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The true voice of the silent majority
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Sunday, July 31st , 2011
NOT SO FAST P.M. BARROW!
Ninth Constitutional Amendment Bill Sparks Pandemonium!!!
UDP J.P. ...Alleged Child Predator! ... Gets Whoop-ass in Succotz
P.M. Dean Barrow Thursday, July 28th 2011
BELIZE CITY - With the Belize (Constitution) Eighth Amendment Bill now kaput, there is even greater concern over the Belize (Constitution) Ninth Amendment Bill. Consultations are set to begin as part of the process leading to what many already feel is the inevitable – the Barrow administration will amend the Constitution to bar Belizeans from challenging their constitutional amendments in court – no matter what. Reactions to the proposal have been teeming in from various sections of the society; the Bar Association of Belize, the Opposition People’s United Party and private citizens across the land, even some members of the media have begun to weigh in on the proposed amendment. First tabled in the House of Representatives on Friday July 22, 2011 by Prime Minister Dean Barrow, who said the proposed amendment seeks to “place the nationalization of BEL and BTL beyond dispute.” “Once this bill is passed, from now on and forever the government and people must own 51% of the public utilities that have been listed. But we go further, just as important Mr. Speaker the new section 145 that clause 4 of this bill also introduces, is designed - and again we make no apology for this - to place the nation-
alization of BEL and BTL beyond dispute,” the Prime Minister said. But reaction to the expressed reason for amendment has been a firestorm of skepticism about the government’s or rather the Prime Minister’s real intention. The PUP has said that despite what the PM purports as the reason for the amendment – the proposal has far-reaching implications that will affect every Belizean and could be used to resurrect the twice interred Preventative Detention proposal. The Belize Bar Association also quickly weighed in saying in a statement emanating from a meeting that it did not support the proposed amendment to section 69 of the Belize Constitution because the proposed clause would have the effect of removing constitutional supremacy which is the bedrock of our constitutional democracy and replacing it with parliamentary supremacy, and called on the Government to withdraw the proposed amendment in its entirety. The Bar argues that the proposed amendment is “in direct contravention of the intention of our founding fathers as stated in Section 2 and of the fundamental principles upon which the Nation of Belize was founded as set forth in the preamble to the Belize Constitution.”
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Roy Cumberbatch before and after Succotz Villagers descended on him. See Story on page 3
Banco Atlantida offer almost good to go
Thursday, July 28th, 2011
like news anymore. In fact news of the demise of the sugar cane indusBELIZE CITY – It is almost surreal try here, as it has in several other but the news that Belize’s mainstay Caribbean countries, have been agro-export sugar cane industry is announced almost every year for in crisis again seems like so much the past ten years and for most Beold news that it does not even seem
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BIAS TOWARDS NONE !!
Page 2 How can a nation be built on democracy and the rule of law if the Government of the day is not prepared to listen to the people that elected them? In Belize today there is a super majority in the House of Representatives which means that the ruling political party has enough members in the House of Representatives to make changes to the Constitution of Belize. In essence, the United Democratic Party has a dictatorship Government. The latest evidence of how this super majority work is the attempt by the UDP Government to amend the Constitution of Belize to disallow any Court challenges to Constitutional amendments. In short, the Prime Minister and the UDP Members of Parliament will be the supreme lords over the rights of the Belizean citizens. For clarity, we put forward this example: if the Government desire that freedom of speech is no longer allowed and vote with the super majority in the House to strike it from the Constitution of Belize, which results in all talk shows being banned and considered illegal and will only be allowed if the shows are designed to praise the UDP Government. The striking out of the freedom of speech portion of the Constitution of Belize is clearly the fundamental principles of any democracy but that can/will be taken away in a one House of Representatives sitting and there will be nothing that can be legally done about it once the 9th amendment to the Constitution passes which will prohibit recourse to the Court of Belize to challenge any further amendments. The UDP Government has at minimum ninety days to consult with the people of Belize and to get feedback in reference to the constitu-
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WHAT CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS? tional change (9th Amendment). The Bar Association has been adamant that portion of amendment is unacceptable and should not be allowed to pass. The Bar Association of Belize consists of attorneys that are affiliated
who has some smarts it will be hard to find any other UDP MP that comes halfway close. Our statement is not to degrade the elected MPs but to state a fact. The word “dodo bird” is not an original terminology of this publica-
In our survey here at the National Perspective we found that everyone interviewed was against the removal of the Courts of Belize as a last recourse if and when citizens of Belize felt that their Constitutional rights were being deprived by Constitutional amendments. on both sides of the political divide. However, even the known UDP affiliated attorneys are against the passing of the 9th amendment as being presented. The Government’s argument is that they are the highest authority in the country and any amendments to the Constitution of Belize, good or bad, should not be unchallenged in the Courts of Belize. Clearly, that can never be the spirit of the Constitution nor can anyone be comfortable leaving the making of all laws without recourse to at least the Courts of Belize when the Government is well stocked up with “dodo birds.” The Government, other than the Prime Minister
tion but that of Evan, X Hyde, who is the publisher of the Amandala newspaper, who uses it to describe all the UDP MPs. In our survey here at the National Perspective we found that everyone interviewed was against the removal of the Courts of Belize as a last recourse if and when citizens of Belize felt that their Constitutional rights were being deprived by Constitutional amendments. However, there are always going to be cheerleaders of stupidity and wrong doings for the Government and one such example are Plus TV. Pastor Louis Wade and his UDP co- hosts are elated that the Courts of Belize cannot be an Av-
enue of recourse, whether or not the amendments violate basic human rights. They claim since the MPs are elected, they have supreme power and that’s it. One hopes that Pastor Wade get the true revelation that one day Plus TV will stomp on Hon. Dean Barrow’s toe, and all television talk shows will be banned forever from the airwaves unless one is a brown-noser of the dictatorial government. We at the National Perspective are confident that Pastor Wade and his UDP cheerleaders on the show will find their lost ways and understand that no Government can be given exclusive power because power corrupts. What is important to note is that Plus TV has taken over from Krem TV as the main cheerleader of the Government of Belize. Recently, Krem TV hosts distanced themselves from the Prime Minister on the Preventative Detention Bill, and now they are against removal of the Courts as a last recourse of satisfaction. In the same breath that the Prime Minister high jacked BTL and BEL he is entered into a negotiation to sell out the workers of Belize Sugar Industry by agreeing to the privatization of BSI. This is the same government that claimed they took BTL and BEL in order that these companies remain in the hands of Belizeans while they are giving away the shares of the BSI Belizean workers. This is the hardest thing to understand because why would the Government betray its own people and why would a private investor want to invest in a company that the Government is promoting as being bankrupt and has no future. Something is not right, this smells like an Accommodation Agreement in the works. OPEN YOUR EYES THE PEOPLE ARE AWAKE!!!
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NOT SO FAST P.M. BARROW! Continued from page 1
It is clearly the intent of the Barrow administration’s proposed amendments to limit or even deter judicial challenge to its amendments to the constitution, and this becomes even clearly when the proposed amendment to section 69 is followed by a proposed amendment to section 2, which the Bar also does not support stating in part that: “Any amendment to the Constitution should, in a constitutional democracy, be subject to judicial review, and if such amendment is found to be unconstitutional, to be declared so by the Courts. Any attempt to oust the jurisdiction of the Courts in this manner undermines the Rule of Law, lays bare from constitutional and judicial protection of our fundamental rights and freedoms and the way we are governed and violates the doctrine of Separation of Powers, which are essential elements in our Constitution.” The Bar also called for this amendment to be withdrawn “in its entirety”. The Barrow administration also seems to be seeking to deny to former shareholders in Belize Telemedia Limited and Belize Electricity Limited the right to seek redress in the Courts by proposing yet another amendment that would declare that their acquisition by the Government “was duly carried out for a public purpose in accordance with the laws authorizing the acquisition of such property, and no court shall enquire into the constitutionality, legality or validity of the said acquisitions notwithstanding anything contained in section 17, section 20 or any other provision of this Constitution or any other law or rule of practice.” The proposed amendment goes on to remove all doubt of the Barrow administration’s intention by further proposing: “The bar on the jurisdiction of the court contained in subsection (1) above is absolute and no court shall assume jurisdiction on any ground whatsoever including, without limitation, any alleged ground of lack of jurisdiction in the persons making the said Acquisition Orders, or any ground alleging breach of the rules of natural justice.” The Bar Association has now gone on record as opposing this proposed amendment as well “to the extent that it seeks to deny rights of prop-
erty owners to access the courts to challenge nationalizations”, and calls on the Government to “withdraw this proposed amendment in its entirety or otherwise to make such amendments as may be necessary and sufficient to ensure the protection of the rights of property owners of access to the courts in accordance with section 17 of the Constitution.” At press time today there is a gathering coalition of social, political and economic sectors opposed to the Belize (Constitution) Ninth Amendment Bill. On Tuesday the Barrow administration met in Cabinet and announced that they had decided to “formally withdraw the Belize Constitution 8th Amendment Bill and its preventive detention proposals. That Bill is therefore dead.” The Cabinet decision came after the bill had been introduced in the House almost two months ago, no consultations had been scheduled, and obvious widespread opposition spearheaded not only by human rights, social and political activist organizations, but the revelation by a Cabinet minister that he did not support the bill. The administration is hoping that by de-linking the two bills the Ninth Amendment Bill won’t face the same gathering of opposition. It also announced that the House Foreign Affairs and Constitution Committee will hold its first consultation on Wednesday, August 10th in Belize City, at a time and location to be announced. No less a supporter of the Barrow administration than Senator Henry Gordon has already made public his opposition to the bill. Gordon said that he is cautioning opponents to give the process of consultation a chance, to wait and see if the Barrow administration will respond to widespread opposition and withdraw the bill, but he intends to oppose the proposed amendments. Former UDP appointed Senator Audrey Matura-Shepherd is also on record as opposing the amendments. No civic, social, business or political organization has come out in support of the amendments. The Barrow administration began a public relations press this week with two ministers appearing on the
By Rhenae Nunez Monday, July 22, 2011 SUCCOTZ – Amidst public debate over whether or not homosexuals should enjoy certain liberties under the Constitution of Belize, that is to decriminalize or strike out section 53 of the Belize Criminal Code which criminalizes carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any person, a Belize City man went to Succotz Village in Cayo District and got into a heap of trouble. Roy Cumberbatch of a Plues Street address in Belize City was beaten almost to a pulp by Succotz Villagers after he allegedly attempted to have sex with a fourteen year old boy of that village. Cumberbatch, said to be some sort of paper processor frequents Succotz Village where he earns a living from processing birth certificates for villagers there. Whether the service that Cumberbatch sells is legitimate is unknown, the Vital Statistics Department which registers births and deaths has not released any statement in that regard. On Thursday July 21, 2011 Cumberbatch visited the De La Fuentehome to collect for a birth certificate. Dark had set in by the time Cumberbatch was ready to leave therefore he asked Clarita De La Fuente if her fourteen year old son could accompany him to the front of the village since the area had no electricity. De La Feunte agreed and let her son accompany Cumberbatch. She said that she became worried when about fifteen minutes had elapsed and her son had not returned therefore she and her two younger sons went looking for the fourteen year old. De La Fuente had already begun to
fear the worst as she set out to find her son. In the distance she saw her son and Cumberbatch - both were pulling up their pants. Startled, she called out to him (Cumberbatch) “What are you doing to my son!” He responded saying “nada” meaning “nothing”. The minor dashed to his mother and they proceeded toward home running with Cumberbatchin their pursuit. According to the minor, as soon as they were a little distance away from their home, Cumberbatch asked him what college he attends to which he answered “Mount Carmel”. Cumberbatch then told him that he makes pants and shirts and began to measure the child from waist down. Cumberbatch then told the child that he had a secret to tell him and then offered to take him to PuertaNegra and give him a laptop if he went with him to PuertaNegra. He also offered the minor a scholarship for $250.00 monthly. Cumberbatch allegedly came bearing gifts. He allegedly further offered to get the minor a passport. He agreed to the passport but refused the trip to PuertaNegra because he said that he had nothing to do there. They continued walking when Cumberbatch allegedly touched the minor inappropriately. The minor said that he resisted by shoving Cumberbatch’s hand away. He wanted to run but was paralyzed by fear, he couldn’t. Cumberbatch pulled the minor’s pants down and when he resisted, he forcefully held on to the minor. His mother showed up in the nick of time to rescue her son. She demanded her money back from Cumberbatch and told him that she would report the matter to the police.
morning talk shows to be grilled by a clearly skeptical public, arguing that the amendments were constitutional, and that it did not amount to replacing constitutional supremacy with parliamentary supremacy. They point out that a subsequent administration, if it could garner the votes in the House, could repeal the amendments.
The Belizean public has grown increasingly skeptical of the intentions of the Barrow administration with four amendments in three years, all of which seem to abridge or limit rights and privileges. Each new piece of legislation is promised as the “end to litigation” but each seems to have had the opposite effect.
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Banco Atlantida offer almost good to go
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lizeans this time seems an awful lot like last year, and the year before, and the year before. The stakeholders in the industry, however, all seem to agree that this time it’s for real. Without a near miracle the industry could go under, and that an offer from the Honduras based Banco Atlantida group of companies represents a lifeline for an industry besieged by years of bad weather, bad markets, pestilence, corruption and rampant political interference. The offer sounds simple enough - for a 51% stake in the processor, Belize Sugar Industries Limited, the right to grow their own sugar cane on some 10,000 acres, and a better legislative framework that should reduce the number of small cane farmers, Banco Atlantida will invest US$90 million in paying off debts, upgrade the factory and generally provide the type of stability, investment
know-how and management that should see the industry double its output within the next 10 years. For the Barrow administration the first large hurdle was crossed following a sit down yesterday with the Belize Workers Union whose President Horris Patten sounded upbeat about the offer afterwards. Patten told the media that “It was a very positive meeting. The whole discussion was based on the fact of the selling out of, well, I wouldn’t call it or want to use the term ‘selling out’ but the introduction of new monies into BSI. The workers’ role, the workers will play, after all this has been accomplished, what the workers were deserving of before and what they are now.” The members of the Belize Workers Union hold 81% of BSI’s shareholding and though they haven’t seen any dividends since 1999 when the company
was divested to them, Patten seemed optimistic that this could mean a payoff was in the offing. The rival sugar cane farmers associations have been uncharacteristically reticent about the proposed deal, and if there is to be opposition it will come from that quarter. The Belize Cane Farmers Association have indicated that it is trying to put together the wherewithal to invest in BSI but so far have not been able to put a proposal on the table. The dissident United Cane Farmers Association at this point only wants a seat at the table and to be included in the discussion. Neither will be as quiescent as more details of the proposed deal emerges, especially the insistence of the new “strategic investor” that they be allowed to grow a significant amount of their own sugar cane, thereby “depriving” the farmers of substantial traditional leverage in dealing with the processor. BSI is indebted to the tune of almost $120 million and its creditors have indicated that they will call in their loans by September. They have wearied of the years of fighting, disagreements and uncertainty that have come to characterize an industry that has arguably been the engine of the Belizean economy for decades. The tragedy may yet be that the acceptance of Banco Atlantida’s offer will mean to many that Belizeans can’t manage their own industry and someone else has to come own/operate/manage it for them and make a lot of money from it while they go back to reaping the leavings. Politically the Barrow administration boasted that he had rescued the industry from oblivion just last year, but yet he is now championing a gift/Trojan horse as a necessity, and the re-colonization of an industry that has been the pride of Belizean nationalism.
UDP Poster Boy for Belize City Mayor
Belize City: In 2006 the UDP Poster Girl Zenaida Moya was the Mayoral Candidate and won the Belize City Council municipal elections. She promised to transform Belize City into a metropolis that would become the envy of other niegbouring cities around us. Even Dean Barrow then Leader of the Opposition told the nation that the Belize City Council is a model of what a UDP Central Government would become and indeed it became identical, no vision, incompetents and corrupt. Over the last two terms of the Belize City Council under Mayor Zenaida Moya Flowers we have seen how Belize City have gone back in time. We just have to walk the streets of the City to see the deterioration and maintenance of the streets, drains and garbae collection. We have heard about financial abuse by the Continues on page 5
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Cumberbatch refused and instead started to follow De La Fuente and her boys as they ran toward home. The matter was reported to police, however,by the time police visited the scene it was to rescue a badly beaten Roy Cumberbatch from being beaten to death by a village mob who got to him before the police did. Cumberbatch was spotted walking in the village by the mob that was armed with guns, machetes and other weapons. Cumberbatch was surrounded and pounded by the villagers to near death, reports say. He was then hog-tied for police to cart away. Villagers continued to pummel him as he lay helpless on the ground. Cumberbatch was taken into custody and charged for aggravated assault after a doctor examined the minor and determined that there was evidence to charge Cumberbatch for as-
sault. No charges were filed against the villagers who attacked Cumberbatch. Villagers say that they are a peaceful people and helpful and friendly to all who come but they will not tolerate nonsense from anyone. The incident has raised contention by opponents of the United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM), a gay rights group that has filed a motion in the Supreme Court of Belize against the Attorney General and the people of Belize which challenges section 53 of the Belize Criminal Code which outlaws sodomy. Opponents contend that minors are vulnerable to homosexuals who prey upon them. Others contend that actions such as that by Cumberbatch in this case, areperpetrated by pedophiles and not just homosexuals. Other cases have given credence to the contention and reservation by opponents of the UNIBAM matter.
UDP City Council time and time again. Now that municipal elections are getting close, the UDP strategy has been to deceive Belize City residents once again. They are now parading Darrel Bradley, a young novice attorney who happens to be the son of Wave’s old Crow and apoligist Joe Bradley who host UDP talk show ‘Worse thing Da Mauning’. This young chap has no elelectoral experience and certainly no experience in City planning or administration. Darrel is just another face of UDP DECEPTION. He boast of having been a UDP fanatic for years
who has been at the head of the YPF (Youth Popular Front) but I could bet that if he is asked, he cannot say what was the primary objective of the YPF. Belize City residents must not allow themselves to be hoodwinked this time around. We have all seen that the UDP has proven to be total FAILURE both at municipal and at Central Government level. The lives of Belizeans have been downgraded to sacrifices and misery. We cannot afford to have a grandstander and pretender like Darrel Bradley to fool us this time around.
HATTIEVILLE PRISON CHANGES VISITING HOURS
July 28, 2011 Belize City :The Kolbe Foundation has announced the introduction of new visiting hours for families of inmates who normally visit them on Sundays. The Chief Executive Officer of the Correctional facility, Earl Jones, said that they have instituted a rotation system that will alleviate the congestion and overcrowding that causes have on Sundays. Jones said that the new arrangements that will be enforced beginning July 31st will facilitate the inmate depending on which section and classification they have within the prison system and accordingly, will be entitled to visits on alternated weekends (Sundays). Starting this Sunday only those inmates on ‘REMAND’, assigned to Tango 8, 9, 10, and 11 will be allowed visits by relatives and friends. The following Sunday August 7th.,
inmates under other classification assigned to Tango 1, through 7 along with WYF section and Females will be allowed visits by their relatives. Jones explained that the new changes have become necessary to accommodate the inflow of visitors which exceeds 350 every Sunday and also to afford and facilitate each inmate with the equal opportunity to receive a visitor. He noted that with the previous system in place many inmates got cheated out of their visits mainly because of the congestion and lack of proper security to control the crowd, once it was to a peak capacity other visitors were turned away. He concluded that with the new rotation system every inmate will be able to receive their visitors without any restrictions and without any congestion. He also mentioned that for those relatives who missed their Sunday that they will be accommodated during the transition phase.
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Silent on issues affecting black South-side Belizeans while pretending to be their guardian
Can’t be TRUSTED!!!
Wilfully ignores the Corrupt Practices of Barrow and the UDP
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mpartialView By: Marshal Nunez Sr.
Barrow’s Fork Tongue ! … talking out of two sides of its mouth at once The Constitution of Belize took effect at midnight September 20th 1981. The document gained life at the birth of the nation state ‘Belize’ as it attained its political independence from England. The constitution protects our identity and our sovereignty as a nation state by the name Belize. This sacred document is the caretaker of our democracy as it protects the three branches of our government, that being the legislative, the executive and the judiciary. Since Independence, thirty one years
rights and freedoms. When the Prime Minister presented the ninth amendment it seemed to just confirm what the legal minds were suggesting. Section 68 and 69 of our constitution spells out how you can amend the constitution. The amendment to Section 69 has opened a new can of worms, and this particular amendment to this section will dominate the political and legal discussion for the next few weeks. While all the bureaucracy and the technicalities will have to be explained by the legal
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Over the past month the buzzword for Prime Minister Barrow, his government and the secALL THAT piece or parcel of land comprising of 761.498 square metres situate in Hattieville Village, tion of the media that supports his foolishness, Belize District, bounded and described as shown is nationalization. And they claim that they by Plan No. 1355 of 2006 attached to Minister’s have to nationalize utilities in the national Fiat Grant No. 1355 of 2006 TOGETHER with interest and that they have the support of the all buildings and erections standing and being people, then turn right around and want to sell thereon. the sugar industry. This is a case in a situation where the sugar cane farmers own 81 percent DATED this 1 day of July, 2011. of the industry. Apparently for the Prime MinMUSA & BALDERAMOS ister it is ok to nationalize those utilities that 91 North Front Street are not owned by the Belizean people, but in Belize City their interest. Then on the other hand it is alAttorney-at-Law for Scotiabank (Belize) Ltd. right to cut a deal with a foreign bank to sell off a local industry that is 81 percent owned by For Sale by Owner Belizean farmers. Perhaps his justification is to prove to the chamber and to maybe the PUP 1990 Toyota Picup Truck ---Good working condition that the nationalization does not affect foreign Call: Kent McField at 223-0362 --$6,000 or OBO investment. st
ago, this constitution has been amended only nine times, with the most recent proposed amendment being the ninth amendment being introduced to the National Assembly on July 22nd. This Barrow/UDP administration since February of 2008 until last Friday has amended our constitution four times, in just over three and a half years. Last week Impartial View went at length to try to explain to ordinary people how dangerous it is for this government to be treating our constitution with such disregard, pretending as if this sacred document is something that is so fluid and that you can touch it and play with it to satisfy your ego. With the absence of the details of the proposed amendments last Friday, Impartial View felt that this Barrow Administration is trying it’s best to dilute our constitution in order to create a more dictatorship kind of government. Last week the Prime Minister claimed to put the proposed preventative detention bill in the freezer because it is of greater importance to enshrine in the constitution the right for the government to own controlling shares in our public utilities. Before the proposed constitutional amendments were presented there were concerns from many legal practitioners that the Government intends to interfere with that section of the constitution that provides for our fundamental
experts, there is one serious concern that resonates around ordinary grass roots people. The general feeling that we have found as we have discussed this matter with the people on the street is that they have expressed the very same sentiment. They all believe that if Prime Minister Barrow and his administration continue to operate the way they are, and continue to tamper with the constitution it’s only a matter of time before Mr. Barrow and his administration amends the constitution to do away with free and fair elections. This might seem pie in the sky or farfetched but you’ll have to appreciate that this government is intent at winning the election at any cost, and it is obvious that this sentiment is spilling over into the street with the ordinary man. So let me refresh your mind on certain indicators. Remember the incident at the elections office in Corozal when that particular electoral office was opened late at night without permission, and without notification? Remember it was one of the UDP who was supporting one of the candidates that was aggrieved by the injustices of the office that blew the whistle? Does not that seem like a scheme to tamper with free and fair elections? Remember in Cayo and in Port Loyola when the UDP brought out their thugs to intimidate voters who were going to
participate in a PUP party convention? Finally, remember the UDP exporting known gang members into the districts purportedly to go and do work, but understandably to become an intimidating force in those districts. These were just some of the indicators that this government is intent on winning the elections at any cost. Of course we can belabor the point about the UDP and the abuse of power, especially as it relates to tampering with the constitution because of the super majority they enjoy and, of course, their conviction to try and thief the election. But we would be remiss not to touch the Cane Farmers/Banco Atlantida situation. It is humorous that even in the same hour in the same national assembly, when the Prime Minister found it of national importance to amend the Belizean constitution to make provision for the government to own majority shares in the public utilities, that the same Prime Minister just out of the other side of his mouth turns around and wants the national assembly to support his government negotiations with Banco Atlantida to buy majority shares in the country’s sugar processor. Over the past month the buzzword for Prime Minister Barrow, his government and the section of the media that supports his foolishness, is nationalization. And they claim that they have to nation-
alize utilities in the national interest and that they have the support of the people, then turn right around and want to sell the sugar industry. This is a case in a situation where the sugar cane farmers own 81 percent of the industry. Apparently for the Prime Minister it is ok to nationalize those utilities that are not owned by the Belizean people, but in their interest. Then on the other hand it is alright to cut a deal with a foreign bank to sell off a local industry that is 81 percent owned by Belizean farmers. Perhaps his justification is to prove to the chamber and to maybe the PUP that the nationalization does not affect foreign investment. But if you really believe that the influx of that foreign investment will help the nation state of Belize, then why not negotiate with Banco Atlantida to invest in 49% of the sugar industry? That would seem to be within the theme of your government to do things in the best interest of the Belizean people. Or is it ok for the cane farmers and all sixty thousand family members to believe that it is ok for the government and people to own majority shares in utilities, but when it comes to our industries, sugar, banana citrus, rice, investors can come and buy out the majority shares. Mr. Prime Minister that is the possibility you want the Belizean farmers to imagine? Just my impartial view.
Sunday, July 31st , 2011
Delta Flight 4345 searched in Belize ‘bomb threat scare’
French student pulls a ‘practical joke’!
Monday, July 27th. 2011 BELIZE CITY — A Delta Airlines flight from Atlanta, Georgia, to Belize was searched by a police bomb squad at Belize’s Philip Goldson International Airport Monday after the pilot reported suspicious activity by a passenger and “the possibility of a bomb threat.” Delta Airlines said in a statement that a passenger was removed from the flight and questioned by local law enforcement authorities after a flight attendant saw him writing the word “Help!!!” on an ‘Immigration Form’ and drawing what appeared a plume of atomic smoke depicting an explosion. The paranoid attendant quickly reported the matter to the plane’s captain of Flight # 4345 who in response alerted the Belize Airport Authority. The plane was met upon arrival by police and soldiers, and the police bomb squad went through the plane with sniffer dogs, who did not find anything suspicious. The other passengers aboard Delta Flight 4345 were taken to an airport lounge after the plane landed as scheduled at the airport is located
just outside Belize City, the Caribbean country’s largest city. “A passenger exhibited suspicious behavior that led the captain to report a potential security threat that turned out to be a non-issue,” according to the Delta statement, which did not specify what the passenger did or said. “The flight landed safely, passengers exited the plane, and local law enforcement removed and questioned a passenger.” Belize’s Civil Aviation Authority said the plane’s pilot reported “suspicious behavior of (a) passenger aboard the aircraft” to controllers about six minutes before the plane landed, including the “possibility of a bomb threat.” The sixteen year old French student of Rodier, Paris and his mother were taken into custody by Belize’s Authorities for questioning but were released on Tuesday as Police interpreted the student’s illustration on the ‘Immigration Form’ as nothing more than a practical joke. Belize, which border Guatemala and Mexico, is a popular vacation spot know for its clear waters, low-lying islands and pristine jungles.
NEW CHIEF JUSTICE APPOINTED TO THE SUPREME COURT
Belize City, July 26, 2011 The Government of Belize has appointed a new Chief Justice to the Supreme Court of Belize. He is fifty -six year old Kenneth Benjamin, a learned Judicial Officer who holds Guyanese and Antiguan citizenships who has judicial experience spanning some seventeen years. A press release from the Government’s Press Office states that Chief Justice designate, Benjamin has highly developed research skills and is
very versed with the laws of Commonwealth Caribbean States and territories. The new Chief Justice designate graduated from Hugh Wooding Law School in 1977, and since he graduated from the University of the West Indies, he has practiced law in Guyana, been a magistrate and was the Chief Magistrate in Antigua and Barbuda from 1991 to 1993. He has held positions as High Court Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and has acted as a Justice of Appeal of the Court of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. His last undertaking before assuming his role as Chief Justice of Belize was as practicing judge of the Criminals Judge of the Criminal Division of the High Court of Saint Lucia, which is a position he has held since September of 2007. The new Chief Justice designate takes over from acting Chief Justice, Samuel Lungole Awich, on September fifteenth 2011. He replaces former Chief Justice, Dr Abdulai Conteh, who served in that capacity for ten years. Benjamin, if everything works out well, have approximately nine years before reaching retirement age.
Editor Sir, Allow me a space in the National Perspective Newspaper to express my views regarding the manipulation of our Constitution by Prime Minister Dean Barrow and his UDP Government. As you mentioned in your Headline story of last week’s issue you predicted that the the reintroduction of the ‘Preventative Detention’ proposal was ‘DOA’ (Dead on Arrival) again. If we remember well, Prime Minister Dean Barrow was pressured to withdraw the proposal by popular public outcry when he first tabled the proposal of ‘Preventative Detention’ on April 25th, 2008 but not convinced of the people’s determination, in May of this year, he tried to impose his will once again and believed he will just ram it down the people’s throat for a second time. On May 13th of this year after the reintroduction of the 8th Amendment Bill on Preventative Detention for a second time in the House of Representatives, Barrow told the media that it was “his unshakeable, unsinkable conviction that the majority of citizens is behind these measures and will not be deterred by however vocal the Opposition”. The open public outcry against such a draconian measure once again prevailed and forced Prime Minister Dean Barrow again to ‘Freeze’ the measure. The determination and will of the people was firm and in one week Barrow felt mounting pressure on all fronts that has forced him to retreat. At his weekly Cabinet meeting this past Tuesday, Barrow was reminded by some of his own Ministers that they were drifting against the tide and municipal election was just around the corner. As a result Barrow decided to discarded the 8th Amendment Proposal, period! He is now hell-bent on striking back with his nineth (9th.) Amendment Bill which if passed is key to revisit and amend any section of the Constitution in the future and that makes his latest move even more dangerous because it is clearly his way of manipulating the Constitution, once and for all! We must not forget that as a politician, Dean Barrow is all glitter and no substance but most noteworthy Barrow has earned his name as the ‘Master of Deception’ and a wolf in Sheep’s clothing. No doubt he wants to hold on to power, indefinitely! Let’s not forget that this is the same Dean Barrow that came to you prior to 2008 general election and made several promises to make the lives of the Belizean people better even though during the last three years under his administration as a government has proven to be the worst failure Belize have ever seen. This economic times are dread under the RED for the Belizean people.
During the last three years, Prime Minister Dean Barrow has dedicated his time to undermine the evolution of the Belizean economic development. He has spent more years trying to amend the Belize Constitution either to disenfranchise Belizeans of their natural human rights and civil liberties or to usurp private sector utilities without appropriate and timely compensation. This latest Constitutional Amendment that Barrow is trying to manipulate is Section 69-(9) of the Belize Constitution and it is scary because that section is really the key-hole to the heart of the Belize Constitution. We must now rise to put a stop to all this madness. We must not allow Prime Minister Dean Barrow to continue making fools of us Belizeans. He has pulled the wool over our eyes for so long and we have been passive for so long. Suffering and making personal sacrifices in our personal and the lives of our children while Dean Barrow, his ex wife and close family and friends continue to enrich themselves. Living lavishly and building large buildings and really his salary as a Prime Minister cannot afford. Dean Barrow is moving one step closer to making a mockery of our Constitution and pretty soon his crazy proposals will soon become Supreme Laws if we allow him to get the 9th Amendment Bill to pass and become law. He was elected by the people of Belize to serve the people of Belize and he nor no other person, political party or government should be allowed to be supreme to manipulate the Belize Constitution. He must not forget that Manuel Zelaya was overthrown because he attempted to tamper with the Constitution. We have been asleep for too long and we must stand up and make our point! Upon their victory at the polls in the 2008 General Election and sworn in by the Governor General, they all individually swore to respect and uphold the Belize Constitution, not to dismantle or make a mockery of it’s integrity nor to amend it so that they could manipulate it for their convenience or selfish purpose. It is time for Belizeans to rise and take to the streets so that those UDP’s in Belmopan get the sense. We can start this week-end and join in the DEMONSTRATION that will send a clear difinitive message to Prime Minister Dean Barrow and his group of incompetents that the will no longer take us for a ride. They must straithen up and stop the madness. There are many issues affecting our livelyhood, its not just the amendments. WE need for him to come clean on the many promises he made and we need jobs so we can all care for our love ones. We don’t want handouts!
Sunday, July 31st , 2011
Caribbean News Dominican is new CARICOM Secretary General
Irwin La Rocque GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Friday July 22, 2011 – Seven months after Trinidadian Sir Edwin Carrington stepped down as the region’s top civil servant, Dominican Irwin LaRocque has been chosen to fill his shoes, becoming the seventh Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Ambassador LaRocque, 56, is the current Assistant SecretaryGeneral for Trade and Economic Integration at the CARICOM Secretariat, having served in that post since September 2005. In announcing LaRocque’s appointment to the top post yesterday, CARICOM Chairman Dr Denzil Douglas, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, said that he and his colleague Heads of Government believe that Ambassador LaRocque “possesses the requisite skills of visionary leadership, courage and commitment required to guide the Community at this time of change and uncertainty.” The Secretary-General-designate has expressed his deep appreciation for the confidence reposed in him by the Heads of Government. “I am humbled and privileged for this opportunity to continue my service to the Governments and people of the Caribbean Community,” LaRocque said. “As we strive towards the goal of a Community For All, the confidence of the Heads of Government, the support of the people of the Community and the committed staff of the CARICOM Secretariat are vital in achieving that objective.” Prior to his appointment as Assistant Secretary-General, LaRocque served as Permanent Secretary in various Ministries in Dominica for more than fourteen years, including in the Ministries of Trade, Industry, Enterprise Development, Tourism, and Foreign Affairs, where he headed the diplomatic service. He also served as the principal advisor to the Government of Dominica on all matters pertaining to economic integration and regional and international trade. He has a wealth of experience in management, public administration, economic development, trade, foreign affairs and diplomacy.
LaRocque was Dominica’s senior policy adviser on the revision of the original Treaty of Chaguaramas and served on the CARICOM Inter-Governmental Task Force which drafted the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas. During the period when Dominica underwent a structural adjustment programme, he was a member of the Cabinet-appointed Public Sector Reform Task Force, which included the private sector, trade unions and non-governmental organisations, with responsibility for the overall management, planning and performance review of the public sector reform process. He also served as the Chairman of the Consultative Working Group, a public/private sector consultative and advisory committee appointed by the Dominica Cabinet, with focus on the enabling environment for private sector development and growth. He has also served on several Boards, including those of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, Caribbean Export, the Dominica Agricultural, Industrial and Development Bank, and the Dominica National Development Corporation. As Assistant Secretary-General, LaRocque has provided strategic leadership for the continuing implementation and further development of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), as well as the Sectoral Programmes of the Community including agriculture, services, industry and energy. He has managed diplomatic negotiations with third countries and international development partners which required political acumen for successful completion. He has testified, on behalf of the Community, before the US International Trade Commission on trade relations between the Caribbean and the US with emphasis on extending and expanding the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI). He is currently the Co-Chair of the US-CARICOM Trade and Investment Council and is leading the negotiations with the United States Trade Representative Office for a new Trade and Investment Framework Agreement. Ambassador LaRocque has gained considerable experience with the European arrangements through his involvement in developing and negotiating with the Commission of the European Union, development assistance under the European Development Fund. A statement from the CARICOM Secretariat said that LaRocque’s experience in national public sector reform will be critical in the reform and restructuring process of the CARICOM Secretariat, which is in progress.
EU issues alert over cholera outbreaks in Caribbean
endemic in both countries,” the report says. “It is anticipated that further epidemic peaks will occur, particularly during the rainy season.” Two European tourists, a 69-year-old English woman and a 60-year-old German woman, contracted cholera while staying at resorts in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, in May, the report states. Theirs
Cholera first spread from Haiti to the Dominican Republic last November, and the latter had had 5,367 suspected cases with 46 deaths by mid-June, the ECDC reported BRUSSELS, Belgium, July 25, 2011 European Union (EU) health officials have issued a warning to travellers about the risk of contracting cholera in the Dominican Republic, a magnet for tourists, and Haiti. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said in a report that cholera is becoming endemic in the Dominican Republic. The country shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, which has been battling a large cholera epidemic since October 2010. Cholera first spread from Haiti to the Dominican Republic last November, and the latter had had 5,367 suspected cases with 46 deaths by mid-June, the ECDC reported. It said 1,727 cases were confirmed. “Despite intense efforts by the Ministries of Health in Haiti and the Dominican Republic and by humanitarian workers involved in the response to the epidemic, cholera is becoming
were the first Dominican-linked cases reported by EU member states since the epidemic began. The sources of their infections were not pinpointed and could have been either water or food. More than a million European tourists visit the Dominican Republic annually, according to the report. It said Haiti receives far fewer European visitors, with just 23,000 in 2007. Because of the size of the Dominican epidemic, occasional travel-related cases can be expected and may increase during the country’s rainy seasons, the ECDC says. Overall, though, the risk of cholera in visitors to the country should be considered low. The ECDC says visitors to choleraendemic countries should drink only bottled or chlorinated water, carefully wash all fruits and vegetables with potable water, regularly wash their hands, and eat seafood only if it is thoroughly cooked. In the EU, cholera vaccination is not routinely recommended for travelers, but it might be considered for people who work in refugee camps and certain other groups.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday July 21, 2011 – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is to establish a multi-donor trust fund to support the establishment of a micro-insurance catastrophe risk facility, which aims to provide parametric insurance to protect micro-credit borrowers in Haiti against losses resulting from natural disasters. CDB will act as trustee and administrator of the fund, Micro Insurance Catastrophe Risk Organisation Fund (MiCRO).
The Government of the United Kingdom will make an initial contribution of £955,000 (US$1.6 million) to the fund, and it is anticipated that other donors will contribute over the short to medium term. In Haiti, microfinance institutions have flourished by providing small loans mainly to self-employed persons. The January 2010 earthquake has had a devastating impact on micro entrepreneurs, who experienced loss of assets, suppliers and markets. The microfinance sector, which provides micro loans to sustain and stimulate many of these businesses, also suffered extensive losses. MiCRO is expected to contribute to a more robust and sustainable private sector in Haiti, through improved access to financial services after a disaster, and to increasing the viability and sustainability of Haiti’s microfinance sector. It will be reinsured by Swiss Re, one of the world’s largest and most diversified reinsurers.
CDB to establish catastrophe risk fund
Sunday, July 31st , 2011
Chavez set on 2012 re-election bid despite cancer
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he is certain he will pursue his re-election bid next year even as he struggles to overcome cancer. Chavez said in an interview published Monday in the government newspaper Correo del Orinoco that he hasn’t “for an instant thought about withdrawing from the presidency.” He said if there were physical reasons to step down he would do so but that he is pursuing his candidacy “with more strength than before.” “I’m resolved to reach 2031,” Chavez said. The leftist president has been in office since 1999 and is seeking another six-year term. He has suggested in the past that he hopes to keep winning re-election to remain president for many years to come. He has vaguely mentioned various dates, ranging from 2021 to 2031. A poll released last week said Chavez’s public approval rating remains at 50 percent and hasn’t significantly varied since his cancer diagnosis. Chavez completed his first phase of chemotherapy in Cuba last week. He said he is now waiting for additional phases of chemotherapy but did not say how soon the treatments would
resume or how long the process could last. Chavez underwent surgery in Cuba on June 20 to remove a cancerous tumor, which he has said was the size of a baseball. He hasn’t said what type of cancer he has been diagnosed with or specified where exactly it was located, saying only that it was in his pelvic region. Chavez, who turns 57 on Thursday, said he plans to celebrate his birthday in Venezuela. In a telephone call aired Monday on state television, Chavez said he was under strict orders from his doctors to limit his agenda, saying “I’m under the effects of the first session of chemotherapy.” “It’s going well. But, well, I’m in rehabilitation and convalescence defeating cancer,” Chavez said. “And to all those people who have cancer, nobody should give up, no one. Fight hard.” In the newspaper interview, Chavez dismissed what he called the “macabre, perverse, morbid wishes of some commentators like Roger Noriega,” a former U.S. assistant secretary of state under former President George W. Bush. A message on Noriega’s Twitter account on Sunday said he believes Chavez’s “health is grave” and that the opposition “should fill vacuum/ prepare for any scenario.” Chavez said after his return from Cuba to Venezuela on Saturday night that thorough tests found no signs that any cancer cells have reappeared. Chavez gave a speech and sang at a public event on Sunday, appearing upbeat and energetic.
6 presumed cartel members killed in Mexico battle GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — Six suspected cartel gunmen were killed in an overnight clash with soldiers in central Mexico, the military said Saturday. The gunbattle took place in Ayotlan, Jalisco. The town is about a 40-minute drive from Michoacan state where drug violence is rampant. The soldiers say they were alerted that heavily armed men were guarding a hotel called Los Arcos. When they arrived the men opened fire, they say. The army alleges that the men were members of the Zetas drug cartel, and say they found assault rifles, grenade launchers and ammunition at the scene. The bodies were taken to
a morgue. In nearby Guadalajara, a man was arrested trying to board a plane at the international airport carrying more than $290,000 in U.S. currency hidden in a suitcase with 12 pairs of women’s shoes, Mexico’s Defense Department said. He was headed for Panama. Civil protection officials in the resort city of Acapulco said Saturday that two human heads were found on a highway bridge, wrapped in colorful plastic. The body of a third, 20-yearold man was found nearby riddled with bullets. As police worked, dancers participated in an anti-violence festival for locals and tourists a few hundred yards away.
Ex-soldiers link troops to Guatemala massacre GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Two former Guatemalan soldiers testified that fellow troops standing trial Monday bludgeoned villagers and threw them down a well in a 1982 massacre of more than 200 men, women and children. The two witnesses were testifying on the first day of the trial of three former soldiers and an officer accused in the notorious Dos Erres massacre, in which soldiers allegedly killed at least 250 people in a village in northern Guatemala. The four men are accused of 201 of the killings. The men told the court they were innocent, claiming they were not in the village of Dos Erres on the day of the massacre. Three of the accused were members of an elite Guatemalan military force known as “kaibiles.” But witnesses testified that at least two of the four men being charged took part in the killings. Fabio Pinzon and Cesar Franco Ibanez — protected witnesses who testified from Mexico via teleconference — acknowledged in Monday’s trial that they had been among “kaibiles” who stormed the village. Ibanez testified that he blindfolded villagers and brought them to a well. But both witnesses said other kaibiles did the actual killing. They said that one of the accused had raped a girl and another had killed a boy. “I saw how Manuel Pop Sun took a boy, they took him to a well. The boy was crying and then he threw him in,” said Pinzon in the trial, which was televised in Guatemala. Pinzon was referring to one of the men on trial, who along with Daniel Martinez, Reyes Collin Gualip and Carlos Antonio Carias are accused of crimes against humanity, among other charges. The accused denied they were involved in the massacre. “That day, at 5 p.m., people arrived to tell me that there had been a problem (in Dos Erres), and since it was not my jurisdiction I couldn’t help them,” said Carias, who was second lieutenant at the
time in command of an area 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Dos Erres. “I directed them to other villages to seek help,” he added. This is Guatemala’s second massacre trial related to its 1960-1996 civil war, when more than 200,000 people were killed or went missing and entire villages were exterminated, according to the United Nations. The first trial ended in a 2004 verdict against an officer and 13 soldiers, but the verdict was overturned on appeal. In Dos Erres, court filings say soldiers raped and killed women and girls, and banished hundreds of people from the community. Dozens of bodies were exhumed from the well in the 1990s and the remains from 171 victims were recovered in all. At least 67 children under the age of 12 were among the dead. Prosecutors say soldiers entered the village in 1982 looking for missing weapons that guerrilla groups operating in the region had stolen from the soldiers days earlier. They did not find the weapons but accused the farmers of collaborating with the rebels. Witnesses say villagers were tortured and robbed by the soldiers as part of a “scorched earth” effort to eliminate communities supporting insurgent groups at the height of Guatemala’s 36-year civil war. Ibanez, the witness, testified that one soldier sliced off a piece of flesh from a wounded villager’s rib after his superior had told the soldier he was hungry for meat. The trial had been delayed since 2000 through dozens of court injunctions. Also Monday, a judge announced that a former National Police official has been accused of carrying out enforced disappearance during the civil war and was jailed Sunday night. Former chief of the 6th Commando, Pedro Garcia Arredondo, is accused in the disappearance of Edgar Saenz, said Judge Veronica Galicia.
Mexican army finds 148-acre marijuana plantation
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican soldiers have found a series of marijuana fields covering 148 acres (60 hectares) in the northern state of Durango, the army said Monday. The army patrol also found 40 metric tons (44 U.S. tons) of harvested marijuana at the plantation in Mexico’s “golden triangle” region, an area known for drug cultivation and trafficking. The Defense Department said in a statement that the plantation found Saturday included a processing
lab and five camps, apparently for workers or guards at the fields. The planted and harvested plants together could have amounted to 100 tons of marijuana, which the Defense Department said was worth $1.55 billion pesos ($133 million). The discovery comes almost two weeks after soldiers found what the army describes as the biggest pot plantation ever detected in Mexico, a 300-acre (120 hectare) field in the state of Baja California.
Sunday, July 31st , 2011
Norway mass killer jeered on way to court hearing U.S. rejects Iran accusations in scientist’s death
Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik (L), the man accused … OSLO (Reuters) - At least 100,000 people rallied in Oslo and tens of thousands more marched in cities across Norway on Monday in a nationwide expression of grief and unity over the massacre of 76 people by Anders Behring Breivik. Breivik told a judge in a closed hearing on Monday his bombing and shooting rampage aimed to save Europe from a Muslim takeover, and said that “two more cells” existed in his group. Police said they could not rule out the possibility that others were involved in Friday’s attacks and they revised down the death toll to 76 from 93: eight dead in a bomb blast in Oslo and 68 at a Labour Party youth camp on Utoeya island. Stoltenberg addressed the evening crowd, many of them holding up red and white roses for remembrance, his voice trembling with emotion: “By taking part you are saying a resounding ‘yes’ to democracy.” He called the Rose March a “march for democracy, a march for tolerance, a march for unity.” “Evil can kill a person but never conquer a people.” In a country of 4.8 million, where a single murder makes front-page news, the solidarity rally was probably the biggest since World War Two. “We are a small society and I think that makes everyone feel affected whether directly involved or not,” said Jonas Waerstad, 26, who was one of the marchers. Earlier in the day, a handful of enraged protesters awaited Breivik at Oslo District Court. “Get out, get out!” shouted one, banging on a police car he wrongly believed contained the self-confessed mass killer. In fact police drove Breivik to the court in another vehicle. “Everyone here wants him dead,” he said, adding that he knew one of the dead and three survivors of the attacks. “We want to see him really hurt for what he did,” said Zezo Hasab, 32, among the
jeering protesters outside the court. Breivik had wanted to explain in public why he perpetrated modern-day Norway’s worst peacetime massacre. He was denied a public platform, but judge Kim Heger in his news conference, gave an account of what the accused 32-yearold had said. After the hearing, a police jeep drove away carrying an unshaven Breivik, with close-cropped blond hair and wearing a red jumper with a lighter red shirt underneath. QUESTIONS FOR POLICE Police handling of the crisis may come under more scrutiny after the revision to the death toll, which a police spokesman attributed to difficulties in gathering information at Utoeya. Daily Dagsavisen asked “Why didn’t you come earlier?” citing screams by youths as police arrived on the island -an hour after they were notified of the shooting. Police efforts to reach the island stalled after one boat, overloaded with officers and equipment, was forced to stop when it began to take on water. Breivik’s name had appeared, via Interpol, on a list of 50-60 Norwegians after he paid 120 Norwegian crowns ($22.16) to a Polish company that was under surveillance because of its sale of chemicals, Norway’s NRK television said. Breivik leased a farm and bought fertilizers. “We get masses of information about very many people,” PST security police chief Janne Kristiansen told NRK. She said PST checked names on the list against PST watch lists but that “we had absolutely nothing on Behring Breivik” and it was dropped. She said his Internet and Facebook profiles looked moderate although he took part in some extremist chat rooms. It was not clear whether Breivik is in fact part of an organization, although he has written about a revival of the Knights Templar, a medieval order of
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States rejected on Monday Iran’s accusation that Washington was behind the killing of an Iranian scientist and urged Tehran not to use the case to distract attention from its nuclear dispute. Darioush Rezaie, 35, a university lecturer, was killed by gunmen in eastern Tehran on Saturday. Some media reports said Rezaie was a nuclear scientist but Deputy Interior Minister Safarali Baratlou said this crusading monks. “MASS IMPORTS OF MUSLIMS” Judge Heger said Breivik had accused the ruling Labour Party of betraying Norway with “mass imports of Muslims.” He said his bombing of government buildings in Oslo and massacre at a summer camp for Labour’s youth wing was aimed at deterring future recruitment to the party. “The goal of the attack was to give a strong signal to the people,” the judge quoted Breivik as saying. Breivik’s custody can be extended before a trial on terrorism charges. Police say the trial could be a year away. Heger said he had ordered Breivik detained in solitary confinement for eight weeks, with no letters, newspapers or visits, except from a lawyer. The detention, in line with a request from prosecutors, will allow them to investigate the case against Breivik. In a rambling 1,500-page tract posted online just before the massacre, Breivik explained how violence was needed to rescue Europe from Islam, immigration and multi-culturalism. If he survived his assault and was arrested, this would “mark the initiation of the propaganda phase,” he wrote. The judge’s decision to close the hearing to the public followed an outcry from Norwegians incensed at the possibility that Breivik would be allowed a public platform for his views. A Facebook group called “Boycott Anders Behring Breivik” carried the mes-
was not true. Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, in a speech broadcast live on Iranian state television, blamed the United States and Israel for the killing. “We were not involved,” said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, expressing U.S. sympathy to Rezaie’s family and noting that Tehran frequently blames the West for such events. “We hope that Tehran is not planning to use this incident to distract attention from what it needs to do, which is to come back into compliance with international obligations.” Several nuclear scientists have been assassinated in Iran in the last few years amid Tehran’s intensifying showdown with the international community over its suspected nuclear arms ambitions. Iran, a major oil producer, says its nuclear program is solely for civilian purposes and so far has refused to halt its sensitive uranium enrichment activities, as demanded by the U.N. Security Council. The refusal has led to the imposition of sanctions by the United Nations, the European Union and the United States. sage: “He has planned this stage, to get propaganda. Do NOT let him get that freedom ... Boycott all media describing the Norwegian terrorist and his beliefs.” The maximum jail term in Norway is 21 years, though that can be extended indefinitely if there is a risk of repeat offences. The attack was likely to tone down the immigration debate ahead of September local elections, analysts said, as parties try to distance themselves from Breivik’s beliefs and reinforce Norwegians’ self-image as an open, peaceful people. Party leaders have agreed to delay the start of campaigning for the polls until mid-August, Norwegian news agency NTB said. Norway’s immigrant numbers nearly tripled between 1995 and 2010 to almost half a million. Arguments that many were drawn by generous welfare handouts spurred the growth of the Progress Party which became Norway’s second biggest in parliament after the 2009 election on a largely anti-immigration platform. Breivik once belonged to the party, but left saying it was too politically correct. He then began scheming to “resist,” burying ammunition, weight-lifting, storing credit cards and researching bomb-making while playing online war games. After three months of making explosives on a remote farm, Breivik drove a hire car packed with the device to Oslo, detonating it outside government offices. He then drove to Utoeya, 45 km (28 miles) away.
Sunday, July 31st , 2011
By: Nuri Muhammad Police in Britain are now investigating some 3,870 people whose names and telephone numbers were found in Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World newspaper files, who may have been hacking victims in the worst scandal to hit the UK in decades. In a raucous emergency session last Wednesday in Parliament, Prime Minister Cameron admitted that both his ruling Conservatives and the opposition Labor Party had failed to pursue key developments that would had exposed the hacking case years ago and that failure has resulted in all politicians in Britain generally being tainted by the scandal. This is the case of private news corporations in the UK, and possibly in the US, using high tech to hack into telephones to listen to conversations or voice mail or read the text of thousands of people in order to gather confidential information from private sources for their tabloid newspapers and television. But this
WHO’S LISTENING TO WHO? when a member of Cabinet, John Saldivar, quoted from the notes of a speech of the Leader of the Opposition, Johnny Briceno, which Saldivar had gotten through electronic transfer. He even boasted that he had access to the private mail of the Opposition leader. Again, a serious discussion about violation of privacy was lost in the cacophony that is our local politics. These were public examples of the use of this technology to eavesdrop and spy on “certain citizens”. The capability of hacking is not a new technology; people have been hacking into each other’s computer and cell phones for some time now. Knowing the extent of this technology it is safe to say that whatever you say, write
The capability of hacking is not a new technology; people have been hacking into each other’s computer and cell phones for some time now. Knowing the extent of this technology it is safe to say that whatever you say, write or text is accessible by more than those for whom it was intended. This is how large the question of privacy has become in today’s Belize, in fact, given the advance in technology, what is really private anymore? source of confidential information made executives of the news corporations very powerful and influential in Britain’s circle of power because they literally had a “private eye” on most of the country’s elite. But how does this relate to Belize? An observer commented to me that one of the reasons Barrow may be so intent on holding on to BTL is because of the technological access to keeping an eye on his political enemies. Most of us are plugged into the BTL grid he said, and the technology is there to have 24/7 surveillance on any telephone or computer. And while there is a certain conspiratorial and paranoiac aspect to his comment the facts coming out of the hacking scandal in the UK, which included hacking into the phones of ordinary citizens, does bring serious concerns about a government controlled telecommunication company. How much of that state control includes access to the use of surveillance of private citizens? The reality is, the technology to hack into select phones and computers is alive and well in Belize. During the ’08 election campaign Yasser Musa, at the time Communication Director of the PUP campaign had his email account hacked into and subsequent release of his private confidential mail exposed to the public, all in the name of politics. The enormity of this gross violation of privacy was never given enough public discussion because of the other issues that clouded the campaign season but this incident was an important indication that this kind of technology was being used in Belize. It again surfaced in the House
delete all the personal stuff because their interest is the movement of drugs/arms through Belize, nothing else, but what about their Belizean counterparts? These are persons who are being exposed to these sometimes salacious transmissions full with sex, conspiracies and political intrigue? They are listening to people expresscommitted to a regional strategy to ing their deepest thoughts in real time combat drug trafficking and other and in a small society like Belize, criminal networks in the region. As this is serious ammunition that puts part of a comprehensive plan, all one at a significant advantage against countries had agreed to put in place one’s enemies. And it was this point measures like preventative deten- that my observant friend was calltion, trial without jury, increased ing my attention to in Barrow having technical surveillance, which includ- complete control over a private teled eavesdropping and other inter- ecommunication company. Maybe this is much ado about diction measures into legislation as nothing; after all we live in an age of contained in the US Patriot Act and conspiracies. The present law does exemplified at the infamous Guantasay that before eavesdropping, that namo Bay. government must go before a judge Like other parts of the Caribin chambers and convince them that bean, the US National Security the electronic surveillance is justified Agency was/is active in Belize in before securing a warrant. There is monitoring the movement of drugs, an aspect of check and balance in the arms and money laundering, through Belize. The NSA keeps an on-going procedure but my friend’s concern is monitoring program in place, part of still relevant since governments are which includes telecommunication. capable of describing their own poThey have the capability of zeroing sitions before a court to justify what on “certain citizens” and knowing they want to do or use extrajudicial what they are saying, writing or tex- measures to achieve their goal as in the aforementioned case of the invating. In court documents in a US Fed- sion of Yasser Musa’s e-mail during eral court in New York case against the ‘08 political campaign. Noted Caribbean journalist Ricky Belizean Robert Hertular, who was Singh wrote some years ago, “The extradited from Belize in 2004 to illegal bugging of phone conversaface charges of drug trafficking, tion (landlines and cellular) is known it was revealed in detail how the to have been a notorious and dangerDEA in Belize was able to monitor ous practice in a number of Caribsuspects through electronic surveilbean states. It has made victims of lance. What was also interesting in governing and opposition parties… those documents was how Hertular and at times involved collaboration also had connections within BTL and was able to access recorded tele- between local and foreign intelliphone conversations from inside the gence agents”. The specter of spying on private citizens will continue to be US Embassy. Who can argue against the Amer- an on-going conversation and the reicans looking out for their own self cent acquisition of BTL and the meinterest and kudos to them for help- dia revelations in the hacking scandal ing us in this necessary struggle in UK only resurfaces the suspicion against those drug lords who are us- held by many that ‘big brother is ing Belize as a transshipment point listening”.(Comments welcomed at but where is all this information they email@example.com) are gathering going? They say they
or text is accessible by more than those for whom it was intended. This is how large the question of privacy has become in today’s Belize, in fact, given the advance in technology, what is really private anymore? Barrow had gone to great lengths when introducing the legislation on eavesdropping last year to point out that private citizens have nothing to be concerned about because the law is directed at the criminal element. He said it is directed at international drug traffickers and their network here in Belize. The objective of the law was to target the known criminals and was a useful tool in the fight against crime. But in an interesting part of the same House debate Barrow spoke of a sordid “black ops” which was centered in a “special room in the Raccoon Street Police station”. This room, according to the PM, was covered in a veil of secrecy and had telecommunication equipment enclosed and records indicate that this operation answered only to the High Command of the Security Forces and that the operation was also known to the DEA. While Barrow, in revealing this was rebuffing the PUP by telling them that under their watch there were such nefarious practices that invaded the privacy of citizens, he was, in fact, also revealing the existence of these “black ops”, covert operations, some of which the government is complicit. But there are also covert ops that the government is not privy to because ministers and other officials may themselves be the “marks” for these surveillance activities. It is important to remember that Belize as a member of Caricom has
Belize Makes Top 10 Sacred Caves List
Actun Tunichil Muknal, Belize - Belize makes it into another great Top 10 List this week. National Geographic just placed Belize’s Actun Tunichil Muknal cave system on its Number 1 spot for the Top 10 Sacred Caves in the World. National Geographic says: “In myths, journeys to the underworld are never easy, and after visiting Actun Tunichil Muknal (Cave of the Stone Sepulchre), you may feel that
you have been through your own epic test. Access to the Maya sacrificial site within the cave involves hiking, wading, and underwater swimming, but nearly a mile (1.6 kilometers) underground you will reach the resting place of the “crystal maiden,” a complete female skeleton that sparkles from eons of crystal calcification. The cave also contains Maya pottery shards, many showing the “kill hole” intended to allow spirits to escape.”
Page 12 “Imagine the possibilities” was the unoriginal slogan of the UDP going into the 2008 General Elections. It inspired new hope in the Belizean people thereby garnering the UDP a term in office. But what were the possibilities that lay ahead? Surely it could not have been the debauchery that we are experiencing now. To me it meant that greater better things would happen for the people of Belize once we elected the UDP to office. Many like myself who voted for the UDP did not anticipate that we would be treated with contempt by the very people we voted for – but as the famous saying goes, “dah nuh only wan tyme monki want wife.” Very soon election season will be in high gear and electors will send a clear message! This is not the government we wanted, we did not get what we want so we will do something else. The utter chaos and stupidity displayed in the House of Representatives by the UDP side has regressed to far below what should be tolerated in any civilized society in this day and age. The protocols that should be observed in parliament have been ignored leaving the important issues unventilated because our area representatives are busy making jackasses of themselves in the House. From the outset the Barrow administration has ignored the basic protocols and philosophy of good governance. Corruption and nepotism has become common place in government literally from inception. The UDP has been able to get away with it because they have mastered the art of grandstanding and diverting attention away from their maladministration. Certain sections of the media have encouraged the misbehaviors of the government by ignoring wrongdoings and patronizing them as well. For another year in a row, Belize has not been assessed by Transparency International. It used to be under the former PUP government that muchado was made about the annual assessment. For another year in a row, the Auditor General of Belize has published scandalous information about how government has been mishandling taxpayer’s money. This year, however, the AG’s report has been ignored. Our last assessment by Transparency International was in 2008 and the rating then was unflattering of the former PUP administration. This year, as since 2009, the reason for Belize not being assessed is worse than our rating falling to 90th from amongst 180 countries. We have not been able to supply the necessary data for assessment – a shameful display of the sloppiness of the current UDP government. I was ignored last year when I tried to bring attention to the Housing and Population Census that took over a year to complete. Government has been very shoddy in posting basic information on the ministries’ and departments’ websites where we should be afforded access to peruse. After all that is what transparency and good governance should do – I think…. Much as Barrow purports and pretends that he is doing a good job as Prime Minister it is becoming more and more evident that his government has failed and done so miserably. For many like myself who were not UDP supporters or fanatics but rationally thought Dean Barrow to be talented and intelligent enough to lead us, and had the potential to be a good leader, Barrow has disappointed us – others worse than me because they
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From delusion to disenchantment are UDPs who say that they are done with the UDP. Barrow has presided over the splintering of our society into many factions. We look at each other through
concerned. I would like to see voters being afforded the privilege to move their votes – just as one can run in a constituency where he/she does not re-
The utter chaos and stupidity displayed in the House of Representatives by the UDP side has regressed to far below what should be tolerated in any civilized society in this day and age. The protocols that should be observed in parliament have been ignored leaving the important issues unventilated because our area representatives are busy making jackasses of themselves in the House. From the outset the Barrow administration has ignored the basic protocols and philosophy of good governance. Corruption and nepotism has become common place in government literally from inception. The UDP has been able to get away with it because they have mastered the art of grandstanding and diverting attention away from their maladministration. Certain sections of the media have encouraged the misbehaviors of the government by ignoring wrongdoings and patronizing them as well. political, racial, ethnic and country of origin, have and have-not lenses. It has been tough-going to advance a debate in Belize simply because of how polarized we have become. There are some stations people like me cannot hold a decent conversation with because of their partiality to the government or to certain factions in our politics. I use to care but the realization that I really should not bother about talking to closed minds has been liberating. Extremism where one party is all right and the other is all wrong or one knows it all while the other doesn’t is the disorder of the day. I was heartened as I listened to Ernesto Vasquez and Ava Diaz on Wednesday morning. I credit Ava for sparking the discussion which spot checked what has been going on in government. It was like an epiphany – the problem with the proposals for constitutional amendments is that people no longer trust government! Ava was on target! Ernesto Vasquez chimed in with another observation that there is significant portion of the electorate who are not with the government – not his exact words. However he said that government should bear that in mind. Perhaps, just perhaps, we may be getting somewhere and Belizeans are waking up to who is really boss here. My hope to see a coalition government in office may not seem a pipe dream after all. No longer do I want to see that kind of power in the House as is right now with the UDP and was in the days of former PUP administration. There are a few things that we as voters can do to ensure a dilution of power where the PUP and UDP are
side, we should be allowed to vote for the people we want to see elected to serve in government. I have been bouncing the idea off a few folks who have shaken their head as if to give it thought. I feel it is time we move away from the confines of two months to transfer our votes and having to prove residence in the area we wish to vote. Technology has afforded us the capability to do a lot of things and if we want to – we can do this as well. In areas such as mine where the candidates for both major parties have been decided and personally I am not impressed with either I believe I should be afforded the privilege to vote…say in Orange Walk East! I am Belizean after all – why should I be forced to choose from choices that I am not impressed with? The level to which the Barrow administration has brought down government should impress upon each well-meaning Belizean to think and look more critically at how our governments perform and to seek means of improving things. The Barrow administration has been a huge let down because they were not elected by just UDPs alone (a reality that the UDP continues to dismiss) but by people like myself who rationally consider the issues and try as best we can to select persons who we believe can best address our concerns. The way things have eroded in Belize leaves a bad taste in my mouth for both major political parties. I will always have friends on both sides and those I will forever cherish for their contribution but I know for sure I am done with being a “member” of either party. They have become too clannish and even cultish in their behavior and that has bred the kind of government like we have today – I am done! I have been deluded and now disenchanted.
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TAXI DRIVER PLEADS GUILTY TO DRUG TRAFFICKING
Power to the people – call a referendum! “Socially, politically I think that it is of course a great victory for the Maya people but a victory to be welcomed by all the people of this country. I had already had, in my capacity as Leader of the Opposition a few weeks ago, a meeting with the Maya Leaders Alliance and we had talked about this much vexed issue of Maya land rights. And I had said to them that it was clear that certainly in Santa Cruz, Conejo, and I believe Sundaywood, the inhabitants of the village were absolutely certain that they wanted to operate in those villages on the basis of communal traditional Maya rights and I had indicated to them in advance of the judgment that I would have absolutely no difficulty with that.” - Dean Barrow, Leader of the Opposition, October 23rd, 2007
“Without a doubt that is going to be appealed, we’re going to appeal that. I completely disagree with the Chief Justice. I don’t know how passing constitutional amendments in the form and fashion that the constitution decides can be unconstitutional. But we will wait on the Court of Appeal to make its finding. Let me just say that I am confident that the Chief Justice’s judgment will be overturned.” Dean Barrow,
Prime Minister, February 16th, 2009 “… today we asked PM Barrow about another matter in the high court – that of the Mayans of southern Belize versus the government over customary land rights. The Chief Justice began hearing arguments on Wednesday from the Mayans who want communal land rights declared for 32 villages. Government has said it will put up an energetic defence but today Prime Minister Dean Barrow made it clear the case will not end here. Hon. Dean Barrow,
“The government certainly is convinced that this issue must be ventilated at the highest level. It is a huge policy issue, it is a huge national issue, and I believe that no matter which way this decision at first instance goes, there will be appeals.” – Channel 7 News, June 12th, 2009 It would seem to me that the Barrow administration last two proposed constitutional amendments have provoked a backlash from the body politic. I am tempted to say “finally provoked a backlash” but I am not so sure that that would be completely accurate if only because I could not prove it empirically. For sometime now Prime Minister Barrow has been disdainful of the opinions of his colleagues in the Bar Association and lately those of the
business community on the parallel issues of the expropriation of the majority shareholding in BTL and BEL, his interpretation of the nation’s highest court judgments, and his proposed constitutional amendments. He has, without offering even a shred of proof, declared that his declarations and actions has “widespread” and “overwhelming” support and that is all the authority he needs to plow full steam ahead with what are essentially authoritarian actions. A close friend of mine pointed out to me this week that our legislature does not have power, only we the people have power in our democratic, Westminster Parliamentary system, and when we elect our representatives, we do not give them our “power”, we only give them authority. This is a profound insight, and one that we all should be mindful of, especially in the present case where Prime Minister Dean Barrow seems hell bent on arrogating our “power” – the power to decide our destiny. Let us go back to the spectacle of Dean Barrow standing on the verandah of the Supreme Court Building just two years ago, and denouncing in no uncertain terms that the Chief Justice was wrong in his judgment for the Belize Landowners Association Sixth Constitutional amendment case. If it were anyone else they would nearly almost have been declared in contempt of the court. At the heart of that case was the attempt by the Barrow administration to deny citizens access to the courts. It was clear after rulings by the courts in Belize and in the United Kingdom that this was if not unconstitutional, certainly then undemocratic. Dean Barrow, (and Lois Young for that matter), was at the forefront of those who roundly denounced the Musa Administration for trying to move the matter of the Macal River hydroelectric project beyond legal challenge, and for the record, at that time I agreed with those who opposed it. It is to the credit of that administration that they withdrew the legislation. The argument by this administration that the end, in this case the enshrinement of the majority ownership in our utilities, justify this means, in this case the usurpation of the authority of the judiciary to interpret the application of our constitutional laws, is vexing to those of us who believe in democracy. It is readily apparent to me that the Barrow administration, despite his vain glorious boasts of being “the lawyer in chief,” is becoming increasingly frustrated with the litigation sparked by his attempts to promulgate their political agenda, and is now seeking to “short circuit” the process. Mr. Barrow and his cabinet cohorts have clearly abandoned the politics of consensus and have moved closer to the politics of decree.
Wednesday: July 27, 2011 Belize City: In Magistrates Court on Wednesday, Magistrate Albert Hoare imposed fine of $10,000 dollars on Clarence Lino, a 44-year-old taxi driver who pleaded guilty to drug trafficking. Lino is one of three persons who were charged jointly. A police report say they were on mobile patrol on Racoon Street around 4:30 pm on Tuesday when they observed three persons travelling in a silver color Dodge minivan and after the van tried to evade the mobile patrol it was pulled over and searched. As a result of the search, police found 161 grams of marijuana wrapped up in multiple little parcels inside a Hersheys biscuit box under the driver’s seat. At the time Lino was the driver and the other two passengers who were also arrested were identified as twenty-six year old Brian ‘Bido’ Herrera and eighteen year old Albert Fuentes. All three men were taken to Eastern Division Police to be processed and charged jointly but at the arraignment in Court, Lino took the Rap and informed the Court that the other two co-deffendants were innocent and did not know anything about his stash in the Hersheys box.
The Charge against the other two defendants were withdrawn however, Fuentes had reneged payment on a previous fine by the Court and was hel in police custody until he could settle payment with the court. As for Lino, he was given until 20th September to pay the fine in full but he too had outstanding un-paid fines at the court so he too is in police custody until he pays up an approximate $400.00 dollars. If he defaults on the $10,000 dollar fine for the latest Drug Trafficking, he will spend three years in prison.
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APPLICATIONS FOR LIQUOR LICENSES
Notice is hereby given that IRMA PEREZ is applying for a MALT & CIDER LIQUOR LICENSE to be operated at IRMA”S DINER, POMONA NEW SITE, Stann Creek District under the INTOXICATING LIQUOR LICENSING ORDINANCE, Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that CARLA RUBIO is applying for a PUBLICAN SPECIAL LIQUOR LICENSE to be operated atBarracuda Bar/My Brother’s Pizza, Hopkins Village, Stann Creek District under the INTOXICATING LIQUOR LICENSING ORDINANCE, Revised Edition 1980. Notice is hereby given that JUDY CENTENO is applying for a RETAURANT & BAR LIQUOR LICENSE to be operated atVIP ZONE, BELLA VISTA, Stann Creek District under the INTOXICATING LIQUOR LICENSING ORDINANCE, Revised Edition 1980. The fact is that as a society, we are a community of communities and if the majority finds your actions disagreeable, you will pay a political price. I find Mr. Barrow’s responses to the Bar Association and the Belize Chamber of Commerce arrogant and disrespectful. These are not politically partisan organizations as he has charged. Neither are they such homogeneous entities as to be wholly in the pay of some “puppet master.” The simple fact is that both have been in existence as the representative organizations of important sectors of Belizean society even before there was such an “organization” as the United Democratic Party. Unlike Dean Barrow’s UDP, both are registered democratic organizations with rules, regulations, bye-laws and the like, and they obviously practice what they preach.
Their positions are reached through discussion, debate and by majority vote. In the face of weak political opposition, and largely compromised media and unions, they have stepped up, so to speak, to rally for simple democratic principle. As disgraceful as the continued constitutional gerrymandering has been, I personally regard the continued disrespect for the Bar Association and the Belize Chamber of Commerce as being even more dangerous in the longer term. It is my opinion that it increases the violence in our society by perpetuating the culture of “dis”. If the Barrow administration is so sure that the Ninth Amendment is so popular, or if any of their constitutional amendments are so popular I say let them put it to the ultimate test – a referendum and let the people decide.
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Lupus erythematosus is a chronic, inflammatory, multisystem disorder of the immune system. “Lupus” means wolf and Erythematosus means “redness.” Doctors coined this name for the disease because they thought the facial rash that frequently accompanies lupus looked like the bite of a wolf. In lupus, the body develops antibodies that react against the person’s own normal tissue. Lupus is thus an autoimmune disease.These antibodies are markers for lupus, and are one indicator of many immune system abnormalities that lead to clinical manifestations. The course is unpredictable and individualized; no two patients are alike. Lupus is not contagious, infectious, or malignant. There are four categories of lupus: systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), cutaneous lupus, drug-induced systemic lupus erythematosus, and neonatal lupus. SLE is the form of the disease that most people are referring to when they say “lupus.” The word “systemic” means the disease can affect many parts of the body. The symptoms of SLE may be mild or serious. Although SLE usually first affects people between the ages of 15 and 45 years, it can occur in childhood or later in life as well What are the symptoms of lupus? Lupus can affect many parts of the body, including the joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels, and brain. Although people with the disease may have many different symptoms, some of the most common ones include extreme fatigue, painful or swollen joints (arthritis), unexplained fever, skin rashes, and kidney problems. Lupus varies greatly in severity, from mild cases requiring minimal intervention to those in which significant and potentially fatal damage occurs to vital organs such as the lungs, heart, kidneys, and brain. For some patients, the disease can be characterized by “flares” of activity interspersed with periods of improvement or remission. A flare, or exacerbation, is increased activity of the disease process with an increase in physical manifestations and/ or abnormal laboratory test values. Periods of improvement may last weeks, months, or even years. Other patients have continuous, or chronic, activity. Although remissions are unusual, some patients never develop severe manifestations, and the outlook is improving for patients who do develop them. Who gets lupus? It usually develops in young women of childbearing years, but many men and children also develop lupus. SLE also appears in the first-degree relatives of people with lupus more often than it does in the general population, which indicates a hereditary component. However, most cases of lupus occur sporadically, indicating that both genetic and environmental factors play a role in the development of the disease. What are the risk factors for lupus? Lupus is 9x more common in women than men. Lupus is three times more common in African American women than in Caucasian women and is also more common in women of Hispanic, Asian, and Native American descent. In addition, lupus can run in families, but the risk that a child or a brother or sister of a patient will also have lupus is still quite low. Lupus is most frequently di-
agnosed between the ages of 15 and 45. What causes lupus? The cause of lupus is unknown, but it has been associated with genetic, environmental, and infectious causes. What is the prognosis for lupus? 90% of lupus patients diagnosed live a normal life span with the appropriate treatments and care of their physicians along with their own compliance as self advocates in their medical care, medications and treatments involved with their systemic illnesses. What is Cutaneous Lupus? Cutaneous Lupus affects primarily the skin, is common among patients with lupus erythematosus. The most prevalent and severe form of cutaneous lupus is called chronic cutaneous lupus. It is commonly known as discoid lupus, but it has other forms as well. Discoid lupus erythematosus is a chronic skin disorder in which a red, raised rash appears on the face, scalp, or elsewhere. The raised areas may become thick and scaly and may cause scarring. The rash may last for days or years and may recur. A small percentage of people with discoid lupus have or develop SLE later. What is Drug-induced Lupus Erythematosus? Drug induced lupus develops after the use of certain drugs or biologics and has symptoms similar to those of SLE. The characteristics of this syndrome are pleuropericardial inflammation, pleuritic chest pain (inflammation of the lining of the lungs), pericarditis (swelling and irritation of the pericardium, the thin sac-like membrane that surrounds the heart), fever, rash, and arthritis. Serologic (Blood) changes can occur. The clinical and serologic signs usually subside gradually after the offending drug is discontinued. A wide variety of drugs is implicated in this form of lupus, including: Drugs Implicated as Activators of DrugInduced Lupus Isoniazid Hydralazine Procainamide Minocycline Anti-TNF biologics More recently, the newer TNF (tumor necrosis factor) inhibitors used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and ankylosing spondylitis have been associated with the development of lu-
pus symptoms. As with lupus triggered by other drugs, the symptoms resolve when the agent is stopped. What is Neonatal lupus? Neonatal lupus is a rare disease that can occur in newborn babies of women with SLE, Sjögren’s syndrome, or no disease at all. Scientists suspect that neonatal lupus is caused by autoantibodies in the mother’s blood called anti-Ro (SSA) and anti-La (SSB). Autoantibodies (“auto” means self) are blood proteins that act against the body’s own parts. At birth, the babies have a skin rash, liver problems, and low blood counts. These symptoms gradually go away over several months. In rare instances, babies with neonatal lupus may have a serious heart problem that slows down the natural rhythm of the heart. Neonatal lupus is rare, and most infants of mothers with SLE are entirely healthy. All women who are pregnant and known to have anti-Ro (SSA) or anti-La (SSB) antibodies should be monitored by echocardiograms (a test that monitors the heart and surrounding blood vessels) during the 16th and 30th weeks of pregnancy. It is important for women with SLE or other related autoimmune disorders to be under a doctor’s care during pregnancy. Physicians can now identify mothers at highest risk for complications, allowing for prompt treatment of the infant at or before birth. SLE can also flare during pregnancy, and prompt treatment can keep the mother healthier longer. The treatment of lupus (SLE) is as varied as its course. Although there is no cure for lupus and it is difficult to predict which treatment will be most effective for each patient, there have been significant gains in treating patients, and there is general consensus on several treatments. Medications for Lupus Some patients never require medications, and others take them only as needed or for short intervals, but many require constant therapy with variable doses. Despite their usefulness, no drugs are without risks. Medications frequently used to control the symptoms are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), antimalarials, corticosteroids, immunosuppressives, and intravenous immunoglobulins. Other medications may be necessary to
control specific manifestations. Before prescribing a medication, your doctor will scrutinize your past response to treatments. A careful drug history should be taken; in particular, hypersensitivities or allergies to certain drugs should be noted. Patient and family education about medications and their side effects is essential. Other Treatment Issues A conservative regimen of physical and emotional rest, protection from direct sunlight, a healthful diet, prompt treatment of infections, and avoidance of aggravating factors are the mainstays of lupus therapy. In addition, for female patients, pregnancy must be planned for times when the disease is under control, and the patient is on allowable medications. Physical Rest This basic component of everyone’s good health is essential for the person with lupus. The fatigue of lupus is not sleepiness or tiredness from physical exertion, but rather a frequent, persistent complaint often described as a “bonetired feeling” or a “paralyzing fatigue.” Normal rest often does not refresh the patient or eliminate the tiredness due to lupus, and fatigue may persist despite normal laboratory test results. The patient and family need instruction on how to use this tiredness as a guide for scheduling activity and rest. It must be reinforced that this need for rest is not laziness. Eight to 10 hours a night of restful sleep, naps, and “timeouts” during the day are basic guidelines. Physical activity should be encouraged as the patient can tolerate it. However, in some patients, the fatigue is more related to fibromyalgia than to the activity of their lupus. An individualized exercise routine may promote wellbeing, especially in a patient with fibromyalgia. Some scientists believe that the incidence of fibromyalgia is increased in patients with lupus. They do not know why, but one hypothesis is that inflammation from lupus may lead to the rewiring of the pain pathways in the central nervous system. Emotional Rest A patient’s emotional stressors should be carefully assessed, because they may play a role in triggering a flare. The patient should be instructed on how to avoid these stressful situations. However, the physical manifestations of lupus must be treated as they present themselves while the emotional stresses are explored. Discussions with family members on this issue are essential for providing them with information and obtaining their support. Counseling for both the patient and the family may be an option. Protection from Direct Sunlight An abnormal reaction to the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun, photosensitivity results in the development or exacerbation of a rash that is sometimes accompanied by systemic symptoms. Photosensitivity is common in Caucasian patients. All people with lupus should avoid direct, prolonged exposure to the sun. Sunsensitive patients should frequently apply a sunscreen. The best sunscreen is one that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
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Sunday, July 31st , 2011
HATTIEVILLE PRISON CHANGES VISITING HOURS
July 22, 2011 The Kolbe Foundation has announced the introduction of new visiting hours for families of inmates who normally visit them on Sundays. The Chief Executive Officer of the Correctional facility, Earl Jones, said that they have instituted a rotation system that will alleviate the congestion and over-crowding that causes have on Sundays. Jones said that the new arrangements that will be enforced beginning July 31st will facilitate the inmate depending on which section and classification they have within the prison system and accordingly, will be entitled to visits on alternated weekends (Sundays). Starting this Sunday only those inmates on ‘REMAND’, assigned to Tango 8, 9, 10, and 11 will be allowed visits by relatives and friends. The following Sunday August 7th., inmates under other classification
assigned to Tango 1, through 7 along with WYF section and Females will be allowed visits by their relatives. Jones explained that the new changes have become necessary to accommodate the inflow of visitors which exceeds 350 every Sunday and also to afford and facilitate each inmate with the equal opportunity to receive a visitor. He noted that with the previous system in place many inmates got cheated out of their visits mainly because of the congestion and lack of proper security to control the crowd, once it was to a peak capacity other visitors were turned away. He concluded that with the new rotation system every inmate will be able to receive their visitors without any restrictions and without any congestion. He also mentioned that for those relatives who missed their Sunday that they will be accommodated during the transition phase.
MURDER IN COTTON TREE Thursday- July 28th , 2011
Belmopan police say they have detained eighteen year old Michael Coye and and another minor both from the village of Cotton Tree situated in the outskirts of Belmopan for questioning following a murder which took place in Cotton Tree village around 8:45 pm on Wednesday. Police report that they responded to a call shortly after the incident and as a result visited the Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan where observed the lifeless body of a Belize City driver identified as 21 year old Thaddeus Castillo of # 2520 Corner Mopan and Mahogany. Castillo displayed a large cut-wound to the left-side of his head and face. Initial investigations reveal that Catillo was walking along an un-named Street in the said village when he was approached by the fifteen year old boy who suddenly and for no apparent reason, inflicted the injuries on him. Castillo was rushed to the Western Regional Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment. Castillo’s body is at the morgue awaiting a post-mortem examination.
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UV rays and can aggravate lupus. This may be an issue for patients who work To get adequate protection, patients indoors, in places with these kinds of should be advised to select either a lights. Sunscreen and protective cloth“broad-spectrum protection” sunscreen ing can help minimize exposure, and with an SPF of at least 15, or one that plastic devices are available that block contains micronized zinc oxide or tita- UV emissions from fluorescent or halonium dioxide, both of which block UVA gen light bulbs. and UVB light. Sun-sensitive patients Diet and Nutrition should also avoid unprotected expo- A well-balanced diet is essential in sure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and maintaining good health for all people, wear protective clothing, such as wide- including people with lupus. A low-fat, brimmed hats and long sleeves. low-cholesterol diet is recommended, In severe cases, patients may wish to given the increased risk of heart disease purchase special UV-blocking cloth- in SLE. When fluid retention, hypertening. People with lupus should be aware sion, kidney disease, or other problems that UV rays are reflected off water and are present, a restricted diet plan may be snow, and that glass, such as car win- prescribed. Also, food intolerances and dows, does not provide total protection allergies may occur. The health profesfrom UV rays. sional should make a note of the paPeople with lupus should also know that tient’s dietary history and suggest diet fluorescent and halogen lights may emit counseling if appropriate, especially if
www.nationalperspectivebz.org the patient has a problem with weight gain, weight loss, gastrointestinal (GI) distress, or food intolerances. Treatment of Infection Prompt recognition and treatment of infection is essential for those with lupus. However, cardinal signs of infection may be masked because of SLE treatments. For example, a fever may be suppressed because anti-inflammatory therapy is being given. When an infection is being treated, the health professional should be alert to medication reactions, especially to antibiotics. Sulfonamide antibiotics may increase the risk of a lupus flare. Pregnancy and Contraception Spontaneous abortion and premature delivery are more common for women with SLE than for healthy women. To minimize risks to both mother and baby, a pregnant woman with lupus should be
closely supervised by an obstetrician familiar with lupus and high-risk pregnancies. As long as a woman is not hypercoagulable, oral contraceptives may be considered for contraception, as they do not increase flares. Surgery Surgery may exacerbate the symptoms of SLE. Hospitalization may be required for otherwise minor procedures, and postoperative discharge may be delayed. If it is elective, the surgery should be postponed until lupus activity is under control. Immunizations Immunizations with killed vaccines have not been shown to exacerbate SLE. Influenza and pneumococcal vaccines are routinely recommended for SLE patients. A patient with lupus should consult her or his doctor before receiving any immunizations, even routine ones.
Sunday, July 31st , 2011
Who is illegally logging and exporting Rosewood? Barrow re-colonializing Belize’s sugar industry Re-printed in full from last week
Thursday, July 21, 2011
BELIZE CITY – There is a showdown looming in the Toledo District yet again between the Barrow administration and the Maya Leaders Alliance and southern conservation groups over the issue of illegal logging, particularly in the Chiquibul. Three weeks ago following loud and persistent complaints from conservation groups and alcaldes, the Forestry Department intercepted and impounded a truck with seven thousand plus board feet of illegally cut Rosewood. At the time Chief Forest Officer Wilbur Sabido admitted that the wood had been illegally extracted but pooh-poohed the estimates of “millions of board feet” of Rosewood being extracted from the district’s forest. “Certainly we do understand - and we do know that there is a lot of rosewood coming out of the Toledo District. But from the reports that we have received, we’re talking about - possibly around the tune of 60,000 board feet of rosewood that has actually been extracted over the past 18 months. At the end of the day, the rosewood that is being bought is exported out of the country to the Chinese markets.” Sabido told Channel 7 News on July 7th, 2011. According to Sabido most of the logging of Rosewood, one of the most exotic hardwoods in Belize, is being legally done. “The ones that are bought legally, there are several licenses that have been issued to date, however we do recognize that there is a high level of illegal logging that is take place,” He explained to Channel 7 News At the time, though, Sabido indicated that the Forestry Department would be making the effort to deter the illegal logging. He told the nation: “But we do know that there is quite a bit of rosewood that has been cut illegally, unstamped, so the Forestry Department is taking the necessary steps to do a sweep of the Toledo District to confiscate this material. In ecologic speak, we’re basically looking at the excerptions or the local extinction of a local specie. And so, it is concern to the Forestry Department. One of the things that we’ve done is actually place moratorium on the exportation of any rosewood. As a consequence of - realizing that there is quite a bit of material that has been cut illegally, that people would want to pass off as material that is legitimate, and thereby, exporting it. What we are also doing - as I mentioned - is working with the local authorities, BDF, police, to do a sweep of the area to try and identify the areas that have rosewood, that is, is already cut, confiscate those, and basically introduce those - legitimize them, and eventually got stock in for value-added.” Also at that time Sabido said that as far as they knew, the intercepted truck was driven by one Giovanni Vega whom he assured was not a relative of Minister of
Natural Resources Gasper “Gapi” Vega. Just this week it was learned via Channel 7 News that although Giovanni Vega was charged with illegal possession of Forest Produce, namely seven thousand plus feet of illegally cut rosewood, rather than prosecute, the Forestry Department settled with him. Chief Forest Officer Wilbur Sabido confirmed that Vega settled the matter by paying three times the royalty value, which is $12,398.00. Channel 7 News quotes Sabido as saying that his department “can charge to settle the matter,” and once payment is made, the material is quote “returned for entry into market” by Vega. What Sabido and Channel 7 did not reveal is that the fine is less than a third of the market value of the wood, and that Vega’s boss is Gasper Vega’s brother, German Vega, and that German Vega holds the only license to log and export Rosewood. Anyone wants to bet that “Giovanni Vega” is a relative of “German Vega” who is a brother of “Gasper Vega”? Today members of the Toledo Alcaldes Association and the Maya Leaders Alliance are furious that Sabido, the Forestry Department and the Ministry of Natural Resources blew off a meeting scheduled yesterday to discuss the continued illegal logging of Rosewood, without explanation or apology. And some Southern Conservation groups are saying that now they know why. According to the Chairman of the Maya Leaders Alliance Ligorio Coy, they know that they are being disrespected because they have been calling on the Department and Ministry to meet with them and this is the third time a meeting has been canceled. Coy told LOVE FM news: “We are very concerned about our forest; we need to address this illegal logging; for us it is not being taken the proper way. Many times we have seen people who are logging and we have done some investigation on the issue and it seems there is no permit from the Forest Department when they are extracting these resources from Toledo. We have called the Chief Forestry Officer and he has set a date for us to meet with him to address these situation but that meeting has not been available for him to come down to Toledo and again we had another meeting that was to be today and again the meeting was cancelled an hour before the time set and we saw a Forest Officer that came down here and said the meeting was cancelled. For us that is bad faith, we need to work with the Forestry Department to address these matters.” Coy and the his fellow alcaldes plan to meet tomorrow morning Friday, July 29th, at the Father Ring Parish Hall in Punta Gorda town and unless something changes, that meeting will resolve to call for a complete and immediate halt to all logging in the district.
BELIZE CITY: Prime Minister Dean Barrow revealed at an impromptu street side press conference yesterday morning that he had not “saved” Belize’s mainstay agro-export sugar industry after all, and that he was busy readying it for sale to a foreign banking interest. Following his appearance on a morning talk show Barrow was met by a phalanx of press as he was attempting to leave and reluctantly stopped to answer a few questions on several issues. The bombshell revelation was that the Belize Sugar Industries (BSI) was being readied for sale to Honduran investor Banco Atlantida, and it is being done in a hurry because its creditors, ING and First Caribbean have called in some US$30 million in loans. Only a few weeks ago as the sugar cane season grounded to a halt, the past harvest was being described as “successful,” even though the harvest was 250,000 tons short of cane delivered and just under 100,000 tons of sugar was produced when production had been projected at as much as 118,000 tons. Barrow revealed that he has already had discussions with BSI’s management and the employee trust that owns 82% of the company’s shares. He revealed that he will be meeting with cane farmers’ representatives tomorrow to go over Banco Atlantida’s demands, among them that they get some 10,000 acres for their own sugar cane production, and the fact that they do not wish to deal with no more than 40 Belizean sugar farmers in all. Banco Atlantida wants certain legislative changes that Barrow refused to specify but some insiders say that it will amount to a recolonialization of the industry. Barrow has already threatened that the Government of Belize will not “bail-out” the industry and will frighten cane farmers into selling out. Late this evening the Belize Cane Farmers Association revealed that they were looking through an arrangement with Fairtrade to buy a $5 million stake in BSI and expressed almost complete ignorance as to the details of the Banco Atlantida offer, especially their demands in regards to agronomic reform. Barrow had said that: “Banco Atlantida won’t put in their 90 million US, except they get certain legislative changes, and I have to be sure that the farmers are prepared to accept
those legislative changes. We had a meeting - what was it - a week and a half ago, and we agreed that I should invite Banco Atlantido to come now, and to talk to the farmers directly in my presence.” Apparently the Prime Minister has not yet told the cane farmers what are the conditions of the Banco Atlantido offer, and it will be very interesting to see how they will react. It is clear that if Banco Atlandido have their way there will be thousands less cane farmers. According to the Prime Minister BSI needs $100 million in loan repayments and working capital and the Government of Belize does not have that sum to bail them out. When asked about a Government bailout Barrow said: “But Government, lord man, we came up with 10 million dollars last year. To come up with not just 60 million more to pay off ING, 60 million plus another 30 that Banco Atlantida is talking about - or perhaps 40 - no we can’t find 100 million dollars. Much as we would like to, we don’t have it. And so, I think all of us must recognize what the reality of the situation is, and to deal with Banco Atlantida.” He argued that BSI and the industry will have to accept the Banco Atlandtida offer: “I don’t see any other way, quite frankly, I don’t. I got to just leave it at that. We clearly need - BSI on its own - forget for a minute the 30 million dollars that’s owed - the 30 million US dollars that’s owed, that ING has called in. Even if you leave that aside, going forward, BSI needs capital injection by way of operating capital. They need to make certain repairs to the factory. Let me just summarize it in that way. BSI needs operating capital. If you both have to repay a 30 million US dollar loan, and get additional funds to take you forward, clearly this - at Banco Atlantida, interest is something that, in my view, must be looked at in every seriousness. And if there is any way we can come to an agreement so that the 90 million US dollars can be invested in the sugar industry, we ought to come to that.” The dissident United Cane Farmers Association also said today that they had not been invited to tomorrow’s meeting and were contemplating some unspecified action to protest the “disrespect”. Its Chairman told the media that they controlled 30% of the harvest. The situation has the potential to quickly become explosive if not handled with maturity and diplomacy.
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Top 5 Tips to Shrink & Minimize Large or Clogged Facial Pores
Firewalker T-Bone Steak
Ratings: 4 Stars! Servings: 4 Cooking Time: Prep: 5-10 minutes; Cook: 21-29 minutes depending on doneness Ingredients: 4 T-bone steaks 1 large resealable plastic bag ½ cup honey ½ cup lime juice ½ cup chopped cilantro ¼ cup Dijon mustard 2 tbsp minced canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce 2 tbsp adobo sauce from canned chipotle peppers 6 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp salt ½ tsp ground allspice ½ tsp black pepper Instructions: Place steak in bag (or whatever container you like to use for marinade). Combine ingredients in a small bowl and pour over the steak. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, best to do it overnight. Remove steak from bag/container and pour marinade into a small saucepan. Preheat the grill. Bring to a boil over low heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Reserve half. Grill steaks using the remaining half of the marinade to baste. Grill steaks 8-10 minutes per side, or until done. Pour reserved marinade over the steaks before serving. The original recipe calls for using a plastic bag to marinate the steaks, but it isn’t necessary. This technique works well as you can turn the bag as needed and really coat the steaks.
Everyone has pores on their face, but some have larger pores than others. Thus, some women are more worried about the size of their facial pores than other women. If you’d love to minimize the appearance of the pores on your face, there are definitely steps you can take to help accomplish this task. Before you call your dermatologist or pay for expensive skin care pore reducing products, wait. You may be able to help you complexion yourself with over the counter products. Using basic skin care tips and routines, you can minimize the appearance of large pores in only a short time. Choose the Right Skin Care Products to Prevent Pore Clogging If you’re not already diligently using a skin care regime for antiaging or for the prevention of acne you should immediately start using one. While you can choose skin care products from one of a multitude of beauty product lines, even less expensive brands like Neutrogena offer great products for cleansing the facial skin. But, remember when you do choose various products it is easier to stick with the same brand or line for all of the cleansing products. Be sure you choose products made specifically for your skin type. The importance of staying within the same brand is to ensure your skin is getting exactly what it needs. If you mix brands each product might contain something slightly different than another brand’s product of similar type. Cleanse & Exfoliate Your Face Regularly Start by using a good quality cleanser on your face. Choose one that’s gentle enough to use on a daily basis. You should also ensure the cleanser has glycolic acid and salicylic acid so you’ll automatically get gentle exfoliation to help with clogged pores. When you ex-
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Sunday,July 31th, 2011
Costa Rican men win gold at XI Central American beach volleyball champs Belize City, July 24, 2011 Undefeated Esteban Escobar and Bryan Monge of Costa Rica won the gold at the XI Central American beach volleyball championships hosted jointly by the Belize Volleyball Association, Nationa l Sports Council and the Ministry of Sports at the Marion Jones Sports Complex on Sunday afternoon, July 24. Escobar and Monge won both sets: 2116 and 21-11 of the final game over Guatemala’s Andy L e o n ardo Blanco and Erick Garrido Ruiz, who had to settle for the silver medal. The Costa Ricans qualified to the final by 21-13, 2119 win against Jeovanny Medrano Valle and David Vargas Coreas of El Salvador in the semifinals. Guatemala’s Blanco and Garrido also qualified to the final by a 21-19, 1821, and 15-10 win over Gerald Umana Lopez and Danny Lopez Alvarado of Nicaragua in the other semifinal. Denied a place in the finals, Umana and Lopez won the 3rd place consolation match 27-29, 21 -17, and 1512 over Jeovanny Medrano Valle and David Vargas Coreas of El Salvador. Arvid Arnold and Ernest Broaster of Belize won their first victory against the Hondurans: Walter Sanchez Montoya and Ruben Miller on Saturday morning, but they were out of the medal rounds, when they lost to 19-21, 16-21 to Medrano and Vargas on Saturday evening. Arnold and Broaster also lost the 5th place match 19-21, 21-18, and 8-15 to Winston Calderon Urbina and David Arias Mayorga of Nicaragua. Carlos Leiva Mata and Carlos Escobar Talavera of El Salvador’s “B” team won the 7th place match 21-19 and 21-13against the Hondurans: Walter Sanchez Montoya and Ruben Miller. The Costa Ricans’ victory roll began on Friday with a 21-11, 21-17 win over Blanco and Garrido Ruiz, and another 21-18 and 21-15 win over Salvador’s Leiva and Escobar. They continued on Saturday, by winning 21-16, 21-10 against Nicaragua’s Umana and Lo-
Emma Hoare and Rebecca Rath of Belize: pez, 21-5, 21-2 on Saturday morna n d Coun- ing, and took out Cadle and Ander21-14, 21-18 cil and son 21-10, 21-7 Saturday afternoon, against Belize’s “B” the Ministry of before blowing away El Salvador’s team of Tico Requena and Juan Sports at the Marion Jones Sports Diana Romero and Marcela Avalos “Chico” Marin from Caye Caulker. Complex on Sunday afternoon. 21-9, 21-10 on Saturday evening. Blanco and Garrido had reached the Alfaro and Morales outlasted Su- Up to Saturday evening, Alvarado and semifinals as the No. 2 seed from their sana Alvarado Gomez and Anna Ramirez were 5-0, as they had swatted group by a 21-12, 21-10 win over Re- Lourdes Ramirez Sarti of Guatema- Hoare and Rath 21-3 and 21-5 on Friquena and Marin in the opening game la, who won the first set 23-21, be- day afternoon, won 21-13, 21-8 over on Friday. They also won 21-19, 21- fore Morales and Alfaro dominated their paisanas: Orellana and Gomez. 12 against El Salvador’s Leiva and the next 2 sets: 21-17 and 15-12. They despatched Kathya Vasquez and Escobar 21-19, 21-12 Saturday morn- Ramirez’s former teammate from Ma Fernanda Vargas 21-16, 21-15 on ing, and 21-16, 21-19 against Calde- Guatemala’s 2006 gold medal win- Saturday morning, and spiked Salvaron and Arias on Saturday afternoon. ners: Maria Jose Orellana Aragon, dor’s Romero and Avalos 21-17, 21-11 Nicaragua’s Umana and Lopez was now partnered with Rut Gomez and clobbered Cadle and Anderson: reached the semifinals as the No.1 Guzman, and they won the 3rd place 21-11, 21-6 on Saturday afternoon. seed from their group bya 21-14, 21- consolation match 21-9, 21-19 against Alfaro and Morales were 6-0 after 10 win against Arnold and Broaster Diana Romero De Leiva and Marcela they handed Alvarado and Ramirez on Friday, and a 21-10 and 21-18 win Avalos Pineda of el Salvador, who their first loss 21-14, 21-14 on Sunagainst Medrano and Vargas on Satur- had been the odds-on favourites to day morning, as both teams adday, despite a loss 2-21, 0-21 loss to win 3rd, at th start of the tournament. vanced to the championship final. the Hondurans Sanchez and Miller. Babsie Cadle and Jasmine Ander- Cadle and Anderson had won 21-16, Medrano and Vargas reached the son of Belize won the 5th place 21-17 against Hoare and Rath late semifinals as the No. 2 seed from match 17-16 against El Salvador’s Friday afternoon, but to Vasquez and their group by a 21-16, 21-13 win “B” team: Kathya Vasquez Menji- Vargas 25-23, 19-21 and 9-15. After against Calderon and Arias in the var and Ma Fernanda Vargas Claros, 2 more losses on Saturday, Cadle and quarterfinals after a 21-16, 21-18 win who forfeited for medical reasons. Anderson upset Salvador’s Romero over Sanchez and Miller on Friday. There were 7 women’s teams in the and Avalos: 11-21, 21-16 and 15Costa Rican women win gold at XI Cen- tournament, which was played in 13m which put them in a 3-way tie tral American beach volleyball champs round robin format with each team with 2 other teams, each with two Belize City, July 24, 2011 playing all the others once. Alfaro and wins, and tournament officials had to Undefeated Natalia Alfaro Paniagua Morales posted 6 wins, 0 losses in game points to determine who would and Ingrid Morales Munoz of Costa this round, crushing Kathya Vasquez advance to challenge Orellana and Rica won the gold at the XI Central and ma Fernanda Vargas 21-12, 21- Gomes in the 3rd place match. It was American beach volleyball champion- 11 on Friday morning, and spanking historical in that it was the first time ships hosted jointly by the Belize Vol- Orellana and Gomez 21-11, 21-17 on that a Belize women’s team had won leyball Association, National Sports Friday afternoon. They hammered two matches at this regional level.
Sunday,July 31st, 2011
CYDP, Belize Bank & Ports win in Interoffice basketball
The regular season of 2011 interoffice basketball competition ended posting at the Belize City Center, with CYDP, Ports Belize Ltd, and Belize Bank Bulldogs posting wins on Friday night, and the Roe Group, War Paint Designs and KREM Hard Rock posted wins on Sunday. Ports Belize (5-2) handed Belize Telemedia their 5th loss: 64-52 last Friday night. Vince “The postman” Estrada led Port with 17pts to lead 17-11 in the 1st quarter. Ian “AC” Augustine had 14 pts, 11 rebounds to lead 31-26 at the half. Andrew Robateau added 8 pts, 14 rebounds for a 49-40 lead in the 3rd quarter Jamal Kelly led BTL with 14 pts, 3 rebounds, Lennox Cayetano added 13 pts, 12 rebounds, while Devon Lozano had 9pts and Lupito Acosta – 8pts. The Belize Bank Bulldogs (5-2) handed KREM their 3rd loss: 55-62. Darwin ‘Puppy” Leslie’s led the Bulldogs 19 pts 8 boards for a 18-14 lead in the 1st quarter. Rupert Brown’s 13 pts, seven boards put the Bulldogs ahead 31-30 at the half and Roy Cruz’ 10pts and Macaro Augustine’s 9 pts saw Belize
Team 313 stopped Dantos 4-2, while the Strikers walloped the Police 22-0, when the Belize City men’s softball competition continued at thehome fo softball at the Roger’s Stadium on Sunday, July 24. Team 313 took a 2-0 lead when Jason Belisle and Milton Flores came home in the top of the 1st inning. Anthony “Willie Beau” Bernard made it 3-0 when he came home in the 2nd inning, and Patrick Rowland extended the lead to 4-0 in the top of the 4th. Pitcher Jason Belisle struck out 9 batters, giving up no runs in the first 3 innings, until Dantos’ pitcher Garth Godoy scored in the bottom of the 4th. Godoy struck out 6 batters giving up no more runs, but only catcher Norman Martinez scored a 2nd run for the Dantos in the bottom of the 7th, as Team 313 posted 4-2 win. The Strikers led 15-0 in the top of the 1st inning when Dion Richards, Stephen “Muerte” Williams, pitcher Keith Madrill, Rayan Rowland, Floyd Flowers Jr and Steve Moody each came home twice, while Troy Williams Brent Hamilton and Bryan Grant scored once, and the Police scored no runs in the bottom of the inning. Ryan Rivero replaced Hamilton to score another run in the 2nd inning, and the mercy rule was applied when Troy Williams, Richards, Stephen Williams, Madrill, Grant and
the Bulldogs leading 47-42 at the end of the 3rd quarter. Elvis Olivera led KREM with 13pts, Devon Smith added 13pts and Allyson Major – 9pts; Rivers chipped in 7pts. The undefeated CYDP finished 7-0 as they cuffed the Police to their 3rd loss: 72-57. Earl Johnson had 18 pts and Andrew “Head” Staine had 12 pts, 9 boards as for a 31-28 lead at the half. Jermaine Tillett added 6pts, 9 rebounds to lead 44-39 at the end of the 3rd quarter. Orlando Bowen led the Police with 16 pts, 10 boards, while Andre Almendarez added 15 pts, 8 boards and Maurice Martinez added 10 pts, 5 rebounds. The Roe Group (4-3) handed Mirab their 5th loss: 53-60, with Kareem Elrginton leading with 12 pts, 6 rebounds. Mirab’s Carlton Barrera had 17pts, 8 rebounds to give Mirab a 1612 lead in the 1st quarter. Ryan Bennett’s 12 pts, 2 rebounds and Dave Apolonio’s 8 pts, 4 rebounds put the Roe Group up 37-25 at the half. Arthur Neal grabbed 11 boards and scored 2pts as to lead 48-36 at the end of the 3rd quarter. Derek Pitts had 15 pts, 10 rebounds for Mirab and Elton An-
derson added 9pts, 5 rebounds. San Pedro’s War Paint Designs (4-3) handed Guardian their 4th loss: 59-62. Bernard Felix led the Guardian with 23 pts, 7 rebounds to lead 19-17 in the 1st quarter. Dwayne Davis added 13pts and Zachary Young added 11 pts, 7 boards to give Guardian a 3130 lead at the half. David Rwoland’s 4pts, 11 rebounds kept Guardian 45-42 at the end of the third quarter. Franklin Aranda, Micahel Guan, Whitman Williams, Steven Lopez and Jay Jex scored 8pts each as War Paint took over the lead in money time. Ronald Rivers led KREM hard rock with 31 pts in their 76-68 win over the Police on Sunday. The sore was tied at 16-16 in the 1st quarter and Orlando Bowen’s 18pts put the Police up 36-27 at the half. Sheldon Williams added 16 pts and the cops led 54-43 at the end of the 3rd quarter. Muarice Martinez added 8pts while Kenard Clarke added 9 pts. KREM took it away in money time, with Glen Flowers’ 13 pts and Andre Bennett’s 10 pts.
Team 313 & Strikers & win in Belize City men’s softball
Rowland added 6 more runs in the third inning for the 22-0 win. The Strikers had also won 13-2 against the Oceana Pro’s on Fri-
day night, pitcher Brandon Bood gave up only 2 runs. The Strikers collected 14 hits of the pitching of Oceana’s Herman Burke.
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