its pleading to bondholders recently in New York as it attempts to re-structure the socalled Superbond for the third time. The reason the economy is in dire straits is quite straight forward. Our usual exports have been doing poorly. The BNE oil wells have dried up. Also, the government has mismanaged the nation’s financial resources and increasing public debt to unsustainable levels. Underscoring this dismal situation however is the government’s reckless actions and decisions as it pertains to the economy. The government, it seems, is stubbornly insisting on destroying that last leg of our feeble economy: tourism. Our only saving grace and the only economic sector that has been doing well has been the tourism industry. Even this the government has forcefully undermined by going against the National Sustainable Tourism Master Plan and approving the Harvest Caye project near Placencia. But much more insidious than this is the government’s insistence on pursuing offshore oil exploration. After tourism stakeholders in San Pedro chased away the seismic boats and those who went to supposedly hold consultations after the fact, the government quietly in December 2016 announced that they will now be holding consultations on a multibeam survey that it ‘intends to complete.’ But there is something terribly wrong with this planned so-consultation. It does not appear that the government is taking the concerns and interests of Belizean stakeholders seriously. It is again,

in typical fashion, recklessly exposing our marine environment and our tourism industry to serious harm by continuing to pursue oil exploration activities in our waters. The consultation they were planning to hold demonstrates that they are not serious. For such a major issue as offshore oil exploration, one would expect that they would develop a proper consultation plan rather than just holding two meetings at night in Belize City away from the main tourism destinations of San Pedro, Caye Caulker, Hopkins and Placencia. It is highly questionable whether they understand what stakeholders mean and whether they see this as a crucial national issue. It appears that they are simply again going through the motions to check the consultation boxes and go about their merry way. This is a marketing exercise for what they have already decided. Even if those consultations had not been cancelled, they would probably only allow you one question and shut you down after that as they usually do at these farcical events. How does holding two public meetings at night constitute proper and genuine consultation? Perhaps we should question why they wanted to hold such consultations. What was their objective? If it is to encourage public participation in policy making and encourage greater citizen participation in good governance then they are way off the mark. Proper public participation requires the involvement of those affected by a decision in the decisions being taken. To exclude people in participating by holding only two meetings away from where key stakeholders are located sufficiently indicates a lack of genuine interest in public engagement. If there is no real opportunity for stakeholders to influence the process then it is a futile exercise. We are now sailing it seems in a sea of recklessness. Public consultation is more than holding a public meeting. There are many other events and activities that can and should be done. It should be carried out according to a plan. To proceed in the manner in which the government planned to do, to expose our most valuable marine resources to oil exploration without the benefit of deep and proper dialogue and debate is absolute recklessness.

GILROY USHER SR. ASSISTS IN PROMOTING SMALL BUSINESSES IN PORT LOYOLA Belizean businessman Ronald Ferguson of #17 Baracat St. in the Port Loyola Belize City got a major boost for his business, R & R Electrical on Monday when Gilroy Usher Sr. assisted him in acquiring a much needed heavy-duty power drill. The drill which cost $375.00 will enable Mr. Ferguson to accept bigger jobs and work more efficiently. With the growth of R & R Electrical he will also be

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they were menacingly confronted by the Guatemalan Armed Forces (GAF). During a morning meeting just before the July 27, 2015 press conference, Belize appeared to have appeased Guatemala. Morales reported to the Belizean press later that day that Elrington informed him that the FOB would not be a military base. “It is going to be a Coast Guard base that depends on the Police,” he said. However, nothing was said at that press conference about Belize’s Foreign Minister having committed to the non-occupation and use of the Sarstoon Island but if it is as Guatemala recorded in official documents after that trip in July 2015, then suddenly both Belize’s and Guatemala’s behaviour in relation to the Sarstoon since then is better understood. What happened thereafter as time progressed was that the Belize Government changed the proposed location of the FOB from Sarstoon Island to the mainland. It cited the island’s unsuitability for the location of a FOB. Guatemala, for its part, ramped up its aggression in defending its self-proclaimed sovereignty over the Island by blockading the Belize Territorial Volunteers and the media from freely docking at the island and traversing Belize’s portion of the Sarstoon River.

NOTICE KIRWEN LTD. # 53, 730 (“the Company”) Pursuant to Section 102 (8) of the International Business Companies Act, Chapter 270 of the Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2000, notice is hereby given that KIRWEN LTD. has been dissolved as at 31st December, 2016 and has been struck off the Register of International Business Companies. CILTrust International Limited Registered Agent

NOTICE HOLBENLY CORP. # 160, 200 (“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 HOLBENLY CORP.: a) Is in dissolution b) Commenced dissolution on the 14th day of December, 2016; and c) ALFONSO DONAIRE whose address is C. Prat de la Creu, 83, baixos, AD500 Andorra La Vella is the Liquidator of the Company. MACLACHLAN & DENNIN LIMITED Registered Agent

NOTICE DIAMOND PARTNERS CORP. # 155, 530 (“the Company”) (L) Gilroy Usher ,Sr. (R) Ronald Ferguson

able to offer more job opportunities to youths in the neighborhood. As a show of appreciation for the timely assistance, Ronald did some electrical work at the Usher residence on Monday afternoon and he did an excellent job. After graduating from the Vocational Training Center (ITVET) in Belize City with his diploma in electrical wiring,

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Pursuant to Section 102 (8) of the International Business Companies Act, Chapter 270 of the Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2000, notice is hereby given that DIAMOND PARTNERS CORP.. has been dissolved as at 3rdJanuary, 2017 and has been struck off the Register of International Business Companies. MACLACHLAN & DENNIN LIMITED Registered Agent


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THIS MAN? Wednesday, 11 January 2017 Does anybody know what happened to the golden boy Mayor of Belize City? I believe his name was Darrell Bradley. Is he still around? Somebody says he’s gone back into private practice full time and that is certainly believable based on the work, or lack thereof, in this dilapidated city. Buoyed by millions from a Municipal Bond and millions in grants and bailouts from a Central Government flush with Petrocaribe funds, Bradley wowed the country with what seemed to be unprecedented work. Since he followed on the hells of the disgraceful Zenaida Moya even one paved street would have been an improvement. But coffers bulging with millions, Bradley shone bright. But where is he now? Today he was sitting next to former acting Director of Immigration Maria Marin at the ongoing Senate inquiry. He was there last week as well, since Marin is his client and she is on the hot seat at the moment, being questioned about corruption in Immigration. Yesterday, Bradley was at Court in Belize City, representing a man charged for manslaughter by negligence in an RTA fatality. Meanwhile, the city has been abandoned by this once working hero. With the abrupt departure of Petrocaribe monies due to the sticky-fingered

tendencies of some in power, Bradley has no clue where to turn for the resources to do what has to be done in the city. All works appear to be halted. And if that is not bad enough, streets cemented less than a year ago are already breaking apart. Sidewalks built months ago are crumbling. Grills over gaping holes in cemented streets have disappeared, and no attempts have been made to fix those holes. When it rains, Belize City disappears underwater, since there is no adequate drainage. Streets which were not touched during the short-lived golden days of Mr. Bradley have deteriorated to the point where motorists drive them at their own risk. Streets in the Southside are covered in uncollected garbage. Where did you say you saw the Mayor? At Court…where he is a full-time practicing attorney. Bradley is perhaps the only Mayor fortunate enough to collect a full-time, very lucrative salary as Mayor, and then devote all his time to his private practice. How could that ever be considered right? A former UDP politician, Santino Castillo, had once said of Mayor Darrell Bradley that it is easy to get a lot done when you have access to millions to do it, but when that money is gone, and you have to pay it back, it is a different story. The glory days of Mayor Darrell Bradley and the UDP City Council are long gone, and the city is in terrible shape. What now, Mayor/Attorney Bradley?

Pursuant to Section 102 (8) of the International Business Companies Act, Chapter 270 of the Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2000, notice is hereby given that Slyter Holding Corp. has been dissolved as at 3rd January, 2017 and has been struck off the Register of International Business Companies. CILTrust International Limited Registered Agent

NOTICE Glovart Consulting Ltd. #136,630 (“the Company”) Pursuant to Section 102 (8) of the International Business Companies Act, Chapter 270 of the Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2000, notice is hereby given that Glovart Consulting Ltd. has been dissolved as at 3rd January, 2017 and has been struck off the Register of International Business Companies. CILTrust International Limited Registered Agent

NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the below company has been dissolved and struck off the International Business Companies Register with effect from the date indicated: BRIARGROVE INTERNATIONAL LTD. – January 4th, 2017

GILROY USHER SR. ASSISTS... Continued from page 7 Ronald did electrical work for over ten years with various electrical contractors. Those experiences enabled him to fully master the skills of the trade and the confidence to start his own electrical business about a year ago. Today Ronald Ferguson offers professional work with both residential and commercial wiring including AC units. No job is too small or too big for him and he is competent working from a blue print. The places where Ronald Ferguson has done major electrical work include the second floor of 88 Hardware Store on Central American Blvd. and John “Big John” Pollard’s concrete house on Faber’s Road near the Police Sub-station. For prompt electrical service at reasonable rates Mr. Ferguson can be contacted at his home address or Tel: 6501734. According to Ronald, as a young entrepreneur in the city it was difficult to get his business off the ground because the

many requirements for a business loan from both the private and public (government) lending institutions make that impossible. I was happy to assist Mr. Ronald Ferguson in obtaining an electrical tool for R & R Electrical because he is a responsible individual and the head of a family who is serious about building a good electrical company. By owning successful businesses Belizeans will have a greater say in the development of the nation and the success of any small business in Port Loyola means more jobs opportunities for the youths of the area. Prior to this undertaking I also assisted Kent Bennett of #2096 Curl Thompson St. in obtaining a heavy-duty weed eater. As the next Area Representative for Port Loyola I plan to assist small businesses in the area by giving each of them a $500.00 grant to acquire needed equipment, as that initiative will enable them to offer better service and reach out more in their community in countless ways.

ALEMAN, CORDERO, GALINDO & LEE TRUST (BELIZE) LIMITED

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NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the below company has been dissolved and struck off the International Business Companies Register with effect from the date indicated: PROMOTORA AGRICOLA ORGANICA S.A. – January 4th, 2017. ARIAS, FABREGA & FABREGA (BELIZE) LIMITED

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Former Director of Immigration Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Maria Marin, the Former Director of Immigration, has confirmed to the nation what the Auditor General’s reports on the Department of Immigration and Nationality catalogued in detail. UDP Ministers intervened in applications for immigration documents, especially Visas. These letters of recommendation they sent was part of a culture within the Government that whichever applicant they endorsed, that applicant was expected to be approved for their Belizean documents in expedited fashion even if they did not qualify. Marin’s revelations came as part of her testimony to the Senate Select Committee, which has been holding public hearings to review the mass irregularities exposed by the Auditor General in her reports. In the 4th meeting of the Committee, Marin revealed under oath that the frequency with which Ministers were recommending applicants for visas was a red flag for her in the pursuit of a reformed department. Even though she was very careful in her word choice, this former senior Immigration official disclosed that there were past occurrences before her leadership of the Department with which she was not comfortable.

Under questioning from PUP Senator Eamon Courtenay, Marin said that she was careful in the way she approved visas. In one of those exchanges about her concerns with how the Department was being run. Senator Courtenay challenged her saying, “I'm just asking you whether you're aware of visas where persons who did not complete the requirements got visas. Marin responded, “...I was careful because there was indication of that, yes.” Courtenay then asked, “...In respect of nationality, the same?” She responded, “I was very careful of it because, yes, there was some indication that people were getting nationality out of the formal or official process.” What Marin is signalling is that persons who did not qualify were still approved for visas, nationalities and passports. In her testimony to the Senate, Marin asserted that she, as the Director of Immigration, was very strict in her approval of persons for the immigration documents. She said that she constantly had to hold meetings with senior immigration officials to get them to stop sending applications for her approval if that applicant did not meet all the requirements, including the documentation demanded by the application process for

Guzman Charged for Malski’s Death Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Eric Rene Salazar Guzman, a Guatemalan living in Burrell Boom, has been charged for the road traffic accident which caused the death of 21 year-old Ladyville resident Jamalski Young. Young suffered a horrific death after his body Jamalski Young Eric Rene Salazar Guzman caught fire moments after the crash. That accident happened sometime after 9 p.m. on Sun- with manslaughter by negligence, causday, January 8, between miles 8 and 9 ing death by careless conduct, driving on the Philip Goldson Highway. His fam- without due care and attention, failing to ily tells the press that he was on the way stop and render aid, failing to report an acto work at a gas station located less than cident, and failing to give way to a motor quarter mile from where he died. He was vehicle on a major road. He was arraigned riding on a motorcycle, and just as he was today before Senior Magistrate Sharon passing Blue House Bar, a white vehicle Frazer who couldn’t take any plea from reversed out onto the road. He did not him because these are indictable charghave enough time to react, and the mo- es which must be tried in the Supreme torcycle slammed into the back of the ve- Court. The police prosecution objected hicle. The impact flung him forward, and to his being granted bail on the grounds the bike landed right next to him. that he is a flight risk. Salazar Guzman’s The motorbike ten exploded into attorney, Mayor Darrell Bradley, respondflames which engulfed him and burnt him ed, indicating to the court that he has to death. The driver of that vehicle, later been living in Belize for 30 years and he identified as Eric Salazar Guzman, fled the has been gainfully employed for at least scene of the accident, and when Young’s seven years. He also has children who are family and police arrived on the scene, Belizean. there was nothing that they could do to Bradley also pointed out that Salazar save his life. His mother, Evadney Wil- Guzman handed himself in to Police and liams made an impassioned plea to the that should be taken as a sign of good driver, who was unknown at that time, to faith. After consideration, Senior Magisturn himself in to Police. trate Sharon Frazer granted him bail of She said, "I want to tell him, let him $20,000. watch me in my face. Just like how my Bradley told reporters that he has kids are not sleeping, I hope he isn't communicated that the reason he fled sleeping either, and he thinks about it, the scene was out of panic and fear. He what he did to my son." spoke to a confidante who advised him Hours later, Salazar Guzman turned to turn himself into Police, which is what himself into police, and he was charged he did.

visas, nationality, and passports. According to Marin, it caused her and her officers to come into direct conflict with the Ministers who were making these recommendations; these Ministers would actually come in and criticize these officials, trying to force them to do something against the regulations. Describing this culture of these government ministers trying to exert influence, she said, "The minister who is recommending may come and say well you know that's petty -- a photograph that is not clear enough or the application not being complete, not being signed or sometimes they felt like maybe there should have been more flexibility. Those were the terms I heard were being used. Petty, inflexible, unreasonable…but the fact is that those were requirements and so when that was the situation we would send it back and so Ministers would want to know why do you need to be inflexible, why do you need to be that strict about it or such a stickler for it and those were the requirements. So Minister (Godwin Hulse) would then address that issue with them at his level.” She also started keeping a personal record of the amount of times Ministers sent recommendation letters at her desk, asking for her to approve certain applicants. Senator Courtenay asked her to disclose that record showing which Ministers and the number of times they sent recommendation letters for applicants

Maria Marin who were trying to get these documents when she was director. She has promised to do so at a later date. Once again, Senator Courtenay challenged her to address “the elephant in the room”. He said, “I'm suggesting to you that the reason that the ministers recommended… it was a signal to the Immigration Department this has my ‘backative.’ Process it...that is why Ministers according to you would intervene and say you are being inflexible." She agreed with his suggestion saying, “And that was the culture that we were trying to remove. That was the culture we were trying to remove from the get go." Perhaps in an attempt to absolve those ministers who intervened, the UDP Senators very artfully challenged Auditor General Dorothy Bradley on her opinion that it was illegal for those Ministers to intervene at the Immigration Department. In her report, she shared her opinion, “Since the law does not provide for ministers to intervene in the visa process it was illegal for those ministers to have done so."

For Sale

By Order of the Mortgagee

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 17th day of July 2008, between ALLIANCE BANK OF BELIZE LIMITED (“the Assignor”), SCOTIABANK (BELIZE) LIMITED (the Assignee”) and WILLIAM HENRY BOWMAN of 791 Bella Vista, Belize City, Belize District, Belize (hereinafter called “the Borrower”) of the one part and SCOTIABANK (BELIZE) LIMITED (hereinafter called “the Mortgagee”) of the other part, and recorded in Deeds Book Volume 26 of 2008 at Folios 571-590, 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. SCHEDULE Firstly, ALL THAT piece or parcel of land comprising 7 acres situate near mile 19 on the Stann Creek Valley Road in the Stann Creek District being the land comprised in the Minister’s Fiat Grant No. 135 of 1971 dated the 6th day of January, 1972 and entered at the General Registry in the Crown Lands Book (Grants) No. 4 at Folios 91 Entry No. 735 and referred to as Block 38 TOGETHER with all buildings and erections standing and being thereon. Secondly, ALL THAT piece or parcel of land comprising 8 acres 1 rood 16 poles situate near mile 19 on the Stann Creek Valley Road in the Stann Creek District being the land comprised in the Minister’s Fiat Grant No. 136 of 1971 dated the 28th day of January, 1972 and entered at the General Registry in the Crown Lands Book (Grants) No. 4 at Folios 89 Entry No. 724 and referred to as Block 37 TOGETHER with all buildings and erections standing and being thereon. Thirdly, ALL THAT piece or parcel of land situate near mile 19 ¾ on the Stann Creek Valley Road in the Stann Creek District containing 7 acres 1 rood 28 poles, being the property comprised in the Minister’s Fiat Grant No. 134 of 1971 dated the 28th day of January, 1972 attached to the Fiat aforesaid TOGETHER with all buildings and erections standing and being thereon. DATED this 1st day of December, 2016. MUSA & BALDERAMOS LLP 91 North Front Street Belize City Attorneys-at-Law for Scotiabank (Belize) Ltd.


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Belize Jaguars Win 3 Friendlies in Preparation for Panama Belmopan, January 9, 2016 Team Belize Jaguars won 3 football friendlies in preparation for the upcoming 2016 UNCAF Copa Centroamericana, to be held in Panama from January 13-22. The Jaguars’ new head coach Richard Orlovski has prepared the Jaguars well and he said he was happy with their performance, and expects they will execute the plays they have practiced in the same way against the Central American competition. Last Friday night, the Jaguars won 2-0 over a Stann Creek district selection at the Carl Ramos Stadium in Dangriga. Belize’s top striker Deon Macaulay delivered the 1st goal in the 20th minute and Everald Trapp added a 2nd goal in the 27th minute. On Sunday at the Louisiana Field in Orange Walk, the Jaguars won again: 4-0! Macaulay scored a hat trick in the 1st half, with goals in the 26th, 36th and 45th minutes. Luis “Barker” Torres came off the bench to score a 4th goal in the 84th minute, with an assist from Andres Makin Jr. The Jaguars also bombed a visiting 2nd Division team from Mexico: 8-0 at the FFB Stadium in Belmopan on Monday night. The Jaguars’ strikers are Deon McCaulay, Michael Salazar, Elroy “Bibs” Kuylen Gilroy “Bredda” Thurton, Danny Jimenez and Jarret Davis. The midfielders: Luis “Barker” Torres, Jordi Polanco, NanaYaw Mensah, Delone Torres and Denmark Casey Jr. and the Makin brothers, Devon and Andres Jr. will create plays for the forwards to finish. Veteran team captain Elroy Smith, Ian Gaynair, Everald Trapp, Khalil Velasquez, Tyrone Pandy, Trevor “Burger” Lennan, and newcomers Michael Atkinson and Makannon Clare will man the defense, and endeavour to help our premier international goalkeeper Woodrow West and veteran Shane Moody Orio to keep Belize’s slate clean and concede as few goals as possible. The tournament qualifies the top 5 teams to participate in the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament in the USA, and the view in UNCAF is that Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama and El Salvador will be vying for the top 4 berths; and Belize’s best hope of qualifying to the 5th spot is to beat Nicaragua and allow as few goals as possible. Team Belize flies out to Panama on Wednesday, January 11. Their schedule in Panama: Friday 8:00pm, January 13, Belize vs. Panama Sunday 12:00pm, January 15, Belize vs. Costa Rica Tuesday 3:00pm, January 17 Belize vs. El Salvador Friday 3:00pm, January 20: Belize vs. Nicaragua Sunday 10:00am, January 22: Belize vs. Honduras. Guatemala is not participating; as the Guatemalan football federation has been suspended by FIFA. The Jaguars return home Monday, January 23.

Nana Mensah wins header

Michael Salazar controls

Deon Macaulay scored 3 goals

Team Corozal Outlasts Orange Walk: 5-4 in Inter-district Football Friendly Orange Walk Town, January 8, 2016 Team Corozal outlasted Carmelita FC of Orange Walk: 5-4 in an Inter-district football friendly at the Louisiana field in Orange Walk Town on Sunday, before the Jaguars’ game. Diego Moralez scored Corozal’s 1st goal, and Camilo Sanchez added a 2nd goal before the half. Jevon Ico scored 2 goals for Carmelita to equalize 2-2 at the half. In the 2nd half, Marlon Miranda came off the Carmelita bench to relieve Jevon Ico, and soon scored Carmelita’s 3rd goal with a header to finish a corner kick in the 54th minute: 3-2. Camilo Sanchez answered for Corozal in the 69th minute: 3-3. Dedron Baptist scored Carmelita’s 4th goal in the 78th minute: 4-3. The Sugar City fans’ celebration did not last long as Camilo Sanchez answered once again for Corozal in the 83rd minute, taking on the keeper one on one to complete his hat trick: 4-4. The Carmelita defense tried to lock off their backfield and secure a 4-4 draw, but the Corozal attacks were unstoppable and Basil Sutherland scored Corozal’s 5th goal in the 89th minute.

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THINKING OUT LOUD BY: KEVIN BERNARD

THE 13TH SENATOR

We are now officially in the second week of the New Year and I am proud to say that the Council has continued with the provision of essential services without a break. As Mayor I’ve spent the last few days inspecting various works around town, including our drainage project on Cinderella Street, the paving of St. Peter’s Street and the paving of Slaughterhouse Street. I have never been one to boast, but I truly believe that the collaboration between our Council and the community is the most successful in the country, showing the most results. We have not been able to cement streets like in Belize City. That municipality had access to millions from a Municipal Bond and millions more in grants from a Central Government which wanted to look good in the city. But I have heard, like I’m sure so many have, the many complaints of streets recently cemented which are already breaking up. The major road leading to the Chetumal Street bridge which so many in the UDP boasted about is already sinking a couple months after being built. So many projects in so many municipalities have failed because those giving the orders high up are all about optics and all about bandaid repairs which look good but never last. Not to mention that the UDP decision-makers prefer to give major contracts to cronies who are not qualified to do the work. They seem to be more concerned with how much they can make off cutting corners than about providing quality service to the people. The same can be said for Belmopan. That municipality had the benefit of the Road Safety project which was to revitalize that community with an infusion of millions of dollars for needed infrastructure. I am pretty sure that those who gave us the money for that project and worked with our engineers had a

completely different concept of the result. I always wonder how lending agencies and our international partners continue to give money. Those who control that money in the government never seem to be able to do the right thing. Sometimes I am embarrassed that even the small projects get screwed up. I remember years ago in Orange Walk when a UDP administration took more than six months to construct one pedestrian ramp. And they had to build it twice to get it close to right. We have to get out of this culture of nepotism and cronyism and mediocrity. When we are able to source money from anywhere to assist our people, we need to do things right. We see it right here with the San Estevan Road. That was approved for paving years ago and still nothing. We see it in the road which passes through Orange Walk Town which is a lousy, substandard piece of work. I get a headache just looking at it. It could have been done better, at a lower cost. But the contractor was the nephew of the then Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega. He has been one of the very privileged contractors. Here in Orange Walk we don’t operate like that. We can’t. We are answerable to our residents who provide the revenues to get all this work done. Everything you see happening in this municipality is because of a successful partnership – no gifts, no municipal bonds, no grants…no bailouts. We may not be able to do 100 streets at a time, but we will work hard and we will do what we can. And we will do it well. As Mayor, the people of Orange Walk Town can rest assured that I and my team don’t play politics. We don’t accept mediocrity. We don’t do cronyism. Whatever we do, we do it well because our people demand and deserve no less.

Osmany Salas

By: Eduardo Santos On Tuesday, the 10th of January 2017, the 13th Senator who will be a representative of the Non-Governmental Organizations will finally be elected. The election is slated to be held at the Belize Audubon Society where Donovan Reneau of the BCVI, Janelle Chanona of OCEANA Belize, Pablo Collado of Adopt a Child with Disability, Edilberto Romero of Bacongo and Osmany Salas of the BTIA will all be vying for the votes of the 27 organization that will be eligible to vote. Even before the first ballot has been cast there are a few persons who are crying foul since out of the 148 registered NGOs only 27 NGOs or 18.25% of all the NGOs will be able to vote. While we are all focusing on the election of the 13th Senator, some of us have conveniently forgotten what the catalyst was that made this a reality. In October of 2016, the Belize National Teachers Union staged a national protest since the Barrow Administration had reneged on its promise to implement a hike in the public servants’ increment. While the two sister unions (PSU and the APSSM) accepted the government decree in regards to the wage hike, the BNTU then issued a decree to the government and when it was not met, they conducted a nationwide shutdown. In response to their strike, Dean Barrow was forced to give in to the demands of the BNTU. One of these demands dealt with the implementation of the 13th Senator as stated in our constitution. If the BNTU had caved in and accepted the government proposal to implement the wage hike in April 2017, then a lot of the changes we are now seeing in

our government would not have happened. Some of the demands that have already been addressed are the signing of the UN Convention against Corruption; the appointment of a Special Senate Select Committee to make a full and proper investigation/ inquiry into the recent Auditor General’s Audit Report into the Immigration and Nationality Departments for the 2011-2013; the appointment of a 13th senator and the implementation of long awaited regulations in our labour laws. Without the sacrifice and commitment of our teachers, these reforms would have been only a figment of our imagination Don’t get me wrong. I love that we will finally be having the appointment of the final senator. All of the candidates are persons of integrity and would be assets to the legislative branch. It just saddens me that the persons who made this happen, the teachers of Belize, are not being heralded and acknowledged. This has been the first time in our history that the teachers, who are the guardians of our educational system, have taken the initiative in castigating our government as they would do to a wayward child. It seems that the contribution they made to strengthen our democracy has now been relegated to the dustbins of history. Without the valiant efforts of all the teachers who participated in the demonstration, our government would have now been developed into a full fledge tyranny. MY HATS OFF TO YOU TEACHERS WHO DEMONSTRATED TO KEEP OUR DEMOCRACY ALIVE. Late word coming out of the Belize Audubon Society’s conference room is that Mr. Osmany Salas was elected as the 13th Senator. I would like to congratulate Mr. Salas on his victory, and commend all those who participated in the process. You are all winners as you have shown that democracy is really alive in Belize. It is now time to buckle up and to ensure good governance, keeping our elected leaders accountable for their actions. Without a strong democracy, our Jewel by the sea will then be degraded into a truly deformed democracy.


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Where Are You Living, Mr. Barrow…? “96% of Belizean households had access to better drinking water, 92% to electricity supply and 87% to improved sanitation services. Hence, more than 9 in 10 of citizens polled expressed a high level of life satisfaction; and fully three quarters of our young population aged 15 to 24 felt that their lives had improved over the past year…” – Prime Minister Dean Barrow, New Year’s Message 2016

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By: Norris Hall THERE is no tourniquet to stop the flood of blood that gushes, almost daily, from the veins of young men who are caught up in the criminal violence perpetuated by a gang culture. There is no bandaid to stop the spiraling crime rate that can be indirectly related to the escalating corruption that has become the norm with government officials. These so called white collar crimes invariably steal money that could be used to address the social ills that affect our young people who find themselves checkmated by the grips of poverty and hunger. With the social and economic decline in the society the crime rate mirrors a desperate human instinct for survival. There is no hope or expectation from the public that the Police Department will be able to singularly redeem us from our fear and paranoia as a result of the daily images of human blood flooding the nation’s streets, brought to us courtesy of the media. There is absolutely no need for them to apologize. They are simply reflecting the images of what our society has become. If you are nauseated, you can turn off your television or do what our politicians do, pretend that it isn’t happening and ignore the reality. Some actually feed from it! Depend on it! Contribute to it! The Police in general, have been stymied from acting professionally. They work in deplorable conditions. They are inadequately equipped. They work in an environment of untouchables. They are tools to protect the privileged class. If you listen keenly, you will hear that some have even become apologists to elevate their own careers. They are pawns. The government, from all appearances, is not serious about confronting the crime wave. In fact, the Prime Minister began an unsustainable “bromance” with the gangs. He has used them, in some instances, as political tools, as disposables, to intimidate voters. He made them feel that they had political muscle. It backfired. Further proof that the government is not serious about crime is the charade the Prime Minister has made in the political appointment of the previous and current Commissioners of Police who were never the sharpest tools in a box of other young officers with razor sharp talents. They have been frustrated and demoralized by the incompetence, and even the stupidity, of the current commissioner. The new Minister of State with responsibility for the Police was one of them. The current Commissioner has almost single handedly transformed the Police Department into a State Apparatus of the government. He virtually does only the bidding of his political bosses. They are the untouchables. He has made them so.

The Police Department has also failed in carrying out its Constitutional responsibility to uphold law and order without fear or favour. The Commissioner, as an officer of the courts, has abdicated his Constitutional responsibility in failing to display any form of initiative in dealing with this national crime crisis, not only as it relates to the now phenomenal crime statistics but also in investigating the ever mounting allegations, with strong evidence, as was revealed by the Auditor General about rampant crime and corruption in government. This includes a multi-million dollar land fraud scheme engineered and directed by the former Deputy Prime Minister, the apparent cover-ups in a massive criminal passport scandal and the cover-ups and inadequate professional police investigation into alleged cases of fraud and the bribery of senior politicians and police officers and the beheading of a Pastor. There is more to suggest evasive police tactics to avoid the proper investigations of anyone, no matter their status on the political food chain. There are two recent examples of clear-cut cases of manslaughter by negligence involving political stooges driving under the influence of cocaine and alcohol. It appears that the public has lost faith in the Police for the delivery of justice. There is an outcry for private investigations, especially as it relates to police cover-ups to avoid the investigation of Ministers, other government officials and the otherwise politically connected. Yet another of the numerous inactions by the police and the government was when a former Chief Immigration Officer, who is still in the employ of the government, recently had her U.S. visa revoked. Not even a “boo” was heard in the corridors of Belmopan. She is now CEO in another Ministry. The Police, in its operations, appear to be the protectors of the political and social class of elites in the society. In its pretense about maintaining law and order, it tries to give the impression that law and order are being played out on a level playing field but in reality, it discriminates against the poor and the dispossessed. This includes the high incidents of the arrests of young men for small quantities of marijuana (joints or roaches) that they use as an opiate to keep them “tranquilo” and to soothe their hungry bellies and their otherwise poor, hopeless and miserable lives. This is in harsh contrast to the pervasive millions of dollars lost in revenues due to government corruption that the police are paralyzed from touching. Corruption in government, rapes, burglaries, a small possession of marijuana and the gamut of other crimes and other illegal activities are all law and order issues. The Police are discriminatory in their role as the custodians of law and order. It is selective. There cannot be any social justice without criminal justice. Unless this is recognized by the government, unless this is recognized by the police and the

rest of the criminal justice system, as well as other agencies, there will continue to be a public feeling of disillusionment, discontent, a sense of political betrayal, a sense of being unevenly treated and prosecuted, in contrast to the cesspool of corruption in the seat of government. There is a growing discontent, as the gap widens between dishonest enrichment, the creation of an elitist class of the Barrow gentry and the rising tide of poverty and discontent. This powder keg below the poverty ridden, demeaning residential swamps of the nation, urban disintegration and the already blood flooded streets of this nation will explode. The fuse is only getting shorter. There is no official strategy. The recent pronouncements by the new Police Minister sound like he was seeing a mirage. There is no short term fix. The mushrooming crime wave now looms over us like an ominous hydrogen cloud. It has become too big an issue for an ill-equipped, ill prepared and incompetent national police that has become too complacent as it functions primarily as a political State Apparatus rather that than in its law and order function as is outlined in the Constitution. The police are now incapable of dealing with this national crisis. To deal with this epidemic that crosses politi-

cal, economic and social status requires honest and tough political will. Given the reality it will not happen. There are leading politicians in the government who are too tightly woven into the fabric of crime and corruption. This is an issue that is more than a national security crisis. It is obvious that the authorities do not seem to see it for what it is. They soon will. It is serious. It requires political will and openness. It requires a comprehensive, sustainable and long term approach. Major factors must include a drastic reduction in the rampant corruption that has overtaken the government and the retooling of the Police Department. The Police have to be made independent of political influences while working as a partner, and not as a functionary of the government for the restoration of law and order. It will require a better recruiting process without a requirement that recruits who apply to enter the Police Academy must have a recommendation from a Minister of Government. This is serious interference. This also taints the police’s ability to function in a fair and transparent manner in criminal investigations. It affects the ever increasing lack of professional discipline that is important for an effective law and order institution. Belize, like a runaway train moving towards a precipice, is rushing towards national anarchy. It all started back in 2007 when the Prime Minister, then in Opposition, called for civil disobedience. He got it. Now it is like the River of No Return. Will he do something or will he continue to do absolutely nothing to stop it? This is real!!!

For Sale

By Order of the Mortgagee 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 Chargee under a Charge made the 3rd day of September 2008, between STEVEN VALENCIA of Puffer Street, San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize District, Belize (hereinafter called “the Chargor”) of the one part and SCOTIABANK (BELIZE) LIMITED (hereinafter called “the Chargee”) of the other part, and recorded as LRS-200806929, 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. SCHEDULE ALL THAT parcel of land being San Pedro – Registration Section, Block 7 Parcel 2015 TOGETHER with all buildings and erections standing and being thereon.

DATED this 4th day of January, 2017. MUSA & BALDERAMOS LLP 91 North Front Street Belize City Attorneys-at-Law for Scotiabank (Belize) Ltd.


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Presidenta de Taiwán, Tsai Ing-wen, inicia en Honduras gira por Centroamérica

10 de Enero 2017 El consorcio liderado por la constructora española explica que esa cifra son sus pretensiones máximas por las desviaciones y retrasos Dos nuevas reclamaciones ante el tribunal

de Miami El consorcio de empresas encargado de la construcción de la ampliación del canal de Panamá, liderado por Sacyr, ha elevado hasta 5.673 millones de dólares (5.386 millones de euros), el dinero que está dispuesto a reclamar por los sobrecostes y retrasos de la obra, según figura en el informe de auditoría de la Autoridad del Canal de Panamá (ACP), la entidad pública encargada de la explotación de la infraestructura. Fuentes de la constructora española explican que esa es la cantidad máxima que el consorcio podría demandar, aunque advierten que todavía no han decidido cuánto exigirán finalmente. Grupos Unidos por el Canal (GUPC) —el consorcio de empresas encargado de la construcción de las obras del tercer juego de esclusas, formado por la española Sacyr, la italiana Impregilo y la belga Jan de Nul— entregó la infraestructura del nuevo canal de Panamá el pasado 26 de junio, pero las reclamaciones por sobrecostes no dejan de crecer. El consorcio se ha reservado el derecho de interponer reclamaciones por un importe total de 5.673,57 millones de dólares (unos 5.386 millones de euros), según figura en las cuentas anuales de la Autoridad del Canal de Panamá (ACP), firmadas el pasado 15 de diciembre. De prosperar las reclamaciones, la desviación presupuestaria de las obras de ampliación del canal podrían duplicar el precio de licitación. El informe financiero del organismo público panameño, encargado de la gestión y explotación del canal, explica que el 10 de diciembre de 2016, GUPC comunicó al tribunal de arbitraje la existencia de dos nuevas solicitudes de arbitraje presentadas el pasado 8 de diciembre ante la Corte Internacional de Arbitraje de la Cámara de Comercio Internacional (CCI). La ACP estima que la cuantía conjunta de las dos nuevas solicitudes ante la corte internacional asciende a 4.989,8 millones de dólares. "Como consecuencia de estas solicitudes, el monto reclamado por GUPC aumentó de 3.227 millones de dólares a 5.673,5 millones de dólares", explica la Autoridad del Canal. Fuentes de Sacyr, que encabeza el consorcio con una participación del 41,6%, explican que el contrato de adjudicación fijaba una fecha límite, una vez puesto en funcionamiento el canal para fijar la cuantía máxima que se podía reclamar en el futuro. Por eso, GUPC ha presentado sus pretensiones máximas por los sobrecostes y retrasos para no perder derechos futuros. El grueso de las desviaciones se deben a la calidad del basalto, fallas inesperadas en los terrenos sobre los que se desarrollaron los trabajos, huelgas y cambios normativos. También hay desencuentros por las garantías concedidas por GUPC a la Autoridad del Canal. Casi el triple del precio de adjudicación En realidad, el consorcio ya ha presentado reclamaciones a la ACP pero estas aún están en una fase previa y aún no han sido resueltas por la Junta de Resolución de Conflictos. Las obras para la construcción del tercer juego de esclusas del canal de Panamá fueron adjudicadas en 2009 a GUPC por 3.118 millones de dólares, unos 2.960 millones de euros al cambio actual. El proyecto suponía un reto para el consorcio, que esperaba obtener grandes réditos con la obra y el prestigio que obtendría al finalizarla. Pero las desavenencias entre las partes, los retrasos y los sobrecostes hacen dudar de la rentabilidad del proyecto una vez finalizado. Las obras, incluso, fueron paralizadas en 2013 por discrepancias entre las partes sobre la cuantía de los sobrecostes. Unos meses antes de la entrega de la mayor obra de ingeniería del siglo XXI, el presidente de Sacyr, Manuel Manrique, situaba las reclamaciones del consorcio por retrasos y sobrecostes registrados durante la construcción de esta obra en unos 3.600 millones de dólares. El primer ejecutivo de la constructora española, que ha liderado el proyecto, advertía que

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Sacyr reclamará hasta 5.386 $ millones por sobrecostes del canal de Panamá donde se levanta una réplica de la Torre Taipéi 101, uno de los edificios más altos de Asia. Tsai, quien asumió en mayo pasado la presidencia de Taiwán, encabeza una delegación de 120 personas, entre ministros, congresistas y empresarios, en su gira por Centroamérica, informó la Embajada de Taiwán en Tegucigalpa. Es la segunda gira de Tsai por Latinoamérica y el Caribe, tras arribar en junio pasado a Panamá y Paraguay. El martes, la mandataria asistirá a la investidura del presidente Daniel Ortega en Nicaragua, quien estrena su tercera gestión consecutiva. El miércoles tiene previsto ir a Guatemala para hablar con su homólogo Jimmy Morales y el viernes cierra la gira en El Salvador, donde se encontrará con el presidente Salvador Sánchez Cerén. Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua y Honduras forman parte de los 12 aliados que Taipéi tiene en Latinoamérica. Costa Rica es la única nación centroamericana que rompió relaciones con Taiwán en junio del 2007, para acercarse a China. Tsai retorna el sábado a su país con escalas en las ciudad estadounidense de San Francisco.

HOMICIDIOS BAJARON 20,7% EN EL SALVADOR EN 2016, AUNQUE VIOLENCIA SIGUE ELEVADA 10 de Enero 2017 El Salvador cerró 2016 con 5.278 homicidios, un promedio de 14,4 muertes violentas por día, lo que representa una reducción de 20,7% con respecto al año precedente, informó este lunes la policía. El director de la Policía Nacional Civil (PNC), Howard Cotto, recordó que en 2015 el país centroamericano registró 6.656 muertes violentas. Pese a la caída en el número de homicidios de este año, El Salvador continúa siendo uno

Honduras: 10 de Enero 2017 La presidenta de Taiwán, Tsai Ing-wen, inició este lunes en Honduras una gira por cuatro países centroamericanos con el propósito de fortalecer las relaciones con la región, una de las pocas del mundo que favorecen a Taipéi sobre China. "Vengo a fortalecer los 75 años de relaciones diplomáticas con Honduras y seguiremos consolidando nuestros vínculos de amistad", declaró Tsai tras una reunión en Tegucigalpa con el presidente Juan Orlando Hernández. Los mandatarios se reunieron durante más de dos horas en la Casa Presidencial, en la primera actividad oficial de la gira de Tsai por Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala y El Salvador, en la que busca fortalecer los lazos comerciales y de cooperación. "Una gran amistad nos une con Taiwán, y estamos agradecidos por esa valiosa cooperación", destacó Hernández. Tsai se reunió después con legisladores y dirigentes de la iniciativa privada antes de visitar la basílica de la virgen de Suyapa, patrona católica de Honduras, y la plaza de Taiwán en Tegucigalpa,

Las pandillas que extorsionan a comerciantes y trafican drogas en El Salvador son consideradas las principales causantes de la violencia criminal que agobia al país.

de los países sin conflicto más violentos del mundo. Del total de homicidios, 4.279 (81,1%) fueron cometidos con armas de fuego, y 523 (10%) fueron feminicidios. La policía lamentó durante el año que terminó la muerte de 47 agentes, en su mayoría víctimas de pandilleros cuando se encontraban desarmados y con licencia. Las pandillas que extorsionan a comerciantes y trafican drogas en El Salvador son consideradas las principales causantes de la violencia criminal que agobia al país.

Según Cotto, la policía tiene una lista de los 100 cabecillas de pandillas más buscados, de los cuales 43 fueron detenidos y 13 murieron. El informe policial consigna que en el último año fueron decomisadas 3.572 armas, de las cuales 467 son fusiles de asalto. Las fuerzas combinadas del ejército y la policía recuperaron 205 casas que eran ocupadas ilegalmente por las pandillas, que cuentan con unos 70.000 miembros, de los cuales más de 16.000 están encarcelados.


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DANIEL ORTEGA CON MÁS PODER SEGUIRÁ GOBERNANDO NICARAGUA

El presidente de Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, inicia el martes su cuarto mandato junto a su esposa, Rosario Murillo, como vicepresidenta, con control del Parlamento, pero limitado económicamente por la cada vez más escasa ayuda de Venezuela. Ortega, de 71 años --que gobernó durante la Revolución sandinista entre 1979 y 1990 y volvió al poder en el 2007--, fue elegido en noviembre para un tercer periodo consecutivo con el 72,5% de los votos, mientras que su partido --el Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN)-- obtuvo 71 de los 92 escaños del Congreso unicameral. El líder sandinista se juramenta este martes en un acto solemne en la plaza de la Revolución, en el antiguo centro de Managua, ante invitados extranjeros entre los que destaca la presidenta de Taiwán, Tsai Ing-wen. Pero el entorno económico es difícil para Ortega, debido a la reducción de la cooperación venezolana y la amenaza de legisladores de Estados Unidos de impulsar una ley que condicionaría los créditos de organismos multilaterales a que Managua realice cambios políticos. Entre el 2007 y el 2016 la cooperación venezolana sumó unos $4.800 millones, en virtud de un acuerdo de suministro de petróleo en condiciones ventajosas para Managua. Los fondos de la generosa cooperación de Caracas permitieron a Ortega impulsar programas sociales que redujeron la pobreza del 45 al 29% de la población, según cifras oficiales avaladas por el Banco Mundial. Sin embargo, tras la caída de precios del crudo, el flujo de esa ayuda ha decrecido en más de un 50%. Por otra parte, las denuncias de la oposición sobre violaciones de derechos humanos y un supuesto fraude en la elección, mantienen latente la aprobación de la denominada Nica Act en Estados Unidos. Ortega ha contratado a una firma estadounidense para cabildear en favor de Nicaragua en el Congreso y la Casa Blanca, según se divulgó en la web del Registro de Agentes Extranjeros. La instalación de Donald Trump en la Casa Blanca podría empeorar el panorama económico de Nicaragua, considerando las medidas proteccionistas que el nuevo presidente anuncia, dijo a la AFP el economista y consultor privado Adolfo Acevedo. "Ahora mismo hay una gran preocupación en

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esta cifra podría incrementarse a pesar de haberse inaugurado el nuevo juego de esclusas que permite. "En lo que va del periodo fiscal de 2017, GUPC ha presentado reclamaciones por un monto total de 16.392 balboas [16.392 dólares]", explica la ACP. El proyecto ha provocado más de una docena de expedientes de reclamaciones entre ambas partes. Proceso de demandas La Autoridad del Canal de Panamá (ACP), la entidad pública panameña encargada de la gestión de la infraestructura, explica en sus cuentas anuales, que actualmente tiene un "pasivo contingente" resultante de reclamaciones en firme de GUPC que asciende a 3.227,721 millones de dólares. En el contrato de adjudicación de las obras se detalla cuál era el proceso para resolver las discrepancias entre las compañías adjudicatarias y la ACP. En primer lugar, las reclamaciones deben notificarse a este organismo público panameño. En caso de que este las rechace, las quejas deberán presentarse ante la DAB (Dispute Adjudication Board o Junta de Resolución de Disputas), formada por un representante de cada una de las partes y un tercero de consenso. En última instancia, las reclamaciones podrán dirigirse al Tribunal Internacional de Arbitraje del CCI, con sede en Miami.

la industria de arneses en Nicaragua por lo que va a ocurrir en la industria automotriz de México, como efecto de las políticas proteccionistas de Trump", apuntó Acevedo En Nicaragua operan empresas extranjeras bajo el régimen de zona franca que proveen de arneses a las empresas automotrices asentadas en México, algunas de las cuales ya han anunciado

su salida de ese país. Rechazo de la oposición. Los grupos políticos de oposición, que fueron excluidos del proceso por una maniobra legal, no reconocen los resultados de los comicios y advierten de que mantendrán la presión. "Vamos a seguir demandando que se hagan todas las reformas

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del sistema electoral y político para que se respete el voto de la gente y repitamos las elecciones", manifestó la dirigente del Frente Amplio por la Democracia (FAD), Violeta Granera. La dirigente anunció que el FAD va a intensificar la lucha pacífica en las calles y la denuncia internacional "para rescatar la democracia y el estado de derecho". "Daniel Ortega está desacreditado dentro y fuera de Nicaragua, pero la sociedad no está cohesionada para exigirle que se vaya y no siga violando la Constitución", expresó el sociólogo y catedrático Cirilo Otero. Los problemas económicos no son percibidos de manera clara por la población, porque la situación es atenuada por las remesas familiares, la migración al exterior, los préstamos internacionales y un sistema de prebendas, señaló Otero, integrante del llamado Grupo de los 27, integrado por intelectuales, políticos y grupos cívicos. En los últimos cinco años hubo protestas de campesinos que están contra la construcción de un canal interoceánico, de mineros contra la concesión a compañías extranjeras, de taxistas, conductores de autobuses, comerciantes, mujeres, "pero en todas esas protestas no se juntaron esfuerzos como sociedad", advirtió. En ese estado de cosas, Ortega sostendrá su gobierno mientras favorezca el desarrollo de los militares, los policías y a los empresarios les dé prebendas para tenerlos contentos, subrayó el analista. Los que protesten serán neutralizados por la fuerza, porque "este es un régimen al que le gustan los enredos y la confusión. Daniel Ortega es un administrador del caos", sostuvo Otero.

El exministro de Guatemala Vielmann niega que urdiera un plan para asesinar a ocho presos

Madrid: 10 de Enero 2017 El expolítico, que tiene nacionalidad española, es juzgado en la Audiencia Nacional Carlos Vielmann, ministro de Gobernación –Interior- de Guatemala entre julio de 2004 y marzo de 2007, ha negado este martes en la Audiencia Nacional que ordenara, autorizara o permitiera el asesinato extrajudicial de ocho reclusos en dos penales del país centroamericano entre 2005 y 2006. El expolítico guatemalteco, que tiene la nacionalidad española desde 2009, se enfrenta a una petición fiscal de 160 años de prisión por los ocho asesinatos. La granja-penal El Pavón, en el municipio de Fraijanes, fue el escenario de siete de los ocho supuestos asesinatos extrajudiciales. El 25 de septiembre de 2006, la Policía Nacional Civil y el Ejército guatemalteco pusieron en marcha el Plan Pavo Real, cuyo objetivo oficial era recuperar la gestión del centro penitenciario, en manos de un

autodenominado “Comité de Orden y Disciplina”, un grupo de reclusos que desde la penitenciaría controlaban el tráfico de drogas, la falsificación de documentos y otras actividades delictivas. Según ha declarado Vielmman, se trataba de “un Estado dentro del Estado”. En la toma del penal, en el que participaron 3.000 agentes apoyados por tanquetas militares, siete de los supuestos líderes del Comité de Orden y Disciplina fueron asesinados a tiros pese a que se entregaron a las fuerzas policiales sin ofrecer resistencia. Algunos de los cadáveres presentaban tres tiros en el pecho. Sin embargo, sus camisetas no estaban agujereadas, lo que refuerza, según la fiscalía, la idea de que se urdió un montaje para encubrir los asesinatos extrajudiciales. Los hechos fueron denunciados por la Comisión Internacional contra la Impunidad de Guatemala. Según la Fiscalía de la Audiencia Nacional, el Plan Pavo Real, en el que participaron los principales mandos policiales y penitenciarios junto con el ministro Vielmann, tenía un “objetivo paralelo y oculto”: matar a los reos que lideraban el Comité. “Nunca participé en una actividad que llevara a la creación del Plan [Pavo Real]”, ha manifestado Vielmann a preguntas del fiscal Pedro Martínez Torrijos. Según él, el operativo se formó al amparo de una ley, la de fuerzas combinadas, aprobada por el Congreso guatemalteco. Esta norma permite coordinar a la Policía y al Ejército para dar apoyo al sistema penitenciario en casos de necesidad como motines. “Los ministros quedamos fuera del mando

por ley”, ha asegurado Vielmann, que se ha presentado ante el tribunal como un defensor de los derechos humanos. “Jamás iba a permitir que se ocultara cualquier situación indebida que se pudiera dar adentro. Tengo una hoja de vida que me ha costado hacer, he tenido éxito personal y empresarial, tengo una familia integrada, destituí a 1.200 policías, rompimos esquemas de corrupción, mi nombre no lo iba a manchar por matar a siete reclusos”, ha declarado Vielmann. La octava muerte se produjo en noviembre de 2015 en la cárcel de máxima seguridad El Infiernito, en el municipio de Morales. El recluso Edwin Santacruz, que se había fugado del penal, fue ejecutado sin juicio después de ser capturado en una vivienda en la que se había refugiado. El asesinato, según la fiscalía española, “se llevó a cabo con pleno conocimiento y consentimiento” de Vielmann. Los supuestos asesinos llegaron a poner entre las piernas del cadáver un revólver. Previamente habían estrellado contra una pared el coche en cuyo asiento del copiloto el reo recibió un disparo en la nuca. “Yo no recibí ninguna llamada sobre ese caso, tenga la certeza. Mi trayectoria ha sido con total apego y respeto a la ley, soy el último a quien podían llamar para eso. Lo habría denunciado inmediatamente”, ha dicho el exministro.


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PUBLIC AUCTION SALE FOR ORANGE WALK DISTRICT Licensed Auctioneer NOEL J. CODD will sell the following properties on Wednesday January 25th, 2017 at the time and places mention below On site at 9:00a.m.

All that piece or parcel of land being lot No.72 situate at the corner of Evelyn & St. Peter Street,Orange Walk Town, Orange Walk District. Being Block 4 Parcel 1618 Orange Walk TownRegistration Section, Orange Walk District and containing 479.3 square meters. The subject building is a 2 storey concrete structure. Main level having 8 bedrooms, 1 part-bath,and living area. 2nd level 3 bedrooms,2 full bath, family room, laundry room, living, dining and kitchen. THE LOWER FLOOR IS USED AS DOCTOR’S OFFICE THE UPPER AS RESIDENCE. BUILDING IS IN VERY GOOD STATE being the Freehold property of Ricardo Fabro

All that lot, parcel or piece of land, in Orange Walk being Registration Section Orange Walk Town, Block 4 Parcel 4255, Orange Walk district. The property has 775 square feet and contains three bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, a living, a kitchen and a dining area. Being the Fee simple property of Dr. Jose Lahera.

On site at 1:00p.m.

On site at 10:30a.m.

ALL THAT LOT, PARCEL OR PIECE OF LAND, IN TRIAL FARM being Registration Section Trial Farm Block 4 Parcel 762, Orange Walk District, Belize. The property contains 3 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, living, kitchen, and dining area being the freehold property of Benjamin Torres.

All that parcel, or piece of land in Orange Walk. Being Parcel 3056/1, Block 4, Regstration Section Orange Walk T own. This lot is situated along San Jose Palmar Road, Louisiana Farm area, Orange Walk. The property measures 551.084 squaremeters and hold a two-storey building. The building measures 1,322 squarefeet it’s a mixed construction 25% timber and 75% concrete. Each floor has two beedrooms, one bathroom, a living-room and a kitchen/dining area. Being the Leasehold property of Juan Burgos and Mateo Grajalez.

On site at 2:30p.m.

On site at 9:30a.m. All that lot, parcel or piece of land in Orange Walk being Registration Section Orange Walk Town Block 4 Parcel 1911. Property contains 4 bedrooms, 2 Full bathrooms, Living, Kitchen and dining area. The building is also comprised of 1786 S.FT. Being the Fee Simple property of Ana B. Castillo.

All that lot, parcel or piece of land situated in Orange Walk Town. Being Parcel 3333, Block 4, Registration Section Orange Walk Town. The property holds an incomplete two-storey concrete building which measures 2,788 square-feet. The concrete structure is 60% complete. The Building contains 4bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living-room, a kitchen and a dining area. Being the Freehold property of Enrique Patt and Nubia Patt.

On site at 1:30p.m.

On site at 11:00a.m.

ALL THAT LOT PARCEL OR PIECE OF LAND BEING PARCEL 284/1, TRIAL FARM REG. SECTION BLOCK 4, O/ WALK. Property contains 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, Living and kitchen area. Property for Lisandro Vargas

On site at 10:00a.m.

ALL THAT LOT, PARCEL OR PIECE OF LAND, IN Orange Walk being Registration Section Ann Gabourel Block 4 Parcel 1814. The house contains 2 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, living, kitchen and dining area being the freehold property of Levy Blanco.

On site at 3:00p.m. All that piece or parcel of land containing 645.890 s. m.3744 Cor. Palmar Boundary Road & Macal River Street, Orange Walk. The Subject Building comprises 1,360sft. The same is occupied as a family home of 2 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms, complete with kitchen, dining & living room spaces. Being the freehold property of Roger Tun.

On site at 11:30a.m.

All that Lot, Parcel or Piece of Land, in Orange Walk Town. Being Parcel 2946, Block 4, Registration Section Orange Walk Town. The building measures 2,740 square-feet and it holds six bedrooms, two full bathrooms, two part baths, a livingroom and dining area. Being the Freehold property of Sunil Talreja.

On site at 2:00p.m.

ALL THAT LOT, PARCEL OR PIECE OF LAND, being Registration: Ann Gabourel Block: 4 Parcel: 1247/1. The property contains IA 26’ X 24’, 2 BEDROOMs, BUNGALOW DWELLING HOUSE being the leasehold property of Felix Rejon

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PUBLIC AUCTION SALE FOR ORANGE WALK DISTRICT

THE BELIZE TIMES ALL that piece or parcel being Block 4 Parcels 623,624,625 & 631 orange Walk Town 2054.41 square meters Orange Walk Town Registration Section. Vacant Land. Being the freehold property of M.V. Imports Ltd

19 AT 3:00 P.M. IN FRONT SCOTIABANK (BELIZE) LTD. Orange Walk Branch On Thursday January 26th, 2017

On site at 10:30a.m. All that piece or parcel of land containing 522.5 square meters. Being Block 4, Parcel 879, Registration Section Orange Walk Town. The property is currently in its natural state. The Land only being the Freehold property of Pabel Torres

Licensed Auctioneer Noel J. Codd will sell the following properties on Thursday January 26th, 2017 at the time and places mention

On site at 1:30p.m.

On site at 9:00a.m. ALL THAT Being Block 4 Parcel 3706, Orange Walk Town Registration section being Registration Section Orange Walk Town Block 4 Parcel 3706, Orange Walk District, Belize. 3 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, living, kitchen and dining area being the freehold property of Ester Vargas.

ALL that piece or parcel of land being Block 4 Parcel 1946 Orange Walk Town measuring 1199.638 sq yds. being the Freehold property of Ricardo Fabro.

On site at 11:00a.m. ALL THAT piece or parcel of land containing 348.33sm being BLOCK 4 PARCEL 1473 ANN GABOUREL REGISTRATION SECTION. Located at #49 Yo Creek & San Joaquin St., Orange Walk Town. The Subject Building is a one storey concrete bungalow with a gross floor area of 1971sft, including open area. The same serves as a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom residence with kitchen/dining and living room areas. House was originally constructed in 1998 and renovated in 2011. House is 50% tiled, plastered and painted. There is also a second structure within the lot that is currently used as a store room. Property of Edison & Rosita Johnson.

On site at 9:30a.m.

All that parcel or piece of land. Being Parcel 4236, Block 4, Registration Section Orange Walk Town. The property measures 522.534 square-meters . the property is a vacant lot. Being the Freehold Property of Benjamin Carrillo.

On site at 2:00p.m. ALL that piece or parcel of land being BLOCK 1 PARCEL 499 SAN ESTEVAN REGISTRATION SECTION in San Estevan Village, Orange Walk Town. Land measuring 461.9 S.M. Building:Concrete bungalow house with 3 bedrooms, full bath, living, Dining, Kitchen Area and laundry room. Being the Freehold property of Eudaldo & Macaria Patt.

All that Lot, Parcel or Piece of land situated in Orange Walk District. Being Parcel 1381/1,Block 4, Registration Section Ann Gabourel , Orange Walk District. The building on the property is a concrete structure measuring 624.75 squarefeet. The building holds two bedrooms, one bath and a living/dining area and a kitchen. Being the Leasehold property of Ruben Portillo.

On site at 11:30a.m. All that parcel or piece of land. Being Parcel 1843, Block 4, Registartion Section Ann Gabourel. The property holds a one storey concrete bungalow with a gross floor area of 1,380 squarefeet. The building has 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, a kitchen/dining area and a living-room. Being the Freehold property of Antiliana Duran and Mathias Duran.

ALL THAT piece or parcel of land containing 464.454 s. m. being lot no. 3235 CABBAGE STREET, Orange Walk District, Belize. The house contains 2 bedrooms, living, kitchen and dining area. The house has an outdoor facility being the Freehold parcel of Martin Jimenez.

On site at 10:00a.m.

On site at 2:30p.m. All that Lot, Parcel or Piece of land situated in Orange Walk Town. Being Parcel 876, Block 4, Registration Section Orange Walk Town. The property measures 6,353.2044 square-feet and it hold a concrete building which measures 720 square-feet. The building has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, a livingroom, a kitchen and dining area. Being the Fee simple property of Allen Cowo

On site at 1:00p.m.

All that parcel or piece of land situated in Trial Farm. Being Parcel 351, Block 4, Registration Section Trial Farm. The property measures 1,666.62 square-meters. The property holds a one storey concrete with a gross floor area of 1,529 square-feet. The building has 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, a kitchen, dining and a living-room area. Being the Freehold property of Marciano Cowo.

ALL that piece or parcel Being Block 1 Parcels 228, 229, 230, 231 San Estevan Registration Section. Land measuring 657.1 sm, 710.8 sm, 641.7sm, & 729 sm respectively in San Estevan Village, Orange Walk. 39 x 39 feet Concrete bungalow structure: 3 bedrooms, 2 full bath, lkitchen, dining and living room. There is also an open shed, which is used as an additional kitchen & washing area. Being the Freehold property of Wilber & Erica Vega.

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All that piece or parcel of land being parcels 157 and 158, Douglas Registration Section, Block 1, and Orange Walk. The Lot 158 contains 1045.159 square meters and it’s the corner lot on the roadside. Lot 157 contains 1040.57 square meters and it’s the inside lot for which the street is not open yet. Both lots are presently in its natural state. Being the Property of Erica Cabral

AT 10:00 a.m. on site ALL THAT piece or parcel of land containing 20acres being BLOCK 4 PARCEL 65 DOUGLAS RURAL REGISTRATION SECTION. Located in San Jose/San Pablo Village being the Freehold property of Vicente Escalante.

All that lot, parcel or piece of land, in San Pablo. Being Registration Section San Jose/ San Pablo, Block 1, Parcel 69/1, Orange Walk District. The building contains three bedrooms, one full bathroom, a living, a kitchen and a dining area. Being the leasehold property of Alfonso Teck

All that parcel or piece of land. Being Parcel 483/1, Block 1, Registration Section Douglas Rural, Orange Walk District. The property holds a concrete building which measures 1,636 square-feet. The building has six bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a livingroom, a kitchen and a dining area. Being the Leasehold property of Elvia Acosta.

AT 10:00 a.m. on site

ALL THAT LOT, PARCEL OR PEICE OF LAND, IN ORANGE WALK being Registration Section Ann Gabourel, Block 4, Parcel 2755 being the freehold property of Van Clarke.

ALL THAT piece or parcel being BLOCK 4 PARCEL 428/1 SAN JOSE/SAN PABLO REGISTRATION SECTION containing 1646.7 square meters being the Leasehold property of Miguel Briceno.

All that Lot, Parcel or Piece of land in San Felipe. Being Parcel 463/1, Block 13, Registration Section San Felipe, Orange Walk District. The building on the property is a concrete bungalow structure which measures 805.5 square-meters. An incomplete extension is also on the property and it measures approximately 140 square-feet. Being the Leasehold property of Omar Mejia.

All that parcel or piece of land. Being Parcel 511,Block 4, Registration Section Miller’s Bight, Orange Walk District. The property measures 1.307 acres. The subject property is a vacant farm lot that have a few fruit trees and had water frontage to the Honey camp lagoon. Being the Freehold property of Santiago Felipe Baeza.

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AT 10:00 a.m. on site

ALL THOSE THREE pieces or parcel of land containing 1,719.013 s.m. being Registration Section Indian Hill East Block 4 Parcel 514,515,516. Ishwar Mahbubani

ALL that piece or parcel of land containing 2160.701 square meters. being Registration Section Indian Hill East Block 4 Parcel 523, Orange Walk District. The property currently hosts a one storey structure which is unoccupied. Being the Freehold property of Roberto Santos

All that parcel or piece of land in San Felipe. Being Parcel 471/1, Block 13, Registration Section San Felipe, Orange Walk District. The property holds a ferro-concrete building with a gross floor area of 2,992 square-feet. The front porch measures 1,120 square-feet. The building is designed as 50% commercial and 50% residential. The building has five bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a living-room, a kitchen and a dining area. Being the Leasehold property of Martin and Delia Celiz.

All that Lot, Parcel or Piece of land in Orange Walk District. Being Parcel 281, Block 1, Registration Section Ann Gabourel , Orange Walk District. The property is currently in its natural state approximately measuring 25 acres. Being the Freehold property of Santiago Rosado.

PUBLIC AUCTION SALE FOR COROZAL DISTRICT Licensed Auctioneer Noel J. Codd will sell the following properties on Friday January 27th, 2017 at the time and places mention below

On site at 9:00a.m.

ALL That piece or parcel being Parcel 188 Block 1 San Jose/San Pablo Village.Containing a one storey concrete bungalow with a gross floor area of approximately 700sft. Holding 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, living/ kitchen area.Being the Freehold property of Otilio Cacerez & Macedonia Chi.

All that lot, piece or parcel of land being parcel 510/1. REGISTRATION SECTION: SAN JOSE/SAN PABLO BLOCK: 1 PARCEL: 510/1. The Building is a 2 bedroom bungalow house. Being the leasehold property of Edwin Patt

ALL that piece or parcel of land being Parcel 2157/1 Block 1 in Corozal North situate in Hall’s Layout, College Road, Corozal Town Land - 727.06 sqyds, Building 47.5ft x 32.5ft-split level concrete house, Main level holds 5 bedrooms, 2 full bath, 1 kitchen and living room. Second level 2 bedrooms and a storage area. There is also a 13ft x 15 ft single building in the yard being the leasehold property of Ezekiel Gilharry.

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On site at 9:30a.m. All that lot, parcel or piece of land in Corozal. Being Registration Section Corozal North, Block 1, Parcel 1982. The property contains two building. The main building contains 2 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, a living room, a kitchen and a dining area. Being the Fee simple property of Robert and Elizabeth Cervera

On site at 11:30a.m.

ALL THAT LOT, PARCEL OR PIECE OF LAND, BEING PARCEL # 31 Block 1, PARAISO/ SANTA RITA REGISTRATION SECTION. Building:2 ½ storey with 5,013 sq. ft. with Main:- 2,294 sq. ft 2 Bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, 1 part bath, with kitchen, dining and living room areas and laundry room. Second:- 2,077 sq. ft. 2 Bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, 1 part bath, with kitchen, dining and living room areas and laundry room. Third:-642 sq. ft. and is used as an additional living room space being the freehold of Ramesh Buxani Co Ltd

On site at 3:00p.m.

On site at 2:00p.m.

ALL that piece or parcel being Block 1 Parcel 282, situated at No. 96 5th Street North, Corozal Central, Corozal Town, Land measuring 669.91 SqYds, Building - Concrete bungalow structure containing 3 bedrooms, 2 full bath, kitchen, living room, dining room, and office being the Freehold property of Froylan & America Gilharry.

ALL that piece or parcel being Parcel 62 Block 1 COROZAL CENTRAL REG. SECTION. Located at No 3. 4th Ave Corozal Town. Building is FULLY CONCRETE, DWELLING COMPRISING OF A PARTIAL BASEMENT WHICH CREATES A TWO-STOREY. Measuring aprox. 1800 sq ft. Property of Albertico Gongora

On site at 10:00a.m.

On site at 3:30p.m.

All that lot, parcel or piece of land, in Corozal North. Being Registartion Section Corozal North, Block 1, Parcel 869, Corozal Town, Corozal District. The building contains 1,395 square feet on the main floor and 930 sqare feet on the second floor.The building is made up off 4 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, a laundry, a living kitchen and a dining area. Being the Fee simple property of Mohan and Asha Thani.

All that lot, piece or parcel land being Block 1 Parcel 129 Paraiso/Santa Rita Registarion Section. Land with frame structure. Being the fee simple property of Leonardo Folgarait

On site at 2:30p.m.

On site at 1:00p.m. All that lot, piece or parcel of land being Block 1, parcels 302 Libertad Rural, Registration Section. Only being land is the fee simple property of Leonardo Folgarait

All that lot, piece or parcel of land being Block 1 Parcel 53 & 54 Corozal Central Registration Section. Building is 1615 square feet 2 storey building. Lot 53 houses a radio station and studio at the top and a television studio at the bottom. Lot 54 has an out toilet, concreted courtyard/dancehall with a portion of a kitchen/bar. Being the fee simple property of Leonardo Folgarait

ALL THAT LOT, PARCEL OR PIECE OF LAND, BEING PARCEL # 1450/1 CONSEJO ROAD S.E REG SECTION BLOCK 1, COROZAL District being the Leasehold of Jose Cawich

AT 4:00P.M. IN FRONT OF SCOTIABANK (Belize) LTD. Corozal Town Branch on Friday January 27th, 2017

On site at 10:30a.m. All that Lot, Parcel or Piece of land in Corozal. Being Parcel 1887, Block 1, Registration Section Corozal North, Corozal District. The property holds a concrete building which measures 640 squarefeet. The building contains three bedrooms, 1 full bathroom,a living-room and a kitchen/dining area. Being the Freehold property of Leopoldo Santos.

On site at 1:30p.m. All that lot, parcel or piece of land, in Corozal North being Registration Section Corozal North Block Parcel 2146.The building is 1050 square feet it comprises of 4bedrooms, 2 Full bathrooms, a living, a kitchen and a dining area. Being the Fee simple property of Teleford Flores.

On site at 11:00a.m.

ALL that piece or parcel being Block 1 Parcel 682 Libertad Village Registration Section, Corozal District Land: 10,811.87 s. y Building is a two storey concreted dwelling - Main level contain 3 bedrooms, 1 full bath, kitchen, dining, living and laundry room, Second level is incomplete. According to the owner it has been sub-divided into 4 large lots. There is also a thatch house on the property a open trench that may have been initial work for a swimming pool. Being the Freehold property of Herman Botes.

ALL that parcel Sarteneja Registration Section, Block 3, parcel No. 348/1 COROZAL. Structure is a mix concrete bunglow with addition at the top, holding 3 bedrooms, bath, living/dining/kitchen areas. Property of Ariolo & Diana Samos

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THE BELIZE TIMES ALL THAT LOT PARCEL OR PIECE OF LAND BEING PARCEL 57/1, BUENA VISTA REG. SECTION BLOCK 1, COROZAL. Containing Approximately 1310.6 S.Y. THE SUBJECT PROPERTY IS NEAR CENTRALLY LOCATED LOT IN THE VILLAGE AND TWO STREETS PARALLEL TO THE NORTHERN HIGHWAY.Holding a two storey concrete building: main level has 1 bed room, living and dining area. Second level has 3 bedrooms, living, dining and kitchen area. Leasehold property for Florencia Pott ALL THAT LOT, PARCEL OR PIECE OF LAND, IN SAN ANDRES/RANCHITO being Registration Section San Andres/Ranchito Being Parcel 234, Block 1 Registration section San Andres/ Ranchito. The property holds a two story concrete building which measures 1,702 sq ft. The building has three bedrooms , 3 bathrooms, a living room , a kitchen and a dinning area. Being the Freehold property of Fernando Chan.

All that piece or parcel 552 Libertad Village Registration Section, Block 1, Corozal District, Belize. The property is big and long lot containing 1799.63 square feet. It has two houses. The first house is a two-storey wooden and concrete structure with 5 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, a kitchen, a dining and a living area. It measures about 2100 square feet. While the second house is situated at the back it is a wooden structure with an additional concrete back, thus giving the building a sort of an L shape. It is about 1300 square feet. It consists of 3bedrooms, a living/ dining room and a kitchen. Being the Property of EMILIO & MELVA SARMIENTO. (EMILA & BALDOMINIO MONTEJO)

ALL THAT LOT PARCEL OR PIECE OF LAND BEING PARCEL 28,CAROLINA CALCUTTA REG. SECTION, BLOCK 1, COROZAL containing 907.43 SQUARE YARDS. THE PROPERTY IS IN KEN’S LAYOUT, AN EXPANSION OF XAIBE VILLAGE AND IS FIVE LOTS OFF THE MAIN ROAD. Building is a one storey concrete structure with 1 bath, living dining and kitchen area. Property is designed for more bedrooms but is not complete. Fee simple property of Valentin Nicholas

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All that lot, parcel, or piece of land in Sarteneja being Registration Section Sarteneja Block 3 parcel 604/1. The house contains 2 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, a living, a kitchen and a dining area and comprise of 954 sq. ft. Being the Leasehold property of Jael Cobb.

All that lot, parcel or piece of land situated in Sarteneja. Being Parcel 542, Block 3, Registration Section Sarteneja. The property holds a concrete bungalow building which measures 1,325 squarefeet. The building has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen/ dining area. Being the Freehold property of Cesar Munoz.

ALL THAT piece or parcel being PARCEL 539/1,SANTA CLARA/ SAN ROMAN REG. SECTION, BLOCK 1, COROZAL being the leasehold property of Jorge Moralez. All that lot, piece or parcel of land, in San Andres/ Ranchito. Being parcel 453, Block 1, Registration Section San Andres/ Ranchito . . The property comprises of 1128 Sq. Ft. and has 3 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, living, Kitchen and dining area. Being the fee simple property of Patrick Smith.

All that piece or parcel containing 639.4 Square Meters, being Registration Section Grants Land Block 1 Parcel 322/1 Copper Bank, Corozal District. The property is appraised under the assumption of good marketable title in fee simple volume 28 of 2002. The property in review has a single family bungalow residence with a gross square footage of 980 sq ft at ground floor and 260 sq ft at first floor and land 639.4 S.M. being the freehold property of Sarah Cobb

ALL THAT LOT, PARCEL OR PIECE OF LAND, IN SAN ANDRES/RANCHITO being Registration Section San Andres/ Ranchito Block 1 Parcel 792 Corozal District. The building contains 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, living, and kitchen area being the Freehold of Jorge Zetina

All that lot, parcel or piece of land, in Corozal District, being Block 1, Parcel 468, Buena Vista Village, Corozal District. The building is divided into differect secetions. The first floor is divided into three secections as follow: a left sectcion is presently being used as a one bedroom apartment. The middle section is open up from the front like a corridor and sitting area. The right section has 2 bedrooms. The second floor of the buliding is a new completed construction. Being the Fee simple property of Ricardo Gutierrez .

ALL THAT piece or parcel of land containing 2995 sm being Block1 Parcel 141 San Andres/ Ranchito Registration Section. The Subject Property houses 3 structures. Building No.1 is 1,200sft. and is occupied as a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home complete with kitchen, dining & living room spaces. Building No.2: concrete two storey structure of 1,920sft. Each floor is a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom space each with kitchen, dining & living room spaces. Building No. 3 is aq 1,200sft. structure with floor & walls in place only Freehold properties of Armando Martinez and Ervin Rancharan.

All that lot, piece or parcel of land, in Louisville. Being Parcel 1, Registration Section Louisville, Block 1, Corozal District. The building is 1051 square feet, it has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, a living room, a kitchen and dining area. Being the Fee simple property of Saturnino Coba

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