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THE REPORTER

Sunday, October 14th, 2018

Volume 51, No. 41

Sunday October 14th, 2018

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Do Purged Cops Have Narco-Connections?

By Michelle Sutherland Staff Reporter

The Belize Police Department is in the process of executing a comprehensive purge at the Orange Walk Police Formation by transferring Police Officers, allegedly those whom they suspect have been infiltrated by narco-traffickers. The Reporter has confirmed that while twenty names were recommended for transfer, fifteen

were rejected and only five approved. Those five cops are in the process of being relocated out the district. The move comes directly on the heels of the removal of former Officer Commanding Orange Wa l k D a v i d C h i , and charges being levelled against him and Police Constable Norman Anthony in relation to the September 9th landing of a

Juanito Cocom, OC, OW drug plane in the Tres Leguas area of Blue Creek in the

Orange Walk district. On October (Cont’d on pg.2)

David Chi, former OC, OW

Mayor Returns ‘Gift’ to Sender (See page. 2)

Butchered by Minors in Bizarre Ritual (See page. 37)

Paz Confirmed Dead!

OW Gangland Figure Slain, Girlfriend Critical (See page. 3)

(See page. 3)


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Heartiest congratulations to Mr. Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City, for rejecting and exposing what appears to be a bribe left for him by a Chinese businesswoman. The woman apparently has a running contract to supply the Belize City Council with garbage bags. The envelope with the money stuffed inside - fifty 50-dollar bills, was left on the office desk of the City Administrator, Stephanie Garbutt. Mayor Wagner was generous in his rejection letter to Ms. Nan , describing the money as a ‘gift,’ when in fact it was a bribe. We do not know whether or not he has reported the matter to the Police, but he should. This is the first time that we know of any public official reporting this kind of illegal activity, although the practice of bribery is believed to be widespread in Belize City and Belmopan. The Prevention of Corruption Act, Ch. 105 at Section 3( 2) states that “Every person who, by himself, or by or in conjunction with any other person, corruptly gives, promises or offers any gift, advantage or consideration whatever to any person, whether for the benefit of that person or of another person, as an inducement to or reward for .....any public body doing or forbearing to do anything in respect of any matter or transaction whatever, actual or proposed, in which the Government or such public body as aforesaid is concerned, shall be guilty of a misdemeanour. The penalty for such an offender, if convicted, is imprisonment for no more than two years or a fine of $2,500, or both. Bribes of this kind are odious to the public good because they destroy fair competition and lead to inflated prices. If Ms. Nan can afford a gift of $2,500 for a contract involving garbage bags, one can only speculate that the price the City Council is paying for those garbage bags is highly inflated. This is why the Reporter congratulates Mayor Bernard Wagner for his principled stand in refusing to accept bribes in the performance of his duties as Mayor. If he has not already reported the matter to the Police, we urge him to do so without delay.

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Do Purged Cops Have Narco-Connections?

Cont’d from pg. 1 4th, Deputy Commissioner of Police Chester Williams appeared on a morning talk show in Orange Wa l k w h e r e h e confirmed that the n e w C o m m a n d e r, ASP Juanito Cocom, was tasked with the purging of the f o r m a t i o n - “ We h a v e t a s k e d M r. Cocom to provide a list of officers who they believe are compromised and that list has been provided to us and so we are looking at those officers now with a view of transferring them out of Orange Walk and bringing in new officers.”

The Reporter reached out to CEO in the Ministry of National Security Col. (Ret’d) George Lovell who told us that while he did not know the reason behind the transfers, he can confirm that changes are in the process of being made. Lovell told us that he knew the transfers have raised eyebrows since they are out of season. Officers would usually be given a two-month notice of transfer in the months of January a n d F e b r u a r y, while transfers are a ppr ove d a nnua lly in the months of J u n e a n d J u l y. Lovell also

mentioned that the transfers were put into action by the Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie; however, he is still awaiting an official letter from Whylie to confirm who those individuals are. We w e r e a l s o informed that the department had fired a special constable in that jurisdiction for his suspected involvement in narcorelated activities. The individual was detained along with a Mennonite farmer in August who was charged with tampering with a firearm without authorization after he was found with a s c o p e a ff i x e d t o

his rifle. While the special constable was found in possession of an extended clip he was never charged. At the ending of the talk show on October 4th, Williams also explained that “We know that the confidence-building measures will not be easy ones, and it will require some tough decisions to be made, but those decisions must be made. If we want to assure the Orange Walk people that we are about change and we want them to develop that trust and confidence in us, we have to show them that we are willing to make the sacrifices to make it happen.”

By Marion Ali Assistant Editor

that may result from anyone associated or in our employment accepting a gift. That concern motivates a policy that prohibits our acceptance of gifts or similar gestures,” M a y o r Wa g n e r ’ s letter stated. The letter goes on to inform the businesswoman that the Council sent the money back to her address via a c o u r i e r, b u t n o t before recording each of the notes’ serial numbers. It ended by warning that if the practice continues, the Council will have to cease conducting business with that businesswoman. This evening, Deputy Mayor Oscar Arnold made a brief statement on the occurrence, to allay any perception that the Council or its employees are involved in untoward practices of expecting or accepting “gifts”, especially since the Council does not have any issues with the business that the company has been providing. In fact, Arnold said there are strict policies being laid out at the Council which have to do with the

order of business. “The gift that was left behind was in excess of what could be accepted. ...We wanted to also reiterate to residents and businesses, if at any time you are requested by employees of the Council that you have to provide gifts for any services

that you’re already paying for at the Council, that this be reported as well because this is a serious breach of our gifting policy here,” Arnold advised. Arnold said that the company has been doing business with City Hall before this Council was elected to office.

Mayor Returns ‘Gift’ to Sender

An otherwise ordinary business day at City Hall turned irregular on Tuesday, particularly because in this tight e c o n o m i c r e a l i t y, hardly anyone is gifting thick wads of cash. That was what happened, however, when a business meeting ended and the businesswoman reportedly left an envelope on the desk of the City Administrator, Stephanie Garbutt, loaded with $50 bills, then left in a hurry. A letter from Mayor Bernard Wagner to the citizen the same d a y, i n f o r m e d h e r that Garbutt reported to him what had happened and that when she realised it was cash, she called the person right away and insisted that she return for it, but that the woman refused. The letter continued to say that the same woman had tried to leave a “gift” for Garbutt previously. “While we can appreciate ‘gift’ offerings being connected with various cultures, we are compelled to return. As stewards of the public trust, we are sensitive to any public perceptions

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WPC Committed to Stand Trial By Marion Ali Assistant Editor

Wo m a n P o l i c e Constable Michelle Brown, 25, who has been on remand, has now been committed to stand trial for the murder of popular barber and football referee Fareed Ahmad. This week, Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser ruled that there is sufficient evidence against Brown to go on trial in the next session of the Supreme Court hearings in January. This follows the prosecution’s submissions of a number of reports and

statements that it plans to present as evidence when the case is heard. Ahmad was shot in the right side of his face between miles 16 and 17 on the George Price Highway as he drove towards his home in Hattieville in his BMW SUV on the night of December 28, last year. He lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a fence. When Police arrived, they found Ahmad and WPC Brown at the scene. She appeared to have a leg injury and he was

trying to walk, but had also suffered additional facial injury when the vehicle crashed. The Ahmad family, a respectable, closely-knit Muslim household, had expressed their strong belief shortly after the killing that Ahmad’s murder was sanctioned. They grounded this theory in what they thought was cagey police surveillance around the time of the murder, involving what they described as unmarked vehicles near their place of business on Euphrates Avenue, as well as an

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incident just prior to Ahmad’s slaying, when he was pulled over by elements of the same Special Assignment Team (SAT) that WPC Brown was a part of, and that they had treated him with disdain. Ahmad was taken to the Police

Station in handcuffs and detained for several hours pending an investigation that yielded nothing. Prior to that, his entire family had also been detained and later released after police could link none of them to any criminal activity.

The Ahmad family had come forth after the murder to show that there was no logical reason why Fareed Ahmad and WPC Michelle Brown would have been together in his vehicle, since they were not friends.

By Marion Ali Assistant Editor

that Paz’s body has indeed been recovered, the Reporter was able to confirm that the family of Paz received a phone call early in the week informing them that he had been killed in a plane crash on Sunday night. The information they got was that there were only charred remains left, presumably after the aircraft burst into flames upon crashing, but we understand that family was told that they could go to Panama to retrieve the ashes. There was also another person on board, the report said. Paz, 49, who flew commercial flights for Tropic Air for many years, had reportedly g o n e o n a w e e k ’s leave to do a private job, allegedly for a

company in either Panama or Guatemala. John Greif III, Paz’ boss and President of Tropic Air, told us this afternoon that there was nothing official coming from anyone. We too have checked with the Panamanian Embassy and the Ministry of Foreign A ff a i r s , b u t w h i l e the report is such, no official confirmation has been reported. Paz, a supporter o f t h e P U P, w a s known as a helpful, warm person in the San Pedro community, always assisting others in times of disaster or individual need. He became a pilot in 1988 and after he was involved in an accident in the late 90’s, took a break from that career for a few years before returning to it.

gunshots rang out on a road behind the Louisiana Government School in Orange Walk. When it was done, Jose ‘Duffy’ Medina, 21, was dead, shot once to his head. His female companion, Lucia Luna, 28, was hit by one of the bullets in her stomach and was rushed to the Northern Regional Hospital where she is currently listed in c r itic a l c o n d itio n . Shortly after the shooting, Police flocked to the scene where they recovered Medina’s motionless body sprawled out on the ground, his bicycle beside him. Within the immediate area, investigators recovered seven 9mm expended shells which they bagged and secured as evidence. Preliminary reports emerging from out of Orange Walk is that Medina was walking his bicycle, with Luna beside him when an unknown gunman snuck up behind them and opened fire. The gunman is reported to have escaped by running

behind the Louisiana Government School where he was picked up by a vehicle which investigators believe to be from Belize City. The deceased is no stranger to Police or the media and credible reports are that Medina and one of his siblings were wanted by Police as persons of interest in the murder of Samuel Castro and the shooting of Justin Diaz which occurred two weeks ago, shortly after Medina was reportedly beaten up during a bar brawl. The Back-aTown Crips are only just recovering from their biggest blow in August in which their leader, Junior Triminio was the subject of a broad daylight execution outside of a football match. In July, the gang was rocked by the murder of Alberto Vargas Jr. who was gunned down while in Medina’s company. Interestingly, a case in v o lv in g M e d in a , Vargas and Triminio for Drug Trafficking was set to come before the Court.

Milo Paz Confirmed Dead!

As we go to press tonight, there is word from the family of senior pilot and San Pedro resident Milo Paz that there is confirmation that he is dead. We were not told what that confirmation is, only that they are still trying to put the final pieces of this tragic puzzle together. What they do know at this time is that there was a plane crash, and there is information that the pilot was Paz. News broke early Tuesday that the San Pedro businessman and veteran pilot had been killed in a plane crash somewhere in Central America, allegedly Panama. While there was no official information from Panama or locally

OW Gangland Figure Slain... By Michelle Sutherland Staff Reporter

A surge in gun violence in Orange Walk believed to be ignited by an internal war in the Back-a To w n C r i p s h a s once more ended in bloodshed. Today a notorious gang figure was shot to death, and his girlfriend is fighting for her life. Just after 11:10am today, the sounds of approximately seven


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SI Fire Station is a ‘HOT’ Mess By Alexis Milan Staff Reporter

“I don’t know. I can’t answer that question because I don’t know how the funding… or the sort of funding to rebuild the Fire Station somewhere b e h i n d C E T. I t i s a half-acre land or something.” – Minister Edmond Castro Photos showing the San Ignacio Fire Department in deplorable condition circulated on social media this week, bringing scrutiny on the National Fire Service and Ministry of National Emergency following the recent tragic fire in Orange Walk which killed a family of four. And while the photos clearly show the state of the Fire Station with large holes in the walls and ceiling, three government officials including the relevant Minister, CEO and Mayor were unable to say specifically when or how the matter would be addressed. Earlier in the week, Chief Executive Officer Ruth Meighan

told the Reporter she was unaware of the reports circulating online but said the Ministry had been working on improving the conditions of fire stations nationally in the wake of the public outcry following the Orange Walk fire. Mayor of the twin towns, San Ignacio/ Santa Elena, Earl Trapp said he was aware of the reports being circulated but attributed it to a political attack because the information was posted by People’s United Party (PUP) Cayo North East Area Representative Orlando Habet. Trapp noted, however, that there were plans to relocate the Fire Station but dismissed claims that the fire fighters would be relocated to a tent. Plans to relocate the fire station, however, have been pending for almost a decade. In his post, Habet claimed that there were large holes in the dilapidated structured houses pigeons and bats and said that the toilet was in such a deplorable

condition, the female fire fighters are unable to use the restroom. According to Habet, there is also no basin for the firefighters to wash their hands, so they use water from the tank to wash their hands before flushing the toilet. Of even more concern, according to the reports, there are only two active fire hydrants in Santa Elena and not enough in San Ignacio, especially in the new and developing areas of the town. Habet says some members of the department are even concerned that they might be put to the test at some point with a real large fire and may be unable to adequately respond. When asked about the reports at an event with the media this week, Minister o f Tr a n s p o r t a n d National Emergency Management Edmond Castro said: “The Fire Station in San Ignacio should have been moved a long time ago. We have a piece of land, I think, behind CET; this is from Mr. Hulse’s time. It is a

piece of land that they should be relocating to that location. Finding the funding to build the structure is another thing. But we are moving that fire service.” He was also asked about the reports that the firefighters were being relocated to a tent and responded: “I don’t know. I can’t

answer that question because I don’t know how the funding…or the sort of funding to rebuild the fire station somewhere behind CET. It is a half-acre land or something. That area that they have now is really tight.” He added though that there was indeed a problem and that it

would be solved, short of explaining in any sort of detail, how that would be done considering the urgency of the situation. For now the situation remains exactly as it has for the past decade, in deplorable and continuously deteriorating condition.


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From KTV to Coffee and Art; Hano Shines By: Marion Ali Assistant Editor

When Channel 5’s 2017 KTV Remix featured, for the first time, a Taiwanese contender who displayed a level of entertainment capabilities second to none, people knew they were in for a treat. But even though Hano Lin did not win the competition, he promised his fans that it was not the last we’d see of him. He kept his word. Born Cheng-Han Lin on July 30, 1985, in Yunlin District, Taiwan, Hano’s father was a battalion commander and his mother was a seamstress. He migrated to Belize with his parents in 1995 at the age of 10. Belize at that time was not as technologically advanced as was Taiwan, and Hano found an attraction back then to the natural environment that Belize offered. His family decided to stay and work here and during this time, Hano completed his high school and sixth form studies at St. John’s College and SJCJC as an Art major. But he felt that there was not sufficient educational courses in Belize to further his

love for art, and decided to divert to the business course. He pursued his studies with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Hano worked with different offshore business firms thereafter until he tapped into his love for art and performance, when he was accepted as a contestant in the KTV Remix show. He told us that he combined the skills he acquired as an art student at SJC, setting props, dancing, dress, and merged those with his performance ideas and the support he got from his family and friends. That made him quickly become one of the liveliest and more entertaining performers on the show. His witty jokes added to the interest that he drew. He received compliments on Channel 5’s Facebook page during the show that described his performances as “the best one yet”, “blew it up”, and “second to none.” Earlier this year, Lin diversified and showed that he is as good a businessman as he is an entertainer when he opened a coffee shop and art lounge on Blue Marlin Drive. The business is located near the Belize Healthcare Partners

Hospital in Belize City and he named it Hano Coffee Art Lounge. It offers a full range of specially-brewed coffee. He boasts that the coffee is as fresh as you can get it because it is made from freshly roasted, packaged and ground coffee beans, and the products are prepared from scratch upon orders. “This is a complete process coffee place,” he described it. “But we also serve different types of tea drinks, baked snacks like cakes and tarts. In addition, we offer food like dumplings, burgers

and noodles. This is a one-stop coffee place that can ease your thirst and fill your tummy,” the jovial Hano Lin smiled. Hano placed fourth 4th in the season finale, but he shared that his experiences onstage has helped to mold him into now toying with an idea to fuse both his passions: art and coffee into one business. He hopes to someday have live performances at his coffee shop that would cater not only to the taste buds but to his clients’ taste for fine art, visually and musically. We wish him every luck in his endeavours.

Hano Lin at your service

Hano Lin rehearses for KTV Remix performance

Hano Coffee and Art Lounge


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The Bliss Fading Fast Harry Lawrence

The Bliss Center for the Performing Arts is expected t o u n d e rg o u rg e n t repairs as soon as the weather permits and financing is made available to the institution, according to National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) President

Sapna Budhrani. Budhrani spoke to the Reporter this week, responding to questions about the current condition of the building after a video was sent to this newspaper last week showing how a brief shower caused the roof to leak, draining on to the floor inside the building. The

video also showed l a rg e h o l e s i n t h e b u i l d i n g ’s c e i l i n g which have been covered with cloth but do nothing to prevent water from leaking. According to Budhrani, NICH is aware of the urgency of the situation and an estimate has been prepared for the repair of the leaking

Teachers at CCE Stay… But Lisel Allegedly Gone!

The situation at Claver College Extension (CCE) in Punta Gorda has normalized as teachers and students returned to class on Monday evening after a brief lock-out from classes over a dispute with the Chair of the school board Lisel Alamilla, who refused to let anyone in the school and later announced her decision to resign from the board. Police were on the scene as classes were scheduled to start on Monday evening because Alamilla, who did not attend any of the two previous board meetings to resolve the issue stemming from a proposed change in the salary pay scheme, refused to accept the reinstatement of 9 teachers whom she had terminated the week prior. Alamilla sat on the steps of the school as students and teachers arrived for class but was later informed by other members of the board of the decision that had been made in her absence. The board met over

Lisel Alamilla the weekend during a special emergency meeting and the majority voted in favor of reinstating the terminated instructors so class could resume after students staged a week-long sit-out from class to show support for their teachers. Several board members who were excluded from the decision undertaken by Alamilla as well as others who were previously unaware of their role on the board attended those meetings. T h e s c h o o l ’s Director, Dave Foreman, confirmed

that classes had resumed as normal but said he could not confirm reports that Alamilla had handed in her resignation. A copy of an email purportedly from Alamilla to members of the board had been circulated online indicating that she had decided to tender her resignation from the board. The Reporter understands that Alamilla had previously been asked to tender her resignation, following the fallout with teachers and resulting sit-out by students. Alamilla’s resignation is expected to be accepted by the end of the week.

roof, however, those repairs will be conducted when the rain holds up and pe r mits . Budhr a ni could not say the total cost of the estimated repairs. She also noted that two new AC units have been approved for ordering to replace the old AC units in the building which have stopped working. She said one of the new units has already arrived in country and will be installed soon. Budhrani also said there have been previous recommendations to make substantial investments to improve the conditions of the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. Those recommendations, however, have called for a significant sum. In the meantime, NICH is working to restore the overall conditions of the building to make it manageable.

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Large steets of plastic cover holes in ceiling

The ceiling is falling due to being waterlogged


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Let Your Inner Child Out - To Support a Worthy Cause By: Michelle Sutherland Staff Reporter

A newly formed foundation created to raise funds to assist underprivileged children with back to school scholarships for the 2019 school year through fun games is in the process of accepting participants and possible donors to participate in a host of activities soon to be rolled out. The Project Dream Foundation was registered in August 2018 by way of a few friends inviting other friends to participate in fun

games and activities. The initiative is today quickly picking up m om entum and followers over social media, resulting in widespread local and international a w a r e n e s s . President of the foundation Viannie Montero told us that the foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to aid the community in the reconstruction o f y o u n g underprivileged minds through e d u c a t i o n a l opportunities, social activities,

and mentorship p r o g r a m s . She explained that the inspiration for the entity came from The F Games, an initiative designed to create, build and

foster comradeship among peers through positive interaction and a little competition. According to Montero, after noticing the turnout

at the 2017 F Games, the participating members decided that in addition to coming together and meeting new people through sports, the event can generate funds – funds that can be used for a greater cause. This year the F Games was hosted over the weekend and the Foundation was able to sell approximately 50 T-shirts to 4 teams, consisting of 12 members each. They were also able to collect registration fees from members and sell drinks and foods. At the end of the day a profit was made and the dream was one step closer to becoming reality. “If you’d like to participate in the games or be a sponsor, you can contact the Foundation on its Facebook page and

join in the fun, and when anything comes around we will let y o u k n o w, ” s h e invited, explaining that the Foundation has been getting a lot of support, even from international donors who are interested in the positivity of young people coming together to assist future generations. T h e T- S h i r t factory is the official sponsor for the shirts, while Gran’s Farm in Hattieville has offered to sponsor the venue for future events. Games include mini-basketball and football, caterpillar m e l o d y, b a l l o o n transfer, happy feet, video competition challenges, logo competitions, hula hoop relay races among others. The winning team takes home the coveted F Games Cup.


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Knifeman Still at Large after Stabbing Taximan By Marion Ali Assistant Editor

Rockson Odiete, a Nigerian taxi-driver remains hospitalized after he was stabbed inside his taxi van last week Thursday night in Belize City. The incident happened when Odiete stopped to pick up someone on Freetown Road sometime before 11:00 last week and the person instructed him to take them to the Kelly Street/ Hunter’s Lane area. Eastern Division Police CIB Chief, Assistant Superintendent Alejandro Cowo told reporters that when Odiete reached the area where the person should have gotten out, he did not and Odiete then headed to his house with the person in the passenger seat behind him. While on Gentle Avenue in the vicinity of his house, the passenger reportedly grabbed a hold of Odiete from behind and stabbed him several times in his chest. He lost control of his van and plunged into the drain,

The taxi van but Odiete managed to they only heard when the make it out of the vehicle vehicle slammed into the and to the street where drain. By the time they the attacker checked his came outside to see what pockets before escaping. had happened, however, Police found Odiete the knife man had already lying on the street. He sprinted off. Police are told them that he did not relying on surveillance see his attacker’s face. footage captured in Residents told the the area to see if it will Reporter on Tuesday that lead them to a suspect.

The drain on Gentle Avenue into which the van plunged

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Pastor Crashes Vehicle into Mopan River - Two Sisters Die By Marion Ali Assistant Editor

Two sisters died together early Saturday morning in San Jose Succotz, Cayo when the vehicle they were traveling in careened off the George Price Highway and into t h e M o p a n R i v e r. Police have since arrested and charged a pastor in connection with their deaths. Carlos Martinez was arraigned on Tuesday in the Benque Viejo Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Merlene Moody on two counts of Manslaughter by Negligence, two counts of Causing Death by Careless Conduct, Driving without Due Care and Attention and Driving a Motor Vehicle with Alcohol Concentration above the Prescribed Limit. He was granted bail of $8,000, but by the close of the business day, was taken into custody when he failed to meet it. Head of the Police Department’s National Crimes Investigations Branch (NCIB), Assistant Commissioner Joseph Myvett, told the media Monday afternoon that the incident happened between miles 71 and 72 on the George Price Highway in Succotz Village, sometime around 4:00am, Saturday morning, when Carlos Martinez, 53, was driving a white Toyota Rav 4 on the highway heading East, from Benque to Succotz. Martinez lost control of the vehicle and ran into the river. Jarinet Consuelo Cowo, 16, and Cindy Cowo, 26, a waitress, who were passengers in the vehicle, were trapped in the luggage section of the vehicle and died, while Martinez managed to break the window on his driver’s side and swim to safety. Martinez said he passed out for about three hours thereafter. The vehicle was found fully submerged right where it plunged into the river. Maciel Cowo, the siblings’ sister told reporters following the incident that Martinez arrived at their house in a taxi about 7:00 Saturday morning and said that he had fallen asleep at the wheel and that

The vehicle after it was pulled from the river when he woke up, the car was in the river. The family questions how Martinez was able to free himself without even as much as a scratch and then passed out for so long the moment he swam to safety.

Martinez, who we understand was dating the older sister, used to frequently pick up both sisters and take them to eat when she came off her work shift on Friday nights.

Jarinet Consuelo Cowo, deceased

Cindy Cowo, deceased

Pastor Carlos Martinez


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FECTAB vs BTB, Again!

By Marion V. Ali Assistant Editor

The conflict between the Federation of Cruise Tourism Associations (FECTAB) and the Belize Tourism Board over relocating to the Marion Jones Stadium has hit a new level because the tour operators that make up FECTAB and others whose livelihoods are sustained from operating directly at the Tourism Village have flatly rejected the proposal. Last week Friday, FECTAB held a press conference at the Radisson to clearly state their position on the matter and to add their displeasure that the topic has even resurfaced because they had gotten assurances from the current City Council prior to the March elections that it would not support the proposal for them to relocate if consultations showed that the masses who operate there were against it. The Belize City Council, which regulates traffic matters, also plays a collaborative

part. The members say that consultations have occurred, but that it did not include them. FECTAB President Tom Greenwood told the Reporter after the conference that if the tour operators are relocated, their already struggling businesses will definitely fold because tourists will not opt to walk all the way from the Tourist Village to behind the Memorial Park area where the tour buses and taxi vans will have to now park. He explained that currently, the vehicles pick up and drop off the tourists at the Tourism Village, which also has a shelter that protects them from rain and the unforgiving sun. Greenwood also explained that traffic can tie up these vehicles while traversing to and from the Marion Jones Stadium to the Memorial Park to pick up and drop off the tourists on time, and this would then result in other scheduling problems for the tourists. Greenwood continued that even when the

tourism season is at its peak, they are not seeing the kinds of business they once did. So to propose that they move their operations away from the area will discourage tourists from wanting to use their services. Belize City Council Deputy Mayor Oscar Arnold attended the conference, and assured the group that Mayor Bernard Wagner has ‘shelved’ the matter until further consultations involving all the relevant parties are conducted. Those consultations would also have to include the vendors who set up their stalls behind Mirab’s Store, since they too would be moved. Meanwhile, the BTB, in response to FECTAB’s rejection, said this week that it was in the process of “restructuring” the Fort Street Tourism Village, “in collaboration with the Belize City Council and other key industry stakeholders.” This has become necessary in order to improve guest experience, enhance the image and traffic flow of

Tour guides say moving will destroy their business

the cruise passengers’ port of entry and increase sales for Belize as a destination, it explained in a release. BTB points to the growth of cruise tourism over the years, which has resulted in an increased number of independent tour operators selling tours. “Without a proper structure to regulate the operators, the competition continues to expand and as a result creating a price war and a smaller pie. The plan is to implement an application form and criteria to operate within the area which

is dependent on a trade license to operate on the public street authorized by the Belize City Council,” the release asserts. As the proposal outlines, tour operators will be assigned parking by the Memorial Park as the loading/ offloading area to create for better traffic flow and to avoid delays in other tour operators from free movement. BTB would allow all tour operators to have some vehicles in the village area, but the excess vehicles would have to be put on rotation at the Marion

Jones Stadium for ease of traffic congestion. The BTB outline for the tours is like this: “Once The Tour Operator sells a tour and one of the two vehicles from the Memorial Park area leaves with that tour, one of the excess vehicles from Marion Jones can then enter the Zone to replace that said vehicle that went on a tour. Such rotation will continue for all Tour Operators.” In response to the objection from the tour operators, the BTB said that it expected the tour operators would equally distribute sales to the tour guides that conduct the tours on their behalf, and shared that a ticketing system was implemented for a trial run in order to have all the guides get their turn. The trial run, the tour operators say, however, has proven to fail in the past, hence, the reason they do not support the plan. The plan has again been put on hold until further consultations are held.


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Hodge Podge

Poblish evri week, fahn di Nashanal Kriol Kongsl a Bileez: bai Silvaana Udz

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A Little Something for Everyone!

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Why Doesn’t Your Vision ‘Go Dark’ When You Blink?

Scientists have shed light on why vision is uninterrupted by blinking. There’s a saying that goes, “Blink and you’ll miss it.” But generally, we don’t miss a thing when we blink; in fact, we don’t even notice when we’re doing it. Indeed, even though adults blink about 15 times per minute, on average, our vision appears seamless and uninterrupted. But how does that work, exactly? Experts have proposed that the brain fills in these gaps, maintaining a “snapshot” that bridges the brief moments during blinks when visual input is paused. But those explanations limited this activity to certain areas

in the brain; namely, the sensory areas found in the back. But researchers have recently questioned if other brain regions were involved as well, and they found one — in the front of

the prefrontal cortex, a brain region involved in decision making and short-term memory, links what we see between blinks or other interruptions of our vision. In this way, the

the brain. In a new, small study, published online today (Sept. 24) in the journal Current Biology, scientists found that

prefrontal cortex plays a pivotal role in perceptual memory, a type of long-term memory that stores sensory input. In previous research,

the study authors examined brain activity using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and found several brain regions — including the prefrontal cortex — that were active during the formation of perceptual memory, lead study author Caspar Schwiedrzik, a neuroscientist at the German Primate Center and the University Medical Center G ö t t i n g e n in Germany, told Live Science in an email. When they compared results across multiple subjects, activity in the prefrontal cortex was the most consistent — and the most promising as a factor in perceptual memory, Schwiedrzik said. In the new study, the researchers set out to replicate their MRI results, and did so “with a more direct, electrophysiological technique,” he said. Specifically, they measured brain activity in six people with epilepsy who had electrodes implanted in their brains to treat the condition; this allowed the scientists to directly record the

subjects’ brain activity, according to the study. In a graphical representation of the human brain, the medial prefrontal cortex is highlighted in green, showing the places where brain activity was measured. In a graphical representation of the human brain, the medial prefrontal cortex is highlighted in green, showing the places where brain activity was measured. When a person blinks, whatever they’re looking at is retained by the brain, then visually connected to what they see when the eyelid lifts again. For the study, scientists devised an experiment that would demonstrate a similar visual connection between two images. At the same time, the electrodes would show them which brain areas were firing while this visual interpretation was taking place. In the experiment, researchers showed the study participants patterns whose orientation could be interpreted in different ways, such as vertical or horizontal. The participants looked at patterns in pairs — one after the other — and picked the orientation of the two images. During this activity,

the scientists recorded brain activity in the prefrontal cortex. They noted that perceptual memory was being activated if the orientation selected for the second image matched the orientation of the first image; this hinted that the sight of the first pattern influenced how the subjects saw the second one. Activity in the prefrontal cortex during these experiments told them that this brain region is involved when perceptual memory is underway, the study authors reported. What’s more, they also found that one subject who was missing part of her prefrontal cortex due to an earlier surgery, was unable to store information to form perceptual memories in the experiments, suggesting that the prefrontal cortex is necessary for this type of memory to function at all. These findings demonstrate that the prefrontal cortex actively “calibrates” new input with earlier visual data, “and thus enables us to perceive the world with more stability — even when we briefly close our eyes to blink,” Schwiedrzik said in a statement. - Livescience


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Son Who Witnessed Father’s Murder Shot By Marion V. Ali Assistant Editor

Thomas Ferguson, 19, witnessed his father’s murder four years ago, and Police cannot say if that was the reason why he was targeted last week Friday night near his house on Arlington Drive in Belize City. Ferguson was talking to a friend about 300 feet from his house on Arlington Drive sometime around 10 that night when someone entered the yard and had a short exchange with him, after which he shot him in the abdomen and back, and then fired at Ferguson’s friend. The friend

was lucky to escape without injury, but Ferguson had to undergo surgery to remove the bullets and repair damaged tissue and is listed in a stable condition. The night when the incident happened, it was raining hard and no one in the area heard the gunshots. Ferguson’s relatives did not want to comment when w e v i s i t e d t o d a y. Police are looking for one suspect who they believe targeted Ferguson because he had witnessed his own father’s murder and was the main witness in that trial, which is scheduled to be called shortly.

Trigger Happy Cop Still Not Charged By Michelle Sutherland Staff Reporter

A trigger-happy cop attached to the Special Patrol Unit (SPU) remains under investigation for discharging his firearm in public outside of a nightclub i n O r a n g e Wa l k while being in the company of a known gang affiliate from that jurisdiction. According to investigators, Michael Patten is expected to be dealt with internally by the Department for his actions but the investigation is still ongoing to determine whether he will be criminally charged for firing his 9mm pistol in public on the night of September 29th on Guadalupe Street. ACP Joseph Myvett, Head of the NCIB stated that Patten’s case came to light after Police received video footage which showed Patten in the company of another man walking away from the establishment and in the process firing off live rounds into the air. In their investigation of that incident, Myvett noted that Patten told them that he was socializing at

the nightclub when an altercation broke out between persons who are known to Police. An individual was beaten up and suffered some facial injuries, and according to Patten while escorting that individual to his vehicle so he could transport him to the hospital, in fear of being attacked by the crowd he fired off the live rounds. Myvett said that after reviewing the video footage, “The officer was brought in as part of the investigation. His weapon has been withheld so at this point in time there is a certainty he will be dealt with disciplinary-wise. I do not know at this point in time where the investigation will lead otherwise, but indeed there is an ongoing investigation i n t o t h i s m a t t e r. ” Of note is that in video footage which the Reporter obtained, at no time did anyone make any attempts to approach the two men and neither was anyone anywhere close to them when Patten claimed that he felt threatened by the crowd.

Thomas Ferguson, in stable condition

Police had charged F e r g u s o n ’s f i r s t cousin for the murder of Thomas Ferguson Sr. Police told the media on Monday that Ferguson has been receiving threats, but that the person who they believe shot him was not the same person who had threatened him, so they do not believe that the shooting was related to his father’s murder. The

suspect that Police are seeking for this shooting lives on Central American Boulevard, but they cannot say if he had anything to do with the murder of F e rg u s o n ’s f a t h e r. Thomas Ferguson Sr. died two months after he had complications from stab wounds he had suffered, allegedly at the hands of a nephew over a land dispute.


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SPTC Mum on Proposed Tax for Beach Use By Michelle Sutherland Staff Reporter

The San Pedro Town Council has been toying with the idea of having business owners who use the beach for the benefit of their customers pay a fee for access, although by law the beach is designated as Queen’s Land and is to be kept accessible to the public. For three weeks the Reporter has been trying to get Mayor Daniel Guerrero or anyone at the Council to comment on what we understand is a proposal that is already on the table for discussion, but we have been unable to get comment, as the Mayor has been either unavailable or inaccessible and told that only he would be able to provide answers to our questions. On September 22nd, the San Pedro Sun published an article claiming that those who will be specifically impacted by the proposed changes will be establishments that keep tables and chairs on the beach within 66 feet from the water’s edge (Queen’s Land). Guerrero told the San Pedro Sun that while the practice is allowed to facilitate the growing demands of the tourism industry by making the atmosphere more warm and welcoming, “There must be a fee, but we have not been charging it, but eventually we will have to because they are using crown land.” We also tried to get a comment from the Minister of Natural Resources Hugo Patt who told us that he was unaware of the situation but would be checking into it to see whether it is legal. A source at the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) told us that they too were unaware of the proposal but know that the practice is illegal and for the SPTC to charge a tax of that nature they would need to enact an SI. We w e r e m a d e to understand that Guerrero’s plan is still in its preliminary stage and not yet a policy, and neither has

he set a time frame for the proposed changes. But the idea is to charge fees based on square footage, and we are told that he will be meeting with business owners in the near future. We were informed via SPTC sources that the plan is to carry out a survey to determine where the Crown Lands begin, and once the boundaries of those private and public spaces are determined then business will have the option to pay the fee if they want further use of the beach. Last week the Reporter contacted President of the Belize Hotel Association Ted Tejada, who told us that he had informed his board members of the situation but was told that none of them were aware of such and had not been informed of any fees. Furthermore, Tejada says that they have been reaching out to the Town Council for additional information but no feedback has been given to them and neither has anyone in authority approached them or informed them of any changes or developments. We also spoke to the owner of Sand Bar David Jenkins who told us that he was also unaware of the proposed beach tax and thinks that the SPTC should be meeting w i t h t h e d i ff e r e n t stakeholders for detailed discussions and explanations. Jenkins said that while he does not have tables and chairs on the beach, he does have a pier and would have no problem paying the fees if he was fully informed of the legalities, and the pros and cons of the situation and even more so assuming that there was a benefit in doing so. “The tax dollars that we are providing right now we are supposed to be using to clean up the beach and maintain the island. But then if that is not enough then I can understand. Especially if I am profiting from using the beach I would have no problem paying the fees,” Jenkins told us.

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Nishal Sankat Deported… Family Expresses Gratitude By Michelle Sutherland Staff Reporter

Following Nishal Sankat’s deportation to Trinidad and Tobago and his reunion with family members on We d n e s d a y n i g h t , his father Professor Clement Sankat issued a statement expressing his gratitude for the support and prayers that were offered through their trying times. The statement, which was issued over the weekend, details the concern shown for the younger Sankat and asserts that supportive conversations in the wider community on the challenges young students face when away from home were indeed ‘thoughtful, comforting and appreciated.’ The family called out the people of Trinidad, of Belize and West Indians across the diaspora for their tremendous support as well as issued their sincere gratitude to Professor Sankat’s colleagues at the University of Belize who played a role in

Nishal Sankat e n s u r i n g S a n k a t ’s wellbeing and safety through the incident. Nishal Sankat, 22, was deported to his home country on Wednesday as part of a plea bargain he struck with federal authorities. He pled guilty to burglary and was sentenced to time served which was twelve days. Sankat was also ordered to pay $909 to the Melbourne Airport for the cost of the investigation conducted by the airport’s Police. As part of the arraignment, Sankat was banned from reentering the US, his

pilot’s license was revoked and he was placed on a no-fly list. Foreign media reports state that after interviewing Sankat, authorities concluded that he acted alone a n d w a s s u ff e r in g from depression and mental health issues. Earlier last month Sankat was accused of attempting to hijack a parked American Airlines plane. He was apprehended during the process by airport personnel and handed over to federal authorities f o r charges and arraignment.

Female Maimed in Bar Fight By Michelle Sutherland Staff Reporter

Two females and a male are said to be in Police custody pending an investigation into their alleged role in a bar brawl over the weekend in Belize C i t y. T h a t b r a w l left Anna Heredia, 41, hospitalized at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) with stab wounds to her body and an almost severed wrist. On Monday, October 8th, we were told by Police that just minutes before 8:00pm Sunday they were called to La Barbie Bar located at #3 Cemetery Road where they observed an unidentified female on the ground bleeding profusely. O f f i c e r Commanding CIB, Eastern Division ASP Alejandro Cowo stated that the woman was rushed to the KHMH in an

La Barbie Bar where Heredia was injured. unconscious state and females and she went to part the fight and was later identified as Heredia, a Naturalized that is when someone Belizean of a West attacked her with a pint and inflicted the Street Address, “She said injuries to her.” was suffering from a Police would cut wound to the left thigh and to the hand not confirm if one which injured one of the females who of her main arteries. w a s d e t a i n e d i s the owner of the As a result, she was said establishment. bleeding profusely. We were told that She was admitted and i n vestigators are is there in a stable awaiting the outcome condition at this moment.” said Cowo. o f s u r g e r y b e i n g Cowo also detailed performed on Heredia to see whether she how the incident unfolded, stating that will be able to move her hands as freely as “what we understand is that there was a fight before, as that will that broke out inside determine the charges that will be brought. the bar involving


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Public Assists Yuri Daniels By Marion V. Ali Assistant Editor

Yuri Daniels, 32, the referee who was viciously attacked and knocked out while officiating a football game in August in Corozal has reached out to the public to assist her with her dental expenses, and the public has responded f a v o u r a b l y. The single mother of three teens got approval from the Corozal Traffic Unit to solicit funds using a checkpoint in town o n S a t u r d a y. F o r four hours, Daniels and two supporters appealed for money from motorists passing through and received enough to pay for her next dental procedure in Chetumal. Daniels told the Reporter that to fill each of the damaged teeth costs $200, and she has quite a few more to go. Meanwhile, the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) has also assisted Daniels with money and is assisting her in pursuing her civil

suit against her a l l e g e d a t t a c k e r, Darnell Mossiah. The Corozal Magistrate’s Court had given Mossiah until October 8th to pay a $2,000 fine, but even if he has, that money will go to the government. Daniels, through an attorney assigned to her by the FFB, is now taking up a civil suit in order to make claims for damages and loss of income for the time that the wound had her confined to bed. FFB President Marlon Kuylen told the Reporter over the weekend that the game which Daniels was officiating when the incident happened was not an FFB-sanctioned match. He explained that FFB does not pay Social Security contributions for referees because they are not considered employees. Kuylen did share, however, that the FFB is looking into the possibility of providing insurance

Daniels back on the field as a referee

schemes for referees. Daniels is already back on the field doing what she loves best, refereeing football games. The incident has not discouraged her from wanting to continue as a football referee. In fact, she is more determined to excel at it. She told us: “I love that profession. My aim is FIFA,” which is the French acronym for the International Federation of Association Football, the international governing body o f f o o t b a l l . F I FA is responsible for the organization

Yuri Daniels receiving support from travelers on Saturday

of football’s major international tournaments. Daniels has also l a n d e d a full-time

job after her food business venture folded. She explained to us that the injury prevented her from

making food to sell for several weeks. She had suffered tissue damage on her gums, jaw and three broken teeth.


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Queen Square & Wesley Upper Boys Shine


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YOUR WEEKLY SPORTS UPDATE

Wagiya, Bandits & Freedom Fighters Win in PLB Football The Belmopan Bandits topped the standings of the Premier League of Belize with a 1-0 win over Verdes FC, while Wagiya FC moved up to fifth place with a 3-0 win over the Belize Defense Force in the ninth week of the football tournament at the MCC Grounds in Belize City on Sunday, October 7. Highking Roberts and Enfield Coleman led the Wagiya attacks, with the help of Raheem Swazo and Sean Caliz on the wings and Warren Moss and Jacinto Bermudez at midfield. They made little impression on the BDF defenders Orlan Trapp, Leon “Chow” Cadle, Jeremy Gentle and Blake Tejada who helped their goalkeeper Ricky Muschamp keep a clean slate up in the first half Ean Lewis and Justin Trapp led the BDF offensive, supported by Victor Moralez, Raymond Ramos, Steven Martinez and Paul Nunez. But the Wagiya defenders Donell Arzu, Erwin Middleton, Kendale Nunez and Windell Trapp helped goalkeeper Eddie Perez secure the scoreless draw up to the intermission. Tropical Storm Michael opened up a steady downpour with 20 minutes of regulation remaining, and mistakes began to happen on the muddy pitch. Highking Roberts escaped the BDF defenders and drove up the right flank. Muschamp came off his line to meet Roberts’ charge, but was beaten as Roberts’ shot found the left corner of the net: 1-0! BDF technical director Charlie Slusher Highking Roberts scored Wagiya first goal against BDF. introduced Kyle Budna to replace Steven Martinez, as the army sought the equalizer. Verdes FC continued to press for the equalizer, minutes before the long whistle for the 3-1 win. Wagiya’s coach Jorge Nunez also refreshed but the heavens opened up with a steady downpour The Police United’s match with the Altitude his attack line with Christopher Cruz relieving 15 minutes before the long whistle. The Bandits’ Assassins has been rescheduled to be played as Enfield Coleman. Only 10 minutes of regulation defenders Dalton Eiley, Ian Gaynair, Trevor a back match. remained as Byron Chavez and Davis Marshall “Burger” Lennan and Humberto Requeña helped The tournament takes a week break while came off the bench to replace Sean Caliz and Orio keep a clean slate to secure the 1-0 win. the national team plays Monstserrat in the Windell Trapp. The PLB cellar dwellers - Freedom Fighters are CONCACAF Nations League on Sunday, October The match was in injury time when Byron now nipping at the BDF’s heels, as they enjoyed a 14. Games continue on Saturday night, October Chavez attacked up the left flank, and again 3-1 win over the San Pedro Pirates at Ambergris 20, when the Pirates host the Assassins at the Muschamp came off his line to narrow the angle, Stadium on Saturday night. Jarren Lambey struck Ambergris Stadium. Police United await the but was beaten when Chavez shunted the ball the visitors’ first goal after 28 minutes of action to Freedom Fighters at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium across to Davis Marshall who booted the ball lead 1-0 at intermission. Leroy Simon scored their on Sunday, October 14, when the BDF FC will into the empty net: 2-0! Jacinto Bermudez also second goal a minute after the break to lead 2-0, challenge Verdes FC at the Norman Broaster found the back of the net in the third minute of until Eduardo Chavarria scored the Pirates’ first Stadium, and the Bandits visit Wagiya at the Carl injury time, and the torrential downpour could goal two minutes later. Lambey struck again 13 Ramos Stadium. not dampen Wagiya’s spirits, as they celebrated a 3-0 win. The BDF was sorely missing the services of Shane “Chucky” Flores, who scored Police United’s winning goal against the Pirates the week before, and Trimayne “Pepper” Harris, who has moved on to greener pastures with the Belmopan Bandits. Harris and Jerome “Jaro” James led the Bandits attack against Verdes FC at the Santa Elena Stadium on Saturday evening. A heavy downpour from T.S. Michael just before game time left puddles on the field for Verdes’ offensive, with the help of Honduran import Darwin Bermudez and Colin Westby on the wings, and Denmark Casey Jr and Brazilian import Roberto Silva de Lima at midfield. The Green Machine won a free kick, but Bermudez’ execution offered no challenge for goalkeeper Shane Moody Orio; as the ball sailed high over the crossbar. Norman Anderson and Marvin Budna supported the Bandits at midfield, but Everald Trapp anchored the Verdes’ defense with the help of Victory Mejia, Elroy Kuylen and Elroy Smith to hold off the Bandits’ attacks. Krisean Lopez sought another try, but his challenge against Bandits’ Luis “Baca” Torres conceded a free kick. Dalton Eiley launched the ball forward to find Honduran import Georgie Welcome on the left sideline, and Welcome centered the ball into the goal area. Verdes’ goalkeeper Zeron Sagastume came off his line in an attempt to punch the ball clear, but Trimayne Harris beat him to the punch Dalton Eiley’s free kick Trimayne Harris scored Bandits first with a header to the right corner of the net: 1-0 grants Bandits a 1-0 goal goal against Verdes after 28 minutes of play. Sports 2 REPORTER October 14th, 2018


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YOUR WEEKLY SPORTS UPDATE FC Elite, Lake I FC, Ebony Lake and Caesar Ridge Win

The national first division champions – FC Elite, Lake I. FC, Ebony Lake FC and Caesar Ridge FC all enjoyed victories when the Peace Cup football tournament, organized b y t h e C o n s c i o u s Yo u t h D e v e l o p m e n t Programme continued at the MCC Grounds in Belize City on Saturday, October 6. FC Elite enjoyed a 1-0 win over the previously undefeated Barrack Road FC in the third match of the afternoon. Marlon Gutierrez and Quince Briceño led FC Elite’s o ff e n s i v e , s u p p o r t e d b y N a i m “ N e m o ” Wilson and Whitfield Fisher on the wings, and Stefan “World” Diego and Jorge Aleman at midfield. Ryan Gill anchored the Barrack Road defense with the help of Cameron Diego, Tyrell “Tut” Estrada and Dejean Thompson to hold FC Elite at bay. Then they blundered into giving up a free kick some 10 yards from the left corner of the 18-yard box. Naim Wilson executed the free kick with precision, drilling his shot around the wall of defenders to just inside the left upright: 1-0 after 19 minutes of play. Clinton Jorgenson and Kevin “Motto” Alvarez led Barrack Road’s counterattack, wi t h t h e h e l p o f Devaughn “B eckham” Zuniga and Denmark Gill on the wings a n d Ry a n S i m p s o n a n d T h o m a s C a s t r o at midfield, but the FC defenders Carlos Guerra, Leon “Lem” Jones, Shannon Flowers and Clinton Dawson helped their goalkeeper Alvin Mangandi frustrate all attacks up to intermission. Harold Thompson and Steven “Bredds” Baizar reinforced the Barrack Road attack line, replacing Estrada and Jorgenson, and Jael Ottley relieved Zuniga, but FC Elite also reinforced its defense. Keron Miguel replaced Mangandi in goal, and Marquis Stamp and Misael Muñoz replaced Diego and Fisher to secure the 1-0 win. The City Boys FC from Kraal Road recovered from a 2-0 deficit to upset Lucky Strike FC: 3-2 in the second match of the morning. A scant eight minutes of action had elapsed when Keneen Gillett struck first for the village eleven. Frederick “Shorty” Garbutt embarrassed City Boys’ goalkeeper Elden Linarez with a second goal 11 minutes later to lead 2-0. Delroy “Thinman” Andrews reduced the deficit with a shot to the left corner of the net five minutes later as the City Boys trailed 1-2 at intermission. Keiron “Benny” Patnett equalized 2-2 for City Boys three minutes after the break, and Kishane Swazo struck a third winning goal 14 minutes after. The village eleven sought to regain the initiative, but Shawn Thurton anchored the City Boys’ defense with the help of Joseph Mohamed Ali, Mark Grant and Leon Rowley to help goalkeeper Linarez secure the 3-2 win. Lake I. FC also enjoyed a 3-1 victory over Ladyville FC in the fourth and final match of the afternoon. Hubert Baptist and Kevin Young led the Lake I attack, supported by Shawn Roches and Francis Arana on the wings, and Floyd Jones and Delroy Flores at midfield. The village defenders Hosni Thurton, Henry Mejia, Alex Bainton and Nigel Grant held off their attacks for most of the first half, but Kevin Young found the back of the net just before intermission. David “Hondo” Solorzano and Sean Yo u n g l e d t h e L a d y v i l l e c o u n t e r a t t a c k after the break, with the help of Nathaniel Sedacey, David “Gringo” Ramos, Leon Sedacey and Wilson Garcia at midfield. The Lake I defenders James Fisher, Andrew Estell, Gilbert Gomez and Calvin Young tried to contain their attack, but Tyrone October 14th, 2018

Naim Wilson scores FC Elite’s 1st goal against Barrack Road.

Parchue equalized 1-1 three minutes after the break. Floyd Jones restored Lake I’s lead with a second goal 11 minutes later, and Sergio “Chenko” Luna came off the bench to score a third goal 14 minutes before the long whistle: 3-1 final. Caesar Ridge FC outlasted Ebony Lake FC 3-2 in the first match of the morning. Jalen Babb struck the first winning goal after 14 minutes of play and Jose Martinez added a second goal 13 minutes later to lead 2-0 at intermission. Elmore Godoy scored a third goal for Caesar Ridge three minutes after the break. Only seven minutes of regulation remained when Trayvon Martinez got Ebony Lake on the scoreboard. Norman Caliz scored a second goal in the final minute of play, but it was too little too late - Caesar Ridge secured the 3-2 win. The tournament continues on Saturday, October 13, when Star Academy takes on Fort George FC. Lucky Strike FC challenges the Barrack Rd. Strikers, Coast Guard FC await the Ebony Lake FC and Lake I. FC meets Caesar Ridge FC.

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Ladyville Tech Girls School Beat Pallotti 3-1 The girls of Ladyville Technical High School enjoyed a 3-1 victory over Pallotti High School, when the Under-17 football tournament, organized by the Belize District Football Association (BDFA) continued at the MCC Grounds in Belize City last Thursday evening, October 4. Mary Davis and Latisha Anthony led the Ladyville offensive supported by Kishana Anderson and Deynia Blake on the wings and Seleaney Goodin and Jasmine Castillo at midfield. Pallotti goalkeeper Arnet Madrill stopped the Ladyville girls’ first attack, but Elizabeth Chacon kicked out the ball. Latisha Anthony recovered the ball and immediately launched a long lob from 40 yards that sailed over Madrill’s head, just under the crossbar: 1-0 after five minutes of play. Jianna Usher and Alexia Estell led the Pallotti girls’ counterattack with the help of Janine Jex, Indy Requeña, Ana Gutierrez and Noeli Menjivar at midfield. The Ladyville defenders Shanice Tillett, Lorraine Stephens, Heidi Thompson and Ashley

Fuller tried to contain their attacks, but instead blundered into a handball infraction. Referee Anthony “Willie Beau” Bernard ruled penalty, and Pallotti’s Sharlene Galvez stepped up to convert for a 1-1 draw at intermission. Jasmine Castillo scored Ladyville’s second goal eight minutes after the break. At this, Pallotti refreshed their attack line-up with Angelin Quiros, and Anel Solano replaced Therese Flowers. Ladyville’s coach Daniel Smith also introduced Brianna Flowers and Hannah Tillett to relieve Anderson and Davis. Chelsea Pratt also came off the bench to relieve Shanice Tillett. Jasmine Castillo served a forward pass to Brianna Flowers who also found the back of the net: 3-1 final. The St. Catherine Academy girls got the easy bye to their second win when the girls of Gwen Lizarraga High School were a no-show last Monday, October 1; and the SCA girls were awarded the three points when the Gwen Liz girls failed to attend the rescheduled match last Wednesday, October 3.

Latisha Anthony scored LTHS’ first goal

Jasmine Castillo scord LTHS 2nd goal against Pallotti

Pallotti’s goalie Arnet Madrill, kicks out

Pallotti’s Elizabeth Chacon goes up against LTHS’ Mary Davis

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BHS Girls Win 3 in High School Volleyball The girls of Belize High School are leading with three victories in the volleyball competition, organized by the Central Secondary Schools Sports A s s o c i a t i o n (CSSSA), which kicked at the St. Catherine Academy auditorium and Stars Gym in Belize City from Monday to Saturday morning, October 1-6. The BHS girls made short work of the Pallotti High School girls at the SCA Auditorium on Saturday morning, as Dhwani Gurnani, Ajelee Thurton, Kim Nandwani, Himanshi Chanwani and Gabrielle Knox scored kills at the net on plays set by Joslyn Kee to win

the first set: 25-7. Pallotti’s starting six: Nicasia Clarke, Juvia Leslie, Angelina Jones, J a l y n M c K o y, Kamissa Pollard a n d N r e k a Yo u n g benefited from the BHS girls’ errors, but BHS’ Hannah Zetina, T e r e s i t a Wo o d s , Isabel Moralez and Alessandra Smith took the court to dominate the second set: 25-6. The BHS girls similarly dispatched the girls of Anglican Cathedral College: 25-9, 25-12 at the Stars Gym last T u e s d a y, b u t t h e Nazarene High girls took them to three sets before the BHS girls prevailed: 2518, 23-25, 15-7. The Nazarene High girls did better in their debut: 25-9

The defending city champions, the boys of Ladyville Te c h n i c a l H i g h School, St. John’s College and Belize High School all enjoyed victories in the first week of the volleyball c o m p e t i t i o n organized by the Central Secondary Schools Sports Association (CSSSA) at the St. Catherine Academy auditorium and Stars Gym in Belize City from Monday to Saturday morning, October 1-6. The Ladyville Tech boys had to go to three sets to prevail o v e r t h e We s l e y College boys at the SCA auditorium on Saturday morning. We s l e y ’s A l v i n Dawson, Kirk Banner, Trevaughn Blease and Lamar Trapp scored points at the net to win the first set: 25-21. Diego Martinez, Jack Avilez, J a h e i m We b s t e r , Jaden Louriano a n d K e r o n Wa d e rallied Ladyville’s counterattacks to

score kills at the net on plays set by Diego Garcia to win the next two sets: 25-19 15-10. T h e S t . J o h n ’s College boys also enjoyed their first victory as they dominated the boys o f S a d i e Ve r n o n Te c h n i c a l H i g h School: 25-2, 25-7 on Friday night. Ernest Broaster, Ethan Dawson, Alexander Smith, Gavin Taylor and London Cocom scored hits at the net on plays set by Kevin Cortez. Sadie Vernon’s Frederick Morey, Cion Augustine, Jervis Santos, Devon Trapp, Mark Bailey and Leo Wi l t s h i r e s c o r e d points primarily on SJC’s errors. The Belize High School boys had also triumphed 2518, 25-10 over Sadie Vernon boys in the opening game of the tournament last Monday. The Nazarene High boys also enjoyed a 25-10, 25-17 win over the Maud Williams boys at the Stars Gym last Tuesday.

25-5 over the Wesley College girls in the opening game of the tournament last Monday. The defending champions – the St Catherine Academy girls hammered the Anglican Cathedral College girls in two sets last Friday evening. Fatima R a m i r e z , Ay a h Safa, Marci Mejia, Jazannie Rodriguez and Hailey Thurton scored kills at the net on plays set by Allyana Musa to win the first set: 25-1! ACC’s sextet: Patrice Garoy, Lianne Ayuso, Samara Orellano Va s h t i S t e v e n s , Kia Bush and Veril Morris benefited f r o m S C A’s s e v e n errors in the second set, as SCA’s Iman Safa, Gareth Bruce, Letisha Lamb, Ingrid

Belize High School girls win 3 Novelo and Jayda Smith took the court to dominate the second set: 25-7. The SCA girls also won their first match: 25-4, 25-7 over the Wesley College girls at the Stars gym last Wednesday. T h e We s l e y College girls enjoyed their first victory on Saturday

morning; as Kendall Morgan and Arianna Goldson served with devastating e ff e c t , a n d A i s l e y Villanueva, Shaniqua Welch, Briana Smith and Christy Jefferies helped receive and volley the ball to win the first set: 27-25. Mary Davis and Aaliyah Torres rallied the Ladyville

girls’ defense with the help of Ashley Fuller, Britney S a v e r y, L o r r a i n e Stephens and Brianna Flowers, but Wesley prevailed 25-22 in the second set. The Ladyville Tech girls did better in their 25-12, 25-11 win over the Pallotti girls at the Stars Gym last Wednesday.

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BES & Queen Square Girls Lead Primary School Football The girls of Belize Elementary School and Queen Square Anglican are leading the primary schools football tournament, organized by the National Sports Council which continued at the MCC Grounds in Belize City from Monday to Thursday, October 1-4. The Belize Elementary School girls enjoyed their second victory last Wednesday, October 3, when Mia Thomson scored the winning goal for their 1-0 win over the girls of James Garbutt Seventh Day Adventist School. The BES girls also got the easy bye to their first win in the opening game of the tournament on Monday, September 24, when the girls of St John Vianney RC School were a no show. Shanice Gibson scored the winning goal as she

led the James Garbutt girls to their first victory: a 1-0 win over the St. John Vianney RC girls last Thursday afternoon. The Salvation Army girls won 2-0 over the girls of St. Joseph RC School last Monday, when Tiffaney Nunez and Marcella Arzu each scored a goal. The girls of Holy Redeemer also enjoyed a 2-0 victory over the St. Joseph’s girls in the second match of the tournament on Tuesday, September 25, when Kristi Mai scored both goals! The Queen Square Anglican girls enjoyed their second win: 1-0 over the Belize Elementary girls on Friday, September 28. They also won over the James Garbutt girls in their first outing on Wednesday, September 26

Queen Square Anglican girls win 2

Queen Square & Wesley Upper Boys Shine their third win: 2-0 over the Salvation Army School boys last Tuesday, when Keeden Shay Bowen and Zebulon Leslie each scored a goal each. Calvin Thurton scored five goals as he led the Wesley Upper boys to their third victory: 8-0 over the boys of Horizon Academy last Thursday. Shaquan Castillo, Renan Blake and Kevaun Welch added a goal each. The Wesley Upper boys enjoyed their second win: 2-1 over the St. Joseph’s RC boys last Monday, when Calvin Thurton and Justin Massiah each

Wesley’s Calvin Thurton scored 5 goals Aaron Nicholson The undefeated boys of scored a hat trick as he Queen Square Anglican led the Queen Square School are leading with four victories, while boys to their fourth the Wesley Upper boys win: 9-0 over the boys have three wins in the of Holy Redeemer RC primary schools’ football last Thursday afternoon. tournament, organized Tom Moguel Thomas by the National Sports and Keeden Shay Bowen Council which continued scored 2 goals each, at the MCC Grounds in and Zebulon Frazer and Belize City from Monday Raymond Gentle each to Thursday, October 1-4. scored a goal. The Queen Square boys also enjoyed Sports 6

scored a goal. Only Angel Montoya scored for St. Joseph’s. The boys of James Garbutt Seventh Day Adventist School enjoyed their second win: 4-0 over the Belize Elementary School boys last Wednesday, when Cesar Gamboa, Javier Cesena, Devon Garcia and Jamal Flowers each scored a goal. The James Garbutt boys enjoyed their first win: 1-0 over the Salvation Army boys last Monday, when Elijah Willoughby scored the winning goal. Kenyon Barrow scored the winning goal as he

led the boys of St. John Vianney RC School to their second win: 1-0 over the St. Ignatius RC boys. Ralston Macdonald also scored a hat trick as he led the boys of Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist School to a 3-2 win over the St. Joseph RC School boys. Angel Montoya and Antonio Rodriguez each scored a goal for St Joseph’s. Calvin Young scored a hat trick to lead the boys of Ebenezer Methodist School to their second win: 5-0 over the Buttonwood Bay Nazarene boys last Tuesday. Dixon Gamboa

scored a fourth goal, and Ebenezer profited by a Buttonwood auto-goal. The St. Ignatius RC boys had enjoyed their second win: 3-0 over the Horizon Academy boys last Tuesday, when Kadian Baptist, Tyshawn Duran and Jonathan Barella each scored a goal. The boys of St. Luke’s Methodist School enjoyed their first win: 5-0 over the boys of Unity Presbyterian School last Monday, when Smithroy Bernardez and Jason Portillo scored two goals each, and Mac Augustine scored a fifth goal.

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Fun at the Belize Zoo!

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OUR PLAYFUL PELICANS!

It is impossible not to smile when viewing the three handsome pelicans who live at The Belize Zoo. Peli, Wingy and Zippy are a playful trio and seem to enjoy the attention they receive from zoo visitors. They also reflect the rescue profile of the zoo. All three of our beloved pelicans were victims of human misbehavior, and were rescued from bad situations. Quite a few fishermen feel that our brown pelicans are after their catch, which usually includes large fish. Not true! Brown pelicans soar over the water, sometimes up to seventy feet high, and keep an eye out for small fish. Then, once spotted, these amazing birds will dive into the water and scoop up a bill full of the little fish. This is a fine dinner for a brown pelican. But as a result of the misunderstanding of being “fish robbers,” cruel actions against these birds sometimes occur. Peli, our male, had his wing mashed. Sadly, that wing had to be ampu-

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Peli, Wingy and Zippy at play at the Belize Zoo. tated. Wingy, too, had a badly damaged wing from a beating she received, and Zippy, poor girl - a fisherman took a machete to her bill and sliced off part of it. Neither Peli, Wingy nor Zippy would be able to survive now in the wild. However, they serve as good “Ambassadors” for their species, teaching our visitors that brown pelicans are special and need our respect. A mean and unfair outlook towards our country’s brown pelicans is simply wrong.

There is something magical about watching a “squadron” of brown pelicans flying high in the sky. With a wingspan reaching seven feet, they effortlessly fly and dive and impress us with their agile antics. That large pouch the brown pelican sports can hold three gallons of water. And in one day, they happily gobble down four pounds of small fish. These superb birds mate for life and both the male and the female will share the responsibility of raising the young. In the

wild, the brown pelican will nest in colonies. At The Belize Zoo, we hope Peli will fall madly in love with either Zippy or Wingy. Having had these younger pelicans DNA tested, we know that they are both females. Time will tell us about a hopeful romantic bird tale, but in the meantime, we regularly appreciate watching these three playful birds enjoying their safe and secure life at The Belize Zoo. What fine feathered “Ambassadors” they are!

Fogbow?

A crayon (or wax pastel) is a stick of colored wax, charcoal, chalk or other material used for writing or drawing. A crayon made of pigment with a dry binder is a pastel; when made of oiled chalk it is called an oil pastel. There are also watercolor crayons, sometimes called water-soluble crayons. The history of the crayon is not entirely clear. The word “crayon” dates to 1644, coming from craie (chalk) and the Latin word creta (Earth). Crayons are available at a range of prices and are easy to work with. They are less messy than most paints and markers, blunt (removing the risk of sharp points present when using a pencil or pen), typically nontoxic, and are available in a wide variety of colors. Crayons have a disticnt universal smell. In fact, a study was done by Yale on the 20 most recognizable scents and crayons were number 18 on the list. Unsurprisingly, coffee was number one. It wasn’t always this way though. Crayola crayon’s used to smell like food, brown smelled like chocolate, red like cherry, etc. However, in 1995, parents complained to the company that they were worried kids would eat their crayons and so the scent was changed. One very well-known brand of crayons is Crayola, a company by Binney and Smith. Colin Snedeker, a chemist for Binney & Smith (the then-parent company of Crayola), developed the first washable crayons in response to consumer complaints regarding stained fabrics and walls.


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Sober Reflections

On Alcohol, Depression & Disappointment

Mike Rudon Jr. I was saddened by the story of the sisters who died when the vehicle they were in plunged into the river near San Jose Succotz. I could imagine their last moments in that vehicle – the panic, the terror, the desperation and then finally nothing. I can unders t a n d t h e f a m i l y ’s grief. I can even understand their claim that there is more to this story than meets the eye. I can understand the charges brought against the driver. He broke the law, lives were lost

and he should pay. But then my mind went in another direction completely. We a r e a n i n t e resting people. On any given night, the bars and brothels and clubs and the Chinese shops on the corner are pretty much full to capacity, and then some. Everywhere you look in Belize these days, people are drinking. And a lot of those people are driving and partying and driving some more. A n d i t ’s a l l g o o d . Everybody’s having a fine old time. Everybody’s happy. Life is amazing. But the thing is, nobody expects the tragedy. This guy who was driving and these two ladies in Succotz were having a good time, it seems. There was some drinking, probably too much drinking, and ceviche, and maybe some dancing and laughter

and jokes. And then the unthinkable happened. They were heading home and maybe this guy fell asleep. Maybe he got distracted. Maybe he blinked to clear the alcohol haze. Maybe one of the women

en drunk more times than I can count. I have been in vehicles with drunken drivers more times than I can count. I have had my kids in the vehicle with me while drinking, more times than I can count. I have

Addiction to anything is not pleasant. Neither is depression. But reach out. That’s all I can say. And I’ll keep saying it. Find me on Facebook if you need to talk. Of find somebody, anybody. There are people who’ll listen. I found them so I know. told him a joke and he took his eyes off the road. Something happened. And they died and he lived. And now the entire country is looking at him with scorn and condemnation. He is a killer in the eyes of the family, and likely the community. And it just is what it is. It could happen to anybody. I have driv-

lost entire weekends in my head – no clue what I did or where I went from Friday to Sunday – just flashes. And I was driving. My mouth gets dry and I panic just writing this to think of the hurt and anguish and tragedy that I could have been a part of. And that’s because I’m a pretty decent, cool guy. But it could happen to anybody. Last week I wrote about depression. And I know I didn’t even begin to touch the tip of that rancid iceberg. Even now it is difficult to do so. Like I said, I don’t know your story so I can only tell you bits of mine and hope it touches you somewhere, somehow. For me, alcohol, depression and disappointment have been part of a vicious cycle

most of my life. I get depressed, so I drink. Sometimes it feels like the weight of the world is on my shoulders and I can’t think straight. So I convince myself that for the sake of my sanity I need the illusion of solace that alcohol provides. I know better. I’ve been doing this a long time. I also convince myself that I’ll only have a few till my mind relaxes and I’m not being bombarded by thoughts of all the things that are wrong in my life. And then I drink too much, as I always do. Sometimes I do stupid things under the influence, even now. But it’s still okay until the fog clears, usually in the early hours of morning. That’s when clarity and the real depression set in – the cold sweat, the self-hate, the feeling of ‘I did it again,’ and ‘I never learn’ and ‘what is wrong with me?’ I know that when morning comes I will be faced with condemnation and anger from some because I slipped again. And I will see the uncertainty and disappointment on the faces of my children. Because I failed them again. And that is what kills me slowly inside. The disappointment. Because there are

people who believe in me, and when I fall, I let them down. Is any of this making sense to you? I made the decision to make my struggle public not because of any particular bravery, if I can be completely honest. I did it, at first, without conscious thought. I sat down hurt and angry and down and I just wrote. And it helped me to put my feelings down. It still helps. Maybe it’s an attempt to shame myself into stopping. Who knows! I’m a complicated guy. Reach out. Whatever you’ve done, I’ve likely done worse. Whatever you’re facing, I’m probably facing worse. Addiction to anything is not pleasant. Neither is depression. But reach out. That’s a l l I c a n s a y. A n d I’ll keep saying it. Find me on Facebook if you need to talk. Of find somebody, anybody. There are people who’ll listen. I found them so I know. I’ll give you one bit of advice, and you should probably take it. Don’t give up on yourself. Get angry at yourself for failing. Keep getting angry every time you fall or fail. But don’t ever give up on yourself. That’ll be the end right there, one way or the other. And that should never be an option.


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INSIGHTS

Bill the Barbarian? Major Lloyd Jones (Ret’d) On Sunday October 7th, 2018 somebody sent Bill to do a hatchet job on Mayor Bernard Wagner. Bill did not speak from the heart on Sunday, he spoke from a prepared script causing Ya Ya to ask him “who wrote that Bill?” On Sunday Bill accused Mayor Wagner of working for the big people and not the small people; the PUP after all, he said, has made a conscious decision to go back to its social justice roots. Bill’s delivery was uncharacteristically shaky, disjointed and nervous, but the message was sent! He was signaling to Mayor Wagner that the real Barbarians are at the gate! Bill’s declaration on Sunday was insightful and it signals deep discontent with Mayor Wagner in some quarters. We must therefore find out from whence Bill came. When Mayor Wagner said to the Belizean people on April 6th, 2018, that the Barbarians are at the gate, many took that to mean that he was speaking ONLY of the ordinary man, but this is not so. He was speaking especially of those who you will never see standing in line at City Hall. In fact, those are the real Barbarians. Bill’s declaration on Sunday was disconcerting for a number of reasons but particularly because Mayor Wagner is just seven months into his first term at City Hall; the finances of the Council were wrecked by Mayor Bradley; and Wagner’s Council is one that is in opposition. Mayor Wagner is the son-in-law of Evan X Hyde on whose me-

dia platform Bill was. Mayor Wagner is also the brother-in-law of the PUP’s national deputy leader Cordel Hyde. It was Cordel who brought Bernard into politics; so from a political perspective, in theory at least, Mayor Wagner should be standing on firm political ground. If this is so then we have to ask the question - who exactly sent Bill on Sunday? Why would Bill be so bold as to attack Mayor Wagner on his in-laws’ media platform? Mayor Wagner, by my assessment, is a moderate PUP. By this I mean that he is not hawkish about politics. He does not wish to see every single person who might be a UDP, and happens to work at the Council, fired. He understands that you should not play politics with people’s livelihood. As reasoned, balanced and fair-minded as Mayor Wagner might be, it is not how this game of spoils works. The Real Barbarians want anybody who is even slightly suspected of being Red gone. Let them starve, they say; it’s our turn to eat. There is no appetite for reason and fair-mindedness; none! Bill reminded us of this much on Sunday. Recently the Barrow administration declared a state of emergency in parts of southside Belize City because our young black youths have been murdering each other mercilessly. The need for revenge has fueled a war that appears to have no end in sight. Gallons of blood have been flooding the streets of Belize City for about three decades now and the Belizean people are so tired of it that they were completely unbothered by the declared state of emergency. Many people have condemned the unforgiving nature of the street war because it seems to them that all that is needed is one act of forgiveness and the thirst for re-

venge would stop. But the reality is that the ongoing war has left deep and painful scars which, without meaningful intervention, won’t heal. Without healing there can be no end to the war. It is meaningful political intervention that Mayor Wagner is attempting. He has deliberately tried to stave off the lust for political revenge by his Party supporters. If after every election we purge those Belizeans who we feel are not supporters of our Party then we are no better than the very ghetto youths we condemn for their murderous spree. In many respects the political war that has intensified in Belize is even worse than the ongoing street war. On the streets the targets are predominantly opposing members of the street gangs but in the waging political war the targets are not just supporters of the other party; increasingly the family members of political opponents are becoming political targets as well. If you take willful action to deprive a man or woman from earning a living for their families are you not bestowing upon them a slow death? What does a 5 year old child have to do with politics? How could you feel so comfortable to sentence such a child to years of hunger and depravation? And you do all this in the name of the Party that you say you love? What about Belize? Do you love Belize, Barbarian? Do you? With every election comes an outpouring of love for the “small man” from the politicians. Everybody loves the “small man” but yet the small man remains small. Thirtyseven years of love for the “small man” has led to 42% of us living below the poverty line. Surely this can’t be love. The recycling of minimum wage jobs is not an expression of love for you, beloved, it is a system designed to pit you against your

own brothers and sisters whilst the real Barbarians feast at the trough. Some of the real Barbarians want to feed at City Hall and M a y o r Wa g n e r i s in their way. Mayor Wagner may be a po-

those who feel that Mayor Wagner’s victory was not his. The victory, they say, was a PUP victory and therefore he should be kept on a rein as though he is a damned horse. On Sunday Bill tried to appeal to the “small

The recycling of minimum wage jobs is not an expression of love for you, beloved, it is a system designed to pit you against your own brothers and sisters whilst the real Barbarians feast at the trough. Some of the real Barbarians want to feed at City Hall and Mayor Wagner is in their way. litical novice but he is no intellectual lightweight. In him I see some similarities with Mayor Bradley: he is a man that can think for himself. He is a man of stout intellect, of compassion and of courage. He can’t be pushed around, which is what is annoying

man” and he went to great pains to say that they were being neglected to the benefit of the “big man”. In Belizean politics, in order to win, politicians often promise that which they can never deliver. One such promise is always about job creation. There are hundreds of

PUP supporters who would welcome a job at City Hall but the fact of the matter is that Mayor Wagner’s Council can never hire every PUP supporter just as Mayor Bradley’s Council could not hire every UDP supporter. It is this reality that Bill tried to exploit on Sunday; he wants the PUP supporters who have not gotten a job to believe that it is all Mayor Wagner’s fault. If the base becomes agitated and upset with Mayor Wagner and that anger persists it can affect Mayor Wagner’s chances of reelection. Bill is playing a dangerous game because 2020 cometh before 2021, the anger he wishes to incite might have political consequences sooner than he anticipates. In parting let me ask you this Bill, are you a Barbarian? If not then tell us which Barbarian sent you on Sunday!


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No Excuses

What Belize’s Next Government Must Be

Nefretery Marin The last three general elections have been called very early. If we are to follow this precedence, we must expect elections no later than 2019. It is rumoured that it may even be called on the very day of the April 2019 referendum. Some may say it would be a mistake by the UDP to do so; in my experience, however, Mr. Barrow makes no mistakes. He has been strategic and very calculative in his affairs. Mr Barrow has been very successful in the

business of politics - to the people’s detriment, however, because his leadership has utterly failed. Which is why the upcoming general elections is extremely important. This election is about the future of a great people - people who with no leadership have lost direction and hope. Belize is a country rich in natural resources, in timber and other forestry products, oil, gold, uranium, fertile farmlands and a rich Caribbean Sea with a living barrier reef. Our people are very few and rich in culture, talents and with professional and managerial skills of the highest calibre; with the possibilities of great sustainable industries and small businesses, where workers and young students can have equal opportunities to scholarships, low interest loans,

grants, contracts and concessions. Ye t t o d a y, a s i d e from the ultimate danger of losing our territory and identity; this country is faced with its most serious problems since Independence…what has happened to our jewel? What happened to Mother Nature’s best kept secret? Where are the values we used to share, where is the success and prosperity we were promised? Through the red and blue political formulas, our confidence, self-respect, common sense and even our very humanity and patriotism are at high risk of extinction. Our country is at the brink of disintegration. Some of the reasons for these difficulties today are very complex and go back many years. Others are simpler and more recent. We must not lay all the blame on the PUDP.

That wouldn’t be kind, nor would it be true. The PUDP have however, been in power since self-government and cannot escape the major responsibility for our demise. They have made our Country worse in three ways. First, by practicing the politics of greed and by personally destroy-

privileges of our nation’s wealth without taking on the responsibility of accountability and transparency to our citizens; by not distributing our wealth and economic opportunities, they have weakened the foundations of our nation! Belize’s economic decline is not inevitable. If our people can

We must build the nation, invest in our people; help people to help themselves – and others. This is the way to restore the self-reliance and sustainability which are the basis of personal responsibility and national socio-economic success. ing every opportunity for creation of wealth within our poor and middle classes. They have set one group against the other in an often-bitter struggle to gain a larger share of an ever-weakening economy. Second, by creating a mass acceptance of cronyism and nepotism, they have crippled ambition and effort on which developing countries depend to strengthen its economy. Our tour guides can no longer freelance. Our people can no longer offer affordable room rentals in their homes to our struggling students… this is all because they want a piece of our cake before it is finished baking. Third, by taking for themselves all the

turn away from the PUDP and trust in true servant leaders…. we can reverse it! We are not assuming we have all the answers, but we can answer those that matters most. We must build the nation, invest in our people; help people to help themselves – and others. This is the way to restore the self-reliance and sustainability which are the basis of personal responsibility and national socioeconomic success. In promising to do too much, politicians have failed to do those things that should be done. This has damaged the country and the credibility of gove r n me n t. We mu s t concentrate on what should be the priorities of any government. They should be clearly

set out by any future leaders in a clear plan of action and these leaders must be willing to sign a contract with the people of Belize. If we vote for you under these promises, then you must be legally forced to fulfil them. The first step in rebuilding our economy is to unite our people. After which 5 main goals are important 1) to restore and improve our economic and social life, by controlling inflation and creating viable sustainable economic opportunities for the poor and middle class as well as young graduates. 2) to create real incentives so that hard working, patriotic Belizeans’ birth rights may be reinstated and they can be encouraged to invest back home. 3) to uphold our constitution and not appease any self-interest group. 4) to support family life by helping people to become home-owners, raising the standards of their children’s education, and creating services to support the old, the sick, the disabled and those who are in real need. 5) to strengthen Belize’s defence by enforcing an assertive diplomatic stance as it relates to the Guatemala/Belize dispute and by allocating a salary increase for our forces and Police Officers, discouraging corruption and bribery and holding them to high moral and ethical standards.


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In the soup of economic statistical variables that often find themselves in the public discourses regarding the health of the Belizean economy, of late one that has been worthy of even more attention is Belize’s primary surplus. Defined as the difference between the country’s current revenues and noninterest expenses, it is understandable why it is also viewed as what

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Primary Surplus

is left to “service debt after the government” had considered the income and expenditure necessary for running the country. Looked at from the standpoint of what is left to service the country’s debts, it then becomes conspicuous as to why it was such an important component in the last Superbond restructuring negotiations with the bondholders, who had called for Belize

to target a 2 percent primary surplus up to Fiscal Year 2020/21.

goal, the government has implemented several revenue measures

no government can expect that they will be able to sustain a primary budget surplus and the associated debt reduction by tax measures alone. There is need to improve the business environment to ensure that business growth and private-sector investment are accelerated, because these would help to make economic growth more sustainable. To a c h i e v e t h i s

via amendments to

the rates of certain taxes and has cut public investment. As of June 2018, the Central Bank of Belize (CBB) reported: “For the first quarter (April to June) of the 2018/2019 fiscal year (FY), Central Government’s fiscal adjustments yielded a primary surplus of 1.8% of GDP, up from 0.9% of GDP in the same period of the 2017/2018 FY and an overall surplus of 1.3% of GDP, up from 0.6% of GDP in the comparable period of the 2017/2018 FY. The improved fiscal outturn reflected a 6.5% increase in Central Government’s revenue and grants, stemming from the new tax measures implemented in April, and a 3.3% reduction in total expenditure, as the cutback in capital spending exceeded the increase in current outlays.” Within that same context, it is of note that the CBB also reported: “Over the first six months of 2018, Central Government’s domestic debt fell by 1.3% to $1,013.2mn (26.4% of GDP), while the public sector’s external debt rose by 0.5% to $2,523.6mn (65.6% of GDP). Consequently, the total public sector debt-to-GDP ratio narrowed from 95.0% of GDP at December 2017 to 92.0% of GDP at the end of June.” Now that was for the first half of the y e a r. I t , h o w e v e r, is important to see whether or not the primary balance remains in surplus and whether debt levels continue to decline, even if incrementally. Nevertheless, to confirm the former or the latter, we will simply have to await the updated reports regarding Belize’s fiscal accounts. Now while there have been disagreements between the

private sector and the government over how best to achieve this sort of debt reduction, the common goal for all parties, including the general public, is to ensure that Belize’s public debt is, indeed, decreasing, and so at a reasonably rapid p a c e . F r a n k l y, t h e school is out on why debt reduction is so pivotal. As has been discussed in this column before, empirical works by CBB’s economists have already shown that Belize’s growth rate is at least 2 to 3 percentage points higher on average when debt is closer to 60% of GDP. Therefore, debt reduction is a welcome development. The issue, however, that is often raised by the private sector and in this column is the fact that no government can expect that they will be able to sustain a primary budget surplus and the associated debt reduction by tax measures alone. There is need to improve the business environment to ensure that business growth and private-sector investment are accelerated, because these would help to make economic growth more sustainable. The logic is fairly straightforward: if the economy is growing at a much faster rate than the debt levels, this implies that even at the current tax rates there will be more tax revenues being collected. However, this hinges on the fact that, at the same time, the government is exercising fiscal discipline. In short, this is an issue that all members of the Belizean society should be keeping a close eye on, because large debt overhangs also have a way of eating into spending on other essential things, including needed social programs or public infrastructure.


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A Weekend in Beautiful Belize – BTB & the Media Part II By Michelle Sutherland Staff Reporter

We then made our way to the Log Cab Inn Resort, located on the Benque Road where we met Garnett Lee, General Manager. He summarized the family owned property in one word - perfection. Lee told us that the resort is centered on offering luxury services to its local and international customers and even though the slow season is ongoing, the resort has kept its doors opened for anyone that wants to drop by and use its newly renovated pool. Lee told us that apart from all the exquisite services that they offer, Belizeans who visits

often take advantage of their unbeatable prices that range from BZ$140 to $175 a night for standard and deluxe rooms. After a tiring day, we checked into our rooms at the Midas Resort in San Ignacio and early Saturday morning we again set out for a day of sightseeing at Ajaw Chocolate Farm in Bullet Tree Village. There we were educated on the various types of cacao plants before we again piled into our respected vans and driven to the chocolate factory in town. At the factory we were given a demonstration of how the cacao seeds

A tour of Ajaw Chocolate Farm

were processed and manually ground on volcanic rocks and while we ate locally made chocolates and sipped on cacao drinks and wine we were reminded that tourists come from all over the world just to get the experience of what is right here in our own backyard. After getting lunch in San Jose Succotz, we set out for a visit to the Chaa Creek organic farm before a stop at the relaxing spa where we were greeted with refreshing cold towels and ice cold natural d r i n k s . We w e r e taken to the butterfly farm which was an amazing experience. We wrapped up with a tour of the resort grounds and top of the line luxury rooms before being treated to a drink of our choice by the resort owner. On Sunday morning before our scheduled activities we met up with BTB’s Marketing Manager Jocelle Stephens who

explained to us that the objective of the annual tour is for BTB to build upon its relationship with the media and secondly to market the various regions of the Belizean jewel in its natural form, not only for the international audience but for locals. Stephens told us that over the past two years BTB has been getting positive feedback from the familiarization tours and tourism numbers have increased tremendously with both local and domestic tourists. Our last stop of the weekend was San Antonio village, where we were schooled on traditional Mayan food preparation and given the chance to manually grind our corn on volcanic rocks, make our tortillas and eat them with salt and coconut oil. We were then taken across to experience traditional potterymaking before taking on the long drive back to Belize City.

At the Butterfly Farm at Chaa Creek

Grinding corn in San Antonio


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Laser caliper technology assists sizing efforts by Alexander Tewfik, Ph.D and Myles Phillips Wildlife Conservation Society, Belize Program

Remote sizing of fish using laser caliper technology is the most recent addition to ongoing data collection efforts conducted by Belize’s Spawning Aggregation (SPAG) working group. In 2016, the Wildlife Conservation Society piloted the use of this relatively simple innovation at the Northeast Point SPAG site on Glovers Reef. The apparatus features two submersible lasers mounted under a handheld underwater camera system (Fig. 1) and is operated by a single diver. The operator places the two laser points on the lateral surface of a fish while recording video (Fig. 2). During review of the video footage after the survey, data collectors can use the known distance between the two laser points on t h e f i s h ’s b o d y t o extrapolate the actual size of the animal. The University of Belize – Environmental Research Institute has since deployed a similar system for use in their research at Maugre Caye, Turneffe Atoll reserve. The apparatus is not expensive (roughly $200USD for lasers and mounting components), with the underwater camera representing the main c o s t . Vi d e o l i g h t s are not required; an advantage as the light causes distraction to the fish. It is not bulky or difficult to use in the hands of an experienced diver. The camera operator must position themselves perpendicular to as many fish as possible during their limited “bottom time” while maintaining their buoyancy, taking note of their surroundings, and remaining steady in the water for high quality video capture. Although spawning a g g r e g a t i o n monitoring has been limited to fish species and counts since 2000 (BurnsP e r e z a n d Te w f i k 2016), fish sizing is important as one of

the key indicators of sexual maturity and population health, and is directly used for management of fishing effort (i.e. size regulations). A healthy population of fish will include many individuals above minimum size at sexual maturity, indicating a healthy breeding population for perpetuation of the population and their associated fisheries. In addition, bigger fish produce exponentially more eggs (i.e. megaspawners) than their smaller, younger, conspecifics ( B e r k e l e y, e t a l . 2004). Spawning aggregations are comprised of breeding adults almost exclusively, and as such, the health of these groups is a direct representation of population viability. The general methodology us ed f o r S PA G s u r v e y s follows the ‘Spawning A g g r e g a t i o n Monitoring Protocol for the MesoAmerican Reef and the Wider Caribbean Version 2.0’ (Heyman, et al. 2004), and the ‘Revised Sections of the Spawning A g g r e g a t i o n Monitoring Protocol (a supplement to the 2004 protocol that was prepared by members of the Belize Spawning Aggregation Working Group). Prior to the advent of laser sizing, size data was collected using the visual estimates of multiple divers; a common protocol known to be highly susceptible to surveyor bias. Surveyor bias occurs when the subjective judgment of each surveyor leads to an intrinsic error in measurement from each surveyor i.e. chronic overestimation or underestimation of fish size. Obviously, the most accurate way to measure individuals would be to capture and measure them out of the water; but laser sizing allows high accuracy and significantly lowered margin of error without interrupting the breeding activities of any individual fish. In addition, laser sizing is less time, effort

Laser caliper array used by WCS; an underwater camera system fitted with twin submersible lasers. (Credit: A.Tewfik/WCS)

and resource intensive than specimen capture, and causes minimal stress to the fish. This is especially favourable because spawning aggregation sites have exhibited trends of population decline or extinction since the late 90s, and the trauma of capture can lead to injury, reduced reproductive success, and increased susceptibility to predators and disease (Heppell, et al. 2012). The use of this apparatus frees other divers to perform other vital monitoring tasks, as only the camera operator needs to spend time collecting size information. The effective range of the lasers used by WCS was 5-10m on larger fish in clear water, meaning that camera operators need to get close, but not too close to the breeding animals to take useful footage. The video can be reviewed as many times as necessary, and can collect associated information passively e.g. the presence and density of associated species including egg predators and carnivores. The use of laser calipers is highly effective for collecting fish size data under the depth, light and current conditions typical of grouper and snapper spawning sites (Fig. 3), and have been used to confirm the presence of large and mature fish at multiple sites within Belize’s reef systems. The SPAG working group intends to promote the use of this apparatus by all its partners in order to collect the most useful data to inform management of these endangered species and their breeding populations.

A Nassau grouper with laser points on its lateral surface. Still frames are extracted from video footage, and are used to extrapolate fish size. (Credit: A.Tewfik/WCS)

A camera operator casting the laser points onto the lateral surface of a spawning male tiger grouper. Sediment in the water has made the beams visible. (Credit: A.Tewfik/WCS)


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New Electors Register to be Published Soon By Marion Ali Assistant Editor

The Election and Boundaries Department is in the process of publishing the names of electors who applied to be reregistered in the new Electors’ Registers. The publication is to facilitate the process of revision of these Registers so that the political parties and anyone who wishes to challenge them at the courts will be able to do. Within the threemonth period, some 130,792, representing just a tad under 64 percent of the existing registered electors had applied to be re-registered. It is a turn-out that Chair

of the Election and Boundaries Board, Doug Singh thinks is “excellent” because 64 percent of the existing number of electors is not much fewer than the total number of electors who showed an interest to vote in the 2015 General Elections. Some 142, 881 voters came out that day to vote. Meanwhile, since registration can s t i l l o c c u r, n e w applications that were received between the close of the reregistration period on October 1 and December 10, 2018 will be published on the 15th December, 2018 Supplementary List, after those have

the time approaching the Referendum a p p r o a c h e s .

Unregistered people will not be able to vote in the Referendum.

By Benjamin Flowers Staff Reporter

the Commission e x p l a i n e d . The Commission stated that the app launch forms the testing component of the commission’s 90-90-90 goals, a global effort to have 90 percent of the population knowing their HIV status, 90 percent of positive persons receiving treatment, and 90 percent of persons on treatment adhering to the regimen by 2020. B e l i z e a n a p p l i c a t i o n developing company LXJ Code Belize developed the app, which can be downloaded for free at the Google Play Store for Android devices. The NAC Te s t i n g S e r v i c e s App is the second app launched by the commission, the first being “Infection” a gaming application geared towards disseminating p e r t i n e n t information about sexual reproductive health to youths, back in 2014.

NAC Launches New HIV Service Application

It is important to register also been given a chance for revision and challenges. Singh urges people who have not yet

registered under the new process to visit the Election and Boundaries offices in your area and do so, as

The National AIDS Commission is simplifying how Belizeans can access HIV testing services through the launch of its new mobile application. T h e N A C Te s t i n g S e r v i c e s App, launched on September 28, provides the user with real-time data on the nearest health facility, to the services they offer, location, links the user to the service providers’ Facebook and website for more information and provides timely updates on upcoming events from varying partner agencies within the response. “The NAC realized that one of the key issues hindering our ability to reach our 90-90-90 targets has been the access to services; and one of the key reasons for not accessing services in Belize is lack of knowledge,”

NAC launches testing services mobile app


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New Apolostolic Nuncio to Belize Appointed

The Apostolic Nunciature in Belize is pleased to inform that His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed as new Apostolic Nuncio in Belize, Most Reverend Archbishop F o r t u n a t a s Nwachukwu, Titular Archbishop of Acquaviva. News of the papal appointment was made public on September 8 at noon, Rome time, 4:00am in Belize. H . E . M s g r.

Nwachukwu was born in Ntigha (Nigeria), on May 10, 1960. He was ordained a priest on June 17, 1984, with incardination in the Diocese of Aba, Nigeria. Doctor in Dogmatic Theology and Canon Law, he joined the diplomatic service of the Holy See on July 1, 1994 and held assignments in the Pontifical Representations in G h a n a , P a r a g u a y, Algeria, to the United N a t i o n ’s O ff i c e and Specialized Institutions, and

The government of Belize, earlier this year, introduced new legislation increasing the fees for licensing firearms. However, gun owners who have contacted the Reporter have shared that the fees to license certain firearms have increased so si g n i fi c a n t l y t h e y may be forced to give up their

weapons and be left defenseless. The new fees were introduced as part of an effort by the Ministry to exercise greater control over the management of legally owned firearms. The new rates took effect in early September and saw the increased gun license fee raise $300, while a gun repair license increased to $50

Courtesy: Christian Herald

Most Reverend Archbishop Fortunatas Nwachukwu

among the Section for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State. He was appointed Chief of Protocol of the Secretariat of State on September 4, 2007. He was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Nicaragua on November 12, 2012. He was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica Jamaica, New Apostolic Nuncio to Belize, and Appointed Most Reverend

Archbishop of Guyana, Saint Kitts and Nevis, S a i n t Vi n c e n t a n d the Grenadines, and Apostolic Delegate for the Antilles on November 4, 2017. He was appointed Apostolic Nuncio in Santa Lucia, Bahamas and Grenada on February 27, 2018 and in Suriname on March 3, 2018. Archbishop Nwachukwu is a polyglot (multilingual) as he speaks fluent English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Hebrew and Arabic.

license applicants a n d o f f e r standardized gun handling courses. Lovell also said anyone having any issues with renewing their firearm licenses should contact the Commissioner of Police, who has the authority on such matters. Responding to a question about gun owners who

may choose not to renew their licenses due to the new fees but keep their f i r e a r m s a n y w a y, Lovell said the police department has records of all licensed holders and has the capacity to keep tabs on who has paid and who hasn’t. Like everything else though, he said, there may be a few people who slip through the cracks unnoticed.

Gun Owners Complain of Exorbitant Licensing Fees dollars. Special protection licenses increased to $225 dollars, and the shotgun holders’ fee rose from $5 to $25 dollars. According to Ministry of National Defense CEO, Ret. Col. George Lovell, the changes to the fees should not have an adverse effect on people, such as farmers, who own firearms on the basis

on necessity. Lovell said the new fees were introduced in par t to ensur e that citizens who really need a firearm license have access to it but also to ensure that there is not an excess of weapons that individuals may not absolutely need. Lovell also noted that the ministry intends to enhance the screening process for gun


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Referendum 2019 - Yes or No? Harry Lawrence

The Government of Belize has taken the decision to consult the voters of Belize in a referendum which will take place on Tuesday, April 10 next year. The question we will be asked to answer is: Do you agree that any legal claim of Guatemala against Belize relating to land and insular territories and to any maritime areas pertaining to these territories should be submitted to the International Court of Justice for final settlement and that it determines finally the boundaries of the respective territories and areas of the parties? Only registered voters will be allowed to participate in the referendum. The deadline for registration is March 10. As a public service Reporter will be publishing The Lauterpacht Report in serial form starting this week. This is a legal opinion which the late

Prime Minister George Price commissioned from a team of four distinguished world experts. The Government asked for an impartial opinion which “would strictly on the basis of international law, consider whether Guatemala could validly q u e s t i o n B e l i z e ’s sovereignty over the territory of Belize or any part of it?” The team selected for this job was headed by, CBE, QC Sir Elihu Lauterpacht,CBE, QC, an expert in international law and boundary disputes. Lauterpacht has worked on land and maritime boundary cases involving Bahrain, Chile, El Salvador, Israel, Malta and Namibia. He was at the time an ad hoc judge of the ICJ. He has been a Presiding Commissioner in the United Nations Compensation Commission and President of the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank Administrative T r i b u n a l s . Judge Schwebel, at this time had just retired

from being the President of the International Court of Justice. He is an American jurist of great renown who was at one time President of the American Society of International Law. Professor Shabtai Rosenne is an Israeli expert with a wideranging experience as an advocate before the International Court of Justice. He is a visiting professor at leading universities in Britain,Germany, the Netherlands a n d Vi r g i n i a . H e is an authority on the International Court of Justice. Professor Shabtai Rosenne is an expert in the Law of Treaties and has written several scholarly books on the subject. The fourth member of the team, Prof. Vicuña was a Chilean scholar who was widely regarded as the foremost expert on Latin American border issues. He has participated widely in dispute processes in the Americas. Until his death he was a member

of the panel for the Settlement of Disputed Land under the Vienna Convention on the law of Treaties and an ad hoc judge of the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea. The report, which we will refer to as the Lauterpacht Report, was released by then Foreign Minister of Belize, Mr. Assad Shoman in November 2001. The Lauterpacht Report examined the Guatemalan claim, which is based on an inheritance from Spain in scrupulous detail and found that there were two legal grounds which demolished the Guatemalan claim. One ground was the Treaty of 1859, endorsed and supported by the Convention of 1931. The other ground was historical consolidation and acquisitive prescription and secure title held by Britain and now by Belize. Starting next week the Reporter will publish verbatim sections of the Lauterpacht Report as a public service to Belize.

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Of This and That

Harry Lawrence

I am grateful to Mr. Compton Fairweather for his clarificaton concerning the position taken by the Hon Phliip Goldson before the Fouth Committee of the United Nations (Reporter of Oct. 7, 2018). W h a t e v e r M r. Goldson may have said or done subsequent to this presentation before the UN Fourth Committee, this was a shining moment for him and the team which supported him, headed b y M r. C o m p t o n Fairweather, CBE. Mr.Fairweather ’s first-person account of what happened at the UN Fourth Committee and of Mr. Goldson’s stated willingness to take the case to the ICJ is a valuable addition to the history of Belize and our historic struggle against Guatemalan a g g r e s s i o n . There has been a lot of talk about how Goldson was opposed to the ICJ, especially after his bitter break with his party over the Maritime Areas Act. This record from the past does a lot to restore our historical perspective on Mr. Goldson, a man with whom I worked as Editor of the Belize Billboard while he and the late Leigh Richarson were serving a one year sentence on a Supreme Court conviction for “sedition.”I worked closely with Mr. Goldson and his younger brother, Lindy, during those dark days, and I got to know him really well - not from afar, but close up. I got to see a noble and generous man. I got to see a man whose much publicized conversion to Catholicism was effected by the sheer power of his faith and reason. I also saw a man so driven and immersed in what he was doing, that he was reluctant to find time to examine ideas opposed to his own. Compton Fairweather’s account in his letter to the Reporter (Oct. 7) shows the archtypical Philip Goldson - strong, determined and implacable in his fight for Belize. Belizeans would not be doing a disservice to the memory of this

great patriot if they were to agree to take Belize’s case to the ICJ. Mr. Assad Shoman, B e l i z e ’s F o r e i g n Minister at the time, in his foreword introducing the Legal Opinion on Guatemala’s territorial claim by the team of Lauterpacht, Schwebel, Rosenne and Vicuña (November 2000), also provided an insight showing that Prime Minister George Price, also anticipitated that one day Belize might be obliged to take her

under the auspices of the Organization of American States, with each country naming a facilitator and both sides presenting their case to the facilitators so that so that they could propose a just and durable solution. “The process began in July 2000 and has been successful in implementing confidence-building measures along the border and in hearing the positions of both parties.

“I am sure that the opinion will be particularly useful in helping Belizeans to make up their minds, if they were ever asked whether the matter should be submitted to the ICJ for a final resolution”. case to the ICJ. This is what he wrote:“In 1991 Guatemala finally recognized Belize as an independent state, and in 1993 the claim was on the verge of a definitive solution, with Guatemala agreeing to accept Belize’s land borders as they had been defined in the 1859 Treaty, and Belize agreeing to give up some of its territorial sea rights in order to afford Guatemala an outlet to the high seas through its own territorial sea. . “But a constitutional crisis in Guatemala interrupted the process and the following year the new Guatemalan government formally re-installed the claim and later demanded that Belize cede to it more than half of its territory as the price for Guatemalan recognition of a truncated Belize. “Hopes that the new government installed in 2000 would negotiate a just settlement soon faded as it began a policy of provoking military onfrontations and encouraging peasant invasions. “The new government insisted that the territorial dispute was eminently a legal one, and that the only possibility for a solution was to submit the case to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for arbitration. “The Belize Government felt that this represented an unnecessary expenditure of time and money and proposed a process

The Facilitators are due to make their proposals by 15 December, 2001.“At the same time however, conscious that if Guatemala remained intransigent the matter might indeed have to be submitted to the ICJ, the Belize Government approached four eminent international lawyers and instructed them to write an Opinion that would, strictly on the basis of international law, consider whether Guatemala could validly question Belize’s sovereignty over the territory of Belize, or any part of it. “They were not asked to prepare a brief for Belize’s presentation of a case, but rather an impartial opinion, well founded on international law, which would give a clear and unbiased opinion of the ttue situation in strict accordance with the law. “The Belize Government chose a high-powered multinational team of highly respected and renowned international lawyers headed by Professor Eli Lauterpacht, Q.C a British lawyer with impeccable credentials and an academic and great experience as a practitioner of i n t e r n a t i o n a l l a w. It includes Judge Stephen Schwebel. a citizen of the United States of America who until recently was a judge and President of the ICJ, Professor Shabtai Rosenne,

an Israeli citizen who is considered a world expert on the jurisdiction of the ICJ, and the highly respected and experienced Latin American jurist, Professor Francisco O r r e g o Vi c u ñ a , a Chilean national. “Together they have spent over a year in extensive research and consultation and have now submitted their opinion. “I am pleased to present this Opinon to the international community and in particular to the people of Belize and Guatemala, both of whom cherish fervently to live in peace and harmony with each other and to co-operate for a sustainable and just development that will benefit the peoples on both sides of this hitherto t r o u b l e d b o r d e r. “I am sure that the opinion will be particularly useful in helping Belizeans to make up their minds, if they were ever asked whether the matter should be submitted to the ICJ for a final resolution”.

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OW Man Charged after Missing Minor Located By Michelle Sutherland Staff Reporter

On Monday, Head of the National Crimes Investigation Branch ACP Joseph Myvett reported that Police had arrested and charged Magdiel Ceas of S a n L u i s Vi l l a g e , Orange Walk for the crime of Unlawful Sexual Intercourse. He was charged in connection with a search of a home in San Jose which led to the discovery of a minor, 14, who had been reported missing by her father. Sources tell us it is believed that the minor had been staying with Ceas for the entire time

she went missing. According to Pol i c e , t h e y m u s t charge for the crime committed against the minor, but all they can do in these instances is return the minor to her home, since there are no provisions in the law for them to take action against them in these matters or against their parents. Recently another female from the Ladyville area was reported missing and she was said to have fallen asleep on a bus and was later found in Benque Viejo Town, thanks to the quick response by the public through Facebook.


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Miss Scuba Belize Off to Malaysia

By Michelle Sutherland Staff Reporter

Joswanie Hall, 18, from Corozal To w n w i l l b e representing Belize for the first time in the annual Miss Scuba International Pageant set to take place in Koata Kinabalu, Malaysia, on November 17th, 2018. Miss Hall was selected from among seven other contestants and emerged with the title after none of the other females could boast two of the main requirements - being able to swim and scuba dive as well as having excellent knowledge of marine conservation. According to the official website, Miss Scuba International Pageant was first held in 2011 and focuses on celebrating the inner beauty and courage of today’s modern women. It also simultaneously advocates for worldwide marine conservation by showing the beauty

of the underwater world and in so doing highlights how fragile our oceans are and how much of an individual role we have in making a difference in protecting it. National Director of Miss Scuba Belize, former Belize City Mayor Zenaida Moya, says that she was contacted in early January by the organization to choose Belize’s first ambassador to expose the country’s marine ecosystem to the world. “What they want is to ensure that marine conservation is promoted throughout the world. Belize is one of the main countries indeed. Yo u k n o w a l l t h e wonders that we have. H o w e v e r, B e l i z e was not represented and they felt that we need to have Belize represented,” Moya told the press. Moya also predicted that she is confident that Belize’s participation in the pageant will also spark

Miss Scuba Belize - Joswanie Hall

additional interest in the unparalleled scuba diving opportunities that Belize has to offer while encouraging marine conservation, enhancing international tourism, as well as

cultural appreciation a n d d i v e r s i t y. In speaking to the media, Ms. Hall expressed her delight in representing her country on an international stage by promoting all the

Miss Scuba Belize testing out her abilities

beautiful opportunities and experiences that it has to offer, including its vastly diverse ecosystem. Hall is expected to depart the country on November 3rd,

where she will be competing in segments such as, national costume, swimwear, conservation segment, talent and question and answer segment, among others.


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Teenaged Teller Charged for Theft By ichelle Sutherland Staff Reporter

An internal audit conducted at the National Bank of Belize on September 29th revealed that $12,000 in bundles of $50 and $20 notes were missing, f o r w h i c h c h a rg e s of theft were later leveled against teenaged bank teller Ivor Garcia, 19. O n M o n d a y, October 8th, ASP Alejandro Cowo shared that the Bank’s General Manager at the Regent Street address reported the findings of the audit to Police and upon inspection of the bank’s surveillance cameras, Garcia was identified as the person who helped himself to a bundle of $50 notes on September 21, 2018. Information from a written police report details that the overall audit confirmed that

Ivor Garcia

two bundles of $50 notes amounting to $10,000 and

one bundle of $20 notes amounting to $2,000 was missing.

Butchered... By Marion Ali Assistant Editor

Police have confirmed today that they have charged two teens, ages 15 and 16, both high school students, with the murder of Bobby Garcia, 19, who was found viciously butchered at the Cahal Pech Maya site in San Ignacio, Cayo on Sunday morning. The Reporter has learned from Police that investigators have recovered bloodstained knives at the home of one of the boys. We have also been made to understand that one of the minors has confessed to committing the murder and claims that he did it as part of an initiation into a cult. The family and friends of Bobby Garcia put him to rest Tuesday afternoon, but they are still in shock over the circumstances of his murder. The incident happened over the course of Saturday night after he left his house to meet with the same two boys. His family traced his Facebook inbox messages and found out that the three teens had planned to meet up at the Maya

temple Saturday night. Garcia left home at around 7:00pm. He had also spent much of Saturday with the same two boys at the site. Head of the National Crimes Investigations (NCIB), Assistant Commissioner Joseph Myvett told reporters at a Police briefing on Monday that while there was no security guard on duty at the site Saturday night, there was record that the three teens had spent Saturday at the site. They were reportedly playing music and socializing there. Garcia returned home at around 4:00 that evening, but left about three hours later, presumably after they had all planned on returning to the location to do more of the same. When his body was found on Sunday morning, it was lying face up and shirtless on a pillar at the main plaza at the Maya temple. It was clad only in sweatpants. His throat had been slit and he was stabbed to the heart, which is the wound that killed him. In his pocket was a stash of marijuana and near his corpse were some loose cigarettes and some

bamboo leaves used to wrap marijuana joints. Garcia had a perfect attendance record, and the first day that he missed his Spanish class at Sacred Heart College Sixth Form was the day of his funeral. His Spanish teacher, Ingrid Cunil-Morales told the Reporter that he used his love for rap music to make learning Spanish more interesting and fun. “He would use my Spanish words and put them in his music, but only for my Spanish class,” Morales recollected. “Last week I had an activity in my class and it involved music where they had to get in groups of threes and do a song and Bobby was very happy. He was more than willing to go to the front with his classmates to sing. ... I wish I could have recorded that moment on my phone,” she told us through tears. The school set up a shrine at the school’s computer lab that included a picture of Garcia, candles and black bows. The school’s counselor also had to meet with some of Garcia’s closest friends who have been left traumatized b y h i s m u r d e r.


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Empower the Youth Dear Editor, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?” -Martin Luther King, Jr. In the $8 million bloated contract for Faber’s Road, many youth including males and females took advantage of the opportunity to earn a weekly paycheck despite low wages. This experience on Faber’s Road and many other job sites shows that the vast majority of young people in Belize are serious about having steady jobs to care for themselves and their families. Today with 9% unemployment, thousands of Belizeans who want to work to care for their loved ones can’t find jobs in either the government service or the private sector. To fill this need for employment more Belizeans must be taught to become entrepreneurs. The talent and energy of as many competent and reliable persons, especially the youth, need to be channeled towards that objective, owning their own businesses. We need scores of persons to cut overgrown grass, clear drains and build concrete ones. There is a great need for street signs. In the Jane Usher area of Belize City and several other communities in urban parts of the country, it is difficult to locate an address because dozens of streets use a single name. There is also a great need in the community for electricians, plumbers, carpenters and masons to provide maintenance work in homes. Presently, there is also a great need for orange, watermelon, soursop and other natural juices in the country. Belize also needs mechanics, barbers, jewelers, tailors and food vendors among other basic services to address the needs of its fast-growing population. Those numerous needs provide great business opportunities for the youth. More youth as successful entrepreneurs will result in more jobs and greater opportunities for other Belizeans, especially other youth. To enable our people to take advantage of these numerous opportunities for successful business investment, all learning institutions in this country need to teach Belizeans the benefits of working together as a group, instead of individually. Strength is in numbers. It’s always easier to access land, finance, credit and greater discounts for any business undertaking as a group, instead of individually. Chinese, East Indian, Mennonite, and Arab businesspersons all work together in their particular ethnic groups to enhance the success of their investments. It is time that Creoles, Mestizo, Garifuna, Maya, and local East Indians teach their children the tremendous benefits of working together and supporting each other in business by doing so themselves. Belizeans have gone from printers to owners of their own printing companies. Our people have gone from messengers in wholesale stores to proprietors of their own wholesale businesses. Some Belizeans have also gone from pawning items at pawnshop to becoming owners of pawnshops. Those and many other success stories of ordinary Belizeans in business were possible, because the young entrepreneurs were able to access startup capital as a group or association, or through individual loans from banks, credit unions, relatives or friends. Lending institutions such as Belize Enterprise for Sustained Technology (BEST), the National Bank of Belize, the Small Enterprise Development Unit, the Development Finance Corporation and the various banks and credit unions should therefore all do their best to enable young Belizeans to access loans to become entrepreneurs. That’s very important for the future development of this country, because small businesses provide the most jobs in an economy. Empowering the youth by providing them with the education, training, and tools to become successful business persons will not only result in the creation

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of hundreds of needed jobs for the people. It will also ensure that future generations of Belizeans are able to successfully continue the various businesses started by their parents and grandparents. Signed: Gilroy Usher Sr.

Construction Concerns Dear Editor,

I hope my letter finds you in good health. Allow me to express my deepest concern and frustration on behalf of the Community of San Jose Village and other Mayan Communities in the Toledo District that seek Governmental support for infrastructural developments and or improvements. The Toledo District and the Mayan Communities, like any other region, play a very important role in the cultural and economic dimensions of the existence of a country so beautifully known to us as Belize. Yet, we do not get a fair share of infrastructural development that continues to deprive us of basic rights, hammering us to poverty and demise us as an indigenous group and backbone of Belize’s cultural

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identity. A report by the Inter-American Development Bank, “Belize: Poverty and Economic Sector Performance” (Devoto, 2016), states that extreme poverty directly relates to ethnicity. Sadly, Toledo Mayans constitute to 57 percent of the district population that is listed to extreme poverty cases, compared to an average of 4 percent for other districts. This, then, supplicates the question: Does the Government have a biased agenda on the Mayan people, depriving them of governmental support and assistance? For the last 10 years, the community of San Jose village has been lobbying for the construction of two bridges and the upgrade of the shortcut that connects the community to the southern highway. To date, after many promises and a couple of visits from the Ministry of National Security, nothing has been done despite the outcry of the community! This neglect negatively impacts the community, affecting teachers, students, farmers, patients’ access to health care and it creates a safety concern. The following list is a few of the many issues that continue to affect our community: (Continued on page 39)


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GOB Moves Big on Dialysis – But Concerns Linger By Alexis Milan Staff Reporter

grateful because the expanded access to treatment will save lives. He said he hopes it stabilizes and prevents further death of people not able to access the treatment. He added, though, that it is a shame that it took the health sector this long, almost 8 years, to make this crucial investment. He also said he believes government must still do more. Some renal patients require three sessions per week, and GOB has proposed covering the cost of the 2, however, Tillet says some patients only require one or two sessions per week. Furthermore, the cost of Hemodialysis treatment at private hospitals costs $210 per session but in the public hospitals it costs $290. Tillett said because of this some patients who had been receiving treatment free of cost prior to the proposals are now being required to pay for the extra session and at a higher cost. The Kidney A s s o c i a t i o n questioned how patients will be

selected in the event existing patients p a s s a w a y. T h e association also queried whether there was any official body to oversee such decisions about the program. It said such a board should be accompanied with relevant legislation and standards. Ti l l e t t r e i t e r a t e d his appreciation for t h e g o v e r n m e n t ’s efforts but said he believes there is enough money in the health system to facilitate covering the full cost of weekly sessions for all patients. Some estimates put the cost of giving full coverage at between one-and-a-half and two million dollars. Tillett also added that in the time it took GOB to finally make the investment, many patients who badly needed the treatment died because they simply did not have access to the critical medical treatment. He described it as “reprehensible” and said GOB should make every effort to ensure needy patients have equitable and sufficient access to the service.

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inaccessibility to and from the community because of flooded rivers. 4. Teachers’ inability to get to school to teach children, which not only affects students’ performances but contributes to dropouts from schools. 5. Accessibility to health care and medical supplies. 6. The Belize Defense Force uses the San Jose road to insert and extract their troops. A half a million dollars in fuel savings per year is estimated for the Belize Defense Force if the bridges were fixed and the road upgraded. This is no fiction; evidence of the continuous neglect,

suffering, and injustices of the people in the south is evident in the media and social media platforms. We humbly ask that the concerns and request to have San Jose Community shortcut bridges and road upgrade be addressed, as it is not a “privilege bid” but a necessity to the daily lives of the community’s populace. We DESERVE a fair share of infrastructural development in our area, as we do pay taxes like any other Belizean group. I look forward to your response. God bless!

The government of Belize has been applauded by and large for its commitment to increase the availability of Hemodialysis treatment to patients with renal conditions, however advocates still have concerns about the scope of coverage being provided and the amount of resources being dedicated to benefit patients with lifethreatening ailments. The Kidney Association of Belize and vocal advocates such as Glenn Tillett have publicly voiced their concerns on the matter. The Kidney Association also has questions about how GOB intends to execute its plan. GOB announced that the Ministry of Health would be covering the costs of 2 of 3 weekly sessions for the estimated 88 patients in the country that require Hemodialysis t r e a t m e n t . Ti l l e t t t o l d t h e Reporter that he commends the government for its effort and said he is

1. Lives have been lost in this area. Let me remind you of the gruesome murder of the two sisters, which could have been avoided if the road and shortcut were up to accessible standards. 2. Economic stagnation is experienced by farmers being unable to access urban markets to sell their farm products. 3. Students’ performances are affected by them not being able to get to school on time. As a result, they end up having shorter periods to do assignments because of the time needed to traverse these roads and the

Signed: Juan Bol Concerned Community Member


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“NO” to Cayo Rosario Development

San Pedro Mayor Daniel Guerrero has reiterated his support for the Defend Cayo Rosario movement, spearheaded by the Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development (ACCSD) which is opposed to a development project on Cayo Rosario caye, located within the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, which proposes to construct a significant number of over-water structures. Guerrero met recently with members of the ACCSD, which includes key tourism industry stakeholders on the island, who expressed their concerns about the plans for the controversial project. The ACCSD sounded the alarm on the project several weeks ago when the National Environmental Appraisal Committee (NEAC) of the Department of the Environment (DOE) approved plans to construct 54 overthe-water structures on the water around the small private island. “I am totally against the Cayo

Cayo Rosario Rosario development and the growing fly and anything that fishing sport industry. negatively affects the The ACCSD also environment on the ma inta ins tha t the bay, the inner lagoons DOE did not adhere and the beachfront,” to the protocols which Guerrero said to the call for proper public members at the meeting. consultations to be held. T h e A C C S D DOE officials reportedly contends that any such conducted over-theconstruction, which phone surveys with would likely entail some people, however, dredging in the area, a proper consultation to poses a critical risk follow up on the matter to the environmental has not been scheduled. safety and stability of Cayo Rosario is a 10the fragile ecosystem in acre island situated well the area and also noted within the Hol Chan that the island is situated Marine Reserve and the within a marine reserve, development proposal making it illegal as well. which has been approved The group also says the includes 54 over-water development is likely structures and 50 other to affect a number of over-land structures related industries that with a club, a spa, rely on eco-tourism restaurant and two docks.

A Soldier Brought Home… By Marion Ali Assistant Editor

Funeral services were held on Tuesday for Adrienne Barillas, 22, the BelizeanAmerican soldier who was reportedly found “unresponsive” on Sunday, September 23, at Camp Humphreys where she was based in South Korea. Private First Class (Pfc.) Barillas was laid to rest at Homeland Memorial Cemetery following a Service of Thanksgiving for her life at St. Joseph’s Parish. Her mother, Emogene Lopez, eulogized her, describing her as an “extraordinary person” who was different and would trail-blaze her path; a natural caregiver, compassionate and overflowing with love.” Ms. Lopez shared Adrienne’s ambition to become a soldier soon after she migrated to the US in 2015, so much so that she had already conducted extensive research into joining the US Army. “She began training daily to condition her body for her basic training. She joined a gym, changed her diet and forced me to do the same,” her mother shared. “She graduated at the

US Army soldier presents Pfc’s mother with the folded US Flag that draped her daughter’s casket top of her class as the was a water purification Distinguished Honor specialist, at the 11th Graduate in 2017. She Engineer Battalion, was proud to join the 2nd Combat Aviation ranks of the US Army Brigade. She visited and begin her service. Belize only two months She was later deployed to ago to spend her vacation South Korea as a member with her family. Her of the 11th Combat body arrived in Belize on Engineer Battalion and Monday, two days after the Combat Aviation it was scheduled to, and Brigade. ...Adrienne’s was accompanied by US career was soaring and Army soldiers; her casket, she was excited to begin draped with the US Flag the process of enrolling and the accolades that into Officer Candidate she had earned. Those School. As a family we soldiers later presented her couldn’t have been more mother with that US flag. proud of her. She was Last week Monday, young, wise beyond her m o r e t h a n 1 0 0 years, and was working s o l d i e r s w h o a r e to create a lasting career p a r t o f t h e U S in the US Army,” Ms. Army’s 2nd Infantry Lopez recalled lovingly. Division paid their The late Pfc. Barillas last respects to their quickly earned The late comrade during Army Achievement a s e r v i c e a t C a m p Medal, National Defense Humphreys’ Warrior Service Medal and Army Chapel in SouthKorea, Service Ribbon. She where they are based.

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Page 43 CLASSIFIED AD CLASSIFIED AD CLASSIFIED AD VACANCY: A vacancy exist for a Care Taker. Please call 6157770 for more information. LIQUOR LICENSE NOTICE: Notice is hereby given that Chun Hua Chen of #46 Victoria Street, Belize City is applying for the renewal of Convenience Store Liquor License for Kick Down Fence to be operated at #46 Victoria Street, Belize City for the year 2019. Under the intoxicating LiquorsAct, Revised Edition of 2000. LIQUOR LICENSE NOTICE: Notice is hereby given that Hay Tuen Tong of #28A Baymen Avenue, Belize City is applying for the renewal of Convenience Store Liquor License for Tong Hay Tuen Fast Food to be operated at #28A Baymen Avenue, Belize City for the year 2019. Under the intoxicating Liquors Act, Revised Edition of 2000. LIQUOR LICENSE NOTICE: Notice is hereby given that Denroy Olivas of Hopkins Village, Stann Creek District is applying for the renewal of Membership Club Liquor License for Hopkins Beach Club to be operated in Hopkins Village, Stann Creek District for the year 2019. Under the intoxicating Liquors Act, Revised Edition of 2000. LIQUOR LICENSE NOTICE: Notice is hereby given that Quan & Rosario Sanchez of Benque Viejo Road, San Ignacio, Cayo District is applying for the renewal of Malt & Cider Liquor License for Konkiki Service Station to be operated on Benque Viejo Road, San Ignacio, Cayo District for the year 2019. Under the intoxicating Liquors Act, Revised Edition of 2000. NOTICE Of DISSOLUTION: Be it known that BROOKFIELD INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION, Belize International Business Company, is in dissolution, effective 2 October 2018. The liquidator for said Company is Marios Christodoulou of Nicosia, Cyprus. Global Formations and Management Ltd. Be it known that GENESIA COMPANY LTD., Belize International Business Company, is in dissolution, effective 2 October 2018. The liquidator for said Company is Marios Christodoulou of Nicosia, Cyprus. Global Formations and Management Ltd. Be it known that HCL COMPANY LTD., Belize International Business Company, is in dissolution, effective 2 October 2018. The liquidator for said Company is Marios Christodoulou of Nicosia, Cyprus. Global Formations and Management Ltd. Be it known that REFORMA INTERNATIONAL LTD., Belize International Business Company, is in dissolution, effective 2 October 2018. The liquidator for said Company is Marios Christodoulou of Nicosia, Cyprus. Global Formations and Management Ltd. Be it known that WORLD MARINE SERVICES LTD., Belize International Business Company, is in dissolution, effective 2 October 2018. The liquidator for said Company is Marios Christodoulou of Nicosia, Cyprus.


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MoH and MoE Partner to Eradicate Sugary Treats By Michelle Sutherland Staff Reporter

The Ministries of Health and Education will be meeting for their first sit down on Friday of this week to discuss the eradication of carbonated beverages and unhealthy snacks in schools countrywide. The move comes after a proposal was pitched to Minister of Education Patrick Faber by his colleague, Minister of Health Pablo Marin at this week’s cabinet meeting, where they agreed on a joint action plan to tackle deaths associated with non-communicable disease s(NCD) such as diabetes and hypertension, starting from an early age. The ‘No Carbonated Beverages’ ban at all educational institutions has arisen amid the growing concern about the impacts that carbonated drinks, unhealthy eating and lack of exercise have been having on the schoolage population. In an interview with the Reporter this week, Hon. Marin explained that “We

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are seeing that a lot of our kids are obese and this has been happening for a long time. Our kids are only concentrating on video games inside of their homes and are not getting any physical activities done. With that, the rate of children who are obese is higher now and it is a concern for everybody in the health sector i n c l u d i n g PA H O a n d W H O . ” Marin says that hospitals have seen an increase in the number of patients with NCDs, which puts a strain on the hospitals to come up with the money to tackle the disease. So instead of costly curative practices, the Ministry has embarked on preventing the diseases altogether

by promoting healthy lifestyles from an early age. “Obesity is the one that takes you to diabetes and then if you are drinking carbonated drinks and eating unhealthy, then diabetes will result in the different levels of kidney failure and stroke,”

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explained Marin. Minister of Education Patrick Faber told us that while he could not offer much comment because the proposal is in its preliminary stage, he can confirm that both Ministries have agreed to work together to

see the initiative implemented v e r y s o o n . As is relates to the businesses that sell these products, Marin told us that the move is not targeting th e m a t a ll, b u t it is hoped that they can be cognizant of the effect that their

products have been having on consumers, and as such can work together for the greater good of all. “Their sales shouldn’t be tampered with so much because it is only in schools, and we are not telling them to stop their sales completely because they can still sell outside,” ended the health minister. We reached out to Bowen and Bowen for comment and we were told by their Public Relations Officer that the company is aware of the ban, and will be meeting with stakeholders. They promised to respond as soon as that consultation is complete.


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